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2009 Recap…June and July

by Jeff Skinner

Over the past year I’ve had a chance to write and rant on plenty of subjects. Looking back, I have had a real ball this year. So here’s a recap of some of my favorite spots from June and July 2009, some were spot on and some were way out there…but they all were fun.

June and July are wonderful months for golf, The Memorial, The US Open and The Open Championship highlight the most exciting period of the golf season. I called The Memorial the “Living Masters.” It’s Jack’s tribute to his hero, Bobby Jones and his favorite tournament, The Masters. Tiger was busy making Jack’s Memorial a part of his 2009 comeback and he proved why we call him “Tiger Freaking Woods”.

I spent a few wet, mud soaked days at The US Open and watched Bethpage Black morph into Bathpage Black. Bethpage was great and the play was even better. I watched Phil Mickelson in his role as “The Hero of New York” and David Duval play the comeback kid. Winner Lucas Glover played great down the stretch and was playing on fumes the next week at The Travelers.

I appreciate playing golf with experienced golfers and “playing with the old dudes” always makes me smile. Father’s Day brought a surprising tribute to my family’s golf mentor.

There was a much needed mutiny at The LPGA during the US Women’s Open.

At the Open Championship Tom Watson stole the show from golfers half his age. He played like it was 1977 all over again and felt the true spirit of Turnberry all week. Stewart Cink was the eventual winner but Watson’s week captivated anyone who saw any part of The Open. He was the best story of the year.

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