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Ryo Ishikawa Is Playing for Japan

by Jeff Skinner You know the old saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.”  Well, Ryo Ishikawa is doing more than that: he is putting his money where his heart is.  Ryo has pledged all his 2011 earnings to the relief efforts in Japan.  With the devastation in his homeland and estimates of a three hundred billion cost of recovery Ishikawa has made an unusually gracious effort to help his country. TOKYO (AP) —Golf sensation Ryo Ishikawa says he… Continue Reading

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Haney Says Phil’s The Masters Favorite, Not Tiger

by Jeff Skinner Sometime breakups work out, sometimes they don’t.  The Tiger Woods/Hank Haney relationship ended poorly and even though both sides tried to gloss it over with the “time to move on” and “needed a change” story it wasn’t a pretty ending.  Hank has done himself a disservice the past months with his critique of Tiger and his new coach, Sean Foley. Before the breakup, Haney rarely spoke out of turn and never offered any inside info on Tiger. … Continue Reading

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Masters=Green Jacket, Kraft Nabisco Championship=The Leap

by Jeff Skinner Contrary to popular belief, golf’s major season doesn’t begin next week at The Masters.  It begins tomorrow at the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. The start and stop LPGA season kicks into high gear at one of their highest profile events of the year.  It does not get bigger than the Kraft for ladies golf. The Kraft Nabisco has all the requirements of a worthy major championship.  It’s played on an excellent course at Mission Hills Country Club… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson’s Big Picture

by Jeff Skinner For years Phil Mickelson played in the shadow of Tiger Woods.  Tiger won more majors, more tournaments, got bigger endorsements checks and everyone from the PGA Tour to the media to the fans generally kissed his butt.  Phil Mickelson was the “Anti-Tiger.”  Tiger frowned, Phil smiled.  Tiger strode around the course like he owned it.  Phil moseyed round the course like it’s his first time there.  Tiger won majors by the truckload.  Phil took his time, twelve… Continue Reading

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Countdown To The Masters

by Jeff Skinner All right guys, with all due respect to The Shell Houston Open, it’s a great tournament with a very good field, but today starts the countdown to The Masters. April 7th can’t come fast enough for me, millions of golf fans or Phil Mickelson.  Will Phil be able to repeat and continue his love affair with Augusta National?  I don’t know but here’s a brief sampling of “Masters Appetizers” to whet your appetite. Phil Mickelson focuses on… Continue Reading

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Great Scots! Scots Martin Laird & Paul Lawrie Win

by Jeff Skinner It was a great day for Scotland today as two of its own claimed titles on two different continents.  Glasgow born Martin Laird hung on to win on the PGA Tour in Florida while Aberdeen native Paul Lawrie won in Spain for his first title since 2002.  Laird finished one stroke ahead of Steve Marino after a wild day of golf at The Arnold Palmer Invitational and Lawrie, the 1999 Open Champion won by a stroke over… Continue Reading

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A Twelve Year Old’s Dream

by Jeff Skinner Every once and awhile I’ll come across a story that has nothing to do with golf but effects me greatly.  This is one of those stories. This story isn’t about golf.  It’s about a young girl who loves basketball.  It’s about a young girl that is faced with a challenge and forced to make choices that no twelve year old should have to make. Alyssia Crook is like many other girls her age, she likes to have… Continue Reading

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