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Mike Whan Welcomes Lexi Thompson

by Jeff Skinner One thing about Commissioner Michael Whan: he gets it.  He officially accepted Lexi Thompson’s petition and waived the minimum age requirement.  She’ll join the LPGA next year and it had to be one of the easiest decisions Whan has made.  Here’s Whan’s statement from LPGA.com. “Lexi Thompson is a unique talent who has continued to grow, develop and mature both on and off the golf course since turning professional in 2010,” Whan said. “Her overall performance, most… Continue Reading

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Lexi Thompson Asks LPGA For Membership

by Jeff Skinner “All things come to he who waits” so they say.  The waiting has begun for Lexi Thompson and her team as she has officially filed a petition with the LPGA to waive the minimum age requirement of 18 to join the tour.  Thompson is in the unique position of having a tournament win and still needing special permission to join the tour. Thompson became the tour’s youngest winner when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic two weeks… Continue Reading

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Luke Donald Looking For “All World Money Title”

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour’s much hyped FedEx Cup Playoffs finished with a bang, much to the delight of Commissioner Finchem and The Fall Series, the Tour’s equivalent to Triple A Ball begins today with the Justin Timberlake Shiners. This is the time of year when players the casual golf fan wouldn’t recognize do their best to pad their earnings so they stay on the tour next season. But The Fall Series, The Presidents Cup and Tiger Gossip aren’t… Continue Reading

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Alfred Dunhill Links Championship: Great Golf, Classic Courses

by Jeff Skinner The European Tour plays one of the most fascinating tournaments of the season this week when it spends four days on three classic links courses.  The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is played over The Old Course at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.  Kingsbarns is a youthful newcomer to the register of great links courses and St.Andrews and Carnoustie reside at the foundation of links golf.  There isn’t a more visually appealing week of golf anywhere. Bernard Darwin’s… Continue Reading

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A View From the Couch of The Solheim & FedEx Cup

by Jeff Skinner We had some great golf and plenty more on this weekend. The Tour Championship was excellent but Steve Sands doing his best “Tim Russert imitation” with that white board all day was so annoying With Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie going at it like two heavyweights in the singles we hardly saw any of the match.  That’s just bad. Rich Lerner had an heartfelt piece on Sophie Gustafson and her stuttering problem. She was amazing, on and… Continue Reading

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Studs & Duds of America’s Solheim Cup

by Jeff Skinner The final day of the Solheim Cup was a fitting climax to a well played and compelling weekend of golf.  Each team played like champions and better yet all displayed the spirit of sportsmanship that the Solheim family had envisioned when they established the competition. The U.S. and European teams gave us brilliant golf and memorable moments.  The U.S. team had its share of drama as team leader Cristie Kerr had to withdraw due to her injured… Continue Reading

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Freddy Ready to Blow It

by Jeff Skinner Fred Couples may look like the coolest thing in softspikes.  What’s that line, “Men want to be him and women want to be with him.”  Well Freddy is about to blow all that well earned cool or charisma or whatever you want to call it with a true bonehead move. Captain Fred is about to announce his President Cup Captain’s Picks and he is going to shank this one for sure.  He’s going to pick his good… Continue Reading

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Tiger Woods to Hire Dustin Johnson’s Caddie

by Jeff Skinner Here’s the latest in the As the Tiger Turns Saga.  AP Golf writer Doug Ferguson reports that Tiger Woods has hired Joe LaCava as his caddie.  Here’s the AP report: ATLANTA (AP) The Associated Press has learned Tiger Woods will hire Joe LaCava as his next caddie. Two people aware of the deal said Sunday that LaCava has left Dustin Johnson and will go to work for the former No. 1 player in golf. LaCava was the… Continue Reading

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Bill Haas Splashes to a Double Win, Tour Championship & FedEx Cup

by Jeff Skinner It wasn’t enough for Bill Haas to just win the Tour Championship and The FedEx Cup in a playoff against Hunter Mahan.  He had to show off by hitting the shot of the year to do it.  On the second playoff hole Haas landed in the lake but executed an amazing recovery shot to salvage a par that got him to eighteen again where he eliminated Mahan.  With his first win of the season he earned The… Continue Reading

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Europe Outlasts U.S. at Dramatic Solheim Cup Finish

by Jeff Skinner On a day that had everything, rain delays, lightning delays, wind, sunshine, a forfeit, tight matches and some plain old butt whippings, The Solheim Cup gave us all we could want and more.  With both teams starting the day tied at eight points the stage was set for a dramatic finish to the twelfth Solheim Cup. Both teams were primed for a fiercely competitive day and they provided just that.  The European team lead by Captain Alison… Continue Reading

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