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“Bracketology” at The Accenture Match Play Championship

by Jeff Skinner It is golf’s answer to March Madness.  It is the Accenture Match Play Championship and it gives all of us golf fans a chance to work our own kind of madness and “Bracketology.”   Try your luck here at Golfweek and you may win some cool stuff. The Match Play always gives us an interesting first day and watching this head to head, loser go home format is exciting as well as sadistic.  No matter how you slice… Continue Reading

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Ten Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner OK, Peter King, it’s not Monday Morning Quarterback, it’s 10 Things I Think. 1.  Keegan Bradley is a very good golfer, the PGA Champion proved that last year and he is easy to like but he is pushing it.  Somebody get him to a therapist to take care of that obsessive compulsive syndrome he has going on there.  How many times does he have to realign the ball, or step away from his setup or spit already. … Continue Reading

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Phil Thrills, But Haas Wins

by Jeff Skinner This is why we watch professional golf.  The finish at The Northern Trust Open was just about as much fun that you can have watching golf.  The scene was set with great players trading punches over an historic venue and the players didn’t disappoint. You take Phil Mickelson, one of the greats of the game, add young stud Keegan Bradley, mix in some Bill Haas, who stole the show at The Tour Championship, throw in iconic Riviera… Continue Reading

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Mickelson Ready to Give Bradley Another Lesson

by Jeff Skinner This has turned into a special weekend on the PGA Tour.  Fan favorite, Phil Mickelson has managed to keep his hot streak going at The Northern Trust Open and shares the lead with his young protégé, Keegan Bradley.  This has to be a special Sunday for both of them. Phil Mickelson has a habit of taking young players under his wing to show them the ins and outs of the tour.  Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley are… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson Keeps It Up at Riviera

by Jeff Skinner Still flying high from his win at Pebble Beach Phil Mickelson continued his hot play yesterday as he chipped in for birdie on eighteen for a five under 66 to lead the Northern Trust Open.  He leads Hunter Mahan and J.B. Holmes by one stroke as play had to be called due to darkness with 30 players left to finish their first round.  High winds played havoc with shots all day and caused afternoon tee times to… Continue Reading

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Phil, Freddy & More

by Jeff Skinner I need some help.  I am no genius, as anyone who reads this blog or knows me will tell you.  So for the life of me I can’t figure out what happened in the Official World Golf Rankings last week.  After Phil Mickelson’s dismantling of Pebble Beach with his Sunday 64 and two stroke win he was awarded 38 world ranking points.  The same week on the European Tour Rafael Cabrera-Bello earned 48 points.  To add insult… Continue Reading

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Riviera Country Club: An Oldie but Goodie

by Jeff Skinner Each week we get to see the courses of the PGA Tour up close but even with shots from the blimp it is difficult sometimes to see the layout in the big picture, so to speak.  Take a look at this Google Earth flyover of Riviera Country Club from Golf Frontier.com. Riviera Country Club was built in 1926 by George C Thomas Jr and has a cult following among tour players.  It ranked as the tenth most… Continue Reading

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Historic Riviera Country Club, Always a Tough Test for PGA Tour

By Jeff Skinner Pebble Beach is a tough act to follow but the PGA Tour is up to this task this week when it visits another iconic gem of a course at Riviera Country Club.  It may not possess the breathtaking views of the Pacific but the course certainly rivals Pebble in history and design.  Players love playing here and architects love studying this 1926 George Thomas design.  Tom Fazio touched up Riviera in 2008 and Ben Crenshaw reworked the… Continue Reading

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Tiger Gets More Reps at The Honda Classic

by Jeff Skinner Only Tiger Woods can shake up the golf world with a simple press release.  Woods has announced that he’ll be playing in the Honda classic for the first time since 1993 when he was an amateur.  “I heard great things about The Honda Classic,” Woods said in a release. “Now that I live here I want to play whenever possible. (Jack Nicklaus’) involvement in the tournament and the benefits to the local community are also important.” He’s… Continue Reading

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