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LLG Awards Season: Sneak of the Year…Peter Dawson

by Jeff Skinner I have always respected Mike Davis of the USGA and Peter Dawson of the R&A, but the events of this week have caused me to look at Mr. Dawson in a different light. Davis and Dawson put on an interesting show with the announcement of the rule change banning anchored strokes.  With the announcement comes a firestorm of controversy and a very convenient side effect for Dawson: all the media focus has shifted from his sneak attack… Continue Reading

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Anchors Away: USGA & R&A Propose Ban On Anchored Strokes

by Jeff Skinner Well the stuff has finally hit the fan.  With the joint announcement by The USGA and the R&A that they are preparing to ban “anchoring” the opinions and criticism is coming from all quarters. While Mike Davis (USGA) and Peter Dawson (R&A) were announcing the proposed rule change to ban the anchoring, the PGA of America, which prides itself on growing the game, comes out with a statement asking for them to reconsider the impact among all… Continue Reading

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LLG Award Season: Event of the Year, Performance of the Year

by Jeff Skinner There were many great tournaments this season but the Ryder Cup was so earth shattering and exciting it easily tops all the other events.  The European comeback was by far the most exciting Sunday in golf this year and many say it could rank with the most exciting days in all of golf. With the Euros facing a four point deficit going into the final day of play any chance of retaining the cup looked extremely remote. … Continue Reading

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Changes to the Old Course…Sinful

by Jeff Skinner Now I know for certain, nothing is sacred.  When The R&A announced last week that there would be changes made to the Old Course, I along with many others was stunned. Of all the courses a golfer yearns to play at least once before they head to the eternal 19th hole it’s the Old Course.  To walk the grounds of Old Tom Morris is the dream of any true golfer.  To be able to play the same… Continue Reading

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LLG Award Season : Player of the Year

by Jeff Skinner Rory McIlroy just finished his 2012 season with a big win on the European Tour but the fact is that Rory had earned The Player of the Year long before he ever set foot in Dubai. To say Rory is the PGA Tour Player of the Year is doing him a disservice.  Rory is the player of the year for the entire universe.  He led the PGA Tour with four victories and ten top ten finishes and… Continue Reading

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Rory McIlroy Finishes with a Win at The DP World Tour Championship

by Jeff Skinner After a slow start to his final round, Rory McIlroy put the hammer down on the back nine to win the DP World Tour Championship and finish his 2012 season with an emphatic exclamation point. He opened with a bogey on the first hole and finished and a pedestrian 35 on the front nine that kept the race for first place tense.   Rory traded shots with playing partner Luke Donald as Charl Schwartzel and Justin Rose mounted… Continue Reading

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Plenty of Birds in Dubai

by Jeff Skinner Americans may be spending today fighting the crowds of “Black Friday” or walking off that 3,000 calorie turkey dinner from yesterday but half a world away in Dubai there’s still golf being played.  The European Tour’s best are closing out their season at The DP World Tour Championship. So far it’s been a birdie fest and the top two players in the world golf ranking have a share of the lead.  Number one, Rory McIlroy and number… Continue Reading

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