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Jack’s “Bear Trap” Has a Big Bite

by Jeff Skinner The very deep field at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic boasts Rory and Tiger and plenty of the best golfers in the world.  The draw is partly the course as the Champions Course at PGA National fits the bill with professionals that “want to beat the best on the best courses.” Also, dozens of PGA Tour pros make their home in and around the Palm Beach area.  The original Palm Beach Professional, Jack Nicklaus has spent most… Continue Reading

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Munoz Leads at LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champions

by Jeff Skinner The LPGA’s Azahara Munoz started the day in the first group at the HSBC Women’s Champions and finished the day at the top of the leaderboard.  Munoz carded a 7 under, bogey free 65 for a two stroke lead over a star studded leaderboard. Munuz was happy with her round, “I played pretty good. I hit a lot of fairways.  When I didn’t, I still hit the greens.  I feel the key today, I hit a lot… Continue Reading

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Frank Hannigan Spanks Finchem, Tour Players & USGA

by Jeff Skinner Tim Finchem’s Sunday matinee at the Match Play has resulted in the anchoring debate becoming the number one topic in golf.  That may be just what the Commish wanted but he has now put himself and the PGA Tour right in the crosshairs of the argument. Geoff Shackelford publishes a letter from former USGA Executive Director Frank Hannigan who spares no one with his sharp tongued commentary.  Finchem is called out for his public rebuke of the… Continue Reading

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LPGA Tour at the HSBC Womens’s Champions

by Jeff Skinner The LPGA Tour continues its Asian swing at the HSBC Women’s Champions this week. Angela Stanford is defending her 2012 title against a solid field.  But the HSBC took a hit today as world number nine Ai Miyazato withdrew due to whiplash. Miyazato suffered the injury in a five car pileup last week that involved a caravan of cars carrying LPGA players.  Paula Creamer and Suzann Pettersen were also involved and Creamer has withdrawn from the Pro-Am… Continue Reading

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Arnie Says “Swing Your Swing”

by Jeff Skinner Dick’s Sporting is the largest sports retailer in America and they move more golf equipment than any store in the nation. Their advertisements are everywhere. Recently, their television commercials have taken a more understated tone than in the past. “The Glove” is about as good a commercial as can be made. Check it out here. Now, Dick’s has recruited “The King” Arnold Palmer in their most recent ad, “Swing Your Swing.” And as you would expect, Arnie… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour vs USGA…Round 1

by Jeff Skinner When Tim Finchem used the WGC Match Play as a forum for his “anti-ban” announcement he accomplished two things.  He stole the spotlight away from champion Matt Kuchar and he ignited a firestorm they could have used on Wednesday to melt the snow that covered Dove Mountain. Finchem has thrown gasoline on a fire that was only smoldering but has now exploded into a fireball. Golf Week’s Alex Miceli called Finchem’s remarks “The biggest volley yet in… Continue Reading

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Finchem & PGA Tour Oppose USGA’s Anchoring Ban

by Jeff Skinner On Sunday PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem took some time to address the assembled press at The Match Play Championship on the Tour’s stance on the anchoring ban. The Commish says it’s the PGA Tour’s stance that a ban on anchoring would be bad for the game and more specifically for the PGA Tour. The USGA and the R&A notified us several months ago about their intention to put forward a proposal to change    essentially change the… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think…& More

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Sunday at the Accenture Match Play Championship had the players bundled up against 40 degree temps, and 30 mph winds.  With snow delays, frost delays and biting cold it looked more like the Iditarod than it did a golf tournament.  How they pull this tournament off each year is pure luck. 2.  Matt Kuchar just outlasted everyone.  He kept it in the fairway, minimized his mistakes and played it smart on the complicated greens at Dove… Continue Reading

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