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What a Life…Errie Ball Passes at 103

by Jeff Skinner And then there were none. With the passing of Errie Ball there is no player left from the field of the first Masters Tournament of 1934. Ball was one of the select few that received personal invitations from Bobby Jones to play in the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament. The little tournament we have come to know as The Masters. Ball was 103 years old and had been a PGA Professional for over 82 years. We got… Continue Reading

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Wake Up Your Short Game: Unconscious Scoring

by Jeff Skinner Like many golfers, professional and amateurs alike, I am always searching for that tip to make my game better.  I am willing to try any lesson, technique or suggestion that has a chance at lowering my score.   Unfortunately, most of my efforts with the Big Dawg go wasted but when it comes to the short game I can incorporate changes successfully. Maybe it is because I don’t take that violent rip at the ball with a wedge… Continue Reading

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The Most Super of Super Bowl Memories

by Jeff Skinner Super Sunday didn’t disappoint this year as Phil Mickelson started the day with his win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.  Joe Flacco’s Ravens and the 49ers followed up with an exciting and somewhat bizarre Super Bowl. Bizarre may be an understatement  considering we saw a 108 yard kickoff return, Beyonce shaking it all over the field, the Brothers Harbaugh somewhat awkward post game handshake (no hugs at all) a game that went down to the final… Continue Reading

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Kingston Heath Hosts Australian Masters

by Jeff Skinner As we up north put away our clubs the boys down under are just kicking off their summer golf season with the Australian Masters.  Plenty of Aussies and some world class golfers will make their way around one of the best courses in the world. Golf Magazine rates the Kingston Heath course as the 27th best in the world.  Watch the videos below and be treated to a course tour and a little history. Hat tip to… Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup Report Card: Team USA

by Jeff Skinner With the American Team still reeling from the Massacre at Medinah and the victorious European Team nursing a magnum sized hangover we get to reflect on their performances (or lack of) at the 2012 Ryder Cup.  While many players gave us truly unforgettable memories there are some players that would  love to be able to forget their week at Medinah. Keegan Bradley  (3-1)  A-  :  The rookie burst on to the Ryder Cup scene with a contagious… Continue Reading

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Great Champions, Great Memories at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

by Jeff Skinner Royal Lytham & St. Annes is primed to test the best golfers in the world this week.  With the wind, rain, rough and ubiquitous bunkers whoever is crowned Champion Golfer of the Year will have certainly earned his title. Lytham has had an amazing list of champions with each of them carving out significant and interesting careers.  With all the focus on The Open this week we get to revisit some of those grand champions whose lives… Continue Reading

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Jose Manuel Lara DQ’d as Caddie Tries to Hide Extra Club

by Jeff Skinner Sometimes golfers don’t think straight on the course.  How many times have you done something you regret like slamming a club after a bad shot or playing way too fast after you just shanked a chip only to repeat that very same shank? Well, this is about as dumb a story as I have heard in a long time.  It seems that Jose Manuel Lara and his caddie unknowingly started round one of the European Tour’s BMW… Continue Reading

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