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Ramblings from the Easy Chair … PGA Championship Edition

By: G. Rennie Oak Hill Country Club broke out it’s major championship garb this afternoon as blue skies and swirling winds made play much more difficult at the 95th PGA Championship. Wide fairways and sponge-like greens that had brought on record low scores and red numbers by the truckload on Thursday and Friday but by the time the leaders were teeing off that was just a memory. 68 was the lowest any of the the 36 hole leading cohort could manage… Continue Reading

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Feinstein Calls Tiger Out, Begay Still Has His Back

by G. Rennie The Golf Channel has an ever expanding stable of expert commentators and they put them to good use at events like The Masters where they don’t get to broadcast any live action. Ensconced in wood paneled, fireplaced sets evoking the finest private clubs GC’s team of talking heads probe and pronounce on just about any issue of interest to golfers. One of the newer additions to the roster, who seems to get air time only when the… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson & Stacy Lewis: A Win for the Good Guys

by Jeff Skinner This is the week we wait for all year, Masters Week.  Augusta, Amen Corner, Champions Dinner, Magnolia Lane, Par Three Contest and all the other traditions are great but excuse me if I still have a hangover from this past weekend. It was a great weekend for golf. We got to watch two players achieve their goals.  Stacy Lewis finally broke through in a big way to win The Kraft Nabisco Championship and Phil Mickelson attained his… Continue Reading

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Brendan Marrocco: A Walking Inspiration

by Jeff Skinner When our visionary forefathers crafted the Declaration of Independence they thought they were forming the framework for an independent nation.  I doubt that they envisioned the nation that the thirteen colonies have evolved into.  The United States of America protects more than just its own citizens within its borders.  It protects people and countries around the world.  Whether we agree or disagree with the policies of this country, one thing is undeniable; our armed forces personnel sacrifice… Continue Reading

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Rose Leads the AT&T But Tiger Still Runs It

by Jeff Skinner Justin Rose may be leading The AT&T National but it was Tiger Woods that kept us interested in this tournament.  Wood went out early and shot an even par 70 that left him directly on the cut line.  Is this the same golfer that is chasing Jack’s 18 majors?  I don’t think so.  The only thing that is consistent about Tiger’s game is that he is inconsistent.  One round he can putt and the next he can’t. … Continue Reading

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Four Hackers Take On Bethpage Black

by Jeff Skinner This is part two of my adventure at Bethpage Black.  Click here for part one. We got to Bethpage State Park around noon and checked in.  It is an amazing place with five eighteen holes courses, three designed by Tillinghast.  We hit a bucket on the range, had a little lunch, putted a few and watched as the groups ahead of us tee off.  Oh yea, it was 95 degrees and as humid as a steam bath,… Continue Reading

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Tiger Woods & The Lackluster AT&T National

by Jeff Skinner What a difference a year makes.  Last year at The AT&T National Tiger Woods was the official host and played an important part in the entire weeks festivities.  He not only served as host but he went on to win the tournament which at the time was the third win of his six wins in 2009.  All this took place before his life changing fender bender on Thanksgiving weekend. This year at the AT&T Tiger’s name is… Continue Reading

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Father’s Day Is Not Just For Fathers

I published this story last Father’s Day and it is still relevant today.  Being a father, I cherish my time with my children whether it is on or off the course.  It’s not easy being a good, involved parent.  It takes hard work and dedication and sometimes it takes some help from other role models in your life.  Aunt Vi was one of my role models, she still is.  And she still is out there playing golf. by Jeff Skinner… Continue Reading

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