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Phil Mickelson Quits at The BMW Championship

September 6th, 2014 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

This PGA Tour Playoff season just got a bit more controversial. In a very surprising move Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the BMW Championship.

Mickelson didn’t cite any specific injury or illness for his early morning withdrawal but rather stated his need to focus on the Ryder Cup.

“Without a chance to contend at the Tour Championship,” he said “the most important thing for me now is to prepare for the Ryder Cup.” 

What? Ryder Cup in the middle of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs. I can’t imagine Commissioner Tim Finchem is pleased with one of his most prized attractions quitting in the middle of the playoffs.

Phil the Thrill wasn’t thrilled about his play and the fact that he sat in 63rd place out of 69 golfers at Cherry Hills. With no chance of moving on to the Tour Championship he packed it in.

This is like a ten year old who is losing at checkers and he flips over the checkerboard. He looks like a kid losing at a game of HORSE so he takes his ball and goes home.

There is no other way to put this but Phil Mickelson quit.

Phil has always marched to his own drummer and certainly has voiced opinions on Tour matters he didn’t like but this is so out of character for Phil.

Unlike many players Phil knows the value of maintaining positive relationships with sponsors, his and the tour’s but this withdrawal on its face is a bad move.

We love Phil but unless he is suffering physically and hiding that fact he screwed the pooch on this one.

Jason Sobel gives his opinion on Phil’s disappearing act.


Day 1 PGA Championship Tally

August 8th, 2014 No comments

by G. Rennie

It was a birdie fest at Valhalla Golf club today as the 96th PGA Championship field went low across the board with benign conditions ripe for scoring.

Most of the Links Life Golf crew rode that wave with their picks, here’s the standings after today’s play:  Wannamaker

5. The Greek was done in by the balky back of defending PGA champ Jason Dufner who withdrew at +8 after ten holes of play due to his bulging disk problem. He trails the pack at a cumulative +8.

4. Lil Skins nailed the number four spot courtesy of the Coolest Man in Golf’s +1 round. Miguel Angel Jimenez has some ground to make up it seems most of the field is under par.

3. Big Skins taps in at number three as all his players scored in the red save world #2 Adam Scott at even par.

2. Big Dick scored a -9 with all four players in red numbers, led by the tied second place round of five under from red hot Rory Mc.

1. Yours truly, G. Rennie , holds a tenuous lead on the close pack at -12 due to the sterling play of the chalk, Rory, and the equally scintillating round from longshot, human rain delay Jim Furyk.

Here’s hoping the rain stays away and the guys keep shooting lights out.


Kaymer Rules at Pinehurst

June 14th, 2014 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

Great cover from Pinehurst on The Pilot’s Open Daily.  Achtung Baby!  Click here for some of the best golf writers in the nation at The

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Saturday Swing Tip: Smooth Tempo

February 8th, 2014 No comments


Jason Dufner & Gang Invade China

October 29th, 2013 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

This crazy/confusing 2013-14 PGA Tour season continues this week with the World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China.

This event is great for the pre-tournament publicity and they never fail to provide some odd moments as they insist on putting these golfers from the West into some traditional costumes from the East.

Check out this year’s publicity shot of Justin Rose, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Dufner.  Pro golfers wielding swords and wearing capes normally would be enough to command attention in any photo.  But not this one.

As usual the excitement in this photo goes to the ever photogenic and scene stealing, Jason Dufner.  Check out the look on Duf.  I can’t imagine what the hell he’s thinking but as usual he steals the photo op once again.

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Hat tip to Shane Bacon and Devil Ball Golf for the pic.


One Man Race: Jordan Spieth for Rookie of the Year

September 25th, 2013 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

It has been an incredible season for PGA Tour Rookie Jordan Spieth.  The youngster is a walking dream come true.  He started with no status on tour and earned his way onto the Presidents Cup Team.

The PGA Tour has nominated three other golfers for the Rookie of the year Award but this is a one horse race.  Russell Henley, Derek Ernst and David Lingmerth had good, solid seasons but Spieth is in a class by himself.

Jordan Spieth Spieth became the youngest winner in the modern era of the PGA Tour at nineteen when he won at the John Deere.  Three seconds, nine top tens, thirteen top 25’s, $3.8 million in winnings, seventh in the FedEx Cup, tenth on the Money List and the only rookie to make it to the Tour Championship were just some of his 2013 accomplishments.  It’s probably the best rookie season since Tiger Woods in ’96 when he won twice and started to change the game.

Spieth has shown he is more than just a great, young golfer.  His poise and temperament are that of a much older and experienced player.  There is nothing that this kid couldn’t handle all season and his selection as Rookie of the Year is a certainty.

2013 was an unbelievable start for Spieth and he has the potential to be one of the stars of the future for the PGA Tour.


Open Championship Preview: Holes 13, 14 & 15

July 15th, 2013 No comments

The par 3 13th hole at Muirfield:

The long par 4 14th:

The 15th is another long, dogleg right par 4:


Major Week: Wegman’s LPGA Championship

June 5th, 2013 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

The LPGA moves to Rochester, New York this week for the second major of the season at the Wegman’s LPGA Championship.  2012 champion Shanshan Feng will be defending against a stacked field of golfers.  The top 10 golfers in the Rolex Rankings and the top 50 on the LPGA Money List comprise one of the best fields of the year.

Fresh off her Shoprite win last week, Hall of Famer, Karrie Webb has a wonderful history at Locust Hill Country Club with two wins in 1999 and 2002.  She’ll be looking to go back to back and collect her 40th career win and 7th major.wegman's Logo

Stacy Lewis, the top ranked American at number two in the world, is ready to claim her second career major.  The 2011 Kraft Nabisco Champion has two wins this season  is focused on winning and winning more majors.  She isn’t worried about a “major slump, “I feel like I’ve had chances, and I’ve been in contention, so it doesn’t weight on me that much.  I feel like my game is made for majors and it’s only a matter of time. I’m not that worried about it.”  Lewis has finished well here lately with a tie for second in 2012 and a sixth place finish in 2011.

Cristie Kerr won here in 2010 and is ready for another chance to show those youngsters that she still has plenty of game.  “I wouldn’t say it’s the younger generation,” said Kerr. “I would say I’m motivated by winning.  I love to win.  Getting a win in the beginning of this year has been so huge for me because it had been a couple of years since I had gotten a win in the beginning of the year.  That opens up a whole lot of possibilities for the rest of the year and for the confidence level too.  So I think it’s going to be pretty fun.”

“I love to win, and I think I’m motivated by winning,” said Kerr. “I wish I was motivated by the younger players, but from where I sit, I like the things that I’ve accomplished, and I’ve got many more years left, hopefully.”


Links Life Golf is Back

April 8th, 2013 1 comment

As you’ve probably noticed, the site has been slow and last week was sometimes simply unavailable, giving you strange error messages. We had been experiencing some technical issues, but after many talks with our hosting provider we have resolved all the issues and LinksLifeGolf is back to normal.

We apologize for the inconvenience and will be back in full force for this great week of golf.


The Masters Final Field, Almost

April 2nd, 2013 No comments

by Jeff Skinner

Masters Countdown: 8 Days

MastersThe 2013 Masters field is almost complete with the total number finishing at 93 entrants vying for the green jacket.  Here is the list of the 92 current players already qualified for Augusta with only one slot remaining for the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open.

MASTERS CHAMPIONS: Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark O’Meara, Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize, Craig Stadler, Tom Watson.

U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS (five years): Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Lucas Glover.

BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS (five years): Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington.

PGA CHAMPIONS (five years): Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Y.E. Yang.

PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPS CHAMPIONS (three years): Matt Kuchar, K.J. Choi, Tim Clark.

U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION AND RUNNER-UP: a-Steven Fox, a-Michael Weaver.





TOP 16 AND TIES-2012 MASTERS: Peter Hanson, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Kevin Na.

TOP EIGHT AND TIES-2012 U.S. OPEN: Michael Thompson, David Toms, John Peterson, Jason Dufner.


TOP FOUR AND TIES-2012 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: David Lynn, Carl Pettersson.

TOP 30-2012 PGA TOUR MONEY LIST: Luke Donald, Steve Stricker, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Nick Watney, Bo Van Pelt, Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus, Scott Piercy, John Huh, Ben Curtis.

PGA TOUR EVENT WINNERS SINCE 2012 MASTERS (FULL FEDEX CUP POINTS AWARDED): Marc Leishman, Ted Potter Jr., Russell Henley, Brian Gay, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points.


TOP 50 FROM FINAL WORLD RANKING IN 2012: Paul Lawrie, Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Branden Grace, Bill Haas, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jason Day, Hiroyuki Fujita, Matteo Manassero, Thomas Bjorn, Jamie Donaldson, George Coetzee, Thorbjorn Olesen.

TOP 50 FROM WORLD RANKING ON MARCH 31: Fredrik Jacobson, Richard Sterne, Henrik Stenson.

SPECIAL FOREIGN INVITATIONS: Ryo Ishikawa, Thaworn Wiratchant.