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Arnold Palmer, “The King” Dies at 87

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It’s darn near impossible to put into words what Arnold Palmer meant to golf. He’s the reason there is world wide tours and billions spent on golf. He’s the reason for the big money purses and the international popularity of the game. He’s the reason we can watch golf all year long and he’s the reason golf has grown into a major sports business. And yes, he’s the reason we can drink an “Arnold Palmer” and certainly he’s the reason… Continue Reading

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Bubba Watson’s Almost Ryder Cup Cover

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They say timing is everything. And sometimes they, whoever they are…are right. But for the good folks at Golf Magazine timing didn’t quite work out this month. I pulled my issue from the mailbox and gazed down upon their Ryder Cup Preview Issue. There is nothing like the Ryder Cup and I am sure they spent many hours putting this issue together. But even the best laid plans of editors and reporters often go awry. Front and center on the… Continue Reading

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More Trouble Than Meets the Golfer’s Eye at Oakmont

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Oakmont Country Club is widely regarded as the toughest golf course in America. Its slick greens are legendary. Its Church Pew bunkers are so famous they have their own name. And the rough is deep. So deep balls vanish, players look to be literally knee deep in the stuff and a small dog or two has been known to disappear. As if that wasn’t enough to punish the players that will try and survive this beast of a course there’s… Continue Reading

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LPGA Fighting Winds in Hawaii

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The LPGA is spending the week in paradise as the ladies tee it up in the Lotte Championship at beautiful Ko Olina Golf Club at Oahu, Hawaii. Minjee Lee leads at -10 after a stellar bogey free 66.  American Katie Burnett is two back in second place. Ko Olina is a splendid course on the south western shore of Oahu and the wind has been giving the players fits.  I was lucky enough to play there a few years back… Continue Reading

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Sunday at The Masters: It’s All Up to Jordan

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It’s been an odd week at Augusta National and The Masters. The usual roars and cheers have been replaced by gasps and murmurs. Last year we watched as Jordan Spieth went deep, real deep and tied Tiger Woods’s record winning score of 18 under par. This year he is only three under and the top four players stand a combined seven under par going into the final round. This has been one very difficult week at Augusta. Firm, very firm… Continue Reading

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It’s Arnie’s Week…All Hail the King

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This is the week that the PGA Tour descends on Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. All week we’ll hear tributes and adulation for The King from each and every person involved with golf. And Palmer deserves every one…and more. Without Arnold Palmer golf isn’t what it is today. You can say that it just luck that Palmer came along just as television was transforming America. And maybe it was a fortunate bit of… Continue Reading

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Scots Get It Right, Look to Ban Donald Trump

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I’m yearning for the good old days. No, not the days of hickory and gutta percha. No, not the days of Bobby Jones and the Grand Slam. No, not the day of Jack versus Arnie or Jack versus Lee or everyone else. Not even for the days of Joe Willie Namath and my hometown New York Jets. I am yearning for the days when Donald Trump was just a rich big mouth buying golf courses and not a rich big… Continue Reading

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International Team Presidents Cup Report Card

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The 2015  Presidents Cup International Team may have come up a bit short on Sunday but this is an overall performance they should be proud of. They made the cup competitive, something we haven’t seen in a decade. After being down 4-1 after Thursday’s opening session they fought back to have it decided by the last match on the very last hole. But for a few breaks here and there Nick price and his men would have been going home… Continue Reading

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American Team Presidents Cup Report Card

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Both the America and International teams can take away plenty of positives from the Presidents Cup. There were some heroic performances from many dressed in red, white, blue and gold. Unfortunately there were plenty of less than spectacular performances and a few bonehead moves by the players also. Here’s my Presidents Cup Report Card for the American team with grades based on their on course play (with Sunday singles weighted heavily) with a little sportsmanship and good old fashioned common… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

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1. Jason Day’s win at the BMW is further proof that the PGA Tour and men’s golf is in wonderful shape. Day, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth have rotated in and out of the number one ranking the past three weeks. If you can’t enjoy watching these thee play you’re not a fan. 2. Last season when Rory won two majors and a WGC he looked like no one could touch him. Earlier this season it was Spieth with his… Continue Reading

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