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Next On Tim Finchem’s List…Tim Clark

by Jeff Skinner I am sure somewhere on Tim Finchem’s desk there’s a big folder, maybe a red one, maybe marked Top-Secret and I bet it’s a thick one.  It’s the one labeled “USGA Anchor Putter Rule.”  Finchem has a heck of a To Do List lately and somewhere near the top probably ahead of “Vijay’s Deer Antler Spray” and behind “Increase Revenue Streams” lies the task “Anchored Stroke…What Now?” This debate will only heat up and the players had… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Few golfers can go from sizzling hot to freezing cold as quickly as Phil Mickelson.  With a missed cut at Arnie’s place and The Masters in his sights it’s time for Philly Mick to get warm in Houston.  This is a 72 hole practice round for him. 2.  Cheers to Jordan Spieth who has earned over $500,000 in only four events to earn a Temporary Special Exemption.  That means he has unlimited sponsor’s exemptions and we’ll… 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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USGA Looking to Ban the “Anchored Stroke”

by Jeff Skinner President Obama and Mitt Romney aren’t the only ones making the rounds to push their ideas to the rank and file.  USGA Executive Director Mike Davis spent some time yesterday presenting the USGA’s case on long putters to the PGA Tour Policy Board. Davis and his counterparts at the R & A have been dropping hints all summer that an announcement concerning the long/belly putter would come before the end of this year.  According to Alex Miceli… Continue Reading

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The Belly Putters are Taking Over

by Jeff Skinner The long putter controversy has reached critical mass.  It’s time the powers that be take some action.  Yesterday’s final hole at the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational served as a perfect example of the argument at hand. Does anchoring the putter to your body give a golfer any advantage?  From my point of view two putts on the final hole yesterday illustrated the issue completely. Eventual winner Keegan Bradley needed a fifteen foot putt for par for… Continue Reading

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Putting Troubles Haunt Wie and Creamer

by Jeff Skinner With the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open being rained out yesterday we got to focus on the first major of the season with the LPGA’s inaugural major The Kraft Nabisco Championship. There’s a lot of good golf being played on the LPGA Tour and don’t tell me that Yani Tseng couldn’t hold her own with the big boys of the PGA Tour.  Yani can out drive plenty of the men and her game could translate to any… Continue Reading

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Mickelson Ready to Give Bradley Another Lesson

by Jeff Skinner This has turned into a special weekend on the PGA Tour.  Fan favorite, Phil Mickelson has managed to keep his hot streak going at The Northern Trust Open and shares the lead with his young protégé, Keegan Bradley.  This has to be a special Sunday for both of them. Phil Mickelson has a habit of taking young players under his wing to show them the ins and outs of the tour.  Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley are… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson: Confused at Torrey Pines

by Jeff Skinner While Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley lit up the north course at the Farmers Insurance Open with opening 62’s Phil Mickelson had a poor round over the south course that left him confused and 15 strokes off the lead. Mickelson, who admitted to coming into Torrey Pines with high expectations shot a stupefying 77 on a course that he knows better than anyone.  The tally wasn’t good by any measure: six of fourteen fairways, nine of eighteen… Continue Reading

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Ernie Els Says He’ll Keep Cheating

by Jeff Skinner Ernie Els has always been a straight shooter.  While many golfers are hesitant about speaking their mind, Els has a reputation for being honest and direct.  He was the first golfer to stop hemming and hawing about Tiger’s ability a dozen years ago and said it quite plainly, Tiger is just better than us he said then. Now he has come out and used the dreaded “C” word.  There are two C words in golf and both… Continue Reading

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A View From the Couch of The Solheim & FedEx Cup

by Jeff Skinner We had some great golf and plenty more on this weekend. The Tour Championship was excellent but Steve Sands doing his best “Tim Russert imitation” with that white board all day was so annoying With Suzann Pettersen and Michelle Wie going at it like two heavyweights in the singles we hardly saw any of the match.  That’s just bad. Rich Lerner had an heartfelt piece on Sophie Gustafson and her stuttering problem. She was amazing, on and… Continue Reading

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