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Patrick Reed Wins The Barclays, Makes Ryder Cup

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Patrick Reed won big today at The Barclays as he overcame a two stroke deficit to win the first leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.  With the win Reed not only moves into first place in the FedEx Cup standings but he assures himself of a spot on this year’s Ryder Cup Team. Third round leader Rickie Fowler’s luck ran out on the back nine on Bethpage Black.  Fowler had managed 54 holes on the testing layout with just one… Continue Reading

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Best U.S. Open Venue? Two Perspectives

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The boys at Golf Digest are heavily into the U.S. Open and as such have come up with a list they call “The Best U.S. Open Venues… Factoring in course layout, tradition, past winner and excitement produced, our panel provides a ‘definitive’ ranking.” They only include courses that held an Open for the past ten years so that disqualified a few favorites like Baltusrol and Oakland Hills but it’s still a heavy hitting list. Without blinking I knew Pebble Beach… Continue Reading

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What Makes a Golf Course Great? More Than You Think

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Serious golf is about to be played this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship as the top three golfers in the world will tee it up together for the first time in 2016. Trump National Doral, aka The Blue Monster will look a bit different this year as Gil Hanse was given the OK by his lordship The Donald to tweak his still fresh redesign. There will be some narrower landing areas for the long hitters as Hanse has moved in… Continue Reading

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Day 1 Takeaways from Chambers Bay: Good & Bad

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Natalie Gulbis was the first to set a record this week at Chambers Bay. The newbie Fox Sports hire set the mark for shortest skirt ever worn by an on course commentator. Take that Roger Maltbie.  Click here for a Getty shot of Nat’s gams. All week we have been hearing what a tough walk this course is for the players. They are talking 9-10 miles of walking and the elevation changes are equivalent to walking up and down the… Continue Reading

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Pete Bevacqua, Changing Things Up at The PGA of America

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The PGA of America won’t name their 2016 Ryder Cup Captain until next Tuesday but Tim Rosaforte has already let the cat out of the bag. The PGA has gone back to the future with their selection of former 2012 captain Davis Love III. Love will be given the chance to redeem himself for his team’s Sunday meltdown that squandered a 10-6 lead and lost the cup to the Europeans. Things at the PGA were shaken up a bit when… Continue Reading

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Tiger Woods & Lucas Glover: “Yippee-ki-yay”

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Watching the Farmer’s Insurance Open this weekend we got to see some faces that haven’t been near the top of the leaderboard for awhile. Charles Howell III, Nick Watney, J.J. Henry and he of the great nickname, Johnny Vegas all got some television time as they tried to win at Torrey Pines. Another player that got some TV time, and he wish he hadn’t was Lucas Glover. Glover struggled mightily with his putter and yipped his way to a 77… Continue Reading

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Augusta, Pine Valley & All the Courses We’ll Never Play

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The good folks over at Golf Digest have published their yearly listing of America’s 100 Greatest Courses. It’s actually their Golden Anniversary version and while there is a change at the top most of the courses will be very familiar to golf fans. Of course another name for this listing might as well be the Courses You’ll Never Get to Play. Augusta National has supplanted Pine Valley from the top spot and they’ll probably swap the top two slots until… Continue Reading

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Ted Bishop…Another Twitter Casualty

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You can’t make this stuff up. A few months ago PGA President Ted Bishop was riding high. Bishop had been lauded as a “maverick” during his time as president. He had become one of the most visible PGA Presidents in their history. He stood up to the USGA and the R&A during the anchored putter debate. He and CEO Pete Bevacqua had brought the PGA of America into the spotlight with new partnerships with the PGA Tour and a newly… Continue Reading

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Be Nice to Monty…Again

by Jeff Skinner Colin Montgomerie drained a  30 foot birdie putt on his final hole of the day to take a one stroke lead at the Senior PGA Championship. He leads his old European Tour cohort and former Ryder Cup partner Bernhard Langer by a single stroke and the two will play together again in the final round. Monty is still looking for his first official win on American soil. Langer on the other hand has 20 Champions Tour wins,… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open Memories…David Duval at Bethpage Black

by Jeff Skinner The 2009 U.S. Open had plenty of drama and more than its share of rain. I spent plenty of time at Bethpage Black that week including the Friday which was wiped out by rain. Along with my brothers and son we spent hours in the Trophy Club chit chatting with the State Troopers while we waited for the rain to subside. It never did and Bethpage was a quagmire the rest of the week, at least outside… Continue Reading

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