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Phil Mickelson: Tournament Ambassador

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The PGA Tour heads to the desert for the CareerBuilder Challenge and what formerly was called The Bob Hope Classic. Hope was the driving force behind his tournament for over fifty years. Hope was instrumental in building the tournament into a ‘must-play’ on tour as he brought his fellow celebrities, from the Rat Pack to sitting U.S. Presidents to play the game he so loved. He raised millions for charities and after his passing the torch was passed to former… Continue Reading

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Did Golf Enable Trump’s “Locker Room Talk”?

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Donald Trump and I travel in different circles and thank God for that.  But we both have an affinity for golf though apparently for different reasons. I enjoy the camaraderie, the challenge and the history the game offers and Trump likes making money off the game and maybe spending some time in locker rooms. Other than a few quick showers in some of Scotland’s great courses on my recent trip I haven’t spent much time in locker rooms.  Forty something… Continue Reading

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Chip Shots: McGinley, Woods, McIlroy, Mickelson & Player

by Jeff Skinner The European Tour did the right thing in naming Paul McGinley to captain the 2014 Ryder Cup.  The Europeans have won four of the last five matches so why deviate from their usual selection method.  They didn’t over react to the U.S. appointment of Hall of Famer Tom Watson and named McGinley who was next in line.  In naming McGinley they also regained the slot they always flourish in: underdog.  I know many will disagree but with… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner With all due respect to Peter King, here are 10 Things I Think. 1.  If anyone thought that Bill Clinton was going to host the Humana Challenge in name only think again.  Clinton was the absolute star of the show all week. 2.  As Mark Wilson stood on the 18th tee with the pressure of the tournament sitting on his shoulders he laughed, joked and talked with his fellow players as they waited to tee off.  That’s… Continue Reading

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Bill Clinton Rocks the Humana Challenge

by Jeff Skinner By any measure the newly reconfigured Human Challenge in Partnership with the Clinton Foundation has to be considered a success.  President Clinton’s presence and influence have set the former Bob Hope Classic on a successful path to recovery. Mark Wilson may have carted home the hardware and the million dollar check but the star of the show was President Clinton.  Much like it had been during its heyday as The Hope the star was never the players. … Continue Reading

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Obama’s New Foursome

by Jeff Skinner Never underestimate the power of the press, or the web, or television. Just ask President Obama. After I read the New York Times article that compared The White House to a “frat house” I figured it wouldn’t be long before Obama’s people put together some kind of damage control. The President has been taking a little heat for his habit of playing basketball with the guys. And I do mean the guys. Some are criticizing Obama for… Continue Reading

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