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Dustin Johnson Ties Leo Diegel

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When Dustin Johnson feathered a feel wedge from 85 years to within 3 feet on the 3rd hole at Kapalua Sunday it seemed to me the tournament was all but over. His converted birdie gave him a four stroke lead which isn’t insurmountable on this Tour (especially when you think back to DJ’s last start where he squandered a six stroke lead in the final round). But today it just looked like he was going to run away and hide… Continue Reading

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Lyle Slovick’s “Trials and Triumphs of Golf’s Greatest Legends” Is a Winner

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Every golfer knows that golf, just like life can be difficult. As we make our way around the course we have as many ups as we do downs. Part and parcel of the game is facing difficult challenges and overcoming those bad breaks and poor bounces we encounter. In a new and enthralling book by Lyle Slovick we get to see that many champions of the game had to overcome major obstacles in their lives and live with difficult challenges… Continue Reading

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Golf in the Olympics: I’m Done…for Now

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Let it be known that this will be my last piece with any mention of the Olympics, golf in the Olympics, players in the Olympics, players not in the Olympics, the Olympic Flame, the Olympic Rings, Olympic Paint…anything Olympic…at least until we crown the Champion Golfer of the Year. All this Olympic baloney is taking the focus away from the oldest and maybe the greatest major of them all. That being said I need to vent for a bit before… Continue Reading

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The PLAYERS: A “Major” Debate

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The PLAYERS Championship starts today and if the finish can compare to last year’s Rickie Fowler coming out party we are in for a treat. But the debate still rages: Is The PLAYERS the fifth major? The PGA Tour’s marquee event has struggled to be held in major championship status to the consternation of Commissioner Tim Finchem. He has tried everything he could. The PLAYERS has the biggest purse in all of golf, $10.5 million with a cool $1.89 mil… Continue Reading

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“Yes Sir’s” & “WTF’s” from The Masters

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Danny Willett’s surprising win at The Masters was great drama. Unfortunately, for many it will be Jordan Spieth’s uncharacteristic meltdown that defines the 80th Masters. And that’s regrettable because because Willett played flawless golf in the final round and looks to be quite an interesting character. It was a splendid week at Augusta…and I saw most of it from my couch. Here are some of the “Yes Sir” moments and a few of the “WTF” moments that marked my Masters… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think….Masters Style

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1. One of the most interesting characters in The Masters this week is amateur Bryson DeChambeau. He’s the current U.S. Am and NCAA Individual Champion and is an oddity in golf as he plays a special set of irons that are all about the same length as the average 6 iron. He has a chance to truly make a statement here at Augusta National. 2. If you think that think Bryson’s clubs are based on some new, revolutionary thinking you’re… Continue Reading

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Augusta National’s Lost Drawings

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Each spring when The Masters rolls around every golfer worth his Footjoys feels a stirring inside. Much of it is the anticipation of our first major but plenty of it is just because, well…it’s The Masters. This tournament, although the youngest of the four majors has grown to be the most beloved by fans and players alike. Jack Nicklaus said it very well, “I don’t think about winning the Masters as part of the slam. You want to win the… Continue Reading

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“Nae Wind, Nae Rain” Great Golf at St. Andrews

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Sunday at the Open Championship couldn’t have offered us a better day, except for one small thing. It was only the third round. The Old Course was so very gettable and it seemed that everyone was able to get more than their share of birdies and an exciting final it would have been. But with the weather delays we are headed for a Monday finish. Oh, if it can only live up to today. Almost everyone was able to get… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: St. Andrews Old Course No.11 & No.12

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The eleventh hole at St. Andrews is the second and final par 3 and it was here that Bobby Jones walked off the course after feeling the wrath of Hill Bunker.  Both Hill and Strath Bunkers protect a newly renovated green that is shared with the eleventh hole. The twelfth hole is the shortest par 4 on the course and has an unassuming look from the tee.  But the fairway is littered with hidden pot bunkers not visible from the… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: St. Andrews Old Course No.9 & No.10

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The ninth is the easiest hole on the course but that doesn’t mean there isn’t trouble. This par four is defended by two bunkers in the center of the fairway and for those that want to drive the green 352 yards away a hidden bunker and deep gorse on the left could give them fits. The tenth hole is named after Bobby Jones who learned to love St. Andrews and the town and course certainly returned the favor. Another seemingly… Continue Reading

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