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Ramblings from the Easy Chair: Masters Day 2

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By G. Rennie Augusta National is very welcoming to its former champions each Masters week with an assortment of activities that allows those past their playing prime to socialize, reminisce, teach the next generation the nuances of the course and to compete in the Par 3 Tournament on Wednesday. Champions are also invited to play the tournament without proving current form like the rest of the invitees. Two former champions eligible for Champions Tour play distinguished themselves in the first… Continue Reading

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Great Leaderboard at the PGA Championship

by Jeff Skinner It was amazing day at the 96th PGA Championship. With a water logged Valhalla allowing the world’s best to throw darts at the soft greens we were treated to a marvelous display of golf. It was a true birdie-fest as player after player posted sub-par rounds which has resulted in a jammed packed leaderboard filled with big names, young studs and even some newcomers. How gettable was Valhalla today? Very gettable. 74 players teed it up today… Continue Reading

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Rory McIlroy & The Big Tease

by Jeff Skinner Rory McIlroy is a big tease. He played with us and Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia and everyone else who teed it up or watched The Open Championship from their couch. Rory started with a four stroke lead and the chatter was that it will be another run away win for the young man from Northern Ireland. He was going to streak out to a bigger lead and get another step closer to his third major victory.… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson’s Career Slam Slips Away

by Jeff Skinner There is no joy in Mudville oops, I should say the Sandhills, Mighty Casey has struck out. Our Mighty Casey this week was supposed to be Phil Mickelson. He swung and missed only it wasn’t with a bat it was his putter. No player came into the U.S. Open with more pressure on him, mostly self-imposed, than Phil Mickelson. Phil’s six seconds and his trials at the U.S. Open are legendary. But ever since he hugged the… Continue Reading

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A Dozen Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner 1.  The funniest thing I saw all week was the timing of Caroline Wozniacki changing her picture on her Twitter account. Click here, you must see this. She’s posing as a witch over a cauldron, all Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble like. Rory immediately shot himself out of The Memorial with a 43 on his front nine in round two. Strange isn’t it? 2.  So Phil Mickelson spends more time denying any wrongdoing in an insider trading… Continue Reading

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Adam Scott Deals with Sunday Failure

by Jeff Skinner If you watched the early rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational you saw Adam Scott put on an impressive display of golf.  His opening 62 tied the course record and his second round 68 gave him a seven stroke lead over the field.  The announcers on The Golf Channel were ready to hand Scott the trophy as he “lapped the field.” His game looked flawless and he was poised to claim his eleventh PGA Tour win but… Continue Reading

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Adam Scott Survives The Barclays

by Jeff Skinner Now this is the way to start your playoffs.  You’ll have to excuse Tim Finchem if he can’t get that broad smile off his face.  Tim’s baby, the FedEx Cup has grown up and in a big way. Today’s shootout at The Barclays was riveting golf.  As big name players made a run for the lead other big names stumbled and made for some very dramatic television. Adam Scott was the last man standing on a day… Continue Reading

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Ravings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie For television watching golf fanatics this weekend was a perfect storm of close competition.  Of the five tours that are covered on American TV four were decided in playoffs!  I can’t remember that ever occurring before and the overlapping coverage commitments of CBS and Golf Channel had TV execs scrambling to cover the most compelling action. First up was the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart links otherwise known as Phil’s Show. That loopy lefty gave away the… Continue Reading

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Stacy Lewis Wins HSBC Women’s Champions

by Jeff Skinner In a hard fought final round at the HSBC Women’s Champions Stacy Lewis held off her charging opponents and hung on to win her first tournament of the year. Lewis, the top American golfer finished with a par on the last to top Na Yeon Choi by a stroke and Paula Creamer by two.  Lewis made it closer than she would have wished as she gave away her three stroke lead with bogeys on 15 and 17.… Continue Reading

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Golf World’s Newsmakers of the Year

By Jeff Skinner The latest issue of Golf World hit the web (and the mailboxes) yesterday.  This is their “Newsmakers of the Year Issue” and the boys at Golf World delivered a magazine full of interesting characters and perspectives. With all the debate about the “Anchoring Issue” you may think that took the top spot on the list but Jaime Diaz and his cohorts had the biggest debate of the year in the sixth slot.  In their view the top… Continue Reading

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