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Hot Stuff & Some Not So Hot Stuff On Day One

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It was a hot day in jersey as the players at the PGA Championship sweated their way around Baltusrol. Surprisingly, some big names were feeling the heat and failed to capitalize on a course that was ripe for a low score. Here are some Hots and some Not So Hots from Thursday’s golf. Hot: Jimmy Walker shot an opening round 65, his lowest ever in a major to earn a one shot lead at five under par. Little know Emiliano… Continue Reading

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The Senior Set Does Troon

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Of the 156 competitors at Royal Troon nine are over 50 and eligible for play on The Champions Tour.  Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only two players from the geriatric set who regularly compete on the primary tours that cater to young flat bellies. But the lure of a major and the many, many ways that the R&A makes entry into the OPEN accessible typically brings in a bunch of gents who, to put it politely, are… Continue Reading

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The Postage Stamp: Short & Fierce

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Royal Troon oozes history as most Open Championship courses do. I mean heck, they have been playing golf there for 140 years and this is the ninth Open Championship to be played there. By far the most famous of the holes is the short par 3 eighth hole: The Postage Stamp. Christopher Clarey of the New York Times gives us some history and a locals view of the best little hole in the Rota. Short holes have done some major… Continue Reading

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No Worries…Jordan Spieth Is In Good Company

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While Jason Day spent the weekend winning The PLAYERS and padding his lead over Jordan Spieth in the Official World Golf Rankings much of the golf world was wondering “What’s happened to Jordan?” Stuff happens…in life and in golf. Spieth’s play at The PLAYERS was indeed surprisingly poor but let’s not push the panic button just yet. Jaime Diaz of Golf World is pretty sure Spieth will be all right and he chronicles how all the big names in golf… 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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10 Things I Think

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1. Usually while I am watching a golf tournament I’ll be pulling for my favorites and hoping for great shots from all (well, most of) the pro golfers. But yesterday I was seriously hoping that amateur Lee McCoy would pull a stunner and win the Valspar Championship. He was playing on his home course which he said he played a thousand times and I was hoping he would go all “Phil Mickelson” on the tour. Phil was the last am… Continue Reading

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Inbee Park: Doing Something Really Special

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There is something special and wonderful going on in golf and most sports fans and golf fans are missing it. Inbee Park is one special golfer. The number one player in women’s golf is crafting a resume that screams “All Time Great” but the average golf fan wouldn’t know her if she whacked them over the head with her very reliable putter. Park closed out the field at the Ricoh Women’s British Open today to win her second major in ’15… Continue Reading

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More Links Golf…It Never Gets Old

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Our tour of golf across the pond continues today with the Ricoh Women’s British Open from historic Turnberry. For the past four weeks we have been treated to some wonderful golf from some amazing courses. The tour of Great Britain started with the Scottish Open at Gullane then moved on to the Old course at St. Andrews. A quick trip inland for the Senior Open Championship at Sunningdale where we visited the only non-links course of the trip and now… Continue Reading

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Zach Johnson Wins Open on a Wild Day at St. Andrews

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  In  2010 Louis Oosthuizen won the Open at St. Andrews in a runaway.  This year the leaderboard was packed with many solid golfers hoping to write their own amazing story at the Home of Golf and a runaway wasn’t in the realm of possibilities. The story all week was Jordan Spieth’s run at the Grand Slam and little was heard about Zach Johnson who clawed his way into the lead with a clutch birdie at eighteen.  It wasn’t Jordan’s day…it… 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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