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Chip Shots from My Couch

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It’s official: I’ve played my last round of 2016.  Freezing temps have closed all the courses in the Hudson Valley and as I am writing this snow is falling outside.  But that didn’t stop me from walking a few holes today. Instead of a boring walk through the neighborhood I headed up to James Baird State Park, an old Robert Trent Jones design and choose to walk a few holes (without clubs) to get myself off the couch and maybe… Continue Reading

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To GPS or Not To GPS

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George Peper has been writing about golf for what seems like forever. He’s now the editor of Links Magazine and he isn’t shy with his opinions. In the Summer issue (and on the website) he touches on a subject that has sparked a few debates on the course, the GPS. Now, he says he loves his GPS watch and I even submitted to modern technology and have my own match box sized GPS. And we both find them useful to… Continue Reading

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Michael Greller: Team Spieth Will Be Fine

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We all have watched Jordan Spieth for the past three years on the PGA Tour and I would like to say we watched him grow up but that’s not the case. Spieth was a mature adult long before he won at the John Deere Classic in 2013. And as amazing as his rise to the top of the golf world is his maturity, humility and total understanding that he isn’t the center of the universe and that other people matter… Continue Reading

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Two Caddies, Two Stories, Two Great Books

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I have a great brother. Even though he continues to kick my ass each time we tee it up together he’s always a wonderful playing partner. His dominance over me is especially difficult seeing as it was I that introduced him to the game over thirty years ago. But one of the advantages of having him in the game is that he keeps me well stocked in books on golf. He’ll show up with a few books when he comes… Continue Reading

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Masters Flashback: Crenshaw’s “Special” 1995 Win

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They say Augusta National is a special place. Every golfer wants to get there and it doesn’t matter if it is to play in The Masters or just walk the course as a patron. After years of watching it on television and listening to players, media and fans all rave about how extraordinary Augusta National is on so many levels it holds a special place among all golfers. Special things happen at The Masters and none were more special than… Continue Reading

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Caddie Association Waiting On PGA Tour

by Jeff Skinner Life on the PGA Tour is like living in Robin Leache’s old program, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. The players on the PGA Tour earn millions, have the most lucrative pensions in all of sport and are coddled like royalty each week on tour. Their caddies…not so much. Last year a group of everyday PGA tour caddies got together to form the Association of Professional Tour Caddies to try and improve the lives of the professional… Continue Reading

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Weekend Off at The U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner The biggest missed cut has to be Masters champ Bubba Watson. The number 3 player in the world was toast on Wednesday when he called the greens “unfriendly” and the natural areas “weeds.” He talked himself right out of the Open. Jason Dufner struggled to find the fairways and the greens. Duf gets to spend to spend the weekend at home with wife Amanda. That’s doesn’t sound too bad at all. I figured a straight hitter with a sold… Continue Reading

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Chatting with Ben Crenshaw

by Jeff Skinner I just spent a few minutes with one of the heroes of the game. Ben Crenshaw was smoozing around the practice green talking with players, caddies and just about anyone who wanted a word with the two time Masters Champion. He was generous enough to take a second and accept my congratulations for the great reception his Pinehurst restoration is receiving. He was gracious and kind and he actually took a second to reflect on what he… Continue Reading

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Caddie Dies on Course: Euro Tour Plays On

by Jeff Skinner This weekend the European Tour’s Maderia Islands Open was won by Daniel Brooks but the tournament is shrouded in controversy. During play on the final day long time Euro Tour caddie, Iain McGregor passed away on the golf course. McGregor was working for Scotsman Alastair Forsyth on their last hole of the day when he collapsed on the ninth fairway and died of a heart attack. Click here for the Mail Online story. Forsyth and his fellow… Continue Reading

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