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Oakmont Claims Its First Casualty

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We all know how tough Oakmont Country Club will be on the players once the U.S. Open starts on Thursday…but the big brute is tough on caddies too. The first casualty of the 2016 U.S. Open was qualifier Chris Crawford’s caddie, Bill Henaghan who fell while on a steep slope near a bunker and broke his ankle.  You can’t make this stuff up. Luckily, Henaghan was attended to by the Pittsburgh Steelers team doctor, Jim Bradley who happened to be… 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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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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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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A Spiritual Experience at The U.S. Amateur

by Jeff Skinner Amateur golfers seem to be getting some well deserved exposure this past week.  Sixteen year old Lydia Ko has continued her astounding performance in professional events.  The recent CN Canadian Open repeat winner has made the cut in all fourteen of the professional tournaments she entered. Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick won the grueling U.S. Amateur to continue his very successful summer.  He was the low amateur at the Open Championship and will lead the GB&I Walker Cup Team… Continue Reading

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The 113th US Open at Merion…Good Things Come In Small Packages

by Jeff Skinner Countdown to the U.S. Open: 11 days As Matt Kuchar and his fellow PGA Tour professionals finish their testing run at Jack Nicklaus’ difficult Muirfield Village Course hundreds of workers are busy at Merion putting the final touches on the historic course for the U.S. Open which will start in just eleven days. Those players that have spent the weekend at The Memorial should consider this good practice for the difficult greens and punishing setup that they’ll… Continue Reading

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LPGA Tour at the HSBC Womens’s Champions

by Jeff Skinner The LPGA Tour continues its Asian swing at the HSBC Women’s Champions this week. Angela Stanford is defending her 2012 title against a solid field.  But the HSBC took a hit today as world number nine Ai Miyazato withdrew due to whiplash. Miyazato suffered the injury in a five car pileup last week that involved a caravan of cars carrying LPGA players.  Paula Creamer and Suzann Pettersen were also involved and Creamer has withdrawn from the Pro-Am… Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday Jack Nicklaus

by Jeff Skinner Today we all get to wish Jack Nicklaus a happy birthday.  The Golden Bear turned 73 today and probably celebrated by playing a few sets of tennis and romping with his grandchildren.  Nicklaus did it all in professional golf and influenced generations of amateurs and professionals alike.  His record 18 major championship is the Holy Grail of golf but while his talent made him immortal it was his kindness and graciousness that made him human.  No one… Continue Reading

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Winds Wipe Out Tournament of Champions

by Jeff Skinner So much for the wonderful weather that usually greets the PGA Tour as they open their season at Kapalua.  The wind and rain were so bad that the PGA Tour bit the bullet and cancelled the first round of the Tournament of Champions. With the wind gusting to 50 mph balls were rolling off the greens and the officials determined that the conditions were unplayable.  Most disappointed player of the day has to be Webb Simpson who… Continue Reading

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