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Jenny Shin Breaks Through for First LPGA Win

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It may have taken longer than she had wanted but Jenny Shin finally captured her first LPGA win at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. Shin, 23 first turned pro in 2010 and started on the LPGA in 2011 was able to finally earn her win in her 133rd start. She’s another of the North Koreans that have been dominating the LPGA recently but Shin’s story has a different twist. She started playing golf at nine and her parents decided… Continue Reading

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This Week’s “Classic Doubleheader”

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With the PGA and LPGA Tours visiting old, classic courses this week we have been treated to two of the most “classic” of the classic courses we will see all season. The Northern Trust Open is being played on George C. Thomas’ masterpiece, Riviera Country Club. Thomas, known as The Captain, designed and built many courses in California after moving there from Philadelphia but Riviera is considered his best. It is an old school, strategic design which was restored by… Continue Reading

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Lizette Salas: American Dream on the LPGA Tour

by Jeff Skinner Lizette Salas finally found a way to win on the LPGA Tour. After two seasons of near misses in half a dozen tournaments the second year LPGA player nailed down her first tour win at the Kingsmill Championship Presented by JTBC. Salas had blown leads, chunked shots, been outplayed and lost in a playoff before this win but there would be no denying her on Sunday. A good way to win is to start with a three… Continue Reading

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USGA Highlights “While We’re Young” Initiative at Symposium

by Jeff Skinner The United States Golf Association continued its efforts to find solutions to the pace of play issue at an all day symposium yesterday at its Far Hill, NJ headquarters.   USGA Executive Director, Mike Davis headlined “While We’re Young: Golf Pursuit of A New Paradigm For Pace of Play” which brought together panelists from many varied sectors of the golf industry. Representatives from the USGA, PGA and LPGA Tours, The PGA of America, course managements companies, golf course… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson’s Year with the Claret Jug Starts at Callaway HQ

by Jeff Skinner Last we saw Phil Mickelson he was cavorting around the eighteenth green at Muirfield with his new best friend the Claret Jug.  When you’re the Champion Golfer of the Year you get to do that. During the awards ceremony Phil thanked many people and made sure to thank the technicians at Callaway for setting him up with some great sticks. Well, Phil pulled a bit of a surprise on the boys at Callaway as he showed up… Continue Reading

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Phil’s Taxes…Wrong Place, Wrong Time

by Jeff Skinner It’s amazing how the Big Dawgs can always steal the spot light.  This weekend there were three great finishes in tournaments with two going to playoffs. On the European Tour,eventual winner Jamie Donaldson snuck into the lead and had to watch as potential tying putts by Justin Rose and Thorbjorn lipped out on eighteen. Scott Stallings blew a chance at The Humana Challenge with a water ball on eighteen and missed the playoff by a stroke.  Three… Continue Reading

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Humana Challenge Brings a Blast from the Past

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour moves to the mainland this week as the Humana Challenge kicks off on Thursday in the California desert.  The newly named Humana started as the Thunderbird Invitational in 1954 but most of us who still struggle at texting know it as the Bob Hope.  From 1965 through 2011 Hope’s name was attached to it in one form or another. In the 70’s all the heavy hitters spent time carousing with Hope and his celebrity… Continue Reading

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J.B. Holmes: Happy, Healthy & Giving Back

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour continues its final Fall Series this week at the Frys.com Open and many players are in California hoping to secure their tour cards for next season and some are padding their bank accounts.  And some are just happy to be playing golf again. J.B. Holmes is one of those golfers that has the luxury of having already secured his tour card for 2014 but he is also one of them that appreciates just being… Continue Reading

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European Rebound

by G. Rennie A new day and a bit of a different golf course brought quite a few surprises to the U.S Open on Saturday not the least of which was a remarkable resurgence of European golfer’s. The invading horde from the Old World have a man tied for the 54 hole lead, another in 3rd place, and two more tied for the 4th spot.  Jose Maria has to be wearing a sly smile this morning as his gang put… Continue Reading

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Interesting Threesome Finishes at Valero

by Jeff Skinner As the PGA Tour moves on to Bourbon Street and the smile slowly leaves Ben Curtis’ face we should take a minute to reflect on the finish at The Valero Texas Open.  Ben Curtis, Matt Every and John Huh not only conspired to give us an exciting finish but each of them has their own “feel good” finish to be proud of. First of all, each one of them would have liked to putt a bit better… Continue Reading

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