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The Many Struggles to Get Olympic Golf Started

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As the Olympics continue to dominate the sports pages and the men’s golf competition finally started on Thursday the world is getting its first live action look at Gil Hanse’s creation. The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca was built especially for these games. Hanse beat out several big name golf course designers to land a very important but a very troubled assignment. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us a Cliff Notes version of the many varied… Continue Reading

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Oakmont’s USGA Rules Decision…What If?

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After back to back controversial U.S. Opens the USGA should probably get down on their collective knees and thank the golf gods. Maybe they could sacrifice a few blue blazers and some neckties while they are at it. Because when all was said and done they got lucky, very lucky. Last year at Chambers Bay they withstood criticism about the course and its barely there greens but the exciting finish with Jordan Spieth winning saved the day, except for Dustin… Continue Reading

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Mentally Strong Johnson Wins U.S. Open

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Dustin Johnson started the final round of the 116th U.S. Open four shots back of the leader Shane Lowry. He faced a challenge he had never yet accomplished: winning a major championship. Lowry had started the day on a hot streak as he finished up his third round with two birdies over his last four holes. If Lowry had his druthers he may have wanted to keep playing right there instead of taking the seven hour break to come back… Continue Reading

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Long, Interesting Day Sets Up Big Finish at Oakmont

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A long, crazy day at the U.S. Open came to an end with a stacked leaderboard filled with intriguing characters. Many players, including the leaders will be back on the Oakmont Country Club course at 7:00am to finish their rounds and that makes this final round on Sunday even more interesting. 1 Irishman Shane Lowry has a two shot lead with four holes left in round three and he’s looking for his first major.  He’s hitting fairways and making putts. … Continue Reading

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Spieth’s Defeat More Mental Than Physical

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Jordan Spieth may still be feeling the pain today from his final round disaster at The Masters. When you’re an elite golfer with his resolute mindset and you don’t preform it can sting for awhile. But he’ll be doing himself an great injustice if he continues to beat himself up for more that a day or two. Golf is hard. Tournament golf is harder. Major Championship golf is the hardest of all. And if he can remember back before the… Continue Reading

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Flop Shots: Greg Norman & Ted Bishop

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The world of golf doesn’t lack for over-sized egos. Whether you are walking down the practice range, through the hallways of any of the administrative bodies or watching the talking heads on any television broadcast egos abound. It’s one thing to have a bit of an ego when you’re involved in playing the game and playing with the world’s best. I mean who hasn’t told Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson how great they are? Same for Jordan Spieth and Rory… Continue Reading

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Fox Sports Kicks Greg Norman Off USGA Team

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Fox Sports has shocked the golf world by announcing that its lead golf analyst, Greg Norman will no longer appear on USGA telecasts. The press release: FOX Sports announces that they will be making a change to their commentary team, and Greg Norman will not return to the network’s USGA Championships coverage in 2016. The announcement was made today by John Entz, President of Production & Executive Producer, FOX Sports. Both parties have agreed to an amicable separation and will… Continue Reading

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Rickie, Rory, Jordan & More…A Great Week in Golf

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Jordan Spieth is having a Woodsian run this season. His PGA Tour summary: 4 wins, 3 seconds, 1 third, 11 top tens, 14 top twenty fives and over $8.7 million. Oh, let’s not forget in November he won the Australian Open and in December he took Tiger’s Hero Challenge. That’s not a season it’s a career for most golfers. Rory McIlroy turns up lame just when Spieth is reaching his zenith. If Rory can’t come back soon Spieth may just… Continue Reading

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U.S. Women’s Open: Back to a Traditional USGA Setup

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Last year the USA made history by playing both the men’s and women’s U.S. Open’s on the same course in back to back weeks.  This year the USGA went back to its normal routine with different weeks and venues and the truth is the courses couldn’t be more different. The men played on a baked out, extra firm, mostly brown links layout that many players labeled ridiculous. There will be none of that this week. The Lancaster Country Club, hosting… Continue Reading

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Chambers Bay: More Fun Than Faults

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Fill in the blank. The 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay was _______. The answer certainly depends on who is responding. Some players might say it was a travesty. Some called it all tricked up. While the most popular cry was an indictment of the greens and some players were ready to indict Mike Davis who was the main man responsible for the controversial setup. If a ticket buying fan was filling in the blank the response might have been… Continue Reading

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