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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 Grand Slam Awaits Inbee Park at St. Andrews

by Jeff Skinner We are on the verge of an extraordinary week in golf.  As the ladies gather at the most historic of courses, Inbee Park prepares to go where no golfer has gone before.  When she tees it up at the Old Course at St. Andrews for this week’s Women’s British Open she’ll be taking a step towards history. No golfer has ever won four professional majors in a single year.  Bobby Jones (2 Opens, 2 Amateurs), Tiger Woods… Continue Reading

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Bizarro World: Phil Mickelson Wins The Open Championship

by Jeff Skinner It wasn’t supposed to be his day.  Phil Mickelson started his day five behind leader Lee Westwood.  It looked like Westwood was on the verge of finally winning his first major championship.  He had a two shot lead and a revitalized putter.  But this is why we play the game. Whether he succumbed to the pressure or his putter just cooled off didn’t matter much.  Phil Mickelson had the back nine of a lifetime to claim his… Continue Reading

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Ravings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie For television watching golf fanatics this weekend was a perfect storm of close competition.  Of the five tours that are covered on American TV four were decided in playoffs!  I can’t remember that ever occurring before and the overlapping coverage commitments of CBS and Golf Channel had TV execs scrambling to cover the most compelling action. First up was the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart links otherwise known as Phil’s Show. That loopy lefty gave away the… Continue Reading

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Phil the Thrill, Thrills Again at the Scottish Open

by Jeff Skinner This is why Phil Mickelson is such a fan favorite, be it in Europe or the States.  There is never a dull moment when he has a club in his hand.  A round with Phil is filled with excitement, disappointment, astonishment, dejection some more disappointment and then some more excitement.  As they have said for years “What will Phil do next?” His win at the Scottish Open is his first on a links course and his first… Continue Reading

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A Trip to The “Sunny” Home of Golf

by Jeff Skinner As we all watch the players at the Scottish Open make their way around a sunny Castle Stuart golf course, yes I said sunny, there is a burning in every real golfer’s soul.  A trip to Scotland is tops on every golfer’s bucket list and with a shockingly sunny Castle Stuart beaming from the Golf Channel and the anticipation of next week’s Open Championship charging us up the “Scotland Golf Trip Jones” is approaching its seasonal high.… Continue Reading

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U.S. Women’s Open Day 3… Inbee Park & More

by Jeff Skinner Sebonack Golf Club showed just how tough it can be today.  With USGA conditions and a strong wind all day the ladies of the 68th U.S. Women’s Open were left shaking their heads as birdies were few and very far between.  Inbee Park has a four stroke lead and looks to be ready to take a victory lap on Sunday and win her record third straight major championship. I spent some time walking the demanding Sebonack layout… Continue Reading

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My Days at Merion

by Jeff Skinner Just like Justin Rose, I am still suffering from a U.S. Open hangover.  The U.S. Open and Merion were the second leg of my “June of Golf” and it couldn’t have gone any better. Since the weather report was horrible for opening day we were resigned to having Thursday washed out and as we drove down towards Philly the rain got worse and worse.  But as we cruised into Ardmore, PA the weather turned.  By the time… Continue Reading

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It’s U.S. Open Week…Get Ready

by Jeff Skinner As the golf world prepares for the U.S. Open at Merion this week there is still time for many fans to do a little research to familiarize themselves with historic Merion Golf Club. Golf Weeks’s Bradley S. Klein gives us a hole by hole breakdown of Merion and says this, “There’s certainly never quite been an Open like this one, not even in 1981, the last time they set up shop for the national championship here on… Continue Reading

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Gifts Galore at The Masters

by Jeff Skinner Masters Countdown: 16 days Every golf fan knows that The Masters Champion walks off with a smart looking green jacket but that’s not all he gets.  Of course he cashes a big check and garners more press than any single winner in golf but there is plenty more swag to be handed out and not just for the champion. The members at Augusta National are a very generous group and choose to award players with significant amounts… Continue Reading

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