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J.B. Holmes Completes “Comeback” at Wells Fargo Championship

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour didn’t award a Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2013. It may be time to reinstate that award. J.B. Holmes just made it real tough for the tour to do the same this year. Holmes hung on to win the Wells Fargo Championship by one shot over Jim Furyk and in doing so completed a comeback of biblical proportions. Holmes thanked God for being with him today and acknowledged that it indeed was… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think…FedEx Cup Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Henrik Stenson picked the best possible time to get hot.  He didn’t start the’13 PGA Tour season hot but in July he was hitting his stride.  A second place at the Open was followed by a T2 at The Bridgestone and then a third at the PGA Championship.  His win at the Deutsche Bank catapulted him to the top of the FedEx Cup and he kept up his great play through the Tour Championship. 2.  … Continue Reading

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Steve Stricker to Play Less on PGA Tour

by Jeff Skinner PGA Tour players are referred to as independent contractors.  That is, they work only for themselves and set their own schedule.  One of the most “independent” of the independent contractors is the unassuming Steve Stricker. He may not look like it but Stricker is a bit of a rebel on the PGA Tour.  He is one of the very few professional golfers that doesn’t flee to the warmth and sunshine in the south during the winter months. … Continue Reading

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Sergio Garcia’s Fast Solo FInish

by Jeff Skinner A short while ago I wrote about John Daly and his attempt to make it into the FedEx Cup playoffs.  Big John had a difficult time at The Wyndham Championship but while he was bogeying his way out of contention Sergio Garcia was busy crafting his own story of redemption. Sergio’s win at The Wyndham marked his first win on the PGA Tour in four years.  The 2008 Players Championship was the scene of Garcia’s last win… Continue Reading

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Steve Stricker Makes Another Comeback

by Jeff Skinner Steve Stricker has made a career out of coming back.  Twice in his career he won the Comeback Player of the Year. And he did that consecutively, yes, that’s how far he had fallen: his contemporaries voted him Comeback Player of the Year in back to back years.  His win at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions did not look like a comeback as he held the lead going into the final round but it most certainly was.… Continue Reading

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The Best of 2011

by Jeff Skinner Shot of the Year: Steve Stricker’s shot from the bunker at The John Deere was awesome.  Bill Haas from the water at Disney was too but neither take top honors here.  We all remember Charl Schwartzel’s four closing birdies at The Masters but we overlook the shot that started his charge at Augusta.  It was his amazing eagle on the third hole that got him to two under par, put him in the mix and started his… Continue Reading

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Tiger Woods, 10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner 1. As soon as Tiger’s putt dropped on eighteen I said “Comeback Player of the Year.”  Honestly, I did, I beat Tiger to the punch on that one. 2. So Tiger channels Tony Lema as he sends champagne to the media tent to celebrate his victory.  How does “Champagne Tiger” sound? 3. Tiger beat a real grinder in Zach Johnson.  Johnson’s specialty is the short game and putting.  Tiger took him on and beat him at his… Continue Reading

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A Deere Win for Steve Stricker

by Jeff Skinner When Steve Stricker wins we usually get to see him get a little emotional during his interview when he chokes up about the win.  After all, this is a golfer that was ready to quit but dragged himself from the hinterlands back to golf’s’ elite.  We got to see Stricker show more than a bit of emotion on the course today as he snaked in a 25 foot putt on the eighteenth to seal his third consecutive… Continue Reading

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A Super Week for Steve Stricker

by Jeff Skinner Steve Stricker found the inner strength to make it through a harrowing back nine on Sunday to close out The Memorial Tournament for the biggest win of his career.  He had a three stroke lead with five holes left to play but then a weather delay seemed to rob Super Strick of his powers. Stricker had played the front nine like Superman all week totaling an amazing twenty under par on holes one through nine.  On the… Continue Reading

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