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An Emotional Day Leaves Teams Spent and USA Leading

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It was an amazing day at the Ryder Cup as Team USA and Team Europe battled it out over a Hazeltine course packed with 45,000 rabid fans. The European Team won the morning foursomes 2 ½ points to 1 ½ points featuring a huge meltdown from the super pairing of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. The Americans squandered a 4 Up lead over Sergio Garcia and Rafa Cabrera Bello. The Europeans won four of the last six holes to scratch… Continue Reading

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At This Ryder Cup….Let the Players Play

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The Ryder Cup was started by Samuel Ryder, a wealthy seed merchant with hopes of an exhibition that promoted the game of golf and the sportsmanship and camaraderie that goes along with it. I don’t think he would recognize it today. Since 1979 when all of Europe was added to the original Great Britain & Ireland Team the matches became competitive but the buildup and pressure surrounding the Ryder Cup has gone over the top. With the passing of Arnold… Continue Reading

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Big Names Not the Way to Grow the Game at Olympics

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All right, I have to admit that Olympic fever is hitting yours truly. I have been addicted to NBC’s multiple platform broadcasts as I try to grab a little bit of all the competitions down in Rio. Sure, watching Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and the swim team is great and those high flying, gravity defying gymnasts are amazing. And of course the beach volleyball is fun. How aren’t they covered in sand? But I am not limiting myself to the… Continue Reading

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Forget the Big 3…We Have The Wild Bunch

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All season there has been much written about a new Big 3 in golf. Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had won plenty of tournaments and in many eyes appeared to separate themselves from the pack. Sure, some of it was their victory totals but I think much of it was their “likability” factor. All are young, strong, attractive with interesting backstories. We golfers love our history and after Tiger Woods’ departure from contention we wanted something to hold… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

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1. Sunday started with the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the Golf Channel team earned its money. They say you can have all four seasons in one day in Ireland and that’s just what happened. Rain, heavy rain, thunder, lightning, hail, (yes hail) were featured during the final round as Rory McIlroy surged and Danny Willett faded. And Willett finished up in sunshine and short sleeves on a day that’s a weatherman’s dream. Amazing. 2. What really was amazing… Continue Reading

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Michael Greller: Team Spieth Will Be Fine

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We all have watched Jordan Spieth for the past three years on the PGA Tour and I would like to say we watched him grow up but that’s not the case. Spieth was a mature adult long before he won at the John Deere Classic in 2013. And as amazing as his rise to the top of the golf world is his maturity, humility and total understanding that he isn’t the center of the universe and that other people matter… Continue Reading

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“Yes Sir’s” & “WTF’s” from The Masters

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Danny Willett’s surprising win at The Masters was great drama. Unfortunately, for many it will be Jordan Spieth’s uncharacteristic meltdown that defines the 80th Masters. And that’s regrettable because because Willett played flawless golf in the final round and looks to be quite an interesting character. It was a splendid week at Augusta…and I saw most of it from my couch. Here are some of the “Yes Sir” moments and a few of the “WTF” moments that marked my Masters… Continue Reading

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Willett Not the Only Masters Winner

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We’re still all nursing our Masters hangover just as winner Danny Willett must be. It looked like one great celebration on Sunday night as Willett and his mates partied until dawn.  Yes, they are singing “Walking in a Willett Wonderland.” A pair of the Links Life Golf Crew are busy celebrating also as for the first time ever we had a tie atop the leaderboard. Lil’ Skins and G. Rennie both tied for first place with $1,147,000 even though they… Continue Reading

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Danny Willett’s Surreal Trip to Winning The Masters

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So many times we hear that one of golf’s compelling attributes is that it mimics life. You’ll have ups and downs, joy and sorrow on the course just as we do in life. Many times all that will occur in a matter of minutes or moments. There are plenty of times in life when just showing up and being in the right place at the right time was the simple formula for success. And sometimes fate steps in and takes… Continue Reading

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Spieth Collapses…Willett Has the Time of His Life

Masters Champion Danny Willett of England during the Green Jacket Presentation after winning the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Sunday April 10, 2016.

Sunday at The Masters is always special and memorable and today’s final round was both for a myriad of reasons. With all the top players in the world playing so well coming into this week if just a few of them stayed in form the ’16 Masters was bound to be a good one. And the way things played out The Golden Child, Jordan Spieth was in the lead. His PGA Championship nemesis and world number one, Jason Day was… Continue Reading

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