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Monday Morning Quarterback… Quick Six Points

by Jeff Skinner The delayed finish of the BMW Championship may be good news for Tiger Woods.  The two Monday finishes on the tour this year, The Farmers and the Arnold Palmer, were both won by Tiger. This Monday finish at the BMW does put a damper on the third leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.  But it does give the Tour just what it wanted when they designed this finish.  They won’t have to worry about going against the… Continue Reading

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At Week’s End Rory McIlroy Finishes with a Smile

by Jeff Skinner Even though Rory McIlroy didn’t walk off (pun intended) with the trophy at The WGC Cadillac Championship this week has to be considered a success for the young world number one. Rory entered this week reeling from his “walk-off” at The Honda Classic and admitted to feeling at the lowest point in his professional career.  The normally affable and confident Northern Irishman had tumbled off the pedestal we all had placed him on. But true to his… Continue Reading

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Lydia Ko Leads in Australia

by Jeff Skinner One of the most remarkable stories of this young golf season started to write another chapter yesterday.  Down under at the LPGA’s 2013 opening tournament fifteen year old, amateur Lydia Ko continued her amazing run with a ten under par first round to take a one stroke lead at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. The South Korean born New Zealander is fresh off her win at the New Zealand Open and on a run that many… Continue Reading

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Wake Up Your Short Game: Unconscious Scoring

by Jeff Skinner Like many golfers, professional and amateurs alike, I am always searching for that tip to make my game better.  I am willing to try any lesson, technique or suggestion that has a chance at lowering my score.   Unfortunately, most of my efforts with the Big Dawg go wasted but when it comes to the short game I can incorporate changes successfully. Maybe it is because I don’t take that violent rip at the ball with a wedge… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie ***** Golf fans were able to get their fill of televised desert golf this weekend as Golf Channel offered up extensive coverage of both major tours.  The Waste Management Phoenix Open in Scottsdale is the site of the most bizarre golf hole in tournament play anywhere in the world. But people have gotten used to the crazed confines of #16 and now it’s expected and even “normal” at least for Phoenix.  I guess I’m now a fan of… Continue Reading

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Michael Breed Makes My Weekend

by Jeff Skinner Living in the northeast this time of year is so tough for golfers.  With snow and cold and closed courses preventing us from playing there are few releases for our “golfing Jones.”  Last weekend I found a bit of a respite at the New Jersey Golf Show. It is normally one of the better shows that come to the tri-state area and is full of vendors hawking a million different items and anything remotely golf related.  I… Continue Reading

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Rory Isn’t Tiger

by Jeff Skinner With his second major championship at such a young age Rory McIlroy has entered some rarified air.  He’s faster to two majors than Tiger Woods and dominated them both in classic Woods style.  But we do a disservice to Rory with these comparisons to Tiger. I am as guilty as the rest with my comparisons and quick to call him the Next Tiger.  But I learned my lesson and we all should realize that while it’s fun… Continue Reading

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10 Thing I Think & More…PGA Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Rory McIlroy was four months younger than Tiger Woods when they both won their second major.  Rory is the man now. 2.  The Ocean Course lived up to its reputation: with wind it’s a killer, without it’s getable.  The greens aren’t the issue on The Ocean Course, it’s getting there.  All the pros putted well all week. 3.  It was a bad break for Carl Pettersson when he unknowingly moved a leaf in the hazard on… Continue Reading

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