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Chip Shots from My Couch

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It’s official: I’ve played my last round of 2016.  Freezing temps have closed all the courses in the Hudson Valley and as I am writing this snow is falling outside.  But that didn’t stop me from walking a few holes today. Instead of a boring walk through the neighborhood I headed up to James Baird State Park, an old Robert Trent Jones design and choose to walk a few holes (without clubs) to get myself off the couch and maybe… Continue Reading

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Past OPEN Champs Perform, or Not

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The R&A ensures The OPEN  is the most accessible of the four major championships by using thirty nine separate qualification criteria in setting the field of one hundred fifty players.  First of these many roads to The OPEN is status as a past champion with an age limit up to sixty. Sixteen players are in the field by way of at least once hoisting the Claret Jug. Some have acquitted themselves well while most have struggled, with eight missing the… Continue Reading

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Jason Day’s Impressive Win at The PLAYERS

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Jason Day continued his dominating streak of golf today with his wire to wire win at The PLAYERS Championship. Since his win at the RBC Canadian Open last July Day has won in seven of his last seventeen starts. That’s a 41% victory rate, a number rarely seen in golf. It’s also his tenth PGA Tour win and that earns him membership in a special club. Since 1980 only four other players have won ten times before their 29th birthday:… Continue Reading

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Good Stuff from The PLAYERS Championship

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The PGA Tour likes to play up the fact that it gives tens of millions of dollars to charity each year. Tim Finchem and his cronies would like us all to think that the tour isn’t just a business, technically a non-profit business that consists of a bunch of one percenters flying around the country playing golf for a living and counting their millions. The truth is the PGA Tour does enable millions of dollars to go to good, effective… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open Memories…David Duval at Bethpage Black

by Jeff Skinner The 2009 U.S. Open had plenty of drama and more than its share of rain. I spent plenty of time at Bethpage Black that week including the Friday which was wiped out by rain. Along with my brothers and son we spent hours in the Trophy Club chit chatting with the State Troopers while we waited for the rain to subside. It never did and Bethpage was a quagmire the rest of the week, at least outside… Continue Reading

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A Match Made In New Jersey: Lydia Ko & David Duval

by Jeff Skinner The business of golf is big business. And this weekend the business of golf is coming to Paramus, New Jersey. Kind of. In my in box yesterday was an e-mail announcing the grand opening of the new Golf Galaxy in nearby Paramus. Now, I and my buddies have taken the hour ride to Paramus a few times to peruse the merchandize down there. It’s kind of a little bit of a golfer’s heaven. There’s the Golf Galaxy… Continue Reading

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Open for Debate: Best Modern PGA Tour Players

by Jeff Skinner Oh boy.  Looking for something to debate other than Peyton Manning’s place in NFL history or whether or not Richard Sherman deserves his lambasting on Twitter?  Here it is: Golf World’s 100 Best Modern Players. Brett Avery of Golf World has used the data recorded by the PGA Tour since 1980 to come up with the best PGA Tour players in the modern era.  From his article:  Briefly, our Modern 100 sought to: • Intensely focus on… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think & More…Open Championship Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  One of the things I like about the Open Championship venues is that the houses you see near the course are actually part of a town with regular working people living in them.  Unlike in the U.S. where those houses are part of some ritzy real estate development. 2.  Call me corny and maybe I do fall hook, line and sinker for ESPN’s hype but those Ian McShane pieces kick ass. 3.  Cheers to Mark Calcavecchia… Continue Reading

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The Good and Bad at The Open Championship.

by Jeff Skinner The Good… Even though many big names were sent packing early the leaderboard is packed with big guns, proven veterans and new meat. Sixty two year old Tom Watson makes birdie on the last to make the cut.  All those hot shots that missed the cut should learn from Watson, The Links Master.  There’s more to links golf than 300 yard drives. Tiger Woods playing well and contending is always a good thing for golf.  Hate him… Continue Reading

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Great Champions, Great Memories at Royal Lytham & St. Annes

by Jeff Skinner Royal Lytham & St. Annes is primed to test the best golfers in the world this week.  With the wind, rain, rough and ubiquitous bunkers whoever is crowned Champion Golfer of the Year will have certainly earned his title. Lytham has had an amazing list of champions with each of them carving out significant and interesting careers.  With all the focus on The Open this week we get to revisit some of those grand champions whose lives… Continue Reading

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