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Mike Davis: “The USGA Wants a Mulligan”

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Amid all the controversy and backlash about the Dustin Johnson rules kerfuffle Mike Davis, the Executive Director/CEO of the USGA has made a request: The USGA wants a mulligan. Ironic isn’t it. The USGA released a statement earlier in the day, standing by the rules decision, that Johnson caused the ball to move but apologizing for the distraction they caused on the twelfth tee. Later, Davis was a call in quest on the Golf Channel’s Golf Central. Consider this calling… Continue Reading

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Best U.S. Open Venue? Two Perspectives

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The boys at Golf Digest are heavily into the U.S. Open and as such have come up with a list they call “The Best U.S. Open Venues… Factoring in course layout, tradition, past winner and excitement produced, our panel provides a ‘definitive’ ranking.” They only include courses that held an Open for the past ten years so that disqualified a few favorites like Baltusrol and Oakland Hills but it’s still a heavy hitting list. Without blinking I knew Pebble Beach… Continue Reading

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John Feinstein: Earl was Tiger’s Problem

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The Tiger Woods Watch has reached DEFCON 1 as the entire sports world awaits his return. There are rumblings that Tiger will make his umpteenth come back appearance at each and every tournament on the PGA Tour schedule. While the scene of his comeback is still a mystery the fact that he is close to being healthy isn’t. He’s been seen hitting balls at clinics and course openings and a few insiders have witnessed Woods go after the ball at… Continue Reading

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Chambers Bay: More Fun Than Faults

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Fill in the blank. The 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay was _______. The answer certainly depends on who is responding. Some players might say it was a travesty. Some called it all tricked up. While the most popular cry was an indictment of the greens and some players were ready to indict Mike Davis who was the main man responsible for the controversial setup. If a ticket buying fan was filling in the blank the response might have been… Continue Reading

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It’s U.S. Open Week… A Week Unlike Any Other

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U.S. Open week is here and our second and most controversial major is near. Normally the debate about the U.S. Open and the setup starts now but we are well past that point.  Many players had started complaining about Chambers Bay and the likely setup months ago, some without even setting foot on the property. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis had warned players that this new links design might need more than a few practice rounds for one to fully… Continue Reading

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Nicklaus: It’s Always Been About Family

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I’ve been a Jack Nicklaus fan since I became interested in golf forty years ago.  So I was thrilled when I got the chance to get to see Nicklaus up close and personal. Along with 500 or so unabashedly passionate Nicklaus fans I attended the opening of the Jack Nicklaus Room at the USGA Museum at its headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey. Jack, his wife Barbara and all but one of his children were there as USGA President Tom… Continue Reading

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Two Weeks at Pinehurst: Just Perfect

by Jeff Skinner Just about now maintenance crews are pulling down the grandstands and cleaning up the old, venerable Pinehurst No.2 course after a whirlwind two weeks of U.S. Open play. The reviews are in from all around and this grand experiment can’t be called anything else but a rousing success. The players, both men and women, raved about the course and the setup. Pinehurst is so vast that all the needed USGA facilities had plenty of room. The fans… Continue Reading

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Growing the Game? Bah Humbug

by Jeff Skinner Last week golf lost two of its interesting characters in 1955 U.S Open winner Jack Fleck and former USGA Executive Director Frank Hannigan. While Fleck’s monumental win over Ben Hogan was a bit before my time I do remember Hannigan but not in his Executive Director role (83-89) but as the rules expert on ABC golf coverage. Geoff Shackelford of Golf World had a unique relationship with Hannigan and had published Hannigan’s rants disguised as letters, on… Continue Reading

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More On “The Failed Coup at The USGA”

by Jeff Skinner Here’s a chance to hear more on “The Failed Coup at the USGA” from the author, Ron Sirak.  Gary Williams quizzed Sirak on The Morning Drive with some great questions and Sirak shot straight from the hip.  Sirak has unusual access to the USGA and it shows. And here’s more with Williams, Sirak and the very well connected Geoff Shackelford and former USGA Executive director David Fay.  These three probably know more about the USGA and its… Continue Reading

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USGA Highlights “While We’re Young” Initiative at Symposium

by Jeff Skinner The United States Golf Association continued its efforts to find solutions to the pace of play issue at an all day symposium yesterday at its Far Hill, NJ headquarters.   USGA Executive Director, Mike Davis headlined “While We’re Young: Golf Pursuit of A New Paradigm For Pace of Play” which brought together panelists from many varied sectors of the golf industry. Representatives from the USGA, PGA and LPGA Tours, The PGA of America, course managements companies, golf course… Continue Reading

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