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The PLAYERS: A “Major” Debate

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The PLAYERS Championship starts today and if the finish can compare to last year’s Rickie Fowler coming out party we are in for a treat. But the debate still rages: Is The PLAYERS the fifth major? The PGA Tour’s marquee event has struggled to be held in major championship status to the consternation of Commissioner Tim Finchem. He has tried everything he could. The PLAYERS has the biggest purse in all of golf, $10.5 million with a cool $1.89 mil… Continue Reading

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Spieth, Paramor and Slow Play

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Jordan Spieth is used to making headlines. In 2015 his Grand Slam Chase had him front and center on every media outlet. This year is no different. He lapped the field with his win at the Tournament of Champions and is the feature attraction at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi Championship. Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler were the main event in round one and once again Spieth dominated the headlines. But it wasn’t for his round of 4 under… Continue Reading

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Ramblings From the Easy Chair

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The 2016 PGA Tour season is finally underway with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions having just wrapped up four glorious sun filled days on the slopes of The Kapalua Plantation Course. I’ve always looked forward to that first week of January golf beamed direct from those lush fairways with incomparable views from the shores of Maui of humpbacks lolling about in the coves. And across the way the impressive hills of Molakai, as mysterious and marvelous a place as any… Continue Reading

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A Quick Pick Six

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1. Props to Emiliano Grillo for hanging in there and beating Kevin Na in a playoff for his first win at the Frys.com Open. He’s had eight starts on tour but this was his first event as a full member of the PGA Tour. With his win he gets an invite to The Masters, a two year exemption to the PGA Tour and $1.8 million. Not bad for a 23 year old kid. 2. While the PGA Tour was starting… Continue Reading

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International Team Presidents Cup Report Card

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The 2015  Presidents Cup International Team may have come up a bit short on Sunday but this is an overall performance they should be proud of. They made the cup competitive, something we haven’t seen in a decade. After being down 4-1 after Thursday’s opening session they fought back to have it decided by the last match on the very last hole. But for a few breaks here and there Nick price and his men would have been going home… Continue Reading

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Showdown at The Presidents Cup…Yes, Really!

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For years the brains at the PGA Tour tried to figure a way to somehow capture the passion of the Ryder Cup and instill it in its own Presidents Cup. Now some may say it was Captain Nick Price’s insistence that the format be changed to better accommodate an perennially overmatched International team.   Some may say it was Phil Mickelson’s gaffe of handing the Internationals two holes at once.  Some my say it’s that the American team is not playing up… Continue Reading

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3 Crazy Golf Questions

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Here are a few “golf” questions I thought I would never, ever hear. Does golf really need Donald Trump? A while ago Trump was buying golf courses as a hobby but recently he is one of a handful of deep pocketed entrepreneurs that are some of the few that are actually building golf courses.  Like it or not Trump is a player in golf’s big time. The USGA and the PGA of America both have majors scheduled at Trump’s Bedminster… 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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Teaching Pro Takes a Shot at Tiger Woods

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Over the weekend a former PGA player let loose on Tiger Woods claiming Woods was going to “surpass Lance Armstrong in infamy.” I listened to the radio broadcast where Dan Olsen (whoever that is) told the host that Tiger was really serving a suspension from the PGA Tour and that Woods had also been playing a ball that isn’t approved for play. You can hear the inflammatory interview here.  The first thing I thought was ‘who the hell is Dan… Continue Reading

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Haas & Price Named as Presidents Cup Captains

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour announced the captains for the 2015 Presidents Cup and three time captain Fred Couples is out, sort of. Jay Haas was named as a first time captain for the U.S and returning for a second consecutive stint is 2013 captain Nick Price. I will say this: there aren’t two classier gentlemen in the game of golf. Both Haas’ and Price’s careers have been marked by class, sportsmanship and a total respect for the game… Continue Reading

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