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U. S. Open Favorites & Not So Favorites

APTOPIX PGA Championship Golf

It’s no surprise that Rory McIlroy is posted as the favorite (7-1) to win the 115th U.S. Open this week at Chambers Bay. He’s number one in the world, has two PGA Tour wins, another European Tour win this year and oh, he’s won two of the last three majors. So he’s the favorite but golf is a strange game and few golfers ever won when everyone expected them to.  Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods were the closest thing to… Continue Reading

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Welcome to 2015: The Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Geoff Ogilvy tees off on the 18th hole.

For many of us this is the first day back to work in 2015. After a nice long holiday break away from our everyday jobs it’s time to get in our old routine and head back to work. It’s much the same on the PGA Tour. After their end of the year break the PGA Tour kicks off the New Year in style in Hawaii at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Even though the all powerful PGA Tour can declare… Continue Reading

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Aussie Open Set for Thrilling Finish & Geoff Ogilvy: “The Thinker”

ogilvy coffee

Thanksgiving and its following weekend gives us sports fans plenty to be thankful for. We had a great slate of NFL games on Thursday and Saturday brings us “Rivalry Weekend” in college football with so many exciting match ups. Hopefully, the great golf going on down under doesn’t get lost in all this football hype. The stage is set for a thrilling finish at the Emirates Australian Open as many golfers are jammed atop the leaderboard with some big names… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie World Golf Championships are a boon to professional golfers, especially those who find themselves outside the top 125 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. This is so as the PGA Tour schedules an alternate full field event to run concurrently with the WGC. As the top 76 ranked players in the world teed it up at venerable Firestone CC for the WGC Bridgestone Championship this week another field of hungry pros competed at the Barracuda Championship.… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open Memories: Winged Foot 2006

by Jeff Skinner It’s 2006 and the U.S. Open had come to historic Winged Foot Country Club in Westchester County, New York. Since Winged Foot is only forty five minutes from my house I had a chance to spend all week there from practice days to Sunday’s final round. Early in the week during a practice round I was at wandering around watching the best players in the world try and figure out one of the toughest courses in the… Continue Reading

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Michael Thompson Lives His Dream

by Jeff Skinner The week at The Honda Classic started with such great promise.  A solid field full of big name stars on a respected course with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus pulling hosting duties for their adopted hometown.  The Honda Classic’s reputation has grown into one of the top tier events since Jack redid PGA National and “The Bear Trap” has almost taken on legendary status.  It’s not quite Amen Corner but then what is? Memories of Rory’s victory as… Continue Reading

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Four Important Weeks: The World Golf Championships

by Jeff Skinner History measures golfers by the number of major championships won.  Win a few majors and history will remember you well.  No other measure can define a golfer’s career as the majors do.  But lately the World Golf Championships are certainly playing a more important part in determining the status of golfers. Years ago Greg Norman tried to lead a mutiny against the PGA Tour and form a world golf tour.  Norman’s efforts were rebuffed but the WGC’s… Continue Reading

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Tour Reps & “Rocketballz”

by Jeff Skinner The professionals might be getting ready to start their season at Kapalua but for many of us the start is still a few snowstorms and some months away.  If you don’t live in a “year round” golf environment the best you can do is fantasize about your first round when you open up with you best round ever.  Remember, I did say fantasize. Maybe we can do more than that like dream about some new clubs that… Continue Reading

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Allenby & Ogilvy Tussle Down Under

by Jeff Skinner Robert Allenby’s week at The Presidents Cup was about as bad as bad can get.  He went 0-4-0 and was the only player on either team not to score any points.  Considering that Greg Norman went out on a limb to select him when there were other players performing far better than Allenby has to add to his frustration. Well, it looks like his frustration hit the breaking point on Sunday evening in Australia.  There are reports… Continue Reading

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The Presidents Cup 2011: A Win For All

by Jeff Skinner For the casual fan that just glanced at the leaderboard a few times or watched only a few minutes of The Presidents Cup it might have looked like another boring American victory.  Well, they may be half right: it was certainly a decisive win, 19-15 but it was hardly boring.  The players, the course, the fans and Mother Nature combined to give us four days of interesting and entertaining golf. Royal Melbourne lived up to the hype… Continue Reading

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