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Justin Thomas: Racking Up Wins & Records

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 15:  Justin Thomas of the United States celebrates with the trophy after winning the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 15, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Justin Thomas continued to be the man on the PGA Tour this year as he set all kinds of records in his win at the Sony Open. Thomas made it a Hawaiian Double with wins at both the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony. And he did it in style becoming the youngest player to shoot 59, followed it with a 64 and then put up matching 65’s on the weekend to win by seven shots . In doing… Continue Reading

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A Miracle Kid & Rory McIlroy

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Our world, especially our sports world is filled with entitled, self absorbed mooks who will never realize that the world isn’t just about them.  The news is filled with them each and everyday. Rory McIlroy isn’t one of them.  Rory gets it. Rory isn’t that far removed from being a kid and idolizing his golf heroes just like his friend Traden Karch. Traden is still just a kid who had Rory as his hero as he played golf for his… Continue Reading

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Arnold Palmer, “The King” Dies at 87

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It’s darn near impossible to put into words what Arnold Palmer meant to golf. He’s the reason there is world wide tours and billions spent on golf. He’s the reason for the big money purses and the international popularity of the game. He’s the reason we can watch golf all year long and he’s the reason golf has grown into a major sports business. And yes, he’s the reason we can drink an “Arnold Palmer” and certainly he’s the reason… Continue Reading

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My Scotland Adventure…Castle Stuart

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Our second Monday in Scotland had us on one of the best modern links courses on the planet.  Castle Stuart in Inverness sits on the Moray Firth with spectacular views all around. But its the course, built upon classically rumpled linksland and transitioning upward onto a bluff for awe inspiring views that makes this so very memorable. Gil Hanse partnered with Kingsbarns developer Mark Parsinen to sculpt a links that melds into the rugged landscape but feels like it has… Continue Reading

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Patrick Reed Loves Playing In the Red, White & Blue

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In an instance of perfect timing Golf Digest has Barclays winner Patrick Reed on their September cover with Reed being his usual blunt self in their “My Shot” column with Guy Yocum. Reed clinched his 2016 Ryder Cup spot with Sunday’s win and despite his fifth PGA win he still plays with a large chip on his shoulder. And it might as well be painted red, white and blue. “… when Henrik Stenson and I were all square going into… Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth Just Plays Too Slow

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Jordan Spieth’s week at Oakmont didn’t go as he would have liked. It started with the multiple rain delays on Thursday as Spieth had an early tee time. He was one of the players that had to deal with the start, stop, start, stop action on a day that tested players and fans alike. When the weather settled down and Spieth had his chance to defend his U.S. Open title his game didn’t respond. While many players were able to… Continue Reading

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Oakmont Country Club and Its Disappearing Trees

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Much has been made about the “new and improved tree-less” Oakmont Country Club.  When it was first built it was built to be tough, no, the toughest course in the land. Years later members planted thousands of trees that grew and enfringed on the original layout of the course.  Now after two periods of intense tree removal over 15,000 trees have been removed revealing the course in all its original splendor. Here’s a great piece from Matt Ginella of The… 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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Casey Martin & His Oregon Ducks are National Champions

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I absolutely loved watching the NCAA Division 1 Championships this week, both the men and the women. That match play format just screams drama and suspense. And dramatic it was as Oregon and Texas went to extra holes before Sulman Raza a home grown Duck topped Taylor Funk (Fred’s boy) in 21 holes to give Oregon its first NCAA golf championship. Oregon coach, Casey Martin has to be living the dream. He grew up on the Eugene Country Club golf… Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth Already Knows How to Get His A Game Back

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The U.S. Open is just a month away and the world’s best will be working on refining their game in the coming weeks as they head into Oakmont, their toughest test of the year. At the top of that list has to be the defending champion, Jordan Spieth who isn’t playing anywhere near the level he used to win two majors last season. Can Spieth regroup and settle down to find the magic that had him take the Master, U.S.… Continue Reading

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