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Matsuyama Takes Hero World Challenge

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The boys at NBC and The Golf Channel were hoping for a charge from Tiger Woods today at the Hero World Challenge but it was not to be. Woods was too far back to make it interesting and he had the poorest round of his comeback week. Hideki Matsuyama was the man instead as he continued his superb recent play and topped this elite field of golfers. Matsuyama finished his week with a one over 73 but that was enough… Continue Reading

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My Scotland Adventure…Our Last Days

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Our two week escapade across the Scottish landscape was winding down and on Thursday we headed back to Castle Stuart. George had taken advantage of a 36 Hole Ticket deal and it was well worth it. Castle Stuart ranked as one of our favorite courses of the entire trip. The property, the views, the layout, the conditioning and the people combined to give us another magnificent day of links golf. The course itself is worth the trip and the money… 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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The Many Struggles to Get Olympic Golf Started

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As the Olympics continue to dominate the sports pages and the men’s golf competition finally started on Thursday the world is getting its first live action look at Gil Hanse’s creation. The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca was built especially for these games. Hanse beat out several big name golf course designers to land a very important but a very troubled assignment. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us a Cliff Notes version of the many varied… Continue Reading

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Ben An Wins Long Drive with a Ball That Just Goes Too Far

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One of the fun things at the PGA Championship is their decision to reinstate the Long Driving Competition. They had done it for years before doing away with it but since 2014 we’ve seen some massive belts. Probably the most famous of its past winners has to be the Golden Bear himself. Way back in 1963 a young Jack Nicklaus smacked one 341 yards…with a persimmon clubhead. Who knows what he could have done with one of those high tech… Continue Reading

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Our Links Life Golf Open Championship Picks

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It’s Open Championship week and the oldest and most intriguing of the majors wouldn’t be complete without the Links Life Golf Crew Open Championship Picks. The boys at Links Life Golf put hours and hours into researching their favorites at Royal Troon and have selected these fine golfers to become The Champion Golfer of the Year. Lil Skins is still alive for the Grand Slam with a win at the U.S. Open and a tie for first at The Masters.… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 16, 17, 18

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The last three holes at Royal Troon starts with a birdie opportunity at the par 5, 554 yard sixteenth hole.  In 2004 it played as the easiest hole on the course. A burn crosses the fairway and will challenge golfers to clear it with any wind at all.  The large green is surrounded by those deep, painful bunkers. The par 3 seventeenth normally faces into the wind and at 220 yards players may need a driver to have any chance… Continue Reading

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Gary Player & Jack Nicklaus May Be Partying with the Kids

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Gary Player was as competitive a golfer as there ever was on this planet.  No player ever got so much from such a small package.  He won nine major championship and hundreds of golf tournaments on a dozen different tours. And he’s still a feisty son of a gun. I think he may have been a bit put off by all the attention that Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman were getting from their SB2K16 escapades. Well,… Continue Reading

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Ramblings From the Easy Chair: Masters Day 3

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A touch of Class- As two time Masters Champion Tom Watson closed out his competitive career at Augusta National on Friday afternoon the membership of this most exclusive club was out in force to wish him well and express their gratitude for his contributions to their tournament. Most conspicuous of all at eighteen green, in their Augusta Green Jackets, were Billy Paine and Joe Ford, the chairman and vice- chairman of the club. A fitting, classy send off to a… Continue Reading

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