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Golf in the Olympics: I’m Done…for Now

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Let it be known that this will be my last piece with any mention of the Olympics, golf in the Olympics, players in the Olympics, players not in the Olympics, the Olympic Flame, the Olympic Rings, Olympic Paint…anything Olympic…at least until we crown the Champion Golfer of the Year. All this Olympic baloney is taking the focus away from the oldest and maybe the greatest major of them all. That being said I need to vent for a bit before… Continue Reading

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What Makes a Golf Course Great? More Than You Think

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Serious golf is about to be played this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship as the top three golfers in the world will tee it up together for the first time in 2016. Trump National Doral, aka The Blue Monster will look a bit different this year as Gil Hanse was given the OK by his lordship The Donald to tweak his still fresh redesign. There will be some narrower landing areas for the long hitters as Hanse has moved in… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think…PLAYERS Style

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1.  Say what you will about Pete Dye’s Sawgrass, and plenty do, it certainly allows for excitement down the stretch. And they certainly gave it to us yesterday. 2.  The sheer quality of the play, from just about everyone on the back nine was so impressive. These guys are good, really good. 3.  I have said it before: I don’t like playoffs. Hockey yes, golf no. They are always anticlimactic. Yesterday was an exception, a great exception and one we… Continue Reading

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The Past, Present & Future All Converge at Augusta National

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The Green Jacketed One Percenters of Augusta National may take some heat for being the rich, ruling class of America with little interaction with the masses except for one week a year but one thing we can’t deny about the members of Augusta: they know how to put on a great golf tournament. While many of the members are busy running our country many are totally consumed with putting on the most memorable of majors. This week was no different… Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth Shoots 64, Still “Frustrated”

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All the great golfers are always hard on themselves. That’s how they push themselves to get better. “I can always get better” is a refrain often heard among the best athletes. Jordan Spieth is no different. The twenty one year old leads The Masters by two shots after shooting 64 and barely missed tying the course record of 63 held by Nick Price (86) and Greg Norman (96). Spieth was riding a wave of confidence heading into the fifteenth hole… Continue Reading

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Great Golf for Great Prices

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Like many golf fanatics who are housebound by the chill of winter I escape my boredom with a few needed diversions. The Golf Channel, websites, books and magazines get teamed up with some living room putting to help me escape from my seasonal prison. Golf Digest’s listing of America’s 100 Greatest Courses is always a welcome addition to my arsenal of tools to fight off the winter boredom. But at the same time it is a bit frustrating. The vast… Continue Reading

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

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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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Some More Green for Public Golf

by Jeff Skinner Living in New York’s Hudson Valley has its advantages. We get to enjoy all of the four seasons, well I enjoy three of them anyway. The Hudson Valley is full of history and a beautiful place to live. Along with that comes the quantity and quality of great golf courses in the area. Westchester County boasts dozens of historic, world class courses. And Long Island, a hot bed of classic courses is close enough to enjoy also.… Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie Leads an Exciting U.S. Women’s Open

by Jeff Skinner The 2014 golf season just keeps getting better for the LPGA. With new tournaments, new sponsors, fresh new faces and plenty of publicity the U.S. Women’s Open started with much anticipation. So far it hasn’t disappointed at all. With the women following the men at Pinehurst No.2 Mike Whan couldn’t have written a better script for the first two rounds. He should send the USGA a big thank you note. The week started with plenty of buzz… Continue Reading

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New LPGA/PGA Deal Leaves Rochester Out in the Cold

by Jeff Skinner The news that the LPGA has partnered with The PGA of America and KMPG is by every measure a great move for women’s golf. The increased money, status and exposure of the new KMPG Women’s PGA Championship will benefit all the LPGA players and serve to grow the women’s game. Commissioner Mike Whan has done an amazing job in transforming an LPGA Tour he took over that was struggling into a living, breathing viable product that sponsors… Continue Reading

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