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Happy Birthday Jack Nicklaus

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The Golden Bear turns 77 today and his plans are to play a little tennis, not golf and chill with the family. Sounds like a fine plan to me. As good as Jack was executing his shots on the course many say his real advantage was the mental side of his game. Jack’s ability to focus and maintain his game plan won him many a major. When Jack was at his best the saying went,’when Nicklaus stood on the tee… Continue Reading

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Jack Nicklaus Says Troon Tops Turnberry

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As Henrik and Phil were going at it yesterday many of us referenced 1977 at Turnberry when Nicklaus and Watson went head to head in the classic Duel in the Sun. I stated that I thought Stenson and Mickelson had outplayed Watson and Nicklaus by the sheer brilliance of their play. And I am not alone. The Golden Bear himself thinks so too. Nicklaus, who rarely watches a full round of golf, released these comments on Twitter praising Stenson and… 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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Masters Flashback: 1986…Greatest Masters Ever

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Finally, it’s Masters Week and we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ miraculous 1986 win. It was his record sixth green jacket and was the most improbable of victories. Jack was 46 and supposedly over the hill. But an historic back nine charge from The Golden Bear and some “choking” by a few players gave Jack his last and probably most unexpected major win. We’ve all seen the CBS footage many times but here’s a look at the… Continue Reading

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Winter Golf and My “Watson” Moment

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And the season begins! An unseasonably warm spell in the Hudson Valley this week had all us golf starved hackers chomping at the bit for a few holes of real golf. With zero snow on the ground and temperatures nearing 60 all that was needed was a course to play. And thank god there was a little nine holer just minutes from my house that stays open all winter. As long as there is no snow they’re open and this… Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday Tiger Woods

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Tiger turns 40 today and even he realizes he is not getting any younger.  Recently Woods has taken a different tone when talking about his career. He has said that he’s had a good run and that he is satisfied with his career if it ended now.  But…he also has said he’ll be back to working out and practicing as soon as he’s able after his rehab from his third back surgery is complete. Tiger appears to have mellowed a… Continue Reading

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Saturday Swing Tip: Phil’s New Coach

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Phil Mickelson may have left the greatest golf instructor of the day but that doesn’t mean Phil is going solo.  Word is that Phil the Thrill will be hoping to create some new thrills with the help of Andrew Getson. Getson is a very popular pro at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale which is home to several PGA Tour players. Watch how Getson shows us one of his chipping techniques.

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Open Championship Flashback: Nicklaus Says Farewell

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Ten years ago this week Jack Nicklaus took one last walk over the Swilcan Bridge as a professional.  Paired with Luke Donald and good friend Tom Watson, Nicklaus did his best to stay in control during his eighteen hole victory.  Watson wasn’t so lucky as he said he had tears in his eyes for the entire round. St. Andrews has a special place in Jack’s heart and he wanted his last round to be at the Home of Golf. Nicklaus… Continue Reading

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Monday Chip Shots

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Lydia Ko just keeps adding to her legacy. That’s if it’s possible for an 18 year old to have a legacy. She celebrated her birthday over the weekend and promptly defends her title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. And she didn’t have her best stuff. Morgan Pressel had the tournament in hand and a two shot lead until two late bogeys did her in. That’s part of the game and for Ko just hanging around earned her another LPGA… Continue Reading

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