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The “Season” Starts at The Honda Classic

by Jeff Skinner You’ll have to excuse the golf geeks of the world if they seem a bit giddy this week.  Even though we’ve been watching golf all winter things really start to heat up this week.  The PGA Tour brings the strongest field of the year to a tough track as PGA National hosts the 43rd Honda Classic. It wasn’t always The Honda Classic.  Back in 1972 Jackie Gleason, a hard partying golf geek himself headlined the Jackie Gleason… Continue Reading

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The Bob Hope Classic: Thanks for the Memories

by Jeff Skinner Thanks for the memories.  That was Bob Hope’s theme song and it couldn’t be more apropos now.  The Bob Hope Classic which started in 1960 is no more.  Tournament organizers announced that it will be renamed the Humana Challenge after its new sponsor. “The Hope” had fallen on difficult times in past years and it was struggling to stay afloat.  With the new Humana deal there will be golf in the desert for the next eight years… Continue Reading

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A Pair of Jacks, Nicklaus & Gleason

by Jeff Skinner For years many of us have lamented the lack of characters presently on The PGA Tour. In the 60’s and 70’s there were plenty of characters on the tour and many more that surrounded and contributed to golf.  There were tournaments hosted by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Jackie Gleason among others.  With all due respect to Bill Murray and George Lopez, they couldn’t have caddied for Hope and Gleason.  These guys were characters, big time characters. … Continue Reading

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Timberlake & PGA Tour Goes Retro

by Jeff Skinner Quick, name the celebrities that have their names attached to a PGA Tour event.  If you had to stop and think for a minute you are out of touch with the PGA Tour.  Only the late, great Bob Hope and the young, hip Justin Timberlake have their names atop the marquee on the PGA Tour.  Yes, Wayne Gretzky hosts a Nationwide Tour but on the PGA Tour their remains only those two. It didn’t use to be… Continue Reading

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