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Past OPEN Champs Perform, or Not

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The R&A ensures The OPEN  is the most accessible of the four major championships by using thirty nine separate qualification criteria in setting the field of one hundred fifty players.  First of these many roads to The OPEN is status as a past champion with an age limit up to sixty. Sixteen players are in the field by way of at least once hoisting the Claret Jug. Some have acquitted themselves well while most have struggled, with eight missing the… Continue Reading

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The Senior Set Does Troon

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Of the 156 competitors at Royal Troon nine are over 50 and eligible for play on The Champions Tour.  Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only two players from the geriatric set who regularly compete on the primary tours that cater to young flat bellies. But the lure of a major and the many, many ways that the R&A makes entry into the OPEN accessible typically brings in a bunch of gents who, to put it politely, are… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

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1. Talk about a feel good story…that’s what James Hahn’s come from behind win at the Wells Fargo was for sure. He hadn’t even sniffed a lead in months having missed eight straight cuts. In fact he hadn’t had a top ten since last October. 2. Hahn likes tough, old school golf courses. His first win came at Riviera last year and that was in a playoff also. He’s remembered by fans for dancing “Gangnam Style” at the sixteenth at… Continue Reading

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Ten Things I Think

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1. Golf Digest is once again the target of LPGA fans because this month Paige Spiranac graces their cover. While Spiranac is attempting to make it to the LPGA her game is still a long way off but her popularity far exceeds her game. She is what you would call an “internet sensation” with over 670,000 Instagram followers, most of which are between the ages of 15-30. Now that’s the demographic that Golf Digest and the game itself needs to… Continue Reading

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Blast From the Past: The Skins Game

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My kids usually laugh at me when I insert “back in the day” into any conversation. To them it’s a signal that I’m going to be reminiscing about a time that was so much better than the way things are done today. Sometimes I’m right, sometimes I’m not and most times I am just nostalgic. Thanksgiving weekend bought out one of those “back in the day” discussions.  Back in the day there really was no Black Friday. Stores were never,… Continue Reading

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Do You Play Like a Legend? Take the Quiz

by Jeff Skinner  Ever wish you played golf like a legend?  Sure you have, we all have.  How many times have you tried to swing like Nicklaus or Palmer, Phil, Tiger or even John Daly?  But there is more to golf than hitting the ball.  Matt Newman at Golf.com has a quick little quiz and the answers will determine Which Legendary Golfer Are You? It’s fun and maybe reveals more about your game than you really think you know.  Go… Continue Reading

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It’s a Tough Job at Pebble Beach

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour descends on Pebble Beach this week for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.   Brandt Snedeker will defend his ’13 title and Phil Mickelson will test his ailing back once again. There are some tough jobs in golf:  Brandel Chamblee’s hair stylist, Rory McIlroy’s agent, Tiger’s publicist, John Daly’s trainer and the guy that carries Nick Faldo’s ego around.  But Chuck Dunbar doesn’t have one of those jobs.  He’s the Head Pro at Pebble Beach.  I’d… Continue Reading

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Pros Opting for Higher Lofted Drivers

by Jeff Skinner For all those golfers that judge their manhood by hitting drivers with single digit lofts here’s some news.  Even the professionals are realizing that higher lofts just might be better.  Any double digit handicapper shouldn’t even think about going lower than a 10.5 degree driver and maybe we should be looking even higher. According to the PGA Tour’s Equipment Report plenty of TaylorMade staffers have put higher lofted drivers in their bags.  “TaylorMade players lofting up: The… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour’s Biggest “Over/Under” Achievers

by Jeff Skinner As usual another Dustin Johnson win has ignited the “underachiever” debate once again.  The boys at The Golf Channel’s Golf Talk Central put together their candidates for not only underachievers but overachievers as well. Here is their lead in: Dustin Johnson, fresh off his WGC-HSBC victory, has eight career PGA Tour wins, including at least one in his first seven full seasons on Tour. But that’s not enough for everyone. Some believe Johnson, with his immense talent,… Continue Reading

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U.S. Solheim Cup…Mallon Surprises With Michelle Wie

by Jeff Skinner The U.S. Solheim Team has been finalized and Captain Meg Mallon will be trying to get her charges in top form for the August 16th-18th matches at the Colorado Golf Club. Mallon’s team features the top American golfers who battled all year to earn points with the top eight players gaining an automatic slot.  Current British Open Champion and America’s best golfer, Stacy Lewis led the points total followed by Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Angela Stanford, Brittany… Continue Reading

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