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Chip Shots…PGA Championship Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  The PGA was by far the most dramatic major of the season. Valhalla gave us plenty of excitement. We like birdies and look at the cast of characters in this drama, world class all of them. It doesn’t get much better that Saturday and Sunday at the PGA. 2.  There were some world class pars the last two days. Jason Day’s from the jungle on number two. Rory McIlroy’s from the water right after that. And… Continue Reading

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PGA Championship, Hits & Misses from Day 2

by Jeff Skinner Hits How about Kenny Perry making the cut in his home state of Kentucky? Scores of 72 and 69 have him at -1. He said he needed about 100 tickets for all the family and friends. Now they get to see him on the weekend. Another player representing the Champions Tour well was Colin Montgomerie who is having a resurgent season on the Champions Tour and off the course as well. He went 70, 71 and made… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie World Golf Championships are a boon to professional golfers, especially those who find themselves outside the top 125 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. This is so as the PGA Tour schedules an alternate full field event to run concurrently with the WGC. As the top 76 ranked players in the world teed it up at venerable Firestone CC for the WGC Bridgestone Championship this week another field of hungry pros competed at the Barracuda Championship.… Continue Reading

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Kenny Perry’s Shot of The U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner Kenny Perry is 53 years old and not supposed to be making any noise here at the U.S. Open. But he’s here because he won the 2013 Senior Open and showed us that he still has game, even when playing the flatbellies. On 14 he hit a poor tee shot but made up for it with the shot of the tournament so far. Here’s how he describes it, “I’m in a bunker, I hit a poor 5-wood off… Continue Reading

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It’s THE PLAYERS Championship

by Jeff Skinner It’s THE PLAYERS Championship week and that means plenty of hype, a lot of Tim Finchem and one heck of a good golf tournament. This is the PGA Tour’s premier event and while the four traditional majors hold a higher place in the hierarchy of golf, THE PLAYERS still gives us plenty of thrills come Sunday afternoon. Of course it’s that diabolical piece of swamp that Pete Dye fashioned into a golf course that supplies so much… Continue Reading

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Ravings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie For television watching golf fanatics this weekend was a perfect storm of close competition.  Of the five tours that are covered on American TV four were decided in playoffs!  I can’t remember that ever occurring before and the overlapping coverage commitments of CBS and Golf Channel had TV execs scrambling to cover the most compelling action. First up was the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart links otherwise known as Phil’s Show. That loopy lefty gave away the… Continue Reading

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Is the Thrill Gone?

by G. Rennie Phil the Thrill is perhaps the most liked golfer around even though he’s played most of his career in the shadow of the Tiger Woods phenomenon. The contrast between those two both on the course and off couldn’t be more sharply drawn than they are now.  One aspect of their differing styles of play is that Tiger is extremely calculating in managing his way around a course.  Phil has, for the most part, been less disciplined and… Continue Reading

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Kenny Perry Wins Despite Big Loss

by Jeff Skinner Kenny Perry broke through with his first Champions Tour win yesterday even though he was playing with the heaviest of hearts and would have rather been home with his family. Perry’s sister Kay had passed away on Saturday from breast cancer. Perry has had a great career.  He’s won 14 times on the PGA Tour including multiple win seasons in 2003, 2008 and 2009.  He’s won a Ryder Cup at in his home state of Kentucky and… Continue Reading

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Tiger Stone Cold At Firestone

by Jeff Skinner So Tiger Woods found parts of Firestone Country Club that he never saw before.  He pushed and hooked his way around the course to his highest ever first round score at Firestone.  His 74 left him tied for seventieth place.  There was no one flaw in Tiger’s game, his entire game was flawed.  He missed fairways, missed greens, burned edges and left shots in bunkers.  If he continues playing like this he’ll be the world number two… Continue Reading

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