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Saturday Swing Tip: Drive It Like Lee Trevino

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Not every golfer has the perfect swing…we all just try to get the ball in the hole.  Lee Trevino made a pretty good living with a homemade swing that would make some of today’s teachers cringe. His unorthodox swing got him into the Hall of Fame, six major championships and in Jack’s pocket plenty of times.  No one got the best of Jack in the majors more than the Merry Mex. Listen as he tells us his secret to solid… Continue Reading

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The King of Hearts

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Arnold Palmer’s death Sunday, at age 87, didn’t come as a total shock to me but it was hard blow, nonetheless. It might seem strange or inauthentic to claim that the passing of a celebrity figure whom you have never met can have a serious effect on a person. But millions of folks in the US and around the globe would refute that claim; indeed, they have done so through social media since the word of The King’s death was… Continue Reading

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A Quick Pick Six

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1. Props to Emiliano Grillo for hanging in there and beating Kevin Na in a playoff for his first win at the Frys.com Open. He’s had eight starts on tour but this was his first event as a full member of the PGA Tour. With his win he gets an invite to The Masters, a two year exemption to the PGA Tour and $1.8 million. Not bad for a 23 year old kid. 2. While the PGA Tour was starting… 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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Merion Is More Than a Golf Course

by Jeff Skinner The reviews are in and Merion is a smash hit.  With only a few gripes from a couple of players, the verdict on the USGA’s “boutique” Open at Merion is a resounding success. The questions of whether the modern game had passed Merion by have been put to rest.  The problem of shoe-horning a gigantic Open into a less than gigantic site was creatively solutioned by the USGA and a very receptive community.  And the “imaginative” setup… Continue Reading

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Lee Trevino’s Perfect 1971 U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner As a kid growing up in the suburban New York metropolitan area you learn a few things.  One is a quick explanation that you don’t live in “New York City” because that is what everyone hears when you say New York.  And if you’re a sports fan in you learn to read the newspapers backwards. The New York Daily News and The New York Post, tabloids that they are, have good sports sections and the back page… Continue Reading

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Trevino vs Nicklaus: 1971 U.S. Open Playoff on Golf Channel Tonight

by Jeff Skinner There’s always a good reason the watch The Golf Channel and Brandel Chamblee, Rich Lerner and of course Holly Sonders are just a few. But not every minute on The Golf Channel is watchable…that means you Ahmad. But tonight classifies as a must watch. The Golf Channel will be airing the 1971 U.S. Open playoff between Lee Trevino and Jack Nicklaus. Rarely seen on television, these three hours of television are a little bit of heaven for… Continue Reading

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Mike Davis, Merion and The USGA Museum

by Jeff Skinner U.S. Open Countdown: 44 days Today was Media Day for the 113th U.S. Open to be held at Merion Golf Club in June.  USGA Executive Director Mike Davis spoke to the Morning Drive this morning and you could hear the excitement in his voice. Returning The Open to Merion is one of “the highlights of my career” he said and he used the word “magical” many times when speaking of the iconic course which has an unparalleled… Continue Reading

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