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JB Holmes Spoils a Good Walk

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Somewhere Kevin Na is letting out a long sigh. Thanks to JB Holmes’ play on the 18th hole of the Farmers Insurance Open Na is no longer the poster boy for slow play. The glacial moving Holmes now lays claim to the title of the slowest player in golf. Whether or not Holmes is actually the slowest may be up for debate but his performance cast him front and center as to what is so very wrong with the pace… Continue Reading

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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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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner…with a Side of Bacon

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David Lingmerth was 0-2 in playoffs going into his duel with Justin Rise. His solid ball striking supported by a healthy dose of good old fashioned guts helped him beat Rose on the third hole of the playoff.  Winning The Memorial at Jack’s Place with the Greatest of All Time shaking your hand as the winner is one special day. Now that’s a first time PGA Tour win worth remembering. Suzann Pettersen has had some ups and downs recently. Winless… Continue Reading

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Vijay Singh Plays Dumb

by Jeff Skinner Vijay Singh has released a statement saying that he was shocked that the deer antler spray was banned by the PGA Tour. “While I have used deer antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy,” he said. “In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked… Continue Reading

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Vijay Singh Linked to Banned Drugs

by Jeff Skinner Another week goes by and another story breaks on performance enhancing drugs in sports.  Has there been a recent story about A-Rod that doesn’t touch on his use of performance enhancing drugs?  This week, right in the middle of all the Super Bowl hype a Sports Illustrated article names All-Pro and future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis as a user of PED’s.  According to David’s Epstein’s article, Lewis used banned substances to recover from his torn… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think & More…Open Championship Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  One of the things I like about the Open Championship venues is that the houses you see near the course are actually part of a town with regular working people living in them.  Unlike in the U.S. where those houses are part of some ritzy real estate development. 2.  Call me corny and maybe I do fall hook, line and sinker for ESPN’s hype but those Ian McShane pieces kick ass. 3.  Cheers to Mark Calcavecchia… Continue Reading

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Two Winners at Royal Portrush, Daley’s a Champion, Miyazato Again

by Jeff Skinner It was a long time coming on the European Tour for both the winner and the host course at The Irish Open.  Jamie Donaldson claimed the Irish Open after 255 starts on the Euro Tour.  Northern Ireland’s Royal Portrush hosted a top flight tournament for the first time in 59 years and by all accounts it was a grand success. While the Irish fans didn’t get a native son as a winner they turned out to support… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Yea, Rory Sabbatini had an ace on Sunday but earlier in the week the Sabbatini family had another big day.  “Earlier in the week at Operation Shower, Sabbatini’s wife Amy surprised four military moms-to-be expecting twins whose spouses are deployed members of the U.S. Navy, Naval Submarine School and Connecticut Army National Guard by announcing that she would cover airfare for the moms-to-be to fly their moms in for the birth of the babies.”  Rory may… Continue Reading

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Luke, Rory, Lorena, Shootout & Feinstein

by Jeff Skinner Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy continue to do battle for the Euro Tour Money Title at The Dubai World Championship. Donald jumped up 14 spots to get into a tie for twelfth and Rory treaded water and remains tied for third. McIlroy isn’t just battling Donald and the rest of the field he is also fighting the effects of dengue fever.  McIlroy has felt fatigued for awhile and now doctors tell him it may be the effects… Continue Reading

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