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Best U.S. Open Venue? Two Perspectives

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The boys at Golf Digest are heavily into the U.S. Open and as such have come up with a list they call “The Best U.S. Open Venues… Factoring in course layout, tradition, past winner and excitement produced, our panel provides a ‘definitive’ ranking.” They only include courses that held an Open for the past ten years so that disqualified a few favorites like Baltusrol and Oakland Hills but it’s still a heavy hitting list. Without blinking I knew Pebble Beach… Continue Reading

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Pinehurst Ramblings

by G. Rennie Our little group of Links Life Golf duffers has made it to three of the last four US Opens, missing only 2012 at Olympic. This year is something special since the wise men at USGA have graced LLG with full media credentials. The founder and brains (what we have of it) and daily heart of LLG, Jeff Skinner, AKA Big Skins, has been happily ensconced in the cool and comfy confines of the Media Center since Monday afternoon. He’s… Continue Reading

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29 Days and Counting to the U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner With THE PLAYERS Championship in the books it is time to look towards the next big tournament and with all due respect to the next four weeks on the PGA Tour, that is the 2014 U.S. Open. Pinehurst #2 will host both the Men’s and the Women’s Open starting in less than a month. It’s the first time ever both national championships have been held in consecutive weeks on the same course. The USGA loves Pinehurst and… Continue Reading

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Chatting with USGA Executive Director Mike Davis

by Jeff Skinner I’ve spent the last few posts on the exciting week I had in Columbus at the Presidents Cup.  The media credentials, the golf, the fans, the food, the beverages, the streaker and the company all were great.  I saw plenty of golf and even got to play eighteen holes with my brother and number two son and had a pretty good week in the Buckeye State. But there was one encounter I had that had me flying… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think…U.S. Women’s Open Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Inbee Park was a putting machine all week at Sebonack.  The only real drama was Jessica Korda’s mid-round dumping of her caddy. 2.  Credit the USGA for testing new courses and bringing the Women’s Open to Sebonack.  With the Men’s Open history at neighbor Shinnecock and The National Golf Links of America, the home of the initial Walker Cup (and again this fall) Southampton, Long Island is some very fertile ground for championship golf. 3.  Inbee… Continue Reading

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Tiger Woods Returns: Does His Swing Come With Him?

by Jeff Skinner Here’s your Tiger Woods Fall Series Primer: The Fall Series on The PGA Tour is normally filled with golfers trying to work their way up the PGA Tour Money List in an effort to earn or keep their tour card for next year.  Certainly that is the case as plenty of golfers are counting on a few good finishes over the next three weeks to solidify their situation. But this week’s Frys.com Open takes on a bit… Continue Reading

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Trading Three Tournaments For The Black

by Jeff Skinner Earlier this month I sat down to make plans for one of the busiest weeks of my golf season.   I had been granted media credentials to each of the professional tournaments that took place in the Northeast this past week:  The LPGA Championship in Rochester NY, The Champions Tour Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in Endicott NY and The PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship in Cromwell Connecticut.  I hoped to attend all three tournaments. I had spent a few… Continue Reading

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