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The USGA Needs to Dump Trump

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The people of the United States are not the only ones faced with a critical decision about Donald Trump next month. So is the USGA. With Trump’s never ending monologue of disparaging women the USGA has to be contemplating the effect Trump, whether President or not, will have on their 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. The Open is scheduled for Trump’s National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. next July. As each day brings more and more controversy surrounding Trump and his… Continue Reading

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USGA Still Taking Heat for DJ’s Penalty

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It seems like everyone in the golf world had an opinion on the Dustin Johnson/USGA rules snafu except DJ himself. Yes, he said during and after the penalty was assessed, in the scoring room no less, that he didn’t cause the ball to move but that was it. As we all carry on about his misfortune and the USGA’s fumble DJ is laying low, nowhere to be seen. Good for him. He’s handling the aftermath as classy as he did… Continue Reading

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Mike Davis: “The USGA Wants a Mulligan”

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Amid all the controversy and backlash about the Dustin Johnson rules kerfuffle Mike Davis, the Executive Director/CEO of the USGA has made a request: The USGA wants a mulligan. Ironic isn’t it. The USGA released a statement earlier in the day, standing by the rules decision, that Johnson caused the ball to move but apologizing for the distraction they caused on the twelfth tee. Later, Davis was a call in quest on the Golf Channel’s Golf Central. Consider this calling… Continue Reading

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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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John Feinstein: Earl was Tiger’s Problem

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The Tiger Woods Watch has reached DEFCON 1 as the entire sports world awaits his return. There are rumblings that Tiger will make his umpteenth come back appearance at each and every tournament on the PGA Tour schedule. While the scene of his comeback is still a mystery the fact that he is close to being healthy isn’t. He’s been seen hitting balls at clinics and course openings and a few insiders have witnessed Woods go after the ball at… Continue Reading

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Chambers Bay: More Fun Than Faults

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Fill in the blank. The 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay was _______. The answer certainly depends on who is responding. Some players might say it was a travesty. Some called it all tricked up. While the most popular cry was an indictment of the greens and some players were ready to indict Mike Davis who was the main man responsible for the controversial setup. If a ticket buying fan was filling in the blank the response might have been… Continue Reading

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Day 2 Takeaways from Chambers Bay: Brown Greens & Short Skirts

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For all the crying about the greens at Chambers Bay the greens seemed to play a bit better today. Of course there will be a differences from early morning to late afternoon but there isn’t a course on this planet that can avoid that. But all the players play the same course and whatever happened to “you play the course as you found it.” So Chambers Bay isn’t Augusta National and that’s a good thing. Golf courses are faced with… Continue Reading

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“Chambers Basement” Is No Bargain

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When Mike Davis first got a look at Chambers Bay he felt that this was a way he could bring links golf to the American public. Shortly after it opened and shortly after the USGA had visited University Place, Chambers Bay was awarded the 2010 U.S. Amateur and the ’15 U.S. Open. It was a shocking decision by Davis and crew but Davis often thinks outside the box. Using the Amateur as a test case, Davis made some changes to… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.18

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse close out their Chambers Bay presentation with a big finale, the eighteenth hole. Controversy follows the player from tee to green. Mike Davis will set this hole up as a 604 yard par 5 one day and a 525 par 4 the next. Davis insisted that a large, very large fairway bunker be placed in the landing area to make the players think about their tee balls. The bunker is so deep and penal it’s… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.16 & No.17

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse show us the sixteenth at Chambers Bay which nestles up close to the Puget Sound and even closer to the railway line that gives this course a definite British feel. Less than driver for most on this 423 yard par four with a green that narrows down to just six paces at the back. The par three seventeenth can play from 172-218 yards and you get another look at the railway. This is the only… Continue Reading

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