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Justin Thomas: Racking Up Wins & Records

HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 15:  Justin Thomas of the United States celebrates with the trophy after winning the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 15, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Justin Thomas continued to be the man on the PGA Tour this year as he set all kinds of records in his win at the Sony Open. Thomas made it a Hawaiian Double with wins at both the SBS Tournament of Champions and the Sony. And he did it in style becoming the youngest player to shoot 59, followed it with a 64 and then put up matching 65’s on the weekend to win by seven shots . In doing… Continue Reading

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The Many Struggles to Get Olympic Golf Started

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As the Olympics continue to dominate the sports pages and the men’s golf competition finally started on Thursday the world is getting its first live action look at Gil Hanse’s creation. The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca was built especially for these games. Hanse beat out several big name golf course designers to land a very important but a very troubled assignment. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us a Cliff Notes version of the many varied… Continue Reading

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Great Stuff on Dustin Johnson’s Dramatic U.S. Open Win

Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy after winning the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Sunday, June 19, 2016. (Copyright USGA/JD Cuban)

Sit down and take some time to read some of these pieces as the sports world reacts to Dustin Johnson’s breakthrough win at the U.S. Open and how the USGA screwed it up. Great stuff…really great stuff. Mike Purkey of Global Golf Post calls DJ “uncomplicated” but his win was anything but. And that with DJ’s great play down the stretch “justice was served.” Jaime Diaz at Golf Digest says After further Review, the USGA got real lucky Dustin Johnson… Continue Reading

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Ernie Els: Not Always Easy for “The Big Easy”

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Ernie Els has had an amazing career. The four time major winner returns to the scene of his first major win this week at Oakmont Country Club. Els won his first U.S. Open at 24 in a playoff here and has since earned entry into the Hall of Fame. He’s won all around the world and to outsiders looked to have been living a charmed life. He played hard and partied with the best of them. His large frame and… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson…Really Good and Really Lucky

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There are many old sayings in golf that golfers use everyday. Drive for show, putt for dough is one. Never up never in is another. My personal favorite, not so widely known outside of my regular golfing biddies is Nice drive a–hole, which always follows a great drive that ends up in a bogey or worse. How about, I’d rather be lucky than good. That’s so popular among us hackers when we find a members bounce on a less than… Continue Reading

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It’s U.S. Open Week… A Week Unlike Any Other

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U.S. Open week is here and our second and most controversial major is near. Normally the debate about the U.S. Open and the setup starts now but we are well past that point.  Many players had started complaining about Chambers Bay and the likely setup months ago, some without even setting foot on the property. USGA Executive Director Mike Davis had warned players that this new links design might need more than a few practice rounds for one to fully… Continue Reading

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The Quiet Man: Tiger’s New Coach, Chris Como

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Much has been made about Tiger Woods’ return to golf this week at his Hero World Challenge. Woods hadn’t played competitive golf in four months. Some would say with his game so rusty in the first three rounds at Isleworth Golf & Country (he is in last place) that he still hasn’t played a competitive round, but that would be a cheap shot. But it is not that Woods isn’t trying. In fact he is trying, trying to find a… Continue Reading

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Fallout From Far and Wide on Phil’s Callout of Watson

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The day after the 2014 Ryder Cup couldn’t be more different for the two teams. The European Team is most likely nursing the remnants of some heavy duty celebration. The Euros played exquisitely and deserve any and all tributes thrown their way. The Americans on the other hand have to asking themselves a painfully familiar question: Why do we keep losing at the Ryder Cup? Team USA has lost in eight of the last ten matches and from the look… Continue Reading

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Great Stuff at The Open Championship

by Jeff Skinner As it should The Open Championship dominated the golf pages, both electronic and print around the world with so many wonderful pieces by numerous scribes. Here are some great reads. Take some time to check them out. In Doug Ferguson’s game story he says Rory and his game are back in a big way:  In another major lacking tension over the final hour, what brought The Open to life was the potential of its champion. After nearly… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickeslon Questioned on Insider Trading Investigation

by Jeff Skinner The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported yesterday that Phil Mickelson is being investigated by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission for possible insider trading violations.  The stories focus on a former Pebble Beach pro-am partner of Mickelson’s, Billy Wagner a high stakes gambler and Carl Ichan one of the highest profile Wall St. investors in the country. From the Matthew Goldstein and Ben Protess New York Time story: Federal authorities are… Continue Reading

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