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Big Names Not the Way to Grow the Game at Olympics

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All right, I have to admit that Olympic fever is hitting yours truly. I have been addicted to NBC’s multiple platform broadcasts as I try to grab a little bit of all the competitions down in Rio. Sure, watching Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and the swim team is great and those high flying, gravity defying gymnasts are amazing. And of course the beach volleyball is fun. How aren’t they covered in sand? But I am not limiting myself to the… Continue Reading

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Ben An Wins Long Drive with a Ball That Just Goes Too Far

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One of the fun things at the PGA Championship is their decision to reinstate the Long Driving Competition. They had done it for years before doing away with it but since 2014 we’ve seen some massive belts. Probably the most famous of its past winners has to be the Golden Bear himself. Way back in 1963 a young Jack Nicklaus smacked one 341 yards…with a persimmon clubhead. Who knows what he could have done with one of those high tech… Continue Reading

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Golf in the Olympics: I’m Done…for Now

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Let it be known that this will be my last piece with any mention of the Olympics, golf in the Olympics, players in the Olympics, players not in the Olympics, the Olympic Flame, the Olympic Rings, Olympic Paint…anything Olympic…at least until we crown the Champion Golfer of the Year. All this Olympic baloney is taking the focus away from the oldest and maybe the greatest major of them all. That being said I need to vent for a bit before… Continue Reading

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Olympics 2016: Another One Bites the Dust

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The U.S. Olympic Golf Team took another hit as Dustin Johnson announced he would not be heading to Rio.  Johnson cited the Zika Virus as the main reason for declining to compete in golf’s re-entry into the Olympics.  The last time golf was in the Olympics was 1904. “This was not an easy decision for me,” Johnson said in a statement. “But my concerns about the Zika virus cannot be ignored.” “I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself,… Continue Reading

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Chip Shots…Hurley Out of Open, Spieth Wavers on Rio

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When Billy Hurley III won last week we knew his life was about to change. But the unassuming former Navy lieutenant who has captured the hearts of many golf fans showed why so many have come to count him as one of their favorites. Hurley earned an invite to the Open Championship next month as one of the perks of winning the Quicken Loans National. But his sister had scheduled her wedding that same weekend so a tough decision faced… Continue Reading

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Gil Hanse: “Talking Is Overrated” Still Added to Fox Coverage

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FOX Sports has announced its full cast of characters for its inaugural season of USGA coverage and from the looks of things they will have plenty of on air talent. In addition to Joe Buck, Greg Norman, Holly Sonders, Brad Faxon, David Fay, Corey Pavin and Juli Inkster FOX has added plenty of new names to their season long coverage of the USGA events, including the U.S. Open in June.  I count twenty new additions to the FOX Broadcast Team… Continue Reading

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Must Watch Video: Michael Labrie’s Story

by Jeff Skinner The 2014 season has officially started this week, well at least on The Golf Channel.  Monday their most popular show, The Big Break debuted with Big Break Florida and a cast full of women which is sure to get good ratings.  That was followed by the season premiere of In Play With Jimmy Roberts and The Golf Channel execs were hoping to get a carryover of all those viewers watching the short skirts on Big Break. Well… Continue Reading

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Forecast: More Snow, No Golf

by Jeff Skinner Another wonderful day in the Northeast!  Cold and snow…right now we are in the middle of our millionth snow storm of the season with predictions of 7-15 inches with some ice for good measure.  Someone tell me why I continue to live through this torture called winter. I’ll try and get through the day with The Morning Drive, The Euro Tour’s Africa Open and the Olympic coverage.  Bring on the Curling.  Curling Rocks!  

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LPGA Announces New “International Crown”

by Jeff Skinner LPGA commissioner Michael Whan has been hard at work.  The Commish recently announced a new, improved and longer schedule for the LPGA and yesterday came out with another significant announcement from the LPGA. Starting in 2014 the LPGA will host a new world team competition titled The International Crown.  Played in years opposite the Solheim Cup, the International Crown will feature eight countries of four teammates in three rounds of Four Ball matches with the top five… Continue Reading

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LLG Award Season: Major of the Year

by Jeff Skinner The 2012 major season gave us plenty to cheer about.  From Bubba to Webb to Ernie and Rory we were treated to some great golf and some amazing theater. Rory McIlroy won his second major at The PGA Championship and in doing so put to rest any doubt about who was the man.  Rory became the man with that win as he cruised to an eight stroke win.  The only thing that even rivaled Rory that week… Continue Reading

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