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Arnold Palmer, “The King” Dies at 87

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It’s darn near impossible to put into words what Arnold Palmer meant to golf. He’s the reason there is world wide tours and billions spent on golf. He’s the reason for the big money purses and the international popularity of the game. He’s the reason we can watch golf all year long and he’s the reason golf has grown into a major sports business. And yes, he’s the reason we can drink an “Arnold Palmer” and certainly he’s the reason… Continue Reading

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“Yes Sir’s” & “WTF’s” from The Masters

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Danny Willett’s surprising win at The Masters was great drama. Unfortunately, for many it will be Jordan Spieth’s uncharacteristic meltdown that defines the 80th Masters. And that’s regrettable because because Willett played flawless golf in the final round and looks to be quite an interesting character. It was a splendid week at Augusta…and I saw most of it from my couch. Here are some of the “Yes Sir” moments and a few of the “WTF” moments that marked my Masters… Continue Reading

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The Big 3 Open The Masters

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This is one of the many reasons that makes The Masters the most special golf tournament we ever watch.  Watch as Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player tee off to start the 80th Masters.  Arnold Palmer may be showing some signs of his age and elected not to drive but wouldn’t miss this for the world.  He loves The Masters and all its traditions.  And the feeling is mutual. Watch the Honorary Starters hit their tee shots to open #themasters.https://t.co/fMG8WZ87hj —… Continue Reading

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Jason Day Goes Wire to Wire at Arnie’s Place

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Jason Day just did his part in making this 2016 PGA Tour season even more exciting. After taking three months off from golf to spend time with his family and newborn daughter Day’s game wasn’t as sharp as when we saw him at the end of 2015 when he won five times including the PGA Championship. He’ll tell you he didn’t have his A game today but what he did have was just enough to stay ahead of a trio… Continue Reading

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It’s Arnie’s Week…All Hail the King

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This is the week that the PGA Tour descends on Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. All week we’ll hear tributes and adulation for The King from each and every person involved with golf. And Palmer deserves every one…and more. Without Arnold Palmer golf isn’t what it is today. You can say that it just luck that Palmer came along just as television was transforming America. And maybe it was a fortunate bit of… Continue Reading

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Blast form the Past: The Bob Hope Desert Classic

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The PGA Tour sets up camp this week in the desert at what is now called The CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Wow, that’s a mouthful. And I always thought the The Bob Hope Desert Classic had a few too many words. To the old timers it has always been just “The Hope.” Bob Hope did more to grow this game than anyone playing the tours today. It could be argued that Hope’s contribution to golf is… Continue Reading

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A New Big 3? Not Just Yet

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The boys of the PGA Tour are taking a break this week from the FedEx Cup Playoffs but that hasn’t stopped the chatter about the New Big 3 or Big 4 depending on who is doing the chatting. Indeed the young bucks have laid claim to the 2015 season and have certainly made it a season to remember. Jordan Spieth with his Masters and U.S. Open wins had us on Grand Slam watch most of the summer and his near… Continue Reading

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Happy Birthday Arnold Palmer

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Happy Birthday to The King. Arnie turns 86 today and we should all wish him well. No golfer has done more for golf and for golfers than The King. But back in the day, before 24 hour news coverage and the ability to watch golf on your phone Arnie was just coming into the American consciousness. Here’s Arnie on “What’s My Line” in the summer of 1960. Believe it or not he wasn’t recognized by the celebrity panel. That certainly… Continue Reading

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Monday Chip Shots

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Lydia Ko just keeps adding to her legacy. That’s if it’s possible for an 18 year old to have a legacy. She celebrated her birthday over the weekend and promptly defends her title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. And she didn’t have her best stuff. Morgan Pressel had the tournament in hand and a two shot lead until two late bogeys did her in. That’s part of the game and for Ko just hanging around earned her another LPGA… Continue Reading

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