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Jordan Spieth Pulls Out of Olympics

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And Jordan Spieth makes it a foursome. But it’s not the kind of foursome the International Olympic Committee had expected. Spieth let it be known that he would not be competing for Team USA at the Olympics and his withdrawal has all of the top four golfers in the world passing on the Olympics. Spieth called Peter Dawson of the International Golf Federation with the news and this has to be the biggest of body blows for golf’s inclusion in… Continue Reading

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Report: Golf Is Growing, Not In U.S.

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For the past few years we’ve have been bombarded with reports of how golf is dying. That there are fewer players picking up the game and those regular players are playing less. Course closings out number course openings and the game is old, stale and slow so it will never appeal to this generation that demands instant gratification. Well all hope is not lost for the game of golf. According to a report by the National Golf Foundation, funded by… Continue Reading

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Mark O’Meara Says “Stop Whining” At The Open Championship

by Jeff Skinner It was a crazy and controversial day at The Open Championship with players like Mickelson, Poulter and Dufner saying some greens and hole locations bordered on an unfair setup. But 1998 Champion Golfer of the year, Mark O’Meara was fine with the setup.  Of course he was…the 56 year old is this year’s Tom Watson.  He shot a stellar four under 67 and sits one back of the first round leader, Zach Johnson.  He said he didn’t… Continue Reading

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Dinosaurs Are Not Extinct

by G. Rennie Even though the competition has yet to kick off at Muirfield there was plenty of action at the Open venue today as Peter Dawson, chief executive of the R&A, held sway at his annual pre- championship media conference.  Dawson is an impressive figure with a resonant baritone voice, a polished delivery and even a hint of wit. He also is steeped in tradition, oozes a sense of noblesse oblige, and has no hesitation in dismissing questions ,… Continue Reading

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USGA Bans The Anchored Stroke

From the USGA: USGA AND THE R&A ANNOUNCE FINAL APPROVAL OF RULE 14-1B  THAT PROHIBITS USE OF ANCHORED STROKES Governing Bodies Issue Report Explaining Their Decision Following Comment Process New Rule to Take Effect on January 1, 2016, Allowing for Transitional Period Belly-Length and Long Putters Remain as Conforming Clubs Far Hills, N.J., USA and St Andrews, Scotland (May 21, 2013) – The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The R&A, golf’s governing bodies, today announced the adoption of Rule… Continue Reading

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Peter Dawson Defends Old Course Changes…Again

by Jeff Skinner As the work at St. Andrews continues so does the debate about the work and the way the whole thing was handled.  Unrelenting in his disdain for the changes and the powers that initiated them is Geoff Shackelford.   His blog, Geoff Shackelford.com is ground zero for all things St. Andrews and the recent changes going on there. He posted a scathing blog about Peter Dawson’s recent defense of why the announcement came as late as it did. … Continue Reading

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Chip Shots

by Jeff Skinner I am glad to see that I am not the only golf addict that won’t let the calendar interfere with my golf.  President Obama took advantage of some warm weather and was able to hit the links on Sunday.  With the warm weather heading to the Northeast I’ll be doing the same thing on Tuesday.  Partly cloudy with a high of 60 degrees is fine with me. Heck, I was out there in 40 degrees last week. … Continue Reading

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LLG Awards Season: Sneak of the Year…Peter Dawson

by Jeff Skinner I have always respected Mike Davis of the USGA and Peter Dawson of the R&A, but the events of this week have caused me to look at Mr. Dawson in a different light. Davis and Dawson put on an interesting show with the announcement of the rule change banning anchored strokes.  With the announcement comes a firestorm of controversy and a very convenient side effect for Dawson: all the media focus has shifted from his sneak attack… Continue Reading

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Anchors Away: USGA & R&A Propose Ban On Anchored Strokes

by Jeff Skinner Well the stuff has finally hit the fan.  With the joint announcement by The USGA and the R&A that they are preparing to ban “anchoring” the opinions and criticism is coming from all quarters. While Mike Davis (USGA) and Peter Dawson (R&A) were announcing the proposed rule change to ban the anchoring, the PGA of America, which prides itself on growing the game, comes out with a statement asking for them to reconsider the impact among all… Continue Reading

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Changes to the Old Course…Sinful

by Jeff Skinner Now I know for certain, nothing is sacred.  When The R&A announced last week that there would be changes made to the Old Course, I along with many others was stunned. Of all the courses a golfer yearns to play at least once before they head to the eternal 19th hole it’s the Old Course.  To walk the grounds of Old Tom Morris is the dream of any true golfer.  To be able to play the same… Continue Reading

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