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UL International Crown Kicks Off Big Weeks for Women’s Golf

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As we all still nurse our Open Championship hangovers the women of the golf world start a streak of important tournaments. Thursday 32 of the worlds best will tee it up in the UL International Crown in a eight team format, that’s something the Olympics should have tried…a team format. Then a quick trip across to England where they will compete in the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Woburn Golf & Country Club in Milton Keynes, England. After a weeks… Continue Reading

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Prez Cup Final

by G. Rennie The official PGA Tour statistics say that 1.97 inches of rain fell on Muirfield Village Golf Club during the days of competition this week but I don’t believe it. I had at least 2 inches of rain my shoes on Friday alone!  Rain was the overriding theme of this President’s Cup and it’s a shame. Jack’s place in Dublin, Ohio has earned a reputation as a reliably wet venue for its June hosting of The Memorial Tournament.  But… Continue Reading

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Practice Round Surprises at the Presidents Cup

by G. Rennie Wednesday was laid back and relaxed at Muirfield Village Golf Club, host  venue for the 2013 President’s Cup, a tangible reflection of the easy cool of the USA team Captain, Fred Couples. Gray skies gave way to sun and high temps as players from both squads practiced in foursomes on a low key day before the competition kicks off late Thursday morning with six fourball matches. My brother and I caught an American grouping of Tiger, Strick,… Continue Reading

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How NBC Lost the U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner How does NBC lose the U.S. Open?  How does Fox steal it from them? And what in the heck is Fox Sports 1?  Here’s the answers from Ron Sirak in Golf World.  As usual it’s all about the Benjamin’s. While terms of the deal were not made public, sources indicated to Golf World it was for $1.2 billion over the length of the contract, or about $20 million a year more than the NBC/Golf Channel offer. “Financials… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour Falls In Line, Will Follow Anchoring Ban

by Jeff Skinner Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour have announced that they will follow the USGA’s and R & A’s decision to ban the anchored stroke in 2016.  The Tour must have realized that there is only one set of rules in golf and they aren’t made by the PGA Tour. The Tour did say they wished for a more open dialogue between the ruling bodies and the tour in the future.  Don’t hold your breath Mr. Finchem. The… Continue Reading

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USGA, R&A Ban Anchored Stroke…PGA Tour Thinking About It

by Jeff Skinner Now that all the waiting is over and the USGA and the R&A have set forth their plan to ban the anchored stroke one may think the controversy would diminish.  Don’t bet on it. With The PGA Tour and the PGA of America voicing their displeasure with the ban we will have to wait and see what action they will take.  I find it strange that while the PGA Tour insists that they play the highest level… Continue Reading

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Ramblings From The Easy Chair

by G. Rennie The Copperhead Course at Innisbrook  Resort was one tough test for the PGA Tour’s best this weekend and a deserving first time champ earned his title with aggressive down the stretch shotmaking. Kevin Streelman was the man of the hour and is now in full spotlight. One old hand who stayed under the radar at this tournament (as well as a few others this season) is new half – centenarian Vijay Singh. Vijay finished tied 38th at… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour Should Let 17 Year Old Play

by Jeff Skinner Tim Finchem likes to think that the PGA Tour is the model for all golf tours.  And he is probably right, after all the PGA Tour is where golfers from all over the world want to ply their trade and of course there are the weekly payouts that dwarf the other tours. With the PGA Tour Q-School in the books it is time that the PGA Tour took a page out of the LPGA Tour’s book.  Last… Continue Reading

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Playing The PGA and The European Tour Gets Easier

by Jeff Skinner Did the European Tour just one up the PGA Tour?  Have the folks from Surrey, England topped the bluecoats in Ponte Verde?  Is Tim Finchem walking around muttering “why didn’t I think of that?”  The answer may be yes on all three. The European Tour is expected to announce shortly that it will count membership on a Ryder, Presidents or Seve Cup as participation in a European Tour event.  It may not seem like much but in… Continue Reading

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Jack Nicklaus: Sportsmanship & Goodwill Should Rule The Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner There are few events that generate the hype that a Ryder Cup does.  This week will be the most pressure packed week these twenty four golfers will see all year and maybe in their lifetime. Few golfers have played such a critical role in the evolution the Ryder Cup as Jack Nicklaus.  Walter Hagen was a significant force in the Ryder Cup in its infancy.  Seve Ballesteros carried the European team to new heights during his tenure. … Continue Reading

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