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PGA Beaks the Mold, Keeps Trend Going

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Soft, rain soaked conditions at Baltusrol had many expecting lights-out, record breaking scoring to be the order of the day, a day which saw both the completion of the third and fourth rounds of the 98th PGA Championship. But the pundits’, including Phil Mickelson, were all proved wrong, as the lowest score posted by anyone in the field was a 65. Dutchman Joost Luiten and the Dane Soren Kjeldsen both finished with 5 under rounds of 65 and ended tied… Continue Reading

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Tiger Shocks World Again: Has Back Surgery

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I guess we all should have learned by now to never be shocked by what Tiger Woods does, either on or off the course. Woods pulled another shocker yesterday when he announced that he had just undergone another back surgery and will be sidelined until next year. He had consistently said during his sub-par 2015 season that he was one hundred percent healthy and out of the blue he goes under the knife. From Tigerwoods.com: “Tiger Woods underwent a microdiscectomy… Continue Reading

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July 4th Disappointment for Two Americans

by Jeff Skinner July 4th weekend always brings forth a rush of patriotism and American flags suddenly appear everywhere. The American flags were also quite prominent on top of the leaderboards as play started to close out the Independence Day weekend on both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. But as the sun started to set on Sunday evening the Stars and Stripes had been replaced by other banners as the Americans faded from the scene. It was a… Continue Reading

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Tiger & Jack at 38…Major Differences

by Jeff Skinner Tiger Woods’ hunt for Jack Nicklaus’ major record is in danger of taking another big hit if Woods’ creaky back can’t recover before The Masters.  At 38 Woods isn’t that lean, lithe, long hitting, fist pumping, magical putter that seemed to win majors at will.  Even a Woods that can’t win a major is good enough to maintain his number one ranking, win five PGA Tour events in 2013 and capture the Player of the Year Award… Continue Reading

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Is Donald Trump Good for Golf?

by Jeff Skinner It’s a big week on the PGA Tour as the world’s best golfers do battle at another World Golf Championship, the Cadillac Championship.  At the same time the tour is hosting the rest of the PGA Tour brethren at the Puerto Rico Open.  The thread that connects the two tournaments, I mean besides the huge paychecks, manicured courses and coddled professionals may be a surprise.  It’s Donald Trump. Yes, the King of Braggadocio, Donald Trump is the… Continue Reading

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Open for Debate: Best Modern PGA Tour Players

by Jeff Skinner Oh boy.  Looking for something to debate other than Peyton Manning’s place in NFL history or whether or not Richard Sherman deserves his lambasting on Twitter?  Here it is: Golf World’s 100 Best Modern Players. Brett Avery of Golf World has used the data recorded by the PGA Tour since 1980 to come up with the best PGA Tour players in the modern era.  From his article:  Briefly, our Modern 100 sought to: • Intensely focus on… Continue Reading

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2014: Players Hoping Less Is More

by Jeff Skinner Traditionally the Tournament of Champions at Kapalua has signaled the beginning of a fresh new season on the PGA Tour.  The previous year’s champions would kick off the New Year with a working vacation in paradise and all of us back on the mainland would be green with envy as we shoveled snow and they got sunburned. Now, with the move to a wrap-around schedule the Tournament of Champions is now the eighth tournament of the PGA… Continue Reading

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Tiger’s Buddies Weekend Needs Some New Rules

by Jeff Skinner As the PGA Tour transitions to its new wraparound season there are some things more difficult to explain than a new year starting in October and not January.  Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel raises a very valid point in questioning the status of regular season events versus Tiger Woods’ Silly Season tournament. Tiger’s Northwestern Mutual Challenge stands as the largest most lucrative silly season event.  Tiger will host 18 lucky professionals in a no-cut, guaranteed paycheck… Continue Reading

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The “New” PGA Tour Season

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour has released next season’s schedule of tour events.  Notice, I said next season’s and not next year’s schedule.  That’s because next season actually starts this season, I mean this year.  I mean this year is next season and next season is this year and next year…oh damn!  It sounds like an Abbott and Costello routine. Who’s on first?  It’s the Frys.com Open, that’s who’s on first for the opening week of the New PGA… Continue Reading

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A Spiritual Experience at The U.S. Amateur

by Jeff Skinner Amateur golfers seem to be getting some well deserved exposure this past week.  Sixteen year old Lydia Ko has continued her astounding performance in professional events.  The recent CN Canadian Open repeat winner has made the cut in all fourteen of the professional tournaments she entered. Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick won the grueling U.S. Amateur to continue his very successful summer.  He was the low amateur at the Open Championship and will lead the GB&I Walker Cup Team… Continue Reading

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