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Justin Thomas Takes Tournament of Champions

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The first PGA Tournament of 2017 is in the books and Justin Thomas has another notch on his belt with his win at the SBS Tournament of Champions. Thomas, just 23 is another of the young guns on tour that have taken over the PGA Tour. He held off the hottest player in the world, Hideki Matsuyama, who was shooting for his fourth straight world wide win. This is his third win but just is his first win on America… Continue Reading

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The PLAYERS In the Books…Next Up: The U.S. Open

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Watching Rickie Fowler and the boys light it up at The PLAYERS has me Jonesing for another great tournament. And while the Wells Fargo Championship may provide us with some fireworks there is nothing like the big stage and for me the big stage is a major championship. There are 35 days and five PGA Tournaments before the U.S. Open and with all due respect to the tour, the next five weeks are all solid stops with Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial… Continue Reading

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I Wonder…Out Loud

by Jeff Skinner I wonder when we are all going to stop talking about Tiger Woods chasing Jack Nicklaus. Tiger was so much closer to Jack’s record of 18 majors six years ago. That was when he won at Pebble Beach on a broken leg. Since then it has been a big zero in the major win column. Has he won? Certainly, he has 14 PGA Tournament wins since ’08 and even won Player of the Year last year…but majors?… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner  1.  After a wild week at Trump National Doral I think it is safe to say that the combination of The Donald’s Money and Gil Hanse’s Talent produced   a new, challenging and memorable golf course.   Sure there is a bit of tweaking needed and Gil & Trump will make them but to think that all those changes came in less than one year is impressive. 2.  They may have crowned the winner on Sunday buy my favorite… Continue Reading

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Wake Up Your Short Game: Unconscious Scoring

by Jeff Skinner Like many golfers, professional and amateurs alike, I am always searching for that tip to make my game better.  I am willing to try any lesson, technique or suggestion that has a chance at lowering my score.   Unfortunately, most of my efforts with the Big Dawg go wasted but when it comes to the short game I can incorporate changes successfully. Maybe it is because I don’t take that violent rip at the ball with a wedge… Continue Reading

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Rookie Henley Wins in Debut at Sony Open

by Jeff Skinner This winning stuff on the PGA Tour is pretty easy, just ask Russell Henley.  To get to the PGA Tour he followed a simple formula.  All he did was earn first team All America at the University of Georgia and win the Fred Haskins Award as the nation’s most outstanding golfer.  Then he got into a Web.com Tour event on a sponsor’s exemption and then proceeded to win it, as an amateur.   He went on to play… 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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No Tin Cup Here…Tommy Two Gloves Wins

by Jeff Skinner It reads like a Hollywood script: an unknown golfer with a homemade swing and a catchy nickname comes from nowhere to do battle with the best golfers in the world.  Only this time it wasn’t a movie and the leading man didn’t miss his chance at a life changing victory. Unlike Roy McAvoy in Tin Cup, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey shot the round of his life on Sunday to win his first PGA Tour event at the… Continue Reading

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Keep The Black The Peoples Course

by Jeff Skinner An Open Letter to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey In 2002 when the USGA brought the U.S. Open to Bethpage Black it was nicknamed the “Peoples Open” and having the Open at a public course was certainly historic.  Showcasing the best public course in New York State brought more fame for The Black and allowed the world to see what a true gem we have in Bethpage Black. This past week the… Continue Reading

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Phil, Freddy & More

by Jeff Skinner I need some help.  I am no genius, as anyone who reads this blog or knows me will tell you.  So for the life of me I can’t figure out what happened in the Official World Golf Rankings last week.  After Phil Mickelson’s dismantling of Pebble Beach with his Sunday 64 and two stroke win he was awarded 38 world ranking points.  The same week on the European Tour Rafael Cabrera-Bello earned 48 points.  To add insult… Continue Reading

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