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Patrick Reed Looking to Go All Beast Mode

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With the temps in the teens and the snow coming down here in the Hudson Valley watching the pros playing at Kapaula is a welcome sight and a tonic for my winter blues. Half of the 2016 winning American Ryder Cup Team is taking advantage of the wonderful Hawaiian weather so there was bound to be a few conversations concerning the overdue American triumph. Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel spent a few minutes with the emotional heart of the… Continue Reading

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At This Ryder Cup….Let the Players Play

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The Ryder Cup was started by Samuel Ryder, a wealthy seed merchant with hopes of an exhibition that promoted the game of golf and the sportsmanship and camaraderie that goes along with it. I don’t think he would recognize it today. Since 1979 when all of Europe was added to the original Great Britain & Ireland Team the matches became competitive but the buildup and pressure surrounding the Ryder Cup has gone over the top. With the passing of Arnold… Continue Reading

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Rory’s Little Change Goes A Long Way

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When players are slumping, and slumping is a relative term, they are searching for that magic fix. Unfortunately in most occasions that “fix” can take months to finally take hold so a player can dig himself out of his slump. Not so for Rory McIlroy. He won the Deutsche Bank Championship today after making a few changes over the weekend. He surged from six shots back of Paul Casey to earn his twelfth PGA Tour win and put a new… Continue Reading

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Tin Cup 20 Years Later: “this is our immortality”

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Earlier this month when I got my hard copy of Golf Magazine I was treated to a great article by Chris Nashawaty and now finally it has been posted on Golf.com. (See, buying actual magazines still pays off.) This year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the most iconic golf movies ever made: Tin Cup. Nashawaty spent some time with many of the culprits that worked on the movie but from the sound of things it didn’t seem there… Continue Reading

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The Other Tournament at Troon

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Philly Mick and Hammering Hank teed off today in a defacto match play scenario, winner takes all, for the Claret Jug, the Gold Medal and the appellation “ Champion Golfer of the Year”. None of the other  seventy nine golfers playing the links at Royal Troon today had a reasonable chance to win this championship so we had, in effect a tournament within the championship. Either Phil on Henrik would be crowned king of the golfing world, for this week… Continue Reading

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Henrik Stenson, Champion Golfer of the Year

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This image says it all.  Henrik Stenson shoots a record tying 63 to tie Johnny Miller for a final round in a major to win the OPEN Championship.  His 264 is the lowest in OPEN Championship history.  And in OPEN Championship fashion he’s wished a “Well Done and See You At Royal Birkdale”.  No one does it like the OPEN Championship. Stenson’s scorecard show 10 birdies, TEN BIRDIES.  Offset by two bogeys his 63 puts him in the rarest of… Continue Reading

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Match Play at The Open Championship

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The Open Championship started on Thursday with 156 golfers, hopeful golfers. Hopeful that come Sunday evening as as the sun slipped into the Firth of Clyde that their name would be called as Champion Golfer of the Year. Well, despite what the talking heads may say this Open Championship has come down to just two golfers. 154 golfers have essentially been eliminated. Yes, there is still eighteen holes yet to play but Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson have separated themselves… Continue Reading

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Oakmont’s USGA Rules Decision…What If?

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After back to back controversial U.S. Opens the USGA should probably get down on their collective knees and thank the golf gods. Maybe they could sacrifice a few blue blazers and some neckties while they are at it. Because when all was said and done they got lucky, very lucky. Last year at Chambers Bay they withstood criticism about the course and its barely there greens but the exciting finish with Jordan Spieth winning saved the day, except for Dustin… Continue Reading

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Despite Optimism, Phil Misses the Cut at Oakmont

Phil Mickelson walks off the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pa. on Saturday, June 18, 2016. (Copyright USGA/Joel Kowsky)

It always seems that pioneers and leaders in their fields think a little bit different from most of us. Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking never thought like the average Joe. Maybe that’s why they were able to accomplish things far beyond the grasp of “regular” folk. Phil Mickelson thinks differently from the average guy too. It was Phil that said his 25 years of U.S. Open experience prepared him for this Oakmont course. Well, it didn’t… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open Preview: Oakmont Holes 17 & 18

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The last two holes at Oakmont Country Club are sure to generate plenty of excitement as players try and close out their rounds but the excitement may be for very different reasons. The short par 4, 313 yard seventeenth hole will tempt players to drive the green in hopes of staying on or close to the putting surface.  But deep bunkers and punishing rough await any errant tee shots.  More conservative players can hope to hit the fairway with an… Continue Reading

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