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U.S. Women’s Open: Back to a Traditional USGA Setup

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Last year the USA made history by playing both the men’s and women’s U.S. Open’s on the same course in back to back weeks.  This year the USGA went back to its normal routine with different weeks and venues and the truth is the courses couldn’t be more different. The men played on a baked out, extra firm, mostly brown links layout that many players labeled ridiculous. There will be none of that this week. The Lancaster Country Club, hosting… Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie Trying to Defend Her U.S. Women’s Open Title

Final Round of the Women's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina

The USGA is in the middle of its championship summer and this week it is the U.S. Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster Pa. Michelle Wie is trying to defend her 2014 title which she earned at the USGA’s historic back to back opens at Pinehurst No.2 last June. It was Wie’s breakthrough major victory and combined with her win at The Lotte Championship she was poised to fulfill her potential and challenge for the number one spot… Continue Reading

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Chambers Bay and a “New” U.S. Open

2015 U.S. Open Preview Day

Normally, controversy about the U.S. Open usually happens during the week of the championship. Traditionally players will complain about the length of the rough, the speed of the greens and maybe the conversion of a par five into a par four. But this year things are different. With four weeks before play starts the sniping at the USGA has begun. Or should I say the sniping at Executive Director Mike Davis has begun. Last month Davis stated that Chambers Bay… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

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1.  The story surrounding Robert Allenby continues to change daily. This we know: he wasn’t kidnapped, he was missing credit cards, and he was found on the street either drugged or drunk a block from a strip club. Connect the dots. 2.  Allenby will hold a press conference Tuesday in Phoenix. Maybe he’ll take some of the focus off Bill Belichick. 3.  Bill Haas has grown up. My brother and I were reminiscing about watching him as a skinny kid… Continue Reading

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Great Golf for Great Prices

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Like many golf fanatics who are housebound by the chill of winter I escape my boredom with a few needed diversions. The Golf Channel, websites, books and magazines get teamed up with some living room putting to help me escape from my seasonal prison. Golf Digest’s listing of America’s 100 Greatest Courses is always a welcome addition to my arsenal of tools to fight off the winter boredom. But at the same time it is a bit frustrating. The vast… Continue Reading

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Augusta, Pine Valley & All the Courses We’ll Never Play

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The good folks over at Golf Digest have published their yearly listing of America’s 100 Greatest Courses. It’s actually their Golden Anniversary version and while there is a change at the top most of the courses will be very familiar to golf fans. Of course another name for this listing might as well be the Courses You’ll Never Get to Play. Augusta National has supplanted Pine Valley from the top spot and they’ll probably swap the top two slots until… Continue Reading

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It’s Déjà vu All Over Again at The Open Championship

by Jeff Skinner Rory McIlroy’s back to back 66’s have given him a four stroke lead over Dustin Johnson at The Open Championship and positioned him well in his chase for his third major championship. If you think you have seen this act before you’re right.  At Congressional in 2011 Rory had a six stroke lead at the end of the third round. He went on to win his first major championship by eight strokes. At the Ocean Course on… Continue Reading

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Some More Green for Public Golf

by Jeff Skinner Living in New York’s Hudson Valley has its advantages. We get to enjoy all of the four seasons, well I enjoy three of them anyway. The Hudson Valley is full of history and a beautiful place to live. Along with that comes the quantity and quality of great golf courses in the area. Westchester County boasts dozens of historic, world class courses. And Long Island, a hot bed of classic courses is close enough to enjoy also.… Continue Reading

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Two Weeks at Pinehurst: Just Perfect

by Jeff Skinner Just about now maintenance crews are pulling down the grandstands and cleaning up the old, venerable Pinehurst No.2 course after a whirlwind two weeks of U.S. Open play. The reviews are in from all around and this grand experiment can’t be called anything else but a rousing success. The players, both men and women, raved about the course and the setup. Pinehurst is so vast that all the needed USGA facilities had plenty of room. The fans… Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie’s Journey Ends at Pinehurst

by Jeff Skinner It’s been a long road for Michelle Wie. For any 24 year old to have had to travel a long road may be hard to comprehend. Twenty-somethings are still kids with kid problems. But Michelle Wie has been on that long road for ten years and many times showed the burden of that journey. Today Michelle can revel in the end of her long journey. A journey that started when she was barely thirteen and came into… Continue Reading

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