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JB Holmes Spoils a Good Walk

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Somewhere Kevin Na is letting out a long sigh. Thanks to JB Holmes’ play on the 18th hole of the Farmers Insurance Open Na is no longer the poster boy for slow play. The glacial moving Holmes now lays claim to the title of the slowest player in golf. Whether or not Holmes is actually the slowest may be up for debate but his performance cast him front and center as to what is so very wrong with the pace… Continue Reading

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The Rory Story

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With controversy swirling at Royal Troon in the wake of statements from two of golf’s top players it’s time to cut through the PR and marketing BS and speak plainly. Rory got it right and we all owe him a big “Thank You”for his candor even though it’s come a bit late and has become a distraction on the eve of the OPEN. None of the elite golfers in our game  (or any golfer, for that mater) has grown up… Continue Reading

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Ten Things I Think

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1. Golf Digest is once again the target of LPGA fans because this month Paige Spiranac graces their cover. While Spiranac is attempting to make it to the LPGA her game is still a long way off but her popularity far exceeds her game. She is what you would call an “internet sensation” with over 670,000 Instagram followers, most of which are between the ages of 15-30. Now that’s the demographic that Golf Digest and the game itself needs to… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair: PGA Day 1

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Our Links Life Golf boss, Big Skins, reminds us  all that this week’s PGA is ” the last shot for fame and glory” for 156 professional golfers in 2015. No argument from me on that point but from another perspective this week’s tromp along the dunes in Kohler, Wisconsin lays out like a long running soap opera with multiple story lines all converging in a dramatic climax. Below are  listed just a sampling of the many narratives waiting for their final… Continue Reading

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Finally…It’s Masters Week

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Imagine a ten year old on Christmas Eve so filled with anticipation that he can hardly breathe, no less sleep. That’s the feeling we golf fans have to deal with for the next few days. But there is hope, the end is in sight. This is Masters Week and in just three days we’ll be watching Arnie, Gary and Jack hit those oh so special opening tee shots. The most anticipated and most written about event of the season can… Continue Reading

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Two Tiger Tales

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It has been an entire week since I last posted on Tiger Woods. That has to be some kind of record. So here goes. Everyone has a theory as to what Woods needs to do to get his game back. More practice, less practice, new coach, old coach, play more, play less and my own solution: think less. The consensus is that his problems are more mental than physical but few are willing to voice what many are thinking: it… Continue Reading

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The Roots of Tiger’s Battle with the Media

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I am still trying to figure out this whole Tiger Woods/Dan Jenkins war of words. I mean there are plenty of things I get: Dan has no use for Tiger, Dan loves giving him the needle, Dan is old school…really old school. Tiger has no use for Dan, never did in fact Tiger has little use for any writer. He seems to view any attempt by a bona fide journalist to get an interview as an intrusion. His press conferences… Continue Reading

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The King Turns 85…Happy Birthday Arnie

by Jeff Skinner Arnold Palmer turns 85 today and golfers and golf fans everywhere should take a second today to wish Arnie a happy birthday and thank him for making golf the game it is. Without Arnie and his swashbuckling attitude televised golf wouldn’t be what it is today. It was “The King” that happened to be at his peak when golf first appeared on television. He was the star of the show. Women wanted him and men wanted to… Continue Reading

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Bubba Being Bubba

by G. Rennie Bubba Watson continues to burnish his reputation as an anything but a conventional professional golfer. He added to his reputation as a petulant adolescent today with both his golf game and his wagging tongue. Watson spurned the PGA on the tenth tee of his practice round at Valhalla, the site of the 96th PGA Championship, as hit split the fairway with a three iron and not a driver. So what? This week the PGA re-instituted a pre-championship… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie World Golf Championships are a boon to professional golfers, especially those who find themselves outside the top 125 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. This is so as the PGA Tour schedules an alternate full field event to run concurrently with the WGC. As the top 76 ranked players in the world teed it up at venerable Firestone CC for the WGC Bridgestone Championship this week another field of hungry pros competed at the Barracuda Championship.… Continue Reading

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