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Best U.S. Open Venue? Two Perspectives

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The boys at Golf Digest are heavily into the U.S. Open and as such have come up with a list they call “The Best U.S. Open Venues… Factoring in course layout, tradition, past winner and excitement produced, our panel provides a ‘definitive’ ranking.” They only include courses that held an Open for the past ten years so that disqualified a few favorites like Baltusrol and Oakland Hills but it’s still a heavy hitting list. Without blinking I knew Pebble Beach… Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth Welcomes Historic Challenge

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The final round of the 144th Open Championship is primed for an historic finish.  Sunday’s third round was worthy of a final round with many players challenging for the lead. A Monday finish for The Open isn’t ideal but if there had to be an extra day the players certainly did their best to provide a final round worth watching.  This is only the second time in its long run that The Open has closed on Monday and it is… Continue Reading

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U. S. Open Favorites & Not So Favorites

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It’s no surprise that Rory McIlroy is posted as the favorite (7-1) to win the 115th U.S. Open this week at Chambers Bay. He’s number one in the world, has two PGA Tour wins, another European Tour win this year and oh, he’s won two of the last three majors. So he’s the favorite but golf is a strange game and few golfers ever won when everyone expected them to.  Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods were the closest thing to… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

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1.  Riviera played like a major championship all week and the rains halfway through the final round seemed to make the course tougher. No one could get the ball to the hole on eighteen. 2.  Retief Goosen started the final round with a two shot lead and things looked great with an opening birdie. But a bogey on seven and a double on eight ended his chances for the win. Still, at 46 with a new lease on a golfing… Continue Reading

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History North of the Border, The RBC Canadian Open

by Jeff Skinner This week the PGA tour moves to Ancaster, Ontario for The RBC Canadian Open.  Unfortunately the week after The Open Championship is a tough spot to fill on the schedule.  Due to the travel and the fact that it’s a major many pros opt to take the week off.   But The Canadian Open always seems to make do and does have an interesting field. It’s not like this tournament doesn’t have some major league history, it does. … Continue Reading

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Wild Sunday On Tap at 112th U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner Sunday at the U.S. Open is one of the best days of the year and today is set up to be a real barn burner.  The leaderboard is filled with great stories and greater players.  Everything from major champions to teenagers are in position to make history today.  Here’s a look at the final pairings. Tiger Woods is four back and will need a great final round and some divine intervention if he expects to get his… Continue Reading

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The Byron Nelson Plus Some Match Play This Week

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Tour moves on to Texas to honor one of the great gentlemen of the game at The HP Byron Nelson Championship.  Players Champion Matt Kuchar will try to stay on cloud nine as he makes his way along the TPC Four Seasons Resort course against a field that includes Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and defending champion Keegan Bradley. While the PGA continues its standard medal play we’ll get to see plenty of match… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner With all due respect to Peter King, here are 10 Things I Think. 1.  If anyone thought that Bill Clinton was going to host the Humana Challenge in name only think again.  Clinton was the absolute star of the show all week. 2.  As Mark Wilson stood on the 18th tee with the pressure of the tournament sitting on his shoulders he laughed, joked and talked with his fellow players as they waited to tee off.  That’s… Continue Reading

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The Strange Case of Peter Uihlein & More

by Jeff Skinner In a surprise announcement top amateur Peter Uihlein has decided to forego his last semester at Oklahoma State University and turn professional.  Uihlein also stunned many when he said he signed with ISM and Chubby Chandler. Uilhein was born with a golden putter in his hands, so to speak as his father, Wally is the head of Acushnet and all things Titleist.  Uihlein plans to give the European Tour a shot and will get at least seven… Continue Reading

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Allenby & Ogilvy Tussle Down Under

by Jeff Skinner Robert Allenby’s week at The Presidents Cup was about as bad as bad can get.  He went 0-4-0 and was the only player on either team not to score any points.  Considering that Greg Norman went out on a limb to select him when there were other players performing far better than Allenby has to add to his frustration. Well, it looks like his frustration hit the breaking point on Sunday evening in Australia.  There are reports… Continue Reading

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