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Chip Shots from the Open Championship

by Jeff Skinner Rory McIlroy: three quarters of the way to the career grand slam. Only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have reached that point any quicker than Rory. That tells you what kind of company this kid is in. Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia did just about all they could to pressure Rory. They needed some help from Rory but he wasn’t in a cooperative mood. When he needed to he made all the shots he had to. It… Continue Reading

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Putter Gives Tiger Trouble

by Jeff Skinner You have heard it a million times: “drive for show and putt for dough.”  That’s the case at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship where Tiger Woods drove the ball well but could not find his putting stroke.  He needed 35 putts to get around the course and still shot a very respectable two under par.  If he putts like this over the next three days he won’t be putting for much dough on Sunday. Tiger set himself… Continue Reading

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“Calamity Lane” Decides The PGA Champ

by Jeff Skinner All week the talk at the Atlanta Athletic Club was how difficult the finishing holes were.  We saw disaster after meltdown after implosion on those holes.  One of the nicknames given to the final four holes was “Calamity Lane” and it certainly lived up to its name. Long before leader Jason Dufner fell victim to the torturous stretch, player after player felt the pain of Calamity Lane.  The player that felt it the most, besides Dufner, had… Continue Reading

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Rory McIlroy Knows What He’s Doing

by Jeff Skinner As Rory McIlroy was making his way around Congressional Country Club he was given a conquering hero’s welcome at each hole.  The patrons at this 111th U.S. Open Championship realized they were seeing history made before their eyes.  Rory’s stellar play put him in a place where no man has ever tread.  He was the first player ever to reach thirteen under par at an Open and he topped that when he moved to fourteen under par. … Continue Reading

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Inspirational Win for Frazar

by Jeff Skinner In a PGA Tour season that continues to amaze us each week the FedEx St. Jude Classic was no different.  Another Sunday means another playoff for the PGA Tour and another story than defies logic.  A lifelong journeyman, Harrison Frazier found the right formula to outlast Robert Karlsson in a playoff for his first career win in his 355th attempt. It is especially sweet for Frazar because he was on the verge of quitting the game as… Continue Reading

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Steve Stricker Plays Qatar This Week

by Jeff Skinner This season there has been much discussion concerning the strength of the European Tour versus that of The PGA Tour and this week isn’t any different.  The European Tour’s Qatar Masters has eight of the top twenty players in the world teeing it up and a new addition from America is one of them.  Steve Stricker, the seventh ranked player in The Official World Golf Rankings has defected to The Euro Tour this week and is making… Continue Reading

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PGA Tour Welcomes the Class of 2011

by Jeff Skinner There will be plenty of butterflies and sweaty palms today as a fresh group of rookies start their season on The PGA Tour at The Sony Open in Honolulu.  Waialae Country Club is the scene for the first full field event of the year and while there are plenty of familiar names and faces there are also a bunch of first timers hoping this will be the start of a special season. Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim… Continue Reading

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Ian Poulter Fumbles and Robert Karlsson Wins at Dubai

by Jeff Skinner In a golf season that saw too many rules infractions affect the outcome of tournaments the strangeness continued at the Dubai World Championship.  Ian Poulter was poised to win his second straight tournament but he let Robert Karlsson tie him and the two went to a playoff.  On the second hole of the playoff Poulter accidently dropped his ball on his coin that he used to mark his golf ball.  The coin flipped over and moved and… Continue Reading

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Garrigus Stumbles & Westwood Wins

by Jeff Skinner Robert Garrigus was standing on the eighteenth tee with a three shot lead at The St. Jude Classic.  He must have been thinking, at least for a second, how his life was about to change.  The fifth year player on The PGA Tour had only eight top ten finishes in 118 events and never placed higher than third.  A win would change his life.  He would go from the “have nots” to the “haves” as in a… Continue Reading

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Phil Mickelson and His Ping vs Scott McCarron

Chip Shots from the Weekend… This weekend the PGA Tour looked more like an episode of Judge Judy than it did a golf tournament.  Scott McCarron, in a less than classy move calls out Phil Mickelson for “cheating.”  McCarron is on the Players Advisory Council which is supposed to help the players and the tour.  Do you really think that was a good move Scott?  I would hope that a player in his position would know better than to use… Continue Reading

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