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Tiger Woods Pulls Out of Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner In a surprising announcement Tiger Woods has removed his name for consideration from the Ryder Cup. Woods put out this statement on his website last evening. I’ve been told by my doctors and trainer that my back muscles need to be rehabilitated and healed. They’ve advised me not to play or practice now. I was fortunate that my recent back injury was not related to my surgery and was muscular only.  I have already spoken to Tom… Continue Reading

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PGA Championship, Hits & Misses from Day 1

by Jeff Skinner Hits Lee Westwood opens with a career best first round 65 to share the lead in his 67th major championship start. Is this the one or just another tease from Westy. Ryan Palmer and Kevin Chappell (no bogeys) are tied with Westwood for the lead. It’s a Cinderella story! Nice work from both of them.  Rory McIlroy is so in the groove. Eight birdies on the day and another advanced class on how to drive the ball… Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup for Tiger? Tough Call for Watson and Woods

by Jeff Skinner As the PGA Tour steams into August and heads to the FedEx Cup Playoffs two questions dominate the golf conversation. Will Tiger Woods make the playoffs? And will Tom Watson make Tiger a captain’s pick. And from Watson’s view the two are definitely related.  Tiger hasn’t shown anything this season, either pre or post surgery and currently sits at number 215 on the FedEx Cup Points list well outside the top 150 that qualify for the playoffs.… Continue Reading

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Tom Watson…Change Agent?

by Jeff Skinner When the PGA of America selected Tom Watson as captain for their 2014 Ryder Cup Team they were thinking “outside the box” as we like to say. Their past history was that of picking players just slightly removed from PGA Tour action. But Watson is decades removed from winning on the PGA Tour so it signaled a bit of a culture change at PGA of America headquarters. Now, in that same vein Watson himself is faced with… Continue Reading

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Winners & Losers at The Open Championship

by Jeff Skinner Winners: Rory McIlroy looks to be over his Freaky Friday issues. He’s threatening to run away and hide like he did at his U.S. Open and PGA victories. Back to back 66’s and a four stroke lead puts young Rory in great position for his third major and at the same time has those naysayers eating their words. Italy: The Molinari Brothers and Matteo Manessero for awhile had plenty of Italian flags on the top of the… Continue Reading

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Weekend Off at The U.S. Open

by Jeff Skinner The biggest missed cut has to be Masters champ Bubba Watson. The number 3 player in the world was toast on Wednesday when he called the greens “unfriendly” and the natural areas “weeds.” He talked himself right out of the Open. Jason Dufner struggled to find the fairways and the greens. Duf gets to spend to spend the weekend at home with wife Amanda. That’s doesn’t sound too bad at all. I figured a straight hitter with a sold… Continue Reading

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Miguel Angel Jimenez Wins on Champions Tour

by Jeff Skinner Miguel Angel Jimenez made his Champions Tour debut this week and he did it the way he lives his life, with style.  The newest member of the Champions Tour certainly did it with style yesterday as he beat the big boys of the tour with a bogey free, five under, 67 at the Greater Gwinnett Championship. Champions Tour stalwarts, Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples couldn’t mount a charge at The Coolest Guy in Golf as he led… Continue Reading

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Henrik Stenson Completes World Wide Double

by Jeff Skinner Henrik Stenson finished his PGA Tour season with a bang as he won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.  Not to play favorites, the Swede did the same thing at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship and with it also won the Race to Dubai. Stenson’s last few months have marked a comeback of historic proportions as he had developed a case of the “swing yips” and fallen below 230th in the world rankings in… Continue Reading

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10 Thing I Think & More…PGA Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Rory McIlroy was four months younger than Tiger Woods when they both won their second major.  Rory is the man now. 2.  The Ocean Course lived up to its reputation: with wind it’s a killer, without it’s getable.  The greens aren’t the issue on The Ocean Course, it’s getting there.  All the pros putted well all week. 3.  It was a bad break for Carl Pettersson when he unknowingly moved a leaf in the hazard on… Continue Reading

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Keegan Bradley: Mr Clutch

by Jeff Skinner The August issue of Golf Magazine featured Keegan Bradley on the cover and the title read “Keegan Bradley: How to Be Clutch, 5 Ways to Play to Play Your Best Golf When It Matters Most.”  Consider it a premonition. Bradley was as clutch as clutch can be at The WGC Bridgestone Invitational yesterday as he came from four strokes off the lead to snatch the win from a faltering Jim Furyk.  His furious 31 on the back… Continue Reading

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