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Ramblings from the Easy Chair and Elsewhere

by G. Rennie Working for a living isn’t all bad but on days like this I wish I were retired, free to watch endless TV and video coverage of The Masters. But you do what you gotta do and take advantage of whatever limited viewing time you can grab. When I was able to get in front of a TV I stumbled onto the 10th green just as Philly Mick stroked  a monstrous, snaking birdie putt that went underground and… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner  1.  After a wild week at Trump National Doral I think it is safe to say that the combination of The Donald’s Money and Gil Hanse’s Talent produced   a new, challenging and memorable golf course.   Sure there is a bit of tweaking needed and Gil & Trump will make them but to think that all those changes came in less than one year is impressive. 2.  They may have crowned the winner on Sunday buy my favorite… Continue Reading

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Range Session Solid, Tiger’s Back…Not So Much

by Jeff Skinner I was lucky enough to be able to tune into The Golf Channel’s Pre-Game telecast today.  For the longest time they had cameras stationed on the practice range and we got to see most of Tiger Woods’ warm-up. Watching any of these talented pros up-close is a treat but watching the most scrutinized athlete in the world is special indeed.  Throw in the Pro-Tracer that tracks the ball flight and a few of The Golf Channel’s best… Continue Reading

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Players Want Another Shot at Merion, A Different Merion

by Jeff Skinner Long before the first player ever teed it up it Merion at last week’s U.S. Open, Mike Davis and his cohorts had spent months planning every detail of the tournament.  I am sure they had backup plans for their backup plans. Early on, the transparent Davis had said that one of the mainstays of his recent U.S. Open setups wouldn’t be in place at Merion. The graduated rough that Davis had pioneered where the further from the… Continue Reading

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USGA, R&A Ban Anchored Stroke…PGA Tour Thinking About It

by Jeff Skinner Now that all the waiting is over and the USGA and the R&A have set forth their plan to ban the anchored stroke one may think the controversy would diminish.  Don’t bet on it. With The PGA Tour and the PGA of America voicing their displeasure with the ban we will have to wait and see what action they will take.  I find it strange that while the PGA Tour insists that they play the highest level… Continue Reading

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Snow & Ice No Problem at The Snow Golf Cup

by Jeff Skinner With winter in full swing a good portion of us golfers have to make do with watching Rory, Tiger, Phil and the boys smack it around while we pray for spring. But not all golfers that live in the north are content with The Golf Channel and hopes of warmer weather. The good people of the Engadine Golf Club in Switzerland braved the winter weather in their homeland for the 34th Snow Golf Cup. 80 golfers took… Continue Reading

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Kaymer & McDowell End Droughts with Wins

by Jeff Skinner Martin Kaymer knew his game was getting better, even before he sunk the putt that clinched the Ryder Cup for his European Team.  The former world number one, who hadn’t won a tournament in over a year had told his caddie that winning every year was his goal.  The Nedbank Golf Challenge was his last chance at achieving that goal and with a three under par 69 he came from behind to get back in the victory… Continue Reading

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Miracle at Disney: Beljan Wins

by Jeff Skinner They say that Disney World is “where dreams come true” and that could not have been truer on Sunday afternoon.   Charlie Beljan’s dream was rooted in his nightmare Friday where a panic attack forced him to be hospitalized.  But from the darkest of places on Friday when he “felt like I was going to die” Beljan gathered himself and got back on the course at The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic and worked his own miracle. Beljan… Continue Reading

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