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Ten Things I Think…PGA Championship Style

Jimmy Walker

Golf is a strange game. Jimmy Walker wasn’t on anyone’s hot list coming into the PGA Championship. His 2016 season hadn’t been anything special. He had managed only three top tens with five missed cuts including the the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. And then he goes out and takes the PGA in a wire to wire win. What a strange game and what a week for Walker. After years of winless seasons Walker started to win soon after… Continue Reading

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Jimmy Walker Holds Off Jason Day at PGA Championship

walker trophy

Jimmy Walker continued the 2016 trend of first time major winners at the PGA Championship today with his one shot victory over defending champ Jason Day. Danny Willett started the season with his Masters win and Dustin Johnson captured the U.S. Open for his first major. Just two weeks ago Henrik Stenson dazzled at the Open Championship and today Walker made it a quartet of first time major winners. The last time we saw all four majors go to first… Continue Reading

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PGA Championship Winner? Take Your Pick…We Did

By Jeff Skinner OK boys and girls it’s time for us at Links Life Golf to dabble in a bit of prognostication and show the world exactly how little we know about golf.  And how crazy a game this can be.  Remember the last time the PGA came to Oak Hill Shaun Micheel won.  I bet no one had any money on him. Well this year none of us are picking Shaun for an Oak Hill repeat so that means… Continue Reading

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Keegan Bradley & Major Pressure

by Jeff Skinner Keegan Bradley, Jason Dufner and The Atlanta Athletic Club put on a stunning show Sunday afternoon at The PGA Championship.  It had all the makings of a classic.  There was drama and suspense.  We had joy and we had heartbreak.  The only thing missing was a marquee name. Bradley and Dufner proved that we can see great golf from guys not named Mickelson or Woods.  They’ve shown that you can fly coach and still win a major. … Continue Reading

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Stricker Leads Fortysomethings After Day One

by Jeff Skinner It looks as if the youth movement in golf decided to take a day off today at The PGA Championship.   Surprisingly, the top four spots were all occupied by “fortysomethings.”  Steve Stricker shot a record tying 63 and he’s a young 44.  His pal Jerry Kelly, who is the same age, got around in five under 65.  Forty two year old, former PGA Champ, Shaun Micheel was three back of Stricker with a 66. Scott Verplanck wanted… Continue Reading

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Major Groupings at the PGA Championship

by Jeff Skinner The PGA Championship may be the least popular major among the casual golf fan (what do they know) but The PGA traditionally has a superb field and as the season’s last major always offers plenty of storylines. The PGA has put together some very interesting pairings and thankfully avoided the three ring circus of a Tiger Woods/Adam Scott grouping. John Daly, Mark Brooks, Jerry Pate. Despite his poor play John Daly is still a fan favorite (who… Continue Reading

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Chip Shots From The US Open at Pebble Beach

by Jeff Skinner For the first three days the US Open was all we wanted it to be.  On the final day it looked like the Golf Gods were playing a cruel joke on us.  What was billed as a showdown of top players, long hitters and a few up and comers, turned into a survival of the fittest.  For a while, it could have been billed the survival of the “unfittest” when the 391st ranked golfer in the world… Continue Reading

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Chips from Pebble Beach

by Jeff Skinner Chip Shots… Brendon de Jonge must not have heard about how hard the 14th hole is.  He spun his third shot back into the cup for an eagle.  That’s the shot of the tournament so far. K. J. Choi starts off bogey, double bogey but battles back with six birdies to scramble to a one under 70 and a tie for fourth. How the hell does Shaun Micheel birdie 14 and 15?  He picked up two strokes… Continue Reading

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Tiger + Phil = 0 Birds…and Plenty of Complaining

by Jeff Skinner It doesn’t look like Pebble Beach will be taken advantage of by anyone this week.  In the 2000 US Open Tiger Woods gave Pebble his version of a golfing smack down and finished twelve under par.  The “new Pebble Beach” put on a new face for the first round of The US Open and didn’t allow any player anything better than two under par.  Believe it or not, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods did not have a… Continue Reading

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