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Rory McIlroy Sidelined with Rib Fracture

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The golf world was dealt an unexpected blow this week as Rory McIlroy announced he needed to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in one of his ribs and will need to rest to allow it to heal. There is no timetable for his return. The world number two had “toughed it out” by playing through the pain at the South African Open for a playoff loss to Graeme Storm and… Continue Reading

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Big Names Not the Way to Grow the Game at Olympics

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All right, I have to admit that Olympic fever is hitting yours truly. I have been addicted to NBC’s multiple platform broadcasts as I try to grab a little bit of all the competitions down in Rio. Sure, watching Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and the swim team is great and those high flying, gravity defying gymnasts are amazing. And of course the beach volleyball is fun. How aren’t they covered in sand? But I am not limiting myself to the… Continue Reading

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Ten Things I Think

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1. Golf Digest is once again the target of LPGA fans because this month Paige Spiranac graces their cover. While Spiranac is attempting to make it to the LPGA her game is still a long way off but her popularity far exceeds her game. She is what you would call an “internet sensation” with over 670,000 Instagram followers, most of which are between the ages of 15-30. Now that’s the demographic that Golf Digest and the game itself needs to… Continue Reading

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Branden Grace Wins RBC Heritage

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It was a tough day for third round leader, Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage. The former world number one could only manage an even par 71 round as everyone around him was shooting under par. Branden Grace was the prime recipient of Donald’s indifferent play as the South African went low with a closing 66 to come from three shots back to give him his first PGA Tour win. Many will remember Grace from last year’s U.S. Open when… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair: PGA Day 3

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Mother Nature held sway Friday afternoon at the Straits course at Whistling Straits in Cheese Land driving golfers and spectators to shelter, softening the course with a deluge of rain and tearing down TV towers, TV studio sets and scoreboards with 50 mile per hour winds. But she was a Perfect Lady on Saturday offering up clear skies and soft breezes while the golfers did all the tearing up of this muscular sandbox on the shores of Lake Michigan. Although… Continue Reading

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Great Players, Great Stories at Chambers Bay

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The 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay by all accounts has been an interesting, exciting and dramatic week.  And that’s not even on the course.  In between the controversies, Tweets and finger pointing  an excellent golf championship has been unfolding.  And today’s final round is setup for plenty of excitement and maybe a little controversy too. It’s a fine leaderboard with big names, great stories, superior golfers all combining to give us a good chance of a dramatic finish. Dustin Johnson,… Continue Reading

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Lucky Bubba Just Being Bubba…Again

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It was fun this weekend to watch the boys of the PGA and European Tours mix it up in China. The WGC-HSBC Champions boasted a solid field as it is co-sponsored by both tours and with plenty of big names perched atop the leaderboard it made for some thrilling early Sunday morning viewing. Good old boy Bubba Watson was up to his old tricks as he powered, curved and coaxed his ball around the course to the “oohs and ahs”… Continue Reading

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The European Tour…Or Is It?

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A quick view of the golf scores from around the world this morning showed that American Jessica Korda had a one shot lead at the Blue Bay LPGA in China and a glimpse at the European Tour’s ISPS Handa Perth International has native Aussie John Wade tied for the lead with Thorbjorn Olesen. The Handa marks the return of Jason Dufner back from his neck injury. Dufner was last on the course at the PGA Championship when he was forced… 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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Justin Rose’s I-95 Love Affair

by Jeff Skinner Believe it or not, Justin Rose was born in South Africa.   We know him as an Englishman as he did grow up in England but now he lives in Florida. But I think he may like to summer in the Mid-Atlantic section of the United States. Last year in Philadelphia he was the last man staining at the U.S. Open when he topped the field at a brutal Merion. This week just down I-95 a bit… Continue Reading

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