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More Trouble Than Meets the Golfer’s Eye at Oakmont

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Oakmont Country Club is widely regarded as the toughest golf course in America. Its slick greens are legendary. Its Church Pew bunkers are so famous they have their own name. And the rough is deep. So deep balls vanish, players look to be literally knee deep in the stuff and a small dog or two has been known to disappear. As if that wasn’t enough to punish the players that will try and survive this beast of a course there’s… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair: PGA Day 1

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Our Links Life Golf boss, Big Skins, reminds us  all that this week’s PGA is ” the last shot for fame and glory” for 156 professional golfers in 2015. No argument from me on that point but from another perspective this week’s tromp along the dunes in Kohler, Wisconsin lays out like a long running soap opera with multiple story lines all converging in a dramatic climax. Below are  listed just a sampling of the many narratives waiting for their final… Continue Reading

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Hits & Misses Day One at The Masters

by Jeff Skinner Hits Bill Haas.  The 31 year old Wake Forest grad has five PGA Tour wins but today may be the stepping stone to his first major.  Four under 68 has him one stroke ahead of three major champions. Adam Scott.  The ’13 Masters champ did his best to defend his title.  One errant shot on the par three twelft hole resulted in a double bogey, his only mistake of the day. Louis Oosthuizen.  It is either feast… Continue Reading

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Masters Chairman Billy Payne Can Stop Slow Play

by Jeff Skinner It isn’t too often that I can say I was fortunate in missing the final round of a PGA Tour event.  But that’s the case this week.  From all reports Sunday at The Valero Texas Open had all the joy of a root canal.  And I am not sorry I missed it. It was not the fact that the winner, Steven Bowditch shot a 76 to win it.  Nor was it the fact that there were no… Continue Reading

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The Major Problem in Golf: Slow Play

by Jeff Skinner With The Players Championship starting tomorrow we are sure to see some footage of last year’s tournament when slow playing Kevin Na labored his way around TPC Sawgrass in the final group of the day.  If there is a poster boy for slow play in this generation of PGA Tour players it is Kevin Na.  His lengthy routine, whiffs and constant backing off highlighted a trend that has gone unchecked on the PGA Tour.  Players take as… Continue Reading

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Tiger’s Illegal Drop Shocks The Masters

by Jeff Skinner My, what a difference a few hours makes.  At the close of the second round of The Masters last evening the talk was of Tiger’s bounce off the flagstick, Tianlang Guan’s slow play penalty, Jason Day’s resurgence and John Paramor’s candidacy for head official of the PGA Tour.  Fast forward a few hours and The Masters is mired in controversy surrounding Tiger’s incorrect drop at the 15th hole. Thanks to a few viewers that called into question… Continue Reading

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Tianlang Guan & John Paramor Prove The Masters Is Truly Different

by Jeff Skinner As the golf world recoils from the shocking slow play penalty called on a young Tianlang Guan at The Masters a few things are abundantly clear. First and most evident after all the screaming and protesting settled is that Tianlang Guan, a fourteen year old child in a field of powerful men, is an amazing young man. It isn’t just his skill with a golf club that separates this youngster from the crowd but his class, dignity… Continue Reading

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Tianlang Guan Hit With Slow Play at The Masters

by Jeff Skinner In a strange turn of events at The Masters one of the most compelling stories of the day has turned into one of the strangest.  Tianlang Guan, the 14 year old wonder child that has captured the hearts of Masters fans around the world was assessed a one stroke penalty for slow play on the 17th hole. Guan and his group of Masters Champion Ben Crenshaw and Matteo Manessero were told of a slow time by long… Continue Reading

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Stacy Lewis Writes The Great American Comeback

by Jeff Skinner Stacy Lewis continued to write another chapter in her inspiring young life that simply epitomizes the word comeback.  With her victory at The RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup Lewis claimed the top spot in the world rankings and has matured into a force on the LPGA. The fact that Lewis was thrown another setback after her third round with a two stroke penalty meant really nothing to her.  She chalked it up to “just one more thing”… Continue Reading

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Stacy Lewis, Now World Number One

by Jeff Skinner There’s a new name atop the Rolex World Rankings and its Stacy Lewis.   Lewis overtook Yani Tseng as world number one when she earned her second win of the season at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. In the third round of the Founders Cup  Lewis was assessed a two stroke penalty when her caddie “tested the surface” in a bunker at the sixteenth hole.  It moved her to four shots behind leader Ai Miyazato and jeopardized… Continue Reading

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