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Patrick Reed Looking to Go All Beast Mode

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With the temps in the teens and the snow coming down here in the Hudson Valley watching the pros playing at Kapaula is a welcome sight and a tonic for my winter blues. Half of the 2016 winning American Ryder Cup Team is taking advantage of the wonderful Hawaiian weather so there was bound to be a few conversations concerning the overdue American triumph. Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel spent a few minutes with the emotional heart of the… Continue Reading

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My Scotland Adventure…Royal Dornoch

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We continued our Scottish adventure on Tuesday with one of our most anticipated days of the trip: 36 holes at Royal Dornoch. The debates rage on over which is the best course in Scotland…and the world and Royal Dornoch is always in the mix. Some rate the Old Course as the best but the history of The Open and Old Tom has as much to do with that as the course itself. Royal Dornoch usually sits right behind the Old… Continue Reading

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My Scotland Adventure ….Continues

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Our time in St. Andrews was marked by sunny days, links golf, bustling streets and a few nights out in a very friendly and popular village. The streets were always busy with tourists, golfers, shoppers and the pleasant folk of the Auld Grey Toon. We visited the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral and stopped by Old Tom & Young Tom Morris’ graves, spent some time walking along the West Sands, hit the British Golf Museum and found a few spots… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think & More….Open Championship Style

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1. The Open not only gave us a new major champion in Henrik Stenson but also a new cult hero. Andrew “Beef” Johnston with his furry, wild looking beard, healthy appetite and likable personality was also a winner at Royal Troon. The fans and the media loved him. He was just fun to watch. 2. The par three Postage Stamp doesn’t need anymore publicity, it’s a legendary hole. And watching the best golfers in the world need all their skills… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 16, 17, 18

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The last three holes at Royal Troon starts with a birdie opportunity at the par 5, 554 yard sixteenth hole.  In 2004 it played as the easiest hole on the course. A burn crosses the fairway and will challenge golfers to clear it with any wind at all.  The large green is surrounded by those deep, painful bunkers. The par 3 seventeenth normally faces into the wind and at 220 yards players may need a driver to have any chance… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 10, 11, 12

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Royal Troon gets difficult, very difficult as the players turn for home.  The three toughest holes on the course greets the field when they make the turn. The long par 4 tenth will play at 451 yards and was the third hardest hole in 2004. A longer par 4, named Railway will play at 482 yards with the railroad bordering the hole on the right.  This traditionally is the most difficult hole on the course. Yet another stout par 4… Continue Reading

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Open Championship Preview: Holes 7, 8, 9

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Our Open Championship Preview continues. The 401 yard par 4 seventh heads inland off the coast and tests the players with a zig-zag fairway. The eighth is the shortest hole at Royal Troon and in the Open Rota. The famous Postage Stamp, a 123 yard par 3 sounds like an easy hole but it is far from that.  Hit the green or you’re in jail and the wind can make it play much longer. The ninth hole is another challenging… Continue Reading

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Lang Wins U.S. Women’s Open as Nordqvist Takes Penalty

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Another USGA championship and another controversy at the U.S. Women’s Open. This is getting old but first let’s talk about the winner. Brittany Lang came from two strokes back on a tough course to finish at six under and tie Anna Nordgvist and then eventually defeat her in a playoff. Third round leader Lydia Ko and Sung Hyun Park who had the lead at one time faded after they were put on the clock on the twelfth hole and left… Continue Reading

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Chip Shots…Hurley Out of Open, Spieth Wavers on Rio

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When Billy Hurley III won last week we knew his life was about to change. But the unassuming former Navy lieutenant who has captured the hearts of many golf fans showed why so many have come to count him as one of their favorites. Hurley earned an invite to the Open Championship next month as one of the perks of winning the Quicken Loans National. But his sister had scheduled her wedding that same weekend so a tough decision faced… Continue Reading

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Mike Davis: “The USGA Wants a Mulligan”

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Amid all the controversy and backlash about the Dustin Johnson rules kerfuffle Mike Davis, the Executive Director/CEO of the USGA has made a request: The USGA wants a mulligan. Ironic isn’t it. The USGA released a statement earlier in the day, standing by the rules decision, that Johnson caused the ball to move but apologizing for the distraction they caused on the twelfth tee. Later, Davis was a call in quest on the Golf Channel’s Golf Central. Consider this calling… Continue Reading

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