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The PLAYERS: A “Major” Debate

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The PLAYERS Championship starts today and if the finish can compare to last year’s Rickie Fowler coming out party we are in for a treat. But the debate still rages: Is The PLAYERS the fifth major? The PGA Tour’s marquee event has struggled to be held in major championship status to the consternation of Commissioner Tim Finchem. He has tried everything he could. The PLAYERS has the biggest purse in all of golf, $10.5 million with a cool $1.89 mil… Continue Reading

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Ramblings From the Easy Chair

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The 2016 PGA Tour season is finally underway with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions having just wrapped up four glorious sun filled days on the slopes of The Kapalua Plantation Course. I’ve always looked forward to that first week of January golf beamed direct from those lush fairways with incomparable views from the shores of Maui of humpbacks lolling about in the coves. And across the way the impressive hills of Molakai, as mysterious and marvelous a place as any… Continue Reading

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The Old “Fall Series” Still Alive and Well

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When the PGA Tour decided to rewrite the calendar and make their season a “wrap-around” season that encompassed two calendar years I, like many protested. The Fall Series, the tournaments after the FedEx Cup Playoffs and before the Tournament of Champions in January had been a kind of mini-tour school. The big name players rarely played them, full FedEx Cup points were not awarded to the winner and the winner’s paycheck never approached a million dollars. This allowed the fields… Continue Reading

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A Quick Pick Six

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1. Props to Emiliano Grillo for hanging in there and beating Kevin Na in a playoff for his first win at the Frys.com Open. He’s had eight starts on tour but this was his first event as a full member of the PGA Tour. With his win he gets an invite to The Masters, a two year exemption to the PGA Tour and $1.8 million. Not bad for a 23 year old kid. 2. While the PGA Tour was starting… Continue Reading

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Showdown at The Presidents Cup…Yes, Really!

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For years the brains at the PGA Tour tried to figure a way to somehow capture the passion of the Ryder Cup and instill it in its own Presidents Cup. Now some may say it was Captain Nick Price’s insistence that the format be changed to better accommodate an perennially overmatched International team.   Some may say it was Phil Mickelson’s gaffe of handing the Internationals two holes at once.  Some my say it’s that the American team is not playing up… Continue Reading

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Another Reason We Love Jordan Spieth

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Tim Finchem’s baby, The FedEx Cup Playoffs start tomorrow with The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club in New Jersey. World number one Jordan Spieth leads the top 125 PGA Tour golfers (minus two) in the chase for the FedEx Cup and a bonus check of $10,000,000 to the winner. Spieth sits comfortably in first place of the points race but the format has changed this year with the tour hoping for a little less volatility in the final weeks. So… Continue Reading

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3 Crazy Golf Questions

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Here are a few “golf” questions I thought I would never, ever hear. Does golf really need Donald Trump? A while ago Trump was buying golf courses as a hobby but recently he is one of a handful of deep pocketed entrepreneurs that are some of the few that are actually building golf courses.  Like it or not Trump is a player in golf’s big time. The USGA and the PGA of America both have majors scheduled at Trump’s Bedminster… Continue Reading

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Good Stuff from The PLAYERS Championship

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The PGA Tour likes to play up the fact that it gives tens of millions of dollars to charity each year. Tim Finchem and his cronies would like us all to think that the tour isn’t just a business, technically a non-profit business that consists of a bunch of one percenters flying around the country playing golf for a living and counting their millions. The truth is the PGA Tour does enable millions of dollars to go to good, effective… Continue Reading

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Teaching Pro Takes a Shot at Tiger Woods

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Over the weekend a former PGA player let loose on Tiger Woods claiming Woods was going to “surpass Lance Armstrong in infamy.” I listened to the radio broadcast where Dan Olsen (whoever that is) told the host that Tiger was really serving a suspension from the PGA Tour and that Woods had also been playing a ball that isn’t approved for play. You can hear the inflammatory interview here.  The first thing I thought was ‘who the hell is Dan… Continue Reading

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The PGA Tour…New Year’s in October

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For many of us October ushers in a fall season full of falling leaves, pumpkin festivals and Oktoberfest. But that’s not the case for the PGA Tour. For Tim Finchem and the mighty and all powerful PGA Tour October isn’t a time when we are heading into the end of the year it is actually the start of a new year. Yes, as only The Great and Powerful Finch can do, he has brought New Year’s into October.  This week… Continue Reading

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