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The Other Tournament at Troon

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Philly Mick and Hammering Hank teed off today in a defacto match play scenario, winner takes all, for the Claret Jug, the Gold Medal and the appellation “ Champion Golfer of the Year”. None of the other  seventy nine golfers playing the links at Royal Troon today had a reasonable chance to win this championship so we had, in effect a tournament within the championship. Either Phil on Henrik would be crowned king of the golfing world, for this week… Continue Reading

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Flop Shots: Greg Norman & Ted Bishop

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The world of golf doesn’t lack for over-sized egos. Whether you are walking down the practice range, through the hallways of any of the administrative bodies or watching the talking heads on any television broadcast egos abound. It’s one thing to have a bit of an ego when you’re involved in playing the game and playing with the world’s best. I mean who hasn’t told Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson how great they are? Same for Jordan Spieth and Rory… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

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1. I watched a lot of golf this week and one of the strangest things I saw was Jordan Spieth’s fill in caddie. His usual bag man, Mike Greller was home nursing a sore ankle. So his agent, Jay Dansi,the guy who signed him up to play Singapore was pressed into service as his caddie. It was hot, humid and the heat index was over 100. A bit of irony surrounded Dansi as he humped that bag around all week.… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.18

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse close out their Chambers Bay presentation with a big finale, the eighteenth hole. Controversy follows the player from tee to green. Mike Davis will set this hole up as a 604 yard par 5 one day and a 525 par 4 the next. Davis insisted that a large, very large fairway bunker be placed in the landing area to make the players think about their tee balls. The bunker is so deep and penal it’s… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.16 & No.17

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Holly Sonders and Gil Hanse show us the sixteenth at Chambers Bay which nestles up close to the Puget Sound and even closer to the railway line that gives this course a definite British feel. Less than driver for most on this 423 yard par four with a green that narrows down to just six paces at the back. The par three seventeenth can play from 172-218 yards and you get another look at the railway. This is the only… Continue Reading

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Sneak Peek: Chambers Bay No.6 & No.7

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Holly and Gil are back with the sixth hole at Chambers Bay a healthy par 4 at 495 yards. Trent Jones II calls the bunkers that border the sloped fairway “coffin bunkers.” Players will be hitting into a long, narrow green which is one of the smallest on the course. The seventh hole is a classic Cape design and another long par 4 at 508 yards where players can choose to bite off as much as they want to try… Continue Reading

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Ramblings from the Easy Chair

by G. Rennie World Golf Championships are a boon to professional golfers, especially those who find themselves outside the top 125 on the Fed Ex Cup points list. This is so as the PGA Tour schedules an alternate full field event to run concurrently with the WGC. As the top 76 ranked players in the world teed it up at venerable Firestone CC for the WGC Bridgestone Championship this week another field of hungry pros competed at the Barracuda Championship.… Continue Reading

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The Open Championship: Great Stuff from Liverpool

by Jeff Skinner It is finally time for the Open Championship to start and if you are reading this you are probably missing some of the Open telecast on ESPN. It starts at 4:00am EST and there is even more coverage on the The Open.com.  But television coverage isn’t the only way to stay connected to the Open. It’s the printed word (internet included)  that goes so much deeper than the TV coverage and there are no commercials! Here are… Continue Reading

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Michelle Wie Leads an Exciting U.S. Women’s Open

by Jeff Skinner The 2014 golf season just keeps getting better for the LPGA. With new tournaments, new sponsors, fresh new faces and plenty of publicity the U.S. Women’s Open started with much anticipation. So far it hasn’t disappointed at all. With the women following the men at Pinehurst No.2 Mike Whan couldn’t have written a better script for the first two rounds. He should send the USGA a big thank you note. The week started with plenty of buzz… Continue Reading

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