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It’s Jack’s Week at The Memorial

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It seems fitting that while I am still nursing my Jack Nicklaus hangover from his USGA Museum dedication the PGA Tour moves into Muirfield for Jack’s Memorial Tournament. This is a special week on tour and we’ll get to see plenty of Jack over the weekend. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are back in action as things heat up in preparation for the U.S. Open just a few weeks away. Here’s a look at Tiger’s memorable chip in. Jack called… Continue Reading

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Nicklaus: It’s Always Been About Family

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I’ve been a Jack Nicklaus fan since I became interested in golf forty years ago.  So I was thrilled when I got the chance to get to see Nicklaus up close and personal. Along with 500 or so unabashedly passionate Nicklaus fans I attended the opening of the Jack Nicklaus Room at the USGA Museum at its headquarters in Far Hills, New Jersey. Jack, his wife Barbara and all but one of his children were there as USGA President Tom… Continue Reading

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Pinehurst Journal, Day 2

by Jeff Skinner Tuesday at my U.S. Open was a very busy day. I started off with a Geoff Shackelford meet. We chatted about the USGA’s architecture forum that took place later in the day. I introduced myself to Dr. Rand Jerris, a senior member of the USGA’ s leadership team and I think he may have been shocked that I knew who he was and that he was the man at the USGA Museum. I spent plenty of time… Continue Reading

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Pinehurst Journal, Day 1

by Jeff Skinner Consider this post day two of my personal journey to Pinehurst and the U. S. Open Championships. After a hectic day one of an eleven hour drive I finally got to Pinehurst and the media center about 4:00pm. Today’s press conference schedule is jam packed and I plan on attending the Architecture Forum which includes Mike Davis and Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. Today I had a chance meeting with Rand Jerris of the USGA. Dr. Jerris… Continue Reading

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It’s U.S. Open Week…Get Ready

by Jeff Skinner As the golf world prepares for the U.S. Open at Merion this week there is still time for many fans to do a little research to familiarize themselves with historic Merion Golf Club. Golf Weeks’s Bradley S. Klein gives us a hole by hole breakdown of Merion and says this, “There’s certainly never quite been an Open like this one, not even in 1981, the last time they set up shop for the national championship here on… Continue Reading

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Mike Davis, Merion and The USGA Museum

by Jeff Skinner U.S. Open Countdown: 44 days Today was Media Day for the 113th U.S. Open to be held at Merion Golf Club in June.  USGA Executive Director Mike Davis spoke to the Morning Drive this morning and you could hear the excitement in his voice. Returning The Open to Merion is one of “the highlights of my career” he said and he used the word “magical” many times when speaking of the iconic course which has an unparalleled… Continue Reading

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