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The USGA Needs to Dump Trump

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The people of the United States are not the only ones faced with a critical decision about Donald Trump next month. So is the USGA. With Trump’s never ending monologue of disparaging women the USGA has to be contemplating the effect Trump, whether President or not, will have on their 2017 U.S. Women’s Open. The Open is scheduled for Trump’s National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J. next July. As each day brings more and more controversy surrounding Trump and his… Continue Reading

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The Many Struggles to Get Olympic Golf Started

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As the Olympics continue to dominate the sports pages and the men’s golf competition finally started on Thursday the world is getting its first live action look at Gil Hanse’s creation. The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca was built especially for these games. Hanse beat out several big name golf course designers to land a very important but a very troubled assignment. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us a Cliff Notes version of the many varied… Continue Reading

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Lots of Squeaky Chalk at Baltusrol

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The two leading drivers of the ball in the game today both got off to unexpectedly sloppy starts in the 98th PGA today in Springfield at Baltusrol’s venerable Lower Course. Playing with an early tee time in the best wind free weather of the day, Rory McIlroy could not take advantage of either the benign conditions or his prodigious talents. McIlroy didn’t hole one birdie putt today and totaled 35 putts for the round. At +4 he is nine back… Continue Reading

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Ben An Wins Long Drive with a Ball That Just Goes Too Far

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One of the fun things at the PGA Championship is their decision to reinstate the Long Driving Competition. They had done it for years before doing away with it but since 2014 we’ve seen some massive belts. Probably the most famous of its past winners has to be the Golden Bear himself. Way back in 1963 a young Jack Nicklaus smacked one 341 yards…with a persimmon clubhead. Who knows what he could have done with one of those high tech… Continue Reading

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Our Links Life Golf Open Championship Picks

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It’s Open Championship week and the oldest and most intriguing of the majors wouldn’t be complete without the Links Life Golf Crew Open Championship Picks. The boys at Links Life Golf put hours and hours into researching their favorites at Royal Troon and have selected these fine golfers to become The Champion Golfer of the Year. Lil Skins is still alive for the Grand Slam with a win at the U.S. Open and a tie for first at The Masters.… Continue Reading

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Golf in the Olympics: I’m Done…for Now

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Let it be known that this will be my last piece with any mention of the Olympics, golf in the Olympics, players in the Olympics, players not in the Olympics, the Olympic Flame, the Olympic Rings, Olympic Paint…anything Olympic…at least until we crown the Champion Golfer of the Year. All this Olympic baloney is taking the focus away from the oldest and maybe the greatest major of them all. That being said I need to vent for a bit before… 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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Youngsters Take Center Stage at the U.S. Women’s Open

PINEHURST, NC - JUNE 17:  A flagstick is seen on the first hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 69th U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 17, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

While the PGA Tour takes a very unusual but understandable week off due to the flooding in West Virginia, the best women in golf will have center stage as they vie for their toughest major of the year, the U.S. Women’s Open. The USGA has gathered the best female golfers in the world at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. Unlike the male version of this Open which makes regular stops in Cali this is the first time since… Continue Reading

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USGA Still Taking Heat for DJ’s Penalty

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It seems like everyone in the golf world had an opinion on the Dustin Johnson/USGA rules snafu except DJ himself. Yes, he said during and after the penalty was assessed, in the scoring room no less, that he didn’t cause the ball to move but that was it. As we all carry on about his misfortune and the USGA’s fumble DJ is laying low, nowhere to be seen. Good for him. He’s handling the aftermath as classy as he did… Continue Reading

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Saturday Swing Tip: Dustin Johnson’s Major Winning Wedge Game

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Dustin Johnson has made his bones on letting his “big dawg eat.”  But truth be told the 2016 U.S.Open Champion earns plenty of cash with his wedge game.  As we saw at Oakmont (when the USGA wasn’t screwing up his deal) he can really do some damage with his short clubs.  In fact he leads the PGA Tour in approaches from 50-125 yards and is second from 150-175.  That’s a serious short game! Check out his wedge game tips.

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