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The Senior Set Does Troon

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Of the 156 competitors at Royal Troon nine are over 50 and eligible for play on The Champions Tour.  Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez are the only two players from the geriatric set who regularly compete on the primary tours that cater to young flat bellies. But the lure of a major and the many, many ways that the R&A makes entry into the OPEN accessible typically brings in a bunch of gents who, to put it politely, are… Continue Reading

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Dustin Johnson Takes Leave of Absence

by Jeff Skinner Dustin Johnson has announced that he is taking an immediate leave of absence from professional golf. His agent released a statement effectively ending his 2014 golf season. “I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately. I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced. By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will… Continue Reading

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U.S. Open Memories: Winged Foot 2006

by Jeff Skinner It’s 2006 and the U.S. Open had come to historic Winged Foot Country Club in Westchester County, New York. Since Winged Foot is only forty five minutes from my house I had a chance to spend all week there from practice days to Sunday’s final round. Early in the week during a practice round I was at wandering around watching the best players in the world try and figure out one of the toughest courses in the… Continue Reading

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An Unexpected Charge from Down Under

by G. Rennie Most golf fans expected a strong showing from at least one Australian golfer and they were all proved right as Adam Scott continued his great play in round two of The Masters, carding a backside 33 to salvage par for the day which placed him tied for third after 36 holes. Some others touted Jason Day for contention even with his thumb injury which has kept him on the sidelines since his WGC Match Play win in… Continue Reading

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Newsmakers of the Year, Golf World Style

by Jeff Skinner Golf World has released its final issue of 2013 with a listing of their “Newsmakers of The Year.”  Various writers give us capsule commentaries on the top twenty five stories of the past year.  The topics are varied and include issues on and off the course and more than just player performances.  One of the more interesting topics came in at number twelve: Bad Manners.  They call out all those knuckleheads that scream “Mashed Potatoes” and so… Continue Reading

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Golf ‘Round the World

by Jeff Skinner With the NFL and the baseball playoffs dominating the sports headlines the exciting golf that was played this past weekend can be easily over looked.  You’ll be forgiven if you missed some of the great play on the weekend as you sucked down beers and wings while cheering for those damn Patriots and Red Sox. Of the four winners this weekend, the one with the most upside is Lexi Thompson.  The eighteen year old Thompson won her… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think…FedEx Cup Style

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Henrik Stenson picked the best possible time to get hot.  He didn’t start the’13 PGA Tour season hot but in July he was hitting his stride.  A second place at the Open was followed by a T2 at The Bridgestone and then a third at the PGA Championship.  His win at the Deutsche Bank catapulted him to the top of the FedEx Cup and he kept up his great play through the Tour Championship. 2.  … Continue Reading

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Next On Tim Finchem’s List…Tim Clark

by Jeff Skinner I am sure somewhere on Tim Finchem’s desk there’s a big folder, maybe a red one, maybe marked Top-Secret and I bet it’s a thick one.  It’s the one labeled “USGA Anchor Putter Rule.”  Finchem has a heck of a To Do List lately and somewhere near the top probably ahead of “Vijay’s Deer Antler Spray” and behind “Increase Revenue Streams” lies the task “Anchored Stroke…What Now?” This debate will only heat up and the players had… Continue Reading

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Sergio vs Tiger at The Players Championship

by Jeff Skinner Everywhere Tiger Woods goes he usually gathers a crowd and on the golf course it’s always a noisy crowd.  Sergio Garcia felt the brunt of being paired with Tiger at The Players and wasn’t too happy about it. It seems that on the second hole while Tiger and Sergio were separated by about 50 yards Sergio was disturbed by the crowd surrounding Tiger.  As Sergio was in his back swing, Tiger pulled a fairway wood from his… Continue Reading

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Vijay Singh & Tim Finchem: The Fools of Ponte Vedra Beach

by Jeff Skinner & G. Rennie You know that “They Were Born for This” commercial on The Golf Channel that features Tiger, Rickie, Phil and Keegan with the “versus” symbol thrown in between clips of them as kids?  (Click here for a peek.) Well, maybe they should cut another one… Vijay vs. Tim. That’s what all this looks like as Vijay Singh takes on Commissioner Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour.  There’s plenty of blame to go around in this… Continue Reading

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