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A Great Holiday Tradition: Prime Time Golf from Hawaii

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The past few weeks have been full of family, food and fun as our holiday traditions started in mid December and spread right through to early January. It has been great and another of our traditions takes center stage this week: prime time golf from Hawaii. Oh, how I have come to treasure the PGA Tour’s early start in paradise at the SBS Tournament of Champions. It’s just the fix needed for a golf starved, house bound fanatic. I am… Continue Reading

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The Fist Pump Is Back

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It didn’t take long for Tiger Woods to start feeling like his ol’ bad ass self. Tiger took his game a step further today with his bogey free 7 under 65 that had him moving up the leaderboard at the Hero World Challenge and he even broke out his classic fist pump. His wasn’t the lowest round of the day, Bubba Watson had a 63, nor was it the second lowest, Brandt Snedeker shot 64 but for Woods who is… Continue Reading

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At Long Last, The Ryder Cup is Back Home!

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It’s been eight long years since a US side hoisted the Ryder Cup but it’s seemed like a lot longer as the specter of European Team dominance in this event has enveloped USA Team golf. The US Ryder Cup effort has had as much recent acrimony and controversy as a presidential election campaign but that can be forgotten now as this 17-11 win wipes out some of the sting of past failures. For sure it’s a redemption for Captain Davis… Continue Reading

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At This Ryder Cup….Let the Players Play

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The Ryder Cup was started by Samuel Ryder, a wealthy seed merchant with hopes of an exhibition that promoted the game of golf and the sportsmanship and camaraderie that goes along with it. I don’t think he would recognize it today. Since 1979 when all of Europe was added to the original Great Britain & Ireland Team the matches became competitive but the buildup and pressure surrounding the Ryder Cup has gone over the top. With the passing of Arnold… Continue Reading

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Bubba Watson’s Almost Ryder Cup Cover

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They say timing is everything. And sometimes they, whoever they are…are right. But for the good folks at Golf Magazine timing didn’t quite work out this month. I pulled my issue from the mailbox and gazed down upon their Ryder Cup Preview Issue. There is nothing like the Ryder Cup and I am sure they spent many hours putting this issue together. But even the best laid plans of editors and reporters often go awry. Front and center on the… Continue Reading

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Big Names Not the Way to Grow the Game at Olympics

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All right, I have to admit that Olympic fever is hitting yours truly. I have been addicted to NBC’s multiple platform broadcasts as I try to grab a little bit of all the competitions down in Rio. Sure, watching Michael Phelps, Katie Ledecky and the swim team is great and those high flying, gravity defying gymnasts are amazing. And of course the beach volleyball is fun. How aren’t they covered in sand? But I am not limiting myself to the… Continue Reading

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Jack Nicklaus Says Troon Tops Turnberry

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As Henrik and Phil were going at it yesterday many of us referenced 1977 at Turnberry when Nicklaus and Watson went head to head in the classic Duel in the Sun. I stated that I thought Stenson and Mickelson had outplayed Watson and Nicklaus by the sheer brilliance of their play. And I am not alone. The Golden Bear himself thinks so too. Nicklaus, who rarely watches a full round of golf, released these comments on Twitter praising Stenson and… Continue Reading

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Brilliant! Henrik Stenson Wins Open Championship

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Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what we all hoped for today in the final round of the Open Championship. The word they like to use across the pond to describe something this impressive is brilliant. But this was more than brilliant, it was exceptionally brilliant. Stenson not only broke through for his first major win but he did it in record breaking fashion with a final round that will be remembered as one of the best of all time.… Continue Reading

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Olympics 2016: Another One Bites the Dust

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The U.S. Olympic Golf Team took another hit as Dustin Johnson announced he would not be heading to Rio.  Johnson cited the Zika Virus as the main reason for declining to compete in golf’s re-entry into the Olympics.  The last time golf was in the Olympics was 1904. “This was not an easy decision for me,” Johnson said in a statement. “But my concerns about the Zika virus cannot be ignored.” “I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself,… Continue Reading

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Oakmont’s USGA Rules Decision…What If?

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After back to back controversial U.S. Opens the USGA should probably get down on their collective knees and thank the golf gods. Maybe they could sacrifice a few blue blazers and some neckties while they are at it. Because when all was said and done they got lucky, very lucky. Last year at Chambers Bay they withstood criticism about the course and its barely there greens but the exciting finish with Jordan Spieth winning saved the day, except for Dustin… Continue Reading

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