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Chambers Bay and a “New” U.S. Open

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Normally, controversy about the U.S. Open usually happens during the week of the championship. Traditionally players will complain about the length of the rough, the speed of the greens and maybe the conversion of a par five into a par four. But this year things are different. With four weeks before play starts the sniping at the USGA has begun. Or should I say the sniping at Executive Director Mike Davis has begun. Last month Davis stated that Chambers Bay… Continue Reading

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Webb Simpson’s Ryder Cup Stunk

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The 2014 Ryder Cup fallout continues and I suspect it won’t stop until the U.S. finally wins one. Recently one of America’s own spoke out on what a terrible experience his Ryder Cup was. Webb Simpson told The Golf Channel that his time spent in Scotland wasn’t too much fun. No kidding Webb…it was a drag for anyone hoping the Americans would be competitive. “The golf side was a terrible experience because I only played in two matches,” Simpson said.… Continue Reading

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A Very Healthy European Report Card

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Rumor has it the champagne and beer are still flowing as a most happy European Team basks in their glorious victory at the 40th Ryder Cup. It’s an old but valid axiom, “players play and coaches coach.” The Europeans players certainly played this week at Gleneagles. They continued their mastery of the team game to claim their third straight Ryder Cup win. Justin Rose 4.0 points A++ : Rose was the stud of the week as he outplayed everyone on… Continue Reading

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Heroes & Zeroes at The Ryder Cup

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There was some great play from the American Ryder Cup team this week but, stop me if you heard this one, Europe just played better. A 16.5 – 11.5 point loss is just another in the progression of disappointments Team USA has to swallow. Some stellar play from the rookies wasn’t enough for Team USA to break Europe’s hold on Mr. Ryder’s Cup. Patrick Reed 3.5 points A+ : Reed paired with Jordan Spieth for some great play and was… Continue Reading

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Captain Watson Fails in Another American Ryder Cup Defeat

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by Jeff Skinner With another resounding defeat for the Americans at the Ryder Cup the second guessing of Captain Tom Watson will reach a crescendo. In fact it started long before the Euro’s closed out the USA on Sunday with legions of writers and analysts ripping Watson for many of the confusing calls he made this week. Consider this my “Man Crush Disclaimer.” I think Tom Watson is one of the iconic figures in the game and I respect him… Continue Reading

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Team USA Needs History to Repeat

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by Jeff Skinner It’s like déjà vu all over again…or something like that. Yes, it seems just like yesterday that the host Ryder Cup team sailed to a 10-6 advantage after the first two days. Then out of nowhere the visiting team pulled a Sunday comeback for the ages to win the cup on foreign soil. Tom Watson and his band of not so merry men will be hoping to steal a page from the ’12 European team’s playbook at… Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup Lineup Shake Ups…

by Jeff Skinner Armchair quarterbacking is usually reserved for the NFL on Sunday but with the Ryder Cup I get to do it all weekend. Here are a few thoughts on the happenings so far at a very exciting 40th Ryder Cup. Euro Captain Paul McGinley struck gold with his Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson pairing and looks like he’ll ride that one all weekend. He has them leading off on Saturday… smart move. McGinley has broken up the very… Continue Reading

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Studs & Duds at The Ryder Cup

by Jeff Skinner DUDS Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. We don’t have to look too far to find our first and most resounding DUD of day one at the Ryder Cup. Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson started the day off and proceeded to lay the biggest egg of the day for the Americans. Bubba and his personal head doctor couldn’t even manage a single bogey in a very disheartening 5 & 4 loss to Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson. Rosey… Continue Reading

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Ryder Cup Fourball Matchups Favors European Team

by Jeff Skinner The 2014 Ryder Cup officially got under way today with the opening ceremonies at Gleneagles Scotland. Amid the pipers and anthems and speeches the captains announced their pairings for the opening fourballs segment tomorrow. Captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson finally broke their code of silence and gave us the opening day lineup for the biggest event in golf. Starting off at 2:30am EST on Friday for Team USA is Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. McGinley countered… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner 1.  That is what they call a great bounce-back. Billy Horschel was ripped by many for “choking” when he chunked his approach at the 18th in Boston last week. Well there was none of that this week as he rebounded to win the BMW Championship. He said he didn’t let things like that bother him and knew it was just one bad swing at the wrong time. Call it redemption, call it payback or call it karma.… Continue Reading

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