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A Quick Pick Six

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1. Props to Emiliano Grillo for hanging in there and beating Kevin Na in a playoff for his first win at the Frys.com Open. He’s had eight starts on tour but this was his first event as a full member of the PGA Tour. With his win he gets an invite to The Masters, a two year exemption to the PGA Tour and $1.8 million. Not bad for a 23 year old kid. 2. While the PGA Tour was starting… Continue Reading

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A Legend at Seventeen?

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The Lydia Ko legend continues to grow. Is it possible to be a legend at seventeen? If so no one can better claim legend status than the diminutive Ko who won again this past weekend. Ko won the New Zealand Women’s Open for her tenth professional victory. She had won here in 2013 back in her “old” amateur days. She also won here in style, setting a course record in the third round with an historic 61. Critics may claim… Continue Reading

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Major Week: The Ricoh Women’s British Open

by Jeff Skinner The women of the world take their games across the pond this week for their third major of the season with the Ricoh Women’s British Open at historic Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wie, Inbee Park and all the rest will try and continue the amazing run of tournaments we have witnessed in women’s golf this season. Royal Birkdale has hosted the men for the Open Championship on nine occasions in addition to Ryder Cups,… Continue Reading

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Major Season Starts at The Kraft Nabisco Championship

by Jeff Skinner We don’t have to wait until next week at The Masters for our first major championship.  Major season starts tomorrow at the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.  The Kraft Nabisco has been designated a major since 1982 and boasts a long line of great past champions.  Amy Alcott won the first major Kraft and names like Inkster, Bradley, King, Pepper, Sheehan, Sorenstam, Webb, Pressel and Ochoa have won at the Mission Hills Course.   In fact the LPGA has… Continue Reading

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2013 Memories Ease the Pain of Winter

by Jeff Skinner As 2013 winds down I have been whining about the end of my golf season for a few weeks now.  But at the same time I’ve been quietly daydreaming about the wonderful season that just passed. It wasn’t so much the year I had on the course but I really did spend a lot of time at so many events this year.  I spent so much time on the road in June and August that my game… Continue Reading

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My “Summer of Golf” Comes to an End

by Jeff Skinner With the start of autumn this Sunday I can’t help but reflect on this past summer and all the golf I was privileged to see.  Summer of ’13 was a grand season for me as I spent days on the road traveling the northeast following the world’s best golfers. This past August I had the good fortune to see plenty of golf as I ping-ponged from tournament to tournament catching both professionals and amateurs alike. I started… Continue Reading

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10 Things I Think

by Jeff Skinner 1.  Few golfers can go from sizzling hot to freezing cold as quickly as Phil Mickelson.  With a missed cut at Arnie’s place and The Masters in his sights it’s time for Philly Mick to get warm in Houston.  This is a 72 hole practice round for him. 2.  Cheers to Jordan Spieth who has earned over $500,000 in only four events to earn a Temporary Special Exemption.  That means he has unlimited sponsor’s exemptions and we’ll… Continue Reading

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Stacy Lewis, Now World Number One

by Jeff Skinner There’s a new name atop the Rolex World Rankings and its Stacy Lewis.   Lewis overtook Yani Tseng as world number one when she earned her second win of the season at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup. In the third round of the Founders Cup  Lewis was assessed a two stroke penalty when her caddie “tested the surface” in a bunker at the sixteenth hole.  It moved her to four shots behind leader Ai Miyazato and jeopardized… Continue Reading

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Stacy Lewis Gets No Respect

by Jeff Skinner Somewhere Stacy Lewis’ ears are ringing.  And maybe her face is a bit red and she’s taking a deep breath and counting to ten, or at least she should be. Today marks another day that the best American golfer on the LPGA continues to get disrespected.  The boys of Golf Channel’s Morning Drive when asked to name the most important women on the LPGA all failed to name Lewis.  Garry Williams and Damon Hack chose Michelle Wie… Continue Reading

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LPGA Heats Up at RR Donnelley Founders Cup

by Jeff Skinner The LPGA returns home to the states this week as the women honor the pioneers of the LPGA at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup.  Michael Whan added this tournament in 2011, with no cash purse, when the LPGA was desperate to keep the women playing while he struggled to fill the schedule.  Whan has done an admirable job as this season’s LPGA Tour boasts 28 tournaments. The ladies will play the next two weeks before taking… Continue Reading

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