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Arnold Palmer Invitational, Phil Mickelsen Controversy

Arnold Palmer Invitational, Phil Mickelsen Controversy

Arnold Palmer Invitational Arnold Palmer would have been pleased with his event this past week.  Bay Hill was set up as if it were a US Open layout.  There was penal rough, narrow fairways, well placed bunkers, challenging pin positions  and the topping on the sundae...

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Niemann Goes Wire to Wire at Riviera

Niemann Goes Wire to Wire at Riviera

Genesis Open Joaquin Niemann went wire to wire in winning the Genesis Open at the venerable Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles this week. Niemann also set a new 36 hole scoring record, and unlike Seamus Power at last week's AT&T event, Niemann powered through the...

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Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday has essentially become a national holiday as the popularity of the NFL continues to gain momentum particularly this year when every preceding playoff game was very exciting. Nevertheless, I personally have what some people might consider "perverse or...

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Hoge Breaks Through at the AT&T Pro-AM

Hoge Breaks Through at the AT&T Pro-AM

Tom Hoge, winless on the PGA Tour, tore through the curtain on the back nine on Sunday at the AT&T Pro-AM at Pebble Beach to win his first PGA Tour after 203 tour events.  Hoge has been a good player throughout his career but just had never broken through into the...

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Matsuyama wins the Sony Open/The Golf Ball Controversy?

Matsuyama wins the Sony Open/The Golf Ball Controversy?

Hideki Matsuyama came from behind and defeated Russell Henley  on the first extra hole of a playoff at Waialae Country Club completing the Hawaii swing of the PGA Tour.    Matsuyama took the event beating Henley with his power game-a shot for the ages in the playoff...

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Tour Professionals Bludgeon the Plantation Course

Tour Professionals Bludgeon the Plantation Course

The first PGA event in Kapalua, Hawaii kicked off this week on the Plantation Course.  Plantation is not an easy course but the week's course conditions  turned the venue into a delicious meal for the Tour Professionals.  With three rounds in the books, the players...

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Bay Area Golf Thrives in the Pandemic

Bay Area Golf Thrives in the Pandemic

The pandemic roars on through the country and the economics of golf continues to prosper as golf continues to be one of the safest activities you can partake in.  It's also interesting that new players who gave up the game quickly in the past  because it was too...

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Hovland is a Hero

Hovland is a Hero

Colin Morakawa shot a 64 on Saturday in the 3rd round of the Hero Challenge at Albany Country Club in the Bahamas.  Morakawa's 64 vaulted him into the lead in the event by five shots.  A victory here would get him past Jon Rahm to take over the World No. 1 ranking....

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Koepka vs. DeChambeau–Gobble/Gobble

Koepka vs. DeChambeau–Gobble/Gobble

The supposed grudge match between Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau took place on Friday at the Wynn Resort Golf Club in Las Vegas  No punches were thrown and no referees were required.  It was just 12 holes of match play and Koepka made it a short event with a 4...

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The Golf Boom–Too Much of a Good Thing?

The Golf Boom–Too Much of a Good Thing?

The golf business may one of the biggest beneficiaries of the pandemic.  Golf at the beginning of 2019 was at a precarious state of decline.  Golf rounds were steadily dropping, courses were closing, country club membership initiation fees were dropping significantly...

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DeChambeau vs. Koepka (really?)

DeChambeau vs. Koepka (really?)

I usually don't compose opinion pieces, but I couldn't resist when it was announced this week that Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka would square off in a match made for TV  during Thanksgiving weekend. It's tough to watch the world of golf succumb to what seems to...

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USA’s “Cup” Runneth Over

USA’s “Cup” Runneth Over

The USA crushed the Europeans 19-9 in the 43rd Ryder Cup championships at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.  For many golf fans, the win was expected but the margin of victory certainly was not.  There will be hundreds of stories written about this event as to...

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Ryder Cup Teams and POTUS

Ryder Cup Teams and POTUS

As usual, the European Ryder Cup has solidified its squad by adding veteran, battle-tested players who have had a steady regime of whacking USA players over many years in this event.  Captain Padraig Harrington added Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry as his...

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Cantlay and the Euros Prevail

Cantlay and the Euros Prevail

At the beginning of the 2021 PGA Tour, Patrick Cantlay was viewed as a mainstay of tour competitors but not in it's elite class.  Cantlay has now won 4 PGA events and the last 2 events of the season including the Tour Championship.  Cantlay had a epic duel with Bryson...

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