Category Archive: General Discussion

Sep 23

PGA and European Tour Merger?

Many Questions Arise if the European and PGA Men’s Tours Effect a Merger Rory McIlroy has been musing lately about the idea of Europe and the U.S. seeking a merger, at least the men’s golf part. That’s right, the PGA and European Tour in a hypothetical merger. There are so many talents between the two, …

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Sep 20

Penalties, Round Two

More Thoughts About Penalties After the Ben Crane Incident I read this morning that the fossilized USGA is finally modernizing the rule book. Naturally, I must temper my criticism of the grand old institution, as it really does do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the game. However, the weirdness of some of the …

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Sep 17

Penalties Technology, and the Rule Book

Ben Crane and His Two-Stroke Penalty for Technology Beyond Our Understanding It used to be that technology was largely confined to the development of clubs and balls, a long slow evolution that brought us our metal woods, sure-fire putters, and mega Titleist ‘watcha-call-its.’ It used to be that the worst thing that could happen, in …

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Sep 12

Golf Passion…and Occasional Stupidity

Where’s the Line of Insanity When It Comes to Finishing the Round No Matter What? In the golfer’s Book of Legends, stories of extreme passion to the game abound. It’s a badge of courage to love the game you’re playing, and to show that you’re playing this one because you love it more than any …

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Sep 08

Ko, Thompson in Brickyard Showdown

Two (Three) Young Greats Duel for Indy Women in Tech, Sunday at the Brickyard There are a lot of interesting and odd things going on with the LPGA this weekend. Every week with the tour is interesting and odd, but I really mean it this week. First of all, there’s a new tournament being played …

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Sep 06

Coping with the Slump

When talent takes a holiday and hits a slump, what should a golfer do? When it comes to a golf slump, I’m not really the right person for making comments. My game, compared to some, looks like a slump in its default position, one that occasionally gets better, then settles back into the same old …

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Sep 03

Stacy Lewis Wins in Portland

The Heroics of Texas Continue in Oregon as Lewis Donates Winnings The LPGA tournament that takes place every year in my hometown came around again this week, and this year, everything is a little more special than usual. For one thing, I don’t get to see my hometown very often anymore. Secondly, I’m almost there …

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Aug 29

Pesticides Making Courses Look Great

Do We Need to Change our View of Landscape Beauty Because of Pesticides? There we were at the Canadian Pacific, finishing up Saturday’s round – and there was Michelle Wie – and suddenly, there she wasn’t. Lamentably, Wie missed the fourth round, and ended up in Ottawa having an emergency appendectomy. We wish her a …

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Aug 27

When Nature Attacks Golf

Flood, Fire, and Other Natural Golf Disasters We are safely back home after 8,000 miles of driving across the U.S. and back through Canada. My only regret is that we ran out of days, and couldn’t get very far into British Columbia before heading down to Spokane. Even though I’ve crossed the continent many times, …

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Aug 22

Solheim A Blast in 2017

More Than Just A Solheim Win for the U.S. I’m so sorry that the Solheim Cup has been offered on alternative years since its inception. It’s just too much fun in one week to spend two years of waiting. Karsten Solheim, businessman and golf club designer, really knew what he was doing, not only in …

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