Category Archive: Pro Golf

Mar 21

Is Golf Bringing us Health?

Game Brings Joy and Torture, Depending on How We Respond to It I was moved by an article written by Anya Alvarez, who was a professional golfer for four years, before leaving the game for a writing career. Alvarez suggests that for her, the pressure of the professional game was akin to a “torrid love …

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Mar 19

What’s Wrong With the Palmer?

Players are Skipping It, Caddies Speak Ill of It The championship course at Bay Hill was built in Orlando around the early 1960s. I’ve been hearing the name ever since as one of the PGA’s prominent venues. It was owned by various individuals and entities until Arnold Palmer bought it it in the ’70s. Palmer …

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Mar 14

Tiger Suspended? Wait a Minute

Tiger’s Suspension Fake News Maybe Sounded A Lot More Dire Than It Probably Is Today, It got a superb lesson in reading news bulletins coming out of the PGA. In this world of increasing misinformation, we are seeing more than news that is simply either true or not true. There is also hyperbolic news, incomplete …

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Mar 07

Simon Hobday Dies at 76

Simon Hobday, South African Loved as Colorful Character Now that I’m looking back on favorite players and personalities that I used to follow religiously, it occurs to me that I cannot remember how many majors they won, or total tournaments. I have images in my mind of them making 20 foot putts and fairway splitting …

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Mar 04

Big Chance for Wie

Wie Leads By Two Into Final Round of HSBC The LPGA is still playing many time zones away, in Singapore. Here I sit on a Saturday afternoon, and a few of the leaders of the HSBC Women’s Championship have already started the final round. From the golfers’ perspective, especially for Michelle Wie, things might look …

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Feb 21

Althea Gibson, Golfer?

Althea Gibson, Championship Tennis Player Makes History in Two Sports All right, suppose you didn’t read the title, and I just asked you, “Who was the first professional African-American woman tennis champion? What would be your answer? It might be more difficult for a younger generation because it’s farther away from the era, but even …

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Feb 18

Final Round of Women’s Australian Open

Women’s Australian Open Tight Race Tight Bunch from All Over in Contention I fell for it again this year. I always say I won’t, but I do. When the LPGA’s golf year begins, it spends its first months in tropical climes waiting for the snow to melt elsewhere. The women of the LPGA are either …

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Jan 28

Great Players, New Attitude in Bahamas

I love this part of the year. The women actually start playing again this week, but after year after year of watching the start of the golf season, I am not doing the “same game, same faces” thing. That’s one of the beauties of golf. It’s never the same, and ven if the faces are …

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Jan 24

Asia’s Second Thoughts About Golf

Olympics Hit a Snag, China Flips on Growing the Game It sounds like a good cliche to say that it’s never too early to start thinking about the next Olympics. I disagree with that, partiularly considering how drama-filled the creation of Rio’s course ended up, and I still don’t like alligators hiding out in the …

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Jan 22

Canadian Hadwin in the “Zone”

Canadian Adam Hadwin Goes Ballistic on the Scorecard – Finds Zone, Breaks 60 We often hear athletes and others from all manner of professions talking about finding the zone. Runners who can’t manage shorter distances find the zone and win marathons. Basketball players who rack up a 40 point game with eight consecutive three-pointers included, …

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