George Skipworth

has spent every available moment playing golf or studying the greats since the 60s, in between world tours as a classical musician, Harvard studies in Government or as the author of a dozen novels. Nicklaus and Snead may be the statistical greats, but Skipworth is a life-long devotee of Gary Player, and considers meeting the South African at the Jeld-Wen to be an unforgettable milestone. His driving passion in golf these days is to raise viewer interest in the LPGA.

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Golf May Strike Olympic Gold

In October of 2009, Michelle Wie and Padraig Harrington made impassioned speeches in Copenhagen before an international body of peers, at least indirectly. No, they hadn’t been detained by customs, and they weren’t protesting anything. The body they addressed was the IOC, the International Olympic Committee, and soon after, that body voted to include golf …

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Hunter Mahan: The Quiet Man

In all the hoopla over the Accenture Match Play last week, we were reduced to seeing which European would win the whole shooting match. Tiger went down in flames with the rest of his countrymen, and Rory McIllroy rolled over Lee Westwood into the finals – that should have been all she wrote. However, there …

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What’s the Matter with Paula Creamer?

We all know that magazines have to sell news to keep subscriptions and viewership up, but it’s an increasing habit to make a lull in a golfer’s winning ways sound like a previously undiscovered asteroid that will hit the earth tomorrow at noon. I for one, am up to here with it, and intend to …

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Match Play: One on One Golf

It’s easy to believe that tournament style play in modern golf is the way it was supposed to be, and how it always was. However, early golf didn’t see a horde of one hundred players marching down the fairways in groups of four, catching glimpses of leaderboards and group over/under banners toted from hole to …

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Old Hickory: The Romance of Old World Golf

I was surprised and delighted to learn that in this world of “heavy hitter” golf, there is still a soft spot for golf of the 1920s and beyond, particularly in the United States and Scotland. That makes sense, of course. Neither country likes to be told what to do or what to give up. In …

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Hot Old Golfer Dude, Thai Birdie Bash and Mr. Phil’s Wild Ride

I read today that Kenny Perry was on top of the leaderboard, and that was fun, because many years ago, I watched Kenny Perry quite a bit on Sunday. He was always a cool guy, I thought, and a consistently good player. But, leading a tournament now? As it turns out, I had my dates …

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Golfer – Spare That Tree!

A golfer hits his second shot from a dense grove of trees far to the left of the fairway. The shot strikes one of the large trees, bounces back and kills him on the spot. At the Pearly Gates, God notices at once that the fellow is a golfer, and asks, “Are you any good?” …

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Tiger, Phil and Comebacks: Easy Does It, Folks

The Free Online dictionary has some pretty good, crisp definitions of the word “comeback.” We’ve all seen a lot of them in our lives, and the sports world is among the most prominent stages for them. Some fall short, despite their nobility, and some are utter triumphs. The ongoing saga of Tiger woods, in light …

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The LPGA: Going Gangbusters

I read an article this morning that announced the beginning of the LPGA’s new season, starting at the Women’s Australian Open this week at the Royal Melbourne. I’m aware that there are LPGAs all over the place, but when you say it out loud, everyone knows which one you’re really talking about. Not only has …

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Pebble Beach: Golf’s Own Sea Monster

Even for the uninitiated, the courses at Pebble Beach jump off the TV screen in a different way. Everybody notices, despite the wide variety of challenging, distinctive courses around the world. Important tournaments, such as the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur and Bing Crosby’s tournament have been played on this course since 1919, and every great …

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