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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Runner-Up: Seconds, Collapses and The Stare

Who says they don’t remember you if you finished second? They do if you made a real habit of it. Golf lore is filled with pathetic strings of almosts, and the worst part is that they sometimes happen to the nicest people. As a person who was up by 8 on the tenth tee and …

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Cheating At Golf: Mulligans, Foot Wedges and Gimmes

Few of us can actually quote chapter and verse of the USGA Rules of Golf, but it wouldn’t really matter if we could. Something primeval and central to our passion for the game takes hold of us (except for a few irritating puritans) as we emerge from the clubhouse and head for the first tee. …

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African-American Golfers: Some History, Old Friends, New Faces

For those of us who were paying attention back in the 1950s, the African-American golfers who broke the color barrier on the professional tours are familiar, at least after Bill Spiller’s heroic attempts to legally force the PGA to open its doors. When the segregation clause was threatened, the tour switched to invitationals, then kept …

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What Is A Major?

Among touring sports, there are typically a few events and venues that stand out as particularly prestigious, although the reason is not always readily apparent. Held under the moniker of majors, the difference is so striking that some athletes will skip a lesser event (another curious term) to prepare for them. For players like Tiger …

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Julius Boros: The Big Easy

Even in the relatively polite game of golf, the cast of PGA characters in any year one could name is filled with intense, extraverted, gritty and extreme characters. That’s what makes champions, right? So, what are we to do with the most amiable, sauntering and seemingly devil may care competitor who ever played, one who …

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The Lowly Tee: Driving Trajectory

Writing an article about golf tees…what a cop-out, right? You wouldn’t have said that before the 1920s, though, when tees were pre-prepared tufts of sand available in little boxes (hence the term, “tee box”). The word is taken from the Scottish “tigh,” meaning house, and the first patent was given to Scotsmen William Bloxsom and …

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Suzann Pettersen: Photo-Finish at Pumpkin Ridge

Oregon’s pretty good with pumpkins. Sauvie Island has a great Halloween labyrinth that features plenty of the things. The state is famous for the beloved “Great Pumpkin,” former football coach Dee Andros of Oregon State. It also has two golf courses at Pumpkin Ridge, Witch Hollow and Ghost Creek. One is private, one is public. …

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Senior Golf Heartbreak: The YIPS

I first heard this odd term in my teens when one of the greats attributed it to an important missed putt. It sounded to me like a momentary flinch, a character flaw of sorts, and although YIPS doesn’t stand for “Your Incompetent Putting Stroke,” some of its victims might think that it does. Probably coined …

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Morgan Pressel: The Responder

I admit to falling behind once in a while with the arrival of great young players. However, the American wave that brought Morgan Pressel onto the tour was pointed out to me by a fellow golf fanatic.  He said, “You’ve got to see this kid play. The fans are crazy about her. She’s a total …

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Golf Longevity…It’s a Stretch

I haven’t wiffed a golf ball since I was eight, but it almost happened last week on the first tee with my adult nephews looking on. A wave of “Oh no! It’s finally happened. I’m old!” swept over me. As I thought about it later, it became clear that I got exactly what I deserved …

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