Category: General Discussion

Olympic Golf Can Wait A Year

Canada First to Call Off Olympic Games As a citizen of the south forty from Canada’s south forty, I’m beginning to think that the human being has more functional sense as it moves north into cooler temperatures.  A short time after Canada excused itself from the Olympic Games in Tokyo, which are now postponed, complaints …

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The Gimme and Lessons from History

A New Gimme Rule Answers Old Prayers and Teaches about Old Plagues Since childhood, those of us who freak out over a three-footer or less have a new champion in the USGA. The most powerful body in western golf has always maintained its rigidity toward changing the game, to the consternation of modern thinkers. However, …

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Social Distancing and the Perfect Golf Day

How to Keep Playing and Observe Social Distancing During Coronavirus We are by now about a week into giving up everything we love to do, or at least most of it. However, golf doesn’t need to disappear along with movie theaters, restaurants, and concerts. Social distancing is hard to achieve in places like that, unless …

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Spring Without Golf-Coronavirus

Players Cancelled, Masters Postponed from Coronavirus – For How Long?   None of us knows how long this coronavirus thing is going to continue as a major health concern, but we do know that it flies no  flag, holds no territory, and couldn’t care less about any one of us and our situations. In the …

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Christy O’Connor and Ireland

Christy O’Connor, Irish Great, Dies at 91 I must confess up front that Ireland is one of my favorite locations and cultures in the world. Since my first visit there in 1983, and through several subsequent ones, I have developed the assumption that if it’s Irish, it’s better, an accolade I give only to a …

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Palmer Whets Appetite for Money-Laden Players

Players Shows Takes Much Money to Promote Golf to the Non-Wealthy The Arnold Palmer Invitational got all the drama it deserved, as British golfer Tyrell Hatton hung on with one clutch shot after another to fend off a surging Sungjae Im, Australian Marc Leishman and a group of other contenders, one of which was Rory …

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Neskowin Return – Our Best Memories Never Diminish

Memories of Our First Courses Still the Best I have just returned from a walk down memory lane, or at least a few of its fairways. In a week off, I revisited some of the golf courses that attempted to teach me the game. Such a homecoming is in many cases deflating. Remember visiting your …

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Im Wins Honda with Good Nerves

Sungjae Im Follows Jack’s Advice, Wins Honda Classic Everything about the Honda Classic played this past week was interesting. That includes the course, the top three players, and the broadcast booth. A particularly qualified analyst was brought in to discuss the day’s events. Jack Nicklaus donned the headset, and his advice couldn’t have been better. …

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Mickey Wright, Golf’s Platonic Ideal Dies

Mickey Wright, Likely the Best of the Best We knew that it was going to come some day, but I put it out of my head. Last week, we lost mickey Wright at the age of 85. Wright was an extremely important figure for me in the 50s and 60s, the two decades in which …

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McIlroy First to Nix Premiere Golf League

Rory McIlroy Says “No” to New Tour Requirements The Premiere Golf League has contacted multiple top PGA players around the world to see who wants to make ten million per tournament. On the face of it, that should be an easy question to answer, but as in all things that sound so attractive, there’s a …

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