Category: Golf Articles

Venerable Shinnecock Has Some Problems

Shinnecock Golf Club

On Eve of U.S. Open, Cultural and Logistical Barriers to Overcome for Shinnecock This year marks the fourth time in which the U.S. open, second of the PGA’s majors, will be played at the venerable old Shinnecock Golf Club. I don’t mean to make it sound as if the course is decrepit. It’s not, in …

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Herbin and New Wave Emerge at Shoprite

Celine Herbin

Shoprite Classic Sees New and Relatively New Faces Excelling When a new star becomes a known quantity on the LPGA tour, she doesn’t stay new for very long. As with all the tours, there is always someone nipping at the heels of yesterday’s phenomenon. Players such as Brooke Henderson and Lydia Ko are still new …

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Sherpa to Be First Pro from Nepal?


It’s beginning to look as if golf’s globalization is nearly complete. Few places on the globe hold as much stereotypical potential for fantasy as does the nation of Nepal, in the Himalayan region. Travel has increased there since the days of the British occupation of India. However, many westerners  have formed their impression of Nepal …

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Pam Barton – Golf, War and Airplanes

Pam Barton

If one is going to be a professional golfer in or anywhere near the 21st century, one is not going to get from tournament to tournament by throwing the clubs in the back seat of the 1954 Studebaker and taking off. There might be a little of that in the beginning, but once one engages …

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U.S. Women’s Open Versus the Weather

Muscle Shoals Will Host the Open, If It can Stay Dry Every type of terrain in the United States can point to a jewel or two in terms of golf courses – sometimes more. However, since the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail was finished, Alabama comes in second to no one.  There are even a …

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An Apology (of sorts) to Thomas Pieters

Thomas Pieters

From All Those Horrible Americans to Thomas Pieters I have to admit it, we Americans are a handful. Not only are we overly self-expressed at moments in which a little restraint might be a nice idea, but some of us move about the country and the world with an undeserved swagger. Sometimes we mistake a golf …

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Aaron Wise Wins on Several Levels

Aaron Wise

Young Phenom Wise wins Byron Nelson The first thing to get out of the way is that I am an Aaron Wise fan in part because he played his collegiate golf as an Oregon Duck. I am not merely a fan of that school. I am a lunatic, addict, and maniac for it, no matter …

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Golfers – What’s in a Name?

The Etymological Heritage of Golf and Golfers Can Be Surprising Many of us growing up with the game of golf had an image of something very mono-cultural, mono-racial, and mono-economic in our minds. We know that isn’t true in modern times, but I was surprised to find that it wasn’t true in our distant youth, …

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Doug Ford Dies at 95

Doug Ford

Ford Helped Lead Formation of PGA, Oldest Surviving Masters Winner Those of us who have been around a long time and have immersed ourselves in professional golf know the big names.  However, sometimes the way we talk, one would think there were only four or five per era. Whatever the era, that is patently untrue. …

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Jason Day Gives Us All Clinic

Jason Day

Australian Jason Day Wins Wells Fargo, Teaches Lesson Along the Way  Watching the final round of the Wells Fargo last Sunday, I kept wondering where Jason Day had been. Back in the day, actually fairly recently, he was the Number One player in the world, and held on to that distinction for over 50 weeks. …

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