Category: Golf Tournaments

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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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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Webb Simpson Wreaking Havoc at Players

Webb Simpson

Simpson Third-Round Leader at Players Champion by Seven I remember Webb Simpson, at least I do after the third round of the Players Championship on “that” course. You know, the one with the scary island green, the one that causes munis to calculate the price of lost balls, and dig deeper into the bag for …

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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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Leona Maguire Turning Pro? Then Lisa?

Leona Maguire Turning Pro

Maguire Sisters Make Mark Overseas and at College – Now the Pros? Why should Rory McIlroy have all the fun? The girls play golf in Ireland, too, and they’re good. One famous pair has found their way to Duke University. Twins Leona and Lisa Maguire continue to excel here on a national level, just as …

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Henderson Takes Charge, Wins Lotte Championship

Henderson Takes Charge, Wins Lotte Championship

Brooke Henderson Refuses to Crack Before Pursuing Field My father used to tell us when nervy events approached that life doesn’t care if we’re afraid and that it’s coming anyway. I didn’t always master that lesson very well, but Canadian Brooke Henderson surely did. She never met my father, but must have learned it somewhere …

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Masters Winners Have Good Nerves – No Exceptions

Masters Winners

 Patrick Reed Shows Great Nerves, Holds Off Best at Masters I had to stop and think about how long I’ve been watching this tournament. It comes well over half a century, and I don’t believe that I’ve ever missed a year. Still, as an adult, I don’t watch the Masters in the same way I …

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The Masters – How to Swing It

The Masters

The Most Traditional Tournament of all, the Masters Requires Semblance of Civility It all begins tomorrow, the most spectacularly cultural celebration golf has to offer outside of St. Andrews itself. The old south’s cultural code, sustainable only through a great deal of wealth, is high church all the way, and those unfamiliar with the ropes …

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The Masters at Augusta – Beautiful and Deadly

The Masters at Augusta

Winning the at Augusta Takes Greatness, All Crammed into One Week So much thought has gone into the Masters since I saw my first one somewhere in the 1950s. Yes, the course at Augusta is exquisitely beautiful, making it a star attraction, but there’s more to it than that.  Among the winners, usually men of …

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