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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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Distance, Stature, and Winning

How Does it Work When Diminutive Golfers Win Without Distance? It has haunted my own game since I took it up as a child, and to detach the idea of driving distance from an external image of my persona as a golfer was extremely difficult. In fact, I’m not really sure that I ever got …

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Langer Catches Nicklaus – Player Interjects

Bernhard Langer Has Broken the Senior Major Win Mark Set by Nicklaus (and Player?) A good part of the last decade has been spent agonizing over whether Tiger Woods would catch Jack Nicklaus, and eclipse his mark of 18 major wins on the PGA Tour. It turns out that we might have been following the …

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Golf Needs Models

Golf Models

Young Golfers Need Models, and Several are Even Better I have read yet one more article on what’s wrong with golf, and I am sticking to my guns by saying “not very much.” Still, sports do rise and fall in popularity, as do most walks of life, with the people who dominate the industry news. …

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A New Big Three?

Today’s Big Three – Speith, Day, and McIroy Some Important Differences Between Now and the Old Days I started my perusal of the day’s golf news by reading an article suggesting that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are no long sure bets for the Ryder Cup. My first thought was that it was a new …

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Grand Slam Fever

bobby jones grand slam

Here We Go Again – Another Grand Slam?   The golf year has reached its halfway point, and as usual, did not disappoint. We even have a little bit of the elixir that comes around every few years, but not so much lately – the expectation that someone within the PGA field can win golf’s …

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Billy Casper Dies at 83

Billy Casper

   PGA Great, Billy Casper, Will Be Missed       It has been a difficult month for losing professional golfers who accompanied me through my early years. Last week, we lost Charlie Sifford, who broke the color barriers of the PGA Tour, and this week, William Earl Casper, better known as Billy, left us. …

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Nicklaus Ups the Lou Gehrig Challenge

Lou Gehrig Challenge

Making Everyone Around Take the Ice Bucket Most of us of a certain age have seen the movie about Lou Gehrig, first baseman for the New York Yankees during the roaring 20s and the depressed 30s. Gary Cooper played him, as no one else at the time possibly could have. The disease that killed Lou …

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Smoking and Modern Golf

Smoking and Modern Golf

  Smoking on the Golf Course – No Longer Cool     Once upon a time, it was all part of the insatiable Western desire to look good. Clark Gable could offer Claudette Colbert or Marilyn Monroe a cigarette whenever he wanted to. It was expected of him, part of the charm. Likewise, Arnie or …

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Golf in 2013-That was the Year That Was

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Ten Weird 2013 Golf Events I saw a list of ten weird events that occurred during the last season of professional golf. I don’t know if they’d necessarily make my top ten. Being from the Pacific Northwest, I think the idea of a woman being bitten by a water moccasin during a golf tournament in …

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