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Entries from April 2011

Woods Screwed by Scott in Race for Best Ever

April 28th, 2011 · No Comments

When Tiger Woods’ career is complete and wise heads prevail, you can be sure that close losses in the majors will count for something. All of those seconds, thirds and fourths in the majors that Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have accumulated on their mythical quests for greatness will carry weight when each player’s case […]

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Tiger Woods is Best Ball Striker at Masters

April 15th, 2011 · 5 Comments

PGA Tour stats contend that the best ball striker is the player who has the lowest combined ranking in total driving (a bogus stat because it only measures distance on  two holes per round) and GIR (which is also flawed). If the truth be told, however, the best ball striker is the player who gets […]

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The State of Tiger Woods’ Game

April 12th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Tiger Woods certainly looks like he is going to prove the doubters wrong regarding his decision to change his swing for the third time as a pro, and his choice of Sean Foley for his new coach. Needing his A+ Game to have any chance on Sunday, Woods swung beautifully on his way to hitting […]

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Schwartzel Closes Strong to Win the Masters

April 11th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Yesterday’s Masters was all about history. It was the 75th playing of this spring classis; it was the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ epic comeback; it was, in a nice bit of symmetry, a celebration of South African Gary Player’s first Masters title; and is was the first major win for Charl Schwartzel, another South […]

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McIlroy is Poised to Win his First Green Jacket

April 10th, 2011 · No Comments

After holing a curling 30 footer for a birdie on the seventeenth to take a commanding four shot lead going into Sunday, there is no doubt that the 2011 Masters is Rory McIlroy’s to win – or lose. Sorry for the cliché but it couldn’t apply more. For the last several years McIlroy’s been hailed […]

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Tiger Woods Roars into Contention

April 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Is Tiger Woods back?  After a second round 66 that catapulted him into a tie for third, it’s hard to doubt him. But doubt him I did, along with almost the entire golfing world after his opening 71. But now, after removing the egg off our faces, we must admit that Tiger is Tiger, so […]

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Masters – Day 1

April 7th, 2011 · No Comments

The fairways were a lush green but the dominant color was red on Thursday as 30 of the field of 99 broke par and their were 13 rounds in the sixties. Leading the way were European’s Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros with seven under 65s. McIlroy, though he’d finished 3t in  three of the last […]

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Masters Anniversaries in 2011

April 6th, 2011 · No Comments

The 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ spectacular charge to victory at the 1986 Masters has rightfully grabbed the headlines of late, showing as expected how much we care about events that happened in multiples of five years ago or more. Indeed, two books have been written about Nicklaus’ great win, and I wrote a story […]

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Golf’s Greatest Closing Act

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

NOTE: Below is an excerpt from Jack’s Journey, the chapter in Tiger vs. Jack that relives Nicklaus’ 18 major titles. Whether it’s a novel, a Superbowl, or a major championship, the most satisfaction comes with a great ending. And, while there have been many heart stopping majors, nothing compares to Jack Nicklaus’ closing act at […]

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Mickelson emerges as the Masters’ favorite

April 3rd, 2011 · 2 Comments

What a difference two days makes. When I penned my column on the favorites for the Masters on Friday, Phil Mickelson had opened with a pedestrian 70 at the Redstone G.C. at the Shell Houston Open, leaving him in a tie for thirtieth. He followed that with another lackluster 70, giving no clue of the […]

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