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Entries from July 2011

Yani Tseng and Jack Nicklaus

July 31st, 2011 · No Comments

LPGA phenom Yani Tseng won her second major of the year and the fifth of her career at the Women’s British Open. Such brilliance at such a young age prompted this comparison with Jack Nicklaus, the Best Ever. TSENG hits it super long compared to her competitors like Nicklaus did (she’s #2 in driving distance […]

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Tags: LPGA · The Game · The Majors

Tiger Woods set to resume his quest

July 29th, 2011 · No Comments

“I’m excited to get back out there.”   Tiger Woods. And so golf’s biggest star ended the suspense by announcing that he will be making his long anticipated return to action at next week’s WGC-Bridgestone. Woods After Layoffs I was reminded while preparing the table below that Woods has not played a normal season since 2007! […]

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The Evian ruins the LPGA’s traditions

July 27th, 2011 · No Comments

NOW we know how the Evian Masters became The Evian, the ladies fifth major – starting in 2013. LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan basically decided it would be so. But not before some great trepidation about its possible impact on the traditions of the game: “I think I had some fear because I didn’t want to […]

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Tags: LPGA

Woods firing Williams hurts quest for 19 majors

July 21st, 2011 · No Comments

We can’t know all of the specifics that led to Tiger Woods’ firing of longtime caddy Steve Williams, so Woods possibly had good reasons for his dismissal. Part of rebuilding his on course image and his brand could include employing a more fan friendly caddy. As part of the new Tiger, perhaps he wants his […]

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Darren Clarke wins the Open

July 18th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Darren Clarke went out and won this Open. There was no back up and no signs of choking in the final 18, something that could not be said of his closest pursuers. Clarke, it has been said, is one of us, a common man who just so happens to play great golf. His win is […]

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Tags: PGA Tour · The Majors

British Open set for stirring final act

July 16th, 2011 · No Comments

If Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods pre 2009 were leading the Open by themselves after 54, this one would be over. But at the top we have Darren Clarke (-5), who has not finished in the top 10 in a major since 2001. One shot behind him is Dustin Johnson, who shot a final round […]

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Tags: The Majors

Open favorites with 36 to play

July 15th, 2011 · No Comments

The cruelest cut of all took place on Friday as WGR #1 Luke Donald and #2 Lee Westwood ballooned to rounds of 75 and 74 respectively, earning a weekend pass after entering the Open as the co-favorites behind Rory McIloy. Ouch! Indeed, those who missed the cut are considered such lepers that the Open’s leaderboard […]

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Tags: The Majors

Super longs shots lead the Open (for now)

July 14th, 2011 · No Comments

After the first round at the Open, a group of five players separated themselves from the rest by two or three shots with their 65s and 66s. After perusing their names, I would say that none has a much better chance of winning than before the round because this group of long shots faces 54 […]

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Tags: The Majors

Nicklaus vs. Watson at the British Open

July 14th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tom Watson is playing in the Open this week, so you will see much of him over the first 36 holes and more if he makes the cut no matter what he shoots. Much talk will be about his stature as the supposed best ever at links golf. The experts base their conclusion on his […]

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Tags: Inside the Stats · The Game

McIlroy and the long shots at the Open

July 13th, 2011 · No Comments

Remember the days when Tiger went off at ridiculously low odds like 5/1 and such, and yet he was a good bet at that! Well, now that he’s still recovering from his injuries, Rory McIlroy is the favorite going into the Open at 8/1 – odds this low largely because he is coming off an […]

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