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Entries from May 2012

PGA Tour should change pairings after round 1

May 31st, 2012 · No Comments

Tiger Woods hates the long putter: “I’ve never been a fan of it. I believe it’s the art of controlling the body and club and swinging the pendulum motion. I believe that’s how it should be played. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to that.” So guess what? At this week’s Memorial Woods will play […]

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Tags: PGA Tour · The Game

Who is #1?

May 28th, 2012 · No Comments

Of the 16 players who have been ranked #1 in the world, 14 have won a major championship. The two who haven’t are England’s Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. I was talking golf yesterday with Mike Massey, a golfer and the world’s best trick shot artist in pool. Mike said that the #1 player should […]

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Tags: The Game

Woods as an advocate for faster play?

May 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Morgan Pressel took 129 seconds to play a tee shot, a difficult pitch from the rough, and a testy eight footer for par. She was penalized loss of hole, and went on to lose the match and her shot at winning the Sybase Match Play. Tiger Woods took 121 seconds to make a 12 foot […]

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Tags: LPGA · PGA Tour · The Game

Jason Dufner is on a roll

May 21st, 2012 · No Comments

Ah, life is good for Jason Dufner, Mr. Excitable. Three weeks ago he won the Zurich Classic, his first win on the PGA Tour. A week later Dufner got married to the beautiful Amanda Boyd. Then, on Sunday, he rolled in a 25 footer to win the Byron Nelson by a shot. As a bonus, […]

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Nicklaus vs. Stockton on putting

May 18th, 2012 · No Comments

Jack Nicklaus, the world’s all-time greatest pressure putter, and Dave Stockton, today’s leading putting guru to the pros, disagree on how you should putt. Stockton believes that you should get your putts over with quickly so you won’t succumb to the pressure.  “Once you set the putter behind the ball, take one last look and […]

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Mickelson before and after Butch Harmon

May 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Most analysts believe that Tiger Woods played better when Butch Harmon was his coach than he was with Hank Haney. But what about Phil Mickelson? Was Mickelson better after joining forces with Butch Harmon, or before when Rick Smith was his coach? Let’s forget about Harmon’s talk about Mickelson’s “improved leg action” or “greater stability” […]

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Tags: The Game · The Majors

Kuchar’s win another sad day for golf

May 14th, 2012 · 3 Comments

I think Matt Kuchar smiles too much. And I don’t care for his baseball/golf swing one bit. If you copy that one and you are not as athletic as Matt, you might break your back. But what really bugs me is that he anchors (and is allowed to anchor) his long putter to his left […]

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Tags: Tiger vs. Jack

Nicklaus vs. Woods in career missed cuts

May 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Whew! Tiger Woods avoided starting the first missed cut streak of his pro career with a superbly executed round of 68 at the TPC Sawgrass that left him three below the cut line. If Woods has failed to make the cut, his two event streak would have come in his 268th start as a pro. […]

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Woods’ most compelling round of 2012

May 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Ian Poulter and Martin Laird grabbed the opening round lead at The Players Championship with 65s. The real story, however, is Tiger Woods’ quest to avoid missing two straight cuts for the first time in his career. Woods opened with a 74 despite playing in the morning wave. He is currently tied for 99th. With […]

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Tags: PGA Tour

PLAYERS date remains a source of controversy

May 10th, 2012 · No Comments

Every year the debate over The PLAYERS May date is part of the pre tourney conversation: Should The PLAYERS Championship be held in its current date, or in March like it used to be prior to 2007? Since John Feinstein just argued for the March date on the Morning Drive, I am compelled to take […]

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Tags: Media Matters · PGA Tour