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Entries from June 2012

Woods’ sand play symptomatic of the New Tiger

June 29th, 2012 · No Comments

At the U.S. Open Tiger Woods got down in two from the sand an abysmal two times in 11 attempts. If he had matched his historical average, he would have finished within a shot of Webb Simpson, the champion! Given this huge flaw, you might think that Ranger Rick would have fit in some practice […]

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USGA to rule on anchoring by year’s end

June 22nd, 2012 · 2 Comments

Well, now we can rest easy: the USGA is going to make a decision on the belly putter, but not until the end of the year. Chief Executive Peter Dawson of the R&A said, “We appreciate that this is a complex and emotive issue that divides opinion. Any decision will be made with the best […]

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Tags: The Game · The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

Woods at the U.S. Open: Inside the numbers

June 21st, 2012 · No Comments

A Tale of Two Tournaments Woods came out of the gate with two rounds that were reminiscent of Woods at his major winning best. Certainly the bookies were convinced that the Old/New Tiger would get it done because they dropped his odds to 5/4 at the half way point. Though Jim Furyk (5/1) and Graeme […]

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Tags: Inside the Stats · The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

Simpson’s win comes with an asterisk (*)

June 18th, 2012 · 1 Comment

According to 2012 U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson, Arnold Palmer has “…meant the world to me. I’ve always been such a big fan of the King and what he represents.” Well, if he really believed in Palmer’s values, he would not use the belly putter because, according to the King, “It isn’t golf.” But Simpson does, […]

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Tags: The Game · The Majors

Tiger Woods: Anatomy of a Potential Comeback

June 17th, 2012 · No Comments

Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell are the co-leaders of the U.S. Open at 209 after three rounds. After a disastrous third round 75, Tiger Woods is 14t at 214 with three other players. In between are 11 more contenders. Given the current state of the leaderboard, what has to happen for Woods to notch his […]

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Tags: The Game · The Majors

Furyk and Toms playing for the Hall of Fame

June 16th, 2012 · No Comments

Three players are tied for the lead at one under par after two rounds at the U.S. Open at Olympic. We know what a win would mean to one of them, Tiger Woods: 15th major, fourth U.S. Open (tying him with four greats), the breaking of his majors slump, etc. But what about co-leaders Jim […]

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Woods’ booming tee shots an ominous sign

June 16th, 2012 · No Comments

The skies may be blue over San Francisco, but there are some ominous clouds forming over the chances of Tiger Woods’ peers – not just at this U.S. Open, but in majors to come. After his play on Friday, the evidence is mounting that Woods has learned to consistently hit fairways as well as anyone […]

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Tags: PGA Tour · The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

Open Notes: Tiger Woods’ game plan is well suited to Olympic

June 15th, 2012 · No Comments

In The Big Miss, Hank Haney expounded on Tiger Woods’ ongoing troubles with his driver – then concluded with this prediction: “Unless he finds some kind of late-career fix with the driver, Tiger’s best chances in majors will come with firm, fast running fairways that will allow him to hit irons off the tee. Of […]

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Tags: PGA Tour · The Majors

TV announcer ruins Watney’s double eagle

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

As Nick Watney’s ball neared the hole on his second shot to the par five seventeenth, the roar from the crowd got louder and louder as they anticipated the possibility that the ball might go in. And then, when the ball found the cup for a rare double eagle, the throng erupted in full force. […]

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Tags: The Majors

Mike Davis’ par flipping makes no sense

June 14th, 2012 · No Comments

Somewhere in recent history the USGA’s Mike Davis “earned” the reputation as a great set-up man. Much of his work has been admirable, including his practice of varying the yardage (within reason) on the holes daily, which makes the player’s think harder about their strategy. Davis also has created multiple options around the green by […]

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Tags: The Majors