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Entries from August 2012

2012: The year of the dreaded others

August 31st, 2012 · No Comments

When pros play, they seldom make more than a bogey, and those dreaded “others” – triple bogeys or worse, are as rare as the proverbial dodo bird. At the Masters there was 1 other in every 373 holes among those who played 72 holes,. At the U.S. Open, it was 1 in every 576 holes. […]

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Tags: The Majors

Lydia Ko wins Canadian Open at age 15

August 27th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Sorry FedExCup, but your high profile money grab was upstaged on Sunday by a 15 year old teen age girl! Two weeks ago Lydia Ko won the USGA Women’s Amateur, then flew to Vancouver for the CN Canadian Women’s Open. After four days of superb ball striking, she emerged with the title, and the best […]

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Tags: LPGA

Rice and Moore join Augusta National

August 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

Augusta National Golf Club and the game of golf took a huge step forward when it was announced yesterday that Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore have become the club’s first female members. Rice, a former Secretary of State, also became the first African-American female to join the club, tumbling two barriers at once. Moore is […]

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Tags: The Game

U.S. Open schedule impacts Woods’ chances

August 20th, 2012 · No Comments

Tiger Woods plays well on courses that fit his “eye,” and on which he can figure out the greens – which explains why he returns year after year to his favorites on the PGA Tour. At the majors, however, Woods must play the hand he is dealt, and this hand is becoming increasingly important as […]

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Tags: The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

How deep is the competition?

August 17th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Conventional wisdom has it that golf is now so competitive that anyone who makes the field has a chance to win. Well, we know that is not exactly true. The older champions at the Masters, all amateur qualifiers in the first three majors, and the club pros in the PGA all have no chance. Lowly […]

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Tags: The Game · The Majors

Suspense = Excitement for golf fans

August 16th, 2012 · No Comments

When Tiger hits a driver that’s fun. Where will the ball go? A bomb down the gut? A good lie in the first cut? Wide right into the trees? Uncertainty is fun for the viewer. When Phil Mickelson pulls his 64 degree wedge for a short side recovery shot, our anticipation level soars because we […]

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Tags: The Game

It’s McIlroy’s time

August 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

Rory McIlroy’s career is off to a flying start with two majors at age 23. To challenge for the major’s record, however, he must continue to follow the template set by Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods. As Nicklaus said, “Winning breeds winning,” and so it did for him and Woods. Nicklaus won seven majors (by […]

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Tags: The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

Can McIlroy become the Best Ever?

August 13th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Rory McIlroy’s convincing eight shot triumph at the PGA begs the question: Are we are looking at the next contender for Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors? The math is so simple – it takes one major a year. Rory won his first last year at age 22 and his second at 23. If he […]

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Tags: The Majors · Tiger vs. Jack

PGA Championship final round preview

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments

The 16 – a progress report Rory McIlroy has a three shot lead going into the final round and wouldn’t it be great for him to proceed to victory so this ridiculous streak of 16 winners in the last 16 majors can be mercifully brought to an end. The 54 hole scores of the 11 […]

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At the PGA it is Us versus Them

August 12th, 2012 · No Comments

Is it the job that makes the announcers root for players who hate the long putter, or do they genuinely pull for those players who use one? I wonder, because I just heard Brandel Chamblee say, “Everybody is pulling for Adam Scott to make a comeback.” I am not, and I suspect there are others, […]

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Tags: Tiger vs. Jack