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Mickelson earns a “major” upgrade

July 22nd, 2013 · 4 Comments

Phil Mickelson’s closing 66, with four birdies on the last six holes, propelled him to his fifth major, and to a major upgrading by the entire golf community. Before the Open Mickelson was a great player and a member of the HOF. Even though he was tied with Ernie Els with four majors, he was […]

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On Short Putts: The Thrill is Gone

March 18th, 2013 · 7 Comments

I have a long history watching golf, having begun my career as a fan and player in 1960. During the Nicklaus Era I remember that short putts were full of suspense. While Jack Nicklaus seemed to make every one under three feet (something that Deane Beman swears to), other top pros routinely missed these shorties. […]

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Golf Channel’s rankings go beyond major wins only

January 25th, 2013 · 8 Comments

It has long been assumed that if Tiger Woods passes Jack Nicklaus in majors won that he will be automatically become the Best Ever. This follows the logic that players should be ranked in order of major victories. Interestingly enough, however, this logic does not apply in ranking the All-Time Greatest golfers from the third […]

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McIlroy’s big goal for 2013

January 7th, 2013 · No Comments

I have taken the liberty of setting Rory McIlroy’s big goal for 2013: Win the Masters and the British Open. Why not? All of the greats win multiple majors in one or more seasons as shown by the table of the seven most prolific major winners (6+) of the Modern Era (1958-now). The table shows […]

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USGA: Take the target off Keegan Bradley’s back

December 3rd, 2012 · 4 Comments

Before the USGA’s upcoming ban on anchoring, golf’s ruling body had yet to voice their true opinion on the practice. Because of this, a sizeable and vocal minority felt that wins by those who anchored should not be marginalized in any way. That all changed on November 28 when the USGA not only banned the […]

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On asterisks and Nicklaus’ senior records

October 23rd, 2012 · No Comments

Tom Callahan, in his profile of Ernie Els in the November issue of Golf Digest, included a table listing the leaders in longevity – that is, the time between a player’s first and last major titles. Jack Nicklaus is first at 24 years, followed by Gary Player at 19 years. Harry Vardon was third at […]

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Woods and the high cost of rivalries

September 11th, 2012 · No Comments

On Golf Channel’s Legendary Conversation special last night Jack Nicklaus sat at a table with Lee Trevino, Arnold Palmer, and Gary Player. In aggregate, those three cost Nicklaus seven majors – the number Palmer won in his career. The total also showcases the high cost that superstar rivals can have on a player’s career. To […]

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Adam Scott is poised to steal the Claret Jug

July 21st, 2012 · 2 Comments

After playing 27 bogeyless holes in seven under par, Adam Scott came up for air on the thirteenth where he made a bogey, then parred the final five holes to take a four shot lead over Graeme McDowell and Brandt Snedeker going into the final round of the British Open. One shot further back is […]

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Woods’ miracle shot serves notice that he’s back

June 4th, 2012 · 8 Comments

On Sunday Tiger Woods put on a finishing kick on the final four holes, playing them in three under to shoot past Rory Sabbatini to win his fifth Memorial Tournament. The signature shot, which you may have seen a dozen times by now, was an incredible flop shot on the water guarded par 3 sixteenth […]

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Mickelson Must Win The Open

July 5th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Every great player has put his hands on the trophy.” Frank Nobilo on the British Open So, according to the Golf Channel’s Nobilo, winning the British Open is a must for consideration as a great player. Is he right? Consider the list of those who have won four or more majors in the Modern Era […]

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