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Woods and others seeking to make history at Merion

June 12th, 2013 · No Comments

Merion Golf Club is stepped in history, it being the site of the final leg of Bobby Jones’ Grand Slam, Ben Hogan’s comeback win in the 1951 U.S. Open, and Lee Trevino’s playoff victory over Jack Nicklaus in the 1971 U.S. Open, among others. It is therefore fitting that a number of players will be […]

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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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Watson is a horrible choice for captain of the Ryder Cup team

December 14th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The golf world is weighing in now on the PGA’s announcement that Tom Watson will captain the US Ryder Cup team in 2014. After consulting their crystal balls, most in the media have agreed with the selection. So, will he be any good? Will he lead Team USA to victory? We won’t know for sure […]

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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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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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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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McIlroy ascends to the top of the World

March 5th, 2012 · 3 Comments

It was inevitable that young Rory McIlroy, 22, would ascend to the top of the World Golf Rankings. It was just a matter of when – a question that was answered at the Honda Classic yesterday. Going into the final round McIlroy enjoyed a two shot lead over 43 year old journeyman Tom Gillis and […]

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Mickelson set to defect to golf’s dark side

August 25th, 2011 · 3 Comments

In his book, God Save the Fan, Dead Spin founder Will Leitch said it was not good to know our favorite athletes too well. His point: the better we know them, the more likely it is that we are not going to like them. Case in point is Phil Mickelson. I have rooted for him […]

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