Merrill Lynch Skins Game field like 3-legged stool

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Loyal readers of my admittedly sporadic and occasionally soporific blogs (i.e., the six people I pay to read them) already know of my ambivalence toward made-for-TV events like the upcoming Merrill Lynch Skins Game. On one hand, I like to watch good golf… more »

Why I despise Raymond Floyd

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We all have our pet players on the PGA Tour, don’t we? Guys we just cheer for because they somehow look like the kind of guy you’d like to play 18 with and then go out for a beer. Why do I like Jesper Parnevik? Maybe the up-turned bill on his cap… more »

Golf Digest subscription likely to outlive subscriber

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Because the Funai Classic is about as classic as a Chrysler K-Car, and even less newsworthy, I feel the need to get something off my chest: I have grown to despise Golf Digest. Now don’t get me wrong: The grand old man of golf publishing still ma… more »

Michelle Wie can help bail out LPGA and its players

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The 2004 U.S. Women’s Open was won by Meg Mallon. After I spoke with her during a practice round, she went to go buy a cap at the souvenir tent because she didn’t have any other cap along. And there was no logo on her shirt. She didn’t have a sh… more »

Rule Change: Laser measurement devices now OK

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From a recent press release from Laser Link Golf: “After much consideration, the R&A, in conjunction with the United States Golf Association, has reached a decision regarding the use of electronic measuring devices (EMD’s) during a stipulated… more »

Unforeseen benefits of golf technology

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My previous blog about how to deal with the inexorable encroachment of technology on golf’s history, records, and courses elicited some intriguing comments. Perhaps requiring pros to use persimmon clubs has some merit, after all, pro baseball players d… more »

Don't make golf courses longer, make par shorter

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Are you of the opinion that technology is killing the game? Or do you think that the hysteria is, well, hysterical? Stuart Appleby hit a 427-yard drive on the 650-yard 16th at Firestone this past weekend (and a few more over 400 yards, to boot). Is th… more »

Checking 2005 Major Predictions

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Well, the final major of 2005 is in the books. Let's check my predictions made in January:"Major winners: Master's -- Mickelson; US Open -- Singh; British Open -- Woods; PGA -- Singh. That's right, all big names. No darkhorses this year."3 out of… more »

NCAA ban on Native American mascots goes too far

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Yesterday, the NCAA ruled that Native American mascots and nicknames will not be allowed to be used or displayed at post-season tournaments. While I applaud cultural sensitivity and respect for the oppressed, this ruling goes too far. The issue is far mo… more »

Jeong Jang better than Michelle Wie now, will always be better than Wie

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Jeong Jang completed a wire-to-wire rout at the Weetabix Women’s British Open this weekend. Michelle Wie, who tied for third, obviously sucks. I mean come on, Jeong Jang WON, didn’t she? She’s unarguably a far more gifted golfer—now and forev… more »

Greg Norman in British Senior Open – Where does the time go?

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What makes you feel old? Teaching your kid to drive? Rehabbing that new hip replacement? Witnessing Jack retire from tournament golf? My 40th birthday is looming with all the joy of an unlubricated prostate exam, and it has me in a serious “God-I’… more »

Scotland vs. Ireland: Which is the better golf trip?

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I just returned from a golf trip to Ireland. In 2002, I traveled the linksland of Scotland, and was certain nothing could ever top that experience. I was wrong. To be sure, Scotland has the history, with St. Andrews, Carnoustie, Turnberry, etc., et… more »

Michelle Wie at the John Deere Classic

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From an AP story on the John Deere Classic, being played this weekend in Silvis, Ill., comes the following quote from a fan: ``People asked me, `Oh, are you going out to watch that young girl?' I said, `Nah, she'll get torn up by the professionals,'''… more »

Made-for-TV events: Fun? Obscene? Obscene fun?

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So all of you who wondered why I was writing about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes last week were certainly justified. “Why here?” you hollered. Fair enough. I guess I figured if David Feherty could report on his struggle with Demon Rum (or Demon Iri… more »

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes: Who cares?

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I know it ain’t golf, but damn it, I’m sick to bloody death of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Star whore Oprah gushed all over Cruise when he appeared on her show. She was so ecstatic that he was so ecstatic and the audience was just so, well, ecstatic… more »

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