Archives for: June 2006

Nicklaus got a bill, but Sifford earned respect

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No one is belittling anything Jack Nicklaus ever did...that he was denied Freedom Of The City (as Bobby Jones and Ben Franklin received before him) was a bit snippy on the part of the meisters of the burgh of St. Andrews. However, the blow was cushioned… more »

K Club's terminal triumvirate sure to trample, trash and torture in 2006 Ryder Cup

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Never too early to fire the first salvo in the Ryder Cup wars. Taking a virtual tour of the K Club's Palmer Course, it occurs to me that more blood might be spilled, and more shorts might be stained, by the closing triumvirate of holes than at Kiawah Isl… more »

New Tee Time Setup On PGA Tour Is ... Brilliant!!

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Having just crawled out from under a rock, I beg your forgiveness. The new tee time structure on the PGA tour has me in awe of someone (maybe Finchem, maybe not). I stumbled onto today's tee times, Sunday at Booz Allen, as I was pirouetting through the… more »

PGA Professional National Championship: Club pros get off easy at Turning Stone Resort

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If you're not following the Booz Allen Classic this week, tune in to PGA.Com for the PGA Professional National Championship. Sure, a few of these guys get to play in the USGA Open each year, and one or two actually make the cut. For the other 99%, the CP… more »

Caddies take center stage at US Open at Winged Foot

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The way I see it, Miles Byrne (Ian Woosnam and the 15th club) and Christopher (Jean Van de Velde and the driver on 18 at Carnoustie) have company in the caddie hall of shame. They can now hold chairs for Monty's looper and Bones MacKay, who could have sh… more »

US Open lessons from Winged Foot: Future Favorites and Fizzlers

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Never, under any circumstance, should you pick the following to contend in a major championship (or even make the cut): David Toms...His sun has set. He is short, like me, and not burly, like Jason Zuback. His game is quaint and less than powerful.… more »

Scissor Scity...The Cut Line at the US Open

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5:59 EST, with the projected cut at +9. Here are some of the notables. Feel free to criticize everything I write, with vehemence, venom, and vinesse (all right, the last word is fake.) I'm out, I'm in, I'm out, I'm in, I'm out Award: --Allan Doyl… more »

Final Thoughts On Wie's Quest

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1. Great for the game of golf. Lots of hits to lots of websites that were tracking her progess, shot by shot. Raise your hand if you didn't check out something else on the USGA, SI, PGA Tour, or Golf Channel sites. I know that I did. 2. Wie simpl… more »

U.S. Open Qualifier Stories: No-Names at Winged Foot

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I'll start with Duffy Waldorf. You know him, but he survived a 15-for-1 playoff in Columbus, besting the likes of John Daly, Joe Daley, Jeff Maggert, Joe Ogilvie, Justin Rose and Kirk Triplett in the playoff. Let's move across town to Columbus #2. Ma… more »

Old Course, New Course, Red Course, Blue: How To Save The Old Course At St. Andrews

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Some of us are linear thinkers, while others are balloon-grabbers. The linear thinkers trace every line and connect all the dots. Balloon-grabbers respond to whatever stimulus or balloon floats by, and complete that particular task. As COO of Balloon-… more »

You've Come A Long Way Baby doesn't apply to golf

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Of late, I've been reading an interesting book by Eyal Press called Absolute Convictions. It details the battle over abortion rights in Buffalo and the USA during the 1980s and 1990s. For those who recall, Dr. Barnett Slepian was murdered by James Kopp… more »

McDonald and Baldwin chronicle Wie attempt under assumed name of "Brett Avery"

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Baldwin and McDonald, tired of the relentless assault of Michelle Wie supporters, have teamed up under the pen name of "Brett Avery" on PGATour.Com to chronicle the sectional qualifying rounds. No word on the legal ramifications. Seriously, can anyone… more »

Link to Wie's Quest

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CLICK HERE to follow the USGA Open sectional qualifying at Canoe Brook. This is no blog, just a public service announcement. Cheer for John Pharr, too, who played on my golf team (the one I coach) a few years back. He is now a golfer at NYU. --Mon of… more »

Kohler's American Club etches trace into RonMon's soul

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Destination: Kohler, seemed like an appropriate log entry on Friday, Mem Weekend 1 as three guys piled into a beaten but proud 1998 Caravan, 11 hours shy of Kohler, Wisconsin. The land of milk and honey (not to mention cheese and big flags) beckoned lik… more »

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