Ernie Els is making an early statement about 2006

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And the hits just keep on coming for Ernie Els. He could not be any happier with the way he is coming back from the knee injury & surgery which has kept him sidelined for half a year. The knee is still tender but he deemed it fit enough to play fo… more »

Morgan Pressel is temporarily Kraftier than Michelle Wie

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Commissioner Carolyn Bivens has done her part to get the ball rolling by granting Morgan Pressel full LPGA Tour membership at the beginning of the golf year. Now 2 of the big 3 rookies (Pressel & Ai Miyazato) have secured entry into the Kraft Nabisco… more »

The LPGA and the Pressel decision is an exercise from Business 101

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Morgan Pressel has wisely filed for re-consideration of her application for LPGA Tour membership before she reaches the currently-legislated age of 18. Former commissioner Ty Votaw bent the rules slightly to allow her to participate in the LPGA Q-school… more »

The curious case of Robert Allenby

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Will the real Robert Allenby please stand up? The past few weeks have been mighty kind to Robert Allenby. He played the best golf of his life and won the Australian Triple - the Masters, Open and PGA. It's never been done before. Don't scoff too loudl… more »

Ernie Els is a baaaaaaad man

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Ernie Els is back and better than ever! Ok, ok, I know what you're thinking .... what kind of drugs has Shanks been smoking? After all, it was only the Dunhill tournament in South Africa that he won against a less than stellar field. The top 20 finishers… more »

Michelle Wie versus the Big Boys

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There has been a lot of discussion in these blogs about the relative strength of men vs. women, particularly when it comes to the case of a 16 year-old female wunderkind, one Michelle Wie. She dreams of playing in the Masters and duelling with Tiger Wood… more »

Jim Furyk could make it the "Big 6"

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Jim Furyk is quietly building a very strong resume and may be the next player that has to be considered in the top echelon of the best golfers in the world. Doubtless you know that he won the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa last week by chipping in for… more »

Ernie Els approaching golf crossroads

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With very little fanfare here in the U.S., Ernie Els will make his first appearance in over 4 months this weekend at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa - formerly the Million Dollar Challenge - after being off to recuperate from a knee injury suffered… more »

Tiger loosens up and gets Funky

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For all those who missed watching the Skins Game this past weekend, you may never see Tiger Woods so out of character unless you are fortunate enough to accompany him on a social round down at Isleworth. He was really enjoying himself and his playing par… more »

Michelle Wie still has some growing up to do

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In my lifetime there has never been a more talented and promising female golfer than Michelle Wie. Some would argue that there may never have been a more talented 16 year-old golfer, regardless of gender. But it is hard to make that argument because Wie… more »

Skins Game is golf worth saving

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Every year at this time many golf columns are filled with criticism of the golf events after the Tour Championship. The most common tag applied to these events is "the silly season". For some reason golf pundits look down on challenge formats and save th… more »

Mickelson and Tiger miss Grand Slam pro-am

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The pro-am flu has struck Phil Mickelson again. First, he missed the Tour Championship reportedly because he couldn't make the pro-am too. So, in light of the PGA Tour rule of "no pro-am, no play", he dropped the tournament altogether. I don't necessaril… more »

David Duval will be back

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David Duval's story is so well known, it's bears no purpose to recount in agonizing detail. In short, he was a college hotshot who came on Tour and played very well right off the bat. But he had this little problem to get over: he couldn't close the deal… more »

Forget Wie, Paula Creamer could rule them all

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What shouldn't get lost in all of this hubbub between Paula Creamer and Annika Sorenstam over a ruling on the 18th hole yesterday is the way Paula Creamer sees herself. Compare it to the way Grace Park indifferently observed the Wie-gate incident at the… more »

A Case of the Shanks - birth of a new golf blog

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Hello, World. I am Shanks. Perhaps this introduction is not quite as dramatic as Tiger Woods first press conference as a pro back in 1997, but you get the idea. Actually, I am the second Shanks. My Dad was the original and we greeted each other with… more »

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