Where in the World is Shanks? Myrtle Beach, Golf Capital of the USA

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Just got back from a week-long family vacation in Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina. To be precise, we stayed in the city of North Myrtle Beach. We hadn’t been there for quite a while and some things have changed over the past 4 to 5 years. The area… more »

Tiger Woods' Injury Provides Silver Lining to PGA Tour Golfers

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I'm a glass half full kinda guy so this is not an article about Tiger Woods' injury. Lord knows enough has already been written about The Knee. I'm thinking about life on the professional circuit without Tiger Woods for a little while. Immediately the th… more »

Most Painful Shot in U.S. Open Golf History: What If It Was Named After You?

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Please pardon my French for what follows, but when one of my buddies did the unimaginable a few weeks ago and double hit a shot from the rough, he muttered in a state of total disbelief, "I just TC Chen-ed that mother ******!" As funny as it was to the r… more »

At the LPGA Championship: Some Not-So-Random Thoughts

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When I say I spent all day at the LPGA Championship on Friday last week at Bulle Rock, I mean all day long. Walked the course twice around, once each with both halves of the field. In addition, I caught the majority of the weekend telecast on The Golf Ch… more »

Making the Ryder Cup Team

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I know, I know, there's a long way to go yet until the 2008 Ryder Cup is played at Valhalla this September. In fact, three of the four Major championships have yet to be played. But it's not so soon that we can't have a little fun with some speculation!… more »

Greg Norman is Now a Very Sad Figure, Indeed

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Greg Norman is an immense golfing talent. Of that, there can be no question. Though I've never been a fan of his, I believe he's always gotten worse treatment than he deserved for choking away Major tournament victories. Some of the time when he lost on… more »

Golf on the Nationwide Tour: A Study in Contrasts

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Let's start by saying a minimum of 25 Nationwide Tour members will replace guys who are currently playing on the PGA Tour. And as the saying goes, These Guys Are Good. Having attended a Monday qualifying event way back in the non-exempt 1970s, I learned… more »

Annika Sorenstam Will Retire at the End of 2008 Season

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Well, I'll be. The Associated press is reporting that Annika Sorenstam is calling it quits at the end of this golf year to pursue business interests and, more importantly to start her own family. Go figure. Just as she appears to be ready to challenge Lo… more »

Believe It or Not, Pro Golfers Like Paul Goydos Can Be Funny

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For as long as I can remember, Touring Golf Professionals have been accused of a lack of personality, of being bland. But what I know is their demeanor on the course is often different from their normal personality. This week the world got a good dose of… more »

The Golf Channel's PGA Tour coverage is missing the drama

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Maybe it's just me but I have to wonder what The Golf Channel trying to accomplish with their weekday coverage of the PGA Tour. They almost totally miss out on the drama of the 36 hole cut. Perhaps they are satisfied just having some live coverage of the… more »

The Masters is Losing its Luster

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Ever since 1975 when I saw the telecast for the very first time, The Masters has always been, in my mind, the most exciting golf tournament in the world. But no longer. As my man B. B. King would sing, "The Thrill Is Gone". No, it's not because the we… more »

Golf in Las Vegas: Lessons Learned

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Every time my group takes a trip, we find out some nuances of the destination the hard way - through experience. Then on a second trip to that same location everything goes much smoother. It is for that reason that I recommend using an experienced golf p… more »

Vivaaaa Las Vegas! (Golf, that is)

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Simply said, there is no place in the United States that is quite like Las Vegas. And in my book, that's a good thing. I just got back from Sin City and, while still a little jet-lagged, am finally returning to normalcy. Myself and seven of my traveling… more »

Where in the World is Shanks Golfing? Las Vegas, Baby!

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Originally, my traveling band of golfing brothers had planned our annual golf trip to somewhere in the United Kingdom to play real links golf. But through what seems like 20 twists of fate we have made a 180° turn and re-routed ourselves to Sin City –… more »

2008 LPGA Season Opens with Raised Profile in the Golf World

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Things will be interesting in the upper echelon of LPGA in 2008. Most of the top 20 players on Tour are under 30 years old. This unprecedented youth movement is translating into a higher profile, and golf's marketers have figured the increased buzz could… more »
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