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Apr
07
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It is with a heavy heart that we have to cancel The Open for the first time since WWII. We appreciate that this will be disappointing for a great many people but we have to act responsibly during this pandemic and it is the right thing to do.
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— The Open (@TheOpen) April 6, 2020

HERE'S THE STATEMENT FROM THE R&A:


The R&A has decided to cancel The Open in 2020 due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. The Championship will next be played at Royal St George's in 2021.


The Open was due to be played in Kent from 12-19 July but it has been necessary to cancel the Championship based on guidance from the UK Government, the health authorities, public...
Apr
01
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by Dogfish Head at 12:53 PM
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WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST SET of golf clubs?

I've spent part of the morning trying to answer that question for myself.

I started playing golf at the age of 12 at Desert Aire Golf Course, a public 9-hole course in Palmdale, California.


Lloyd Mangrum Golfcraft Irons​
I'm pretty certain my first full set of golf clubs included a used set of Lloyd Mangrum irons. They had black shafts made of glass. After doing some research, I've determined the model name was Golfcraft (see photo).

The irons were castoffs from somebody my dad knew. I played with them during my first two years of high school. Then I acquired a used set of Wilson Staff irons. They were blades, of course. I loved them.

My woods? That was a mixed bag as I went through adolescence. They included Hagens, Hogans and MacGregor Tourneys.

To be...
Mar
30
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by Dogfish Head at 5:02 PM
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Mickey Wright died in February. This USGA announcement (edited) came earlier this month. The U.S. Women's Open has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.


LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. – The United States Golf Association (USGA) announced that the medal presented each year to the winner of the U.S. Women's Open Championship has been renamed in Mickey Wright's honor and redesigned with an image of her iconic swing, ensuring that every future champion is forever linked to one of golf's greatest pioneers and competitors.

The gold medal, which until now has not had a formal name, dates to the 1953 U.S. Women's Open when the USGA first began conducting the championship. Beginning in June with the 75th U.S. Women's Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston, each champion will receive the Mickey Wright Medal along with the U.S. Women’s Open Trophy.

Over the course of her career, Wright, who died on Feb. 17 at the age of 85, won four U.S. Women's Open titles, which ties Betsy Rawls...
Mar
30
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by Dogfish Head at 3:35 PM
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Thank you to our real heroes. Stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/cuSpew8yqc

— Tommy Fleetwood (@TommyFleetwood1) March 28, 2020


Source: European Tour Pros Urge Support of 'Real Heroes'
Mar
26
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by Dogfish Head at 7:52 PM
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If you're going to play golf, be smart. https://t.co/U2e1qsRIBH
— Golfweek (@golfweek) March 25, 2020

GOLF COURSES ARE CLOSING ACROSS the United States. But some remain open, including a former country club in my community. Today, as I drove by, I was surprised to see so many cars in the parking lot.

The Golfweek article by Larry Bohannan (link above) offers a handful of tips for playing golf during the pandemic. They include walking instead of riding, riding alone if you must ride, bringing your own disinfectant and more.


Source: Golfweek's 5 Tips for Safe Golf During Coronarvirus
Mar
24
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PETE COWEN, A GOLF INSTRUCTOR who works with Henrik Stenson, Brooks Koepka, Gary Woodland, Graeme McDowell and others, believes he is sick with COVID-19, according to a report by The Telegraph.

Cowen, 69, has been laid low by the virus.

"I'm feeling horrendous and wouldn't wish this on anyone, no matter how young and fit they may be," he said.

Cowen was helping players at The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach before the tournament was canceled after the first round. He hasn't been tested.

"After a few days of self-isolation," Cowen said, "we decided to ring the ambulance and the medics said I ticked every box on the corona sheet.

"They were fantastic, but said they were not allowed to test me unless I was admitted to hospital and then the staff there decided to keep you in."

Cowen delivered an ominous message.

"I don't want to alarm anyone, and I might just have...
Mar
21
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WHILE THE UK BATTLES COVID-19, the Old Course at St. Andrews remains open to golfers. It's a small slice of normalcy during these surreal days of a global pandemic and what might be the term of the year: "social distancing."

Golfworld's Tod Leonard wrote:
In these difficult times, there remains a soothing constant in the golf world: The Old Course at St. Andrews is open for play.
That doesn't mean everything is normal at the Home of Golf during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews sent an email to its membership on Saturday morning with the announcement that the club was immediately closing its dining room and drink service, while the locker room would remain open until Wednesday evening, after which it...​
Mar
16
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I'VE BEEN MENTALLY PLANNING a golf outing at my semi-deserted municipal course in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

Golf is played outside. What could be healthier?

Especially when there are no crowds. In fact, practically no one around and only a few cars in the parking lot. That's the norm where I play, even before the coronavirus.

Golfworld asked an infectious disease expert, "Can you play golf amid coronavirus concerns?"

The answer: "With proper precautions, yes."

An excerpt:
According to Dr. Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, golf as it's normally played—outdoors, with natural social-distancing built in—"would be fairly safe."
Generally, the key is to be more than...​
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