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Aug
28
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MOST OF US DON'T KNOW SEAN FOLEY, but I suppose it's easy to have opinions about him because he worked with Tiger Woods. And we've all had our fill of Tiger since the mid 1990s. There are a lot of Tiger experts.

I still don't understand why Tiger did such an extensive swing overhaul with Foley. I figure it had a lot to do with building something that would protect the knee. Tiger's line about getting better was, and is, tiresome. You don't get better at his age, especially after what he achieved from 2000 to 2008. No one has had a run like that.

Still, I don't think Foley is the bad guy, or to blame, for Tiger's decline. There have been many factors. As has been pointed out, Foley also has some other thoroughbreds in the coaching stable. To name two, The Barclays winner Hunter Mahan and 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. Those...
Aug
27
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by Dogfish Head at 7:32 PM
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Stephen Ames​
STEPHEN AMES, A FOUR-TIME WINNER on the PGA Tour, was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame on Tuesday, reported the Champions Tour. Ames is the 74th member.

"It's hitting home a little bit now for me. It is a real honor," Ames said at the Shaw Charity Classic, an event Ames helped start.

"It's the highlight of my career right now, an added trophy to the career that I've had, which is wonderful. At this stage right now, it's something to relish."

Ames is a citizen of Canada and Trinidad and Tobago, where he was born. He still has family there. Ames's grandmother was a golf champion of the twin island country.

"The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame seeks to recognize excellence as golfers, contributors and supporters...
Aug
26
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by Dogfish Head at 2:52 PM
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JASON DUFNER IS OUT FOR THE REST of the FedEx Cup Playoffs after his withdrawal from the Deutsche Bank Championship, reported PGATour.com on Monday. Don't expect to see Dufner on the U.S. Ryder Cup team either. Tom Watson will announce his three captain's picks on September 2.


Jason Dufner is hurting. (Allison)​
The 2013 PGA champion has been hampered by bulging disks in his neck. He received an epidural in order to play at Valhalla in the PGA Championship, but only completed 10 holes. The Auburn product was No. 74 in the FedEx Cup rankings.

"I'll play golf again when I'm healthy," Dufner said after withdrawing from the PGA Championship.

"That could be at The Barclays, that could be next year, that could be 2016. I refuse to be out here...
Aug
25
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by Dogfish Head at 9:32 AM
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A coaching change for Tiger Woods. (Keith Allison)​
TIGER WOODS ANNOUNCED TODAY AT TIGERWOODS.COM that he and swing coach Sean Foley have ended their professional relationship that began in 2010.

"I'd like to thank Sean for his help as my coach and for his friendship," Woods said.

"Sean is one of the outstanding coaches in golf today, and I know he will continue to be successful with the players working with him. With my next tournament not until my World Challenge event at Isleworth in Orlando, this is the right time to end our professional relationship."

"My time spent with Tiger is one of the highlights of my career so far, and I am appreciative of the many experiences we...
Aug
22
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by Dogfish Head at 9:43 AM
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THE FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS, WHICH BEGAN on Thursday with The Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey, are critical for PGA Tour players looking to solidify their playing status, collect sizable checks, or be considered for one of Tom Watson's captain's picks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. But as Jimmy Walker knows, their importance can be suddenly diminished with a recurrence of skin cancer.

Walker, 35, is ranked second in the standings behind Rory McIlroy. He recently spent time at home recovering from minor surgery rather than getting ready for the playoffs.

The New York Times' Zach Schonbrun wrote about Walker's other on-course challenge:
Walker has a new mission, though. It is about protection and awareness, and for a fair-skinned Oklahoman with a family history of skin cancer, those elements are essential.
“I watched what Aron Price went through, and...​
Aug
21
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by Dogfish Head at 4:13 PM
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Dear Readers,

The below email from Amazon landed in my inbox a week ago.

I'm really looking forward to the Ryder Cup. I'm also really looking forward to telling you more about my new Ryder Cup book that focuses on 1969, Jack Nicklaus, Tony Jacklin and more.

Stay tuned.

All the best,
Neil

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Aug
20
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by Dogfish Head at 12:55 PM
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By PGA of America

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – To bring fans closer to the action in anticipation of the 40th playing of the Ryder Cup, the PGA of America is hosting a live event (Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7.p.m.) where United States Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson will reveal his Captain’s Picks for the final three members of the 12-man team.

This decision will be the subject of great discussion over the next three weeks, and fans can join in the fun by entering the interactive “MyCaptainsPicks” contest with Captain Watson.

A first-of-its-kind social media engagement program, #mycaptainspicks simply asks sports fans to choose the three players they think Watson will pick to complete his 12-player team. Fans 18 and over can make their predictions on MyCaptainsPicks.com through Sept. 2. Visit RyderCup.com to also see picks from celebrities, as they share their passion for golf.

Fan entries with all three picks exactly matching Watson’s selections will be entered into a drawing for the...
Aug
19
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by Dogfish Head at 10:43 AM
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By John Coyne

Copyright © John Coyne. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

MARK BROADIE HAS WRITTEN A GOLF instructional book that won’t help you hit longer drives, improve your short game, or keep you from hitting truly awful shots. However, his new book, EVERY SHOT COUNTS: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and Strategy will change the way you play your game, and how you judge a player on the PGA Tour.

Mark Broadie is a college professor. Not only is he an academic, but he teaches courses in the Columbia Business School such as Derivatives, Security Pricing: Models and Computation. Yes, I know, geek classes.

Still, Mark doesn’t look like a geek. Meeting him in his...