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Jul
03
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By Charles Prokop

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I GENERALLY TRY TO PLAY A HOLE in the way that makes the most sense to my game. I'm more likely to lay up try the heroic shot because the long run pay-off is higher for me, even if the short run thrill is lower. I'll try to hit the fairway rather than cut distance off in the rough because I feel better about a long shot with a predictable lie.


But I think I've finally found the hole where my rules don’t apply.



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The 5th hole on my regular course is a 378-yard dogleg left par 4. Trees line the narrow fairway down to the dogleg. Hit the perfect drive down the middle to the center of the...
Jul
02
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The following edited content was supplied by Golf Channel in a news release.

PGA TOUR

The Greenbrier Classic
Dates: July 2-5
Venue: The Greenbrier Resort (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

Tournament Airtimes on Golf Channel (Eastern):

Thursday 4-7 p.m. (Live) / 7:30-10:30 p.m....
Jul
01
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TIGER WOODS IS BACK IN ACTION this week at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Tiger will play his first two rounds alongside pal Steve Stricker and David Lingmerth, winner of the Memorial about a month ago.

Judging from the 33-second Golf Channel clip (above) that summarizes Tiger's 2015 season to date, there's only one direction to go -- up.

"We want the old Tiger back," Stricker said yesterday.

I think playing all four tournament rounds this week is a good goal for Woods.


Source: VIDEO: 'A Season of Woe for Woods'
Jun
30
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PATRICK WILLS, A 59-YEAR-OLD AMATEUR, had a pretty good day recently at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, Virginia. Playing in the Summer Solstice tournament with his sons Charlie (29) and Christopher (27) and Matthew Ghormley, the former Marine shot a 57 that included three holes-in-one, two of them coming on par-4 holes.

"When we got to the green I looked down and I don't even know what I felt -- I was dumbfounded," Wills told BBC Sport about recording his third ace of the round. "I don't know if I broke out in joy such was the disbelief. It was unreal. I had never experienced anything like that before."

The odds of making three 1's in a single round are astronomical -- "well into the billions," reported BBC Sport.

Laurel Hill golf director Gene Orrico verified the...
Jun
29
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A FIXTURE ON GOLF BROADCASTS SINCE 1995, Peter Oosterhuis was not flashy or particularly chatty as a golf announcer and analyst for the BBC, CBS Sports and Golf Channel, which is what I liked about him. Oosterhuis just went about the job without an excess of words or calling attention to himself.


In May, at an event for the Jim Nantz Alzheimer's Center, Oosterhuis, 67, publicly announced that he has Alzheimer's disease. (GolfWorld released the above video today.)


"It's a horrible disease," said Roothie Oosterhuis, Peter's wife. "It not only affects Peter. It affects me, it affects our children, it affects our grandchildren, it affects our friends.

"It took nine months for us to accept the fact that Peter has this. He is, as always, elegant and amazing in standing up to the situation."

Contrary to what I wrote above, I suppose Oosterhuis is calling attention to himself in this instance, but it's a brave call for the right...
Jun
26
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The mystery surrounding Bobby Locke's hickory-shafted putter included a high-profile golf auction. Read Part 1.​
John Coyne concludes his two-part series on the mysterious search for the hickory-shafted putter used by Bobby Locke, the South African golf legend who won four British Opens and entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977. Read Part 1.

By John Coyne

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


"FROM 1953 TO 1955," ACCORDING to Bobby Locke's...
Jun
25
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The U.S. Senior Open began today in Sacramento, California. Following is select information from the "2015 U.S. Senior Open Championship Fact Sheet" provided by the United States Golf Association (USGA).


SITE INFORMATION
ussenioropen.com

June 25-28, 2015
Del Paso Country Club, Sacramento, Calif. (2015ussenioropen.com)

Twitter: @usopengolf; Facebook.com/USGA; Instagram: @USGA; #USSeniorOpen
...
Jun
24
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Following up "Uncovering the Real Bobby Locke" published here last month, John Coyne takes us on a mysterious search for the hickory-shafted putter used by Locke, the South African golf legend who won four British Opens and entered the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1977. This is the first of two parts.

By John Coyne

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


THE DAY OF BOBBY LOCKE'S near fatal accident, he played golf at Clovelly Country Club, near Cape Town with his nephew Alfred Pratt and two other friends. After the round, Alfred put his clubs and Locke's in the boot (as they say in South Africa) of Locke's Vauxhall Cresta and then the foursome went into the club's bar for a drink.

At the time, Pratt said, "Locke was heavily involved in drinking," so a few drinks later, Pratt...
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