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One and Done? More One-hit Wonders win at PGA Championship Than Other Majors

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – As night falls at Baltusrol and the forest-draped mountain is shrouded by low clouds, the waning crescent moon shines feebly in the overcast sky. Finally, the promised rain came, just a thin shower, but I was too late. Against all predictions, the 2016 PGA Championship finished on time Sunday night. Inside the clubhouse amber lights burn cheerfully...

The Longest Shot – Club Pro Ed Furgol Wins the 1954 U.S. Open at Baltusrol

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – —“I didn’t win despite my handicap, but because of it – just as Hogan came back from that automobile accident, and Babe Zaharias came back from a cancer operation. — Ed Furgol after winning The 1954 U.S. Open at Baltusrol At precisely 9 o’clock the sun went down with a last vermillion flash behind old Baltus Mountain, and a wave of...

Players Ready to Roll at Baltusrol, 98th PGA Championship

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – When you look at a map of Baltusrol Country Club, the payout of the golf course resembles a barbell with the left side over-inflated on the bottom. But to the professional golfers assembled here for the last major golf championship of the year, the 98th PGA, it looks more like the plumpest, fattest, juiciest chicken wing this side of Buffalo...

Sally Jenkins Wins Gold Medal for Body Slamming Corrupt Olympics Cesspool

We’ve said it from day one – golf didn’t need to be in Olympics. This was just a money grab for the networks, the IOC, and the PGA and European Tours. We’ve steadily reported about the terrible format of the tournament, the devastating Zika virus, the filthy water conditions sickening athletes by the dozens, and the security risks. Now Sally...

Bad Day for Golf – USGA President Botches Women’s Open Winner’s Name, Spieth out of Olympics

What a lousy week for professional golf. First boats start floating across fairways at The Greenbriar Resort, forcing cancellation of the PGA Tour event and sending everyone scrambling for rescue and clean-up efforts after a disaster displaced thousands in West Virginia. But then came the embarrassing double whammy that a) Jordan Spieth is pulling out of the Olympics...

Jim Furyk Does his Phil Mickelson Imitation, Finishes Second Again in U.S. Open

OAKMONT, PA – All week long this was a U.S. Open that begged to be forgotten. From a Thursday washout that declawed the golf course and left everyone wrong-footed and playing catch-up to the rules flap that luckily didn’t turn the tournament into a morality play, this 2016 U.S. Open wasn’t Oakmont or the USGA’s finest hour. Swirling in the middle of all of this is...

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup Victory Parade Provides Inspiration for U.S. Open Golfers

PITTSBURGH, PA – —The noise afterwards, It rises up like a storm, As if you were the Thunder God himself. Proximo to Maximus the Gladiator— Like a scene from Gladiator, the roar of adulation rang from Erie to Allentown and from Scranton to Akron. No mere coliseum could match it. Conquering heroes were returning home, and this is Pittsburgh. When you play...

Laconic Phil Mickelson Ready for Shot at Elusive U.S. Open Title at Oakmont

OAKMONT, PA – We’ve had our ledes written for 17 years, but still haven’t been able to use them. “Phinally Phil!” “Phillin’ Groovy!” “Mickel-slam!” – they all lay useless in a seldom used Microsoft Word file I call “The Well of Lost Plots,” where bits of articles that end up on the cutting room floor are collected, perhaps to be recycled sometime, perhaps never...

Follow Golf News Net Coverage of the Match Play

Ryan Ballengee and the rest of the GNN team have wall-to-wall coverage of everything going on at the Match Play in Austin, Texas this week. For today, Ryan has this excellent breakdown of how ties in the 16 groups will be broken. Remember – the winners of the respective groups advance. Moreover, a head-to-head victory over another player in your group does not...

The 2015 Jazzy Awards – Player of the Year Jordan Spieth

For the first seven months of the year, Jordan Spieth was the face of sports, not just golf. He became only the sixth golfer to win both the Masters and U.S. Open in the same yea, and made a valiant run at the Open Championship, (at St. Andrews no less…), only to fall one shot shy of the 3-way playoff eventually won by Zach Johnson. Jason Day made it a race by...

New Jay’s Plays Radio – Marino Parascenzo, John Sanford, and Granite Links in Boston

Another terrific Jay’s plays show in the books! 50 year media center vet Marino Parascemzo joined us to talk Tiger, the Tour, Oakmont, and more! Always great to have a grizzled old pro whose been everywhere and done everything. Then we take a trip out to Boston to check out Granite Links, the John Sanford-designed golf course that was the springboard for his...