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Golf Course Trades Runs my Latest Forsgate Country Club Piece

In anticipation of my webinar this Thursday on Forsgate Country Club (click here to register for free), Golf Course Trades also ran my latest article . We interview course owner Chris Schiavone, golf architect Stephen Kay, and head superintendent Don Asinski at 12pm on Thursday July 29. From the article: Knowing full well that Forsgate was the last course he would...

Golf Course Trades to Host my Webinar of Forsgate Country Club’s Banks Course

Big shout out to Golf Course Trades for running another in my webinar series, this time on my beloved Forsgate Country Club and their magnificent Banks course. The webinar will feature course owner Chris Schiavone, restoration architect Stephen Kay, and head superintendent Don Asinski, and will be a fascinating look at how they rediscovered, then recreated the lost...

Youth is Served, Morikawa Claims 2021 Open Championship at Royal St. George’s

Fresh-faced recent college grads that play video games, eat hamburgers every day, don’t have a sense of golf history, and never played links golf in their life aren’t supposed to be taking home ancient championships with silver encrusted trophies that have names, but damn “paying your dues” and “learning how to win,” just point Collin Morikawa to the winner’s circle...

Clash of Major Champions Looms at 2021 Open Championship Final Round

With England under the inept tutelage of a weak king, Edward VI, the only legitimate son of Henry VIII, in 1457 a French raiding party made its way to Kent and burned much of the city of Sandwich to the ground. What was left was pillaged under the orders of the Marshal of France, one Pierre De Breze. During the carnage, the Mayor of Sandwich was murdered. Ever since...

Top Reasons to Watch the Open Championship this Morning

Top Reasons to Watch the Open Championship this Morning GOLF FOR BREAKFAST Don’t you just love it? Wake up to the greatest golf tournament in the world. The heck with playing; it’s high summer, there’s plenty of time for 18 holes after the Open is over. Think of this weekend as golf’s proper rejoinder to breakfast at Wimbledon. And speaking of such… STRAWBERRIES AND...

Oosthuizen Leads, Morikawa, Spieth, and DJ Lurk as 149th Open Championship Reaches Halfway Mark

Louis Oosthuizen fired a scintillating 65 in the second round of the 149th Open Championship at Royal St. George’s Golf Club to post 11-under 129 and take a two shot lead over 2020 PGA Champion Collin Morikawa and three strokes over three-time major champion Jordan Spieth. Oosthuizen also set a new Open Championshjip record for the lowest opening 36 holes. A group...

Bogey-free 6-under 64 has Louis Oosthuizen Atop Open Championship Leaderboard at Royal St. George’s

He said he was over the disappointment of the U.S. Open, and then he proved it with his golf clubs. South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, 2010 Open Champion, fired a sparkling, blemish-free, 6-under 64 to lead the first round of the 149th Open Championship golf tournament at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. Americans Jordan Spieth (the 2017 Open Champion at Royal Birkdale)...

Timeless Royal St. George’s Hosts Resurrection Open Championship

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Open Championship, the de facto world championship of golf, returns for its 149th iteration in the grandest of English traditions. The setting is the sparkling white cliffs of Dover, the ancient, storied town of Sandwich, and the hurly-burly gnarled mounds and frightful bunkers of Royal St. George’s...

Euro 2020 Redux and Predictions – Knockout Round Edition

Delayed a year by the Coronavirus pandemic Euro 2020 is being contested at various sites across the continent in honor of the tournament’s 60th anniversary. The semi-finals and finals will be contested at England’s Wembley Stadium. Group play has concluded and now the remaining 16 of the original 24 teams enter the knockout phase. Let’s take a...

Spanish Lullaby – Jon Rahm Wins 2021 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

Jon Rahm, who has endured genuine heartache through the Coronavirus pandemic both on and off the golf course found solace, synchronicity, and redemption in the unlikeliest of places – the crucible of U.S. Open golf championship. Rahm became the first Spaniard to win the U.S. Open after firing a scintillating 4-under 67 to edge South Africa’s starcrossed Louis...

Former Champions McIlroy, Johnson, DeChambeau Move Into Contention at 2021 U.S. Open

Though all eyes are on Louis Oosthuizen, Russell Henley and Mackenzie Hughes at the 121st U.S. Open, three former U.S. Open champions also made moves on Saturday and vaulted into contention. 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy started the day at 1-over, six shots behind Henley and co-second round leader Richard Bland, but a sparkling 67, the low round of the day at...

Puzzling Stranger, Promising Young Gun Lead U.S. Open at Torrey Pines

At a U.S. Open where PGA Tour uber-stars and wily veterans were expected to have an advantage a puzzling stranger and a promising young gun hold the lead after 36 holes at 5-under. England’s Richard Bland, obscure even in his own country, fired a dazzling 67, balancing seven birdies against three bogeys, while American Russell Henley, the first round co-leader...

Late Bogeys Knock Koepka From First Round U.S. Open Lead at Torrey Pines

Two-time U.S. Open Champion Brooka Koepka started hot early, but then came back to the field late, surrendering an early lead as the first round of the 121st U.S. Open golf championship got underway. Koepka finished tied for third with a 2-under 69 after opening with four birdies in his first 11 holes at Torrey Pines’ South Course. As we go to press, Koepka stands...