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Matsuyama Escapes with Green Jacket, wins 2021 Masters

It was either going to be the Green Jacket or a straightjacket; there was no middle road for Hideki Matsuyama. Japan’s newly-minted greatest golfer ever won the 2021 Masters, but only after nearly squandering a 6-shot lead and hanging on narrowly after late charges by Xander Schauffle and Will Zalatoris fizzled. Matsuyama’s 10-under score edged major championship...

Watching Justin Rose Bloom

It was a bullet-grey sky that blanketed Southport, England, on a July Sunday in 1998, but the low clouds that hung oppressively over Royal Birkdale Golf Club were parted by the radiant sunshine of a young, fresh-faced high school kid who carried all of England on his shoulders. Skinny as a broomstick, blushing with the rosy cheeks of youth, and his red sweater and...

Breaking Down the Front Nine at Augusta National for the Masters

Everyone always says the Masters doesn’t begin until the back nine on Sunday, but you can’t get to the back nine without playing the front nine. And that’s no walk in the park. Maybe Tiger Woods can fire a front nine 40 during the first round and still win the Masters, but mere mortals can’t. While both per-5s are reachable in two and birdie opportunities, the par-3s...

Odds to Win the 2021 Masters Championship

Odds to win the 2021 Masters Championship, April 8-11, Augusta National Country Club Dustin Johnson +850 17/2 Bryson Dechambeau +900 9/1 Justin Thomas +1000 10/1 Jon Rahm +1100 11/1 Jordan Spieth +1200 12/1 Rory McIlroy +1400 14/1 Brooks Koepka +2000 20/1 Xander Schauffele +2000 20/1 Collin Morikawa +2200 22/1 Patrick Cantlay +2200 22/1 Patrick Reed +2700 27/1 Tony...

National Ski Council Federation Runs my Loon Mountain Article

A huge thank you again to the National Ski Council Federation for running a portion of and posting a link to my Loon Mountain article. (Click the link above.) As usual, they do a fantastic job; we’re grateful for their support. By the way, join a local ski club or two:  it’s a great way to incerase your circle of friends and have some new mates to shred...

Another Coup For Indypass, Waterville Valley, Saddleback Added

Don’t look now, but Indypass is eating Vail’s and Alterra’s lunch as the best value in the mega-pass game. Already amassing an impressive lineup of winter sports parks including Jay Peak, Cannon Mountain, and Magic Mountain in the east, and Red Lodge, Brundage, and Tamarack out west, Indypass, just added east coast grande dame Waterville Valley and...

Tiger Woods Seriously Injured in Early Morning One-car Crash

PGA Tour legend and 15 time major champion Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a one-car accident in Orange County California early this morning. The car rolled over several times, ended laying up on its driver’s side door, and Woods had to be extricated though the vehicle’s windshield with prying tools and axes. As of this report, Woods was in surgery...

NASJA, NSCF Run My Greek Peak Article and Interview

I’m really grateful to both the National Ski Council Federation and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association for running my Greek Peak article and interview with their marketing maven Drew Broderick. Thanks also, of course, to Greek Peak. Happily, I’ll be writing a longer piece later this season about Greek Peak, a recent Indypass inductee...

Copake Country Club Superintendent and Restoration Architect Scheduled for Golf Course Trades Webinar on February 25, 1pm EST

(Pic above: THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE THREE-PUTT, photo by Mike Mosely) Golf Course Trades has a new webinar series of podcasts, interviews, and lectures that promises to be an interesting look at the golf, skiing, and resort industries. On February 23, at 1PM EST, I’ll actually be hosting an interview where golf architect Mark Fine and head...

The Indie Files: Greek Peak Poised for Indypass Breakthrough

CORTLAND, NY – Sadly, I’ll never get to say, “I’ll take Mythology for a thousand please, Alex,” (as Jeopardy’s long-time host has now gone to that Great Game Show in the Sky), but I would have run the category. Western Civ is a long suit of mine, and still the best way to educate young minds about philosophy, history, civics, and yes, writing. So it was with...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Links at Hiawatha Landing Article

As always, Golf Course Trades did a fantastic job with my article on Links at Hiawatha Landing, one of my favorite courses and an old home of mine way way waaaaaaay back in the day. The entire piece is here. From the article: “The year was 1994, and although the golf world didn’t know it or expect it, a tumultuous sea change had started. Golf had just entered...

The Cat Picks the NFL Playoffs – Super Bowl LIV

Torrey the Prediction Cat went 3-1 last week, 1-1 in teaser bets. His lone loss was – surprise surprise! – the Bills couldn’t cover. Still, Torrey is a solid 10-2 on the season, 4-2 in teaser bets. The Super Bowl has been a bit of a bugaboo lately in this column. Then again, who had 13-3 as the final score last year?  Nobody, that’s who! As...