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Author - Jay Flemma

Dear Forsgate: Thank you from the Golf Writers, Thank you from The Game

MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ – Last Thursday saw the 10th annual Writer Cup between Philadelphia/NJ and Greater New York City golf writers end in yet another Philly romp. Yet as Philly Captain Mike Kern of the Inquirer was again drenched in metaphoric victory champagne and as his players were wreathed in the smoky fog of proverbial victory cigars for the eighth time in...

From the Vault – My Review of Royal Birkdale for PGA.com Open Championship Coverage

This was the old major championship preview I did for PGA.com back in 2008. From the article: Indeed, all Merseyside rocks every 10 years or so, as though the Beatles have returned to prominence, every time professional golfers return to Birkdale. The patrons are duly rewarded for their fervor with outstanding views of the golf: Birkdale was a stadium golf course...

Brooks Koepka Powers to U.S. Open Title at Erin Hills

TOWN OF ERIN, WI – No less a personage than nine-time major champion Gary Player himself said that, “the long bunker shot is the most difficult shot in golf.” How fitting it is then, that the 2017 U.S. Open was essentially sealed by Brooks Koepka with one of the most exquisite played in the recent annals of the tournament. Clinging to a one shot lead over plucky...

Father’s Day Letter to Dad From Jay at the 2017 U.S. Open

TOWN OF ERIN, WI – Dear Dad: Happy Father’s Day! Another year, another U.S. Open, (13 now, in a row, and 25 majors overall), another year I get to write a letter to you in the form of an article, and you get to tell me what I should have done all week while I was here. Oh well, it beats Mom feeding you that slop at the nursing home they call food, don’t it? I still...

Scarin’ Hills! Major Champions Lost in Leader Board Nether-reaches at 2017 U.S. Open

ERIN, WI – Hey! Ron Whitten, Dana Fry, and Mike Hurdzan built this great golf course in Wisconsin. Let’s go and hack at it! That’s not my loudmouth, lunkhead golf buddies and I talking, it’s the brightest stars of the professional tours. A remarkably benign Erin Hills surrendered record numbers of birdies to every Tom, Dick, and Harry (or in this case, every Brooks...

The U.S. Open at Erin Hills – Thursday is Just Getting to Know You

ERIN, WI – With a precision that Bernhard Langer would have envied, Rickie Fowler seized the first round lead of the 117th U.S. Open with a dazzling 7-under 65. It was the lowest score-to-par in the first round of the National Open since Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf fired 8-under 63s at Baltusrol in 1980. Fowler’s card was sparkling clean – seven birdies no bogeys...

Short and Sweet – The Best Par-3s of the U.S. Open

ERIN, WI – The collection of one shot holes at Erin Hills is as strong as we’ve ever seen at any U.S. Open. Both nine and 16 are downright iconic: instant classics. Both holes also prove that length is overrated. The ninth green is completely encircled by bunkers, including several narrow trenches just wide enough to stand, but, in places, to narrow to take anything...

U.S. Open Golfers: Erin Hills Looks Harder Than it Plays

ERIN, WI – A blood red sunset bathed Erin Hills Golf Course in an eerie witch-light as the sun descended behind an ominous curtain of black clouds. One last feeble flicker of the dying rays extinguished dismally, and then the landscape plunged into darkness, illuminated only by angry streaks of lightning, each strike silhouetting the clubhouse against the surrounding...

Gary D’Amato, Author of the Book on Erin Hills Closes out the Jay’s Plays 2017 U.S. Open Preview

Gary D’Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the author of the definitive book on Erin Hills joined us on the Jay’s Plays Radio Show to finish up our U.S. Open preview for the Golf News Net. We talked the Erin Hills, broke down the chances for a number of players. We even got Tiger Woods in there too…for the last time this week, that’s...