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The Legend of Baggy Pants – Phil Mickelson Becomes Golf’s Oldest Major Champion

Quick! Someone get Stephen Spielberg on the line! Or if he’s not available James Cameron! It’s a blockbuster, I tell ya! Marvel Studios will need ten Avengers franchises to match it. Bill it as a sequel to Follow the Sun, that Ben Hogan movie. We can call it Over the Moon or The Legend of Baggy Pants or just The Greatest Golf Game Ever Played, but Phil Mickelson...

The Calm Before the Storm at Kiawah Island

Night has fallen at Kiawah Island, and an almost reverent hush has descended over the dunes. Gone is the hoopla, the circus, the whoop and crash. The course now belongs to the bobcats, the sea turtles, the rolling ocean and the inexorable breezes. Come tomorrow it will howl a hurricane…inside the ropes that is. Al the buzz is Phil Mickelson, who leads the 103rd PGA...

The Greatest Golf Courses of Pete and Alice Dye

Pete Dye counts about 80 golf courses in his lifetime repertoire, and at each and every one of them Pete was constantly on site – either actually living there (yes, even in far flung places like the Dominican Republic and Switzerland – or making regular visits from start to finish. Even Donald Ross and Alister Mackenzie sometimes offered golf courses advice by...

Remembering Pete and Alice Dye on the Occasion of a Course Hosting Their First Posthumous Major Championship

I had to hold back a teardrop or two as I wrote the ledes for my PGA Championship previews this year. This week’s tournament at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course marks the first time a Pete Dye designed course has hosted a major golf championship since the great man passed away in January of 2020. And although the golf world rejoices at our collective slow but, steady...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Pete Dye, PGA Championship, and Kiawah Island Article

Golf Course Trades just published my article on Pete Dye and Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course. Right on time! Enjoy the piece, everybody. From the article: “They bought the Kiawah land in 1988,” Pete told me, “and they looked at me, and I looked at the swamp they bought, and they said, ‘We’re gonna have the Ryder Cup here in two years!’ and I said, ‘Well you must...

The Roar-y Returns, McIlroy Seeks Another Major at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course

We were having a fine run-up to this, the 103rd PGA Championship, even before Rory McIlroy’s TaylorMade TP5x golf ball tumbled into the cup at the 72nd hole of the Quail Hollow Championship two weeks ago. Nearly all of golf’s young gun stars and marquis names had won since the turn of the year:  Bryson Dechambeau, Patrick Reed, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Brooks...

Twisting in the Wind – Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course Should Produce Mercurial Scoreboard

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – Dappled sunshine off the lapping ocean waves or a howling gale bending flagsticks to their near-breaking point? Which Kiawah Island Ocean Course will we see for the 2021 PGA Championship? The windless one that surrendered a winning score of 22-under to Colin Montgomerie at the 1997 World Cup (and Alex Cejka and Per-Ulrik Johansson shot 63 and 64...

Odds to Win the 2021 PGA Championship

We’ll be reporting all week with 2x daily reports starting Tuesday from the PGA Championship for Golf News Net. In the meantime, he are the odds to win the 2021 PGA at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course: Rory McIlroy +1000 10/1 Jon Rahm +1200 12/1 Justin Thomas +1200 12/1 Dustin Johnson +1200 12/1 Jordan Spieth +1400 14/1 Bryson DeChambeau +1400 14/1 Brooks...

Golf Course Trades Runs my Dye Fore at Casa de Campo Article

As usual, Golf Course Trades did a phenomenal job of laying out my article about Pete Dye’s other masterpiece at Casa de Campo – Dye Fore! Parts are a throwback to Seth Raynor and Charles Blair Macdonald, parts are clifftop excitement, and parts are puckish Pete Dye at his creative best. And wait till next month when Stephen Kay and Lester George talk...

2015 PGA Championship Preview – Whistling Straits set to Cap Phenomenal Major Championship Season

[Editor’s Note: This article also appeared at Golf News Net.] It was all set up so perfectly. Jordan Spieth, the kid with the iron will, the steely nerves, the Hogan stare, the Texas-tough pedigree, the Hollywood good looks, the smooth, savvy presence with the media, once-in-a-generation talent, and the aplomb to not let all the hullabaloo distract him from the...

It’s Friends Still Call it Sawgrass

[Author’s Note: Here’s an old favorite that never goes out of style…] It was 1978. Loud-plaid and big hair were fashionable, disco music battled KISS on your radio dial, and a peanut farmer who couldn’t keep the loyalty of his own Cabinet was President of the United States. Politically, America was gripped by a crisis of confidence and...

The 2013 Jazzy Awards – Best Courses – Pine Valley (Classic) Dye Fore at Casa de Campo (Modern)

Course of the Year (Classic Golden Age Division) – Pine Valley The Shangri-La of golf courses, Pine Valley appears out of the mists of history like a reverie, both figuratively and literally. Deep in a forested section of suburban New Jersey, you have to get lost to find it. Moreover, the moment you step on the property, you walk back 100 years in time. There is no...

La Romana Country Club at Casa de Campo – More Great Pete Dye in the Dominican Republic

[Editor’s Note: Happy Thanksgiving! We begin our yearly Jazzy Awards on Friday. (Three guesses who gets Sports Turkey of the Year Award and the first two don’t count! Hint: He’s a multiple Turkey award winner already!) One of the winners will be Casa de Campo’s tremendous Dye Fore, (Marina-Chavon nines), so to set the table for that...