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The 2006 U.S. Open – The Long Hot Grind Begins

MAMARONECK, NY – The sign reads “Mamaroneck” but Welcome to The Long Hot Grind over Dark Bloody Ground.  U.S. Open week has arrived, where pars are the coin of the realm, birdies are an endangered species and double bogeys are ruthlessly doled out in fistfuls and stamped “paid in full” in the anguish of the contestants.              Mind you, that’s before we...

Jack Nicklaus’ Dirty bunkers and Steve Czaban’s Hole in one

Jack Nicklaus has obviously learned from his association with eminent architect Tom Doak. As you may know, the minimalist Doak and the normally flowery Nicklaus have collaborated on the highly anticipated and touted Sebonack Golf Club – a private design tucked neatly between The National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills and which asks over $575,000 as...

Frank Hannigan and Sabbatini v. Faldo

So Frank Hannigan writes an excellent article discussing exactly how much golf “coverage” has devolved with ESPN and NBC leading the charge. The article is here at Golf Observer. Hannigan, along with Phil Mushnick at the New York Post point out how vacuous and Tiger-philic golf commentators from ESPN through Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller have become at...

I disagree with George Peper, Pinehurst, Augusta not overrated

I have the greatest respect for George Peper and his excellent life long body of work. Every architecture expert I know has his book 500 greatest golf holes on his shelf. However, I read his Links Mag article where he says Pinehurst No. 2 and Augusta are 2 of the 10 most overrated courses on the planet. I respectfully dissent. I think he was being glib and pounding...

Great stories of the Masters: Ben Crenshaw in 1984

Geoff Shackelford once wrote in Grounds for Golf that temptation is the most important feature in a golf course. Temptation draws players in to try shots outside their comfort zone. Maybe the pressure of the situation or the need to make up some shots makes players overreach and either become heroes or zeroes. He’s right, as usual. Ben Crenshaw came to the par...

Phil Mickelson and family, it’s the March of the Penguins

Recently I endured a Hollywood director’s mind-numbing rant about how angry he was that “March of the Panguins” blew away pretty much everything last year at the box office. “I can’t uncerstand it” he moaned. “It had no production, no budget, no plot and one star, who never appeared on screen once!” How dare it! I...

AN OPEN LETTER TO DAVID DUVAL

AN OPEN LETTER TO DAVID DUVAL A lot of ink has been spilt and bandwidth absorbed chronicling the recent on-course tribulations of David Duval. Sure he has certainly carded some cringe-inducing scores and shouldered some searing, withering criticism. Sure he is a long way from the form that made him immortal back in the summer of 2001. Several folks have joked about...

ESPN DOES GOLF A SERIOUS DISSERVICE

I’ll get back to golf travel again next post, but I have congratulate ESPN again for keeping a perfect record – when it comes to golf, no one is more wrong, more loudly, more often. Robert Thompson from www.goingforthegreen.blogspot.com and I are lamenting the drivel that passed for analysis in today’s ESPN.com article that “Fact – Rowdy...