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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...

Great Public Golf, Lambeau Field, Rock-n-Roll, World Class Museums are Among the Excellent Diversions for PGA Championship Fans

HAVEN, WI – “I once got my ass kicked in Wisconsin!” moaned Harold Ramis’s character in the movie Stripes. So did Dustin Johnson five years ago. (Metaphorically! Metaphorically!) But DJ did the A-K-ing today, getting some measure of revenge for his debacle five years ago at the finish. As we go to press, he leads the PGA Championship by one stroke over Sweden’s David...

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...

Pete Dye Day Trips: PGA Golf Club, Bulle Rock, Brickyard Crossing

You know you’ve got a great girlfriend when she turns to you and says, “I want to play a Pete Dye course!” That’s what my new girl did yesterday evening as she perused the yardage books and scorecards on my nightstand, and it made my day. But once I got over the elation of learning that my girl has serious golf street cred, I thought, where do...

Some of the Most Accurately Rated Courses in America

On a Monday night in October 2006 Arizona Cardinals head coach Denny Green cemented his legacy in sports infamy with a tirade for the ages. His Cards had just blown a gargantuan lead to the Chicago Bears, and in his post-game press conference, he raved like a madman: “The Bears are who we thought they were! They are who we thought they were!” he fumed in...

On the Course at Lawsonia (Links)

ON THE COURSE “Langford wasn’t obsessed with length, especially off the tee – I don’t think there is truly a “forced” carry off the tee on a Langford course,” notes Phil McDade. “The tee shot merely introduces you to the hole. Yes, you can choose either the tiger’s line off the tee or tack your way around the golf course safely, but it’s the second shot into those...

Pete and Alica Dye, Ron Forse on Langford and Raynor, Lawsonia

Thankfully, the Links Course survived its early, troubled history largely intact. I say thankfully because, the design of the course closely resembles the work of perhaps the most revered and important bloodline in golf architecture: C.B. Macdonald, Seth Raynor, and Charles Banks. Several startling coincidences lead many golf architects and architecture experts to...

What a Stupid he was – Dustin Johnson Channels Roberto DiVicenzo

Here by the sea and sand Nothing ever goes as planned… — The Who — HAVEN, WI – Not to take anything away from Germany’s Martin Kaymer, a worthy champion and a great rising star, but we’ll forever remember the defining moment of the 2010 PGA Championship as Dustin Johnson’s careless mistake grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole which cost him a...

What did I say about a 3 shot lead is the worst you can have??!!

I wrote it here at Cybergolf. Watney channels his inner Retief, Dustin at Pebble, blows 3 shot lead. We are tied at the PGA. Meanwhile, that’s my fave piece of the week so far. From the article: “Tonight, Watney sleeps on a three-shot lead, but that may be the most unsafe margin in golf. Retief Goosen was in a similar situation in the 2005 U.S. Open at...

New Article on Cybergolf – Potpourri on Leaderboard after Friday Night

Man, it is brutal covering a tournament that goes start, stop, start, stop. They started the third round with the lowest scores teeing off last on tee 1, and the highest scores teeing off last on tee 10. Those in the middle tee off in between. Got it. Phil and Tiger are on the course as we speak. Meanwhile Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh made moves to finish at 6-under and...

Surf Wisconsin – How to Ride the Turbulent Holes at Whistling Straits

HAVEN, WI – You can score anywhere from 68 to 78 at the topsy-turvy Straits Course at Whistling Straits. In benign conditions and softened by the season-long rains, 87 players finished under par yesterday. When the wind howls off Lake Michigan however, the course is fearsome. In 2004 Vijay Singh won the PGA Championship with the highest closing round in tournament...