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Masters, Open Championship to Allow LIV Golfers Who Qualify to Compete

Both the Masters and the Open Championship will permit LIV golfers who qualify for the tournaments to compete. The R&A and Augusta National both independently reached the same conclusion, a seemingly fair result as the fledgling LIV Tour seems more exhibition than competition at worst, at best a wtered down version of the PGA or DP World Tours. To that end...

Matthew Fitzpatrick Won the Trophy, The Country Club won the U.S. Open

BROOKLINE, MA – Ever since network television broadcast Ben Hogan bringing “the Monster” that was a Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-sharpened Oakland Hills South Course to its knees in the 1951 U.S. Open there has been one inescapable mantra: At a proper U.S. Open, the golf course is the star. Oakmont, Winged Foot, Pebble Beach, Pinehurst, Olympic Club – some courses...

Rough and Tumble – The Country Club Will Prove Stern test to World’s Best

BROOKLINE, MA – Who will win the 2022 U.S. Open? The golf viewing public, that’s who! The USGA continues to be at the vanguard of the Second Golden Age of Golf Course Architecture by once again bringing the National Championship to a venerable, celebrated golf architectural masterstroke. Indeed, ever since Mike Davis begain his graded rough experiment in 2006, we...

The Zen of Collin Morikawa at the PGA Championship

Watch out for the wunderkind…again. Collin Morikawa may have the best attitude of any of the reigning PGA Tour superstars. Here’s a kid – and I choose that word with precision, because 25 is still remarkably young for anyone, and because of the youthful exuberance Morikawa in particular exudes – here’s a kid who won the PGA Championship in his first...

Future U.S. Open Sites Through 2027

Here are the U.S. Open future sites from 2018-2027. See everyone from Winged Foot for the Anderson Memorial Fourball, followed by Shinnecock for the U.S. Open. 2018: Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – Southampton, N.Y. – June 14-17 2019: Pebble Beach Golf Links – Pebble Beach, Calif. – June 13-16 2020: Winged Foot Golf Club (West Course) –...

Shootout Turns Tepid – Big Names Surged to top of Leaderboard Friday, but No one Moved on Moving Day at PGA Championship

CHARLOTTE – After Friday evening fireworks sent the biggest names in golf skyrocketing up the leaderboard at the 99th PGA Championship, Quail Hollow Club has become strangely silent, the roars giving way instead to pained groans and polite golf claps. It was moving day, but nobody went all that far. After the excitement and energy that was so palpable as the sun...

USGA Announces Local Qualifying Sites for U.S. Open

From the USGA: A total of 114 local qualifiers will be conducted in 44 states and Canada for the 117th U.S. Open Championship, which will be contested June 15-18 at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. The 18-hole qualifiers are scheduled to take place from May 2-18. Those players who advance out of local qualifying will compete in sectional qualifying, which will be conducted...

Steve Czaban Skewers the Rio Olympics Course and it’s Potential Closing

Steve Czaban has this eye-opening expose on the graft, incompetence, and neglect plaguing the future of the Rio Olympics course. I remember telling certain golf architects that losing that bid would be a blessing, and that the guy who won would be sorry in the long run. And while it was fun for three weeks, it looks like that might be the extent of the course’s...

Golf News Net Runs my 2016 Masters Wrap-up

Congratulations to England’s Danny Willett on his Masters win. GNN has my recap here, while we’ll have Tony Dear back on the Jay’s Plays show to celebrate his correctly calling Willett to win.
And yes, Willett looks like Theon Greyjoy.

Jay’s Mailbag: Washington Public Golf a Secret the World Needs to Know

The mailbag has been full for the better part of four months, so I figure I better keep my promise to all of you and reply in print to some of the best questions. Here’s a letter from reader Alan in New Jersey: “Dear Jay: I want to visit or vacation in all 50 states, but I’m married. That means I have to save the vacation states like California, Hawaii, and...