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  • The 1997 Masters: My Story
    The 1997 Masters: My Story
    by Tiger Woods
  • The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    The First Major: The Inside Story of the 2016 Ryder Cup
    by John Feinstein
  • Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son
    by Kevin Cook
  • Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    Playing Through: Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
    by Jim Moriarty
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir (Anchor Sports)
    by Dan Jenkins
  • The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    The Captain Myth: The Ryder Cup and Sport's Great Leadership Delusion
    by Richard Gillis
  • The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    The Ryder Cup: Golf's Grandest Event – A Complete History
    by Martin Davis
  • Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    Harvey Penick: The Life and Wisdom of the Man Who Wrote the Book on Golf
    by Kevin Robbins
  • Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Art of Golf Design
    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
  • The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Lines of Charm: Brilliant and Irreverent Quotes, Notes, and Anecdotes from Golf's Golden Age Architects
    Sports Media Group
  • Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Golden Age of Golf Design
    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Masters of the Links: Essays on the Art of Golf and Course Design
    Sleeping Bear Press
  • The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    by Geoff Shackelford
  • The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford

Today, many are trying to obtain a temporary advantage by buying the latest far-flying ball on the market. It is often suggested that we have already got to the limit of flight of a golf ball. I do not believe it, as there is no limit to science. ALISTER MACKENZIE

  

Monday
Oct082012

Will Turkey Final Cash Grabbers Be Making Mandatory Frys.com Open Appearances In The Very Near Future?

Since this Turkey World "Final" was announced on short notice way back in July, I've been impressed how quickly players like Tiger transitioned from a possible Frys.com Open appearance to an overseas event requiring a PGA Tour release.

It sounds like the behind-closed-doors dealmaking has wrapped and Commissioner Anything For Tiger swung a deal, says John Huggan, who shares more about the 8-man, $5.2 million event starting Tuesday.

All eight have apparently undertaken to appear at least once over the next three years in the Frys.com Open, which (surprise, surprise) is taking place in California this week. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, as ever, has minimized the damage to his schedule and made the best of a situation where money was talking -- the eighth and last player here will collect $300,000, with the winner picking up $1.5 million -- and he was doomed to inevitable defeat.

Got to hand it to the Commish, he and the Oxford shirt brigade take a tricky situation and turn it into a positive, landing some huge draws (along with Charl Schwartzel), for the Frys.com event when it becomes the kick-off tournament to the PGA Tour's 2013 calendar year schedule.

Monday
Oct082012

Recreating The Match For The First Tee?

Josh Sens on the Tuesday fourball match at Cypress Point between Bubba Watston/Rickie Fowler and Davis Love/Fred Couples. It's preceded by the Monday First Tee fundraiser and dinner at Pebble Beach for the "whale" investors of the PGA Tour's beloved charity.

Like the match it's modeled on, Tuesday's homage has been kept hush-hush, but club insiders say the event was the brainchild of PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. The match is being staged as a thank you to the major donors to the First Tee.

It's for the children!

This being Cypress Point, don't expect large galleries to swarm the fairways when the match goes off at 9 a.m. Spectators will be limited to club employees and a small number of invited guests. In '56, Hogan and Nelson held off their challengers, one-up. But for anyone bent on wagering this time around, the smart money's on the youngsters.

But you can park nearby and walk the 17 Mile Drive and watch play on the first, 13th, 14th and 18th holes.

More importantly, will both teams break 60 if the weather is decent? All of the working out they've done will leave poor Cypress helpless if the wind doesn't blow.

Monday
Oct082012

Captain Love Second Guesses Those Two Awkward Sunday Hole Locations Chosen By Captain Love

I've wondered who was to blame for those two Sunday Ryder Cup hole locations on 17 and 18 at Medinah that were cut right with a right-to-left wind, making them hard to access by even the best shots.

Now we know the culprit thanks to Tim Rosaforte.

If Love could do it all over, what would he do?

"My second guesses were the pins at 17 and 18," he said. "They should have been left in the right to left wind. And that we put so much thought into a plan to win Friday and Saturday that we did not get across to the younger guys on the team the way to win in singles."

This would seem to take the PGA's Kerry Haigh or the on-site weatherman off the hook for what either seemed like a mistake or the product of an unexpected wind.

Monday
Oct082012

Turkish World Final Sounds Interesting, If You Get To See It

I found no Golf Channel listing for the 8-man cash grab in Turkey starting Tuesday and ending Friday.

Therefore, the event designed to bring more attention to the 2020 Olympic-hopeful nation will not have a U.S. television presence. But Sky Sports will carry the $5.2 million event in the UK and I was pleasantly surprised to see in this unbylined Sky report that it's match play. Sort of.

Joining McIlroy and Woods - the top two players in the world rankings - are England's Lee Westwood and Justin Rose, South African Charl Schwartzel and Americans Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan.

The format is medal match play (head-to-head matches with the lowest strokeplay score over 18 holes winning) and will feature two groups of four.

Each golfer will play three matches in the group stages, with the winners and runners up from each group advancing to the semi-finals. The winner of Group A will play the runner up of Group B and vice versa.

Sunday
Oct072012

McGinley Quiet On Ryder Cup Captaincy: "It's best if I just step away now and let things evolve."

For a long time the presumed favorite and still so with the bookies, Paul McGinley is going to go silent on the topic even as various well-known, full-bodied individuals plot their way to the job.

From an unbylined BBC report:

"My caddie is a wily old Scot and he has a great saying: 'whatever's for you, won't pass you by', so I'll just stand back and wait until January."

Sunday
Oct072012

Presidential Debate As Match Play

Thomas Friedman, well-known golf nut, in his Sunday New York Times column:

For weeks, Romney had performed so badly and had fallen so far behind in swing states that if this campaign were a Ryder Cup singles match, you’d have said the president felt he had the match in the bag with just a few holes left to play. So he did the worst thing you can do in match play golf: he started playing not to lose. He continued with an uninspired, vague and cautious campaign and just waited for Romney to keep hitting balls out of bounds. Romney, his back to the wall, had no choice but to start aggressively playing to win.

Sunday
Oct072012

Trump's Wind Farm Vista And International Golf Links To Get Its "Best In Europe" Hotel

Alistair Munro quotes The Donald as saying it'll be the best of its kind, etc...and that his previous vows to not build until the offshore windfarm situation is settled won't stop his lawyers from having a good year.

The celebrity businessman also warned he was planning a “massive lawsuit” in relation to the wind farm – which he claims would ruin the view for golfers at his course, which saw a lavish opening ceremony in July.

Mr Trump, who flew in by private jet to Aberdeen Airport, said: “I’m ready to build a hotel. It will be the best hotel in Scotland and one of the best hotels in Europe. Everybody wants to be near our course.”

By the way, for those of you wondering why Trump International didn't land the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open either of the next two years, heavily supported by the First Minister of Scotland, it's possible that The Donald's charm may have played a role with repeated quotes like this.

He said: “This will end up looking like a poor man’s Disney Land. We want to do something to help Scotland.

“We will fight it. We have good lawyers. There is a really terrible thing going on and it’s all because Alex Salmond has a death wish for Scotland.”

I have to say that considering the views, the sense of having landed in a remote location and the lack of smog, my sense was that the wind farm would be visible from the course. And not a pretty sight.

Sunday
Oct072012

Golf's Unsolved Mysteries Files: Why Does John Daly Keep Getting Sponsor Invites?

After his 63-86 in Las Vegas, the inevitable questions arose in the local papers that John Daly had given up during his round, prompting John Strege to solve a golf riddle right up there with why does anyone watch The Big Break?

Daly was nine shots better on Sunday, though a 77 is more fodder for the argument that he doesn't warrant the sponsor exemptions that continue unabated. The attraction is what, bad golf or bad behavior? He has finished in the top 10 only twice in the last seven years and has withdrawn from tournaments 12 times in the same period, while playing almost exclusively on the benevolence of sponsors.

Saturday
Oct062012

Long John's Back: Daly Goes 63-86 In Vegas

He had to pitch in for birdie on 17 to get that 86 too.

Golf Channel's Justin Timberlake Shriners' highlight package and post round interview.  Yes, he stayed for one. It's entertaining, though not as fun as Rymer putting the positive spin on the latest disaster.

Friday
Oct052012

Video: Balls Temporarily Out Of Bounds At St. Andrews

From today's European Tour telecast of the Dunhill Links Championship on Golf Channel.

Friday
Oct052012

Video: Michael Phelps Sinks Olympic Size Pool-Length Putt

Playing with Paul Casey at Kingsbarns in the Dunhill. From GolfChannel.com:

Friday
Oct052012

More Davis Love On Behind The Scenes Aftermath & Modifying Azinger's Pod System

I had the link open but didn't read Davis Love's transcript from Wednesday in Las Vegas. Guess I should have read it sooner...

You know, Sunday was not good; Monday was I think hard for a lot of our players.  We packed up and gradually everybody was leaving.  It was emotional saying good‑bye to most of the guys.  It was a little surreal.  Phil and Amy sat with (indiscernible) and I at the elevator.  They were the last ones to leave the ninth floor, and we sat there for a half an hour and I finally realized they just didn't want to leave.

They had a big airplane and were going home to see their kids, but didn't want to leave and it to be over.  I think that's how most of us felt.  It was hard not to get up Monday morning and put your team clothes on and go play again.

I think we're just sad it's over.  Obviously we're stunned by the loss, but I think the team really game came together.  You saw that Sunday afternoon the way they handled it, and I saw it all day Monday.  I just got a text from Dufner and Webb Simpson.  They're still pulling together.  I think that's the impressive thing.

About the four point Saturday night lead:

I think in the end, the enormity of it all‑‑ and it's all‑‑ we might have been better off tied.  Might have played better Sunday tied rather than trying to protect the lead.

In the end, I think Dustin Johnson said it best.  Everybody is feeling sorry for themselves and he says, Man, it's just golf.  They knocked in a bunch of putts and our lipped out.  There's nothing we can do about it.  You know, that really did sum it up.

And his picks...

Well, yeah, we could have picked Nick and Bill and Hunter and Rickie.  We could have picked a whole different four.  But, again, we had months and months of a plan that we talked to everybody on the team.  Everybody was involved.  We made some pairings really, really early.

My plan was we would never really play well the first two days.  We would always get behind.  We get behind the first segment.  We start trying too hard and get behind after one day and we start trying to play catchup.  We rely on singles.

The picks and pairings were made all based on my taking Paul Azinger's plan.  Once I got into who was making the team, it shrunk to two‑man teams rather than four‑man teams.

Eh em...pods, but go on.

I didn't have to do a whole lot of personality profiling because I knew the guys.  The Sunday lineup, if you go back and look at it, was based on the guys that played together and where we needed them in the lineup.

And the team was unified and on board with all of the captain's plans, just like the Europeans...

Our team agreed on everything we did.  Like Phil Mikelson and Tiger Woods, they know that they had to do what ultimately they agreed to do not what I told them to do.

I'm happy with the decision.  Now, I love Rickie Fowler and Bill Haas and Hunter Mahan Nick Watney.  They are the future of the Ryder Cup.

Sure, maybe they would have done better, but I love the team I had.  They gave it their all.  Most importantly, they represented their country on and off the golf course.