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  • 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
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    The Future of Golf: How Golf Lost Its Way and How to Get It Back
    by Geoff Shackelford
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    Grounds for Golf: The History and Fundamentals of Golf Course Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
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    The Art of Golf Design
    by Michael Miller, Geoff Shackelford
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    Alister MacKenzie's Cypress Point Club
    by Geoff Shackelford
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    The Golden Age of Golf Design
    by Geoff Shackelford
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    The Good Doctor Returns: A Novel
    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
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    The Captain: George C. Thomas Jr. and His Golf Architecture
    by Geoff Shackelford
Current Reading
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    The Golf Book: Twenty Years of the Players, Shots, and Moments That Changed the Game
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    The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream
    by Dan Washburn
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    The Early Days of Pinehurst
    by Chris Buie
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    Arnie, Seve, and a Fleck of Golf History: Heroes, Underdogs, Courses, and Championships
    by Bill Fields
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    The Magnificent Masters: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf, and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta
    by Gil Capps
  • His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir
    by Dan Jenkins
  • Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    Golf Architecture in America: Its Strategy and Construction
    by Geo. C. Thomas
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    The Course Beautiful : A Collection of Original Articles and Photographs on Golf Course Design
    Treewolf Prod
  • Reminiscences Of The Links
    Reminiscences Of The Links
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast, Richard C. Wolffe, Robert S. Trebus, Stuart F. Wolffe
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    Gleanings from the Wayside
    by Albert Warren Tillinghast
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    Planet Golf USA: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses in America
    by Darius Oliver
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    Planet Golf: The Definitive Reference to Great Golf Courses Outside the United States of America
    by Darius Oliver
Writing And Videos

Golf is a funny game. It is also a tantalizing, frustrating, fascinating game. Tournament golf can be heroic or tragic, a play of forces in which players and spectators alike may experience drama equal to that on any stage. And in any kind of golf, pathetic and ludicrous situations may succeed one another with kaleidoscopic rapidity.  BOBBY JONES




Lawrie To Host New Euro Tour Match Play Event In Aberdeen

The Scotsman's Martin Dempster has the details on Paul Lawrie hosting a new European Tour event in his home city of Aberdeen during the week when the world's best are whapping it around dreary Firestone.

Murcar Links, which abuts Royal Aberdeen and has hosted professional events in the past, will be the site of the 64-player event featuring a €1 million purse. It's a straight up, single-elimination event which isn't ideal but any match play on a links livens up the schedule and provides a welcome alternative to watching golf at Firestone!

The tournament, named the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play, will be held at the Murcar Links Golf Club, on the outskirts of Lawrie’ hometown of Aberdeen, from July 30 to August 2, 2015.

Boasting a prize fund of €1 million, the tournament will see 64 of the leading players on The Race to Dubai play against each other in a straight knockout, match play contest.

Lawrie, a stalwart of The European Tour for the past 23 seasons, will host the tournament, with his 4 Sports & Entertainment management firm promoting the competition.

Murcar, by the way, has the narrowest entrance drive in golf.

Regarding Lawrie, I just finished the latest By The Minute Golf podcast featuring Lawrie and it's a tremendous listen. The former Open Champion talks about spectating at this year's Ryder Cup, playing with Bubba Watson at the Masters (and what a fast player he is), Monty, the past Ryder Cups he's played (he doesn't think Brookline was the travesty that others do) and more.

Definitely worth a listen.


Christina Kim On The Cusp Of Winning In Mexico City

She hasn't won since 2005 and many had assumed her best days where behind her, but win or lose Sunday Christina Kim's made a stunning comeback to be holding a five-stroke lead heading into the Mexico City finale.

Randall Mell at writes:

With a hot putter, Kim didn’t just hold off a stellar cast of challengers in the third round as she seeks to claim a wire-to-wire victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, she also pulled away from them. At 14-under 202, Kim is five shots ahead of Shanshan Feng (68) and six ahead of Azahara Munoz (71), So Yeon Ryu (69) and Pornanong Phatlum (71). Kim built on her one-shot lead through two rounds to secure the largest 54-hole lead on tour this season.

Kim, who played with Ochoa in her rookie years on the Symetra and LPGA tours, says she loves playing in Mexico in front of Ochoa this week.

“I've been really, thoroughly enjoying myself,” Kim said. “This is honestly one of my favorite countries on Earth. Between the tequila and the tacos and the guacamole, and just the wonderful mindset that the people have - they have such a lovely lifestyle – it’s just something that I really embrace.”

That's our Christina!

You can read about some of the demons she's dealt with and overcome to be back in this position on a tour dominated these days by teenagers. Stina Sternberg filed the story.


Rory's Dad, Caddy Are Dragged Into The Horizon Lawsuit

An unbylined Belfast Telegraph report says that Gerry McIlroy and caddie J.P. Fitzgerald are going to be dragged into their man's Horizon lawsuit by the defendants, ordered to produce documents of some kind.

Rory's lawyers found this to be a surprise.

McIlroy's counsel, Rossa Fanning, said his side was "very surprised" by the application by the sports company to see Gerry McIlroy's documents. He is not a party to the case.

The Co Down golfer's caddy, JP Fitzgerald, has also been ordered by the court to produce documents by the management company so it can defend Mr McIlroy's claim that an agreement he made is invalid.

Mr. Fitzgerald, did you or did you not scribble the words "ten percent max" on Mr. McIlroy's pin sheet at the HSBC Classic?


USGA Restores Championship Agronomist Job, Other Changes

Guy Cipriano reports on the revamped USGA Green Section that is now broken up into four regions and ends the role of various green section agronomists serving as the championship agronomist when one of the USGA's 13 events arrives.

They've also created a new "Course Consulting" director's role.

The USGA also promoted Darin Bevard and Chris Hartwiger to new positions. Bevard, a Mid-Atlantic Region agronomist since 1996, will serve as the director of championship agronomy, a newly created position within the Green Section. Bevard will be the lead agronomist for multiple major championships, including the U.S. Open. Hartwiger, a Southeast Region agronomist since 1995, will serve as the director of the Course Consulting Services. Hartwiger will work with Green Section agronomists on the development and dissemination of science-based and practical sustainable management practices to help golf courses.

“By having Chris dedicated to the Course Consulting Service, he will be able to focus on our efforts on the business operation of it as well as increasing the value of it,” Erusha said.


Bin Laden Shooter: Golf More Stressful Than Combat!

The Navy SEAL who took out Osama Bin Laden joked to a New York Post writer that “golf is more stressful than combat.”

Reporter Tara Palmeri says Rob O’Neill, the 38-year-old who recently outed himself as the “the Shooter” in the Seal Team Six raid of Bin Laden’s compound, was advised by a psychiatrist helping him with post combat issues to take up golf as a way to deal with stress.

“And that’s a bad idea,” O’Neill said with a  wink.  

Here’s guessing that just about all golfers will give O’Neill as many mulligans as he’d like.


Taylor Made CEO: "We’ve taken a responsibility start to make sure we flush this product through."

Ben Sharpe, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf CEO, discusses with CNBC's Dominic Chu his company's plan to attract more players to the game via new strategies and products.

He also addressed, indirectly, 2013's three-driver release mistake, the need for initiatives to grow the game (but makes no mention of the previously announced Taylor Made initiatives) and touches on inventory levels at places like Dick's Sporting Goods.

On the state of the game and business:

The whole industry has a responsibility to get people back into the sport, and certainly we will want to support a lot of those initiatives about how we can attract new golfers or retain golfers into the sport. The first thing we need to do is just start talking positively again. We’re talking about challenges in the golf industry and we’ve heard about those challenges over the last 12-18 months. Now, nobody wants to be around losers. Golf is a great sport. We have 20 million people playing it here in the United States. We have 50 million people playing it around the world. It is a healthy spot. Yes, can it get better. Yes it can. But what we want to do is make sure through our products and through our messaging, that we’re engaging people again so when they see us they want to go and pick up the game.

On changing the inventory level issues at places like Dick's.

That process has really started and it started before I took the seat in June. We were over-inventoried and it’s not just a Taylor Made issue, I think it’s a golf issue.  So one of the things we haven’t done through the course of this year is launch another product and put inventory on top of inventory. And we’ve taken a responsibility start to make sure we flush this product through. And we’re going to continue to do that for the balance of this year so when the new products that we have showcased this week come to market they’re doing it with the inventory in a lot better place than it was in 2014.

The full interview:


Putting The Gary Player Brand Building Blocks In Place

Daniel Roberts of interviews Marc Player about managing his legendary father's career and other topics, including his views on the effort (so far) to build the Rory McIlroy brand. Player explains how they go after more upscale hospitality experiences with Gary at the Masters and the touchy subject of what happens to the Player brand down the road.

From the interview, talking about whether "a company based around Gary Player outlast Gary Player’s life?"

So, who’s done it? You can argue Bobby Jones has done it. To a lesser degree Ben Hogan’s done it. But there aren’t a lot of people that are dead and gone whose brand, the essence of who they are, is alive and well. I think it is possible. I think if you put the brand building blocks in place, not unlike a Chanel or a Versace, you will be able to produce products and services that people will pay for even when he’s no longer alive. I think 20 years from now, 50 years from now, people will go into the Gary Player boutique and they will buy the apparel. They will buy the book on diet and health. They will buy the golf instruction video. If not, then it’s just, “Gary Player was a nice golfer, he built some nice golf courses, and he’s gone.”


Highlights From Geoff Ogilvy's Golf Digest My Shot

There's much to enjoy in the December 2014 Golf Digest, including the Johnny Manziel interview and Dan Jenkins finally getting his sit-down with Tiger (well...), but the icing comes in Geoff Ogilvy's as-told-to-Guy Yocom My Shot.

It's three online pages and a must read (I know you'll all cherish it in print as I did), but just in case or if you want to send this anonymously to your favorite sub-species of golf snob.

But before those, his thoughts on how he won at Winged Foot:

IT'S OBVIOUS that narrow driving zones, extreme length and dense grass don't suit me. I dislike them. So how did I win the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot on one of the most penal setups in golf? Well, nobody hit a lot of fairways. On a course that is supposed to reward pure ball-striking and tremendous driving accuracy, the opposite happened, more or less. I wound up lumped in with everyone else. The penal setups are how Phil Mickelson, far from a precision player, has finished runner-up six times. In 2006, it came down to who was best from 100 yards and in. For that week, it was me.

Loved this on short par-3s.

FROM THE BEGINNER TO RORY MCILROY, everyone loves super-short par 3s. Everyone loves the 106-yard seventh hole at Pebble Beach, or the par-3 Postage Stamp at Troon in Scotland. They're considered genius architecture. The question is, why aren't there more of them?

Ah because to get to 7,000 yards, or now, to 7,500 something has to give!

SPEAKING OF GOLF SNOBS, I've identified four sub-species so far. The first is The Membership Collector. He belongs to several clubs, all of them expensive, exclusive and always on the tip of his tongue. The second is The Traditionalist. He raves about 6,000-yard seaside courses (preferably in Scotland), plays them with wooden woods and insists golf was better before they invented the bunker rake. Then there's Mr. Big & New. Buys a new driver every six months, has 40 Scotty Cameron putters, drives brand-new cars to courses that are 7,500 yards. Loves huge clubhouses with wine cellars. Then there's The History Guy. That's me. Always talking about old players, old courses, the history of majors and so on. Knows not only about architects, but when and where they were born.

And let's not forget our favorite golf snob of all...

It's The Harder Is Better guy. The club member who comes up to me at a tour event and says, "Bet you guys thought it would be easy, eh? Nice to see it beat you up the way it beats us up." Oakmont members are like that. The faster, more impossible they can get the greens, the better they like it. Nice people, but I don't understand the mind-set.


Report: USGA Pace Of Play Summit Said To Be "Engaging"

That's what Bradley Klein says after sitting through two days of Far Hills presentations on pace of play.

Since the plans for a live, pay-per-view simulcast still haven't materialized, we'll have to take Klein's word. He included this in his report discussing the amazing difference in pace depending on the spacing of tee times:

Yates is working closely with a number of golf associations on expediting flow and reducing bottlenecks, in part through more relaxed starting times that are separated by as many as 11 minutes. The effort has led the LPGA this year to reduce its average playing time by 14 minutes, from 4:54 to 4:40.

Finally, it sounds like the USGA has begun to compile data related to pace and green speeds, and Klein drops one of the first hints via Twitter of the shocking (shocking!) findings:

Not in his story but certainly the buried news item of the day:

Maybe this will allow for a greater focus on meeting #2 of the non-traditional means task force with Mark King and Bode Miller? The world anxiously awaits.


IBM CEO Rometty Becomes Augusta's Third Female Member

Sam Weinman with the details revealing that IBM CEO Ginny Rometty is Augusta National's third female member following Condoleeza Rice and Darla Moore.

The reports also says Yahoo! founder Jerry Yang is now a member.

“She has a nice swing,” one member said. “She’s obviously got a big job so she doesn’t play much, but if she got to play, she’d be a pretty good golfer.”

Rometty was observed being congratulated by other members and seemed "a little nervous” in front of club chairman Billy Payne.

Aren't we all.


Mickelson-Manchester Pull Out Of Fairbanks Ranch Takeover

John Strege with the report you probably won't see in Doug Manchester's U-T San Diego, which first reported the planned takeover of Fairbanks Ranch by Phil Mickelson and Manchester.

From Strege's report:

“It was a mutual parting of the ways,” Jeff Woolson, managing director of the golf and resort group for CBRE, said Thursday. “They wanted to do a lot of things to the property, which required they go back and request a lease concession with the city. Members didn’t feel like they wanted to go down that road.”


Commissioner Finchem: "Everybody talks about playing faster; that doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

As Commissioner Moonbeam enters the final two years of his reign heading the PGA Tour, we've officially enter the weird phase where he randomly says things that remind you it's time to start spending more time counting his millions.

Rex Hoggard quotes the Commish talking about the oddity of Team USA's Ryder Cup foursomes woes even as they dominate in Presidents Cup foursomes. The talk turned to how nice it would be if more foursomes was played in the U.S., in part because rounds are faster when played that way (not to mention it serves as a great social round). Great stuff!

But then the Commish just couldn't leave well enough alone...

To Finchem, however, the endless quest to make the game faster – even at the highest levels where it took more than five hours last week to play a round at the WGC-HSBC Champions … in threesomes – is akin to making molehills out of mountains.

“If you go to Augusta or Pine Valley or Cypress Point and you’re playing with some single-digit handicaps how long does it take you to play? Four hours,” he answered. “If it’s 4:15 (hours) or 4:20, you’re going to worry about shaving 10 minutes off [a round]? It’s not a driving factor. Everybody talks about playing faster; that doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

This is true Commissioner, when you and your golf cronies play a once-in-a-lifetime course, why yes, you aren't in a hurry, but since that represents .01% of the rounds played in America, you have merely confirmed you've been in the bubble just a bit too long!

Couple this with his unspoken edict blocking your rules staff from issuing slow play penalties, and it really has become clear that Tim Finchem is the enemy of speeding up rounds.


When Tiger Put His Best Move On A Young Johnny Football

I went in with low expectations going in and came away pleasantly surprised by by Johnny Manziel's interview with Golf Digest's Craig Bestrom.

Besides an obvious love for the game, the Cleveland Browns backup QB talked about the time he tried to get his hero Tiger Woods' autograph. Naturally, the big guy game through with an epic tale of evading the dreaded youth of America who might, I don't know, take the autograph and worship it? Sell it on ebay?

Is the story true about Tiger disappointing you by refusing an autograph request?

[Laughs.] Yeah, that happened. My dad played in a member-guest at Isleworth every year with a friend, and we'd take our family vacation to Orlando. One day I ended up playing with a bunch of kids at the house of Thurman Thomas [Pro Football Hall of Famer], of all people. I think he was friends with some of our family friends. Somehow we heard that Tiger was out playing on a nearby course [The Golden Bear Club at Keene's Pointe], so another guy and I ran out there looking for him.

Were there other people out there watching him?

No, it was a really quiet day. Tiger was playing a practice round all by himself.

How old were you?

About 9 or 10. At that time, Derek Jeter and Tiger Woods were the biggest people in the sports world—in my sports world, anyway. We saw Tiger on the 16th hole and asked for his autograph, and he said to catch him right after the round. I was sitting about 100 yards from the 18th green, and he drove by in a cart and was pulling his hat really, really low. I remember him saying, "No autographs today."

Were you crushed?

I was really bitter about it for a day, but today I don't really think much of it. I'm sure there are stories about me, maybe not in the same fashion, but maybe someone has asked, "Hey, can I take a picture with you?" And I say, "Sure, I'm gonna use the restroom, and I'll be right back." Then, something comes up. If I ever run into Tiger at Nike or somewhere, it'll be a funny story.


"TopGolf Lights Up The Night"

Add Global Golf Post’s Steve Eubanks to the list of TopGolf believers after taking his 13-year-old daughter Liza to the location in Alpharetta and seeing what an alternative (successful) form of golf looks like.


TPC Scottsdale Gets A Coffin Bunker's Stephen Hennessey toured the TPC Scottsdale in advance of its re-opening November 15th following Tom Weiskopf's renovation and while most of the changes sound logical, I can't wait to see how the new "coffin" bunker works near the par-5 13th green.

It looks deep, goofy and penal. Perfect for eliciting PGA Tour player moaning!

And even better to learn of more nods to the Old Course in use.


Golfing Con Man Arrested After His Mother's Funeral

You may recall the viral story from a year ago when an aspiring mini-tour pro was supposedly dropped by his sponsor because of a bible verse on his bag and professed love for talk show host Glenn Beck.

The story was eaten up by The Blaze, an online publication devoted to socially conservative causes which, amazingly, still has the story posted even after Ryan Ballengee exposed Cochran as a serial con man who had made his way through golf in multiple states from Florida to Nebraska, including a stint at The Prairie Club.

Ballengee reports that nearly a year after the above mentioned incidents, Cochran was arrested after his mother's graveside service in Michigan.


Video: Wild Car Chases And SoCal Golf Courses

Nothing says Veteran's Day like...taking your high speed pursuit onto a golf course.

How the Palm Springs and Corona incidents actually ended up on the links isn't clear, but as I note on The Loop it was a busy day for law enforcement here and thankfully, all the officers involved went home safe. The minivan driver who had golfers scurrying at Eagle Glen Golf Course, was not so fortunate.

A new report from NBC 4 LA includes even more amazing footage shot by golf course employees capturing the sheer madness from the Eagle Glen golf course:


European 2016 Ryder Cup Captaincy Stakes: Miguel Angel's English, Darren Clarke's Unpredictability

While most of the world focuses on the American response to a Ryder Cup loss, the first signs that Europe has concerns about their lead driver options in 2016 is highlighted in a couple of recent stories.

Sergio Garcia is quoted by Bernie McGuire as suggesting the most interesting man's English is poor enough that communication issues could be an issue when serving as a Ryder Cup captain.

“Becoming captain is different. From the time you get appointed there is more than a year-and-a-half of activities, engagements, interviews and so on that a new captain has to deal with.

“So it is important that everyone he speaks to over that period understands exactly what he is saying because words can be misinterpreted.

"Being a Ryder Cup captain is being the spokesman for the Tour and its sponsors – and then when competition gets under way there’s so many speeches he will have to handle.”

It wasn't an issue for Jose Maria Olazabal, who not only didn't communicate well with his players and exhibited questionable sportsmanship judgement, but lived to tell about it and is considered to have been a fine captain.

Meanwhile, Fleet Street has been quick to declare Darren Clarke the overwhelming favorite for the 2016 captaincy decision early next year, but Brian Keogh files one of those columns that we'll look to in a few years if a Clarke captaincy turns out to be a mess. Asking the "real Darren Clarke to please stand up," Keogh writes:

Few golfers have shown as many personas to the world as Clarke - genial and fun-loving one moment, laughing and smiling with cigar in hand as the people’s favourite, only to be transformed into a walking volcano for the waiting press, a brooding presence whose mood varied depending on his score.

So who’s he real Darren Clarke? The bleach blonde amateur in the two-tone golf shoes? The cigar-chomping, beer drinking lad with the gut, beloved of the lads down at the pub? The widower, the hard-worker or the hothead? Or the thin, white-haired Duke of our TV screens during the recent Ryder Cup?

Keogh goes on to detail Clarke's revisionist take on former buddy Paul McGinley and what that says about Clarke.


Was George O'Grady's Step Down Actually An Ouster?

In his weekly Telegraph golf notes column, James Corrigan slaps the European Tour board chair for its pathetic send-off quote upon George O'Grady's decision to step down as Chief Executive.

Corrigan implies the stepping down was more like a shoving off.

The number of European Tour chairmen who should be embarrassed with his official response on the resignation of long-time chief executive, George O’Grady last week. David Williams’s statement basically consisted of thanking the Ulsterman and saying “George has played a key part in building global relationships and developing the Tour”. It was left to Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour commissioner, to afford a fitting send-off, declaring: “George’s true measure as a leader is reflected in the fact that he leaves The European Tour in a vastly better position than when he began his tenure.” Yes, he does. And even those who ousted him should be humble enough to recognise it.

Considering that O'Grady leaves the tour in about as healthy a condition as possible considering the state of European economy, with maybe only his Sergio Garcia slip up as a low point (I bet you forgot!), Corrigan appears spot on in highlighting the PGA Tour's more respectful send-off.

Williams began his board tenure just this January.


Finchem: Player Banned For Cheating An "Individual Thing" 

Whenever anyone accuses PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem of lacking a sense of humor, I will come to the man's defense. After all, who could be faced with a player suspension from a partnering golf association that will impact status on the PGA Tour's Tour, and claim what the Commish did?

From Doug Ferguson's story on the infancy of golf in China, where PGA Tour China leading money winner Xin-Ju Zhang was recently suspended six months for multiple scorecard incidents.

The one setback on PGA Tour China was the other Chinese winner — Zhang Xin-Ju, whom the CGA banned for six months after he was disqualified for the second time for turning in an incorrect scorecard. He is leading the money list on the PGA Tour China, though the ban means Zhang cannot play on any tour until the middle of March. The PGA Tour will not comment on whether it plans its own sanction.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem described it as an "individual thing" and said the topic did not come up in two days of meetings with Chinese golf officials.

Didn't come up in a meeting, therefore it's like it never happened! It's an individual thing!

Remind me again which country the Commissioner is based in? Communist China or the Land Of The Free?

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