Move Rick Reilly's "Shanks for Nothing" golf book to the top of your reading list

"When I really wanted someone to look at my swing, I always asked a blind guy." -Shanks for Nothing, page 46 Rick Reilly, Sport Illustrated writer and recipient of the National Sportswriter of the year ten separate times recently released Shanks f… more »

Forget David Leadbetter: Golf instruction has regressed in the last 50 years

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Golf instruction, especially that offered by celebrity instructors such as David Leadbetter, is very different than it used to be, and the average weekend hack is suffering as a result. Sadly, he doesn't even know it. Every time I open Golf Digest or… more »

Tiger Woods makes first appearance since father's death

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Tiger Woods has made his return to the PGA schedule this weekend, following an extended break during which he was learning to cope with the recent loss of his father. Over the past two months, Woods only played two U.S. Open practice rounds on Thursday,… more »

Playing golf in Hilton Head? Make Old South a priority

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina is known for its golf, but in order to play Harbor Town, Palmetto Dunes, or even the lesser-known Sea Pines courses (Ocean and Sea Marsh), you had better be prepared to spend, as Kiel Christianson often relates, betwee… more »

Dear America: You can't have it both ways.......Sincerely, Phil Mickelson

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This morning on ESPN radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning, host Mike Greenberg remarked that this U.S. Open would be remembered more for Mickelson's stumble than for Ogilvy's win. Unfortunately, Greenberg is probably correct. Everyone will spend the next… more »

John Daly, Ricky Williams, and myself: More similarities than I ever realized

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We all know that golf is an addicting game, and we have all wasted numerous hours, usually to no avail, trying to improve. We watch the Golf Channel;we look at our club position in the mirror; and we read Golf Digest. Some of us even read golf blogs, h… more »

Cheesy Michelle Wie updates at

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If you're dying to know the details of Michelle Wie's every shot, is doing constant updates of the qualifying at Canoe Brook. Through the first seven holes, the updates have already included the descriptions "pipes drive down middle… more »

The Memorial-Jack Nicklaus ignored by men of Augusta National, but he controls Muirfield Village

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In the past few years the all-time leader in major wins has become quite vocal about the changes in Augusta National, and called for the USGA to change the golf ball rather than ruining wonderful golf courses. So far, Nicklaus has basically been ignored.… more »

Darren Clarke at the Nissan Irish Open: Golf Karma for life

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On Monday at the Nissan Irish Open, Darren Clarke received credit for basically taking a penalty stroke when he didn't really need to. Obviously Clarke deserves all of the praise being showered upon him for serving as a rules official and showing the int… more »

The Callaway HX Pearl- Because it takes a real man to play a ladies' ball

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I'm always experimenting with new golf balls, primarily because I am so inconsistent that I convince myself that the ball actually has something to do with my play. So, I try a new brand and come to find out that the problem is more often with my swing t… more »

Racism blamed for Barry Bonds' problems: Tiger Woods must be the next target

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I have been a huge baseball fan ever since I can remember. I not only loved going to Braves' games as a kid, I loved learning about the ghosts of baseball's past. It intrigued me to hear stories about Babe Ruth calling his shot; I thought it was facinati… more »

Jim Furyk, Jim Thorpe, and Retief Goosen: The golf gods' master plan

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Today, Sunday, May the 7th is a day that the golfing gods meddled with human events to fulfill their own needs. As I've written before, the amateur game is far more significant than the PGA tour, and the amateur player is far more important in the scheme… more »

Indianapolis Golf at its best: Purgatory Golf Club earns highest honors

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It's been a while since the last five-pirate course was revealed, but the next course is worth the wait. Kiel Christianson of had it exactly right in his March article: One of the most unknown and under-appreciated golf destinations in… more »

The NFL Draft: A perfect solution to U.S. Ryder Cup struggles

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This weekend's upcoming NFL Draft has turned into an event that is almost as anticipated as the NFL season itself. From the beginning of the college football season in September, the discussion and debates begin over who should be the first pick once Apr… more »

Tobacco Road Golf Club in Sanford: The must-play course in the Pinehurst area

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The second course that has achieved a five-pirate ranking is located in Sanford, North Carolina, and is different than any other course that will make this list. Tobacco Road, a Mike Stranz design, has absolutely nothing that could be considered comm… more »