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 »

Phil Mickelson wins, and right-handers still dominate the world

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It seems that I was wrong in my recent prediction that Retief Goosen would win the Masters. I stuck by him all weekend, and even until the back 9 on Sunday. I stuck by him even though one of the most intelligent people I know, Mr. Casey Beard, chose… more »

Sympathy for Barry Bonds: And I thought only golf could make someone look so dejected

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As Barry Bonds walked off of the field during the Giants' opening game yesterday, a fan threw something that resembled a syringe in his direction. Everyone is aware of the allegations surrounding Bonds, so I don't even need to describe the significance.… more »

Seven reasons Retief Goosen will win the Masters

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To find this year's Masters champion, look past Phil and both of his drivers, Tiger and his four green jackets, Vijay Singh and his practice routine, and Ernie Els and his 1000 runner-up finishes in majors. Retief Goosen will become the newest Masters ch… more »

The Golf Club at Cuscowilla: the best value in the Southeast

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Last week I shared the factors that I now take into consideration when I evaluate a golf course; today I begin my list of courses that have achieved a five-pirate ranking. I am just sticking with public courses, as nobody really benefits from hearing goo… more »

Part 2: Pinehurst 2,Whistling Straits- What really makes a golf course great for the average player?

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If you haven't read Part 1 of this piece, the following might not make a lot of sense to you. The first criterion on which I will use to judge a golf course are the aesthetics. It's pretty simple: if a course has mountains, marsh lands, oceans, or so… more »

Part 1: Pinehurst 2, Whistling Straits- what really makes a golf course great for the average player?

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When I first began playing a lot of golf my freshman year of college I was always eager to play a new course, especially one that had received a high rating in one of the premier golf publications. I took every chance I had to play these "great courses",… more »

Pete Dye's island green not even close to the best hole at the TPC Stadium Course

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It is impossible to watch coverage of The Players Championship without being drowned by discussion of the infamous 17th hole: we see what every player does on the hole; we hear about the hole even when the cameras are elsewhere; and I'd bet one of my fin… more »

Zebrahead lead singer Matty Lewis and others bring the fun to the golf course

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I had a day of golf on Saturday that reminded me again why I love the game so much. We were in Norfolk, Virginia for a wedding, and the father of the bride set up a scramble on Saturday morning at Sewells Point Golf Club. The leading group went off at 7:… more »

Titleist: The number one ball and the number one ad campaign in golf

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The money spent on golf advertising today is at an all-time high, and it is not going down anytime in the foreseeable future. What I often wonder is how the executives at certain companies can decide that some of these advertising campaigns are actually… more »

From Dye to Fazio, what's in a golf course's architect's name? Unfortunately everything

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I have recently come to the conclusion that course rankings are basically useless, because the factor that carries the most weight is without a doubt the architect's last name. Give Golf Digest or Golf Magazine a new course designed by Dye, Fazio, or Nic… more »

Tigers, alligators, and other bad ideas on the golf course

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Tigers, alligators, and bad ideas on the golf course Some people get really bad ideas when they're on the golf course. Tapping an alligator on the nose with a putter (I actually saw someone do this), giving Tiger extra motivation before a match against… more »

The luck of the Irish needed in WGC Accenture Match Play Championships

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At the Accenture Match Play Championships, the numbers (as in world rankings) can be thrown out the window. In a stroke play event, we can usually count a lot of players out from the beginning: maybe the course doesn't set up well for a player; maybe a… more »

Bomb threat (aka Rory Sabbatini) at Nissan Open on Sunday

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Rory Sabbatini is leading the Nissan Open going into Sunday's round; fortunately for us, we won't even need Tiger in contention to see fireworks, because our current leader is more likely to explode than any other player on tour. Sabbatini, who was alre… more »

Refreshing statistics from the Nissan Open

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The last decade in baseball will unfortunately go down in history as the "steroid era", as some players made the long ball their top priority, not only in playing careers, but in their personal lives. Over the last decade in golf, we have seen the same h… more »

Vijay Singh more likely to cry on the golf course than average man

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Recently, the Golf Channel released the results of a survey that said women are 19 times more likely than men to cry on the golf course. Apparently Vijay Singh was not asked to participate. Vijay's age must finally be catching up with him. Not only is… more »