My Top 10 Pete Dye Golf Courses

These Great Layouts Show The Master At His Best
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The death of Pete Dye leaves a huge crater in the golf design firmament. It will never be filled, no matter how many metric tons of earth top names like Gil Hanse, Tom Doak and Bill Coore – great architects all – move to fill it. For one thing, Mr. Dye made his own memorable Read more…

Australia Fires Affect Golf, Too

Global Climate Change Threatens The Game
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The ongoing tragedy of the Australia fires – bushfires, rather – is the biggest worldwide story of the first days of 2020, at least on the environmental and humanitarian fronts. Even on the golf front. Think about where the blazes are most acutely savaging the continent: South Wales (home to Sydney, its largest city, and Read more…

Our Presidents Cup Predictions

Can Tiger’s Team Leave Reed Scandal Behind?

The Presidents Cup has always suffered second-rate status in comparison to its much older match-play cousin, the Ryder Cup. It’ll probably always be that way. But thanks to several tasty story lines, this biennial edition, played out Dec. 12-15 (Dec. 11-14 in the U.S.) on the stately Sand Belt stretches of Royal Melbourne in southern Read more…

PGA Tour Golf Shorts Are Long Overdue

The Heat Is On, And We’re With Sergio On This One
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Hey PGA Tour, get a grip on facts: The time for allowing golf shorts in competition has come. The LPGA has allowed women to don cooler garb between the ropes for years, and the gals have warmed (or, in a way cooled) to the idea in big numbers. In fact, I can’t think of one Read more…

A Five-Course Golf Thanksgiving Meal

What To Savor In The Greatest Game

What are you cooking up this Golf Thanksgiving? A quick pre-feast nine, perhaps? A Black Friday family round to escape the shopping throng? An, “OK, what the hell” Black Friday golf shopping spree, either in person (good luck!) or online? A golf movie marathon digestif, starting with “Tin Cup,” rolling through “Happy Gilmore” and “The Read more…

It’s Time For A Standard Tour Ball

Pro’s Pitiful Penalty Is Proof Positive
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After spending most of yet another NFL Sunday lamenting the glut of holding penalties that make today’s game all but unwatchable, I came across this story from last weekend’s Mayakoba Golf Classic, when yet another stupid golf penalty reared its ugly head. To recap: Tour vet Russell Henley pulled the wrong golf ball brand out Read more…

Put ‘Youth On Course’ And Bid On Great Golf

Online Auction Helps Grow The Game

The big catch phrase among golf cognoscenti year to year is “growing the game.” To me that doesn’t mean bulking up the bottom line, though that’s a plus. Nor does it mean expanding the PGA Tour to every corner of the globe. It means getting kids on the links in any way possible—and giving them Read more…

PGA Tour On-Course Wagering? Bring It!

When PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan recently announced that the Tour would allow on-course wagering during the 2020 season, I had two thoughts. One: It’s about time. Two: The U.K. and Ireland are saying, “What’s the big deal?” Across the pond, allowing licensed, regulated sports betting companies like Ladbroke’s or Paddy’s to set up shop Read more…

Tiger Clears Final Hurdle For Best-Ever Status

Japan Win Sets Stage For Stellar 2020
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At the inaugural Zozo Championship in Chiba, Japan—more than 5,000 miles from Las Vegas in my home state of Nevada, where he notched his first win as a pro in 1996—Tiger Woods just bagged official PGA Tour win No. 82 a couple months shy of his 44th birthday, tying Sam Snead for the all-time record. Read more…

Tommy Morrissey: One Arm, Big Golf Dreams

This 8-Year Old Has Game We Can All Learn From

Kids like Tommy Morrissey, who was recently featured on NBC Nightly News, will give any golfer reason to just keep on going, no matter what. Don’t tell this 8-year-old phenom, who just happened to be born without most of his right arm, that he can’t compete at the highest level. That’s his long-term goal and Read more…