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Volume Four Hundred Forty-Seven

Aug. 24, 2015     By     Comments (1)

Hittin' the LinksIt seemed like it was going to be a fairy tale ending to the regular season for Tiger Woods. In second place after the third round, it just felt like Woods would finally break out of his slump and get his first win since 2013. Instead, a triple-bogey seven on number 11 was a fitting coda to Tiger's 2015 campaign. But the old Tiger just might maybe be back.

Another old guy, Freddy Couples shot 59… on Wednesday. And yet another won the Wyndham Championship. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Six

Aug. 17, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWith nine top 10s in majors over six years, Jason Day has been on a lot of short lists to finally win one. On Sunday, on the shores of Lake Michigan, it happened.

His final round showdown with Jordan Spieth was great theater, but Day's six-under 66 proved too much on this day for even the young Spieth who shot 68. The 2015 PGA Championship provided great story lines on a Dye course where birdies seemed about as likely as double bogeys (and where Dustin Johnson made a double-par eight on his opening hole Sunday).

Elsewhere, Brooke Henderson won the LPGA's Cambia Portland Classic in an eight-stroke romp. And Tiger Woods, who missed the cut at Whistling Straits, announced that he will play the Wyndham Championship in a bid to extend his season.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Five

Aug. 10, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWill he or won't he? All signs point to a return to play for Rory McIlroy next week just in time for the PGA Championship. He has a tee time with Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson. He's been posting photos and video of himself working out and hitting shots. Indications certainly favor Rory teeing it up Thursday, though he doesn't have to commit until his official tee time.

Even if the World No. 1's ankle won't let him play, the field will be plenty loaded with Speith, the two Johnson's, Mickelson, Furyk, Watson, Day, Garcia, and, yes, that Woods guy. Plus, oh, about 10 or 20 who could win without totally shocking us, and the rest of the field who we might be surprised to see win, but are fully capable of doing so including, if the stars align just right, the club pros.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Four

Aug. 3, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksTroy Merritt was the class of the Quicken Loans National this week. His 10-under 61 on Saturday followed by a 67 Sunday were three shots better than the nearest competitor. But his story wasn't the one that many fans were most interested in.

Tiger Woods was in contention after a 68-66 start. In fact, if you only considered Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Tiger Woods (T18, -8) looked an awful lot like his old self this week. Unfortunately, Saturday's round was a sloppy 74. But even in his struggles, there were flashes of the greatness that led us to first watch in awe when he played. The WGC field might be happy that he won't be at Firestone next week where he's won eight times.

Elsewhere, Inbee Park hit a major milestone at the Women's British Open and self-promotion master Donald Trump managed to not upstage the competition (at least not much). And the EuroTour was practicing for the Ryder and President's cups at the Paul Lawrie Match Play in Aberdeen. Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Robert Karlsson to claim the event and his third European Tour victory, becoming the youngest Asian player to reach that mark.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Three

Jul. 27, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksTwo players rode the momentum of their good play in the British Open to wins this week. Jason Day did not leave the big putt short this week, and beat a nation's hope. Danny Willett put together four solid rounds, including a 62, en route to his victory in Switzerland.

Jordan Spieth may have fell short in his Grand Slam campaign, but he did get a drink from the Claret Jug, anyway. Speaking of the jug, the "The Tiger Woods of Iowa," took his on the usual post-major media blitz.

Not a bad week in golf, unless your Robert Allenby. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-Two

Jul. 21, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThat was one wild final day of the Open Championship!

For much of the back nine, the likelihood of a 2015 grand slam seemed like a very long shot, indeed. Then, for a short time, it seemed like it was fated to happen. But the cell phones clicked and the ball spun back (like balls aren't supposed to in links golf) down into the depths of the Valley of Sin. Spieth was left with a difficult putt-chip up the steep ridge to make the playoff. His putt missed one-ball left of the cup.

Just like that, Jordan Spieth came up one shot short of keeping the dream of a modern grand slam alive.

Instead, a player that I never would have guessed to prevail on a links course birdied the first two playoff holes and then hung on through the last two to emerge victorious.

But what a spectacle the Old Course hosted this week... the wind blew, the rain fell, Tiger missed another major cut, Colin Montgomerie's son worked the scoreboard, Graham DeLaet's clubs got dusted, Tim Clark withdrew for an odd reason, DJ looked unbeatable and then he didn't, Watson said goodbye to the Open, no one wanted this birdie, Robson read the names for the playoff and hung up his microphone, the amateurs nearly stole the show, and finally there was a new Champion Golfer of the Year.

What a week! Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty-One

Jul. 13, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksSo should Jordan Spieth have played the John Deere Classic the week before he tries for the third leg of the Grand Slam at St. Andrews? When you go out and win, it's hard to second guess that decision.

Honestly, I think it was a wise decision on his part, the big winner's check not withstanding. By playing his way into Open Championship week, Spieth avoids having too much free time to think about it. Not to mention he avoids a number of extra pressers where he'd be asked what the Grand Slam would mean to him and does he think he can do it.

Are you stoked for the British Open? Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Forty

Jul. 6, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksIt was supposed to be a fairly quiet week in golf, but two scandal-sheet stories broke involving two of golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. What effect the stories will have on the players and their reputations remains to be seen. But honestly, Tiger's rep really can't get hurt all that much since he's already seen as a bad guy by many.

Speaking of Tiger, don't look now, but his game is starting to show signs of life. His bogey-free final round at the Greenbrier Classic was his first since 2013 and even the driver finally started finding fairways instead of OB, woods, and water hazards.

All in all, the place to be in the world of golf this week was the 18th hole at the Greenbrier Classic. If you don't know why already, read on. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Thirty-Nine

Jun. 29, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksDid anyone else find it ironic that the U.S. Senior Open, played in a state in the midst of a serious drought was played on a course that was green and relatively lush, while the U.S. Open in the rainy Pacific Northwest was 50 shades of brown? Go figure.

Speaking of the U.S. Open, there's still plenty to talk about. Did the USGA just go for a cash grab at the expense of the championship? Was the course a disgrace or is it a challenging American links?

Let's hit the links.

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