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Volume Four Hundred Fourteen

Dec. 8, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksIn golf last week, there seemed to only be one story. In case you missed it, Tiger Woods made his first start in four months at his own Hero World Challenge. From his new (old) swing to his chipping woes and gastrointestinal distress, coverage of Woods was everywhere.

Tiger's play was less than stellar, shooting a dismal +5 at his old home course on Thursday. He spent a good part of Saturday throwing up on the course. Despite running a triple-digit temperature, he managed a 69 on Saturday, which turned out to be his best round of the week. (Apparently, a wounded Tiger really is more dangerous.) For the week, Woods shot 77-70-69-72 and finished at even par. Ever the gracious host, Tiger was T-17 in the 18-player field.

There's no fighting the Tiger mania. So this week, let's hit the all-Tiger, all-the-time links.

Volume Four Hundred Thirteen

Dec. 1, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThere's just one month left of 2014, and means that while those in the southern climes are entering the prime of their golf season, those of us in the North are facing a harsh reality. In the northern latitudes, there's no denying that golf season is just about at its end (despite the fact that many of us in Central Ohio played in shorts on the last day of November). As the Starks would say on Game of Thrones, "Winter is coming."

But we're not quite done with competitive golf, yet. Tiger returns next week at the Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. It will be interesting to see if he can play pain free, and if he can play more like the Tiger of old than we've seen thus far in 2014.

So while we still can this year, let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Twelve

Nov. 24, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThe last of the tour championships took place this week as the LPGA and European PGA Tours wrapped things up for 2014. That means all of the major tours are back on the same year again. Despite what the calendar reads, it's 2015 in golf.

2014 in the golf world is definitely winding down. The snow birds are flying south to warmer climes and greener fairways. On the PGA TOUR, there are no more FedEx Cup points up for grab until January, though we still have Tiger's event and the Franklin Templeton Shootout to look forward to. The Champions Tour has the father-son event in December, while the LPGA is off until late January. But never fear, the Euro Tour just keeps plugging along with its South Africa swing in December.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Eleven

Nov. 18, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksAnother tour is about to wrap up its season, and everyone else seems to be in Mexico suddenly. That's probably not a bad idea with the cold wave that hit the U.S. this week. There's more strange news involving the PGA TOUR's self-imposed exile Dustin Johnson. Ian Poulter's putter failed him big time. And there's a golf cart that will let you break 100 mph, if you need to do that.

But the big news this week is that the man who was instrumental in desegregating professional golf in the U.S. got some well deserved recognition for his courage and contributions to the game. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Ten

Nov. 3, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksIt was quite a week in golf. Ted Bishop used his new-found free time to go on an apology tour and got in a few snipes at Phil Mickelson in the process. Ian Poulter, for his part, just got on with the business of selling his autobiography. Meanwhile, Tom Watson offered up a few golf tips via his Twitter account.

One of golf's most famous trees was lost. All of the major tours were active, most of them in Asia. The Fall equipment launches carried on with a surplus of hype. And His Airness pronounced judgment on the President's game and put a youngster in his place.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Nine

Oct. 27, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksIs it just me, or is Ian Poulter becoming the Colin Montgomerie of the twenty-teens? Unlike Monty, Poults plays the PGA TOUR more at this part of his career than he does the European Tour, but his two PGA TOUR wins pale compared with his 13 in Europe. Like Monty, he seems to be a lightning rod for American (at least) ire. While not entirely his fault, he does manage to fan the flames from time to time: "…I know I haven't played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger." Suffice it to say, controversy seems to swirl around his heavily-producted hair. His latest is a spat with the president of the PGA. Be nice to Ian? Nah. What fun would that be?

Poulter's annoying nature aside. Ted Bishop should know better than to try to demean another man by calling him a "little girl." Call him childish, sure, no harm. But as soon as Bishop used the opposite sex as a put down, he dishonored women everywhere. The PGA of America quickly lopped the last two months off his term as president. Now we Americans can just blame Bishop for the Ryder Cup and feel better about ourselves.

And they are actually playing golf this week, too. Three weeks into the PGA TOUR season, Robert Streb leads the FedEx Cup standings just ahead of Ben Martin and Sang-Moon Bae. How did that happen, you ask. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Eight

Oct. 23, 2014     By     Comments (1)

Hittin' the LinksAh, Fall golf. When watching the tour wrap up show will leave you wondering, "Who the heck is Ben Martin?"

Fall is a season for fast starts. With the new wrap around season on the PGA TOUR, new players to the tour and those who have yet to break through have a great opportunity to make some money and jump start their 2015. Just ask Jimmy Walker how that works.

Breaking News as we go to press: Tiger Woods is taking full swings again, and the U.S. is still not quite sure what to do about Ryder Cup performances.

There's plenty to talk about. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seven

Oct. 14, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksAt long last, the PGA TOUR Season is underway. I don't know about you, but that three-week layoff seemed like an eternity to me, even with the Ryder Cup wedged in there.

Speaking of the Ryder Cup, it remains a hot topic in golf. Paul Azinger was first rumored to be part of the Ryder Cup task force with Phil, Tiger, and Rickie, but now says he will not be on it. He is still the smart money bet to captain the next U.S. Team. Of course, there are just under 720 days to go until the first matches tee off. It's about time for the hype to begin.

For now, let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Six

Oct. 7, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThe Ryder Cup blame game continued all week, as well as attempts to quench the fire. Look for changes to the process next time around, whether or not the blame ultimately falls with the captain or the players.

Speaking of which, the qualifying process begins this week for the 2016 Ryder Cup as the 2014/15 PGA TOUR gets underway with the Frys.com Open in Napa, California. It's also the start of the 2015 FedExCup chase. Lots of Web.com Tour graduates will use their newly minted Tour cards to join the field with others looking for a fast start on next year.

Silly Season is no more. Let's hit the links.

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