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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.

Volume Four Hundred Five

Sep. 29, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksIt's all over in Scotland. Now the hand-wringing and Monday-morning captaining begin for the U.S.

The U.S. team managed a Saturday morning rally, but the Euros answered in Foursomes that afternoon and took a 10-6 lead into the Sunday singles matches. The Americans will have two years to sort out why the Euros have won eight of the last 10 contests. The series will reconvene in 2016 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota

Volume Four Hundred Four

Sep. 23, 2014     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWhat a week Billy Horschel had! Just days after winning the TOUR Championship and FedExCup, he sent this tweet:

I'm thinking not very many people have ever had a better week.

The PGA Tour had the weekend off, but there was still plenty of golf news. Not to mention, it's Ryder Cup Week! The U.S.A. and Euro teams don't tee off until Friday, but until then, let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Three

Sep. 15, 2014     By     Comments (3)

Hittin' the LinksThe 2013-14 PGA Tour season gave us Tiger Woods getting injured, having surgery, and getting injured again. Phil Mickelson failed to win for the first time since 2003. It saw the return of Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson to prominence. Rory McIlroy (re)claimed the number one ranking in the world, both literally in terms of the OWGR and in the minds of fans everywhere. After the PGA Championship, there is little doubt that he is the best golfer on the planet. Then again, after the past few weeks, maybe we were asking the wrong question. Instead of wondering who will be next to rival Tiger Woods, maybe we should be wondering how good a McIlroy-Horschel rivalry can be.

In addition to the wrap up of the PGA Tour, this week also the official end of major season, as the LPGA's Evian Championship concluded in France. The week after next, the U.S. and European squads will go head to head at Gleneagles for the 2014 Ryder Cup. Until then, let's hit the links.

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