Golf Talk [Episode 029]

Congratulations to Annika Sorenstam, the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open champion. Talk of this and more in this episode.

PodcastAnnika Sorenstam needed 90 holes to do it, but she wins the U.S. Women’s Open. This week, talk of Annika’s win, Geoff Ogilvy on distance, Greg Norman’s advice, Carolyn Bivens’ reign of terror, the flaws of the FedExCup and Ryder Cup, Seve on the U.S. Open, and two chips by Jeong Jang. Tune in to this episode of Golf Talk for more.

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Nine Holes at The Open Championship

With enough history to compete with every other event in golf, The Open Championship is one of the greatest events of the year.

ProFilesThe Open Championship at Hoylake is less than two weeks away and I can hardly contain my excitement for golf’s oldest and grandest stage. Some of golf’s greatest champions (Vardon, Jones, Hogan, Palmer, Nicklaus, Woods) have won The Open and I’m looking forward to seeing which winner will be revealed in 2006.

Join me on a quick nine as I explore The Open Championship…

Bunker’s Dozen: July 2006

Major championships shake the foundation for this month’s Bunker’s Dozen!

Thrash TalkThe month of June was much better than May when it comes to quality golf. The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour held their respective second major championships of the season in June, and both came down to the last shot. They left impressions on the golf world and the Bunker’s Dozen.

Will Lefty’s collapse at the 72nd hole at Winged Foot hurt his ranking? Was Geoff Ogilvy’s U.S. Open win enough to vault him to the top spot? Also, what effect did the LPGA’s second major have on the list? These questions and more will be answered in the latest edition of the Bunker’s Dozen. I hope you all enjoy!

Print Style Sheet Added

It’s now a lot easier to print articles here at The Sand Trap.

Site NewsThanks to the (not-so-) modern miracle of cascading style sheets (CSS), today we’re introducing a long overdue feature here at The Sand Trap: printer-specific style sheets for cleaner prints.

Any browser capable of understanding media directives can take advantage of this new functionality. Simply choose “Print” in your browser – be it Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc. – and a cleaner version of the article you’re currently viewing will print.

By “cleaner” we mean without the background, the right-hand column, the tabs or images at the top, and with all links written out (because, unfortunately, you can’t click links on a piece of paper).

Give it a try – we think you’ll like it. Just print normally in your browser. If you’re the cautious type, check the print preview.

2006 Cialis Western Open Preview

One of the longest-running PGA Tour events returns to the Dubsdread Course at Cog Hill this year. The question remains: Who will be lower, Tiger or Phil?

Western LogoFew PGA tournaments have as storied a past as the “Cialis” Western Open. This tournament, in one form or another, has been played since 1899 when Willie Smith beat Laurie Auchterlonie (of St. Andrews descent) in extra holes. The Western Open has been played in many places since its debut, including sites as far from Chicago (the hometown of the tournament) as Texas, Pennsylvania, and California.

The FedExCup: Failure from the Start?

The 2007 FedExCup details are now known, and all they’ve done is firm my belief that it will be a massive failure.

FedExCupAs I write this, a ticker at informs me that I have but 184 days, 1 hour, 22 minutes, and four seconds until the start of the 2007 PGA Tour season and, by implication, the beginning of a “New Era” in golf – the FedExCup.

Earlier this week, Tim Finchem laid out the rules, points distributions, and the other mundane details of what will certainly become the most mundane “playoff” system in all of modern sport. It is, after all, the only playoff system in which nobody is eliminated and which accepts participants who won’t even be in the league the following season.

The announcement has stirred the pot of discussion, and though everyone from John Hawkins to us here at The Sand Trap has an opinion, I’ve yet to see one supporting the plan.