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July, 2016

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Six

Jul. 25, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the Links Welcome, welcome, welcome to Hittin' the Links! Jhonny Vegas is your weekly PGA Tour winner, as he grinded out a victory at the Canadian Open at Glen Abbey, shooting a 64 on the final day. He got some help, as we'll see, from an ill-timed bladed bunker shot on the 72nd hole by Steve Wheatcroft.

We'll also look forward to the PGA Championship, get to know Beef Johnston, and whatever you do, do not click the fourth link. Just don't do it. All that, plus a new weekly segment for hole #9.

Let's hit the links.

The Events that Matter (and the 2016 Olympics)

Jul. 22, 2016     By     Comments (1)

Thrash TalkOne of the things I like best about Rory McIlroy is his candor during press conferences. He is open, honest, and says what is on his mind. I love it. It is such a contrast to the robotic answers that we got for so many years from Tiger Woods. At the British Open Rory's press conference was not only interesting, he lit the dang thing on fire.

The questioning was about his participation in the Olympics. Male golfers are dropping out at an alarming pace. Rory was not the first and he was not the last. In his initial statement he said he was dropping out because of the Zika virus. Almost everyone has cited the virus, or as Jordan Spieth calls it "health concerns" (we'll get to him later). But during his press conference he seemed to backtrack. He basically said Zika was one of many reasons. I think he had to do this because the Zika virus is a really weak excuse. As a reporter I could have easily asked him why if he was so concerned about the virus did he go to the Bahamas on vacation a location where reported cases of the Zika virus have been found. Or stay at his house in Florida where mosquitos have been found with the virus. The virus was not a legitimate excuse and he probably knew it. Then he went down a path I would have recommended he not go down.

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Five

Jul. 18, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hitting the LinksIt wasn't the Duel in the Sun, but it may have been the Battle in the Breezes, as Phil Mickelson shoots a final-round, final-pairing 65… and loses by three to Henrik Stenson's 63, with none other than Johnny Miller on the call.

TST Staff Predictions for the 2016 British Open

Jul. 14, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Thrash TalkIn my opinion Royal Troon is the perfect British Open golf course. It is a links course with a certain amount of holes where you can play well, and a some really really hard holes. I love watching the players play the postage stamp, just great viewing. Adding to this years event, many of the world's best golfers are playing really well and we have recipe for an outstanding event.

Royal Troon has a history of winners that is very interesting. For one Americans have won there since Arnold Palmer in 1962. There is not a clear reason for this, but it is an interesting fact. It also has a history of crowning some unsuspecting winners such as Todd Hamilton. So we are likely in for an interesting tournament. Let's see what the staff expects for this year's event.

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Four

Jul. 12, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the Links Hello SandTrappers! I am Jeff ... umm John ... umm Jamieson Wilson or something like that, and welcome to this week's Hittin' The Links. Today, we take a look backwards to the history of Royal Troon, get into some current rules and PR issues that the USGA is having, and look forward to next week's British Open.

All that plus Zach Johnson's last hurrah with the Claret Jug, shots fired from the International Golf Federation, and Good Guy Paul Goydos taking home a hefty check on the Champions Tour.

Let's get into it!

Volume Four Hundred Eighty-Three

Jul. 5, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the Links Dustin Johnson, he formerly of the 800-lb major championship gorilla, appears to be breaking through big time. With his most recent win, this time at Firestone, Johnson now has three WGC wins, and continues to move up the career wins list. Johnson's 11 PGA Tour wins look more and more impressive by the year as the PGA Tour searches for a dominant star player to fill the Tiger void.

On this week's Hittin' the Links, we take a look at DJ's win, JD's collapse, and more from this week on the PGA Tour. We also check in with Stacey Lewis, who has some opinions on the Olympics, take a look at the best food at the turn, and learn how to get a tee time at The Old Course.

Let's get to it!

What’s New and Notable

Jul. 2, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Bag DropNew releases on their way from Titleist, Srixon and Odyssey, plus a few items you can take advantage of right now.