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Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Four

Apr. 18, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWith Masters weekend past, all of the major tours were in action this weekend giving the golf fan plenty to watch.

Jason Bohn returned to play for the first time since his heart attack, and made the cut; celebrities and those with deep pockets gathered in Myrtle Beach for the annual Monday After the Masters golf tournament/party; and those bitten by bad luck or bad play at Augusta licked their wounds while the media and fans pondered what it all means. And most importantly to me personally, Spring found the Midwest again and the golf was good!

Let's hit the links!

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Three

Apr. 11, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksFor seven straight rounds over two years, Jordan Spieth led the Masters. Then over less than 60 minutes, he dropped six strokes (and two balls into Rae's Creek). The safe play to #12 has always been the middle of that green, especially when playing with a lead on Sunday in the Masters. So did he really flare it that badly or was he shooting at the pin and wiped it?

Either way, an uncharacteristic series of mistakes by Jordan Spieth helped a charging Danny Willett emerge victorious for his first major and first win in the United States (he has four previous wins in Europe). Willett shot a bogey-free 5-under 67, that bested runners-up Spieth and Lee Westwood by three strokes. The last player to arrive in Augusta this year, Willett is a new father of less than two weeks, and the expected due date was to be Sunday, April 10. Right date, different coming out party.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-Two

Apr. 5, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksDespite the fact that it snowed here in Central Ohio this weekend, Spring has arrived. I know, because the Masters starts on Thursday.

The annual Drive, Chip, and Putt contest kicked off the week at Augusta National, giving us a first look for the year at those Georgia pines and beautifully manicured grounds. The anticipation is just going to build until those ceremonial tee shots fly Thursday morning.

The women held their first major of the year in California and the same teenager who won the last one picked up where she left off.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy-One

Mar. 28, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksAustin Country Club had a good showing at this week's WGC Dell Match Play. The short holes worked well in the format, and there were some ridiculously long downhill drives. As is typically the case with match play, big names fell at the hands of not so big names, but in the end the player on the hottest streak won.

We're two weeks out from the Masters. Just a quick stop in Houston to go before that annual rite of Spring tees off on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. Golf's big three are playing well, as are a number of other top names. It's going to be fun.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Seventy

Mar. 21, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksJordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler kind of stepped in it last week by not playing. For two guys who generally do all the right things, their absence (and that of other top Americans) at Bay Hill was noticeable. Yes, their schedules are very hectic and both have been doing quite a bit of traveling this year. Still, it's Arnie's week.

All tour players owe a great deal to Arnold Palmer for popularizing golf beyond the country club set, for trailblazing endorsement deals, and so much more. Unfortunately, the number of times left that he'll be there to shake the winner's hand as they come off the 18th is dwindling. This year he will sit out the ceremonial first drive at the Masters because he can no longer hit it like he wants to. American pros, find another week to get your rest in, this one belongs to the King.

Best t-shirt at Bay Hill? "Arnie for President, 2016." We could (and probably will) do worse.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Nine

Mar. 14, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThis week we set the clocks ahead, which means that spring and the core of the golf season are almost upon us.

Next week is the Arnold Palmer Classic, a week later the WGC Match Play, then the Houston Open follows, and then the one we're always waiting for. Major season begins with the Masters in four short weeks.

But first, the Valspar Championship frustrated tour pros all week and gave us the game's #1 pro getting beat by the game's #1 amateur. So that was pretty cool.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Eight

Mar. 12, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThe WGC Cadillac Championship turned out to be quite a spectacle. The Donald turned up on Sunday amid cheers and shouts of "small hands." A crowded and quality leader board led to a late charge on Sunday by the eventual winner. There were rules controversies, big numbers, and narrow escapes. What more could you ask for?

In the end, Adam Scott beat fellow countryman Steven Bowditch by 49 strokes. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Seven

Feb. 29, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksDoes anyone else remember that Adam Scott started out last year putting well with a short putter before returning to the security blanket of the broom? Well, now he's won with the regular-length flat stick and, barring a retreat on the rule by the USGA, there's no going back.

Sergio, Sergio, Sergio. You were supposed to be the new rival for Tiger, more than 16 years ago. And you're still allergic to Sunday? Bogey-bogey-birdie finishes don't often work out.

On the women's side of things, Lexi Thompson proved once again that when the flat stick cooperates, she is very, very hard to beat.

Next week, we get our first stop at a Trump property with the presidential candidate leading the GOP field in an election year. This should be weird.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Six

Feb. 22, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin the LinksBubba Watson won for the first time in 2016 this week, furthering the argument that he belongs with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy at the top of the golf world. This was Bubba's second win at Riviera, and came at the end of quite the busy week.

It was the opposite of a busy week for Tiger Woods, who is still unable to even hit chips after his third back surgery. It was reported that Tiger has had a setback in his rehab, though agent Mark Steinberg has issued a denial. Woods will also be the subject of an upcoming biography about his life and career.

In addition we'll touch on Jordan Spieth missing the cut, the LPGA Tour's dwindling ratings, and a big birthday for Happy Gilmore.

Let's hit the links.

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