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Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Five

Feb. 15, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the Links
The AT&T National Pro-Am pulled a coup this year by getting six of the world's top 10 players to tee it up with celebs and business types. It's cool to see the players relaxed and having fun, but the real show at Pebble Beach is usually the scenery and the celebrities. But this year, it also managed to produce a suspenseful finish.

Next week, it's Jordan vs. Rory at Riviera, as McIlroy makes his first U.S. start of the year. Just one more stop on the West Coast Swing and then it's on to Florida.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Four

Feb. 8, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksRickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama conspired to create marital discord in my house. See, I was under strict orders to record Lady Gaga singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. While I remembered to set the DVR to record the Super Bowl, I was caught up in the sudden death action in the desert and wasn't watching what was happening in San Franscisco.

Suffice it to say, Ms. Gaga began right about 6:29, and the DVR started to record at 6:30. Oops! "I got part of it for you, Honey." Oh well, that's what YouTube is for.

So, did you miss Denver's fast start in the Super Bowl, or did you miss the Rickie vs. Hideki showdown? It was a tough choice.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Three

Feb. 2, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksWith the women back in action this week at the LPGA's Pure Silk Classic in the Bahamas we can officially say that all of the major tours are back in action. Paradise Island also saw what's believed to be the first par-4 ace in the tour's history.

The annual drool-fest in Orlando took place last week as the golf industry rolled out its newest products that will soon be turning up in a pro shop near you.

But the weather at the Farmers Championship and its effect on the players was the highlight of the week. Trees were down all over the course as play resumed on Monday, but scores were up.

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-Two

Jan. 25, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksSeveral of golf's current stars gathered for a showdown in the desert. But it wasn't in Palm Springs.

The Abu Dhabi Championship is one of the few weeks during the year when the European Tour unequivocally overshadows the PGA Tour. It all started with Tiger getting an early start on his season (and a big appearance fee). This year's field included eight major winners and four of the top six in the OWGR. Not too bad for January.

It's going to be an interesting year. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty-One

Jan. 19, 2016     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksFor the second full week of January, it was sure a busy golf calendar.

The PGA Tour went full field for the first time in the shadow of the "Big W."The European Tour split up to play the EurAsian Cup (yawn) and the Joburg Open (yaw..., oh look a monkey!). There was the new Latin American Amateur Championship, thanks to the Masters, the USGA and the R&A, contested for the first time at the Teeth of the Dog in the Dominican Republic. And if that weren't enough, Mardy Fish handily beat a celebrity field in Florida to win the Diamond Resorts Invitational.

Not bad for January. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Sixty

Jan. 11, 2016     By     Comments (1)

Hittin' the LinksAnd we're off. It's a new year if not a new season on the PGA TOUR.

Questions abound... What does the year hold for the Big Three-plus. Will Rory get back to form? Probably. Will Jordan Speith pick up where he left off? Keep reading… Now that Jason Day has won a major, how long will we wait for number two? Not too long, I suspect. Can Fowler make it a Big Four? A major win would go a long way. Will Tiger tee it up in 2016? Would you really be that shocked if he showed up on the tee at Augusta? What young players will break through this year (DeChambeau?… assuming he goes pro after the Masters), and what old pros will show they're not quite ready for the senior circuit (Phil?)?

Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Nine

Dec. 7, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksIs he or isn't he? Have we seen the last competitive golf from Tiger Woods who, love him or hate him, is right at the top of the greatest of all time list?

This week was also Tiger's Hero World Challenge, where Jordan Spieth had a hole in one on his second hole. The Euros' South African swing is on hiatus until January. There are 17 shopping days until Christmas. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Eight

Nov. 23, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksThat's basically a wrap on professional golf for 2015. The LPGA and European Tours held their championships this weekend and the PGA Tour's last FedEx Cup points until January were handed out in Georgia. Over the next month, we only have Tiger's event and a few silly season-type events to get our golf-viewing jones on, until it all starts again in Hawaii.

So enjoy some turkey and the holidays of your choice. Let's hit the links.

Volume Four Hundred Fifty-Seven

Nov. 17, 2015     By     Comments (0)

Hittin' the LinksDon't look now, but 2015 is drawing to a close, particularly in golf.

The PGA TOUR is already on its 2015-16 season, and there's only one more week of FedEx Cup points available until January. The Champions Tour is already on hiatus. Both the European and the LPGA Tours will conclude next week with their season ending championships. The Race to Dubai will crown a winner at the DP World Tour Championship in the United Arab Emirates. The women will gather a Tiburon in Florida for the CME Group Tour Championship, where a Lydia Ko and Inbee Park showdown is expected.

While we still can, let's hit the links.

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