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  1. My brother was at Lahinch before the Irish Open and they had to hit off of little mats that the caddies carried if their ball was in the fairways. They had the option to take the ball to the rough if they wished. I remember they did the same at Merion for months before the US Open in 2013. I don't know, do they do that at PGA venues as well?
  2. For some reason, I can't play the back nine now. Last four rounds: 41-46-87 39-45-84 40-47-87 42-46-88 Everyone at my club believes that the back nine is easier. It may be shorter, but I contend it is harder because it requires all your clubs. Mistakes are more penal and I've been making plenty of them. I won't be breaking 80 this year if this keeps up.
  3. No wind on the west coast of Ireland means low scores at Lahinch. Robert Rock with a 60 but the leaders are stuck in neutral.
  4. A nice golf trip in southwest Ireland would be a trip to courses like Tralee, Ballybunion, Dooks, Waterville and Old Head. Lahinch is a little north of that and a bit out of the way, but would be worth the effort. We made a day out of it, playing Lahinch in the morning and going to see the Cliffs of Moher in the afternoon, just up the road. Spectacular. We stayed in Ennis that night, full of pubs where they play traditional Irish music well into the night. Lahinch is where we found out how big surfing is in Ireland. You will see a lot of people surfing at Portrush as well in a couple of weeks.
  5. The Irish Open starts tomorrow at Lahinch, one of my favorite golf courses. Lahinch is a quirky track that dates back to the 19th century. It is not long, so I wonder what the best players in the world will score there.
  6. Shot 43-43-86 in a BB match and my 14 handicap did me no good. If I made a few more makeable putts we might have made it close but we got destroyed by a 3 who shot a 2-under 70 and a 7 who shot a 4-over 76 with two balls OB. The 3 was 4-under after 10 and we were 4 down and we could never get it closer. It was fun to watch but a tough way to try to come back when a 2-putt par on a tough hole would only get a half because the other guy hit it two feet for birdie. He's about 5'6" and 145 soaking wet but generates uncommon clubhead speed. He won't be a 3 for long, as his last two rounds were both 2-under.
  7. Which was the tougher shot, Woodland's three wood on 14 or his wedge on 17? IMO, the three wood was the tougher shot, very high risk reward. That could have easily turned into a bogey or worse. Those guys are all magicians with a wedge in their hands around the green and Woodland said he had almost the same shot on 17 on Thursday and pulled it off then as well.
  8. Jack Nicklaus to Ted Williams: "We have to play our foul balls". To add my two cents, I stopped lying about my distance a while ago because, frankly, I was just lying to myself. It has made me a better player to a degree because I now select the correct club for the shot. I can't hit a wedge over 110 yards any more, and on and on through the whole bag.
  9. 41-45-86 Only four greens in regulation and If I couldn't chip and putt, I wouldn't have broken 90.
  10. I would rather see someone spit than a smoker leaving ashes all over the place. Cigar smokers on a golf course are the worst offenders. Last week I found a large cigar ash on a green that was probably still an ember when it landed and it burned the green. Spitting does zero harm unless it is something like Sergio did when he spit in the cup.
  11. If you could break a piece of gum, Phil would have done it. Steam coming out of his ears.
  12. First, don't join a private club if you don't find the track interesting and challenging. I belong to a private club that is far from "hoity-toity" and, while we are surrounded by those types of clubs in the Philly area, our course is one of the better, interesting tracks in the area so I am lucky to find something like that. It ain't cheap but I prefer the perks of a private club, like conditioning, pace of play, a good range, access whenever I want even if I just want to play 4-5 holes, and being familiar with my surroundings like the golf staff and the membership. Our club fits all of the fore-mentioned criteria, and I never have to change my shoes in the parking lot. I know of some good private clubs in South Jersey with good tracks and good memberships, but I am not real familiar with your area. Good luck in your search.
  13. 39-47-86. Drove the ball well (for me) most of the round and had a real nice start with four straight pars but the rails came off on the back. That 47 included two birdies so that tells you how bad it was on the other seven holes. Hit three pitches sideways, one going OB. Went to the range after and realized that I was too close to the ball, particularly with my wedges.
  14. I played Doonbeg shortly after he bought it, well before he ran for POTUS. And while you couldn’t pay me to play any of his courses at this point, I wouldn’t play Doonbeg again anyway, too many better courses in that general area of the west coast of Ireland.
  15. I think it is pretty clear that I mean we will not be using the new option as a local rule.
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