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  1. phan52

    What'd You Shoot Today?

    Bad 87. Two balls OB and only 3 fairways hit. I can't drive the ball in play anymore.
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    2018 Tour Championship - FedExCup Finale

    I thought Rory getting into the final group would be to his advantage but it didn't turn out that way. Both he and Rose had difficulty finding the fairway all day on a course with the most penal rough I have seen this side of a US Open. Tiger hit it straight and was methodical. Welcome back!
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    What tee to play from?

    Tees at my club: Black 6902 White 6494 Blue 6210 Green 5947 Red 5647 Yellow 5151 We are eliminating one of the tee boxes this winter, probably the Red. That was traditionally the women's tee but it was too difficult for most of them (73.9/135 for women) so they all now play from the Yellow. Green was traditionally the Senior tee but a lot of Seniors resisted moving up so we went to colors afew years back. The Blue tee is new and is the original yardage for the course when it was built in 1908. It eventually was stretched to 6902 (Black) with the regular mens tee (White) being 6494. I love the Blue tee and play there a lot, but I have to make sure to play as much as I can from the White because that is where we play all the tournaments. If I play too much from the Blues I end up having a problem from the White.
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    Home course flyover

    The Golf Association of Philadelphia just produced this flyover of my home course, Whitemarsh Valley Country Club. It is the site this week of the Philadelphia Amateur Championship (for a record 15th time). Whitemarsh Valley was also the site of a PGA Tour event from 1963-1980 (IVB Golf Classic), won by the likes of Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus (3 times), Tom Weiskopf, Billy Casper and Tom Kite. You can find a reference to it in the book, The Greatest Game Ever Played by David Frost. Whitemarsh Valley was the first course that Harry Vardon and Ted Ray played when they came over to play the US Open in 2013. Does anybody have flyovers of their home courses? Why not post them here?
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    It's going in the other direction. Gone from +9 to +7 in the last hour.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    There are 8 posted scores in the red so far. DJ has two of them (69,67).
  7. 5 seconds, tops, once you are over the ball. The time consuming thing that I find in a round of golf is that players aren't ready to hit when it is their turn. Get to your ball and be ready when you are up.
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    Faster Play - Is It Hurting the Game?

    I believe I shot my worst round in about 12 years yesterday but we still played in 3:50. Would have been less if we didn't have to wait for the group in front about 5-6 times. Shooting higher scores don't mean you have to take longer to play. Hell, yesterday I wanted to get off the course as fast as I could. Tomorrow is another day.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Right now the projected cut is +9. Tiger at +10 might still get to play the weekend after that finish.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    Second hole in a row where Justin Thomas had to bail on his swing because of some idiot with a smart phone. This thing may be over. DJ is not the guy you want to be chasing on that golf course. Maybe some guys in the afternoon can close the gap, but my guess is that DJ is going to have to come back to the field a little this weekend to make this interesting.
  11. We didn't communicate about it and our opponents didn't say anything either. In fact my partner, who knew nothing about the rules, thought we lost the hole because I hit his ball.
  12. I always want to mark my ball and I also always wait for someone to mark theirs, particularly in a tournament. I did utilize backstopping once years ago in a better ball match. I was pitching from off the green and my partner's ball was a few feet from the hole and I didn't wait for him to mark it, mainly because he was still about 20 yards away. I hit his ball and mine stopped a foot from the hole, and we won the hole. I don't think THAT would be considered cheating, as it was match play.
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    Faster Play - Is It Hurting the Game?

    We always talked about speed of play but actually started seriously monitoring it about 5 years ago and reduced the expected time to play from 4:15 to 4;05 last season. Our previous pro didn't want us to do it because he thought it put too much pressure on our older players but our current pro has pushed speed of play since he got here. We post the expected time of arrival for foursomes at the 9th hole so people will know if they are ahead or behind and we post the time of play for each foursome on our men's day and both days on the weekend. Since we started posting time of play, the average time has gone down from 4:10 to 3:58. Everybody is finding out that it is possible to play under 4 hours without having to necessarily run around the golf course. We will probably change the expected time from 4;05 to 4:00 next season.
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    Your First Set of Clubs

    My first full set of clubs I bought, sometime in the 70's, were MacGregor, 3 woods (1,3,5) and full set of irons, 3 to SW. I forget the putter I had. Before that, I had a mixed bag of clubs when I was a teenager, whatever I could find in our garage (my Dad played). The first club I actually had was a cut down wedge that my brother and I used to hit in our backyard when we were very young. My Dad cut it down for us and it was a RH club, although both of us were left handed. Ended up playing golf right handed my whole life. The only real benefit I got out of that is my wicked backhand in tennis.
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    2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills

    I've been very lucky to play a lot of the top courses in America and Shinnicock Hills is, without a doubt, my favorite. It helped that I played well that day, but I still remember every hole ten years later.
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    What are Your 2018 Golf Goals?

    Get some length back after getting over tennis elbow that ruined my 2017 season. I think I can already check that off. The elbow feels great and my length is at least what it was 2-3 years ago. Qualify for the B flight championship at my club. I was a B player for 30 years. Never won it but played in two finals. Won the C flight last year but that wasn't a goal, just something that happened because my handicap qualified for it and, with my sore elbow, I didn't think I could compete in B. I will not try to qualify for the C flight again, no matter what my handicap is at the time. I am a B player (9-12 course handicap), no matter what GHIN says.😉 Break 80 again for the first time in 3 years. Qualify for the Senior match play at my club.
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    2018 RBC Heritage

    Best party on the PGA Tour.
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    Worst Shot In Major Championship History

    Phil's drive on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot, especially considering what was at stake. It would have been his third Major in a row and given him a shot at the "Tiger Slam" (all four trophies on his mantle at once). "I am such an idiot" doesn't even begin to cover how bad it was. Bones should have broken that driver over his knee when Phil asked for it.
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    Golfer Elbow

    Sounds exactly like me. Totally sapped my strength last season. Some rest and targeted exercise over the winter has improved it a lot but it is still there and I hope that increased play does not bring it back. I pop an Aleve a couple hours before I play and that helps. I stopped using the strap in my last practice session and it was fine. Fingers crossed.
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    NFL 2017-2018

    Nice sentiment. I would have to think twice about getting behind the Cowboys, but the Pats could possibly get me to do it.
  21. To quote Clemenza, you won't be seeing him no more. Doesn't look like there are a lot of birdies out there today. Course playing tough and Tiger has moved into the top 20, as predicted.

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