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  1. https://twitter.com/PhilMickelson/status/1106271208692244481 Initially not convinced. Singer was a fixer. That was his deal. No different than Michael Cohen.
  2. Setting aside the uneducated comment on social contribution, nobody forced Kuchar to do anything. What were the "threats" he capitulated to?
  3. A common one most have heard but I still use a lot (Feherty?) "That's a great shot with that swing!" ( I like to talk smack on the course)
  4. It is indeed a challenging course. One of the more difficult par 68's you'll play. Some of the shorter par 4's lure you with opportunity but are ringed with sand traps that just wait for the inevitable miss. Unless you're hitting well, play them conservatively. Really is a fun course. There is no driving range for warm up but they do have an excellent short game practice area. Members there are known for their alcohol consumption and for the life of me, I can't figure our how some of them still hit it so straight during some events. One beer for me and my game is off.
  5. i"m actually with you a bit on this. I was taken by the media narrative during "the time of the incident". Tiger was going off the rails and Phil M.'s wife was going thru breast cancer. The narrative absolutely sainted Phil for (rightly) being at his wife's side during her battle. Tiger on the on other hand became a tragic figure. Thing is (and I speak with the experience of my own wife have a big battle with the same disease), Phil's being there for his wife and family is really only a small part of who he is (and we are) as humans. I don't know Tiger or Phil but we really can't trust the narratives. The few things about Phil's personal life (outside what I described above) don't actually paint a pretty picture. And now, Tiger is teeing off...
  6. Paid the $495 Pebble Beach fee 1) With the exception of Torrey Pines South at $230, nothing I've paid comes close for me $ wise. 2) The wife still doesn't know 3) I'm not rolling in Benjamin's 4) Totally worth it
  7. It's in Dubai and the development is partly being done by a Chinese state owned construction firm: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article172443417.html
  8. Today (Friday) I believe. Tiger has made a few off-course decisions in life that didn't work out too well. This will rank right up there.
  9. Sounds like the problems were even bigger than the decision to rebuild. Sounds like they had no idea what their needs were. Academic libraries have gone through a tremendous transformation recently. On some campuses, they are acting as a sort of magnetic center with not only research, but studying, tutorial services, social hub and content creation. In addition, with the rise of multi-disciplinary fields, the "library" is often the place that makes sense to locate facilities to serve these fields (GIS, music/video...). Printed material? Not going away completely anytime soon. You would be shocked to know what is actually in these collections and quite a bit of it can indeed be culled. And students still like bound periodicals very much. Public libraries have also gone through changes as significant. It's not the old Carnegie Library anymore where you show up, get your book and take it home for two weeks. New public libraries serve a Civic function. Community meetings, reading rooms with current newspapers, books (yes books) and a well designed children's area is common. Well designed new libraries today are very exciting places.
  10. Trump National Golf course. http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/354978-graham-stands-by-claim-trump-shot-a-73-in-golf-game In related news, Kim Jong-Il once shot a 38 under par 34 with 5 holes in one: https://www.thestar.com/sports/golf/2011/12/19/kim_jongil_once_carded_38under_par_at_pyongyang_golf_course.html
  11. I have to say, I prefer my courses where golf carts are NOT allowed on greens. http://www.denverpost.com/2017/06/25/president-trump-angers-golf-fans-driving-golf-cart-on-green/ https://twitter.com/RyanBallengee/status/877892248544854016/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.denverpost.com%2F2017%2F06%2F25%2Fpresident-trump-angers-golf-fans-driving-golf-cart-on-green%2F
  12. Admittedly, the world we've created is complex enough that making those determinations require information that is just not available. There are, however, times when it is clear a threshold has been crossed and any involvement with the entity in question either a) demands a response; or b) overrides any possible positive involvement on your part. If it's clear a clothing line you are considering purchasing was made by forced labor or helped prop up an apartheid dictatorship, would you buy it? A reasonable person wouldn't. More complex would be your note on driving a car - I'd say many of the protests oil companies receive are misplaced. Petroleum has been so fundamental to daily life that it's hypocritical blame them for that fact. Our focus (and positive energy) should be on finding replacements. Trump? He's run a misogynist, racist campaign from the start and it's amazing that it's taken a video/recording for some people to see this (and some still don't!). For me, the threshold was crossed some time ago.
  13. I'm with you. That course (with the wind and rain), looks ridiculously difficult. And hitting it into the gorse is something I can identify with (so there's that).
  14. Thanks for this. I tried it out on the range and a practice green this morning and initial impressions are positive. In addition to 'dialing distance', the focus of my left arm parallel to the ground is super helpful (chronic elbow bender here!). I'll be on the course tomorrow and we'll start to have opportunities to see more. Best.
  15. Question: I've recently started using my 60 lob wedge around the green but a problem has emerged. While previously, I (almost) exclusively was using my 52 gap and was able to dial distance with the single club I now find that switching between the two is really creating distance problems. Now, the 52 feels like the ball explodes off the head and I tend to hit it too far. I know it's probably just more practice but is there anything clever that can help as well? For longer shots, I've actually taped distances for a full, 3/4, and half swings on a tag on all my wedges and i've found it helps a bunch. Any tricks for the short shots? Tx.
  16. Walter Hagen. I would have loved to have partied with that guy.
  17. I'm with you. I don't play tournaments. My handicap is a very personal thing. I play often in the very early morning before work (daybreak) and am typically alone. Having a handicap has been the single most important thing I've done to improve my game. It actually means something to me even when alone that my score counts for something. I take joy in good shot that would otherwise mean nothing. I follow the rules. This actually takes some of the joy out of the game for me.
  18. This was a place I once spent a bit of time... (Doe Library at Cal) "But books as we go into the future will take up less and less physical space. I never liked studying at the practical low ceilinged claustrophobic hear every single thing no space to think libraries of my university. I always preferred big high ceilinged spaces - it was less oppressive." One of my current projects is an interior library renovation at UC Santa Cruz. I have to say I'm a bit old school and have conflicted feelings about the speed that books are being tossed out of libraries. On this team, I'm pretty much alone with this position. The Uni has two libraries and the primary one will not change - the stacks will remain. The secondary library (Science Library which is indeed large), has removed floors of stacks to create study/collaboration/"maker spaces"/computer stations. What makes me question my initial reservations is the popularity of the spaces. The space hasn't even been renovated yet (only the books have been removed) and kids are sitting sitting everywhere in groups collaborating, working on laptops, and generally (seemingly) being productive. It's quite a sight - and it makes me feel old...
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