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Author: Dillon Friday

Jimmy Walker Stays Cool In Rain-soaked PGA Championship Win

07/31/2016 For the fifth consecutive major championship we have a first-time winner. On Sunday, Jimmy Walker captured the PGA Championship at Baltusrol by firing four rounds in the 60’s on his way to a 14-under, 266. Two of those rounds came in a marathon final day. If most of the golf world turned its back on Rio this summer, they got a good taste of the Brazilian climate in North Jersey. Heat, humidity and heavy rainfall threw the schedule into chaos. Most of the third round was washed out completely, which meant that the leaders, Walker chief among them,...

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All About That Take Life: An Introduction To No Laying Up

07/28/2016 The boys of No Laying Up don’t take themselves or their sport of choice too seriously. At least, that’s what they want us to believe. “It just started as an appreciation for personalities in golf,” says NLU’s impresario Chris Solomon. “The anti-Luke Donald, (a) celebration for the fun and cool in the game.” “I enjoy sarcasm, hyperbole, a little bit of strangeness,” says Phil Landes aka Big Randy, a co-founder and contributor. “I try to be pretty laid back, casual.” So it goes from the other two members as well, brothers Neil and Todd aka “Tron” Schuster. They...

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Henrik Stenson, Peter Forsberg, and a Postage Stamp for Sweden

07/17/2016 In 1994, Peter Forsberg scored the game-winning goal in a shootout as Sweden beat Canada to win hockey’s gold medal at the Winter Olympics. It was an iconic moment for a sports mad nation that had yet to deliver a signature victory. Forsberg’s move was memorable—he approached slowly and just as he moved to the left, he took one hand off his stick and let the puck slide into the net on the other side as the goalie flailed hopelessly beaten. While Forsberg went on to a Hall-of-Fame NHL career, his highest achievement came in the aftermath of...

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Brittany Lang Captures First Major at U.S. Women’s Open, Nordqvist Clips Sand

07/11/2016 There might have been a feeling among fans entering this weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open that the USGA got its mistakes out of the way at the men’s event a few weeks back. Well, at least we made it through regulation without much controversy. In the end, Brittany Lang, a journeywoman with one LPGA victory to her name, defeated Anna Nordqvist in a playoff to collect her first major championship. Lang shot one-under 71 to tie Nordqvist at 6-under, forcing an extra three holes. The two players went back to play 16, 17, 18 for what many consider the...

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Zika: The One-Word Excuse Golfers Are Using To Avoid Rio

07/05/2016 Another week, another golfer withdraws from the upcoming Summer Olympics. Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, one of the best young players in the world, pulled out of Rio on Monday citing the Zika virus. That puts him in the same category as Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Shane Lowry, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell. Good company if the topic is golf, bad if you’re associated with the Summer Games. Hideki Matsuyama officially WDs from the Olympics. pic.twitter.com/9biUyroHvj — Jay Coffin (@JayCoffinGC) July 4, 2016 ******** Golf.com has started to file all of the golfers who have either...

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Proper Golf Grip Instruction (With Video)

07/04/2016 Before doing anything with your grip, sometimes consulting experts for golf grip instruction is a wise idea. Plenty of golfers tinker with their swing with only the thought process of, “I’d like to stop slicing the ball (or hooking the ball, duffing the ball, etc., etc.).” That’s a pretty macro starting point and one that usually leads to over-compensation. For example, a player who slices off the tee might take an exaggerated stance, aim far left of target or hit an iron rather than fix the root problem. And that may work temporarily, but it will only lead...

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Dustin Johnson Provides The Fireworks, Wins WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

-07/03/2016 There’s a saying across sports that when a particularly fast athlete is even with an opponent, he’s really by them. You can’t compete with that kind of speed. That’s Dustin Johnson right now. After consecutive 66’s on the weekend, Johnson is walking away with his second straight victory. The last one was the US Open. This one was a World Golf Championship. And if the comeback at Oakmont was impressive, he may have outdid himself in Akron. World No. 1 Jason Day held a two-shot lead late on Sunday before DJ chased him down to with the Bridgestone...

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Peter Oosterhuis On Feherty: The Best, Most Important Episode Yet

06/29/2016 At no point in the latest episode of “Feherty” does the host ask viewers to feel sorry for Peter Oosterhuis. Oosterhuis was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014, which ended his distinguished career in golf as a player and commentator. That fact is somber enough. There is no need for Feherty to hijack our emotions, to force us to empathize (which wouldn’t be empathy at all), to “hit us all in our feels.” Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease, worse than death according to Feherty. Like Oosterhuis, his own father is on a slow descent to nothingness. “Alzheimer’s disease has...

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Navy Grad Billy Hurley III Wins Quicken Loans National

06/26/2016 In the down weeks of the endless PGA Tour Schedule, all one can hope for is a good story to latch onto. This week at the Quicken Loans National, we were treated to a great one. Billy Hurley III claimed his first PGA victory by firing a Sunday 69 to finish at -17. There are so many levels to this win. Firstly, there’s Hurley’s status. He lost his tour card after last season and was only playing at Congressional on a sponsor’s exemption. Now he’s secured his place with the big boys for the next two seasons. Secondly,...

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Rory McIlroy Returns To Feherty, 06.20.2016

06/20/2016 The first thing you see is the hair. Rory McIlroy grew up before our eyes, which is to say we hardly noticed him grow up at all. But there he is, having just turned 22 and won the US Open by a billion strokes, sitting down with David Feherty in 2011. McIlroy’s curly mop atop his head nearly falls over his eyes. His cheeks are pudgier, his voice a pitch higher. This was still “rising phenom” Rory McIlroy and not yet the globe trotter we know today. Five years on and McIlroy returned to “Feherty” for a second...

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