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Author: Dillon Friday

Feherty – Rocco Mediate, Golf’s Greatest Loser And We Love Him (+Exclusive Extras VIDEO)

05/14/2013 We want Rocco Mediate to be golf’s greatest loser. And why not? His greatest accomplishment came in a spectacular loss. As the 158th ranked player in the world, Rocco battled world number 1, and arguably the greatest winner in golf history, Tiger Woods through an astounding 91 hole US Open Championship in 2008. The magic finally ran out for the underdog Mediate on the 19th hole of the playoff. His drive found the bunker, his fairway sand shot found the gallery, and before you knew it sudden death became a slow, rueful one. Tiger may have captured the...

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Merion And The 2013 US Open: Golf Returns to Philadelphia – Wicker Baskets And All

Posted 05/02/2013 With the US Open less than two months away (U.S. Open Week begins June 10th – June 16th), I started to ponder Golf’s place in the Philadelphia area. Merion Golf Club in the suburb of Ardmore will host this year’s championship and the course‘s fifth overall. Just as I was thinking “Golf has no real presence in Philly” an elderly gentleman walked by my car carrying only a wedge. Appropriately enough, golf’s history here is more impressive than its present. I identify as a Philadelphian as both a resident and a legacy. My father grew up just outside...

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A 3-Legged Gator Crosses The Fairway At The Zurich’s Classic – Cue Boo, Happy And The Guys [VIDEO]

Posted 04/26/2013 Why did the three legged Gator cross the Fairway? It reads like the beginning of a bad joke. And yet during Thursday’s opening round action at the Zurich Classic, a three legged alligator actually took a leisurely stroll across the fairway. Gators surprisingly, or not surprisingly depending on who you are, have a unique history in golf. Consider how the ones with complete sets of limbs sun bathe casually while Scott Langley addresses his shot. Just a normal Thursday in New Orleans. And who could forget Boo Weekley here in 2011 introducing us to the gator call? Rumor has...

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Feherty: Curtis Strange Review – Love, Depression, Heartbreak and Loss (Plus a Few U.S. Open trophies)

Posted 04/23/2013 Now in his third season on the Golf Channel, David Feherty has hosted some of America’s biggest names. From Bills Clinton and Russell, to Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Charles Barkley, Donald Trump, and Bobby Knight- Feherty has humanized each star in a way that few have ever achieved in televised interviews. Curtis Strange hardly fits into that group, even with his impressive accomplishments: 2 majors, 17 PGA wins, a 2007 induction into the Hall of Fame. And yet Monday’s new episode showed “Feherty” at its best. Let the clichés roll. Curtis and David laughed, they cried,...

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Tianlang Guan Impresses At The Masters – An Appreciation For The 14-Year Old

Posted 04/16/2013 Tianlang Guan finished as the low amateur at this year’s Masters. His +12 finish was unremarkable, his play was not. At 14 years old, Tianlang set records at Augusta: youngest to compete, youngest to make the cut, and the youngest to earn low amateur honors. He rightfully sat with winner Adam Scott and last year’s champion Bubba Watson at the green jacket presentation, humbly brandishing his Silver Cup. We tend to exaggerate the abilities of athletic phenoms who burst onto the scene ahead of schedule. In performing well they stretch their publicly perceived potential to a level...

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For The Love Of The Par 3 Contest – 4 Things That Caught The Eye From Wednesday’s Warmup

Posted 04/11/2013 I am an unabashed lover of the Par 3 contest. The players and their kids, the legends who participate, the loosened atmosphere that precedes the serious weekend- I love it all and, frankly, wish that more sports would borrow the practice in some fashion. Here are four things that caught my eye from Wednesday’s action. 1. Nick Watney’s Ace The hole in one is one of the great spontaneous moments in sports. The sheer unexpectedness of the ball rolling into the hole from 150+ yards sends golfers into singular pandemonium. The problem is, there’s little they can...

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Early April Is Here, The Masters 2013: Augusta Is The Tradition Unlike Any Other

Posted 04/08/2013 We stare out at an echoing snowscape in mid-winter, never further from the eighth fairway on an August morning. At moments like this we’d trade a couple of three putts, maybe even a four putt, to escape to the course for a few hours. Then the piano chimes on the television, the camera fades out on Amen Corner, and Jim Nantz utters the now famous tagline “A tradition unlike any other… The Masters.” The commercial serves to remind us that, like Augusta’s trophy, the grass is greener on the other side of winter. Now we’re finally here:...

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The Rumble (commercial) – Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods Brawl for EA Sports, Wait?

Posted 03/27/2013 If you’re picking two people to win a fight you could do worse than a King and a Tiger. In the newest ad for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14, the game’s namesake and Arnold Palmer take on a gang of thugs intent on stealing the two golfers’ many trophies. Watch Arnie and Tiger show off their acting chops as well as their karate chops in the spot below. First off, it’s important to note that out of all the trophies Tiger and Arnie are asked to hand over an Oscar is not one of them. Arnie in...

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