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Author: John Klisz

Anirban Lahiri: An Introduction to India’s Next Golf Star

03/04/2015 This is the first in an occasional series highlighting lesser known players who reach the elite Top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings for their first time. When the Sun rises over Georgia on March 30th, the men and women of Augusta National will review the Official World Golf Rankings to see who will be the last to join the field at The Masters. Anyone listed in the Top 50 not already qualified will receive one of the coveted Invitations. Foremost among them and from the other side of the world will be Indian golf star and...

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Seminole Member-Pro and Augusta National for Phil Mickelson

03/02/2015 The day isn’t over for Phil Mickelson in South Florida. This weekend’s nasty weather forced a Monday finish for The Honda Classic, conspiring against the plans of some top pros to ready themselves for the coveted Member-Pro at storied Seminole Golf Club. Count among them Mickelson, who started the day in contention having 10 holes to play to complete his 4th round. Phil wasn’t too pressed for time, though, with Seminole just up the road in tony Juno Beach. He would eventually fade to a T-17 finish anyway, while still marking his best result since a runner-up at...

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Back9 Network: Out of Money and Halting Operations, Potentially Permanent News

02/24/2015 This week the Hartford, Connecticut based Back9 Network announced a temporary halt to its operations, having not lasted five months beyond its September launch on DirecTV. The news is being taken as permanent, however, as the postmortems from former employees begin to roll in across social media. From before its shift as an online producer of blog posts and golf-lifestyle videos to a full-fledged satellite network, it had languished under legal, financial, management, content, and messaging problems. Compounding these issues, one or two of which can sink a new venture on their own, was the shocking news from...

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McIlroy Wins the Major of the Middle East

02/01/2015 Striding his final round fairways with the settled confidence of a seasoned champion, 25 year old Rory McIlroy never let it be a contest in picking up his 2nd OMEGA Dubai Desert Classic win at Emirates Golf Club. His 2015 debut caps a run of form dating back to a June MC in his home Irish Open that has found him lifting trophies after 4 of 13 worldwide events. Two of those were Majors, The Open and The PGA, and this easy victory, dubbed the “Major of the Middle East” signals that he is poised to capture the...

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In Defense of Robert Allenby

01/28/2015 Two weeks removed from his (initially) alleged robbery and kidnapping, Australian Robert Allenby stood firm with his original account of that fateful night in downtown Honolulu after missing the cut in the Sony Open. Prickly as ever in the face of mounting doubts surrounding his ordeal, he did not mince words. Nor did he disappoint those on either side of a controversy most would agree now is an over-sized distraction for the Tour. He met with a large assembly golf’s media during a practice day at TPC Scottsdale where he returns for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. During...

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Branden Grace Wins Qatar Masters– Spectacular Eagle

01/24/2015 In what is becoming a biennial exercise, South Africa’s Branden Grace has reintroduced himself as one of golf’s most watchable young stars. After a spectacular 5-foot eagle on the par-4 16th while brawling on the back 9 with Scotland’s Marc Warren, he smoothly rolled in a 4 foot birdie on 18 to cap a flawless 66 and claim the title as Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Champion at Doha Golf Cub. Needing 19 under, Warren fell just short of a playoff after failing to respond with a birdie of his own on 18. The two were part of a...

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Does Sergio Garcia Have A Major Championship in Him?

01/23/2015 Sergio Garcia is making his 2015 debut playing the second leg of the European Tour’s Desert Swing and defending his title as The Qatar Masters Champion. He can also be found this week occupying Position 6 on the Official World Golf Ranking. For a professional golfer this would make for a great week. And so it should for the 35 year old, now 16 years removed from his successful amateur days. Often hiding in plain sight, where does Sergio Garcia stand in golf’s bigger picture? Let’s take a look. Firmly entrenched in the top-10, and having risen as high...

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The Sang-Moon Bae Saga: His Military Obligation in South Korea

01/13/2015 What is happening right now between Sang-Moon Bae and his native country of South Korea is something the PGA Tour just isn’t used to seeing. Sang-Moon Bae is among Korea’s most prolific winners, trailing K.J. Choi with his 8 wins. He has as many wins as Y.E. Yang, who famously beat out Tiger Woods for the 2009 PGA Championship. Choi and Yang are both in their 40’s and are still on Tour, but with four and six years removed from their last victories, respectively, it can be said Bae is Korea’s top male star in the golfing world. Bae...

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David Duval Joins the Golf Channel as a Studio Analyst

01/09/2015 As the PGA Tour begins its 2015 calendar season at The Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, some interesting news came out about one of the Tour’s greatest past champions. David Duval announced this week that he will be joining The Golf Channel as one of its studio analysts. This should come as only a mild surprise given that over the past few years Duval has occasionally joined the network to lend his guest analysis while his on course activity has been hampered by injuries and a steady drop in form. So does this mean retirement from tournament...

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