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After Further Review: Trump would rather shrink golf

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Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. In this edition of After Further Review, our writers weigh in on Donald Trump's troublesome comments, Tiger Woods' potential momentum heading into the Open Championship, Kevin Kisner and Justin Thomas' disappointing finishes, and Jim Justice's efforts to make The Greenbrier Classic stand out in a crowded schedule.

Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants were outlandish for anyone, let alone someone ostensibly running for president.

Of course, Trump isn’t much interested in appealing to the masses - one of those key electoral traits. I’ve not been able to shake this interview from last year, where Trump said golf should be "aspirational,” that “it was always meant to be” an elitist activity, not "a game of the people."

This, of course, was after admitting he learned to play golf with gambling sandbaggers at Cobbs Creek, a public course in Philadelphia down the street from Merion that’s a far cry from Trump’s portfolio of high-class clubs. This was also amidst ripping the USGA’s efforts to lead the way in water conservation.

Four of the game's governing bodies, which are all involved with Trump in one way or another, released a joint statement this week stating that his remarks on immigration "do not reflect the views of our organizations." That's true on multiple fronts. Those bodies are trying to grow golf, not shrink it. - Nick Menta

Tiger Woods hit 12 of 14 fairways Sunday at The Greenbrier Classic. There were none of those giant misses with his driver, those wild shots that have been plaguing him for some time. That’s a big deal. He led the field for the week in proximity to the hole. That’s a big deal, too. His ball striking looked better than we’ve seen in some time. In his head, he has to believe a more cooperative putter is all that kept him from being in the mix in the end.

It’s all positive momentum for Tiger, something to build upon, something to get him closer to a chance to see if his nerves, confidence and swing will hold up when pressure’s ratcheted its highest. Because that’s when it’s the biggest deal of all. Momentum can be magical currency among the world’s best players.

At least Woods has some of the good kind to try to parlay into more meaningful momentum against deeper fields on courses that aren’t so soft. - Randall Mell

It’s easy to look at a PGA Tour leaderboard and say, “This guy is going to win soon.” It’s a sentiment that applies to red-hot players like Kevin Kisner, who fell short in a playoff Sunday for the third time this season. It even applies to can’t-miss prospects like Justin Thomas, a rising rookie who led The Greenbrier Classic through 62 holes before things went awry.

Players can appear on the cusp of a breakthrough victory, but at the end of the day there are a finite amount of victories to go around. This is the flaw in trying to project major hauls for various stars, where the titles available are even fewer and farther between. But even on a week-in, week-out basis, the number of players with the talent and ability to win far outnumber the trophies up for grabs.

Kisner said it best Sunday as he stomached yet another near-miss: "It’s tough to win out here, man." - Will Gray

In a 47-event schedule, they can’t all be A-list stops, and certainly this week’s Greenbrier Classic would appear to be on the wrong side of the PGA Tour train tracks.

Saddled with a less-than-ideal date on the Fourth of July weekend, wedged between the U.S. Open and next week’s Open Championship, the West Virginia tournament should be a competitive afterthought on a crowded schedule.

Yet thanks to the efforts of Jim Justice, who doled out thousands of dollars to fans last week every time a player recorded a hole-in-one, and a classic golf course, The Greenbrier Classic has made proverbial lemonade out of lemons. - Rex Hoggard