In recent years the Senior PGA has made stops at venerable venues like Aronimink (Philadelphia), Laurel Valley (Pennsylvania) and Oak Hill (New York). This weeks stop at Canterberry is another gem.
In baseball, there is no going back to Ebbets Field, and the current Soldier Field in Chicago appears as if it ate the original version, but in golf these classics can be spruced up for the modern game with little heavy lifting and are a direct link to the games past.
Im going to put it behind me, he sighed. I didnt dwell on it, and thats a good thing.
A week later in San Antonio he closed the Quail Hollow chapter for the rest of us with a third-round 60, his second 60 on Tour, and his sixth Tour title. Since 2007, only Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have more victories and consider this, among the games elite players Johnson is the best at hitting fairways. Dialed back grooves in 2010 are going to make the kid from Cedar Rapids a perennial contender.
Missed Cut ' Did not finish (MDF)
Ryo Ishikawa may have crafted himself a handy resume on the Japan Golf Tour, but how does three missed cuts and a 71st-place finish on the PGA Tour qualify anyone for a special exemption into this years PGA Championship?
Ishikawa may go on to be the world-beater everyone claims he is, but right now there is much more style than substance to the young mans game and the PGAs freebie has a bottom-line feel to it. Glorys Last Shot seems to have taken a shot to the kidneys with this one.
The Walker Cup, however, is a different animal, particularly for a player who cut his competitive teeth on Irelands Home International squad. We once asked Jason Gore the highlight of his golf career and the big man didnt hesitate ' the 1997 Walker Cup. I could hardly get the tee in the ground I was so nervous, he smiled.
There is also evidence that an intense Walker Cup bout is the best way to prepare for life as a pro. In 2005 when J.B. Holmes blew away the Q-School field he said his play was the direct result of the confidence he gained in that years match. Two years later hard-swinging Dustin Johnson made a similar connection.
The point? Playing for glory and country trumps even the largest purses?
Its hard to blame the economy or LPGA Tour or Corning for pulling the plug on the little tournament that could, but that doesnt change the fact that golf will lose something special without small-market stops like Corning.
Maybe the game has outgrown the likes of Corning (pop. 10,321), and thats too bad.
Hopefully we won't get asked if the Nationwide Tour is the second-best tour in the world anymore, El Nino said in a not-so-subtle shot at all of those who argued the Nationwide circuit was deeper than the European Tour.
But Lowrys victory at last weeks Irish Open begs the question: How is it possible a relatively unheralded amateur can clip the best on the worlds second-best circuit?
Lowry is the third amateur in recent years to win on the Euro circuit. By comparison, Daniel Summerhays is the only amateur to ever win a Nationwide Tour event in 2007 (for the record, Phil Mickelson was the last amateur to win on the PGA Tour in 91 in Tucson).
Second best, indeed.
Why this came up more than three months after the fact boggles the mind.
And they think they have problems with the video review process at the new Yankee Stadium, which takes a mere eight minutes because of the location of the review booth. Were guessing Tour rules chief Mark Russell has never heard of YouTube
According to reports, Kate Hudson, whom Scott was linked with earlier this year in Hawaii, is reportedly seeing Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez. Whats next, a flat tire on the G4?
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