Why Jim Langley Is A Golf Giant

Late Cypress Point Pro Honored At Pebble Beach
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Ask any truly connected golf insider out here in the Wild West, especially in Northern California, who Jim Langley was, and it’s a safe bet a big smile will cross their face — a reflection of the man’s own smile, which never seemed to fade, right up to his death at age 75 in 2013. Read more…

Here’s A Great Golf Tip: Don’t Drink And Drive

Those Were the Days, But Might it Be High Time to Get Golfin’ Sober?
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Note: The news that a man identified as PGA Tour and European Tour player Thorbjorn Oleson had been arrested after an alleged drunken rampage on a British Airways flight following last week’s WGC-FedEx Invitational brought to mind this piece I wrote for Fairways + Greens Magazine in 2006, whose original title was “Drinkin’ And Drivin’.” Read more…

Church And Golf Are A Divine Fit

A Little Prayer Can’t Hurt In The Pursuit Of Par
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Separation of church and state? Absolutely, Constitutionally guaranteed, thank God (and the Founders), at least so far. But what about separation of church and golf? Oh, heck no. I now have concrete (or stone) proof, by way of this little story about a thousand-year-old cathedral in southeast England that has installed a temporary mini-golf course Read more…

Collin Morikawa Is Golf’s Fearless Future

Barracuda Win Hints At Triumphs To Come For Tour Rookie
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The moment I met Collin Morikawa in the media room at Montrêux Golf & Country Club on the morning of July 24, I felt it. Confidence. Poise. Steel focus tempered with a certain calm, measured ease. This guy belonged out there, on the PGA Tour, so I went ahead and made the call: He was Read more…

Collin Morikawa Is The Man To Beat At The Barracuda

A Smokin’ Start To His PGA Tour Career Has Him Confident And Focused
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Just seven tournaments deep into his PGA Tour career, Collin Morikawa is off to what I can only call a blazing start. Six cuts made and five straight in 2019, in consecutive weeks. A tie for 14th in his third event, the RBC Canadian Open, followed by an eye-popping tie for 35th in the U.S. Read more…

Shane Lowry Is The Ultimate People’s Champion

Irishman, And His Country, Show What The Game Is All About
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When my good friend and Golf Tips Top 25 Instructor Tom Patri sent me a Facebook message with this video taken by a guy mere feet away from Shane Lowry at a Guinness-soaked ceilidh celebration in Dublin, hours after he and his crew had pretty much drank Portrush dry, I thought to myself, “These Irish Read more…

Rory Falls Short, But Shane Lowry Shines

The Open Championship Remains Up For Irish Grabs
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Well, Rory McIlroy almost made a liar of me during round two of the Open Championship, and I wish he had. But we still have Shane Lowry. Rory thundered back, only to fall tantalizingly short. Still, following a brutal 79 with a nifty 65 should get some sort of recognition, and the hordes of fans Read more…

Dear Rory McIlroy: Welcome To The Hacker Party

Those Blowup Holes Don’t Care Who You Are
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For once and probably the only time in my life, I have something in common with Rory McIlroy. We both know how to make quadruple and triple bogeys, in scarily similar ways. Sure, I’m just hacking up one golf course or another on a regular basis while he’s going sideways — 79 strokes’ worth of Read more…

Who Will Win The 2019 British Open?

Golf Tips Top 25 Instructors Chime In
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The media is calling it “Glory’s Last Shot,” but the 2019 British Open — or Open Championship, as it’s formally known — is also one last shot for Golf Tips’ Top 25 Instructors to pick a major winner for this year. Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland hosts the Open for the first time since 1951, Read more…

Why We Love Celebrity Golf

Tahoe’s Annual Funfest Shows The Stars Are Just Like Us
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In the 30 years I’ve attended and covered the American Century Championship at that eternally gorgeous mountain jewel known as Edgewood Tahoe, I’ve seen some excellent celebrity golf, a lot of pretty good golf and a helluva lot of really bad golf. That’s not only cool, it’s really the point. I think most people who Read more…