1986—The Old Guys Win

Phil Mickelson’s 2021 PGA Championship win 23 days shy of his 51st birthday made Lefty the oldest player to ever win a major championship and it brings to mind when two “old guys” beat younger fields in the majors. In 1986 at 46 Jack Nicklaus won the Masters for his 18th major and another “seasoned citizen,” 43-year-old Raymond Floyd triumphed in the US Open. Continue reading

Monday After Torrey Pines Open

Jon Rahm broke through for his first major championship fulfilling the promise of a major- winning career when he joined the Tour five years ago out of Arizona State University. The personable Spaniard is a good friend of fellow ASU alumnus Phil Mickelson who was among the first to congratulate him. Continue reading

Maybe We Need a “Rahm Rule”

Jon Rahm’s chip-in on the 16th hole Sunday at the Memorial Tournament all but clinched his victory and was described variously as “masterful” and even “Seve-like.” However, PGA Tour rules officials said his ball moved prior to the chip and assessed a two-shot penalty which reduced the 25-year old Spaniard’s margin of victory from five strokes to three. Continue reading

Improved High Heat Fairways

Dean Knuth and partner Steve Trattner started Knuth Golf with the simple idea of making high quality golf clubs optimized for amateur players not professionals, the benchmark often used by other companies for their designs. Knuth is the retired USGA Director of Handicapping and inventor of the Course Rating and Slope System while Trattner is a former USGA intellectual property attorney. Continue reading

Top 10 Golf Stories in 2019

Tiger’s Season
At 43 with a much-repaired body Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters and 15th major championship leaving the cream of the current stars in his wake. Then, deciding to not play as much as he did in 2018, teed it up just six times in the 20 post-Masters events of the 2018-2019 season. The results were lackluster and included just one top 10 with two missed cuts and one withdrawal. After another surgery—this time a knee–Woods showed he still has what it takes with a win at the Zozo Championship, his 82nd on the PGA Tour which ties Sam Snead for the greatest number all time. Finally, to cap off the year he led our Presidents Cup team as playing captain to a two-point comeback victory over the Internationals. It’s apparent the possibility Woods will tie or surpass Nicklaus’ record of 18 majors is better than ever. Continue reading

Monday After Royal Portrush – Lowry Triumphant – Tiger Irrelevant

Rain. Fog. Sunshine. Wind. Tucked pins. Fescue. Gorse. Rough. Humpy, bumpy, firm fairways. Texas wedges. Raised greens. Gigantic runoff areas. Convoluted 10 Stimpmeter putting surfaces.

Reasons why The Open is the favorite major of many fans and at least some players. Continue reading

Monday After Pebble Beach

Fans had the opportunity for a great show—U.S. Open week on the Monterrey Peninsula and they weren’t disappointed.

During the buildup prior to the 119th national championship there were almost more interesting storylines than you could count starting with the USGA and the big question was could they run a national championship without the condition of the course overshadowing the competition? Continue reading

Thoughts on the Bethpage PGA

There were a several questions needing answers going in to the 101st PGA Championship played over Bethpage State Park (Black Course) which started the week rain-soaked bit still played at the daunting length of 7,459 yards par 70.

Could Brooks Koepka defend, and would Tiger Woods repeat his Masters win? Koepka of course smashed the field the first two days and only needed to play competent golf over the weekend to take the Wanamaker Trophy. Continue reading

New Rules with New Terms

When the calendar changes years we often have the urge to make promises of improved behavior sometimes called turning over a new leaf or as it is also known the often-ironic New Year’s Resolution. Unfortunately, success is frequently illusive and many of us, me included, rarely make it past January 3rd with our new behavior intact.

This however is not a rant targeting behavioral modification but a segue to talk about the changes in the Rules of Golf taking effect January 1 and for those of us living in a warm climate our first 2019 round before New Year’s Day football. Continue reading