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The last five major winners have all been first-timers. In the Masters era, first-timers have won all four majors in the same calendar year only five times: 1959, 1969, 2003, 2011, and now 2016.

July 31, 2016
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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Friendly Reminders

July 30, 2016

It’s been a rough couple of months for the USGA. After-the-fact rulings nearly derailed an otherwise exciting couple of majors in both the Men’s and Women’s U.S. Open Championships. The good news is that Dr. Robin Farran had nothing to do with the USGA’s unfortunate ruling procedure. Dr. Farran is widely regarded as one of the preeminent Rules Officials in the country and currently teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf…

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I don’t blame that bladed bunker shot on Steve Wheatcroft. There was no sand in the bunker! Are they running low on sand in Canada? C’mon.

July 25, 2016
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Book Review: Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect

July 24, 2016

One of the very first golf “instructional” books anyone told me I should read after taking up the game in college in the late 90s/early 2000s was Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect by Dr. Bob Rotella. It’s about the mental side of the game, it’s the best-selling sport psychology book of all-time, and it’s one of the three best-selling golf books in history. Since 1984, Dr. Rotella has coached…

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Night Putting… Putting at Night!

July 22, 2016

The Westin La Paloma and La Paloma Country Club are excited to announce a Summer Night Putting Series! On Friday nights this month from 8:00-9:30p, the Country Club putting green, located directly below the Golf Shop, will feature a glow-in-the-dark, five-hole miniature golf course complete with lighted tee markers, fairways, flagsticks, holes, and light up golf balls. Attendance is free, and there’s no age limit, so bring your family and friends!…

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Todd Sones: Controlling Your Speed When Lag Putting

July 20, 2016

The past couple of mornings, Golf Channel Academy Lead Coach Todd Sones has been on Morning Drive doing segments on a variety of topics including putter fitting and putting stroke fundamentals. Todd is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who also serves on the Golf Academy’s National Advisory Board. That’s how I know Todd. I’ve also taken a putting lesson from him. In honor of those appearances, Todd sent out…

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Troon Golf Arizona Interclub

July 18, 2016

On Monday afternoons during the summer months (end of May, June, July, and August), several of the Troon courses in Arizona take turns hosting one-day shotgun tournaments. The series is called the Troon Golf Arizona Interclub, and it’s been a Troon Golf tradition dating back to 2011. They don’t do this anywhere else because no other state or country has as many Troon courses (28) as Arizona does. Each club forms a three to…

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Phil Mickelson (65) didn’t lose the Open Championship at Royal Troon. Henrik Stenson (63) just went out and won it! One of the best final rounds I’ve ever seen.

July 17, 2016
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Becoming a PGA Member: Steps 3, 4, & 5

July 14, 2016

I almost cost myself a chance to attend next month’s PGA Professional Golf Management (PGM) 2.0 Level 1 Seminar at the PGA Education Center in Port St. Lucie, Florida without my even realizing it. In my defense, in all my calls to the PGA Membership Information Services Center over the last couple of weeks, no one ever told me it could take up to five days to process my PGA…

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Jordan Spieth is the latest golfer to withdraw from next month’s Olympic games in Brazil due to concerns about the Zika virus. I don’t blame him. I would do the same thing! No medal is worth getting sick for.

July 13, 2016
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