After a two-year drought, four-time major championship winner Rory McIlroy putted his way back into the winners’ circle on the PGA Tour today by shooting an 8-under par 64 to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament at Bay Hill Resort and Lodge in Orlando, Florida, by three strokes over Bryson DeChambeau. Tiger Woods was one stroke behind the lead with three holes to play and then drove OB, finishing 5th. Putting had mostly been the culprit holding Rory back…. Read more

Ever since Israel unilaterally turned over the Gaza Strip to the possession of the Palestinians, in 2006, and Hamas took control of it in 2007, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which governs Palestinians in the West Bank, have been politically divided. Everyone agrees that as long as this division continues, Palestinians will not be able to make progress toward achieving their ultimate goal of a Palestinian state. Lately, Palestinians have been making some progress toward this elusive unity. In… Read more

President Donald Trump’s White House chief lawyer John Dowd today called for ending the Department of Justice’s Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in our presidential election in 2016 and possible Trump campaign collusion with Russian operatives in trying to get Trump elected. I believe this is part of Trump’s strategy to demean Mueller’s probe and either end it or fire him. President Trump’s lawyer Ty Cobb began the first phase of this Trump strategy months ago, in… Read more

President Trump tweeted this morning that he was firing his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. That’s the first that Tillerson learned of it. Tillerson just now gave an outgoing speech to his staff at State that was televised. He said that at noon today (EST), he received a phone call from President Trump who was onboard Air Force One. He said the president said he was terminating Tillerson at the State Department. As I repeatedly have stated on this blog,… Read more

Evangelical Christians were a major voting bloc that put Donald Trump in the U.S. White House. Only a few days after that November, 2016, presidential election, the Pew Research Center said its poll showed that 81% of all white evangelicals who voted in that election voted for Republican nominee Donald Trump rather than Democratic nominee Hilary Clinton. Some of those voters said they voted against Clinton more than for Trump. Now, just over one year after Donald Trump has been… Read more

Today, the U.S. White House is holding a conference involving certain selected individuals to discuss how to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. It is being led by President’s Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt, and David Friedman. Greenblatt blamed Hamas for most of the crisis and said yesterday, “We are beholden to a brighter future for the Palestinians of Gaza.” These three men have also been crafting a peace plan to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to be released soon…. Read more

Kudos to my friend Steve Jones. He has had so many unfortunate things happen to him for his pro golf career after winning eight tournaments on the PGA Tour that included the 1996 U.S. Open. Really a stellar career of winning in a short period of time–eleven years. Yet he started the Tour in 1982, so that it took him six years to win. Steve’s troubles started after his U.S. Open victory with a motor bike accident in the desert… Read more

World Golf Hall of Fame PGA Tour pro golfer Vijay Singh won the Toshiba Classic today at Newport Beach, California, by one stroke at 11-under par to defeat Tommy Tolls, Tom Pernice, Jr., and Scott McCarron who tied for second. (I was playing that tournament 20 years ago. Makes me feel old.) Surprisingly, it was 55-year old Vijay’s first win on the Champions Tour. We all thought he would win on the old guy’s circuit much sooner than that. In… Read more

Forty-year old Englishman Paul Casey just won the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour at Palm Harbor, Florida. He shot a last round 5-under par 65 to defeat Pat Reed and Tiger Woods by one stroke. The crowds were out to watch the Tiger, and he did not displease them. Tiger kept parring all day today and then holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th hole to give him a chance to tie Casey. Tiger hit two good… Read more

I was one of the millions of people who were friends to Billy Graham. He endorsed my first book, The Gospels Interwoven. I’ve treasured that as one of the honors of my life. Billy Graham loved to play golf. He sometimes participated in pro-am events on the PGA Tour. He spoke to our PGA Tour Bible Study group four different times. We once had a dinner at a Marriott hotel for all the pros at the Atlanta tournament, and Billy Graham… Read more

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