Brooks Koepka Wins 2017 U. S. Open

Today, a star was born in the world of golf. Twenty-seven year old Brooks Koepka won the U. S. Open Golf Championship at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin by four strokes with a record-tying 16 under par 272. And he appeared so nonchalant about it, just like it was an easy stroll in the park. Nothing to it. No fist-pumping, no jumping in the air, no cracking a smile. We finally saw him smiling on television when it was all over.Brooks Koepka played the role of a world beater today, coming from … [Read more...]

Brian Harman Leads the U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is being played this week at Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin. It's the first time the Open has ever been conducted in Wisconsin. In my day Andy North, who was from Wisconsin, won the U.S. Open twice.The U.S. Open has always been my favorite tournament. I competed in it twelve times and made the 60-man cut (and ties) for 36 holes eight times. My only real chance to win was in 1972 at Pebble Beach, my favorite course. I led late in the third round and then double bogied the 17th … [Read more...]

Wins FedEx St. Jude Classic

When golfers win a tournament and then try to defend their title the next year, they have such fond memories of that win that it can give them a big boost of confidence to repeat the win. However, it can go the other way, with a player feeling extra pressure. Apparently, it was the former attitude that won out this week at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee.Daniel Berger is 24 years old and in his third year on the PGA Tour. One year ago, he won the 2016 FedEx St. Jude Classic. … [Read more...]

Are We Getting Less Sleep Due to Global Warming?

Health practitioners increasingly stress how important it is for us humans to get sufficient sleep to maintain good health. Now, some researchers are saying we're getting less sleep due to global warming.The results of a new, largest-of-its-kind study were published last week as evidence of this loss of sleep. Nick Obradovich--a doctoral student at the University of California at San Diego--is the lead author of the study who conducted much of its research. He says, "We found that unusually … [Read more...]

Dufner Wins Memorial

Stoic Jason Dufner recovered from a disastrous five-over par 77 on Saturday to win the Memorial yesterday by three strokes with a 68 for a total of 275. Dufner had set the 36-hole tournament record on the first two days with a pair of 65s, 14 under par. So, to do that, shoot a whopping 77 on Saturday, and still win the tournament on Sunday was quite a remarkable achievement.This tournament is hosted by Jack Nicklaus at his Muirfield Village golf layout in Dublin, a suburb of Jack's boyhood … [Read more...]

The Worst Disease in Golf Has Hit the PGA Tour

The most dreaded disease in golf is the shanks. In the game of golf, nothing worse compares to it except swiping at that little white sphere and missing it altogether. I don't know which is more embarrassing--a shank or a miss. It depends on how bad the shank is and the course layout. If it's a really bad shank, and there's a boundary to the right, the ball might go out-of-bounds. Same for a water hazard. Either way, both shots make a shank worst than a miss because you incur one or two penalty … [Read more...]

Senior PGA at Trump National This Week

The Senior PGA Championship is being hosted this week at Trump National Golf Club, located on the Potomac River twenty-five miles northwest of Washington D.C. Law enforcement officials expect protests, at least along the river. Will The Donald show up for the tournament? He returns to Washington Saturday from his ten-day trip to the Middle East and Europe. So, the only day he could visit the tournament is Sunday. I doubt it will occur. He used to fly into Doral, Miami, in a helicopter to appear … [Read more...]

Si Woo Kim Wins the 2017 Players Championship

South Korean Si Woo Kim won the Player's championship today at 21 years of age, the youngest to ever win it. Even though he missed ten greens today, he got it up-and-down all ten times to finish with a ten under par total 274 to win by three strokes over two second place finishers: Englishman Ian Poulter and South African Louis Oosterhuizen. Where were all the Americans? Kyle Stanley, of Gig Harbor, Washington, got back in the limelight since his winning the Phoenix Open in 2012 by tying … [Read more...]