Dustin Johnson Finally Wins a Major

As I said in my post two days ago, Dustin Johnson has been knocking on the door many times in trying to win one of the four majors in pro golf. Today, he finally knocked the door down even though for a while, it looked like another bad break might sink his ship again.Dustin won the 2016 U.S. Open by three strokes, at four under par, on the tough Oakmont Country Club with the very slippery, fast greens and picturesque sand bunkers called Church Pews, all near Pittsburgh, PA.Little-known … [Read more...]

The 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont

The U.S. Open Golf Championship is being held this week at the famed Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is most known for its fast greens and distinctive series of sand bunkers called the Church Pews located between the two parallel fairways of the third and fourth holes. (I don't recall ever visiting that heretical church)!Oakmont C.C. has now hosted fifteen major championships: twelve U.S. Opens, more than any other golf course, and three PGA Championships. I played … [Read more...]

Is Donald Trump Hurting the PGA Tour?

If he is, it look like the Tour is fighting back.Doral was always one of my favorites tournaments on the regular PGA Tour. I've blogged about this before. It was at Doral Resort and Country Club, in Miami, Florida, where I had my first good chance to win a PGA Tour tournament. It was in 1966, my second year on Tour. I led wire-to-wire until I three-putted the 71st hole to go one stroke behind. On the toughest finishing hole on the American pro golf tour then and ever since to the … [Read more...]

Spieth Wins at Colonial

Today, twenty-two year old phenom Jordan Spieth won his eighth PGA Tour tournament--the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas. That's where the great Ben Hogan used to hang out. Spieth's childhood home is in nearby Dallas. He had finished second in three PGA Tour tournaments in Texas, but never won one. This victory also put him ahead of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods who won seven PGA Tour tournaments before they turned twenty-three, which was the modern … [Read more...]

Sergio Garcia Wins Byron Nelson as Jordan Spieth Struggles

Today, Spaniard Sergio Garcia won the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament on the PGA Tour at Dallas, Texas.¬†Garcia won on the first playoff hole with Brooks Koepka. Koepka drove into the water while Garcia drove safely into the fairway and made an easy par for the win. It was his second Nelson title, winning twelve years ago, in 2004.Number 2 world pro golfer and Dallas native Jordan Spieth continued his poor play by shooting a 74 Sunday.¬†The big talk about Jordan Spieth right now is that he is … [Read more...]

Jason Day Wins the 2016 Players Championship

Number 1 pro golfer in the world, Jason Day, continued his four-stroke lead to the clubhouse today to win the Players Championship wire-to-wire. That means he led all the way from the start of the tournament to the finish. The first round he posted a 63, nine under par 72, which tied the course record. The second round he shot 66 for a tournament record of 129 for the first two rounds. From then on, he pretty much played par golf on slicked up greens the last two rounds.Tournament officials … [Read more...]

Republishing an Old Peanuts Cartoon with Me in It Is Problematic

Peanuts Collection republishes old Peanuts cartoons in some Sunday newspapers across our land. (See http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts.) Today, on May 15 2016, they republished one with me, MLB baseball player and television announcer Joe Garagiola, and hockey star Bobby Hull in it. (See below) It's been done before, such as May 15, 2005, in such newspapers as the Chicago Tribune. I forget what was the original year it was published--it must have been in the early 1970s.I didn't deserve being … [Read more...]

Day Three of the 2016 PGA Tour Players Championship

Jason Day continued his fine play today, finishing the third round of the Players Championship with a four shot lead. But it wasn't easy. He made two double bogeys the front nine. But the long hitter hung in there. For example, he hit three wood and eight iron to the 536 yard, par five, 16th hole, with over half of the green surrounded by water. But he missed his eight foot eagle putt to still register a birdie.The golf course completely changed from the first two days of play. Even though … [Read more...]