On This Blasted Heath

  Watching the US Open preview on TV the other night, these lines from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” popped into my head: Upon this blasted heath you stop our way with such prophetic greeting Like the witches on that dreary piece of Scottish landscape, the golf gurus were foretelling the future. And as it did for Macbeth, inevitable […]
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Ruining a Great Old Game

  An iconic golf course in our town is being converted into a park. Sandra’s father and brother used to play there. Her dad, Buster, was a pro and her brother, David, played on the University of Florida team. I wonder what Buster would have to say about the closing of the old golf complex? […]
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A Zillion Shades of Grey

  I suppose the success of books like “Fifty Shades of Grey” reveals that we are all. to some extent, masochists. But, to me,  the most convincing evidence is the popularity of golf. Millions play the “game” all over the world and many more millions watch it in person or on TV. Yet it can […]
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The Right Stuff

Looking at Marin Cilic (top photo) and Kei Nishikori (bottom photo), which one would you pick in tomorrow’s US Open tennis final? Cilic is six feet, six inches tall and has a serve not seen since Goran Ivanisevic, his new coach. Nishikori is eight inches shorter and not nearly as athletic-looking as Cilic. But don’t […]
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Old Men Who Run Golf are Ruining it for Fans

I am dead certain that none of the old men who run golf could have broken 100 on the tricked up Merion course that the world’s best golfers were obliged to play over the weekend. They presented competitors in the US Open with an impossible task. Take that par-four 18th hole, for example. I’m sure […]
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