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HighlandOak

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I was there for the 2nd and 3rd rounds in 1984 when Trevino won. I was also there for the 2nd round in 1990 when Trevino and his caddie (Herman Mitchell) acted like jerks to people when they missed the cut, particularly Mitchell. He was cursing and complaining about the hills and heat.
I think we were there for round two. We were about halfway down a long part 5. Only one that went for the green in two and made it on the green was Lon Hinkle. At least for the couple of hours we were on that hole.
 
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Padreruf

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Grayson Murray of the PGA Tour is dead at age 30. Murray has been candid through the years about his struggles with anxiety, depression and alcohol abuse. Very sad. 😔


Thanks for posting...really sad ending to a talented golfer who was beset by personal troubles from teenage years on. PGA Tour is a pressure cooker and there are more than we know who cannot handle that aspect of it.
 
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Padreruf

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GT sophomore Hiroshi Tai won the Men's individual NCCA golf title yesterday...Gordon Sargent (Vandy and Birmingham) missed at least 4 key putts inside of 8 feet to lose by one stroke -- he won as a freshman in 2022.

Top 8 teams play in match play starting today. Really tough course so this could be quite interesting. And yes, AU -- #1 ranked team in the country coming in, finished 6th so they made match play. If you so desire the Golf Channel is carrying the tournament.

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BamaMoon

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Awful news about Murray. I feel so bad for his parents, especially!

On a more positive note former Bama Golfer Davis Riley won the PGA event in Texas on Sunday.
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Davis Riley Wins Charles Schwab Challenge
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Padreruf

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Auburn won the Golf National Championship...they have had a dominant team this year led by a freshman from Chapel Hill, NC. The match play score ws 3-2...FSU jumped out to an early lead but faded about the turn.


Bama wound up 10th in the rankings even though they lost Nick Dunlap (#1 in World Amateur rankings) and were upset in the Regionals finishing 1 shot out of making the Championship field.
 

Padreruf

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Scottie Scheffler wins again -- Memorial @ Jack Nicklaus place/course in Ohio, Murfield Village. Great test of golf...really hard on Sunday. Scheffler toughed it out even though he could not buy a putt until 18...he is a great competitor.

Now we have the US Open coming -- @ Pinehurst #2 originally designed by Donald Ross, the godfather of golf course architecture. This is totally different from what most professionals play week end and week out. Hard fairways, sketchy rough with sand all over, and pushup greens that repel all but the best shots -- and usually in all directions. This is more British Open golf than US golf.

I'm looking at the better Europeans to do well...Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood. Rory could threaten but his form has not been good for a while. Look out for Cam Smith -- he can putt and chip with the best. Scheffler could do well if he's not too tired from winning this past week. He can also putt and chip with anyone and is the top iron player on the tour.

I was lucky enough to attend the last 2 Opens held here, but not this year. Too much walking for this old body....

Sunday is Father's Day and my son here has asked us to come over after church to eat and watch the tournament together. Nothing better -- other than having my Atlanta son here as well.

Enjoy -- have a great week!
 
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HighlandOak

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Scottie Scheffler wins again -- Memorial @ Jack Nicklaus place/course in Ohio, Murfield Village. Great test of golf...really hard on Sunday. Scheffler toughed it out even though he could not buy a putt until 18...he is a great competitor.

Now we have the US Open coming -- @ Pinehurst #2 originally designed by Donald Ross, the godfather of golf course architecture. This is totally different from what most professionals play week end and week out. Hard fairways, sketchy rough with sand all over, and pushup greens that repel all but the best shots -- and usually in all directions. This is more British Open golf than US golf.

I'm looking at the better Europeans to do well...Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood. Rory could threaten but his form has not been good for a while. Look out for Cam Smith -- he can putt and chip with the best. Scheffler could do well if he's not too tired from winning this past week. He can also putt and chip with anyone and is the top iron player on the tour.

I was lucky enough to attend the last 2 Opens held here, but not this year. Too much walking for this old body....

Sunday is Father's Day and my son here has asked us to come over after church to eat and watch the tournament together. Nothing better -- other than having my Atlanta son here as well.

Enjoy -- have a great week!
If the setup is close to Opens past, I'm guessing anyone who can break par for the week is the new champ, maybe even as high as +2.
 
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Padreruf

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I'm thinking they probably watered the greens last night to slow them down...but will gradually let them get harder and faster over the next 4 days. Barring a lot of rain par will win this tournament...going to be a real test of skill and mental toughness.
 
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Krymsonman

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Anybody know what's going on with JT's game? (Justin Thomas). He seems to be regressing instead of getting better. I'm still pulling for him, and hope he can gets things back together.
 

Padreruf

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Anybody know what's going on with JT's game? (Justin Thomas). He seems to be regressing instead of getting better. I'm still pulling for him, and hope he can gets things back together.
He is going through a major slump -- and it has become a brain fog. Most players go through this at some point in their careers. He may recover and he may not...as nervous/skittish as he seems to be, he may never come back. The same with Jordan Spieth...
 
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BamaMoon

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He is going through a major slump -- and it has become a brain fog. Most players go through this at some point in their careers. He may recover and he may not...as nervous/skittish as he seems to be, he may never come back. The same with Jordan Spieth...
Funny, but I thought about JS too in this regard. Even more ironic they are such good friends.

I think many golf pros that have some early success go in search of improvement (swing changes) thinking they can win more and sometimes it can hurt them. I know JS has tried to change his swing some in search of improvement. I'm not sure JT has done that, but he does have a super unique type of swing.

Tiger did this several times, but he's TW and outside of JN, he's the goat.

Biggest specific about JT is he's not holing putts anymore. When he was winning, his putting was as good as anybody on tour.
 
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BamaMoon

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Wanted to give a shout out to DeChambeau.

I really didn't like him when he first came out on tour. I'm a traditionalist and he's far from that. But I must admit he's grown on me and he's kinda become a "man of the people."

He's different, but if you win two US opens, it's significant in the history of golf.
 
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Padreruf

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What a finish on Sunday! RM just flat choked on 2 short putts and handed the tournament on a silver platter to BD. For his part Bryson tried to give it back...but made a great up and down on 18 to win. Unfortunately most golf tournaments are lost rather than won...and that was what happened Sunday in Pinehurst. f

I'm ready for a peace treaty so that the best golfers can play against each other week end and week out. Diluted product helps no one. Supposedly the Saudi PIF is going to give the PGA Tour a boatload of money to come on as a partner. Some of this will go to the players who stayed loyal to the PGA. We're talking a few billion ultimately I believe.

I would not be surprised if the Saudi's tried to buy CFB...
 

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