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PGA & LPGA Tours Have Very Busy Schedules Over Next 8 Weeks

PGA & LPGA Tours Have Very Busy Schedules Over Next 8 Weeks

While the casual golf fan is in the middle of his season in the northern portion of the United States, the professionals on the PGA & LPGA Tours are in the Home Stretch and looking to finish strong over the next nine weeks. With millions of dollars waiting to be won there is a huge rush to the end of the season on both tours. Tournament schedules are normally crowded this time of year, with big events and players trying […]

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2015 Biggest Golf Stories No. 4: Donald Trump Creates A Fuss

This article is derived from a discussion of the Top 12 Golf Stories for 2015 on the December 15, Back 9 Report. Fred Altvater led the discussion with additions from Mike May, Carlos Torres and Kieran Clark. It seemed Back 9 Report had a segment in the “Par 5 News” featuring Donald Trump and his run for the Republican Presidential nomination every week last year. He made non-politically-correct comments about illegal immigrants in the United States and tried to bring […]

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Tom Watson Shuns PGA of America

Three years ago Ted Bishop was in the first months of his tenure as President of the PGA of America. Team USA had just suffered yet another embarrassing loss to the Europeans in the Ryder Cup at Medinah and the powers that be were looking for answers. Bishop being somewhat of an outside-the-box thinker chose long-time friend and eight-time major champion Tom Watson as the man to lead the Americans to victory  in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Watson […]

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David Feherty Signs with NBC/Golf Channel

When David Feherty decided to hang up his golfing spikes in 1997, he began his broadcast career with CBS as an on-course announcer. He played his golf primarily on the European Tour, where he accumulated five wins and was a member of one memorable Ryder Cup, The “War By The Shore” in 1991. Feherty, born in Northern Ireland, has become a naturalized U.S. citizen and wear’s his American patriotism proudly. He is a huge proponent of U.S. military veterans and […]

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The 2015 Open Championship Has a Multitude of Great Storylines

I cannot remember a tournament with the quality, as well as, the quantity of great story lines and the number of players that were legitimately in contention coming down the final few holes at the Open Championship last week. Weather always plays a major role in any Open Championship and weather issues created controversy on Saturday. With several players yet to complete their second round because of heavy rains on Friday, Saturday morning play was started at 7:00 AM local […]

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The 10 Greatest Performances in Open Championship History

By: Claudia Mazzucco  Golf historian, Claudia Mazzucco has submitted this timely piece to Back 9 Blog listing the 10 Greatest Performances in Open Championship History. No. 1: Jack Nicklaus & Tom Watson, 1977 It became known as “The Duel in the Sun.” In the last two rounds of the 1977 Open Championship on the links of Turnberry, Scotland, Tom Watson shot 65-65 to beat Jack Nicklaus by one stroke over two breathtaking days because Jack could only manage scores of […]

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I admit it – I am a golfaholic, as well as a teaching professional. I have enjoyed playing the grand game of golf for over 40 years. In addition to playing, I find teaching golf very rewarding – I love to see students when they finally hit that great shot, make the long put, chip in or kill that long drive. - See more at: Toledo Ohio Golf Lessons - About Fred