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2016 Top 10 Golf Stories: No. 7 Dustin Johnson Beats the USGA

2016 Top 10 Golf Stories: No. 7 Dustin Johnson Beats the USGA

This is a summary of a discussion of the Top 10 Golf Stories from 2016 on the December 13th, Back 9 Report and can be heard in its entirety at on TuneIN: http://tunein.com/radio/The-Back-9-Report-p620823/   Dustin Johnson not only had to fend off the field at the US Open at Oakmont in June, he also had to beat the USGA rules officials, as well. The use of super slo-motion cameras and reviewing a shot from various angles to use that video to […]

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Questions Persist Days After the USGA Ruling Fiasco at Oakmont

Questions Persist Days After the USGA Ruling Fiasco at Oakmont

“If the Putter Doesn’t Hit……..You Must Acquit”……..…Not-Johnny Cochran   For a game that prides itself as a Gentlemanly pastime and self-enforces penalties, golf has seen some bizarre happenings over the years that have drastically affected the outcome of major golf tournaments. Before video replay and electronic scoreboards, Bob Goalby became the lucky recipient of the Masters Green Jacket in 1968, when Roberto De Vincenzo signed for an incorrect score and was disqualified. Tiger Woods hit such an accurate chip shot […]

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Back 9 Report Gives Thanks

Kieran Clark joined the Back 9 Report Tuesday evening, to provide insight into the Race to Dubai, while Carlos and Fred covered timely golf news items and provided analysis. Here are some highlights the show. Cristie Kerr won the $500,000 first-place check at the CME Group Tour Championship, but Lydia Ko won the $1 million Race to the CME Globe bonus for the second consecutive year. In just two years on tour, Ko has won nearly $7 million and is […]

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Is Donald Trump, Good, Bad or Just Plain Stupid?

Over the past week, Donald Trump has been garnering more headlines than normal, even by his standards. He set off a firestorm in the golf community with comments regarding illegal aliens in the United States. Trump, who announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for President, made statements to the effect that illegals are the bane of the United States and the root cause of everything bad in this country, including bad breath and ill-advised hairdos. First let me […]

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Jeff Maggert Wins, Tom Watson Competes & Fox Improves at U.S. Senior Open

Jeff Maggert played nearly perfect golf on Sunday and won the U,S. Senior Open at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California. He fired a final round five-under-par 65 to edge defending champion Colin Montgomerie by a two strokes. Maggert won just three PGA Tour events over his 28-year career, but has won three times on the Champions Tour in just a little over one year. He came close several times in majors on the regular tour, but could never […]

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Chambers Bay is Not To Blame

The USGA in their infinite wisdom decided to bring the 2015 U.S. Open to a golf course that has only been open for eight years. The Pacific Northwest is one of the most beautiful areas on earth and Chambers Bay on a normal day is a fine piece of art, sculpted by famed Robert Trent Jones. When you have the Mona Lisa, you don’t need to redo her smile. The USGA feels the need every year to develop a golf […]

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Bruce Murray is “Mr. Chambers Bay”

Last October I stopped at Chambers Bay to do some recon for the U.S. Open that is being played this week. Due to untimely flight schedules, I missed the official USGA Media Day by a single day. With no one about to guide me, I took it upon myself to walk a few holes to get the feel of the beautiful course. As I approached one of the tee boxes a member of the maintenance crew came over and asked […]

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