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One Shot at a Time- August 13, 2013
Posted Tuesday, August 13, at 4:49 PM
My first experience with Jason Dufner was a last year's Ryder Cup. He was a man of few words. He epitomized the phrase "He lets his sticks do the talking." Dufner compiled a 3-1 record and was one of the bright spots for Team USA. My "Duf Man" recollection from that week at Medinah was when I found myself one on one with him in an elevator in the team hotel. We exchanged greetings and then he asked me, "Are you having fun?"...

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One shot at a time - Senior PGA coming to French Lick
Posted Thursday, August 1, at 12:04 PM

On Tuesday the PGA of America announced that it will hold the 2015 Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid at the Pete Dye Golf Course in French Lick. This championship is the most prestigious in all of senior golf and the announcement commanded lots of attention. Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined Jeff Fettig, CEO of Whirlpool; Steve Ferguson, Chairman of the Board of the Cook Group and President of French Lick Resorts and me in making the announcement...

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One Shot at a Time- Open Championship Wrap
Posted Wednesday, July 24, at 7:51 AM

On Sunday afternoon about thirty minutes after Phil Mickelson accepted the Claret Jug from the R&A upon winning the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield, I starting penning my weekly congratulatory letter to the latest winner on the professional golfing circuit. It's a PGA of America tradition; the President sends a note to the winners on behalf of our Association...

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One Shot at a Time- Open Championship 2013
Posted Thursday, July 18, at 8:15 AM

The 142nd Open Championship starts Thursday at Muirfield located in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland overlooking the Firth of Forth. Although Muirfield is a links course and is set upon elevated ancient land claimed from the sea highlighted by its sandy base and small sea shells in its bunkers, it has an unusual layout which was designed by Old Tom Morris...

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One Shot at a Time- July 10, 2013
Posted Wednesday, July 10, at 10:55 AM

In 1421 a Scottish regiment aiding the French against the English at the Seige of Bauge is introduced to the game of chole. Hugh Kennedy, Robert Stewart and John Smale, three of the identified players, are credited with introducing chole to Scotland in the form of golf...

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One Shot at a Time- July 3, 2013
Posted Wednesday, July 3, at 12:03 PM

Okay, so the Great Debate of 2013 has ended, pretty much. This week the PGA of America and the PGA Tour both announced that they will fall in line and follow Rule 14-1b, which when implemented in January of 2016 will ban the anchored putting stroke. Golf's professional bodies did ask the governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, for one thing and that was to extend the implementation date for recreational amateurs past 2016...

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One Shot at a Time- US Open II
Posted Friday, June 14, at 7:57 AM

The 2013 U.S. Open has established itself as a landmark major golf championship and the credit goes to the United States Golf Association. In particular, Mike Davis the USGA's Executive Director who specializes in golf course setups for its championships, has proven that you can return to the past...

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One Shot at a Time- U.S. Open Preview
Posted Wednesday, June 12, at 8:17 AM

Some are calling Merion Golf Club a pint sized major championship venue because it only stretches to 6,996 yards. The historic par 70 United States Open course falls about 500 yards short of normal major championshipyardage requirements. But, when you consider Merion's storied history, it is nothing short of gargantuan...

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One Shot at a Time- June 6, 2013
Posted Friday, June 7, at 2:16 PM

Rory McIlroy showed up late on Sunday night in Rochester, NY for the PGA Championship Media Day at Oak Hill Country Club. He was fresh off the Memorial Tournament where he had another lackluster performance finishing over par for the tournament after barely making another cut. It's been a disappointing year for the 24-year old from Northern Ireland. But, never the less he showed up for his duties on Monday which included a round with the President of the PGA of America...

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One Shot at a Time- Players Championship
Posted Wednesday, May 15, at 2:20 PM

On Sunday, Tiger Woods once again proved his worth to the sport of golf as NBC posted its highest television rating for a PGA TOUR event in 2013 during the final round of The Players Championship. The network drew a 5.5 rating which is outstanding for a regular TOUR event. Woods won his fourth title of the year and dueled out a host of players down the stretch- including his arch-rival Sergio Garcia...

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One Shot at a Time- Masters 13 Wrap
Posted Friday, April 19, at 4:17 PM

My Masters week started out last Monday afternoon seated next to Chairman Billy Payne on the podium in the Media Center at Augusta National Golf Club. We were joined by Glen Nager, the President of the USGA, and the purpose was to announce an exciting junior golf initiative called Drive, Chip and Putt. Some would call it golf's version of Punt, Pass and Kick, the NFL's longstanding competition for boys and girls...

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One Shot at a Time- Masters 2013 II
Posted Friday, April 12, at 7:42 AM

In 1984 I attended my second Masters and watched Ben Crenshaw win the tournament that year by two strokes with a score of 277, which is 11 under par. Back then he was known as Gentle Ben. The handsome, young Texan had blonde hair and he was one of the hottest commodities on the PGA TOUR. At 32 years old, Crenshaw was truly one of the stars of that era...

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One Shot at a Time- Masters I- 2013
Posted Thursday, April 11, at 7:50 AM

Each year at The Masters I look forward to seeing whatever new innovations the members at Augusta National come up with to improve the tournament. This year, Rules Officials were greeted with a revised packet of information that was much more condensed. Included was a 2013 Masters Tournament Handbook and it contained some interesting historical data that I wanted to share with you...

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One Shot at a Time: Masters Preview 2013
Posted Tuesday, April 9, at 2:28 PM

"The modern golf season never ends, but it does begin. When the first contestant tees off at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday morning, golfers all over the world reset their internal clocks. The first page in a golfer's calendar has just been turned."...

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One Shot at a Time
Posted Wednesday, March 20, at 7:32 PM

Rory McIlroy showed up at PGA Headquarters on Monday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. He was a bit early and spent the first few minutes of his visit posing with the pair of trophies that he would be presented later on, the PGA of America Player of the Year Award and the Vardon Troph. Both were fruits of his outstanding 2012 season which has earned him the number one spot in the World Golf Rankings...

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One Shot at a Time- January 27 Anchoring/Bifurcation
Posted Tuesday, January 29, at 10:37 AM

The controversy surrounding the long putter has become an anchor around the neck of the golf community- literally. Since the USGA and R&A announced their intention to ban the anchored stroke on November 29 all hell has broken loose. We are currently two thirds of the way through the ninety day comment period that was created by golf's ruling bodies and nothing has been accomplished, except the creation of more controversy...

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One Shot at a Time- January 16, 2013
Posted Wednesday, January 16, at 4:10 PM

As I sat in my office on Tuesday and tried to catch up on a few things, the Golf Channel had my full attention as Ryder Cup Europe announced Paul McGinley as its 2014 Captain for the matches played at Gleneagles in Perthshire, Scotland. I have to admit that was pretty satisfying to sit back in Franklin, IN and watch the festivities from across the world in Abu Dhabi and know that in some way I had influenced what was happening...

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One Shot at a Time- November 28, 2012
Posted Wednesday, November 28, at 3:14 PM

On Wednesday, the Royal & Ancient and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf's governing bodies, announced changes to the Rules of Golf that would prohibit anchoring the club in making a stroke. The following three paragraphs are from the USGA released statement...

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One Shot at a Time- November 6, 2012
Posted Wednesday, November 7, at 11:13 AM

It's hard to describe the magnitude of this week for me personally. On Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, my name will be placed in nomination for the President of the PGA of America. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it will be a situation that Barack Obama and Mitt Romney would have cherished as I will most likely run unopposed...

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One Shot at a Time- Ryder Cup Day Three
Posted Thursday, September 27, at 10:11 AM

Davis Love III has a great sense of golf history. He is a former PGA champion and a member of five Ryder Cup teams. He is also the son of a PGA member. What many people do not know is that the Ryder Cup competition is owned by the PGA of America, not the PGA Tour. ...

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