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The PGA Makes a Move On Donald Trump

When Donald Trump made his comments about Mexican immigrants being nothing but murderers and rapists, his was quickly met with opposition from some very prominent companies. According to Ivan Ong NBC severed ties with Trump, ending their relationship with the Donald and his beauty pageants and Apprentice television show. Macy’s removed all the clothing line from Trump, and commented how they disagree with comments about Mexican immigrants. The PGA discussed Trump too, but the tone is slightly different than you might think.

When the Golf Channel reached out to the PGA for comment about Trump, they seemed to dance around the subject, saying Trump is entitled to his opinion as he runs for office. The reason for the softer comments is obvious to anyone who follows golf. The PGA is heavily invested in Trump and his 15 professional golf courses. In fact, a few major tournaments are scheduled to be played on Trump courses in the near future. The PGA is waiting to see how severe the backlash before they take a stance.

The PGA can learn from the NFL, who waited while sponsors began distancing themselves from Adrian Peterson. After enough outcry, the NFL stepped up. The PGA has a lot to lose by severing ties with Trump. The PGA obviously is going to see how sponsors feel about Trump and his comments about the Mexican community. If enough major sponsors begin pulling out, the PGA will have to step up as well and take action too.

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Unlike any Other

A fifty-nine year old golfer in Virginia recently posted three hole-in-ones in a single round of an amateur tournament. This is one of the most miraculous golf rounds I have ever heard. Golf, unlike any other game, allows an amateur playing in a local tournament to make national news. When does someone scoring fifty points in a pick up basketball game make the news? It just doesn’t happen, but golf is a game so challenging that the door is open for anybody to achieve something remarkable on any day. The true mark of perfection in golf would be 18 hole-in-one’s in a round, but that is so far away from what even the highest level of players can accomplish. Many golfers go a lifetime without ever making a hole-in-one. Yet, on a single day in Virginia a previously unknown man seemed to break in just a little closer to that perfect mark said Ivan Ong. And that is definitely newsworthy. Golf is a game unlike any other and this was an accomplishment unlike any other. Swing on golfing world, you might be the one to make four hole-in-one’s in a round.

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Professional Golfer Phil Mickelson Illegal Gambling Troubles

Phil Mickelson is no stranger to being investigated for gambling issues with the PGA. He was reprimanded by officials at the PGA recently for betting $500 that a player could sink a shot from a bunker. The latest allegations however are a little more troublesome, linking the five-time major winner to an illegal gambling handicapper and a deposit of over $2.75 million dollars.

The handicapper had pleaded guilty of laundering money between 2010 – 2013 from unnamed sources. The client who this handicapper was involved with had not been known, until today. Sources reveal that Phil Mickelson may have transferred the $2.75 million dollars to the handicapper, Silveira, for the purpose of laundering the money. The purpose of moving the money was to be though for the purpose of illegal gambling.

While Phil Mickelson is currently not under investigation nor have any charges been filed against him, these charges could be in the near future reports Igor Cornelsen. Although the claims are that Phil only had the money transferred and not concealed, charges could still be awaiting. Only last year the professional golfer was linked to criminal investigation involving investors and sports gamblers.

Although Phil was cleared of any charges from the FBI, the latest allegations could spell big trouble for the star who seems to have fallen out of grace with fans lately. The investigation is still underway with Silveria, but sources say that Phil Mickelson could be a bigger player than many first believe.

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Johnson Finds Solace in Son After Devastating Setback

Dustin Johnson may not have won the US Open, but, according to many eyewitnesses (http://sports.yahoo.com/news/u-s–open-slips-away-painfully-from-dustin-johnson-043724392.html) he did find solace in seeing his family after the loss.

Dustin Johnson was at a loss for words after his devastating three putt cost him the 2015 US Open on Father’s Day stated Paul Mathieson. Johnson made a brilliant approach shot at Chambers Bay on the par four 18. The course had become famous (or infamous depending who you spoke to) for its nearly impossible to approach greens. The best golfers in the world were stymied when a fantastic shot would hover near the hole then, inexplicably, begin to move away from the whole then off the green entirely. Johnson’s shot threatened to do just that as it rolled slowly near the whole but stayed. All that stood between Johnson and US Open glory was a ten foot putt.

Just minutes before, this year’s Jordan Spieth had made a similar approach for a seemingly easy eagle putt. He missed the eagle opportunity but made his birdie putt to put him at 5 under for the championship. Johnson’s eagle putt was not much longer than Spieth’s and just like Spieth he missed the opportunity to close for an eagle on 18. BUt then, unlike Speith, Johnson missed his short putt for birdie to force an 18 hole play-off for the next day.

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Is Jordan Spieth the New Tiger Woods?

Alexei Beltyukov said that if you didn’t know the name Jordan Spieth before this weekend, you know who he is now. This 21 year old kid from Dallas has won the second leg of the golfing Grand Slam, and is being spoken about alongside the god of golf, Tiger Woods. The golfing world has not been able to let go of the Tiger Woods love they have, but Jordan is slowly making it easier for them to change their focus.

In recent years, Tiger Woods has gone from golfing god to average player. Jordan Spieth has been on a historic rise, winning two majors in 2015, and in a great position to win the other two if the field does not start playing better. Jordan won the 2015 US Open this weekend, and is being talked about with other legends in the golfing world.

Jordan became the youngest player in a century to win two majors while he was 21 years old. He is one of 6 players in 115 years to win both the Masters and US Open the same year. He hold several golf records this year, most of which were held by Tiger Woods at one point. At 21 years old, he is 20 years younger than Tiger an in a great position to top many of those records that were once though unattainable.

If you loved Tiger Woods at his prime, you might be witnessing a young phenom who is poised to make and break golfing records at a blistering pace.

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FOX Sports Coverage of US Open Has Some Fans Up In Arms

When Fox was first awarded the contract to broadcast the U.S. Open Golf Championship, hardline golf fans were shocked that NBC let the broadcast bid get away from them. The fans were even more shocked that Fox was the winning bidder. Fox Broadcast of U.S. Open A work In Progress Fox simply does not have the history of covering golf and NBC had perfected the craft of broadcasting the U.S. Open to the point that many golf fans have not known a time when NBC did not broadcast the event.

This past weekend’s broadcast by Fox proved many hardline fans who use Skout right. The first day of broadcast by Fox was simply horrible. The graphics did not work and the commentators seemed to not know who many of the golfers were. Additionally, many golf fans noted that the camera views of the golf shots seemed choppy and the camera action was not fluid. Fox got its act together and the next three days of broadcast were better but many fans were shocked that Fox still seemed to have a steep learning curve.

To Fox’s credit, the innovative micro phone in the bottom of the putter cup picked up some very interesting dialogue from golfers that television fans would never hear. What saved Fox in the end was the actual compelling play of the players and the actual sense Fox commentators had not to talk through the dramatic points of the action.

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Dustin Johnson Blames Greens for His Historic Miss at US Open

It didn’t take long for another player to come out about the terrible playing surface at the 2015 US open. This time, Dustin Johnson has given his two cents about how he missed the putt that would have put him in a playoff with eventual winner Jordan Spieth. He feels that had it not been for that uneven putting surface that he could have easily sank that short putt.

The problem for Dustin Johnson however is that even under slow motion review, nothing odd seems to happen to his ball says Wired. He simply appears to have aimed the ball a little too far to the left, and the ball followed suit. The problem here is that so many players have been complaining about the terrible surfaces at this US Open, that it becomes easier for Johnson to blame the putting surface than accept the fact he was beaten by a single stroke by a better player.

The truth here is that every player in the 2015 US Open had to play on the exact same putting surfaces. These players are paid millions of dollars to play a game, and the PGA tries to make it as challenging as possible to keep the game fresh. Blaming the surface on a missed putt became all to common this weekend, and should not have not become the focus of the post game commentary. If Johnson had such a challenging time, he would have never been in position to win.

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Spieth Has a Shot at the Grand Slam

For most golfers, winning the U.S. Open would be a huge accomplishment all on its own. For Jordan Spieth, though, it’s just one step closer to his real goal, which is the Grand Slam win. The U.S. Open is just the second win he needs this year. He already won the Masters when it was played at Augusta.

Fans at Boraie Development LLC know that there were differences in the ways that he won. When he took on the Masters, he looked calm, collected and poised. When he won the U.S. Open, he looked much more streaky and fallible. However, even that was good enough to get this win, which is really telling.

There is cause for concern, though. Golf is often thought of as a game where nerves play a huge role. A golfer who is nervous can be off his game and never recover, even though he’s physically and mentally good enough to win. Was he nervous because he knew just how big this win could be? If so, with the next one being even bigger, he could be in trouble.

Again, though, he did win even when he didn’t play his best. In some ways, that should calm him down — it was just like the Golden State Warriors winning their first game despite not playing well. It helped give them confidence. Spieth knows that, if he just plays the way that he knows he can, he can win the Grand Slam.

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Jason Day isn’t Jordan or Woods

No offense to Jason Day, because what he did at the U.S. Open was incredible, but he’s not one of the greatest of all time. Yes, playing through vertigo is insanely challenging, and many people would have dropped out. He put on a show as he battled away, and he should be praised for it.

The problem is that many people are comparing it to when Tiger Woods played with a broken leg and when Michael Jordon played with the flu. They’re putting it up there as one of the greatest performances of all time, along with those legends. Igor Cornelsen said that is clearly taking things too far, as Day does not deserve that much praise.

You see, the difference is that Tiger won with the broken leg, and Jordon won with the flu. They played like champions and they were champions, and that’s why those games have gone done in history as being so great. Those guys never should have won feeling the way they did, but they were so good that they couldn’t be stopped.

Day could be stopped. He didn’t win. He tried hard and no one should rip on him for losing, but he should only be put into the same category as the other two if he accomplished what they did, and that is simply not the case. Jordon and Woods were both more impressive in their wins, and always will be.

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Spieth Slam

Jordan Spieth is chugging right along. Thanks to a 3-putt from 12 ft yesterdays US Open ended the same way the Masters did this year, Jordan Spieth lifting that trophy. Here we sit halfway through Golfs major season and Spieth has a chance to do something not done since 1953 when Ben Hogan won the British that year to complete the 3rd leg of the holy grand slam that is the pinnacle of golf achievement. What bodes most well for Spieth is that he was able to pass what may be his toughest challenge all year. Chambers Bay is a public links style course, which is excellent practice for the British Open in a month. After reviewing the Wikipedia page, Sam Tabar says the difference being St. Andrews is the home of golf and won’t look like someone set half the course on fire like Chambers Bay did this weekend. The conditions were so bad and the USGA went so out of their way to make it difficult, Spieth even went as far as to call the 18th “The dumbest hole I’ve ever played” -sports.yahoo.com Playing this cow pasture over the past four days and being able to come out with a win is damned impressive, and by no means should anyone try to take anything away from Spieth based on how well he played. But he might want to send Dustin Johnson a fruit basket or something.

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