Interviews

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Golf lover Gumbel blazes unique trail

      He has been slammed for defending and criticizing African American sports personalities. He has been chastised for being too outspoken and too reticent. Television journalist Bryant Gumbel, spent 15 years (1982-97) as the cohost of NBC’s “Today” show, but his today centers around sports.  Since 1995, he has been the host of HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” The Emmy-winning machine continues to set the pace in intelligent and enlightening sports talk and features.

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Woods slump rekindles racial debate

     The Open Championship at St. Andrews featured another dreary performance by Tiger Woods at a major and more debate on what the future holds for golf’s erstwhile phenom.

     Criticism has ranged from his game to his societal responsibility. The latter topic has always bothered me. The question is simple: Does a high profile African-American athlete like Woods have an obligation to make a stand on issues of race and prejudice? Moreover, is that obligation intensified as Woods attempts to repair his tattered public image.

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Going for Choke

     In the wake of Dustin Johnson’s so-called collapse at the recent U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, the word “choke” has been bandied about with great frequency and even a bit of devilish joy.

     Let’s face it. The only thing America loves more than a glorious winner is a monumental loser. Whether it is golf, football, baseball, you name the sport; classic chokers remain fixed in our mindsets as much, if not more, than past champions.

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Taylor’s tale getting stale

   When ex-Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was arrested in early May for third degree rape and patronizing a teenage prostitute, I could not help flashing back a few years when Taylor, then embroiled in a drug-related legal battle, said that golf, not therapy, would help him get clean and straighten out his life. 

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The Ballad of Tiger and Lefty

     They have been golf’s leading men for more than a decade. They have never been friends, compatriots or even, it seems, close acquaintances. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s only shared bond was an uncanny ability put that white ball into that elusive hole, and even this similarity was different.

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Interview with Sean Gregg – Antigua’s Head Designer and Director of Product and Development and Marketing

This year, Antigua Golf Apparel based out of Scotsdale, Arizona, is celebrating their 30th Anniversary. It is well known that they routinely test their products under the hottest Desert conditions, so it is no wonder why they are experienced in their superior ability to create dry, comfortable golf apparel. Antigua is the preferred choice for many professional players including Payne Steward, Tom Watson, Bill Mayfair, Annika Sorestam, Richard Swift, the U.S. Ryer Cup Team, and Steve Stricker.... Read More...
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Please Obey Course Rules

With the NFL adopting some new rules recently, I thought it might be time for golf to do the same. Here then, are some very important proposed rules changes for 2010.Golfers wearing clothing that resembles any color in a dish of spumoni or sherbet get 10 strokes added to their final scores. The 19th Hole is included as an official hole in all tournaments. With each Jim Beam and Coke, you may subtract one stroke from your 18-hole tally. You can use a driver. Seriously, if the guy who drives you to the course is a better player, you can use him. You must be able to recite at least three scenes from "Caddyshack" verbatim, or you will be banned from all tournament play.

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An Interview With James Driscoll PGA Tour Professional From Brookline Massachusetts A Team New England Veteran

 2/26/2010  @ TPC Scottsdale  NEGM: "James, Do you recall the first moment in time that you felt a spark about golf?   You know, excited and enthused about the sport? " JD: "I sure do. It was an old Bobby Jones instructional film. Jones was explaining the pitch, while he fired shot after shot into a small circle from about 50 yards out!  I was impressed and fascinated."   NEGM: "Did you play much golf in High School?"    JD: " I went to High School in Brookline, and also went to TAFT. I played Hockey and Golf." ... Read More...
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Going Downhill Fast

     Having spent the better part of February reading about and watching the Winter Olympics from Vancouver, I am more ready than ever for trip to the links. In truth, these icy games have served to increase my appreciation of golf. Here then are a few reasons why golf completely trumps the Winter Olympics.

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