Nov 06, 2015 | 06:59 am

Own 125

We usually don’t run much instruction at Links, but if someone is going to offer tips for free from one of the country’s best teachers, we’ll listening gladly. The folks at Cleveland Golf have enlisted short-game guru Dave Pelz to get the rest of us to “Own 125,” meaning have control over shots inside 125 yards, which, Pelz says, is 65% of the game. The Cleveland Golf website has videos and other information (as well as selling their very fine wedges and putters), and all sorts of stuff from Pelz, including results of his research. It’s good stuff, and, judging both our own games and those of the people we usually play with, very timely. Start with this video from Pelz, check out the website, and you’ll “own 125.

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Nov 05, 2015 | 09:41 am

Lefty Axes Butch

Phil Mickelson and Butch Harmon are parting ways after eight years together when he won 11 times, including the 2010 Masters and 2013 Open Championship. But after no wins and just five top 10s the last two years, Lefty told Alan Bastable of that he needed "to hear new ideas from a different perspective." That person would be Andrew Getson, a 41-year-old Aussie out of Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, according to a report by Golf Digest. At least Mickelson had the class to fly to Las Vegas and tell Harmon in person. It was not going to end bitterly like it did with Tiger Woods in 2002. "I respect him as a person and as a teacher and as a friend, and just wanted to talk to him in person about it,” Mickelson told Tim Rosaforte. "It’s not something you do over the phone. He’s been good to me long before we ever started working together. That stuff is never easy, but it’s what he deserves."

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Nov 04, 2015 | 08:50 am

Random Act of Kindness

Need a new driver? You might try asking Rory McIlroy on social media. That's what one fan did yesterday on Facebook and lo and behold, Rory was actually reading his page and told the follower, Barry Edwards, that he had one lying around he could send him. McIlroy had just posted some photos from Shanghai, where he was doing some corporate promotions with Bose and Nike before the start of the WGC-HSBC Championship, when Edwards commented, "Nice plug m8. P.s. I need a new driver." Nice guy that he is, Rory responded, "Sure. I'll send you a Nike covert driver. Served me well!" Did it ever. He won both the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2014 with it (he's currently using a Nike Vapor Pro model). When another follower commented that we'd soon see the driver on e-bay, Edwards responded, "It's going no-where...It'll be treasured greatly....."

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Nov 03, 2015 | 08:55 am

Tiger's Future? Do the Math.

Anyone (other than Tiger Woods) who still harbors a hope that The Striped One can equal or surpass Jack Nicklaus’s 18 major championships should heed the words of his former instructor Hank Haney. Granted there is no love lost between Haney and Woods, but you can’t argue with Haney’s:  “He’s on bed rest [after a second back surgery in a few weeks] and we don’t know when he’s going to come back…he’s missed so much time… You add up the knee injury, you add up the scandal, you add up everything you want to add up and it equals 6 1/2 of the last nine years...You take a superior athlete out of their sport for six out of nine years, and then you couple that to the fact that it is a 40-year-old professional athlete, so you are competing against a lot of great young players that just seemingly get better all the time, that aren’t scared of you because they’ve, frankly, a lot of them, have never seen his greatness, at least they’ve never competed against it, and you think, ‘How can you get your game back?’ And especially when your game is in the state that Tiger’s was in last year, which was not good.”

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