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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 Golf.com 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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Nov 02, 2015 | 06:13 am

Confidentially Speaking

The new volume of Tom Doak’s Confidential Guide to Golf Courses is now available. The second of five editions planned by Doak and co-authors Ran Morrissett, Masa Nishijima, and Darius Oliver covers courses in The Americas, Winter Destinations, and is 260 pages long—80 pages longer than volume one, on Great Britain and Ireland, which was released last year. Eventually the five books will feature 2,500 courses from around the world, with each one including a “Gourmet’s Choice” of longer write-ups on the authors’ favorite courses in the region. In the warm-weather Americas those courses are:

  • Audubon Park (a 4,200 yard municipal course in New Orleans)
  • California Golf Club
  • Cypress Point
  • Diamante (Dunes), Mexico
  • Kapalua (Plantation)
  • Los Angeles CC (North)
  • Mid Ocean, Bermuda
  • Old Town Club
  • Peachtree
  • El Potrerillo de Larreta, Argentina
  • Sand Hollow
  • Seminole
  • Shadow Creek
  • Streamsong (Blue)
  • Teeth of the Dog, Dominican Republic
  • Tobacco Road
  • Wolf Point (a one-man private course in Texas)
  • Yeamans Hall

Talking to The Buzz, Doak said, “The section on South America, in particular, is brand new and more thorough than anything I've seen about golf in that part of the world. And I think I reviewed 97 courses in California, so that's pretty thorough, too!” The new volume costs $60—or all five for $280—from his website.

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