Nov 11, 2015 | 11:21 am


With this being Veterans Day, here's a video made by the World Golf Hall of Fame that honors the 20+ inductees who served in the armed forces, including Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Patty Berg, and Tommy Armour, who lost an eye as a tank core commander in the British forces during World War I. The most decorated player was Lloyd Mangrum, who earned two Purple Hearts fighting on D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge. His locker at the hall includes half of a $1 bill that he and his best friend, Sgt. Robert Green, tore in half in the landing craft going ashore on D-Day with the idea that they would join them back together when it was all over. Green didn't make it and Mangrum carried the torn bill the rest of his life. Another pro who saw a lot of action was Larry Nelson, who served in the army in Vietnam. Asked if he was nervous over a final putt to win, he said, "After being in combat and through the pressures of life and death situations, standing over a putt is nothing."

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Nov 10, 2015 | 11:43 am

Programming Note

If you missed the latest golf movie, 'The Squeeze' (and most of us did, since its box-office life was rather brief) know that it will have its television premiere tonight at 8 pm ET on Golf Channel. Written and directed by Terry Jastrow (known equally for his multiple Emmy-winning stint as producer/director of ABC TV’s golf coverage and for the fact that he’s married to actress Anne Archer), The Squeeze is the story of a talented young golfer (played by actor/scratch golfer Jeremy Sumpter) who makes a Faustian deal with a notorious gambler (Christopher McDonald who played Shooter McGavin in 'Happy Gilmore'). The golf swings are more credible than in most golf movies, but not much else is, and critics panned the movie when it opened in April. Its Rotten Tomatoes rating was just 17% with the worst review coming from the L.A. Times: “Between plot and character there are definitely 18 holes in ‘The Squeeze’.” If it’s larger-than-life characters, searing dialog, and cutthroat conflict you want this evening, tune into the Fox Business Network for The Republican Presidential Debate. Otherwise, for mindless entertainment golf-style there are worse ways to spend 95 minutes than with 'The Squeeze'. If you miss it tonight, fear not. Golf Channel, having aired 'Tin Cup' hundreds of times, will surely do the same with 'The Squeeze'.

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Nov 09, 2015 | 06:30 am

Open Me First!

Stuck for the perfect holiday present? Give the gift of Oakmont. The USGA has a special holiday offer on tickets to the 116th U.S. Open, to be held at historic Oakmont Country Club outside of Pittsburgh on June 16-19, 2016: Order before November 30 of this year and the USGA also will ship the purchaser a free personalized brass Oakmont bag tag. Daily tickets start at $50, while weekly packages start at $450—there are a host of ticket choices, many including access to air-conditioned pavilions and other amenities—available from the USGA. Tickets include access to the club grounds, complimentary parking, and shuttle bus transportation to and from the gate.

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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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