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Apr 04, 2013 | 12:25 PM

Welcome Back, Annika

She’s not planning a return to the LPGA Tour—too bad—but it’s still great to hear some smart, straightforward words from one of the classiest golfers of our time. Ms. Sorenstam minces few words in an online interview definitely worth reading. While many will pick up on her criticism of Michelle Wie (“the talent we thought would be there is not there”), just as interesting are her thoughts on the long putter (“not a big deal”), pace of play (“the biggest issue”), differences between the men’s and women’s tours (“we pay for everything”), and more. Currently dividing her time between an array of business ventures and her family, it would be great if Annika became more vocal, perhaps the female equivalent to Jack, Arnie, and the other leading men who weigh in on every issue affecting the game. Besides a fresh perspective, it might be a shot in the arm to women’s golf. We’d listen.

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Apr 03, 2013 | 06:55 AM

Happy Trails

Perhaps the most underrated course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort is Bandon Trails, the Pine Valley-esque design by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. People tend to focus on the epic, seaside layouts of the namesake course and Pacific Dunes instead of the intimate inland routing of Trails. The course also had a few quirks that players rightfully found objectionable, but most of those have been eliminated with the latest tweaks. The course just reopened following improvement to several holes, most notably the par-four 18th. Coore and Crenshaw removed a fairway dune so the tee shot is no longer a blind drive (the green is now visible from the tee), softened the crowned fairway, and lowered the green by five feet while also removing the false front so balls don’t run back down the fairway. The difficult, par-four 15th also has been made a little easier, particularly the green, which now has more pin locations. Surprisingly, the designing duo didn’t alter the most controversial hole, the drivable par-four 14th (pictured above), where all drives seem to find a deep swale right of the green. (By the way, the 14th is referenced in an article called “Great Courses, Awful Holes” in the just-released spring issue of LINKS.)

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Apr 02, 2013 | 02:04 PM

"George, I'm sinking mate!"

It's truly amazing 1) what's on the internet, and 2) what people will make movies of. This YouTube clip  is very amusing, and yet who of us hasn't been in a similar situation at least once on a golf course? But knowing how expensive golf balls are in Britain, can you blame him?

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Apr 02, 2013 | 06:26 AM

American Legions

Mentioning it is probably a jinx, but the USA is on a roll. Since the 2013 PGA Tour season began, all 14 tournaments have been won by Americans. In order, starting with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, the winners have been: Dustin Johnson, Russell Henley, Brian Gay, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Brandt Snedeker, John Merrick, Matt Kuchar, Michael Thompson, Scott Brown, Woods, Kevin Streelman, Woods, and D.A. Points. (Note: The 14 also include 5 first-time winners.) According to the New York Times, this bests the 13-event-long American winning streak of 1989, which ended at the Masters thanks to Englishman Nick Faldo—one month before Rory McIlroy was born! Looking for precedent? As they say on Wall Street, past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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