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Jul 25, 2014 | 06:20 AM

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By: George Peper | @gpeperlinks

Like: The return of the Long Drive Contest to the PGA Championship. Who doesn’t like watching the world’s best players bomb it as long as they can? (They'll be doing so on Valhalla's 10th hole, above.)


Don’t Like: The distances these guys hit it these days in comparison to the firepower of rank-and-file golfers (who have gained some yardage because of advancements in technology, but not nearly as much as the pros). For those who advocate two sets of Rules, this is perhaps the strongest argument.

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Jul 18, 2014 | 09:38 AM

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By: George Peper | @gpeperlinks

Like:  The recent talk of a Senior Ryder Cup to be played next September (the site, yet to be announced, will be in the U.S.). The Champions Tour could use a shot in the arm and this would certainly be it.


Don’t Like: Europe’s chances in such an event. Sure there’s the currently hot Monty,  ageless Langer, and entertainment-value Jimenez, but after that it’s pretty slim pickins. They’d likely have to reach back to guys like Lyle, Woosnam, Faldo, and Torrance, all of whom are a bit past their sell-buy dates. I don’t see that lot gaining too many points against the likes of Love, Perry, Austin, Couples, Maggert, Haas, Sluman, Lehman, et al.

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Jul 11, 2014 | 10:29 AM

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By: George Peper | @gpeperlinks

Like: This time of the year on the pro tours—two weeks of watching the world’s best players tackle links golf. When else can we see what happened yesterday, Rory McIlroy driving the green of a 436-yard par four? The weekend surely will bring more such entertainment, both ecstasy and agony, courtesy of the hard, fast, wind-blown turf, both with the men in the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen (above) and the ladies in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Don’t Like: The outlook for the Open Championship next week at Hoylake, where it appears the bounce-and-roll aspect won’t be nearly what it was when Tiger won there eight years ago, hitting only one driver in 72 holes. According to the latest reports, the course is much more lush this time around, the fairways are not running much, the rough is thick, and rain is in the forecast almost every day for the next week, meaning things are not going to get any faster. Last month brought us a U.S. Open that played a bit like an Open Championship; next week may bring an Open Championship that plays a bit like a U.S. Open.

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Jul 04, 2014 | 10:38 AM

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By: George Peper | @gpeperlinks

Like: Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson’s invitation to all prospective team members to join him for a reconnaissance trip to Gleneagles next weekend. The Euros are very familiar with the course that will host the matches and our guys are not.

Don’t Like: The acceptance rate. Watson invited about 20 players—thus far, only 4 or 5 have accepted.

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