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My end-of-the-season ritual: It’s over and I’m good with that

I am not grieving the end of the golf season. I’m done and I’m good with it. I’ve accepted that I won’t be hitting the little white ball off green grass for another five months, except in the unlikely event that I go south this winter. Over the past half-dozen years or so, I’ve followed a season-ending ritual that allows me to segue into winter unbridled with sorrow and longing. If you are “normal” person, you may not grasp the pathos of … [Read More...]

Dawn Coe-Jones: funny, grounded and a heck of a player

My mother has a great line about women such as Dawn Coe-Jones: Dawn was a No-Shit Shirley. There was no pretense or ambiguity about Dawn. She was a straight arrow, and she'd call out anything that appeared steeped in BS, usually with a well-aimed and funny skewering. I was sad yesterday to hear of her passing at the age of 56 from cancer. As this tribute makes clear, the three-time winnner on the LPGA Tour had a directness that … [Read More...]

What’s so funny bout peace and love in a Trump world?

  After Trump jumped into an early lead, I was too nervous, sad and exhausted to watch any more and went to bed. I woke up shortly after 3 a.m. with a sense of dread that the unthinkable had happened. My mind raced with thoughts of people being deported en masse, media organizations being muzzled, and of nuclear annihilation. I worried for the future of my sons. But after getting up and digesting some of the coverage, I was somewhat … [Read More...]

Tiger has to get back on his horse

Oh man. That is very bad news that Tiger Woods has suddenly put the brakes on the great big audacious comeback. The timing is brutal and indicates that all is not well in Tiger’s head and it’s highly likely he’s still got some kind of yips. After confirming Friday that he would return from his year-long absence from the PGA Tour in this week’s Safeway Open, Tiger abruptly announced his withdrawal Monday. What’s up? Hard to say, but he may … [Read More...]

Arnold Palmer: A legend worth thanking and emulating

I learned in a text from a 16-year-old golfer last night that Arnold Palmer had died yesterday at the age of 87. Then he simply wrote: Legend. While it was sad that the King had passed on, it made me feel good that a teenage golfer was aware of the importance of Arnold Palmer to golf specifically and arguably to sports generally. Palmer is the single greatest influence in the growth of golf around the world. When Palmer hit his stride as … [Read More...]

Hail the return of Tiger

It's great to see that Tiger Woods has set a date for returning to playing--Oct. 13 in the Safeway Open--although it's possible he could delay his return if he doesn't feel healthy enough. Regardless, he's coming back.   That's good for golf, and great for golf fans. Yes, he's made some whopping mistakes, but I'll let the perfect people cast the first stones. I believe many of us have forgotten he is quite possibly the best golfer … [Read More...]

Get results by focusing on what you really can control

I wrote this column for the recent issue of Canadian Junior Golf Association magazine, and added a few new bits. I believe that focusing on process rather than results can pay dividends in most everything we do. During a recent phone call with a 16-year-old client, he said gravely, “Coach, can I ask you something?” He was bummed out about the qualifying event that he had played that day. He teed off focusing on a low number. But his front … [Read More...]

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