Stewart Cink

Stewart Cink cradles claret jug as the 2009 Open Champion. It's a moment he will never, ever forget.

Tomorrow, before most North Americans are out of bed, The Open Championship begins at the home of golf – St. Andrews Golf Links in Scotland. It is the 150th anniversary of golf’s oldest – and best – tournament. In 1860 (before Canada was even a country), The Open Championship was first contested at Prestwick, on Scotland’s west coast. Willie Park Sr. walked away with the Challenge Belt. Last year, Stewart Cink became the open champion by vanquishing ageless Tom Watson in a playoff. Here are five reasons why The Open Championship is the greatest event in the game. (more…)

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Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson had plenty of time to think - as he's doing here - during his final-round, United States Open disaster

It’s been about five days since 24-year old Dustin Johnson coughed up an 82 after being the 54-hole leader at the United States Open at Pebble Beach. I waited five days to touch on it for a reason. Because I guarantee you that, in every waking hour since his melt-down, Johnson has thought about it. Some hours, he thought about it a lot. His 82 was the worst final round by a 54-hole leader in 99 years! And that’s why golf is, without a doubt, the toughest sport for any individual to excel at. (more…)

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Mike Weir

Mike Weir enjoys donning the 2003 green jacket, with help from defending Masters champion Tiger Woods

In April 2003, just after Mike Weir had become the first Canadian man to win one of golf’s major championships, a colleague asked me if Weir’s win was the greatest moment in the history of Canadian golf. I replied, “It depends if he wins another major or not.” My reasoning being that, if Weir’s Masters was a one-off, he’d just become of the 106 other guys who’ve fluked out one major (can you say Steve Jones?). But, if Weir went on to win more majors, that makes him an elite player – and that first Masters much more significant. After the first round of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Weir sits one shot back of the leaders. Question is, will this be Weir’s second major breakthrough?  (more…)

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Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach opened in February 1919. Beginning in 1947, Bing Crosby and Pebble became the hosts of golf's annual "Clam Bake." In 2010, Pebble will host its sixth major professional championship.

There are some things in sports that should never, ever change: The Open Championship should always be played at St. Andrews, the Chicago Cubs should forever play at Wrigley Field (I don’t care how old it gets) and the United States Open golf championship should always be contested at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Just the thought of Pebble hosting the U.S. Open gets my heart rate up. Pebble is, by far, the most beautifully challenging 18 holes in all of America. And I can’t wait to see how it will treat the game’s best this week. (more…)

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Could Donald Trump be more full of himself?

Last night, The Golf Channel aired the debut of “Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf.” Perhaps you saw it. The lead-up promos made it come off as a modern-day, golf-oriented “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.” But even Robin Leach couldn’t have stomached the s–t that was dished up over this hour-long torture-fest.

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Donald J. Trump is smiling because he actually thinks his show is watchable

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