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Go Como

Go Como

I played Como Golf Course in St. Paul on Wednesday, teeing off at 6 p.m. For $20, I got a dog and a beer, and walked the course. Course was a little wet, but by next week, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better local value.

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May 5, 2012 · 1:00 am

PGA Picks and Decent Deals

Hello August readers,

Here’s your (pretty much) monthly update.

My PGA Picks:

Strick; Bo Van Pelt; Overton and Justin Rose.

And the deals:

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An open letter to Golf Channel’s programming department

Sent on July 21.

Hello there. I love the Golf Channel and have been watching since 1996. A few suggestions: Why not run more classic tournaments in later hours? The 19th Hole is a little stale, and Golf Central more than provides ample golf gossip. While I’m sure Grey Goose is a lucrative advertiser (which is important to Golf Channel’s ability to actually broadcast) Hawk and others get a bit long-winded and repetitive. Is Dan Jenkins under contract with ABC or something? Unable to come on the panel? I digress. I’m a 30-year-old caucasian male, for demographics purposes. I’d like to see some early senior tour battles (Nicklaus v. Trevino). Let’s see some classic 1-irons like Nicklaus in ’67 at Baultusrol, or Pebble in ’72. How about Hogan in 1950 instead of another rebroadcast of Golf In America. P.S. Anthony Anderson is an excellent host, and the show is raising the Golf Channel’s standards. Reminds me a bit of Bryant Gumbel’s “Real Sports” on HBO, but obv. golf-specific. Maybe put up a poll on GolfChannel.com asking what event (pick three classics) that viewers would like to see? I know you need the info-mercials during the day to make money, but they are sooooo old. Again, don’t get me wrong: I love the Golf Channel, Win McMurray was an excellent call, but maybe show a rebroadcast of 97-2000 era Tiger? Maybe the 2000 Bob May showdown? Or even (gasp) one of his U.S. Am victories? I would also like to see more specific shows on clubmaking, or the equipment side to golf, rather than “golf chat” with golf writers, who aren’t really talkers. I’m sure you’ll take all of this with a grain of salt, but hopefully a few of these suggestions are passed along. Thanks for your time and excellent service to the golf community. SP. steven.pease@gmail.com

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A truly behind the scenes glimpse at St. Andrews

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated’s Alan Shipnuck.

Read me.

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My belated British Open Championship picks

So, I picked Strick to win. Looks like he’s going to miss the ol’ cut at the Old Course.

Also rans: Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Casey. Yay for gayle-force winds!

And Journal Sentinel Golf Writer Gary D’Amato suggested I check out Golf Observer for all my golf news. The same goes for you (I mean Seeds, who is the only guy who actually reads this site).

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Tiger Mauled by Cougar

So, Golf.com writer David Dusek posted a photo on Twitter of, I can only presume, Tiger’s staff bag. Gone is the Buick sponsorship, so now it seems he’s playing for himself – no swing coach, no major sponsorships, just TW.

Reminds me a lot of the plot twist in “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” when his car gets a new, personalized, paint scheme of “ME” in lieu of any primary corporate sponsorship. And there’s a cougar thrown on the hood for good measure, a reference to when Ricky’s estranged father returns to see him through his hardships (read: losing his wife, children and delivering pizzas on stolen bikes) by putting a cougar in a car and making Ricky drive it. Sounds like something Earl might have actually considered doing …

Nonetheless, interesting life imitating art comparison isn’t it?

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U.S. Open picks.

So, I know I’m a little late,but:

Winner: Mickelson. Had to. Couldn’t pull the Stricker or Tiger trigger.

Also-rans: Westwood, Johnson, Barnes.

So far, so not good!

Who do you got?

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