Happy New Year! The PGA Tour is returning to Kentucky in 2018!

When most golf fans think of the PGA Tour coming to Kentucky, the magnificent Valhalla Golf Club is probably what comes to mind, having hosted multiple PGA Championships, Senior PGA Championships, and even a Ryder Cup (the 2024 PGA Championship will return to Valhalla as well). The ambitious owners of Keene Trace Golf Club, located…

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An accidental audience: Chi Chi Rodriguez can still hold court with anyone

Sometimes, there really is no substitute for being in the right place at the right time, through no good deed of your own.  Random dumb luck is a powerful force within the universe, and exactly how I came to enjoy an impromptu audience with golf legend and Hall of Famer Chi Chi Rodriguez. On Demo…

Lessons from the Ryder Cup: Winning Ugly

This is my first original contribution to the #GolfChat Authors project as a contributing columnist.  Check out the other great works at GolfChat.org The Ryder Cup is the greatest spectacle in golf. Sure, other tournaments have fierce partisans, but I’d argue those interests don’t generate the intensity of emotional investment and expression of the Ryder…

Happy 25th Anniversary on the 1991 KY Open Win: An Interview with Steve Flesch – Part I

Kentucky native and University of Kentucky graduate Steve Flesch, a 2007 inductee to the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame, boasts an accomplished professional career resume, counting four wins on the PGA Tour among his seven worldwide professional wins. However, 2016 marks two special anniversaries for Steve for victories he scored a bit closer to his…

Golf is hard, and fickle, and my other 2016 Masters Hot Takes

Golf is hard and every loss isn’t a choke Much will be made, in the coming days, weeks, months, and years, of Jordan Spieth’s “collapse” on the back nine at Augusta National Golf Club in the 2016 Masters Tournament.  Words like “choke” and “meltdown”  will be casually attached to Spieth’s performance. There will be debates…

Ryder Cup 2014 – What I expect (and hope) to see this weekend

I’m a little surprised at how excited I am to watch the Ryder Cup this year.  I shouldn’t be surprised, I get this same feeling every two years. Sure, I’m a golf nut and watch more professional golf than the average American.  However, I get genuinely and uniquely excited to watch the Ryder Cup matches,…

They make it look so easy – Thoughts from the PGA Championship, Part Two

I have heard interviews with professional golfers and writers over the years that say that when Ben Hogan hit a golf ball, it made a different sound than when anyone else hit the ball. So, as I approached the 17th fairway at Valhalla to begin my PGA Championship experience, I expected to be shocked and…

Valhalla as a venue – Thoughts from the PGA Championship, Part One

I am extremely grateful to have spent a rain-soaked Friday at the PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club outside Louisville, Kentucky.  Despite the soggy conditions, I can’t help but feel like it was a real privilege to watch the greatest golfers in the world compete for a championship in my home state. The day provided…