Golf News & Commentary

California

How to Grow the Game of Golf (includes images from the Farmers Insurance Open)


Story by Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by David Vier... LA JOLLA, CA – 28-year-old Scott Stallings’ clutch play during Sunday’s final round earned him a victory at the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open, sharing headlines with Tiger Woods’ shocking third round 79 (which led to missing his first career secondary cut) and... Read More

Connecticut

Book Review: Sweetspot – Confessions of a Golfaholic


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos Courtesy of John O’Hern... WESTPORT, CT – Deep down inside many an avid golfer beats a heart of compulsion, a desire for perfection so intense that it can rarely be assuaged or satiated. For these folks, even when they’re playing well, they still believe they can... Read More

Georgia

2006 Masters Preview – Newness Points to a Familiar Champion


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GolfTheMidAtlantic.com’s 2005 Masters Preview – Funk and Strange Tout the Big Guns


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by David Vier...  ... AUGUSTA, GA – You know spring’s finally here when you switch on the TV (to a golf related telecast) and see commercial ads for the upcoming Masters -- the acoustically pleasing Masters theme song accompanying the beautiful imagery of Augusta National’s par three... Read More

Maryland

2004 Booz/Allen Classic Recap – Beginning of Something Great


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... POTOMAC, MD – They said it was going to be different, and it was....  ... Starting with some sunny weather, there were many improvements at this year’s premier Washington DC area PGA Tour event, the inaugural Booz/Allen Classic.  Whereas last year’s tournament was plagued... Read More

Booz Allen Classic Preview – New Name, New Faces, New Attitude


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... POTOMAC, MD – For those familiar with the annual June PGA Tour event in the Washington DC area, you’ve probably noticed some changes occurring in the last couple years....  ... First off, the name’s different.  Known as ‘The Kemper Open’ for a quarter-century, last year... Read More

Congressional Country Club’s Blue Course and the Booz Allen Classic – Back to the Future in Washington


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos By Kevin Gaydosh and Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... BETHESDA, MD – The Washington area’s Booz Allen Classic is on holiday this year.  No, it’s not taking a season off, and it’s not going on vacation – to be played at some exotic alternative locale....  ... In a way, it’s... Read More

DIY indoor nets and hitting ranges that can be constructed in your home


By Earl Reidlen   ... We play golf for an endless number of reasons. It's competitive, it's fun, and it's the perfect excuse to spend the day outdoors. And sometimes you just want to hit a few golf balls for no other reason than you like it.   But improvement... Read More

Golf Fitness with Dr. Steve -- AVOID HEAT ILLNESS ON THE GOLF COURSE: CARE AND PREVENTION


By Dr. Steven M. Horwitz, Maryland Director, National Strength and Conditioning Association...  ... This summer has been a hot one and I have heard many stories of people suffering from the heat on the golf course.  Both heat exposure and dehydration will diminish a golfer's ability to play; however, even if a... Read More

Kemper Open 2002 -- A (near) beginning, an ending, and a continuance


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... POTOMAC, MD -- It didn't rain -- unless you're talking about applause emanating from above as Bob Estes lifted his final putt from the cup on the eighteenth hole, collecting his fourth PGA Tour victory after outlasting challenges from past Kemper Insurance Open Champion Rich Beem ('99)... Read More

Michigan

Evolution of Golf Club Development


By David Hansen, Contributor to GolfTheUnitedStates.com... For many centuries, games have been played using a stick and a ball. While the 18-hole game of golf we know today originated in Scotland, variations of the game began with a stick. If you are at all familiar with golf, you know that investing... Read More

New Jersey

2005 PGA Championship – The Second Time is just the Beginning


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of the PGA of America...  ... SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Phil Mickelson may not be the best player in golf, but he sure is the most stressful to watch....  ... It isn’t often when a major champion shoots over par the final two rounds in a tournament and still... Read More

New York

2006 United States Open – Scenes From a Day in the Bleachers


By Rob Canady; Photos by Rob Canady...  ... MAMARONECK, NY -- They say you can learn a lot about a person’s character by playing a round of golf with them.  You can also learn a lot about people by sitting with them all day at a golf tournament, like I did at... Read More

The 2004 US Open -- Tiger, Goose, Mick and Duval Play Off Broadway


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images from ESPN.com and PGATour.com...  ... Just days after finishing up the 2004 season’s second major, there remains an audible buzz of excitement in the world of golf.  Stories are swirling like a tornado in the aftermath of Sunday’s US Open conclusion, where South African Retief Goosen held... Read More

North Carolina

2005 US Open Championship – Kiwi Campbell Saves the Day


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos Courtesy of the USGA...  ... PINEHURST, NC – Thank God for Michael Campbell....  ... Just when the 2005 US Open, America’s National Championship, was on the verge of devolving into a re-run of the 2002 Masters (one of the biggest fold-jobs in history), Campbell rose to the challenge and... Read More

The U.S. Open Golf Championships Return to the Home of Golf -- Pinehurst


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by Jeff Rendall and Kevin Gaydosh... Note: Congratulations to Martin Kaymer and Michelle Wie for their dominating victories in the 2014 men's and women's U.S. Opens. In the overview below, we're happy to say we mentioned both Kaymer and Wie as players to watch! Pinehurst proved... Read More

Virginia

2003 PGA Tour Season In Review -- Singh The Praises of Vijay, He Deserves It


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Editor.  Images courtesy of ESPN.com... Fitting it was, perhaps, that someone like Chad Campbell was the player making the 2003 PGA Tour's final stroke at the season ending Tour Championship.  Fitting, because Campbell's victory was perfunctorily characteristic of a season that can only be described as 'atypical'... Read More

2005 Presidents Cup Preview – Nobilo Predicts they’ll Settle the Score


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by David Vier...  ... LAKE MANASSAS, VA – It’s been five long years, but the world’s come back to Virginia.  The United States and International teams have arrived at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club to compete in the Presidents Cup, and it looks to be an exciting... Read More

2006 Ryder Cup Preview – When Enough is Enough


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Images Courtesy of The PGA of America...  ... STRAFFAN, IRELAND – When is too much, too much?...  ... That could very well be the main theme going into the 2006 Ryder Cup Matches, being held this weekend at the K Club (Palmer Course) in Straffan, Ireland (7,335 yards, par 72). ... Read More

Does Tiger really intimidate other golfers?


By Mike Friedman, Special Contributor to GolfTheMidAtlantic.com... Photos by PGATour.com...  ... While covering this year's incredibly exciting PGA Championship, CBS offered an interesting statistic tucked in between Rich Beem's 'everyman' victory and Tiger Woods' near storm-from-behind comeback try. It showed that in major championships where Tiger Woods entered the final round holding or... Read More

Dominion Valley -- Dreams to Greens -- Golf Course Construction at Dominion Valley Country Club


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall... HAYMARKET, VA -- Standing on the first tee of most golf courses, you can't help but admire what you see. It might be a boldly shaped seaside landscape reminiscent of the old country; or a tightly contoured parkland fairway bordered by yawning... Read More

GolfTheMidAtlantic.com’s 2003 Awards – Looking Back To The Rainy Season


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas and Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... MARCH, 2004 – Spring is in the air.  Finally, after a winter’s sized dose of frostbite, gray skies and colorless landscape, the trees are starting to bud, the temperature’s golfing friendly and the days are getting longer.  Here in... Read More

GolfTheMidAtlantic.com’s 2004 Awards Show – Looking Back on a Memorable Year


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeff Janas, Jeffrey A. Rendall & Kevin Gaydosh...  ... JANUARY, 2005 – It’s strange, the feelings you get every New Year’s Eve, a mixture of excitement and remorse – anticipation for the coming year, and perhaps a bit of sadness to see the old one go.  ... Read More

GolfTheMidAtlantic.com’s 2005 Awards Show – Honor and Thanks to the Best of the Year


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Jeffrey A. Rendall and Kevin Gaydosh...  ... February, 2006 – It’s amazing how every year’s different, and it’s more than a cliché to say that you learn something new everyday.  So far, 2006 has been a study in contrast, from living through the warmest January on... Read More

Michelob Ultra Open (2004) – Hall of Fame Material


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos By Kevin Gaydosh...  ... WILLIAMSBURG, VA – Last year it was all about Annika; this year it was all about Michelle -- and neither ended up winning....  ... Several story lines emerged from the LPGA’s 2004 Michelob Ultra Open, played May 6-9th at Kingsmill Resort’s River Course, the 6,270... Read More

Money Players' Follies Are Golf's Gains in 2003


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Editor.  Photos Courtesy of ESPN.com and PGATour.com...  ... You certainly had to admire Shaun Micheel, the unlikely PGA Champion who held up like a seasoned winner under what must have been unbearable pressure to defeat Chad Campbell and a host of challengers at this season's final major....  ... Micheel is... Read More

President's Cup Brings the World to Virginia


By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... I knew when I went to the President's Cup that it would be unlike any golf event I've ever attended. I knew it would even contrast regular PGA tour events, such as the Michelob Championship. But it was more than the unique tournament format that highlighted the... Read More

Presidents Cup Recap – Americans’ Chip Needs Little Salsa To Swallow


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos by Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... LAKE MANASSAS, VA – A few things were obvious when watching the 2005 version of the Presidents Cup.  First, that there’s no reason, at all, to take these matches less seriously than the Ryder Cup.  Second, the American Team’s clutch play kept... Read More

The 2002 GolfTheMidAtlantic.com Awards -- Not Just Another Tin Statue!


Text and Photos by the GolfTheMidAtlantic.com Staff...  ... MANASSAS, VA -- We think it's safe to say people are sick of awards.  Not getting 'em, of course, but seeing awards-ceremonies on TV.  Essentially, such shows feature a collection of largely over-exposed stars, wearing all the latest outlandish fashions -- gathered together to... Read More

The 2004 PGA Tour Season – Curtis Strange Sets The Stage


By Jeffrey A. Rendall; Photos By Jeff Janas...  ... WILLIAMSBURG, VA – The 2004 PGA Tour season’s first event was the Mercedes Championship (at Kapalua, Hawaii) in early January, followed by the Sony Open, also in Hawaii.  Since then, the Tour’s moved to the California desert, over to Phoenix, back to California... Read More

The Making Of A Course -- Old Hickory Golf Club


By Cheryl K. Chumley, Photos And Captions By Jeffrey A. Rendall...  ... LAKE RIDGE, VA -- Standing atop the green, putting stroke at the ready, the mind is hardly focused on the complexities that lead to the successful construction of a course....  ... But by completion of a single green, owners have already dropped... Read More

Thoughts and comments on the 2002 Ryder Cup


Mike Friedman, Special Contributor to GolfTheMidAtlantic.comPhotos by Rydercup.com...  ... Curtis Strange isn't the villain responsible for the US team's loss in the Ryder Cup. His pairings were clearly well thought out, and the results of the first two days prove that he was effective in managing his team. On Sunday, however, there's... Read More

Who's the 2003 PGA Tour Player of the Year?


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Editor.  Photos Courtesy of ESPN.com and PGATour.com...  ... Now that 2003's major championships are fading scenes in our seasonal rearview mirror, golf fans' attention shifts towards naming the PGA Tour Player of the Year.  It's a question we haven't had to ponder for nearly a half-decade, as Tiger... Read More

Why Tiger Woods won't win a Major in 2014


By Jeffrey A. Rendall, Photos by David Vier... It’s always fun reading about New Year’s predictions and resolutions, because the prognostications are usually about as accurate as the resolves are long-lasting. Most golf commentators that I’ve seen are foretelling of a Tiger Woods victory in a major championship this year, and... Read More

Zar's Guide To Better Golf -- Alignment Made Easier by Visualizing a Line Through the Ball


By Rick Zarlengo, PGA...  ... BRISTOW, VA -- Editor's Note:  This is the first installment of a monthly golf instructional series on GolfTheMidAtlantic.com, written by Rick Zarlengo, General Manager of the Broad Run Golf & Practice facility in Bristow. This month's subject is the value of proper alignment....  ... Value of Alignment:...  ... Most golfers know... Read More

Zar's Guide To Better Golf -- Connecting With Your Clubs Through A Proper Grip


By Rick Zarlengo, PGA...  ... BRISTOW, VA -- Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a monthly golf instructional series written by Rick Zarlengo, General Manager of the Broad Run Golf & Practice facility in Bristow. This month's subject is connecting with your clubs through a proper grip.  See Part I at... Read More

Zar's Guide To Better Golf -- To Putt Your Best, Conscious Thought Avails You Not - or, Just Don't Think About It!


By Rick Zarlengo, PGA...  ... BRISTOW, VA -- Editor's Note: This is the third installment of a monthly golf instructional series written by Rick Zarlengo, General Manager of the Broad Run Golf & Practice facility in Bristow. This month's subject is putting basics.  See Part I at Alignment Made Easier, or Part II... Read More