2017 PGA Championship…A Preview

By Joe Hines, Noted Club Pro

The final major of the golf season, the PGA Championship, is coming up this week at Quail Hollow Golf Club in North Carolina. Plenty of subplots pepper the landscape;  a schedule change has just been announced by the tour for this tourney, beginning in 2019 when it will move to a slot in May from its usual August schedule. The goal presumably, is to wrap up the bulk of the competitive season before the start of football season. Golf doesn’t do all that well in ratings, to begin with, so it only makes sense to give it the best opportunity for the most eyes on it. Since the NFL will lead its minions down the path to gape mouthed wonder as sweaty fat men whack each other beginning just after Labor Day, the PGA would prefer to be done by then. And there is still plenty to be had in the silly season between September and April when the Masters reappears on our screens.


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Final Round Birdies and Bogeys and Recap from the 2017 Open Championship

By Joe Hines, Always your champion of the year

If you are reading this, you undoubtedly know that Jordan Spieth is the Champion Golfer of the year, the spoils that go along with winning the Open Championship.


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Open Championship Third Round Recap;l Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines, Noted Mover

The third round of any golf tournament is referred to as moving day. It’s the day when especially at Major Championships, the men are separated from the boys. Though at the tender age of twenty, Austin Connelly could certainly be referred to as a boy, though I would guess he would prefer something a little more dignified, like a young man. Regardless, watching him play this third round of the Open brought back memories of what I was doing when I was twenty. Or the lack of memories, because what I was doing at the age of twenty was being drunk every day. Oh well, live and learn. For the record, young Austin fashioned a 66 to finish the day at -5 for the tournament. Well off the lead, but what the hell were YOU doing when you were twenty? He played like a man today.

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British Open Preview

By Joe Hines, noted golf aficionado

It’s British Open week golf fans. Or if you are affiliated with the Golf Channel or NBC, the Open Championship. It appears that the powers that be with the Royal & Ancient are getting all full of themselves and channeling their inner Augusta National. No mention of the “British Open” allowed. Violators will be banished to nearby Liverpool for Beatles Museum Tours.

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Day 3 US Open Roundup; Birdies and Bogeys

By Joe Hines, Always playing downwind

The 2017 US Open at Wisconsin’s Erin Hills Golf Club (A public course, by the way, if you want to pony up the 295 bucks)will be remembered for the plethora of low scores recorded here. The stroke average is only a stroke or two below the norm at a US Open, but the players going low are noteworthy. Just Saturday, in the third round, Justin Thomas equaled the low score recorded in Open history with a 63, while shattering the record in relation to par at -9. Johnny Miller’s previous record that Thomas matched was at the Open at the par 70 Oakmont, with 72 the score to aspire to this year at Erin Hills. Patrick Reed fired a 65 which would have been good enough to match the under par record if it hadn’t already been set in the first round by Rickie Fowler. Of the sixty or so players who made the weekend cut, there were 12 rounds of 68 or better in the third round Saturday. But Sunday is another day, and there is a factor we haven’t had the first three days.

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Birdies and Bogeys from Day 2 of the US Open

By Joe Hines Always making the cut

We’ve made it through round 2 of the US Open, and if you aren’t doing anything, pre-tournament picks Jason Day(picked by yours truly) and Rory McIlroy could use a ride home since they won’t be playing this weekend. The experts proclaimed this long, open track as advantageous to those two, among the game’s longest drivers, with ball flight approaching the heavens. As luck would have it, golf is still golf, and as such tends to bite you in the butt, just when you think you have it figured out. Whether watching or playing.

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First round recap, Birdies and Bogeys from the 2017 US Open

By Joe Hines
Noted Duffer

While a winning score for the US Open is often around even par, even over par some years, 2015 Champion Jordan Spieth was asked in a pre-tournament press conference what his opinion of the what the winning total might be. “I could see it going to -5 or -10” offered young Jordan. While we are not quite through day 1, the last groups are just on the final nine as I write, it appears that Spieth will not be one of those approaching such a lofty total. He fired a 1 over par 73 at this year’s test, Erin Hills Golf Club, northwest of Milwaukee in the land of cheese and Major Championship golf courses. In fact, I’m feeling pretty good about putting together my story now, since my prediction of Jason Day as a winner seems to already have derailed. Day is +6 after his first 10 holes. As the saying goes, you can’t win the US Open on Thursday, but you sure as hell can lose it.

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Beer, Brats and Golf. The US Open invades Wisconsin

By Joe Hines, Noted Duffer

This is US Open week in the golf world, and what is widely considered golf’s sternest test, the tourney set up to test the will of young millionaires, will be contested at what is, by all accounts, the largest golf course in the history of golf, Erin Hills Golf Club, very far from anywhere in Wisconsin.

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You Are Sick of the Cubs? TOUGH!

By Joe Hines

I’m sure Cub fatigue has set in for much of the baseball-loving world. As I’ve continued forth for the last 109 years, watching team after team, even the MARLINS, win world championships, the Cubs have lovably lost year after year. And when I say that I’ve proceeded for 109 years, it’s only partially absurd if you consider that each year counts as two for most of Cubs history. I’m only slightly older than halfway, so I can safely say that I have come along for each and every year. So when the Cubs won last season, I say I get to celebrate as long as I damn well want to.

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It Is Still Baseball Season

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Hi everyone, my name is Joe and I’m a Cub fan. (everyone) Hi Joe.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

By now you are all familiar with the history. 107 years without a World Series championship. The black cat. The billy goat. (Which is an awesome Chicago tavern if you are ever in town)

Bartman. Poor kid. It wasn’t his fault. Get over it Cubs fans. The error on the double play ball by Alex Gonzalez opened the floodgates on that chilly October night. And Mark Prior’s weak mental makeup. [Read more…]

Baseball Thoughts Entering the 2015 Playoffs (or how the Cubs can win the World Series)

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

I’m sitting in the ProjectShanks.com home office in Longview, Texas, six feet to the left of my slave-driving boss, Chris Stuckey. Talk about pressure.

But I surge ahead, determined to transfer these thoughts I have from my brain to keyboard, whether a thousand miles away at home, or at headquarters.

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

In case you haven’t noticed, the Cubs have the third best record in baseball. It is typical, that in such a case, the two better records belong to teams in their own NL Central Division; the Cardinals and Pirates. With only a couple of games this weekend to settle the dust and seal the postseason awards, the National League playoffs are set. The Cubs and Pirates will play the one game wild card game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night, TBS the dutiful portrayer of the game. And don’t the playoffs just scream TBS? They broadcast an excuse me game every now and again, I was surprised to find late in the season that Ted Turner’s network even continued to broadcast baseball, with the superstations TBS and WGN dumping the local team coverage in the last few years, they being the Braves and Cubs. But that’s a conversation for a different column. [Read more…]

Birdies & Bogeys: 2015 PGA Championship Final Round Recap

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

Welcome to my final round coverage of the 2015 PGA Championship, otherwise known as the coronation of Jason Day.

The young Australian began the Day with a two-shot lead, which he never relinquished. He fended off challenges from South African Branden Grace, Englishman Justin Rose and his Sunday playing partner, Jordan Spieth. [Read more…]