In Case You Missed It – November 2011

Another month has come and gone. As a monthly service to those who can’t visit the site every day, here are posts from last month that I think you wouldn’t have wanted to miss. It’s chronological from bottom to top.

PGA Tour Q-School Finals.” – That annual gathering of fun and freedom, pain and suffering, begins today at PGA West in Palm Springs. And with it comes the various psychological categories of players…and some pretty famous ones too.

LPGA Tour Final Qualifying Tournament.” – Wednesday two big Q-School tournaments begin. The PGA Tour will have legions paying attention to theirs. So I thought I’d at least give the LPGA Tour a little kickoff help.

The World Cup Of Golf – Final Round.” – Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland won, but Ian Poulter and Justin Rose shot an impossible score. Plus, an obscure, “wily old veteran” pulled off another one.

The Annual Thanksgiving Wiki Post.” – Nothing like the community of golfers to create an homage to the game we love. Take a look at what I did last year and then imagine how you could make it better.

Perfect Rectangles.” – When you arrive on the range, you can always tell when a “player” has been hitting balls before you. There will be a perfect-edged rectangle of shallow divots indicating he knew how to hit the ball.

The LPGA Tour Wraps Up Its Season.” – The LPGA Tour wrapped up its season Sunday with the Titleholders, a very unique tournament designed to cull the best of the best from this year’s play. And we got a worthy winner, a young woman who served an eight-year apprenticeship.

People Are So Kind.” – A hike in the mountains got me thinking about the human condition and how understanding that can help our golf.

The Steve Williams Furor.” – Steve Williams put his foot in his mouth at the mock caddie award gathering after the WGC tournament ended in Shanghai. What followed has been a week of handwringing and acrimony that, given the facts, does little to add to our collective consciousness.

Jay Don Blake: His Ship Has Come In.” – Journeyman Jay Don Blake managed to sustain Saturday’s two-stroke lead into Sunday’s victory. But what came out of his post-round interview was of as much import as his victory. Good story.

Martin Kaymer: ‘The Germanator’ is back.” – Martin Kaymer has had a less than stellar year…until today. And in his post-round interview we got some nice insights as to why. Ah, consciousness. Such a delicate thing.

Communist Manifesto.” – A Golfweek writer makes some basic economic mistakes in looking at the incomes of PGA Tour players. I set the record straight.

The Charles Schwab Cup.” – The season-ending Tour championship is upon us and caused me to take another look at the Champions Tour product. Plus the fact that it’s returning to my home club next year.

The Beat Goes On.” – Yani Tseng won again, this time in China, for her 11th win of the season. Her idol, Annika Sorenstam, had 13 in one season. I’ll bet I know what Tseng is thinking about.

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