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QUICK TAKE: Lowry Emerges From A Hairy Stretch

Shane Lowry (Photo credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | If you had looked at Shane Lowry’s performances this year you wouldn’t believe he was the same man as the one who led the 2016 US Open by four strokes with one round to play. He had failed to finish in the top ten of any…

QUICK TAKE: Rose Playing Catch-Up After Precious Little Prep

Justin Rose (Photo credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea after all. When Justin Rose was overheard to berate himself, “You’re throwing shots away. You’re throwing shots away,” as he walked off the eighth tee at Bellerive Country Club, he spoke nothing but the truth. The tall Englishman was…

QUICK TAKE: Deafening Silence Fails To Throw Poulter Off His Game

Ian Poulter opened with a 3-under 67 at the PGA Championship, (Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | So now we know what keeps Ian Poulter awake at night. And it is not what you might have thought. It is not the missed fairway on the fourth at Bellerive that led to his second bogey of the day in his 67 in the first…

QUICK TAKE: Year’s Fourth Major Is Stuffed With Subplots

Jordan Spieth (left) and Billy Horschel opted for shorts during Monday's steamy practice round, while Brandt Snedeker stuck with pants. (Photo Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | The fourth day of a major championship can be the most exciting. See the Open at Carnoustie last month for proof. The last act of a play often brings the denouement. See any number of thrillers, whodunnits, three-act plays for proof. So what does this suggest…

QUICK TAKE: Molinaris’ Performances Prove Brotherly Excellence

Francesco and Edoardo Molinari, seen here in 2010, go back a long way. (Photo: Carl Recine, Action Images)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | They are the best pair of golfing brothers in the world. The Molinaris, from Turin, are the sons of a dentist, and while one, Edoardo, won the US Amateur, the first European to do so for a century, and can recite a deck of cards from memory…

QUICK TAKE: Memories Of Tragedy Put Golf Into Perspective

The American flag flies above Bellerive Country Club prior to the 100th PGA Championship. (Photo: John David Mercer, USA Today Sports)

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI | On Sunday, a flight to the US to stay at a hotel on the rim of St Louis. On Monday a drive to Bellerive Country Club where the American Express World Golf Championship event would be held. On Tuesday? Well, Tuesday 11 September 2001 was a…