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Chip Shots: Masters Recap & The Return to Shinnecock Hills

Everyone was on the edge of their seat during the 2018 Masters tournament as Jordan Spieth tied for the lead on the 17th hole. There was a good chance that he was going to win as many had predicted, but unfortunately a bogey cost him the green jacket. That’s the game of golf we’ve grown to know and love – always keeping us on our toes. For the Masters winner, Patrick Reed, his birdies on the 11th and 12th holes won him the championship. Reed exhibited an amazing game of golf, and for that we say “Hooray” to him. Despite the unenthused press and the hostile environment he found himself in during the tournament, Reed remained focused on the game and kept his head down.

I imagine Reed will continue to do well throughout the rest of the year, and I plan to continue cheering him on. Most golf fans don’t know he came from a humble beginning with hardly any money. Starting out, Reed couldn’t even afford to hire a caddy and had his wife tag along to carry the clubs to support his dream. Reed is a strong supporter of Junior Golf and a great asset to the golf community.

The Open

The U.S. Open is upon us and many are eager to finally see a game of golf played on a “real” golf course again. Shinnecock Hills has been home to quite a few great games of golf played by many athletes including Raymond Floyd in 1986 and Corey Pavin in 1995 with his famous 4-wood shot on the 72nd hole that won him the championship.


Shinnecock Hills has proven to be a challenging course for many players, and the USGA (United States Golf Association) has struggled to select hole locations that were “fair” or didn’t hold up play of the game. Despite the obstacles it’s exciting to return to a historic course. I expect nothing but great golf from the group of young men taking the sport by storm.

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