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Michael Bamberger
July 12, 2010
Does the Old Course live up to its rep? Thumbs up or thumbs down on the Road Hole? Should we be upbeat or downbeat about Phil Mickelson? Is the U.S. Open champ a one-hit wonder? And who is going to win golf's oldest major?
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July 12, 2010

Pga Tour Confidential

Does the Old Course live up to its rep? Thumbs up or thumbs down on the Road Hole? Should we be upbeat or downbeat about Phil Mickelson? Is the U.S. Open champ a one-hit wonder? And who is going to win golf's oldest major?

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Anonymous Pro: At the U.S. Open, McDowell was the last man standing, the way a lot of guys win Opens. If an Irishman can play college golf at Alabama--Birmingham and live on an urban campus, he can handle anything.

One Round, One Course

Van Sickle: You're allowed to play one round of golf within 30 miles of St. Andrews, not including the Old Course. Where would it be and why?

Anonymous Pro: Sorry, rules are made to be broken. If I'm near St. Andrews, I'm playing the Old Course, end of story. It's that special.

Bamberger: I'll give a shout-out to Golf Club House Elie. Gary and I were there with Mike Donald in '05. I think Gary was four under through 12 or 13 holes, and Donald says, "You've got a lot of stick." Gary says, "Yeah, maybe enough to finish DFL on the senior tour." Mike says, "Hey, don't get carried away."

Van Sickle: Elie is a good call. You have to love a course with a periscope at the starter shack to see whether the 1st fairway is clear. It's classic—fire torpedo number one!

Shipnuck: My favorite Scottish course is Cruden Bay, but that's definitely farther than 30 miles. It's wild.

Hack: I love Crail. The last couple of holes are tucked behind the clubhouse on a little spit of land by the ocean. It's beautiful.

Garrity: I, too, am partial to Crail. It's an unpretentious track that has the ambience of a town course but all the merits of an ancient seaside links. Plus it has that great clubhouse and grillroom looking down on the ocean holes. The best proof of its mystique is that many people believe, falsely, that Michael Murphy used it as the model for Burning Bush Links in Golf in the Kingdom.

Van Sickle: I played Kingsbarns last time I was in Scotland, and it was fantastic. I'm not sure it isn't the best course in St. Andrews, pardon the heresy.

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