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August 18, 2013

KELLEY: It's been a good year for golf fans

Major tourneys have been fun to watch.

What a treat we had this year with the fine per-formances in major PGA and LPGA events.

First, we had Adam Scott’s popular win of the Masters after blowing last year’s British Open with four consecutive bogeys. Justin Rose was another popular winner of this year’s U.S. Open. And who can forget Phil Mickelson capturing the British Open with birdies on four of his last six holes? Mickelson and his fans wondered whether he would ever win this title due to his past style of play. But this year he separated himself from the pack coming in to win by three shots. Then Jason Dufner, who lost to Keegan Bradley a couple of years ago, won the PGA Championship. He hit several approaches to kick-in range on the last round. Earlier in the tournament, he holed one of his approaches. Making easy birdies is good on the nerves when you are trying to win your first major.

In summary, it would be hard to find four more popular winners.

On the women’s side, Inbee Park captured the first three majors and had everyone talking Grand Slam. At the women’s British Open, Park struggled. Normally the premier putter on the LPGA, Park registered rounds with 30, 37, 36 and 40 putts. That’s three rounds where she averaged two or more putts per hole. Apparently St. Andrews had her stumped. But that opened the door to another fantastic finish. Popular U.S. player Stacy Lewis captured her second major with a memorable approach to the Road Hole, No. 17. She followed that birdie with another on the final hole. The women have five majors this year. So Park gets another chance to win four majors. Some might still call this a Grand Slam. I don’t share this opinion. To me a grand slam is clearing the bases, not just four runs batted in. So I think a Grand Slam is winning all the majors in a year. In any case, the publicity of a good debate is good for the sport.

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