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Van Cynical Mailbag: Tiger’s Jeans, the Tour’s Off-Season and Ryder Cup ‘Pods’

So many questions, so few brain cells left to respond, so why waste time with mere written words, let’s get right to the Van Cynical Mailbag. As always, thanks for asking… Vans, What did you do during the Tour’s off-season?–Mark Brown via Twitter I hibernated. That was the longest 10 days of my life. It […]

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Ryder Cup Fallout and Your Questions Answered in the Van Cynical Mailbag

GLASGOW, Scotland — The Ryder Cup turmoil continues. When I jokingly coined the latest U.S. Ryder Cup loss “The Smackdown in Scotland,” I didn’t realize it was going to be a double entendre. Phil Mickelson effectively trashed Tom Watson’s captaincy with comments he made during the post-tournament press room. Here’s some of the fallout… From […]

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The Van Cynical Mailbag: Does the U.S. have a chance in Ryder Cup against European team with Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer?

It is mid-August and here comes the weird part: If you’re not in the FedEx Cup series, your PGA Tour season is done. The media hype over the next month will be about the silly big money the FedEx Cup contestants are playing for but you won’t hear much about the guys who missed out. […]

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History shows Martin Kaymer’s Players victory is no guarantee of continued success, plus the Van Cynical Mailbag

Here’s what you’re thinking: Man, the floodgates are going to open now. Martin Kaymer is back. He won a PGA Championship and held the No. 1 world ranking as a mere lad, made some swing changes and dropped out of sight, and now he wins the Players. This guy is going to run the table. […]

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Paul Casey’s sponsor exemption success, Rory McIlroy’s sliding ranking and Anthony Kim’s absence in the Van Cynical Mailbag

The short game: Paul Casey moved up to No. 1 on my sponsor’s exemption leaderboard. He’s made four cuts on five exemptions and won more than $ 332,000, passing Brooks Koepka. Max Homa got his seventh sponsor’s exemption in New Orleans, tying Koepka for the most exemptions received this year. Koepka made $ 73,440 in […]

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Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup is no sure thing under Tom Watson, plus the Van Cynical Mailbag

We don’t know how long golf is going to be Tiger-less. Tiger Woods probably doesn’t know yet, either. So while we can hope for the best, we should probably expect the worst. Maybe Woods will bounce back quickly from back surgery and play the British Open in July or the PGA Championship in August, although […]

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The Van Cynical Mailbag: Hat’s off to Phil for his Super Bowl pick and your questions answered

Getty Images/AP Is Tiger Woods still a prohibitive favorite in the Masters? That’s one of the queries answered in this week’s Van Cynical Mailbag. SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A tip of the green visor goes to Phil Mickelson, who correctly called the Seahawks over the Broncos in the Super Bowl after he finished his Sunday round […]

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Van Cynical Mailbag: Talking Hawaii…from Pittsburgh

Getty Images A view of the 17th hole of the Hualalai Golf Club in Ka’upulehu-Kona, Hawaii, without a golf writer in sight. Pardon me while I play a one-man scramble… The golf season isn’t official until old people start playing. Well, it’s official. The Champions Tour kicks off this week with the Mitsubishi Electric in […]

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Van Cynical Mailbag: Van Sickle’s World Golf Rankings, your questions answered

Forget about the complicated formulas that determine the Official World Golf Ranking. If you voted right now, who’s your No. 1? It would probably be Adam Scott. He’s my pick in the wake of his near sweep of the Aussie Triple Crown. Scott won the Australian PGA and Masters and was poised to take the […]

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The Van Cynical Mailbag: Golf on the SI cover, bringing the PGA Championship to a muni, and trucker hats on the golf course

Robert Beck/SI Tiger Woods on the cover of the April 8, 2013, issue of Sports Illustrated, the only golf cover of the year. This just in from the Van Cynical Mailbag: Van Cynical, Instead of the PGA Championship going overseas, why not have it at the worst muni’s in the U.S.? –Brian Norman via Twitter […]

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