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Swing Thoughts: August 2021

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Did the Broken Tee 2-Man get added to the long list of historic championships held at Hazeltine National? You betcha. Did some of our staff swarm the Mall of America before their flights home for mini-golf, axe throwing and roller coasters? No comment. With our signature event in the rear-view, the TGJ Van is headed east to squeeze in the last rounds of summer. And with fall comes the next issue of TGJ—No. 17 begins shipping worldwide this week!


2-MAN RECAP

Hazeltine

Make It Last

The lessons of Hazeltine’s storied history were inescapable at the 2021 Broken Tee 2-Man. Assistant Editor Casey Bannon takes us to Minnesota, where he felt a deep connection to one of its former champions.

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GOOD READS

Golf Carts Are Parked, Walking Is In and, Yes, It’s Exercise

You’re damn right it’s exercise—we have the Apple Watch stats and sore legs to prove it. The New York Times takes notice of golf’s slow but steady shift from riding to the growing popularity of a walk in the park.

New York Times

Nothing About The Bryson DeChambeau Experience Is Easy These Days

On the heels of a six-hole playoff at the season’s penultimate event, we find ourselves in a familiar spot: Sorting through the wreckage of another Bryson DeChambeau performance. ESPN’s Kevin Van Valkenburg challenges some previously-formed opinions after spending the weekend observing golf’s most discussed character from close range.

ESPN

Where Will Mike Whan Take Golf Next?

Mike Whan, the new executive director of the USGA—and self-described “misfit”—is the organization’s first outside hire to its top spot in 40-plus years. The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn shared a meal with Whan and left with the feeling that change is on its way. [$]

The Athletic


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