Geoffrey Norman

Geoffrey Norman is a long-time contributor to The American Spectator. His novel Inch by Inch can be found on Amazon.

So Close

 

Tiger Woods came close. Closer than Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jayson Day, Jordan Spieth, and the all the other young guns who had become contenders for the title of greatest in the world since Woods had last won a major championship, ten years ago. There was, in fact, only one man ahead of him on the […]

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Almost for Tiger

 

In the moments after Tiger Woods had played his way into the lead at the British Open and appeared to be the only player on the course in full control of his game, Dan Jenkins tweeted the following: Wondering if there’s room to jump back on the Tiger bandwagon. Asking for a friend. Following Jenkins’ […]

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The Open

 

It is a tournament that appeals to an old aesthetic and a reactionary conviction that maybe golf shouldn’t be too much fun for either the spectators or the players. That the game isn’t about only towering drives followed by a wedge to the green, a putt for birdie, and winning scores that run to double […]

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Tough Going at the U.S. Open

 

Things were looking good for Ian Poulter when he stepped up on the tee with two holes to play at Shinnecock. He was coming off three birdies in the last four holes and was just one stroke behind the leader at the U.S. Open. He was playing lights out and, hitting it the way he […]

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Speed Trap

 

We were on our way to the airport, my wife and I, and looking forward to lunch at a place we’d heard about. Supposed to have the best country ham in the area and these parts were known for their hams. So we’d left with plenty of time to spare before I was due to […]

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State of Secrets: Do You Have a Need to Know?

 

Andrew McCabe has not been charged with any crime… so far. But he lives in a world where innocence is a relative thing and people who have government jobs, like the one from which McCabe was recently fired, routinely carry insurance to cover the legal costs of dealing with special prosecutors. McCabe may not have […]

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March’s Mild Madness

 

“The race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong; but that is the way to bet.” That line is usually attributed to Damon Runyon, but he credited Hugh Keogh, a Chicago sportswriter who died in the early 20th century as America was becoming a nation of fans. Chicago is the […]

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Tiger, Tiger

 

It had been a long time. So it had to be satisfying — and better than that — for Tiger Woods on Sunday. He had a shot. Drop a couple of putts and he would have won the tournament. Impossible to imagine what he must have been feeling. Making the turn and only one or […]

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In the Tank: Playing to Lose in the NBA

 

You play to win the game. — Herm Edwards Well, not always, Herm. Not in professional basketball, at any rate, where these days you sometimes play to lose the game. You do it since it appears to be the shortest route to respectability, the playoffs, and possibly even a championship. If you are bad enough, […]

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All About the Shoes

 

The thing called “March Madness” is upon us. Happens about this time every year, it seems. Which makes it just slightly more reliable, as college basketball stories go, than a big scandal about money. The road to the final four is both crooked and dangerous. The story this week comes chiefly from Yahoo and is […]

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