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November 29, 1996 | LARRY STEWART
Amid all the football on television over this holiday weekend will be one of the most popular golf events of the year--the made-for-TV Skins Game on ABC Saturday and Sunday from Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta. A lineup of Fred Couples, John Daly, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods guarantees a ratings winner, as usual. It will also be a money winner for the competitors since there is a $540,000 purse. And the producers of the event, OCC, formerly Ohlmeyer Communications Co.
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June 18, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
PHILADELPHIA — The only thing more baffling than Phil Mickelson's inability to finish the deal in a U.S. Open is the delight so many people seem to take in that. From my vantage point, he appears to be the most unpopular popular person in sports. I don't get it. Never have. Last week at Merion Golf Club, where he finished second for an unimaginable sixth time in a U.S. Open, he was prominent for lots of obvious reasons. First, he was at or near the lead the entire tournament.
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November 27, 1997 | Associated Press
Fred Couples, the Skins Game leading money winner, has withdrawn from this weekend's competition because of the serious illness of his father. Couples, winner of the Skins Game the last two years, will be replaced by David Duval, the second-leading money-winner on the PGA Tour. Duval will join Tiger Woods, Tom Lehman and Mark O'Meara in the 15th annual Skins Game at Rancho La Quinta Country Club on Saturday and Sunday.
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March 6, 2012 | By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times
When the phone rang about a year ago, with a query about whether she would consider playing Sarah Palin in a TV movie, Julianne Moore jumped at the chance. "Then I hung up the phone and thought, 'Oh my God, what have I done?'" Moore recalled recently with a laugh. "To play a historical figure is one thing. To play a living historical figure deepens the challenge. But to play a culturally significant, very prominent, living figure, that kind of put it over the top. " Over the top could also describe early reaction to Moore's performance and to "Game Change," HBO's docudrama on Palin's mesmerizing 2008 run for the vice presidency.
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December 1, 2001
Upon learning of the new Skins Game format, I immediately "validated" my interest by changing channels. Mitchell Lane La Canada-Flintridge The Skins Game has outlived its time. A better idea would be to have the players compete with their own money. Now that would be drama. R.J. Deakins Temecula Why not get four high-handicap, working stiffs to go at it for all that jack! I would guarantee you that there would be more highlights (and lowlights) from four guys hacking away for $1million than in most PGA events.
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August 21, 1991
John Daly, surprise winner of the PGA Championship, was among four golfers named Tuesday to play in this year's Skins Game. Curtis Strange, U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and Jack Nicklaus also will compete in the 18-hole event, which will be held Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at La Quinta. Strange is the defending champion, Stewart and Nicklaus were selected by a panel and Daly was the choice of the tournament sponsors for this made-for-television event.
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September 14, 1985
A recent squib informed readers that the nabobs who sponsor a golfing foursome entitled Skins Game have selected a couple of old-timers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, to date. This gives Arnie and Jack a shot at a handsome bonanza, something like $400,000 and change. In the meantime, the benevolent arrangers will, at a later date, name two PGA members who will complete the foursome. I've a feeling their criteria for such selections will be private and personal. Here's a suggestion: Why not name Lee Elder and Charlie Sifford?
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March 24, 1987
Gary Player and Arnold Palmer, big winners in the original Skins Game in 1983, head a select field in the Senior Tour version of the event today at Wood Ranch Golf Club in Simi Valley. Dale Douglass, Bruce Crampton and Chi Chi Rodriguez will join Palmer and Player in the $36,000 Centinela Hospital Medical Center event, which will open the GTE Senior tournament. The fivesome will tee off at 1 p.m.
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September 3, 2003 | Thomas Bonk
What's a Skins Game without Tiger Woods? The golf world will find out again at the 21st version of the Skins Game, Nov. 29-30, when Annika Sorenstam, Phil Mickelson, Fred Couples and Mark O'Meara play for $1 million.
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December 3, 1994
I've played golf for 70 years and have always found the courses and people I've played with to be very interesting and enjoyable. However, heaven forbid I ever witness another Skins Game. The four monkeys who were led around with rings in their noses by the promoters of last week's Skins Game should either donate all their winnings to charity or, along with the sponsors, join up and return that pockmarked, miserably called golf course to its original desert beauty. BILL WHITEHEAD Manhattan Beach What more self-serving drivel than to watch four pampered millionaires playing for funny money, acting like they're playing a $20 Nassau or for "loser buys drinks" over a grueling format of nine holes per day, studded with patronizing, egocentric cameo interviews, and then sprinkled with Bighorn advertisements parading as golf commentary, viz., Vin Scully interviewing Jim Colbert, the resident pro?
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January 29, 2011 | Wire reports
Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo says he believes an "energy drink" he bought at a gas station contained the substance that led to his 10-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. "I didn't know it had any bad substances in it, and it caused a 10-game suspension," Mayo said Saturday at the team's practice court. "It's not like I went to a GNC and got some Muscle Armor or ordered some supplement off the Internet or anything. It was just a local gas station that kind of got me hemmed up. " The NBA suspended Mayo on Thursday for testing positive for dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)
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June 2, 2010 | By Jeff Shain
Reporting from Dublin, Ohio — Tiger Woods began his scorecard with 3-3-3-3. Phil Mickelson chipped in for a thrilling birdie — one hole after a kick-in eagle continued to clean out his skins-game foes. Save it for Sunday, guys. Or at least Friday. If golf's two leading men sought to ease concerns about their form with the year's second major around the corner, Wednesday's Memorial tournament prelude offered encouraging signs. But the questions really don't start to get answered until the curtain goes up for real.
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May 9, 2009 | Staff And Wire Reports
The Skins Game, a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for nearly three decades, became golf's latest victim of the economic downturn when organizers said it would be postponed this year with no guarantees it would return. IMG, which manages the Skins Game, had been negotiating a contract extension with LG when the South Korea-based electronics company elected not to renew.
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December 1, 2008 | Staff and Wire Reports
K.J. Choi holed an 11-foot birdie putt worth $270,000 on the 18th hole Sunday to win the 26th Skins Game with $415,000. Stephen Ames missed a nine-footer that would have tied the hole and forced the foursome including Phil Mickelson and Rocco Mediate into a playoff at Indian Wells Golf Resort. Instead, Choi's putt gave him $340,000 for Sunday's nine holes and made him the fifth international player to win the title.
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November 30, 2008 | Staff and Wire Reports
K.J. Choi overcame the nerves of playing in his first LG Skins Game to take the first-day lead Saturday in the 26th annual event. Choi rolled in a three-foot birdie putt worth $75,000 on the third hole, and earned that amount. That gave him the lead over Phil Mickelson, who earned $25,000 with an eagle-three on the fourth hole. Two-time defending champion Stephen Ames and Rocco Mediate, playing in his first Skins Game, were shut out on the first nine holes.
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November 26, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Stephen Ames chuckled about his mostly mediocre 18 holes of golf. He can laugh all the way to the bank. With $650,000 at stake on No. 18, Ames coolly knocked his seven-foot birdie putt into the center of the cup Sunday to win the Skins Game at Indian Wells. The only other hole he won was the first, a day earlier. "That's the nature of the Skins Game," Ames said. "It's always been the way you play at the Skins Game.
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November 1, 1985 | Associated Press
Jack Nicklaus said he remains enthusiastic about playing competitive golf despite having become one of the busiest golf course designers in the world. "I love to play golf and I like to design courses, but playing competitive (tournament) golf is still my top priority," Nicklaus said Thursday at the Bear Creek golf club here. Nicklaus, 45, was promoting the 1985 Skins Game that will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 1 at the 7,024-yard, par-72 Bear Creek, one of 59 courses he has designed around the world.
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November 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The "King of the Skins" is up to his old tricks. Fred Couples, a five-time Skins Game champion, got off to a fine start toward a sixth title Saturday, winning six skins to earn $175,000 at Trilogy Golf Club in La Quinta. "He played beautiful," Fred Funk said. "He's driving the ball great and playing great. That's why he's the King of the Skins." John Daly won one hole, the first, for $25,000.
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November 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- It only seems as if Fred Couples has played in every Skins Game. "For me, this is the only tournament I play in, so I'm thrilled to get a sponsors' invite," said Couples, whose many titles include "King of the Skins." Couples, defending champion Stephen Ames, Masters champion Zach Johnson and Brett Wetterich will compete over the weekend for $1 million in the LG Skins Game. The made-for-TV event will be played for the 25th time, and it will be Couples' 14th appearance.
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November 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Stephen Ames took the big bucks in his first Skins Game. Ames rolled in a three-foot birdie putt on the third playoff hole Sunday for $270,000 that gave him the championship with a total of $590,000. "I forgot about the golf swing and just started playing golf," Ames said. "I made some nice putts and hit some good shots where I made some skins early on." Five-time champion Fred Couples was second with $385,000.
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