Archives for: September 2008

Boo Weekley deserves lifetime Ryder Cup exemption; Azinger should captain in 2010

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- Boo Weekley turned a Tiger-less Ryder Cup into one of the year's greatest sporting spectacles, right there with the Federer-Nadal Wimbledon finals, Michael Phelps' gold medal runs and even topped Tiger and Rocco's U.S. Open clash. W… more »

Fight breaks out on shuttle bus among drunk media after Ryder Cup Matches

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- This is what happens when free beer is served after dinner in the media center... If you saw the European team's press conference Sunday night on the Golf Channel, you know the media was feeling a little feisty. It turns out they… more »

Can't blame European Captain Nick Faldo for Garcia, Harrington and Westwood goose eggs in Ryder Cup

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- No one has felt the heat more than European Captain Nick Faldo this week, who hasn't made a decision without someone calling it "boneheaded" or "English-biased". Now that the Americans have officially clinched the Ryder Cup, thanks… more »

Ryder Cup Matches: Sunday singles pairings and predictions

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- Before I get started with Sunday's pairings and my predictions, I want to get something of my chest. I was hanging with a few golf writers last weekend who didn't speak very highly of Valhalla, with "overrated" sprinkled all over th… more »

Lee Westwood gets another shot at Boo Weekley in Saturday PM Ryder Cup fourballs

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- Lee Westwood, after complaining about Boo Weekley's conduct yesterday, then sitting out the morning match because of what Nick Faldo said to be "blisters from new shoes", will get another shot at Weekley this afternoon. Westwood and Han… more »

European captain Nick Faldo already hitting the panic button: benches Westwood and Garcia for Saturday Ryder Cup foursomes

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- U.S. Captain Paul Azinger is sticking to his guns Saturday morning, going with the same lineup that earned him three points in Friday's foursomes. European captain Nick Faldo is doing his best impression of an over-caffeinated Wall… more »

Team Texas: Mahan & Leonard winning over Louisville fans at Ryder Cup

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- Louisville may as well be in Texas right now. Hunter Mahan and Justin Leonard are stealing what was supposed to be Kenny Perry and J.B. Holmes' show and the crowds are going nuts at the Ryder Cup. After a rough start this morning, L… more »

So much for "aggressive" play: Hyped Mickelson-Kim pairing have one birdie thru 13

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LOUISVILLE, KY -- You can't listen to an American player talk about Valhalla this week without mentioning that it caters to "aggressive" play. Apparently they've taken a page from the Tim Duncan-style interview. "If you hit the fairway, you can be ag… more »

You're in good hands with...Lefty? Ryder Cup U.S. Captain Paul Azinger taps Mickelson to lead American charge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The United States Ryder Cup team is swinging for the fences with it's lead-off hitter tomorrow morning at Valhalla. In an attempt to end a dismal losing streak to the European team, captain Paul Azinger is counting on the sometimes… more »

Sneak Preview: The new Pete Dye course at French Lick Resort in Indiana

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FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- I was offered a sneak preview of the new Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort in Southern Indiana this morning. The course isn't slated to open until the spring of 2009, but the first 16 holes on the course were playable today.… more »

Hurricane Ike blows into the Midwest: Ryder Cup host Valhalla damaged, power out in Louisville - golf writers gut it out

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FRENCH LICK, Ind. -- What's left of Hurricane Ike unleashed it's wrath on the Midwest today. I was in southern Indiana today at the French Lick Resort for a media event, where the storm made it's presence. High winds knocked down trees blocking the entra… more »

Elevated tee shots like at Timberstone Golf Course make northern Michigan golf shine

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IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. -- Northern Michigan does elevated tee shots better than anywhere. So much so I paid homage to my favorites awhile back - and I know I have only scratched the surface. It's the signature shot of the destination. Book a couple rou… more »

American Dollar is thumping the British Pound and Euro: Good for golf travel - and an omen for Ryder Cup squad?

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I don't want to jinx the American greenback, but lately it's been on quite a tear versus many of the world's foreign currencies, most notably the Euro and the British Pound. I was in the United Kingdom in May, and the rate was right around $2 to £1.… more »

No Rocco, No Ryder Cup for Captain Paul Azinger and American squad

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I was a pretty big fan of Paul Azinger's captain style in the Ryder Cup proceedings. I liked how he took some jabs at European Captain Nick Faldo in pre-tournament interview sessions and I like how he's been at Valhalla several times catering the course… more »