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Lone Star State is big enough for both new and old Valero Texas Open hosts: Westin La Cantera and TPC San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- That big, 1,001-room hotel that sits behind the 16th green was quite the As the TPC San Antonio and JW Marriott opened up last year, it meant the Westin la Cantera had to step aside to make room at the top. I just wrote a fe… more »

Where not to build a golf course home

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The family building a home to the right of the 11th hole at Coosaw Creek in North Charleston couldn't possibly be golfers. Only about half of home owners on golf courses play golf. The other half simply enjoy the open green spaces behind them and the… more »

Trump's proposed Scotland golf resort near Aberdeen continues to face opposition

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Donald Trump is back in Scotland and the site of his proposed golf resort just north of Aberdeen, and the Scotsman has a very detailed report of current happenings. The $2 million project continues to face opposition. When I visited the location last… more »

Golf is already roped into steroids, lets find a way to install instant replay

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Call me blind, call me naive. Sorry Gary Player, I just don't see steroids as a problem in golf. Not now, not in the foreseeable future. Tour pro Charley Hoffman agreed with me, as we trolled the fairways at the Viking Classic Pro-Am at Annandale (act… more »

With new MGM Grand Casino-Hotel, can Detroit become a golf and gambling destination?

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Detroit has had three temporary casinos since the late 1990s, but its first full-blown casino-hotel opened opened this week at the new MGM Grand. Building permanent, Vegas-style casino-hotels have always been the master plan and in 2007 its finally comi… more »

Hard to passionately dislike Presidents Cup's International team like those pesky Ryder Cup Europeans

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All this talk about how the Presidents Cup actually features a better field than the Ryder Cup, and how it's more of a worldly event and should get more publicity than its more famous competition is omitting one major factor as to why it will never be as… more »

Let's not forget American team dunce Woody Austin's three-birdie finish at the President's Cup

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I like a good sports blooper as much as the next guy. And Woody Austin's tumble into a creek at the Presidents Cup today made Jean Van de Velde's bare-legged folly at Carnoustie seem civilized. But while we all pile on the American Team's dunce,… more »

Five pleasant surprises in Biloxi, Mississippi

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Five pleasant surprises from my maiden voyage to Biloxi, Mississippi: 1. Hard Rock Hotel: I'm not big on "themed" properties like the Venetian in Las Vegas or Legends in concert in Myrtle Beach that features Elvis and Garth Brooks look-a-likes (altho… more »

Day One of Presidents Cup reveals the big difference between Americans and European Ryder Cup squad

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On paper, the International Team for the Presidents Cup looks stronger than the 2006 European Ryder Cup team that laid a serious beat down on the U.S. There are more Top 20 players in the field this week than at the Ryder Cup. After Thursday's openin… more »

The best wake-up call

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This morning I woke up to belt sanders and screaming carpenters. It's that time of year when the condo I live in gets a makeover. It's great for resale value and probably keeps the homeless from thinking it's abandoned. But I don't own the unit, so a… more »

Canada Geese: feathered friends or poop-happy foes?

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The most significant difference that separates humans from all other earthly life forms is the consciousness of how we dispense bodily waste. It is unacceptable among social circles to relieve ourselves voluntarily - the lone exception being the baby poo… more »

Michigan and Notre Dame football are both pathetic, but at least Wolverine State has great golf

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I've been saying since January that I don't care if the University of Michigan football goes 1-11 this year, as long as that one "W" is finally vs. Ohio State. I didn't know that was a real possibility. As we await Saturday's marquee Tickle Fight… more »

Mickelson's bonehead WD at the BMW means Tiger is in the driver's seat for FedEx Cup

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Phil Mickelson is the cause of most of my golf-related mood swings lately. While some browse the internet for hours looking for Britney Spears VMA reaction or suggesting substances to test on Willitblend.com, I'm usually up all night trying to decide… more »

One of golf's great matches, the Walker Cup, stands to go unnoticed in United States

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I don't think I've ever had a conversation with another American on US soil about the Walker Cup. In three visits to the UK and Ireland in the last year, I was engaged in banter almost daily about it with Brits or Irish or Scots, and my contributions wer… more »

A 27.5 handicap - not Tiger - is the best golfer in the world

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Only in the World Amateur Handicap Championships can a high-handicapper whose swing is fluid as a Tourette's attack beat out nearly 4,000 other golfers to win a $650 prize and a trophy as big as the Stanley Cup. I'll admit, I never saw winner June Wa… more »

Golf's biggest 19th hole at the World Am in Myrtle Beach

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I was surprised to discover the 19th hole at the World Amateur Handicap Championships in Myrtle Beach is a lot like the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando - only with loads of free alcohol and fewer saleswomen in cheerleader outfits. Some big nam… more »