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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 »

Third world babies are the trendy new accessory - thanks to Madonna, Jolie

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The tabloid-obsessed UK is all over the new Madonna adoption of an African one-year old, who apparently has checked into the celeb's London estate. This story is everywhere in Scotland, even more than Bill Murray's party-crashing in St. Andrews. Paparazz… more »

Golf writer tries haggis upon arrival in Scotland, declares: "not bad!"

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There is nothing like the first 24 hours in a new country. As someone who has done it quite frequently of late, it still never gets old. I love the confusion, the discovery, the humiliation, excitement, etc. A few notables during my first day in Edin… more »

It's mid-October, the perfect time for a golf trip to Scotland

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Ahhh, the day is finally here. In a few hours, I'm off to Scotland for the mother of all golf trips. 15 days, 15 or more courses, and many, many pints and whiskey with friendly Scotsmen. College football, hockey, even the World Series can take a back… more »

Detroit is America's Best Sports Town - thanks to Tigers, golf and more

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The Detroit Tigers are on top of the sports world after dismantling the New York Yankeees last week. And as we await their inevitable entry into the 2006 World Series, now is the perfect time to proclaim Detroit as America's Best Sports Town. It isn'… more »

Sexy Caddy Chicks and are only guilty of false advertising

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So I'm not the only one who notices a few scantly clad, easy-on-the-eyes women near the top right corner of First, Bruce "The Guru" Stasch is going after these girls, all while putting his manliness up for auction. Then a disgusted… more »

Faldo passes on Champions Tour, Love and Ochoa win, Owens beaten to death by media - weekend in review

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Anyone else notice the NHL regular season kicked off this weekend? Tumbleweed blows quiet you can hear David Allen Coe on the jukebox...grizzled drunk at the bar tells me to, "knock off that jive!"..."We don't serve Molson here, I'm sorry," n… more »

Curse of Johnny Damon - not A-Rod - has Yankees doomed for a long time, much like Ryder Cup

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Much to the dismay of the New York media and fans, A-Rod, the popular scapegoat in the Big Apple, didn't lose the series for the Yankees vs. the Detroit Tigers. He could have put up Derek Jeter-like numbers and the Yankees still go home early, the games… more »

Socialite Paris Hilton needs to find golf to stay out of trouble

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Have you ever wondered why we don't hear more about golfers tossing chairs through bar windows or being chased down I-95 at 4 a.m. with a kilo of blow in the trunk? Today's headlines are highlighted by two late-night scrums. One involving socialite t… more »

When traveling abroad in Europe, beware the Speak English Tax

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Having spent about three months in the former Eastern Bloc of Europe, I've been able to witness many of the scars a half-century of Soviet occupation has left behind. These impressions can be found primarily in the ethics of Prague cab drivers. B… more »

Tiger Woods can still break Byron Nelson's streak, LPGA rookie of the Year, Sports weekend in review

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So Tiger won his sixth straight tournament at the American Express Championship in England. Or did he? Well, some say he's still on a tear, others say "no way" after he fell at Wentworth in match play to Shaun Micheel. To the naysayers who sa… more »

Forget Ryder Cup and Grand Slam of Golf. It's time for Olympic Golf. Then Tiger Woods will be interested and Michelle Wie could actually play

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Tiger Woods had an interesting set of quotes today about his 3-2 Ryder Cup record at the American Express Championship. He rated his performance as "pretty darn good" and "I did the best I could". He also said he played well enough to place in the Top 15… more »

Americans lack Ryder Cup, basketball and Olympic dominance, but there are other "strengths"

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It's quite fashionable to bash the current ineptitude of U.S. athletics in global competition. The Ryder Cup team was flat, the U.S. basketball team was upset by Greece before reaching the finals of the World Championships last month, and we're not even… more »

U.S. needs to mouth off a little, let fans vote on Ryder Cup singles matches and change the format

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I came to a few conclusions after watching the Ryder Cup this weekend and the subsequent fallout after Europe's dominating 18.5-9.5 victory. Americans must engage in pyschological warfare: Since when did America, home of unilaterally invading countri… more »

Woods streak over? Michigan wins, ESPN needs an editor - Sports Weekend in Review

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I discovered something this weekend between all the leaderboards, box scores and gamecasts. It's that Abba's "Gimme Gimme Gimme" video is hypnotically uncomfortable to watch. Also, the "don't do drugs" speech I give to my kids also just got a lot easier… more »

Best fall season specials and golf courses in Gaylord, Traverse City and rest of northern Michigan

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Fall golf is here in Michigan, a lovely time to take in the autumn colors and course discounts. The weather starts getting a little spotty, yes, but most courses are offering discounts of 25-45% starting mid-to-late September. Here's some of the season's… more »