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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 »

New airplane security travel rules: no toothpaste or hair gel, rabid puppies still okay

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The good news is the terrorist plot to blow up more airplanes was uncovered before execution, the bad news is air travel just got a little stickier. For instance, if you're one of those "I don't check my bags" people, you will also be one of those "I… more »

Azinger folds US Bank Championship for World Series of Poker

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Paul Azinger has won over $14 million on the PGA Tour, not including sponsorships or overseas winnings. So if it takes 20-plus years to make a measly $14 mil, can you blame him for skipping the U.S. Bank Championship for taking a shot at $9 million i… more »

Should Michelle Wie have won U.S. Amateur before going pro, like Tiger did thrice?

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The U.S. Women's Amateur kicks off this week at Pumpkin Ridge in Oregon - a perfect venue for Michelle Wie to end her winless ways and beat some of the finest young women in golf. Sadly she went pro before ever winning it and is now ineligible to eve… more »

Forest Dunes in Michigan markets itself as "Pine Valley meets Augusta"

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I love golf marketing. I mean, how much different are courses to one another, really? Why not just say your new course has "18 flags with cups, some dirt moved around, water, hot dogs at the turn"? To put your new course in the same breath as two of… more »

Castro hands over power and oil is found, is Cuba the golf destination far behind?

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Travel and real estate investors just can't wait until Fidel Castro kicks the bucket. As the 80 year-old Cuban leader enters surgery this week and hands over his power to his brother (not in tip-top shape himself), that day could be coming soon, and ther… more »

Mel Gibson's anti-semetic tirade and golf and sports controversial quotes

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I thought Mel Gibson's tactics on promoting his devotion to the Roman Catholic church was done a little more tastefully -- albeit a little too graphic -- when he produced Passion of the Christ. But his recent drunken anti-semetic tirade and DUI can't… more »

Pistons' Billups passes on Team USA for charity golf

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Detroit Pistons' All-star point guard Chauncey Billups isn't traveling with the Team USA basketball team to the World Championships in Japan. Instead he plans on being with his wife in Denver where they'll care for their newborn daughter. However Bil… more »

US airlines could learn something from more civilized Euro carriers

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A trip last week opened my eyes to how bad US air travel can be. As numerous US airlines cite financial woes, bankruptcy etc, I can't help but think it's their fault. Believe it or not, airlines in other parts of the world don't make you put up with the… more »

Gulbis and Danica remain winless despite photo spreads, etc.

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I just can't stop comparing women's golf to women's tennis. And why not? They're both pretty awesome right now and both more appealing than the men's tours. But cutie pie/golf star Natalie Gulbis remains winless on the LPGA after losing in this weekend's… more »

LPGA should follow WTA's lead and cash in on Wie, young hot talent

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All the cat fights that have taken place on our little blog boards make me wonder: When is the LPGA going to cash in on the high drama they currently possess? Last time i checked, no blog that ripped any pro male golfer had 35 comments. Frankly, no o… more »

Greatest Sports Meltdowns: Mickelson's driver at U.S. Open or Zidane's head-butt in World Cup?

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We've now seen twice in the past few weeks, that being the best in the world doesn't exempt you from being a bonehead -- literally. That's exactly what French soccer superstar Zinedine Zidane did last night in the World Cup Finals -- inexplicably hea… more »

Genius Hawking chimes in on Michelle Wie, fate of the world

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Super-genius Stephen Hawking has chimed in on none other than Michelle Wie lately. "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years, especially with all the fuss over Michelle Wi… more »

Mickelson doesn't show at Treetops, Wallace leaves Pistons, Yzerman retires, Tigers on top

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All hell in Michigan has officially broken loose. The Tigers are on top of the MLB. Ben Wallace is no longer a Piston. #19, The Captain will no longer lace up the skates. Phil Mickelson decides that a week with his swing coach, Rick Smith a… more »

Black Forest, The Natural: two non-resort style courses in Gaylord, Mich.

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Gaylord, Michigan is filled with resort-style golf: elevated tees, bowled fairways, driver on every hole, big landing zones, etc. Unlike your muni or CC back home, the biggest trait of "resort golf" is 18 holes that don't have any tricks. What you see is… more »

Isn't delaying the women's U.S. Open for fog a contradiction?

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Pardon me for quipping about this two days after it happened, I've been getting settled in Europe (small dogs, smaller cars) and learning my way around's massive Castle Office. Suspending the U.S. Open an entire day for fog is ridicul… more »