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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 »

Golf in Wales post-Ryder Cup: Sunny side up

I laughed every time I heard this when I was at Celtic Manor for the Ryder Cup: "Well, Wales is one of the wettest parts of the U.K." Huh? That's like calling Prada "the expensive store" on Rodeo Drive. It rains everywhere the U.K., just like it… more »

Myrtle Beach Golf Wizard package boasts dynamic foursome of Grand Strand courses for fall

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It's prime fall time in Myrtle Beach right now, and one golf package has caught my eye in particular from the Myrtle Beach Golf Wizard: The Myrtle Beach Golf Wizard three-night, four-round package includes a golf course condo and these four courses:… more »

Golfer from Ireland wants to know the top Myrtle Beach golf courses for his spring vacation

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We just received a letter from Michael Brennan, a reader from Ireland planning a Myrtle Beach golf vacation for April. Here's what he's looking for: Myself and three friends have booked our flights to myrtle beach from Ireland for mid April. With suc… more »

How the Ryder Cup Captain's picks faired for Corey Pavin and Colin Montgomerie

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NEWPORT, WALES -- The 2010 Ryder Cup captain's picks played a bigger role than anyone could have imagined, after rain caused a major format change. Having scrutinized the Captain's picks when they were announced, it's only fair to follow up on their… more »

Can't fault Captain Pavin for lack of Crenshaw-esque bravado, U.S. big guns are misfiring

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NEWPORT, WALES -- On the verge of certain Ryder Cup doom, captain Corey Pavin is quickly becoming the fall guy for the U.S. Ryder Cup team after a near sweep yesterday in Session 3. Team Georgia, Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar, managed to salvage a half po… more »

How Twenty Ten at Celtic Manor stacks up against Valhalla as a Ryder Cup venue

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NEWPORT, WALES -- 2008 Ryder Cup host Valhalla Golf Club and this year's Twenty Ten course at Celtic Manor are both wonderful venues to watch the matches. They both do things a little differently. At both courses, the back nine is superior to the fro… more »

Celtic Manor quieted after baby face rookies Fowler, McIlroy go in opposite directions at Ryder Cup

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NEWPORT, WALES -- Celtic Manor was largely quiet after the morning, modified session of six foursomes. What appeared to be a certain 5-5 tie going into the afternoon session, the Americans somehow scooped It's thanks in part to Ricky Fowler proving K… more »

High drama, finally, on Celtic Manor's 18th hole at the Ryder Cup

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NEWPORT, WALES -- Finally, at 9:45 local time this morning, the first group of the 2010 Ryder Cup Matches made their way down the 18th fairway. The hope at Celtic Manor was for as many matches as possible to come down to the 18th hole, and this morni… more »

Why the Americans/Europeans will win the Ryder Cup Matches

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hey have more experience with the golf course, the Celtic Manor Twenty Ten. Graeme McDowell won the 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open, Luke Donald finished 3rd, Miguel Angel Jimenez finished 8th, and Martin Kaymer 12th. The event was staged the same weekend as The Memorial on the PGA Tour, and no American team members competed at Celtic Manor. more »

The golf swing is starting to make a little more sense with ZenoLink

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As long as I've played the game of golf, I've had a severely strong left-hand grip and a pretty significant knee slide on the follow-through. I've known this going on twenty years now, and have hated it. My swing has led to some lower back pains and… more »

Furyk and the American Ryder Cup team red hot at FedEx Cup, but Euros well rested

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In 2008, it was Jim Furyk's singles match versus Miguel Angel Jimenez that clinched the Ryder Cup for the Americans. If that doesn't give Furyk some added confidence heading into Wales this week, his win at the Tour Championship over European team me… more »

Will you be the idiot that ruins the PGA Tour's spectator cell phone allowance at the Open?

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I was recently sent a press release from the Open with announcement that they will become a test tournament for the PGA Tour's allowance of mobile devices from spectators. Part of the PGA Tour's fall series, the event will be staged October 11-1… more »

Boost your frequent-flier I.Q. before holiday air travel season

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I've been flying quite a bit this past year, and have paid special attention to the many ways you can earn and use frequent-flier miles and avoid bag fees. This week, we posted a column on about how to get the most out of your frequent-flier miles, and hopefully try and avoid bag fees and high rental club costs - an inevitable evil these days for golf travelers. more »

If Loch Lomond Golf Club can't make it, what chance does your local private club have?

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I've been reading a few articles on the uncertain future of Scotland's Loch Lomond Golf Club. It's the host of the Barclays Scottish Open on the European Tour and a regular pick for the British Isles' best non-links course, and the financial troubles it'… more »

American Golf Census: Have you been counted?

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Not unlike the United States census, it took me numerous emails to finally bite the bullet and register in the American Golf Census, conducted by the National Golf Foundation. It took me about 30 seconds to fill out the form at the website, AmericanG… more »