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 »

Turnberry illustrated: Open Championship host undoubtedly one of Scotland's prettiest golf links

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Just about anyone who has toured the links of Scotland has a soft spot for Turnberry. I have my own little soft spot, as it was the first ever U.K. links I ever played, back in the fall of 2006. I especially enjoyed the little pitch 'n putt course ou… more »

Walking off those French desserts in France's Rhone-Alpes region at superb Grenoble International

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It feels a little bit like off-season as we're touring France's Rhones-Alpes region this week. This is skiing country for the most part, but in the summertime, it's still a very scenic and leisurely place to enjoy France, whether you're on the hike and b… more »

Play Pebble Beach Golf Links dirt cheap while benefitting the San Francisco Zoo

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If you're a golfer who's always dreamed of playing for Pebble Beach Golf Links but didn't want to pony up the dough, you might want to listen up. If you've always had a soft spot for animals as well, you may as well get your credit card out. That's b… more »

18th hole of Bethpage Black is the major letdown at the U.S. Open - not Phil Mickelson or David Duval

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It seemed like right when Hunter Mahan's approach to the 16th green of Bethpage Black struck the flagstick and catapulted about 60 feet off the green, it began an anticlimactic backslide at the U.S. Open, going from a classic finish to one that won't be… more »

Mike Weir, Rocco Mediate prove once again short hitters can thrive at the U.S. Open

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Every single year leading up to the U.S. Open, we hear the same prediction from a variety of golf pundits: "This is going to be a long-hitter's golf course." We heard it last year at Torrey Pines South, when the longest golf course in U.S. Open histor… more »

My U.S. Open pick, Sergio Garcia, is in for a tough week at New York's Bethpage Black

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Tiger Woods or Bethpage Black's rowdy fan base? Both stand to be equally formidable opponents for my U.S. Open pick (and my pick to win every single major championship until he finally gets one): Sergio Garcia. In 2002, Garcia was the main antagonist… more »

De ja vu at Pinehurst: men, women will play back-to-back U.S. Opens on No. 2 in 2014

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In a somewhat startling announcement made by the USGA Monday, the 2014 Men's and Women's U.S. Opens will be staged back-to-back weeks at the Pinehurst Resort that June. The advantages to hosting both opens at the same venue in consecutive weeks are n… more »

LPGA Championship winner Anna Nordqvist and the power of positivity in golf

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Sweden's Anna Nordqvist showed poise well beyond her years on Sunday at the LPGA Championship, shooting a practically flawless round en route to a four-shot win for her first LPGA tournament win - and a major championship to boot. Despite a world ran… more »

LPGA Tour makes mainstream sports media news for all the wrong reasons (Wie failures, English rule, Twitter)

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Over at ESPN this afternoon, PTI found time in their rundown to debate the LPGA without mentioning which tournament was even being staged this week. Instead, it was regarding the Twitter fiasco that won't go away. Both Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornhei… more »

You can't play Jack Nicklaus' private Muirfield Village in Columbus, but you can at excellent Longaberger Golf Club

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Home to the Golden Bear himself, of course Columbus, Ohio is going to serve up some of America's best golf courses. Most of them, however, are private, including prestigious Muirfield Village Golf Club. I'm told it's a great course, perhaps the Augus… more »

Barefoot Resort's Love course back open after Myrtle Beach fires, Fazio course back soon

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The Barefoot Resort's Love Course is back open ahead of schedule after closing due to the area's spring wild fires at the end of April that spread through the North Myrtle Beach forests. 70 homes in the Barefoot Resort were reportedly lost due to the fir… more »

Utah's dunce who bunker-crashed the Tiger-Mickelson pairing Sunday at the Masters tells all!

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I stumbled across this great find from Geoff Shackelford's golf blog, who was alerted to it by a reader of his... The Masters dunce/patron who disrupted play on No. 17 Sunday during the Tiger-Phil showdown has spoken out - at length - about his antics… more »

Twitter athletes like Shaq, John Daly, Natalie Gulbis, Danica make celeb life seem boring

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When it became apparent many of the greatest athletes in the world were going to use Twitter to fill us in on their glamorous daily lives, sports fans everywhere became giddy about it. Maybe Terrell Owens would instantly TwitPic an image from a Las V… more »

Portmarnock tops Royal County Down in new Golf Digest Ireland course ranking, and that is absurd

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Golf Digest Ireland has released its Top 100 golf courses in Ireland ranking, and there is a very noticeable upset at the top. Portmarnock Golf Club near Dublin has been given the top spot for 2009, now rated higher than Royal County Down, a mainstay nea… more »

Wisdom eternal: judge uses Caddyshack quotes to shoot down Giuliani case vs. Duke University

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As if we didn't need anymore evidence that Caddyshack is the bible for all things golf. According to the report posted by TheSmokingGun.com, the judge ruling over the Andrew Giuliani vs. Duke University case found he could best explain his ruling in… more »