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 »

Super Bowl Sunday's biggest drama came in Dubai: Rory McIlroy pulls out first pro win

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Sure, Super Bowl XLIII was a wild one. But having caught a replay of the Dubai Desert Classic on the Golf Channel just now, the Steelers' last-minute comeback wasn't even the best drama on Sunday. A teen sensation with the weight of his country on hi… more »

Why Jose Maria Olazabal isn't European Ryder Cup Captain

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Digging through some of my old Ryder Cup photos from Valhalla, I just had a theory as to why Jose Maria Olazabal is not Ryder Cup Captain for 2010 in Wales, and it comes from this photo: I think assistant captain Olazabal might have been a little… more »

Phil Mickelson can't shake off knee surgery rust, misses FBR Open cut

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Citing rust from rehabbing his two knee surgeries and having not played since his Torrey Pines triumph in 2008, Phil Mickelson missed the cut at the FBR Open with a 7-over two-day total, putting him T123 and seventeen shots behind leader Charley Hoffman.… more »

Place your bets now! Will Michelle Wie win an LPGA event in 2009?

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2009 is going to be different for Michelle Wie, we know that much. She's finally earned her tour card, so we can't say she doesn't belong on on the LPGA Tour anymore. But Wie's not out of the woods quite yet. She still needs to get the 1000-pound gor… more »

Memo to California governor Schwarzenegger: golfers are getting taxed enough!

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The state of California does a lot of things right, like their movement towards green energy & conservation. One of the things I'm most impressed with the state is how affordable it's public universities can be for residents. It's also the home s… more »

On MLK Day & Inauguration weekend, Northern Trust Open introduces fitting Charlie Sifford sponsor's exemption

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I learned about this golf news event that's gone a little under the radar thanks to all the Presidential Inauguration hubbub from writer Tom Bedell (formerly of BadGolfer.com) at the Brattlebro Reformer: The Northern Trust Open (Feb. 16-22 at Riviera… more »

After impressive Sony Open, can Hawaii's Tadd Fujikawa win off the islands?

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I'll admit it: I was player-hating. On Saturday when I checked in on the scores at the Sony Open in Honolulu to see where hometown pepperpot Tadd Fujikawa was on the leaderboard, I started from the bottom up. After scrolling about halfway up I wonder… more »

I'll toast to that! Open Championship partners with new official beer: Pilsner Urquell

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A bitter and sudsy news alert coming across the wire has me hankering to start happy hour early today... The Open Championship has a new official beer, partnering with South African beer giant SAB, owners of the world's first pilsner beer, Pilsner Ur… more »

Do you Tweet? Get golf & travel updates on Twitter from WorldGolf.com

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Now, the next time your airplane is skidding off a runway, or you're being held captive in a Middle Eastern prison, you're never too far away from instant golf & travel updates. Okay, so maybe golf won't be the first thing on your mind then, but… more »

Like exotic street food with your golf? The eight best worldwide destinations for it

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These days it's pretty easy to find a five-star restaurant just about anywhere in the world. But often times the most savory meals are the spontaneous ones (also dished up on the cheap). When I was in Rabat, we had attended a gala with the Prince for som… more »

"Fore!"..."What!?" - Study shows new drivers may cause hearing loss on the golf course

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You know how these new, space-aged metal drivers make it so even an 80-year-old grandma's drive sound like it's been shot from a cannon? Well a new study from British scientists report that these new drivers can cause hearing damage (Click here for t… more »

Hometown snubs? Michelle Wie, Tadd Fujikawa left off Sony Open invite list in Hawaii

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While the PGA Tour gears up for it's first tournament of the year this week on Maui at the Mercedes-Benz Championship at the Kapalua Resort on Maui, two notable absents are floating around the Islands of Aloha... Hawaii's two hyped teenagers, Michell… more »

Of course Hawaii is great, but Barack Obama's other home, Indonesia, has good golf too

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The Hawaii CVB has to be giddy at all of the free publicity they've received this past week thanks to President-elect/global phenomenon/shirtless heart throb Barack Obama's vacation spent on Oahu's beaches and golf courses. I would wager there will b… more »

Five things I guarantee will happen in 2009 - including Rocco defeating Tiger Woods

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Before I bust out my party hat and bottle of Andre' for New Year's Eve, it's time to look into the crystal ball for 2009. I see a lot of strange things happening in the world of professional golf. Here are five things I guarantee will happen. Call your b… more »

Myrtle Beach Airport is spreading it's wings to Chicago with new non-stop Spirit Air route

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Myrtle Beach is now within easy reach of to those sun-starved Chicagoans just in time for the Grand Strand's peak golf season. Starting in March, Spirit Air will begin daily direct service from O'Hare (ORD) to Myrtle Beach (MYR). I'm fully aware… more »