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 »

Look out for the silent assassin: Ji-Yai Shin at RIcoh Women's British Open

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I'm not going to be subtle: I'm pulling for Ji-Yai Shin to win the Ricoh Women's British Open today. At 12-under, Shin sits one shot back of leader Yuri Fudoh. In the hunt are the likes of Christie Kerr, Lorena Ochoa and Natalie Gulbis. I like al… more »

Mainstream media still pimping Michelle Wie PGA Tour shot over Ricoh Women's British Open

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Michelle Wie's first round at the PGA Tour's Legends Reno Tahoe Open is getting more attention than the first round at the Ricoh Women's British Open - at least in mainstream U.S. sports media. On ESPN News' looping coverage, they are showing several… more »

Can golf course rental club policies adapt to the times?

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It’s not a friendly time to be a golf traveler who likes to bring their own clubs with them, now that most airlines charge either a mandatory checked bag fee of $15, or a $25 for a second checked bag. Delta Airlines just announced yesterday they wou… more »

Who needs Tiger? This British Open leaderboard has juicy nuggets galore

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Maybe Tiger should sit out more majors. Okay, not really. But c'mon, this leaderboard at Royal Birkdale is one of the most intriguing in years. Just when you thought this year's U.S. Open was the greatest sports event in the history of homo sapien co… more »

British Open pick: Sergio Garcia (as usual)

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Sergio Garcia. He's gotta do it this time. Okay, I picked Sergio to win the U.S. Open. I've picked Sergio to win a lot of tournaments. In fact, I'm going to pick him to win every tournament as long as he's playing or I'm writing about golf. I'm n… more »

Who cares if Kenny Perry doesn't play in the British Open?

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Kenny Perry isn't being selfish, he's not slapping tradition in the face and he's not risking his Ryder Cup spot by not playing in the British Open this week at Royal Birkdale. I'm siding with those who are telling Perry to stick to his guns and comp… more »

Northern Ireland trip planning: which golf courses to play and a County Down dilemma

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WorldGolf.com & GolfEurope.com reader Evan has been planning his trip to Ireland's North & Northwest links and has written in to us: My father, uncle, cousin and me are booked to play, in order, Castlerock, both Ballyliffin courses, Ports… more »

St. Andrews Links Trust freezes green fees for 2009 on its seven golf courses

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The steady climb in green fees at golf courses in Scotland appears to be slowing down. The St. Andrews Links Trust announced today it will freeze its 2009 green fees at current 2008 levels. Green fees in St. Andrews and around Scotland and Ireland ha… more »

The Coca-Cola Family Course in Fleesensee, Germany: finally the golf hole is bigger

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Ever wonder what golf would be like if the hole was bigger? A lot bigger?? Check out Coca-cola Family Course in Northern Germany about 1.5 hours from Berlin. This one-of-a-kind approach to golf is at the SAS Radisson Fleesensee, a remarkable… more »

Like Torrey Pines' 18th hole at U.S. Open? 2010 Ryder Cup host Celtic Manor closer of similar drama

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Even if Tiger Woods wasn't crazy about the par-5 18th hole at Torrey Pines as a U.S. Open finishing hole before the tournament, there is no denying it's the hole that won him his 14th major. It was also a key element as to why this year's Open will be… more »

Final thoughts on Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate's classic U.S. Open duel

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24 hours later, I'm still digesting this U.S. Open classic... -Has anyone else watched the replay of Rocco Mediate's tee shot on the par-3 3rd hole? I slow-mo'd it about ten times on my HD. The ball seems headed straight into the hole, until it rolled… more »

U.S. Ryder Cup squad has its first alternate: Open hero Rocco Mediate

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After a captivating U.S. Open week at Torrey Pines, two things are certain: That was the most entertaining golf tournament I've ever watched (though I'm not going way of the horribly overused "greatest ever" label that the media and even you, the fe… more »

Tiger Woods vs. Rocco Mediate in U.S. Open playoff: who the heck are you supposed to root for?

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What was originally billed as the Tiger vs. Phil Open has blossomed into something beyond our wildest imagination. I can already envision myself, grizzled old man on the porch, telling my grandkids the match of Tiger and Rocco at Torrey Pines. The ga… more »

What does long game guru Butch Harmon think about pupil Phil Mickelson's tee ball strategy?

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On the Golf Channel tonight, Phil Mickelson's short game guru Dave Pelz is answering question after question about Phil Mickelson's controversial strategy to leave driver out of the bag on day one of the U.S. Open - and what seems like any dry day at Tor… more »

Predictions: The winning score of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, and the champion won't be Phil Mickelson

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I may not know how Phil Mickelson still has a full head of hair, or how a Detroit-area native like WorldGolf.com's Chris Baldwin could hate hockey so much. But I do know how to calculate the winning score of major tournaments. Excerpt from my blo… more »