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 »

Tiger Woods handles knee injury manlier than Celtics' Paul Pierce and NBA wimps

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I'm not sure if Tiger Woods is the fittest athlete like some magazines suggest, but at least he's not an attention-milking drama queen like the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce and most other NBA players. As much as the NBA got its Celtics-Lakers "dream s… more »

Justin Leonard's win at St. Jude's continues to beef up American Ryder Cup squad

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The Ryder Cup's most memorable moment of the last decade - on the Yanks side at least - is courtesy of Justin Leonard's miraculous putt to clinch the 1999 win at Brookline. That was Leonard's last Ryder Cup appearance and the U.S. haven't come close… more »

LPGA Championship ousts Ochoa-Sorenstam dream pairing: could learn from Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson-Adam Scott U.S. Open group

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Next week's U.S. Open is already getting plenty of buzz, thanks in part to the announced pairings in the opening rounds. The world's top three golfers will play together: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott. And the hype is already all over the sp… more »

After Red Wings Stanley Cup win, Detroit doesn't need hockey-hater Tiger Woods at PGA

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Tiger Woods can rip hockey and follow the L.A. Dodgers and his boy Roger Federer all he wants, when he comes to metro Detroit later this year for the PGA Championship, he'll be playing in Hockeytown, thanks to the Red Wings' Stanley Cup victory Wednesday… more »

America's two richest athletes are golfers in 2007 - Tiger Woods is tops

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Sports Illustrated has just released its Top 50 richest U.S. athletes for 2007. Topping the list are two golfers: Tiger Woods and Michelle Wie. Wait a second, just kidding. It's Tiger and Phil Mickelson. Tiger dwarfs over everyone on the list w… more »

Report: U.S. Airlines may soon begin charging passengers by weight

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Bloomberg is reporting that airlines are discussing charging passengers by weight. Just when you thought airlines couldn't get any more impersonal, it turns out they really do view you like a piece of meat. I'm a little biased as a short guy who only… more »

Kenny Perry win at Memorial boosts Ryder Cup chances for U.S. squad at Valhalla

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Kenny Perry's performance today in the final round of the Memorial was a thing of beauty. On a day where all the leaders seemed to falter, Perry coasted to a two-shot victory and $1 million payday. More importantly perhaps, Perry now stands to be amo… more »

What does the new Aberdeen bridge for red squirrels mean for Donald Trump's golf resort in Scotland?

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I can only imagine the look on Donald Trump's face when he was browsing the net over his morning java, clicked on his "Aberdeen" Google News alerts and saw: "New £100,000 bridge will save Scotland's red squirrels" I haven't had multiple run-ins… more »

Phil Mickelson's lucky shot at Colonial: this kind of reckless behavior shouldn't be encouraged

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Does anyone else get the feeling that rewarding Phil Mickelson with a Colonial victory after he blew another tee shot left on the 72nd hole is like buying your daughter a convertible right after she flunked out of college? This behavior cannot be enc… more »

On Old Tom Morris Day, modern architects should revisit the "blind shot" of traditional links golf

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It was one of finest shots I've ever hit. I'm walking Prestwick Golf Club on a cold, rainy October morning with a stroke saver as my only company. There are easier courses to get around solo than Prestwick, that's for sure. As I stood on the tee… more »

Notes on England and Wales golf & travel from Manchester Airport

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND -- I just couldn't wait before I got back across the pond. I had to order some Burger King here at Manchester Airport. So this England and Wales recap blog before I head home is brought to you by a double cheeseburger from B.K. -… more »

Watching Champions League Final from Manchester: Soccer (football) is just as boring as ever

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I've finished up my 12-day trek through the golf courses of southwest England and North Wales. I'm knackered, sure, but I've picked the right night to be in Manchester before flying home tomorrow. It's the night of the heavily anticipated Man. U v. Ch… more »

Nefyn & District in north Wales: Put this on your list of 'play before you die' golf courses

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NEFYN, WALES -- There is a course out there you have probably never heard of, unless you're one of those golfers well versed in the many lesser-known gems of the British Isles: Nefyn & District Golf Club. I played it yesterday and was blown away.… more »

Women take links golf trips to Wales & the British Isles too...at least in Sweden

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HARLECH, WALES -- I paid a visit to Royal St. David's in North Wales this afternoon, a lovely 19th century links where the ancient Harlech Castle ruins loom over you at every turn. It was a sight I'd never seen before, playing so closely beneath a ruin s… more »

Hidden links gem alert: Church Course at St. Enodoc Golf Club in Southwest England

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PADSTOW, CORNWALL - Unless you are well versed in the countless links gems of the British Isles, or are an avid reader of GolfEurope.com, where architect Tom Doak listed St. Enodoc among his top five "undiscovered" links, you've probably never heard much… more »