Category: General

Why the Red Sox will best the Indians

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C.C.. Sabathia and Fausto Carmona are an excellent pitching tandem for the tribe, and match the Sox duo of Josh Beckett and Curt Schilling handily. But despite the usual pronouncements that October baseball success is predicated mostly on pitching, the… more »

The Pete Dye Golf Club is as distinctive as its designer

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I recently had the distinct pleasure of spending some 24 hours at the only golf club officially named for the world’s foremost architect. The Pete Dye Golf Club, like its namesake, is quirky, unforgettable, and pure genius. There are three things t… more »

Dawg Days in Athens, Georgia

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Visited Athens, Georgia this past Saturday, where our daughter is a freshman at the University of Georgia, and attended our first-ever Bulldogs game. The pageantry of major college football is unforgettable, but both the opponent (Western Carolina, whic… more »

Bonding with a billionaire: My time golfing in Kohler

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Just back from a four-day foray to Destination Kohler--the Five-Diamond Mega-Resort and Spa that has made the unlikely blue-collar outpost of Sheboygan, Wisconsin one of the most sought-after destinations in golf. The trip began with a bang---a one-ho… more »

My friend the Caddie

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The concept of employing a caddie makes a significant percentage of the golf public rather uncomfortable. I conduct straw polls wherever my travels take me, (60-something new courses played this year through August) and the laundry list of reasons why g… more »

It's a year later - what has Phil Mickelson learned from Winged Foot?

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The U.S. Open is upon us once again, and the world's toughest tournament will be tougher-than-ever this year, being contested at frightening Oakmont, outside of Pittsburgh, where the members like to say the superintendent slows down the greens for the wo… more »

The 30th Anniversary for "Mr. 59."

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Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of one of golf's greatest feats---Al Geiberger shooting a then-unheard of 59 at what was known as the Danny Thomas Memphis Classic. "I am amazed that it's been 30 years and the record still hasn't been broken," said Gei… more »

Pound-for Pound, it's tough to top Columbus

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Columbus, Ohio, site of this week's Memorial Tournament, is arguably America's top golf city, particularly in the private sector. Though it ranks 14th nationally in terms of size, the high-end clubs in and around the city make it a major player in the… more »

early disasters at Kiawah

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A gas explosion inside the new Ocean Course clubhouse kitchen at Kiawah Island Golf Resort injured four construction workers this past Friday, course officials said. Two of the workers were taken by helicopter to a hospital burn unit in Augusta, Georg… more »

It's the accessibility that makes the Stadium Course special

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Deane Beman was the first Hall-of-Famer to swat a ball at what was to become the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, just south of Jacksonville. On February 12th, 1978, the then-PGA Tour commissioner hit a ceremonial drive into 415 acre… more »

Verplank's Nelson win remindful of Crenshaw's second Masters

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Was I the only observer struck by the similarity between Scott Verplank's fall-to-the-knees manuever after holing the short putt to win the Byron Nelson Classic the other day, and the comparable "I can't believe it" moment of Ben Crenshaw, back in '95, w… more »

Boo's win means things on Hilton Head are downright scary

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Once upon a time, only the best won the dubious privilege of wearing the tartan blazer, signifying victory at Harbour Town. "The King" set the precedent at the inaugural event in 1969, and a roll call of the game's luminaries followed Arnold Palmer to t… more »

Vixens galore at the Verizon Heritage

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My hometown PGA Tour event begins Thursday, and what a thrilling sight it will be. The Verizon Heritage is one of the most appealing events of the year from a visual perspective, and it goes well beyond the familiarity of the candy-striped lighthouse, t… more »

Tiger? Or--Tyrant?

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Even playing indifferently in round one of The Masters, Tiger Woods isn't far from the lead. He'll probably lap the field in the days to come, winning his fifth Green Jacket. But Tiger, where's the decorum? In at least three or four televised incident… more »

Al Geiberger--aka "Mr. 59"--playing with "Mr. 89"

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It was a tremendous thrill to play with "Mr. 59" two weeks ago while on assignment in Palm Springs, California. Geiberger is the pro emeritus at a fabulous new private facility, the Tom Doak-designed Stone Eagle. Words defy description, so "Google" the… more »
 
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