Archives for: December 2008

Long drive champ is not a man, baby, but she used to be

Here's a shocker: The woman who hit a golf ball farther than the rest of her competitors hasn't always been a woman. Lana Lawless, a 55-year-old bartender and local celebrity from Palm Springs, Calif., belted out a 254-yard drive into a 40 mph wind a… more » Open back at Grayhawk in Scottsdale

Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale has only been around for 14 years, but it's already carving a nice tournament history for itself. Recently it was announced that the Open will return for its third straight year in 2009 as part of the Fall Series… more »

Golf lesson in La Quinta: Become the surgeon of the greens

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What are the odds that you show up in the Palm Springs, Calif., area and get rain two out of four days? Nevertheless, there's a silver lining in every cloud, and I certainly found one earlier this week. After taming the Mountain Course at the fabulous… more »

In light of the cuts at TaylorMade-adidas Golf, don't blame it on the economy

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Our economic woes didn't start this fall; they just really came to light then. The same holds true for the golf industry, which has actually been in a recession for quite some time, at least relative compared to what it was 10 or 12 years ago. So on t… more »

One for the little guys: Pavin is a solid pick to lead Ryder Cup team

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So not everyone is pleased that the PGA of America has tabbed Corey Pavin as the next American Ryder Cup captain. Now there's a surprise. It seems there's a school of thought that the fiery Paul Azinger managed to rally the outgunned Americans to vict… more »

My 'pendant' for skepticism is being tested

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I try to keep an open mind about most things, but I must admit, when it comes magnetic, copper or ion bracelets and pendants, I've been more than a little skeptical. Still, it doesn't take long to find plenty of folks who disagree with you, and most of t… more »

Restoration of Phoenix's Papago Golf Course doesn't disappoint

This weekend, the second of two very enjoyable and historic munis reopened after extensive renovations. On Saturday, it was half-century-old Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, long considered one of the better city courses the country, but in need of some up… more »

Could 2009 be Wie's breakout year? We've been waiting

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Michelle Wie was just a little more than 14 years old when when she missed the cut at the 2004 Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu by just a single stroke. To think that a teenage girl beat nearly half the field, including the likes of Adam… more »

Tucson's upscale golf transformation continues with Nicklaus-designed Ritz-Carlton Club

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It's official: Tucson golf has crossed the threshold of Ritzy golf. The new 27-hole golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Club, Dove Mountain in Marana, just outside of Tucson, is pretty much done and will be open for public play on Jan. 18. And like most o… more »

BCS could learn from PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs

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College football's BCS and the PGA Tour have more in common than three-letter acronyms - they both needed better playoff systems. The PGA Tour did that last week by tweaking the FedEx Cup. Well, maybe it was a little more than a tweak. This year, by v… more »