Golf's Kodak Challenge may prove interesting

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There's a new twist this year on the PGA Tour, and it may turn out to have a better following than the FedEx Cup. Ok, that's not saying much, but the Kodak Challenge is worth $1 million to the player who wins the challenge, which is spread out over th… more »

Golf as an Olympic sport ? why not?

Six years ago, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem didn't support the idea of golf becoming an Olympic sport. Now he's had a change of heart.The reason is that Finchem believes that bringing golf to the Olympics (there's a push for 2016) will help grow… more »

Time is ripe to plan a golf trip to Las Vegas

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Over on LasVegasGolf.com, we just posted a story I wrote on how a sluggish economy translates into a good time to hit Sin City for a room, golf and entertainment. Check it out here. It seems quite a few hotels, even high-end resorts like the Bellagio,… more »

Mercedes: Not exactly golf paradise apparently

It must be a bummer to have to go to Hawaii. Either that, or there really is such a thing as having too much money.Imagine going to a tournament with no cut and a guarantee share of a $5.6 million purse among 35 players or so. The fact that it's at K… more »

Here's hoping John Daly somehow finds success off the golf course

Is there anyone who isn't hoping that John Daly will finally turn his life around? Does anyone believe that he will?Unfortunately, the answers are probably "yes, a few," and "no," respectively. Daly recently announced that the PGA Tour has suspen… more »

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 »

Frys.com 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 Frys.com 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 »