Going solo at Pinehurst nets a great golf game

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I wasn't feeling particularly lucky as I approached the starter's house today at Pinehurst's No. 4 course. The way I see it, you've got a better chance of hitting the lottery than being paired with someone fun, interesting and good at golf. That's why… more »

Memo to golf and new media: Carpe Diem!

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Stop the presses! No, really. Stop the presses. Got a call from a friend at the Rocky Mountain News this weekend and heard the tale of another dying newspaper, only with a twist on that time-worn phrase shouted by a journalist breaking a huge story… more »

Lymphoma Association's eBay charity auction includes Dubai pro am spot with Sergio Garcia

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In a perfect world, prizes in a golf charity auction should not be the reason you donate. Ditto for the menu, although a fine filet mignon and a crisply glazed crème brule certainly has a knack for getting the party started. So let's face it: the bet… more »

Dimples: The final frontier of golf (ball) technology?

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Forget titanium and graphite and cavity-back irons and square-headed drivers. Just when you thought golf technology had hit a speed bump comes word that future advancement lies in ... dimples? As in dimple patterns on a golf ball, designs of which app… more »

Honest J.P. Hayes deserves kudos (and a little kidding)

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Can you imagine the temptation? Here was J.P. Hayes, cruising along on his way to the finals of qualifying school, en route to securing a full-time spot on the PGA Tour, and all he had to do was ignore his conscience. Heck, he'd already assessed himse… more »

Custom cart available for disabled golfers at Mangrove Bay and Cypress Links in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Garages and closets are full of all sorts of useless golf gadgets. At some point, they might have helped slice the ball a little less or slow your swing speed down to, say, 199 mph. Like kids with new toys, we play and tinker with them and hope (mostly h… more »

Talking golf instruction with Jay Overton of Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club

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I had the pleasure of lunch today with Jay Overton, the host professional at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor, Fla., and one of the country's most decorated teaching pros. He's been at Innisbrook for 30 years, and as you might imagine, he h… more »

No offseason in golf? There is if you're nursing an injury

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If an Olympic skier had to break a leg, I suppose he'd rather do it on the last run before the snow melts. Plenty of time to mend before the powder falls again. B.J. Upton, star center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays, waited until after the World Serie… more »

Is it too late for John Daly?

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Man, what a way to start the sports pages the other day. Coffee, donut and another police mug shot of John Daly. Grim. Rock bottom. Shoulda figured the next time we saw Daly would be up against a precinct wall. Not that Daly set the bar very high.… more »

Golf confessions (and more): By Tom Spousta

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I got a confession to make. It wasn't until circa 1990 that I actually owned a set of golf clubs after moving to Sarasota, Fla. I started covering the game about that time, too, and went on to work for USA Today and write for the New York Times and ha… more »