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An open invitation to Michael Jordan for golf in Champaign-Urbana

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The highest-profile college walk-on basketball player this season is surely Jeff Jordan, son of NBA legend Michael Jordan. Jeff turned down four-year full rides at several mid-major universities to walk on at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Cham… more »

Tiger, where was the beeper?

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Raise your hand if you recall the hoopla surrounding Phil Mickelson in the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, and the beeper he carried around with him in his golf bag. The beeper was in Lefty's bag that week so that his wife, Amy, could contact him if he… more »

Katie Detlefsen finishes career as the most dominant high school gofer in Minnesota

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I don't know if there was even a girls' golf team when I attended high school at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I remember a boys' golf team, and seem to recall that they were less than stellar. As a matter of fact, I don't even recall ever… more »

Attention U.S. Open junkies: Official website now up and running!

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Well, the title of this blog pretty much says it all, don'tcha think? The 2007 U.S. Open Official Website is now open for business. I am literally all a-twitter with excitement. Literally. Twitter...twitter...twitter... Darkhorse predicti… more »

Tour Edge is one of a new breed of golf club manufacturers

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As equipment editor of the network and former editor of, I get to play a lot of new golf equipment. Every time I hit the links, there's something new in my bag that I'm testing for a review. People who play with me know… more »

Srixon – great golf balls, weird ad campaign

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SRI Sports, parent company of Srixon, is the largest manufacturer of golf clubs in Japan, and holds the most patents for golf ball technology of any company in the world. In Srixon, they have a U.S.-based company with a name that is practically unpron… more »

Ironwood Golf Club in Fishers, Ind.: A course that doesn't let you use driver

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I'm all for mixing it up a bit off the tee. Driver, driver, driver is fun, but can get boring.And I'm all for being forced to work the ball off the tee, with driver and with other clubs.But I just played Ironwood Golf Club in Fishers, Indiana, wh… more »

Tennessee's state park courses might not quite be a "golf trail," but they're great destinations anyway

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As recently noted by my esteemed yet youthful colleague Brandon Tucker, it seems every state is trying to cobble together some sort of ad hoc golf trail. Tucker points out that some of these trails are more like points in a constellation than stops along… more »

When websites don't match golf courses

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It's tough to plan a golf trip for 36 guys. David Butts, the meticulous, patient, good-natured gentleman who plans the trip to Tennessee that I go on each year is an expert at it. He takes care of every one of us and every foreseeable (and often unforese… more »

Anyone notice Sergio's better putting, and new putter?

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So has anyone else noticed how Sergio Garcia, who is known for great putting about as much as Tiger Woods is known for great singing, caught on fire at The Players championship, to finish a rather surprising 2nd? The brash and normally inconsistent Sp… more »

Golf Test USA provides test results you don't see in major magazines

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More than one blogger on these pages has pointed out that the equipment tests published in major golf magazines like Golf Digest and Golf Magazine are crowded year after year with big names that happen also to be big advertisers.Where are the smaller… more »

Tour players wear pink spikes on Mother's Day to support breast cancer research

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If you happen to be watching the final round of The Player's Championship, or the LPGA's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill this coming Sunday, you might notice pink spikes on the bottoms of the shoes of many players. No, it's not the influence of flshy… more »

Golf and samurai swords meet in Miura Golf blades

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I have speculated in the past on a connection between the samurai tradition and golf's popularity in Japan. Think about it: Golf allows the player to carry 14 specially-designed, artfully crafted long metal implements, which could, in a pinch, be used to… more »

The Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club back in the game

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The Eisenhower Course at Industry Hills Golf Club in Industry, Calif., has got to be the most under-the-radar championship course in any major West Coast city. Recently re-opened after a multi-million-dollar renovation that included the complete over… more »

Tralee Golf Club is favorite of Irish tour operators

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It may not be as famous or as old as Ballybunion or Lahinch or as high-profile as newer Irish links like Doonbeg, but Tralee Golf Club, in Barrow, County Kerry can go toe to toe with any of them. Tralee was built in the early 1980s, and was the first… more »

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