Rocco Mediate needs a rubber snake at the 2008 U.S. Open playoff

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Anyone out there remember the 1971 U.S. Open? (BTuck, you're excused.) Chatty, wise-cracking Lee Trevino squared off against the intense, and intensely favored, Jack Nicklaus in an 18-hole playoff. On the first tee Monday morning, Trevino flipped a… more »

Majorus interruptus: Tiger draws out the drama, and the agony, at the 2008 U.S. Open

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As I stood behind the tee box at the 389-yard 2nd hole at Torrey Pines, I figured Tiger Woods would try to recover from yet another triple bogey on the 1st hole (his third in four rounds), with a safe long iron down the middle of the fairway. Instead,… more »

Cadillac commercial vixen Kate Walsh graces Lexus Power of h gala at the "other" U.S. Open

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Major sporting events in that there are really two events running in parallel: The actual sporting competition, and the see-and-be-seen world of celebrity-rich parties.The 2008 U.S. Open is no exception, especially in the SoCal setting of La Jolla.… more »

Despite great set-up, Torrey Pines has the ugliest finishing green in U.S. Open history

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Players have sung the praises of Torrey Pines as a U.S. Open venue. It's "tough but fair"—a phrase that seems to be a mantra around here this week.This said, Torrey Pines has some flaws. And I'm not just saying this to be contrarian.A coupl… more »

Players rave (for the most part) about U.S. Open set-up at Torrey Pines

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There was a theme that emerged in the media interview room during the post-round interviews over the first few days at this year's U.S. Open at Torrey Pines: They like the course and the set-up a lot better than the last few years. This isn't sayin… more »

Chi Chi Rodriguez (and other old-school players) can still entertain fans at the 2008 U.S. Open

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Sitting here tippy-typing away in the Lexus Hospitality tent, I overheard the following from a fellow bloody Mary aficionado: "After seeing Chi Chi Rodriquez and Johnny Miller up close, I have a whole new respect for these guys." The comment naturally… more »

How to fit in at a SoCal U.S. Open

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There is nothing like the weekend at the U.S. Open. And there never has been anything like the 2008 U.S. Open, as this is the first time it has ever been held at Torrey Pines. The USGA has begun a trend of awarding Opens to public courses, like Torrey… more »

The most overlooked golf equipment highlighted at the 2008 U.S. Open

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Arriving just past midnight last night in Los Angeles on my way down to La Jolla for the final three days of the U.S. Open, I realized that I have overlooked a critical piece of golf equipment during my stint as Equipment Editor for My… more »

California or bust: On the road to the U.S. Open

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – I'm on my way to board a plane for Los Angeles, where I'll be picking up a shiny new Lexus hybrid sedan and tooling on down to La Jolla for the final three days of the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. The best part? I get to take my f… more »

Wisconsin Dells hit hard by floods, but Wild Rock Golf Club survives

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For people living in the upper Midwest, the Wisconsin Dells is like the Poconos or Catskills for those living in the Northeastern seaboard. It’s a huge and, until recently, quite wild and natural network of lakes, rivers, and rocky woodlands. And,… more »

Preview round at The Castle Course at St. Andrews: Nothing like it in Fife

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Scotland—The sun is shining, the temperatures are balmy, and the wind is calm. And the Scots are looking around at one another quizzically, almost as if they expect a joke is being played on them. Of course two days ago, when I was treated to one of… more »

Edinburgh, Scotland: Great for the guys, less so for the family

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Certain Scots will tell you that St. Andrews may be the birthplace of golf, but the oldest extant links are in Edinburgh, at Musselburgh Old Links. Still, with the immense historical import of Scotland's second-largest city, including the castle, the… more »

Indianapolis 500: Way, way more boring than watching golf

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Once again, I'm in Indianapolis for the Indianapolis 500 weekend. And thank God, it was years ago that I decided to stop attending the race itself. The following observation and/or opinion is bound to incite vehement protests from race fans, but I fin… more »

Golf makes the mainstream news: Tiger & Bush

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It's a rare couple of weeks that sees golf-related stories getting attention in the non-sporting news world. First, Tiger Woods was named by MEN'S FITNESS magazine as America's Fittest Guy. Then, President Bush stated (in an extremely awkward inte… more »

Raise a glass in honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Old Tom Morris

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Dearest Friends in Golf,We are gathered here today to remember Old Tom Morris, who on this day in 1908, passed from this world through a darkened doorway he thought was the door to the loo. He was 86 at the time, and had outlived his wife, and his so… more »

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