A Golfer's Dream: 'Regular guy' Larry Berle conquers Golf Digest's List of America's 100 Greatest Golf Courses

A fellow from middle America decided to go on a quest a decade ago. He completed the quest by playing America's Top 100 golf courses. He then decided to sit down and write a book about his travels. Larry Berle dedicates 90 percent of the book to a… more »

When the blogger becomes the story: Kiel, Roberta Isleib, and Cassie Burdette

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Over the last few years, I've become a fan of a healthy little golf mystery series. Dr. Roberta Isleib invented a terrific character named Cassie Burdette, a struggling young golf professional with a penchant for involvement in murder-related mysteries.… more »

Cobra Golf gets a boost from JB Holmes and David Feherty

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Not since the days of Greg Norman has Cobra had a winner on tour. Back in the late 1980s, the Shark purchased the company and set about driving it to the heavens of popularity. After its sale to American Brands, and later to Acushnet, Cobra was relegat… more »

Big Numbers from PGA Tour--Maltbie, Donald and Weir at AT&T and Spyglass Hill

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I can't even wait until Monday for this one. Playing on a past champion/current announcer/GaryMcCordLookAlike exemption, Roger Maltbie snuck his way into the ATT field this week and teed it up Thursday at Spyglass Hill. He played like Steven Bowditch's… more »

Kai Fieberg Costa Rica Open celebrates a life in death

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If you hang around golf enough, you'll find enough stories to break your heart. Hanging around the European Tour site, I followed a link to the co-sanctioned (Tour de las Americas and Euro Challenge Tour) event in Costa Rica, the Kai Fieberg Costa Rican… more »

Mina Harigae to the "Next Nicklaus" - bragging on your golf pupil's a kiss of death

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Dave Vivolo is not a big name in the world of golf. He is the golf coach at Robert Louis Stevenson School, best know for giving us the Firestone guy on one of those Bachelor seasons, and head pro at Monterey Peninsula Country Club, the Cypress Point of… more »

Tiger Woods' Intimidation Factor: The Color Red or Something Deeper?

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Has anyone else noticed the softening of Tiger Woods' intimidating red shirts on Sunday? Gone from Sunday at San Diego were the rubines and the deep maroons. Disappeared from Dubai were the carmines and crimsons that triumphed in major champio… more »

Golf Media Triangle: Tiger Woods at Dubai, Michelle Wie, and John Daly

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Only three names drive the golf media triangle into hyperspace: Woods, Wie, and Daly. Wie's failings on the men's tours, coupled with Daly's failings in life, attract vicarious attention like no other news items. To dispense with the vice, this blog i… more »

PGA Tour Cut Line: A Nervous Waiting Game

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Shigeki Maruyama, John Senden, Brett Quigley, Bob Tway, Nicholas Thompson and Rod Pampling made the cut on the line Friday in Scottsdale. Ten other guys, including Pavin, Lehman, and Mayfair, missed the cut by a stroke. Six guys get to play for more ca… more »

Mid-Tourney Crisis For Tiger Woods in Dubai

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Check out Tiger's first 36 holes in Dubai. They are curious for the following reasons: --Tiger has made 12 birdies and 2 eagles, yet is "only" eleven under par. --Tiger is an aggregate +1 for the 18th hole. Nothing extraordinary if ... it weren… more »

Phil Mickelson calumny in GQ: Print sales lagging, huh?

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If you want to read the GQ article, I'll give you a link at the end. In the meantime, Let's remember who is calling whom what. Professional golfers are not noted for their selflessness. Nor for that matter are professional athletes. Gandhi wasn't a p… more »

Ultimate Showdowns: Mianne Bagger vs. Wie, Tiger and Retief, Buddy Mariucci vs. Europe, and a minor FBR Open

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Mianne Bagger is in the hunt after one round of the ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia. I know that it's only one round, and she is three strokes off the lead. The fact that she used to be a guy, however, mashes the Michelle Wie controversies (I won't eve… more »

Tiger Wood's Invincibility explained through Mythology, Oprah, Chuck Norris, Seal and Heidi Klum

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Many have tried to define, nay, to explain the source of Tiger's tiger. All have failed. Until now. I choose to reveal this history at the dawn of Tiger's quest for greatness, the Grand Slam of 2006. When Tiger was but a cub, his mother dipped him… more »

The International, The World Golf Championships Match Play and other interesting PGA Tour events

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Bangkok Al is batting .500 this week, which will get him into the Major League Baseball hall of fame. He is on the mark with his assessment of Thongchai Jaidee, but DEAD WRONG on his vilification of The International, my favorite go-for-broke PGA Tour… more »

The itsy-bitsy Spider unveiled: Sean Cochran's ultimate stretch.

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The Spider has gone public. Now I can write this blog. Yay for me. Sean Cochran's book and I have been like Thelma and Louise this last week. Of all the exercises that Phil Mickelson's conditioning coach introduced to me, the Spider is the most deman… more »

Speculum of the other women: The Big Break V

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In 1974, a Belgian feminist named Luce Irigaray published a volume called Speculum Of The Other Woman. The tome provoked the wrath of followers of Jacques Lacan, from whose camp Irigaray departed with this work. What she detailed was the exclusion of w… more »
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