Archives for: May 2007

The real power in golf: Manufacturers bullying even stars like Vijay Singh

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This may be hard to believe, but those PGA Tour stars you see on your television there might be using a driver they hate. "There's so many new drivers coming out, manufacturers want you to use their latest driver," Vijay Singh told Jennifer Gardner o… more »

Calvin Klein entering golf apparel market. Great, just what we need: more Republican dandies

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There's nothing more laughable on the golf course than a guy who dresses like Beau Brummell and plays like Beau Bridges. You've seen them: color-coordinated socks, pleated, khaki shorts with no hint of a wrinkle, the latest, expensive golf shirt, Nike… more »

Guess what? What's-his-name uses our clubs!

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I love it when golf companies send out press releases, bragging about top, pro golfers using their clubs, but can't name names because of contractual complexities. The AT&T Classic winner used a Sonartec club when he won the tournament. Let's see,… more »

FedEx Cup: Can you feel the excitement?

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One of the reasons PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem got together with the parcel delivery service and came up with the FedEx Cup was to try and get the marquee players to play more tournaments and drum up more fan interest. Look at some of this year'… more »

Orlando is a great vacation spot, but stop by the ATM first for the tolls

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Orlando is a great place for a family vacation and a great destination in general, but of all the big cities I've searched for golf courses in, it has to rank near the bottom.I think it may even be worse than Houston, which hilariously doesn't have a… more »

Best, upscale golf course amenity? Unlimited range balls

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Of all the amenities at upscale golf courses, the one I love best is unlimited range balls. That's worth more than all the aggressive ball boys, GPS, cold towels, free apples, gruff rangers, talkative "hosts," ice-filled coolers and good-looking, scantil… more »

Afraid to lay up? Zach Johnson wins AT&T Classic when Ryuki Imada blows it

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Ironic, isn't it, that Ryuji Imada decided not to lay up in the AT&T Classic playoff on Sunday? He was playing against the master of the layup, Zach Johnson, who essentially won the Masters with his masterful layups at Augusta National's par-5s. I… more »

South Africa's version of Michelle Wie turns pro and corporate hacks gobble her up like barracudas

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Ashleigh Simon is a young, female golfer in South Africa who just announced she is turning pro. Almost in the same sentence, she announced she is signing with IMG, a professional sports management agency, Nike and Golf Digest ("exclusive media partner").… more »

Nick Faldo may yet be another Johnny Miller

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Nick Faldo is doing fine in his job as analyst for The Golf Channel and CBS, but right now, he's no Johnny Miller. Miller is one of the best analysts in sports, not an easy accomplishment in the staid world of golf. True, sometimes he says outlandish… more »

My new hero– oops, I mean goat: Rory Sabbatini

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Finally, someone with the guts to challenge Tiger Woods. Rory Sabbatini told the world he wanted a piece of Tiger, separating himself from the pack of those who quake around El Tigre, describing him as more beatable than ever. Great copy. Only problem… more »

Another restoration for you Donald Ross fans, at the Biltmore Hotel in Miami

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The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables has shut down its classic, Donald Ross golf course in order to "enhance" Ross' design. The hotel has brought in Brian Silva to do the work. Silva is looking over original plans and studying aerial photos "to ensure t… more »

PGA Tour trying to buy "major" status for The Players; Tiger Woods not cooperating

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I wonder if anyone other than Tiger Woods could have gotten away with calling the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course "gimmicky?" The 17th, rightly or wrongly, is the most famous, or infamous, hole at The Players Championship. The Tour promot… more »

The Players Championship: You want cream and sugar with that?

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Every year, it's the same question: Is The Players Championship a major? Jeff Sluman still has the best answer. "When you go to Denny's and order the Grand Slam breakfast, they don't give you five things, do they," Sluman rhetorically asked the med… more »

Golf course homeowners: Like, what is WRONG with you?

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Don't you love these fruit-balls who live on golf courses and get crazy when their homes, or kids, or dogs, are pelted with golf balls? It seems there is always some lawsuit going on involving errant shots and broken glass. To me, this is one of… more »

The Players Championship: Smoked out?

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We've had a PGA Tour tournament delayed by wind this year. What's next: Smoked out? I just got a press release from the Golf Superintendents Association of America bragging about how Fred Klauk has the TPC Sawgrass all ready for The Players Championsh… more »

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