Doug Carey This Week at May 25, 2004

News that Curtis Strange is turning off his microphone and leaving ABC Sports was met with a collective yawn here at, where we can't remember the last time Strange said anything particularly noteworthy. Now, if David Feherty, Johnny Miller or Gary McCord leave the building, then we'll definitely reach for the clicker.

Strange's announcement started us thinking about possible replacements. Even though Charles Barkley turned down "Monday Night Football" last week, he'd provide a needed jolt to the ABC golf team. Doesn't matter that Barkley's swing would scare viewers away; we'd keep him far away from any instructional segments. In terms of entertainment value, nobody can touch Barkley, but we'd also consider the likes of Peter Jacobsen, Fuzzy Zoeller and Hale Irwin. ABC wasn't eager to work around Strange and his Champions Tour plans, but we're guessing accommodations could be made for this talented trio.

While we brainstorm for other possible replacements, be sure to check out our usual full roster of reviews and travel features, plus a sampling of letters we received last week in response to Chris Wallace's controversial opinion of Pinehurst No. 2. As always, your comments are welcome on any topic. Have a great week.

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Pine Hurst The "S" Word, Part II:
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