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Sunday, October 30, 2011


Tiger! The Musical!

Immediately, there is suspicion that TIGER WOODS is not telling the whole story. Women come out of the woodwork, claiming to have had affairs with TIGER WOODS.

We had a good time 
And he reached the green 
In only two shots 
If you know what I mean 

We went out one night 
And it was such fun 
He did what he does: 
Shot a hole in one. 

He bought me a drink 
And he asked me my name 
Then he played off the first tee 
It was a skins game 

Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/goingson/2009/12/fragments-from-tiger-the-musical.html#ixzz1cIr6bOc9

Monday, October 24, 2011


End of the Year BookKeeping . . .

So Luke Donald is emphatically #1 . . . but Webb Simpson must be awarded the Greg Norman Snakebit award for 2011 . . . in 2 straight weeks the winner of the tournament has lapped him in the last lap with 6 straight birdies . . . .8^0 . . .


Yani Tseng wins at Yang Mei over Amy Yang, for her 10th victory this year . . . Y-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-n-g, that’s strong . . . 8^)


Sergio wins on his home course, for the first time in 3 years . . . 8^o . . . (Yawn) . . .


KJ wins the CJ at JeJu, SK by 2 . . . 8^D





Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Mickelson Buys Sanctuary . . .

Noted by our on-site Observer, Mr Science     


Phil Mickelson Buys Golf Course in Arizona

By mustang6560 on 5/4/11

Phil Mickelson is the beneficiary of an over-populated golf course market in Arizona. 

The golf star and his agent recently purchased Sanctuary Golf Course in Scottsdale for a cool $2.2 million. Not a bad price considering five years ago that course was probably valued near $20 million.

Golf clubs all over Arizona, from Superstition Mountain in Gold Canyon to Seven Canyons in Sedona, have been hurt. But the economic fallout is especially noticeable in Scottsdale, the pinnacle of the Valley's sprawling golf landscape of close to 200 courses.

There are just too many golf courses for the metropolitan Phoenix market, said Roger Garrett, an Insight Land and Investments partner who has sold golf courses for 25 years.

I live in Mississippi where there are just over 200 golf courses in the entire state. In metropolitan Phoenix alone, there are 200 courses. Granted, there are more people in Phoenix than in the entire Magnolia state, but you wonder how they ever thought they would be able to support all 200 plus courses. Tack on an economic recession and a crumbling housing market and you have yourself a Grade-A problem. But hey, that's capitalism, right? The boom and bust cycle. The minority of people boom while the majority bust. And then the vultures come in and pick up the scraps (I'm not hating, Phil). 




Phil Mickelson is 41 years old. His putting prowess has disappeared, he won just one tournament each of the past two years after multiple victories the previous six seasons, and kids half his age are winning majors.


Yet Mickelson is convinced that the PGA Tour hasn't passed him by. In fact, he believes his career is about to get a second wind.


"As good as these young players are, there are glaring weaknesses in their game," Mickelson said Tuesday. "I feel like being out there (on Tour) for 20 years, being able to work with top-notch instruction and have the practice really apply to my performance, that some of my best years are coming."


Mickelson, the Arizona State product who now lives in the San Diego area, was in north Scottsdale to promote the newly christened and re-designed McDowell Mountain Golf Club, formerly known as the Sanctuary Golf Course.





Wednesday, October 05, 2011


Its Only Golf But I Like It

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


Mt Kum Gang NK

When is a golf tournament not just a tournament? When it's in North Korea.

Mao Zedong's 'ping-pong diplomacy' thawed Chinese-US ties. Could Kim Jong-il's 'golf club diplomacy' do the same for North Korean-US relations?

By Bryan KayCorrespondent / October 4, 2011


Call it "golf club diplomacy." North Korean leader Kim Jong-il’s latest charm offensive involves a golf tournament, open to one of his country’s rarest sights: outsiders.

Mr. Kim may well be taking a page from 1971. That's when Mao Zedong, then leader of Communist China, famously invited American table tennis players to his country for a series of matches against local stars of the game. The move, later labeled “ping-pong diplomacy,” led to a thaw in Chinese-US relations.

North Korea's latest attempt at detente – the use of golf to entice a new branch of tourists – represents a departure from decades in the shadows as a notorious recluse. Desperate for foreign currency amid a cut in aid and reportedly crippling food shortages, the unlikely quest for foreign visitors, say observers, will mean striking a balance between tapping the market of adventure tourists and ensuring the visitors gain as little access to locals as possible.

North Korea recently gave the green light for the tournament, dubbed the DPRK Amateur Golf Open, to take place in next May at the Pyongyang Golf Course, which is about 27 kilometers from the capital and next to a military range. Not incidentally, this is the very golf course where Kim Jong-il's is said to have scored a "five holes-in-one" in his first-ever game.




As for the kind of experience tourists can expect? Ian Garner, tournament director, paints a more surreal picture of the course environment.

“The golf course wasn't designed as well as courses on the amateur circuits in Europe and America,” he says. “It was about the experience ­– the experience of soldiers patrolling the course, the experience of playing in a country that is so closed to the rest of the world.”


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