Monthly Archives: February 2010

Travel Experience

Barcelona and madrid are both great cities. I feel very lucky to have spent a lot of time in spain. Some other cities to visit: salamanca near portugual has beautiful architecture. The basque country too. San sebastian is possibly the most beautiful city in the region but bilbao is worth visiting for the guggenheim museum and old town and the little seaside village of hondarabbia. Outside madrid are towns like segovia toledo and avila toledo is probably the most famous. And andalucia in the south grenada for the alhambra and cordoba is very charming. Seville is very touristic but the old quarter is fantastic and you have to visit the bull ring for a tour! The lonely planet guide books are always an excellent source of info and they tend to be honest too¡ªsome guidebooks manage to find charm everywhere but lp tells it like it is so you dont waste time or money. As for taking the train I found buses to actually be better. They are quite cheap and reasonably comfortable. A friend and I took the bus from madrid to grenada and then travelled by bus all over andalucia and it was fine. Missed the picasso museum in barcelona! I spent too much time in the old town…

My Favorite 10 Players on Tour

I assume most of us have favorites on tour that we pull for when theyre on the leaderboard of a tournament. I know some say they dont…..they just enjoy watching good golf played and they have no horse theyre backing. But I thought it might be interesting if a lot of us regulars would name our current favorite golfers on tour. And if you like you can also name your all-time favorites too. This of course has nothing to do with anybodys record so there are no correct answers that can be debated here. You like who you like. My current 10 favorites: 1) tiger woods 2) angel cabrera 3) camilo villegas 4) ryo ishikawa 5) vijay singh 6) phil mickelson 7) ernie els 8) rory mcilroy 9) y.e. Yang 10) anthony kim My all-time favorites: 1) tiger woods 2) seve ballesteros 3) lee trevino 4) sam snead 5) walter hagen I still think personalities are important in any sport in keeping it interesting. By the way happy 80th birthday arnie.

Race to Dubai in Danger of Fizzling Out

money is a touchy subject at present particularly for those running the european tour. With the race to dubai entering the final stretch players are looking towards the mega-bucks on offer at the dubai world championship in November and wondering if the amount they had been promised at the start of the year is going to be there after all. the deal – originally with leisurecorp but now with nakheel its parent company – was to provide a stash of $20 million in each of the next five years. Half of it would make up the prize fund for the season-ending tournament open to the leading 60 players in what was once known as the order of merit with the other $10 million being shared out as bonuses between the top 15 players in the overall standings. the figures are eye-watering. But with the property crash in dubai nakheel a government-owned development company is suddenly strapped for cash. There has been speculation that the amount on offer this year is to be reduced by anything up to 25 per cent something that george ogrady the tours chief executive does not deny. More important though will be keeping the show on the road even if prize funds have to be reduced. the tour has massively rebranded itself this year and will be working hard to keep hold of its partners in dubai. In jest people within the game are asking if there will even be a race to dubai after this year? It would seem that urgent meetings are being held between the tour and nakheel right now suggesting that things are afoot. Expect an announcement some time soon.