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Wie a freelancer?; Shack on Newport; Rubenstein on distance; Terrific Timber Ridge

The Michelle Wie show rolled into Newport CC this week, and as always, all eyes are on the teen. This time Wie, whose globe hopping seems to be designed to satisfy her sponsors, compared herself to a newspaper freelancer.

“I love this freelancing. I’m playing a lot of tours. I’m playing the Japanese Tour, the PGA, the LPGA, it’s awesome. But obviously I would like to play in the PGA later on, be a member there,” she said. “I don’t like being stuck in one place.”

I think this is less like freelancing and more like being a mercenary, collecting appearance fees where ever she goes….

Geoff Shackelford is very fond of Newport and has nice photos and description of the course, which doesn’t have any irrigation.

Here’s a full review of the course.

Lorne Rubenstein has also been flying around the U.S., landing at Liberty National near New York (home of the $500,000 initiation fee) and speaking to Tom Kite about the length the golf ball travels.

“When Jerry (Pate) said it was less about equipment than other factors this morning, I turned to Rick [Rick George, the Champions Tour president, who was sitting beside Kite] and told him I didn’t believe that. I don’t care how fit a player is or how good his swing is, he couldn’t hit it further in his 50s than in his 30s.”

Lorne’s full story is here.

I played Timber Ridge GC yesterday, about 75 minutes from Toronto. It had been several years since I was out at the course, but it was even better than I recalled. At 6,600 yards and with a greens fee less than $60, this is one of the truly great public courses in the province. I’ll provide a full review next week. Next stop, Coppinwood….

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A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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