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January 20, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Tony Romo, John Daly team up at AT&T Pebble Beach

After missing the cut last year, John Daly and Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo are partnering again at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am next month, according to The Dallas Morning News.

"After Qatar I'll head back and team up my Cowboys partner Tony Romo at Pebble Beach once again this year," Daly said via Twitter. …

Daly, who played at Arkansas, is a big Cowboys fan. Romo plays to a scratch handicap. Last year he shot 69 in the local U.S. Open qualifier at the Honors Golf Club. He also appeared on Daly's reality TV show. And before the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, Romo and Daly hosted a VIP party in Dallas to raise money for the John Daly Foundation and launch the second Texas Celebrity Shootout.

The Romo-Daly team will be a nice draw for fans at Pebble next month, but it's going to be hard to top the show Daly put on with pal Kid Rock at the late, great Buick Open in 2008. Somehow, I don't think we'll see any balls teed on Bud tall boys this time.

Why Jack won't tweet
The ranks of professional golfers on Twitter increases almost daily with even sharing-averse Tiger Woods joining the fun. However, we're not likely to see Jack Nicklaus trading online barbs with Lee Westwood anytime soon. According to The Palm Beach Post, Nicklaus appeared with Florida Gov. Rick Scott to talk about the economic impact of golf on Florida'a economy when the subject turned to social media.

Tonight, Scott is hosting a Twitter town hall where he'll take questions and give answers, all within the 140-character social media site's limit.

"I'm going to Twitter a town hall meeting," Scott explained to Nicklaus. "So you can get online and ask questions with Twitter and I'll respond."

Nicklaus appeared blase about Scott's social media event.

"Do you Tweet, sir?" he was asked.

"No. I make sure I remain totally illiterate in that state," Nicklaus said.

Shadow Creek open to public for Michael Jordan charity event
Sure, you can watch Wayne Gretzky and Mark Wahlberg try to break 80, but the real draw of the Michael Jordan Invitational charity golf tournament at the end of March is the chance to see legendary Las Vegas golf course Shadow Creek. John Katsilometes of The Las Vegas Sun has the details.

If ever a woodsy, grassy, lake-laden expanse could be considered mythic, it would be Shadow Creek Golf Course.

In its first decade of existence, the stories of Shadow Creek's exclusivity permeated the clubhouses of Las Vegas golf lore: Only the "whales" who patronized Steve Wynn's hotels would be permitted to play it, and so rare was human activity that groups teed off an hour apart. …

Today, standards are somewhat more relaxed than in the days when Wynn ran the operation, as MGM Resorts guests are permitted to play Shadow Creek. Green fees are listed at $500, with includes limo service to and from the course. Otherwise, commoners have not been allowed on the course.

But Shadow Creek, conceived by Wynn, created by Fazio and owned today by MGM Resorts, is opening to the public for the first time. We get to see what all the hullabaloo has been about during an event equal to the task: The 10th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, set for March 31-April 4. It's the first time the tournament will be held in Las Vegas.

Stray Shots: Things we noticed while wishing the Bob Hope Classic was the same week as the Coachella Music Festival...

Tiger's nurse has filed a lawsuit. No, it's not what you think. (Via The Orlando Sentinel

Phil Mickelson must be feeling better because he's back to eating meat again. (Via The Irish Times)

There's been an Arnie sighting at the Bob Hope Classic. You won't get that in Abu Dhabi. (Via Pro Golf Talk)

Rory McIlroy says he's still "good friends" with ex-girlfriend Holly Sweeney, with whom he recently split. No word on who gets to keep the hair products. (Via The Belfast Telegraph)

Tweet of the Day

Azinger @PaulAzinger: Davis and Ollie will be terrific captains. Won't be the usual finger pointing at captains during this RC. Press will have to blame players

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