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--Johnny Miller, part owner of Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., along with his partners, announced that the 2014 Open will be played on Silverado's North Course.

The Frys.Com Open, in its eighth season, will be held for the final time at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., on Oct. 10-13 this year, marking the start of the PGA Tour's new wraparound 2013-14 season.

"We are thrilled to host the season-opening PGA Tour tournament on our iconic property," said Miller, the 1973 U.S. Open champion and now lead golf commentator for NBC Sports.

"Our North Course is amongst the most challenging and beautiful courses in the state, and over the last two years the Troon team and I have ensured the playing experience is superior in every way."

Silverado hosted the PGA Tour's Kaiser International Open from 1968 to 1976, and the tournament was played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic from 1977 to 1980.

In addition, the Champions Tour's Transamerica Classic was played on the North Course from 1989 to 2002.

Miller captured the Kaiser in 1974 and 1975, and other winners of the tournament included Jack Nicklaus, Billy Casper, Tom Watson, Ben Crenshaw and Miller Barber.

The par-72 North Course, which was designed by Robert Trent-Jones and opened in 1955, was renovated in 2011 by Miller. The layout sprawls across 360 acres and features dozens of water crossings, elevation changes and a routing through oak, pine and redwood trees.

"It's an opportunity to enhance the reputation of our tournament, generate new sponsors, expand the volunteer base and make significant contributions to deserving charities," said Kathy Holder, tournament chairwoman.

The, which features 132 players and a $5 million purse, with $900,000 going to the winner, will award FedEx Cup points for the first time this year and the winner will receive a berth in the Masters.

--Hal Sutton and Russ Cochran were forced to withdraw from the 34th U.S. Senior Open Championship last week at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Neb., because of injuries.

Sutton, who beat Jack Nicklaus to win the 1983 PGA Championship at Riviera, cited a right hip injury and Cochran, whose four Champions Tour victories include the 2011 Senior British Open, dropped out because of an injury to his right wrist.

Sutton, who underwent left hip replacement surgery in October, told the Shreveport Times that he plans to have his right hip replaced this fall.

Cochran was replaced in the field by Don Reycroft of Norfolk, Mass., the first alternate from the Marion, Mass., sectional qualifying site, where he shot 73 at Kittansett Club and survived a four-man playoff.

David Ladd, who shot 73 and was the first alternate from sectional qualifying at March Creek Country Club in St. Augustine, Fla., replaced Sutton.

Reycroft and Ladd played in the U.S. Senior Open for the first time, both missing the cut. reported that Dubai Properties Group, a unit of Dubai Holding, has dissolved its partnership with Tiger Woods, after construction of his golf estate at Dubailand was suspended in 2010 amid the worldwide economic crisis.

The developer apparently will seek other options to get the project restarted, but Woods will not be involved, according to the report.

Plan for the Tiger Woods Dubai project, which was to include a complex of 100 villas, 75 mansions, 22 palaces, a boutique hotel and golf academy, were announced in 2006, with a scheduled opening in 2009.

Woods was supposed to be paid $55.4 million to design and promote the golf resort. Three holes were created before work on the project was halted, and reportedly the desert has reclaimed the land after the project was abandoned.

Dubai Properties Group, a unit of Dubai Holding, announced early in 2010 that work had been suspended but that it would "continue to be monitored and a decision will be made in the future when to restart the project."

Woods has turned his attention to Diamante Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, which broke ground last year, and construction seems to be progressing well, as Tiger reported on Twitter after a trip to the site in May.

Diamante is the fourth contracted design for Tiger Woods Design since the firm's inception in 2006. The first three, Punta Brava in Ensenada, Mexico, the Cliffs in Asheville, N.C., and Al Ruwaya in Dubai, have run into problems and not been completed.

--In the third act of ongoing litigation, Vijay Singh's lawyers filed a motion in New York Supreme Court on Monday to deny the PGA Tour's motion to dismiss the Fijian's suit against the circuit.

The 25-page motion claims the PGA Tour is "not entitled to judicial deference" and that the circuit's anti-doping program's release provision is "unenforceable."

Singh was under investigation by the PGA Tour for admitting in a Sports Illustrated article early this year that he used Ultimate (deer antler) Spray, which allegedly contains the substance IGF-1, which was then banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

However, Singh was later cleared of the charge but turned around and sued the PGA Tour on May 8 claiming the circuit "exposed Singh, one of golf's most respected and hardest working golfers, to public humiliation and ridicule for months without basis or justification" after his admission that he used Ultimate Spray.

In June, the PGA Tour filed a motion to dismiss the suit based on Singh's membership agreement, which states the only legal recourse in a doping case is the prescribed arbitration hearing.

Peter Ginsburgh, Singh's New York-based attorney, claimed that "despite having no foundation on which to determine that Singh had used a banned substance, the PGA Tour decided to discipline Singh, simply blindly relying upon WADA."

The motion filed by Ginsburgh claims that the PGA Tour "is aware of other golfers who have used the Spray but has not attempted to discipline those other golfers," and that substance in the Spray was misnamed and was biologically inactive.

The PGA Tour does not comment on ongoing litigation.

--John Daly, who won the 1995 Open Championship in a playoff over Costantino Rocco of Italy at St. Andrews, was forced to withdraw from the 142nd Open this week at Muirfield because he needs surgery on his right elbow.

Daly began having problems with the elbow at the Byron Nelson Championship in May and tests revealed a torn tendon. He said doctors told him he could try to play as long as he did not hit a rock or a tree root.

"And that's what happened on the 12th hole Friday at Greenbrier," Daly said. "I was just trying to chip out and there was a root under the ball. It wasn't more than a 50-yard chip shot. But that's the pain I've been dealing with."

The 47-year-old Daly, who was replaced in the field at Muirfield by Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, said he will miss the rest of the regular season after surgery.

Doctors have told him that he can began rehabilitation in September and might be able to play competitive golf later in the year.

"I hate missing the British Open, especially at Muirfield," said Daly, who was planning to play seven consecutive weeks. "It's one of the best (courses) on the planet.

"What really (stinks) about this is that I was getting ready to play seven in a row, and that's when I played my best golf last year. My goal was to get into those four qualifying tournaments at the end of the year."

Daly, whose career has gone downhill with a number of controversial incidents on and off the course, burst onto the scene when he captured the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick after getting into the tournament as the ninth alternate.

Despite his problems, and the fact that he has not had full PGA Tour playing privileges since 2006, Daly remains a fan favorite.

--Paul Goydos has given it a go, but for now, his surgically repaired left wrist simply cannot take it.

The 49-year-old Goydos, who three years ago became the fifth player in PGA Tour history to shoot 59, has made only two starts since returning and is shutting things down fore the rest of the season.

"The pain tends to come and go," said Goydos, who has been endured tendinitis throughout his career and had a bone spur that was irritating a tendon removed from his wrist in March after a procedure last October to remove a bone spur from his left index finger.

"I'll just keep working, keep grinding. The pain is getting better, but I have to trust (my wrist) more."

Goydos does not plan to play again until the Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., in October, when the 2013-14 season is scheduled to begin.

During the PGA Tour playoffs in August and September, he might seek exemptions for events on the European Tour.

In his two tournaments since returning, Goydos missed the cut, shooting 73-72 -- 145 in the St. Jude Classic, and 74-80 -- 154 in the Travelers Championship.

Goydos, who made only six starts on the PGA Tour last year before undergoing surgery, has 19 starts left to regain his PGA Tour card on a major medical extension.

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