By petedirenzo
Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Trumped...againAs you may remember from past posts, the Donald's plan to build a Trump-tastic course in Aberdeen has been lambasted by a group of both local residents and celebrities including Queen guitarist Brian May. The latest rumor was that some home owners would be forced to sell their property (against their own wishes) in order to make the course a reality. As Aberdeen's Press and Journal reports, that's at least one complaint against Trump that can be dropped.

Donald Trump has lifted the eviction threat hanging over families living around his planned £750million Scottish golf resort – declaring that he will not ask for compulsory purchase orders to be used against them.
After nearly two years of speculation, the US developer has said he will not request local government intervention to secure four homes – Mill of Menie, Menie Fishing Station, Hermit Point and Leyton Cottage – which he has included in his plans for the Menie Estate, in Aberdeenshire.
Mr Trump was granted planning permission to add the properties to his proposals in May 2009, despite the absence of an agreement to buy them.
However, he insisted that talk of compulsory purchase orders, or CPOs, should be shelved while his team negotiated with the owners.
Movement at the Top
just a second-place finish
Phil Mickelson‘s hold on fourth place in the Official World Golf Ranking has been under some assault from Graeme McDowell in the last several weeks.
McDowell tied Mickelson for 4th two weeks ago. After Paul Casey won the European Tour’s event in Bahrain on Sunday, Mickelson could have slipped to sixth if he had finished worse than second place at the Farmers.
So while that putt for birdie at the finishing hole at Torrey Pines did not earn him a win, or even a spot in a hypothetical playoff, it was an important one as far as the rankings go. Mickelson held onto fourth place, albeit by a slim margin over both McDowell and Casey – less than a tenth of a point.

here Tweet of the day:
Gmac @Graeme_McDowell: Haha most of you guys figure I'm going to be stupider (not possible) and have very large swollen cheeks after this wisdom tooth comes out!
  Gmac @Graeme_McDowell:Apologies to all you literary geniuses out there. I will be more stupid as opposed to stupider. #pointproven

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