Stories for September 2005
Wednesday, September 28
If we began 2005 figuring no one can win the single-season Grand Slam, now we should adjust our thinking. Eight months have dramatically altered the forecast, from cloudy to ample shades of sunny.
How unfortunate that the 40th Walker Cup, the epic battle at Chicago Golf Club, was overshadowed by the PGA Championship, running concurrently at Baltusrol Golf Club in New Jersey.
Golfers everywhere are talking about core fitness, core training and core muscles. Many don’t know exactly what they are talking about.
If you ask me, the future of golf is the side-by-side combination of swing training and body training.
Golf Datatech, better known for its monthly reports on retail sales of golf equipment, recently has begun gathering operational data from about 200 courses.
Carlsbad, Calif., has long been to golf what Silicon Valley is to the computer world – the capital of its industry - and will soon be home to America’s most expensive municipal course.
One week after winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Morgan Pressel got taken down by Ya-Ni Tseng.
Monday, September 26
The 108-hole marathon otherwise known as PGA Tour Qualifying School often is likened to a six-day root canal. One major difference: At least a root canal offers novocaine as an option.
Carolyn Bivens may possess limited knowledge of golf and golfers, but she demonstrated a stroke of political genius by organizing “Phenoms to Professionals: Successful Transitions."
I determined that the people who allegedly are interested in picking up golf, or playing it more, are the primary problem, not the game itself.
The Vegas story is too good to stay in Vegas.
By offering custom-fitting in a new way, Jeff Harmet says, Cobra is ready to set itself apart.
Buffeted by declining profit margins, operational problems and shareholder unrest, Ashworth Inc. announced it has hired a financial adviser to help explore the sale of the company or other strategic alternatives.
Shinnecocks’ suit faces long odds, but payoff might be gaming rights.
Jason Gore’s rise was part “Rudy,” part “Raging Bull.” Even more intriguing than his meteoric ascent, however, is a group of players who could scale the same unlikely ladder in 2006.
At the Cox Classic Aug. 7, Roger Tambellini was part of the story as Jason Gore won his third consecutive Nationwide Tour title.
Purdue coach Devon Brouse is a perfect example of how success can make people say the strangest things.
The usual suspects are hovering near the top of college golf. And flying just under the radar is San Diego State, a program that is hoping to become much more recognizable in the near future.
Tunisia? That was close, but not actually a part of Europe. The geography appeared wrong. But wait, everything else was right.
Brad Sutterfield is trying hard to find positives in the season just past. There are many. He’s just having a difficult time identifying them.
England’s Tom Whitehouse earned the top card at PGA European Tour Qualifying School, thanks to a little fatherly advice.
The MBNA WorldPoints Father/Son Challenge is undergoing a youth movement.
Massy Kuramoto, of Hiroshima, Japan, finished the 108-hole event at 3-under-par 429.
Diminutive but dominant, Miyazato shows America what it’s been missing.
Three years ago, we were lamenting the possibility of Annika Sorenstam retiring. Twenty-four victories and $7 million later, it all seems so absurd.
This time around, Bob Heintz wasn’t as fortunate as he had been at second stage. As the late groups finished, there were few train wrecks and the magic number drifted to 11 under.
Bill Haas already had tasted the disappointment of narrowly missing a PGA Tour card once this year. But in the final stage of Q-School, there would be no repeat performance.
During the past two years, leaders of the PGA of America would have us believe they’ve done yeoman’s work in advancing the cause of player development.
With the opening of Seven Canyons in 2003, Sedona has a course that’s solid tee to green and up to the standards of the area’s natural beauty.
By its very nature, Q-School is about train wrecks, not triumphs.
Today’s avid golfers have heard it over and over: The big muscles are in, the hands are out.
When he won his third Re/Max World Long Drive Championship last month with a 377-yard blast, Sean “The Beast” Fister was concentrating on hand speed.
Sadly, most women won’t venture out to their local muni alone.
Jim Furyk became the first American since Corey Pavin in 1995 to win the Nedbank Challenge.
Fresh off winning his eighth PGA European Tour Order of Merit, Colin Montgomerie has gotten a good jump on a ninth.
Generation of women looms as golf’s X factor.
The Ladies European Tour was determined to find a Swede to lead the 2007 European Solheim Cup team in Sweden. On Nov. 24, it selected Helen Alfredsson, who fits the profile perfectly.
Mark Simpson put up a courageous fight, but it was one battle he did not win. Not many do when the enemy is cancer.
Since the 1990s, golf industry research has indicated that reaching out to bring women into the sport is one of the best opportunities for increasing business and growing the game.
Debate intensifies as golf struggles to tap women’s market.
Matt Every, the University of Florida senior earned an exemption into the second stage of Q-School.
In marketing terms, the Southern Farm Bureau Classic was at least a stand-up triple, if not a home run.
Being at East Lake Golf Club meant more to some than it did to others, and it wasn’t something Billy Mayfair took for granted.
Bart Bryant needed to convince himself that he was on the grounds at East Lake Golf Club because he truly belonged there.
A former PGA Tour venue in New Orleans will be used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for at least two years for rebuilding efforts in the wake of two hurricanes.
Oklahoma’s Anthony Kim did not make the trip with the Sooners to the Nov. 4-6 Carpet Capital Collegiate in Georgia.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s confirmation that the 2007 PGA Tour schedule will have a different look will bring opportunity for international tournaments and players.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem last week provided a glimpse into the Tour’s fast-lane future.
After spending much of the week watching his PGA Tour hopes slip away like a runaway 5-footer from above the hole, Charley Hoffman delivered.
Golf courses always have been part of the Gold Coast landscape.
Five new courses have opened in Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and another two are planned.
The president of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club invited Alister Mackenzie Down Under so he could make recommendations for a course members wanted to build.
The eight elite Melbourne golf clubs that are the Sandbelt are tied together only by status.
Barnbougle Dunes Golf Links opened earlier this year and is proving popular, especially with golfers from Victoria and New South Wales.
Barossa, a region that encompasses the Barossa and Eden valleys, is regarded as the wine center of Australia.
Located about 75 miles south of the South Australian capital, the island of Kingscote is a vast hideaway some 90 miles by 40 miles in size.
Adelaide is home to two of the best courses in the country – Royal Adelaide Golf Club and Kooyonga Golf Club.
Australia has some of the finest golf courses anywhere.
Recent years have brought green NV shafts from Aldila, a rainbow of Mojo balls from Nike Golf and a technicolor explosion from J. Lindeberg and other apparel companies.
PGA of America is rolling in cash, but some members fear for the future.
After his team’s season-opening trifecta, Lott’s mailbox overflowed with letters from possible recruits.
The second version of the Isleworth/UCF Collegiate Invitational turned into a 54-hole playoff to decide the outright individual champion from a year ago.
Before the final round Oct. 30, the Senior British Open champion told his daughter Meg that Jay Haas was “probably going to run away” with the title.
Even after 36 holes and a three-stroke lead, Jee Young Lee wasn’t at all sure she had what it took to win her first LPGA event.
Jean Van de Velde is unhappy at the double standard that now exists in golf, whereby women can play in men’s tournaments, but men cannot play in women’s events.
Paul McGinley may have won the golf tournament, but the Volvo Masters winner was only a subplot in a bigger drama.
Veteran rides emotions to season-ending victory, 2006 PGA Tour card.
With the PGA Tour bound for the negotiating table to decide what the autumn schedule will look like in 2007, know this about 2005: It was a huge month for three first-time winners.
Lupo consulted industry.
Emilee Klein was hired to be the women's coach at the University of Central Florida on Oct. 31, replacing Jill Fjelstul, who resigned Aug. 11.
Proceeds from the PGA Tour’s events during the final weekend of October pushed the all-time level of charitable contributions past the $1 billion mark.
With negotiations set to begin on a new TV contract, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made a final push last week to sell his membership on a drastically revamped schedule.
The PGA of America culminated its yearlong search for a new chief executive officer by settling on its longtime rainmaker to run the 28,000-member association.
In her first pro start at this week’s Samsung World Championship, Michelle Wie will carry 14 Nike clubs.
PGA Tour seeks ‘playoff’ excitement to revitalize its schedule.
McGraw, 45, replaced Mike Holder as Oklahoma State men’s golf coach Oct. 6, becoming only the third coach in the Cowboys’ illustrious history.
New Orleans coach, players find solace in the storm.
Michelle Wie formally announced she had turned professional on Oct. 5.
Barb Trammell, one of the LPGA’s highest-ranking officials, abruptly resigned Oct. 1, ending 18 years of service with the organization.
Course, event set for all-new look.
Sunday, September 25
If the United States ever resumes winning Ryder Cup Matches with any consistency, Americans can thank Nigel Edwards.
18-year-old Brian Harman justified his selection by being the only player to charge through the Walker Cup without a loss.
Fisher, Saltman and Davies might not have been familiar names to the U.S. Walker Cup before the competition, but they undoubtedly were after posting seven points for Great Britain & Ireland.
A wild afternoon at Chicago Golf Club finally ended with a 121⁄2-111⁄2 U.S. victory over Great Britain & Ireland, that had won the last three Walker Cups and four of the last five.
Steve Schneiter’s twisting eagle putt at No. 18 lifted the assistant pro 12 spots up the leaderboard and may have raised the status of club pros in an event that seems to be passing them by.
Phil Mickelson, a Callaway staff player, carried 12 Callaway clubs and used the Callaway HX Tour 56 ball. But there is much more to the story of Mickelson’s clubs.
The PGA Championship leaderboard indicated a clean bill of health for Steve Elkington.
Davis Love III was waiting for another rainbow. Instead, he got lightning, rain and another near miss at a major championship.
Considering how things turned out for Bjorn at his last major, his tie for second at Baltusrol is almost as good as a victory.
Phil Mickelson won the PGA Championship at Baltusrol for several reasons.
Mickelson answers plenty with 2nd major victory.
U.S. captain Nancy Lopez believes this will be the team that gets the Solheim Cup back.
The Canon Cup, an American Junior Golf Association team event bringing together the top 40 juniors in the nation, was not close heading into the final round.
Golf courses throughout the mid-Atlantic and Midwest are feeling the effects of sustained withering heat and humidity.
Jack Nicklaus went with experience and Gary Player relied on his “gut feelings” to determine their captain’s picks for this year’s Presidents Cup.
Saturday, September 24
Red-hot Scottsdale’s collection of gems
Adams pushes hybrid sets to redefine irons market
Dawie Van Der Walt’s game matches his physical stature, and at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, that’s no easy task.
Kevin Marsh blasted his way to a 10-and-9 victory in the final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Annika Sorenstam still has goals for ’05.
Jason Gore celebrates with the 84 Lumber Classic gallery after holding off Carlos Franco for his first PGA Tour title.
Meg Mallon, left center, with U.S. assistant captain Donna Caponi, left, and U.S. captain Nancy Lopez after Mallon clinched the 2005 Solheim Cup for the American squad. A short time later, Mallon’s heart was racing and she was taken to a hospital.
Friday, September 23
Campbellsville, Ky., is about 71/2 hours and 410 miles from Chicago Golf Club, but John Holmes’ journey has been much longer than that.
Earning a berth in the U.S. Amateur Championship has never been an easy task. It’s become especially difficult in the era of the global game.
Critics who suggest Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course lacks strategic variety and interest are only slightly misplaced in their concern.
These days, it’s good to be Pete Mathewson, Aldila’s chief executive. Aldila, which was posting large losses just a few years ago, now looks more like a growth stock – a rarity in golf.
Graphite shaftmakers bid for bigger iron business.
Annika Sorenstam, the world’s No. 1 player, didn't lose her own tournament, sinking a birdie putt from 27 feet on the 72nd hole to defeat Natalie Gulbis by a stroke at the Scandinavian TPC.
Alan Foster became the sixth American golfer in seven years to capture the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship Aug. 5 at Woburn Golf & Country Club.
Sean Moore birdied the first extra hole and left Ryan Posey a runner-up for the second year in a row at Pinehurst No. 2.
Australia's Alison Whitaker vaulted from anonymity to reach the semifinals at Ansley Golf Club’s Settindown Creek Course in suburban Atlanta.
No one intimidates this fiery 17-year-old, and at least last week, no one could touch her.
The Open Championship was a good showing for the Europeans, but not quite enough to crown a European major champion for the first time since 1999.
Emanuele Canonica of Italy will have two fully exempt years, thanks to his victory at the Johnnie Walker Championship – his first triumph in 231 European Tour events spanning more than a decade.
Tom Purtzer holed a 7-foot par putt on the final hole Aug. 7 for a one-stroke victory, his first on the Champions Tour since March 2004.
This week, Jason GOre going to try something different. This week, he’s going to be a spectator.
Retief Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion, is part of a somewhat odd coupling in golf lore with Jason Gore.
Beginning Jan. 1, U.S. visitors to Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean will need a passport to gain re-entry home. Golfers who plan to tee it up in a neighboring nation should take note of the new protocol.
The Byzantine nature of the Official World Golf Ranking is one of life’s curious complexities. There are times when convoluted reality becomes costly.
Carol Semple Thompson failed to advance to stroke play last week at the 105th U.S. Women’s Amateur but the accomplishment was still significant because she was playing in her 100th USGA event.
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Wednesday, September 21
Every course architect knows the key to a good layout is the proper location of the holes upon the land.
Old Course ambience an acquired taste
Burrows Golf, the Valencia, Calif., equipment company known for its innovative club-fitting system and splashy trade-show exhibits, has ceased operations.
In the age of TiVo, marketers adopt new tactics to reach consumers
For Travis Bertoni, a double eagle overcame three double bogeys, leading the Cal Poly senior to a two-stroke victory over Liam Kendregan July 8 at the Sahalee Players Championship.
Brad Faxon’s $7,000 travel investment reaped dividends when he qualified for the British Open Championship July 10 at Lundin Golf Club.
Following his whirlwind ride at the U.S. Open last month, Gore turned down PGA Tour sponsor exemptions in order to earn his Tour card via the Nationwide Tour.
Two-tour standout adds second Champions victory, second Champions major
Tuesday, September 20
An introduction to instructor Carl Rabito might start with extension in the golf swing.
This fall, True Temper will unveil the stepless Black Gold – what company officials hope will be their answer to the Rifle.
Performance, fashion and technology fuel an explosion in optical options.
Molinari engineers U.S. Amateur triumph.
Former captain says flawed selection process keeps Europeans from assembling best team.
Talented teen, twentysomethings invigorate once-aging American side.
Ma Lopez, otherwise known as Nancy, is the perfect captain for the United States team in the Solheim Cup.
Commissioner Carolyn Bivens ushers LPGA into a new age.
John Daly did his best to win his second BMW International Open, but the 2001 champion’s final-round 64 wasn’t quite good enough.
Timing and luck are everything in golf. Dorothy Delasin has had neither the past four years.
Although Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr have crossed paths on numerous occasions during the past year, the two don’t believe they have a budding rivalry.
Loren Roberts, who turned 50 in June, wanted to make his presence felt on the Champions Tour.
Brad Faxon thought he might be headed home after two rather uneventful rounds to open the Buick Championship. But luckily he made the 36-hole cut on the number.
Daniel and Wendy Ward were Lopez’s two captain’s selections Aug. 28, completing the 12-player team that will face Europe Sept. 9-11 at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Ind.
The USGA announced Aug. 26 that, beginning next year, amateur golfers under its jurisdiction (United States and Mexico) will be allowed to accept reimbursement for expenses to play in competitions.
Monday, September 19
Last weekend I spent a depressing few hours reading through a document supplied to the media by Marc O’Hair.
It is rare to get reader response so unanimous as that generated in support of senior writer Jeff Rude’s commentary on slow play that was posted July 27 on golfweek.com.
Eldon Pipkin developed a health problem and did not compete on the Champions Tour, but his preoccupation with the golf swing never ebbed.
Callaway’s new Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 driver, with a draw configuration, appears to provide an antidote for golfers who suffer from the terminal rights.
The family of G5 golf clubs about to be introduced by Ping will be the largest and most ambitious product introduction in the history of the company.
Golf Galaxy Inc. apparently succeeded in convincing the financial world that it should not be viewed strictly as a golf company.
Deal maker Bobby Ginn is back, and he’s turning heads in his familiar domain of golf and real estate.
Though the U.S. holds a commanding 31-7-1 record in the biennial competition, Great Britain & Ireland has won three consecutive Walker Cup Matches and four of the past five.
Opinionated Charles Blair Macdonald was father of American golf.
Among the many difficult tasks of a club professional is rising to the occasion competitively when he earns a chance to play against Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and others in a PGA Tour event.
Increasing challenges keep club professionals off the course.
Tiger Woods finishes first, second and first in the season’s first three major championships, and Hank Haney goes from questioned guru to celebrated savior.
Six teenagers breezed through 72 holes of stroke play in three days and qualified for the appropriately named “Sweet 16” matches at Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club.
Mark Hensby earned his first European Tour victory July 31 at the Scandinavian Masters, beating Henrik Stenson on the second playoff hole at Kungsangen Golf Club.
A 4-foot birdie on the first playoff hole earned Joe Daley a victory at the Wichita Open July 31. It was the first victory for Daley since the 1997 Louisiana Open.
How good were Vijay Singh’s first three rounds at the Buick Open? So good that they enabled him to tie the 54-hole tournament record at 22-under 194.
Jeong Jang's wire-to-wire victory at the Weetabix Women’s British Open was her maiden LPGA title, bringing her the $280,208 first-place prize July 31.
Allen Doyle’s 8-under 63 at the U.S. Senior Open is one of seven 63s recorded in Open championship history.
The rift between PGA Tour rookie-of-the-year front-runner Sean O’Hair and his estranged father, Marc, appeared to grow even wider last week.
Ernie Els’ season came to a crashing halt last week after having surgery July 28. Els will miss next week’s PGA Championship, as well as the Presidents Cup.
Callaway Golf Co. announced Aug. 1 that it has hired former Revlon executive George Fellows to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer.
Oakley is the Everyman. He goes through what we go through. After he won the Senior British, his clubs were lost by the airline.
When the USGA and the R&A of St. Andrews soon announce that distance-measuring devices have been elevated to a “condition of competition” it will be a declaration of common sense.
The LPGA appears to be in a very healthy position. Where, I wonder in all of this, stands Michelle Wie?
What makes Las Colinas stand out in most visitors’ minds is its superlative hotel with rooms that overlook the 18th green of the Tournament Players Course, which plays host to the final two rounds of the Nelson.
Golfers, and anyone looking for a proper Texas golf experience, would be wise to see at least a couple of retreats during their trip in order to sample as much of the state as possible.
As a rule, according to TV executives, there are two types of sports properties: Those that must pay for themselves, and others whose true value can’t be divined without considering their ancillary benefits.
The Tour’s tough sell: Will the networks buy in?
The Nationwide Tour’s Canadian PGA Championship was a home game for Jon Mills. And he didn’t disappoint the home crowd.
The final scoreboard at the 47th Porter Cup showed Pablo Martin two shots clear of Jason Day and Ben Hayes. But it wasn’t nearly that close.
In-Kyung Kim sneaked through the upper bracket as a relative unknown before routing fellow 17-year-old In-Bee Park, 5 and 4, in the 18-hole final July 23 of the 57th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.
The Streak may have stopped, but Dana Quigley shows no signs of slowing down.
In a little corner of Scotland, Tom Watson renewed his winning ways, taking advantage of his love for links golf to end an 18-month drought by capturing the Senior British Open.
Angel Cabrera gave Niclas Fasth a little opening at the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe July 24, and Fasth took advantage.
In her first few months on tour, Paula Creamer proved she could compete with the LPGA’s top players. At the Evian Masters, Creamer showed she could dominate them.
Ben Crane's victory at Brown Deer Park showed he is over back problems, and his skillful play while weathering two days of long storm delays showed he is one of America’s best players under age 30.
Not having a mid-amateur (age 25 or older) on this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team for the first time in history has drawn its share of reaction from players on both sides of that age-level bar.
Jackson T. “Jack” Stephens, a financier and philanthropist who served as chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club for seven years, died July 23 at age 81.
Sunday, September 18
Brad Faxon was back in Fife last week, and he was no accidental tourist. He’d arrived days before most others, this time to partake in yet another qualifying sojourn.
This was a convergence of generations and a collection of dramatic moments that only golf could offer.
Reliable sources have been reporting that Turnberry will be chosen as site of the 2006 Senior British Open, and also will be selected as host for the 2009 British Open.
The opening shot at Prestwick is one that strikes fear in the hearts of American visitors.
The playing lesson is so popular in Scotland that American golf professionals might learn something from the teaching philosophies of their Scottish counterparts.
The number of American golfers declined 6 percent in 2004 and now is smaller than the U.S. golf population in 1987, according to a new report.
Governments, developers aim to convert Eastern Europe into a golf destination.
Brian Harman, making a strong push to become the youngest member ever of the U.S. Walker Cup team, made his final argument with a six-stroke victory July 17 at the Players Amateur.
A layup shot that went wrong nearly kept Wake Forest sophomore Webb Simpson from capturing the 99th Southern Amateur Championship.
Eun Jung Lee, a 17-year-old South Korean, rallied from five holes down and defeated Tiffany Chudy with a par on the 37th hole July 16 at Swope Memorial Golf Course.
Clay Ogden will be one of five amateurs in the 2006 Masters.
Jason Gore’s magical ride since wowing the world at Pinehurst continued July 17 when he became the first Nationwide player to record consecutive victories twice.
Twice in her LPGA rookie season, Meena Lee had been on the verge of victory. This time, she closed the deal.
Jason Bohn, in only his second year on tour, won $540,000, becoming the 13th player to make this tournament his first triumph.
Saturday, September 17
If any youngster can follow in Colin Montgomerie’s footsteps and become Scotland’s top golfer, it is Lloyd Saltman, the ebullient amateur from Craigielaw near Edinburgh.
Of all the mid-summer blockbusters, however, Sean O’Hair’s tale stands apart.
Touring pros often need help with their clubs and their minds. Early in the week, Montgomerie had worked himself into something of a frenzy over his wedge play.
When Jack Nicklaus walked off the 18th green of the Old Course after playing two respectable rounds in the 134th Open Championship, he ceased being a golfer – at least by his definition.
If Colin Montgomerie were up to his neck in horse manure he’d more than likely see something positive. Political spin-doctors have nothing on Monty.
Bernhard Langer, 47, was trying to become the oldest major championship winner in history and, at the same time, was trying to put the legend of Captain Invisible behind him.
Jose Maria Olazabal and Fred Couples wrapped up a warm week on the Firth of Forth tied for third, albeit a half-dozen shots behind Open champion Tiger Woods.
Thicker than normal rough and a pinched fairway turned golf’s most famous hole into the place good rounds came to die.
Tiger Woods’ sequestered map toward greatness follows a path in which he embarks on a never-ending journey of improvement. In his World, there are no whistle stops on the railway to satisfaction.
Renewed confidence has U.S. Open champion at the top of the game
Unassuming DiMarco brings competitiveness, fire to U.S. squad
Retief Goosen earned his second victory in five weeks.
Mark Calcavecchia, who has had plenty of birdie binges in his career, was all about saving par in the final round of the Canadian Open, as he did here out of a bunker on the sixth hole at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club.
Americans follow Lopez’s lead, pull together for victory
Wednesday, September 14
The Nicklaus-Woods twinbill was about as much neon as a golf marquee can burn.
It seems nothing in professional golf has come easy for Heather Bowie. Neither did her first LPGA victory – until the very end.
Tim Clark proved his third-place finish at last month’s U.S. Open was no fluke. Funny how a tournament victory can validate a performance.
Tim Clark proved his third-place finish at last month’s U.S. Open was no fluke. Funny how a tournament victory can validate a performance.
Michael Sim made his first impression in golf when he was 4 years old. Sixteen years later, Michael Sim is making an even bigger impression.
Greg Owen’s frustration was palpable after the second round of the Barclays Scottish Open.
The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce president heaving his calculator against the wall after figuring lost economic impact on the weekend.
After rookie Sean O’Hair won his first PGA Tour event July 10 he had a quick decision to make. Go to the British Open or not?
If you thought Tiger Woods’ eight-stroke victory at the 2000 British Open at St. Andrews was a romp, check out Nike’s new TV spot commemorating his return to the home of golf.
It wasn’t an ailing hip that finally snapped Dana Quigley’s nine-year competitive streak.
There were plenty of English smiles at the International Olympic Committee’s session July 6-9 in Singapore when London was named site of the 2012 Olympics.
Morgan Pressel received an answer from LPGA commissioner Ty Votaw regarding her petition to go to Q-School. There was good news and bad.
There were plenty of English smiles at the International Olympic Committee’s session July 6-9 in Singapore when London was named site of the 2012 Olympics.
The 17-year-old had kept her future plans quiet for nearly three weeks, and she finally was ready to talk.
The silver jug, of course, is the oldest, most historic, and perhaps most treasured trophy in golf.
Did Augusta National really need lengthening?
The golf swing is full of misunderstanding and myth. Everything is not as it seems.
Huffy Corp. has reached an agreement in principle for a reorganization plan that, if approved, will allow it to emerge from bankruptcy as a private company.
Internet culture, business demands usher Wi-Fi service onto courses.
16-year-old Fisher heads five-man English contingent.
After struggling through a horrendous finish July 3, an early exit might have seemed like a good idea this year for Thomas Bjorn.
The 134th Open Championship will tee off for the 27th time in the “auld grey Toon,” universally recognized as the home of golf.
The PGA Tour visited 57 venues in 2004, and many of those courses featured short par-4 holes measuring less than 375 yards.
There are lots of oddities about the Old Course, and all will be on display July 14-17 during the British Open.
From Jones to Flitcroft to Rose, amateurs have left their marks.
Gordon Sherry’s career path has changed since 1995 British Open success.
The man who dominated major golf championships like no other is about to say what should be an emotional goodbye.
Transformed Faldo replaces intensity with personality.
Jason Gore, prince of Pinehurst, returns to reality.
Esteban Toledo has been close to winning a professional event, but finishing the job has always eluded him. Until now.
Ron Streck, who turns 51 July 17, became the first wire-to-wire winner on the Champions Tour this year.
There was a time, little more than a year ago, when Marisa Baena seriously thought about giving up tour life.
When Jim Furyk holed out for a two-stroke victory over Woods at Cog Hill, there was a mixture of relief and pride.
All but 14 spots were filled last week for the British Open July 14-17 at St. Andrews.
Brittany Lang, 19, told Golfweek June 28 that she would turn professional at this week’s Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic.
Augusta National Golf Club, already one of the longest courses in major championship history, is getting longer.
The U.S. Women’s Open is without a doubt the toughest of the four majors for Annika. She hasn’t won the event since 1996, and she may never win another.
Tiger Woods, who will turn 30 in December, has been the youngest American on the last four U.S. Ryder Cup teams.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Better known as the Golden Rule, I consider it the only guide a golf club member needs.
A year after disclosing major problems, the equipment giant mounts a comeback. But a tough choice awaits: Go private or stay the course on Wall Street.
Funny what can transpire over the span of a couple hours on Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Several subtle wrinkles were added to make Pinehurst, which is tough enough for even the above-average Joe, a worthy adversary for the world’s best golfers.
As director of the network of Arnold Palmer golf academies, Brad Brewer gained a deep appreciation for teaching golf to players of different abilities.
Brad Brewer continually campaigns against what he labels “passive” practice. Instead he teaches “competitive” practice.
Two online retailers have partnered on a program they say will offer golfers a better way to “demo” and buy new equipment.
Meadowbrook dropped a dozen golf courses from its portfolio by negotiating its way out of leases and mortgages, according to Ron Jackson.
Michelle Wie qualified for next month’s U.S. Amateur Public Links.
Michael Buttacavoli walked into an impromptu surprise party June 16 behind the 18th green at the Golden Bear Club at Keene’s Pointe.
Morgan Pressel thought it was over long before the final putt dropped June 17 at the AJGA Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
Monday, September 12
At the Knoxville Open, the season’s 12th event, Australian Kim Felton became the seventh player to claim his first victory.
Lorena Ochoa, 23, fashioned a late comeback of her own to surge to a four-stroke victory June 19 at the Wegmans Rochester LPGA. Her final-round 65 gave her a 15-under 273 and her third career title.
Jason Gore, like the five other regular members of the Nationwide Tour who qualified for a spot at Pinehurst, skipped the developmental circuit’s event in Knoxville last week.
If our national championship is an endurance test for the players its 31 hours of live TV coverage over four days also are a bit of a grind for viewers.
Sweden’s Peter Hedblom shot the lowest score of the tournament, 4-under 66, in the second round.
Matt Every, who made the University of Florida’s golf team as a walk-on three years ago, bested Ryan Moore for low amateur honors at Pinehurst.
Despite his age, despite the incredibly difficult setup at Pinehurst No. 2, Peter Jacobsen refused to flounder.
A combination of common sense and high-tech wizardry led to a successful U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
One day the two-time Tour winner will tell his grandchildren he shared the 18- and 36-hole lead at the Open with rounds of 67-71. But that did little to dull the disappointment after a closing 80 sent him to a tie for 23rd.
Prior to the 105th U.S. Open, Tiger Woods had a single runner-up finish (2002 PGA Championship) in 33 major appearances as a professional.
On the eve of the final round of the U.S. Open, Olin Browne put to words what everyone in the Sandhills was thinking: “Jason (Gore) is the story of the Open,” Browne said.
Michael Campbell fits the gritty, never-give-up fighting mode of a U.S. Open champion.
Michael Campbell made up four strokes and more on expressionless leader Retief Goosen in the final round and held off emotional charger Tiger Woods.
Wie, 15, became the first female to qualify for a male U.S. Golf Association championship June 14, tying for first in a 36-hole U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifying tournament.
It seems a very long time ago when I was first approached by the then-president of the European Golf Association requesting the PGA European Tour’s support for their campaign to have golf rejoin the Olympics.
Now, with the 2004-05 season at a close, Ryan Moore lived up to expectations, and coach Rod Myers’ Duke squad went above and beyond for its best campaign in 40 years.
Many felt Pepperdine coach Laurie Gibbs’ moment in the sun would fade but she quickly reloaded in Malibu, making a significant run at this year’s national championship and closing the season ranked fourth.
Harry W. Easterly Jr., former executive director and president of the U.S. Golf Association, died June 18 of cancer. He was 82.
Golf always has played a major role in Carolyn Vesper Bivens’ life. So it stands to reason that she immediately was interested in the LPGA’s commissioner position being vacated by Ty Votaw.
As the Walker Cup approaches, the biennial question resurfaces: What’s become of the mid-am?
Slow play has become one of golf’s hot buttons.
Seen any good new golf courses lately? We have. Here is our top 40, all opened in 2003-04 and visited by Golfweek America’s Best raters.
Ken Bakst, the 1997 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, likes to do things well. That’s the approach he’s taken for a decade in the development of Friar’s Head, a private club on the north shore of Long Island.
Kyle Reifers was among the 24 players invited to the U.S. Walker Cup practice session in January.
Jean Van de Velde visited ghosts of Carnoustie June 26 when he made triple-bogey on the final hole of the French Open.
Despite industry leaders’ efforts to increase participation among women, the number of core women golfers in the United States declined 7.3 percent in 2004.
Greg Kraft erased his dry spell with a two-shot victory over Tim O’Neal at the Nationwide Tour’s Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.
Dallas-based ClubCorp owns or operates more than 100 golf courses, clubs and resorts, but its primary focus right now is on only one of these properties: Pinehurst.
It was distinctly noticeable at the Barclays Classic when Padraig Harrington spent the entire week with a smile on his face, no matter what adversity he encountered.
Wherever golf fans go during U.S. Open week, ESPN won’t be far away. The network is using the tournament to showcase its array of media platforms.
U.S. Open qualifying always offers an interesting variety of stories, and last week’s sectionals were no exception.
Kim’s 72nd-hole bunker miracle delivers stunning final act at U.S. Open.
Tom Pernice and Geoff Ogilvy led all qualifiers after shooting 10-under 134 at British Open International Final Qualifying June 27.
Georgia and Oklahoma State will lead the 15-team field this fall at the 17th Golfweek/Ping Preview.
Louise Stahle’s successful defense of her Ladies’ British Amateur Championship came with an air of inevitability. The 20-year-old Swede arrived at Littlestone Golf Club as the clear favorite, and she didn’t disappoint.
Michael Sim didn’t have the glittering resume of some of his competitors in the 52nd Sunnehanna Amateur, but the Australian walked away with something the others didn’t have: the title.
Singh blasted PGA Tour officials after his first round at Westchester Country Club took more than five hours to complete.
Roberto Castro sank an 8-foot par putt to win the 15th hole and defeat England’s Steve Tiley of Georgia State, 4 and 3, giving the U.S. its 12th point, and Jeff Overton of Indiana was right behind and standing at 4 up with four to play.
The Nominating Committee of the U.S. Golf Association has voted to terminate two of the most prominent members of the USGA Executive Committee in early 2006.
Chris Couch, who played the PGA Tour in 1999 and 2003, earned his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season June 12 at the LaSalle Bank Open.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano saw an opening, and he slammed his way through.
Rain delays, canceled rounds and a Monday finish aside, Dana Quigley was quick and decisive in winning the Bayer Advantage Classic.
Newfangled golf machines, in the form of measuring devices, suddenly are everywhere.
Laura Davies, 41, represents the bandit in all of us. She’s the LPGA’s version of John Daly – similar talent, a similar affinity for casinos, but far less exposure.
Growing awareness of simulators’ many uses and their ever-improving technology are leading to a steady sales climb for the machines.
orenstam should be appreciated for what she is: one of the greatest players in the history of golf. Extraordinary players achieve extraordinary things.
As U.S. Open warm-ups go, the Booz Allen Classic was filled with more foreshadowing than a Stephen King novel.
A pair of mudders from the Pacific Northwest wrapped up a seasonlong rivalry with a steal-the-show shootout at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship.
Merle Marting, a 64-year-old Dubuque, Iowa, father of seven – six of whom played college golf and three of whom make their living in the golf business today – certainly is deserving.
After lackluster spring, Georgia Bulldogs save their top performance for last.
That Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Hale Irwin and Jay Haas have sons that at one time or another wanted to follow pop into the family business is no surprise. Neither are the expectations that come with having a famous father.
It’s been only six years since the Open was held at No. 2 and Paul Jett handled the setup – and himself – masterfully despite a health crisis and being without an assistant.
Golf course designer Mike Strantz's death on June 10 at age 50 brings to a premature close the most creative burst of energy in the history of golf design.
Payne Stewart’s absence at the 105th U.S. Open once again unbuttons small holes in the heart we had hoped would have healed by now.
Orange County jurors rejected claims June 8 that a faulty valve adapter caused Payne Stewart’s Learjet 35 to rapidly lose air pressure and eventually crash into a South Dakota field in October 1999.
The main storylines for amateurs at the U.S. Open are embodied by perhaps the game’s most iconic figure and one of its most magical moments.
Retief Goosen returns to Pinehurst for the 2005 U.S. Open with more confidence, more game and an altered outlook as defending champion.
The 105th U.S. Open, scheduled for June 16-19, returns to the Pinehurst, No. 2 course.
It’s kickoff day at Newport Country Club for the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open and Mike Davis hardly can contain himself.
USGA’s Tom Meeks to plot a new course: retirement.
Now 41, Love has won 18 times on the PGA Tour, most notably the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot.
Brian McElhinney’s 5-and-4 victory over John Gallagher in the British Amateur Championship final June 4 put an end to a story that would have captivated the world of golf.
A hot topic of discussion on the European Tour centers around European players who play the PGA Tour, and don’t come back to support their tour back home.
The real surprise might be if Annika Sorenstam doesn’t win the Grand Slam.
After the highlight of his golf career, a second-place finish at the Byron Nelson Championship, rookie Sean O’Hair heard from his estranged father, Marc.
For Bart Bryant, his validation as a top player arrived June 5 at the Memorial.
The death of Herbert Warren Wind on May 30 at age 88 signals the end of the classic age of American golf writing.
The LPGA announces points system to begin in 2006.
Peter Hanson and Jonathan Lomas each shot 10-under 134 for 36 holes June 6 to qualify for next week’s U.S. Open.
Even in peak season (January-April), golf on the North side barely ranges north of $110.
It was Petrovic’s first triumph on the PGA Tour. And it also was a “first” of sorts for Nickent: Never before had the company’s equipment been used in a Tour victory.
Cabrera, now 35, captured the BMW Championship, one of the PGA European Tour’s premier events on May 29.
Kang, who earned her LPGA card as the Futures Tour’s top money winner last year, shot a final-round 66.
In his prime, before he tore the cartilage in his left shoulder preparing for the 1982 British Open, Pate was nearly unbeatable.
Mike Reid added his name to the list of Senior PGA Championship winners.
At TPC at Southwind, Justin Leonard had the equivalent of a 50-mile lead heading into the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Ernie Els has left IMG and will join Andrew “Chubby” Chandler’s International Sports Management group June 6.
Tracey Stewart filled an Orange County courtroom with emotion May 27.
Saturday, September 10
Nine years, two titles later, Georgia’s top ’Dawg has more than proven his worth
After her first win since 2000, Pat Hurst headed to Crooked Stick on a high note.
Billy Andrade says he has been rejuvenated by fellow New Englander Brad Faxon’s victory at Hartford.
Olin Browne takes a break from his labor on the 11th tee during the final round on Labor Day.
Wednesday, September 7
You might be in the world of make-believe, but there is nothing imaginary about the quality of golf at Walt Disney World Resort.
It may not have Isleworth’s aristocratic air or Bay Hill’s brute demeanor, but from the first tee at Dubsdread Golf Course unfolds 341 yards of semi-manicured fairway and some 80 years of Central Florida golf history.
Orange County National’s two courses, Panther Lake and Crooked Cat, have become a semiregular home of the designed PGA Tour’s Q-School Finals, and a destination for players who simply love to beat balls and work on their games.
All over midtown, signs of the ascension are apparent. It is midtown, after all, that offers a little of everything to everybody – locals and visitors alike.
When David Toms informed agent David Parker that he wanted to part ways, he had just put together four consecutive top-5 finishes on the PGA Tour.
No one younger than Creamer, who turns 19 on Aug. 5, has won an LPGA event since Marlene Hagge captured the one-day Sarasota Open in 1952.
Good vision, creative imagination and proper use of your eyes are crucial to great putting.
Benoit Vincent, TaylorMade’s chief technical officer, has been at the forefront of modern clubfitting.
Most golfers know about the importance of fitting. However, golfers don’t necessarily know where to go for a professional fitting. Here is a rundown of some available options...
TaylorMade is banking that the technological innovation that cemented its dominance in the driver market can jump-start its lagging Rossa putter division.
Golf Galaxy’s May 17 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission paints a picture of a company that is profitable, hitting its stride and ready to ramp up a national expansion.
UNLV and New Mexico are becoming accustomed to slugging it out with one another during the postseason. Now they’ll do it one more time at the NCAA Championship.
Winning the NCAA Division I Central Regional against the deepest of the three regional fields would have been a lofty accomplishment in itself – but how the Jaguars completed the conquest added some serious style points.
The Demon Deacons were champions of the NCAA Division I East Regional for the first time at the Golf Club of Tennessee.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Holder has been at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship 32 consecutive times now, more than any other active coach.
Ohio State has won four consecutive Big Ten Championships and seven overall under Therese Hession’s guidance, and only twice have the Buckeyes finished worse than third in the conference.
Three of college golf’s power schools left Sunriver Resort a little deflated after some of the nation’s best underclassmen announced they would turn pro.
Top-ranked Duke again looked like it might not be a factor after spending the first two frosty days in the fifth spot. Coach Dan Brooks’ team held it together during the final round, but Duke’s Day 3 was the difference.
Champions Tour officials ruled that Weibring’s putter didn’t touch the ground before the shot. If it had, the violation would have cost Weibring a two-stroke penalty.
Chad Collins saw an opportunity to earn his first Nationwide Tour victory May 22, and didn’t waste time.
Most Europeans who have invaded the PGA Tour in record numbers have dusted off their passports and journeyed to England this week for the BMW Championship at Wentworth.
Stephen Dodd earned his second PGA European Tour victory of the season, and David Howell finished a second consecutive week as an almost-winner.
There are a number of reasons people should start giving Kenny Perry just a smidgen more attention.
Ryan Moore, a senior at UNLV who was low amateur at this year’s Masters, initially signed up for sectional qualifying. After weighing his options, however, Moore withdrew his application.
Ayako Okamoto, who won 62 times around the world and became the only Japanese player to win the LPGA money title, has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
In case you’re wondering, Tiger Woods somehow did not play in the Saturday Series Pro-Am here.
Bill Coore’s courses reflect intellect, blue-collar ethos.
A season after winning the 1956 Triple Crown with 52 home runs, 130 RBIs and a .353 batting average, Mickey Mantle had “only” 34 homers, 94 RBIs and a .365 average. He was asked to take a pay cut.
During March, on- and off-course retailers combined to sell 66,460 hybrid clubs, up 255 percent from 18,700 sold in the same month a year ago, according to research firm Golf Datatech LLC.
Attendance at the 2006 PGA Merchandise Show almost certainly will decline.
The 19-year-old Lloyd Saltman romped to a six-shot victory to become the first Scotsman to win the Brabazon Trophy, the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, since Gordon Brand Jr. in 1978.
The playoff for the Puerto Rico Open May 15 was also a battle of the Argentinians, as Daniel Barbetti made a 10-foot birdie putt at the first extra hole to defeat compatriot Eduardo Argiro.
Before he set his sights on this NCAA postseason, Ryan Moore accepted a few accolades for his accomplishments of the past year.
For the first time in three seasons, a Rollins College player didn’t capture the individual title at the NCAA Division II Women’s Championship.
The Cowboys, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings, shot a closing 10-under-par 270 for a 25-under 815 total to edge Augusta State, which also closed with 270, by a single shot.
The Lady Monarchs’ eighth consecutive victory at the NCAA Division III Women’s Championship came with a freshman, three sophomores and a junior doing the damage.
A bad shot almost cost Colin Clark the NCAA Division III individual title May 12, and his father was the one who took it.
When Jim Thorpe won the FedEx Kinko’s Classic May 1, he donated the $247,000 check to Crossings Community Church in Lake Mary, Fla.
Chris Couch shot a final-round 60 to win the Nationwide Tour’s Rheem Classic May 15, but an even more important round might have been his even-par 70 the day before.
Thomas Bjorn's victory Sunday was his eighth on the European Tour and first since the 2002 BMW International.
One week after having her string of consecutive victories snapped at five, Sorenstam showed she’s as far ahead of the rest of the LPGA as ever, sailing to a 10-shot victory at the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
The EDS Byron Nelson Championship began abuzz about golf’s Big Five competing together for only the fourth time in 10 months. Then Tiger Woods sounded alarms by missing his first cut in seven years, and U.S. Open specialist Retief Goosen also failed to qualify for Saturday.
David Toms sued his agency, Links Sports Management, seeking money from an endorsement deal with Sharpie and termination of their 2002-2006 player-manager contract.
Jack Nicklaus has announced that the British Open will be the end of his tournament career.
Tuesday, September 6
It’s tough enough taking a pedestrian, slightly dated golf course with real estate on virtually every hole and turning it into a stern championship test for the 21st century.
As both player and architect, Smyers immersed in game he loves
Pinnacle has long been regarded as a distance ball, and the brand’s involvement in the Re/Max World Long Drive Championship and the Pinnacle Distance Challenge helped reinforce this image.
With the brand’s long-running domination of the footwear category, there often seems little to talk about in this $XXX-million-a-year business.
There is a wet-headed tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club.
Nation’s top-ranked amateur, Morgan Pressel, ready to grab share of Nabisco spotlight
The joke around the Washington athletic department is that Mary Lou Mulflur’s coaching the “Fighting Bridesmaids.”
The final round at this year’s Southern Highlands Collegiate Championship had all the ingredients for a down-to-the-wire slugfest among some of the country’s top power brokers.
Irish eyes were smiling on pro golf March 13.
Ernie Els has proven it again: No matter what sort of position in which he finds himself, it isn’t easy to beat the Big Easy.
Monday qualifying is as much a part of pro golf as 280-yard carries and five-hour rounds.
Disappointment hung around the Honda Classic well before any fans started to.
Financial inducements for big names to play on the PGA European Tour have been around since the circuit’s inception in 1972.
Davis Love III called the Sunday slugfest between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at Doral’s Blue Monster “the best event of the year, maybe one of the best in the last five.”
Puerto Rico on the verge of becoming a rich port for golf
With new brands, apparel maker targets premium market
Growing up in Wales, Rhys Davies played as many sports as he could, including tennis, rugby, soccer, cricket and golf.
On March 6, after a three-week layoff, Els won his third Dubai Desert Classic. Could the Masters be far behind?
The ensuing three days were what Ochoa had dreamed of since she first picked up a golf club at age 5 in Guadalajara, roughly 350 miles from Bosque Real Country Club.
Annika Sorenstam arrived at the MasterCard Classic looking forward to a new season and hoping to find solace on the golf course.
It’s difficult to overestimate the significance of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson’s final-round shootout March 6 at the Ford Championship was.
In a widely predicted move, the PGA European Tour’s 14-man tournament committee named Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo the next two European Ryder Cup captains.
Alcott starts tradition
There is a long-standing tradition at the Kraft Nabisco Championship that involves a jump off the 18th green into nearby Poppie's Pond. Thank Amy Alcott for that.