Stories for September 2006

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Saturday, September 30

2006: Hybrid surge creates a new mix

Adams Golf’s new Idea Pro forged hybrid iron set targets skilled players, a rarity in a category that primarily has been focused on game improvement.

2006: Willett’s delivery on time for Gamecocks

Willett’s delivery on time for Gamecocks

2006: College Bulldogs bite Blue Devils

Duke opened the fall season with a victory at Vanderbilt and many wondered if the reigning NCAA champions were beatable. Seven days later, they got their answer.

2006: USGA Senior Amateur Misruling

Correct call delayed overnight on extra club mishap at Senior Am

2006: Unknown Georgia golfer secures April date

When Dave Womack arrived at Forest Highlands Golf Club for his first U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, he was pretty much an unknown

2006: Hoosier Bell rings up home victory

Mike Bell won the 2006 USGA Senior Amateur

2006: Internet networking creates pitfalls for athletes

“(College students) have grown up with computers and they do not see threats from computers. They trust computers.”

2006: Ryder Cup

Despite months of hype and hope, the Ryder Cup stays in Europe

2006: Pitch and Putt

Pitch & Putt takes a grass-roots approach to Irish golf

2006: Dreamland - Pat Ruddy

For owner Pat Ruddy, the European Club has been just that – a grand links he envisioned as a child

2006: Go Green - "Big" History Tournament

Northern Ireland tournament provides a glimpse at the history

2006: Go Green, Irish Travel - Father Son

Each year more than 138,000 golfers from around the world tote their sticks to Ireland to play some of the world’s greatest courses. Last week’s Ryder Cup only served to heighten the focus on Irish golf, which we celebrate with this issue of The Golf Life.

Saturday, September 16

2006: Qualifying quagmire

These days, not even an excellent score guarantees a berth in a USGA event

2006: Learning the curves

Paige Mackenzie’s improved putting, focus and training will help the new professional

2006: Kerr stares down Annika

Cristie Kerr and Annika Sorenstam square off

2006: Canada's Cool Customer - Jim Furyk

Three months after a near-miss at the U.S. Open, Jim Furyk added to his monster year in Canada.

2006: Prestige, with a price - ryder cup hangover

Seven years later, The Country Club endures a Ryder Cup hangover

2006: Ryder Cup At K Club

Home of the Ryder Cup, Ireland’s K Club is a far cry from your typical Emerald Isle layout

2006: Green, but gung-ho

History reveals rookies have had impact on matches

2006: USa and the Ryder Cup

Is the U.S. team ready to turn this thing around?

Thursday, September 7

2006: Hello Tiger, goodbye drama

Tiger Woods somehow has found a way to win four of the last eight majors.

2006: Taking aim at putting stroke

Clubmaker focuses on factors influencing the flat stick.

2006: No strings attached

Premium golf shoes often employ plenty of technology in their construction, but it is rarely perceptible from the exterior.

2006: Strong short game fuels upstart’s win

Matthew Nixon gave new meaning to the old adage “a good putter is a match for anyone” in defeating Bjorn Akesson after 38 holes Aug. 19 to take the British Boys Championship.

2006: Bowden bound for PGA Tour

Craig Bowden knew exactly what he needed to win his third career Nationwide Tour title.

2006: Putting tips ignite Kite

Tom Kite has played enough golf to know that putting wins golf tournaments.

2006: This time, Hurst hangs on

Pat Hurst had been knocking on the door all season before finally busting through at the Safeway Classic.

2006: Roller-coaster ride in Mayfair’s return

Billy Mayfair went from being happy to be here, to thinking about leaving, to in contention, to out of gas, to back in the pack.

2006: Still waiting to see the true Medinah

Starting with the 1990 U.S. Open, Medinah has had a setup problem that has called into question the integrity of the course for majors.

2006: Ogilvy holds his own

Woods and Mickelson were the top cards, Ogilvy a warm-up act with plenty of potential.

2006: Cup pressure floweth over

Players on the bubble heading to the PGA find no Ryder Cup relief at Medinah.

2006: PGA Championship - Virtuoso

Woods orchestrates another masterpiece in his pursuit of Nicklaus.

2006: Red Rock becomes a Rapid success story

Setting, affordability resonate with buyers.

2006: Treetops merits return to ‘mecca’

Gaylord (population 3,730) bills itself as a “Golf Mecca,” a reference to the 24 courses within a 45-minute drive.

2006: Test of faith

Food magnate John Tyson counts his Blessings among golf’s stiffest challenges.

2006: What’s Old is new as Kohler revamps St. Andrews properties

It took just 40 days from the time Herb Kohler heard the Old Course Hotel and its Duke’s Course were for sale to close a $40 million deal for the properties in 2004.

2006: Color burst

New Mexico’s natural beauty paints the backdrop for course and cultural diversity.

2006: PGA irked by packed ‘08 schedule

The Ryder Cup is the latest victim of the new FedEx Cup system introduced by the PGA Tour earlier this year.

2006: Lehman sticks his picks

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman picked Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank.

Saturday, September 2

2006: In search of the right shaft

Customized driver shafts suit individual players

2006: Twists & Turns - Richie Ramsay U.S. Amateur title

Richie Ramsay’s path to the 106th U.S. Amateur title was anything but a straight shot

2006: Ochoa remains hot, torches Tartan Fields

Ochoa remains hot, torches Tartan Fields

2006: Romancing the 'stone

A 9-iron over the clubhouse roof, four consecutive bogeys and a blown three-shot lead over the final three holes all added up – somehow – to another victory, his fifth overall at Firestone, for Tiger Woods.

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