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Wednesday, September 30

With that $1 billion, Tiger could buy a lot of tigers

Tiger Woods’s $10 million FedEx Cup bonus put him over the $1 billion career earnings mark (including prize money, appearance fees, endorsements, bonuses and his golf course design business), according to a Sept. 29 report on Forbes.com.

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ESPN’s ‘Bodies’ issue not Tiger’s style

Big breaking news here: The Oct. 19 “Bodies” issue of ESPN the Magazine will not feature Tiger Woods – at least not without clothes on.

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Norman has surgery on right shoulder

Greg Norman is expected to wear a sling at next week’s Presidents Cup after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder Wednesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, according to a release on his Web site.

Johnson set to defend Fall Series opener

Dustin Johnson loves the forecast for the Turning Stone Resort Championship: Rain on three of the next four days.

Navistar LPGA Classic will return

The Navistar LPGA Classic, which begins Oct. 1, will return for a fourth year, the LPGA has announced.

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California golf associations duke it out

Over the last 110 years, the Southern California Golf Association has built itself into one of the largest, most esteemed golf associations in the country. And now it suddenly has a rival, writes James Achenbach. Meet the California State Golf Association.

From whom would you rather get a putting lesson?

Last week, of course, could have been called Putting Tip Week on the PGA Tour. Sean O’Hair got a putting tip from Tiger Woods and contended. Phil Mickelson won after getting a putting lesson from Dave Stockton.

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Commentary: Did you forget? It’s Race to Dubai time

Padraig Harrington rest after the FedEx Cup playoffs? Come on now. It’s Race to Dubai time, writes Alistair Tait. You didn’t forget, did you?

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: A FedEx Cup full of thoughts

What do Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry, Jerry Rice, white belts, range balls, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth and the Chicago Cubs have in common? They’re all mentioned in this column. Jeff Rude explains.

Silly Season is upon us

Opened the front door of the house this morning just outside Orlando and it was cool and crisp, a perfect 68 degrees. A sign that finally, autumn is here!

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Commentary: Dollars makes sense as FedEx Cup ends

Tiger Woods might be tired after playing four tournaments in five weeks, but his bank account sure is feeling fine. Jim McCabe explains.

Mickelson signs on for Singapore Open

Phil Mickelson will play in next month’s Singapore Open.

Tuesday, September 29

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Fantasy Aces: Turning Stone

The PGA Tour playoffs are over, but the Fantasy Aces are still going strong. Check out their picks for the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

Frosh leads Tulsa to 1st title since ’08

Led by a freshman who set a course scoring record, Tulsa earned its first victory of the season Tuesday at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational.

Verizon to leave Harbour Town after ’10

On the eve of the Tour Championship in Atlanta, commissioner Tim Finchem did what corporate CEOs do often of late for Wall Street: Guide expectations down.

How will 2010 Ryder Cup mix with playoffs?

PGA Tour officials spent the last couple of weeks gathering input from players on the playoff schedule for next year, and it looks at though it has come down to two options:

Palmer to receive Congressional Gold Medal

Arnold Palmer says he has been selected to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, which recognizes distinguished achievements and contributions.

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Palmer shows off renovated Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer showed off a renovated Bay Hill Club Tuesday. Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau rode shotgun with The King.

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UNC Wilmington wins VCU Shootout

UNC Wilmington won its first event since 2008, hanging on for a five-shot victory Tuesday at the VCU Shootout.

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Myrtle’s Philly fanatics mark 40 years

It’s 6:30 a.m. on a late September morning, and Ron Bingeman is doing what he always does this time of year: starting another 36-hole marathon in Myrtle Beach.

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Jerry Rice gets Nationwide nod

Jerry Rice became the greatest receiver in NFL history while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. Now, he’ll try his hand at another pro sport in the Bay Area.

USGA nominates Hyler for president

The U.S. Golf Association will have a new president. James B. Hyler Jr. was nominated Tuesday to serve a one-year term as president of the USGA beginning Feb. 6.

Hybrids help Mickelson win Tour Championship

Phil Mickelson is a golf-club junkie. He loves to experiment with new clubs.

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Lefty’s wardrobe revealed

Depending if you root for him or against him, everyone has an opinion about Phil Mickelson. No one can discount his flawless round Sunday at the Tour Championship or his charm with the galleries, but here . . . it’s all about Lefty’s wardrobe.

In this issue: Oct. 3, 2009

Inside the Oct. 3, 2009 issue of Golfweek.

Monday, September 28

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Streelman has a million reasons to play on

So, the FedEx Cup’s late season dash for cash is over. The millions have been divided, the pressure released, the emotions calmed. It’s over, right?

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Pros rally around Green on his comeback

Ken Green has overcome depression, financial troubles and a bad back. He doesn’t plan on letting the loss of a leg keep him off the Champions Tour.

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OSU, Uihlein win Ping/Golfweek Invitational

Led by individual medalist Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State ran away with the Ping/Golfweek Invitational Tuesday at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.

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Pack’s Poole party was worth the wait

N.C. State officials had been talking for nearly 20 years about building a golf course on the school’s Centennial Campus near downtown Raleigh. The project finally got the kickstart it needed in 2007, when Lonnie Poole (class of ’59) committed $3 million to the project.

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Greens & Gridirons: Sweet Carolina

A Sandhills sampler and new Wolfpack track provide more fireworks than the South Carolina vs. N.C. State season opener. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Player of the Week: J.J. Holen

J.J. Holen, of Castaic, Calif., shot 1-under 141 (70-71) at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Lilia Vu

Lilia Vu, of Fountain Valley, Calif., shot 4-over 146 (73-73) at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the Golfweek Junior series event by three shots.

You can call her Mariajo, now

There once was a time when a woman changed her name only in exchange for a ring. Things were simple back then.

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Purdue sweeps Lady Northern Invitational

Purdue waltzed to a 13-shot victory Monday at the Lady Northern Invitational.

Tour Championship nearly doubles TV rating

NBC Sports released its overnight ratings for the Tour Championship, and the news is good.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 21-27, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Blumenherst passed over for exemption

Amanda Blumenherst picked up a nice check yesterday in Danville, Calif. Too bad her T-5 showing doesn’t secure a spot in this week’s Navistar LPGA Classic.

OSU in familiar place – but does it matter?

The final group here at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational features tournament favorites Oklahoma State and Washington. Southern California joins the Cowboys and Huskies in the last group and could be considered a bit of a surprise considering the Trojans lineup has a different look than past years. No Jamie Lovemark. No Tim Sluiter.

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Another clocking for Harrington and Woods

Before we put East Lake Golf Club in the rear-view mirror and bid farewell to the 2009 FedEx Cup playoffs, one memorable nugget from the Tour Championship surfaces.

Southern California Golf Association has new rival

The Southern California Golf Association, which runs 130 tournaments annually and has 155,000 members, is being challenged by a new golf association called the California State Golf Association.

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Team of the Week: Middle Tennessee State

The Blue Raiders rallied to win the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in a playoff over South Carolina in Franklin, Tenn.

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Team of the Week: Southern California

Led by first-time medalist Jennifer Song, the Trojans shot 16-under 282 to win the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship by two shots over UCLA and three over Auburn in Franklin, Tenn.

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Player of the Week: Jennifer Song, Southern California

Song had a sterling summer, winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur titles, and she was named Golfweek’s Player of the Year last season as a freshman. But there was one thing she hadn’t done.

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Player of the Week: Jeb Buchanan, UConn

The Huskies sophomore shot three consecutive 69s for a 9-under 207 and medalist honors at the Adams Cup in Newport, R.I.

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Monday Scramble: The FedEx Cup of love

Really, how could you not love that ending to the FedEx Cup Playoffs? Well, the Monday Scramble didn’t exactly fall head over heels.

Sunday, September 27

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Oklahoma State leads Ping/Golfweek Invitational

Picking up right where he left off at the Walker Cup, Peter Uihlein led Oklahoma State to the 36-hole lead Sunday at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational.

MTSU wins Mason Rudolph in dramatic playoff

Middle Tennessee rallied Sunday to win the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in a playoff over South Carolina.

Detroit Lions get thumbs-up from Lefty

There was plenty of pressure to go around, what with Phil Mickelson trying to erase a deficit and chase down Tiger Woods, of all people, at the mega-rich Tour Championship.

Was it a tie, after all?

And the winner is . . . Phil Mickelson, who finished with the low score? Or Tiger Woods, who took home the most money?

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Commentary: Mickelson might be better than ever

So what did we learn Sunday at the Tour Championship? That Tiger Woods is still the best and Phil Mickelson might be better than ever. As Sean Martin writes, bring on 2010.

Willis earns Tour card with Nationwide win

Garrett Willis won the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday to lock up a spot next year on the PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Chad Collins at Midland Country Club.

Notes: Mud ball ruins Stricker’s run at $10M

Steve Stricker had a shot at $10 million. A muddy ball ruined his hopes.

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Gustafson gets first LPGA win in six years

Sophie Gustafson is finally an LPGA winner again, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday.

Seminoles on roll with win at Kentucky

Led by junior Macarena Silva, Florida State won the rain-shortened Bettie Lou Fall Invitational Sunday by five shots over Central Florida.

Blaum, Sutton claim only eagles at short 18th

The par-4 18th hole at Gold Mountain Golf Club is relatively short – at least for the majority of these long-hitting college guys.

Michigan wins home event by 7 shots

Michigan won its second event of the 2009-10 season Sunday at the the Wolverine at Radrick Farms.

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Vu, Holen win Golfwek Jr. Series event

Lilia Vu, 11, broke the record for youngest winner of a Golfweek Junior Series event with her triumph Sunday at Longbow Golf Club. J.J. Holen cruised to victory in the boys’ division.

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Song leads USC to Mason Rudolph title

USC made an early-season statement Sunday, winning the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship. The Trojans were led by super sophomore Jennifer Song, who picked up medalist honors.

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Lefty wins finale, Tiger wins it all

Phil beats Tiger. Tiger beats Phil. Both players walked away with prizes Sunday at East Lake, Lefty with the Tour Championship trophy, Woods with the FedEx Cup and a whole bunch of money.

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Pernice wins in Champions Tour debut

Tom Pernice Jr. became the 15th player to win in his Champions Tour debut, holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship.

No surprises at Ping/Golfweek Invitational

After five-and-a-half hours - some things never change - Round 1 at the PING/Golfweek Invitational is in the books.

No bogeys for leader Uihlein

There’s a good – and simple – reason why Peter Uihlein was the leader after the first round Sunday morning at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Club.

College golfers need their fuel

College athletes are known for their big – and continuous – appetites, golfers included.

Golf and goats at the Golfweek Junior Series

There are a few reasons that 17-year-old Mieke Canan at this week’s stop on the Golfweek Junior Series.

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GB&I wins fifth straight Vivendi Trophy

Great Britain & Ireland won the Vivendi Trophy for a fifth consecutive time Sunday after beating Continental Europe, 16 1/2-11 1/2, following the final 10 singes matches.

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Maruyama wins Asia-Pacific Open

Daisuke Maruyama of Japan has ended a four-year title drought by winning the Asia-Pacific Open.

Saturday, September 26

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Ochoa, Gustafson share top spot at CVS

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied five of her last seven holes for a 7-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Sophie Gustafson after the third round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Willis shoots 67, leads by 2 on Nationwide

Garrett Willis put himself in position for first Nationwide Tour victory of the year, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday at the WNB Golf Classic.

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Pernice Jr. leads in Champions debut

Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position to become the 15th player to win his Champions Tour debut, shooting his second bogey-free 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead in the SAS Championship.

Gold Mountain does it right

This is my second trip to Gold Mountain Golf Club, and once again their support of college golf is as good as anywhere I have been.

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Vu, Holen lead Golfweek Junior

On a scorching day in the desert, Lilia Vu and J.J. Holen went low to grab the first-round lead at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Longbow.

Q-School: Maurer wins by four shots in California

Brian Maurer easily took the top spot at the PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifier in Seaside, Calif., with a final-round 68.

Chart: Winning FedEx Cup scenarios

Win the Tour Championship, win your second FedEx Cup championship in two years. That’s the only bottom-line prospect that interests Tiger Woods.

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Commentary: Ailing Perry guts it out at Tour Championship

He might not have felt worth a hoot, but, as Jeff Rude writes, Kenny Perry pulled his game together to take the Tour Championship lead at 8 under.

The 18th at East Lake? Piece of cake!

Nothing like a stiff breeze at your back to make you breathe easier at a brutal finishing hole.

For Mickelson's putting pleasure

Another round, another successful effort with the putter. Phil Mickelson was bubbling over with joy.

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Why Tiger can go watch college football today...

Don’t be stunned if players circulate a petition to demand that PGA Tour officials do this all the time. Plan for 2:30 p.m. third-round finishes, that is.

Keep your water bottles handy

The desert has taken a toll on one of its own. Neil Evans of Phoenix has had to WD from the Golfweek Junior Series at Longbow early due to dehydration.

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Perry leads Tiger by 2 at East Lake

Kenny Perry birdied his first four holes Saturday on his way to a 6-under 64 and two-shot lead over Tiger Woods in the third round of the Tour Championship.

‘Mr. Golfweek’ goes down

The pre-tournament festivities at the PING/Golfweek Invitational rated high on the fun meter. I know, because I participated.

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GB&I running away with Vivendi Trophy

Britain and Ireland struck another blow to Continental Europe in the Vivendi Trophy on Saturday, extending its lead to 9-5 in the European Tour match-play event.

Ogilvy’s turnaround inexplicable

So, for the first two days you make nine bogeys, a double, and shoot 8 over to sit dead last in a field of 30.

Friday, September 25

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Gustafson hangs on to CVS lead

Sophie Gustafson shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Lorena Ochoa, Maria Hjorth and Shanshan Feng in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Notes: Mickelson’s putter on the right track

Phil Mickelson says he is putting better than he has over the last two years, which he attributes to spending time last week in San Diego with Dave Stockton, the former PGA champion renowned for his putting tips.

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Commentary: On this day, what a thrill to watch Phil

Tiger Woods might be the story at the Tour Championship – but as Jim McCabe writes, it felt wonderful Friday to watch Phil Mickelson play great golf again.

Tiger vs. Paddy: Enjoy the duel

From July 2006 through August 2008, Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington combined to win seven of the 10 major championships. If golf has a rivalry up top, this is it.

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Cochran, Watson tied atop SAS field

Russ Cochran and Denis Watson shared the first round lead at 6-under 66 on a windy and drizzling Friday at the SAS Championship.

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Woods takes lead at Tour Championship

Who else would you want leading you into the weekend at the Tour Championship? Tiger Woods is 1 ahead at East Lake.

Q-School: Nicklaus, Saunders advance at pre-qualifier

Gone are the days of duels between Arnie and Jack, but their bloodlines were well represented at a PGA Tour Q-School prequalifier this week at the Golf Club of Dallas.

‘Operation Augusta’ dismantles counterfeiters

When London authorities were tipped off about a massive international counterfeiting ring selling knock-off golf clubs, they gave their investigation the codename: Operation Augusta.

No. 10 sunk Cink's battleship

Tied for the lead at the time, Stewart Cink hit two balls out of bounds left at No. 10 and made a quadruple-bogey 8.

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Commentary: Monty already makes Ryder Cup mistake

After Colin Montgomerie publicly criticized Ian Poulter's absence at the Vivendi Trophy, Alistair Tait explains why Monty needs to hold it in if he wants Ryder Cup success.

A different kind of Grand Slam

My son Scott e-mailed me a picture yesterday of him kissing the Claret Jug (Stewart Cink’s) here at East Lake Golf Club. I already have a photograph of him wearing a Masters green jacket (Zach Johnson’s).

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Maruyama leads Asia-Pacific, Ishikawa six back

Daisuke Maruyama shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the lead at the Asia-Pacific Open, where he’s trying to win for the first time in four years.

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GB&I builds lead at Vivendi Trophy

Great Britain & Ireland has increased its lead over Continental Europe to 6-4 after the second round of fourballs in the Vivendi Trophy, a match play event on the European Tour.

VIDEO: Fashion trends of 2009

Ashleigh Korzack takes you from the fairways to the shops and reviews the best fashion trends in 2009, while looking ahead to 2010.

Thursday, September 24

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Gustafson grabs early CVS lead with 65

Sophie Gustafson shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Notes: O’Hair not afraid of a gamble

Sean O’Hair had played five of six weeks through the BMW Championship, grinding his way to a pair of top 10s in the last two events to climb up to the No. 7 seed going into the Tour Championship.

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Commentary: FedEx finale all about dollars, calculators

It’s Get Richer Week on the PGA Tour. But as Jeff Rude writes, before we get there, does anyone have a calculator?

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ULM’s Drane takes different path to success

Angela Drane took a year away from golf at Louisiana Monroe to student teach. Now she’s back and ready make her senior year the best yet. Julie Williams reports.

Par-3 18th gets tough at East Lake

Georgia didn’t lack for rain this week (none fell at East Lake Thursday, fortunately), but with a SubAir system installed beneath the putting surfaces, the crew at East Lake can suck out any moisture and make the greens as firm and fast as they’d like.

Pain in the eye

Stewart Cink didn’t quite start his round the way most of us start ours.

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O’Hair leads Tour Championship by a shot

Sean O’Hair opened with 66 Thursday to lead the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink are a shot back.

Looking into the FedEx future

Round 1 now in the books, and your FedEx Cup leader in the clubhouse is ... drumroll ... first-round leader Sean O’Hair, who started the Tour Championship in seventh place.

Cathrea, 13, qualifies for LPGA event

Freshman biology can wait. Casie Cathrea, a 13-year-old freshman at Livermore (Calif.) High, won a Monday qualifier Sept. 21 to gain a spot in the LPGA’s CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge this week.

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Commentary: Road to the LPGA can be ‘humbling’

Even for stars like Amanda Blumenherst, the road to the LPGA for recent college grads isn’t always easy breezy. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Junior PGA moves to Sycamore Hills GC

The PGA of America announced Wednesday that its premier junior event will be staged at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 2-5, 2010.

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Quagmire unveils Spring 2010 collection

Although the fall has just begun, apparel lines are launching their Spring 2010 collections. So, to kick off the unveiling of these lines, we'll start with one company sure to make a statement next year.

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“Destination Golf” makes crash landing

As a general rule, I enjoy watching travel shows, particularly if they’re hosted by an attractive blonde.

FedEx Cup computers going wild

This just in . . . Tiger Woods has been passed in the standings for the FedEx Cup championship.

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GB&I leads Europe at Vivendi Trophy

Great Britain & Ireland led 3-2 over Europe after Thursday’s opening fourballs of the Vivendi Trophy, a matchplay event on the European Tour.

Calling all numbers geeks

OK, so it’s a little early here at the Tour Championship, but Stewart Cink – he of the British Open champion variety – is 2 under par through five holes, and in the early lead. Using our handy dandy FedEx Cup guide, in order to win the FedEx Cup this week, Cink, who is 26th in the standings, needs this to happen:

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Huskies show focus on the task at hand

Led by All-American Nick Taylor, Washington has been putting in extra hours to prepare for the Ping/Golfweek Invitational this weekend. Sean Martin reports.

Asian event co-leader endures freak accident

Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing shot 5-under 66 Thursday to share the first-round lead with Japan’s Tatsuya Haraguchi at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open.

Wednesday, September 23

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Ping/Golfweek Invitational: A closer look

Lance Ringler takes a closer look at the teams competing in the Ping/Golfweek Invitational, which starts Sunday at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash.

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Denver, Sherlock sweep Ron Moore titles

Denver won its sixth consecutive Ron Moore Intercollegiate on Wednesday, as senior Stephanie Sherlock won her third college title.

What a year for some Q-Schoolboys

The biggest surprises among the 30 who qualified for the Tour Championship? The Q-Schoolboys.

One of golf’s iron men

Ran into Dennis Walters on the range at East Lake late this afternoon as he was about to conduct yet another youth clinic.

Holy dollar bills, Batman

Somebody on Sunday could face a putt, conceivably, on the 18th green at East Lake for $11.35 million. That would be if both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup’s $10 million bounty were on the line.

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Nationwide notes: Adams keeps heat on Sim

For all the success Michael Sim has had this year, one player still stands a realistic chance of catching him on the Nationwide Tour money list.

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Tiger primed for FedEx Cup finale

So many scenarios. So many good players. So much money on the line. Tiger Woods is keeping it so simple.

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Finchem: PGA Tour may lose events in 2010

Commissioner Tim Finchem says it's unlikely that the PGA Tour will make it through the end of next year without losing corporate sponsors – and possibly some tournaments

Work pays off for Georgia Southern senior

His coaches and teammates call him “Zebo,” but you can remember the name Ryan Zebroske for now.

Cincinnati’s youngsters pay attention early

Doug Martin knows what it takes to win at the college level. He’s trying to pass along that lesson to his University of Cincinnati men’s team.

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Sharpening grooves with the Spin-It

Mark Clements established a personal goal: Make the best groove tool in golf. The result is the Spin-It groove sharpening tool. James Achenbach reports.

The PGA Tour’s fickle playoff finale

How to measure the fickle nature of the Tour Championship? Let us count the ways.

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Commentary: Get over it! The playoffs are pretty good

OK, so they’re not perfect, but the PGA Tour playoffs have been pretty darn good. As Jim McCabe writes, it’s time to enjoy the golf.

Tuesday, September 22

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Green’s determination

Ken Green lost his leg in a June accident. He hasn't lost his spirit, sense of humor or perspective. Jeff Rude explains.

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SMU serves notice with Adams Cup title

SMU might be the hottest team in the country. The Mustangs won their second tournament in as many weeks Tuesday at the Adams Cup. Eric Soderstrom reports.

Cink arrives at East Lake with fond memories

Stewart Cink did not arrive to East Lake for the Tour Championship empty-handed. He brought the Claret Jug he won this summer at Turnberry, and there it sat on Tuesday afternoon, atop the counter at East Lake’s dapper pro shop.

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South Carolina coach discloses illness

South Carolina men’s head coach Bill McDonald (left) has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. McDonald planned to begin treatment this week.

Paddy steals Claret Jug from Cink – sort of

Memo to marketing department: Change the slogan to: “These Guys Are Good – And Funny.”

Louisville wins Cardinal Cup by 32 shots

Louisville rolled to a 32-shot victory Tuesday at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup, closing with a 3-over 291 to finish at 2-over 866 at Cardinal Club Golf Course in Simpsonville, Ky.

Thorpe pleads guilty to tax evasion

Jim Thorpe has pleaded guilty to failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes.

Tiger takes in Monday Night Football game

Latest piece of evidence that the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup finale, isn’t a major: Tiger Woods attended the Monday night football game in Miami between the Colts and Dolphins.

LPGA on track to add two new U.S. events in ’10

Zayra Calderon, the LPGA's executive vice president of tournament development and worldwide sales, says two potential sponsors are in negotiations with the tour.

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Fantasy Aces: Tour Championship

The big boys get together one last time this week at the Tour Championship. Get your fantasy golf hats on.

Monday, September 21

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Victory Ranch opens near Park City

Victory Ranch Club, a 5,600-acre property located 17 miles east of Park City, recently opened its Rees Jones-designed golf course.

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Troon’s Garmany plans to step down

Troon Golf chairman Dana Garmany (pictured) announced plans to step down as CEO effective Dec. 31. He will be replaced by Hud Hinton, who has been the company’s president and chief operating officer since 1999.

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Greens & Gridirons: Blockbuster attractions

Los Angeles might be home to the sometimes less-than-friendly USC-UCLA rivalry, but there's always peace and quiet to be found at a handful of area courses.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 14-20, 2009

Jay Haas rode Titleist to a victory at the Greater Hickory Classic.

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Player of the Week: M.J. Maguire

M.J. Maguire, of St. Petersburg, Fla., shot 7-under 135 (67-68) at The Country Club of Spartansburg (S.C.) and won the Bobby Chapman Invitational in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow, of Antrim, Ireland, shot even-par 144 (74-70) at the ChampionsGate International Golf Course in Orlando, Fla., to win the IJGT’s ChampionsGate event by four shots.

MLB All-Star among PGA Tour hopefuls

Comparing the difficulty of different sports is one of the most popular – and futile – debates that sports fans engage in. So how does facing Randy Johnson, one of the most intimidating pitchers in history, compare to the mental grind of Q-School?

Guide to the Ping/Golfweek Preview

Five Things to watch for at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Washington this weekend:

Wilson: A variety of new offerings

Although 2010 products from Wilson have yet to be officially introduced and won’t be in golf shops until November, the company’s offerings are intriguing:

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LPGA loses Michelob Ultra Open

InBev, which acquired Anheuser-Busch last summer, decided not to renew its sponsorship of the popular Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill, calling the move a brand strategy, not a ‘dollar decision.’

PGA Tour executive Henry Hughes to retire

When he completes his 25th year of service next year, Henry Hughes plans to retire from the PGA Tour where he has played instrumental roles in an array of projects – from enhancing The Players Championship to launching The Presidents Cup.

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European Tour cuts Race to Dubai prize

Prize money for the Dubai World Championship and the bonus pool will be reduced 25 percent because of the global economic downturn.

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Player of the Week: Caroline Hedwall, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State sophomore Caroline Hedwall posted rounds of 68-72-67 for a 9-under 207 total to win Golfweek’s Conference Challenge held at Primm Valley’s Desert Course in Primm, Nev.

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Monday Scramble: Can you fix the Cup?

By now you’ve heard a lot of suggestions on how to make the FedEx Cup better. But do you have any ideas?

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Team of the Week: Pepperdine

Pepperdine started the season with two victories in its first two starts.

Nova Southeastern claims Lady Paladin

Nova Southeastern took home the team title at the Lady Paladin Intercollegiate Sunday after a waterlogged Furman University Golf Course was deemed unplayable for the third round.

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Player of the Week: Trent Whitekiller, Oklahoma State

Whitekiller, a senior, shot a final-round 69 at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational to share medalist honors with Georgia’s Harris English.

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Team of the Week: Arizona State

Arizona State topped a stellar field to win the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational by two shots over Oklahoma State.

Treasure hunting

One thing I love nearly as much as playing golf is shopping for a new golf outfit. Sure, I already have several in the closet. But every season brings new colors and styles.

Pepperdine still undefeated with McGuire win

Pepperdine claimed its second tournament title in two weeks at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational with a score of 17-under 859.

Sunday, September 20

Golf’s pitch count is getting up there

Y.E. Yang threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers-Los Angeles Angels game Saturday night, continuing a longtime trend of golfers taking the mound, if not throwing things to the ground.

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Quinn wins close one on Nationwide

Fran Quinn overtook Blake Adams in the final round of the Albertson’s Boise Open to win the tournament by one shot.

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Berkmeyer takes home Crump Cup

Skip Berkmeyer birdied the 18th hole to beat Gene Elliot, 1 up, and win the 85th Annual Crump Memorial Tournament Sunday at Pine Valley Golf Club.

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Choi stumbles, rallies to win Samsung

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea lost her seven-stroke lead, then rallied to shoot 1-under 71 Sunday to win the Samsung World Championship, her first LPGA Tour victory.

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Haas breaks record to claim Greater Hickory

Jay Haas has won plenty of times on the Champions Tour. This one may leave quite an impression.

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Blumenherst wins LPGA sectional qualifier

Amanda Blumenherst left the rest of the field in the dust at the LPGA Sectional Qualifer at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., shooting a 16-under 272 that left her six shots clear of the field.

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Arizona State holds off OSU at Olympia Fields

Arizona State held off Oklahoma State to win the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational Sunday, picking up right where the Sun Devils left off last spring, as one of the toughest teams in college golf.

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U.S. takes PGA Cup with singles rout

The U.S. took its second victory over GB&I in as many weeks, winning the PGA Cup after capturing a record eight singles matches on the final day of play.

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Cabrera-Bello’s 60 wins Austrian Open

Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot an 11-under 60 to win his first European Tour title by one stroke over Benn Barham Sunday at the Austrian Open.

Saturday, September 19

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GB&I rallies to trim deficit at PGA Cup

Great Britain & Ireland shot out of the gate Saturday at the PGA Cup, capturing five of eight possible points to trim Team USA's lead to to two going into Sunday's final round.

Wie should be in Samsung field

Michelle Wie narrowly missed playing in this week’s Samsung World Championship. She would have been the next player in if the field, if the field included more than just 20 players.

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Price, Haas atop tight Greater Hickory field

Jay Haas and Nick Price shared the lead at the Greater Hickory Classic on Saturday, but 31 players were within six strokes of the leaders going into the final round at the Champions Tour event.

Sun Devils shining at Olympia Fields

Rebounding from a first-round 79 with a 2-under 68 in the second round of the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational, senior Knut Borsheim helped Arizona State to a four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

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Choi shoots 63, takes 2-shot lead at Torrey

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea shot a career best 9-under 63 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over compatriot Jiyai Shin in the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines. Choi is looking for her first LPGA victory.

Is the Carpet Capital Collegiate done?

What will happen to the Carpet Capital Collegiate?

Barham leads Austrian Open through 54

Benn Barham shot 4-under 67 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Soren Hansen after three rounds of the Austrian Open.

Friday, September 18

UNLV's Olson cruising at Q-School

UNLV will be without Golfweek preseason All-American Eddie Olson at this weekend’s Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.

Northwestern leads at Olympia Fields

Led by sophomore Eric Chun’s 2-under 68, Northwestern took a two-shot lead after Friday’s first round of the 2009 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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Shin leads Samsung; Ochoa 1 back

What’s the easiest way to protect the top spot on the LPGA money list? Keep winning. Jiyai Shin is halfway there at the Samsung World Championship.

Kerr can do it herself

It’s my hope that every player on tour follows Cristie Kerr’s lead.

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Haas holds 3-shot lead at Greater Hickory

Jay Haas shot a 10-under 62 during the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic on Friday, taking a three-shot lead into the weekend.

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U.S. takes commanding PGA Cup lead

Former club pro champion Scott Hebert made a 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole Friday to complete a dominant opening day by the Americans, who took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland in the PGA Cup.

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Fowler misses cut in pro debut

Rickie Fowler couldn’t have ended his amateur career any better last weekend at the Walker Cup. His professional career didn’t start the same way, missing the cut Friday on the Nationwide Tour.

Q-School: Dennis, Witcher win pre-qualifiers

Former North Florida standout Jeff Dennis opened with 64, then shot three consecutive 69s to finish at 17-under 271 and beat former Georgia player Michael Green by one. Dennis is the 2006 Florida Amateur champion.

Ricky Barnes: From Open contender to Q-School?

It’s not often, if ever, that the U.S. Open runner-up also plays a Nationwide Tour event in the same season, but that’s what Ricky Barnes is doing at this week’s Albertsons Boise Open.

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Ewart ready to play for everything

Her country. Her team. Herself. This season, New Mexico senior Jodi Ewart is ready to play for it all.

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Commentary: Edwards deserves next GB&I Walker Cup captaincy

It's never too early to start thinking about the next Walker Cup. In the captaincy department, Alistair Tait has Nigel Edwards pegged for the job and explains why the R&A should too.

A hole-in-one for $1 million – and more

So not only did this Jason Hargett guy make a hole-in-one Tuesday to win $1 million at the Mark Eaton Celebrity Golf Classic in Utah – a feat somehow even bigger than the 7-foot-4 Eaton himself (as you can see in the video) – but Hargett also had the No. 1 top play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this morning.

Evans to join hang-gliding group

Add one more person to Saturday’s hang-gliding adventure.

Where's Wie?

A certain Hawaiian is noticeably absent from the Samsung World Championship.

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Barham ties record, maintains Austrian lead

Benn Barham of Britain has equaled the lowest 36-hole score on the European Tour this season, a 13-under 129 at the Austrian Open that has him two strokes ahead of 2007 champion Richard Green of Australia.

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Vinny Giles is my hero

Vinny Giles, the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur champion, is my hero.

Meet the RoboCup

I am about to solve two of your biggest problems.

Paddy makes good company

If there’s one thing that’s become definitive in 2009, it is this: Any time spent with Padraig Harrington is time well spent.

Thursday, September 17

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Adams leads Albertsons, Saunders 8 back

Blake Adams took a narrow first-round lead at the Albertson’s Boise Open, shooting an 8-under 63 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.

Shin could be in for rare LPGA double

Jiyai Shin was the last person to leave the practice green Wednesday night. Not sure how long she stayed as I was on my way to the parking lot, but it’s not surprising that the last to leave is now first on the leaderboard.

Creamer climbing back slowly

Paula Creamer needed to find some of the distance she lost to get around Torrey’s South Course a little easier.

Flying around Torrey Pines – literally

Kristy McPherson cruised around Torrey Pines’ South Course with Na Yeon Choi in 3 hours and 40 minutes

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Shin, Kim share Samsung lead

Scores with relation to par from the first round of the Samsung World Championship, played Sept. 17 at the par-72 Torrey Pines GC in La Jolla, Calif.

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One last Walker Cup memory

Finally got around to cleaning out my back pack today after a week at the Walker Cup, only to be reminded of one of the funnier moments of the week.

Golfweek Conference Challenges deemed successful

The Golfweek Conference Challenges are in the books and for first-year events, I would say they have to be considered a huge success.

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Herman wins Senior Women’s Amateur

Sherry Herman won the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Thursday at The Homestead, winning four of five holes after the turn to beat 2004 winner Carolyn Creekmore, 4 and 3.

The Caddie Blog: Winning in style

Not surprisingly, at least to me (see my previous blog), the best player in the field this week walked away with the Senior Amateur title here at Beverly Country Club, and, even better, he did it in style!

Final thoughts from the U.S. Senior Amateur

Rich Skyzinski gives his final thoughts on Beverly Country Club, and reveals a few unexpected observations at the U.S. Senior Amateur.

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Barham leads Austrian Open

Benn Barham of England shot an 8-under 63 Thursday to lead the Austrian Open by one stroke after the opening round.

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Giles, 66, wins Senior Am

Don’t worry if you can’t remember who won the 1972 U.S. Amateur – because the same guy won the USGA Senior Amateur Thursday, just 37 years later. Meet 66-year-old Vinny Giles III, again.

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Rolex to sponsor LPGA Tour Championship

More good news for the LPGA as Rolex signs on as the presenting sponsor for the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship. Adam Schupak reports.

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Commentary: Fowler, Harman encourage trio to stay amateurs

Rickie Fowler and Brian Harman capped their amateur careers with the Walker Cup last weekend. Now they're encouraging teammates to do the same, and Ron Balicki agrees.

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Commentary: Growing the game in Colombia

Anthony Ciabattoni wants to make a difference. That’s why he brought the game of golf to residents of Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Pearl of wisdom from Giles

Vinny Giles made it to the finals of the USGA Senior Amateur, a rare achievement for someone 66. But Giles is more than a golfer who has excelled for decades. He’s also a lawyer who has been a manager for many PGA Tour players over the years.

Gustbuster president on Weather Channel tonight

Here’s your chance to see one of my favorite exhibitors each year at the PGA Merchandise Show for yourself.

Walmart sponsorship may roll back

Sources tell me that Walmart may be rolling back its sponsorship of golf.

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Air Force’s Whitney on final flyby

It’s easy to be impressed by Tom Whitney’s 390-yard drives. But as Sean Martin reports, the Air Force senior has more going for him than length off the tee.

Wednesday, September 16

New driver for Lorena

It seems everyone wants to know when Lorena Ochoa will straighten out her game. Perhaps a new Ping G15 driver will speed up the process.

‘I saw what you did with Michelle . . .’

Dave Stockton has a lesson tomorrow morning with one of the top 5 players in men’s golf, but he won’t name-drop.

Giles, Grace to meet in Senior Am final

Two lifelong friends will be opponents in Thursday’s championship match of the 55th USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club.

Is that you, JD?

On Twitter this week, John Daly said he has now lost 91 pounds because of lapband surgery.

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Bray shoots 60 in eGolf Tour event

Dustin Bray was 18 inches away from carding 59 on Wednesday. The Charlotte, N.C., native shot an 11-under 60 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C., in the first round of the eGolf Tour’s Walnut Creek Open.

Meet your Senior Amateur semifinalists

A snapshot look at the players in the semifinals at the 55th USGA Senior Amateur, played Wednesday at Beverly Country Club in Chicago:

The Caddie Blog: Predicting the winner

Beverly held up tremendously well. This is a testament to the architectural merits instilled by Donald Ross and Ron Prichard. Everyone has had great things to say about this golf course.

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Fowler signs with Titleist

Titleist announced it has reached a multi-year equipment deal with Rickie Fowler, the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Rankings who turned professional following a U.S. victory at the Walker Cup.

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Fantastic future in Gooch’s sight

Talor Gooch already has his sights set on the 2011 Walker Cup. But before he gets there, the 17-year-old is hard at work on his golf game. Julie Williams explains.

No. 1 Stanford off to solid start

Most of the country’s top teams will open their season Friday at Olympia Fields. The Stanford Cardinal, Golfweek’s preseason No. 1 team, did one better, kicking off the 2009-10 campaign with an 18-hole match against Princeton on Wednesday at historic Shinnecock Hills.

Keep your head up, Team GB&I

The 10 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup players who left Merion with their heads down and tails between their legs should take heart from the 1993 GB&I Walker Cup team.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: TW vs. MJ

Michael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend. So why was Jeff Rude thinking about Tiger Woods?

Tuesday, September 15

He does have a day job, no?

Going out on a limb, my guess is Minoru Hamada is not quite ready for the PGA Tour.

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Giles moves into quarters at Senior Amateur

When Vinny Giles III made his way to the first tee for his third-round match at the 55th USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club, he figured he’d stand a good chance of advancing to the quarterfinals if he could meet one simple goal: make no bogeys.

The Caddie Blog: Despite loss, a great experience

George was beaten by Michael Walters, 2 and1, this afternoon in the Round of 16.

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Pepperdine wins Conference Challenge

Led by junior Taylore Karle, Pepperdine won Golfweek’s Conference Challenge on Tuesday at Primm Valley Resort.

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Notes: ‘Big 4’ turns into a big flop

The “Big Four” in last year’s FedEx Cup delivered a big flop for an encore.

Idaho wins Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic

Idaho won its first event of the 2009-10 season Tuesday, closing with a 3-over 859 at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo., to win the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.

Chappell heating up on Nationwide Tour

The Nationwide Tour is something of an open society, allowing a nonexempt player on a hot streak to set up shop on the circuit. That’s exactly what Kevin Chappell has done.

Q-School kicks off this week

It’s that time of year again. Q-School has started. Play at two pre-qualifying locations began Tuesday. Here are notables at each field:

PGA, Champions tours gauge fiscal health

Even in the midst of a recession, the PGA Tour is proving to be a stout revenue machine. But the same can’t be said for the Champions Tour.

All good things come to an end

Matt Hill’s college victory streak is over. Hill, who won five consecutive events to finish last season, finished 10th at his season-opening Maryland Intercollegiate Sept. 13 with a 1-over 214 (74-70-70) total at River Marsh Golf Course in Cambridge, Md.

Props to Ms. North Dakota

Well, that didn’t take long. U.S. Girls’ Junior champ Amy Anderson won her first two college events – a nine-shot victory Sept. 11 at the Concordia Invite and a three-shot victory Tuesday at Chip-N Club Invitational.

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Girls’ Junior champ off to big college start

Two months after her stunning victory at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, Amy Anderson is two-for-two as a collegian.

The Caddie Blog: What a match!

Wow! How often do you have to shoot 66 to win a match, 1 up?

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Epic match at USGA Senior Amateur

CHICAGO – Chicago golf fans, you owe it to yourself to sneak away from the office sometime between now and Thursday and get out to Beverly Country Club and the USGA Senior Amateur.

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Loudmouth: Is it too loud?

You’ve probably seen or heard the slogan, “Loudmouth puts the fun into golf.” You might even have a pair of Loudmouth pants hanging in your closet.

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Player of the Week: Andrew Knox

Andrew Knox, of Cary, N.C., shot 9-under 135 (72-63) at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., to win the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational by six shots.

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In the bag: Marc Leishman

Marc Leishman, who tied for second at the BMW Championship, carried 14 Titleist clubs in his bag and used a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.

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Player of the Week: Karen Chung

Karen Chung, of Livingston, N.J., shot 4-over 220 (74-73-73) at The Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., to win the AJGA Girls Championship by one shot.

In this issue: Sept. 19, 2009

A closer look at the Sept. 19, 2009 issue of Golfweek.

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Commentary: Gary Nicklaus shoots for PGA Tour – again

Six years after he packed in his PGA Tour career, Gary Nicklaus is going to give it another shot. Jack’s son has entered the PGA Tour Q-School.

Monday, September 14

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Harvard all business at Conference Challenge

The Harvard name screams excellence. The rest of the country is finding it out first hand at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Klein on Design: No. 18 at Kingsbarns

Kingsbarns revolutionized Scottish golf when it opened 10 years ago. Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, explains how its finishing hole offers a true test.

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Lodge at Primland has mountain-high expectations

One glance at Donald Steele's Primland, set against the Dan River Gorge in Virginia, will make your mouth drop. Hitting both the links and the new Lodge are Primland are truly captivating.

Fowler to make his pro debut in Boise

After going undefeated at the Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler will make his pro debut this week in the Nationwide Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Kentucky

Looking for a well-priced round of golf amid a host of other attractions? Don't count out Kentucky.

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Was that GB&I or OSU?

Not one to kick a man while he’s down, I have only one criticism of Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Dalgleish’s decision-making at the Walker Cup.

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Walker wish: More, more, more

I came away from Golf Channel’s weekend coverage of the Walker Cup wanting more.

The Caddie Blog: Off to a good start

Today was the first round of match-play at the USGA Senior Amateur and George was paired against John Benson, a nice fellow from Punxsutawney, Pa.

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Georgia, Zamora win Cougar Classic

Georgia rolled to a seven-shot victory Monday at the Duramed Cougar Classic, closing with a 1-under 287 at Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C.

SMU, Kraft dominate Gopher Invitational

SMU cruised to a victory Monday at the Gopher Invitational, closing with a tournament-best 8-under 280 to top Arkansas (288) by 10 shots.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 7-13, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Knox makes it look easy at Joe Cheves

The 69 Andy Knox shot in the first round of a Nationwide Tour event earlier this year was impressive, but it doesn’t compare to his final-round 63 at last weekend’s Joe Cheves Invitational, considering that round produced a trophy.

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USGA to downsize grants operations

With its financial grants shrinking in a tough economy – down about 60 percent from a year ago – the USGA is reorganizing its philanthropic operations with hopes of operating more efficiently.

Studer feeling at home at Senior Amateur

Tom Studer is enjoying a different kind of home-course advantage at the USGA Senior Amateur.

Lightning strikes twice for Lindenwood

While the country’s top amateurs were creating excitement at Merion Golf Club during last weekend’s Walker Cup, two players from Lindenwood University, an NAIA school in St. Charles, Mo., were lighting things up in Marion, Iowa.

Ask the expert: John Solheim, Ping CEO

In his earlier years at Ping, John Solheim was a designer of lightweight carry bags.

Show your team colors

In honor of Golfweek’s annual College Preview, we’ve dedicated the Toy Box to official collegiate-licensed golf products. They’re designed to perform on the course – and boldly declare where your allegiance lies.

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Tiger has a look to emulate

Well, Tiger Woods has done it again. Not only did he dominate the BMW Championship last weekend, but he also continues to set the bar when it comes to golf fashion.

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Team of the Week: Michigan State

The Spartans won their home tournament for the fifth consecutive year, finishing with an 11-over 875 total and defeating Purdue by three shots Sept. 13 at the Mary Fossum Invitational. Michigan State sophomores Lindsey Solberg and Shannon Warner tied for third.

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Team of the Week: Tennessee

The Volunteers closed with a tournament-best 14-under 274 on Sept. 13 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate by 12 shots over runner-up Chattanooga. Three Vols finished in the top 10, including co-medalist Darren Renwick.

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Player of the Week: Nicole Sakamoto, James Madison

The sophomore won the individual title at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a final-round 70 and 2-under 214 total. In 10 events last season, Sakamoto posted a stroke average of 78.3, with a tie for eighth her best finish.

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Player of the Week: Nils Floren, Texas Tech

The junior from Sweden birdied four of his first nine holes in a final-round 68 to claim a share of the individual title at the Carpet Capital, his first college victory. Floren began the day in seventh place and five shots off the lead.

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Simson, Tallent medal at Senior Amateur

Paul Simson fashioned a bogey-free 67 into a 36-hole total of 2-under-par 140. That earned him a share of medalist honors with Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va.

Bouchard survives Senior Am playoff

At this morning’s playoff for the final match-play spots at the U.S. Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club, I counted Alan Bouchard out at the 11th hole. And the 12th. But the 63-year-old from Falmouth, Maine, lives to play in Monday’s opening round.

Big moves made following BMW

LEMONT, Ill. – So, after a three-week, 216-hole playoff sweep of New York, Boston, and Chicago, who made the moves, both positive and negative in the FedEx Cup standings?

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Match recaps: Sunday at Merion

A closer look at Sunday singles from the 42nd Walker Cup.

The Caddie Blog: Beverly proving to be a test

Besides the “sound” of Beverly, this golf club also is renowned for the annual Carparelli Pro-Am and the Beverly Medley.

Sunday, September 13

Searching for ‘the nearest point of relief’

ARDMORE, Pa. – I hate to end this Walker Cup on a scatological note, but one thing I’m looking forward to in two years at Royal Aberdeen is a better experience of finding “the nearest point of relief.”

Teater wins in Utah for first Nationwide title

Josh Teater shot a final-round 3-under 68 to finish at 20 under and win the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first victory as a professional.

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Commentary: No stopping ‘perfect team’ at Walker Cup

There’s a reason Team USA waltzed to a victory at the Walker Cup: perfect chemistry. Eric Soderstrom explains.

Bizarre finish sends Senden to East Lake

John Senden secured the 30th and final spot for the Tour Championship, giving him at least a mathematical chance of the $10 million prize and a spot in three of the majors next year.

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Ball St. in mix at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge

Ball State isn’t used to playing with college golf’s best. But the Cardinals are getting their chance at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge and making the most of it.

Don’t diss the Cowgirls

PRIMM, Nev. – Perhaps Oklahoma State took Golfweek’s preseason rankings and posted them on the roof of the team van. Or maybe the Cowgirls didn’t even notice they weren’t ranked in the preseason top 30.

Michigan St. tops Purdue at Mary Fossum

Michigan State outlasted Purdue on Sunday to win the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.

Texas A&M wins shortened MoMorial

Texas A&M won the rain-shortened MoMorial Invitational Sunday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

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Woods takes BMW, 71st Tour title in rout

Was there ever any doubt? Tiger Woods rolled to a eight-shot victory Sunday at Cog Hill and overtook the top spot in the FedEx Cup race.

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U.S. wins third straight Walker Cup

The U.S. won its third straight Walker Cup on Sunday, claiming three early singles matches for a 16 1/2 - 9 1/2 victory over Great Britain & Ireland.

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Shin wins NW Arkansas in playoff

Jiyai Shin shot a 7-under 64, then beat Angela Stanford and Sun Young Yoo on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.

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Walker Cup: Live chat w/ Fowler, Uihlein

U.S. Walker Cup stars Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein chatted live with Golfweek.com users from Merion. Click here to watch a replay.

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Tennessee dominates Carpet Capital

Tennessee ran away with its first victory of the 2009-10 season, closing with a tournament-best 14-under 274 Sunday to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate by 12 shots.

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Kingston prevails in Mercedes playoff

James Kingston of South Africa captured his second European Tour title on Sunday, beating Anders Hansen of Denmark on the first playoff hole at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Nickname game

Prior to the Walker Cup, players from the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland filled out media bio sheets and there was a spot to list their nicknames. While some left the space blank, most filled it in. Some answers were pretty ho-hum, but there were a few that had me scratching my head.

The Caddie Blog: Noise? What noise?

CHICAGO – Beverly Country Club, for better or for worse, often has been referred to as the course of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”

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This Walker Cup is over

Barring a Great Britain & Ireland miracle at Merion Golf Club, the United States will win the 42nd Walker Cup this afternoon minus any drama – and a lot of the blame there should fall on the shoulders of captain Buddy Marucci.

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U.S. moves ahead 11-5 at Walker Cup

Team USA went 3-1 Sunday morning at the Walker Cup to take a 11-5. The U.S. needs just 2 1/2 points in the singles matches to retain the Cup.

Marc Leishman, meet Tiger Woods

LEMONT, Ill. – Not that anyone can see Tiger Woods to begin with – he is, after all, seven strokes ahead – but BMW Championship officials have at least tried to make it a clear fight.

Bae wins Korea Open; McIlroy T-3

Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea has won the Korea Open for the second straight year, shooting a 4-under 67 to beat countryman Kim Dae-sub by one shot.

The Caddie Blog: Praising technology

Just as I had suspected, with the fog clearing and the course drying out, the golfers in the first tee times of the afternoon session had an easier go at the course, and the lower scores reflected that fact.

Novel idea at the Golfweek Conference Challenge

The strangest thing happened yesterday at the practice round for the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

Saturday, September 12

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Commentary: U.S. team spirit runs high at Merion

Teams don't get much closer than the 10 men who represent the U.S. at the Walker Cup this week. As Eric Soderstrom writes, there's a lot to be said for the camaraderie formed at college matches and AJGA events.

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Kim chasing first LPGA title in Arkansas

Song-Hee Kim leads the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship by two strokes over Angela Stanford heading into the final round.

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Commentary: Woods goes low at redesigned Cog Hill

What slump? Tiger Woods – winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs – shot a course-record 62 and leads BMW by seven. No surprise, says Jeff Rude.

Walker Cup recaps: Day 1

The Golfweek staff recaps all the afternoon singles matches from Day 1 of the Walker Cup.

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Commentary: Fowler reigns supreme at Walker Cup

In a day of team camaraderie, stellar golf and plenty of glory moments, Jeff Babineau explains why no Walker Cupper could match Rickie Fowler.

Who is working better as a Walker Cup unit?

U.S. golf teams over the years have been hammered because supposedly they’ve consisted of a bunch of players who couldn’t gel like teams should.

Hutsby and the dog license

Rickie Fowler won’t know it, but he handed England’s Sam Hutsby a dog license in singles play.

Day 2 Walker Cup pairings announced

Pairings for Day 2 at the Walker Cup.

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Commentary: GB&I has long, tough fight ahead

The lights aren’t out, the party isn’t over, but the band is playing an encore and the bartender has closed the bar.

Please don’t “volunteer” your opinion

First things first, we can’t have these PGA Tour tournaments without the volunteers.

The Caddie Blog: A day of lessons

Paul Richards is caddying for George Zahringer at the USGA Senior Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Richards will file daily reports for Golfweek.com detailing his experience on the bag and inside the ropes.

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U.S. holds Walker Cup lead on Day 1

With Day 1 in the books at the Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler (pictured) and the U.S. Team hold a comfortable lead over GB&I. Fowler took down his opponents in the fewest holes of any U.S. player.

Indeed, the greatest game ever played

Why do I love golf so much? Let me count the ways.

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Woods sets course record, leads BMW

What slump? Tiger Woods – winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs – shot a course-record 62 in the third round of the BMW and has a 7-shot lead.

Garcia's putter failing at BMW

Unlike the 5-footer for birdie at the 18th, the 8-footer at 16, the 15-footer at 13, the 7-footer at the 10th, or the 5-footer at No. 9 . . . Sergio Garcia did not miss the can lying on the ground behind the 18th green.

Woods' power on display at BMW

The ninth hole at Cog Hill No. 4 might be the hardest hole in the world that doesn’t have water or out of bounds.

Recipe for a runaway

If you want to create a runaway, here’s what you need for ingredients:

Hanson jumps out front at Mercedes

Peter Hanson of Sweden leads three players by one stroke at the Mercedes-Benz Championship after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round.

Blind pairings could prevent great matches

It’s a shame that in the Walker Cup, match-ups in the competition are determined blindly.

Familiar faces in Walker Cup galleries

There are some interesting faces in the crowd at the Walker Cup.

Next up for Hutsby: Kazakhstan Open

At the end of this week’s Walker Cup, mid-am Nathan Smith will return to work, a handful of players will return to college and some officially will end their amateur days and turn pro.

Should GB&I have had different pairings?

It’s always easy to second guess a captain’s decisions in the Walker Cup. In fact, it’s half the fun.

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Walker Cup recap: U.S. cruises to lead

The U.S. squad took control of the Walker Cup in morning foursomes. Brian Harman and Morgan Hoffmann (pictured) led their teammates to a 3-1 lead entering afternoon singles.

Walker Cup weather update

The weather is improving at the Walker Cup.

Merion proving a true test at Walker Cup

Watching the best that amateur golf has to offer from the U.S. and GB&I, one thing is crystal clear: Merion is winning the battle.

The Caddie Blog: Tales from the players’ dinner

Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to the USGA Players’ Dinner, hosted by Beverly, in my role as Club Historian.

Friday, September 11

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Gal charges into NW Arkansas lead

Sandra Gal’s eagle on the 18th hole gave her a one-shot lead after the first round of the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.

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Commentary: Dalgleish's squad may be Walker Cup favorite

Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Dalgleish has two things on his side heading into the 42nd Walker Cup that opposing captain Buddy Marucci doesn’t have.

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Commentary: At Walker Cup, in Harman you trust

There are players who want the ball with the game – and glory – on the line. Meet Brian Harman. As Eric Soderstrom tells us, the U.S. will rely on Harman for his play – and his fire.

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Woods, Wilson share midway lead at BMW

Tiger Woods is winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he shares the 36-hole lead at the BMW Championship with Mark Wilson.

On Merion pond

In Southern California, one might expect dreary weather. But here at the Walker Cup, just outside Philadelphia at Merion Golf Club, the constant rain is certainly not welcome.

Day 1 Walker Cup pairings announced

The pairings for Day 1 of the Walker Cup were announced Friday.

Leishman taking Tour by surprise

A few reporters in the media center commented that they had never seen or heard of midway BMW Championship contender Marc Leishman.

Tiger, Paddy energizing BMW

Upon studying the BMW Championship midway leaderboard, Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington are in contention.

Wilson right at home at Cog Hill

Away from the usual Tigermania, there’s a local lovefest at the BMW Championship.

The Caddie Blog: On site at Beverly CC

Paul Richards is caddying for George Zahringer at the USGA Senior Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Richards will file daily reports for Golfweek.com detailing his experience on the bag and inside the ropes.

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Commentary: Last ride for Walker Cuppers Fowler, Harman

Walker Cup veterans like Rickie Fowler (second from right) will play their final matches as amateurs this week, after holding out all summer to experience one final ride at the historic team event.

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Rival tours escalate turf war in Asia

News and takes from all corners of golf’s business arena will be showcased here. Among this week’s entries, senior writer Adam Schupak explains why the OneAsia Tour is off to a fast start, but cautions about dismissing the Asian Tour.

Remembering the 1-iron at Merion

There is a plaque embedded in the middle of the 18th fairway at Merion Golf Club, about 223 yards from the middle of the green. The inscription on the plaque is simple. It reads:

U.S. getting more comfortable at Walker Cup

It’s easy to think that Great Britain & Ireland is the more laid-back team heading into the opening day of the Walker Cup.

Famed pitcher makes two aces in one round

Former Pittsburgh Pirates World Series star Steve Blass made two holes-in-one in a span of 11 holes during the team’s annual alumni golf outing.

Which Walker Cuppers will make the cut?

The road to glory? Or the road to nowhere?

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Wood, Strange tied for Mercedes-Benz lead

Scott Strange shot a 4-under 68 and Chris Wood had a 69 to share a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Friday.

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Staff predictions: Walker Cup

Golfweek's staff offers its predictions for the Walker Cup.

Hard rain pummels Walker Cup site

As someone who grew up on the west coast of Scotland, I’m a bit of an expert on rain.

Thursday, September 10

Commentary: Achenbach: Palmer epitomizes the “Tradition”

What I did on Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday: Played my favorite Arnold Palmer golf course. What else? “Tradition”

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Golfweek’s Conference Challenge preview

The women take center stage Sept. 13-15 at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. The 54-hole event at Primm (Nev.) Valley Golf Club include 18 teams from 18 different conferences. Lance Ringler has a preview.

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Notes: Ogilvy gets inside look at Cog Hill

Few active players have an architectural acumen like Geoff Ogilvy, so perhaps it was only fitting that the Australian played his pro-am round at the BMW Championship with Rees Jones, who renovated Cog Hill.

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Commentary: No Presidents Cup for co-leader Sabbatini

Rory Sabbatini did not make the Presidents Cup team. As Jeff Rude writes, the South African made his feelings heard Thursday in Chicago.

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Ochoa grilled upon return to Mexico

Lorena Ochoa usually basks in adulation at home in Mexico. Not on Thursday.

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Sabbatini states his case with BMW lead

Two days after being left off the Presidents Cup team, Rory Sabbatini had seven birdies in a round of 5-under 66 to share the lead with Steve Marino at the BMW Championship.

Merion pro shop full of goodies

Pretty snazzy pro shop here at storied Merion Golf Club, site of this weekend’s Walker Cup.

Andrade impressed by Arnie’s 80th

PGA Tour veteran Billy Andrade arrived at Merion on Thursday for his Walker Cup Golf Channel assignment fresh from attending Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday celebration Wednesday night across the state in Latrobe.

Merion makes impressions at Walker Cup

Some people think the U.S. will win. Others think it will be the Great Britain & Ireland team that comes out on top.

Oh, those Walker Cup prizes

Top 8 (or at least 8 of the Top 100) reasons it’s cool to be picked for the U.S. Walker Cup team.

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Commentary: New coaches, new hope at Florida schools

Jan Dowling (right) infused the University of Florida with fresh energy over the summer. But she’s not the only new coach in the state. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

UCF nets itself solid transfer in Arendell

UCF did recently get a pretty good transfer of its own, though.

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Mitchell relishes last week as an amateur

Beginning next week, Adam Mitchell will embark on his new career as a professional golfer.

After busy week, GB&I ready at Merion

ARDMORE, Pa. - It’s been an interesting week for the GB&I team as it prepares for the Walker Cup.

Crimson Tide to debut without Cauley

Bud Cauley’s sophomore year at Alabama hasn’t even begun, and he already knows its going to both start and finish with a bang.

A lot of practice time for Team USA

The U.S. Walker Cup team gathered around Merion Golf Club’s first tee at 9:45 Thursday morning, Brendan Gielow hitting the squad’s opening shot a little left in the rough.

Stiggy and the nickname game

England’s Stiggy Hodgson has the most interesting name on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, and it needs some explaining.

Seawell splits his time for Walker week

I was a little surprised – well, maybe not really – to see Alabama men’s coach Jay Seawell out and about at Merion Golf Club today.

U.S. teams win Topy Cup

From Golfweek’s Japan bureau, the results are in from the Topy Cup.

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Campus visits: Do’s & don’ts

What you need to know before making a campus visit.

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Hansen leads tight pack at Mercedes-Benz

Soren Hansen of Denmark has shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Wood of England after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Wright among leaders at Korea Open

Australia’s Michael Wright and four South Koreans each shot a 67 for a share of the lead after Thursday’s opening round of the Korea Open.

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Hero of ’07 Walker Cup follows his heart

Jonathan Moore was the hero of the 2007 Walker Cup. Now he’s toiling on the Hooters Tour. But that’s not slowing him down. Sean Martin reports.

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Social networking keeps coaches current

Social-networking Web sites are catching on among college coaches as a way to keep up with potential recruits and promote a golf program. Dan Mirocha reports.

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Trend Watch: 59 Belts

59 Belts was an idea brewed up in 2006...

Mid-majors go deep to find talent

The big-name schools almost always get the big-name recruits. But that doesn’t stop college coaches from smaller, lesser-known conferences from recruiting talented junior players and building a solid and formidable program.

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Procter & Gamble back as LPGA sponsor

A Procter & Gamble official announced that the consumer-products company will renew its LPGA tournament sponsorship for 2010, Golfweek has learned.

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Strong summer elevates Gielow

Brendan Gielow was never considered a lock for the U.S. Walker Cup team. But after a strong summer, the Wake Forest senior is at Merion and ready to go.

Recruiting case studies

Though the trend is for many top junior players to bypass official visits and commit to colleges before their senior year of high school, here’s a look at two players who took several official (and unofficial) visits and say the process helped immensely in making their decisions.

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College Preview: Inside recruiting

As elite prospects commit at younger ages – often with no visit – coaches must rethink recruiting game plan. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

Wednesday, September 9

It’s good to know The King

I’ve heard many an Arnold Palmer story in my day – after all, everyone seems to have one – but D.A. Points shared a fresh tale that showed a side of The King you don’t often hear about: his goodwill to a promising pro.

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Commentary: ‘Doc’ delivers decades of dependability

Since the Lyndon Johnson administration, Donald “Doc” Giffin has been Arnold Palmer’s assistant. But that doesn’t begin to describe his many duties.

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Commentary: Arnold Palmer: The King and his castle

Arnold Palmer celebrates his 80th birthday Sept. 10. Adam Schupak spends a day with The King in his castle – Latrobe, Pa.

Scott to get Presidents Cup warm-up

Whereas just 12 days ago it appeared as if Adam Scott’s 2009 PGA Tour season was over, there suddenly is a chance to salvage something of it.

It’s the Walker – not Runner – Cup

A slow, rainy start for one member of the press at the Walker Cup.

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Commentary: Quigley offers pointed concern with playoffs

Brett Quigley missed advancing to the BMW Championship by a mere four points. He wasn’t happy. Jim McCabe explains.

Briles-Hinton has new challenge at Richmond

News that Jill Briles-Hinton was hired by the University of Richmond tells us one thing: She really wanted to coach again.

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Mizuno adds to forged lineup

Tiger Woods used Mizuno forged blades to win his final amateur and first pro title. James Achenbach looks at the history of the company’s forged irons.

Briles-Hinton takes over at Richmond

Jill Briles-Hinton has landed in Virginia. The former women’s coach at Florida was named head coach at the University of Richmond on Tuesday.

Hybrids making big move into mid-iron territory

I grew up in the golden age of long irons. Everybody carried a 2-iron. If you were a real man, you carried a 1-iron.

Verplank gives Cog Hill thumbs up

LEMONT, Ill. – Scott Verplank said he was “pleasantly surprised” with Rees Jones’ renovation of Cog Hill, site of this week’s BMW Championship.

Finchem says 2010 purses won’t decline

LEMONT, Ill. – Commissioner Tim Finchem made it clear Wednesday that PGA Tour purses will not decline next year or in the near future. Rather, he said any increase in prize money would be “relatively flat” for next year.

Tiger: Bring 2016 Olympics to Cog Hill

LEMONT, Ill. – Asked whether the renovated Cog Hill No. 4 could host a U.S. Open, Tiger Woods said Wednesday: “I think so. It depends on the setup.”

Ups and downs of women’s match play

The NGCA Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship trophy went to LSU. This will certainly build confidence for a young Tiger team, one that’s a threat to win every tournament they play in this year.

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Fantasy Aces: BMW Championship

Just two events are left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Who are Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces picking for the home stretch?

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Booth rejuvenated for Walker Cup

Wallace Booth knows failure can lead to success. That why he’s in prime position to star for the GB&I team at the Walker Cup this weekend.

Moseley named Kennesaw State coach

Jay Moseley was hired Tuesday as the men’s golf coach at Kennesaw (Ga.) State. Moseley replaces Blake Smart, who left to be the assistant coach at Oklahoma.

Arkansas’ Shean to play LPGA event

Arkansas’ Kelli Shean will tee it up at the P&G beauty NW Arkansas Championship Sept. 11-13. The junior from South Africa Monday-qualified for the event, held at Pinnacle Country Club, with a score of 69. The tournament is held in Fayetteville, where the university is located.

Balicki’s best bets

Senior writer Ron Balicki, aka “Wrong Ron,” makes his selections for the upcoming men’s season:

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College preview: Men's individuals

There’s no question who tops Golfweek’s preseason men's individual rankings. Just win eight times, including the conference, regional and NCAA titles. Nice work, Matt Hill.

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College preview: Men’s teams

Strong top to bottom, Stanford, led by junior Steve Ziegler, tops Golfweek’s preseason rankings. Wonder how Morgan Hoffmann and Oklahoma State feels about that?

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Black Attack!

Women are traditionally the fashion trendsetters...

Don’t fault amateurs for turning pro

ARDMORE, Pa. – Most of the 10 Great Britain & Ireland players will probably join Sam Hutsby and turn professional Sept. 14, the day after the Walker Cup.

What a royal idea

ARDMORE, Pa. – I had to smile to myself on the plane trip over here when I overhead four members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club chatting in the row in front of me.

Tuesday, September 8

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Daly done in ’09

John Daly is hanging it up for the rest of 2009. No word yet whether those loud pants will make an appearance, like at a dinner or movie.

TPC Boston caddies on Cabrera’s tab

Masters champion Angel Cabrera walked into the Caddywagon at the TPC Boston and put an entire week of caddie meals on his tab.

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Freshman stars for LSU in Match Play win

LSU freshman Mary Michael Maggio birdied the last two holes to defeat Auburn stalwart Candace Schepperle, 1 up, and give LSU the victory Tuesday at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship.

The 2008 Nationwide “25”

How’s the Class of 2008 grads from the Nationwide Tour doing in the big leagues this season? As is usually the case, it’s a mixed bag for the “25,” as they are affectionately called.

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Rickie Fowler on golf fashion

I chatted with a soon-to-be professional Rickie Fowler, and asked him about golf fashion, trends, belt buckles (of course!) and more. . .

Reason to celebrate for Biesecker – twice

One day after watching his client, Heath Slocum, win the Barclays, Nick Biesecker got a win of his own. Biesecker, a managing director with Blue Giraffe Sports, shot 69 Aug. 31 to earn medalist honors in a U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass.

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Meet your 2009 Walker Cuppers

Take an inside look at the 2009 Walker Cup teams.

Winner’s Circle: Aug. 31 - Sept. 7, 2009

Inside the bags of winners on tour.

Adam Scott? Really?

In making Presidents Cup captains’ picks Tuesday, Fred Couples chose Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan as expected for the United States team, and Greg Norman took Ryo Ishikawa and, surprisingly, Adam Scott for the Internationals.

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Vokey wedges rising above recession

Equipment sales are ailing, but there are always exceptions such as Vokey wedges. Will they benefit from “stockpiling"?

Ringler’s ringers (Women)

Lance Ringler, Golfweek’s college golf guru, offers his picks for the upcoming women’s season.

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Ishikawa picked for Presidents Cup

LEMONT, Ill. – Ryo Ishikawa has been picked for the International team in the Presidents Cup, making the 17-year-old Japanese star the youngest player to compete in the matches.

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College preview: Women’s teams

You think the focus is off Arizona State because they lost two seniors from last year’s national championship team? Think again. The Sun Devils top Golfweek’s preseason rankings.

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Merion GC – East

Storied, inspiring, and frumpy throughout, the East Course at Merion is deserving of its ranking as No. 4 on the Golfweek’s Best Classic list.

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Trend watch: Belts & Buckles

What goes around comes around...

What’s in the bag: Deutsche Bank

At the Deutsche Bank Championship, Aldila came out on top in two categories – graphite shafts (all woods combined) and graphite driver shafts, specifically.

Booth plans head over heels celebration

Wallace Booth has often had to take a back seat to younger sister Carly during his life, but he plans to better her at this week’s Walker Cup. In fact, Booth says he literally will turn head over heels should Great Britain and Ireland win the match at Merion.

Changed days for GB&I Walker Cuppers

I remember the days when the GB&I Walker Cup team turned up on American soil, played a couple of practice rounds, got pasted and then went home to lick their wounds. Those days are long gone. Practice sessions for potential team members are a big part of GB&I preparations today.

In this issue: Sept. 12, 2009

Inside the Sept. 12, 2009 issue of Golfweek:

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College preview: Women’s individuals

There’s no question which player leads Golfweek’s preseason All-Americans into the new season. So can anyone catch Jennifer Song? Here are the contenders.

Monday, September 7

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Commentary: The PGA Tour playoffs are exciting, right?

The first two events of the PGA Tour playoffs came down to 72nd-hole finishes. Then why haven’t they felt more exciting?

There’s a new No. 2

NORTON, Mass. – With his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Steve Stricker moved to No. 2 in the world rankings, supplanting Phil Mickelson. Lefty had been No. 2 in the world since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in March.

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Stricker takes FedEx lead with Deutsche win

Steve Stricker won the Deutsche Bank Championship Monday, and in the process, moved ahead of Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup race.

Mickelson undecided on BMW Championship

Phil Mickelson is still on the fence about the BMW Championship.

Iron emphasis: Mizuno’s new offerings

Mizuno’s mid-September introduction of the MP-58, MP-68, MX-300 and MX-1000 irons conform to new groove regulations taking effect Jan. 1 on major tours and for “elite” amateur events.

Norman’s job gets tougher and tougher

International Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman, if he happens to be watching the Deutsche Bank Championship while out on the yacht today, at least has to be buoyed by two of his players showing some signs of life.

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Tribute to the classics

The Tribute, a 1,150-acre development north of Dallas, will open its second course, the Old American Golf Club, later this month.

Marucci’s men arrive at Merion

The U.S. Walker Cup squad is on site at Merion after one final practice session at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md.

Notes: Tiger’s comeback; Lefty’s future

Tiger Woods was 6 under after six holes, leaving fans at the Deutsche Bank Championship wondering whether they would see an unprecedented comeback.

Dressed to impress – kind of

NORTON, Mass. – Because Tiger Woods completed his final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship before television coverage kicked in Monday afternoon, you may not have seen the guy dressed in the tiger costume that followed Woods around TPC Boston for all 18 holes.

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Complete Walker Cup coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Merion to bring you an up-close look at the 2009 Walker Cup. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Ardmore, Pa.

Faxon outdoes himself at Deutsche Bank

In every way, Brad Faxon would have preferred to have been between the ropes at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Woods shows signs of life

Until Monday, Tiger Woods looked human. Then he shot a final-round 63 at Deutsche Bank, letting everyone know the season isn’t over yet.

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Commentary: Marucci has U.S. squad Walker Cup ready

The Walker Cup kicks off Saturday and U.S. captain Buddy Marucci has the Americans ready for action. Ron Balicki reports.

Jr. Fantasy Golf recap: Junior Players

Here are the Junior Fantasy Golf results from the Junior Players Championship:

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Player of the Week: Bobby Wyatt

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 6-under 210 (66-73-71) at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, Fla., to win the Junior Players Championship by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Chelsea Pezzola

Chelsea Pezzola, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 9-over 149 (74-75) at the Treetops Resort Tradition Course in Gaylord, Mich., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by eight shots.

Pettersen is back

I sat in the press room eight days ago in Portland and listened to Suzann Pettersen talk about how “great” she played during the final round. Those four consecutive birdies on Nos. 9-12 were terrific. But the bogey-double bogey that followed wasn’t so hot. She squandered a three-shot lead with five to play at the Safeway Classic and lost in a playoff to M.J. Hur.

Plenty of good seats still available

NORTON, Mass. – In what is a clear sign of the times, the Ryder Cup is offering a second bite at the apple. Organizers of 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales are opening up a ballot for a second time in an attempt to sell practice, match and hospitality tickets.

Sunday, September 6

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Ace propels Sluman to Pebble defense

Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title.

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Choi wins Futures finale; 10 earn LPGA cards

South Korea’s Song Yi Choi won the Futures Tour’s season-ending ILOVENY Championship on Sunday to finish fifth on the money list and earn one of 10 2010 LPGA cards available on the developmental tour.

Merritt earns first Nationwide Tour victory

Former Boise State player Troy Merritt won the Mexico Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating Australia’s Adam Bland with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

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Commentary: Stricker, Kelly feed off friendship

There isn’t much that can tear Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly apart. As Jeff Babineau explains, the friends from Wisconsin have a unique bond.

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Stricker eagles 18 to share Deutsche lead

Steve Stricker has made an eagle on the final hole at TPC Boston for a 6-under 65 to share the 54-hole lead with Retief Goosen and Sean O’Hair in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Tiger’s text spurs Pettersen to Canadian win

Suzann Pettersen closed with a 1-under 70 for a five-shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open, her first LPGA victory in nearly two years.

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Wyatt wins Junior Players Championship

Despite a rocky finish at TPC Sawgrass, Bobby Wyatt won his first AJGA invitational Sunday at the Junior Players Championship.

Nightmare on TPC’s 17th

Talk about a horror story from the 17th at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.

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Niebrugge, Pezzola win Golfweek Jr. Series

Jordan Niebrugge and Chelsea Pezzola won the Golfweek Junior Series event in Michigan Sunday in convincing fashion.

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Woods' woes continue at Deutsche Bank

So, the burning question among the masses permeating the crisp, autumn-like air at TPC Boston on Sunday was this: What the heck is wrong with Tiger Woods?

Buddy system helps Stricker

NORTON, Mass. – When Steve Stricker saw he was paired with his old friend Jerry Kelly for the third round at TPC Boston, he had to be turning cartwheels. After two days at Liberty National paired with Tiger Woods and two more rounds this week with Tiger again, the circus had to be getting to Stricker.

Scores go up as wind arrives at TPC Boston

NORTON, Mass. – So, you’re looking at the scores – a 62, two 63s, three 64s, and a pile of 65s – and then you factor in three par 4s that have yielded eagles (the first, second, and 12th), and you’re thinking things are a piece of cake here at TPC Boston.

Thompson sighting at the Junior Players

On the way past the driving range at TPC Sawgrass this morning, I spotted the familiar face of one of the top junior players in the country, still hitting balls.

New caddie for An

Byeong-Hun An has a different face on the bag this week at the Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.

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Noren rolls to European Masters title

Alexander Noren won the European Masters, pitching in for an eagle on the 15th hole to shoot 6-under 66 and beat Bradley Dredge by two strokes.

Crane moving as quickly as he can

NORTON, Mass. – Talk about a wide-open invitation for jokes and wisecracks. With 73 players having made the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the first tee time belonged to a single.

Saturday, September 5

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Roberts pulls away at Walmart First Tee Open

Loren Roberts closed in on his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday at Pebble Beach to take a two-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara in the Walmart First Tee Open.

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Commentary: Players make final run for Presidents pick

For players eyeing a Presidents Cup bid, the Deutsche Bank Championship serves as a last chance to make a statement. Jeff Babineau weighs captain Fred Couples' options.

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Pettersen races to big lead in Canada

Norway’s Suzann Pettersen shot a 5-under 66 on a difficult day at Priddis Greens, taking a five-shot lead over Angela Stanford into the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open.

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O'Hair, Furyk deadlocked at Deutsche Bank

Scores plummeted at the Deutsche Bank Championship today as Sean O'Hair took a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at 12 under.

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Rodgers nets share of Jr. Players lead

The three-stroke lead Bobby Wyatt carried into the second round of the Junior Players Championship was slowly chipped away Saturday by Patrick Rodgers, who shot a 4-under-par 68 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

Players dominate No. 2 at TPC Boston

Only 14 and working just his second PGA Tour round ever, the kid has already been part of something his old man has never seen. A double-eagle.

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Niebrugge, Wunderlich lead Golfweek Junior

Jordan Niebrugge (pictured) and Alex Wunderlich share the first-round lead at the Golfweek Junior Series event at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich.

Sybase Classic leaving Upper Montclair

The LPGA Sybase Classic is leaving the Upper Montclair Country Club, and it may be moving out of New Jersey.

Ishikawa has chance at Presidents Cup

He’s not the captain, but if he were, Geoff Ogilvy knows where he’d be throwing one of his Presidents Cup picks.

Scores plummeting at Deutsche Bank

He woke up tied for first, sharing a two-stroke lead. All he did was have a little breakfast and then some lunch and next thing Steve Stricker knew, he was four shots behind in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Noren ahead by two at European Masters

Alexander Noren of Sweden shot an 8-under 63 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the European Masters.

Golf talk missing in Olympic report

For those of you who thought golf was a shoo-in for the Olympics in 2016, you might want to think again after reading the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission report for the 2016 Games.

Leishman making leap at Deutsche Bank

Ladies and gentlemen, your Final Five in contention for the FedEx Cup championship . . . Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk (ho-hum), Heath Slocum (mild surprise) and Marc Leishman.

Friday, September 4

Golfweek Junior Series participants go patriotic

The forty-five players participating in the Golfweek Junior Series event here at Treetops resort were treated with a little bit more after their practice round.

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Kim sets course-record 62 in Canada

South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot a tournament-record 9-under 62 for a share of the second-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open with Suzann Pettersen.

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Sluman sets pace at Pebble

Defending champion Jeff Sluman shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte Golf Course to take a one-stroke over lead Loren Roberts and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour’s Walmart First Tee Open.

FedEx Cup format beneficial to some

The last guys to get into the FedEx playoffs certainly are holding up their ends of the bargain in making the most of it.

Final Presidents Cup picks loom

Four years ago, Paul Azinger was in the midst of making his four picks for the 2008 Presidents Cup. It’s Fred Couples’ turn now, and he isn’t finding the task any easier than Azinger did.

Is this Mickelson's last Tour start in '09?

Phil Mickelson made his 400th career Tour start Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Where he makes his 401st is open to debate.

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Wyatt takes commanding Junior Players lead

Bobby Wyatt charged out of the gates with a first-round 66 at the Junior Players Championship, separating himself from second-place Jim Liu by three.

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Stricker savoring lead at Deutsche Bank

Sure, a hot putter didn't hurt, but there's another reason Steve Stricker is tied with Jim Furyk for the Deutsche Bank lead. As Jim McCabe writes, the secret's in the sauce.

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Stricker, Furyk tied for Deutsche Bank lead

Steve Stricker said after Round 1 of the Deutsche Bank that he’s “comfortable” playing with Tiger Woods. He proved it with an 8-under 63.

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Aiken charges into lead at European Masters

Thomas Aiken of South Africa shot a 7-under 64 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the European Masters.

FedEx Cup needs to work on playoff feel

When you get to the playoffs, you should want to play and survive as long as possible. It isn’t meant to be optional.

Secret’s in sauce for Stricker, Verplank

Forget the latest swing tip. You want to go low? Try lobster ravioli.

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Commentary: Long race for European Ryder Cup unnecessary

With more than a year to go before the 2010 Ryder Cup, the race for a spot on the European team has already begun. Alistair Tait questions the effectiveness of the long process.

Old grooves about to disappear forever

I’ve heard enough about Tour players and their new grooves for 2010.

Jr. Fantasy Golf: The Junior Players

The Junior Players Championship is this week, and it's time for the Golfweek staffers to make their picks.

Thursday, September 3

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Resurgent Rawson takes lead in Canada

Anna Rawson shot a course-record 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen in the Canadian Women’s Open.

Ochoa, Rawson making noise in Canada

Can’t decide which is more surprising: The fact that Anna Rawson leads the CN Canadian Open with an opening 64, or that Lorena Ochoa is in second place with 66.

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Notes: Pros to wear college colors

Tiger Woods has been wearing a Nike logo on the crest of his golf shirt ever since he turned professional 13 years ago.

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Commentary: Staff Sgt. Beatty patrols TPC Boston

It was tough to miss Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty Thursday at TPC Boston. As Jim McCabe writes, he was the one signing more autographs than Tiger.

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Commentary: Futures pros look to lock up LPGA cards

With her sights on an 2010 LPGA card, Duramed Futures Tour player Samantha Richdale is looking forward to Graduation Day on Sunday.

Els cruises confidently into Boston

Ernie Els is starting to get his swagger back. That’s a good thing.

Putter change in the works for Woods?

iger Woods insists he is putting OK these days, but a scene on the first hole of his pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship early Thursday morning at least raised an eyebrow or two.

Mighty Casey on the mend

NORTON, Mass. – Even though he withdrew yesterday from the Deutsche Bank Championship, Paul Casey is still hanging around Boston to support the sponsor and their clients.

USGA takes on-site groove testing for a spin

Brian Davis, c’mon down, you’re the first contestant on the new reality show, “Are your grooves going to be legit next year?”

Rumford leads Euro Masters despite scare

Australia’s Brett Rumford birdied the last four holes for a 28 on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 9-under 62 for the first-round lead at the European Masters.

Woods weighs in on Els’ progress

A longtime take on Tiger Woods from the media center is that he doesn’t say much, but beware of absolutes.

Sawgrass is Spieth-less this week

Jordan Spieth is conspicuously absent from the Junior Players Championship this week.

Hill to be on ESPN

North Carolina State’s Matt Hill won eight times last year as a sophomore and became just the second player to win a conference title, regional title and the NCAA Championship. The only other player in the history of NCAA men’s golf to accomplish this was Stanford’s Tiger Woods.

Harrington, Els to play Singapore Open

SINGAPORE – Three-time major winners Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els have confirmed they will play in the Singapore Open in late October and skip the World Match Play Championship.

Wednesday, September 2

Ten juniors follow U.S. Am with AJGA

As the start of the AJGA’s Junior Players Championship nears, it’s not surprising that one name has emerged in connection with the tournament more than any other: U.S. Amateur champion Byeong-Hun An.

LPGA rallying, but still work to do for 2010

With the announcement that the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic is returning to the LPGA calendar, the tour has re-signed three domestic events that have been cornerstones of its schedule.

FedEx offers no certainties

One of the beauties of competitive golf is that, unlike the multimillion-dollar salaries of utility infielders, there are no guarantees. That’s very clear right now.

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Fantasy Aces: Deutsche Bank Championship

The season is winding down. Last chance to make your move in fantasy golf. See who our Aces are picking at Deutsche Bank.

Injured Casey WDs from Deutsche Bank

Paul Casey withdrawew from the Deutsche Bank Championship Wednesday because of a rib injury that has kept the world’s No. 3 player out of golf for the last month.

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Owens Corning renews with LPGA

The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic announced a one-year extension, keeping a much-needed domestic stop on the LPGA’s schedule.

GCAA announces Academic Champions

East Tennessee State receives the inaugural Academic National Champion Award from the GCAA after earning the highest GPA in Division I men's golf.

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Trump pushes ahead with Scottish links

A controversy over five parcels adjoining Donald Trump's proposed Scottish links resort in Aberdeen won't derail the development, the real estate magnate told Golfweek.

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Commentary: FedEx Cup extends star power into fall golf

Skeptics can question golf's playoff system, but as Jim McCabe writes, the star power of the FedEx Cup is a good alternative to the low turnouts of Silly Season.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: There’s a twist

Tiger Woods could finish the FedEx Cup season 1-1-2-2-1-1-2, end the year with seven victories and not win the Cup and $10 million bonus. Jeff Rude explains.

Take me out to the ballgame

U.S. Walker Captain Buddy Marucci tossed out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Giants on Tuesday night.

Why Florida State really won...

Breaking down Florida State’s winning formula for the week at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge.

Tuesday, September 1

Lots to look forward to this college season

RIVERSIDE, Iowa – With the conclusion of Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, the college season has officially started. Soon we will be in full swing (no pun intended).

Trump to expand Scottish golf course

Donald Trump has received permission to expand a luxury golf resort he is building on a stretch of Scottish coast despite fierce opposition from residents.

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FSU wins Golfweek’s Conference Challenge

Drew Kittleson led Florida State to a victory Tuesday at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, and in the process, erased a 2008-09 season full of disappointment.

Saunders gets sponsor exemption into Boise

Sam Saunders will play his first PGA Tour-sanctioned event one week after The King's 80th birthday.

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Commentary: Cobra irons latest in game-improvement arena

Cobra recently has introduced a new iron, the S2, and it could emerge as Cobra’s most influential golf club since the King Cobra.

Injured Casey probable for Deutsche Bank

Given the choices from an NFL injury report, Paul Casey listed himself as probable for the Deutsche Bank Championship this week as the world’s No. 3 player tries to cope with a rib injury.

An to take celebratory spin in Ferrari

Byeong-Hun An will get to test drive a Ferrari when he gets home, just another perk that comes with winning the U.S. Amateur.

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Inside the bag of Heath Slocum

Heath Slocum, a longtime Ping staff member, used Ping’s new G15 driver (9 degree) and i15 irons (3-PW) in winning The Barclays.

Ask the expert: Tom Wishon

Tom Wishon, a golf-industry veteran, heads his namesake company in Durango, Colo. His clubs are available through certified professional clubmakers.

Wie out of Samsung World Championship

Michelle Wie failed to qualify for the Samsung World Championship, an elite 20-player field. Wie needed to finish 15th or higher on the money list after the Safeway Classic to get an invite to Torrey Pines. Na Yeon Choi secured the last spot, edging Wie by $38,392.

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Higher trajectory: Modern clubs accomplish goal

There are two primary strategies for achieving higher trajectory with iron shots: Buy irons for increased height and distance or purchase hybrids.

Traffic jam causes headaches at TPC Boston

NORTON, Mass. – Standing around the practice range, waiting for their real work to start, several caddies answered phone calls within a few minutes and discovered that their work day might have gotten longer.

A day in the park

NORTON, Mass. – Hey, Heath Slocum, you’ve just won a FedEx Cup playoff event and $1.35 million. What are you going to do?

Kenny Perry hires son as caddie

NORTON, Mass. – Apparently those rumors of Kenny Perry and his new caddie are true. Just don’t ask him about it.

Some advice we all could use

Ben Martin's caddie, Jim, with some sage advice from the U.S. Amateur.

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Tiger to wear a different shade of red

It’s well-known that Tiger Woods’ fashion sensibility prefers red on Sundays, but this weekend he’ll be doubling up on his favorite color. On Saturday, he’ll be sporting Cardinal red for his alma mater, Stanford.

Welcome to the world, Ava

Don’t expect Annika Sorenstam to pull a Great Scot. Catriona Matthew won the Ricoh Women’s British Open 11 weeks after giving birth. I think Sorenstam now collects a different kind of major moments.

In this issue: Sept. 5, 2009

Arnold Palmer celebrates 80th birthday / Byeong-Hun An wins U.S. Amateur

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Sorenstam gives birth to baby girl

Annika Sorenstam gave birth Tuesday morning to a baby girl, Ava Madelyn McGee. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.

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