Stories for December 2010
Friday, December 31
2010 in review: Reflections
Golfweek's top editor, Jeff Babineau, traveled across the world in 2010 and took in plenty of special moments. He reflects on the year that was...
Number Crunching 2010
In our final installment of Number Crunching 2010, we take a look at 5 players that will surprise you and 5 that you don't know, but surely will.
Top 10 Euro storylines
It was a momentous year for the European Tour, which saw Lee Westwood rise to World No. 1 and the Euros bring back the Ryder Cup. What will 2011 bring?
Thursday, December 30
Rottluff, Jutanugarn win
Junior Orange Bowl International: Germany's Max Rottluff outlasted American Curtis Thompson in a playoff on the boys side, while Ariya Jutanugarn cruised to a 4-shot victory for the girls.
Blue Hens hire Hoyas' Post
The University of Delaware will sponsor women’s golf at the varsity level for the first time in school history next fall and the Blue Hens have tabbed Georgetown University head coach Patty Post to lead the program, Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Bernard Muir has announced.
Golfer Bob Charles has been awarded New Zealand's highest civilian honor. The 74-year-old Charles was admitted to the Order of New Zealand, an honor restricted to 20 living New Zealanders.
gives you a glimpse at her adventures around the globe
Where in the world did Beth Ann Baldry go in 2010? Get a behind-the-scenes look at her adventures covering the LPGA this year.
Long-time Associated Press writer Doug Ferguson traveled the globe following today's golf stars in 2010, and he took a few moments to reflect on what he saw in the past year:
has given a verbal commitment to Long Beach State.
Shawnee Martinez, of Modesto, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Long Beach State in the fall of 2012. Martinez also received offers from San Jose State, Oregon State, Fresno State and USC.
Number crunching 2010
Looking for a few up-and-comers for 2011? Look no further than Amy Yang, Cindy LaCrosse and Esther Choe.
2011 preview: Tour youngsters
Rickie Fowler is one of the obvious young players who will have an impact on the PGA Tour in 2011. But the impact of youth won't stop there, and we sat down to highlight 11 players to watch out for in 2011.
Wednesday, December 29
LPGA 2011: 10 predictions
Who might see a breakthrough on the LPGA in 2011? Beth Ann Baldry has her eye on 10 players.
Number crunching 2010
Laura Davies won five times on the Ladies European Tour this year. That success can be attributed to a positive attitude, not more range time.
Tuesday, December 28
would like to nominate some unusual candidates for golfer of the year.
Forget the various professional tours. I nominate Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, founders of the Titleist Performance Institute, as golfers of the year.
2010 in review: Euro tour
Much has been written about Europe's global golf dominance this year, but here's a look at just how good 2010 was to the Europeans.
A handshake with Arnold Palmer led to the creation of IMG. It also produced thousands of boxes containing letters, memos and other documents that help explain how the late Mark H. McCormack build the largest sports management company in the world.
Number crunching 2010
Louis Oosthuizen burst onto the scene as the British Open Champion in 2010. Alistair Tait says a big reason for his success was driving accuracy.
Graeme McDowell feature
Graeme McDowell rewrote his own script by authoring a ‘life-changing season’ in 2010. Jeff Rude explains.
Monday, December 27
Junior Orange Bowl: 1st round
Three boys tied atop Junior Orange Bowl invitational at 1 over, while two girls fire a 2-over 73 to take lead after first round in Coral Gables, Fla.
A Japanese court has handed down a suspended sentence to Australian golfer Wayne Perske for possessing and using cocaine.
has given a vebral commitment to Chattanooga.
Wes Gosselin has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Chattanooga. Gosselin, who is ranked No. 87 in the 2012 class and No. 6 overall in the state of Tennessee, also made unofficial visits to Charlotte, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Wake Forest and Tennessee before deciding on the Mocs.
commits to Univ. of San Diego
Alexander Chiarella of Pukalani, Hawaii, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of San Diego.
Number crunching 2010
Daniel Summerhays upped his exercise regimen worked on his mental game in 2010, which resulted in his first PGA Tour card.
2010 in review: The majors
As 2010 winds down, we take a look back at each tour's majors (and the Ryder Cup) ... but a bit differently. Check out our photo gallery, which is threaded by stand-out quotes from each event:
Sunday, December 26
2010 in review: Junior golf
From Jordan Spieth's breakthrough at the Nelson to the U.S. winning the Jr. Ryder Cup, take a look back at the Top 10 moments in junior golf.
Number crunching 2010
Despite an early-season wrist injury, Charley Hoffman improved his short game (and bunker play) to finish fourth in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Saturday, December 25
The Australian Open will precede the Presidents Cup in Melbourne next November and the Australian PGA will follow the team event.
Number crunching 2010
Thanks to a hot putter, Tom Gillis rose 40 spots in Golfweek’s rankings in 2010, and held the highest birdies average on the PGA Tour.
Friday, December 24
West Coast Jr. Invite
Golfweek’s West Coast Junior Invitational tees off Jan. 15 at Troon North Golf Club’s Monument Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., and the field is full. Here’s an updated look at the competition.
2010 review: College women
Purdue and Alabama emerged as superpowers outside the mighty Pac-10 this year. Julie Williams reviews other stories from women’s college golf.
pays tribute to David Fay, who not only made a bow-tie look good, but guided the USGA for 21 years as executive director.
Give a guy a bow tie and a national television audience, and he becomes a media star.
delivers a few Christmas wishes for the European golf scene.
I got my Christmas shopping done early this year, then got back to the winter wonderland of Trowley Bottom and decided I had enough time to throw a few extra presents into a few stockings.
The LPGA handed out last-minute gifts earlier this week to players who came up short at Q-School.
Fay to retire as USGA ED
David Fay, executive director of the U.S. Golf Association, has announced his retirement. After 32 years with the USGA, 21 of which Fay served as executive director, Fay will take his leave Dec. 31.
Number crunching 2010
Two wins on Tour moved Bill Haas 100-plus spots up Golfweek’s rankings in 2010, proving the old adage that winning takes care of everything.
Thursday, December 23
Gillette will not renew its endorsement contract with Tiger Woods, a company spokesman confirmed Thursday to USA Today.
has some shocking figures from this year's RE-MAX Long Drive Championship.
In 2010, it seems appropriate that the longest meaningful drive in golf (414.4 yards) came in the event with one of the longest names in golf (the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship Powered by Dick’s Sporting Goods).
Long Drivers of America, the organization that owns and conducts the World Long Drive Championship, finally has responded to Lana Lawless and her discrimination lawsuit.
Maroon 5 will perform after the first round of the 2011 Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, the pop band announced on its Facebook page Thursday.
2010 in review: Champions Tour
Bernhard Langer won five times in 2010 and highlights Alex Miceli's list of the top 10 Champions Tour stories of the year.
An amateur golfer will get the chance to play with Tiger Woods at the pro-am tournament before the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
Number crunching 2010
With 11 top 10s in 2010, Matt Kuchar rocketed up Golfweek’s rankings. Meanwhile, Woody Austin fell nearly 150 spots.
Wednesday, December 22
Dean Lind, who won the inaugural U.S. Junior Amateur in 1948, died Dec. 15. He was 80 and had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.
2010 in review: College men
Augusta State was the hero of 2010 as Oregon dropped off the map in the fall season. Ron Balicki recaps college golf’s top headlines.
Immelman recovering from wrist injury
Trevor Immelman has no interest in looking at the world ranking these days. It's not that he doesn't have time to scroll through the pages until he finds his name at No. 269. Immelman has lost the better part of two years with a left wrist injury, and these are the consequences. He accepts that. He just has trouble recognizing that guy so far down the list.
Number crunching 2010
Shaun Micheel began 2010 with limited status on the PGA Tour, but overcame tough odds to record his best season since 2006. Meanwhile, Ben Curtis slipped considerably in our rankings.
Tuesday, December 21
Tiger Woods had a cortisone shot in his right ankle 10 days ago to relieve lingering soreness. By Tuesday, he was back to work hitting balls and filming a commercial.
2010 in review: Nwide Tour
Jamie Lovemark became the youngest winner of the Nationwide Tour money list in 2010, leading a graduating class of accomplished players. Sean Martin recaps the season.
Slices, hooks and other errant shots are a common hazard on the links and a golfer can’t expect to get a warning shout of “Fore!” every time a ball comes his way, New York’s top court ruled Tuesday in dismissing a personal-injury lawsuit.
At his best, Tiger Woods hit so many good shots in a year that it was hard to pick one. When his caddie, Steve Williams, was asked for the best shot his boss hit in 2010, it was a difficult choice for a different reason.
Number crunching 2010
Number crunching: Long-hitting Jhonattan Vegas found his touch around the greens in 2010, while Sergio Garcia searched for answers.
Monday, December 20
The LPGA Futures Tour, the developmental tour for the LPGA, has announced its tournament schedule for 2011. The schedule features 16 tournaments – one fewer than the 2010 schedule.
offers a glimpse inside the fast-paced golf equipment industry.
I missed most of those famous tours by rock and roll bands back in the 1980s, but I attended the Jay Hubbard 2011 Preview Tour.
has some last-minute holiday gift ideas for the golfer on your list.
Tis’ the season for golf fashion! Your favorite lady will forget about the baubles when she sees this year’s under-the-tree delights.
Top 10 LPGA stories
The death of Erica Blasberg and the retirement of Lorena Ochoa were among Beth Ann Baldry’s top 10 LPGA storylines of 2010.
Katherine Rice, of Oxnard, Calif., shot 7-over 151 (76-75) at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the Golfweek Junior Tour Championship by four shots.
Ryan Porch, of Montana, shot 1-over 145 (70-75) at McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the Golfweek Junior Tour Championship by three shots.
Rickie Fowler and Sean O’Hair are the only Americans among 13 players who have qualified for the Masters through the world ranking.
has given a verbal commitment to Arizona.
Taylor Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Arizona.
Number crunching 2010
Paul Stankowski made a 543-spot jump up Golfweek’s rankings in 2010. He kicks off our annual number crunching package.
Sunday, December 19
says 12-year-old Jeffery Miller is a true role model on the golf course.
He's called untimely penalties on himself and had cactus needles pulled from his hand, but nothing has deterred Jeffery Miller this year.
Rice, Porch win on GW Tour
Katherine Rice and Ryan Porch had plenty of hurdles to overcome, but it didn't stop either of them from grabbing titles on the Golfweek Junior Tour.
Ernie Els has won the South African Open for the fifth time, shooting a 6-under 63 to beat Retief Goosen by one shot.
Els leads Goosen in S. Africa
Ernie Els has taken a one-shot lead over Retief Goosen into the fourth round of the rain-delayed South African Open, overcoming a shaky start to shoot a 5-under 67 in the third round.
2010 in review: PGA Tour
Tiger Woods comes back. Tiger Woods tumbles. The Euros take over the golf planet. Our Jim McCabe recaps the 10 biggest moments of 2010.
Saturday, December 18
spoke with Keri Murschell, the woman behind the golf bag line keri golf.
Golfweek fashion Q&A: We caught up with Keri Murschell, the woman behind the popular golf bag line keri golf to talk about her inspiration and a new relationship with Adams Golf
Four-time winner Ernie Els took a two-shot lead into a marathon last day of the South African Open, after the country’s biggest stars rose into contention on Saturday for the 100th national title.
offers his top 10 moments of 2010.
2010 year in review: From the NCAA women's golf championships to a night with Tom Lehman to Wake Forest's golf duds, Golfweek's Asher Wildman reflects on the past year.
unveils the newest technology that could improve your putting stroke.
SAM and TOMI (pronounced Sam and Tommy) are brothers. Sort of.
says only in the dead of winter can you appreciate true links courses.
If you want to find out more about the origins of the game, go and play a links course in the winter. Go down to Deal and Sandwich on England’s South Coast and experience Prince’s and Royal Cinque Ports, maybe even Royal St. George’s, in the depth of a British winter.
Golf and then some
Sure, you're visiting Golfweek’s Best Resorts Courses for the golf, but take in the sights while you're at it. Evan Rothman explains.
Friday, December 17
Son, 7, will travel with golfer
PGA Tour golfer John Daly has been awarded custody of his 7-year-old son, Little John Daly, by a Tennessee circuit court judge at Memphis.
Champions schedule released
The PGA Tour announced its 2011 Champions Tour schedule on Friday afternoon, highlighted by trips to Canada, South Korea and England. Also, two majors have shifted venues and dates for the 2011 campaign.
Mazzuchetti takes reins
Rutgers University has named Christopher Mazzuchetti as its men's golf coach. Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti announced the appointment of the head pro at nearby Colonia Country Club on Friday.
says that the Euros had a good year, but can they really sustain the momentum?
Yes, the European players on the PGA Tour deserve the love they are getting ... but can they really maintain their stranglehold on the world rankings for an extended period of time? No one knows, so we may want to hold back on the Euro-takeover talk.
A Northern Michigan casino course, Sweetgrass Golf Club features a surprisingly elegant layout. Bradley S. Klein explains.
Cejka, Goosen tied on top
lex Cejka took advantage of a defenseless Durban Country Club course to card an 8-under-par 64 and share the first-round lead of the 100th South African Open on Friday. Cejka topped the leaderboard with two-time winner Retief Goosen, and they were one stroke clear of Ernie Els and Charl Schwartzel.
Golf writers honor McDowell
Graeme McDowell has picked up another award. The U.S. Open champion has been voted player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America.
Top 30 images of 2010
Today, we kick off our end-of-the-year series on the best of 2010. We start with our pictures of the year from our own Tracy Wilcox.
Tiger saga is AP's top story
Tiger Woods' humbling return to the public eye, from his televised confession to a winless season on the golf course, was voted the sports story of the year by members of The Associated Press.
Thursday, December 16
has given a verbal commitment to Virginia.
Alex Lloyd, of Virginia Beach, Va., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Virginia in the fall of 2012.
says Trevor Immelman is dropping Nike for Callaway next season.
First, it was Jim Furyk going from Srixon to TaylorMade, then Graeme McDowell leaving Callaway reportedly for Srixon, and now, a third major winner is expected to switch equipment allegiances.
Alabama won two of its four events this fall – flying out of the gate with a win at the NCAA Fall Preview – and never finished worse than sixth.
After a quiet summer that included more summer school than tournament action, Megan McChrystal burst onto the scene at the beginning of the fall with a win at the NCAA Fall Preview.
The Bruins finished in the top 2 in all three events during the fall season, and closed the first half of their schedule with a win at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle.
The fall season came to a close with Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein ranked No. 1.
The opening round of the South African Open was rained out Thursday with only six players having completed nine holes at Durban Country Club.
Waldman chooses N'wide Tour
Brett Waldman has the approval of swing coach Sean Foley as he leaves Camilo Villegas' bag to pursue a career on the Nationwide Tour.
Wednesday, December 15
Royal and Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson has been appointed the first president of world golf’s governing body.
After eight years as a caddie, Brett Waldman needs one himself now.
discusses what changes to expect on the Nationwide Tour this year.
The PGA TOUR today announced the 2011 Nationwide Tour schedule, which features 26 events in 16 states, plus three stops in Latin America.
Tseng's POY acceptance
With heartfelt acceptance, Yani Tseng showed the LPGA's Player of the Year award is an honor worth embracing.
Tuesday, December 14
Caddie had tough year
Tiger Woods' life was flipped upside down this time in 2009. What many don't realize is that his caddie felt the pain, too.
Annika pregnant again
Those who were holding out hope that Annika Sorenstam was secretly practicing for a grand comeback can put that theory to rest: She’s pregnant again.
says simply making cuts is not enough for the PGA Tour's Brett Quigley
Tour notes: Brett Quigley made 19 cuts on the PGA Tour but is 158th on the money list. What gives? Plus Aree Song, John Daly and plenty more.
South Africa's Retief Goosen and Tim Clark top the field in the 100th playing of the South African Open starting Thursday.
Casino courses thrive
In a slow developmental climate, casino courses are still paying off. As Martin Kaufmann explains, Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, is a perfect example.
Monday, December 13
Rika Park, of Fujieda-Shi-Shizuoka, Japan, shot 2-under 141 (73-68) at Sea Island Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the IJGT event by three shots.
Matthew Moucharafieh, of Beirut, Lebanon, shot a 5-over 148 (72-76) at Sea Island Resort in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the IJGT event by three shots.
has given a verbal commitment to North Texas.
Preston Standley, of Plano, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play golf for head coach Brad Stracke at the University of North Texas.
Hall grinds on Hooters Tour
Kevin Hall, deaf since age 2, is grinding it out on the Hooters Tour, undeterred by middling results. Ryan Lavner explains.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
with some closing thoughts from the Golf Coaches Association of America’s annual convention.
This and that from this year’s Golf Coaches Association of America’s annual convention.
says HSBC's new deal with IMG is about becoming the favorite bank of rich golfers.
When HSBC recently stepped up and became the official patron of The Open Championship, the bank made clear its increased interest in golf sponsorship.
Stuart Appleby has been named the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year. The award is voted on by PGA Tour members.
says Fairmont Turnberry Isle has partnered with Bill Forrest to open a golf school.
The Fairmont Turnberry Isle took another step toward upgrading its training facilities for serious golfers with the announcement that it had partnered with Bill Forrest, the 2006 PGA of America Teacher of the Year, to open a golf school.
Sunday, December 12
Australia’s Peter Senior won the rain-delayed Australian PGA on Monday, beating Geoff Ogilvy with a par on the second hole of a playoff to become the oldest player to win a major professional tournament in Australia.
Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, who is quickly demonstrating his promise as a professional, provided further evidence Dec. 12 with a runaway victory at the 105th Visa Open Argentina presented by Bridgestone.
Song medals at Q-School
Former teen prodigy Aree Song won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, while Jessica Korda, 17, finished second.
says former 'Big Break' star Sara Brown held on to earn her LPGA tour card.
Julie Williams says that former Big Break star Sara Brown sweats out receiving her Tour card.
Australia’s Peter Senior won the rain-delayed Australian PGA on Monday, beating Geoff Ogilvy with a par on the second hole of a playoff.
1st African-American since '01
Shasta Averyhardt: She tied for 22nd at LPGA Q-School to become only the fourth black player to earn LPGA membership.
Iben Tinning of Denmark ended her career with a victory at the Dubai Ladies Masters on Saturday, clinching the win with a birdie on the last hole to hold off Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist by two shots.
Johnson-Poulter win Shootout
Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter won the Shark Shootout Sunday, shooting 13-under 59 to beat Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by two shots.
The European Tour has garnered many headlines this season, and rightfully so. Very little has been written about the Ladies European Tour, but the LET is a success story in its own right.
There’s nothing quite like getting a head start on the New Year. Just ask Pablo Martin. With 19 days still left in 2010, the Spaniard defended his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which rings in the start of the European Tour’s 2011 season.
Pablo Martin has successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship title, shooting a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory Sunday.
Thongchai Jaidee underscored his status as one of the giants of the Asian Tour with a record-breaking victory Dec. 12 in the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.
The final round of the Australian PGA Championship was postponed until Monday because of heavy rain, with Peter Senior holding a one-stroke lead after nine holes.
Saturday, December 11
Stacy Lewis was recently in Rwanda with her mother, Carol, as part of Betsy King’s Golf Fore Africa project. She joined King and LPGA teaching pros Suzanne Strudwick and Susie Corona in aiding the genocide survivors of Rwanda and the AIDS orphans of Lesotho.
Smith eyes LPGA card
In college Libby Smith not only was a two-sport athlete, but she also played for the men's golf team. She now has her sights set on the LPGA.
Creamer photo shoot
Paula Creamer was decked out in her signature pink for a Getty Images photo shoot on Dec. 9. See the photos here.
says Jessica Korda could become the first amateur Q-School winner since Paula Creamer.
Amateur Jessica Korda took a one-shot lead at LPGA Q-School finals Saturday, putting her on track to become the first amateur winner since Paula Creamer.
Defending champions Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly were tied for the lead of the Shark Shootout with Kenny Perry and Fred Funk after the second round Saturday.
Anthony Michael is taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a 1-under 71 kept him ahead of the chasing pack.
American Bobby Gates shot a 1-under 71 in windy conditions Saturday to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Australian PGA.
Tinning wins final start
Danish veteran Iben Tinning won her final tournament on Saturday after shooting a 3-under 69 at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Friday, December 10
Spotlight on Aree Song
After battling illness and injury the past three years, Aree Song's game is looking up at LPGA Q-School. D.J. Piehowski explains.
Minnesota coaching issue
Katie Brenny is negotiating a financial payment with the University of Minnesota, stating she encountered a hostile work environment before her resignation.
It used to be that when news surfaced, what was first applied was clear thinking supplemented by perspective. We seem to have forgotten that.
Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly have combined for a 9-under 63 and Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter matched them to share the first-round lead at the Shark Shootout.
says Jessica Korda lit up LPGA Q-School on Friday with a 6-under 66.
Entering the week, amateur Jessica Korda was one of the most popular names on the list of LPGA Q-School finalists. On Friday, the 17-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., showed why.
Big things are in store for the Tour de Las Americas. At least, that’s the forecast, beginning in 2011, according to Henrique Lavie. The former golf pro turned commissioner has guided the TLA since 1998 and serves simultaneously as chairman of the PGA of the Americas, the parent entity of the TLA.
Nick Faldo was in Cambodia recently to visit the site for his next course-design project, at the Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh.
The Northern California public golf scene is headlined by historic courses such as Pebble Beach and Pasatiempo.
The Asian Tour will travel as far as Switzerland in 2011. The tour announced a provisional 25-tournament schedule Tuesday and could be further boosted in the coming weeks as final negotiations with sponsors come to fruition.
South African newcomer Anthony Michael shot a 3-under 69 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Friday, extending his lead to two shots in the European Tour’s 2011 season opener.
European Tour Q-School
Veteran Englishman Simon Wakefield earned top honors at European Tour Q-School. Alistair Tait highlights other stories of glory and defeat.
Just when John Daly thought it was safe to return to Coolum, the scene of one of his most famous meltdowns, the course came back to get him again.
Tinning closes out career
Iben Tinning, playing in her final Ladies European Tour event after a 15-year career, holds a share of the third-round lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Bobby Gates shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the Australian PGA, while fellow American John Daly had an 83 to miss the cut on the Coolum layout where he had one of his most famous career meltdowns.
Thursday, December 9
has given a verbal commitment to Wake Forest.
Mariana Sims, of Austin, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Wake Forest in the fall of 2012.
Averyhardt fights for tour card
Through two rounds of LPGA Q-School, Shasta Averyhardt is in position to become the first black golfer on the LPGA since 2001.
Twentysomethings on Tour
In his state-of-the-tour address, PGA Tour chief Tim Finchem lauded the impact of young stars including twentysomethings Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Count on them for promotional punch in ‘11.
Shadow Creek Golf Club and Fallen Oak Golf Club top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Casino Courses
Inside the Dec. 10-17, 2010 issue of Golfweek:
with an update from the fifth round of European Tour Q-School.
Former Oklahoma player Carlos Del Moral and Simon Wakefield of England share the lead heading into the final round of the European Tour Qualifying School at PGA Catalunya, Girona, Spain.
Anthony Michael of South Africa shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to lead after the first round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the opening European Tour tournament.
says TaylorMade’s white-headed R11 woods are bound to generate buzz.
What do the Oakland Raiders, Johnny Cash and Gary Player have in common? All three are known for black apparel.
Injured Wie struggles again
Michelle Wie, struggling with a back injury, shot 72 Thursday in the Dubai Ladies Masters to fall six shots back of leader Lydia Hall.
American Bobby Gates overcame an Australian wildlife experience to shoot an 8-under 64 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Australian PGA.
Wednesday, December 8
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan wandered into the media room Wednesday afternoon and gazed up at the giant leaderboard projected on the wall. He casually mentioned to a volunteer that Belen Mozo would be a nice addition to the tour.
Heavy rainfall in Bogota, Colombia, over the past few weeks has forced the Tour de las Americas to cancel its scheduled season finale. The Tour Championship Pacific Colombia, which was set for Dec. 16-19 in Bogota, instead will be rescheduled as another event sometime in February or March next year.
says Pernilla Lindberg is back at LPGA Q-School, trying to earn full status.
Pernilla Lindberg was $8,300 away from capping what most would consider a successful rookie season.
Heavy rainfall in Bogota, Colombia, over the past few weeks has forced the Tour de las Americas to cancel its scheduled season finale. Under these circumstances, the TLA said it will end the season this week at the VISA Argentina Open in Buenos Aires at the Jockey Club.
Coaches talk recruiting calendar
Coaches engaged in a spirited discussion of a new recruiting calendar at the annual Golf Coaches Association of American convention.
Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell showed just how closely knit the European Tour is when they came out strongly against the PGA Tour’s announcement of Rickie Fowler as its rookie of the year instead of Rory McIlroy.
Geoff Ogilvy is the latest big-name player to hint at spending less time on the U.S. PGA Tour, and more on Asia-Pacific circuits. He’d love a bigger helping of what he’s been doing lately: Following an Australian Open triumph last week, Ogilvy is staying in his homeland with hopes of clinching the Australian PGA Championship.
Paula Creamer sighting
LPGA star Paula Creamer turned up Wednesday to support friend Stephanie Connelly in the opening round of LPGA Q-School.
There were so many storylines from this year’s European Tour that some important ones got lost in the ether. Yet they are nearly every bit as important as the stories that made headlines.
The Korean contingent on the 2011 PGA Tour will only be a handful of players, but it’s still a record number.
Louis Oosthuizen has a nice problem: He played the best golf of his life last year and doesn’t know how he did it. Oosthuizen begins his 2011 campaign this week in his homeland, where he will tee it up in the €1 million Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club in Malelane, South Africa. He is one of the headline acts in the first event of the 2011 European Tour, which technically gets underway in the current calendar year.
As Sarah Brown pursues LPGA playing privileges at Q-School this week, she carries the hopes of her entire family. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
Acushnet Co., which owns two of the most dominant brands in golf, Titleist and FootJoy, may be sold or spun-off as an independent publicly traded company.
Joakim Haeggman is in; Jarmo Sandelin, Andrew Coltart and Paul Broadhurst are out.
caught up with Richard Hills, the Euro Tour’s Ryder Cup director.
Two months after the Europeans edged the U.S. in a rain-delayed Ryder Cup in Wales, thoughts are turning toward the 2012 renewal of the biennial matches at Medinah near Chicago.
Triple bogey dooms Wie
Michelle Wie: A late triple bogey leaves the LPGA star four shots back of leader Florentyna Parker at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Franklin American Mortgage Co. has agreed to a three-year, $1.5 million sponsorship deal with the Bob Hope Classic, whose 52nd edition will be played Jan. 17-23.
Tuesday, December 7
Siddikur Rahman hopes his life-changing victory on the Asian Tour will inspire more Bangladeshis, especially the less privileged, to take up golf.
Graeme McDowell would love nothing more than to defend his title in the Chevron World Challenge, especially because of all it has done for him the last few years.
Anna Rawson will take a year off from golf. The 29-year-old Australian finished 134th on the money list, and was unable to secure a place to play for 2011. She did not enter Q-School, but hasn’t ruled out the occasional sponsor exemption in 2011.
says the PGA Tour needs to better reward Nationwide players at Q-School.
Congrats to Michael Putnam and Justin Hicks, Nationwide Tour Top 25 grads that sucked it up and endured the Q-School grind.
Europe is calling up its brightest new star to take on Asia’s young guns in the fifth edition of the Royal Trophy next month. The latest addition to Colin Montgomerie’s European team is Italian prodigy Matteo Manassero, recent winner of the Sir Henry Cotton award as the European Tour’s rookie of the year.
with his superlatives for the 2010 Q-School rookie class.
As if a PGA Tour card wasn’t reward enough, I want to offer some awards to this year’s Q-School rookie class:
reports Graeme McDowell is parting ways with Callaway and shopping his endorsement services.
The equipment endorsement carousel always accelerates this time of year. The hottest commodity that is still unsigned for 2011 is U.S. Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell.
Brown to play Q-School
As Sarah Brown pursues LPGA playing privileges at Q-School this week, she carries the hopes of her entire family. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
says the members of the 2007 Walker Cup team have lived up to their potential.
In many ways, the 2007 United States Walker Cup squad was a dream team. If you were at Royal County Down in 2007 or watched the Walker Cup from home it was not hard to spot a plethora of talent.
says it was a good year for Jim Furyk, who signed with TaylorMade.
Jim Furyk picked a good time to have a good year. In sports business parlance, it was his “contract year,” and now Furyk is set to reap the rewards.
Sun Devils sign two more
Arizona State will add two more players to its short roster in January 2011. Justine Lee (pictured) and Kylee Duede will join three other incoming Sun Devils.
Anais Maggetti, of Switzerland, shot 6-under 134 (67-67) at the Mark Bostick Golf Course at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., to win the FCWT event by 14 shots.
Kevin DeHuff, of Coto de Caza, Calif., shot 6-under 134 (66-68) at the Westin Mission Hills Pete Dye Course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., and won the FCWT event in a playoff.
Kaymer McDowell share award
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Martin Kaymer of Germany are the co-winners of the European Tour Golfer of the Year award.
Monday, December 6
with some final thoughts from the Q-School finals.
Random thoughts from the final day of another Q-School finals:
Cristie Kerr’s initial meeting with Suzanne Pride Bryan, co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyards, didn’t last long.
Bandon Dunes, with four highly ranked courses, casts a magical spell over golfers. And the meatloaf is pretty good, too.
It was an ordinary shot, like so many others he made that year. But it was the kind of moment that etched forever in my mind what made Tiger Woods so special.
Bramlett earns Tour card
With a T-16 finish Monday, Joseph Bramlett became the first black golfer in 25 years to earn a PGA Tour card via Q-School.
Sony Open in 3-D
Golf on TV enters a new era with next year’s Sony Open, which will become the first PGA Tour co-sponsored event to be televised live in 3-D.
Tiger Woods can still draw television viewers.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
says after a banner year, Jim Furyk will sign a new deal with TaylorMade.
Jim Furyk had a banner year as a free agent of sorts. Now, he’s reaping the rewards, which includes a new deal with TaylorMade.
PGA Tour Qualifying School took place this week at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla. Golfweek.com was on the ground all week to bring you in-depth coverage as more than 160 players fought for 25 PGA Tour cards.
Thanksgiving Day started very early, like every other day. We had a lot of people to see so it was necessary to get up and get a good jump on the day.
Bernhard Langer has been voted player of the year on the Champions Tour for winning five times, including back-to-back majors against the 50-and-older set.
Dudley Hart’s return to tournament golf after an 18-month layoff due to spinal fusion surgery lasted just three rounds.
Sunday, December 5
PGA Tour member Andrés Romero came back to Olivos Golf Club, and it payed off Sunday.
For host Tiger Woods, leading the Chevron World Challenge since Round 1, it was his tournament to lose. On Sunday, however, Graeme McDowell was there – albeit via some clutch shots of his own – to steal Woods’ last chance for victory in 2010. But from what Woods showed this weekend, his comeback may be just around the corner.
Joseph Bramlett brushed the face of his putter with his left hand before he settled into his putting stance. When he slips into his pre-shot routine, it’s as if he has entered a trance. It’s an intense concentration – remarkably similar to Tiger Woods.
McDowell wins Chevron
Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year with two clutch putts that gave him the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods.
Rory McIlroy is not the least bit upset by not being voted PGA Tour rookie of the year. The 21-year-old from Northern Ireland doesn’t think he’s a rookie.
says a lot has changed since the last time Billy Mayfair was at Q-School finals.
Billy Mayfair is at his second PGA Tour Q-School, and first since he got through in 1988. Twenty-two years later, the Tour landscape and Mayfair’s world are dramatically different. And that would be understating.
After five rounds, two Koreans are in the top 25.
18 to play at Q-School
With 18 holes to play, many first-timers are knocking on the door of a PGA Tour card at Q-School. Sean Martin explains.
Laura Davies needs a top-2 finish at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters for a shot to steal the Henderson Money List crown from Lee-Anne Pace. Both players notched five victories this season on the Ladies European Tour, and just 32,000 euros stands between them. Pace can seal it with a top-5 finish – no matter what the Englishwoman does.
Barclays has announced a three-year title sponsorship of the Kenya Open, the longest-running event on the European Challenge Tour schedule.
Hjorth wins LPGA in Orlando
Maria Hjorth sunk an 8-foot putt on the final hole to shoot 72 and top Amy Yang for the LPGA Tour Championship title.
says an Ian Poulter protege holds the early lead at European Tour Q-School.
Five more good rounds and Steve Lewton can join Ian Poulter, and maybe never have to worry about selling a used car again.
Rikard Karlberg left nothing to chance Sunday at the Hero Honda Indian Open. Clinging to a one-shot lead on the final hole at Delhi Golf Club, Karlberg hit his third shot on the par-5 18th against a sponsor sign near the green. After taking a free drop, the Swede chipped in for an unlikely birdie, screaming in delight before the large greenside gallery.
Kim Kyung-tae wrote his name into golf’s record books Sunday at the season-ending Golf Nippon Series JT Cup. With Ryo Ishikawa and Yuta Ikeda’s bids for victory thwarted, 24-year-old Kim became the first Korean to win the Japan Golf Tour Organization money-list title.
Lee Westwood maintained his year-end No. 1 ranking with an eight-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.
Geoff Ogilvy won the Australian Open on Sunday for his second professional victory in his home country, closing with a 3-under 69 for a four-stroke victory.
Saturday, December 4
Season awards up for grabs
With one round to play in the LPGA season, Cristie Kerr and Na Yeon Choi are still battling for the coveted year-end awards. Julie Williams reports.
says Beatriz Recari is closing out her rookie campaign on a positive note.
Unlike the six women who began the week fighting for the No. 1 ranking to close the season – five of whom also had a shot at Player of the Year honors – Beatriz Recari’s mug isn’t lining the entrance to Grand Cypress. That’s because her race – the Rookie of the Year race – is long over, ending decisively in Azahara Munoz’s favor as she collected nearly double the points of second-place finisher Recari.
Woods up 4 at Chevron
It's been an up-and-down year to say the least, but Tiger Woods is finally closing in on his first 2010 win. He leads his Chevron Challenge by four.
Cristie Kerr is making a move to become the first American in 16 years to win LPGA player of the year, trailing leader Amy Yang by three strokes entering the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship.
Furyk wins PGA Tour POY
After three wins and the FedEx Cup title, Jim Furyk was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Rickie Fowler won the Rookie of the Year award.
Lee shoots 65 at Q-School
Danny Lee saw huge success as an amateur, but was off to a slow start this week at Q-School. His 65 on Saturday may have revived him.
Top-ranked Lee Westwood shot a 1-under 71 and leads by five strokes after the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Australian star Geoff Ogilvy shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to increase his lead to five strokes after the third round of the Australian Open.
Friday, December 3
explains how Azahara Munoz's acceptance of the Rookie of the Year trophy was unique.
As Azahara Munoz addressed the crowd Friday night at the Rolex awards reception, her sincerest words were not even understood by most in the room.
says golf was second on the minds of brothers Luke and Christian Donald on Friday.
Against a backdrop of a bogey-free round by Tiger Woods that pushed him into a four-stroke lead at the Chevron World Challenge, there were some notes of interest:
Woods extends Chevron lead
Tiger Woods extended his lead to four shots at the Chevron World Challenge Friday, backing up his opening 65 with a 6-under 66.
says Joseph Bramlett is trying to become the first black player to advance out of Q-School in 25 years.
Joseph Bramlett brushed the face of his putter with his left hand before he settled into his putting stance. When he slipped into his pre-shot routine, it’s as if he has entered a trance. I haven’t seen a player with his intense concentration since – dare I say it – Tiger Woods
About the only thing going low at the LPGA Tour Championship is the temperature. Well, that and Amy Yang’s scorecard.
Granada returning to form
After three months of work with Sean Foley, Julieta Granada is looking like her old self at the LPGA Tour Championship. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
We’re finally at Q-School’s halfway point, and several of the field’s biggest names will have to rally if they want to realize their PGA Tour aspirations.
The PGA Tour stayed in-house and selected 20-year staff member Andy Pazder to replace Rick George as its chief of operations.
looks ahead to European Tour Q-School, which kicks off Saturday in Spain.
No wonder the European Tour does pretty good business out of the European Tour Qualifying School. Considering the money on offer in Europe, it’s no wonder there are plenty willing to take a shot at jumping on the Euro Tour gravy train.
says the St. Jude Classic will go on for at least another year, thanks to sponsor FedEx. But the event’s long-term outlook still is sketchy.
The St. Jude Classic’s prayers have been answered – at least for one more year.
Charlotte men’s golf coach Adam Pry has resigned due to personal reasons, the university announced Friday. Assistant coach Andrew DiBitetto has been named interim head coach for the 49ers and will lead Charlotte through the spring 2011 season.
Coaches discuss recruiting
The implementation of a college recruiting calendar will be the hot topic at this week's golf coaches convention. Lance Ringler explains.
says 15-year-old Alexis Thompson has petitioned the LPGA for more starts in 2011.
Alexis Thompson has petitioned the LPGA for additional starts in 2011. Thompson, 15, is limited to six LPGA starts per year under current rules because she is not an LPGA member.
has the comical Part II of his 'Best of the Q-School Questionnaire' series.
The 2010 Q-School Media Questionnaire delivers as promised. So much so that I decided to break up the good, the bad, and downright hilarious responses into two parts (click here for Part I).
says there will be no UPS-FedEx sponsorship issues for Lee Westwood at this year's St. Jude Classic.
Don’t expect another sponsor clash to arise between World No. 1 Lee Westwood, the UPS poster boy, and the St. Jude Classic now that FedEx has returned as the tournament’s title sponsor.
Lee Westwood has opened a three-stroke lead after shooting a 64 in the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
Geoff Ogilvy shot a 7-under 65 at The Lakes course to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds at the Australian Open on Friday.
Thursday, December 2
says a number of players are thrilled to see the LPGA back in the Sunshine State.
For the volunteer holding back the small army of Vicky Hurst fans early Thursday morning at Grand Cypress Golf Club, such a crowd of first-round followers on an unusually brisk Florida morning seemed to come as something of a shock.
explains why Anna Rawson has decided to take a year off from full-time golf.
Glancing down the list of players who have signed up for next week’s LPGA Q-School, the name Anna Rawson was noticeably absent.
Woods takes Chevron lead
It wasn't Sunday at a major, but as Jim McCabe writes, it felt like the good old days watching Tiger Woods take the first-round Chevron lead.
says Korean success at Q-School could be the start of a new trend on Tour.
Three Koreans are inside the top 25 after two rounds of PGA Tour Q-School, possibly signaling the beginning of a new trend on Tour.
Yang leads early at LPGA
Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee each shot 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour Championship.
says a well-rested Se Ri Pak is back in action at the LPGA Tour Championship.
Se Ri Pak can attest to the benefits of a mental holiday. Despite winning the Bell Micro LPGA Classic on May 16 for her 25th career victory, Pak struggled as the year wore on, eventually deciding it was time to hide the clubs for a few weeks.
Josh Geary broke into a mischievous smile. Then his face turned a shade of red. A reporter began to ask him about his media guide questionnaire and he knew exactly where this line of fire was pointed.
The PGA Tour announced that FedEx is returning as the title sponsor for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.
The PGA Tour has released its 2011 schedule, which features 44 tournaments that count toward official money and a title sponsor for the St. Jude Classic.
Chris Baryla has taken a big step toward getting a PGA Tour card.
says Stacy Lewis will head to Rwanda as part of Betsy King’s Golf Fore Africa project.
Chances are Stacy Lewis won’t give that quadruple-bogey 9 she had in the first round a second thought when she leaves Orlando on Monday afternoon.
caught up with Annika Sorenstam at the LPGA Tour Championship.
Annika Sorenstam met with the media Thursday shortly after a meeting of the commissioner’s advisory board.
offers the humorous highlights from this year's Q-School questionnaire.
It is one of my favorite rites of the golf season, the reading of the annual Q-School media guide questionnaire.
caught up with Sven-Olof Karlsson, the man behind the Abacus brand.
It took some doing, but we tracked down the man behind the Abacus brand, Sven-Olof Karlsson, to ask him a few questions.
PGA Tour player Scott Verplank was named one of six recipients of the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college careers.
reports that the 2011 Ping/Golfweek Preview will not be held at Riviera CC.
Due to scheduling conflicts at Riviera Country Club during the fall of 2011, the Ping/Golfweek Preview will not be held next season.
Padraig Harrington led the Nedbank Golf Challenge by one stroke after picking up five birdies on the back nine to shoot a 6-under 66 Thursday in the opening round.
Matthew Griffin shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open at The Lakes.
says Graeme McDowell will make his PGA Tour debut in Hawaii.
You’ve no doubt heard stories over the years about Masters rookies who had turned down invitations to Augusta National, not wanting to go there unless they had qualified for the iconic tournament?
Wednesday, December 1
Tiger Woods believes the turmoil in his personal life, no matter how much it cost him in money and marriage and mystique, made him a better person.
The physician who found the body of professional golfer Erica Blasberg at her home pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of misdemeanor obstruction, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported Dec. 1, citing authorities.
Compton hangs tough
How tough is Erik Compton? Tough enough to undergo two heart transplants, and still call Q-School “fun.” Adam Schupak reports.
Martin Kaymer withdrew from this week’s Chevron World Challenge just after winning the European Tour money title Sunday in Dubai. He cited fatigue, but maybe he figured he had enough cash to count than to travel to California for the $5 million event hosted by Tiger Woods. Or perhaps, it was love.
Even Ernie Els will take advice from a golf legend. With two victories on the PGA Tour this year, Els said he feels his game isn’t too far off, but his putting has given him headaches. So he turned to countryman Gary Player ahead of this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge for some help on his touch.
LPGA player races
On the eve of the LPGA Tour Championship, six players have a chance to make history by seizing the No. 1 ranking. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Suzann Pettersen is a speciman of power and technique. But that rare blend has yet to produce an abundance of victories, which the Norwegian perfectionist expects. Will she finally fix a winless 2010 at this week’s LPGA Tour Championship?
The race for the Japan Golf Tour money title is going down to the wire. Although Kim Kyung-tae enters this week’s season-ending Golf Nippon Series JT Cup as the favorite, Ryo Ishikawa and Yuta Ikeda both have a mathematical chance to surpass the Korean.
says Brett Waldman is seeing a different side of the pro game at Q-School.
What was supposed to be an examination of skill has evolved into a test of commitment.
says Danny Lee could get his career back on track with a solid week at Q-School.
Danny Lee’s first-round 74 at Q-School was hardly impressive, especially for this one-time phenom. But it was important.
Amid the praise showered on the European Tour last week in Dubai, one man went almost unnoticed, going silent about his business, as he always does. Yet, he’s played a huge role in Europe’s success this year.
Jhonattan Vegas and Fabián Gómez are still not too big for the Tour de las Americas. The Nationwide Tour grads, fresh from earning PGA Tour cards for 2011, are in the 144-man field set to begin play Thursday in the Argentine Masters at Olivos Golf Club.
Adam Scott doesn’t want to let it go. The defending Australian Open champion made it clear he isn’t ready to relinquish his title, one he had coveted since childhood. This week, he’d love nothing more than to extend his reign as the holder of the Stonehaven Cup at the Lakes Golf Club.
Stanley leads Q-School
Kyle Stanley fell just short of earning a PGA Tour card through the Nationwide Tour. Now he holds the first-round lead at Q-School.
caught up with an upbeat John Solheim after the USGA and R&A met with equipment manufacturers.
Ping CEO John Solheim, normally a quiet and thoughtful man, was positively effervescent the day after the U.S. Golf Association and the R & A met with golf equipment manufacturers in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
says the Accenture Match Play final will be shortened to 18 holes in 2011.
When the 2011 PGA Tour schedule is officially announced Thursday, it will confirm a rumor that’s been circulating for a while.
There’s good news. Tiger Woods has one last chance to avoid his first winless season since he turned pro in 1996. The bad news: He’s invited a cast of supporting actors who don’t figure to make things easy for him at his own tournament.
It was the first golf tournament ever to offer prize money of $1 million, with half of that going to the winner.
Liang Wen-chong’s quest for the OneAsia Order of Merit crown brings him to Australia for a two-week stay.
Arjun Atwal has come home to his roots. The U.S. PGA Tour player tees-off Thursday in Hero Honda Indian Open, and acknowledges the tournament put him on the road to better times.
On the morning I was supposed to leave for Afghanistan, my 16-year-old son asked me if I was nervous about going.
has nine birthday wishes for college golf in the spring.
Asher Wildman made nine wishes (one birthday and eight Hanukkah) for college golf in the spring.
The days of the LPGA’s banning transgender golfers from the women’s tour are coming to an end.