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Friday, December 31

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2010 in review: Another magical golf season

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...

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Number crunching 2010: 5 to watch, 5 newbies

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.

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2011 preview: Top 10 Euro Tour 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

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Exciting finishes at Junior Orange Bowl in Florida

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.

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Delaware adds women's golf to varsity sports

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.

Bob Charles earns New Zealand's top honor

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.

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Baldry: Adventures covering the LPGA tour

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.

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Recapping the round: Golf memories in 2010

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:

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Martinez (NR, 2012) commits to Long Beach

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.

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Yang, LaCrosse, Choe players to watch in ’11

Looking for a few up-and-comers for 2011? Look no further than Amy Yang, Cindy LaCrosse and Esther Choe.

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2011 preview: 11 Tour youngsters to watch

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

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2011 preview: Top 10 rising stars on the LPGA

Who might see a breakthrough on the LPGA in 2011? Beth Ann Baldry has her eye on 10 players.

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Davies focuses on putting, scores 5 LET wins

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

Summit proves importance of golf fitness

Forget the various professional tours. I nominate Greg Rose and Dave Phillips, founders of the Titleist Performance Institute, as golfers of the year.

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2010 in review: Top 10 Euro storylines

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.

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Notes: UMass to house IMG founder's files

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.

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Driving accuracy lifts Oosthuizen to 1st major

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.

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Commentary: McDowell authors life-changing season in ’10

Graeme McDowell rewrote his own script by authoring a ‘life-changing season’ in 2010. Jeff Rude explains.

Monday, December 27

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Chilly weather wreaks havoc at Junior Orange Bowl

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.

Australian golfer convicted for cocaine use

A Japanese court has handed down a suspended sentence to Australian golfer Wayne Perske for possessing and using cocaine.

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Wes Gosselin (No. 86, 2012) commits 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.

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Chiarella (N/R, 2012 class) commits to USD

Alexander Chiarella of Pukalani, Hawaii, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of San Diego.

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Summerhays focuses on mind, body in 2010

Daniel Summerhays upped his exercise regimen worked on his mental game in 2010, which resulted in his first PGA Tour card.

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2010 in review: 15 major moments

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

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2010 in review: Top 10 junior golf moments

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.

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Hoffman ends season strong after wrist injury

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

Australian Open to precede '11 Presidents Cup

The Australian Open will precede the Presidents Cup in Melbourne next November and the Australian PGA will follow the team event.

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Gillis uses hot putter to lead Tour in birdies

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

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Early look at Golfweek's 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.

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2010 in review: Top women’s college storylines

Purdue and Alabama emerged as superpowers outside the mighty Pac-10 this year. Julie Williams reviews other stories from women’s college golf.

Fay brought extensive rules knowledge to USGA

Give a guy a bow tie and a national television audience, and he becomes a media star.

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A Christmas wish list for Euro golf

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.

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LPGA awards limited status to 9 more players

The LPGA handed out last-minute gifts earlier this week to players who came up short at Q-School.

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Fay, 60, retires as USGA executive director

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.

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Haas climbs rankings with two wins in 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

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Gillette won’t renew contract with Woods

Gillette will not renew its endorsement contract with Tiger Woods, a company spokesman confirmed Thursday to USA Today.

Miller's unique swing leads to Long Drive title

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 responds to Lawless lawsuit

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 to perform at Champions Tour event

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.

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2010 in review: Top 10 Champions stories

Bernhard Langer won five times in 2010 and highlights Alex Miceli's list of the top 10 Champions Tour stories of the year.

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Contest winner to play with Woods in Dubai

An amateur golfer will get the chance to play with Tiger Woods at the pro-am tournament before the Dubai Desert Classic in February.

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For Kuchar, game gets better with age

With 11 top 10s in 2010, Matt Kuchar rocketed up Golfweek’s rankings. Meanwhile, Woody Austin fell nearly 150 spots.

Wednesday, December 22

First U.S. Junior Amateur champ dies at 80

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.

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2010 in review: Top men’s college storylines

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.

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Masters champ Immelman is on the mend

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.

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Micheel authors comeback despite tough odds

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

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Woods gets cortisone shot for ankle soreness

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.

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2010 in review: Top 10 Nationwide storylines

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.

N.Y. court: Errant shots an expected risk

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.

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Notes: Finding Tiger’s best shot a tall task

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.

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Number crunchers: Vegas up; Garcia down

Number crunching: Long-hitting Jhonattan Vegas found his touch around the greens in 2010, while Sergio Garcia searched for answers.

Monday, December 20

Futures Tour releases 2011 schedule

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.

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Tour Edge unveils new clubs in entertaining way

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.

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Last-minute holiday gift guide for golfers

Tis’ the season for golf fashion! Your favorite lady will forget about the baubles when she sees this year’s under-the-tree delights.

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2010 in review: Top 10 LPGA storylines

The death of Erica Blasberg and the retirement of Lorena Ochoa were among Beth Ann Baldry’s top 10 LPGA storylines of 2010.

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Player of the Week: Katherine Rice

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.

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Player of the Week: Ryan Porch

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.

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O’Hair, Fowler earn Masters invite by ranking

Rickie Fowler and Sean O’Hair are the only Americans among 13 players who have qualified for the Masters through the world ranking.

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Ramsey (No. 47, 2012) commits to Arizona

Taylor Ramsey, of Milledgeville, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Arizona.

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Stankowski back on track with new swing

Paul Stankowski made a 543-spot jump up Golfweek’s rankings in 2010. He kicks off our annual number crunching package.

Sunday, December 19

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Miller takes bumpy road on GW Jr. Tour

He's called untimely penalties on himself and had cactus needles pulled from his hand, but nothing has deterred Jeffery Miller this year.

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Rice, Porch overcome odds for GW titles

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.

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Els hangs on for fifth South African Open title

Ernie Els has won the South African Open for the fifth time, shooting a 6-under 63 to beat Retief Goosen by one shot.

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Els leads Goosen; course shortened to 17 holes

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.

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2010 in review: Top 10 PGA Tour storylines

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

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Fashion Q&A: The Keri behind 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

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Els leads in South Africa; to play 36 Sunday

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.

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2010 in review: Top 10 Wildman moments

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.

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PuttingShark: ‘The MRI of your putting stroke’

SAM and TOMI (pronounced Sam and Tommy) are brothers. Sort of.

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Learning to appreciate true links gems

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.

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Golfweek’s Best Resort list: More than just golf

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

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Daly awarded custody of 7-year-old son

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.

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Champions sked: New venues for 2 majors

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 named Rutgers men's coach

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.

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Euros had good year, but can they maintain?

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.

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Rater’s notebook: Sweetgrass Golf Club

A Northern Michigan casino course, Sweetgrass Golf Club features a surprisingly elegant layout. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Cejka, Goosen share lead in South Africa

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.

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McDowell named player of year by GWAA

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.

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2010 in review: Golfweek's Top 30 staff pictures

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.

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Tiger Woods' saga is AP's Story of the Year

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

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Lloyd (NR, 2012) commits to Virginia

Alex Lloyd, of Virginia Beach, Va., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Virginia in the fall of 2012.

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Immelman to join Callaway tour staff in ’11

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.

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Team of the Fall: Alabama

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.

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Player of the Fall: Megan McChrystal

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.

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Team of the Fall: UCLA

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.

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Player of the Fall: Peter Uihlein

The fall season came to a close with Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein ranked No. 1.

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Five lead in South Africa; 1st round rained out

The opening round of the South African Open was rained out Thursday with only six players having completed nine holes at Durban Country Club.

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Waldman opts for N'wide Tour in 2011

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

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Votaw, Dawson named to top IGF positions

Royal and Ancient Chief Executive Peter Dawson has been appointed the first president of world golf’s governing body.

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Waldman leaves Villegas' bag for N'wide Tour

After eight years as a caddie, Brett Waldman needs one himself now.

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N'wide: Fewer events, smaller purses in '11

The PGA TOUR today announced the 2011 Nationwide Tour schedule, which features 26 events in 16 states, plus three stops in Latin America.

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Tseng offers emotional PoY acceptance speech

With heartfelt acceptance, Yani Tseng showed the LPGA's Player of the Year award is an honor worth embracing.

Tuesday, December 14

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Tiger's down year rough on caddie as well

Tiger Woods' life was flipped upside down this time in 2009. What many don't realize is that his caddie felt the pain, too.

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Annika Sorenstam announces second pregnancy

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.

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Tour notes: Quigley on the outside looking in

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.

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Goosen, Clark headline field in South Africa

South Africa's Retief Goosen and Tim Clark top the field in the 100th playing of the South African Open starting Thursday.

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Casino courses thriving despite economy

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

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Player of the Week: Rika Park

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.

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Player of the Week: Matthew Moucharafieh

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.

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Standley (No. 88, 2012) commits 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.

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Hall undeterred by grind of Hooters Tour life

Kevin Hall, deaf since age 2, is grinding it out on the Hooters Tour, undeterred by middling results. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Winner’s Circle: Dec. 6-12, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

GCAA convention covers range of topics

This and that from this year’s Golf Coaches Association of America’s annual convention.

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HSBC teams with IMG to manage pro golfers’ investments

When HSBC recently stepped up and became the official patron of The Open Championship, the bank made clear its increased interest in golf sponsorship.

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Appleby voted Comeback Player of the Year

Stuart Appleby has been named the 2010 Comeback Player of the Year. The award is voted on by PGA Tour members.

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Turnberry Isle partners with instructor Bill Forrest

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

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Senior tops Ogilvy in Australian PGA playoff

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.

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Vegas cruises to victory in Argentina; PGA Tour awaits

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.

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Song wins LPGA Q-School; teen Korda 2nd

Former teen prodigy Aree Song won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, while Jessica Korda, 17, finished second.

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'Big Break' star Sara Brown earns LPGA card

Julie Williams says that former Big Break star Sara Brown sweats out receiving her Tour card.

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Senior tops Ogilvy in Aussie PGA playoff

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.

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Averyhardt makes history, earns LPGA status

Shasta Averyhardt: She tied for 22nd at LPGA Q-School to become only the fourth black player to earn LPGA membership.

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Tinning closes out career with LET win in Dubai

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.

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Johnson-Poulter shoot 59 for Shootout title

Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter won the Shark Shootout Sunday, shooting 13-under 59 to beat Darren Clarke and Graeme McDowell by two shots.

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LET’s success proves doubters wrong

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.

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Happy New Year!

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.

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Martin defends Euro title at Dunhill Links

Pablo Martin has successfully defended his Alfred Dunhill Championship title, shooting a 2-under 70 for a two-shot victory Sunday.

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Jaidee nabs record 13th Asian Tour win at Cambodian Open

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.

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Rain forces Monday finish at Aussie PGA

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

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5 Things: Making a difference in Africa

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.

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Multi-talented Smith eyes LPGA tour 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.

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Creamer focus of Getty Images photo shoot

Paula Creamer was decked out in her signature pink for a Getty Images photo shoot on Dec. 9. See the photos here.

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Korda takes 2-shot lead at Q-School finals

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.

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Stricker/Kelly among Shark Shootout leaders

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.

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Michael leads Alfred Dunhill; Martin 1 back

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.

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2011 Tour rookie Gates leads Aussie PGA

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.

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Tinning walks away with Dubai Masters win

Danish veteran Iben Tinning won her final tournament on Saturday after shooting a 3-under 69 at the Dubai Ladies Masters.

Friday, December 10

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Seasoned Song returns to form at Q-School

After battling illness and injury the past three years, Aree Song's game is looking up at LPGA Q-School. D.J. Piehowski explains.

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Attorney: Brenny seeks financial settlement

Katie Brenny is negotiating a financial payment with the University of Minnesota, stating she encountered a hostile work environment before her resignation.

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European stars' waffling doesn't signal trouble in U.S.

It used to be that when news surfaced, what was first applied was clear thinking supplemented by perspective. We seem to have forgotten that.

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Stricker, Kelly on pace to defend Shark title

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.

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Korda (66) finds comfort zone at Q-School

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.

Q&A: TLA commissioner Lavie’s outlook for 2011

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.

Faldo adds Cambodian project to course portfolio

Nick Faldo was in Cambodia recently to visit the site for his next course-design project, at the Vattanac Golf Resort in Phnom Penh.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Northern California

The Northern California public golf scene is headlined by historic courses such as Pebble Beach and Pasatiempo.

Asian Tour 2011: Record purse, OneAsia clashes

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.

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Michael extends lead to two at Euro opener

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.

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Wakefield tops 2010 class at Euro Q-School

Veteran Englishman Simon Wakefield earned top honors at European Tour Q-School. Alistair Tait highlights other stories of glory and defeat.

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Daly posts 83 to miss cut in Australia

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.

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Tinning, Reid lead in Dubai; Wie 8 back

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.

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Gates leads Australian PGA by one shot

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

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Sims (No. 9, 2012) commits to Wake Forest

Mariana Sims, of Austin, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Wake Forest in the fall of 2012.

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Averyhardt looking for historic end at Q-School

Through two rounds of LPGA Q-School, Shasta Averyhardt is in position to become the first black golfer on the LPGA since 2001.

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Finchem: Tour to promote younger generation

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.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses

Shadow Creek Golf Club and Fallen Oak Golf Club top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Casino Courses

In this issue: Dec. 10-17, 2010

Inside the Dec. 10-17, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Wakefield, Del Moral lead Euro 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.

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Michael (66) takes lead in Euro Tour opener

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.

TaylorMade goes white with new R11 woods

What do the Oakland Raiders, Johnny Cash and Gary Player have in common? All three are known for black apparel.

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Hall grabs lead in Dubai; Wie drops 6 back

Michelle Wie, struggling with a back injury, shot 72 Thursday in the Dubai Ladies Masters to fall six shots back of leader Lydia Hall.

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Gates shares first-round lead at Aussie PGA

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

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Notes: Major mojo for Mozo at LPGA Q-School

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.

Bad weather causes havoc with TLA schedule

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.

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Trio hoping to stick at LPGA Q-School

Pernilla Lindberg was $8,300 away from capping what most would consider a successful rookie season.

TLA cancels season finale due to bad weather

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.

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College coaches pitch new recruiting calendar

Coaches engaged in a spirited discussion of a new recruiting calendar at the annual Golf Coaches Association of American convention.

5 Things: Rory vs. Rickie

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.

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Home cooking

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.

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Creamer supports Connelly at LPGA Q-School

LPGA star Paula Creamer turned up Wednesday to support friend Stephanie Connelly in the opening round of LPGA Q-School.

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Beyond big names, Europe’s talent runs deep

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.

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Koreans increase their presence on 2011 PGA Tour

The Korean contingent on the 2011 PGA Tour will only be a handful of players, but it’s still a record number.

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Oosthuizen eyes fast start at season opener

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.

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Brown carries family’s dreams at LPGA 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.

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Fortune’s plan could lead to Acushnet sale

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.

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Three ex-Ryder Cuppers out at Euro Q-School

Joakim Haeggman is in; Jarmo Sandelin, Andrew Coltart and Paul Broadhurst are out.

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Q&A: Euro Tour’s Richard Hills

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.

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Parker leads in Dubai; Wie four shots back

Michelle Wie: A late triple bogey leaves the LPGA star four shots back of leader Florentyna Parker at the Dubai Ladies Masters.

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Mortgage outfit to sponsor Bob Hope Classic

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

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At Cambodian Open, pioneer Siddikur seeks 2nd win

Siddikur Rahman hopes his life-changing victory on the Asian Tour will inspire more Bangladeshis, especially the less privileged, to take up golf.

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Tough date for Tiger’s tourney in 2011

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.

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Rawson taking year off from full-time golf

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.

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N’wide players deserve reward 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.

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Manassero to face fellow teen titans at Royal Trophy

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.

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Superlatives for 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:

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McDowell to leave Callaway tour staff

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.

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Brown carries family’s dreams at 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.

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Where are they now? 2007 Walker Cup squad

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.

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Toy Box notes: McDowell rolls with Odyssey

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.

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Arizona State adds two more golfers for spring

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.

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Player of the Week: Anais Maggetti

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.

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Player of the Week: Kevin DeHuff

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.

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Kaymer, McDowell share Europe’s top 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

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Thoughts from another Q-School finals

Random thoughts from the final day of another Q-School finals:

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Kerr, winery team produce label for charity

Cristie Kerr’s initial meeting with Suzanne Pride Bryan, co-owner of Pride Mountain Vineyards, didn’t last long.

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Bandon Dunes casts a spell on golfers

Bandon Dunes, with four highly ranked courses, casts a magical spell over golfers. And the meatloaf is pretty good, too.

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Book review: The real Tiger Woods?

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.

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Bramlett earns historic Tour card at Q-School

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.

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Sony Open to be aired live 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.

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Woods lifts Chevron Challenge to big ratings

Tiger Woods can still draw television viewers.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Furyk to sign endorsement 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.

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Complete coverage: '10 PGA Tour Q-School

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.

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Blog: A golfer's Thanksgiving in Afghanistan

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.

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Langer wins Champions Tour Player of Year

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.

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Hart’s comeback in Australia cut short

Dudley Hart’s return to tournament golf after an 18-month layoff due to spinal fusion surgery lasted just three rounds.

Sunday, December 5

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PGA Tour regular Romero wins again on TLA

PGA Tour member Andrés Romero came back to Olivos Golf Club, and it payed off Sunday.

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Tiger denied

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.

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5 Things: 'Tiger has inspired me'

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.

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McDowell outduels Woods in Chevron playoff

Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year with two clutch putts that gave him the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods.

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McIlroy not bothered by PGA rookie snub

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.

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Mayfair excelling in Q-School return

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.

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Koreans looking to break PGA Tour Q-School trends

After five rounds, two Koreans are in the top 25.

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Mayfair, Martin lead Q-School with 18 to play

With 18 holes to play, many first-timers are knocking on the door of a PGA Tour card at Q-School. Sean Martin explains.

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Duel in Dubai: Pace, Davies square off in LET money race

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 enters Challenge Tour fray

Barclays has announced a three-year title sponsorship of the Kenya Open, the longest-running event on the European Challenge Tour schedule.

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Hjorth captures LPGA Tour Championship

Maria Hjorth sunk an 8-foot putt on the final hole to shoot 72 and top Amy Yang for the LPGA Tour Championship title.

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Lewton takes early lead at Euro 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.

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Karlberg holes clutch chip to seal Indian Open

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.

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K. Kim staves off Ishikawa, Ikeda for JGTO money crown

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.

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Westwood still No. 1 after Nedbank victory

Lee Westwood maintained his year-end No. 1 ranking with an eight-shot victory at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

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Ogilvy claims four-shot win at Aussie Open

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

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Kerr, Choi racing for 2010 awards in Orlando

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.

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Recari closing rookie campaign on 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.

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Woods closes in on first 2010 win 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.

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Kerr trails Yang by 3 at Tour Championship

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.

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Furyk wins POY; Fowler takes rookie honors

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.

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Lee shoots 65, moves up Q-School leaderboard

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.

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Westwood up 5 after Nedbank's third round

Top-ranked Lee Westwood shot a 1-under 71 and leads by five strokes after the third round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

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Ogilvy extends lead to 5 at Aussie Open

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

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Munoz accepts Rookie trophy; POY race continues

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.

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Notes: Golf second on Donald brothers' minds

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:

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Woods extends Chevron Challenge lead to 4

Tiger Woods extended his lead to four shots at the Chevron World Challenge Friday, backing up his opening 65 with a 6-under 66.

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Bramlett working on historic Q-School showing

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

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Yang builds 3-shot LPGA lead in Orlando

About the only thing going low at the LPGA Tour Championship is the temperature. Well, that and Amy Yang’s scorecard.

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With Foley tips, 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.

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Martin claims midway lead at Q-School

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.

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PGA Tour tabs Pazder as chief of operations

The PGA Tour stayed in-house and selected 20-year staff member Andy Pazder to replace Rick George as its chief of operations.

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Khan offers optimism to Euro Q-Schoolers

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.

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FedEx offers reprieve to hometown Tour event

The St. Jude Classic’s prayers have been answered – at least for one more year.

Pry resigns as Charlotte men's golf coach

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.

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Recruiting calendar hot topic of GCAA meeting

The implementation of a college recruiting calendar will be the hot topic at this week's golf coaches convention. Lance Ringler explains.

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Thompson petitions LPGA for more '11 starts

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.

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Part II: Best of the Q-School questionnaire

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).

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No St. Jude sponsor issues for Westwood

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.

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Westwood shoots 64, takes lead at Nedbank

Lee Westwood has opened a three-stroke lead after shooting a 64 in the second round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

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Ogilvy takes Aussie Open lead; Jones 1 back

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

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Florida players enjoying LPGA's Orlando stop

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.

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Rawson to take 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.

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Woods leads Chevron after opening 65

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.

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Koreans looking to break Q-School trends

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.

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Yang, Lee (67) share LPGA lead in Orlando

Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee each shot 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour Championship.

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Well-rested Pak back in action in Orlando

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.

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With hot putter, Geary starts fast at Q-School

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.

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FedEx returning as St. Jude Classic sponsor

The PGA Tour announced that FedEx is returning as the title sponsor for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

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PGA Tour releases schedule for 2011 season

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.

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Baryla shoots 61, leads PGA Tour Q-School

Chris Baryla has taken a big step toward getting a PGA Tour card.

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Lewis to take part in 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.

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Annika meets with Whan’s advisory board

Annika Sorenstam met with the media Thursday shortly after a meeting of the commissioner’s advisory board.

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Who knew? Best of the Q-School questionnaire

It is one of my favorite rites of the golf season, the reading of the annual Q-School media guide questionnaire.

Q&A: Abacus’ Sven-Olof Karlsson

It took some doing, but we tracked down the man behind the Abacus brand, Sven-Olof Karlsson, to ask him a few questions.

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Verplank wins NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award

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.

2011 Preview will not be held at Riviera

Due to scheduling conflicts at Riviera Country Club during the fall of 2011, the Ping/Golfweek Preview will not be held next season.

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Harrington leads Nedbank; Westwood 2 back

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.

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Griffin takes first-round lead at Aussie Open

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.

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McDowell looking forward to Kapalua event

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

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McDowell returns to Chevron after dream year

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.

Doctor in Blasberg death pleads to obstruction

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.

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Commentary: Compton continues to show his strength

How tough is Erik Compton? Tough enough to undergo two heart transplants, and still call Q-School “fun.” Adam Schupak reports.

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5 Things: In the name of love

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.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge draws marquee names

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.

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Six players battle for top ranking, LPGA history

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.

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Running out of time

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?

Kim vying to become first Korean to win JGTO money crown

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.

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Waldman shelves caddie bib to chase dream

What was supposed to be an examination of skill has evolved into a test of commitment.

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Lee rounding into form 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.

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'Ultimate range rat' brings the best out of Europe

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.

Lehman returns for Argentine Masters defense

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.

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Scott covets repeat title at Australian Open

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.

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Stanley takes early 2-shot lead at 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.

Solheim optimistic after USGA, R&A meeting

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.

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Accenture Match Play final to be shortened in ’11

When the 2011 PGA Tour schedule is officially announced Thursday, it will confirm a rumor that’s been circulating for a while.

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Woods hoping to salvage season at Chevron

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.

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Westwood aiming for Nedbank Challenge title

It was the first golf tournament ever to offer prize money of $1 million, with half of that going to the winner.

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Liang fights for Order of Merit title

Liang Wen-chong’s quest for the OneAsia Order of Merit crown brings him to Australia for a two-week stay.

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Atwal makes nostalgic return at Indian Open

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.

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Blog: ‘Holy Ghost’ time in Afghanistan

On the morning I was supposed to leave for Afghanistan, my 16-year-old son asked me if I was nervous about going.

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Blowing out the candles: Wildman’s nine wishes

Asher Wildman made nine wishes (one birthday and eight Hanukkah) for college golf in the spring.

LPGA to amend ‘female at birth’ policy

The days of the LPGA’s banning transgender golfers from the women’s tour are coming to an end.