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Thursday, September 30

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Haas, Atwal among early Viking leaders

Arjun Atwal, Bill Lunde, Ken Duke, Brett Quigley and Bill Haas all took advantage of great early conditions to share the lead at 6-under 66 after the first round of the Viking Classic on Thursday.

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PGA donates $2.6 million for Ryder Cuppers

While the competitors at this week’s Ryder Cup won’t be getting paid for their efforts, that doesn’t mean they won’t be contributing to charity.

AJGA names HP Scholastic All-Americans

The American Junior Golf Association announced Thursday the 12 girls and 12 boys named to this year’s HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team.

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Smith wins 2nd straight Mid-Am, 3rd overall

Nathan Smith won his second straight U.S. Mid-Amateur title Thursday. Smith, 32, defeated Tim Hogarth, 7 and 5, at Atlantic Country Club in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

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Stasi wins third U.S. Women’s Mid-Am title

Meghan Stasi made history Thursday with a 2-up victory over Carol Robertson at the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship at Wichita Country Club. It was her third Mid-Am title.

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Woods hopes for comfort in Stricker pairing

When the worst-kept secret of the Ryder Cup buildup was made official, Tiger Woods had his 12th different partner in this biennial competition.

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Junior Ryder Cup offers invaluable experience

Just days after Team USA won the Junior Ryder Cup, the teens got a taste of life on the big stage. Sean Martin reports from Wales.

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Highlights from Ryder Cup opening ceremony

Jim McCabe has all the highlights from the Ryder Cup’s opening ceremony, which may be remembered for a Corey Pavin miscue.

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Randolph set to tee it up at Viking Classic

Ole Miss senior Jonathan Randolph will be inside the ropes this week at the PGA Tour’s stop in Mississippi. Only this time around, he’ll be there competing with the field of professionals.

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Staff picks: Friday four-ball matches

Golfweek Ryder Cup predictions: Friday morning four-ball matches

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Friday four-ball pairings revealed

The Americans are turning to Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson to begin their Ryder Cup defense.

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Thumbs up: OSU | Thumbs down: WSU

There was plenty of action to talk about this week, so let’s review it in three up, three down.

Place your bets, even if they’re a little odd

Betting on sports is woven into the fabric of the British people. You can bet on everything and anything at the local bookmaker.

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Commentary: Hype bombs riddle Celtic Manor at Ryder Cup

Several U.K. publications have criticized the U.S. for mixing golf with war yet again. As Jeff Rude writes, the overreaction was amusing.

Wednesday, September 29

Junior diary: My exciting move to the U.S.

My name is Cheng-Tsung Pan, and most of my friends call me Pan because it is easier to pronounce.

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Smith, Hogarth to meet in Mid-Am final

Defending U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith advanced to Thursday’s final match at Atlantic Golf Club. He will play Tim Hogarth.

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Proveaux (No. 10, 2012) commits to Clemson

Cody Proveaux, of Leesville, S.C., has given a verbal commitment to Clemson. Proveaux is No. 10 in Golfweek’s rankings for the Class of 2012.

Robertson, Stasi in Women’s Mid-Am final

Carol Robertson’s improbable run continues. Robertson, 27, of Virginia Beach, Va., who had regained her amateur status just days before the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, advanced to Thursday’s championship match at Wichita Country Club against two-time winner Meghan Stasi.

5 things: Welcome to the silly season

August used to be the “silly season” in the United Kingdom. Judging from two preview days of this Ryder Cup, September is vying hard to claim that title.

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For Wolverines and their Lion, a win is a win

Michigan brushed off a ninth-place finish in its season opener and won the Windon Memorial Classic on Sept. 27. As Ryan Lavner reports, it could be the first of several wins this season for the Wolverines.

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Viking Classic kicks off Fall Finish series

When the Viking Classic held its media day on Aug. 23, tournament director Randy Watkins used humor to reflect on last year’s rainout in Mississippi. “Our defending champion, Mother Nature, couldn't be here today,” Watkins deadpanned. “She shot a record 22 inches of rain last year.”

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Lu seeks home victory at Taiwan Masters

Lu Wei-chih of Taiwan grew up playing the Taiwan Golf and Country Club, which hosts this week’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters. Lu, who won the 2005 title at the same locale, hopes to relive the winning feeling at the Asian Tour event that is a two-minute drive from his house.

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Evenly matched

The Europeans, featuring stars such as Martin Kaymer (left), have been portrayed as the heavy favorites in the 38th Ryder Cup, which begins Friday in Wales. But don’t be surprised if the match-play duel against the U.S. comes down to the very last putt.

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Miyazato, Ishikawa vie for Japan’s fans in TV duel

Ishikawa and Miyazato often have expressed mutual admiration for each other, but this week such pleasantries might have to be set aside. They’re battling each other on that all-important front: TV ratings. Both are competing on home soil in televised contests that promise to wear out TV remote controls: Miyazato is the featured attraction in the Japan Women’s Open, while Ishikawa is the man who will add the fizz to the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic on the men’s tour.

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Commentary: Team USA gets inspiration from true patriot

Golf is an individual game, but at the Ryder Cup it’s all about team. As Jeff Babineau writes, the U.S. was inspired by an American hero.

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Potential Euro team pairings at Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has been more open about possible pairings than counterpart Corey Pavin, but it’s not as if he was giving away state secrets.

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Back home, Schwartzel eyes tour’s money crown

Charl Schwartzel, who ranks No. 34 in the Official World Golf Ranking, hasn’t become too big-headed to play on his home circuit, the Sunshine Tour. His two European Tour victories this year and top-20 finishes in three majors has put the world on notice of this up-and-coming 26-year-old from Johannesburg.

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Denmark’s Tinning to retire at year’s end

Iben Tinning, a Solheim cup veteran and standard-bearer on the Ladies European Tour, has announced she is stepping away from pro golf after the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Dec. 8-11.

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Potential U.S. pairings at Ryder Cup

It’s hard to get much information out of U.S. captain Corey Pavin this week, but his practice-round groupings have given insight into his intentions for the Ryder Cup’s team sessions.

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Monty quashes potential Tiger-Rory matchup

Just as well the European team is acting free and loose, because Euro captain Colin Montgomerie is as tense as a snare drum with just a day to go before the 38th Ryder Cup begins.

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Barron says Tour grants him exemption

Doug Barron, the only player suspended for violation of the PGA Tour’s drug policy, told Golfweek that he has been granted a “therapeutic use exemption’’ by the Tour.

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Team Europe a familiar foe at Ryder Cup

On a list of reasons why the Ryder Cup has changed over the years, near the very top is this: The mystery is gone. Jim McCabe reports.

A simple explanation of foursomes play

Loitering in the Ryder Cup tented village, outside the big top known as the Merchandise Pavilion, I heard perhaps the best and simplest explanation of the foursomes format. “One bloke hits a shot, then the other one does,” one elderly chap said to his friend.

KPMG study: Asia surpasses Europe in prize money

Asia’s growth as a golf market has been documented often of late, with reports of rising golf course construction and increasing player participation. Now, a new KPMG study provides yet another indicator that the continent’s interest in golf won’t subside anytime soon: Professional tournaments in Asia awarded 95 million euros in prize money in 2009 – surpassing the total sum disbursed by events in Europe.

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Rookie Fowler practices with Woods, Lefty

Rain cut short Wednesday’s practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, making a day short on golf action even shorter.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Europe will win Ryder Cup

Europe will win the Ryder Cup. Why? As Jeff Rude writes, the team is deep, the team is close and Tiger and Phil aren’t on form.

In this issue: Oct. 1, 2010

Inside the Oct. 1, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Paddy Power sign prompts legal action

Sometime before dawn Tuesday, the word PADDY rose from the hillside about 500 yards from the Celtic Manor Twenty Ten course, site of this week’s 2010 Ryder Cup.

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Commentary: OK State players rally around McGraw

In a show of support, Oklahoma State players are carrying a bag tag with the picture of Cowboys coach Mike McGraw’s father, who passed away earlier this month. Ron Balicki reports.

Tuesday, September 28

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OSU, UCLA coaches headed to Ryder Cup

When the Ping/Golfweek Preview came to an end Tuesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club, players and coaches were heading home.

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Oklahoma State holds off UCLA, wins Preview

Oklahoma State captured the Ping/Golfweek Preview on its home course Tuesday, holding off UCLA at Karsten Creek. Ron Balicki reports.

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Virginia storms to Conference Challenge title

Virginia broke away from the pack early and cruised to the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge title on Tuesday. Julie Williams reports.

Q&A: Texas’ Julio Vegas

A few years ago, Texas had a golfer who was built like a NFL tight end. Jhonattan Vegas was an intimidating, physical specimen, with a smile that went from ear to ear. The Longhorns once again have a monstrous athlete with that enormous smile. It comes from Johnattan’s little brother Julio, who is now teeing it up for coach John Fields, just like his brother did.

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Greens and Gridirons: Notre Dame

Football is spiritual in South Bend, Ind. – and the golf is pretty good, too. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Ryder rookies could play big factor in Wales

Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson were waiting to hit their tee shots on Celtic Manor’s third hole Tuesday, but their group’s fourth member was nowhere in sight.

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Highlights from Woods’ Ryder presser

Sometimes the questions are more entertaining than the answers. That often has been the case this year regarding Tiger Woods, who has lapsed into tight-lipped mode since expressing early-season candor coming out of sex scandal.

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Molinaris build on family ties

It was not the way to start an inaugural Ryder Cup week, losing to Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, but the Molinari brothers seemed little fazed by the loss to their playing competitors in a practice round Tuesday at Celtic Manor.

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Ryder Cup turning into ‘silly season’

After two days of Twitter and Ryder Cup course setup debate, Friday’s opening matches can’t come soon enough. Alistair Tait reports.

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Toy Box notes: Furyk secures win with JAWS

Heading into the Tour Championship, Jim Furyk ranked 157th in sand saves. At East Lake, he used a new Callaway 60-degree X-Series JAWS wedge (13 degrees of bounce) to go 9-for-9 in greenside bunker saves, including an up-and-down from a bunker on the 72nd hole to win.

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Spieth leads U.S. to Junior Ryder Cup victory

Despite a spirited singles performance by the Europeans, the United States retained the Junior Ryder Cup on Tuesday at Gleneagles Resort in Scotland.

Ready for an exciting conclusion at Red Sky

When the flag went up Tuesday at Red Sky Golf Club, a serious case of deja vu set in. Six teams remained in the hunt for the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge title, setting up a scene reminiscent of last year’s inaugural event, when the top four teams all finished within four shots.

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Goydos’ attempt to win over Euro fans

U.S. assistant captain Paul Goydos served multiple purposes as he stood on Celtic Manor’s sixth tee Tuesday morning.

Monday, September 27

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UC Davis grabs lead at Conference Challenge

UC Davis cruised up the leaderboard and took the lead Monday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, staying cool on a difficult day for scoring at Red Sky Golf Club. Julie Williams reports.

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Oklahoma St. lead shrinks to one at Preview

Oklahoma State saw its lead shrink from nine shots to one in Round 2 of the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Can the host Cowboys hang on in Tuesday’s final round?

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The story behind Jim Furyk’s $39 putter

Doing morning radio talk-show interviews isn’t the normal fare for Mark Petrucci and the folks at Joe & Leigh’s Discount Pro Golf Shop in South Easton, Mass.

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PGA Tour to open retail shops in China

The PGA Tour has taken several steps to boost its profile in China, ranging from increasing tournament offerings to building its relationship with the China Golf Association. The next step: Opening retail stores in the country.

Wisconsin, Werwie win Badger Invite

Host Wisconsin shot a final-round 297 Monday to win the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

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Medalist Kim leads Michigan to Windon title

Lion Kim, the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, notched his first collegiate victory of the season Monday at the Windon Memorial at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 20-26, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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U.S. jumps out to early Jr. Ryder Cup lead

Two years after the Americans’ 22-2 rout of Team Europe at the Junior Ryder Cup, the U.S. seems headed toward another runaway victory. After Day 1, the Americans lead 9-3.

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Rater’s Notebook: The Twenty Ten Course

Bradley S. Klein breaks down The Twenty Ten Course.

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Monty: Ryder course setup ‘very fair’

Not only does the home team at the Ryder Cup have the support of the partisan galleries, but it also has control over the course setup. European captain Colin Montgomerie said he didn’t tinker with Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, but it does seem the setup will still favor the European team.

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2010 Ryder Cup: Why the U.S. will win . . .

Unproven rookies with unheralded resumes who are ranked low? Is this any way to put together a Ryder Cup team? Most definitely.

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Ryder rookie Overton finds normalcy at home

Ryder Cup rookie Jeff Overton finds normalcy in Bloomington, Ind., where he fits in when escaping life on tour. Jim McCabe reports.

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2010 Ryder Cup: Why Europe will win . . .

One reason: The match galvanizes the European team more than the U.S. side.

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Commentary: Ryder Cup captain Pavin brings tenacity

Fiery U.S. captain Corey Pavin wants his players to have fun. Oh, and they’d better win, too. Jeff Babineau reports.

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Who would Europe turn to in case of injury?

Rhys Davies better hope his game is in shape. European captain Colin Montgomerie might just have to call upon the young Welshman to play in this year’s match if there’s an injury to a member of the European team.

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Commentary: Monty brings ‘hate to lose’ attitude to Wales

A hatred for losing has made Colin Montgomerie one of golf's most curious figures. How will that personality hold up this week? Jeff Rude reports.

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In Wales, the tweet sound of silence

Here at the 38th Ryder Cup, just two hours or so down the M4 from London, where the great Bard himself used to compose such eloquent prose – doing so in passages measuring more than 140 characters at a time – Ryder Cup participants already have been served a deep philosophical question befitting of our times:

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Americans enter Ryder Cup as underdogs

Can a Ryder Cup team with Tiger and Phil be an underdog? Recent history suggests long odds for the U.S. overseas. John Hawkins explains.

LSU’s surge tops Purdue at Mason Rudolph

LSU authored a stirring rally on the back nine Sunday to capture the Mason Rudolph Championship. The Tigers, No. 21 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, got late birdies from Jacqueline Hedwall, Mary Michael Maggio and Megan McChrystal to post another school record and top defending champion Purdue by two shots.

Memphis, Belote capture Rudolph titles

Memphis won its first tournament in 2 1/2 years on Sunday, capturing the Mason Rudolph Championship behind the strong play of junior Jack Belote.

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Karsten Creek receives rave reviews at Preview

This week the Ping/Golfweek Preview continues on. Sunday was Round 1, and it was no surprise that Oklahoma State University was in first place on their home golf course. Many people suggest that Karsten Creek is the toughest college golf course in the country.

Hudson responsible for saving Ryder Cup

In 1947, when Harry Truman was president and Ben Hogan was emerging as the best golfer in the world, the Ryder Cup was on life support. It hadn’t been played in 10 years. Its future was uncertain.

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Player of the week: Pia Halbig, California

The Bears senior shot 68-67-68 for a 13-under 203 total and a three-shot victory over Wake Forest’s Michelle Shin at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship. It was her first college victory.

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Player of the week: Josh Anderson, Pepperdine

The Waves junior posted rounds of 70-68-68 for a 6-under 210 total at the Kikkor Husky Invitational, finishing four shots ahead of teammate Andrew Putnam and leading Pepperdine to a 17-under 847 overall score and a seven-stroke victory over host Washington. It was Anderson’s second career title.

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Team of the week: LSU

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the NCAA Fall Preview, the Tigers went one better at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship in Franklin, Tenn. LSU shot consistent rounds of 278-282-283 for a 21-under 843 total and a two-shot victory over defending NCAA champion Purdue. Another pair of top-5 teams, USC and UCLA tied for third at 13 under. Three Tigers finished in the top 15, led by senior Megan McChrystal in a tie for fourth at 7-under 209. Jacqueline Hedwall and Mary Michael Maggio tied for 14th.

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Team of the week: Colorado-Colorado Springs

The NCAA Division II Mountain Lions defeated 17 Division I teams at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. Colorado-Colorado Springs took first place with a 54-hole total of 3-under 861, topping San Diego by eight shots. San Diego and fifth-place UNLV qualified for last year’s Division I NCAA Men’s Championship, but they were no match for the Mountain Lions at Air Force’s Eisenhower Golf Course. UCCS also led wire-to-wire in its season-opening win at the Peaks Classic in La Veta, Colo.

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Red Sky’s 11th a ‘game changer’ in Round 1

Once UC Davis was safely through No. 11 at Red Sky Golf Club, head coach Anne Walker had just two words for the 375-yard par 4: Game changer.

Sunday, September 26

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Virginia, Tulane lead Conference Challenge

Virginia and Tulane emerged as the teams to beat Sunday in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky. Julie Williams reports.

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Petefish, Hill win Golfweek Jr. at Longbow

Christopher Petefish and Kimmy Hill came out on top at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Longbow Golf Club, earning them both a spot in the Golfweek Junior Invitational.

Port medals at Women’s Mid-Amateur

Three-time champion Ellen Port took medalist honors in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur for a record fourth time Sunday, shooting a 1-over 73 at Wichita Country Club.

Smith wins WNB Golf Classic, 1st N’wide title

Nate Smith won the WNB Golf Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Alistair Presnell, Fabian Gomez and Brandt Jobe.

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Defending champ Smith medals at Mid-Am

Defending champion Nathan Smith, Scott Harvey and Tim Hogarth shared medalist honors Sunday in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship with 36-hole, stroke-play totals of even-par 144.

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Transition in Tampa: Goodman is out

The longtime tournament director of Tampa’s PGA Tour stop has resigned. Adam Schupak reports.

Nate Smith wins first Nationwide title

Nate Smith won the WNB Golf Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title, shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Alistair Presnell, Fabian Gomez and Brandt Jobe.

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Furyk sweeps it all

For a riveting change of pace over yesteryear, five players had a chance to win the FedEx Cup in the closing hour. But Jim Furyk was the last man standing Sunday and captured the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title – plus $11.35 million. It all came down to the last putt ...

5 things: A first-class gesture

Let's extend a tip of the cap to Jim “Bones” Mackay for a “first-class” move.

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Notes: Kuchar settles for FedEx consolation

Matt Kuchar struggled at East Lake. A $3 million consolation prize should make him feel better.

Top 10 Ryder Cup upsets: Expect the unexpected

If the Ryder Cup has proved anything over the years, it is that an old match-play theory is pretty accurate. “Anything can happen in 18-hole match play, and probably will,” goes the thinking. Too true in the Ryder Cup.

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Gooch leads OSU to 18-hole Preview lead

Plenty has been said about Oklahoma State’s big three, but it was freshman Talor Gooch who led the Cowboys to the first-round lead at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Ron Balicki reports.

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Furyk wins Tour Championship, FedEx title

Despite a DQ in the first playoff event, Jim Furyk won the Tour Championship and $10 million FedEx Cup bonus Sunday at East Lake.

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Cochran wins SAS for back-to-back titles

Russ Cochran shot a 1-under 71 Sunday to win the SAS Championship, becoming the third wire-to-wire winner in tournament history.

Asian Amateur promises increased exposure

Next month’s second Asian Amateur Championship will be broadcast to more than 150 countries. Taking place Oct. 7-10, the 72-hole stroke-play event features 120 players from the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation’s 34 member nations and territories and rewards the winner with a starting spot in next year’s Masters Tournament.

Lim lands top prize at Miyagi TV Cup

Lim Eun-a repelled the challenges of fellow Koreans Lee Na-ri and Park In-bee Sunday to capture the 70 million yen (about US $800,000) Miyagi TV Cup Dunlop Ladies Open Tournament.

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Jones finds relief as challengers fade at Panasonic Open

With Ryo Ishikawa’s victory hopes slipping away, Australian Brendan Jones stepped up Sunday to claim a one-stroke victory at the 150 million yen (about US 1.78 million) Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.

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Plenty of scenarios at FedEx Cup finale

The PGA Tour made FedEx Cup changes before last year so the Tour Championship at East Lake would matter.

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Van Zyl runs away with SAA title

PAARL, South Africa – Jaco van Zyl kicked on the afterburners Saturday on the back nine to emerge triumphant at the SAA Pro-Am Invitational.

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Watney’s Sunday surge adds intrigue

A stirring charge Sunday by Nick Watney has put Matt Kuchar in line for the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus. Jim McCabe reports.

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Parry wins Vivendi Cup; Harrington eighth

John Parry of England shot a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Vivendi Cup by two strokes from Johan Edfors of Sweden.

Saturday, September 25

Casi leads rain-delayed Women's Mid-Am

Alexandra Casi of East Palestine, Ohio, took the lead after a weather-shortened Round 1 at Wichita (Kan.) Country Club.

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Marsh (69) starts quickly at U.S. Mid-Am

Kevin Marsh, the 2005 U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, made the first step towards adding another USGA trophy to his case Saturday. Marsh has a one-shot lead after Round 1 of this year’s event.

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Petefish, Spiranac out front at Golfweek Jr.

Christopher Petefish and Paige Spiranac (pictured) got their revenge on Longbow Golf Course in the first round of this week’s Golfweek Junior Series event. Carlton Reese explains.

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Stiles moves ahead at WNB Golf Classic

Darron Stiles shot his second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead at the WNB Golf Classic in Midland, Texas.

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Scenic Red Sky plays host to Conf. Challenge

There will be no shortage of scenery this week in Wolcott, Colo. As Julie Williams writes, teams couldn't be arriving at a better time.

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Cochran extends SAS lead to 4 shots

Russ Cochran shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday in the SAS Championship to increase his lead to four strokes, the largest 36-hole margin the history of the Champions Tour’s event.

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Watney torches East Lake with back-nine 28

Nick Watney reinforced a couple of longtime golf adages Saturday at the Tour Championship. You never know when a low round might break out. And a player sometimes is only one small change in fundamentals away from going low.

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Furyk, Donald, Goosen close in on FedEx Cup

Jim Furyk has a one-shot lead, but the $10 million FedEx Cup payday is still very much up for grabs at the Tour Championship.

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Watson, Johnson swing for fences in Round 3

And for your entertainment pleasure on a slow, sultry morning at East Lake Golf Club: A home run derby contest.

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Parry takes one-shot Vivendi Cup lead

John Parry of England shot a 2-under 70 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Vivendi Cup on Saturday.

Friday, September 24

ASU lands local standout McKee for 2011

Arizona State women’s coach Melissa Luellen announced Friday that Brittany McKee, a local standout from Chandler, Ariz., will be joining the short-handed Sun Devils starting in the spring 2011 season

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Presnell takes WNB lead with pair of 67s

Behind a pair of 5-under 67s, Alistair Presnell has taken the lead at the WNB Golf Classic in Midland Texas.

Burke to assume URI coaching duties in 2011

Gregg Burke was been named the successor to Rhode Island men’s head coach Tom Drennan. Burke will take over head coaching duties after Drennan’s retirement in May.

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Casey (71) slips back to T-5 at East Lake

Paul Casey is seventh in the world ranking, fifth in FedEx Cup points and, apparently, fourth on the European Ryder Cup captain’s pick list.

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Ogilvy focusing on more than golf in Atlanta

With his round of 3 under-67 pushing him to 7 under and just one off the lead at the mega-rich Tour Championship, surely Geoff Ogilvy had visions of a $1.35 million payday, or even a $10 million prize?

Former collegians lead Q-School pre-qualifiers

This year’s final PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifiers wrapped up Friday, issuing the final passes into Q-School’s first stage. Here’s a wrap-up of how the final three pre-qualifiers played out.

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Harrington struggles; two share Vivendi lead

Sweden’s Jarmo Sandelin shot a 6-under 66 on Friday on Golf de Joyenval’s Retz Course for a share of the second-round lead in the Vivendi Cup with England’s John Parry, while European Ryder Cup player Padraig Harrington made the cut by a stroke.

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Cochran takes one-shot lead at SAS

Russ Cochran shot an 8-under 64, making six birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the middle of the round and eagling No. 17, to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Pernice Jr. on Friday in the Champions Tour’s SAS Championship.

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Furyk, Donald share Tour Championship lead

Despite a bizarre DQ at The Barclays, Jim Furyk is still staring down the $10 million FedEx Cup prize after a second-round 65 at East Lake.

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Westwood ready to roll at Ryder Cup

The word from Lee Westwood’s camp is that he’s healthy and ready to go for next week’s Ryder Cup. He is said to have played well in the Sir Ian Botham and Darren Clarke Celebrity Invitational, a two-day team event in Scotland in the past week.

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McChrystal plays through injury for Preview win

Megan McChrystal’s win at the NCAA Fall Preview is especially impressive considering the circumstances. Julie Williams explains.

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Towson looking for NCAA proving grounds

Last year Towson University surprised many by winning the Colonial Athletic Association championship, which earned them an invite to the NCAA Regionals. College golf fans may have been surprised, but their coach, Brian Yaniger, was not.

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Complete 2010 Ryder Cup coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Celtic Manor to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 Ryder Cup. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Newport, Wales.

Thursday, September 23

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Golfweek/Sagarins echo Haskins winners

Last weekend during a timeout at the Georgia-vs.-Arkansas football game, Russell Henley was awarded the Haskins Award for being the top player in college golf. Entering this season, the senior from Macon, Ga., is one of the favorites to again top the rankings.

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Whittaker, Pappas share lead in Midland

Ron Whittaker and Brendan Pappas share the first-round lead at the WNB Golf Classic after opening with 6-under 66 at Midland Country Club in Midland, Texas.

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Na rebounds from wrong-ball scare with birdies

There was no reason to look at the ball when he got to the drop zone, but Kevin Na is glad he did. Had he not, the first round of the Tour Championship might have been a very costly day.

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Commentary: McCabe: Choi sizzles in Atlanta heat

So, how hot was it at East Lake Golf Club? Well, K.J. Choi’s longtime caddie, Andy Prodger wore shorts.

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Davies, Faulkner deserve HoF nod

Another group inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, another year that Max Faulkner and other great golfers are overlooked.

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Ogilvy, Casey, Donald share East Lake lead

Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Casey and Luke Donald posted 4-under 66 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the Tour Championship.

Feel Golf to make ‘aggressive’ grooves in ’11

Lee Miller has become the first golf industry executive to defy the U.S. Golf Association over its timetable on new grooves. James Achenbach reports.

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Shin, Choi donate KLPGA earnings to charity

Two weeks ago in Arkansas, I had lunch with Jiyai Shin after her practice round. We talked about a little bit of everything, from the 90 pairs of white pants she has between her closets in Georgia and South Korea to the homework she has for her physical education classes at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Events to watch this weekend

Fire up your computers, because these are three events you are going to want to pay attention to in the next couple of days.

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Edfors shoots 61, leads by 2 at Vivendi Cup

Sweden’s Johan Edfors shot an 11-under 61 to open a two-shot lead after the first round of the Vivendi Cup on Thursday.

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Woods’ course developers reach settlement

Chalk up one victory for Tiger Woods this year.

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Five unheralded freshmen emerge as stars

Little-known players like North Texas’ Curtis Donahoe are making a name for themselves in the college ranks. Sean Martin explains.

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LPGA primps for its big date in Orlando

The LPGA Tour Championship is moving to Grand Cypress Resort, a move sure to please the bevy of LPGA players who live in the Orlando area. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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U.S. looks to repeat at Junior Ryder Cup

The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, confident and capable after the ’08 rout, will meet an improved European team in Scotland. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Ping/Golfweek Preview: OK State Showdown

The 2010 Ping/Golfweek preview tees off Sept. 26-28 at Karsten Creek Golf Club, site of the 2011 NCAAs. Ron Balicki has a preview.

Wednesday, September 22

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Pavin: Amy Mickelson to attend Ryder Cup

U.S. captain Corey Pavin says the wife of Phil Mickelson is planning to make the trip to the Ryder Cup.

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Former captain Azinger set for TV duty

Paul Azinger, battered from a motorcycle mishap, prepares for a quick trip to Wales for the Ryder Cup. Jeff Rude reports.

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Wide open

What once was an All-American affair, the Tour Championship has truly gone global with nearly half of the elite 30-man field flying international colors. But what’s not so certain is who’ll win the FedEx Cup finale – and more important, the PGA Tour playoffs’ $10 million bonus.

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Woods’ caddie bumped from Ryder charter

Tiger Woods will be joining the U.S. Ryder Cup team on a charter flight to Wales. His caddie is on his own.

Euro Tour secures sponsorships for UAE events

HSBC has agreed to sponsor Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in a five-year deal, boosting prize money by $500,000 to $2.7 million, organizers said Wednesday. The increased purse bucks a trend in the United Arab Emirates, where prize money has fallen during the economic downtown.

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Bush has no place in Golf Hall of Fame

Why mince words – I’m appalled that former President George H.W. Bush was selected in the Lifetime Achievement category for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Harrington, Hanson prep for Ryder Cup in Paris

Captain Colin Montgomerie’s Ryder Cup players are certainly on a hot streak, claiming five wins in the last six weeks. Padraig Harrington is at this week’s Vivendi Cup aiming to join teammates Martin Kaymer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Edoardo Molinari and Peter Hanson as recent winners – or at least get into form before next week’s Ryder Cup in Wales.

5 things: Mcllroy isn't making any new friends

Rory McIlroy makes his debut in next week’s Ryder Cup. Hopefully, the experience will go a long way to making sure the young Northern Irish player stops making Ryder Cup headlines for all the wrong reasons.

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Kuchar back in the spotlight in Atlanta

Matt Kuchar is the face of golf in Atlanta this week at the Tour Championship, just like he was 10 years ago.

Lessons learned, Nelson ready for SAA defense

Prinavin Nelson is back to defend his SAA Pro-Am Invitational title, which gets underway Thursday at Paarl Golf Club. Nelson went through a range of emotions last year – from the thrill of making birdies on five of his first six holes to the dejection of three-putting the 18th – but still managed to win by a stroke.

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Noh, Ishikawa clash in Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open

Korean standout Noh Seung-yul and Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa lock horns this week in an intriguing battle of Asian teen titans at the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open.

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Bossio, Peck go low at Husky Invitational

Ron Balicki explains why the final round of the Kikkor Husky Invitational at Washington National Golf Club must have been something to see.

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Els enters Hall as one of the ‘good guys’

There are many players in the World Golf Hall of Fame I’d love to play golf with, or wish I’d had the chance to play golf with, but the Hall is about to induct a guy I’d rather have a couple of beers with – a round of golf would just be a bonus.

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Local amateurs Tham, Pan earn LPGA Malaysia spots

Diana Tham and Aretha Pan will fly the Malaysian flag in next month’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

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Monty informs players of Ryder Cup pairings

European captain Colin Montgomerie told his players who their partners will be in the opening series of matches next month against the United States in the Ryder Cup.

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The Twenty Ten Course a worthy host

The Twenty Ten Course looks American but gives Wales a calling card as a destination. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Saban: From the sidelines to the fairways

In 2010, Martin Kaufmann spent some time on the links with national champion Alabama’s hard-nosed Nick Saban, who tends to dial it down on the golf course.

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Thumbs up: D-II golf | Thumbs down: ASU

Asher Wildman looks at what went right and what went wrong in the world of college golf.

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Els elected to Golf Hall of Fame

Ernie Els has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in the first year he was on the ballot.

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Fantasy Aces: Tour Championship

The FedEx Cup reaches its thrilling conclusion this week in the Tour Championship at East Lake. Who will walk away with the trophy – and the $10 million bonus?

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HSBC sponsors Abu Dhabi event, boosts purse

Organizers of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship say HSBC has taken over sponsorship of the event, boosting prize money by $500,000 to $2.7 million.

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Women’s Conference Challenge preview

Golfweek’s Women's Conference Challenge kicks off Sept. 25 in Wolcott, Colo. Julie Williams has a preview.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Azinger readies for Wales

Paul Azinger, battered from a motorcycle mishap, prepares for a quick trip to Wales for the Ryder Cup. Jeff Rude reports.

Tuesday, September 21

UC Irvine’s Greil balances golf, running, MMA

Few people who say golf is a marathon, not a sprint, actually have any experience running long distances.

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Finchem ‘cautiously optimistic’ about future

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem expects three or four tournaments to be without a title sponsor going into the 2011 season.

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Middle Tennessee flies high at Golfweek event

Shortly after the final round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge, Whit Turbow’s squad was taking its time leaving Spirit Hollow Golf Course because, like some of the big boys in college golf, it, too, has the luxury of having its own plane waiting for the team.

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Iowa romps to Conference Challenge title

Iowa’s Vince India and Chris Brant led the Hawkeyes to a runaway victory Tuesday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Sean Martin reports.

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Notes: Lehman wins Payne Stewart Award

Tom Lehman never won an award that brought so much honor and so many mixed emotions.

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Pepperdine rolls to Husky Invitational title

Pepperdine shot a final-round 281 and breezed to a season-opening victory Sept. 21 at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational.

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Shin may skip LPGA events this fall

Jiyai Shin headed East after the event in Arkansas and might not come back to this side of the world anytime soon.

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Caddie Waldman advances in Q-School

When the tour went dark, caddie Brett Waldman grabbed his own bag and advanced to the first stage of PGA Tour Q-School. Jim McCabe reports.

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Georgia men poised for super season

Georgia, still smarting after missing the NCAA Championship, is poised for payback this season. Ron Balicki reports.

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Mizuno introduces new JPX, MP irons

Mizuno is introducing three new forged irons plus a new cast iron for next year, each with the reduced grooves. James Achenbach reports.

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Q&A: Alabama junior Hunter Hamrick

Last year, Alabama did not end the year the way it wanted too. With a ninth place finish at the NCAA East Regional at Yale University Golf Club, the Crimson Tide were unable to advance to to the NCAA Championship.

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Kerr helps fight battle against breast cancer

There is a lot of pink-colored attire popping up on the LPGA and PGA tours. It adds a colorful twist to the fairways, but there is also a powerful message behind the garb – breast cancer awareness.

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Masters to add hour of early TV coverage

The Masters is adding an extra hour of television coverage next year.

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On the range: Illinois’ Scott Langley

Illinois’ Scott Langley keeps his game sharp with two coaches and one message: simplicity. Sean Martin reports.

Monday, September 20

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D-II UCCS upsets field, wins D-I Falcon Invite

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a Division II school, captured the D-I Falcon Invitational on Sept. 20.

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Iowa extends lead to 19 at Golfweek event

Vince India helped extend Iowa’s lead to 19 shots in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow. Sean Martin reports.

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PGA Tour should rethink placement of off week

I know the PGA Tour likes to think of the Tour Championship as its “Super Bowl,” but does it have to mimic the NFL with a week off before the big finale?

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 13-19, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Never too early to think about the Walker Cup

Hard to believe that we’re less than a year from the next Walker Cup.

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PGA Tour expands TV coverage in Hong Kong

PCCW’s nowTV has secured the exclusive PGA Tour broadcasting rights in Hong Kong and will cover all tour events live for the next four seasons, beginning in January.

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Seaview Resort acquired by public college

It’s not every day that a public college acquires a golf resort, let alone one that includes a Donald Ross design and ties to the LPGA. Julie Williams explains.

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Walker Cup selection a stealthy process

Jason Gore played dumb when approached by the first President Bush.

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Commentary: Hoffman uses Rules of Golf to his advantage

Sure, the Rules of Golf can be complicated. But as Jim Achenbach writes, how else would golfers know how to handle goose poop on a green?

Bees swarm player at Golfweek Challenge

There was a buzz during the first round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge, and it had nothing to do with Iowa’s incredible play.

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Lara, Jimenez benefit from Ping putters

Ping, which was founded in 1959 as a putter company, is actively continuing two traditions 51 years later: Making some of the best putters in golf, and choosing some of the most distinctive putter names in golf.

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Player of the Week: Ashley Holder

Ashley Holder, of Orlando, Fla., shot 3-under 141 (67-74) at Eagle Creek Golf and Country Club in Naples, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by five shots.

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Player of the Week: Joseph Winslow

Joseph Winslow, of Overland Park, Kan., shot 5-under 137 (66-71) at the Country Club of Spartanburg (S.C.) to win the Bobby Chapman Invitational by one shot.

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Team of the week: Alabama

The Tide rolled to a one-shot win over LSU at the NCAA Fall Preview at Traditions Golf Club, the site of the 2011 NCAA Championship.

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Player of the week: Megan McChrystal, LSU

Megan McChrystal, a second-team selection for Golfweek’s preseason rankings, won her fourth collegiate title at the NCAA Fall Preview, topping Vanderbilt’s Marina Alex by two shots.

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Team of the week: Florida

The Gators knocked off defending champions Augusta State and Golfweek’s top-ranked preseason team, Oklahoma State, to win the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.

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Player of the week: Peter Uihlein, OSU

Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein backed up his second-round 65 with a closing 70 to win the Fighting Illini Invitational by three shots over Bank Vongvanij.

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Who has the game to top the college rankings?

As the college golf season picks up speed, one of the most heated debates going is who can be called the top collegiate individual?

Sunday, September 19

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Korda advances to LPGA Q-School finals

The first LPGA Sectional Qualifier is over, and 17-year-old Jessica Korda has punched her ticket to the final stage.

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Golf Channel experiment hints at TV’s future

With those words from Jerry Foltz, Golf Channel’s Nationwide Tour anchor, so began one of the most fascinating experiments in the otherwise aseptic genre of golf broadcasting.

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Iowa leads by 15 at Conference Challenge

Brad Hopfinger and his Iowa teammates hold a 15-shot lead after 18 holes at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Sean Martin was there.

5 things: Smile more, Matt – you’re home

Matt Kuchar, the man with the biggest smile in golf, had reason to flash the 1,000-watt variety after his victory at The Barclays last month. It wrapped up his first appearance in the 30-man field at The Tour Championship at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, a course the Georgia Tech graduate has played countless times.

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Wolstenholme finds no shortcuts at Casa Serena

Who says there’s no place for short hitters in the professional game? Not England’s Gary Wolstenholme. The 50-year-old Englishman certainly didn’t use power to win his first professional tournament, the Casa Serena Open, in only his second professional start on the European Senior Tour. Wolstenholme won the tournament the same way he won two British Amateur Championships – with accuracy and grit.

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Hugo’s course knowledge pays off at Stellenbosch

Jean Hugo wavered only briefly when he bogeyed the 12th at Stellenbosch Golf Club, but he made three more birdies Friday on the way home to win the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event.

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Haas closes with 64 to win Boise Open

Hunter Haas got his second Nationwide Tour victory of the year Sunday with a win at the Albertsons Boise Open.

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Davies wins 76th career title at Spanish Open

English star Laura Davies won the Spanish Women’s Open on Sunday for her 76th worldwide victory, closing with an even-par 71 for a two-stroke victory over American Christina Kim, England’s Rebecca Hudson and Australia’s Frances Bondad.

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Anderson, Iowa notch wins at Hawkeye

Amy Anderson, a North Dakota State sophomore, earned her seventh collegiate victory at the Hawkeye Intercollegiate as host Iowa took the team title.

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Florida wins Illini Invite; Uihlein medals

Oklahoma State and Augusta State were both in the field, but it was Florida that came out on top Sept. 19 at the Fighting Illini Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.

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Age-defying Davies claims 76th career victory

Laura Davies thought she blew her chances to win the Spanish Women’s Open on Sunday with a quadruple-bogey-8 on the 13th hole. But the Englishwoman still secured a two-stroke win over compatriot Rebecca Hudson, Australian Frances Bondad and Christina Kim of the United States at the Flamingos Golf Club.

Back-nine birdie fest propels Jeon to victory

South Korean Jeon Mi-jeong produced a late birdie barrage Sunday to claim a thrilling victory in the Munsingwear Ladies Tokai Classic.

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Thaworn claims typhoon-shortened Yeangder

Dangerous winds up to 100 mph forced the cancellation of Yeangder Tournament Players Championship’s final round, giving the title to third-round leader Thaworn Wiratchant.

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Inspired Ikeda

Seeking to regain the form that took him into the world’s top 50 last year, Yuta Ikeda hangs on to win the ANA Open, his second victory of the season and sixth of his Japan Golf Tour career.

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Ashok grabs money lead with DLF Masters romp

Ashok Kumar won the DLF Masters when play was called off in the final round Sunday due to heavy rain. But the victory wasn’t just handed to the Delhi golfer.

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Special delivery: A fix for the FedEx Cup

FedEx would do well to sponsor the money list instead.

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Lara tops Lynn in playoff for Austrian title

Jose Manuel Lara of Spain has won the Austrian Open by beating David Lynn of England on the first playoff hole.

Saturday, September 18

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Industry Hills to host LPGA Kia Classic in ’11

Kia Motors America has signed a two-year extension to title sponsor the Kia Classic at Industry Hills Golf Club, the LPGA’s first stop in Los Angeles since 2005.

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Summerhays builds two-shot lead in Boise

Daniel Summerhays pulled into the lead Saturday at the Albertsons Boise Open after posting 7-under 64 at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.

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N.C. State an early favorite at Golfweek event

North Carolina State is an early favorite at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow Golf Course. Sean Martin reports.

Oregon tops Ohio State for Branch Law win

After a grueling week on the road, Oregon can return north with some hardware.

USF Director of Golf Nelson named interim AD

Gary Nelson, director of golf at the University of San Francisco, has been appointed the interim athletic director for the Dons.

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Newman returns with “quiet confidence”

Augusta State’s Carter Newman probably didn’t get enough credit for the Jaguars’ victory at the NCAA Championship.

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Lynn, Willett share Austrian Open lead

Englishmen David Lynn and Danny Willett tied for the lead at the Austrian Open on Saturday, two strokes ahead of a threesome that included European Ryder Cup player Graeme McDowell.

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Azinger recovering from motorcycle accident

Paul Azinger’s rookie season on the Champions Tour has come to an abrupt end as the golfer recovers from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident Sept. 10.

Friday, September 17

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Tomasulo moves into Boise lead with 63

Peter Tomasulo moved into the lead Friday at the Albertson’s Boise Open after putting up an 8-under 63 at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.

Rookie diary: Rain, rain, go away

This season on the LET could be described in one word: RAINY!

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Pavin, Woods discuss Tiger’s Ryder Cup role

Tiger Woods could salvage an otherwise mediocre season with a heroic Ryder Cup performance. But how many matches will he play?

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Korda advances to LPGA Q-School finals

The first LPGA Sectional Qualifier is over, and 17-year-old Jessica Korda has punched her ticket to the final stage.

DePaul transfer helping Florida charge

Last year, Michael Furci was playing for the DePaul Blue Demons, who finished No. 160 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings. His scoring average was 74.0.

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Parry takes Austrian Open lead with 67

English newcomer John Parry shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Austrian Open.

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Paddy remains wary of Woods at Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington says Tiger Woods retains an “intimidation factor” heading into next month’s Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

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Q&A: Liz Graham, Bloom Designs

For all you fashionistas who thought it was only about wearing the perfect outfit on the tee, think again.

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Commentary: Austrian Open lacking in big-name players

Graeme McDowell is among few big names at the Austrian Open, causing Alistair Tait to wonder if a lack of star power will eventually hurt the European Tour.

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What’s it like to be a Division III golfer?

Earlier this week, Golfweek hosted the Division III Fall Invitational. I took the opportunity to ask Emory senior Charles Raindrel and sophomore Thomas Mally to tell me five things that might not be too well-known about a Division III golfer.

Thursday, September 16

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Kansas cruises to Men’s State Team title

Kansas capped off a 3-under par performance Thursday at Mayacama Golf Club to win the USGA Men's State Team Championship by four shots.

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Kresge takes early lead at Boise Open

Cliff Kresge fired an opening 8-under 63 to take the first-round lead at the Albertsons Boise Open at Hillcrest Country Club.

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Korda moves into third at Q-School

Jessica Korda crept up the leaderboard Thursday at LPGA Sectional Qualifying, using a 4-under 68 on the Dinah Shore course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to move from ninth to third.

Junior diary: Hello from a future Razorback

I’m Hally Leadbetter, and I go to IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla. My father is David Leadbetter and my mother, Kelly Leadbetter, is also a professional golfer.

In this issue: Sept. 17, 2010

Inside the Sept. 17, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Stanford to open season without Ray, Chung

Stanford, No. 5 in the Golfweek preseason rankings, will be without its coach and top player when it begins its season Friday at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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Autism awareness drives Kresge, family

Journeyman pro Cliff Kresge is on a mission to raise funds for something near to his heart: Treating autism. Jeff Babineau reports.

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Coetzee takes Austrian Open lead with 65

South African newcomer George Coetzee shot a 7-under 65 to take the early first-round lead at the Austrian Open on Thursday.

Events to watch: Olympia, GCC, McGuire

There will be some great tournaments around the country this weekend. Here are three big ones to keep an eye on.

Wednesday, September 15

5 things: Westwood puts fears aside

Lee Westwood has dispelled Europeans’ fears that he would not be able to compete in this year’s Ryder Cup because of a calf injury.

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Woods uses Twitter to answer fans’ questions

Twitter has been heralded as a way for celebrities to talk directly to their fans, without those pesky media middlemen getting in the way. Tiger Woods took to the site today, conducting a 30-minute ‘Twitterview’ on Nike Golf’s (twitter.com/nikegolf) page.

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Hedwall, Korda in mix at Q-School

Jessica Korda and Caroline Hedwall made the cut Wednesday at LPGA Sectional Qualifying.

McDowell, Jimenez prep for Ryder Cup at Austrian Open

Graeme McDowell begins his Ryder Cup preparations in Austria this week. The Northern Irish star is the main attraction in a weak field for the €750,000 Austrian Open.

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Alabama races to NCAA Fall Preview title

Alabama opened its season with a rousing victory Wednesday at the NCAA Fall Preview. The Crimson Tide beat LSU by a shot at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas, site of the 2011 NCAA Championship.

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Ishikawa covets birthday victory at ANA Open

Winning a ninth title and extending his lead in the Japan Tour Money List this week would be the ideal birthday treat for Ryo Ishikawa as he enters the final year of his teens. The Japanese star turns 19 on Friday. And what better way for him to celebrate than by emerging triumphant in the 110 million yen (about U.S. $1.3 million) ANA Open?

Junior diary: Bring on the Junior Ryder Cup!

Wow, I feel like there are so many things going on in my CRAZY life right now! I am working really hard on my game, so I hope to be ready for the Junior Ryder Cup in two weeks.

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Members could own troubled Loch Lomond

Troubled Loch Lomond Golf Club could soon be owned by the members following news that the golf club is considering an offer from the membership to buy the club.

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Hugo leads at rain-drenched Stellenbosch

Jean Hugo fired a 6-under 66 Wednesday to take the first-round lead of the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf event at Stellenbosch Golf Club. Persistent showers delayed morning play for almost two hours, and the round was later suspended due to darkness.

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Paolucci, Park competing at Royal St. Georges

One of the longest hitters in junior golf, Anthony Paolucci on Wednesday hit 6-iron from 125 yards. And came up short.

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Dollars or degrees?

It's often the inevitable question facing the world's best, young female players - hone their games in American colleges or turn pro to chase LPGA dreams? Amateur standouts, such as Jessica Korda (far right), daughter of Czech tennis pros, soon will have to make the tough call.

Hong Kong’s nowTV lands U.S. PGA Tour deal

PCCW’s nowTV has secured the exclusive U.S. PGA Tour broadcasting rights in Hong Kong and will cover all tour events live for the next four seasons, beginning in January.

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Top LPGA rookie Muñoz returns home for Spanish Open

LPGA leading rookie Azahara Muñoz returns home to Málaga this week for the Spanish Women’s Open on the Ladies European Tour circuit. Muñoz, who enjoyed a stellar amateur career, winning the 2002 Spanish Amateur Championship and British Women’s Amateur in 2009, turned pro last year just before capturing her maiden title at Madrid Ladies Masters.

Amateur diary: The pressure of Q-School

Q-School is hard for everyone. Not like “man why did I take Japanese in college” hard, either. I’m talking about “this is what I want to do with my life for the next year” hard.

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New event showcases golf's rise in Taiwan

This week, the Asian Tour makes its first of two stops of the season in Taiwan for the inaugural Yeangder Tournament Players Championship. It’s not just happenstance that brings new emphasis on Taiwanese golf.

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Golfweek’s Conference Challenge preview

The Golfweek Men's Conference Challenge tees off Sept. 19-21 at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa. Sean Martin has a preview.

Thumbs up: D-III golf | Thumbs down: UF

The first week of the college golf season is officially in the books. It’s time to find out the good and the not so good.

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Amateur diary: My first Futures Tour event

The last couple of weeks have flown. Literally. The last time I wrote I was destined for caddie greatness out on the Futures Tour, and I like to think I found it.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Who’s Player of the Year?

It’s a tossup for Player of the Year, but Matt Kuchar and Dustin Johnson hold an edge entering the Tour Championship. Jeff Rude reports.

Tuesday, September 14

UNC wins Cougar Classic, 1st title since ’04

North Carolina backed up its high preseason ranking with a breakthrough performance Tuesday at the Cougar Classic. The Tar Heels shot a 2-over 290 in the final round to capture their first team title since March 2004.

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Long-shot Streelman sneaks into top 30

Kevin Streelman, 102nd at the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs, masters his fate with a Tour Championship spot and plenty of perks. Jim McCabe explains.

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A timeline of Pavin’s Ryder Cup decision

The U.S. Ryder Cup captain went with his gut – but not until seeking plenty of input – in making his four selections. Alex Miceli reports.

Colorado wins Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic

Colorado won its first tournament in nearly two years Tuesday, beating California by two shots to capture the season-opening Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.

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Korda five shots back at LPGA qualifying

Jessica Korda’s bid for an LPGA tour card has begun. The 17-year-old junior standout from Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-under 71 Tuesday at LPGA Sectional Qualifying at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was tied for 12th, five shots behind leader Erica Moston (66).

N.C. State tops Notre Dame in Kiawah Island

Seems N.C. State will be just fine without former NCAA champion Matt Hill.

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Greensboro, Elder win Golfweek D-III Invite

The Greensboro Pride had a record-setting week en route to winning Golfweek’s Division III Fall Invitational. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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Collins continues recent hot streak in Idaho

Wil Collins is on quite a hot streak. Collins captured the Idaho Open Sept. 8-10, then won the Monday qualifier for this week’s Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour. Both tournaments were played at BanBury Golf Club in Eagle, Idaho.

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LSU rebounds to capture Gopher Invite

Following the first round of last week’s Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn., LSU coach Chuck Winstead was not a happy camper. He had good reason.

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Augusta State meets Obama at White House

Augusta State’s NCAA title defense starts Friday at Olympia Fields, but even a victory wouldn’t be the highlight of the Jaguars’ week.

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Toy Box notes: Titleist ends TMAG streak

It had been at least four years since TaylorMade lost a driver count on the PGA Tour, but Titleist had the edge at the BMW Championship.

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Partnership acquires Victoria National GC

When Terry Friedman commissioned Tom Fazio to build Victoria National Golf Club, Friedman had the unabashed goal of bringing a major championship to the abandoned strip-mine site in southern Indiana. Friedman died in 2004 before that goal was realized, but the new owners have similarly ambitious plans for the highly regarded Newburgh, Ind., club.

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Troon hired to manage Lansdowne

Troon Golf has been picked to manage The Golf Club at Lansdowne, a 45-hole facility located at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.

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Yale tops Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses

Yale tops Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses list, which spans 22 states and includes 30 courses throughout the U.S.

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Evans Scholars: The loop of their lives

For 80 years, The Evans Scholars Foundation has provided deserving caddies a shot at college. Their stories personify the American Dream. Jeff Rude reports.

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Ryder Cup format needs one big change

If I were captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team, I would lobby for a fundamental change in the competition: All 12 players on each team would participate in every segment of play. This absolutely, positively, unquestionably should happen.

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Woods’ ‘Tiger Slam clubs’ sell for $57K

The clubs Tiger Woods purportedly used to win the Tiger Slam sold for $57,000 on Sept. 12. Are they really his? James Achenbach reports.

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Skidmore skips own event, plays D-III Invite

This week was the Skidmore Fall Invitational, which was won by SUNY Farmingdale. The host Thoroughbreds didn’t finish in the top 3 or even the top 5 because, well, they weren’t there.

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This is why Methodist is a D-III powerhouse

Five players suited up for Methodist Tuesday at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational. There are countless others back in Fayetteville, N.C., that didn’t get the chance.

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Player of the Week: Wilson Day

Wilson Day, of Gastonia, N.C., shot 5-under 139 (71-68) at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., and won the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Kendall Martindale

Kendall Martindale, of Jefferson City, Tenn., shot 9-under 135 (68-67) at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., to win the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational by six shots.

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Valentine (No. 84, 2011) commits to USF

Trey Valentine, of Melbourne, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to South Florida. Valentine, a senior at Viera High School, also took unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Barry, North Florida and UNC-Chapel Hill.

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Q&A: Brian Lane, Transylvania head coach

Today on Wildman’s corner I caught up with Brian Lane, the head men’s golf coach at Transylvania University who also happens to be the head men’s basketball coach.

Monday, September 13

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Canavan leads rally at Golfweek D-III event

For Matt Canavan, hydration has been the key to success at the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational in Haines City, Fla. D.J. Piehowski explains.

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FedEx Cup playoffs move on without Tiger

Leave it to the PGA Tour to find the upside of Tiger Woods missing out on the Tour Championship.

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Vietnam’s central coast enters tourism fray

A private tourism consortium in Vietnam has been launched to compete with southeast Asia’s top golf-and-beach destinations. Matt Nelson reports.

Illinois wins third straight Wolf Run title

Illinois opened its season Sunday with a third straight win at the Wolf Run Invitational. The Illini, No. 18 in Golfweek’s preseason rankings, ran away with the championship, beating runners-up Central Florida and Ball State by 19 shots.

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LSU, Hahn triumph at Gopher Invitational

LSU picked up where it left off last year, rolling to victory Monday at the Gopher Invitational.

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UNF’s Dale skips Wolf Run with knee bruise

Close followers of college golf may have noticed that North Florida junior Sean Dale wasn’t in the lineup for his title defense at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Dale, a second-team All-American last season, missed the event with a deep knee bruise, North Florida head coach Scott Schroeder said.

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PHOTOS: Creamer flies in F-16 with Air Force

Paula Creamer flew in an F-16 with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on Sept. 9 at the Air Force Reserve Base in Pittsburgh.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 7-12, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Freshmen get Alabama off to super start

Alabama coach Jay Seawell finds himself in that position this season. Sure, the Crimson Tide have two proven performers coming back in Bud Cauley and Hunter Hamrick. But if Alabama is to bounce back from off-year last season, a pair of incoming freshman – outstanding ones at that – have to step up quickly.

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N’wide notes: Putnam’s Utah victory ‘huge’

Michael Putnam’s victory at the Nationwide Tour’s Utah Classic not only improved his chances of regaining his PGA Tour card, but made a difficult decision much easier.

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Predictable doesn’t have to mean boring

Dustin Johnson had a memorable weekend at the BMW Championship, collecting a victory after what seems like a year filled with “major” mishaps, and looking classy and dapper as he strolled down the fairways.

Augusta State coach welcomes baby boy

A visit to the White House is one of the perks that comes with winning an NCAA title. Josh Gregory, who guided Augusta State to the 2010 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship, didn’t accompany his team for Monday’s visit to the White House, though.

Siverson brings hoops experience to links

If there’s a coaching record at Concordia College, odds are Duane Siverson is somehow associated with it.

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Wie to play season-ending event in Dubai

Michelle Wie will end her season by playing in the Dubai Masters, the final Ladies European Tour event of the year.

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2010-11 College Preview: Dollars or degrees?

For many talented youngsters who skip college and turn pro early, the chase for LPGA riches goes unfulfilled. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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No rush for men to professional ranks

While men’s professional golf is becoming a more difficult and risky vocation, the college and amateur experience has improved. Sean Martin reports.

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Ask this collegians: What if I don’t make it?

Many top collegians do not end up having a prosperous professional career. That’s why it’s good to have a Plan B. Julie Williams explains.

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Ringler’s musings after college kickoff

This past weekend was sort of the kickoff to college golf, and it begins the fall season that will be over before you know it.

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Out of playoffs, Fowler heads to Karsten Creek

Disappointed by his failure to make it into the Tour Championship? Still riding a high by his selection to the Ryder Cup?

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Player of the week: Paula Hurtado, Florida International

The senior from Colombia posted rounds of 75-72-75 at the Wolverine Invitational to defeat teammate Cristina Marin by two shots and earn her third college title.

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Player of the week: Lee Bedford, Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons junior shot 72-66-68 for a 10-under 206 total to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate title by two shots over teammate Evan Beck. Bedford birdied Nos. 12 and 14, then hit 3-wood to 12 feet and made the eagle putt on the par-5 15th before closing with a birdie at No. 18. It was his second college victory.

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Team of the week: Florida International

The Panthers took a commanding win at the Wolverine Invitational, posting a 44-over 896 at the University of Michigan Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich. Florida International, which finished 2009-10 at No. 88 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, defeated runner-up Iowa State by 11 shots.

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Team of the week: Alabama

The Crimson Tide kicked off its 2010-11 season with a victory, closing with a 1-over 289 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

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Arendell makes statement in Wolf Run win

Golf fashion trends catch on quickly, especially when a player has success while sporting the hot, new fashion. Example A: the wearing of sunglasses upside down and backwards on a player’s hat.

Sunday, September 12

Five questions for the new college season

Another season of college golf is underway and there is a lot to be excited about. Here are five questions I hope to have an answer for by the spring:

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Playoff tension fills air at Cog Hill

On a wild Sunday at Cog Hill, Charlie Wi refused to talk, Dustin Johnson celebrated and J.B. Holmes complained. Jim McCabe reports.

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Playoff tension fills air at Cog Hill

On a wild Sunday at Cog Hill, Charlie Wi refused to talk, Dustin Johnson celebrated and J.B. Holmes complained. Jim McCabe reports.

5 things: FatHead, ThinSkin

We all know Ian Poulter has a big ego. Remember when he proclaimed himself the No. 2 player behind Tiger Woods before ever winning on the PGA Tour? But a FatHead and a thin skin, who knew?

Putnam wins in Utah for 1st Nationwide title

Former Pepperdine player Michael Putnam won the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Jhonattan Vegas and Bradley Iles.

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Redemption

After a summer of miscues, Dustin Johnson found welcome relief Sunday. His victory at the BMW Championship puts him in a prime spot for the FedEx Cup title. Thirty players, minus one Tiger Woods, will compete in two weeks at East Lake in the Tour Championship.

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Kaymer carrying a lot of swagger into Ryder Cup

It’s not often Ryder Cup rookies are asked to play in every session of the biennial match, but Germany’s Martin Kaymer may be called up on to do just that when he makes his debut for Europe at Celtic Manor, Wales.

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Johnson claims third French Open for 20th career win

England’s Trish Johnson claimed her 20th career title on Sunday, defeating Italy’s Diana Luna on the first playoff hole at the French Women’s Open.

TLA to sanction five tournaments next month

The Tour de las Americas continues to bolster its schedule. The tour will resume its 2010 season with a series of five tournaments across three countries in October.

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Players eliminated from Tour Championship

Seventy players entered the BMW Championship, but only 30 advanced to the Tour Championship at East Lake. Here are the 40 players who were eliminated at Cog Hill:

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Tseng overtakes Wie for third victory of 2010

Yani Tseng has shot a 6-under 65 to rally past Michelle Wie and win the Northwest Arkansas Championship.

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Johnson wins BMW by a shot

Dustin Johnson won the BMW Championship to ease a summer of Sunday disappointments. It was his second victory of the year.

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Woods’ playoff run ends in Chicago

Tiger Woods failed to qualify Sunday for the PGA Tour playoff finale at the Tour Championship. His next event will be the Ryder Cup.

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Sonoda delivers decisive point for Japan

Shunsuke Sonoda held firm in the face of a furious late Korean revival to secure victory for Japan in the Hyundai Capital Invitational.

Fujita captures Japan LPGA Championship

Saiki Fujita produced a flawless final-day performance to complete victory in the Japan LPGA Championship Konica Minolta Cup.

MSU rolls to Fossum Invitational title

Michigan State shot a final-round 9-over 297 Sunday to win the Fossum Invitational for the fourth consecutive year.

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Greensboro up big at Golfweek Div. III Invite

Led by senior Brock Elder, Greensboro took an eight-shot lead after Round 1 of Golfweek’s Division III Fall Invitational. D.J. Piehowski reports.

Florida Int. dominates Wolverine Invite

Thanks to a second-round rally, Florida International began its season with a commanding win Sunday at the Wolverine Invitational. The Panthers shot a three-day score of 44-over 896 at U-M Golf Course in Ann Arbor, Mich., to finish 11 shots clear of the field.

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Alabama tops Wake to win Carpet Capital

Alabama kicked off the 2010-11 season with a victory Sunday, closing with a 1-over 289 to win the Carpet Capital Classic.

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PGA champ Kaymer rolls to KLM Open title

PGA champion Martin Kaymer shot a final round 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes on Sunday.

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Plenty of followers behind Tiger, Phil at BMW

Tiger Woods stood on the right side of the first tee and Phil Mickelson on the left as they waited to be introduced for the 10:56 starting time in the BMW Championship fourth round. The silence was broken when the tee announcer started with introductions of the two honorary walking observers in the twosome.

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With 1st victory, Karmis assures place to play

Peter Karmis of South Africa completed a wire-to-wire victory to claim his maiden Asian Tour title at the Handa Singapore Classic on Sunday.

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Ferreira triumphs after brilliant finish

Tyrone Ferreira reached the turn Saturday at the 2010 SAA Pro-Am Invitational three shots back from the co-leaders, but four birdies on the back nine – including the last two holes – gave him a 67 for the day and one-shot victory.

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Cochran wins Songdo for 1st Champions title

Russ Cochran won the Songdo Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour victory after making a birdie on the opening hole of a playoff with Fred Funk in the 50-and-older circuit’s first event in Asia.

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Pavin not afraid to bench Tiger at Ryder Cup

United States captain Corey Pavin says Tiger Woods is not guaranteed to play in a maximum five matches against Europe in next month’s Ryder Cup.

Saturday, September 11

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Isles shoots 63, takes lead in Utah

Bradley Isles made nine birdies and a lone bogey on the way to an 8-under 63 at the Utah Championship. Through three rounds, Isles (15 under) leads Michael Putnam by one shot at Willow Creek Country Club.

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Commentary: Injury-free Moore eyes BMW victory

After an excellent amateur career, Ryan Moore saw his pro success delayed by injuries. As Jeff Rude writes, he may finally be healed.

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Thirty players on cusp of Tour Championship

Thirty players are just one round away from making the trip to the Tour Championship in two weeks at East Lake Golf Club.

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Davis tripped up by Dubsdread bunkers

There are 98 bunkers on the Dubsdread Course here at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club. Brian Davis might suggest there are 980 after his third-round appointment alongside Tiger Woods.

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Tiger-Phil pairing one to watch at Cog Hill

Ryan Moore and Dustin Johnson are in the final twosome Sunday at the BMW Championship at 12:45 p.m.

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Wie builds 3-shot NW Arkansas lead with 64

After going 7 under in her first nine holes Saturday at the NW Arkansas Championship, Michelle Wie posted a 64 to take a three-shot lead.

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Mahan fights bizarre rib ailment at BMW

How bad was Hunter Mahan’s strange rib ailment on Saturday at the BMW Championship? Well, it required a trainer to make the trip to the eighth hole at Cog Hill.

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Moore takes a one-shot lead at BMW

Ryan Moore fired a 5-under 66 Saturday to vault into the lead at the BMW Championship. FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar sits one shot back.

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Kaymer jumps out front at KLM Open

PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer shot a 4-under 66 Saturday to take a one shot lead after the third round of the KLM Open.

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O’Hair ace part of up-and-down Round 3

Sean O’Hair began the BMW Championship third round in unusual fashion, riding a roller coaster on the scorecard as well as emotionally.

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Funk pulls into solo Songdo lead with 67

Fred Funk shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to take the lead at the rain-soaked Posco E&C Songdo Championship, the Champions Tour’s first event in Asia.

Friday, September 10

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Putnam leads Utah Championship by one

Michael Putnam put up a second consecutive 66 Friday at Willow Creek Country Club in Sandy, Utah to take a one shot lead at the Utah Championship.

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Notes: Players giving Cog Hill harsh reviews

Cog Hill is taking a beating this week.

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Kuchar, Wi reach top spot in different ways

As for the BMW Championship midway co-leaders, one kept talking to his ill self for inspiration, the other looked at a message written on his pin sheet in order to stay patient.

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Kuchar, Wi share lead at Cog Hill

Matt Kuchar (right) battled sickness Friday at the BMW Championship, allowing Charlie Wi to catch him at 6 under for a share of the lead.

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Inkster trying to move past Safeway DQ

Nearly three weeks after her strange disqualification from a tournament in Oregon, Juli Inkster is still a bit vexed.

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McDowell tweets about Callaway’s new driver

It’s that time of year again in the golf equipment industry when companies begin to turn their attention toward next year and a wave of product launches.

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Mickelson undone by poor drives at Cog Hill

Phil Mickelson had a wild ride on the way to an even-par 71 in the second round of the BMW Championship. There was plenty good sabotaged by three bad drives.

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Englishmen moving up leaderboard at BMW

At the moment, four Englishmen are among the top six during the second round of the BMW Championship.

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Pressel takes NW Arkansas lead with 66

Morgan Pressel shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take the early lead during the first round of the P&G NW Arkansas Championship.

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A look at the junior rankings, minus 2010 players

As a new college season starts, all 2010 graduates have been removed from the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings.

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Woods (72) struggles again at Cog Hill

If it’s not one thing, it’s another. That’s golf. For Tiger Woods, putting was the problem Friday at the BMW Championship.

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Four breakout teams to watch in 2010-11

Augusta State won last year’s NCAA Championship after not qualifying for the previous year’s championship. Here are four teams that could qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championship (and even make their way into match play at Karsten Creek) after not making it to last season’s championship at The Honors Course.

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Merzbacher (No. 35. 2012) commits to Tennessee

Chad Merzbacher, of Dublin, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to Tennessee. Merzbacher is No. 35 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2012.

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Woods unlikely to reach FedEx finale

Tiger Woods is now a long shot to get to the FedEx Cup finale.

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Kapur, Colsaerts share KLM Open lead

Shiv Kapur of India shot a 2-under 68 to reach 8 under and joined Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium in the lead after the second round of the Dutch Open.

Southern States Four-Ball event returns

After being in hibernation for more than 60 years, the Southern States Four-Ball Championship is making its return to the amateur golf landscape.

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Funk among trio tied for lead in South Korea

Fred Funk, Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake shared the lead Friday after the rain-delayed opening round of the Champions Tour’s first event in Asia.

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Five thoughts heading into Ryder Cup

Less than a month to go before a little, ahem, “exhibition” match takes place at Celtic Manor, Wales. The phrase “golf was the winner” will get lots of airtime after the dust has settled. Here are a few thoughts as to why not everyone in golf is a winner when it comes the Ryder Cup:

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Balicki, Ringler make 2010-11 predictions

Ron Balicki, aka “Wrong Ron,” and Lance Ringler, Golfweek’s college golf guru, make their picks for the upcoming men’s and women’s seasons.

Thursday, September 9

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Kirk’s ace leads to first-round lead in Utah

Chris Kirk, the Nationwide Tour’s money leader, took his first step toward a three-win promotion to the PGA Tour on Thursday, taking a one-shot lead at the Utah Championship.

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Woods, Lefty struggle in Round 1 at BMW

Tiger Woods’ days in the FedEx Cup playoffs may be numbered after an opening-round 73 at the BMW Championship. Jeff Rude reports.

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Tired from long stretch, Day fades at BMW

Jason Day shot his first over-par round since the FedEx Cup playoffs began, carding a 1-over 72 Thursday at the BMW Championship that included numerous loose shots, including a wedge from 145 yards that dunked into the pond on the 18th hole.

U of M names men’s, women’s coaches

The University of Minnesota and Director of Golf John Harris named John Carlson and Katie Brenny as associate head coaches for the men’s and women’s program, respectively, on Thursday.

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Kuchar (64) leads Moore at BMW

Matt Kuchar has picked the right time to be playing his best golf of the year.

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St. Jude Classic still searching for sponsor

Tournament director Phil Cannon won’t meet his self-imposed deadline to have a title sponsor secured for next year’s St. Jude Classic. Adam Schupak reports.

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Commentary: Choi growing more comfortable on LPGA

It took one missed cut to crack Na Yeon Choi’s exterior, one egg – and goal – at a time. Now we’re learning more about a player who one day could rule the LPGA. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Campus Courses

Yale tops our list of 30 courses that make the grade on campus.

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Verplank plays through wrist injury at BMW

Scott Verplank never expected to be in Chicago this week after withdrawing from the Deutsche Bank Championship with tendinitis in his left wrist.

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TaylorMade Burner 2.0 iron targets more power

TaylorMade is known for innovative promotions and introductions. On Sept. 9, the company was scheduled to unveil another product in unique fashion.

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Ailing Kuchar out front at Cog Hill

Beware of the ailing golfer, latest in a countless series.

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TMAG launches new irons via Webcast

At 3 p.m. Eastern time Thursday, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf CEO Mark King went live on the Web to unveil his company’s latest irons, the Burner 2.0.

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Korda headlines LPGA Sectional Qualifying

Glancing down the field for LPGA Sectional Qualifying, several names stick out. U.S. Women’s Amateur runner-up Jessica Korda headlines the field in terms of hot-shot amateurs.

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Golf beckons on Vietnam’s central coast

Golf certainly isn’t new to Vietnam. But when Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo focus on a region in central Vietnam, the golf world takes note. Matt Nelson reports.

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Naples Beach Hotel reopens course

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has reopened its golf course after two months of renovations, and Princeville Prince later this month will open Roy Yamaguchi's The Tavern at Princeville.

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Colsaerts (62) leads by two at KLM Open

Nicolas Colsearts of Belgium shot an 8-under 62 to upstage a trio of European Ryder Cup players and take the first-round lead at the Dutch Open.

In this issue: Sept. 10, 2010

Inside the Sept. 10, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Moore (65) in the zone early at Cog Hill

Thing about golf, you never know when a round might break out. You never know when the zone might kick in.

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Golfweek’s preseason top 30 players: Women

After a stellar summer amateur season, Auburn senior Cydney Clanton tops Golfweek’s preseason top 30 players list.

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Golfweek’s preseason top 30 players: Men

Fresh off his victory at the U.S. Amateur, Oklahoma State junior Peter Uihlein tops Golfweek’s preseason top 30 players list.

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Where were you? Recalling Sept. 11, 2001

Golfweek spoke recently with members of the golf industry to see what they remembered from Sept. 11, 2001.

Wednesday, September 8

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Gillis’ career revival

Journeyman Tom Gillis, at 42, is enjoying a change of direction as he climbs the PGA Tour ladder. Jeff Rude explains.

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Notes: Fowler relives Ryder Cup selection

Rickie Fowler stands out on the Ryder Cup for a couple of reasons.

5 things: Rickie Fowler 'loves big stage'

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Dutch Open's rich history to add another chapter

Scan the list of past winners of this week’s KLM (Dutch) Open and you’ll find the name of Sewsunker “Papwa” Sewgolum (1959, 1960, 1964). A unique name for a unique golfer, one whose story deserves telling.

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More Peter Uihlein fun facts

According my good friend John Stewart, who for many years was the golf writer for the Baltimore Sun, and who I consider an expert and historian of golf in that Middle Atlantic area, I’ve learned the maternal golf heritage goes a lot deeper.

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Woods embracing Foley’s swing concepts

His swing was a mess, and so was his marriage. Tiger Woods figured he could only deal with one problem at a time. In this case, golf had to wait its turn.

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Woods embracing new swing concepts

His swing was a mess, and so was his marriage. Tiger Woods figured he could only deal with one problem at a time. In this case, golf had to wait its turn.

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FedEx Cup delivers new level of drama

To understand the degrees to which the PGA Tour’s venture into “the playoffs” has worked harken back to last year’s BMW Championship at Cog Hill and the scene at the 72nd green.

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‘Big Break’ winner Coffing talks fashion

Spunky is the first word that came to mind during an interview with Carling Coffing, Golf Channel’s “Big Break Sandals Resort” winner. Not only does Coffing’s vibrant personality radiate through the phone, but I love her outfit choices, too. We spoke about her favorite topic – fashion.

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Thongchai returns to Asia for Singapore Classic

Reigning Asian Tour No. 1 Thongchai Jaidee needs to shrug off the effects of jet lag and fatigue if he’s to mount a title assault at this week’s inaugural Handa Singapore Classic.

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Champions Tour breaks new ground in Asia

American Tom Watson and German Bernhard Langer head a cast of golf stars that is breaking new ground in Asia this week. The newly-opened Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the venue for the U.S. $3 million Songdo Championship, the first Champions Tour event staged on Asian soil.

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Notes: Nallen nearing elusive Tour card

It started so easily for Chris Nallen. A 60 in his first career Nationwide Tour round, en route to an eight-shot victory.

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PGA Tour pushes for Latin American ties

The PGA Tour is moving forward with efforts to spur growth in Latin America in advance of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Sean Martin reports.

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New frontier

The PGA Tour is moving forward with efforts to spur the game's growth in Latin America in advance of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Tipping returns to defend title at SAA Pro-Am

It’s been a year since Randburg local Ryan Tipping triumphed at his home course in the SAA Pro-Am Invitational. Tipping eagled the par-5 18th hole to force a playoff against Chris Swanepoel at the Randpark Golf Club. They went to No. 18 twice more before Tipping outperformed Swanepoel for his maiden win on the Sunshine Tour.

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Golfweek D-III Fall Invitational preview

The Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational kicks off Sept. 12-14 at Southern Dunes Golf & Country Club, in Haines City, Fla. D.J. Piehowski has a preview.

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Lefty skips BMW pro-am at request of sponsor

Phil Mickelson is missing his second consecutive pro-am this week at the BMW Championship at the behest of the sponsor.

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Harrington adds Vivendi Cup to schedule

It looks like Padraig Harrington has worked out his schedule prior to the Ryder Cup, as the Irishman will play the Vivendi Cup as a Ryder Cup tune-up.

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Fantasy Aces: BMW Championship

The third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, the BMW Championship at Cog Hill, represents the last chance for players to make the Tour Championship. Who are the Fantasy Aces backing this week?

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Golfweek’s preseason top 30 teams: Women

Defending NCAA champion Purdue returns five starters in 2010-11 and leads Golfweek’s preseason top 30 teams.

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Golfweek’s preseason top 30 teams: Men

Oklahoma State headlines Golfweek’s preseason top 30 teams for the 2010-11 college season. Can OSU win it all in June?

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Means gets back into Div. I with Idaho job

John Means has accepted the men’s coaching position at the University of Idaho. He replaces Jon Reehoorn, who took the Oregon head coaching job last month.

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John Means: Yearning for another D-I shot

John Means gets excited when he hears a knock on his office door. But after abruptly resigning as head coach of the University of Minnesota in 2001, Means was stunned by the silence.

Tuesday, September 7

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After playoff exit, Harrington focuses on Ryder Cup

For the first time since the playoffs started four years ago, Padraig Harrington will bow out of the postseason after the second event, finishing below the top 70 in the FedEx Cup points list.

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Boggs (NR, 2011) commits to Louisiana-Monroe

Taylor Boggs, of Fulton, Miss., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Boggs also took unofficial visits to Delta State, Ole Miss and Itawamba Community College before deciding on Louisiana-Monroe.

LET money-list race heats up at French Open

Lee-Anne Pace might just take further control of the Ladies European Tour’s money this week – or the bottle neck emerging among the top contenders simply could get worse.

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Notes: Tour navigating through sponsorship

With the PGA Tour getting closer to a sponsor for the World Golf Championship at Doral, that leaves only three tournaments – Memphis, Hilton Head and the Bob Hope Classic – without title sponsors after 2010.

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Golf beckons on Vietnam’s central coast

Golf certainly isn’t new to Vietnam. But when Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo focus on a region in central Vietnam, the golf world takes note. Matt Nelson reports.

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Long Drive champ to play Adams’ new driver

Adams has released a new family of 9064 drivers. The 9064LD will be in RE/MAX World Long Drive champions Jamie Sadlowski’s hands when he defends his crown in November in Mesquite, Nev.

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Toy Box notes: Furyk tries belly putter

Jim Furyk went to a belly putter to start the Deutsche Bank Championship, using an offset Scotty Cameron.

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Walker Cup partner: Rickie ‘loves big stage’

One of the criteria Corey Pavin undoubtedly considered when making his Ryder Cup captain’s pick: Can he handle the pressure?

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Commentary: Pavin made mistake by passing on Kim

To borrow a phrase from Jack Nicklaus, I think U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin needs a brain scan. I think it was an oversight not to take Anthony Kim with one of four captain’s picks.

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Commentary: Best part of Pavin’s picks? They have no fear

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin’s four wild-card selections were sensible and, for the most part, safe. Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler bring a blend of past, present and future. Another way to say it: experience and potential.

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Pavin follows his heart in Ryder Cup picks

With more pomp than circumstance, U.S. captain Corey Pavin did what had rumored for weeks: Named Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and Rickie Fowler as his four captain’s picks for the 38th Ryder Cup on Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor, Wales.

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Commentary: Picking Fowler makes sense for Ryder Cup

Rickie Fowler rounded out U.S. captain Corey Pavin’s Ryder Cup team. As Jim McCabe writes, energy and youth played a big factor.

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Pavin’s picks: Tiger, Cink, Zach, Fowler

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin selected Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Zach Johnson and Rickie Fowler to fill out his squad.

Monday, September 6

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Hoffman's strong-arm tactics

Charley Hoffman’s birdie-fest 62 was more than enough to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship, but was it enough to earn a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team? Captain Corey Pavin determines the fate of Hoffman and other hopefuls with an official announcement Tuesday.

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Gillis, 42, finds the magic at TPC Boston

Tom Gillis’s first PGA Tour event was the 1993 Buick Open. The fact that he missed the cut that week would be a harbinger for things to come for the 42-year-old journeyman from Pontiac, Mich.

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Wild breaks, good fortune help Hoffman win

Amazing sometimes how little things, or a little break, can so heavily influence a round. Mabe an entire tournament. Who knows? In some cases, possibly an entire career.

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TMAG extends deal with China Golf Association

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf announced an extension of its partnership with the China Golf Association, appointing the company as the exclusive equipment supplier of the China National Golf Team.

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Pavin set to complete Ryder Cup roster

Ryder Cup hopefuls are keeping their phones handy Monday as U.S. captain Corey Pavin finalizes his wild-card picks. Jim McCabe reports.

Junior diary: New putter, new beginnings

My golf friends have always said the face of my putter looked scratched, but I never really paid much attention to it.

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Azinger: Hoffman a lock for Ryder Cup pick

Paul Azinger was always adamant that winning breeds confidence.

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Trahan still remembers ’08 Ryder Cup downfall

Two years ago to the day, D.J. Trahan was in the same spot as the 14-plus players that Ryder Cup Captain Corey Pavin is considering for his four captain’s picks.

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Junior Diary: Making a U.S. Am run

Hope everyone has been well. I had a very eventful week in a place that I never thought golf would take me. I learned that University Place, Washington, is a really cool place.

Thirty players eliminated from Playoffs

The 30 players who were eliminated from the PGA Tour playoffs following the Deutsche Bank Championship:

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TMAG extends deal with China Golf Association

TaylorMade-Adidas Golf announced an extension of its partnership with the China Golf Association, appointing the company as the exclusive equipment supplier of the China National Golf Team.

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Player of the Week: Karen Chung

Karen Chung, of Livingston, N.J., shot 4-under 212 (67-74-71) at Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., to win the AJGA Girls Championship by six shots.

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Player of the Week: Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson, of Birmingham, Ala., shot 4-under 212 (68-72-72) at TPC Sawgrass’ Player’s Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to win the Junior Players Championship by one shot.

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Hoffman (62) wins Deutsche

Charley Hoffman made 11 birdies Monday en route to a tournament-record-tying 62 and a five-shot win at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Ryder Cup hopefuls await Pavin’s call

Ryder Cup hopefuls are kept their phones handy Monday as U.S. captain Corey Pavin finalizes his wild-card picks. Jim McCabe reports.

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Hurricane Earl ‘barely hit’ N.C. schools

No news is good news when it comes to Hurricane Earl and schools in North Carolina.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 30-Sept. 6, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Liner (No. 163, 2011) commits to Charleston So.

C.J. Liner has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Charleston Southern.

5 things: Memory lapses

One has to wonder if it’s time to add a regular slot in “5 Things” for the DQ of the week – and we’re not referring to our favorite Blizzard flavor at the Dairy Queen ice cream shop.

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Ryder Cup frenzy finds Love at Deutsche Bank

When Davis Love III walked off the golf course on Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, it was not to questions about his game. Instead, Love answered inquiries about the Ryder Cup.

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Talley (No. 1, 2012) making unofficial visits

Emma Talley, the top player in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2012, has seen a lot of college campuses lately. The high school junior has taken a series of unofficial visits as she begins the selection process.

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LaCrosse, 9 others earn LPGA cards

Cindy LaCrosse won the Futures Tour's season-ending Price Chopper Tour Championship in a playoff Sunday and took the money title to top the 10 qualifiers for the 2011 LPGA Tour.

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Davies notches 75th career win at Austrian Open

English star Laura Davies won the Austrian Ladies Open on Sunday for her 75th worldwide victory, closing with a 2-under 70 to beat France’s Virginie Lagoutte-Clement by a stroke.

Junior Fantasy results: Junior Players

What a thrilling finish at the AJGA Junior Players Championship, with little-known Michael Johnson holing a 20-foot bogey putt for the win at TPC Sawgrass.

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Ochoa enjoying perks of retirement

Lorena Ochoa doesn’t want a big deal made over her recent dance lessons. She won’t be dazzling us with her merengue moves on “Dancing with the Stars” any time soon.

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Q&A: New IGF chief preps golf for 2016 Olympics

Antony Scanlon is the new executive director of the International Golf Federation, the sport’s governing body for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Scanlon recently spoke with Golf360 about his new role and golf’s place in the Summer Games.

Sunday, September 5

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LaCrosse claims Futures Tour Championship

Cindy LaCrosse won the Futures Tour’s season-ending Price Chopper Tour Championship in a playoff Sunday and took the money title to top the 10 qualifiers for the 2011 LPGA Tour.

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Kisner wins Mylan Classic, 1st N’wide title

Former Georgia player Kevin Kisner won the inaugural Mylan Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a bogey-free 4-under 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Geoffrey Sisk.

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Fraser targets Order of Merit as top goal

Australian Marcus Fraser is gearing up for this week’s Handa Singapore Classic after a respectable T-15 finish Sunday at the European Masters. Fraser, 31, is ranked second on the Asian Tour money list and is determined to add a second victory this season at the US $400,000 event at Orchid Country Club.

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Iijima emerges triumphant in playoff

Akane Iijima outlasted her good friend Ayako Uehara to claim the silverware in the Japan LPGA Tour Golf5 Ladies Tournament.

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Schulz beats Pernice for First Tee Open title

Ted Schulz won the First Tee Open on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, holing an 8-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Pebble Beach en route to a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Tom Pernice Jr.

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TPC Boston full of strange sights in Round 3

Some sights and scenes picked up while strolling around TPC Boston on a quintessential autumn day in New England.

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Mickelson, Stricker close the gap on World No. 1

Tiger Woods has been the World No. 1 for quite awhile – the last 273 weeks and 615 weeks in his career, in fact – but that all may change on Monday.

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Day birdies 18 for one-shot Deutsche lead

Aiming for his second career victory, Jason Day shot a third-round 66 to take a one-shot lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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FedEx Cup race heats up in Boston

The game within the game at the Deutsche Bank Championship is the race to get into the top 70 in order to make it to next week’s BMW Championship in Chicago. Two words come into play there: No cut. Or better yet, guaranteed paycheck.

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Ishikawa tops high school chum in playoff

Ryo Ishikawa survived a tense four-hole playoff Sunday to retain his title in the Fujisankei Classic.

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M. Kumar hangs on for victory at Chandigarh

A steady 1-over 73 proved enough for Mukesh Kumar to take top honors Friday at the PGTI Players Championship presented by Chandigarh Golf Club.

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Commentary: Like old times for Woods, Els at TPC Boston

The golf wasn’t their greatest, but as Jeff Babineau writes, it was just like old times for Tiger Woods and Ernie Els on Sunday.

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Wolstenholme turns heads at Senior Masters

England’s Gary Wolstenholme takes the plaudits for performance of the week in Europe. His third-place finish in the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters at Woburn stands out from the three events played in Europe this past weekend.

Davies claims third Austrian title for 75th career win

Laura Davies downright owns the Golf Club Fohrenwald. Davies won the Austrian Ladies Open on Sunday for the third time in four years; she finished runner-up in 2009. She fired a closing-round 70 for her 75th career victory, and her third title of the season.

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Johnson claims one-shot win at Jr. Players

Michael Johnson sank a 20-foot bogey putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Junior Players Championship by one shot. As Ryan Lavner writes, it’s just one sign of his mental toughness.

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Winslow (No. 69, 2011) commits to Iowa

Joseph Winslow joins Brian Bullington, a fellow member of the class of 2011, in verbally committing to Iowa head coach Mark Hankins. Winslow, ranked No. 69 in the 2011 class, attends Saint Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, Kan.

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Verplank WDs from Deutsche with wrist injury

Scott Verplank could no longer hold onto a golf club and figured there was no point in playing.

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Jimenez wins Euro Masters for 3rd title of ’10

Miguel Angel Jimenez won the European Masters on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 67 to reach 21 under and beat Edoardo Molinari by three strokes.

Saturday, September 4

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Schulz posts 64 for First Tee lead

Ted Schulz shot an 8-under 64 – his best competitive round in nearly 20 years – at Pebble Beach on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over first-round leader Mark Calcavecchia and Tom Kite in the First Tee Open.

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Commentary: Johnson carries brother’s memory on course

Four years ago Michael Johnson lost his older brother in a car accident. As D.J. Piehowski writes, Johnson is chasing an AJGA Junior Players title with a heavy heart.

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Last-place Deutsche finish could doom O’Hair

For all those keeping track, Sean O’Hair is 19th on the Ryder Cup points list that the PGA of America is keeping for U.S. captain Corey Pavin.

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Playoff run over early for Harrington

For the first time since the playoffs started four years ago, Padraig Harrington will bow out of the postseason after the second event, finishing below the top 70 in the FedEx Cup points list.

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Sisk maintains Mylan Classic lead

Geoffrey Sisk remains firmly at the head of the pack after Saturday’s third round of the Mylan Classic. Sisk shot 2-under 69 at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, Penn., to maintain his two-shot lead.

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Snedeker, Day take lead at Deutsche Bank

Brandt Snedeker took advantage of favorable conditions Saturday at TPC Boston to take the lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Johnson leads Jr. Players; Spieth moves up

Jordan Spieth made a move Saturday at the Junior Players Championship, shooting a second-round 69 to trail leader Michael Johnson by two shots at TPC Sawgrass. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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Woods shows progress with 65 at Deutsche

Tiger Woods shot a bogey-free round Saturday for the first time in more than a year. As Jim McCabe notes, that’s a sign of serious progress.

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Kim MCs in Boston; Ryder Cup in doubt

Anthony Kim’s only hope now is to persuade Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin with words, not scores.

Towne named Indiana State head coach

Indiana State will begin the 2010-11 season under the direction of newly-hired head coach Greg Towne. Towne was hired just three weeks after former head coach Mike Whitson resigned to take the head coaching job at Eastern Kentucky, his alma mater.

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Despite penalty, Jimenez leads Euro Masters

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez maintained a three-shot lead with a 3-under 68 Saturday in the third round of the European Masters.

UMSL violates NCAA anti-gambling rules

The NCAA slapped the University of Missouri-St. Louis with two years of probation Friday, saying the former golf coach at the Division II school violated anti-gambling rules by running a “multimillion-dollar” fantasy sports league and playing in others.

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Campbell (No. 50, 2011) commits to Illinois

Brian Campbell, of Irvine, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for Illinois in the fall of 2011. Campbell also made unofficial visits to Oregon, USC and Oklahoma State before deciding on Illinois.

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Campbell out of playoffs after DQ

This is starting to get a bit silly. High-profile players being slapped with severe penalties or disqualifications, we’re talking about.

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Grillo vaults up leaderboard at Junior Players

With the way Emiliano Grillo hit the ball on Friday, it was only a matter of time before he reached the top of the leaderboard at the Junior Players Championship.

Friday, September 3

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Hall endures wild round at TPC Sawgrass

Mary Ellen Hall was unable to see most of her son Gavin’s opening round at the Junior Players Championship, thanks to a faulty GPS system that took her all over northern Florida.

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Calcavecchia leads by 2 at Pebble Beach

Mark Calcavecchia shot an 8-under 64 on Friday at Del Monte to take a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open.

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Tiger in trouble at TPC Boston; 9 back

On the list of things that were bad about the afternoon at TPC Boston, the weather hardly rated, even though it consisted of persistent rain squalls.

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Johnson, Day share Deutsche Bank lead

Zach Johnson and Jason Day beat up on the TPC Boston and beat the rain at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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N’wide exit leaves Tour another hole to fill

Friday’s announcement that Nationwide Insurance will become the presenting sponsor of the Memorial brings stability to one of the PGA Tour’s most prestigious stops, while raising questions about the future of the Tour’s developmental circuit.

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Johnson leads Junior Players after late entry

Michael Johnson was the last player in the field for the AJGA Junior Players Championship. He wasted little time making a move Friday at TPC Sawgrass. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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Notes: Furyk arrives on time at TPC Boston

Jim Furyk made sure he had two alarms to make his tee time Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship, his cell phone and a wake-up call from the hotel.

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McIlroy cures the lefts, shoots 64 at Deutsche

Struggling with a case of the lefts, Rory McIlroy called in longtime teacher Michael Bannon. As Jim McCabe writes, the plan has worked wonders.

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Caddie in wrong-ball dispute calls out Ahn

The double-DQ in Canada last week involving Shi Hyun Ahn and Il Mi Chung is a tangled web of he said/she said. LPGA officials say any discussion of an alleged cover-up (i.e. cheating) at the CN Canadian Women’s Open is irresponsible.

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Suspended Every to play Hooters Tour event

Matt Every, serving a three-month suspension from the PGA Tour for “conduct unbecoming a professional” after his arrest last month on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession, will play a Hooters Tour event next week in Columbia, S.C., tour officials told Golfweek.

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Jimenez shoots 61, leads European Masters

Miguel Angel Jimenez has shot a 10-under 61 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the European Masters.

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TPC Boston ‘ideal’ before afternoon storm

Talk about the proverbial “calm before the storm” – conditions at TPC Boston in the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship were the definition of ideal.

Burchett to take solo lead at Western Kentucky

After six seasons as an assistant, Ron Burchett has been named head coach at Western Kentucky.

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Juniors show true colors at TPC Sawgrass

PGA Tour players aren’t the only players celebrating College Colors Day today.

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N’wide in for Memorial; out as tour sponsor

Nationwide Insurance announced it will end its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour’s developmental circuit when the contract expires in two years. It will become the presenting sponsor of the Memorial.

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Stricker, Mickelson could claim World No. 1

Phil Mickelson isn’t the only player capable of going to No. 1 in the world this week.

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Commentary: Paddy pick could haunt Monty at Ryder Cup

Make no mistake about it, like Faldo before him, Monty will take a beating if Europe loses. Especially if Harrington plays poorly.

Thursday, September 2

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Phillips (NR, 2011) commits to Kent State

Charlie Phillips, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to Kent State for the fall of 2011. Phillips did not make unofficial visits to any other campuses before making his decision.

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Dunlap, Sisk share Mylan Classic lead

Scott Dunlap and Geoffrey Sisk jumped to an early lead at the Mylan Classic on Thursday after putting up a 6-under 65 at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, Penn.

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Commentary: Pavin still searching for Ryder Cup wild cards

With at least 14 names in the mix for the final four Ryder Cup spots, Corey Pavin faces some tough decisions. Jeff Babineau explores some possible selection strategies.

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DQ leaves Ahn stunned, agent says

Shi Hyun Ahn is stunned in the aftermath of her disqualification last week in Canada, according to her agent, Vicki Lee.

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Hurricane could affect players at TPC Boston

There was the usual cast of characters brought into the media center here at the Deutsche Bank Championship – Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar, Steve Stricker – but all the pre-tournament hype wasn’t complete until the last visitor arrived: Stewart Williams, PGA Tour on-site meteorologist.

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Manassero, 17, leads European Masters

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero shot a 7-under 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the European Masters.

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Deutsche re-ups, adds partner for Tour event

It has added some initials to its business model, but more importantly – at least to PGA Tour fans in New England – Deutsche Bank has picked up the two-year option for its Labor Day tournament at TPC Boston.

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UNC-Wilmington bracing for Hurricane Earl

With Hurricane Earl tracking up the East Coast of the U.S., many schools are expecting to get wet.

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Woods takes out $54M mortgage on estate

Fresh off his divorce, Tiger Woods has taken out a $54.5 million mortgage on his Florida waterfront estate.

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Commentary: Don’t expect onslaught of penalties to stop

This has been the summer of rules discontent. As James Achenbach writes, this avalanche of penalties is unlikely to stop any time soon.

Wednesday, September 1

In this issue: Sept. 3, 2010

Inside the Sept. 3, 2010 issue of Golfweek

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‘Exhausted’ Perry WDs from Deutsche Bank

Kenny Perry has withdrawn from the Deutsche Bank Championship, ending his run in the FedEx Cup.

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Furyk set for Deutsche Bank after DQ

Jim Furyk was on the putting green for four-plus hours Wednesday honing his stroke for his first playoff event of 2010.

Junior Fantasy picks: Junior Players

Four months after the PGA Tour rolled through Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., the best juniors in the country will take their hacks at TPC Sawgrass for the Junior Players Championship (Sept. 3-5). Our Golfweek staffers make their picks for one of the final AJGA invitationals of the season:

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Walker battling through injury at TPC Boston

If you’re looking for a wild explanation, perhaps a daring escapade that went wrong, Jimmy Walker can’t help you. The issue he’s having with the medial meniscus in his right knee? “It happened while I was just standing,” he said.

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Small wins eighth straight Illinois PGA

University of Illinois men’s golf coach Mike Small won his eighth consecutive Illinois PGA Championship Wednesday at Olympia Fields Country Club.

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Wisconsin junior DQs himself after victory

Zach Nash was shocked when he discovered he had one too many golf clubs in his bag 2 hours after winning a junior Wisconsin PGA tournament.

BYU to join WCC in 2011-12 season

Brigham Young University has accepted an invitation to join the West Coast Conference beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

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HoF QB Elway in hunt at Colorado Sr. Open

John Elway pulled an Elway on the Elway hole. “Seven on 7,” the Hall of Famer said sadly after carding an even-par 72 Wednesday in his first senior golf tournament since turning 50 in June.

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Aussie Hetherington wraps up 14-year LPGA career

Australian Rachel Hetherington, an eight-time winner on the LPGA, retired Sunday from the tour following the final round of the CN Canadian Women’s Open. The 38-year-old earned more than $5.7 million in 14 years on the LPGA.

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Fantasy Aces: Deutsche Bank Championship

The FedEx Cup playoffs roll into TPC Boston this week for the Deutsche Bank Championship. Who are the Fantasy Aces backing this week?

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Streelman’s playoff punch paying off

Amazing how quickly one’s fortunes can change in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Consider Kevin Streelman, for instance.

5 things: Inside Kuchar's success

When swinging a golf club, Matt Kuchar looks like he’s in a basement with a low ceiling. Yet the lanky professional stands out for reasons other than that flat swing. He not only finished first Sunday at The Barclays, but he’s first on the PGA Tour in scoring average, earnings, FedEx Cup points, top-10 finishes and the all-around statistical category.

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Junior Players preview: Swinging at Sawgrass

The AJGA Junior Players Championship starts Friday at TPC Sawgrass. D.J. Piehowski previews the event, which features the country’s best juniors.

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Mukesh Kumar leads PGTI Championship

Mukesh Kumar carded a bogey-free 67 that catapulted him from T-6 overnight to a one-shot lead after round 2 of the PGTI Players Championship.

Ishikawa seeks to rekindle magic at Fujisankei Classic

Ryo Ishikawa hopes a return to the scene of one of his most memorable wins will spark a concerted push to retain his Japan Golf Tour Organisation Money List title.

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Asian Tour suspends five in OneAsia dispute

Asia’s golfing divide continues to widen with Scotsman Simon Yates and Australian Terry Pilkadaris among five players indefinitely suspendedby the Asian Tour for playing on the rival OneAsia Tour.

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After long layoff, Norman returns at European Masters

After the madness of Gleneagles comes the serenity of Crans-sur-Sierre, a place where the runners in the Ryder Cup race can catch their breath and spend a week in quiet reflection.

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High stakes

The Deutsche Bank Championship is about much more than just the $1.35 million top prize. Top U.S. players – such as Tiger Woods, Zach Johnson and Stewart Cink – still are vying for final spots on the American Ryder Cup team. And everybody is scrambling to advance to the third stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Pace rides hot streak into Austrian Ladies Open

Lee-Anne Pace brings her top game into the Austrian Ladies Open this week at Raiffeisen Golf Club Fohrenwald. On a tear, Pace of South Africa has won twice and added a runner-up finish in her last three events.

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2013 NCAAs heading to Capital City Club

A week after the 2013 NCAA Championship was dropped from at Atlanta Athletic Club, the NCAA announced Wednesday that the event will be held on the Crabapple Couse at the Capital City Club in Atlanta.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Inside Kuchar’s success

Matt Kuchar’s unique swing stands out as much as his jaw-dropping consistency on Tour this year. Jeff Rude explains.

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For Your Game: Matt Kuchar

It took some time, but Matt Kuchar's hard work finally reaps rewards. Sean Martin spent a day with Kuchar on the range to find the secret to his success.

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LPGA investigates possible rules cover-up

The LPGA is investigating a possible cover-up surrounding two competitors who played the wrong ball at the Canadian Women’s Open.

PGA Tour suspends pro-am no-show rule

The PGA Tour has suspended the regulation that resulted in Jim Furyk’s disqualification last week from The Barclays for being late to his pro-am starting time, commissioner Tim Finchem announced Tuesday.

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