Stories for November 2011
Wednesday, November 30
While Tiger Woods barely qualified for his own tournament this week, the way he played Down Under shows that the former World No. 1 is headed in the right direction.
Why are scores so low in the PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West?
Out of Arnie's shadow
On a day when Boo Weekley and Ty Tryon highlighted the nasty side of Q-School, Sam Saunders showed via his mental and physical toughness that he might be ready for a PGA Tour card.
Will Claxton and Daniel Summerhays topped the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament leaderboard at 8-under 64 after the first round Wednesday at PGA West.
Ginger Howard, 17, has ambitious goals that extend far beyond this week’s final stage of LPGA Q-School.
2013 Western Am change
The prestigious Western Amateur will be held in central Arkansas in 2013, allowing scheduled site Olympia Fields to focus on preparing to host the 2015 U.S. Amateur.
UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay is going to the Open Championship under a new qualifying category for golf’s oldest championship.
McCabe: U.S. team golf
Jim McCabe: Looking back at the Presidents Cup and offering some thoughts and predictions - such as whether Jim Furyk will make the U.S. team - on the upcoming Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Chevron World Challenge
Once, Bill Haas only watched as his father, Jay, competed in Tiger's tournament. Sean Martin says Bill is realizing a career goal this week as a headliner at the Chevron World Challenge.
Rory McIlroy has decided to stay home next year for the Irish Open instead of returning to the scene of his record U.S. Open victory.
Lavner: Harold Varner feature
Ryan Lavner: Harold Varner was lightly recruited out of high school, but he’s blossomed into a top-50 player at East Carolina. How? A ‘wonderfully short memory.’
The pool of young talent in golf has never looked deeper.
Tuesday, November 29
explains how Y.E. Yang’s 2008 Q-School graduation has impacted this year’s class.
As Q-School returns to PGA West, a look at how Y.E. Yang’s 2008 graduation has impacted this year’s class.
LPGA Q-School preview
Joanna Coe, at the end of a successful college career at Rollins, is ready to reach the end of a long Q-School process. Julie Williams says she highlights the depth of this year's field.
Golfweek Senior Tour kicks off 2012 season at Waterlefe.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Q-School: Harris English
Sean Martin: Harris English has developed into the top rookie prospect in this year’s Q-School because he started focusing not on the path, but the destination.
Saying he felt “it was time for a younger man to come in to take the program to the next level,” Wyn Norwood announced he will be stepping down as director of golf and men’s head coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock at the end of the season.
Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked American in the Official World Golf Ranking, underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee on Tuesday near his home in south Florida.
The International team suffered another humbling loss earlier this month at the Presidents Cup, and there could be lingering ramifications for a pair of Australians.
The week ahead in the world of golf . . .
Rory McIlroy intends to spend more time playing in the U.S next year, juggling his commitments with the European Tour as he seeks to make an impact on both sides of the Atlantic.
The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles will take place from Sept. 26-28, with officials saying that Scotland’s unpredictable weather could cause a repeat of the problems that afflicted last year’s competition.
Monday, November 28
OneAsia tour news
OneAsia chief executive Ben Sellenger, who oversaw the creation of the upstart tour in the Far East, has resigned.
What do Boo Weekley, David Duval, Rich Beem, Lee Janzen, Harris English and Shaun Micheel have in common? They are all competing for PGA Tour spots coming out of this week's Q-School finals.
Maginnes on Tap: Q-School
Maginnes on Tap: The Q-School finals are upon us, and for every golfer in Palm Springs, Calif., this is the week where dreams can be lost or made. The pressure can simply make or break you.
The format to the World Cup event will change in 2013 to mirror the competition at the 2016 Olympics, which will feature the return of golf to the Games after a more than 100-year absence, World Cup organizers told Reuters.
Sunday, November 27
Otto wins ... differently
Alistair Tait: Hennie Otto won the South African Open Championship on Sunday, but a rough back-nine had those who know him best worried: Would he stay patient or blow his lid again?
Hennie Otto recorded a par on No. 18 for a one-stroke victory over Austria's Bernd Wiesberger at the South African Open on Sunday.
U.S. wins World Cup
Matt Kuchar and Gary Woodland ended the United States' 11-year drought in golf's World Cup by shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win by two strokes.
Chalmers wins Aussie PGA
Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Sunday for his second straight major Down Under tournament victory, beating Australian countrymen Robert Allenby and Marcus Fraser with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Saturday, November 26
South Africa's Hennie Otto shot a 7-under 65 Saturday and took a three-shot lead after three rounds of the South African Open, capitalizing on stumbles by countrymen by Retief Goosen and Ernie Els.
Inside the Nov. 25, 2011 issue of Golfweek
Irish lead World Cup
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will head into the final round of the World Cup with a two-stroke lead after a convincing performance for Ireland in the fourballs on Saturday.
Kim leads Australian PGA
K.T. Kim played steadily over the back nine while other challengers fell around him, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson.
Friday, November 25
Joseph "Bud" Lewis, the golf professional who was the longest serving and oldest living member of the PGA of America, has died. He was 103.
NeSmith, Morales win
Matthew NeSmith and Nicole Morales kick off the 2012 AJGA season with big victories at the Polo Golf Junior Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
says the World Cup doesn’t truly live up to what it claims to be: a world championship.
Truth is, the World Cup is lost in a sea of tournaments and doesn’t truly live up to what it claims to be: a world championship.
Steven O'Hara shot a 4-under 68 Friday for a one-shot lead over Retief Goosen and Merrick Bremner after the second round of the South African Open.
Fashion Q&A: Galway Bay
We catch up with Terry Prillaman of Galway Bay Apparel, who is looking to create raingear that keeps you comfortable without costing you an arm ... and a leg.
Ireland tied for Cup lead
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot a 4-under 68 in the second round Friday to give Ireland a share of the lead with Australia at the World Cup.
Bubba Watson trailed European Tour regular Marcus Fraser by two strokes after the second round of the Australian PGA. K.T. Kim, Y.E. Yang and Adam Scott are all within striking distance as well.
Thursday, November 24
John Senden and Greg Chalmers have each had a hole-in-one at the Australian PGA — on consecutive days, in the same group, on the same hole.
Steven O'Hara and local favorite Jbe Kruger each shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the South African Open.
Organizers of the South African Open say controversial golfer John Daly did not "snub" their tournament and that he was simply unable to travel to Johannesburg in time.
Aussies lead World Cup
Australia took the lead in the first round of the World Cup on Thursday after shooting an 11-under 61, two strokes ahead of tournament favorites Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Ireland.
Australian PGA 1st round
Bubba Watson is one shot off the lead at the Australian PGA, as Steven Bowditch and Choi Joon-Woo both posted 66s in the first round. Rickie Fowler and Darren Clarke are also lurking.
Wednesday, November 23
Peter Senior earned $1.4 million on the Champions Tour in the United States this year — seventh on the money list — and did it mostly with his 17-year-old son as caddie.
Five weeks removed from his first professional victory - outlasting Rory McIlroy nonetheless - Rickie Fowler returns at the Australian PGA for his first professional tournament Down Under.
Former Temple men's golf coach John MacDonald has been named the recipient of the GCAA Honor Award, while Jack Jensen of Guilford will be honored posthumously with the GCAA Meritorious Service Award.
Lee Westwood will be rejoining the PGA Tour for the 2012 season, starting at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February.
Tuesday, November 22
Whitsett wins Western Refining
Alabama's Cory Whitsett beats Missouri's Jace Long and San Diego State's Todd Baek in a playoff to win the Western Refining All-America Classic title in El Paso, Texas.
Tiger Woods hasn't looked this good on the golf course in back-to-back weeks since he left Australia two years ago with his 82nd title and the indisputable No. 1 ranking.
Former World No. 1 David Duval has been searching for his game for awhile, having to take to Q-School this year - where he advanced to the final stage last week.
PGA Tour notes: All indications point to Tiger Woods making a return to the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for the first time since 2002.
Maginnes on Tap
Maginnes on Tap: Ryo Ishikawa and K.T. Kim started sluggishly at the Presidents Cup, but finished with a flourish, which should convince them they can compete with the best in the world.
The NCAA Championship will be without one of its mainstays, as rules official Clyde Luther has stepped down.
The NCAA Championship will be without one of its mainstays, as rules official Clyde Luther has stepped down.
ShotVision: J.B. Holmes
Instruction with ShotVision: A second part in our series with J.B. Holmes on using your driver. This instruction teaches you how to draw the ball.
Toy Box: Presidents Cup
Toy Box notes: Jim Furyk undefeated with a mixed bag, while Tiger Woods adds a 2-iron at the Presidents Cup.
Monday, November 21
Texas senior Dylan Frittelli managed the Texas elements Monday to take a one-shot lead after 18 holes of the Western Refining All-America Classic.
has given a verbal commitment to Harvard.
Courtney Hooton has verbally committed to play college golf at Harvard in the fall of 2012. Hooton, of Del Mar, Calif., also made unofficial visits to Yale, Princeton and Penn.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
has given a verbal commitment to Clemson.
Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to Clemson.
Intro to The Preserve
The Preserve at Bandon Dunes is a par-3 course unlike any other. Our Alex Miceli took a trip to the Oregon course - slated to open May 1 - and came away with plenty of images to share.
U.S. basks in victory
The Americans sure seem to have a lot of fun at the Presidents Cup, perhaps because they always win.
2012 grads commit
The top junior golfers in the country are signing the dotted line. After years of deliberation, it’s finally time for the 2012 grads to sign their national letters of intent to play college golf.
Harrison Frazar won the rain-soaked Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational by a stroke Sunday when Cameron Tringale missed a 2-foot par putt on the final hole.
5 Things: Western Refining
5 Things: PGA Tour star Matt Kuchar recalls his 1999 All-America Classic victory - a tournament that has featured 44 major championship winners and 38 Ryder Cuppers over 35 years.
Sunday, November 20
Park wins LPGA finale
South Korea's Hee Young Park won the LPGA's season-ending Titleholders for her first tour victory, closing with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to hold off Paula Creamer and Sandra Gal by two strokes.
says Yani Tseng will use the offseason to work on her "imagination" shots, challenging herself to get better after a 11-win 2011 campaign.
Yani Tseng will use the offseason to work on her "imagination" shots, challenging herself to get better after a 11-win 2011 campaign.
IMG's Forstmann dies
Ted Forstmann, the billionaire buyout maverick who orchestrated the acquisition of IMG, one of golf's most powerful management and media firms, died Sunday from the effects of brain cancer.
The International team trailed 4-2 after the opening session in the Presidents Cup and never caught up. That’s how it was two years ago at Harding Park, in 2007 at Royal Montreal.
South Africa’s Garth Mulroy shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship for his first European Tour title.
Presidents Cup notebook: K.T. Kim and Ryo Ishikawa started the tournament in rough fashion, but both earned two points over the final two sessions to show that they are quick studies.
A look at each of Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia:
Mahan a hero at Prez Cup
What a difference a year makes. After being the goat of last year's Ryder Cup, Hunter Mahan was a star this week at Royal Melbourne.
says Ernie Els has seen the Americans celebrate too often, and he says it is getting a bit old. Are language barriers and the fact that most players play on different tours the reason the Internationa
Ernie Els has seen the Americans celebrate too often, and he says it is getting a bit old. Are language barriers and the fact that most players play on different tours the reason the Internationals struggle in the Presidents Cup?
Dutchman Joost Luiten won the rain-shortened Johor Open on Sunday for his first European Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Sweden's Daniel Chopra.
Saturday, November 19
U.S. wins Presidents Cup
Despite an early rally from the Internationals, the United States hung on to win its fourth straight Presidents Cup, thanks to a clinching point from captain's pick Tiger Woods.
Roundups from the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School, where qualifiers advance to the Q-School finals Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Hee Young Park birdied three of the final four holes for a 3-under 69 and a share of the third-round lead with Sandra Gal on Saturday in the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders.
Creamer's tough year
LPGA Notes from CME Titleholders: Paula Creamer hasn't won since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open and says that 2011 has been the toughest year of her career.
The Americans built a big lead Saturday morning in the foursomes matches, with Woods finally rewarded with a point, then turned back a rally from the International team in the worst of the weather in the afternoon by capturing the final two matches.
Garth Mulroy birdied five straight holes on the back nine to take the lead with an 8-under 64 at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship on Saturday.
Heavy rain washed out play Saturday and forced organizers to reduce the Iskandar Johor Open to 54 holes, with Sweden's Daniel Chopra holding a two-shot lead going into the final day.
All-Americans visit El Paso
The top collegians in the country will converge in El Paso, Texas, this weekend for the Western Refining All-America Golf Classic – one of the more prestigious events in college golf.
Day 4 Prez Cup predictions
The International squad will need a borderline miracle to pull off a victory Sunday. Our Alex Miceli breaks down the match-ups and offers his predictions. Let's just say it doesn't look good for the Internationals . . .
Koreans knock off Tiger-DJ
Y.E. Yang has done it before (see the 2009 PGA Championship), and now K.T. Kim will have stories to tell his grandchildren, as the pair of Koreans knocked off Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson on Saturday.
Jason Kokrak, a two-time winner this year on the Nationwide Tour who is set to join the PGA Tour next season, shot a 3-under 69 on Friday at Spyglass for a share of the lead with Kyle Thompson in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.
Mahan's dramatic win
Hunter Mahan had heard the songs all day long. It got out of hand when Jason Day rolled in a 32-foot birdie putt on 17. Moments later, Mahan closed out the match with a birdie of his own, and followed it with an out-of-character celebration.
A look back at each of Saturday's matches, including both the morning foursomes and the afternoon four-ball action:
Prez Cup TV coverage
The Golf Channel provided nearly 12 hours of wall-to-wall coverage of the Presidents Cup. A bit too much?
Sunday singles pairings
U.S. captain Fred Couples and International captain Greg Norman made their final rosters late Saturday night in Melbourne, and there are some intriguing singles matches ahead on Sunday. Pairings
Friday, November 18
U.S. leads Prez Cup
Tiger won his first point in the morning session, but couldn't buy a putt in the afternoon as he and Dustin Johnson lost to Y.E. Yang-K.T. Kim. Fine out what else happened with our Presidents Cup Tracker.
Roundups from the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School. Qualifiers advance to Q-School finals Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
Els-Ishikawa finally win
Despite two early losses, Ernie Els never went to captain Greg Norman to change partners, instead telling Norman that Ryo Ishikawa was "coming along." And that faith led to a 1-up win.
5 Things: Day 3 foursomes
5 Things: Yes, Tiger picked up his first point. Yes, Robert Allenby is struggling at home. But the top storyline is the play of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, who are 3-0 as Presidents Cup rookies.
Day 3 four-ball predictions
The Saturday afternoon four-ball matches have begun in Melbourne, and our Alex Miceli takes you match-by-match, including predictions. Can the Internationals cut into their 11-6 deficit?
Two perfect teams, and a point for Tiger Woods. That’s all the Americans needed to take an 11-6 lead Saturday morning in the Presidents Cup.
In a surprise move, U.S. captain Fred Couples decided to sit Phil Mickelson in Presidents Cup four-ball matches Saturday afternoon.
Tryon heads back to Q-School
Ty Tryon is headed back to the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School and brimming with optimism after a round to remember Friday at Southern Hills Plantation.
Na Yeon Choi shot a 1-under 71 in swirling wind Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Sandra Gal after the first round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders.
After Hee Kyung Seo dumped her second shot in the water at No. 9, took her drop and left her pitch short of the green, she trudged toward the putting surface and let out a series of frustrated grunts.
Jbe Kruger shot a 5-under 67 Friday to build a four-shot lead at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship.
says Tiger says he likes visiting different corners of the world, but he is really visiting Abu Dhabi for the money.
Tiger says he likes visiting different corners of the world, but he is really visiting Abu Dhabi for the money.
Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano made four straight birdies on the back nine in a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead Friday in the Dunlop Phoenix.
Sweden's Daniel Chopra fired a 6-under 65 to take the lead at the Iskandar Johor Open on Friday.
Prez Cup: Day 3 predictions
With both teams benching two players apiece, the U.S. and International squads will send out five teams on Saturday morning. Our Alex Miceli breaks down each match-up, where he tells you whether Tiger will pick up his first point.
Mickeslon, Furyk pairing
Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk have been mainstays on Ryder Cup and President Cup squads, but they rarely have been paired together. After another win on Friday in Australia, maybe the partnership should have happened earlier.
5 Things: Prez Cup Day Two
5 Things: Day Two featured Tiger Woods falling to 0-2 and Steve Stricker being benched Saturday morning, but it was Royal Melbourne's toughness that is the real headline Down Under.
Baddeley leads Int'l team
Jeff Rude: Aaron Baddeley showed off some short-term memory loss, putting behind a disappointing Day One and firing on all cylinders on Day Two to beat Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson.
Pairings announced for Day 3
Pairings have been announced for Day 3 of the Presidents Cup, where Adam Scott and K.J. Choi will be once again be tasked with trying to take down Tiger Woods.
In preparation of grinding out Friday's 11 hours of Prez Cup coverage, here are some highlights from Day 2.
Thursday, November 17
Day Two live!
Despite some early highlights, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson fell in Day 2 of the Presidents Cup, leaving Tiger as the only U.S. player without a point. Tracker
Gary Hallberg and Jeff Freeman shot 5-under 66s on Thursday to share the third-round lead in the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Scottsdale's Champions Course.
Kyle Thompson, set to rejoin the PGA Tour after finishing 21st on the Nationwide Tour money list this year, had a hole-in-one and shot an 8-under 64 at Pebble Beach Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.
Na Yeon Choi shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel and Karrie Webb after the first round of the LPGA Tour's season-ending Titleholders.
Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk - paired at the Presidents Cup - have shelved their long putters in favor of the short ones, and it paid immediate dividends with a 4-and-3 Day One victory.
Postcards from Melbourne
We are all for respecting local life when we travel abroad, but our Golfweek crew in Melbourne, Australia ran into a menu on Thursday night that left them scratching their heads.
Caroline Hedwall won three times on the LET as a rookie and secured victory for Europe at the Solheim Cup with a halve in the penultimate match. What did she do to reward herself?
Azahara Munoz profile
On this day a year ago, Azahara Munoz would have been rushing back to her room after the first round at the LPGA Tour Championship to ditch her golf spikes and ball cap for a dress and heels.
Hollis Stacy, 57, was announced Thursday as the newest inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame. The three-time U.S. Women's Open winner will be inducted under the veterans category.
Thanksgiving with Yani
Yani Tseng hosted a Thanksgiving party for the media on Wednesday night in Lake Nona. And it wasn't a publicity stunt, it showed off that Yani is truly one-of-a-kind.
The LPGA has announced a new title sponsor for its developmental tour, formerly known as the Futures Tour. Symetra, a Bellevue, Wash.-based provider of employee benefits, annuities and life insurance, has signed a multiyear agreement securing the naming rights for what now will be called the Symetra Tour.
Tiger thrashed Thursday
First, it was the handshake. Then it was the beat-down. On Thursday in Australia, Tiger Woods (and Steve Stricker) looked abysmal. Thankfully for them, the Americans managed to run out to a 4-2 lead.
Day Two predictions
Our Alex Miceli never shies away from a good prediction, so here are his Day Two picks at the Presidents Cup. Does he like Tiger to pick up a point? You might be surprised.
Match 2 spotlight
Nick Watney and Bill Haas simply halved the 12th hole in their match against Charl Schwartzel and Geoff Ogilvy, but it felt like a win. On Thursday, the 12th was America's best friend.
Day 1 match capsules
Presidents Cup, Day One: A look at the three American victories, the two halves and the dramatic International win over the duo of Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.
Due to the threat of inclement weather later in the afternoon on Friday in Australia, officials have moved up tee times to 5:30 p.m. EST. Golf Channel has also adjusted its schedule to show all of the action live.
Simpson, Watson comeback
Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson were down early during Thursday's opening foursomes match, but it was how they weathered the storm that turned a two-hole deficit into a 4-and-2 victory.
Golf Channel's Presidents Cup coverage offers plenty of chances to laugh - with them and at them . . .
Wednesday, November 16
Follow the opening round
Tiger got blown out of the water on Thursday in Australia, but the Americans rallied to take a commanding 4-2 lead at the Presidents Cup. See how it happened with our Prez Cup Tracker!
Q&A with Mickey Wright
Beth Ann Baldry: In a rare interview, Mickey Wright talks about donating more than 200 artifacts to the USGA Museum, and how to build a perfect golf swing.
says the Southern Golf Association is reviving a must-play event from long ago.
Most people, myself certainly included, don’t remember the Southern States Four-Ball Championship. Simply put, it was before our time.
says Greg Chalmers is a Titleist guy with a Bobby Grace putter.
Greg Chalmers, winner of the recent Australian Open, carries 13 Titleist clubs and a Bobby Grace putter.
Golfweek has learned that Rife Putters, largely inactive for the past year, has reached an agreement to be sold to Innovex Golf.
introduces the 2011 class of GCAA Hall of Fame inductees.
What a grand and memorable night it will be for a half dozen men. I should know. It was only last year when I experienced it up close and personal.
Tiger Woods is moving from Dubai’s showcase tournament to make his debut in Abu Dhabi.
Members of England's male and female amateur golf associations have agreed to merge into a single governing body.
The Americans and the Internationals are even money among Las Vegas oddsmakers to win the Presidents Cup. Alex Miceli figured that into his own match-by-match analysis.
As affirmations go, this one was totally necessary. After all, Retief Goosen saying, “I’m very excited,” left you with a sense of relief.
Ishikawa, Els team works
Ryo Ishikawa and Ernie Els make up one of the more lopsided Presidents Cup partnerships in terms of experience. Jeff Babineau explains why it was the obvious pairing.
This is a “home” game for members of this year’s International Team, though four years from now that feeling could be enhanced significantly for South Koreans such as K.J Choi, Y.E. Yang, and K.T. Kim.
Tuesday, November 15
In 2003, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els were thrown back on the course in a sudden-death playoff to try and crown a winner. After three holes, the captains settled for a tie. Don't expect that in 2011.
Presidents Cup notes
Tim Clark would rather be playing in the Presidents Cup, but he's OK with his assistant captaincy.
Pairings and tee times for the opening foursomes matches of the Presidents Cup.
Woods to meet Scott, Williams
The opening Presidents Cup session will feature Tiger Woods in the same group as ex-caddie Steve Williams. Jeff Rude isn't expecting any outbursts – just an extra-motivated Woods.
Former LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens made a rare public appearance in the golf industry Monday night, introducing Patti Benson at the LPGA Teaching & Club Pros Hall of Fame banquet at Grand Cypress Resort.
Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., has announced it will host the Southwestern Amateur beginning in 2013, according to Club and Resort Business.
A hole-by-hole description of Royal Melbourne, the site of the 2011 Presidents Cup.
So you think your club’s got problems? Consider the plight of Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club in Japan.
The Presidents Cup, to be played at Royal Melbourne in Australia, is the marquee event in the world of golf this week.
Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, unbeatable in the last Presidents Cup, might not be playing together for every match at Royal Melbourne.
Monday, November 14
This appears to be Greg Norman’s last shot at a Presidents Cup victory.
The International Team began its first practice round in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club down a man as Ryo Ishikawa was delayed coming out of Japan and won’t get to Melbourne until Tuesday.
Presidents Cup flavor
The Presidents Cup may not have quite the history of the Ryder Cup, but Jim McCabe says these matches have their own flavor.
Captain Greg Norman and his International team had better hope its run at this week’s Presidents Cup goes a little smoother than its journey home to the Crown Towers from an opening-night team dinner Monday evening in Melbourne.
Tiger Woods' play at the Australian Open proves he is more than ready for the Presidents Cup.
has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M.
Michael Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas A&M.
Ryann O’Toole, who captured the spotlight as a captain’s pick on the U.S. Solheim Cup team, has signed an endorsement deal with Oakley.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Viviana Vazquez of Santiago Nuevo Leon, Mexico shot 4-over 148 (74-74) at the International Golf Course at ChampionsGate (Fla.) and won the Optimist Tournament of Champions in a playoff.
Johan Werge of San Luis Potosi, Mexico shot 3-under 141 (70-71) at the International Golf Course at ChampionsGate (Fla.) to win the Optimist Tournament of Champions by three shots.
The PGA of America and the U.S. Golf Association have partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America in a move designed to increase junior golf participation and promote healthier lifestyles among America’s youth.
Members of England’s male and female amateur golf associations will vote Wednesday on whether to merge into a single governing body to address a decline in club memberships.
Woods the obvious choice
Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods' U.S. teammates applaud Fred Couples' selection. Now it's up to Woods to revive his game.
Day a hero Down Under
Jason Day returns home to Aussie soil this week a completely different player.
Klein on Royal Melbourne
Bradley S. Klein: Alister MacKenzie, trained in the art of concealment, transformed Australian golf with Royal Melbourne, site of this week's Presidents Cup.
The Industry Cup is an annual tournament showdown among golf’s biggest companies. The competition is so intense that Callaway Golf, after scoring a dramatic one-stroke victory in 2010, celebrated by running a photo of its winning team in numerous publications.
Captain Holtgrieve returns
Jim Holtgrieve has been selected to lead the U.S. Walker Cup team for a second time at the 2013 matches. Despite the loss of this year's Cup, he couldn't be more excited.
says Asian Amateur champ Hideki Matsuyama became the third amateur to win on the Japan Tour this weekend.
Hideki Matsuyama, the two-time Asian Amateur champion who impressed at this year’s Masters, won the Japan Tour’s Taiheiyo Masters on Sunday, becoming the third amateur to win on the Japan Tour.
John Daly says while he regrets walking off the course during the first round of the Australian Open last week, he had little choice after running out of balls.
Injuries fade for U.S. team
Health no longer seems to be an issue for the American Presidents Cup team, as Steve Stricker reported feeling back to normal while practicing for the upcoming matches.
Sunday, November 13
Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano won the rain-delayed Singapore Open on Monday, beating Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Wright donates mementos
The USGA Museum is creating a permanent gallery for Mickey Wright. She will be only the fourth player — and first woman — to have a gallery in her name at the museum.
Matthew wins in Mexico
Catriona Matthew won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her fourth career LPGA Tour title, closing with a 1-under 71 for a four-stroke victory in the 36-player event.
The top junior golfers in the country are signing the dotted line. After years of deliberation, it’s finally time for the 2012 graduates to sign their national letters of intent and officially decide where they will play college golf.
Juvic Pagunsan of the Philippines and Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano will complete Monday in a playoff to decide the winner of the Singapore Open after rain forced play to be halted Sunday.
Aussie Open notes
Should the opportunity arise, Adam Scott says he is ready for a Presidents Cup match with Tiger Woods.
Tiger Down Under
Tiger Woods was disappointed he couldn’t walk away with a win, but these days finishing toward the top of the leaderboard shows growth and improvement. So we ask: What could 2012 bring?
Early leaders TaylorMade looking for 'redemption' at the Industry Cup, presented by Golfweek.
Saturday, November 12
Catriona Matthew shot her second straight 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the third round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain shot a 10-under 61 for a three-shot lead after the second round of the rain-delayed Singapore Open on Saturday.
Woods' final round
Tiger Woods shot a final-round, 5-under 67 and climbed to within two shots of the lead, but champion Greg Chalmers didn't flinch down the stretch.
Friday, November 11
Live updates from Round 3
After apparently taking a step forward in Rounds 1 and 2, Tiger Woods looked more like the same struggling player in Saturday's third round. TIGER TRACKER
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster shot a 3-under 69 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Anna Nordqvist in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
The No. 1 golfer in the world is now a father of two.
Golf Down Under
Golfweek writers are on the ground in Australia for the upcoming Presidents Cup. Follow them on their 12-day Down Under adventure.
The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced it will induct five coaches into its 2011 Hall of Fame Class in December.
Untold stories in Europe
Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke had their stellar moments. And the Europeans are dominating the world golf rankings. But they've had their share of disappointments, too.
James Morrison of England shot a 3-under 68 to take the clubhouse lead by two shots during the suspended second round of the Singapore Open on Friday.
Thursday, November 10
Woods leads in Australia
Is he back? Tiger Woods made seven birdies Friday en route to a 5-under 67 at the Australian Open. He will take a one-stroke lead over Peter O'Malley into the weekend in Sydney.
Hall of Famer Juli Inkster shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Suzann Pettersen in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
According to a morning interview on Golf Channel's 'Morning Drive' and a report on Yahoo! Sports, former No. 1 Martin Kaymer will not take PGA Tour membership in 2012.
Presidents Cup: Greg Norman
For the five Australians on the International team at next week's Presidents Cup, the greatest motivation for beating the United States for the first time in 13 years is captain Greg Norman, the man who shaped most of their careers.
A look at the logistics - including the teams and TV times - behind the ninth Presidents Cup, slated for Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne.
Hunter Mahan has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of soreness behind his right shoulder.
weighs in on the North Florida men's No. 5 ranking and a scorecard snafu by the Augusta State women.
When North Florida head coach Scott Schroeder learned his team was now ranked No. 5 in the latest Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, his response was, “Wow!”
Woods lands bag sponsor
Just as Tiger Woods’ game is showing signs of rebounding, so too is his endorsement portfolio. Five weeks after gaining Rolex as an endorser, Woods announces a deal with Fuse Science.
Mickelson in HOF
Phil Mickelson, whose 39 PGA Tour victories include four major championships, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.
Edoardo Molinari and James Morrison both shot 9-under 62 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Singapore Open.
John Daly walked off the course at the Australian Open after hitting a number of balls - 5? 6? - into the water on the 11th hole at The Lakes.
Wednesday, November 9
Round 1: Australian Open
It's been two years since Tiger Woods' last professional victory and we tracked his every step on Wednesday night, when he fired a 4-under 68 to sit three shots off the lead. Tiger Tracker . . .
Australian Open: Rd. 1
Jarrod Lyle is the man atop the Australian Open leaderboard, but Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Tiger Woods are close behind after Round 1 in Sydney.
Storms the past two nights have damaged some of the bunkers at Royal Melbourne, the site of the Presidents Cup next week.
Amateur schedule changes
For top amateur golfers, compiling a summer schedule can be challenging. So many tournaments, so few weeks. Next summer, the choices will be even tougher. Ron Balicki
When Paul Schock got the idea a few years ago to build a large golf resort in the wild, remote Sand Hills of north-central Nebraska, he found inspiration for the project in a visit to a large golf resort built on the wild, remote Oregon coastline.
Given the state of the economy, golf and otherwise, any course opening or restoration is a perilous endeavor. Here are writer Evan Rothman’s five newcomers to watch for in 2012.
has given a verbal commitment to SMU.
SMU continues to get verbal commitments. This time, it’s Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills, Calif.
The deadline for bids to design the golf course for the 2016 Rio Olympics has been extended because none of those submitted so far included the proper legal and financial documentation.
Texas Tech won the Challenge at Onion Creek on Nov. 8, holding off Michigan and Texas-San Antonio for a four-shot victory. It’s the first win of season for the Red Raiders, who now will put the clubs away until February.
Player of the Year
The PGA Tour announced its nominees for the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards. Will Luke Donald win? Will Webb Simpson?
Tiger Down Under
This is the two-year anniversary of Tiger Woods winning his last tournament. Back then, more than 15,000 fans followed his pro-am round. On Wednesday in Sydney, only 250 followed him.
Australian Open notes: Matt Kuchar made his professional debut at the 2000 Australian Open and visited again on his honeymoon. On Thursday, he'll finally tee off again Down Under.
Tuesday, November 8
has given a verbal commitment to Army.
Steven Pederson of Scotch Plains, N.J., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Army. Pederson didn’t take unofficial visits to any other schools.
Long Beach State men’s coach Ryan Ressa has announced his resignation after guiding the 49ers for the past year and a half. Ressa is leaving to pursue a career with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf.
has given a verbal commitment to Central Florida.
Kristine Odaiyar of Ocala, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Central Florida. Odaiyar also considered Florida.
James Yoon of Bradenton, Fla., shot 9-under 135 (68-67) at Shingle Creek Golf Club to win the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational by four shots.
Annie Park of Levittown, N.Y., shot 4-under 140 (72-68) at Shingle Creek Golf Club to win the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational by four shots.
In talking about the best player in the world, Greg Norman mentions Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy ... but Luke Donald's name never came up.
PGA Tour won-loss records
We use winning percentage in every other sport to figure out which teams are the best. Why not golf? Which players had the best records in 2011? Lance Ringler offers some answers.
Tiger Woods and Steve Williams could learn a lot from each other.
Rickie Fowler has joined the Chevron World Challenge field.
A look at the week ahead in the world of golf, including a pairing that includes Tiger Woods and Steve Williams:
Monday, November 7
Annika Sorenstam won the short iron competition in the Skills Challenge on Monday in her first professional competition in three years.
Woods: Williams not a racist
Speaking from the Australian Open, Tiger Woods says his former caddie Steve Williams is not a racist and that he has apologized to Woods for a slur. Woods said they are "moving forward."
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Vandermade posted a final-round 69 to win the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational by a stroke over teammate Madison Pressel.
UTSA scored an impressive victory at its own The Alamo Invitational, a three-shot win over Baylor and finishing 14 shots clear of third-place Texas A&M.
Lim, a senior, posted rounds of 66-67-69 for an 11-under 202 total at the Gifford Collegiate to finish one shot ahead of last year’s college golf player of the year, UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay.
The Trojans won for the first time this season in convincing fashion
has given a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech.
Michael Pisciotta of Alpharetta, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Georgia Tech. Pisciotta is the ninth-ranked golfer in the 2014 class and ranked No. 47 overall.
Rounds played in September fell 4.4 percent, continuing a steady string of year-over-year monthly declines and almost ensuring a participation drop for 2011.
Yani turns down offer
It appears that Yani Tseng, the top-ranked player in women’s golf, will not play the Puerto Rico Open, or any other men’s event, in 2012. Sean Martin explains why.
Maginnes on Tap
Last year’s Ryder Cup was pretty memorable, but in his weekly column John Maginnes explains why this year’s Presidents Cup could be even more special.
2011 Presidents Cup
Golfweek staffers will be on the ground at Royal Melbourne, bringing you all the coverage from the Presidents Cup. COMPLETE COVERAGE
The Southern Golf Association is reviving the elite Southern States Four-Ball Championship after more than a half-century of dormancy.
Greg Norman defended caddie Steve Williams over his racial slur about Tiger Woods, and does not believe Williams is racist.
Sunday, November 6
Jay Don Blake won the Charles Schwab Championship on Sunday for his second victory of the season following a 20-year drought, and Tom Lehman took the season points title and $1 million annuity.
Yoon, Park win
Annie Park and James Yoon cruise to four-stroke victories, respectively, in the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.
Tommy Fleetwood takes top honors on the European Challenge Tour, while former Texas A&M star Andrea Pavan wins the season finale in Italy.
says the PGA Tour is ironing out details on its plan to expand in Asia.
Commissioner Tim Finchem says the PGA Tour is ironing out details on its plan to expand in Asia.
Japan's Momoko Ueda won the Mizuno Classic for the second time in five seasons, beating China's Shanshan Feng with a 15-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff.
HSBC notebook: Paul Casey grinds it out despite painful turf toe while Graeme McDowell shakes off a dismal showing last week with an impressive weekend.
The PGA Tour and European Tour condemn racial remarks by Steve Williams but choose not to suspend the caddie for the upcoming Australian Open.
Kaymer wins HSBC
Martin Kaymer made nine birdies over his last 12 holes Sunday and closed with a 9-under 63 to win the HSBC Champions for the biggest comeback ever in a World Golf Championship.
Saturday, November 5
Blake leads in S.F.
Jay Don Blake shot a 5-under 66 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Championship.
Golfweek Jr. Invite
Annie Park was among a handful of players to successfully battle a chilly wind Saturday at Shingle Creek during Round 1 of the Golfweek Junior Invitational. She is tied for the lead in the girls' division.
The United States saved its best for the final round of the Spirit International Amateur, combining to shoot the low round of the day, an 11-under 133, to win by 10 shots over Mexico and Argentina.
Japan’s Momoko Ueda had six birdies on the back nine in an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Mizuno Classic.
Future for Steve Williams
Can Adam Scott afford to keep Steve Williams on the bag after a second public slip-up? Well, after the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions, Scott maintained steadfast support for the Kiwi.
Scott in contention
Despite the distraction of his caddie's racially charged remarks on Friday night, Adam Scott stayed in contention at the HSBC Champions, sitting three shots behind Fredrik Jacobson.
Steve Williams is under fire for a racially charged zinger aimed at his former boss, Tiger Woods, but his current employer, Adam Scott, says that Williams' apology is good enough for him.
Friday, November 4
Williams in the spotlight
Steve Williams caused a stir at a caddie award party in Shanghai by aiming a racial comment at former boss Tiger Woods.
Couples leads at Harding Park
Fred Couples holds a share of the lead after two rounds of the Charles Schwab Championship. The Presidents Cup captain is trying to become the first back-to-back Champions Tour winner this year.
Kelly Kraft led Team USA to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Spirit International Amateur.
Texas-San Antonio turned around its season with a win at the Alamo Invitational. Julie Williams takes a look at the Roadrunners' sudden uprising.
Discussions between the Puerto Rico Open and Yani Tseng’s camp continue.
raises concerns about the amount of money pro golfers earn. Is it too much?
In these difficult economic times, one thing is certain: pro golfers at the elite level are recession-proof.
Japan’s Akane Iijima made five birdies on the back nine in a 6-under 66 Friday that gave her a share of the Mizuno Classic first-round lead with South Korea’s Ah Reum-hwang and Taiwan’s Teresa Lu.
Simon Dyson profile
Simon Dyson is a mystery to many U.S. golf fans, but two European Tour victories this season mean he’ll play even more in the States in 2012. Alex Miceli reports.
Jacobson takes lead
Fredrik Jacobson fired a bogey-free, 6-under 66 Friday to take a one-shot lead over Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott at the WGC-HSBC Champions. Keegan Bradley is two back.
Thursday, November 3
U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples shot a 3-under 68 on Thursday for a share of the lead with assistant captain Jay Haas after the first round of the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Championship.
Canada maintained its first-round lead Thursday at the Spirit International Amateur, posting a 2-under 142 in the best-ball stroke play tournament that features 80 of the top amateurs from 20 countries, playing in two-man, two-woman teams.
Discovery Land CEO Michael Meldman discusses selling luxury golf real estate in a lagging economy. Martin Kaufmann.
Golf architecture is unique in the artistic realm, a subtle mixture of skill and imagination, intuition and science. Adam Schupak
recaps a week in college golf that saw the end of Oregon's perfect season and the Texas women mirroring the men.
It has to be tough for a coach to watch a player win an event playing as an individual.
The 23rd annual Shark Shootout will be played at Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Naples, Fla., on Dec. 7-11. The pairings were released Thursday.
says Dorado Beach's East course should soar back up the rankings after a much-needed renovation.
The East Course at Dorado Beach arguably is the most historic course in the Caribbean, and for decades was considered one of the best.
has given a verbal commitment to Arkansas.
Summar Roachell of Conway, Ark., has given a verbal commitment to play for Arkansas. Roachell also made unofficial visits to Ole Miss, LSU and TCU, and considered Oklahoma State.
Preview: GW Junior Invite
Shingle Creek GC will play host to some of the nation's top juniors this week at the Golfweek Junior Invitational. D.J. Piehowski and Julie Williams preview the field.
Brandt Snedeker underwent surgery Tuesday to fix a degenerative issue in his right hip and will miss the next six to eight weeks.
Wilson Golf has re-signed longtime tour staff member Padraig Harrington, keeping its most marketable endorser in the fold.
Note: Jimmy Lee, 14, is a Golfweek reader from Hinsdale, Ill. He submitted this poem after completing it as a project for school.
College notebook: Sean Dale
After redshirting last season, North Florida junior Sean Dale has re-emerged as one of the top players in college golf. Ryan Lavner explains how it happened.
Seven celebrated members of the golf industry were inducted Wednesday night into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
Keegan Bradley took a two-shot lead after Round 1 of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. This might complicate things.
Less than two months ago, Tom Lewis was helping his Great Britain & Ireland teammates upset the Americans in the biennual Walker Cup matches at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Even as young stars at all corners of the globe have emerged on the pro golf landscape this year, it’s not easy for the veterans simply to walk away without answering the challenge.
Tiger Woods believes he's ready to return to top form after shaking off injuries that have undermined his performance for the past two years.
Van Pelt excels in Asia
HSBC Champions notes: Bo Van Pelt is 28 under over his past five rounds, including a win at the Asia Pacific. The reason? A new putter and rekindling swing keys.
Bradley in early lead
Keegan Bradley's breakthrough season may not be over just yet, as he holds a two-shot lead after the first round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.
Wednesday, November 2
Bruins win in Hawaii
With Lee Lopez in the lead, UCLA ended its fall season with another win at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. The victory is the third for the Bruins in four starts.
Charles Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman’s right knee gave him so much trouble last year that several close friends suggested he undergo replacement surgery.
Canadians Garrett Rank and Mackenzie Hughes rallied after a bogey-bogey start to the Spirit International Amateur on Wednesday, birdieing 10 of the next 16 holes.
McIlroy on ISM parting
Rory McIlroy broke his silence Wednesday about parting ways with agent Chubby Chandler, but left unanswered the big question: Why?
Steve Lim led USC to a four-shot victory Wednesday at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle. With the victory, USC ended Oregon's three-tournament winning streak.
Playing the mini-tours is more difficult than it might seem. Just ask a few recent college standouts.
Thanks to a 1-2 finish from Nicole Vandermade and Madison Pressel, the Texas women’s team won its Betsy Rawls Invitational on Wednesday.
Cathrea's unique training
Casie Cathrea is up at 4:30 a.m. most days for a training program that includes workouts and live video streaming with her coaches around the country. How's that for preparation?
Jiyai Shin will call it a season after this week’s Mizuno Classic.
has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State.
Casie Cathrea has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma State.
Asher Wildman doles out his weekly thumbs up and thumbs down awards.
Tseng's unique invite
Yani Tseng, playing with the men? It could happen at the 2012 Puerto Rico Open, as the tournament's general chairman tells Golfweek he'll extend an exemption to the LPGA star.
Unique college tourney
In a tournament that Brandon Goethals says will 'revolutionize college golf,' Rickie Fowler and other pro golfers may team up with a current player from their alma mater at 'The Rivalry.'
NBA labor issues will keep Michael Jordan from going to Australia to be an assistant captain for the U.S. team at the Presidents Cup.
has given a verbal commitment to UMKC.
Sandra Lee of San Antonio has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Missouri-Kansas City.
says two weeks ago, Bobby Gates narrowly missed retaining his Tour card. On Thursday, he'll take a break from Q-School to tee it up in one of the most lucrative tournaments of the year in China.
Two weeks ago, Bobby Gates narrowly missed retaining his Tour card. On Thursday, he'll take a break from Q-School to tee it up in one of the most lucrative tournaments of the year in China.
Best Resort Courses
Who made our exclusive 2012 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses list? Check it out!
Tuesday, November 1
Best Residential Courses
Rock Creek tops the 2012 Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses list.
Best Courses, Caribbean & Mexico
Cap Cana tops the 2012 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico.
Texas A&M wins
Texas A&M picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
After spending nearly a decade as a caddie, one tough year wasn’t enough to keep Brett Waldman from another shot at trying to make it as a player.
Holtgrieve renamed captain
Jim Holtgrieve will return as the U.S. Walker Cup captain in 2013, the U.S. Golf Association announced Nov. 1. The matches will be held at the National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.
Except for the red carpet in bunkers on the practice range, signs posted in English and Chinese, and bicycles competing with BMWs for space on the road, the HSBC Champions looks like any other World Golf Championship.
Inside the Oct. 28, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
A look at the week ahead in the world of golf . . .
has given a verbal commitment to Arkansas.
Nicolas Echavarria, the fifth-ranked player in the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Arkansas.
Answers to James Achenbach's quiz recapping the 2011 golf season.
Recapping 2011 season
How closely did you pay attention to the 2011 golf season? Find out by taking James Achenbach's quiz. Answer at least 10 questions correctly to pass.
Tampa stop needs sponsor
The Tampa Bay area is on the clock to find a new sponsor after Transitions Optical decided not to renew its contract for the PGA Tour event beyond 2012.
offers a few observations about the 2011 PGA Tour money list.
With its 2011 schedule having stretched into an 11th month – or, approximately five times longer than the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries marriage lasted – the PGA Tour will prepare for a brief hiatus, but not until after it competes one more time, in Shanghai, of all places.
McIlroy all about golf
Rory McIlroy won in Shanghai just last week and is the early favorite at the HSBC Champions, and he'll talk all day about that. Chatting about Chubby Chandler? Well, not so much.