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Wednesday, November 30

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Tiger says he is headed in the right direction

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.

Perfect conditions cause Q-School scores to dive

Why are scores so low in the PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West?

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Saunders moving out of grandpa'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.

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Claxton, Summerhays top Q-School leaderboard

Will Claxton and Daniel Summerhays topped the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament leaderboard at 8-under 64 after the first round Wednesday at PGA West.

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Howard, 17, wants to make LPGA history

Ginger Howard, 17, has ambitious goals that extend far beyond this week’s final stage of LPGA Q-School.

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Western Am to be held in Arkansas in 2013

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.

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Cantlay gains exemption into '12 British Open

UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay is going to the Open Championship under a new qualifying category for golf’s oldest championship.

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Taking stock in the world of 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.

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Chevron start a progress indicator for Haas

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.

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McIlroy to skip Congressional, play Irish Open

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.

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Short memory serves East Carolina’s Varner

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.’

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Tiger’s absence allows youth in golf to shine

The pool of young talent in golf has never looked deeper.

Tuesday, November 29

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Following Yang’s lead, Koreans try Q-School

As Q-School returns to PGA West, a look at how Y.E. Yang’s 2008 graduation has impacted this year’s class.

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On eve of LPGA Q-School, Coe ready to play

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.

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GW Senior National Championship 2012

Golfweek Senior Tour kicks off 2012 season at Waterlefe.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 21-27, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Q-School: English finds comfort zone on greens

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.

Norwood, 66, to step down as UALR coach

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.

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Dustin Johnson has surgery on right knee

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.

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Tension Down Under between Allenby, Ogilvy

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.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

The week ahead in the world of golf . . .

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McIlroy to increase appearances on U.S. tour

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.

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Dates announced for ’14 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles

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

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Chief executive of OneAsia tour resigns

OneAsia chief executive Ben Sellenger, who oversaw the creation of the upstart tour in the Far East, has resigned.

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A look at big names at Q-School finals this week

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.

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Maginnes on Tap: Pressure of Q-School palpable

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.

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Report: Olympic spirit will alter World Cup

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

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Tait: Otto wins despite combustible nature

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?

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Otto holds on to win South African Open

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.

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U.S. ends drought in World Cup with victory

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.

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Chalmers wins Australian PGA in playoff

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

Hennie Otto shoots 65, leads South African Open

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.

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Ireland closes in on World Cup before final round

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.

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K.T. Kim leads Watson by one at 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

Golf pro Joseph "Bud" Lewis dies at 103

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.

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NeSmith, Morales win Polo Golf Junior Classic

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.

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Tait: World Cup doesn't live up to expectations

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.

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O'Hara leads, Goosen a shot back in S. Africa

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's Terry Prillaman

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.

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Ireland team joins Australia in World 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.

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Watson trails by two shots at Aussie PGA

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

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Holes-in-one in same group at Australian PGA

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.

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O'Hara, Kruger share lead at South African Open

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.

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S. African Open organizers: Daly didn't snub us

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.

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Aussies lead at World Cup, but Irish stars loom

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.

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Watson trails by one shot at Australian PGA

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

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Senior, son make good team on Champions Tour

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.

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Fowler heads Down Under for Australian PGA

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.

Jensen, MacDonald to be honored by GCAA

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.

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Westwood will rejoin PGA Tour in '12

Lee Westwood will be rejoining the PGA Tour for the 2012 season, starting at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February.

Tuesday, November 22

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Alabama's Whitsett wins Western Refining title

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.

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Tiger gets closer to looking like 'the old Tiger'

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.

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Duval goes where he's never been to find game

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.

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Pebble might be in Tiger's near future

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.

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Maginnes on Tap: An opportunity for Ishikawa, Kim

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.

Balicki: Luther steps down as NCAA rules official

The NCAA Championship will be without one of its mainstays, as rules official Clyde Luther has stepped down.

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Instruction: A draw off the tee with 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.

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Toy Box notes: Furyk undefeated with mixed bag

Toy Box notes: Jim Furyk undefeated with a mixed bag, while Tiger Woods adds a 2-iron at the Presidents Cup.

Monday, November 21

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Frittelli battles Texas wind to lead Western Refining

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.

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Hooton (No. 41, 2012) commits 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.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 14-20, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Ramsey (No. 4, 2013) commits to Clemson

Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to Clemson.

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'Intro to Bandon 101': 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.

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Americans all smiles after Presidents Cup win

The Americans sure seem to have a lot of fun at the Presidents Cup, perhaps because they always win.

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National Signing Day: 2012 men's signees

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.

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Harrison Frazar wins Pebble Beach Invitational

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.

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5 Things: Western Refining creates lasting memories

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

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Park holds off Creamer for Titleholders title

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.

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Tseng to work on 'imagination' shots in offseason

Yani Tseng will use the offseason to work on her "imagination" shots, challenging herself to get better after a 11-win 2011 campaign.

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IMG's Forstmann dies after brain-cancer battle

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.

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Norman wants changes to Prez Cup format

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.

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Mulroy wins Alfred Dunhill, 1st Euro Tour title

South Africa’s Garth Mulroy shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Alfred Dunhill Championship for his first European Tour title.

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Notes: Kim, Ishikawa prove to be quick studies

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.

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Prez Cup: Sunday singles, match-by-match

A look at each of Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia:

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Mahan undergoes role reversal 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.

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Internationals still can't figure out Prez Cup

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?

Luiten beats Chopra for Johor Open title

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

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Woods clinches Presidents Cup for Americans

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.

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Armour III, Weekley advance to Q-School finals

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.

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Park, Gal top Titleholders leaderboard

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.

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Notes: Creamer says 2011 'hardest' year of career

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.

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Americans in charge Down Under at Presidents Cup

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.

Mulroy takes lead at Alfred Dunhill Championship

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.

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Chopra leads as Johor Open reduced to 54 holes

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.

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Western Refining rich in tradition, competition

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.

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Prez Cup: Predictions for Day 4 singles matches

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 . . .

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Koreans pull off huge upset of 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.

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Kokrak, Thompson lead Pebble Beach Invitational

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.

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Mahan's big putt on 17th silences rowdy fans

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.

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Prez Cup: Day 3 match-by-match capsules

A look back at each of Saturday's matches, including both the morning foursomes and the afternoon four-ball action:

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Golf Channel's coverage: An endurance test

The Golf Channel provided nearly 12 hours of wall-to-wall coverage of the Presidents Cup. A bit too much?

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Prez Cup: Sunday singles pairings announced

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

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Prez Cup Tracker: U.S. out to 13-9 lead

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.

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English, Janzen among qualifiers for Q-School finals

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.

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Els' faith in Ishikawa pays off for Internationals

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.

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5 Things: Simpson-Watson not looking like rookies

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.

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Prez Cup: Predictions for Day 3 four-ball matches

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?

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Play-by-play: Morning Presidents Cup foursomes

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.

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Mickelson to sit out afternoon four-balls at Prez Cup

In a surprise move, U.S. captain Fred Couples decided to sit Phil Mickelson in Presidents Cup four-ball matches Saturday afternoon.

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Tryon headed back to final stage of 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.

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Choi maintains Titleholders lead over Gal

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.

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Notes: Seo back in spotlight at Grand Cypress

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.

Kruger opens 4-shot lead at Alfred Dunhill

Jbe Kruger shot a 5-under 67 Friday to build a four-shot lead at the European Tour's Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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Tait: Tiger playing Abu Dhabi is all about money

Tiger says he likes visiting different corners of the world, but he is really visiting Abu Dhabi for the money.

Fernandez-Castano lead at Dunlop Phoenix

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.

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Sweden's Chopra leads at Iskandar Johor Open

Sweden's Daniel Chopra fired a 6-under 65 to take the lead at the Iskandar Johor Open on Friday.

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Presidents Cup: Day Three 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.

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Mickelson, Furyk partnership paying off for U.S.

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.

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5 Things: Royal Melbourne shows its teeth

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.

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Baddeley bounces back, beats Tiger & DJ

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.

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Pairings announced for Day 3 of Presidents Cup

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.

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Highlights from Day 2's Prez Cup broadcast

In preparation of grinding out Friday's 11 hours of Prez Cup coverage, here are some highlights from Day 2.

Thursday, November 17

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Presidents Cup Tracker: Follow each match 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

Hallberg, Freeman lead Champions Tour Q-School

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 leads Pebble Beach Invitational

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.

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Choi leads Pressel, Kerr by one at Titleholders

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.

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Furyk, Mickelson back to using short putters

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.

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Postcards from Melbourne: A startling menu

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.

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Hedwall ready to relax after breakthrough year

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?

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One year later, top rookie Munoz still shines

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.

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Stacy, 57, announced as newest HoF inductee

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.

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Tseng's winning ways extend far beyond the ropes

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.

Symetra named title sponsor of LPGA feeder tour

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.

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Tiger's day: First a handshake, then a beat-down

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.

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Presidents Cup: Our 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.

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Presidents Cup: No. 12 is lucky for Americans

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.

Presidents Cup: 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.

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Presidents Cup Day Two tee times moved up

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.

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Simpson, Watson weather early storm

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.

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Thoughts on Golf Channel's Prez Cup coverage

Golf Channel's Presidents Cup coverage offers plenty of chances to laugh - with them and at them . . .

Wednesday, November 16

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Prez Cup Tracker: Tiger falters but U.S. in lead

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!

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Catching up with a legend: 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.

SGA revives Southern States Four-Ball for 2012

Most people, myself certainly included, don’t remember the Southern States Four-Ball Championship. Simply put, it was before our time.

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Toy Box notes: Chalmers has Grace on the greens

Greg Chalmers, winner of the recent Australian Open, carries 13 Titleist clubs and a Bobby Grace putter.

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Rife Putters agrees to be sold to Innovex

Golfweek has learned that Rife Putters, largely inactive for the past year, has reached an agreement to be sold to Innovex Golf.

Balicki: Newest GCAA HoF inductees very deserving

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.

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Woods adds HSBC event in Abu Dhabi to schedule

Tiger Woods is moving from Dubai’s showcase tournament to make his debut in Abu Dhabi.

English golf associations agree to merge

Members of England's male and female amateur golf associations have agreed to merge into a single governing body.

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Presidents Cup: Match-by-match analysis

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.

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Goosen 'very excited' to be off the injured list

As affirmations go, this one was totally necessary. After all, Retief Goosen saying, “I’m very excited,” left you with a sense of relief.

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Ishikawa, Els an obvious pairing for Internationals

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.

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South Korea to host Presidents Cup in 2015

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

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Despite the rule, don't expect a tie at the Prez Cup

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.

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Notes: Clark relishes spot as Prez Cup assistant

Tim Clark would rather be playing in the Presidents Cup, but he's OK with his assistant captaincy.

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Pairings: Opening foursomes at Presidents Cup

Pairings and tee times for the opening foursomes matches of the Presidents Cup.

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Woods, Scott to meet in opening Prez Cup session

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.

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Bivens' candor, humor highlight LPGA ceremony

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.

Southwestern Am to move to Desert Mountain in '13

Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., has announced it will host the Southwestern Amateur beginning in 2013, according to Club and Resort Business.

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A hole-by-hole look at Royal Melbourne

A hole-by-hole description of Royal Melbourne, the site of the 2011 Presidents Cup.

Contaminated club loses ruling in Japanese court

So you think your club’s got problems? Consider the plight of Sunfield Nihonmatsu Golf Club in Japan.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

The Presidents Cup, to be played at Royal Melbourne in Australia, is the marquee event in the world of golf this week.

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Woods-Stricker pairing not a certainty

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

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Norman expects this to be his last shot as captain

This appears to be Greg Norman’s last shot at a Presidents Cup victory.

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Norman shrugs off Ishikawa's delay to Australia

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.

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Prez Cup may lack history but still worthwhile

The Presidents Cup may not have quite the history of the Ryder Cup, but Jim McCabe says these matches have their own flavor.

Internationals bond as team bus bottoms out

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.

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Maginnes on Tap: Woods looks ready for Prez Cup

Tiger Woods' play at the Australian Open proves he is more than ready for the Presidents Cup.

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Werenski (No. 112, 2013) commits to Texas A&M

Michael Werenski of South Hadley, Mass., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas A&M.

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Oakley signs deal with LPGA rookie O'Toole

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.

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Winner's Circle: Nov. 7-13, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Player of the Week: Viviana Vazquez

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.

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Player of the Week: Johan Werge

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.

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USGA, PGA form alliance with Boys & Girls Clubs

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.

English amateur associations to vote on merger

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.

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Rude: Woods the unanimous pick for Prez Cup

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods' U.S. teammates applaud Fred Couples' selection. Now it's up to Woods to revive his game.

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Prez Cup: Day returns as Australia's prodigal son

Jason Day returns home to Aussie soil this week a completely different player.

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Royal Melbourne far from average Aussie track

Bradley S. Klein: Alister MacKenzie, trained in the art of concealment, transformed Australian golf with Royal Melbourne, site of this week's Presidents Cup.

TaylorMade claims 6-shot victory at Industry 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.

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Holtgrieve ‘thrilled’ to return as Walker Cup captain

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.

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Asian Am champ Matsuyama wins on Japan Tour

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.

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Daly defends Australian Open episode

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.

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Stricker feeling healthy again at Prez Cup practice

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

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Fernandez-Castano wins playoff in Singapore

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.

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Mickey Wright to donate mementos to USGA

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.

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Matthew claims 4-shot victory at Ochoa Invite

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.

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National Signing Day: 2012 women's signees

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.

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Singapore Open playoff postponed until Monday

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.

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Notes: Scott welcomes match with Tiger

Should the opportunity arise, Adam Scott says he is ready for a Presidents Cup match with Tiger Woods.

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Progress? Yes, but Tiger has a higher standard

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?

TaylorMade takes early lead at Industry Cup

Early leaders TaylorMade looking for 'redemption' at the Industry Cup, presented by Golfweek.

Saturday, November 12

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Matthew leads Ochoa Invitational by three

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.

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Fernandez-Castano leads by 3 in Singapore

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.

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Tiger fires 67; Chalmers wins Aussie Open

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

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Tiger stumbles; Senden goes low at Aussie Open

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

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Inkster, Nordqvist lead Lorena Ochoa Invitational

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.

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Donald's wife gives birth to baby girl

The No. 1 golfer in the world is now a father of two.

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Postcards from Australia: Galas and guffaws

Golfweek writers are on the ground in Australia for the upcoming Presidents Cup. Follow them on their 12-day Down Under adventure.

GCAA to induct five coaches into Hall of Fame

The Golf Coaches Association of America has announced it will induct five coaches into its 2011 Hall of Fame Class in December.

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Tait: Hasn't been all roses for European golf

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.

Morrison takes 2-shot lead at Singapore Open

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

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Tiger fires 67 to take the lead at Aussie Open

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.

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Inkster, Pettersen lead Lorena Ochoa Invitational

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.

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Report: Kaymer will not take Tour membership in '12

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.

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Presidents Cup: Norman still the idol of many

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.

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Presidents Cup: Key facts and figures

A look at the logistics - including the teams and TV times - behind the ninth Presidents Cup, slated for Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne.

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Mahan WDs from Aussie Open with shoulder pain

Hunter Mahan has withdrawn from the Australian Open because of soreness behind his right shoulder.

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Weekly top 5: UNF charting new territory at No. 5

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!”

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Woods lands golf bag sponsor in Fuse Science

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.

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Lefty’s legacy: 4 majors and now Hall of Fame

Phil Mickelson, whose 39 PGA Tour victories include four major championships, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012.

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Molinari, Morrison tied for lead at Singapore Open

Edoardo Molinari and James Morrison both shot 9-under 62 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Singapore Open.

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Daly melts down, withdraws at Australian 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

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Tiger Tracker: Round 1 of the 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 . . .

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Lyle leads at Aussie Open; Tiger, DJ close behind

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.

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Storms damage bunkers at Royal Melbourne

Storms the past two nights have damaged some of the bunkers at Royal Melbourne, the site of the Presidents Cup next week.

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Summer shuffle tilts amateur tournament lineup

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

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Small-town America home to golf adventures

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.

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Five new courses to watch for in 2012

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.

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Buchanan (No. 24, 2013) commits to SMU

SMU continues to get verbal commitments. This time, it’s Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Rio organizers extend Olympic course deadline

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.

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Texas Tech ends season with Onion Creek win

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.

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PGA Tour announces PoY, RoY nominees

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?

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Tiger an Aussie attraction for other reasons

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.

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Notes: Kuchar makes his third trip Down Under

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

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Pederson (No. 137, 2013) commits 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.

Ressa resigns as Long Beach State coach

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.

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Odaiyar (No. 52, 2013) commits to Central Florida

Kristine Odaiyar of Ocala, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Central Florida. Odaiyar also considered Florida.

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Player of the Week: James Yoon

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.

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Player of the Week: Annie Park

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.

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Tour notes: Norman forgets all about Donald

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.

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Chart: PGA Tour won-loss records for 2011

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.

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Tiger, Williams could learn from each other

Tiger Woods and Steve Williams could learn a lot from each other.

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Fowler added to the Chevron Challenge field

Rickie Fowler has joined the Chevron World Challenge field.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

A look at the week ahead in the world of golf, including a pairing that includes Tiger Woods and Steve Williams:

Monday, November 7

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Sorenstam wins portion of ADT Skills Challenge

Annika Sorenstam won the short iron competition in the Skills Challenge on Monday in her first professional competition in three years.

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Woods: Steve Williams is '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."

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Player of the week: Nicole Vandermade, Texas

Vandermade posted a final-round 69 to win the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational by a stroke over teammate Madison Pressel.

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Team of the week: Texas-San Antonio

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.

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Player of the week: Steve Lim, USC

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.

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Team of the week: USC

The Trojans won for the first time this season in convincing fashion

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Pisciotta (No. 9, 2014) commits 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.

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Rounds-played report shows September drop

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.

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Tseng won’t play in Puerto Rico event, adviser says

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.

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Maginnes: 10 reasons Prez Cup could be special

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.

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Complete Coverage: 2011 Presidents Cup

Golfweek staffers will be on the ground at Royal Melbourne, bringing you all the coverage from the Presidents Cup. COMPLETE COVERAGE

Southern States Four-Ball to be revived in January

The Southern Golf Association is reviving the elite Southern States Four-Ball Championship after more than a half-century of dormancy.

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Norman: Stevie comments ‘stupid,’ not racist

Greg Norman defended caddie Steve Williams over his racial slur about Tiger Woods, and does not believe Williams is racist.

Sunday, November 6

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Blake wins finale; Lehman takes points title

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.

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Yoon, Park win Golfweek Junior Invite titles

Annie Park and James Yoon cruise to four-stroke victories, respectively, in the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla.

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Fleetwood headlines Challenge Tour grads

Tommy Fleetwood takes top honors on the European Challenge Tour, while former Texas A&M star Andrea Pavan wins the season finale in Italy.

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Finchem pushes Tour expansion in Asia

Commissioner Tim Finchem says the PGA Tour is ironing out details on its plan to expand in Asia.

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Japan's Momoko Ueda wins Mizuno Classic

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.

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HSBC notes: Casey finishes T-4 despite injury

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.

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PGA Tour condemns caddie's remarks

The PGA Tour and European Tour condemn racial remarks by Steve Williams but choose not to suspend the caddie for the upcoming Australian Open.

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Kaymer shoots 63 to win HSBC Champions

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

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Blake shoots 66, grabs lead at Harding Park

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.

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5 things: Werge manages wind at Golfweek Jr.

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.

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U.S. goes low in final round, wins Spirit Amateur

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.

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Ueda (64) surges into lead at Mizuno Classic

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.

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Support for Stevie: Scott backs his bagman

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.

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Jacobson retains HSBC lead; Scott lurking

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.

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Inside the caddie awards: Raw ... and racial?

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

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Steve Williams aims racial comment at Woods

Steve Williams caused a stir at a caddie award party in Shanghai by aiming a racial comment at former boss Tiger Woods.

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Couples among three tied for Champions lead

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.

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Behind Kraft, U.S. takes third-round Spirit lead

Kelly Kraft led Team USA to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Spirit International Amateur.

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Alamo win gives UTSA much-needed boost

Texas-San Antonio turned around its season with a win at the Alamo Invitational. Julie Williams takes a look at the Roadrunners' sudden uprising.

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Talks continue for Tseng, Puerto Rico officials

Discussions between the Puerto Rico Open and Yani Tseng’s camp continue.

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Tait: Money earned in golf is mind-boggling

In these difficult economic times, one thing is certain: pro golfers at the elite level are recession-proof.

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Iijima (66) grabs share of Mizuno Classic lead

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.

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Dyson earns his spot in front of U.S. fans

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.

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Jacobson takes one-shot lead in Shanghai

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

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Couples, Haas share Charles Schwab lead

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 maintains Spirit International lead

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.

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Q&A: Michael Meldman, Discovery Land CEO

Discovery Land CEO Michael Meldman discusses selling luxury golf real estate in a lagging economy. Martin Kaufmann.

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Course architects' early experiences shape philosophies

Golf architecture is unique in the artistic realm, a subtle mixture of skill and imagination, intuition and science. Adam Schupak

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Weekly top 5: Lamar's Daffue performs well under fire

It has to be tough for a coach to watch a player win an event playing as an individual.

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Teams announced for this year’s Shark Shootout

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.

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Dorado East emerges from renovations

The East Course at Dorado Beach arguably is the most historic course in the Caribbean, and for decades was considered one of the best.

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Roachell (No. 13, 2013) commits 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.

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Preview: Golfweek Junior Invitational

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.

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Snedeker undergoes hip surgery, out 6-8 weeks

Brandt Snedeker underwent surgery Tuesday to fix a degenerative issue in his right hip and will miss the next six to eight weeks.

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Wilson Golf renews endorsement deal with Harrington

Wilson Golf has re-signed longtime tour staff member Padraig Harrington, keeping its most marketable endorser in the fold.

Reader submission: The Greatest Game Ever Played

Note: Jimmy Lee, 14, is a Golfweek reader from Hinsdale, Ill. He submitted this poem after completing it as a project for school.

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College notebook: Dale delivers for North Florida

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.

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Ball, Flick among inductees at PGA Hall of Fame

Seven celebrated members of the golf industry were inducted Wednesday night into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.

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Poll: If Bradley wins, who gets Player of the Year?

Keegan Bradley took a two-shot lead after Round 1 of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai. This might complicate things.

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Lewis finds himself living an improbable dream

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.

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Armour, 52, to give Q-School another shot

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.

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Woods says he's healthy, ready to improve play

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.

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HSBC notes: Van Pelt finds his game 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.

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Bradley fires 65 for 2-shot lead in Shanghai

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

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Bruins close fall season with 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.

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Lehman trying to claim Champions season title

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 rally for first-round Spirit lead

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.

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McIlroy: Parting with ISM geared toward fresh start

Rory McIlroy broke his silence Wednesday about parting ways with agent Chubby Chandler, but left unanswered the big question: Why?

Lim, USC win at CordeValle; Oregon ends streak

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.

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Former collegians test pro ranks at Winter Series

Playing the mini-tours is more difficult than it might seem. Just ask a few recent college standouts.

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Vandermade, Pressel lead Longhorns to Rawls win

Thanks to a 1-2 finish from Nicole Vandermade and Madison Pressel, the Texas women’s team won its Betsy Rawls Invitational on Wednesday.

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Cathrea's program prepares her for future

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?

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Shin to cap season with Mizuno Classic

Jiyai Shin will call it a season after this week’s Mizuno Classic.

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Cathrea (No. 5, 2013) commits to Oklahoma State

Casie Cathrea has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma State.

Thumbs up: Oregon women | Thumbs down: Spirit

Asher Wildman doles out his weekly thumbs up and thumbs down awards.

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Puerto Rico Open to offer exemption to Yani

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.

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‘The Rivalry’ aims to pair top collegians, alumni pros

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.'

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Jordan out as Presidents Cup assistant captain

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.

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Lee (NR, 2012) commits to UMKC

Sandra Lee of San Antonio has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Missouri-Kansas City.

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Gates' Q-School odyssey takes lucrative detour

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.

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2012 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses

Who made our exclusive 2012 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses list? Check it out!

Tuesday, November 1

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2012 Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses

Rock Creek tops the 2012 Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses list.

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2012 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

Cap Cana tops the 2012 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico.

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Russell leads Texas A&M to Royal Oaks title

Texas A&M picked up its first victory of the season Tuesday at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.

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Notes: Caddie Waldman undeterred by struggles

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.

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Holtgrieve to return as Walker Cup 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.

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HSBC Champions: A WGC unlike the others

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.

In this issue: Oct. 28, 2011

Inside the Oct. 28, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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This week in the world of golf . . .

A look at the week ahead in the world of golf . . .

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Echavarria (No. 5, 2012) commits to Arkansas

Nicolas Echavarria, the fifth-ranked player in the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Arkansas.

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Answers: Golf's toughest quiz

Answers to James Achenbach's quiz recapping the 2011 golf season.

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Recapping 2011 with golf's toughest quiz

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.

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Tour's Tampa stop needs sponsor after '12

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.

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McCabe: Observations from 2011 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.

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Post-breakup, McIlroy maintains focus on 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.