Wednesday, February 29
After receiving criticism, the LGU extended an accommodation allowing Charley Hull to remain on the GB&I Curtis Cup team. Hull spoke with Golfweek on her decision to turn down the LGU's offer.
That was a preposterous question only a few years ago. But, on the eve of the Honda Classic, both Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman addressed the question that everyone seems to be asking.
Angela Stanford's win in Singapore is the first time this century an American women's player has won in Asia.
NBC Sports Group promoted producer Molly Solomon to serve as executive producer and senior vice president, production and operations, of its Orlando-based Golf Channel unit.
A chance meeting with Mark Wilson and Lee Westwood (pictured) on the eve of the WGC-Accenture Match Play semifinals is the latest on a long list of off-course omens for Jeff Rude.
Tiger Woods had a terse exchange with a reporter - Golfweek senior writer Alex Miceli - over excerpts from former swing coach Hank Haney's book.
Tee times for the first round at the Honda Classic, slated to start on Thursday morning.
Inside the March 2, 2012 issue of Golfweek:
USC freshman Kristen Park has announced she will turn professional, leaving the Trojans with a roster of just five players.
John Ashworth took some time to discuss the merger of Pima Direct LLC and Linksoul and his involvement with the process.
Ron Balicki: UNLV was a perennial power in the 1990s, but it has mostly been a pretender since the turn of the century. The 2011-12 version has a different story to tell, and they are about to be tested in a big way.
Is the Ladies' Golf Union's decision to ban Charley Hull from the GB&I Curtis Cup team short-sighted? Alistair Tait weighs in.
Ronnie Tumlin examines golf phrases ranging from the well-known to the obscure.
Tuesday, February 28
Tiger Woods' agent lashed out Tuesday against Hank Haney's book, saying his "armchair psychology" about Woods was "ridiculous" and that it was clear the former swing coach only cares about self-promotion.
Ping sometimes names putters after cities around the globe. Last August, for example, Ping introduced the Sydney putter. Now it has unveiled the Nome – as in Nome, Alaska.
Missouri-Kansas City collected a one-shot victory at the WSU Snowman Getaway, closing in 3-under 285 to top Missouri State.
Clinching its first title of the season, Augusta State, ranked No. 80 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.
The Florida men’s team rolled to an easy win Feb. 28 at the Charleston Shootout, but runner-up Augusta State also came away a victor. Florida, which entered at No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and was led by individual medalist T.J. Vogel, finished at 20-under 844 for a 15-shot victory over Augusta State.
The Arkansas men’s team captured the John Hayt Invitational with a final-round-best, 7-under 281 on Feb. 28, giving them an 8-over 872 total over 54 holes and a four-shot victory over Central Florida at Sawgrass Country Club.
Polo Golf long has been associated with marquee players such as Tom Watson. But its marketing investment in the sport goes far beyond signing PGA Tour players.
It's been a long time since Lindy Duncan and her fellow Blue Devils found the winner's circle. They broke a nearly two-year winless streak Feb. 28 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.
Despite stepping down as CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas, Seth Waugh will remain actively involved in this year's Deutsche Bank Championship.
Fantasy Tip Sheet: Rory McIlroy had the World No. 1 ranking in his grasp and let it slip last week at Match Play. At least one of our panelists thinks he'll make an immediate rebound in Florida.
The week ahead in the world of golf includes the Honda Classic, where Tiger Woods is making his first appearance since missing the cut as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993.
Charley Hull’s decision to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship has cost her a place in the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team, the Ladies Golf Union has announced. Alistair Tait
After four top-4 finishes this season, the East Carolina men’s team finally broke through. The Pirates picked up their first victory of the season Monday, posting a final-round 2-under 286 and an even-par 864 total to take the title at the Seahawk Intercollegiate. The Pirates had four players finish in the top 13, led by senior Adam Stephenson, who tied for seventh at 1-under 215.
Monday, February 27
If USGA executive director Mike Davis has his way, the record-low scores at last year's U.S. Open at Congressional are unlikely to travel to the West Coast.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
The West Coast swing seemed to be put together by a wedding planner: Uncle Phil renewed his vow to greatness and Bill Haas' win at Riviera made everyone else feel like they were sitting at the kids' table.
PGA Tour rookie John Huh won in just his fifth start. But under the PGA Tour's proposed Q-School changes, instant PGA Tour success may become a thing of the past. Sean Martin
Based on research indicating that golfers want different attire to suit different occasions, Nike has introduced its Sport Collection – its most casual apparel line yet.
Jordan Ferreira has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Notre Dame. Ferriera also made unofficial visits to Wake Forest, Northwestern, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Ohio State and Vanderbilt. Her final decision was between Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn are among the five amateurs who have received sponsor exemptions into the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the season.
The Horned Frogs won their first title of the season Feb. 21 at the Central District Invitational, finishing at 18-over 296 to edge Oklahoma by one shot.
The Crimson Tide shot 30-under 284 in an 18-stroke victory over Clemson on Feb. 21 at the Puerto Rico Invitational.
The Sooners sophomore won the Central District Invitational, posting a 4-under 212 total (68-70-74) to win by two shots over LSU’s Tessa Teachman.
The Crimson Tide freshman earned his second title in five college starts, notching five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine (Nos. 11-17) at the Puerto Rico Invitational.
Sunday, February 26
Hunter Mahan halted Rory McIlroy's plans to become World No. 1 Sunday, defeating the Northern Irishman in the championship match of the WGC-Match Play Championship. Five Things
Making just his fifth PGA Tour start, John Huh parred the eighth hole of a playoff with Robert Allenby to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Sunday.
Hunter Mahan halted Rory McIlroy's chances of becoming World No. 1 Sunday, defeating the Northern Irishman in the championship match of the WGC-Match Play Championship.
Angela Stanford of the U.S. captured her fifth career victory, winning on the third playoff hole at the $1.4 million HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday.
Saturday, February 25
Finally! After a somewhat bland week in the Arizona desert, the matchup of Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood is just what the WGC-Match Play was missing. Jim McCabe
Daniel Summerhays shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Chris Stroud in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Right after the affable Matt Kuchar played poorly in losing 6 and 5 to Hunter Mahan in the WGC-Accenture Match Play quarterfinals Saturday, he playfully said this to a television interviewer: “The only thing that will make me feel better is if I punch Nick Faldo square in the back of the neck.”
At first glance, the 1-hour, 45-minute gap between the tee times of Saturday’s second and third quarterfinal matches struck some people as odd. Yes, there was some grumbling in the press tent because the move was driven by television.
Three years ago, Mark Wilson was spending this week in February in Mexico, where he had a victory that changed the course of his career. Jim McCabe
Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood cruised through the quarterfinals Saturday to set up a high-stakes showdown Sunday morning at the WGC-Match Play.
Americans Katie Futcher and Angela Stanford and South Korea’s Jenny Shin all shot 1-under 71s on Saturday to stay tied for the lead after three rounds of the $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions.
Friday, February 24
Nearly every electronic scoreboard flashed numbers and bits of information that told fans a story that might have been deemed cute or insightful. To Mark Wilson, though, it’s an old story and one that he pays very little attention to.
Walter “Yippy” Rankin, husband of LPGA Hall of Famer and golf analyst Judy Rankin, died Feb. 24 after an extended illness.
There have been a lot of comments about Lee Westwood's poor record at the Match Play, but plenty of them have come from the World No. 3 himself. Jeff Rude
Jim McCabe offers his predictions for the quarterfinals of the WGC-Match Play Championship
While the rest of the day's action was nothing to write home about, Lee Westwood was flawless Friday in dismantling Nick Watney at the WGC-Match Play. Jim McCabe
Daniel Summerhays birdied the final hole Friday for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead with Will Claxton and Greg Owen in the wind-swept Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Donald Trump is finalizing the purchase of the 50-year-old, 650-acre Doral Resort and Spa near Miami for $150 million, two sources close to the deal told Golfweek.
Kudos to Lauren Taylor for taking the high road on a colossal USGA error.
Western Athletic Conference women's preview: Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro has helped put the Vandals on the map, and will leave a lasting mark on the program as a whole.
Nick Watney has bounced Lee Westwood from the Match Play Championship each of the past two years, but Westwood got his revenge Friday, moving into the quarterfinals.
West Coast Conference women's preview: Behind Grace Na, Pepperdine is the heavy favorite heading into the spring season.
On a recent trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, our Travel Editor Martin Kaufmann decided to see what Mexico had to offer on the tequila front. Let's just say it was a good experience.
In Los Cabos, the golf and the views form a perfect pairing says Travel Editor Martin Kaufmann.
Keep an eye on Chirapat Jao-Javanil. The Oklahoma sophomore won the Central District Invitational on Feb. 21 for her second collegiate title. College notebook
David Feherty's wit is undeniable, but sometimes he simply tries too hard on his Golf Channel show.
Katie Futcher and Jenny Shin shot 5-under 67s in the HSBC Women's Champions on Friday to join first-round leader Angela Stanford at the top of the leaderboard.
Thursday, February 23
Match Play predictions: Our Jim McCabe has been on the scene all week and has his picks for who will be advancing to the Elite 8 on Saturday in Arizona.
Match Play notebook: The oldest player in the field, Miguel Angel Jimenez, proved that he can hang with the younger stars by eliminating PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley on Thursday.
Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods played wonderfully on Thursday - until he got to the green. There he looked like a lost soul. Woods says he can fix his putting woes, but is it really that simple?
In what is becoming a troubling trend for Tiger Woods, he missed a match-extending birdie putt so badly that it never even touched the hole, giving Nick Watney the win at Match Play.
Will Claxton shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Tiger Tracker: Even Nick Watney was in shock over this one. Tiger Woods missed a five-foot birdie putt to extend the match, handing Watney a date with Lee Westwood.
A potential match between two of golf's youngest and brightest stars, Ryo Ishikawa and Matteo Manassero, didn't come to fruition, instead will see a match between Paul Lawrie and Martin Laird.
Grupo Questro is a major developer in Mexico, and particularly in Los Cabos, where three of its properties – Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo Real and Club Campestre – encompass 5,500 acres. Eduardo Sánchez Navarro, CEO of Grupo Questro, talked with Golfweek about those properties and the outlook for Los Cabos.
Match Play: Let Jim McCabe catch you up on the first round of Match Play with an analysis of who didn't deserve to go home right away - and who should probably not be (but still is) in the competition.
Twenty juniors from Southern California will play alongside LPGA legends in the inaugural fresh&easy-Kraft Foods Legacy Junior Challenge. The winner will receive a sponsor exemption to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship … two days later.
Here are five men’s teams to watch this spring as they make their cases for postseason berths.
Angela Stanford shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the HSBC Women's Champions on Thursday.
Ernie Els knows how Luke Donald feels after soundly beating the World No. 1 on Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 22
Sammie Lee of Winter Park, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Georgia. Before deciding to become a Bulldog, Lee also made unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Florida and Tulane.
Match Play: Our Jim McCabe weighs in on the second-round match-ups - complete with Thursday's tee times - and who he thinks will advance to golf's version of the Sweet 16.
Jim McCabe: South African George Coetzee gave Rory McIlroy a run for his money in his first PGA Tour tournament on American soil.
Jeff Rude: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano boldly said the other day that Tiger Woods was “beatable.” As it happened, he was so right. He just didn’t do it.
Luke Donald is out. So are Adam Scott and Webb Simpson. Who survived? Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both both were taken to the 18th hole. Day 1 at Match Play was unpredictable, to say the least.
Match Play Tracker: Tiger has advanced, as have Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker. The same can't be said for Adam Scott or Webb Simpson.
Match Play notebook: Nick Watney was struggling entering the tournament, but you wouldn't have known that from his dismantling of Darren Clarke on Wednesday.
Much lauded in Japanese media, Ryo Ishikawa faces a great deal of pressure and expectation, which he met calmly when he came back from being 3 down with five to play to beat Bill Haas.
Middle Tennessee State won the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by one stroke over Memphis, not only defending its title at the tournament but also setting a 54-hole tournament scoring record.
Despite playing decent golf, Graeme McDowell is defeated by Y.E. Yang at the Match Play for the second year in a row.
If you are playing our Match Play Challenge, you can simply search for your bracket by last name and see how you are doing thus far in Round 1!
Alabama wins the Puerto Rico Classic at 30-under 834, 18 shots clear of runner-up Clemson. All five Tide players finished in the top 20, led by freshman Justin Thomas, who claimed his second collegiate title.
FedEx announced it has agreed to a five-year sponsorship extension of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, the year-long competition that culminates in a playoffs finale.
Tuesday, February 21
Yes, we could see Tiger-Rory. But it could also be Coetzee-Colsaerts. Oh, the joys of match play . . .
Arizona kept its winning ways going at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational, winning the tournament just two weeks after winning its home event, the Wildcat Invitational.
Jim McCabe: In a week that he lost in a playoff at Riviera and was criticized for his spitting on national television, fans and critics alike need to take notice of Keegan Bradley's selfless red-eye trip to pay tribute to a fallen friend.
Jeff Rude: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano spent much of his press conference praising his match-play opponent Tiger Woods, but one answer likely will pull Tiger out of hibernation.
Being recognized as the country’s most outstanding college golfer now comes with an added perk: a PGA Tour exemption.
Sanna Nuutinen led TCU to its first tournament title of the season Tuesday at the Central District Invitational – and it's about time for a team loaded with talent. 5 things
The Alabama men’s team made a loud and clear statement with its victory Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Invitational: Don’t forget the Crimson Tide.
The PGA Tour’s quest for an umbrella sponsor for the Nationwide Tour will continue after Hyundai declined a proposal, according to a source close to the negotiations.
Tiger is an overwhelming favorite in his first-round match against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. But anything can happen at Dove Mountain - including a freak snowstorm. Notebook
Western Athletic Conference men's preview: San Jose State picked up three wins in the fall and is poised to make an unexpected run toward the NCAAs.
The Players Advisory Council gave its blessing to the concept of the Nationwide Tour being the primary path to the PGA Tour, with tour cards being awarded in a three-tournament series and a new season starting in October instead of January. The plan goes to the policy board on March 27; details remain under discussion.
Fantasy Tip Sheet: There is no consensus on who to pick from our fantasy panel, but Aussie Adam Scott is one of the favorites at the WGC-Match Play.
Defending champion Luke Donald is 23-0-1 in his past 24 common starts with Round-1 opponent Ernie Els. See how the rest of the matches stack up. . .
First-round losers won't leave the WGC-Match Play empty-handed; they’ll earn cash and world-ranking points.
Texas-Arlington, the defending Southland Conference champion, has gone through a rebuilding phase this year. However, the Mavericks are looking to get better every tournament during the spring season, with leadership from players such as junior Paul McConnell.
Check out the tee times for Wednesday's first round at the WGC-Match Play at Dove Mountain:
Inside this issue: Feb. 24, 2012
The week ahead in the world of golf includes the WCG-Accenture Match Play Championship, where the best players in the world, including last year's winner Luke Donald, will compete head-to-head.
Monday, February 20
Michael Heda has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for George Washington University
Vanderbilt junior Lauren Stratton climbed to the No. 2 spot in Golfweek's rankings without anyone really noticing. Julie Williams provides an overdue introduction.
Shun Yat Hak solidified his standing as Golfweek’s top-ranked junior with a final-round comeback Feb. 20 to capture the AJGA’s HP Boys Championship.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Here’s 10 matches we’d like to see play out this week in the Arizona desert at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Grip manufacturer Lamkin Corp. announced Feb. 20 that it completed the acquisition of its European distribution operation.
Gene Yasuda: Striving to court more golfers and serve them better, the PGA of America’s Golf 2.0 initiative aims to help course operators convert their facilities into centers of hospitality.
Golf shafts come with their own vocabulary. Understanding the language of shafts is not always easy. Philip Foster and the folks at Mitsubishi Rayon are here to help.
2012 Match Play: The brackets are set and the matches confirmed, so it didn't take long for our Jim McCabe and Alex Miceli to weigh in with some first-round predictions.
The California men's team is starting to like Hawaii.
The Bruins won their fourth title of the season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
Duncan won her fourth career title at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.
The Blue Devils junior shot rounds of 65-70-70 for an 11-under 205 total and a four-shot victory over Cal’s Max Homa in leading Duke to a runner-up finish at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.
The Huskies, led wire to wire at the San Diego Intercollegiate, winning by seven and 14 shots over Pac-10 rivals USC and UCLA, respectively.
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Sunday, February 19
California defended its title at the Peg Barnard Invitational, beat tournament host Stanford by 19 shots. It’s the first win of the 2011-12 season for Cal.
The first-round pairings in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain on Wednesday:
Defending champion Luke Donald faces Ernie Els in the first round of the Match Play Championship. Tiger Woods is to play Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
Skip Kendall holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for an even-par 71 and a one-stroke victory in the Nationwide Tour's season-opening Colombia Championship.
5 Things: FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas played it safe and wound up with the victory on Sunday at the Northern Trust Open, outlasting Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in a playoff.
Kenny Perry shot a 2-under 70 Sunday for his second Champions Tour title, cruising to a five-shot victory in the ACE Group Classic.
Alistair Tait: Peter Whiteford's disqualification from the Avantha Masters is a case of golf’s too stringent penalties.
Alistair Tait: Jbe Kruger's first Euro Tour win on Sunday is just the latest example of South Africa's dominance in Europe and beyond. And don't look for it to stop any time soon.
Final round scores from the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open
Australia's Lindsey Wright made a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the New Zealand Women's Open.
Jbe Kruger of South Africa won his first European Tour title Sunday, protecting his overnight lead by shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory at the Avantha Masters.
5 Things: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title for her 13th LPGA Tour victory, birdieing the final two holes Sunday to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke.
Saturday, February 18
Defending FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas made an improbable birdie on the second hole of a three-man playoff to defeat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley to win the Northern Trust Open.
Pat Perez's calm demeanor helped him salvage his third round of the Northern Trust Open.
Phil Mickelson hit a tree, threaded a shot through five trees and hit a drive that wound up in a spectator's shorts, yet somehow managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open.
Kenny Perry shot a 10-under 62 Saturday to set the Champions Tour's 36-hole scoring record in the Ace Group Classic. Perry is at 18-under 126, three shots ahead of first-round leader Larry Mize.
Follow the third round of the Northern Trust Open with our live leaderboard.
Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng after the third round of the LPGA Thailand.
Jbe Kruger of South Africa shot a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Avantha Masters to take a one-shot lead in the European Tour event.
Friday, February 17
An eagle, chip-in for birdie and several par saves helped Phil Mickelson maintain a one-shot lead Friday at Riviera, a day that looked good only on his scorecard.
Tour Tracker: Phil Mickelson, who won last week at Pebble Beach, leads by one shot after the second round of the Northern Trust Open.
Larry Mize shot a 10-under 62 Friday to grab the first-round lead at the ACE Group Classic.
Austin Ernst led LSU to victory at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Tigers' third team title of the season. It prompts the question: Can LSU contend for a national title? College Notebook
Follow the second round of the Northern Trust Open with our live leaderboard.
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Peter Whiteford of Scotland shot a 4-under 68 on Friday for a two-shot lead after the second round of the Avantha Masters.
The third annual Bacardi National Par-3 Championship will be held March 23-25 at the Fairmont Southampton Golf Course.
Karrie Webb aced the 12th hole but left the course two holes later leading the LPGA Thailand by two strokes when rain halted the second round Friday.
Thursday, February 16
J.B. Holmes concedes he has lost some swing speed after undergoing brain surgery last year. Nevertheless, he is finding his game this week at Riviera, where he shares second place.
Four days after his win at Pebble, Phil Mickelson is back on top of the leaderboard, this time at Riviera. Mickelson shot 66 in tough conditions to lead by one shot.
Injured Paul Casey will not return for the Match Play championship. His spot in the 64-man field next week in Arizona will be taken by George Coetzee.
There’s something about the Oak Hills course in San Antonio that seems to bring out the best in the Texas Tech golf team – past and present.
Max Scodro and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took advantage of their winter practice opportunities and earned their first team title this week at The Match Play. College Notebook
Former top-ranked golfer Annika Sorenstam says she’s turned down the chance to be captain for Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup against the United States.
Rory McIlroy is confident the changes he's made to his swing will work in time for the Masters in April. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has been working with longtime coach Michael Bannon on improving his swing setup.
John Daly says he may have torn ligaments in his right elbow during the first round at the Avantha Masters.
For the past year, we've heard Tiger Woods discuss the need to play more tournaments. Well, here's his chance, as he's committed to play three consecutive weeks. Jim McCabe
Alejandro Canizares of Spain and Peter Whiteford of Scotland each shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters.
Ai Miyazato shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Thailand
Follow today's first round at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles with our PGA Tour leaderboard
Summit League women's preview: Oral Roberts has the kind of core that Summit League opponents should envy. With five seniors on the roster, the Golden Eagles hardly lack in experience - especially experience winning.
West Coast Conference men's preview: Zac Blair doesn't have to look far to see his model of success, as the BYU junior's dad is a former Utah Open champion.
The pro schedule of U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft is beginning to take shape. Tournament officials for the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational told Golfweek that they have extended sponsor invitations to Kraft.
Wednesday, February 15
Tim Clark, who underwent surgery in August to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow, says he knows his rusty game isn’t quite Tour-ready, but he’s eager to tee it up in competition and assess exactly where he is in terms of strength.
UCLA won its fourth title of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday at the Northrop Grumman Challenge when the team finished 12 shots ahead of USC. Four Bruins finished in the top 10.
Phil Mickelson has an odd history in events after a victory. That's not stopping the odds-makers from making him the favorite this week at Riviera. Alex Miceli
Texas Tech captured the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational for the fourth consecutive year Feb. 14 with a three-shot victory over Oklahoma.
Fred Couples - playing for the 30th time at Riviera on Tour - reflects on the Masters (and the Champions Dinner) and playing at what is now the Northern Trust Open. James Achenbach
Washington earned its second team title of the season Feb. 14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate.
Sue Turner, the manager of the GB&I team for this year’s Curtis Cup, to be played at Nairn (Scotland) Golf Club, died Feb. 14 after battling an undisclosed illness since last fall. She was 50.
SMU coach Josh Gregory, who led Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2010-11, has been named the U.S. coach for the 2012 Palmer Cup.
Unlike many college kids, amateur star Patrick Cantlay has no interest in the world of social media. He's more focused on making the most of his Northern Trust Open exemption.
Kansas senior Katy Nugent has used Twitter to give the world a chance to experience the life of a college golfer.
Finally past its 4-year period where it couldn't go to the postseason, South Carolina Upstate has a new carrot dangling in front of its face this year: A chance to participate at the NCAAs.
Jorge Carrera, CEO of Querencia, has dealt with good times and bad in Los Cabos, Mexico. He recently talked with Golfweek about real estate and tourism in Mexico.
If Sergio Garcia were a stock these days, we’d suggest buy. Something about the often tempestuous Spaniard emanates an even-keeled peace and maturity. Jeff Babineau
Phil Mickelson's big Pebble win didn't come with as many Official World Golf Ranking points as you might think.
Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods fails to win when in years past it would have been a formality. Here’s a suggestion: Pop in a video of those glory years and find what worked so well.
Fantasy Tip Sheet: Aaron Baddeley won the Northern Trust in 2011. Phil Mickelson triumphed on Sunday at Pebble Beach. Our panel of experts like them both heading into Los Angeles.
Tuesday, February 14
Auburn holds off Baylor to win the UCF Challenge as Tigers freshman Victoria Trapani picks up her first college title.
Rutgers director of athletics Tim Pernetti announced Tuesday that Rob Shutte has been named head men’s golf coach. Shutte has seven years of collegiate head coaching experience, including the past two seasons as head women’s coach at Lehigh.
Phil Mickelson won his fourth AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am title with all Callaway gear, including a new ball.
The Nunchuk message: Golfers of all abilities and all swing speeds should be using the same shaft.
LSU opened the spring just as it did the fall. The Tigers won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday for their third victory of the 2011-12 season.
Matt Kuchar was one of the first pros to use Aerotech's graphite shafts, and after his climb up the World Rankings, players like Brandt Snedeker are following suit.
Johnny Jones of Flowermound, Texas, shot 3-under 69 at Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort’s Slick Rock Course to win the weather-shortened Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship Invitational.
Grace Choi of Dallas shot 4-over 76 at Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort’s Apple Rock Course to win the weather-shortened Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship Invitational.
Tiger Woods has announced his upcoming schedule, confirming he will play the WGC-Match Play Championship (Feb. 22-26), the Honda Classic (March 1-4) and the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral (March 8-11).
Around the world of golf, including the Northern Trust Open, which last week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner, Phil Mickelson, won in 2008 and 2009.
Sun Belt Conference men's preview: Led by Carlos Ortiz, North Texas has turned around its program into a legitimate contender this spring.
By sharing 15th place and earning $102,400 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm, Bob Estes regained full-exempt status.
Sun Belt Conference women's preview: Behind sophomore Shelby Coyle, Florida International is poised to make a run at a berth in the national championship.
Monday, February 13
Maginnes On Tap: As a proposal that will restructure the Nationwide Tour will likely be enacted soon, many questions have arisen, which the PAC (Player Advisory Council) will attempt to answer this week.
Gabriella Then has given a verbal commitment to USC. Then, a junior at Upland High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., also made unofficial visits to Duke, UCLA, Arizona and North Carolina.
“Natural motion” footwear is causing a buzz in the running community and could crossover into golf. Gene Yasuda explains.
Twenty months ago, Puma made headlines for acquiring Cobra. Now, it’s hoping to garner attention for Cobra’s relaunch, which includes an array of new products.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods together in the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am produced the highest rating for CBS Sports at Pebble Beach in 15 years.
The Tigers junior shot 8-under 202, including a second-round 64, to win the SunTrust Gator Invitational by five shots over Florida’s T.J. Vogel.
The second-ranked Tigers halted host Florida’s eight-year winning streak at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., finishing with an 8-over 848 total.
In her first outing as a Wildcat, freshman Manon Gidali shot 12-under 204 to win the Arizona Wildcat Invitational by seven shots over teammate Margarita Ramos.
The host Wildcats won their first tournament of the season Feb. 7 at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.
After earning a Nationwide Tour card, Georgia grad Hudson Swafford will begin his rookie season at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. Swafford, Russell Henley and Adam Hadwin are among the tour's top rookies.
Tiger and Phil. Made for TV. Except for those 49 minutes we couldn't see it at all. #Frustrating!
Summit League men's preview: Michael Davan is one of a trio of seniors that led IUPUI to a career fall season. The Jaguars won three times in a hectic seven starts.
Sunday, February 12
Ken Duke didn't win at Pebble, but the fact he was there at all is remarkable enough.
Entering the final round trailing by six, Phil Mickelson blitzed the field at Pebble Beach Sunday, upstaging Tiger Woods to win his fourth title at the iconic West Coast course.
Ernie Els can plan on a trip to Arizona for the Match Play Championship — just barely.
Led by medalist Dominic Bozzelli and Blayne Barber (pictured), Auburn snapped the Florida Gators' eight-year win streak at their own Gator Invitational.
The Northwestern men's golf team won its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play title, taking a 4-1-1 victory over Minnesota in the championship match at The Concession Golf Club.
Entering the final round trailing by six, Phil Mickelson blitzed the field at Pebble Beach Sunday, upstaging Tiger Woods to win his fourth title at the iconic West Coast course.
Corey Pavin wins the Allianz Championship for his first Champions Tour title. Pavin defeated Peter Senior on the first hole of a playoff after both players finished tied for first. Mark Calcavecchia, who appeared to be cruising to the victory, finished tied for seventh.
5 Things: American teenager Jessica Korda won the Women's Australian Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a six-player playoff.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher by one shot for his second European Tour victory.
Robert Rock is the epitome of an overachiever, but he isn't alone. And there are plenty of Euro golfers who have underachieved. Who makes Alistair Tait's top-5 list? You might be surprised.
Saturday, February 11
There won't be a successful title defense for the team of D.A. Points and Bill Murray, as the defending duo was ousted on a tiebreaker at Pebble Beach. Round 3 Notes
True, Tiger Woods' opening nine got fans fired up. But, as always, Saturday at Pebble is about much, much more than the leaderboard. Jim McCabe
Corey Pavin and Peter Senior – both winless on the Champions Tour – shared the lead Saturday after the second round of the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound Golf Club.
Tiger Woods made five birdies in his opening nine to climb the leaderboard at Pebble Beach. He now trails leader Charlie Wi by four shots headed into the final round.
The Cliffs, the financially troubled network of high-end communities in North and South Carolina that includes Tiger Woods' stalled mountain course, will be under new ownership.
Lee Westwood has the lead going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic after shooting 5-under 67, one stroke ahead of Rafael Cabrera-Bello and two others on Saturday.
Jessica Korda, the 18-year-old American teenager, is in line for her first professional victory. Korda leads the Women's Australian Open by one shot at historic Royal Melbourne.
Friday, February 10
Pebble Beach notebook: From the unexpected steady mist that caught some off-guard to Phil Mickelson's final-nine resurgence, Pebble Beach offered up plenty of surprises on Friday.
Team results from the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, played Feb. 10 at Pebble Beach Golf Links (PB), Spyglass Hill (SH) and Monterey Peninsula (MP).
Few experiences can compare to walking down the 18th hole at Pebble Beach with waves crashing. Jim McCabe's quick survey of Tour players reinforces it.
Charlie Wi built a three-shot lead Friday at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am during an early round that helped him escape most of the clouds and rain. Tiger Woods is six back.
Corey Pavin shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead over Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Peter Senior after the first round of the Allianz Championship.
Tiger Tracker: Woods shot a second-round, 2-under 68 on Monterey Peninsula to get to 6 under entering the weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Golfweek tracked his day, shot by shot.
Chase Koepka of Lake Worth, Fla., shot 3-over 146 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the Junior Heritage in a playoff.
Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., shot 3-over 146 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the Junior Heritage by two shots.
With So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo dueling at the top of the Australian Open leaderboard, it feels a little like last year's U.S. Women's Open. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Geoffrey Cornish, reputed to have designed more golf courses in New England than any other architect, died Feb. 10. He was 97. No cause of death was listed.
The U.S. Golf Association has announced that Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., will host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links. It will be the first USGA event hosted by Sand Creek, which opened in 2006.
Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Florida. Wagner took no other unofficial visits, and the 15-year-old said she has been interested in playing for the Gators for about five years.
Dustin Johnson, with a small measure of revenge on the third hole at Pebble Beach, made two eagles and saw a third chance at eagle land on the edge of the cup. He wound up with a 9-under 63. Former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee also made two eagles at Pebble for a 63.
Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn each shot 7-under 65 to share the lead Friday after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.
Arizona effectively turned around its season with a win at its home event, the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. Freshman Manon Gidali is a big reason for that. Julie Williams.
Sophia Chen of Newbury Park, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Boston College.
Alison Metcalfe, vice president of marketing for Tourism Ireland for the past five years, recently discussed Irish golf tourism with Golfweek.
One intrepid Golfweek writer went looking for a luxury golf experience in Myrtle Beach. Yes, that Myrtle Beach.
Southland Conference women's preview: Texas State as a bubble team that never got the NCAA invite last season, so the Bobcats are aiming to take doubt out of it with a good spring.
Southland Conference men's preview: Lamar's M.J. Daffue had a brilliant start to 2011, but his fall season started lackluster before a surprise coaching move spurring Daffue back into the winner's circle.
U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 4-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean player Hee Kyung Seo in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.
Donald Trump won't let wind-farm rift stop opening of Scotland course.
Thursday, February 9
Mike Weir and Dudley Hart are both recovering from painful and drawn-out injuries, but both are using Pebble Beach as the first stop on their individual comeback trails.
Pebble Beach notes: Players go low - a total of 87 broke par on Thursday - but it doesn't mean much until Sunday with all three courses in play until then.
Tiger Woods fired an opening 4-under 68 on Thursday and sits five shots back of three players, including Dustin Johnson. Check out how Tiger's round broke down with our hole-by-hole Tiger Tracker.
Golf Nerd: an avid player who devotes excessive amounts of time, thought and physical activity pursuing their interest; generally falls into one category of golf nerdism.
Winner of both Gateway Senior and Golfweek National Championship titles, Dick Pfeil is one of the best senior golfers in the country; a place he got to using a mix of curiosity, observance and humility.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello finished at 9-under 63 for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, followed by Marcel Siem and Scott Jamieson, each at 65. Rory McIlroy is tied for fourth with six other players.
According to a KPMG Golf Advisory Practice survey, the number of European golfers declined by 46,000 in 2011.
Will USC enjoy an advantage this year with the NCAA Championship at Riviera? You bet -- particularly if the Trojans keep playing like this. Ryan Lavner explains.
Southern Conference women's preview: Behind Leigh Whittaker and some much-needed health, College of Charleston might provide the biggest challenge to perennial power Chattanooga this spring.
American Stacy Lewis and Australia's Sarah Kemp shared the Women's Australian Open lead at 4-under 69 on Thursday, leaving top-ranked Yani Tseng a stroke back in her bid to win the event for the third straight year.
American Stacy Lewis and Australia’s Sarah Kemp shared the Women’s Australian Open lead at 4-under 69 on Thursday, leaving top-ranked Yani Tseng a stroke back in her bid to win the event for the third straight year.
Wednesday, February 8
Fresh off a professional win at the New South Wales Open, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, 14, displays a golf game and a demeanor mature beyond her years.
Sam Baker founded Cincinnati-based Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions in 1991, and in the past 21 years has sent more than 10,000 golfers on trips to Great Britain and Ireland. Ninety-seven percent of Haversham’s customers are members of private clubs, and the company has provided travel services for more than 1,200 golf clubs.
Southern Conference men's preview: Chattanooga senior Stephan Jaeger has moved into the spotlight behind his drive to fix his short game.
Bryden Macpherson, the reigning British Amateur champion, has withdrawn from the University of Georgia to prepare for the Masters.
Recent final-round collapses underscore just how difficult it can be to wrap up a victory on Tour. For years, gutsy frontrunner Tiger Woods had spoiled us. Hate to Be Rude
When the 2011-12 season began, not many college men’s golf observers gave much thought to New Mexico or Lobos junior John Catlin.
Inside this issue: Feb. 10, 2012
It's been a while since Tiger Woods has won at Pebble, but that's not stopping the oddsmakers from projecting him as the heavy favorite this week. Alex Miceli
Jake McBride of Hartville, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at North Carolina State.
SEC women's preview: Georgia has ridden the coattails of Marta Silva Zamora in season's past, but will need to rely on the rest of the squad as Zamora tries to find her form.
Beth Ann Baldry: While she might not be the LPGA's savior, Lexi Thompson will add plenty of intrigue to the expanded 2012 season.
Tuesday, February 7
The billboards. The packed-house news conferences. The celebrity factor. It adds up to Tiger Woods' return to Pebble Beach. Is his game in the same form that led to two victories on this course?
It’s seems there’s something to the home-course advantage for Arizona teams. Barely a week after the Arizona men won their home opener at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, the Arizona women won their at nearby Vistoso Golf Club. It’s the first win of the 2011-12 season for the Wildcats.
As dawn spread over Atlanta Athletic Club for the first round of the PGA Championship last summer, superintendent Ken Mangum realized his worst nightmare: he had two damaged greens.
Toy Box notes: Kyle Stanley wins with a full line of Titleist gear, while Brandt Snedeker makes an unusual switch a week after winning on Tour.
Tiger Woods has a solution to long putters — make them no longer than the shortest club in the bag.
Maggie Neece of Colleyville, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma. Neece also made unofficial visits to SMU, Arkansas and TCU before deciding to become a Sooner.
Pac-12 Conference women's preview: Colorado might be new to the conference, but the Buffaloes aren't experiencing growing pains with their top-20 ranking.
SEC men's preview: Ole Miss senior Joe David might be small in stature, but his game is plenty big off the tee. If he can get his putter going, he'll be a player to be reckoned with in the spring.
Around the world of golf, including Tiger Woods making his 2012 PGA Tour debut at Pebble Beach.
Fantasy Tip Sheet: Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in record-breaking fashion. This week, Tiger will try to make a statement in his 2012 PGA Tour debut, and two of our panelists think he is the favorite.
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Monday, February 6
Who knew that a golf-course design competition could be such compelling theater?
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Maginnes On Tap: Kyle Stanley and Spencer Levin proved one thing the past two weeks - winning from out front on the PGA Tour might be the toughest thing to do in sports.
West Point men's golf coach Brian Watts discusses experience coaching Army and leading the team to victory at last year's Patriot Conference.
The Florida junior posted rounds of 73-69-74 to finish at even-par 216 at The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to win the JU Invitational and lead the Gators to the team title.
The Longhorns’ victory at The Ameri Ari Invitational was their fourth in a row.
Ohio Valley Conference women's preview: In only four years, Morehead State has built not only a program, but also the expectation of winning and the postseason.
Patriot League men's preview: Only a season removed from a league title, Army is experiencing a sophomore slump under second-year coach Brian Watts.
Sunday, February 5
This time last week, Kyle Stanley gave away a title. Not this time around. The Clemson product stormed past overnight-leader Spencer Levin to win his first PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open.
Alabama freshman Justin Thomas uses late birdies to pull off a comeback victory at the Jones Cup on Sunday in St. Simons Island, Ga.
After wrapping up a 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, we caught up with Catwalk Performance Artwear founder and designer Lauren Demerling.
Belly putters – and more specifically the technique of anchoring – will come under the scrutiny of the USGA and R&A. Jim Achenbach reports.
Emilio Maurer of Puebla, Mexico, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Oklahoma.
Alistair Tait: Paul Lawrie won the Qatar Masters on Sunday and also owns a major title (the '99 British Open), but he is the same guy that entered the scene as a nobody. And he likes it like that.
There is the David Feherty we all love - the zany commentator. And then there is his show - which needs help.
Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie chipped in for an eagle and a birdie on his way to winning the Qatar Open on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65 to hold off Jason Day and Peter Hanson.
Christel Boeljon birdied the final hole to win the Australian Ladies Masters by one stroke Sunday.
Saturday, February 4
For the second consecutive week, a player searching for his first PGA Tour victory will take a big lead into Sunday. Can Spencer Levin hang on at the Phoenix Open?
Five things you need to know from the second round of the Jones Cup, one of the nation’s premier amateur events:
RIP John Solheim's idea for three different golf balls. At the USGA's annual meeting, executive director Mike Davis slammed the door in the face of bifurcation.
James Achenbach: As he steps into the USGA presidency, D.C. attorney Glen Nager will make a case for increasing participation.
U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Ladies Masters.
Paul Lawrie recovered from a penalty for dropping his ball on a marker to shoot a 5-under 67 Saturday and take a one-shot lead at the 54-hole Qatar Masters.
Friday, February 3
Spencer Levin’s lead at the Phoenix Open seemingly grew overnight. His advantage was stretched from three shots to five after Harrison Frazar finished Round 2 on Saturday.
Texas picked up its fourth consecutive victory Feb. 3 at the Amer Ari Invitational, where the Longhorns held off a late charge from USC. Jordan Spieth lost in a playoff.
Curtis Thompson shot a 2-under 70 Friday to take a one-shot lead over Manav Shah after the opening round of the Jones Cup Invitational.
Talk about a letdown. Friday’s big surprise announcement by the Rio 2016 committee selecting a golf course architect for the Olympic Games is that it has put off a decision for a month.
The designer of the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Summer Games won’t be announced until March.
Jason Dufner finished off a 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the lead with Ryan Palmer after the first round of the Phoenix Open.
Pac-12 Conference men's golf preview: Washington will push conference-favorite UCLA behind its tandem of Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan.
U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot an 11-under 61 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Ladies Masters.
New York faces sticker shock with Ferry Point Park, a proposed golf course with a soaring price tag atop a Gotham landfill. Enter Donald Trump. Is he a savior, an opportunist -- or both?
At CostaBaja, you can come for the sea and stay for the golf. Martin Kaufmann explains.
Gordon Dalgleish and his brother, Colin, co-founded PerryGolf in August 1984. Since then, their company has organized overseas golf trips for nearly 50,000 travelers – mostly to Scotland and Ireland, but also to more far-flung destinations such as New Zealand and South Africa.
European Tour officials reduced the Qatar Masters to 54 holes when they called off play Friday because of strong winds. John Daly, who had yet to start Round 2, has the clubhouse lead.
Thursday, February 2
Three players were disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday for unknowingly breaching rules on preferred lies.
Lee Bo-mee of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Australian Ladies Masters, while teen stars Lexi Thompson (two shots back) and Lydia Ko (five shots back) are in contention.
At the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, golf shafts were everywhere. For golf equipment fanatics, shafts could have been proclaimed the star of the show.
Ken Looper wasn’t planning to make the 10-hour drive to central Florida, let alone play the first two events of his pro career. Last-minute decisions often turn out for the best, though.
Titleist’s NXT Tour family represents one of golf’s most recognizable names. It should attract even more attention in 2012 with the addition of new models.
Phil Mickelson sues a Canadian Internet service provider, demanding to identify two anonymous bloggers who spread "vicious" rumors about the PGA Tour player.
Veteran Arizona coach Rick LaRose knows how difficult it is to win at the college level, even when playing your home golf course.
Two of the best amateurs in the country have received sponsor exemptions into the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.
Lou Dobbs, host of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on the Fox Business Network, adopted golf later in life and knows it's the sport of business.
The British Amateur Championship will be held at Royal Portrush and Carnoustie in 2014 and 2015, respectively, the Royal & Ancient announced Thursday.
Joel Maturi, the Minnesota athletic director who is at the center of a sexual-discrimination lawsuit filed by former Gophers women’s coach Katie Brenny, is retiring.
Mary Bea Porter-King's transformation of junior golf in Hawaii is only one aspect of her lasting legacy.
John Daly surprised even himself by opening the Qatar Masters with a 5-under 67 that left him one shot behind leader Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Daly called it one of his best rounds.
Northeast Conference women's preview: Ann Colligan of St. Francis (Pa.) made an immediate impact as a freshman and has not shown any signs of a sophomore slump.
Ohio Valley Conference men's preview: David Lawrence once dreamed of being a big-league baseball player, but after a pair of high school injuries, Eastern Illinois has benefited from his new passion: golf.
Alexandra Kaui of Las Vegas has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Kaui also made unofficial visits to UNLV, Arizona and Oregon before deciding to become a Sooner.
Wednesday, February 1
Underscoring its growing push into the golf category, Oakley Inc. announced Feb. 1 the signing of Yani Tseng to its team of global brand ambassadors.
Inside this issue: Feb. 3, 2012
Sure, the Tour’s bombers tend to fare well at TPC Scottsdale. But Mark Wilson, the 2011 Phoenix champion, proves that winning golf can come in many shapes and sizes. Keep that in mind as you predict a winner.
Steve Stricker, who still has yet to tee it up on the U.S. mainland this season, likely will skip the Northern Trust Open in two weeks.
Jones Cup preview: Kelly Kraft prepared for the demanding Ocean Forest track in St. Simons Island by playing Augusta National. He is one of the names to watch as the season's first premier amateur event gets under way Friday.
Beth Ann Baldry: Michelle Wie will earn her degree from Stanford after the spring semester, and now can concentrate fully on living up to the immense expectations placed upon her.
Mountain West Conference women's preview: Leslie Spalding has made an immediate impact with San Diego State, with standout Christine Wong and the Aztecs giving her a win in her first season at the helm.
Northeast Conference men's golf preview: It has been a struggle for Kevin Farrell and Mount St. Mary's, but a win and a runner-up finish gave the team some hope for the spring.
Hunter Mahan travels multiple time zones to play in this week's Commercialbank Qatar Masters and will do the same to play in next week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Men's college golf: North Florida standout Sean Dale pulls out of the JU Invitational because of a knee injury. His return to competition is unknown.
Kyle Stanley, two days removed from a stunning 72nd-hole collapse, built on an outpouring of support to embrace the promise of better tomorrows.
Alistair Tait: Patience is the key for Graeme McDowell this year. The Northern Irishman is hoping that virtue will get him back to the form he showed in 2010.