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Tuesday, January 31

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Catlin cruises to victory at Arizona Intercollegiate

Arizona took the title at its home event, the Arizona Intercollegiate, while New Mexico's John Catlin (pictured) earned medalist honors. Ron Balicki

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Gators, Vogel open spring with JU Invite win

On one of the most difficult courses in the country, the Florida Gators were the last team standing.

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Golfweek calls out for ‘Local Legends’

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell and Golfweek wants to hear about all of the "Local Legends" out there. Several will be highlighted in our annual Amateur Issue.

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Pepper helps promote "Bogey Tees Off" book

Dottie Pepper is helping promote "Bogey Tees Off," a new book that celebrates the less of "being truthful."

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This week in the world of golf . . .

This week in the world of golf the PGA Tour heads to TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Mark Wilson will defend his title.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Waste Management

Fantasy Tip Sheet: How tough is Kyle Stanley? Can he push aside his collapse at Torrey Pines and rebound in Phoenix? Two of our panelists think that he can - and he will.

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Men's preview: Mountain West Conference

Mountain West Conference men's preview: UNLV won three times in the fall - including two record-setting performances - and will rely on Derek Ernst to lead the Rebels into their 24th straight NCAA Regional appearance.

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Women's preview: Missouri Valley Conference

Missouri Valley Conference women's preview: Missouri State felt like they were best in the conference last year, but didn't get it done. That has left it with a chip on its shoulder, and will rely on Kelsey Weber and others to advance to the NCAAs.

Monday, January 30

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Arizona leads by two at 32nd Arizona Collegiate

Arizona will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the 32nd Arizona Collegiate, while Wildcats junior Juan Pablo Hernandez is in the hunt for the individual title. Our Ron Balicki reports from Tucson.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 23-29, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Chubby Chandler expanding ISM group

International Sports Management, the agency headed by Chubby Chandler, is spreading its influence to the United States. ISM has hired Steve Zika as its U.S.-based director of player relations.

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Maginnes On Tap: Fearing Tiger a thing of past

Maginnes On Tap: Tiger isn't done winning, not by a long shot. But his days of intimidating other players into basically handing him titles are done. And players can thank Y.E. Yang for that.

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McCabe: Five biggest upset losses in Tiger's career

Tiger Woods' loss to Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi was shocking, but it isn't unprecedented. Jim McCabe reflects on Tiger's five biggest upset losses.

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With grit and grace, Barbara Douglas championed golf

Barbara Douglas lived for the game of golf, and it has more life because of her. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Masters odds: McIlroy, Tiger at the top

It's never too early to start talking about the Masters, and our Alex Miceli says that Vegas oddsmakers are making Tiger Woods the early favorite. What about McIlroy?

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Wiggins (No. 28, 2013) commits to Auburn

Victor Wiggins of Gastonia, N.C., has made a verbal commitment to play college golf for head coach Nick Clinard at Auburn.

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Men's preview: Missouri Valley Conference

Missouri Valley Conference men's preview: Wichita State's Hunter Sparks won twice in the fall, and his coach says there is still untapped potential in the junior standout.

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Women's preview: Mid-American Conference

Mid-American Conference women's preview: Kent State has survived the graduation of Martina Gavier with the standout play of three seniors, including Mercedes Germino.

Sunday, January 29

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Snedeker wins a shocker at Torrey Pines

Kyle Stanley wasted a three-stroke lead on the 72nd hole, traded birdies on the first playoff hole and finally missed a four-foot par putt on the second playoff hole to hand the Torrey Pines title to Brandt Snedeker.

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5 Things: Snedeker wins after Stanley's triple

5 Things: Leading by as many as seven strokes in the final round, Kyle Stanley carded a triple bogey on the par-5 18th to fall into a playoff with Brandt Snedeker (pictured). Stanley ultimately fell to Snedeker on the second playoff hole.

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Ko, 14, becomes youngest winner of pro event

Fourteen-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event, taking the women's New South Wales Open by four strokes Sunday.

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Tait: 'Rocky' shocks Tiger and the golf world

Alistair Tait: Robert Rock was supposed to crumble under the pressure of playing with Tiger Woods. He admitted to being nervous. But he forced Tiger Woods to play the role of Apollo Creed.

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5 Things: Rock's solid and Tiger's tee trouble

5 Things: Tiger's trouble off the tee prevented him from challenging Robert Rock on Sunday, while Rock has started 2012 with three top-12 finishes and his first win since the Italian Open.

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Tiger Tracker: Rock outlasts Woods for title

Tiger Tracker: Robert Rock survived a late scare on No. 18 to outlast Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win the Abu Dhabi Championship. Tiger struggled off the tee on Sunday, hitting only two fairways. Our shot-by-shot breakdown.

Saturday, January 28

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Huh answers questions on PGA Tour

John Huh's quick success on the PGA Tour may leave you just a little bit puzzled.

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Leader Stanley ties Tiger's 54-hole Torrey record

Kyle Stanley has built a five-shot lead at Torrey Pines, tying Tiger Woods' 54-hole course record in the process.

USGA pioneer Barbara Douglas, 69, dies

In accepting the Ben Hogan Award at last year's Masters, Barbara Douglas turned her battle with cancer into a defining moment.

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Tait: Rock a bit nervous about Woods pairing

Robert Rock is paired with Tiger Woods in the final round of the Abu Dhabi Championship and, as Alistair Tait explains, he isn't hiding the fact that he's nervous.

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Woods tied for Abu Dhabi lead; Rory 2 back

No time to sleep in tomorrow, golf fans! Tiger Woods has taken the lead through three rounds at the Abu Dhabi Championship, two ahead of Rory McIlroy. Tiger Tracker

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Palmer launches 'Arnie' apparel to win new fans

Gene Yasuda: Nearly 50 years removed from setting the trend with his apparel, Arnold Palmer's fashion statement has inspired a whole new collection.

Friday, January 27

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Snedeker in great form after hip surgery

Jeff Rude: Brandt Snedeker, who is second at Torrey Pines after a second-round 64, had hip surgery in November. He has reverted to a natural draw off the tee and has a new outlook on life.

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Stanley takes one-shot lead at Torrey Pines

Kyle Stanley made more than enough birdies Friday to offset one big mistake, giving him a 4-under 68 on the South Course at Torrey Pines and a one-shot lead in the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Gilchrest (No. 13, 2013) commits to Auburn

Matt Gilchrest, who is ranked 13th in the Class of 2013, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Auburn.

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Designs on new golfers part of PGA Show theme

Golf 2.0 is designed to restructure how we play and feel about golf, without losing the game's tradition.

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Men's preview: Mid-American Conference

Mid-American Conference men's preview: Kent State coach Herb Page led the Golden Flashes to the top of the conference in the fall, and that isn't anything new for the hall-of-famer.

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Tiger vs. Rory: Start of a beautiful rivalry

Yankees-Red Sox. Celtics-Lakers. Tiger-Rory. Wait, what? Alistair Tait says what is shaping up in Abu Dhabi could have an impact on golf's popularity in the coming years.

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Ashworth continues revival with tour push

Once an iconic golf apparel brand, Ashworth, in its last years as an independent company, became what's dreaded in the business: nondescript casual wear.

Thursday, January 26

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Levin, Stanley open with 62 for Farmers lead

Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley knew they had to post low scores on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines to get off to a good start Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open. It went even better than they expected.

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Mickelson opens with rare 77 at Torrey Pines

Jeff Rude: It was a strange day as hometown hero Phil Mickelson opened the Farmers Insurance Open with a 77 on Torrey Pines' South Course.

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Mallon named captain of 2013 Solheim team

Player-favorite Meg Mallon, the "ultimate team competitor," has been named the captain of the 2013 U.S. Solheim Cup team.

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PGA Show blog: Taking you inside the ropes

PGA Show 2012 blog: Golf legend Jack Nicklaus joined a panel of industry leaders Thursday at the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show to discuss the Golf 2.0 initiative and the future of the struggling golf industry.

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PGA Show blog: The world of fashion

PGA Show 2012: Wondering what the apparel trends are at the annual PGA Merchandise Show? We'll give you a glimpse at what companies have in store throughout the day.

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Looking ahead: Arizona, Hawaii previews

The spring season gets under way next week with two events – one in Tucson, Ariz., and the other across the Pacific Ocean on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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McIlroy leads with 67 in Abu Dhabi

Rory McIlroy opened his season by outplaying Tiger Woods in the first round of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, shooting a 5-under 67 Thursday for a share of the lead.

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LGU names 12-player GB&I Curtis Cup squad

Alabama’s Stephanie Meadow was among the 12 players named to the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup squad. The eventual eight players to play in the Curtis Cup will come from this squad.

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With ample research, FootJoy takes aim at apparel

When FootJoy finally entered the apparel market this year, it did so with a virtually fail-safe plan based on tons of research and a laser focus on its core consumer.

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Season preview: Is Rickie Fowler ready to win?

Sean Martin: Rickie Fowler injects style and color into pro golf. Until Sunday, all he lacked was a PGA Tour win. How did he grow into a Tour winner?

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Men's preview: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

MAAC preview: Loyola will look to extend its dominance of the MAAC this spring, having won the previous four conference titles and NCAA automatic qualifying bids.

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Women's preview: Ivy League

Ivy League women's golf preview: Yale's Seo Hee Moon is a winner to the tune of seven victories in her college career - and she is only a sophomore.

Wednesday, January 25

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 70, trails by three

Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods made his debut in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night, and he shot a 2-under 70 to sit three shots behind the leaders. Check out how Tiger's round unfolded . . .

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Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes opens in Acapulco

Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes Country Club, a Tripp Davis design, has opened on the grounds of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the Fairmont Pierre Marques.

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St. Kitts and Nevis: Small in size, big in appeal

St. Kitts and Nevis: Small in size, but big in appeal says travel editor Martin Kaufmann.

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PGA Tour takes big step toward Q-School change

The PGA Tour is one step closer to eliminating Q-school as a path to earning a tour card, a significant overhaul that would include starting the official season in the fall instead of waiting for the next calendar year.

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Notes: All eyes on Mickelson's wedge game

It’s been a decade since Phil Mickelson won his hometown event at Torrey Pines. He finished second with flair, as he so often does.

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Demo Day Q&A: Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson spent Demo Day at the Cobra Puma booth, hitting balls for a growing audience as a disc jockey pumped music in the background.

In this issue: Jan. 27, 2012

Inside this issue: Jan. 27, 2012

Ben Crane's lost love? Gymnastics

Ben Crane's workout video

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Demo Day Blog: SNAG ideal for beginners

Golfweek staffers are on the ground at Demo Day, the first day of the PGA Merchandise Show, bringing you coverage on the latest and greatest golf equipment for 2012.

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Nike's Method putter stands out at PGA Show

Among the most eye-catching putters at the PGA Merchandise Show is Nike’s new Method Concept, a putter whose front section is flaming red and back section is midnight black.

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Levet pulls out of Abu Dhabi with rib injury

Thomas Levet has pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after falling and breaking a rib at the Volvo Golf Champions.

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Notes: Chandler continues to add to ISM arsenal

ISM's Chubby Chandler is focusing on expanding in the U.S., and it is working.

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PGA Show: Exclusive Demo Day pictures

PGA Merchandise Show: Take a look at exclusive pictures from Demo Day at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla.

Gregory replaces Luther as NCAA rules director

Brad Gregory has been named director of rules and course administration for the men’s NCAA Division I Championship, replacing Clyde Luther, who recently stepped down from that position after 10 years.

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Mickelson the early favorite at Torrey Pines

Phil Mickelson, a 3-time winner at Torrey Pines, should be on everybody’s list of favorites this week. But so should Nick Watney, Charles Howell III, Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker.

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Tait: Kaymer done adjusting for the Masters

Alistair Tait: Martin Kaymer tried to change his natural game to try and tame Augusta National. It proved to be a bad idea. So, Kaymer says he has learned his lesson.

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Tiger playing for appearance money? No way!

Jim McCabe: Tiger playing for appearance money? Say it ain't so! (Come on, people!) And the Euro Tour being the destination for the world's best? Um, not quite.

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Tait: Westwood says he has fixed short game

Alistair Tait: Lee Westwood is one of the world's best with his driver in hand. His shortcoming has been his putting, but he says that is fixed. And that could be scary for everyone else.

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Women's preview: Horizon League

Horizon League women's golf preview: Butler will ride the coattails of Michele Nash for one more spring season. Can the Bulldogs make it a spring to remember?

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Men's preview: Ivy League

Ivy League men's golf preview: Despite its previous success, Columbia is forced to use local courses instead of an on-campus facility that would allow it to continue to grow the program.

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Tait: McIlroy has found his comfort zone

Alistair Tait: Rory McIlroy used to be in awe of Tiger Woods. But, after getting to know the former World No. 1, McIlroy simply wants to measure his game against golf's main attraction.

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Season preview: Holmes simply happy to be back

J.B. Holmes, nearing a full recovery after season-ending brain surgery last fall, considers himself fortunate to have “a second chance” at the game.

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Season preview: Is Tiger back or teasing us?

Jim McCabe: Tiger Woods attempts the long climb back to his former perch above the PGA Tour, but will he return to the top?

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Rude: Wilson plays up a weight class

Hate To Be Rude: Mark Wilson, underwhelming in appearance and overachieving on Tour, plays up in weight class with golf's heavy hitters

Tuesday, January 24

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Complete coverage: 2012 PGA Merchandise Show

2012 PGA Merchandise Show: Couldn't get inside the doors at the annual merchandise showcase? No worries, we covered it all for you.

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Golf Cart Solar shows off affordable panels

Golf Cart Solar is showing off its affordable stable of solar panels that could potentially revolutionize how golf carts are used.

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Notes: Watson buys original ‘General Lee’ car

Bubba Watson made a deal with his wife that if he ever won a PGA Tour event, he would be allowed to buy the 1969 Dodge Charger made popular in the “Dukes of Hazzard.”

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Seventh heaven: Cabo's Ocean rises with new par 3

As director of golf at Cabo del Sol, a 36-hole facility in Los Cabos, Mexico, Greg Tallman has overseen changes to the resort's signature Ocean Course, a Jack Nicklaus design that is ranked No. 6 among Golfweek's Best Courses of the Caribbean and Mexico.

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The week in the world of golf . . .

The week in the world of golf . . .

Golfweek Senior Players of the Year

Meet Golfweek's Players of the Year for 2011:

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Torrey Pines

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Our panelists are a bit all over the place this week, but there is one guy that received a couple of votes: Nick Watney. Can he win at Torrey Pines again?

Pfeil earns comeback win at Golfweek Senior

Dick Pfeil shot a dominating final-round, bogey-free 66 to overcome a first-round 81 and win the senior division of the Golfweek Senior National Championship at Waterlefe Golf & River Club in Sarasota, Fla.

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Season preview: Will golf start to recover?

Gene Yasuda: Will the golf industry finally gain traction again in 2012? It’s the economy, stupid. It may be the most concise answer, but it only partially explains why golf is far from experiencing a recovery in 2012.

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Toy Box: Wilson wins with new Ping gear

Toy Box notes: Mark Wilson won the Humana Challenge with the newest Ping clubs, while Robert Garrigus showed off a new Scotty Cameron putter.

Wildman's Corner: Horizon finds home at Mission Inn

Mission Inn has become the home for the Horizon League championship.

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Men's preview: Horizon League

Horizon League men's golf preview: Cleveland State looks to atone for collapse at last year's NCAA Southwest Regional, and coach Steve Weir thinks he has the squad to do it.

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Women's preview: Conference USA

Conference USA women's golf preview: Tulsa is looking to return to its glory days of the 1980s, and might just have the team to make a serious run in 2012.

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Uihlein set to make professional debut in India

Alistair Tait: Former Oklahoma State standout Peter Uihlein will make his professional debut this week, but not in Abu Dhabi, but on the Challenge Tour in Ahmadabad, India.

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Olazabal to make Ryder Cup picks on Aug. 27

Alistair Tait: European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal has learned from 2010's debacle and says his 2012 team will be selected the day after The Barclays and Johnnie Walker Championship.

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Tait: Tiger plays it too safe at press conference

Alistair Tait: Tiger confirmed that he got appearance money to play in Abu Dhabi this week, but unfortunately, that is about all he revealed in his lackluster press conference on Tuesday.

Monday, January 23

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Nike signs Euro standout Ross Fisher

Nike Golf announced the addition of Ross Fisher, a four-time winner on the European Tour, to the company’s tour staff.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 16-22, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Touchbery (No. 19, 2014) commits to Florida

Ramsey Touchberry has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Florida.

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Caparros (No. 5, 2015) commits to Florida

Kristian Caparros of Miami Lakes, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Florida. He also made an unofficial visit to Barry.

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Maginnes on Tap: Players-only meeting an important one

Maginnes on Tap: This week's players-only meeting will be one of the most important in recent memory because it deals with the future of Q-School, and we might be lucky enough to get details via Twitter.

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Stasi defeats Green for Jones/Doherty title

Meghan Stasi won the 80th Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship, defeating fellow South Florida local Jaye Marie Green.

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Martin: Humana Challenge shows progress

The Humana Challenge made plenty of progress last week. Now the key is maintaining the momentum.

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PGA Show: Golfweek kicks off week-long coverage

Are you ready for the PGA Show? We are getting geared up and will bring you wall-to-wall coverage every day this week. Today, our Gene Yasuda takes a look at the golf industry as a whole and what 2012 might bring to help golf move in the right direction.

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Dan Forsman wins Champions Tour opener

Dan Forsman never flinched in the final round of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Forsman closed with a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Sunday for his third Champions Tour title.

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Women's preview: Colonial Athletic Association

Colonial Athletic Association women's preview: Georgia State will introduce three new players into its lineup in the spring, but still finds itself as the favorite for the NCAA automatic qualifying spot.

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Men's preview: Conference USA

Conference USA men's preview: Ricardo Gouveia and Jose Joia lead a UCF squad that has separated itself from the conference pack and into national contention.

Sunday, January 22

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Wilson hangs on for Humana Challenge title

Mark Wilson grabbed his third PGA Tour title since the beginning of the 2011 season, winning the Humana Challenge by two shots. FIVE THINGS.

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Spring-break fever: Mickelson will skip Match Play

Golf's 65th-ranked player will get a spot in next month's WGC-Accenture Match Play after Phil Mickelson said that he will be skipping the event for the third time in the event's history.

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Wilson takes lead into Humana's final round

Mark Wilson finished the Humana Challenge's wind-delayed third round at 21-under par Sunday, taking a three-stroke lead over four golfers into the final round later in the day.

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Tait: Grace might be next 'giant killer'

Seems Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen aren’t the only South Africans capable of giant killing these days. Branden Grace looks the most likely to join those two major winners after his second-straight Euro Tour win.

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Grace beats Els, Goosen in playoff for win

Branden Grace won for the second consecutive week on the European Tour, this time beating fellow South Africans Ernie Els and Retief Goosen with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

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Dan Forsman takes Champions Tour lead

Dan Forsman had six back-nine birdies for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke lead Saturday after the second round of the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

Saturday, January 21

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President Clinton’s round cut short at PGA West

Former President Bill Clinton enjoyed himself Saturday at the Humana Challenge . . . then strong winds forced the suspension of the third round and curtailed his highly anticipated appearance.

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Humana’s third round suspended by wind

Toppled trees and portable toilets. A scoreboard in the lake. And the 42nd president played only nine holes? This wasn’t your average Saturday at the Humana Challenge, writes Sean Martin.

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Grace, Colsaerts share Volvo Champions lead

Branden Grace of South Africa fell into a tie for the lead at the Volvo Golf Champions with Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium after shooting a 2-over 75 Saturday in a wet and windy third round.

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Lipsky, Vongvanij among Asian Q-School grads

David Lipsky, a former standout at Northwestern, shot a four-round total of 14-under 274 to win medalist honors at the final stage of Asian Tour Q-School.

Friday, January 20

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Notes: Moore's 61 spurred by caddie change

Humana Challenge notebook: Ryan Moore's record-tying 61 was spurred by a caddie change, while eye-opening low scores are a highlight of the first two rounds in La Quinta, Calif.

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Crane, Toms, Wilson share Humana lead

Ben Crane is among a three-way tie for the lead after the second round of the Humana Challenge. He compared Friday's ideal weather in Palm Springs, Calif., to playing indoors.

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Johnson WDs from Humana with back pain

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from the Humana Challenge midway through his second round, citing back pain.

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Tait: Remembering a wonderful British journalist

Many of you won't know Alan Booth, but you certainly know the stories he told and followed.

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Back-to-back? Grace leads in South Africa

South Africa's Branden Grace moved closer to a second straight victory, taking a four-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the Volvo Golf Champions.

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Men's preview: Colonial Athletic Association

Colonial Athletic Association men's golf preview: UNC-Wilmington coach Matt Clark is creating a tradition in some untraditional ways, including putting his team through the Iron Hawk Tough Man Competition.

Thursday, January 19

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Report: Tiger not happy about Haney's book

According to ESPN.com, Tiger Woods is not pleased about Hank Haney's upcoming book, 'The Big Miss,' which will delve into Haney's time as Woods' coach.

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Toms, Villegas lead low scores at Humana

David Toms and Camilo Villegas used a nice winter break to get some rest, and it paid immediate dividends on Thursday, as they both shot 63 to lead the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge.

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5 Things: Villegas starts fast at Humana

5 Things: Camilo Villegas started 2012 in much-improved fashion, jumping into a share of the Humana Challenge lead and potentially the momentum necessary to pick up a Masters invite.

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Champions Tour season opens in Hawaii

John Cook is back in Hawaii to defend his title at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, which starts Friday and is the first of 23 official events on the 2012 Champions Tour schedule.

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Injury-free Popson gets Curtis Cup nod

Erica Popson was not on my Curtis Cup radar. Why? Because she hasn’t played in a USGA event since the 2008 U.S. Girls’ Junior.

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Modern links among GB&I's best tracks

Modern links courses earn their own cachet among Great Britain and Ireland’s best tracks

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England's Ewart wins LET Q-School

Alistair Tait: England's Jodi Ewart took top honors at LET Q-School on Thursday, and India's Sharmila Nicollet took the final card in a dramatic two-hole playoff.

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Colsaerts leads with course-record 64 in S. Africa

Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium opened with a course record 9-under-par 64 to lead the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions at The Links at Fancourt on Thursday.

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Nike will speed it up with new VR_S series

The letter S is for speed, and 2012 is a speed year. Nike’s new family of clubs is the VR_S. This is the updated and, we are told, speedier version of the original VR line. So Nike added an S for Speed.

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Final three players named to U.S. Curtis Cup team

Arkansas' Emily Tubert was among the final three players named to the U.S. Curtis Cup team. USC's Lisa McCloskey and Tennessee's Erica Popson also earned spots.

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Women's preview: Big West Conference

Big West Conference women's golf preview: UC Davis, led by Demi Runas, is quietly becoming a perennial contender for the postseason and will try to advance to the NCAA Championship for the second straight season.

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Men's preview: Big West Conference

Big West Conference men's golf preview: The goal of any player is to improve with each season and Chris Russo of Cal State Northridge is a great example of that, earning his first collegiate win this fall.

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Wildman's Corner: 'Did You Know?' about the Big West

Wildman's Corner: From John Madden's time at Cal Poly to Brendan Steele's dominance at UC Riverside, we do a little 'Did You Know?' action for the Big West Conference.

Wednesday, January 18

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Figueroa wins PR Junior, earns PGA Tour start

Edward Figueroa won the Puerto Rico Junior Open Monday and will now test his skills against the best, earning an exemption into the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open in March.

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Humana notes: DJ back earlier than expected

After knee surgery, Dustin Johnson is back earlier than expected, and he's one of many stars at the Humana.

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Amateur hour: A slow warm-up for the Phoenix Open

File this one in the Tour Pro Wannabe Department: the inaugural Waste Management’s Scottsdale Open, held Jan. 13-15, served as a civilian-hacker lead-up to the big dance Feb. 2-5 when the PGA boys come to town for the Phoenix Open – arguably the wildest week in golf.

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Baldry: Pressel shares emotions of Israel visit

Beth Ann Baldry: LPGA star Morgan Pressel shares her emotions - and plenty of stories - from a life-changing visit to her ancestral homeland.

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Toy Box: Wagner wins with mixed bag

Toy Box notes: Johnson Wagner wins with a truly mixed bag, while Matt Every's BlackHawk putter garners plenty of attention at the Sony Open.

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Cannon (No. 137, 2013) commits to Arizona State

Blake Cannon, who is No. 137 in the class of 2013 rankings, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Arizona State.

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Former U.S. Am champ joins Chandler's ISM group

Former U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An has signed with Chubby Chandler's International Sports Management group, joining Peter Uihlein in Chandler's growing stable of young stars.

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Els, Harrington looking to atone for poor 2011

Playing in the same group in the opening round of the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday isn't the only thing Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington have in common. They're both also desperate to atone for disappointing seasons in 2011.

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Slow play in golf is not going away anytime soon

There are plenty of contentious issues on the PGA Tour, but none more important than the pace of play - and the issue isn't going away anytime soon.

Texas golf organizations form junior alliance

Texas' top four golf organizations have formed an alliance aimed at creating better opportunities and ease expenses for junior golfers and their families.

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Wildman's Corner: Wisconsin to open new facility

Wildman's Corner: The Big Ten Conference takes golf seriously, and you can add Wisconsin to the list of schools who have built facilities to help golfers during the severe winter months.

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Martin: Changes to Humana appeal to players

Aided by the clout of our 42nd president, the Humana Challenge once again appeals to Tour players.

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Hate to be Rude: The Tour's facial hair history

Sure, Johnson Wagner’s mustache stretches golf’s clean-shaven image in the 21st century. But the game’s stars haven’t always played sans whiskers. Hate to be Rude

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Men's preview: Big Ten Conference

Big Ten Conference men's golf preview: Purdue senior Tyler Duncan used last summer to his advantage and has returned to the success he saw in his freshman season.

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Women's preview: Big Ten Conference

Big Ten Conference women's preview: Led by a handful of seniors - including standout Nora Lucas - the Illinois women have reached a higher-than-normal ranking and have eyes on the postseason.

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Lefty, Kuchar are safe bets, but don't forget Frazar

Alex Miceli: Sure, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson are the Humana Challenge favorites from the Las Vegas oddsmakers. But, if you are looking to make an unexpected bet, Harrison Frazar might just be your man.

Tuesday, January 17

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Martin: Dramatic N'wide Tour changes needed

With a mandatory players meeting set next week, the PGA Tour will be talking about Q-School changes and how the Tour will use its junior circuit, the Nationwide Tour. Our Sean Martin has three dramatic proposals that would make it more appealing to play on the Nationwide Tour.

Ex-Tour pro arrested in child sex sting

A former PGA Tour golfer is among 40 suspects arrested in central Florida as part of an underage sex sting operation.

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Clinton to play with Norman Saturday at Humana

Former President Bill Clinton’s participation in the 2012 Humana Challenge will extend to the golf course.

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Baek leaves San Diego State to turn pro

The San Diego State men’s team will finish its season with a diminished lineup.

Notes: Interest in Pebble about Tiger and the QBs

PGA Tour notebook: Tiger Woods is set to play with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, although the pro-am pairings aren't set until Feb. 7, the Tuesday of tournament week.

EA reveals new players, courses for Tiger 13

EA Sports revealed five new players Tuesday that will be in its upcoming release Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

This week in the world of golf . . .

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McCabe: McGirt can't get enough of the Tour life

Jim McCabe: William McGirt might not be a household name, or even a guy who has brought home a PGA Tour title as of yet. But he loves his life on Tour and isn't taking any of it for granted.

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Pfeil, Smith win Gateway titles on postcard day

For the first time in three years, the Gateway Senior Invitational, a January Swing event, was blessed with warm, sunny weather and little wind.

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Wildman's Corner: Gray plays bigger than his size

Wildman's Corner: At 5-foot-8, Kristopher Gray doesn't have size on his size. But his short game and consistency more than make up for anything that the Gardner-Webb star lacks in size.

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Maginnes on Tap: Clinton Foundation brings new hope

Maginnes on Tap: Bill Clinton and his Clinton Foundation have revolutionized the way the once-great Bob Hope Classic is viewed, restoring an PGA Tour event that was near death.

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Women's preview: Big South Conference

Big South Conference women's preview: Campbell, led by senior Michelle Koh, overcame a rash of injuries and sickness to lead the conference in the fall. Will the Fighting Camels continue their stellar play?

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Men's preview: Big South Conference

Big South Conference men's golf preview: LIberty and senior Robert Karlsson are looking to start their own streak in a conference once dominated by Coastal Carolina.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Humana Challenge

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Bill Haas is a popular Humana Challenge pick for our panel of fantasy experts, as they think the defending FedEx Cup champ will start the season where he left off in 2011.

Monday, January 16

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Jackson is ready for her turn in the spotlight

Janie Jackson can pound the ball better than most on the junior girls circuit. So why hasn't the blonde bomber garnered headlines? She says it is all about her chipping and putting. And horrible timing, says our Ryan Lavner.

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Alison Lee cruises to Annika Invitational title

Alison Lee finally can add an invitational title to her already impressive resume, crushing the field at the Annika Invitational at Reunion Resort in Florida.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 10-15, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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PGA Tour rookie Potter perseveres

Sean Martin: Ted Potter Jr. finished 13th at the Sony Open and was the low finisher among the 24 rookies in the first full-field event of the PGA Tour season.

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Women's preview: Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Conference women's golf preview: Carleigh and Chelsea Silvers are just one of the four pairs of sisters that have played for Northern Colorado over the past six seasons.

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A mustache trend on the PGA Tour?

First, it was Johnson Wagner. Then it was Rickie Fowler on Sunday. Is there a mustache trend on Tour? Here is what some players would look like with a 'stache . . .

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Wildman's Corner: Bradley gives St. John's hope

Wildman's Corner: St. John's normally doesn't roll off the tongue as a college golf powerhouse. But, alumnus Keegan Bradley is changing that outlook for the Red Storm.

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Men's preview: Big East Conference

Big East Conference men's golf preview: South Florida and coach Chris Malloy are making noise despite a deep conference and running into plenty of competition on the recruiting trail.

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Maginnes on Tap: Stricker destined not to win a major?

Will Steve Stricker go down as one of the best players never to win a major? Maybe, as he isn't 'one of those guys.'

Sunday, January 15

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5 Things: Wagner wins, but mustache the star

5 Things: Johnson Wagner wrapped up his third win on the PGA Tour with a come-from-behind effort on Sunday at the Sony Open. Now, about that mustache . . . well, Wagner really doesn't have an answer for that.

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Questions over sponsor, event timing loom for TOC

As the focus on the season-opening Tournament of Champions switches to off-the-course dealings, plenty of questions remain: Will Hyundai make its sponsorship part of a bigger deal? And will the tournament begin even earlier in 2013?

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Wagner comes from behind to win Sony Open

Sporting a Tom Selleck-like mustache, Johnson Wagner picked up his third career PGA Tour victory, clearing the Sony Open field by two shots on Sunday in Honolulu.

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Lee, Iida win titles at Golfweek West Coast Junior

Ki Taek Lee (boys) and Saki Iida (girls) use strong final rounds to capture their respective titles at the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational in Chandler, Ariz.

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Wagner shoots 67 for share of Annika lead

Samantha Wagner is one tough junior. After battling cold weather during the first round of the Annika Invitational, Wagner birdied her way to the top of the leaderboard in Round 2.

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India's Nicollet tied for lead at LET Q-School

Those who doubt India’s future in golf should find the leaderboard of the Ladies Euro Tour Q-School interesting.

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Every's 'BlackHawk' putter gains plenty of attention

An unusual-looking BlackHawk putter received priceless exposure as Matt Every climbed the leaderboard with it at the Sony Open.

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South Africa's Grace wins first Euro Tour title

South Africa's Branden Grace won his first European Tour title Sunday with a par 72 for a one-shot victory at the Joburg Open.

Saturday, January 14

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Maggert ties Every for lead at Sony Open

Jeff Maggert played bogey-free in relatively calm conditions Saturday for a 6-under 64 that left the 47-year-old in a tie for the lead with Matt Every in the Sony Open.

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Jutanugarns finish 1-2 at South Atlantic Am

For Moriya and Ariya Jutanugarn, the most difficult part of the week may have been delivering their victory speeches. The sisters took first and second at the South Atlantic Amateur Saturday.

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Aubert feeling like a local at Annika

Julie Williams: World traveler Shannon Aubert might not be a Central Florida local, but she's feeling at home this week at the AJGA Annika Invitational.

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Grace, Finch share lead at Joburg Open

South Africa’s Branden Grace and England’s Richard Finch were in front by one stroke at the Joburg Open on Saturday before the third round was stopped because of darkness.

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Derby (No. 20, 2013) commits to Georgia

Parker Derby, ranked No. 20 in the Class of 2013, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Georgia.

Friday, January 13

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Every fires 64, takes Sony Open lead

Matt Every, finally making news for his golf, made the game look and sound easy Friday at the Sony Open. Every closed with three straight birdies for a 6-under 64, giving him a two-shot lead over David Hearn.

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GW Junior Invite West Coast Pairings/Leaderboard

See pairings and results of the 2012 Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational at Whirlwind GC in Arizona.

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Love hoping for normalcy as Ryder Cup captain

Being a Ryder Cup captain comes with enough stress. The last thing U.S. captain Davis Love III needs is players treating him differently during the 2012 season.

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Euro Tour grinder Elson hits stride at Joburg Open

After struggling to keep his European Tour card, Jamie Elson seems to have found his stride.

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Cink looking to get back on track in 2012

Ask him where he sits in the world rankings and Stewart Cink will shrug. “I stopped looking when my world ranking had three digits in it,” he said.

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Trump goes with his gut on Ferry Point

Donald Trump’s proposed management contract of the Ferry Point Golf Course in New York has met plenty of scrutiny lately. Our Bradley Klein weighs in on the project.

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Tebow at the Humana? It could happen

Could the Tim Tebow mania be spreading to the world of the PGA Tour? Yes, as both the Humana Challenge and Pebble Beach pro-ams are trying to land America's most popular athlete.

Thursday, January 12

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Men's preview: Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Conference men's preview: Missouri junior Jace Long, with the help of coach Mark Leroux, has fixed his biggest problem – short putts.

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Sony Open notes: Cauley continues to impress

Sony Open notebook: Bud Cauley continues to impress on the PGA Tour, firing a 4-under 66 on Thursday in Honolulu. He is 48 under in 33 Tour rounds as a professional.

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Gore gets exemption because of Twitter

Jason Gore receives Northern Trust sponsor exemption after fans speak out on Twitter.

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DeLaet (63) takes 2-shot lead at Sony Open

Beset by back injuries for much of 2011, Graham DeLaet showed what he can do when fully healthy, shooting a 7-under 63 Thursday to lead the Sony Open.

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Jutanugarn sisters face USGA scrutiny

The Jutanugarn sisters, world-beaters on the course, have come under USGA scrutiny after questions about amateur status were raised. Julie Williams reports.

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Green, 17, rises to top of amateur rankings

Beth Ann Baldry: The No. 1 women’s amateur player is a fun-loving, 17-year-old Floridian with an eye on the Curtis Cup. Meet Jaye Marie Green.

McGrane, Elson lead at rainy Joburg Open

Ireland's Damien McGrane and England's Jamie Elson each shot an 8-under 63 to share the lead in the rainy first round at the Joburg Open on Thursday.

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McCabe: Fujikawa still has plenty of charm

Remember Tadd Fujikawa? The affable Hawaiian received a last-minute sponsor exemption into the Sony Open.

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Golfweek's Best: 2012 GB&I Classic courses

The best that Great Britain and Ireland have to offer.

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GW Senior Amateur 2012

La Quinta Resort hosts Golfweek's Senior Amateur in April.

Wildman's Corner: N. Kentucky to join A-Sun in fall

Wildman's Corner: Northern Kentucky has been a perennial power at the Division II level, but its move to Division I and the Atlantic Sun Conference will test the Norse.

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Women's preview: Big East Conference

Big East Conference women's preview: Christina Miller has made her change in scenery count, leading South Florida with two individual wins in the fall, making the Bulls a tough team to contend with.

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Men's preview: Atlantic Sun Conference

Atlantic Sun Conference men's preview: The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are riding a four-event winning streak heading into the spring. Can they give North Florida a run at an NCAA bid?

Wednesday, January 11

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Notes: Carter, Fujikawa relish chance to compete

Sony Open notebook: Jim Carter and Tadd Fujikawa took different routes to get into the field in Honolulu, but both appreciate the chance to do one thing: compete.

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Mid-ams Stasi, Leach loving the amateur life

South Atlantic Amateur: Martha Leach and Meghan Stasi (above) might be a bit older, but they still can compete with the junior and college stars surrounding them, says our Julie Williams.

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Puma signs Poulter to showcase footwear, belts

Ian Poulter, a long-time Cobra staff player, is expanding his endorsement duties to the company’s sister brand, Puma Golf. Beginning this season, Poulter will wear Puma footwear and belts, and continue to use Cobra equipment.

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Wildman's Corner: Visiting with FSU's Koepka

Wildman's Corner: Brooks Koepka started his career quickly at Florida State, but has had ups and downs since. We visit with the FSU senior as we preview the ACC.

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Hate to Be Rude: Golf’s all-star game needs help

With so many stars skipping out on the season-opening money grab at Kapalua, Jeff Rude offers a few changes that could spice up the tournament.

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Knee injury forces Glover out of Sony Open

Lucas Glover has withdrawn from the Sony Open with a sprained right knee that still is not strong enough for him to play golf.

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Finchem's extension allows for orderly transition

The PGA Tour's decision to extend Commissioner Tim Finchem’s contract by four years not only reinforced a commitment to stability, but started the clock ticking on identifying his successor.

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Miceli: Watch out for Choi, Love at Sony

Alex Miceli: Is Steve Stricker the right choice this week in Hawaii? Or is K.J. Choi or Davis Love III a smarter pick? Take a look at the odds at the first full-field PGA Tour event of the season.

Townsend wins Australasian British Open qualifier

Australian Aaron Townsend shot a pair of 2-under 70s to win the Australasian qualifying tournament for this year’s British Open by three strokes.

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Men's preview: Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference preview: To make some noise in the conference, Virginia will be leaning on Ben Kohles and Denny McCarthy during the spring.

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Women's preview: Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Conference spring preview: Texas is rewarding Martha Richards' patience, riding Nicole Vandermade and Madison Pressel to the role of favorites for the NCAA automatic bid.

In this issue: Jan. 13, 2012

Inside the Jan. 13, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Sony Open

Fantasy Tip Sheet: A pair of our experts are predicting that Steve Stricker will sweep the season-opening events in Hawaii. Who else makes the list?

Tuesday, January 10

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This week in the world of golf . . .

A look at the world of golf this week . . .

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LPGA expands schedule to 27 events in ’12

Mike Whan will deliver more in 2012. The LPGA’s third-year commissioner has boosted the number of tournaments from 23 to 27, adding four full-field events, plus the return of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.

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EA Sports unveils changes for upcoming Tiger game

EA Sports made some big announcements Tuesday about the upcoming version of its popular Tiger Woods video game.

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Uihlein will play Puerto Rico Open

Peter Uihlein has accepted a sponsor exemption to the Puerto Rico Open, tournament chairman Sidney Wolf told Golfweek.

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Men's spring preview: Atlantic 10 Conference

Atlantic 10 Conference men's preview: Former Auburn star and coach Ryan Cabbage has Charlotte on the way back to the days of NCAA success in 2007-2008.

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Women's preview: Atlantic Sun Conference

Atlantic Sun Conference women's preview: A bit of seasoning for a pair of freshman has Kennesaw State more optimistic about a potential NCAA bid at the end of the spring season.

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Wildman's Corner: Xavier looks to dethrone Charlotte

Wildman's Corner: Charlotte will be chasing its seventh consecutive conference title, but Xavier thinks it will have something to say about that.

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Martin: Rookies under pressure to perform early

Twenty-four rookies are teeing it up at this week’s Sony Open, and it’s imperative to get off to a good start.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 2-9, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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5 players to watch at South Atlantic Amateur

The Florida Orange Blossom Circuit continues this week with the South Atlantic Amateur. Holly Clyburn is among Julie Williams' list of players to watch.

Monday, January 9

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Babineau: Stricker continues to get better with age

Jeff Babineau: Steve Stricker has lived three different careers on the PGA Tour, and his win at Kapalua on Monday shows that he has gotten better with age - and is clearly America's top golfer.

An exile amid the season's slumber

It’s well past halfway through a seven-week hiatus from golf, and I’m starting to itch badly.

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Woodland’s new coach: It’s Butch Harmon

After leaving Hawaii on Monday, Gary Woodland was headed to Las Vegas to begin work with his new coach: Butch Harmon. Jeff Babineau has the details.

Carter wins Old Corkscrew Senior

Ron Carter won the Old Corkscrew Senior Championship’s senior division with a par on the third hole of a playoff with fellow Indiana player Sam Till Jr. Both finished at 229 after 54 holes. Michigan’s Bill Zylstra was third at 231.

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West edges East at Winn Junior Cup Challenge

Led by captain Natalie Gulbis, a team of four juniors representing the West won the AJGA’s Winn Junior Cup Challenge.

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America Sky's famous face: Mason Casper

The America Sky Conference features a famous, if unknown, face in Mason Casper.

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Woods to play Pebble for 1st time in 10 years

Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will make his 2012 PGA Tour debut in February at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He hasn’t played there since 2002.

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College golf preview: Spring 2012

It's time to get psyched about the Spring 2012 college golf season! We're breaking down every conference with an automatic berth into the NCAAs, finishing our series with the WAC men.

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Women's preview: Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference women's preview: There's a unique dynamic in Chapel Hill this season that involves a deep roster and an interesting clothing accessory.

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Men's spring preview: America Sky Conference

America Sky men's conference preview: Only three years ago, Matt Smith struggled to even make Hartford's lineup. Now, coach Pete Stankevich can't keep him out of it.

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5 things: Stricker opens season with Kapalua win

Steve Stricker overcame a cold putter Monday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to win his 12th career PGA Tour victory. 5 THINGS

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Ping's i20 clubs set to debut in February

James Achenbach: Ping’s new club family, the i20, offers the latest in a long line of distinctive-looking offerings that date to the company's founding 53 years ago.

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Miller-Faldo: A match not made in heaven

A dream duo of Johnny Miller and Nick Faldo turns into a dream dud for Golf Channel.

Sunday, January 8

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Notes: Molder making good first impression

Notebook: Bryce Molder was one of the last to qualify for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but his rookie status at the event hasn't kept him from being T-5 after the third round.

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Stricker keeps five-shot lead at Kapalua

Steve Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a 4-under 69 that gave him a five-shot lead in Kapalua.

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Finchem: ‘Everything in good shape here’

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said that the Hyundai Tournament of Champions may need some slight alterations, but the tournament is "in good shape"

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Haney will publish book about Tiger Woods

Hank Haney is finishing up a book about the six years he spent as the swing coach for Tiger Woods. The book is called "The Big Miss," and it is scheduled to be published on March 27, which is a week before the Masters.

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Tait: Sterne stands out at Africa Open

Richard Sterne headlines three players you should take notice of off the Africa Open's final leaderboard.

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Oosthuizen repeats as Africa Open champ

Louis Oosthuizen holed a 35-foot birdie putt on No. 17 to top fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt and retain his title at the Africa Open.

Saturday, January 7

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Stricker (63) builds 5-shot lead at Kapalua

Steve Stricker fired a flawless 10-under 63 on Saturday to build a five-shot lead over Webb Simpson after the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Notes: LSU alum Toms ready for Monday’s game

There are still 36 holes to play at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but you’ll excuse David Toms if he’s looking past the golf here at Kapalua in order to focus on Monday night’s BCS Championship game in New Orleans, where his beloved LSU Tigers will play Alabama.

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Sabbatini assessed penalty for showing up late

Jim McCabe: Always a topic of discussion, Rory Sabbatini showed up late to his second-round tee time Saturday at Kapalua, resulting in a two-stroke penalty.

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Tour Tracker: Tournament of Champions

Steve Stricker fired a 10-under 63 in perfect conditions Saturday to take a five-shot lead after the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. TOUR TRACKER.

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England's Hull logs comeback win at Harder Hall

Julie Williams: Charley Hull tore through the back nine at the Harder Hall for her second career victory on the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit.

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Oosthuizen retains share of Africa Open lead

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen birdied three of his last four holes for a 6-under 67 Saturday to share the third-round lead at the Africa Open.

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McCabe: Plantation a course unlike any other

Those are just three of the adjectives used by players to describe the Plantation Course at Kapalua, site of the PGA Tour’s season-opener. Jim McCabe explains why.

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Notes: After review, no penalty for Watney

After an up-and-down round on the course, Nick Watney thought he had more bad news waiting for him in the scoring trailer. Kapalua Notes

Friday, January 6

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Defending champion Byrd leads at Kapalua

A new PGA Tour season began with a familiar name atop the leaderboard at Kapalua, where Jonathan Byrd made birdie after birdie to take the early lead.

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Player blog: Poor putting sends Peterson packing

Despite some solid ballstriking, it was a missed cut for John Peterson at the Africa Open. Read all about his week in Africa in his player blog.

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Tour Tracker: Tournament of Champions

The 2012 PGA Tour season gets under way Friday with the opening round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Follow along here for updates from Kapalua. TOUR TRACKER.

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Pro-am pair: Fresno St. player helped by Watney

So, you’re thinking these PGA Tour guys don’t pay attention to their pro-am partners or take the days seriously?

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Curtis countdown: Women scramble for 3 spots

It’s crunch time for a small band of American players trying to make this summer’s Curtis Cup team. Beth Ann Baldry breaks down a few of the contenders.

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Gaylord Sports acquired by Lagardère Unlimited

Gaylord Sports Management Group, which represents some of the brightest stars in golf, has been acquired by Lagardère Unlimited, a Paris-based multinational.

Snider named women’s coach at ULM

Stacy Snider was hired this week as the women’s coach at Louisiana-Monroe.

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Glover (knee) WDs from Kapalua event

Lucas Glover sprained his right knee in a freak paddleboard accident and withdrew from the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Greg Norman to play Humana Challenge

Hall of Famer Greg Norman will play in this month’s Humana Challenge in a partnership with the Clinton Foundation.

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Oosthuizen shoots 62, leads in South Africa

Defending champion Louis Oosthuizen shot an 11-under 62 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Africa Open.

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Casey to miss 2 months with shoulder injury

English golfer Paul Casey has dislocated his right shoulder on a snowboarding holiday and will be sidelined for the first two months of 2012.

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U.S. Open: British Am champ in, no 10-shot rule

Two changes are coming to the eligibility requirements for the 2012 U.S. Open. The British Amateur champion is now exempt into the championship, while the 10-shot rule that helps determine the 36-hole cut will be eliminated.

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Irish Open at Royal Portrush, where it belongs

This year’s Irish Open, to be played at legendary Royal Portrush, is now a can’t-miss event.

Thursday, January 5

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Plea deal gives Overton fresh start to season

Jeff Overton will start his 2012 PGA Tour season at the Sony Open next week with his legal troubles behind him.

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Miceli: Putting makes Stricker favorite this week

With an average green size of 9,500 square feet, the Plantation Course - site of this week's PGA Tour Hyundai Tournament of Champions - will require exceptional putting to win. Thus, Steve Stricker is a strong pick.

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Adams Golf hires banker to explore options

Adams Golf, which has struggled to recover its shareholder value after the worldwide equity collapse of 2008, has retained investment bank Morgan Stanley to explore options that could include a sale of the company.

First-round knockout: Family feud rattles Dixie Am

According to a Coral Springs, Fla., police report, a fight broke out Dec. 30 between family members of two players during the first round of the women’s tournament at Heron Bay Golf Club. No charges were filed, but reportedly fists flew and a driver was wielded as a weapon after a slow-play penalty led to a player’s disqualification.

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Woodland back on course after hectic offseason

After a hectic offseason, Gary Woodland is looking forward to getting back to the course, where his confidence is at an all-time high. Jeff Babineau

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Player blog: Rough start for Peterson in Africa

John Peterson shot an even-par 73 in the first round of the Africa Open. Read his thoughts on the start in his exclusive player blog.

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Many stars missing on eve of PGA Tour season

Although it's played on the PGA Tour's most breathtaking stage, the Tournament of Champions often spurs discussion not on who’s playing, but on who isn’t. Jim McCabe

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Aiken (64) grabs early lead at Africa Open

South Africa’s Thomas Aiken shot a 9-under 64 Thursday at the Africa Open for a one-shot lead after the first round of the European Tour’s season-opening tournament.

Players Amateur moving to Berkeley Hall

The Players Amateur, which has been held at Belfair Plantation since its inception in 2000, is switching courses. But only about three miles down the road in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.

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Clarke, Els and Harrington to play Golf Champions

Major winners Darren Clarke, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington will play the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event this month at South Africa's Fancourt links course.

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LPGA adds Hawaii stop for '12 season

The LPGA will return to Hawaii this spring for the Lotte LPGA Championship Presented by J Golf, the tour announced. The LPGA signed a three-year agreement with Lotte.

Wednesday, January 4

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Player blog: Peterson getting used to S. Africa

2011 NCAA champion John Peterson will be blogging for Golfweek while making his European Tour debut this week at the Africa Open in South Africa. Today, he talks about arriving and getting acclimated to his new environment.

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Johnson likely to make return at Torrey Pines

Dustin Johnson, who had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee Nov. 29, is recovering well and likely to make his 2012 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Jan. 26-29, according to his manager.

Yin, Mao named co-medalists at Arizona Silver Belle

Angel Yin and Briana Mao played to a draw at the Arizona Silver Belle on Dec. 30. The two were named co-medalists after remaining tied at the conclusion of eight playoff holes at Whirlwind Golf Club’s Devil’s Claw course in Chandler, Ariz.

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Frazar finally earns his way to Kapalua

Jeff Babineau: After waiting 355 career starts to finally pick up his first win, Harrison Frazar wasn't about to miss this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. No way.

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Rude: Some opening shots for 2012

Jeff Rude: The 2012 golf season begins with plenty of questions, and here are some answers. They come with no guarantees, other than to entertain you - or at least we hope they do.

Golf Channel revamps executive staff

Fresh off its best year of viewership since its 1995 launch, Golf Channel is starting 2012 by shaking up its executive lineup.

Tuesday, January 3

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No changes in store for the FedEx Cup system

PGA Tour notebook: After crunching numbers using different models, the PGA Tour has decided to leave the points structure alone for the FedEx Cup.

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Harder Hall features top collegians, internationals

Thai teen Moriya Jutanugarn is among the international talent in Sebring, Fla., this week for the Harder Hall Women's Invitational. PREVIEW.

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Holmes says he will return at Torrey Pines

J.B. Holmes, sidelined since brain surgery, told Golfweek on Tuesday that he plans to make his PGA Tour return at the Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 26-29 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, Calif.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

Tournaments scheduled this week in pro tours around the world.

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USGA hires Kentucky golf director Hill

Mark Hill, executive director of the Kentucky Golf Association and PGA, has resigned to become the director of the U.S. Golf Association’s amateur tournaments, according to a KGA/PGA news release.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Hyundai TOC

As the PGA Tour kicks off its 2012 season, our panel of experts says that Bubba Watson, Nick Watney and Steve Stricker could be good fantasy plays this week.

Monday, January 2

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Longtime Turner Sports broadcaster Huber dies

Turner Sports says longtime broadcaster Jim Huber has died. He was 67. The cable network says Huber died Monday in Atlanta. A cause of death was not immediately released.

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Purdue's Reto repeats at Dixie Women's Amateur

Purdue junior Paula Reto won her second consecutive Dixie Women’s Amateur on Jan. 2, finishing five shots ahead of Thai teen Moriya Jutanugarn.

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Healthy Woods to start year in Abu Dhabi

Tiger Woods has rediscovered more than just the ability to win.

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Q&A: Titleist tour rep Chris Tuten

Chris Tuten, a Titleist tour rep and expert club fitter, is one of the most interesting men in golf. When he talks about life on the PGA Tour, people listen.

Sunday, January 1

Nike Method Core Weighted putters

Nike's Method Core Weighted putters are finished in non-glare satin chrome with simple alignment lines; most have classic designs.

Nike Method Midnight putters

Nike's Method Midnight putters have a Nickel Chrome finish that should reduce glare while retaining the polymer-metal grooved face technology of the original Method.

Nike VR Pro Combo irons

The Nike VR Pro Combo irons move weight to different points of the clubhead throughout the set to stress forgiveness on long irons, feel on short irons.

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Nike Method putters

At the heart of Nike's Method putter line is a unique polymer-grooved face technology that the company says will make the ball hold its line more effectively.

TaylorMade Rescue TP hybrids

With the Rescue TP hybrid, TaylorMade aims to provide distance, control and versatility thanks in part to its thin face and low CG.

TaylorMade RocketBallz Urethane golf ball

The TaylorMade RocketBallz Urethane golf ball has a soft, high-speed core that is covered by a thin mantle layer and a cast urethane cover that features a 360-dimple pattern.

TaylorMade White Smoke Putters

The MC-72 mallet, IN-12 blade and IN-74 blade in the TaylorMade White Smoke putters line are each available in 33-, 34-, and 35-inch models and feature the grooved, PureRoll Titanium insert.

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TaylorMade TP xFT wedges

Exchangeable Face Technology in the TaylorMade TP xFT wedges allows golfers to remove the grooved faceplate in these wedges using a torque wrench when the grooves become worn.

TaylorMade Tour Preferred MB, CB, MC irons

TaylorMade's Tour Preferred Muscleback (MB), Cavity-Back (CB) and Muscle-Cavity (MC) irons have been among the most popular irons for the company's staff pros.

Callaway Hex Hot, Hex Hot Pro golf balls

The Callaway Hex Hot has a slightly larger core than its cousin, the Hex Hot Pro golf ball, also a three-piece design. The Hex Hot Pro has a slightly larger mantle layer.

Callaway X Hot, X Hot Pro drivers

There is no mistaking what Callaway wanted to do when it made the X Hot driver: maximize distance. Its CG is adjusted for each loft offered.

Titleist 910F and 910F.d fairway woods

With an adjustable hosel system designed into the 910F and 910 F.d, Titleist developed a way to optimize fairway woods more easily.

Titleist 910H hybrids

The Titleist 910H hybrids were designed around two key features: a unique adjustable hosel system and a larger head.

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Callaway X Series Jaws wedges

Callaway X Series Jaws wedges feature 21 grooves and a classic C-grind sole for shotmakers.

Odyssey White Hot Pro putters

Bringing back a face insert that remained popular among pros, the Odyssey White Hot Pro line of putters' latest iteration offers 18 choices.

Callaway X Hot, X Hot Pro Hybrids

The Callaway X Hot hybrids have a unique sole design that should help mid- and high-handicap golfers not only replace irons, but find clubs.

Odyssey ProType Tour putters

Odyssey created the ProType Tour putter line by blending feedback from Tour players like Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Alvaro Quiros with modern materials and classic designs.

Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme fairway woods

Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme fairway woods are designed for players who want a blend of power and adjustability.

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Nike VR_S Covert Performance and Tour hybrids

The VR_S Performance Covert and Covert Tour hybrids feature a large hole in the back-center section of the sole that Nike says can lead to higher, straighter shots.

Nike Method Core Drone 2.0 putter

Nike refined the Method Core Drone 2.0's looks but kept the playing features, such as the polymer-grooved face insert, that made the original putter so distinctive.

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Callaway Razr X Muscleback Irons

Callaway's Razr X Muscleback irons are from carbon steel to provide the maximum amount of feel with a thin top line.

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Cleveland 588 TT irons

Cleveland's 588 TT irons are designed to be classic perimeter-weight irons for mid- and lower-handicap players, with mass positioned in the heel and toe areas.

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Cleveland 588 RTX, 588 RTX CB wedges

The Cleveland 588 RTX and the 588 RTX CB wedges feature U-grooves that are 16 percent larger in a name that is iconic to many golf enthusiasts.

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Cleveland 588 Altitude irons

The Cleveland 588 Altitude irons, part of a classic hybrid iron set, feature a hollow-body design that allowed Cleveland to drastically lower the center of gravity.

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Cleveland 588 Forged wedges

With the 588 Forged wedge, Cleveland has tried to keep everything people loved about the classic intact while bringing it into the modern era.

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Cleveland 588 MT irons

The 588 MT irons have a hollow-bodied design that allows Cleveland to drive the center of gravity (CG) very low to increase forgiveness and make hitting the ball high in the air a lot easier.

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Cleveland 588 Forged CB, 588 Forged MB irons

Cleveland's 588 Forged CB irons feature a progressive cavity-back design, a slightly thicker topline and a slightly longer blade length than their 588 MB cousins, which are classic muscleback blades,

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Cleveland CG Black driver

The Cleveland CG Black driver features a classic-looking head that is aerodynamically shaped to slip easily through the air, with a crown that slopes down sharply in the back section.

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Cleveland Classic XL, Classic XL Custom drivers

Cleveland gave the Classic XL the largest, deepest face of any driver it has created while building on the cosmetic success of the Classic, while the XL Custom adds adjustability to the head.

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Cleveland Classic hybrid

The Cleveland Classic hybrid has two main design features to help golfers escape from rough, fairway bunkers and all sorts of nasty places on the course: railed soles and a precisely-positioned center of gravity.

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Where are they now: Catherine Cartwright

Beth Ann Baldry: Three can’t-miss kids – remember Beth Bauer, May Wood and Catherine Cartwright? – find there’s a lot to life after golf. PART 3: Catherine Cartwright.

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2012 in preview: Staff predictions

As the new year begins, we stop reflecting on the year that was and take a look forward to the year that will be. Our experts predict who will win more in the Tiger-vs.-Rory battle, how many times Lexi will win and who will be victorious at the Ryder Cup.