News for Thursday, January 9, 2014

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5 Things: Bae leads; Daly returns; more

Sang-Moon Bae fired off a 63 Thursday to lead the first round of the Sony Open on PGA Tour; Chris Kirk is just a shot back after some coaching; John Daly gets in the mix; plus more in our 5 Things to Know.

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Tour Tracker: Bae leads Sony Open

Keep up with the top developments from the first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii right here – and catch up on more PGA Tour coverage this week leading up to Thursday's action.

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PGA to seek 'grandfather period' for anchoring

PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA's annual meeting Feb. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C. Bishop likened the proposal to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.

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Woods to open 2014 at Torrey Pines, Dubai

It'll come as no surprise, but Tiger Woods will kick of 2014 at his personal playground, otherwise known as Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open. He'll also play the next week at the Dubai Desert Classic.

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Yani Tseng latest to join Callaway Golf

A new year and a new bag of sticks for former World No. 1 Yani Tseng. Callaway Golf took to Twitter to announce it had signed Tseng, ending her four-year relationship with Adams.

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TravisMathew takes its style back to California of the Sixties

Travis Mathew used big-name clients Chris Kirk, Patrick Cantlay and a handful of others to show off their "California of the Sixties" inspired clothing line.

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Loomis tapped to oversee Fox's golf coverage

Fox Sports made it official, tapping former Vanderbilt University player Mark Loomis to be the coordinating producer for all of its golf coverage.

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Offseason spent giving back reveals Wie's big heart

Michelle Wie has been in the public eye for most of her life and she is determined to use that fame to help out those who are less fortunate, giving her new perspective on and off the course.

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New Balance launches cleated, spikeless golf shoes

On Jan. 9, New Balance announced the launch of New Balance Golf, a footwear collection for 2014.

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Ex-Ball State coach Yestingsmeier, 80, dies

Former Ball State head coach Earl Yestingsmeier has died, according to the Ball State athletic department. Yestingsmeier, 80, was a 1955 graduate of Ball State and the golf coach from 1962 to '98.

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Q&A with Adams Golf's John Ward

John Ward, a veteran sales executive with TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, was named president of Adams Golf in June 2012. After 1 1/2 years at the helm, Ward offers candid observations about his company, the state of golf and the future of the game.

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Toy Box notes: Nike balls in Hawaii

At the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Nike’s Scott Brown played the new RZN Platinum golf ball, while Russell Henley used the new RZN Black ball.

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Toy Box notes: TaylorMade gear in Hawaii

TaylorMade’s new JetSpeed driver offers another choice to touring pros, as have Tour Preferred MB irons and the Tour Preferred X golf ball as the PGA Tour spent two weeks in Hawaii.

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Jacquelin leads ahead of Oosthuizen in Durban

Raphael Jacquelin shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 in extremely windy conditions on South Africa's east coast to take the first-round lead at the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday.

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Matsuyama (wrist) withdraws from Sony Open

Hideki Matsuyama has withdrawn from the Sony Open because of a wrist injury.

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Keiser launches resort project in Wisconsin

Mike Keiser, the founder of Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, has announced he will begin work on Sand Valley in central Wisconsin after purchasing nearly 1,400 acres, with four courses eventually planned for the area.

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Want to own a Claret Jug? Here's your chance

Ever dreamed of owning a Claret Jug? Maybe a trophy from the Masters or U.S. Open? For just $750,000, you could own trophy replicas from golf's five biggest tournaments.

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Double the fun: Couple makes hole-in-one in same round

Ted and Sandy Wechsler had an unlikely day on the golf course back in December. Both made a hole-in-one during the same round at Desert Trails Golf Course in Sun City, Ariz. The odds of that happening again? About 60-70 million to one.

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U.S. Am champ Fitzpatrick leaves Northwestern

Matthew Fitzpatrick, the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Ranking, won’t return to the Northwestern roster in the spring. The freshman announced he will return to England to pursue an amateur golf career.

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SCORES: Sony Open, Round 4

Check out the PGA Tour leaderboard from the Sony Open.

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Williams on Big Ten: Conference has plenty of depth

With Northwestern and Michigan State both in the top 25, neither can rest easy as a jumbled Big Ten is up for grabs this spring says our Julie Williams.

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Women's spring preview: Big Ten Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Big Ten women.

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Spieth shows plenty of drive, if not much in wheels

There’s much to like about Jordan Spieth, golf prodigy and genuine article. That applies to more than the rare skill that has fueled one victory and four seconds in less than a full PGA Tour season.

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Tait: 5 Q's facing new Euro Tour chairman in '14

New European Tour chairman David Williams has his work cut out for him as the European Tour tries to reestablish itself among the world's elite players.

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Men's spring preview: Big Ten Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Big Ten Conference.