Associations and Tours

Whan: LPGA's major won't leave Dinah Shore

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond.

Sanderson Farms Championship plans move

The PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship, which moved its date to October when its title sponsor renewed last fall, is planning to change locations as well to Country Club of Jackson.

Analytics show putting's importance overstated

New analytics indicate that for the pros, putting's importance on the PGA Tour has been overstated.

Second coming of ShotLink: Advanced analytics

The PGA Tour wants to use advanced analytics to take golf stats to the next level -- with statisticians such as Louis Riccio of Columbia able to work with the Tour's Ken Lovell in mirroring baseball's sabermetrics.

Trump buys Irish golf course Doonbeg

Donald Trump's golf portfolio is bigger and more prestigious, with today's purchase of the much-acclaimed, if financially beleaguered, Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland.

Deal extends Sony Open sponsorship on Tour

Extending a sponsorship agreement that began in 1999 and is one of the PGA Tour's longest running, the deal takes effect after the 2014 Sony Open to be held Jan. 9-12 at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu.

Senate bill targets tax-exempt status of pro golf

Congress is considering a bill that would strip the tax-exempt status of sports leagues, potentially affecting how the PGA Tour and LPGA do business.

Pro Links' 11th-hour deal saved Tampa Tour stop

Pro Links Sports orchestrated an 11th-hour deal that paired sponsor Valspar Corp. with PGA Tour's Tampa event, keeping the tournament at Innisbrook Resort on the schedule.

Northwestern Mutual bolsters role with Tiger's event

Elevating its role in Tiger Woods' tournament, Northwestern Mutual announced it will serve as title sponsor of this year's event in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, scheduled for Dec. 5-8, offers a $1 million payout to the champion.

Attendance goals not met at Muirfield; down vs. '02

The R&A fell short of its attendance goals at the Open Championship at Muirfield, with 142,036 fans taking in the action over the week. Its initial goal was 160,000, with hopes of 170,000.

Martin to get cart at USGA events, awaits apology

Casey Martin's latest dispute over the use of a cart has resulted in the USGA promising him one at any of its events. But he's still awaiting a public apology from the association.

Lawyer: No plans to sue over anchoring ban – yet

The Boston lawyer representing nine PGA Tour players who anchor said none of his clients has yet expressed an intent to sue the Tour for deciding to abide by the anchoring ban.

U.S. rounds played drop 23 percent in March

Poor weather conditions in regions stretching from America's Heartland to the Mid-Atlantic contributed to rounds played in the U.S. falling 23 percent in March, according to an industry report.

WGF: Grow participation to 30 million by '17

In a Q&A with Golfweek's Adam Schupak, Steve Mona, executive director of the World Golf Foundation, outlines the industry's five-year plan to grow participation to 30 million by 2017.

Tour lands NEC to back Latin American circuit

The PGA Tour Latinoamerica has gained NEC Corp. as an umbrella sponsor, a milestone deal underscoring the circuit's potential and the region's promise for golf and industry.

Masters weekend broadcast nets 44.3M viewers

An estimated 44.3 million viewers watched all, or part, of the Masters weekend coverage – the second-largest audience for the tournament's final rounds in the past 12 years, according to CBS Sports.

IMG acquires Honda Classic operator

IMG Worldwide has acquired IGP Sports & Entertainment Group, a South Florida-based company with golf holdings that includes management of the PGA Tour's The Honda Classic.

Sources: Player Advisory Council opposes ban

Opposition to the proposed ban on the anchored stroke surfaced Monday night in two key meetings on the PGA Tour.

New leadership: PGA's search for Bevacqua

Golfweek interviews key personnel involved in the hiring of the PGA of America's new CEO and reveals how Pete Bevacqua emerged as the best man for the job.

PGA Tour could position itself to make own rules

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem heard another presentation by the USGA about the proposed anchoring ban. According to sources, he was hardly impressed.

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