News for Monday, October 4, 2004

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2004: Perspective - A cupful of camaraderie

If you’re convinced golf is not a team event, think again.

2004: Our Opinion - Shredding paper ‘favorites’

How many times leading into the 35th Ryder Cup Matches did you hear that the U.S. squad had the “stronger team on paper, but we’ll have to see how that translates . . .”

2004: Perspective - First-time columnist has glazed-over look

When I was busy taking public speaking at Georgia Tech, I never thought I might be a broadcaster one day.

2004: Destination - Authentic Cajun

Audubon Trail spurs spicy look at Louisiana golf.

2004: Business - Callaway to miss sales target, seeks better game plan for ’05

Callaway Golf suspended its earnings guidance for the remainder of 2004, reporting that it no longer expects to reach its projected revenues for either the third quarter or the full year.

2004: Business - Ping shifts strategy in G2 launch

Ping's irons, putter and bags have influenced generations of designers; its drivers – well, not so much.

2004: College - Redbirds soaring with Richdale

Samantha Richdale, with a stroke average of 75.7 last season, has rewritten the Redbirds’ record books.

2004: U.S. Women's Mid-Amatuer - Weworski turns vacation into victory

Corey Weworski was only looking for a little golf and a little sightseeing. As it turned out, she played a lot of golf, had a bit of a vacation and earned a national championship.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Home cooking helps Quinney capture first

In front of family and friends at Shadow Hills Country Club, Eugene, Ore., native Jeff Quinney shot a course-record 63 to erase a five-stroke deficit and win his first Nationwide Tour title.

2004: LPGA - Han becoming old hand at playoffs

Hee-Won Han is becoming accustomed to playoff pressure. She should be, because she sure has been in enough of them the last couple of years.

2004: PGA Tour - Brother Bryant returns home to break through

Hey, there was an American who had reason to celebrate Sept. 19, after all.

2004: Ryder Cup - U.S. Sunday guns soon silenced

The United States, finally playing loose, as if there were nothing to lose, came out with guns blazing in the singles matches of the 35th Ryder Cup.

2004: Ryder Cup - Irish stage raucous improv

As Irish compatriots Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley closed out Tiger Woods and Davis Love in their foursomes match, one could have mistaken suburban Detroit for downtown Dublin.

2004: Ryder Cup - Casey, Howell Europe’s Saturday stars

Over and over, players from the European side used one word to describe the Saturday four-ball victory by Paul Casey and David Howell: “Massive.”

2004: Ryder Cup - Europe thrusts Americans into inescapable hole

Hal Sutton walked into the interview room late Sept. 17, sat down, and in his deep, Southern drawl said: “Well, we made history today.”

2004: Ryder Cup - U.S. ‘Dream Team’ doesn’t come through

Hal Sutton said he paired Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the first time in international team competition because history, fans and the two players themselves needed it.

2004: Ryder Cup - Selfish vs. selfless

Selfish is the opposite of selfless, which describes the European approach – the winning approach – to the Ryder Cup.

2004: Ryder Cup - Motor City takedown

Fair-haired and fancy-free, Euros frolick in Ryder Cup.

2004: Newsmakers - Whaley captures another top club pro title

Suzy Whaley, the Connecticut club pro who two years ago became the first woman golfer in 58 years to qualify for a spot in a PGA Tour event, has taken another step onto the national stage.

2004: Newsmakers - Miller provides most of drama

These one-sided matches were not, in NBC’s lingo, Must See TV. But Johnny Miller added some sparks when taking to task the somnambulant U.S. squad.

2004: Perspective - Breakups, wake-ups and shake-ups . . .

Spraying it off the tee...

2004: Our Opinion - A bigger, better Ryder Cup

It’s time for the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the other members of the International Federation of PGA Tours to figure out some way to merge the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.

2004: Features - Winning the ball-mark battle

The University Ridge greens have more circular, brown-and-yellow ball-mark spots than any greens I have ever seen. They have an acute case of acne.

2004: Features - Making a mark (disappear) at Medinah

Golfers at Medinah Country Club, site of the 2006 PGA Championship and 2012 Ryder Cup, have been instructed to turn in their old ball-mark repair tools.

2004: Business - Srixon aspirations more than meet the eye

Srixon officials have begun a quest to gain second place in the market’s highest price tier as they attempt to make one of Japan’s top brands popular on U.S. soil.

2004: Business - Cup runneth over

Companies pour money into matches and schmooze clients to gain new business.

2004: PGA European Tour - Harrington roars into Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington, on the weekend before the Ryder Cup matches, went to Bernhard Langer’s homeland and gave the European captain reason to smile.

2004: Champions Tour - Summerhays ends 6-year dry spell

It took six years, but Bruce Summerhays knew he would be back.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Driscoll lands 1st triumph

Two weeks ago James Driscoll made one of the toughest decisions of his young professional career when he declined a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

2004: LPGA - Bounced Bastel now must bounce back

Emily Bastel played 918 holes on the Futures Tour this season, but she never struck a single shot on the hole she’ll remember most.

2004: LPGA - Back to business for Sorenstam

Following her four-week hiatus, Annika Sorenstam wasted no time getting back to peak form.

2004: PGA Tour - Weir wilts, much to Canadians’ chagrin

In trying to win the Bell Canadian Open, native son Mike Weir carried the hopes of a nation on his slim shoulders.