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2004: Perspective - Annika: Popularity times two

Annikapalooza, a year after Colonial, still has legs. Lots of legs, all shapes and sizes. Slim, sturdy, short, long, young, old, hairy, shaved, even tree-trunked

2004: Our Opinion - A rule is a rule is a rule . . .

All right, PGA European Tour: When is a rule not a rule?

2004: Business - Dave Pelz

There was a time when Dave Pelz believed he simply was too busy to teach amateur golfers the nuances of the short game – or, in Pelzspeak, the scoring game.

2004: Business - Jim McLean

Since 1979, when he turned half of the caddie shack at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., into a video room, McLean has been using cameras to help teach the golf swing.

2004: Business - Rick Smith

Visitors to ricksmith.com immediately are informed that the Web site’s namesake possesses “uncommon insight into the game of golf.”

2004: Business - Butch Harmon

Claude (Butch) Harmon Jr. gained fame and fortune through rebuilding the swings of Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. He teaches neither superstar now but is busier and richer than ever.

2004: Competition - Wilson’s precision a British Am weapon

The British Amateur Championship in recent years has not proved much of a breeding ground for future major champions. This year’s winner, Stuart Wilson, might continue that trend.

2004: U.S. Open - Key foursome

Nobody wins a U.S. Open unless they withstand a wave of challenges.

2004: U.S. Open - Olympia Fields North more than held its own

Last year, only four players played under par – a result the U.S. Golf Association would be happy to see at Shinnecock.

2004: U.S. Open - Mending Furyk ‘staying patient’

U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left wrist, said he’ll likely make his return to the PGA Tour at the Western Open.

2004: U.S. Open - Feeding frenzy devours Tiger

Tiger Woods’ alleged “slump” might be less a function of his on-course performance than the product of the golf media needing something – anything – to report on.

2004: U.S. Open - Open Door

Phil Mickelson went 0-for-46 in majors, but his Masters victory may just lead to an open door.

2004: Perspective - Best of the best still not enough

Some might use four-letter words to describe Annika Sorenstam's buzzard's luck, but she just calls it golf.

2004: Our Opinion - A stellar Women’s Open

In the spirit of giving credit when credit is due, let’s hear it for the USGA and the outstanding job it did presenting the 59th U.S. Women’s Open.

2004: Features - The craft of shafts

All golfers want to know more about shafts. To provide insight into shaft selection and performance, Golfweek talked with several knowledgeable individuals in the golf industry.

2004: Features - Don’t quit until you make it fit

The shaft is the greatest mystery in modern golf equipment. To most golfers, understanding the shaft is about as easy as deciphering rocket science.

2004: Business - Sportsman’s Guide buys TGW

The Golf Warehouse, the largest dedicated e-commerce golf operation, was bought June 29 by The Sportsman’s Guide Inc., a catalog and Internet retailer based in South St. Paul, Minn.

2004: Business - Mississippi, resort company roll dice with domed course and casino project

Picture a course enclosed within a mile-long, 40-story dome. Unbelievable, you say? Think again.

2004: Business - Model glut muddles the ball game

Golf manufacturers and retailers, who often disagree, concur on two points about golf balls: The quality of balls industry-wide has never been better. But there are just too many of them.

2004: Amateurs - Levin stays hot with 10-shot victory

Spencer Levin is on a roll, one that he hopes will continue through the U.S. Amateur Championship.

2004: Perspective - Point/Counterpoint

Rex Hoggard and James Achenbach discuss Michelle Wie.

2004: Our Opinion - Going global has its glitches

The winner won’t hoist the Claret Jug at the 133rd British Open Championship until July 18, but the competition has been going on since Jan. 8.

2004: Bates survives 8-hole playoff

Ben Bates and Paul Gow played 26 holes July 4 at the Reese’s Cup Classic.

2004: ‘Tired’ Goosen still soaring

Retief Goosen coasted to a five-stroke victory July 4 at the Smurfit European Open.

2004: Club Life - Ties, tightwads and other golf peeves

It’s still early in the golf season in my part of the world, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t already experienced a summer’s worth of aggravations on the links.

2004: Destination - King of Irish Castles

You, too, can live – and play golf – like royalty on the Emerald Isle.

2004: Ames, 40, aims true for overdue victory

Stephen Ames is the first 40-plus player to break through for his first Tour title since Brad Bryant in 1995.

2004: LPGA can capitalize on this Open

Anyone who still thinks female golfers are less exciting than their male counterparts must have missed the action at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at The Orchards.

2004: Business - Nike makes gains in ’04

Nike Golf reported that fiscal 2004 revenues for its club and apparel businesses increased, reflecting the company’s steady advance into the golf market during the past year.

2004: The flat stick does the trick

At last month’s McDonald’s LPGA Championship, out went Meg Mallon's faithful old Ping B-60, and in went an Odyssey Rossie II mallet.

2004: Business - Supply can’t meet demand for Goosen’s putter

Want to buy the same putter model used by Retief Goosen to win the 2004 U.S. Open? Get in line, and be prepared to wait.

2004: Business - Dick’s set to expand into key golf markets

Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major national retailer, is on the verge of growing its storefronts by nearly 30 percent and introducing its popular in-store golf pro shop.

2004: Reliving old glory

Sterling Sunday earns Mallon a 2nd national title – 13 years after her first.

2004: To survive, thrive, LGU must appeal to youth

The Ladies' Golf Union represents the interests of 220,000 women at 2,750 clubs.

2004: History, good and bad, imbues R&A home

Think of St. Andrews and one image stands out: the clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, the most imposing, majestic building in golf.

2004: British Open - Monty survives playoff, returns to Troon

Colin Montgomerie barely advanced in the International Final Qualifying for the British Open.

2004: British Open - WDs tarnish Congressional qualifier

Only 61 players in an anticipated field of 120 finished the British Open’s 36-hole International Final Qualifying. It was the first such qualifier held in the United States.

2004: Amateur - Levin continues ‘awesome’ stretch

So how did Spencer Levin follow his low-amateur performance at the U.S. Open? By winning his first California State Amateur championship.

2004: Amateurs - Swede Stahle extends streak

Louise Stahle appears ready to make an impact at Arizona State this fall after becoming the first Swedish player to win the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship.

2004: Amateurs - Unintimidated Tseng topples Wie

Underdogs of Ya-Ni Tseng’s ilk feed on misplaced public perception.

2004: PGA European Tour - Viva la Remesy!

French golf fans have been waiting for 35 years to cheer a hometown hero at the French Open, and Jean-Francois Remesy ended the wait in style.

2004: Champions Tour - Stadlers turn winning into a family affair

Two states and miles apart, Craig and Kevin Stadler finished in the same spot June 27 – the winner’s circle.

2004: LPGA - After 12 years, Saiki tastes victory

Kim Saiki waited so long for her first LPGA victory, she wasn’t going to let it slip away.

2004: R&A’s Dawson gets down to business

Peter Dawson was unknown to golf administrators outside the inner circle of the R&A when he took over as secretary.

2004: PGA Tour - Scott listens to caddie, cruises to win

In PGA Tour vernacular, players often speak of “we” in post-round discussions, unconsciously including their caddies. Some observers find this a little odd.

2004: Newsmakers - Wittenberg starts ‘learning curve’

Casey Wittenberg signed with IMG to manage his professional career and had six sponsor exemptions lined up for 2004.

2004: Unrelenting grimness defines Troon

Royal Troon Golf Club is one of those British links courses that you play more out of duty than out of joy.

2004: Coming full circle

From underdog winner to championship defender, confidence builds for Curtis.

2004: Perspective - Chip Beck’s insurance policy

He is an atypical insurance salesman. Most haven’t played on three Ryder Cup teams, won a Vardon Trophy, shot 59 on the PGA Tour and won four Tour titles. Most insurance salesmen aren’t Chip Beck.

Commentary: 2004: Our Opinion - Golf in schools earns an A+

When the golf industry’s brain trust focused its efforts to develop the best way to welcome children to the game, it reached out to schools.

2004: Architecture - Enforcing a speed limit

The greens never putted so well until the day before they died.

2004: Blasberg leaves Arizona for pros

Erica Blasberg turned professional July 2 after the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

2004: America's Best - Hidden Creek all natural

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have unlocked the key to fine golf course architecture.

2004: Business - Bold style drives cap maker Ahead

At the Massachusetts headquarters of Ahead, the chatter was about Retief Goosen's shirts and hat, not his U.S. Open victory.

2004: Qualifying WDs irk officials, players

Qualifying for the British Open will return to the United States in 2005, but not without some changes.

2004: Business - Teen Drama

If Michelle Wie thought life to this point has been a whirlwind, she may want to sit and rest a moment. The wildest ride likely is yet to come.

2004: Amateurs - Moore victorious at Sahalee

Ryan Moore hadn’t played competitively since capturing the individual title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship June 4. It didn’t matter.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Stadler continues hot play

A month ago, Kevin Stadler was looking for a place to play golf. Now, he is all but assured a trip to the PGA Tour next year.

2004: Champions Tour - Another major battle won

Mark James has fought bigger battles and beaten more formidable foes, but that only increased the satisfaction of becoming the first European player to win a Champions Tour major championship.

2004: PGA European Tour - Levet has day at Loch Lomond

French golf continued to reach new heights with Thomas Levet’s victory at the $4 million Barclays Scottish Open.

2004: Amateurs share stage at Open

Teen-age amateurs were all the rage at the U.S. Women’s Open.

2004: LPGA - Open and shut: Mallon cruises in Canada

Meg Mallon rode the considerable momentum from her U.S. Women’s Open victory to another national championship – this time, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open.

2004: PGA Gamer - Hensby’s triumph double whammy for Morgan

John Morgan lost not once, but twice at the John Deere Classic. The second may have hurt the worst.

2004: Newsmakers - An about-face on Open qualifying

An Open letter to Royal & Ancient Golf Club secretary Peter Dawson

2004: Clash of the amateur titans

Ryan Moore and Spencer Levin have been nearly unbeatable this summer.

2004: Newsmakers - Under pressure

Ernie Els left Loch Lomond July 11 facing a possible showdown with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over his number of PGA Tour appearances.

2004: Newsmakers - Watson among latest British WDs

Long before the first tee shot went in the air at Royal Troon, the championship buzz fixated on who wasn’t at the 133rd British Open.

2004: Golf needs Olympic boost

The last time golf was staged as an official sport in the Olympics was in 1904.

2004: Getting a grip on the yips

Got the yips? Join the crowd.

2004: MP-32 adds bulk to Mizuno’s forgings

Mizuno is shipping in September the MP-32, a sleek forging featuring a Cut Muscle design.

2004: Callaway retrenches after CEO shakeup

Callaway Golf’s board of directors replaced Ron Drapeau, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.

2004: Putnam wins Pacific playoff

Putnam, a Pepperdine senior from University Place, Wash., won the 38th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Aug. 6, beating Levin and Andrew Martin in a playoff.

2004: Attitude Adjustment

Spencer Levin takes stock of himself, and his new direction leads to one sizzling summer.

2004: After two near misses, Kite earns minor respite

Tom Kite shot 3-under-par 69 Aug. 8 for a one-shot victory over Craig Stadler at the 3M Championship.

2004: Back-to-back for Warren

Charles Warren shot a final-round 6-under 66 Aug. 8 to capture the Cox Classic at Champions Run.

2004: Lucky Lynn finds his first

David Lynn won on the PGA European Tour for the first time Aug. 8.

2004: Mallon remains on fire at Farr

Meg Mallon’s final stretch at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Aug. 8 resulted in her third victory in five events, 18th of her career, and was worth $165,000.

2004: Pampling prevails when late eagle lands

Holeouts, eagles and strings of birdies typically decide The International, but not this year.

2004: PGA from the couch

This year’s PGA Championship will give home viewers a welcome chance to see one of modern golf’s finest courses.

2004: New Winged Foot takes flight at U.S. Amateur

Winged Foot Golf Club will unveil numerous renovations next week when it plays host to the U.S. Amateur.

2004: McGimpsey cleared in drug probe

Garth McGimpsey has been cleared of wrongdoing after more than $100,000 worth of cocaine was seized from his home by customs officials.

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