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2005: Perspective - When ‘love’ hurts

Last weekend I spent a depressing few hours reading through a document supplied to the media by Marc O’Hair.

2005: Our Opinion - A speedy solution

It is rare to get reader response so unanimous as that generated in support of senior writer Jeff Rude’s commentary on slow play that was posted July 27 on golfweek.com.

2005: Features - Eagle Flight Golf soars as a leader in reshafting

Eldon Pipkin developed a health problem and did not compete on the Champions Tour, but his preoccupation with the golf swing never ebbed.

2005: Features - FT-3 is Callaway’s spin doctor

Callaway’s new Big Bertha Fusion FT-3 driver, with a draw configuration, appears to provide an antidote for golfers who suffer from the terminal rights.

2005: Features - Ping’s evolution brings ‘cool’ G5 line

The family of G5 golf clubs about to be introduced by Ping will be the largest and most ambitious product introduction in the history of the company.

2005: Business - Galaxy IPO blasts off, raises $73.5 million

Golf Galaxy Inc. apparently succeeded in convincing the financial world that it should not be viewed strictly as a golf company.

2005: Business - Ginn takes mulligan in development game

Deal maker Bobby Ginn is back, and he’s turning heads in his familiar domain of golf and real estate.

2005: Walker Cup - Young Americans out to recapture the Cup

Though the U.S. holds a commanding 31-7-1 record in the biennial competition, Great Britain & Ireland has won three consecutive Walker Cup Matches and four of the past five.

2005: Walker Cup - Architect of Change

Opinionated Charles Blair Macdonald was father of American golf.

2005: PGA Championship - Club pros face fearsome task

Among the many difficult tasks of a club professional is rising to the occasion competitively when he earns a chance to play against Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and others in a PGA Tour event.

2005: PGA Championship - All work, No play

Increasing challenges keep club professionals off the course.

2005: PGA Championship - Teaching Tiger

Tiger Woods finishes first, second and first in the season’s first three major championships, and Hank Haney goes from questioned guru to celebrated savior.

2005: Competition - Lovemark makes his mark at Western

Six teenagers breezed through 72 holes of stroke play in three days and qualified for the appropriately named “Sweet 16” matches at Point O’Woods Golf & Country Club.

2005: PGA European Tour - Hensby makes most of first European start

Mark Hensby earned his first European Tour victory July 31 at the Scandinavian Masters, beating Henrik Stenson on the second playoff hole at Kungsangen Golf Club.

2005: Nationwide Tour - Daley ends long journey to victory

A 4-foot birdie on the first playoff hole earned Joe Daley a victory at the Wichita Open July 31. It was the first victory for Daley since the 1997 Louisiana Open.

2005: PGA Tour - Singh shrugs off Tiger’s Buick challenge

How good were Vijay Singh’s first three rounds at the Buick Open? So good that they enabled him to tie the 54-hole tournament record at 22-under 194.

2005: Women's British Open - Jang’s crown jewel

Jeong Jang's wire-to-wire victory at the Weetabix Women’s British Open was her maiden LPGA title, bringing her the $280,208 first-place prize July 31.

2005: Senior Open - Doyle’s dandy 63 a major feat

Allen Doyle’s 8-under 63 at the U.S. Senior Open is one of seven 63s recorded in Open championship history.

2005: Newsmakers - O’Hair ‘calm’ about father’s critical fax

The rift between PGA Tour rookie-of-the-year front-runner Sean O’Hair and his estranged father, Marc, appeared to grow even wider last week.

2005: Newsmakers - Ruptured knee ligament severs Els’ season

Ernie Els’ season came to a crashing halt last week after having surgery July 28. Els will miss next week’s PGA Championship, as well as the Presidents Cup.

2005: Newsmakers - Callaway CEO a golf neophyte

Callaway Golf Co. announced Aug. 1 that it has hired former Revlon executive George Fellows to serve as the company’s president and chief executive officer.

2005: Perspective - Shed no tears for the Everyman

Oakley is the Everyman. He goes through what we go through. After he won the Senior British, his clubs were lost by the airline.

2005: Our Opinion - Rulesmakers go the distance

When the USGA and the R&A of St. Andrews soon announce that distance-measuring devices have been elevated to a “condition of competition” it will be a declaration of common sense.

2005: Perspective - Pick LPGA, Michelle

The LPGA appears to be in a very healthy position. Where, I wonder in all of this, stands Michelle Wie?

2005: Features - Las Colinas: Luxurious layover in Big D

What makes Las Colinas stand out in most visitors’ minds is its superlative hotel with rooms that overlook the 18th green of the Tournament Players Course, which plays host to the final two rounds of the Nelson.

2005: Features - Texas Two-Step

Golfers, and anyone looking for a proper Texas golf experience, would be wise to see at least a couple of retreats during their trip in order to sample as much of the state as possible.

2005: Business - Networks can suffer losses on some sports, but not golf

As a rule, according to TV executives, there are two types of sports properties: Those that must pay for themselves, and others whose true value can’t be divined without considering their ancillary benefits.

2005: Business - Coming up next . . .

The Tour’s tough sell: Will the networks buy in?

2005: Americas - Mills wins in front of home crowd

The Nationwide Tour’s Canadian PGA Championship was a home game for Jon Mills. And he didn’t disappoint the home crowd.

2005: Competition - Martin has easy sailing at Niagara Falls

The final scoreboard at the 47th Porter Cup showed Pablo Martin two shots clear of Jason Day and Ben Hayes. But it wasn’t nearly that close.

2005: U.S. Girls' Junior - New face, familiar name

In-Kyung Kim sneaked through the upper bracket as a relative unknown before routing fellow 17-year-old In-Bee Park, 5 and 4, in the 18-hole final July 23 of the 57th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

2005: Champions Tour - Ironman

The Streak may have stopped, but Dana Quigley shows no signs of slowing down.

2005: Champions Tour - ‘Toom’ Terrific again in Scotland

In a little corner of Scotland, Tom Watson renewed his winning ways, taking advantage of his love for links golf to end an 18-month drought by capturing the Senior British Open.

2005: PGA European Tour - Opportunity knocks, Fasth answers

Angel Cabrera gave Niclas Fasth a little opening at the Deutsche Bank Players’ Championship of Europe July 24, and Fasth took advantage.

2005: LPGA - Creamer: Million-dollar baby

In her first few months on tour, Paula Creamer proved she could compete with the LPGA’s top players. At the Evian Masters, Creamer showed she could dominate them.

2005: PGA Tour - Crane sets pace, and no one catches him

Ben Crane's victory at Brown Deer Park showed he is over back problems, and his skillful play while weathering two days of long storm delays showed he is one of America’s best players under age 30.

2005: Newsmakers - Mid-ams bypassed for Walker Cup

Not having a mid-amateur (age 25 or older) on this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team for the first time in history has drawn its share of reaction from players on both sides of that age-level bar.

2005: Newsmakers - Ex-Augusta chairman gave millions to charity

Jackson T. “Jack” Stephens, a financier and philanthropist who served as chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club for seven years, died July 23 at age 81.