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2006: Under review: Real golf on Line 1

NBC Sports Real Golf, the newest golf game for your talking machine, is everything you need in a cellular links experience.

2006: New Mexico’s natural beauty paints backdrop for course

New Mexico is one of America’s original melting pots, whose influences still infuse the state’s culture.

2006: Cup’s rivalry needs restoring

I saw the ghosts. They were here, the spirits of all the great amateurs who have been Curtis Cup captains.

2006: Track stats for useful data

All golfers should keep personal statistics. This advice applies to every player, regardless of ability, although it can be particularly important to low handicappers.

2006: Finally, UNLV’s Han second to none

On the eve of the final round at this year’s Porter Cup, co-leader Seung-su Han was asked about the last time he won a tournament.

2006: PGA irked by packed '08 schedule

The Ryder Cup is the latest victim of the new FedEx Cup system introduced by the PGA Tour earlier this year.

2006: ‘Awesome’ Leon a study in contrasts

Taylor Leon, who finished with three victories and a tie for the American Curtis Cup team, is a contradiction.

2006: Round of the week

Craig Bowden, final-round 63, Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.

2006: Forecaddie - Rumors of his demise

Word circulates around Medinah practice area that Daly had suffered a heart attack.

2006: Talent gap evident during Leon’s romp

Great Britain and Ireland captain Ada O’Sullivan put it succinctly. Her squad was “simply outclassed” on Day 1 of the 34th Curtis Cup Match.

2006: Curtis Cup - Seaside Suprema

A dominating Curtis Cup victory revealed the talent gap between the Americans and a links-style GB&I team.

2006: Johnson regains winning touch

It had been a long time since Kevin Johnson last won a Nationwide Tour event. Six years to be exact. His confidence was waning, and he was wondering if he had a future in the game.

2006: Champions Tour - No sputter in Roberts' putter

Loren Roberts has let a couple major championships slip. He wasn’t about to let the Senior British Open get away. Although, he almost did.

2006: PGA European Tour

Swede banks Cup points

2006: LPGA - Webb keeps Wie waiting

Last fall, Karrie Webb entered the Hall of Fame with some impressive credentials. At just 31 years old, however, Webb isn’t done adding to her resume.

2006: PGA Tour - Pavin bounces back

Winless for 10 years, gritty veteran finds road to redemption.

2006: Woods inspires Windons to Ivy League educations

Play golf long enough and eventually some stranger in a passing car will yell “Fore!” out the window, perfectly timed to disrupt the middle of your backswing.

2006: Tiger's thrilling fans and inspiring children

Clues of his greatness came early and often. Certainly no golf toddler had appeared before on the “Mike Douglas Show,” and no boy had won three U.S. Juniors in a row.

2006: Forcaddie - Tom, did I mention I’m Irish?

The Forecaddie cannot remember a non-election year when he has seen so much rampant campaigning, but the Ryder Cup race officially has gone full throttle

2006: Girl’s golf: So hot, it’s cool

The ninth annual Garlic Festival was being held in downtown North Plains, population 1,700, at the same time the U.S. Women’s Amateur was being conducted at neighboring Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club

2006: For your game - From the bottom up

NCAA champion Jonathan Moore saved his troubled game with positive thinking and a focus on setup and swing plane

2006: U.S. Women's Amateur - Way cool

Kimberly Kim’s booming drives and carefree mindset make her the youngest Women’s Amateur winner ever

2006: Stadler closes in on PGA card

Kevin Stadler has been bouncing around three tours this year. But his final goal is a return to the PGA Tour.

2006: PGA European - Dyson’s good year gets better

Simon Dyson says he’s a changed man from last year, and he owes it all to . . . nagging?

2006: Kerr’s 65 again leaves Stanford stuck in 2nd

For the second time in three months, Stanford was dealt a crushing loss thanks to a final-round comeback from Kerr

2006: Wilson win lets Lehman off hook

Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman came close to a decision that would have caused much debate

2006: Tiger's Impact - Child's play

The National School Program is an obvious solution to a vexing problem

2006: Learning today, leading tomorrow

The First Tee Life Skills Academy teaches the program’s best and brightest how to shape the futures of those around them

2006: Tiger's Impact - 675,000 and counting

The First Tee has exceeded expectations, but it may be another 10 years before its true impact can be measured

2006: For your game - Shrinks of swing

Hypnosis is beginning to make an impact among competitive golfers, although these hypnotic states have no resemblance whatsoever to stereotyped images of individuals doing things against their will

2006: LaCassie helps make Western foreign affair

By the time the final putt dropped to end the quarterfinal chapter of the Western Amateur, it became increasingly clear the storied tournament’s xenophobic ways would end, sooner rather than later

2006: Wagner’s win moves Tour one step closer

Johnson Wagner not only knows what he needs to do to make it on the PGA Tour next year, he’s showing he might just be capable of making the leap to the next level this season

2006: Champions Tour - Drought over for Edwards

It had been 13 years, 3 months and 18 days since David Edwards last won a professional golf event. But it only took him 3 months and 19 days to win on the Champions Tour

2006: Rule 35: Learn the previous 34

Michelle Wie’s two-stroke penalty on the 14th hole during the second round of the Women’s British Open was the product of pure ignorance of the rules of golf – a lack of knowledge that is all too rife in our sport

2006: LPGA - Weathering the rains of change

Although the galleries turned out to see golf’s future, a veteran stole the show at Royal Lytham

2006: PGA Tour - Nifty 50

This time, the moisture Tiger Woods wiped from his face as he stood on the final green was sweat, not tears

2006: Medinah could yield scoring ambush

For those who think narrow, tree-lined fairways are the paradigm of good course design, Medinah Country Club’s No. 3 course is an icon

2006: PGA - Just right

Setup man Kerry Haigh has raised the PGA Championship’s stature

2006: PGA Championship: Still a big shot

Sergio Garcia has remained in the spotlight since that scintillating slice around a tree at the ’99 PGA. But 7 years later, the Spaniard still seeks a major breakthrough

2006: Tiger Woods - Pitching In

Woods has evolved beyond golf. His Learning Center validates him as a philanthropist with considerable clout

2006: American Express: Woods fits the bill

When company officials spotted Woods, they knew he met all the prerequisites

2006: Nike - Changing everything

Without question, Tiger’s impact is most evident at Nike Golf

2006: EA Sports: Swinging into the mainstream

One can’t discount the impact of the Tiger Woods PGA Tour game, which industry observers say transformed golf into a legitimate video game category

2006: Buick - Attracting a younger crowd

Buick, the General Motors subsidiary and a longtime sponsor of professional golf, signed Woods in 2000

2006: Cha-ching - Tiger Woods' impact on marketing

Companies fronted by Tiger Woods discover his worldwide appeal is as good as money in the bank

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