News for Monday, August 31, 2009

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Iowa in control at Conference Challenge

Iowa is coming off its best season in 10 years. Now, at the first event of the 2009-10 season, the Hawkeyes are in position for more success.

Thoughtful setup equals more fun

Thoughtful course setups mean more fun at college events. So can we please see more of them?

U.S. rounds played stays flat in July

The number of rounds played in the U.S. remained flat in July and increased marginally, up 0.2 percent, for the year-to-date period, according to the most recent national survey.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 24-30, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week

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Harrah’s opens Sequoyah National

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel has opened Sequoyah National Golf Club, which is just the tip of the iceberg on a planned $633 million expansion.

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Golfweek's Best Deals: Nebraska

Pound for pound and dollar for dollar, it’s darn near impossible to find deals that pack more punch for the frugal golfer than those available at Nebraska’s top public courses.

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Klein on Design: No. 12 at Merion East

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on hole No. 12 at Merion East, which will soon test the skills of Walker Cuppers.

FedEx Cup a work in progress

There was much less movement or “volatility” from the first to second event of the playoffs this year than last.

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Player of the Week: Suzie Lee

Suzie Lee, of East Northport, N.Y., shot even-par 213 (73-70-70) at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Va., and won the AJGA Junior at Kingsmill in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Byeong-Hun An

Byeong-Hun “Ben” An, of Bradenton, Fla., won the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

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Arnie and Jack – it just sounds right

The announcement that Jack Nicklaus will join Arnold Palmer as Masters honorary starter was at once inevitable and appropriate. Perhaps no two golf names go together like Arnie and Jack.

Remembering Joe Monte’s place in history

Joe Monte took down one of the biggest names in golf at the 2005 U.S. Junior. If only I could remember who...

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Nicklaus to be Masters honorary starter

Jack Nicklaus will join Arnold Palmer as an honorary starter at the Masters next year, Augusta National announced Monday.

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Monday Scramble: Bracket madness

There’s no perfect system for the PGA Tour playoffs. That’s why the Monday Scramble is suggesting the only format that makes sense: match play.