News for Monday, May 25, 2009


News 2009 May 25


Winner's Circle: May 18-24, 2009

Rory Sabbatini's TaylorMades helped him grab a win at the HP Byron Nelson.

Will Wrong Ron ever be right?

He’s been picking teams to win the NCAA Championship for over 20 years. In that time, Ron Balicki has picked correctly just three times. After all, you can’t spell “wrong” without R-O-N. Will Wrong Ron be right this year?

Berger wins FCWT National title

Daniel Berger shot 3-under 69 Monday to win the FCWT National Championship at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Feng wins Thunderbird in playoff

Yueer Cindy Feng blew a late lead to lose the Annika Invitational in January, but prevailed in a two-hole playoff to win the Thunderbird International Junior on May 25. In the boys’ division, Daniel Lee capped off his record-setting week in style.

Meadow runs away with IJGT title

Stephanie Meadow shot a final-round 2-under 69 at the IJGT Tournament of Champions to cruise to an eight-shot victory. The Ireland native made six birdies on the final day. Mexico’s Rodolfo Cazaubon held on for a one-shot victory in the boys’ division.

Justice rules at The Greenbrier

It’s official: West Virginia coal magnate Jim Justice has outmaneuvered Marriott Corp., the world’s largest hotel operator, for control of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Jarrett to be replaced as Houston coach

The University of Houston will have a new coach in 2009-10.

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UCLA battles its way to NCAAs

To the casual observer, when the NCAA Men’s Championship begins Tuesday, seeing UCLA among the 30 teams at Inverness Golf Club wouldn’t be much of surprise.

NCAA Championship: Team-by-team

A closer look at the 30-team field for the NCAA Championship, which starts May 26 at Inverness Club in Toldeo, Ohio.

Dynamic Brands expands its portfolio

Dynamic Brands, parent company of golf brands including Bag Boy, Slotline and AMF, has acquired the assets of ForeFront Holdings LLC.

U.S. golfer population declines in 2008

The golfer population in the U.S. declined to 28.6 million in 2008, down 3 percent from 29.5 million in 2007, according to the National Golf Foundation’s annual participation study.

Daly to return to PGA Tour in Memphis

John Daly’s suspension on the PGA Tour is over, and the two-time major champion plans to return in three weeks for the St. Jude Championship and U.S. Open qualifying.

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Monday Scramble: Fan-atics

The Monday Scramble would like to give a big high five to the fans who get creative at PGA Tour events. Because “Get in the hole!” is getting old, we came up with things to yell at your next tournament.

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Playoff ace gets Hanson into U.S. Open

Peter Hanson earned a trip to the U.S. Open by making a hole-in-one on the second playoff hole at Sunningdale to grab the 11th and final spot in a European qualifier Monday.

Sabbatini slams door at Byron Nelson

Rory Sabbatini didn’t need more than 68 strokes through four round at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He closed with 64 Sunday at TPC Four Seasons and set the 72-hole tournament scoring record.

Fantasy Aces: Crowne Plaza

Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces really only have one piece of advice for you this week: Pick the Englishman, Brian Davis. As one Ace says, he’s ‘hotter than Fort Worth asphalt in August.’

Player of the Week: Yueer Cindy Feng

Feng won AJGA Thunderbird in a playoff.

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Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses

Of all of the terminology specific to golf, perhaps no term has changed in perception over the years as much as “muni.”

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Caesarea reopens in Israel

Caesarea Golf Club, the only 18-hole course in Israel, reopened earlier this month after a redesign overseen by Pete Dye.