Stories for November 2009


News 2009 November

Monday, November 30

White to step away from college golf

with news that Ohio State's Allie White won't be returning to college golf in the spring.

Allie White is expanding her horizons, and next spring, that won’t include college golf.

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Image gurus suggest Woods take control

When it comes to dealing with a personal crisis, Tiger Woods could learn a lot from David Letterman, media experts say.

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Experts debate hit on Tiger’s marketability

Hit on Tiger’s marketability?

Tiger Woods’ play on the course – and his previously spotless record off it – made him a model pitchman. But post-accident, will his marketability suffer? Ad Age addresses the question for

Tiger headlines from around world

Some headlines from around the world on Tiger Woods and his car accident outside his Florida home.

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Golf bags: Light and innovative

Previewing new golf bags

More than ever, golf bags are the beneficiary of new materials and designs. The biggest battle in the bag arena is among lightweight stand bags. James Achenbach explains.

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Woods to skip Chevron World Challenge

Woods to skip Chevron event

Citing injuries from his SUV accident, Tiger Woods announced Monday on his Web site that he will skip the Chevron World Challenge.

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Great Q-School storylines at Bear Lakes

says David Duval is one of several big names teeing it up at Q-School this week.

We got quite a treat the last time the Q-School finals visited Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. This year shouldn’t be any different.

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Player of the Week: Alexis Thompson

Alexis Thompson, of Coral Springs, Fla., won the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, played at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Player of the Week: Oliver Schniederjans

Oliver Schniederjans, of Powder Springs, Ga., won the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, played at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Look of the Week: Molinari brothers

Brothers Edoardo and Francesco Molinari are a duo to keep an eye on. And we aren’t talking about their golf games – this is about Italian style.

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John Deere Classic renews through 2016

The PGA Tour announced Nov. 30 the title sponsorship renewal of the John Deere Classic through 2016, as well as a two-year extension of its official marketing agreement with the company.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Pinehurst No. 2

No. 2 offers reduced rate

Looking for exciting Christmas plans? Pinehurst No. 2 has a promotion you can’t pass up.

Leonard to replace Singh at Chevron event

reports that one high-profile player has WD’d from the Chevron World Challenge. And no, it’s not Tiger.

This week’s Chevron World Challenge has lost a high profile entrant thanks to an injury – and no, it’s not Tiger Woods. At least not yet.

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Klein on Design: No. 15, Mission Hills – Olazabal Course

No. 15, Mission Hills

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one great hole.

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TPC San Antonio

TPC San Antonio

Greg Norman connects at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks Course with a test fit for Tour and resort players. Bradley S. Klein explains why the course deserves a spot among the top 100 resort courses.

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Maintaining privacy becoming tough for Woods

Tiger Woods SUV accident

What really happened early Friday morning? The court of public opinion wants answers from Tiger Woods. But asking for privacy and solitude reinforces a standard he set down a long time ago.

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Top 10 stories from the fall season

Top fall women’s stories

Looking for a good way to work off all those Thanksgiving goodies? Here’s one: Take a trip through the Top 10 stories of the women’s fall season – with your host, Julie Williams.

Polo Golf Jr. Classic Junior Fantasy points

With the final Junior Fantasy event in the books, Eric Soderstrom is firmly seated at the top.

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NBC’s ‘Today Show’ weighs in on Woods

says don’t expect Tiger Woods to elaborate any further on what caused his SUV accident.

Will Woods go into more detail on what happened in his early-morning Friday accident? Considering how guarded he always has been involving life inside those Isleworth gates, don’t count on it.

Sunday, November 29

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Daly on Woods: ‘I’m just glad he’s OK’

John Daly says he doesn’t want to know the details about Tiger Woods’ late-night car accident.

McLean delivers with 10th book

explains why Jim McLean’s newest book could be his best yet.

The new book from teacher Jim McLean – The Slot Swing (John Wiley & Sons, $25.95) – is the best golf instruction book I have ever read.

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Woods cancels FHP meeting for third time

FHP meeting canceled

Tiger Woods canceled a meeting scheduled with the Florida Highway Patrol Sunday, instead releasing a statement on his Web site praising his wife for her courage and calling other reports “absolutely false.”

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Woods: ‘This situation is my fault’

Tiger Woods released the following statement Sunday afternoon on his Web site,

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A closer look at the Molinaris

introduces you to the World Cup-winning Molinari brothers

Until Sunday, the only World Cup that Italy was accustomed to winning was on the soccer pitch. Italy’s Edoardo and Francesco Molinari won the golfing version Sunday, and are now the most famous Italian brothers to hit the fairway since Nintendo released Mario Golf.

Will Tiger win a major in 2010?

reports that one Irish bookie has already adjusted its odds on Tiger Woods winning a major in 2010.

Tiger Woods has yet to step on a golf course since his car accident early Friday morning, but one bookie is already altering its odds on Woods winning a major in 2010.

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Listen now: Woods accident 911 call

Woods accident update

The 911 call made the morning of Tiger Woods’ car accident has been released. You can listen to the call now, and read a transcript.

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Molinari brothers win World Cup for Italy

Italy wins World Cup of Golf

Brothers Francesco (left) and Edoardo Molinari took home Italy’s first World Cup of Golf title, finishing one shot ahead of Sweden and Ireland.

Saturday, November 28

Weir inducted into Canadian Golf Hall

Mike Weir was inducted into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame on Saturday night at Huron Oaks, the course where the left-hander fell in love with the game.

Accident 911 tapes to be released soon

Authorities say they won’t speculate on what happened before Tiger Woods crashed his luxury SUV, and they expect to release 911 tapes from the accident Sunday.

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Woods’ accident: Waiting for answers

Lots of questions remain

Tiger Woods has regarded his privacy as highly as majors throughout his career. But now, following his bizarre car crash early Friday morning outside his Isleworth mansion, all eyes are on Woods like never before.

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McIlroy, McDowell's lead shrinks at World Cup

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 64 in fourball Saturday, but Ireland’s lead over defending champion Sweden and Italy shrunk to one stroke at the World Cup of Golf on Saturday.

Friday, November 27

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Thompson, Schniederjans win Polo Junior

Thompson wins 1st Polo Jr.

Check one more thing off Alexis Thompson's to-do list. Thompson collected her first AJGA invitational win Friday at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. Oliver Schniederjans also got his first AJGA victory.

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Could Dubai debt affect European Tour?

Could debt affect Euro Tour?

Troubling financial reports coming out of Dubai have Alistair Tait wondering about the future of the European Tour in the Emirate.

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Haney: Woods ‘OK’ after car accident

Woods in car crash

Tiger Woods’ instructor Hank Haney has told Golfweek that Woods is ‘OK’ following a car accident Friday inside his gated community near Orlando, Fla. Woods’ wife reportedly helped free him from the wreck.

Familiar faces hit European Tour Q-School

with a list of some familiar faces at European Tour Q-School.

Can’t wait for next week’s PGA Tour Q-School, and all its inherent drama? Well, European Tour Q-School starts Saturday in Barcelona.

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McIlroy, McDowell maintain World Cup lead

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy held onto Ireland’s three-stroke lead in the World Cup of Golf on Friday, shooting a four-under par 68 in the second round.

Wie maintains child-like innocence

weighs in on a day in the life of Michelle Wie: golf phenom, student and ... klutz?

Wie may be 20, but she seems much younger. She is Michelle in Wonderland.

Thursday, November 26

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Dream matches set at Polo Golf Jr. Classic

Semis set at Polo Junior

Need one more thing for which to be thankful? How about junior golf’s best advancing to the semifinals at the Polo Golf Junior Classic?

McIlroy, McDowell shoot 58, lead World Cup

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot a better-ball 58 on Thursday to give Ireland a three-stroke lead over Argentina after the first round of the World Cup of Golf on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 25

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Busy Thanksgiving ahead at Polo

Rain disturbs Polo Jr.

Here’s one way to build up an appetite for Thanksgiving dinner: Win three matches in one day at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. Because of rain delays, that’s what Curtis Thompson (pictured) and the rest of the Polo field will have to do Thursday to reach the finals.

An All-American kind of time

recaps a memorable weekened at the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic.

Finally back home from the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic, here are some highlights from El Paso:

The next Tiger? Here’s another candidate

Meet 2-year-old Quentin Coor. The Seattle toddler might remind you of someone.

Nicholas returns as European Solheim captain

Alison Nicholas will return as Europe's captain for the 2011 Solheim Cup in Ireland.

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Looking back: MacGregor’s golf balls

MacGregor's golf balls

Despite the fact that Jack Nicklaus used one to win all of his 18 majors, the MacGregor golf ball was always an object of contempt. Adam Schupak takes a look back at its extraordinary history.

Get ready for another Torrey Pines playoff

has the details on what could be the best Torrey Pines playoff since Tiger-Rocco.

It might not live up to Tiger vs. Rocco, but this upcoming 18-hole playoff at Torrey Pines South should still be pretty interesting.

Remember this name: Mitchell Fedorka

says Division III golfer Mitchell Fedorka made quite a splash at the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic.

Like so many teams when it comes to the .500 rule, small schools get anxious and excited when they know they have a chance against the “big boys” of college golf. The same could be said for Division III golfer Mitchell Fedorka from the University of La Verne.

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Nationwide Tour: Developmental circuit or veteran hangout?

says the Nationwide Tour has become more of a veteran hangout than a developmental circuit – and that needs to change.

It is an annual exercise when the second stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament is over to scan the results and take stock of who missed.

Tuesday, November 24

Watch out for Jay Hwang

explains why Jay Hwang belongs in the conversation of the top juniors in the county.

Jay Hwang belongs in the conversation of the top juniors in the county. He’s got the red numbers to prove it.

In this issue: Nov. 28, 2009

Inside the Nov. 28, 2009 issue of Golfweek.

Couples to play Senior Skins Game in January

Fred Couples turned 50 in October, and he could not have picked a better Champions Tour event to make his debut.

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Hamrick wins All-American Classic in playoff

Hamrick wins All-American

Hunter Hamrick birdied his final hole in regulation Tuesday, then won the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic in a playoff over Oklahoma State’s Morgan Hoffmann.

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Junior stars advance to match play at Polo

Stars advance at Polo Junior

Jay Whang made nine birdies Tuesday to advance to match play at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. Also moving on were heavyweights Jordan Spieth, Cory Whitsett, Alexis Thompson and Victoria Tanco.

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Will anyone notice the Skins Game is gone?

Each year brought more recognition to Curtis Strange. He was the first PGA Tour player to earn $1 million in a season in 1988, then he became the first player in nearly a half-century to win the U.S. Open in consecutive years.

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Top 10: Picking golf’s top TV talkers

The best in the booth

Who is your favorite golf announcer? That’s a popular topic of conversation among those of us who spend far too many of our weekend hours watching golf. Martin Kaufmann weighs in.

College coaching salaries: Who makes what?

College coaching salaries

Everybody knows college football coaches make a bundle. Ever wonder what a college golf coach earns? Curious as to how your alma mater pays?

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Woods, Ames win with smaller grooves

Touring pros, looking ahead to 2010 groove regulations, have begun integrating smaller-groove wedges into their equipment arsenal.

A day with Dave Stockton in Palm Desert

spent a day with Dave Stockton talking putting strokes and bighorn sheep.

“All these practice strokes with a putter,” says a stern Dave Stockton, referring to most golfers, pro and amateur. “You’ve got to be kidding me. No golfer needs a practice stroke.”

Monday, November 23

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Grillo’s been in this position before

Emiliano Grillo must be having serious déjà vu tonight. After shooting a 5-under 67 Monday in the first round of the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic, Grillo finds himself in the same position he was in last year: atop the leaderboard.

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Player of the Week: Joel Slak

Joel Slak, of Folsom, Calif., shot 3-under 141 (73-68) at Coyote Creek Golf Course (Valley Course) in San Jose, Calif., and won the Future Collegians World Tour’s Coyote Creek Open in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Hsieh

Stephanie Hsieh, of Alamo, Calif., shot even-par 144 (75-69) at Coyote Creek Golf Course (Valley Course) in San Jose, Calif., to win the Future Collegians World Tour’s Coyote Creek Open by three shots.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 16-22, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Nordqvist wins LPGA finale; Ochoa POY

Nordqvist wins LPGA finale

Not a bad ending to the 2009 LPGA season. Rookie Anna Nordqvist won the LPGA Tour Championship on Monday, while Lorena Ochoa won her fourth consecutive Rolex Player of the Year award . . . by one point.

Whole lotta scouting going on

explains exactly how many college coaches were at the Polo Junior on Monday at PGA National.

Reason No. 82 That the College Golf Season Never Ends.

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Tour signs UK broadcast deal with Sky Sports

The PGA Tour has reached an eight-year deal with Sky Sports to broadcast its tournaments in the United Kingdom.

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Cape Fear National set to open

Course to open Nov. 28

Cape Fear National is scheduled to open Nov. 28 in Leland, N.C., and Superstition Mountain (Ariz.) Golf and Country Club also will open two new courses soon. In other course news, the Fairmont Turnberry Isle Resort & Club has entered into new partnerships.

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Grillo, Chen take early lead at Polo Junior

Grillo, Chen ahead at Polo Jr.

Emiliano Grillo and Doris Chen started strong Monday during the opening round at the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic. Alexis Thompson and Cory Whitsett, however, have some work to do.

Scratch Golf’s new part owner: Ryan Moore

breaks down Ryan Moore’s atypical agreement with Scratch Golf.

Scratch Golf has signed Ryan Moore to an endorsement deal, making the former U.S. Amateur champion the company’s first PGA Tour staff professional.

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Bandon and Scotch a good mix

Getting to know a good Scotch

Bandon Dunes is the ideal place to learn about links golf – and single-malt Scotch.

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Course innovation persists despite down market

Golf course innovation persists

A down market might slow the flow of innovative course designs and restorations, but it certainly doesn't stop them. Bradley S. Klein explains how golf courses just keep getting better.

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Wildman Q&A: N.C. State coach Richard Sykes

talks shop with N.C. State men’s coach Richard Sykes, now in his 39th year as coach of the Wolfpack.

This week on Blog U., I caught up with N.C. State men’s golf coach Richard Sykes, who has coached in Raleigh for nearly 40 years.

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Looks of the week: LPGA and Dubai

says Anna Nordqvist and the Dubai caddies won top honors with the looks of the week.

Anna Nordqvist brings street and fairway fashion closer together and the caddies in Dubai are on our fashion radar.

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Shin chasing McPherson at LPGA finale

The sky cleared and Lorena Ochoa and Jiyai Shin were left with one day to settle their duel for LPGA Tour player of the year.

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The fall season’s movers and shakers

Get ready for a good one

So what is Golfweek’s Ron Balicki thankful for? That another exciting spring season is near. Here’s who to look out for in just a couple months.

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Gambling among college golfers? You bet

Male golfers top NCAA study

Division I men’s golfers are far more likely to gamble than other athletes, according to a recent study by the NCAA.

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Monday Scramble: Our Holiday Gift Guide!

Monday Scramble

Just four days from the biggest shopping day of the year, the Monday Scramble brings you its Inaugural Golf Gift Guide.

Sunday, November 22

Wie on the mend after spraining ankle

with news on Michelle Wie’s injured ankle.

Good news for Michelle Wie. An MRI confirmed an ankle sprain, nothing torn.

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Brooks wins third Pebble Beach Invitational

Mark Brooks won the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational for a record third time, birdieing three of the last four holes Sunday for a 5-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and D.A. Points.

Tight-lipped Lorena at the 17th

Just how upset was Lorena Ochoa after bogeying the 17th? She refused to talk to reporters.

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McPherson leads LPGA finale; Monday finish

Kristy McPherson finished off a 5-under 67 in fading sunlight Sunday to take a one-stroke lead in the LPGA Tour Championship before the second round was suspended because of darkness.

Tour Championship should be more elite

is wondering if the LPGA has gotten the message that 120 players do not belong in a Tour Championship field.

This feels like the never-ending tournament. Perhaps the LPGA has gotten the message that 120 players do not belong in a Tour Championship field.

2010 can’t come quick enough for Creamer

Paula Creamer will be happy when this season is over. She managed to come back from Mexico last week unscathed, thanks in large part to the 40 pounds of food she took down to Guadalajara.

Polo Golf Jr. Classic Junior Fantasy Picks

The Polo Golf Junior Classic kicks off Monday, and the Golfweek staffers have made their picks for the week’s best bets.

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Why McIlory will be No. 1 in the world

McIloy will be world No. 1

Rory McIlroy is the future of European golf. As Alistair Tait writes, it won’t be long until the 20-year-old is No. 1 in the world, too.

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Westwood wins Euro finale, Race to Dubai

Lee Westwood of England won the European Tour's first Race to Dubai after capturing the Dubai World Championship by six strokes with an 8-under 64 in the final round.

Fowler tied for lead at Pebble Beach

Rickie Fowler shot a 5-under 67 at Del Monte, and former PGA champion Mark Brooks had a 69 at Spyglass Hill on Saturday to share the third-round lead in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

Saturday, November 21

Q-School: The good, bad, ugly and disheartening

looks at the good, bad, ugly and disheartening tales from the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

From the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School, some of the tales, be good, bad, ugly, or disheartening.

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Q-School: Second-stage recap

Q-School hits and misses

Jay Williamson said he was ‘proud’ of himself for powering through the second stage of Q-School, often considered the most pressure-packed week of the year. Others, of course, weren’t as happy.

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Rainy LPGA finale cut to 54 holes

FInale cut to 54 holes

Persistent rain and wet conditions have washed out play at the LPGA Tour Championship, forcing officials to cut the season-ending event to 54 holes.

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Ochoa’s resting while it’s raining

says Lorena Ochoa is using the downtime at the still-delayed LPGA Tour Championship to rest.

While the excessive rain delays at the LPGA Tour Championship don’t bode well for fans and tournaments organizers, Lorena Ochoa welcomed the time to relax.

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Tait’s top 10 overachievers at Dubai

Europe’s overachievers

Anthony Wall, who once struggled to top Golfweek’s Alistair Tait in a pro-am, is now one of the most consistent players on the European Tour – and one of Tait’s Top 10 Overachievers in Dubai this week.

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Westwood hangs on to 2-shot lead in Dubai

Lee Westwood held on to his two-shot lead at the Dubai World Championships after shooting a 6-under 66 Saturday in the third round.

Friday, November 20

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Points, Bettencourt share Pebble Beach lead

D.A. Points shot a 2-under 70 at Del Monte, and Matt Bettencourt had a 71 in wind and rain at Spyglass Hill to share the second-round lead Friday in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

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Senior wins Champions Tour Q-School

Australia’s Peter Senior won the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament on Friday, shooting a 5-under 66 for a three-stroke victory over Joe Ozaki, Steve Haskins and Ronnie Black.

Veterans setting pace at Q-School

reports that the veterans are setting the pace at the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

Having avoided the anguish and heartache that has halted his fellow Tennessean, Doug Barron, former PGA Championship winner Shaun Micheel is well on his way to avoiding the dead end that can be the second stage of Q-School.

Streak of bad luck hits LPGA finale

explains how Wie and the weather put the brakes on the LPGA Tour Championship’s first-round momentum.

The momentum of this tournament hit the wall last night as the sun went down on Michelle Wie’s game.

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Ochoa still leads delayed LPGA Tour Championship

Ochoa maintains lead

Leader Lorena Ochoa never teed off Friday as rain played havoc on the LPGA Tour Championship. Sophie Gustafson managed to climb the leaderboard in her 11 holes and now is two shots behind Ochoa.

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U.S. teams selected for Copa de las Americas

The Copa de las Americas – a biennial amateur team competition for countries in North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean – is quickly approaching, and the U.S. players have been selected.

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Westwood leads in Dubai; McIlroy 2 back

Lee Westwood shot 3-under 69 Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Dubai World Championship, increasing his chance of winning the European money title.

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European Tour has plenty of star power

McIlroy the next big thing

Need a crowd-pleaser? Rory McIlroy can do the job. Alistair Tait explains why the young Irishman's stardom is growing as he chases down Lee Westwood in the race to become European No. 1.

Thursday, November 19

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Cook, Browne share top spot in Pebble Beach

Champions Tour players John Cook and Olin Browne shot 6-under 66s at Del Monte Golf Course on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational.

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Sybase Classic not on 2010 LPGA schedule

After failing to find a venue to replace Upper Montclair Country Club, the Sybase Classic has dropped off the LPGA Tour schedule for 2010.

First Legends Tour major kicks off Saturday

Just when you thought it was safe to start recapping the season’s major golf championships, the stop sign appears. You’ve got to hold on, because the majors aren’t over.

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Ochoa leads LPGA finale; Wie withdraws

Ochoa leads LPGA finale

Lorena Ochoa ran off eight birdies Thursday in an opening 6-under 66 to take a 1-shot lead at the LPGA Tour Championship. Michelle Wie withdrew because of an ankle injury after shooting even-par 72.

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Ankle injury forces Wie to WD in Texas

with news that Michelle Wie has WD'd at the LPGA Tour Championship with an ankle injury.

Michelle Wie withdrew from the LPGA Tour Championship Nov. 19 with a sore left ankle.

Wildman Q&A: Texas Tech’s JoJo Robertson

finds out what rookie head coach JoJo Robertson learned from her five years with Purdue's Devon Brouse.

This week I caught up with Texas Tech women’s coach JoJo Robertson.

Women's Pac 10/SEC showdown takes form

Each year there seems to always be a buzz around a new event on the college schedule - remember Golfweek’s Conference Challenge this past fall?

Nickent Golf shutters its doors

reports that Nickent Golf’s ill-fated gamble on adjustable drivers has led to its demise.

Nickent Golf, which just a few years ago gained acclaim for its popular hybrid clubs, is preparing to liquidate its business.

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Pearce adds to the Eller family’s golf tradition

The Eller family tradition

If there’s such a thing as golf royalty, the Eller family is Tennessee’s version. Julie Williams explains.

Busy Lewis takes time out to give back

explains why LPGA rookie Stacy Lewis has been so busy this week.

This is a home tournament for Texas’ Stacy Lewis, which means her off-course obligations get a little nutty. So far this week she has roped a cow, toured NASA, visited Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and spent Tuesday’s practice round with a very special 7-year-old.

Choi learns to fly solo

Just call Na Yeon Choi Miss Independent.

A closer look at the LPGA’s top spot

Who is the No. 1 player in women’s golf? Most settle in for the obvious of Lorena Ochoa, who has collected 18 tournament titles since the start of the 2007 season.

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Allenby leads Dubai World Championship

Robert Allenby shot a 7-under 65 Thursday for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai World Championship.

Norman on economy: ‘PGA Tour is suffering’

Listening to Greg Norman here in Dubai has been a bit like listening to a Bruce Springsteen song.

Wednesday, November 18

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College signings: Class of 2010

Class of 2010 NLI’s

The NCAA's Early Signing Period for 2010 graduates concluded Nov. 18. See who’s headed where.

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Gulbis out of LPGA Tour Championship

Natalie Gulbis withdrew from the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship due to illness. She was replaced in the field by Audra Burks, No. 155 on the money list.

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Companies collide for unique offering

Two companies collide to create a unique offering for fashionable ladies on the fairways...

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Woolley wins Wie caddie sweepstakes

explains how luck helped Brendan Woolley become Michelle Wie’s caddie.

So who is the lucky caddie who can claim he walked Michelle Wie into the winner’s circle? Brendan Woolley. Or caddie No. 857.

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Tiger gets Stanford Hall of Fame nod

reports that Tiger Woods will be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The last golfer to be inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame was Tom Watson, who played for the Cardinal from 1969 to ’71.

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Head-to-toe: Walter Genuin

Walter Genuin is a line that you will feel comfortable going from the course to a nice dinner...

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Top 5 Polo Jr. matches of the last 5 years

Classic Polo Jr. matches

Another Polo Golf Junior Classic, a Turkey Week tradition like no other in junior golf, starts Monday in South Florida. Golfweek remembers the best five matches from the last five years.

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A closer look at the 2010 LPGA schedule

2010 LPGA schedule

The LPGA released its 2010 schedule Wednesday. Beth Ann Baldry explains what commissioner Michael Whan still needs to get done.

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A reshaping on two fronts at Bethpage

Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, home to U.S. Opens in 2002 and ’09, is getting a new 15th green. It’s also getting a new head superintendent.

‘By the book’: A volunteer official’s creed

Golf fit Abie Gordon like his dress blues. The game’s orderliness appealed to him. Do this here; don’t do that there.

Living large in Dubai

can’t believe the lush accommodations for media at the Dubai World Championship.

The scribes and the sherpas are getting a lot of respect this week. More than we’ve gotten all season.

Norman predicts decrease in prize money

Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman predicts that the prize money in golf will continue to decrease because of the recession.

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LPGA’s 2010 schedule: 24 events, 11 foreign

2010 LPGA schedule

The 2010 LPGA schedule – which features 24 tournaments, including 11 outside of the United States – has a smaller number events than usual. But, as Gene Yasuda writes, it could have been a lot worse.

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Best friends look for Tour card at Q-School

Q-School – Second Stage

Keegan Bradley has plenty of support as he enters second stage of PGA Tour Q-School this week. As Jim McCabe explains, he thrives from it.

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Euro Tour finale in Dubai far from perfect

At least the plot line and characters are in place. Hopefully that will make the denouement to the European Tour season a good story.

Tuesday, November 17

Wegmans to sponsor 2010 LPGA major

has an early look at the 2010 LPGA schedule, including a new sponsor for a major.

The big news out of the final player meeting of the year is that Wegmans will sponsor the LPGA Championship in Rochester, N.Y., next year, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.

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Ochoa focuses on marriage, family

Lorena Ochoa is having one of the best years of her life, and it has nothing to do with being ranked No. 1 in golf.

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Giving new definition to being on tour

Tiger Woods first made his move in the Australian Masters in the middle of the opening round, getting his name on the leaderboard next to a player named “Jordan” that even some of the local fans did not recognize.

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One-on-one with Pebble’s cigar specialist

Pebble Beach’s cigar specialist

Pebble Beach's cigar specialist clears the air on choosing the best stogies.

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Gear to make golf getaways a tap-in

Golf getaway gear

Gear to make your next golf getaway a tap-in.

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Exploring golf on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Riviera Maya

Mexico’s Riviera Maya is making a lot of noise for the quality of is golf.

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10 things I’m looking for in Dubai

The Race is almost over

What do Rory McIlroy, Range Rovers and empty coffee cups have in common? Alistair Tait says he’ll be keeping an eye out for all of them this week in Dubai at the European Tour’s season finale.

More individual events will crop up

says like it or not . . . more individual events will start to crop up around the country.

More individual events are being conducted without team scores and not a lot of people are talking about it.

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Wedges: New grooves, big and small

explains why many golf club manufacturers are looking at 2010 as the year of the wedge.

Many golf club manufacturers are looking at 2010 as the year of the wedge.

Monday, November 16

A case decades in the making: Barron vs. Tour

A timeline of events in Doug Barron's case against the PGA Tour.

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Barron can’t play on PGA Tour, judge rules

Barron can’t play on Tour

Doug Barron’s bid to play in the second stage of Q-School this week was derailed Monday when a federal judge did not grant the journeyman’s request for a temporary restraining order against the PGA Tour.

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Re-energized Janico pumped for Polo Junior

Don’t count out Jordan Janico

Jordan Janico nearly hung up his clubs for good last year. But armed with a revamped attitude, the 17-year-old returned with a vengeance to the junior circuit in 2009 and will be a player to watch at next week’s Polo Golf Junior Classic.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 9-15, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Doctors replace Funk’s ailing right knee

Fred Funk underwent surgery to replace his right knee Nov. 16 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.

ShopRite Classic returning to LPGA in 2010

After losing at least seven tournaments since 2007, the LPGA is renewing an old acquaintance. The ShopRite Classic is returning to the LPGA lineup next year with a $1.5 million purse.

Golf's global weekend

plots the global zigzagging of the weekend's golf news, from Down Under to Disney.

How’s this for Chapter 784 of “Golf, The Global Game”?

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Indie golf shops close in record numbers

Indie shops feel the squeeze

The combination of a brutal economy and big golf retail chains expanding their domains means “mom and pop” shops soon may become an endangered species.

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Look of the week: It’s gotta be the shoes

explains that this wasn’t the first time Michelle Wie won wearing her Nike Air Brassie II shoes

Michelle Wie wins her first professional tournament and we're looking closely at her winning gear.

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Player of the Week: Shugo Imahira

Shugo Imahira, of Saitama, Japan, shot 5-under 139 (67-72) at The Naples (Fla.) Beach Hotel and Golf Club to win the FCWT’s Naples Beach Challenge by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Dottie Ardina

Dottie Ardina, of the Phillipines, shot 2-under 142 (72-70) at The Naples (Fla.) Beach Hotel and Golf Club to win the the FCWT’s Naples Beach Challenge by one shot.

Kang to arrive at Pepperdine in January

reports that the Pepperdine women will get a mid-year boost from Danielle Kang.

Danielle Kang will add some much-needed depth to the Pepperdine women’s golf team next semester.

Rush to JLPGA Q-School premature

There’s been a lot of talk this year about LPGA players heading to Japan for more playing opportunities. In the end, only three LPGA members will try to gain full status in Japan.

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Team of the week: Stanford

The Cardinal, No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, closed in 8-under 352 to finish at 24-under 1,056 and win the team title by three shots over top-ranked Oklahoma State at the at the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle.

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Player of the Week: Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State

The Oklahoma State sophomore won the Gifford Collegiate at CordeValle for his second title of the fall and solidified his No. 1 position in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Discovering Utopia with unique putter

Utopia putter

A new putter – called Utopia in honor of Utopia, Texas, where it is handmade – has a sharp ridge that runs across the face from heel to toe. The idea: The ridge contacts the ball so that it rolls with overspin.

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Fashion Spotlight: Travis Mathew

Travis Mathew is a Southern-California-based company that launched in 2008 and already has a PGA Tour following.

Watson gets 5-year British Open exemption

Tom Watson’s place in the next five British Opens is safe after the Royal & Ancient’s decision to change one of its exemption rules.

Ask the expert: Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas is the former technical director for the USGA.

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Monday Scramble: Michelle madness

Monday Scramble

So what happens in the aftermath of a Michelle Wie maiden victory? Madness. The Monday Scramble has all the breaking news.

Sunday, November 15

Wie celebrates victory with wild Tweets

Michelle Wie’s Twitter postings Sunday after her first LPGA victory, a two-stroke win in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico:

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The best Disney rollercoaster? Rich Beem

Rude: Beem’s wild Sunday

The most exciting show Sunday at Walt Disney World? According to Jeff Rude, it was Rich Beem waiting around to see if he had done enough to make the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list.

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Thompson, Walker seize PGA Tour cards

on how Nicholas Thompson fought right up until his final shot Sunday to secure his 2010 PGA Tour card.

Forget what the sports psychologists say. Nicholas Thompson’s focus wasn’t solely on his target or pre-shot routine during the final-round of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

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Congrats, Michelle. Now do it again

says it’s now up to Michael Whan and the LPGA to capitalize on Michelle Wie’s victory.

Finally. The wait it is over. Michelle Wie wins. May the floodgates open for this one-time phenom.

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Wie notches first LPGA victory

Wie wins first LPGA title

Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title Sunday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational. She birdied her final hole to win by two shots.

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Ames captures victory at Disney in playoff

Ames wins PGA Tour finale

The 2009 PGA Tour season ended Sunday with a playoff victory for Stephen Ames at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

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Bourdy holds off McIlroy to win in Hong Kong

France’s Gregory Bourdy has survived a late challenge from Rory McIlroy to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes and secure a berth at the European Tour’s year-end championship in Dubai.

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Woods pulls away to win Australian Masters

Woods wins Australian Masters

Tiger Woods made good on his $3 million appearance fee Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to win the Australian Masters in style.

Saturday, November 14

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Wie, Kerr share lead at Ochoa Invitational

Wie, Kerr share Ochoa lead

Don’t rule out a maiden LPGA victory for Michelle Wie this year just yet. Wie shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for a share of the third-round lead with Cristie Kerr.

All Roland Thatcher can do is watch

lets you know whom to keep an eye on Sunday in the race for a 2010 PGA Tour card.

Sunday may be a nerve-wracking experience for Roland Thatcher. He started this week at No. 119 on the money list, but missed the cut at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic and is projected to finish No. 123 on the money list with $681,631.

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McNeill falters, drops into 4-way Disney tie

Four-way tie at Disney

There is a long line at Disney World, but this time it’s at the top of the leaderboard entering the final round of the PGA Tour’s season finale.

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Mathias Gronberg: The Harry Houdini of the PGA Tour

says that Disney co-leader Mathias Gronberg is the Harry Houdini of the PGA Tour.

Mathias Gronberg, one of four 54-hole co-leaders at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, is the Harry Houdini of the PGA Tour. The guy constantly finds ways to skirt danger and keep his PGA Tour card.

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Miyase leads suspended Taiheiyo Masters

Hirofumi Miyase shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a one-stroke clubhouse lead before darkness suspended the rainy third round at the Taiheiyo Masters.

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Rib injury forces Casey to pull out of Dubai

Paul Casey has pulled out of next week’s season-ending Dubai World Championship with a rib injury and will miss out on finishing at the top of the European Tour money list.

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Bourdy takes solo lead in Hong Kong

Gregory Bourdy of France shot a bogey-free 7-under 63 on Saturday to take the lead heading into the final round of the $2.5 million Hong Kong Open.

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Woods, two others share lead in Australia

Woods falls to 3-way tie

It wasn't a typical day for Tiger Woods as he struggled to an even-par 72 Saturday at the Australian Masters. Despite a shaky round, Woods still has a share of the lead with James Nitties and Greg Chalmers.

Friday, November 13

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Shin shoots 66 for Ochoa Invitational lead

Shin leads by 3 in Mexico

Jiyai Shin had a second-round 66 at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to take a three-shot lead over Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer. Shin has three wins already this season, and is in the hunt for Player of the Year.

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Leonard cards 11 birdies, leads at Disney

Leonard leads at Disney

Justin Leonard made 11 birdies in an 8-under 64 Friday at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic and surged to the top of the leaderboard. Rickie Fowler wasn’t so lucky.

Streelman wins $1 million in Kodak Challenge

Kevin Streelman added another interesting accomplishment to his PGA Tour resume on Friday. This one is probably his favorite, since it was worth $1 million.

Barron vs. Tour: It’s judge’s decision

Doug Barron, the first player suspended under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy, has filed a lawsuit to seek reinstatement to the Tour.

Duval may lose Tour card after MC at Disney

David Duval at Q-School? It seems unthinkable, but it could happen.

Sybase Classic moving to Essex County CC

The tournament, which has been without a home since ending its relationship with Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, N.J., has reached an agreement in principle to be staged at Essex County Country Club in West Orange, N.J., according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

DiMarco needs high finish in PGA Tour finale

explains why Chris DiMarco’s son could help him secure his PGA Tour card for 2010.

A putting tip from his 13-year-old son could help Chris DiMarco earn his 2010 PGA Tour card.

Another round of Q-School hits Tour hopefuls

explains why Mark Carnevale, almost 50, is heading back to PGA Tour Q-School.

Seventeen seasons removed from his Rookie of the Year honor, Mark Carnevale is a freshman all over again.

Nyhus resigns as BYU head coach

Sue Billek Nyhus has stepped down as head coach at BYU. Nyhus advanced her resignation Tuesday, and Robbie Bosco, director of the BYU Varsity Club, will take over the program as an interim coach.

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Head-to-toe: Puma

Puma is in the spotlight for this week's head-to-toe look.

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Doral upgrades continue with McLean course opening

has the details behind the new Jim McLean course at Doral.

Despite having five golf courses, 700 rooms, a huge spa, more than 110,000 square feet of meeting space and one of the country’s most famous golf schools, Doral Golf Resort & Spa for years has been defined by one thing: the Blue Monster Course.

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For the fashionable tyke in your foursome

The Littlest Golfer is a great company that offers clothes, toys and various other golf goodies for the littlest golfer in any family.

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Imano leads Taiheiyo Masters

Imano Yasuharu shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Taiheiyo Masters.

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Liang among leaders at Hong Kong Open

Wenchong Liang shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 Friday to move into a four-way tie for the lead after the second round of the Hong Kong Open.

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Woods takes 3-shot lead at Aussie Masters

Woods leads Aussie Masters

For the fourth straight event, Tiger Woods took the 36-hole lead. He was three ahead Friday at the Australian Masters.

Thursday, November 12

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Creamer, Shin in hunt at Ochoa Invitational

Song-Hee Kim shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to take a two-stroke lead over Jiyai Shin, Paula Creamer and Mariajo Uribe – and six-shot advantage over the top-ranked Ochoa.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

2010 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

TaylorMade wins wedge appeal with USGA

says TaylorMade will sell interchangeable faces for its TP xFT wedges in ’10.

The U.S. Golf Association has reversed its original decision and will allow TaylorMade to sell interchangeable U-groove faces for its TP xFT wedges in 2010.

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Fowler chasing Rose at 2009 PGA Tour finale

2009 PGA Tour finale

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom! Rickie Fowler, 20, shot an opening 6-under 66 Thursday and was a shot behind leader Justin Rose at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

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Kim wins Kiwi Challenge in playoff

Anthony Kim won the Kiwi Challenge despite making a bogey in a playoff, beating Sean O’Hair to win the $1 million check at Cape Kidnappers.

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Ishikawa a shot back at Taiheiyo Masters

Japanese teen star Ryo Ishikawa shot a 4-under 68 to finish a stroke behind the leaders after the first round of the Taiheiyo Masters.

Monty to captain Europe at Royal Trophy

Colin Montgomerie will captain Europe’s team at next year’s Royal Trophy match play tournament against Asia after Seve Ballesteros ruled himself out over lingering health concerns.

Duangdecha leads Hong Kong Open with 62

Udorn Duangdecha shot an 8-under 62 behind 10 birdies Thursday to lead Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands by one stroke after the first round of the Hong Kong Open.

Wednesday, November 11

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Woods’ 66 shares Australian Masters lead

Woods leads Aussie Masters

Who’s up Down Under? Easy. Tiger Woods, who shot 66 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Australian Masters.

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Uihlein, Stanford win at CordeValle

Uihlein, Stanford win

Player of the fall season? Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein, who won his second title Wednesday at CordeValle. Team of the fall? With Stanford’s victory, that is a tougher question.

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PGA Tour cards at stake at Disney World

Down to the wire at Disney

So how does Rich Beem, currently No. 124 on the PGA Tour money list, feel about fighting for his card this week at Walt Disney World? ‘I’m not having any fun with it,’ he said.

Woods creating a scence Down Under

Thousands of fans created a steady stream of traffic Wednesday across the 10th fairway at Kingston Heath, then turned and moved en masse up the left side of the 481-yard hole.

O’Hair, Villegas tied atop Kiwi Challenge

Sean O’Hair and Camilo Villegas were tied for the lead at 2-under par through 15 holes Wednesday at the Kiwi Challenge, which was halted for the day when gusts reached 50 mph at Cape Kidnappers.

Seve receives honorary R&A membership

Three-time British Open champion Seve Ballesteros has accepted honorary membership of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews almost a year after undergoing multiple operations to remove a malignant brain tumor.

Jiyai Shin eyes sweep of LPGA awards

Jiyai Shin is on the verge of sweeping both the LPGA’s rookie and player of the year awards.

Tuesday, November 10

Scott may give up Euro Tour membership

Adam Scott says he might give up his European Tour membership if officials decide next week to increase the minimum number of tournaments required.

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Kerr leads LPGA to 3-Tour Challenge title

The LPGA is catching up in 3-Tour Challenge victories. Cristie Kerr shot 4-under 32 on the back nine to lead the LPGA team to a win Tuesday in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge.

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McIlroy to join PGA Tour in 2010

Rory McIlroy has decided to join the PGA Tour next year with hopes of moving up in the world ranking.

Golfweek Jr. Invitational Junior Fantasy points

Eric Soderstrom is still in the lead after the Golfweek Junior Invitational, but Sean Martin bumped Julie Williams for the second-place spot. Check out the next set of Junior Fantasy picks for the Polo Golf Junior Classic (Nov. 21-27):

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Is Finchem leading Tour’s ‘Asian invasion?’

Six months after the PGA Tour officially got involved in the HSBC Champions, commissioner Tim Finchem was front and center at a news conference and later at the TV trophy presentation to Phil Mickelson.

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Tiger’s aura strong, at least outside the ropes

Tiger Woods made news simply by walking off his private jet.

Memories of Mallory Code

remembers that Mallory Code, who died Monday after complications from cystic fibrosis, always left an impression.

I remember the first time I met Mallory Code. It was a mixed-team event at her home course, Avila Golf and Country Club, and she appeared to have a crush on my partner.

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Former AJGA star Code dies at 25

Mallory Code dies at 25

Mallory Code, a former AJGA All-American and player at the University of Florida, died Monday from complications of cystic fibrosis. She was 25.

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Player of the Week: Lizette Salas, USC

Stepping in for Trojans star Jennifer Song, who was playing in the LPGA’s Hana Bank Kolon Championship in South Korea, Salas picked up her third career victory after recovering from a back injury she suffered at the end of last season.

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Team of the week: UC Davis

The 27th-ranked Aggies won the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational, beating a field that included top-ranked UCLA, No. 8 USC and No. 10 Cal.

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Team of the week: UC Davis

The 66th-ranked Aggies closed their fall season by holding off BYU and Oregon to win the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational.

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Player of the week: Tyler Raber, UC Davis

The Aggies sophomore tied a school record with a second-roud 63 en route to his first career victory and led UC Davis to the team title.

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It’s up to Whan to find out what works

LPGA commish Michael Whan

Michael Whan will have a plethora of demands placed upon him – undoubtedly led by players and pundits clamoring for more tournaments and sponsors. But that may be the least of his worries.

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Fantasy Aces: Children’s Miracle Network

Funai Classic fantasy picks

Three of Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces could claim ultimate bragging rights after this week’s PGA Tour finale at the Magic Kingdom. Who has the most tricks up their sleeve?

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Getting to know LPGA chief Michael Whan

LPGA commish Michael Whan

Michael Whan might be just what the LPGA needs: A savvy marketer with (gasp!) a golf background. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Meadow

Stephanie Meadow, of Hilton Head, S.C., shot 2-over 146 (71-75) at the Reunion Resort Legacy Course in Orlando, Fla., to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Mike Miller

Mike Miller, of Brewster, N.Y., shot 2-under 142 (73-69) at the Reunion Resort Legacy Course in Orlando, Fla., to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational by five shots.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 2-8, 2009

Nov. 2-8, 2009

Inside the bags of HSBC Champions winner Phil Mickelson and Bo Bae Song, who won the Mizuno Classic.

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Faldo gets knighthood from Queen Elizabeth

Nick Faldo has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for a career in which he won six majors and captained Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

Monday, November 9

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Woods sells out practice round in Australia

Woods returns to Australia

Tiger Woods returned to Australia on Tuesday for the first time in 11 years. What happened? His practice round for the Australian Masters was sold out.

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Looks from the other side of the world

with the looks of the week from the other side of the world. Props to Lefty . . . twice!

HSBC and Shanghai really know how to throw a golf tournament! Not only did they gather the world’s best players, but they gave us with quite a bit to talk about on the fashion front.

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On the range with Heath Slocum

On the range with Slocum

After years of hard work, Heath Slocum has produced a stronger, more stable swing – and a playoff payoff.

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2010 Golfweek's Best New U.S. courses

Pacific Dunes and Pebble Beach Golf Links top the 2010 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Residential Courses

Rock Creek Cattle Compan and Colorado Golf Club top the 2010 Golfweek's Best Residential Courses

Sunday, November 8

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Monday Scramble: Shanghai showdown

Monday Scramble

Still recuperating from staying up early Sunday morning to watch the end to the drama in Shanghai? Uh, yeah, so is the Monday Scramble...

Quick round at the Golfweek Jr. Invitational

Jonathan DiIanni and Andrew Vu could have had a lightning round at the Golfweek Junior Invitational at Reunion Resort’s Legacy Course.

Youngest Lendl bound for Alabama

reports that Daniela Lendl won’t be following her older sisters to the University of Florida.

Daniela Lendl delivered a handful of surprises Sunday at the Golfweek Junior Invitational. Lendl popped around the corner of the 16th hole at Reunion Resort’s Legacy Course, announcing that she was there to watch a future teammate.

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Miller, Meadow win Golfweek Jr. Invitational

Golfweek Junior Invitational

Mike Miller rallied to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational Sunday at Reunion Resort, while Stephanie Meadow made history by repeating as girls’ champion.

Roets, Quinn win Optimist International

Jason Roets birdied two of his last three holes Sunday to win the Optimist International Tournament of Champions.

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Bo Bae Song triumphs at Mizuno Classic

South Korea’s Bo Bae Song won the Mizuno Classic for her first LPGA title, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory over Lorena Ochoa, Brittany Lang and Hee Young Park.

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Mickelson wins thriller at HSBC Champions

Lefty wins HSBC Champions

Phil Mickelson won the HSBC Champions on Sunday, making a late charge to top Tiger Woods and Ernie Els in Shanghai.

Saturday, November 7

U.S. takes home Spirit International title

The United States took home another golf title Saturday, holding on for a four-shot victory at the Spirit International Amateur, an international team best-ball event held every two years.

Breakfast ball? Are you kidding me?

warns Americans not to announce they are taking ‘a breakfast ball’ on any first tee in the United Kingdom.

It’s great to be back in the Home of the Brave and the Land of the Free Tee. The differences between British and American golf never ceases to amaze me.

Feng had best playing partner in the world

on how Golfweek Junior Invitational participant Simin Feng had the best playing partner in the world last week.

Just a few days ago, Simin Feng had the best playing partner in the world.

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Meadow, Jones lead Golfweek Jr. Invitational

Meadow stars at GW Invt'l

A windy Reunion Resort made breaking par Saturday at the Golfweek Junior Invitational seem impossible. Stephanie Meadow proved it wasn’t.

HSBC re-ups with LPGA through 2012

The LPGA has secured HSBC as a title sponsor through 2012, officials announced Nov. 7 in conjunction with tournament organizer IMG.

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HSBC final group: Lefty vs. Tiger

Mickelson leads by two

Phil Mickelson’s 5-under 67 Saturday at the HSBC Champions earned him a two-shot lead and a reservation with Tiger Woods in Sunday’s final group for the first time since the Duel at Doral.

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Song moves into lead at Mizuno Classic

South Korea’s Bo Bae Song birdied the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the Mizuno Classic.

Friday, November 6

U.S. takes big lead into Spirit Am finale

The United States will take an 11-shot lead heading into Saturday’s final round of the The Spirit International Amateur, an international team best-ball event held every two years.

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Joh wins Futures Tour qualifying

Tiffany Joh finished at the top of a long list of players at the final stage of Duramed Futures Tour Qualifying School, winning the event with a 12-under 348 Friday.

Former pro wrestler advances at Q-School

James advances at Champions Q-School

Gerry James has no problem with his driving distance. At the first stage of Champions Tour Q-School, the former pro wrestler proved the rest of his game has the necessary brawn as well.

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UC Davis an underdog? Not anymore

UC Davis no longer underdog

What’s one thing you can’t do when talking about the best college golf teams on the West Coast? Leave Alice Kim and the UC Davis Aggies out of the conversation.

Golfweek Jr. Invitational Junior Fantasy picks

With the Golfweek Junior Invitational coming up this weekend, Golfweek staffers have made their Junior Fantasy picks for the tournament.

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Poulter reigns supreme in golf fashion

He won the tournament, he won the best look of the week and now has an entire episode of ‘The Look’ dedicated to him, his clothes and his shoes.

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Barron’s suspension doesn’t extend to mini-tours

Anti-doping violator plays on

So what happens after you get suspended from the PGA Tour for violation of the drug policy? What else? You go play the mini-tours, like Doug Barron.

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Woods, Watney share top spot at HSBC

Woods 5 under in last 10 holes

Five birdies in 10 holes? No problem for Tiger Woods, who got his putter going late in the second round of the HSBC Champions for a 67 and a share of the lead with Nick Watney.

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Lang leads Mizuno Classic with 66

American Brittany Lang shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Japan’s Nobuko Kizawa and South Korea’s Hee Young Park after the first round of the Mizuno Classic.

Thursday, November 5

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Pepper to exit the Golf Channel

with the news that Dottie Pepper is cutting back her schedule next year.

It is what passes as an off-season in golf – yes, even as tournaments go on all around us – so this is when decisions are made for the upcoming season.

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Team Blackwelder seeks return to LPGA

A family affair at Q-School

Mallory Blackwelder is cruising through Duramed Futures Tour Q-School with her dad, Worth, on the bag. Beth Ann Baldry explains that it’s just one more good Q-School memory for the Blackwelders.

Mr. Finchem goes to Asia

says Tim Finchem’s trek to Asia surely will accelerate the PGA Tour’s efforts to go global.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem’s Asian adventure is under way, further confirming the region’s growing importance in the golf hierarchy.

Who to watch at the Golfweek Jr. Invitational

with six players to watch this weekend at the Golfweek Junior Invitational.

With the Golfweek Junior Invitational coming up this weekend at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., consider this your cheat-sheet for the field.

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Q&A with Kikkor Golf president James Lepp

talks with 2005 NCAA champ James Lepp, now president of Kikkor Golf.

Are you still wearing your Dad's shoes? Find out about some new and trendy kicks for the fairways.

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Golfweek Junior Invitational: A look back

Golfweek Junior Invitational

The Golfweek Junior Invitational has produced great players, including two LPGA major champs, a Ben Hogan Award winner, a British Amateur champion and a slew of college All-Americans.

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All set for the Golfweek Jr. Invitational

Golfweek Junior Invitational

Who said the junior season was over? The Golfweek Junior Invitational kicks off Saturday at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., and features a strong field of boys and girls.

Players paid stipend for canceled Viking Classic

reports the PGA Tour is paying a $4,000 stipend to players for the canceled Viking Classic.

he PGA Tour is providing a $4,000 stipend for travel expenses to each of the 132 players in the Viking Classic, which was canceled because of recurring wet conditions, tournament director Randy Watkins confirmed.

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Big guns may not return for Georgia

Georgia stars may be out

It hasn’t been all smiles for Georgia coach Chris Haack this fall. Not only did the injury bug bite the Bulldogs, but as Ron Balicki reports, a star player may transfer.

UCF might have stymied its Adidas deal

reports that UCF might not be wearing Adidas once the fall season starts.

When UCF tees it up again in the spring, expect the Knights to be in new uniforms.

Wie to play LET finale in Dubai

Michelle Wie will end her season in Dubai at the final Ladies European Tour event of the year.

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Watney leads HSBC; Woods 3 back

Watney leads at HSBC

Nick Watney tied a course record Thursday with an opening 64 at the HSBC Champions. He leads by two shots. Tiger Woods is three back.

Wednesday, November 4 Open heading to CordeValle

The Open is leaving Arizona to a temporary home at CordeValle Resort in northern California, putting it closer to the title sponsor's corporate headquarters.

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UC Davis delivers defining title in Hawaii

Aggies win at Turtle Bay

Alice Kim and UC Davis brought home the program’s biggest victory since it began four years ago, knocking off a stacked field Wednesday at the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational.

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San Diego State runs away at Turtle Bay

All five San Diego State players, including the two of co-medalists, shot under-par rounds Wednesday to push the Aztecs to an 18-shot runaway victory at the Turtle Bay Resort College Invitational.

UC Davis takes Pacific Invite by one shot

UC-Davis held off BYU to win the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational by one shot Wednesday at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif.

Sidelined Norman will miss Australian Open

Greg Norman’s slower-than-expected recovery from shoulder surgery will force him to miss next month's Australian Open.

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LPGA’s 2010 schedule: Plenty of holes still

says there are still more questions than answers when it comes to the LPGA’s 2010 schedule.

LPGA officials keep assuring everyone that the 2010 schedule will be better than expected. Of course, they know expectations are extremely low, so it won’t take much to satisfy.

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Top Mississippi course lands Champions event

Fallen Oak Golf Club, a Tom Fazio design ranked No. 1 on the list of Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Mississippi, will host a new Champions Tour event starting in 2010.

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Watch the watches

Accessories are a great part of the wardrobe, don't overlook important pieces like the watch...

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Ireland or Scotland? Why choose?

Ireland vs. Scotland vacation

What’s the only thing better than planning a golf trip to Scotland? Planning another one for Ireland. However, if you have to pick just one...

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Tiger, Phil lead world-class field in Shanghai

A big fall weekend at HSBC

Big hype. Big names. Big competition. Big money. A big golf tournament... in November? You got it. Get ready for Tiger, Phil and a weekend of thrill on the other side of the world.

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White belts: Still trendy?

wonders if the white-belt trend has run its course.

Has the trend of white belts reached its pinnacle? Find out what we think and find out what trends to look for in the future...

Anthony Kim to skip Dubai World Championship

Anthony Kim says he will not be going to the Dubai World Championship to compete for the $7.5 million bonus pool, even though the American has easily qualified.

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Irish Supreme Court upholds men-only club

A premier Dublin golf club can continue to bar women from membership, the Irish Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a discrimination case inspired by similar protests against men-only clubs in the United States.

Tuesday, November 3

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Furman wins first event since 2007

Furman won its first title in two years Tuesday, closing with a 1-over 285 at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate.

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PGA Tour deals Turning Stone a hot hand

2010 PGA Tour schedule

The Turning Stone Resort Championship will get a more favorable date in 2010. As Jim McCabe writes, players won’t need ski hats and rain suits in August.

Notes: Casey realistic about bonus chance

Mathematically, Paul Casey is very much in the hunt for the Race to Dubai on the European Tour, at No. 5 in the standings with the top five players separated by about $350,000.

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Texas A&M captures second fall title

Texas A&M wins Onion Creek

Led by individual medalist Julia Boland, Texas A&M won its second title of the fall Tuesday at the Challenge at Onion Creek.

Wildman Q&A: Florida State coach Trey Jones

When the college golf season started, several of us (including me) did not know what to expect from Florida State this season. But, coach Trey Jones has led the “Tomahawk Chop” to a top-10 ranking.

In this issue: Nov. 7, 2009

Inside the Nov. 7, 2009 issue of Golfweek.

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Head-to-toe: Wardrobe of the week

Each week we’ll bring you a complete golf fashion package with the latest trends, where to get them and what it will cost.

Doug Barron, meet Manny Alexander

After absorbing the news that Doug Barron had become the first player suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, it occurred to me that this ranks right up there with the Manny Alexander saga.

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Compton gets final exemption into Disney event

says Mickey, Goofy and Pluto have met, and the final exemption for the Disney event goes to . . .

Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and the Chipmunks have met, and the envelope is in. The recipient of the fourth and final sponsor exemption spot at Disney World next week for the PGA Tour’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic is . . . drumroll, please . . .

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PGA Tour releases 2010 schedule

The PGA Tour released its 2010 schedule, which includes 37 regular-season events and the four Playoff Series events to decide the FedEx Cup champion.

Sometimes college golf puzzles me

says it’s not fair for play-6-count-5 events to be ranked the same as normal events.

A little more than a week ago, Colorado State won the Del Walker hosted by Long Beach State. It was the Rams’ third consecutive victory at this event. After looking at the scores, I was reminded of something that has always puzzled me with college golf.

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Hate to be Rude: Picture perfect?

HOF ceremony could be better

Golf does nostalgia like no other sport, save baseball. Still, as Jeff Rude writes, the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony could be better.

TaylorMade, USGA at odds over new wedges

TaylorMade’s TP wedges with xFT (exchangeable face technology) have hit a speed bump.

Bad golf can leave a scar

feels bad for the woman at Duramed Futures Tour Q-School who shot 69 . . . on the front nine.

I’m thinking about my worst round of competitive golf. Honestly can’t remember what I shot (conveniently blocked it out), but I remember lugging my bag around Doral as a college junior thinking the round would never end. I couldn’t hit a green that day if my life depended on it. As my dad would say: “Take me out, coach.”

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Long drive champ uses Adams driver

Inside long drive champ’s bag

Jamie Sadlowski used a 6.5-degree Adams driver to win his second straight Re/Max World Long Drive Championship with a 384-yard drive in the Oct. 30 final.

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Woods revved up for HSBC Champions

Tiger Woods looked out at a conference room above the Shanghai River that was filled with so many photographers and other media that it felt like he was at a major championship.

Monday, November 2

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Barron suspended after drug test

The PGA Tour says Doug Barron has been suspended one year for using a performance-enhancing drug. He is the first player to violate the doping policy since testing began in July 2008.

Pebble Beach to Tiger: How do we look now?

gives three reasons why Tiger Woods is likely to play the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in 2010.

Pebble Beach has cleared a path for Tiger Woods’ return.

Doggone it, Butch!

explains how Butch Harmon’s dog caused World Golf HOF inductee Jose Maria Olazabal to use his sneaky sense of humor.

I’ve always thought Jose Maria Olazabal has a sneaky sense of humor. The wry smile hints at it. And Butch Harmon, his coach for several years, confirmed it today before the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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Nicklaus Cos. makes key leadership changes

The promotion of Paul Stringer to executive vice president to oversee its course design business was one of several announced by the company.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Team of the Week: Arizona

The Wildcats snapped a winless streak that dated to 2003.

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Player of the Week: Bud Cauley, Alabama

The sophomore shot 69-70-72 at the Isleworth Collegiate to win by a shot over Stanford’s Sihwan Kim. Cauley was the only player to shoot par or better in all three rounds.

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Player of the Week: Sherlyn Popelka, Arizona

Playing in her third college event, the freshman shot 69-69-71 to win the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

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Player of the Week: Michael Werenski

Michael Werenski, of South Hadley, Mass., shot an even-par 140 (72-68) at the Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., to win the International Junior Golf Tour event by five shots.

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Team of the Week: Oklahoma State

With four players finishing in the top 25, the Cowboys defeated a strong field at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, winning for the second time in three starts this fall.

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Player of the Week: Audrey Monssoh

Audrey Monssoh, of Los Angeles, Calif., shot a 2-over 142 (73-69) at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., to win the International Junior Golf Tour event by one shot.

3 up, 3 down: How ’bout them Gators?

with his 3 up, 3 down from the last week in college golf. How ‘bout them Gators?

In this week’s edition of 3 up, 3 down we take a look at familiar finishes and seconds, as in the good ones and the not so good ones.  

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Whitaker leads Duke in own unique way

Whitaker: Duke’s new leader

Is there a more engaging women in college golf than Alison Whitaker? Julie Williams explains how the Duke senior has led the new-look Blue Devils to a fantastic fall season.

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Lanny Wadkins: ‘He didn’t know how to lay up’

Lanny Wadkins wasn’t thinking about the World Golf Hall of Fame during that two-week hospital stay in 1974.

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A closer look at Hall class of 2009

Hall of Fame induction tonight

Dwight D. Eisenhower was inducted Monday into the World Golf Hall of Fame with Christy O’Connor, Jose Maria Olazabal and Lanny Wadkins.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower: Golf at the White House

As our golfer in chief, President Dwight D. Eisenhower brought golf to the White House lawn and played nearly 800 rounds while in office.

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Christy O’Connor: A fluid swing forged by ‘Himself’

Ireland’s most famous golf legend doesn’t need to be identified by his full name. Mention “Himself” in any clubhouse in the Emerald Isle and any golfer will think of Christy O’Connor.

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Jose Maria Olazabal: Dignified, determined and dazzling

Few players in the European game have shown the same single-minded determination in their pursuit of victory as has Jose Maria Olazabal.

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Looks of the week

with the looks of the week. Attention Ian Poulter: You did well.

Check out who had the best looks from the fairways this week.

Sunday, November 1

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Monday Scramble: Costume party

Monday Scramble

Worst costumes of the weekend? That’s easy. For Packers fans, it was Brett Favre’s Vikings jersey. For golf fans, it was the Viking Classic’s rain suit. The Monday Scramble reviews an interesting Halloween weekend.

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Cook wins finale, Roberts points title

John Cook won the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championships by five strokes Sunday for his second Champions Tour title in three weeks, while Loren Roberts held on to win the season points title.

Chun hopes to use Asian Am bonus for ‘payback’

Barely missing out on a spot in the Masters has to be a tough pill to swallow. But Eric Chun’s runner-up finish at the Asian Amateur gives him a chance for redemption.

Sindelar remains hospitalized in California

Joey Sindelar remained hospitalized Sunday after having a pulmonary embolism during the third round of the Charles Schwab Cup Championships.

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Fisher beats Kim to win World Match Play

Fisher wins World Match Play

Ross Fisher won the 36-hole World Match Play Championship on Sunday by beating Anthony Kim, 4 and 3.

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Na Yeon Choi birdies No. 18 to win Kolon title

Na Yeon Choi won the Hana Bank KOLON Championship.

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Poulter wins Singapore Open by a shot

Ian Poulter won the Singapore Open.

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Han wins Asian Am, receives Masters invite

Han runs away at Asian Am

With visions of Augusta dancing in his head, Chang-Won Han built an insurmountable lead at the Asian Amateur and walked away as the tournament’s first winner in history.

Giles to follow Shenzhen with Sydney

has the details of Matt Giles' busy upcoming tournament schedule.

Matt Giles made one final push Sunday to try to claim the Asian Amateur title, but came up short.