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Saturday, October 31

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Cook pulls away at Charles Schwab

John Cook shot a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a six-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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Sindelar withdraws in Sonoma citing dizziness

Joey Sindelar withdrew from the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and was taken to a hospital after complaining of dizziness during the third round.

Britton leads Senior PGA Professional

Bill Britton shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Paul Daniels after the third round of the Senior PGA Professional National Championship at PGA Golf Club on Saturday.

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Trick or treat

From shirts to shoes, we're highlighting some of the spookiest products in the golf world.

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Fisher, Kim advance to Volvo final

Anthony Kim handed Robert Allenby a 5-and-3 loss in the World Match play semifinals, and will meet Ross Fisher in the final. Both are looking to salvage an unmemorable 2009 season.

Ready to cheer on Chun

The Asian Amateur will be televised live at 2 a.m. EST on Sunday morning. While most Americans won’t be awake, there will be a large contingent of viewers in Evanston, Ill.

Viking Classic canceled; course unplayable

PGA Tour officials canceled the weather-stricken Viking Classic on Saturday because of unplayable course conditions.

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Masters history riding on Asian Am final round

Chang-won Han and Eric Chun hold the top two spots at the Asian Amateur entering Sunday’s final round. A win by either would set up Masters history.

Players say Asian Am easier than college competition

Scoring has been low at the Asian Amateur. Ten under par is leading after three rounds at Mission Hills’ World Cup Course, which is playing 7,149 yards, and 21 players are under par through 54 holes.

Head-to-head record should rule at Volvo

No player in any future Volvo World Match Play Championship should suffer the same fate as Scott Strange.

First stage of Q-School has a little of everything

Clutch closings. Disappointing failures. Spirited revivals. There was a little bit of everything on the final day of competition at various first-stage sites in the annual grind called Q-School.

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Choi, Tseng share top spot at soggy KOLON

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea shot a 71 and Taiwan’s Yani Tseng had a 70 to share the lead at 5-under par after a wet and windy second round of the LPGA Tour’s KOLON Championship on Saturday.

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Poulter among leaders at delayed Singapore

England’s Ian Poulter slipped into a tie with Thomas Levet and Kodai Ichihara for the clubhouse lead before thunderstorms cut short play in the third round of the Singapore Open on Saturday.

Friday, October 30

Asian Amateur by the numbers

Here’s a breakdown of the 60 players that made the cut at the Asian Amateur by country, provided to give an idea of the strongest golfing countries in the region.

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Q-School: Guetz wins in Santee, Woltman also advances

Brian Guetz won first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school at Carlton Oaks Country Club in Santee, Calif., Friday, finishing at 7-under 281.

Q-School: Anderson wins narrowly at San Juan Oaks

Stuart Anderson fired a 13-under 275 in the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying school at San Juan Oaks Golf Club in Hollister, Calif., Friday to win by one shot.

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Cook fires 62 for Charles Schwab lead

John Cook shot a tournament-record 10-under 62 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Tom Watson and Phil Blackmar after the second round of the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

Q-School: Potter wins Lakeland qualifier

Ted Potter went 20 under at the Grasslands Golf and Country Club in Lakeland, Fla., to win PGA Tour sectional qualifying by four shots Friday.

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Q-School: Bradley bulldozes Valdosta field for win

Keegan Bradley increased the 7-shot lead he took into the final round of PGA Tour qualifying school Friday, firing a final-round 2-under 70 at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta, Ga., to win the first stage of qualifying by eight shots.

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Q-School: Bare hangs on for Pinewild win

Andy Bare managed to hold on to his solid start at PGA Tour qualifying school, winning the first stage of qualifying Friday with a 10-under 278 total.

Viking postponed until Sunday; rain continues

PGA Tour officials have postponed the Viking Classic until at least Sunday and will evaluate the course Saturday before making a decision on when or if the tournament will be held.

Singapore Open’s resurgence causes strife in Asia

In short order, this week’s Barclays Singapore Open has garnered a reputation for showcasing a star-studded field. But its transformation hasn’t come without turmoil.

Fowler and Lovemark: Pray for rain

This just in from the PGA Tour: If the weather-plagued Viking Classic is washed out, the playoff losers from Sunday at the Frys.com Open, Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark, would get into the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic off their top-10 finishes.

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Kim, Allenby to meet in Match Play semifinals

Anthony Kim advanced to the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship to play Robert Allenby, despite losing to Scott Strange by three holes on Friday.

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Commentary: Kim-Allenby match a must-see at World Match Play

It’s a match pulled straight from the headlines: Anthony Kim vs. Robert Allenby. After the post-Presidents Cup hype, Alistair Tait explains why the pairing is a plus for the World Match Play Championship.

Grzebien, Francella lead in South Korea

Anna Grzebien and Meaghan Francella both shot 6-under 66s in wet but comfortable conditions Friday for a share of the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour's KOLON Championship.

Chopra tied for lead in stormy Singapore

Daniel Chopra shot a 6-under 65 Friday to move into a three-way tie with Ian Poulter and Chan Yih-shin at the rain-plagued Singapore Open.

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Northwestern’s Chun in the hunt at Asian Am

Asian Amateur Championship? Northwestern sophomore Eric Chun hadn’t even heard of it until six weeks ago. Then he had to prove to the Korea Golf Association that he was eligible. Now he’s battling for a trip to Augusta National.

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Diverse group keeping pace at Asian Am

After 36 holes at the Asian Amateur, China’s Wenyi Huang, who has been playing golf for only five years, is part of a diverse field of challengers making a run at a Masters invitation.

Thursday, October 29

Three share Senior PGA Professional lead

Darrell Kestner, Chris Starkjohann and Mickey Yokoi shot 6-under 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

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Big Friday looms for Tour Q-Schoolers

Keegan Bradley watched his friend, roommate, and former high school teammate, Jon Curran, ace his first-stage PGA Tour qualifying school test last week. Now he’s on the verge of one-upping his pal.

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Blackmar, Sluman share lead at Schwab Cup

Phil Blackmar and Jeff Sluman shot 6-under 66s in breezy conditions Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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U.S. Am champ only an honorable mention?

Apparently winning the U.S. Amateur doesn’t get you much in the junior golf world. The AJGA announced its All-Americans this week, and the player holding the Havemeyer Trophy, Byeong-Hun An, was only an honorable mention.

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Casey records two losses at Volvo Match Play

Scott Strange of Australia defeated top-seeded Paul Casey of England, 1 up, at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

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Hong Kong teens seek U.S. college try

Shun Yat “Jason” Hak (pictured) is one five Honk Kong teenagers competing this week in the inaugural Asian Amateur. American college coaches, take note. At least two of them want to play for you.

China gets a dose of Player’s passion

Golf needs more stars like Gary Player. The ageless South African appeared at Mission Hills Golf Club on Thursday during the first round of the Asian Amateur Championship and gave a lengthy, wide-ranging news conference.

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Rd. 1 at Viking a washout; forecast gloomy

The first round of the waterlogged Viking Classic has been postponed until Friday after steady overnight rain and the chance for more kept golfers indoors.

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Commentary: Matteson’s caddie shrugs off missed payday

He laughed when he talked about his weekend, and that is a good thing. It proves Chris Mundorf has things in perspective, even if he is an example of that old adage, “If it weren’t for bad timing, he’d have no timing at all.”

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What are they wearing on the Nationwide Tour?

See what some of the top-25 players from the Nationwide Tour are wearing on their way to the PGA Tour.

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Han sets 1st-round pace at Asian Amateur

Indiana University junior Ren Han will go in the record books as the first player to lead the Asian Amateur, shooting 7-under 65 Thursday at Mission Hills’ World Cup Course.

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Poulter leads Singapore Open; Lefty 3 back

Ian Poulter took a one-shot lead over Ernie Els at the Singapore Open on Thursday before play was halted by darkness following a three-hour suspension due to lightning.

Wednesday, October 28

Kim back on his game at Isleworth

One of the more noteworthy performances from Isleworth – outside of Bud Cauley’s victory, of course – was the second-place showing from Stanford junior Sihwan Kim.

2010 Asian Am to be played in Japan

Kasumigaseki Country Club, site of one of the most historic moments in Asian golf history, will host the 2010 Asian Amateur.

Asian Amateur kicks off in China

The Asian Amateur Championship got underway Thursday morning with a ceremony made famous by Augusta National Golf Club, one of the organizing bodies behind this tournament.

Massachusetts amateur legend Pitts dies

It would fitting if all the flags on all of the flagsticks in our fair state were lowered out of respect. The state of Massachusetts has lost one of its beloved members of the golf community, Fordie Pitts Jr.

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Arizona wins first title since 2003

The streak is over. After 66 consecutive events without a victory, Arizona won the windy Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Tuesday by five shots over Florida.

Lehman WDs from Schwab Cup

Tom Lehman withdrew from the Charles Schwab Cup Championship because of a family emergency, leaving 29 players in the season finale on the Champions Tour.

After surgery, Daly down to 190 pounds

John Daly is back. Daly, what’s left of him, is at the Viking Classic, making his first PGA Tour start since Aug. 23 and only seventh of the year.

What is with all the inconsistency?

With the fall season winding down, I find it interesting that a large number of teams have gone up and down. It makes one wonder how a team can play so good, or bad, and then reverse its performance. I guess “that’s golf!”

PODCAST: New Titleist irons

James Achenbach talks about the new models of the Titleist AP1 and AP2 irons, which are more appealing visually and have vibration-dampening technology.

New LPGA commish getting right to work

Michael Whan. The name seemingly appeared out of thin air Tuesday evening when word came down confirming his appointment as the LPGA’s eighth commissioner.

Wildman Q&A: Duke coach Dan Brooks

I caught up with the leader of the Dukies, coach Dan Brooks, to talk about his team's recent victory at the NCAA Fall Preview and what the country can expect out of the Blue Devils this season.

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Spieth, Tanco named Rolex Players of Year

Jordan Spieth and Victoria Tanco were named Rolex Junior Players of the Year by the AJGA on Wednesday.

Ballesteros says cancer recovery going well

Seve Ballesteros says his latest medical checks show his recovery from brain cancer is going well.

Casey to test injured rib at Volvo Match Play

Paul Casey says he may not be able to play through to the weekend at the World Match Play Championship because of a rib injury.

Work begins on Trump’s Scottish golf course

Work has begun on Donald Trump’s controversial golf resort in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Golf’s new ‘it’ kid

Rickie Fowler has putt some buzz into the Fall Series. As Jeff Rude explains, the Oklahoma State phenom is golf’s new ‘it’ kid.

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Whan answers ‘a calling’ to lead LPGA

Michael Whan emerges as the tour’s commissioner. What’s a hockey equipment executive doing as the head of women’s golf? We’re about to find out.

Windy Vegas Showdown tests players

What a difference a little wind can make. OK . . . a lot of wind.

Tuesday, October 27

Who should get more playing opportunities?

Ended up in an interesting roundtable discussion, minus the table, on the Viking Classic putting green late Tuesday afternoon. Would’ve made for good TV for the golf junkie.

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LPGA to name Whan as commissioner

Michael Whan will be introduced Wednesday as LPGA commissioner, sources told Golfweek. Whan, a former TaylorMade Adidas executive, most recently has been president and CEO of Mission-ITECH Hockey.

Tennessee wins rain-reduced Alamo event

Tennessee won the Alamo Invitational on Tuesday with a score of 1-over 289.

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Texas A&M defends title at Baylor

Defending national champions Texas A&M won its second title of the fall Tuesday, defending its title at the Baylor Intercollegiate.

LSU wins home event by a shot

LSU won the inaugural David Toms Intercollegiate on Tuesday, closing with a 2-over 286 to win its home event by a shot.

Notes: McLachlin breaks Tour rule with tweet

Parker McLachlin was waiting to tee off on the fifth hole Sunday at the Frys.com Open when he faced a backup, whipped out his cell phone and decided to go on Twitter.

How long is ‘too long'?

At this year’s Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, the course is playing real long, a manly 7,544 yards.

Furman wins Pat Bradley Invitational

Furman won its first regular season title in four years Tuesday at the FIU Pat Bradley Invitational.

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No. 1 Oklahoma State wins at Isleworth

Peter Uihlein and top-ranked Oklahoma State won their second consecutive tournament Tuesday, beating a stacked field at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. (P.S. Tiger was watching.)

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AJGA announces Rolex Jr. All-Americans

Jordan Spieth was one of 96 boys and girls recognized by the American Junior Golf Association Tuesday as 2009 Rolex Junior All-Americans.

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Lefty likes his chances at Singapore Open

Phil Mickelson says he’s finally got the Sentosa Golf Club course figured out and expects to better his previous performances when the $5 million Singapore Open starts Thursday.

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Fantasy Aces: Viking Classic

Rickie Fowler (pictured, second from left) has beaten a bunch of guys on the PGA Tour the last two weeks. But does that make him one of the favorites for this week’s Viking Classic? See who the Fantasy Aces like.

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Mallet putters: The latest look

Mallet putters did not become a dominant force in the golf marketplace until recent years. Why now? Because larger putters are better able to take advantage of modern structural concepts.

Monday, October 26

BYU’s Jackson splits time between course, court

Today, athletics is about specialization. By the time athletes get into high school, often they have narrowed their path to a single sport. For BYU sophomore Jenteal Jackson, there are two paths.

Bruce Parker, former Callaway sales chief, dies at 53

Bruce Parker, the former Callaway Golf executive who helped generate billions of dollars in revenue for the company during his 15-year tenure as its top sales chief, died Oct. 24 at his home. He was 53.

Snedeker, Weekley win Skills Challenge

Brandt Snedeker and Boo Weekley won the Golf Skills Challenge in a playoff at The Breakers on Monday.

Lovemark playing with water? Old news

In your life, have you seen anything like Jamie Lovemark’s submarine act at the Frys.com Open?

Feng, 14, to play LPGA event

In the field this week at the Hana Bank Kolon Championship in Incheon, South Korea is Simin Feng, a 14-year-old from Orlando, Fla.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 19-25, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Get Golf Ready exceeds goal

Get Golf Ready, the budget-conscious, national industry initiative launched a year ago to recruit adults to the sport, might just be what the golf business needs right now.

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Waldorf Astoria GC opens near Disney

Get ready, central Florida. The new Rees Jones-designed Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, together with two new hotels that offer nearly 1,500 new rooms near Disney, pack a punch.

Georgia’s Kropp nursing shoulder

Yesterday, I gave everyone an update on Georgia senior Hudson Swafford. Today, you get the Will Kropp update.

Fowler making it look easy on Tour

Last I checked, the PGA Tour wasn’t supposed to be this easy.

Lucky Lovemark defies gravity

If I’ve seen a luckier break on the PGA Tour than the one Jamie Lovemark got on the first playoff hole at the Frys.com Open, I can’t recall it.

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Rickie Fowler: Full speed ahead

To know when his game is on, Rickie Fowler doesn’t need swing gurus or video. He just rips it.

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Player of the Week: Minami Levonowich

Minami Levonowich, of Hilton Head, S.C., shot an 8-over 150 (76-74) at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by eight shots.

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Player of the Week: Grayson Murray

Grayson Murray, of Raleigh, N.C., shot a 6-under 146 (68-68) at Pine Needles in Southern Pines, N.C., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by nine shots.

Ups and downs from the Fall Preview

After seeing scores posted on-line from the Women’s Fall Preview, I thought I would weigh in with three thumbs ups (good) and three thumbs downs (bad).

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Player of the Week: Cydney Clanton, Auburn

Auburn junior Cydney Clanton, ranked No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted three consecutive 70s for a 6-under 210 total to win the individual title at the NCAA Fall Preview by five shots over Virginia freshman Brittany Altomare.

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Team of the Week: Duke

Beginning the final roud of the NCAA Fall Preview, Duke was 10 shots behind 36-hole leader UCLA. The Blue Devils closed with an even-par 288 to finish the 54-hole event at 17-over 881, a single shot better than UCLA

Oberholser back in the game at Frys.com

In case you missed it, Arron Oberholser took another big step on his comeback trail, making his first PGA Tour start at the Frys.com Open since he withdrew from the Buick Invitational in February (he played two Nationwide Tour events this summer but missed the cut at both).

Fowler, Lovemark have Isleworth buzzing

There is no doubt that at the Isleworth Intercollegiate this morning, two big names being talked about were former Oklahoma State player Rickie Fowler and former USC player Jamie Lovemark.

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Team of the Week: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech rallied from four shots back to win the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.

Gators take doctor’s order to heart

Before the Florida Gators teed off for Round 1 of the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational they received a special visit from volunteer assistant coach Dr. Gio Valiante.

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Player of the Week: Amory Davis, Virginia

Armory Davis tied the Virginia tournament 54-hole scoring record while claiming medalist honors at the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.

Sanders to retire from Miss. State in spring

Mississippi State women’s golf coach Christi Sanders will retire after the 2009-10 season.

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Monday Scramble: Rickie Fowler unplugged

The Monday Scramble caught up with Rickie Fowler Sunday night after his playoff loss at the Frys.com Open and a weekend that seemed to officially crown him golf’s Next Big Thing.

Sunday, October 25

Nationwide Tour adds ’10 event in Colombia

The Nationwide Tour is losing one event in New Zealand for 2010, but adding another in Latin America, Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee told Golfweek on Sunday.

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Marsh rallies to win Stocker Cup

Kevin Marsh made four birdies in a six-hole stretch Sunday en route to a victory the Stocker Cup.

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Murray, Levonowich complete wire-to-wire victories

Grayson Murray won with fireworks, Minami Levonowich won without drama. Both ran away with big victories Sunday at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Pine Needles.

A legendary spectator at Pine Needles

Walking down the 18th fairway at Pine Needles with the final group of boys Sunday at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Pine Needles, I caught up with course owner and LPGA Hall of Famer Peggy Kirk Bell.

Southpaw siblings hit Southern Pines

There were two sets of siblings at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Pine Needles this weekend. The most interesting part? All four were left-handed.

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Matteson nips Fowler, Lovemark at Frys.com

Recovering from a late collapse, Troy Matteson birdied the second playoff hole to beat Jamie Lovemark and Rickie Fowler in the Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club.

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Alabama junior golfer, 17, killed in car crash

Hogan Vaughn, a 17-year-old junior golfer from Huntsville, Ala., died Saturday morning after a one-car crash near his home. The senior at Grissom High School played in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Shoal Creek last year.

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Every tops Sim to win Nationwide Tour finale

Matt Every won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship on Sunday to earn a 2010 PGA Tour card. Sean Martin breaks down the rest.

Blackmar wins first Champions Tour title

Phil Blackmar won his first Champions Tour title Sunday, birdieing five of his first six holes en route to a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke victory over Jay Haas, Tom Kite and Andy Bean in the AT&T Championship.

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Georgia Tech rolls to UNCG Bridgestone title

Georgia Tech went 21 under as a team to win the UNCG Bridgestone Golf Collegiate Sunday and pick up its first victory of the season.

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Fowler makes ace, opens 5 under thru 5

Rickie Fowler scored a hole-in-one to take a brief final-round lead in the Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club.

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Barcelo earns PGA Tour card despite DQ

As much pressure as there is playing with a PGA Tour card on the line, Rich Barcelo was in a tougher position – sitting on the couch.

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Stuard stays positive despite tough luck

It looks like Brian Stuard may suffer his second near-miss of a PGA Tour card in the past 10 months.

Swafford still rehabbing shoulder

If you wanted a Hudson Swafford update, here it is. According to Georgia coach Chris Haack, “Hud” is still recovering from shoulder surgery on his torn labrum.

So what did they get at Isleworth this year?

Every year at the Isleworth Collegiate there is always one important question: What’s in the goodie bags?

Henriques aces Isleworth’s 183-yard 11th

Yesterday my best friend called to tell me he made his first hole-in-one at a course in Texas. I was a bit jealous, because the only ace I can ever seem to get is one that comes with a 4 of clubs at the poker table.

Alabama eating well thanks to famous friends

One of my favorite things about the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational is hearing the players talk about their experiences with prestigious alumni or friends of the program that come out to see them play.

Exhausted Quinn awaits Tour card fate

When Fran Quinn walked off the golf course Sunday afternoon, he was projected to finish 26th on the Nationwide Tour money list, one spot away from a PGA Tour card.

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Duke rallies to win NCAA Fall Preview

Duke made a statement Sunday winning the NCAA Fall Preview by a shot over Auburn and UCLA. It was the Blue Devils’ first title since the 2008 ACC Championship.

Jonzon wins 1st Euro Tour title in 12 years

Michael Jonzon won his first European Tour title in 12 years with a birdie on his final hole at the Castello Masters for a 4-under 67 and a one-stroke victory.

Bjornstad creates media blitz at Nationwide finale

You may be surprised by the player with the largets media following at the Nationwide Tour Championship. It’s not Michael Sim, who is wrapping up the best season in Nationwide Tour history.

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K.J. Choi wins Asian Tour event in Malaysia

K.J. Choi claimed a four-stroke victory at the Iskandar Johor Open.

Doctors prop up Quinn in his quest for card

Playing 18 holes with a PGA Tour card on the line is difficult enough. Imagine having to do it after spending part of the previous night at an urgent-care clinic.

Saturday, October 24

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Golfweek stories: Stewart memories

Payne Stewart not only made an impression on his family and friends, but on the golf media. Our writers recount their favorite Stewart stories.

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Payne Stewart: The life of the party

Payne Stewart always made everyone smile. In this story from the June 10, 2000 issue of Golfweek, Jeff Rude recounts those good times.

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Stewart lived, played with passion, emotion

Moments after commandeering the U.S. Open last June by wielding his putter like a sword, Payne Stewart wanted to buy champagne for the house. This was the way the dashing Tony Lema used to do it.

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Payne Stewart, 42, dies in plane crash

The unlikely circumstances of the plane crash that killed U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart and five others Oct. 25 are as difficult to fathom as the idea that one of golf’s brightest stars is gone.

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Orlando community comes to grips

Stewart, the 42-year-old reigning U.S. Open champion, was dead after a Learjet in which he and five others were flying ran out of fuel and crashed into a marshy field in South Dakota. The jet originally was headed for Dallas. All passengers were believed dead hours before the aircraft descended.

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A champion remembered at Champions

The flags in front of Champions Golf Club clubhouse flew at half-staff. In the parking lot there were nameplates for each of the 30 players who would be competing in this year’s PGA Tour Championship.

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Remembering Payne Stewart 10 years later

Payne Stewart died 10 years ago Sunday. Golfweek takes a look back at his life and the legacy he left on the game he loved.

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Murray, Levonowich take lead at Pine Needles

Want to stop Grayson Murray? Don’t call Mother Nature, especially at Pine Needles. Despite tough weather conditions, Murray shot the only under-par round of the day Saturday at the Golfweek Junior Series event in Southern Pines, N.C.

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Bean, Cochran share AT&T lead

Russ Cochran birdied three straight holes before a bogey on the 18th dropped him into a tie for the lead with Andy Bean at 8-under 134 after the second round at the AT&T Championship on Saturday.

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Matteson leads Frys.com after second 61

What’s better than shooting a 61? Shooting two of ’em. Just ask Troy Matteson, who broke a PGA Tour record Saturday while taking the lead at the Frys.com Open.

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A 48-inch driver for J.J. Henry? Uh...

Tour player J.J. Henry initiated his little gag. It went like this: Henry, chasing the $1 million first prize in the PGA Tour’s Kodak Challenge, decided to switch from his normal 44.75-inch driver to a 48-inch driver at the Justin Timberlake event.

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Q-School already over for Fujikawa

Biggest stories of the first stage of PGA Tour Q-school? More often than not, they’re about the guys who flunk out early. Case in point: Eighteen-year-old Tadd Fujikawa, who closed in 74-76.

Leader Murray has strong N.C. ties

Grayson Murray’s 3-under 68 at Pine Needles has a lot of people talking at the Golfweek Junior event, especially because of the soggy conditions.

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Final sprint looms for Nationwide Top 25

Steve Wheatcroft’s 7-under 65 Saturday at the Nationwide Tour Championship was the low round of the day. More importantly, it has him projected to finish inside the top 25.

Thompson follows double eagle with ace

Nicholas Thompson gained five shots in quick fashion with a double eagle and a hole-in-one to storm into contention at the Frys.com Open.

Lang’s Open dream still alive for Erin Hills

Robert Lang was a visionary, according to Mike Davis of the USGA, but his vision became clouded with what many golf course developers say is their No. 1 problem in ownership: debt service.

Messy day at Golfweek Junior Series

The umbrellas are popping open at Pine Needles this afternoon.

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Barcelo’s Tour card in jeopardy after DQ

Rich Barcelo could smell his 2010 PGA Tour card – until he signed for an incorrect scorecard Saturday at the Nationwide Tour Championship. Now all he can do is wait.

Jonzon leads in Spain; Garcia, Kaymer 1 back

Michael Jonzon of Sweden has shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead the Castello Masters after the third round.

Time keeps ticking for PGA Tour hopefuls...

At 1 p.m. Saturday, here’s how your projected Nationwide Tour money list stands. The top 25 earn 2010 PGA Tour cards (starting position in parentheses):

Copycat role working great for Every

Michael Sim’s influence on the Nationwide Tour may extend beyond the record book, which he has forced to be revised several times this year. Sim may indirectly help former Florida star Matt Every earn his first PGA Tour card since turning pro in 2006.

Field announced for inaugural Asian Amateur

The field for the inaugural Asian Amateur Championship, which will be held Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, was released today. The big news next week will be the winner’s invitation to the 2010 Masters.

Friday, October 23

Clearwater, Cochran share AT&T lead

Champions Tour rookies Keith Clearwater and Russ Cochran and shot 5-under 66s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the AT&T Championship, the final full-field event of the season.

What a crazy even-par 70

From “The Golf Gods Must Be Crazy” file I give you Kevin Streelman at the Frys.com Open.

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Fowler shares lead at Frys.com Open

You haven’t heard of Rickie Fowler? Liar. The former Oklahoma State standout shot 64 to take a share of the Frys.com Open lead Friday in only his second PGA Tour start as a professional.

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Danny Lee exits Q-School early after 76

Two summers ago, Danny Lee dominated the amateur golf circuit. Friday, he shot a final-round 76 and failed to make it through the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying.

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Big names drop out of Q-School early

Two summers ago, Danny Lee dominated the amateur golf circuit. Friday, he shot a final-round 76 and failed to make it through the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying.

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Every shoots 63, leads N’wide finale

Matt Every shot a course-record 9-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

Two rounds remain to make Top 25

All 60 players in the field for this week’s Nationwide Tour Championship must have one eye on the money list. All of them have a chance to move into the top 25 – and earn a 2010 PGA Tour card – with a victory at Daniel Island Club.

Immelman undergoes left wrist surgery

Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman has had surgery on his left wrist and expects to return to the PGA Tour next year at full strength.

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Cardinals ready to take leading role

Coming off a disappointing end to last season, Sara-Maude Juneau (pictured) and the Louisville women’s golf team is only focused on doing one thing: Exactly what they have to do.

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Shootin’ from the lip: Cash, contradiction and courage

Now isn't the time to feel sorry for those players who miss out on tour cards, writes Alistair Tait.

LPGA International again?

The NCAA has announced the 2011 postseason sites for the women.

Home is where the Tour is

The Frys.com Open is in the process of being played at Grayhawk in Scottsdale, Ariz., and many in the go-low brigade on the first day happen to call Scottsdale their residence.

Masters brochure inspires step back in time

Recently I ran across a 1957 Masters brochure that came with each day’s pairing sheet.

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Allenby, Kaymer tied for lead in Spain

Robert Allenby and Martin Kaymer are tied for lead in the second round of the Castello Masters after play was suspended because of darkness.

Thursday, October 22

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O’Hern fires 63 for Frys.com Open lead

Brandishing a hot putter on a warm afternoon, Australian Nick O’Hern cruised to a career-low 63 and the first-round lead in the Frys.com Open on Thursday.

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Garcia leads in Spain; Round 1 suspended

Defending champion Sergio Garcia was leading the Castello Masters after an 8-under 63 on Thursday, when wind interrupted play and half the field failed to complete the first round.

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Erin Hills’ buyer: No carts allowed

Erin Hills, the Milwaukee-area course that opened to acclaim in 2006 and will be the site of the 2011 U.S. Amateur Championship, is being sold and will allow only walkers.

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Sim shoots 64, leads Nationwide Tour finale

Michael Sim ran off eight consecutive birdies Thursday en route to a 8-under 64 to lead the Nationwide Tour Championship by three shots.

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Cook aiming for three-peat at AT&T

John Cook has been playing Oak Hills for parts of the last three decades, rarely with this much at stake.

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Program teaches golf to amputee vets

David Flowers knew his right leg was gone as soon as he stepped on the mine.

2011 NCAA posteseaon sites selected

The stage is set for the 2011 NCAA Division I women’s regional and national championships.

PGA Tour extends TV deal in India

Targeting a growing fan base in India, the PGA Tour announced a six-year extension for its tournament broadcast rights with NEO Sports.

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Cabrera misses tee time, DQ’d in Spain

Masters champion Angel Cabrera has been disqualified from the Castello Masters because his flight was delayed from Bermuda and he missed his tee time.

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Gribble worth the wait for Texas

Freshman Cody Gribble has vaulted Texas into one of the best teams in the nation. As Sean Martin writes, Gribble has been worth the wait.

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Hangin’ 10 with Beyond the Links

Golf apparel is now cool to wear on or off the course and is building such a following that most companies are changing their brand and image to lifestyle collections.

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True golf at Machrihanish Dunes

With the Open Championship at St. Andrews next year, one of the best golfing venues is on the shelf. So where do you go? There are many options, but one I experienced after this year’s Open was Machrihanish Dunes.

Wildman Q&A: Georgia State coach Cathy Mant

This week on Blog U, I spoke with Georgia State head women’s coach Cathy Mant. After struggling to begin the fall season, the Panthers won the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate on Oct. 20.

Ishikawa to play HSBC Champions

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa will participate in next month’s HSBC Champions tournament in a field that includes Tiger Woods.

Wednesday, October 21

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Weir hopes history repeats at Grayhawk

Mike Weir has heard good things about the The Frys.com Open’s future home, but after winning the inaugural tournament in 2007 and finishing in a fourth-place tie last year, Weir is happy the tournament has at least one more year in the desert.

Who’s missing this week from USC?

This past weekend the “Big Three” in women’s golf were in action at The Stanford Intercollegiate, but in the end only two of the three finished at the top.

Rich Harvest Farms, Riviera up for ’12 NCAAs

Bids to host the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship aren’t due to the NCAA until Feb. 15, 2010, but Golfweek has learned that some impressive sites, including this year’s Solheim Cup course and a former major championship venue, will put their names in the hat to host the national championship.

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Klein on Design: No. 9, Daniel Island Club

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

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Closer look at Golfweek’s Best New Courses

The economy has slowed the pace, but not quality, of new designs. Bradley S. Klein takes a look at Golfweek’s Best New Courses.

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Prairie Club preps for 2010 opening

The Prairie Club in the remote Nebraska Sandhills is likely to be the biggest domestic resort opening of 2010.

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Glover wins PGA Grand Slam by 5 shots

U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover took down his fellow major champions of 2009 at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, closing with 5-under 66 to finish five shots ahead of Masters champion Angel Cabrera.

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Old MacDonald cream of Bandon crop

Got a little sideways on my way home to Florida from the Presidents Cup and ended up in Bandon, Ore., with some pals. Here are a couple of thoughts after playing all four courses at Bandon Dunes Resort.

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Nationwide at Sawgrass – a good choice

The Nationwide Tour announced a new tournament Wednesday for October 2010. The Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open will be played at the TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley Course.

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Impressive Timberlake deserves credit

Justin Timberlake is an impressive young man. He is a worthy reincarnation of Bing Crosby – a singer who loves golf and attaches his name to a PGA Tour event, generating millions of dollars for charity.

David Toms gets into college golf

Like most PGA Tour players, David Toms is proud of his alma mater. LSU will host the David Toms Intercollegiate on Monday-Tuesday, and Toms’ participation will go beyond just having his name on the tournament.

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Nationwide Tour to play Sawgrass

The No. 1 player on the Nationwide Tour money list receives an exemption into the following year’s Players Championship. Now the entire tour is headed to TPC Sawgrass, though likely not the famed Players Stadium Course.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: The blame game

The Robert Allenby-Anthony Kim saga has now blown over. But Jeff Rude still has a question: Doesn’t anyone stand by their conviction anymore?

Tuesday, October 20

Bussieres leads South Alabama to victory

Led by Marc-Etienne Bussieres, South Alabama hung on Tuesday to win the Memphis Intercollegiate.

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Oregon State making move up rankings

One thing certainly has not changed this year: The Pac-10 again appears to be the strongest conference in college golf.

Candidate pool shrinks for LPGA’s top job

With the LPGA’s self-imposed deadline to select its next commissioner fast approaching, the tour’s short list is getting shorter. Several of the LPGA’s top candidates have dropped out of the race.

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Glover shoots 65, leads PGA Grand Slam

Lucas Glover shot a course record Tuesday to dominate the first round of the PGA Grand Slam.

Titleist to exhibit at 2010 PGA Show

Titleist announced it will make its second consecutive appearance at the PGA Merchandise Show in 2010.

Notes: Woods fills up trophy shelf again

The awards are starting to pile up for Tiger Woods again.

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Wiser Fujikawa prepared for Q-School

Nothing has come easily to Tadd Fujikawa.

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Fantasy Aces: Frys.com Open

Is this the week Tim Clark wins his first PGA Tour event? What about Rickie Fowler? Our Fantasy Aces place their bets.

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Georgia St. breaks record with Pirate victory

Georgia State set a school scoring record Tuesday en route to winning the Lady Pirate Intercollegiate for the second consecutive year.

Golf Channel fumbles rule explanation

The Golf Channel broadcast crew blew it on Sunday, saying Martin Laird, who had bounced an iron shot over the 17th green during a playoff at the Justin Timberlake event, would get a free drop under R&A rules because a sprinkler head on the fringe of the green was in his line.

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One-on-one with Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan was a big part of Team USA’s victory at the Presidents Cup. Alex Miceli sat down with MJ at Harding Park.

Monday, October 19

Yang sleeps; Cink snaps photo, tweets

The four major champions spent Monday dodging thunder and lightning that interrupted the pro-am for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course.

Texas A&M adds a state title

Defending national champ Texas A&M added a state championship to its resume Oct. 19, cruising to a 10-stroke victory at the inaugural Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 12-18, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Golf is in for 2016, but where?

Now that golf is in for the 2016 Olympics, finding a new or existing course to host the Olympic event will be a top priority, writes Gene Yasuda.

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Northerner DeGiorgio enjoying academy life

It snowed Sunday in Massachusetts, but Matt DeGiorgio wasn’t there. The Mansfield, Mass., native flew south to become a better golfer, and he says it is paying off.

What do Martin Laird and Ben Hogan have in common?

What do first-time PGA Tour winner Martin Laird and Ben Hogan have in common? More than you might think.

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Monday Scramble: Never doubt Tiger, Brady

What do Tom Brady and Tiger Woods have in common? The Monday Scramble will never doubt them – at least not until they turn 70.

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Team of the Week: TCU

Texas Christian won The Prestige at PGA West for the second consecutive year, sailing past a stacked field by 16 strokes Oct. 13.

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Team of the Week: Tennessee

Led by individual champ Nathalie Mansson’s three consecutive 1-under 71s, the Volunteers walloped a good field by 19 shots at their home tournaments, the Mercedes-Benz Women’s Championship.

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Player of the Week: Jennifer Song, Southern California

The Trojans sophomore continued her dominance of college and amateur golf.

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Player of the Week: Diego Velasquez, Oregon State

The Oregon State senior ran away with the third victory of his career.

Sunday, October 18

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Tennessee wins second event of fall season

Tennessee won its second title of the 2009-10 season, rallying from a four-shot deficit on the back nine Sunday at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate.

Fowler fits in nicely on PGA Tour

Rickie Fowler had a successful professional debut on the PGA Tour, earning $113,700 for his T-7 finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Stuard on cusp of PGA Tour card . . . again

If you’re looking for someone to root for at this week’s Nationwide Tour Championship, I give you Brian Stuard.

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No. 22 Tennessee sweeps home event

Tennessee sophomore Nathalie Mansson (center) won her first college title Sunday, while the Vols rolled to a 19-shot victory at its own Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship.

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Laird wins Vegas event, first PGA Tour title

Martin Laird won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in a playoff Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

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ASU, Song win Stanford Intercollegiate

Led by sophomore Carlota Ciganda, defending national champs Arizona State won its second title of the season Sunday at the Stanford Intercollegiate. USC sophomore Jennifer Song won the individual title, her second in a row.

Collins near Tour card with Nationwide win

Chad Collins won the Miccosukee Championship for his second career Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 in windy conditions Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the final full-field event of the season.

Cook notches third career Champions title

John Cook won his third career Champions Tour title and first of the season, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Jay Haas and Bob Tway by two strokes in the Administaff Small Business Classic.

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Barber wins St. Augustine Amateur

Auburn sophomore Blayne Barber, who is sitting out this season after transferring from Central Florida, won the St. Augustine Amateur on Sunday.

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Westwood ends drought with Portugal win

Lee Westwood has ended a two-year drought with a two-shot victory over Francesco Molinari at the Portugal Masters.

Saturday, October 17

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Piercy, Campbell ahead in Las Vegas

Las Vegas native Scott Piercy (pictured) had a 65 in Round 3 of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to take a share of the lead with Chad Campbell.

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Forsman hangs on to Administaff lead

Dan Forsman shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Business Classic.

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Buckle, three others lead at Miccosukee

Four players hold a share of the lead at the Miccosukee Championship after Round 3.

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Goosen charges into top spot in Portugal

Retief Goosen of South Africa has shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Portugal Masters.

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2009 Golfweek’s Best New Courses

Wondering which new links are worth a shot? Golfweek's raters have pegged the 40 best new golf courses in the country, like top-ranked Rock Creek Cattle Co. (pictured) in Deer Lodge, Mont.

Friday, October 16

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Campbell, Matteson take lead in Las Vegas

Chad Campbell closed with an eagle on the par-5 ninth for a 9-under 62 and a share of the second-round lead Friday with Troy Matteson in the PGA Tour’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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Smith leads Miccosukee; Round 2 suspended

Justin Smith leads the field at the Miccosukee Championship, despite the second round being suspended due to darkness. Smith is 4 under through 16 holes, and 9 under for the tournament.

Rice turning heads at No. 27

The fun thing about this time of year is identifying a team that may be off to a better than normal start, in other words a surprise team.

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Forsman atop Administaff leaderboard

Dan Forsman reeled off six straight birdies Friday for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour Administaff Small Business Classic.

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Molinari maintains lead at Portugal Masters

Francesco Molinari has matched the lowest halfway total of the European Tour this season to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Portugal Masters.

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R&A to lengthen No. 17 for 2010 British Open

The Royal and Ancient is lengthening the famous 17th hole of the Old Course at St. Andrews for next year’s British Open.

Nelson named USF Director of Golf

Gary Nelson has been named the Director of Golf at the University of San Francisco.

LaRose to enter Arizona Golf Hall of Fame

The Arizona Golf Association announced this week that long-time University of Arizona men’s golf coach Rick LaRose will be inducted into the Arizona Golf Hall of Fame as part of the 2009 induction ceremonies, scheduled for Monday Nov. 23 at Gainey Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale.

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Commentary: The race is on for European Tour cards

The pressure is on for European Tour players like Pablo Martin (pictured) who are near the bottom of the Race to Dubai. Alistair Tait gives a rundown of who’s still gunning for playing rights next year.

Thursday, October 15

Wildman Q&A: TCU coach Bill Montigel

This week on Blog U., I caught up with Texas Christian University men’s golf coach Bill Montigel.

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A trio of early 62s light up Las Vegas

Champions Tour winner Tom Pernice Jr. shot a bogey-free 9-under 62 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Troy Matteson and Spencer Levin in the PGA Tour's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Buckle on top at Miccosukee after 64

Australian Andrew Buckle shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Miccosukee Championship.

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Confident Spartans off to record start

Want to know Michigan State’s secret formula for success, including their 11-shot victory at the Tar Heel Invitational? Easy. It’s confidence, plain and simple.

Langer, Haas look to continue victory streaks

One streak is guaranteed to end this weekend when two of the hottest golfers on the Champions Tour tee off at the Administaff Small Business Classic.

Molinari’s 63 leads Portugal Masters

Francesco Molinari had an eagle and eight birdies Thursday to take a 2-shot lead with a 9-under 63 after the first round of the Portugal Masters.

Tiger Woods is... Larry Bird?

Just saw another replay of Tiger Woods’ 225-yard 3-iron to the 18th green Saturday at the Presidents Cup. I laughed out loud.

Milwaukee’s PGA Tour stop in jeopardy

The organization that handles the annual PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee is dissolving after failing to find a sponsor.

Wednesday, October 14

Presidents Cup not very thrilling

The Presidents Cup has a problem: When it comes to golf, there is no genuine rivalry between the United States and the rest of the world.

Condoleezza Rice takes stage at Singapore Open

In a year when golf tournament sponsors have been crucified for excessive spending on Sheryl Crow concerts and the like, one company is making the case that sponsoring golf still is good business.

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Woods watches U2 with Romo, Cowboys

Tiger Woods watched the band and hung out with Cowboys.

Bjorn to leave Euro players committee post

Thomas Bjorn is set to step down as chairman of the European Tour’s players committee when it meets Thursday to discuss tougher restrictions on membership rules.

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Allenby apologizes to Kim for comments

Robert Allenby said Wednesday he has apologized to Anthony Kim about his comments after losing to the American in the Presidents Cup, and both golfers said the issue was over.

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Commentary: Revving up for the start of Q-School

For some, the PGA Tour season is winding down. To many others, it’s just starting. The first stage of Q-School starts next week and Jim McCabe has all his pencils sharpened.

Olympic fever – already!

Yes, I know . . . the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is seven years away. But that doesn’t stop us from being excited that golf is back in the Olympics after more than a century. And we’re going to be counting down every moment.

The hunt for a PGA Tour card

Mathias Gronberg is teeing it up on the Nationwide Tour at this week’s Miccosukee Championship. That’s normally an innocuous statement, but it will have an impact on the Nationwide Tour record books.

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Ballesteros hopes for British Open return

Seve Ballesteros is hopeful that his health will allow him to play a round at next year’s British Open at St. Andrews.

Tuesday, October 13

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On the mend, Daly to play Australian events

John Daly will play in the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship in December after recovering more quickly than expected from a rib injury.

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Stout finally gets first college victory

Winning college golf tournaments is not easy. Unless, of course, your name was Matt Hill, Mike Van Sickle or Troy Merritt the past couple of seasons.

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Finchem preparing for 18-day trip to Asia

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has been more visible than ever at tournaments this year, meeting with sponsors and even playing (three rounds) at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Freshman leads TCU to Prestige victory

Welcome to college golf! TCU freshman Daniel Jennevret topped a star-studded field Tuesday en route to winning The Prestige at PGA West and leading the Horned Frogs to the team title.

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Alabama, Hamrick win rainy Jerry Pate event

Alabama won its own the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate Tuesday for the fourth consecutive year. The event, which was reduced to 18 holes, was won individually by Tide sophomore Hunter Hamrick.

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Fantasy Aces: Timberlake Shriners Hospital

After a week off, the PGA Tour picks up in Las Vegas. Seems like a perfect fit for our Fantasy Aces.

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California, Hale triumph at home event

Led by junior Stephen Hale, who won his second college title, California triumphed Tuesday at its own Alister MacKenzie Invitational.

Ping Invitational Junior Fantasy results

Eric Soderstrom maintained his sizable lead, while Dan Mirocha (finally) cracked 200 points. Upcoming events: Golfweek Junior Invitational (Nov. 7-8), Polo Golf Junior Classic (Nov. 21-27).

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Team of the Week: Illinois

The Illini used a strong second round to take command at the Windon Memorial.

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Goosen debuts new TaylorMade irons

Retief Goosen played TaylorMade’s new R9 TP irons at the Presidents Cup. These irons are unique in that the 2-iron through the 5-iron have something called a Velocity Control Chamber.

In this issue: Oct. 17, 2009

Inside the Oct. 17, 2009 issue of Golfweek

Monday, October 12

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Y.E. Yang among Timberlake’s top 10 golfers

Reason No. 53 Y.E. Yang has hit the mainstream.

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PODCAST: Previewing Nike’s new driver

Square drivers were used by two major champions in 2009 – Lucas Glover and Stewart Cink. Now, Nike has unveiled the SQ Mach Speed, which is being used now by Paul Casey and Justin Leonard, and will be available in retail stores in March 2010. James Achenbach offers a preview.

Final thoughts from the U.S. Mid-Amateur

Some final thoughts from the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

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Pros test new Nike drivers

It’s hard for Nike Golf to keep a secret about 2010 driver introductions when Paul Casey is posting several pictures on Twitter.com and Justin Leonard is calling one of the drivers “my new secret weapon.” Enter the 460cc SQ Mach Speed.

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Player of the Week: Rachel Morris

Rachel Morris, of Carlsbad, Calif., shot 4-over 220 (74-75-71) at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., and won the AJGA Ping Invitational in a playoff against Victoria Tanco.

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Player of the Week: Emiliano Grillo

Emiliano Grillo, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-under 215 (69-70-76) at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., to win the AJGA Ping Invitational by three shots.

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Grillo goes wire-to-wire at Ping

What happens when Emiliano Grillo’s putter gets hot? He wins. Exhibit A: This weekend’s Ping Invitational, where Grillo won by three shots despite a tough final-round.

Reed helps Augusta State flourish

Augusta State was expected to be a team that would make some noise this year. Golfweek tabbed the Jaguars No. 8 in its preseason rankings.

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Morris beats Tanco to win Ping Invitational

A sudden-death playoff with one of the best juniors in the country? Rachel Morris welcomed the challenge with open arms, then walked away with the Ping Invitational trophy.

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New mom Annika loving life away from golf

At 6 weeks old, Ava Madelyn McGee is already showing a stubborn streak – just like her mom. Annika Sorenstam isn’t too surprised at the personality her daughter is developing. Her own tenacity drove the golfer to 72 LPGA wins, including 10 majors.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 5-11, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: New Mexico

New Mexico is called the “Land of Enchantment” because of its landscape, but even more enchanting is the cost of golf at courses that have earned state and national acclaim.

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Lamitie, Élevée deliver right fit

Élevée Golf’s custom-made slacks have been worn by more than 200 Tour pros who – get this! – pay for them. Retail, no less! Who’s responsible for Élevée’s rise? Rickey Lamitie.

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Primland’s goals match its sky-high vistas

The new Lodge at Primland, located at one of the highest points on a 12,000-acre property in Meadows of Dan, Va., is mixing small-town appeal with five-diamond aspirations.

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Augusta St. wins rain-shortened Brickyard

Led by sophomore Taylor Floyd, Augusta State completed a 13-shot victory at the Brickyard Collegiate. The event was shortened to 36 holes due to rain.

Dates for 2010 Ping/Golfweek Preview set

Dates for the 2010 Ping/Golfweek Preview have been set.

TCU's de Beer co-leader at The Prestige

Competition is tight among the TCU men’s team for spots in the lineup. Johan de Beer, winner of last year’s Prestige, didn’t make the starting five for this year’s event, but is playing PGA West as an individual. The South African loves playing at PGA West, no matter the course.

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You want AK on your team

Say what you want about Anthony Kim, which many have done, including the most recent comments from Australia’s Robert Allenby following this past week’s President’s Cup.

Three tournaments battle weather woes

Weather is having a big impact on college golf today.

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Monday Scramble: What a week for No. 23

Looks like Michael Jordan had fun this week at the Presidents Cup, eh? The Monday Scramble has some exclusive photos from MJ’s week in the golf spotlight.

Wildman Q&A: Tulsa women’s coach Randy Keck

Randy Keck, in his third year at Tulsa, is trying to get his Golden Hurricane squad mentioned among the nation’s elite. He won a national championship coaching Redlands Community College in Oklahoma and now hopes to do the same for Tulsa.

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Team of the Week: Michigan State

The Spartans finished the 54-hole Tar Heel Invitational with a school-record 4-under 860 total – 12 shots better than runner-up Auburn.

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Player of the Week: Dustin Garza, Wichita State

The Shockers senior, who won the UTA Waterchase Invitational earlier this season, claimed medalist honors at the Wolf Pack Classic with of 67-67-71 for an 11-under 205 total.

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Player of the Week: Sara-Maude Juneau, Louisville

The Cardinals junior posted rounds of 70-68-68 for a 10-under 206 total to win the Tar Heel Invitational.

Monty takes note of Woods’ perfection

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie believes Tiger Woods’ perfect performance in the Presidents Cup will make his own team’s task harder at the Ryder Cup.

How good are the Michigan State women?

I was pretty sure that Michigan State’s dominating performance Sunday at the Tar Heel Invitational could be chalked up as the program’s biggest regular-season victory. Spartan coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll confirmed my thoughts on her way home from North Carolina.

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Allenby rips Kim as U.S.’s ‘loosest cannon’

Robert Allenby called Anthony Kim golf’s “current John Daly” Sunday after the Presidents Cup, saying friends saw Kim “sideways” at 4 a.m. Sunday. Kim said reports were “absolutely false.”

Sunday, October 11

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Notes: Mickelson gets surprise visit from Amy

This was the 15th time Phil Mickelson has played in the Presidents Cup or the Ryder Cup, and the first time he came alone. His wife, Amy, is recovering from breast cancer and stayed home in San Diego.

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Baryla notches first Nationwide Tour victory

Canadian Chris Baryla won the Chattanooga Classic for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating Troy Kelly by a stroke to move into position to earn a 2010 PGA Tour card as a top-25 finisher on the money list.

The Presidents Cup points table

Tiger Woods was 5-0 at the Presidents Cup.

Presidents Cup goes political

We went to a golf tournament and a political rally broke out.

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Grillo builds lead at Ping Invitational

Emiliano Grillo increased his lead to four shots Sunday at the Ping Invitational. Patrick Rodgers and Jim Liu are in pursuit.

Next up for Clark: PGA Tour victory

One primary question this Presidents Cup posed is how in the hell has little bulldog Tim Clark not won a PGA Tour event?

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Woods leads U.S. to Presidents Cup victory

Tiger Woods went 5-0 and clinched the winning point for the Americans, as the U.S. rolled to victory Sunday at the Presidents Cup.

What brand of wine for Team USA?

It’s 1:31 p.m. Tiger Woods just made a 9-foot birdie putt to beat his PGA conqueror, Y.E. Yang, 6 and 5. The Presidents Cup is over prematurely.

That’s it? See you at the Niners game

It’s 1:30 on the West Coast, and this thing already is over? Are you kidding me? Hey, anyone got a couple spare 49ers tickets at the ’Stick?

I’m outta here

It’s 1:25 p.m. in the Bay Area and the United States is a few minutes away from clinching the Presidents Cup way early.

Tricks can’t take down Tiger

So what, exactly, were the tricks Y.E. Yang said he may have up his sleeve today?

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Tanco, Lee share lead at Ping Invitational

Despite bogeys on her last three holes, Victoria Tanco moved into a share of the lead Sunday at the Ping Invitational. The 2008 Rolex Player of the Year was tied at 4-over 148 with Erynne Lee.

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Michigan State wins Tar Heel Invitational

Michigan State won its second title of the season Sunday, running away with at the Tar Heel Invitational. Senior Laura Kueny led the Spartans, who were the only team to finish under par.

Internationals stage makeshift petting zoo

Being that this is a road game, the International team tried to make itself at home a little on Saturday night by bringing in a few creature comforts of home.

Muniyappa wins Indian Open in playoff

Chinaswamy Muniyappa of India won the Indian Open in a playoff against Lee Sung of South Korea to earn his first Asian Tour title.

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McGowan wins first European Tour title

Ross McGowan of England has captured his first European Tour title, winning the Madrid Masters by three strokes over Mikko Ilonen of Finland.

Amy Mickelson joins Team USA

The American Presidents Cup team roster expanded by one, just in time for Sunday’s singles session. And it’s quite an inspirational addition – Amy Mickelson.

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Dave Adamonis Sr., 63, dies of cancer

Time hadn’t really been on his side. Which was OK, because Dave Adamonis Sr. had a bottomless reservoir of spirit and an endless line of friends to get him through these last few agonizing years.

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Notes: Internationals need a strong Sunday

The International team will have to come from behind to win the Presidents Cup. Still, the margin could have been a lot worse if it didn’t pick up its play this time around in the alternate shot format.

Saturday, October 10

Internationals down but not out

The U.S. leads the Presidents Cup, 12 1/2 to 9 1/2, entering the 12 Sunday singles matches. That means it’s not over, not quite.

Sunday singles pairings at Harding Park

Sunday singles parings at Harding Park.

The case of the missing golf ball

So into the cool, calm air went Angel Cabrera’s drive at the short, par-4 13th, a powerful swipe that was going right, right, right . . . and then where?

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U.S. takes 3-point lead at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker became the first partnership in the Presidents Cup to go 4-0, winning twice Saturday behind an improbable rally by Woods and the pure putting of Stricker.

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Tanco chasing Morris at Ping Invitational

Rachel Morris took the first-round lead at the Ping Invitational with a 2-over 74. Defending champ Victoria Tanco is just a shot back.

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Grillo, Liu take lead at Ping Invitational

Jim Liu and Emiliano Grillo (pictured) took the first-round lead Saturday at the Ping Invitational. They are tied at 3-under 69.

A different kind of stunner from Yang

You just know that under his breath, Tiger Woods was saying, “Great. Where was that at Hazeltine?”

Like night and day for Mickelson

Talk about your turn-arounds.

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Commentary: Woods continues to deliver at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods has had more success individually than in team competition. But Saturday at Harding Park, Woods stole the show.

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U.S. leads 10-7 at Presidents Cup

Led by Tiger Woods, Team USA took a 10-7 lead over the Internationals after winning three of five foursomes matches Saturday morning.

Saturday afternoon four-ball pairings

Saturday afternoon four-balls pairings at the Presidents Cup

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Cabrera wants Woods

Something to keep an eye on at the Presidents Cup: Word out of the International camp is that Angel Cabrera, who sat out the Saturday morning foursomes, has his eye on one particular guy for the Sunday singles.

Mickelson's renewed sense of confidence

Funny thing about confidence, and how it can disappear or spread.

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McGowan shoots 60, leads Madrid Masters

Ross McGowan has shot a 12-under 60 to take a seven-shot lead after the third round of the Madrid Masters.

Lefty out of uniform

We are not sure if the Presidents Cup rules include anything about being out of uniform, but if they do, Phil Mickelson could be in some trouble.

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Notes: Leonard plays a prank

Justin Leonard took a while to cool down after missing a 3-foot putt that cost the Americans a point in the opening session of the Presidents Cup.

Friday, October 9

Demsey leads in Chattanooga

After a suspension of Round 1 Thursday at the Chattanooga Classic because of darkness, Round 2 has been suspended due to lightning.

Down in front!

With the second day of the Presidents Cup down to just one match, everyone moved toward the 18th green to await the Lucas Glover-Stewart Cink vs. Tim Clark-Vijay Singh competition.

Saturday Presidents Cup pairings

The pairings are out for Saturday’s morning foursomes matches.

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Commentary: In Stricker, Woods finds his match

Tiger Woods was once the posterboy for all that was wrong with American team golf. Not anymore, writes Jim McCabe. Alongside Steve Stricker, Tiger has been terrific.

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U.S. clings to 1-point lead at Presidents Cup

The Internationals made a late rally Friday at the Presidents Cup to keep the match close. The U.S. holds at 6 1/2 - 5 1/2 lead at Harding Park.

Parade of Bay Area legends

The parade of Bay Area legends continued Friday at the Presidents Cup. Willie Mays, the Say Hey Kid, was part of the first-tee festivities at Harding Park.

Dynamic duo at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker won, 5 and 3, Friday. On Opening Day, they won, 6 and 4. This means a couple of things. One, captain Fred Couples will split them up on Saturday only if he’s lost his mind or he’s an International sympathizer. Two, 2010 Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin only has to pencil in three more partnerships.

Schmoozing with Madden, ‘No. 41’ and Willie

The Presidents Cup continues to impress with its glitzy parade of celebs. Seen on Friday at Harding Park: Baseball legend Willie Mays, who flipped the coin to decide honors on the opening tee. And here’s a conversation one doesn’t see every day. George H.W. “No. 41” Bush having a long conversation with former Oakland Raiders coach and TV announcer John Madden.

Easy-going Leonard rebounds at Presidents Cup

After handing away a point with a missed 3-footer in the final foursomes match on opening day at the Presidents Cup – leading to a halve instead of what looked to be a U.S. victory – a visibly steamed Justin Leonard knew how he’d handle it. He stormed right into the U.S. team cabin, slammed the door, threw his stuff down and made a beeline directly to the bar.

VIDEO: Presidents Cup fashion and more

The Presidents Cup is going on and all the guys look sharp. Ashleigh Korzack has the skinny on the company behind the designs, Rickie Fowler’s new apparel company and some up-and-coming brands for women.

Finally, a birdie for Clark

Finally, 22 holes into the competition and Tim Clark has been able to toss a birdie onto his scorecard.

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Smith leaves no doubt with U.S. Mid-Am title

Nathan Smith, 31, beat Tim Spitz, 7 and 6, to win the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Smith was a member of the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team last month.

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Garcia, Drysdale share Madrid Masters lead

Sergio Garcia shot a 5-under 67 and David Drysdale had a 65 to share a one-shot lead after Round 2 of the Madrid Masters on Friday.

Looking sharp at the Presidents Cup

With the Presidents Cup underway, it is time to take a look at what’s happening out in San Francisco on the fashion front.

Snapping the second-place streak

Arkansas’ streak finally came to an end. Of course, coach Brad McMakin and his squad would have liked to see it conclude on the upside, but I believe that will just be a matter of time.

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Commentary: Rio needs lasting Olympic golf venue

Now that golf has secured its place in the 2016 Olympic Games, Alistair Tait stresses the importance of a lasting golf venue in Rio de Janeiro.

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Surging Cal repowers with new talent

Must be nice for Cal junior Pia Halbig (pictured). The Bears picked up a pair of standout transfers for the 2009-10 season, and are off in running this fall. Julie Williams explains.

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Rio offers limited golf options for Olympics

Rio de Janeiro might well make for a spectacular host city for the 2016 Summer Olympiad. But this teeming metropolis of some 13 million residents on the southeast coast of Brazil is no golf destination.

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IOC adds golf for 2016 Games

After more than a century-long hiatus, golf will return to the Olympics beginning with the Rio Games in 2016.

Ping Invitational Junior Fantasy picks

It’s time again for the Ping Invitational, and Golfweek staffers have made their picks for the tournament, hoping it will put them in the top spot as the Junior Fantasy Season winds to a close.

Thursday, October 8

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Naked ambition on the LPGA

Some LPGA players stripped down for a magazine photo shoot last month. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, the provocative pictures have everyone talking.

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Commentary: Presidents Cup rolls out red carpet

It was all about the fame factor Day 1 at the Presidents Cup. Tiger Woods? Sure, he got attention. But so did other luminaries, writes Jeff Rude.

Three atop leaderboad as Nwide play suspended

Three players are tied for the lead at the Chattanooga Classic as play was suspended early due to darkness. Round 1 will resume at 8 a.m. Friday, with Round 2 resuming normally after that.

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Podcast: Using graphite shafts in irons

How many PGA Tour golfers have won a tournament this season without steel shafts in their irons? Just one: Matt Kuchar. Golfweek’s associate editor/equipment and technology James Achenbach explains how Kuchar used graphite shafts in his irons to win the Turning Stone Resort Championship last week.

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Friday pairings at Harding Park

U.S. keeps two Thursday teams together, including Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, who steamrolled to victory. Those two likely will be together for all four matches.

Calling Dr. Stockton

A member of the coaching staff in a sling? Well, sure, that would be International Team captain Greg Norman. But not to be outdone, the U.S. team matched it by bringing in Dave Stockton, who recently underwent rotator cuff surgery.

How to win a hole with a bogey

Ugliest hole on Day 1 of the Presidents Cup? Easy. That would have to be the sixth hole of the opening match.

No problems for Mickelson’s sore back

Phil Mickelson supposedly arrived to Harding Park this week with a suspect back, feeling a twinge as he chipped and putted late last week, though he has downplayed the injury here in the early going of the Presidents Cup. Surprising that he didn’t injure it further trying to carry partner Anthony Kim around for a good part of the opening day foursomes.

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U.S. takes slim lead at Presidents Cup

The U.S. took a 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 lead Thursday at the Presidents Cup, as Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim made a late charge for a crucial point.

World Golf Hall of Fame inductees

An alphabetical roster of the inductees to the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla.

Clark has UNC Wilmington humming

Better keep an eye on this UNC Wilmington golf program. The Seahawks, under second-year coach Matt Clark, are off and running this fall and could be a team to reckon with next spring in the postseason.

Make that seven for Team Stacy

The Stacy family has another USGA title to add to the list.

Let’s play Beat The Coach!

Josh Gregory was born in Memphis, Tenn. He went to school and played his collegiate golf at Southern Methodist University (Class of ’97) in Dallas. He was an assistant golf coach at North Carolina State.

TPC network adds Doral, PGA West

Two high-profile resort courses, the Blue Monster at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami and the Stadium Course at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., joined the TPC network through a licensing agreement.

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Spitz, Smith in U.S. Mid-Amateur final

Tim Spitz, who’s playing in just his second USGA championship, advanced to the U.S. Mid-Amateur final on Thursday. He’ll face U.S. Walker Cup team member Nathan Smith.

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Leach wins U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur

Martha Leach, 47, won the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, 3 and 2, over former Georgia teammate Laura Coble on Thursday. It was her first individual victory in 17 years.

Garcia two back at Madrid Masters

Manuel Quiros of Spain shot a 10-under 62 for a two-shot lead over Sergio Garcia after the first round of the Madrid Masters.

Garza off to fast start in 2009-10

Wichita State senior Dustin Garza is at it again. Garza shot 11-under 205 at Reno’s Wolf Run Golf Club to successfully defend his title at the Wolf Pack Classic on Tuesday. He beat Fresno State’s Bhavik Patel, a semifinalist at this year’s U.S. Amateur, and Kansas State’s Joe Kinney by three shots.

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Who’s filling in for last season’s stars?

With 14 of the top 26 players from last year’s Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings not playing college golf this season, many teams have had to find a way to compete without their stars. Sean Martin has a progress report on four prominent teams.

USCC to join Carpet Capital in fall

As Lance Ringler reported earlier, the Carpet Capital will be played next fall after questions about its future. Another Georgia Tech-hosted event, the U.S. Collegiate Championship, will join it in fall 2010. Georgia Tech head coach Bruce Heppler said he is “more than 90 percent” certain that the USCC will be held then after not being played this year.

Guidelines used by Golfweek’s course raters

How do we rate golf courses?

All-Star caddie at U.S. Mid-Amateur

I’m sure Andrew Levanchy is glad he answered his phone at 6:30 Wednesday morning. Levanchy, a caddie at Kiawah Island’s Cassique Course, was being contacted to carry the bag for U.S. Mid-Am participant Robert Gerwin, whose original caddie, Andy Giannella, had to return suddenly to Cincinnati for work.

Wednesday, October 7

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Coble, Leach in Women’s Mid-Am final

Laura Coble and Martha Leach advanced to finals of the 2009 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

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Carter breaks through to Mid-Am semis

Before this week, Patrick Carter had made the quarterfinals of three U.S. Mid-Amateurs and one U.S. Amateur but advanced no further. That changed Wednesday at the Mid-Am.

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No. 18 Cal triumphs at Sahalee CC

California got the best of a strong West Coast field Wednesday, winning the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational by 15 shots at Sahalee Country Club. Junior Pia Halbig (pictured) finished sixth.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Very presidential

Talk about over-stimulation. The Presidents Cup is ripe with storylines. From MJ to TW, and the Shark to Ryo, Jeff Rude breaks it all down.

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Stevie doesn’t know Willie?

Given the locale, it was only fitting that participants in the Presidents Cup would show support for an area sports team. Given that one of the American caddies, Hunter Mahan's looper John Wood, is from Sacramento and a huge Giants fan, it made sense to go with Will Clark's No. 22.

Observations on Day 1 Presidents Cup matches

The matchups for Thursday’s opening foursomes session of the Presidents Cup have been released.

HP Scholastic Junior All-America teams announced

The AJGA announced Wednesday the 12 girls and 12 boys named to this year’s HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team.

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The Ryder Cup Lite

Somebody asked me last week, “Are you excited about the Presidents Cup?” I said something like, “I’m like the players – I get into it when it gets here.” That’s the nature of the beast. This is Ryder Cup Lite.

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Y.E. Yang bumps into UCLA golf team

Consider Y.E. Yang a UCLA Bruins fans now.

Jordan asked to butt out at Harding Park

It appears as if the U.S. team is already 1 down before the Presidents Cup begins. The team’s honorary assistant captain, Michael Jordan, has reportedly bowed to a request to stop smoking his cigars at Harding Park Golf Course.

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Commentary: Team USA gets lift with MJ in the mix

Does Michael Jordan qualify as an assistant Presidents Cup captain? It doesn’t matter, writes Jim McCabe. He’s already got the job.

LPGA cuts Galloway’s job, 7 others

Libba Galloway, the LPGA’s deputy commissioner, is one of several casualties of an LPGA downsizing that occurred Oct. 7.

No Hernandez? No problem for Purdue

Devon Brouse says his team is a different team than a year ago. I say it is a better team.

Tuesday, October 6

Big names hang on at Women’s Mid-Am

Co-medalists Mina Hardin, Meghan Stasi and 1998 champ Virginia Derby Grimes advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship.

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Smith, McCoy advance at Mid-Am

After played washed out all play Monday, co-medalists Nathan Smith and Mike McCoy (pictured) each won two matches Tuesday to advance to the third round of match play at the 2009 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

Notre Dame, Sandman sweep home event

Senior Josh Sandman and the Notre Dame men’s golf team successfully defended their home turf Tuesday, sweeping top honors at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Golf Classic.

Badgers break through at Imes

The Wisconsin women’s golf team won its first 54-hole event in 10 years at the Johnie Imes Invitational Tuesday, beating Tulsa by three shots at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.

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Purdue, LeBlanc go back-to-back

Led by Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (pictured), the Purdue women’s golf team blew over the field at the Windy City Collegiate Classic and won its second consecutive tournament Oct. 6. LeBlanc won her second in a row, too.

Cabrera unsure if Rio could host Olympic golf

With just days before the IOC decision on the inclusion of golf and rugby sevens in the Olympics for 2016, there may be a slight fly in the ointment. Is there a suitable course in Rio or Brazil to handle a major golf event? According to a two-time major winner, the answer is no.

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What will Captain Couples say next?

The Presidents Cup will feature 34 matches over four days at Harding Park, bringing together the best players from everywhere in the world except Europe. The entertainment value could start well before the competition.

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Complete Presidents Cup coverage

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Harding Park to bring you an up-close look at the 2009 Presidents Cup

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Mickelson: Minor back injury ‘overblown’

Phil Mickelson says a minor back injury that flared up last week during practice will not keep him out of the Presidents Cup matches this week at Harding Park.

FYI – it’s not that John Daly

So, as you approach Harding Park to take in the Presidents Cup festivities, something jumps out at you.

South Carolina rolls at Rees Jones event

A week after losing in a heartbreaking playoff at the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate, South Carolina completed a dominating victory Tuesday at the Rees Jones Collegiate, topping runner-up UNC Wilmington by 37 shots.

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The Presidents Cup has officially begun

So, yeah, that whole thing about Michael Jordan being an assistant captain for the U.S. Presidents Cup team? Fred Couples was serious.

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Staff picks: Presidents Cup

Who are our men on the ground picking to win the Presidents Cup?

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Pettersen still needs time to heal left foot

Suzann Pettersen will skip the LPGA’s Hana Bank Kolon Championship in Korea to allow more time for her left foot to heal.

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Commentary: Carrying two drivers allows more options

Tom Pernice Jr. (pictured) needed only one Titleist 909D3 driver to win the SAS Championship. James Achenbach explains why he carries two of them in his bag.

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GS95 ends search for lightweight steel shaft

The original lightweight steel shafts weren’t so light and weren’t so good.

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Cink forsakes convention in quest for fun

Stewart Cink, a modern-day explorer on Tour, foresakes convention in his quest for fun. His easy-going nature might be just what the U.S. needs at the Presidents Cup.

Monday, October 5

Has the bubble finally popped for Eastern Michigan?

Can I talk about a team being on the bubble in October? Sure I can, especially when the team could be the poster child for college golf’s bubble boys.

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No. 4 Illinois wins Windon Memorial

Led by Scott Langley (pictured), Illinois notched its second win of the season Monday at the Windon Memorial, topping Northwestern by six shots at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.

Grimes beats Thompson at Women’s Mid-Am

Results from the first round of match play at the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur, played Oct. 4 at the par-72, 6,193-yard Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club in Ocala, Fla.:

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Georgia’s Zamora notches second title of fall

Georgia sophomore Marta Silva Zamora notched her fourth career title, and second of the 2009-10 season, on Monday en route to leading the Bulldogs to a victory at the soggy Eat A Peach Collegiate.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2009

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Munoz making pro life look easy

Two years ago, Azahara Munoz wasn’t even sure she wanted to turn professional. Did the Arizona State star really want that lifestyle?

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Green works toward goal of playing golf again

At a benefit in his hometown, amputee Ken Green refuses to surrender to his injuries. Green is working single-mindedly toward a goal of playing golf again.

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Following the herd in Wales

It’s evident even before you pull into the parking lot at Pennard Golf Club that you’re in for a unique experience. Cattle roam the area along Southgate Road and near the clubhouse on Wales’ scenic Gower Peninsula.

So when will Alexis Thompson turn pro?

High school graduation must seem like a lifetime away to Alexis Thompson.

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Orender out of the running for LPGA chief

WNBA chief Donna Orender (pictured right), who was considered a front-runner for LPGA commissioner, has withdrawn her candidacy. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Player of the Week: Ri Hyang Park

Ri Hyang Park, of Fujieda-Shi-Shizuoka, Japan, shot an even-par 144 (75-69) at the International Junior Golf Tour event at Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., to win by seven shots.

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Player of the Week: Michael Werenski

Michael Werenski, of South Hadley, Mass., shot 1-under 143 (75-68) at the International Juniog Golf Tour event at Oyster Reef Golf Club in Hilton Head, S.C., to win by two shots.

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Emerging golf nations seek Olympic funding

Administrators in developing golf nations claim Olympic recognition can elevate the sport to another level and provide a fast track for growth.

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Olympic golf may open doors to cash in

The Olympic windfall may vary, but that won’t stop companies from trying to cash in on golf in 2016, writes Gene Yasuda.

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Dyson shoots 66 to win Dunhill Links

Simon Dyson of England won the Dunhill Links Championship by three strokes Monday after shooting a 6-under 66 that included birdies on six of the first seven holes.

Meet your President Cup contestants

A quick look at the players competing in this year's Presidents Cup.

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Harding Park

This Presidents Cup venue – which will feature rerouting for the tournament – is pleasant and functional, but a shade below inspiring, writes Brad Klein.

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An inside look at Harding Park

A rerouted layout at Harding Park will allow for potential late-round drama at this week’s Presidents Cup. Bradley Klein has the details.

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Player of the Week: Maude Aimee Leblanc, Purdue

Purdue junior Maude Aimee Leblanc led her team to victory and also found the individual winner’s circle.

Merkulov commits to Duke

Yaroslav Merkulov, the No. 2 player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, has made a verbal commitment to Duke.

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Team of the Week: Purdue

Despite losing Maria Hernandez, last year’s NCAA individual champion, Purdue has started this season strong.

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Player of the Week: Peter Uihlein, OSU

Oklahoma State sophomore Peter Uihlein posted rounds of 60-71-71 for a 5-under 211 total to win the PING/Golfweek Invitational.

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Team of the Week: Oklahoma State

The Cowboys finished 22 shots better than second place Washington at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational.

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Kuchar wins Turning Stone in playoff

Matt Kuchar earned his second PGA Tour victory Monday morning at the Turning Stone Resort Championship, defeating Vaughn Taylor on the sixth hole of a sudden-death playoff.

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World Golf Village

WORLD GOLF VILLAGE

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Monday Scramble: Time for fun and games

It’s Presidents Cup week! Can you dig it? The Monday Scramble can think of five scenarios that will make this week in San Francisco only the best one of the year.

Sunday, October 4

Why Florida State really won... (Part II)

Florida State won the Gary Koch Intercollegiate Sunday for already its second victory of the fall season, which signaled a trend for reasons other than good golf shots.

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Turner gets first Nationwide Tour victory

Jerod Turner won the Soboba Classic by two shots after pulling away from the field in the final round.

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Seminoles win Gary Koch Intercollegiate

Florida State wins the Gary Koch Intercollegiate with a Sunday rally, beating Texas Tech by 16 shots and setting a tournament record in the process. Seath Lauer (pictured) finished second.

Hardin among Women’s Mid-Am medalists

Mina Hardin shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to share medallist honors in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club.

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Smith, McCoy medal at rainy Mid-Am

Walker Cup player Nathan Smith (pictured) and Mike McCoy shared medalist honors Sunday at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Kiawah Island Club.

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Taylor, Kuchar to finish playoff on Monday

Matt Kuchar and Vaughn Taylor were still tied after two holes in a sudden-death playoff at the Turning Stone Resort Championship when play was suspended Sunday because of darkness.

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Ochoa ends drought with Navistar victory

The drought has finally ended. Lorena Ochoa won the Navistar LPGA Classic Sunday for her first victory in 11 starts, shooting a final-round 2-under 70 to beat Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang by four shots.

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Haas edges Watson for Senior Players title

Jay Haas charged past Tom Watson to win the Senior Players Championship by a stroke, birdieing the 18th hole Sunday to match the course record with a 6-under 64 in the final Champions Tour major of the season.

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Miller pursues golf dream in U.S.

Kelly Miller left her home in the U.K. two years ago to pursue a golf career in the U.S. As she prepares to enter college next fall, Miller is taking her game to the next level.

Thelen wins PGA Assistant Championship

Tim Thelen shattered the Callaway Golf PGA Assistant Championship scoring record Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to finish at 23-under 265 – seven strokes ahead of second-place Sean Dougherty.

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Donald leads Dunhill; McIlroy one back

Luke Donald took a one-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Simon Dyson at the Dunhill Links Championship by shooting an 8-under 64 at Kingsbarns in the weather-delayed third round.

Saturday, October 3

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Lamely, Stuard lead Soboba; Fowler 6 back

Derek Lamely shot a 9-under 62 at the Soboba Classic to catapult himself into a share of the third-round lead at 14 under.

Golden leads field at Women's Mid-Am

Wendi Golden shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take the first-round lead in qualifying for the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club.

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McCoy, three others share Mid-Am lead

Mike McCoy, Cameron Mackenzie, Taylor Massey and Derek Berg shot 68s on Saturday to share the lead in the first round of qualifying in the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at The Kiawah Island Club.

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Ochoa takes solo lead at Navistar

Winless in her last 11 starts, Lorena Ochoa took a 3-shot lead at the Navistar with a 6-under 66. Alexis Thompson, 14, is eight shots back.

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Piercy, Kuchar share Turning Stone lead

Scott Piercy shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Matt Kuchar after the third round of the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

Oklahoma State, Whitekiller shine early

Observations from the men’s side as we head into October.

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Watson’s 64 gives him 4-shot lead

Tom Watson shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 during Round 3 at the Senior Players to take the lead by four shots.

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Connelly wins LPGA Sectional Qualifier

Stephanie Connelly emerged victorious at the LPGA Sectional Qualifier at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla. Connelly, who played for UCF, shot 3-under 285 to win by one shot.

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Presidents Cup lacking in competition

Even at a relatively young age, the Presidents Cup does not lack for moments that reveal the passion and pressure of when the best golfers in the world put the flag ahead of the bank account.

Some advice for young McIlroy

Rory McIlroy’s deliberation over joining the PGA Tour is a no brainer to me.

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Round 3 postponed at Dunhill Links

Gale-force winds have forced the postponement of the third round at the Dunhill Links Championship without a shot being played.

Friday, October 2

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Fowler shoots 65, sits one back at N’wide

Rickie Fowler shot a 6-under 65 Friday at the Nationwide Tour’s Soboda Classic and will enter the weekend in a tie for second, one shot back of leader Jerod Turner.

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Watson leads by 2 at Senior Players

If Tom Watson was looking for a sign that luck was on his side at the Senior Players Championship, he got it on the 13th hole at Baltimore Country Club.

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Kenny Perry’s mother dies of cancer

Kenny Perry’s mother, Mildred, died Thursday morning after a long battle with blood cancer. Perry will still play next week in the Presidents Cup at his family’s urging.

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Taylor leads midway at Turning Stone

Vaughn Taylor has shot his second straight 67 to gain a one-shot lead after two rounds of the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Perry will play Presidents Cup despite mother’s death

Kenny Perry’s mother, Mildred, has died after a long battle with blood cancer, the golfer’s agent told Golfweek. At his family’s request, Perry will still play next week for the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

Samsung to exit as LPGA event sponsor

Heading into last month’s Samsung World Championship, the LPGA thought negotiations with the longtime sponsor were dead.

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Norman, Evert announce separation

Just 15 months after they were married, golf star Greg Norman and tennis great Chris Evert announced they have separated.

Is golf's Olympic bid in trouble?

Is golf in trouble after the International Olympic Committee’s stunning decision in picking Rio de Janeiro over Chicago for the venue of the 2016 Summer Olympics?

Duke freshmen to take stage at Coca-Cola Duke

This year’s Duke men’s team is something of a mystery, though we’ll get a sneak peek at the Blue Devils’ heralded freshman class on Monday and Tuesday when the four first-year players tee it up at the Coca-Cola Duke Individual at Duke Golf Club.

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Rio to host Olympics; golf’s fate will be next

The fate of golf in the Olympics remains to be determined, but if the sport is added for the 2016 Games it will be played in Rio de Janeiro.

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Thompson, four others share lead at Navistar

Alexis Thompson, 14, is trying to become the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history. To do it, she'll have to overtake the four women with whom she shares the lead, including top-ranked Lorena Ochoa.

Five storylines to start the season

October is here and while I have been a bit behind in the blog department, let me examine the month of September with my top five in women’s golf from the past month.

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Seminoles stepping it up early

The Florida State women haven’t lost a step after the graduation of Caroline Westrup, perhaps the best player in school history. As Julie Williams writes, the Seminoles are only climbing higher – 168 steps higher, to be exact.

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McIlroy among leaders at Dunhill

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland birdied the last two holes on the Old Course at St. Andrews for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead at the halfway stage of the Dunhill Links Championship.

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Kevin Streelman can now fit in your pocket

When he faced a downhill lie in a little bit of rough at the Deutsche Bank Championship several weeks ago, Kevin Streelman choked down on the hybrid and delivered a splendid shot.

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Commentary: Businessmen eye Heritage Hall at St. Andrews

A Donald Trump course is in the works near Aberdeen and businessmen are eyeing Heritage Hall at St. Andrews, but Alistair Tait has his doubts that the ventures would be positives for the golf community.

Chicago fails to land 2016 Olympics

Tiger Woods gave Chicago golf courses – specifically Cog Hill No. 4 – a thumbs up as a venue for the 2016 Olympics – but apparently no one in Copenhagen, Denmark, was listening.

Thursday, October 1

Leaderboard bunched at Soboba Classic

Garrett Osborn, Craig Bowden and Michael Putnam all shots 4-under 67s to share the first-round lead at the Nationwide Tour's Soboba Classic.

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Wilson synonymous with golf innovation

How to describe Wilson’s roller-coaster ride through the golf marketplace over the last 40 years? Innovative, says James Achenbach.

Great Scott! He shot 68

There are three possible explanations for Adam Scott’s first-round 68 Thursday at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Olson, Petrovic lead at Turning Stone

Having only made four cuts in 17 events this season, PGA Tour rookie Leif Olson shot a 6-under 66 to tie Tim Petrovic for the first-round lead at the Turning Stone Resort Championship.

FedEx Cup keeps fans tuned in

Evaluating the success of the FedEx Cup playoffs can be somewhat of a subjective affair, but there’s little doubt it is meeting one of the Tour’s top goals: Driving viewership well past the season’s last major.

Pioneer spirit motivates LPGA hopeful

I can’t help but apologize for asking the question. If Shasta Averyhardt gets tired of talking about the lack of African-Americans on the LPGA, she doesn’t let on.

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Watson one shot back at Senior Players

Tom Watson made four birdies on the front nine and shot a 4-under 66 to move into a second-place tie with Jay Haas, one stroke behind unheralded Lonnie Nielsen after the first round of the Senior Players Championship.

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Commentary: Thompson, Wie . . . it could happen

Alexis Thompson shot 65 Thursday to lead the LPGA Navistar Classic. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, it could set up a teenage duel for the ages on Sunday. You listening, Michelle?

Team McIlroy starts fast at Dunhill Links

Young Irishman Rory McIlroy is playing with his father, Gerry, at this week’s Dunhill Links over in Scotland, and the tandem teamed for an opening 6-under 66 on Thursday at Carnoustie.

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Bjorn leads Dunhill Links

Thomas Bjorn shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the first round of the $5 million Dunhill Links Championship on Thursday.

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Thompson, 14, opens with 65 at Navistar

Playing in only her fifth LPGA event, Alexis Thompson, 14, shot 65 Thursday at the Navistar LPGA Classic to take the early clubhouse lead. Michelle Wie bogeyed her last hole to shoot 66.

State Farm keeps LPGA sponsorship

State Farm Insurance Cos. has renewed its contract to sponsor the LPGA’s annual tour stop in Springfield.

Nicklaus: USGA ‘on track’ with grooves change

It seems the Golden Bear finally has found his answer to the ever-longer golf ball – changing the grooves.

Wildman Q&A: UNC Wilmington coach Matt Clark

UNC Wilmington won its first 54-hole tournament in over four years Sept. 29 at the VCU Shootout. I caught up with UNCW coach Matt Clark, now in his second year with the program, to talk about the victory, team goals and how he chooses what the team uniforms each year.

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Four players making an early impact

It’s early in the season, but already some players – such as Michigan sophomore Matt Thompson – look as if they’ve made some big improvements since last season. Sean Martin reports.