News for Thursday, October 1, 2009


News 2009 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

Through the years with Wilson

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

with three possible explanations for Adam Scott’s 4-under 68 to open the PGA Tour’s Fall Series.

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

Tour rookie tied for lead

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

reports ratings for the FedEx Cup aren’t off the charts, but they’re advancing the Tour’s TV goals.

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

explains that Shasta Averyhardt is trying to become the first African-American LPGA member since 2001.

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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Thompson, Wie . . . it could happen

Thompson vs. Wie?

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

on Team McIlroy’s quick start at the 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

Thompson shoots 65

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

reports that Jack Nicklaus is now supporting the USGA’s decision to change grooves.

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

goes one-on-one with UNC Wilmington coach Matt Clark to discuss the team’s recent victory and his choice of team uniforms.

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

Impact players in 2009-10

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.