News for Monday, October 12, 2009

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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.”