News for Thursday, December 2, 2010

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Florida players enjoying LPGA's Orlando stop

For the volunteer holding back the small army of Vicky Hurst fans early Thursday morning at Grand Cypress Golf Club, such a crowd of first-round followers on an unusually brisk Florida morning seemed to come as something of a shock.

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Rawson to take year off from full-time golf

Glancing down the list of players who have signed up for next week’s LPGA Q-School, the name Anna Rawson was noticeably absent.

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Woods leads Chevron after opening 65

It wasn't Sunday at a major, but as Jim McCabe writes, it felt like the good old days watching Tiger Woods take the first-round Chevron lead.

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Koreans looking to break Q-School trends

Three Koreans are inside the top 25 after two rounds of PGA Tour Q-School, possibly signaling the beginning of a new trend on Tour.

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Yang, Lee (67) share LPGA lead in Orlando

Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee each shot 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the LPGA Tour Championship.

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Well-rested Pak back in action in Orlando

Se Ri Pak can attest to the benefits of a mental holiday. Despite winning the Bell Micro LPGA Classic on May 16 for her 25th career victory, Pak struggled as the year wore on, eventually deciding it was time to hide the clubs for a few weeks.

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With hot putter, Geary starts fast at Q-School

Josh Geary broke into a mischievous smile. Then his face turned a shade of red. A reporter began to ask him about his media guide questionnaire and he knew exactly where this line of fire was pointed.

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FedEx returning as St. Jude Classic sponsor

The PGA Tour announced that FedEx is returning as the title sponsor for the St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

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PGA Tour releases schedule for 2011 season

The PGA Tour has released its 2011 schedule, which features 44 tournaments that count toward official money and a title sponsor for the St. Jude Classic.

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Baryla shoots 61, leads PGA Tour Q-School

Chris Baryla has taken a big step toward getting a PGA Tour card.

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Lewis to take part in Golf Fore Africa project

Chances are Stacy Lewis won’t give that quadruple-bogey 9 she had in the first round a second thought when she leaves Orlando on Monday afternoon.

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Annika meets with Whan’s advisory board

Annika Sorenstam met with the media Thursday shortly after a meeting of the commissioner’s advisory board.

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Who knew? Best of the Q-School questionnaire

It is one of my favorite rites of the golf season, the reading of the annual Q-School media guide questionnaire.

Q&A: Abacus’ Sven-Olof Karlsson

It took some doing, but we tracked down the man behind the Abacus brand, Sven-Olof Karlsson, to ask him a few questions.

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Verplank wins NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award

PGA Tour player Scott Verplank was named one of six recipients of the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes distinguished individuals on the 25th anniversary of the conclusion of their college careers.

2011 Preview will not be held at Riviera

Due to scheduling conflicts at Riviera Country Club during the fall of 2011, the Ping/Golfweek Preview will not be held next season.

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Harrington leads Nedbank; Westwood 2 back

Padraig Harrington led the Nedbank Golf Challenge by one stroke after picking up five birdies on the back nine to shoot a 6-under 66 Thursday in the opening round.

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Griffin takes first-round lead at Aussie Open

Matthew Griffin shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open at The Lakes.

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McDowell looking forward to Kapalua event

You’ve no doubt heard stories over the years about Masters rookies who had turned down invitations to Augusta National, not wanting to go there unless they had qualified for the iconic tournament?