News for Wednesday, December 8, 2010

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Notes: Major mojo for Mozo at LPGA Q-School

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – LPGA commissioner Mike Whan wandered into the media room Wednesday afternoon and gazed up at the giant leaderboard projected on the wall. He casually mentioned to a volunteer that Belen Mozo would be a nice addition to the tour.

Bad weather causes havoc with TLA schedule

Heavy rainfall in Bogota, Colombia, over the past few weeks has forced the Tour de las Americas to cancel its scheduled season finale. The Tour Championship Pacific Colombia, which was set for Dec. 16-19 in Bogota, instead will be rescheduled as another event sometime in February or March next year.

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Trio hoping to stick at LPGA Q-School

Pernilla Lindberg was $8,300 away from capping what most would consider a successful rookie season.

TLA cancels season finale due to bad weather

Heavy rainfall in Bogota, Colombia, over the past few weeks has forced the Tour de las Americas to cancel its scheduled season finale. Under these circumstances, the TLA said it will end the season this week at the VISA Argentina Open in Buenos Aires at the Jockey Club.

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College coaches pitch new recruiting calendar

Coaches engaged in a spirited discussion of a new recruiting calendar at the annual Golf Coaches Association of American convention.

5 Things: Rory vs. Rickie

Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell showed just how closely knit the European Tour is when they came out strongly against the PGA Tour’s announcement of Rickie Fowler as its rookie of the year instead of Rory McIlroy.

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Home cooking

Geoff Ogilvy is the latest big-name player to hint at spending less time on the U.S. PGA Tour, and more on Asia-Pacific circuits. He’d love a bigger helping of what he’s been doing lately: Following an Australian Open triumph last week, Ogilvy is staying in his homeland with hopes of clinching the Australian PGA Championship.

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Creamer supports Connelly at LPGA Q-School

LPGA star Paula Creamer turned up Wednesday to support friend Stephanie Connelly in the opening round of LPGA Q-School.

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Beyond big names, Europe’s talent runs deep

There were so many storylines from this year’s European Tour that some important ones got lost in the ether. Yet they are nearly every bit as important as the stories that made headlines.

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Koreans increase their presence on 2011 PGA Tour

The Korean contingent on the 2011 PGA Tour will only be a handful of players, but it’s still a record number.

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Oosthuizen eyes fast start at season opener

Louis Oosthuizen has a nice problem: He played the best golf of his life last year and doesn’t know how he did it. Oosthuizen begins his 2011 campaign this week in his homeland, where he will tee it up in the €1 million Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Golf Club in Malelane, South Africa. He is one of the headline acts in the first event of the 2011 European Tour, which technically gets underway in the current calendar year.

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Brown carries family’s dreams at LPGA Q-School

As Sarah Brown pursues LPGA playing privileges at Q-School this week, she carries the hopes of her entire family. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Fortune’s plan could lead to Acushnet sale

Acushnet Co., which owns two of the most dominant brands in golf, Titleist and FootJoy, may be sold or spun-off as an independent publicly traded company.

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Three ex-Ryder Cuppers out at Euro Q-School

Joakim Haeggman is in; Jarmo Sandelin, Andrew Coltart and Paul Broadhurst are out.

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Q&A: Euro Tour’s Richard Hills

Two months after the Europeans edged the U.S. in a rain-delayed Ryder Cup in Wales, thoughts are turning toward the 2012 renewal of the biennial matches at Medinah near Chicago.

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Parker leads in Dubai; Wie four shots back

Michelle Wie: A late triple bogey leaves the LPGA star four shots back of leader Florentyna Parker at the Dubai Ladies Masters.

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Mortgage outfit to sponsor Bob Hope Classic

Franklin American Mortgage Co. has agreed to a three-year, $1.5 million sponsorship deal with the Bob Hope Classic, whose 52nd edition will be played Jan. 17-23.

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