Stories for February 2010


News 2010 February

Sunday, February 28

Kerr new No. 1 in Golfweek/Sagarin rankings

With Tiger Woods absent from the PGA Tour, there soon will be debate over the best men’s player in the world. We can start that talk right now in the women’s game.

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Mahan outlasts Fowler, wins Phoenix Open

Mahan wins Phoenix Open

Hunter Mahan didn’t make a bogey over his final 36 hole and outlasted Rickie Fowler to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open Sunday.

Quinn wins fourth Nationwide Tour title

It was his worst round of the tournament, but Fran Quinn’s 1-over 71 Sunday was enough to win the Panama Championship.

Henley, Clanton hit top of college rankings

wonders how Russell Henley and Cydney Clanton, the newest top-ranked college players, will fare in the coming weeks.

It was easy to give the nod during winter break to Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein and Southern Cal’s Jennifer Song as the leaders in the Player of the Year race.

New Ai sees 20/20

explains how Ai Miyazato has remained genuine while becoming one of Japan’s biggest stars.

Pretty sure I went blind for a half a second when Ai Miyazato laughed during her Sunday press conference, so many cameras flashed.

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Davies wins New Zealand Open by two

English star Laura Davies won the New Zealand Women’s Open for her 73rd worldwide title, shooting a 4-under 69 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over three players.

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Miyazato wins second straight LPGA event

Miyazato wins again

Ai Miyazato’s star power is growing. The 24-year-old became the first LPGA player in 44 years to win the first two events of the season with her two-shot victory Sunday at the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Saturday, February 27

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Chen (No. 3, 2011) making unofficial visits

has made unofficial visits to a handful of schools, but has made no final decision.

Doris Chen, the third-ranked player in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings for the class of 2011, has started the process of making unofficial visits to colleges.

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Quinn builds five-shot lead in Panama

Fran Quinn shot a scorching 8-under 62 Saturday at the Panama Championship to build a five-shot lead entering the final round.

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Snedeker atop Phoenix Open; Fowler 2 back

Snedeker leads Phoenix Open

Brandt Snedeker rose to the top of the leaderboard Saturday at the Phoenix Open with a 5-under 66 in front of a wild TPC Scottsdale crowd. Rickie Fowler trails by two shots.

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Pettersen looking for redemption at HSBC

says Suzann Pettersen didn’t waste much energy reliving last week’s loss, but a win this week still would be nice.

If you’re wondering how Suzann Pettersen took her loss last week in Thailand when the cameras grew dark, the answer is better than expected.

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What a difference a year has made for Hurst

Vicky Hurst quietly crept up the leaderboard Saturday afternoon with three consecutive birdies on Nos. 15-17 at Tanah Merah Country Club. The LPGA sophomore failed to break par last week in Thailand. She chalked that up to nerves.

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Inkster, Miyazato lead HSBC Champions

American Juli Inkster and Ai Miyazato of Japan each shot a 69 in the third round to tie for the lead at the third round of the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champions.

Friday, February 26

Kisner takes solo lead in Panama City

The leaderboard spread out a little in Round 2 of the Panama Claro Championship as Kevin Kisner claimed the individual lead Friday.

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Marquez living his dream at the Phoenix Open

Hometown kid makes the cut

Meet Braxton Marquez: A hometown kid who’s playing his heart out at the Phoenix Open after Monday qualifying for a dream week of golf at TPC Scottsdale.

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Villegas, Wilson share lead at Phoenix Open

Villegas, Wilson share lead

Nothing like waiting until the last minute. Mark Wilson birdied his final four holes Friday at the Phoenix Open to take a share of the lead with Camilo Villegas.

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Tiger Woods suffers endorsement setbacks

Gatorade drops Tiger Woods

Gatorade, which already had discontinued a Tiger Woods line of drinks, dropped the embattled golfer as an endorser Feb. 26. Could Gillette be next?

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Perez changes iron shafts, putter, putting grip

on the three big changes that are helping Pat Perez play better golf.

Pat Perez changed the shafts on his irons, returned to an old putter and changed back to a conventional putting grip this week

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Ryder Cup omens? Come back in 7 months

Ryder Cup still far in the future

An all-England final and an Ian Poulter breakthrough at Match Play has to signal good things for the European Ryder Cup team, right? Perhaps, but Alistair Tait isn’t looking that far into the future just yet.

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Lendl sisters tie for first after wild finish

College notebook

Sisters Marika (left) and Isabelle Lendl tied for first at the Central District Invitational earlier this week. Just wait until you hear how exactly that happened. Julie Williams reports.

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Calling all ladies in pink

is excited about all the shades of pink the ladies are wearing in Singapore.

Hot pink, baby pink, striped pink – every kind of pink you could possibly imagine was splashed over the fairways at the HSBC Women’s Champion’s in Singapore on Thursday. 

Webb, Ochoa close round with triple-bogeys

The 18th hole at Tanah Merah Country Club’s Garden Course claimed several of the world’s top players in the second round, most noteably Lorena Ochoa and Karrie Webb. Both recorded 7s on the closing par 4.

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Inkster, almost 50, is tenacious as ever

says Juli Inkster, almost 50 and still grinding, will go down as one of the game’s great competitors.

Juli Inkster turns 50 this year. Let that sink in for a minute. We’re less than 100 miles from the equator, which means it’s fantastically hot here at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Yet there Inkster sits, one shot off the lead heading into the weekend, grinding as hard as ever. She’s truly a modern marvel.

Anything goes at Phoenix Open

PGA Tour events generally follow the traditional rules of golf. Well, there aren’t technically any formal dress codes (except that you have to wear pants), but in the spirit of the game one tends to follow a certain etiquette.

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Stanford, Kim tied atop HSBC

Angela Stanford shot a 1-under 71 on Friday for a share of the lead with Song-Hee Kim after the second round of the HSBC Champions.

Thursday, February 25

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Duke among six tied for Panama lead

Six players are atop the leaderboard at the Panama Championship after carding first-round 5-under 65s Thursday at the Golf club of Panama.

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Villegas leads Phoenix Open; Fowler 3 back

Villegas ties first-round record

Camilo Villegas matched the first-round record at the Phoenix Open Thursday, carding a 9-under 62 at TPC Scottsdale for a one-shot lead.

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Heckling reaches new heights at Scottsdale’s 16th

The craziest hole in golf

How to describe the fans that surround TPC Scottsdale’s par-3 16th hole? Enthusiastic, ruthless, creative, fickle... the list goes on. Adam Schupak visited for the first time Thursday.

Furyk, Esiason to tee it up in Hootie pro-am

Jim Furyk is among the list of golfers and celebrities scheduled to appear at the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters celebrity pro-am.

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Wolfes (No. 98, 2011) commits to Georgia Southern

has given his verbal commitment to Georgia Southern.

Scott Wolfes, the 98th-ranked player in the 2011 class, has given a verbal commitment to Georgia Southern coach Larry Mays.

Golfweek honored with GWAA writing awards’s tribute to Payne Stewart on the 10th anniversary of his death last year was recognized as the outstanding Internet special project in golf in the Golf Writers Association of America awards.

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Fowler heats up Phoenix in Puma

With six birdies, no bogeys and a good-looking outfit, Rickie Fowler was on fire today at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Golden named interim FSU women’s coach

Kate Golden has been named the interim women’s golf coach at Florida State.

Welcome to Wildman’s Corner

Take a walk on the wild side Monday-Friday on Collge golf’s favorite redhead Asher Wildman goes beyond birdies and bogeys to offer his unique take on college golf.

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Player of the Week: Weston Bell

Weston Bell, of Piedmont, S.C., shot 2-over 144 (70-74) at the Golf Club at Ballantyne in Charlotte, N.C., to win the Ballantyne Junior Open by one shot.

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Player of the Week: McKenzie Talbert

McKenzie Talbert, of North Augusta, S.C., shot 5-over 147 (77-70) at the Golf Club at Ballantyne in Charlotte, N.C., to win the Ballantyne Junior Open by two shots.

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Inaugural Battle of the Beach a big success

College notebook

The Battle of the Beach might have celebrated its first birthday only a couple weeks ago, but it’s already acting a lot older. Sunset dinner cruise, anyone? Ron Balicki explains.

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Nike to stand by Woods despite leave

Nike to stick with Woods

Nike will continue to support Tiger Woods. The company’s brand president said Thursday he does not want Woods back on the course until he sorts out his private life.

Seton Hall to add women’s golf

Seton Hall University will add women’s golf to its roster of athletic programs for next season, the school announced Feb. 25.

Kerr’s on-course tweak saves round

Cristie Kerr never thought she’d be in the media room Thursday afternoon after her dismal start at the HSBC Women’s Champions – 2 over after three holes.

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Jones displays ‘essence of the Solheim’

explains why the U.S. Solheim Cup team was all dressed up Wednesday night.

Mike Whan gathered together the 2009 U.S. Solheim Cup team – dressed to the nines at the iconic Raffles Hotel – during the pro-am party Wednesday evening to share the news of Rosie Jones’ captaincy.

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Ochoa, Kerr, Stanford share lead at HSBC

HSBC Women’s Champions:

A major championship-like leaderboard broke out Thursday at the HSBC Women’s Champions. Lorena Ochoa, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford were tied for the lead Thursday in Singapore.

Asia’s ESPN STAR signs with OneAsia tour

ESPN STAR Sports has announced a five-year Asian regional television broadcast partnership with the OneAsia golf tour.

Wednesday, February 24

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Fowler backs car over clubs, damages driver

reports that Rickie Fowler accidentally backed his car over his golf clubs, damaging his driver.

Rickie Fowler damaged his “gamer” driver with the flashy Oklahoma State-orange and black shaft and school mascot.

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Junior Ryder Cup changing for the better

Junior Ryder Cup

The Junior Ryder Cup has built a reputation over the last decade for becoming a biennial blowout. But that could change this year now that the teams’ selection processes are in line with each other, writes Eric Soderstrom.

Nothing like sleeping in your own bed

This week is a home game of sorts for many Tour players who consider the TPC Scottsdale practically their backyard.

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Getting to the bottom of slow play

is determined to get to the bottom of slow play in college golf.

I’ve received some interesting feedback about the pace of play blog I wrote. I have heard suggestions, criticisms, advice and tips.

Finchem hoping for Eye2 resolution

reports Tim Finchem is waiting on the sidelines for USGA and Ping to resolve the Eye2 loophole.

It’s been all quiet on the grooves front since the USGA and Karsten Co., makers of Ping equipment, met in Dallas on Feb. 11.

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Jones to captain U.S. at 2011 Solheim Cup

Rosie Jones has been chosen as the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup captain. The news came as a bit of a surprise to the retired tour player, who received a phone call from LPGA commissioner Mike Whan several weeks ago.

Race for No. 1 heats up at HSBC Champions

World No.1 Lorena Ochoa will have to fend off a strong field if she’s to win her first tournament of the year at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.

Park finds drive after an errant 2009

caught up with Angela Park, who is trying to get her game back on track after an errant 2009.

Angela Park thought about quitting golf. Things got so bad last summer that she took all of August off to try and figure things out.

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Hate to be Rude: Back to the future

Hate to be Rude

If Tiger Woods makes the difficult transformation into becoming a people person and a giver, he has a chance to be a real hero. Is that asking too much? Jeff Rude weighs in.

Tuesday, February 23

European Tour to players: Know the rules

Dustin Johnson had to call for a ruling on consecutive shots around the fifth green in the final round at Pebble Beach. One was for relief from the grandstands, the other because his chip came to rest in a sprinkler head.

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Fantasy Aces: Phoenix Open

Phoenix Open

Phil Mickelson is back in action this week at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. You can bet the Fantasy Aces have taken notice.

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No. 1 ASU cruises to third title of season

ASU wins Wildcat Invitational

Arizona State is off to a good start in defense of its 2009 NCAA Women’s Championship title. The top-ranked Sun Devils won the Wildcat Invitational on Tuesday for their third victory of the season.

Ole Miss survives with Mobile Bay title

Despite a 13-over 301 in the final round, Mississippi hung on to win the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate on Tuesday.

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Masters without Tiger? We’ll be fine, CBS says

Television viewership will fall without Tiger Woods, but the networks that air the sport and the PGA Tour itself can handle the setback.

Miami rallies to win Kiawah Island Classic

Trailing by 11 shots to start the final round, Miami rallied Tuesday to win the Edwin Watts/Kiawah Island Classic at Oak Point Golf Club in Kiawah Island, S.C.

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Wrist surgery to sideline Horschel for 2010

PGA Tour rookie Billy Horschel will have season-ending surgery on his left wrist.

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Grading Woods’ appearance during apology

A person’s appearance can speak as loudly as his or her words. Last week, millions watched Tiger Woods make his first public statement in three months. This was one time that Tiger needed to be dressed to impressed.

P&G: Woods’ future with Gillette uncertain

The CEO of the Procter & Gamble Co. says he doesn’t know whether golfer Tiger Woods will ever appear in another Gillette commercial, and everyone else wonders when he will next appear in a televised golf tournament.

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Garza quietly posting incredible numbers

Garza leading Wichita State

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone, but Wichita State’s Dustin Garza has quietly become one of the best players in the country. Sean Martin explains why the laid-back senior is succeeding.

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Toy Box notes: Poulter’s puttering

says finding the perfect putter takes time. Just ask Ian Poulter.

Finding the perfect putter takes time. Just ask Ian Poulter, who used a Rife putter to win the Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Lendl sisters lead UF rout at Central District

Florida wins Central District

Sisters Isabelle and Marika Lendl earned co-medalist honors Tuesday en route to leading Florida to dominating victory at the Central District Invitational. The Gators beat second-place TCU by 29 shots.

In this issue: Feb. 26, 2010

Inside the Feb. 26, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

North Texas gets first win in five years

After going five years without a victory, North Texas shot a 17-over 585 to win the J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate.

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Woods writes to parents at daughter’s school

Tiger Woods has offered another apology, this time to parents of children at the preschool that his 2-year-old daughter attends, an Orlando television station reported Tuesday.

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Texas holds off OSU, wins in Puerto Rico

Texas wins Puerto Rico Classic

Texas won its first team title of the 2009-10 season Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Classic. Led by freshman Cody Gribble, the Longhorns topped No. 1 Oklahoma State by six shots.

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Wetterich (remember him?) plots return to Tour

Wetterich returns to Tour

Brett Wetterich hasn’t seen PGA Tour competition since June 2008. But at 36, Wetterich has penciled in the Honda Classic to make a re-entry. Jim McCabe explains where he has been.

Rookie diary: Revving up for TPC Scottsdale

says his wrist is feeling better and can’t wait to play TPC Scottsdale this week.

Last week was an interesting week for me. As I said in my last diary, I was looking forward to going to Mexico to play at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Steel shafts: Heavy vs. light

There are no steel driver shafts on the PGA Tour, yet almost every player on the Tour uses steel shafts in his irons.

Wie creates a frenzy in Singapore

explains why Michelle Wie caused a media frenzy Tuesday in Singapore.

Being compared to Tiger Woods these days can get a little awkward.

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Welcome to ‘Asia’s major’

A news conference at the luxurious Raffles Hotel on Tuesday morning kicked off the HSBC Women’s Champions. Once again, the room was packed with Asian media and various tournament constituents.

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Amateur Francis wins Phoenix Open qualifier

Two weeks ago, Arizona State’s Philip Francis admitted that missing an entire college season “kinda stinks.”

Monday, February 22

Winter weather in sunshine states

says winter weather has been tough to escape for college golfers, even in sunshine states.

A few years back it seemed like every event I attended and most I heard about had issues with rough weather. My memory was jogged when I heard Monday about some of the issues at several tournaments.

Like the burger joint, Tour players ‘In-n-out’

draws an analogy between a burger joint and the predicament of several players in Scottsdale.

In n’ out. I could totally go for a double-double animal style right now from the burger chain with a location right around the corner from TPC Scottsdale. But in this case, that’s been the status for several golfers hoping to make the field at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One minute they are in, the next they are out.

Daly as an underwear model? Believe it

John Daly has a new endorsement deal to go with those outrageously loud pants.

Miami event to offer three exemptions

Thanks to the First Tee of Miami, Florida isn’t just a spring break destination for college students anymore.

A caution sign on the road to Asia

says there are troubling signs of how golf is emerging in Asia.

The way Bruce Charlton tells the story, the global business that now is Robert Trent Jones II emerged almost accidentally – the result of slightly different interpretations of geographical boundaries between the firm’s patriarch and his son.

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PR experts: Tiger’s apology just the first step


Crisis-management experts weigh in on Tiger Woods’ apology. Their take: The court of public opinion needs more evidence before forgiving – or condemning him.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 15-21, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Adams re-enters putter category

Adams Golf has returned to the putter business for the first time since 2002.

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Mizuno touts its shaft-fitting device

Can’t figure out which shaft to use? Mizuno’s Shaft Optimizer has the answer for you.

Greensboro gets 2011 D-III Championship

The NCAA has announced that Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., will be the site of the 2011 Division III men’s golf championship. The tournament will take place May 10-13, with Guilford College and the Greensboro Sports Commission co-hosting.

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Look out for these English guys

says to watch out for the English, as three of them are now ranked in the top 10 in the world.

While its isn’t the Revolutionary War and the Red Coats are not sailing into Boston Harbor, the English are finally making a big statement in the World Ranking.

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Gribble sparks Texas to lead in Puerto Rico

Led by a 7-under 65 from freshman Cody Gribble, No. 9 Texas grabbed the lead Monday after two rounds at the Puerto Rico Classic.

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An innovative introduction from Adidas Golf

Leave it to Adidas Golf to come up with a new and creative way to introduce its newest shoe. The next-generation Powerband 3.0 will be unveiled at this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Small keeping his hand in pro game

explains why professional golf adds up to a pretty good side gig for Illinois coach Mike Small.

Mike Small, the University of Illinois men’s golf coach, had a pretty good professional career before returning to his alma mater to transform the Illini into a national power.sea

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Team of the week: Central Florida

The Knights finished one shot in front of Georgia State to win the Hurricane Invitational – UCF’s first tournament title in seven years.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins rallied in the final round with a 7-under 348 to claim a one-shot victory over Arkansas and Washington at the inaugural Battle at the Beach in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Player of the Week: Christine Wong, San Diego State

The Aztecs freshman collected her second victory in five college starts at the Hurricane Invitational in Miami Lakes, Fla. Wong shot 69-74-74 for a 1-over 217 total and a three-shot victory.

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Player of the Week: Andrea Pavan, Texas A&M

The Aggies senior shot a final-round 65 for a 12-under 204 total and a two-shot victory – his first college title – at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawai

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Ventana Canyon

This time of year, there are few better places to tee it up than Arizona. The state is chockablock with tremendous golf courses, and there are good deals to be had.

Casey to give $100,000 to Houston charity

Paul Casey promised to help a local charity after winning the Houston Open last year for his first PGA Tour victory. Tournament officials discovered Monday how serious he was.

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Alabama’s RTJ Golf Trail provides a true test

Alabama’s RTJ Golf Trail

At first glance, Alabama’s Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail can be a little intimidating. James Achenbach made 11 stops and played 26 courses on the Trail, and offers one key piece of advice for players embarking on this golf dream trip: Pick the correct tees.

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When are shorts and skorts too short?

Who wears short shorts? Some LPGA players, that's who! It seems things are getting a little cheekier on the fairways of the LPGA.

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Fiji: Where golf comes with an ocean view

Looking to ditch the hectic pace of everyday life? As James Achenbach found out, a trip to Fiji combines a relaxing, picturesque vacation setting with golf venues that test every aspect of your game.

Inside the Match Play numbers

For the seventh time in the past nine years, the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index was a better predictor than the Official World Golf Ranking of who won each match.

Barron misses cut on eGolf Professional Tour

In the midst of a yearlong suspension by the PGA Tour for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, Doug Barron made his first appearance on the eGolf Professional Tour.

Federer says ‘worst has passed’ for Woods

Roger Federer believes the worst is over for his “good friend” Tiger Woods and hopes to see him back on the golf course, local reports said Monday.

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My first trip to an LPGA event in Asia

details her first trip to an LPGA event in Asia. (P.S. Make sure you take an elephant ride.)

To understand what the LPGA represents in the modern era, one almost has to travel outside U.S. borders.

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Monday Scramble: Who didn’t watch?

Monday Scramble

Tiger Woods’ Friday statement probably was the most-watched 14 minutes in golf history. The Monday Scramble measures the impact.

Sunday, February 21

Rookie diary: The trials of Tour travel

made another cut on the PGA Tour. If only he can get that travel thing down, too.

Hola from Mexico. I am leaving early Monday morning from the Cancun airport for Arizona.

Beckman wins Mayakoba, third Tour title

Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Joe Durant and Brian Stuard.

Langer makes playoff eagle to win Allianz

Bernhard Langer knocked in a bunker shot for eagle on the first playoff hole to beat John Cook for the Allianz Championship title on Sunday.

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Poulter tops Casey to win WGC-Match Play

Poulter wins WGC-Match Play

Ian Poulter defeated fellow Englishman Paul Casey, 4 and 2, on Sunday to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. It was Poulter’s first victory in the United States.

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Oklahoma State takes early Puerto Rico lead

Top-ranked Oklahoma State jumped out to an early lead Sunday at the Puerto Rico Classic.

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Finchem: I should have briefed players

reports that Tim Finchem has taken the blame for not briefing players on Tiger’s announcement.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem is taking the blame for not alerting players ahead of time why Tiger Woods chose to make his first public appearance during the Match Play Championship.

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Poulter, Casey in all-England Match Play final

Match Play Championship

Ian Poulter (right) lost some of his momentum but not the lead, building a 2-up advantage over Paul Casey midway through their 36-hole match Sunday in an All-England final of the Match Play Championship.

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Casey makes quick work of Villegas Sunday

says a snap hook by Camilo Villegas sent Paul Casey to the Match Play final early Sunday morning.

What couldn’t be decided in more than six hours of golf Saturday took barely 15 minutes to finish Sunday morning.

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Miyazato wins LPGA opener in amazing finish

Japanese star Ai Miyazato rallied to win the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand on Sunday, holing a 30-foot birdie chip on the final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke victory over Norway's Suzann Pettersen.

Saturday, February 20

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Dalai Lama says faith is important for Woods

The Dalai Lama commented on Tiger Woods’ sex scandals Saturday, saying self-discipline is among Buddhism’s highest values, one day after Woods said he had strayed from his Buddhist faith.

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Durant maintains two-shot Mayakoba lead

Joe Durant remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 2006, birdieing the final two holes Saturday for a 2-under 69 and a two-stroke lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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Poulter in Match Play final; opponent unknown

Ian Poulter reached the final of the Match Play Championship with an easy victory over Sergio Garcia on Saturday in the nastiest weather of the week.

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Armour, Simpson move into Allianz lead

Tommy Armour III and Tim Simpson were tied for the lead at 13 under after the second round of the Allianz Championship on Saturday.

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Caddie: No heckling when Tiger returns

Tiger Woods’ caddie Steve Williams says he won’t tolerate any heckling of his star player whenever the world’s No. 1 golfer returns to competition.

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Stewart (NR, 2010) commits to Purdue

– one of the last top players in the class of 2010 to sign – will play for Purdue in the fall.

Alexandra Stewart, who was ranked No. 11 in the 2010 class in January, has decided to continue her golfing career at Purdue next fall. Stewart was one of the top players from the 2010 class yet to sign.

Players struggle as desert weather worsens

watched the weather take a turn for the worse at Match Play, and the remaining players’ games do the same.

We came to watch the Accenture Match Play Championship and the British Open broke out.

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Woods to turn to Buddhism during recovery

In the theater of American public apologies, it’s common for celebrities to invoke their faith.

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Tiger’s next task? Returning to the Tour

Tiger Woods suddenly appeared through a door-sized gap in the blue curtains as the room fell silent.

Jaidee’s got game, and showing it in Arizona

Standing to the side of the 18th green here at Dove Mountain, Thongchai Jaidee was explaining why at the age of 40 he was thrilled to get chances to play golf in America.

ShotLink adds modern twist to Match Play

explains why the Match Play field has taken an interest in ShotLink.

Example No. 3,675 that this isn’t quite like pro golf when your grandfather watched. Heck, it’s not much like your father’s golf, either.

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Whan enjoys close-up of his tour

says commissioner Michael Whan likes what he sees at the LPGA Thailand.

Someone reminded me this week of the stark contrast between Mike Whan’s first week as LPGA commissioner and that of Carolyn Bivens four years ago. For starters, the media are still here.

Pettersen sets pace in endurance race

It comes as no surprise that someone of Suzann Pettersen’s physique leads the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand.

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Pettersen builds 5-shot lead in Thailand

Suzann Pettersen had her third straight bogey-free round Saturday, shooting a 4-under 68 and opening a five-stroke lead in the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand.

Friday, February 19

Pandolfi named head coach at West Florida

Former Duke golfer Jennifer Pandolfi has been named the head women’s golf coach at West Florida, a Division II school in Pensacola.

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Math error nearly ends Cink’s match play run

Hitting it 334 yards as straight as a laser? No worries. That’s golf. That’s the easy part.

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Durant builds two-shot lead at Mayakoba

Joe Durant shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to increase his lead to two strokes in the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Suspect in mislabeled Gatorade pleads guilty

A Colorado man who replaced labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word “unfaithful” has pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors that calls for probation.

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Casey continues to cruise at Match Play

Paul Casey has yet to play the final four holes at Dove Mountain after three days of the Match Play Championship.

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Roig (No. 6, 2011) commits to UCLA

has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.

Kyle Roig, No. 6 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings in the class of 2011, has committed to UCLA.

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Wong thriving amid new surroundings

College notebook

Everyone talks about the weather in San Diego. But freshman Christine Wong is even more impressed with the environment she’s found at San Diego State. Julie Williams explains.

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Haas, Jenkins share Allianz lead

Tom Jenkins and Jay Haas shot rounds of 8-under 64 on Friday to take the lead after the first round of the Allianz Championship.

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Vote: Was Tiger Woods’ apology sincere?

Was Tiger Woods’ apology sincere?

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Playing it conservative in Thailand

With the LPGA kicking off their season in Thailand, Ashley Crain explains why her predictions have not come true.

Slow pace of play in college golf is unacceptable

offers a few solutions that could cure the slow pace of play plaguing college golf.

Ever since I started at Golfweek, I have been told to accept the fact that college golf is slow.

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Woods takes first step toward new image

says while Tiger Woods’ address wasn’t perfect, it was a start to rebuilding his image.

Jeff Rude says while Tiger Woods’ address wasn’t perfect, it was a start to rebuilding his image.

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Finchem: Woods’ words good news for Tour

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem applauded Tiger Woods’ statement Friday, calling it good news for the Tour.

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Kultida Woods: ‘I’m so proud to be his mother’

Tiger Woods’ mother, Kultida, spoke to reporters following her son’s statement Friday at TPC Sawgrass

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Tour players reluctant to comment on Woods

Tour players saying little

What are they saying in Arizona? Very little. Tour players at the Accenture Match Play Championship did their best to duck questions after Tiger Woods delivered his statement Friday. Jim McCabe was there.

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A rare glimpse at the man, not the golfer

A surreal morning for all

Tiger Woods stepped away from the podium following his 14-minute statement at TPC Sawgrass saying he would become a better man. But words are only the first step in a long process, writes Jeff Babineau.

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The real Tiger Woods? Time will tell

says Tiger Woods has surprised him once again, coming off as ashamed, sorrowful and vulnerable.

The reality show that is Tiger Woods this golf season could have debuted with all the moral weight of an infomercial. Yet once again, he surprises us – or at least this reviewer – with a stunningly crafted, cliché-less confessional that went far beyond anything that any other athlete in memory has uttered.

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Full transcript: Tiger Woods’ statement

Woods statement

Read the complete transcript of Tiger Woods’ Friday statement at TPC Sawgrass.

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Tiger apologizes, unsure of return

Woods statement

Tiger Woods spoke to the world for 14 minutes Friday, apologizing for cheating on his wife and describing his behavior as “irresponsible and selfish." He did not say when he would return to golf.

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It’s go time...

describes the scene from the media room at the Marriott at Sawgrass before Tiger’s statement.

Minutes from Tiger Woods’ statement at TPC Sawgrass, Jeff Babineau checks in from just down the road.

With all these satellite trucks...

First thought here at the Tiger Woods coming-out circus: If the Players Championship had this many satellite trucks in the vicinity of the TPC Sawgrass, it would be a major.

Mislabeled Gatorade suspect in court Friday

Prosecutors say a man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word "unfaithful" is due in court Friday and may plead guilty.

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Pettersen takes 3-shot lead at LPGA Thailand

Suzann Pettersen of Norway has shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the LPGA Thailand event at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course.

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Kim shaken but unharmed in bus accident

Christina Kim was shaken but unhurt when the bus she was riding in crashed on its way to the course hosting the LPGA Tour’s season-opening event.

Thursday, February 18

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Creamer withdraws in Thailand

explains why Paula Creamer has WD’d from the LPGA’s season opener.

Paula Creamer has withdrawn from the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand with a nagging left hand injury.

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Finchem letter: Woods returning to therapy

Woods to return to rehab

Tiger Woods will return to therapy after he speaks publicly for the first time about his infidelity, which explains the timing of Friday's statement, according to a letter from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Source: Woods could still be involved in rehab

reports Tiger Woods could be rushing Friday’s statement because he’s on short leave from rehab.

What is the hurry? What is the “time sensitive” issue that has prompted the PGA Tour to clear its clubhouse for the presentation of a Tiger Woods statement Friday?

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South Africans faring well at Match Play

Safest bet on a warm day here in the desert: No matter how the final match of the day went, the field of 16 in the Accenture Match Play Championship was going to include three South Africans.

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GWAA votes, will not be among pool reporters

The Golf Writers Association of America’s board of directors voted overwhelmingly Thursday not to participate as pool reporters Friday when Tiger Woods issues his first public statement in nearly three months.

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Durant leads Mayakoba Classic with 64

Joe Durant birdied five of the final eight holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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Westwood, Furyk fall in Match Play

The remaining top four seeds went down, and so did the defending champion.

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Daniel Lee (No. 11, 2011) commits to USC

has given his verbal commitment to the University of Southern California.

Daniel Lee, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, told Golfweek that he has made a verbal commitment to USC.

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A threat to Appleby’s majors streak

says Stuart Appleby’s WGC appearance streak is over – and his run in the majors is also in danger.

One streak is toast. Another soon could be in jeopardy.

Accenture on Tiger’s interruption: ‘We’ll carry on’

has Accenture’s reaction to the news of Tiger Woods’ Friday announcement.

For all their millions of dollars, the folks at Accenture are getting the back seat to the golf news this week.

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Pavin ready for Champions Tour success

Former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin is making the most of his second chance at being a rookie.

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Rice starting to gain momentum

College notebook

The Rice men’s golf team might not be the most storied program in the city of Houston, but senior Christopher Brown and the Owls are making sure they get the most attention there this year. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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TPC Sawgrass clamps down ahead of Tiger

with details about preparations at TPC Sawgrass for Tiger Woods’ announcement.

If you were thinking about swinging by TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for a round of golf Friday, you might want to reconsider. Access to the property’s two courses will be limited because of Tiger Woods’ announcement at 11 a.m.

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Loudmouth Golf makes Olympic splash

reports the Norwegian Curling Team is wearing Loudmouth Golf apparel at the Olympics.

Golf will return to the Olympics in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, but one golf-specific apparel company is already making an appearance at the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Getting ready for Round 2 of Match Play

A little of this, a dose of that as we push off on the second day of the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.

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Questions mount as Tiger prepares to talk

What will Tiger say?

Tiger Woods makes his first public appearance in nearly three months at 11 a.m. EST Friday. But what will he say?

Nationwide Tour to stage Chiquita Classic

In the undercard to Tiger Woods’ public appearance, the Nationwide Tour is scheduled to have a news conference of its own Friday morning.

A preview of a possible future star

Get used to the name Ariya Jutanugarn. She’s coming to a USGA event near you this summer if all goes as planned.

New season, new looks on LPGA

It’s always interesting to look down the range at the start of every season to see who has changed her look.

Creamer in tears after Round 1 in Thailand

explains why Paula Creamer was in tears following the first round of the season.

Paula Creamer walked off the 18th green Thursday in tears. Her torrid start to 2010 seemingly slowed by a left thumb injury that won’t go away.

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Pettersen shares lead in LPGA opener

Suzann Pettersen shot 6-under 66 Thursday at the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand to share the first-round lead with M.J. Hur.

Wednesday, February 17

Comparing rankings at the Match Play

The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is underway and it’s always fun for me to look at some of the players that found a way into the field based on their Official World Ranking and compare the Golfweek/Sagarin numbers to the OWR numbers.

Wilson set for Mayakoba title defense

Mark Wilson is in basically the same position he was a year ago at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Suspended Barron back in action in S.C.

Doug Barron played his first competitive round Wednesday since being suspended for one year for violation of the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy. He shot 3-over 75 in the eGolf Professional Tour’s Palmetto Hall Championship in Hilton Head, S.C.

Fake Gatorade bottles suspect considers plea

Prosecutors say a man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles in a supermarket with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word “unfaithful” is considering pleading guilty.

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The Match Play stories that Tiger trounced

takes a look at all the good Wednesday Match Play stories that Tiger Woods trounced.

Jim McCabe takes a look at all the great first-round Match Play stories that Tiger Woods trounced.

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Why now? Players react to Woods’ plans

Woods to speak Friday

Tiger Woods isn’t playing the WGC-Accenture Match Play, but his presence is being felt. As Jeff Rude writes, player reaction to Woods’ announcement was strong. Just talk to Ernie Els.

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Top seed Stricker knocked out of Match Play

Ross McGowan of England rolled in a 30-foot par putt on the 19th hole to beat Steve Stricker, only the second time in the Match Play Championship that the No. 1 seed was beaten in the opening round.

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Controlling the message key for Woods camp

Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at IMG, outlined the groundrules of Friday’s statement.

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Vote: When will Tiger return to PGA Tour?

Tiger Woods will conduct a press conference Friday at 11 a.m. EST, reported Wednesday.

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Woods to make statement Friday

News conference set Friday

Tiger Woods will speak publicly Friday for the first time since his SUV accident. However, Woods will not take any questions from the media at PGA Tour headquarters.

Where are the competitive matches?

The WGC-Accenture Match Play this morning is like most of the Super Bowls I watched as a kid, “Blow Out City”. Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir are all 4 up.

Stenson out at Accenture Match Play

Henrik Stenson withdrew from the WGC-Accenture Match Play because of flu symptoms after one hole of a first-round match against Ben Crane.

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Variety makes wedge shopping a delight

Year of the wedge

James Achenbach has wedges on his mind. With so many options, 2010 may as well be “The Year of the Wedge.”

Johnson off to rocky start at Match Play

reports Dustin Johnson conceded his first four holes at the Accenture Match Play.

Dustin Johnson has had two good weeks on the PGA Tour, but that looks to be coming to an end as he has conceded the first four holes to Camilo Villegas on Wednesday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Top 5 revelations from Battle at the Beach

with his top 5 revelations from the Battle at the Beach. (Hint: Carts speed up play.)

1) Washington got better: We already know that Nick Taylor and Richard Lee are one of the best 1-2 punches in college golf, and Darren Wallace is a solid No. 3.

Rookie diary: My wild ride at Pebble Beach

files another entry in his rookie diary. Guess who holed out (again!) to make a cut?

Pebble Beach was awesome! I had such an amazing time there last week.

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The girls are back!

Finally, a moment we’ve been waiting for – the LPGA is back in action. This week the ladies will tee it up at the Honda PTT LPGA in Chonburi, Thailand.

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Johnson looks sharp en route to victory

Fresh off back-to-back wins (2009 and ’10) at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Dustin Johnson’s game is not the only thing I’m impressed with. Adidas golf should be pleased to have Johnson on their roster. He’s at the top of the leaderboard in both golf and style.

WGC + Tiger = $21 million plus

No Tiger, no matter. The Accenture Match Play Championship is under way.

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In Land of Smiles, hers might be biggest

LPGA season gets underway

Finally, a chance to talk birdies and bogeys. Beth Ann Baldry is in Thailand for the start of the 2010 LPGA season and explains why Suzann Pettersen is ready to rock.

Tseng taps Gilchrist as new instructor

Yani Tseng tried five different Orlando-area instructors in two weeks. Yes, five. The winner? Gary Gilchrist, the fun-loving South African who worked with Michelle Wie several years ago and then Suzann Pettersen.

What if my clubs don’t arrive?

is in Thailand for the LPGA opener and reports that Angela Stanford’s clubs have finally arrived.

All tourists hold their breath at baggage claim, willing their banged-up suitcases to make their way around the track. For professional golfers, the anxiety runs even deeper when their clubs go missing.

LPGA opener a full house

Walked into the media room Wednesday and was blown away by the fact that nearly every seat was full.

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Wie delivering on her limitless potential

LPGA Preview 2010

All eyes will be on Michelle Wie as the 2010 LPGA season kicks off Thursday. Beth Ann Baldry spent a day with the standout in November and experienced a side of Wie the golf world knows little about.

Tuesday, February 16

Q&A: R.J. Harper, Senior VP Golf, Pebble Beach Co.

Harper, whose tenure at Pebble began more than two decades ago as a course marshal, is the general chairman when the U.S. Open returns on June 14-20.

Westwood hoping for a Monday return

says Lee Westwood’s daughter had trouble grasping when he would return home from the Match Play.

Lee Westwood’s 5-year-old daughter, Poppy, asked him Sunday when he left England when he was going to be back home from the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

McIlroy taking precautions with back pain

Budding superstar Rory McIlroy has some back issues at age 20. So far the stress in his lower back hasn’t held him back, for he has knocked out several high finishes, but he is taking precautions. That means rubdowns and ice treatments.

Scott happy to be back in dry conditions

Of the 64 players here at the Accenture Match Play Championship, none could have been more happier to see warm, dry weather than Adam Scott. The Aussie simply is relieved to be rid of lift, clean and place conditions.

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It’s golf’s version of the bracket buster

WGC-Accenture Match Play

Golf’s version of March Madness kicks off Wednesday in Arizona. Does the PGA Tour pull off the excitement of the NCAA tournament at the Match Play Championship. Jim McCabe weighs in.

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Texas Tech wins UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational

Tech wins UTSA event

Texas Tech junior Nils Floren led the 17th-ranked Red Raiders to a two-shot victory Tuesday at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational.

Tahoe celeb event nets $167K for charities

Tourism officials and charity sponsors helped raise more than $167,000 for local nonprofit groups and area hospitals during the 2009 American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe.

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Keep an eye on Kaymer at Match Play

says Martin Kaymer is enjoying the ride as a No. 1 seed at the Accenture Match Play.

Three of the four top seeds at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship are household names: Steve Stricker, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk.

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Fantasy Aces: WGC-Accenture Match Play

WGC-Accenture Match Play

Our Fantasy Aces have filled our their WGC-Accenture Match Play brackets and are ready for an exciting week in Arizona.

Toy Box: Johnson uses prototype hybrid

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner Dustin Johnson carried a prototype 22-degree TaylorMade hybrid. It has a small head with an adjustable face. The face is deeper in the toe area, and it has less bulge and roll than current models.

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Amateurs weigh switch to new grooves

Amateurs and new grooves

Turning pro is difficult enough. This year’s crop of aspiring pros will be the first that has to clear another hurdle: adjusting to the new grooves. Sean Martin reports.

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WGC-Accenture Match Play tee times

First-round pairings at the Accenture Match Play in Marana, Ariz.

Compton qualifies for Mayakoba Classic

Erik Compton will play on the PGA Tour this week after Monday qualifying for the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Compton earned medalist honors after shooting 66 at Iberostar Golf Course.

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Watson merits an encore at Pebble Beach

Give Watson Open exemption

Tom Watson provided one of the most memorable finishes in U.S. Open history with his victory in 1982. But here’s the kicker: As of now, Watson isn’t eligible for the 2010 U.S. Open. Adam Schupak reports.

Rookie diary: Memorable week at Pebble

got engaged to his girlfriend at Pebble Beach. Read about it in his rookie diary.

It was another close call for me making the cut. I played really solid after the first round at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, shooting 68 at Pebble and 69 at Monterey Peninsula CC.

DuPont may sponsor LPGA Championship

Tour insiders say the LPGA is close to finding a long-term sponsor for the LPGA Championship. Of course, we’ve been hearing that for months.

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Creamer bouncing back from thumb injury

It’s sad that the first question that comes to mind when talking to Paula Creamer these days is “How is your health?” She’s only 23, but illnesses and injuries have dominated her life for more than a year.

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Whan makes early impression on LPGA

reports players are already impressed with new LPGA commish Michael Whan.

Helen Alfredsson feels as good now about the decision to hire Mike Whan as she did four months ago.

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New pellets: Something for everyone

Something for everyone

From balls that go far to balls that spin more, this year’s early offerings have options to suit any game. James Achenbach has some selections.

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Royal Liverpool gets 2014 British Open

Royal Liverpool will host the 2014 British Open, the 12th time it will stage golf’s oldest major.

Monday, February 15

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Washington frosh making impact in Newport

Battle at the Beach (Rd. 2)

Washington already has a fearsome threesome. Better add one more to that list. Freshman Chris Williams is making a statement at the Battle at the Beach. Ron Balicki explains.

Junior Fantasy results: Annika, HP Boys

Two more junior events are the in the books, and the race among Golfweek staffers to become the Junior Golf guru continues. This week’s results put Eric Soderstrom way ahead of the pack.

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Player of the Week: Bobby Wyatt

Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 5-under 211 (65, 72, 74) at the Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas to win the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods by two shots.

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Player of the Week: Victoria Tanco

Victoria Tanco, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 5-under 211 (73-66-72) at Reunion (Fla.) Resort’s Independence Course to win the Annika Invitational by three shots.

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Stackhouse stoked about Mojo 6 invite

talked to Mariah Stackhouse at the Annika Invitational about her invitation to the LPGA Mojo 6.

To hear Mariah Stackhouse tell it, the invitation she received to the LPGA’s Mojo 6 tournament in Jamaica is one of the highlights of her career so far.

Can I take one for a test drive, please?

If you wanted to get an idea of the clientele at the Pelican Hill Resort Golf Club all you’d have to do is take a short walk around the upper level valet parking area by the clubhouse.

Extra perks at Battle at the Beach

says tournament organizers at the Battle at the Beach are doing all the little things right. Just check the kitchen.

The Battle at the Beach has been a unique experience.

Tennessee’s traveling adventures to Cali

Just getting to Newport Beach was rockier than me singing “Good Old Rocky Top” for Jim Kelson and his Tennessee Volunteers.

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Wyatt holds off Spieth to win HP Boys

Wyatt wins HP Boys by 2

Bobby Wyatt finished off a wire-to-wire victory at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, holding off top-ranked Jordan Spieth on a cold and windy Monday by two shots.

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Uihlein was sick during Hawaii tourney

reports that Peter Uihlein may have dropped from his No. 1 ranking because of a case of strep throat.

Just spoke to Oklahoma State’s Peter Uihlein for a story on his Walker Cup teammate, Nathan Smith. Of course, I had to ask, “What happened in Hawaii?”

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Tanco leaves no doubt with Annika Invite win

Tanco wins Annika Invitational

Chalk up another AJGA invitational title for Victoria Tanco. The 15-year-old Argentine won the Annika Invitational on Monday, her fourth AJGA major victory. Julie Williams was there.

Buick considers U-turn for Tour sponsorship

reports that General Motors has a desire to get back into PGA Tour event sponsorship.

General Motors, lacking a title sponsorship on the PGA Tour for the first time in more than 50 years, wants back.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 8-14, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Titleist ball-fitting preaches short game

Golfers may obsess about how long they hit it off the tee, but Titleist officials insist it’s the short game that delivers what matters most: lower scores.

Match play spices up college golf

disagrees with Lance Ringler. Bring on more match play in college golf!

Hey Lance! Time for you to renew your chill-pill prescription and get off your match play bad-mouthing bandwagon.

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Duval: ‘This is what I expect of myself’

Minus golf’s two biggest stars, the best are headed to the high desert of Arizona. Equally intriguing is what happens south of the border with David Duval, a player who has not been among the best for more than a decade.

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Klein on Design: No. 3, Ritz-Carlton GC Dove Mountain

No. 3, Dove Mountain

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole: No. 3 at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz.

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Resorts seeking ways to win back customers

Mission: Win back customers

In order to combat the faltering economy, resort operators are creating more packages and upgrades to lure guests. Turnberry Resort in Scotland, for instance, is offering a fourth night free. Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Aruba: Far away, yet right at home

A week in Aruba

Aruba is not a tough sell. How does this sound? A Caribbean sanctuary with a Dutch pedigree, a desert-like topography, a dependably sun-soaked coastline and a windswept Robert Trent Jones Jr. links.

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Team of the week: USC

The Trojans make a statement to start the spring by placing two players in the top 5 and winning over an elite field at the Northrop Grumman.

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Player of the Week: Lisa McCloskey, Pepperdine

Spurred by a second-round 67, the Waves sophomore defeated teammate Taylor Karle and top-ranked Jennifer Song of USC by three shots Feb. 10 and was the only player to finish under par at the Northrop Grumman Challenge.

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Golf’s new hue: More brown, less green

has a novel idea: When it comes to golf courses, brown is better.

It’s one thing to call for a more ecological approach to golf course management. It’s another thing to secure widespread acceptance of the “brown is good” look.

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Team of the week: East Tennessee State

The Bucs placed four players in the top 15 to knock off ACC teams Wake Forest and Clemson and emerge victorious Feb. 9 at TPC Sawgrass.

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Player of the Week: Jonathan Randolph, Mississippi

The Rebels junior makes four consecutive birdies on the back nine Feb. 14 to shoot 67 and win the SunTrust Gator Invitational by a shot.

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Monday Scramble: Valentines for golfers

Monday Scramble

The Monday Scramble is still feeling the love from Valentine’s Day. Check out these popular “Valentines for Golfers.”

Sunday, February 14

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Oregon State leads Battle at the Beach

Battle at the Beach (Rd. 1)

Led by senior Diego Velazquez, Oregon State grabbed the lead Sunday in the opening round of the inaugural Battle at the Beach event. Ron Balicki reports.

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No. 3 Florida dominates home event

Florida wins home event

Boosted by a fantastic fall, Florida won its seventh consecutive SunTrust Gator Invitational on Sunday. All five Gators finished in the top 7. Mike Balducci reports.

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For your game: Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

Powerful Dustin Johnson shares his secrets to balance and power.

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Johnson has game – and life – on track

A day with Dustin Johnson

Who’s the man behind the major heartbreak? Sean Martin spent a day with Dustin Johnson in November 2009.

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Johnson makes it two in a row at Pebble

Johnson wins at Pebble again

Dustin Johnson got up-and-down for birdie on the 18th hole Sunday to win his second consecutive AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Couples earns first Champions Tour victory

Fred Couples earned his first Champions Tour victory Sunday, overcoming a record-tying round by Tommy Armour III to win the ACE Group Classic.

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Spieth, Whitsett chasing Wyatt at HP Boys

Tops juniors in hunt at HP

Three of the nation's top juniors will be paired Monday in the final round of the HP Boys Championship. Leader Bobby Wyatt (pictured, left) is being chased by top-ranked Jordan Spieth (center) and future Alabama teammate Cory Whitsett.

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Tanco shoots 66, ties lead at Annika Invite

Tanco, Beck share Annika lead

Victoria Tanco made a big move at the Annika Invitational on Sunday, posting a 6-under 66 to move into a share of the lead with Laetitia Beck.

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College-Am a reminder of team bonding

teed it up in his first College-Am at the Battle at the Beach, and was part of the winning team.

It dawned on me yesterday after the first hole of the Battle at the Beach College-Am, that in all of my years around college golf I had never teed it up in a college-am.

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Roig (No. 6, 2011) yet to finalize college decision

is in the process of making unofficial visits to colleges, but has not made a final decision.

Kyle Roig, No. 6 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings in the class of 2011, is in the process of making unofficial visits to a number of colleges.

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Couples maintains ACE Group lead

Fred Couples returned to the course Sunday and finished up a 5-under 67, giving him a two-shot lead over Dan Forsman entering the final round of the ACE Group Classic.

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Dodt claims Avantha Masters by a shot

Australia’s Andrew Dodt shot a final-round 68 on Sunday to hold off Englishman Richard Finch by a stroke and win the Avantha Masters.

Presnell shoots 60 for win in Australia

Alistair Presnell shot a 12-under 60 on Sunday to match the PGA Tour of Australasia record and win the Victorian PGA Championship by a stroke.

Saturday, February 13

U.S. Open to have prime time finish

The U.S. Open is planning for another prime time finish this year.

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Scott turns up the heat to make it to Sunday

replays Adam Scott’s bold finish in Round 3, which got him safely into Sunday play at Pebble Beach.

Talk about a sprint into Sunday, check out Adam Scott’s finish in the third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Couples takes 3-shot lead at ACE Group

Fred Couples was in position for his first Champions Tour victory. He’ll have to hold on to the lead at the ACE Group Classic for at least 23 holes on Sunday to do it.

Murray’s two-stroke penalty was no joke

says a late start cost Bill Murray his only birdie of the day at Pebble Beach. No joke.

If the competition was comedy, Bill Murray would have won by a landslide. But since it centered around a rules book, he was no match for PGA Tour official Mark Dusbabek.

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Goydos, Johnson share lead at Pebble

Goydos, Johnson share lead

Despite different playing styles, Paul Goydos and Dustin Johnson broke free from the pack Saturday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. They share a four-shot lead entering the final round.

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Wyatt builds three-shot lead at HP Boys

Wyatt leads by three in Texas

Bobby Wyatt left the field in the dust during the opening round of the AJGA’s HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods, taking a three-shot lead. Can he hold off the country’s best juniors – including top-ranked Jordan Spieth – in Round 2?

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Beck leads by one at Annika Invitational

Beck leads at Annika Invt’l

Laetitia Beck is well on her way to a second tournament title in as many weeks. The Junior Heritage champion fired a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead Saturday at the AJGA’s Annika Invitational.

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Couples, Forsman take lead at ACE Group

Dan Forsman and Fred Couples were tied for the lead after the weather-delayed first round of the ACE Group Classic.

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Duval one shot behind leaders at Pebble

Everyone keeps waiting for David Duval to fail. It’s hard to blame them, really, considering the sobering facts.

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Bland, Hed join 7-way Avantha tie

Richard Bland and Fredrik Andersson Hed both shot 66s in the third round to join a seven-way tie at 11-under 205 atop the leaderboard at the Avantha Masters on Saturday.

Friday, February 12

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Paolucci teed it up with Roger Clemens

talked to Anthony Paolucci after his round with Roger Clemens during an AJGA Junior-Am.

Anthony Paolucci already has a reason to be fired up at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas, and tournament play doesn’t even start until tomorrow.

Grooves settlement isn’t so black-and-white

The lawsuit settlement between Ping and the PGA Tour offers clear direction in the dispute regarding square, high-spinning grooves.

CSU Bakersfield to end golf programs

California State University, Bakersfield will discontinue the men’s and women’s golf teams for the 2010-11 season because of a lack of funding, the school announced Thursday.

Kim plays in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

wonders why Anthony Kim didn’t get more playing time Friday night in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game.

Anthony Kim’s got game. It’s just too bad Magic Johnson didn’t recognize it. Kim came off the bench Friday night for the West team in the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game in Dallas.

Junior Fantasy picks: Annika, HP Boys

It’s a big weekend in junior golf as the AJGA hosts the HP Boys Championship ata Carlton Woods and the Annika Invitational for girls. The Golfweek staffers have made their junior fantasy picks for both events:

Duval in contention once again at Pebble

explains what’s the same and what’s different about David Duval, who’s back in contention.

You have to fight your way through a crowd of six tied atop the leaderboard – navigating through a media guide, of course, since Alex Cejka, Matt Jones and Bryce Molder are among those setting the pace – but once you do that, you find the name saturated in the most intrigue halfway through the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Johnson highlights 6-way tie at Pebble

Six share lead at Pebble Beach

A crowd of players will enter the weekend atop the leaderboard at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Six players got to 10 under Friday, including defending champion Dustin Johnson.

College golf should stick to a single format

thinks college events featuring a match play format are unrealistic.

In college basketball, they call it March Madness. The country is quick to jump on the bandwagon for Princeton, George Mason or Gonzaga as soon as the team strings together a couple of wins in tournament play.

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Match Play will go on without Woods

Woods not at Match Play

The 64-man field at the Match Play Championship does not include Tiger Woods, who did not meet the deadline Friday afternoon for entering the event next week in Arizona.

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High winds suspend play at ACE Group

Golfers occasionally catch a break in rough weather because of when they tee off. That was the case for Ronnie Black on Friday.

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Which celebs look best at Pebble Beach?

reviews celebrity fashion at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

I found a few noteworthy and not-so-noteworthy looks at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Ryder Cup stars may not see Celtic Manor

Ryder Cup preview

Three European Ryder Cup stars likely will miss the Celtic Manor Wales Open this summer. As Alistair Tait writes, that could be a problem for Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.

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Hedwall building momentum early in spring

Hedwall starts spring strong

Oklahoma State sophomore Caroline Hedwall notched her third collegiate victory Feb. 9 in Puerto Rico. As Julie Williams writes, starting strong is nothing new to Hedwall.

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Cauley overtakes Uihlein as top college player

explains how the country’s new top-ranked collegian still hasn’t taken a swing yet this spring.

I don’t know about you, but it just seems a bit early in the year for me to be shifting into fifth gear with college golf.

Lane takes lead at Avantha Masters

Barry Lane shot a second consecutive 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Avantha Masters.

Thursday, February 11

Purse size an indicator of Tour’s growth

says the size of Tour players’ paychecks has come a long way since the first Crosby Clambake.

For generations, the pros have been showing up at Pebble Beach. What started as a gathering of a few of Bing Crosby’s friends has grown into one of golf’s most celebrated gatherings.

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‘Big Three’ to raise millions in charity event

Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player are getting together for a charity event in June expected to raise more than $12 million for a school that helps needy children.

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Couples, Azinger set for ACE Group Classic

Fred Couples tried to temper expectations a bit before his first full-field event on the Champions Tour.

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Johnson leads at Pebble; Duval three back

Johnson leads early with 64

A stretch of five birdies to end the day at Pebble Beach left Dustin Johnson with a 64 and the first-round lead at the AT&T National Pro-Am.

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LPGA hires PGA Tour executive as CMO

Meet Jon Podany

Jon Podany, the LPGA’s new chief marketing officer, is a former Procter & Gamble man. He’ll need to tap that experience to create some brand magic for the tour.

Could Miami come calling for Marsh?

Lela Cannon will be retiring from the University of Miami after 27 years with the Hurricanes – a bit of college golf news that’s been known for some time.

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Baddeley teaches Watney the ‘Run n’ Shoot’ offense

watched Aaron Baddeley teach Nick Watney the ‘Run n’ Shoot’ offense (it’s a putting thing).

There are a couple of schools of thought when pros are trying to improve their putting, golf’s endless and seemingly most futile search

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Arizona’s Saferian gets back on track

College Notebook

Arizona senior Rich Saferian’s last two college victories? The 2007 JuCo national championship and last week’s Arizona Invitational. Ron Balicki explains what happened in between.

Siem shoots 64 for lead at Avantha Masters

Marcel Siem of Germany birdied the ninth hole Thursday en route to an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters tournament.

Wednesday, February 10

Gielow’s golf marathon ends with a victory

reports that Wake Forest senior Brendan Gielow’s five-day, four-state, six-round journey ended in success.

When Wake Forest’s Brendan Gielow returned to Winston-Salem, N.C., Tuesday night, he ended a whirlwind journey.

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Even O’Meara hasn’t spoken with Tiger

says even longtime mentor Mark O’Meara hasn’t spoken with Tiger since the scandal broke.

Clearly when the private Tiger Woods goes underground, he goes underground. His longtime mentor Mark O’Meara said at Toshiba Classic media day that he hasn’t talked with Woods since the world No. 1’s sex scandal broke last November.

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Song leads USC to Northrop Grumman win

Southern California got back into their groove Wednesday, winning the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge by three shots over Pepperdine.

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Taylor carries Olympic torch in hometown

Taylor carries Olympic torch

Washington senior Nick Taylor carried the Olympic Torch in his hometown of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Sunday evening, describing it as “once in a lifetime.”

Parnevik changes tune on injury

Jesper Parnevik sounded optimistic about returning to golf Wednesday after speaking to a Michigan specialist who told him he could avoid surgery for a broken vertebrae

Kia Motors signs deals with Wie, LPGA

Kia Motors America is getting involved with the LPGA tour, agreeing to an endorsement deal with Michelle Wie and a title sponsorship for a new tournament at La Costa Resort.

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Hate to be Rude: Making a splash

Tiger, Pebble & Brangelina

What would be more remarkable than getting up and down from the pond surrounding the island 17th at TPC Sawgrass? Jeff Rude has that answer (and more) in this week’s Hate to be Rude.

Tuesday, February 9

Toy Box notes: Amateurs can learn from Stricker

thinks amateurs could learn a thing or two from what’s in Steve Stricker’s bag.

Northern Trust Open winner Steve Stricker, who is not exactly a bomber off the tee, exemplifies several trends in golf that could be important to amateurs of average length.

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Sharks chomp up inaugural Spring Invit’l

Nova Southeastern triumphs

The steady rain that fell over Reunion Resort most of Tuesday was no match for the Sharks of Nova Southeastern. An impressive back-nine attack earned NSU a two-shot victory at Golfweek’s Spring Invitational and its second consecutive victory.

ETSU gets team effort in JU Invite win

Led by a strong showing from sophomore Michael Stewart, Eastern Tennessee State won the Jacksonville University Invitational at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday.

How fashion factors into your first Tour event

talks to a former classmate about how fashion factored into his first PGA Tour experience.

Imagine all the things that go through a golfer’s head at their first PGA Tour event: tickets, tee times and large galleries, not to mention the golf.

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Korda (No. 2, 2011) undecided on college plans

is yet to make an unofficial visit or ‘any kind of decision’ about her college plans.

Jessica Korda is focused on the moment, which means all future plans can wait. The 16-year-old high school junior isn’t making any decisions about college yet, nor has she made any decisions about a future trip to LPGA Q-School.

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Tiger owns Pebble, right? Not so fast

Tiger Woods opened the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines with a 67 on the South Course, prompting a caddie watching from behind the 18th green to declare, “He just won two tournaments with one round.”

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‘One-in-four’ rule is a longshot

doubts we will ever see a ‘one-in-four’ rule on the PGA Tour.

Eleven different PGA Tour events haven’t seen Phil Mickelson the past four years, and Tiger Woods’ total of absences is almost double that. But don’t expect that trend to change, writes Jim McCabe.

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Gates are open for former Texas A&M golfer

highlights the dream 2010 start for Robert Gates, a N’wide Tour rookie and former Texas A&M golfer.

Fortunes can turn quickly in golf, as in life. Robert Gates is your latest example.

In this issue: Feb. 12, 2010

Inside the Feb. 12, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

McIlroy has sore back, will play Match Play

Rory McIlroy has stretched ligaments in his lower back, although it is not expected to affect his play or keep him from the Match Play Championship next week in Arizona.

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Fantasy Aces: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Go with DJ, Furyk, Goosen

Pay attention. Your fantasy golf lineup is just as important this week as it will be U.S. Open week. Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces have your picks.

Riviera is no stranger to grooves disputes

looks back at the grooves issue that took place at the 1948 U.S. Open at Riviera.

History repeated itself at Riviera Country Club.

Monday, February 8

Hey, who was that voice from above?

explains how Sean O’Hair gave the Central Oklahoma golf team one cool story to tell.

The University of Central Oklahoma team was treated to dinner and fun by one of the world’s best golfers.

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Train Reaction lightens the load

Golfers who’ve hauled their clubs and a suitcase or two through a crowded concourse know their cursed fate. Thanks to Club Glove’s Train Reaction luggage, now all that’s required is an easy, one-handed tug.

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Our Lucaya headlines Caribbean variety show

Our Lucaya a welcome retreat

Even if you arrive at Our Lucaya stressed from your travels, this Caribbean variety show will have you decompressed in no time thanks to a plethora of pools, shops, restaurants and golf.

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Spring Invit’l should go down to the wire

Rd. 2: GW Spring Invit’l

Michael Moore (pictured) and Nova Southeastern took the 36-hole lead at Golfweek’s Spring Invitational, but they still have plenty to worry about heading into Tuesday’s final round.

Resorts await corporate comeback

says weak corporate sales continue to drag down domestic golf resorts.

The Northern Trust Open came and went with modest fanfare, and that’s a good thing. The talk during the opening two rounds was about Dustin Johnson’s power and putting, and during the weekend the focus shifted to Steve Stricker’s methodical victory march.

Rookie diary: Gearing up for a big week

had a productive off week, but is ready to get back to the grind at Pebble.

My off week in the Los Angeles area was very productive. Travis Mathew hooked me up with some really sweet clothes for the next several months and Todd Anderson and I put in some quality work on my swing and putting.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 1-7, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Peter Millar brings color to the fairways

explains why the future is looking bright for the Peter Millar clothing line (hint: it involves the Ryder Cup).

Peter Millar is off to a great start in 2010. Two victories in the first five tournaments of the season, a top-notch list of 16 PGA Tour players and he was recently announced as the official U.S. Ryder Cup Team apparel sponsor.

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Player of the Week: Bobby Hudson, Texas

Texas junior Bobby Hudson rallied from three shots back to win The Amer Ari Invitational.

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Team of the week: Stanford

Stanford won The Amer Ari Invitational with a 54-hole total of 2-over 866. Sure, starting the spring with victory is good no matter what, but this win came against several of the top teams in the country.

An affirmation by golf’s leaders

If the PGA Merchandise Show is all about promoting golf, then the U.S. Golf Association’s annual gathering a week later is time for more-detailed deliberation.

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Survival 101: How to ride out the recession

How to ride out recession

How to emerge from the economic downturn? Establish a premium on service and value, writes Bradley Klein.

Retro club craze surprises USGA’s Rugge

delivers the latest news from the USGA’s annual meeting.

Dick Rugge, the U.S. Golf Association’s senior technical director, expressed surprise at the decision of a handful of PGA Tour players to use old Ping Eye2 wedges.

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Player of the Week: Laetitia Beck

Laetitia Beck, of Caesarea, Isreal, shot 4-over 147 at Sea Pines Resort Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the Junior Heritage by two shots.

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Player of the Week: Jim Liu

Jim Liu, of Smithtown, N.Y., shot 4-over 147 at Sea Pines Resort Ocean Course and Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the Junior Heritage by one shot.v

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Hyler takes the USGA’s helm

Hyler, 62, new USGA president

Raleigh’s Jim Hyler takes over as USGA president with plenty of backers and nearly as many challenges, writes James Achenbach.

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Review: ‘Tiger Woods PGA Tour Online’

Play right in your browser

Tiger Woods might not be back to playing golf yet, but his newest video game, “Tiger Woods Online,” is good enough to keep his fans busy until he returns, writes Eric Soderstrom.

Junior Heritage Junior Fantasy results

After the first Junior Fantasy event of the 2010 season, Eric Soderstrom is in familiar territory: at the top.

Rookie diary: The view from Pebble Beach

files another entry in his rookie diary, this time from the The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

After a nice little break, I am really ready to get after it this week at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Stricker wins one for the 40-somethings

says Steve Stricker is proof that golf success can be had at any age.

Steve Stricker, winner of the Northern Trust Open on Sunday, is the latest example that, in golf years, 40 might be the new 30.

Better late than never for two Lynn seniors

caught up with two seniors on the Lynn University team who have some serious real-world experience.

As a sports fan, I remember when Chris Weinke was 26 years old, and became the starting quarterback at Florida State.

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Monday Scramble: Stricker’s Super Sunday

Monday Scramble

What do you get when you cross Steve Stricker’s tear-filled victory at Riviera with the Super Bowl celebration in Miami? The Monday Scramble has the answer...

Sunday, February 7

Call for ‘Local Legends’

There are many amateur golfers playing the game who have impressive stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

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Reed wins Jones Cup title in playoff

Reed wins Jones Cup

Welcome to the big time Patrick Reed. The Augusta State sophomore won a playoff for his first major amateur title at the Jones Cup.

Mickelson balks at USGA’s ‘lack of transparency’

questions if the USGA is guilty of a “lack of transparency” about grooves. Lefty sure thinks so.

Is the USGA guilty of a “lack of transparency” in its dealing with equipment makers?

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Lander leads early at Golfweek Spring Invit’l

Lander leads GW Spring Invit’l

The Division II spring season got underway Sunday at Reunion Resort with Lander University bursting out of the gates to take the lead after the first day of Golfweek’s Spring Invitational.

Verplank, Na play themselves into Match Play

Ross McGowan of England gets the final spot in the 64-man Match Play Championship in Arizona, but only if Tiger Woods doesn't show up.

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Stricker’s roll continues with win at Riviera

Stricker wins at Riviera

Steve Stricker won the Northern Trust Open for his fourth PGA Tour victory in his last 15 starts, shooting a 1-under 70 to beat Luke Donald by two shots on Super Bowl Sunday.

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Top-ranked Spieth commits to Texas

– Golfweek’s top-ranked junior – has given his verbal commitment to Texas.

Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, has verbally committed to the University of Texas.

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Beck, Liu unseat Thompsons at Junior Heritage

Beck, Liu win Junior Heritage

Laetitia Beck gave up no ground Sunday at the Junior Heritage, hanging on to her share of the first-round lead to block Alexis Thompson from a title defense. As for the boys? Jim Liu stayed consistent for a one-shot victory.

Taking attendance at the USGA annual meeting

was at the USGA annual meeting, along with LPGA commish Michael Whan. So where was Tim Finchem?

It is traditional and customary for commissioners of the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour to attend the USGA annual meeting, held each year during the first week of February.

Lander has local legend in Bagwell

got to know Lander coach Chipper Bagwell, who has done a little of everything for the University.

Lander University men’s golf coach Chipper Bagwell has quite an extensive resume. It was only within the last couple of years he could even add golf coach to it.

Down an All-American, Rollins still ready

If Rollins College hopes to win this week’s Golfweek Spring Invitational at Reunion, it’s going to have to do it without their No. 1 player Jordan Lewis, who is sitting out with a back injury.

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Pisciotta (No. 73, 2010) commits to SMU

has given her verbal commitment to SMU.

Caitlin Pisciotta has given SMU women’s coach Todd Selders a verbal commitment to play golf for the Mustangs next fall.

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Jimenez wins in Dubai; T-8 for Tom Watson

Miguel Angel Jimenez has defeated Lee Westwood in a sudden death playoff to win the Dubai Desert Classic.

Herman wins Moonah Classic in playoff

Jim Herman won the Moonah Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title, birdieing the first hole of a playoff with fellow American Chris Kirk.

Saturday, February 6

Riviera’s 10th turns into a traffic jam

says the backup at Riviera’s drivable par-4 10th was long enough to order a pizza.

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Riviera’s par-4, 10th hole is arguably one of the coolest holes in golf. But the shortest par 4 on the course took the longest time to play during the third round.

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Stricker builds big lead at Northern Trust

Stricker leads with solid play

Steve Stricker played a nearly flawless round at Riviera to build a five-stroke lead at the Northern Trust Open before play was suspended due to darkness.

Spectator’s hood deemed rub of the green

witnessed an unusual rub of the green when a ball landed in a spectator’s hood.

From the “You don’t see this every day department”: Anthony Kim hit a drive into a spectator’s hood during the third round.

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Barber takes lead at windy Jones Cup

Barber leads Jones Cup

On a gusty day in Sea Island, Ga., Blayne Barber grabbed the second-round lead at the Jones Cup Invitational and took a step toward claiming his third amateur title in the past year.

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Thompson siblings in hunt at Junior Heritage

Thompson's in contention

Curtis Thompson and his younger sister Alexis are both trying to defend their Junior Heritage titles from last year. Despite struggling at times Saturday, both remain in contention.

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Johnson takes solo lead at Northern Trust

Johnson takes solo lead

Dustin Johnson wasted no time Saturday morning passing Steve Stricker for the solo Northern Trust lead. A chip-in birdie at the 18th got him to 11 under as he enters Round 3.

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Tour Club offers inside access to members

The Tour Club, licensed by the PGA Tour, offers corporate members the chance to send clients, employees and guests to PGA Tour events, stay in luxury accommodations and even set pins with tour officials or watch TV broadcasts from the control truck.

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A vested interest on the PGA Tour

explains why she has a vested interest (that’s a fashion pun) in the Northern Trust Open.

At last! Our grandfather’s vests are making their way back to the top of the fashion style list this season.

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Westwood, Jimenez among leaders in Dubai

Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez each shot 68 Saturday to catch overnight leader Thongchai Jaidee after the third round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

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Thorpe suspended by PGA Tour via e-mail

Suspension follows sentencing

Jim Thorpe was sentenced to one year in jail Jan. 22 for failure to pay his taxes, and received a suspension from the PGA Tour Friday via e-mail.

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Riviera playing long after second-round soak

In a cold rain, Riviera is playing longer than Dustin Johnson can remember.

Aphibarnrat leads by two in Thailand

Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat has a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Asian Tour International on Saturday.

Kirk, Herman share Moonah lead

Chris Kirk shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday in the Moonah Classic for a share of the third-round lead with fellow American Jim Herman.

Friday, February 5

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Stanford wins second straight at Amer Ari

Stanford wins in Hawaii

Stanford opened their spring season just the way they closed their fall one: with a win. Sihwan Kim and the Cardinals won the Amer Ari Invitational by three shots Friday in Hawaii.

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Johnson, Stricker lead soggy Northern Trust

Stricker, Johnson share lead

The rain never let up Friday at Riviera, but neither did Dustin Johnson and Steve Stricker. Stricker’s 6-under 65 gave him the early lead, and Johnson joined him at 10 under with help from a hole-in-one.

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News from the Jones Cup Invitational

with several interesting developments from the first day of the Jones Cup.

Odds and ends from a cold, rainy day at the Jones Cup Invitational.

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Stricker leads early starters at Northern Trust

Stricker goes low despite rain

Despite a cold rain at Riviera, Steve Stricker put up a 6-under 65 to take the early second-round lead at the Northern Trust Open.

Junior Fantasy picks: Junior Heritage

It’s that time of year again: Junior Fantasy season. Golfweek staffers are making their first picks of the year for the Verizon Junior Heritage:

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10 questions from the early season

already has 10 questions troubling him from a wild first month of the season.

The season is only a month old, but already there have been enough story lines for a whole year. My head is reeling from the number of issues affecting this normally genteel game.

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Jaidee shoots 66 for midway lead in Dubai

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand shot a 6-under 66 Friday to take the second-round lead at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Resurrection of the golf writer? It's a start

offers a possible hint of hope: The Orlando Sentinel has hired a golf writer.

Sitting in the rain at Riviera, I thought it might be nice to spread some good news about the golf industry, for a change.

How will rain affect play at Riviera?

A trio of champions are playing in the same group at Riviera, all of them with memories of winning in vastly different ways, starting with Phil Mickelson.

Herman holds lead at Moonah Classic

Jim Herman shot a 2-under-par 70 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Moonah Classic.

Thursday, February 4

Paddy sticks with his Wilson wedge

reports Padraig Harrington stuck with a Wilson wedge instead of switching to a Ping Eye2.

PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – After “significant” debate, Padraig Harrington stuck with his Wilson wedge rather than using a pre-1990, Ping Eye2 wedge in the first round of the Northern Trust Open.

Champions Tour adds event in Montreal

The PGA Tour and Synchro Sports have reached a three-year deal for a Champions Tour event at Fontainebleau Golf Club in Boisbriand.

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Proctor (No. 33, 2011) commits to UCF

has given her verbal commitment to UCF.

Heather Proctor, No. 33 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the 2011 class, has made a verbal commitment to play at UCF.

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Johnson leads at Riviera after 64

Johnson leads at Riviera

Dustin Johnson got off to a fast start at Riviera. Taking advantage of good scoring conditions in the morning, he shot a 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead at the Northern Trust Open.

College golf’s best conference: Pac-10 or SEC?

pulls out the ol’ calculator to help determine which conference is at the top of college golf.

Which conference is truly the best? Is is the Pac-10 or the SEC?

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Reinvigorated Pettersen primed for 2010

Pettersen primed for 2010

As soon as the clock struck 2010, Suzann Pettersen began her two-a-day gym sessions and short-game boot camp. Beth Ann Baldry was there.

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Interims to coach Seminoles during spring

says interim coaches will take the reigns for the Florida State women’s golf team this spring.

Trey Jones, the director of golf at Florida State, last coached a women’s golf team in 2001, when he was the head men’s and women’s golf coach at Georgia State. Tomorrow, Jones will step back into the women’s game when he takes the Seminoles women’s team to Puerto Rico.

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Puma betting on Fowler to spark U.S. sales

says Puma’s recent Fowler-for-Ogilvy switch simply came down to a matter of American appeal.

Puma’s recent Fowler-for-Ogilvy switch simply came down to a matter of American appeal, writes Beth Ann Baldry.

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Donna Bonn Designs makes a big splash

explains which clothing brand has a youthful cast of women wearing its unique line.

Donna Bonn Designs is a fashionable new ladies golf line that has an interesting back story to go along with the brand.

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Naree Song joins Rollins coaching staff

Naree Song has joined the Rollins women’s coaching staff, the school announced Feb. 1.

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Legacy strained as Duquesne cuts golf

Duquesne cuts men’s golf

Duquesne’s decision to cut men’s golf has strained a family’s legacy and left seven players in limbo. Ron Balicki reports.

Knutzon, Lee, Aphibarnrat lead at Suwan

Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a 4-under 68 Thursday to share the lead with Jason Knutzon of the United States and Lucas Lee of Brazil after the first round of the Asian Tour International.

Herman shoots 62, leads Moonah Classic

Jim Herman shot a course-record 10-under-par 62 on Thursday to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the Moonah Classic.

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McIlroy shares lead at Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy opened the defense of his Dubai Desert Classic title with a 4-under 68 Thursday to share a six-way lead.

Rookie diary: Staying positive is key

files the first entry in his PGA Tour rookie diary on

I will be writing a weekly diary about my experiences on and off the course as a PGA Tour rookie. Along with Chris Wilson, who is also writing a diary for, you will get a good view of our life on Tour.

Wednesday, February 3

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Lefty eyes unprecedented Riviera three-peat

No one is about to change the nickname to Phil's Place or Lefty's Lane. But no one – not Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson or Fred Couples – has ever won at Riviera three straight years.

Captain Pavin picks Ryder Cup assistants

U.S. captain Corey Pavin has selected four players to be his assistants at the Ryder Cup this year, including two players who have never competed in the matches.

Tour has three options with Eye2 wedges

outlines three options for the PGA Tour and the usage of Ping Eye2 wedges.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Wednesday outlined three options regarding the controversy over usage of pre-1990, square-grooved Ping Eye2 irons that are grandfathered in because of lawsult settlement.

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Complete coverage: ‘Groovesgate’

Complete coverage of the ‘Groovesgate’ saga on the PGA Tour.

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Mickelson to take Ping wedge out of bag

Lefty to take wedge out

Phil Mickelson says he won’t be using the Ping Eye2 wedge that led a fellow player to accuse him of “cheating,” saying he has made his point about a rules problem he wants to see fixed.

A look at Tour’s Independent Special Committee lineup

Here’s a closer look at the special committee that will eventually review the PGA Tour Policy Board request about the Ping Eye 2 grooves issue.

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Martindale (No. 16, 2011) commits to Vanderbilt

has given her verbal commitment to Vanderbilt.

Kendall Martindale of Jefferson City, Tenn., No. 16 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, has verbally committed to Vanderbilt University

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Todd (No. 167, 2011) commits to Texas Tech

has given his verbal commitment to Texas Tech.

Henry Todd (No. 167, class of 2011) Trophy Club, Texas, has verbally committed to Texas Tech.

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Baddeley the next to wear Travis Mathew

Aaron Baddeley is added to the list of pro golfers and celebrities wearing the Travis Mathew brand.

Asian Tour tees off amid challenges

The Asian Tour begins its season Thursday with organizers still piecing together a schedule in the face of financial turmoil and the challenge of a rival tour.

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Golfweek Spring Invitational preview

Golfweek Spring Invitational

Talk about Division II dynamite. The Golfweek Spring Invitational kicks off Feb. 7 and features some of the best D-II talent in the country. Asher Wildman takes a closer look at the event.

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Finchem to players: We’ve got options

Commissioner Tim Finchem stood before a players meeting Tuesday at Riviera Country Club, site of this week’s Northern Trust Open, and said the Tour might have some options in the grooves controversy but that none is a sure thing.

Watson: Woods needs humility upon return

Tom Watson says Tiger Woods needs to “show some humility to the public” when he returns to golf after sorting out his personal life.

Tuesday, February 2

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Hate to be Rude: ‘On the same page’

Hate to be Rude

Scott McCarron apologized to Phil Mickelson on Tuesday. As Jeff Rude writes, ‘Groovesgate’ may be resolved in just a few months.

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Eight other ‘spirit of the rules’ violations

with eight other ‘spirit of the rules’ violations. Remember that rock Tiger had moved?

Those NASCAR diehards disguised as friends who stole five hours of my life that can never be retrieved? It’s payback time.

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McCarron apologizes to Mickelson

McCarron apologizes to Mickelson

Scott McCarron apologized to Phil Mickelson on Tuesday for his comments that Lefty was “cheating” last week in San Diego for using the Ping Eye2 wedge. Alex Miceli reports.

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I wish they all could be California boys

Crowds will roar this week as four California boys duke it out at the Northern Trust Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Stars are out as L.A. revs up for the Riv

had a brush with fame Monday night in L.A. as the Tour revs up for the Riv.

The preliminary deduction here is that Dan Tana’s restaurant in West Hollywood is something of an L.A.-area hot spot.

In this issue: Feb. 5, 2010

Inside the Feb. 5, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

Moonah Classic coming to end this year

News out of Australia today is that this week’s Moonah Classic will be the final one. That tournament’s demise also means the likely end of the Nationwide Tour’s Down Under Swing.

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Fantasy Aces: Northern Trust Open

Northern Trust Open

The Fantasy Aces pick from the cream of the crop this week at the Northern Trust Open, as the best PGA Tour field thus far in 2010 assembles.

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R9 SuperTri driver makes debut

Using a launch monitor on the practice range at the Farmers Insurance Open, TaylorMade tour reps recorded some eye-popping ball speeds from Dustin Johnson and Robert Garrigus.

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Cal wins Arizona Intercollegiate by a shot

Cal wins Arizona Intercollegiate

California hung on to win the Arizona Intercollegiate Tuesday, topping the host Wildcats by a shot. Freshman Michael Weaver tied for second.

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Gulbis commits to every 2010 LPGA event

knows where you can find Natalie Gulbis this year. (Hint: Just check the LPGA schedule.)

Where can you find Natalie Gulbis this year? Try everywhere. The popular tour player has committed to all 24 events on the 2010 LPGA schedule. Considering her recent health record, however, don’t bet the farm.

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Notes: Kim’s only focus in 2010? Winning

Anthony Kim won tournaments at Quail Hollow and Congressional, starred in the Ryder Cup and climbed to No. 6 in the world ranking. That was two years ago, and it would seem the 24-year-old Californian would strive to get back to that level.

Dramatic qualifier kicks off Riviera week

It had to go into an extra day, but the Monday qualifier for the Northern Trust Open has finally ended.

McIlroy wants grooves rule reconsidered

Rory McIlroy wants golf authorities to reconsider their new regulations on the shape of grooves in the heads of golf clubs.

Dew sweepers already out at Riviera

with a pop quiz: Which player was already on the course at Riviera at 6:34 a.m. Tuesday?

I like to get to the course early. After finding my parking spot, I walked to the media tent, which is between the first and second holes at Riviera.

Monday, February 1

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Burge (N/R, 2011) commits to Illinois

has given his verbal commitment to Illinois.

Alex Burge (N/R, class of 2011) has made a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of Illinois.

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Solheim: PGA Tour can’t ban Eye2 wedges

Ping chairman John Solheim reminded the PGA Tour on Monday that it cannot make a separate rule to ban Ping Eye2 wedges, the 20-year-old clubs that led Scott McCarron to claim Phil Mickelson is “cheating” by using them.

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Cal in control at Arizona Intercollegiate

Cal up at Arizona Intercollegiate

California shot 25 under as a team Monday at the Arizona Intercollegiate to take the 36-hole lead. Bears freshman Michael Weaver was tied for the individual lead.

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Lee (No. 5, 2011) commits to UCLA

has given her verbal commitment to UCLA.

Erynne Lee told Golfweek she has given a verbal commitment to UCLA. Lee had narrowed her list to Stanford and UCLA and had taken unofficial visits to both campuses.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 25-31, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.


Results from the 2010 women's conference championships.


Results from the 2010 men's conference championships.

Callaway buys into Super Bowl pre-game show

says to watch out for Phil Mickelson and Callaway during the Super Bowl pre-game show.

Callaway becomes the first standalone golf company to sponsor a portion of the Super Bowl telecast.

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On the range: Ryan Moore

On the range: Ryan Moore

Spend a day with Ryan Moore on the practice range and you’ll quickly learn one thing: The guy keeps it simple. Sean Martin explains.

Monday qualifier knows golf in Tijuana

talked to Estanislao Guerrero, an amateur who Monday-qualified for the Farmers Insurance Open, about golf in Tijuana.

Estanislao Guerrero, an amateur from Tijuana, Mexico, Monday-qualified for the Farmers Insurance Open. Guerrero, 24, graduated from Old Dominion in ’08 with a degree in finance and economics.

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Player of the Week: Ai Miyazawa

Ai Miyazawa, of Japan, shot 9-over 153 (77-76) at Black Diamond Ranch’s Ranch and Quarry Courses in Lecanto, Fla., and won the FCWT’s Black Diamond Ranch Challenge in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Adam Schenk

Adam Schenk, of Vincennes, Ind., shot even-par 144 (71-73) at Black Diamond Ranch’s Ranch and Quarry Courses in Lecanto, Fla., to win the FCWT’s Black Diamond Ranch Challenge by two shots.

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Andrade-Faxon charity hits new high

No, 2009 wasn’t the best of seasons for the Rhode Island entry of Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon. The former decided it was time to put a halt to his playing career; the latter continued to struggle with his game.

Rookie diary: Adjusting to life on Tour

is adjusting to life on the PGA Tour. Read his latest rookie diary entry.

Not a great week at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. After a nice dinner with my college coach from Northwestern, Pat Goss, and the Habigs, who housed me for the week, I arrived in Redondo Beach Saturday night. I am staying with a grade-school friend who I haven't seen in five years while preparing for The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Blumenherst faces uphill battle on LPGA

explains how Amanda Blumenherst could win an LPGA event and still not be on the tour’s money list.

Fans won’t have to wait long to see rookie Amanda Blumenherst in action on the LPGA. The good news: She received sponsor invitations to the season-opening events in Asia – Honda PTT LPGA Thailand and HSBC Women’s Champions.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Pine Dunes

Among the many things to appreciate about the great state of Texas is this: There is an abundance of great discounts to be found at top-flight tracks across the state.

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Klein on Design: No. 13, Torrey Pines (South)

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, notes that the municipal spirit is alive and well at Torrey Pines.

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West takes the helm for Northern Trust

West devotes energy to Riviera

Jerry West lends star power to an event in need of a big shot, focusing his ultra competitiveness on returning Riviera to a can’t-miss Tour stop.

Ask the expert: Jeff Colton, Callaway Golf SVP

Callaway Golf senior vice president Jeff Colton goes one-on-one with James Achenbach.

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Look of the week: Not just a trend

White belts are more than just a trend, they're a golf wardrobe staple. See which pros are sporting this fashion and why you should have one in your closet.

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McCarron not backing off wedge comment

SAN DIEGO — Scott McCarron is not backing away from his opinion that Phil Mickelson or anyone else on the PGA Tour should not be using the Ping-Eye 2 wedges with square grooves.

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Cathrea ready to take game to new heights

Cathrea a budding superstar

Casie Cathrea qualified for an LPGA event last fall, then promptly made a hole-in-one. But she’s not content stopping there. This 14-year-old Cali kid has her sights set on big things in 2010. Julie Williams explains.

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Monday Scramble: Getting our groove on

Monday Scramble

You thought Groovesgate caused a stir this week at Torrey Pines? Wait until you see the next set of grooves to hit the market, according to the Monday Scramble.

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Amateur banned for steroid possession

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency says leading Australian amateur golfer Daniel Nisbet has been given an 18-month ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for the possession of a prohibited substance.