News for Monday, February 1, 2010


News 2010 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.