News for Monday, February 22, 2010

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Winter weather 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’

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

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

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

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

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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Commentary: My first trip to an LPGA event in Asia

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?

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

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