News for Thursday, February 4, 2010

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Paddy sticks with his Wilson wedge

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

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

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?

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

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Commentary: Reinvigorated 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

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

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

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’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

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 Golfweek.com, you will get a good view of our life on Tour.