Stories for January 2010
Sunday, January 31
says the ultimate compliment to Riviera’s proud tradition lies in those playing the Monday qualifier.
Want to poll the players at this week’s Northern Trust Open for their favorite memories of the tournament’s new executive director, the legendary Jerry West?
Crane wins at Torrey Pines
Ben Crane closed with 70 on Sunday for a one-shot victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. It was his third career victory.
Robert Gates became the 13th player to win his Nationwide Tour debut, closing with a 2-over 74 in windy conditions Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the tour’s season-opening New Zealand Open.
Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes Sunday.
Saturday, January 30
Richard Werenski has joined the roster at Georgia Tech, making the jump to college golf a semester early. He will be eligible for competition next fall.
Phil Mickelson hinted at legal action Saturday for being accused of “cheating,” saying that if the PGA Tour did not do something about him being “publicly slandered,” then he would let others handle it.
says Phil responded to ‘cheating’ accusations with another serious word: slander.
I get the impression Phil’s people have talked to Tim’s people.
Mickelson still in hunt
Phil Mickelson continued to inch up the leaderboard Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, ending the day four shots behind leader Ryuji Imada and in a six-way tie for fifth.
With new gadgets and gizmos flooding the PGA Merchandise Show each year, I was a little surprised to see some of the most golfer-friendly gizmos on the apparel side of the floor.
explains how Tattoo Golf hopes to appeal to golfers with ink on the their body.
Based out of Burbank, Calif., Tattoo Golf wants to appeal to the type of golfer who may walk the course with ink on their body. Their pirate looking logo is also unique -- instead of crossbones behind the skull there are two crossed irons.
Outside the Tiger Woods Learning Center, visitors are welcomed with a message etched in concrete and another time.
Robert Gates shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening New Zealand Open.
Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to share the lead with Bradley Dredge after the third round of the Qatar Masters.
says Steve Boccieri, creator of the Heavy Putter, isn't done inventing. Irons and drivers are in the works.
Steve Boccieri, creator of the Heavy Putter, has a dream: to bring a driver to market and sell a full line of equipment to golfers.
Friday, January 29
John Daly missed another cut and said Friday he was done with golf.
Jim Holtgrieve, the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup captain, who is recovering from carpal tunnel surgery on both hands.
McCarron questions Eye 2 use
Scott McCarron set off a firestorm Friday by calling it cheating for players such as Phil Mickelson to use Ping Eye 2 wedges. As Jeff Rude writes, closing the loophole that allows Eye 2s could quiet the discord.
Scott McCarron is accusing Phil Mickelson of “cheating” for using Ping wedges that were made 20 years ago with square grooves that the USGA now outlaws for professional golf.
D.A. Points saved his best golf for the toughest track and shot a 7-under 65 on the South Course at Torrey Pines, giving him a share of the lead with Ryuji Imada in the Farmers Insurance Open.
If you think it was tough growing up with the last name Wildman, then you haven’t even considered how tough it was with the first name Asher.
found a solution to the back-nine energy drain at the PGA Merchandise Show.
I’ll admit it now – I am someone who takes energy enhancing sports drinks. This afternoon at the PGA Merchandise Show, however, I stumbled upon a product with which I was not too familiar.
introduces you to Golfweek.com’s newest feature: Recruiting Extra.
Over the past decade, considering what the Web has done to sports information, I have seen the business of recruiting news explode within the worlds of college football and basketball.
caught up with Travis Johnson, the man behind the Travis Mathew clothing line.
This year’s PGA Merchandise Show marks the three-year anniversary of a brand of golf apparel that has seen a swift rise in the golf industy: Travis Mathew.
Brett Rumford of Australia had a 6-under 66 Friday for a one-shot lead after the second round of the Qatar Masters.
Your look always begins with three basic necessities. So, while skimming the booths today at the PGA Merchandise Show I picked out the items that were truly worth writing home about.
was baffled by recent comments made by Lee Westwood and Scott McCarron.
Some tournament professionals just don’t get it. Some need serious reality checks.
Fans of the Bridgestone B-330 RX, rejoice. The company introduced a new and improved version of the popular ball as well as an additional version, the B-330 RXS with improved spin characteristics around the green.
says RBC’s new alliance with the PGA of America is a testament that golf sponsorship still works.
The PGA of America announced Jan. 28 the signing of the Royal Bank of Canada as its third “official patron.”
Odyssey Golf and short-game guru Dave Pelz are teaming up again. His patented two and three-ball putters were licensed to Callaway Golf, and inspired the Odyssey Two-ball putter, which debuted in 2001 and is one of the best-selling putters of all-time.
American Robert Gates shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Australia's Andrew Dodt after the second round of the Nationwide Tour's season-opening New Zealand Open.
With a sea of vendors at the 7th PGA Merchandise Show, it’s not possible to see everything on the first day.
Thursday, January 28
has the details of Phil Mickelson’s unique array of Ping Eye 2 wedges.
How many old Ping Eye 2s does Phil Mickelson have?
wonders if the PGA Tour could stop players from using Ping Eye 2s.
Can the PGA Tour stop Phil Mickelson, John Daly and other players from carrying square-grooved Ping Eye 2 wedges that were manufactured from 1984 until April 1, 1990, even though U.S. Golf Association rules specifically allow the use of these wedges?
Ping CEO John Solheim was married Dec. 5 in Phoenix, Ariz., to the new Mrs. Sunny Cynthia Dell Solheim.
The PGA Merchandise Show is a golf wonderland. This place is better than what any golf nut could ever dream.
tells the story behind the Pivot Pro, a training aid found at the PGA Merchandise Show.
Sam Shah was an avid golfer a few years ago. Unfortunately, it seemed unclear if he would enjoy playing the game again. In 2003, Shah was in a bad car accident, which lead to back and neck problems.
tested the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator at the PGA Merchandise Show, where simulators are a hot item.
says simulators are in at the PGA merchandise show, and the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator is leading the charge.
Golfweek.com is on the floor at the PGA Merchandise Show to bring you an up-close look at the latest equipment and golf industry news. Check back often as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Orlando, Fla.
explains how a Tiger Woods joke factored in to the first round at Torrey Pines.
An airplane flying over Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open carried a promotional banner that read: “We miss you, Tiger. Deja Vu Showgirls.”
A year ago, I asked veteran Nationwide Tour observer Curt Byrum which of that tour’s new graduates would perform the best on the 2009 PGA Tour. He mentioned Scott Piercy.
says Tom Pernice Jr. is making the most of a sponsor exemption.
SAN DIEGO–Tom Pernice Jr., who turned 50 in September, got into the Farmers Insurance Open on a sponsor exemption. Then he got out of the first round with a 65 on the easier North Course, putting him one stroke off the lead.
Piercy leads at Torrey Pines
Scott Piercy has the first-round lead at Torrey Pines, but Robert Allenby might have played the best round. With several others going low, the Farmers Insurance Open is off to a fast start.
explains how Bill Haas made a statement for junior golf at the Bob Hope Classic.
Every time Bob Hope Classic champion Bill Haas held his follow-through for a few extra seconds last weekend, he made a statement for junior golf.
Golf retains lobbyist in D.C.
Golf needed some clout in Washington, D.C., and now has hired help to get it, writes Gene Yasuda. Meet golf’s new lobbyist, the Podesta Group.
New look for U.S. Collegiate
Looking for a missing college tournament? Ben Martin and Clemson are, too. As Ron Balicki writes, the Tigers can’t defend their U.S. Collegiate Championship until the tournament returns next season.
Oliver Wilson of England shot a 5-under 67 Thursday despite gusting wind to share the first-round lead with Bradley Dredge of Wales at the Qatar Masters.
reports that one of golf’s Guinness records has been smashed – 7,721 times.
While thousands of PGA professionals were testing the latest and greatest equipment at Orange County National Golf Club, one man showed off his company's product while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most golf balls hit by an individual in a 12-hour span.
Wednesday, January 27
Tiger Woods tops the Bloomberg BusinessWeek list of most-powerful athletes, with the companies saying he would have held the top spot even if his infidelity had become public earlier last year.
Meghan Stasi and Donna Mummert won the 64th Women’s International Four Ball Championship Jan. 26 with a marathon victory over Alli Jarret and Laura Coble at Orangebrook Golf and Country Club in Hollywood, Fla.
has given her verbal commitment to Tennessee.
Ashlee Pickerell (not ranked/Class of 2012) recently gave a verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee, according to her mother, Allyson Pickerell.
Duquesne will drop men’s golf at the end of the spring season as part of a restructuring in its athletic department, the school announced this week.
Lefty makes 2010 debut
Phil Mickelson is excited. In fact, he used a variation of the word 10 times during his season-opening news conference Wednesday at Torrey Pines. Tough to blame him, though, writes Jeff Rude.
One week after having announced that it will host a PGA Tour event, Sea Island is back in the news. This time, there was no celebratory news conference.
With the world's largest gathering of some of the most prominent golf industry professionals underway, we're taking a closer look at some must see booths and events at this years PGA Merchandise Show.
explains why Torrey Pines’ North Course – not the more famous South Course – is the local favorite.
It’s easy to forget there are 36 holes on the cliffs atop Torrey Pines State Reserve, and two courses in use for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open.
Phil Mickelson is skipping the Match Play Championship next month in Arizona while he takes his kids on a vacation that was postponed because of his wife’s cancer treatment.
Phil Mickelson says no one in golf can fill the void of Tiger Woods and that the sport needs its No. 1 player to return.
Kenny Perry will give Tiger Woods a warm welcome when he returns from his self-imposed absence from golf.
has two good stories (one thanks to Rich Beem) from the start to his rookie PGA Tour season.
Ever wonder what life is like for a PGA Tour rookie? Well, Chris Wilson is here to tell you.
Ashley Crain talks to PGA Tour player Chris Barlya about his fashion on and off the course.
British bookmaker William Hill has cut the odds on Tiger Woods playing at the Masters.
Tuesday, January 26
Hate to be Rude
Yes, Phil Mickelson is making his PGA Tour debut this week at Torrey Pines. But it was Rocco Mediate who stole the show Tuesday in the media center at the Farmers Insurance Open. Jeff Rude explains.
with thoughts on Ken Green and his son, Hunter, who died last Friday.
How many hits can one man take? That was my first thought when I first learned that Ken Green’s 21-year-old son Hunter died.
Phil Mickelson makes his 2010 PGA Tour debut. You can bet our Fantasy Aces are taking note for their Torrey Pines picks.
For those who think the Nationwide Tour has sadly transitioned from a training ground to a journeyman’s hangout, there will be a pleasant irony on this year’s tour.
The player who walked toward the first tee at sunrise on the North Course at Torrey Pines was not accompanied by a security detail. Maintenance workers did not gather on the pro shop balcony to watch him tee off.
Hunter Green, the son of professional golfer Ken Green, was found dead Friday in his fraternity house at Southern Methodist University. He was 21.
Inside the Jan. 29, 2010 issue of Golfweek.
Sybase is back. The LPGA announced the addition of the Sybase Match Play Championship, to be played May 20-23 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.
Jim Furyk offered his prediction as to when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf in 2010.
Spieth gets Nelson exemption
Add another notch on Jordan Spieth’s growing list of accomplishments. Spieth, 16, has accepted a sponsor exemption in the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.
The Champions Tour is getting a little spicier, all thanks to Fred Couples’ footwear.
How many majors will Phil Mickelson win in 2010?
explains who had the most stunning Bob Hope round. (P.S. It’s not who you think.)
With vintage Palm Springs weather returned to the final round of the Bob Hope Classic, scores were what they usually are at this event. That is, lower than low.
New equipment for 2010
Need a new driver? Is your wedge losing its mojo? Too many three-putts? Not a problem. Golfweek introduces its 2010 Golf Gear Guide.
A closer look at new golf club shafts for 2010.
PGA professionals and fitters know the importance of using the right grip.
Mallet or blade? That is the question asked by many golfers when it comes to choosing a putter.
Irons now hit the ball much farther than before. Why? Because iron lofts have grown stronger in recent years.
Golfers will hear a lot about speed in 2010. In the driver universe, swing speed will be topic No. 1.
Because the PGA Tour and other professional tours will switch to smaller grooves this year, some golf ball manufacturers have introduced softer balls to enhance iron and wedge play with the new grooves.
The big consideration here is grooves. After Dec. 31 of this year, manufacturers no longer can produce wedges with aggressive, large U grooves. However, virtually all amateurs can continue to use the bigger grooves until 2024.
Monday, January 25
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
says don’t be surprised if an automaker or two turn up as PGA Tour sponsors.
First, there was no Chrysler, let alone any title sponsor, at the Bob Hope Classic. This week we say good-bye to what formerly was known as the Buick Invitational. (But the event has resurfaced as the Farmers Insurance Open.)
The PGA Tour announced Jan. 25 the creation of a new Web site to tout its charitable endeavors, which raised $108 million last year.
Woods’ future as marketer
Tiger Woods was a one-man corporate juggernaut like none other. But the future of his “brand” lies uncertain amid the chaos that has become his life.
Among golfers, Mesquite has earned a reputation as an emerging golf destination with a solid, and sometimes spectacular, collection of courses.
Haas wins Bob Hope Classic
Move over, pops. Twenty two years after his father, Jay, won the Bob Hope Classic, Bill Haas rallied to win the event with a closing 64.
Nicklaus layout a beauty
Coyote Springs’ beauty lies in wait in Nevada’s desert, miles away from the nearest burger or coffee joint. Bradley Klein explains why it’s the No. 10 best new layout of 2008-09.
Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.
has given his verbal commitment to the University of Alabama.
Justin Thomas, No. 8 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, has verball committed to the University of Alabama.
explains which brand is behind Bubba Watson’s stylish, younger look on the golf course.
After seeing his updated, younger look this weekend at the Bob Hope Classic, I can’t help but think Bubba Watson is looking pretty sharp these days.
has given her verbal commitment to Tennessee.
A.J. Newell told Golfweek she has verbally committed to Tennessee.
Kevin Jorden, of Juno Beach, Fla., shot 1-over 145 (73-72) at Brooksville (Fla.) Country Club and won the Florida Junior Tour event in a playoff.
Yueer Cindy Feng, of Orlando, Fla., shot 5-over 149 (74-75) at Brooksville (Fla.) Country Club and won the Florida Junior Tour event in a playoff.
Blessed with rich golf bloodlines that included a connection to the legendary Donald Ross, Philip A. Wogan surprised no one by making the game his career.
So what will Bubba Watson do tonight if he wins the Bob Hope Classic? Most likely film a funny video and then send it to comedian Ellen DeGeneres. The Monday Scramble explains.
Sunday, January 24
Tom Watson became the 13th oldest player to win on the Champions Tour on Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for one-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
explains how a simple swing tip has helped Bill Haas contend at the Bob Hope Classic.
There’s something tantalizing about golf tips, which is why numerous magazines and TV shows are dedicated to them.
Watson, Prugh tied at Hope
Bubba Watson double-bogeyed the final hole in the fourth round at the Bob Hope Classic, dropping him back into a tie with PGA Tour rookie Alex Prugh at 23-under 265 heading into the finale in the five-round event.
A scorecard confession that cost an Ohio high school golfer the state championship five years ago has earned him a national sportsmanship of the decade award.
Kaymer wins in Abu Dhabi
So why does Martin Kaymer, a one-shot winner Sunday over Ian Poulter, like coming to Abu Dhabi? Let us count the ways – or at least the appearance fees, prize money and trophies – writes Alistair Tait.
Saturday, January 23
Tom Watson birdied six holes on the back nine for a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke lead over senior newcomer Fred Couples after the second round of the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Rookie leads Bob Hope
Welcome to the spotlight, Alex Prugh. The PGA Tour rookie put together his third consistent round Saturday and leads the Bob Hope Classic by one shot.
Thompson wins Jones/Doherty
Alexis Thompson added yet another victory to her collection Saturday at the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, capping an impressive run to the final match and an even more impressive start to 2010.
Martin Kaymer has a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after shooting a third straight 5-under 67.
Friday, January 22
Tom Watson shot a bogey-free 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over senior newcomer Fred Couples and Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.
Fresh faces contend at Hope
Q-School and Nationwide Tour graduates such as Martin Flores (left) and Alex Prugh are lining up behind leader Bubba Watson at the Bob Hope Classic, looking for the big win that could make their year.
Long-hitting Bubba Watson is using the wet weather to his advantage in the Bob Hope Classic.
Phil Mickelson will open his PGA Tour season next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
The Canon Cup is heading northeast.
Ellenbogen makes a comeback
Golf is full of roller-coaster stories, though this one about Duke freshman Courtney Ellenbogen might be as fast-paced as they come. Hold on to your hats for this comeback story, writes Beth Ann Baldry.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Professional golfer Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to a year in prison for failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes.
explains why Shane Bertsch is golf’s feel-good story of the moment.
If you’re looking for a feel-good story to root for at the Bob Hope Classic, you don’t have to look past the top of the first-round leaderboard and Shane Bertsch.
counters Lance Ringler’s Mount Rushmore of men’s college golf with his own top four.
I certainly agree with my friend and co-worker Lance Ringler about sports being a great fodder for debate. And, I really like the idea he’s running with about Mount Rushmore and college golf. How he came up with it, who knows (Lance’s mind often times works in strange ways), but it’s good, a lot of fun, and seems to be getting some nice response.
Rick Kulacz of Australia shot a 9-under 63 Friday for a one-shot lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after two rounds.
Ashley Crain lists her top 5 Hots and Nots of women’s golf fashion for 2010.
Australian Ashley Hall defied freezing winds and rain to shoot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday and lead the New Zealand PGA Golf tournament by three strokes after two rounds.
Davies delights in Abu Dhabi
Former East Tennessee State star Rhys Davies’ name is near the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend at Abu Dhabi. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be, writes Alistair Tait.
Electronic Arts says its Tiger Woods game franchise grew over the past year, and holiday sales didn't suffer even as the golfer's personal life did.
Thursday, January 21
KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii – Fred Couples and Tom Watson are featured on the larger-than-life Mitsubishi Electric Championship posters that greet travelers at tiny Kona International Airport.
Whether or not Woods was in a Hattiesburg sex addiction clinic, neighbors made one thing clear Thursday: They want the paparazzi out.
Wilson squashing competition
It’s January, so you know what that means: The 2009 Metropolitan Golf Association Player of the Year and Stanford freshman-to-be, Cameron Wilson, doesn’t have his hands on a golf club – only a squash racket. Brian Giuffra explains.
has narrowed her college decision to two schools.
Erynne Lee, No. 5 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the 2011 class, told Golfweek she has narrowed her list of college choices to Stanford and UCLA.
reports Sue Kim is leaving Denver after her first semester, with her sights on Q-School at the end of the year.
Add Sue Kim’s name to the list of college freshmen who lasted only one semester. Kim, 18, left Denver in December and moved with her parents to La Quinta, Calif.
Golfweek writers look back at one golf’s most special and surreal moments, the day Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters.
New audio recordings are being released from the Tiger Woods car crash investigation
On an April Sunday 20 years ago at Augusta, Jack Nicklaus created memories for a lifetime.
gives a rundown of the seven amateurs who received invitations to the Kraft.
The Kraft Nabisco Championship has extended invitations to seven of the nation’s top amateurs, one more than is usually given.
Adidas is launching new signature golf shoes in 2010. They will feature personal touches and designs from two of the LPGA's hottest players.
can’t wait to try out Powerbilt’s “nitrogen charged” clubs for the second time.
Powerbilt is touting its new line of Air Foil irons. The heads of these irons are “nitrogen charged” – literally, pumped full of pressurized nitrogen. Powerbilt insists the technology will do wonders for your game.
Heavy rains have forced the postponement of the second round of the Bob Hope Classic.
With an unusual flurry of media requests (even for him) to discuss his 70th birthday on Jan. 21, Jack Nicklaus revived his annual “State of the Bear” news conference last week.
Australia’s Michael Curtain shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the New Zealand PGA.
Five marquee spring events
Are you ready for some college golf? Ron Balicki takes a look at five big events that kick off the spring season and could shape the postseason.
Ian Poulter shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.
Golfweek Senior Nat’l Champ.
A rookie and a veteran stole the show at the Golfweek Senior National Championship at the Doral Golf Resort’s Great White Course in Miami.
Paul Lawrie is heading back to the future. The Scotsman is hoping to get back into the same groove that saw him win the 1999 Open Championship thanks to the R&A and USGA.
explains why not everyone on the PGA Tour is hauling in big-money equipment deals.
Spend some time with the newer faces on the PGA Tour, guys who’ve come up through the mini-tours, and you get a true sense of the business landscape.
Wednesday, January 20
watched Roger Tambellini hit 18 greens in regulation, then took a closer look at PGA Tour statistics.
I have long believed that golf statistics – if we are honest in our evaluation and interpretation – should help us learn and improve as competitive golfers.
Shane Bertsch hopped out of his RV and excelled on a course he hadn't seen in over 10 years, opening with a 10-under 62 at the Hope Classic for a two-stroke lead over Alex Prugh and Jeff Quinney.
A Web site posted eight photos that purport to show Tiger Woods – wearing white shorts and a dark hooded sweatshirt – at the Pine Grove facility where the Gentle Path sexual addiction program is conducted.
Jack Nicklaus, one of golf’s all-time greats, is celebrating another milestone this week.
Nicklaus turns 70
Jack William Nicklaus was born Jan. 21, 1940, in Columbus, Ohio – 70 years ago Thursday. We take a look back at his historic career.
has given her verbal commitment to Notre Dame.
Ashley Armstrong, No. 41 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the class of 2011, told Golfweek she had made a verbal committment to play golf at Notre Dame.
Hate to be Rude
Just when Jeff Rude thought he could take a break from writing about Tiger Woods, photos of the world’s No. 1 began circulating on Wednesday. Here we go again . . .
You might see Hudson Swafford competing at the Azalea Amateur in late March in South Carolina. Where you likely won’t see him – at least for the next five months – is on the college scene with his Georgia Bulldogs team.
The circus shouldn’t come to town. If Geoff Ogilvy had his way, he’d make sure the Big Top was parked as far from the city limits as possible.
Memories from Hawaii
Jim McCabe spent two weeks in Hawaii watching golf. He came away with four lasting memories. At the top of the list . . . the shot of the year (so far) by Ryan Palmer.
Tuesday, January 19
For its first 50 years, the Bob Hope Classic in the Palm Springs area was affected by rain just about as often as the tournament’s namesake claimed he played a respectable round of golf – maybe once in a generation.
wants to know which college teams would make your Mount Rushmore.
I want to hear what you, the college golf fan, thinks about our sport. Whom would you put on your Mount Rushmore? Pick four teams.
Rating golf in January
Ryan Palmer tops the hot list. Danny Lee? Not so much. Sean Martin weighs in on some early-season ratings.
Inside the Jan. 22, 2010 issue of Golfweek.
got a chuckle from John Daly’s attempt to play talk show host while discussing Tiger’s troubles.
John Daly put his unique spin on the Tiger Woods saga by appearing on Versus’ “Sports Soup with Matt Iseman.”
with a sneak peek of Thursday’s ‘CSI’ episode featuring a slew of tour players.
When Rocco Mediate’s overcooked draw comes to rest deep in the rough, in the lap of a bloodied, dead man sitting in a golf cart, Mediate realizes he’s going to need help.
with the story of Ernie Els and the case of the non-conforming grooves.
Call it Ernie’s Odyssey. Ernie Els tied for 12th in Hawaii, but it was a tumultuous week.
Bob Hope Classic
The PGA Tour makes its debut on the mainland this week at the Bob Hope Classic. Check out who the Fantasy Aces are picking in the desert.
Annika Sorenstam has many business ventures on the go but one of her newest projects will leave you smelling sweeter than normal.
USC star to leave after NCAAs
Jennifer Song plans to turn professional before this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open. The USC sophomore is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
The PGA Tour filled the final hole on its 2010 schedule, announcing Jan. 19 that the Sea Island (Ga.) Resort will play host to The McGladrey Classic in the Fall Series.
Traveling with Ian Poulter
Jetting around the world. Playing golf for big bucks. Sounds great, right? Not so fast, says Ian Poulter. As Alistair Tait writes, being a global superstar has its drawbacks.
Sergio Garcia thinks it won’t be long before Tiger Woods returns to tournament play.
New looks for R9, Burner
The anticipation surrounding TaylorMade’s new 2010 drivers has been greater than usual. Why? It has been a year since TaylorMade has made a major metalwood introduction.
Monday, January 18
says there was less groove testing at the PGA Tour’s first full-field event than one might expect.
With all the talk about the U.S. Golf Association’s new groove rule, one would think PGA Tour players would be lining up to make sure their grooves conformed. Think again.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Doug Barron, persona non grata on the PGA Tour, will keep the dream alive on the eGolf Professional Tour this year.
Stephanie Hsieh, of Alamo, Calif., shot 3-over 75 at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club’s Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., to win the FCWT’s rain-shortened Bayonet Invitational by one shot.
Charlie Bull, of London, England, shot 1-under 71 at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club’s Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., to win the FCWT’s rain-shortened Bayonet Invitational by one shot.
has given his verbal commitment to the University of Washington.
Cheng-Tsung Pan, No. 3 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the 2011 class, has given a verbal commitment to the University of Washington.
presents four reasons why it’s not too early to start thinking about the spring college golf season.
As we remain deep in the middle of a college golf lull, here are four reasons why I can’t wait for the spring to start already.
San Diego Open nets sponsor
The PGA Tour secured a title sponsor – at least for this year – for the San Diego Open, one of the cornerstones of the West Coast Swing, just a week before the start to the event.
Innisbrook never has received the recognition of flashier Florida resorts such as TPC Sawgrass and Doral, but it long has been a favorite stop for PGA Tour players.
Thailand a golf haven
Thailand isn’t exactly a major golf destination, but with beautiful courses, amazing views and entertaining nightlife, it could become one.
Need to feel the weight of a golf club in your hand again to get through the winter? Grab a shag bag, hit the nearest field and let the fun begin.
Looks to love and looks to lose from the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Jim Weathers, a physical trainer to Phil Mickelson and others on the PGA Tour, returned to the circuit after a series of life-threatening events triggered by a bizarre greenside episode in 2008.
explains why the PGA Tour is filled with more talent now than generations past.
Ryan Palmer’s Sony Open victory is the latest evidence that the PGA Tour is deeper with talent than ever. Moreso than a generation or three ago, winners can come from far down in the pack. In Palmer’s case, he rose from 150th in earnings last year to winning the first full-field event of 2010.
says Jean Van de Velde will need to make new plans for 2010 after failing to earn an Asian Tour card.
Jean Van de Velde says his future is in Asia. However, he will have to chart another course in 2010 after failing to earn an Asian Tour card.
The small crowd far down the eighth fairway could see John Daly, just not where his golf ball was headed.
Football, golf at TCU
The biggest buzz at TCU all fall was the Horned Frogs’ football team. Rightfully so. Still, golf is a high priority in Fort Worth, as the Horned Frogs are No. 4 in the country. Ron Balicki reports.
sat next to a very excited Ryan Palmer on a flight back to L.A. on Sunday night.
After two weeks in the islands I’m read to get home.
has given a verbal commitment to Oregon.
Kendall Prince, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the class of 2011, has verbally committed to Oregon.
Trying to unwind after a 14-hour day Saturday, I popped on the History Channel and watched hapless documentarians search in vain for the abominable snowman.
Sunday, January 17
explains how Alexis Thompson is staying ahead of the curve when it comes to grooves.
With Alexis Thompson’s 15th birthday not coming until Feb. 10, it’s safe to say the pro game is still a couple years away for the young phenom.
Palmer wins Sony by 1
Ryan Palmer hit a ‘good chip,’ got a ‘lucky bounce,’ made birdie on 18 and walked away from Waialae Country Club Sunday with a wire-to-wire victory and a $990,000 start to the season.
If you haven’t heard, “Avatar” won the Golden Globe last night for Best Picture. The Monday Scramble explains how golf has become intertwined in director James Cameron’s sci-fi world.
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson held off a late charge by defending champions Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw to win the Champions Skins Game on Sunday.
explains why Pat Perez hopes lightning will strike twice Sunday evening.
Sitting six strokes off the lead, Pat Perez could be said to be in contention for the final round at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Two in a row for Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel? Yep. The South African has won two consecutive events on the European Tour, his latest victory coming Sunday in a six-stroke runaway at the Joburg Open.
says Retief Goosen’s great round Sunday ended with somewhat of a goose egg.
Easiest hole at the Sony Open Sunday? The downwind, par-5 18th, where most players were only a driver and iron away from a reasonable look at eagle.
Saturday, January 16
Allenby, Palmer tied atop Sony
Robert Allenby (pictured) and Ryan Palmer distanced themselves from the field Saturday at the Sony Open, sharing a 3-shot lead at 11 under.
Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson took the first seven skins worth $220,000 on Saturday to build a big lead after nine holes of the Champions Skins Game.
Korda sets new marks
Jessica Korda left no question. She made 15 birdies and an eagle over her last 36 holes and set all sorts of records at the prestigious South Atlantic Amateur.
reports former U.S. Junior champ Matthew Rosenfeld is overcoming adversity in Asia.
Matthew Rosenfeld, the 2000 U.S. Junior champ who has overcome his fair share of struggles in his young career, was among the notable names to make it through Asian Tour Q-School on Saturday.
Depending on the future of Tiger Woods, one of his streaks is on the line this year.
Charl Schwartzel took a four-stroke lead at the Joburg Open on Saturday after shooting a 7-under 64 in the third round.
explains how a Monday qualifier had a big impact on weekend play at the Sony Open.
While you were turning in for the day late last night – or perhaps you had already slipped into sleepland – a Monday qualifier named Aaron Goldberg was playing havoc with the cut line here at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Friday, January 15
Palmer leads Sony by one
The top of the Sony Open leaderboard remains tight, but Ryan Palmer managed to take a one-shot lead Friday with a 4-under 66.
explains why the final round of the Sally could be one for the ages.
If Friday was any indication, then the final installment of the South Atlantic Amateur Saturday could be one for the ages.
Fuzzy Zoeller knows that timing is everything in the Champions Skins Game.
Robert Allenby is keeping it simple on his bum right ankle and leading the Sony Open.
Tiger Woods plans to help with relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti by supporting groups providing resources to children.
Master of the Amateurs
Jordan Sherratt started the year off right at the Master of the Amateurs Friday, winning a playoff with Bud Cauley to claim the championship, as well as a handful of other amateur invites.
The annual PGA Merchandise show in Orlando is just weeks away and I’m already counting down the days. To help you make the best use of your time, I’ve get some insider tips on a five “underground” names that are a must see.
says the Champions Skins Game lives on, but you won’t see it for another month.
The Skins Game unceremoniously went on hiatus last year after it failed to land a new title sponsor.
reports that the first round of the Sony Open is finally finished, 25 hours later.
Round 1 of the Sony Open in Hawaii has finally ended, more than 25 hours after it began.
Robert Allenby shot a co-leading 65 in the first round of the Sony Open. He did so despite playing on a right ankle he sprained during a fall near the clubhouse Monday, an ankle that he has iced several times a day.
There is no good time to develop a case of gout in the feet. But for a caddie, it’s especially painful on a day when you have a tour of duty that you will not relinquish.
Possible 2018 venues
France? Germany? Holland? Portugal? Sweden? Spain? Alistair Tait investigates some possible venues vying for the 2018 Ryder Cup – even if some haven’t been built yet.
– the No. 1 player in the country – has narrowed his list to two schools.
Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, has narrowed his college choices to Oklahoma State and Texas.
Roger Federer says he's spoken to his friend Tiger Woods by phone and predicts he will be back soon “as the wonderful golfer we know.”
Kurt Barnes shot a second-round 64 at Kingston Heath on Friday to win the 36-hole British Open Australasian qualifying tournament.
with news that Steve Stricker will not be in the field at the Bob Hope Classic.
Steve Stricker will not have a chance to revenge his loss at the Bob Hope Classic this year. The three-time winner in 2010 will return instead to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin versus the warm weather of the desert.
Thursday, January 14
Six tied for Sony lead
One player after another made his way to 5-under 65 at the Sony Open Thursday until six players, including defending champion Zach Johnson, held a share of the first-round lead.
says old Ping wedges have been spotted at the Sony thanks to a loophole in new USGA groove regulations.
It was sometime in early December when a longtime rules official with the U.S. Golf Association was doing some light reading. He was studying the wording to the new grooves regulations that would go in effect Jan. 1, 2010.
Troy Merritt had strong credentials as a PGA Tour rookie, just not the hype.
John Daly is using a set of wedges at the Sony Open this week that have square grooves, even though new USGA regulations require V-shaped grooves.
Love among leaders
It’s been two months since Davis Love III saw competition, but his game didn’t show it Thursday. He holds a share of the Sony Open lead early in the first round.
A man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles in Colorado with ones that pictured Tiger Woods and the word “unfaithful” is free on a personal recognizance bond.
Thompson, Korda hit Florida
Want a look at the next generation of LPGA superstars? Beth Ann Baldry says the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit is the best place to find the “somewhat famous.”
has given a verbal commitment to Alabama.
Daniela Lendl told Golfweek she has verbally committed to Alabama.
Webb Simpson signs multi-year deal with luxury brand Polo Ralph Lauren.
Velasquez enters final season
Spring can’t come soon enough for Diego Velasquez. The Colombian enters the final season of his college career at Oregon State hoping to go out with a bang as one of the nation’s best players.
says wild Trade Winds have led to high scores early at the Sony Open.
HONOLULU – So much for the calm, tranquil mornings that have been around all week here at Waialae Country Club. Players who looked at their first-day morning draw and licked their chops, thinking they’d have scoring conditions to start the Sony Open in Hawaii, have been unpleasantly surprised.
has given a verbal commitment to Georgia Tech.
Oliver Schniederjans, the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Invitational winner, has committed to Georgia Tech.
reports that Puma Golf has changed its mind and will attend the PGA Merchandise Show.
It seems Puma Golf has changed its mind and will now exhibit at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando after all.
Neil Schietekat shot a 9-under 62 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Joburg Open.
has given a verbal commitment to Southern California.
has given a verbal commitment to USC.
Now that the putting gremlins have gotten into his head and Retief Goosen has changed to a belly putter and a cross-handed grip, he should know there’s but one outer-limits option left:
A 400-acre luxury resort that hosts the annual Byron Nelson Championship is facing foreclosure.
Paul Goydos got a look at Rickie Fowler the other day and told the Associated Press, “He looks like he’s about 8 years old.”
Wednesday, January 13
A year after he was serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour, John Daly has yet another chance this year.
explains why Brad Faxon had to check in for Vijay Singh during the Sony Open pro-am.
As relief efforts go, Brad Faxon scripted one that would have made Jonathan Papalbon of his beloved Red Sox jealous.
They don’t share a lot in common, but their passion for Waialae CC and the Sony Open is one of them.
reports on Callaway’s plans to tap what many believe will become golf’s next big market: India.
Hoping to capitalize on golf’s growing global popularity, Callaway Golf opened its sixth overseas unit.
Authorities have arrested a man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles in Colorado with ones that had a picture of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word “unfaithful.”
wonders if Geoff Ogilvy is close to signing a deal with Travis Mathew.
With Ogilvy no longer representing Puma, speculations circle about which clothing company will endorse this champion golfer.
Ryo Ishikawa, the 18-year-old star who won the money list on the Japan Golf Tour last year, will make his first start of 2010 on the PGA Tour at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.
Rocco Mediate, Duffy Waldorf and Natalie Gulbis will play themselves in an upcoming episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”
General Motors Co. says an agreement with Tiger Woods that allowed the fallen golf star to have free access to its vehicles is over.
reports that Luke Donald has signed a new three-year deal with Mizuno.
Luke Donald signed a new deal with Mizuno this week to keep him in the fold for three more years, sources told Golfweek. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.
He is miles from home, but very much at home. Confusing? Not really. It’s the new world for Tadd Fujikawa, the lovable and still young (he turned 19 last Friday) golfer from Hawaii.
How do you say, “Avoid the bleachers and the burn?” in Thai?
introduces some Tour hopefuls who lined up for the Sony Open qualifier with just a dream and a ticket to paradise.
Armed with a dream and a ticket to paradise, PGA Tour hopefuls line up for Sony Open qualifier. Jim McCabe reports.
From 1992-2009, the Buick Invitational has supplied courtesy cars to the players in its field. But in 2010, the event – now called the San Diego Open – will not supply players with courtesy cars.
The Fantasy Aces are surfing over to Honolulu for the Sony Open this weekend. Who's going to catch the biggest wave? A man from Wisconsin is looking pretty good.
Ashley Crain explains that Loro Piana has some high-end pieces that work on and off the golf course.
Hate to be Rude
Good news for a Tigerless Tour: Phil Mickelson returns in two weeks at the San Diego Open. As Jeff Rude writes, it can’t come soon enough.
Tuesday, January 12
Jesper Parnevik is purposely keeping himself out of the loop when it comes to Tiger Woods’ marriage so he won’t get caught saying something he shouldn’t.
Robert Allenby stepped awkwardly on a curb just before the Monday pro-am at the Sony Open and severely sprained his right ankle.
One sheet of paper posted in the locker room had the tee times for the 50 players in the pro-am at the Sony Open. Another had times for 15 other players, only they won’t be playing golf.
says President Obama gave Michelle Wie the ‘hang 10’ sign Tuesday.
President Barack Obama gave Michelle Wie the “shaka sign” (hang-10) when he met the U.S. Solheim Cup team in the Oval Office Tuesday afternoon. The President then asked the victorious team for tips on getting his daughters into the game.
As he looks toward his 49th birthday (Aug. 1) and probable Champions Tour career, Brad Faxon has planned a busy 2010 season of competition.
Every tournament has its own way of having former champions leave their marks, quite often with autographs. More times than not, those autographs come with a traditional background – a photo, a flag, a program.
reports a sponsor addition and purse changes for the Nationwide Tour, which has kept its schedule mostly intact for 2010.
Recent news from the Nationwide Tour seem to indicate that the tour is holding strong in tough economic conditions.
Top 10 Tour rookies
There will be 20 rookies this season on the PGA Tour. Sean Martin breaks down the top 10, including No. 1 Rickie Fowler.
Among Titleist players at the SBS Championship, a popular wedge combination emerged with the new smaller grooves: a 60-degree lob wedge paired with a 54-degree sand wedge.
explains which open women’s coaching positions are most attractive in college golf.
January is usually a quiet month in college golf. Just two players left school and turned pro (Jane Rah and Amelia Lewis) and one transfered (Taylor Travis). That’s about it. But January is now heating up.
details the most interesting resort development this year in European golf.
When Americans contemplate a golf trip to Europe, the default choices are either Scotland or Ireland. And why not? Whether it’s a buddies trip or a couples getaway, one could hardly go wrong in either destination.
Inside 2010 footwear
Forget about yesterday’s saddle shoes. Golf footwear is now all about dynamic styling, bold colors and technological features.
Monday, January 11
Monica Petchakan, of Encino, Calif., shot 5-over 149 (74-75) at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., and won the Toyota Tour Cup Championship in a playoff.
Mike Moorhead, of Newport Beach, Calif., shot 3-over 147 (73-74) at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., to win the Toyota Tour Cup Series Championship by one shot.
With the 2010 PGA Tour season underway we're still hopeful to see some bright and bold statements.
I have had many discussions with senior golfers about how their tournament courses should be setup. Here are some rules that I use as guides and will let you know what to expect when you enter a Golfweek senior amateur event.
A Florida lawmaker is calling for an investigation into who phoned a hot line claiming Tiger Woods’ children were being abused.
reports that LPGA commissioner Mike Whan already has plans to meet with President Obama.
Mike Whan won’t waste any time going straight to the top in his new role as LPGA commissioner. On Jan. 12, seven days on the job, Whan will meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Whan plans to join the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team for a tour of the White House, Pentagon and 9/11 Memorial.
reflects on the arrival of new LPGA chief Mike Whan and observes that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
As new LPGA commissioner Mike Whan settles into his job, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the many tasks that await him.
explains why Americans aren’t dominating at Kapalua anymore.
West Maui weather patterns aren’t the only odd phenomenon surrounding the SBS Championship at Kapalua. An American hasn’t won the tournament since Jim Furyk in 2001. That year Furyk became the sixth consecutive Yank to take the PGA Tour’s season opener for winners only.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Nicklaus predicts golf boom
Economic forecasts for 2010 still remain hazy, but Jack Nicklaus envisions a golf boom down the road, thanks to the Olympics.
Country preps for big stage
It’s showtime. With a focus on the Ryder Cup, Wales is ready to reintroduce itself to the rest of the world in 2010.
Baker’s Bay to open early spring
Let the countdown begin. Discovery Land Co. has completed construction on the golf course at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in The Bahamas, and its opening is scheduled for early spring.
Gatorade says bootleg labels with a picture of Tiger Woods, the word “unfaithful” and the Gatorade name have been found on bottles in Colorado stores.
The Nationwide Tour released its official 2010 schedule Monday. The tour will have 28 events and a total purse of $17,825,099, down one event and $675,000 from 2009.
Let the bidding begin...
Do you want the Ryder Cup to be staged at your home club? Well, depending on the size of your checkbook, you probably still have a chance, writes Alistair Tait.
Coming off a second-consecutive victory at the SBS Championship, Geoff Ogilvy is confident he can beat anyone when he's paying well.
Meet Oliver Schniederjans
Best way to make an impression in the junior golf world? Beat the best players. Meet Oliver Schniederjans, who is putting together an impressive string of knock-out punches.
Sunday, January 10
investigates the four-putt that knocked one major champion out of contention Sunday at Kapalua.
Three-putts are one of the biggest bugaboo’s in golf. No one likes to three-putt.
From the left side of the 12th fairway about 145 yards from the hole, Geoff Ogilvy hit a low, boring shot well to the left of the green.
Ogilvy wins Tour opener
Talk about Hawaiian punch. Geoff Ogilvy won the season-opening PGA Tour event – the SBS Championship – for the second year in a row.
Rickie Fowler makes his debut as a PGA Tour rookie this week at the Sony Open, which leads to one obvious question: What will his Facebook page look like next year? The Monday Scramble takes a guess.
Winning a tournament with a final-round 79 is about as rare as Florida temperatures in the 30s. The New Year’s Invitational, played Dec. 7-10 in St. Petersburg, Fla., had both.
Corliss “Corky” Nelson won the Gateway Invitational’s senior division when the final round was cancelled due to a cold, steady rain and a 10-15 mph wind at Gateway G&CC’s Tom Fazio-designed course in Ft. Myers, Fla.
Charl Schwartzel won the Africa Open by one shot over countryman Thomas Aiken despite bogeying the final hole on Sunday.
Europe pulled out a victory against Asia on Sunday in a tightly fought Royal Trophy match play event, with Henrik Stenson picking up a shot on the final hole to secure an 8 1/2 to-7 1/2 victory.
Saturday, January 9
says Sean O’Hair is feeling better after suffering from a stress fracture in his forearm for much of 2009.
He first felt the pain last May, while doing “impact drills” at the Colonial. Nearly seven months later, Sean O’Hair found out why the lower part of his left forearm still hurt.
Glover leads by one shot
Can Lucas Glover open the year with a wire-to-wire victory? It's looking promising so far, as Glover remains one shot ahead of defending champion Geoff Ogilvy at the SBS Championship.
Roig wins endurance test
Even though Kyle Roig couldn't feel her hands, she still managed to beat Alexis Thompson in a playoff at the chilly Harder Hall Invitational.
The 28 players at Kapalua matches the record for the smallest field at the season-opening SBS Championship since it moved to Maui in 1999.
with news that Adidas, Ashworth and Puma will miss the 2010 PGA Show.
With economic uncertainty still clouding the golf landscape in 2010, Adidas, Ashworth and Puma have decided to skip the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla., this year.
remembers long-time BYU men’s head coach Karl Tucker as a true gentleman.
After reading the sad news Saturday morning about Karl Tucker, I asked my wife, Debbie, if she remembered the former Brigham Young men’s golf coach.
U.S. easily defends title
Team USA built a big lead and easily defended its title at the Copa de las Americas, beating host country Argentina by 12 stokes.
Thomas Aiken shot a 4-under 69 Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the Africa Open with Trevor Fisher Jr., who caddied for him in last year’s CA Championship on the PGA Tour.
Europe turned the tables on Asia at the Royal Trophy on Saturday, winning three of four matches in the four-ball competition to take a 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 lead into the final day.
Friday, January 8
Glover takes 3-shot lead
So far so good for Lucas Glover in 2010. The U.S. Open champion built a three-shot lead Friday at the SBS Championship with an 8-under 65.
explains why Ryan Moore’s irons could give golf announcers fits this season.
Ryan Moore is always known for doing things a little differently. Last year, the focus was on his fashion sense. This year, Moore is getting attention for the unique makeup of his bag. Moore’s irons don’t have traditional numbers on them, only lofts.
with news about two new tournaments that will feature feature some of the best programs in Div. II and Div. III golf.
In February the Golfweek Spring Invitational – a Div. II event – will take place at Reunion Resort in Orlando, and next September, the Golfweek Fall Invitational will feature some of the very best programs in Div. III men’s golf.
Jack Nicklaus believes this is a big year for Tiger Woods to get closer to his record 18 major championships because three majors are held on courses where Woods has won.
U.S. builds 14-shot lead
What’s a good way to cure final-round nerves? Build a 14-shot lead in Round 3, which is just what the United States did at the Copa de las Americas Friday.
Ashley Crain has been disappointed with the PGA Tour players' fashion early in the 2010 season.
says John Daly shouldn’t be upset at being passed over for a sponsor exemption.
The PGA Tour season is exactly one day old, and already I’m reaching for my blood-pressure medication. What has me so riled? John Daly, that’s who. He says his “feelings were hurt” when the Bob Hope Classic chose not to give him a sponsor exemption.
Trevor Fisher Jr. shot a second straight 7-under 66 to grab the lead after the second round of the Africa Open on Friday.
explains how the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index can help your fantasy golf team.
Looking for an edge on picking a winner each week on the PGA Tour?
The start of a new decade did nothing to stop Bill Zylstra’s momentum as he captured the 15th Riverwood Senior Invitational Jan. 5 at Riverwood GC in Port Charlotte, Fla., finishing at 5-over 221 for a two-shot victory over Phil Pavoni.
The Japanese pair of Ryo Ishikawa and Koukei Oda rallied to beat Europe's playing captain Colin Montgomerie and Pablo Martin, helping Asia to a 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead after Friday's foursomes play at the Royal Trophy.
Thursday, January 7
Lucas leads in Hawaii
Talk about a hot streak. Lucas Glover went 9 under par in a nine-hole stretch – which included two eagles – to take the early lead at the SBS Championship.
U.S. leads in Argentina
Peter Uihlein continued his hot streak Thursday as he and the rest of Team USA took the lead after the second round of the Copa de las Americas.
Canadian Nick Taylor has been selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Winter Games in Vancouver.
What’s next for Thompson?
All Alexis Thompson wants to do is play golf. Thoughts of college and LPGA Q-School can wait for this 14-year-old phenom.
PGA Tour season starts
The 2010 PGA Tour season started Thursday at the SBS Championship. The 28-man field is the smallest since the event moved to Maui in 1999.
It looked like an act of desperation last year when Retief Goosen, whose pure stroke brought him a pair of U.S. Open titles, switched to the belly putter at the start of the season.
Taylor Travis informed UCLA’s coaches Wednesday that he is leaving the program. Travis was an AJGA All-American and No. 52 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings when he signed with UCLA in April 2008.
Richard Sterne shot a bogey-free 7-under 66 Thursday for a five-way tie after the first-round lead at the Africa Open.
reports Geoff Ogilvy has become a full-fledged company man for Acushnet.
Geoff Ogilvy starts the 2010 season flying the flag for not one, but two of Acushnet Co.’s top brands: Titleist and FootJoy.
has a cure for the cold-weather blues: outerwear from Sunice.
Bundle up with Sunice gear before you head to the course or golf dome during the winter season.
Y.E. Yang referred to it as a miracle, and he wasn’t talking about his PGA Championship victory over Tiger Woods that made him first Asian-born man to win a major.
Wednesday, January 6
was the first to tell Zach Johnson that he was an Iowan of the Decade.
When I received my eBlue, the Electronic Newsletter of Drake Alumni and Friends, for January, I was surprised to see that the Des Moines Register named Zach Johnson one of its Iowan’s of the decade.
Any uncertainty about a new PGA Tour season goes beyond the absence of Tiger Woods.
reports that Amelia Lewis has her sights on the U.S. Curtis Cup team – not the Florida Gators.
Amelia Lewis is thinking about a team this week, but its colors aren’t orange and blue. The Florida freshman told her coach over the holidays that she was done with college after one semester.
reports that Don White, MacGregor’s legendary craftsman, hasn’t retired after all.
Don White, the last of the master craftsmen who worked at MacGregor, is back doing what he loves.
Fred Couples and Corey Pavin will make their first official Champions Tour starts at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.
Former Tour caddie Greg Rita and his family were robbed in a home invasion on New Year's Eve in Jacksonville, Fla., firstcoastnews.com reported Tuesday.
College golfers debate
Watch out Kirk Herbstreit, Lou Holtz, Todd McShay and the rest of you college football know-it-alls. There are two college golfers ready to take your jobs.
Debbie Dillman’s long tenure at the helm of the Florida State women’s program is over, Golfweek has learned. A school spokesperson confirmed the decision was made Jan. 5, leaving the Seminoles without a coach or assistant coach.
For those of you wondering when Tiger will return, let me offer up the Chinese New Year, Feb. 14, as a possible date.
Fantasy picks and tips
Good news: Golfweek.com’s Fantasy Aces are back to help you win in 2010. So go ahead and bet the farm (or maybe just a cow) on these guys this week in Kapalua.
Toughest job within the confines of the PGA Tour world? Easy. Has to be working on the Tiger Woods PR campaign. But what’s the next-toughest? How about deciding who gets those weekly sponsor exemptions?
Hate to be Rude
Start preparing yourself for a Masters without Tiger Woods. As Jeff Rude writes, it’s a distinct possibility.
wonders how a Tour without Tiger will be for re-negotiationing TV contracts.
Here’s a thought that PGA Tour officials can hardly be thrilled about as it tackles a year in which re-negotiations with the networks will kick off.
Fantasy Guide 2010
Alex Miceli can’t help you with tonight’s lottery numbers, but he’s got a little mathematical advice for your fantasy golf team. Golfweek’s 2010 Fantasy Golf Guide, Part III
Electronic Arts Inc. said Monday it will stand behind Tiger Woods – at least for the release of a new online golf game featuring the embattled athlete.
Tuesday, January 5
explains why Tim Finchem cringed Tuesday at Kapalua when Tiger Woods’ name was brought up.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem sat down with the media Tuesday before the season-opening SBS Championship on Tuesday in Hawaii.
Minnesota’s director of golf Brad James will leave the program July 1, the university announced Tuesday.
The first day of the new PGA Tour season brought a Tiger Woods sighting.
Available in lofts from 50 degrees to 64 degrees, the xFT has interchangeable faces.
Fantasy Golf Guide 2010
Can’t decide which players to pick for your fantasy golf league? Don’t worry, we’ll decide for you. Golfweek’s 2010 Fantasy Golf Guide, Part II
John Daly is batting .500 thus far in his pursuit of sponsors exemptions for 2010.
explains how you can look your best in 2010.
Check out how to look your best in 2010, the trends to follow and things to avoid.
Tiger Woods’ $3 million appearance fee for playing in the Australian Masters in November has paid dividends for the Victorian state economy.
Monday, January 4
Janine Fellows capped 2009 on a good note, winning the Arizona Silver Belle Championship in a playoff Dec. 30.
Tiger Woods has graced the cover of many magazines, but never like this.
Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark and David Duval are among the players that have received sponsor exemptions for the Bob Hope Classic, which will be played Jan. 20-24 in the California desert.
Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart top the 2010 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses of Great Britain and Ireland
Here’s an easy golf prediction for 2010. If you haven’t yet heard of Italian golf sensation Matteo Manassero, you soon will.
Royal County Down and St. Andrews top the 2010 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses of Great Britain and Ireland
Best GB&I Courses
Royal County Down and Kingsbarns top the inaugural list of Golfweek's Best Courses for Great Britain and Ireland.
Top 10 stories
With the fall golf season in the books, here’s a look back at 10 of the most notable stories from men’s college golf.
French Lick Resort, Pete Dye Course
Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.
JSH Time buys G&CC
JSH Time LLC has acquired Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, and will continue to alternate daily-fee play between its two courses.
Check out who topped the 2009 fashion leaderboard on the PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour and more.
notes that Jonathan Moore achieved a rare trifecta during qualifying season.
Walker Cup hero Jonathan Moore’s “Q-rating” took a dive late last year. At “Q-School,” let’s just say he struck out, but he went down swinging.
explains why Harder Hall veteran Carol Semple Thompson won't be in the field at this year's event.
Glancing down the list of confirmed entries for this year’s Harder Hall Invitational, one name was notably absent: Carol Semple Thompson.
Fantasy Golf Guide 2010
So you failed to secure your PGA Tour card once again. Aw, shucks. You know what that means: Be the best Fantasy Golfer you can be. (We’re here to help.)
Talia Campbell, of Dallas, shot 12-over 156 at Barton Creek Golf Course (Fazio Foothills Course) in Austin, Texas, and won the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Barton Creek Holiday Classic in a playoff.
Alex Ellis, of Austin, Texas, shot 3-under 139 (71-68) at Barton Creek Golf Course (Crenshaw Cliffside Course) in Austin, Texas to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Barton Creek Holiday Classic by one shot.
Duncan wins Dixie Amateur
Amid a field of top amateur, junior and college players, Duke freshman Lindy Duncan reigned supreme Sunday with a five-shot victory at the Dixie Amateur.
Golf at Fenway Park? Probably not, but last weekend’s NHL Winter Classic had the Monday Scramble dreaming.
Sunday, January 3
Eight-time major champion Tom Watson has committed to play in the Dubai Desert Classic.
More majors, but . . . ?
In a BBC Radio interview Sunday, Colin Montgomerie said Tiger Woods will win more majors but says he won’t be the iconic player who dominated the past decade.
Saturday, January 2
Anthony Paolucci, No. 14 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, recently made a verbal commitment to USC. Paolucci will join the Trojans in the fall of 2011.
Where the top players play
Geoff Ogilvy won the 2006 U.S. Open but hasn't won the club championship at Whisper Rock Golf Club, where the competition is amongst the best in the country.
Friday, January 1
Decade’s Top 10 moments
As usual, the next 10 years have a lot to live up to. Here’s one last look at the 2000’s, from a European perspective. Alistair Tait’s Top 10
looks back at the life of legendary golf hustler and long-driver Mike Austin.
In the 1974 U.S. National Seniors Open, the precursor to the U.S. Senior Open that was first played in 1980, Mike Austin hit a measured drive of 515 yards that still stands in the Guinness Book of Sports Records as the longest drive ever hit in competition.