News for Monday, January 18, 2010

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USGA finds little demand for groove testing on Tour

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.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 11-17, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Banned by PGA Tour, Barron to try mini tour

Doug Barron, persona non grata on the PGA Tour, will keep the dream alive on the eGolf Professional Tour this year.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Hsieh

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.

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Player of the Week: Charlie Bull

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.

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Pan (No. 3, 2011) commits to 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.

Four reasons to look forward to spring golf

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.

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San Diego Open nets sponsor in 11th hour

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.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Innisbrook R&GC

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.

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Thailand indulges golfers’ senses

Thailand isn’t exactly a major golf destination, but with beautiful courses, amazing views and entertaining nightlife, it could become one.

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Novel idea for a winter golf fix

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.

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Looks of the week: Fits just right

Looks to love and looks to lose from the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Trainer returns to Tour ‘just happy to be alive’

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.

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PGA Tour filled with talent top to bottom

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.

Van de Velde faces roadblock in Asia

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.

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New grooves haven’t altered scores, yet

The small crowd far down the eighth fairway could see John Daly, just not where his golf ball was headed.

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Football, golf a winning combo a 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.

A flight to remember with Ryan Palmer

After two weeks in the islands I’m read to get home.

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Prince (No. 38, 2011) commits to Oregon

Kendall Prince, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the class of 2011, has verbally committed to Oregon.

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The search for Tiger: Chasing the story in Miss.

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.