News for Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Rocco being Rocco

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.

Thoughts on the death of Ken Green's son

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.

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Fantasy Aces: Farmers Insurance Open

Phil Mickelson makes his 2010 PGA Tour debut. You can bet our Fantasy Aces are taking note for their Torrey Pines picks.

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Young stars to battle on Nationwide Tour

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.

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Little has changed on Tour without Tiger

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.

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Ken Green’s son, Hunter, dies at 21

Hunter Green, the son of professional golfer Ken Green, was found dead Friday in his fraternity house at Southern Methodist University. He was 21.

In this issue: Jan. 29, 2010

Inside the Jan. 29, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

LPGA adds Sybase Match Play event

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.

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Furyk: My money’s on Tiger to play Augusta

Jim Furyk offered his prediction as to when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf in 2010.

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Spieth gets rare Byron 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.

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Freddie’s fantastic footwear

The Champions Tour is getting a little spicier, all thanks to Fred Couples’ footwear.

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Vote: How many majors will Phil win in ’10?

How many majors will Phil Mickelson win in 2010?

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Commentary: Lumpy, Leonard and the guy who shot 102

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.

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2010 Golf Gear Guide: New equipment

Need a new driver? Is your wedge losing its mojo? Too many three-putts? Not a problem. Golfweek introduces its 2010 Golf Gear Guide.

2010 shafts: Selecting the right profile

A closer look at new golf club shafts for 2010.

2010 grips: Many options

PGA professionals and fitters know the importance of using the right grip.

2010 putters: More to the club than cosmetics

Mallet or blade? That is the question asked by many golfers when it comes to choosing a putter.

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2010 irons: Find the right configuration

Irons now hit the ball much farther than before. Why? Because iron lofts have grown stronger in recent years.

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2010 drivers: A search for speed

Golfers will hear a lot about speed in 2010. In the driver universe, swing speed will be topic No. 1.

2010 golf balls: New grooves mean softer is in

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.

2010 wedges: Year of 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.

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