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Woods’ award marks midpoint of wild ‘10 season

Tiger Woods is assured at least one trophy this year – his 13th straight Mark H. McCormack Award, given to the player atop the world ranking for the most weeks in a calendar year.

In this issue: July 9, 2010

Inside the July 9, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

Tour's Finchem hints at Asian series

The PGA Tour already has the West Coast Swing, the Florida Swing and now the Texas Swing. It might not be long before it has an Asian Swing after the FedEx Cup portion of the season is over.

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Alvarez triumphs again in Pereira

Colombia’s Oscar Alvarez came from behind Monday to win the VI Abierto Internacional de Golf Eje Cafetero, exactly one year to the day he claimed his last Tour de las Americas title at the same venue – Club Campestre de Pereira.

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Caddie: Annika would’ve loved Oakmont

Terry McNamara counts Oakmont Country Club as his favorite venue. He said Annika Sorenstam felt the same. Unfortunately, the famed player/caddie duo never had the chance to play Oakmont together.

Junior diary: Rodgers takes second at ToC

These last two weeks are the reason I love tournament golf. I love being in the hunt, and playing when the entire tournament is on the line.

Junior diary: Battling The Blessings GC

The AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions was held at The Blessings Golf Club. I think it is the hardest golf course to walk and to play that I will ever see.

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Toy Box notes: Tiger adds new ball to bag

Tiger Woods switched Nike balls for the AT&T National. His new ball has a slightly firmer cover and spins less than the old one.

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Extreme heat engulfs Oakmont

It’s so hot at Oakmont that even talking is taxing. Jiyai Shin, the No. 3 player in the Rolex Rankings, ended her press conference after one question from the media so that she could get indoors and drink fluids.

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Notes: Finchem hints at Asian swing for Tour

The PGA Tour already has the West Coast Swing, the Florida Swing and now the Texas Swing. It might not be long before it has an Asian Swing after the FedEx Cup portion of the season is over.

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Women brace for bunker siege at Oakmont

Cristie Kerr learned the hard way that Oakmont Country Club severely punishes any mis-hit.

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Rawson gets engaged to talent executive

Sorry, boys. Model Anna Rawson is off the market. The Australian LPGA player is newly engaged to Ted Chervin, head of worldwide television at International Creative Management (ICM) in Los Angeles.

Griffin continues to go low in final rounds

His opening act hasn’t been bad. His closing act has been a real show-stopper. Now, all J.T. Griffin has to do is figure out how to beef up his middle two acts in this summer’s string of four-act plays known as the summer’s top amateur golf tournaments.

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Staff picks: U.S. Women’s Open

Beth Ann Baldry and Sean Martin make their picks for the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Toms, Kim out of British; Love, Barnes in

David Toms has withdrawn from the British Open to rest an ailing right shoulder, and Anthony Kim formally pulled out as he recovers from thumb surgery.

Red, white and blue: Holiday gear

Patriotic products sparkled in the U.S. as the golf neared the Fourth of July. Here are some creations that might add fireworks to your game.

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Rookie diary: Long season taking its toll

I got a sponsor exemption into the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Toledo, Ohio. I had played there as an amateur in 2008 after winning the Monday qualifier, so I was excited that I was familiar with the course.

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British purse increases, despite falling pound

The winner of the 150th British Open will earn $1.29 million, about a $60,000 increase from the previous year.

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Woods skips British Open tuneup to see kids

After another warm welcome from the Irish public, Tiger Woods turned curt and dismissive at a news conference Tuesday when asked about his state of mind since the sex scandal that has wrecked his image.

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Q&A: Two-time U.S. Open champ Juli Inkster

Juli Inkster’s name is synonymous with American golf. The Hall of Famer has won 31 LPGA tournaments, including seven majors – notably the 1999 and 2002 U.S. Women’s Opens.

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