News for Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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USF hires FSU’s Malloy as head coach

Chris Malloy was announced Tuesday as the new head men’s coach at South Florida.

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Underdogs take early lead at AJGA ToC

Excuse Sam Straka for being tired. The 17-year-old from Georgia shot 69 on three hours sleep and leads the AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Illinois coach Small goes low at PNC

Defending champion Mike Small shot a course-record 7-under 65 on Tuesday to take a four-stroke lead entering the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship.

Illinois coach Small on verge of PGA berth

Can things get any better for the men’s program at the University of Illinois? You bet.

Chris Baker's Euro card quest

Chris Baker, a former Iowa State standout, is on the verge of a European card.

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Rankings: South Africans show prominence

Four South Africans rank among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking, equaling the four Englishmen (the U.S. has nine top-25 players, including four of the top 5).

Mini-tour notes: Baker’s Euro card quest

Chris Baker was taking in his surroundings on the Canary Islands when he said, “It’s unreal, to be honest.”

Tough track awaits U.S. Publinks players

The players at the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship will face quite a test of their driving skills.

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Woods looking for momentum at Aronimink

The most obvious change at the AT&T National is moving to Aronimink Golf Club, a tree-lined classic in the Philadelphia suburbs that will host the tournament the next two years as Congressional prepares for a U.S. Open.

Fantasy Aces: AT&T National

New course. Big field. Golfweek's Fantasy Aces make their picks for the AT&T National.

PGA berth within Hutsell’s grasp at PNC

David Hutsell has been here before – deep into the Professional National Championship and a spot in the PGA Championship clearly within sight, so close it must seem he can just reach out and pluck it.

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AJGA’s Rolex ToC course punishing players

Blessings Golf Club, site of this week’s AJGA Rolex Tournament of Champions, wreaking havoc on the best junior players in the country. Ryan Lavner reports from Johnson, Ark.

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‘Wimbledon white’ works for Kerr

Last weekend’s LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club outside Rochester, N.Y., looked more like a match at Wimbledon than a golf tournament.

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Commentary: Caddie’s illness inspiring Simpson on Tour

William Kane serves as more than Webb Simpson’s caddie. As Jim McCabe writes, they share a friendship that guides them on Tour.

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Last British Open spots earned; Campbell out

The 2005 U.S. Open must feel like a lifetime away for New Zealand’s Michael Campbell. His career plumbed new depths when he failed to qualify for the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Barnes, Holmes win CVS Charity Classic

Ricky Barnes and J.B. Holmes combined for a string of seven consecutive birdies on the back nine Tuesday and won the CVS Charity Classic with a final score of 21-under 121.

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Toy Box notes: Bubba home on the range

Bubba Watson is known as a regular guy. At Ping headquarters in Phoenix, Watson “likes to come down (from his home in north Scottsdale) and hang out on the range,” Ping spokesman Pete Samuels said.

Australian Peter Lonard looks for U.S. return

Peter Lonard is hoping to return to the U.S.-based Nationwide Tour next month after recent hip and knee surgery. He lost his PGA Tour card last year when he finished out of the top 125 on the money list.

Jamie Farr could be rookie's big break

Since I last wrote from Atlantic City, I have been to Defiance, Ohio to play in the Ohio Women’s Open, and to Providence, R.I., for a pro-am.

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Yang spearheads Korean contingent in Scotland

(Y.E.) Yang Yong-eun will put the finishing touches to his Open Championship preparations with an appearance at Loch Lomond next week.

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More new equipment releases for summer

Manufacturers are not waiting until the new year to introduce gear. There are many new products that could help your game immediately.

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World-class speakers line up for Asia superintendents summit

Global support for the inaugural Golf Course Superintendents of Asia Summit continues to grow at a rapid pace.

Events to watch: Dogwood, North & South

This week offers a couple of great amateur tournaments to follow. Here’s a preview of what you can expect: