Stories for May 2010
Monday, May 31
Yueer Cindy Feng, of Orlando, Fla., shot 3-under 213 (72-73-68) at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., and won the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior in a playoff.
Anthony Paolucci, of Del Mar, Calif., shot 12-under 204 (66-69-69) at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior by three shots.
With his lead dwindling, Charlie Edler took a swipe at a 1-footer on the eighth hole at Grand Cypress Resort – and missed. His next swing with the driver wasn’t much better, his tee shot plunging into a pot bunker in the fairway.
Paolucci, Feng win in Arizona
Anthony Paolucci got his first AJGA win in a big way Monday at the Thunderbird International Junior, as Yueer Cindy Feng battled Laetitia Beck for four extra holes on her way to a title defense.
Erynne Lee, 16, celebrated with her family for about 10 minutes after winning a playoff May 26 and an apparent spot in the U.S. Women’s Open.
Tiger Woods shot 80 in the final round at the 1996 NCAA Championship en route to victory. Scores won’t be that high this time around, writes Sean Martin, as the national championship starts Tuesday.
spoke to ASU coach Randy Lein, who explained what made the ’96 NCAAs so special.
Eric Soderstrom spoke to ASU coach Randy Lein, who explained what made the 1996 NCAA Championship so memorable.
say Texas A&M coach J.T. Higgins is again waiting until the last minute to set his NCAA lineup.
Most teams have their starting lineup set in stone by the postseason. Not Texas A&M.
FSU’s NCAA fashion statement
Florida State thought it needed a little southern karma this week at the NCAA Championship, so the Seminoles put in an order. A box of large visors, please. Eric Soderstrom explains.
explains why Colorado Golf Club will be a perfect Solheim Cup venue in 2013.
Well, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have done it again.
The Principal Charity Classic will remain at the Glen Oaks Country Club through 2012. The contract extension with the West Des Moines course coincides with the Principal Financial Group’s sponsorship renewal of the annual Champions Tour event.
Marta Silva Zamora started the summer with a bang Sunday, winning the Spanish Women’s Amateur by a single shot.
says murmuring at the Memorial – according to The Columbus Dispatch – raises doubts about Morgan Stanley’s future as sponsor.
Morgan Stanley could be on the way out as a PGA Tour sponsor, according to a report in The Columbus Dispatch.
The only other time the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship was staged at The Honors Course just outside Chattanooga, Tenn., was 1996, when a sophomore from Stanford named Tiger Woods won the individual title.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
with a pop quiz: Which team has made the most NCAA finals appearances?
Anyone who follows college golf knows that Oklahoma State has appeared in more NCAA Men’s Division I Championships than any other program in the country.
Kim leads UCLA at NCAAs
When UCLA tees it up Tuesday in the first round of the NCAA Championship, the Bruins will lean on a player who broke par only three times last season. Ron Balicki reports.
says Vijay Singh, passed over for a U.S. Open exemption, may not attend sectional qualifying.
While playing through back problems and not competing on the weekend in six consecutive starts this spring, three-time major winner Vijay Singh fell out of the top 50 in the world for the first time since 1992. That means his streak of playing in 63 consecutive major championships, the longest current run, is in jeopardy.
crunches numbers, looks at over and underachievers, and names his Fab 5 heading into NCAAs.
Lance Ringler crunches numbers, looks at over- and underachievers and names his Fab 5 heading into NCAAs.
The Monday Scramble
The NCAA Championship begins Tuesday at The Honors Course in Tennessee. Tiger Woods ended his college career with a victory there. The Monday Scramble wonders what star will emerge this week.
gives five reasons why red-hot Washington won’t win the NCAA Championship.
Well, college golf fans, I have arrived in Ooltewah, and my initial report is not good. The Golfweek crew was greeted by rain, and it has continued to do so since I landed Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, May 30
says 2009 NCAA champ Matt Hill will make his pro debut this week at the Memorial.
Matt Hill may not be at the NCAA Championship to defend his individual title, but he still has an important week ahead of him.
Meaghan Francella has won the LPGA Brasil Cup by defeating Mariajo Uribe in a six-hole, sudden-death playoff.
With every medical malady that hindered him, Bill Glasson overhauled his game to compensate.
Johnson wins at Colonial
Add another win to Zach Johnson’s resume, and another jacket to his collection. Johnson closed with a 6-under 64 Sunday to win at Colonial, not to mention a plaid jacket to go with his green one.
Lehman wins Senior PGA
Extra holes? No problem for Tom Lehman, who won the Senior PGA Championship with a tap-in par on the first playoff hole as Fred Couples and David Frost made double bogeys.
AJGA Thunderbird Round 2
Anthony Paolucci put himself in position for a runaway victory Sunday at the AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior. Rachel Morris and Laetitia Beck share the top spot in the girls’ division.
Donald wins Madrid Masters
Luke Donald won the Madrid Masters Sunday with help from an eleventh-hour eagle at No. 16. It’s the first title for Donald since 2006.
British Columbia won its third NAIA title in program history Friday after a true team effort.
explains why the numbers point to Washington and Clemson entering the NCAA Championship.
Just a couple of days until the men start this year’s marathon race to the national title match. What a long week it’s going to be at The Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn. Three days of stroke-play qualifying followed by three days of match play will surely provide many twists and turns.
Saturday, May 29
Mark O’Meara’s only win on the Champions Tour came with a caveat: It was a team event and he was paired with Nick Price.
Anthony Paolucci shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the AJGA Thunderbird International.
details Bill Glasson’s remarkable run into contention at the Senior PGA.
Next to the champion, there’s no question who the most satisfied player is at this week’s 71st Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club. The hands-down winner of that honor is Bill Glasson.
Jay Don Blake considers himself a stealth golfer, lurking around the leaderboard while everybody else has their eyes fixed on the game’s bigger names.
Molder, Davis share lead
Bryce Molder and Brian Davis are tied for the lead after the third round of the Colonial, where they are in search of their first PGA Tour victory.
Bill Poutre resigned as Long Beach State’s men’s head golf coach on Friday.
Rhys Davies of Wales and Luke Donald of England have a two-shot lead going into the final round of the Madrid Masters.
Friday, May 28
caught up with former top-ranked amateur Nick Cassini, who is considering a return to the pro ranks.
Nick Cassini could no longer ignore the shooting pain in his shoulder, and thus the panic began to set in. “When you play golf and that’s all you’ve done,” Cassini said, “you don’t know what else is out there. You kind of have this notion that I’m a golfer and that’s it.”
Tim Simpson loves golf so much he was willing to risk his life to keep playing.
Couples leads Senior PGA
Fred Couples, Tom Kite and Nick Price all in contention? Sure looks a lot like 1992. Couples moved atop the leaderboard Friday at the Senior PGA Championship, shooting a second-round 68 to lead by one shot over the 60-year-old Kite.
Bryce Molder shot a career-best 8-under 62 and leads after two rounds at the Colonial.
This year’s RBC Insurance Alberta Open, which first received attention when a Canadian club pro shot 25 for nine holes, had another unlikely occurrence bring the tournament to an early end. Snow ended Thursday’s third round when the final group was on the 11th hole. That’s right. It’s May, but the event was called due to snow.
John Mallinger will have a big opportunity to turn around an atrocious season so far this weekend at The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
Luke Donald shot a 5-under 67 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Madrid Masters, while Sergio Garcia missed the cut of a European tournament for the first time in six years.
introduces you to perhaps the best player you’ve never heard of: Champions Tour golfer Chien Soon Lu.
Here’s the story of the best player you’ve never heard of and, perhaps, the one to watch when it comes time to decide the 71st Senior PGA Championship Sunday afternoon.
There will be no Phil in pink at the Colonial – and no top ranking.
makes his annual “Wrong Ron” pick for the NCAA Championship. And that unfortunate team is...
Wow! Is it that time of the year again? It seems like it was only a short time ago I was picking Georgia (again) to win the 2009 NCAA Championship.
Golfweek’s Ron Balicki charts the 30 teams in next week’s NCAA Championship and each team’s odds of winning.
files the first entry in her Golfweek.com amateur diary, and introduces us to “Lexie” and “Chester.” (She also needs your help.)
My name is Alison Whitaker and I’m a 24 year old from Melbourne, Australia, who loves life, food, music and golf.
to those bellyaching European Tour pros: Try to remember you play golf for a living.
Some European Tour pros need to get some perspective. They need Peter Mitchell’s outlook on life.
Thursday, May 27
Robin Freeman shot a 6-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead at the 71st PGA Senior Championship at Colorado Golf Club.
wants you to make your NCAA Championship predictions. (Win a Tom Lehman-autographed cap!)
Well college golf fans, I am sad to say the season is just about over. With the NCAA Championship days away, 30 teams will be vieing for a spot among the top eight teams after 54 holes at the Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ben Crenshaw played an impeccable round of golf and yet he couldn’t help finding a few flaws.
Jason Bohn, Jeff Overton and Blake Adams shot 7-under 63s to share the first-round lead at the Colonial, where 2008 champion Phil Mickelson’s return turned into a struggle after an impressive start Thursday.
There’s a new name atop Golfweek’s Junior Rankings: Victoria Tanco.
The Hooters Women’s Collegiate Team Championship will debut Aug. 3-5, offering a unique format that features one two-woman team from Division I, II and III schools.
says Robin Freeman is no stranger to playing in the wind, and it’s coming in handy at the Senior PGA.
This is what it’s like to play golf when the wind comes whippin’ down the plain.
was pleasantly surprised by a revamped Castle Course on a visit to St. Andrews, Scotland.
I’ll confess at the outset that I arrived at the Castle Course earlier this week with, at best, modest expectations.
Here are three variously priced deals at courses rated among Golfweek’s Best in their respective states.
One of the cornerstones of Jim Justice's plans for The Greenbrier is construction of an 89,000-square-foot underground casino. Todd Fishon, The Greenbrier VP of casino operations, spoke recently with Golfweek.
Luke Donald bounced back from the disappointment of nearly winning the BMW PGA Championship by taking a share of the lead in the opening round of the Madrid Masters.
has given a verbal commitment to Oregon.
Cassy Isagawa has given a verbal commitment to Oregon. Isagawa also made unofficial visits to Pepperdine, Oregon, California-Berkeley and Southern California before deciding on Oregon.
has given a verbal commitment to Stanford University.
Patrick Rodgers, the No. 7 overall player in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, has given his verbal committment to Stanford University.
Golfweek's college gurus make their predictions for the 2010 NCAA Championship.
Finals begin Monday
How to predict the winner of next week’s 2010 NCAA Championship? Roll the dice. Sean Martin breaks down the field headed to the Honors Course in Ooltewah, Tenn.
The Journey at Pechanga
Not much of a gambler? Neither is Bradley S. Klein, at least until he steps up to the sixth tee at The Journey at Pechanga in Temecula, Calif. It’s risk-reward golf at its finest.
Paul Azinger has withdrawn from the Senior PGA Championship due to the flu.
examines the Japanese influence in the birth of Ping’s new Anser Forged iron.
The Western and Far Eastern worlds have long maintained separate identities when it comes to golf equipment, although that relationship is changing rapidly.
Paul Azinger is feeling good about his game. So good, in fact, that during the pro-am at the Senior PGA Championship near Denver, he mused about playing not at next week’s Champions Tour event in Des Moines, Iowa, but in Dublin, Ohio, at the PGA Tour’s Memorial, where he is a past champion.
Big names to play more?
The PGA Tour’s Player Advisory Council will meet June 1 to discuss ways to get its big-name players, such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, to play more often. Sean Martin reports.
Wednesday, May 26
Jarman balances two
Michelle Jarman has found a way to hold down a full-time job while still competing on the Futures Tour. As Julie Williams writes, she's struck a good balance.
LPGA golfer Natalie Gulbis played a round of golf with ex-boyfriend Ben Roethlisberger and called the troubled Steelers quarterback "a great guy."
Arizona promoted third-year assistant Laura Ianello to head women's golf coach on Wednesday.
realizes now why he shouldn’t have overlooked Purdue at the NCAA Women’s Championship.
Yes, I did say Southern California was going to win. And yes, I did think the tournament was over when the Trojans improved their lead from two to seven shots after 36 holes. But, I should have been able to figure out one important clue that nobody was really talking about: the golf course.
The Thunderbird International will be played this week in the Arizona desert. To celebrate the occasion, we enlisted our Golfweek staffers to make their picks for the AJGA’s third invitational of the season:
It’s not just the Asian young guns who are stamping their authority on the global golf scene this year.
In what promises to be an intriguing matchup, young gun Ryo Ishikawa and veteran Isao Aoki go head-to-head in the opening two rounds of this week’s Diamond Cup Golf.
Couples. Langer. Watson. Torrance. Lyle. The game's iconic names are ready to extend their legacies at the 71st U.S. Senior PGA Championship. But don't overlook the lesser-known: Boonchu Ruangkit arguably is the hottest player in the field.
Tiger Woods has just confirmed on his Web site what another Web site announced a day earlier – that he would play in next week’s Memorial Tournament.
on why Sunday rainstorms scare Nationwide Tour players the most.
Monday finishes are an inconvenient necessity on the PGA Tour. Clint Jensen, a career mini-tour player, probably wishes play could go an extra day on the Nationwide Tour.
Locust Hill Country Club is hosting the LPGA Championship for the first time next month, and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan says he's still looking for a permanent home for the event.
explains why Fuzzy Zoeller’s spirits are up this week at the Senior PGA Championship – and the Indy 500.
If Fuzzy Zoeller makes the cut at the 71st Senior PGA Championship that begins Thursday, he’ll be concerned about his driving. But Ed Carpenter’s driving also will be on his mind.
Inside the May 26, 2010 issue of Golfweek.
Brit Laura Davies is the marquee name at the inaugural Allianz Ladies Slovak Open at Gray Bear Golf Course this week. A winner in Germany less than two weeks ago, Davies will make her first-ever visit to Slovakia for the Ladies European Tour event that offers prize money of €350,000.
Spanish golf fans are in for a treat this week with the return of Sergio Garcia to the Madrid Masters. Maybe a trip home is just what Garcia needs to get him out of his current lethargic state.
Hate to be Rude
A leisurely round at Dallas National turns into a national-security issue when George W. Bush plays through. Jeff Rude waved No. 43 on by.
Defending champion Catriona Matthew and Rolex Rankings No. 9 Angela Stanford headline an international field at the HSBC Brazil Cup 2010 this weekend outside Rio de Janeiro.
The historic city of Lima, founded in 1535, will be the center of Latin American golf this week as host of the Toyota Peru Open 2010 – the fourth official event of the Tour de las Americas’ season.
In his first start since his maiden win on the U.S. PGA Tour two weeks ago, South African Tim Clark goes to Colonial Country Club for the Crowne Plaza Invitational with a little unfinished business on his mind.
New Zealand Golf has appointed Dean Murphy as its chief executive officer.
Senior PGA sponsorship
KitchenAid hopes its sponsorship of the Senior PGA Championship will spark urban renewal in Benton Harbor, Mich. – which is near its corporate home and the major’s host city in 2012 and ’14.
is done with finals and ready for a summer of golf. Up first: The AJGA’s Thunderbird International Junior.
I am going to pat myself on the back because we got out of school Friday and I think I did pretty well on all of my finals. It has been a great few days out of school because it has finally warmed up and I have gotten in a lot of practice time.
Tiger Woods will take part in a challenge event featuring former British Open champions before the 150th tournament begins at St. Andrews.
Golfweek's Fantasy Aces make their picks for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.
AJGA Thunderbird preview
After a top-20 finish on the PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth is back in action this weekend at the AJGA’s Thunderbird International. As Ryan Lavner writes, Spieth will have some stiff competition at the year’s third invitational.
Tuesday, May 25
had an exciting week thanks to the prom and U.S. Open local qualifying.
Being a high schooler, one of the most exciting events of the year is prom.
says a competitive market has provided golfers with many options for high-quality sunglasses.
The marketplace for golf sunglasses is intensely competitive, resulting in many high-quality choices for golfers.
With the NCAA Championship just a week away, here is a look at the pairings for the first two rounds.
Mark Calcavecchia has teed it up 736 times on the PGA Tour, winning 13 tournaments and earning just under $24 million in a career that has not had very many dull moments.
Open qualifying gets silly
The road to St. Andrews has taken a turn for the weird. Jim McCabe takes a look at some of the more off-the-wall categories for British Open qualifying, and suggests a few of his own.
says Chris Smith is embracing the role of stay-at-home dad.
Jason Day got the trophy, Jordan Spieth the headlines, but the real winner of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, in my mind, was Chris Smith, who made his first PGA Tour cut since his wife was killed in a car accident nearly a year ago.
says players who used wedges with interchangeable faces fared well this week.
Jason Day and Simon Khan fared well this week with interchangeable-face wedges in their arsenal.
evaluates her game after a near miss at U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifying.
I played Monday in the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove, Ill. The course was in perfect condition and I really enjoyed playing there. I was a little surprised at the setup, however, because it was much shorter than any of the other USGA qualifiers I’ve played.
Lefty could take No. 1 spot
It’s been 259 weeks since the top player in the world wasn’t named Tiger Woods. If Phil Mickelson wins this week at Colonial, he could take the No. 1 spot for the first time in his career.
The Annika Invitational has turned out to be a hole-in-one for Annika Sorenstam, the Annika Foundation and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). The AJGA announced Tuesday that the tournament will be extended through 2014.
says UNC’s Henry Zaytoun showed character at the South Central Regional after taking a 17 on his seventh hole.
Walking off the par-3, 16th green – his seventh hole in the second round of the NCAA South Central Regional last week at The Traditions Club – Henry Zaytoun knew his day was over.
A teenage golf phenom is to play in the P&G Northwest Arkansas Championship this fall.
For the first time in the event’s three-year history, winners of the Mission Hills Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship will receive R&A World Amateur Golf Ranking points in addition to invitations to other prestigious tournaments.
One day after the biggest win of his career, Simon Khan failed to qualify for the U.S. Open.
Monday, May 24
Scotsman Martin Laird isn’t just going home. He’s going to where his first golf dreams were directed.
Ben Hogan Award
Washington senior Nick Taylor won the Ben Hogan Award on Monday night at Colonial Country Club. Golfweek.com streamed the event live. Watch the chat replay now.
BMW announced a four-year extension of its title sponsorship of the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event at Wentworth Club through 2014.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Steamed lived from Colonial
Washington senior Nick Taylor won the Hogan Award on Monday night. Watch the replay of the finalists’ live chat now.
Locust Hill Country Club is hosting the LPGA Championship for the first time next month, and LPGA commissioner Mike Whan says he’s still looking for a permanent home for the event.
The Ladies European Tour isn’t new to economic challenges and has endured, thanks to continued support from the R&A.
Growing golf in South America
Growing the game in South America, especially in Brazil, is taking top priority as golf strives to make a good impression in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
– previously committed to Oregon – has given a verbal commitment to Ohio State.
Kendall Prince, who gave a verbal commitment to Oregon earlier this year, has now committed to Ohio State.
Bud Cauley told Golfweek that he has changed his mind about turning pro and will return to Alabama.
explains what makes Blake Adams, runner-up at the Nelson, a guy worth rooting for.
Watching the HP Byron Nelson Championship over the weekend, I couldn’t help smiling when I noticed Blake Adams in the hunt.
What did 16-year-old Jordan Spieth’s Facebook page look like after his wild weekend at the Byron Nelson? The Monday Scramble has an idea.
The Nittany Lions senior fired a career-best 66 in the final round at the East Regional to share medalist honors and send Penn State, No. 60 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, to its second NCAA Championship appearance in three seasons. Howe, No. 240 in Golfweek’s rankings, bogeyed the final hole to drop into a tie for first with East Tennessee State’s Rhys Enoch (7-under 203), but Howe still posted the best individual finish in school history.
The Bears, No. 49 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, beat Georgia in a playoff May 22 to earn the fifth and final spot at the South Central Regional. It is Baylor’s first trip to the NCAA Championship since 2002. The Bears, who entered the regional as the No. 9 seed, shot a 1-over 285 in the third and final round to post 5-over 869, then beat Georgia by two strokes in a playoff.
Hedwall wins NCGA POY
The NGCA released its 2009-10 awards and named Oklahoma State sophomore Caroline Hedwall the Player of the Year after she won the NCAA Women’s Championship.
The Cowboys sophomore – and Golfweek’s top collegian – won the NCAA individual title after rounds of 70-70-68-68 for a 12-under 276, beating Arizona State’s Jennifer Johnson by four shots. Hedwall, who was named the NGCA Player of the Year over the weekend, plans to turn pro after the summer.
The Boilermakers edged USC May 22 to win their first NCAA Championship and deliver the Pac-10 Conference its first national title. Led by junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, who shot a final-round 71 to tie for third individually, Purdue shot a four-round total of 1-over 1,153, nipping favored USC by one at the Country Club of Landfall (Dye Course).
Browning, who has spent the past 24 years working in the UNC-Wilmington athletic department, has served as the media coordinator for both NCAA Women’s Golf Championships hosted at the Country Club of Landfall.
Sunday, May 23
Graeme McDowell is among 14 players who don’t have to worry about qualifying for the U.S. Open.
Ron Balicki correctly picked 25 of the 30 teams that advanced to the NCAA Championship.
The Canadian Tour has reached a three-year agreement with Desert Dunes Golf Club in Palm Springs, California to host a new tournament beginning November 2010.
Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington, who tied for sixth this week at the BMW PGA Championship, is taking some time off to have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.
The Olympics in Brazil are six years away and golf has only one shot to make a good impression before another vote to determine whether the sport makes it beyond the 2020 Games.
Jason Day, 22, on Sunday became the youngest Australian to win on the U.S. PGA Tour when he survived a shot into the lake on 18th for a two-shot victory at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Jason Day nearly dropped out of the Byron Nelson Championship before it began. He wound up winning the tournament – even though most folks likely will remember teen Jordan Spieth as the big winner.
Sun Young Yoo won the Sybase Match Play Championship for her first LPGA Tour victory, beating Angela Stanford 3 and 1 on Sunday at Hamilton Farm.
Day wins Nelson; Spieth T-16
Jason Day nearly dropped out of the Byron Nelson Championship before it began. He wound up winning the tournament – even though most folks likely will remember Jordan Spieth as the big winner.
Sun Young Yoo won the Sybase Match Play Championship for her first LPGA victory, beating Angela Stanford 3 and 1 on Sunday at Hamilton Farm.
It didn’t matter whether it was 54 holes or 72, journeyman golfer John Riegger will take a win any way he can get it.
Michael Hendry of New Zealand had his career-best finish in the OneAsia's SK Telecom Open with a 12-under-par total of 276 – enough to claim fifth place.
Khan wins BMW PGA title
Add Simon Khan’s name to a list of unlikely winners of the BMW PGA Championship. Khan came from seven shots back Sunday to win the European Tour’s flagship event. Alistair Tait reports.
A potential field of 82 players will battle it out for up to 12 places at Pebble Beach Golf Links when the U.S. Open Championship Qualifier takes place on Monday at Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England.
Organizers of September's inaugural Handa Singapore Classic confirmed Friday more than 30 Singaporeans will line up in the US$400,000 Asian Tour event at Orchid Country Club (OCC).
Yuri Fudoh ended a 19-month victory drought by emerging triumphant in the 70 million yen (about US$770,000) Chukyo TV Bridgestone Ladies Open.
A fired-up Bae Sang-moon claimed his second OneAsia title after the confident 23-year-old shot a closing five-under-par 67 to win the SK Telecom Open by three strokes from good friend Kim Dae-hyun.
Saturday, May 22
says an ailing Jason Day is leading the Nelson after he nearly withdrew earlier this week.
Beware of the ailing golfer, chapter 1,082,439.
Jordan Spieth, 16, didn’t go away. Rather, his movement was into contention.
Oregon ran away with the Southwest Regional title Saturday at Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif., shooting 2-under 286 to complete a 10-shot victory.
When Russell Henley’s day on the golf course was done, he walked away with his head down and a saddened look on his face. He was not a very happy camper.
UCLA started off its week on the East Coast by grabbing some pizza in a hole-in-the-wall joint in Manhattan. They ended the week by qualifying for the NCAA Championship.
explains how South Carolina’s run at an NCAA finals berth came to a halt.
Early Saturday afternoon at The Course at Yale, a tournament volunteer sat in a chair behind the ninth green, almost boasting as he warned a few visiting spectators to the danger that lurked before them.
Washington left little doubt at the West Regional, rolling to an emphatic 29-shot victory at the Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash.
Top-ranked Jiyai Shin knocked out Michelle Wie in the Sybase Match Play Championship quarterfinals Saturday, winning 2 and 1 on another hot, humid day at hilly Hamilton Farm.
Southeast: OK State wins
Top-seeded Oklahoma State lived up to its billing, edging Clemson by two shots at the Southeast Regional. Peter Uihlein returned to form, winning the individual title. Sean Martin reports.
Stanford shot a 6-under 274 on Saturday to finish atop the Central Regional. The Cardinal, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, finished at 10-under 830, four strokes ahead of Florida State at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind.
Making the cut at the Byron Nelson Championship never was the goal for Jordan Spieth. The 16-year-old insists he’s here to win – and he’s certainly put himself in contention.
John Riegger extended his lead to five shots Saturday at the Rex Hospital Open. Riegger put up an 8-under 63 at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C., to move to 20-under 193.
Oklahoma State golfer Caroline Hedwall has been named the player of the year by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Karlsson in hunt at BMW PGA
Robert Karlsson raced back to Wentworth on Saturday after learning he had made the cut at the BMW PGA Championship. The extra trip was well worth the effort. Karlsson shot a third-round 62 and is two strokes back of Chris Wood. Alistair Tait reports.
Michelle Wie set up a quarterfinal match against top-ranked Jiyai Shin, beating Karine Icher 3 and 2 in the Sybase Match Play Championship.
says with Purdue’s national championship victory, a new tune in women’s college golf has been established.
When Jennifer Song missed her birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Country Club of Landfall on Friday afternoon, several things happened. USC missed out on forcing a playoff by a single shot; players from Purdue breathed a sigh of disbelief; and fans were left wanting more.
Friday, May 21
Oregon remained in first place Friday at the Southwest Regional in Santee, Calif.
Stanford moved to 4 under par, three strokes ahead of Florida State, when play was suspended Friday at the Central Regional in South Bend, Ind.
NCAA Women’s Championship
Led by junior Maude-Aimee LeBlanc (right), Purdue won its first NCAA Women’s Championship on Friday. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, the victory was special for several reasons.
reports that LSU junior Megan McChrystal shot a NCAA Championship-record 64 on Friday.
Megan McChrystal has a little bit of amnesia when it comes to Friday’s final round of the NCAA Championship. The LSU junior, playing as an individual this week at the Country Club of Landfall, fired off nine birdies and just one bogey (courtesy of a three-putt at No. 17) for a 64 and the NCAA Championship scoring record. The previous low round in a national championship was 65.
Cameron Beckman arrived at the Byron Nelson Championship this morning in jeopardy of missing the cut. He left in first place.
Washington’s Richard Lee shot 68 and Darren Wallace shot 69 as the Huskies broke away from the pack Friday at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash. Washington extended its lead to 16 shots.
Veteran John Riegger shot a 7-under 64 Friday to take a two-stroke lead entering the weekend at the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.
So. Central: Texas teams tangle
Texas A&M, Texas Tech and TCU tangled Friday at the NCAA South Central Regional. But as Ron Balicki writes, a certain Shocker from Wichita State hopes to crash the party.
Chris Erwin shot 59 Friday in the NGA/Hooters Tour’s ADI Classic at Cherry Blossom Golf and Country Club in Georgetown, Ky.
Purdue won its first NCAA Women’s Championship on Friday, outlasting USC by a shot at the Country Club of Landfall. Golfweek senior writer Beth Ann Baldry is Tweeting live.
South Alabama barely made it into the postseason. Now, the Jaguars are in contention for the first NCAA Championship bid in school history, all thanks to an unlikely round from a left-handed transfer.
East: Texas, Penn State lead
Whistle while you work? East Tennessee State’s Rhys Enoch is trying something different en route to leading the NCAA East Regional. Eric Soderstrom reports.
says Ernie Els is off the hook for all the complaints about the Wentworth redesign.
Ernie’s off the hook. After days of taking flak from his peers, Wentworth owner Richard Caring has restored Ernie Els’ reputation as a golf course designer.
A third-place finish by Julian Valenciana helped Oklahoma City University win its seventh NAIA men’s golf title on Friday.
Michelle Wie easily advanced to the round of 16 in the Sybase Match Play Championship on Friday, beating Hee Young Park 5 and 4 on a warm, humid afternoon at hilly Hamilton Farm.
USC and Purdue have both dressed in gold during the NCAA Women’s Championship this week.
Spieth makes Nelson cut
Jordan Spieth, 16, made the cut by three strokes at the Byron Nelson Championship, where he became the sixth-youngest player to qualify for the weekend at a PGA Tour event.
Florida Southern won its 12th Division II national title Friday. The Moccasins closed with a 19-over 307 at Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Ind., to finish at 54-over 1,206.
Donald leads BMW Championship
While many European Tour stars gripe about the changes made to the Wentworth Club, Luke Donald is going quietly about his business. He leads the BMW Championship by one shot. Alistair Tait reports.
Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa said Friday he has received an invitation to play in the PGA Championship in August.
offers five things to keep in mind while tracking the final round of the NCAA Women’s Championship.
Purdue and Southern California are warming up, and here are five things to watch for as these two teams play for a national championship.
sets the scene for an exciting NCAA Women’s Championship finale.
The final round of the NCAA Championship is under way, as half of the field is already making its way around the Country Club of Landfall for the last time.
says there are plenty of reasons why the Nelson no longer attracts golf’s big names.
One point of discussion this week in golf, of course, has to do with the strength of field at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The top player in the world ranking entered here this week is No. 17 Hunter Mahan, and only three others in the top 25 have joined him.
details the technical problems for Golfstat.com, college golf’s live-scoring hub.
A groundbreaking week in college golf is causing a lot of frustration for college golf fans, players, coaches, media and tournament organizers alike.
Seven is heaven, but eight would be great. That’s what Wichita State senior Dustin Garza is hoping to add to his plate over the next two days at the NCAA South Central Regional at Texas A&M’s Tradition’s Club in College Station, Texas.
was wrong. The NCAA Championship is not over. And thank goodness. The party’s been awesome.
What a great week in so many ways here at the Country Club of Landfall. The NCAA Women’s Championship is the finale to the women’s college golf season, and the people at Landfall have made it quite an event.
says Vanderbilt coach Greg Allen attended Erica Blasberg’s funeral.
When Vanderbilt coach Greg Allen left the Country Club of Landfall to hop a plane Tuesday evening, he gave his team some explicit instructions: Secure an afternoon tee time for Round 3.
Thursday, May 20
NCAA Women's Championship
Purdue got everyone’s attention Thursday at the NCAA Championship, zipping past favorite USC to grab a seven-shot lead. But can the Boilermakers hold on? Beth Ann Baldry reports.
Jason Day’s stomach was acting up while he was on the driving range Thursday morning, an angry reaction to antibiotics that are supposed to wipe out a lingering, often-misdiagnosed sinus infection.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a step closer to playing the U.S. Open.
Playing close to home, Washington continued its recent good play with a strong start at the West Regional. The Huskies, fresh off their come-from-behind Pac-10 Championship victory, shot a 2-under 286 Thursday to take a five-stroke lead in Bremerton, Wash.
Twelve teams are within 10 shots of each other after the first round of the NCAA Southwest Regional in Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif.
NCAA Women's Championship
Spurred by an 8-under 280 Thursday at the NCAA Women’s Championship, Purdue blew by USC and leads the national championship by seven shots with 18 holes remaining.
The Montana High School Association has disqualified the Bigfork High School golfers from the state Class B tournament after ruling a round of golf the team played on the way to the tournament constituted an illegal Sunday practice.
Rookie Scott Brown fired a course record-tying 9-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead over Stephen Poole at the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.
Glaze Meadow Golf Course
Course architect John Fought has been selected to do a $3.5 million renovation of the Glaze Meadow Golf Course (pictured above) at Black Butte Ranch, a 1,251-home vacation destination in central Oregon.
The Old American GC
A student of golf course design can read into The Old American Golf Club in The Colony, Texas, and see touches that call to mind the likes of Shinnecock Hills, Pinehurst No. 2 and Riviera. Bradley S. Klein reports.
What better way to give your clubs a little love than with a swanky head cover. If you’re in the market to crank up your bag a notch or two – I have just the ticket. And I am not talking about a new driver.
All about the experience
When you visit a golf course operated by a casino, it’s fair to expect something more than 18 holes and an attentive cart girl. It should be an experience that you want to relay to your friends when you return home.
says UCLA coach Derek Freeman turned the Bruins loose Tuesday in NYC.
When UCLA coach Derek Freeman heard the Bruins were headed across the country to New Haven, Conn., as a No. 1 seed in their NCAA regional, he knew exactly what to do next.
SC: Texas A&M in front
A year later, Texas A&M still seems to bring its best form to the NCAA postseason. The defending champions are tied for first with TCU after Thursday's first round of the South Central Regional. Ron Balicki reports.
Michelle Wie survived a tight opening match against Stacy Prammanasudh on Thursday in the Sybase Match Play Championship, taking the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th and winning 2 up with a conceded birdie on 18.
Stanford, the top seed in the Central Regional, jumped out to a two-stroke lead after the first round at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind.
Southeast: OK State in front
Peter Uihlein saved a few strokes thanks to Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler, and Oklahoma State took advantage. The Cowboys lead Clemson by a shot at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Sean Martin reports.
East: Gribble, Texas take lead
It was easy to see why Cody Gribble felt relaxed Thursday at the NCAA East Regional. The Texas freshman shot 64 and led the Longhorns to a three-shot lead at Yale. Eric Soderstrom reports.
looks at how times are changing in college athletics, with a little help from a CC of Landfall member.
Times have changed in the competitive world of collegiate athletics. Can you imagine what teams at the 2010 Women’s NCAA Championship would look like if freshmen had to sit out a year?
says the NCAA Women’s Championship is just like the NBA Conference Finals: It’s already over.
It dawned on me how similar this year’s NBA conference championship series’ feels to the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship.
with news and notes from Round 1 at the BMW PGA Championship.
News and notes from Round 1 at the BMW PGA Championship.
The PGA Tour is often compared to a big traveling circus, but what in the name of the Alamo were Jason Gore and Pat Perez doing making cotton candy at last week’s Texas Valero Open?
There are plenty of great players from around the world here at the NCAA Women’s Championship. I spoke with a few who will be representing Team USA in this summer’s Curtis Cup.
Wednesday, May 19
says it’s a shame that top Americans aren’t supporting the Byron Nelson event.
Every Monday, Byron Nelson took out his personalized beige stationery with sky blue trim and jotted a short note of congratulations to the winner of that week’s PGA Tour event.
Erica Blasberg’s funeral
Mourners filled the California club where Erica Blasberg blossomed as a golfer Wednesday, bidding a heartbreaking farewell to the LPGA player whose death still remains a mystery. James Achenbach reports.
Golfweek got a chance to talk to Christina Kim and Keri Murschell of Keri Golf about their partnership and Kim's fashion sense.
LPGA golfers will encounter the same though conditions the men did at the Oakmont CC for the 2010 U.S. Women's Open
Missy Ringler has resigned as UNLV women’s golf coach, the school announced Wednesday.
NCAA Women’s Championship
Duke didn’t play well Wednesday at the NCAA Women's Championship. But it was tough to tell by looking at Alison Whitaker. As Julie Williams writes, the affable Aussie is soaking it all in one last time.
explains how one par 3 sank Arizona State’s second round at NCAAs.
What happened to Arizona State during the second round of the NCAA Championship? Hole No. 2.
USC leads by 7 at NCAAs
USC has taken a seven-shot lead through 36 holes at the NCAA Championship. Trojans senior Belen Mozo, meanwhile, is starting to show signs of her old, healthy self. Watch out, writes Beth Ann Baldry.
Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau writes a letter to our readers about our first edition of Golfweek For Her.
Christian Kim reflects now that her book is on store shelves.
Natalie Gulbis looks back at her first awkward moment while waring a skort.
LPGA star Pettersen
After suffering a back injury, Norwegian LPGA player Suzann Pettersen has turned into a workout machine.
Cristie Kerr's consistency in events and practice lead to success.
Jeff Babineau gets a deep tissue massage at the Spa at Doral after playing the Jim McLean Signature Course.
The Bath Escape and the Pinehurst Signature Massage highlight what The Spa at Pinehurst has to offer.
didn’t play as well as she had hoped, but still had a memorable week in Munich.
Last week I played the Ladies European Tour event in Munich, Germany. While we were there, the LET hosted a few events that showed us the local culture.
The Turquoise Wrap will make you look like a Smurf, but you'll feel better afterward.
experienced quite the adventure trying to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open last weekend. Read about it in her junior diary.
Well this weekend was an adventure. Heading to my U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at U.S. Women’s Open at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, we first drove to Arkadelphia, Ark., which took six hours.
Brittany Lincicome's exposure has grown with her career but she also stays true to her roots.
Read Ashleigh Korzack's column on how golf needs to update their stance on attire for women's golf.
Natalie Gulbis talks about what skin and makeup products she uses to keep her looking good on and off the course.
Euros take aim at World No. 1
The buzz on the eve of the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship is on when and which European Tour player might replace Tiger Woods on the Official World Golf Ranking. Alistair Tait reports.
I had a very eventful week as I made my college decision. I verbally committed to Stanford University. I am so excited to have made a decision as it was a very difficult and stressful process. However, it was a wonderful experience and I was very fortunate to have some great opportunities.
Top finishers from each local qualifier will advance to one of thirteen 36-hole sectional qualifiers, to be played May 24 in Surrey, England, and Saitama Pref, Japan, and June 7 across the U.S.
Take a look back at the story behind the photo of LPGA golfer Jan Stephenson bathing in golf balls.
was flying high at the Valero Texas Open – literally, in a T-38 Talon. Read about it in his rookie diary.
The last few weeks I have had some ups and downs on the course, but overall I see a lot of improvements in my golf game. Things are without a doubt heading in the direction I want and I am very optimistic about the future.
Fantasy Aces heads to the Byron Nelson Championship.
says Adam Scott used his favorite Scotty Cameron putter, but with a new finish, to win the Texas Open.
Valero Texas Open winner Adam Scott used his favorite Titleist Scotty Cameron putter, a Studio Select Newport 2, but with a new finish called Experimental Black PVD.
LPGA golfer Anna Rawson juggles between jobs of being a professional golfer and a professional model.
Annika Sorenstam is just as competitive with her clothing line as she is on the golf course.
Chi Chi Rodriguez was robbed inside his home Wednesday by three assailants who stole cash and jewelry worth $500,000, police said.
Paula Creamer worked with Sundog Eyewear to create sunglasses with female style in mind.
Hate to be Rude
Tom Watson won Byron Nelson’s tournament four times from 1975-80. But that only scratches the surface of their bond. Jeff Rude explains.
Read Beth Ann Baldry's column on how adding hair and makeup artists to a shoot was uncharted territory for Golfweek and how the For Her issue came to be.
says in 10 years covering the NCAA Championship, this year’s version may be best.
This is the 10th NCAA Championship I have covered for Golfweek. It took all of about three minutes for me to decide that this year’s championship at the Country Club of Landfall was going to pass the “Ringler Championship Feel Test.”
Ryder Cup player Soren Hansen has been fined nearly $1.1 million for tax evasion.
Tuesday, May 18
explains why the short par-5 18th at Landfall is providing excitement at NCAAs.
Five thoughts from Round 1 at the NCAA Women’s Championship:
NCAA Women’s Championship
USC sophomore Jennifer Song (right) will turn pro after the NCAA Championship. She’s trying to go out on top. Julie Williams reports.
The Canadian Women’s Open will move next year to the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Quebec. The tournament will be held Aug. 25-28, with an expected purse of $2.25 million.
Michelle Wie splashed her way around the course, determined to get in a full practice round for the Sybase Match Play Championship.
Chris Malloy has had a busy spring traveling the country as an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s teams at Florida State.
NCAA Women’s Championship
Oklahoma State’s Caroline Hedwall has one mission at the NCAA Women’s Championship: Hit it far, find the hole. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
Veteran PGA Tour caddie Brett Waldman returned to his roots as a player to take on the challenge of a Monday qualifier for this week’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.
has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.
Jonathan Garrick, No. 12 in the class of 2012, has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.
says Tulane’s Samantha Troyanovich made a 102-foot eagle putt in Round 1 at Landfall.
The final hole at the Country Club of Landfall might look intimidating, but so far it has proven to be the biggest aid to players’ scorecards.
The Canadian doctor with ties to Tiger Woods and other athletes has been charged in the U.S. with unlawfully treating professional football players with unapproved drugs, including human growth hormone.
In the fashion world, what goes around comes back around. Little did we know that this applies to the game of golf, too.
BMW PGA Championship
The European Tour has held its marquee event – the BMW PGA Championship – at Wentworth since 1984. But changes to the course this year have sprung some complaints. Alistair Tait reports.
Martin’s Nationwide notes
Justin Hicks hasn’t played a PGA Tour event since 2008, but that could change after his victory last week at the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am. Sean Martin reports.
Exercise gear: Start training
Many golfers have their favorite exercise devices. Here is a collection of golf warm-up equipment, training tools or exercise gear for the home or course, each costing less than $100.
Golfweek writers pick which teams will advance to the NCAA Championship at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Regionals start Thursday
The NCAA Men’s Regionals kick off Thursday, with 81 teams vying for a spot at the NCAA Championship, which will be played June 1-6 at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Top 10 women of 2000s
After 10 weeks of counting down the Top 10 Women’s Players of the Past 10 Years, we've come to No 1. Was there any doubt is was going to be Arizona’s Lorena Ochoa?
reports that Steve Stricker is hoping to return next week at Colonial.
Steve Stricker is itching to get back to work and hopes to play next week at Colonial Country Club.
says it would be great to see an upset, but only three teams can win the NCAA Women’s Championship.
The NCAA Women’s Championship gets underway Tuesday at the Country Club of Landfall. Twenty-four teams from around the country are here to try to win the championship . . . well, actually there are a bunch of teams here to play golf and only a few that will compete for the trophy.
Monday, May 17
Tiger Woods has added the British Open to his summer schedule.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Annika Sorenstam, Colin Montgomerie and Greg Norman’s design teams are opening courses in new destinations.
John T. “Jack’’ Lupton, a Chattanooga philanthropist who was the driving force behind The Honors Course, died May 16 at his home on Lookout Mountain. He was 83.
says the clock is ticking for players who hope to earn berths into the U.S. Open and British Open.
May 24 is an important deadline for those hoping to play in the U.S. Open and British Open. The top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking one week from today earn berths in both championships.
Texas Open going strong
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the Texas Open, now that it has a committed sponsor, an improved date and a brand-new venue, writes Adam Schupak.
Drew Czuchry, of Auburn, Ga., shot 9-under 204 (67-68-69) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial by one shot.
Jessica Korda, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 6-under 207 (68-70-69) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial by two shots.
Golf returns to Olympics
The Chinese national team’s visit to America offers a glimpse into golf’s evolution in the Far East – and new hopes for the Olympics, Gene Yasuda writes.
reports that 88 ball spotters have been deployed at the CC of Landfall.
After flying through turbulence, I arrived in a wet Wilmington, N.C., for the NCAA Women’s Championship, which starts Tuesday. Weather forecasters call for rain and scattered thunderstorms for the next three or four days.
With the peak of golf season approaching around the country there are sure to be some golf road trips planned on more than a few of our summer schedules.
explains why the Year of the Wedge is about to get very interesting.
Listening to the stories of amateurs John C. Little II and Gene Williams scramble to find conforming grooves to play in the PGA Tour’s Valero Texas Open reminded me that time is running out for equipment makers to manufacture the latest and greatest grooves.
The world golf ranking does not have Vijay Singh among the top 50 for the first time in nearly 18 years.
The Sharks junior shot even-par 284 to claim individual medalist honors at the Division II Championship, beating Newberry College’s Maria Luz Besio by six strokes. Nova Southeastern also won the team title, rolling to a 40-shot victory.
The Stags sophomore went wire-to-wire to win medalist honors at the NCAA Division III championship, delivering the school its first individual title winner. Lee shot 70 in the final round and finished at 7-under 280, three shots ahead of La Verne’s Mitchell Fedorka.
The Sharks defended their title May 15 at the Division II Championship, cruising to a 40-shot win over Rollins College to take home the second national title in program history. Boosted by a tournament-low, 3-under 285 in the second round, Nova Southeastern finished at 44-over 1,180 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa Ariz. It was the Sharks’ ninth victory of the season.
The Monarchs closed with a final-round, 5-over 293 on May 14 to win its 10th NCAA Division III championship. Twelfth after the opening round, Methodist led by five shots entering the final round and completed a remarkable turnaround to shoot 29-over 1,177 at Hershey (Pa.) Links, beating Guilford by a shot.
Whitsett, Spieth share H.S. title
After a miraculous shot, Cory Whitsett won the Texas state high school championship May 14 over the country’s top-ranked junior Jordan Spieth. Or so he thought. Ryan Lavner explains.
Bradley University women’s coach Bo Ryan is retiring after 24 years at the school.
says two amateurs had to scramble to purchase new clubs with conforming grooves prior to the Texas Open.
Amateurs John C. Little II and Gene Williams had to scramble to find clubs with conforming grooves after earning spots in the Valero Texas Open.
explains why Grayson Murray earned a special exemption into the Nationwide Tour’s Rex Hospital Open.
A few days after his most recent junior triumph, Grayson Murray will tee it up on the same course against guys a little more seasoned.
The continent of Asia now has its very own organization to look after the interest of its teaching and playing golf professionals. Over the weekend, the long-awaited PGA of Asia was launched at the inaugural PGA Conference of Asia.
The Monday Scramble
Heard any good commencement speeches lately? The Monday Scramble has one that only golf fans would understand.
Jessica Korda, Golfweek’ssixth-ranked junior, shot a 2-under 69 on Sunday to win the 27th annual Scott Robertson Memorial by two strokes.
Sunday, May 16
Laura Davies won the Ladies German Open for her 74th worldwide title, closing with a 4-under 68 on Sunday in windy and cold conditions for a two-stroke victory over compatriot Melissa Reid.
Scott wins Valero Texas Open
Adam Scott made the Texas Open his first PGA Tour victory in two years, shooting a combined 11-under 133 in a 36-hole finale Sunday to edge Fredrik Jacobson by a stroke.
Justin Hicks won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday for his second career Nationwide Tour title, closing with a birdie for a 5-under 66 and a two-stroke victory over four players at rainy Thornblade Club.
ASU at the NCAAs
As Arizona State goes for its second consecutive NCAA Women’s Championship title this week, coach Melissa Luellen has used a familiar blueprint to build the Sun Devils. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
Pak wins 25th LPGA title
Se Ri Pak topped Suzann Pettersen and Brittany Lincicome in a playoff Sunday to win the Bell Micro LPGA Classic. It was her 25th LPGA victory.
Dan Forsman made an eagle and four consecutive birdies on the front nine Sunday on his way to a three-stroke victory in the Regions Charity Classic on Sunday.
J.B. Holmes shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first of two rounds planned for Sunday at the Texas Open.
Golfweek’s Junior Series
The dates and sites are set for the 2010 Golfweek Junior Series. The Series is open to boys and girls ages 18 and under, and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Sweden’s Peter Hanson shrugged off a one-shot penalty and beat Alejandro Canizares of Spain in a playoff to win the Mallorca Open on Sunday.
Saturday, May 15
Brett Wetterich birdied his last three holes for a 4-under 68, and Jimmy Walker and James Nitties shot 67s to join Matt Jones atop the leaderboard at 7 under Saturday in the rain-delayed Texas Open.
Jeff Klauk will miss the next four months because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
Nova Southeastern successfully defended its title at the Division II National Championship Saturday, blowing away fellow Sunshine State Conference superpower Rollins College by 40 shots. It’s the second national title for the Sharks in program history.
Suzann Pettersen, Brittany Lincicome and Se Ri Pak head into the final round of the Bell Micro LPGA Classic tied atop the leaderboard at 13 under.
Dan Forsman made two eagles on his way to a tournament-record round of 10-under 62 Saturday and trails leader Bobby Clampett by one shot in the Regions Charity Classic Champions Tour event.
Fabian Gomez has moved into position for his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain three-putted the last hole Saturday to grab a share of the lead with Sweden’s Pelle Edberg after the third round of the Mallorca Open.
BMW PGA Championship
All eyes will be on the European Tour next week at its flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. In honor of the occasion, Alistair Tait takes a look at the tour’s progress so far in 2010.
Friday, May 14
Methodist University defended its title yet again at the NCAA Women’s Division III National Championship Friday, securing a 13th consecutive national title.
Pak leads at Bell Micro
Se Ri Pak is looking for her third victory at the RTJ Golf Trail’s Crossings Course after riding a 6-under 66 to the top of the leaderboard Friday at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.
Top-ranked Methodist University completed a remarkable turnaround Friday to win its 10th NCAA Division III championship.
Joey Sindelar shot a 7-under 65 in the Regions Charity Classic on Friday and was tied for first after the record-setting opening round.
reports that Arron Oberholser will miss the rest of the season after surgery on his left hand.
Arron Oberholser underwent successful surgery on his left hand on Thursday.
Golfweek writers pick the winner of the 2010 NCAA Championship.
Martin Piller maintained his position atop a crowded leaderboard Friday at the BMW Charity Pro-Am, shooting a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead into the weekend.
Pelle Edberg of Sweden shot a 6-under 64 in bad weather Friday to share the second-round lead of the Mallorca Open with James Kingston of South Africa.
Rice DQ’d for rangefinder
NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice was disqualified from the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am Friday after his caddie used a range-finding device to check yardages. Rice shot 92 in the opening round.
The second round of the Texas Open has been suspended because of thunderstorms and more bad weather is forecast for the weekend.
Success is not something that happens overnight. But if there is a golf apparel company that has come close – Lija Golf and Linda Hipp are the ones.
welcomes back Michael Sim, Jeev Milkha Singh and Gary Woodland from golf’s disabled list.
While getting healthy may literally be a pain in Tiger’s neck, three golfers returned from golf’s disabled list this week at the Valero Texas Open.
NCAA Women’s preview
Biggest question heading into next week’s NCAA Women’s Championship: Can the “Big 3” be bumped?
Wildman is packing his bags and getting ready to fly to Wilmington, N.C., for the NCAA Women’s Championship at the Country Club of Landfall.
Thursday, May 13
has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.
Patrick Grahek, No. 70 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has verbally committed to Notre Dame. Grahek, of Alpharetta, Ga., had narrowed his decision to Notre Dame and Northwestern before choosing the Irish.
Munoz leads in Mobile
Former NCAA champion Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to lead the Bell Micro LPGA Classic, the tour’s first event since Erica Blasberg was found dead Sunday.
Matt Jones eagled the par-5 14th hole and finished with a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Texas Open.
Martin Piller and Ted Potter Jr. each shot 8-under 64 on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Jerry Rice shot an opening-round 92, seriously denting his bid to make the cut at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
has details from the memorial service held Wednesday for Erica Blasberg.
Irene Cho kissed her wristband every time she made a birdie during the first round of the Bell Micro LPGA Classic.
explains what makes selecting the 81 NCAA Men’s Regional teams such a tough task.
ighty-one teams had to be invited to the NCAA Men’s Regionals to fill out the the six sites. However, 69 or 70 teams were at-large invites, while the remaining were automatic qualifiers as conference championship winners.
James Kingston of South Africa shot a 5-under 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Mallorca Open on Thursday.
Ken Green isn’t aiming for a quick victory in his comeback to the Champions Tour.
The Spanish Golf Federation has submitted its bid to host the 2018 Ryder Cup.
has the story of John C. Little II, the reigning Armed Forces champ playing this week in the Texas Open.
John C. Little III, a member of the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, was supposed to be deployed overseas May 20. Instead, he’s playing in a PGA Tour event.
Five assistant college golf coaches have been named finalists for the 2010 Jan Strickland Award, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced today.
says pick the NCAA Women’s team champion – win an Annika-autographed T-shirt.
I have exciting news, but also sad news to report today, college golf fans. The best week in women’s golf – the NCAA Women’s Championship – begins May 18, but it also signifies the final event of their year.
reports that 14-year-old Casie Cathrea feels more comfortable playing this week in her second LPGA event.
Casie Cathrea is at it again. The 14-year-old makes her second LPGA start this weekend at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Wednesday, May 12
has the remarkable story of reinstated amateur Gene Williams, playing this week in his first Tour event.
Don’t anyone pinch Gene Williams. The reinstated amateur golfer shot a 69 on Monday to qualify for the Valero Texas Open, his first PGA Tour event.
Woods has MRI on neck
Tiger Woods said on his Web site Wednesday that he has an inflammation in a facet joint of his neck and “will return to playing golf when I’m physically able.”
As much as I urge you and tour players to wear bold, trendy and fashionable gear – please make sure you bring the game to match it.
has narrowed his college decision down to two schools.
Patrick Rodgers, the No. 7 overall player in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, told Golfweek that he has narrowed his college choices to Stanford and Georgia Tech.
Patrick Rodgers, 17, and Emma Talley, 16, will file diary entries for Golfweek.com each week this summer as they play some of the premier junior events in the country.
Patrick Rodgers, 17, will file a diary each week this summer as he plays some of the premier junior events in the country.
Valero Texas Open
The Fantasy Aces are ready to wrangle up their picks as the “Texas Swing” gets underway in San Antonio.
explains why the Uresti Family Fajita Cookout is one of the most popular nights on Tour.
The Uresti Family Fajita Cookout might never be confused with the Masters Champions Dinner, but it’s become one of the most popular nights on Tour.
Japanese golfer Yuko Mitsuka has pulled out of 11 tournaments after being handed a record fine for slow play.
is giving away prizes if you correctly pick the advancing teams at the NCAA Men’s Regionals.
Jonny Mathis might have sang “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and referred to Christmas, but in the Wildman’s head all I can think about is the NCAA postseason.
Inside the May 14, 2010 issue of Golfweek:
Irene Cho planned to have dinner this week with her best friend on the LPGA tour, Erica Blasberg.
Tuesday, May 11
Hate to be Rude
You might not agree with how Tiger Woods swings a driver, but Hank Haney can leave proudly. Jeff Rude explains.
with the mood at the Bell Micro Classic, where players are memorializing Erica Blasberg.
Players are wearing purple ribbons at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic in memory of Erica Blasberg, the 25-year-old LPGA member who was found dead in her Henderson, Nev., home Sunday afternoon.
Rosie Jones has selected Juli Inkster and Sherri Steinhauer as her assistant captains for the 2011 U.S. Solheim Cup.
LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg had her bags packed for a tournament in Alabama when she died suddenly at her home in suburban Henderson, her agent said Tuesday. Police aren’t saying how she died.
McCabe: Glover rolls at Sawgrass
Lucas Glover wasn’t a big winner at The Players Championship. But several things stood out about his third-place finish. Jim McCabe explains.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson has committed to play in the Memorial Tournament next month.
remembers Erica Blasberg, who was a perfect match for Puma’s colorful brand.
Erica Blasberg’s sudden death last weekend has saddened and stunned golf fans, friends and family worldwide.
True Temper was buzzing with excitement after The Players champion Tim Clark became the first player to win with the new low-launch DG Spinner wedge shaft.
Simple and easy to use
Some form of golf training aids has been around for more than 100 years. James Achenbach takes a look at three unique options.
Thompson to make pro debut
Alexis Thompson will make her professional debut June 14-20 at the ShopRite LPGA Classic in southern New Jersey. Golfweek first reported this news in the April 9 issue of the magazine.
asked South Carolina coach Kalen Anderson what it felt like to top to her old boss at regionals.
South Carolina may be given the official “Cinderella” title for the postseason. The Gamecocks won the East Regional by two shots over Tennessee and four shots over Auburn and Duke. Head coach Kalen Anderson stopped by my corner to talk about the team’s accomplishment and what she learned as an assistant coach at Duke.
Ever hear the phrase “practice how you play?” I’ll show you how dressing better can also help you perform better.
Who will be Woods’ next swing coach?
Monday, May 10
Haney out as Woods’ coach
Hank Haney, who has been Tiger Woods’ swing coach for more than six years, resigned from those duties Monday.
Arizona coach not returning
After attending to a private family matter in April, Shelly Haywood will not return to coach the women’s golf program for the 2010-11 season, Golfweek has learned.
When the Presidents Cup arrived at Harding Park last fall, there was much talk about the glories of municipal golf.
In an age of cash-strapped governments and over-taxed citizens, it’s good to be suspicious about municipalities. That’s especially the case when it comes to golf.
Canada’s favorite golf son, Mike Weir, has company on the PGA Tour this year from North of the Border and more expected on the way.
NCAA Men's Regional bids
The NCAA released the postseason field Monday. No. 1 Oklahoma State will head to Georgia, while No. 2 Texas A&M will stay at home.
says things are getting hectic, with practice sessions, high school finals and U.S. Open qualifiers on the docket.
Hello! My name is Emma Talley, and I am a 16-year-old from Princeton, Ky.
The marriage of Cobra and Puma became official when Acushnet’s sale of Cobra closed April 16. Now the work to make the deal a success begins.
New NGF report released
E-mail marketing can keep numbers up at public golf courses, says the National Golf Foundation in a new report entitled “The Future of Public Golf in America.”
Erica Blasberg dies
The body of LPGA player Erica Blasberg was found Sunday afternoon at her home in Henderson, Nev., according to a police spokesman. The six-year tour player was 25 years old.
Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley, Georgia junior Russell Henley and Washington senior Nick Taylor were named finalists for the Ben Hogan award, the GCAA announced Monday.
Think of it as a match play golf tournament. The two finalists will battle each other for 50 days in nine countries on three continents.
says Ben and Heather Crane deserve praise for their global charity work.
I have just invented the first annual Good Guy Award – along with the Mrs. Good Guy Award – because Ben and Heather Crane deserve to be recognized.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Emily Tubert, of Burbank, Calif., shot 4-under 140 (71-69) at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship by one shot.
Wyndham Clark, 16, shot 4-under 140 (75-65) at Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club in Gold Canyon, Ariz., and won the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship in a playoff.
Woods talks about neck
Tiger Woods says there is “no connection” between the neck pain that forced him to withdraw from The Players and his Nov. 27 car accident.
says whether players like it or not, weather was a factor on conditions last week at TPC Sawgrass.
It was mid-March when Jay Monahan took part in a junior foundation charity golf tournament on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
The junior earned medalist honors at the Central Regional after rounds of 72-75-72, finishing at 3-over 219, two strokes ahead of USC’s Lizette Salas. Gavier, who last week won the MAC Championship for her first collegiate victory, led Kent State to its first NCAA Championship appearance since 2006.
Led by sophomore Katie Burnett, South Carolina beat Tennessee by two shots to win the East Regional, its first victory since the 2005 ACC/SEC Challenge. It also was the first win for head coach Kalen Anderson, now in her second full season with the Gamecocks.
UC Irvine’s John Chin was the only player in the field at the Big West Conference Championship to break par. Chin, ranked No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted rounds of 68-70-71 for a 7-under 209 total, finishing nine shots clear of second place.
Colorado State won the Mountain West Conference for the second time in the last three years. With an 18-under 834, the Rams shattered the previous low 54-hole score of 844 set last year by San Diego State.
explains how a mental lapse led to a low finish on the LET.
Last week I traveled to Antalya, Turkey, for my second Ladies European Tour event of the season. The tournament hotel was the beautiful Susesi Resort right on the beach.
spoke with Notre Dame senior Annie Brophy, who apologized for reporting fake scores at the NCAA Central Regional.
Notre Dame senior Annie Brophy apologized Monday for her decision to report fake scores during Saturday’s final round of the NCAA Central Regional. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
Phil Mickelson might not have contended last week at The Players, but he made one historic statement when it comes to fast-food burger chains. The Monday Scramble couldn’t believe it.
says ‘chemistry issues’ caused Y.E. Yang to drop his caddie.
Y.E. Yang was back on American soil after a three-week trip to Asia produced a win in the Volvo China Open.
has an eye on six bubble teams as men’s regional selections are announced.
It’s men’s regional selection day and the Magic Number falls at 70 . . . or 69.
Last Monday I posed eight questions surrounding the NCAA Women’s Regionals. Today, I supply the answers for those questions.
Sunday, May 9
Bethune-Cookman posted a tournament-record 885 Sunday en route to winning its eighth NCAA Division I PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship.
Texas-Pan American won the NCAA Division I PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship on Sunday.
Lee Westwood’s drives let him down early. His iron shots did him in late.
Clark wins The Players
Tim Clark sure picked a big tournament for his first PGA Tour victory. Clark finished off a record 36-hole comeback at the TPC Sawgrass with a 67 on Sunday to win The Players Championship.
expects TPC Sawgrass to play much more difficult Sunday at The Players.
If the early going is any indication, it could be a day for the leaders to strap in and try to hang on here at The Players Championship.
Neck injury knocks out Tiger
Tiger Woods withdrew from The Players early Sunday with an injury that he fears might be a bulging disk.
Fredrik Andersson Hed of Sweden won the Italian Open by two shots on Sunday after shooting a 1-over 73, his first tournament victory in 245 attempts.
Saturday, May 8
West: Arizona keeps rolling
Watch out for those Wildcats. Arizona rolled to a nine-shot victory over top-ranked UCLA on Saturday at the NCAA West Regional, adding yet another exclamation point to an already impressive spring season. Lance Ringler reports.
reports that Notre Dame senior Annie Brophy was disqualified for lying about her scores to Golfstat volunteers.
For a little while at least, Notre Dame’s Annie Brophy looked like a hero. The front-nine 30 that spectators saw on the scoreboard at the demanding Otter Creek Golf Course Sunday was downright otherworldly. Brophy was single-handedly keeping the Irish alive at the NCAA Central Regional.
For the second time in three years, Colorado State won the Mountain West Conference Championship.
Westwood in familiar position
There’s no question Lee Westwood is playing great golf, writes Jeff Rude. But can the Englishman overcome karma and history Sunday at The Players and walk away a winner?
East: Wait pays off for TCU
Valentine Derrey (pictured) and the Texas Christian women’s golf team missed a flight Saturday due to a stressful final round at the NCAA East Regional. They didn’t miss qualifying for the NCAA Championship, however. Julie Williams reports.
became exhausted just watching one player hit balls at TPC Sawgrass Saturday. Guess who?
With temperatures near 90 and humidity as thick as six-inch Bermuda rough, you didn’t see many guys hitting any more balls on the range than necessary during the third round of The Players Championship.
Central: USC wins again
USC coach Andrea Gaston (pictured) watched her team capture its fourth regional crown in the last five years Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional, beating top-seeded Arizona State by eight shots. Beth Ann Baldry explains why this one was the most fulfilling.
Westwood leads by 1
Masters champion Phil Mickelson at least gave himself a chance to reach No. 1 in the world.
Woods ‘pleased’ with week
Tiger Woods was close to playing himself back into The Players Championship on Saturday afternoon but played his final three holes in 2 over. As Jeff Rude writes, Woods is still pleased with his progress.
says Phil Mickelson, after shooting 66 Saturday, went to Five Guys burgers for the sixth day in a row.
Phil Mickelson shot 66, despite a closing bogey, and apparently got himself into Players contention. Then it was time to eat.
Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed shot a 9-under 63 Saturday for a six-stroke lead after the third round of the Italian Open.
thinks today could very likely be the most exciting day in the history of women’s college golf.
In my many years around the women’s game, I can say without hesitation that today’s final rounds in regional play could have more twists and turns than a country road in Vermont.
Friday, May 7
West: ISU could make history
Having never been to an NCAA Championship, the Iowa State Cyclones will enter the final round of the NCAA West Regional in the eighth and final qualifying spot. As Lance Ringler reports, they are ready to make history.
East: Blue Devils fight back
Look who’s back at the top of the leaderboard at the NCAA East Regional: Kim Donovan and the Duke Blue Devils, who jumped from 10th to first on a demanding day at Ironwood Country Club. Julie Williams reports.
says John Merrick sent a number of big-name players packing Friday with a birdie on Sawgrass’ 18th.
John Merrick’s 13-foot birdie putt at the 18th hole was good news for him . . . but bad for a group of 15 players that includes a healthy list of notable names.
Central: Ole Miss confident
Looking for a party? Stop by the Ole Miss tailgate at the NCAA Central Regional on Saturday. According to Mississippi coach Michele Drinkard, whose underdog Rebels sit in eighth after 36 holes, there will be reason to celebrate. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
A 36-year-old man attending the second round of The Players Championship has been subdued by a Taser.
Danger: TPC’s trees
How to succeed at TPC Sawgrass? For one, watch out for those trees. It’s not as easy you might think, writes Jim McCabe.
The perception of Tiger Woods on the golf course has changed so much in a week, evident by the first question he faced Friday after scratching out a 1-under 71 at The Players Championship.
explains why it is isn’t too difficult to find East Carolina on the golf course this week at the East Regional.
It’s easy to spot East Carolina on the golf course: Just listen for the cheers and look for the big purple crowd.
Woods makes Players cut
A week after missing the cut at Quail Hollow, Tiger Woods will play the weekend at TPC Sawgrass after a second-round 71. But he has his work cut out for him, sitting nine shots behind leader Lee Westwood.
Fredrik Andersson Hed shot 6-under 66 at the Italian Open on Friday to build a one-shot lead over a five-man group that includes Miguel Angel Jimenez. The biggest story of the weekend, though, might be 17-year-old phenom Matteo Manassero.
Anthony Kim played hurt for two months in hopes of piling up as many Ryder Cup points as possible before the pain in his left thumb kept him from competing.
The sponsor exemptions keep coming for John Daly. But at least this one makes great sense.
says stop anointing Rory McIlroy as king. Give the young man time to grow up.
Don’t decalre Rory McIlroy as king just yet. Let him enjoy being prince for a while before we lay the crown upon his head.
explains what caused The Players to look more like a muni golf early Friday at Sawgrass.
Before we settle in for second-round action at The Players Championship, here’s an image from Thursday’s opening round that you don’t often see on the PGA Tour:
Here are five things you may not have know assistant coaches do, as told to me by assistant coaches Ryan Ressa (UCLA), Evan Osteen (Auburn) and Lindsay Hulwick (Denver).
Thursday, May 6
West: UNLV falters late
Sophomore Kristen Schelling and the UNLV women’s golf team sprinted out to an early lead Thursday in the NCAA West Regional. Then came an unexpected speed bump, writes Lance Ringler.
Billy Shida of Georgia College & State University has received the inaugural David Toms Award, presented to the men’s collegiate golfer who has overcome adversity to achieve collegiate excellence.
At least one player loved the heat and humidity at The Players Championship on Thursday.
East: Pepperdine starts strong
Pepperdine might be over 2,000 miles from home at the NCAA East Regional, but who could tell Thursday? Three Waves players, including freshman Danielle Kang (pictured), finished under par to help Pepperdine to a comfortable start. Julie Williams reports.
Woods shoots 70 at Players
Popped-up tee balls. Miraculous recovery shots. Clutch up-and-downs. As Jim McCabe writes, Tiger Woods displayed a little bit of everything Thursday at The Players, including more game.
Holmes, Allenby shoot 66
J.B. Holmes and Robert Allenby each shot 6-under 66 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at The Players. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson shot 70 and are four back after an ideal day for scoring at TPC Sawgrass.
Central: Hoffmeister heats up
Thea Hoffmeister may have played in the No. 5 spot for Purdue Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Central Regional, but at day’s end she found herself at the top of the leaderboard. Her team was close to the top, too, writes Beth Ann Baldry.
says Nina Muehl gave her ETSU teammates plenty to be excited about after shooting 64 Thursday at the East Regional.
What word comes to mind when Nina Muehl thinks about her first round at regionals? Crazy.
Golf is a predominantly individual sport, however, college golf has probably done the best job of any such sport of placing the emphasis on team.
Ryan Moore follows his own set of rules when it comes to golf. From his clubs to his clothes, Moore’s style has become the topic of some serious golf fashion debates.
I don’t have anything against transfers. Sometimes, for whatever reason, things just don’t work out. But what I can’t understand is how the NCAA allows players to transfer mid-eason from one program to the next.
says Vijay Singh’s balky back is improving. Better clear some space on the range.
Vijay Singh smiled. Yes, the big Fijian cracked a few jokes, laughed, and smiled again.
Paul Lawrie overcame the worst of the rainy weather to shoot a 5-under 67 and take a share of the lead in the first round of the Italian Open.
explains what’s behind the surge of confidence for South Carolina at the East Regional.
Taking a quick perusal of the early leaderboard at the East Regional, it’s hard not to notice 10th-seeded South Carolina seated firmly in the top 3 after turning in a 5-under 283.
Scott improves with putter
After badly missing the cut at Quail Hollow, Adam Scott turned to putting guru Dave Stockton. As Jim McCabe writes, the Aussie thinks he’s on to something after a 2-under 70 Thursday at The Players.
Chat with Lance and Asher
Golfweek’s college golf gurus Lance Ringler and Asher Wildman chatted with Golfweek.com users Monday about the NCAA Men’s Regionals bids announcement.
San Diego State at MVCs
San Diego State tees off Thursday at the Mountain West Conference Championship. As Ron Balicki explains, now is the perfect time for the confident Aztecs to step up.
The top of the Nationwide Tour’s money list has taken on a definite Aggie flare, as in Texas A&M.
has given a verbal commitment to Tulane.
Madison Opfer, No. 23 in the class of 2012, said she will play her college golf at Tulane.
with details on the Blur – the centerpiece of Fujikura’s new lightweight shafts platform.
Fujikura’s president and COO Dave Schnider worked up such a sweat on the TPC Sawgrass range Monday that he had to go buy a new shirt for dinner.
reports that Anthony Kim underwent successful surgery on his left thumb Wednesday.
Anthony Kim underwent successful surgery on his left thumb Wednesday almost immediately after being forced to withdraw from The Players Championship on Tuesday.
Golfweek’s Best Munis
Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses list for 2009-10 is filled with major venues and young beauties. Decades from now, it will be fascinating to review this list and see how the modern classics aged.
2009 Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses
has an eye on nine players this weekend at the NCAA Women’s Regionals.
The postseason officially gets under way Thursday at the NCAA Women’s Regionals, so I thought I would give everyone a few names from each regional to circle on your tee sheets.
Wednesday, May 5
Deadly floods prompt switch
Deadly storms ravaged Tennessee last weekend, prompting tournament officials of the State Open to move its signature annual event out of the state capital. Ryan Lavner reports.
Led by a dominant performance from junior Tim Madigan, New Mexico State defended its title Wednesday at the Western Athletic Conference Championship.
Hal Sutton beat Tiger Woods at his very best, a victory at The Players Championship that still resonates 10 years later.
explains why the USC players (and coach Gaston) were doing pushups Wednesday at the Central Regional.
When the Trojans walked off the 18th green Wednesday at Otter Creek Golf Course, they immediately dropped to the ground and gave USC coach Andrea Gaston 10 pushups (legit ones, not the girl kind).
Competitors in this year’s Lytham Trophy served as guinea pigs for the Open Championship due to take place at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in 2012.
It has taken Alvaro Quiros quite a while, but he’s finally decided to make his debut in The Players Championship.
Fila is back and stronger than ever with a fashionable and racy golf collection. I chatted with Nancy Robitialle, the head golf designer of Fila’s North American division, about the brand and what it has planned.
English Walker Cup player Matt Haines will turn professional, Golf360 has learned.
You voted and the colors have been chosen. Now it’s time to select the shoe you most want to see in Kikkor’s 2011 women’s line.
Since Tiger Woods missed the cut last week by eight strokes at the Quail Hollow Championship, speculation has swirled regarding his relationship with his coach, Hank Haney.
Boycott threats long forgotten, Korea's leading players are focusing on their victory chances at this week’s GS Caltex Maekyung Open, OneAsia’s third event of the season.
Golfweek.com will be criss-crossing the nation over the next four weeks to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 NCAA postseason.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson is preparing to defend his Players Championship title. His trip to the Bahamas last week wasn’t just a vacation but a key part of his preparation.
Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge didn’t secure a spot in the Players Championship until Sunday night. Now he’s ready to make his first Players start.
talks to Ty Votaw, who says the timeline to identify a course to host golf’s return to the 2016 Olympics is fast approaching.
Ty Votaw, who helped orchestrate golf’s Olympic bid as executive director of the IGF Olympic Golf Committee, explained that it is still too early to tell how golf’s inclusion in the Olympics is affecting how resources are allocated to the game.
Red-hot AI Miyazato has a chance to topple Shin Ji-yai from her new-found perch when she takes her place in this week’s Ladies World Championship Salonpas Cup, the first "major" of the Japan LPGA Tour
Red-hot AI Miyazato has a chance to topple Shin Ji-yai from her new-found perch when she takes her place in this week’s Ladies World Championship Salonpas Cup, the first "major" of the Japan LPGA Tour season.
caught up with ’88 Players champ Mark McCumber, who knows disaster looms at No. 17.
We all know the par-3, 17th island hole at The Players Championship can be daunting, but even with a five-shot lead? You bet your life, says Mark McCumber, the 1988 champion.
says Michael Sim, who missed The Players with a shoulder injury, could return next week in Texas.
A spot in The Players Championship is just one of the perks that comes with finishing first on the Nationwide Tour money list. Michael Sim wasn’t able to take advantage of that perk, however, because of a right shoulder injury, the same ailment that kept the promising young Aussie from making his Masters debut earlier this year.
The teen sensation rewrote golf’s record books last week but will remain home for a recharge.
Hate to be Rude
Phil Mickelson said Tuesday at The Players that Tiger Woods ‘gets my best golf out of me.’ As Jeff Rude writes, that wasn't always the case.
Ringler’s Magic 8-Ball
Lance Ringler has been shaking his Magic 8-Ball for seven seasons of college golf. What does the ball predict for the NCAA Women’s Regionals?
Dillon, 11, makes history
Brooke Dillon won the Louisiana State Championship last month after rounds of 72-71, a noteworthy achievement for any high schooler. Thing is, Dillon is 11 years old. As Julie Williams writes, not much fazes this fifth-grader.
UC Irvine cruised to a 17-shot victory Tuesday at the Big West Championship, the Anteaters’ sixth conference title since 2001.
Tom Watson will receive the 2010 Byron Nelson Prize later this month at the late Hall of Famer’s namesake PGA Tour event.
got the scoop on the guest list and atmosphere from Rory McIlroy’s 21st birthday party.
A 21st birthday is always fun. When it comes just days after a $1.17 million payday, it’s even more special.
The eagerly anticipated professional debut of Italian 17-year-old Matteo Manassero on Thursday may be delayed.
A couple more teams are postseason bound and others are making summer plans. It’s time for Three up, three down with focus on the men’s game.
The Players Championship
Fantasy Aces -- The Players Championship
The Nationwide Tour is a place for career-defining moments, where minor-leaguers earn their long-awaited call-up to The Show.
Fred Couples withdrew from the Players Championship on Wednesday morning and will be replaced in the field by rookie Troy Merritt.
is fed up with co-players and co-coaches of the year. Pick one and stick with it, already!
It all boils down to philosophy when determining end-of-the-year awards. When it comes to coach and player of the year, there are many schools of thought.
Tuesday, May 4
Jeff Sluman is off the hook this week.
The future of golf never looked stronger than when two young players on different continents won tournaments that had their colleagues raving two days later.
was stunned that Tiger Woods had seven water balls during practice at TPC Sawgrass.
I’m not amazed by much in golf. When you watch, for starters, Jean Van de Velde blow up at Carnoustie, Tiger Woods win a U.S. Open on a broken leg and a 59-year-old man put one hand on the Claret Jug, you learn to expect just about anything.
NCAA Women’s Regionals
Golfweek’s college writers sound off on which teams at the NCAA Women’s Regionals will advance to the national championship.
says the quietest guy on the PGA Tour was wearing the loudest pants Tuesday at Sawgrass.
John Daly isn’t here at The Players Championship, but his pants are.
Tiger Woods is paired with Hunter Mahan and Ian Poulter at 1:28 p.m. in Thursday’s first round of The Players Championship.
Tiger Woods says the Titleist irons for sale on eBay were not the ones he used to win four consecutive majors through the 2001 Masters.
Woods talks at The Players
Tiger Woods spoke Tuesday at The Players on a number of topics, including his father, his golf clubs on eBay and his relationship with Hank Haney. Jim McCabe reports.
International Management Group must have had the champagne ready recently because its newest client, Matteo Manassero, signed with Polo Ralph Lauren.
reports Tiger Woods experimented with a new Nike ball during practice rounds at Quail Hollow.
Tiger Woods experimented with a new Nike ball during practice rounds at Quail Hollow.
The finalists for the 2010 Byron Nelson Award were announced Tuesday by the GCAA.
Kent State junior John Hahn gets the Q&A treatment today in Wildman’s Corner. The Golden Flashes won the MAC Championship for the second straight year and 18th overall. Hahn, who was the defending medalist, split individuals honors with teammate Brett Cairns.
says got $8,500? Then check out these indoor putting greens.
Golfers are discovering indoor putting greens, which are made of artificial turf and come in several varieties.
Did slow play make a difference in the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship?
says Phil Mickelson was named a ‘hero’ by Time Magazine. Hear that, Superman?
The accolades keep coming for Phil Mickelson. And I’m not talking about the PGA Tour’s Player of the Month Award for April (which he did collect for his Masters title).
Quail Hollow is celebrating its 50th anniversary, with 25 of those years at the Charlotte, N.C., club dedicated to hosting an annual professional event. There’s every intention for the tradition to continue, perhaps in a major way.
Anthony Kim is the latest withdrawal at The Players Championship. Ranked 13th in the world and just five weeks removed from his third career victory, Kim has been playing for a while now with a nagging injury to his left thumb.
Regional play starts Thursday
Strap on your spikes and phone your friends, the NCAA Women’s Regionals kick off Thursday. Golfweek.com has a preview.
Monday, May 3
Even on the smallest stage, it’s good to know the gentleman’s game is alive and well. The Forecaddie reports.
has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M.
Patricia Garcia, of Puerto Rico, has verbally committed to Texas A&M.
Last week I was in San Antonio for a Futures Tour event at The Dominion Country Club. The course was amazing and in such perfect shape.
explains how the presence of Southwest Airlines in Panama City, Fla., could benefit resorts in the area.
The scheduled May 23 opening of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport in Panama City, Fla., has raised hopes of a spike in tourism as Southwest Airlines enters the market.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Martin Kaufmann reviews some must-read golf literature from David Feherty and Gary Player.
In her last LPGA tournament as an active member of the tour, Lorena Ochoa went out in style.
Lodestone Golf Club, a new Hale Irwin design that’s set to open in June, will allow golfers to experience the club through a trial program established by OB Sports, which manages the property.
reports that Matteo Manassero will make his highly anticipated pro debut this week on the European Tour.
Matteo Manassero, 17, will make his pro debut at the Italian Open – with an impressive endorsement portfolio to boot.
Golf and racing in N.C.
Speedways and fairways make Charlotte worth a few laps, and nobody knows that better than NASCAR veteran Dale Jarrett.
explains why Mr. Steranka goes to Washington: If government is going to aid business, the PGA chief wants his share.
Gene Yasuda says there’s a good reason why Mr. Steranka goes to Washington. If government is going to aid business, the PGA chief wants his share.
Gemma Dryburgh, of Aberdeen, Scotland, shot 4-over 148 (77-71) at Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, Fla., to win the FCWT’s Feather Sound Open by three shots.
Nick Celestino, of Sarasota, Fla., shot even-par 145 (69-75) at Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, Fla., to win the FCWT’s Feather Sound Open by one shot.
says Bo Van Pelt is the 99th player to amass $10 million on Tour. Who is next?
Welcome to the club, Bo Van Pelt. You are the PGA Tour’s latest $10 million man.
A Colorado man who replaced labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word “unfaithful” has been sentenced to two years of probation and fined $1,000.
explains what drives Ed Carnes to compete on both the men’s swimming team and men’s golf team at La Salle.
Ed Carnes isn’t your typical college golfer. Before he hits the links, the La Salle University sophomore has to make a splash.
Iowa State men’s golf coach Jay Horton announced his resignation Monday, effective immediately.
explains how 14-year-old Domenico Geminiani is making history this week on the European Tour.
Domenico Geminiani, 14, will tee it up this week at the BMW Italian Open, where he’ll become the youngest player ever to compete in a European Tour event.
Lefty the new No. 1?
Phil Mickelson could reach No. 1 in the world for the first time in his career by winning The Players Championship this weekend, provided Tiger Woods finishes out of the top 5.
Clemson is weighing the possibility of adding women’s golf to its lineup of intercollegiate sports. If added, the team would begin competing during the 2012-13 academic year.
has given his verbal commitment to Oklahoma State University.
Tanner Kesterson, No. 17 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings for the Class of 2011, has given his verbal commitment to play for Oklahoma State, according to a press release sent by his high school.
Quail Hollow will have at least one big name to promote next year.
Steve Stricker has withdrawn from The Players Championship to rest his sore right shoulder.
The freshman shot rounds of 76-76-74 for a 10-over 226 total and a six-shot victory at the Metro Atlantic Conference Championship. It was her third title of the season.
The Bears junior shot four rounds in the 60s (65-68-67-68) on his way to a 16-under 268 total and the Pac-10 Championship individual title, making him only the second Cal player to win the Pac-10 crown (Charlie Wi, 1995). Despite a triple-bogey 7 on the final hole, Mina won by one shot over Arizona State’s Jesper Kennegard.
The Saints cruised to a 10th consecutive Metro Atlantic Conference Championship with a 15-stroke victory over Fairfield at Celebration (Fla.) Golf Course. The Metro Atlantic is one of only two women’s conferences (the West Coast Conference is the other) that does not receive an automatic NCAA regional berth for its champion.
At the beginning of the month, the Huskies, No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, entered the final round of Arizona State’s Thunderbird Classic 16 strokes off the lead and in seventh place before rallying for a two-shot victory. On April 28 at the Pac-10 Conference Championship, also played at Arizona State’s Karsten Golf Course, Washington did it again. The Huskies closed with a 2-under 353 for a 37-under 1,383 total, overcoming a seven-stroke deficit the final day and finishing three shots better than third-ranked Stanford (363–1,386). The Huskies ended the comeback in style, with senior Richard Lee draining a par-saving 40-footer from the collar on the 18th hole.
This week’s Monday Scramble is brought to you by the letter “R" – as in Ryo, Rory, Rickie, Rajon, Ronaldo . . . You get the picture.
is pondering eight questions as women’s postseason action starts Thursday.
Welcome to postseason week. Can you feel the excitement? The NCAA women’s regionals start Thursday, and today on Wildman’s Corner, I throw out eight questions to things I hope to find out by the end of the week.
Sunday, May 2
Illinois wins again at Big 10s
Illinois held off Iowa to win its second consecutive Big 10 Championship Sunday, but more impressive might be that it was the Illini’s fourth victory since March 28.
Kent State completed a dominant performance Sunday to win its record 18th Mid-American Conference Championship.
describes the celebration during Lorena Ochoa’s tearful goodbye.
The scene around the 18th at Tres Marias – aka Ochoa Stadium – was the kind that lodges a lump in the throats of grown men.
Golfweek.com brings you up-to-the-minute news on Lorena Ochoa’s retirement. Senior writer Beth Ann Baldry will be at Ochoa’s press conference in Mexico City on Friday and will continue to follow this story.
Irishman wins Lytham Trophy
Paul Cutler knew what it was like to be in contention at the Lytham Cup – as a caddie. Now he knows what it’s like to be the champion, the first Irish victor in 28 years.
explains why Lorena Ochoa will not retire as No. 1 in the world.
Jiyai Shin shot 66 on Sunday in Japan to win the Cyber Agent Ladies Golf Tournament by two strokes.
St. Francis rallied late to win the Northeast Conference Championship Sunday, playing the 18th hole at ChampionsGate (Fla.) Golf Club in 3 under to beat Sacred Heart by one shot.
Miyazato wins in Mexico
Ai Miyazato won her third LPGA event of 2010 at the Tres Marias Championship as good friend Lorena Ochoa said a tearful goodbye.
Loyola staged a final-round rally to win its third straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship.
Martin Piller came from behind to win the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title.
McIlroy wins at Quail Hollow
Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event in style. The 20-year-old rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 18 Sunday to set the course record with a 62 and win the Quail Hollow Championship.
Phil Mickelson entered the final round of the Quail Hollow Championship thinking 11 under might give him his second straight victory.
For the past decade, no team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has been able to unseat Siena College as the conference champion.
Charlotte cruised to its fifth Atlantic 10 Championship in a row Sunday at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla., tying Penn State for most consecutive A-10 titles.
explains how Carl Pettersson shot 68 in just over two hours Sunday at Quail Hollow.
Who says you can’t play 18 holes in under 2 hours, 15 minutes? Just ask Carl Pettersson.
David Eger shot a 3-under 69 in rainy conditions Sunday to win his first Champions Tour event since 2005 at the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Alvaro Quiros became the first local winner of the Spanish Open in eight years, winning on the first playoff hole Sunday after English rookie James Morrison pulled his approach shot into the water.
Ryo Ishikawa shot a 12-under 58 – the lowest score ever on a major tour – to win The Crowns on Sunday for his seventh Japan Tour title.
says add Steve Stricker to the list of top players who could be out of this week’s Players Championship.
Don’t expect to see Steve Stricker teeing it up at the Players next week.
Saturday, May 1
Ochoa retirement looms
Lorena Ochoa will step away from the LPGA on Sunday at the Tres Marias Championship. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, she’ll do so in front of an exuberant and emotional home crowd.
The large crowd bunched together near the clubhouse was yelling “Phil! Phil! when Phil Mickelson was still inside signing his scorecard.
Ai Miyazato moved into position for her third victory of the season, shooting a 2-under 71 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over long-hitting playing partners Michelle Wie and Brittany Lincicome in the Tres Marias Championship.
says Phil Mickelson’s two-putt at the 18th proves Lefty knows when to play defense.
Next time someone tells you Phil Mickelson is a wildly aggressive player, tell them to think again.
David Frost shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to equal the course record and join Brad Bryant and David Eger atop the Champions Tour leaderboard for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.
Mayfair leads Quail Hollow
Billy Mayfair started the week by Monday qualifying for the Quail Hollow Championship. After a 1-under 71 Saturday, the 44-year-old has a two-shot lead over a pack of major champions, including Phil Mickelson.
Daniel Summerhays, who won three years ago as an amateur, has positioned himself atop the leaderboard again at the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA.
says Fred Couples likely will skip the Players in favor of some much-needed rest.
First, Fred Couples figured his trusty sidekick, caddie Joe LaCava, needed a day off Friday. Then Couples figured he needed a break, so he gave every indication that he’ll withdraw from next week’s Players Championship.
Mark Foster of England has taken a three-shot lead after the third round of the Spanish Open in his bid to end a seven-year victory drought on the European Tour.
Darren Clarke had to hire a private jet to make his tee time for the third round of the Spanish Open, returning from England after realizing he had made the cut.
Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik says Tiger Woods is not welcome at his house – and he’s not looking forward to seeing Woods on the golf course.
Tiger Woods promised to put his free weekend to good use after missing the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship.
takes a look at which players fell just above and just below the cut line in Charlotte.
Major course, major field, major feel. Everything about the Quail Hollow Championship says major championship, except that it isn’t, of course.