News for Thursday, May 27, 2010

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Langer grabs share of Senior PGA lead

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.

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Prize time: Who makes it to match play?

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.

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Notes: Crenshaw’s course gets high marks

Ben Crenshaw played an impeccable round of golf and yet he couldn’t help finding a few flaws.

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Bohn shares Colonial lead; Mickelson 8 back

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.

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Tanco takes over as Golfweek’s top junior

There’s a new name atop Golfweek’s Junior Rankings: Victoria Tanco.

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NGCA to debut 2-person Team Championship

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.

Freeman’s round blows him away

This is what it’s like to play golf when the wind comes whippin’ down the plain.

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Castle Course benefits from changes

I’ll confess at the outset that I arrived at the Castle Course earlier this week with, at best, modest expectations.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Around the country

Here are three variously priced deals at courses rated among Golfweek’s Best in their respective states.

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Q & A: Todd Fishon, The Greenbrier

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.

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Donald among trio tied for lead in Madrid

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.

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Isagawa (NR, 2011) commits 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.

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Rodgers (No. 4, 2011) commits to Stanford

Patrick Rodgers, the No. 7 overall player in the Golfweek Junior Rankings, has given his verbal committment to Stanford University.

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Staff picks: NCAA Championship

Golfweek's college gurus make their predictions for the 2010 NCAA Championship.

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NCAA Championship preview

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.

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Journey at Pechanga inspires a little gambling

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.

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Flu knocks Azinger out of Senior PGA

Paul Azinger has withdrawn from the Senior PGA Championship due to the flu.

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How the Ping Anser forged iron was born

The Western and Far Eastern worlds have long maintained separate identities when it comes to golf equipment, although that relationship is changing rapidly.

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Azinger, 50, feeling good about game

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.

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Tour seeks player help for second-tier events

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.