News for Wednesday, May 5, 2010

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Flooding prompts Tennessee State Open to move

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.

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New Mexico State sweeps WAC titles

Led by a dominant performance from junior Tim Madigan, New Mexico State defended its title Wednesday at the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

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Notes: Sutton’s Players victory still resonates

Hal Sutton beat Tiger Woods at his very best, a victory at The Players Championship that still resonates 10 years later.

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Down and give me 10!

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).

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Royal Lytham toughens up for 2012 Open

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.

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After Euro win, Quiros makes debut at Players

It has taken Alvaro Quiros quite a while, but he’s finally decided to make his debut in The Players Championship.

Fila fashion gets back on course

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.

England’s Matt Haines leaving amateur ranks

English Walker Cup player Matt Haines will turn professional, Golf360 has learned.

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Operation Kikkor Golf: Part 3

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.

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Haney rebuffs rumors, still working with Tiger

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.

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OneAsia tour overcomes Korean boycott

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.

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Complete 2010 NCAA postseason coverage

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 Stenson ready to defend Players title

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.

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De Jonge qualifies for Players in 11th hour

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.

Olympic leaders ponder course options

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.

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'I can't believe' I'm No. 1, says LPGA's Shin

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.

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McCumber recalls terrifying shot on 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.

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Injured Sim misses Players, may return soon

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.

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Ishikawa stays home from Players

The teen sensation rewrote golf’s record books last week but will remain home for a recharge.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Phil thrives off Tiger

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.

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And Lance Ringler’s Magic 8-Ball says . . . ?

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?

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Dillon, 11, makes history at state championship

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.

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UC Irvine, Chin capture Big West titles

UC Irvine cruised to a 17-shot victory Tuesday at the Big West Championship, the Anteaters’ sixth conference title since 2001.

Watson to receive Byron Nelson Prize

Tom Watson will receive the 2010 Byron Nelson Prize later this month at the late Hall of Famer’s namesake PGA Tour event.

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Inside 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.

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Rain greets Manassero on pro debut eve

The eagerly anticipated professional debut of Italian 17-year-old Matteo Manassero on Thursday may be delayed.

Thumbs up: St. Francis | Thumbs down: A-10

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.

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Fantasy Aces: The Players Championship

Fantasy Aces -- The Players Championship

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Nationwide notes: Stories at ‘The Truck’

The Nationwide Tour is a place for career-defining moments, where minor-leaguers earn their long-awaited call-up to The Show.

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Citing fatigue, Couples pulls out of Players

Fred Couples withdrew from the Players Championship on Wednesday morning and will be replaced in the field by rookie Troy Merritt.

Year-end awards should go to one person only

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.