News for Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Style and substance

Ian Poulter promised a victory at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday and delivered. These days, nothing seems too bold for the fashionable Englishman, whose unlikely rise to worldwide star was built with little more than confidence and hard work.

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5 Things: Couples, Jordan teammates again?

Generational hand-offs are never simple. But Ping has fared well in passing the baton, and now the family company is ready to do it again: It recently named John K. Solheim – son of Ping chairman John A. Solheim and grandson of Ping founder Karsten Solheim – to the post of president and representative director of Ping Golf Japan, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

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Mallinger tops Gore to win Pebble Beach Invite

John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jason Gore.

KPMG report: Golf’s growth rate slows in Europe

The number of European golfers – which grew at an annual clip of 5 percent during the first half of the past decade – slowed to less than half that rate in the past five years, according to a new KPMG report. Demand growth, measured by the number of registered players in Europe, fell to 1 to 2 percent annually since 2005, according to the just-released “Golf Participation in Europe 2010” survey by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice.

Grace posts first career victory at Cola-Cola

Branden Grace waited four years for his first Sunshine Tour victory. Winning it in front of friends and family on a course he played growing up proved sweet. Showing his mettle before golf legend Gary Player meant even more.

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PGA Tour hopefuls move on to next Q-School test

Six second-stage qualifiers will be held this week to determine the field for the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School.

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Kaymer-McDowell battle caps dominant European year

The magic number is 290,911. That’s on Graeme McDowell’s mind this week as he enters the Dubai World Championship. That’s the number of euros that stand between him and Germany’s Martin Kaymer in the race to top the European Tour’s Order of Merit.

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PGA Tour card in hand, Bowditch wins Down Under

Fresh from earning his U.S. PGA Tour card, Steven Bowditch of Australia claimed the NSW PGA Championship on Sunday at Wollongong Golf Club.

Ikeda holds off charging Kim for 4th victory

Yuta Ikeda repelled a dramatic final-day challenge from Kyung-tae Kim to emerge triumphant Sunday at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.

N. Kim takes Elleair Open; money title goes to Ahn

Kim Na-ri fired a closing 66 to claim a come-from-behind victory Sunday in the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open.

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Koreans repeat gold-medal sweep at Asian Games

Two stars were born as Korea lived up to its billing as the region’s most flourishing golf nation by winning all four of the gold medals at stake at the Guangzhou Asian Games.

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Fashion Q&A: Geoff Tait, Quagmire Golf

It isn’t often that we hear of new and innovative ways golf-apparel companies one-up each other, but this seems to be the norm for Quagmire Golf.

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Poulter hangs on for Hong Kong Open title

Ian Poulter held off a spirited challenge from Italian youngster Matteo Manassero to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke Sunday, returning to the top 10 in the world rankings.