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Sunday, October 31

Chattanooga wins Lady Paladin Intercollegiate

Chattanooga won the Lady Paladin Intercollegiate on Sunday, capturing its first title of the season.

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The man behind Ping’s S56

The Industry Cup wasn’t the Bay Hill Classic, a PGA Tour event he won back in 1983, but it was enough to add some excitement to Mike Nicolette’s golf life.

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Steele skipped N’wide event to officiate wedding

It was crunch time on the Nationwide Tour, when every performance was magnified, when every result carried significant ramifications.

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Hicks scrapes out Tour card at N’wide finale

Justin Hicks was the last player to snag a PGA Tour card on a nervy final day at the Nationwide Tour Championship. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Fernández prevails in Paraguay

Sebastián Fernández of Argentina posted a 4-under 68 and took advantage of the mistakes made by Paraguay’s Héctor Céspedes to win the Stella Artois - Tigo Carlos Franco Invitational on Sunday.

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Monday-qualifier Spittle wins AT&T in playoff

Monday qualifier Rod Spittle won the AT&T Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour victory, beating Jeff Sluman with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

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3 musketeers

Alexander Levy (right) dropped a 50-foot birdie bomb Sunday that helped clinch France’s maiden victory at the World Amateur Team Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Steele wins N’wide finale in playoff

Brendan Steele won the Nationwide Tour Championship Sunday after beating Colt Knost in a four-hole playoff.

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Bjerregaard (NR, 2011) commits to Florida St.

Lucas Bjerregaard has informed Golfweek that he has made a verbal commitment to Florida State.

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5 Things: Lorena's ever-growing nest egg

Who knew retirement could be so lucrative? Lorena Ochoa hung up the spikes in April, but she’s still managing to mint money on the links. She captured the $1.28 million Mission Hills Star Trophy Pro-Celebrity tournament in Haikou, China. That check alone would be good enough for No. 7 on this season’s LPGA money list.

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New world order: It starts with Westwood

If you listen closely enough, you can probably hear the champagne corks popping in the European Tour headquarters in Virginia Water, England. Lee Westwood overtook American Tiger Woods as world No. 1 at the conclusion of the Andalucía Masters at Valderrama.

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France earns first victory at WATC

Alexander Levy dropped a 50-foot birdie bomb Sunday that helped clinch France’s maiden victory at the World Amateur Team Championship.

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Norman conquest of Europe? Shark group to buy Valderrama

Valderrama Golf Club, a former Ryder Cup venue, and its adjacent property in Sotogrande, Spain, has agreed to be purchased by the Greg Norman-owned Stripe Group.

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Hugo captures victory No. 3 at Platinum Classic

Jean Hugo shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take the Platinum Classic by two strokes at the Mooinooi Golf Club.

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Lovemark tops money list, fully exempt for ’11

With a seventh-place finish Sunday at the Nationwide Tour Championship, Jamie Lovemark claimed the top spot on the money list to secure fully-exempt status next season on the PGA Tour.

Back-to-back wins for Pace in China

Even a four-way playoff can’t keep Lee-Anne Pace down. The 29-year-old South African came from six shots back Sunday to win the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open, a week after her victory at the Sanya Ladies Open in Hainan.

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Too fit to quit: 'Reborn' Atthaphon wins Mercedes-Benz finale

Atthaphon Prathummanee ended a frustrating 10-year wait to win his first significant title as a professional when he recorded victory Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.

Kim edges Ishikawa to widen lead on money list

Kim Kyung-tae staved off a Ryo Ishikawa’s late charge to claim victory Sunday in the Mynavi ABC Championship.

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McDowell holds on to win Andalucia Masters

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a 74 Sunday to win the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.

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Westwood ends Woods’ 5-year reign at No. 1

For the first time in five years, Tiger Woods is no longer golf’s No. 1 player. Lee Westwood has become the 13th player to claim the top spot.

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Ochoa tops Montgomerie in pro-celebrity event

Lorena Ochoa came out of retirement and made $1.28 million with her two-shot victory Sunday over Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie in the pro-celebrity Star Trophy at Mission Hills.

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Crane birdies 18 to win Asia Pacific Classic

Once he became eligible to play a few Asian tournaments, Ben Crane wasn’t immediately sure he wanted to go halfway around the world for golf. It’s already paying off in a big way.

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Choi defends LPGA Hana Bank title in Korea

South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi successfully defended her title in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship, shooting a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Vicky Hurst.

Saturday, October 30

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Nelson moves ahead at AT&T Championship

Larry Nelson made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 4-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Jay Don Blake, Steve Lowery and Chien Soon Lu in the AT&T Championship, the Champions Tour’s final full-field event of the year.

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Steele 5 ahead at N'wide Championship

Brendan Steele put himself in great position to earn a 2011 PGA Tour card, shooting a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a five-stroke lead in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.

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All eyes on money list at N'wide finale

Nationwide Tour players have one more round to earn one of the 25 PGA Tour cards for 2011. Ryan Lavner explains who's making a move.

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Commentary: Martin: IGF decision compromises WATC

The IGF favored participation over competition at the weather-shortened WATC, a decision that Sean Martin says compromises the event.

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McDowell, Maybin share 4-shot lead in Spain

Graeme McDowell and Gareth Maybin of Northern Ireland have a four-shot lead after a windy third round at the Andalucia Masters sent scores soaring upward.

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Injured Tomasulo takes on Tour Championship

Even with a broken foot, Peter Tomasulo decided to tee it up this week at the Nationwide Tour Championship. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Woodhall Spa under the radar in British Isles

Journeying to the quintessential English town of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire is a chore, but worth every boring mile. In fact, it’s so good you’d travel twice the distance to play what I think is the best inland track in the British Isles.

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Crane extends lead to two in Malaysia

Ben Crane of the United States birdied three of his last four holes to take a two-shot lead in the Asia Pacific Classic on Saturday.

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Kim takes solo lead at LPGA Hana Bank

South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim birdied four holes in a row on the front nine Saturday and finished with her second straight 4-under 68 for a one-stroke lead over defending champion Na Yeon Choi in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship.

Friday, October 29

Portland to end golf programs

The University of Portland has announced that it will discontinue its men’s and women’s golf teams at the end of the 2010-11 academic year. The university will add women’s crew to its list of intercollegiate sports beginning in the fall of 2011.

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Cook, Irwin among AT&T Championship leaders

Hale Irwin shot his age for the first time on the Champions Tour, finishing with a 6-under 65 for a share of the first-round lead in the AT&T Championship with 2007 and 2008 winner John Cook, Larry Nelson, Chien Soon Lu and Mark Wiebe.

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Knost tied for lead at N’Wide Championship

Colt Knost shot a 3-under 69 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Joe Affrunti and Brendan Steele in the Nationwide Tour Championship, the last chance for all three to earn 2011 PGA Tour cards through the developmental circuit money list.

Results: PGA Tour Q-School, first stage

The opening wave of the PGA Tour’s first stage of Qualifying School is under way, with a number of notable players moving on to the second stage. Below is a breakdown of each qualifier.

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U.S. climbs leaderboard at soggy WATC

David Chung and the United States battled heavy rain Friday in Argentina, moving into fifth at the World Amateur Team Championship.

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Dozier (No. 30, 2011) commits to Troy

Tolver Dozier of Dothan, Ala., has given a verbal commitment to Troy. Dozier is the No. 30-ranked player in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings for the class of 2011.

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McDowell leads Andalucia; Kaymer falls

Martin Kaymer is unlikely to take over the No. 1 ranking from Tiger Woods after falling 11 shots behind leader Graeme McDowell at the Andalucia Masters on Friday.

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Arkansas, Tubert stay cool for win in Vegas

With easygoing freshman Emily Tubert in the lead, Arkansas is only beginning to realize its potential. Julie Williams explains.

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Turning Stone out as PGA Tour sponsor in ’11

Unable to find a tournament date that met its needs or the PGA Tour's, Turning Stone Resort announced it is canceling its championship after a four-year run.

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Injured Ames won’t defend title at Disney

Stephen Ames’s back injury will keep him from defending his title at next month’s Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Florida.

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Notes on the field at the WATC

Turns out Jim Furyk isn’t the only player to find the winner’s circle after finding troubles with an alarm clock.

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Hurst, Kim atop Hana Bank leaderboard

American Vicky Hurst and South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot 4-under 68s in chilly conditions Friday to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship.

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Crane holds share of lead in Malaysia

Thai golfer Pariya Junhasavasdikul had five birdies over the last seven holes Friday for a 6-under 65 and a share of the lead after the second round of the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic.

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AT&T Championship to say goodbye to Oak Hills

Bruce Lietzke understands the uncertainty that most players feel when a tournament moves to a new course, especially ones put together by Pete Dye.

Thursday, October 28

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Three tied for early N’wide lead in Charleston

Joe Affrunti, James Hahn and Brendan Steele shot 6-under 66s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Nationwide Tour Championship, the last chance for all three to earn 2011 PGA Tour cards through the developmental circuit money list.

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Wattel, France march into World Am lead

Romain Wattel already has won an individual title in Argentina. Now the Frenchman is trying to help his country to a world championship.

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Commentary: Jager showing focus in final amateur event

Australian standout Matt Jager is playing his final amateur event this week at the World Amateur Team Championship. Sean Martin takes a look at what may lie ahead.

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Hak starts fast with double eagle at WATC

Hong Kong’s Shun Yat Hak got off to a good start in the World Amateur Team Championship, sinking a 3-wood for double eagle on the par-5 second hole in the first round at Buenos Aires Golf Club.

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Kirk WDs in Charleston with thumb fracture

Chris Kirk, No. 2 on the Nationwide Tour money list, has withdrawn from this week’s season-ending Tour Championship due to a fracture at the base of his left thumb.

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Larazabal leads in Spain, Kaymer struggles

Spain’s Pablo Larazabal shot a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead Thursday in the Andalucia Masters, while Germany’s Martin Kaymer struggled in his attempt to overtake Tiger Woods in the world rankings.

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Taking it to the Bank at Isleworth

On an unpredictable day at Isleworth, Bank Vongvanij continued his stellar season with a win in one of the best events of the fall.

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Barnes leads Asia Pacific Classic with 63

Ricky Barnes shot an 8-under 63 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic, the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia.

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Woods to give back, play in Thai skins game

Tiger Woods says he’s looking forward to giving something back to Thailand when he makes a quick visit to his mother’s home country for the first time in 10 years to play a one-day skins tournament next month.

Wednesday, October 27

Shoal Creek founder Thompson, 87, dies

Hall Thompson, the Shoal Creek Country Club founder whose comments about the admission of black members created a national controversy in advance of the 1990 PGA Championship, died Oct. 27, according to a club statement.

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N’wide pros seek to lock up PGA Tour cards

Kevin Kisner won’t ever forget the disappointment of watching six competitive rounds last fall come down to one stroke.

5 Things: Do it for the kids

By now, Jonathan Byrd’s shot in the dark – a brilliant 6-iron that found the bottom of the cup on the fourth playoff hole at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open – is legendary stuff. But if you think that by hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas he is going to go home, count his money and call it a season, think again.

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Tubert, Arkansas storm to Las Vegas title

Arkansas rolled to a 23-shot victory Wednesday at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.

In this issue: Oct. 29, 2010

Inside the Oct. 29, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

Korean stars come home for Hana Bank

These days in women’s golf it’s no secret that the South Koreans are flourishing.

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New PGA Tour event is test for Asia’s best

Thai Thongchai Jaidee believes the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, a co-sanctioned PGA Tour event, will be a good test for Asian Tour players to broaden their skills.

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New world No. 1 to be crowned Sunday

It’s a big week for European golf and the European Tour. A European is destined to take the world No. 1 spot for the first time since Nick Faldo in 1994. But which one: World No. 2 Lee Westwood or No. 3 Martin Kaymer?

Golf Canada preps for Olympics

Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s chief sport development officer, represents golf on the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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DiMarco emerges from slump

The good news for Chris DiMarco: He has made 13 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour and regained confidence after a dark slump spawned by injuries. The bad news: The 42-year-old ranks 165th in earnings entering the final 2010 Tour event and might return to Q-School for the first time since the mid-1990s.

Red-hot Pace sticking to routine in Suzhou

Lee-Anne Pace knows this isn’t the time to tweak any part of her game. The South African regained the Ladies European Tour money-list lead Oct. 24 after her fourth victory of the season at the Sanya Ladies Open. This week she bids for win No. 5 as she tees off Friday at the €200,000 Suzhou-Taihu Ladies Open at Suzhou-Taihu International Golf Club, near Shanghai.

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Vaughan fires course record in Platinum Classic warm-up

The Platinum Classic doesn’t start until Thursday, yet the course record has already been broken twice this week with Bradford Vaughan firing 61 Wednesday in the Pro-Am at Mooinooi Golf Club.

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Good to be home

Emiliano Grillo is in position to become a hero on home soil at the Men's World Amateur Team Championship in Argentina.

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Kim Kyung-tae clinging to Japan Tour money title

Kim Kyung-tae will be aiming to extend his advantage in the Japan Golf Tour money-list standings at the Mynavi ABC Championship tees off Thursday.

Thumbs up: GT | Thumbs down: Georgia

What a list of tournament golf we had on the schedule this past week. Alabama notched an impressive victory at Isleworth, and Notre Dame won the Saint Mary’s Invitational. Who really impressed me, though? Let’s see with who’s thumbs up and thumbs down.

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Six players to watch at the WATC

Well, it’s Census Day in Argentina, and that means no golf for participants at the World Amateur Team Championship.

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Hate to be Rude: DiMarco emerges from slump

Chris DiMarco, a presence atop Tour leaderboards earlier this decade, enters the season-ending Disney event with the desire to win again.

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Kaymer can rise to No. 1 with Andalucia win

Martin Kaymer can end Tiger Woods’ five-year run as the top-ranked golfer with a win at the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.

Japanese tour to begin drug testing

Japan’s professional golf tour will begin testing players for drugs after Australian golfer Wayne Perske was arrested for suspected cocaine possession.

Tuesday, October 26

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Illinois, South Alabama win in Memphis

The Illinois women won its first title of the season Tuesday, claiming a six-shot win at the Memphis Women’s Invitational after the third round of the tournament was rained out.

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Georgia Tech wins first U.S. Collegiate title

James White and Georgia Tech earned a spot in U.S. Collegiate history Tuesday, winning for the first time at their home event. Ron Balicki reports.

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Grillo, Argentina chasing WATC title at home

Emiliano Grillo is in position to become a hero on home soil at the World Amateur Team Championship. Sean Martin reports.

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Whitsett leads Alabama to Isleworth title

Alabama cruised to victory Tuesday at the Isleworth Collegiate on the shoulders of freshman Cory Whitsett. Ryan Lavner was there.

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Commentary: Byrd bound for Disney for all the right reasons

Sure, that Vegas ace assures Jonathan Byrd exempt status, but that doesn’t excuse him from his kids’ trip to golf’s autumn playground.

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Notes: Sun Mountain bemused by complaints

Rick Reimers looked out from his hotel room in Wales and saw nothing but sheets of rain. It was his last day at the Ryder Cup before flying to a business meeting that Friday afternoon, and he didn’t even bother going out to Celtic Manor.

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Toy box notes: Callaway octane driver in play

Callaway already has introduced an Octane line of metalwoods, and Ernie Els won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf with an Octane Tour driver.

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Sights and sounds from the U.S. Collegiate

This and that from this week’s U.S. Collegiate Championship at the Golf Club of Georgia.

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Houston area golf raises over $2.1 M for charities

The PGA Tour’s Houston Open and the Houston Golf Association have generated $2.145 million this year for city charities.

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Golf courses employ goats for maintenance

Goats graze in places where you don’t want to hit your golf ball, helping courses tackle some rugged maintenance assignments.

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Poipu Bay set for December reopening

Poipu Bay Golf Course, which has been closed since April 1 for greens refurbishment, is scheduled to reopen Dec. 16.

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Texas Tech, UCF to co-host ’11 Isleworth event

The Isleworth Collegiate, one of the premier events in college golf, will return in 2011 with a new co-host. Central Florida will join Texas Tech in hosting the event at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

For Mampieri, state team title ends crazy day

Anthony Mampieri had one heck of a final outing as a high school golf coach Oct. 23, even though he didn’t see much of it.

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Manassero out of Andalucia, focusing on visa

Matteo Manassero has pulled out of this week’s Andalucia Masters at Valderrama to focus on getting a visa in time for next week’s HBSC World Championship in Shanghai.

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Moore hooked on barefoot-like TRUE shoes

As far as Ryan Moore is concerned, TRUE golf shoes aren't just another trend, they're a breakthrough in barefoot technology. James Achenbach reports.

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Poulter, Ryder Cup wow college crowd

Each year, the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational tries to wow the players and coaches.

Balicki to become 1st non-coach in GCAA HoF

Ron Balicki, who has covered college golf since joining Golfweek in 1983, will be one of seven inductees into the GCAA’s Hall of Fame this fall. He will be the first non-coach inducted.

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Player of the Week: Emily Campbell

Emily Campbell, of Carollton, Texas, shot 2-over 73 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., to win the Texas Junior Tour’s Sooner Junior by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Zachary Coats

Zachary Coats, of Springdale, Ark., shot 4-under 67 at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla., to win the Texas Junior Tour’s Sooner Junior by two shots.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best New Courses

2010 Golfweek’s Best New Courses

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Golfweek's Best New U.S. Courses

Huntsman Springs in Driggs, Idaho, showcases visionary design work, and trails only Old Macdonald on Golfweek’s Best New Courses list.

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Q&A: Mike Fox, Isleworth Collegiate director

Each year, it seems there is one tournament to which teams hope to score an invite.

Monday, October 25

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Georgia Tech retains lead at U.S. Collegiate

Paul Haley and Georgia Tech remain far in front at the U.S. Collegiate as they chase their first victory in their home event. Ron Balicki reports.

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Tubert posts 63 in Las Vegas, ties NCAA record

College life certainly is agreeing with Emily Tubert.

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Alabama leads by four at Isleworth Collegiate

Freshman Cory Whitsett and Alabama are all smiles at the Isleworth Collegiate, where the Tide is closing in on its second win of the year.

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Player of the week: Tiffany Lua

The UCLA sophomore earned her first collegiate victory after shooting 2-under 214 to share medalist honors with Virginia sophomore Brittany Altomare. Lua, who represented the U.S. at the Curtis Cup in June, made up ground in Round 3 with an even-par 72 as Altomare climbed to a 75.

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Team of the week: California

California posted rounds of 262-266-276 for a 48-under 804 total to win the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. The Golden Bears finished two shots better than San Diego State to win its second consecutive event.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The UCLA sophomore earned her first collegiate victory after shooting 2-under 214 to share medalist honors with Virginia sophomore Brittany Altomare. Lua, who represented the U.S. at the Curtis Cup in June, made up ground in Round 3 with an even-par 72 as Altomare climbed to a 75.

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Player of the week: Austin Gutgsell, LSU

Austin Gutgsell turned in a final-round 69 to claim a four-shot win over teammates Ken Looper and John Peterson at the David Toms Intercollegiate. Gutgsell, who is ranked No. 108 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, fired three rounds in the 60s to finish at 10-under 206 and lead LSU to the team title.

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For Cowboys, life without Uihlein isn’t easy

In terms of separation anxiety, Mike McGraw insists there’s very little.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 18-24, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Norman-Ochoa bidding for Olympic design project

Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa announced a design partnership with hopes of building the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Joo (No. 66, 2011) commits to Boston College

Katia Joo, of Rolling Hills, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Boston College in the fall of 2011. Joo also considered Northwestern, BYU and Brown.

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Manassero looking for visa to play HSBC

Matteo Manassero is scrambling to get a visa on short notice so he can play in the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai next week.

Q&A: Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada

Jeff Thompson, Golf Canada’s chief sport development officer, represents golf on the Canadian Olympic Committee.

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Parsons (N/R, 2011) commits to Oakland

Maya Parsons, of Whitby, Ontario, Canada, has given a verbal commitment to play at Oakland.

Duo leads Callaway to Industry Cup title

Who needs Phil Mickelson or Graeme McDowell, anyway?

Sunday, October 24

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Marsh wins second consecutive Stocker Cup

Kevin Marsh claimed his second straight Stocker Cup victory Sunday, overcoming a four-shot deficit entering the final round.

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What to watch for: Round 2 at Isleworth

I must admit, I’m a bit shocked after the Round 1 scores at the Isleworth Collegiate.

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Byrd aces 4th playoff hole to win Vegas event

Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth playoff hole Sunday to win the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

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Veteran Acosta captures Chile's national open

A professional since 1995 and competing on the Tour de las Americas for the past nine seasons, Argentina’s veteran Gustavo Acosta was finally able to celebrate a TLA victory by surviving a three-hole playoff for the title of the 84th Abierto de Chile Copa BCI – Chile’s National Open Championship.

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Couples shoots 63 to win Administaff Classic

Fred Couples left Corey Pavin and everybody else way behind in the Administaff Small Business Classic, shooting a 9-under 63 on Sunday for a seven-stroke victory.

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Coming of age

Matteo Manassero, 17, became the youngest winner on the European Tour with a four-shot victory Sunday at the Castello Masters. The future is now for the Italian teen who specializes in upstaging his elders.

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White takes 7-shot lead at U.S. Collegiate

Led by James White’s record 62, host Georgia Tech took a commanding lead after Round 1 of the U.S. Collegiate Championship.

5 Things: Ryder Cup, part of the complete breakfast

Call it the new breakfast of champions. England’s Ian Poulter, a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team, posted a video for his 1 million-plus Twitter followers in what he dubbed “Breakfast with the Ryder Cup.”

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Mathis wins Jax Open, secures Tour card

David Mathis closed with a 1-under 69 on Sunday to win the Jacksonville Open on the Nationwide Tour, earning more than enough money to secure his return to the PGA Tour next year.

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UCLA gets first win of the season at Landfall

Tiffany Lua and UCLA cruised to a five-shot victory Sunday at The Landfall Tradition. It’s the first win of the season for the Bruins.

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Yun paces Stanford to share of Isleworth lead

Andrew Yun birdied on the final hole Sunday to put Stanford in a share of the first-round lead at the Isleworth Collegiate. Sean Martin reports.

Pace retakes money-list lead with Sanya victory

Lee-Anne Pace of South Africa returned to the summit of European women’s golf on Sunday after shooting a 6-under 66 to win the Sanya Ladies Open.

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Yokomine lands timely ‘miracle’ at Masters GC Ladies

Regaining her spark, Sakura Yokomine snared a hole-in-one en route to victory in the Masters GC Ladies.

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Ikeda repeats at Bridgestone Open

Down two shots overnight, Yuta Ikeda made sure Sunday that he left home a winner again.

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Da Silva stars in Durban homecoming

Even persistent coastal showers and an approaching thunderstorm couldn’t derail Adilson da Silva’s round Sunday en route to victory – his second of the season – at the Suncoast Classic.

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Manassero, 17, wins Castello Masters by four

Matteo Manassero, 17, became the youngest winner on the European Tour with a four-shot win Sunday at the Castello Masters.

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Kang wins in Malaysia for 2nd LPGA title

Jimin Kang won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia for her second LPGA tour title, beating Juli Inkster by a stroke Sunday when the 50-year-old Hall of Famer bogeyed the final hole.

Saturday, October 23

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South Korea romps to 17-shot win at World Amateur

Korea romped to a 17-shot win at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, showing its increasing dominance in women’s golf.

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Laird leads Byrd by one at Timberlake

Martin Laird continued to play well in Las Vegas Saturday, moving closer to defending his title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open.

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Pavin out front at Administaff Classic

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Business Classic.

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Korea romps to 17-shot win at WWATC

Korea romped to a 17-shot win at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, showing its increasing dominance in women’s golf.

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Mills goes up two at Jacksonville Open

Jon Mills turned in a 4-under 66 Saturday, his second in a row, to take a two-shot lead at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.

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Boyd takes 2-shot lead at Castello Masters

England’s Gary Boyd shot a 9-under 63 to equal the course record and take the lead after the third round of the Castello Masters.

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Ryder Cup on display at Isleworth this week

Teams will be arriving today at Isleworth Golf and Country Club to check in for the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational hosted by Texas Tech. Each year, teams circle this event on their calendars for several reasons: the course, the gifts and the chance to catch a glimpse of some Tour pros, who typically come out to watch.

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Hjorth, Lee share midway lead in Malaysia

Maria Hjorth of Sweden and Jee Young Lee of South Korea share the lead after the second round of the Sime Darby LPGA at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

Friday, October 22

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Byrd (63) takes 1-shot lead at Timberlake

Jonathan Byrd shot an 8-under 63 on Friday at rain-softened TPC Summerlin to take the second-round lead at 13 under in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open.

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Mathis takes two-shot lead in Jacksonville

David Mathis took a step towards moving into the top 25 on the money list Friday, shooting 7-under 63 to take a two-shot lead at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.

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Koreans lead Team USA by 13 at WWATC

In another record-setting effort, South Korea took a 13-shot lead over Team USA at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

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Pavin takes one-shot lead at Administaff

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday for a 1-shot lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Administaff Small Business Classic.

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Miyazato, Lee take early lead in Malaysia

Japan’s Mika Miyazato and South Korea’s Jee Young Lee each shot 5-under 66 Friday to lead after the first round of the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia event at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

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Hedblom leads in Spain; Manassero 1 back

Peter Hedblom of Sweden shot a 7-under 64 Friday to take a one-shot after the second round of the Castello Masters.

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Non-stop European Tour schedule is overkill

I’ve been conducting a secret poll for the last year or so among the guys with whom I regularly play golf. My findings confirm what I’ve long suspected – there are too many tournaments on the European and PGA Tour circuits.

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College stars flock to Argentina for WWATC

The Women’s World Amateur Team Championship drew 38 college players to Argentina to compete for their countries. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Justice, Greenbrier face second lawsuit

Jim Justice and his Greenbrier Resort are facing another lawsuit, with the architect who oversaw the restoration of the Old White Course alleging non-payment.

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Events to watch: Landfall, Isleworth, U.S. Collegiate

It will be interesting to see what people refresh more over the weekend. Will it be their fantasy football scores, or – with three of the biggest college golf events of the season – will it be Golfstat?

Thursday, October 21

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Players trying to vault up money list in Vegas

In a city where people arrive every day to roll the dice and take their chances, a healthy list of PGA Tour members are doing likewise at TPC Summerlin.

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Five tied at 7 under at Las Vegas Open

Robert Garrigus, Will MacKenzie, Michael Letzig, John Senden and rookie Cameron Tringale shot 7-under 64s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, the fourth of five Fall Series events.

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Schupak: Remembering Donna Micheel

I never met Donna Micheel, mother of PGA Tour pro Shaun Micheel, but I felt like I knew her. She died this morning after an 18-month battle with lung cancer and its complications. She was 64.

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Bertsch leads Jacksonville Open after Round 1

Shane Bertsch shot an opening 6-under 64 at TPC Sawgrass’ Valley Course to take the first-round lead at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.

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Fowler closing in on Kodak Challenge title

While the Kodak Challenge may not get everyone excited, it may be the reason behind a Rickie Fowler schedule change. Jim McCabe explains.

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DeLaet gives fans something to sing about

It isn’t often that fans call for a national anthem after the competition has started. But that was the sort of excitement generated by Graham DeLaet’s pitch-in eagle.

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Alston (No. 83, 2011) commits to San Diego State

Amy Alston, of Mission Viejo, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for San Diego State in the fall of 2011. Alston is No. 83 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011.

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Perry set for Champions Tour debut in Texas

Kenny Perry had a bad feeling when his putter fell apart in his first PGA Tour event of the year, the SBS Championships in Hawaii.

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South Korea rockets into WWATC lead

South Korea vaulted into the lead Thursday at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship. Beth Ann Baldry was there.

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Guam among first-timers at WWATC

Guam is among the countries making its first appearance at the WWATC. Beth Ann Baldry explains how they got there.

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Paolucci, Park named AJGA Players of Year

USC commits Anthony Paolucci and Kristen Park were named Rolex Junior Players of the Year on Wednesday, capping a memorable year that included two AJGA invitational titles apiece.

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Lavin (No. 82, 2011) commits to Northwestern

Bennett Lavin, No. 82 in the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Northwestern.

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Lawrie, Gonzalez share Castello Masters lead

Paul Lawrie and Ricardo Gonzalez shot 7-under 64s to tie for the first-round lead at the Castello Masters.

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California, An hitting their strides this fall

After a bumpy start to the year, California has fought back with consecutive wins behind the solid play of freshman Ben An.

Thumbs up: Cal | Thumbs down: WWATC

There’s just a few weeks left in the fall season before players begin going home for turkey time. Before that, though, it’s time for another week of thumbs up and thumbs down.

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Monty sustains minor injuries in car crash

Scottish authorities say golfer Colin Montgomerie has sustained minor injuries in a car accident near Glasgow.

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Westwood to headline strong Nedbank field

Lee Westwood and major winners Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen will line up for Africa’s biggest prize in next month’s Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Wednesday, October 20

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Stakes are high as N’wide hits TPC Sawgrass

TPC Sawgrass was designed to test a player’s nerves. The famed 17th green wasn’t put in the middle of that lake just for aesthetics’ sake.

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Watney takes advantage of Rice sighting

It’s not uncommon to see hats being autographed and then worn at PGA Tour events.

Junior diary: Recovering from a busy summer

At the beginning of each school year, I often take a couple days to adjust to my daily routine, settle my mind, and then commit to school. However, the start of this year was different, as I felt extremely tired and it took more time than usual to settle my mind.

5 Things: Pyramids and lots of cash

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is teeing it up in Egypt this week on the European Challenge Tour. No, he isn’t down on his luck.

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Citing thumb, Kim WDs in Vegas; DiMarco in

If Chris DiMarco can follow Rocco Mediate’s lead and rejuvenate his career with a dramatic money-list jump, he could have Anthony Kim to thank.

USGA reinstates Walker Cup practice session

The U.S. Golf Association will conduct a three-day practice session next January for potential Walker Cup team members, reinstating the session after one was not held in advance of last year’s competition.

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Mahan extends deal with Under Armour

Hunter Mahan will extend his deal with Under Armour to make him the company’s face of golf for the foreseeable future, according to a Golfweek source.

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Garcia returns to Euro Tour rejuvenated after break

Two players take center stage at this week’s Castello Masters in Valencia, Spain. They just happen to be two of the biggest names in Spanish golf. All eyes will be on Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal as they embark on different comeback trails.

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Korda, Clanton steer U.S. to WWATC lead

Team USA, hoping to return to dominance at the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, leads by four after Day 1. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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TLA shifts to Chile for national open

Founded 114 years ago, the Granadilla Country Club serves as host this week at the 84 Abierto de Chile – Chile’s National Open Championship.

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Dusenberry (No. 47, 2012) commits to San Diego State

Kendall Dusenberry of Santa Clarita, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for San Diego State in the fall of 2012.

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AJGA announces Rolex Jr. All-Americans

The American Junior Golf Association announced its 2010 Rolex Junior All-American teams Wednesday.

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Golf and country

Teams from 53 nations are competing in the 24th Women’s World Amateur Team Championship this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Hoping to catch a glimpse of tomorrow's stars? This is the place to be.

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Els rallies late to win PGA Grand Slam title

Ernie Els won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Wednesday, making three straight birdies on the back nine for a one-shot victory over David Toms.

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Players on the bubble roll the dice at Vegas Tour stop

Introducing the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open, where you won’t hear the phrase “FedEx Cup points” mentioned once. No sir. This week, it’s a throwback in time, to when all that mattered on the PGA Tour was the money list.

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World top 5 face off in Kuala Lumpur

The battle for the world No. 1 intensifies this week in the inaugural Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. The 54-hole, no-cut event, played over the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s East Course starting Friday, features the top 10 players in the Rolex Rankings.

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Norman’s solution: Create 12-hole courses

Greg Norman is leading the call for a shift in the mindset of the golfing industry, citing 12-hole courses as a possibility for growing the game.

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Garcia rejuvenated after two-month break

Sergio Garcia returns from a two-month break with a renewed appetite for tournament golf at his hometown Castello Masters starting Thursday.

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Jager riding good form into Suncoast defense

Louis de Jager’s recent wave of success could not have come at a better time as he prepares to defend the Suncoast Classic title this weekend.

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An absent Davies gives opening for Pace in China

With Laura Davies competing at the LPGA event in Malaysia, Lee-Anne Pace can retake the top spot on the 2010 Ladies European Tour Henderson Money List this week at the inaugural Sanya Ladies Open in China.

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Cypher (No. 255, 2011) commits to Air Force

Garrett Cypher, who is a senior at Carlsbad (Calif.) High School, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the Air Force Academy.

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Gojuangco (No. 79, 2012) commits to Air Force

Bobby Gojuangco of San Diego has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the Air Force Academy.

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Els to focus on U.S. Tour in 2011

In an attempt to stay fresh and play more consistently, Ernie Els, 41, says he’ll finally focus on the PGA Tour in 2011. Jeff Rude explains.

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HSBC signs 5-year deal to sponsor Open

Continuing to increase its investment in golf, HSBC announced it has partnered with the R&A to become a major sponsor of the Open Championship.

Q&A: Notre Dame coach Jim Kubinski

Last year Notre Dame was a disappointment, failing to win the Big East Championship advance to an NCAA regional.

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Kim misses out on 2011 Euro Tour card

Anthony Kim of the United States missed out on getting his 2011 European Tour card.

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UNF’s Dale (knee) returns to play Jax Open

A knee injury helped University of North Florida junior Sean Dale participate in his first Nationwide Tour event.

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Olazabal unsure about Ryder Cup captaincy

Jose Maria Olazabal is unsure whether he will accept an invitation to captain the 2012 Europe Ryder Cup team.

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UT-Arlington travels in new Mercedes van

Add the Texas-Arlington men’s golf program to the list of nearly two dozen college golf teams riding in style.

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Hate to be Rude: Els to focus on U.S. Tour

In an attempt to stay fresh and play more consistently, Ernie Els, 41, says he’ll finally focus on the PGA Tour in 2011. Jeff Rude explains.

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Will Joiner (N/R, 2011) commits to Marquette

Will Joiner, of Brentwood, Tenn., has given a verbal commitment to play at Marquette.

Tuesday, October 19

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Contractor sues Greenbrier for $1.275 million

The Greenbrier Hotel Corp. has been sued by a golf course construction contractor claiming $1.275 million is due for unpaid labor and materials, Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Cal goes low, captures MacKenzie for 2nd win

Led by freshman Byeong-Hun An, California held off hard-charging San Diego State on Oct. 19 to win the Alister MacKenzie Invitational for its second consecutive victory.

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Notes: Chappell earns promotion to PGA Tour

Two years after he led UCLA to an NCAA title, Kevin Chappell is headed to the PGA Tour.

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Is there a winner’s curse in Vegas?

You would think the winners of the PGA Tour stop in Las Vegas – aka the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – had hit the jackpot.

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LSU, Gutgsell win David Toms Intercollegiate

With three players at the top of the leaderboard, LSU withstood a final-round charge by Arkansas to win the David Toms Intercollegiate for the second consecutive year.

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Toms leads Els by 1 at PGA Grand Slam

David Toms, an alternate, opened with a 4-under 67 Tuesday to take a one-shot lead over Ernie Els in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

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Isleworth Collegiate offers unique experience

Asher Wildman explains why the Isleworth Collegiate is unlike any event in college golf.

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Nike enhances VR line with new forged irons

Nike is introducing two sets of forged VR irons that are eye-catching updates of previous Nike design concepts. James Achenbach reports.

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Johnson readies for N’wide debut at Sawgrass

About the only thing Michael Johnson remembers from his rousing triumph at TPC Sawgrass was his 20-footer on the 18th hole of The Players Stadium Course. Everything else, it seems, is one euphoric blur.

Monday, October 18

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Pizetoski (No. 88, 2011) commits to Richmond

Danny Pizetoski, who is the ninth-ranked junior golfer in the state of North Carolina, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of Richmond.

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Lowenstein (NR, 2011) commits to Minnesota

Tyler Lowenstein has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Minnesota.

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Els wants to travel less, focus on PGA Tour

Ernie Els will concentrate on playing the PGA Tour next year.

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Hyundai nearing PGA Tour sponsorship

Hyundai is close to assuming title sponsorship of the SBS Championship at Kapalua in January.

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Woods at peace, hoping to end year with win

Tiger Woods says he is more at peace with himself than at the start of his season, and he is hopeful his year will not end without a victory.

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Favorite hotels of a road-weary traveler

Spending half the year on the road has made Bradley S. Klein appreciate the details. Check out his list of top hotels.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 11-17, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

UT-Arlington captures Lone Star Invite

Texas-Arlington won the Lone Star Invitational on Monday, shooting a final-round 286 to beat Notre Dame by seven shots.

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PGA of America expands partnership with Southworth

The PGA of America announced that Southworth Development will become title sponsor of the Senior PGA Professional National Championship and the 41 Section Championships conducted nationwide beginning in 2011.

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U.S. Collegiate returns this year as fall event

After a yearlong break, the U.S. Collegiate returns to the college schedule, now as a fall event. Ron Balicki reports.

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Fila Golf extends deal with LPGA’s Lewis

Apparel maker Fila Golf announced the extension of its sponsorship agreement with LPGA player Stacy Lewis.

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HSBC signs 5-year deal to sponsor Open

Continuing to increase its investment in golf, HSBC announced it has partnered with the R&A to become a major sponsor of the Open Championship.

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Player of the Week: Noriko Inoue

Noriko Inoue, of Tokyo, Japan, shot 5-over 145 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., to win the IJGT event by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Stan Gautier

Stan Gautier, of Paris, France, shot 4-under 136 at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, Fla., to win the IJGT event by five shots.

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Jertson engineers run to Timberlake berth

Golf club manufacturers can boast many skilled players among their full-time employees, but not many have played in a PGA Tour event.

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Player of the week: Ellen Mueller, Oklahoma

The Sooners senior won the Dale McNamara Invitational for her first college victory. Mueller led wire-to-wire to win by seven shots over Tulsa’s Kristina Merkle. Mueller posted rounds of 67-73-69 for a 7-under 209 total to set the 54-hole tournament school record.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma

The Sooners won the Dale McNamara Invitational in a blowout, posting rounds of 292-291-294 to finish at 13-over 877 and 23 shots better than second-place finishers Oklahoma State and Texas. The victory was Oklahoma’s first win under second-year head coach Veronique Drouin.

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Player of the week: Andrew Yun, Stanford

The Cardinal sophomore won his first college tournament with a strong performance at The Prestige at PGA West. Yun shot rounds of 70-69-65 to finish at 12-under 204 to win by six shots over Arizona State’s Thomas Buran. Yun’s week included 15 birdies to just three bogeys, and his final round 7-under 65 was bogey free.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma State

After a sluggish start, the Cowboys rallied in the final two rounds to win the Jack Nicklaus Invitational. Oklahoma State posted the lowest final round score (284) to win by six shots over Illinois. It is the Cowboys’ second consecutive win this fall, after claiming the title at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in their last start.

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Junior blog: Back from Scotland, back to real life

I have been sooo busy with life! The Junior Ryder Cup was absolutely amazing, and I have no idea how to even explain how much fun it was.

Lingering questions in the college game

The college golf season is in full swing, and there have been plenty of surprises and highlights so far. However, there are still plenty of questions that are open for debate.

Sunday, October 17

Man dies after being struck with golf ball

Authorities say a man who was hit in the head with a golf ball at a Southern California country club has died.

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5 Things: Roccin’ eagles

How did Rocco Mediate manage to win the Frys.com Open for his first victory since 2002? With a spectacular shot in each of the four rounds. All for eagle, no less.

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Recari wins CVS Challenge for 1st LPGA title

Spain’s Beatriz Recari won the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, overcoming soggy conditions and a late bogey for a one-stroke victory over France’s Gwladys Nocera.

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Etulain's 36-footer secures 2nd career title

Argentina's Julian Etulain defeated countryman Agustin Jauretche by sinking a 36-footer for eagle on the 73rd hole of the Abierto Internacional Hacienda Chicureo.

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Late eagle propels Mediate to Frys.com title

Rocco Mediate holed out for eagle – again – on the 17th hole Sunday to capture the Frys.com Open for his first win since 2002.

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Virginia wins by four at The Ridges

Virginia won its second tournament of the fall Oct. 17, cruising to a four-shot victory at the Bank of Tennessee at The Ridges. It’s the first time in three years the Cavs have won multiple events in a season.

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Martin back on track after strong Portugal showing

The best is yet to come from Spain’s Pablo Martin. Count on it. Martin might not have won the Portugal Masters, but the fact he got into contention proves his game – and his life – is getting back on track.

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Gore wins Miccosukee, 7th Nationwide title

Jason Gore won his seventh Nationwide Tour title Sunday at the Miccosukee Championship, giving him the most wins in tour history.

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Sources: Olympia Fields gets 2015 U.S. Am

Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club will host the 2015 U.S. Amateur, sources told Golfweek. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Rookie Harding claims wire-to-wire victory

It was a week to remember for Justin Harding. The Sunshine Tour rookie rocked back and forth but still claimed his first tour victory Oct. 15 at the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf Final.

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Green closes with 65 to win Portugal Masters

Richard Green shot a 65 Sunday to win the Portugal Masters over a group of four players two strokes back.

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Money player

In fifth place overnight, Kim Kyung-tae of South Korea shot a course record Sunday to capture the Japan Tour’s signature event: the Japan Open. Augusta-bound amateur Hideki Matsuyama impressed the golf world again by finishing T-3.

Ahn extends money-list lead with 4th victory

There’s just no stopping Ahn Sun-ju. The rising Korean star continued her remarkable rich vein of form with a runaway seven-shot success Sunday in the Fujitsu Ladies.

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Felton toasts return to form with vintage victory

After spending much of the year working in a friend’s wine shop, Kim Felton became OneAsia’s first Australian champion of the year with a two-stroke victory Sunday at the Midea China Classic.

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Harrington ends drought with Johor Open win

Padraig Harrington earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning the Asian Tour’s Iskandar Johor Open by three strokes over Noh Seung-yul of South Korea.

Saturday, October 16

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Mediate leads Van Pelt by 3 at Frys.com

Thanks to yet another unlikely eagle, Rocco Mediate shot a 67 Saturday to retain a three-shot lead at the Frys.com Open.

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Lee, Redman, Recari lead CVS Challenge

Michele Redman holed out from 126 yards for an eagle on the par-4 18th hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a share of the third-round lead in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge with Spain’s Beatriz Recari and South Korea’s Ilhee Lee.

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Gore shoots 65, leads Miccosukee by two

Jason Gore shot a third-round 65 to take a two-shot lead over David Hearn at the Miccosukee Championship.

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Park (No. 2, 2011) commits to USC

Kristen Park, No. 2 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011 and No. 3 overall, has verbally committed to USC. Park lives only 40 minutes from the USC campus, in nearby Buena Park, Calif.

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Tyner (No. 93, 2011) commits to Memphis

John Luke Tyner, No. 93 in the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Memphis.

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Martin takes 3-shot Portugal Masters lead

Pablo Martin of Spain shot a 9-under 63 Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Portugal Masters.

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Harrington grows lead to 5 in Malaysia

Padraig Harrington overcame a sore neck to shoot a 4-under 68 Saturday and take a five-shot lead after the third round of the Iskandar Johor Open.

Friday, October 15

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Rookies Nocera, Recari lead CVS Challenge

Rookies Gwladys Nocera and Beatriz Recari each shot a 6-under 66 on Friday and were tied for the lead after the second round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, taking advantage of a rough day for Brittany Lincicome.

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Mediate leads by three at Frys.com Open

Rocco Mediate turned in a 6-under 65 Friday to increase his lead to three strokes at the Frys.com Open.

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Bradley takes one-shot Miccosukee lead

Keegan Bradley shot a 4-under 67 Friday to take the lead after Round 2 at the Miccosukee Championship in Miami.

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Notes: USGA Senior Women’s Am wrap-up

What was in the bag of the two finalists at the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur?

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Womble (No. 14, 2012) commits to Wake Forest

Davis Womble, the 14th-ranked player in the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Wake Forest.

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Lafeber takes 2-shot lead at Portugal Masters

Maarten Lafeber of Netherlands shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Portugal Masters on Friday.

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Harrington stays out front in Asian Tour event

Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington shot a 5-under 67 to take the lead after the second round at the Iskandar Johor Open.

N’wide players close in on Tour cards

Only two events remain on the Nationwide Tour after this week. The top 25 money earners at season’s end will earn PGA Tour cards. Here are a handful of young players who’ve gotten hot at the right time, and are on the verge of their first PGA Tour cards.

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Daytona State redefines JUCO women’s golf

Unbeaten in three Division I-dominant events this fall, Daytona State College is redefining the junior college experience. Julie Williams explains.

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Musings and mumblings from the Euro Tour

Ernie Els won’t play in the European Tour’s season-ending Dubai World Championship, but will play in the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda next week. Doesn’t say much for the European Tour’s much-vaunted Race to Dubai, does it?

Thursday, October 14

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Galea indicted on 5 counts of drug smuggling

A high-profile Canadian sports doctor charged earlier this year with smuggling unapproved drugs into the United States to treat professional athletes was formally indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury in Buffalo.

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Lincicome opens with 61 at LPGA Challenge

Brittany Lincicome shot an 11-under 61 on Thursday, recording the tour’s best round of the season on the first day of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.

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Mediate’s ace leads to early Frys.com lead

Rocco Mediate had a hole-in-one and shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the first round of the Frys.com Open.

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Svoboda, Jobe lead Miccosukee with 63s

Andrew Svoboda and Brandt Jobe opened with 8-under 63s to take the first-round lead at the Miccosukee Championship in Miami.

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Watson’s father loses battle with throat cancer

For a guy who concedes he’s very emotional, Bubba Watson did not make it easy on himself. A whirlwind of successful golf – his first PGA Tour win, a playoff loss at the PGA Championship, a heartfelt debut in the Ryder Cup – thrust him into the spotlight over the last few months and on each occasion he had to choke back tears.

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Ohio State, Xavier climb 2010 rankings

Ohio State and Xavier have made some of the biggest moves up the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings in 2010. Sean Martin reports.

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Commentary: Hahn playing with unburdened purpose

Two years ago, James Hahn was playing mini tours with $288 to his name. Today he’s in line for a PGA Tour card. Sean Martin explains.

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Hardin beats Frazier at Senior Women’s Am

Mina Hardin won the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur Thursday, and is the first Mexican woman to own a USGA title. James Achenbach reports.

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Karlsson among three tied for Portugal lead

Robert Karlsson, Johan Edfors and Maarten Lafeber led the Portugal Masters after shooting opening rounds of 64 Thursday.

Longtime Chicago Tribune golf writer dies at 64

Former Chicago Tribune golf writer Reid Hanley died today. He lost a battle to lung cancer. Golf lost a dear friend.

Events to watch: Ridges, Lone Star, David Toms

Three events to watch this weekend:

At CordeValle, starters are top-notch

With apologies to the British Open’s famed first tee announcer Ivor Robsen, the Frys.com Open has the best pair of volunteer tee announcers in golf this week.

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Paddy posts 64 for share of lead in Malaysia

Padraig Harrington had two eagles on the last three holes to shoot an 8-under 64 Thursday and take the first-round lead at the Iskandar Johor Open.

Wednesday, October 13

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Euro Tour ups membership requirements

In what might be seen as a way to keep its members playing on the European Tour more often, the tour’s Tournament Committee voted Wednesday to increase the number of events needed for full membership from 12 to 13.

Oklahoma notches big win at Dale McNamara

Oklahoma notched a commanding win Wednesday at the Dale McNamara Invitational, beating second-place Oklahoma State by 23 shots.

Purdue ends fall with Lady Northern win

Four Purdue players finished in the top 5 at the Lady Northern on Oct. 12 as the Boilermakers won their second consecutive tournament this fall. It’s the third straight Lady Northern title for Purdue.

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Kerr poised to regain top ranking at CVS

With four of her top five closest competitors taking the week off, Cristie Kerr is poised to once again take over the No. 1 ranking in women’s golf.

5 Things: Obama vs. Cameron, the Ryder Cup aftermath

Victorious European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie said he will give golf lessons to British Prime Minister David Cameron in preparation for a match Cameron plans against U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Frazier, Hardin in Senior Women’s Am final

Alexandra Kent Frazier will be the underdog in the final match at the U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur. As James Achenbach explains, it’s familiar territory.

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Fowler seeking 1st PGA Tour win at Frys.com

Rickie Fowler came close to winning his first PGA tournament at the Frys.com Open when it was held in Scottsdale, Ariz. He's hoping a different site will bring a different result.

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Fowler hoping to get first win at Frys.com

Rickie Fowler came close to winning his first PGA tournament at the Frys.com Open when it was held in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Steel determined to upstage stars at Johor Open

Iain Steel of Malaysia welcomes the Asian Tour to his backyard this week. He goes against a juggernaut of a field in the Iskandar Johor Open that includes defending champion K.J. Choi, two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington. The US$1.25 million will be held at the Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club.

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Asian tours’ rivalry undermines region’s potential

Rather than showcasing the region’s depth of talent, the clash among the Asian Tour’s US$1.25 million Iskandar Johor Open, OneAsia’s US$1 million Midea China Classic and the Japan Golf Tour’s flagship US$2.3 million Japan Open serves only to highlight the fractured state of the game.

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Q&A: Trevor Derrheim, Founder of 59 belts

Want to bring a bit of attitude along on your next visit to the golf course? The key is on your belt, and Trevor Derrheim has the belts everyone is longing for.

Transgender woman sues LPGA

A transgender woman is suing the LPGA over a requirement which states all competitors must be “female at birth.”

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Patience rewards Harding at ‘Origins’ finale

Being a tournament’s first alternate is a game of waiting and hoping. That patience paid off for Justin Harding, who held a 3-shot lead after the first round of the Vodacom Business Origins of Golf Final at Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa. He made the field of the Sunshine Tour event after Eugen Marugi withdrew.

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Portugal Masters sharpens focus on keeping cards

It’s crunch time folks, the time of year when European Tour pros pull out calculators and spend time scanning the money list to see what they have to do to retain playing rights for 2011.

Who is former Long Drive champ Lana Lawless?

It has been a bizarre year in golf, highlighted by a player with a broken leg winning the U.S. Open. Hard to believe, but it was the only major championship of the year captured by an American.

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Mallon to captain 2011 Jr. Solheim Cup team

Meg Mallon, who retired from the LPGA in July, will captain the 2011 Ping Junior Solheim Cup team for the United States.

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Liang seeks season’s third victory at China Classic

Liang Wen-chong, already with three career OneAsia victories, bids to defend his title at the US$1 million Midea China Classic, which begins Thursday.

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Garrido cruises at Sport Francés Open

José Manuel Garrido of Colombia couldn’t be caught Monday in the final round of the Sport Francés Open, the ninth event of the Tour de las Americas season.

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National honor

At this week's Japan Open, the country's top pros and amateurs have much at stake. For Ryo Ishikawa, it's a chance to close in on another money-title, and Hideki Matsuyama can prove that his Asian Amateur win was no fluke. In other words, it's all about pride.

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Auction fetches $212M for Sea Island

Competing bidders ended up banding together Monday to negotiate a deal to jointly buy Sea Island Co. for $212.4 million at an auction intended to settle the Georgia luxury resort operator's bankruptcy case.

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Kaymer challenges Westwood for top ranking

By not playing, and through a gradual reduction of points, Lee Westwood will have a higher average than Tiger Woods in the ranking published Nov. 1. But that doesn't guarantee Westwood will be atop the world ranking for the first time in his career. Martin Kaymer moved to No. 4 with his fourth win of the year at the Dunhill Links, and the 25-year-old German can go to No. 1 if he wins the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama the last weekend in October.

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Commentary: Monty misses mark on European dominance

Colin Montgomerie fails at Ryder Cup history when he lauds his European team as having ended America’s dominance, Jim McCabe writes.

Rude: A tearful farewell to ‘Aunty Helen’

I don’t feel like writing about golf today, not directly anyway. I feel like writing about influence, the kind that can shape a life and a career.

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Callaway bets on India’s growing middle class

Mainstream golf is still in its infancy in India. But recent moves by Callaway Golf Co. show that the global equipment maker plans to be there for the long haul.

Thumbs up: Purdue | Thumbs down: WF

Wildman goes through this week's thumbs up and thumbs down.

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McDonald-Smith (No. 102, 2011) commits to Penn State

Xander McDonald-Smith has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Penn State. McDonald-Smith is the No. 4-ranked junior player in the state of New York and ranked No. 102 in the 2011 class.

Tuesday, October 12

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Strong field set for Tiger-hosted tourney

Tiger Woods will join two major champions and at least a dozen players from both Ryder Cup teams in his Chevron World Challenge in December at Sherwood Country Club.

At Senior Am, Grigg reflects on past tragedy

It is haunting yet predictable that often we remember the exact years in which famous people died – for example, John F. Kennedy in 1963 and Martin Luther King in 1968.

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Bickell (No. 101, 2011) commits to Nevada

Taylor Bickell, ranked No. 101 in the 2011 class, has given a verbal commitment to play at the University of Nevada.

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Notes: More money needed to keep Tour card

It’s going to take a lot more money to stay on the PGA Tour this year.

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The story behind Fiddlesticks Country Club

Fiddlesticks, eh? ith the 2010 U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur being played here at Fiddlesticks Country Club, there are two obvious questions: Where did the name Fiddlesticks come from? What does it mean?

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Auburn earns first team title at Jerry Pate

Auburn had three top-5 finishers en route to a victory Oct. 12 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate. Tigers freshman Niclas Carlsson was medalist.

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OK State tops field at Jack Nicklaus Invite

Oklahoma State captured the Jack Nicklaus Invitational on Oct. 12, its second team title of the fall. Peter Uihlein, Golfweek’s top-ranked player, posted another runner-up finish.

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Toms replaces Oosthuizen at PGA Grand Slam

Former PGA champion David Toms will replace reigning British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen in the field at next week’s PGA Grand Slam of Golf. Oosthuizen withdrew from the event after damaging ligaments in his left ankle.

Monty misses mark on European 'dominance'

Colin Montgomerie fails at Ryder Cup history when he lauds his European team as having ended America’s dominance, Jim McCabe writes.

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‘Masters of college golf’? Brickyard aims high

In most places, college golf suffers from a lack of identity. Not here in Macon. And not during Brickyard Week. Steve Harmon explains.

Q&A: Indiana coach Mike Mayer

Today in Wildman’s Corner, I’m joined by Mike Mayor, head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. The IU coach has had some excitement the last couple of weeks with the Hoosiers playing well, and an inside-the-ropes look at the Ryder Cup.

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Commentary: Long journey leads Summerhays to PGA Tour

After jump-starting his season with a runner-up finish in Athens, Daniel Summerhays is headed to the PGA Tour. Ron Balicki reports.

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Wingo (No. 43, 2011) commits to Notre Dame

Tyler Wingo, No. 43 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

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Monty hails Europe’s rise after Ryder Cup win

Lee Westwood’s imminent rise to the world No. 1 ranking will cap a year in which golf’s balance of power has tipped from America back to Europe, Colin Montgomerie said on Tuesday.

Monday, October 11

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Player of the Week: Kristen Park

Kristen Park, of Buena Park, Calif., shot 5-under 211 (74-70-67) at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., to win the Ping Invitational by five shots.

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Player of the Week: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth, of Dallas, shot 8-under 208 (69-69-70) at Karsten Creek Club Stillwater, Okla., to win the Ping Invitational by nine shots.

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Former LPGA executive joins OneAsia

OneAsia, an emerging pro circuit based in Hong Kong, has hired former LPGA executive Rob Neal as its chief business officer.

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Thompson cruising in 112th USGA event

The U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur is Carol Semple Thompson’s 112th USGA event. James Achenbach reports.

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‘Tough’ Karsten Creek already prepped for NCAAs

A tough Karsten Creek offers a preview of what's to come at the NCAA Championships. Ron Balicki reports.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 4-10, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Rater’s notebook: Cape Fear National

Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest dazzles as it distracts. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Spieth, Park soar to AJGA Ping Invite titles

Jordan Spieth picked up his first major win since the 2009 U.S. Junior Monday at the Ping Invitational. Spieth won by nine shots, while Kristen Park won the girls’ division.

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Greens and Gridirons: University of Washington

Four Cal Bears enjoy affordable golf diamonds, and scenic Husky Stadium, in the Emerald City. Blaine Newnham reports.

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Iowa wins Myers Invite, 3rd straight start

Iowa won its third straight start Monday at the Rod Myers Invitational at The Duke Golf Club.

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Dryburgh (No. 48, 2011) commits to Tulane

Gemma Dryburgh, No. 48 in the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Tulane.

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Player of the week: Russell Henley, Georgia

The Bulldogs senior earned his first individual title of the season Oct. 10 at the Brickyard Collegiate. The Macon, Ga., native, playing in front of a partisan crowd, shot 10-under 206 at the Brickyard to beat Augusta State’s Carter Newman by four shots. Before the victory, Henley was No. 77 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Team of the week: Georgia

After a shaky start to the season, the Bulldogs captured their first team title of the fall Oct. 10 at the Brickyard Collegiate in Macon, Ga. Georgia, No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, shot a three-round total of 7-under 857 to edge hard-charging Augusta State, the defending NCAA champion, by a shot. Led by senior All-American Russell Henley, Georgia won for the 45th time under coach Chris Haack, a new school record. The Bulldogs finished sixth at the season-opening Carpet Capital Collegiate and third at the Ping/Golfweek Preview at Karsten Creek before leading wire-to-wire at the Brickyard.

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Player of the week: Brooke Pancake, Alabama

The Crimson Tide junior earned her first career title after defeating LSU’s Megan McChrystal on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff at the Tar Heel Invitational. Pancake, who hasn’t finished worse than ninth in three starts this season, is No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Team of the week: Alabama

The Crimson Tide, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, earned its second team title of the season Oct. 10 at the Tar Heel Invitational, completing a dominant wire-to-wire victory in Chapel Hill, N.C. Alabama, led by junior Brooke Pancake, shot a three-round total of 11-under 277 for a 12-shot victory over No. 1 LSU at Finley Golf Course. Three Alabama players – Pancake, Camilla Lennarth (T-3) and Jennifer Kirby (T-6) – finished in the top 6 in leading Alabama to its second victory this fall, following a triumph at the season-opening NCAA Fall Preview.

Top three college performances this fall

The season is still early, but there have been some impressive performances thus far. Here are three that have caught my eye:

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Commentary: Love story plays out at Sea Island, McGladrey

From Wales to Sea Island, Davis Love III capped a memorable week as tournament host of the McGladrey Classic. Adam Schupak reports.

Sunday, October 10

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Thompson wins Senior PGA Pro title

Robert Thompson won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship on Sunday, shooting a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over James Blair and Mark Faulkner on the Toscana Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature South Course.

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New Callaway woods surface at McGladrey

A few weeks ago, Graeme McDowell tweeted about the new Callaway Diablo Octane Tour driver when he made an appearance at the Callaway National Sales Meeting. Now the club has started to show up in bags on the PGA Tour. Matt Kuchar, who is not a Callaway paid ambassador, carried the fairway wood in his bag at the Tour Championship.

Gardiner wins Chattanooga Classic in playoff

Australia’s Scott Gardiner won the Chattanooga Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, beating Joe Affrunti with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.

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Spieth, Kim out front at AJGA Ping Invite

Jordan Spieth is closing in on his first significant junior title in more than a year, and Kyung Kim maintained her lead Sunday in the AJGA Ping Invitational at Karsten Creek.

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Late rally helps Hull capture Navistar LPGA

Katherine Hull rallied to win the Navistar LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second career LPGA victory. Brittany Lincicome was a shot back.

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Molina claims glory in home country at YPF Classic

MENDOZA, Argentina – Making only two bogeys all week and carding four rounds in the 60’s – 67-69-68-68 – Mauricio Molina of Argentina comfortably took a three-stroke victory Sunday at the YPF Classic. The tournament was co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the TPG Tour of Argentina at the Golf Club Andino.

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Slocum hangs on for McGladrey Classic win

Heath Slocum won the McGladrey Classic on Sunday by knocking in a 60-foot birdie putt on No. 16 just as his challengers were fading away.

5 Things: Davies, 47, still dominating LET

Veteran Englishwoman Laura Davies is making a concerted effort to win the Ladies European Tour's Order of Merit for the eighth time.

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Lady Vols win 2nd straight Mercedes-Benz

Tennessee is proving to be a tough team to knock off on home soil. The Lady Vols won their own Mercedes-Benz Championship Sunday for the second straight year, beating Arkansas by 20 shots.

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Georgia holds off Augusta St., wins Brickyard

Led by Russell Henley, Georgia held off NCAA champion Augusta State to win the Brickyard Collegiate on Oct. 10. Steve Harmon reports.

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Kaymer notches third straight victory

Lee Westwood will claim world No. 1 soon, but it's Martin Kaymer who is the globe's most dominate player.

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Alabama women run away with Tar Heel title

Alabama never gave the field a chance Oct. 10 at the Tar Heel Invitational, completing a wire-to-wire victory for its second team title of the season.

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O’Meara wins playoff for 1st Champions title

Mark O’Meara earned his first Champions Tour title Sunday at the Senior Players after nine runner-up finishes on the over-50 tour.

Ahn outduels compatriot Park in playoff

Ahn Sun-ju outgunned fellow Korean Park Inbee Sunday to capture the 100 million yen (about US $1.15 million) Sankyo Ladies Open title in a playoff.

Yokota tops Ishikawa in Canon Open

Unheralded Shinichi Yokota ended a 13-year victory drought Sunday, pulling off an upset win in the Canon Open. Holding off the challenge of Japan Golf Tour money leader Ryo Ishikawa, the 38-year-old Yokota surprised himself by emerging triumphant at the Totsuka Country Club.

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Masters date set for Asian Amateur winner Matsuyama

Japanese teenager Hideki Matsuyama was walking tall after scoring an emphatic victory Sunday in the second Asian Amateur Championship.

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Cayeux hopeful of resuming career after deadly crash

Marc Cayeux's injuries from a horrific car accident last month hasn't deterred his passion to play on tour. The nine-time Sunshine Tour winner is still hoping to resume his playing career next February.

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Kaymer undecided on PGA Tour membership

Germany’s Martin Kaymer says he has not decided whether to join the PGA Tour next year.

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Home sweet home

After a disappointing season on the U.S. PGA Tour, Y.E. Yang is finding comfort on the OneAsia Tour. Down 10 shots overnight, the South Korean won his second title of the year after carding 66 Sunday in the Kolon Korea Open.

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Kim (No. 144, 2011) commits to Oregon State

Scott Kim has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oregon State. Kim decided on Oregon State after considering Washington, Gonzaga and Idaho.

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Westwood to claim world No. 1 on Oct. 31

Lee Westwood is set to replace Tiger Woods at the top of the rankings Oct. 31 after saying Sunday he does not expect to play again until November because of an ankle injury.

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Kaymer wins Dunhill Links, 3rd straight event

After winning this year’s PGA Championship, Martin Kaymer won his third straight stroke-play event Sunday at St. Andrews.

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Matsuyama wins Asian Am, spot in Masters

Hideki Matsuyama secured his spot at Augusta National next year with a 5-shot win at the Asian Amateur Championship at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan.

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Yang stages comeback to win Korea Open

Y.E. Yang, the 2009 PGA champion, shot a 5-under 66 on Sunday to complete a stunning comeback and win the Korea Open.

Saturday, October 9

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Colorado wins home event after car accident

Colorado won the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Invitational in record-setting fashion Saturday after five players were involved in a multi-car accident the night before the final round.

Hamilton making a name for himself on Tour

We all know Alexander Hamilton as the face of the $10 bill, but James Alexander Hamilton III, the golfer, is not quite as recognizable.

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Kerr leads Navistar, eyes third win of 2010

Cristie Kerr moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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Pernice still up to the challenge of the PGA Tour

Tom Pernice Jr. isn’t ready to turn his badge in just yet.

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Slocum moves ahead at McGladrey

Chasing his first Tour win since last year’s playoffs, Heath Slocum took a one-shot lead Saturday at the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island.

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Affrunti leads Chattanooga Classic by one

Joe Affrunti retained his lead at the Chattanooga Classic on Saturday and will take a one-shot advantage over David Bradshaw into the final round.

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Schniederjans, Kim start fast at Ping Invite

Oliver Schniederjans took the lead Saturday on the boys’ side of the Ping Invitational while Kyung Kim put up a course-record 65 at Karsten Creek to lead the girls’ division by three shots.

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Notes: Highlights from the USGA Senior Am

Paul Simson of Raleigh, N.C., has attained a remarkable goal, although some golf fans are too narrow-minded to realize the magnitude of Simson’s achievement.

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O’Meara builds two-shot lead at Sr. Players

Mark O’Meara, chasing his first Champions Tour victory, holds a two-shot lead at the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.

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Parry leads Dunhill Links; Kaymer two back

John Parry’s lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship was halved to two strokes Saturday after the Englishman shot a 1-under 71 in the third round.

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Teen Noh leads Korea Open by five shots

South Korea teenager Seung-yul Noh shot a 1-under 70 Saturday for a five-stroke lead after the third round of the Korea Open.

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Matsuyama takes 3-shot lead at Asian Am

Hideki Matsuyama stormed into the lead Saturday at the Asian Amateur, putting up a 6-under 65 amid a torrential downpour to take a three-shot lead.

Friday, October 8

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Affrunti leads by three in Chattanooga

Thanks to a stretch that included five birdies in six holes, Joe Affrunti took a three-shot lead at the Chattanooga Classic on Friday. Affrunti fired a second-round 66 at Black Creek Club to finish Round 2 three shots ahead of Ryan Armour and Ted Potter, Jr.

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Mika Miyazato (63) shares lead at Navistar

Japan’s Mika Miyazato shot a 9-under 63 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead in the Navistar LPGA Classic with Na Yeon Choi and Cristie Kerr.

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Simson ‘overwhelmed’ by U.S. Senior support

After his victory Thursday in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, Paul Simson flew home to Raleigh, N.C., with his trophy and headed directly to dinner at North Ridge Country Club.

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Toms takes one-shot lead at McGladrey

David Toms showed how much he enjoys golf in the South Friday by taking a one-shot lead at the McGladrey Classic.

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Cochran leads Sr. Players after record 64

Buoyed by birdies on the first five holes, Russ Cochran shot a course-record 6-under 64 to take a one-shot lead at the Senior Players Championship on Friday.

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Woods opens learning centers in D.C.

Tiger Woods has a reason to smile during his difficult year – his foundation is opening two learning centers in the nation’s capital.

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Parry builds four-shot lead at Dunhill Links

John Parry shot a 7-under 65 on the Old Course at St. Andrews Friday to take a four-shot lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Blasey (No. 207, 2011) commits to Davidson

Ralph Blasey, of Kensington, Md., has given a verbal commitment to Davidson College in North Carolina. Blasey also made visits to the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Georgetown, William & Mary and Richmond.

Junior Fantasy picks: Ping Invitational

Only two invitationals remain on the AJGA schedule, so it’s time to make a late-season push in the Junior Fantasy rankings. The penultimate tournament is the AJGA Ping Invitational, Oct. 9-11 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla. Our Golfweek staffers make their picks:

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Unsung freshmen making an early impact

Freshmen like Colorado’s Kristin Coleman are shining in their first semester on campus. Julie Williams introduces three more unsung newcomers.

In this issue: Oct. 8, 2010

Inside the Oct. 1, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Cal retains golf program amid budget cuts

College golf dodged a bullet last week.

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Lam takes one-shot lead at Asian Amateur

Lam Zhiqun shot a 5-under 66 Friday to take a one-shot lead at the Asian Amateur.

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Billionaire Huizenga buys Frederica resort

Billionaire entrpreneur Wayne Huizenga is the new owner of coastal Georgia’s Frederica Club, a 2,500-acre golf resort built by the Sea Island Co.

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Commentary: Olazabal’s health only issue for Ryder captaincy

Only one thing can stop Jose Maria Olazabal from becoming the next European Ryder Cup captain: the man himself.

Thursday, October 7

Three share lead at Senior PGA Professional

James Blair III, Mark Faulkner and Billy Rosinia shot 5-under 67s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

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Kerr grabs one-shot lead at Navistar LPGA

LPGA Championship winner Cristie Kerr shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel, Anna Nordqvist and Dorothy Delasin in the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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Demsey leads Chattanooga Classic by two

Todd Demsey jumped to a two-shot lead Thursday at the Chattanooga Classic after a 10-under 62 at Black Creek Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Rollins leads by one at McGladrey Classic

Bumped unceremoniously from the FedEx Cup playoffs, John Rollins grabbed the first-round lead Thursday at the McGladrey Classic.

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Curley (NR, 2011) commits to Virginia Tech

Miles Curley has given a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech. Curley also made unofficial visits to Winthrop, Wofford and the College of Charleston.

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Kite takes one-shot lead at Senior Players

Tom Kite shot a 3-under 67 in calm morning conditions Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow early starters Mark O’Meara, Michael Allen and Joe Ozaki in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the season.

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A sneak peek at the Golfweek Jr. Invite field

Golfweek’s East Coast Junior Invitational tees off in a month, and the field is filling up fast. Get an updated sneak peak at the competition.

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Mowat’s golf marathon helps grow program

There’s little Katherine Mowat won't do for her Ball State women’s golf team, including playing 100 holes in a day. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Simson wins Senior Am for 1st USGA title

Paul Simson, 59, won the USGA Senior Amateur on Thursday, beating Pat Tallent to capture the Simson Slam – winning the British, Canadian and U.S. senior amateur titles in the same year.

Junior diary: It’s not so bad to be busy

The last two weeks have been really busy!

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PGA Tour exec takes job with Texas Rangers

Rick George is transitioning from the FedEx Cup Playoffs to Major League’s Baseball’s playoffs. George, who has served as executive vice president and chief of operations for the PGA Tour the past two years, was named chief operating officer of the Texas Rangers.

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Bjorn among four tied for lead in Scotland

Ryder Cup vice-captain Thomas Bjorn shot a 6-under 66 at St. Andrews on Thursday to take a share of the first-round lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links.

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Westwood reinjures calf at Dunhill Links

Lee Westwood hurt his right ankle again but has decided to play on at the Dunhill Links Championship with the world No. 1 ranking in sight.

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Pepperdine riding high with dynamic duo

Led by the duo of Josh Anderson and Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine is off to a quick start this fall. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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Asaji, 17, leads Asian Amateur by a shot

Yosuke Asaji shot 4-under 67 to take the first-round lead at the Asian Amateur. Asaji, 17, of Japan, was the only player to go bogey-free at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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Woods to play in Thailand in November

Tiger Woods will play in a one-day skins tournament in Thailand next month, returning to his mother’s home country for the first time in 10 years.

Events to watch: Brickyard, Tar Heel Invites

The fall has definitely supplied us with some surprise teams to start the year. For instance, the LSU women are ranked No. 1 in the GolfweekSagarin college rankings, as are the Florida men.

Wednesday, October 6

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Lutz dominates 2010 Golfweek senior rankings

Don’t feel sorry for Chip Lutz, an attorney from Reading, Pa.

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Putting will decide U.S. Senior Am champion

When arch rivals Pat Tallent and Paul Simson meet in Thursday’s 18-hole final of the USGA Senior Amateur Championship, look for putting to decide the winner.

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Ozaki elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

Jumbo Ozaki finally gets to celebrate in America when he is inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Pavin back on course after Ryder captaincy

It was a long flight back to the United States for Corey Pavin, giving the Ryder Cup captain plenty of time to wonder “What if?” after his team’s narrow loss to Europe.

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Ryder Cuppers back for McGladrey Classic

After being on the losing side at the Ryder Cup, Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson returned from Wales this week wanting more out of the match-play event.

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Creamer returns to action at Navistar LPGA

Paula Creamer is greeted by a comforting sight every time she walks into her kitchen: the U.S. Women’s Open trophy.

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NeSmith (No. 29, 2012) commits to South Carolina

Matthew NeSmith, No. 29 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2012, has made a verbal commitment to play golf for South Carolina in the fall of 2012.

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Childs, Halbig lead Cal to Ihlanfeldt Invite win

Pia Halbig, left, and Emily Childs led California to a two-shot win over USC at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Tacoma, Wash.

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No. 1 in sight

It’s probably just a matter of time before No. 2 Lee Westwood dethrones Tiger Woods atop the world rankings. Can he do it? He gets his first chance this weekend at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he and nine Ryder Cup teammates aim to carry over their Celtic Manor magic.

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5 Things: Show some Love

Davis Love III, whose foundation is the host organization of this week’s McGladrey Classic, is giving up one of his prized possessions – his Orange County Chopper to raise money for the Davis Love Foundation and the charities it supports.

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Leading rookie Munoz begins sprint to the finish

Azahara Munoz rushed from a mandatory financial planning meeting Tuesday afternoon to the Prattville, Ala., FedEx to finish off paperwork required for her Korean visa. Such is the life of a globetrotting LPGA rookie.

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Monty wants Ryder Cup selection overhaul

Colin Montgomerie plans to recommend that Europe’s Ryder Cup selection process be changed for the 2012 event after having to leave Paul Casey and Justin Rose off his team.

Ozaki elected into World Golf Hall of Fame

Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, Japan’s winningest golfer, will join the World Golf Hall of Fame’s 2011 class.

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All eyes on the prize at Asian Amateur Championship

Masamichi Ito will have to wipe the sleep from his eyes as he sets out to win a place in next year’s Masters. The 15-year-old Japanese sensation tees off at 7:18 a.m. Thursday in the opening round of the second Asian Amateur Championship on the West Course at Kasumigaseki Country Club.

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Ikeda focuses on money title in Canon Open defense

Yuta Ikeda bids to crank up the pressure on young compatriot Ryo Ishikawa at this week’s Canon Open.

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Love welcomes PGA Tour to his backyard

They are called “The Sea Island Mafia,” and this week they are rolling out the warm, southern hospitality to the PGA Tour for the first time.

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Villegas goes nude for ESPN The Magazine

Camilo Villegas went nude for ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which hits newsstands this week. Villegas is featured in the magazine in his famous “Spiderman” pose as he lines up a putt.

Bothma keeps options open in Euro card quest

Fresh off his victory Oct. 2 in the SAA Pro-Am Invitational, Sunshine Tour veteran Michiel Bothmais venturing back to European Challenge Tour – if only for a short trip.

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Anthony Kim seeking rebound at Korea Open

U.S. PGA Tour star Anthony Kim did not watch a single hole of the Ryder Cup as the world No. 18 geared up for this week’s Kolon Korea Open, a OneAsia Tour event.

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Annika’s competitive edge shifts to business

It has been almost two years since Annika Sorenstam hung up her clubs. One of the most successful female players in golfing history, the Swede made the decision to stop playing professional, start a family and concentrate on building a business empire.

TLA season back in full swing this week

Two tour-sanctioned events are simultaneously on the docket this week. The YPF Classic leads the way, starting on Thursday in Mendoza, Argentina. In partnership with the TPG Tour of Argentina, the tournament features former TLA winners from Argentina – César Costilla, Rafael Gómez, César Monasterio, Rodolfo González and Paulo Pinto.

Redesigned home of Senior Players debuts

Don’t be fooled by the new name. The Champions Tour will visit one of its old haunts for this week’s Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship.

PGA Tour commish expects 'world tour' in future

Europe already has one, with sanctioned tournaments on five continents. The PGA Tour is going to Malaysia later this month, returns to Shanghai for a World Golf Championship and has Japan on its wish list. The trick is to get everyone on the same page.

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Westwood won’t join PGA Tour in 2011

Lee Westwood says he will not play on the PGA Tour next year, meaning Tiger Woods’ anticipated successor as the top-ranked golfer will be based on the European Tour.

Thumbs up: OSU | Thumbs down: Nebraska

1.) Oklahoma State (women). Despite not having last year’s player of the year Caroline Hedwall, the Cowgirls took care of business in the Big XII-heavy field at the Johnie Imes Invitational.

Tuesday, October 5

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Small-town Ryan nearly advances at Senior Am

Dave Ryan, of Middle of Nowhere, Ill., tried to topple Frank Ford III in the Round of 16 at the USGA Senior Amateur – and lost. James Achenbach explains how the everyman nearly forged a new legacy.

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Purdue gets on track at Windy City Collegiate

Purdue earned its first victory of the season Tuesday at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, beating Iowa State by seven shots at Northmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.

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N.C. State, Choi win Wolfpack Intercollegiate

N.C. State won its second tournament of this young season, closing with a 8-under 283 Tuesday to win the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

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History, variety define Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

Golf is just one of the attractions that has made the bucolic region of Charlevoix a popular retreat for Canadians and Americans for decades. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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McKim, Park lead OSU to Johnie Imes title

A week after opening the season with a 16th-place finish at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship, Oklahoma State rebounded with a victory.

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Greenbrier, West introduce private-label wine

The Greenbrier introduced a private-label wine, Trefethen Cabernet Sauvignon, that will be served in the resort’s Prime 44 West restaurant.

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Finchem expects ‘world tour’ in future

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem expects some form of a “world tour” in golf in the future, even if he’s not around when it takes shape.

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Kohler prepares for 10th annual food festival

A number of celebrity chefs will be on hand Oct. 21-24 for the 10th annual Kohler Food & Wine Experience.

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Q&A: Jr. Ryder Cup player Anthony Paolucci

In his second Junior Ryder Cup appearance, Anthony Paolucci, Golfweek’s top-ranked junior, helped lead the United States to a 13 1/2-10 1/2 victory over the Europeans Sept. 28 at Gleneagles in Scotland.

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Montgomerie to hand captaincy to Olazabal?

Jose Maria Olazabal is enticed by the possibility of replacing Colin Montgomerie as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain, although a big concern remains.

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Wilson introduces new clubs, charts comeback

After being unable to react quickly to sweeping changes in equipment, Wilson is introducing several new products for 2011 that honor the company’s heritage while providing technologically inspired irons. James Achenbach reports.

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Toy Box notes: Pro V1x popular at Ryder Cup

Among the 12 Titleist ball users in the competition, there was a definitive answer to a familiar question: Pro V1 or Pro V1x?

Q&A: LSU women’s coach Karen Bahnsen

Today on Wildman’s Corner I talk to the coach of the No. 1 women’s team in the country. We go down to the Bayou to talk with LSU women’s coach Karen Bahnsen, who we found out is not at all surprised to see her team playing well this year.

Monday, October 4

Murray accomplishes rare double hole-out

Technically, Lindsay Murray should have given up the game of golf by now. At least that was the claim she made Sept. 14, just before the end of a wild round that saw Murray card both a double eagle and a hole-in-one.

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Instant classic

In a riveting finale, the 38th Ryder Cup came down to the last match. And when Graeme McDowell endured the crucible of competition known as golf’s greatest event and defeated Hunter Mahan, a familiar refrain rang through the valley: “Olé, Olé, Olé!”

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Big names of USGA square off at Senior Am

George “Buddy” Marucci and Steve Smyers, two of the USGA’s most high-profile volunteers, squared off at the U.S. Senior Amateur. James Achenbach reports.

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Europe’s key to victory? They wanted it more

Europe’s dominance in the Ryder Cup can be summed up in six words from Ian Poulter. “I live for the Ryder Cup.” Alistair Tait reports.

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5 things: Olé, Olé, Olé

There is nothing in golf quite like the scene surrounding the first tee at the Ryder Cup, especially for the singles session. The grandstands at Celtic Manor this week horseshoe around the tee, building an amphitheater of tremendous spirit, cheer and innovative song. And no shortage of humor.

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U.S. rounds played down for August

Rounds played at public-access and private courses in the U.S. both fell in August, contributing to a 3.6 percent decline year-to-date.

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Commentary: McDowell, Mahan shoulder Ryder Cup fate

How intense are the final moments of the Ryder Cup? As Jeff Babineau writes, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan found out.

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Aussie Bowditch nearing return to PGA Tour

Steven Bowditch of Australia found the right time to get hot. With only five events left – counting the $1 million Soboba Golf Classic – Bowditch pulled off a victory that more than likely will punch his return ticket to the PGA Tour next year.

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Mahan struggles with Ryder Cup loss

Perhaps no one took the USA’s Ryder Cup loss harder than Hunter Mahan, who lost to Graeme McDowell in Monday’s final pairing. Sean Martin explains.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Another tough Ryder Cup for Mickelson

Phil Mickelson won his singles match against Peter Hanson, but in all, it was another tough week for Mickelson at the Ryder Cup. He went 1-3-0 to run his Ryder Cup record to 11-17-6.

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Final Ryder Cup points tables

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker each collected three points apiece to lead the U.S., while Luke Donald and Ian Poulter finished with three points each to lead the victorious European squad.

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Europe’s key to victory? They wanted it more

Europe’s dominance in the Ryder Cup can be summed up in six words from Ian Poulter. “I live for the Ryder Cup.” Alistair Tait reports.

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Player of the Week: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth, of Dallas, won three points for the U.S. at the Junior Ryder Cup, played at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

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Player of the Week: Doris Chen

Doris Chen, of Bradenton, Fla., won three points for the U.S. at the Junior Ryder Cup, played at The Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland.

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KPMG study: Asia tops Europe in prize money

A new KPMG study reveals yet another sign of golf’s growth in Asia: In 2009, pro tournaments held on the continent collectively awarded more prize money than those in Europe. Gene Yasuda explains.

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An urgent call to fix golf

Call it a cavalry of round-bellies and graybeards. For years now, a stagnant game has been awaiting the arrival of club-wielding baby boomers. Experts promised the unprecedented generational wave, nearly 80 million strong, would take up golf as they entered their golden years and revitalize golf courses that often resemble abandoned lots.

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Rookie Fowler plays like veteran down stretch

Four down through 12 holes and 3 down with four holes to play, Rickie Fowler made four consecutive birdies to halve his match with Edoardo Molinari and forced the 38th Ryder Cup matches on the shoulders of Hunter Mahan in the 12th and final game.

Power rankings: Top 5 teams to beat

The season is early, but it is never too early to release the Wildman Power Rankings. Here’s how I see the top five teams in both the men’s and women’s game:

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Europe survives U.S. rally to win Ryder Cup

Europe won the Ryder Cup on Monday in a thriller that went down to the final match. It was the closest Ryder Cup since 1999.

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Woods comes alive with 4-and-3 victory

It may be day-by-day for Tiger Woods, but on Monday at the Ryder Cup he finally came out of hibernation thumping Italian Francesco Molinari, 4 and 3.

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Team of the week: Virginia

The Cavaliers conquered slick, undulating greens at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colo., to put up a 13-over 883 total (287-303-287) and beat Arizona by six shots. Virginia was boosted by strong performances from individual medalist Brittany Altomare and senior Callie Nielson, who finished eighth.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma State

Playing on its home course and the site of the NCAA Championship next spring, Oklahoma State held off a strong field at Karsten Creek to win the Ping/Golfweek Preview. The Cowboys finished the 54-hole event at 14-over 878, four shots ahead of UCLA.

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Player of the week: Brittany Altomare, Virginia

The Cavaliers sophomore Altomare shot 4-under 212 to win the Golfweek Women’s Conference Challenge by one shot over Tulane’s Janine Fellows. It was her first college title.

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Player of the week: Pontus Widegren, UCLA

The Bruins sophomore posted a 3-under 69 – the only sub-70 round on the final day – and claimed medalist honors at 2-under 214 at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. He was the only player among the 90 starters to finish under par. It was Widegren’s first college title.

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Electric atmosphere on first tee in Wales

There is nothing in golf quite like the scene surrounding the first tee at the Ryder Cup, especially for the singles session.

Sunday, October 3

Tallent outduels Simson for Senior Am medal

The 36-hole qualifying round for the USGA Senior Amateur, conducted Saturday and Sunday at Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, turned into the Pat and Paul Show.

Bowditch rolls to Soboba Classic victory

Australian Steven Bowditch shot a final-round 68 on Sunday to set the tournament record of 19-under par, winning the Soboba Golf Classic by three shots for his second career Nationwide Tour victory.

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Bothma sinks van Zyl in playoff

Michiel Bothma is now 2-0 in playoff golf on the Sunshine Tour – thanks to a missed 2-foot putt by his opponent. Bothma beat the hot-handed Jaco van Zyl on Saturday at the SAA Pro-Am Invitational at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate. It was Bothma’s fourth career victory.

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Haas wins Viking Classic for 2nd title of ’10

Bill Haas overcame five bogeys in the final round to win the Viking Classic by three strokes on Sunday.

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Hallberg shoots 61, outduels Couples

Gary Hallberg shot a record-setting 11-under 61 Sunday to win the Ensure Classic by one one stroke ahead of Fred Couples.

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Commentary: U.S. team needs Brookline-style comeback

The U.S. team had one memorable comeback, 11 years ago at Brookline. As Jeff Rude writes, the Yanks need something similar at Celtic Manor.

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Commentary: Passionate Europeans will win Ryder Cup

No. 1 reason Europe will win the Ryder Cup on Monday? As Alistair Tait writes, Team Europe is heeding Monty’s plea for passion.

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Fung is match-play champ at Masters Vietnam

Nicholas Fung of Malaysia won the battle of the young rivals Saturday in the final match of the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam.

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Pilot Pariya plots course to victory

Pariya Junhasavasdikul, a recreational licensed pilot, was flying even higher after his playoff win Sunday for his first Asian Tour victory at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters.

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Matsumura prevails in playoff at Tokai Classic

Michio Matsumura outdueled Takashi Kanemoto and Hiroyuki Fujita in extra holes Sunday to claim victory in the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic.

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U.S. rally falls short, faces large deficit

As bad as the United States played to start the Ryder Cup’s final team session, there was a time when it looked like the Americans could enter Monday’s singles tied with Europe.

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Mika Miyazato makes amends in Japan Women's Open

Mika Miyazato banished the bitter memories of her final-round meltdown last year as she swept to her maiden professional win Sunday in the 43rd Japan Women’s Open Championship.

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Inside Ryder Cup Monday singles matchups

The 12 singles pairings Monday for the final session of the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort (all times EDT):

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Europe takes 3-point lead into singles

Europe will take a 9 1/2-6 1/2 lead into the final day at the extended Ryder Cup after winning five matches Sunday at Celtic Manor.

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Euro rally could cause Monty to change strategy

The Europeans won 5 1/2 points in the bifurcated third session of the Ryder Cup and took the lead going into Sunday singles.

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U.S. warns of potential terror threats in Europe

The Obama administration on Sunday warned Americans of potential terrorist threats in Europe and urged them to be vigilant in public places, including tourist spots and transportation hubs.

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McIlroy makes more magic at the 17th

It’s either feast or famine for Rory McIlroy on the Twenty Ten Course’s 17th green.

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Europe shows foursomes prowess in Session 3

The two foursomes teams that captain Corey Pavin put out on Saturday showed very little and left the USA Ryder Cup team in desperate straits, giving back the two-point lead that they worked so hard to acquire over the first 10 matches.

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Westwood, Donald trounce Woods, Stricker

When in coming weeks the world ranking points are crunched, Lee Westwood is expected to jump to No. 1.

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A few insights from another Ryder rain delay

Ryder Cup Europe, according to sources who may be all wet, supposedly has decided to hold the 2018 matches in a Borneo rainforest, presumably the same one where Vijay Singh gave cheap lessons during exile.

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More rain leads to Ryder’s first Monday finish

After more heavy rain soaked Celtic Manor, the Ryder Cup is headed for its first-ever Monday finish. A waterlogged Alistair Tait explains.

Saturday, October 2

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Bowditch up two at Soboba Golf Classic

After a second-round 64, Australia’s Steven Bowditch turned in a 63 Saturday to take the lead at the Soboba Golf Classic. After Round 3, Bowditch sits at 16 under, two ahead of Camilo Benedetti and 36-hole leader Keegan Bradley (14 under).

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Haas takes four-shot lead at Viking Classic

Bill Haas shot a 3-under 69 to take a four-stroke lead at the Viking Classic on Saturday, overcoming three bogeys and a double bogey after playing error free the first two rounds.

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Couples takes one-shot lead at Ensure Classic

Fred Couples shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer into the final round of the Ensure Classic.

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Ryder Cup finish will be unlike any other

U.S. assistant captain Tom Lehman was driving back to Celtic Manor’s clubhouse Friday evening when his cart ran out of power on a steep hill.

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New schedule leads to busy Ryder Cup Saturday

Here’s one wager we would make: If you had a ticket for Saturday’s action at Celtic Manor, you sat in on history, the busiest day in Ryder Cup history.

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Commentary: Restored passion helps European charge

The European Ryder Cup team found what it was looking for Saturday: Passion. As Alistair Tait writes, it wasn’t a moment too soon.

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Who’s leading this thing, anyway?

A prominent American writer just stopped by and asked, “Who’s leading the Texas-Oklahoma game?”

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Ryder momentum swings in European favor

The Americans, officially, are up. But really they’re down.

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U.S. leads 6-4 in Wales; Europe begins rally

Europe is leading all six matches at the Ryder Cup and has plenty of momentum heading into the final day.

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Commentary: Cink explodes into Ryder Cup spotlight

Stewart Cink began the Ryder Cup as the man Corey Pavin forgot. Jeff Babineau says it isn’t likely to happen again.

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Monty heavy on inspiration at Celtic Manor

European captain Colin Montgomerie says his team needs to go 4-2 in Session 3 and go into Sunday singles tied at 8-8. In the meantime, he’s playing a couple of other roles.

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Americans use flat stick to build Ryder lead

Saturday’s foursomes matches at the Ryder Cup were won and lost on the putting green. As Alistair Tait writes, that theme is likely to continue.

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Mickelson ties U.S. Ryder Cup loss record

Phil Mickelson tied a dubious honor when the duo of Padraig Harrington and Ross Fisher beat him and Dustin Johnson in foursomes on Saturday afternoon.

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Woods, Stricker highlight third-session pairings

Pairings for the third session Saturday in the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort (all times EDT).

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Commentary: Woods, Stricker continue to roll at Ryder Cup

With Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker taking down opponents left and right, who would separate them? Not Corey Pavin. Jim McCabe reports.

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U.S. extends lead; Woods, Stricker unbeaten

The Americans have extended their lead at the Ryder Cup to 6-4 after another win from Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

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Olazabal becomes fifth Euro vice captain

Jose Maria Olazabal became the fourth vice captain for the European Ryder Cup team on Saturday, returning to the role he said he’d never take again.

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Houser (No. 111, 2011) commits to Campbell

Grant Houser, No. 111 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to Campbell University.

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First Ryder Cup rookie gaffe belongs to Fowler

With eleven Ryder Cup rookies in this year’s competition at the Celtic Manor, it was only a matter of time before one of them made a mistake. Chalk up the first dubious honor to Rickie Fowler.

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Overton, Watson make perfect pair in Wales

Jeff Overton gave the 60 or so Hoosiers at Celtic Manor plenty to cheer about on a chilly Saturday morning.

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McIlroy redeems himself in Ryder Cup debut

Rory McIlroy’s long-anticipated Ryder Cup debut is in the books, and his opening match ended better than it started.

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How are those sunglasses holding up?

In something of a major upset, it’s sunny and bright here today.

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U.S. takes early advantage at Ryder Cup

The United States took an early one-point lead Saturday at the Ryder Cup. As Alistair Tait writes, history now seems to be in the Americans’ favor.

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Pairings revealed for second-day foursomes

Pairings for Saturday’s second day foursomes of the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor

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For once, it’s not Poulter in the purple

I am fairly certain that fashionista Ian Poulter, having to constantly look at his opponents’ outfits, is playing Saturday morning with an incurable case of lavender-cardigan-sweater-vest envy.

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U.S. leads by a point after opening four-balls

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker gave the U.S. an early one-point lead Saturday at the Ryder Cup. The first of six foursome matches teed off minutes later.

Friday, October 1

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Bradley leads Soboba Classic by one

Keegan Bradley is the leader at the Soboba Golf Classic after darkness halted play with half of the field yet to finish their second rounds.

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5 things: Americans spring a leak

It’s hard to imagine not being fully prepared for rain in Wales in October. But that’s exactly the predicament U.S. Ryder Cup team members found themselves in Friday.

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Welsh wetlands

After a seven-hour rain delay at Celtic Manor, the Americans made up for their early-morning woes to take the lead in the 38th Ryder Cup in Wales. But a schedule change may turn the tide for Team Europe. . .

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Callaway, Lamborghini tout R&D pact at Paris expo

Callaway Golf has teamed with super-sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini to accelerate a shared pursuit: Creating breakthrough materials that deliver speed and strength. Gene Yasuda reports.

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Callaway, Lamborghini tout R&D pact at Paris expo

For golf club manufacturers and auto makers alike, discovering – or creating – breakthrough materials for new products is their version of a search for the Holy Grail. No wonder then that Callaway Golf announced it is teaming with super-sports car maker Automobili Lamborghini in an effort to accelerate that shared pursuit.

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Haas, de Jonge share Viking Classic lead

Brendon de Jonge used a fast early start to shoot his second straight 66 on Friday, then sat back and waited to see whether anyone could catch him.

Van Zyl endures winds to lead SAA Pro-Am

Confounded by windy conditions, Jaco van Zyl found himself frustrated near the end of the second round of the SAA Pro-Am Invitational at Prince’s Grant Golf Estate.

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Senior takes first-round lead at Ensure Classic

Peter Senior eagled the final hole for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples and Tom Kite at the Ensure Classic on Friday.

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Nunn finishes atop LPGA sectional qualifier

Lucy Nunn kept a firm hold on her lead Friday at LPGA tour sectional qualifying, shooting 2-under 70 to break free from a three-way tie for the lead and earn solo medalist honors.

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Vegas, Gómez nearing Latin American milestone

With five tournaments left to play on the Nationwide Tour’s 2010 season, the Latin American duo of Jhonattan Vegas and Fabián Gómez have practically clinched PGA Tour cards for the 2011 season. Both are comfortably in the top 10 of the money list; the top 25 earn PGA Tour cards for next season.

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Ramblin’ Wreck duo on fire in Wales

Matt Kuchar and Stewart Cink were an unlikely pairing at the start of the week. They both went to Georgia Tech, but Kuchar, five years Cink’s junior, only knew the 2009 British Open champion by reputation while in school.

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Commentary: New Ryder Cup schedule might favor Europe

Thanks to torrential rain Friday at the Ryder Cup, changes were made to the playing schedule. As Jeff Rude writes, they might favor Europe.

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Ryder Cup coverage is all wet

So, was everyone online this morning booking their Wales golf vacations?

Young rivals in match-play finale at Masters Vietnam

Panuphol Pittayarat of Thailand and Nicholas Fung of Malaysia, two of Asia’s up-and-coming players, face off Saturday in the final match of the Masters Vietnam at Song Be Golf Resort.

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Woods, Stricker rally back after rain delay

There was just one thing Ian Poulter wanted to know when he and Tiger Woods arrived at Celtic Manor’s fourth hole to resume their four-ball match: what was the deal with the United States’ rain gear?

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U.S. leads two matches in delayed four-ball

After more than a seven-hour rain delay, the Americans have rallied for a narrow Ryder Cup lead at the end of the first day.

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All wet, Team USA dumps its rain gear

Members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team found themselves all wet Friday as their waterproof outerwear acted more like a sponge than a protector from the harsh elements of fall in Wales.

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Ishikawa in the hunt for repeat at Tokai

Ryo Ishikawa produced a bogey-free round to move into contention after the second day of the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic.

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Ryder schedule changed to avoid late finish

By mid-day, with rain pelting down and rivers racing through the fairways of the Celtic Manor, it seemed that a Monday finish to the 38th Ryder Cup was all but a certainty.

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M. Miyazato races ahead at Japan Women’s Open

Mika Miyazato produced a birdie barrage to streak clear of the field Friday at the half-way point of the 43rd Japan Women’s Open Championship.

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Ryder Cup donations benefit college golfers

While the competitors at this week’s Ryder Cup won’t be getting paid for their efforts, that doesn’t mean they won’t be contributing to charity.

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Golfweek event a litmus test for mid-majors

For teams like Missouri State, the Golfweek Women's Conference Challenge provided a true test of skills amid a beautiful backdrop. Julie Williams explains.

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Ryder Cup must end by Monday at sunset

Rain or shine, the Ryder Cup will end at sunset Monday.

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Rain putting damper on Ryder excitement

The Ryder Cup weather delay is approaching six hours. Said Stewart Cink: “I think the rain put a little bit of a damper, no pun intended, on the excitement.”

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Strong contingent following Overton in Wales

Not that there’s an official count, but there’s a good chance Jeff Overton has the most plentiful support group on the American side.

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U.S. team buys new, waterproof rain suits

Let me get this straight: The U.S. Ryder Cup team came to Wales in October with rain suits that aren’t waterproof?

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Well-timed rain delay for Team USA

NEWPORT, Wales – Two hours in, the Ryder Cup has been suspended because of standing water after heavy rain. Given the flooding and the fact his team is down in the first three matches, it’s clear that captain Corey Pavin needs to call in the Navy.

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Deluge hits Celtic Manor, suspends play

The opening four-ball matches have resumed at rain-drenched Celtic Manor, after more than a seven-hour delay. Alistair Tait reports.

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Spirited start on soggy day at Celtic Manor

Led by Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, the opening four-ball matches are under way on a rainy morning at Celtic Manor. Sean Martin reports.

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Curl, Hicks lead weather-delayed Soboba

Justin Hicks and Jeff Curl share the early lead at the Soboba Golf Classic after first-round play was suspended due to darkness. Both players shot 6-under 65 Thursday at the Country Club at Soboba Springs in San Jacinto, Calif.

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