News for Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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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.