News for Wednesday, October 20, 2010

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Stakes are high as N’wide hits TPC Sawgrass

explains what’s at stake as the Nationwide Tour makes its first stop at 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

says Nick Watney was the one receiving an autograph Wednesday in Las Vegas.

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

Junior diary: Recovering from a busy summer

got a little overwhelmed by a busy summer, but still met all his goals. Read about it in his junior diary.

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

reports that Anthony Kim has withdrawn from the Justin Timberlake Open.

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

says the USGA is reinstating a three-day practice session for potential Walker Cup players in January.

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

reports that Hunter Mahan has extended his 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

U.S. leads WWATC

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

has given a verbal commitment 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

Els wins PGA Grand Slam

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

12-hole golf 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

has given a verbal commitment to Air Force Academy.

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

has given a verbal commitment to Air Force Academy.

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

caught up with Notre Dame coach Jim Kubinski to discuss his team’s four runner-up finishes.

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

says UNF junior Sean Dale returns this week to play the Nationwide Tour’s Jacksonville 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

says a new team van is hitting the road for college events.

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

Hate to be Rude

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

has given a verbal commitment to Marquette.

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