News for Monday, October 4, 2010

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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.

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