News for Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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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.