News for Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Golfweek/Sagarins echo Haskins winners

Last weekend during a timeout at the Georgia-vs.-Arkansas football game, Russell Henley was awarded the Haskins Award for being the top player in college golf. Entering this season, the senior from Macon, Ga., is one of the favorites to again top the rankings.

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Whittaker, Pappas share lead in Midland

Ron Whittaker and Brendan Pappas share the first-round lead at the WNB Golf Classic after opening with 6-under 66 at Midland Country Club in Midland, Texas.

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Na rebounds from wrong-ball scare with birdies

There was no reason to look at the ball when he got to the drop zone, but Kevin Na is glad he did. Had he not, the first round of the Tour Championship might have been a very costly day.

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Commentary: McCabe: Choi sizzles in Atlanta heat

So, how hot was it at East Lake Golf Club? Well, K.J. Choi’s longtime caddie, Andy Prodger wore shorts.

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Davies, Faulkner deserve HoF nod

Another group inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame, another year that Max Faulkner and other great golfers are overlooked.

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Ogilvy, Casey, Donald share East Lake lead

Geoff Ogilvy, Paul Casey and Luke Donald posted 4-under 66 Thursday for a share of the first-round lead at the Tour Championship.

Feel Golf to make ‘aggressive’ grooves in ’11

Lee Miller has become the first golf industry executive to defy the U.S. Golf Association over its timetable on new grooves. James Achenbach reports.

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Shin, Choi donate KLPGA earnings to charity

Two weeks ago in Arkansas, I had lunch with Jiyai Shin after her practice round. We talked about a little bit of everything, from the 90 pairs of white pants she has between her closets in Georgia and South Korea to the homework she has for her physical education classes at Yonsei University in Seoul.

Events to watch this weekend

Fire up your computers, because these are three events you are going to want to pay attention to in the next couple of days.

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Edfors shoots 61, leads by 2 at Vivendi Cup

Sweden’s Johan Edfors shot an 11-under 61 to open a two-shot lead after the first round of the Vivendi Cup on Thursday.

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Woods’ course developers reach settlement

Chalk up one victory for Tiger Woods this year.

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Five unheralded freshmen emerge as stars

Little-known players like North Texas’ Curtis Donahoe are making a name for themselves in the college ranks. Sean Martin explains.

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LPGA primps for its big date in Orlando

The LPGA Tour Championship is moving to Grand Cypress Resort, a move sure to please the bevy of LPGA players who live in the Orlando area. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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U.S. looks to repeat at Junior Ryder Cup

The U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, confident and capable after the ’08 rout, will meet an improved European team in Scotland. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Ping/Golfweek Preview: OK State Showdown

The 2010 Ping/Golfweek preview tees off Sept. 26-28 at Karsten Creek Golf Club, site of the 2011 NCAAs. Ron Balicki has a preview.