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UC Davis grabs lead at Conference Challenge

UC Davis cruised up the leaderboard and took the lead Monday at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, staying cool on a difficult day for scoring at Red Sky Golf Club. Julie Williams reports.

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Oklahoma St. lead shrinks to one at Preview

Oklahoma State saw its lead shrink from nine shots to one in Round 2 of the Ping/Golfweek Preview. Can the host Cowboys hang on in Tuesday’s final round?

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The story behind Jim Furyk’s $39 putter

Doing morning radio talk-show interviews isn’t the normal fare for Mark Petrucci and the folks at Joe & Leigh’s Discount Pro Golf Shop in South Easton, Mass.

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PGA Tour to open retail shops in China

The PGA Tour has taken several steps to boost its profile in China, ranging from increasing tournament offerings to building its relationship with the China Golf Association. The next step: Opening retail stores in the country.

Wisconsin, Werwie win Badger Invite

Host Wisconsin shot a final-round 297 Monday to win the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison.

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Medalist Kim leads Michigan to Windon title

Lion Kim, the 2010 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion, notched his first collegiate victory of the season Monday at the Windon Memorial at North Shore Country Club in Glenview, Ill.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 20-26, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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U.S. jumps out to early Jr. Ryder Cup lead

Two years after the Americans’ 22-2 rout of Team Europe at the Junior Ryder Cup, the U.S. seems headed toward another runaway victory. After Day 1, the Americans lead 9-3.

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Rater’s Notebook: The Twenty Ten Course

Bradley S. Klein breaks down The Twenty Ten Course.

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Monty: Ryder course setup ‘very fair’

Not only does the home team at the Ryder Cup have the support of the partisan galleries, but it also has control over the course setup. European captain Colin Montgomerie said he didn’t tinker with Celtic Manor’s Twenty Ten Course, but it does seem the setup will still favor the European team.

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2010 Ryder Cup: Why the U.S. will win . . .

Unproven rookies with unheralded resumes who are ranked low? Is this any way to put together a Ryder Cup team? Most definitely.

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Ryder rookie Overton finds normalcy at home

Ryder Cup rookie Jeff Overton finds normalcy in Bloomington, Ind., where he fits in when escaping life on tour. Jim McCabe reports.

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2010 Ryder Cup: Why Europe will win . . .

One reason: The match galvanizes the European team more than the U.S. side.

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Commentary: Ryder Cup captain Pavin brings tenacity

Fiery U.S. captain Corey Pavin wants his players to have fun. Oh, and they’d better win, too. Jeff Babineau reports.

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Who would Europe turn to in case of injury?

Rhys Davies better hope his game is in shape. European captain Colin Montgomerie might just have to call upon the young Welshman to play in this year’s match if there’s an injury to a member of the European team.

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Commentary: Monty brings ‘hate to lose’ attitude to Wales

A hatred for losing has made Colin Montgomerie one of golf's most curious figures. How will that personality hold up this week? Jeff Rude reports.

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In Wales, the tweet sound of silence

Here at the 38th Ryder Cup, just two hours or so down the M4 from London, where the great Bard himself used to compose such eloquent prose – doing so in passages measuring more than 140 characters at a time – Ryder Cup participants already have been served a deep philosophical question befitting of our times:

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Americans enter Ryder Cup as underdogs

Can a Ryder Cup team with Tiger and Phil be an underdog? Recent history suggests long odds for the U.S. overseas. John Hawkins explains.

LSU’s surge tops Purdue at Mason Rudolph

LSU authored a stirring rally on the back nine Sunday to capture the Mason Rudolph Championship. The Tigers, No. 21 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, got late birdies from Jacqueline Hedwall, Mary Michael Maggio and Megan McChrystal to post another school record and top defending champion Purdue by two shots.

Memphis, Belote capture Rudolph titles

Memphis won its first tournament in 2 1/2 years on Sunday, capturing the Mason Rudolph Championship behind the strong play of junior Jack Belote.

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Karsten Creek receives rave reviews at Preview

This week the Ping/Golfweek Preview continues on. Sunday was Round 1, and it was no surprise that Oklahoma State University was in first place on their home golf course. Many people suggest that Karsten Creek is the toughest college golf course in the country.

Hudson responsible for saving Ryder Cup

In 1947, when Harry Truman was president and Ben Hogan was emerging as the best golfer in the world, the Ryder Cup was on life support. It hadn’t been played in 10 years. Its future was uncertain.

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Player of the week: Pia Halbig, California

The Bears senior shot 68-67-68 for a 13-under 203 total and a three-shot victory over Wake Forest’s Michelle Shin at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship. It was her first college victory.

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Player of the week: Josh Anderson, Pepperdine

The Waves junior posted rounds of 70-68-68 for a 6-under 210 total at the Kikkor Husky Invitational, finishing four shots ahead of teammate Andrew Putnam and leading Pepperdine to a 17-under 847 overall score and a seven-stroke victory over host Washington. It was Anderson’s second career title.

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Team of the week: LSU

Fresh off a runner-up finish at the NCAA Fall Preview, the Tigers went one better at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship in Franklin, Tenn. LSU shot consistent rounds of 278-282-283 for a 21-under 843 total and a two-shot victory over defending NCAA champion Purdue. Another pair of top-5 teams, USC and UCLA tied for third at 13 under. Three Tigers finished in the top 15, led by senior Megan McChrystal in a tie for fourth at 7-under 209. Jacqueline Hedwall and Mary Michael Maggio tied for 14th.

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Team of the week: Colorado-Colorado Springs

The NCAA Division II Mountain Lions defeated 17 Division I teams at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. Colorado-Colorado Springs took first place with a 54-hole total of 3-under 861, topping San Diego by eight shots. San Diego and fifth-place UNLV qualified for last year’s Division I NCAA Men’s Championship, but they were no match for the Mountain Lions at Air Force’s Eisenhower Golf Course. UCCS also led wire-to-wire in its season-opening win at the Peaks Classic in La Veta, Colo.

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Red Sky’s 11th a ‘game changer’ in Round 1

Once UC Davis was safely through No. 11 at Red Sky Golf Club, head coach Anne Walker had just two words for the 375-yard par 4: Game changer.