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Junior diary: My exciting move to the U.S.

My name is Cheng-Tsung Pan, and most of my friends call me Pan because it is easier to pronounce.

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Smith, Hogarth to meet in Mid-Am final

Defending U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith advanced to Thursday’s final match at Atlantic Golf Club. He will play Tim Hogarth.

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Proveaux (No. 10, 2012) commits to Clemson

Cody Proveaux, of Leesville, S.C., has given a verbal commitment to Clemson. Proveaux is No. 10 in Golfweek’s rankings for the Class of 2012.

Robertson, Stasi in Women’s Mid-Am final

Carol Robertson’s improbable run continues. Robertson, 27, of Virginia Beach, Va., who had regained her amateur status just days before the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur, advanced to Thursday’s championship match at Wichita Country Club against two-time winner Meghan Stasi.

5 things: Welcome to the silly season

August used to be the “silly season” in the United Kingdom. Judging from two preview days of this Ryder Cup, September is vying hard to claim that title.

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For Wolverines and their Lion, a win is a win

Michigan brushed off a ninth-place finish in its season opener and won the Windon Memorial Classic on Sept. 27. As Ryan Lavner reports, it could be the first of several wins this season for the Wolverines.

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Viking Classic kicks off Fall Finish series

When the Viking Classic held its media day on Aug. 23, tournament director Randy Watkins used humor to reflect on last year’s rainout in Mississippi. “Our defending champion, Mother Nature, couldn't be here today,” Watkins deadpanned. “She shot a record 22 inches of rain last year.”

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Lu seeks home victory at Taiwan Masters

Lu Wei-chih of Taiwan grew up playing the Taiwan Golf and Country Club, which hosts this week’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters. Lu, who won the 2005 title at the same locale, hopes to relive the winning feeling at the Asian Tour event that is a two-minute drive from his house.

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Evenly matched

The Europeans, featuring stars such as Martin Kaymer (left), have been portrayed as the heavy favorites in the 38th Ryder Cup, which begins Friday in Wales. But don’t be surprised if the match-play duel against the U.S. comes down to the very last putt.

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Miyazato, Ishikawa vie for Japan’s fans in TV duel

Ishikawa and Miyazato often have expressed mutual admiration for each other, but this week such pleasantries might have to be set aside. They’re battling each other on that all-important front: TV ratings. Both are competing on home soil in televised contests that promise to wear out TV remote controls: Miyazato is the featured attraction in the Japan Women’s Open, while Ishikawa is the man who will add the fizz to the Coca-Cola Tokai Classic on the men’s tour.

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Commentary: Team USA gets inspiration from true patriot

Golf is an individual game, but at the Ryder Cup it’s all about team. As Jeff Babineau writes, the U.S. was inspired by an American hero.

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Potential Euro team pairings at Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie has been more open about possible pairings than counterpart Corey Pavin, but it’s not as if he was giving away state secrets.

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Back home, Schwartzel eyes tour’s money crown

Charl Schwartzel, who ranks No. 34 in the Official World Golf Ranking, hasn’t become too big-headed to play on his home circuit, the Sunshine Tour. His two European Tour victories this year and top-20 finishes in three majors has put the world on notice of this up-and-coming 26-year-old from Johannesburg.

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Denmark’s Tinning to retire at year’s end

Iben Tinning, a Solheim cup veteran and standard-bearer on the Ladies European Tour, has announced she is stepping away from pro golf after the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, Dec. 8-11.

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Potential U.S. pairings at Ryder Cup

It’s hard to get much information out of U.S. captain Corey Pavin this week, but his practice-round groupings have given insight into his intentions for the Ryder Cup’s team sessions.

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Monty quashes potential Tiger-Rory matchup

Just as well the European team is acting free and loose, because Euro captain Colin Montgomerie is as tense as a snare drum with just a day to go before the 38th Ryder Cup begins.

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Barron says Tour grants him exemption

Doug Barron, the only player suspended for violation of the PGA Tour’s drug policy, told Golfweek that he has been granted a “therapeutic use exemption’’ by the Tour.

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Team Europe a familiar foe at Ryder Cup

On a list of reasons why the Ryder Cup has changed over the years, near the very top is this: The mystery is gone. Jim McCabe reports.

A simple explanation of foursomes play

Loitering in the Ryder Cup tented village, outside the big top known as the Merchandise Pavilion, I heard perhaps the best and simplest explanation of the foursomes format. “One bloke hits a shot, then the other one does,” one elderly chap said to his friend.

KPMG study: Asia surpasses Europe in prize money

Asia’s growth as a golf market has been documented often of late, with reports of rising golf course construction and increasing player participation. Now, a new KPMG study provides yet another indicator that the continent’s interest in golf won’t subside anytime soon: Professional tournaments in Asia awarded 95 million euros in prize money in 2009 – surpassing the total sum disbursed by events in Europe.

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Rookie Fowler practices with Woods, Lefty

Rain cut short Wednesday’s practice rounds at the Ryder Cup, making a day short on golf action even shorter.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Europe will win Ryder Cup

Europe will win the Ryder Cup. Why? As Jeff Rude writes, the team is deep, the team is close and Tiger and Phil aren’t on form.

In this issue: Oct. 1, 2010

Inside the Oct. 1, 2010 issue of Golfweek:

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Paddy Power sign prompts legal action

Sometime before dawn Tuesday, the word PADDY rose from the hillside about 500 yards from the Celtic Manor Twenty Ten course, site of this week’s 2010 Ryder Cup.

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Commentary: OK State players rally around McGraw

In a show of support, Oklahoma State players are carrying a bag tag with the picture of Cowboys coach Mike McGraw’s father, who passed away earlier this month. Ron Balicki reports.

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