Stories for December 2011

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Saturday, December 31

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Clarke, McIlroy honored by Queen after major wins

Northern Irish golf stars Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are among the sports figures honored by Queen Elizabeth II in her New Year list, after claiming their first major titles.

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Where are they now: May Wood

Beth Ann Baldry: Three can’t-miss kids – remember Beth Bauer, May Wood and Catherine Cartwright? – find there’s a lot to life after golf. PART 2: May Wood.

Friday, December 30

Cerda, Kim win Junior Orange Bowl titles

Juan Cerda needed an eagle Friday on the third hole of sudden death to win the Junior Orange Bowl Championship. Cerda, of Chile, won the title after defeating Thomas Detry.

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Whitsett holds on for Patriot All-America title

Alabama sophomore Cory Whitsett logged a second off-season victory Friday at the Patriot All-America Invitational, holding off teammate Bobby Wyatt at Wigwam Resort.

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Baldry: Scotland trip a must for avid golfers

A trip to Scotland is a necessary bucket-list item for every serious golfer.

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2012 in preview: Junior golf storylines

The spotlight will be on Gavin Hall (pictured) and those very talented Jutanugarns once again in 2012. They're among the top storylines expected to play out on the junior golf circuit next year.

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2012 in preview: 10 European wishes

There is no way that golf in Europe could get any better in 2012, is there? Our Alistair Tait takes a look at five realistic wishes and five not-so-realistic wishes for the upcoming year.

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Where are they now: Beth Bauer

Beth Ann Baldry: Three can’t-miss kids – remember Beth Bauer, May Wood and Catherine Cartwright? – find there’s a lot to life after golf. PART 1.

Thursday, December 29

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Whitsett shoots 64 for two-shot Patriot lead

Cory Whitsett, a sophomore at Alabama, shot 64 Thursday in the second round of the Patriot All-America Invitational to take a two-shot lead after 36 holes.

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Adams to introduce Fast 12 drivers, fairway woods

Adams Golf soon will introduce its Speedline Fast 12 fairway woods and drivers, and as good as the drivers might be, the fairway woods are the subject of most of the pre-release conversation, says our Jim Achenbach.

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My year in golf: Asher Wildman

College golf crowds were far too small in 2011. That can change this year.

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Donald, Tseng, Lehman win GWAA POY honors

The Golf Writers Association of America has named Luke Donald, Yani Tseng and Tom Lehman its 2011 players of the year.

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Shanahan (No. 53, 2013) commits to Clemson

Sloan Shanahan has given a verbal commitment to play for Clemson in the fall of 2013. Shanahan, of Suwanee, Ga., also took unofficial visits to Auburn, Wake Forest and Kentucky before choosing Clemson.

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2012 in preview: PGA Tour storylines

A resurgent Tiger Woods is only one of the many compelling storylines heading into the 2012 PGA Tour season. Jim McCabe looks ahead.

Wednesday, December 28

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Koepka takes early lead at Patriot All-America

Florida State senior Brooks Koepka birdied the final hole Wednesday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational.

Japanese legend Teruo Sugihara, 74, dies

Japanese golf legend Teruo Sugihara, who won 63 times worldwide in a career that spanned more than 50 years, died Wednesday after a long battle with prostate cancer, according to published reports. He was 74.

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2012 in preview: 12 N'wide players to watch

Sean Martin: Fans want to know who the game’s next promising youngster is, so here are 10 Nationwide Tour players to watch in 2012.

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2012 in preview: 10 LPGA storylines to watch

Beth Ann Baldry: Can Yani Tseng win the Grand Slam? Can anyone challenge her? How good is Lexi Thompson? We visit 10 storylines to watch on the LPGA tour in 2012.

Tuesday, December 27

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Notes: Players appreciative of sponsor invites

Rod Pampling had a few nervous moments while watching parts of the final PGA Tour event on TV, though it ended well for him.

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My year in golf: Alex Miceli

Our Alex Miceli is a world traveler, and he reflects on big wins by Nick Watney and Jhonattan Vegas, a big loss by Rory McIlroy, a piece of humble pie with Darren Clarke and golf in Tasmania.

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My year in golf: Sean Martin

Here are just a few reminders of why we’re so lucky to follow this grand game.

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2012 in preview: College golf

Asher Wildman: A look ahead to the spring season in college golf, with plenty of questions that will need to be answered on the men's and women's sides.

Monday, December 26

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Number crunching 2011: Lee up, Ekey down

On the final day of our annual number-crunching series, where we break down who has risen and fallen in our Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Danny Lee rose mightily, while Kathleen Ekey fell backward.

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My year in golf: Alistair Tait

From wallabies in Abu Dhabi to Tom Lewis at Royal Lytham, covering Europe provided plenty of great storylines.

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2011 in review: Golfweek's best pictures

From her early-year photoshoot with Paula Creamer to her trip to Taiwan with Yani Tseng to Augusta State's big win at the NCAA Championships, our Tracy Wilcox brings you her best photos of 2011.

Sunday, December 25

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Number crunching 2011: Bjorn up; Dougherty, Wilson down

On Day 7 of our annual number-crunching series, where we break down who has risen and fallen in our Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Thomas Bjorn rose behind three wins, while Nick Dougherty and Oliver Wilson fell back.

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My year in golf: Jeff Babineau

Golfweek editor-in-chief Jeff Babineau traveled the globe in 2011, from a memorable first tournament in Kapalua to Tiger Woods' comeback in Australia. But, it was something that he lost in 2011 that he will remember the most: his mom.

Saturday, December 24

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Number crunching: Streelman up, Slocum down

On Day 6 of our annual number-crunching series, where we break down who has risen and fallen in our Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Kevin Streelman moved up with his non-nonsense approach, while Heath Slocum fell back.

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My year in golf: Lance Ringler

From Golfweek's rankings to Augusta State to a great dessert to Patrick Cantlay's fantastic summer, our Lance Ringler breaks down the year that was in 2011.

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My year in golf: Gene Yasuda

A "personal worst" in rounds played explains the real reason why golf is ailing.

Friday, December 23

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Number crunching 2011: Joh up, Kim down

On Day 5 of our annual number-crunching series, where we break down who has risen and fallen in our Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Tiffany Joh made some noise on the LPGA Tour, while Hong-See Kim had a year to forget.

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Hedwall named LET Player of the Year

A former Oklahoma State women’s golfer has been named the Ladies European Tour Player of the Year for 2011.

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Kraft wins inaugural South Beach International Am

Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft won the inaugural South Beach International Amateur on Dec. 23, earning his fourth amateur win of 2011.

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Euro Tour, LET schedules look strong for 2012

There is no recession for European professionals. The 2012 schedules of the European and Ladies European tours confirm just that.

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Proveaux, Stuetz win Gate America Junior

Cody Proveaux holed a 7-foot birdie putt Dec. 22 to defeat Adrian Meronk in sudden death and win the Gate American Junior.

LPGA founding member Danoff dies at 88

Bettye Danoff, one of the LPGA tour’s 13 founding members, has died. She was 88.

Thursday, December 22

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Number crunching 2011: Woodland up, O'Hair down

On Day 4 of our annual number-crunching series, where we break down who rose and fell in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, find out how Gary Woodland sprang onto the scene as Sean O'Hair faded.

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Runs in the family: Thompson wins Dixie Am

Chalk up another title for the Thompson family. Curtis Thompson won the Dixie Amateur on Dec. 22, less than a week after his younger sister, Lexi, won the Dubai Ladies Masters.

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My year in golf: Martin Kaufmann

From exotic trips to private Fijian islands to in-depth features on personalities such as Brandel Chamblee, our travel editor Martin Kaufmann reflects on the year that was . . .

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My year in golf: D.J. Piehowski

While there were a lot of highlights on the course, 2011 was the year golf embraced social media.

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Champions Tour announces 2012 schedule

The 2012 Champions Tour schedule has been released, with seven new tournament venues and several date changes coming as part of the announcement.

PGA Tour Latinoamerica announces exempt players

PGA Tour Latinoamerica, which will play its first season in 2012, is beginning to take shape. The tour’s first exempt players – the top 40 on the Tour de las Americas’ 2011 Order of Merit and top three players from Mexico’s Negra Modelo Tour – recently were announced.

Wednesday, December 21

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Number-crunching 2011: Tringale up, Villegas down

On Day 3 of our annual number-crunching series, where we break down who has risen and fallen in our Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Cameron Tringale rose mightily, while Camilo Villegas fell backward.

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2011 in review: Top 10 Nationwide stories

Change, and plenty of it, is on the horizon for the Nationwide Tour. Instead of looking forward, let's look back at what was an interesting season for the PGA Tour's secondary circuit.

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Lua among first 5 players on Curtis Cup team

Tiffany Lua is the only returner among the first five players named to the U.S. Curtis Cup team. The USGA has announced that Amy Anderson, Lindy Duncan, Austin Ernst and Brooke Pancake will join her.

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Notes: Miyazato's money title in Europe needs an asterisk

If ever an award in golf needed an asterisk, it would be for Ai Miyazato winning the Ladies European Tour money list. She won the title with only one victory in two tournaments.

Tuesday, December 20

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Number-crunching 2011: Lewis up, Miyazato down

On Day 2 of our annual look at the rise and fall of players in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, Stacy Lewis headlines the women's side, while Ai Miyazato moved backward in 2011.

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USGA: Solheim's big idea would break tradition

While John Solheim’s suggestion to create three different golf balls is not being dismissed by the U.S. Golf Association, the revolutionary plan will encounter some hazard-filled terrain as the USGA plots the future direction of the Rules of Golf.

Clinton will visit Nationwide's Colombia event

The Humana Challenge won’t be the only PGA Tour-sanctioned event to benefit from Bill Clinton’s presence in 2012. Sources have told Golfweek that the former president also will appear at the Nationwide Tour’s Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship.

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Thompson, Ryu to play Australian Women's Masters

American teen star Lexi Thompson and U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu will play in the Australian Women's Masters in February at Royal Pins.

Monday, December 19

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Number-crunching 2011: Simpson up, Furyk down

Webb Simpson highlights our annual in-depth look at who rose and plummeted in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Meanwhile, Jim Furyk wasn't as fortunate in the rankings.

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Masters field for 2012 already over 90

Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are among those who enter the 2012 season without an invitation to the Masters in April.

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Chandler: Uihlein will get 7 Euro starts

Peter Uihlein will have no trouble getting the seven invites he needs to try to get his European Tour card next year, Uihlein’s agent Andrew “Chubby” Chandler told Golfweek.

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Uihlein leaves Oklahoma State, turns pro

Peter Uihlein, the Ben Hogan Award winner at Oklahoma State in 2011, has decided to skip the spring season with the Cowboys and turn pro, making his debut in Abu Dhabi in January.

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My year in golf: Ron Balicki

Augusta State made it a memorable year, but that wasn't the only noteworthy story in the college and amateur ranks.

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Ping CEO makes bold pitch over golf balls

Ping chairman and CEO John Solheim has an idea to stimulate the growth of golf and make the game more enjoyable: Create three tiers of golf balls under a plan called Ball Distance Ratings, announced Monday morning by Solheim.

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My year in golf: Ryan Lavner

From Keegan Bradley to Kelly Kraft, 2011 made you wonder: Did I really just see that?

Sunday, December 18

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Westwood moves to No. 2 with win in Thailand

Lee Westwood displayed all his class and experience on Sunday as he brushed aside a challenge from Masters champion Charl Schwartzel to win the $1 million Thailand Golf Championship by seven strokes.

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Poulter fires 67 to win Australian Masters

England's Ian Poulter fired a final-round, 4-under 67 to win the Australian Masters on Sunday, spoiling Geoff Ogilvy's bid for a victory on his boyhood course.

Saturday, December 17

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Vojtko team wins Golfweek Pro-Am at Pebble Beach

Joseph Vojtko, the golf pro at Rosemont Country Club in Fairlawn, Ohio, combined with amateurs Tom Luck, Alan Goldberg and Jeff Sterling to win Golfweek’s Pro-Am at Pebble Beach on Dec. 14.

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My year in golf: Jim McCabe

From Jason Dufner's impressive handling of defeat at the PGA Championship to Rory McIlroy's tireless energy at the Grand Slam of Golf to Miguel Angel Jimenez at Match Play, our Jim McCabe reflects on his year in golf.

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My year in golf: Jeff Rude

A memorable 24 hours from a cross-country reunion got the year started on the right foot.

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My year in golf: Beth Ann Baldry

From a California photo shoot with Ai Miyazato before her country's devastating earthquake to playing golf with gators (accidentally) to a whirlwind journey with Yani Tseng, our Beth Ann Baldry shares her year in golf.

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2011 in review: Top 10 Euro storylines

Alistair Tait: From Europe's dramatic win over the U.S. at the Solheim Cup to Luke Donald's mastery on both tours to Rory McIlroy's big win at the U.S. Open, it was a year to remember in Europe.

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My year in golf: Julie Williams

Little compares to a major championship, but lots unfolded on the entry levels of women's golf in 2011, too.

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Westwood leads in Thailand; Schwartzel 4 back

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel shot a second straight 6-under 66 on Saturday to move four strokes behind Lee Westwood at the Thailand Golf Championship.

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Thompson, 16, wins Dubai for 2nd career title

Lexi Thompson, 16, earned her second career victory Saturday at the Dubai Ladies Masters. She became the youngest winner on the LET, a record she already holds on the LPGA.

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Ogilvy battles wind for Aussie Masters lead

Geoff Ogilvy took a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Australian Masters, shooting an 8-under 63 on his boyhood course at Victoria Golf Club.

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Doctor who treated Woods avoids prison

A Canadian sports doctor whose stable of superstar athletes included golfer Tiger Woods avoided prison Friday for bringing unapproved and mislabeled drugs into the United States for house calls.

Friday, December 16

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Jeff Overton facing charges of resisting arrest

Professional golfer Jeff Overton faces three misdemeanor charges after allegedly resisting arrest in Indiana as police tried to arrest him for public intoxication and disorderly conduct, NewsCore reported Friday.

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PHOTOS: PGA Tour winners of 2011

We saw dozens of different winners on the PGA Tour in 2011. Take a look back at all of their triumphs with our extensive photo gallery. PHOTOS

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Quiros offers preview of Callaway Razr Fit driver

En route to victory at the Dubai World Championship, Alvaro Quiros wielded the new Callaway Razr Fit driver – Callaway's first fully adjustable driver sold to the public. James Achenbach

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Meet the European Tour Q-School graduates

Thirty-seven players gained cards at this year’s European Tour Qualifying School in Girona, Spain, and form the class of 2012. England’s David Dixon took first card with a six-round total of 21-under 407, but as always there were good news and bad news stories.

USGA appeals to S.F. mayor to save Sharp Park

The U.S. Golf Association has weighed in on the public debate about San Francisco’s Sharp Park Golf Course and come to the support of the beleaguered municipal layout.

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Poulter battles for two-shot Aussie Masters lead

England’s Ian Poulter overcame a bout of food poisoning to birdie the final two holes for a 3-under 68 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Australian Masters on Friday.

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Westwood cruises to 11-shot lead in Thailand

Lee Westwood followed his career-best 12-under 60 with a 64 on Friday to take a commanding 11-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the Thailand Golf Championship.

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Thompson retains lead at Dubai Ladies Masters

Teenager Lexi Thompson is closing in on her second professional win, taking a one-shot lead into the final round of the Dubai Ladies Masters after shooting 2-under 70 on Friday.

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2011 in review: Top 9 PGA Tour storylines

Jim McCabe: From Seve Ballesteros' death in May to the sudden popularity of belly putters to Tiger Woods' first win in more than two years, we take a look back at 2011 on the PGA Tour.

Thursday, December 15

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Long (No. 27, 2013) commits to Auburn

Will Long of Gastonia, N.C., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Auburn.

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Sims (No. 21, 2013) commits to Florida

Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, has committed to play for the University of Florida after graduating in 2013.

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N’wide Tour releases ‘strong’ 2012 schedule

The 2012 Nationwide Tour schedule will feature one more event than last year -- up to 27 tournaments -- and the developmental circuit’s first foray into Chile.

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Diamante raises the bar in Cabo

Three years ago, during my first visit to Mexico’s Los Cabos, I jumped on an ATV and drove across enormous dunes to see the planned site for two Jack Nicklaus golf courses.

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Rater’s Notebook: Sandia Golf Club

Bradley S. Klein: Sandia Golf Club provides a compelling counterpoint to its namesake mountains.

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Special report: Going for the green

As golf courses raise their environmental awareness, many have flocked to Audubon International for validation. In some cases, that recognition might be for the birds.

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My year in golf: James Achenbach

Enough of the USGA bashing. In 2011, the organization took definitive steps to promote the game and help assure its future growth.

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Donald receives European Tour’s top honor

Top-ranked Luke Donald has added the European Tour’s golfer of the year award to his PGA Tour player of the year honor for 2011.

Lyle, Alliss part of 2012 Hall of Fame class

Two-time major champion Sandy Lyle of Scotland and British commentator Peter Alliss have been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2012.

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Westwood shoots 60, leads by 5 in Thailand

Lee Westwood shot a career-best 12-under 60 Thursday to lead the Thailand Golf Championship by five strokes over John Daly.

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Lexi Thompson takes 2-shot lead in Dubai

American teenager Lexi Thompson has taken a two-shot lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

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Poulter leads Aussie Masters; Donald 4 back

England’s Ian Poulter shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Australian Masters on Thursday.

An act of contrition for a troubled golfer

One man’s dying wish? To tell a top-tier rules official that years ago, he had cheated in a USGA qualifier.

Wednesday, December 14

S.F. public golf under fire as Sharp Park loses vote

Supporters of public golf in the Bay Area saw one of their favorite local courses take a hit this week.

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Player of the Week: Christian De La Cruz

Christian De La Cruz of San Antonio, Texas shot 4-over 148 (72-76) at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas to win the TJGT’s Traditions Fall Invitational at Texas A&M by five shots.

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Player of the Week: Sierra Sims

Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas shot 6-over 150 (77-73) at at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas to win the TJGT’s Traditions Fall Invitational at Texas A&M by one shot.

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PGA, Canadian tours finalize partnership

The PGA and Canadian tours finalized an agreement that will help the cash-strapped Canadian circuit continue its operations and could have an impact on the PGA Tour’s qualifying process.

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Lehman named Champions Tour PoY

Tom Lehman now has won player of the year at every stage of his career.

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Jenkins to become sixth media member in HoF

Golf journalist Dan Jenkins has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

It's the swan song for Windsong Farm

When it opened in 2003, Windsong Farm Golf Club had big ambitions. Or its owners did, anyway.

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Scobie (NR, 2013) commits to Houston

Matthew Scobie of Ajax, Ontario has given a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of Houston.

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Wahlin leads in Dubai; Thompson 4 back

Lotta Wahlin made seven birdies for a 6-under 66 Wednesday to take a one-shot lead over Becky Brewerton after the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

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2011 in review: Top 10 LPGA storylines

Beth Ann Baldry: There were no wins from Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel or Cristie Kerr - but there were plenty of wins by Yani Tseng. The top 10 LPGA storylines from 2011 . . .

Tuesday, December 13

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Johnson to reunite with former caddie Brown

Dustin Johnson has hired a new caddie — his old one.

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Major champions recall their major moments

Golf seasons are defined by the majors, and this year was no exception.

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Commentary: McCabe: Added satisfaction for PoY Donald

A remarkable year was made even more special for Luke Donald when his peers voted him Player of the Year.

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By the numbers: Luke Donald's 2011 season

We all know about the money titles and the world ranking, but just how good was Luke Donald's 2011 season? Sean Martin breaks down the shocking numbers.

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Donald named Tour PoY; Bradley top rookie

No surprise here: Ryan Lavner writes that Luke Donald (Player of the Year) and Keegan Bradley (Rookie of the Year) were the big winners as the Tour announced its end-of-season awards.

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Appleby (back) doubtful to play Aussie Masters

Defending champion Stuart Appleby is in doubt for this week’s Australian Masters due to a nagging back injury.

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Wie looks to end year on high note in Dubai

Michelle Wie is looking for a strong finish to a season she calls “a work in progress” after being hindered by injuries and tinkering with her swing.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

See what tournaments are being played this week.

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2011 in review: Top 10 junior golf storylines

Jordan Spieth put the finishing touches on his historic junior career with some of 2011’s top moments. Check out the other top junior golf moments of the past year.

Monday, December 12

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October report shows rounds played fell again

The number of rounds played in the U.S. dropped 6.5 percent in October and contributed to a 3.8 percent decline for the year-to-date total.

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Winner’s Circle: Dec. 5-11, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Achenbach: A hang-up for smartphones

When it comes to distance measuring in golf, smartphones may not be so smart. Many smartphones contain features and functions that do not conform to the Rules of Golf.

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Maginnes on Tap: Donald redefines success in '11

Luke Donald's 2011 season may have changed our perceptions of success in professional golf.

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Top 10 men's amateur storylines from 2011

Patrick Cantlay put amateur golf on the map in a big way this summer, but so did the Walker Cup and international players Hideki Matsuyama and Tom Lewis. Here are our top 10 men's storylines.

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Ogilvy-Allenby spat looms at Aussie Masters

Geoff Ogilvy says it could be "quite interesting" if he's paired with Presidents Cup teammate Robert Allenby this week in the Australian Masters after their public spat last month.

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TaylorMade introduces new RocketBallz clubs

A year after a successful campaign with its white-headed metalwoods, TaylorMade reveals its new line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons called RocketBallz, as well as a new R11S line.

Sunday, December 11

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Bradley, Steele go low to win Shark Shootout

PGA Champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 13-under 59 in scramble play Sunday to become the first PGA Tour rookies to win the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

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Tait: Perfect ending to great year for Euro Tour

Alistair Tait: From Luke Donald's world dominance to Rory McIlroy's rockstar status to Alvaro Quiros' season-ending win to Sergio Garcia's resurgence, the European Tour ends the year with very little to complain about.

Carter wins Dixie Amateur Seniors title

Ron Carter of Monticello, Ind., fired a final-round, 2-under 70 to win the 15th annual the Dixie Amateur Seniors Division tournament, clearing Bob Stephens of Indianapolis, Ind., by one stroke at the Heron Bay Golf Club in Coral Springs, Fla.

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McIlroy pulls out of Thai tournament

Rory McIlroy says he is pulling out of next week's Thailand Golf Championship as he continues to recover from the lingering effects of dengue fever.

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Donald's double: He secures both money titles

Alvaro Quiros won the Dubai World Championship in dramatic fashion on Sunday - with an eagle - but was overshadowed by the third-place finisher: Luke Donald, who wrapped up two money titles.

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Dubai World Championship extended 3 more years

The European Tour says it has agreed to keep the final event of the Race To Dubai in the city for three years and increase the prize money by $500,000 to $8 million.

Saturday, December 10

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Rookies Bradley-Steele lead Templeton Shootout

PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele shot a 10-under 62 in better-ball play Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price in the Franklin Templeton Shootout.

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Quiros takes two-shot lead in Dubai

Alvaro Quiros will head into the final round of the Dubai World Championship holding a two-shot lead over Paul Lawrie of Scotland. Luke Donald sits in fourth, while Rory McIlroy is eighth.

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Q&A: Nicole Smith, Golfweek.com blogger

Golfweek caught up with Nicole Smith, a former Big Break Ireland contestant and Golfweek.com blogger, at the final stage of Q-School to get a review of the past season.

Friday, December 9

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Cantlay invited to play Northern Trust Open

Sources have confirmed to Golfweek that Patrick Cantlay, the world’s No. 1 amateur, has received a sponsor exemption into the 2012 Northern Trust Open.

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Bradley, Steele team up for share of lead in Naples

Champions Tour duo Mark Calcavecchia and Nick Price tied with the pairing of PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele at 9-under 63 to lead the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Friday.

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Ochoa gives birth to baby boy in Mexico City

Former top-ranked golfer Lorena Ochoa has given birth to a baby boy.

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Recent college grads highlight Euro Q-School

European Tour Q-School starts Saturday in Spain. The field of hopefuls includes several names familiar to American fans.

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Achenbach: At Q-School, age is just a number

Here at PGA Tour Q-School, 50 may not be the new 30, but golf’s age equation continues to evolve.

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Fatigued feeling lingers for McIlroy in Dubai

Rory McIlroy says the fatigue he has felt for the past several weeks may be the lingering effects of dengue fever.

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McIlroy trails leader Quiros by 5 in Dubai

After a second-round 71, Rory McIlroy trails leader Alvaro Quiros by five shots at the Dubai World Championship. McIlroy is gunning for the season-ending European money title.

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Without sponsor, LPGA cancels Springfield event

The LPGA tournament in Springfield has been canceled after organizers failed to find a new sponsor.

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Top 10 women's college storylines from 2011

Top-ranked UCLA stole the show in women's college golf over the past year, but Purdue, Oklahoma State and North Carolina also made the top-10 list of 2011 storylines.

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After travels, Pinckney closes in on Euro Tour card

Influenced by his friend Rory McIlroy, American Scott Pinckney has chosen to play in Europe. It's time to see if it has paid off.

Thursday, December 8

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Bradley, Simpson highlight Shark Shootout field

FedEx Cup runner-up Webb Simpson and 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley lead the field at the 23rd annual Shark Shootout beginning Friday at Tiburon Golf Club.

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Top 10 college men’s storylines of the fall

From Texas’ rapid rise to the Year of the Freshman to the resurgent Oregon Ducks, our Golfweek college experts recap the top 10 men’s storylines of the fall.

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Toy Box Notes: Tiger’s club tweaks

Tiger Woods picked up his first victory in two years at the Chevron World Challenge using Nike equipment exclusively.

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Luke Donald: McIlroy is most talented golfer

Tiger Woods is the best golfer Luke Donald has ever played against and Rory McIlroy is the most talented.

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McIlroy two back at Dubai World Championship

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 30 on the back nine Thursday at the Dubai World Championship to take an early lead on top-ranked Luke Donald for the European money title.

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NGCA inducts Inkster, Hurst into Hall of Fame

Former San Jose State teammates Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst were among the honorees at the NGCA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this week in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, December 7

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Coaches discuss new ways to crown NCAA champ

The most-discussed item among NCAA Division I coaches at the Golf Coaches Association of America annual convention, which concluded Wednesday at the Tropicana Resort and Casino, barely was mentioned at any of the formal sessions.

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Commentary: Q-School stands for quality, so why change it?

Q-School has its flaws, sure, but it also has its share of benefits – namely simplicity and openness. Why change that?

In this issue: Dec. 9-16, 2011

Inside the Dec. 9-16, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

S.F.’s Sharp Park suffers political setback

A measure designed to expedite the closure of San Francisco’s Sharp Park Golf Course narrowly passed Dec. 6.

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Golfweek’s Best: Casino Courses 2011

Shadow Creek still stands atop casino courses list.

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McCabe: Mulligans for those in need in 2011

Our Jim McCabe certainly is in the holiday spirit. He’s offering gifts – sorry, mulligans – to the players whose 2011 season might have been different if not for one errant swing.

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Donald aims for Euro money title in Dubai

Top-ranked Luke Donald hopes to make history this week in Dubai, where he will attempt to become the first player to win the money title on both the PGA and European tours.

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Notes: Woods up to $12M in tourney donations

Greg McLaughlin, the tournament director of the Chevron World Challenge, was standing on the first tee before the start of the final round when he was asked his thoughts on the day.

Tuesday, December 6

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Sycamore Hills to host 2013 U.S. Girls' Junior

The U.S. Golf Association has announced that Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., will host the 2013 U.S. Girls’ Junior. It’s a familiar track for juniors after hosting the 2010 and ’11 Junior PGA Championships.

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Breakdown of 2011 Q-School graduates

A breakdown of the 2011 PGA Tour Q-School graduates.

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Key vote today in proposed closure of Sharp Park

Historic Sharp Park Golf Course, a legendary municipal layout owned and operated by San Francisco, could take a decisive step closer today toward being shut down.

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McIlroy, Westwood relish chance to face Woods

Tiger Woods is back to his winning ways, and some of the best golfers in the world are relishing the chance to face him again.

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Klein: Crash course in great architecture

Public Education: A crash course in great architecture just might help your game. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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A good golf trip starts with the right bag

It’s imperative that a travel case protect your golf clubs, and it’s helpful if the sheer weight of the loaded case doesn’t rip your arm out of your shoulder socket as you lug it through parking lots and airports.

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Still not ready, Holmes WDs from Shootout

J.B. Holmes is improving after undergoing minor brain surgery in September, but the long-hitter still isn’t ready for competition. He withdrew from this week’s Shark Shootout in Naples, Fla.

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Dorado looking to reclaim top Caribbean status

Martin Kaufmann: Dorado Beach seeks to reclaim status among the Caribbean's best.

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Whan delivers with 2nd year of Founders Cup

The inaugural Founders Cup paid tribute to LPGA founders, but only had a "mock purse." An improved version for 2012 still honors pioneers – and pays out real cash.

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Crane to play through torn labrum in hip

Ben Crane revealed on his Twitter feed Monday that he has a torn labrum in his left hip but will attempt to play through the injury in 2012.

Monday, December 5

Yokoi named head coach of Long Beach St.

Long Beach State Director of Athletics Vic Cegles announced Monday that Mickey Yokoi has been named men’s head golf coach at LBSU. Yokoi joins the 49ers after serving as associate head coach at Arizona State.

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Biershenk, Gangluff realize dreams at Q-School

Tommy Biershenk was working on a farm two years ago, earning $500 a week as he tried to keep his golf dreams alive. He's now headed to the PGA Tour after securing his card at Q-School.

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Top speakers turn out for coaches meeting

It was speaker’s day at the Golf Coaches Association of America’s annual convention Monday at the Tropicana Resort and Casino -- and the GCAA had a pretty stellar lineup.

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Todd closes in 68 for one-shot Q-School win

Brendon Todd shot a final-round 4-under 68 on the Jack Nicklaus Stadium Course to win the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament by one stroke on Monday, earning his Tour card for 2012.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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McGladrey renews sponsorship of Fall Series event

Tax and business consulting firm McGladrey has extended its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour Fall Series event it helped create in 2010.

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Predictions: How many wins for Tiger in 2012?

After Tiger Woods' thrilling win at the Chevron World Challenge, it seems the 2012 golf season can't arrive soon enough. What does next year have in store for Tiger? Predictions

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Finalists selected for Olympic course design

Competitive bidding for plumb golf course design assignments is nothing new for architects.

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LPGA negotiates cable TV rights deal in Japan

The LPGA has agreed to an exclusive cable and satellite broadcast rights deal in Japan, giving the carrier access to approximately half of its tournaments.

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5 Things: Kono's adventure at Q-School unfortunate

Lance Ringler: The UCLA women suffered a loss without even playing, with Stephanie Kono being forced to choose to go pro or stay in school. It should have never even got to this.

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Golfweek West Coast Junior Invite dates announced

The field is rapidly filling for Golfweek's West Coast Junior Invitational. Take a peek at the field and find out who is eligible to enter.

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Maginnes on Tap: Meet manic Monday

Maginnes on Tap: Today, life will change for 25 players that will earn their PGA Tour card at Q-School. For the rest of the field, their life-changing moment will be on hold until next year.

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Complete coverage: PGA and LPGA Q-School

Your one-stop shop for all you need to know about Q-School on both the PGA and LPGA tours.

Sunday, December 4

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Chevron out as sponsor of Tiger’s event

Chevron has decided not to renew its title sponsorship of the tournament that Tiger Woods hosts at Sherwood Country Club to benefit his foundation.

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Q-School: Janzen wants to earn way onto Tour

James Achenbach: As a two-time U.S. Open winner, Lee Janzen could whine about having to go to Q-School to earn his Tour card. But he doesn't. He wants to earn his way on Tour, even at 47.

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Tiger's dramatic win simply part of his 'process'

Sean Martin: Sure, it wasn't the Masters or the U.S. Open. But Tiger Woods didn't treat his dramatic victory at the Chevron World Challenge any differently. It was an important step in rebuilding his game - and his life.

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Tait: McIlroy's win adds intrigue to Dubai

Rory's trip to Hong Kong may not have been best for his health, but it was great for the Euro Tour.

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Dawson opens up 3-shot lead at PGA Q-School

Marco Dawson shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday on PGA West’s TPC Stadium Course to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods wins Chevron by stroke

How’s that for a finish? Tiger Woods birdied the final two holes to edge Zach Johnson and win the Chevron World Challenge. Tiger Tracker.

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Kono earns LPGA card with mixed emotions

Beth Ann Baldry: For Stephanie Kono, it was a bittersweet day on Sunday at LPGA Q-School. The UCLA senior earned her tour card, but ended her collegiate career prematurely.

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Gulyanamitta wins LPGA Q-School finals

Numa Gulyanamitta was the picture of bliss after finishing her fifth and final round of LPGA Qualifying School, taking the first place check and earning an LPGA card.

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Westwood retains title with 2-shot win at Sun City

Lee Westwood shot a 1-over 73 and held off Robert Karlsson for a two-shot win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.

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Tiger's finish has impact on his '12 exemptions

Tiger Woods’ play at the Chevron World Challenge has the golf world wondering if he can return to the PGA Tour winner’s circle in 2012. A high finish Sunday at Chevron all but ensures he’ll return to two events where he’s had success.

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Brad Kennedy wins New Zealand Open in playoff

Brad Kennedy won the New Zealand Open on Sunday, holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff with Australian compatriot Craig Parry to complete a wire-to-wire victory.

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McIlroy storms back to win Hong Kong Open

Rory McIlroy rallied to win the Hong Kong Open, holing out from a greenside bunker on the final hole Sunday for a 5-under 65 and a two-stroke victory.

Saturday, December 3

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Q-School: Gore has new perspective on golf career

Jason Gore has lost 40 pounds because his doctor said he was a borderline diabetic. He's had shoulder surgery in the last six months. And if he doesn't earn his card at Q-School, this might be it for the teddy bear.

Claxton leads PGA Tour Q-school by two shots

Will Claxton shot a 2-under 70 on Saturday on PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course to take a two-stroke lead after the fourth round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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Christine Song leads LPGA Tour Q-school

Christine Song shot an even-par 72 on Saturday on LPGA International's Legends Course to take a four-stroke lead into the final round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods trails by one after Round 3

Tiger Woods will have to come from behind to win his first title in two years, firing a 1-over 73 Saturday, allowing Zach Johnson to use an eagle on No. 18 to vault into the lead. Tiger Tracker.

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Q-School: South Korean Noh playing a starring role

Sean Martin: Seung-Yul Noh is playing a starring role at PGA Tour Q-School, and even countryman K.J. Choi has taken notice of the 20-year-old's unlimited potential.

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Former Purdue players reunited at LPGA Q-School

Julie Williams: Former Purdue teammates Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Numa Gulyanamitta are thriving in their first trip to LPGA Qualifying School.

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Boland among players to make Q-School cut

Julia Boland squeaked through the 72-hole cut at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School, but others weren't so lucky.

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Westwood takes 7-shot lead at Sun City after 62

Defending champion Lee Westwood shot 10-under 62 Saturday to take a seven-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Australia's Kennedy leads New Zealand Open by 3

Australian Brad Kennedy shot a 4-under-68 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the New Zealand Open.

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Quiros takes 1-shot lead at Hong Kong Open

Alvaro Quiros of Spain shot a 3-under 67 Saturday to hold a one-shot lead after the third round of the Hong Kong Open, while joint overnight leader Rory McIlroy fell three strokes behind.

Friday, December 2

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After long journey, Harman at Q-School finals

PGA Tour Q-School doesn’t care about your amateur resume, and perhaps no one knows that better than Brian Harman, who has been struggling for years just to get to the final stage.

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Q-School: Beem making a run at PGA West

Don’t look now, but here comes Rich Beem. After consecutive 72s in the first and second rounds of PGA Tour Q-School, Beem rebounded Friday with a 5-under-par 67 on the Nicklaus Tournament Course at PGA West.

Claxton increases Q-School lead to two shots

Will Claxton shot a 3-under 69 on Friday on PGA West’s TPC Stadium Course to increase his lead to two strokes after the third round of the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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LPGA mistake leaves UCLA's Kono in tight spot

Beth Ann Baldry: Because of an LPGA mistake, UCLA standout Stephanie Kono finds herself in an unenviable spot entering the weekend at the final stage of Qualifying School.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods takes three-shot lead

Tiger Woods was 6 under on the par 5s at the Chevron World Challenge and fired a 5-under 67 Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi. Tiger Tracker

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Song builds lead to 5 at LPGA Q-School

Christine Song shot a 2-under 70 on Friday on LPGA International’s Champions Course to increase her lead to five strokes after the third round of the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament.

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Unson (No. 18, 2013) commits to Pepperdine

Andrea Unson of Murrieta, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Pepperdine in the fall of 2013.

Design stars in finals for Olympic golf course

Brazilian officials have selected eight finalists from among a who's-who of the world's top golf-course architects to design the 2016 Olympic course.

Dana Quigley's son seriously injured in car crash

The son of Champions Tour golfer Dana Quigley was seriously injured in a car accident Wednesday night after the BMW he was driving crashed into a semi-truck in Riviera Beach, Fla., according to a report in The Palm Beach Post.

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Tait: Wilson in a lull, heads to Euro Q-School

Oliver Wilson has too much talent to be at the bottom of the European Tour for long.

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McDowell leads Nedbank Challenge by one

Graeme McDowell recovered from a double-bogey seven at No. 14 to birdie two of his last three holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-shot second-round lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

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McIlroy maintains share of Hong Kong lead

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland retained a share of the lead at the Hong Kong Open on Friday after shooting a 1-under 69 in the second round.

Thursday, December 1

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Q-School: Claxton makes a name for himself

Q-School: While the weather and tough courses created plenty of storylines on Thursday, all-around nice guy Paul Claxton saw himself vault from T-126 to T-47. Who is this guy? Our James Achenbach with the story.

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Q-School: Breaking down course difficulty

The high winds that hit Southern California on Thursday made PGA West play difficult for the PGA Tour hopefuls there for Q-School.

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Q-School: Gates on the road to recovery

Q-School notebook: Bobby Gates went from missing his Tour card by $1,431 to salmonella poisoning while at the World Golf Championship to three shots back at Q-School finals.

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Song feeling comfortable at LPGA Q-School

Julie Williams: Playing in unseasonably cool temperatures and a brisk wind, Christine Song fired a second-round 70 Thursday to take a two-shot lead at LPGA Q-School.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods three back after Round 1

After a strong front nine, Tiger Woods opened with a 3-under 69 at Sherwood CC on Thursday, trailing leader K.J. Choi by three shots. TIGER TRACKER

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Dormie Club worth playing in N.C. Sandhills

Dormie Club claims a spot among the North Carolina Sandhills’ best. Bradley S. Klein reports.

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Five favorites: The books on travel

Martin Kaufmann and Bradley S. Klein put together a list of five of their favorite travel books.

Scratch Players discontinued due to sked conflict

When the U.S. Amateur Championship moved its playing dates up one week beginning in 2012, some wondered whether this might have a domino effect on other tournaments normally played around that time.

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Marco Island acquires Hammock Bay GC

Earlier this year, I made my first visit to the Marco Island Marriott in southwest Florida, and it turned out to be one of my “top finds” of 2011.

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High winds to wreak havoc at Q-School

Want further proof that the golf gods are a cruel lot? Come to PGA Tour Q-School, where the weather is making one of the year’s most difficult weeks nearly impossible.

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Hoang (No. 24, 2013) commits to Clemson

Jessica Hoang of North Augusta, S.C., has given a verbal commitment to Clemson for the fall of 2013. Hoang also made unofficial visits to Furman, Ole Miss and Auburn.

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Westwood, Schwartzel tied for lead in Sun City

Defending champion Lee Westwood birdied the last hole to shoot a 4-under 68 and share the first-round lead with Masters winner Charl Schwartzel at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Thursday.

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McIlroy (64) grabs share of Hong Kong lead

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 6-under 64 in blustery conditions on Thursday to share the lead with Alvaro Quiros and David Horsey after the opening round of the Hong Kong Open.

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