Stories for December 2011
Saturday, December 31
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.
May Wood, revisited
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
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.
Whitsett wins Patriot
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.
A trip to Scotland is a necessary bucket-list item for every serious golfer.
Junior golf preview
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.
2012 in preview: Europe
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.
Where are they now
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
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.
Adams to introduce Fast 12 line
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.
College golf crowds were far too small in 2011. That can change this year.
The Golf Writers Association of America has named Luke Donald, Yani Tseng and Tom Lehman its 2011 players of the year.
has given a verbal commitment 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.
PGA Tour preview
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
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 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.
2012 in preview: Nationwide
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.
2012 in preview: LPGA
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
Rod Pampling had a few nervous moments while watching parts of the final PGA Tour event on TV, though it ended well for him.
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.
Here are just a few reminders of why we’re so lucky to follow this grand game.
2012 preview: College
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
Number crunching 2011
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.
From wallabies in Abu Dhabi to Tom Lewis at Royal Lytham, covering Europe provided plenty of great storylines.
2011 in review: 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
Number crunching 2011
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.
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
Number crunching 2011
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.
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.
A "personal worst" in rounds played explains the real reason why golf is ailing.
Friday, December 23
Number crunching 2011
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.
A former Oklahoma State women’s golfer has been named the Ladies European Tour Player of the Year for 2011.
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.
There is no recession for European professionals. The 2012 schedules of the European and Ladies European tours confirm just that.
Cody Proveaux holed a 7-foot birdie putt Dec. 22 to defeat Adrian Meronk in sudden death and win the Gate American Junior.
Bettye Danoff, one of the LPGA tour’s 13 founding members, has died. She was 88.
Thursday, December 22
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.
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.
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 . . .
While there were a lot of highlights on the course, 2011 was the year golf embraced social media.
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, 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
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.
2011 in review: Nationwide
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.
Curtis Cup selections
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.
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
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.
USGA responds to Solheim idea
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.
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.
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
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.
Ernie Els and Retief Goosen are among those who enter the 2012 season without an invitation to the Masters in April.
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.
Uihlein will turn 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.
recaps his year in golf, which included countless college and amateur highlights.
Augusta State made it a memorable year, but that wasn't the only noteworthy story in the college and amateur ranks.
Ping CEO has big idea
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.
From Keegan Bradley to Kelly Kraft, 2011 made you wonder: Did I really just see that?
Sunday, December 18
Westwood wins by seven
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.
Poulter wins Aussie 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
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.
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.
A memorable 24 hours from a cross-country reunion got the year started on the right foot.
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.
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.
Little compares to a major championship, but lots unfolded on the entry levels of women's golf in 2011, too.
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.
Thompson wins in Dubai
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.
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.
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
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.
2011 PGA Tour winners
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
Quiros uses new Callaway
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thompson leads in Dubai
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.
Top 9 PGA Tour stories
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
has given a verbal commitment to Auburn.
Will Long of Gastonia, N.C., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Auburn.
has given a verbal commitment to Florida.
Sierra Sims of Austin, Texas, has committed to play for the University of Florida after graduating in 2013.
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.
says even in the crowded Cabo golf market, Diamante stands out as a special experience.
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.
Bradley S. Klein: Sandia Golf Club provides a compelling counterpoint to its namesake mountains.
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.
Enough of the USGA bashing. In 2011, the organization took definitive steps to promote the game and help assure its future growth.
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.
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.
Lee Westwood shot a career-best 12-under 60 Thursday to lead the Thailand Golf Championship by five strokes over John Daly.
American teenager Lexi Thompson has taken a two-shot lead after the second round of the Dubai Ladies Masters.
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.
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
Supporters of public golf in the Bay Area saw one of their favorite local courses take a hit this week.
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.
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.
PGA, Canadian tours partner
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.
Tom Lehman now has won player of the year at every stage of his career.
Golf journalist Dan Jenkins has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.
When it opened in 2003, Windsong Farm Golf Club had big ambitions. Or its owners did, anyway.
has given a verbal commitment to Houston.
Matthew Scobie of Ajax, Ontario has given a verbal commitment to play golf at the University of Houston.
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.
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
Dustin Johnson has hired a new caddie — his old one.
Golf seasons are defined by the majors, and this year was no exception.
A remarkable year was made even more special for Luke Donald when his peers voted him Player of the Year.
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.
Donald, Bradley win awards
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.
Defending champion Stuart Appleby is in doubt for this week’s Australian Masters due to a nagging back injury.
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.
See what tournaments are being played this week.
2011 in review
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
Rounds down 3.8 percent
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.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Smartphones on the course
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.
Maginnes on Tap
Luke Donald's 2011 season may have changed our perceptions of success in professional golf.
Top 10 amateur stories
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.
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.
TaylorMade's new line
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
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.
Perfect ending to '11 season
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.
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.
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.
Donald wins 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.
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
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.
Quiros leads 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.
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
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.
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.
Former top-ranked golfer Lorena Ochoa has given birth to a baby boy.
breaks down a European Tour Q-School field that includes several names familiar to American fans.
European Tour Q-School starts Saturday in Spain. The field of hopefuls includes several names familiar to American fans.
Here at PGA Tour Q-School, 50 may not be the new 30, but golf’s age equation continues to evolve.
Rory McIlroy says the fatigue he has felt for the past several weeks may be the lingering effects of dengue fever.
McIlroy 5 back 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.
The LPGA tournament in Springfield has been canceled after organizers failed to find a new sponsor.
Top 10: Women's College Golf
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.
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
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.
Top 10 men's storylines
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.
Tiger Woods picked up his first victory in two years at the Chevron World Challenge using Nike equipment exclusively.
Tiger Woods is the best golfer Luke Donald has ever played against and Rory McIlroy is the most talented.
McIlroy two back in Dubai
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.
NGCA 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
says college coaches are discussing better ways of crowning the individual NCAA champion.
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.
Q-School has its flaws, sure, but it also has its share of benefits – namely simplicity and openness. Why change that?
Inside the Dec. 9-16, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
A measure designed to expedite the closure of San Francisco’s Sharp Park Golf Course narrowly passed Dec. 6.
Best Casino Courses of 2011
Shadow Creek still stands atop casino courses list.
McCabe: 2011 do-overs
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.
Donald: Euro money title
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.
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
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.
A breakdown of the 2011 PGA Tour Q-School graduates.
Key vote Dec. 6
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.
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.
Public Education: A crash course in great architecture just might help your game. Bradley S. Klein explains.
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.
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.
Martin Kaufmann: Dorado Beach seeks to reclaim status among the Caribbean's best.
Year 2 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.
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
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.
PGA Tour 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.
says some top speakers turned up at the Golf Coaches Association of America’s annual convention.
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.
Q-School Final Stage
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.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Tax and business consulting firm McGladrey has extended its title sponsorship of the PGA Tour Fall Series event it helped create in 2010.
Tiger predictions for 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
says the “Elite Eight” finalists in the running to design the Olympic course represent a global collection of marquee architects.
Competitive bidding for plumb golf course design assignments is nothing new for architects.
LPGA negotiates cable deal
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.
Kono's adventure at Q-School
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.
GW West Coast Jr. Invite
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.
Maginnes on Tap: Q-School
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.
Your one-stop shop for all you need to know about Q-School on both the PGA and LPGA tours.
Sunday, December 4
Chevron won't renew
Chevron has decided not to renew its title sponsorship of the tournament that Tiger Woods hosts at Sherwood Country Club to benefit his foundation.
Q-School: Lee Janzen
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.
Importance of Tiger win
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.
Race for Dubai
Rory's trip to Hong Kong may not have been best for his health, but it was great for the Euro Tour.
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.
Tiger wins Chevron
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.
Kono accepts tour card
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.
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.
Lee Westwood shot a 1-over 73 and held off Robert Karlsson for a two-shot win at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Sunday.
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.
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.
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
Q-School: Jason Gore
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.
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.
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.
Tiger trails 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.
Q-School: Seung-Yul Noh
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.
Julie Williams: Former Purdue teammates Maude-Aimee Leblanc and Numa Gulyanamitta are thriving in their first trip to LPGA Qualifying School.
Julia Boland squeaked through the 72-hole cut at the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School, but others weren't so lucky.
Defending champion Lee Westwood shot 10-under 62 Saturday to take a seven-shot lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge.
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.
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
PGA Tour Q-School
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.
PGA Tour Q-School
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.
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.
LPGA Qualifying School
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.
Woods leads Chevron
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
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.
has given a verbal commitment to Pepperdine.
Andrea Unson of Murrieta, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Pepperdine in the fall of 2013.
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.
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.
Oliver Wilson has too much talent to be at the bottom of the European Tour for long.
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.
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
Q-School: Paul Claxton
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.
The high winds that hit Southern California on Thursday made PGA West play difficult for the PGA Tour hopefuls there for Q-School.
Q-School: Bobby Gates
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.
Christine Song leads 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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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
Dormie Club claims a spot among the North Carolina Sandhills’ best. Bradley S. Klein reports.
Martin Kaufmann and Bradley S. Klein put together a list of five of their favorite travel books.
reports that the Scratch Players Championship will no longer be staged.
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.
says a visit to Marco Island Marriott, particularly after the addition of Hammock Bay, is well worth the trip.
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.
says high winds will make scoring nearly impossible 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.
has given a verbal commitment 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.
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.
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.