News for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

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5 things: Will Lefty, Vegas get hot in cold Arizona?

It'll be chilly at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, but Jim McCabe says Phil Mickelson should be revved up for TPC Scottsdale.

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Top priority

Martin Kaymer isn’t obsessed about his place in golf’s pecking order. He says he’s just focused on doing his best at the tournament at hand. But for the young German, that could mean victory at this week’s Qatar Masters and a title he doesn’t even covet: World No. 1.

5 Things: Welcome to the club, ladies

Five years after establishing the World Amateur Golf Ranking for men, the R&A has announced it will launch a women’s equivalent.

NCGA, NCPGA merge junior tours

The Northern California Golf Association and the Northern California Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America have merged to form the Junior Tour of Northern California.

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Frost, cold conditions could delay Phoenix Open

Frozen turf wiped out the pro-am round at the Phoenix Open and frost was expected to lead to long delays before play Thursday and Friday.

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Get Golf Ready revamps growth strategy

With fully engaged facilities far fewer than projected, Get Golf Ready leaders are preaching a new mantra for their initiative: Quality over quantity.

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Thomason to captain U.S. at University Games

Diane Thomason, the former head coach at the University of Iowa, has been selected to coach the U.S. women’s team at the World University Games.

Twitter offers glimpse of Euro bond

Want to know why the Europeans have won six of the last eight Ryder Cups? Check out Twitter. It provides proof of the giant intangible that has helped spur Europe to so much success in the biennial match.

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Callaway to open pilot store in India

Callaway Golf India, a subsidiary of the global equipment maker, will open its first store in Delhi in the second quarter of this year.

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Rookie diary: Missed opportunity at Torrey Pines

Wow, what a great finish to the Farmers Insurance Open!

McCarley named president of Golf Channel

Mike McCarley was named president of the Golf Channel in an announcement that came down Wednesday from Dick Ebersol, chairman of the newly-formed NBC Sports Group.

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Gonzalez (No. 10/2012) commits to Oklahoma

Eloy Gonzalez has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Oklahoma.

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Montgomerie backs Middle East expansion

Despite the political turmoil in Egypt, former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie supports extending the European Tour’s 4-event “Desert Swing.”

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Despite pain, Tseng to defend at Australian Open

Yani Tseng is raring to defend her Women’s Australian Open title, despite some elbow tendinitis. The 3-time major winner is in Melbourne this week for the start of the Ladies European Tour season.

In this issue: Feb. 4, 2011

Inside the Feb. 4, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Asian Development Tour kicks off in Bangladesh

Local prospect Hossain Sohel Shakhawat hopes this week’s Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters will provide a springboard for his career as he vies to emulate the success of countryman Rahman Siddikur.

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Toy Box: Watson uses old clubs, new grooves

Bubba Watson won the Farmers Insurance Open with Ping S59 irons that were introduced in 2003.

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Stricker makes Middle East debut in Qatar

American Steve Stricker says the growing strength of the European Tour has convinced him to make his Middle East debut at the Qatar Masters.

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As LET season starts, Davies has no retirement plans

English veteran Laura Davies is playing some of her best golf at age 47 and finds herself among the favorites in a strong field for the Australian Women’s Open starting Thursday.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: What’s wrong with Tiger?

In short, he’s trying to fix something – his swing – that wasn’t broken. Now, at 35, he’s working against time. Jeff Rude reports.

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Westwood, Kaymer battle for No. 1 in Qatar

Lee Westwood will be defending his No. 1 world ranking against Martin Kaymer when they tee off in the Qatar Masters on Thursday.

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Davies says she has no plans to retire soon

English veteran Laura Davies is playing some of her best golf at age 47 and finds herself among the favorites in a strong field for the Australian Women’s Open starting Thursday.

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Notes: TV ratings up after first month of season

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said golf doesn’t depend solely on TV ratings, although good news never hurts.

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Dustin Johnson's wins meaningless? Not so fast

Will World No. 1 Lee Westwood win a major? Have Dustin Johnson's wins been meaningless? Jim McCabe reports.

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