News for Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Notes: Rucker sings for PGA Tour charity

Darius Rucker has been involved with golf and charity for years, starting with his former band, Hootie and the Blowfish, staging a tournament with several PGA Tour players the Monday after the Masters.

Hall to welcome TV golf pioneer Chirkinian

Frank Chirkinian, a pioneer in televised golf, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Arizona, Boineau charge into spring with home win

Isabelle Boineau and Arizona got off to a strong start to the spring season with wins Feb. 8 at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

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Wittenberg searches for return to grace

Eight years have passed since Casey Wittenberg's standout amateur summer. As Ryan Lavner writes, he still has the tools to be successful.

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After 25 years, Faxon reflects on Pebble Beach

Last week in Pebble Beach, Brad Faxon spoke with Jim McCabe and reflected on what the tournament has meant to his career.

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5 Things: No pressure, Tiger

The heat is on. On Tiger Woods, that is. Full blast. This week’s $2.5 million Dubai Desert Classic might just define how the former world No. 1 is going to play the rest of the year.

Indonesia PGA kicks off OneAsia’s 2011 season

The inaugural Indonesia PGA Championship will raise the curtain on the 2011 OneAsia season, the tour announced this week. The US$1 million tournament scheduled for March 24-27 at Imperial Klub Golf is one of 13 tournaments on this year’s schedule.

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Five Things: Wednesday at Pebble Beach

Eight months ago on the visit to Pebble Beach, Dustin Johnson lost his grip on the U.S. Open trophy with a miserable approach to the second hole and a wild drive at the third.

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Main attraction

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer now are No. 1 and No. 2, supplanting Tiger Woods from his perch atop golf's hierarchy. But both insist they want to topple Woods at his best. Here's hoping Woods can find his form at the Dubai Desert Classic, where all three will be paired together in the early rounds.

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After 25 years, Faxon reflects on Pebble Beach stop

Brad Faxon, preparing for his 25th AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, reflects on what the tournament has meant to his career.

World ranking system gains clout

Tony Greer found enough spare time between the two to devise a world ranking for golfers, and it turned into more than a hobby. His system got the attention of Mark McCormack, the late founder of IMG who had been publishing his own rudimentary rankings in the annual "World of Professional Golf." Neither could have imagined how it would shape golf's growing landscape.

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Top 5: Recapping the Arizona Invitational

The Arizona Wildcat Invitational ended yesterday and there was some home cooking down in the desert. Arizona won their own event by 11 shots over California, but this tournament told us so much more than that.

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Commentary: Woods' Dubai performance may define 2011

As Alistair Tait writes, Tiger Woods' performance in Dubai this week could set the tone for the rest of his 2011 season.

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Rookie Rashid Khan ahead at PGTI Players

Gaganjeet Bhullar may be the hottest player in India, but teen rookie Rashid Khan is taking some the spotlight for himself.

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Big Ben aims to set new Malaysian milestone

Ben Leong is longing to become the first Malaysian to win multiple Asian Tour titles when the new season begins at the Avantha Masters in India next week.

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Tiger owes more to fans in Dubai

Put it this way, if I was a school teacher marking Tiger’s report card for his first two days in Dubai, my comment would read: Must try harder – a lot harder – with an E grade.

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Webb seeks eighth title at Australian Masters

Can Karrie Webb do it again? That’s the question on the lips of many this week at the Australian Ladies Masters, which gets under way Thursday at RAVC Royal Pines Resort.

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Euro Tour honors Westwood for lifetime contributions

Lee Westwood has joined an elite group of golfers. The European Tour awarded Westwood an honorary lifetime membership this week. The 37-year-old Englishman gained world No. 1 status Oct. 31, when he replaced Tiger Woods atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

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U.S. serviceman thrilled by round with Woods

When the call came to the home of Lt. Col. Michael Rowells, his wife Molly assumed it was a joke. Why else would someone insist her husband had won a chance to play a round of golf with Tiger Woods?

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Singh needs success at Pebble to make Match Play

Vijay Singh’s streak of seven consecutive WGC-Accenture Match Play appearances is in jeopardy.

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Hate to be Rude: West aligns stars in L.A.

Jerry West, known for his clutch play in another arena, scores some top talent for L.A.’s Tour stop at Riviera. Jeff Rude explains.

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Woods in talks to revive Dubai course

Tiger Woods says he plans to talk with developers about reviving his stalled Dubai golf estate, which was hit by the financial downturn.

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Five Things: Dubai Desert Classic

With the world’s top three golfers in the field, Alistair Tait lists five storylines to watch at the Dubai Desert Classic.

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