Stories for January 2011


News 2011 January

Monday, January 31

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Three share lead at halted Arizona Intercollegiate

Putnam leads in Arizona

Andrew Putnam holds a share of the individual lead at the Arizona Intercollegiate as darkness halted the second round. Ron Balicki was there.

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Great escape: Fiji's Laucala Island

Laucala Island, Fiji

Anything is possible on Fiji's Laucala Island. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Bold Chamblee isn’t afraid to speak his mind

Chamblee speaks his mind

Brandel Chamblee speaks his mind. As Martin Kaufmann writes, it's a good thing he knows his stuff.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 24-30, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Kohler Co. begins selling Hamilton Grand apartments

says Herb Kohler is betting that affluent golf fans will line up for a chance to buy an apartment in the Hamilton Grand.

Herb Kohler is betting that affluent golf fans will line up for a chance to buy an apartment in the Hamilton Grand, the 115-year-old building that looms over the 18th green of the Old Course in St. Andrews.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Liu

Stephanie Liu, of Fernandina Beach, Fla., shot 8-over 152 (74-78) at Amelia National Golf Club in Amelia Island, Fla., and won the Florida Junior Tour event in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Joe Stepnes

Joe Stepnes, of Pensacola, Fla., shot 7-under 137 (68-69) at Amelia National Golf Club in Amelia Island, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by five shots.

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Tres Marias canceled due to drug violence

The LPGA has postponed the Tres Marias Championship to 2012 due to drug violence in the area. The tour’s security firm deemed Morelia, Mexico, too risky.

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Economic downturn halts Woods' Dubai project

Woods' Dubai project halted

The developer of a Tiger Woods signature golf course in Dubai says the project has been suspended because of a drop in demand for luxury properties.

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Bones on Lefty's lay-up: 'They didn't see the lie'

Mickelson lays up on No. 18

Caddie Jim Mackay knows some will question Phil Mickelson's decision to lay up at No. 18 on Sunday, but he knows there was a good reason.

Sunday, January 30

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Weaver (No. 2, 2012) commits to Notre Dame

has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame has landed one of the top recruits in the 2012 class by receiving a verbal commitment from Lindsey Weaver.

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Monday Top 5: PGA Tour pros show school spirit

Monday breakdown

It's not often you hear about college golf while watching the PGA Tour, but this weekend's University Day claimed a spot in Lance Ringler's weekly college golf Top 5.

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2011 PGA Show wrap-up: Golf's new sensibility

Anyone who finds inspiration in that mid-1990s era of garrulous, cigar-chomping backslappers is badly equipped to deal with the intricacies of revenue management and point-of-sales technology needed today.

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Yes, THAT Lefty

With Phil Mickelson threatening, Bubba Watson duly delivered on the final green Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open for his second career win. Torrey Pines also marked another top showing from rookie Jhonattan Vegas, who is now the FedEx Cup points leader.

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Five things: Mind was key for Watson at Torrey

Watson wins at Torrey Pines

Bubba Watson might be known mostly for his length, but Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open was all about mindset. Sean Martin explains.

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Teenager steals spotlight at Royal Canberra

Ashley Ona, the 2009 Australian girls amateur champion, burst into tears after completing an up-and-down from the back of the final green to secure the one-stroke victory over American Alison Walshe.

5 Things: Serving country - one way or another

South Korean men face 20 months of mandatory military service when they turn 21. The same goes for top pro golfers. Seung-yul Noh, ranked No. 64 in the world, turns 21 in May and said he will enroll in college to stall his military service for five years.

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Casey dusts himself off with Bahrain win

There was a sweet irony about Paul Casey’s victory in the Volvo Golf Champions. The win came on the Colin Montgomerie-designed Royal Course, just five months after Montgomerie snubbed Casey for a Ryder Cup captain’s pick.

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Watson tops Mickelson for Torrey Pines title

Watson wins at Torrey

Bubba Watson rallied with a final-round 67 to claim a one-shot win over Phil Mickelson Sunday at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

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Magee to play Monday qualifier for WMO

says Andrew Magee is the latest fortysomething on the PGA Tour to turn to Monday qualifying.

It seems that Monday qualifying has become a right of passage for fortysomethings on the PGA Tour.

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Coming to America? Not Edoardo Molinari

Edoardo Molinari is the latest European Tour player to rule out joining the U.S. PGA Tour. He was expected to follow Graeme McDowell, a new PGA Tour member and fellow Ryder Cup teammate, onto the American circuit.

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Rule No. 1 for pros: Know the rules

Tournament professionals should know the rules better. How many times have I written or said that over the years? Too many times.

Goh plays her way into HSBC Women’s Champions

Christabel Goh held off challenges from Amelia Yong and Joey Poh to clinch the “host country invite” on Jan. 27 for next month’s HSBC Women’s Champions.

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Spangenberg breaks through in Zimbabwe

Theunis Spangenberg, who didn’t hit a single shot on Saturday because he was among the few who could complete his second round on Friday, came out fresh on Sunday at Royal Harare Golf Club.

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Chinese club operators band together for bargaining power

In a move that may have far-reaching implications in the way suppliers conduct their business with golfing facilities in Asia, a group of mainland Chinese golf clubs is finding strength in numbers.

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Casey wins inaugural Volvo Champions

England’s Paul Casey sank a 5-foot par putt at the last hole to win the inaugural Volvo Golf Champions for his first title in 20 months.

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Five questions: Can Mickelson hold it together?

Mickelson, Haas to battle

Can Phil Mickelson hold it together for one more round at Torrey Pines to earn a fourth victory at his old playground? Sean Martin ponders.

Saturday, January 29

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Five things: Lefty learns to play revamped Torrey

says Phil Mickelson's success at Torrey Pines this week is courtesy of a new strategy.

Phil Mickelson used a 4-under 68 at Torrey Pines South on Saturday to climb into a share of the lead. Sean Martin says it's all about strategy.

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Mickelson, Haas lead in San Diego; Tiger 8 back

Mickelson shares lead

Phil Mickelson moved one step closer Saturday to winning his fourth title at Torrey Pines, shooting a 4-under 68 that gave him a share of the lead.

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2011 PGA Merchandise Show: Recap

PGA Merchandise Show

The displays came down Saturday afternoon at the PGA Merchandise Show. Take a look back at Golfweek's complete coverage.

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Fashion Q&A: Ashworth's Harry Arnett

caught up with Ashworth's Harry Arnett to find out about the iconic brand's new look.

The iconic Ashworth brand that produced all those warm and fuzzy memories of dad playing golf on a Sunday morning has come back with a bang!

Spring college season kicks off this week

previews the first three events on the men’s spring college schedule.

Spring is in the air - well, in some parts of the country, at least.

TaylorMade makes bold forecast for R11

takes a look at TaylorMade’s new “whiteout” campaign.

TaylorMade is betting that consumer acceptance of its R11 white driver will be a big success. How big?

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Casey, Hanson share one-shot lead in Bahrain

Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 and Peter Hanson had a 67 Saturday to lead by one stroke after the third round of the Volvo Champions.

Friday, January 28

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Lepp goes from links to racks with Kikkor Golf

explains how aspiring pro James Lepp became a shoe salesman, and liked it.

James Lepp is an enigma. A few years ago some would say this kid from Vancouver, Canada was going to make it big in the golf world, and make a fortune on the golf course.

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Paolucci, 18, plays local hero role at Farmers

says Anthony Paolucci is playing the role of local hero at Torrey Pines this week, and playing it well.

After Anthony Paolucci tapped in for birdie on his final hole Friday, his gallery of about 50 family and friends cheered loudly. Some yelled, “Pooch!” Paolucci looked almost embarrassed by the reaction, offering a sheepish smile before looking at the ground.

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Haas leads at Torrey; Woods, Lefty in the hunt

A strong finish by Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson made them feel better about their rounds Friday on opposite ends of Torrey Pines, and better about their chances of catching Bill Haas.

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Five things: Tiger, Phil in contention at Torrey

Big names in contention

With big names near the top of the leaderboard at Torrey Pines, it could be an eventful weekend. Sean Martin weighs in with five things to know.

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Lopez infuses clothing line with personality

says Nancy Lopez's clothing line features quite a bit of insider knowledge.

Walking into the Nancy Lopez Golf booth at the PGA Merchandise Show almost feels like walking into the Hall of Famer’s personal home. You half expect the motherly Lopez to ask you to remove your shoes then offer up milk and cookies.

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Fowler kicks up dirt in viral Puma ad

explains how Puma Golf is reinforcing its edgy mentality in a new Rickie Fowler ad.

As the face of Puma Golf, Rickie Fowler is reinforcing the brand’s edgy, irreverent identity in its latest commercial.

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Molinari, Jimenez among leaders in Bahrain

Miguel Angel Jimenez made three birdies putting with a lob wedge after breaking his putter to set up a four-way tie for the lead halfway through the Volvo Champions.

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Frustrated TaylorMade CEO pursues new rules

TaylorMade chief is fed up

TaylorMade-Adidas CEO Mark King is concerned about golf's lack of growth. He's lobbying for an alternative set of rules to make the game easier for beginners and recreational players.

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Can Daly capitalize on fast start in San Diego?

explains why fans shouldn't get too excited about John Daly's 67 in San Diego.

Phil Mickelson’s 67 or Tiger Woods’ 69? Which score generated the most buzz after Thursday’s opening round of the Farmers Insurance Open?

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Daly angry for not getting exemptions

John Daly criticized two tournaments Thursday for not giving him sponsor exemptions, saying he would never play the Bob Hope Classic and Phoenix Open again.

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5 things: Farmers Insurance Open (Round 2)

2nd round of Farmers

Sean Martin breaks down five things to watch for in today's second round at the Farmers Insurance Open:

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'Flogton' is golf's version of the XFL


'Flogton' premise: To build a more inclusive game that’s more fun and that’s not so resistant to technological innovation.

Thursday, January 27

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Tiger starts year with 69, trails by 5 strokes

Tiger shoots 69 in opener

Tiger Woods began his new season with no bogeys, no birdies on the par 5s and no drama. And he trails by 5 shots in San Diego.

Dawgs Crossovers solution for sore feet

has a solution to prevent sore "dogs" on the golf course.

Brothers Steve and Barry Mann grew up on a farm in Canada growing wheat and grain. After days on the farm with their “dogs” (feet) barking they came up with a heck of an idea – create a shoe that won’t make your back hurt when walking or standing all day. Steve, President and CEO, now works with his brother on a daily basis trying to spread the word on Dawgs.

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5 things: Tiger kicks off 2011 season at Torrey

Woods starts 2011 season

Sean Martin takes a look at the five things you need to know from Tiger's first competitive round of 2011.

The sweet song of Branford

says Grammy winner Branford Marsalis was on the floor at the PGA Merchandise Show.

One thing that never amazes me is how golf touches so many people in so many different professions across this life. Visitors to the PGA Show were greeted by some sweet notes played by world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who is a self-proclaimed golf nut.

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Kuchar enjoys opening of PGA Show week

caught up with 2010 Vardon Trophy winner Matt Kuchar at the PGA Show.

When he was a high school golfer living just outside Orlando, Matt Kuchar used to join his dad, Peter, borrow some badges from the pro at his club, and visit the PGA Merchandise Show, just a kid walking through hallways filled with golf toys.

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PGA will take its show on the road – to China

says the PGA Merchandise Show will expand into China later this year.

Greg Norman and Hank Haney are witnessing China's golf boom first-hand. But will China's golf industry learn from mistakes made by the West? The mammoth PGA Merchandise Show will expand to Beijing and Guangzhou later this year.

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Crowds flock to PGA Merchandise Show

PGA Merchandise Show

Crowds and exhibitors flocked to Orange County Convention Center Thursday for the PGA Merchandise Show. Golfweek was there.

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Edfors (64) leads by 2 at Volvo Champions

Johan Edfors has shot an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Volvo Golf Champions, giving him a two-stroke lead in the European Tour’s debut in Bahrain.

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Video blog: Day 1 at PGA Merchandise Show

Day 1 at PGA Show navigated through the jam-packed Orange County Convention Center to chronicle the day’s events. Click here for our exclusive video blog.

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Fashion Q&A: Catwalk Performance Artwear

Catwalk Performance Artwear

As we kick off our 2011 PGA Merchandise Show coverage, we wanted to start with a bang, so we tracked down Canadian designers, Lauren Demerling and Sima Anvari, to give us an inside look at Catwalk Performance Artwear's new look.

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Get Golf Ready revamps growth strategy

Get Golf Ready changes

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

Wednesday, January 26

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Tiger's next chapter

As he prepares for his first start of the year at the Farmers Insurance Open, Tiger Woods says he feels rejuvenated and optimistic about what 2011 will bring. For a new beginning, he couldn't be at a better place: Woods has won seven times at Torrey Pines.

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5 Things: Mickelson talks 2011, Tiger, Torrey

Phil Mickelson met with the U.S. media Wednesday for the first time this year. Here are five things you need to know from his press conference at Torrey Pines:

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On eve of 2011 debut, Woods feels ‘fresh’

Tiger returns to Torrey

Tiger Woods returns to Torrey Pines, site of perhaps his greatest triumph. The question now is whether he’s ready to reclaim his old dominance.

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Nike Golf president: From Tiger to adjustability

Interview: Nike Golf

At the PGA Merchandise Show’s Demo Day, Golfweek’s Gene Yasuda caught up with Nike Golf president Cindy Davis, who shared her thoughts on some of the industry’s hot topics, ranging from Tiger Woods’ comeback to adjustable clubs to the health of the industry.

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5 Things: TaylorMade's whiteout

White is in for TaylorMade. All the major golf equipment companies bring their tour vans to PGA Tour events. TaylorMade, in sync with its introduction of white-headed drivers, fairway woods and hybrids, was set to launch a new all-white tour van at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego.

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PHOTOS: Demo Day at the PGA Merchandise Show

Demo Day photos

Nick Masuda captured these images Wednesday at Demo Day, the kickoff to PGA Merchandise Show week near Orlando, Fla.

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Scottish Open back on the coast, where it belongs

Golf purists are rejoicing at the news that the Scottish Open is going back to a seaside course. If any tournament should be played by the sea, it’s the Scottish Open.

Celebrating the essence of PGA Show week

says the last week of January should be declared PGA of America Week.

Neither Congress nor the President is listening to me – I’m told they have other concerns – but I feel the last week of January should be declared PGA of America Week.

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Results: Your thoughts on golf's TV coverage

TV Poll results

CBS or NBC? Johnny Miller or Nick Faldo? Aim Point or Protracer? Take a look at how Golfweek readers responded to last week's TV poll.

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Thompson a star on Demo Day at PGA Show

Cobra-Puma profile

Lexi Thompson was one of a handful of stars who turned out Wednesday for Demo Day at the PGA Show. Check out our exclusive interview.

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Poulter: Rules of Golf need to be re-examined

Ian Poulter says the rules of golf need to be re-examined in order to avoid the kind of high-profile disqualifications the sport has seen in recent weeks.

EurAsia alliance targets new sponsorship money

Established in 2009, EurAsia Golf is designed to invigorate the game internationally by fortifying existing co-sanctioned tournaments and generating new events. Recently, EurAsia appointed Charlie Tingey as senior director.

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PGA Tour setting up a few early-round pairings

Early-round pairings

The PGA Tour is trying to create some buzz by arranging a few Thursday and Friday pairings, and it is working Jeff Rude says.

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New Bahrain event makes it a Middle East foursome

Sergio Garcia is the most interesting player to follow this week since he is on the long road back to regain his standing in the game. The Spaniard is currently 80th in the Official World Golf Ranking – not good enough for a player who was once No. 2 to Tiger Woods.

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China Open gets new date, bigger purse

China’s oldest pro tournament has new digs, a new date and a higher prize purse.

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Harrington keen to move on from DQ

Padraig Harrington is determined to put last week’s disqualification behind him, but there was still a positive he took away from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship: his opening-round 65. However, the Irishman admits shooting a 65 has put more pressure on him for another low score this week at the Volvo Golf Champions in Bahrain.

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PGA Show promises new trends, fashion

PGA Merch Show fashion

The 2011 PGA Merchandise Show promises to be one of the most fashionable and trendy exhibitions in years. Ashley Crain previews Golfweek's fashion coverage.

Demo Day kicks off intriguing PGA Show

The 58th PGA Merchandise Show begins in earnest on Jan. 27, but for all intents and purposes it gets under way with today’s Demo Day at Orange County National Golf Club.

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USGA, Lexus sign multiyear renewal, extend partnership

reports that Lexus will remain the only automotive sponsor in the USGA’s history.

USGA contestants will be seeking the pursuit of perfection between the ropes. They won’t have to worry about it on the drive to the course.

Tuesday, January 25

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Finchem addresses Euro Tour changes

says Tim Finchem's Tuesday comments may ruffle some feathers across the Atlantic.

Tim Finchem addressed the media Tuesday. It’s likely his comments weren’t just heard in this media tent in the parking lot of the Torrey Pines Hilton. His remarks likely will be heard across the Atlantic, as well.

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Sale of Hooters chain leaves tour in flux

Hooters of America was sold Monday, raising questions about the future of one of golf’s largest mini-tours.

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Toy Box Notes: Two-win week for Nike

Nike staff players Jhonattan Vegas and John Cook were victorious on the same weekend.

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Finchem asks USGA to review Rules of Golf

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem is asking the USGA to review the Rules of Golf after two prominent players were disqualified for incorrect scorecards.

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Bender preaches aim importance at teaching summit

Bender preaches aim

Instructor Mike Bender preached the importance of proper aim in his address at the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit. James Achenbach explains.

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Will Tiger turn the corner at Torrey Pines?

Tiger Woods can’t start a new year without being reminded of the last one.

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Venezuela’s Chavez: ‘I’m not an enemy of golf’

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is no enemy of golf despite his concerns about elite golf courses on prime urban real estate in Caracas.

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Arnie, Player: GQ's definition of cool

takes issue with GQ magazine's list of the 25 coolest athletes.

Two golfers made the GQ magazine’s list of the 25 coolest athletes of all-time: Arnold Palmer and Gary Player.

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McCabe: Big-picture look at World Ranking

World Ranking hoopla

Much has been made about Tiger Woods slipping to No. 3 in the World Ranking. As Jim McCabe writes, there are far more interesting debates.

Fairmont, Bacardi team up for par-3 event

has his eye on an upcoming tournament that combines both Bermuda and Bacardi.

A lot of tournament announcement flow into my inbox, and most of them aren’t given a second thought. But one caught my attention because it combines one of my favorite destinations – Bermuda – with a great brand, Bacardi.

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Farmers Insurance Open: 6 guys to watch

6 players to watch

Here are six players not named Tiger or Phil that Sean Martin is looking forward to seeing at Torrey Pines this week.

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Rater's notebook: The Golf Club at Harbor Shores

Here is a Rater's notebook of The Golf Club at Harbor Shores.

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Community hangs its revival hopes on Harbor Shores

Harbor Shores profile

There is much to admire about The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, but costly green fees and excessive putting surfaces undermine the good intent.

Evans named chief executive officer of GCSAA

J. Rhett Evans has been named the chief executive officer of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the organization announced Tuesday.

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Garcia: Break ‘something I needed to do’

Sergio Garcia says his love of golf has been restored after long periods away from the game to clear his head last year.

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Tiger takes to Twitter from Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods offered an impromptu question and answer session on his Twitter page (@Tiger Woods) Tuesday.

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Disabled golfers foundation brings hope

Disabled Golfers Foundation

Through his Disabled Golfers Learning Foundation, Fred Brattain is changing lives on the links. Julie Williams explains.

Monday, January 24

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Gore lands Monday qualifier spot at Torrey Pines

says Jason Gore landed a spot at Torrey Pines, but plenty of big names were left out.

Jason Gore, playing out of the former champion's category, qualifies for the second straight week.

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Golfweek Fantasy Tip Sheet: Torrey Pines

Tip Sheet: Torrey Pines

To many golf fans, this marks the start of the 2011 PGA Tour season. See who our experts like at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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USGA’s member events play key marketing role

says the USGA’s Member Education Series has more marketing clout than one might expect.

Arnold Palmer still has “it.”

Junior diary: It looks to be a busy semester

checks in with an update from IMG Academies as she begins her final semester of junior golf.

Wow, I can’t believe 2011 is here and that I’m graduating soon! It is all going so fast.

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Player of the Week: Anna Young

Anna Young, of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, shot 6-over 150 (77-73) at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Fla., and won the FCWT event in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Andrew McCain

Andrew McCain, of Brisbane, Australia, shot 2-over 146 (74-72) at IMG Academies Golf and Country Club in Bradenton, Fla., to win the FCWT event by one shot.

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Transitions adds retail experience at Tour stops

Transitions, Tour retail

Transitions Optical, an official marketing partner of the Tour and title sponsor of the Transitions Championship, soon will convert select PGA Tour tournaments into retail outlets for its eyewear.

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NTO exemption misses mark with Bramlett

questions the thinking behind awarding Joseph Bramlett a Northern Trust Open exemption.

PGA Tour rookie Joseph Bramlett, who became the first black golfer to advance through Tour Qualifying School since 1985, was named the recipient of this year’s sponsor’s exemption into the Northern Trust Open.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 17-23, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Comcast’s NBC acquisition gains federal approval

Changes for GC, NBC

Upcoming changes for Golf Channel and NBC Sports – soon to become one, thanks to federal approval of Comcast’s acquisition of parent NBC Universal – mean they will gain marketing muscle.

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Schniederjans, Albertson enroll early at GT

have enrolled early at Georgia Tech, but likely won't play this spring.

Georgia Tech ended the fall season ranked No. 5 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, but will add a couple of newcomers to its roster this spring.

Sunday, January 23

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Rapid reaction: Vegas' win at the Bob Hope

5 things from the Hope

Here are five things to remember from Jhonattan Vegas' first PGA Tour victory at the Bob Hope Classic. Sean Martin reports.

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Cook closes with 64 for 2-shot Mitsubishi win

John Cook birdied five straight holes after the turn to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, shooting a second straight 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.

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Cook tops Lehman in Hawaii

John Cook birdied five straight holes after the turn to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, shooting a second straight 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.

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5 Things: What do you think about that, Hugo?

Hugo Chavez and his loyalists will have to work a little harder to get golf from the mind of Venezuelans after one of their own won the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday.

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Vegas uses support system to realize PGA Tour dreams

After his impressive win at the Bob Hope Classic, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezula, just a rookie, has shown what it takes to make it on the PGA Tour.

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Vegas wins Hope playoff for first Tour title

Vegas wins Bob Hope

In only his fifth PGA Tour start, Jhonattan Vegas outlasted Gary Woodland and Bill Haas in a playoff to win the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday.

Indian state forecasts growth after hosting Challenge Tour

After the successful staging of a European Challenge Tour event earlier this month in the state of Gujarat, the local golf industry now has some momentum behind it.

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Laycock lands stunning KO at Knockout

Thirty-two players at the inaugural Surf Coast Knockout entered Sunday with a chance to win the new-format Australasia event. But it was the least among them who finished on top at the Sands Torquay.

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Hull defeats Roig for Jones/Doherty title

Hull wins Jones/Doherty

A week after falling short at the Sally, Charley Hull claimed the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur title Jan. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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'University Day' a great idea from the PGA Tour

says 'University Day' is great for the PGA Tour and Rickie Fowler's wardrobe.

'University Day' will be held this Saturday at Torrey Pines. How much orange can Rickie Fowler pack away?

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Trio qualifies for British Open debut

Floris de Vries, Martin Maritz and Neil Schietekat will make their British Open debuts after finishing in the top three at International Final Qualifying Africa.

Want to play like a pro? Here’s a start

The European Tour wants to get your handicap down. Yes, you. Recently, the tour has co-launched the initiative “Tour Fit for Golf” to help recreational golfers optimize health and improve performance on the course.

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King Kaymer

Look behind you, Mr. Westwood: That’s Martin Kaymer in your rearview mirror. After his victory Sunday in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the German moves to No. 2 in the world and shows no sign of slowing down, reports Alistair Tait from the Middle East.

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5 Things to Watch: Final round of Bob Hope

Hope Classic final round

Here's what to watch for you as you channel surf between the Bob Hope Classic and NFL conference championship games:

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Tiger's stature is why rankings slip is worth writing about

says that Tiger hasn't ranked this low since 2004, and that is newsworthy.

Slipping from second to third in the world rankings would hardly rank as newsworthy – but that’s yet another piece of evidence that Tiger Woods’ career has been that incomparable.

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Westwood adds to his Asian excursion

For being an Englishman, Lee Westwood sure gets around Asia a lot. Winner of 33 titles worldwide, the No. 1 golfer is looking to add to his success in Asia, having already won in Japan, Macau and Malaysia – and pad his wallet at the same time.

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Brazilian Lee heads class of 43 graduates to Asian Tour

He lost his tour card but earned it back Saturday. Lucas Lee of Brazil experienced some late stumbles in the final round of Asian Tour Qualifying School Final but still came out on top for medalist honors.

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Kaymer wins, leapfrogs Tiger in rankings

Euros atop world rankings

First, it was Lee Westwood. Now, Martin Kaymer has done it, too. They've both passed Tiger Woods in the world rankings. Alistair Tait reports.

Cobra Puma making its name known

explains how Cobra Puma is reinforcing its identity in the minds of consumers.

I remain fascinated by Puma’s 2010 acquisition of Cobra. The big question: Can the shoe and apparel giant move gracefully into golf?

Rackel becomes first female RCGA president

Karen Rackel has been inducted as president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, becoming the first female president in the governing body's 116-year history.

Saturday, January 22

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Cochran leads Watson by two at Mitsubishi

Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 65 to keep a two-stroke lead over defending champion Tom Watson after the second round of the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

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Vegas, Woodland retain Bob Hope lead

Jhonattan Vegas birdied the final five holes Saturday to rejoin Gary Woodland atop the Bob Hope Classic leaderboard for the second straight day.

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Q&A: Former NFL star Sterling Sharpe

Q&A: Sterling Sharpe

Sean Martin caught up with former NFL star Sterling Sharpe at the Bob Hope Classic, who revealed he once shot 63 in South Carolina.

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Barnes WDs from Hope with recurring back pain

has the story behind Ricky Barnes’ WD from the Bob Hope Classic.

Ricky Barnes withdrew in the middle of Friday’s third round of the Bob Hope Classic because of a recurring back injury. His agent, Dennis Blake, described the injury as a fatigued lower-back, the result of an increased off-season regiment. Barnes is coming off a career year, during which he finished 43rd on the PGA Tour money list.

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After DQ, Harrington gives ball-marking clinic

Padraig Harrington has made light of his disqualification from the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship by showing a group of children at a golf clinic how to correctly mark the ball.

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Responses of the week: Jan. 15-21

Responses of the week

Each story brings in a number of thoughtful comments from our readers. Here are some of our favorite from the past week.

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Kaymer opens five-shot lead in Abu Dhabi

Kaymer leads Abu Dhabi

Martin Kaymer could replace Tiger Woods as No. 2 in the World Rankings with a high finish in Abu Dhabi. After 54 holes, he leads by five.

Friday, January 21

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Cochran tops Mitsubishi leaderboard with 62

Russ Cochran had two eagles and six birdies in a career-best 10-under 62 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

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Tale of the tape: Vegas vs. Woodland

compares the stats of Bob Hope co-leaders Jhonattan Vegas and Gary Woodland.

Your two co-leaders at the Bob Hope Classic are two big, athletic youngsters with raw talent and an incredible ability to crush a golf ball.

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Woodland, Vegas share lead at Hope Classic

Woodland, Vegas lead

Gary Woodland used an 8-under 64 Friday to grab a share of the lead with Jhonattan Vegas at the Bob Hope Classic.

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Norwood to lead U.S. at University Games

reveals the team captain whom Wyn Norwood will take to the World University Games.

Wyn Norwood, head men’s coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, has been selected as the coach of the U.S. men’s squad for this year’s World University Games, to be held Aug. 12-23 in Shenzen, China.

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With Yes!, Adams Golf expands sales frontier

Adams Golf buys Yes!

Adams Golf outbid the competition for Yes! Golf, continuing an aggressive, multi-faceted growth strategy.

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Tait: Harrington DQ highlights golf's rules flaw

Harrington's HSBC DQ

Padraig Harrington's DQ in Abu Dhabi proved one thing – it's time to amend the Rules of Golf. Alistair Tait explains.

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Harrington DQ'd, Kaymer leads in Abu Dhabi

Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was disqualified before the second round of the HSBC Championship after the Irishman was judged to have illegally moved his ball during Thursday’s first round.

Thursday, January 20

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Vegas uses support system to realize Tour dreams

Vegas arrives on Tour

Jhonattan Vegas holds a share of the lead through three rounds of the Bob Hope Classic. Sean Martin takes a look at his strong support system.

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Weekley, Vegas share second-round Hope lead

Boo Weekley shot a 6-under 66 in windy conditions Thursday for a share of the second-round lead with rookie Jhonattan Vegas in the Bob Hope Classic.

Adams completes lineup with Yes! Golf

explains why the acquisition of Yes! Golf is a very significant maneuver for Adams Golf.

In my opinion, the acquisition of Yes! Golf is a very significant maneuver for Adams Golf. The deal, costing Adams a total of $1.65 million, was announced late Wednesday.

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Hill, Vargas learning Hooters Tour lessons

Hill, Vargas on Hooters Tour

Former college star Matt Hill and mini-tour regular James Vargas have contrasting pasts, but both have lessons to learn on the Hooters Tour.

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Stasiunas (No. 34, 2012) commits to Oklahoma

has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma.

Blake Stasiunas has given a verbal commitment to play golf for head coach Ryan Hybl at the University of Oklahoma.

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Love accepts Ryder Cup captaincy with tears

Love named captain

Davis Love III wouldn't mind being the first playing Ryder Cup captain in nearly 50 years. Jeff Rude explains.

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Love named U.S. Ryder Cup captain for ’12

Davis Love III has been appointed the next American captain of the Ryder Cup.

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Trio qualifies for British Open debut

Floris de Vries, Martin Maritz and Neil Schietekat will make their British Open debuts after finishing in the top three at the final international qualifying tournament in South Africa.

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Paddy talks golf after first round in Abu Dhabi

Paddy's swing changes

After a six-week swing overhaul, Padraig Harrington put up a 65 Thursday in Abu Dhabi. Alistair Tait looks at the strategy behind the changes.

Wednesday, January 19

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Kuchar, Holmes, Kim commit to play Phoenix

PGA Tour money champion Matt Kuchar, two-time winner J.B. Holmes and Anthony Kim committed Wednesday to play in the Phoenix Open on Feb. 3-6 at TPC Scottsdale.

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Lamely takes early Hope Classic lead with 63

Lamely leads Hope Classic

Derek Lamely shot a 9-under 63 in the first round of the Bob Hope Classic – playing the final 10 holes in 8 under – to take a one-stroke lead..

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Lamely leads Bob Hope Classic; 4 rounds to go

Derek Lamely shot a 9-under 63 in the first round of the Bob Hope Classic on Wednesday, playing the final 10 holes in 8 under to take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry and Jhonattan Vegas.

Adams acquires Yes! Golf in bankruptcy auction

Adams Golf re-entered the putter category in late 2009, but that move yielded only limited success. With hopes of becoming a more serious player in the category, the company has acquired Yes! Golf for $1.5 million.

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UNM Championship course rich in college history

still remembers the first time he set eyes on the UNM Championship golf course.

It’s an image that has remained in my memory bank for close to two decades – my first visit to the University of New Mexico’s golf course.

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Spaniards Muñoz, Hernandez commit to Nations Cup

Spain has its team for 2011 Comunitat Valenciana European Nations Cup. Pro players Azahara Muñoz and Maria Hernandez will make their debuts at the fourth edition of the match-play contest between 18 countries, the Ladies European Tour announced this week.

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Love has goals of his own before Ryder Cup

takes a look at how Davis Love III might spend the months leading up to the Ryder Cup.

The worst secret in golf, of course, becomes official Thursday when Davis Love III is named 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain at a news conference in Medinah, Ill., site of the next matches.

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5 Things: Olazabal is unanimous choice

You have to go back a long way to find a European Ryder Cup captain as popular as Jose Maria Olazabal. How popular? So popular that the tournament committee, the players’ body that decides the Ryder Cup captain, didn’t even vote on his nomination.

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Todd rediscovers his rhythm on Hooters Tour

Hooters Tour Winter Series

It wasn't easy for Brendon Todd last year as he fought too many changes on the course. As Ryan Lavner writes, 2011 looks decidedly brighter.

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Sabbatini spreads the word on sun safety

explains how – and why – Rory Sabbatini is spreading the word about sun safety.

The bad news is five-time PGA Tour winner Rory Sabbatini was diagnosed with skin cancer in December.

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Major force

For the first time this year, all four of 2010's major championship winners are gathered in the same field. Add world No. 1 Lee Westwood into the mix at the HSBC Abu Dhabi Championship, and you're almost guaranteed desert drama.

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Jordan charity tourney relocates to Las Vegas

Officials say tickets are on sale for Michael Jordan’s celebrity golf tournament in North Las Vegas.

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Toy Box notes: Wilson’s golden moment

explains how Mark Wilson predicted his Sony Open win.

You might say Mark Wilson predicted his victory in the Sony Open.

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No coasting at innovative Knockout tourney

All the way from France, Jean van de Velde is in Southeast Australia for sand and surf. But for many players this week at the Surf Coast Knockout, they are here to test out a new Australasia tournament format that merges two competitive styles.

Maybank extends sponsorship of Malaysian Open

Maybank has confirmed a new five-year deal for its title-sponsorship of the Malaysian Open. Maybank, the largest bank and financial group in Malaysia, also announced this week that it will raise the prize purse to US$2.5 million – a US$500,000 increase from 2010.

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Euro Senior Tour makes inroads into China

Mission Hills Golf Club’s tournament portfolio is expanding again. Not content with only hosting the OneAsia Tour Final Qualifying School and the Omega Mission Hills World Cup at its new Hainan complex this year, China’s best-known golf club also will stage its first European Senior Tour event in 2011.

Selders resigns as SMU coach after 10 years

Todd Selders resigned as head women’s golf coach at Southern Methodist after the fall semester.

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Brazilian leaps ahead at Asian Tour Q-School

Lucas Lee of Brazil shot a career-best 10-under 62 to take the opening round lead Wednesday at the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.

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Mickelson makes first trip to Abu Dhabi

Phil Mickelson made his first trip to the Middle East in an effort to improve upon his 2010 season.

Former club pros found dead in Louisville

Two former club professionals have been found dead in Louisville, Ky., with the cause of death yet unknown, according to WLKY, a TV station based in Louisville.

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Woods to open season at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods will be starting his season in San Diego.

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Hate to be Rude: Olazabal, Love worthy leaders

Hate to be Rude

Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal as Ryder Cup captains? It’s a no-brainer. Jeff Rude explains.

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Olazabal displays ideal demeanor for captaincy

There was only ever one man to lead Europe in the 2012 Ryder Cup: Jose Maria Olazabal. Alistair Tait explains.

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Saltman receives 3-month ban for cheating

Saltman banned by Euro Tour

Elliot Saltman received a three-month ban for improperly marking his ball during a European Challenge Tour event last year. Alistair Tait reports.

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Year-end events will compete for star players

End-of-year tourneys grow

The end of the year used to be a time to rest, but now the quality of the tournaments attract the world’s best. Jim McCabe says 2011 has thrown a few curveballs.

Tuesday, January 18

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Top prep Paolucci earns invite at Torrey Pines

Paolucci to play Torrey

Another junior standout is getting an opportunity to play the PGA Tour – this time, against one of the strongest fields of the season. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Things looking up for Bob Hope Classic

says even without star power, the Hope presents great opportunity.

When Matt Kuchar arrived at last year’s Bob Hope Classic, he was still known best as the former amateur star looking to fulfill his potential. Now, he’s the Hope’s headline attraction.

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Notes: LPGA ‘champions’ event in Hawaii?

The PGA Tour starts its season in Hawaii with a winners-only field. The Champions Tour gets under way this week on the Big Island with a winners-only field, along with a few invitations.

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Golfweek Fantasy Tip Sheet: Bob Hope

Bob Hope Classic picks

The PGA Tour heads to California this week for the first domestic event of the season, the Bob Hope Classic. Golfweek experts make their picks.

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Rookie diary: Hoping for progress at the Hope

is ready for this week's Bob Hope Classic. Read about it in his diary.

Well, here we are at the Bob Hope Classic in Palm Springs.

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In scheduling ‘mess,’ could Els skip Prez Cup?

For all the miles he has flown and all the trophies he has won on the six major tours around the globe, Ernie Els would seem to be the biggest supporter of a move toward a world golf tour.

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At 81, Arnold Palmer still has plenty of charm

Palmer: Life of the party

At 81, Arnold Palmer still captivates fans with his personality and myriad stories, even if he has to ask permission to tell them.

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HFSE to sponsor Junior PGA Championship

Heritage Food Service Equipment has reached an agreement to sponsor the 2011 Junior PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced Tuesday. The 36th Junior PGA will be held Aug. 2-5 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.

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Olazabal a ‘unanimous’ choice to lead Euros

Olazabal: Euro Ryder captain

Just how popular a choice was Jose Maria Olazabal? The tournament committee didn't even vote on his nomination. Alistair Tait explains.

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Olazabal picked to lead Euro Ryder Cup team

Olazabal: Euro Ryder captain

Jose Maria Olazabal will captain Europe’s Ryder Cup team when it defends the trophy against the U.S. at Medinah in 2012.

Monday, January 17

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Bob Hope Classic: Steve Jones makes a surprise appearance

says former U.S. Open champ Steve Jones, out since 2007, is playing the Hope.

Steve Jones, hampered by injuries throughout his career, will test his tennis elbow at this week's Bob Hope Classic.

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Barbados garners reputation as golf destination

Barbados has garnered a well-earned reputation as a destination for serious golfers. Most of the courses stretch along the gentler western shores, or “Gold Coast.”

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Roets wins AJGA Puerto Rico, earns Tour start

Roets wins AJGA opener

Jason Roets of South Africa prevailed in a playoff Jan. 17 in the AJGA’s season-opening Puerto Rico Junior Open, earning an exemption into the PGA Tour event in Puerto Rico in March.

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‘True Links’: Intriguing but debatable premise

says ‘True Links’ is an intriguing read, but the concept is, at best, dubious.

The first thing readers will notice when they pick up a copy of “True Links” is the number 246. That, in the authors’ estimation, is the number of golf courses that accurately can be described as “links.”

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Hogan and Merion together again – briefly

Near the top of the list of trigger words that prompt Pavlovian slobbering among serious golfers are these: Hogan and Merion.

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Fazio course one of many Baker’s Bay attractions

Fazio's Baker’s Bay

Tom Fazio's latest anchors amenity-rich Baker's Bay. Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Duval joins Scratch Golf as owner, endorser

Duval joins Scratch Golf

David Duval, the former No. 1 player in the world, has agreed to a five-year deal with Scratch Golf, in which he will not only use its equipment, but become a part owner in the company.

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Olazabal displays ideal demeanor for captaincy

Olazabal fits captaincy

There was only ever one man to lead Europe in the 2012 Ryder Cup: Jose Maria Olazabal. Alistair Tait explains.

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Tway: QB Weeden an 8-handicap, ‘hits it far’

says Brandon Weeden’s impact likely won’t be on the leaderboard this spring.

So how good is Brandon Weeden, the Oklahoma State quarterback who last week joined the Cowboys’ storied golf program? That was the big question after Weeden announced his intentions to hit the links at Karsten Creek this spring.

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AP: Love to be named U.S. Ryder Cup captain

Davis Love III is next up as U.S. captain in the Ryder Cup.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 10-16, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Player of the Week: Paige Lee

Paige Lee, of Folsom, Calif., shot even-par 144 (73-71) at the Troon North Monument Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Michael Moorhead

Michael Moorhead, of Newport Beach, Calif., shot 2-under 142 (71-71) at the Troon North Monument Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational by two shots.

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MLK Day: Highlighting black achievers in golf

Remembering MLK Day

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Golfweek would like to acknowledge a few black players making a difference in the world of golf.

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Ryder Cup captain to be announced Thursday

says the Ryder Cup captain announcement is one of the worst-kept secrets in golf.

PGA of America officials will interrupt Chicago’s obsession with the Bears and the upcoming NFC Championship game against the Packers to make a 2012 Ryder Cup announcement Thursday.

Testing Fantasy Aces

Testing Fantasy Aces

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Olazabal likely to become Euro Ryder captain

Jose Maria Olazabal is widely expected to be appointed Europe’s captain for the 2012 Ryder Cup team.

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Fashion Q&A: Evan Golf brings chic to the first tee

New look for the course

Would you wear this on the course? Our Ashley Crain sat down with Evan Golf to talk about its bold new look that could bring style to the first tee.

Sunday, January 16

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Mark Wilson, whose four-stroke lead with nine holes to play at the rain-delayed Sony Open was whittled to one, holds on down the stretch in a marathon 36-hole final day.

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Clark (blister) may WD from Bob Hope Classic

Tim Clark, who surged to a second-place finish at the Sony Open, might have to pull out of next week’s Bob Hope Classic, he told Golfweek late Sunday.

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Wilson claims Sony title on marathon Sunday

Wilson wins marathon Sony

In a 36-hole finale at Waialae Country Club, Mark Wilson closed with 67 and emerged as the winner of the Sony Open on Sunday.

5 Things: North Korea beckons

Few know what happens behind the shielded steel curtain of North Korea. However, later this year, some golfers will get to take a peek. Hoping to lure tourists, the isolated country will hold its first amateur golf tournament from April 26-30.

Report: Golfer killed during attempted robbery

A golfer at a South Florida country club was killed Jan. 13 during a robbery attempt at the course, according the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

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Photos: Golfweek West Coast Junior Invite

Photos: Golfweek Junior

The Golfweek Junior Invitational was played this week in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jared Clemons was on-site to capture the stunning scenery.

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Jobe, Parnevik make progress in Tour comeback

says two comeback stories emerged during a long week at the Sony.

Both Brandt Jobe and Jesper Parnevik have been subtle forces on the PGA Tour at some point in their careers.

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Schwartzel shows why he is a 'major' player

It’s not a question of if the 26-year-old will win a major, but when. Maybe even as soon as this year.

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After Down Under win, Nitties has new mission: PGA Tour

Despite no longer being on the PGA Tour, James Nitties is trying to stay relevant. Even if that means playing at home on the PGA Tour of Australasia, where he got a much-needed confidence boost this weekend.

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Moorhead, Lee finish strong for GW Jr. titles

Moorhead, Lee win GW Jr.

Michael Moorhead and Paige Lee turned in strong final rounds Sunday to win their divisions of the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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Inconsistency in rules of golf needs to change

Camillo Villegas’ disqualification from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii last week no doubt had many casual golf observers shaking their heads yet again at the pedantry of the rules of golf. Not just casual golf observers, but seasoned ones, too.

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Ireland warms a golfer's soul, tests his game

Never has impossible appeared so desirable. To the right, the Atlantic Ocean in its relentless glory. To the left, dunes and high rough. Unseen, but unmistakably present with an unyielding ferocity, a left-to-right wind that against the soon-to-be-delivered high fade would present a mismatch of massive proportions.

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Which Tiger will show up in 2011?

Tiger Woods changed his life and swing but not his victory totals in 2010. His dark season post sex scandal featured myriad loss – of dignity, privacy, family, money, aura and No. 1 ranking. For the first time, it also brought defeat in every tournament he entered.

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Asian Amateur champ Han, 9 others secure OneAsia cards

Less than a year after gracing the fairways of Augusta National as an amateur, Han Chang-won is back in the spotlight. The 19-year-old Korean took top honors Jan. 15 at OneAsia Qualifying School.

64 advance to Asian Tour Q-School finale

A total of 64 players made a big step Jan. 15 toward earning their 2011 Asian Tour cards, advancing from three first-stage sites of qualifying school in Hua Hin to this week’s final stage.

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Bhullar wins Challenge Tour’s debut in his homeland

It just seemed meant to be. Gaganjeet Bhullar became the first Indian to win on the European Challenge Tour, claiming the season-opening Gujarat Kensville Challenge.

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Schwartzel defends Joburg Open title

Charl Schwartzel successfully defended his Joburg Open title on Sunday, birdieing the last hole for a 67 that gave him a four-stroke victory.

Saturday, January 15

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Green claims four-shot Sally win over Hull

Green wins The Sally

Jaye Marie Green held on for a four-shot win over Charley Hull at The Sally on Saturday to claim her first major amateur title.

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Moorhead, Park take early GW Jr. Invite lead

Moorhead, Park lead GW Jr.

Michael Moorhead and Ri Hyang Park were the only players to break par in the opening round of the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational, taking the lead in the boys' and girls' divisions, respectively.

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Maruyama, Appleby share Sony Open lead

Maruyama takes Sony lead

Thanks to his second consecutive 5-under 65, Shigeki Maruyama grabbed a share of the lead at the Sony Open Saturday.

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Johnson denies relationship with Gulbis

Dustin Johnson says he has not been dating anyone for two months, not even Natalie Gulbis.

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Defending champ Schwartzel leads Joburg

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel shared the Joburg Open lead with fellow South Africans Thomas Aiken and Garth Mulroy after the third round Saturday.

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Thomas leading Liberty to all-time highs

Liberty reaching new highs

Under head coach Jeff Thomas, the Liberty Flames have continued to scale the college golf rankings. Ron Balicki wonders how high they can climb.

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Green (No. 6, 2012) commits to Florida

has given a verbal commitment to Florida.

Jaye Marie Green, of Boca Raton, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to Florida for the fall of 2012. Green also made an unofficial visit to Alabama.

Friday, January 14

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Notes: Veterans still aplenty at Sony Open

says despite the buzz about new faces at Waialae, there are still plenty of veterans in the mix.

While so much of the focus centered around the new faces at the Sony Open – 27 rookies, nine of them playing a PGA Tour tournament for the first time – there were some reminders that the stage still has room for the veteran player.

Younger Korda looks to imitate sister’s success

says Nelly Korda has her mind set on imitating her sister Jessica’s success.

From a fairway away, Nelly Korda easily could pass for older sister Jessica. From the long blond hair to the tall and lean frame to the presence of dad Petr on her golf bag, Nelly might be considered the fun-sized version of the young pro.

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Green, local collegians excelling at Sally

Daytona St. soaring at Sally

Jaye Marie Green holds the lead with one round to play at The Sally, but the locals from Daytona State College are close behind.

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Sony Open: Appleby leads by single shot

Appleby leads in Hawaii

Stuart Appleby holed a shot from 163 yards out to propel him into the Sony Open lead over nine others, including Matt Kuchar.

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POLL: Who has the most personality on Tour?

Ben Crane seems to have demolished any rumors that he is a boring golfer.

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Crews scramble to clear Waialae for Sony

explains what the grounds crew has gone through to get Waialae Country Club ready for action.

The remnants of the weather continued to plague the Sony Open on Friday with water prominently sitting in the rough and bunkers at waterlogged Waialae Country Club.

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Thompson loses LPGA petition but still gains access

Thompson petition denied

The LPGA denied Lexi Thompson's petition for 2011 membership, but changed its Monday qualifier rule, giving her a chance at more starts.

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Schwartzel (61) among Joburg Open leaders

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa fired a 10-under 61 for a share of the halfway lead at the Joburg Open on Friday.

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Inconsistency in rules of golf needs to change

is fed up with the inconsistency in the rules of golf.

Camillo Villegas’ disqualification from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii last week no doubt had many casual golf observers shaking their heads yet again at the pedantry of the rules of golf. Not just casual golf observers, but seasoned ones, too.

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Five women's teams to watch in the spring

has a list of the five college women's teams that surprised him last fall.

Yesterday, we took a look at the top five surprise teams on the men’s side of college golf. Today, let’s examine at the top five from the women’s ranks. By the looks of things, it appears that the SEC has reclaimed the title of being the country’s top conference.

Thursday, January 13

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Rookie diary: Rained out at Sony Open

is ready for his first PGA Tour event. The problem is, the weather won't cooperate.

It’s the first PGA Tour event of my life and I am ready to go. . . the problem is Mother Nature is not on the same page. We are in a holding pattern here in beautiful Hawaii due to heavy rainstorms.

Allianz Championship adds new events for '11

says the Allianz Championship has even more outside-the-box events planned for 2011.

The folks running the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship are at it again.

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First round at Sony postponed; 36-hole Sunday

Sony Open postponed

The first round of the Sony Open in Hawaii has been postponed because of persistent rain. Tournament officials hope for a 36-hole finish Sunday.

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Bramlett not a pioneer, just wants to be player

In a sport desperate for diversity, he is the first PGA Tour member of black heritage since Tiger Woods turned pro in 1996.

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Maritz, Mordt share lead at Joburg Open

South African duo Martin Maritz and Tyrone Mordt each shot a 9-under 62 Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Joburg Open.

Laurel Hill to host 2013 U.S. Am Publinx

Laurel Hill Golf Club, a public-access course in Lorton, Va., has been chosen to host the 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links.

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Wildman’s top 5 teams on the rise

lists the top 5 teams that could make an impact this spring.

The fall season has come and gone, and spring is right around the corner. So let’s review some of the teams that are starting to gather some national recognition for playing well during the first half of the year. Today, we’ll focus on the men:

Wednesday, January 12

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Meet and greet

The PGA Tour's first full-field event of the season, the Sony Open in Hawaii, welcomes regulars such as Ernie Els and Vijay Singh – and plenty of rookies who can only hope to, one day, match their success. Count Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela among the newcomers ready to chase their dreams.

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OK State adds All-Big 12 quarterback

Oklahoma St. QB joins golf team

The No. 2 Oklahoma State golf team will have a new player for the spring season: Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys’ All-Big 12 quarterback.

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Presnell inspired to repeat success at Victorian PGA

Looking back on the past year, Alistair Presnell is pleased. A win in the Victorian PGA Championship, a T-6 finish at the WGC-CA Championship and a runner-up showing in the Australian Open confirms the 31-year-old deserves to be mentioned among Australia’s top golfers.

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On a rainy day, a funny tale from Furyk

relays a funny story from Jim Furyk, the 2010 Player of the Year.

Rainy days at the golf course aren’t always a bad thing. Prime time for story-telling time, to be honest.

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Instruction: Hyundai winner Jonathan Byrd

Maybe Jonathan Byrd’s recent success shouldn’t come as a surprise. Byrd, winner of his past two PGA Tour starts, is one of the most consistent iron players on Tour.

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5 Things: New yutes on the PGA Tour

Don’t look now, but the Tour just got younger. Twenty-nine of this year’s rookies are under 30, and 15 are 25 or younger – including 20-year-old Bio Kim. Eleven of them have never played a Tour event.

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Montgomerie lobbying to gain status for Royal Trophy

Colin Montgomerie has pledged to gain the Royal Trophy official European Tour status. Montgomerie described Sunday’s come-from-behind 9-7 victory at Black Mountain Golf Club that enabled Europe to retain the title as “one of the most remarkable days” of his career.

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Challenge Tour emerging as fertile proving ground

Edoardo Molinari of Italy may be the Challenge Tour’s biggest success story.

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Lincicome (+7) MCs in Hooters Tour debut

Brittany Lincicome’s match against the men ended one day early.

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Toy Box notes: New Nike ball hits Hawaii

Nike has a new top-of-the-line golf ball that has appeared on the PGA Tour and should be available for consumers later in the spring.

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Putter permitting, Palmer excited to defend Sony title

Ryan Palmer, fresh off a tie for 15th at Kapalua, will defend a title for third time on the PGA Tour this week at the Sony Open.

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Champions Tour clears Thorpe to play

When Jim Thorpe gets out of prison – perhaps as soon as this month – he’ll have his old job waiting for him.

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Els trims his European Tour schedule

Ernie Els has reached a point in his career where he will not be traveling as far, and making decisions based as much on his business ventures as the golf itself.

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Euro Tour’s unheralded seek glory at Joburg Open

With so many European players opting staying away from Johannesburg, it’s a chance for the minnows to make hay.

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Heavy rain cancels pro-am at Sony Open

says the bad weather isn't confined to the mainland – it's raining in Hawaii.

Just to make you folks back on the mainland feel better about your battles with snow, ice and cold, it’s raining down here.

Malaysian group to build golf complex in China

Five 18-hole, golf courses will provide summertime entertainment for what’s being billed as the largest ski destination in Asia. Called Secret Garden, the 5,000-acre development is being built in Hebei Province – about three hours from Beijing – that’s already home to several smaller ski areas.

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Challenge Tour extends its reach into India

The 2011 European Challenge Tour makes its debut in India this week. Europe’s developmental circuit gets underway Thursday at Kensville Golf Club in Ahmedabad for the inaugural Gujarat Kensville Challenge, an event Jeev Milkha Singh hopes will further accelerate the growing popularity of golf in India.

France’s Billot sets pace at Asian Tour Q-School

More than 300 players, representing over 30 countries, are at three venues in Hua Hin this week, trying to advance to the final stage of Asian Tour Qualifying School.

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Now up for sale: A Masters Trophy replica

If you wait long enough, everything is for sale at least once. In the golf world, there are certain pieces of memorabilia that are cherished, many of them having to do with Augusta National and The Masters.

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Golf Channel: Ratings increase for Tour opener

With the PGA Tour putting together a strategy for their next TV deal with the networks, a 38 percent increase in viewership for the first event of the season has to be good news to commissioner Tim Finchem.

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Early starts critical for Q-School, N'wide grads

says these next few PGA Tour events will be important for Q-School, Nationwide grads.

How would you feel if you missed a 3-foot putt with a trip to Hawaii on the line? That’s what happened to Justin Hicks, a 36-year-old PGA Tour rookie.

In this issue: Jan. 14, 2011

Inside the Jan. 14, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Hate to be Rude: Can Oberholser come back?

Hate to be Rude

There’s sunshine on the horizon for Arron Oberholser, who hasn't competed on the PGA Tour since 2009 because of injuries.

Tuesday, January 11

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Love begins new era with Bridgestone Golf

says Davis Love III has ended a long-standing relationship with Titleist and will play Bridgestone equipment in 2011.

The beginning of the 2011 season, like any other season, brings its changes in equipment. But when a big name like Davis Love III leaves a long-standing relationship with Titlieist and jumps to Bridgestone, it’s news.

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Brenny alleges sexual bias against Minnesota

Ex-coach alleges sexual bias

Former Minnesota women's coach Katie Brenny served a lawsuit Jan. 11 against the university, claiming that as a lesbian she faced discrimination from director of golf John Harris.

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Els plans charity events for autistic children

Ernie Els now has a charity event for amateurs that will reward fundraising skills as much as good golf, hopeful it can raise upward of $3 million to help build a center for autistic children.

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Notes: Els to trim European Tour play in 2011

Ernie Els has reached a point in his career where he will not be traveling as far, and making decisions based as much on his business ventures as the golf itself.

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Notes: Plenty of fresh faces at Sony Open

says the Sony Open serves as an introduction for several unknown players.

Respecting a stage to which he is new, Tony Finau stepped gingerly around the practice range at Waialae Country Club.

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Golfweek Fantasy Tip Sheet: Sony Open

Before preparing your fantasy roster this week, see which guys are on the radars of the Golfweek Fantasy Experts.

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Aussie trio earns British Open berth

Australians Matt Millar, Kurt Barnes and Rick Kulacz earned spots in the 2011 Open Championship on Tuesday after surviving 36 holes of International Final Qualifying at Kingston Health Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia.

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'Bones' serves as assistant at BCS title game

Jim “Bones” Mackay is best known to sports fans as the caddie who has been at Phil Mickelson’s side as he won four majors and became one of the biggest names in golf.

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Insider: Walker Cup practice session in Tampa

recaps last week's Walker Cup practice session in Tampa.

Spring training came early for potential members of the U.S. Walker Cup team, who gathered last week for a three-day practice session at Old Memorial Golf Club in Tampa, Fla.

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LPGA's Lincicome competes on Hooters Tour

Lincicome on Hooters Tour

Brittany Lincicome mixed it up with the men on Tuesday, becoming the first LPGA player to compete in a Hooters Tour event.

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Garrigus has reason to be happy in defeat

The day after missing a 3-foot putt to lose in a playoff, Robert Garrigus couldn’t eat.

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5 Things: Lincicome’s Hooters Tour debut

5 Things: Lincicome's debut

LPGA player Brittany Lincicome played a Hooters Tour Winter Series event Tuesday in Tavares, Fla. Here are five things you need to know.

Trio earns berths in British Open field

Australians Matt Millar, Kurt Barnes and Rick Kulacz earned spots in the 2011 Open Championship on Tuesday after surviving 36 holes of International Final Qualifying at Kingston Health Golf Club.

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Knapp (No. 20, 2012) commits to UCLA

has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.

Jake Knapp of Costa Mesa, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to top-ranked UCLA. Knapp, ranked No. 20 in the 2012 class, also was considering Washington, Oregon State, USC, Long Beach State, San Diego, Ohio State, Michigan and Oregon. He made unofficial visits to USC, Oregon and UCLA, and had received offers from Oregon and UCLA.

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'What if?': Wildman ponders these six scenarios

says entering the spring semester, these six scenarios are worth exploring.

Last fall there were several surprises and disappointments in college golf. On the women’s side, LSU seems to be the surprise team of the year, whereas on the men’s you could make a case that the best team in the state of Texas is ... North Texas.

Monday, January 10

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New Mexico course in debt, on brink of closure

UNM Course in trouble

New Mexico's Championship Golf Course has a $4.6 million deficit and is under consideration by an advisory committee to be shuttered.

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Killeen Castle a worthy host for Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup to Killeen Castle

Post-celtic Tiger, the resilient Irish prepare to host the Solheim Cup. Martin Kaufmann reports.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 3-9, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Johnson WDs from Sony for ‘personal’ reasons

Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii and returned to South Carolina.

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Golf Channel brings homeless pro’s tale to TV

reviews the first two episodes of Golf Channel’s ‘Pipe Dream’.

Mark Burk used to sleep in a mansion with a couple of Mercedes-Benzes and a golf studio in the garage. Now he sleeps in a concrete pipe near railroad tracks in Indio, Calif.

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Solution to rules problems? Assess strokes, don't DQ

offers a solution to fix last week's rules-related DQs.

In light of last week’s controversial disqualifications of Camilo Villegas and Robert Rohanna, I offer this simple solution to the U.S. Golf Association:

Fashion Q&A: Sligo goes bold and wins

says Sligo's bold fashion statement is catching on in North America.

The bold, European-like golf fashion company Sligo was born off the 13th hole at a swanky private club in Canada. Our Ashley Crain sits down with director Shawn Aucoin to talk about Sligo's direction:

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Putter permitting, Palmer excited to defend title

Palmer to defend Sony title

Ryan Palmer is looking to defend his Sony Open title this week. Discovering his putting stroke will be key in doing so . . .

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Sunday, January 9

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Byrd tops Garrigus in playoff for Kapalua win

Byrd wins Hyundai TOC

Jonathan Byrd outlasted Robert Garrigus in a playoff to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the first PGA Tour title of 2011.

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Byrd tops Garrigus in playoff at PGA Tour opener

Jonathan Byrd outlasted Robert Garrigus in a playoff to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and the first PGA Tour title of 2011.

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5 Things: Oosthuizen back to relevancy

Louis Oosthuizen's eagle on the par-5 15th Sunday at East London Golf Club wasn't quite as dramatic as his eagle on No. 9 at St. Andrews, but it proved just as important.

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Champions Tour clears Thorpe to play

says the Champions Tour has cleared Jim Thorpe to begin playing as soon as he's released from prison.

When Jim Thorpe gets out of prison – perhaps as soon as this month – he’ll have his old job waiting for him.

Texas Tech punished for text violations

Texas Tech's men have been placed on two years' probation because of more than 400 impermissible text messages sent by golf coaches, the NCAA ruled Jan. 7.

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Historic Machrie adds to economic carnage

Playing traditional links in the British Isles affords many pleasures, not the least of which is testing yourself on quirky, old-fashioned golf courses and getting to walk in the footsteps of legends. Sad news from the island of Islay off the west coast of the Scottish mainland means there might be less chance of doing that in future.

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Finchem glad to see strong European Tour

The European Tour is stronger than ever, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says he’s glad to see it.

Goldman Sachs to exit golf-course operations in Japan

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is selling its 44.7 percent stake in Accordia Golf, Japan's largest golf-course operator.

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Pettersson avoids penalty in Kapalua

says Carl Pettersson was the third player to come under the eye of a rules official at Kapalua.

Camilo Villegas is not the only one that had the eye of a rules official cast his way during opening week on the PGA Tour.

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Stricker eyeing new fitness routine after break

says Steve Stricker is looking into a new fitness routine after his winter break.

While not a contact sport, golf’s longevity has its own issues and problems. As players age, their games transition, some handling the aging process like a fine wine, continuing to get better like Kenny Perry or Vijay Singh. Others find that golf becomes a struggle as they age.

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Hagy wins New Year's Invite with late eagle

Cal’s Brandon Hagy had a six-shot lead with nine holes remaining in the New Year’s Invitational, but needed some final-hole heroics to squeak out a one-shot victory over Florida’s Arnond Vongvanij.

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Poll: Your thoughts on golf's TV coverage?

With the start of a new PGA Tour season, Golfweek would like to know what you think about televised golf. Please take a couple of minutes to respond to these poll questions.

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91 chase OneAsia membership at Q-School final

Ten. That's how many OneAsia Tour cards are on offer this week at Sandbelt Trails of Mission Hills Haikou in the final stage of the tour’s inaugural qualifying school.

Sheehan scrambles to win Australasia opener

After a five-year drought, Paul Sheehan is back in the winner's circle after claiming the Victorian Open, Australasia's season opener, at Spring Valley Golf Club.

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Oosthuizen wins 3-way playoff in South Africa

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen won a three-way playoff on the first hole to secure the Africa Open title at the East London Golf Club Sunday.

Dawson, Votaw take on new global roles

Peter Dawson, the R&A’s chief executive, has been appointed president of the International Golf Federation, world golf's governing body. Ty Votaw, an executive vice president with the PGA Tour, was named the IGF’s vice president of the International Golf Federation.

Vietnam superintendents band together for new association

Superintendents from the expanding golf-course industry in Vietnam now have their own organization – the Superintendents Association in Vietnam – to call home.

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Asia crumbles as Europe claims Royal Trophy

Needing just 2½ points Sunday, Asia looked like a sure bet to claim the Royal Trophy. But captain Colin Montgomerie's Europeans dominated singles matchplay again.

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Royal comeback

Needing just 2½ points Sunday, Asia looked like a sure bet to claim the Royal Trophy. But reminiscent of the Ryder Cup, captain Colin Montgomerie's Europeans dominated singles match play to steal the victory.

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Gulbis confirms relationship with Johnson

LPGA Tour player Natalie Gulbis was in the gallery following Dustin Johnson on the back nine Saturday at Kapalua, and apparently it was no coincidence.

Saturday, January 8

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Appleby's woes uncharacteristic at Kapalua

says Stuart Appleby’s struggles at Kapalua this year couldn’t be more uncharacteristic.

When Stuart Appleby knocked in the putt for 59 on the 18th hole in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic last year, one of the first things that came to mind was that the Australian would return to Kapalua and a course he had mastered for three consecutive years.

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Stricker, Garrigus, Byrd share Kapalua lead

Three-way tie at Kapalua

Robert Garrigus, Steve Stricker and Jonathan Byrd share the 54-hole lead at windy Kapalua, each looking to claim the first PGA Tour title of 2011.

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Palmer narrowly avoids another rules dilemma

says there was nearly another rules dilemma Saturday at Kapalua.

Some sidelights to a sun-splashed day in paradise as third-round play of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions unfolded in windy, but warm conditions.

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Kuchar looking to back up career year

says Matt Kuchar is branching out after his career year in 2010.

Matt Kuchar was muddling along during the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, making back-to-back bogeys to slip back to 2 under for the week as the rest of the field ran away from him.

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Albrecht tops Woods for Harder Hall title

Cheyenne Woods isn’t sure if her uncle has heard of the Harder Hall Invitational, but she might consult him about her runner-up finish there.

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Viewer who reported Villegas penalty meant well

Dave Andrews says he is not a snitch. He’s not an expert on the rules of golf, either

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Oosthuizen, Brier share lead at Africa Open

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen bogeyed his last hole Saturday to fall into a tie for the lead at the Africa Open with Markus Brier heading into the final round.

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Asia builds 6-2 lead at Royal Trophy

Asia swept all four points in the fourballs on Saturday to build a 6-2 lead over Europe in the three-day Royal Trophy match play event.

NCAA sanctions Texas Tech for text violations

Texas Tech's men have been placed on two years' probation because of more than 400 impermissible text messages sent by golf coaches, the NCAA ruled Jan. 7.

Friday, January 7

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Rose returns from layoff forced by shoulder pain

says Justin Rose is back from a layoff forced by shoulder pain at the end of 2010.

Justin Rose is playing in only his second tournament this week since finishing 15th at the Tour Championship.

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Appleby’s putter mystery solved in Kapalua

has the details behind Stuart Appleby’s disappearing putter.

Just a day after the beginning of the Stuart Appleby putter saga, the mystery was solved with the return of the missing flat stick.

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Honeymoon resumes for Garrigus in Kapalua

explains why Robert Garrigus is feeling especially good vibes this week in Kapalua.

Through the years, the huge, undulating greens at Kapalua’s Plantation Course have given first-timers at the PGA Tour’s season-opening event a fair share of fits, and prevented Tournament of Champion rookies from having a great deal of collective success.

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Garrigus posts 63 to take lead in Hawaii

Garrigus leads in Hawaii

Long-hitting Robert Garrigus was the last man into the Tournament of Champions field. After a 10-under 63 Friday, he leads by one shot.

DQ costs Rohanna first win on Hooters Tour

Camilo Villegas’ disqualification Friday from the Hyundai Tournament of Champions may be the highest-profile DQ this week, but it won’t be the most dramatic.

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Lincicome to tee it up in Hooters Tour event

Brittany Lincicome will play in a men’s tournament next week as part of her preparations for the LPGA tour season.

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Haney, Limbaugh start off on right track

says Hank Haney and Rush Limbaugh make a good combination in Season 3 of "The Haney Project."

After hitting a few range balls, Hank Haney’s newest student wanted some feedback.

Tech problems hang up Tour mic experiment

Television viewers will be able to watch Jonathan Byrd play, but not listen to him at Kapalua.

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Campbell: Patton ‘once-in-a-lifetime guy’

Remembering Billy Joe

Career amateur Billy Joe Patton, who almost won the 1954 Masters, died Jan. 1. Former USGA president Bill Campbell took time to remember his friend and rival.

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Molinari makes unexpected trip to Hawaii

The so-called European snub of the PGA Tour was supposed to be evident at the season-opening Tournament of Champions, which is missing Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy and PGA champion Martin Kaymer.

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Villegas DQ’d in Hawaii for rules violation

Villegas DQ’d for rules breach

Camilo Villegas has been disqualified at Kapalua after a television viewer notified PGA Tour officials of a rules violation Thursday night.

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Oosthuizen moves within one at Africa Open

British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a 6-under 67 in brutal winds to move within a stroke of the lead at the midway point of the Africa Open.

FGCU's Spero resigns, to head for PGA Magazine

Florida Gulf Coast’s Meghan Spero has resigned from her position as head women’s golf coach, director of athletics Ken Kavanagh announced Thursday.

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Asia and Europe tied 2-2 at Royal Trophy

Europe’s playing captain Colin Montgomerie teamed with Rhys Davies of Wales to win their foursomes match in the Royal Trophy on Friday, leaving Europe and Asia tied 2-2 after the opening day.

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Looking for success on Euro Tour? Shoot even par

says people shouldn't be so quick to dismiss even par.

No doubt many young players are starting the 2011 European Tour with much excitement mixed with trepidation.

Thursday, January 6

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After injury, Beckman back on the course

Cameron Beckman played his first tournament round of the 2011 season Thursday and like many it was his first competitive round in months. It’s not unusual for players to take time off and rarely pick up their sticks until the week before Hawaii.

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Notes: Appleby's last-minute adjustment

has some interesting news and notes from Day 1 at Kapalua.

A par 3 of intriguing storylines from the first round of the first tournament of the 2011 PGA Tour season, the Hyundai Tournament of Champions:

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Byrd, Pettersson take early Kapalua lead

Byrd, Pettersson lead Kapalua

Jonathan Byrd and Carl Pettersson took the early lead at Kapalua, each shooting 66 in the first round of the 2011 PGA Tour season.

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Mediate opts for no club deals in 2011

says Rocco Mediate has turned down all club deals for 2011.

Several players have arrived on the island of Maui this week sporting new equipment deals. Jim Furyk and Camilo Villegas have joined TaylorMade; Tim Clark has become a full-line Titleist ambassador; U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell is now a Srixon man. Others have made changes, too.

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USGA begins search for executive director

USGA searches for exec director

With David Fay's resignation, the USGA needs to fill its executive director post. Plenty of names are being tossed around for consideration, but one thing is clear: Golf outsiders need not apply.

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Woods, Golf Digest end 13-year relationship

Tiger Woods has one less endorsement deal, ending his 13-year relationship with golf’s biggest magazine.

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LPGA to play 25 events this year, 13 in U.S.

LPGA schedule released

The 2011 LPGA schedule was released Thursday and includes 25 events, one more than last year. Thirteen of those events will be domestic.

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Dropped by NBC, Faxon to focus on Tour

Given the pieces to the puzzle at work – he turns 50 in August and will turn his focus to the Champions Tour, his limited status on the PGA Tour, the association with NBC – Brad Faxon was having a tough time planning out a playing schedule for 2011.

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Pieters takes first-round lead at Africa Open

Branden Grace holed a 9-iron approach at the 18th green to get within a shot of Brandon Pieters for the Africa Open lead after Thursday’s partially completed first round.

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Ogilvy (finger) WDs at Kapalua; status unclear

Hey, these trips to paradise might be warm and cozy, but they can sometimes be painful.

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Tour trio endures miserable trip to Kapalua

It seems like the first week of the PGA Tour season always has a story or two about trips to Hawaii.

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No hot water for early risers at Kapalua

says early risers at Kapalua found a not-so-pleasant surprise.

In what is hopefully not a precursor to the 2011 season, drizzles, or what the locals call “Pineapple Juice,” greeted the players when they awoke on Thursday morning.

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Behind TaylorMade’s all-white clubs for 2011

TaylorMade's white clubs

The official start of the PGA Tour season has supplied answers to questions surrounding TaylorMade’s all-white clubs for 2011.

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Finchem glad to see strong European Tour

The European Tour is stronger than ever, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says he’s glad to see it.

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Hate to be Rude: Can’t-miss '11 predictions

Hate to be Rude

Prescient, plucky and (ahem) perfect: Jeff Rude offers these can't-miss predictions for 2011.

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Golfweek Fantasy Tip Sheet: Hyundai TOC

Take a second before preparing your fantasy roster this week to see which guys are high on the radars of the Golfweek Fantasy Experts.

Wednesday, January 5

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Albrecht takes Harder Hall lead with record 63

Ashleigh Albrecht just wanted to break 80 last week at the Dixie Amateur. In Round 1 of the Harder Hall Invitational, she shot 63.

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Stone, 9, brings big dreams to Harder Hall

says Latanna Stone, 9, has some big dreams this week at the Harder Hall.

Generally speaking, I’m fairly well-versed in a player’s background before going out to watch her play. When it came to 9-year-old Latanna Stone, however, I didn’t do much research. How much history can a fourth-grader really have?

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Thorpe could be out of prison this month

Champions Tour player Jim Thorpe, who began a one-year prison sentence April 1 for failing to pay income taxes, is expected to be released early, the pastor of his church said.

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Aloha, 2011

With the end of the holidays, it's time to turn our attention back to golf. Some big names are missing in Kapalua, Hawaii, but the PGA Tour's season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions still offers a pretty good field. After all, only 2010 winners received invites to this event in paradise.

5 Things: Your chance to play Augusta National

87,600: That’s the approximate number of man-hours it took to create the virtual version of Augusta National for Tiger Woods 12: The Masters, an EA Sports spokesman told Golf360. It’s equivalent to 10 people working 24/7 for an entire year.

Golf’s growth accelerating among China’s youth

There is still a huge gulf divide between China’s leading players and the world’s best, as acknowledged by world No. 67 Wen-chong Liang. But grassroots developments in the world’s most populous country have convinced many good judges some that future world champions are already being groomed for global stardom.

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Royal Trophy could showcase Ishikawa-Manassero duel

Matteo Manassero and Ryo Ishikawa may live on different continents, but the teens already have formed a bond, on-and-off the course. The 17-year-old Italian and the 19-year-old Japanese met in September at the HSBC Champions.

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Oosthuizen skips Hawaii for Africa Open

Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen deserves a lot of credit for turning up this week at the €1 million Africa Open at East London Golf Club. He could have opted to follow compatriots Ernie Els and Tim Clark to Hawaii for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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McDowell inks equipment deal with Cleveland/Srixon

Graeme McDowell, arguably, golf’s biggest free agent for 2011, made it official: He has parted ways with Callaway and signed an endorsement deal with Cleveland Golf/Srixon.

McDowell signs deal with footwear maker Ecco

reports that U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell has signed a deal with Ecco.

When the 2011 PGA Tour season kicks off Thursday, Graeme McDowell will be lacing up a new pair of shoes.

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Ogilvy gets 12 stitches after swimming mishap

Geoff Ogilvy is facing longer odds of winning three straight years at the Tournament of Champions after a swimming accident left him with 12 stitches in his finger.

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Fans pick Poulter’s outfit via Facebook vote

Defending champion Ian Poulter is inviting fans to choose his apparel for the opening matches of the 2011 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play.

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Europe tempers expectations for 2010 encore

What does Europe do for an encore? That’s a pertinent question as the 2011 European year kicks off with the Africa Open in East London, South Africa, this week. Onwards and upwards then, but can 2011 come even close to the same success? Doubtful, according to Graeme McDowell.

Home-grown talent on display at Victorian Open

The 2011 PGA Tour of Australasia season gets underway this week at the Victorian Open, but for many players it doubles as a warm-up for the British Open International Final Qualifying event in Melbourne.

Tickets dwindling for '12 PGA Championship

Organizers for the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course say they have sold 94 percent of available tickets during a six-week sales window.

Asian Development Tour seeks expansion in 2011

The Asian Development Tour kicks off its sophomore year at the Grameenphone Bangladesh Masters, Feb. 3-6, but officials are still striving to expand its five-tournament schedule.

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Walker Cup preview: Who’s in, who’s out?

Walker Cup preview

A practice session for potential Walker Cup team members begins today in Tampa, Fla. Sean Martin breaks down the field.

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McDowell begins 2011 season of encores

Graeme McDowell didn’t stop flying around the world until there were no tournaments left for him to play.

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Golf Channel changes look for 2011

says the Golf Channel has made exciting changes to its graphics package for the 2011 season.

Golf Channel has jazzed up its graphics package for the 2011 season.

Long-hitting Sadlowski puts away Tour bombers

If the dress rehearsal was any indication, Jamie Sadlowski is prepared to put on a show Wednesday afternoon at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions pro-am.

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Watson plays as virtual Bubba at Kapalua

explains why Bubba Watson already is a fan of Tiger Woods 12: The Masters.

Funny scene from Tuesday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Long-hitting Bubba Watson is standing inside a hospitality tent off the first fairway at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, there to help unveil a new game from EA Sports: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters.

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New grooves: Little effect on PGA Tour

The upheaval predicted because of new grooves on the 2010 PGA Tour simply didn’t happen. It was the first year in which smaller, less aggressive grooves were required, but most Tour players adapted quickly and skillfully. In fact, wedge statistics from the Tour were remarkably similar from 2009 to 2010.

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LPGA’s U.S. opener: Will they play for free?

LPGA could play for free

The LPGA released its 2011 schedule last week, and at one domestic event, in Arizona, players will play for free. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

Tuesday, January 4

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Notes: Golf Channel to mike PGA Tour players

The Golf Channel came to the PGA Tour opener with hopes of putting a microphone on players for the Tournament of Champions. The trick now is to find a few volunteers.

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PGA Tour opener still offers intrigue

2011 PGA Tour opener

No Tiger. No Phil. And no Westwood. But the PGA Tour opener at Kapalua still offers plenty of intrigue, writes Jim McCabe.

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2011 Golfweek's Best Classic GB&I Courses

Royal County Down and the Old Course top the 2011 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses of Great Britain and Ireland list.

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2011 Golfweek's Best Modern GB&I Courses

Kingsbarns and Loch Lomond top the 2011 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses of Great Britain and Ireland list.

Mattson named women’s coach at Georgetown

Mary Mattson has been named head women’s golf coach at Georgetown, the school announced Tuesday. Mattson served as an assistant coach for the Hoyas during the fall, and joined the program last summer.

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Kim hoping for redemptive 2011 season

Anthony Kim wants 2011 to be a season that changes his career.

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EA Sports teams with Augusta for ‘Tiger Woods 12’

Augusta National will be featured in EA Sports’ latest edition of the Tiger Woods video game franchise. Sean Martin reports.

Greensboro College to add women’s golf

Greensboro College has announced it will add intercollegiate women’s golf, beginning this fall.

Attorney Decof, 86, won grooves fight for Ping

Nobody likes to think of golf as a sport characterized by lawsuits, but legal action in the golf industry is sometimes unavoidable.

The INIT: Solving college golf's postseason riddle

says this is the best way to determine the true NCAA champion.

It’s occurred to me that we need another college tournament on the schedule. Let me explain: At the end of the year, the college golf season ends with the NCAA Championship.

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Augusta Nat'l to appear in '12 Tiger EA game

Augusta in Tiger game

Augusta National will be featured in EA Sports’ next edition of the popular “Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12” golf game franchise.

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PGA Tour, Hawaii extend deal through 2014

The PGA Tour and the Hawaii Tourism Authority have extended their partnership through 2014.

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Dawgs Golf: Like Crocs, only more comfortable

says Dawgs Golf’s new lightweight shoes are a comfortable alternative.

Many fashionistas recall the fashion craze the company Crocs started with its comfortable walking shoe. Now, there is a similar shoe offered in the golf market: Dawgs Golf.

Monday, January 3

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Player of the Week: Brenden Redfern

Thanks to a tournament-low 66 in the final round, Brenden Redfern claimed a one-shot victory at the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Holiday Classic over Kirby Gorzell.

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Player of the Week: April McCoy

April McCoy grabbed a one-shot victory at the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Holiday Classic, topping Alex Rossi by one shot.

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Purdue’s Reto wins Women’s Dixie Amateur

Paula Reto, a sophomore at Purdue, won the Dixie Women’s Amateur on Monday, beating Ginger Howard and Holly Clyburn by five shots at Heron Bay Golf Club.

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Go-Go Caddy: Golf clubs on a Harley

Golf and Harleys

Have trouble lugging your clubs to the course while driving a Harley? No longer, thanks to the latest invention by Cameron James.

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‘Morning Drive’ starts out in the slow lane

says Golf Channel’s new morning show got off to a slow start.

“If it’s compelling, if it’s interesting, it will find its way onto our show,” Erik Kuselias told viewers at the outset of Golf Channel’s two-hour “Morning Drive,” which debuted at 7 a.m. today.

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Vance (N/R, 2011) commits to Presbyterian

has given a verbal commitment to Presbyterian.

Harrison Vance of Richmond, Va., has given a verbal commitment to play at Presbyterian College, a Division I school and member of the Big South Conference. Vance is ranked No. 1006 in Golfweek’s rankings.

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Daugherty (N/R, 2012) commits to Tennessee

has given a verbal commitment to Tennessee.

Grant Daugherty, of Alcoa, Tenn., has given a verbal commitment to play at Tennessee.

Sunday, January 2

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2010 in review: Top 10 amateur stories

Top 10 amateur stories

Thanks to a win at the U.S. Amatuer and an impressive college season, Peter Uihlein tops the list of the top 10 amateur stories of 2010.

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Career amateur Billy Joe Patton dies at 88

Billy Joe Patton, a fast-swinging, gregarious career amateur who nearly won the 1954 Masters, died Jan. 1.

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2011 preview: 11 storylines to watch

offers 11 intriguing storylines to watch for in 2011.

With 2011 upon us, here’s a list of 11 storylines that our Sean Martin has his eye on this year:

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2011 staff predictions: From Tiger to D.J.

2011 staff predictions

Resolutions are so cliche, so we are making some bold predictions for 2011, including Tiger's chances of winning this year.