News for Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Love begins new era with Bridgestone Golf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.