News for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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In this issue: Jan. 21, 2011

Inside the Jan. 21, 2011, issue of Golfweek:

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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

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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Commentary: UNM Championship course rich in college history

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

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

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

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

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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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Olazabal, Love worthy leaders

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

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

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.