News for Thursday, January 6, 2011


News 2011 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.