News for Thursday, January 6, 2011
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Tiger Woods has one less endorsement deal, ending his 13-year relationship with golf’s biggest magazine.
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.
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.
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.
Hey, these trips to paradise might be warm and cozy, but they can sometimes be painful.
It seems like the first week of the PGA Tour season always has a story or two about trips to Hawaii.
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.
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.
The European Tour is stronger than ever, and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says he’s glad to see it.
Hate to be Rude
Prescient, plucky and (ahem) perfect: Jeff Rude offers these can't-miss predictions for 2011.
Take a second before preparing your fantasy roster this week to see which guys are high on the radars of the Golfweek Fantasy Experts.