News for Sunday, January 9, 2011

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Byrd tops Garrigus in playoff for Kapalua win

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

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

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

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.