Stories for May 2011


News 2011 May

Tuesday, May 31

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5 Things: Host OK State in 8th after Round 1

5 Things: NCAA Championship

Sean Martin offers five things from the first round of the NCAA Championship, including Oklahoma State’s shaky start and Augusta State’s title defense.

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NCAA Men: Georgia Tech opens 3-shot lead

Georgia Tech leads NCAAs

Behind junior James White’s 5-under 67, Georgia Tech opened up a three-stroke lead Tuesday at the NCAA Championship on a calm, warm day at Karsten Creek.

Burcin tabbed to lead Wisconsin’s program

Michael Burcin, who spent the past seven years as an assistant at South Carolina, has been named the men’s golf coach at the University of Wisconsin, the school announced Tuesday

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Wildman’s Walk: This feels like a championship

The Wildman reports that after 18 holes, one thing is clear: This feels like an NCAA Championship.

Resigned to second-class status in Columbus

The front page of today’s local newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch, was three-quarters on Jim Tressel’s resignation as football coach at Ohio State amid allegations of improper benefits for Buckeyes players.

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5 Things: Tuesday at Muirfield Village

What do Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel have in common? More than you might think, according to Jack Nicklaus.

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Better late than never for USC Trojans

USC got off to a rocky start at the NCAA Championship, but that’s nothing new. The Trojans are getting used to rallying late.

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Live blog: Work to do for San Diego’s Ching

Round 1: NCAA Championship

Our Golfweek staffers are filing reports from the opening round of the NCAA Championship. Check back often for the latest news from Karsten Creek.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Memorial

Tip Sheet: The Memorial

The PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village this week to play The Memorial Tournament. See whom our Golfweek experts like this week at Jack’s Place.

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2011 Father & Son Open

Greg and Roger Huxman defend title at 2011 Father Son.

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Winner’s Circle: May 23-29, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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NCAA Men: Staff picks for Elite 8

Picks: Match-play teams

Golfweek’s college experts pick which eight teams they think will advance to the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship. Do you agree?

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NCAA Men: Coaches share a long history

NCAA men: Long history

This week, Mike McGraw and Derek Freeman face off as coaches of top-tier NCAA teams. But only two decades ago, they worked together to form an Oklahoma high-school powerhouse.

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Great wall of red tape stymies LPGA in China

LPGA in China

LPGA players concerned with making the trek from Scotland to China in August need not worry. A Chinese government crackdown on golf courses has put the Imperial Springs LPGA event in a holding pattern.

Monday, May 30

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Dalke, Chung claim AJGA Thunderbird titles

Dalke, Chung win Thunderbird

Brad Dalke and Karen Chung both earned maiden AJGA Invitational titles Monday at the Thunderbird International Junior.

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Ebersol’s exit leaves golf void at NBC

Ebersol leaves NBC

Dick Ebersol’s exit from NBC leaves behind a legacy that includes putting the Ryder Cup back on network television and making Johnny Miller golf’s most prominent analyst.

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NCAA Men: Plenty of parity in field

Men's college golf isn't as lopsided as it was only a decade ago, and this year's NCAA field has nearly 20 teams that can really think about a national title.

Q&A: PGA of America's Kerry Haigh

Kerry Haigh has a thankless job, never hearing praise when tournament's go smoothly, but always criticized when having to make tough decisions as a PGA of America administrator.

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USGA, PGA of America say 'Tee It Forward'

USGA, PGA of America program

With the goal of helping golfers enjoy the game more, the USGA and PGA of America are launching a nationwide summer campaign called “Tee It Forward,” which urges players to tackle a course at a length they can handle.

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Fowler sets high bar for OSU at Karsten Creek

says Rickie Fowler was back at Karsten Creek this week giving his former teammates some scores to shoot for.

Before making the hour-long drive Sunday evening to the Patriot Golf Club just outside of Tulsa to play in the Patriot Cup on Memorial Day, Rickie Fowler, the former Oklahoma State All-American and current PGA Tour star, spent five days in his former college town.

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Championship buzz is in the air at Karsten Creek

The Golfweek gang has arrived at Karsten Creek for the NCAA Championship and was welcomed by a distinct buzz in the air for the impending championship.

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NCAA Men's Championship: Tournament primer

NCAA men: Tourney primer

Lance Ringler breaks down the 2011 Men's NCAA Championships, slated to begin on Tuesday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., the home course of Oklahoma State:

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NCAA Men's Championship: Staff predictions

NCAA men: Staff predictions

We'll have a slew of reporters on the ground at this week's NCAA men's golf championships. A handful of our experts take a shot at predicting who has a chance to win it all in Stillwater, Okla.

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The world golf rankings, in pictures

Pictures: 25 years of WGR

In pictures: With Luke Donald taking over the top ranking in the world, we take a look back on everyone that has held the title since 1986.

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NCAA Men: OSU enjoys home-course advantage

Home course advantage

Karsten Creek might look intimidating to most, but for Oklahoma State, it's a playground. And in their space, the Cowboys have managed to stay loose enough to win 10 NCAA titles.

Sunday, May 29

California Baptist wins NAIA title in playoff

California Baptist needed the first playoff in NAIA Women’s National Championship history to capture its first national team title May 27 at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.

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5 Things: Bradley's big Byron Nelson win

5 Things: Byron Nelson

Five things you need to know from the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, which Keegan Bradley won in a playoff against Ryan Palmer.

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Rookie Bradley wins Nelson in playoff over Palmer

Bradley wins playoff

Keegan Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Tour great Pat Bradley, sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a playoff to beat Ryan Palmer at the Byron Nelson Championship.

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Tom Watson wins Senior PGA in playoff

Watson wins Senior PGA

Tom Watson summoned up some of his old major magic, holing a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat David Eger in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday.

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Stark leads Oklahoma Christian to NAIA title

Oscar Stark played his way into the Oklahoma Christian record books Friday at the NAIA National Championship, registering a 4-under 280 to win the first individual national championship in program history and lead the Eagles to their second team title in three seasons.

Dramatic birdie gives Mogi JLPGA victory

Hirmoi Mogi birdied the final hole to win the Japan LPGA's Yonex Ladies Tournament in Nagaoka, Japan.

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Oda wins JGTO event; Ishikawa misses cut

Koumei Oda used an eagle on No. 14 to propel himself to a 2-under 70 in the final round, good enough for a four-shot victory at the Japan Golf Tour Organization's Diamond Cup in Chiba, Japan.

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Colombia's Uribe wins LPGA's Brazil Cup

Mariajo Uribe of Colombia shot a 6-under 66 to beat Lindsey Wright of Australia by a stroke in the LPGA's 36-hole Brazil Cup on Sunday.

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Donald wins at Wentworth, becomes World No. 1

Donald wins in playoff

In a playoff that pitted the world's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Luke Donald takes over the world's top spot by beating Lee Westwood with a daring approach shot that Westwood couldn't replicate.

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Race is on for men's college player of the year

Candidates for top player

A tight race for player-of-the-year honors will come to a close when the NCAA Championship’s stroke-play portion ends Thursday. Here are five players, listed in the order of their Golfweek/Sagarin ranking, who still have a shot to take home the top honor:

Saturday, May 28

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Spieth starts prep graduation day on PGA Tour

Spieth skips graduation

Jordan Spieth started his high school graduation day with a round of golf — in the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship. And is only four shots off the lead heading into Sunday.

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5 Things: Course set-up a big Senior PGA factor

5 Things: Senior PGA

A look at five elements that might decide the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.

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Irwin, ailing Murota share lead at Senior PGA

Hale Irwin began the week talking about the end of his career. He energized it with a 2-under 70 on Saturday to tie Kiyoshi Murota for the lead through three rounds of the Senior PGA Championship.

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Palmer leads, 8 players shoot under par at Nelson

Conditions wreak havoc

Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day with a 3-over 73 in the third round at the Byron Nelson Championship, and even had the lead by himself at 5-under par.

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Young takes LPGA lead in Brazil; Pettersen two back

American Heather Bowie Young made eight birdies in a 6-under 66 Saturday that gave her a two-shot lead at the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

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Ringler: College golf needs more match play

Ringler: College golf needs it

The past two NCAAs have brought nonstop excitement. Why not introduce more match play to the college season?

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Manassero showing shades of Seve

Manassero tied for lead

The Euro Tour is showing off its present with Luke Donald (T-1) and Lee Westwood (T-3), but its future, co-leader Matteo Manassero, is grabbing headlines with Seve-like play at Wentworth.

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First woman qualifies for a men's pro tour

Beisiegel qualifies for men's tour

Isabelle Beisiegel became the first female player to earn a playing card on a men's professional golf tour, tying for ninth place Friday in the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School to take one of the last two nonexempt spots.

Friday, May 27

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Murota builds four-shot lead at Senior PGA

Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Championship over a glittering scoreboard that includes Nick Price, Hale Irwin and Tom Watson.

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Notes: Browne reliving Ryder Cup win at Valhalla

Olin Browne was a part of the United States’ stirring victory over Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club. Yet something was lacking, because he never touched his clubs.

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Garcia, Palmer share Nelson lead; Spieth 5 back

Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer share the lead after two rounds at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at 8-under 132.

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Sabbatini withdraws from Memorial

Rory Sabbatini has withdrawn from next week’s Memorial.

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5 things: Who still has a shot to win Senior PGA?

5 things: Senior PGA

Kenny Perry is among five players outside the top three at the Senior PGA Championship that still have a shot at winning. Rich Skyzinski takes a look.

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Spieth to play weekend at Byron Nelson

Spieth trails by five

Jordan Spieth is five shots out of the lead at the Byron Nelson Championship and playing the weekend, which means he is going to be late for his high school graduation ceremony Saturday.

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Manassero, Quiros, Donald share BMW lead

Manassero catches Donald

Matteo Manassero, 18, has already won twice on the European Tour, but nothing as big as the flagship BMW PGA Championship, where he shares the lead with Luke Donald and Alvaro Quiros.

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Players criticize Els' Wentworth West redesign

Players criticized Ernie Els' redesign of Wentworth's West Course in 2010, and things have only gotten worse this year.

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‘Wrong Ron’ makes his NCAA picks

‘Wrong Ron’ makes NCAA pick

"Wrong Ron" Balicki has had some trouble picking NCAA Championship winners in the past. But he says this year's field contains a team strong enough to ignore his curse.

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Elson making the most of 'no man's land'

Former Augusta State player Jamie Elson is making the most of a season caught between the European and Challenge Tours.

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Daly withdraws from BMW with hip injury

John Daly has become the fourth player to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship, pulling out after 14 holes of the second round because of a hip injury.

Thursday, May 26

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Five Things: Soggy Round 1 at Senior PGA

Valhalla is doing a pretty good imitation of a levee doing its damnest to hold back the water. Here are Five Things to know from Round 1.

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Past generation helps NYU trail blazer flourish

Golf trail blazers unite

Marilynn Smith (pictured right) formed an unlikely friendship with Theresa Apoznanski, a young golf trail blazer. Beth Ann Baldry says the two are not so different.

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Overton leads Byron Nelson; Garcia two back

Sergio shares Nelson lead

Just a few days after an infected fingernail caused him to withdraw from a British Open qualifier, Sergio Garcia moved within two shots of Jeff Overton's lead at the Byron Nelson.

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Player of the Week: James Yoon

James Yoon, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 6-under 207 (73-66-68) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial by two shots.

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Player of the Week: Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, shot 16-under 197 (66-64-67) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial, by 13 shots.

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Balicki places his NCAA bets

places his bets for the NCAA Championship in his annual tout sheet.

Here’s my tout sheet for next week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championship:

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Kennesaw State joins big names in Stillwater

Kennesaw State profile

Led by Jeff Karlsson and Matt Nagy, upstart Kennesaw State is headed to the NCAA Championship to try and stop the coronation of powerhouse Oklahoma State. Sean Martin reports.

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Donald opens with 64, leads by 2 at BMW

Donald leads BMW PGA

Luke Donald needs only to finish ahead of Lee Westwood this week to claim the top spot in the world ranking. Donald got off to a strong start, shooting a 64 to lead by two at Wentworth.

Start of Senior PGA delayed by heavy rain

Following an overnight storm that included winds of 60 mph and dropped 1.5 inches of rain on an already-soggy Valhalla Golf Club, Thursday’s start to the 72nd Senior PGA Championship has been delayed 90 minutes.

Wednesday, May 25

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ShopRite draws 97 of top 100 LPGA players

No. 1-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan and recent Sybase Match Play Championship winner Suzann Pettersen of Norway have entered the LPGA ShopRite Classic next weekend.

Steele hired as first North Florida women's coach

University of North Florida has hired Joanne Steele as the first head coach of the women’s golf program, which will begin competition during the fall of 2012.

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A look back at the NCAA men's regionals

Regional recap

If NCAA regionals were any indication, the national Championship will have plenty of storylines worth watching. Lance Ringler takes a look.

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TPC Four Seasons recovers from hail damage

A hail storm Tuesday night rocked the TPC Four Seasons course so badly that Slugger White, PGA Tour vice president for rules and competitions, said, “I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like it.”

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Rude: Last word on a million-dollar question

And now, a word about that million bucks.

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Pairings announced for NCAA Championship

The NCAA Men’s Division I Championship Committee has announced the seedings for the NCAA Championship, to be conducted May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.

In this issue: May 27, 2011

Inside the May 27, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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5 Things: Previewing BMW PGA Championship

The great and the good are gathered at Wentworth this week for the €4.5 million BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event.

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5 Things: Storylines to watch at Senior PGA

Five interesting storylines to watch during the 72nd Senior PGA Championship, which gets under way Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club.

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Lambuth University shuts down, players relocate

Kyle Long was the last golfer to win a tournament for Lambuth University. The United Methodist-affiliated school in Jackson, Tenn., announced it would close June 30 after 168 years of operation. The school endured years of financial struggles.

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Karsten Creek spared in Oklahoma storms

Stillwater, Okla., which will host next week's NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, was hit by the severe weather experienced throughout Oklahoma on Tuesday, but the hometown of Oklahoma State University was spared the worst of it.

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U.S. Open: Ishikawa in, Woodland still searching

U.S. Open exemptions

Monday marked the first of two deadlines for those hoping to qualify for exemptions into the U.S. Open. Some, like Ryo Ishikawa, made a move at the last second, while others, like Gary Woodland, are still searching for a way in.

Wildman’s Challenge: NCAA Men’s Championship

Want to win a Colonial hat signed by Ben Crenshaw? Play Wildman’s Challenge for the NCAA Championship!

Tuesday, May 24

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Steinberg weighing options after leaving IMG

Steinberg leaves IMG

The future of Mark Steinberg, Tiger Woods’ longtime agent, remains uncertain a week after he departed IMG. But other agencies reportedly are interviewing him already.

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Former PGA Tour chief Beman wins Nelson award

says former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman was awarded a special honor at this year's Byron Nelson.

Deane Beman played in the first Byron Nelson Classic in 1968. Like other competitors, he had tunnel vision.

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Notes: Great play puts Tiger’s feats in perspective

David Toms went from a playoff loss at The Players Championships to a 62-62 start at the Colonial and then a Sunday rally to win for the first time in six years.

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Azinger, 4 others withdraw from Senior PGA

Paul Azinger, who captained the U.S. to an emotional Ryder Cup win at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008, has withdrawn from this week’s Senior PGA Championship at the same course.

Loar won’t be retained as SMU men’s coach

After 13 seasons as the head men’s coach at Southern Methodist, Jay Loar learned May 22 that his current contract, which expires May 31, will not be renewed.

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Spieth ready for another run at the Nelson

Spieth back at Nelson

With a rebuilt body and refined game, can Jordan Spieth contend again at the Byron Nelson Championship?

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Player of the week: Austin Ernst, LSU

Ernst, a freshman, twice posted 6-under 66 on the par-72, 6,260-yard Traditions Club layout in Bryan, Texas, en route to winning the individual title.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins led wire-to-wire to win their third national championship and second under the direction of Carrie Forsyth at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

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Team of the week: Michigan

Led by co-medalist Lion Kim, the Wolverines erased a four-stroke deficit in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional en route to their first regional title.

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Player of the week: Patrick Cantlay, UCLA

A busy week didn’t stop the Bruins freshman from picking up his fourth victory of the season.

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Benell (No. 105, 2012) commits to Texas A&M

has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M.

Charlie Benell of Pacific Palisades, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M to play his college golf for the Aggies.

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Woods, on crutches, hopes to be ready for Open

McCabe: Woods at Open?

Injured and idled yet optimistic and eager, Tiger Woods said Tuesday that he is aiming to return at the U.S. Open at Congressional. Jim McCabe reports.

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Harrington inspires new generation of stars

BMW PGA Championship

Several of the top European Tour players say that Padraig Harrington is responsible for the recent uptick in Euro stars and major winners. Alistair Tait reports.

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Army man Krembel earns his stripes

explains why NCAA regionals didn't stop Matt Krembel from getting his bars as a second lieutenant.

When the U.S. Military Academy held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2011 at West Point, N.Y., on May 21, at least one cadet was unable to participate.

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Eight Open qualifying spots secured in Texas

British Open qualifying

After an injured Sergio Garcia WDs and rain shortens qualifying to 18 holes, a 6-for-1 playoff completes the 8-man group to earn spots in the British Open.

Monday, May 23

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Begay proposes tribal model with Firekeeper

Begay opens Firekeeper

With the opening of Firekeeper, Notah Begay III proposes a tribal model based on economic hope. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Long drive contest lures golfers to the desert

Long Drive Championship

The driver-challenged flock to the desert to hear Art Sellinger preach his long-drive gospel. James Achenbach reports.

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Whitworth leads U.S. to glory at Handa Cup

Hall of Fame leadership is a wonderful thing. It’s even better when five Hall of Famers can follow that lead.

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Couples (back) withdraws from Senior PGA

Citing back problems, Fred Couples has withdrawn from the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla.

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Winner’s Circle: May 16-22, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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The Ringler Championship Feel Test chart

After much consideration, see where the 2011 NCAA Women's Championship ranks on the Ringler Feel Test chart.

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Silva Zamora takes top honors in NGCA awards

Silva Zamora wins POY

Marta Silva Zamora was named the Player of the Year on May 21 by the National Golf Coaches Association. The Georgia junior received the honor after finishing fourth at the NCAA Women’s National Championship.

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West plays on despite family tragedy

SE Louisiana's Rhys West

Ryan Lavner has the heartbreaking and inspiring story of Rhys West, a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana, who at NCAA regionals played with more than golf on his mind.

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Garcia to miss British Open after qualifier WD

Withdrawal and weather were the early storylines today at the British Open International Final Qualifying America at Gleneagles Country Club.

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LSU's Ernst nominated for college golf honor

LSU's Austin Ernst has been named one of four nominees for the 2010-2011 Honda Sports Award given to the nation's best women's college golfer.

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Toms gets elusive 13th win with Colonial comeback

David Toms hadn't won in more than five years. He was also a week removed from a tough playoff loss to K.J. Choi. But that all changed at Colonial.

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Thumbs up: UCLA | Thumbs down: Alabama

With the NCAA Women’s Championship in the books, Wildman looks back on UCLA’s win at Traditions Club.

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Luke Donald's loss gives ammunition to critics

After stumbling over the final hurdle at the World Match Play Championship, Luke Donald may have given more ammunition to critics who claim he still lacks that ruthless edge when it matters most.

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Woods (12th) out of top 10 for 1st time since ’97

Tiger Woods has fallen to 12th in the world rankings, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time in 14 years.

Sunday, May 22

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Ishikawa earns spot in the U.S. Open

Ryo Ishikawa may have been disappointed with his playoff loss at the Japan Tour's Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, but the result came with one benefit: it got him into the U.S. Open.

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Commentary: BMW PGA deserves American attendance

says top Americans should compete in the BMW PGA Championship in the name of globalizing pro golf.

The elite of European golf gather at Wentworth this week for the European Tour’s flagship tournament, the BMW PGA Championship. Unfortunately, U.S. players will be conspicuous by their absence.

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5 Things: Mulroy wins second N'wide event

Mulroy wins N'wide event

Garth Mulroy of South Africa outlasts Sunghoon Kang in a playoff to win Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am, vaulting Mulroy into the second spot on the money list.

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Week after tough loss, Toms wins Colonial

Toms wins Colonial

A week removed from a tough playoff loss to K.J. Choi at The Players, David Toms held off Charlie Wi to win at Colonial on Sunday evening.

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Kobayashi tops Ishikawa for first JGTO triumph

Masanori Kobayashi birdied the second hole of a playoff with Ryo Ishikawa to claim the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open title in Japan.

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Pettersen wins Sybase Match Play Championship

Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up to win the Sybase Match Play Championship on Sunday, ending a 20-month victory drought.

Player diary: Nicole focuses on some R&R

Player diary: Some R&R

With a few weeks off from the Futures Tour, Nicole turns her attention to tuning up her game and spending as much time with family as possible.

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Poulter beats Donald in World Match Play final

Poulter wins Match Play

Ian Poulter beat Luke Donald 2 and 1 to win the World Match Play Championship on Sunday, denying his English countryman the top spot in the world ranking.

Saturday, May 21

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Wildman's Walk: Teams asking 'What if?'

Wildman's Walk: Final round

While LSU's Austin Ernst won the individual title, the Tigers may be among those teams wondering 'What if?'

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UCLA wins 2011 women's NCAA championship


UCLA hung on to win the women's NCAA Championship Saturday over Purdue, which was not able to count the score of Thea Hoffmeister, who was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.

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Toms blows 7-shot lead; Wi leads at Colonial

Charlie Wi made a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole soon after a weather delay at Colonial, taking the lead after playing partner David Toms blew a seven-stroke advantage in the third round Saturday.

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Cantlay wins by six, leads UCLA to West title

UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay showed why he was one of three players invited to the Hogan Award banquet earlier this week, winning by six shots after a bogey-free 67 Saturday.

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San Diego St. wins first regional crown at Tucson

Texas A&M and San Diego State were the top two seeds in the 14-team field at the Omni Tucson National Resort regional and the two best-ranked teams – the Aggies No. 6 and the Aztecs No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

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Tour blog: Toms stumbles in third round

Just like that, the runaway is a close race at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. That’s because David Toms went from cruise control to hitting a few speed bumps Saturday in the third round.

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Stanford upsets Creamer to make semis

Angela Stanford roars back to beat Paula Creamer to join Kerr, Choi and Pettersen in the semifinals of the $1.5 million Sybase Match Play Championship Saturday.

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Tway, Oklahoma State breeze through regional

South Central Regional

Thanks to medalist Kevin Tway and third-place Talor Gooch, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won the NCAA South Central Regional by a mammoth 18 shots.

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Duke goes low to overtake Georgia Tech at East

On a course that had yielded few birdies through the first two rounds of the East Regional, Duke sure went low Saturday at the Pete Dye River Course to capture the team title.

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NCAA leaders may see different conditions Saturday

NCAA Championship final round

The Traditions Club was slammed with rain Friday night, meaning the leaders could be in for some tricky conditions in the final round of the women's NCAA Championship.

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Cal State-Monterey Bay wins 1st NCAA D-II title

CSUMB wins D-II title

In the match-play debut at the Divison II level, Cal State-Monterey Bay won the national championship after defeating Lynn University.

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Michigan, Kim rally for Central Regional titles

Often playing in the shadow of defending NCAA champion Scott Langley, Luke Guthrie continued to lead Illinois, closing in 65 to claim co-medalist honors.

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Florida claims Southeast title; Long closes in 62

Florida wins SE Regional

Led by Andres Echavarria, Florida won the Southeast Regional title Saturday at Ocala, punching its ticket to next month's NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek.

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Does NCAA Championship need 54-hole cut?

Does NCAAs need cut?

After Friday's delays, it will be interesting to see if the NCAA Championship can finish on time. Asher Wildman wonders if the event would be better off with a 54-hole cut.

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Kaymer, Donald to meet at World Match Play

Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer won their quarterfinal matches at the World Match Play Championship on Saturday.

Friday, May 20

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UCLA, behind Lua, take six-shot lead at NCAAs

Ace bails out Bruins

Behind Tiffany Lua's ace, UCLA storms to a commanding lead over Purdue as the NCAA Women's Championships head into the final round.

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Wildman's Walk: Disappointed in marquee group

Wildman's Walk: Friday

From following a disappointing group to a weather break at the house of an NCAA champion coach, Friday at the NCAAs.

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NCAA Women notes: Texas A&M holding its own

Aggies tough at home

NCAA Women's Championship notes: Texas A&M may not win the title, but it is showing it is a team that can't be taken lightly

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Tway, Einhaus power OK State to Round 2 lead

Oklahoma State's players could probably arrive at Colorado National Golf Club with four clubs apiece Saturday and still advance to the NCAA Championship at their home course.

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Toms fires another 62, leads by 7 at Colonial

David Toms shot his second consecutive 62 Friday, breaking away from the pack and taking a seven-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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After wild Round 2, San Diego State leads SW

San Diego State remained on top of the leaderboard with its second consecutive 6-under 278, but the ride to the top Friday was anything but smooth.

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Cantlay out to 3-shot Southwest Regional lead

USC has a four-shot lead entering the final round in San Diego. It’s a nice position to be in, but not nearly as good as the 15-shot lead the Trojans held at one point Friday.

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Kerr, Creamer, Wie advance at Sybase Match Play

Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie have won second-round matches to lead six Americans into the third round of the Sybase Match Play Championship.

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Tait: Why the fuss over Ryder venue selection?

The selection of the 2018 Ryder Cup venue felt more like an awards show.

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Georgia Tech, Scott lead the way at East Regional

Georgia Tech maintained its position atop the leaderboard Friday at the East Regional, shooting a second-round 5-over 293 to take a three-stroke lead over Duke into the final day.

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Augusta State storms into Southeast lead

NCAA Southeast Regional

Led by Patrick Reed's second-round 67, Augusta State shot 13 under as a team Friday, vaulting into the lead at the Southeast Regional.

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Illinois, Alabama tied atop Central regional

There must be something about big stages that gets Illinois’ Scott Langley going.

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Westwood threatens to shut down Twitter account

Top-ranked Lee Westwood has threatened to close his Twitter account because of the amount of abuse directed at him and fellow golfers on the social networking site.

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McIlroy, McDowell to meet at World Match Play

McIlroy, McDowell at Match Play

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will meet in the last 16 of the World Match Play Championship after the group stage ended Friday with four major winners tumbling out in Andalusia.

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Acushnet to be sold to Korean group led by Fila

Fila Korea to buy Acushnet

Fortune Brands announced a deal May 20 to sell Acushnet Co., parent of Titleist and FootJoy, to Korean investors including sport apparel and footwear company Fila Korea for more than $1.2 billion.

Thursday, May 19

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Wildman's Walk: Thoughts from Round 2

Today, the Wildman not only went for a nice stroll around Traditions, but on the Texas A&M campus as well to tape a “Did You Know?” video. I knew Aggieland was rich with history and tradition, but even I was a bit shocked and impressed with some things learned today.

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Ernst (66) takes 3-shot individual lead at NCAAs

Ernst leads by three

Austin Ernst shot 6-under 66 Thursday to take the individual lead and move LSU into third place at the women's NCAA Championship, where the Tigers are four shots behind UCLA.

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Ringler: 2010-11 season needs a little excitement

NCAAs need some excitement

There hasn't been much excitement in the women's game this year and the NCAA Championship is no exception, writes Lance Ringler. Will something spice things up over the next two days at the Traditions Club?

USC, Kang take first-round lead at West regional

USC continued its good play, taking the early lead at The Farms GC in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

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Without pro future, Yang at peace with game

Yang not focused on pros

Unlike many players, UCLA's Glory Yang has no plans to pursue a pro career after college, a decision that has freed up her up mentally to enjoy the game.

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San Diego St. chasing seventh win at Southwest

Why not seven? That’s what San Diego State coach Ryan Donovan posed to his team coming into the regional as the No. 2 seed in the 14-team field.

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Shean looking ahead to wedding, pro career

Shean eyes wedding, pros

Arkansas senior Kelli Shean has plenty on her mind this week at the NCAA championship. She is looking ahead to a summer wedding and an impending pro career.

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Einhaus gives OK State early lead in Colorado

Oklahoma State played like the No. 1 team in the country, shooting 12-under 276 to take a four-shot lead.

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Florida leads Southeast; Augusta St. starts slowly

Florida takes SE lead

Behind Bank Vongvanij's opening 68, Florida took the early lead in the Southeast Regional. Meanwhile, defending national champion Augusta State is off to a rough start.

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Georgia Tech takes six-shot lead in Virginia

Fresh off its third consecutive ACC title, Georgia Tech continued to cruise Thursday at the East Regional.

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Langley, Illinois lead early at Central regional

Illinois already is enjoying its return to Wolf Run. The Illini began the season by winning its second consecutive Wolf Run Invitational in early September.

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Toms, Reavie (62) take early lead at Colonial

Toms leads at Colonial

David Toms has rebounded quickly from his playoff loss last weekend, shooting an opening 62 at Colonial to grab a share of the early lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.

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Creamer set to face Webb at Sybase Match Play

Creamer vs. Webb at Sybase

Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb were looking forward to playing each other in the Sybase Match Play Championship, just not this early.

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Banged-up Gators take early lead in Ocala

Tyler McCumber fractured his right middle finger. Andres Echavarria needed IV fluids in the emergency room. And Florida coach Buddy Alexander? Well, he was just worried.

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NBC Sports chairman Ebersol resigns

NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol, who helped launch "Saturday Night Live" then later established the network as the home of the Olympics, has resigned.

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Player of the Week: Alexandra Hershberger

Alexandra Hershberger, of Basking Ridge, N.J., shot 10-over 152 (73-79) at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club to win the IJGT event by 10 shots.

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Player of the Week: Matt Plummer

Matt Plummer, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., shot 2-over 144 (71-73) at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club to win the International Junior Golf Tour event by three shots.

In this issue: May 20, 2011

Inside the May 20, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Westwood blitzes Hansen at World Match Play

Westwood at World Match Play

Looking for his third win in a row, Lee Westwood downed Anders Hansen with a run of six birdies in eight holes on Thursday to open with a 6-and-5 win at the World Match Play Championship.

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Lessons learned for Fontaine, Dale after DQs

Two collegiate golfers, Taylor Fontaine of Rhode Island and Sean Dale of North Florida, were disqualified after thinking they had advanced through the local-qualifying stage for the 2011 U.S. Open.

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Women's coaches not in favor of .500 rule

.500 Rule in women's golf

It's been four years since the .500 rule was implemented in men's college golf. Lance Ringler checked in with coaches at the NCAA Women's Championship to see whether the rule might be in the cards for the women.

Wednesday, May 18

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UCLA, UVa’s Altomare take early lead at NCAAs

UCLA, Altomare lead

Brittany Altomare might be quiet off the course, but the sophomore led an unassuming Virginia squad to second place during Round 1 of the NCAA Women's Championship.

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Wildman’s Walk: Sights from Round 1 in Texas

NCAA Women's Championship

During the first round of the NCAA Women's Championship, Asher Wildman took his usual stroll around Traditions Club to get the lay of the land. Check back all week to get an insider's view of the national championship.

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UW’s Alvarez offers message of hope, perseverance

Washington’s Anya Alvarez

Washington’s Anya Alvarez has a message of hope and perseverance that offers strength on and off the golf course. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Silva Zamora starts hot, stumbles late at NCAAs

Marta Silva Zamora feature

Despite a double bogey on the final hole, Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora, the top-ranked player in the country, is off to a strong start at the NCAA Women's Championship. Julie Williams reports.

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Choi to donate $200,000 to tornado relief

K.J. Choi is giving $200,000 from his win at The Players Championship to help victims of the tornados that ravaged the southeastern United States.

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Toy Box: Choi's victory comes with Miura irons

says that K.J. Choi relied on Miura irons to win at the Players.

K.J. Choi relies on Miura irons to win The Players in a playoff against David Toms

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Hate to be Rude: Tiger Woods not 'done'

Rude: Tiger making progress

The golf world is ready to label Tiger Woods as "done," but our Jeff Rude isn't ready to make that claim. He thinks Woods is making progress and isn't done winning, by any means.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Colonial

Fantasy tips: Colonial

Being a Colonial member, Jason Day is getting plenty of love from our fantasy experts.

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Wildman's Corner: Aggies have a chance?

NCAA women notes

Wildman checks in from College Station, where he has three quick thoughts on the start of the NCAA Women's Championship.

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Augusta State's regional lineup sees little change

Olle Bengtsson is the lone newcomer to Augusta State's Southeast Regional lineup that won it all last season.

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Oregon men bring lessons learned to Southeast

Oregon in Southeast Regional

The jet-lagged Oregon men are 2,983 miles from home at the NCAA Southeast Regional, but brought memories of a bout of overconfidence in 2010.

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GW Junior Tour

GW Jr Tour

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GW Amateur Tour


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Stricker is the Tour's model of consistency

Stricker always lurking

With only three cuts missed since 2009, Steve Stricker is a model of consistency.

Tuesday, May 17

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5 Things: USC’s Salas hoping for fine finale

News and notes on the eve of the NCAA Women's Championship at The Traditions Club.

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Host Texas A&M relieved to play at home

Texas A&M/NCAA Women's

It took a few late birdies, but Texas A&M played its way into the NCAA Women’s Championship. As Beth Ann Baldry explains, the Aggies are hoping for some home cookin’ this week in Bryan.

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Staff picks: NCAA Women's Championship

NCAA Women's picks

Play begins Wednesday at the NCAA Women’s Championship. Golfweek’s college golf experts make their picks as the women battle The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Klein leaves San Diego State after 2 seasons

Emilee Klein has resigned as head coach of the San Diego State women’s team after only two years at the helm, the school announced Tuesday.

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Annika Sorenstam brings infant son home

Annika Sorenstam welcomed home her son, Will, on May 17 after he spent 57 days in the intensive-care unit of an Orlando, Fla., hospital. The homecoming was one month from Sorenstam’s original due date.

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Bethune-Cookman looks to build on success

Loritz Clark spent enough time on the business side of golf to know how to sell his new gig. Schedule and location.

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Staff picks: 2011 NCAA Men’s Regionals

2011 NCAA Men's Regionals

The NCAA Men’s Regionals kick off this week at six sites across the country. Golfweek’s college experts pick which teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.

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Play our LPGA Match Play Challenge and win huge prizes!

Play our Match Play game!

The return of brackets ... and this time it is the women's turn. Who is your favorite to win the Sybase Match Play? Azahara Munoz? Belen Mozo? Fill out your bracket to win a spot in the the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship pro-am! Click here to enter.

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FedEx extends sponsorship of St. Jude thru ’14

FedEx/St. Jude news

FedEx Corp. is reprising its role as the long-time title sponsor of the PGA Tour’s Memphis stop, agreeing to headline the St. Jude Classic through 2014.

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Announcement expected regarding Euro logo

The recent death of Seve Ballesteros apparently will spur some changes to the European Tour.

Q&A: Notre Dame women’s coach Susan Holt

One year after Holt’s team made headlines at NCAA regionals for all the wrong reasons (senior Annie Brophy reported inaccurate scores and was disqualified), the Irish made good on the blunder.

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Levet, Van de Velde help bring ’18 Ryder to France

Tait: France gets '18 Ryder

Jean Van de Velde and Thomas Levet, two former Ryder Cup players, believe bringing the biennial competition to France in 2018 will push French golf to new heights.

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France selected to host 2018 Ryder Cup

France will host the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018 on Le Golf National course near Paris.

Monday, May 16

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OK State’s Uihlein wins 2011 Hogan Award

Uihlein wins Hogan Award

Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein won the 2011 Ben Hogan Award, then made an important announcement during's exclusive livecast from Colonial.

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Woods says he hopes to return for U.S. Open

Woods: Hopeful for U.S. Open

Tiger Woods said on his website Monday that he incurred no more damage to his left knee and Achilles' tendon and hopes to play next month's U.S. Open.

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Live! The 2011 Ben Hogan Award telecast

Live streaming from Colonial

Click here to tune into our live stream from tonight's Hogan Award at Colonial, where Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway are vying for player-of-the-year honors.

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Kaua’i Lagoons will open renovated Ocean nine

Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club plans to reopen the Kiele Moana (Ocean) nine May 23 following renovations to six holes and the addition of three others.

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Golf, spirits abound on Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Kentucky Bourbon Trail

There's a fine blend of spirits and golf worth savoring on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. Steve Harmon explains.

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Rib injury to keep McCloskey out of nationals

says a lingering rib injury will sideline USC's Lisa McCloskey during the NCAA Championship.

A rib injury Lisa McCloskey suffered during the Pac-10 Championship will derail the USC junior’s entire postseason as she will sit out of the NCAA Championship this week at the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.

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Bieber, 16, moves on to U.S. Open sectionals

Bieber eyes U.S. Open berth

Andrew Bieber can't confirm whether or not he's related to pop star Justin Bieber. One thing he does know is that he's one step away from a spot in the U.S. Open.

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Brazilian resort with Faldo design to begin construction

says Brazil is beginning to realize what many industry observers anticipated would be the dawning of a course-development era.

Buoyed by Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil is beginning to realize what many industry observers anticipated would be the dawning of a course-development era.

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Winner’s Circle: May 9-15, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Colorado Golf Club acquired by members

Colorado Golf Club, which is slated to host the 2013 Solheim Cup, has been acquired by its membership.

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Northern Trust to sponsor Riviera stop through ’16

Northern Trust/Riviera deal

Northern Trust, which has supported the PGA Tour’s Los Angeles stop since 2008, announced it is extending its title-sponsorship role through 2016.

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Coaching vacancies bring familiar questions

offers a few suggestions for the current coaching vacancies in college golf.

It’s that time of the season – when talk begins about what jobs are open in college golf and who is going where. The big one right now is the vacancy at North Carolina. John Inman retired after 13 seasons, leaving this job open and setting it up to perhaps be the one that sets a few dominos in motion.

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Yellow Jackets long overdue for national glory

NCAA Regional Preview

Oft-overlooked Georgia Tech rides a sterling short game as the Yellow Jackets seek an elusive NCAA Championship. Sean Martin explains.

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Team of the Week: Nova Southeastern

Nova Southeastern won its third straight NCAA Division II National Championship, joining Rollins and Florida Southern as the only teams in history to win three consecutive national titles.

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Player of the Week: Taylor Collins, Nova Southeastern

The senior set an NCAA Division II National Championship scoring record with her 10-under 278.

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TONIGHT: Live stream of 2011 Hogan Award

Tonight: Hogan Award

College golf’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy will be awarded tonight in Texas. Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway are in the running for the top honor in college and amateur golf.

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The Players: Hanson moves into top 50

Hanson's T-19 crucial

Not that his small victory in any way matches the larger win by K.J. Choi, but Sweden’s Peter Hanson can feel good about his debut at The Players Championship.

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Player of the Week: Chris Morris, Centre College

Centre College senior Chris Morris shot four sub-par rounds, including a final-round 1-under 71 to finish four strokes better than 2010 champion Tain Lee of Claremont Mudd Scripps.

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Team of the Week: Greensboro College

Greensboro College won the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship for the first time since 2000 with a six-shot victory over Illinois Wesleyan.

Sunday, May 15

Simon earns second LET victory at Portugal Ladies Open

With a barrage of birdies, South African Ashleigh Simon summoned a final-round rally to claim the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open for her second career LET victory.

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Choi tops Toms in playoff to win Players title

Choi wins The Players

K.J. Choi won The Players Championship on Sunday, defeating David Toms with a par on the first playoff hole to cap a dramatic final day at TPC Sawgrass.

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Commentary: Bidding for golf’s greatest spectacle

says five nations will gather May 17th, all vying for one dream: To host the Ryder Cup.

The European Tour this week will reveal which country will host the 2018 Ryder Cup. Five nations will gather at European Tour headquarters for the announcement.

Saiki trumps Kitada for JLPGA title at Fukuoka

Miki Saiki finally broke through on Sunday, outlasting Rui Kitada by a stroke to win the JLPGA’s Funodokin Ladies title in Asakura, Japan.

Henson triumphs at Philippine Open

American Berry Henson fired a final-round 73 to win his second Asian Tour title in as many tournaments, using a critical up-and-down on No. 18 hold off Jay Bayron to capture the ICTSI Philippine Open on Sunday in Manila.

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Journeyman Kawai nets first JGTO victory

A journeyman no more, Hiroo Kawai fired a 3-under 68 to win the Japan Golf Tour’s first major, the PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup in Ono, Japan.

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Clarke wins Iberdrola Open, 1st title since ’08

Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke rallied from four shots down to win the Iberdrola Open by three strokes Sunday after overnight leader Chris Wood stumbled on the back nine.

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McDowell prepares for Players final round

McDowell preps for Sunday

After finishing his third round early Sunday morning, Players Championship leader Graeme McDowell was focused on making the day feel like a normal Sunday afternoon.

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Despite closing double, G-Mac holds Players lead

McDowell in the lead

The consolation for Graeme McDowell is he still has the lead at The Players Championship.

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After wind change, Sawgrass' 18th shows its teeth

Sawgrass' 18th hole

When we left TPC Sawgrass' 18th hole Saturday evening, players were running to play it. This morning, it’s causing a bit more anxiety and the mood is a bit more cautious.

Saturday, May 14

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Downpour changed the game at TPC Sawgrass

Saturday's deluge softened TPC Sawgrass, making scoring easier and playing into the hands of longer hitters.

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Five things: Prepare for a long Sunday at Sawgrass

Long Sunday at Players

Sunday at The Players Championship has the potential to be a very long day as the leaders still have 31 holes to play. Sean Martin delivers five things after Saturday's rain-shortened round.

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McDowell, Watney lead after short day at Players

Nick Watney birdied his first two holes and Graeme McDowell joined him atop the leaderboard Saturday at The Players Championship on a short day of work at Sawgrass.

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Sharks win third straight D-II championship

Sharks win again

Nova Southeastern won its third consecutive title Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Championship, setting two national championship records in the process.

Methodist wins 14th straight D-III championship

Methodist claimed its 14th straight Division III national championship May 13 even as the fourth round of the event was wiped out because of inclement weather.

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Interesting stories surround Players cutline

Looking at the cutline at the Players

As heavy rain pounded TPC Sawgrass, it left plenty of time to look at the stories around the cutline.

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Wood extends lead to four at Iberdrola Open

Chris Wood shot a 1-under 69 to extend his Iberdrola Open lead to four strokes after Saturday’s third round.

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Delay at Players will hamper start of final round

Weather delay at Players

The Players Championship was halted at 1:02 p.m. Saturday because of lightning, and rain moved in shortly after. Play resumed at 5:30, but the third round still will carry into Sunday.

Friday, May 13

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Peace at The Players: O’Hair, Sabbatini make up

Whatever bad blood might have existed between Sean O’Hair and Rory Sabbatini appears to have been settled.

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Five Things: Bradley's driver disaster, Toms leads

Five Things: Round 2 at TPC

The image of Michael Bradley losing his driver in a lake might be the one that sticks, but there's plenty more to remember from Day 2 at The Players Championship. FIVE THINGS

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Spieth wins third straight Texas 5A state title

Jordan Spieth won his third consecutive Texas 5A high school state championship Friday, closing with a bogey-free, 8-under 64 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.

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Notes: After WD, Clark has no regrets at Players

Frustrated as he was to have been forced to withdraw from his title defense of The Players Championship, Tim Clark had no regrets.

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Greensboro wins first D-III national title since 2000

Greensboro College won its first NCAA Division III national championship since 2000, beating second-place Illinois Wesleyan by six shots. The Pride finished at 15-over 1,167 for the four-day event.

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Manassero, Quiros earn weekend pass at TPC

Manassero, Quiros at Players

While they may both be Europeans, the games of Matteo Manassero and Alvaro Quiros couldn't be more different, as Friday's second round showed.

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Mickelson's game falters on Sawgrass' front nine

Phil Mickelson’s ball lay less than a foot behind a fairway bunker’s lip at TPC Sawgrass’ fourth hole on Friday. He addressed the ball while the group ahead was still on the green, making it look like he was ready to lay up.

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Wood builds 3-shot lead at Iberdrola Open

Chris Wood shot a 5-under 65 to lead the Iberdrola Open by three shots after the second round Friday.

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Stars align, Notre Dame scores 1st nationals berth

College Notebook

The stars aligned at home last week for Kristina Nhim and the Fighting Irish as they advanced to the national championship for the first time in program history. Lance Ringler has the details.

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McDowell benefitting from renewed focus

McDowell newly focused

Two weeks ago, Graeme McDowell felt like he was at "rock bottom" with his golf game. Now he's within two shots of the lead at The Players. Sean Martin explains the shift in thinking.

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Toms moves into Players lead; McDowell 2 back

David Toms set the pace Friday at The Players Championship with six more birdies in a round of a 4-under 68 that put him atop the leaderboard among early starters.

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Hill (No. 26, 2012) commits to Texas Tech

has given a verbal commitment to Texas Tech.

Yang Yue Kimmy Hill has given a verbal commitment to Texas Tech for the fall of 2012. Hill also took unofficial visits to Central Florida and TCU, and considered UC Davis, Oregon State and Ohio State.

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Finchem: Tour did not pressure Woods to play

Commissioner Tim Finchem had little to say as Tiger Woods limped off the course at TPC Sawgrass and to his white Mercedes. It was the second consecutive year he has withdrawn from The Players Championship.

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Who will win the NCAA Women's Championship?

I have exciting news – but also sad news – to report today, college golf fans. The best week in women’s college golf begins May 18 when the NCAA Women’s Championship tees off, but it also signifies the final event of the year.

Seve's image belongs on Euro Tour logo

Adding Seve Ballesteros' image to the Euro Tour logo is not a question of if, but when.

Thursday, May 12

Groove violation leads to DQ at U.S. Open locals

University of Rhode Island junior Taylor Fontaine was disqualified from a U.S. Open local qualifier Tuesday for using a non-conforming wedge, according to the Providence Journal.

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Regional breakdown: A look at postseason picks

College Notebook

Cory Whitsett and Alabama enter regionals with one of the strongest records on the season. Lance Ringler takes a look at how each regional site could shake out, as well as who was left out.

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Notes: Glover continues to roll at Sawgrass

It’s not the beard, because Lucas Glover got a little something going at the Stadium Course last year, when he was clean-shaven. But clearly he’s a different player here than he was in his first four visits.

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Bourdy sets course record, leads Mallorca

Gregory Bourdy set a course record with a 7-under 63 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Mallorca Open.

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Five Things: Woods out, Watney leads at TPC

Five things: The Players

Nick Watney didn't take long to bounce back from his worst performance in nearly a year, claiming the first-round lead at The Players Championship. Alex Miceli delivers five things from Thursday.

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Player of the Week: Brooke Beegle

Brooke Beegle, of Fortville, Ind., shot 5-over 149 (78-71) at Whistling Stratis’ Irish Course in Sheboygan, Wis., to win the FCWT event by six shots.

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Player of the Week: Gabriel Ormachea

Gabriel Ormachea, of Aventura, Fla., shot even-par 144 (68-76) at Whistling Stratis’ Irish Course in Sheboygan, Wis., to win the FCWT event by one shot.

Patriot All-America Invite to be held in Dec.

The Arizona Golf Association, The Wigwam and the Golf Coaches Association of America have partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational.

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Woods’ latest WD prompts many questions

Rude: What's next for TW?

Tiger Woods’ latest injury-induced WD leaves yet another round of questions. Jeff Rude reports from The Players.

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Clark lends hand to fan in Players gallery

McCabe: Clark lends a hand

Tim Clark, despite struggling early in his opening round as defending champion, offers a noble assist to a fan in The Players gallery.

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Balicki: Let the May madness begin

breaks down the sites for next week's NCAA men's regionals.

NCAA men’s postseason play begins next week with six region championships around the country. As Ron Balicki writes, they are equally tough.

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Tiger WDs after front-nine 42 at Players

Tiger WDs at Players

Tiger Woods' return from yet another knee injury didn't last very long at The Players. After a 6-over 42 on the front nine Thursday at TPC Sawgrass, Woods called it a day.

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Wildman’s memories from the past 5 NCAAs

This year, the Wildman will be working his sixth NCAA Championship. I thought I would share with you my top memory from each championship I’ve attended.

Wednesday, May 11

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New logo options for the European Tour

European Tour Seve logos

There has been some discussion over the past week about changing the European Tour logo to a picture of recently-deceased Seve Ballesteros. Check out a few of Golfweek's ideas.

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Nine items of note before start of The Players

It’s hot and humid, and there’s a grueling 72-hole competition on deck.

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Players: Defending champ Clark still sore

Saw Tim Clark this morning. The defending Players champion, sidelined most of the year because of right elbow injury, shook my hand using his left hand.

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Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2010-11)

Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2010-11)

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Many top munis are championship-caliber tests

Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses (2010-11)

Municipal Courses list looks a lot like last year’s list, with the top six courses remaining unchanged.

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Hate to be Rude: Two Gloves and more

Hate to be Rude

These days, Tommy Gainey is turning heads for more than his trademark black gloves. As Jeff Rude writes, he’s also playing some pretty good golf.

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Results: U.S. Open local qualifying

The following individuals advanced to sectional U.S. Open qualifying. The 2011 U.S. Open will take place June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

In this issue: May 13, 2011

Inside the May 13, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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NCAA women playing with regional fire

says the women’s game needs to change its NCAA regional format.

After a few escapes at last week's NCAA regionals, it's time for the women's game to change its regional format. Lance Ringler explains.

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The Players Championship: The par 3s

The par 3s at Sawgrass

The par 3s at Sawgrass - Nos. 3, 8, 13 and 17 - can make or break a round. A look at what the players will face at this week's Players Championship.

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Golfers, family gather for Seve’s funeral in Spain

With the sound of a bagpipe filling the air, some of Europe’s greatest golfers joined family, friends and local residents Wednesday for the funeral of Seve Ballesteros in his native fishing village in northern Spain.

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Toy Box notes: All Nike for Lucas Glover

As evidenced by his bushy beard, Glover likes to do things his way. He is one of only a few professional golfers using a square driver (Nike SQ Sumo Squared Tour, 9.5 degree).

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5 shots that demonstrate Seve’s artistry

Seve Ballesteros was an artist, the likes of which we’ll never see again. Here are five shots to prove it.

Wildman picks: Which lower seed will advance?

After all the excitement from the NCAA women’s regionals, during which lower-seeded teams such as Minnesota, Coastal Carolina and Washington advanced to nationals, I thought I’d make some predictions.

Commentary: Seve's artistry may never be matched

Seve is laid to rest

On Wednesday, the world buried an artist. Not a traditional artist, but maybe the greatest artist the game of golf has ever seen. Our Alistair Tait reflects on Seve Ballesteros.

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Miceli: The Players is not the fifth major

The Players Championship never has been the fifth major to me, likely because I was a history major in college and I respect the history of the game, which is generally four majors.

Rodenhaver replaces Hanna as Maryland coach

Jason Rodenhaver, the current women’s coach at the University of Maryland, will add head-coaching responsibilities for the men’s program under a new position as director of intercollegiate golf, athletic director Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday.

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The Players Championship: Bocce ball tourney

Players: Bocce ball tourney hosted a bocce ball tournament on the beaches of Ponte Vedra, with stars Paul Casey, Ryuji Imada and Bo Van Pelt participating. Check out the fun pictures.

Tuesday, May 10

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‘Rusty’ but ready: Woods resumes title hunt

Tiger plays practice round

Tiger Woods played for the first time since finishing fourth at the Masters and only started hitting golf balls on Monday due to multiple injuries. Will the rest work?

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Players Championship

Fantasy tips: The Players

Luke Donald is an expected pick by some of our fantasy panel. The unexpected? A lot of love for Ben Crane. Check out our fantasy tips for the Players Championship.

Goetze leaves Akron to pursue other interests

After leading the University of Akron men’s team for the past four years, head coach Nick Goetze announced his retirement Tuesday. Goetze, the 18th coach in the program’s 78-year history, will remain with the program through the end of May.

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The Players Championship: Bubba's challenge

Sawgrass tough for Watson

Bubba Watson has a shot for almost any situation. But he hasn't found a way to conquer TPC Sawgrass. So he simply isn't practicing this week. Will it work?

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The Players Championship: An early battle

4-way, practice-round battle

Phil Mickelson and Jeff Overton were locked in a fierce match against Dustin Johnson and Steve Marino on Tuesday, much like the 2010 PGA Championship. So much for a practice round.

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The Players Championship: Schwartzel returns

Schwartzel returns

The Players Championship will be Charl Schwartzel’s first U.S. appearance since his Masters victory. Schwartzel played the Malaysian Open the week after the Masters – finishing 11th – then took three weeks off.

College golf could be in line for air time

New deals between college conferences and television networks could result in increased exposure for college golf.

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The Players Championship: The pairings

Who's playing with Phil?

World No. 1 Lee Westwood isn’t at The Players Championship, but many of the game’s biggest names are. Here are your featured pairings for The Players Championship’s first two rounds:

NCAA re-tees regional bid for phantom player

Maryland’s John Popeck was slated to play the NCAA men's regional in Virginia. Only he’s not currently on the team.

Q&A: Middle Tennessee St.'s Whit Turnbow

The NCAA men’s regionals have been announced, and teams are making travel plans.

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Maryland coach Hanna announces retirement

Tom Hanna has announced his retirement as the head men’s coach at the University of Maryland.

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The Players Championship: By the numbers

Players, by the numbers

Curious who’s the tallest player to win The Players Championship? How about the shortest? Here’s a breakdown of past Players winners:

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Chat Recap: NCAA men's regionals bids

Live chat: NCAA regionals

Golfweek's college golf experts Lance Ringler and Asher Wildman are currently discussing the NCAA regional bids. Join the discussion now!

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Tour stars take to soccer pitch before Players

Inside Players soccer game

PGA Tour players Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Nathan Green suited up for a soccer game on the Monday before the Players Championship. Jim McCabe was there.

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The Players Championship: An online portal

Choi wins The Players

K.J. Choi won The Players Championship Sunday, defeating David Toms with a par on the first playoff hole to cap a dramatic final day at TPC Sawgrass.

Monday, May 9

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Els leads class of 6 into Hall of Fame

Els, five others inducted

Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Japanese icon Jumbo Ozaki, former President George H.W. Bush, the late Jock Hutchison and the late Frank Chirkinian were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday.

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NCAA men's regional assignments announced

2011 NCAA postseason

The 2011 men's NCAA regional assignments were announced Monday. Click here for a complete look at where each team and individual will be playing.

Ford walks down memory lane at Hall of Fame

Talking to Doug Ford is like a walk down golf’s memory lane. His stories are compelling, his experiences interesting, his honesty refreshing – and that was just after 30 minutes with one of the newest inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Rater's notebook: Royal Isabela

Rater's notebook

Royal Isabela builds to a dramatic conclusion. Bradley S. Klein says there is a definite rhythm to the holes of this dramatic, cliffside track.

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Amid sales growth, Golfsmith forges ahead with expansion

Continuing its aggressive growth strategy, Golfsmith is preparing to open its first location in the metro-Washington area in June.

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Romo shoots 81 in U.S. Open qualifying

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo failed to advance to the sectional stage of U.S. Open qualifying Monday, shooting 81 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, in a local qualifier.

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Removal of grandstand a plus for TPC Sawgrass

At the Players Championship, players and spectators will see something different at the 18th hole: Open space.

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Winner’s Circle: May 2-8, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Lovemark to miss Players; medical extension looms

Lovemark out of Players

Jamie Lovemark, the 2010 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, will not play this week’s Players Championship as he continues to sit out with what’s believed to be a torn disk in his back.

Scott to resign as Rice men's golf coach

Drew Scott has announced he will resign from the helm of the Rice University men’s golf team at the end of the season, after six years with the program.

U.S. golf participation falls for third consecutive year

says the number of golfers fell again in 2010, but blaming the economy won’t solve the problem.

For the third consecutive year, the number of golfers in the U.S. declined, falling 3.6 percent to 26.1 million in 2010, according to the National Golf Foundation.

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Hirzl signs Nordqvist as 1st LPGA endorser

Swiss golf glove manufacturer Hirzl announced signing Anna Nordqvist as a staff player – its first endorsement deal with an LPGA player.

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After ‘tense times,’ shore duty for Hurley

Lavner: Billy Hurley III column

Call it karma, luck or fate, but former Navy man Billy Hurley III received a sponsor exemption last week just hours after Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Ryan Lavner has the story.

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Thumbs up: Notre Dame | Thumbs down: Duke

With the NCAA women’s regionals in the books, let’s see who the big winners and losers were this week.

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5 Things: Henley's impressive victory

Henley wins N'wide title

University of Georgia senior Russell Henley became the second amateur winner in Nationwide Tour history Sunday, capturing the Stadion Classic on his home course. FIVE THINGS

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Casey jumps Tiger (8th) in new World Ranking

Tiger Woods has dropped to eighth in the world golf rankings after being overtaken by Paul Casey of England.

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Q&A: Georgia senior Russell Henley

caught up with Russell Henley after the Georgia senior won the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA.

Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, became only the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour when he broke through in front of the hometown fans May 8 at the Stadion Classic at UGA.

Sunday, May 8

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Player of the Week: Erica Popson, Tennessee

Erica Popson posted rounds of 68-69-71 to win the NCAA West Regional by five strokes.

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Team of the Week: Coastal Carolina

Coastal Carolina became the seventh No. 17 seed to advance out of regional play to the national championship.

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Player of the Week: Russell Henley, Georgia

Russell Henley, playing as an amateur, won the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic.

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Team of the Week: San Diego State

San Diego State won the Mountain West Conference for the first time in program history.

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Ballesteros was more than golf legend to Ciganda

says Arizona State's Carlota Ciganda knew Seve Ballesteros as the father of childhood friend Javier.

Before Arizona State teed off for the final round of the NCAA East Regional on May 7, coaches Melissa Luellen and Missy Farr Kaye had to break the news of Seve Ballesteros’ death to junior Carlota Ciganda.

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Georgia’s Henley wins N’wide event

Amateur wins N'wide event

University of Georgia senior Russell Henley became the second amateur winner in Nationwide Tour history Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory on the Bulldogs' home course.

Meesawat ends drought with romp in Thailand

Prom Meesawat didn't just end his winless streak, he made it a distant memory. Meesawat won for the first time in five years, running away with a nine-stroke victory at the Singha Pattaya Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour in Pattaya, Thailand.

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Lehman tops Senior in Regions Tradition

Tom Lehman won the Regions Tradition for his third victory in seven Champions Tour events this year, beating Peter Senior with a par on the second hole of a playoff Sunday.

Kim notches second OneAsia Maekyung Open title

Behind a 6-under 66 in the final round, Kyung-tae Kim claimed his second GS Caltex Maekyung Open title in Seoul on the OneAsia Tour.

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Ahn captures JLPGA's World Ladies title; Pressel is 6th

Korean Sun-ju Ahn closed with a 3-under 69 to clear the field by three shots to win the JLPGA's World Ladies Championship in Ibaraki, Japan.

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Glover wins for 1st time since '09 US Open

Glover beats Byrd in playoff

Lucas Glover closed with three tough pars on the rugged finishing stretch at Quail Hollow on Sunday, then won the tournament in a sudden-death playoff over former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd.

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Harrington avoids rules violation, again

Padraig Harrington at the center of another potential rules violation, but avoids any penalty after decision left up to himself.

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Aiken wins Spanish Open, dedicates title to Seve

Thomas Aiken earned his first European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the Spanish Open on Sunday, and promptly dedicated the victory to golf great Seve Ballesteros.

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Aiken wins after seven weeks away from golf

Aiken wins Spanish Open

Thomas Aiken pulled off an improbable win after a seven-week layoff, clearing the field by two and dedicating his Spanish Open win to the late Seve Ballesteros. Our Alex Miceli sat down with Aiken prior to his vacation . . .

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Pat Perez's wife helps tornado victims in 'Bama

Perez's wife volunteers in Alabama

Pat Perez is in contention while his wife is volunteering in tornado-stricken Alabama.

Saturday, May 7

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West: USC makes history with regional blowout

Women's West Regional

USC made NCAA history Saturday by winning its seventh regional title in program history. It's the second consecutive regional victory for the Trojans.

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Central: UCLA rolls, Minnesota heads to NCAAs

NCAA Central Regional

While UCLA swept the team and individual titles at the Central Regional, Minnesota finished third to advance to nationals for the first time since 1989.

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Five Things: Byrd takes lead at Quail Hollow

Byrd leads Quail Hollow

Jonathan Byrd ran off five birdies in six holes to start the back nine on his way to a 5-under 67 Saturday, taking a one-shot lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.

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East: Final NCAA berths decided in playoffs

says the East Regional came down to the wire Saturday in Daytona Beach.

Marina Alex missed a 5-foot birdie putt on her last hole (No. 9) that would’ve kept Vanderbilt out of a late-afternoon playoff for the eighth spot at the NCAA East Regional. She had a chance make up for it, however, knocking in a 4-foot par putt to give Vanderbilt the win over Florida State.

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Calcavecchia's lead trimmed to one at Regions

Mark Calcavecchia gave away nearly all of his big lead in the Regions Tradition, setting up a tight final round at Shoal Creek.

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East: 'Bama sweeps, Coastal Carolina advances

NCAA East Regional

Alabama swept the titles at the NCAA East Regional, with freshman Stephanie Meadow taking the individual crown. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina advanced for the first time in school history.

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Amateur Henley tied for 54-hole N'wide lead

Playing on his home course, University of Georgia senior Russell Henley is tied for the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Athens Classic at UGA. Henley is tied at 9 under with Troy Kelly after both players shot 5-under 66 on Saturday.

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Feherty, Kostis share favorite Seve memories

Memories of Ballesteros

An early fog delay at Quail Hollow was a perfect opportunity for players and media to reminisce about their favorite Seve Ballesteros memories. Jim McCabe shares a few of the details.

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Aiken maintains lead at somber Spanish Open

Thomas Aiken maintained his lead after a somber third day of the Spanish Open overshadowed by the death of golf great Seve Ballesteros.

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Large field, fog complicate Saturday's TV plans

It was a one-two punch that PGA Tour officials never could have anticipated. Not only did a whopping 84 players make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, but a thick fog enveloped the Quail Hollow Club Saturday morning.

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Olazabal: Best homage is to continue playing

Jose Maria Olazabal was in tears before teeing off Saturday at the Spanish Open, overcome by grief after the death of his close friend and former Ryder Cup partner Seve Ballesteros.

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Players, officials react to Seve's death

Seve Ballesteros was beloved by the golfing world, which shared its thoughts this morning on his passing.

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Five-time major champ Ballesteros dead at 54

Ballesteros dead at 54

Spain's Seve Ballesteros passed away Saturday at the age of 54. As Alistair Tait remembers, the five-time major champion lifted European golf to new heights.

Friday, May 6

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West: UC Davis gets boost from senior duo

Women's West Regional

UC Davis seniors Alice Kim (pictured) and Chelsea Stelzmiller gave the Aggies a boost during the second round of the women's West Regional.

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Perez opens two-shot lead at Quail Hollow

Perez takes Quail Hollow lead

After watching playing partner Lucas Glover light it up on the front nine, Pat Perez birdied five of his last six holes Friday to take a two-shot lead at Quail Hollow.

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East: 'Bama rolling toward SEC redemption

It’s tough to understand how finishing anywhere but at the top of the leaderboard at the conference championship, especially in a conference like the SEC, could be considered a good thing.

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Central: Brooks' winning streak may be snapped

Duke winning streak ending?

With the Duke women's golf team well down the leaderboard at the Central Regional, coach Dan Brooks may be facing his first winless season in 27 years.

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Calcavecchia surges ahead at Regions Tradition

Mark Calcavecchia has surged to a three-shot lead in the Regions Tradition with a 7-under 65 in the second round at Shoal Creek.

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Aiken takes lead at somber Spanish Open

Thomas Aiken took a 1-shot lead at a somber second round of the Spanish Open that was marked by news of golf great Seve Ballesteros’ worsening health on Friday.

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Bellerive to host 2018 PGA Championship

The PGA has selected Bellerive Country Club of St. Louis to serve as the site of the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and the 2018 PGA Championship.

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McPherson volunteers as Augusta St. assistant

McPherson at NCAA regionals

The Augusta State women's team is getting a helping hand from LPGA vet Kristy McPherson this week at the East Regional.

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No. 17 seed Coastal Carolina eyes NCAA berth

says No. 17 seed Coastal Carolina is playing with no fear at the East Regional.

After taking the lead on Day 1 at the East regional, No. 17 seed Coastal Carolina is playing with nothing to lose in Daytona Beach.

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Unusual allergies force Bettencourt to WD

Matt Bettencourt withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday due to severe allergies. Some might think that was an excuse after his first-round 79, but it’s much more complicated than that.

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Tait: 10 reasons Seve was sensational

Why Ballesteros was great

Seve Ballesteros' impact on European golf is immeasurable. Here are 10 reasons he was beloved by the golfing world.

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Woods enters Players Championship field

Woods' return to action

A PGA Tour official confirmed Friday that Tiger Woods will return to competition at The Players Championship next week at TPC Sawgrass.

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Edwards turning back clock at Stadion Classic

Joel Edwards, 49, has plenty to cheer about this week, as he claimed a share of the lead at the Stadion Classic.

No. 3 Chico State misses D-II nationals after DQ

It wasn’t missed putts or errant drives that cost Chico State, the No. 3 Division II team in the nation, a chance at a national championship. No, it was an incorrect scorecard.

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Complete Coverage: 2011 NCAA postseason

2011 NCAA women's regionals

The 2011 postseason is underway and brings you closer to the action than anyone else. Click here for complete coverage of the women's NCAA regionals.

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Ballesteros' condition worsens, family says

Ballesteros' health problems

Golfing great Seve Ballesteros has suffered “a severe deterioration” in his condition 2½ years after he had multiple surgeries to remove a cancerous brain tumor.

Euro notes: Walking out on Walker cup

European notes

England’s Eddie Pepperell and Laurie Canter have turned down a chance to play in this year’s Walker Cup by turning professional.

Thursday, May 5

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West: USC leads despite missing McCloskey

Women's West Regional

Lizette Salas and USC are in position for a second consecutive regional title after taking an immeidate lead at the NCAA West Regional.

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5 Things: Haas is a natural at Quail Hollow

Haas leads at Quail Hollow

The Haas name resonates at the Quail Hollow Club. A bogey-free effort vaulted Bill Haas into a two-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd and David Toms.

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Central: Gulugian, UCLA take charge

Women's Central Regional

Freshmen Ani Gulugian (pictured) and Nicole Zhang took charge Thursday during the opening round of the Central Regional.

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East: Cal overcomes midseason blip

Women's East Regional

California regained its early-season form Thursday at the NCAA Women's East Regional and trails leader Coastal Carolina by two shots.

Tom Lehman leads Regions Tradition

Tom Lehman enjoyed a rather ho-hum day on the course. He finished the first round of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek on Thursday with five birdies, no bogeys and a one-stroke lead over Nick Price, Mark Calcavecchia, Wayne Levi and Chien-Soon Lu and.

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MSU's Powers plays her way into contention

says Caroline Powers has a strong gene pool in her corner, and an equally strong competitive fire.

Caroline Powers has a very strong gene pool in her corner, and as a result, an equally strong competitive fire.

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From thinning roster to winning roster, ASU is back

Sun Devils shine in East

The Sun Devils are in the thick of things with an opening 7-over 295 after the first round of the NCAA East Regional.

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Credit (the other) David Robinson with this assist

says Tommy Gainey asked a friend to caddie for him at his first-ever Players.

Nationwide Tour player David Robinson will be on the bag for Tommy Gainey, who’ll likely be making his first Players appearance after a hot start to 2011.

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Haas gets off to a hot start at Quail Hollow

Bill Haas made easy birdies on the par 5s and didn't run into any problems Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship. He matched the tournament record for low opening round with an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead.

College Q&A: Wichita State's Ryan Spears

Asher catches up with Wichita State's Ryan Spears as the regionals kick into high gear today.

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Dickerson off to fast start at Stadion Classic

Bubba Dickerson hasn't had an ideal start in 2011. His 6-under 65 on Thursday turned things around in a hurry.

Michael J. Fox to play in Iowa pro-am

Actor Michael J. Fox has signed on to play in the Principal Charity Classic pro-am golf event next month in Iowa.

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Rice withdraws from Nationwide event

Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice has withdrawn from the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am because of a scheduling conflict.

Wednesday, May 4

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Sabbatini says stories of confrontation are untrue

Confrontation stories abound

Rory Sabbatini says stories of an on-course confrontation with Sean O'Hair are untrue.

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Mickelson gunning for first Wells Fargo win

Phil Mickelson has played the Wells Fargo Championship seven times, has five top 7s, and only once finished worse than 12th.

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Balicki: Taking an at-large guess

takes a look at how men's regional bids might shake out next week.

Twenty-seven down – one to go. That’s how the men’s Division I conference championships stand at this point, with those 27 champions guaranteed a spot in the upcoming NCAA regionals.

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’Bama enters regional with mission from home

Camilla Lennarth said it felt like the set of a movie.

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5 things: Grades to keep Kang from postseason

Five things: Women's regionals

Pepperdine's Danielle Kang became academically ineligible at the end of the spring semester and will miss the postseason. Read on for Golfweek's five things on the eve of regional play.

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Player of the Week: Yu Liu

Yu Liu, of Beijing, shot 7-under 137 (70-67) at PGA National Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Sawyer Shaw

Sawyer Shaw, of West Palm Beach, Fla., shot 6-under 138 (72-66) at the PGA National Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship by one shot

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Saban, Spurrier face off on links in Georgia

College coaches face off

From Nick Saban to Frank Beamer to Steve Spurrier, some of the biggest names in college football squared off at the Chick-fil-A-Bowl Challenge in Georgia.

Inman resigns after 13 years as UNC head coach

John Inman, head men’s golf coach at North Carolina, has announced his resignation. He led the Tar Heels to 16 team championships and five top-20 finishes at the national championship during his 16 seasons at Chapel Hill.

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Chan (No. 22, 2012) commits to UCLA

has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.

Lorens Chan of Honolulu has given a verbal commitment to UCLA for the fall of 2012. Chan, also considered Stanford, Duke, Columbia, California, USC, Washington, Oregon and San Diego.

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Toy Box notes: Triple play for Ping

says Ping claimed a rare hat trick with three victories in the same weekend by its touring pros.

Ping claimed a rare hat trick with three victories in the same weekend by its touring pros.

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In a field of kids, Wood qualifies for Wells Fargo

says Willie Wood, 50, showed some of his old grit by Monday qualifying for the Wells Fargo.

In a young field, Willie Wood showed some of his old grit by Monday qualifying for the Wells Fargo.

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Sybase Match Play Championship field released

The field has been release for the Sybase Match Play Championship, to be contested May 19-22 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.

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Luke Donald: Best Character Trait

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Luke Donald: Best Character Trait

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Five up-and-comers to keep on the radar

introduces five players from the mini-tour ranks whom you should get to know.

In each of the past two Nationwide Tour events, players have come off the mini-tours to play their way into Nationwide cards. Here are five players from the mini-tour ranks whom you should get to know.

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Five things: NCAA Women's West Regional

We’ve previewed two of the regionals already this week, which means just one remains: the West.

In this issue: May 6

Inside the May 6, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Oklahoma State duo among 3 Hogan finalists

Among the three finalists for the Hogan Award, winning has been a common trait. The May 4 announcement on puts UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay and Oklahoma State teammates Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein in the running for the player-of-the-year honor in college and amateur golf.

Chisholm, 76, served as leader in Michigan golf

Thomas W. Chisholm Sr., a former member of the U.S. Golf Association’s Executive Committee and a key figure in Michigan golf, died May 3 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, according to the Chisholm family. He was 76. No cause of death was listed.

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Local legends: Honor roll

Local legends: Honor roll

Each year, Golfweek honors amateur golfers who have amassed impressive records on the state and local scene. Check out our complete list of these past ‘Local Legends.’

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Quinton (No. 12, 2012) commits to Arkansas

has given a verbal commitment to Arkansas.

Kayli Quinton has given the University of Arkansas a verbal commitment to play college golf for the Razorbacks. Quinton, ranked No. 12 in the 2012 class and 92nd overall in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, was impressed with the everything Arkansas had to offer.

Tuesday, May 3

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Shoulder injury forces Ogilvy out of Quail Hollow

Geoff Ogilvy has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship because of a sore left shoulder.

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Lexi Thompson to return to ShopRite LPGA

Days after missing a chance to become the youngest winner in LPGA history, Alexis Thompson sounded like your ordinary teenager.

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GW explores the .500 rule

The .500 rule is now in its fourth year of existence and coaches are far from a consensus on how it's served Division I men's college golf. SPECIAL REPORT

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Player diary: Nicole overcomes rough start in Texas

Player diary: Nicole Noelle Smith

With her dad on the bag and her mom cheering loudly behind the ropes, Nicole overcomes a bad first round to finish T-17 and pick up a nice check in San Antonio.

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Hurley's orders arrive: Athens exemption

Hurley to play Athens N'wide event

The day after Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in Pakistan, Navy man Billy Hurley III was given the last of four sponsor exemptions into this week's Nationwide Tour event.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Wells Fargo Championship

Fantasy tips: Wells Fargo

Tommy Gainey is a popular underdog pick with our fantasy golf panel this week, with Sergio Garcia also making some noise.

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Wildman's corner: NCAA women's Central regional

takes a look at the Women's Central regional, which kicks off Thursday at Notre Dame.

Yesterday we took a look at five things to watch from the East Regional, so today we'll preview five things to watch from the Central.

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The .500 rule: College coaches debate the merits

The .500 rule: A debate

The .500 rule is now in its fourth year of existence and coaches are far from a consensus on how it's served Division I men's college golf. SPECIAL REPORT

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Masters debacle behind him, McIlroy returns to U.S.

McIlroy back on American soil

Rory McIlroy, soon to be 22, returns to American soil for the first time since his final-round blow-up at the Masters. And he seems to have put the debacle behind him.

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College golf: A simple fix for the .500 rule

says contracts and fines are possible solutions to the side effects of the .500 rule.

Golfweek special report: Lance Ringler has seen first-hand the effects of the .500 rule, which has prompted teams to pull out of a tournament in fear of dipping below .500. The potential solution? A contract, and a steep fine to back out of a tournament.

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College coaches debate usefulness of .500 Rule

The .500 Rule: A debate

We asked more than 20 coaches a simple question: Four years later, what are your thoughts on the .500 Rule? Check out their answers here.

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Staff picks: ’11 NCAA women’s regionals

2011 NCAA women's regionals

Golfweek’s college writers sound off on which teams at the NCAA women’s regionals will advance to the national championship.

Monday, May 2

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Monday Top 5: USC sweeps Pac-10 in playoffs

says it took plenty of extra holes before USC could claim both Pac-10 titles.

After a total of seven extra playoff holes, USC sophomore Martin Trainer won the individual Pac-10 Championship, completing a Trojan sweep in California. MONDAY TOP 5

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Wie, Creamer commit to Sybase Match Play

Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer have decided to play in the LPGA Sybase Match Play Championship in two weeks at the Hamilton Farm Club.

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Watson dishes on golf, career during UGA visit

Watson visits alma mater

How did Bubba Watson spend the Monday morning after his Zurich Classic win? In Athens, Ga., helping start a Play Golf America program at his alma mater. Ryan Lavner was there.

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Rounds played drops in March, but up for 1st quarter

The total number of rounds played in the U.S. fell 5.9 percent in March, but on an year-to-date basis is up 3.5 percent.

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Golf in Alabama emerges from day of fury

For all the tornadic devastation loosed on Alabama last week, golf courses seem to have been spared the worst of the impact.

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Winner’s Circle: April 25-May 1, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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BannLynch to withdraw academy from The Cliffs

says a loss at The Cliffs will be a gain for Tampa’s Saddlebrook Resort.

After only a two-year stay, BannLynch Golf USA is relocating its golf academy at the end of the month from The Cliffs, citing the setbacks suffered by the development in the Carolinas.

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LPGA deal names Frontier as ‘official airline’

LPGA partners with Frontier

The LPGA announced a marketing agreement with Frontier Airlines, making the Denver-based carrier the “official airline of the LPGA.”

A look ahead: Women's East Regional

previews what's sure to be a fight to the finish at the NCAA Women's East Regional.

It’s the most exciting time of the year, postseason time!

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Ball movement rule to come under review

The rule that cost Webb Simpson the title at the Zurich Classic on Sunday may be changing, according to a USGA official.

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Entrepreneur fills a need - and his foursome

explains how you may never again have to be mismatched with strangers on the first tee, thanks to

Thanks to, you may never again have to be mismatched with strangers on the first tee.

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Rediscovering Raynor: North Shore polishes a gem

takes a look back at the history of historic North Shore Country Club.

Thanks to a bold revision by Don Zucker, the historic North Shore Country Club is back. Bradley S. Klein takes a look back at the club's history.

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Fitness: Trainer finds the athlete within

For Her 2011: Andrea Doddato

Andrea Doddato prescribes more strength, more stability for the world's top players, including Maria Hjorth, a winner on the LPGA Tour.

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Player of the week: Morgan Hoffmann

The Cowboys junior posted an even-par 280 to win the Big 12 Championship by five shots over teammate Kevin Tway. Hoffmann has two victories this spring after winning at Southern Highlands in March.

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Team of the week: USC

The Trojans continued their stellar spring play with a playoff victory over Oregon at the Pac-10 Conference Championship, their fourth consecutive top-4 finish.

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Illinois, Guthrie sweep Big Ten titles

The Illinois men's team won its third consecutive Big Ten Championship, shooting 7-under 281 in the final round and winning by 19 shots over Northwestern on May 1 at Purdue’s Kampen Course in West Lafayette, La.

Pac-10 playoffs go Trojans' way

USC sophomore Martin Trainer outlasted Oregon State’s Alex Moore during a seven-hole playoff for the individual title, then helped the Trojans to a one-hole playoff victory over Oregon in a wild finish May 1 at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course.

Sunday, May 1

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Monday qualifier Potter wins first N’wide event

Monday qualifier Ted Potter Jr. won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over Mathew Goggin.

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Watson holds off Simpson to win Zurich playoff

Bubba wins Zurich Classic

With a daring shot from a fairway bunker on the second playoff hole, Bubba Watson outdueled Webb Simpson Sunday at the Zurich Classic to win for the second time this season.

In howling wind, Senior hangs on to win Lytham

Senior wins Lytham Trophy

England’s Jack Senior emerged as the man most capable of withstanding the sometimes near gale-force winds that buffeted the Open Championship course for three days to win the Lytham Trophy.

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Hjorth wins Avnet LPGA; Thompson shoots 78

Hjorth wins; Lexi struggles

Lexi Thompson, vying to become the youngest LPGA winner, shot a 78 Sunday to hand the title to Maria Hjorth, who fired a second consecutive 67 to win the Avnet LPGA Classic.

Road jeopardizes Brazil's only public golf course

The president of Brazil's only public golf course is threatening to "lay down kids" in the middle of the fairways to keep government bulldozers from entering the property, constructing a new highway and destroying the course.

Japan’s Fudoh earns 50th win on JLPGA

Yuri Fudoh won her 50th Japan LPGA Tour title on Sunday, picking up her second win of the season by outlasting defending Cyber Agent Ladies Classic champion Shin Ji-yai in Ichihara Japan.

Australian Jones wins 10th title in Japan

Australia's Brendan Jones won The Crowns on Sunday for his 10th Japan Tour title, beating South Korea's I.J. Jang with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

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Top-ranked Lee Westwood wins Ballantine's

Westwood wins Ballantine's

Top-ranked Lee Westwood rallied to win the Ballantine's Championship for his second straight victory, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez.