News for Thursday, October 20, 2011

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U.S. Am champ Kraft to turn pro after Masters

A tough choice awaits players who win the U.S. Amateur after their final season of college golf: turn pro or remain amateur for the three majors for which the Amateur champion is eligible.

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Donald (66) among seven tied for Disney lead

Luke Donald figured he might have to win at Disney to have his best shot at capturing the PGA Tour money title. He took a good step Thursday in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic with a 6-under 66 for a seven-way share of the lead.

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Weekly top 5: A closer look at the undefeated

Just shy of two months into the fall season, only two teams remain unbeaten: the UCLA women and the Oregon men. Both could be a bit of a surprise, if you look a little past the surface.

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Arnold Palmer christens Hilton Head redesign

Arnold Palmer thought long and hard 40 years ago about moving to Hilton Head. And it was easy to see why after the reception the legendary golfer received Thursday in his latest visit to the island.

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Brooks, Shields muscle through Disney pro-am

It wasn't exactly pretty when linebacker Derrick Brooks and pitcher James Shields teed it up Thursday at Disney.

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College Notebook: Ducks look dapper again

Things looked grim for Oregon last fall, but with the addition of freshman Rak Cho and Eugene Wong's (pictured) return to form, the Ducks are three-for-three this season. College Notebook

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Jack Nicklaus II enters Champions Q-School

Jack Nicklaus II, son of the golf legend and president of Nicklaus Golf Course Design, is among the players who have entered the 2011 Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament this fall.

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Donald opens with 66 for share of Disney lead

Playing in Thursday's marquee pairing at Disney, Luke Donald (left) opened with a 66 that gave him a share of the lead and a two-shot advantage on Webb Simpson, who leads the Tour money list.

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McGowan (64) takes 2-shot Castello Masters lead

Ross McGowan shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Castello Masters.

Events to watch: Isleworth | U.S. Collegiate

Asher Wildman previews two of the top men's events of the year, which just happen to fall on the same week.

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Tour launches Latin American circuit for 2012

The PGA Tour's announcement of creating a Latin American circuit marks a major commitment to grow the game in the region and cultivate Latino stars such as Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela.

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Flood damage delays Champions' return to En-Joie

The Champions Tour has announced that the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open will be moved back nearly two months on the tour’s competition schedule. The tournament will be played Aug. 13-19 at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y., but generally is contested the last week of June.

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Mayakoba exec: Mexico resorts weathering 'perfect storm'

Despite a down market, Mexico resorts like Mayakoba, located along the Riviera Maya and host of the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic, are staying afloat.

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Donald, Westwood headline Nedbank Challenge field

Top-ranked Luke Donald and No. 2 Lee Westwood head the field for the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

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Tseng, Ai Miyazato share one-shot lead in Taiwan

Yani Tseng began her home event with a 4-under 68 to join Ai Miyazato of Japan with a one shot lead after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on Thursday.

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Ogilvy criticizes Couples' early Woods pick

Australian player Geoff Ogilvy criticized Fred Couples for giving Tiger Woods a Presidents Cup captain’s pick a month early.

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Taiwan embraces Tseng, who shares LPGA lead

Taiwan embraces local star Yani Tseng, who obliges by sharing the first-round lead with Ai Miyazato at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.