News for Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Notes: Carter, Fujikawa relish chance to compete

Sony Open notebook: Jim Carter and Tadd Fujikawa took different routes to get into the field in Honolulu, but both appreciate the chance to do one thing: compete.

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Mid-ams Stasi, Leach loving the amateur life

South Atlantic Amateur: Martha Leach and Meghan Stasi (above) might be a bit older, but they still can compete with the junior and college stars surrounding them, says our Julie Williams.

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Puma signs Poulter to showcase footwear, belts

Ian Poulter, a long-time Cobra staff player, is expanding his endorsement duties to the company’s sister brand, Puma Golf. Beginning this season, Poulter will wear Puma footwear and belts, and continue to use Cobra equipment.

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Wildman's Corner: Visiting with FSU's Koepka

Wildman's Corner: Brooks Koepka started his career quickly at Florida State, but has had ups and downs since. We visit with the FSU senior as we preview the ACC.

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Hate to Be Rude: Golf’s all-star game needs help

With so many stars skipping out on the season-opening money grab at Kapalua, Jeff Rude offers a few changes that could spice up the tournament.

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Knee injury forces Glover out of Sony Open

Lucas Glover has withdrawn from the Sony Open with a sprained right knee that still is not strong enough for him to play golf.

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Finchem's extension allows for orderly transition

The PGA Tour's decision to extend Commissioner Tim Finchem’s contract by four years not only reinforced a commitment to stability, but started the clock ticking on identifying his successor.

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Miceli: Watch out for Choi, Love at Sony

Alex Miceli: Is Steve Stricker the right choice this week in Hawaii? Or is K.J. Choi or Davis Love III a smarter pick? Take a look at the odds at the first full-field PGA Tour event of the season.

Townsend wins Australasian British Open qualifier

Australian Aaron Townsend shot a pair of 2-under 70s to win the Australasian qualifying tournament for this year’s British Open by three strokes.

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Men's preview: Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Coast Conference preview: To make some noise in the conference, Virginia will be leaning on Ben Kohles and Denny McCarthy during the spring.

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Women's preview: Big 12 Conference

Big 12 Conference spring preview: Texas is rewarding Martha Richards' patience, riding Nicole Vandermade and Madison Pressel to the role of favorites for the NCAA automatic bid.

In this issue: Jan. 13, 2012

Inside the Jan. 13, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Sony Open

Fantasy Tip Sheet: A pair of our experts are predicting that Steve Stricker will sweep the season-opening events in Hawaii. Who else makes the list?