News for Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Figueroa wins PR Jr.
Edward Figueroa won the Puerto Rico Junior Open Monday and will now test his skills against the best, earning an exemption into the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open in March.
After knee surgery, Dustin Johnson is back earlier than expected, and he's one of many stars at the Humana.
File this one in the Tour Pro Wannabe Department: the inaugural Waste Management’s Scottsdale Open, held Jan. 13-15, served as a civilian-hacker lead-up to the big dance Feb. 2-5 when the PGA boys come to town for the Phoenix Open – arguably the wildest week in golf.
Baldry visits with Pressel
Beth Ann Baldry: LPGA star Morgan Pressel shares her emotions - and plenty of stories - from a life-changing visit to her ancestral homeland.
Toy Box notes
Toy Box notes: Johnson Wagner wins with a truly mixed bag, while Matt Every's BlackHawk putter garners plenty of attention at the Sony Open.
has given a verbal commitment to Arizona State.
Blake Cannon, who is No. 137 in the class of 2013 rankings, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Arizona State.
Former U.S. Amateur champ Byeong-Hun An has signed with Chubby Chandler's International Sports Management group, joining Peter Uihlein in Chandler's growing stable of young stars.
Playing in the same group in the opening round of the Volvo Golf Champions on Thursday isn't the only thing Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington have in common. They're both also desperate to atone for disappointing seasons in 2011.
Slow play not going away
There are plenty of contentious issues on the PGA Tour, but none more important than the pace of play - and the issue isn't going away anytime soon.
Texas' top four golf organizations have formed an alliance aimed at creating better opportunities and ease expenses for junior golfers and their families.
Wildman's Corner: Wisconsin
Wildman's Corner: The Big Ten Conference takes golf seriously, and you can add Wisconsin to the list of schools who have built facilities to help golfers during the severe winter months.
Martin: Humana makeover
Aided by the clout of our 42nd president, the Humana Challenge once again appeals to Tour players.
Hate to be Rude
Sure, Johnson Wagner’s mustache stretches golf’s clean-shaven image in the 21st century. But the game’s stars haven’t always played sans whiskers. Hate to be Rude
Big Ten Conference preview
Big Ten Conference men's golf preview: Purdue senior Tyler Duncan used last summer to his advantage and has returned to the success he saw in his freshman season.
Big Ten Conference women
Big Ten Conference women's preview: Led by a handful of seniors - including standout Nora Lucas - the Illinois women have reached a higher-than-normal ranking and have eyes on the postseason.
Odds for Humana Challenge
Alex Miceli: Sure, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson are the Humana Challenge favorites from the Las Vegas oddsmakers. But, if you are looking to make an unexpected bet, Harrison Frazar might just be your man.