News for Wednesday, January 18, 2012


News 2012 January 18


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Figueroa wins PR Junior, earns PGA Tour start

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.

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Humana notes: DJ back earlier than expected

Humana Challenge

After knee surgery, Dustin Johnson is back earlier than expected, and he's one of many stars at the Humana.

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Amateur hour: A slow warm-up for the Phoenix Open

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.

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Baldry: Pressel shares emotions of Israel visit

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.

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Toy Box: Wagner wins with mixed bag

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.

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Cannon (No. 137, 2013) commits to Arizona State

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.

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Former U.S. Am champ joins Chandler's ISM group

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.

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Els, Harrington looking to atone for poor 2011

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.

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Slow play in golf is not going away anytime soon

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 golf organizations form junior alliance

Texas' top four golf organizations have formed an alliance aimed at creating better opportunities and ease expenses for junior golfers and their families.

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Wildman's Corner: Wisconsin to open new facility

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.

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Martin: Changes to Humana appeal to players

Martin: Humana makeover

Aided by the clout of our 42nd president, the Humana Challenge once again appeals to Tour players.

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Hate to be Rude: The Tour's facial hair history

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

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Men's preview: Big Ten Conference

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.

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Women's preview: Big Ten Conference

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.

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Lefty, Kuchar are safe bets, but don't forget Frazar

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.