News for Wednesday, January 25, 2012


News 2012 January 25


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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 70, trails by three

Round 1 in Abu Dhabi

Tiger Tracker: Tiger Woods made his debut in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night, and he shot a 2-under 70 to sit three shots behind the leaders. Check out how Tiger's round unfolded . . .

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Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes opens in Acapulco

Resort briefs: Turtle Dunes Country Club, a Tripp Davis design, has opened on the grounds of the Fairmont Acapulco Princess and the Fairmont Pierre Marques.

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St. Kitts and Nevis: Small in size, big in appeal

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis: Small in size, but big in appeal says travel editor Martin Kaufmann.

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PGA Tour takes big step toward Q-School change

Q-School overhaul

The PGA Tour is one step closer to eliminating Q-school as a path to earning a tour card, a significant overhaul that would include starting the official season in the fall instead of waiting for the next calendar year.

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Notes: All eyes on Mickelson's wedge game

It’s been a decade since Phil Mickelson won his hometown event at Torrey Pines. He finished second with flair, as he so often does.

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Demo Day Q&A: Lexi Thompson

Q&A: Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson spent Demo Day at the Cobra Puma booth, hitting balls for a growing audience as a disc jockey pumped music in the background.

In this issue: Jan. 27, 2012

Inside this issue: Jan. 27, 2012

Ben Crane's lost love? Gymnastics

Ben Crane's workout video

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Demo Day Blog: SNAG ideal for beginners

PGA Merchandise Show

Golfweek staffers are on the ground at Demo Day, the first day of the PGA Merchandise Show, bringing you coverage on the latest and greatest golf equipment for 2012.

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Nike's Method putter stands out at PGA Show

Nike's Method putter

Among the most eye-catching putters at the PGA Merchandise Show is Nike’s new Method Concept, a putter whose front section is flaming red and back section is midnight black.

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Levet pulls out of Abu Dhabi with rib injury

Thomas Levet has pulled out of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship after falling and breaking a rib at the Volvo Golf Champions.

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Notes: Chandler continues to add to ISM arsenal

Chandler's ISM group

ISM's Chubby Chandler is focusing on expanding in the U.S., and it is working.

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PGA Show: Exclusive Demo Day pictures

Demo Day pictures

PGA Merchandise Show: Take a look at exclusive pictures from Demo Day at Orange County National in Winter Garden, Fla.

Gregory replaces Luther as NCAA rules director

spoke with Brad Gregory, the new rules director for the NCAA Championship.

Brad Gregory has been named director of rules and course administration for the men’s NCAA Division I Championship, replacing Clyde Luther, who recently stepped down from that position after 10 years.

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Mickelson the early favorite at Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines odds

Phil Mickelson, a 3-time winner at Torrey Pines, should be on everybody’s list of favorites this week. But so should Nick Watney, Charles Howell III, Bubba Watson and Brandt Snedeker.

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Tait: Kaymer done adjusting for the Masters

Tait on Martin Kaymer

Alistair Tait: Martin Kaymer tried to change his natural game to try and tame Augusta National. It proved to be a bad idea. So, Kaymer says he has learned his lesson.

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Tiger playing for appearance money? No way!

McCabe on the news

Jim McCabe: Tiger playing for appearance money? Say it ain't so! (Come on, people!) And the Euro Tour being the destination for the world's best? Um, not quite.

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Tait: Westwood says he has fixed short game

Tait on Lee Westwood

Alistair Tait: Lee Westwood is one of the world's best with his driver in hand. His shortcoming has been his putting, but he says that is fixed. And that could be scary for everyone else.

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Women's preview: Horizon League

Women's preview: Horizon

Horizon League women's golf preview: Butler will ride the coattails of Michele Nash for one more spring season. Can the Bulldogs make it a spring to remember?

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Men's preview: Ivy League

Men's preview: Ivy League

Ivy League men's golf preview: Despite its previous success, Columbia is forced to use local courses instead of an on-campus facility that would allow it to continue to grow the program.

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Tait: McIlroy has found his comfort zone

Tait on Rory McIlroy

Alistair Tait: Rory McIlroy used to be in awe of Tiger Woods. But, after getting to know the former World No. 1, McIlroy simply wants to measure his game against golf's main attraction.

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Season preview: Holmes simply happy to be back

Sean Martin on J.B. Holmes

J.B. Holmes, nearing a full recovery after season-ending brain surgery last fall, considers himself fortunate to have “a second chance” at the game.

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Season preview: Is Tiger back or teasing us?

Jim McCabe on Tiger Woods

Jim McCabe: Tiger Woods attempts the long climb back to his former perch above the PGA Tour, but will he return to the top?

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Rude: Wilson plays up a weight class

Hate To Be Rude: Wilson

Hate To Be Rude: Mark Wilson, underwhelming in appearance and overachieving on Tour, plays up in weight class with golf's heavy hitters