Stories for November 2012
Friday, November 30
5 Things: Graeme McDowell separated himself from an impressive pack with a brilliant back-nine on Friday at the Tiger Woods World Challenge, firing a 6-under 66 to take a three-shot advantage over three players after 36 holes.
We’re at the halfway point of PGA Tour Q-School. Three rounds are down, and three rounds remain. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the third round of the final Q-School. Meen-Whee Kim, at 18-under 198, holds a one-shot lead over Robert Karlsson.
The infamous “We talkin’ ‘bout practice” quote from basketball player Allen Iverson has developed a life of its own, 10 years after Iverson scoffed at taking practice seriously. But for 38-year-old Heath Slocum, it's a necessity.
Graeme McDowell and Bo Van Pelt will be in Saturday's final pairing at the World Challenge, while Tiger Woods will play with Rickie Fowler.
Meen-Whee Kim, 20, maintained his lead at PGA Tour Q-School on Friday, firing a 5-under 67 to hold a one-shot lead over veteran Robert Karlsson after 54 holes. See how it happened:
Tiger Woods fired an 3-under 69 on Friday at the 18-player Tiger Woods World Challenge, but sits four shots back of 2010 champion Graeme McDowell, who shot a 6-under 66. See how it happened.
Notes from the third round of LPGA Q-School at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. 18-year-old Moriya Jutanugarn leads the field at 13 under par, six strokes ahead of her next competitor.
Alvaro Quiros, once ranked inside the top 50 in the world, underwent wrist surgery in November and will be sidelined 5 to 6 months.
From Northwood Golf Club to the Windsor Golf Club, a trip to Sonoma, Calif. will sit well with your pallet for both its wonderful wine and golf.
In February, David McLay Kidd and Carlos Pellas will open a golf course course at Guacalito de la Isla, a $250 million resort project along a part of the Nicaragua coast best known for its world-class surfing.
Thursday, November 29
Graeme McDowell fired a solid 3-under 69 on Thursday, but he says about 10 percent of his golf vigor is gone right now. He's a bit spent after a hectic 12-week stint during which he played in Dubai, China and the U.S. A 10-week break should fix that.
Tom Pernice Jr., 53, and Si Woo Kim, 17, are competing for spots on the 2013 PGA Tour. Kim would set a record for youngest player on Tour. Pernice, meanwhile, is trying to stay on golf's biggest stage
Tom Pernice Jr., 53, and Si Woo Kim, 17, are competing for spots on the 2013 PGA Tour. Kim would set a record for youngest player in the history of the Tour. Pernice, meanwhile, is trying to stay on golf's biggest stage.
We’re one-third of the way through PGA Tour Q-School, but while Meen-Whee Kim leads at 13 under, there’s still 72 holes left. Here's 5 Things to take away from Thursday's second round at PGA West.
Leader Nick Watney will play with Keegan Bradley on Friday at the Tiger Woods World Challenge, while the host will play 18 holes with Bo Van Pelt.
Bill Haas bogeyed two of the last three holes Thursday in the Nedbank Golf Challenge to slip back into a share of the first-round lead with Nicolas Colsaerts.
Meen-Whee Kim fired a 9-under 63 to take a one-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor, who shot 64, after 36 holes of PGA Tour Q-School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.
The Women’s Golf Coaches Association has announced that Vicki Goetze-Ackerman and Katherine Hull will be inducted into the Players Hall of Fame in December. Goetze-Ackerman played for Georgia and Hull played for Pepperdine.
Michael Beard, the assistant men’s golf coach at Arizona State, will take over the Pepperdine men’s team. Beard was an All-American at Pepperdine during his collegiate career.
Tiger Woods points to his victory at the World Challenge as what led him to three PGA Tour victories in 2012. He started his title defense with a 2-under 70 in Thousand Oaks, Calif. See how it happened.
Mel Reid seemed poised to make a fresh start on the LPGA in 2013. But things aren't going her way after two rounds of Q-School.
Christina Kim, perhaps the most well-known player in the field at the final stage of LPGA Q-School, is staying close to the top of the leaderboard at LPGA International.
John Parry can look forward to a full season on next year’s European Tour, but Oliver Wilson’s career hangs in the balance.
Max Homa, a senior star at California, will be blogging for Golfweek.com all season long, giving you insight into what goes on behind the scenes with the Golden Bears.
says opposition to the proposed anchoring ban likely won't go away, but don't expect golf's ruling bodies to reverse their position.
James Achenbach says opposition to the proposed anchoring ban likely won't go away, but don't expect golf's ruling bodies to reverse their position.
Wednesday, November 28
5 Things from Day 1 of the final PGA Q-School in La Quinta, Calif., on the PGA West's Nicklaus Tournament Course and Stadium Course.
Sergio Garcia, Kevin Na, Robert Karlsson. Three different personalities, three different golf swings, one common malady. All three suffered from the full-swing yips. They reached a point in their professional careers where they couldn’t start the swing.
The final stage of PGA Tour Q-School got underway on Wednesday at PGA West. And it was Steve LeBrun who finds himself out in front early. See how it happened.
Kathleen Ekey, Moriya Jutanugarn and Kim Welch hold the early lead after Day 1 of LPGA Q-School at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Citing concerns about hurting the game's growth, PGA of America president Ted Bishop urges golf's governing bodies to reconsider a proposed ban on anchoring.
Benjamin Arnett of Webster, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Houston in 2014. He currently attends J. Frank Dobie High School in Houston, Texas.
Alabama head coach Jay Seawell has been selected to coach the United States team at this summer’s Palmer Cup at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. The annual Ryder Cup-style contest will he held June 7-9 on the South Course.
Matt Kuchar didn't know if his unique stroke would be banned or not, but was all smiles on Wednesday after the R&A and USGA said his putting technique is fine moving forward.
Michael Jordan wore cargo pants to play a round of golf at the high-end La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach. That’s a no-no.
With the Tiger Woods World Challenge slated to begin on Thursday morning in southern California, here is a look at the first round tee times and pairings.
What long had been anticipated finally happened: The game's ruling bodies proposed banning the anchoring of a golf club – not only putters, but any club – beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Many pros, college players and coaches took to Twitter before and after the USGA and R&A’s news conference. The only good news for the USGA – they are trending worldwide on Twitter. Take a look . . .
With the USGA and R&A proposing a ban on the anchored stroke - set to begin on Jan. 1, 2016 - there have been plenty of reactions from the golf community, but none more important than the individual tours and tournament hosts.
So, what can you do with a putter now? This graphic provided by the USGA breaks down how you can take a stroke with your putter after Jan. 1, 2016.
Initial reaction to the anchoring ban among prominent Tour winners who use long putters: We'll play by the rules, albeit grudgingly.
The long putter and the decision to ban the anchoring stroke, golf’s rulesmakers are picking on a pretty obscure and insignificant target. The effort, while overdue, is welcome. At least to our Bradley S. Klein.
Don’t expect to see any of the major amateur tournaments going against the U.S. Golf Association and its ban on the anchored stroke.
These are questions we’ll be forced to answer after yet another muddled mess of making a very confusing game even more complicated says Golfweek Editor Jeff Babineau.
Senior writer Adam Schupak says that it's about time that anchoring was banned and that creativity will rule the day as those using long or belly putters will find another avenue to improve.
Our senior writer Alex Miceli says that no specific statistical evidence will be forthcoming as it was when the larger-volume, U-shaped grooves were banned in 2010. This decision was based on a belief.
Our director of design, Jason Lusk, adopted the broomstick in the summer of 2010 and has seen his stroke improve immensely. Needless to say, he won't be relinquishing his long putter until Jan. 1, 2016.
Chris Maletis is a four-time Trans-Miss Senior Amateur champion who has plenty to say about the U.S. Golf Association, the R&A and their decision to outlaw the anchored stroke. And it's not very supportive.
What other sport takes nearly 25 years to make a decision like this? None. Talk about falling asleep at the wheel, closing the stable door after the horse has bolted. It’s embarrassing says European writer Alistair Tait.
Tuesday, November 27
As victories go, Tiger Woods was more than happy to talk about the one that served as a bridge from a forgettable part of his career to something he’s more accustomed to.
Here are the tee times and pairings for the final stage of LPGA Qualifying School, to begin Nov. 28 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
A month after floating the idea of potentially joining the European Tour, Tiger Woods has backed off and will be keeping his focus on the PGA Tour in 2013.
This has been a reality-check year for Meaghan Francella, a tour winner who finds herself back at LPGA Qualifying School after a heartbreaking season.
Play the ball as it lies. Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander had a tough break on the golf course over the weekend when his ball landed on a tree stump.
Alix Kong of West Vancouver, British Columbia, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Indiana beginning in the fall of 2014.
How many versions of the Titleist Pro V1 have been sold to the public, counting all changes and updates? Answer: Six, with a seventh version to be officially introduced in January.
About three months ago, I took a playing lesson from Jim Flick. I figured his genius was knowing how to play the game -- how to get around the golf course -- as much as it was how to swing the club.
In what is considered by many to be the toughest test in golf, PGA Tour Q-School will reach its final stage starting on Wednesday and culminating on Monday after 108 holes. Get complete coverage right here!
William Gordon, a native of Davidson, N.C., who is ranked No. 17 for the Class of 2015, has committed to Vanderbilt.
Devon Brouse, head women’s golf coach at Purdue, will be inducted into the Women's Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Dec. 11. Brouse becomes the 45th member of the WGCA hall and the first coach to be inducted into the WGCA hall and its counterpart on the men's side with the Golf Coaches Association of America.
Nick Dougherty’s hopes of a European Tour comeback came to a painful end today when he missed the 72-hole cut in the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School in Girona, Spain.
5 Things: The 2012 field at Q-School is one of the strongest fields in the event's history, featuring four players inside the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
says the R&A's reasons for altering the Old Course aren't sufficient enough to tinker with sacred ground.
Our Bradley S. Klein doesn’t know if the changes to The Old Course at St. Andrews are all needed. But what he does know is the reasons given for making them are unconvincing and not enough basis for tinkering with sacred ground.
As the decision on a potential ban of "anchoring," we have been hosting a poll (that can be found right here) that has actually created a split of opinions in our comments thread. Here's what you're saying . . .
Monday, November 26
See what Rory McIlroy had in his bag for the DP World Tour Championship.
The U.S. Golf Association has announced Squire Creek Golf Club in Choudrant, La., as the host of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur. It will be Squire Creek’s debut as a USGA championship venue.
Adam Wood, No. 11 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings, won his first AJGA invitational title at the Polo Golf Junior Classic on Nov. 23.
Ariya Jutanugarn, Golfweek’s top-ranked junior, won the Polo Golf Junior Classic on Nov. 23 for her fourth AJGA invitational title.
Check out the tee times and pairings for the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.:
Sunday, November 25
Rory McIlroy is right where he belongs – in a league of his own. That’s the way it’s always been, says our Alistair Tait.
What an end to the European Tour season. Chief executive George O’Grady couldn’t have asked for anything better than the world and European No. 1 player Rory McIlroy signing off the season by winning the DP World Tour Championship.
Saturday, November 24
FarmLinks, which opened in 2003, sits at No. 2 on Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play in Alabama – not an insignificant accomplishment in a state that has lavished tens of millions of dollars on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
We said goodbye last week to an iconic Wisconsin golf course as it shut down in preparation for a major renovation. Our Bradley S. Klein played the last round at SentryWorld before an overhaul that will close the course until spring 2014.
Mo Martin’s dad put a long putter in her hands at age 6 for two reasons: 1. It would be easier on her back. 2. Because there was a move to ban the long putter, Martin’s dad figured it must offer some kind of advantage.
Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world's two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship.
Friday, November 23
While Europe's best compete in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, 156 others will look to earn their cards next week at Euro Tour Q-School in Spain.
Adam Wood saved his best round for last in toppling top-seeded Scott Scheffler, while Ariya Jutanugarn cruised to a 5-and-4 victory over Angel Yin at the Polo Golf Junior Classic.
Top-ranked Rory McIlroy and No. 2 Luke Donald share the lead with Marc Warren after the second round of the Dubai World Championship.
Adjustability is one of golf’s favorite buzzwords these days, and nobody does it quite like the Pearl Putter. It features an adjustable lie angle that can be set anywhere between 60 and 80 degrees.
If we, the members of the golf community, are serious about growing the game – and if they, the governing golfers who make the rules, are serious about growing the game – then why are we even considering a rule that could eliminate belly putters and long putters that people actually enjoy using?
Thursday, November 22
The finals are set at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. The field was narrowed from eight boys and eight girls on Thursday to the final four players.
From Sedona and Flagstaff, the Pink Jeeps and the Red Rocks, driving the curves of Oak Creek Canyon and reveling in the kitsch of Route 66, and ultimately arriving at the Grand Canyon, Arizona has it all.
What would happen to anchoring if the USGA and R&A decide to outlaw it? Why the sudden interest? We take you through plenty of questions and provide you with our best answers.
According to the San Diego-based 10News television station, Tiger Woods will make his 2013 PGA Tour debut at the Farmers Insurance Open, a tournament that he has won six times.
PGA Tour players voice their concern and frustration about the proposed ban on anchoring.
Luke Donald shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy and two others by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship.
Let’s be honest: Golf could exist just fine with two sets of rules, one for touring pros and high-caliber amateurs, and another for the rest of us. Anchoring could be banned on the PGA Tour and other professional tours while remaining in play for normal amateurs.
The anchoring controversy reveals yet again the uneasy coexistence between governing bodies and manufacturers.
Wednesday, November 21
Scott Scheffler, stroke-play medalist at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, was among the players to survive the first two rounds of match play on Wednesday at PGA National Golf Club.
Connor Smith of Birmingham, Ala., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Middle Tennessee State in 2014.
says a ban on anchoring means less fun for the masses, which completely contradicts golf's efforts to grow the game.
Research shows that all top 18 players in last week’s PGA Tour putting rankings regularly use a conventional putter. Not a belly nor a broomstick to be found on that top shelf. Yet golf’s powers that be are expected to ban the anchoring of such longer implements. Say what?!
With every indication that golf's governing bodies will impose a ban on anchoring, Golfweek takes an in-depth look at the circumstances that have led to this defining moment.
The USGA and R&A are close to announcing their position on long putters that are anchored to the body. That they have pledged to make an announcement by the end of the year has most believing a ban is imminent.
Two club golfers playing The Lakes — site of the Australian Open beginning Dec. 6 — hit consecutive holes-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole Wednesday.
Rory McIlroy might be grabbing most of the attention in Dubai, but several other Ryder Cup stars, including Ian Poulter and second-ranked Luke Donald, would like to cap off their seasons with a victory.
We’re halfway through the college season, and while plenty of important tournaments remain, several players have put themselves in front of the race for the Haskins Award, which honors college golf's top player.
From Charlie Owens to Rocco Mediate to Paul Azinger, a look at the history of the long putter.
Tuesday, November 20
Wilmington (Del.) Country Club has been announced as the 2013 Palmer Cup venue. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition between the best collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe will be played June 7-9 on the South Course.
Match-play comes but once a year on the AJGA, and after two rounds of stroke-play qualifying at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, the brackets are set.
Martin Kaymer of Germany is the latest European star to join the PGA Tour.
UNLV senior Kevin Penner won the Western Refining All-America Golf Classic on Tuesday, shooting 14-under 199 (65-66-68) to finish one shot ahead of Arkansas’ Sebastian Cappelen, who followed a first-round 72 with scores of 65-63.
Wes Artac of Kingwood, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas Tech in 2014. He attends Kingwood High School.
Monday, November 19
Defending champion Cory Whitsett (66-65) of Alabama and UNLV senior Kevin Penner (65-66) are your co-leaders after two rounds of the Western Refining All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club.
The Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic gets underway Monday at El Paso Country Club. The 54-hole event is the all-star game of college golf, with the field limited to last year’s All-Americans, the U.S. Amateur champion and the Division II player of the year.
CME Group, title sponsor of the LPGA's CME Group Titleholders tournament, is investing in another of the tour's assets – not an event, but one of its players.
While Robby Shelton still hasn't chosen a college – Golfweek has learned he's deciding between Alabama and Auburn – there were plenty of top golfers who did during National Signing Day.
Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Alabama, the defending national champion.
For any player who might be concerned that using a push cart on the golf course is considered uncool, thank the Oklahoma State women’s golf team for making a case for just the opposite.
The U.S. Golf Association says the 2016 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship will be held at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa., outside Philadelphia.
This week, Esther Lee is one of the old gals. She’s not even seven days removed from signing her letter of intent to join the Duke roster next fall. But she still has some unfinished business on the junior circuit, and her round of 3 under Monday was a great start.
Winner’s Circle: Nov. 12-18, 2012
The first sirens warning of rocket fire blared Thursday night as we sipped drinks before the Tel Aviv Maccabi basketball game. Fortunately, the room we were in doubled as a bomb shelter.
The first sirens warning of rocket fire blared Thursday night as we sipped drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres before the Tel Aviv Maccabi basketball game. Fortunately, the room we were in doubled as a bomb shelter. Still, it felt as though time stood still.
Stacy Lewis and Betsy King won the ISPS Handa Heroes, a nine-hole scramble event for charity that will air on Golf Channel on Nov. 21.
From the major strides that Ariya Jutanugarn has made with her language skills, to Matthew NeSmith's emotional send-off, the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet was a fitting end to two brilliant junior careers.
Inside the Nov. 16-23, 2012 issue of Golfweek.
Sunday, November 18
U.S. Women's Open champion Na Yeon Choi won the Titleholders on Sunday to make a great season even better.
Tommy Fleetwood can look forward to another season on the European Tour, but Rhys Davies’ career hangs in limbo.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson won his first European Tour title in five years, potentially signalling a return to form for the 2009 Players Championship titleholder.
Luke Donald shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday to win the Dunlop Phoenix by five strokes for his first win on the Japanese tour.
Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest European Tour winner on Sunday by shooting a 5-under 65 to capture his third Hong Kong Open title. Meanwhile, John Daly will be fined for a club-throwing incident.
Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 on Sunday to win the Australian Masters in his native country for his first victory of the year.
Saturday, November 17
Robert Karlsson, Matt Fast and Si Kim took medalist honors at their respective sites on Saturday, and Daniel Chopra shot 6 under to advance in Brooksville during the final day of PGA Tour Q-School's second stage.
Stacy Lewis wore a back brace until the age of 17 because of scoliosis. Now, Lewis is the LPGA Player of the Year after being honored Friday night in Naples.
Na Yeon Choi was steady after a careless three-putt bogey early in her third round Saturday at the Titleholders and finished with a 3-under 69 to take a one-shot lead into the final round.
Defending champion Ian Poulter shot an 8-under-par 64 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Adam Scott after three rounds of the Australian Masters.
Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 2-under 68 to share the third-round lead with Michael Campbell at the Hong Kong Open on Saturday.
Henrik Stenson of Sweden closed in on a first European Tour win in three years Saturday, taking a three-shot lead into the final round of the South African Open despite George Coetzee shooting a course-record 63.
Friday, November 16
Jordan Spieth failing to qualify was the biggest story of the day, but not far behind was Patrick Reed sharing medalist honors at Redstone and Hank Kuehne's double that left him without an invitation to California.
Ai Miyazato of Japan kept telling herself to be patient and the putts would start falling. It all came together Friday at the Titleholders, where she felt as if she couldn't miss until her final putt dropped for an 8-under 64 and a one-shot lead.
Jordan Spieth’s first Q-School attempt came to an end Friday, ensuring that he won’t earn a PGA Tour card this year. The biggest question surrounding the Texas sophomore is when he’ll start pursuing his PGA Tour card in 2013.
Jacqui Concolino was once a promising college star with eyes on the LPGA tour. But a poor senior season sent her away from the game. She since has found her way back through rounds as a caddie and friendly wagers.
California coach Steve Desimone -- truly one of the good guys in college golf -- will be the first college golf coach to receive the Jack Lemmon Award.
Takes a goodwill tour to Israel, discovering its passion for golf and challenges to grow the game.
Adam Schupak takes a goodwill tour to Israel, discovering its passion for golf and challenges to grow the game.
Barely six months have passed since the Mount St. Mary’s men’s golf team claimed its first Northeast Conference Championship title in program history. Now the school will cut both golf teams.
Henrik Stenson opened a four-shot lead at the South African Open with a second-round 65 before play was suspended for the day because of an electrical storm with much of the field yet to finish.
For more than 35 years it has been the showcase of the stars -- those currently within the collegiate ranks and those whose future takes them to the highest level in professional golf. The event’s catch phrase is “Where Legends Get Started” and it truly lives up to that billing.
The golf industry isn’t growing, so course operators are left to fight for market share. The operators who master the basics of consumer loyalty marketing will be fine.
The golf industry isn’t growing, so course operators are left to fight for market share. The operators who master the basics of consumer loyalty marketing will be fine. The rest will continue to experience a slow, steady decline.
Overnight leader Matthew Guyatt of Australia shot a 3-under 69 Friday to maintain his two-shot lead after the second round of the Australian Masters.
Hong Kong Open leader Michael Campbell says it will be easier for him to end a seven-year winless drought after defending champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut at the Hong Kong Open on Friday.
Thursday, November 15
Scott Stallings shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday at Del Monte to take a two-stroke lead over William McGirt and Kirk Triplett in the Pebble Beach Invitational.
The selection process for the Palmer Cup will undergo its first change since the GB&I team expanded to include all of Europe for the 2003 event.
Stacy Lewis' story of overcoming a back brace she wore 18 hours a day as a teenager, taking it off only to play golf and swim, makes her an incredible role model for those facing tough odds. The LPGA should celebrate her.
An update from the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School, now being played at six sites around the country.
Blayne Barber won the NGA Bridgestone Winter Professional Tour event at Harmony (Fla.) Golf Preserve on Thursday. It was his first start since he removed himself from Q-School, and ended with his third consecutive victory in an NGA Tour-sanctioned event.
The £15,000 England's Paul Maddy picked up for winning the EuroPro’s final event of the season, the 888poker.com Tour Championship, will come in handy as he chases his dream of playing on the European Tour.
The LPGA's future in Prattville, Ala., becomes uncertain with tournament sponsor Navistar ending its relationship with the event.
Lexi Thompson grew up playing the EA Sports Tiger Woods video game franchise and didn't have much success against her brothers. Now she'll have a shot to beat them as herself in the 2014 version of the game.
The late Willie Park Jr. will be joining his father in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Defending champion Rory McIlroy finished nine shots behind leader Javier Colomo after the first round of the Hong Kong Open on Thursday.
Australia's Matthew Guyatt upstaged the marquee players at the Australian Masters on Thursday, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round at Kingston Heath.
Luke Donald shot a 6-under 65 to take a share of the lead after the first round of the Dunlop Phoenix on Thursday.
Arn and Nancy Tellem's Mission to Israel - which includes Sean Foley, Hunter Mahan and Amy Alcott - continued on Thursday, where the group met Holocaust survivor Asher (Aud) Sieradzki.
Wednesday, November 14
Rob Oppenheim has taken a two-shot lead at the second stage of PGA Tour Q-school in Plantation, Fla. Also, updates from Brooksville, Panama City Beach, Humble and McKinney are in. One other site, Murrieta, has yet to finalize scores.
The top junior golfers in the country have begun to pull out their pens. The signing period for players in the graduating Class of 2013 began Nov. 14, and Golfweek will record the national letters of intent here as they roll in.
The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North this month opened a new restaurant called Proof, a casual alternative for guests of the AAA Five Diamond property.
Royal Isabela, a 426-acre property perched more than 150 feet above the Caribbean Sea in northwest Puerto Rico, now has 20 casitas available for guests.
Royal Isabela, a 426-acre property perched more than 150 feet above the Caribbean Sea in northwest Puerto Rico, now has 20 casitas available for guests.
Amy Alcott met Doha Amla, a 17-year-old with dreams of the WNBA, on her trip to Israel, reminding her of her own hopes and dreams as a 9-year-old.
The top junior golfers in the country have begun to pull out their ink pens. The signing period for players in the graduating class of 2013 began Nov. 14, and Golfweek will record the national letters of intent here as they roll in.
From the Player of the Year race (should be no contest), to maybe the story of the year (Charlie Beljan) to who will take home the Rookie of the Year (Huh?), our Jeff Rude sprays it off the tee . . .
The top junior golfers in the country have begun to pull out their ink pens. The signing period for players in the graduating class of 2013 began Nov. 14, and Golfweek will record the national letters of intent here as they roll in.
Due to Ivy League policy on athletic scholarships, Robert Deng and Daniel De La Garza won't be signing Wednesday, but their commitments to Harvard give the Crimson one of the country's most-impressive classes.
USC has arguably the toughest incoming class for the fall of 2013. Annie Park, Karen Chung and Gabriella Then will all be on the Trojan roster by next fall.
Amy Alcott, Sean Foley, Hunter Mahan and the rest of group spreading the gospel of golf visit the Western Wall, which is 2,000 years old and stretches seven city blocks.
Tuesday, November 13
Rob Oppenheim and Kris Blanks share the lead at the second stage of PGA Tour Q-School in Plantation, Fla. Also: updates from the other two sites that began on Tuesday.
If the first night of the Arn and Nancy Tellem goodwill mission to Israel is any indication, we’re all going to need a good tailor to adjust our waistlines. I’ll spare you the details, but rest assured, we enjoyed a feast compliments of Tali Friedman, one of the city’s most renowned chefs.
The Wegmans LPGA Championship will return to Pittsford, N.Y., in 2013, the LPGA said Tuesday.
Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle says he has some hopes of returning to the PGA Tour in 2014 if he continues his current recovery from a second battle with leukemia.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were among five players nominated Monday for PGA Tour player of the year. Players have until the end of November to vote on the awards.
Three days ago, Dottie Pepper officially was announced as an independent director with the PGA of America. She is convinced the timing is right to walk away from her job with NBC’s golf-coverage team.
Monday, November 12
Making the cut in a major championship comes with many benefits. One of those perks is often overlooked but is so important to new pros: an exemption to Q-School’s second stage.
Golf architect Gil Hanse, having returned to the U.S. recently from a visit to Rio de Janeiro, expects to be moving to Brazil with his family in January to start work on a layout for the 2016 Olympics Games.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Adam Schupak checks in from the Holy Land at the beginning of a mission to spread the gospel of golf.
Ted Bishop, who was recently elected the 38th president of the PGA of America, shares his thoughts on the key issues facing the game.
Stacy Lewis left Guadalajara, Mexico, with the LPGA Rolex Player of the Year Award locked up. The woman who spent 7 1/2 years in a back brace put her toughness on full display.
The Huskies won twice and finished runner-up twice in a fall campaign during which the team remained firmly atop the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
The Texas Tech senior from Clark, S.D., ended the fall season atop the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after earning the first victory of her college career at the storm-shortened Landfall Tradition.
Tom Fazio plus $15 million equals turnaround at Emerald Dunes
Olivia Landino of Hermitage, Penn., shot a second-round 7-under 65, the low score of the tournament in both the girls and boys division, to win the IJGT Major Championship at Hampton Hall.
Charlie Spencer-White, in the class of 2015, won the IJGT Major Championship at Hampton Hall on Nov. 11.
Matt Williams of Calgary, Alberta, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Houston in 2014.
The last time most golf fans saw Michael Weaver, he was attacking his golf bag as he walked off the 37th hole at Cherry Hills Country Club near Denver. Weaver had just let the U.S. Amateur title slip through his fingers last August in a mind-racing turn of events.
The Bruins won the Gifford Collegiate on Nov. 7 at CordeValle Resort in San Martin, Calif.
The Tennessee senior won the Gifford Collegiate on Nov. 7 at CordeValle Resort in San Martin, Calif.
Sunday, November 11
Cristie Kerr won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour victory in more than two years, and Stacy Lewis tied for fourth to wrap up the player of the year award.
Charlie Beljan hit only five fairways Sunday, but his putter proved to be enough as he held on for his first PGA Tour victory despite a trip to the hospital after Friday's round.
Matteo Manassero holed a 12-foot putt for eagle to beat Louis Oosthuizen on the third playoff hole and win the Singapore Open on Sunday.
When Charlie Beljan woke up on Sunday morning, he felt horrible again. A consistent, pounding headache and stomachache greeted the 54-hole leader of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. He says it was ‘a blessing in disguise.’
On a day when the winner is obvious, it's not so cut-and-dried for those chasing their Tour cards. Tim Herron and Kevin Chappell made it through, but they felt anything but safe on Disney's Magnolia Golf Course Sunday.
Who will earn their PGA Tour card on Sunday at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney? Who will be left to fight for their life at Q-School? Follow live!
Edward Richardson isn't even supposed to be alive, but he has fought off a rare blood disorder to not only survive, but make it back to the elite of amateur golf.
Seventy-five players have stories to tell after advancing to the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School from four Spanish venues that hosted the Second Qualifying Stage, but none is more heart warming than Bennett’s.Seventy-five players have stories to tell after advancing to the Final Stage of European Tour Qualifying School from four Spanish venues that hosted the Second Qualifying Stage, but none is more heart warming than Bennett’s.
Saturday, November 10
Inbee Park moved into position for her third victory of the year, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
One round remains in the PGA Tour season. Here are 5 Things you need to know on the eve of the season’s final round, as some players seek victory and others try to hold on to their playing privileges:
So here’s one way to take a two-shot lead after 54 holes of a PGA Tour event: Fight panic attacks, arm numbness, high blood pressure and hyperventilation in the third round and think you are going to die. Get rushed to a hospital by ambulance, spend Friday night there with your size-15 golf shoes on till 4:30 a.m. and think there’s a 99.9 percent chance you won’t play Saturday. Get about 90 minutes of sleep and then feel your swing is worse than it has been for a long time.
Peter Bevacqua – a former USGA executive, and most recently, the head of CAA Sports' golf division – was appointed chief executive of the PGA of America.
The other Charlie playing well here at Disney knows all about having an accelerated heartbeat. Charlie Wi, a five-time runner-up on the PGA Tour, can’t relate to Beljan’s medical condition, but he knows what it feels like to be in a Sunday pressure cooker.
Greg Norman, host of the Franklin Templeton Shootout, has announced the pairings for the 24th annual Franklin Templeton Shootout, which will take place at Tiburon Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Fla., Dec. 5-9.
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn had to wait more than 36 hours to tee off in the second round of the rain-soaked Singapore Open. The delay may have done him good.
Charlie Beljan will compete in the third round of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic after spending the night in a hospital.
Huntingdon men’s golf coach Matt Mahanic was dismissed from his coaching duties on Friday after a profanity-laced rant he delivered to his team circulated around the Internet.
Friday, November 9
Charlie Beljan put things in perspective Friday at Disney. The 36-hole leader left the course in an ambulance, strapped onto a stretcher after fighting his health all day.
Angela Stanford shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Inbee Park after the second round of the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
It was a crazy day Friday at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as seven players found a share of second and leader Charlie Beljan fought an elevated heart rate.
The AJGA has announced The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe as the host site of the 2013 Wyndham Cup, the annual team match-play competition between golfers from the East and the West.
Should Mark Anderson hold onto the lead through the weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, he'll have a tough decision to make about his upcoming nuptials.
Rain severely disrupted play at the Singapore Open again on Friday, with golfers being shuttled on and off the course and half the field unable to even start the second round.
Thursday, November 8
Michelle Wie shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational with Angela Stanford and Candie Kung.
Here are 5 Things you need to know as players scramble to earn one last paycheck at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic before the year comes to a close.
J.J. Qualkenbush, 16, has matured a lot since his first pro-am start at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic four years ago.
J.J. Qualkenbush, 16, has matured a lot since his first pro-am start at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic four years ago. Playing with Gary Woodland, the junior shot 2 under Thursday at Disney.
Turns out the golfer won in this week's presidential election, but you wouldn’t know it from the immediate reaction of the industry.
Thomas Bjorn shot a 5-under 66 to take the lead of the Singapore Open after rain interrupted the first round Thursday.
Wednesday, November 7
After making the cut at the 2008 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic just six months removed from a second heart transplant, Erik Compton enters Disney this week fighting to keep his PGA Tour card.
Don’t underestimate the power of college athletics. Alabama's Nick Saban and Jay Seawell earned write-in nods in Tuesday's presidential election.
GW Amateur Tour 4-Ball Championship to be held in Myrtle Beach.
With the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney set to tee off on Thursday, we though we'd give you a few fun facts and numbers to get you prepared for the PGA Tour's final event of the season.
Mike McGraw refused to dwell on a less-than-successful 2011-12 season for Oklahoma State. Instead, the Cowboys kept moving forward, evidenced by a victory at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
Peter Bevacqua, 41, has been offered the job as PGA of America’s chief executive officer, two sources close to the decision told Golfweek.
It was only a handful of years ago that the world thought that the PGA Tour was in trouble and Europe would be the solution for the world's best golfers. Those predictions have proved fruitless.
Tuesday, November 6
There’s an added sense of urgency this week at the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic as time is running out to claim one of the top 125 spots on the 2012 Tour money list.
Jonas Blixt will be focused on the 30th spot on the money list at this week's Children's Miracle Network Classic. At No. 35 in earnings, Blixt must jump five places Sunday to earn his first start at the Masters next spring.
says Dick Rugge's 13-year tenure at the USGA not only made peace with equipment makers but forged a working relationship with them.
Dick Rugge, 64, announced his resignation Nov. 5 after nearly 13 years on the job. He will step down Feb. 2, ending a regime that took a giant step toward clarifying current and future golf equipment rules.
The Florida sophomore won the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational in a playoff with Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby.
A victory at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational was the second in four fall starts for the Gators.
Oklahoma State won the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate for its first victory since the 2011 NCAA Colorado Regional.
Devon Purser won the SCVB Pacific Invitational after making birdie on the final hole to win the event by one.
Navy has elevated women’s golf to a varsity sport, effective immediately.
Monday, November 5
In February, 2013, golfers will see Nike's new Covert drivers, fairway woods and hybrids in retail outlets. Throughout November, 2012, Nike is staging official introductions of the Covert driver and saving the fairway woods and hybrids for later.
Here’s a head-scratching factoid: Sally Little is the only South African to ever win on the LPGA. She won her 15th and final LPGA title 24 years ago.
Winner’s Circle: Oct. 29 - Nov. 4, 2012
says the PGA Tour's stop at Walt Disney World, which has been on the schedule since 1971, is in dire need of a sponsor.
Jim McCabe says the PGA Tour's stop at Walt Disney World, which has been on the schedule since 1971, is in dire need of a sponsor.
Rounds played in the U.S. increased 5.2 percent in September and posted a more robust 7.4 percent gain through the first nine months of the year.
Merrilee Patterson Crain, vice president and board member of Turnstile Media Group, publisher of Golfweek, died Friday.
Blayne Barber had easily advanced out of the first stage of Q-School, but something was weighing on him. It was one of those moments when this game’s rules so harshly penalize the slightest misstep.
Blayne Barber had easily advanced out of the first stage of the PGA Tour’s Q-School, but something was weighing on him. It was an incident that had occurred in the tournament’s second round, one of those moments when this game’s rules so harshly penalize the slightest misstep.
Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., did just enough to win the girls title at the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational.
Zachary Healy shot a final-round 5-under 67 to win the boys title by three strokes at the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational on Nov. 4.
The field has been announced for the 2012 Western Refining All-America Golf Classic, the all-star game of the collegiate game.
Sunday, November 4
Zachary Healy and Cindy Feng won the Golfweek junior event on Sunday at Celebration Golf Club. Check out the day in pictures.
Tom Lehman won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday to become the first player to win the season points title two straight years.
Cindy Feng fired rounds of 69 and 74 to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Sunday at Celebration Golf Club just outside of Orlando.
Fueled by a 5-under front nine, Zachary Healy shot 67 on Sunday to win the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational at Celebration Golf Club.
Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Baldwin could end their European Tour seasons deeply frustrated, “co-sanctioned” victims of the European Tour’s international schedule.
Seven shots back to start the round, Stacy Lewis picked up her fourth LPGA victory of the season by carding a final-round, 8-under 64 to leapfrog overnight leader Bo-Mee Lee by a single shot at the Mizuno Classic.
With the fall season now over, here are a few teams that could be considered overachievers in the first half of the 2012-13 season.
China’s Tianlang Guan, 14, won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Sunday to earn an exemption into next year’s Masters. Guan will be 14 years, five months and 17 days when he tees it up at Augusta National, becoming the youngest participant in tournament history.
Ian Poulter continues to ride a wave that began in Chicago and has shown no sign of cresting as Europe’s Ryder Cup hero captured the HSBC Champions, his second career WGC Championship, on Sunday.
Saturday, November 3
Tom Lehman took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship and moved closer to becoming the first player to win the season points title two straight years.
Yueer Cindy Feng and Callahan Elzey lead the Golfweek East Coast Junior Invitational, but several golfers, including Brian Carlson, Austen Truslow and Simin Feng, are in contention in Celebration.
South Korea’s Bo-Mee Lee shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Mizuno Classic.
Tianlang Guan will take a two-shot lead into the final round at the Asia-Pacific Amateur. The 14-year-old is at 14 under through three rounds at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand, after a third-round even-par 72.
Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood scorched the Olazabal course at Mission Hills on Saturday, shooting 60 and 61, respectively, on “moving day” at the HSBC Champions.
Friday, November 2
Jay Haas matched the Champions Tour single-round scoring record with a 10-under 60 to open a five-stroke lead on Friday in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Phil Mickelson is playing the HSBC Champions in China with a TaylorMade Rocketballz 3-wood.
Jiyai Shin of South Korea and Ayako Uehara of Japan both shot 4-under 68 to lead the Mizuno Classic after Friday’s first round.
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Emotions tugged her one way, but Pat Bradley followed her heart elsewhere. To be at the Ryder Cup in spirit for nephew Keegan was possible; to not be spiritual to herself was impossible, so for the first time in her life she made golf secondary and just walked away.
China’s Tianlang Guan continued to impress Friday at the Asia-Pacific Amateur. The 14-year-old shot 8-under 64 at Amata Spring Country Club in Bangkok, Thailand, to take a five-shot lead after 36 holes.
Louis Oosthuizen is halfway to his 10th career victory, holding a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills Golf Club.
Thursday, November 1
There’s usually a bit of an adjustment period for freshman golfers. They must get accustomed to campus life as well as a higher level of competition. Players who come to the States from overseas have even more adjustments to make, which is why they can be excused if their collegiate careers get off to a slow start.
PGA Tour players Keegan Bradley and Carl Pettersson have declared to fight the so-called "anchoring" ban that has been proposed by the game's governing bodies.
Defending champion Jay Don Blake birdied three of the final four holes for a 6-under 64 and the first-round lead Thursday in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.
Former Notre Dame standout Chris Walker is now a SpeedGolf World Champion. The first-ever SpeedGolf World Championships took place Oct. 20-21 at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore., with 14 players from around the world competing for the inaugural title.
Hitting into a 40 mph headwind, Ryan Winther won the World Long Drive championship with a bomb of 343 yards, using a driver with only 4.5 degrees of loft.
The NCAA Championship sites for 2014 and 2015 have been announced. Prairie Dunes Golf Club in Hutchinson, Kan., will host the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division I Golf Championship, while Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club will host the 2014 women’s championship.
Rock Creek tops this list.
The Asia-Pacific Amateur will leave the Asian for the first time in 2014, and for good reason. The tournament, conducted by Augusta National Golf Club, the R&A and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, is headed to historic Royal Melbourne in Australia.
China’s Tianlang Guan, who turned 14 last week, shot 6-under 66 Thursday at Amata Spring Country Club to take the first-round lead at the Asia-Pacific Amateur. The tournament’s winner earns an invitation to the 2013 Masters.
Notebook: With the fall events taking on new importance for the 2013-14 season, the tournament at Disney is noticeably absent from the current schedule.
While Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott picked up first-round, 7-under 65s, it was the play of Phil Mickelson that captured the most attention on Thursday at the HSBC Champions.