News for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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5 Things: Europeans in Q-School fare well on Day 1

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.

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Karlsson begins comeback at Q-School

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.

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Q-School Tracker: LeBrun (64) takes early lead

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.

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LPGA Q-School: Jutanugarn's practice pays off

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.

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PGA of America members not in lockstep with anchoring ban

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.

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Arnett (NR, 2014) commits to Houston

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.

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Seawell to coach Team USA at Palmer Cup in 2013

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.

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Kuchar relieved his putting stroke is not banned

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.

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Jordan's fashion sense getting him in trouble

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.

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Pairings, tee times: Tiger to play with Stricker

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.

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USGA, R&A propose anchoring ban starting in 2016

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.

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What are golfers saying on Twitter? Take a look . . .

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 . . .

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Anchoring ban: What they're saying . . .

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.

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Graphic: What you can, can't do after ban

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.

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Tour players will play by rules, albeit grudgingly

Initial reaction to the anchoring ban among prominent Tour winners who use long putters: We'll play by the rules, albeit grudgingly.

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Tait: Debacle has done game no favors

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.

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Possible sign of opposition in the Pacific Northwest

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.

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Klein: A bit late? Yes. But effort is welcome.

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.

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Lusk: Pry it from my 'cold, dead hands'

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.

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Miceli: Where's the statistical evidence?

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.

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Schupak: Golf wasn't intended to be easy

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.

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Major amateur tournaments won't go against ban

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.

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Babineau: Confusing game gets more complicated

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.

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