News for Thursday, January 10, 2013


News 2013 January 10


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5 Things: Rookies rise to the top at Sony Open

5 Things: It was a day dominated by rookies, led by former Illinois All-American Scott Langley, who shot an 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead at the Sony Open.

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Tracker: Rookie Langley takes one shot lead

Round 1 at the Sony Open is complete with PGA Tour rookie Scoot Langley taking a one-shot lead over Russell Henley. Langley finished the day by shooting a bogey free 8-under 62. Take a look at the Tour Tracker and how it happened.

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G25 is next up in Ping's G series evolution

Next in the evolution of Ping's G series: the new G25. At the PGA Merchandise Show on January 24-26 in Orlando, Fla., Ping will showcase this new line. Bubba Watson has switched to the G25, as has fellow Ping staffer Hunter Mahan.

LPGA adds the North Texas LPGA Shootout for 2013

The LPGA announced a new domestic event will be added this spring: the North Texas LPGA Shootout.

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Puisite sisters haven't forgotten Latvian roots

Sisters Krista and Mara Puisite listed Texas as their hometown when signing up for the Sally. But the Texas State duo hasn't forgotten its Latvian roots.

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'Random' trip to Florida has Shon in lead at Sally

Princeton junior Kelly Shon didn't even know the South Atlantic Amateur existed before this week. Now, she leads the tournament at its halfway point, by two shots over Kelsey MacDonald.

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Jutanugarn sisters sign with IMG

After sweeping LPGA and Ladies European Tour Q-School titles at the end of 2012, Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn have signed with IMG for management and marketing representation.

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Men's spring preview: Big South

Coastal Carolina once won seven consecutive Big South Conference titles in a row, but Liberty has been king of the conference the past two seasons. The Chants are hoping to regain their crown behind senior Sebastian Soderberg.

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Brannan, Ping rep and former U.S. Junior champ, dies at 57

Mike Brannan, a former U.S. Junior Amateur champion and two-time California State Amateur champion, died Jan. 8. He was 57.

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Jaidee leads Volvo Champions by 3 strokes

Thongchai Jaidee shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead on the opening day of the Volvo Champions on Thursday.

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Watt takes 4-shot lead at Australian Master of Amateurs

Australia’s Brady Watt will take a four-shot lead into the final round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs.

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Sony Open: Rounds 1 and 2 tee times, pairings

A look at the first- and second-round tee times at the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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McIlroy establishes foundation to help children

Rory McIlroy is using his platform as the world’s No. 1 player for a good cause, establishing the Rory Foundation to help children around the world.

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Scores: Round 4 leaderboard at Sony Open

Follow Round 4 scores from the Sony Open in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Have sticks, will travel: These guys are crazy about golf

One Golfweek Rater attendee played 388 18-hole rounds in 2012. Another has played in more than 100 countries. Another has played more than 3,000 different courses. Simple explanation: They just love this game.

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Preview: Building a foundation to grow the game

When PGA of America executives unveiled Golf 2.0 last year, they insisted their plan to increase participation would be different. Indeed, Golf 2.0 isn’t a single initiative, but a long-term strategy employing a variety of activities, each targeting different consumer groups.

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Preview: A pledge of allegiance to amateurs

The likes of Jordan Spieth have pledged themselves to the pinnacle of amateur golf, the Walker Cup, only to be swayed to the professional game a short time later. That is a trend that concerns many.

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Women's spring preview: Big 10

Behind former LPGA player Michele Redman, a young Minnesota squad is looking more seasoned and ready to compete in the Big 10.

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Callaway adds Ishikawa to its tour staff

Japanese phenom Ryo Ishikawa has signed a multi-year contract with Callaway Golf.