News for Thursday, January 2, 2014

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Scott sticking to his blueprint for success

Adam Scott sticking to his blueprint for success on PGA Tour

Adam Scott, currently No. 2 in the world, will play in 2014's first two tournaments and then take a six-week break, potentially leaving himself in a FedEx Cup hole.

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Neck injury sidelines Johnson at pro-am

PGA Tour, Dustin Johnson, Hyundau TOC: Dustin Johnson missed the pro-am on Thursday due to neck stiffness, but plans on playing on Friday

Defending champion Dustin Johnson missed the pro-am on Thursday with neck stiffness but remained confident that he would be able to make his 12:50 p.m. (HST) first-round tee time with Masters champion Adam Scott on Friday.

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Ping i25 irons

Ping i25 irons move weight throughout set

Ping's latest game-improvement i25 irons transition from forgiving long irons into feel-oriented short irons.

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DeLaet joins Puma, re-signs with Titleist, FJ

Graham DeLaet joins Puma, re-signs with Titleist, FootJoy

Graham DeLaet signed a pair of three-year deals on Thursday, moving to Puma Golf for shirt and hat, while re-signing with Titleist and FootJoy.

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Harris English moves to Callaway Golf

Harris English moves to Callaway Golf

Harris English, coming off a victory and $2.2 million in earnings in 2013, has moved to Callaway for 2014, the company announced on Thursday.

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Expert picks: Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Expert picks: Adam Scott headlines Hyundai TOC favorites

The field is stout, but our panel of experts wades through the short field to offer up their predictions for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week.

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Spieth ready for a full-fledged 2014 season

PGA Tour, Jordan Spieth: After a big impact in his rookie season, Jordan Spieth is looking to play better in the major championships and play more in 2014

Jordan Speith earned nearly $3.9 million on the PGA Tour in his rookie season, and he won the John Deere Classic. Now he is putting his focus into the major championships and intends to play many more events in 2014.

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Report: Ko to sign with Callaway Golf

Report: Lydia Ko to sign with Callaway Golf

According to NewsTalkZB in her native New Zealand, teenage LPGA star Lydia Ko has signed with Callaway to use the company's clubs and equipment.

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Hahn (2015, No. 109) commits to Wisconsin

Jordan Hahn of Spring Grove, Ill., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Wisconsin in 2015.

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Wang, Costabile win World Junior Challenge titles

CJGA, Junior Golf Boys, Junior Golf Girls: Robin Wang, Selena Costabile win World Junior Challenge at Innisbrook Resort

China’s Robin Wang and Canada’s Selena Costabile won their respective division titles at the Canadian Junior Golf Association’s World Junior Challenge at Innisbrook Resort on Dec. 30.

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Men's spring preview: America Sky

Men's spring preview: America Sky Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the 2014 spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the America Sky Conference.

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Scott beats out Tiger for GWAA honor

Adam Scott beats out Tiger Woods for GWAA honor

Adam Scott's four worldwide victories seems to have carried more weight with the Golf Writers Association of America than Tiger Woods' five victories, as the Aussie was named Male Player of the Year for 2013 on Thursday.

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Ping Karsten TR putters

Ping Karsten TR putters feature multi-depth grooved face

The key to the performance of the Ping Karsten TR putters ("TR" stands for True Roll) is the grooved face. Ping's studies found that deeper grooves slow putts more than shallow grooves.

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Ping i25 driver

Ping i25 driver offers low spin, adjustability, forgiveness

Ping makes its low-spinning i25 driver more adjustable, more forgiving and more sporty.

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Ping i25 hybrids

Ping i25 hybrids carry more traditional look

Higher launch angles and less spin are the combined target in Ping's new i25 hybrid.

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Ping i25 fairway woods

Ping i25 fairway woods seek height, forgiveness

Ping's new i25 fairway woods are designed to be forgiving, launch the ball higher and reduce spin more effectively.

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Grooves rule takes effect for amateurs

Grooves rule takes effect for USGA amateur titles

As of Wednesday, all clubs used by competitors in USGA amateur championships and qualifying events must employ grooves that conform to the association's 2010 rule change.