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Nike Golf prepping to celebrate Tiger milestones

Nike Golf's Cindy Davis revealed to Golfweek on Wednesday that they company is preparing multiple celebrations as its biggest client, Tiger Woods, approaches numerous records -- including win No. 83 on the PGA Tour.

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In this issue: Jan. 10, 2014

Inside the Jan. 10, 2014 issue of Golfweek.

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From the Shark to a tank, Rude's thoughts on Show

From Greg Norman to Graeme McDowell to Callaway's tank on the floor, Jeff Rude's random thoughts after roaming the floor of the PGA Merchandise Show.

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Adams XTD Cross Cavity iron

The Adams Golf XTD Cross Cavity is a multi-material iron. In the middle of the back cavity is a flexible damper that helps shorten the duration of sound waves. This means less vibration.

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Woods, Mickelson diverge at Torrey Pines South

One man’s playground is another’s thorn bush when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson come to Torrey Pines’ South Course.

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Golf Pride Tour Velvet Super Tack

A new member of the Tour Velvet family was released at the PGA Merchandise Show. Called Tour Velvet Super Tack, the grip will be available March 1 in retail outlets.

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PGA Show 2014: Live Blog, Day 1

Our crew of senior writers, photographers and multimedia experts will take to the floor at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. to bring you the latest news and gossip from the floor at the PGA Show.

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McDowell plans return to Pebble Beach for debut

Graeme McDowell is set to make his 2014 PGA Tour debut at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – the first time he will have competed at Pebble Beach since 2010.

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PHOTOS: PGA Merchandise Show 2014 (Day 1)

Take a look at our extensive photo gallery from Wednesday at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.

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PGA Show Q&A: Blair O'Neal, Symetra Tour

Blair O'Neal was one of the bigger names on the showroom floor on Wednesday at the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla., and she took a few minutes to talk about life as a model and her passion for competitive golf.

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Mickelson upbeat about prospects in '14

If you’re a Phil Mickelson fan and approach 2014 with anxiety, thinking the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 represents his best (and perhaps last) chance to secure the career Grand Slam, breathe easy. Lefty’s got you covered with an abundance of confidence.

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Titleist Scotty Cameron Select putters

Titleist’s putter guru gives the Scotty Cameron Select line a new finish and some subtle refinements.

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New Latin America Amateur offers Masters reward

On Wednesday, the Masters, U.S. Golf Association and R&A announced the creation of the Latin America Amateur Championship. The inaugural event will be held next year in Buenos Aires. The winner gets an exemption into the Masters.

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Under Armour unveils UA Fire Hunter Mahan frames

Under Armour introduced the UA Fire Hunter Mahan sunglass frames for golfers on Wednesday at the PGA Show.

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Nike unveils McIlroy-inspired polo

A year after joining Nike, Rory McIlroy had a big hand in the new Lightweight Innovation Color Polo on the PGA Show floor in Orlando, Fla.

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Titleist Scotty Cameron GoLo putters

The original mid-size mallet is joined by three new models to create a complete Scotty Cameron GoLo line of putters from Titleist.

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King: Bigger cup, larger ball can grow golf

Mark King, chief executive of TaylorMade Golf, says about a dozen golf courses are poised to target growing the game by adding 15-inch cups – more than triple the diameter of the 4.25-inch cups players are used to.

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Expert picks: Farmers Insurance Open

So this won't come as a surprise, but Tiger Woods is an overwhelming favorite this week at the Farmers Insurance Open. But another guy to watch out for? Nick Watney seems to have garnered the attention of our experts this week.

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Titleist DT SoLo golf ball

A new dimple pattern makes the tried and true Titleist DT SoLo golf ball more playable in the wind.

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Titleist NXT Tour, NXT Tour S golf balls

Titleist debuted new versions of its NXT Tour and NXT Tour S balls Wednesday at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show, with a focus on softening feel without sacrificing distance.

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Titleist Velocity golf ball

Updates to the core and cover make the Titleist Velocity golf ball lower flying and longer off the tee.

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Notes: Howell's growth; Walker's Ryder Cup lead

Maybe the victories (two) haven’t been as plentiful as envisioned, but Charles Howell III has a steady PGA Tour career; Jimmy Walker leads U.S. Ryder Cup points; plus more in PGA Tour news this week.

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Leonard still relates to days of persimmon

Justin Leonard long ago accepted the fact that persimmon was then and metal is now -- but still remembers the days when he and Davis Love III excelled with true woods in their hands.

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For mini-tour phenom Varner, L.A.'s easy choice

Harold Varner III is eager to take full advantage of the 2014 Northern Trust Exemption, as the Web.com Tour standout tries to continue blazing an impressive trail for himself.

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Men's Spring Preview: Patriot League

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Patriot League.

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Women's Spring Preview: Patriot League

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the Patriot League.

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Toy Box Extra E-magazine: Jan. 22, 2014

Check out our PGA Show-themed e-magazine, focusing on Demo Day, new product from Nike, Titleist, Puma and Antigua, as well as a Q&A with PGA Tour veteran Stewart Cink.

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Check out our new Equipment Hub, rebuilt just for you!

A new year and a new look for the Golfweek.com Equipment Hub, complete with our new "Gearcaddie" research tool, as well as the latest videos, blogs, photo galleries and access to our weekly e-magazine dedicated to the golf equipment industry!

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Ko, two-time winner, enters pros with humor

Lydia Ko plans to retire at age 30. That’s right; the 16-year-old kid who played in her first tournament as a professional last November already has an exit strategy. “I’ve played golf for 11 years,” she said. “Twenty-five years, I think, is enough.”

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Davies pines for more LPGA starts

The folks over at LPGA headquarters had better get used to seeing one of those long London numbers lighting up the office switchboard. That would be Laura Davies, ringing to see if she’s in the field.

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Ken Duke proves big hit in China

Playing in China to start his 2013-14 wraparound season was a different experience for Ken Duke. The country guy from Arkansas got into his first World Golf Championship event in Shanghai.

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Could 2014 be the last run for Duval?

This could be a make-or-break season for former World No. 1 David Duval, who last month took to Twitter to roll out his game plan for 2014. Duval, 42, made only eight starts last season, failed to break 70 and made but one cut, earning $6,210 at Reno- Tahoe.

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Ko joins wave of young talent on, around LPGA

Lydia Ko leads wave of young global talent in the women's game. Here's a quick glance at her peers, including Lexi Thompson, Charley Hull and more.

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Golf Channel, NBC hit stride early

Graphically, this was some of the strongest work I’ve seen from Golf Channel/NBC, even better than some of its recent work at majors. An excellent illustration showed the Plantation Course’s 440 feet of elevation change from the high point, the 17th tee, to the low point, the second green. I love the Pinpoint animation showing driving and approach distances, but as usual, it was wildly underutilized.

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Woods says ‘I’m not done yet’

Woods said he senses that his career will be assessed differently if he doesn’t at least match Nicklaus’ record. It’s hard to say Woods didn’t play a part in nurturing this mentality. After all, it was a paper listing the accomplishments of Nicklaus, not Snead, that was taped to his bedroom wall in California while growing up.

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Kuchar family travels together for PGA Tour

Touring, 35-year-old Matt Kuchar does not go alone, his travel team is completed by wife Sybi and sons Cameron, 6, and Carson, 4. Together they have seen much of the world and scripted a four-year run of PGA Tour consistency that is a marvel.

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Watson inspires American players as a leader

Davis Love III reflects on his first Ryder Cup, in 1993, and says his captain, eight-time major champion Tom Watson, was “intimidating to me.” Inspiration was another feeling. Love vividly recalls being with U.S. team members in the airport lounge, before they flew to England on the Concorde, when the captain said, “Guys, we’re getting ready to go on a big adventure.”

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Hyler secured Pinehurst's place in U.S. Open

Raleigh’s Jim Hyler, who would become the USGA’s president in 2010, was among a visionary, influential group that delivered the first Open to tiny Pinehurst.

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Ladies first at Pinehurst's tournament

There’s no shortage of opinions from LPGA players on the concept of back-to-back U. S. Opens in 2014. Golfweek asked several marquee players for their take on following the men at Pinehurst No. 2 in June, and the message was clear: Ladies first!

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Pinehurst hosts back-to-back championships

One course, two national championships on back-to-back weeks. It’s unprecedented at the professional level. The folks at Pinehurst Resort hope it doesn’t rain when the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens visit in June. At the U.S. Golf Association, the goal will be to crown two national champions playing the same course and hitting similar clubs into the same greens.

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Pinehurst evolves into ideal American destination

Golf resorts can build great courses and lovely clubhouses. They can host important tournaments, even major championships. But developing a history and culture of golf comes only with time. The people at Pinehurst like to think of their quaint Sandhills haven as America’s home of golf.

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Making waves on Maui

After years of discussions, the PGA Tour is considering expansion of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions beyond its traditional winners-only format.

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Tour notes recap: Varner, Leonard, Howell, more

Harold Varner III's exemption, Zach Johnson's strong run, Justin Leonard's persimmon days and Charles Howell III's growth top this week's PGA Tour news and notes from senior writer Jim McCabe.

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