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Euro Tour honors Westwood for lifetime contributions

Lee Westwood has joined an elite group of golfers. The European Tour awarded Westwood an honorary lifetime membership this week. The 37-year-old Englishman gained world No. 1 status Oct. 31, when he replaced Tiger Woods atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Callaway to open pilot store in India

Callaway Golf India, a subsidiary of the global equipment maker, will open its first store in Delhi in the second quarter of this year.

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PGA will take its show on the road – to China

Greg Norman and Hank Haney are witnessing China's golf boom first-hand. But will China's golf industry learn from mistakes made by the West? The mammoth PGA Merchandise Show will expand to Beijing and Guangzhou later this year.

EurAsia alliance targets new sponsorship money

Established in 2009, EurAsia Golf is designed to invigorate the game internationally by fortifying existing co-sanctioned tournaments and generating new events. Recently, EurAsia appointed Charlie Tingey as senior director.

Want to play like a pro? Here’s a start

The European Tour wants to get your handicap down. Yes, you. Recently, the tour has co-launched the initiative “Tour Fit for Golf” to help recreational golfers optimize health and improve performance on the course.

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Westwood adds to his Asian excursion

For being an Englishman, Lee Westwood sure gets around Asia a lot. Winner of 33 titles worldwide, the No. 1 golfer is looking to add to his success in Asia, having already won in Japan, Macau and Malaysia – and pad his wallet at the same time.

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McDowell inks equipment deal with Cleveland/Srixon

Graeme McDowell, arguably, golf’s biggest free agent for 2011, made it official: He has parted ways with Callaway and signed an endorsement deal with Cleveland Golf/Srixon.

Q&A: TLA commissioner Lavie’s outlook for 2011

Big things are in store for the Tour de Las Americas. At least, that’s the forecast, beginning in 2011, according to Henrique Lavie. The former golf pro turned commissioner has guided the TLA since 1998 and serves simultaneously as chairman of the PGA of the Americas, the parent entity of the TLA.

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Scott covets repeat title at Australian Open

Adam Scott doesn’t want to let it go. The defending Australian Open champion made it clear he isn’t ready to relinquish his title, one he had coveted since childhood. This week, he’d love nothing more than to extend his reign as the holder of the Stonehaven Cup at the Lakes Golf Club.

TLA teams with Canadian Tour to net world-ranking points

The Tour de las Americas Tour gets a preview of its growing stature with the Official World Golf Ranking next month with its inaugural Latin American Tour Championship – thanks to the help of the Canadian Tour.

Korean stars come home for Hana Bank

These days in women’s golf it’s no secret that the South Koreans are flourishing.

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Norman-Ochoa bidding for Olympic design project

Greg Norman and Lorena Ochoa announced a design partnership with hopes of building the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Callaway bets on India’s growing middle class

Mainstream golf is still in its infancy in India. But recent moves by Callaway Golf Co. show that the global equipment maker plans to be there for the long haul.

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Vietnam’s central coast enters tourism fray

A private tourism consortium in Vietnam has been launched to compete with southeast Asia’s top golf-and-beach destinations. Matt Nelson reports.

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Golf beckons on Vietnam’s central coast

Golf certainly isn’t new to Vietnam. But when Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo focus on a region in central Vietnam, the golf world takes note. Matt Nelson reports.

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Golf beckons on Vietnam’s central coast

Golf certainly isn’t new to Vietnam. But when Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo focus on a region in central Vietnam, the golf world takes note. Matt Nelson reports.

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Q&A: New IGF chief preps golf for 2016 Olympics

Antony Scanlon is the new executive director of the International Golf Federation, the sport’s governing body for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Scanlon recently spoke with Golf360 about his new role and golf’s place in the Summer Games.

Victory again eludes Aussie Sim at Wyndham

It’s been one of those oh-so-close years for Australian Michael Sim, who still is seeking his first U.S. PGA Tour win after another near miss Sunday at the Wyndham Championship.

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Elkington's last stand?

There was an Aussie atop the leaderboard at the U.S. PGA Championship with a realistic chance of winning the year’s last major. But, it wasn’t the youngster Jason Day, who shot 66 Saturday at Whistling Straits to start the final round tied for fourth.

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Els’ 3rd-round putter magic vanishes

Ernie Els looked like he was on to something with a 6-under 64 in Saturday’s third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

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Appleby is back to work after 59

Last week at the Greenbrier Classic, Stuart Appleby shot the magic number for his first victory in four years on the PGA Tour. He made a left-to-right-breaking 10-foot putt on the 18th hole, punctuating a victory that began with a 7-stroke deficit at the start of the final round.

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Unlikely journey lets Havret shine at Pebble

Gregory Havret likely isn’t a household name just about anywhere. But that’s bound to change with his performance Sunday at Pebble Beach.

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Allenby, an Aussie exception at the U.S. Open

Former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy suffered a nightmarish 79 in the opening round at Pebble Beach. He rallied with an even-par 71 on Friday, but still missed the cut. It was an all too familiar fate for the Australians in the U.S. Open field.

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World Cup fever breaks out at U.S. Open

It doesn’t matter what continent you are on, everybody’s talking about the FIFA World Cup – even U.S. Open competitors at Pebble Beach.

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