Stories for October 2004

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Monday, October 18

2004: College - ’Cats drive home new NCAA parity

California is at No. 1, a team whose senior co-captain, Scott Carlyle, and whose coach, 25-year veteran Steve Desimone, have done everything short of running bake sales just to keep the Bears afloat.

2004: College - Moore storms to individual championship

Having just slept on a two-shot lead heading into the final round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship, Ryan Moore awoke early, drew back the drapes, and saw it was cold, gray and rainy.

2004: College - Sleeping Bears awake with title

At best, the University of California was considered a “sleeper” to win this year’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championship when the week began. It was understandable.

2004: LPGA - Webb regains winning form at perfect time

Entering the most crucial stretch of the LPGA season, Karrie Webb suddenly has become a major force.

2004: PGA Tour - Els hunting Tiger after Memorial win

Now, with the second major of the year fast approaching, Tiger Woods may have to withstand a full-scale Ernie Els onslaught.

2004: Newsmakers - IMG seeks investors

IMG, the global sports and entertainment management company, is seeking financing partners to fuel expansion and provide its owners with liquidity.

Tuesday, October 12

2004: Perspective - For club pros, it’s truly Valhalla

The kings are dead. Long live the kings.

2004: Our Opinion - Amateurs take center stage

Thanks to the presence of Michelle Wie on the American side, the 33rd edition of the Curtis Cup likely will command far more media attention than any of its predecessors.

2004: Club Life - When tagging along, it’s best to avoid the host from hell

Of all people in golf, none are quite so revered in some circles as the fellow who belongs to the very best clubs in the land and is only too happy to share his great fortune - and his superlative courses - with his friends.

2004: Resort Report - Bluegrass state of mind

Kentucky’s collection of resort parks features picturesque stay-and-play.

2004: Feature - Leatherstocking a Hall of Fame visit

Your tee time isn’t for another hour, but it’s hard not to be thinking about the round, because sections of the gorgeous Leatherstocking Golf Course are spread out before you.

2004: Features Placid Splendor

Winter Olympics brought fame, but Adirondacks and Lake Placid also offer scenic, short-summer golf.

2004: Business - Huffy’s financial woes leave golf division in limbo

Huffy Corp. is on the auction block, though it’s not clear what impact that will have on the company’s Tommy Armour Golf division.

2004: Business - Fairway & Greene acquired by Canadian firm

Fairway & Greene has been sold in a private transaction to Northbridge Equity Partners of Montreal, officials of the apparel company announced May 26.

2004: Business - Driven by Daly, Dunlop expands brand

When Dunlop Golf signed John Daly as its star endorser, the equipment manufacturer touted him as golf’s man of the people. Now, Dunlop is aiming to become the brand of the people.

2004: Curtis Cup - Formby’s formidable challenge: Trees and breeze

The 33rd Curtis Cup Matches will be contested on a refined if underappreciated venue for amateur championships.

2004: Curtis Cup - Age aside, U.S. squad full of experience

The average age of the eight rookies that compose the U.S. team is 18.5, compared with GB&I’s average age of 24.5.

2004: College - Janangelo, Freitag honored

Duke sophomore Liz Janangelo won three of her first four events and continued the momentum throughout the season.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Finally, a winner at Wakefield

The Nationwide Tour’s SAS Carolina Classic May 30 appeared as though it might never end.

2004: Champions Tour - Drummond makes a name for himself

Scotland’s Scott Drummond added his name to Ignacio Garrido (2003), Anders Hansen (2002) and Andrew Oldcorn (2001) as a quartet of the most unlikely players to win the Tour’s flagship event.

2004: Champions Tour - Irwin survives Senior storm

Although there were no official titles for the steady march of weather systems that disrupted the 65th Senior PGA Championship, there were plenty of unofficial monikers.

2004: The Masters - Wittenberg wows ’em

As Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els were trading blows on the back nine Sunday at Augusta National Golf Club, a 19-year-old amateur was quietly making a statement of his own.

2004: The Masters - Goodbye to a right-hand man

The 68th Masters opened with a salute not to a Q-rated protagonist but to a trusty sidekick.

2004: The Masters - A Tiger’s tale: A non-factor, again

Waiting at Augusta National’s 15th tee Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself in a disconcertingly unusual situation.

2004: Mickelson has maturity to thank

Tens of thousands of Masters spectators, were swept away by Phil Fever.

2004: The Masters - Contenders briefly steal Masters spotlight

Some moved up, some moved down. At the 68th Masters, K.J. Choi, Sergio Garcia and Chris DiMarco were among those who did a little of both.

2004: The Masters - Els delivers, but can’t solve Augusta’s spell

In the end, standing on the majestic practice green at Augusta National preparing for a playoff that never would happen, there was nothing more for Ernie Els to do.

2004: The Masters - Forever King at Augusta

There were too many “Arnie moments” to count during the King’s final Masters.

2004: The Masters - Major Phil? You better believe it

He may have looked a little like a startled Dean Jones in one of those old, fluffy, G-rated Disney flicks, but as the 2004 Masters movie unfolded, admit it – Lefty looked pretty good in green.

2004: Masters course remains true

The first men’s major of the season delivered a moving tribute to Arnold Palmer, who played in his 50th consecutive – and final – Masters.

2004: The Masters - Newfound patience spurs Mickelson

So when, exactly, did Phil Mickelson have this great epiphany to become a calculating, left-handed Jack Nicklaus, plotting his way around a major championship as if seated at an Ivy League chess table?

2004: The Masters - Ful-Phil-ment

At long last, Mickelson’s major quest culminates in thrilling triumph, not frustrating failure.

2004: Newsmakers - Mediate’s putter spurs 11th-hour adjustment

Rocco Mediate’s putter, made by Bob Bettinardi and named Roc & Roll, was declared nonconforming by the U.S. Golf Association the day before the start of the Masters.

2004: Workouts that stretch the limits

Washington coach Mary Lou Mulflur has her seven-member squad right where she wants them, gaining a competitive edge.

2004: New golf leadership for IMG

Mark Steinberg and Guy Kinnings have been promoted to senior vice presidents in charge of the company’s golf division.

2004: Newsmakers - Callaway to make Nike practice balls

The Callaway-Nike deal, struck between the two competitors last month, is noteworthy for its potential evolution.

2004: Winn seeks firmer grip on OEM market

Winn Inc. wants a bigger slice of the business that really matters: contracts to supply original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs.

2004: Newsmakers - Popular caddie loses fight with ALS

Bruce Edwards, the popular caddie for Tom Watson for all but three of the past 30 years, died April 8 after a 15-month battle against Lou Gehrig’s disease.

2004: Perspective - Now, that’s entertainment!

Now that everybody’s heartbeat has returned to normal after the thrill-me, Phil-me Masters, it’s clear that a new trend is emerging in major championship golf. It’s called entertainment.

2004: Our Opinion - Nationwide priorities askew

The Nationwide Tour has 25 categories of eligibility. No. 13 in the pecking order is “PGA Tour member not exempt for current tour event.”

2004: Architecture - The psychology of target golf

There’s a close, if unexplored, relationship between golf course architecture and psychology.

2004: America's Best - Mauna Lani: Lava-filled eye-openers

The west coast of Hawaii’s Big Island is an unlikely place for golf. Credit also must go to some ingenious golf course architects.

2004: Business - Construction slump forces architects to scramble

As the country’s course designers prepare for their 58th annual meeting, a major topic of discussion is going to be work – as in who has it and who doesn’t.

2004: Then and now, Trans-Miss a joy

When I attended the 100th playing of the Trans-Mississippi Amateur at Flint Hills National Golf Club, I was reminded once again of golf’s glorious amateur past.

2004: College - Bulldogs nip Gators for SEC title

Georgia’s men picked a good time for their first victory since last season.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Chopra earns first title at First Tee

After shooting a 3-over-par 75 in the opening round of the First Tee Arkansas Classic, Daniel Chopra salvaged his game and won.

2004: A formula for fairness

The brass ring that aspiring pros chase has become infinitely more valuable.

2004: LPGA - Experienced Kerr matches up

When it comes to match play, you might say Cristie Kerr has just a touch more experience in pressure situations than Seol-An Jeon.

2004: Friends by Design

Seay’s relationship with Palmer endures for decades.

2004: PGA Tour - Rose not wilting after Masters

Believe it or not, Justin Rose's career didn’t end after that horrid third round at Augusta National.

2004: Newsmakers - Cink’s payoff worth the wait

Stewart Cink didn’t know what to do with himself at Harbour Town, and had only his stellar play to blame.

2004: Newsmakers - GB&I puts crosshairs on Wie

Ada O’Sullivan is planning to use the specter of playing against Michelle Wie to motivate her eight-member squad to victory over the United States.

2004: PGA campaign beckons fans to play the game

Play Golf America launched its national advertising campaign during broadcasts of the PGA Tour and Champions Tour events last week.

2004: Metalwood rebound powers Callaway results

Callaway Golf Co. reported a sharp increase in metalwood sales during the first quarter as the company took additional steps to integrate the Top-Flite Golf Co.

2004: Broad-based gains drive Acushnet’s sales

The Acushnet Co. extended its streak of consecutive, double-digit sales gains to four quarters.

2004: Back in black, C&B survives ‘perfect storm’

Cutter & Buck was buffeted by what a rival describes as a “perfect storm” of problems.

2004: Baylor School breeds champions

In Chattanooga, Tenn., a love affair lingers between amateur golf and a local school.

2004: Pacific Coast Amateur: ‘Best of the West’

Until recently the gulf between the USGA and the West Coast’s top amateurs had been as imposing as the Great Divide.

2004: Former pros find joy as amateurs

In 2003, the USGA granted reinstatement to 605 players.

2004: Status Symbol

Pruitt’s success fuels debate about reinstatement guidelines.

2004: This time, Langham makes it last

Franklin Langham shot 66 April 25 to secure a two-shot victory, his first in more than a decade.

2004: Irwin holds on for 1st of ’04

Hale Irwin captured the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf April 25 at The Club at Savannah Harbor.

2004: Keep the putter in the bag: Cevaer holes out – twice

Twice in two months on the PGA European Tour, holes-in-one and eagle-2s have played a huge role in determining the winner of a tournament.

2004: A quick study makes his mark

Kyoung-Ju Choi ranked 22nd on the PGA Tour money list and already had three top-5 finishes this year.

2004: Singh’s swing shines at soggy Shell

Vijay Singh, 41, finished the four rounds at 11-under 277, posting his second victory in Houston.

2004: Duke, UCLA, Vandy head regions

Duke, UCLA and Vanderbilt are the top- seeded teams in the NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals.

2004: Nicklaus, Player set for Presidents rematch

Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were scheduled to be named by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem April 27.

2004: Sifford’s struggles pay off in Hall

Charlie Sifford on April 22 became the first African-American elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Monday, October 11

2004: LPGA - Corning coronation for Sorenstam

Annika Sorenstam hadn’t played the LPGA Corning Classic since 1995, but this year, she made up for it.

2004: PGA Tour - Toms returns to form in Memphis repeat

David Toms’ final-round effort at the FedEx St. Jude Classic May 30 wasn’t vintage Toms, but at least it was a start.

2004: PGA Tour - The great divide

These days, Butch Harmon rarely talks with his former prized student, Tiger Woods. But if Woods did call seeking help for his inconsistent swing, Harmon would be ready with some simple advice.

2004: Newsmakers - Arizona player loses parents, girlfriend in crash

When University of Arizona junior Nathan Lashley finished his final round May 22 at the NCAA West Regional in Sunriver, Ore., he did so in style.

2004: Newsmakers - Golfweek formulates British rankings

Welshman Craig Smith has the distinction of sitting atop the inaugural Golfweek British Amateur Ranking.

2004: Perspective - One leg, plenty of grit

Sometimes golf isn’t about score. Sometimes it’s about inspiration. We’re reminded of that every time Stephen Fangio hops up and hits a shot.

2004: Our Opinion - Needed: Golf missionaries

If any conclusion can be drawn from Golfweek’s three-part series on the “Asian Influence," it’s that the region holds tremendous sway over the global game.

2004: Features - A route to enjoyment: Take a walk

Among the many lost arts of modern golf is the sheer enjoyment of walking.

2004: America's Best - Shinnecock endures

Some courses seem to hold up forever, even at levels as lofty as major national championship sites. Shinnecock Hills is one of them.

2004: Special Report - Driven to compete

Chinese teen hones game in America.

2004: Special Report - Major challenge

With staff of only seven, China Golf Association responsible for all aspects of growing the game.

2004: Special Report - Emerging Giant

A huge golf explosion is expected in China . . . the question is when.

2004: College - Cowboys corral title entering regionals

The Cowboys won the Maxwell May 16 for the sixth time, including three consecutive titles. OSU also won three consecutive Maxwells from 1996 to ’98.

2004: College - This time, South Carolina-Aiken sets pace

The University of South Carolina-Aiken emerged from a bunched field and rainy conditions May 15 to earn its first national championship.

2004: College - Even without its coach, Rollins rolls

With an understated confidence, Rollins College carved out a piece of NCAA Division II Women’s Championship history May 15.

2004: LPGA - Ochoa ascends to first title

For a pair of siblings from Guadalajara, it was a day to fulfill a lifetime of dreams.

2004: PGA Tour - Complete makeover: Garcia a winner again

Sergio Garcia had a career-high nine top 10s in 2002, and then he decided to overhaul his swing under the tutelage of his golf professional father, Victor.

2004: Newsmakers - Woods-Haney ‘work’ heats up in Texas

Tiger Woods has spent a lot of time with Hank Haney the last couple of months while working on swing changes, but he labels the Texas-based instructor as his “friend,” not his new teacher.

2004: Newsmakers - Christie tragedy a tale of despair

It was a shocking end to a life and a career that began with an enormous amount of promise.

Tuesday, October 5

2004: Perspective - Annika: Popularity times two

Annikapalooza, a year after Colonial, still has legs. Lots of legs, all shapes and sizes. Slim, sturdy, short, long, young, old, hairy, shaved, even tree-trunked

2004: Our Opinion - A rule is a rule is a rule . . .

All right, PGA European Tour: When is a rule not a rule?

2004: Business - Dave Pelz

There was a time when Dave Pelz believed he simply was too busy to teach amateur golfers the nuances of the short game – or, in Pelzspeak, the scoring game.

2004: Business - Jim McLean

Since 1979, when he turned half of the caddie shack at Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., into a video room, McLean has been using cameras to help teach the golf swing.

2004: Business - Rick Smith

Visitors to ricksmith.com immediately are informed that the Web site’s namesake possesses “uncommon insight into the game of golf.”

2004: Business - Butch Harmon

Claude (Butch) Harmon Jr. gained fame and fortune through rebuilding the swings of Greg Norman and Tiger Woods. He teaches neither superstar now but is busier and richer than ever.

2004: Competition - Wilson’s precision a British Am weapon

The British Amateur Championship in recent years has not proved much of a breeding ground for future major champions. This year’s winner, Stuart Wilson, might continue that trend.

2004: U.S. Open - Key foursome

Nobody wins a U.S. Open unless they withstand a wave of challenges.

2004: U.S. Open - Olympia Fields North more than held its own

Last year, only four players played under par – a result the U.S. Golf Association would be happy to see at Shinnecock.

2004: U.S. Open - Mending Furyk ‘staying patient’

U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk, who underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left wrist, said he’ll likely make his return to the PGA Tour at the Western Open.

2004: U.S. Open - Feeding frenzy devours Tiger

Tiger Woods’ alleged “slump” might be less a function of his on-course performance than the product of the golf media needing something – anything – to report on.

2004: U.S. Open - Open Door

Phil Mickelson went 0-for-46 in majors, but his Masters victory may just lead to an open door.

2004: Perspective - Best of the best still not enough

Some might use four-letter words to describe Annika Sorenstam's buzzard's luck, but she just calls it golf.

2004: Our Opinion - A stellar Women’s Open

In the spirit of giving credit when credit is due, let’s hear it for the USGA and the outstanding job it did presenting the 59th U.S. Women’s Open.

2004: Features - The craft of shafts

All golfers want to know more about shafts. To provide insight into shaft selection and performance, Golfweek talked with several knowledgeable individuals in the golf industry.

2004: Features - Don’t quit until you make it fit

The shaft is the greatest mystery in modern golf equipment. To most golfers, understanding the shaft is about as easy as deciphering rocket science.

2004: Business - Sportsman’s Guide buys TGW

The Golf Warehouse, the largest dedicated e-commerce golf operation, was bought June 29 by The Sportsman’s Guide Inc., a catalog and Internet retailer based in South St. Paul, Minn.

2004: Business - Mississippi, resort company roll dice with domed course and casino project

Picture a course enclosed within a mile-long, 40-story dome. Unbelievable, you say? Think again.

2004: Business - Model glut muddles the ball game

Golf manufacturers and retailers, who often disagree, concur on two points about golf balls: The quality of balls industry-wide has never been better. But there are just too many of them.

2004: Amateurs - Levin stays hot with 10-shot victory

Spencer Levin is on a roll, one that he hopes will continue through the U.S. Amateur Championship.

2004: Perspective - Point/Counterpoint

Rex Hoggard and James Achenbach discuss Michelle Wie.

2004: Our Opinion - Going global has its glitches

The winner won’t hoist the Claret Jug at the 133rd British Open Championship until July 18, but the competition has been going on since Jan. 8.

2004: Bates survives 8-hole playoff

Ben Bates and Paul Gow played 26 holes July 4 at the Reese’s Cup Classic.

2004: ‘Tired’ Goosen still soaring

Retief Goosen coasted to a five-stroke victory July 4 at the Smurfit European Open.

2004: Club Life - Ties, tightwads and other golf peeves

It’s still early in the golf season in my part of the world, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t already experienced a summer’s worth of aggravations on the links.

2004: Destination - King of Irish Castles

You, too, can live – and play golf – like royalty on the Emerald Isle.

2004: Ames, 40, aims true for overdue victory

Stephen Ames is the first 40-plus player to break through for his first Tour title since Brad Bryant in 1995.

2004: LPGA can capitalize on this Open

Anyone who still thinks female golfers are less exciting than their male counterparts must have missed the action at this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at The Orchards.

2004: Business - Nike makes gains in ’04

Nike Golf reported that fiscal 2004 revenues for its club and apparel businesses increased, reflecting the company’s steady advance into the golf market during the past year.

2004: The flat stick does the trick

At last month’s McDonald’s LPGA Championship, out went Meg Mallon's faithful old Ping B-60, and in went an Odyssey Rossie II mallet.

2004: Business - Supply can’t meet demand for Goosen’s putter

Want to buy the same putter model used by Retief Goosen to win the 2004 U.S. Open? Get in line, and be prepared to wait.

2004: Business - Dick’s set to expand into key golf markets

Dick’s Sporting Goods, a major national retailer, is on the verge of growing its storefronts by nearly 30 percent and introducing its popular in-store golf pro shop.

2004: Reliving old glory

Sterling Sunday earns Mallon a 2nd national title – 13 years after her first.

2004: To survive, thrive, LGU must appeal to youth

The Ladies' Golf Union represents the interests of 220,000 women at 2,750 clubs.

2004: History, good and bad, imbues R&A home

Think of St. Andrews and one image stands out: the clubhouse of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, the most imposing, majestic building in golf.

2004: British Open - Monty survives playoff, returns to Troon

Colin Montgomerie barely advanced in the International Final Qualifying for the British Open.

2004: British Open - WDs tarnish Congressional qualifier

Only 61 players in an anticipated field of 120 finished the British Open’s 36-hole International Final Qualifying. It was the first such qualifier held in the United States.

2004: Amateur - Levin continues ‘awesome’ stretch

So how did Spencer Levin follow his low-amateur performance at the U.S. Open? By winning his first California State Amateur championship.

2004: Amateurs - Swede Stahle extends streak

Louise Stahle appears ready to make an impact at Arizona State this fall after becoming the first Swedish player to win the Ladies’ British Amateur Championship.

2004: Amateurs - Unintimidated Tseng topples Wie

Underdogs of Ya-Ni Tseng’s ilk feed on misplaced public perception.

2004: PGA European Tour - Viva la Remesy!

French golf fans have been waiting for 35 years to cheer a hometown hero at the French Open, and Jean-Francois Remesy ended the wait in style.

2004: Champions Tour - Stadlers turn winning into a family affair

Two states and miles apart, Craig and Kevin Stadler finished in the same spot June 27 – the winner’s circle.

2004: LPGA - After 12 years, Saiki tastes victory

Kim Saiki waited so long for her first LPGA victory, she wasn’t going to let it slip away.

2004: R&A’s Dawson gets down to business

Peter Dawson was unknown to golf administrators outside the inner circle of the R&A when he took over as secretary.

2004: PGA Tour - Scott listens to caddie, cruises to win

In PGA Tour vernacular, players often speak of “we” in post-round discussions, unconsciously including their caddies. Some observers find this a little odd.

2004: Newsmakers - Wittenberg starts ‘learning curve’

Casey Wittenberg signed with IMG to manage his professional career and had six sponsor exemptions lined up for 2004.

2004: Unrelenting grimness defines Troon

Royal Troon Golf Club is one of those British links courses that you play more out of duty than out of joy.

2004: Coming full circle

From underdog winner to championship defender, confidence builds for Curtis.

2004: Perspective - Chip Beck’s insurance policy

He is an atypical insurance salesman. Most haven’t played on three Ryder Cup teams, won a Vardon Trophy, shot 59 on the PGA Tour and won four Tour titles. Most insurance salesmen aren’t Chip Beck.

Commentary: 2004: Our Opinion - Golf in schools earns an A+

When the golf industry’s brain trust focused its efforts to develop the best way to welcome children to the game, it reached out to schools.

2004: Architecture - Enforcing a speed limit

The greens never putted so well until the day before they died.

2004: Blasberg leaves Arizona for pros

Erica Blasberg turned professional July 2 after the second round of the U.S. Women’s Open.

2004: America's Best - Hidden Creek all natural

Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have unlocked the key to fine golf course architecture.

2004: Business - Bold style drives cap maker Ahead

At the Massachusetts headquarters of Ahead, the chatter was about Retief Goosen's shirts and hat, not his U.S. Open victory.

2004: Qualifying WDs irk officials, players

Qualifying for the British Open will return to the United States in 2005, but not without some changes.

2004: Business - Teen Drama

If Michelle Wie thought life to this point has been a whirlwind, she may want to sit and rest a moment. The wildest ride likely is yet to come.

2004: Amateurs - Moore victorious at Sahalee

Ryan Moore hadn’t played competitively since capturing the individual title at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championship June 4. It didn’t matter.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Stadler continues hot play

A month ago, Kevin Stadler was looking for a place to play golf. Now, he is all but assured a trip to the PGA Tour next year.

2004: Champions Tour - Another major battle won

Mark James has fought bigger battles and beaten more formidable foes, but that only increased the satisfaction of becoming the first European player to win a Champions Tour major championship.

2004: PGA European Tour - Levet has day at Loch Lomond

French golf continued to reach new heights with Thomas Levet’s victory at the $4 million Barclays Scottish Open.

2004: Amateurs share stage at Open

Teen-age amateurs were all the rage at the U.S. Women’s Open.

2004: LPGA - Open and shut: Mallon cruises in Canada

Meg Mallon rode the considerable momentum from her U.S. Women’s Open victory to another national championship – this time, the BMO Financial Group Canadian Women’s Open.

2004: PGA Gamer - Hensby’s triumph double whammy for Morgan

John Morgan lost not once, but twice at the John Deere Classic. The second may have hurt the worst.

2004: Newsmakers - An about-face on Open qualifying

An Open letter to Royal & Ancient Golf Club secretary Peter Dawson

2004: Clash of the amateur titans

Ryan Moore and Spencer Levin have been nearly unbeatable this summer.

2004: Newsmakers - Under pressure

Ernie Els left Loch Lomond July 11 facing a possible showdown with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem over his number of PGA Tour appearances.

2004: Newsmakers - Watson among latest British WDs

Long before the first tee shot went in the air at Royal Troon, the championship buzz fixated on who wasn’t at the 133rd British Open.

2004: Golf needs Olympic boost

The last time golf was staged as an official sport in the Olympics was in 1904.

2004: Getting a grip on the yips

Got the yips? Join the crowd.

2004: MP-32 adds bulk to Mizuno’s forgings

Mizuno is shipping in September the MP-32, a sleek forging featuring a Cut Muscle design.

2004: Callaway retrenches after CEO shakeup

Callaway Golf’s board of directors replaced Ron Drapeau, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer.

2004: Putnam wins Pacific playoff

Putnam, a Pepperdine senior from University Place, Wash., won the 38th Pacific Coast Amateur Championship Aug. 6, beating Levin and Andrew Martin in a playoff.

2004: Attitude Adjustment

Spencer Levin takes stock of himself, and his new direction leads to one sizzling summer.

2004: After two near misses, Kite earns minor respite

Tom Kite shot 3-under-par 69 Aug. 8 for a one-shot victory over Craig Stadler at the 3M Championship.

2004: Back-to-back for Warren

Charles Warren shot a final-round 6-under 66 Aug. 8 to capture the Cox Classic at Champions Run.

2004: Lucky Lynn finds his first

David Lynn won on the PGA European Tour for the first time Aug. 8.

2004: Mallon remains on fire at Farr

Meg Mallon’s final stretch at the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic Aug. 8 resulted in her third victory in five events, 18th of her career, and was worth $165,000.

2004: Pampling prevails when late eagle lands

Holeouts, eagles and strings of birdies typically decide The International, but not this year.

2004: PGA from the couch

This year’s PGA Championship will give home viewers a welcome chance to see one of modern golf’s finest courses.

2004: New Winged Foot takes flight at U.S. Amateur

Winged Foot Golf Club will unveil numerous renovations next week when it plays host to the U.S. Amateur.

2004: McGimpsey cleared in drug probe

Garth McGimpsey has been cleared of wrongdoing after more than $100,000 worth of cocaine was seized from his home by customs officials.

Monday, October 4

2004: Perspective - A cupful of camaraderie

If you’re convinced golf is not a team event, think again.

2004: Our Opinion - Shredding paper ‘favorites’

How many times leading into the 35th Ryder Cup Matches did you hear that the U.S. squad had the “stronger team on paper, but we’ll have to see how that translates . . .”

2004: Perspective - First-time columnist has glazed-over look

When I was busy taking public speaking at Georgia Tech, I never thought I might be a broadcaster one day.

2004: Destination - Authentic Cajun

Audubon Trail spurs spicy look at Louisiana golf.

2004: Business - Callaway to miss sales target, seeks better game plan for ’05

Callaway Golf suspended its earnings guidance for the remainder of 2004, reporting that it no longer expects to reach its projected revenues for either the third quarter or the full year.

2004: Business - Ping shifts strategy in G2 launch

Ping's irons, putter and bags have influenced generations of designers; its drivers – well, not so much.

2004: College - Redbirds soaring with Richdale

Samantha Richdale, with a stroke average of 75.7 last season, has rewritten the Redbirds’ record books.

2004: U.S. Women's Mid-Amatuer - Weworski turns vacation into victory

Corey Weworski was only looking for a little golf and a little sightseeing. As it turned out, she played a lot of golf, had a bit of a vacation and earned a national championship.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Home cooking helps Quinney capture first

In front of family and friends at Shadow Hills Country Club, Eugene, Ore., native Jeff Quinney shot a course-record 63 to erase a five-stroke deficit and win his first Nationwide Tour title.

2004: LPGA - Han becoming old hand at playoffs

Hee-Won Han is becoming accustomed to playoff pressure. She should be, because she sure has been in enough of them the last couple of years.

2004: PGA Tour - Brother Bryant returns home to break through

Hey, there was an American who had reason to celebrate Sept. 19, after all.

2004: Ryder Cup - U.S. Sunday guns soon silenced

The United States, finally playing loose, as if there were nothing to lose, came out with guns blazing in the singles matches of the 35th Ryder Cup.

2004: Ryder Cup - Irish stage raucous improv

As Irish compatriots Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley closed out Tiger Woods and Davis Love in their foursomes match, one could have mistaken suburban Detroit for downtown Dublin.

2004: Ryder Cup - Casey, Howell Europe’s Saturday stars

Over and over, players from the European side used one word to describe the Saturday four-ball victory by Paul Casey and David Howell: “Massive.”

2004: Ryder Cup - Europe thrusts Americans into inescapable hole

Hal Sutton walked into the interview room late Sept. 17, sat down, and in his deep, Southern drawl said: “Well, we made history today.”

2004: Ryder Cup - U.S. ‘Dream Team’ doesn’t come through

Hal Sutton said he paired Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the first time in international team competition because history, fans and the two players themselves needed it.

2004: Ryder Cup - Selfish vs. selfless

Selfish is the opposite of selfless, which describes the European approach – the winning approach – to the Ryder Cup.

2004: Ryder Cup - Motor City takedown

Fair-haired and fancy-free, Euros frolick in Ryder Cup.

2004: Newsmakers - Whaley captures another top club pro title

Suzy Whaley, the Connecticut club pro who two years ago became the first woman golfer in 58 years to qualify for a spot in a PGA Tour event, has taken another step onto the national stage.

2004: Newsmakers - Miller provides most of drama

These one-sided matches were not, in NBC’s lingo, Must See TV. But Johnny Miller added some sparks when taking to task the somnambulant U.S. squad.

2004: Perspective - Breakups, wake-ups and shake-ups . . .

Spraying it off the tee...

2004: Our Opinion - A bigger, better Ryder Cup

It’s time for the PGA of America, the PGA Tour and the other members of the International Federation of PGA Tours to figure out some way to merge the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.

2004: Features - Winning the ball-mark battle

The University Ridge greens have more circular, brown-and-yellow ball-mark spots than any greens I have ever seen. They have an acute case of acne.

2004: Features - Making a mark (disappear) at Medinah

Golfers at Medinah Country Club, site of the 2006 PGA Championship and 2012 Ryder Cup, have been instructed to turn in their old ball-mark repair tools.

2004: Business - Srixon aspirations more than meet the eye

Srixon officials have begun a quest to gain second place in the market’s highest price tier as they attempt to make one of Japan’s top brands popular on U.S. soil.

2004: Business - Cup runneth over

Companies pour money into matches and schmooze clients to gain new business.

2004: PGA European Tour - Harrington roars into Ryder Cup

Padraig Harrington, on the weekend before the Ryder Cup matches, went to Bernhard Langer’s homeland and gave the European captain reason to smile.

2004: Champions Tour - Summerhays ends 6-year dry spell

It took six years, but Bruce Summerhays knew he would be back.

2004: Nationwide Tour - Driscoll lands 1st triumph

Two weeks ago James Driscoll made one of the toughest decisions of his young professional career when he declined a sponsor exemption into the PGA Tour’s Deutsche Bank Championship.

2004: LPGA - Bounced Bastel now must bounce back

Emily Bastel played 918 holes on the Futures Tour this season, but she never struck a single shot on the hole she’ll remember most.

2004: LPGA - Back to business for Sorenstam

Following her four-week hiatus, Annika Sorenstam wasted no time getting back to peak form.

2004: PGA Tour - Weir wilts, much to Canadians’ chagrin

In trying to win the Bell Canadian Open, native son Mike Weir carried the hopes of a nation on his slim shoulders.

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2004: As Ryder Cup draws nigh, Perry searches for old swing

Kenny Perry has struggled with his mechanics and his confidence – to the point that he withdrew from the Buick Championship in Hartford, Conn., Aug. 23.

2004: UCLA women to tackle Calif. men

The Bruins will compete against 29 men’s teams and 30 individuals Sept. 17-18 at the Gold Rush California Collegiate Golf Showcase.

2004: Woods still No. 1 . . . barely

Tiger Woods maintained his perch atop the Official World Golf Ranking.

2004: The Q-School quandary

Duke sophomore Brittany Lang and Oklahoma State junior Karin Sjodin have decided another year of college is in their best interest.

2004: Major golf still to be played

The last major championship of 2004 is history, with Craig Stadler entering golf annals as winner of the Champions Tour’s Jeld-Wen Tradition.

2004: Williams pays $132m for 21 Texas tracks

Bob Williams and sister companies National Golf Properties and American Golf Corp. are wheelin’ and dealin’ once again.

2004: Top-Flite revamps brands, strategy for ’05

Top-Flite takes a significant step toward revival of a long-troubled business.

2004: Pacers finally lead horse in Division II

Under the season’s most intense pressure, and at the year’s most challenging venues, USC-Aiken delivered.

2004: Mayorkas: Blue-collar Bruin

Charlotte Mayorkas’ dedication culminated last spring when she helped lead the Bruins to their second NCAA Division I Championship title.

2004: Crafty Potter molds Furman

In the 1987 NCAA Championship, coach Mic Potter's team was in position to put the finishing touches on an outstanding season.

2004: Back for Moore

‘Stealth’ no longer, UNLV star in spotlight.

2004: Parity’s Potent Punch

In new world order of men’s Division I golf, dynasties are thing of past.

2004: Wetterich finds winning touch

Brett Wetterich had a one-stroke victory Aug. 29 at the Envirocare Utah Classic.

2004: Ochoa finding a solid niche among elite

Last year’s Rookie of the Year has become one of this year’s hottest players.

2004: Walrus continues renaissance

Craig Stadler wins 2nd Champions major.

2004: Jimenez wins, but Ryder Cup the story

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez won the BMW International Open Aug. 29, and with it the top prize of 300,000 euros.

2004: Austin powers way to Buick breakthrough

Woody Austin says he feels deep down he’s never really shown the world his true talents as a player.

2004: Palmer charity event raises more than $5.1 million

The Turning Point Invitational had been publicized as the most successful charity golf tournament ever staged.

2004: Burk takes on new Masters sponsors

The head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations wasted no time condemning the move by ExxonMobil, IBM and SBC Communications to sponsor the 2005 Masters Tournament.

2004: Creamer enters Q-School, options remain

High school senior Paula Creamer has entered LPGA Q-School as an amateur so she can remain eligible for the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

2004: Europeans seem locked, loaded

Hal Sutton had better do his homework before the 35th Ryder Cup, because his 12-man team is facing one of the best European teams in a long while.

2004: The Passion of the First Tee

The First Tee Open here at Pebble Beach was all about passion.

2004: Pair left memorable marks

As different as Moe Norman and Harvie Ward were, each left an indelible mark on golf.

2004: Retailers’ hopes of banner year fading fast

With each passing month, 2004 is turning out to be more of a disappointment than a breakout year for retail sales.

2004: Impact studies: More fiction than fact?

Whenever a major event takes place, government officials in the host cities routinely attach economic-impact estimates to the event.

2004: Match-play whimsy can be wonderful

Great golf course architecture owes an unacknowledged debt to match play.

2004: Tamed ‘monster’ still classic

Oakland Hills’ South Course, site of the 2004 Ryder Cup matches, formerly was regarded as a ferocious championship platform for stroke-play events.

2004: Donald will savor first Ryder Cup taste

Luke Donald will represent England as one of 12 players on the European Ryder Cup team.

2004: Bernhard Langer, then and now . . .

Twenty-three years ago, Bernhard Langer came to the United States and teed it up as an unknown in his first PGA Tour event.

2004: Europe’s rookies ready to pounce

Five players – Paul Casey, Luke Donald, David Howell, Thomas Levet and Ian Poulter – make their Ryder Cup debuts.

2004: Tiger Woods: Tough to play against . . . and tough to play with?

Tiger Woods, perhaps the most dominant golfer ever, is 1-10 in his past 11 four-ball matches in Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup play.

2004: Donald , Euros send message

Luke Donald claimed his second PGA European Tour title in five weeks with a five-stroke victory over Ryder Cup teammate Miguel Angel Jimenez at the Omega European Masters.

2004: Stads sails at Pebble

Craig Stadler won his second consecutive tournament on the Champions Tour, and fourth overall in 2004.

2004: Kerr now the one teaching lessons

For the third time this year, Cristie Kerr held off a young player looking for her first career victory, edging the exuberant Christina Kim by a shot Sept. 5 at the State Farm Classic.

2004: Deep Sixed

Tiger Woods has close view as Vijay Singh ascends to No. 1.

2004: Ward found glory on amateur stage

Harvie Ward won two U.S. Amateur Championships, a British Amateur and a Canadian Amateur in the 1950s.

2004: Quirky Norman a pure ballstriker

Moe Norman was golf’s mystery man; he was a puzzle to most everyone and the world was a confusing place for him.