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Thursday, December 31

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Golf pioneer Bill Powell dies at 93

Bill Powell, the first African-American to build, own and operate a golf course, died Thursday. He was 93.

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Player of the Week: Romain Wattel

Romain Wattel, of France, shot 7-under 273 (67-71-68-67) at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla., and won the Junior Orange Bowl International Championship in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Alexis Thompson

Alexis Thompson, of Coral Springs, Fla., shot an even-par 280 (71-72-66-71) at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Fla., to win the Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship by two shots.

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How well did anyone know Tiger Woods?

His rivals used to joke that if you cut Tiger Woods open, all you would find were some wires and a few nuts and bolts.

New TaylorMade bags built to last

The new golf bags from TaylorMade – durable, lightweight and perfect right down to the pockets – have caught James Achenbach's attention.

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AT&T ends sponsorship of Woods

AT&T says it will no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after numerous allegations of infidelities.

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WGC finds ritzy new home

Searching for a description of the new Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain resort? Try larger than life. The retreat features 27 holes of golf designed by Jack Nicklaus, three pools, a water slide and the list goes on.

Wednesday, December 30

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Report: Woods met with FHP, had ‘fat lip’

Tiger Woods had a “fat lip” but no other visible facial injuries when he met with Florida state troopers four days after the accident outside his home, according to a television report.

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The double zero decade double dozen

In looking at each of the All-America teams since 2000, I started thinking about who were the best among the best. And believe me, there were some darn good ones.

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Thompson rallies to win Jr. Orange Bowl

Alexis Thompson has been a front-runner before. But on Wednesday, the 14-year-old junior superstar added to her ever-expanding resume with a come-from-behind victory in the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Barton Creek

If you can’t live in Austin, Texas, Barton Creek Resort & Spa is making it mighty tempting to at least visit with its latest discount golf package.

Tuesday, December 29

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Daly gets exemption for Sony Open

John Daly has received a sponsor's exemption to play in next month's Sony Open in Honolulu.

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Tales from the PGA Tour in 2009

The search for Tiger capped off a bizarre month at the end of a year that featured several noteworthy tales from the PGA Tour.

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Commentary: LPGA players look to Europe in 2010

Alison Walshe has never shied away from seeking out the best competition. As Jim McCabe writes, the nomadic golfer will split her time in 2010 between the LPGA and LET tours.

Notes: PGA Tour still rules world ranking

An analysis of world ranking points between the PGA Tour and the European Tour showed that winners on the PGA Tour received an average of 52.51 points, compared with 42.54 points on the European Tour.

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Hyatt opens South African resort

The Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa, home to an Ernie Els-designed course, opened earlier this month.

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On the range with the Bryan brothers

Surrounded by instruction, the Bryan brothers – George and Wesley – want to make their own choices on their swings.

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Garcia ‘a bit worried’ about right hand pain

Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia will visit a specialist about a hand injury that has prevented him from swinging a club for several weeks.

Monday, December 28

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Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses

Shadow Creek remains the casino course against which all others are measured. What other tracks made the list of Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses 2009?

Sunday, December 27

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Little went right for Scott in 2009

There are many theories about why Adam Scott had an awful 2009. But Scott has just one: He cares too much.

Saturday, December 26

Schniederjans still rolling

Despite the holiday season being in full swing, junior golf is still going strong in the South, and Oliver Schniederjans is still riding his streak of solid play.

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Stockton: Azinger “best ever” Ryder Cup captain

What’s this? Paul Azinger turns 50 on Jan. 6? No way.

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Bill Wood: Retiree with a mission

After more than a half-century in golf, Bill Wood has come full circle. Retirement just signals a new beginning for the Cincinnati Country Club pro, who is building a future for golf’s next generation.

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Appleby moves away from results thinking

Stuart Appleby managed just two top-25 finishes in 25 starts in 2009. The problem? Focusing too much on the “shoulds,” and not enough on the shot at hand.

Friday, December 25

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Having a ball playing hickory golf

Every year I try to play in at least a dozen golf tournaments. I mean real tournaments, not pro-ams or charity events. My favorite event of 2009? The Selma Four-Ball Classic, held at stately Selma (Ala.) Country Club.

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Injuries cause subpar year for Kim

After a two wins and six other top 10s in 2008, Anthony Kim looked pretty ordinary this year as he was hampered by shoulder and thumb injuries.

Christmas wishes for the golf world

I bought all of my Christmas presents early this year, and managed to keep to a pretty good budget. However, there are a few things that money can’t buy. Here are some gifts I’d like to bestow to golfers around the world.

Thursday, December 24

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Minor changes, major results for O'Hair

Thanks to a small tweak in his game, Sean O'Hair made a 63-spot jump in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index. Check out what minor changes O'Hair and two other players made to move up the rankings.

Wednesday, December 23

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Player of the Week: Erik Long-Goheen

Erik Long-Goheen, of Phoenix, Ariz., shot 4-over 148 (76-72) at the Dove Mountain (Ariz.) Saguaro and Tortolita Courses to win the FCWT’s Dove Mountain Arizona Challenge by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Gina Larson

Gina Larson, of Longmont, Colo., shot 8-over 152 (77-75) at McCormick Ranch Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., to win the Rocky Mountain Junior Golf Tour’s Tournament of Champions by seven shots.

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Tiger emerges as most dominant ’09 story

For some golf fans, Feb. 19 effectively marked the start of the season.

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Putter puts Mahan’s game on the rise

Amazing what a little confidence will do. Case in point: Hunter Mahan changed his putting setup in March, improved his average on the greens and four months later felt he could win any tournament he entered.

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Golfweek Spring Invite field set

Many of the nation’s top Div. II schools will get their spring season started at the Golfweek Spring Invitational. The 54-hole event will take place at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 7-9.

Tuesday, December 22

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Uihlein keeps rolling at Dixie Amateur

How else to end 2009 than with another win by Peter Uihlein? The Oklahoma State sophomore continued his torrid run Tuesday with a playoff win at the Dixie Amateur.

Notes: A major prank on Cink’s caddie

Frank Williams, the caddie for British Open champion Stewart Cink, went from celebrating a major victory to stewing about it – at least until he realized he was the victim of a prank within the caddie ranks.

EurAsia Golf launches new tourney in India

The first new tournament for the alliance between the European and Asian golf tours will be staged at an Arnold Palmer-designed course in New Delhi in February.

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Mina Hariage: Ready for the big time

Mina Harigae rolled the dice by leaving Duke as a freshman with no guaranteed place to play. Now she’s close to breaking the top 50 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

Monday, December 21

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The sisterhood of Girls Golf

One woman is taking the Motor City in a slightly different direction – from cars to fashion.

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For your game: Alignment sticks

They’re popping up all over the golf world – 4 feet long, very thin, brightly colored and made of fiberglass. They’re alignment sticks.

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Take advantage of year-end blowouts

If you still have a few presents to get on your holiday shopping list it’s not too late!

Sunday, December 20

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Fowler earns first winner’s check at pro-am

Rickie Fowler has found plenty of success in his young pro career. Now he can cash his first winner’s check. Fowler paired with former high-school teammate Josh Anderson to win the Plantation Winter Classic, a scratch pro-am best ball tournament.

Commentary: Hall of Fame voting full of complexities

I dreamed, much to my horror, that Tiger Woods was kept out of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Molinari brothers to compete in Masters

Francesco and Edoardo Molinari will finish the year in the top 50 in the world and become the first set of brothers in 10 years to compete in the same Masters.

Finchem’s message flies in face of reality

Commissioner Tim Finchem made the off-season status of the PGA Tour sound so perfect last week.

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Ramsay wins South African Open in playoff

Richie Ramsay birdied the first hole of a playoff to defeat Shiv Kapur of India and win the South African Open on Sunday.

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Learning to love Mexico’s iconic drink

Meet master tequilero Christian Moya. His job? Teaching visitors how to appreciate the strong stuff amid the beauty of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

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Martin maintains lead in South Africa

Spain’s Pablo Martin remained in position for his second straight victory, shooting an even-par 72 on Saturday in the South African Open to take a one-stroke lead over Italy’s Edoardo Molinari.

Saturday, December 19

PGA Tour loses prize money, event in 2010

The PGA Tour has one fewer tournament and a $3.9 million drop in prize money for next year.

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Beauty along the Baja coastline

Tom Doak’s first course design in Mexico is located on a desolate spit of the eastern Baja coastline where the rugged hills crash into the Sea of Cortez.

Friday, December 18

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Pavin thinks Woods will be good as ever

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin says Tiger Woods will be as strong a player as ever when he comes back from his marital turmoil and self-imposed break from golf.

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Woods wins PGA Tour Player of the Year

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Tiger Woods has won the PGA Tour player of the year award in a vote by the players, the 10th time in his career he has won the award.

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Martin in position for second straight win

PAARL, South Africa – Spain’s Pablo Martin moved into position for his second straight victory, shooting a 4-under 68 on Friday in the South African Open to take a two-stroke lead over Denmark’s Anders Hansen.

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Lawyer: Drug charges not linked to Woods

Tiger Woods is in no way linked to the drug-related criminal charges brought against a Canadian sports doctor who treated the superstar golfer, the doctor’s lawyer said Friday.

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Tag to limit use of Woods’ image in ads

Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said Friday that it will “downscale” its use of Tiger Woods’ image in its advertising campaigns for the foreseeable future.

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Commentary: Hindsight can come with double vision

It’s amazing how you can almost be guilty by association. How someone else’s transgressions can quickly morph into an attack on the press -- or in this case, the golf media.

Canadian teams selected for Copa de las Americas

Matt Hill, Nick Taylor, Jennifer Kirby and Stephanie Sherlock were selected to play for Canada at the Copa de las Americas being held January 6-9 at Buenos Aires Golf Club and Olivos Golf Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Finchem opens up in private video

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem emailed a private video message to players and agents Friday morning, discussing what to expect in 2010 as the Tour copes with Tiger Woods’ absence and continued economic struggles.

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Commentary: Parting thoughts from the LPGA in 2009

What do Michelle Wie, Hogan's tree and dropped phone calls have in common? They all fit into Beth Ann Baldry's list of observations from covering the LPGA in 2009.

PGA National reopens Honda host course

The Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa, which hosts the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic, will reopen from overseeding Dec. 19.

Thursday, December 17

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Blumenherst wins NCAA Top VIII award

Amanda Blumenherst has become the first Duke athlete in school history to win the NCAA Top VIII Award. The award recognizes student athletes who excelled at their sport as well as in the classroom and in the community.

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Edwards to captain GB&I squad in 2011

Nigel Edwards will captain the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team at Royal Aberdeen, Scotland in 2011.

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Woods named GWAA’s top male player

Tiger Woods was voted male player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America on Thursday by an overwhelming margin over Steve Stricker, with most ballots returned after he became embroiled in a sex scandal.

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Commentary: Course architects focus on design in 2009

With the golf course market slowing in the U.S., 2009 saw just 55 new tracks open to the public. Despite being low in number, those courses weren't short on unique design elements.

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Phelps weighs in on Tiger news

Michael Phelps says he feels sorry for Tiger Woods and his family because of the scrutiny resulting from the golfer’s admitted infidelity.

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Commentary: Finchem glosses over Woods situation

Tim Finchem delivered his first public comments this morning since the Tiger Woods saga began Nov. 27, and left Jim McCabe questioning his overly positive tone about Tiger and the Tour.

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Bookies take bets on a Woods divorce

If Tiger Woods and his wife get divorced, Elin Nordegren won’t be the only one collecting on the settlement.

PGA Tour and Sony developing 3D broadcasts

At his end-of-year press conference, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem defended the Tour’s health amid reports of “doom and gloom” tied to Tiger Woods’ scandal.

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Finchem: Tour will survive without Woods

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says Tiger Woods’ indefinite leave doesn’t spell “gloom and doom” for golf.

Nationwide Tour looking strong for 2010

The Nationwide Tour announced Thursday the creation of a new event in the Pittsburgh area. The Mylan Classic will be played Sept. 2-5 at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, Pa.

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The quest for the perfect set of clubs

Charles McLendon knows the importance of pairing a golfer with the right set of clubs. James Achenbach sat down with the club-fitting guru to find out what golfers should know about their equipment.

Wednesday, December 16

Woods’ doctor charged in doping case

A doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods and many other pro athletes was charged by Canadian authorities on Wednesday with selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.

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Tiger Woods course in Dubai pushes forward

While Tiger Woods’ business partners in Dubai won't comment on the golfer's personal woes, they are pushing ahead with plans to build a course bearing his name despite the emirate's cash problems.

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Athlete of the decade? It’s Tiger, AP says

Tiger Woods has been voted Athlete of the Decade by members of The Associated Press, his 10 years of incomparable golf outweighing nearly three weeks of a salacious sex scandal.

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Last-minute holiday gifts

Still scrambling to find the perfect present for golfers in your life? Here are a few options that can more than stuff a stocking.

Tuesday, December 15

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Lakers’ Artest offers Tiger encouragement

Lakers forward Ron Artest gave Tiger Woods his support Tuesday, explaining in a blog post that he has made similar mistakes as the superstar golfer.

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Barkley: Tiger changed number, not talking

Charles Barkley says Tiger Woods changed his cell phone number the day after his car accident is not talking to some of his famous friends.

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Upper Deck sticking by Woods

Sports card and memorabilia maker Upper Deck Co. said Tuesday it will continue its relationship with Tiger Woods.

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FBI investigating doc who treated Woods

A Canadian doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods and many other pro athletes is under a joint U.S.-Canadian investigation for possibly providing performance-enhancing drugs, a U.S. official said.

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Swedish columnist: ‘Elin is our heroine’

During the good times, Tiger Woods could find a perfect getaway in Sweden – a quiet and secluded place to avoid the media spotlight.

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Post-crash Woods photos worth big bucks

The hunt for Tiger Woods is on, or at least the first photographs of the golf superstar since his late-night car crash and damaging news of his marital problems.

Arnie’s SportsCenter bit hits the spot

The longrunning “This is SportsCenter” campaign is one of my all-time favorites.

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Percy, last one to play with Woods, speaks

In Tiger Woods’ last tournament before his world was rocked with an infidelity scandal, the Australian golfer who played with him said Woods mentioned how he could stay in touch with his family when he was on the road.

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Report: Doc who treated Woods had PEDs

A Canadian doctor who has treated golfer Tiger Woods, swimmer Dara Torres and NFL players is suspected of providing athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, according to a newspaper report.

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Woods talks family in pre-accident interview

Tiger Woods spoke of his commitment to his family during an interview screened in New Zealand on Tuesday that was conducted before his car crash and subsequent admission of several infidelities.

Monday, December 14

Guide to finding the perfect golf wear

From JL to RL, which category fits best you or your loved one? With the vast array of golf merchandisers, it’s difficult to choose which course style is appropriate.

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Player of the Week: Jackie Chang

photo Courtesy FCWT Jackie Chang Jackie Chang, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., shot 1-under 141 (71-70) at ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., to win the FCWT’s ASU Challenge by seven shots.

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Player of the Week: Caston Roberts

Caston Roberts, of Gilbert, Ariz., shot 2-under 138 (68-70) at ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., to win the FCWT’s ASU Challenge by three shots.

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Commentary: What Tiger’s meltdown says about us

How could Tiger be so stupid, many have wondered? It’s easy. We gave him the green light to be a knucklehead. Martin Kaufmann explains.

Kauai resorts upgrading facilities

The Makai Golf Club, part of the St. Regis Princeville Resort, is scheduled to open in January following a major renovation overseen by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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Tag Heuer to reassess Woods relationship

Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said it will spend the next few weeks assessing its relationship with golfer Tiger Woods.

PGA Tour Fall Series to Asia? Don’t rule it out

Since I’m so rarely ever right, allow me to call attention to one of the few times I nailed one.

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MacGregor: Demise of an American classic

MacGregor, a 20th-century icon known for its classy persimmon woods, crafted forgings and rich roster of champions, has faded away.

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Tag Heuer to stick with Woods

Swiss watch maker Tag Heuer said Monday it will continue its association with Tiger Woods despite the golfer’s alleged infidelities.

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Jane Rah leaves OSU after one semester

Jane Rah has decided to leave Oklahoma State after one semester. Her departure will leave a huge hole in coach Annie Young’s youthful lineup.

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Martin wins Alfred Dunhill, makes history

Spain's Pablo Martin became the first player to win on the European Tour as an amateur and professional, closing with a 3-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Sunday, December 13

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Commentary: Some lessons, courtesy of Tiger

Brad Klein has five lessons to remember from the one of the most stunning public-relations meltdowns in American sports history.

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Monday Scramble: Holiday Gift Guide! (Pt. 2!)

Still haven’t finished your holiday shopping? Don’t worry – the Monday Scramble is here to help with Part II of its Holiday Gift Guide.

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TV networks brace for golf without Tiger

The television networks already know what life without Tiger Woods looks like, and they were going to take that knowledge into their upcoming negotiations for the next contract with the PGA Tour.

Get used to no NCAA finals changes

The coaches convention - men (GCAA) and women (NGCA) - wrapped up last week in Las Vegas. And unlike the past few years, there were no fireworks.

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Accenture ends Woods sponsorship

Global consulting firm Accenture ended its sponsorship of Tiger Woods, saying the golfer is “no longer the right representative” after the “circumstances of the last two weeks.”

Stricker, Kelly win Shark Shootout

Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly won the Shark Shootout by a stroke on Sunday.

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Alexander tandem extends family legacy

Florida’s Alexander tandem extends a family legacy forged by one of golf’s greatest comebacks. Dan Mirocha explains.

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Two weeks that shattered a legend

It has been a story unlike any other in sports. Here’s a look back at the whirlwind two weeks that changed the legend of Tiger Woods forever.

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Players imagine PGA Tour without Woods

Say Tiger Woods’ name around his PGA Tour colleagues, and the reactions are swift and varied.

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Allenby wins fourth Australian PGA title

Robert Allenby won his fourth Australian PGA title for his second victory in two weeks, closing with a 5-under 66 on Sunday to beat fellow Australians John Senden and Scott Strange by four strokes.

Saturday, December 12

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Martin atop Alfred Dunhill leaderboard

Spain’s Pablo Martin shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over three-time winner Ernie Els and fellow South African Charl Schwartzel in the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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Caddie had no knowledge of ‘indiscretions’

The caddie for Tiger Woods denied knowing anything about the “indiscretions” that led the world’s No. 1 player to take an indefinite leave from golf.

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Tiger’s leave causes Tour-wide repercussions

Stewart Cink was at a birthday party when he learned about Tiger Woods taking an indefinite leave from golf.

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Kelly, Stricker take solo Shark lead

Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly fell out of the lead for most of the day before rebounding nicely at the end of the Shark Shootout’s second round.

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Sky TV to air Woods interview about family

New Zealand sports broadcaster Sky TV will air on Tuesday an eight-minute interview with Tiger Woods shot last month in which he talks about the importance of his family.

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Kim wins in Dubai despite Wie charge

Michelle Wie’s late charge has fallen short at the Dubai Ladies Masters and In-Kyung Kim has claimed a three-shot victory at the season-ending tournament for her first European Tour title.

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Gillette to phase out ads featuring Tiger

A major sponsor of Tiger Woods' is phasing the world’s most valuable athlete out of its advertisements.

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Allenby leads Australian PGA by single shot

Robert Allenby made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Saturday in the Australian PGA.

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Official: Elin purchases house in Sweden

A Swedish housing official has confirmed that Tiger Woods’ wife bought a house on an island off Stockholm.

Daly’s advice to Woods: Go on Oprah

Craig Parry was just finishing his third round at the Australian PGA on Saturday when he heard about Tiger Woods’ decision to take an indefinite break from golf.

Friday, December 11

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Commentary: Tiger Woods, flawed genius

We were sold a myth. Instead all we got was a well-worn cliché: Another brilliant sportsperson whose real life doesn’t even come close to resembling the myth.

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Commentary: The Woods landscape has changed forever

Now that Tiger Woods is on an ‘indefinite’ leave from golf, how will it change the landscape of the sport? Jim McCabe investigates.

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Vote: When will Woods return to the PGA Tour?

When will Tiger Woods return to the PGA Tour?

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Grillo looking strong in pro field

Emiliano Grillo is making a serious case for a top ranking in the junior golf standings. Only he’s not stating his case against fellow juniors. He’s doing it against the pros.

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Read the full Tiger Woods statement

Tiger Woods released a statement on his Web site Friday.

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Woods to take ‘indefinite’ leave

Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite leave from golf to work on saving his family, he said in a statement on his Web site Friday.

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Martin separates from pack in South Africa

Pablo Martin shot 9-under 63 on Friday, taking a four-shot lead over Ernie Els and Edoardo Molinari after two rounds at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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Kelly, Stricker hold share of Shark lead

Jerry Kelly and Steve Stricker were tied with Justin Leonard and Scott Verplank for the lead of the Shark Shootout at 6-under 66 after the first round on Friday.

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Kim leads in Dubai; Wie falls to fourth

In-Kyung Kim holds a three-shot lead at the Dubai Ladies Masters, but with one round left, Anna Nordqvist and Maria Hjorth lurk within striking distance. Michelle Wie stands six shots back.

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Griffin takes narrow lead at Australian PGA

Matthew Griffin shot a 3-under 68 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Geoff Ogilvy, Stuart Appleby and Jason Norris after the second round of the Australian PGA.

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Hamilton Hall to get face lift

When Herb Kohler let the world know that he had purchased Hamilton Hall last week, it made perfect sense.

Thursday, December 10

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Crane, Warren deny harsh Woods comments

Ben Crane and Charles Warren said they never spoke to Life & Style magazine, which quoted them as making critical comments about Tiger Woods and his marriage.

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Anguilla’s Temenos GC is back in business

Two years after shutting down, the lavish Greg Norman-designed Temenos Golf Club is reopening.

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Escena GC reopens in Palm Springs

The golf-rich Coachella Valley has not been immune to the pressures facing course operators across the country. But there’s at least one positive piece of news on the north end of the valley.

The latest news from the GCAA convention

More coaches are speaking out at the Golf Coaches Association of America Convention.

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Furyk, Johnny Walker extend sponsorship

Jim Furyk signed a three-year extension for his endorsement deal with Johnny Walker Collection, a producer of Scotch whiskeys.

Van den Berg’s 64 leads Alfred Dunhill

Ulrich van den Berg of South Africa shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to lead by one stroke after the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship.

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Kim shoots 65, leads Wie by two in Dubai

In-Kyung Kim shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 Thursday to build a two-shot lead over Michelle Wie at the halfway point of the Dubai Ladies Masters.

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Nicklaus: Woods fallout ‘none of my business’

Jack Nicklaus says the fallout over Tiger Woods’ car crash and allegations of extramarital affairs is “none of my business.”

South Korean opens Australian PGA with 62

South Korean Han Min-kyu upstaged the big-name locals at the Australian PGA on Thursday, shooting a 9-under-par 62 to take a four-stroke lead after the first round.

Storm topples famous Torrey Pines cypress

A storm knocked down a cypress tree on the North Course at Torrey Pines that was one of the city's most photographed trees.

Wednesday, December 9

Nationwide Tour to play event in Colombia

The Nationwide Tour is headed to Bogota, Colombia, next year for its first tournament in South America.

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Waste Management to sponsor Tour event

The PGA Tour has picked up its third new title sponsor of the year with an announcement that Waste Management will be sponsor of the Phoenix Open starting next year.

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How serious is betting among college golfers?

It came as no surprise that the subject of sports wagering among student-athletes was on the agenda during the NCAA Compliance Seminar at this week’s Golf Coaches Association of America Convention at the Riviera Hotel.

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2009 Golfweek’s Best Casino Courses

Shadow Creek Golf Club and Fallen Oak Golf Club top the 2009 Golfweek's Best Casino Courses

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Woods’ in-laws used to media spotlight

When images of Barbro Holmberg being rushed to the hospital were broadcast around the world, it was the first glimpse many had ever had of Tiger Woods' mother-in-law.

In this issue: Dec. 12-19, 2009

Inside the Dec. 12-19, 2009 issue of Golfweek

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World Golf Village (Advertorial)

Brimming with rich history, endless recreation, amazing amenities and truly exceptional golf – mere minutes from Florida’s sun-drenched Atlantic coast – World Golf Village is undoubtedly the Sunshine State’s most unique golf destination.

Zambri to coach U.S. at 2010 Palmer Cup

USC men’s coach Chris Zambri was named the United States coach for the 2010 Palmer Cup.

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Hjorth takes lead in Dubai; Wie three back

Maria Hjorth shot a 6-under 66 Wednesday in the first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters, and Michelle Wie was three strokes behind in a three-way tie for fifth.

Tuesday, December 8

No changes on tap for 2010 NCAAs

Don’t look for many changes in 2010 within the structure of the NCAA Division I postseason.

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Amanda’s power polo

Amanda Blumenherst wins LPGA Q-School in her power polo...

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On the range with Q-School champ Merritt

PGA Tour Q-School champ Troy Merritt spent an afternoon on the range with Golfweek in 2008. Here are his secrets to the perfect swing.

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Woods’ mother-in-law stable after 911 call

A hospital spokesman said Tiger Woods’ mother-in-law, Barbro Holmberg, was admitted early Tuesday suffering from stomach pain.

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Myrtle Beach thriving in tough times

Despite tough economic times, Myrtle Beach continues to deliver a bang for golfers’ bucks. The Atlantic Coast golf destination focuses on quality, not just quantity.

Lindley helping fight Prader-Willi syndrome

Leta Lindley promised to put a box of tissues on each table at the luncheon for her charity event. Most people have never heard of Prader-Willi syndrome, but once they do it breaks their hearts.

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Player of the Week: Philip Colwell

Philip Colwell, of The Woodlands, Texas, shot 1-under 143 (71-72) at Traditions at Texas A&M Golf Course in College Station, Texas to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Traditions Invitational by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Sierra Sims

Sierra Sims, of Austin, Texas, shot an 8-over 152 (77-75) at Traditions at Texas A&M Golf Course in College Station, Texas to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Traditions Invitational by three shots.

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With familiarity, Letterman jokes about Tiger

David Letterman, after a week off, dived right into material about Tiger Woods on the “Late Show” on Monday, joking that he wishes the golfer would stop calling him to ask for advice.

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911 call came from Woods’ house

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that medics responded to a 911 call at Tiger Woods’ home early Tuesday. An adult was taken to a hospital. The patient’s condition wasn’t immediately known.

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Q-School: Complete finals coverage

Complete coverage of the 2009 PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

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Westwood is European player of the year

The 36-year-old Englishman was given the award for the third time in his career after a consistent season. He won the Dubai World Championship and finished at the top of the European money list.

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A John Daly book, movie in the works?

Now that John Daly has his weight problem sorted out, he figures a movie about his up-and-down career – and life – might not be far behind.

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Fire dept: Medics went to Woods’ complex

Medics responded overnight to a 911 call in the same block as Tiger Woods’ home. A spokeswoman for Orange County Fire Rescue declined to confirm local news reports that the call came from Woods’ home.

Monday, December 7

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Q-School: Stuard finishes strong for card

A year ago, Brian Stuard was on the cusp of earning a PGA Tour card. This time around, Stuard made two 11th-hour birdies to become one of 25 players to earn a ticket to play with the big boys in 2010.

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Cop sought blood results after Woods crash

A Florida trooper who suspected Tiger Woods was driving under the influence requested a subpoena for the golfer’s blood results from the hospital he visited after crashing his SUV. But prosecutors rejected the petition for insufficient information.

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Fashionable wives: Elin Woods

Elin Woods is one of the most fashionable wives on Tour. Check out some of her best looks.

European Tour to hold 47 events in 2010

The European Tour schedule for 2010 will feature 47 tournaments that will contribute to the second Race To Dubai title.

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Clubs, cash found at Woods crash scene

A police officer who responded to Tiger Woods’ SUV accident outside his Florida home found two golf clubs on the ground and $235 in the vehicle.

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LPGA Q-School: Blumenherst, U.S. surge

Amanda Blumenherst was one of six Americans to earn their 2010 LPGA card Monday at Q-School. So, what does she hope to bring to tour? ‘The All-American girl feeling,’ she said.

Cannon to retire as Hurricanes coach

University of Miami head women’s golf coach Lela Cannon will retire at the end of the season. Cannon is in her 27th season coaching the Hurricanes.

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Look of the week: Graeme McDowell

When Tiger Woods pulled out of the Chevron World Challenge, Graeme McDowell stepped in and his fashion and golf didn't disappoint...

Q-Schoolers reveal bizarre personal facts

One of the most entertaining reads I’ve had in a while are the Q-School finalist player bios. Some players take it seriously, some obviously don’t. Here are some of my favorites nuggets:

Sunday, December 6

Getting ready for the GCAA convention

From Dec. 7-9, the GCAA (men) and the NGCA (women) will conduct its annual convention here in Las Vegas. And unlike past conventions, there is not a lot of buzz coming in.

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LPGA Q-School: Blumenherst nearing card

Amanda Blumenherst vaulted up the leaderboard Sunday at LPGA Q-School with a 5-under 67. She’s tied for second with one round remaining at LPGA International.

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Zambia’s Muthiya dreaming of PGA card

Madalitso Muthiya’s favorite movie is “Coming to America.” The movie title could just as easily double as the Zambia native’s improbable journey to the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School. Adam Schupak explains.

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Fowler, Stuard on Q-School cut line

Two names stand out as we approach the final day of Q-School – Rickie Fowler and Brian Stuard.

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Grillo proves he can beat the pros

Emiliano Grillo beat a PGA Tour winner and a two-time major champion on Sunday. No joke.

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Q-School: Boise State buddies making noise

Former Boise State stars Troy Merritt (left) and Graham Delaet are on the brink of a PGA Tour card. They’re 1-2 at Q-School with one round left.

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Furyk wins Chevron, first title in two years

Jim Furyk made two clutch putts to finish off his 5-under 67 and rally to win the Chevron World Challenge for his first victory in more than two years.

Mini-tour veteran dies in Texas crash

Matthew Scott Loving, a veteran of golf’s developmental circuit, was killed Dec. 4 when his SUV collided with a school bus near Runge, Texas.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ pokes fun at Woods

Tiger Woods and his marital problems proved a tempting target for “Saturday Night Live.”

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Woods thanks event sponsors on Web site

Tiger Woods has posted another statement on his Web site, this time thanking sponsors and players for being part of the tournament that supports his foundation.

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Allenby wins Nedbank in playoff

Robert Allenby won the Nedbank Challenge on Sunday, beating Henrik Stenson on the third playoff hole after a 1-under 71 in the final round.

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PGA Tour to play in Malaysia in 2010

The PGA Tour is expanding its footprint in Asia. A new event in Malaysia will be played the week preceding the HSBC Champions tournament in China, sources told Golfweek.

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Scott gets first pro victory Down Under

Adam Scott won the Australian Open for his first pro victory in his home country, shooting an even-par 72 on Sunday to beat Stuart Appleby by five strokes.

Saturday, December 5

Wiebe beats coach in Torrey Pines playoff

The playoff between Gunner Wiebe and Tim Mickelson for a spot in next year’s PGA Tour stop in San Diego didn’t disappoint. Wiebe, the son of two-time PGA Tour winner Mark Wiebe, holed a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to beat his college coach, 73-74.

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Goosen builds Nedbank lead in South Africa

Retief Goosen extended his lead at the Nedbank Challenge on Saturday, shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round to sit two shots clear of Robert Allenby and Angel Cabrera.

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Yang, McDowell share Chevron lead

Graeme McDowell is known at the Chevron World Challenge as the guy who replaced tournament host Tiger Woods in the field. Now he has a chance to win the whole thing.

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Jones one of few to finish Round 4 at Q-School

Matt Jones will be one of the lucky ones Sunday. He was one of just five players who finished his fourth round of Q-School Saturday. He’ll be able to sleep in while other players are finishing up at Bear Lakes.

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Williams won’t discuss Woods’ private life

Tiger Woods’ caddie said Saturday he supports his boss while the world’s No. 1 golfer copes with allegations of extramarital affairs.

Quad drops Brehaut 29 spots at Q-School

It’s never too early for the Q-School horror stories to start. We’re only midway through the fourth of six rounds, but Jeff Brehaut has fallen prey to the beast.

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Q-School: Broadaway following Boo’s path

As Josh Broadaway plays his way through PGA Tour Q-School, Sean Martin can’t help but be reminded of another Southerner to find success at Bear Lakes: Boo Weekley.

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When will Tiger make his return to the Tour?

It’s been more than a week since Tiger Woods made headlines by crashing his SUV. As details continue to unfold, the question remains: When will Tiger return to the game?

Man collapses at Chevron, dies at hospital

An elderly man collapsed Thursday at the Chevron World Challenge and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, the Los Angeles Daily News reported, citing the California Highway Patrol.

Another rainy day at LPGA Q-School

It’s another day of thumb-twiddling for LPGA hopefuls. Officials canceled play at LPGA Q-School on Dec. 5 after heavy rainfall left tee boxes and fairways soaked at LPGA International.

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Scott secures Australian Open lead

Adam Scott shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Open on Saturday.

Friday, December 4

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Hayes getting sweet Q-School revenge

Maybe the beast that is Q-School, despite all the negative press it has received, has a soft side.

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Remember me? Yang leads Tiger’s event

Despite battling a fever and a pounding headache, Y.E. Yang has shot a 7-under 65 to build a two-shot lead going into the weekend at the Chevron World Challenge.

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Q-School: Fowler, Horschel nearing Tour card

Former college stars Rickie Fowler and Billy Horschel can smell a 2010 PGA Tour card. Both are handling Q-School like old pros.

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LPGA Q-School: Rain posing problems

Steady rain postponed LPGA Q–School on Friday and threw Nikki Garrett’s travel plans into disarray. Now the overnight leader is left with the double–duty task of earning her LPGA Tour card and making it to Dubai by Wednesday afternoon.

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Puma sets up North American operations

Puma’s commitment to golf goes far beyond its recent signing of Rickie Fowler. The apparel and footwear maker has established a North American business unit to sell more aggressively in Canada and the U.S.

LPGA sponsorship gets creative

The “unofficial money, LPGA-sanctioned” event is the new mantra for potential LPGA sponsors.

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Allred’s daughter suggests Woods made deal

The daughter of high-profile attorney Gloria Allred says that when her mother canceled a news conference with one of Tiger Woods’ purported mistresses, that could mean only one thing: She made a deal with the Woods camp.

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Goosen tops leaderboard at Nedbank

Retief Goosen took a one-stroke lead over Masters champion Angel Cabrera at the Nedbank Challenge, shooting 4-under 68 Friday in the second round.

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Woods accident details still trickling out

A potentially explosive news conference with an alleged mistress was canceled and more details trickled out about the car accident that started all the trouble for Tiger Woods.

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Appleby leads windy Australian Open

Stuart Appleby shot a second consecutive 6-under 66 to take a commanding lead at the Australian Open on Friday.

Thursday, December 3

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Neighbors found Woods shoeless, snoring

Just when you thought that the Tiger Woods escapade couldn’t get any more unusual comes this revelation.

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Poulter, Johnson tied for lead at Chevron

Ian Poulter and Zach Johnson were tied for the lead at 4-under 68 after the first round of the Chevron World Challenge, and only one of them was happy about it.

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LPGA Q-School: Where are the Koreans?

Something about this year’s LPGA Q-School seemed different. Glancing down the tee sheet, I recognized too many names. Then it hit me: Where are the Koreans?

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Q-School: Fowler makes move after 68

Rickie Fowler bounced back from a poor opening round to shoot 68 on Day 2 at PGA Tour Q-School. As Sean Martin writes, thriving under pressure is nothing new for Fowler.

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Euro Q-School: Hutsby earns card easily

Sam Hutsby, the 21-year-old Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player now his sights set on a European Tour victory next season after taking the second card at the European Tour Qualifying School.

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Parnevik: I’ve lost ‘all respect’ for Woods

Jesper Parnevik’s comments Wednesday about Tiger Woods serve as a rare example of a fellow PGA Tour player openly criticizing the world’s top-ranked golfer, not just on his recent “transgressions” but on any topic.

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Sim wins Nationwide Player of the Year

Michael Sim capped off his record-breaking year on the Nationwide Tour with a not-so-surprising award.

Allenby shoots 68, leads Nedbank Challenge

Robert Allenby took the lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge with a 4-under 68 Thursday, after Retief Goosen’s late blunders put him to second place.

Who believes in Bigfoot and UFOs?

One of my favorite Q-School activities is reading the media info sheets that players fill out before the event. Most players give pretty ordinary answers, but some have some fun with the sheets and give good insight into their personalities.

Notes: Controversy around .500 rules slows

The controversy surrounding the .500 rule has subsided.

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Sites set for ’10 Golfweek Conference Challenge

The Golfweek Conference Challenge returns in 2010, but at different sites. The women’s event will be played at Red Sky GC (pictured) in Vail, Colo., while the men will be at Spirit Hollow GC in Burlington, Iowa.

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Woman who denied affair cancels news event

With a public apology, Tiger Woods disclosed his “personal failings” and acknowledged he had “not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves.”

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Lawyer for woman who denied affair to speak

A New York woman who has denied having an affair with Tiger Woods has scheduled a news conference with her attorney for Thursday in Los Angeles.

Appleby, Hend share Australian Open lead

Stuart Appleby and Scott Hend each shot 6-under 66 Thursday to share the lead at the Australian Open.

Wednesday, December 2

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Q-School: DeLaet seeking permanent home

Graham DeLaet is one of three former Boise State golfers in the top 25. Apparently the school doesn’t just excel on the blue turf of its football field, but also the Bermudagrass of Bear Lakes.

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Stricker in ‘shock’ over Woods developments

It was a question that has echoed through the canyon here at Sherwood Country Club. “What’s your take on ‘Tigergate’?”

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Sports stars react to Woods saga

“The best thing you can do is manage it the best way that you can.” – Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James on handling fame.

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Q-School: Blumenherst full of good vibes

With 72 holes remaining this week at LPGA Q-School, it’s far too early in the game for Amanda Blumenherst to be nervous.

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At present, sponsors sticking with Woods

Nike, Gatorade and EA Sports all released statements Wednesday expressing their support or commitment to Woods, and Gillette said it had no plans to change its marketing programs. AT&T declined comment.

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Parnevik criticizes Woods for ‘transgressions’

Jesper Parnevik has become the first PGA Tour player to openly criticize Tiger Woods for his admitted “transgressions.”

Dorothy Delasin, gracious in defeat

Dorothy Delasin gets the My-Day-Stunk-But-I’ll-Still-Talk media award for the year. I needed to interview Delasin for a couple assignments that were due sometime yesterday, and she was gracious enough to discuss all topics, including her opening 90 at LPGA Q-School.

PGA Tour releases statement on Woods

The PGA Tour released a statement Wednesday evening in response to Tiger Woods' statement.

Stacy Lewis at Q-School . . . as caddie

This time last year, Stacy Lewis was winning LPGA Q-School. She’s at Q-School again this year, but not as a player.

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Source: Cauley to turn pro after NCAAs

It appears you can add University of Alabama sophomore Bud Cauley to the list of college underclassmen opting out of school early to turn professional.

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Commentary: Expect Woods to clear this roadblock, too

Tiger Woods never has faced a challenge like this. As Jeff Rude writes, he has been known to play with a vengeance, in good times and bad.

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Duval shoots himself out of Q-School – and then back in

David Duval had the kind of start to PGA Tour Q-School that can leave a veteran lamenting his fate and booking an early flight home.

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FHP puts tab for Woods’ crash at $11,200

Tiger Woods caused $3,200 in property damage, wasn't wearing a seat belt and was driving erratically outside his Florida home before crashing into a tree, according to a final report released Wednesday.

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Vote: How will Tiger’s 2010 golf be affected?

Will Tiger’s ‘transgressions’ affect his 2010 golf?

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Woods apologizes in statement

Tiger Woods released this statement Wednesday on his Web site, where he said, in part: ‘I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.’

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Woods: ‘I have let my family down’

Tiger Woods released this statement Wednesday on his Web site, where he said, in part: ‘I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart.’

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Case closed but Woods scrutiny expands

Tiger Woods didn’t have to say a word to get Florida troopers off his case. The same strategy may be harder to pull off when it comes to the tabloid media probing his private life.

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A fashionable holiday gift guide

Black Friday kicked off the beginning of the holiday shopping season. So to help out with some great gifts for the fashionable golfer in your family, here are some ideas...

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Cink practices with duct tape on wedges

In his version of the groove dance, Stewart Cink recently covered the faces of his wedges with duct tape. He practiced that way for a week.

Tuesday, December 1

LPGA to debut ‘Raceway Golf’ event in April

The LPGA will be trying out a new format in Jamaica next year called “Raceway Golf,” which organizers hope will appeal to the purists and attract new fans to golf.

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Commentary: Despite Woods’ absence, his event goes on

The Chevon World Challenge starts Thursday without Tiger Woods. As Jim McCabe writes, players are staying mum about Woods’ accident, while tournament officials are trying to stay positive.

Woods wins privacy fight as FHP drops probe

Tiger Woods was widely panned for his decision not to speak – except for a vague statement on his Web site – in the wake of his car accident early Nov. 27 near his Isleworth home.

Legendary Texas A&M coach to be awarded

Eight years after his retirement, former Texas A&M men’s golf coach Bob Ellis is still receiving awards.

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FHP statement about Woods’ car crash

Following is the statement released by the Florida Highway Patrol about Tiger Woods’ car crash.

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Woods at fault in crash, will get citation

Tiger Woods will be charged with careless driving and fined $164 as the Florida Highway Patrol ends its investigation of the world No. 1’s SUV crash at his Isleworth home.

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Woods’ neighbors ask for privacy of their own

Attorney Bill Sharpe, who is representing the Isleworth family that made the 911 call after Tiger Woods’ crash Nov. 27, held a news conference Tuesday at his downtown Orlando office, making a public request for his clients’ privacy.

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Attorney: Woods’ cuts consistent with crash

Tiger Woods showed no signs of having been in a fight after his car crash Friday, an attorney for the neighbors who dialed 911 said Tuesday. “None of his injuries looked like he was beat up by his wife,” he said.

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Crash hampers Isleworth residents’ privacy

The professional athletes, bold-faced celebrities and corporate moguls who live in Tiger Woods’ neighborhood favor it less for its clay tennis courts and Arnold Palmer-designed golf course than for its 8-foot security wall and platoon of private guards.

Attorney for neighbor who called 911 to talk

The neighbor believed to have called 911 after Tiger Woods’ car crash last week is sending a lawyer out to talk with the media about what he saw.

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