Wednesday, September 30
Tiger Woods’s $10 million FedEx Cup bonus put him over the $1 billion career earnings mark (including prize money, appearance fees, endorsements, bonuses and his golf course design business), according to a Sept. 29 report on Forbes.com.
Big breaking news here: The Oct. 19 “Bodies” issue of ESPN the Magazine will not feature Tiger Woods – at least not without clothes on.
Greg Norman is expected to wear a sling at next week’s Presidents Cup after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his right shoulder Wednesday at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, according to a release on his Web site.
Dustin Johnson loves the forecast for the Turning Stone Resort Championship: Rain on three of the next four days.
The Navistar LPGA Classic, which begins Oct. 1, will return for a fourth year, the LPGA has announced.
Over the last 110 years, the Southern California Golf Association has built itself into one of the largest, most esteemed golf associations in the country. And now it suddenly has a rival, writes James Achenbach. Meet the California State Golf Association.
Last week, of course, could have been called Putting Tip Week on the PGA Tour. Sean O’Hair got a putting tip from Tiger Woods and contended. Phil Mickelson won after getting a putting lesson from Dave Stockton.
Padraig Harrington rest after the FedEx Cup playoffs? Come on now. It’s Race to Dubai time, writes Alistair Tait. You didn’t forget, did you?
What do Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Kenny Perry, Jerry Rice, white belts, range balls, Dwight Eisenhower, Babe Ruth and the Chicago Cubs have in common? They’re all mentioned in this column. Jeff Rude explains.
Opened the front door of the house this morning just outside Orlando and it was cool and crisp, a perfect 68 degrees. A sign that finally, autumn is here!
Tiger Woods might be tired after playing four tournaments in five weeks, but his bank account sure is feeling fine. Jim McCabe explains.
Phil Mickelson will play in next month’s Singapore Open.
Tuesday, September 29
The PGA Tour playoffs are over, but the Fantasy Aces are still going strong. Check out their picks for the Turning Stone Resort Championship.
Led by a freshman who set a course scoring record, Tulsa earned its first victory of the season Tuesday at the Marilynn Smith Sunflower Invitational.
On the eve of the Tour Championship in Atlanta, commissioner Tim Finchem did what corporate CEOs do often of late for Wall Street: Guide expectations down.
PGA Tour officials spent the last couple of weeks gathering input from players on the playoff schedule for next year, and it looks at though it has come down to two options:
Arnold Palmer says he has been selected to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, which recognizes distinguished achievements and contributions.
Arnold Palmer showed off a renovated Bay Hill Club Tuesday. Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau rode shotgun with The King.
UNC Wilmington won its first event since 2008, hanging on for a five-shot victory Tuesday at the VCU Shootout.
It’s 6:30 a.m. on a late September morning, and Ron Bingeman is doing what he always does this time of year: starting another 36-hole marathon in Myrtle Beach.
Jerry Rice became the greatest receiver in NFL history while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders. Now, he’ll try his hand at another pro sport in the Bay Area.
The U.S. Golf Association will have a new president. James B. Hyler Jr. was nominated Tuesday to serve a one-year term as president of the USGA beginning Feb. 6.
Phil Mickelson is a golf-club junkie. He loves to experiment with new clubs.
Depending if you root for him or against him, everyone has an opinion about Phil Mickelson. No one can discount his flawless round Sunday at the Tour Championship or his charm with the galleries, but here . . . it’s all about Lefty’s wardrobe.
Inside the Oct. 3, 2009 issue of Golfweek.
Monday, September 28
So, the FedEx Cup’s late season dash for cash is over. The millions have been divided, the pressure released, the emotions calmed. It’s over, right?
Ken Green has overcome depression, financial troubles and a bad back. He doesn’t plan on letting the loss of a leg keep him off the Champions Tour.
Led by individual medalist Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State ran away with the Ping/Golfweek Invitational Tuesday at Gold Mountain Golf Complex.
N.C. State officials had been talking for nearly 20 years about building a golf course on the school’s Centennial Campus near downtown Raleigh. The project finally got the kickstart it needed in 2007, when Lonnie Poole (class of ’59) committed $3 million to the project.
A Sandhills sampler and new Wolfpack track provide more fireworks than the South Carolina vs. N.C. State season opener. Martin Kaufmann explains.
J.J. Holen, of Castaic, Calif., shot 1-under 141 (70-71) at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by three shots.
Lilia Vu, of Fountain Valley, Calif., shot 4-over 146 (73-73) at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the Golfweek Junior series event by three shots.
There once was a time when a woman changed her name only in exchange for a ring. Things were simple back then.
Purdue waltzed to a 13-shot victory Monday at the Lady Northern Invitational.
NBC Sports released its overnight ratings for the Tour Championship, and the news is good.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Amanda Blumenherst picked up a nice check yesterday in Danville, Calif. Too bad her T-5 showing doesn’t secure a spot in this week’s Navistar LPGA Classic.
The final group here at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational features tournament favorites Oklahoma State and Washington. Southern California joins the Cowboys and Huskies in the last group and could be considered a bit of a surprise considering the Trojans lineup has a different look than past years. No Jamie Lovemark. No Tim Sluiter.
Before we put East Lake Golf Club in the rear-view mirror and bid farewell to the 2009 FedEx Cup playoffs, one memorable nugget from the Tour Championship surfaces.
The Southern California Golf Association, which runs 130 tournaments annually and has 155,000 members, is being challenged by a new golf association called the California State Golf Association.
The Blue Raiders rallied to win the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in a playoff over South Carolina in Franklin, Tenn.
Led by first-time medalist Jennifer Song, the Trojans shot 16-under 282 to win the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship by two shots over UCLA and three over Auburn in Franklin, Tenn.
Song had a sterling summer, winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links and U.S. Women’s Amateur titles, and she was named Golfweek’s Player of the Year last season as a freshman. But there was one thing she hadn’t done.
The Huskies sophomore shot three consecutive 69s for a 9-under 207 and medalist honors at the Adams Cup in Newport, R.I.
Really, how could you not love that ending to the FedEx Cup Playoffs? Well, the Monday Scramble didn’t exactly fall head over heels.
Sunday, September 27
Picking up right where he left off at the Walker Cup, Peter Uihlein led Oklahoma State to the 36-hole lead Sunday at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational.
Middle Tennessee rallied Sunday to win the Mason Rudolph Intercollegiate in a playoff over South Carolina.
There was plenty of pressure to go around, what with Phil Mickelson trying to erase a deficit and chase down Tiger Woods, of all people, at the mega-rich Tour Championship.
And the winner is . . . Phil Mickelson, who finished with the low score? Or Tiger Woods, who took home the most money?
So what did we learn Sunday at the Tour Championship? That Tiger Woods is still the best and Phil Mickelson might be better than ever. As Sean Martin writes, bring on 2010.
Garrett Willis won the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday to lock up a spot next year on the PGA Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Chad Collins at Midland Country Club.
Steve Stricker had a shot at $10 million. A muddy ball ruined his hopes.
Sophie Gustafson is finally an LPGA winner again, cruising to a four-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge on Sunday.
Led by junior Macarena Silva, Florida State won the rain-shortened Bettie Lou Fall Invitational Sunday by five shots over Central Florida.
The par-4 18th hole at Gold Mountain Golf Club is relatively short – at least for the majority of these long-hitting college guys.
Michigan won its second event of the 2009-10 season Sunday at the the Wolverine at Radrick Farms.
Lilia Vu, 11, broke the record for youngest winner of a Golfweek Junior Series event with her triumph Sunday at Longbow Golf Club. J.J. Holen cruised to victory in the boys’ division.
USC made an early-season statement Sunday, winning the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship. The Trojans were led by super sophomore Jennifer Song, who picked up medalist honors.
Phil beats Tiger. Tiger beats Phil. Both players walked away with prizes Sunday at East Lake, Lefty with the Tour Championship trophy, Woods with the FedEx Cup and a whole bunch of money.
Tom Pernice Jr. became the 15th player to win in his Champions Tour debut, holing a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Nick Price and David Frost in the SAS Championship.
After five-and-a-half hours - some things never change - Round 1 at the PING/Golfweek Invitational is in the books.
There’s a good – and simple – reason why Peter Uihlein was the leader after the first round Sunday morning at the Ping/Golfweek Invitational at Gold Mountain Golf Club.
College athletes are known for their big – and continuous – appetites, golfers included.
There are a few reasons that 17-year-old Mieke Canan at this week’s stop on the Golfweek Junior Series.
Great Britain & Ireland won the Vivendi Trophy for a fifth consecutive time Sunday after beating Continental Europe, 16 1/2-11 1/2, following the final 10 singes matches.
Daisuke Maruyama of Japan has ended a four-year title drought by winning the Asia-Pacific Open.
Saturday, September 26
Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied five of her last seven holes for a 7-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Sophie Gustafson after the third round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.
Garrett Willis put himself in position for first Nationwide Tour victory of the year, shooting a bogey-free 5-under 67 Saturday at the WNB Golf Classic.
Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position to become the 15th player to win his Champions Tour debut, shooting his second bogey-free 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead in the SAS Championship.
This is my second trip to Gold Mountain Golf Club, and once again their support of college golf is as good as anywhere I have been.
On a scorching day in the desert, Lilia Vu and J.J. Holen went low to grab the first-round lead at the Golfweek Junior Series event at Longbow.
Brian Maurer easily took the top spot at the PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifier in Seaside, Calif., with a final-round 68.
Win the Tour Championship, win your second FedEx Cup championship in two years. That’s the only bottom-line prospect that interests Tiger Woods.
He might not have felt worth a hoot, but, as Jeff Rude writes, Kenny Perry pulled his game together to take the Tour Championship lead at 8 under.
Nothing like a stiff breeze at your back to make you breathe easier at a brutal finishing hole.
Another round, another successful effort with the putter. Phil Mickelson was bubbling over with joy.
Don’t be stunned if players circulate a petition to demand that PGA Tour officials do this all the time. Plan for 2:30 p.m. third-round finishes, that is.
The desert has taken a toll on one of its own. Neil Evans of Phoenix has had to WD from the Golfweek Junior Series at Longbow early due to dehydration.
Kenny Perry birdied his first four holes Saturday on his way to a 6-under 64 and two-shot lead over Tiger Woods in the third round of the Tour Championship.
The pre-tournament festivities at the PING/Golfweek Invitational rated high on the fun meter. I know, because I participated.
Britain and Ireland struck another blow to Continental Europe in the Vivendi Trophy on Saturday, extending its lead to 9-5 in the European Tour match-play event.
So, for the first two days you make nine bogeys, a double, and shoot 8 over to sit dead last in a field of 30.
Friday, September 25
Sophie Gustafson shot a 3-under 69 to take a one-stroke lead over Lorena Ochoa, Maria Hjorth and Shanshan Feng in the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.
Phil Mickelson says he is putting better than he has over the last two years, which he attributes to spending time last week in San Diego with Dave Stockton, the former PGA champion renowned for his putting tips.
Tiger Woods might be the story at the Tour Championship – but as Jim McCabe writes, it felt wonderful Friday to watch Phil Mickelson play great golf again.
From July 2006 through August 2008, Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington combined to win seven of the 10 major championships. If golf has a rivalry up top, this is it.
Russ Cochran and Denis Watson shared the first round lead at 6-under 66 on a windy and drizzling Friday at the SAS Championship.
Who else would you want leading you into the weekend at the Tour Championship? Tiger Woods is 1 ahead at East Lake.
Gone are the days of duels between Arnie and Jack, but their bloodlines were well represented at a PGA Tour Q-School prequalifier this week at the Golf Club of Dallas.
When London authorities were tipped off about a massive international counterfeiting ring selling knock-off golf clubs, they gave their investigation the codename: Operation Augusta.
Tied for the lead at the time, Stewart Cink hit two balls out of bounds left at No. 10 and made a quadruple-bogey 8.
After Colin Montgomerie publicly criticized Ian Poulter's absence at the Vivendi Trophy, Alistair Tait explains why Monty needs to hold it in if he wants Ryder Cup success.
My son Scott e-mailed me a picture yesterday of him kissing the Claret Jug (Stewart Cink’s) here at East Lake Golf Club. I already have a photograph of him wearing a Masters green jacket (Zach Johnson’s).
Daisuke Maruyama shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take the lead at the Asia-Pacific Open, where he’s trying to win for the first time in four years.
Great Britain & Ireland has increased its lead over Continental Europe to 6-4 after the second round of fourballs in the Vivendi Trophy, a match play event on the European Tour.
Ashleigh Korzack takes you from the fairways to the shops and reviews the best fashion trends in 2009, while looking ahead to 2010.
Thursday, September 24
Sophie Gustafson shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge.
Sean O’Hair had played five of six weeks through the BMW Championship, grinding his way to a pair of top 10s in the last two events to climb up to the No. 7 seed going into the Tour Championship.
It’s Get Richer Week on the PGA Tour. But as Jeff Rude writes, before we get there, does anyone have a calculator?
Angela Drane took a year away from golf at Louisiana Monroe to student teach. Now she’s back and ready make her senior year the best yet. Julie Williams reports.
Georgia didn’t lack for rain this week (none fell at East Lake Thursday, fortunately), but with a SubAir system installed beneath the putting surfaces, the crew at East Lake can suck out any moisture and make the greens as firm and fast as they’d like.
Stewart Cink didn’t quite start his round the way most of us start ours.
Sean O’Hair opened with 66 Thursday to lead the Tour Championship. Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink are a shot back.
Round 1 now in the books, and your FedEx Cup leader in the clubhouse is ... drumroll ... first-round leader Sean O’Hair, who started the Tour Championship in seventh place.
Freshman biology can wait. Casie Cathrea, a 13-year-old freshman at Livermore (Calif.) High, won a Monday qualifier Sept. 21 to gain a spot in the LPGA’s CVS/Pharmacy LPGA Challenge this week.
Even for stars like Amanda Blumenherst, the road to the LPGA for recent college grads isn’t always easy breezy. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
The PGA of America announced Wednesday that its premier junior event will be staged at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind., Aug. 2-5, 2010.
Although the fall has just begun, apparel lines are launching their Spring 2010 collections. So, to kick off the unveiling of these lines, we'll start with one company sure to make a statement next year.
As a general rule, I enjoy watching travel shows, particularly if they’re hosted by an attractive blonde.
This just in . . . Tiger Woods has been passed in the standings for the FedEx Cup championship.
Great Britain & Ireland led 3-2 over Europe after Thursday’s opening fourballs of the Vivendi Trophy, a matchplay event on the European Tour.
OK, so it’s a little early here at the Tour Championship, but Stewart Cink – he of the British Open champion variety – is 2 under par through five holes, and in the early lead. Using our handy dandy FedEx Cup guide, in order to win the FedEx Cup this week, Cink, who is 26th in the standings, needs this to happen:
Led by All-American Nick Taylor, Washington has been putting in extra hours to prepare for the Ping/Golfweek Invitational this weekend. Sean Martin reports.
Singapore’s Lam Chih Bing shot 5-under 66 Thursday to share the first-round lead with Japan’s Tatsuya Haraguchi at the Asia Pacific Panasonic Open.
Wednesday, September 23
Lance Ringler takes a closer look at the teams competing in the Ping/Golfweek Invitational, which starts Sunday at Gold Mountain GC in Bremerton, Wash.
Denver won its sixth consecutive Ron Moore Intercollegiate on Wednesday, as senior Stephanie Sherlock won her third college title.
The biggest surprises among the 30 who qualified for the Tour Championship? The Q-Schoolboys.
Ran into Dennis Walters on the range at East Lake late this afternoon as he was about to conduct yet another youth clinic.
Somebody on Sunday could face a putt, conceivably, on the 18th green at East Lake for $11.35 million. That would be if both the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup’s $10 million bounty were on the line.
For all the success Michael Sim has had this year, one player still stands a realistic chance of catching him on the Nationwide Tour money list.
So many scenarios. So many good players. So much money on the line. Tiger Woods is keeping it so simple.
Commissioner Tim Finchem says it's unlikely that the PGA Tour will make it through the end of next year without losing corporate sponsors – and possibly some tournaments
His coaches and teammates call him “Zebo,” but you can remember the name Ryan Zebroske for now.
Doug Martin knows what it takes to win at the college level. He’s trying to pass along that lesson to his University of Cincinnati men’s team.
Mark Clements established a personal goal: Make the best groove tool in golf. The result is the Spin-It groove sharpening tool. James Achenbach reports.
How to measure the fickle nature of the Tour Championship? Let us count the ways.
OK, so they’re not perfect, but the PGA Tour playoffs have been pretty darn good. As Jim McCabe writes, it’s time to enjoy the golf.
Tuesday, September 22
Ken Green lost his leg in a June accident. He hasn't lost his spirit, sense of humor or perspective. Jeff Rude explains.
SMU might be the hottest team in the country. The Mustangs won their second tournament in as many weeks Tuesday at the Adams Cup. Eric Soderstrom reports.
Stewart Cink did not arrive to East Lake for the Tour Championship empty-handed. He brought the Claret Jug he won this summer at Turnberry, and there it sat on Tuesday afternoon, atop the counter at East Lake’s dapper pro shop.
South Carolina men’s head coach Bill McDonald (left) has been diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia. McDonald planned to begin treatment this week.
Memo to marketing department: Change the slogan to: “These Guys Are Good – And Funny.”
Louisville rolled to a 32-shot victory Tuesday at the Napa River Grill Cardinal Cup, closing with a 3-over 291 to finish at 2-over 866 at Cardinal Club Golf Course in Simpsonville, Ky.
Jim Thorpe has pleaded guilty to failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes.
Latest piece of evidence that the Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup finale, isn’t a major: Tiger Woods attended the Monday night football game in Miami between the Colts and Dolphins.
Zayra Calderon, the LPGA's executive vice president of tournament development and worldwide sales, says two potential sponsors are in negotiations with the tour.
The big boys get together one last time this week at the Tour Championship. Get your fantasy golf hats on.
Monday, September 21
Victory Ranch Club, a 5,600-acre property located 17 miles east of Park City, recently opened its Rees Jones-designed golf course.
Troon Golf chairman Dana Garmany (pictured) announced plans to step down as CEO effective Dec. 31. He will be replaced by Hud Hinton, who has been the company’s president and chief operating officer since 1999.
Los Angeles might be home to the sometimes less-than-friendly USC-UCLA rivalry, but there's always peace and quiet to be found at a handful of area courses.
Jay Haas rode Titleist to a victory at the Greater Hickory Classic.
M.J. Maguire, of St. Petersburg, Fla., shot 7-under 135 (67-68) at The Country Club of Spartansburg (S.C.) and won the Bobby Chapman Invitational in a playoff.
Stephanie Meadow, of Antrim, Ireland, shot even-par 144 (74-70) at the ChampionsGate International Golf Course in Orlando, Fla., to win the IJGT’s ChampionsGate event by four shots.
Comparing the difficulty of different sports is one of the most popular – and futile – debates that sports fans engage in. So how does facing Randy Johnson, one of the most intimidating pitchers in history, compare to the mental grind of Q-School?
Five Things to watch for at the Ping/Golfweek Preview in Washington this weekend:
Although 2010 products from Wilson have yet to be officially introduced and won’t be in golf shops until November, the company’s offerings are intriguing:
InBev, which acquired Anheuser-Busch last summer, decided not to renew its sponsorship of the popular Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill, calling the move a brand strategy, not a ‘dollar decision.’
When he completes his 25th year of service next year, Henry Hughes plans to retire from the PGA Tour where he has played instrumental roles in an array of projects – from enhancing The Players Championship to launching The Presidents Cup.
Prize money for the Dubai World Championship and the bonus pool will be reduced 25 percent because of the global economic downturn.
Oklahoma State sophomore Caroline Hedwall posted rounds of 68-72-67 for a 9-under 207 total to win Golfweek’s Conference Challenge held at Primm Valley’s Desert Course in Primm, Nev.
By now you’ve heard a lot of suggestions on how to make the FedEx Cup better. But do you have any ideas?
Pepperdine started the season with two victories in its first two starts.
Nova Southeastern took home the team title at the Lady Paladin Intercollegiate Sunday after a waterlogged Furman University Golf Course was deemed unplayable for the third round.
Whitekiller, a senior, shot a final-round 69 at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational to share medalist honors with Georgia’s Harris English.
Arizona State topped a stellar field to win the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational by two shots over Oklahoma State.
One thing I love nearly as much as playing golf is shopping for a new golf outfit. Sure, I already have several in the closet. But every season brings new colors and styles.
Pepperdine claimed its second tournament title in two weeks at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational with a score of 17-under 859.
Sunday, September 20
Y.E. Yang threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers-Los Angeles Angels game Saturday night, continuing a longtime trend of golfers taking the mound, if not throwing things to the ground.
Fran Quinn overtook Blake Adams in the final round of the Albertson’s Boise Open to win the tournament by one shot.
Skip Berkmeyer birdied the 18th hole to beat Gene Elliot, 1 up, and win the 85th Annual Crump Memorial Tournament Sunday at Pine Valley Golf Club.
Na Yeon Choi of South Korea lost her seven-stroke lead, then rallied to shoot 1-under 71 Sunday to win the Samsung World Championship, her first LPGA Tour victory.
Jay Haas has won plenty of times on the Champions Tour. This one may leave quite an impression.
Amanda Blumenherst left the rest of the field in the dust at the LPGA Sectional Qualifer at Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, Calif., shooting a 16-under 272 that left her six shots clear of the field.
Arizona State held off Oklahoma State to win the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational Sunday, picking up right where the Sun Devils left off last spring, as one of the toughest teams in college golf.
The U.S. took its second victory over GB&I in as many weeks, winning the PGA Cup after capturing a record eight singles matches on the final day of play.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot an 11-under 60 to win his first European Tour title by one stroke over Benn Barham Sunday at the Austrian Open.
Saturday, September 19
Great Britain & Ireland shot out of the gate Saturday at the PGA Cup, capturing five of eight possible points to trim Team USA's lead to to two going into Sunday's final round.
Michelle Wie narrowly missed playing in this week’s Samsung World Championship. She would have been the next player in if the field, if the field included more than just 20 players.
Jay Haas and Nick Price shared the lead at the Greater Hickory Classic on Saturday, but 31 players were within six strokes of the leaders going into the final round at the Champions Tour event.
Rebounding from a first-round 79 with a 2-under 68 in the second round of the Olympia Fields Illini Invitational, senior Knut Borsheim helped Arizona State to a four-shot lead heading into Sunday’s final round.
Na Yeon Choi of South Korea shot a career best 9-under 63 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over compatriot Jiyai Shin in the Samsung World Championship at Torrey Pines. Choi is looking for her first LPGA victory.
What will happen to the Carpet Capital Collegiate?
Benn Barham shot 4-under 67 Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Soren Hansen after three rounds of the Austrian Open.
Friday, September 18
UNLV will be without Golfweek preseason All-American Eddie Olson at this weekend’s Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational.
Led by sophomore Eric Chun’s 2-under 68, Northwestern took a two-shot lead after Friday’s first round of the 2009 Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.
What’s the easiest way to protect the top spot on the LPGA money list? Keep winning. Jiyai Shin is halfway there at the Samsung World Championship.
It’s my hope that every player on tour follows Cristie Kerr’s lead.
Jay Haas shot a 10-under 62 during the first round of the rain-delayed Greater Hickory Classic on Friday, taking a three-shot lead into the weekend.
Former club pro champion Scott Hebert made a 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole Friday to complete a dominant opening day by the Americans, who took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland in the PGA Cup.
Rickie Fowler couldn’t have ended his amateur career any better last weekend at the Walker Cup. His professional career didn’t start the same way, missing the cut Friday on the Nationwide Tour.
Former North Florida standout Jeff Dennis opened with 64, then shot three consecutive 69s to finish at 17-under 271 and beat former Georgia player Michael Green by one. Dennis is the 2006 Florida Amateur champion.
It’s not often, if ever, that the U.S. Open runner-up also plays a Nationwide Tour event in the same season, but that’s what Ricky Barnes is doing at this week’s Albertsons Boise Open.
Her country. Her team. Herself. This season, New Mexico senior Jodi Ewart is ready to play for it all.
It's never too early to start thinking about the next Walker Cup. In the captaincy department, Alistair Tait has Nigel Edwards pegged for the job and explains why the R&A should too.
So not only did this Jason Hargett guy make a hole-in-one Tuesday to win $1 million at the Mark Eaton Celebrity Golf Classic in Utah – a feat somehow even bigger than the 7-foot-4 Eaton himself (as you can see in the video) – but Hargett also had the No. 1 top play on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” this morning.
Add one more person to Saturday’s hang-gliding adventure.
A certain Hawaiian is noticeably absent from the Samsung World Championship.
Benn Barham of Britain has equaled the lowest 36-hole score on the European Tour this season, a 13-under 129 at the Austrian Open that has him two strokes ahead of 2007 champion Richard Green of Australia.
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Vinny Giles, the 2009 USGA Senior Amateur champion, is my hero.
I am about to solve two of your biggest problems.
If there’s one thing that’s become definitive in 2009, it is this: Any time spent with Padraig Harrington is time well spent.
Thursday, September 17
Blake Adams took a narrow first-round lead at the Albertson’s Boise Open, shooting an 8-under 63 at the Hillcrest Country Club in Boise, Idaho.
Jiyai Shin was the last person to leave the practice green Wednesday night. Not sure how long she stayed as I was on my way to the parking lot, but it’s not surprising that the last to leave is now first on the leaderboard.
Paula Creamer needed to find some of the distance she lost to get around Torrey’s South Course a little easier.
Kristy McPherson cruised around Torrey Pines’ South Course with Na Yeon Choi in 3 hours and 40 minutes
Scores with relation to par from the first round of the Samsung World Championship, played Sept. 17 at the par-72 Torrey Pines GC in La Jolla, Calif.
Finally got around to cleaning out my back pack today after a week at the Walker Cup, only to be reminded of one of the funnier moments of the week.
The Golfweek Conference Challenges are in the books and for first-year events, I would say they have to be considered a huge success.
Sherry Herman won the USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship Thursday at The Homestead, winning four of five holes after the turn to beat 2004 winner Carolyn Creekmore, 4 and 3.
Not surprisingly, at least to me (see my previous blog), the best player in the field this week walked away with the Senior Amateur title here at Beverly Country Club, and, even better, he did it in style!
Rich Skyzinski gives his final thoughts on Beverly Country Club, and reveals a few unexpected observations at the U.S. Senior Amateur.
Benn Barham of England shot an 8-under 63 Thursday to lead the Austrian Open by one stroke after the opening round.
Don’t worry if you can’t remember who won the 1972 U.S. Amateur – because the same guy won the USGA Senior Amateur Thursday, just 37 years later. Meet 66-year-old Vinny Giles III, again.
More good news for the LPGA as Rolex signs on as the presenting sponsor for the 2009 LPGA Tour Championship. Adam Schupak reports.
Rickie Fowler and Brian Harman capped their amateur careers with the Walker Cup last weekend. Now they're encouraging teammates to do the same, and Ron Balicki agrees.
Anthony Ciabattoni wants to make a difference. That’s why he brought the game of golf to residents of Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Vinny Giles made it to the finals of the USGA Senior Amateur, a rare achievement for someone 66. But Giles is more than a golfer who has excelled for decades. He’s also a lawyer who has been a manager for many PGA Tour players over the years.
Here’s your chance to see one of my favorite exhibitors each year at the PGA Merchandise Show for yourself.
Sources tell me that Walmart may be rolling back its sponsorship of golf.
It’s easy to be impressed by Tom Whitney’s 390-yard drives. But as Sean Martin reports, the Air Force senior has more going for him than length off the tee.
Wednesday, September 16
It seems everyone wants to know when Lorena Ochoa will straighten out her game. Perhaps a new Ping G15 driver will speed up the process.
Dave Stockton has a lesson tomorrow morning with one of the top 5 players in men’s golf, but he won’t name-drop.
Two lifelong friends will be opponents in Thursday’s championship match of the 55th USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club.
On Twitter this week, John Daly said he has now lost 91 pounds because of lapband surgery.
Dustin Bray was 18 inches away from carding 59 on Wednesday. The Charlotte, N.C., native shot an 11-under 60 at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro, N.C., in the first round of the eGolf Tour’s Walnut Creek Open.
A snapshot look at the players in the semifinals at the 55th USGA Senior Amateur, played Wednesday at Beverly Country Club in Chicago:
Beverly held up tremendously well. This is a testament to the architectural merits instilled by Donald Ross and Ron Prichard. Everyone has had great things to say about this golf course.
Titleist announced it has reached a multi-year equipment deal with Rickie Fowler, the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/amateurgolf.com Rankings who turned professional following a U.S. victory at the Walker Cup.
Talor Gooch already has his sights set on the 2011 Walker Cup. But before he gets there, the 17-year-old is hard at work on his golf game. Julie Williams explains.
Most of the country’s top teams will open their season Friday at Olympia Fields. The Stanford Cardinal, Golfweek’s preseason No. 1 team, did one better, kicking off the 2009-10 campaign with an 18-hole match against Princeton on Wednesday at historic Shinnecock Hills.
The 10 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup players who left Merion with their heads down and tails between their legs should take heart from the 1993 GB&I Walker Cup team.
Michael Jordan was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend. So why was Jeff Rude thinking about Tiger Woods?
Tuesday, September 15
Going out on a limb, my guess is Minoru Hamada is not quite ready for the PGA Tour.
When Vinny Giles III made his way to the first tee for his third-round match at the 55th USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club, he figured he’d stand a good chance of advancing to the quarterfinals if he could meet one simple goal: make no bogeys.
George was beaten by Michael Walters, 2 and1, this afternoon in the Round of 16.
Led by junior Taylore Karle, Pepperdine won Golfweek’s Conference Challenge on Tuesday at Primm Valley Resort.
The “Big Four” in last year’s FedEx Cup delivered a big flop for an encore.
Idaho won its first event of the 2009-10 season Tuesday, closing with a 3-over 859 at Ptarmigan Country Club in Fort Collins, Colo., to win the Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic.
The Nationwide Tour is something of an open society, allowing a nonexempt player on a hot streak to set up shop on the circuit. That’s exactly what Kevin Chappell has done.
It’s that time of year again. Q-School has started. Play at two pre-qualifying locations began Tuesday. Here are notables at each field:
Even in the midst of a recession, the PGA Tour is proving to be a stout revenue machine. But the same can’t be said for the Champions Tour.
Matt Hill’s college victory streak is over. Hill, who won five consecutive events to finish last season, finished 10th at his season-opening Maryland Intercollegiate Sept. 13 with a 1-over 214 (74-70-70) total at River Marsh Golf Course in Cambridge, Md.
Well, that didn’t take long. U.S. Girls’ Junior champ Amy Anderson won her first two college events – a nine-shot victory Sept. 11 at the Concordia Invite and a three-shot victory Tuesday at Chip-N Club Invitational.
Two months after her stunning victory at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, Amy Anderson is two-for-two as a collegian.
Wow! How often do you have to shoot 66 to win a match, 1 up?
CHICAGO – Chicago golf fans, you owe it to yourself to sneak away from the office sometime between now and Thursday and get out to Beverly Country Club and the USGA Senior Amateur.
You’ve probably seen or heard the slogan, “Loudmouth puts the fun into golf.” You might even have a pair of Loudmouth pants hanging in your closet.
Andrew Knox, of Cary, N.C., shot 9-under 135 (72-63) at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C., to win the Joe Cheves Junior Invitational by six shots.
Marc Leishman, who tied for second at the BMW Championship, carried 14 Titleist clubs in his bag and used a Titleist Pro V1x golf ball.
Karen Chung, of Livingston, N.J., shot 4-over 220 (74-73-73) at The Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., to win the AJGA Girls Championship by one shot.
A closer look at the Sept. 19, 2009 issue of Golfweek.
Six years after he packed in his PGA Tour career, Gary Nicklaus is going to give it another shot. Jack’s son has entered the PGA Tour Q-School.
Monday, September 14
The Harvard name screams excellence. The rest of the country is finding it out first hand at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Kingsbarns revolutionized Scottish golf when it opened 10 years ago. Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, explains how its finishing hole offers a true test.
One glance at Donald Steele's Primland, set against the Dan River Gorge in Virginia, will make your mouth drop. Hitting both the links and the new Lodge are Primland are truly captivating.
After going undefeated at the Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler will make his pro debut this week in the Nationwide Tour’s Albertsons Boise Open.
Looking for a well-priced round of golf amid a host of other attractions? Don't count out Kentucky.
Not one to kick a man while he’s down, I have only one criticism of Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Dalgleish’s decision-making at the Walker Cup.
I came away from Golf Channel’s weekend coverage of the Walker Cup wanting more.
Today was the first round of match-play at the USGA Senior Amateur and George was paired against John Benson, a nice fellow from Punxsutawney, Pa.
Georgia rolled to a seven-shot victory Monday at the Duramed Cougar Classic, closing with a 1-under 287 at Yeamans Hall Golf Club in Hanahan, S.C.
SMU cruised to a victory Monday at the Gopher Invitational, closing with a tournament-best 8-under 280 to top Arkansas (288) by 10 shots.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
The 69 Andy Knox shot in the first round of a Nationwide Tour event earlier this year was impressive, but it doesn’t compare to his final-round 63 at last weekend’s Joe Cheves Invitational, considering that round produced a trophy.
With its financial grants shrinking in a tough economy – down about 60 percent from a year ago – the USGA is reorganizing its philanthropic operations with hopes of operating more efficiently.
Tom Studer is enjoying a different kind of home-course advantage at the USGA Senior Amateur.
While the country’s top amateurs were creating excitement at Merion Golf Club during last weekend’s Walker Cup, two players from Lindenwood University, an NAIA school in St. Charles, Mo., were lighting things up in Marion, Iowa.
In his earlier years at Ping, John Solheim was a designer of lightweight carry bags.
In honor of Golfweek’s annual College Preview, we’ve dedicated the Toy Box to official collegiate-licensed golf products. They’re designed to perform on the course – and boldly declare where your allegiance lies.
Well, Tiger Woods has done it again. Not only did he dominate the BMW Championship last weekend, but he also continues to set the bar when it comes to golf fashion.
The Spartans won their home tournament for the fifth consecutive year, finishing with an 11-over 875 total and defeating Purdue by three shots Sept. 13 at the Mary Fossum Invitational. Michigan State sophomores Lindsey Solberg and Shannon Warner tied for third.
The Volunteers closed with a tournament-best 14-under 274 on Sept. 13 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate by 12 shots over runner-up Chattanooga. Three Vols finished in the top 10, including co-medalist Darren Renwick.
The sophomore won the individual title at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a final-round 70 and 2-under 214 total. In 10 events last season, Sakamoto posted a stroke average of 78.3, with a tie for eighth her best finish.
The junior from Sweden birdied four of his first nine holes in a final-round 68 to claim a share of the individual title at the Carpet Capital, his first college victory. Floren began the day in seventh place and five shots off the lead.
Paul Simson fashioned a bogey-free 67 into a 36-hole total of 2-under-par 140. That earned him a share of medalist honors with Pat Tallent of Vienna, Va.
At this morning’s playoff for the final match-play spots at the U.S. Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club, I counted Alan Bouchard out at the 11th hole. And the 12th. But the 63-year-old from Falmouth, Maine, lives to play in Monday’s opening round.
LEMONT, Ill. – So, after a three-week, 216-hole playoff sweep of New York, Boston, and Chicago, who made the moves, both positive and negative in the FedEx Cup standings?
A closer look at Sunday singles from the 42nd Walker Cup.
Besides the “sound” of Beverly, this golf club also is renowned for the annual Carparelli Pro-Am and the Beverly Medley.
Sunday, September 13
ARDMORE, Pa. – I hate to end this Walker Cup on a scatological note, but one thing I’m looking forward to in two years at Royal Aberdeen is a better experience of finding “the nearest point of relief.”
Josh Teater shot a final-round 3-under 68 to finish at 20 under and win the Utah Championship on Sunday for his first victory as a professional.
There’s a reason Team USA waltzed to a victory at the Walker Cup: perfect chemistry. Eric Soderstrom explains.
John Senden secured the 30th and final spot for the Tour Championship, giving him at least a mathematical chance of the $10 million prize and a spot in three of the majors next year.
Ball State isn’t used to playing with college golf’s best. But the Cardinals are getting their chance at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge and making the most of it.
PRIMM, Nev. – Perhaps Oklahoma State took Golfweek’s preseason rankings and posted them on the roof of the team van. Or maybe the Cowgirls didn’t even notice they weren’t ranked in the preseason top 30.
Michigan State outlasted Purdue on Sunday to win the Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich.
Texas A&M won the rain-shortened MoMorial Invitational Sunday at Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.
Was there ever any doubt? Tiger Woods rolled to a eight-shot victory Sunday at Cog Hill and overtook the top spot in the FedEx Cup race.
The U.S. won its third straight Walker Cup on Sunday, claiming three early singles matches for a 16 1/2 - 9 1/2 victory over Great Britain & Ireland.
Jiyai Shin shot a 7-under 64, then beat Angela Stanford and Sun Young Yoo on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.
U.S. Walker Cup stars Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein chatted live with Golfweek.com users from Merion. Click here to watch a replay.
Tennessee ran away with its first victory of the 2009-10 season, closing with a tournament-best 14-under 274 Sunday to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate by 12 shots.
James Kingston of South Africa captured his second European Tour title on Sunday, beating Anders Hansen of Denmark on the first playoff hole at the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Prior to the Walker Cup, players from the U.S. and Great Britain & Ireland filled out media bio sheets and there was a spot to list their nicknames. While some left the space blank, most filled it in. Some answers were pretty ho-hum, but there were a few that had me scratching my head.
CHICAGO – Beverly Country Club, for better or for worse, often has been referred to as the course of “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.”
Barring a Great Britain & Ireland miracle at Merion Golf Club, the United States will win the 42nd Walker Cup this afternoon minus any drama – and a lot of the blame there should fall on the shoulders of captain Buddy Marucci.
Team USA went 3-1 Sunday morning at the Walker Cup to take a 11-5. The U.S. needs just 2 1/2 points in the singles matches to retain the Cup.
LEMONT, Ill. – Not that anyone can see Tiger Woods to begin with – he is, after all, seven strokes ahead – but BMW Championship officials have at least tried to make it a clear fight.
Sang-Moon Bae of South Korea has won the Korea Open for the second straight year, shooting a 4-under 67 to beat countryman Kim Dae-sub by one shot.
Just as I had suspected, with the fog clearing and the course drying out, the golfers in the first tee times of the afternoon session had an easier go at the course, and the lower scores reflected that fact.
The strangest thing happened yesterday at the practice round for the Golfweek Conference Challenge.
Saturday, September 12
Teams don't get much closer than the 10 men who represent the U.S. at the Walker Cup this week. As Eric Soderstrom writes, there's a lot to be said for the camaraderie formed at college matches and AJGA events.
Song-Hee Kim leads the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship by two strokes over Angela Stanford heading into the final round.
What slump? Tiger Woods – winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs – shot a course-record 62 and leads BMW by seven. No surprise, says Jeff Rude.
The Golfweek staff recaps all the afternoon singles matches from Day 1 of the Walker Cup.
In a day of team camaraderie, stellar golf and plenty of glory moments, Jeff Babineau explains why no Walker Cupper could match Rickie Fowler.
U.S. golf teams over the years have been hammered because supposedly they’ve consisted of a bunch of players who couldn’t gel like teams should.
Rickie Fowler won’t know it, but he handed England’s Sam Hutsby a dog license in singles play.
Pairings for Day 2 at the Walker Cup.
The lights aren’t out, the party isn’t over, but the band is playing an encore and the bartender has closed the bar.
First things first, we can’t have these PGA Tour tournaments without the volunteers.
Paul Richards is caddying for George Zahringer at the USGA Senior Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Richards will file daily reports for Golfweek.com detailing his experience on the bag and inside the ropes.
With Day 1 in the books at the Walker Cup, Rickie Fowler (pictured) and the U.S. Team hold a comfortable lead over GB&I. Fowler took down his opponents in the fewest holes of any U.S. player.
Why do I love golf so much? Let me count the ways.
What slump? Tiger Woods – winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs – shot a course-record 62 in the third round of the BMW and has a 7-shot lead.
Unlike the 5-footer for birdie at the 18th, the 8-footer at 16, the 15-footer at 13, the 7-footer at the 10th, or the 5-footer at No. 9 . . . Sergio Garcia did not miss the can lying on the ground behind the 18th green.
The ninth hole at Cog Hill No. 4 might be the hardest hole in the world that doesn’t have water or out of bounds.
If you want to create a runaway, here’s what you need for ingredients:
Peter Hanson of Sweden leads three players by one stroke at the Mercedes-Benz Championship after shooting a 5-under 67 in the third round.
It’s a shame that in the Walker Cup, match-ups in the competition are determined blindly.
There are some interesting faces in the crowd at the Walker Cup.
At the end of this week’s Walker Cup, mid-am Nathan Smith will return to work, a handful of players will return to college and some officially will end their amateur days and turn pro.
It’s always easy to second guess a captain’s decisions in the Walker Cup. In fact, it’s half the fun.
The U.S. squad took control of the Walker Cup in morning foursomes. Brian Harman and Morgan Hoffmann (pictured) led their teammates to a 3-1 lead entering afternoon singles.
The weather is improving at the Walker Cup.
Watching the best that amateur golf has to offer from the U.S. and GB&I, one thing is crystal clear: Merion is winning the battle.
Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to the USGA Players’ Dinner, hosted by Beverly, in my role as Club Historian.
Friday, September 11
Sandra Gal’s eagle on the 18th hole gave her a one-shot lead after the first round of the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship.
Great Britain & Ireland captain Colin Dalgleish has two things on his side heading into the 42nd Walker Cup that opposing captain Buddy Marucci doesn’t have.
There are players who want the ball with the game – and glory – on the line. Meet Brian Harman. As Eric Soderstrom tells us, the U.S. will rely on Harman for his play – and his fire.
Tiger Woods is winless in the FedEx Cup playoffs, but he shares the 36-hole lead at the BMW Championship with Mark Wilson.
In Southern California, one might expect dreary weather. But here at the Walker Cup, just outside Philadelphia at Merion Golf Club, the constant rain is certainly not welcome.
The pairings for Day 1 of the Walker Cup were announced Friday.
A few reporters in the media center commented that they had never seen or heard of midway BMW Championship contender Marc Leishman.
Upon studying the BMW Championship midway leaderboard, Tiger Woods and Padraig Harrington are in contention.
Away from the usual Tigermania, there’s a local lovefest at the BMW Championship.
Paul Richards is caddying for George Zahringer at the USGA Senior Amateur at The Beverly Country Club in Chicago. Richards will file daily reports for Golfweek.com detailing his experience on the bag and inside the ropes.
Walker Cup veterans like Rickie Fowler (second from right) will play their final matches as amateurs this week, after holding out all summer to experience one final ride at the historic team event.
News and takes from all corners of golf’s business arena will be showcased here. Among this week’s entries, senior writer Adam Schupak explains why the OneAsia Tour is off to a fast start, but cautions about dismissing the Asian Tour.
There is a plaque embedded in the middle of the 18th fairway at Merion Golf Club, about 223 yards from the middle of the green. The inscription on the plaque is simple. It reads:
It’s easy to think that Great Britain & Ireland is the more laid-back team heading into the opening day of the Walker Cup.
Former Pittsburgh Pirates World Series star Steve Blass made two holes-in-one in a span of 11 holes during the team’s annual alumni golf outing.
The road to glory? Or the road to nowhere?
Scott Strange shot a 4-under 68 and Chris Wood had a 69 to share a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship on Friday.
Golfweek's staff offers its predictions for the Walker Cup.
As someone who grew up on the west coast of Scotland, I’m a bit of an expert on rain.
Thursday, September 10
What I did on Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday: Played my favorite Arnold Palmer golf course. What else? “Tradition”
The women take center stage Sept. 13-15 at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge. The 54-hole event at Primm (Nev.) Valley Golf Club include 18 teams from 18 different conferences. Lance Ringler has a preview.
Few active players have an architectural acumen like Geoff Ogilvy, so perhaps it was only fitting that the Australian played his pro-am round at the BMW Championship with Rees Jones, who renovated Cog Hill.
Rory Sabbatini did not make the Presidents Cup team. As Jeff Rude writes, the South African made his feelings heard Thursday in Chicago.
Lorena Ochoa usually basks in adulation at home in Mexico. Not on Thursday.
Two days after being left off the Presidents Cup team, Rory Sabbatini had seven birdies in a round of 5-under 66 to share the lead with Steve Marino at the BMW Championship.
Pretty snazzy pro shop here at storied Merion Golf Club, site of this weekend’s Walker Cup.
PGA Tour veteran Billy Andrade arrived at Merion on Thursday for his Walker Cup Golf Channel assignment fresh from attending Arnold Palmer’s 80th birthday celebration Wednesday night across the state in Latrobe.
Some people think the U.S. will win. Others think it will be the Great Britain & Ireland team that comes out on top.
Top 8 (or at least 8 of the Top 100) reasons it’s cool to be picked for the U.S. Walker Cup team.
Jan Dowling (right) infused the University of Florida with fresh energy over the summer. But she’s not the only new coach in the state. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
UCF did recently get a pretty good transfer of its own, though.
Beginning next week, Adam Mitchell will embark on his new career as a professional golfer.
ARDMORE, Pa. - It’s been an interesting week for the GB&I team as it prepares for the Walker Cup.
Bud Cauley’s sophomore year at Alabama hasn’t even begun, and he already knows its going to both start and finish with a bang.
The U.S. Walker Cup team gathered around Merion Golf Club’s first tee at 9:45 Thursday morning, Brendan Gielow hitting the squad’s opening shot a little left in the rough.
England’s Stiggy Hodgson has the most interesting name on the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team, and it needs some explaining.
I was a little surprised – well, maybe not really – to see Alabama men’s coach Jay Seawell out and about at Merion Golf Club today.
From Golfweek’s Japan bureau, the results are in from the Topy Cup.
What you need to know before making a campus visit.
Soren Hansen of Denmark has shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Chris Wood of England after the first round of the Mercedes-Benz Championship.
Australia’s Michael Wright and four South Koreans each shot a 67 for a share of the lead after Thursday’s opening round of the Korea Open.
Jonathan Moore was the hero of the 2007 Walker Cup. Now he’s toiling on the Hooters Tour. But that’s not slowing him down. Sean Martin reports.
Social-networking Web sites are catching on among college coaches as a way to keep up with potential recruits and promote a golf program. Dan Mirocha reports.
59 Belts was an idea brewed up in 2006...
The big-name schools almost always get the big-name recruits. But that doesn’t stop college coaches from smaller, lesser-known conferences from recruiting talented junior players and building a solid and formidable program.
A Procter & Gamble official announced that the consumer-products company will renew its LPGA tournament sponsorship for 2010, Golfweek has learned.
Brendan Gielow was never considered a lock for the U.S. Walker Cup team. But after a strong summer, the Wake Forest senior is at Merion and ready to go.
Though the trend is for many top junior players to bypass official visits and commit to colleges before their senior year of high school, here’s a look at two players who took several official (and unofficial) visits and say the process helped immensely in making their decisions.
As elite prospects commit at younger ages – often with no visit – coaches must rethink recruiting game plan. Beth Ann Baldry reports.
Wednesday, September 9
I’ve heard many an Arnold Palmer story in my day – after all, everyone seems to have one – but D.A. Points shared a fresh tale that showed a side of The King you don’t often hear about: his goodwill to a promising pro.
Since the Lyndon Johnson administration, Donald “Doc” Giffin has been Arnold Palmer’s assistant. But that doesn’t begin to describe his many duties.
Arnold Palmer celebrates his 80th birthday Sept. 10. Adam Schupak spends a day with The King in his castle – Latrobe, Pa.
Whereas just 12 days ago it appeared as if Adam Scott’s 2009 PGA Tour season was over, there suddenly is a chance to salvage something of it.
A slow, rainy start for one member of the press at the Walker Cup.
Brett Quigley missed advancing to the BMW Championship by a mere four points. He wasn’t happy. Jim McCabe explains.
News that Jill Briles-Hinton was hired by the University of Richmond tells us one thing: She really wanted to coach again.
Tiger Woods used Mizuno forged blades to win his final amateur and first pro title. James Achenbach looks at the history of the company’s forged irons.
Jill Briles-Hinton has landed in Virginia. The former women’s coach at Florida was named head coach at the University of Richmond on Tuesday.
I grew up in the golden age of long irons. Everybody carried a 2-iron. If you were a real man, you carried a 1-iron.
LEMONT, Ill. – Scott Verplank said he was “pleasantly surprised” with Rees Jones’ renovation of Cog Hill, site of this week’s BMW Championship.
LEMONT, Ill. – Commissioner Tim Finchem made it clear Wednesday that PGA Tour purses will not decline next year or in the near future. Rather, he said any increase in prize money would be “relatively flat” for next year.
LEMONT, Ill. – Asked whether the renovated Cog Hill No. 4 could host a U.S. Open, Tiger Woods said Wednesday: “I think so. It depends on the setup.”
The NGCA Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship trophy went to LSU. This will certainly build confidence for a young Tiger team, one that’s a threat to win every tournament they play in this year.
Just two events are left in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Who are Golfweek’s Fantasy Aces picking for the home stretch?
Wallace Booth knows failure can lead to success. That why he’s in prime position to star for the GB&I team at the Walker Cup this weekend.
Jay Moseley was hired Tuesday as the men’s golf coach at Kennesaw (Ga.) State. Moseley replaces Blake Smart, who left to be the assistant coach at Oklahoma.
Arkansas’ Kelli Shean will tee it up at the P&G beauty NW Arkansas Championship Sept. 11-13. The junior from South Africa Monday-qualified for the event, held at Pinnacle Country Club, with a score of 69. The tournament is held in Fayetteville, where the university is located.
Senior writer Ron Balicki, aka “Wrong Ron,” makes his selections for the upcoming men’s season:
There’s no question who tops Golfweek’s preseason men's individual rankings. Just win eight times, including the conference, regional and NCAA titles. Nice work, Matt Hill.
Strong top to bottom, Stanford, led by junior Steve Ziegler, tops Golfweek’s preseason rankings. Wonder how Morgan Hoffmann and Oklahoma State feels about that?
Women are traditionally the fashion trendsetters...
ARDMORE, Pa. – Most of the 10 Great Britain & Ireland players will probably join Sam Hutsby and turn professional Sept. 14, the day after the Walker Cup.
ARDMORE, Pa. – I had to smile to myself on the plane trip over here when I overhead four members of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club chatting in the row in front of me.
Tuesday, September 8
John Daly is hanging it up for the rest of 2009. No word yet whether those loud pants will make an appearance, like at a dinner or movie.
Masters champion Angel Cabrera walked into the Caddywagon at the TPC Boston and put an entire week of caddie meals on his tab.
LSU freshman Mary Michael Maggio birdied the last two holes to defeat Auburn stalwart Candace Schepperle, 1 up, and give LSU the victory Tuesday at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship.
How’s the Class of 2008 grads from the Nationwide Tour doing in the big leagues this season? As is usually the case, it’s a mixed bag for the “25,” as they are affectionately called.
I chatted with a soon-to-be professional Rickie Fowler, and asked him about golf fashion, trends, belt buckles (of course!) and more. . .
One day after watching his client, Heath Slocum, win the Barclays, Nick Biesecker got a win of his own. Biesecker, a managing director with Blue Giraffe Sports, shot 69 Aug. 31 to earn medalist honors in a U.S. Mid-Amateur qualifier at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Mass.
Take an inside look at the 2009 Walker Cup teams.
Inside the bags of winners on tour.
In making Presidents Cup captains’ picks Tuesday, Fred Couples chose Lucas Glover and Hunter Mahan as expected for the United States team, and Greg Norman took Ryo Ishikawa and, surprisingly, Adam Scott for the Internationals.
Equipment sales are ailing, but there are always exceptions such as Vokey wedges. Will they benefit from “stockpiling"?
Lance Ringler, Golfweek’s college golf guru, offers his picks for the upcoming women’s season.
LEMONT, Ill. – Ryo Ishikawa has been picked for the International team in the Presidents Cup, making the 17-year-old Japanese star the youngest player to compete in the matches.
You think the focus is off Arizona State because they lost two seniors from last year’s national championship team? Think again. The Sun Devils top Golfweek’s preseason rankings.
Storied, inspiring, and frumpy throughout, the East Course at Merion is deserving of its ranking as No. 4 on the Golfweek’s Best Classic list.
What goes around comes around...
At the Deutsche Bank Championship, Aldila came out on top in two categories – graphite shafts (all woods combined) and graphite driver shafts, specifically.
Wallace Booth has often had to take a back seat to younger sister Carly during his life, but he plans to better her at this week’s Walker Cup. In fact, Booth says he literally will turn head over heels should Great Britain and Ireland win the match at Merion.
I remember the days when the GB&I Walker Cup team turned up on American soil, played a couple of practice rounds, got pasted and then went home to lick their wounds. Those days are long gone. Practice sessions for potential team members are a big part of GB&I preparations today.
Inside the Sept. 12, 2009 issue of Golfweek:
There’s no question which player leads Golfweek’s preseason All-Americans into the new season. So can anyone catch Jennifer Song? Here are the contenders.
Monday, September 7
The first two events of the PGA Tour playoffs came down to 72nd-hole finishes. Then why haven’t they felt more exciting?
NORTON, Mass. – With his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship, Steve Stricker moved to No. 2 in the world rankings, supplanting Phil Mickelson. Lefty had been No. 2 in the world since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in March.
Steve Stricker won the Deutsche Bank Championship Monday, and in the process, moved ahead of Tiger Woods in the FedEx Cup race.
Phil Mickelson is still on the fence about the BMW Championship.
Mizuno’s mid-September introduction of the MP-58, MP-68, MX-300 and MX-1000 irons conform to new groove regulations taking effect Jan. 1 on major tours and for “elite” amateur events.
International Presidents Cup captain Greg Norman, if he happens to be watching the Deutsche Bank Championship while out on the yacht today, at least has to be buoyed by two of his players showing some signs of life.
The Tribute, a 1,150-acre development north of Dallas, will open its second course, the Old American Golf Club, later this month.
The U.S. Walker Cup squad is on site at Merion after one final practice session at Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mill, Md.
Tiger Woods was 6 under after six holes, leaving fans at the Deutsche Bank Championship wondering whether they would see an unprecedented comeback.
NORTON, Mass. – Because Tiger Woods completed his final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship before television coverage kicked in Monday afternoon, you may not have seen the guy dressed in the tiger costume that followed Woods around TPC Boston for all 18 holes.
Golfweek.com is on the ground at Merion to bring you an up-close look at the 2009 Walker Cup. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Ardmore, Pa.
In every way, Brad Faxon would have preferred to have been between the ropes at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Until Monday, Tiger Woods looked human. Then he shot a final-round 63 at Deutsche Bank, letting everyone know the season isn’t over yet.
The Walker Cup kicks off Saturday and U.S. captain Buddy Marucci has the Americans ready for action. Ron Balicki reports.
Here are the Junior Fantasy Golf results from the Junior Players Championship:
Bobby Wyatt, of Mobile, Ala., shot 6-under 210 (66-73-71) at TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course in Ponte Vedra, Fla., to win the Junior Players Championship by three shots.
Chelsea Pezzola, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 9-over 149 (74-75) at the Treetops Resort Tradition Course in Gaylord, Mich., to win the Golfweek Junior Series event by eight shots.
I sat in the press room eight days ago in Portland and listened to Suzann Pettersen talk about how “great” she played during the final round. Those four consecutive birdies on Nos. 9-12 were terrific. But the bogey-double bogey that followed wasn’t so hot. She squandered a three-shot lead with five to play at the Safeway Classic and lost in a playoff to M.J. Hur.
NORTON, Mass. – In what is a clear sign of the times, the Ryder Cup is offering a second bite at the apple. Organizers of 2010 Ryder Cup in Wales are opening up a ballot for a second time in an attempt to sell practice, match and hospitality tickets.
Sunday, September 6
Jeff Sluman overcame a six-stroke deficit Sunday at Pebble Beach to successfully defend his Walmart First Tee Open title.
South Korea’s Song Yi Choi won the Futures Tour’s season-ending ILOVENY Championship on Sunday to finish fifth on the money list and earn one of 10 2010 LPGA cards available on the developmental tour.
Former Boise State player Troy Merritt won the Mexico Open on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour victory, beating Australia’s Adam Bland with a 20-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
There isn’t much that can tear Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly apart. As Jeff Babineau explains, the friends from Wisconsin have a unique bond.
Steve Stricker has made an eagle on the final hole at TPC Boston for a 6-under 65 to share the 54-hole lead with Retief Goosen and Sean O’Hair in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Suzann Pettersen closed with a 1-under 70 for a five-shot victory at the Canadian Women’s Open, her first LPGA victory in nearly two years.
Despite a rocky finish at TPC Sawgrass, Bobby Wyatt won his first AJGA invitational Sunday at the Junior Players Championship.
Talk about a horror story from the 17th at TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.
Jordan Niebrugge and Chelsea Pezzola won the Golfweek Junior Series event in Michigan Sunday in convincing fashion.
So, the burning question among the masses permeating the crisp, autumn-like air at TPC Boston on Sunday was this: What the heck is wrong with Tiger Woods?
NORTON, Mass. – When Steve Stricker saw he was paired with his old friend Jerry Kelly for the third round at TPC Boston, he had to be turning cartwheels. After two days at Liberty National paired with Tiger Woods and two more rounds this week with Tiger again, the circus had to be getting to Stricker.
NORTON, Mass. – So, you’re looking at the scores – a 62, two 63s, three 64s, and a pile of 65s – and then you factor in three par 4s that have yielded eagles (the first, second, and 12th), and you’re thinking things are a piece of cake here at TPC Boston.
On the way past the driving range at TPC Sawgrass this morning, I spotted the familiar face of one of the top junior players in the country, still hitting balls.
Byeong-Hun An has a different face on the bag this week at the Junior Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
Alexander Noren won the European Masters, pitching in for an eagle on the 15th hole to shoot 6-under 66 and beat Bradley Dredge by two strokes.
NORTON, Mass. – Talk about a wide-open invitation for jokes and wisecracks. With 73 players having made the cut at the Deutsche Bank Championship, the first tee time belonged to a single.
Saturday, September 5
Loren Roberts closed in on his second straight Champions Tour title, shooting a 6-under 66 on Saturday at Pebble Beach to take a two-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara in the Walmart First Tee Open.
For players eyeing a Presidents Cup bid, the Deutsche Bank Championship serves as a last chance to make a statement. Jeff Babineau weighs captain Fred Couples' options.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen shot a 5-under 66 on a difficult day at Priddis Greens, taking a five-shot lead over Angela Stanford into the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open.
Scores plummeted at the Deutsche Bank Championship today as Sean O'Hair took a share of the lead with Jim Furyk at 12 under.
The three-stroke lead Bobby Wyatt carried into the second round of the Junior Players Championship was slowly chipped away Saturday by Patrick Rodgers, who shot a 4-under-par 68 on the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
Only 14 and working just his second PGA Tour round ever, the kid has already been part of something his old man has never seen. A double-eagle.
Jordan Niebrugge (pictured) and Alex Wunderlich share the first-round lead at the Golfweek Junior Series event at the Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich.
The LPGA Sybase Classic is leaving the Upper Montclair Country Club, and it may be moving out of New Jersey.
He’s not the captain, but if he were, Geoff Ogilvy knows where he’d be throwing one of his Presidents Cup picks.
He woke up tied for first, sharing a two-stroke lead. All he did was have a little breakfast and then some lunch and next thing Steve Stricker knew, he was four shots behind in the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Alexander Noren of Sweden shot an 8-under 63 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after three rounds of the European Masters.
For those of you who thought golf was a shoo-in for the Olympics in 2016, you might want to think again after reading the International Olympic Committee’s Evaluation Commission report for the 2016 Games.
Ladies and gentlemen, your Final Five in contention for the FedEx Cup championship . . . Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk (ho-hum), Heath Slocum (mild surprise) and Marc Leishman.
Friday, September 4
The forty-five players participating in the Golfweek Junior Series event here at Treetops resort were treated with a little bit more after their practice round.
South Korea’s Song-Hee Kim shot a tournament-record 9-under 62 for a share of the second-round lead in the Canadian Women’s Open with Suzann Pettersen.
Defending champion Jeff Sluman shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Friday at Del Monte Golf Course to take a one-stroke over lead Loren Roberts and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour’s Walmart First Tee Open.
The last guys to get into the FedEx playoffs certainly are holding up their ends of the bargain in making the most of it.
Four years ago, Paul Azinger was in the midst of making his four picks for the 2008 Presidents Cup. It’s Fred Couples’ turn now, and he isn’t finding the task any easier than Azinger did.
Phil Mickelson made his 400th career Tour start Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Where he makes his 401st is open to debate.
Bobby Wyatt charged out of the gates with a first-round 66 at the Junior Players Championship, separating himself from second-place Jim Liu by three.
Sure, a hot putter didn't hurt, but there's another reason Steve Stricker is tied with Jim Furyk for the Deutsche Bank lead. As Jim McCabe writes, the secret's in the sauce.
Steve Stricker said after Round 1 of the Deutsche Bank that he’s “comfortable” playing with Tiger Woods. He proved it with an 8-under 63.
Thomas Aiken of South Africa shot a 7-under 64 Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the European Masters.
When you get to the playoffs, you should want to play and survive as long as possible. It isn’t meant to be optional.
Forget the latest swing tip. You want to go low? Try lobster ravioli.
With more than a year to go before the 2010 Ryder Cup, the race for a spot on the European team has already begun. Alistair Tait questions the effectiveness of the long process.
I’ve heard enough about Tour players and their new grooves for 2010.
The Junior Players Championship is this week, and it's time for the Golfweek staffers to make their picks.
Thursday, September 3
Anna Rawson shot a course-record 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen in the Canadian Women’s Open.
Can’t decide which is more surprising: The fact that Anna Rawson leads the CN Canadian Open with an opening 64, or that Lorena Ochoa is in second place with 66.
Tiger Woods has been wearing a Nike logo on the crest of his golf shirt ever since he turned professional 13 years ago.
It was tough to miss Staff Sgt. Dale Beatty Thursday at TPC Boston. As Jim McCabe writes, he was the one signing more autographs than Tiger.
With her sights on an 2010 LPGA card, Duramed Futures Tour player Samantha Richdale is looking forward to Graduation Day on Sunday.
Ernie Els is starting to get his swagger back. That’s a good thing.
iger Woods insists he is putting OK these days, but a scene on the first hole of his pro-am at the Deutsche Bank Championship early Thursday morning at least raised an eyebrow or two.
NORTON, Mass. – Even though he withdrew yesterday from the Deutsche Bank Championship, Paul Casey is still hanging around Boston to support the sponsor and their clients.
Brian Davis, c’mon down, you’re the first contestant on the new reality show, “Are your grooves going to be legit next year?”
Australia’s Brett Rumford birdied the last four holes for a 28 on the back nine Thursday and finished with a 9-under 62 for the first-round lead at the European Masters.
A longtime take on Tiger Woods from the media center is that he doesn’t say much, but beware of absolutes.
Jordan Spieth is conspicuously absent from the Junior Players Championship this week.
North Carolina State’s Matt Hill won eight times last year as a sophomore and became just the second player to win a conference title, regional title and the NCAA Championship. The only other player in the history of NCAA men’s golf to accomplish this was Stanford’s Tiger Woods.
SINGAPORE – Three-time major winners Padraig Harrington and Ernie Els have confirmed they will play in the Singapore Open in late October and skip the World Match Play Championship.
Wednesday, September 2
As the start of the AJGA’s Junior Players Championship nears, it’s not surprising that one name has emerged in connection with the tournament more than any other: U.S. Amateur champion Byeong-Hun An.
With the announcement that the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic is returning to the LPGA calendar, the tour has re-signed three domestic events that have been cornerstones of its schedule.
One of the beauties of competitive golf is that, unlike the multimillion-dollar salaries of utility infielders, there are no guarantees. That’s very clear right now.
The season is winding down. Last chance to make your move in fantasy golf. See who our Aces are picking at Deutsche Bank.
Paul Casey withdrawew from the Deutsche Bank Championship Wednesday because of a rib injury that has kept the world’s No. 3 player out of golf for the last month.
The Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic announced a one-year extension, keeping a much-needed domestic stop on the LPGA’s schedule.
East Tennessee State receives the inaugural Academic National Champion Award from the GCAA after earning the highest GPA in Division I men's golf.
A controversy over five parcels adjoining Donald Trump's proposed Scottish links resort in Aberdeen won't derail the development, the real estate magnate told Golfweek.
Skeptics can question golf's playoff system, but as Jim McCabe writes, the star power of the FedEx Cup is a good alternative to the low turnouts of Silly Season.
Tiger Woods could finish the FedEx Cup season 1-1-2-2-1-1-2, end the year with seven victories and not win the Cup and $10 million bonus. Jeff Rude explains.
U.S. Walker Captain Buddy Marucci tossed out the first pitch at the Philadelphia Phillies game against the Giants on Tuesday night.
Breaking down Florida State’s winning formula for the week at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge.
Tuesday, September 1
RIVERSIDE, Iowa – With the conclusion of Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, the college season has officially started. Soon we will be in full swing (no pun intended).
Donald Trump has received permission to expand a luxury golf resort he is building on a stretch of Scottish coast despite fierce opposition from residents.
Drew Kittleson led Florida State to a victory Tuesday at Golfweek’s Conference Challenge, and in the process, erased a 2008-09 season full of disappointment.
Sam Saunders will play his first PGA Tour-sanctioned event one week after The King's 80th birthday.
Cobra recently has introduced a new iron, the S2, and it could emerge as Cobra’s most influential golf club since the King Cobra.
Given the choices from an NFL injury report, Paul Casey listed himself as probable for the Deutsche Bank Championship this week as the world’s No. 3 player tries to cope with a rib injury.
Byeong-Hun An will get to test drive a Ferrari when he gets home, just another perk that comes with winning the U.S. Amateur.
Heath Slocum, a longtime Ping staff member, used Ping’s new G15 driver (9 degree) and i15 irons (3-PW) in winning The Barclays.
Tom Wishon, a golf-industry veteran, heads his namesake company in Durango, Colo. His clubs are available through certified professional clubmakers.
Michelle Wie failed to qualify for the Samsung World Championship, an elite 20-player field. Wie needed to finish 15th or higher on the money list after the Safeway Classic to get an invite to Torrey Pines. Na Yeon Choi secured the last spot, edging Wie by $38,392.
There are two primary strategies for achieving higher trajectory with iron shots: Buy irons for increased height and distance or purchase hybrids.
NORTON, Mass. – Standing around the practice range, waiting for their real work to start, several caddies answered phone calls within a few minutes and discovered that their work day might have gotten longer.
NORTON, Mass. – Hey, Heath Slocum, you’ve just won a FedEx Cup playoff event and $1.35 million. What are you going to do?
NORTON, Mass. – Apparently those rumors of Kenny Perry and his new caddie are true. Just don’t ask him about it.
Ben Martin's caddie, Jim, with some sage advice from the U.S. Amateur.
It’s well-known that Tiger Woods’ fashion sensibility prefers red on Sundays, but this weekend he’ll be doubling up on his favorite color. On Saturday, he’ll be sporting Cardinal red for his alma mater, Stanford.
Don’t expect Annika Sorenstam to pull a Great Scot. Catriona Matthew won the Ricoh Women’s British Open 11 weeks after giving birth. I think Sorenstam now collects a different kind of major moments.
Arnold Palmer celebrates 80th birthday / Byeong-Hun An wins U.S. Amateur
Annika Sorenstam gave birth Tuesday morning to a baby girl, Ava Madelyn McGee. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19 inches long.