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Sunday, January 31

Veterans vying for Northern Trust spot

Want to poll the players at this week’s Northern Trust Open for their favorite memories of the tournament’s new executive director, the legendary Jerry West?

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Crane holds on for victory at Torrey Pines

Ben Crane closed with 70 on Sunday for a one-shot victory in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. It was his third career victory.

Gates wins in Nationwide Tour debut

Robert Gates became the 13th player to win his Nationwide Tour debut, closing with a 2-over 74 in windy conditions Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the tour’s season-opening New Zealand Open.

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Karlsson closes in 65 to win Qatar Masters

Robert Karlsson of Sweden shot a 7-under 65 to win the Qatar Masters by three strokes Sunday.

Saturday, January 30

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Werenski joins Georgia Tech roster early

Richard Werenski has joined the roster at Georgia Tech, making the jump to college golf a semester early. He will be eligible for competition next fall.

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Mickelson: ‘Cheating’ comment slanderous

Phil Mickelson hinted at legal action Saturday for being accused of “cheating,” saying that if the PGA Tour did not do something about him being “publicly slandered,” then he would let others handle it.

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Mickelson, Tour address wedge accusations

I get the impression Phil’s people have talked to Tim’s people.

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Imada holds lead at Torrey; Mickelson 4 back

Phil Mickelson continued to inch up the leaderboard Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, ending the day four shots behind leader Ryuji Imada and in a six-way tie for fifth.

Golf fashion goes innovative

With new gadgets and gizmos flooding the PGA Merchandise Show each year, I was a little surprised to see some of the most golfer-friendly gizmos on the apparel side of the floor.

Tattoos and golf mix together in fashion

Based out of Burbank, Calif., Tattoo Golf wants to appeal to the type of golfer who may walk the course with ink on their body. Their pirate looking logo is also unique -- instead of crossbones behind the skull there are two crossed irons.

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Tiger’s school thriving despite patron’s woes

Outside the Tiger Woods Learning Center, visitors are welcomed with a message etched in concrete and another time.

Gates leads by three in New Zealand

Robert Gates shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the Nationwide Tour’s season-opening New Zealand Open.

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Casey, Dredge top leaderboard in Qatar

Paul Casey shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday to share the lead with Bradley Dredge after the third round of the Qatar Masters.

Heavy Putter creator thinking driver for ’11

Steve Boccieri, creator of the Heavy Putter, has a dream: to bring a driver to market and sell a full line of equipment to golfers.

Friday, January 29

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Daly misses cut, says he’s quitting golf

John Daly missed another cut and said Friday he was done with golf.

Holtgrieve, Cobra and "The Beast"

Jim Holtgrieve, the 2011 U.S. Walker Cup captain, who is recovering from carpal tunnel surgery on both hands.

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Commentary: Grooves dispute escalates on Tour

Scott McCarron set off a firestorm Friday by calling it cheating for players such as Phil Mickelson to use Ping Eye 2 wedges. As Jeff Rude writes, closing the loophole that allows Eye 2s could quiet the discord.

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McCarron: Mickelson ‘cheating’ with Eye 2s

Scott McCarron is accusing Phil Mickelson of “cheating” for using Ping wedges that were made 20 years ago with square grooves that the USGA now outlaws for professional golf.

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Points, Imada tied for lead at Torrey Pines

D.A. Points saved his best golf for the toughest track and shot a 7-under 65 on the South Course at Torrey Pines, giving him a share of the lead with Ryuji Imada in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Asher golf gloves full of flair

If you think it was tough growing up with the last name Wildman, then you haven’t even considered how tough it was with the first name Asher.

Chain’d Out provides back-nine boost

I’ll admit it now – I am someone who takes energy enhancing sports drinks. This afternoon at the PGA Merchandise Show, however, I stumbled upon a product with which I was not too familiar.

Introducing... Recruiting Extra

Over the past decade, considering what the Web has done to sports information, I have seen the business of recruiting news explode within the worlds of college football and basketball.

Meet the man behind Travis Mathew clothing

This year’s PGA Merchandise Show marks the three-year anniversary of a brand of golf apparel that has seen a swift rise in the golf industy: Travis Mathew.

Rumford leads Qatar Masters after 66

Brett Rumford of Australia had a 6-under 66 Friday for a one-shot lead after the second round of the Qatar Masters.

Triple threat: Shirts, shades and shoes!

Your look always begins with three basic necessities. So, while skimming the booths today at the PGA Merchandise Show I picked out the items that were truly worth writing home about.

Commentary: OK, time for a reality check

Some tournament professionals just don’t get it. Some need serious reality checks.

Popular Bridgestone ball gets better

Fans of the Bridgestone B-330 RX, rejoice. The company introduced a new and improved version of the popular ball as well as an additional version, the B-330 RXS with improved spin characteristics around the green.

PGA of America teams with RBC

The PGA of America announced Jan. 28 the signing of the Royal Bank of Canada as its third “official patron.”

Pelz, Odyssey Golf teaming up again

Odyssey Golf and short-game guru Dave Pelz are teaming up again. His patented two and three-ball putters were licensed to Callaway Golf, and inspired the Odyssey Two-ball putter, which debuted in 2001 and is one of the best-selling putters of all-time.

American Gates leads New Zealand Open

American Robert Gates shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Australia's Andrew Dodt after the second round of the Nationwide Tour's season-opening New Zealand Open.

Golf Knickers a hit at PGA Show

With a sea of vendors at the 7th PGA Merchandise Show, it’s not possible to see everything on the first day.

Thursday, January 28

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Lefty relies on arsenal of Eye 2 wedges

How many old Ping Eye 2s does Phil Mickelson have?

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Could Tour stop use of Ping Eye 2 wedges?

Can the PGA Tour stop Phil Mickelson, John Daly and other players from carrying square-grooved Ping Eye 2 wedges that were manufactured from 1984 until April 1, 1990, even though U.S. Golf Association rules specifically allow the use of these wedges?

Mr. and Mrs. Solheim hit Bora Bora

Ping CEO John Solheim was married Dec. 5 in Phoenix, Ariz., to the new Mrs. Sunny Cynthia Dell Solheim.

Folks attending PGA Show lack style

The PGA Merchandise Show is a golf wonderland. This place is better than what any golf nut could ever dream.

Device teaches golfers to pivot like pros

Sam Shah was an avid golfer a few years ago. Unfortunately, it seemed unclear if he would enjoy playing the game again. In 2003, Shah was in a bad car accident, which lead to back and neck problems.

Simulators are in at the PGA Merchandise Show

says simulators are in at the PGA merchandise show, and the OptiShot Infrared Golf Simulator is leading the charge.

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Complete PGA Merchandise Show coverage

Golfweek.com is on the floor at the PGA Merchandise Show to bring you an up-close look at the latest equipment and golf industry news. Check back often as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Orlando, Fla.

Tiger jokes hit the sky

An airplane flying over Torrey Pines during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open carried a promotional banner that read: “We miss you, Tiger. Deja Vu Showgirls.”

Piercy showing his potential

A year ago, I asked veteran Nationwide Tour observer Curt Byrum which of that tour’s new graduates would perform the best on the 2009 PGA Tour. He mentioned Scott Piercy.

Pernice makes most of sponsor exemptions

SAN DIEGO–Tom Pernice Jr., who turned 50 in September, got into the Farmers Insurance Open on a sponsor exemption. Then he got out of the first round with a 65 on the easier North Course, putting him one stroke off the lead.

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Piercy fires 64, leads by one at Torrey Pines

Scott Piercy has the first-round lead at Torrey Pines, but Robert Allenby might have played the best round. With several others going low, the Farmers Insurance Open is off to a fast start.

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Haas sports FCWT logo on Tour

Every time Bob Hope Classic champion Bill Haas held his follow-through for a few extra seconds last weekend, he made a statement for junior golf.

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Golf industry retains lobbyist for Capitol clout

Golf needed some clout in Washington, D.C., and now has hired help to get it, writes Gene Yasuda. Meet golf’s new lobbyist, the Podesta Group.

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A look at the new U.S. Collegiate tourney

Looking for a missing college tournament? Ben Martin and Clemson are, too. As Ron Balicki writes, the Tigers can’t defend their U.S. Collegiate Championship until the tournament returns next season.

Wilson, Dredge lead Qatar Masters with 67s

Oliver Wilson of England shot a 5-under 67 Thursday despite gusting wind to share the first-round lead with Bradley Dredge of Wales at the Qatar Masters.

Man smashes Guinness record at Demo Day

While thousands of PGA professionals were testing the latest and greatest equipment at Orange County National Golf Club, one man showed off his company's product while attempting to break the Guinness World Record for most golf balls hit by an individual in a 12-hour span.

Wednesday, January 27

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Woods heads list of most-powerful athletes

Tiger Woods tops the Bloomberg BusinessWeek list of most-powerful athletes, with the companies saying he would have held the top spot even if his infidelity had become public earlier last year.

Stasi, Mummert win International Four Ball

Meghan Stasi and Donna Mummert won the 64th Women’s International Four Ball Championship Jan. 26 with a marathon victory over Alli Jarret and Laura Coble at Orangebrook Golf and Country Club in Hollywood, Fla.

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Pickerell (N/R, 2012) commits to Tennessee

Ashlee Pickerell (not ranked/Class of 2012) recently gave a verbal commitment to the University of Tennessee, according to her mother, Allyson Pickerell.

Duquesne will end men’s golf after spring

Duquesne will drop men’s golf at the end of the spring season as part of a restructuring in its athletic department, the school announced this week.

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Excited Mickelson can’t wait to start season

Phil Mickelson is excited. In fact, he used a variation of the word 10 times during his season-opening news conference Wednesday at Torrey Pines. Tough to blame him, though, writes Jeff Rude.

Sea Island seeks adviser for possible sale

One week after having announced that it will host a PGA Tour event, Sea Island is back in the news. This time, there was no celebratory news conference.

Previewing the PGA Merchandise Show

With the world's largest gathering of some of the most prominent golf industry professionals underway, we're taking a closer look at some must see booths and events at this years PGA Merchandise Show.

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Torrey’s little brother packs a punch, too

It’s easy to forget there are 36 holes on the cliffs atop Torrey Pines State Reserve, and two courses in use for this week’s Farmers Insurance Open.

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Lefty picks family vacation over Match Play

Phil Mickelson is skipping the Match Play Championship next month in Arizona while he takes his kids on a vacation that was postponed because of his wife’s cancer treatment.

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Mickelson: PGA Tour needs Woods back

Phil Mickelson says no one in golf can fill the void of Tiger Woods and that the sport needs its No. 1 player to return.

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Perry ready to ‘hug’ Woods upon return

Kenny Perry will give Tiger Woods a warm welcome when he returns from his self-imposed absence from golf.

Rookie diary: Chris Wilson’s initiation

Ever wonder what life is like for a PGA Tour rookie? Well, Chris Wilson is here to tell you.

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Q&A: PGA Tour player Chris Baryla

Ashley Crain talks to PGA Tour player Chris Barlya about his fashion on and off the course.

Bookie cuts odds on Woods playing Masters

British bookmaker William Hill has cut the odds on Tiger Woods playing at the Masters.

Tuesday, January 26

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Rocco being Rocco

Yes, Phil Mickelson is making his PGA Tour debut this week at Torrey Pines. But it was Rocco Mediate who stole the show Tuesday in the media center at the Farmers Insurance Open. Jeff Rude explains.

Thoughts on the death of Ken Green's son

How many hits can one man take? That was my first thought when I first learned that Ken Green’s 21-year-old son Hunter died.

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Fantasy Aces: Farmers Insurance Open

Phil Mickelson makes his 2010 PGA Tour debut. You can bet our Fantasy Aces are taking note for their Torrey Pines picks.

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Young stars to battle on Nationwide Tour

For those who think the Nationwide Tour has sadly transitioned from a training ground to a journeyman’s hangout, there will be a pleasant irony on this year’s tour.

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Little has changed on Tour without Tiger

The player who walked toward the first tee at sunrise on the North Course at Torrey Pines was not accompanied by a security detail. Maintenance workers did not gather on the pro shop balcony to watch him tee off.

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Ken Green’s son, Hunter, dies at 21

Hunter Green, the son of professional golfer Ken Green, was found dead Friday in his fraternity house at Southern Methodist University. He was 21.

In this issue: Jan. 29, 2010

Inside the Jan. 29, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

LPGA adds Sybase Match Play event

Sybase is back. The LPGA announced the addition of the Sybase Match Play Championship, to be played May 20-23 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.

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Furyk: My money’s on Tiger to play Augusta

Jim Furyk offered his prediction as to when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf in 2010.

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Spieth gets rare Byron Nelson exemption

Add another notch on Jordan Spieth’s growing list of accomplishments. Spieth, 16, has accepted a sponsor exemption in the PGA Tour’s HP Byron Nelson Championship.

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Freddie’s fantastic footwear

The Champions Tour is getting a little spicier, all thanks to Fred Couples’ footwear.

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Vote: How many majors will Phil win in ’10?

How many majors will Phil Mickelson win in 2010?

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Commentary: Lumpy, Leonard and the guy who shot 102

With vintage Palm Springs weather returned to the final round of the Bob Hope Classic, scores were what they usually are at this event. That is, lower than low.

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2010 Golf Gear Guide: New equipment

Need a new driver? Is your wedge losing its mojo? Too many three-putts? Not a problem. Golfweek introduces its 2010 Golf Gear Guide.

2010 shafts: Selecting the right profile

A closer look at new golf club shafts for 2010.

2010 grips: Many options

PGA professionals and fitters know the importance of using the right grip.

2010 putters: More to the club than cosmetics

Mallet or blade? That is the question asked by many golfers when it comes to choosing a putter.

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2010 irons: Find the right configuration

Irons now hit the ball much farther than before. Why? Because iron lofts have grown stronger in recent years.

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2010 drivers: A search for speed

Golfers will hear a lot about speed in 2010. In the driver universe, swing speed will be topic No. 1.

2010 golf balls: New grooves mean softer is in

Because the PGA Tour and other professional tours will switch to smaller grooves this year, some golf ball manufacturers have introduced softer balls to enhance iron and wedge play with the new grooves.

2010 wedges: Year of grooves

The big consideration here is grooves. After Dec. 31 of this year, manufacturers no longer can produce wedges with aggressive, large U grooves. However, virtually all amateurs can continue to use the bigger grooves until 2024.

Monday, January 25

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 18-25, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Automakers in the mix again for Tour sponsorship

First, there was no Chrysler, let alone any title sponsor, at the Bob Hope Classic. This week we say good-bye to what formerly was known as the Buick Invitational. (But the event has resurfaced as the Farmers Insurance Open.)

PGA Tour raised $108 million for charities in ’09

The PGA Tour announced Jan. 25 the creation of a new Web site to tout its charitable endeavors, which raised $108 million last year.

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As marketer, Woods no longer sure thing

Tiger Woods was a one-man corporate juggernaut like none other. But the future of his “brand” lies uncertain amid the chaos that has become his life.

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Conestoga’s opening bolsters Mesquite’s appeal

Among golfers, Mesquite has earned a reputation as an emerging golf destination with a solid, and sometimes spectacular, collection of courses.

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Haas gets 1st PGA Tour victory at Bob Hope

Move over, pops. Twenty two years after his father, Jay, won the Bob Hope Classic, Bill Haas rallied to win the event with a closing 64.

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Coyote Springs

Coyote Springs’ beauty lies in wait in Nevada’s desert, miles away from the nearest burger or coffee joint. Bradley Klein explains why it’s the No. 10 best new layout of 2008-09.

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Klein on Design: No. 18 at Mayakoba – El Camaleon

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.

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Thomas (No. 8, 2011) commits to Alabama

Justin Thomas, No. 8 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, has verball committed to the University of Alabama.

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Look of the week: Whole new Bubba

After seeing his updated, younger look this weekend at the Bob Hope Classic, I can’t help but think Bubba Watson is looking pretty sharp these days.

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Newell (No. 13, 2011) commits to Tennessee

A.J. Newell told Golfweek she has verbally committed to Tennessee.

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Player of the Week: Kevin Jorden

Kevin Jorden, of Juno Beach, Fla., shot 1-over 145 (73-72) at Brooksville (Fla.) Country Club and won the Florida Junior Tour event in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Yueer Cindy Feng

Yueer Cindy Feng, of Orlando, Fla., shot 5-over 149 (74-75) at Brooksville (Fla.) Country Club and won the Florida Junior Tour event in a playoff.

Course architect Wogan dies at 91

Blessed with rich golf bloodlines that included a connection to the legendary Donald Ross, Philip A. Wogan surprised no one by making the game his career.

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Monday Scramble: The Bubba Watson Show

So what will Bubba Watson do tonight if he wins the Bob Hope Classic? Most likely film a funny video and then send it to comedian Ellen DeGeneres. The Monday Scramble explains.

Sunday, January 24

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Watson nips Couples for Mitsubishi title

Tom Watson became the 13th oldest player to win on the Champions Tour on Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for one-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

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Swing tip helps Haas contend at Hope

There’s something tantalizing about golf tips, which is why numerous magazines and TV shows are dedicated to them.

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Watson, Prugh locked atop Hope Classic

Bubba Watson double-bogeyed the final hole in the fourth round at the Bob Hope Classic, dropping him back into a tie with PGA Tour rookie Alex Prugh at 23-under 265 heading into the finale in the five-round event.

Ohio golfer’s scorecard confession earns accolade

A scorecard confession that cost an Ohio high school golfer the state championship five years ago has earned him a national sportsmanship of the decade award.

At Golfest, par-3 contestants come up short

The fastest way for golfers to lower their scores, the maxim goes, is to improve their short games. Well, America, it’s obvious that you haven’t been working on your short game.

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Kaymer continues dominance in Abu Dhabi

So why does Martin Kaymer, a one-shot winner Sunday over Ian Poulter, like coming to Abu Dhabi? Let us count the ways – or at least the appearance fees, prize money and trophies – writes Alistair Tait.

Saturday, January 23

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Watson leads in Hawaii; Couples two back

Tom Watson birdied six holes on the back nine for a 6-under 66 and a two-stroke lead over senior newcomer Fred Couples after the second round of the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

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Rookie Prugh leads Hope by single shot

Welcome to the spotlight, Alex Prugh. The PGA Tour rookie put together his third consistent round Saturday and leads the Bob Hope Classic by one shot.

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Thompson dominates at Jones/Doherty

Alexis Thompson added yet another victory to her collection Saturday at the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Championship, capping an impressive run to the final match and an even more impressive start to 2010.

Golf companies put on a show at Golfest

I have discovered the greatest bargain in golf, and it is called Golfest.

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Kaymer atop Abu Dhabi after third straight 67

Martin Kaymer has a one-stroke lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after shooting a third straight 5-under 67.

Friday, January 22

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Tom Watson takes lead at Mitsubishi with 63

Tom Watson shot a bogey-free 9-under 63 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over senior newcomer Fred Couples and Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

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Watson, new grads top Hope leaderboard

Q-School and Nationwide Tour graduates such as Martin Flores (left) and Alex Prugh are lining up behind leader Bubba Watson at the Bob Hope Classic, looking for the big win that could make their year.

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Watson takes lead at soggy Hope

Long-hitting Bubba Watson is using the wet weather to his advantage in the Bob Hope Classic.

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Mickelson to make debut at Torrey Pines

Phil Mickelson will open his PGA Tour season next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

Canon Cup to hit Old Sandwich

The Canon Cup is heading northeast.

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Commentary: Ellenbogen making a devil of a comeback

Golf is full of roller-coaster stories, though this one about Duke freshman Courtney Ellenbogen might be as fast-paced as they come. Hold on to your hats for this comeback story, writes Beth Ann Baldry.

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Thorpe sentenced to year in prison

ORLANDO, Fla. – Professional golfer Jim Thorpe has been sentenced to a year in prison for failing to pay more than $2 million in income taxes.

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Finally healthy, Bertsch starts fast at Hope

If you’re looking for a feel-good story to root for at the Bob Hope Classic, you don’t have to look past the top of the first-round leaderboard and Shane Bertsch.

Balicki’s top four men’s college teams

I certainly agree with my friend and co-worker Lance Ringler about sports being a great fodder for debate. And, I really like the idea he’s running with about Mount Rushmore and college golf. How he came up with it, who knows (Lance’s mind often times works in strange ways), but it’s good, a lot of fun, and seems to be getting some nice response.

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Kulacz takes Abu Dhabi lead with 63

Rick Kulacz of Australia shot a 9-under 63 Friday for a one-shot lead at the Abu Dhabi Championship after two rounds.

2010’s Hots and Nots of women’s golf fashion

Ashley Crain lists her top 5 Hots and Nots of women’s golf fashion for 2010.

Aussie Hall leads New Zealand PGA

Australian Ashley Hall defied freezing winds and rain to shoot a 3-under-par 69 on Friday and lead the New Zealand PGA Golf tournament by three strokes after two rounds.

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Commentary: Former ETSU star Davies taking advantage

Former East Tennessee State star Rhys Davies’ name is near the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend at Abu Dhabi. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be, writes Alistair Tait.

EA Sports: Woods’ video game will continue

Electronic Arts says its Tiger Woods game franchise grew over the past year, and holiday sales didn't suffer even as the golfer's personal life did.

Thursday, January 21

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Couples, Pavin adjust to being rookies again

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii – Fred Couples and Tom Watson are featured on the larger-than-life Mitsubishi Electric Championship posters that greet travelers at tiny Kona International Airport.

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Facility beefs up security amid Woods rumors

Whether or not Woods was in a Hattiesburg sex addiction clinic, neighbors made one thing clear Thursday: They want the paparazzi out.

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Northerner Wilson squashing competition

It’s January, so you know what that means: The 2009 Metropolitan Golf Association Player of the Year and Stanford freshman-to-be, Cameron Wilson, doesn’t have his hands on a golf club – only a squash racket. Brian Giuffra explains.

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Lee (No. 5, 2011) narrows decision to Stanford, UCLA

Erynne Lee, No. 5 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the 2011 class, told Golfweek she has narrowed her list of college choices to Stanford and UCLA.

Sue Kim leaves Denver after one semester

Add Sue Kim’s name to the list of college freshmen who lasted only one semester. Kim, 18, left Denver in December and moved with her parents to La Quinta, Calif.

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Golfweek writers recall Nicklaus at ’86 Masters

Golfweek writers look back at one golf’s most special and surreal moments, the day Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters.

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New audio released from Woods investigation

New audio recordings are being released from the Tiger Woods car crash investigation

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Commentary: 1986 Masters: I was there to watch Jack

On an April Sunday 20 years ago at Augusta, Jack Nicklaus created memories for a lifetime.

Extra amateur invitation issued for Kraft

The Kraft Nabisco Championship has extended invitations to seven of the nation’s top amateurs, one more than is usually given.

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Adidas taps Creamer, Gulbis for signature shoe

Adidas is launching new signature golf shoes in 2010. They will feature personal touches and designs from two of the LPGA's hottest players.

Powerbilt reintroduces nitrogen clubs

Powerbilt is touting its new line of Air Foil irons. The heads of these irons are “nitrogen charged” – literally, pumped full of pressurized nitrogen. Powerbilt insists the technology will do wonders for your game.

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As rain washes out Hope, Monday play looms

Heavy rains have forced the postponement of the second round of the Bob Hope Classic.

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Q&A: Jack Nicklaus talks about turning 70

With an unusual flurry of media requests (even for him) to discuss his 70th birthday on Jan. 21, Jack Nicklaus revived his annual “State of the Bear” news conference last week.

Curtain shoots 66, leads New Zealand PGA

Australia’s Michael Curtain shot a 6-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead in the New Zealand PGA.

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An inside look at 5 marquee spring events

Are you ready for some college golf? Ron Balicki takes a look at five big events that kick off the spring season and could shape the postseason.

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Poulter shares first-round lead in Abu Dhabi

Ian Poulter shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to share a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

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Lutz, Hirsch take home Golfweek Senior titles

A rookie and a veteran stole the show at the Golfweek Senior National Championship at the Doral Golf Resort’s Great White Course in Miami.

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Just call Paul Lawrie old-fashioned

Paul Lawrie is heading back to the future. The Scotsman is hoping to get back into the same groove that saw him win the 1999 Open Championship thanks to the R&A and USGA.

Not everyone on tour is living large

Spend some time with the newer faces on the PGA Tour, guys who’ve come up through the mini-tours, and you get a true sense of the business landscape.

Wednesday, January 20

Commentary: Tambellini 1, Tour stats 0

I have long believed that golf statistics – if we are honest in our evaluation and interpretation – should help us learn and improve as competitive golfers.

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Bertsch leads Hope after 10-under 62

Shane Bertsch hopped out of his RV and excelled on a course he hadn't seen in over 10 years, opening with a 10-under 62 at the Hope Classic for a two-stroke lead over Alex Prugh and Jeff Quinney.

National Enquirer photos: Is that Tiger?

A Web site posted eight photos that purport to show Tiger Woods – wearing white shorts and a dark hooded sweatshirt – at the Pine Grove facility where the Gentle Path sexual addiction program is conducted.

Celebrating the Golden Bear’s style

Jack Nicklaus, one of golf’s all-time greats, is celebrating another milestone this week.

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A tribute: Jack Nicklaus turns 70

Jack William Nicklaus was born Jan. 21, 1940, in Columbus, Ohio – 70 years ago Thursday. We take a look back at his historic career.

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Armstong (No. 41, 2011) commits to Notre Dame

Ashley Armstrong, No. 41 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the class of 2011, told Golfweek she had made a verbal committment to play golf at Notre Dame.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: A Tiger sighting?

Just when Jeff Rude thought he could take a break from writing about Tiger Woods, photos of the world’s No. 1 began circulating on Wednesday. Here we go again . . .

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Georgia’s Swafford expects to redshirt

You might see Hudson Swafford competing at the Azalea Amateur in late March in South Carolina. Where you likely won’t see him – at least for the next five months – is on the college scene with his Georgia Bulldogs team.

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Ogilvy to Tiger: Minimize the circus

The circus shouldn’t come to town. If Geoff Ogilvy had his way, he’d make sure the Big Top was parked as far from the city limits as possible.

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Commentary: Four memories from two weeks in Hawaii

Jim McCabe spent two weeks in Hawaii watching golf. He came away with four lasting memories. At the top of the list . . . the shot of the year (so far) by Ryan Palmer.

Tuesday, January 19

Hope Classic braces for SoCal rain storm

For its first 50 years, the Bob Hope Classic in the Palm Springs area was affected by rain just about as often as the tournament’s namesake claimed he played a respectable round of golf – maybe once in a generation.

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Picking the Mount Rushmore of college golf

I want to hear what you, the college golf fan, thinks about our sport. Whom would you put on your Mount Rushmore? Pick four teams.

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Golf in January: Who’s hot? Who’s not?

Ryan Palmer tops the hot list. Danny Lee? Not so much. Sean Martin weighs in on some early-season ratings.

In this issue: Jan. 22, 2010

Inside the Jan. 22, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

TV host Daly weighs in on Tiger

John Daly put his unique spin on the Tiger Woods saga by appearing on Versus’ “Sports Soup with Matt Iseman.”

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‘CSI’ takes on the Tour in prime-time

When Rocco Mediate’s overcooked draw comes to rest deep in the rough, in the lap of a bloodied, dead man sitting in a golf cart, Mediate realizes he’s going to need help.

Els’ grooves tale in Hawaii

Call it Ernie’s Odyssey. Ernie Els tied for 12th in Hawaii, but it was a tumultuous week.

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Fantasy Aces: Bob Hope Classic

The PGA Tour makes its debut on the mainland this week at the Bob Hope Classic. Check out who the Fantasy Aces are picking in the desert.

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Want to smell like Annika?

Annika Sorenstam has many business ventures on the go but one of her newest projects will leave you smelling sweeter than normal.

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USC’s Song will turn pro after spring

Jennifer Song plans to turn professional before this summer’s U.S. Women’s Open. The USC sophomore is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

Tour adds Sea Island event to Fall Series

The PGA Tour filled the final hole on its 2010 schedule, announcing Jan. 19 that the Sea Island (Ga.) Resort will play host to The McGladrey Classic in the Fall Series.

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Commentary: Life on the road isn’t easy for Poulter

Jetting around the world. Playing golf for big bucks. Sounds great, right? Not so fast, says Ian Poulter. As Alistair Tait writes, being a global superstar has its drawbacks.

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Woods will return to golf soon, says Garcia

Sergio Garcia thinks it won’t be long before Tiger Woods returns to tournament play.

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TaylorMade in ’10: New looks for R9, Burner

The anticipation surrounding TaylorMade’s new 2010 drivers has been greater than usual. Why? It has been a year since TaylorMade has made a major metalwood introduction.

Monday, January 18

USGA finds little demand for groove testing on Tour

With all the talk about the U.S. Golf Association’s new groove rule, one would think PGA Tour players would be lining up to make sure their grooves conformed. Think again.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 11-17, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Banned by PGA Tour, Barron to try mini tour

Doug Barron, persona non grata on the PGA Tour, will keep the dream alive on the eGolf Professional Tour this year.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Hsieh

Stephanie Hsieh, of Alamo, Calif., shot 3-over 75 at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club’s Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., to win the FCWT’s rain-shortened Bayonet Invitational by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Charlie Bull

Charlie Bull, of London, England, shot 1-under 71 at Bayonet and Black Horse Golf Club’s Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., to win the FCWT’s rain-shortened Bayonet Invitational by one shot.

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Pan (No. 3, 2011) commits to Washington

Cheng-Tsung Pan, No. 3 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings for the 2011 class, has given a verbal commitment to the University of Washington.

Four reasons to look forward to spring golf

As we remain deep in the middle of a college golf lull, here are four reasons why I can’t wait for the spring to start already.

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San Diego Open nets sponsor in 11th hour

The PGA Tour secured a title sponsor – at least for this year – for the San Diego Open, one of the cornerstones of the West Coast Swing, just a week before the start to the event.

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Golfweek’s Best deals: Innisbrook R&GC

Innisbrook never has received the recognition of flashier Florida resorts such as TPC Sawgrass and Doral, but it long has been a favorite stop for PGA Tour players.

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Thailand indulges golfers’ senses

Thailand isn’t exactly a major golf destination, but with beautiful courses, amazing views and entertaining nightlife, it could become one.

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Novel idea for a winter golf fix

Need to feel the weight of a golf club in your hand again to get through the winter? Grab a shag bag, hit the nearest field and let the fun begin.

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Looks of the week: Fits just right

Looks to love and looks to lose from the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Trainer returns to Tour ‘just happy to be alive’

Jim Weathers, a physical trainer to Phil Mickelson and others on the PGA Tour, returned to the circuit after a series of life-threatening events triggered by a bizarre greenside episode in 2008.

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PGA Tour filled with talent top to bottom

Ryan Palmer’s Sony Open victory is the latest evidence that the PGA Tour is deeper with talent than ever. Moreso than a generation or three ago, winners can come from far down in the pack. In Palmer’s case, he rose from 150th in earnings last year to winning the first full-field event of 2010.

Van de Velde faces roadblock in Asia

Jean Van de Velde says his future is in Asia. However, he will have to chart another course in 2010 after failing to earn an Asian Tour card.

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New grooves haven’t altered scores, yet

The small crowd far down the eighth fairway could see John Daly, just not where his golf ball was headed.

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Football, golf a winning combo a TCU

The biggest buzz at TCU all fall was the Horned Frogs’ football team. Rightfully so. Still, golf is a high priority in Fort Worth, as the Horned Frogs are No. 4 in the country. Ron Balicki reports.

A flight to remember with Ryan Palmer

After two weeks in the islands I’m read to get home.

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Prince (No. 38, 2011) commits to Oregon

Kendall Prince, No. 38 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the class of 2011, has verbally committed to Oregon.

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The search for Tiger: Chasing the story in Miss.

Trying to unwind after a 14-hour day Saturday, I popped on the History Channel and watched hapless documentarians search in vain for the abominable snowman.

Sunday, January 17

Thompson has already switched to new grooves

With Alexis Thompson’s 15th birthday not coming until Feb. 10, it’s safe to say the pro game is still a couple years away for the young phenom.

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Palmer birdies 18 to win Sony by a shot

Ryan Palmer hit a ‘good chip,’ got a ‘lucky bounce,’ made birdie on 18 and walked away from Waialae Country Club Sunday with a wire-to-wire victory and a $990,000 start to the season.

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Monday Scramble: When golf meets ‘Avatar’

If you haven’t heard, “Avatar” won the Golden Globe last night for Best Picture. The Monday Scramble explains how golf has become intertwined in director James Cameron’s sci-fi world.

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Nicklaus, Watson win Champions Skins

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson held off a late charge by defending champions Fuzzy Zoeller and Ben Crenshaw to win the Champions Skins Game on Sunday.

Perez hopes lightning will strike twice Sunday

Sitting six strokes off the lead, Pat Perez could be said to be in contention for the final round at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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Schwartzel wins second straight Euro event

Charl Schwartzel? Yep. The South African has won two consecutive events on the European Tour, his latest victory coming Sunday in a six-stroke runaway at the Joburg Open.

Goosen’s great round ends with a goose egg

Easiest hole at the Sony Open Sunday? The downwind, par-5 18th, where most players were only a driver and iron away from a reasonable look at eagle.

Saturday, January 16

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Allenby, Palmer pull away from Sony field

Robert Allenby (pictured) and Ryan Palmer distanced themselves from the field Saturday at the Sony Open, sharing a 3-shot lead at 11 under.

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Nicklaus, Watson lead Champions Skins

Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson took the first seven skins worth $220,000 on Saturday to build a big lead after nine holes of the Champions Skins Game.

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Korda rewrites record books to win Sally

Jessica Korda left no question. She made 15 birdies and an eagle over her last 36 holes and set all sorts of records at the prestigious South Atlantic Amateur.

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Rosenfeld among qualifiers for Asian Tour

Matthew Rosenfeld, the 2000 U.S. Junior champ who has overcome his fair share of struggles in his young career, was among the notable names to make it through Asian Tour Q-School on Saturday.

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Will Woods miss another Ryder Cup?

Depending on the future of Tiger Woods, one of his streaks is on the line this year.

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Schwartzel stays hot, leads Joburg Open

Charl Schwartzel took a four-stroke lead at the Joburg Open on Saturday after shooting a 7-under 64 in the third round.

Monday qualifier extends cut line

While you were turning in for the day late last night – or perhaps you had already slipped into sleepland – a Monday qualifier named Aaron Goldberg was playing havoc with the cut line here at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Friday, January 15

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Palmer emerges with Sony Open lead

The top of the Sony Open leaderboard remains tight, but Ryan Palmer managed to take a one-shot lead Friday with a 4-under 66.

Get ready for Saturday at the Sally

If Friday was any indication, then the final installment of the South Atlantic Amateur Saturday could be one for the ages.

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For Zoeller, timing is key at Skins Game

Fuzzy Zoeller knows that timing is everything in the Champions Skins Game.

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Allenby leads Sony Open on bum ankle

Robert Allenby is keeping it simple on his bum right ankle and leading the Sony Open.

Woods to help with Haitian relief effort

Tiger Woods plans to help with relief efforts in earthquake-ravaged Haiti by supporting groups providing resources to children.

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Sherratt outlasts Cauley in Australia

Jordan Sherratt started the year off right at the Master of the Amateurs Friday, winning a playoff with Bud Cauley to claim the championship, as well as a handful of other amateur invites.

Must-visit booths at the PGA Merchandise show

The annual PGA Merchandise show in Orlando is just weeks away and I’m already counting down the days. To help you make the best use of your time, I’ve get some insider tips on a five “underground” names that are a must see.

Champions Skins Game lives on, but in tape delay

The Skins Game unceremoniously went on hiatus last year after it failed to land a new title sponsor.

Round 1 of the Sony Open: 25 hours

Round 1 of the Sony Open in Hawaii has finally ended, more than 25 hours after it began.

Ailing Allenby makes this more confusing

Robert Allenby shot a co-leading 65 in the first round of the Sony Open. He did so despite playing on a right ankle he sprained during a fall near the clubhouse Monday, an ankle that he has iced several times a day.

It’s a pain in the foot for caddie Henley

There is no good time to develop a case of gout in the feet. But for a caddie, it’s especially painful on a day when you have a tour of duty that you will not relinquish.

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Commentary: A closer look at possible 2018 Ryder Cup venues

France? Germany? Holland? Portugal? Sweden? Spain? Alistair Tait investigates some possible venues vying for the 2018 Ryder Cup – even if some haven’t been built yet.

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Spieth (No. 1, 2011) narrows list to OSU, Texas

Jordan Spieth, the No. 1 player in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, has narrowed his college choices to Oklahoma State and Texas.

Federer: ‘Wonderful’ Woods will return soon

Roger Federer says he's spoken to his friend Tiger Woods by phone and predicts he will be back soon “as the wonderful golfer we know.”

Barnes wins British Open qualifying tournament

Kurt Barnes shot a second-round 64 at Kingston Heath on Friday to win the 36-hole British Open Australasian qualifying tournament.

No desert revenge for Stricker

Steve Stricker will not have a chance to revenge his loss at the Bob Hope Classic this year. The three-time winner in 2010 will return instead to the frozen tundra of Wisconsin versus the warm weather of the desert.

Thursday, January 14

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Six players share lead at Sony Open

One player after another made his way to 5-under 65 at the Sony Open Thursday until six players, including defending champion Zach Johnson, held a share of the first-round lead.

Ancient Ping wedges spotted at Sony Open

It was sometime in early December when a longtime rules official with the U.S. Golf Association was doing some light reading. He was studying the wording to the new grooves regulations that would go in effect Jan. 1, 2010.

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Merritt makes a name for himself at Sony

Troy Merritt had strong credentials as a PGA Tour rookie, just not the hype.

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Daly playing legal square-grooved wedges

John Daly is using a set of wedges at the Sony Open this week that have square grooves, even though new USGA regulations require V-shaped grooves.

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Love tied for early lead at Sony Open

It’s been two months since Davis Love III saw competition, but his game didn’t show it Thursday. He holds a share of the Sony Open lead early in the first round.

Fake Gatorade label suspect posts bond

A man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles in Colorado with ones that pictured Tiger Woods and the word “unfaithful” is free on a personal recognizance bond.

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Fans get close-up of future female stars

Want a look at the next generation of LPGA superstars? Beth Ann Baldry says the Florida Orange Blossom Circuit is the best place to find the “somewhat famous.”

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Lendl (No. 14, 2011) commits to Alabama

Daniela Lendl told Golfweek she has verbally committed to Alabama.

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Polo inks deal with Webb Simpson

Webb Simpson signs multi-year deal with luxury brand Polo Ralph Lauren.

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Velasquez primed for final college season

Spring can’t come soon enough for Diego Velasquez. The Colombian enters the final season of his college career at Oregon State hoping to go out with a bang as one of the nation’s best players.

Unpredictably windy afternoon at Sony

HONOLULU – So much for the calm, tranquil mornings that have been around all week here at Waialae Country Club. Players who looked at their first-day morning draw and licked their chops, thinking they’d have scoring conditions to start the Sony Open in Hawaii, have been unpleasantly surprised.

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Schniederjans (No. 5, 2011) commits to Georgia Tech

Oliver Schniederjans, the 2009 Polo Golf Junior Invitational winner, has committed to Georgia Tech.

About face: Puma Golf will attend PGA Show

It seems Puma Golf has changed its mind and will now exhibit at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando after all.

Schietekat takes 1-stroke lead at Joburg Open

Neil Schietekat shot a 9-under 62 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the first round of the Joburg Open.

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Paolucci (No. 6, 2011) commits to USC

has given a verbal commitment to USC.

Goosen facing putting gremlins

Now that the putting gremlins have gotten into his head and Retief Goosen has changed to a belly putter and a cross-handed grip, he should know there’s but one outer-limits option left:

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Byron Nelson event site faces foreclosure

A 400-acre luxury resort that hosts the annual Byron Nelson Championship is facing foreclosure.

Youthful Fowler gets Goydos talking

Paul Goydos got a look at Rickie Fowler the other day and told the Associated Press, “He looks like he’s about 8 years old.”

Wednesday, January 13

Daly: ‘My goal is to get my card’

A year after he was serving a six-month suspension from the PGA Tour, John Daly has yet another chance this year.

Faxon comes off the bench for injured Singh

As relief efforts go, Brad Faxon scripted one that would have made Jonathan Papalbon of his beloved Red Sox jealous.

Els, Goydos share passion for Sony Open, Waialae

They don’t share a lot in common, but their passion for Waialae CC and the Sony Open is one of them.

Callaway sets up shop in India

Hoping to capitalize on golf’s growing global popularity, Callaway Golf opened its sixth overseas unit.

Man arrested over fake Gatorade labels

Authorities have arrested a man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles in Colorado with ones that had a picture of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word “unfaithful.”

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Will Ogilvy sign with Travis Mathew?

With Ogilvy no longer representing Puma, speculations circle about which clothing company will endorse this champion golfer.

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Ishikawa to make 2010 PGA Tour debut in LA

Ryo Ishikawa, the 18-year-old star who won the money list on the Japan Golf Tour last year, will make his first start of 2010 on the PGA Tour at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera.

Mediate, Waldorf, Gulbis to appear on ‘CSI’

Rocco Mediate, Duffy Waldorf and Natalie Gulbis will play themselves in an upcoming episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

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Woods won’t get free GM vehicles anymore

General Motors Co. says an agreement with Tiger Woods that allowed the fallen golf star to have free access to its vehicles is over.

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Donald signs new deal with Mizuno

Luke Donald signed a new deal with Mizuno this week to keep him in the fold for three more years, sources told Golfweek. The terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Now living in Georgia, Fujikawa back at Sony

He is miles from home, but very much at home. Confusing? Not really. It’s the new world for Tadd Fujikawa, the lovable and still young (he turned 19 last Friday) golfer from Hawaii.

Van de Velde at Asian Tour Q-School

How do you say, “Avoid the bleachers and the burn?” in Thai?

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Commentary: ‘Everyone wants to get in’

Armed with a dream and a ticket to paradise, PGA Tour hopefuls line up for Sony Open qualifier. Jim McCabe reports.

Buick out as courtesy car provider in San Diego

From 1992-2009, the Buick Invitational has supplied courtesy cars to the players in its field. But in 2010, the event – now called the San Diego Open – will not supply players with courtesy cars.

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Fantasy Aces: Sony Open in Hawaii

The Fantasy Aces are surfing over to Honolulu for the Sony Open this weekend. Who's going to catch the biggest wave? A man from Wisconsin is looking pretty good.

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The high-end luxury of Loro Piana

Ashley Crain explains that Loro Piana has some high-end pieces that work on and off the golf course.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: West Coast wonder

Good news for a Tigerless Tour: Phil Mickelson returns in two weeks at the San Diego Open. As Jeff Rude writes, it can’t come soon enough.

Tuesday, January 12

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Parnevik now keeping Tiger thoughts private

Jesper Parnevik is purposely keeping himself out of the loop when it comes to Tiger Woods’ marriage so he won’t get caught saying something he shouldn’t.

Allenby sprains ankle prior to Sony Open

Robert Allenby stepped awkwardly on a curb just before the Monday pro-am at the Sony Open and severely sprained his right ankle.

Pros swap pro-am golf for sponsor mingling

One sheet of paper posted in the locker room had the tee times for the 50 players in the pro-am at the Sony Open. Another had times for 15 other players, only they won’t be playing golf.

U.S. Solheim Cup teams hangs with Obama

President Barack Obama gave Michelle Wie the “shaka sign” (hang-10) when he met the U.S. Solheim Cup team in the Oval Office Tuesday afternoon. The President then asked the victorious team for tips on getting his daughters into the game.

Faxon to join NBC broadcast team

As he looks toward his 49th birthday (Aug. 1) and probable Champions Tour career, Brad Faxon has planned a busy 2010 season of competition.

My favorite autograph story

Every tournament has its own way of having former champions leave their marks, quite often with autographs. More times than not, those autographs come with a traditional background – a photo, a flag, a program.

Nationwide Tour holds steady with 2010 schedule

Recent news from the Nationwide Tour seem to indicate that the tour is holding strong in tough economic conditions.

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Top 10 PGA Tour rookies to watch in 2010

There will be 20 rookies this season on the PGA Tour. Sean Martin breaks down the top 10, including No. 1 Rickie Fowler.

New grooves, new wedge combos

Among Titleist players at the SBS Championship, a popular wedge combination emerged with the new smaller grooves: a 60-degree lob wedge paired with a 54-degree sand wedge.

Coaching carousel heating up

January is usually a quiet month in college golf. Just two players left school and turned pro (Jane Rah and Amelia Lewis) and one transfered (Taylor Travis). That’s about it. But January is now heating up.

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Forte prepares to open 45-hole Italian resort

When Americans contemplate a golf trip to Europe, the default choices are either Scotland or Ireland. And why not? Whether it’s a buddies trip or a couples getaway, one could hardly go wrong in either destination.

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2010 footwear: Sturdy and sporty

Forget about yesterday’s saddle shoes. Golf footwear is now all about dynamic styling, bold colors and technological features.

Monday, January 11

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Player of the Week: Monica Petchakan

Monica Petchakan, of Encino, Calif., shot 5-over 149 (74-75) at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., and won the Toyota Tour Cup Championship in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Mike Moorhead

Mike Moorhead, of Newport Beach, Calif., shot 3-over 147 (73-74) at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif., to win the Toyota Tour Cup Series Championship by one shot.

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Looks of the week: Looking brighter

With the 2010 PGA Tour season underway we're still hopeful to see some bright and bold statements.

Senior Amateur course setups: Messing with Mother Nature

I have had many discussions with senior golfers about how their tournament courses should be setup. Here are some rules that I use as guides and will let you know what to expect when you enter a Golfweek senior amateur event.

Lawmaker wants probe of bogus Woods call

A Florida lawmaker is calling for an investigation into who phoned a hot line claiming Tiger Woods’ children were being abused.

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Whan to meet President Obama

Mike Whan won’t waste any time going straight to the top in his new role as LPGA commissioner. On Jan. 12, seven days on the job, Whan will meet President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Whan plans to join the victorious U.S. Solheim Cup team for a tour of the White House, Pentagon and 9/11 Memorial.

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A case of déjà vu for the LPGA

As new LPGA commissioner Mike Whan settles into his job, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the many tasks that await him.

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American losing streak continues in Kapalua

West Maui weather patterns aren’t the only odd phenomenon surrounding the SBS Championship at Kapalua. An American hasn’t won the tournament since Jim Furyk in 2001. That year Furyk became the sixth consecutive Yank to take the PGA Tour’s season opener for winners only.

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 4-10, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Nicklaus: Expect 'tremendous' growth abroad

Economic forecasts for 2010 still remain hazy, but Jack Nicklaus envisions a golf boom down the road, thanks to the Olympics.

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Wales set to reintroduce itself at Ryder Cup

It’s showtime. With a focus on the Ryder Cup, Wales is ready to reintroduce itself to the rest of the world in 2010.

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Discovery Land plans Baker’s Bay opening

Let the countdown begin. Discovery Land Co. has completed construction on the golf course at Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club in The Bahamas, and its opening is scheduled for early spring.

Gatorade: Woods ‘unfaithful’ bottles fake

Gatorade says bootleg labels with a picture of Tiger Woods, the word “unfaithful” and the Gatorade name have been found on bottles in Colorado stores.

Nationwide Tour releases official ’10 schedule

The Nationwide Tour released its official 2010 schedule Monday. The tour will have 28 events and a total purse of $17,825,099, down one event and $675,000 from 2009.

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Commentary: Hark! The Ryder Cup is for sale!

Do you want the Ryder Cup to be staged at your home club? Well, depending on the size of your checkbook, you probably still have a chance, writes Alistair Tait.

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Ogilvy expects to challenge Tiger in 2010

Coming off a second-consecutive victory at the SBS Championship, Geoff Ogilvy is confident he can beat anyone when he's paying well.

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Schniederjans emerging as a force

Best way to make an impression in the junior golf world? Beat the best players. Meet Oliver Schniederjans, who is putting together an impressive string of knock-out punches.

Sunday, January 10

What’s worse than three-putting? Four-putting

Three-putts are one of the biggest bugaboo’s in golf. No one likes to three-putt.

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Notes: Kapalua a unique PGA Tour venue

From the left side of the 12th fairway about 145 yards from the hole, Geoff Ogilvy hit a low, boring shot well to the left of the green.

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Ogilvy repeats as SBS Championship winner

Talk about Hawaiian punch. Geoff Ogilvy won the season-opening PGA Tour event – the SBS Championship – for the second year in a row.

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Monday Scramble: A look at Fowler’s future

Rickie Fowler makes his debut as a PGA Tour rookie this week at the Sony Open, which leads to one obvious question: What will his Facebook page look like next year? The Monday Scramble takes a guess.

Mou triumphs at frigid New Year’s Invite

Winning a tournament with a final-round 79 is about as rare as Florida temperatures in the 30s. The New Year’s Invitational, played Dec. 7-10 in St. Petersburg, Fla., had both.

Nelson, Tourtelot win weather-shortened Gateway

Corliss “Corky” Nelson won the Gateway Invitational’s senior division when the final round was cancelled due to a cold, steady rain and a 10-15 mph wind at Gateway G&CC’s Tom Fazio-designed course in Ft. Myers, Fla.

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Schwartzel wins Africa Open by one shot

Charl Schwartzel won the Africa Open by one shot over countryman Thomas Aiken despite bogeying the final hole on Sunday.

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Europe beats Asia in Royal Trophy

Europe pulled out a victory against Asia on Sunday in a tightly fought Royal Trophy match play event, with Henrik Stenson picking up a shot on the final hole to secure an 8 1/2 to-7 1/2 victory.

Saturday, January 9

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Winter rest puts O’Hair back on his game

He first felt the pain last May, while doing “impact drills” at the Colonial. Nearly seven months later, Sean O’Hair found out why the lower part of his left forearm still hurt.

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Glover holds on to SBS Championship lead

Can Lucas Glover open the year with a wire-to-wire victory? It's looking promising so far, as Glover remains one shot ahead of defending champion Geoff Ogilvy at the SBS Championship.

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Roig wins chilly Harder Hall in playoff

Even though Kyle Roig couldn't feel her hands, she still managed to beat Alexis Thompson in a playoff at the chilly Harder Hall Invitational.

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Notes: Kapalua field size topic of debate

The 28 players at Kapalua matches the record for the smallest field at the season-opening SBS Championship since it moved to Maui in 1999.

Three brands to miss 2010 PGA Show

With economic uncertainty still clouding the golf landscape in 2010, Adidas, Ashworth and Puma have decided to skip the PGA Show in Orlando, Fla., this year.

Commentary: Former BYU coach Karl Tucker dies at 83

After reading the sad news Saturday morning about Karl Tucker, I asked my wife, Debbie, if she remembered the former Brigham Young men’s golf coach.

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U.S. defends title at Copa de las Americas

Team USA built a big lead and easily defended its title at the Copa de las Americas, beating host country Argentina by 12 stokes.

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Aiken, Fisher Jr. share Africa Open lead

Thomas Aiken shot a 4-under 69 Saturday to share the lead after the third round of the Africa Open with Trevor Fisher Jr., who caddied for him in last year’s CA Championship on the PGA Tour.

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Monty leads Europe in Royal Trophy rally

Europe turned the tables on Asia at the Royal Trophy on Saturday, winning three of four matches in the four-ball competition to take a 4 1/2 to 3 1/2 lead into the final day.

Friday, January 8

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Glover maintains top spot in Hawaii

So far so good for Lucas Glover in 2010. The U.S. Open champion built a three-shot lead Friday at the SBS Championship with an 8-under 65.

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Moore relies on unconventional iron set

Ryan Moore is always known for doing things a little differently. Last year, the focus was on his fashion sense. This year, Moore is getting attention for the unique makeup of his bag. Moore’s irons don’t have traditional numbers on them, only lofts.

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Golfweek introduces two new tournaments

In February the Golfweek Spring Invitational – a Div. II event – will take place at Reunion Resort in Orlando, and next September, the Golfweek Fall Invitational will feature some of the very best programs in Div. III men’s golf.

Nicklaus: ‘Big year’ for Tiger in the majors

Jack Nicklaus believes this is a big year for Tiger Woods to get closer to his record 18 major championships because three majors are held on courses where Woods has won.

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Team USA builds 14-shot lead in Argentina

What’s a good way to cure final-round nerves? Build a 14-shot lead in Round 3, which is just what the United States did at the Copa de las Americas Friday.

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PGA Tour looks drab early in 2010

Ashley Crain has been disappointed with the PGA Tour players' fashion early in the 2010 season.

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Daly needs reality pill for 2010

The PGA Tour season is exactly one day old, and already I’m reaching for my blood-pressure medication. What has me so riled? John Daly, that’s who. He says his “feelings were hurt” when the Bob Hope Classic chose not to give him a sponsor exemption.

Fisher takes lead midway through Africa Open

Trevor Fisher Jr. shot a second straight 7-under 66 to grab the lead after the second round of the Africa Open on Friday.

Need help with your fantasy golf team?

Looking for an edge on picking a winner each week on the PGA Tour?

Zylstra, Hullender win Riverwood Senior

The start of a new decade did nothing to stop Bill Zylstra’s momentum as he captured the 15th Riverwood Senior Invitational Jan. 5 at Riverwood GC in Port Charlotte, Fla., finishing at 5-over 221 for a two-shot victory over Phil Pavoni.

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Ryo rallies to top Monty at Royal Trophy

The Japanese pair of Ryo Ishikawa and Koukei Oda rallied to beat Europe's playing captain Colin Montgomerie and Pablo Martin, helping Asia to a 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 lead after Friday's foursomes play at the Royal Trophy.

Thursday, January 7

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Glover leads SBS Championship with 66

Talk about a hot streak. Lucas Glover went 9 under par in a nine-hole stretch – which included two eagles – to take the early lead at the SBS Championship.

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Team USA leads Copa de las Americas

Peter Uihlein continued his hot streak Thursday as he and the rest of Team USA took the lead after the second round of the Copa de las Americas.

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Canadian Taylor to carry Olympic torch

Canadian Nick Taylor has been selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the Winter Games in Vancouver.

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LPGA not on Thompson’s mind . . . yet

All Alexis Thompson wants to do is play golf. Thoughts of college and LPGA Q-School can wait for this 14-year-old phenom.

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PGA Tour season gets under way in Hawaii

The 2010 PGA Tour season started Thursday at the SBS Championship. The 28-man field is the smallest since the event moved to Maui in 1999.

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Notes: Goosen keeps belly putter for training

It looked like an act of desperation last year when Retief Goosen, whose pure stroke brought him a pair of U.S. Open titles, switched to the belly putter at the start of the season.

Travis leaves UCLA, looking to transfer

Taylor Travis informed UCLA’s coaches Wednesday that he is leaving the program. Travis was an AJGA All-American and No. 52 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings when he signed with UCLA in April 2008.

Sterne shares lead at Africa Open

Richard Sterne shot a bogey-free 7-under 66 Thursday for a five-way tie after the first-round lead at the Africa Open.

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FootJoy adds Ogilvy to its tour roster

Geoff Ogilvy starts the 2010 season flying the flag for not one, but two of Acushnet Co.’s top brands: Titleist and FootJoy.

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Bundling up with Sunice

Bundle up with Sunice gear before you head to the course or golf dome during the winter season.

A Korean influence at PGA Tour opener

Y.E. Yang referred to it as a miracle, and he wasn’t talking about his PGA Championship victory over Tiger Woods that made him first Asian-born man to win a major.

Wednesday, January 6

Zach Johnson: An Iowan of the Decade

When I received my eBlue, the Electronic Newsletter of Drake Alumni and Friends, for January, I was surprised to see that the Des Moines Register named Zach Johnson one of its Iowan’s of the decade.

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What to expect in 2010? Anything

Any uncertainty about a new PGA Tour season goes beyond the absence of Tiger Woods.

Lewis leaves Florida after one semester

Amelia Lewis is thinking about a team this week, but its colors aren’t orange and blue. The Florida freshman told her coach over the holidays that she was done with college after one semester.

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Master craftsman Don White joins Scratch Golf

Don White, the last of the master craftsmen who worked at MacGregor, is back doing what he loves.

Couples, Pavin to make Champions debut

Fred Couples and Corey Pavin will make their first official Champions Tour starts at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai.

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Former Tour caddie robbed in home invasion

Former Tour caddie Greg Rita and his family were robbed in a home invasion on New Year's Eve in Jacksonville, Fla., firstcoastnews.com reported Tuesday.

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College golfers debate Texas vs. Alabama

Watch out Kirk Herbstreit, Lou Holtz, Todd McShay and the rest of you college football know-it-alls. There are two college golfers ready to take your jobs.

Dillman out after 26 years with FSU women

Debbie Dillman’s long tenure at the helm of the Florida State women’s program is over, Golfweek has learned. A school spokesperson confirmed the decision was made Jan. 5, leaving the Seminoles without a coach or assistant coach.

2010 is the Year of the Tiger

For those of you wondering when Tiger will return, let me offer up the Chinese New Year, Feb. 14, as a possible date.

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Fantasy Aces: SBS Championship

Good news: Golfweek.com’s Fantasy Aces are back to help you win in 2010. So go ahead and bet the farm (or maybe just a cow) on these guys this week in Kapalua.

Commentary: This could be the second-toughest job in golf

Toughest job within the confines of the PGA Tour world? Easy. Has to be working on the Tiger Woods PR campaign. But what’s the next-toughest? How about deciding who gets those weekly sponsor exemptions?

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Augusta without Tiger?

Start preparing yourself for a Masters without Tiger Woods. As Jeff Rude writes, it’s a distinct possibility.

Tiger and the Tour and TV

Here’s a thought that PGA Tour officials can hardly be thrilled about as it tackles a year in which re-negotiations with the networks will kick off.

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Golfweek.com’s 2010 Fantasy Guide (Pt. 3)

Alex Miceli can’t help you with tonight’s lottery numbers, but he’s got a little mathematical advice for your fantasy golf team. Golfweek’s 2010 Fantasy Golf Guide, Part III

EA Sports standing behind Woods

Electronic Arts Inc. said Monday it will stand behind Tiger Woods – at least for the release of a new online golf game featuring the embattled athlete.

Tuesday, January 5

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Finchem bristles at Tiger questions

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem sat down with the media Tuesday before the season-opening SBS Championship on Tuesday in Hawaii.

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James to leave Minnesota in July

Minnesota’s director of golf Brad James will leave the program July 1, the university announced Tuesday.

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Four questions to start 2010 Tour season

The first day of the new PGA Tour season brought a Tiger Woods sighting.

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Wedges: Year of the grooves

Available in lofts from 50 degrees to 64 degrees, the xFT has interchangeable faces.

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Golfweek.com’s 2010 Fantasy Guide (Pt. 2)

Can’t decide which players to pick for your fantasy golf league? Don’t worry, we’ll decide for you. Golfweek’s 2010 Fantasy Golf Guide, Part II

Daly big wildcard for tournament officials

John Daly is batting .500 thus far in his pursuit of sponsors exemptions for 2010.

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Look your best in 2010

Check out how to look your best in 2010, the trends to follow and things to avoid.

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Woods pumps millions into Aussie economy

Tiger Woods’ $3 million appearance fee for playing in the Australian Masters in November has paid dividends for the Victorian state economy.

Monday, January 4

Fellows wins Silver Belle in playoff

Janine Fellows capped 2009 on a good note, winning the Arizona Silver Belle Championship in a playoff Dec. 30.

Woods goes shirtless for Vanity Fair cover

Tiger Woods has graced the cover of many magazines, but never like this.

Fowler, Lovemark, Duval get into Hope

Rickie Fowler, Jamie Lovemark and David Duval are among the players that have received sponsor exemptions for the Bob Hope Classic, which will be played Jan. 20-24 in the California desert.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart top the 2010 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

Manassero to turn pro after Masters

Here’s an easy golf prediction for 2010. If you haven’t yet heard of Italian golf sensation Matteo Manassero, you soon will.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

Royal County Down and St. Andrews top the 2010 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses of Great Britain and Ireland

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Golfweek’s Best Courses of Great Britain & Ireland

Royal County Down and Kingsbarns top the inaugural list of Golfweek's Best Courses for Great Britain and Ireland.

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Top 10 stories from the fall season

With the fall golf season in the books, here’s a look back at 10 of the most notable stories from men’s college golf.

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Klein on Design: No. 3 at Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.

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JSH Time buys Superstition Mountain

JSH Time LLC has acquired Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club, and will continue to alternate daily-fee play between its two courses.

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The Fashleys 2009 Best Dressed Awards

Check out who topped the 2009 fashion leaderboard on the PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour and more.

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Moore optimistic after Q-School strikeout

Walker Cup hero Jonathan Moore’s “Q-rating” took a dive late last year. At “Q-School,” let’s just say he struck out, but he went down swinging.

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Thompson will sit out of Harder Hall

Glancing down the list of confirmed entries for this year’s Harder Hall Invitational, one name was notably absent: Carol Semple Thompson.

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Golfweek.com’s 2010 Fantasy Guide (Pt. 1)

So you failed to secure your PGA Tour card once again. Aw, shucks. You know what that means: Be the best Fantasy Golfer you can be. (We’re here to help.)

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Player of the Week: Talia Campbell

Talia Campbell, of Dallas, shot 12-over 156 at Barton Creek Golf Course (Fazio Foothills Course) in Austin, Texas, and won the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Barton Creek Holiday Classic in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Alex Ellis

Alex Ellis, of Austin, Texas, shot 3-under 139 (71-68) at Barton Creek Golf Course (Crenshaw Cliffside Course) in Austin, Texas to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour’s Barton Creek Holiday Classic by one shot.

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Duncan collects big win at Dixie Amateur

Amid a field of top amateur, junior and college players, Duke freshman Lindy Duncan reigned supreme Sunday with a five-shot victory at the Dixie Amateur.

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Monday Scramble: Golf at Fenway Park?

Golf at Fenway Park? Probably not, but last weekend’s NHL Winter Classic had the Monday Scramble dreaming.

Sunday, January 3

Watson to play Dubai Desert Classic

Eight-time major champion Tom Watson has committed to play in the Dubai Desert Classic.

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Monty: Woods’ mystique is now gone

In a BBC Radio interview Sunday, Colin Montgomerie said Tiger Woods will win more majors but says he won’t be the iconic player who dominated the past decade.

Saturday, January 2

Paolucci gives verbal commitment to USC

Anthony Paolucci, No. 14 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings, recently made a verbal commitment to USC. Paolucci will join the Trojans in the fall of 2011.

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Where the best players in the nation play

Geoff Ogilvy won the 2006 U.S. Open but hasn't won the club championship at Whisper Rock Golf Club, where the competition is amongst the best in the country.

Friday, January 1

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Tait’s top 10 moments of the 2000’s

As usual, the next 10 years have a lot to live up to. Here’s one last look at the 2000’s, from a European perspective. Alistair Tait’s Top 10

Commentary: The man who hit the 515-yard drive

In the 1974 U.S. National Seniors Open, the precursor to the U.S. Senior Open that was first played in 1980, Mike Austin hit a measured drive of 515 yards that still stands in the Guinness Book of Sports Records as the longest drive ever hit in competition.