Stories for November 2010

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Tuesday, November 30

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Tiger trying to salvage season at Chevron

He’d prefer to focus on his final chance to salvage the 2010 year, even if it’s at a silly-season event such as the Chevron World Challenge.

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Woods searches for first win in 2010 finale

Tiger Woods attributes his first year without a win to turmoil at home and on the golf course.

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Pettersen relishing final chance to win in ’10

Suzann Pettersen has made a habit of finishing runner-up this season, but she has one final chance to win. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Storylines aplenty on eve of Q-School

If any players at the final stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School are looking for ways to occupy their time off the course this week, Chris Tidland probably could offer some ideas. He’s been through the drill a few times.

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Q-School lays bare Tour hopefuls’ emotions

Skip Kendall instantly changes the channel when he sees Q-School coverage on his TV.

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Commentary: Notes: Kaymer skips money-grab at Chevron

Martin Kaymer’s excuse for missing the Chevron – tiresome in its own right – makes sense, given the trend of globe-trotting for cash.

Heartache, jubilation at Q-School final

When PGA Tour Q-School begins Wednesday, expect there to be stories of heartache and jubilation at golf’s ultimate pressure-cooker. My favorite story involves Mac O’Grady, and comes courtesy of Gary McCord.

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Lewton advances to Euro Tour Q-School finals

Former N.C. State player Stephen Lewton was among the 72 players who advanced Tuesday from the second stage of European Tour Qualifying to the European Tour’s finals, which begins Saturday.

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White grips quickly invade golf landscape

White golf grips became a phenomenon in 2010. Golf Pride, Winn and Lamkin introduced white grips that invaded the golf landscape like, well, a snowstorm.

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Stills remains last black to pass Q-School

It’s been 25 years since a black golfer advanced from Q-School to the PGA Tour. Adrian Stills, the last man to qualify, wonders: Who is next?

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Pinehurst, N.C.

Pinehurst sometimes is described as America’s home of golf. Some might debate that point, but certainly few spots in this country can match the Sandhills’ golf history and concentration of notable courses.

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Rater’s Notebook: St. George’s G&CC

Rater’s Notebook: St. George’s Golf & Country Club

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St. George’s stands the test of time

Every once in a while a course pops up on the radar screen and just speaks to you powerfully and relentlessly. This enchanting place is St. George’s Golf & Country Club.

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Manassero wins Euro Tour’s Rookie of the Year

Matteo Manassero is the PGA European Tour’s Rookie of the Year after becoming the youngest player to win a tour event.

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Couples: Woods will bounce back in 2011

Golf great Fred Couples expects Tiger Woods to play better next year and revive interest in the PGA Tour.

Monday, November 29

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Prepping for Q-School: 11 players to watch

Q-School’s make-or-break nature guarantees plenty of intrigue. A single stroke over 108 holes can be the difference between golfing rags and riches. One good week can vault an unknown to the PGA Tour, while former major champions can find themselves without full-time employment.

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Pelican Hill plays the value card

Less than 10 minutes into an hour-long conversation, Giuseppe Lama, managing director of The Resort at Pelican Hill, acknowledged a recurring theme.

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Wilson keeps Barnes in the fold with new deal

Wilson Golf renewed its endorsement deal with PGA Tour player Ricky Barnes, hoping it will help bridge a younger generation of golfers with its storied past.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 22-28, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags.

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Cadillac to sponsor WGC event at Doral

A reorganized General Motors said Monday it will showcase its Cadillac brand as title sponsor of the WGC event at Doral Golf Resort & Spa.

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Watney replaces Kaymer at Chevron Challenge

Fresh off winning his first European Tour money title, PGA champion Martin Kaymer has withdrawn from the Chevron World Challenge.

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Jordan to again assist U.S. Prez Cup team

Michael Jordan is returning as one of U.S. captain Fred Couples’ Presidents Cup assistants for the November 2011 matches at Royal Melbourne.

Sunday, November 28

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Barbetti claims tourney honoring De Vicenzo

Daniel Barbetti of Argentina entered the final round of the Roberto De Vicenzo Classic Copa NEC 2010 leading by four strokes Sunday, but the 27-year-old nearly gave it away.

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Disaster in the desert

Ian Poulter lost to Robert Karlsson in the Dubai World Championship on Sunday after a bizarre gaffe on the second playoff hole. But the costly incident shouldn’t overshadow what for Poulter and his Euro peers was a most memorable season.

5 Things: Presidential style

Looking for a piece of U.S. presidential memorabilia for the golfer this holiday season? President Bill Clinton is auctioning three of his Callaway Pro Series clubs – a 5-iron, an 8-iron and a pitching wedge – each autographed as part of the Clinton Foundation charity auction.

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After stellar 2010 Euro performance, what’s next?

How on earth do you conquer the universe after you’ve conquered the world? That might be the question for European Tour chief executive George O’Grady and his team as they contemplate the 2011 season. Make no mistake about it, in the battle for supremacy between the PGA Tour and European Tour, the Euro circuit won the 2010 battle hands down.

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Udorn dedicates first win to Thai king

Udorn Duangdecha entered the final round of the King’s Cup five strokes off the lead, but that wasn’t enough to keep the Thai away from his first Asian Tour title.

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I. Park ends season the way she started – with a win

Inbee Park finished the year as she began it – with a victory in Japan. The 2008 Women’s U.S. Open champion completed a memorable year for Koreans on the Japan LPGA Tour by claiming victory in the season-ending Tour Championship Ricoh Cup.

Matsumura claims Casio, K. Kim closes in on JGTO money title

Michio Matsumura kept his composure Sunday to emerge triumphant in the Casio World Open, but Kim Kyung-tae’s bid for the Japan Golf Tour money title will have to wait another week.

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Karlsson wins Dubai after bizarre Poulter gaffe

Ian Poulter lost to Robert Karlsson in the Dubai World Championship on Sunday after a bizarre marking blunder on the second playoff hole.

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Kaymer tops McDowell, wins Euro money title

PGA champion Martin Kaymer won the European Tour money list on Sunday, after both he and Graeme McDowell tied for 13th in Dubai.

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Euro Tour adds three events to 2011 schedule

Despite a worldwide economic crisis, the 2011 European Tour schedule will feature three new events and new venues in a 50-tournament season.

Saturday, November 27

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Bottom 10: Tour’s worst statistical performers

The longest season in American major professional sports has ended for 2010. The PGA Tour is on vacation.

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Vegas aiming to boost golf in Venezuela

While some golfers in Venezuela see a dim future, Jhonattan Vegas sees an opportunity.

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Poulter leads Dubai, eyes back-to-back wins

Ian Poulter shot a 3-under 69 in the third round to take a two-shot lead at the Dubai World Championship on Saturday.

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Kaymer a virtual lock to win Euro money title

Even Graeme McDowell conceded it on Saturday: German Martin Kaymer is a virtual lock to win the Race to Dubai. Alistair Tait explains.

Friday, November 26

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Proveaux, Green nab first AJGA wins at Polo

Jaye Marie Green and Cody Proveaux earned their first AJGA titles at this week's Polo Classic, topping some of the biggest names in junior golf.

McDowell scrambling for Euro money title

Graeme McDowell may have the U.S. Open trophy, all the money in the world and international fame, but he looked like any ordinary club golfer after the second round of the $7.5 million Dubai World Championship.

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Fisher takes lead in Dubai, Poulter 2 back

Ross Fisher led an English run up a star-studded leaderboard Friday at the Dubai World Championship, matching a course record 8-under 64 to tie Ian Poulter at 9 under for the second-round lead.

Thursday, November 25

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Final match-ups set at Polo Golf Junior

Cody Proveaux (pictured) will face Michael Kim in the final match in the boys' division of the Polo Golf Junior Classic while Karen Chung and Jaye Marie Green will square off in the girls' division.

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Top 10 men's stories of the fall

With the end of 2010 approaching, Lance Ringler takes a look back at the top 10 headlines from the fall college season.

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Lousy turnout for Dubai’s opening round

The sun may be shining, the best two golfers in Europe might be battling it out for the right to become king of Europe, but does anyone here in Dubai know it?

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Karlsson (65) leads in Dubai; Kaymer 2 back

Robert Karlsson played a stunning back nine Thursday on his way to a 7-under 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Dubai World Championship.

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Can Woods dominate the ad world again?

Dressed in Sunday red, hands on hips, Tiger Woods stood at the edge of a rocky drop-off and stared at the water below.

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A year in the life of Tiger: A look back

A year has passed since Tiger Woods’ late-night car crash at his Isleworth home, which led to revelations of infidelity. Golfweek.com looks back.

Wednesday, November 24

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Paolucci, Rodgers to face off at Polo

Anthony Paolucci will face Patrick Rodgers in a Rolex All-American showdown during the quarterfinals of the Polo Golf Junior Classic.

Balicki: GCAA HoF nod comes as great honor

I’ve pretty much kept things low key. I guess that’s because I’m not one who likes to pat himself on the back. But I do feel it’s time I need to express some of my thoughts and feelings.

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Player of the Week: Maia Schechter

Maia Schechter, of Takoma Park, Md., shot 4-over 150 (73-77) at Mystic Dunes Golf Club in Celebration, Fla., to win the FCWT event by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Peter Valasek

Peter Valasek, of Orlando, Fla., shot 4-under 142 (71-71) at Mystic Dunes Golf Club in Celebration, Fla., to win the FCWT event by seven shots.

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A year after scandal, Woods ready to move on

A year has passed since Tiger Woods’ image began to unravel before the public eye. Now, Woods says he finally is ready to move on.

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Commentary: Blame misplaced in designated-event demise

It’s too convenient to ding Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the demise of the ‘designated tournament’ proposal. Jim McCabe explains.

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PGA Tour could learn from Euro finale

You couldn’t ask for an easier proposition than this week’s $7.5 million Dubai World Championship, the final event of the European Tour season.

Tuesday, November 23

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Grillo, Jutanugarn medal at Polo Junior

Emiliano Grillo (pictured) and Moriya Jutanugarn came out on top Tuesday at stroke-play qualifying for the Polo Golf Junior Classic.

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Ching wins Western Refining Classic by three

San Diego's Alex Ching finished at the bottom of the leaderboard at the 2009 Western Refining Classic. This year, it was a much different story.

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Notes: Westwood, McIlroy get extra Tour event

Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy are among five international players who can play one additional PGA Tour event next year if they are eligible for The Players Championship.

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Perspective from a golf buff in Afghanistan

I was waiting on a flight at O’Hare Airport in Chicago speaking on the phone with my wife Kelly when a call beeped in.

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Iowa, San Diego St. take different paths to top

Despite very different seasons, Iowa (pictured) and San Diego State ended the fall near the top of Golfweek’s rankings. Ron Balicki explains.

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Watson to speak at 2011 Junior PGA

Eight-time major champion Tom Watson has been named the keynote speaker at the players’ welcome reception for the 2011 Junior PGA Championship.

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Junior diary: Signed and sealed as a Razorback

So I have had two tournaments since I last wrote, but neither of them went very well.

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Huge (No. 37, 2012) commits to Virginia Tech

Maclain Huge, of Middleburg, Va., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Jay Hardwick at Virginia Tech. Huge is ranked No. 6 in the state of Virginia and No. 37 in the 2012 class.

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Couples, Jordan showing interest in Bobcats

Read a pretty good feature on Michael Jordan in a recent issue of Sports Business Journal.

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Kaymer passes on PGA Tour membership

Germany’s Martin Kaymer, the reigning PGA Champion, will not take up PGA Tour membership next year.

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Kaymer closing in on European money title

After struggling in Singapore and missing last week’s Hong Kong Open, PGA champion Martin Kaymer is counting on a victory in this week’s Dubai World Championship to clinch his first European Tour money title.

Monday, November 22

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Neill Harner, Gaston to receive NGCA honor

Stephanie Neill Harner and Andrea Gaston will be inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Dec. 7 for their contributions to college golf.

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KPMG: Golf’s growth rate slows in Europe

The number of European golfers – which grew at an annual clip of 5 percent during the first half of the past decade – slowed to less than half that rate in the past five years, according to a new KPMG report.

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Top 10 women's stories from the fall season

With the fall golf season in the books, Julie Williams takes a look back at 10 of the most notable stories from women’s college golf.

Sunday, November 21

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Style and substance

Ian Poulter promised a victory at the Hong Kong Open on Sunday and delivered. These days, nothing seems too bold for the fashionable Englishman, whose unlikely rise to worldwide star was built with little more than confidence and hard work.

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5 Things: Couples, Jordan teammates again?

Generational hand-offs are never simple. But Ping has fared well in passing the baton, and now the family company is ready to do it again: It recently named John K. Solheim – son of Ping chairman John A. Solheim and grandson of Ping founder Karsten Solheim – to the post of president and representative director of Ping Golf Japan, effective Jan. 1, 2011.

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Mallinger tops Gore to win Pebble Beach Invite

John Mallinger won the Pebble Beach Invitational on Sunday, birdieing four of the last six holes for a 4-under 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jason Gore.

KPMG report: Golf’s growth rate slows in Europe

The number of European golfers – which grew at an annual clip of 5 percent during the first half of the past decade – slowed to less than half that rate in the past five years, according to a new KPMG report. Demand growth, measured by the number of registered players in Europe, fell to 1 to 2 percent annually since 2005, according to the just-released “Golf Participation in Europe 2010” survey by KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice.

Grace posts first career victory at Cola-Cola

Branden Grace waited four years for his first Sunshine Tour victory. Winning it in front of friends and family on a course he played growing up proved sweet. Showing his mettle before golf legend Gary Player meant even more.

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PGA Tour hopefuls move on to next Q-School test

Six second-stage qualifiers will be held this week to determine the field for the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School.

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Kaymer-McDowell battle caps dominant European year

The magic number is 290,911. That’s on Graeme McDowell’s mind this week as he enters the Dubai World Championship. That’s the number of euros that stand between him and Germany’s Martin Kaymer in the race to top the European Tour’s Order of Merit.

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PGA Tour card in hand, Bowditch wins Down Under

Fresh from earning his U.S. PGA Tour card, Steven Bowditch of Australia claimed the NSW PGA Championship on Sunday at Wollongong Golf Club.

Ikeda holds off charging Kim for 4th victory

Yuta Ikeda repelled a dramatic final-day challenge from Kyung-tae Kim to emerge triumphant Sunday at the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.

N. Kim takes Elleair Open; money title goes to Ahn

Kim Na-ri fired a closing 66 to claim a come-from-behind victory Sunday in the Daio Paper Elleair Ladies Open.

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Koreans repeat gold-medal sweep at Asian Games

Two stars were born as Korea lived up to its billing as the region’s most flourishing golf nation by winning all four of the gold medals at stake at the Guangzhou Asian Games.

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Fashion Q&A: Geoff Tait, Quagmire Golf

It isn’t often that we hear of new and innovative ways golf-apparel companies one-up each other, but this seems to be the norm for Quagmire Golf.

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Poulter hangs on for Hong Kong Open title

Ian Poulter held off a spirited challenge from Italian youngster Matteo Manassero to win the Hong Kong Open by one stroke Sunday, returning to the top 10 in the world rankings.

Saturday, November 20

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Mallinger maintains one-shot lead at Pebble

John Mallinger, no longer fully exempt on the PGA Tour after finishing 133rd on the money list this year, shot a 2-under at Del Monte on Saturday to maintain a one-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

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Hurley, Tryon advance to Q-School finals

Former naval officer Billy Hurley III and former teen phenom Ty Tryon will try to realize their potential at the final stage of PGA Tour Q-School.

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Collegians highlight Walker Cup practice list

Sixteen players – 14 collegians – have been invited by the USGA to attend a practice session for the 2011 Walker Cup. Sean Martin has the list.

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Stress-free Horschel advances to final stage

On arguably the most stressful day in golf, when mid-life crises can surface on the long walk from the clubhouse to the courtesy car, Billy Horschel lounged near the 18th green and watched his buddies finish their round. Rare is the golfer who plays PGA Tour Q-School for practice – and still succeeds.

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Poulter two ahead of McDowell in Hong Kong

Ian Poulter shot a 6-under 64 Saturday to take retain a two-shot lead at the Hong Kong Open over U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell.

Friday, November 19

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USGA selects 16 players for Walker practice session

Sixteen players have been invited by the USGA to attend a practice session for the 2011 Walker Cup. Sean Martin has the list.

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Mallinger takes lead at Pebble Beach Invite

John Mallinger, coming off a 133rd-place finish on the money list that cost him fully exempt status on the PGA Tour, shot a 7-under 65 at Pebble Beach on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Heavy travel schedule paying off for Brits

Not many people will connect Andrew Sullivan and the five British players in the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Results: PGA Tour Q-School, 2nd stage

Six second-stage qualifiers will be held this week to determine the field for the final stage of the PGA Tour’s Qualifying School.

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Condoleezza Rice named to USGA committee

Condoleezza Rice has been named to the Nominating Committee of the USGA, sparking speculation that she’s on her way to USGA leadership.

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Clearwater medals at Champions Q-School

Thanks in part to a third-round 63, Keith Clearwater took medalist honors at the final stage of Champions Tour Qualifying School, earning a full exemption for 2011.

Whan to address LPGA’s ‘female at birth’ policy

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan will address the tour’s “female at birth” policy Nov. 30 at a membership meeting in Orlando, Fla. Then, players will vote on whether to change the tour’s constitution.

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Crancer (No. 44, 2012) commits to Texas A&M

Ben Crancer, of Kirkwood, Mo., has given a verbal committment to play for Texas A&M, No. 10 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Poulter tops Hong Kong leaderboard with 60

Ian Poulter took the lead Friday at the Hong Kong Open with a 10-under 60. It’s the lowest round of the Englishman’s career.

Thursday, November 18

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Bettencourt leads Pebble Beach Invitational

PGA Tour winner Matt Bettencourt shot an 8-under 64 at Del Monte on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the Pebble Beach Invitational, while Annika Sorenstam opened with a 69 at Del Monte in a rare competitive start since her retirement in 2008.

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A look at this year’s N’wide grad class

Here’s a figure the Nationwide Tour was more than happy to tout in its season-ending wrap-up: Five of the this year’s 25 graduates were between the ages of 22 and 24.

Third-generation Solheim to lead Ping Japan

Generational hand-offs are never simple.

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LPGA ShopRite to be played in early June ’11

The LPGA ShopRite Classic will be played the first weekend in June next year.

In this issue: Nov. 19, 2010

Inside the Nov. 19, 2010 issue of Golfweek

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Brown leads in Hong Kong; McIlroy one back

Mark Brown made a late charge to top the first-round leaderboard Thursday at the Hong Kong Open, shooting an 8-under par 62 for a one-stroke lead.

Koreans flex their muscles In Guangzhou

Korea lived up to their billing as overwhelming favorites on the second day of the golf tournaments at the Asian Games.

Wednesday, November 17

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Global exposure

The British golf unions’ strategy of sending their top amateurs, such as England's Andrew Sullivan, to play in faraway places is paying dividends on the pro circuits.

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Aussie Masters eyes spot before Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods returning to Australia for the third straight year is a fairly safe bet considering the Presidents Cup will be held in 2011 at Royal Melbourne.

9 venues vying to host 2015 Solheim Cup

The Ladies European Tour says nine candidates have declared an interest in hosting the Solheim Cup between Europe and the United States in 2015.

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Challenge Tour to make first venture into India

The European Challenge Tour will make its first stop in India for the inaugural Gujarat Kensville Challenge, which opens the season Jan. 13 at Kensville Golf Club, near Ahmedabad.

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Grace survives gusts to lead Coca-Cola

Branden Grace can see the proverbial promised land.

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Runner-up no more, McIlroy out to win Hong Kong

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell provides the main story line in this week’s $2.5 million UBS Hong Kong Open, but the sub-plots are just as intriguing.

Korea, China teams lead at Asian Games

Teen Rashid Khan signaled his medal intentions with a hole-in-one on the opening day of the Asian Games golf tournament.

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Ozaki turns to Asia’s youth for Royal Trophy

Asian golf’s top young stars are being assembled to take on Europe in the fifth edition of the Royal Trophy, with Naomichi “Joe” Ozaki announcing five additions to his team this week.

TLA teams with Canadian Tour to net world-ranking points

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

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Tour players give back in Mexico

With all the money thrown around in golf these days, it’s nice to know some players can say thanks and show appreciation that goes beyond the Herculean effort of hoisting one of those oversized cardboard winner’s checks.

5 Things: Moving on up to PGA Tour?

How do you warm up for PGA Tour Q-School? Well, if you’re Adam Bland, you nearly win the Australian Masters.

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DiMarco to play ’11 off career-money status

Cross one notable name off the field of entrants for the second stage of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

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McInerney (No. 8, 2012) commits to UNLV

A.J. McInerney has given a verbal commitment to stay home and play for the hometown UNLV Rebels. McInerney, who is ranked No. 8 in the 2012 class, made visits to UNLV, Stanford and San Diego.

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Annika to make rare appearance at Pebble

Annika Sorenstam will make a rare pro tournament appearance Thursday when she participates in the Pebble Beach Invitational.

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Woods begins process of rebuilding image

Nearing the one-year anniversary of his Thanksgiving night car crash that wrecked his image, Tiger Woods clearly is entering a rebuilding stage.

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Crane dishes on golf fitness, fundamentals

Video Boy, fresh off a $1 million victory in the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, made a cameo appearance Nov. 13 at the Titleist World Golf Fitness Summit.

Asian Tour, IMG to create TV production outfit

IMG Media and the Asian Tour announced a 12-year deal that will create a joint-venture production company designed to enhance the circuit’s TV business worldwide.

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Daly hoping to find form in Hong Kong

John Daly’s dramatic weight loss might help him get around the golf course a little easier, but it hasn’t come without its problems.

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First Tee forum shows ‘other side of golf’

Fifty teenagers got a behind-the-scenes look at the golf industry at this week’s First Tee Future Leaders Forum. Julie Williams reports.

Tuesday, November 16

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Asian Tour, IMG to create TV production outfit

IMG Media and the Asian Tour announced a 12-year deal that will create a joint-venture production company designed to enhance the circuit’s TV business worldwide.

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Kim donates winner’s check from Ochoa event

For a 22-year-old, In-Kyung Kim thinks big. Not just in terms of golf, though she does expect big things from her game, but in terms of life. Kim looks at the big picture – whether it’s the environment, worldwide disasters, or a child’s dream and an opportunity to help. For Kim, it’s all about timing.

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Talley (No. 1, 2012) commits to Alabama

Emma Talley, the No. 1-ranked player in the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to Alabama.

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Garrigus, Fowler could use wardrobe tweaks

He may have big ears, but he sure knows how to dress! Mickey Mouse’s wardrobe trumped the boys of the PGA Tour this past weekend at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic at Disney’s Magnolia and Palm courses in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Toy Box notes: Tiger uses Nike Method putter

During his tenure as Nike Golf’s marquee endorser, Tiger Woods gradually has filled his bag with Nike clubs. For much of the time he has stuck with 13, the only exception being his prized Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2 putter.

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Aussie Masters eyes spot before Prez Cup

Tiger Woods returning to Australia for the third straight year is a fairly safe bet considering the Presidents Cup will be held in 2011 at Royal Melbourne.

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Furyk wins his first PGA Player of Year award

Jim Furyk, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour in 2010, was named the PGA Player of the Year.

Junior diary: Ready for the next step

This week I want to share my thoughts about college with all of you.

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Q-School entrants out to prove they belong

Q-School bridges generations as an equal-opportunity stress-fest, but it can launch careers on Tour. Jim McCabe explains.

Monday, November 15

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O’Meara, Price win ADT Skills Challenge

Mark O’Meara and Nick Price won the 19th annual ADT Golf Skills Challenge at The Breakers on Monday.

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‘Designated events’ unlikely to appear in ’11

“Designated events,” the proposal designed to bring star power to some of the PGA Tour’s weakest events, likely won’t be implemented next season, sources told Golfweek.

Golfer blinded by shank sues for no ‘Fore!’

Two doctors are playing golf on Long Island. One hits such a poor shot from the rough that it hits his partner, standing somewhere off to the side, in the head. Whose fault is that?

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 8-14, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Puerto Rico Tourism steps up to back Tour stop

The PGA Tour’s stop in Puerto Rico secured a replacement sponsor, extending its stay on the schedule through 2012, officials announced Monday.

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Papago operator, Phoenix officials in legal joust

Phoenix has begun legal proceedings to remove an affiliate of the Arizona Golf Association from day-to-day management of municipally owned Papago Golf Course.

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Wagner remains upbeat despite loss of card

Cruel fate, Johnson Wagner losing his PGA Tour card Sunday at the Happiest Place on Earth.

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Club Med launches golf academy

Club Med, the all-inclusive operator of family-oriented resorts, is preparing to launch a new concept with a significantly heightened focus on golf, tennis and fitness instruction.

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Suspension lifted, Barron preps for Q-School

Doug Barron had a marathon day of golf by his standards, leaving him more excited than he was exhausted.

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Gearing up for 2011 Conference Challenges

For the third consecutive season, Golfweek is set to host the men’s and women’s Golfweek Conference Challenges, which will return to the same venues that were used this fall.

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Entering the secret world of Georgia Tech golf

This past weekend I was in Atlanta for the Miami-Georgia Tech football game. But what would a football weekend be without a little bit of golf?

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Inside Errie Ball’s 100th birthday party

Errie Ball, the last surviving player from the inaugural Masters, lights a 100th birthday candle as hundreds celebrate a member of golfing royalty.

Sunday, November 14

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Monday morning made easy

Adam Scott of Australia claimed his third Barclays Singapore Open title with a composed performance over five days at Sentosa Golf Club.

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5 Things: Season finale, a lucrative day to remember

Dreams do come true at Disney – even for grown-ups. During a dizzying hour-long wait, Troy Merritt bounced from inside the top 125 on the money list to outside, then back inside again. So when it came time to tee it up once more for a crack at $1 million, it proved a timely reprieve from one of the sport’s biggest stress-fests.

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Failure on tour more lucrative than expected

How would you like to earn $710,000 to fail? Or even $274,000?

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Scott wins Singapore Open for third time

Australia’s Adam Scott won the Singapore Open for the third time, completing a 3-under 68 in a Monday finish for a three-stroke victory over Denmark’s Anders Hansen

China’s Li intends to learn from Korean pros

Li Jiayun is looking to end 2010 on a high note with strong performances in two big events that she knows could shape her future. Speaking in Guangzhou ahead of her participation in the 16th Asian Games, the captain of the Chinese women’s team hopes to follow a medal-winning performance this week at the Dragon Lake Golf Club with a strong showing in the China Ladies Open on Dec. 17-19.

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Davies’ fifth victory sets up Dubai showdown with Pace

It’s now clear what Laura Davies must do to steal the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit title from Lee-Anne Pace. The seven-time merit champion needs one more victory like Saturday’s, in the season finale next month in Dubai.

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Historic Irish Open loses sponsor

If you were to pick any European Tour event to be impervious to the credit crunch, the Irish Open would be a good bet. After all, the Irish are golf mad.

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Thatcher all smiles after 2nd-place showing

Roland Thatcher can breathe easy after finishing solo second at the PGA Tour's season finale, allowing him to retain his Tour card for another year.

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Merritt wins Kodak Challenge in playoff

Troy Merritt saved his PGA Tour card. Then he won something with a more immediate payoff.

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Kim closes with 64 to win Ochoa Invitational

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

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‘Designated events’ unlikely to appear in ’11

“Designated events,” the proposal designed to bring star power to some of the PGA Tour’s weakest events, likely won’t be implemented next season, sources told Golfweek.

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Garrigus ends season with 3-shot Disney win

Robert Garrigus won the year's final PGA Tour event on Sunday to retain his Tour card and make up for his collapse earlier this year at Memphis.

Saiki survives late charge to capture Itoen title

CHIBA, Japan – Miki Saiki withstood a late charge Sunday from Mie Nakata to win the Itoen Ladies Golf Tournament. Despite a nervy back nine, Saiki eked out a one-shot victory for her second Japan LPGA Tour career title. Saiki closed with a 3-under 69 for a 54-hole total of 10-under 206.

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Ishikawa’s 3rd victory narrows money-list gap

The race is on. After Ryo Ishikawa’s victory Sunday in the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters, the 19-year-old star breathed new life into his bid to retain the Japan Golf Tour money title.

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Fine finish: Theft victim Pieters grabs BMG finale

Having golf clubs sure makes a difference. Two weeks after his golf clubs were stolen from his home, Brandon Pieters made par on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the BMG Classic over Ben Mannix of England.

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Viking Classic set for FedEx Cup upgrade

The Viking Classic, the Mississippi mainstay of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, is set to move into the FedEx Cup schedule next season.

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Lee, Paolucci claim Winn Jr. Cup Challenge

Led by David Lee and Anthony Paolucci, the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Team Harmon rallied past Team Gulbis in the inaugural Winn Junior Cup Challenge at Rio Secco Golf Club.

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Scott retains lead in delayed Singapore Open

Adam Scott has a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the suspended final round of the Singapore Open. Play resumes Monday.

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Appleby wins in Australia; Woods takes 4th

Despite a closing 65 from defending champ Tiger Woods, Stuart Appleby ended a nine-year home drought by winning the Australian Masters.

Saturday, November 13

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Pettersen leads by 1 at Lorena Ochoa Invite

Suzann Pettersen moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Mouthpieces make a mark at fitness summit

Call me a dreamer. Call me a schemer. Call me a golfer who is looking for a quick fix. Here at the World Golf Fitness Summit, I stumbled across the answer to all my golf problems. Well, maybe not, but I feel a surge of optimism.

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Thatcher maintains four-shot lead at Disney

Roland Thatcher remains on track in an improbable bid to keep his PGA Tour card, shooting a 2-under 70 Saturday at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic to take a four-stroke lead over Chris Stroud into the final round.

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Endless Disney possibilities on Merritt's mind

The Sunday possibilities are endless for Troy Merritt, who is trying to keep his PGA Tour card and win the million-dollar Kodak Challenge.

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Money list drama nothing new for Thatcher

Sure, it’s easy to dismiss the chase to finish in the top 125 on the PGA Tour money list as trivial. After all, the player who finishes 126th will still earn in excess of $700,000.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Florida

When it comes to winter golf getaways, Florida is always one of the destinations that is top of mind.

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Black Pearl sets Dec. 1 soft opening

Carnival and Royal Caribbean cruise-ship passengers will get the first look at the new Black Pearl Golf Course, a collaboration between Pete Dye and Perry Dye.

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UCLA wins Pac-10/SEC event for 2nd title

Thanks in part to a timely rain delay, UCLA won its second straight title of the fall at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge. Julie Williams explains.

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Scott retains one-shot lead in Singapore

Adam Scott shot a 2-under 69 Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Singapore Open, a tournament he has won twice before at the Sentosa Golf Club.

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Woods falls to 10 back at Australian Masters

Tiger Woods continued to struggle Saturday at the Australian Masters, falling 10 shots behind Adam Bland and sealing a winless 2010 season.

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UNCW coach Clark hospitalized

North Carolina Wilmington head coach Matt Clark has been hospitalized at Duke University Hospital after becoming ill Nov. 11, according to the Wilmington Star News.

Friday, November 12

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Viking Classic set for FedEx Cup upgrade

The Viking Classic, the Mississippi mainstay of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, is set to move into the FedEx Cup schedule next season, Golfweek has learned.

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Creamer tops leaderboard in Mexico after 66

U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

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Thatcher exceeds expectations at Disney

The guy with the roman numerals after his name is trying to write a Cinderella story that would make Walt Disney – or at least Carl Spackler – proud.

Verstegen preaches anti-‘duck feet’ at summit

Down with duck feet! That was the message of the anti-duck man, AKA Mark Verstegen, at the World Golf Fitness Summit.

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Thatcher shoots 63, vaults ahead at Disney

Roland Thatcher just wanted to prepare for Q-School this week. After a second-round 63 at Disney, he might just walk away with a Tour card.

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PGA Tour failure more lucrative than expected

How would you like to earn $710,000 to fail? Or even $274,000?

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Scott leads Poulter by two in Singapore

Two-time winner Adam Scott shot a second straight 65 Friday to take a two-stroke lead over defending champion Ian Poulter of England after the second round at the Singapore Open.

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Woods 9 shots back at Australian Masters

Tiger Woods is in the same spot Down Under as he’s been everywhere else in the world – trying to catch up to the leaders and on the verge of becoming an also-ran.

Thursday, November 11

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Garcia climbs leaderboard with 65 in Australia

Sergio Garcia put himself into the mix at the Australian Masters on Friday with a 6-under 65 that put him within range of the leaders at Victoria Golf Club.

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Kerr jumps to 3-shot lead at Lorena Invite

Cristie Kerr shot a tournament-record 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over Stacy Lewis in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, while Ochoa opened with a 74 on her home course in her first LPGA Tour start since retiring in April.

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Munoz laps competition in rookie race

On Tuesday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, I offered a simple congratulations to Azahara Munoz as she made the turn during a practice round with veterans Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst (who are almost joined at the hip out here).

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Wie WDs after first round in Guadalajara

Michelle Wie’s first attempt at a title defense was shortlived.

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Ochoa enjoying the home crowd in Guadalajara

Lorena Ochoa stood on the second tee box and rested her chin ever so briefly on the shoulder of her caddie. In the fairway, she gave him a love pat as they discussed her options for the approach.

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Stroud shoots 62 to take early Disney lead

Chris Stroud shot a 10-under 62 Thursday to top Rickie Fowler and take a three-shot lead in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

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Garrigus learning from Memphis meltdown

At Disney, with a Tour card on the line, Robert Garrigus can change the way his 2010 season will be remembered. D.J. Piehowski reports.

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MLB players tee it up at Disney event

It’s been quite a month for Aaron Rowand.

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Team Foley talks fitness at Summit, not Tiger

No Tiger. No discussion of Tiger. No inquiries about Tiger. No analysis of Tiger.

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Woods opens with 69 at Australian Masters

Tiger Woods hit the ball as well as he has all year, except on the greens.

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2011 Women’s Letters of Intent

Erynne Lee, left, Kristen Park, center, and Grace Na are among the notable 2011 graduates to give verbal commitments prior to National Signing Day.

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Mickelson (67) four shots back in Singapore

Phil Mickelson, hoping to claim golf’s No. 1 ranking, opened with a 4-under 67 on Thursday and is four strokes off the pace after the rain-soaked first round at the Singapore Open.

Wednesday, November 10

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Fowler arrives at Disney with eye on Kodak

Rickie Fowler is ready for “Go Time.”

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2010 National Signing Day coverage

Jordan Spieth is among the 2011 graduates who signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Here’s a replay of Golfweek’s live chat.

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Cantlay leads UCLA to Gifford Collegiate title

UCLA cruised to a 13-shot victory Wednesday at the Gifford Collegiate on the heels of even-tempered freshman Patrick Cantlay.

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Pro-am partners Ochoa, Norman talk Olympics

Greg Norman’s pro-am round with Lorena Ochoa was as much about getting a feel for how the other views a golf course as it was about birdies. The pair finished third, by the way, two strokes behind Candie Kung’s group (55).

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Augusta State DQ’d at Gifford Collegiate

Augusta State’s poor week at the Gifford Collegiate finished on an even worse note when the Jaguars were disqualified from the event.

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In hot pursuit

Graeme McDowell wants to "punch a hole" into Martin Kaymer's lead in the European Tour Order of Merit, and this week's Barclays Singapore Open is as good a place as any to do it. A fattened purse has the Northern Irishman's attention, but other big names – Mickelson, Poulter, Harrington – are here with their own motivations.

5 Things: Can we all get along?

Colin Montgomerie has appealed for common sense to prevail in the battle between the Asian Tour and OneAsia.

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Recari focuses on strengths to get back on track

Beatriz Recari’s 2010 turnaround is astounding. Before her victory at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge, she had missed 10 cuts in 14 events.

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Tour players hope to find magic at Disney

At a place where dreams are made, Tour players hope their visions of a top-125 finish come to life this week at Disney. Jim McCabe reports.

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Back home in Mexico, Ochoa embraces her new life

Newlywed Lorena Ochoa will have her husband and a new perspective inside the ropes this week in Mexico. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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China to showcase its golf progress at Asian Games

More than 14,000 amateur athletes and officials from 45 Asian countries are converging on China for the 16th edition of the Asian Games in Guangzhou, starting Friday through Nov. 27. Among them are almost 200 golfers. While Korea and Japan are tipped to dominate the men’s and women’s golf tournaments, the host nation has high hopes of bridging the gap on its rivals.

At BMG Classic, pros unleash their finishing kick

The Sunshine Tour season has entered its final stretch as the BMG Classic starts Friday at the Glendower Golf Club.

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OneAsia launches Q-school; adds four events

OneAsia announced the addition of a qualifying school to determine tour eligibility and revealed a preliminary 13-tournament schedule for the 2011 season.

No shortcuts to success for Sharmila

Nicollet Sharmila is India’s newest rising star and certainly isn’t short on ambition. The 19-year-old from Bangalore comes into the Hero Honda Indian Open with only the intention to win the co-sanctioned Ladies European Tour and Ladies Asian Golf Tour event.

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2011 Men’s Letters of Intent

After years of deliberation, it's finally time for the Class of 2011 to sign their National Letters of Intent and decide where they will play their college golf.

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Tour cards up for grabs at Disney event

Briny Baird left the wife and kids at home this week to go to Disney World. After all, this trip is no vacation.

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Europe keeps building on big year

The PGA Tour continues to shortchange the one World Golf Championship held outside the United States by only offering a three-year exemption to the winner if he is a member of the American-based tour. One person who didn't seem the least bit bothered was Francesco Molinari, who won the HSBC Champions.

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Stankowski ready to ditch the journeyman role

Beneath the fine layer of humor are the words of a desperate man. Such is life when your only ticket to the big tour is past-champion status.

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Players end 2010 with worldwide events

So it’s nearing mid-November, and much of our country is preparing for winter’s approach and insufferable holiday commercialism. But if you think it’s time to savor some tranquility in golf’s offseason, think again, because “golf” and “offseason” should never be used in the same sentence.

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Lefty, Kaymer aim for World No. 1 in Singapore

Phil Mickelson’s quest for golf’s No. 1 ranking may have suffered a setback in China last week, but the Masters champion expects a stronger performance starting Thursday at the Singapore Open.

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Hate to be Rude: Entering the Twitter world

With so much to say, and only 140 characters in which to say it, Jeff Rude has discovered the wide world of Twitter.

Tuesday, November 9

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Woods: Headed in right direction under Foley

Tiger Woods faces his first full year without winning as a pro, but he has no doubt that his game is pointed in the right direction.

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Chung, Kim pace Stanford to Gifford lead

Stanford's David Chung and Sihwan Kim have led the Cardinal to a 11-shot lead at the Gifford Collegiate Invitational. Sean Martin reports.

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Watson leads PGA team to 3-Tour title

Bubba Watson made an 18-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to cap a comeback victory for the PGA Tour team in the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge on Tuesday.

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Ochoa, husband take to course in Mexico

Newlywed Lorena Ochoa will have her husband and a new perspective inside the ropes this week in Mexico. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Notes: Lefty to begin season in Abu Dhabi

Phil Mickelson plans to start the 2011 in the desert, as he has done so often in his career.

Brenny’s tenure at Minnesota ends abruptly

Katie Brenny has resigned as Minnesota’s women’s coach, only two months after returning to her home state, Golfweek has learned.

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CostaBaja Resort opens Player course

CostaBaja Resort & Spa, a 550-acre property on the Sea of Cortez, last week opened its new golf course, the first designed by Gary Player in Mexico or Latin America.

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Wright (No. 10, 2012) commits to LSU

LSU has received good news from one of the top players in the 2012 class. Zachary Wright, of Phoenix, has decided to play for head coach Chuck Winstead, according to his father.

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Tour players hope to find magic at Disney

At a place where dreams are made, Tour players hope their visions of a top-125 finish come to life this week at Disney. Jim McCabe reports.

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Player of the week: USC’s Sophia Popov

The Trojans freshman won medalist honors for the first time in her young career, edging UCLA junior Stephanie Kono by a shot. Popov posted rounds of 72-68-67 for a 6-under 207 total.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins won their second consecutive event with a victory at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge played at Stanford Golf Course. UCLA posted a 4-over 856 total to win by 11 shots over Alabama. The Bruins won the Landfall Tradition in their previous start.

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Player of the Week: Pacific’s T.J. Bordeaux

The Tigers senior carded rounds of 68-61-69 for a 15-under 198 total to win the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational by three shots. Bordeaux set Pacific’s 18-hole and 54-hole scoring record.

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Team of the week: Iowa

The Hawkeyes won the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate by five shots over Texas A&M. The final round was canceled due to inclement weather. The victory was the Hawkeyes’ fourth consecutive win. Iowa’s other victories this fall have come at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, the Rod Myers Invitational and the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic.

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McIlroy won’t take up PGA Tour membership

Rory McIlroy has decided not to join the PGA Tour next year, which could mean as many as three of the top 10 players in the world ranking not belonging to golf’s strongest tour.

Monday, November 8

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Norlander ditches long putter at CordeValle

Augusta State’s Henrik Norlander went back to the short putter at the Gifford Collegiate, and the move already is paying off. Sean Martin explains.

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UCLA rides Cantlay’s 67 to lead at CordeValle

Freshman Patrick Cantlay led the UCLA charge Nov. 8 at CordeValle, proving why he is one of the nation’s top freshmen. Sean Martin reports.

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UCLA players adopt numbers on uniforms

Ever since O.D. Vincent started wearing ties at UCLA, the Bruins have been known for doing things a little differently.

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Woods arrives in Melbourne for title defense

Tiger Woods has arrived in Melbourne to defend his Australian Masters golf title, a year after his visit to the city sparked reports of infidelity which damaged his career and tarnished his public image.

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Woods looks to defend Australian Masters title

Tiger Woods has arrived in Melbourne to defend his Australian Masters golf title, a year after his visit to the city sparked reports of infidelity that damaged his career and tarnished his public image.

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UCLA wins Pac-10/SEC Challenge by 11 shots

Stephanie Kono and the UCLA Bruins cruised to an 11-shot victory Nov. 7 at the Pac-10/SEC Challenge. It’s their second consecutive victory this season.

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Poulter unveils white Cobra driver in Shanghai

James Achenbach says Ian Poulter is more than an apparel aficionado. At the HSBC Champions, the Cobra staffer made a play to become an equipment trend-setter, too, by unveiling a white-headed driver.

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Wronowski elected PGA of America president

Allen Wronowski of Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md., took the helm Nov. 6 of the PGA of America as its president, and Derek Sprague was elected the association's secretary.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Gulf Coast

When golf industry executives talk about emerging markets, they’re usually referring to China, various points in South America, even India. But you don’t need to go that far.

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Thumbs up: UCLA | Thumbs down: Lamar

The fall season is just about over and players will be headed home for the winter break. In the mean time, let’s do one more “thumbs up and thumbs down” before we fill up on turkey.

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Winner’s Circle: Nov. 1-7, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Player of the Week: Sam Chun

Sam Chun, of Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., shot 2-under 142 (71-71) at Reunion (Fla.) Resort’s Independence Course to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Doris Chen

Doris Chen, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 1-under 143 (72-71) at Reunion (Fla.) Resort’s Independence Course to win the Golfweek Junior Invitational by six shots.

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McQuiston (No. 49, 2011) commits to Boston College

Cristina McQuiston has given a verbal commitment to play for Boston College in the fall of 2011. McQuiston chose the school after considering Duke, Penn, Brown, Kentucky, Richmond and Furman.

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Tiger returns to Thailand, wins just one skin

Tiger Woods returned to his mother’s home country for a four-man charity skins tournament on Monday and left soon after winning only one hole in another disappointing performance.

Sunday, November 7

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Cook wins in S.F.; Langer claims Schwab Cup

John Cook defended his crown at the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, while Bernhard Langer won his first season points title.

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Cook wins Champions finale; Langer takes points title

John Cook successfully defended his title in the Champions Tour's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday at Harding Park, while Bernhard Langer took his first season points title.

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5 Things: Poulter's flair for attention

Ian Poulter leaves little to the imagination when it comes to making a fashion statement. During the past week in China, he even sported a white-headed driver.

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'Godfather of Thai golf' stands alone atop Senior Tour

American Mike Cunning may have won the European Senior Tour season finale on Sunday, but it was Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand who sealed the Order of Merit with a closing round that was characteristic of his four-win rookie season.

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Abery survives midway wobble to win Nashua Masters

Warren Abery dropped two shots in a row on the eighth and the ninth holes in the final round of the Nashua Masters, but he birdied the 10th and 12th to coast to victory Sunday at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club.

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Francesco made in Italy, refined in England

Francesco Molinari’s game may have been built in Italy, but it was improved in England. Those refinements helped Molinari to victory Nov. 7 in the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament, the biggest win of his career.

Hyun-Ji Kim repeats at Korea Ladies Masters

As Hyun-Ji Kim stood off the 18th green Sunday awaiting a possible playoff, she breathed a sigh of relief as Soo-Jin Yang’s birdied putt slipped past the hole. There would be no playoff pressure this year.

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Bransdon breaks through in Western Australian PGA

David Bransdon is the new Western Australian PGA champion after a dramatic Sunday at Bunbury Golf Club.

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Shanghai showdown

With no one else able to mount a charge, the final day at the WGC-HSBC Champions turned into a match-play contest between Ryder Cup teammates Francesco Molinari and Lee Westwood. It came down to the last green but in the end, the Italian triumphed over the world’s top-ranked player.

Ishikawa named to Asian team for Royal Trophy

Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa will represent Asia in January's Royal Trophy against Europe. Ishikawa was selected by Asia's captain Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki last week, becoming the first player named to either team. The 19-year-old will be playing in the event for the third time.

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Healey (No. 47, 2012) commits to New Mexico

Dylan Healey, the No. 2-ranked player in the state of Tennessee and No. 42 in the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to play at New Mexico.

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Chen rolls to 6-shot Golfweek Junior victory

U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion Doris Chen rolled to a six-shot win at the Golfweek Junior Invitational Sunday in Reunion, Fla.

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Chun wins Golfweek Junior, sets sights higher

Sam Chun captured a three-shot win at the Golfweek Junior Invitational on Sunday, earning full status on the AJGA. Now the 17-year-old has bigger plans, like winning a USGA title.

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Shin wins Mizuno for second title of 2010

Top-ranked Jiyai Shin won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour victory of the season and eighth overall, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Yani Tseng.

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Molinari hangs on for 1-shot win at HSBC

Francesco Molinari outlasted new World No. 1 Lee Westwood by a shot to win the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Saturday, November 6

Wronowski named PGA of America president

Allen Wronowski, a club pro in Maryland for the last 30 years, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the PGA of America.

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Allen (61) vaults into lead at Harding Park

Michael Allen shot a course-record 10-under 61 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion John Cook in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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Even-tempered Kan prepares for Purdue career

For those wondering what kind of player gets recruited by a national championship team, look no further than Aurora Kan. The petite player from Boothwyn, Pa., may be soft-spoken, but with a swing like a metronome, she’s hard to ignore.

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Dalke, 13, stands by early commitment to OU

Brad Dalke drew criticism when, at 12 years old, he committed to play golf at Oklahoma. As Ryan Lavner writes, he has no second thoughts.

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Chen jumps ahead early at Golfweek Junior

Doris Chen can’t enter a tournament anymore without a target on her back. The U.S. Girls’ Junior champion emerges as a favorite in most fields, and the Golfweek Junior Invitational is no different.

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College Notes: Life as an individual golfer

In this week’s College Notebook, Julie Williams finds out what life is like for a Division I individual player and takes a close look at Iowa State.

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Woods staring at first career winless season

Sitting 11 shots back of leader Francesco Molinari, Tiger Woods is in position to finish the PGA Tour season without a win for the first time in his career.

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Shin leads Lewis by two at Mizuno Classic

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over American Stacy Lewis after the second round of the Mizuno Classic on Saturday.

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Molinari clings to 1-shot lead in Shanghai

Francesco Molinari fired a third-round 67 at the HSBC Champions, but holds just a one-shot lead over new World No. 1 Lee Westwood.

Friday, November 5

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Cook leads season-ending Champions event

Defending champion John Cook shot a 2-under 69 on Friday at Harding Park to take a one-stroke lead over Tom Kite and Tom Lehman in the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship.

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McChrystal, Salas get taste of Futures Q-School

Futures Tour Q-School might be a necessary step for aspiring pros, but it’s also proven itself to be a reliable skill test for the top college players. That much is obvious after a quick glance at the field.

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Sheary, Barenborg advance at Futures Q-School

For Jackie Barenborg, the key to a major breakthrough Friday at Duramed Futures Tour Q-School was all about point of view.

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Johnson’s caddie rolls at Champions Q-School

Odds are, caddie Doug Long didn’t have to read many putts for his boss this week at the first stage of Champions Tour Q-School.

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Former USGA president Buzz Taylor dies at 79

"Buzz" Taylor Jr., the former USGA president whose tenure was marked by his fierce efforts to protect the game against the advances of equipment technology, died Oct. 29. He was 79.

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Poulter unveils white Cobra driver in Shanghai

James Achenbach says Ian Poulter is more than an apparel aficionado. At the HSBC Champions, the Cobra staffer made a play to become an equipment trend-setter, too, by unveiling a white-headed driver.

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Golfweek Junior preview: Ready for Reunion

The Golfweek Junior Invitational tees off Nov. 6-7 at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla. Ryan Lavner and Julie Williams break down the field.

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Shin grabs share of Mizuno Classic lead

South Korea’s Jiyai Shin shot a 7-under 65 Friday to share the lead with Japan’s Yukari Baba after the first round of the Mizuno Classic.

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Molinari maintains 1-shot lead in Shanghai

All eyes may be on new World No. 1 Lee Westwood, but Francesco Molinari maintained a one-shot lead Friday at the HSBC Champions.

Thursday, November 4

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Hyundai to sponsor season opener at Kapalua

The SBS Championship will have a new name and sponsor for 2011, as Hyundai Motors America has agreed to take over sponsorship of the Kapalua event for the next three years.

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Little-known players emerge as college stars

With college golf getting increasingly deeper, Sean Martin takes a look at five players outside the power schools, like East Carolina's Harold Varner.

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Open champ Oosthuizen returns in Shanghai

Louis Oosthuizen hasn’t been doing much of a victory lap since winning the British Open at St. Andrews. For about the last two months, he has barely been able to walk.

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Molinari leads Westwood at HSBC Champions

Lee Westwood showed why he’s the new No. 1 player in the world, shooting a 66 Thursday to trail by a shot at the HSBC Champions.

Wednesday, November 3

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Battle for World No. 1 rages on at HSBC

The players and the props showed just how much the landscape of golf has changed at the HSBC Champions.

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Mickelson feeling healthy heading into HSBC

After battling arthritis for most of the summer, Phil Mickelson enters the HSBC Champions feeling healthy again.

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Westwood unsure how long he can stay No. 1

It took Lee Westwood more than 16 years to reach the top of the world ranking, yet he has no great expectations of hanging onto the No. 1 spot for the rest of this year.

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GB&I names initial 23-man Walker Cup squad

Stiggy Hodgson is the only player who competed in the 2009 Walker Cup included in the 23-man Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup squad named Nov. 3.

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Cutting Portland’s golf programs a sad story

The news recently that the University of Portland is eliminating its college golf program, put simply, really has me incensed.

Ahn hopes to outshine LPGA stars at Mizuno

The LPGA wraps up its Asia swing this week and tour members will be challenged to end a three-year victory drought at the Mizuno Classic.

5 Things: Player's fitness pledge

Sit up and take notice. Gary Player turned 75 on Nov. 1. At least that’s what it says on paper. The body says something else. Ask the fitness freak how old he feels and he says, “I would say, realistically and honestly, that I am 40.” When the answer raises two eyebrows, Player responds, “I knew you’d get a shock on that.” Shocked, no. Inspired, yes.

Tuesday, November 2

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Fowler commits to Disney, eyes Kodak prize

With a potential $1 million bonus on the line, Rickie Fowler has committed to play in next week’s season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

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Pace seeks hat-trick at Korean Masters

Lee-Ann Pace is looking for a place in the record books. After Pace’s back-to-back wins in China, the South African is hoping to complete a trifecta in Asia. If she’s successful, she’ll equal the feat of Marie-Laure de Lorenzi – the only other player in Ladies European Tour history to have won three consecutive events. Lorenzi accomplished her victory streak in 1989.

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Iowa wins 4th title of season at Royal Oaks

Vince India and Iowa closed their fall season Tuesday with a win at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, earning a fourth team title for the fall season.

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A new world order led by Europe

Are we about to witness another golden era for European golf? The Official World Golf Ranking seems to suggest that. Six Europeans occupy the top ten spots in the world order, with England’s Lee Westwood leading the way.

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Hidden gems of British golf

Journeying to the quintessential English town of Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire is a chore, but worth every boring mile. In fact, it’s so good you’d travel twice the distance to play what I think is the best inland track in the British Isles.

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High stakes in Shanghai

Nothing says global expansion more than a World Golf Championships event in Shanghai, China. And if it isn’t enough that the best have gathered here for the HSBC Champions, the No. 1 ranking is up for grabs, too.

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Top rookie Greene focused for Nashua Masters

Rookie Daniel Greene has clearly made his presence known on the Sunshine Tour this year. He has a 130,000 zar lead in the Rookie of the Year race, as the season nears its December conclusion. And he hopes to pad that lead some at this week’s Nashua Masters at the Wild Coast Sun Country Club, where the 1.2 million zar purse is among the season’s highest.

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2011 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

2011 Golfweek’s Best Courses of the Caribbean & Mexico

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2011 Golfweek's Best Residential Courses

2011 Golfweek's Best Residential Courses

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2011 Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses

Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald top the 2011 Golfweek's Best Resort Courses

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Northwestern’s Fletcher coaches through cancer

Northwestern’s Emily Fletcher is coaching through cancer, but as Beth Ann Baldry writes, she barely has missed a beat this fall.

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Notes: Lunde makes surprise trip to Shanghai

Not long after Bill Lunde captured his first PGA Tour title at Turning Stone, his agent asked him if he had any interest in going to China the first week in November.

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Wilson's club launch features driver, irons

After being unable to react quickly to sweeping changes in equipment, Wilson is introducing several new products for 2011 that honor the company’s heritage while providing technologically inspired irons. James Achenbach reports.

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Lefty, Westwood paired at HSBC Champions

In his first tournament as the world’s No. 1 player, Lee Westwood will be paired at the HSBC Champions with the player who missed out on a dozen chances to top the world rankings.

Monday, November 1

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Shafer (No. 54, 2011) commits to Augusta State

Cody Shafer of Evans, Ga., has given a verbal commitment to play golf for the defending NCAA champion Augusta State Jaguars.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 25-31, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Eckstein (No. 24, 2011) commits to Davidson

Todd Eckstein, No. 224 in the Class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Davidson.

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Japan to host 2014 World Am Team Championships

The World Amateur Team Championships is heading to Japan in 2014.

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Shark group to buy Valderrama

Valderrama Golf Club, a former Ryder Cup venue, and its adjacent property in Sotogrande, Spain, has agreed to be purchased by the Greg Norman-owned Stripe Group.

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‘How do I get my course nationally rated?’

Bradley S. Klein offers some pointers on how to get a course nationally rated.

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Norman-led group to acquire Valderrama

Valderrama Golf Club, a former Ryder Cup venue, and its adjacent property in Sotogrande, Spain, has agreed to be purchased by the Greg Norman-owned Stripe Group.

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Player of the Week: James White, Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets junior opened with a 10-under 62 and cruised to victory Oct. 26 at the U.S. Collegiate Championship, leading host Georgia Tech to the team title at The Golf Club of Georgia.

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Team of the Week: Alabama

The Crimson Tide opened and closed their fall with a victory Oct. 26 at the Isleworth Collegiate, holding off LSU by two shots.

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LPGA hires PGA Tour director to fill TV post

Hoping to increase its exposure on TV and new media, the LPGA announced the hiring of PGA Tour veteran Brian Carroll to fill a newly created executive position.

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Mahan puts Ryder Cup meltdown behind him

Only a short time had passed since the shock had crashed down and seemingly all had put their embrace upon him. One by one, 11 teammates told him how much they thought of him, and so did the captain and his assistants. And when finally he thought he had escaped to the quiet of another room, a couple of the wives found him and applied tearful hugs. So many tears had fallen around him that it appeared as if River Usk were flowing through the American team room at Celtic Manor.

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An urgent call to fix golf

Call it a cavalry of round-bellies and graybeards. For years now, a stagnant game has been awaiting the arrival of club-wielding baby boomers. Experts promised the unprecedented generational wave, nearly 80 million strong, would take up golf as they entered their golden years and revitalize golf courses that often resemble abandoned lots.

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Team of the Week: Arkansas

Arkansas won the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown by 23 shots, and also claimed the individual champion in Emily Tubert.

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Player of the Week: Emily Tubert

Emily Tubert earned her second college victory in just three starts as a freshman at Arkansas, winning the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown by five shots.

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Woods not surprised by loss of top ranking

Tiger Woods says he wasn’t surprised to lose golf’s No. 1 ranking to England’s Lee Westwood after a disappointing year.

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Player of the Week: Giovana Maymon

Giovana Maymon, of Huixquilucan, Mexico, shot 3-over 147 (76-71) at Disney’s Palm Golf Course in Walt Disney World, Fla., to win the Optimist International Tournament of Champions by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Harrison Winger

Harrison Winger, of Orlando, Fla., shot 10-under 134 (66-68) at Disney’s Palm Golf Course in Walt Disney World, Fla., to win the Optimist International Tournament of Champions by six shots.