Stories for May 2011
Tuesday, May 31
5 Things: NCAA Championship
Sean Martin offers five things from the first round of the NCAA Championship, including Oklahoma State’s shaky start and Augusta State’s title defense.
Georgia Tech leads NCAAs
Behind junior James White’s 5-under 67, Georgia Tech opened up a three-stroke lead Tuesday at the NCAA Championship on a calm, warm day at Karsten Creek.
Michael Burcin, who spent the past seven years as an assistant at South Carolina, has been named the men’s golf coach at the University of Wisconsin, the school announced Tuesday
The Wildman reports that after 18 holes, one thing is clear: This feels like an NCAA Championship.
The front page of today’s local newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch, was three-quarters on Jim Tressel’s resignation as football coach at Ohio State amid allegations of improper benefits for Buckeyes players.
What do Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel have in common? More than you might think, according to Jack Nicklaus.
USC got off to a rocky start at the NCAA Championship, but that’s nothing new. The Trojans are getting used to rallying late.
Round 1: NCAA Championship
Our Golfweek staffers are filing reports from the opening round of the NCAA Championship. Check back often for the latest news from Karsten Creek.
Tip Sheet: The Memorial
The PGA Tour heads to Muirfield Village this week to play The Memorial Tournament. See whom our Golfweek experts like this week at Jack’s Place.
Greg and Roger Huxman defend title at 2011 Father Son.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Picks: Match-play teams
Golfweek’s college experts pick which eight teams they think will advance to the match-play portion of the NCAA Championship. Do you agree?
NCAA men: Long history
This week, Mike McGraw and Derek Freeman face off as coaches of top-tier NCAA teams. But only two decades ago, they worked together to form an Oklahoma high-school powerhouse.
LPGA in China
LPGA players concerned with making the trek from Scotland to China in August need not worry. A Chinese government crackdown on golf courses has put the Imperial Springs LPGA event in a holding pattern.
Monday, May 30
Dalke, Chung win Thunderbird
Brad Dalke and Karen Chung both earned maiden AJGA Invitational titles Monday at the Thunderbird International Junior.
Ebersol leaves NBC
Dick Ebersol’s exit from NBC leaves behind a legacy that includes putting the Ryder Cup back on network television and making Johnny Miller golf’s most prominent analyst.
Men's college golf isn't as lopsided as it was only a decade ago, and this year's NCAA field has nearly 20 teams that can really think about a national title.
Kerry Haigh has a thankless job, never hearing praise when tournament's go smoothly, but always criticized when having to make tough decisions as a PGA of America administrator.
USGA, PGA of America program
With the goal of helping golfers enjoy the game more, the USGA and PGA of America are launching a nationwide summer campaign called “Tee It Forward,” which urges players to tackle a course at a length they can handle.
says Rickie Fowler was back at Karsten Creek this week giving his former teammates some scores to shoot for.
Before making the hour-long drive Sunday evening to the Patriot Golf Club just outside of Tulsa to play in the Patriot Cup on Memorial Day, Rickie Fowler, the former Oklahoma State All-American and current PGA Tour star, spent five days in his former college town.
The Golfweek gang has arrived at Karsten Creek for the NCAA Championship and was welcomed by a distinct buzz in the air for the impending championship.
NCAA men: Tourney primer
Lance Ringler breaks down the 2011 Men's NCAA Championships, slated to begin on Tuesday at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla., the home course of Oklahoma State:
NCAA men: Staff predictions
We'll have a slew of reporters on the ground at this week's NCAA men's golf championships. A handful of our experts take a shot at predicting who has a chance to win it all in Stillwater, Okla.
Pictures: 25 years of WGR
In pictures: With Luke Donald taking over the top ranking in the world, we take a look back on everyone that has held the title since 1986.
Home course advantage
Karsten Creek might look intimidating to most, but for Oklahoma State, it's a playground. And in their space, the Cowboys have managed to stay loose enough to win 10 NCAA titles.
Sunday, May 29
California Baptist needed the first playoff in NAIA Women’s National Championship history to capture its first national team title May 27 at Link Hills Country Club in Greeneville, Tenn.
5 Things: Byron Nelson
Five things you need to know from the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, which Keegan Bradley won in a playoff against Ryan Palmer.
Bradley wins playoff
Keegan Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Tour great Pat Bradley, sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a playoff to beat Ryan Palmer at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Watson wins Senior PGA
Tom Watson summoned up some of his old major magic, holing a 3-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat David Eger in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday.
Oscar Stark played his way into the Oklahoma Christian record books Friday at the NAIA National Championship, registering a 4-under 280 to win the first individual national championship in program history and lead the Eagles to their second team title in three seasons.
Hirmoi Mogi birdied the final hole to win the Japan LPGA's Yonex Ladies Tournament in Nagaoka, Japan.
Koumei Oda used an eagle on No. 14 to propel himself to a 2-under 70 in the final round, good enough for a four-shot victory at the Japan Golf Tour Organization's Diamond Cup in Chiba, Japan.
Mariajo Uribe of Colombia shot a 6-under 66 to beat Lindsey Wright of Australia by a stroke in the LPGA's 36-hole Brazil Cup on Sunday.
Donald wins in playoff
In a playoff that pitted the world's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Luke Donald takes over the world's top spot by beating Lee Westwood with a daring approach shot that Westwood couldn't replicate.
Candidates for top player
A tight race for player-of-the-year honors will come to a close when the NCAA Championship’s stroke-play portion ends Thursday. Here are five players, listed in the order of their Golfweek/Sagarin ranking, who still have a shot to take home the top honor:
Saturday, May 28
Spieth skips graduation
Jordan Spieth started his high school graduation day with a round of golf — in the PGA Tour's Byron Nelson Championship. And is only four shots off the lead heading into Sunday.
5 Things: Senior PGA
A look at five elements that might decide the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.
Hale Irwin began the week talking about the end of his career. He energized it with a 2-under 70 on Saturday to tie Kiyoshi Murota for the lead through three rounds of the Senior PGA Championship.
Conditions wreak havoc
Ryan Palmer fought through a breezy day with a 3-over 73 in the third round at the Byron Nelson Championship, and even had the lead by himself at 5-under par.
American Heather Bowie Young made eight birdies in a 6-under 66 Saturday that gave her a two-shot lead at the LPGA Tour's Brazil Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Ringler: College golf needs it
The past two NCAAs have brought nonstop excitement. Why not introduce more match play to the college season?
Manassero tied for lead
The Euro Tour is showing off its present with Luke Donald (T-1) and Lee Westwood (T-3), but its future, co-leader Matteo Manassero, is grabbing headlines with Seve-like play at Wentworth.
Beisiegel qualifies for men's tour
Isabelle Beisiegel became the first female player to earn a playing card on a men's professional golf tour, tying for ninth place Friday in the Canadian Tour's Spring Qualifying School to take one of the last two nonexempt spots.
Friday, May 27
Kiyoshi Murota shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the Senior PGA Championship over a glittering scoreboard that includes Nick Price, Hale Irwin and Tom Watson.
Olin Browne was a part of the United States’ stirring victory over Europe in the 2008 Ryder Cup at Valhalla Golf Club. Yet something was lacking, because he never touched his clubs.
Sergio Garcia and Ryan Palmer share the lead after two rounds at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at 8-under 132.
Rory Sabbatini has withdrawn from next week’s Memorial.
5 things: Senior PGA
Kenny Perry is among five players outside the top three at the Senior PGA Championship that still have a shot at winning. Rich Skyzinski takes a look.
Spieth trails by five
Jordan Spieth is five shots out of the lead at the Byron Nelson Championship and playing the weekend, which means he is going to be late for his high school graduation ceremony Saturday.
Manassero catches Donald
Matteo Manassero, 18, has already won twice on the European Tour, but nothing as big as the flagship BMW PGA Championship, where he shares the lead with Luke Donald and Alvaro Quiros.
Players criticized Ernie Els' redesign of Wentworth's West Course in 2010, and things have only gotten worse this year.
‘Wrong Ron’ makes NCAA pick
"Wrong Ron" Balicki has had some trouble picking NCAA Championship winners in the past. But he says this year's field contains a team strong enough to ignore his curse.
Former Augusta State player Jamie Elson is making the most of a season caught between the European and Challenge Tours.
John Daly has become the fourth player to withdraw from the BMW PGA Championship, pulling out after 14 holes of the second round because of a hip injury.
Thursday, May 26
Valhalla is doing a pretty good imitation of a levee doing its damnest to hold back the water. Here are Five Things to know from Round 1.
Golf trail blazers unite
Marilynn Smith (pictured right) formed an unlikely friendship with Theresa Apoznanski, a young golf trail blazer. Beth Ann Baldry says the two are not so different.
Sergio shares Nelson lead
Just a few days after an infected fingernail caused him to withdraw from a British Open qualifier, Sergio Garcia moved within two shots of Jeff Overton's lead at the Byron Nelson.
James Yoon, of Bradenton, Fla., shot 6-under 207 (73-66-68) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial by two shots.
Moriya Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, shot 16-under 197 (66-64-67) at Roanoke (Va.) Country Club to win the Scott Robertson Memorial, by 13 shots.
places his bets for the NCAA Championship in his annual tout sheet.
Here’s my tout sheet for next week’s NCAA Division I Men’s Championship:
Kennesaw State profile
Led by Jeff Karlsson and Matt Nagy, upstart Kennesaw State is headed to the NCAA Championship to try and stop the coronation of powerhouse Oklahoma State. Sean Martin reports.
Donald leads BMW PGA
Luke Donald needs only to finish ahead of Lee Westwood this week to claim the top spot in the world ranking. Donald got off to a strong start, shooting a 64 to lead by two at Wentworth.
Following an overnight storm that included winds of 60 mph and dropped 1.5 inches of rain on an already-soggy Valhalla Golf Club, Thursday’s start to the 72nd Senior PGA Championship has been delayed 90 minutes.
Wednesday, May 25
No. 1-ranked Yani Tseng of Taiwan and recent Sybase Match Play Championship winner Suzann Pettersen of Norway have entered the LPGA ShopRite Classic next weekend.
University of North Florida has hired Joanne Steele as the first head coach of the women’s golf program, which will begin competition during the fall of 2012.
If NCAA regionals were any indication, the national Championship will have plenty of storylines worth watching. Lance Ringler takes a look.
A hail storm Tuesday night rocked the TPC Four Seasons course so badly that Slugger White, PGA Tour vice president for rules and competitions, said, “I don’t know if I’ve seen anything like it.”
And now, a word about that million bucks.
The NCAA Men’s Division I Championship Committee has announced the seedings for the NCAA Championship, to be conducted May 31-June 5 at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla.
Inside the May 27, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
The great and the good are gathered at Wentworth this week for the €4.5 million BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour’s flagship event.
Five interesting storylines to watch during the 72nd Senior PGA Championship, which gets under way Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club.
Kyle Long was the last golfer to win a tournament for Lambuth University. The United Methodist-affiliated school in Jackson, Tenn., announced it would close June 30 after 168 years of operation. The school endured years of financial struggles.
Stillwater, Okla., which will host next week's NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship, was hit by the severe weather experienced throughout Oklahoma on Tuesday, but the hometown of Oklahoma State University was spared the worst of it.
U.S. Open exemptions
Monday marked the first of two deadlines for those hoping to qualify for exemptions into the U.S. Open. Some, like Ryo Ishikawa, made a move at the last second, while others, like Gary Woodland, are still searching for a way in.
Want to win a Colonial hat signed by Ben Crenshaw? Play Wildman’s Challenge for the NCAA Championship!
Tuesday, May 24
Steinberg leaves IMG
The future of Mark Steinberg, Tiger Woods’ longtime agent, remains uncertain a week after he departed IMG. But other agencies reportedly are interviewing him already.
says former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman was awarded a special honor at this year's Byron Nelson.
Deane Beman played in the first Byron Nelson Classic in 1968. Like other competitors, he had tunnel vision.
David Toms went from a playoff loss at The Players Championships to a 62-62 start at the Colonial and then a Sunday rally to win for the first time in six years.
Paul Azinger, who captained the U.S. to an emotional Ryder Cup win at Valhalla Golf Club in 2008, has withdrawn from this week’s Senior PGA Championship at the same course.
After 13 seasons as the head men’s coach at Southern Methodist, Jay Loar learned May 22 that his current contract, which expires May 31, will not be renewed.
Spieth back at Nelson
With a rebuilt body and refined game, can Jordan Spieth contend again at the Byron Nelson Championship?
Ernst, a freshman, twice posted 6-under 66 on the par-72, 6,260-yard Traditions Club layout in Bryan, Texas, en route to winning the individual title.
The Bruins led wire-to-wire to win their third national championship and second under the direction of Carrie Forsyth at the Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Led by co-medalist Lion Kim, the Wolverines erased a four-stroke deficit in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional en route to their first regional title.
A busy week didn’t stop the Bruins freshman from picking up his fourth victory of the season.
has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M.
Charlie Benell of Pacific Palisades, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M to play his college golf for the Aggies.
McCabe: Woods at Open?
Injured and idled yet optimistic and eager, Tiger Woods said Tuesday that he is aiming to return at the U.S. Open at Congressional. Jim McCabe reports.
BMW PGA Championship
Several of the top European Tour players say that Padraig Harrington is responsible for the recent uptick in Euro stars and major winners. Alistair Tait reports.
explains why NCAA regionals didn't stop Matt Krembel from getting his bars as a second lieutenant.
When the U.S. Military Academy held its graduation ceremony for the Class of 2011 at West Point, N.Y., on May 21, at least one cadet was unable to participate.
British Open qualifying
After an injured Sergio Garcia WDs and rain shortens qualifying to 18 holes, a 6-for-1 playoff completes the 8-man group to earn spots in the British Open.
Monday, May 23
Begay opens Firekeeper
With the opening of Firekeeper, Notah Begay III proposes a tribal model based on economic hope. Martin Kaufmann explains.
Long Drive Championship
The driver-challenged flock to the desert to hear Art Sellinger preach his long-drive gospel. James Achenbach reports.
Hall of Fame leadership is a wonderful thing. It’s even better when five Hall of Famers can follow that lead.
Citing back problems, Fred Couples has withdrawn from the Senior PGA Championship at Valhalla.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
After much consideration, see where the 2011 NCAA Women's Championship ranks on the Ringler Feel Test chart.
Silva Zamora wins POY
Marta Silva Zamora was named the Player of the Year on May 21 by the National Golf Coaches Association. The Georgia junior received the honor after finishing fourth at the NCAA Women’s National Championship.
SE Louisiana's Rhys West
Ryan Lavner has the heartbreaking and inspiring story of Rhys West, a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana, who at NCAA regionals played with more than golf on his mind.
Withdrawal and weather were the early storylines today at the British Open International Final Qualifying America at Gleneagles Country Club.
LSU's Austin Ernst has been named one of four nominees for the 2010-2011 Honda Sports Award given to the nation's best women's college golfer.
David Toms hadn't won in more than five years. He was also a week removed from a tough playoff loss to K.J. Choi. But that all changed at Colonial.
With the NCAA Women’s Championship in the books, Wildman looks back on UCLA’s win at Traditions Club.
After stumbling over the final hurdle at the World Match Play Championship, Luke Donald may have given more ammunition to critics who claim he still lacks that ruthless edge when it matters most.
Tiger Woods has fallen to 12th in the world rankings, dropping out of the top 10 for the first time in 14 years.
Sunday, May 22
Ryo Ishikawa may have been disappointed with his playoff loss at the Japan Tour's Totoumi Hamamatsu Open, but the result came with one benefit: it got him into the U.S. Open.
says top Americans should compete in the BMW PGA Championship in the name of globalizing pro golf.
The elite of European golf gather at Wentworth this week for the European Tour’s flagship tournament, the BMW PGA Championship. Unfortunately, U.S. players will be conspicuous by their absence.
Mulroy wins N'wide event
Garth Mulroy of South Africa outlasts Sunghoon Kang in a playoff to win Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am, vaulting Mulroy into the second spot on the money list.
Toms wins Colonial
A week removed from a tough playoff loss to K.J. Choi at The Players, David Toms held off Charlie Wi to win at Colonial on Sunday evening.
Masanori Kobayashi birdied the second hole of a playoff with Ryo Ishikawa to claim the Totoumi Hamamatsu Open title in Japan.
Suzann Pettersen beat Cristie Kerr 1-up to win the Sybase Match Play Championship on Sunday, ending a 20-month victory drought.
Player diary: Some R&R
With a few weeks off from the Futures Tour, Nicole turns her attention to tuning up her game and spending as much time with family as possible.
Poulter wins Match Play
Ian Poulter beat Luke Donald 2 and 1 to win the World Match Play Championship on Sunday, denying his English countryman the top spot in the world ranking.
Saturday, May 21
Wildman's Walk: Final round
While LSU's Austin Ernst won the individual title, the Tigers may be among those teams wondering 'What if?'
UCLA wins NCAAs
UCLA hung on to win the women's NCAA Championship Saturday over Purdue, which was not able to count the score of Thea Hoffmeister, who was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard.
Charlie Wi made a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole soon after a weather delay at Colonial, taking the lead after playing partner David Toms blew a seven-stroke advantage in the third round Saturday.
UCLA freshman Patrick Cantlay showed why he was one of three players invited to the Hogan Award banquet earlier this week, winning by six shots after a bogey-free 67 Saturday.
Texas A&M and San Diego State were the top two seeds in the 14-team field at the Omni Tucson National Resort regional and the two best-ranked teams – the Aggies No. 6 and the Aztecs No. 13 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.
Just like that, the runaway is a close race at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. That’s because David Toms went from cruise control to hitting a few speed bumps Saturday in the third round.
Angela Stanford roars back to beat Paula Creamer to join Kerr, Choi and Pettersen in the semifinals of the $1.5 million Sybase Match Play Championship Saturday.
South Central Regional
Thanks to medalist Kevin Tway and third-place Talor Gooch, the Oklahoma State Cowboys won the NCAA South Central Regional by a mammoth 18 shots.
On a course that had yielded few birdies through the first two rounds of the East Regional, Duke sure went low Saturday at the Pete Dye River Course to capture the team title.
NCAA Championship final round
The Traditions Club was slammed with rain Friday night, meaning the leaders could be in for some tricky conditions in the final round of the women's NCAA Championship.
CSUMB wins D-II title
In the match-play debut at the Divison II level, Cal State-Monterey Bay won the national championship after defeating Lynn University.
Often playing in the shadow of defending NCAA champion Scott Langley, Luke Guthrie continued to lead Illinois, closing in 65 to claim co-medalist honors.
Florida wins SE Regional
Led by Andres Echavarria, Florida won the Southeast Regional title Saturday at Ocala, punching its ticket to next month's NCAA Championship at Karsten Creek.
Does NCAAs need cut?
After Friday's delays, it will be interesting to see if the NCAA Championship can finish on time. Asher Wildman wonders if the event would be better off with a 54-hole cut.
Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer won their quarterfinal matches at the World Match Play Championship on Saturday.
Friday, May 20
Ace bails out Bruins
Behind Tiffany Lua's ace, UCLA storms to a commanding lead over Purdue as the NCAA Women's Championships head into the final round.
Wildman's Walk: Friday
From following a disappointing group to a weather break at the house of an NCAA champion coach, Friday at the NCAAs.
Aggies tough at home
NCAA Women's Championship notes: Texas A&M may not win the title, but it is showing it is a team that can't be taken lightly
Oklahoma State's players could probably arrive at Colorado National Golf Club with four clubs apiece Saturday and still advance to the NCAA Championship at their home course.
David Toms shot his second consecutive 62 Friday, breaking away from the pack and taking a seven-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
San Diego State remained on top of the leaderboard with its second consecutive 6-under 278, but the ride to the top Friday was anything but smooth.
USC has a four-shot lead entering the final round in San Diego. It’s a nice position to be in, but not nearly as good as the 15-shot lead the Trojans held at one point Friday.
Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie have won second-round matches to lead six Americans into the third round of the Sybase Match Play Championship.
The selection of the 2018 Ryder Cup venue felt more like an awards show.
Georgia Tech maintained its position atop the leaderboard Friday at the East Regional, shooting a second-round 5-over 293 to take a three-stroke lead over Duke into the final day.
NCAA Southeast Regional
Led by Patrick Reed's second-round 67, Augusta State shot 13 under as a team Friday, vaulting into the lead at the Southeast Regional.
There must be something about big stages that gets Illinois’ Scott Langley going.
Top-ranked Lee Westwood has threatened to close his Twitter account because of the amount of abuse directed at him and fellow golfers on the social networking site.
McIlroy, McDowell at Match Play
Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell will meet in the last 16 of the World Match Play Championship after the group stage ended Friday with four major winners tumbling out in Andalusia.
Fila Korea to buy Acushnet
Fortune Brands announced a deal May 20 to sell Acushnet Co., parent of Titleist and FootJoy, to Korean investors including sport apparel and footwear company Fila Korea for more than $1.2 billion.
Thursday, May 19
Today, the Wildman not only went for a nice stroll around Traditions, but on the Texas A&M campus as well to tape a “Did You Know?” video. I knew Aggieland was rich with history and tradition, but even I was a bit shocked and impressed with some things learned today.
Ernst leads by three
Austin Ernst shot 6-under 66 Thursday to take the individual lead and move LSU into third place at the women's NCAA Championship, where the Tigers are four shots behind UCLA.
NCAAs need some excitement
There hasn't been much excitement in the women's game this year and the NCAA Championship is no exception, writes Lance Ringler. Will something spice things up over the next two days at the Traditions Club?
USC continued its good play, taking the early lead at The Farms GC in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Yang not focused on pros
Unlike many players, UCLA's Glory Yang has no plans to pursue a pro career after college, a decision that has freed up her up mentally to enjoy the game.
Why not seven? That’s what San Diego State coach Ryan Donovan posed to his team coming into the regional as the No. 2 seed in the 14-team field.
Shean eyes wedding, pros
Arkansas senior Kelli Shean has plenty on her mind this week at the NCAA championship. She is looking ahead to a summer wedding and an impending pro career.
Oklahoma State played like the No. 1 team in the country, shooting 12-under 276 to take a four-shot lead.
Florida takes SE lead
Behind Bank Vongvanij's opening 68, Florida took the early lead in the Southeast Regional. Meanwhile, defending national champion Augusta State is off to a rough start.
Fresh off its third consecutive ACC title, Georgia Tech continued to cruise Thursday at the East Regional.
Illinois already is enjoying its return to Wolf Run. The Illini began the season by winning its second consecutive Wolf Run Invitational in early September.
Toms leads at Colonial
David Toms has rebounded quickly from his playoff loss last weekend, shooting an opening 62 at Colonial to grab a share of the early lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
Creamer vs. Webb at Sybase
Paula Creamer and Karrie Webb were looking forward to playing each other in the Sybase Match Play Championship, just not this early.
Tyler McCumber fractured his right middle finger. Andres Echavarria needed IV fluids in the emergency room. And Florida coach Buddy Alexander? Well, he was just worried.
NBC Sports Group Chairman Dick Ebersol, who helped launch "Saturday Night Live" then later established the network as the home of the Olympics, has resigned.
Alexandra Hershberger, of Basking Ridge, N.J., shot 10-over 152 (73-79) at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club to win the IJGT event by 10 shots.
Matt Plummer, of Mechanicsburg, Pa., shot 2-over 144 (71-73) at Hershey (Pa.) Country Club to win the International Junior Golf Tour event by three shots.
Inside the May 20, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
Westwood at World Match Play
Looking for his third win in a row, Lee Westwood downed Anders Hansen with a run of six birdies in eight holes on Thursday to open with a 6-and-5 win at the World Match Play Championship.
Two collegiate golfers, Taylor Fontaine of Rhode Island and Sean Dale of North Florida, were disqualified after thinking they had advanced through the local-qualifying stage for the 2011 U.S. Open.
.500 Rule in women's golf
It's been four years since the .500 rule was implemented in men's college golf. Lance Ringler checked in with coaches at the NCAA Women's Championship to see whether the rule might be in the cards for the women.
Wednesday, May 18
UCLA, Altomare lead
Brittany Altomare might be quiet off the course, but the sophomore led an unassuming Virginia squad to second place during Round 1 of the NCAA Women's Championship.
NCAA Women's Championship
During the first round of the NCAA Women's Championship, Asher Wildman took his usual stroll around Traditions Club to get the lay of the land. Check back all week to get an insider's view of the national championship.
Washington’s Anya Alvarez
Washington’s Anya Alvarez has a message of hope and perseverance that offers strength on and off the golf course. Beth Ann Baldry explains.
Marta Silva Zamora feature
Despite a double bogey on the final hole, Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora, the top-ranked player in the country, is off to a strong start at the NCAA Women's Championship. Julie Williams reports.
K.J. Choi is giving $200,000 from his win at The Players Championship to help victims of the tornados that ravaged the southeastern United States.
says that K.J. Choi relied on Miura irons to win at the Players.
K.J. Choi relies on Miura irons to win The Players in a playoff against David Toms
Rude: Tiger making progress
The golf world is ready to label Tiger Woods as "done," but our Jeff Rude isn't ready to make that claim. He thinks Woods is making progress and isn't done winning, by any means.
Fantasy tips: Colonial
Being a Colonial member, Jason Day is getting plenty of love from our fantasy experts.
NCAA women notes
Wildman checks in from College Station, where he has three quick thoughts on the start of the NCAA Women's Championship.
Olle Bengtsson is the lone newcomer to Augusta State's Southeast Regional lineup that won it all last season.
Oregon in Southeast Regional
The jet-lagged Oregon men are 2,983 miles from home at the NCAA Southeast Regional, but brought memories of a bout of overconfidence in 2010.
GW Jr Tour
Stricker always lurking
With only three cuts missed since 2009, Steve Stricker is a model of consistency.
Tuesday, May 17
News and notes on the eve of the NCAA Women's Championship at The Traditions Club.
Texas A&M/NCAA Women's
It took a few late birdies, but Texas A&M played its way into the NCAA Women’s Championship. As Beth Ann Baldry explains, the Aggies are hoping for some home cookin’ this week in Bryan.
NCAA Women's picks
Play begins Wednesday at the NCAA Women’s Championship. Golfweek’s college golf experts make their picks as the women battle The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.
Emilee Klein has resigned as head coach of the San Diego State women’s team after only two years at the helm, the school announced Tuesday.
Annika Sorenstam welcomed home her son, Will, on May 17 after he spent 57 days in the intensive-care unit of an Orlando, Fla., hospital. The homecoming was one month from Sorenstam’s original due date.
Loritz Clark spent enough time on the business side of golf to know how to sell his new gig. Schedule and location.
2011 NCAA Men's Regionals
The NCAA Men’s Regionals kick off this week at six sites across the country. Golfweek’s college experts pick which teams will advance to the NCAA Championship.
Play our Match Play game!
The return of brackets ... and this time it is the women's turn. Who is your favorite to win the Sybase Match Play? Azahara Munoz? Belen Mozo? Fill out your bracket to win a spot in the the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship pro-am! Click here to enter.
FedEx/St. Jude news
FedEx Corp. is reprising its role as the long-time title sponsor of the PGA Tour’s Memphis stop, agreeing to headline the St. Jude Classic through 2014.
The recent death of Seve Ballesteros apparently will spur some changes to the European Tour.
One year after Holt’s team made headlines at NCAA regionals for all the wrong reasons (senior Annie Brophy reported inaccurate scores and was disqualified), the Irish made good on the blunder.
Tait: France gets '18 Ryder
Jean Van de Velde and Thomas Levet, two former Ryder Cup players, believe bringing the biennial competition to France in 2018 will push French golf to new heights.
France will host the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2018 on Le Golf National course near Paris.
Monday, May 16
Uihlein wins Hogan Award
Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein won the 2011 Ben Hogan Award, then made an important announcement during Golfweek.com's exclusive livecast from Colonial.
Woods: Hopeful for U.S. Open
Tiger Woods said on his website Monday that he incurred no more damage to his left knee and Achilles' tendon and hopes to play next month's U.S. Open.
Live streaming from Colonial
Click here to tune into our live stream from tonight's Hogan Award at Colonial, where Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway are vying for player-of-the-year honors.
Kaua’i Lagoons Golf Club plans to reopen the Kiele Moana (Ocean) nine May 23 following renovations to six holes and the addition of three others.
Kentucky Bourbon Trail
There's a fine blend of spirits and golf worth savoring on Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. Steve Harmon explains.
says a lingering rib injury will sideline USC's Lisa McCloskey during the NCAA Championship.
A rib injury Lisa McCloskey suffered during the Pac-10 Championship will derail the USC junior’s entire postseason as she will sit out of the NCAA Championship this week at the Traditions Club in College Station, Texas.
Bieber eyes U.S. Open berth
Andrew Bieber can't confirm whether or not he's related to pop star Justin Bieber. One thing he does know is that he's one step away from a spot in the U.S. Open.
says Brazil is beginning to realize what many industry observers anticipated would be the dawning of a course-development era.
Buoyed by Rio de Janeiro’s hosting of the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazil is beginning to realize what many industry observers anticipated would be the dawning of a course-development era.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Colorado Golf Club, which is slated to host the 2013 Solheim Cup, has been acquired by its membership.
Northern Trust/Riviera deal
Northern Trust, which has supported the PGA Tour’s Los Angeles stop since 2008, announced it is extending its title-sponsorship role through 2016.
offers a few suggestions for the current coaching vacancies in college golf.
It’s that time of the season – when talk begins about what jobs are open in college golf and who is going where. The big one right now is the vacancy at North Carolina. John Inman retired after 13 seasons, leaving this job open and setting it up to perhaps be the one that sets a few dominos in motion.
NCAA Regional Preview
Oft-overlooked Georgia Tech rides a sterling short game as the Yellow Jackets seek an elusive NCAA Championship. Sean Martin explains.
Nova Southeastern won its third straight NCAA Division II National Championship, joining Rollins and Florida Southern as the only teams in history to win three consecutive national titles.
The senior set an NCAA Division II National Championship scoring record with her 10-under 278.
Tonight: Hogan Award
College golf’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy will be awarded tonight in Texas. Patrick Cantlay, Peter Uihlein and Kevin Tway are in the running for the top honor in college and amateur golf.
Hanson's T-19 crucial
Not that his small victory in any way matches the larger win by K.J. Choi, but Sweden’s Peter Hanson can feel good about his debut at The Players Championship.
Centre College senior Chris Morris shot four sub-par rounds, including a final-round 1-under 71 to finish four strokes better than 2010 champion Tain Lee of Claremont Mudd Scripps.
Greensboro College won the NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship for the first time since 2000 with a six-shot victory over Illinois Wesleyan.
Sunday, May 15
With a barrage of birdies, South African Ashleigh Simon summoned a final-round rally to claim the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open for her second career LET victory.
Choi wins The Players
K.J. Choi won The Players Championship on Sunday, defeating David Toms with a par on the first playoff hole to cap a dramatic final day at TPC Sawgrass.
says five nations will gather May 17th, all vying for one dream: To host the Ryder Cup.
The European Tour this week will reveal which country will host the 2018 Ryder Cup. Five nations will gather at European Tour headquarters for the announcement.
Miki Saiki finally broke through on Sunday, outlasting Rui Kitada by a stroke to win the JLPGA’s Funodokin Ladies title in Asakura, Japan.
American Berry Henson fired a final-round 73 to win his second Asian Tour title in as many tournaments, using a critical up-and-down on No. 18 hold off Jay Bayron to capture the ICTSI Philippine Open on Sunday in Manila.
A journeyman no more, Hiroo Kawai fired a 3-under 68 to win the Japan Golf Tour’s first major, the PGA Championship Nissin Cupnoodles Cup in Ono, Japan.
Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke rallied from four shots down to win the Iberdrola Open by three strokes Sunday after overnight leader Chris Wood stumbled on the back nine.
McDowell preps for Sunday
After finishing his third round early Sunday morning, Players Championship leader Graeme McDowell was focused on making the day feel like a normal Sunday afternoon.
McDowell in the lead
The consolation for Graeme McDowell is he still has the lead at The Players Championship.
Sawgrass' 18th hole
When we left TPC Sawgrass' 18th hole Saturday evening, players were running to play it. This morning, it’s causing a bit more anxiety and the mood is a bit more cautious.
Saturday, May 14
Saturday's deluge softened TPC Sawgrass, making scoring easier and playing into the hands of longer hitters.
Long Sunday at Players
Sunday at The Players Championship has the potential to be a very long day as the leaders still have 31 holes to play. Sean Martin delivers five things after Saturday's rain-shortened round.
Nick Watney birdied his first two holes and Graeme McDowell joined him atop the leaderboard Saturday at The Players Championship on a short day of work at Sawgrass.
Sharks win again
Nova Southeastern won its third consecutive title Saturday at the NCAA Division II National Championship, setting two national championship records in the process.
Methodist claimed its 14th straight Division III national championship May 13 even as the fourth round of the event was wiped out because of inclement weather.
Looking at the cutline at the Players
As heavy rain pounded TPC Sawgrass, it left plenty of time to look at the stories around the cutline.
Chris Wood shot a 1-under 69 to extend his Iberdrola Open lead to four strokes after Saturday’s third round.
Weather delay at Players
The Players Championship was halted at 1:02 p.m. Saturday because of lightning, and rain moved in shortly after. Play resumed at 5:30, but the third round still will carry into Sunday.
Friday, May 13
Whatever bad blood might have existed between Sean O’Hair and Rory Sabbatini appears to have been settled.
Five Things: Round 2 at TPC
The image of Michael Bradley losing his driver in a lake might be the one that sticks, but there's plenty more to remember from Day 2 at The Players Championship. FIVE THINGS
Jordan Spieth won his third consecutive Texas 5A high school state championship Friday, closing with a bogey-free, 8-under 64 at Jimmy Clay Golf Course.
Frustrated as he was to have been forced to withdraw from his title defense of The Players Championship, Tim Clark had no regrets.
Greensboro College won its first NCAA Division III national championship since 2000, beating second-place Illinois Wesleyan by six shots. The Pride finished at 15-over 1,167 for the four-day event.
Manassero, Quiros at Players
While they may both be Europeans, the games of Matteo Manassero and Alvaro Quiros couldn't be more different, as Friday's second round showed.
Phil Mickelson’s ball lay less than a foot behind a fairway bunker’s lip at TPC Sawgrass’ fourth hole on Friday. He addressed the ball while the group ahead was still on the green, making it look like he was ready to lay up.
Chris Wood shot a 5-under 65 to lead the Iberdrola Open by three shots after the second round Friday.
The stars aligned at home last week for Kristina Nhim and the Fighting Irish as they advanced to the national championship for the first time in program history. Lance Ringler has the details.
McDowell newly focused
Two weeks ago, Graeme McDowell felt like he was at "rock bottom" with his golf game. Now he's within two shots of the lead at The Players. Sean Martin explains the shift in thinking.
David Toms set the pace Friday at The Players Championship with six more birdies in a round of a 4-under 68 that put him atop the leaderboard among early starters.
has given a verbal commitment to Texas Tech.
Yang Yue Kimmy Hill has given a verbal commitment to Texas Tech for the fall of 2012. Hill also took unofficial visits to Central Florida and TCU, and considered UC Davis, Oregon State and Ohio State.
Commissioner Tim Finchem had little to say as Tiger Woods limped off the course at TPC Sawgrass and to his white Mercedes. It was the second consecutive year he has withdrawn from The Players Championship.
I have exciting news – but also sad news – to report today, college golf fans. The best week in women’s college golf begins May 18 when the NCAA Women’s Championship tees off, but it also signifies the final event of the year.
Adding Seve Ballesteros' image to the Euro Tour logo is not a question of if, but when.
Thursday, May 12
University of Rhode Island junior Taylor Fontaine was disqualified from a U.S. Open local qualifier Tuesday for using a non-conforming wedge, according to the Providence Journal.
Cory Whitsett and Alabama enter regionals with one of the strongest records on the season. Lance Ringler takes a look at how each regional site could shake out, as well as who was left out.
It’s not the beard, because Lucas Glover got a little something going at the Stadium Course last year, when he was clean-shaven. But clearly he’s a different player here than he was in his first four visits.
Gregory Bourdy set a course record with a 7-under 63 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Mallorca Open.
Five things: The Players
Nick Watney didn't take long to bounce back from his worst performance in nearly a year, claiming the first-round lead at The Players Championship. Alex Miceli delivers five things from Thursday.
Brooke Beegle, of Fortville, Ind., shot 5-over 149 (78-71) at Whistling Stratis’ Irish Course in Sheboygan, Wis., to win the FCWT event by six shots.
Gabriel Ormachea, of Aventura, Fla., shot even-par 144 (68-76) at Whistling Stratis’ Irish Course in Sheboygan, Wis., to win the FCWT event by one shot.
The Arizona Golf Association, The Wigwam and the Golf Coaches Association of America have partnered with the Folds of Honor Foundation to host the inaugural Patriot All-America Invitational.
Rude: What's next for TW?
Tiger Woods’ latest injury-induced WD leaves yet another round of questions. Jeff Rude reports from The Players.
McCabe: Clark lends a hand
Tim Clark, despite struggling early in his opening round as defending champion, offers a noble assist to a fan in The Players gallery.
breaks down the sites for next week's NCAA men's regionals.
NCAA men’s postseason play begins next week with six region championships around the country. As Ron Balicki writes, they are equally tough.
Tiger WDs at Players
Tiger Woods' return from yet another knee injury didn't last very long at The Players. After a 6-over 42 on the front nine Thursday at TPC Sawgrass, Woods called it a day.
This year, the Wildman will be working his sixth NCAA Championship. I thought I would share with you my top memory from each championship I’ve attended.
Wednesday, May 11
European Tour Seve logos
There has been some discussion over the past week about changing the European Tour logo to a picture of recently-deceased Seve Ballesteros. Check out a few of Golfweek's ideas.
It’s hot and humid, and there’s a grueling 72-hole competition on deck.
Saw Tim Clark this morning. The defending Players champion, sidelined most of the year because of right elbow injury, shook my hand using his left hand.
Golfweek’s Best: Municipal Courses (2010-11)
Golfweek’s Best Municipal Courses (2010-11)
Municipal Courses list looks a lot like last year’s list, with the top six courses remaining unchanged.
Hate to be Rude
These days, Tommy Gainey is turning heads for more than his trademark black gloves. As Jeff Rude writes, he’s also playing some pretty good golf.
The following individuals advanced to sectional U.S. Open qualifying. The 2011 U.S. Open will take place June 16-19 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
Inside the May 13, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
says the women’s game needs to change its NCAA regional format.
After a few escapes at last week's NCAA regionals, it's time for the women's game to change its regional format. Lance Ringler explains.
The par 3s at Sawgrass
The par 3s at Sawgrass - Nos. 3, 8, 13 and 17 - can make or break a round. A look at what the players will face at this week's Players Championship.
With the sound of a bagpipe filling the air, some of Europe’s greatest golfers joined family, friends and local residents Wednesday for the funeral of Seve Ballesteros in his native fishing village in northern Spain.
As evidenced by his bushy beard, Glover likes to do things his way. He is one of only a few professional golfers using a square driver (Nike SQ Sumo Squared Tour, 9.5 degree).
Seve Ballesteros was an artist, the likes of which we’ll never see again. Here are five shots to prove it.
After all the excitement from the NCAA women’s regionals, during which lower-seeded teams such as Minnesota, Coastal Carolina and Washington advanced to nationals, I thought I’d make some predictions.
Seve is laid to rest
On Wednesday, the world buried an artist. Not a traditional artist, but maybe the greatest artist the game of golf has ever seen. Our Alistair Tait reflects on Seve Ballesteros.
The Players Championship never has been the fifth major to me, likely because I was a history major in college and I respect the history of the game, which is generally four majors.
Jason Rodenhaver, the current women’s coach at the University of Maryland, will add head-coaching responsibilities for the men’s program under a new position as director of intercollegiate golf, athletic director Kevin Anderson announced Tuesday.
Players: Bocce ball tourney
TourPlayers.com hosted a bocce ball tournament on the beaches of Ponte Vedra, with stars Paul Casey, Ryuji Imada and Bo Van Pelt participating. Check out the fun pictures.
Tuesday, May 10
Tiger plays practice round
Tiger Woods played for the first time since finishing fourth at the Masters and only started hitting golf balls on Monday due to multiple injuries. Will the rest work?
Fantasy tips: The Players
Luke Donald is an expected pick by some of our fantasy panel. The unexpected? A lot of love for Ben Crane. Check out our fantasy tips for the Players Championship.
After leading the University of Akron men’s team for the past four years, head coach Nick Goetze announced his retirement Tuesday. Goetze, the 18th coach in the program’s 78-year history, will remain with the program through the end of May.
Sawgrass tough for Watson
Bubba Watson has a shot for almost any situation. But he hasn't found a way to conquer TPC Sawgrass. So he simply isn't practicing this week. Will it work?
4-way, practice-round battle
Phil Mickelson and Jeff Overton were locked in a fierce match against Dustin Johnson and Steve Marino on Tuesday, much like the 2010 PGA Championship. So much for a practice round.
The Players Championship will be Charl Schwartzel’s first U.S. appearance since his Masters victory. Schwartzel played the Malaysian Open the week after the Masters – finishing 11th – then took three weeks off.
New deals between college conferences and television networks could result in increased exposure for college golf.
Who's playing with Phil?
World No. 1 Lee Westwood isn’t at The Players Championship, but many of the game’s biggest names are. Here are your featured pairings for The Players Championship’s first two rounds:
Maryland’s John Popeck was slated to play the NCAA men's regional in Virginia. Only he’s not currently on the team.
The NCAA men’s regionals have been announced, and teams are making travel plans.
Tom Hanna has announced his retirement as the head men’s coach at the University of Maryland.
Players, by the numbers
Curious who’s the tallest player to win The Players Championship? How about the shortest? Here’s a breakdown of past Players winners:
Live chat: NCAA regionals
Golfweek's college golf experts Lance Ringler and Asher Wildman are currently discussing the NCAA regional bids. Join the discussion now!
Inside Players soccer game
PGA Tour players Sergio Garcia, Alvaro Quiros and Nathan Green suited up for a soccer game on the Monday before the Players Championship. Jim McCabe was there.
Choi wins The Players
K.J. Choi won The Players Championship Sunday, defeating David Toms with a par on the first playoff hole to cap a dramatic final day at TPC Sawgrass.
Monday, May 9
Els, five others inducted
Ernie Els, Doug Ford, Japanese icon Jumbo Ozaki, former President George H.W. Bush, the late Jock Hutchison and the late Frank Chirkinian were inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday.
2011 NCAA postseason
The 2011 men's NCAA regional assignments were announced Monday. Click here for a complete look at where each team and individual will be playing.
Talking to Doug Ford is like a walk down golf’s memory lane. His stories are compelling, his experiences interesting, his honesty refreshing – and that was just after 30 minutes with one of the newest inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Royal Isabela builds to a dramatic conclusion. Bradley S. Klein says there is a definite rhythm to the holes of this dramatic, cliffside track.
Continuing its aggressive growth strategy, Golfsmith is preparing to open its first location in the metro-Washington area in June.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo failed to advance to the sectional stage of U.S. Open qualifying Monday, shooting 81 at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas, in a local qualifier.
At the Players Championship, players and spectators will see something different at the 18th hole: Open space.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
Lovemark out of Players
Jamie Lovemark, the 2010 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year, will not play this week’s Players Championship as he continues to sit out with what’s believed to be a torn disk in his back.
Drew Scott has announced he will resign from the helm of the Rice University men’s golf team at the end of the season, after six years with the program.
says the number of golfers fell again in 2010, but blaming the economy won’t solve the problem.
For the third consecutive year, the number of golfers in the U.S. declined, falling 3.6 percent to 26.1 million in 2010, according to the National Golf Foundation.
Swiss golf glove manufacturer Hirzl announced signing Anna Nordqvist as a staff player – its first endorsement deal with an LPGA player.
Lavner: Billy Hurley III column
Call it karma, luck or fate, but former Navy man Billy Hurley III received a sponsor exemption last week just hours after Navy SEALs killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. Ryan Lavner has the story.
With the NCAA women’s regionals in the books, let’s see who the big winners and losers were this week.
Henley wins N'wide title
University of Georgia senior Russell Henley became the second amateur winner in Nationwide Tour history Sunday, capturing the Stadion Classic on his home course. FIVE THINGS
Tiger Woods has dropped to eighth in the world golf rankings after being overtaken by Paul Casey of England.
caught up with Russell Henley after the Georgia senior won the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic at UGA.
Russell Henley, a senior at the University of Georgia, became only the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour when he broke through in front of the hometown fans May 8 at the Stadion Classic at UGA.
Sunday, May 8
Erica Popson posted rounds of 68-69-71 to win the NCAA West Regional by five strokes.
Coastal Carolina became the seventh No. 17 seed to advance out of regional play to the national championship.
Russell Henley, playing as an amateur, won the Nationwide Tour's Stadion Classic.
San Diego State won the Mountain West Conference for the first time in program history.
says Arizona State's Carlota Ciganda knew Seve Ballesteros as the father of childhood friend Javier.
Before Arizona State teed off for the final round of the NCAA East Regional on May 7, coaches Melissa Luellen and Missy Farr Kaye had to break the news of Seve Ballesteros’ death to junior Carlota Ciganda.
Amateur wins N'wide event
University of Georgia senior Russell Henley became the second amateur winner in Nationwide Tour history Sunday, shooting a 3-under 68 for a two-stroke victory on the Bulldogs' home course.
Prom Meesawat didn't just end his winless streak, he made it a distant memory. Meesawat won for the first time in five years, running away with a nine-stroke victory at the Singha Pattaya Open on the ASEAN PGA Tour in Pattaya, Thailand.
Tom Lehman won the Regions Tradition for his third victory in seven Champions Tour events this year, beating Peter Senior with a par on the second hole of a playoff Sunday.
Behind a 6-under 66 in the final round, Kyung-tae Kim claimed his second GS Caltex Maekyung Open title in Seoul on the OneAsia Tour.
Korean Sun-ju Ahn closed with a 3-under 69 to clear the field by three shots to win the JLPGA's World Ladies Championship in Ibaraki, Japan.
Glover beats Byrd in playoff
Lucas Glover closed with three tough pars on the rugged finishing stretch at Quail Hollow on Sunday, then won the tournament in a sudden-death playoff over former Clemson teammate Jonathan Byrd.
Padraig Harrington at the center of another potential rules violation, but avoids any penalty after decision left up to himself.
Thomas Aiken earned his first European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the Spanish Open on Sunday, and promptly dedicated the victory to golf great Seve Ballesteros.
Aiken wins Spanish Open
Thomas Aiken pulled off an improbable win after a seven-week layoff, clearing the field by two and dedicating his Spanish Open win to the late Seve Ballesteros. Our Alex Miceli sat down with Aiken prior to his vacation . . .
Perez's wife volunteers in Alabama
Pat Perez is in contention while his wife is volunteering in tornado-stricken Alabama.
Saturday, May 7
Women's West Regional
USC made NCAA history Saturday by winning its seventh regional title in program history. It's the second consecutive regional victory for the Trojans.
NCAA Central Regional
While UCLA swept the team and individual titles at the Central Regional, Minnesota finished third to advance to nationals for the first time since 1989.
Byrd leads Quail Hollow
Jonathan Byrd ran off five birdies in six holes to start the back nine on his way to a 5-under 67 Saturday, taking a one-shot lead at the Wells Fargo Championship.
says the East Regional came down to the wire Saturday in Daytona Beach.
Marina Alex missed a 5-foot birdie putt on her last hole (No. 9) that would’ve kept Vanderbilt out of a late-afternoon playoff for the eighth spot at the NCAA East Regional. She had a chance make up for it, however, knocking in a 4-foot par putt to give Vanderbilt the win over Florida State.
Mark Calcavecchia gave away nearly all of his big lead in the Regions Tradition, setting up a tight final round at Shoal Creek.
NCAA East Regional
Alabama swept the titles at the NCAA East Regional, with freshman Stephanie Meadow taking the individual crown. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina advanced for the first time in school history.
Playing on his home course, University of Georgia senior Russell Henley is tied for the 54-hole lead at the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Athens Classic at UGA. Henley is tied at 9 under with Troy Kelly after both players shot 5-under 66 on Saturday.
Memories of Ballesteros
An early fog delay at Quail Hollow was a perfect opportunity for players and media to reminisce about their favorite Seve Ballesteros memories. Jim McCabe shares a few of the details.
Thomas Aiken maintained his lead after a somber third day of the Spanish Open overshadowed by the death of golf great Seve Ballesteros.
It was a one-two punch that PGA Tour officials never could have anticipated. Not only did a whopping 84 players make the cut at the Wells Fargo Championship, but a thick fog enveloped the Quail Hollow Club Saturday morning.
Jose Maria Olazabal was in tears before teeing off Saturday at the Spanish Open, overcome by grief after the death of his close friend and former Ryder Cup partner Seve Ballesteros.
Seve Ballesteros was beloved by the golfing world, which shared its thoughts this morning on his passing.
Ballesteros dead at 54
Spain's Seve Ballesteros passed away Saturday at the age of 54. As Alistair Tait remembers, the five-time major champion lifted European golf to new heights.
Friday, May 6
Women's West Regional
UC Davis seniors Alice Kim (pictured) and Chelsea Stelzmiller gave the Aggies a boost during the second round of the women's West Regional.
Perez takes Quail Hollow lead
After watching playing partner Lucas Glover light it up on the front nine, Pat Perez birdied five of his last six holes Friday to take a two-shot lead at Quail Hollow.
It’s tough to understand how finishing anywhere but at the top of the leaderboard at the conference championship, especially in a conference like the SEC, could be considered a good thing.
Duke winning streak ending?
With the Duke women's golf team well down the leaderboard at the Central Regional, coach Dan Brooks may be facing his first winless season in 27 years.
Mark Calcavecchia has surged to a three-shot lead in the Regions Tradition with a 7-under 65 in the second round at Shoal Creek.
Thomas Aiken took a 1-shot lead at a somber second round of the Spanish Open that was marked by news of golf great Seve Ballesteros’ worsening health on Friday.
The PGA has selected Bellerive Country Club of St. Louis to serve as the site of the 2013 Senior PGA Championship and the 2018 PGA Championship.
McPherson at NCAA regionals
The Augusta State women's team is getting a helping hand from LPGA vet Kristy McPherson this week at the East Regional.
says No. 17 seed Coastal Carolina is playing with no fear at the East Regional.
After taking the lead on Day 1 at the East regional, No. 17 seed Coastal Carolina is playing with nothing to lose in Daytona Beach.
Matt Bettencourt withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday due to severe allergies. Some might think that was an excuse after his first-round 79, but it’s much more complicated than that.
Why Ballesteros was great
Seve Ballesteros' impact on European golf is immeasurable. Here are 10 reasons he was beloved by the golfing world.
Woods' return to action
A PGA Tour official confirmed Friday that Tiger Woods will return to competition at The Players Championship next week at TPC Sawgrass.
Joel Edwards, 49, has plenty to cheer about this week, as he claimed a share of the lead at the Stadion Classic.
It wasn’t missed putts or errant drives that cost Chico State, the No. 3 Division II team in the nation, a chance at a national championship. No, it was an incorrect scorecard.
2011 NCAA women's regionals
The 2011 postseason is underway and Golfweek.com brings you closer to the action than anyone else. Click here for complete coverage of the women's NCAA regionals.
Ballesteros' health problems
Golfing great Seve Ballesteros has suffered “a severe deterioration” in his condition 2½ years after he had multiple surgeries to remove a cancerous brain tumor.
England’s Eddie Pepperell and Laurie Canter have turned down a chance to play in this year’s Walker Cup by turning professional.
Thursday, May 5
Women's West Regional
Lizette Salas and USC are in position for a second consecutive regional title after taking an immeidate lead at the NCAA West Regional.
Haas leads at Quail Hollow
The Haas name resonates at the Quail Hollow Club. A bogey-free effort vaulted Bill Haas into a two-stroke lead over Jonathan Byrd and David Toms.
Women's Central Regional
Freshmen Ani Gulugian (pictured) and Nicole Zhang took charge Thursday during the opening round of the Central Regional.
Women's East Regional
California regained its early-season form Thursday at the NCAA Women's East Regional and trails leader Coastal Carolina by two shots.
Tom Lehman enjoyed a rather ho-hum day on the course. He finished the first round of the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek on Thursday with five birdies, no bogeys and a one-stroke lead over Nick Price, Mark Calcavecchia, Wayne Levi and Chien-Soon Lu and.
says Caroline Powers has a strong gene pool in her corner, and an equally strong competitive fire.
Caroline Powers has a very strong gene pool in her corner, and as a result, an equally strong competitive fire.
Sun Devils shine in East
The Sun Devils are in the thick of things with an opening 7-over 295 after the first round of the NCAA East Regional.
says Tommy Gainey asked a friend to caddie for him at his first-ever Players.
Nationwide Tour player David Robinson will be on the bag for Tommy Gainey, who’ll likely be making his first Players appearance after a hot start to 2011.
Bill Haas made easy birdies on the par 5s and didn't run into any problems Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship. He matched the tournament record for low opening round with an 8-under 64 and a two-shot lead.
Asher catches up with Wichita State's Ryan Spears as the regionals kick into high gear today.
Bubba Dickerson hasn't had an ideal start in 2011. His 6-under 65 on Thursday turned things around in a hurry.
Actor Michael J. Fox has signed on to play in the Principal Charity Classic pro-am golf event next month in Iowa.
Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice has withdrawn from the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am because of a scheduling conflict.
Wednesday, May 4
Confrontation stories abound
Rory Sabbatini says stories of an on-course confrontation with Sean O'Hair are untrue.
Phil Mickelson has played the Wells Fargo Championship seven times, has five top 7s, and only once finished worse than 12th.
takes a look at how men's regional bids might shake out next week.
Twenty-seven down – one to go. That’s how the men’s Division I conference championships stand at this point, with those 27 champions guaranteed a spot in the upcoming NCAA regionals.
Camilla Lennarth said it felt like the set of a movie.
Five things: Women's regionals
Pepperdine's Danielle Kang became academically ineligible at the end of the spring semester and will miss the postseason. Read on for Golfweek's five things on the eve of regional play.
Yu Liu, of Beijing, shot 7-under 137 (70-67) at PGA National Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship by four shots.
Sawyer Shaw, of West Palm Beach, Fla., shot 6-under 138 (72-66) at the PGA National Golf Club’s Ryder Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla., to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship by one shot
College coaches face off
From Nick Saban to Frank Beamer to Steve Spurrier, some of the biggest names in college football squared off at the Chick-fil-A-Bowl Challenge in Georgia.
John Inman, head men’s golf coach at North Carolina, has announced his resignation. He led the Tar Heels to 16 team championships and five top-20 finishes at the national championship during his 16 seasons at Chapel Hill.
has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.
Lorens Chan of Honolulu has given a verbal commitment to UCLA for the fall of 2012. Chan, also considered Stanford, Duke, Columbia, California, USC, Washington, Oregon and San Diego.
says Ping claimed a rare hat trick with three victories in the same weekend by its touring pros.
Ping claimed a rare hat trick with three victories in the same weekend by its touring pros.
says Willie Wood, 50, showed some of his old grit by Monday qualifying for the Wells Fargo.
In a young field, Willie Wood showed some of his old grit by Monday qualifying for the Wells Fargo.
The field has been release for the Sybase Match Play Championship, to be contested May 19-22 at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J.
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introduces five players from the mini-tour ranks whom you should get to know.
In each of the past two Nationwide Tour events, players have come off the mini-tours to play their way into Nationwide cards. Here are five players from the mini-tour ranks whom you should get to know.
We’ve previewed two of the regionals already this week, which means just one remains: the West.
Inside the May 6, 2011 issue of Golfweek:
Among the three finalists for the Hogan Award, winning has been a common trait. The May 4 announcement on Golfweek.com puts UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay and Oklahoma State teammates Kevin Tway and Peter Uihlein in the running for the player-of-the-year honor in college and amateur golf.
Thomas W. Chisholm Sr., a former member of the U.S. Golf Association’s Executive Committee and a key figure in Michigan golf, died May 3 at his home in Bloomfield Hills, according to the Chisholm family. He was 76. No cause of death was listed.
Local legends: Honor roll
Each year, Golfweek honors amateur golfers who have amassed impressive records on the state and local scene. Check out our complete list of these past ‘Local Legends.’
has given a verbal commitment to Arkansas.
Kayli Quinton has given the University of Arkansas a verbal commitment to play college golf for the Razorbacks. Quinton, ranked No. 12 in the 2012 class and 92nd overall in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings, was impressed with the everything Arkansas had to offer.
Tuesday, May 3
Geoff Ogilvy has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship because of a sore left shoulder.
Days after missing a chance to become the youngest winner in LPGA history, Alexis Thompson sounded like your ordinary teenager.
GW explores the .500 rule
The .500 rule is now in its fourth year of existence and coaches are far from a consensus on how it's served Division I men's college golf. SPECIAL REPORT
Player diary: Nicole Noelle Smith
With her dad on the bag and her mom cheering loudly behind the ropes, Nicole overcomes a bad first round to finish T-17 and pick up a nice check in San Antonio.
Hurley to play Athens N'wide event
The day after Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in Pakistan, Navy man Billy Hurley III was given the last of four sponsor exemptions into this week's Nationwide Tour event.
Fantasy tips: Wells Fargo
Tommy Gainey is a popular underdog pick with our fantasy golf panel this week, with Sergio Garcia also making some noise.
takes a look at the Women's Central regional, which kicks off Thursday at Notre Dame.
Yesterday we took a look at five things to watch from the East Regional, so today we'll preview five things to watch from the Central.
The .500 rule: A debate
The .500 rule is now in its fourth year of existence and coaches are far from a consensus on how it's served Division I men's college golf. SPECIAL REPORT
McIlroy back on American soil
Rory McIlroy, soon to be 22, returns to American soil for the first time since his final-round blow-up at the Masters. And he seems to have put the debacle behind him.
says contracts and fines are possible solutions to the side effects of the .500 rule.
Golfweek special report: Lance Ringler has seen first-hand the effects of the .500 rule, which has prompted teams to pull out of a tournament in fear of dipping below .500. The potential solution? A contract, and a steep fine to back out of a tournament.
The .500 Rule: A debate
We asked more than 20 coaches a simple question: Four years later, what are your thoughts on the .500 Rule? Check out their answers here.
2011 NCAA women's regionals
Golfweek’s college writers sound off on which teams at the NCAA women’s regionals will advance to the national championship.
Monday, May 2
says it took plenty of extra holes before USC could claim both Pac-10 titles.
After a total of seven extra playoff holes, USC sophomore Martin Trainer won the individual Pac-10 Championship, completing a Trojan sweep in California. MONDAY TOP 5
Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer have decided to play in the LPGA Sybase Match Play Championship in two weeks at the Hamilton Farm Club.
Watson visits alma mater
How did Bubba Watson spend the Monday morning after his Zurich Classic win? In Athens, Ga., helping start a Play Golf America program at his alma mater. Ryan Lavner was there.
The total number of rounds played in the U.S. fell 5.9 percent in March, but on an year-to-date basis is up 3.5 percent.
For all the tornadic devastation loosed on Alabama last week, golf courses seem to have been spared the worst of the impact.
See what the winners had in their bags this week.
says a loss at The Cliffs will be a gain for Tampa’s Saddlebrook Resort.
After only a two-year stay, BannLynch Golf USA is relocating its golf academy at the end of the month from The Cliffs, citing the setbacks suffered by the development in the Carolinas.
LPGA partners with Frontier
The LPGA announced a marketing agreement with Frontier Airlines, making the Denver-based carrier the “official airline of the LPGA.”
previews what's sure to be a fight to the finish at the NCAA Women's East Regional.
It’s the most exciting time of the year, postseason time!
The rule that cost Webb Simpson the title at the Zurich Classic on Sunday may be changing, according to a USGA official.
explains how you may never again have to be mismatched with strangers on the first tee, thanks to FullForesome.com.
Thanks to FullForesome.com, you may never again have to be mismatched with strangers on the first tee.
takes a look back at the history of historic North Shore Country Club.
Thanks to a bold revision by Don Zucker, the historic North Shore Country Club is back. Bradley S. Klein takes a look back at the club's history.
For Her 2011: Andrea Doddato
Andrea Doddato prescribes more strength, more stability for the world's top players, including Maria Hjorth, a winner on the LPGA Tour.
The Cowboys junior posted an even-par 280 to win the Big 12 Championship by five shots over teammate Kevin Tway. Hoffmann has two victories this spring after winning at Southern Highlands in March.
The Trojans continued their stellar spring play with a playoff victory over Oregon at the Pac-10 Conference Championship, their fourth consecutive top-4 finish.
The Illinois men's team won its third consecutive Big Ten Championship, shooting 7-under 281 in the final round and winning by 19 shots over Northwestern on May 1 at Purdue’s Kampen Course in West Lafayette, La.
USC sophomore Martin Trainer outlasted Oregon State’s Alex Moore during a seven-hole playoff for the individual title, then helped the Trojans to a one-hole playoff victory over Oregon in a wild finish May 1 at the Pac-10 Championships at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course.
Sunday, May 1
Monday qualifier Ted Potter Jr. won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over Mathew Goggin.
Bubba wins Zurich Classic
With a daring shot from a fairway bunker on the second playoff hole, Bubba Watson outdueled Webb Simpson Sunday at the Zurich Classic to win for the second time this season.
Senior wins Lytham Trophy
England’s Jack Senior emerged as the man most capable of withstanding the sometimes near gale-force winds that buffeted the Open Championship course for three days to win the Lytham Trophy.
Hjorth wins; Lexi struggles
Lexi Thompson, vying to become the youngest LPGA winner, shot a 78 Sunday to hand the title to Maria Hjorth, who fired a second consecutive 67 to win the Avnet LPGA Classic.
The president of Brazil's only public golf course is threatening to "lay down kids" in the middle of the fairways to keep government bulldozers from entering the property, constructing a new highway and destroying the course.
Yuri Fudoh won her 50th Japan LPGA Tour title on Sunday, picking up her second win of the season by outlasting defending Cyber Agent Ladies Classic champion Shin Ji-yai in Ichihara Japan.
Australia's Brendan Jones won The Crowns on Sunday for his 10th Japan Tour title, beating South Korea's I.J. Jang with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Westwood wins Ballantine's
Top-ranked Lee Westwood rallied to win the Ballantine's Championship for his second straight victory, shooting a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez.