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Monday, October 31

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Inside the imagination of Tour Edge's David Glod

James Achenbach gives some insight into the imagination of Tour Edge founder David Glod, who has pushed the envelope once again this year with the XCG5 fairway wood.

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Prez Cup: Don't blame Stricker for Bradley's absence

True, Keegan Bradley will miss out on the Presidents Cup this year. But does that mean injured Steve Stricker should step aside? Not a chance. Maginnes on Tap</strong.

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Toy Box: TaylorMade's Garcia goes back-to-back

Sergio Garcia has won back-to-back tournaments with a bag full of TaylorMade clubs.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 24-30, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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PGA Tour tabs IMG to grow international retail licensing

The PGA Tour is expanding its partnership with IMG, charging the company to oversee international licensing for a host of retail goods, ranging from apparel to toys to jewelry.

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Mitsubishi renews deal for Champions' season opener

When Mitsubishi Electric renewed its deal with the PGA Tour, it gained more than a title sponsorship of a Champions Tour stop. It also became the PGA Tour's "official elevator and escalator."

Complete results: First stage Champions Q-School

Highlights from the first stage of Champions Tour Qualifying School, played at various sites around the country.

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Player of the Week: Lakareber Abe

Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas, shot even-par 140 (70-70) at Dornick Hills G&CC in Ardmore, Okla., to win the TJGT’s Red River Challenge by 13 shots.

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Player of the Week: Taylor Moore

Taylor Moore of Edmond, Okla., shot 1-under 139 (70-69) at Dornick Hills G&CC in Ardmore, Okla., to win the TJGT’s Red River Challenge by two shots.

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Haag wins third career Stocker Cup

Randy Haag held off a final-round charge from Kevin Marsh on Sunday at the Stocker Cup to become the first three-time champion in the history of the event.

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Boilermakers win Landfall Tradition by 14 shots

Purdue won the Landfall Tradition on Sunday for its first victory of the fall. The event was hosted at Country Club of Landfall, the same site where the Boilermakers won the 2010 NCAA Championship.

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Iowa State breaks winless streak at Bridgestone

Iowa State ended its fall season Oct. 30 with a win at the 15-team Bridgestone Golf Collegiate.

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Team of the Week: Texas

Texas won the Isleworth Intercollegiate by a head-turning 26 shots over runner-up LSU.

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Player of the Week: Jordan Spieth, Texas

In just his third college start – and playing in one of the strongest fields this season – Jordan Spieth posted rounds of 65-73-67 for an 11-under total to win the Isleworth Collegiate by 8 shots.

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Team of the Week: Purdue

The Boilermakers won their first tournament of the fall at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C., site of their 2010 NCAA Championship victory.

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Player of the Week: Paula Reto, Purdue

The junior earned her first collegiate victory after shooting 2-over 218 (71-77-70) at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C.

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Golfers find the comforts of home, and more, in Shanghai

As players arrive in Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions, they're finding no shortage of hospitality.

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Contrast in cultures collides in sprawling Shanghai

If you’ve never been to China, know that it’s certainly different than anything in the U.S. San Francisco’s Chinatown perhaps comes the closest but doesn’t do this East Asian metropolis justice.

Sunday, October 30

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Breakdown of the 25 N'wide graduates

Sean Martin: From Ted Potter, Jr. to Daniel Chopra to Billy Hurley III, a complete breakdown of Sunday's 25 Nationwide Tour graduates.

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Hurley III earns PGA Tour card at N'wide finale

While Ken Duke won the Nationwide Tour Championship, it was a late birdie by Scott Brown that created the best storyline: Former Navy lieutenant Billy Hurley III picked up his 2012 PGA Tour card.

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Golf Channel's 'Social Saturday': #needswork

The Golf Channel experimented with 'Social Saturday,' and needless to say it is still a #workinprogress.

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Back-to-back: Garcia wins Andalucia Masters

Sergio Garcia held off fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez to win the Andalucia Masters by one shot on Sunday for his second straight European Tour victory.

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Broken record: Tseng wins for 11th time in 2011

A week removed from an LPGA victory in her homeland of Taiwan, Yani Tseng picked up her 11th worldwide win of the year, beating the field at the LET's Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open by seven strokes in China.

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Van Pelt runs away with win at Asia Pacific

Bo Van Pelt ran away with the Asia Pacific Classic on Sunday in hot and humid conditions, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a 7-under 64 and a six-stroke victory.

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McIlroy wins Shanghai Masters in playoff

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

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N'wide Tour Championship moving to Texas in '12

The Nationwide Tour Championship will move to McKinley, Texas, in 2012.

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Umbrellas up: 3 tours seek sponsors

Alex Miceli says 'tis the season to be shopping for umbrella sponsors. In fact, three tours need corporate partners.

Saturday, October 29

Haag extends lead to five at Stocker Cup

Randy Haag continues his pursuit of a third Stocker Cup title, putting five shots between himself and his next closest pursuer during Saturday’s third round at The Preserve Golf Course in Carmel, Calif.

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Much at stake for N'wide leader Kokrak

A victory at the Nationwide Tour Championship would give Jason Kokrak a chance to win the tour's money title and player-of-the-year honor. Kokrak holds the 54-hole lead at 7-under 209.

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Moosavian (No. 174, 2012) commits to Georgetown

Matthew Moosavian of Westerville, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Georgetown. Moosavian took unofficial visits to Miami of Ohio, Akron, Lehigh and Pennsylvania.

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Garcia leads in Spain, eyes 2nd straight Euro win

Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under 67 Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the third round of the Andalucia Masters, putting the Spaniard in position for a second straight European Tour victory.

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Oregon's Isagawa among top freshmen

Oregon's Cassy Isagawa leads the list of unsung freshmen who are making an immediate difference on their respective rosters this fall. Julie Williams reveals three more.

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McIlroy builds lead to three at Shanghai Masters

Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 Saturday to build a three-shot lead through three rounds of the Shanghai Masters.

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Van Pelt leads Asia Pacific Classic by one

Bo Van Pelt shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow Indiana player Jeff Overton after the third round of the Asia Pacific Classic.

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Donald WDs from HSBC for birth of second child

Top-ranked Luke Donald has withdrawn from the HSBC Champions next week in Shanghai to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.

Friday, October 28

Ramsay holds 2-shot lead at Andalucia Masters

Scotland's Richie Ramsay shot a 1-over 72 to hold his two-stroke lead after the second round of the Andalucia Masters on Friday, in which only four players reached the halfway point under par.

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College notes: Impact of amateur-status rules

The USGA and R&A announced new rules allowing national governing bodies to cover players’ living expenses and amateurs to enter into contracts with agents and sponsors. Sean Martin explores the impact.

Haag shoots 68, takes Stocker Cup lead

Randy Haag shot a 4-under 68 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the 20th annual Stocker Cup.

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Salamander expands Florida reach by adding 2 resorts

Sheila C. Johnson is the latest hospitality executive to try to profit from one of Bobby Ginn’s numerous failures.

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Rater's notebook: Shining Rock

In our Rater’s notebook, Bradley S. Klein writes that rugged terrain and awkward routing squeezes Shining Rock into a hard place.

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Overton goes low to share Asia Pacific lead

American Jeff Overton shot a course-record 9-under 62 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson in the Asia Pacific Classic.

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McIlroy extends lead to 2 at Shanghai Masters

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to increase his lead to two strokes after the second round of the Shanghai Masters.

Thursday, October 27

Ramsay shoots 65 for 2-shot lead at Valderrama

Richie Ramsay shot a 6-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Andalucia Masters.

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Notes: Furyk faces long road to Presidents Cup

Jim Furyk will travel approximately 25,000 miles in the coming weeks, landing at the Presidents Cup at the end of it all.

ShopRite Classic to be played at Seaview in June

The ShopRite LPGA Classic near Atlantic City will be played in early June next year. Tournament officials announced Wednesday that the 54-hole event will be played the week of May 28-June 3 at the Bay Course at Seaview Resort.

LPGA to co-sanction Women's Australian Open

The LPGA Tour is returning to Australia, co-sanctioning the Women's Australian Open in February at Royal Melbourne.

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Robert Allenby leads Asia Pacific Classic

Australia's Robert Allenby shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas after the first round of the Asia Pacific Classic.

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Golfweek’s Best 2011: Best New Courses

Old MacDonald leads the way as Golfweek announces the 2011 Best New Courses, defined as those courses that have opened in the past two calendar years.

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McIlroy leads Shanghai Masters by a stroke

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Shanghai Masters, the lucrative invitational tournament that isn't sanctioned by any of the major tours.

Wednesday, October 26

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UCLA wins U.S. Collegiate as Georgia Tech falters

UCLA took advantage of a late collapse by Georgia Tech to capture the U.S. Collegiate Championship on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 25

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Spieth, Texas sweep tournament titles at Isleworth

Jordan Spieth adds another title - his first as a collegian - to his resume with a dominating victory at the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational while also leading Texas to the team title.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

A look at the week ahead in the world of golf . . .

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LPGA's Kia Classic to return to San Diego in 2012

The LPGA Kia Classic will return to La Costa Resort and Spa near San Diego in 2012, where the inaugural event was held in 2010.

South Africa to host Bahrain's Champions event

South Africa will host the European Tour's Volvo Golf Champions event next year after it was moved out of Bahrain because of security concerns.

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Toy Box: Donald seeks consistent feel in club shafts

When Luke Donald signed with Mizuno in 2004, he wasn’t among the top 100 players in the world. Now, after eight years with Mizuno, he is a solid No. 1 – No. 1 in the world and No. 1 on the PGA Tour money list.

Monday, October 24

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Na matches NCAA scoring record with 'boring golf'

Grace Na hasn’t even been at Pepperdine a full year, but already she’s part of an elite club – and one that has greater significance as a member of the Wave.

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Spieth closes in on first college win at Isleworth

Ryan Lavner: Jordan Spieth has already had two chances to close out college golf tournaments, but hasn't gotten it done. With a four-shot lead, will Tuesday at Isleworth be the time?

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Uihlein takes a 'break' from tournament action

Oklahoma State's Peter Uihlein is out of the Cowboys' lineup after asking for a 'break' says coach Mike McGraw.

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Player diary: Reality and TV are two different things

Golfweek.com blogger Nicole Smith clears the air about her TV persona from The Big Break Ireland.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 17-23, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Tour to delay mailing of player of the year ballots

The PGA Tour player of the year race isn’t over yet.

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Maginnes On Tap: Rules change too late for Simpson

It was a storybook ending for Luke Donald Sunday, but if a new rule change had taken effect nearly seven months ago at the Zurich, Webb Simpson could have had the money title wrapped up.

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Player of the Week: Stephanie Meadow, Alabama

Stephanie Meadow won the individual title at the SEC/Pac-12 Championship, earning her fourth collegiate victory in just 15 starts with Alabama.

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Team of the Week: Alabama

Alabama won the SEC/Pac-12 Championship for its first victory of the fall season.

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Player of the Week: Eugene Wong, Oregon

Wong, the 2010 GCAA Player of the Year, posted rounds of 65-63-67 for an 18-under 195 to win the Alister MacKenzie Invitational by five shots over California's Max Homa.

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Team of the Week: New Mexico

New Mexico moved into the top 20 with a victory at the Lone Star Invitational at Briggs Ranch.

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Fowler, McIlroy to join Tiger on video game cover

After more than 250,000 votes were cast, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy have been selected to join Tiger Woods on the cover of EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13.

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Flash to the past: star golfers return Down Under

Not since the heady days of regular appearances by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer have so many top players decided to travel Down Under to play in three Australasian PGA tour events spread over six weeks.

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Changes to Rules of Golf unify the world of golfers

Golfers worldwide will be on the same page with the latest edition of the Rules of Golf. In any language, these changes make sense.

Sunday, October 23

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Donald wins PGA of America player of the year

By winning Sunday at Disney for his second PGA Tour win of the year, Luke Donald won the points-based player of the year award from the PGA of America over Webb Simpson.

Gavin Coles wins Nationwide Tour event

Australia's Gavin Coles won the Nationwide Tour's Jacksonville Open on Sunday to wrap up a 2012 PGA Tour card, shooting a 1-over 71 for a one-stroke victory over Sweden's Jason Blixt.

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Lim leads USC to tie with Auburn at U.S. Collegiate

USC and Auburn are knotted after the opening round at the U.S. Collegiate, while the Trojans' Steve Lim sets the early pace with a 6-under 66. UCLA star Patrick Cantlay is three shots back.

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Players in awe over Donald's comeback

Gary Woodland had the perfect words for Luke Donald's dramatic comeback Sunday: 'That's what sports is about.'

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Alabama, Meadow win SEC/Pac-12 Championship

Stephanie Meadow led Alabama to its first title of the season Sunday at the SEC/Pac-12 Championship. The Crimson Tide also managed to put an end to UCLA's undefeated fall.

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Spieth fires 7-under 65; Texas leads at Isleworth

Texas standout freshman Jordan Spieth fires a record-tying 7-under 65 to take a four-shot lead at Isleworth. His Longhorns are also in control, leading nine-shot advantage.

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Donald supplies the magic with win at Disney

5 Things: Luke Donald made the Magic Kingdom his personal playground on Sunday, making six straight birdies on the back nine to win at Disney and lock up the PGA Tour money title.

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Victorious Tseng: 'I wish this year would never end'

With throngs of fans watching her every move, Yani Tseng showed that her mental toughness is as spectacular as her physical prowess with a methodical win in Taiwan, says Beth Ann Baldry.

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Garcia wins Castello Masters by 11 strokes

Sergio Garcia won his first title in almost three years on Sunday, dominating for the third straight day at the Castello Masters to earn an 11-stroke victory that matched the third largest margin of victory in European Tour history.

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Photos: Tseng wins in front of adoring fans

Yani Tseng pulled away from the field on Sunday and left her crazed fans following in Taiwan overjoyed. Take a look at our Tracy Wilcox's photos from Sunday's final round.

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Host K.J. Choi wins C.J. Invitational in S. Korea

Tournament host K.J. Choi won the Asian Tour's C.J. Invitational on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory.

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Home cookin': Tseng romps to another victory

Yani Tseng won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her 10th worldwide victory of the year and third in front of her adoring home fans.

Saturday, October 22

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Rude: Money title may be out of reach for Donald

A handful of miscues sent Luke Donald moving in the wrong direction Saturday at Disney, where the PGA Tour money title may now be out of reach. Jeff Rude

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Leonard, Chappell tied for 54-hole Disney lead

Justin Leonard chipped in three times for birdies in a span of five holes to help salvage a 2-under 70. That gave him a share of the lead Saturday with PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell going into the final round of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at Disney.

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Photos: Round 3 of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan

All week, fans have swarmed the 2011 Sunrise LPGA Taiwan to catch a glimpse of Taiwan's Yani Tseng. Check out Tracy Wilcox's photo gallery from Round 3. PHOTOS

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Garcia extends lead to eight at Castello Masters

Spaniard Sergio Garcia shot a 7-under 64 Saturday to extend his lead to a commanding eight shots after the third round of the Castello Masters.

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Galleries overflow in Taiwan as Tseng leads by 2

Yani Tseng took the lead at the inaugural Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Saturday, as the galleries somehow grew larger. At one point, fans were even asking to have iPads signed. Beth Ann Baldry

Friday, October 21

Complete results: PGA Tour Q-School

Highlights from the first stage of PGA Tour Qualifying School, played at various sites around the country.

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5 Things: Race to top 125 heats up at Disney

Five things you need to know from a wild second round at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.

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McIlroy's parting with Chandler, ISM unexpected

After days of globetrotting through China and Bermuda, Rory McIlroy (right) announced he will part ways with Chubby Chandler (rear) and the ISM group.

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Leonard among three tied for Disney lead

Justin Leonard described his round Friday at Disney as a “fun, easy day.” He had a 9-under 63 for his lowest round of the year and wound up atop the leaderboard.

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Leonard returns to old form, shares lead at Disney

Justin Leonard couldn't catch a break in 2011, but after taking a share of the lead Friday at Disney, he's confident his game is trending upward.

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Kaahanui (NR, 2012) commits to Arizona State

Trey Kaahanui of Tempe, Ariz., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf in his hometown at Arizona State University.

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Kim leads growing Korean presence on PGA Tour

Bio Kim needs a second-place finish or better this week at Disney to keep his PGA Tour card. The Korean's presence on the PGA Tour represents the start of a trend among his countrymen.

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Brown an inspiration to teammates, community

Ball State's Ashtyn Brown is one of the toughest collegiate golfers you're likely to meet. With a unique story to tell, the freshman is just now getting comfortable in the spotlight. College Notebook.

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Local favorite Garcia leads Castello Masters by 2

Hometown favorite Sergio Garcia shot an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a two-shot lead after the second round of the Castello Masters.

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Munoz, Nordqvist lead in Taiwan; Tseng 2 back

Azahara Munoz of Spain shot a 6-under 66 Friday to share the lead with Anna Nordqvist of Sweden after the second round of the inaugural LPGA Taiwan Championship.

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Tait: 10 additions for the new Rules of Golf

In honor of the upcoming publication of the new Rules of Golf, some suggestions for addition.

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Crowds in Taiwan show genuine love for LPGA

What full-capacity crowds at the Sunrise LPGA Championship lack in spectator etiquette, they make up for in sheer enthusiasm. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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McIlroy leaves Chandler's ISM for Horizon Sports

Reigning U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy has parted ways with Chubby Chandler and the ISM group, choosing to join Horizon Sports Management, which represents Graeme McDowell.

Thursday, October 20

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U.S. Am champ Kraft to turn pro after Masters

A tough choice awaits players who win the U.S. Amateur after their final season of college golf: turn pro or remain amateur for the three majors for which the Amateur champion is eligible.

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Donald (66) among seven tied for Disney lead

Luke Donald figured he might have to win at Disney to have his best shot at capturing the PGA Tour money title. He took a good step Thursday in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic with a 6-under 66 for a seven-way share of the lead.

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Weekly top 5: A closer look at the undefeated

Just shy of two months into the fall season, only two teams remain unbeaten: the UCLA women and the Oregon men. Both could be a bit of a surprise, if you look a little past the surface.

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Arnold Palmer christens Hilton Head redesign

Arnold Palmer thought long and hard 40 years ago about moving to Hilton Head. And it was easy to see why after the reception the legendary golfer received Thursday in his latest visit to the island.

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Brooks, Shields muscle through Disney pro-am

It wasn't exactly pretty when linebacker Derrick Brooks and pitcher James Shields teed it up Thursday at Disney.

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College Notebook: Ducks look dapper again

Things looked grim for Oregon last fall, but with the addition of freshman Rak Cho and Eugene Wong's (pictured) return to form, the Ducks are three-for-three this season. College Notebook

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Jack Nicklaus II enters Champions Q-School

Jack Nicklaus II, son of the golf legend and president of Nicklaus Golf Course Design, is among the players who have entered the 2011 Champions Tour Qualifying Tournament this fall.

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Donald opens with 66 for share of Disney lead

Playing in Thursday's marquee pairing at Disney, Luke Donald (left) opened with a 66 that gave him a share of the lead and a two-shot advantage on Webb Simpson, who leads the Tour money list.

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McGowan (64) takes 2-shot Castello Masters lead

Ross McGowan shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the opening round of the Castello Masters.

Events to watch: Isleworth | U.S. Collegiate

Asher Wildman previews two of the top men's events of the year, which just happen to fall on the same week.

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Tour launches Latin American circuit for 2012

The PGA Tour's announcement of creating a Latin American circuit marks a major commitment to grow the game in the region and cultivate Latino stars such as Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela.

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Flood damage delays Champions' return to En-Joie

The Champions Tour has announced that the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open will be moved back nearly two months on the tour’s competition schedule. The tournament will be played Aug. 13-19 at En-Joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y., but generally is contested the last week of June.

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Mayakoba exec: Mexico resorts weathering 'perfect storm'

Despite a down market, Mexico resorts like Mayakoba, located along the Riviera Maya and host of the PGA Tour's Mayakoba Classic, are staying afloat.

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Donald, Westwood headline Nedbank Challenge field

Top-ranked Luke Donald and No. 2 Lee Westwood head the field for the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.

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Tseng, Ai Miyazato share one-shot lead in Taiwan

Yani Tseng began her home event with a 4-under 68 to join Ai Miyazato of Japan with a one shot lead after the first round of the Taiwan Championship on Thursday.

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Ogilvy criticizes Couples' early Woods pick

Australian player Geoff Ogilvy criticized Fred Couples for giving Tiger Woods a Presidents Cup captain’s pick a month early.

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Taiwan embraces Tseng, who shares LPGA lead

Taiwan embraces local star Yani Tseng, who obliges by sharing the first-round lead with Ai Miyazato at the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship.

Wednesday, October 19

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Ryder Cup to push back Disney event in 2012

Players worrying about keeping their card next year will have plenty of time to fret while the Tour’s stars are cashing in in Asia.

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Hate To Be Rude: Disney is a big money grab

Hate To Be Rude: Disney makes dreams come true, and for a handful of golfers, this weekend will be more than just hitting greens. It will be about collecting some of it.

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Jutanugarn ends dominant season with POY

It comes as no surprise that Ariya Jutanugarn was named Rolex Junior Player of the Year. Julie Williams says she and sister Moriya bring a new level of competition to the junior golf circuit.

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Confident Proveaux succeeds with unusual swing

Cody Proveaux isn’t a prototypical AJGA All-American. He’s not a product of a golf academy; the nearest course is 25 miles from his home in Leesville, S.C.

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Players tip caps to helpful fathers at Grand Slam

For the four major champions at the Grand Slam of Golf, a tip of the cap to their supporting casts – especially their fathers – made for a family-friendly week in Bermuda. Jim McCabe

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Kent State proves it can compete among the best

In some circles, Kent State might be considered one of those so-called “mid-major” schools, but after two victories this fall, Ron Balicki disagrees.

Thumbs up: Oregon | Thumbs down: Colorado

Asher Wildman doles out his weekly thumbs up and thumbs down awards.

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PGA Tour finale: What's at stake for Tour pros?

Let’s make one thing clear before we start talking about the pressure surrounding the PGA Tour’s season finale at Walt Disney World.

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Bradley holds off Schwartzel, wins Grand Slam

Keegan Bradley held off a final-round charge from Charl Schwartzel to win the PGA Grand Slam on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Holmes marvels at his 'second chance'

Nearly 50 days after brain surgery, rehabbing J.B. Holmes marvels at his new titanium insert. Plus, check out our new instruction piece with Holmes, courtesy of our partners at ShotVision.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Children's Miracle Network

Webb Simpson has the PGA Tour money title on the line this weekend at Disney. And one of our expert fantasy panelists likes him to take home another title.

Governors rule at back-to-back events

For the first time in eight years, Austin Peay has won back-to-back tournaments.

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5 Things: Donald, Simpson chase dream at Disney

It's no secret why Luke Donald showed up at Disney for the PGA Tour finale, but the chase for the money title isn't the only story this week. Ryan Lavner has five things to watch.

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A beastly day keeps Ohio golfers at home

A steady rain and falling temperatures kept golfers away from courses around Zanesville - which was a blessing in disguise, as 51 exotic beasts were on the loose.

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PGA Tour announces its 2012 schedule

The PGA Tour announced its 2012 schedule, which includes a few date changes, a couple of new sponsors and some venue changes.

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Proveaux, Jutanugarn earn Rolex POY honors

Ariya Jutanugarn and Cody Proveaux have been selected as the AJGA's Rolex Junior Players of the Year after fast-paced summers that left their trophy shelves considerably more crowded.

Tuesday, October 18

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Oregon, Cal tie for Alister MacKenzie title

Led by Eugene Wong, Oregon won its third tournament of the year, tying for first with Cal at the Alister Mackenzie Invitational.

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Sorenstam, Pressel to team up at Skills Challenge

Annika Sorenstam and Morgan Pressel will team up to compete against the men for the first time in the ADT Skills Challenge on Nov. 7.

Sooners hold off Texas Tech at Maxwell Berning

Despite nearly a month away from competition since its first win, Oklahoma has acquired little rust. The Sooners won their second consecutive event Tuesday at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic. Oklahoma also won the Golfweek Conference Challenge on Sept. 21.

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Eastern Michigan earns 2nd fall win at Hoosier

Eastern Michigan made up six shots on Notre Dame during Tuesday's final round of the Hoosier Fall Invitational, leapfrogging the Irish to earn its second win of the season.

McCumber leads Florida to win at Kiawah

The Florida men’s team shot a 3-over 291 in the final round Tuesday to finish off an 11-stroke victory over Alabama-Birmingham at The Invitational at the Ocean Course.

Oklahoma rolls to 10-shot win at David Toms

Oklahoma won the David Toms Intercollegiate on Oct. 18, rolling to a convincing 10-shot victory over Lamar.

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Notes: McIlroy, Bradley shoot 67s at Grand Slam

Weather wreaked havoc at the Grand Slam of Golf, but Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley managed to fight the driving rain to shoot a pair of 4-under 67s.

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AJGA announces 2011 Rolex All-America teams

The American Junior Golf Association has announced its list of Rolex Junior All-Americans, recognizing the top 96 junior golfers around the world, like Shun Yat Hak.

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Malaysia event trumped by Shanghai money grab

Upon seeing the PGA Tour join other tours in trying to stake out a presence in Asia, one high-ranking tournament official said two years ago, “The Far East looks a lot like the Wild, Wild West.”

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Wildman: Five surprise women’s teams this fall

Check out the five surprise women's teams of college golf.

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Toy Box notes: Crane goes light in driver shaft

Ben Crane won the McGladrey with a 53-gram shaft. Why that number is important may surprise you.

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Edwards named director of coaching for EGU

Nigel Edwards, the victorious Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup captain, will be the director of coaching for the English Golf Union.

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Two South Florida events to go head-to-head

Top amateurs have another tournament option this year with the South Beach International Amateur. However, it’s being played opposite the long-running Dixie Amateur, and just down the road in South Florida. Something has to give.

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Tseng named POY before inaugural Taiwan event

Yani Tseng was named Player of the Year while home in Taiwan for the Sunrise LPGA Championship.

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Lee (No. 21, 2012) commits to SMU

SMU continues to get verbal commitments from top players. This time, it is David Lee, ranked No. 21 in the 2012 class. Lee, of Houston, had offers from California, Texas, Texas A&M and was in contact with Stanford.

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Money ball: Simpson, Donald paired at Disney

Luke Donald should have no trouble figuring out how money leader Webb Simpson stands at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

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Euro Q-School becoming a bigger option

Patrick Reed is the latest example of the Euro influence on the world of golf, as many players are choosing to go to Q-School overseas and in the U.S.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

From Europe to Asia to the U.S., a look at this week's professional golf tournaments around the world.

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Bradley, roommate take divergent career paths

Friends since their teen years and now roommates as young touring pros, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley marvel at their divergent career paths while cheering and challenging each other.

Monday, October 17

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Arkansas wins Windon, 3rd title of season

Arkansas picked up its third title of the season Oct. 17, holding off UCLA for a four-stroke victory at the Windon Memorial.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 10-16, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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McIlroy completes world travels at PGA Grand Slam

Rory McIlroy arrived in Bermuda for the PGA Grand Slam of Golf after a whirlwind golf tour of China that might be called the trip of a lifetime – even for a major champion. Jim McCabe

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Officials prepare to select Olympic course design

Olympic organizers officially have begun the process to select a course design for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Gene Yasuda reports.

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Wildman's Corner: Top 5 surprise teams

Take a look at the top five surprise teams of the fall:

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5 Things: Kokrak picks up another N'wide title

5 Things: Jason Kokrak picks up his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season behind his Tour-leading length of the tee.

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Crouch prevails in 4-hole playoff at St. Augustine Am

A.J. Crouch won the St. Augustine Amateur on Sunday after prevailing in a four-hole playoff with Jim Liu and Spencer Cole.

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Player of the week: Cheng-Tsung Pan, Washington

Pan, a freshman at Washington, won The Prestige at PGA West with rounds of 69-67-65 to finish at 15-under 201 and win by three shots.

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Team of the week: Texas

The Longhorns are quickly making a statement to which team should be at the top in men’s college golf.

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Player of the week: SooBin Kim, Washington

Kim posted rounds of 66-68-66 for a 13-under 200 total to win the Stanford Intercollegiate by two shots over UCLA’s Stephanie Kono.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins are the only NCAA Division I women’s team that is undefeated this fall.

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Wie: Lexi ‘has the game’ to compete as a pro

LPGA newcomer Lexi Thompson has what it takes to compete on the pro circuit, former teenage golf prodigy Michelle Wie said Monday.

Sunday, October 16

Kokrak wins by 7 at Miccosukee Championship

Jason Kokrak won the Miccosukee Championship on Sunday for his second Nationwide Tour victory in five weeks, closing with a 5-under 66 in rainy conditions to beat Mark Anderson by seven strokes.

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McGladrey win caps wild week for Ben Crane

Sean Martin: Before Ben Crane could celebrate the birth of his third child, he authored an improbable comeback Sunday at the McGladrey Classic to win his fourth PGA Tour title.

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Couples blows away field at AT&T Championship

Fred Couples ran away with the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a seven-stroke victory — the largest margin on the 50-and-over tour this year.

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UCLA hangs on to win Stanford Intercollegiate

Once again, UCLA showed why it is the top-ranked team in women’s golf, winning the Stanford Intercollegiate on Oct. 16 by three strokes over Vanderbilt.

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Crane wins McGladrey; Simpson falters in playoff

Ben Crane rallied on the back nine Sunday at the McGladrey Classic, then won the title after new money leader Webb Simpson missed a short putt on the second playoff hole.

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Kent St. wins Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate

Kent State completed an improbable rally Oct. 16 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, shooting a final-round, 10-under 278 to win by seven strokes.

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Tait: Lewis' win shows depth of upcoming talent

Tom Lewis is no longer an amateur, but his victory in Portugal supports the theory that one can win a major.

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England's Lewis wins Portugal Masters by 2

In only his third event since turning professional, Tom Lewis made five birdies over this last seven holes to win the Portugal Masters and his first pro title.

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Cauley avoids Q-School, earns PGA Tour card

Former Alabama star Bud Cauley finished strong at the McGladrey Classic on Sunday to secure his Tour card – and avoid the rigors of Q-School.

Gleeson sets tourney record to win Indian Open

David Gleeson shot a 4-under 68 in the final round to win the Indian Open, his third career title on the Asian Tour, by three strokes over local favorite Chiragh Kumar on Sunday.

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Choi clips Tseng by 1 at LPGA Malaysia

South Korea's Na Yeon Choi won the LPGA Malaysia on Sunday for her first LPGA victory of the season and fifth in three years, closing with a 3-under 68 to beat top-ranked Yani Tseng by a stroke.

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Norman says he wouldn't have picked Tiger

In a move that's bound to add drama to the Presidents Cup, International captain Greg Norman questioned U.S. captain Fred Couples' selection of Tiger Woods, saying the former No. 1 isn't in good enough form to be on the team.

Saturday, October 15

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Couples builds lead to seven at AT&T

Fred Couples birdied six of the first seven holes and finished with a course-record 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a seven-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship.

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5 Things: Thompson, Horschel battle at McGladrey

Many eyes might be on Webb Simpson this week at the McGladrey Classic, but Sean Martin explains why Billy Horschel (left) and Michael Thompson deserve a look, too. Five things.

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Thompson leads McGladrey; Simpson two back

Michael Thompson started the third round of the McGladrey Classic with three consecutive birdies and cruised to top of the leaderboard at Sea Island.

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Cabrera-Bello atop Portugal Masters leaderboard

Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain shot an 8-under 64 Saturday, giving him a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the Portugal Masters.

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Choi moves into lead at soggy LPGA Malaysia

South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi took a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lang on Saturday in the LPGA Malaysia, finishing off a 4-under 67 in fading light after a long rain delay.

Friday, October 14

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Couples tied for early lead at AT&T Championship

Fred Couples shot a 7-under 65 to take a share of the first-round lead with Steve Lowery at the AT&T Championship on Friday.

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Webb Simpson two back at McGladrey Classic

Webb Simpson kept his name near the top of the leaderboard and his eyes on a showdown with Luke Donald next week, shooting 3-under 67 at the McGladrey Classic.

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Viking Classic to be True South Classic in '12

Mississippi’s only event on the PGA Tour will have a new name and new sponsors in 2012: the True South Classic.

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Khan (66) leads Portugal Masters by one

England’s Simon Khan shot a 6-under 66 Friday to take a one-stroke lead the Portugal Masters after the second round.

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Two wins deep, Baylor already eyeing postseason

Baylor won its second consecutive tournament Oct. 12 at the Price's "Give 'Em Five" Intercollegiate. It lends credence to the Bears' postseason agenda. Julie Williams.

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Donald to play season-ending event at Disney

Luke Donald has entered the PGA Tour's final tournament next week at Disney, a response to Webb Simpson playing the McGladrey Classic. Both are battling for the PGA Tour money title.

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Nagy wins Salisbury Classic, eGolf money title

OK, so the stakes weren’t nearly as high as that recent Tour Championship playoff on the PGA Tour, but the race for the eGolf Professional Tour’s top honor also came down to sudden death at the season finale.

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Cummings (No. 48, 2012) commits to North Carolina

Keagan Cummings, who attends the Pendleton School at IMG Academies, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Andrew Sapp at the University of North Carolina.

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Lang, Lewis share lead at LPGA Malaysia

Americans Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang shared the lead Friday after the second round of LPGA event in Malaysia.

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Kaymer among players to fall short of expectations

The weight of potential and promise often is difficult to bear. Just ask Martin Kaymer.

Thursday, October 13

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Simpson, Miller (63) lead McGladrey Classic

McGladrey Classic co-leaders Zack Miller and Webb Simpson are at opposite ends of the PGA Tour money list, but a winner's check at Sea Island would mean a lot for each.

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Excel Sports, Steinberg to represent Kuchar

Matt Kuchar, a three-time PGA Tour winner, has joined the Excel Sports Management roster, and will be represented by Excel partner Mark Steinberg.

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Weekly top 5: Oregon returning to top form

In Casey Martin’s tenure at Oregon, the Ducks have risen quickly. Martin’s teams often have competed at the elite level and just two years ago the Ducks mentioned as a favorite heading to The Honors Course for the 2010 NCAA Championship.

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Yankovich (No. 147, 2012) commits to Iowa

Nate Yankovich, who is from Blacklick, Ohio and ranked the No. 8 in the Buckeye state, has decided to play college golf at the University of Iowa.

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Kingston holds slim lead at Portugal Masters

James Kingston shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over five players after the opening round of the Portugal Masters on Thursday.

Events to watch: Lone Star | Maxwell Berning

Two good college tournaments are on the schedule for the weekend, so let’s break them down.

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Nationwide Tour adds Chile Classic for 2012

The Nationwide Tour announced the creation of the Chile Classic presented by Pacific Rubiales, the first official PGA Tour event in the South American country.

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Harris (No. 26, 2012) commits to Kentucky

Sarah Harris of Hermitage, Tenn., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Kentucky. Harris also made unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Rollins, Auburn and Memphis.

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Toy Box notes: Fowler’s focus on wedges

Rickie Fowler's focus on wedges paid off last week as he earned his first professional victory at the Korea Open.

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Lang among four tied for LPGA Malaysia lead

American Brittany Lang shot a 5-under 66 to tie three others for the lead after the opening round at the LPGA Malaysia on Thursday.

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Notebook: San Jose St. rekindles memories

San Jose State, on the strength of three consecutive victories, rises to No. 18 in the rankings and taps into its rich history. Ryan Lavner reports.

Streelmans spearhead Tuscaloosa charity pro-am

PGA Tour players banded together this week to contribute to a cause near and dear to one of their own.

Wednesday, October 12

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Heckler explains why he threw hot dog at Woods

A California man arrested for throwing a hot dog at Tiger Woods during a tournament said he wanted to do something “courageous and epic.”

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Focus is on money list at McGladrey

Sean Martin: Only two events remain in the PGA Tour season, which means it’s crunch time for players to keep their card or, if you’re Webb Simpson, try to win the money title.

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Thumbs up: Oregon | Thumbs down: OK State

Is the Quack Attack for real?

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After further review, Stricker cut streak alive

Steve Stricker still has the longest active cut streak on the PGA Tour.

Tuesday, October 11

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Ross (NR, 2012) commits to Wisconsin

Matthew Ross of Hartland, Wis., has given a verbal commitment to play golf at Wisconsin.

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Oregon edges Washington at The Prestige

A sterling final round by Washington freshman Cheng-Tsung Pan couldn’t help the Huskies overcome Oregon during the final round of The Prestige at PGA West.

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Cauley on verge of securing PGA Tour card

Bill Cauley was a diver in the Navy who didn’t know much about golf except for the little he played on base at Mayport Naval Station.

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Notes: What does Tiger’s latest result mean?

For a snapshot of where Tiger Woods’ game is at the moment, consider the Frys.com Open.

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Ratner, Guilford sweep Golfweek Fall Invite

Led by medalist Noah Ratner, Guilford cleaned up at the Division III Golfweek Fall Invitational, winning by nine shots. D.J. Piehowski has Five Things to remember from the week.

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Texas lassos Nicklaus title; Pieters medals

Texas won its second consecutive event, defeating host Ohio State by 16 shots Tuesday at the Nicklaus Invitational. Jordan Spieth had another close call for the individual title.

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Golfsmith aligns with South African retailer

In a continuing effort to market its proprietary brands globally, Golfsmith International announced a partnership with The MoreGolf Group, South Africa’s largest golf retailer.

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Mickelson launches membership golf program, the M Club

Membership golf programs are becoming more common, but a new one in Arizona can claim distinction by touting its marquee owner: Phil Mickelson.

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Winner’s Circle: Oct. 3-Oct. 9, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Central Florida rallies to win Lady Northern

Central Florida started the final round at the Lady Northern Intercollegiate in fourth place but posted the best round of the 12-team field to win by five shots over Ohio State.

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Wildman Q&A: Ga. Tech coach Bruce Heppler

Last year, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets were talented enough to compete for a national championship.

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Woods, Stricker, DJ headline Chevron field

Tiger Woods will be far from the only star teeing it up at the Chevron Challenge, with four of the top-10 players in the world and more than half of the top 20 scheduled to appear.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

A look at this week's golf tournaments around the world:

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St. Andrews to host 2015 Open Championship

For the 29th time, the Old Course at St. Andrews will host the 2015 Open Championship, the R&A announced today.

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Rickie Fowler Q&A: From the win to his schedule

Golfweek's Sean Martin caught up with Rickie Fowler to talk about his first win, high expectations and what his schedule looks like for the rest of the year.

Monday, October 10

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Player of the week: Marta Sanz

Sanz, who is from Madrid, Spain, posted rounds of 69-70-68 for a 9-under 207 total to win the Tar Heel Invitational by one shot over over North Carolina State's Augusta James, Alabama's Brooke Pancake and Michigan State's Caroline Powers. The victory is the first of her college career for the sophomore.

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Team of the week: LSU women

LSU won for the second time in three starts this fall with a victory at the Tar Heel Invitational.

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Player of the week: Corbin Mills

Mills, winner of the U.S. Public Links and the Players Amateur, closed with a 3-under 67 at Old Overton Club.

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Team of the week: Texas men

Led by Dylan Frittelli, the Longhorns claimed a 20-shot win over Alabama and Clemson at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate on Oct. 4.

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Despite conditions, Ratner rolls on at Fall Invite

The conditions turned brutal Monday at Sandestin, but Guilford's Noah Ratner continued to cruise, taking a four-shot lead at the Division III Golfweek Fall Invitational.

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McInerney, Green capture Ping Invite titles

Battling difficult conditions and a brutal course, A.J. McInerney and Jaye Marie Green rose to the top of the leaderboard Sept. 10 to win the Ping Invitational.

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Maginnes On Tap: A week of firsts in golf

From Rickie Fowler's win to Elliot Saltman winning his weight in ham for a hole-in-one, it was an odd weekend.

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Cobra's Long Tom Raw driver built for distance

Cobra Golf's Long Tom Raw driver is lean and mean and designed to deliver a knockout blow. It has one goal: Make you a big hitter.

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Wildman’s Corner: Breaking down the ACC

We’ve focused a lot on the Pac-12 and West Coast teams, so let’s turn toward my side of the country. Today, I’m breaking down and ranking the teams from the ACC:

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Smotherman (N/R, 2012) commits to SMU

Austin Smotherman of Loomis, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at SMU under former Augusta State head coach Josh Gregory.

Sunday, October 9

Miguel Carballo wins Nationwide Tour event

Argentina's Miguel Carballo won the Children's Hospital Classic on Sunday for his second career Nationwide Tour title, making three eagles in an 8-under 64 en route to a two-stroke victory.

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Molder wins longest playoff at CordeValle

Bryce Molder made a critical birdie putt on the 72nd hole and then outlasted Briny Baird in a six-hole playoff to win his first career PGA Tour title.

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Tiger's round: Hot start, flying hot dog

Jeff Rude: On a day highlighted by a barrage of early birdies and a crazy fan flinging a hot dog at him on the seventh green, Tiger Woods showed progress at the Frys.com Open.

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Fan throws hot dog at Tiger Woods

A fan has been arrested for running toward the seventh green and throwing a hot dog in the direction of Tiger Woods during the final round of the Frys.com Open.

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Martin: Location of Fowler's win doesn't matter

Sean Martin:It doesn't matter that the victory was in South Korea. Rickie Fowler's win - over friendly rival Rory McIlroy, to boot - confirmed that the PGA Tour has a star on its hands.

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Ratner (66) gives Guilford early Fall Invite lead

After a win at the Division III Preview, Noah Ratner is brimming with confidence. He showed it Sunday at the Golfweek Fall Invitational, taking the Round 1 lead.

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LSU holds off ’Bama to win Tar Heel Invite

LSU broke out of a final-round tie with Alabama and captured its second title of the season, winning the Tar Heel Invitational by four strokes on Sunday.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 4

Tiger Woods gave the leaders something to think about early, making his turn at 4 under, but bogeys at Nos. 2 and 5 seemed to take the wind out of his sails. He finished with a third-straight 68. BLOG.

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Ga. Tech goes wire-to-wire to win Brickyard

After a slow start to the season, Georgia Tech got back on track at the Brickyard Collegiate.

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Faxon wins rain-shortened Insperity Championship

Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship without hitting a shot on Sunday, when heavy rain forced the Champions Tour to end the event after 36 holes.

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Slattery holds on for victory at Madrid Masters

Lee Slattery of England held on to win the Madrid Masters on Sunday, his double bogey on the final hole good enough for a one-stroke victory that gave him his first title in seven years on the European Tour.

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Top-ranked Tseng wins in South Korea

Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA Hana Bank Championship on Sunday for her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season and 10th overall title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to edge Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.

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Fowler wins Korea Open, 1st pro title

Rickie Fowler won the OneAsia Tour's Korea Open on Sunday for his first professional title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.

Saturday, October 8

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Baird (64) leads Els, Casey at Frys.com Open

Winless in 347 PGA Tour starts, Briny Baird will take a two-shot lead over Ernie Els and Paul Casey into the final round of the Frys.com Open at CordeValle.

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Tiger teases during third-round 68 at Frys

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods continues to show signs of revival, but after teasing us Saturday the former World No. 1 will need a miracle to win the Frys.com Open.

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Faxon eyes 1st Champions title at Insperity

Brad Faxon moved into position for his first Champions Tour title, shooting a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Insperity Championship.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 3

Tiger Woods shot a second consecutive round in the 60s, but he was unable to make up any ground on the leaders Saturday at the Frys.com Open. LIVE BLOG.

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5 Things: Conley's homecoming at Sandestin

Everyone enjoys the October weather in Sandestin, Fla., but Methodist coach Steve Conley has extra reason to smile: he's back at home. FIVE THINGS

Slattery extends lead at Madrid Masters

England’s Lee Slattery extended his lead at the Madrid Masters to 2 strokes after shooting a 3-under 69 in the third round on Saturday.

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Yang takes Hana Bank lead; Pak DQ'd

Korean youngster Soo-Jin Yang tied the course record as she took over the lead of the LPGA's Hana Bank Championship on Saturday, one stroke ahead of world No. 1 Yani Tseng.

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Fowler shoots 63, leads by 4 at Korea Open

Rickie Fowler shot an 8-under 63 Saturday to take a four-stroke lead after the third round of the Korea Open as Rory McIlroy slipped down the leaderboard.

Friday, October 7

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Cauley making an impression at the pro level

Bud Cauley has started his professional career by making cuts and picking up paychecks. A win this week would not only net him $900,000, but also a chance to skip Q-School.

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Casey feeling healthy at Frys.com Open

Paul Casey was a non-existent factor during the PGA Tour's regular season in 2011, but his fall has gotten off to a much better start, including leading the Frys.com Open.

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Rude: Tiger shows glimpses of his old self

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods will be playing the weekend - via making the cut - for the first time since April. And on Friday, he showed signs of being the Tiger that used to own weekends.

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A look ahead: Golfweek Div. III Fall Invitational

For the second straight year, the Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational will closely resemble a national championship, with nine of the nation’s top 15 teams gathering in the Florida Panhandle.

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Michael Allen leads on Champions Tour

Michael Allen shot a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead over John Cook after the first round of the Champions Tour's Insperity Championship.

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Woods makes it to the weekend at CordeValle

The fog finally lifted at CordeValle and revealed a Tiger Woods that looked vaguely familiar. Woods ran off three straight birdies early in his round and survived a bumpy patch in the middle for a 3-under 68 on Friday in the Frys.com Open.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 2

Tiger Woods made six birdies in a second-round 68 at the Frys.com Open. Take a look back at his round here. LIVE BLOG

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Destination: Zanesville? It's an arranged marriage

Longaberger, Golfweek’s No. 1 public-access course in Ohio, and nearby EagleSticks form an uncommon pairing that helps make Zanesville, Ohio - of all places - a golf destination.

Slattery's 6-under 66 leads at Madrid Masters

English golfer Lee Slattery shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to lead the Madrid Masters by one shot after the second round.

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Tait: Struggling to make it? Time for reality check

Michael Hoey's win at Dunhill didn't help an already bad situation: Golfers who need a back-up plan.

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Tseng leads home Hana Bank Championship

Yani Tseng lived up to her top-ranked billing with a 7-under 65 on Friday to take the lead after the first round of the LPGA Hana Bank Championship.

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OK State succeeds with good chemistry

There's no magic formula for Oklahoma State's recent success. Just hard work, good chemistry and access to some very talented opponents. Julie Williams explains.

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Dominican resorts undergo changes, expansion

Salamander Hotels & Resorts is now managing Sanctuary Cap Cana, a 176-room oceanfront resort.

Wildman's Corner: Our first video blog

Welcome to a new Wildman's Corner, where I will bring you a video blog each Friday to talk to you what is one my mind about the world of college golf.

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Saltman wins bodyweight in ham for hole-in-one

Scottish golfer Elliott Saltman has hit a hole-in-one during his second round at the Madrid Masters to earn a tasty prize — his bodyweight in ham.

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McIlroy, Fowler, 3 others share lead in Korea

Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Y.E. Yang and three others share the lead at the Korea Open after the second round.

Thursday, October 6

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Woods' poor putting leads to shaky Frys start

Tiger Woods struggled on the greens in shooting 2-over 73 at the Frys.com Open in his first Tour event in two months. What's next? Some flat-stick tinkering with lead tape, perhaps.

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With balky putter, Woods starts slowly at Frys.com

With a horrible putting performance, Tiger Woods shot a 2-over 73 at the Frys.com Open, leaving him in a tie for 83rd.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 1

Tiger Woods struggled in his return to professional golf Thursday. Here's the play-by-play from his first round at the Frys.com Open, where he says he is healthy and has 'turned a corner' in his comeback. LIVE BLOG.

McGowan leads Madrid Masters after 8-under 64

England's Ross McGowan shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Madrid Masters.

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Golfweek Amateur Tour 4-Ball

Troon Golf's Southern Dunes GC Hosts Event

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2012 Duel at the Dunes

Nakoma GC Wins - See Results

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Looking ahead: Brickyard, Tar Heel Invite

There are two big tournaments on the schedule this week, so let’s break them down as we head into the weekend.

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College Notebook: Long putters catch on

College notebook: Arkansas won the Golfweek Conference Challenge with two of its players - Austin Cook and Josh Eure - sporting belly putters. It isn't just a trend in the pros. The college ranks are catching on, too.

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Caddie said 'no-brainer' going to work for Tiger

Asked why he left Dustin Johnson's bag to work for Tiger Woods, caddie Joe LaCava said: "Why? Because he's Tiger Woods." No elaboration needed.

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Yang, Fowler lead after first round at Korea Open

Defending champion YE Yang shot a four-under 67 Thursday to claim a share of the lead with Rickie Fowler after the first round of the Korea Open.

Wednesday, October 5

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Exclusive: Q&A with Tiger's agent Mark Steinberg

Golfweek exclusive: Jeff Rude sat down with Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, to talk about Tiger's new Rolex endorsement deal and how the market might be returning for the former No. 1.

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Hate to be Rude: Is Tiger finally back?

Tiger Woods claims he has ‘turned the corner’ on his off-and-on comeback. Jeff Rude says we’ll find out this week at the Frys.com Open.

Colorado wins Edean Ihlanfeldt by two shots

Colorado broke out of a tie with California during Wednesday’s final round of the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational to win its first tournament since last fall’s Heather Farr/CU Memorial.

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More intimidating: Texas men or UCLA women?

The UCLA women’s team or the Texas men: Which is the more intimidating team?

AJGA names 2011 HP Scholastic All-Americans

The AJGA has named 24 players to its HP Scholastic All-America Team. The teams include 12 young men and 12 young women who have displayed excellence both on and off the course.

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McCabe: Five hits and misses on Tour

As the PGA Tour season begins to wind down, Jim McCabe takes a look at five players who blossomed in 2011 and five who bottomed out.

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Talbert (No. 13, 2013) commits to Clemson

McKenzie Talbert has become the first player to verbally commit to Clemson. Talbert, the top-ranked player in South Carolina, will join the team in the fall of 2013 for the first season of competition.

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Woods signs with Rolex, 1st major deal in 2 years

Gene Yasuda: The golf cognoscenti may not be willing yet to restore their faith in Tiger Woods, but at least one major marketer is backing him – and putting its brand reputation on the line.

San Jose State so far undefeated this fall

There’s always a few teams that surprise us early in each college season. San Jose State so far is one of those teams. The Spartans won the Wolfpack Intercollegiate on Tuesday for their third consecutive victory to start 2011-12.

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Tough to judge Tiger on limited schedule

Anticipation is high for Tiger Woods’ return this week at the Frys.com Open. He hasn’t played in seven weeks, and he won’t compete again for a full month. What can we expect?

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Notes: Mediate thinks Tiger will return to top

Rocco Mediate caused a stir in golf circles when he said he was “disgusted” with what’s going on with Tiger Woods’ swing, saying his physical motion is strong criticism of Woods’ most recent coaches, Sean Foley and Hank Haney.

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McIlroy aiming for title at Korea Open

Rory McIlroy finished third at the Korean Open in 2009 and says his iron play will be the key to improving on that this weekend.

Tuesday, October 4

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Southard (No. 31, 2012) commits to Boston College

Isabel Southard, the No. 31-ranked player in the 2012 class, has given a verbal commitment to stay in New England and play college golf at Boston College. Southard, who attends Sharon (Mass.) High School, made unofficial visits to Texas, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Maryland and Boston College.

OK State wins Windy City to remain unbeaten

Oklahoma State earned its second consecutive win this season after finishing one shot ahead of runner-up Arizona at the Windy City Collegiate on Tuesday. The win leaves new head coach Alan Bratton with a perfect start at the helm of the Cowgirls' program.

Memphis holds on to win Wolfpack title

The Memphis men’s team held on for a two-stroke victory over North Carolina-Greensboro on Tuesday at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

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Thumbs up: Duke | Thumbs down: N.C. State

After a rough 13th place finish to start the year at Olympia Fields, the Dukies rebounded nicely with a win at their own Rod Myers Invitational.

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Frittelli, Spieth lead Texas to Jerry Pate title

Senior Dylan Frittelli and heralded freshman Jordan Spieth helped lead Texas to an impressive, 20-stroke victory Oct. 4 at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate.

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NCAA champ Peterson to make pro debut

John Peterson, the reigning NCAA champion, will make his pro debut at this week’s Children’s Hospital Classic after Monday qualifying for the Nationwide Tour stop in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Nicole's diary: Looking for her Big Break

Nicole Smith's diary: The commercials, the shows, the fan reaction - it is all adding up to slowly changing Nicole's life. But will it change it forever?

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Achenbach: Dave Hill was unrestrained, true

Those who treasure honesty and candor have lost a hero in former Tour winner Dave Hill, who died Sept. 27.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Frys.com Open

Will this be a proper homecoming for Spencer Levin? Who will finish with a better score at CordeValle, Tiger Woods or amateur Patrick Cantlay? FANTASY TIP SHEET

Monday, October 3

Equipment makers step up for Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and golf equipment makers are taking steps to raise awareness and provide financial support for the cause.

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Prange named head coach at Jacksonville

Ashley Prange has been named women’s head coach at Jacksonville. Prange is coming off a six-year professional career that included two wins on the LPGA Futures Tour.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Maginnes on Tap: Opinions abound on Tiger

Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman and Johnny Miller all have opinions on Tiger. Who is right?

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America’s heartland, mid-Atlantic endure rounds decline

Through the peak of summer, America’s heartland and the mid-Atlantic region have endured the biggest percentage declines in rounds played.

Scotland’s Law to make pro debut this month

David Law, one of the most promising amateurs in Scotland, has turned professional.

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Fantasy vs. Reality: How good is Stanford?

The college season may be young, but there are some numbers worth a closer look in Fantasy vs. Reality.

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Player of the week: Felicia Espericueta, SMU

The Mustangs junior was the only player to finish under par at the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis.

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Player of the week: Julian Suri, Duke

The Blue Devils junior posted a final-round, 4-under 68 to finish at 5-under 211 and win the individual title at the Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C.

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Team of the week: Baylor

The Bears posted a final-round-low, 3-over 292 to win the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course.

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Team of the week: Arkansas

The Razorbacks picked up their second victory in as many starts this fall with a seven-shot victory at the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

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Tiger's fall to No. 51 means little on the course

Yes, Tiger dipped to No. 51 in the Official World Golf Ranking. But other than illustrating his dramatic slide, it really means nothing in terms of his schedule on Tour in 2012.

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Fans to pick next cover of Woods’ video game

Tiger Woods won’t be alone on the cover of EA Sports’ next release of the “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” video game. Which golfer will join him? That’s up to the fans.

Sunday, October 2

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Lee beats English in Nationwide playoff

New Zealand's Danny Lee won the WNB Golf Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, beating former Georgia star Harris English with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

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5 Things: Na holds off Watney for first victory

In his 211th PGA Tour start, Kevin Na birdied Nos. 15-17 to hold off Nick Watney in Las Vegas for his first PGA Tour victory. Five Things

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Perry wins Champions title after death of sister

Kenny Perry won the SAS Championship on Sunday for his first Champions Tour title, making a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th en route to a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and John Huston.

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Knutson (NR, 2012) commits to Detroit Mercy

Aaron Knutson of Lake Orion, Mich., has give a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Detroit Mercy.

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Host Duke wins Rod Myers Invitational by nine

Julian Suri led Duke to a win at home Sunday at the Rod Myers Invitational. The Blue Devils finished nine shots ahead of runner-up Baylor.

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Tiger falls out of top 50 in world ranking

Tiger Woods is out of the top 50 in the world ranking for the first time in nearly 15 years. It ended a streak of 778 consecutive weeks inside the top 50.

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Hoey holds off McIlroy to win Dunhill Links

Michael Hoey squandered a three-shot lead Sunday, but he still managed to hold off Rory McIlroy to win the Dunhill Links Championship for his third European Tour title.

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Matsuyama wins 2nd straight Asian Am title

Hideki Matsuyama fired a final-round 67 Sunday to win his second consecutive Asian Amateur Championship and book a return trip to Augusta National in April.

Saturday, October 1

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Watney, Na share 1-shot lead in Las Vegas

Nick Watney birdied five of his final six holes Saturday to climb into a share of the lead with Kevin Na at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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Huston, Price, Perry lead SAS Championship

John Huston shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Nick Price and Kenny Perry in the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.

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UNLV still perfect after William H. Tucker win

UNLV earned its second title in as many starts this season after finishing atop a 16-team field at the William H. Tucker. The Rebels finished four shots ahead of runner-up New Mexico, the tournament host.

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Hoey builds three-shot lead at Dunhill Links

Michael Hoey moved closer to giving Northern Ireland another big golf victory, taking a three-shot lead Saturday after three rounds of the Dunhill Links Championship.

Corr named Hooters Tour player of the year

Jeff Corr won two Hooters Tour events this season and finished in the top 5 in 11 of 20 starts. It was a Luke Donald-like display of consistency, and it earned Corr something that Donald has yet to win this year: player-of-the-year honors.

NCSA releases collegiate power rankings

The National Collegiate Scouting Association has released its collegiate power rankings.

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Fernandes (No. 40, 2013) commits to South Florida

Rigel Fernandes has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of South Florida. Fernandes, who has won events on the FCWT and Hurricane Junior Tour, tied for second at the Hudson Junior Invitational in June and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur.

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Campbell leads Asian Am; Matsuyama 1 back

Hideki Matsuyama (pictured) shot a 65 Saturday at the Asian Amateur that could earn him a return trip to the Masters. The defending champion trails Ben Campbell by one shot.