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Friday, September 30

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Na, Vegas, Wi top leaderboard in Las Vegas

Kevin Na shot 63 on Friday to climb into a share of the lead at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Jhonattan Vegas (67) and Charlie Wi (66) also are at 12 under.

AJGA ACE Grant program reaches $1 million mark

The AJGA has announced that its Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program has hit the $1 million mark, providing 409 junior players with financial help to play a greater number of tournaments.

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Howard, 17, wins 2nd stage of LPGA Q-School

Beth Ann Baldry: Ginger Howard, 17, won the second stage of LPGA Q-School on Friday as she guns to become the fifth African-American woman to earn LPGA memberships since 1950.

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Pavin (65) leads SAS Championship by one

Corey Pavin shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead in the opening round of the SAS Championship.

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Duke's Duncan has tools for long-term success

Duke's Lindy Duncan is intense on the course, but she has the perfect demeanor for long-term success in the game. Julie Williams.

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Guise (No. 77, 2013) commits to Wake Forest

Danny Guise of Greenwich, Conn., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Wake Forest. Guise, a junior at Greenwich High School, is ranked No. 77 in the 2013 class and is ranked No. 3 overall in Connecticut.

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Vernon (NR, 2012) commits to Akron

Carr Vernon of Poplar Bluff, Mo., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Akron.

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Watson shows off swing at Ping facility opening

In helping Ping open a new teaching facility, Bubba Watson showed off his unique skill-set.

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Fleetwood, Hoey lead Dunhill Links

Tommy Fleetwood and Michael Hoey left a trail of big names behind them, sharing the second-round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship on Friday.

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Kerr battles wrist injury that forced Solheim WD

Cristie Kerr’s right arm has been in a splint since Sunday morning of the Solheim Cup. A tearful Kerr withdrew from the event with extensor wrist tendonitis, conceding her singles point to Karen Stupples.

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Mission Hills Hainan nears sensory overload

Your assignment: Play all 10 courses at Mission Hills Hainan before you're overcome by sensory overload. Adam Schupak.

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Early commitment helped Schmidt-Curley thrive in China

With U.S. golf-course development virtually nonexistent, many American golf architects have been piling up frequent-flier miles.

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Lexi Thompson, 16, will join the LPGA

Commissioner Mike Whan and the LPGA have decided to let 16-year-old phenom Lexi Thompson join the Tour just weeks after her momentous win at the Navistar Classic.

Wildman’s Corner: Tournaments to watch

Two tournaments to watch this weekend in college golf.

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Tait: Solheim Cup was golf at its best

It might have run up against the Tour's FedEx Cup finale, but the Solheim Cup provided the excitement that the game needs, says Alistair Tait.

Campbell takes lead at Asian Amateur

New Zealand’s Ben Campbell shot 66 Friday to take a three-shot lead halfway through the Asian Amateur.

Thursday, September 29

Kearl to step down as Weber State men's coach

Dave Kearl, head men’s golf coach at Weber State, has announced he will step down from his position effective Jan. 1 to pursue other opportunities. Kearl had been at the helm of the Wildcat program since 2000.

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Vegas, McGirt share lead in Las Vegas

It's only fitting that Jhonattan Vegas holds a share of the lead at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. He and William McGirt shot rounds of 8-under 63.

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LPGA to reach Thompson decision Friday

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan received Lexi Thompson’s petition for membership on Sept. 29. Whan told Thompon’s agent, Bobby Kreusler, that a decision would be made by Friday afternoon, according to an LPGA spokesperson.

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Geddes to leave LPGA tour operations for WWE

Last weekend Jane Geddes walked inside the ropes at the Solheim Cup, the most spirited week in women’s golf. That scene pales in comparison to the “smackdown” in her next gig: VP of Talent Relations at WWE.

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Weekly top 5: Weather wreaks havoc on college golf

Inclement weather wreaked havoc at a few college tournaments earlier this week.

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Lehman headlines field at SAS Championship

Tom Lehman knows a victory at the SAS Championship this weekend won’t clinch the Charles Schwab Cup.

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Founders Cup to return to Phoenix in 2012

The LPGA announced that the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup will return to Phoenix next year, but now will be a 72-hole event.

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Johnson: ‘No hard feelings’ about losing caddie

Dustin Johnson says there is no friction between him and fellow American Tiger Woods after losing his caddie to the former No. 1.

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Oosthuizen shares early lead at Dunhill Links

Former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a 6-under 66 Thursday at Kingsbarns to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Dunhill Links Championship.

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D-III star Lee makes the grade on any level

Tain Lee, a senior at NCAA Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, can make the grades and excel on the course – even against the best in Division I. D.J. Piehowski explains.

Lee takes 2-shot lead at Asian Amateur

Soo-min Lee took a two-shot lead Thursday after an opening-round 65 at the Asian Amateur Championship. Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama is two behind.

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Club-fitting series: Adams Golf's Michael Vrska

James Achenbach: Michael Vrska, director of product development for Adams Golf, preaches the importance of proper gapping between clubs and proper lie angle.

Former PGA Tour winner Hill dies at 74

Dave Hill, a 13-time winner on the PGA Tour who made three Ryder Cup appearances and won the 1969 Vardon Trophy for the tour’s lowest scoring average, has died. He was 74.

Wednesday, September 28

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Virginia trending upward after season-opener

It may have been only one tournament, but Ron Balicki says Virginia's season-opening victory was a big step for the Cavaliers.

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Hate to be Rude: Donald is no-brainer PoY

Who’s the PGA Tour Player of the Year? Jeff Rude says there is no debate: It’s Luke Donald, the world No. 1 and the player with the most impressive body of work.

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MRI shows Stricker has herniated disk in neck

Tests have confirmed that Steve Stricker has a herniated disk in his neck. The next step for the highest-ranked American golfer is figuring out what to do about it.

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LPGA rookie Mozo to pose in ESPN's 'Body Issue'

LPGA rookie Belen Mozo will be one of the featured athletes in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue,” it was revealed Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 27

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Captains' picks announced for Presidents Cup

Fred Couples and Greg Norman didn't shock anyone with their captains' picks for the 2011 Presidents Cup team, choosing the widely-predicted frontrunners. Jim McCabe

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Presidents Cup: Meet the International team

The Internationals haven't won the Presidents Cup since 1998, the last time it was held at Royal Melbourne. Can they reverse the trend this year? Meet the team

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Presidents Cup: Meet the American team

The U.S. Presidents Cup team is impressive from top to bottom. Take a look at Fred Couples’ squad, including how each did at the 2011 majors and individual outlooks:

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Arkansas wins Challenge; Jaeger earns medalist

Sean Martin: Arkansas went 2-for-2 in 2011 with a victory at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, while Chattanooga’s Stephan Jaeger captured medalist honors for the second time.

Kohles leads Virginia to VCU Shootout win

Virginia’s men shot 10-under 278 in the final round Sept. 27 to earn a victory at the VCU Shootout at Hermitage Country Club in Virginia finished at a school-record 27-under 837, seven shots better than runner-up East Carolina, which shot a final-round 281.

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FedEx Cup not perfect, but not bad either

First a shot into the bleachers. Then a shot into the water. Somehow Bill Haas still walked away with $10 million. It was great theater for the PGA Tour.

Baylor rallies for Dick McGuire victory

The Baylor women’s golf team overcame a six-shot deficit in the final round Sept. 26 to win the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the University of New Mexico Championship Course.

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Thumbs up: UCLA | Thumbs down: GT

As the season rolls on, so does another week of the good and the bad from the past week in college golf. It’s time once again for Thumbs up/Thumbs down.

Kent St. wins shortened Inverness Intercollegiate

Kent State rolled to the team title in the abbreviated Inverness Intercollegiate, but Dugan Murphy pulled off a hometown upset.

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Toy Box notes: Bill Haas’ $11.4M club

Bill Haas played his amazing shot out of the water with a Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled 60-degree lob wedge.

In this issue: Sept. 30, 2011

Inside the Sept. 30, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Shriners Hospital Open

Chad Campbell and Nick Watney headline the field this week at the Justin Timberlake Shiners Hospitals for Children Open, the first event in the Fall Series. Fantasy Tip Sheet

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Matsuyama highlights Asian Amateur field

Defending champion Hideki Matsuyama highlights the field for the third annual Asian Amateur Championship, which begins Thursday at Singapore Island Country Club.

Monday, September 26

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Jaeger, Chattanooga retain Conf. Challenge lead

Much like Day 1, Stephan Jaeger and Chattanooga are leading at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. That and four other stories from Round 2 at Spirit Hollow.

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Strong freshman crop leads promising Lobos

Looking for a sleeper team this year? Well, I may have one for you. Just a few weeks into the college golf season, I have had a few coaches tell me to keep an eye on New Mexico.

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Horsfield, 14, aiming high after strong summer

He's won seven tournaments in the past two months and defeated Ian Poulter in a nine-hole match. Matt Bernstein offers an introduction to one 14-year-old to keep an eye on.

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Suit against Haney alleges lack of personal instruction

Hank Haney has been sued by a Pennsylvania woman and her son who claim that the instructor did not deliver on promises of personal instruction at his South Carolina academy.

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Player of the week: Lindy Duncan, Duke

The Blue Devils junior defeated Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby on the first hole of a playoff at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview to win the third individual title of her career.

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Player of the week: Hunter Green, Middle Tennessee State

The Blue Raiders senior closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 8-under 205, beating Davidson’s John Skeadas by two shots at the Mason Rudolph Championship.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins opened its season with a six-shot win at the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview.

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Team of the week: Middle Tennessee State

Behind medalist Hunter Green, the Blue Raiders held off Mississippi by a stroke Sept. 25 to win the Mason Rudolph Championship at the Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.

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Presidents Cup to be televised live in U.S.

All four rounds of the Presidents Cup in Australia will be televised live in the United States for the first time with the event outside North America.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 19-25, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Orender to lead women’s initiatives for ‘Golf 2.0’

PGA of America executives want to “reset” the golf industry.

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Top 10 clutch shots of the past 10 years

Bill Haas' unlikely escape from the water at the Tour Championship was undoubtedly ‘clutch.’ Let's take a look back at the top 10 clutch shots of the past 10 years. The list

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Yestingsmeier still showing Ball State plenty of love

Asher Wildman: Earl Yestingsmeier, 78, might have retired 14 years ago, but he still makes it to nearly every Ball State golf tournament.

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Europe wins Golfweek's Fashion Face-Off

Like the Solheim Cup itself, the Europeans squeaked out a victory in the Fashion Face-Off.

Newberry to lose husband, wife coaches

Newberry College is losing its successful men's and women's golf coaches. The school said Monday that Brian McCants is leaving his position with the men's team to take an assistant's job in Kansas. He'll be joined by Newberry's women's coach, wife Lauren McCants, in October.

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Maginnes On Tap: Cup might be tougher than major

Bill Haas basically won the lottery on Sunday, while Webb Simpson showed how hard it is to be a FedEx Cup frontrunner.

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Vanderbilt Legends Club ready for primetime

The Vanderbilt Legends Club should offer plenty of intrigue come Women's NCAA time. Julie Williams

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Presidents Cup: Bradley likely the odd man out

He won the first major he ever played in only a month ago, but Keegan Bradley is likely going to be left off the Presidents Cup team with Bill Haas' big win at the Tour Championship on Sunday.

Sunday, September 25

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Potter takes Nationwide Tour event in playoff

Ted Potter Jr. beat Andres Gonzales and Miguel Carballo on the second playoff hole to take the Nationwide Tour's Soboba Golf Classic on Sunday.

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Whitehurst highlights Special Olympics winners

Tyler Whitehurst, 20, could barely play four holes of golf when he first picked up the game. On Sunday, he was one of many winners at the Special Olympics Golf Invitational in Florida.

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5 Things: An 'unexpected' win for Bill Haas

From an ‘unexpected’ victory from Bill Haas to lingering questions about the Presidents Cup squads, here are 5 Things to take away from Sunday's finale at the Tour Championship:

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Iowa's Brant proves hard work pays off

Iowa's Chris Brant has gone from a freshman fighting for a spot to a senior that leads the Hawkeye charge. For Brant, it isn't natural talent, it is all about hard work.

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Middle Tennessee State wins Mason Rudolph

Riding Hunter Green's medalist play, the Middle Tennessee St. men held off Mississippi by one stroke to win the Mason Rudolph Championship.

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Haas grabs FedEx Cup and Tour Championship

After an unlikely escape from shallow water, Bill Haas won both the Tour Championship and the $10 million FedEx Cup titles on Sunday.

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Report: Tiger will hire Dustin Johnson's caddie

According to a wire report, Tiger Woods will hire Joe LaCava as his next caddie. LaCava has worked with Dustin Johnson and Fred Couples.

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5 Things: Chattanooga leads Conference Challenge

Chattanooga, led by standout senior Stephan Jaeger, took the early lead at the Golfweek Conference Challenge, with Arkansas only a shot behind.

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UCLA women cruise to win at Fall Preview

The light-hearted UCLA women's team easily won the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview on Sunday, beating the field by six strokes to back up the pre-season hype.

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Solheim Cup: Previous tournament winners

A look at the previous winners of the Solheim Cup:

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Solheim: Europe shocks U.S. with great finish

Behind Suzann Pettersen's big singles win over Michelle Wie, the Europeans toppled the U.S. in what was, arguably, the best Solheim Cup in the event's history.

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Kenneth Ferrie wins Austrian Open

Kenneth Ferrie beat fellow Englishman Simon Wakefield in a playoff to win the Austrian Open on Sunday for his first European Tour title since 2005 and third overall.

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Solheim Cup: Kerr forced to WD with wrist injury

American star Cristie Kerr has been forced to withdraw from her Solheim Cup match with European Karen Stupples due to tendinitis in her right wrist.

Saturday, September 24

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Baddeley, Mahan tied for the lead at East Lake

Aaron Baddeley and Hunter Mahan surged into a share of the lead at the Tour Championship on Sunday, but they have plenty of stars nipping at their heels.

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Watson stumbles to third-round 79 at East Lake

Bubba Watson's superhuman swing speed may have cost him some strokes at East Lake.

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Ball State men off to a quick start in 2011

Invitations for the 2011 Golfweek Conference Challenge were sent to the top-ranked team in a conference at the conclusion of the 2010 fall season and with Kent State unable to participate this year, the next team in line to represent the Mid-American Conference was Ball State. Head coach Mike Fleck quickly accepted.

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FedEx Cup outcomes countless Sunday in Atlanta

With Aaron Baddeley and Hunter Mahan leading the Tour Championship, we're flooded with more projections than at 8 o'clock on election night as far as who can win the FedEx Cup. Jeff Rude

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At last, Bears land in Iowa for Conf. Challenge

The last time it took the Cal men’s golf team so long to arrive at a tournament? The Topy Cup, 11 years ago. That tournament is in Japan, though. This time, the Bears were traveling from the Pacific Coast to Middle America. It was supposed to be an easy trip.

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5 Things: UCLA all smiles with Preview lead

Tiffany Lua and the UCLA Bruins might create fear in the hearts of their opponents, but the defending national champs are as easygoing as they come. UCLA leads the Fall Preview by six shots.

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United States rallies to tie Solheim Cup, 8-8

The United States staged a dramatic rally to win the afternoon fourball session 3-1 Saturday and tie Europe 8-all at the Solheim Cup.

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Davies breaks Sorenstam's Solheim points record

Laura Davies, who secured a point for Europe in four-balls to become the leading scorer in Solheim Cup history, scores high marks for originality, too. Beth Ann Baldry

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Euros looking to change Solheim singles trend

If the Europeans are going to win the Solheim Cup on home soil, they will need to perform in the singles – a task they have failed to accomplish in recent years. Alistair Tait

Norret takes two-shot lead at Austrian Open

Thomas Norret shot a 2-under 70 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final day of the Austrian Open.

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Preview: Golfweek Conference Challenge

Oklahoma State will be without Peter Uihlein this week, but don't count them out at the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Spirit Hollow. Sean Martin previews the field.

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Creamer leading American charge once again

Although she and Cristie Kerr walked away with a halve Saturday morning, Paula Creamer is still without a loss this week at the Solheim Cup. It's not surprising, considering her record.

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Europeans take two-point Solheim lead

Led by Caroline Hedwall and Sophie Gustafson, the Europeans took a two-point lead at the Solheim Cup. But with the Americans' traditional singles dominance, afternoon four-balls will be crucial.

Friday, September 23

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Siebenaler (No. 71, 2013) commits to Texas A&M

Dylan Siebenaler of Sugar Land, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Texas A&M. Siebenaler is the No. 71-ranked player in the 2013 class.

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Thompson officially WDs from LPGA Q-School

Lexi Thompson has officially withdrawn from LPGA Q-School, her agent, Bobby Kreusler, confirmed to Golfweek. Thompson's withdrawal, expected since her historic victory at the Navistar LPGA Classic, occurred Friday at approximately 6 p.m. Eastern.

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Scott, Day: A perfect Presidents Cup combo

With the chemistry of Jason Day and Adam Scott, Greg Norman seemingly has a pairing to build around come Presidents Cup time in two months.

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Rude: Leaders Scott, Choi bring Augusta to mind

With Adam Scott and K.J. Choi at 1 and 2, respectively, on the leaderboard and with Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy in the hunt, it seemed like a replay of the year's first major Friday at East Lake. Jeff Rude

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5 Things: Late birdies put USC in Preview lead

USC counted five birdies in its final two holes – including two from Sophia Popov – to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Mason Rudolph Fall Preview. Julie Williams.

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Scott takes one-shot lead at East Lake

Adam Scott is playing well enough to win the Tour Championship. If he gets some help, he could win a lot more.

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With injury, Stricker unsure about Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods might need a new partner for the Presidents Cup. Steve Stricker, who went 4-0 with Woods as a partner two years ago, said Friday that his left arm feels so weak that he could not guarantee being fit enough to play the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in November. He says making the team was a goal, and he desperately wants to play.

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Grinding out 12 hours of Solheim viewing

A few thoughts from a long, long day of Solheim Cup viewing. . .

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Solheim Cup: Saturday morning pairings

Take a look at the pairings for Saturday morning's foursome matches at the 2011 Solheim Cup.

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Complete Coverage: 2011 Solheim Cup

Golfweek's Alistair Tait and Beth Ann Baldry are on the ground at Killeen Castle to bring you all the action from the 2011 Solheim Cup.

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Fashion Blog: Which Solheim team stands out?

It’s time to assess the Solheim Cup girls in the most important way of all – the Fashion Faceoff.

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Els signs with ProsInc after leaving ISM

It didn’t take long for Ernie Els to fill the void after he left agent Andrew ‘Chubby’ Chandler and International Sports Management earlier this month.

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Baldry: O'Toole shows she was worth captain's pick

Ryann O'Toole struggled mightily heading into the Solheim Cup, but her gutsy play Friday proved she was worth the captain's pick, says Beth Ann Baldry.

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Four share Austrian Open lead as Daly WDs

John Daly walked off the course at the Austrian Open on Friday after a dispute with officials over a ball drop.

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Europeans take one-point lead at Solheim Cup

Led by two brilliant comebacks from Paula Creamer, the U.S. limited its damage on Day 1 of the Solheim Cup and enters Saturday's matches down 4.5-3.5 . . . but it could have been much worse.

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Weekly top 5: Stanford's impressive win in Illinois

Weekly Top 5: Stanford's rout at Olympia Fields will likely lead the Cardinal to the top of college golf world, while the highly touted freshmen class is living up to the hype.

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College Notebook: Tulsa is showing promise

College notebook: Tulsa, behind coach Randy Keck and junior Kristina Merkle, showed at the Golfweek Conference Challenge that it is bringing its program back to prominence.

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Solheim Cup: Stupples 'gutted' over morning loss

Karen Stupples, with partner Melissa Reid, stumbled badly down the stretch on Friday morning at the Solheim Cup.

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Solheim Cup: U.S., Europe tied after foursomes

Europe looked to be in command of Day 1 at the Solheim Cup, but late blunders by Karen Stupples and Melissa Reid allowed Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome to even things up in Ireland.

Thursday, September 22

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Lewis, 54, becomes oldest U.S. Mid-Am winner

Randal Lewis, at age 54, showed the younger generation how it’s done Thursday, setting a mark as the oldest U.S. Mid-Amateur champion. Ron Balicki

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Notes: Stricker shoots 68 despite arm injury

Some are trying to impress a captain. Some are trying to add millions more to their bank account. Some are trying to win a tournament that they consider prestigious.

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Hate to be Rude: Bradley, Dufner to reunite

Jeff Rude: Keegan Bradley and Jason Dufner, who dueled last month in the PGA Championship, will reunite in the Tour Championship’s second round.

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Bradley (64) builds 2-shot lead in Atlanta

Back in Atlanta for the first time since his victory at the PGA Championship, Keegan Bradley shot a 64 Thursday at East Lake to take a two-shot lead at the Tour Championship.

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Port wins Women’s Mid-Am for record 4th time

Ellen Port, 50, became the first four-time winner of the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur on Thursday with a 2-and-1 victory over Martha Leach at Bayville Golf Club.

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College Notebook: Meet OK State's 'other guys'

With Morgan Hoffmann and Kevin Tway gone, the cast of Cowboys has changed, but Oklahoma State still has plenty of horses to ride. College Notebook

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McCabe: Answering hardship with heart

Sam Alexander has a prosthetic leg and swings one-handed, but he landed his trophy this summer, and then some. Jim McCabe explains.

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Bond (66) grabs early lead at Austrian Open

Liam Bond of Wales shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to lead after the first round of the Austrian Open, taking advantage of less windy conditions.

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Rater's notebook: Dismal River in Mullen, Neb.

Bradley S. Klein writes that Dismal River, remodeled but still raw, flashes its potential in this month’s Rater’s Notebook.

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D. Johnson joins strong Dunhill Links field

Believe it or not, one of the best fields of the year will be in Scotland next week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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Tait: Opening foursomes present opportunity

After all the buildup in Ireland, it’s finally time for the 12th Solheim Cup to get under way. Alistair Tait breaks down the opening foursomes pairings at Killeen Castle.

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Baldry: Stupples gives Europe plenty of drive

Beth Ann Baldry: Karen Stupples gives Europe plenty of drive – and tons of tweets – against the Americans on the eve of the Solheim Cup.

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Port aiming for 4th Women’s Mid-Am title

Ellen Port is in position to win a record fourth U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur title.

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GW Stableford National Championship

Final results.

Forest Creek awarded ’13 U.S. Mid-Amateur

The 2013 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship will be played at Forest Creek Golf Club in Southern Pines, N.C., the U.S. Golf Association announced Sept. 22.

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FedEx Cup bonus, PoY on line at East Lake

Webb Simpson is the No. 1 seed heading into the Tour Championship, giving him the best shot to capture the $10 million bonus from the FedEx Cup.

Wednesday, September 21

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Oklahoma edges UC Davis to win Challenge

Julie Williams: On a wild final day in Colorado, Oklahoma and sophomore Chirapat Jao-Javanil emerged from a jam-packed leaderboard to win the Golfweek Conference Challenge.

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Lewis halts Smith’s run at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Ron Balicki: Nathan Smith’s bid for a historic third consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateur title came to a surprising end Wednesday with a semifinal loss to Randal Lewis.

In this issue: Sept. 23, 2011

Inside the Sept. 23, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Notes: Par a good score on East Lake’s 18th

The first year of the Tour Championship at East Lake offered great promise for dramatic theater on the par-3 18th. Hal Sutton saved par from a deep bunker to get into a playoff, then hit a 4-wood to 6 feet for a birdie to beat Vijay Singh.

Kubinski remembers father with cancer tribute

Notre Dame men's coach Jim Kubinski lost his father, James, to colon cancer in February 2005. The Irish coach described his father as someone who had never been sick or missed a day of work. He died at age 58.

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Annika: Euros need Solheim win to quiet critics

Annika Sorenstam has a simple way that Europe can quiet critics who want to change the Solheim Cup format: just win.

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Lewis, Smith to face off in Mid-Am semis

Nathan Smith is looking for his third consecutive U.S. Mid-Am title. Randall Lewis, 54, is looking to become the tournament's oldest champ. Ron Balicki has the tale of the tape.

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Spruce up FedEx Cup with more match play

How can we spruce up the FedEx Cup playoffs? Simple: add some match play to the proceedings.

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U.S. team rallies to retain Junior Solheim Cup

Facing a two-point deficit entering the final session at the Junior Solheim Cup, the U.S. team won seven singles matches in miserable conditions Wednesday to force a 12-all tie and retain the Cup at Knightsbrook Golf Club.

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Toms presented Payne Stewart Award

David Toms has been presented the Payne Stewart Award, in honor of the three-time major champion who died in a plane crash on his way to the Tour Championship in 1999.

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Verplank has left wrist rebuilt, out for season

Scott Verplank is recovering from surgery to rebuild his left wrist and won't be playing for about five months.

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Notes: Reviews mixed for 2012 N'wide Tour

The Nationwide Tour has not excelled like it's PGA Tour counterpart during the recession, with purses and tournaments dwindling in 2011.

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Talented freshmen keep rolling in for Tide

Last season, it was Cory Whitsett and Bobby Wyatt. This season, Alabama is relying on two more freshmen - Justin Thomas and Tom Lovelady - to help keep it atop the Golfweek rankings.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Tour Championship

You'd expect to see Luke Donald and Adam Scott as picks on our fantasy panel this week, but one particular pick stands out from the rest: Phil Mickelson.

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5 Things: Creamer psyched about Solheim

Beth Ann Baldry: Paula Creamer says the Solheim Cup is her favorite week of the year, surpassing even her own U.S. Open win. Will tough weather put a damper on those emotions this week?

Tuesday, September 20

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McCaffrey, Smith highlight Mid-Am quarters

Mike McCaffrey overcame a stomach bug to advance to the U.S. Mid-Am quarterfinals, while three-time champ Nathan Smith continues to roll along in Texas.

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5 things: Oregon takes Conference Challenge lead

Despite tough and windy conditions, Oregon holds a five-shot lead at the Golfweek Conference Challenge on the eve of the final round. Julie Williams.

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Thompson will not play Q-School, agent says

Lexi Thompson has withdrawn from next week's second stage of LPGA Q-School, her agent confirmed, adding that no deal has been reached regarding her LPGA membership.

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Denver's Cone shows her mental toughness

Lindsay Cone is a two-sport athlete from the University of Denver, where she finds the mental aspects of skiing and golf to be very similar.

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Notes: Aussies in the middle of Prez Cup talks

Qualifying for the Tour Championship may have been the boost Aaron Baddeley needed to garner a Presidents Cup pick. Jim McCabe explains.

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Nicole's diary: The big debut of Big Break Ireland

The world premiere of the Big Break Ireland wasn't a smooth ride for Golfweek blogger and competitor Nicole Smith, who was a bit nervous about what her fellow competitors had to say about each other.

Bee-lieve it: A stinging end to college tourney

Texas-Arlington men's coach Jay Rees called off the final round of the UTA/Waterchase Invitational after an estimated 60,000 bees infested the 18th hole at Waterchase Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Medalist McCaffrey advances at U.S. Mid-Am

For a while, it appeared that the medalist jinx might be in order at this year’s U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Shadow Hawk Golf Club.

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Toy Box Notes: Thompson powered by Cobra

Cobra is launching a LetLexiPlay campaign in an attempt to persuade the LPGA to grant membership to Lexi Thompson, who won the Navistar LPGA Classic and became the youngest LPGA winner in history.

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Solheim Cup: U.S., Europe deflect role of favorite

The trash talk in Ireland so far smells awfully sweet. Both teams want to claim the role of underdog at the 12th Solheim Cup, our Beth Ann Baldry reports from Ireland.

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Barclays ends Scottish Open sponsorship

Barclays PLC says its title sponsorship of the Scottish Open has ended after 10 years because of "market factors." The bank won't be backing any events in Europe.

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Miceli: Nicotine probe catches Tour’s attention

Nicotine as a performance-enhancing drug? Yes, it really could be classified that way on the PGA Tour.

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U.S. loss in Walker Cup might be good thing

The Walker Cup had become too lopsided, in favor of the Americans. But, with GB&I's shocking win in Scotland last week, the event might be better off says our Ron Balicki.

Monday, September 19

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UC Davis leads Conference Challenge by three

UC Davis held off the big numbers Monday at Red Sky Golf Club to take a three-shot lead after the opening round of the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Julie Williams.

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Smith marches toward history at Mid-Am

In his quest to win a historic third consecutive U.S. Mid-Amateur title, Nathan Smith moved into the second round of match play at Shadow Hawk Golf Club. Ron Balicki

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Gleadall starts fast at tricky Red Sky

With a shock of curly brown hair tucked under her Ole Miss baseball cap and a deceptively southern-sounding accent, Natalie Gleadall is hard to miss.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 12-18, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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National School Program plays key role for golf’s future

Gene Yasuda says teaching golf in elementary schools is a critical investment for the game's future.

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Pinnacle makeover sharpens identity, trims offerings

Simplicity reigns: That’s the conclusion drawn from recent Pinnacle market research, and it explains the brand’s decision to streamline its offerings.

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Commentary: Pettersen gives Europe major presence at Solheim

Beth Ann Baldry: Suzann Pettersen gives Europe a menacing presence at the Solheim Cup, even if she doesn’t really mean it.

Rypien among Q-School pre-qualifying notables

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien threw for 18,473 yards and 115 touchdowns in 12 NFL seasons. Now, he’s trying his hand at another professional sport.

McCaffrey medals at U.S. Mid-Am in 1st start

Mike McCaffrey is making the most of his first appearance in a U.S. Golf Association championship.

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Fantasy vs. Reality: Rise of the freshmen

With the season under way, questions are starting to arise. Some people may already be hitting the panic buttons, but there really isn’t any need to . . . yet. It’s time for Fantasy vs. Reality.

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In college golf, 'Pac-16' could be dominant

Sure, football is fun, but imagine what the addition of Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech and Oklahoma to the Pac-12 would mean to college golf.

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Maginnes: Race for Player of the Year wide open

Keegan Bradley is a lock for Rookie of the Year honors, the race for Player of the Year is far from being over.

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Player of the week: Austin Ernst, LSU

The defending NCAA champion started this fall like she ended last spring – with a victory. Ernst, a sophomore, shot 67-69-67 for a 13-under 203 at Yeamans Hall, lifting LSU to a five-shot team victory over North Carolina on Sept. 13 at the Cougar Classic.

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Player of the week: Patrick Rodgers, Stanford

Fresh off the Walker Cup, the Cardinal freshman took medalist honors at Olympia Fields in his first college event, posting a 4-under 206 to win by three strokes over Dylan Frittelli of Texas.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma State

Playing for the first time under Alan Bratton, who recently made the jump from men’s assistant to head women’s coach at OSU, the Cowgirls erased a huge final-round deficit Sept. 14 at the Dale McNamara Invitational.

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Team of the week: Stanford

The Cardinal had three golfers finish in the top four and picked up their first team title since February 2010, winning by an impressive 16 shots over a loaded field Sept. 18 at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

Sunday, September 18

Kokrak wins in Boise for 1st Nationwide victory

Rookie Jason Kokrak earned his first career Nationwide Victory on Sunday, making the most of being the last player to get into the Albertsons Boise Open.

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5 Things: UC Davis, TCU highlight field at Red Sky

Julie Williams: Eighteen conferences are on the ground at Red Sky Golf Club for the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Demi Runas and UC Davis are a good bet for the title after a season-opening win last week.

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Simson, 60, in contention at Mid-Am

Paul Simson, 60, is proving that age is nothing but a number, as he moved onto match-play at the weather-plagued U.S. Mid-Am on Sunday.

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Tiger narrowly qualifies for his own event

Tiger Woods was among the winners after the BMW Championship, even though he didn't play. Woods slipped to No. 49 in the world ranking Sunday, meaning he will be eligible for the Chevron World Challenge, the tournament he hosts in Southern California in December.

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Couples faces tough Presidents Cup picks

Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples faces a tough decision for wild-card picks. Is it Keegan Bradley's to lose?

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Chip on No. 17 helps Rose win BMW title

Justin Rose chipped in for birdie on the 17th hole and hung on to win the BMW Championship on Sunday. Rose closed with an even-par 71 at Cog Hill for a two-shot victory and is headed to the Tour Championship with a shot at the $10 million FedEx Cup prize.

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Thompson’s victory ups the ante for LPGA

Not only did Navistar benefit from 16-year-old Lexi Thompson's historic win on Sunday, but the LPGA now has a much-needed big story on its hands.

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5 Things: Rose holds on to win BMW title

Justin Rose extended his lead to five strokes at one point on Sunday, but had to hold on for dear life on the back nine to capture the BMW Championship on Sunday. Our 5 Things . . .

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U.S. cruises to win at 25th PGA Cup

The U.S. put the finishing touches on its domination of the 25th PGA Cup, remaining undefeated on American soil with a 17.5-8.5 win Sunday at CordeValle in California.

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Stanford wins at Olympia Fields; Rodgers medals

Stanford picked up its first men's team title since February 2010 with a blowout victory in Illinois, while Cardinal standout freshman Patrick Rodgers was the medalist in his first collegiate start.

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Lexi Thompson, 16, earns historic LPGA win

At 16, Lexi Thompson has become the youngest player to win an LPGA Tour event. The Floridian closed with a 2-under 70 on Sunday to win by five strokes at the Navistar LPGA Classic.

Blake wins Champions Tour playoff in S. Korea

Jay Don Blake beat fellow American John Cook on the fifth playoff hole at the Songdo IBD Championship Sunday for his first Champions Tour victory.

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Presidents Cup: Race for final Int'l spots

Plenty of players are competing for the final spots on the Int'l Presidents Cup team. Who's looking good?

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Britain & Ireland wins Vivendi Seve Trophy

Britain & Ireland held off a strong effort from Continental Europe in singles to retain the Vivendi Seve Trophy 15½ to 12½.

Saturday, September 17

U.S. dominates foursomes, leads PGA Cup

The U.S. continued its domination of foursomes play Saturday and assumed control of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Smith in good shape early at U.S. Mid-Am

Nathan Smith is trying to go where no man has ever gone before within the realm of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

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Thompson takes 5-shot lead at Navistar LPGA

Lexi Thompson is closing in on her first LPGA victory – and she’s doing so in remarkable fashion. The 16-year-old phenom shot a 67 Saturday to build a five-shot lead at the Navistar LPGA.

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Notes: Garcia mixes good with bad at BMW

Consider Saturday’s third round of the BMW Championship to be a serious case of good news, bad news for Sergio Garcia.

Skinner gives U.S. 3-point lead at PGA Cup

Sonny Skinner was conceded a birdie putt at the last hole to gain a half-point for the U.S. in the morning session of Day 2 at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Rose keeping things simple at BMW

The Chicago Bears and Justin Rose aren’t doing any favors to the BMW Championship.

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Stanford extends lead to 11 at Olympia Fields

Searching for its first team title since February 2010, Stanford extended its lead to 11 strokes Saturday on a difficult day for scoring at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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Rose builds 4-shot lead in Chicago

Justin Rose is pulling away at the BMW Championship, where the Englishman shot a 2-under 69 Saturday to take a four-shot lead into the final round.

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En-Joie GC faces premature end to season

Turbulent weather has claimed another U.S. golf course, this one a fixture of the PGA Tour.

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Britain & Ireland increases lead at Seve Trophy

Britain & Ireland outplayed Continental Europe in Saturday's greensomes and foursomes to take a commanding five-point lead in the Vivendi Seve Trophy, 11½ to 6½.

Friday, September 16

U.S. grabs PGA Cup lead after afternoon routs

The U.S. won three of four afternoon foursomes matches in routs Friday and took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland after the first day of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Thompson (68) leads by 2 at Navistar LPGA

Teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 4-under 68 Friday to take a two-shot lead over Stacy Lewis and Becky Morgan after two rounds of the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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Stricker WDs from BMW with weakness in arm

Steve Stricker withdrew from the BMW Championship on Friday because of weakness in his left arm that first began to bother him nine months ago.

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Hometown favorite Wilson enjoys BMW spotlight

BMW Championship midway co-leader Mark Wilson shot 66, went to the range and, using three drivers with different weights, pounded 45 drives about as hard as he could.

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Dufner moves on from PGA disappointment

Jim McCabe: Seemingly unfazed after kicking away the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner sets his sights on another goal this week: advancing to Atlanta for the Tour Championship.

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Wilson shares lead at BMW Championship

Mark Wilson, who considers Cog Hill a home course after moving to Chicago, is tied for the lead with Justin Rose after two rounds of the BMW Championship.

U.S. holds slim advantage at PGA Cup

Rob McClellan, the head professional at Butler (Pa.) Country Club, birdied the last hole to give his team the lead for the only time in the match and help the U.S. to a 2.5-1.5 lead after the first session at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Stanford takes 5-shot lead at Olympia Fields

Even without David Chung in the lineup, Stanford opened a five-shot lead Friday at the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational.

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Rejuvenated Els to make start at Frys.com Open

Tiger Woods won’t be the only big name at the Frys.com event next month. Ernie Els has decided to make the trip, as well.

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Tait: Ballesteros needs a lasting tribute

The Vivendi Seve Trophy is a good start, but more needs to be done to honor the late Seve Ballesteros.

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Nicklaus: Tiger can still break majors record

Jack Nicklaus said Tiger Woods can still beat his record of 18 major championships — provided he can stay in control of his mental game.

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Britain and Ireland maintains Seve Trophy lead

Continental Europe picked up 3 1/2 out of five points in fourball matches Friday to reduce Britain and Ireland’s lead to one point in the Vivendi Seve Trophy.

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Englishman Lewis turns pro, signs with IMG

Tom Lewis, the youngster who rose to prominence by taking a share of the first-round lead at this year’s British Open, has turned professional.

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Notebook: LSU's Ernst continues winning ways

College notebook: Defending national champion Austin Ernst jumps out of the gates by not missing a beat, picking up medalist honors at the Cougar Classic.

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Golfweek Conference Challenge: The teams

A look at the teams in the Golfweek Conference Challenge at Red Sky Golf Club in Vail, Colo.

Thursday, September 15

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Johnson leads Navistar LPGA; Lexi 1 back

Jennifer Johnson shot a career-best, 7-under-par 65 on Thursday to take the first-round lead over teenager Lexi Thompson in the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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In chilly conditions, Rose heats up at Cog Hill

Waking up in chilly Chicago, Justin Rose figured it was a good day to "hang in there." Instead he birdied half the golf course and took a two-shot lead at the BMW Championship. Jeff Rude

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Cog Hill owner willing to chat with Lefty

Cog Hill owner Frank Jemsek says he'd be willing to talk with Phil Mickelson about his course concerns.

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Rose rises to the occasion in chilly Chicago

Justin Rose picked up nine birdies and fired an opening-round 63 to take a two-shot lead over Mark Wilson and Webb Simpson on a chilly day at the BMW Championship.

Martin Piller caddies for wife Gerina at Navistar

It’s not unusual for husbands to caddie for their wives on the LPGA. What makes the Pillers unique is that hubby Martin plays full time on the PGA Tour. Gerina Piller, who like Martin is a rookie this year, put her other half to work this week at the Navistar LPGA Classic.

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Baldry: Thompson's 66 could have been lower

Yes, she shot 66. And yes, she's one back at an LPGA event. But as Beth Ann Baldry explains, 16-year-old Lexi Thompson's opening round at the Navistar LPGA could have been scary low.

The impact of Q-School changes on collegians

The PGA Tour's decision to delay until 2013 the drastic changes to Q-School and the Nationwide Tour could have an impact on college golf. Why? The delay gives players more time to consider the changes' ramifications.

Frohnmayer wins Senior Women's Amateur

First-time USGA Senior Women’s Amateur participant Terri Frohnmayer might have had a positive omen early in the week at The Honors Course.

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Louis Lee wins Senior Am in dramatic fashion

After a dramatic final match full of highs and lows, Louis Lee made a clutch sidehill 4-footer to win the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship.

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Looking ahead: Olympia Fields, Mary Fossum

The fall season is underway, and it’s time to look ahead. Here’s all the information you need on the biggest tournaments happening in the next few days.

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College Notebook: Lesser-knowns to watch

Every year, a few unexpected players turn into All-Americans. Here are five lesser-known players that are strong candidates to make the climb to All-American status this season. College Notebook

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College Top 5: 'Bama's Thomas wins first start

A look at the week's top 5 college golf stories, including Justin Thomas winning his debut at Alabama.

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Nationwide notes: Crunch time for N'wide players

Billy Hurley III and his Nationwide Tour brethren face a make-or-break stretch in their bids for PGA Tour cards. Sean Martin

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Scottsdale schedules new amateur tournament

Waste Management and the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau have created the Waste Management Scottsdale Open, a three-round amateur tournament that will be held prior to the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Golfweek's small-college preseason rankings

Small-college preseason rankings

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Britain and Ireland take Vivendi Seve Trophy lead

Britain and Ireland took a 4-1 lead after the opening fourballs Thursday in the Vivendi Seve Trophy against Continental Europe.

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No Q-School changes until at least '13

College seniors can breathe a sigh of relief. Golfweek has learned that the PGA Tour’s proposed Q-School changes will not be implemented until at least 2013.

Wednesday, September 14

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Hate to be Rude: Lefty rips Cog Hill makeover

Phil Mickelson rips Cog Hill’s makeover by Rees Jones - ‘maybe if they just start over,’ he suggests - on the eve of the BMW Championship, says Jeff Rude.

Longhorns lasso “Mo”Morial title

The Texas women’s team fought off a final-round charge from Auburn (296-302-289–887) to win the Texas A&M “Mo”Morial by two shots Sept. 13 at The Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas, giving the Longhorns their second victory in their past three events dating to last spring’s Big 12 Championship.

Cowgirls’ comeback stuns Sun Devils

Alan Bratton, the former Oklahoma State men’s assistant and player led the Cowgirls to a shocking come-from-behind victory Sept. 14 at the Dale McNamara Invitational at The Patriot Golf Club in Owasso, Okla.

Dirks named men's coach at New Mexico St.

Mike Dirks has been hired as the new men’s golf coach at New Mexico State.

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Achenbach: Lee brothers square off at Senior Am

It was a 1,000-mile trip from Heber Springs, Ark., to the U.S. Senior Amateur, but brothers Stan and Louis Lee wound up playing each other Wednesday in the quarterfinals. James Achenbach

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Solheim pick O'Toole not concerned with slump

Ryann O’Toole, a stunning choice for the Solheim Cup, shrugs off two recent dismal performances: ‘A true champion isn’t afraid of losing.’

Ohio State picking up where it left off

Donnie Darr isn't quite ready to proclaim this year's Ohio State men's team on a par with last year's Buckeyes.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: BMW Championship

Encouraged by his recent victory and his past success at Cog Hill, the Golfweek Fantasy Aces are going with Dustin Johnson this week at the BMW Championship. FANTASY TIP SHEET

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Thumbs up: LSU; Thumbs down: Wake Forest

The first week of tournaments are in the books and it’s time for some reviews. What better way then to give some thumbs up and thumbs down?

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Boise St. coach to play N'wide's Boise Open

Boise State head coach Kevin Burton is in the field for this week’s Boise Open on the Nationwide Tour.

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For Your Game: Jordan Spieth

Cameron McCormick won’t let Jordan Spieth watch video of Spieth’s old swing. It’s a way to block out the bad memories. Spieth’s swing has changed in myriad ways since he and McCormick began working together in 2006.

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Spieth headlines extraordinary class of 2011

For some high-achieving freshmen, the PGA Tour has been a steppingstone into the college game. Kids, please remember to respect your elders. Sean Martin.

Tuesday, September 13

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Simpson trying not to focus on $10M bonus

Webb Simpson is leading the FedEx Cup points list, but he's trying not to focus on the $10M bonus.

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Ernst, LSU sweep Cougar Classic

Led by medalist Austin Ernst, LSU claimed a five-shot win over North Carolina at the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall.

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Program Challenge ends in record fashion

Ryan Lavner: The Golfweek Program Challenge ended in unprecedented fashion Tuesday, with one men's and one women's player from each team squaring off in sudden-death alternate-shot playoff, ultimately won by Campbell.

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Giles rails against long putters at Senior Am

Vinny Giles didn't pull any punches after his second-round loss at the U.S. Senior Amateur, blasting the USGA for still allowing players to use long putters and belly putters.

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California wins season-opener in Michigan

California opened its season with a 12-shot victory at the Wolverine Intercollegiate on Tuesday, shooting 13 under to defeat Baylor at the University of Michigan Golf Course.

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LPGA confirms it: No China event

Mike Whan sent a memo to players on Sept. 13 confirming that the Imperial Springs LPGA event in Guangzhou, China, has been canceled.

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Wildman's Corner: Breaking down Pac-12

The Pac-12 has become the power conference of college golf. Last season eight of the conference’s then ten teams were ranked inside the top 50 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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Texas to open fall season without Spieth

The Texas men's golf team will begin its season Friday at Olympia Fields, but Jordan Spieth, one of the country's most notable incoming freshmen, will not be in the lineup. Sean Martin

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English to make pro debut at Soboba Classic

Harris English, the U.S. Walker Cup team member who won this year's Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, will make his pro debut at next week's Soboba Golf Classic. English, who has accepted membership on the Nationwide Tour, will play four events with hopes of making the Nationwide Tour Championship.

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Notables begin PGA Tour Q-School pre-qualifying

The long, strenuous task that is Q-School begins today with the pre-qualifying stage. Seven 54-hole qualifiers will be held over the next two weeks for players trying to earn their way into Q-School’s first stage.

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Balicki: Some ‘can’t-miss’ kids still do

In the mid-2000s, Philip Francis of Arizona and Rickie Fowler of California were two young guns with tons of talent. Their paths from there couldn't have been more different. Ron Balicki

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Tracy leads Arkansas at Gopher Invite

Led by Western Amateur champion Ethan Tracy, Arkansas won its season-opening event, the Gopher Invitational, by three shots over North Texas. Tracy, who topped UCLA’s Patrick Cantlay in the Western Am finals this summer, finished fifth at 2 over par at Spring Hill GC.

Monday, September 12

Vardaman and Rice, both 71, advance at Sr. Am

Two 71-year-old golfers, Jack Vardaman and Mike Rice, won first-round matches Monday in the USGA Senior Amateur at Kinloch Golf Club.

Campbell, Jacksonville St. lead Program Challenge

Campbell posted the low round in the men's division of the Golfweek Program Challenge to share the 36-hole lead. The Camels recorded a 10-under 278 and share the lead with Jacksonville State at 21-under 555.

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Winner’s Circle: Sept. 5-11, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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ECU's Strandberg's persistence paying off

Julia Strandberg of East Carolina has always known she is a talented player, but proving it on the course has been the problem. As Ryan Lavner writes, she is starting to figured it out.

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U.S. rounds down 1.7 percent in July

Rounds played in the U.S. fell 1.7 percent in July, marking the fourth decline in the past five months.

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Player of the Week: Ayaka Nakayama

Ayaka Nakayama of Kanagawa, Japan, shot 3-under 139 (69-70) at Hilton Head International in Bluffton, S.C., to win the IJGT Hilton Heady National.

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Player of the Week: Ben Schlottman

Ben Schlottman of Advance, N.C., shot 3-under 208 (71-67-70) at Oldfield Club in Okatie, S.C., to win the IJGT Labor Day Classic at Oldfield Club.

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Wildman: Welcome to the '11-'12 season!

The college season has arrived! This year will be sure to have plenty of great storylines, players, and tournaments to talk about on a weekly basis.

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College Preview: A pitch for pizazz at NCAAs

College Station did not deliver the atmosphere its name suggested when the NCAA Championship came to visit. Beth Ann Baldry has some suggestions for future championships.

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Maginnes on Tap: A day of honor, perspective

A Wounded Warrior pro-am at Fort Bragg offered 9/11 perspective like no other.

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No. 1: Oklahoma State men, USC women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 1 on the board with the Oklahoma State men and USC women.

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Noya (No. 23, 2012) commits to UC Davis

Nicolas Noya of San Francisco has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at UC Davis. Noya, who attends Saint Ignatius College Preparatory, is ranked No. 23 in the 2012 class and 15th overall in California.

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Nine golfers play for eight spots at Senior Am

Eight spots. Nine golfers. The prize? A trip to the match-play portion of the USGA Senior Amateur in Virginia.

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Playoffs keep PGA Tour's stars in action

The FedEx Cup playoffs have changed the landscape of professional golf in the fall. Seventeen of the world's top 25 players will tee it up at this week's BMW Championship. Jim McCabe

Sunday, September 11

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Alabama's Thomas wins first college start

Alabama freshman Justin Thomas won his first college start Sunday, posting a closing 65 to win the Carpet Capital Collegiate at The Farm GC in Rocky Face, Ga. RESULTS

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Download: Fourth of four Walker Cup editions

GB&I kept the Walker Cup trophy overseas with a brilliant weekend in Scotland. Check out our fourth and final special digital edition, presented by Titleist, ready for download by clicking here.

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Former USGA president gives Senior Am a try

Overhead in the gallery at the U.S. Senior Amateur: “I can’t believe it. lsn’t that Fred Ridley out there?” Yes, the former USGA president missed the 36-hole cut, but his presence was enough, writes James Achenbach

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Tseng tops Yang in NW Arkansas playoff

Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

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Michaels wins Futures Tour Championship by one

Former UCLA player Sydnee Michaels won the Price Chopper Tour Championship on Sunday to secure LPGA status for 2012.

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Golfweek Program Challenge: Campbell's Gai fires 64

Ryan Lavner: Campbell freshman Andy Gai just put himself on the collegiate map, shooting a back-nine 29 and an opening 8-under 64 at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

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U.S. Walker Cup team reflects on 9/11

For a short time, 10 years ago, Peter Uihlein thought he might have lost his father, Wally, in the Sept. 11 attacks. He didn't, but the memories of that day have gone nowhere.

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England's Dyson wins 3rd KLM Open in 6 years

England's Simon Dyson had a final-round 66 Sunday to win his third KLM Open crown in six years. Rory McIlroy finished in third while Lee Westwood was fifth.

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No. 2: Georgia Tech men, UCLA women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 2 on the board with the Georgia Tech men and UCLA women.

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Rodgers heads to Stanford after breakout summer

Propelled by a breakout summer, Patrick Rodgers enters Stanford at the top of a fab freshman class.

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Complete coverage: Golfweek Program Challenge

Golfweek is on the scene at Myrtle Beach's True Blue and Caledonia golf courses, hosting the Golfweek Program Challenge, with 12 complete programs vying for the title. Check out our coverage here:

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Poutre's mission: Turn around Boston College

Ryan Lavner: He turned around Hartford. He turned around Long Beach State. Now, Bill Poutre's next job is to turn around Boston College. His first chance to show off is this weekend at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

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GB&I holds off U.S., wins Walker Cup

It was close, but GB&I pulled it off. Just. Great Britain & Ireland have reclaimed the Walker Cup after three straight losses - despite a magnificent U.S. comeback.

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Remembering 9/11: Eichele describes 'that day'

Yes, he is. Ken Eichele, the New York firefighter indelibly linked to golf and the Sept. 11 attacks, accepts his place in American lore.

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Walker Cup blog: U.S. comeback stalls

What many thought was impossible has happened in Scotland: The heavily-favored Americans have fallen to GB&I in the Walker Cup.

Saturday, September 10

Bemowski leads USGA Senior Amateur

Mark Bemowski shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of stroke-play qualifying in the USGA Senior Amateur Championship at Kinloch Golf Club.

Schlesinger leads USGA Senior Women's Am

Lisa Schlesinger topped the USGA Senior Women's Amateur leaderboard at 5 under with two holes left when play was suspended because of darkness Saturday in the first round of stroke-play qualifying.

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Yani Tseng, Amy Yang share LPGA Tour lead

Defending champion Yani Tseng shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday and Amy Yang had a 64 to share the second-round lead in the LPGA Tour's NW Arkansas Championship at 9 under.

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McIlroy 3 shots back in KLM Open

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy birdied four of his last eight holes to move within three shots of the lead at the KLM Open on Saturday.

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Download: Third of four Walker Cup editions

The GB&I squad took a surprising 7-5 Walker Cup lead on Saturday. Click here to download our special digital edition, presented by Titleist. You'll find exclusive commentary inside the third edition!

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Golfweek Program Challenge provides early opportunity

Golfweek Program Challenge allows 12 teams to show off how good their entire program is, with East Carolina being the early favorite to take home the title.

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Barenborg (67) takes solo Price Chopper lead

Jackie Barenborg maintained her pace Saturday at the Price Chopper Tour Championship, shooting a 3-under 67 to break out of a share of the lead entering the second round and take the solo lead into Sunday’s final round. Barenborg is at 7-under 133 for the tournament at Capital Hills in Albany, N.Y.

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Walker Cup: Captains set their Sunday lineups

Both Walker Cup captains have filled out their respective lineup cards for Sunday, and there are plenty of intriguing matchups on the final day of the event in Scotland.

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GB&I takes surprising 7-5 lead at Walker Cup

The GB&I squad couldn't have written a better script than what unfolded on Saturday in Scotland, as they surged to a 7-5 lead in the Walker Cup, shocking the Americans and oddsmakers alike.

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No. 3: UCLA men, Alabama women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 3 on the board with the UCLA men and Alabama women.

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Walker Cup: Rules violation doesn't cost GB&I

GB&I might have gotten away with one after the morning session, as it wasn't penalized for a rules violation by Jack Senior during the foursome matches.

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GB&I takes surprising 3-1 lead over favored U.S.

GB&I has jumped out to a surprising 3-1 lead after the morning foursome matches. Can the Americans bounce back this afternoon in singles matches, which they have historically dominated?

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Walker Cup blog: Breaking down Day 1

The Americans saved face in the afternoon, but they will face an uphill battle on Sunday after splitting the afternoon singles matches 4-4 and now trail in the Walker Cup, 7-5.

Friday, September 9

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Tseng, Lewis lead NW Arkansas Championship

Stacy Lewis and Yani Tseng shot 5-under 66s on Friday and were tied for the first-round lead at the LPGA Northwest Arkansas Championship.

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Wildman's picks: Round 1 at the Walker Cup

Asher Wildman offers his picks to win in the first round of the Walker Cup.

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Michaels eyes LPGA status at Futures Tour finale

For Sydnee Michaels, timing is everything. The former UCLA player, whose looks befit the Hollywood campus, barreled up the Futures Tour money list with her victory in Georgia two weeks ago. Michaels, a rookie on the developmental circuit, moved from 13th to fifth on the money list, an envious but precarious position going into this week’s season-ender.

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Brown, Barenborg lead Futures Tour finale

After the first round of the Price Chopper Tour Championship, Sarah Brown boasted one of the more colorful scorecards. The 19-year-old turned in 31 after making four birdies on her front nine and immediately birdied the 10th to get to 5 under.

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Download: Second of four Walker Cup editions

Make sure to click here to download our second Walker Cup preview edition, presented by Titleist. It is complete with everything you need to know about the course, Saturday's matches and more!

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Senior Women's Am has been dominated by Texas

If recent history is any indication, a Dallas-Fort Worth player likely will contend in the Senior Women’s Amateur. Credit the Ladies Amateur Golf Association, a ‘prep school for competitive golf.’

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Dodd, Siem lead KLM Open; McIlroy three back

Stephen Dodd of Wales shot 6 under for the first 13 holes of his second round to stand 8 under for the tournament Friday before darkness forced 78 players to abandon their rounds at the KLM Open

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Walker Cup: Matches announced for Saturday

Peter Uihlein will get two chances on the opening day of the Walker Cup to exact revenge on Tom Lewis for losing the silver medal to the Englishman in this year’s Open Championship.

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No. 4: Alabama men, Purdue women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 4 on the board with the Alabama men and Purdue women.

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Holtgrieve hopes U.S. team does more than win

Jim Holtgrieve wants to win the Walker Cup, but the U.S. captain is more concerned that his players enjoy the experience of representing their country and how it will help their golf careers.

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Preview: Golfweek Program Challenge in S.C.

Twelve NCAA Division I teams (both men’s and women’s) will play in the inaugural Golfweek Program Challenge on Sept. 11-13 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Ryan Lavner and Julie Williams preview the action.

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Walker Cup blog: U.S. got best of GB&I in preview

Call it a good omen or disregard it as a sample of insufficient size. Your choice. Either way, it’s about all we have. The two Walker Cup teams rarely crossed paths in the run-up to this year’s competition.

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5 Things: Here is what the U.S. should do . . .

Our amateur guru Asher Wildman will be glued to the Walker Cup this weekend, and here are 5 Things he'd like to see play out at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland:

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Golfweek’s preseason top 10 individuals: Women

Keep an eye on 2010 Player of the Year Marta Silva Zamora this year as she completes her senior season at Georgia. She tops Beth Ann Baldry's individual preseason rankings.

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Golfweek’s preseason top 10 individuals: Men

Don’t expect a sophomore slump from UCLA's Patrick Cantlay. Ron Balicki places Cantlay at the top of Golfweek's preseason individual rankings.

Thursday, September 8

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Download: First of four Walker Cup special editions

Click here to download the first of our four Walker Cup special digital editions, presented by Titleist. You'll find full capsules and exclusive commentary surrounding the world's biggest amateur golf event, held at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland this weekend.

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5 Things: California girls rule Futures money list

At the end of this weekend’s Price Chopper Tour Championship, 10 Futures Tour players will leave Albany, N.Y., with a leg up on next year. Julie Williams has five things to keep in mind

Odds favor Americans to retain Walker Cup

The breezes felt at Erin Hills in Wisconsin during the U.S. Amateur were very different than the cold, damp winds that blow off the North Sea at Royal Aberdeen.

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Nationwide Tour to skip Daniel Island in 2012

Nationwide Tour president Bill Calfee says the tour’s championship won’t return to Daniel Island in 2012 because of the nearby PGA Championship at The Ocean Course.

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No. 5: Texas A&M men, LSU women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 5 on the board with the Texas Tech men and LSU women.

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Shin out for two weeks with back injury

Jiyai Shin’s rather lackluster season took another hit when she was hospitalized with lower back pain.

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Vandals, rain delay Round 1 of KLM Open

England’s Simon Dyson shot an opening-round 5-under 65 Thursday to tie for the lead with Marcel Siem on a day marred by vandals and torrential rainfall.

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McIlroy recalls the rush of the Walker Cup

The first tee of any international competition is nerve-wracking. There are large crowds and the emotions that come from wearing your country’s name. Throw in the youth of most Walker Cup participants and you have a downright volatile mixture brewing in the stomachs of the participants. For proof, consider this story from Rory McIlroy, who faced Dustin Johnson in the opening foursomes match at the 2007 Walker Cup. A juiced-up Johnson hit the shot before the announcer finished calling his name.

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Mismatch? Only if you believe the oddsmakers

The United States is heavily favored at the Walker Cup, and for good reason.

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Complete coverage: 2011 Walker Cup

Golfweek is on the ground at Royal Aberdeen, ready to bring you all the coverage from the 2011 Walker Cup. Click here for the week's complete coverage.

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Golfweek’s preseason top 10 teams: Women

Hard to argue with the depth of a Stephanie Kono-led UCLA squad. The Bruins lead Beth Ann Baldry's preaseason college rankings.

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Golfweek’s preseason top 10 teams: Men

Bobby Wyatt and the Crimson Tide top Golfweek's preseason rankings for the 2010-11 season. Asher Wildman reveals the top 30 teams.

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Tait: GB&I’s Brown could be breakout star

Steven Brown once was a longshot to make the GB&I Walker Cup team. Now, he’s poised to be the breakout star.

Wednesday, September 7

Ex-Cal player Diane Kwon, 21, dies

Former Cal player Diane Kwon died Tuesday morning in her hometown of Fremont, Calif., head coach Nancy McDaniel said, citing information from family members.

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Watney played DBC finale after grandma’s death

He would never use it as an excuse, but it’s a little clearer that Nick Watney’s final round at the Deutsche Bank Championship perhaps was destined to be a tough one.

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Golf, football rivalries heated in Tucson

The UA-ASU rivalry is heated, but the golf is just plain hot. Martin Kaufmann.

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Yale, Taconic top Best Campus Courses list

Golfweek's Best Campus Courses list is full of tracks with long, rich histories.

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5 Things: Who will emerge as Walker Cup leaders?

Alistair Tait: Stiggy Hodgson and Peter Uihlein are the best bets to emerge as on-course leaders for their respective sides at the Walker Cup.

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Hate to be Rude: Simpson’s superstar potential

Jeff Rude: Webb Simpson has come a long way since his college days at Wake Forest. But those close to him say the 26-year-old’s ascension is far from unexpected.

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Club-fitting series: Nike Golf’s Rob Burbick

Nike Golf club-fitter Rob Burbick says all golfers should take advantage of a launch monitor when getting fit for clubs. Many don’t achieve maximum distance because they don’t use drivers with enough loft.

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No. 6: Florida men, California women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 6 on the board with the Florida men and California women.

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2011 Golfweek's Best: Campus Courses

The best college campus courses, according to Golfweek Raters.

In this issue: Sept. 9, 2011

Inside the Sept. 9, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Notes: Aussies fight for final Prez Cup spots

Jim McCabe: Only one event remains for a three-pack of Australians – Geoff Ogilvy, Aaron Baddeley and Robert Allenby – to clinch their tickets to Melbourne for the Presidents Cup.

Tuesday, September 6

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Toy Box: Behind Lefty’s belly putter switch

Details behind Phil Mickelson's switch to the belly putter at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Herr (No. 7, 2013) commits to Vanderbilt

Zachary Herr, the No. 7 ranked player in the 2013 class, has given a verbal commitment to play at Vanderbilt.

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Golf largely unaffected by conference realignment

Sean Martin: Conference realignment is one of the big stories in college athletics, but its impact on golf will be minimal.

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Walker Cup preview: U.S. better on paper

Alistair Tait: On paper, it appears to be no contest: The U.S. team is a heavy favorite at this week’s Walker Cup. But can a home-course advantage help the GB&I team?

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No. 7: Illinois men, Virginia women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 7 on the board with the Illinois men and Virginia women.

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Black (No. 107, 2012) commits to Toledo

Otto Black, who won the Golfweek Junior Tour event at Purdue on Sept. 4, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Toledo.

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Winner’s Circle: Aug. 29-Sept. 5, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Acushnet plans to accelerate growth in Asia

Back home in South Korea, Gene Yoon is widely regarded as a rainmaker.

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First Tee thriving in Metro New York

In the most unlikely of settings, the Bronx, The First Tee's Metro New York chapter is thriving. Matt Bernstein explains.

Monday, September 5

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Player of the Week: Emma Talley

Emma Talley, of Princeton, Ky., shot 4-under 212 (67-71-74) at Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., to win the AJGA Girls Championship by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Gavin Hall

Gavin Hall, of Pittsford, N.Y., shot 3-under 211 (72-64-75) at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley and Stadium Courses) in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to win the AJGA Junior Players by one shot.

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Els, Stroud, Ogilvy move on in FedEx playoffs

For Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Chris Stroud, the 18th hole provided something different than anyone else on Monday: A chance to advance in the FedEx Cup playoffs. And they did.

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5 Things: Simpson outlasts Reavie in DBC playoff

Webb Simpson took advantage of Chez Reavie's late blunder in regulation and won the Deutsche Bank Championship on the second hole of a playoff. 5 Things to take away from TPC Boston:

Baylor wins season opener at Turning Stone by 11

Despite rainy conditions, Baylor expanded on a three-shot lead entering Monday’s final round of the Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate and won by 11 shots. Baylor last won its season opener in 2008 at the Shoal Creek Intercollegiate.

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Webb Simpson rallies to win Deutsche Bank

Webb Simpson made three big putts, the last one giving him an unlikely playoff win over Chez Reavie on Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Balicki: Walker Cup is amateur golf at its best

For longtime Golfweek writer Ron Balicki, the Walker Cup is amateur golf at its best. And this week's showdown between the U.S. and GB&I promises to show it off.

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Talley wins record fourth consecutive AJGA event

Emma Talley’s junior golf days may be waning, but she hasn’t slowed in her collection of accolades. The Alabama commit won her fourth consecutive AJGA event Monday at the AJGA Girls Championship, setting the record for most victories in succession on the elite junior circuit.

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Watney takes an 11 at Deutsche Bank

Nick Watney took an 11 on the second hole of the Deutsche Bank Championship. He started only three shots out of the lead and quickly was out of contention.

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Commentary: Bjorn's rise comes after a deep fall

Thomas Bjorn has won two Euro events in a row - not too shabby for a guy who lost his mojo just two years ago.

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Storms batter courses from south to north

The Quechee Club in Vermont is an extreme example of the damage to golf courses up and down the Eastern Seaboard, mainly due to Hurricane Irene.

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Kollin (No. 63, 2012) commits to Indiana

Max Kollin of Farmington Hills, Mich., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Indiana.

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Federer on Tiger: ‘It’s been hard to watch’

Roger Federer says “it’s been hard to watch” his pal Tiger Woods struggle lately.

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No. 8: Augusta State men, Duke women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 8 on the board with the Augusta State men and Duke women.

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Maginnes on Tap: More than a title on the line

Ernie Els is among the stars who need a high finish Monday at the Deutsche Bank Championship to advance to the third leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Maginnes on Tap

Sunday, September 4

Video: Gangjee aces par 4 in Nationwide event

In the final round of the 2011 Mylan Classic, Rahil Gangjee aces the 318 yard par-4 15th hole.

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Brushmaker sues PGA and Atlanta Athletic Club

A brushmaker company claims false and defamatory statements were made around how the 14th and 17th greens at Atlanta Athletic Club were damaged in the hours before the 2011 PGA Championship.

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Woodland's new weapon? A better putting stroke

Gary Woodland is a monster off the tee (he had a 351-yard drive on Sunday), but it is his touch on the green that has him only two shots off the lead in Boston.

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Reavie an example of unpredictable Tour playoffs

Chez Reavie is only one shot off the lead in Boston. A bit odd if you consider he basically lost his Tour card.

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Watson takes a 1-shot lead in Deutsche Bank

Despite a rough back nine on Sunday, Bubba Watson will carry a one-shot lead over five players heading into Monday's final round. Those lurking? Adam Scott, Jason Day and Luke Donald.

England's Gary Christian wins Mylan Classic

England's Gary Christian won the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic on Sunday, shoointg a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over John Mallinger.

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Hall wins Junior Players for 1st AJGA title

Ryan Lavner: It wasn't the summer that Gavin Hall expected, but with Sunday's victory at the AJGA Junior Players in Florida, the lefty finally has added a title to his impressive resume.

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DBC: Mickelson fires 63, credits his ballstriking

Phil Mickelson fired an 8-under 63 in Boston on Sunday, but he wasn't ready to credit his new belly putter for the impressive round. It was all about his ball-striking.

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No. 9: San Diego State men, Arizona women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 9 on the board with the San Diego State men and Arizona women.

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Behind a 62, Bjorn wins second straight Euro title

Thomas Bjorn won back-to-back titles for the first time in his career, shooting a 9-under 62 Sunday to take the European Masters by four strokes.

Saturday, September 3

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Jobe will switch to belly putter after rough stretch

Struggling since the U.S. Open, Brandt Jobe will go back to using the belly putter in hopes of finding his stroke and securing his spot in next week's BMW Championship.

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Holmes recovering nicely from brain surgery

J.B. Holmes is recovering nicely from surgery on his brain according to his agent, who says Holmes is looking forward to getting "back in fighting condition."

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Fowler a unique combo of style and substance

Rickie Fowler is mostly known for his style on the course. But don't forget about his substance. The kid can play, and his fellow Tour members are taking notice.

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Schwartzel, Scott, Watson share Boston lead

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel turned some anger into a streak of birdies that put him atop the leaderboard with Adam Scott and Bubba Watson at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Grandover Resort to host NCAA Regional

Greensboro Sports Commission President Kim Strable and UNCG Director of Athletics Kim Record have announced the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Greensboro Regional will be staged at the Grandover Resort.

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Westwood, McIlroy lurk as Donaldson leads

Jamie Donaldson shot a 6-under 65 Saturday to pull ahead of Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy and lead the European Masters after three rounds.

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No. 10: Georgia men, Tennessee women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 10 on the board with the Georgia men and Tennessee women.

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Titleist sheds light on building a belly putter

The love affair with belly putters has exploded this week. How is one made? Titleist shed some light on it.

Friday, September 2

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Garcia hopes improved play will lead to Ryder Cup

Sergio Garcia hopes that his improved play will land him a spot on the Euro Ryder Cup team.

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Matteson takes lead on perfect day in Boston

Troy Matteson ran off seven birdies the rest of the way for a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead over four others, including Luke Donald, at the TPC Boston.

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Commentary: Success on Tour comes down to putting

Long. Short. There is no scientific approach to putting that leads to definitive success. It is a skill you must have to succeed on Tour, and a tool you can lose quickly.

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Kang signs with Excel Sports Management

Two-time U.S. Women’s Amateur champion Danielle Kang has signed with Excel Sports Management, according to the company’s Facebook page.

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McIlroy among four tied for Euro Masters lead

Rory McIlroy shot a 2-under 69 Friday, leaving him in a four-way tie for the lead after two rounds at the European Masters.

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GW Junior Invitational - East Coast

Junior Invitational - East Coast Previews • Videos • Results

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No. 11: LSU men, Arizona State women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 11 on the board with the LSU men and Arizona State women.

Thursday, September 1

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Duncan (No. 86, 2012) commits to Middle Tennessee

Drake Duncan of Bowling Green, Ky., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Middle Tennessee.

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Nicklaus to host event to attract more golfers

Jack Nicklaus is trying something new to get more people to play golf. He is holding events at his Muirfield Village Golf Club in which the cup will be twice as large and the tournaments only will be 12

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Utopian tale: Movie follows golfer's journey

“Seven Days in Utopia” – the movie adaption of sports psychologist David L. Cook’s 2006 book, “Golf’s Sacred Journey: Seven Days at the Links of Utopia” – opens nationwide in theaters Sept. 2.

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Plenty of good cheer as Tour hits Boston

Jim McCabe: When the PGA Tour heads to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship, there is much more to do than compete in the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Bayou golf, football an irresistible combination

Bayou golf and football prove an irresistible combination. Adam Schupak.

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Murphy, Coalson win Joe Cheves titles

Kelli Murphy (left) beat McKenzie Talbert in a playoff at this year's Joe Cheves Junior Invitational, an elite junior event played each year in Morganton, N.C. Taylor Coalson earned top honors in the boys' division.

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Dougherty leads Euro Masters; McIlroy 2 back

Nick Dougherty shot an 8-under 63 Thursday to lead Rory McIlroy by two shots after the first round of the European Masters.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Deutsche Bank Championship

Encouraged by his recent results, the Golfweek staffers have a good feeling on Jim Furyk this week at TPC Boston. FANTASY TIP SHEET

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USGA, Chambers Bay start thinking 2015

When it was awarded the 2015 U.S. Open, Chambers Bay was a mystery.

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Blandin (No 57, 2012) commits to SMU

Maxime Blandin of Fort-de-France, Martinique has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at SMU.

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No. 12: Duke men, North Carolina women

College golf is just a few short weeks away. To get you ready, Asher Wildman is breaking down the top 60 men's and women's teams from last year's Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Today, it's No. 12 on the board with the Duke men and North Carolina women.

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Tour signs 9-year TV deal with CBS, NBC

Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Sept. 1 at TPC Boston that the PGA Tour has extended its TV deal with CBS and NBC through 2021.

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Blanchard named head coach at Bryant

One of the top amateur golfers in New England, Charlie Blanchard has been named the head coach at Bryant University. Blanchard becomes just the second coach in program history, taking over for Archie Boulet, who retired following last season after a 47-year career.

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Titleholders fulfills Whan’s vision for LPGA

Mike Whan still gets goosebumps when he talks about the history of the Titleholders. The idea for this year’s new season-ending event came to Whan on an airplane while he watched a video on the history of the LPGA.

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Support Folds of Honor this holiday weekend

Join the Patriot Golf Day festivities and support the people who put their lives on the line for our freedom.

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Lefty tries belly putter at Deutsche pro-am

Jim McCabe: After struggling on the greens last week at The Barclays, Phil Mickelson arrived for his Thursday pro-am at TPC Boston with a new weapon: a belly putter.

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