In this issue: Dec. 7-14, 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

Inside the Dec. 7-14, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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• Backhoes, bans mark a wild week

• A World Challenge challenge for Tiger

• The not-so-friendly skies

• A long hitter's longest winter

• Remembering Jim Flick

• Tough ending to a tough season

• At Q-School, nothing is a lock

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• Callaway driver goes Xtreme, By James Achenbach

• Stricker wields new flatstick

• Next-generation ProV1s in play

• McDowell's mixed bag

• Fowler plays new Cobra clubs

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• COLUMN: History lesson: Sure, the Old Course has undergone changes over the years. But any time the big machines start digging at St. Andrews, golf holds its breath, By Bradley S. Klein

• LPGA aims for 30 events in '13, By Beth Ann Baldry

• Q&A: Mary Lou Mulflur, Washington head women's coach

• 'Good for the game': USGA, R&A propose to give anchoring the old heave-ho, beginning in 2016, By James Achenbach

• Anchoring pros refuse to bellyache, By Jim McCabe

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• Final exam: Q-School awards its last batch of PGA Tour cards, ending an era, By Sean Martin

• COLUMN: From Nowhere to the PGA Tour, By James Achenbach

• Q-School graduates

• Marathon men play 17 rounds

• Hadley gains status off Barber's DQ

• 'It's real': In her professional debut, Thai teen Moriya Jutanugarn shares the medal at LPGA Q-School, By Julie Williams

• Jeray prevails after a few Zs, By Beth Ann Baldry

• Five to watch

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• 8 > 7: Kyle Stanley, who blew a 7-shot lead at Torrey Pines, rallied one week later to erase an 8-shot deficit at TPC Scottsdale. The difference? Well, everything. By Jeff Rude

• The numbers game: Official World Golf Ranking rewards winning, while the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index values consistency, By Sean Martin

• Ups and downs: Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Here are several players who made significant moves in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, By Alistair Tait, Jeff Rude, Julie Williams and Adam Schupak

• Strokes of genius: Mark Broadie's flatstick formula has transformed the way putting is measured on the PGA Tour – and he's not done yet, By Adam Schupak

• Strokes gained putting, simplified, By Adam Schupak

• Golf's hot streak: Sure, mild weather helped boost rounds played in 2012. But other factors – lower green fees and pent-up demand among them – give the game a good bounce, By Gene Yasuda

• Tiger vs. Rory: 1st 53 PGA Tour starts

• Go figure: 2012

• 5 Tour stats that matter, By Alex Miceli

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• Penner's strategic finish secures All-America title, By Sean Martin

• Worldbeater: Graeme McDowell rolls into an extended off-season, By Jim McCabe

• COLUMN: American dream: Stacy Lewis' play a bright spot for globetrotting LPGA, By Beth Ann Baldry

• COLUMN: In a league of his own, By Alistair Tait

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• COLUMN: The miracles, the madness and the mouth: The best of 2012 – and all the rest, By Jeff Rude

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• Golfweek's midseason men's and women's grades, By Ron Balicki and Julie Williams

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• The power of learning: GolfTec's philosophy: The better you play, the more you'll play, By Gene Yasuda

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• Simple mission: Scott Stallings aims to add shots to repertoire, By Sean Martin

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• Garden party: Wynn GC embodies The Strip's grandiosity, if not its cacophony, By Bradley S. Klein

• Golfweek's Best: Casino Courses 2012

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• Inside the Ropes: The right call ... but decades late, By Alistair Tait

• Wired: Tower tussle over anchor ban, By Martin Kaufmann

• Letters to the Editor

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• “Golf’s Biggest Stat Sheet’’

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