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November 29, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
It's no surprise that Spain, the United States and the British Isles are favorites among  golfers. But Asia , particularly Thailand, is a new contender. By year's end, more than 600,000 golfers will have visited the Thai kingdom in 2012, spending an estimated $2 billion on ground arrangements alone, according to industry statistics. The double-digit growth comes despite a worldwide recessionary drop-off in travel. Asia is benefiting because golfers have a never-say-die attitude, said Mark Siegel, the president of Golfasian , one of the largest golf tourism companies in the region.  "It's counterintuitive," he said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Steve Waters
DORAL, Fla. --After playing 16 holes Thursday, Jason Dufner said the redesigned Blue Monster at Trump National Doral had a major championship feel. On Friday, with a howling wind turning even good shots into penalty strokes, the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship seemed more like the final day of a British Open. Patrick Reed completed his first round, which was delayed by rain, then suspended because of darkness, at four-under-par 68 Friday morning. That gave him a one-shot lead over six players.
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May 31, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC, which won the NCAA women's golf title last week, will be well represented in next month's U.S. Women's Open. Annie Park, Kyung Kim and Doris Chen this week qualified for the tournament that will be played June 27-30 at the Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., the school said in a news release Friday. Park, the NCAA individual champion who just completed her freshman season, earned an amateur exemption Thursday at the Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J. Kim, who also completed her freshman season, qualified at a sectional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas.
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February 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Steve Elkington must be feeling pretty good about himself right about now. The 51-year-old former PGA Championship winner appears to be the first famous athlete to make inappropriate comments on Twitter about Michael Sam, the NFL prospect who came out publicly as gay two weeks ago. ESPN covering Michael Sam as a gay athlete is embarrassing ..... - Steve Elkington (@elkpga) February 25, 2014 ESPN reporting Michael Sam is leading the handbag throw at NFL combine....
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February 26, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
The fans call their names. "Tiger, sign my arm," and "Please, Phil, sign my hat. " Yet it seems as if the most often-heard shout at professional golf tournaments televised by the Golf Channel and CBS is, "David, please, look this way. " Tiger Woods. Phil Mickelson. David Feherty. The three biggest rock stars in golf right now. Feherty was a golfer once too, a pretty good one, and he understands what it is like to be a star. He just wishes people would shut up about it sometimes.
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February 8, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
In his first year as executive director of the Northern Trust Open, Jerry West said he had a new appreciation for both the talent of golfers and the perseverance of golf fans. West said Sunday that he understood the nerves of tournament winner Steve Stricker , who had seemed uncomfortable having a six-shot lead going into the final 18 holes. "It's different when you're part of a team sport," basketball legend West said. "You get a lead in basketball and it seems a lot easier to really kick some butt."
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January 6, 1991 | JIM MURRAY
I like to watch Lanny Wadkins play golf for the same reasons I liked to see Bob Gibson pitch, Rocky Marciano fight or Fred Astaire dance. I like guys who just do it. Like the others, Lanny does it quickly, aggressively, stylishly, with a minimum of posturing, capering, temporizing or delaying. Lanny gets it over with. He acts like a guy who is double-parked and on the lam.
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August 2, 2013 | By Gary Klein
USC will be well represented at next week's U.S. Women's Amateur golf championship. Sophomore Annie Park, the defending NCAA champion, is one of six Trojans players who will participate in the tournament at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., the school announced. Senior Sophia Popov, junior Doris Chen, sophomore Kyung Kim and incoming freshmen Gabriella Then and Karen Chung form the USC contingent. Park, from Levittown, N.Y., won the NCAA title in May at Athens, Ga. USC won the NCAA team title, finishing 21 strokes ahead of second-place Duke.
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March 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Athletes and entertainers will come together April 4-7 in Las Vegas   to swing their clubs for charity at the 12th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational . The star-studded event, in its third year in Las Vegas, will be held at the top-ranked Shadow Creek golf course. Among the celebrities participating for the first time are actor James Denton, country music star Jake Owen, actor Kevin Nealon, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
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May 1, 1997 | From Associated Press
Black golfers Jim Dent and Walter Morgan said they've been exchanging racial banter with the likes of white golfer J.C. Snead for years, and weren't offended by recent remarks Fuzzy Zoeller made about Tiger Woods. "The guy was making a joke," Dent said. "We do that kind of stuff all the time out here." "We call J.C. a hillbilly redneck from Virginia and everything, and he jokes back," Morgan said. "We're just having fun out here."
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February 13, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Growing among the magnolias and azaleas at the Masters this year will be a new story angle. It has two months to take root, so expect television to fertilize it freely. Kevin Stadler, half of the story, gave it a boost Thursday at Riviera. He shot a two-under-par 69, leaving him in a comfortable spot on the leaderboard of the Northern Trust Open and attracting a gathering of reporters that, for much of his career, has walked past him. He won his first PGA Tour tournament two weeks ago at the frat boy party in Scottsdale, Ariz., also known as the Waste Management Open.
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January 16, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
Thursday at the Humana Challenge was just another lousy day in paradise. The sun glistened against the mountains, temperatures hovered around 80, the wind took the day off and 112 pro golfers in a field of 155 shot under par. It was a day when there were more birdies than you'd see in an aviary at the three perfectly manicured golf courses in the desert city of La Quinta, After all the scoring carnage, the leader, at nine-under-par 63, was...
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January 3, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
In case you've been living on Mars and hadn't heard: Florida State junior tight end Nick O'Leary is the grandson of golf great Jack Nicklaus . "I mean, it's just like anything else," O'Leary said Friday. "Just he played golf for a living. " Yes, the same way Picasso just painted for a living. O'Leary, at 6 feet 3 and 248 pounds, is bigger than his granddad and has been a key player in the Seminoles' run to Monday night's Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl.
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December 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
In thirty years, when Tiger Woods is no longer able to hit it 320 and no longer has to answer questions about winning or not winning majors, he might have a moment of clarity on what golf has given him. The money will rate high, of course. The fame - sometimes disintegrating into notoriety - not so high. But not lost on him will be the doors the game opened. Especially the one that led into Nelson Mandela's home 15 years ago. Woods has been asked over the years about that meeting, whenever there was a thread of a connection.
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October 21, 2013 | By David Wharton
After another difficult year on the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie has set her sights on a more global goal. The pro golfer wants to play for the U.S. team when her sport joins the official program at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. “I went to the London Olympic Games last year and that really got me inspired," she said. "It got me motivated. " In the meantime, Wie can get a taste of the Olympic movement after being named as an ambassador to the Youth Olympic Games, which will be held in Nanjing, China, next summer.
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October 21, 2013 | By David Wharton
Living on a golf course is supposed to be a good thing. But it seems that someone forgot to inform a Nevada man that it comes with the occasional errant shot in your backyard. Jeff Fleming of Reno has pleaded guilty to battery with a deadly weapon after shooting a golfer whose wayward ball shattered a window at his home beside the Lakeridge Golf Course last year. The 53-year-old Fleming became so enraged that he ran onto the course with a shotgun and fired a single round.
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July 6, 1985
What possessed CBS to spend time and money airing the "worst golfer" tournament? The group shooting 107 to 185 over par on 18 holes did not belong on a golf course. The program was a total waste of time, not humorous, and degrading to serious golfers. Dedicated golfers turned it off. Let's inform CBS not to show it again next year. Its audience will be zip. R. CHRISTENSEN San Pedro
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1989
It was ironic that you carried a letter from a resident of Palos Verdes Estates, going on at length over the horrors attendant to building another golf course on the peninsula (Times, July 3). Such a resident, who, if he wishes, can buy a membership to the beautiful Palos Verdes Golf Club to the exclusion of other golfers, can well afford to discourage added courses. Those of us who have to get up in the dark to secure a place in line at Los Verdes for a starting time find it very difficult to identify with his arguments.
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September 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Luke Donald faces long odds at the Tour Championship in Atlanta this week. But at least he has a chance. Donald was one of several golfers who sneaked into the Top 30 in the FedExCup standings and earned a spot in the PGA Tour's big finale. He needed a strong finish Monday at the BMW Championship. “There was nerves the last couple holes, probably from 15 onwards,” Donald said. “I knew I had got myself into position where I had a chance.” The FedEx Cup playoffs are like a big game of musical chairs, with the field narrowing each week and players fighting to stay alive.
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September 6, 2013 | By David Wharton
Earlier this week, the venerable -- and aging -- Miguel Angel Jimenez threw some cold water on the buzz surrounding teen golfer Ye Wo-cheng. Just 13 years old, Ye was given a sponsor's invitation to the European Masters. "No doubt the sponsor wants publicity for the tournament," the 49-year-old Jimenez said. "But then it seems you have to go looking for underage players to promote yourself. I'm sorry, this should not be allowed. " Midway through Friday's second round, it appears the Spanish veteran is being proved correct.
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