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72 teams selected for NCAA Women's Regionals

Defending NCAA champ UCLA, Alabama and USC earned the three top seeds when the NCAA Division I women’s golf committee announced the 72 teams and 18 individuals to play in the three regional tournaments May 10-12. The top eight teams from each regional, and the two individuals with the lowest scores not on those teams, advance to the NCAA Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn., May 22-25.



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News & Tours

Trending: Our own Ashley Mayo on CBS

If you were watching CBS' coverage of the Zurich Classic on Sunday then you probably caught this piece on the New York City golf haven, Chelsea Piers. Among the group of dignitaries profiled as some of NYC's biggest golf enthusiasts was our very own Associate Editor Ashley Mayo. Ashley probably would've posted this video herself, but true to her CBS title, she's out playing golf today.

-- Derek Evers

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News & Tours

Mr. Style weighs in on tour players' vintage get-ups

By now you may have seen photos of of the seven PGA Tour players decked in vintage clothing prior to last week's Zurich Classic. If anything, it was a departure from the standard get-up of logoed golf shirts and plain-front chinos. Whether they pulled it off, however, is a better question for Golf Digest's Fashion Director, Marty Hackel. So we asked, and here was Marty's take.

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Keegan Bradley's Tommy Hilfiger clothing made him look like he just stepped off the campus green; Graeme McDowell was dressed so well in his Kartel Apparel, he looked like a character out of Oliver Twist; Rickie Fowler's Puma outfit was elaborate enough he was sweating profusely, and yet somehow he made it look cool; Luke Donald in RLX/Ralph Lauren's black-and-white outfit looked and fit so good he should consider wearing it at the Open Championship this summer; Ben Crane's Hugo Boss outfit featured a really cool vest and plus fours with fabric that coordinated well with his bowtie and newsboy hat; Camilo Villegas looked great in J. Lindeberg. The cardigan sweater really made the look and wearing a necktie tied everything together; Justin Rose looked perfectly at home in his adidas clothing, which were smartly kept in a neutral tone.

What did you think of the group last week? Did they look cool? Did they look ridiculous? Maybe somewhere in between? Let us know in the comments section below.

 
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News & Tours

Trending: Tiger Jam 2012 photos

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(All photos: Getty Images)

While you were out playing golf this weekend, Tiger Woods was raising money for charity. And he was still having more fun than you.

Woods brought his annual Tiger Jam to Sin City this past weekend, with a star-studded lineup that included a poker tournament and concert. Believe it or not, this was his 15th annual Tiger Jam, and besides his shirt and the music of Jon Bon Jovi, there was nothing to complain about. Hear that haters? Nothing... To... Complain... About. I still await your comments though, because nothing short of the revelation it's actually Magic Eye artwork will allow me to appreciate that shirt.

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I can even give Bon Jovi a pass since he's been a regular at the event over the course of it's 15 years. Sadly, there's no photos of the poker tournament to share, which cost a cool $10,000 to enter and featured such high-rollers as MC Hammer, Ben Lamb, Phil Hellmuth, and poker legend Doyle Brunson. Luckily there are photos of gold-medal skier Lindsey Vonn.

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News & Tours

Video: Dufner breaks through in the Bayou

It wasn't the most emotional reaction we've ever seen (OK, so it may have been the least emotional reaction), but Jason Dufner's win at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans certainly was still a feel-good story. After several close calls, most notably losing in a playoff to Keegan Bradley at last year's PGA Championship, the 35-year old finally broke through for his first win on tour.

"To get the monkey off of my back, it's a great feeling," he said after.

Even more impressive was the manner in which it happened. Dufner found the water on 16, but made a 35-footer to save par, then made another clutch par save on No. 17. He then topped a three-time major winner, Ernie Els, on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Here are the highlights from an exciting final round that also included a charge by Luke Donald, who reclaimed the top spot in the Official World Golf Ranking:

As for Els, the Big Easy may have come up just short in the Big Easy, but the result was more proof that he's finding the form that made him a Hall of Famer and a two-time winner on tour as recently as 2010. This was Els' third top-five finish in his last five starts, moving him up to No. 40 in the world ranking.

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With the win, Dufner moves up to a career-high of No. 20 in the ranking, though, he probably won't be thinking about that for too long. Next weekend will be memorable as well, but it won't involve the golf course. Instead, Dufner will be getting married. Not a bad week, indeed.

-- Alex Myers

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Courses & Travel

Trip Report: Ireland

Roger Schiffman, managing editor of Golf Digest, was on vacation playing golf in Ireland last week. When he got back, I put him to work, managing the following pictures and captions for this blog.

Here's Schiffman's trip report:


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No playing favorites at conference championships

Conference champions (Women:April 30) (450).jpgCalifornia (17-over 881) won its second Pac-12 title in school history, beating USC by one stroke at Palouse Ridge GC in Pullman, Wash. The Trojans made five birdies in the final two holes to nearly steal away the title but Cal senior Joanne Lee birdied the 18th and Daniela Holmqvist made a par to secure the win. USC's Doris Chen was medalist with a one-over 217, the fifth Trojan to win the individual title. Top-ranked UCLA finished four strokes back in fourth place, their worst showing of the 2011-12 season.

Michigan State (25-over 889) repeated as Big Ten champs, defeating Purdue by six strokes at the Donald Ross course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort. Purdue's Laura Gonzalez-Escallon was the individual champion for the second time in her career, shooting an even-par 216 to win by one stroke over Michigan's Yugene Lee.

Oklahoma (64-over 904) pulled out a seven-stroke victory at the Big 12 Championship, outpacing Texas during a rainy final round at Lawrence (Kan.) GC. Texas A&M's Mary Michael Maggio won the individual title with a nine-over 219.


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For the second straight year, the Pac-12 title was decided in a playoff, with California outlasting Oregon in two holes to claim its first-ever conference crown. The Golden Bears needed a 30-plus foot birdie putt on the 18th hole from senior Brandon Hagy to catch the Ducks in regulation at Trysting Tree GC in Corvallis, Ore., after being five strokes down with three holes to play. "I hit it exactly how I wanted it to," Hagy said of his putt on the 18th hole. "It looked good from 10 feet out and it went in. It was a really good feeling." Hagy then made a 20-foot birdie on the second-playoff hole that gave Cal the title. Stanford's Andrew Yun was medalist with a 13-under 275.

Texas A&M won its first Big 12 title, defeating top-ranked Texas by three strokes at Whispering Pines GC in Trinity, Texas. The Aggies had a nine-stroke lead starting the day, but saw the Longhorns charge back and actually take the lead on the back nine. With the final group playing the 18th hole, Texas senior Dylan Frittelli needed a birdie to force a playoff, but made a triple bogey when he hit his ball into the water near the green. Frittelli's stumble also cost him a shot at the individual title, as he finished three strokes back of Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen.

Illinois won a fourth straight Big Ten title, shooting a 23-over 1,175 to beat Indiana by three strokes at the Dye Course at French Lick (Ind.) Resort. A chip-in eagle from Mason Jacobs and birdie by Thomas Pieters on the final hole secured the team win. Senior Luke Guthrie took the individual title for the second straight year, shooting a five-under 283 to become the school's third repeat winner and the first since Steve Stricker in 1988-89.

Rain forced the final round of the Atlantic 10 Championship to be washed out, allowing second-round leader George Washington to claim the team title and end Charlotte's run of six straight conference championships. It was the Colonials first-ever A-10 title and first conference title of any kind since 1959.
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Instruction

Weekend Tip: Three keys for playing in the wind

On Friday, the 50,000-pound Space Shuttle Enterprise made its final flight, piggybacking atop a Boeing 747, which soared over the Hudson River on its way to landing at JFK. Some concerns about 30 mph winds buffeting the giant cargo proved to be unfounded. (See video below, and listen to the wind as the Enterprise sails overhead.)



If only our golf balls could bore through the wind with such grace and ease. But of course, 30 mph winds can play havoc with our dimpled little friends that weigh only 1.68 ounces. So how do you play when the wind is howling outside, as it tends to do in many parts of the country at this time of year? Here are three tips, from three of the game's all-time great wind players:

Tom Watson: Watson didn't win five British Opens, all in Scotland, without a keen understanding of playing great in the wind. He says he learned early on that the key to handling British Open venues on windswept links is to feel as if you're hitting long chip shots around the course. You rarely want to swing full bore in high winds, Watson says. Swinging all-out only makes the ball spin more, which causes it to balloon and be affected by higher velocities and gusts. By thinking of hitting long chip shots you reduce backspin so the ball stays lower, where it's less affected by the wind. In windy conditions, a ball rolling along the ground is generally easier to control than one that flies high through the air.

Payne Stewart: Before he passed away, the three-time major champion and Ryder Cup star wrote an article for Golf Digest about playing in poor conditions. Stewart advocated riding the wind with the driver to get maximum carry and distance, but to curve the ball into the wind on iron shots and other approaches for better control. For example, if he were teeing off in a strong left-right wind, Stewart would intentionally aim left and play a power fade. The ball would curve in the same direction as the wind was blowing, thereby allowing the wind to carry it for optimum distance. However, on an approach with, say, a left-to-right wind, he would intentionally aim to the right and play a draw that curved into the wind. The wind served as a backdrop to "hold" the ball on the green. Likewise, he would intentionally fade his approaches into a right-to-left wind.

Paul Azinger: Paul's strong grip and strong turn resulted in an ability to hit very low shots, even with his wedges and short irons. Paul would play the ball back of center in his stance and hit knockdown shots where he limited his follow-through. "Finish low to hit it low," he often said. Another secret Paul revealed to me years ago was to hit the ball lower, not higher, when playing iron shots downwind. The conventional wisdom is to hit the ball high downwind to take advantage of the breeze. But Paul contended that doing so caused you to lose control of the shot's distance. By hitting a low knockdown, you keep the ball under the wind so the ball is less affected, and therefore you can better control your distance on approach shots.

Give these techniques a try this weekend or anytime it's windy. And good luck with your game. I'll be pulling for you.

Roger Schiffman
Managing Editor
Golf Digest
Twitter @RogerSchiffman

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News & Tours

Help the Golf World editors write this week's Front 9 feature

Our increasingly-popular contest, allowing you to help us write Golf World's weekly "Front 9" magazine feature, is back. Your name could appear in the game's No. 1 newsweekly. (And, you'll win a sleeve of golf balls printed with the Golf World logo!)

Inspired by The New Yorker's cartoon-caption writing contest, Golf World is featuring the "Front 9 Punchline Contest" in every issue. Here's how it works: Every Sunday morning, Golf World's editors will post a Front 9 setup line to our magazine's Facebook page. We'll give you until 3 p.m. on Monday to enter your best punchline to that setup.

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(An example from a recent Front 9: The House of Representatives votes to award Jack Nicklaus the Congressional Gold Medal.)

Punchline: Better than the silver medal he got from the Olympics Golf Course Selection Committee.)

Golf World editors will then select the winning entry, which will appear (along with the writer's name and hometown) in that week's issue of Golf World.

Plus, even if you don't have the best one, your creativity won't go unnoticed. We'll give you a shout out on our new #Reaction blog. With the increased popularity of the contest, we've been getting too many quality responses to not acknowledge some of the best.

Our top five punchlines from last week on our new #Reaction Blog

Our last winner was Thomas B. Allen of Middletown, Ohio, whose winning entry appeared in the April 30 issue of the magazine:

The set-up line: Time magazine names Yani Tseng one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World."

The winning punchline: "Non-golfers said 'Huh?', but he did not make the list this year."

Check our Facebook page on Sunday for your chance to appear in our next issue!

--Golf World editors
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Health & Fitness

Fitness Friday: Unveiling the final two exercises in the new 20-in-20 workout

Every week my colleague Ron Kaspriske, Golf Digest Fitness Editor, presents Fitness Friday on the Instruction Blog. This week he continues his series of his 20-in-20 workout. it will definitely get your golf muscles in shape. Look for Weekend Tip tomorrow, and remember to follow me on Twitter: @RogerSchiffman.

Roger Schiffman
Managing Editor
Golf Digest

Here's Ron: The 20-in-20 advanced workout for golfers (#20in20) was born from the notion that there has to be a more efficient and more engaging way to exercise than what is offered in traditional programs.

As I stated at the beginning of this series, a recent survey showed that more than half of new gym-goers quit working out within two months of starting for two reasons: It's too boring and it takes too much time. Having tried and tested a number of routines over the years, I couldn't agree more. There's nothing exciting about going to the gym and jogging on a treadmill for 30 minutes and then doing a circuit of weight machines for another 30. I just yawned typing that sentence.

Before unveiling this group of 10 exercises, which are meant to be done in a total of 20 minutes (two sets per exercise), I spent a lot of time speaking with golf-fitness experts about their training programs. Not only did I want to understand what types of conditioning a golfer needs to not only swing the club effectively, powerfully and safely, but I also wanted to know how much time it truly takes to get something out of exercising. There were many different opinions on those topics, but whenever I heard a common theme from the trainers, I jotted it down. From those commonalities came this total-body workout that not only conditions golfers for the punishment they take from repeatedly swinging a golf club, but also improves their stamina.

The final two exercises in the 20-in-20 are perfect examples. Alphabet Soup (T's, Y's, M's and W's) help build scapular stability as well as rotator-cuff strength and mobility. Those are two critical areas for golfers. And the squat thrusts train the lower body to use the ground as leverage to create a more powerful swing. They also will improve your cardiovascular health.

Note: You'll hear me say in the video that the squat thrusts are a "bonus exercise" that can replace any of the other lower-body moves in the 20-in-20, or be used as an add-on (a 21-in-21). Disregard that statement and consider squat thrusts as the final exercise of the workout routine. I originally intended for another exercise called the "lateral Heisman" to be the 10th exercise of the new 20-in-20 but changed it to the squat thrust at the last minute to help train explosive movement. In the coming weeks, I'll show you the lateral Heisman as well as three other exercises that you can use to mix and match and make your own 20-in-20 workouts if this one should become stale.

Ron Kaspriske
Fitness Editor
Golf Digest

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