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Today in Golf

11/30/00 -- Tommy Tolles seems to have put his recent struggles behind him at this week's PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament finals in La Quinta, Calf.
Lee Westwood was named the European Tour's Asprey and Garrand Golfer of the Year for the second time in the last three years.
 
The 27-year-old Englishman won six times in 2000 and ended
11/30/00 -- For the third time in the past four seasons, Tiger Woods has been named the PGA Tour Player of the Year. Woods, who also earned this distinction in 1997 and 1999, won nine Tour events in 2000 and amassed over $9 million in official earnings.
11/30/00 -- The LPGA kicks off its inaugural Women's World Cup of Golf tournament this week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
11/30/00 -- Bob Gilder all-but secured his 2001 Senior PGA Tour card Thursday by firing a 6-under-par 66 to take an eight-shot lead into the final round of the final stage of the Senior PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
11/29/00 -- Todd Barranger fired a 10-under-par 62 to lead a host of notable names after the first day of the six-round PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament finals in La Quinta, Calif.
11/29/00 -- Ernie Els says the back problem he suffered three weeks ago is now healed and he is confident as he prepares to defend his title at Sun City.
Bill Holstead, a manufacturer's representative for a brick company in Wichita, Kan., followed his opening 62 with a second-round 69 to maintain his lead in the final stage of the Senior PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.
11/29/00 -- The National Transportation Safety Board concludes that they have several theories about what caused the crash of Payne Stewart's jet, but the total destruction of the plane and the fact that the voice recorder lasts only 30 minutes makes finding a resolution impossible.
11/29/00 -- Tom Lehman is trying to accomplish one of the rare feats in golf - winning the same event twice in a calendar year. He'll be doing so at this week's Williams World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., an event he first won in January.
NGF: GOLF SPENDING UP IN 1999: Golf in the United States is a $22 billion industry, and spending in 1999 was up 1.7 percent over 1998, says the National Golf Foundation in the 2000 edition of its annual Golf Consumer Spending in the U.S. study.
Should anyone be surprised that a 19-year-old successfully defended his title at an event that Jack Nicklaus calls the 5th major? I mean, really, aren't you coming to expect a child prodigy to burst onto the scene at least once a year these days?
11/29/00 -- Australian Stuart Appleby has withdrawn from the Australian PGA Championship to play in the $2 million Sun City tournament in South Africa, and that concerns Aussie Greg Norman.
11/29/00 -- Tiger Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem met for first time since Woods' GolfWorld magazine outburst and both believe it was very beneficial.
11/29/00 -- Aaron Baddeley's ecstatic. Greg Norman's perturbed. And Ian Baker-Finch is nervously anxious. These three men make up the main ingredients to this week's Australian PGA Championship in Brisbane.
11/28/00 -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Hale Irwin will compete in the 2001 Senior Skins Game Jan. 27-28.
11/28/00 -- The Ladies Professional Golf Association has announced the addition of the Sports Today Open which will be held in Seoul, Korea, Oct. 19-21.
11/28/00 -- International Management Group has announced a new tournament to be staged in Perth, Australia, which will begin playing in 2002.
11/28/00 -- Sergio Garcia, the young Spaniard who plays both in Europe and the United States, has committed to play in the Australian Masters in February.
11/28/00 -- Wayne Grady, Wayne Smith and Mike Harwood were elected to the board at the Australasian Tour's annual meeting while Jack Newton chose not to seek re-election as chairman.

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