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Nick Watney Claims First 2011 PGA Tour Win For Las Vegas Golfers

Las Vegas, Nevada (March 14, 2011)–It was only a matter of time before a PGA Tour golfer with strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses won a tournament in 2011. Nick Watney became the first when he played a brilliant final round en route to a win at the World Golf Championships–Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Watney bested Dustin Johnson by two shots. Both Watney and Johnson work with Las Vegas Golf Region resident Butch Harmon. Now Watney is being mentioned as one of the best golfers on the PGA Tour. –By Brian Hurlburt.
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Fixed: Las Vegas Golf Region Resident Butch Harmon Works With Watney, Johnson

Las Vegas, Nevada (March 13, 2011)–Here he goes again. Las Vegas Golf Region resident Butch Harmon, who has been voted the world's best instructor 10 years running by Golf Digest, works with two of the top four players who are battling to win the PGA Tour's WGC–Cadillac Championship. Dustin Johnson, who enters the final round with the lead, and Nick Watney, who was tied with Johnson until he dunked his tee shot in the water on 18 both learn from Harmon. Harmon operates the Butch Harmon School of Golf at Las Vegas golf course Rio Secco Golf Club..–By Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Golfer Nick Watney Makes Caddie’s Hair Grow

Las Vegas, Nevada (March 12, 2011)–Times are tough and now Las Vegas PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney is doing his best to take money out of the pocket of a barber. With every top 10 finish, Watney's caddie, Chad Reynolds, goes another week without a haircut. The two hatched a plan that there would be no haircut for Reynolds until Nick, who moved to Las Vegas to be closer to Las Vegas Golf Region resident and pro Butch Harmon, finishes out of the top 10. Watney has finished in the top 10 in four-straight tournaments and was looking good for a fifth
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ESPN Details Death of Las Vegas LPGA Tour Golfer Erica Blasberg

Las Vegas, Nevada (February 27, 2011)–Erica Blasberg had lived in Las Vegas for several years, becoming involved in the community by playing golf at Southern Highlands Golf Club, helping junior golf when she could, and attending other high profile Las Vegas golf events. On May 9, 2010, she committed suicide at her home in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. Now, ESPN's award-winning Outside the Lines has revealed new details about her life and death, including how she had been battling personal demons for several years. —By Brian Hurlburt.
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Andres Gonzales Brings Vegas Golf Sizzle and Look to PGA Tour

Las Vegas, Nevada (February 25, 2011)–When and if Andres Gonzales wins a PGA Tour event, the circuit will have its newest star. We don't base this as 100% fact, but we can't think of another PGA Tour player who sports a fu manchu like former UNLV golfer Andres Gonzales does. And his unique style, talent and Vegas flare will win plenty of fans, and it could all start this week because he has a share of the lead after the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. —By Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas LPGA Tour Star Natalie Gulbis Launches Official Facebook Page

Las Vegas, Nevada (February 23, 2011)–Las Vegas Golf Region resident Natalie Gulbis has been an avid tweeter and, in general, on the forefront of social media and public relations in general. She is a great face for the LPGA Tour, and now has launched an official Facebook page where fans can keep up with her. Click now to view her official page where she lets us know she has made her picks for this week's Match Play. —By Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Alex Cejka Makes Albatross

Las Vegas, Nevada (February 12, 2011)–Depending on who you ask, the chance of making a double eagle is up to six million to one. But Alex Cejka did just that when he made one on his very first hole of the PGA Tour's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at the Monterey Peninsula's Shore Course. It was the first time in the history of the PGA Tour that a golfer recorded an albatross on his first hole. Cejka lives in the Las Vegas Golf Region and went on to shoot a 64. LIVE SCORING. —By Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas’ Butch Harmon Is In Phil Mickelson’s Corner Again in 2011

Las Vegas, Nevada (January 30, 2011)–Phil Mickelson had a tough year, battling his own disease while also watching as his mom and wife dealt with breast cancer. It seems like much more than a year ago when Mickelson won The Masters. But over the final 13 tournaments in 2010, Mickelson finished in the top 10 just four times. It was safe to say golf wasn't at the top of his priority list, but 2011 is looking bright, and Mickelson was challenging for the win at the Farmers Insurance open in his native hometown of San Diego. And Las Vegas Golf Region resident
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Jhonny Vegas Is Newest ‘Las Vegas’ PGA Tour Golf Star

Las Vegas, Nevada (January 24, 2011)–It's a great moment anytime the word Vegas is mentioned by mass media outlets. Even, if in this instance, Vegas is not referring to the city, but to the last name of the latest PGA Tour rookie to win a golf tournament. Jhonattan Vegas–love that name–won a PGA Tour event in only his fifth official start on the tour. And although he has no official ties to Las Vegas golf courses that we know of–he hails from Venezuela–we still deem Jhonny Vegas as our newest Las Vegas golfer, joining the 30 or so other tour pros who play golf's major tours
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Diapers, Recycling, Charity, Hair Care All Part of Day for Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Charley Hoffman

Las Vegas, Nevada (January 20, 2011)–It's always about his flowing, blonde surfer hair do, a look that could cause people to think he's aloof like a stereotypical surfer, but there is plenty of substance to Las Vegas PGA Tour star Charley Hoffman. Hoffman lives in the Las Vegas Golf Region–in the same neighborhood as fellow PGA Tour star Bill Lunde–and, while he is laid back, he takes the game and his responsibilities seriously. Prior to the first round of the Bob Hope Classic, Hoffman shared his comments on being a new father, recycling, his hair, and the state of his game.–By Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Chris Riley Overcomes Nerves to Fire 66 at Sony Open In First Real Round of Year

Las Vegas, Nevada (Original: January 15, 2011 UPDATED 1/17)–For those that know the personality of Las Vegas PGA Tour star Chris Riley, happy and carefree to the nth degree, it might be surprising to learn that butterflies in the stomach can impact him on the golf course. But such was the case for this pro golfer with strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses during the first full-field event of the 2011 PGA Tour season. He did overcome them enough to scrape together a very solid round of 66 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Riley followed up his first round with a 69 in round
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Las Vegas LPGA Tour Golfer Natalie Gulbis Busy But Takes Time For Holidays

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 22, 2010)–Las Vegas resident Natalie Gulbis is a very down-to-earth superstar, and seems to pretty much spend the holidays like the rest of us: she bakes cookies, sends Christmas cards, spends time with the family, etc. But probably unlike the rest of us, she also spends some of December hosting a charity event to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada, getting a VIP tour of the ZAPPOS.com headquarters, attending a Lexus event with PGA Tour star Nick Watney, and much more. –By Brian Hurlburt.
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Former Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Rickie Fowler Still Making Impact on Fellow Vegas Golfer at Q School

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 4, 2010)–It was a short romance, but PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler left a mark on the Las Vegas Golf Region during the 12 months he lived here. Fowler, who bought a home in Las Vegas prior to the 2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals Open, has moved to Florida, but his roommate, Cameron Tringale, is said to still be in the condo, and is battling to earn his PGA Tour card at Q School. Tringale says that Fowler has been a positive influence on his game, and that is shown by Tringale being in the top
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Aspiring Las Vegas PGA Tour Pros Working Hard at Q School

Las Vegas, Nevada (December 2, 2010)–The Las Vegas Golf Region is the home to more than 30 golfers who have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses, including several who are currently trying to secure full playing privileges on the PGA Tour. The grueling 6-round PGA Tour School is currently underway, and the Las Vegas PGA Tour pros have a lot of work left to either hit the big time or regain the status they once held. The event is being held in at Orange Country National Golf Club in Florida.–By Brian Hurlburt.
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Ryan Moore No Longer Owner In Scratch Golf

Las Vegas, Nevada (November 19, 2010)–From the outside, it looks like as shocking a development as can happen in the ever-changing world of PGA Tour golfers changing club affiliation. Ryan Moore, who lived in the Las Vegas Golf Region for several years during and after his tremendous career at UNLV, has ended his ownership in Scratch Golf to sign with Adams Golf. It was only a year ago that the future looked bright for Moore and Scratch, with Moore, who routinely played and practiced at Las Vegas golf courses during his time here, not only playing the clubs but taking an ownership position. Moore
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European Tour Singapore Open Has Been Very Good For Las Vegas Golfer Adam Scott

Las Vegas, Nevada (November 16, 2010)–Adam Scott is a former UNLV Rebel golfer who once lived in Las Vegas, and for many years trained with Las Vegas Golf Region resident Butch Harmon. Scott hasn't lived in Las Vegas for many years, but he will always have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses. And this past weekend he collected his third title at the Barclays Singapore Open, a prestigious tournament on the European Tour. Scott, who hails from Australia, was the third-ranked golfer in the world in 2008, but then struggled for a time before getting his game back together over
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Looks Like Las Vegas PGA Tour Golfer Rickie Fowler Is Now a Florida Golfer

Las Vegas, Nevada (November 13, 2010)–Las Vegas Golf Region resident Rickie Fowler has made a big splash in his first year on the PGA Tour, and could end up with a Rookie of the Year trophy for his efforts. Fowler will have always have strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses–he made his PGA Tour professional debut at the 2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and bought a home in Las Vegas that same year–but it appears that he has made a move to Florida, leaving the large total fraternity of tour pros with strong ties to Las
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Many Las Vegas PGA Tour Golf Pros Safe to Set Travel Plans for 2011

  Las Vegas, Nev. (Nov. 11, 2010; UPDATED 11/21)—It’s just a number: 125. But, try telling that to Las Vegas PGA Tour pros as the grueling season came to an end. It’s simple really–finish in the top 125 and you get to play on the PGA Tour next year. Miss it and it’s back to Q-School. For 10 Tour pros with Las Vegas ties, it’s time to set their PGA Tour schedule for 2011 as they all earned enough money to make it into the top 125. For the other Las Vegas pros, it might be time to make sure
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How Many Las Vegas Golfers Does It Take to Hold a PGA Tour Event?

Las Vegas, Nevada (October 17, 2010 UPDATED 10/19)–Fourteen is one answer to the question in the headline (the answer is now 17 as recent UNLV golfer Eddie Olson received an exemption and will make his first PGA Tour start plus former Rebel Warren Schutte and Las Vegas resident earned spots via a Monday qualifier). Today marks the start of PGA Tour week in Las Vegas with the first official events surrounding the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open kicking off.  And like there is seemingly every weekend there will be many golfers with strong ties to Las Vegas golf courses playing in Las Vegas' PGA
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Las Vegas PGA Tour Star Rickie Fowler Shines on Golf’s Brightest Stage at The Ryder Cup

Las Vegas, Nevada (Oct. 8, 2010)–One of the key questions before the Ryder Cup started was: Did U.S. captain Corey Pavin make the right choice by picking Las Vegas golfer Rickie Fowler, a rookie on the PGA Tour? Fowler answered that question by picking up a point for the U.S. team with two halves, including an amazing finish on Sunday that left teammates and fans speechless. Fowler, one of more than 30 PGA, Nationwide, LPGA and Champions Tour players with deep ties to Las Vegas, plays and practices at the two Las Vegas TPC golf courses.—by Bill Bowman
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