By petedirenzo
Monday, January 11, 2010

• Has it really been 18 years since Fred Couples defied gravity and Augusta's 12th hole to win the Masters? Couples and Corey Pavin will make their Champions tour debuts next week at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai Golf Course in Hawaii.
• The 28 players at the SBS Championship matches the smallest field at the season-opening event since 1999. Twenty of those 28 planned to play in this week's Sony Open.
Roberto de Vicenzo showed up at the final round of the Copas de las Americas, a semiannual mixed-team amateur event that was played this year at Olivos Golf Club in De Vicenzo's home country of Argentina. The 1968 Masters runner-up handed out trophies and posed for pictures, which turned out to be a cozy assignment since De Vicenzo's compatriots finished second overall to the U.S. team of Jessica Korda, Nolan Smith, Jennifer Song and Peter Uhlein, while the Argentine men, Emiliano Grillo and Tomas Cocha, won the men's title.
• It's good to see that even in the wake of the Tiger Woods scandal, President Obama doesn't consider golf toxic. Besides his recent play in Hawaii, the President was scheduled to meet with captain Beth Daniel and the U.S. Solheim Cup team at the White House on Tuesday.
Yogi Berra, who has played in the Bob Hope Classic (Jan. 20–24) multiple times and this year will serve as a special ambassador at the event, was asked the key to winning a celebrity pro-am. Said Berra, "You've got to have a hot pro."

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