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A world of hurt for top golfers

For those who think college football plays too many bowl games, check out the world golf schedules for November and December.

With 2011 a Presidents Cup and World Cup year, the ripple effect of dropping those two events into the schedule is leaving plenty of international stars with hard choices about where to play.

"Geographical nightmare," said U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, currently eyeing a three-week stretch going from China (World Cup) to California (Chevron World Challenge) to Dubai (European Tour finale).

The Dubai event was bumped to Dec. 8-11, prompting the South African Open to shift two weeks earlier, the same week as the Presidents Cup, where South Africans Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel all could make the 12-man International team.

Adam Scott has a dilemma over Nov. 10-13, when he must choose between the Australian Open in his homeland and defending his title in Singapore. Ian Poulter, meanwhile, figures to miss defending the Shark Shootout crown he won with Dustin Johnson to play the European finale.

Re-(Tavi)stocking: The Tavistock Cup's addition of Queenwood GC (England) and Albany (Bahamas) not only opens some new horizons but likely will prompt some high-profile roster shuffling.

With seven of the world's top 40 players inside its gates, Lake Nona would have been a prohibitive favorite under the old head-to-head format against Isleworth. However, Poulter and Justin Rose also have homesites at newly opened Albany.

Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, meanwhile, are co-investors in the Albany project alongside the Tavistock Group. Els also is a Queenwood member, stretching his allegiance even thinner.

Queenwood, in the London suburbs, isn't a Tavistock property but boasts a marquee membership that reportedly includes Scott and Ryder Cup veterans Darren Clarke and Thomas Bjorn.

Tap-in: To no one's surprise, the PGA of America is going in another direction — north of the border — for next year's Ryder Cup rainwear. Quebec-based Sunice replaces Sun Mountain, which suffered the ultimate embarrassment when PGA officials dispatched a crew to the Celtic Manor merchandise tent to buy replacements for their leaky gear.

— Jeff Shain

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