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Singh takes Goosen’s spot
at Grand Slam on Kauai

Vijay Singh will make his fourth appearance at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai Nov. 22-23.

Singh came up short in each of this year's major championships but Retief Goosen -- who is first on the major championships points list -- withdrew because of a scheduling conflict.

The addition of Singh, who is ranked No. 2 in the world, gives the grand slam one of its strongest fields ever. No. 1 Tiger Woods, defending champion Phil Mickelson and U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell round out the foursome.

The major champions points list is composed of past major winners who competed in the 2005 majors.

Singh and Woods were the only players to finish in the top 10 in golf's four majors. Woods, who will be making his seventh appearance on Kauai, won the Masters and British Open this year.

The Grand Slam of Golf features a total purse of $1 million with $400,000 going to the winner. It will be broadcast to more than 88.9 million homes in the United States and to more than 100 countries on TNT.

Johnston joining Wie : Greg Johnston has been as much a brother as a caddie for Juli Inkster, on her bag as she captured two U.S. Women's Opens, two LPGA Championships and played her way into the Hall of Fame.

His next job figures to come with more attention.

Johnston will take over as the caddie for Michelle Wie, who many believe will turn pro at the Samsung World Championship next month.

"He's like a brother to me, and I'll always love him," Inkster told Golfweek magazine. "It's what he wants to do, and I hope it works out for him."

Jones will be back: At a time when Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have tried to figure out how to retire from tournament golf, Rosie Jones thought she had it made.

She has said this would be her final year on the LPGA Tour, and it appeared to be a perfectly scripted farewell.

Part of the problem is that Jones, 45, tied for 19th in the U.S. Women's Open. The top 20 are exempt from qualifying, so Jones will play next year at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island.

She said she now might play 10 times, but not a full schedule.

Mallon recovering: The Americans didn't celebrate quite the way they wanted at the Solheim Cup, not after watching Meg Mallon get loaded into an ambulance for what the LPGA Tour initially described as overheating.

Mallon remained hospitalized in good spirits yesterday in Indianapolis. The tour said her heartbeat was as high as 266 beats per minute after the closing ceremony Sunday afternoon.

Faxon missing out: Brad Faxon won the Buick Championship two weeks ago, and while his plan all along was to have knee surgery at the end of the year, he suddenly found himself facing other opportunities.

He loves Kapalua, home of the winners-only Mercedes Championships. The victory moved him into the top 30 on the money list, and if Faxon held his position the rest of the year, he could have qualified for a World Golf Championship, the Tour Championship and secure a spot in the Masters.

But his decision to have season-ending surgery changed all that.

"I am disappointed to have to end my season, but my knee has been bothering me for the better part of the year," Faxon said in a statement.

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