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Charlotte golfer working his way back

Mathew Goggin can see the light again.

After struggling through a lost season in 2010 that sent him back to the Nationwide Tour this year, Goggin, who lives in Charlotte, already has one victory and is the tour's leading money winner as he plays his way back to the PGA Tour.

The good play continued last week at the Wells Fargo Championship, where Goggin closed with a 69 to finish tied for 48th.

"It was really good to win the first event of the year because it gave me a lot of confidence. I feel I've got it back again," Goggin said.

"I'm back on the trajectory I was a couple of years ago."

Goggin won the Panama Claro Championship in February and has tied for fourth and finished second in his past two Nationwide starts.

Two years ago, he made three late bogeys and missed by two strokes being in the British Open playoff with Stewart Cink and Tom Watson.

He tumbled to 159th on the money list last year as he wrestled with equipment issues.

"I was struggling with everything and lost my confidence," Goggin said.

Goggin feels comfortable again and, having played nine years on the PGA Tour, expects to be back next year.

"You get out (on the Nationwide Tour) and feel like you should be one of the best players out there," he said. "It's easy to feel more confident when you look down the range and realize you should be one of the best."

Notes

CITY AM OPENS: Registration for the Charlotte City Amateur is open. This year's event will be played Aug. 12-14 at Carolina Golf Club, Myers Park Country Club and Charlotte Country Club.

Registration information is at www.charlottecityam.com.

FEHERTY UNLEASHED: David Feherty's 12-part series "Feherty" will debut June 20 on The Golf Channel. It gives him a free run at whatever he wants to discuss about himself, golf or any other topic.

It's sure to give new meaning to the term must-see TV.

OBSERVATIONS

One reason to be glad The Players Championship is this week: Maybe now we won't have to see any more of those Craig T. Nelson commercials about the drama that comes with the big event at the TPC Stadium course.

This being the 30th anniversary of The Players Championship debuting at the Stadium Course, it's interesting to read the back story of how it got there in the new book "Deane Beman: Golf's Driving Force," by Adam Schupak.

The book tells Beman's story and how he helped turn the PGA Tour into the rich conglomerate it is today. It wasn't that way when he became commissioner in 1974.

Beman avoided a brewing player revolt led by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus early in his tenure, brought corporate sponsorship into the modern age and did it without being particularly popular with many of his constituents.

Schupak and Beman provide enormous detail into how and why decisions were made that helped lead the PGA Tour to where it is today.

The recent resignation of John Inman as men's golf coach at North Carolina after 13 years opens the door for someone else to take over a program that probably needs a jolt of change.

Inman has been an exceptional ambassador for the school and its program, but he and athletics director Dick Baddour agreed it was time for a change.

Inman will remain involved until his successor is chosen and he will help oversee the construction of a new clubhouse at North Carolina's Finley Golf Course.

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