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Thursday, April 30

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My prodigy, my daughter

Carly Ray Goldstein greets everyone with a hug.

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Notes: Woods resumes intense practices

Moments after shooting a bogey-free 7-under 65 on Thursday morning to take the first-round lead at the Quail Hollow Championship, Tiger Woods was planning his afternoon practice session.

AJGA’s Polo Jr. moves to PGA National

One of the nation’s top junior events has a new home. The AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic will be played at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this fall after spending two years at the Ginn Reunion Resort outside of Orlando.

Commentary: Notes: Hernandez cements Big Ten legacy

Purdue senior Maria Hernandez is a front-runner for Player of the Year, but she’s not losing sleep over the tight race. After all, she’s got more important things on her mind. As Dan Mirocha explains, just two events remain in her historic college career.

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GB&I Walker Cup hopeful Ben Enoch dies

Ben Enoch, an East Tennessee State signee and a rising star in British amateur golf, died Thursday morning in a one-car accident in Herefordshire, England.

Wednesday, April 29

College signings

Who's going where? We have your full list here.

Season saver

Charlotte picked the right time to get hot this season.

Woods: Friction with Haney overblown

Tiger Woods was furious at how he hit the ball at the Masters, and he said after the final round that he used a “Band-Aid” swing to get around Augusta National in 68.

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Play-by-play with Tiger and Peyton

Tiger Woods crouched behind the ball and eyed the cup with his steely glare. He then rose, moved forward and placed his putter to the left of the hole.

Hate to be Rude: Rededicated Daly

Word is a slimmed-down John Daly will play a few events in Europe, starting with this week’s Spanish Open, and come off his PGA Tour suspension at Memphis in June.

Fuzzy math

How does MIT axe its golf team?

New Mexico St. wins dramatic WAC title

The chance to play in the postseason was at stake for the nine teams of Western Athletic Conference on Wednesday. With no team ranked high enough to earn an at-large bid, it all came down to 54 holes at Rio Secco Golf Club in Las Vegas.

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Washington runs away with Pac-10 title

Washington won its fifth title of the season Wednesday at the Pac-10 Championship, firing 16-under 1,424 to beat Oregon by 18 shots.

Lamar wins 4th straight Southland title

Lamar won its fourth consecutive Southland Conference title Wednesday with a 10-shot victory over Texas-Arlington.

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Hoffmann leads Okla. St. to Big 12 title

Oklahoma State pulled away from a pesky Colorado team on the final day of the Big 12 Championship to win its third consecutive conference title.

Tuesday, April 28

Kelly switches back to Pro V1x

The story of how Zurich Classic winner Jerry Kelly switched back to the Titleist Pro V1x golf ball from the Pro V1 was amusing and revealing.

Notes: Klauk may get in Players

Jeff Klauk might know every blade of grass on the Stadium Course at the TPC Sawgrass after growing up watching his father, retired golf course superintendent Fred Klauk, tend to the course for The Players Championship.

HSBC Champions becomes WGC event

The HSBC Champions in China has been elevated to a World Golf Championship this year with a new qualifying criteria and a $7 million purse, the highest ever for a golf tournament in Asia.

Fantasy Aces: Quail Hollow

He looked a little upset when we last saw him walking off Augusta National. Really, really upset, actually. And we know the Frankenstein we usually see after he goes back to the lab for two weeks.

Monday, April 27

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Cink urges players to support sponsors

Stewart Cink says pro golfers need to do more in tough economic times to support corporations that have made a commitment to the PGA Tour.

Winner's Circle: April 20-26, 2009

Cleveland and Titleist led to a win for Jerry Kelly at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Obama tees it up Sunday in Maryland

President Barack Obama took advantage of the summer weather in Washington on Sunday to play a round of golf.

Monday Scramble: Name game

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. A quick reminder: We here at the Scramble wrote about this whole white belt-white golf shoe American resurgence (which earned some big ink this weekend in the Wall Street Journal) months ago. However, we probably should have mentioned it years ago, when now-Oklahoma State sophomore/top amateur Rickie Fowler started wearing the combo at junior golf tournaments, going as far back as 2005.

Seaview changes management

Seaview Resort, the historic Galloway, N.J., golf getaway, is changing management.

French Lick Resort: The Dye is cast

French Lick, Ind., commonly is known as the home of basketball legend Larry Bird, but another Hoosier hero is about to put his stamp on this town.

Women’s regional fields announced

Arizona State will feel right at home as it starts its run to the NCAA Championship.

Antigua signs apparel deal with Tour

The Antigua Group, a Peoria, Ariz.-based apparel company, has signed a three-year licensing agreement with the PGA Tour.

Player of the Week: Stephanie Meadow

Meadow won handily at AJGA Cliffs Championship.

Sunday, April 26

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Ochoa starts fiesta with Mexican title

Lorena Ochoa shot a 5-under 68 on Sunday to hold off Norway’s Suzann Pettersen by a stroke in a dramatic final round and win the Corona Championship for the second straight year.

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Kelly wins first PGA Tour title since 2002

Jerry Kelly took the umbrella from the parade marshal, donned his tasseled sash and danced his way off the 18th as the brass band played an exuberant Dixieland tune.

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Purdue women breeze to Big 10 blowout

Four Boilermakers finished in the top 10 as No. 11 Purdue cruised to its second consecutive Big Ten Women’s Championship title Sunday.

Ciganda leads ASU to Pac-10 victory

Arizona State revved up for run at the national championship by winning the Pac-10 Championship Sunday at Stanford Golf Course.

Harvard women take Ivy League title

Harvard won its second consecutive Women’s Ivy League Championship Sunday, holding on for a two-shot victory over Yale at Atlantic City Golf Club.

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Nagy powers Charlotte to A-10 title

Charlotte won its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 title Sunday and was led by junior Corey Nagy (pictured), who became the second 49er (Matt Mincer, 2007) in the past three seasons to win the A-10 individual title.

Saturday, April 25

Ochoa clings to lead in Mexico

Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a 4-under 69 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen at the Corona Championship.

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Kelly closing in on first title since 2002

Jerry Kelly shot a bogey-free 3-under 69 on Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes in the Zurich Classic.

Friday, April 24

Kelly charges ahead at Zurich Classic

Jerry Kelly moved into position for his first PGA Tour victory since his breakthrough 2002 season, shooting a 6-under 66 on Friday for a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic.

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Woods commits to Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods will play in his first tournament since the Masters next week at the Quail Hollow Championship.

Wyatt riding Tide to turnaround

Bobby Wyatt didn’t know how much more he could take. Golf will do that to you. Wyatt struggled and hit a serious low in 2007, but a rebuilt swing and newfound confidence now have him No. 8 in the Golfweek rankings and primed for a career at Alabama.

Remembering my teacher

I owe so much to the pro who taught me the game.

Turnberry needs an Euro stop

Turnberry needs an Open Championship. It needs a regular European Tour event.

Parting ways

The Corning Classic will be missed on the LPGA.

Commentary: Turnberry needs a Euro stop

In his latest column, senior writer Alistair Tait makes a case for Turnberry to become a permanent home for a regular European Tour event.

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Ochoa thrills her homeland again

Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot her second straight bogey-free 8-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead over Suzann Pettersen at the LPGA’s Corona Championship.

Thursday, April 23

Can you feel it?

The postseason energy is palpable.

Commentary: Buzz surrounds Huskies at Pac-10s

It’s been a circus at Washington as the Huskies prepare for the Pac-10 Championship. And for good reason. The team is coming off a big victory and is hosting the event. Dan Mirocha previews the Pac-10, and three other conference showdowns.

Wi jumps out to early lead at Zurich

South Korea’s Charlie Wi took advantage of soft early morning conditions to shoot a bogey-free 6-under 66 and take a one-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the Zurich Classic.

Ochoa leads in Mexico; Wie one back

Defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a bogey-free 8-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Michelle Wie and Na Yeon Choi after the first round of the LPGA’s Corona Championship.

Wednesday, April 22

Tiger lightens up at Congressional

If there’s any scar tissue left from his tough finish at the Masters, Tiger Woods didn’t show it Monday when he sat down to answer questions at Congressional. Promoting the summer Tour event he hosts, an at-ease Woods popped off several one-liners.

Food, music, fun on Zurich Classic eve

Jerry Kelly hit the 10th hole at the TPC Louisiana hungry for much more than a win. Just over halfway through Wednesday’s Pro-Am at the Zurich Classic, Kelly knew what he needed before finishing the back nine: three dozen char-grilled oysters.

Victory poses new challenge for Sheehan

The congratulations Patrick Sheehan received as he walked onto the practice tee at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic proved one thing: a win’s a win.

Old tricks

At 50, Michael Allen still chasing PGA Tour dream.

Asian Tour punishes rebel members

The Asian Tour’s conflict with new rival, the One Asia Super Series, intensified as the established circuit carried out its threat of punishing members who competed in One Asia’s debut event.

It’s a new Don in San Francisco

The University of San Francisco had not won a conference title in 19 years. After the first round of the West Coast Conference Championship on April 13 at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif., that streak appeared likely to be extended.

Tuesday, April 21

Mickelson commits to Quail Hollow event

Phil Mickelson is the latest player to commit to the Quail Hollow Championship. The tournament is still waiting on Tiger Woods.

Cabrera puts Ping on the board

Angel Cabrera gave Ping its first Masters victory by a Ping staff player.

Day in the Life: PGA Tour caddie

It started just like any other Tuesday morning for James Edmondson and Ryan Palmer. Up at 7 a.m., breakfast by 8, arrive to the course around 9 – caddie and player together at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, the final PGA Tour event of 2008.

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Palmer, Mickelson reflect on the Masters

Arnold Palmer can appreciate a good rivalry, even if he’s not part of it.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Perry's Augusta heartbreak

Kenny Perry’s emotion-filled scorecard since losing the Masters reads thusly: Little sleep. Lot of crying and contemplation.

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R&A hopes to recession-proof Open

Trying to ward off the recession’s ill effects, the R&A is taking several steps to ensure robust attendance and consumer spending at The Open. Organizers are even subsidizing area golf clubs that’ll send busloads of its members to the major championship.

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Zurich renews New Orleans event

The PGA Tour picked up another key sponsor extension April 21 when Zurich Financial said it would continue its title sponsorship of the New Orleans tournament through 2014.

Monday, April 20

Winner’s Circle: April 13-19, 2009

Brian Gay's Mizunos helped him grab the title at the Verizon Heritage.

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Monday Scramble: Tree trouble

Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we ask you to say “Tartar sauce on your Tartan jacket” five times fast. (Bonus points if you do it with a Boston accent.)

Golfweek’s Best deals: Kapalua Resort

Through Dec. 19, guests visiting under the “Stay and Play Your Way” package can get a free same-day replay on Kapalua’s top-ranked Plantation, a PGA Tour site, or its sister Bay course, which hosts an LPGA event.

Commentary: Book review: A Son of the Game

A town founded as a sanctuary for tuberculosis sufferers now serves as a haven for golfers facing a midlife crisis.

Player of the Week: Kelly Shon

Shon takes second AJGA victory.

USGA, PGA create junior program

Welcoming juniors to the game long has been one of golf’s cherished customs. Golf’s allied organizations have lent their support to the cause, and now the USGA and PGA are stepping up their efforts: They’re creating an after-school junior program that’ll focus on providing young players course access.

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Machrihanish Dunes to open in July

It finally appears that golfers making the pilgrimage to Scotland’s historic Machrihanish Golf Club will have the chance to play its much-anticipated sister course.

Corning Classic to end after 31 years

The LPGA Corning Classic, the longest-running event on the ladies tour with the same title sponsor and played at the same venue since its inception in 1979, will end in May.

Sunday, April 19

Schneider, Liu win Golfweek Jr. Series

Brandon Liu grew up breaking wooden boards with a move called the tornado roundhouse kick.

Sheary, Wake Forest sweep titles at ACC

Wake Forest's Natalie Sheary made par on the first playoff hole to beat Duke senior Amanda Blumenherst and win the individual title at the ACC Women's Championship.

Auburn women rally to win SEC title

Auburn shot a final-round 285 to come from behind and win its eighth SEC Championship.

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Cowboys’ charge nets Aggie title

Rickie Fowler was struggling. His ballstriking wasn’t quite as crisp or as accurate as the previous day when he shot 65, and the putts just wouldn’t fall when the few birdie opportunities arose.

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Day in the Life: Billy Horschel

Former President George W. Bush made an impression on Florida senior Billy Horschel when he visited the White House with the victorious U.S. Walker Cup team two years ago.

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Georgia, Horschel claim SEC titles

Georgia completed a wire-to-wire victory Sunday at the SEC Championship, shooting 286 to finish at 15-under 849. Arkansas (289) finished second at 2 under par, followed by Florida (288) at 1 over.

Ga. Tech wins 3rd ACC title in four years

Georgia Tech held off a late rally from Clemson to post a three-shot victory at the ACC Championship and claim its third conference championship in the past four years.

Saturday, April 18

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That old green magic

Whether you followed the hint of magic down to that precious juncture where the greens at 6, 15, and 16 converge, or you took your heart out to Amen Corner or even satisfied your thirst with positions behind the seventh green, the stroll around Augusta National Golf Club helped reintroduce an old friend whom you feared had disappeared forever.

2009 Masters: Woods and Nicklaus: Kings of clutch

Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus have no equals when it comes to must-make moments.

2009 Masters: Campbell had his shot, and he pushed it

Costly putt ruins Chad Campbell's chances of a Masters title.

Gay dialed in at Verizon Heritage

Brian Gay can’t miss. A day after he made five consecutive birdies, Brian Gay shot a 4-under 67 in the third round of the Verizon Hertiage to take a three-shot lead. New Zealander Tim Wilkinson is in second. Lee Janzen is four back in third.

2009 Masters: Golf needs more Kenny Perrys

Kenny Perry shows class while finishing second at the Masters.

2010 Masters: Analysis: A little luck goes a long way for Cabrera

Cabrera won the Masters with his putting, nerves and a little help from lady luck.

2009 Masters: Mickelson’s wild ride continues

Read Jeff Rude's column on Phil Mickelson.

2009 Masters: Cabrera finds the magic to win the Masters

A restored Sunday roar, Kenny Perry's vanishing victory and Angel Cabrera's escape act combine for an Augusta classic.

2009 Masters: Gary Player plays in the Masters one last time

Gary Player recalls his greatest memories at Augusta National.

2009 Masters: amateur Steve Wilson played with his idol Watson

The 39-year-old makes his Masters debut playing with his golf idol, Tom Watson.

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Fowler powers Cowboys to Aggie lead

Led by Rickie Fowler and Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State had four players post sub-70 rounds as the Cowboys surged into the lead after the first round of the weather-plagued Aggie Invitational.

2009 Masters: Woods and Mickelson started strong but faded late

Masters patrons got a to see Tiger and Phil paired together again.

Friday, April 17

Gay surges into lead at Verizon

Brian Gay’s run of five straight birdies lifted him past a revived Todd Hamilton after two rounds of the Verizon Heritage on Friday.

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Will there be another Angel Cabrera?

Angel Cabrera is a hero in his native country. But while his success has sparked Argentines’ interest in golf, an eroding caddie pipeline may hamper the game’s nationwide growth. Read about it in this Golfweek Special Report.

De Vicenzo: Not so stupid after all

Tucked behind a towering line of shrubs in a working-class suburb south of Buenos Aires, Ranelagh Golf Club has stood for more than four generations.

10 thoughts about the Masters

The Masters gave everyone a lot of food for thought. Here are 10 random impressions from the first major of the year.

Thursday, April 16

Q&A with Steve Ogg

Steve Ogg, Callaway Golf’s vice president of golf ball research and development, sat down with Golfweek to discuss the new two-piece Diablo ball and other Callaway golf balls for 2009.

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Cejka takes charge at Verizon

Alex Cejka shot his lowest round in two years in the first round of the Verizon Heritage on Thursday. Cejka shot a 7-under 64 despite only being “85 percent,” and he leads Lee Janzen by one. Trevor Immelman is two shots back in third.

Commentary: Swede ups Liberty’s postseason bid

Robert Karlsson is on a roll. No, not that Robert Karlsson. We’re talking about Liberty’s fantastic frosh, also named Robert Karlsson. As Dan Mirocha explains, the Swede has had a standout spring.

Nicklaus, wife honored for youth work

Jack and Barbara Nicklaus will receive Pathfinder awards in June for their longtime contribution to youth sports.

Ritz residences added at Abaco

The Abaco Club has opened the second phase of its Ritz-Carlton Club fractional residences.

Quail Lodge to showcase classic rides

Like its resort counterparts on the Monterey Peninsula, Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club takes its golf seriously. It’s home to a course designed by Robert Muir Graves.

Stetson shocks Campbell to win A-Sun

The Stetson women’s golf team shot a school and tournament-record round of even-par 288 on Wednesday to rally from a three-stroke deficit to defeat Campbell and win the school’s first Atlantic Sun title.

Volunteer builds bridge for young fan

I’ve heard a lot of people who earn their paycheck in golf say “the industry” does not do enough to advocate on the game’s behalf. Well, I’ve never met “the industry,” but a recent experience at a PGA Tour event makes me wonder whether we’re asking the wrong people to be ambassadors for the game.

Lawmakers act after LPGA’s failed policy

The California Senate has voted to make it illegal to hold events that require participants to speak English in a move prompted by the LPGA’s English-only proposal.

Wednesday, April 15

Wrist watch

More bad luck for Stanford’s Bramlett.

Cabrera: I want five majors

Angel Cabrera received a hero’s welcome upon his return to his native Argentina. Cabrera, sporting the green jacket, declared, ‘I’m not going to stop until I win at least five (majors).’ He’s only the second international player to win the Masters and U.S. Open.

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Weekley seeks three-peat at Heritage

Boo Weekley’s having too much fun at Harbour Town to worry about chasing history.

ACC Preview: Can Duke still win?

Strange as it sounds, Virginia is the team to beat at this week’s ACC Championship. Duke? Well, their streak of 13 consecutive conference titles is on the line. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Give Angel some credit

Because of the dramatic retreats of Kenny Perry and Phil Mickelson, double-major winner Angel Cabrera probably didn’t get the credit he deserves for his Masters victory.

Easy livin’

Harbour Town a relaxing contrast to Augusta.

Rivalry takes new course in Cincinnati

To sports fans in Cincinnati, the annual Crosstown Shootout represents one of the city’s grand traditions.

Tuesday, April 14

Fantasy Aces: The Heritage

Boo Weekley (pictured) has won in his past two trips to Harbour Town, but he’s not the favorite this week. That title belongs to Jim Furyk, who also has an impressive record at Hilton Head. See who else the Aces like this week.

Perry adds 64-degree wedge after playoff loss at Augusta

After Kenny Perry's playoff loss at Augusta, he decided to add a 64-degree wedge for shots like the one he skulled across the green on the 17th green.

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Notes: Cabrera’s solid-gold prize

Tiger Woods has his Sunday red. Angel Cabrera prefers yellow.

Holmqvist leads Tulane to C-USA title

The Tulane women’s golf team won the Conference USA Championship in its first year of competition since being reinstated in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

USF uses 18th-hole heroics to win WCC

San Francisco rallied on the final hole of regulation to win its tenth West Coast Conference Championship and first since 1990.

IMG, Callaway in Danny Lee’s future

Reigning U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee, who is scheduled to make his professional debut this week at the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Golfweek, March 28), has signed a deal to be represented by IMG.

Monday, April 13

Missed call

CBS had a few flaws in its Masters telecast.

Winner's Circle: The Masters

Angel Cabrera used a bag full of Pings to win his second major championship.

Thompson siblings sweep Laredo titles

Curtis and Alexis Thompson made it a double-double once again.

Monday Scramble: Top 50 Masters list

The Monday Scramble presents for the first time, our annual Masters 50, featuring the top 50 coolest/craziest/confusing things about the 2009 Masters (or just Augusta National in general).

U.S. rounds played falls in February

In February, rounds played volume fell 4 percent in the U.S., with public and private facilities reporting declines for the month, according to an industry report.

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Callaway retains Lefty with new deal

Callaway Golf Co. announced April 7 it has extended its endorsement contract with Phil Mickelson.

Michelob expands LPGA sponsorship

The Duramed Futures Tour and Anheuser-Busch announced April 13 that Michelob Ultra will be the circuit’s official beer sponsor this season.

Sunday, April 12

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Notes: Merrick earns trip to ’10 Masters

The first time John Merrick visited Augusta National, he got a lecture from one of the green jackets.

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Katayama wins over fans at Augusta

Shingo Katayama is still quite the showman. It’s just been eight years between performances.

Another major eludes Campbell’s grasp

Just as he did at the PGA Championship in 2003, Chad Campbell had to watch Sunday as someone else won a major that could have been his. Making it sting even more was that it was the Masters.

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Woods, Lefty combine for epic duel

They battled each other as though no one else was playing, and for many of those lucky enough to be at Augusta National on Easter Sunday, no one else was. Every shot seemed to spark a new roar echoing through the Georgia pines, and every birdie brought new hope that this might be the most magical Masters of them all.

Mighty Duck: Cabrera wins Masters

Angel Cabrera outlasted Kenny Perry on the second playoff hole Sunday at Augusta to win the Masters. ‘El Pato,’ Spanish for ‘The Duck,’ as Cabrera is known, closed with 71, and now adds a green jacket to his 2007 U.S. Open title.

Cabrera's Masters victory was worth the wait

On a heavenly Easter Sunday at Augusta National, golf fans stopped waiting for the roars and the fun to return, stopped waiting for the choir to come back to church; Argentina, meanwhile, stopped waiting for the green jacket it first set eyes on 41 years ago, when Roberto De Vicenzo inadvertently signed for a higher score and finished second by a stroke.

N.C. State’s Hill, Duke post big victories

North Carolina State sophomore Matt Hill captured his fourth individual title of the season at the River Landing Intercollegiate Saturday, while Duke rallied from a seven-shot deficit to claim the team title

Saturday, April 11

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Notes: Can Stricker secure a major title?

Steve Stricker’s bonus rounds at the Masters could have a big payoff.

Perry in prime position at Masters

Angel Cabrera and Kenny Perry have proven they can handle the pressure on golf’s biggest stage. Next up is Sunday at Augusta National, a test unlike any other they have faced.

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Harrington blows chance at ‘Paddy Slam’

Padraig Harrington needed to make a charge Saturday in the Masters for a shot at a third consecutive major.

Behold a Battle of Unassuming Men

Sunday at the final Masters of the decade will predominantly feature a Battle of Unassuming Men, a bummer to the casual golf fan without even considering the acronym.

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Commentary: O’Meara finds renewal on and off course

The substandard numbers and sad words match. Youth and history say you’re supposed to cash in on the Champions Tour at age 51. But Mark O’Meara finished 62nd in earnings last year. That’s odd until you listen. Beneath every underachievement is an underbelly.

McIlroy escapes ruling unscathed

What a kick Rory McIlroy has been at Augusta.

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Biltmore

Talk about revivals! Biltmore is now a joy to play and deserves a place among the better Florida public-access courses.

Slim chance

Tiger’s best shot to win? A prayer.

Friday, April 10

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Kittleson creates lifetime memory

Florida State sophomore Drew Kittleson will spend some time Friday evening in the Crow’s Nest with his nose in the books, hoping to take a chunk out of all the homework that has piled up the last few weeks.

‘Weather dogs’ will shine at soggy Bethpage

I, the weather dog, love moisture and mud. Whenever the U.S. Open turns into the British Open, with rain, cold and wind, I’m the happiest guy on planet golf.

Kittleson creates lifetime Masters memory

Drew Kittleson may have missed the cut at the Masters, but he left with plenty of memories, and some cool prizes. Kittleson earned two pair of crystal goblets for making two eagles in the second round, including on the difficult 11th.

Unforgettable

Gary Player's imprint on Augusta is eternal.

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Tragedy lends Kim new perspective

A day before making more birdies in a single round at the Masters than anyone ever born, Anthony Kim walked off the 18th green Thursday evening at Augusta National feeling a big “sense of urgency.” He’d just posted 75 on a day characterized by many as the easiest day in Masters history, and was 10 shots off the lead when he hit his pillow.

Asian Tour loses event to new rival

The Asian Tour and a new rival circuit, One Asia Super Series, are battling for control of golf in Asia for the near term. Their turf war is far from over, but one matter has been resolved: The Volvo China Open, once affiliated with the Asian Tour, will debut this week as One Asia’s inaugural event.

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Notables who missed the Masters cut

Greg Norman said he played better this week than he did at last summer’s British Open and missed the cut by two shots Friday at the Masters.

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Notes: Garcia surprised at Masters play

Sergio Garcia thought he’d struggle to make the cut at this year’s Masters. So much for that.

Commentary: Rooting for Kenny

The first rule of golf writing, and all sports writing, for that matter, is to remain objective and never become a cheerleader for one of the competitors. So much for that rule.

Thursday, April 9

Rock 'n roar

Welcome to a raucous Day 1 at Augusta.

The power of precision at Augusta

Deadlocked, they headed into a playoff that had to make Bobby Jones smile, given that they were men of diverse games. The massive ex-footballer, George Bayer, against the diminutive man from Taiwan, Chen Ching-Po. Power against precision. It spoke to the beauty of golf and validated the philosophies behind Jones’ beloved Augusta National Golf Club.

Quiet brilliance

Augusta’s fifth hole provides unique setting.

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Notes: Mize unlikely Masters contender

Larry Mize rarely gets through a week at the Masters without someone asking him about the improbable chip-in on the 11th hole to beat Greg Norman in a playoff. Thursday brought a question not many saw coming.

Daly makes appearance in Augusta

The fans were checking out the hats, T-shirts, towels and golf flags covering the folding tables, but what they’d really come to see was still inside the oversized RV parked across the street from Augusta National.

Lights-out Campbell leads Masters

Chad Campbell kept pouring in birdies, five in a row to start his round, then four consecutive on the back nine as the gallery kept up its endless cheering on a day of record scoring.

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Newman closes strong at Augusta

Tough to blame Jack Newman for having a few first-tee jitters Thursday at the Masters. “I was unbelievably scared on the first tee,” Newman said. “But after a couple bogeys, I got more fired up than nervous.”

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The red numbers are coming!

Ross Fisher was the first of three players to climb to 5 under on the leaderboard before Tiger Woods even teed off Thursday at the Masters, sticking his tee shot on the par-3 16th to a few feet for birdie.

Woods, Mickelson need big Friday

It was an atypical Thursday at the Masters, especially for fans of red, white and blue – and this has nothing to do with four out of the top five players on the leaderboard being American.

Wednesday, April 8

Class act

U.S. Collegiate goes off without a hitch.

Golfweek Jr. turns into family affair

The Liu siblings are polite, well-mannered and soft-spoken.

75 things to know about the Masters

Pop quiz: Who made the first hole-in-one at the Masters? What year was Magnolia Lane paved? Why do Augusta members wear green jackets? We’ve got all the answers, some of which may surprise you.

Zoeller: When the laughter died

Fuzzy Zoeller readies for his final Masters, site of 30 great years and one regretful day.

Commentary: Hate to be Rude: My money's on Whisper Rock

OK, here’s the proposition: If you had to bet $1,000 on someone to win the Masters, would your hard-earned money be on a member from Isleworth, Whisper Rock or Lake Nona?

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Wadkins, Olazabal get Hall call

Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain and 1977 PGA champion Lanny Wadkins have been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame for 2009, Golfweek has learned.

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Augusta’s 15th: The silence resonates

The hushed anticipation to which fans had become accustomed at Augusta National Golf Club’s 15th hole gradually is turning into yawns. That’s because each year, the drama of final-round play on the Masters’ last par 5 is becoming less dramatic.

Commentary: On the Twitter bandwagon

This story is going to be longer than 140 characters, so forgive me for not posting it on Twitter.

Tuesday, April 7

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Masters tee times: Tiger at 1:52 p.m.

Tiger Woods will tee off at 1:52 p.m. Thursday at Masters, his first round in a major since last year’s U.S. Open victory. Woods will play with Stewart Cink and Jeev Milkha Singh.

Players to watch in 2009

Here are six players who have a couple of years left in their junior careers and should continue to work their way up the rankings if they keep collecting titles at their current pace:

Norman has ‘good feeling’ for Masters

Could Greg Norman contend at this year’s Master, his first in seven years? ‘Stranger things have happened,’ said David Leadbetter. A win would be poetic justice for Norman at a place he calls his ‘cruel temptress,’ writes Jeff Rude.

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Your sleeper picks for the ‘09 Masters

The sleeper. It’s the guy no one pays any mind until he’s one off the lead entering the final round. And when he’s still one back making the turn on Sunday, everybody’s kicking themselves: Man, why didn’t I think of him?. You can bet there will be that guy at the 2009 Masters. His name will pop up on the first-round leaderboard, and he’ll hang around throughout the tournament. Last year, it was Brandt Snedeker and Steve Flesch. That’s right. Steve Flesch. He shot 78 in the final round and finished T-5. Who will it be this year? Golfweek has your answers.

Out of the loop

Danny Lee revives long-lost tradition.

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Clemson makes comeback to win USCC

Clemson overcame the cold, wind, and even some snow, not to mention a 13-shot deficit, to win the fourth U.S. Collegiate Championship Tuesday at The Golf Club of Georgia.

Commentary: Out of focus at the Masters

One of the most popular stories coming out of Augusta National so far this week is that Padraig Harrington and his quest for the PaddySlam is not the most popular story heading into the Masters.

Monday, April 6

Who’s the best teenager at the Masters?

Danny Lee figured he would see Tiger Woods at some point during the Masters, but it was no less surprising to look up from the putting green at golf’s biggest star hitting a 3-wood off the 10th tee.

Tiger’s Bear-like aura at Augusta

It is eerie to compare Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods at Augusta. Preparing for his 13th Masters as a pro, Woods owns four green jackets; Nicklaus also had four in his first 12 pro tries. As Jim McCabe explains, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Tanco sporting all-pro attitude in ’09

It wasn’t enough for Victoria Tanco to play in the U.S. Women’s Open. She had to steal the show for a couple minutes.

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Spieth primed to dominate in 2009

Jordan Spieth says he’s not the type of guy to think about golf 24/7. But after listening to him recount his breakout 2008 — down to club selection and pin positions — without taking more than a few breaths, you have to think otherwise.

Recurring theme

If history is anything to go by, then British Amateur champion Reinier Saxton has a tall order at Augusta this week.

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Casey clinches maiden PGA Tour title

He had nine wins around the world, but Paul Casey had never won in the U.S. Until now. Casey topped J.B. Holmes in a playoff Sunday at the Shell Houston Open. Holmes needed a win to play in the Masters.

Player says 2009 will be his final Masters

Gary Player is calling it a career at Augusta National after his 52nd Masters appearance this week.

Dove Mountain greens face a do-over

It didn’t take long for the newly opened Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Dove Mountain Course in Marana, Ariz., to get tweaked.

Pristine Bay lots go on sale

Pristine Bay Resort, a new property (site pictured) with a Perry and Pete Dye golf course that’s slated to open later this year, is selling lots, villas and condominiums on the island, which is located 35 miles off the coast of Honduras.

Woods a late arrival for Monday practice

The fans lined up behind the wooden gates along the first fairway, waiting for 8 a.m. so they could go onto the course for the first practice round of the Masters. That’s usually the best time to see Tiger Woods.

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ESPN duo makes perfect double play

It’s 11 a.m. on a sunny day in late February, and nearby the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros already are starting their third week of spring training. Karl Ravech and John Kruk, the two most visible cogs on ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” also are here, but not to check in on the Grapefruit League. They’re beginning the day as they usually do during the regular season – on the golf course.

Club Car study: Vandalism on the rise

Golf cars driven recklessly, dumped in creeks and spun around on greens. These are some of the problems created by vandals who are costing course operators millions of dollars annually in repairs, replacements and lost revenue. What’s worse, such incidents are increasing, according to a report by Club Car.

Monday Scramble: Masters techies unite!

Welcome to the Monday Scramble, where we still like Padraig Harrington this week.

True Player

Gary Player has left his mark on the Masters.

Bill Powell receives PGA’s top honor

The PGA of America has named William J. (Bill) Powell of East Canton, Ohio, as the recipient of the 2009 PGA Distinguished Service Award.

Chung sparks Stanford at chilly USCC

The Golf Club of Georgia is a southeastern golf course that was played in northern weather conditions Monday. And to add a full national flavor, a West Coast team is leading the pack after two rounds of the U.S. Collegiate Championship.

TMAG properties bulk up tour staff

TaylorMade and its latest acquisition, Ashworth, have bolstered their tour staff.

Sunday, April 5

Staff predictions: The Masters

Golfweek has six reporters on the scene this week inside the gates of Augusta National. Here are their predictions.

Couples, Ogilvy among Shell leaders

Fred Couples, Paul Casey and Geoff Ogilvy were part of a six-player tie at 11-under par after three rounds of the Shell Houston Open.

Woods quietly preps at Augusta

Tiger Woods was on course Sunday at Augusta National for the first time since his runner-up finish last year. Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open, teed off 15 minutes after Woods.

Masters talk: Weir, Watney, Goydos

Golfweek.com asked players at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a series of questions about Augusta National.

Augusta State wins 2nd straight event

Augusta State earned its second victory in six days Sunday with a 13-shot victory at the Administaff/ASU Invitational.

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Flores’ 65 has UCLA in USCC hunt

There must be something about playing golf on his birthday that brings out the best in UCLA’s Erik Flores.

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Lincicome makes major splash

Brittany Lincicome was brilliant when it mattered most.

Saturday, April 4

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Van Pelt sneaks into Shell lead

Bo Van Pelt may have the lead at the Shell Houston Open, but he isn’t in the clear. Van Pelt has four high-caliber players one shot back including Tour vets Fred Couples and Tommy Armour III, Tour rookie Colt Knost, and young gun Paul Casey.

Knost joins leaders in Houston

Colt Knost and Tommy Armour III shot 70s Saturday morning to tie Paul Casey, Geoff Ogilvy and John Senden for the lead at 8 under after two rounds of the Shell Houston Open.

Americans making major charge

Is Cristie Kerr the best American in the hunt at the Kraft? She’s one back of Kristy McPherson, who is leading in her first start at Mission Hills. Several other names are representing the U.S. contingent well. Beth Ann Baldry explains why.

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McPherson clings to lead at Kraft

Kristy McPherson, Cristie Kerr and Brittany Lincicome will tee off together in the last group Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Friday, April 3

Ogilvy sending pre-Masters message

Geoff Ogilvy made seven birdies in eight holes and stormed into a three-way tie for the lead at Shell Houston Open. Ogilvy is tied with John Senden and Paul Casey, who lost to Ogilvy in the finals of the WGC-Match Play.

Masters wish list

Rory McIlroy will be under enormous pressure when he plays in the Masters next week. The 19-years-old is expected to contend, even though he is making his debut.

McPherson, Kim lead windswept Kraft

The powerful desert wind that tore through the Coachella Valley on Friday blew a new set of players to the top of the leaderboard of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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McPherson living easy life at Kraft

Life’s a little easier for Kristy McPherson now that she’s established herself on the LPGA.

Thursday, April 2

Spain Park repeats at Johnson Memorial

Spain Park High School won its second straight Bradley Johnson Memorial Tournament March 24 at Greystone Country Club in Birmingham, Ala.

Commentary: Moston finds her way at San Jose

Erica Moston came to San Jose State with little talent and even less experience. Now, as a senior, she’s the 24th-ranked player in the country. Dan Mirocha explains how Moston transformed herself and has the Spartans in the postseason picture.

High winds suspend play in Houston

The first round of the Shell Houston Open has been suspended because of high winds.

‘Surreal’ day

Lincicome didn't see her good play coming.

College combines expand to six sites

The Under Armour College Golf Combines have been expanded to six regional sites.

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Lincicome leads Kraft; Ochoa struggles

Brittany Lincicome never saw a 66 coming in the first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Wie in full grind mode at Kraft

Several factors contributed to Michelle Wie’s opening tee shot on No. 10 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a high block 30 yards right of the fairway.

Wednesday, April 1

It’s about time

Augusta State builds momentum for postseason.

Stars invade Houston for Masters tuneup

The Shell Houston Open has gotten exactly what it wanted, three years after getting the event moved to the weekend before the Masters.

Norman dissects Tiger-Lefty rivalry

Greg Norman thinks Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are equal in every category, except when it comes to Woods’ ability to sink long putts under pressure.

Five things to know before the Kraft

The Kraft Nabisco Championship kicks off Thursday morning and Sean Martin gives us five storylines from the LPGA’s first major of the year. Hint: Lorena is still the one to beat.