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Friday, April 30

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Wie, Ochoa playing in anonymity this week

says Michelle Wie and Lorena Ochoa would’ve produced big ratings for the LPGA this weekend. Too bad they’re not on TV.

If Michelle Wie leads in Mexico and Tiger misses the cut, does anyone see the LPGA? The answer is no, because unless you live in Mexico, this tournament isn’t on TV. And there’s only one American journalist on sight (yours truly). Hola.

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Notes: Healthy Mickelson climbs leaderboard

Masters champion Phil Mickelson is nearly over his stomach ailment – perhaps just in time to win his second straight tournament.

Gates among three tied for Athens lead

Bobby Gates, Daniel Summerhays and Mark Anderson are tied for the lead after the second round of the Stadion Athens Classic at UGA.

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Wie moves into Tres Marias lead

Michelle Wie has taken the second-round lead in the Tres Marias Championship, shooting a 5-under 68 to reach 12 under.

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Tway, Thompson lead Gulf Resort Classic

Bob Tway and Leonard Thompson shot 5-under 67s on Friday to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour’s inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

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Work finally pays off for Iowa State

Iowa State celebrates - finally

A breakthrough season for the Iowa State women seemed to be coming to a screeching halt last Monday during the NCAA women’s regionals announcement. Turns out they just had to wait a little bit longer to hear the good news.

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For de Jonge, Players berth rides on Charlotte

explains what has to happen for Brendon de Jonge to get into the Players Championship.

Brendon de Jonge will have a vested interested in the outcome of this week’s Quail Hollow Championship.

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Get everyone on the team!

The word “team” is commonly used to describe unity and togetherness. With this unity comes uniforms. Teams are distinguished by their colors and logos.

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Woods MCs at Quail Hollow; Mayfair leads

Tiger MCs at Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods won’t be around for the weekend at Quail Hollow, where he failed to make the cut after a second-round 79 on Friday. Billy Mayfair leads Angel Cabrera by one, and Phil Mickelson is another shot back.

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Edfors takes second-round lead in Spain

Johan Edfors of Sweden shot an 8-under 64 Friday to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open.

Mudd returns to pro golf after 14-year hiatus

explains what Jodie Mudd has been up to since his last pro start in 1996.

Welcome back, Jodie Mudd. The four-time PGA Tour winner, who hung up the spikes more than 14 years ago to become a thoroughbred horse owner, made his Champions Tour debut today at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

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Are you ready for the British Open?

Thoughts from St. Andrews

Heading to the Home of Golf this summer for the Open Championship? Alistair Tait has a couple pieces of advice: Bring binoculars and keep the pink knickers at home.

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Ochoa’s No. 1 ranking isn’t exactly safe

confirms that there is a possibility Lorena Ochoa could retire without the No. 1 ranking.

There's certainly a chance that Lorena Ochoa might not finish her career ranked No. 1. LPGA officials ran the numbers Thursday night after play was completed and came up with several scenarios. The Morelia field weakened after 10th-ranked Angela Stanford withdrew Thursday afternoon.

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LPGA announces return of Brazil event

The LPGA announced April 30 the return of the HSBC Brazil Cup, an unofficial event that will be held in late May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Golf auction raises $106K for turfgrass research

An online golf auction for tee times at top courses in the Carolinas has raised $106,000 for turfgrass research.

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Regional picks: Win a prize from Wildman

Happy Friday everyone! The women’s regionals have been announced and today Lance Ringler and Julie Williams will be joining me to make predictions on which eight teams will make it out of each regional.

Thursday, April 29

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Men’s magic number could still change

continues to monitor the magic number in the men’s game as conference play wraps up.

With more than a week until selection day for men’s regionals, the picture is becoming more clear on who may be in and who may be out.With more than a week until selection day for men’s regionals, the picture is becoming more clear on who may be in and who may be out.

Gates among trio of leaders at Athens Classic

Bobby Gates may be in store for another big payday. Gates, the Nationwide Tour's leading money winner this season, fired a 5-under 66 Thursday to grab a share of the first-round lead at the Athens Classic.

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Notes: Is illness a good omen for Mickelson?

Maybe Masters champion Phil Mickelson has found a winning formula: get sick before a tournament.

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Van Pelt shoots 65 to lead Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods delivered a few memorable shots of his own Thursday at Quail Hollow on a pleasant day that produced birdies and eagles and plenty of excitement.

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Miyazato posts 63 for early Tres Marias lead

Ai Miyazato is trying to spoil Lorena Ochoa’s going-away party.

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Gulf Coast hosting first Champions event

Organizers of the Champions Tour’s Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic are trying to send a message to the world that the area, devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is back in business.

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Could Lorena retire as No. 2?

Miyazato could spoil party

Lorena Ochoa would love nothing more than to retire on top of the world. But her good friend Ai Miyazato, who shot a course-record 10-under 63 Thursday, could spoil the party. Stay tuned, writes Beth Ann Baldry.

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U.S. Open gets 9,052 applicants

breaks down the 9,052 entries for U.S. Open qualifying.

U.S. Open entries closed Wednesday. Here's a breakdown of the entrants.

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Barr (No. 89, 2011) commits to UC Davis

has given a verbal commitment to UC Davis.

Jordanne Barr, of Bakersfield, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play golf at UC Davis, according to her mother, Jessica Ross-Barr.

Western Carolina men’s coach to step down

Gorham Bradley, the head men’s golf coach at Western Carolina, this week announced his intentions to step down from the head of the men’s golf program, effective July 1, 2010.

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Woods fights swing in first round at Charlotte

Woods opens in 2-over 74

Tiger Woods opened the Quail Hollow Championship with a 2-over 74 Thursday morning, finding a couple creeks and ponds (and even a holly tree) along the way. He is currently nine shots back of the leader.

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Mayfair took the rough road to Charlotte

Billy Mayfair’s route to the top of the leaderboard at the Quail Hollow Championship started in New Orleans, went through Atlanta, then continued with a quick connection to Charlotte and a quick car drive to Carolina Golf Club.

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McLachlin puts four balls in the water at No. 7

says Parker McLachlin’s 12 at No. 7 was among the lowlights of a “double snowman.”

For Parker McLachlin, the third time wasn’t a charm – and neither was the fourth. But on his fifth try, he poured his drive into the fairway at Quail Hollow’s 515-yard, par-5 seventh.

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Gonzalez shoots 65 to lead Spanish Open

Ricardo Gonzalez set a hot early morning pace in the first round of the Open De Espana with a 7-under 65 on Thursday.

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Zetterwall keeps dream alive for UNO

College Notebook

The University of New Orleans men’s golf team might never be the same again in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, but no one will ever be able to take away the title that Oscar Zetterwall (pictured) brought home this week to the Big Easy. Sean Martin reports.

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South Korean golfers call off OneAsia boycott

South Korean golfers say they have called off a boycott of the OneAsia tour after coming to an agreement with organizers over player quotas at domestic tournaments.

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Q&A: North Dakota State’s Amy Anderson

Hello, college golf fans. Hey, do I have a treat for you! Does the name Amy Anderson ring a bell?

Wednesday, April 28

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Washington stuns Stanford to win Pac-10s

Huskies win Pac-10 title

Another comeback victory, another Pac-10 title for Washington. The Huskies shocked Stanford Wednesday to complete a historic month and successfully defend their conference crown.

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Freshmen roar for Lions at Southland

A pair of freshmen helped Southeastern Louisiana to its first Southland Conference Championship in a decade Wednesday.

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Murray State races to OVC crown

The Murray State Racers zipped by everyone at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship on Wednesday, winning by 18 shots at GreyStone GC in Dickson, Tenn.

B.C. Open founder Alex Alexander dies

Alex Alexander, the man who convinced the PGA in 1971 that a small town on New York's Southern Tier could meet the demands of a regular stop on tour, has died. He was 88.

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We Are Golf touts industry on Capitol Hill

National Golf Day

Determined to make its case as an industry that creates jobs, supports charities and protects the environment, a coalition of golf executives visited Congressional leaders April 28 as part of National Golf Day.

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For Ochoa, a week of tears and cheers

on why Lorena Ochoa asked to be paired with Natalie Gulbis for her last event.

Natalie Gulbis can’t forget the first time she met Lorena Ochoa, like a catchy song that sticks in your head. She was 12 years old playing in the Junior World Championship in California and Ochoa taught her the “Macarena” dance – before it became popular.

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A kid-gloves approach to tracking Tiger

The new Tiger Woods?

Tiger Woods stopped for a photo-op with a 6-year-old boy Wednesday at Quail Hollow. As Jim McCabe writes, it caused quite a commotion.

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Jordan hams it up at Quail Hollow pro-am

Sure, Tiger Woods is here, but Michael Jordan still rules this town.

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South Alabama upsets MTSU at Sun Belt

South Alabama came back to upset Middle Tennesse State and win the Sun Belt Conference Championship Wednesday.

Former LPGA winner Rizzo to coach Miami

Patti Rizzo, an All-American at Miami and a former LPGA player, was named head coach of the Hurricanes’ women’s golf team Wednesday.

In this issue: April 30, 2010

Inside the April 30, 2010 issue of Golfweek...

Mickelson gets sick, leaves pro-am

Masters champion Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from his pro-am group Wednesday, complaining of illness.

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Westwood to play St. Jude Classic after all

reports that Lee Westwood will play in The St. Jude Classic after all.

Lee Westwood, the No. 4-ranked player in the world, has been granted a sponsor exemption to the tournament in Memphis, Tenn., after all. Westwood was informed during Wednesday’s pro-am at the Quail Hollow Championship.

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Mickelson to take week off before U.S. Open

Call it sensible scheduling, or call it a bit of a curveball from a crafty left-hander. Either way, Phil Mickelson revealed his upcoming schedule, and it includes a surprise.

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Eight to watch: International amateurs

International amateurs

Do you know what Matt Jager (pictured), Ross Kellet and Jin Jeong have in common? They’re international amateur players to keep an eye on this summer – and perhaps for years to come.

Q&A: The Littlest Golfer CEO Kris Wilson

I chatted recently with Kris Wilson, CEO and founder of The Littlest Golfer children’s golf wear. Wilson gave me a behind-the-scenes look at the “mini” apparel industry and what it takes to keep children interested in the game. Cool clothing and accessories, perhaps?

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Toy Box notes: Walk in Freddie’s shoes

settles all the rumors about the Ecco Golf Street Premiere shoes worn by Fred Couples.

Many golfers have heard the rumors about the Ecco Golf Street Premiere shoes worn by Fred Couples.

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Thumbs up: UCF | Thumbs down: UNC

The regular season might be coming to a close, but there is still plenty of time for me to give out some thumbs-ups and some thumbs-downs.

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Fantasy Aces: Quail Hollow Championship

Quail Hollow Championship

Tiger is back. So is Phil. All the stars are aligned for a great week at Quail Hollow. So who are the Fantasy Aces picking?

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Monty reveals choices for assistant captains

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie identified Thomas Bjorn, Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazabal as his ideal choices to be vice captains for the Ryder Cup.

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Hate to be Rude: Tiger-Phil Part II

Hate to be Rude

The game hits a high note this week because Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are competing in the same event – the Quail Hollow Championship. Jeff Rude gives you a front-row seat.

Men’s magic number update

has an update on the magic number for men’s regionals selections.

There haven’t been many upsets yet in men’s conference championship play. Yes, Georetown’s victory was an upset, but the Big East Conference was down this year, so the Hoyas did not take a spot away from the at-large pool.

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Woods switches to Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft

reports that Tiger Woods put a new shaft in his driver at Quail Hollow.

There’s a new driver shaft underneath golf’s most famous headcover. Tiger Woods switched back into a Mitsubishi Rayon driver shaft early Wednesday in the Quail Hollow Championship Pro-Am.

Tuesday, April 27

Detroit Mercy wins Horizon League title

Detroit Mercy shot a tournament-best 288 Tuesday en route to winning the Horizon League Conference Championship for a seventh time and earning a bid to NCAA regional play.

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UCF repeats as C-USA champion

Central Florida successfully defended its Conference USA crown at RedTail Golf Club on Tuesday, earning an automatic spot in next month’s NCAA regionals.

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Ochoa’s farewell event sells out quickly

Last year, Morelia officials printed 25,000 weekly badges for the Tres Marias Championship. This year, with the announcement of Lorena Ochoa’s retirement, they have increased that number to 40,000. And they are sold out.

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Inkster, Ochoa bond over retirement

describes the emotional moment recently shared by Juli Inkster and Lorena Ochoa.

Juli Inkster never imagined she’d play longer than Lorena Ochoa. The LPGA’s supermom shared an emotional moment with Ochoa at the Kraft Nabisco when the World No. 1 told her that she planned to retire.

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Walk-on frosh stars in ORU’s Summit title

Oral Roberts coach Lance Watson had reason to be dumbfounded Tuesday afternoon. His Golden Eagles completed a dramatic come-from-behind performance to win the Summit League Championship.

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Kim plays hot hand, even if it hurts

Does Kim opt for surgery?

Despite an injured thumb, Anthony Kim wasn’t going to miss the Quail Hollow Championship. But is surgery in the future? Sean Martin reports.

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Garza lifts Wichita State to MVC victory

Garza, Shockers win MVC

Dustin Garza just keeps winning. The Wichita State senior notched his seventh victory of the season Tueday en route to leading the Shockers to their third straight the MVC title.

No special delivery for Westwood

Lee Westwood likes to play the week before the U.S. Open. For the second consecutive year, however, that won’t happen after he was unable to land a sponsor exemption for the St. Jude Classic Presented by Smith & Nephew in Memphis, Tenn.

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‘Idol’ judge, LPGA players look fab at gala

Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest couldn’t be found, but a foursome of our favorite lady golfers – Brittany Lincicome, Meredith Duncan, Lisa Strom and Danielle Downey – showed plenty of talent last weekend. Why? To help a great cause and rub shoulders with a slice of Hollywood.

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Nationwide notes: Porter’s wild week

explains why Ewan Porter was an unlikely winner on the Nationwide Tour last week.

There are several reasons you could call Ewan Porter an unlikely winner of last week’s South Georgia Classic on the Nationwide Tour.

Junior Players champ to get Nationwide nod

The Nationwide Tour will award a sponsor exemption to the winner of the 2010 AJGA’s Junior Players Championship to play in the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open.

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Azinger explains Ryder Cup strategy in book

Good thing Paul Azinger didn’t bother changing the channel years ago while lazily watching TV. Otherwise, words such as “pods” and “compatibate” might never have become part of the 2008 Ryder Cup.

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It’s a new season for Auburn, Georgia State

Auburn and Georgia State may have prematurely punched their tickets to Caves Valley for the 2009 NCAA Women’s Championship.

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Birdy & Grace looking for new leading lady

If the women on the LPGA are more likely to be your daughter’s role models, you might be able to relate to the unique contest Birdy & Grace has launched.

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Woods, Lefty get opposite draws in Charlotte

Pairings for the Quail Hollow Championship were just released. Better get here early to see Tiger Woods’ first round in a regular PGA Tour event. Woods will tee off Quail Hollow’s 10th tee at 7:40 a.m. with fellow major champions Stewart Cink and Angel Cabrera.

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Is "grab-a-shirt-and-go" part of your routine before playing 18-holes? Ashleigh Korzack shows off some performance wear that will keep you comfortable and have you looking like a pro, on or off the course.

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Ping to unveil Anser Forged iron

Ping Anser Forged iron

Ping will begin selling a forged iron in the United States and Europe this fall.This iron, called the Anser Forged, is in the process of being introduced in Japan, South Korea and other Far East locations.

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Irons: More forgings pressed into action

Forged irons

Forged irons are synonymous with the history of golf. James Achenbach takes a look at eight new forged products that are designed for maximum workability.

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R&A: No extra security for Woods at Open

Woods at British Open

Fans at this year’s Open Championship at St. Andrews will not be removed from the Old Course if they heckle Tiger Woods, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said Tuesday. Alistair Tait reports.

Q&A: Ole Miss junior Jonathan Randolph

This week on Wildman’s Corner, we’re talking to a college golfer who, depending on how you look at it, either gets lots of attention or not enough of it.

Monday, April 26

Harvard, Minnesota sent packing by NCAA

examines why Harvard and Minnesota were left without a women’s regional bid.

The wait is over, and now it’s time to make your travel plans. The NCAA announced Monday the field for women’s regional action.

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Player of the Week: Kristen Park

Kristen Park, of Buena Park, Calif., shot 2-over 218 at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, and won the AJGA’s Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Marcel Puyat

Marcel Puyat, of Makati, Phillipines, shot even-par 216 (72-74-70) at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, to win the AJGA’s Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship by one shot.

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‘Greatest party’ comes to Gulf Coast

says this week’s Misssissippi Gulf Resort Classic will showcase the state as an emerging golf destination.

When the Champions Tour arrives in Biloxi this week for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, it will shine a spotlight not just on one of the country’s emerging golf destinations, but also a unique tournament sponsorship model.

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Football coaches to play charity event

South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier will be looking to retain golf bragging rights when he competes against rival coaches in the Chick-fil-A Challenge at Reynolds Plantation resort on Lake Oconee.

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Winner’s Circle: April 19-25, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Swearingen (No. 61, 2011) commits to UNLV

has given a verbal commitment to UNLV.

Marguerite Swearingen, of Livermore, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at UNLV.

Now healthy, ASU ready to rock regionals

reports that a now healthy ASU squad will be at full strength for regional play.

For those that thought Arizona State might be down and out after the Pac-10 Championship, don’t count on it. Coach Melissa Luellen said Monday that Jennifer Johnson and Giulia Molinaro, who were sick and only completed one round at the conference championship, are back at practice, no longer ill, and are eating normally.

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NCAA women’s regional bids revealed

NCAA women’s regional bids

The NCAA announced its women’s regional selections Monday, with Duke, UCLA and Arizona State receiving No. 1 seeds.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Golf getaways

Here are three suggested golf getaways around the country, all rated among Golfweek’s Best in their respective states.

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Klein on Design: No. 6, TPC Sawgrass

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole.

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Smith & Nephew to sponsor St. Jude Classic

Event lands sponsor

Smith & Nephew, a medical device company, will become the presenting sponsor of the 2010 St. Jude Classic in Memphis, giving the troubled tournament financial relief – at least temporarily.

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New Orleans still rebuilding, five years later

New Orleans, 5 years later

New Orleans golfers are a resilient, eclectic bunch, but hurdles remain for their game five years after Katrina. Sean Martin reports.

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Maguire twins highlight GB&I Curtis Cuppers

GB&I Curtis Cuppers

Twins Leona and Lisa McGuire, 15, will be the youngest Great Britain & Ireland players to appear in the Curtis Cup.

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Player of the week: Carlota Ciganda, ASU

The sophomore won the Pac-10 Conference Championship by defeating teammate Juliana Murcia in a playoff. Ciganda, who shot 2-under 213 (71-72-71) and won for the first time this year, became the first Pac-10 player to win back-to-back conference titles.

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Player of the week: Chris Ward, Texas Tech

The Red Raiders senior shot 7-under 65 in the second round on his way to the individual title at the Big 12 Championship. Ward finished at 9-under 207, winning by two over OSU’s Peter Uihlein.

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Team of the week: Penn

The Quakers made history April 25 at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., winning its first Ivy League Championship with a wire-to-wire, 22-shot victory over runner-up Yale. Penn, which entered at No. 108 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, jumped out to a five-shot lead over No. 57 Harvard in the first round, and continued to build its margin of victory. Penn closed in 19-over 307, the best round of the tournament, for a 65-over 929 total.

Rookie diary: Memories of Lorena

nearly whiffed on the practice range the first time she met Lorena Ochoa.

Since I last wrote, I spent a week at home and played a Duramed Futures Tour event in Brownsville, Texas.

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Sandbaggers shoes offer new twist in footwear

says Sandbaggers golf shoes are a stylish option for fair-weather golf.

Adorable. Comfortable. Functional. If any of these adjectives sound like something you might want your next pair of golf shoes to have, then you should check out Sandbaggers golf shoes.

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Team of the week: Georgetown

Hoyas senior Vincenzo Salina made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole April 20 at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Fla., to lead the Hoyas to a stunning one-shot victory over Notre Dame at the Big East Championship. Georgetown, No. 211 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, last won the conference title in 1998. A sixth-place finish at the John Dallio Memorial in September had been the Hoyas’ previous-best result this season.

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Monday Scramble: Questions to ponder

Monday Scramble

Lorena Ochoa retires. An Icelandic volcano explodes. John Daly posts too much information on Twitter. Like Monty (pictured), The Monday Scramble has a lot of questions.

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Reasons why the women’s game is changing

gets you ready for NCAA women’s regional bids, which will be announced Monday at 4 p.m. EDT.

The NCAA Women’s Golf Committee will announce Monday the 72 teams that will be invited to postseason play and to which regional site each team will be sent.

Boycott will not stop OneAsia events

A boycott by South Korean golfers unhappy with new qualification rules instituted by the OneAsia circuit will not stop organizers from holding upcoming tournaments, the Korean Golf Association said on Monday.

Power rankings: Player-of-the-year race

offers his leaders in the player-of-the-year race.

I dedicated the power rankings this week to individuals. This is the time we start to identify key individuals for the player-of-the-year race.

Sunday, April 25

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Replay: Regionals chat with Lance Ringler

Lance Ringler live chat

Golfweek’s college golf guru Lance Ringler answered questions Monday about the NCAA women’s regionals bids. Replay the chat now.

Lafayette wins first Patriot League title

Lafayette won its first Patriot League Championship on Sunday.

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Zwartynski, Aggies win Big 12s at the buzzer

Zwartynski wins it for A&M

Texas A&M junior Sarah Zwartynski (pictured, right) drained a 10-footer on the final hole to help the Aggies complete the biggest comeback in Big 12 Championship history.

Kent State win 12th straight MAC title

Kent State made it an even dozen Sunday in Fishers, Ind. The Golden Flashes, No. 35 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won their 12th straight Mid-American Conference title.

Porter wins South Georgia Classic

Ewan Porter won the South Georgia Classic for his second Nationwide Tour title, parring the last four holes in fading light Sunday to hold off Jhonattan Vegas by a stroke.

Penn wins first Ivy League title

Penn made history Sunday at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J., winning its first Ivy League Conference Championship in program history.

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Georgia Tech rolls to another ACC title

Georgia Tech wins ACC

Georgia Tech won its second straight ACC Championship – and fourth in the past five years – Sunday in New London, N.C.

Columbia claims 3rd straight Ivy League title

Columbia made it three in a row Sunday at the Ivy League Conference Championship, holding on to a slim overnight lead to take the title.

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Oklahoma State wins Big 12s by 13 shots

OSU wins Big 12 title

A spring slump? No way, say the Cowboys. Oklahoma State won the Big 12 Championship on Sunday to send a big message heading into May.

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Bohn closes in a fury to win Zurich Classic

Bohn wins Zurich Classic

Jason Bohn birdied three of his last four holes Sunday to win the Zurich Classic for his second PGA Tour title. His approach to the 18th hole stopped inches from the cup.

Fairleigh Dickinson wins third NEC title

Fairleigh Dickinson is headed back to the NCAA regionals for the third straight year.

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Purdue wins third Big Ten title in a row

Purdue wins Big Ten title

Purdue won both the individual and team titles at Big Ten Conference Championship for the third consecutive year Sunday.

O’Meara, Price win Legends

Mark O’Meara and Nick Price beat Joey Sindelar and John Cook on the second playoff hole Sunday to win the better-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Horizon League’s first NCAA bid goes to Detroit

The University of Detroit won the Horizon League’s first automatic bid to the NCAA women’s regionals with a nine-shot victory over Youngstown State on April 25.

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Golf comeback complete, Green looks ahead

Ken Green learned over the weekend that he can still play golf. He just isn’t sure how soon he wants to do it again.

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Fraser wins Ballantine’s, ends 7-year drought

Marcus Fraser has broken a seven-year title drought, shooting a 3-under 69 to complete a wire-to-wire win with a four-stroke victory in the weather-shortened Ballantine’s Championship.

Saturday, April 24

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Bohn leads by three at delayed Zurich Classic

Bohn leads Zurich Classic

Jason Bohn has a three-stroke lead midway through the third round of the weather-plagued Zurich Classic, but he’ll have to play 30 holes Sunday to pick up his first PGA Tour win in nearly five years.

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Hearn clings to slim South Georgia lead

David Hearn has another chance to win his second Nationwide Tour title.

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Watson, Couples stand out on two tours

Everyone wants to know Tom Watson’s secret to playing superior golf at 60. Here it is: competition.

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Murray State defends Ohio Valley title

With bad weather looming, Murray State took to the course Friday at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and got to work. The Racers defended their conference title after overcoming a six-shot deficit entering the day.

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Bean, Lu team up to take lead at Legends

Andy Bean and Lu Chien-soon teamed to shoot a better-ball 12-under 60 in a light, steady rain Saturday to take a one-stroke lead after two rounds of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

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Green considers playing next Champions event

Ken Green feels so good about his return to golf after a year of tragedy that he might play in next week’s Champions Tour event.

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Organizers working to promote golf in Cuba

Events, like two recent one-day pro-ams, are small steps in a campaign to bring golf back to Cuba, a country that is both the best and worst imaginable place to play.

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Fraser leads Ballantine’s; Els two back

Marcus Fraser of Australia shot a 2-under 70 Saturday to maintain his lead after the second round of the weather-shortened Ballantine’s Championship.

Friday, April 23

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Hearn maintains lead at South Georgia

David Hearn extended his lead Friday at the South Georgia Classic, shooting a 3-under 69 to take a two-stroke lead into the weekend.

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Curtis Cup picks riding on Helen Holm

says this weekend’s Helen Holm Scottish Open will play a big role in GB&I Curtis Cup selections.

This weekend’s Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship in Troon, Scotland, won’t get much coverage around the world, but it’s arguably the most important tournament being played this weekend.

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Green makes inspiring return at Legends

Green returns to golf

Ken Green played his first Champions Tour event Friday since losing his lower right leg 10 months ago. After partnering with Mike Reid for a 67, Green thinks this comeback is for real. Jeff Rude reports.

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Edwin Watts to open shops within Sears

Next time you’re shopping for Craftsman Tools or maybe a high-definition TV at Sears, know this: You might be able to test a new driver or buy golf balls at Edwin Watts, too.

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Arizona wins wild Pac-10 Championship

Arizona back on top

This week’s Pac-10 Championship was far from your average conference challenge. Julie Williams explains the unusual storylines that emerged as Isabelle Boineau and Arizona charged to a hard-fought team title.

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Cook, Sindelar fire 62 for share of Legends lead

A pair of Buckeyes were doing their best to hold off a team with five majors between them at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

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Woods: Grateful for ‘cool’ Masters week

Tiger Woods took to his blog Friday to address a variety of topics, including his on-course behavior, Phil Mickelson’s victory at the Masters and Lorena Ochoa’s announcement that she is retiring from the LPGA.

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Schepperle receives State Farm exemption

says Candace Schepperle got a sponsor exemption to the State Farm Classic instead of a Curtis Cup spot.

Some thought Candace Schepperle was snubbed by the U.S. Golf Association when she wasn’t picked for this year’s Curtis Cup team.

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Ochoa leaves LPGA on her own terms

Ochoa to step down

Three years to the day after becoming the No. 1 player in the world, Lorena Ochoa walked away from the LPGA on Friday. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, the Mexican star is at peace with the decision to focus on her family.

Summer wardrobe hint: Elizabeth McKay

The Elizabeth McKay brand is something to think about for this summer. Elizabeth McKay has melded Palm Beach chic with the Nantucket classics.

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Green, Reid combine to shoot 67 at Legends

Ken Green returned to the game that he says saved his life after a year of unthinkable tragedies.

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Bad weather suspends play at Zurich Classic

Play was stopped at the Zurich Classic on Friday as dark clouds rolled in and lightning flashed.

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Ochoa to play annually in Guadalajara

Top-ranked player to retire

Lorena Ochoa announced her retirement from the LPGA on Friday in Mexico City. She will play next week’s Tres Marias Championship, then plans to annually play the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Portland State junior recounts Big Sky win

Today I’m turning Wildman’s corner over to Portland State junior Kalyn Dodge, who wrote in to give us her account of the Big Sky Conference Championship which Portland State won to earn a trip to the postseason.

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Jaidee, Goya share top spot at Ballantine’s

Defending champion Thongchai Jaidee joined Tano Goya atop the leaderboard at a fog-disrupted Ballantine’s Championship on Friday.

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Could final conferences move the magic number?

explains how the women’s magic number could change with seven conference championships to go.

Just seven league titles are left to be determined on the women’s side, and the magic number remains at 62.

Thursday, April 22

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Hearn leads South Georgia Classic by 3

David Hearn pulled away from the field at the South Georgia Classic Thursday after opening with a bogey-free 8-under 64.

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Thomas back on track after Terra Cotta win

Thomas finds putting fix

Justin Thomas has gone to great lengths to improve his putting and take his game to the next level. After a win at the Terra Cotta Invitational, the 16-year-old hopes to make another summer splash. Ryan Lavner reports.

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Bohn shoots 65 to lead Zurich Classic

Jason Bohn took advantage of calm morning conditions Thursday in the Zurich Classic, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Jason Dufner, John Senden, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen and 2006 champion Chris Couch.

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Maltbie making rare Champions start

ran into Roger Maltbie, who is making his annual appearance on the Champions Tour.

Around 5 p.m. on tournament eve Thursday, the only player on the putting green at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf was Roger Maltbie.

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Couples, Haas heavy favorites at Legends

Fred Couples hasn’t needed much help dominating the Champions Tour, winning three of his first five starts on the 50-and-over circuit.

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Tech giving Texas another reason to cheer

College notebook

College golf has a long and rich history in the state of Texas. There is one team, though, that people seem to overlook. As Ron Balicki writes, Texas Tech is moving in the right direction.

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A flash of fashion – and Ochoa’s gone

Lorena Ochoa is leaving the game of golf for good. And I feel ripped off. Why? Because Ochoa just – and I mean just – broke out of her tomboy phase and brought a new feminine flair into her wardrobe.

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CC of N.C. changing for Girls’ Junior

The Country Club of North Carolina is adjusting its layout as it prepares for the U.S. Girls Junior Championship July 19-24.

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Fraser in front at fog-disrupted Ballantine's

Marcus Fraser shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the fog-disrupted Ballantine's Championship.

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Golfweek’s Best: Tour Courses You Can Play

Golfweek’s Best Tour Courses

Golfers, unlike fans of other sports, have the rare privilege of playing on the same fields as some of the game’s top professionals. As this list shows, that never has been more true.

Thumbs up: Hoyas | Thumbs down: Irish

Who knew Cinderella had a pet Hoya? Who knew the Irish would run out of luck in mid-April? Who knew teams outside the top 150 could get the job done? It’s time for thumbs up and thumbs down for the men’s conference championships.

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2009-10 Golfweek’s Best Tour Courses

2009-2010 Golfweek’s Best Tour Courses

Wednesday, April 21

Texas St. breaks records with Southland win

Texas State set school and Southland Conference scoring records by recording a 33-over 885 total to win the Southland Conference Championship at Ravens Nest Golf Club.

San Jose State wins WAC title by one shot

San Jose State won back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Championships Wednesday for the first time in program history.

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Denver, Kim sweep Sun Belt titles

Denver freshman Kimberly Kim won her first college event Wednesday and led the Pioneers to their seventh consecutive Sun Belt Conference Championship title.

Portland State wins Big Sky Championship

Portland State won its fifth Big Sky Conference title in the past eight years Wednesday in Chandler, Ariz.

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Arizona wins first Pac-10 title since ’02

Arizona wins Pac-10 title

A day after the LPGA confirmed that former Arizona All-American Lorena Ochoa would announce her retirement, the Wildcats won their first Pac-10 title since an Ochoa-led Wildcats squad won the conference crown in 2002.

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Zurich Classic field takes hit with WDs

An already weak field at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans got weaker when its only top-10 players in the World Rankings both withdrew with injuries.

Jackson State wins 3rd straight SWAC title

Jackson State won its third consecutive SWAC Championship on Wednesday to earn the league’s automatic qualifying spot into the NCAA postseason.

Jackson State wins SWAC title

Jackson State cruised to a 45-stroke victory at the SWAC Championships at Links on the Bayou in Alexandria, La.

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ETSU continues super spring with A-Sun win

ETSU wins A-Sun title

Led by senior Seamus Power (pictured), East Tennessee State set a school record in capturing its fourth spring-season title Wednesday at the Atlantic Sun Championship.

Gates feels good vibes in Valdosta

Bobby Gates, the Nationwide Tour’s leading money winner, has a good history at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, site of this week’s South Georgia Classic. That should help as he tries to get his stellar season back on track.

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Coastal Carolina wins 7th straight Big South

Coastal Carolina won its a league record seventh Big South Conference title in a row Wednesday.

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Adams more country than Boo?

I met strapping PGA Tour rookie Blake Adams at the Honda Classic. The man who introduced us said the affable Adams makes Boo Weekley look like a city slicker.

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Tiger Woods . . . a man of commitment

For the second week in a row, Tiger Woods has made an early commitment to a PGA Tour event, a deviation from the past.

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Operation Kikkor Golf: Part 2

I’ve come up with five color pallets that are in the running to be one of the designs for Kikkor Golf’s 2011 women’s shoe collection.

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No one goes home hungry at Zurich Classic

is having trouble interviewing players at the Zurich Classic in between mouthfuls of food.

The field for this week’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans took another hit when Ian Poulter withdrew in the middle of his pro-am round citing a left knee injury. Steve Stricker and Sergio Garcia now are the only top-25 players in the World Rankings competing this week for $6.4 million.

Poulter withdraws from Zurich Classic

Ian Poulter has pulled out of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Woods signs up early for Players, AT&T

Tiger Woods has entered The Players Championship as he fills out a schedule that is not much different from previous years.

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Who stays home for Texas A&M?

explains the tough decision facing Texas A&M coach J.T. Higgins on the eve of the Big 12 Championship.

Talk about having to make a tough decision. That’s what Texas A&M coach J.T. Higgins faces as he gets ready to take the Aggies to the Big 12 Conference Championship this weekend at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

An inside look at the 2010 Palmer Cup teams

The United States and European teams have been announced for the 2010 Palmer Cup at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Portrush, Northern Ireland. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be played June 24-26.

Fantasy Aces: Zurich Classic

The Fantasy Aces are heading to the Big Easy for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Henley, English to play Nationwide Tour event

reports that Russell Henley and Harris English will compete in the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Athens Classic at UGA.

Two Georgia Bulldogs – Russell Henley and Harris English – will compete next week in the Nationwide Tour’s Stadion Athens Classic at UGA. The event will be held April 29-May 2 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.

Thumbs up: Tulane | Thumbs down: Furman

It is do or die time for several teams from across the country. Today, I give thumbs up and down for women. The men will follow Thursday. Let’s see who is going dancing and who will be keeping their fingers crossed that their seasons aren’t over.

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Hate to be Rude: ‘I don’t want to screw up’

Hate to be Rude

Ken Green returns to Champions Tour competition this week for the first time since an auto accident last June. Jeff Rude reports.

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ASU forced to DQ from Pac-10s due to illness

Seven women’s conference championships ended Tuesday and there was nothing that happened out of the ordinary when it came to which teams won. There was one extraordinary event that took place, however.

Tuesday, April 20

UC Davis, Stelzmiller sweep Big West titles

UC Davis placed four players in the top 5 en route to a 19-stroke victory Tuesday at the Big West Conference Championship.

Illinois State wins third straight MVC title

Illinois State won the Missouri Valley Conference title by 14 shots Tuesday, the third consecutive year the Redbirds have claimed the conference crown.

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Underdog Georgetown on storybook run

says forget March Madness. How about April Awesomeness? Georgetown knows the feeling.

Georgetown victory at the Big East Conference did nothing to the magic number. There were no Big East teams ranked better than 70th, which is what the magic number currently is. Louisville was ranked 80th and the favorite to win, and Notre Dame was 84th.

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Pepperdine wins WCC title by 32 shots

Pepperdine placed all five of its players in the top 7 Tuesday as the Waves rolled to their ninth consecutive West Coast Conference title.

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Louisville, Juneau triumph at Big East tourney

Louisville captured its fourth Big East Conference Championship on Tuesday at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Oral Roberts wins 13th straight Summit title

Oral Roberts claimed its 13th consecutive Summit League title Tuesday at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the nation’s longest Division I conference winning streak.

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Double-eagle propels Pepperdine to WCC win

Pepperdine won its league-record 17th West Coast Conference Championship on Tuesday in wire-to-wire fashion.

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Fire still burns for Stankowski

says Paul Stankowski, now 40, is excited to start a new decade of his life.

Paul Stankowski turned 40 in December, and is excited to start a new decade of his life. He’s off to a solid start, reports Sean Martin.

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Tulane repeats at C-USA champion

Tulane repeats at C-USA

Tulane won its second straight Conference USA title Tuesday. The Green Wave smashed the conference title scoring mark by 28 shots.

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Elk WDs from Zurich to be with daughter

Tournament directors still aren’t paying much heed to the November memo that commissioner Tim Finchem wrote on behalf of former PGA champion Steve Elkington explaining why he qualified for sponsor invitations to get into tournaments this season.

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Chattanooga wins first SoCon title

Chattanooga wins SoCon title

Chattanooga captured its first Southern Conference Championship Tuesday with an eight-shot victory in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

VIDEO: Golf lifestyle wear

I recently explored some golf apparel companies that are branching out into lifestyle-oriented wear. Check out the video . . .

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Ochoa exits LPGA for all the right reasons

Ochoa to exit LPGA

Lorena Ochoa will announce her retirement Friday. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, golf never was the center of Ochoa’s life. God and family always have been her core.

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Hoyas stun Big East, win conference crown

Georgetown wins Big East

Vincenzo Salina made an 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Tuesday at Innisbrook Resort to lead No. 211 Georgetown to a one-shot victory at the Big East Championship. It was the Hoyas’ first conference title since 1998.

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Toy Box notes: Apollo has landed for Furyk

says Jim Furyk used Apollo Hump steel shafts in his Srixon Z-TX irons to win the Heritage.

It’s not only Jim Furyk’s swing that is unusual. His shaft selection sets him apart from most other players in professional golf.

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Furman, Reeves win SoCon Championship

Furman won its first Southern Conference title since 2004 on Tuesday. Led by junior Austin Reeves, the Paladins closed with a 2-over 290 at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C., to finish at 15-under 849.

LPGA gets Bolt of style at Mojo 6

Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s three-time Olympic gold medalist, schmoozed with the LPGA ladies last week at the Mojo 6 tournament in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Golf takes hit with Ochoa’s retirement

is bummed that Lorena Ochoa, a genius at her craft, is leaving golf prematurely.

For the second time in less than two years, the most decorated player on the LPGA tour is announcing a retirement. First Annika Sorenstam at 37. Now Lorena Ochoa at 28.

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N.C. State’s Hill to turn pro after NCAAs

N.C. State star turning pro

As Matt Hill prepares for postseason play, one thing is for sure: This is it. Hill, a junior at N.C. State and the reigning NCAA individual champion, told The (Raleigh) News & Observer that he will turn pro after the postseason, foregoing his senior season.

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Surgery for the Beemer

reports that Rich Beem will undergo surgery Thursday to repair damage to the C-6 and -7 vertebrae.

Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA champion, will undergo surgery Thursday to repair damage to the C-6 and -7 vertebrae, according to Gaylord Sports Management, the company that represents him.

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VOTE: Will Ochoa return to LPGA some day?

Lorena Ochoa is expected to announce details of her retirement on Friday at a press conference in Mexico City.

In this issue: April 23, 2010

Inside the April 23, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Ochoa wins without holding a trophy

Lorena Ochoa is one of those athletes in the unenviable position where there are no moral victories. Unless a trophy is taken home, the tournament is viewed as a missed opportunity.

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Lorena Ochoa: A career snapshot

Lorena Ochoa is expected to announce details on her retirement on Friday at a press conference in Mexico City. Here is a closer look at Ochoa’s career.

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Ochoa’s real legacy? Inspiring Mexico’s kids

Lorena Ochoa’s legacy

Beth Ann Baldry traveled to Guadalajara in early 2008 to profile Lorena Ochoa. This is the story that ran in the Feb. 9, 2008 issue of Golfweek.

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Ochoa to announce retirement Friday

Ochoa to announce retirement

Lorena Ochoa is expected to announce details of her retirement on Friday at a press conference in Mexico City, the LPGA has confirmed.

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Driver shafts: Lighter options lure big hitters

looks at five lightweight driver shafts that appeal to heavyweight golfers.

The evolution of graphite shafts is one of the most important developments in modern golf equipment. As technology and materials improve, graphite shafts continue to get lighter and stronger.

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Q&A: Towson men’s coach Brian Yaniger

Towson University entered the CAA Championship ranked 151st in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, but that didn’t mean a thing. The Tigers stole an at-large postseason berth with the school’s first CAA title. I spoke with Towson coach Brian Yaniger about his team’s big victory.

Monday, April 19

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Allen praises Senior PGA venue

Michael Allen took two decades to win his first big tournament, last year’s Senior PGA Championship.

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Marriott, Troon launch family programs

Marriott Golf plans to launch its third annual International Family Golf Festival program in May, and Troon Golf got into the act this month with its own family golf program.

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Author tells tale of quest to break par

For years a question rattled around in the back of John Richardson’s mind: Could a gainfully employed family man who struggles to break 100 improve fast enough to shoot level par on his home course in the space of a year without upending his domestic or professional lives?

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Mystery shrouds Edgar’s life and legacy

Edgar’s end a mystery

Author and longtime golf writer Steve Eubanks explores the story of J. Douglas Edgar (left), a contemporary of Harry Vardon (right), Bobby Jones and Long Jim Barnes who met a mysterious end.

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OneAsia appoints SBS chief as commissioner

Tour taps SBS chief

OneAsia has appointed Sang Y. Chun, president and CEO of SBS International, as its chairman and commissioner.

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Players arrive in Africa, event canceled

reports that Icelandic volcano eruptions put the brakes on the Moroccan Golf Classic.

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has caused plenty of headaches for those trying to travel in and out of Europe. It also left nine U.S. mini-tour players in Africa without an event to play.

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Player of the Week: Michael Zierdt

Michael Zierdt, of Huntsville, Ala., shot 2-under 142 (74-68) at Hampton Cove in Owens Crossroads, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Hampton Cove Junior Classic by four shots.

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Player of the Week: Carrie Metz

Carrie Metz, of Carnesville, Ga., shot 1-under 143 (75-68) at Hampton Cove in Owens Crossroads, Ala., to win the SJGT’s Hampton Cove Junior Classic by two shots.

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Q&A: Champions Tour president Mike Stevens

spoke with Champions Tour president Mike Stevens, who’ll bring the tour to Korea in September. Guess where else he’s headed.

With Fred Couples grabbing headlines for the Champions Tour, I thought it would be a good time to chat tour business with Champions president Mike Stevens. Fresh from a conversation this weekend, here’s my Q&A with the man-in-charge:

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Ryder Cup venue unveils $750K in changes

Monty tweaks course

Europe captain Colin Montgomerie has had nearly $750,000 spent on preparing the Celtic Manor course in Wales to meet his specifications for the Ryder Cup in September.

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Winner’s Circle: April 12-18, 2010

Check out what clubs Jim Furyk used to win the Verizon Heritage.

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Heritage in peril? Tour stop needs sponsor

Heritage needs sponsor

After Verizon ended its deal Sunday, the PGA Tour event at Harbour Town Golf Links is in need of a sponsor.

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Upsets in conference play already stirring pot

says Towson turned a few heads – and shook up the postseason – with last weekend’s CAA win.

Two men's conference championships wrapped up play this weekend and they certainly turned a few heads.

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Rice to play another Nationwide event in May

Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice will play as a professional at the Nationwide Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am event in South Carolina.

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Operation Kikkor Golf: Part 1

needs your input on designing Kikkor Golf’s inaugural women’s shoe line. launched at the beginning of April and has already made a serious splash with creative marketing efforts. From the company’s Masters contest, to fan incentive discounts, and a plethora of hilarious video tips, this team is doing it right on the Web site. Kikkor Golf is proving its ready to approach the market with outside-of-the-box ideas to show off its unique brand.

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U.S. Open to run deep into prime time

The U.S. Open at Pebble Beach will be televised later than ever in prime time.

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Team of the week: Stetson

The Hatters posted a 2-under 286 in the final round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship to rally from 12 strokes back and earn the league title for the second consecutive season and with it an NCAA regionals berth.

Power rankings: Key individuals

ranks some key individuals who are giving their team a postseason push.

The postseason has arrived and teams are starting to secure their regional spots. This week’s power rankings features key individuals who helped their team get a regional bid, won an individual conference title or played well in crunch time.

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Team of the week: Oregon

Casey Martin’s Ducks have been one of the hottest teams in the country this spring, and they will go into the Pac-10 Championship and NCAA postseason that way after a pair of victories last week, first at the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford and the 64th Annual Western Intercollegiate hosted by San Jose State. The Ducks have moved into the top 10 at No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings after ending the fall at No. 29. The Ducks’ two wins last week have won a school-record four team titles this year – a school best. Oregon will next be in action at the Pac-10 Championships at Karsten Golf Club in Tempe, Ariz.

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Player of the week: Marina Alex, Vanderbilt

The Commodores sophomore won the SEC Championship on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Tennessee’s Erica Popson. The sophomore shot 71-65-72 for a 5-under 208 total at par-71, 6,057-yard NorthRiver Yacht Club in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to win her first college tournament. Her second round 6-under 65 is an SEC Championship low 18-hole score.

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Player of the week: Russell Henley, Georgia

The Bulldogs junior earns the honor for the second consecutive week after making a birdie on the second playoff hole to win the SEC Championship over South Carolina’s George Bryan IV. Henley, who is No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, posted rounds of 70-67-67 for a 6-under 204 at Sea Island’s Seaside Course on St. Simon’s Island, Ga.

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Monday Scramble: Can Phil surpass Tiger?

The Monday Scramble

Phil Mickelson doesn’t have a chance to overtake Tiger Woods’ major victory total, does he? The Monday Scramble throws the Hail Mary . . .

Sunday, April 18

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Ex-UCLA star Chappell wins N’wide event

Former UCLA star Kevin Chappell won the Fresh Express Classic on Sunday for first Nationwide Tour title, birdieing two of the last four holes for a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory over Canadian David Hearn.

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Red-hot Oregon wins Western Intercollegiate

Ducks win Western Intercollegiate

Coming off a victory April 13 at the U.S. Intercollegiate, Oregon won the Western Intercollegiate on Sunday for its fourth title of the season.

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Aggies leave no doubt with home victory

Texas A&M wins home event

Defending NCAA champions Texas A&M topped an elite field Sunday to win its Aggie Invitational. The fifth-ranked Aggies placed five of its six players in the top 6.

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Two for 2010: Furyk wins Verizon Heritage

Furyk wins Verizon Heritage

Jim Furyk won his second PGA Tour event of 2010 Sunday in a playoff at the Verizon Heritage. Brian Davis, who was tied with Furyk after 72 holes, called a two-stroke penalty on himself in the playoff.

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’Bama collects 1st SEC title in program history

Alabama wins SEC title

Alabama set a 54-hole school scoring record Sunday en route to its first SEC Championship in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Crimson Tide had four players finish inside the top 16.

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Iowa dominant in Hawkeye Invite victory

Iowa won its home event for the 11th time Sunday, rolling to an 11-shot victory at the Hawkeye-TaylorMade/Adidas Invitational.

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Ohio St. cruises to 2nd straight Buckeye title

Ohio State won big in its home event Sunday, claiming a second straight Lady Buckeye Spring Invite title by 14 shots. It’s the first win this season for Ohio State

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Thomas, 16, wins Terra Cotta Invitational

Thomas wins Terra Cotta

Justin Thomas, 16, closed with a bogey-free 66 Sunday to win the Terra Cotta Invitational by three shots. Thomas became the third-youngest player to make a cut in a PGA Tour event at last year’s Wyndham Championship.

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Towson wins first CAA Championship

The Towson Tigers, No. 151 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college rankings, picked up their first Colonial Athletic Association championship, Sunday.

Georgia State, Lorentzen claim CAA titles

Georgia State defended its CAA Championship title Sunday, grabbing its third conference victory in five years and just the fifth in school history.

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Wake Forest wins second straight ACC title

Wake Forest wins ACC title

A year after dethroning Duke as ACC champions, Wake Forest has gone back-to-back. The Demon Deacons won their second straight ACC title Sunday, hanging on for a four-shot victory over Virginia.

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Langer takes title at rain-shortened Outback

Bernhard Langer won for the 10th time on the Champions Tour when the final round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am was called off due to constant rain.

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Henley leads Georgia to another SEC title

Georgia wins SEC crown

Mark down another conference title for Georgia. The Bulldogs won their second consecutive SEC Championship Sunday, the first time they have gone back-to-back since 2000 and 2001.

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Dunlap (No. 38, 2011) commits to Texas A&M

has given a verbal commitment to Texas A&M.

Tyler Dunlap, of Westlake, Texas, has made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M, the defending NCAA champion.

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Cone (No. 150, 2011) commits to Virginia Tech

has given a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech.

Trevor Cone has made a verbal commitment to play college golf at Virginia Tech, according to his father, Tom.

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Y.E. Yang rolls to victory at China Open

Y.E. Yang won the China Open on Sunday, shooting a 1-under 71 to seal a two-stroke victory over Welshmen Rhys Davies and Stephen Dodd.

Saturday, April 17

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Texas A&M up by 15 shots at Aggie Invite

Aggies lead home tourney

It was a good day for Andrea Pavan and the Aggies, who took advantage of playing at home. Texas A&M is at 23-under after two rounds of the Aggie Invitational, and leads top-ranked Oklahoma State by 15 shots. Ron Balicki reports.

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Hearn leads Fresh Express Classic by one

David Hearn held on to his second-round lead Saturday at the Fresh Express Classic, shooting a 2-under 69 at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Calif., to remain at the top of the leaderboard.

2010 Masters: Mickelson wins an emotional Masters

ThIrd title brings stirring roars, rush of emotions for Mickelson.

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Langer leads O’Meara by one at Outback

Bernhard Langer shot a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Mark O’Meara and Mike Reid in the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

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Furyk shoots 67 to lead Verizon Heritage

Furyk tops tight leaderboard

Jim Furyk birdied the 18th for a 67 and a one-shot lead Saturday at the Verizon Heritage. He is atop a tight leaderboard filled with players who also went low in Round 3.

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New Mexico wins third straight MWC title

New Mexico went wire-to-wire to win its third straight Mountain West Conference Championship on Saturday.

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Stackhouse (No. 1, 2012) making unofficial visits

is in the process of making unofficial visits to colleges.

Mariah Stackhouse, No. 18 in Golfweek’s junior rankings, has made unofficial visits to Florida, Duke and South Carolina.

2010 Masters: Victory for the Mickelsons

Phil Mickelson's third Masters win means more since his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

2010 Masters: For Els, Augusta has been anything but easy

A tough first round had Ernie Els climbing out of a hole early.

2010 Masters: Manassero turned heads in his debut

The 17-year old Italian makes Masters history in his first trip to Augusta.

2010 Masters: Kim takes major step

Anthony Kim walks away from Augusta with his best Masters performance yet.

2010 Masters: On second thought, Westwood takes loss in stride

Lee Westwood is in good spirits despite coming so close and not winning a green jacket.

2010 Masters: Achenbach: A tradition like no other, indeed

Golfweek's own James Achenbach reflects on this 40 years covering the Masters.

2010 Masters: Tiger fades away

After a fast start, Tiger Woods regresses in his much hyped return.

2010 Masters: Analysis: Mickelson’s aggression pays off

Here's our breakdown of how Phil won his third green jacket.

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Bunched leaderboard early at Aggie Invitational

It’s really not too unusual to see six players tied for the lead in the early going of a tournament. That was the case through the first seven holes Saturday in the Aggie Invitational at Texas A&M’s Traditions Club.

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PGA champ Yang leads by 1 at China Open

Y.E. Yang shot a 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the China Open on Saturday.

Friday, April 16

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Hearn takes two-shot lead at Fresh Express

David Hearn shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead at the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic.

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We all could use a little more Boo

I am finally giving props to a well-deserved fairway fashion icon, Boo Weekley. He is one shot off the leader – Jim Furyk - at the Verizon Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, S.C.

What will it take to make it to postseason?

discusses the ways to get into postseason play in the men’s game, and predicts this year's magic number.

What will it take to get into men’s NCAA Regional play? Well, we know that teams will have to have a winning head-to-head won-loss record. Besides that, winning conference or having a better national ranking than the magic number will do the trick.

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Short game carries Nordqvist to Mojo 6 win

reports that Anna Nordqvist used some short-game magic to win the Mojo 6.

Anna Nordqvist, one of the tallest players on tour, is a short-game wizard. Looking at her 6-foot frame one expects a power game, but it’s her touch on and around the greens, along with her steely nerves, that wins tournaments.

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Rice learns costly lesson in Nationwide debut

says Jerry Rice made a rookie mistake in his Nationwide Tour debut.

On the eve of his professional golf debut, Jerry Rice made a rookie mistake, a golfing faux pas: He tinkered with his swing and put a new putter in his bag. The results were predictable.

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Nordqvist beats Blumenherst in Jamaica

Anna Nordqvist won the inaugural Mojo 6 Jamaica LPGA Invitational on Friday, beating Amanda Blumenherst, 1 up, in the six-hole championship match in the Raceway Golf event.

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O’Meara leads Outback; Watson two back

Mark O’Meara shot a 6-under 65 on Friday, taking a one-stroke lead over Mike Reid and defending champion Nick Price in the first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am.

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Furyk among three tied for Verizon lead

Three tied at Hilton Head

Jim Furyk, Greg Owen and Charles Howell III moved into the lead Friday at the Verizon Heritage, and stand at 7-under 135. First-round leader K.J. Choi faltered after a strong Masters week, dropping to T-22.

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Charleston Southern, Stetson take home titles

Conference title upsets

Get ready for an exciting postseason. Charleston Southern and Stetson struck the first blows with unlikely conference wins, leaving other teams to scramble for at-large bids into a wide-open national title race. Julie Williams reports.

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Mickelson to join Woods at Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods will compete with Masters champion Phil Mickelson again when he returns to the PGA Tour.

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If I can do it, they can do it

played 72 holes in under 12 hours, and lived to tell about it. Hear that, tour pros?

Steve Norrell was struggling as he stood on Littlestone’s 15th tee in the fourth round of the 72 Club. He was within sight of the clubhouse, but his legs were screaming in agony.

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Mailbag: The yellow golf ball hits college!

Happy Friday everyone! It’s time to go to the mailbag, where this week Idaho Vandals head coach Jon Reehoorn has the floor... I mean internet space.

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Kim Do-hoon takes 1-shot lead at China Open

South Korea's Kim Do-hoon shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round at the China Open.

Thursday, April 15

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Jerry Rice shoots 83 in Nationwide debut

After struggling on the greens and finishing 20 strokes out of the lead in his Nationwide Tour debut, Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice had specific plans for his putter.

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Blumenherst goes from Mojo 6 snub to stud

says Amanda Blumenherst might have been the last pick at the Mojo 6, but she should consider it a compliment.

Amanda Blumenherst felt like the puppy dog no one wanted. She sat in an auditorium Tuesday night during the pairings show of the Mojo 6 Jamaica LPGA Invitational – which will be broadcast on CBS May 1 and 2 – and waited for someone to call her name.

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Kerr takes top seed in Mojo 6 quarterfinals

Cristie Kerr, Na Yeon Choi and Amanda Blumenherst each scored 13 points in their three six-holes matches Thursday to top the quarterfinal qualifiers in the inaugural Mojo 6 Jamaica LPGA Invitational.

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Choi grabs two-shot lead at Verizon Heritage

K.J. Choi shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead at the Verizon Heritage.

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Benjamin receives John Deere exemption

explains why reigning Public Links champ Brad Benjamin is teeing it up in a PGA Tour event this summer.

Brad Benjamin, the reigning U.S. Public Links champion, received a sponsor exemption Thursday into the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. That news capped a memorable week for the former Memphis standout, who was one of six amateurs to play last week in the Masters. He missed the cut by three strokes after rounds of 73-77.

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Sam White puts unique twist on golf fashion

Fashion and style is all about personal tastes. What might be one person’s favorite outfit could be the next persons nightmare. It’s all about feeling great in what you’re wearing and rockin’ it out as best you can.

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Coca-Cola renews Tour Championship deal

Tour Championship deal

The PGA Tour has extended its partnership with Coca-Cola, ensuring that the Tour Championship will remain at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta through 2016.

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Johnson (No. 116, 2011) commits to Auburn

has given a verbal commitment to Auburn.

Michael Johnson, of Birmingham, Ala., has give a verbal commitment to play his college golf at Auburn beginning in the fall of 2011.

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Beck making seamless transition to U.S.

Beck an Israeli superstar

Last year, Laetitia Beck was named the Young Athlete of the Decade in her native Israel. Taking her game to the United States? Beck couldn’t have imagined it any other way. Julie Williams reports.

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Swedes lead way for Euro Palmer Cup team

Europe's Palmer Cup team

Andrea Pavan (picture) and Henrik Norlander will spearhead Europe’s attempt to retain the Palmer Cup when the contest is staged June 24-26 at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

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Woods to play Quail Hollow in 2 weeks

Woods to play Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods already has his sights set on a second PGA Tour event of 2010. He will play the Quail Hollow Championship in two weeks.

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AJGA founder left legacy in junior golf

Remembering Mike Bentley

Mike Bentley (front, center), who created what is now the American Junior Golf Association, the most prominent junior golf association on the planet, died April 8. He was 59.

Jaidee, Kim lead at China Open

Thongchai Jaidee and Kim Do-hoon each shot an 8-under 64 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the China Open.

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Hershey CC gets ’12 Senior Women’s Am

Hershey (Pa.) Country Club will host the 2012 USGA Senior Women’s Amateur Championship, the U.S. Golf Associated announced Thursday.

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Stanford, OSU slumping at wrong time

Stanford, OSU slumping

Stanford and Oklahoma State have had inconsistent springs. As Sean Martin reports, both programs aren’t going to panic as the postseason nears.

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Kelly aces No. 4 at Hilton Head – again

Jerry Kelly aced the fourth hole at Harbour Town Golf Links, the second time since 2007 he’s gotten a hole-in-one there during the Verizon Heritage.

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OSU players raise money for Nepalese kids

explains why OSU players are raising money for poverty-stricken children in Nepal.

College golfers are a blessed bunch. Players at top programs fly private jets to events, play world-class courses and have plenty of free equipment thrown their way.

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Upsets shake up postseason bids

says two upsets Wednesday in conference championship play may have shaken up the postseason bubble.

Charleston Southern and Stetson pulled off upset victories in the opening week of conference championship play Wednesday and certainly took away one at-large spot from the women’s postseason field and possibly two.

Events to watch: Conference finales begin

The regular season is winding down, which is never a comfortable feeling for teams on the bubble. Here’s a look at some conference tournaments that have a few teams NEEDING a big, fat ‘W,’ or at least a strong showing to hold on for the postseason.

Wednesday, April 14

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Design a new 59 Belts buckle

59 Belts has partnered with PGA Tour player Jamie Lovemark to offer fans an opportunity to create a new “JL” belt buckle for the 2010 season.

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Recari sparkles as Mojo 6 kicks off

LPGA’s Mojo 6 event

There are 12 LPGA players in Jamaica this week for the Mojo 6 event, but Beatriz Recari is the only one who was voted in by her fans. (And now it’s time to play Raceway Golf!) Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Zinger, you have something on your head

Ready for a good laugh? When Paul Azinger met with the media prior to the Champions Tour’s Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am, one writer wondered if falling debris had ever derailed a putt of his the way it knocked Phil Mickelson’s 12-foot downhill birdie putt off line on the second hole Masters Sunday.

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Charleston Southern wins Big South title

Charleston Southern won its sixth Big South Women’s Championship title Wednesday.

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Stetson rallies to win A-Sun Championship

Stetson used a record-breaking performance Wednesday to win the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.

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Garza determined to earn NCAA trip

spoke with Dustin Garza, who was left off the Hogan Award semifinalists list.

Dustin Garza may say he isn’t disappointed that he was left off the Ben Hogan Award’s semifinalist list, but I’m not buying it. This award looks great on anyone’s resume and any golfer would be thrilled to win it.

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Hogan Award semifinalists named

The 10 semifinalists for the 2010 The Ben Hogan Award were annonuced Wednesday.

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Thumbs up: Yale | Thumbs down: Garza snub

It’s Wednesday which means it’s time for thumbs up and thumbs down.

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Cink soaks up Augusta’s new range

says Stewart Cink didn’t want to leave Augusta National. Why? The new driving range.

Players cannot wait to get to the Masters. Now we can tell you that there are some who refuse to leave – even if they’ve missed the cut.

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Talking fashion with Webb Simpson

I spoke recently with PGA Tour player Webb Simpson. He has posted two top-20 finishes this season on Tour and told me about his fashion expertise.

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Hate to be Rude: Lefty’s gamble = jackpot

Hate to be Rude

Phil Mickelson’s shot to the 13th green on Masters Sunday was the fitting moment that will define his Hall of Fame career. Jeff Rude explains.

Tuesday, April 13

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Woods signs up for U.S. Open, says USGA

Tiger Woods has taken the first step toward playing the U.S. Open by sending in his entry form.

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Oregon, Miernicki win U.S. Intercollegiate

Oregon wins U.S. Collegiate

Led by sophomore Daniel Miernicki, Oregon won its third title of the season Tuesday at the U.S. Intercollegiate. Miernick won the individual title and an exemption in the PGA Tour’s Reno-Tahoe Open.

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Tseng hires new caddie after Kraft victory

explains why Kraft winner Yani Tseng recently parted ways with her caddie.

The caddie/player relationship can be a confounding puzzle. Yani Tseng fired her caddie, Dave Poitevent, after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship, their second victory in 2010. The pair also posted two top-3 finishes in Asia.

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Fantasy Aces: Verizon Heritage

Verizon Heritage

The Masters is over, but the Fantasy Aces keep rolling. The PGA Tour goes to Harbour Town this week for the Verizon Heritage. Who’s your best bet?

WCU coach Lott to retire at season’s end

Western Carolina women’s coach Steve Lott will retire at the end of the season, the school announced Tuesday.

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Notes: Major champs from 2009 struggling

British Open champion Stewart Cink feels as though he is giving away shots with his short game. U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover said his game is a little scratchy, a blend of not making enough putts and not hitting it where he is aiming.

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Toy Box notes: New sticks for Woods

Not only had Tiger Woods been away from competition for five months, but he also had to adjust to many new clubs in his bag.

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Jerry Rice to make Nationwide Tour debut

Jerry Rice used to wake up at 4 a.m. so he could get to the driving range and hit golf balls before he was due at work with the San Francisco 49ers for 8:30 a.m. meetings.

NEW VIDEO: Make Me Over – Golfweek style

I found a golfer who violated one of the cardinal rules of golf dress codes. Check out Episode 3 of “Make Me Over - Golfweek Style.”

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LPGA fashion, Jamaican style

Coming off of an exciting Masters weekend, I’m pleased to tell you that the fun is not over yet. This week, 16 vibrant and extremely fashionable women of the LPGA will tee off at the inaugural Mojo 6 tournament at Cinnamon Hill Golf Course in Montego Bay, Jamaica. If that isn’t fun, I don’t know what is.

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Adjustable clubs: Changing faces

looks at one of biggest trends in golf equipment – clubs with adjustable features.

Since 2004, when the U.S. Golf Association approved interchangeable head weights in drivers, adjustable golf clubs have been increasing in number.

In this issue: April 16, 2010

Inside the April 16, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

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Rewinding an awesome week at Augusta

McCabe’s Masters rewind

If you’re like Jim McCabe, you can’t let the Masters go after just a couple of days. Here’s a look back at some stories from a wild week.

Q&A: Furman coach Todd Satterfield

This week Furman coach Todd Satterfield will be fielding some questions. The Palidans are currently No. 57 in Golfweek’s rankings, and Satterfield believes they are better than this number indicates.

Monday, April 12

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Masters Sunday – inside an English pub

spent Masters Sunday inside a pub in England, with a bunch of green jacket-starved Englishmen.

Alistair Tait spent Masters Sunday inside a pub in southeast England, with a bunch of green jacket-starved Englishmen.

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Fitness options complement Westin Kierland

It’s often said that golf teaches humility, which is a trait that will come in handy if you decide to spend 90 minutes in the gym with Steve Heller.

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Spring in Arizona adds up to golf paradise

Spring golf in Arizona

For golfers, the Valley of the Sun is full of gems like Superstition Mountain and Southern Dunes, two clubs that not long ago were strictly private. Martin Kaufmann explains why spring is the time to visit.

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Wie to join elite field at Mobile LPGA

The Mobile LPGA tournament is scheduled to include the top 10-ranked players.

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Golfsmith’s promotion leads to free drivers

‘If Phil Wins, You Win’

And you thought Phil Mickelson was a popular guy before he won his third Masters Sunday? Well, get this: His victory also won free Callaway drivers for a few thousand Golfsmith customers.

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Thompson highlights U.S. Curtis Cup team

Curtis Cup selections

The Curtis Cup team was announced Monday, and all eight players on this year’s U.S. squad are younger than 21, highlighted by 15-year-old phenom Alexis Thompson. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Winner’s Circle: April 5-11, 2010

See what Phil Mickelson had in his bag this week at the Masters.

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Player of the week: Stephanie Kono, UCLA

The sophomore’s final-round 6-under 66 won the individual title at the Ping/ASU Invitational in Tempe, Ariz. Kono finished the event with a 9-under 207, one stroke better than USC’s Jennifer Song.

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Player of the week: Harris English, Georgia

The junior posted seven birdies and shot 6-under 65 in the final round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, winning the individual title and leading the Bulldogs to a comeback team victory. English finished the 54-hole event at 1-under 212, good for a five-shot victory. He improved 11 spots to No. 4 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins shot 9-under 279 in the final round of the Ping/ASU Invitational to overcome a 12-shot final-round deficit and win the title by a shot over host Arizona State. It was UCLA’s second consecutive victory.

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Team of the week: Georgia

The Bulldogs overcame a 15-shot final-round deficit at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate to claim their second team title of the season. The Bulldogs, who improved four spots to No. 14 in the Golfweek/ Sagarin Rankings, finished at 26-over 878 at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, one shot better than host Texas. Georgia started the day in seventh, but made up the deficit with an even-par 284.

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Player of the Week: Matt Pinizzotto

Matt Pinizzotto, of Salinas, Calif., shot 8-under 136 (70-66) at the Mission Hills Gary Player course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to win the FCWT’s Mission Hills Gary Player Classic by three shots.

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Player of the Week: Kendall Prince

Kendall Prince, of Lake Oswego, Ore., shot 5-under 139 (72-67) at the Mission Hills Gary Player course in Rancho Mirage, Calif., to win the FCWT’s Mission Hills Gary Player Classic by four shots.

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Memorable Masters scores big for CBS

The final round of this year’s Masters garnered the tournament its third-highest TV rating, according to CBS Sports.

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And the women’s magic number is . . .

with the blog you’ve been waiting for: And the magic number to make it to women’s regionals is...

What is it going to take to get into the women’s postseason?

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Watson exempt from ’10 U.S. Open qualifying

reports that Tom Watson has received an exemption from U.S. Open qualifying.

Tom Watson will return to Pebble Beach for his 31st U.S. Open Championship.

Rookie diary: Ready for some globe-trotting

has a week of rest before starting a hectic stretch of globe-trotting.

This past week I was in Daytona Beach, Fla., playing in the Duramed Futures Tour event (Daytona Beach Invitational). After relaxing for a week at home, I went down to Florida last Monday to start getting ready.

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Monday Scramble: Masters postcards

really hopes you got your hands on some of these special edition postcards from the Masters.

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. Wow. That was awesome. Hopefully we don’t have to wait five more years for another week like that at Augusta National. For once, golf just kicked the azaleas out of TMZ, and we absolutely love it.

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Power rankings: Coach of the Year candidates

offers five potential candidates for Coach of the Year for both men and women.

Hello everyone and welcome back to another week on Wildman’s Corner. First off, I have to give kudos to Lefty for winning the Masters.

Sunday, April 11

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Notes: A different fate for Couples at No. 12

Fred Couples couldn't get the break he did in 1992. Knowing he needed to be aggressive to have any chance at catching Phil Mickelson, Couples tried to stuff an 8-iron right at the pin on No. 12. But he hit it poorly, and the ball tumbled down the slope in front of the green. He was in almost the exact same spot when he won in 1992, but that ball hung up in the grass.

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Lefty wins third Masters in thriller

Lefty wins third Masters

Phil Mickelson soaked up a scene he knows all too well as he climbed the steep hill toward the 18th green at Augusta National to claim another green jacket.

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Sunday at the Masters: A quick 18

Sunday at the Masters

Eighteen stories, statistics and observations from a historic final round at the Masters.

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Networks proves a friendly setting for Woods

As applause followed Tiger Woods on his walk to the 18th hole at the Masters on Sunday, CBS’ Jim Nantz remarked that the contained environs of the tournament made it the right place to return to golf.

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Another close call in a major for Westwood

When Lee Westwood headed to the scoring hut to sign off on another close call in a major championship, he got a bit of advice from someone who’s been in that position.

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Woods: ‘That’s not what I wanted’

Tiger Woods takes little joy in finishing among the leaders at the Masters, even though by most standards his comeback will be deemed a success.

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Watney improves track record at Augusta

caught up with Nick Watney, who capped his Masters with a final-round 65.

Nick Watney missed a 10-foot birdie putt on Augusta National’s 18th hole, a putt that would’ve given him a final-round 64, one shot off the course record. “Next time,” he said ruefully.

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Morrison claims Madeira Islands Open

James Morrison won the Madeira Islands Open on Sunday for his first PGA European Tour title, birdieing the final hole for a 2-under 70 and a one-stroke victory over countryman Oliver Fisher.

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UCLA edges Arizona State at Ping Invite


Stephanie Kono and UCLA burst onto the scene Sunday at the Ping/ASU Invitational, climbing two spots up the leaderboard to beat Arizona State by one shot on their home course. USC finished third.

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Mickelson will ‘cherish every moment’

Mickelson wins the Masters

Phil Mickelson won his third Masters with many Phil-The-Thrill moments and a steady hand down the final stretch. But much more important were the people there to help him celebrate, writes Dan Mirocha.

Hoosiers take title at Indiana Invitational

Indiana took advantage at their home course with the Indiana Invitational title.

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Spartans hold off FSU for SunTrust title

Spartans win SunTrust Gator

Laura Kueny and Michigan State grabbed a third team title of the year Sunday at the SunTrust Gator Women's Invite. The Spartans held off a tough Florida State squad that was looking for a third consecutive victory.

Eastern Michigan wins Kepler by two shots

Eastern Michigan squeaked out a two-stroke victory at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate over a tight pack.

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Green leaves Augusta with memorable eagles

says Nathan Green has two memorable eagles he can look back on from the Masters.

Nathan Green will likely finish last at the Masters, but leave Augusta National with plenty of memories.

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On a long Sunday, a little early work

ran into Lee Westwood’s caddie on Augusta’s 15th hole Sunday morning and got an early report on hole locations.

Ask any player to name you the best caddies on Tour, and surely many would offer up the names of the men carrying the bag for any of the top 5 starting Sunday:

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Garcia plunks patron in head with golf ball

says it will be a memorable Sunday at Augusta. But for one unlucky patron, it’s already been memorable for all the wrong reasons.

It promises to be a memorable Sunday at The National, what with Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods all in the hunt. For one patron who was out watching the early action, it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Saturday, April 10

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Masters invite would add interest to NCAAs

explains why the individual winner of the NCAA Championship deserves a spot in the Masters.

I have never spoken with anyone on the The Masters Committee, and I don’t know if there has ever been any serious thought to inviting the NCAA champ to Augusta each year, but I do know that I am constantly hearing college golf coaches say they need a way to bring more attention to their national championship.

UNC takes Wolfpack title by seven shots

North Carolina claimed its second team title of the year Saturday with a seven-shot victory at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate.

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Saturday at the Masters: A quick 18

Observations from a very noisy and excitement-filled third round of the Masters.

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Woods can win, but it won’t be easy

Can Tiger Woods, four strokes behind after 54 holes, win the Masters after a five-month layoff?

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Augusta alive with noise in Saturday’s round

walked the back nine Saturday with Hank Haney and played a guessing game of “Where are the roars coming from now?”

The roars were restored in Masters Round 3. You could hear the thunderous ovations a mile or more away.

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Els shaken after disappointing Masters

spoke Saturday night to a shaken Ernie Els, who felt stung after another disappointing Masters performance.

Ernie Els has special feelings for Augusta National Golf Club. But as his chances of winning his first Masters were de-railed Thursday after a double bogey the 18th hole, the tall South African may have thought of the lyrics of Carly Simon’s song “Killing Me Softly”.

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Woods wins battle to stay in contention

says curse words, be damned. The only way Tiger Woods can win the Masters is to play with passion.

Mark this down: The third round of the 73rd Masters will be known as the day Tiger Wood nearly lost control of his emotions.

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Eaglefest gives Augusta fans a reason to roar

Phil Mickelson wasn’t alone in giving the crowd something to cheer about Saturday at Augusta. As James Achenbach writes, those who say the excitement doesn’t start until the back nine Sunday should think again.

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After a tough Friday, Couples still has a shot

says Fred Couples is still in it at Augusta. Wouldn’t a win be a great way to celebrate his 100th official round there?

Fred Couples has made enough trips around Augusta National – Sunday will mark his 100th official round, to be specific – to know some strange, magical things can transpire at the Masters.

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Lefty holding on to Saturday’s lucky ball

says not even Fred Couples could talk Phil Mickelson into giving him the ball Lefty used to make two eagles and a birdie Saturday.

Phil Mickelson’s caddie, Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, was standing outside Augusta National’s clubhouse, sharing the detalis of his boss’ amazing eagle-eagle-birdie stretch, when Fred Couples pounced on him from behind, put both his arms on Mackay’s shoulders, and excitedly said, “I want that ball!”

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CBS’ Masters coverage heavy on Woods

Masters coverage on CBS feels like the Tiger Woods Invitational.

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Kraft champ Tseng among Masters patrons

caught up with Kraft Nabisco champion Yani Tseng, who drove seven hours Saturday to enjoy the spectacle of the Masters.

Further proof that the Masters holds a special place in golf: Yani Tseng, winner of last week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship, left her Orlando home at 6 a.m. Saturday and drove seven hours to watch the Masters.

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Early fireworks in Round 3 of the Masters

stood next to the first green early Saturday afternoon and now knows one thing: It’s going to be an exciting day at Augusta.

I hope you have a comfortable seat on the couch. If the play of the leaders in their first 30 minutes of action Saturday at the Masters is any indication, we’re in for a fantastic day.

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Westwood leads Lefty by 1; Woods lurks

Lee Westwood maintained his lead Saturday at Augusta as back-to-back eagles by Phil Mickelson, including a hole-out on the 14th, put Lefty within a shot of the lead. Tiger Woods is four strokes back.

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Tiger’s clubs up close and personal

has the scoop on the new driver, custom irons and new 62-degree wedge in Tiger Woods’ bag this week at the Masters.

Unlike the driver used by Tiger Woods – a stock 9.5-degree Victory Red Tour model – Tiger’s VR Blade irons are hardly stock. They have been bent and ground to his precise specifications.

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Complete 2010 Masters coverage

Inside the gates at Augusta is on the ground at Augusta National to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 Masters. Check back daily as brings you all the action from Augusta, Ga.

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Facts and figures from first 36 holes at Augusta

offers some facts and figures from a wild first two rounds at Augusta National.

While we sit and wait for the third round of the Masters to begin, some appetizers from the first 36 holes:

Friday, April 9

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Friday at the Masters: A quick 18

Eighteen stories, statistics and observations from a trying second round at the Masters.

Gay bows out early in Masters debut

Brian Gay finally made it to the Masters, but after two rounds, Gay is off to Hilton Head to defend his title next week.

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Smith relishes Masters with father on the bag

Shadows started to creep over the 18th fairway Friday evening at Augusta National as Nathan Smith and his father, Larry, walked towards the green.

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Several notables to make early Augusta exit

takes a look at the players making an early exit from Augusta, some of whom may surprise you.

When the cut fell and 48 players had advanced into weekend play at 3 over or better, it was almost more interesting to study the list of 47 who left early.

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Campbell sees drastic improvement in Round 2

There were three rounds in the 60s posted Friday at a difficult Augusta National. Co-leaders Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood both broke 70. The other player? Chad Campbell, a Masters runner-up in 2009 who struggled to a first-round 79.

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Manassero, 16, makes cut, history at Augusta

says 16-year-old Matteo Manassero added another accomplishment to his growing resume: He made the cut at the Masters.

Matteo Manassero already made history this week when he hit his first tee shot. The 16-year-old is the youngest competitor in Masters history.

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Despite injury, it’s a big thumbs up for Kim

gives a big thumbs up to Anthony Kim, who is lighting up Augusta National despite a torn ligament in his left thumb.

Anthony Kim has a bad left thumb. Soon he’ll have surgery to repair a torn ligament.

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Englishmen making a charge at major glory

Westwood, Poulter lead

A pair of Englishmen are tied for the lead entering the weekend at the Masters, which raises a couple questions, writes James Achenbach: 1.) Where is Paul Revere? and 2.) Can they hold off Tiger Woods?

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Guess who’s knocking on the door?

says a familiar name is right in the thick of the Masters chase: Phil Mickelson, who is rounding into form at the perfect time.

Guess who is in the middle of the pack at the 74th Masters? The Big Lefty, two-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, that’s who.

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Benjamin has emotional end to the Masters

witnessed an emotional end to amateur Brad Benjamin's day, which all began with a devastating bogey at the 15th.

Perhaps what made Brad Benjamin’s Masters experience so emotional was that it was so tantalizing.

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Watson clings to unlikely Masters hopes

says Tom Watson failed to follow up his magical first round at the Masters. But make no mistake: This 60-year-old still thinks he can win.

Tom Watson will not go quietly this time around at Augusta National. Even after tapping in for bogey on the 18th hole to conclude his second round at the Masters, Watson’s eyes twinkled when asked if it was time to get realistic about a 60-year-old man winning the Masters.

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A closer look at Fred Couples’ new kicks

Fred Couples created a stir at the Masters not just because of his play, but because of his sporty Ecco Street Premiere kicks.

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Augusta playing mean in Round 2

says tough playing conditions made Augusta a different animal in the second round, and the jump in scores proves it.

Masters contestants have played Augusta National two days in a row. But it hardly played like the same course.

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Tiger returns with new Nike driver, wedge

Woods playing new driver, wedge

Tiger Woods returned to golf at the Masters, but his old Nike SQ Dymo driver was nowhere to be found.

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What took you so long, Ricky?

has his eye on Ricky Barnes, who revamped his swing and is back at Augusta for the first time in seven years.

The guy who finished atop the leaderboard at the last major – one Y.E. Yang – made the turn on Friday still on the board at the Masters as well, standing at 4 under par through 27 holes.

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The most prominent storyline remains: Tiger

says Round 2 may have lacked low scores and roars, but the most prominent storyline remains: Tiger Woods is in contention.

The second round of the Masters lacked low scores and roars, but the most prominent storyline remains, writes Sean Martin: Tiger Woods is in contention.

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Choi, Kuchar display sharp recovery skills

says two of the best shots Friday came from Tiger Woods’ group – and neither belonged to Woods.

The incredible thing about Augusta National is that you see some shots you just don’t see anywhere else. K.J. Choi yanked his drive into the creek way left on the par-5 second hole – that’s right, there’s a creek way left on No. 2, the only water you’ll find on the front nine at Augusta National.

Morrison leads Madeira Islands Open

England’s James Morrison shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Scotland’s George Murray after the second round of the Madeira Islands Open.

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Young team selected for Curtis Cup

2010 team selected

The USGA has finalized the 2010 Curtis Cup team. Among a team full of young players are 15-year-old Alexis Thompson and 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur and WAPL champion Jennifer Song.

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Couples tumbles down leaderboard after 75

says Fred Couples wasn’t pleased after stumbling down the stretch and posting 75, which left him six shots back of the leader.

Fred Couples made history Thursday at the Masters by shooting a career-low round and grabbing the first-round lead. Friday was a lot less fun, writes Dan Mirocha.

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Westwood, Poulter share lead; Tiger 2 back

With the sun shining bright and Augusta National showing its teeth, Tiger Woods and just about everyone else at the Masters played a game of survival Friday.

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Campbell to put the clubs away, regroup

caught up with Michael Campbell after another dismal round, and says the former U.S. Open champ is ready to take a break.

By the time he reached the green at his 35th hole, the par-4 17th in Friday’s second round of the Masters, even the scorekeepers at Augusta National Golf Club had reached their limit with Michael Campbell.

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Alabama emerging from SEC pack

College Notebook

When Mic Potter took over the Alabama women’s golf program in 2005, the Crimson Tide were hardly a threat in the ultra-competitive SEC. Not anymore. The Tide are No. 7, with their sights fixed on a conference title and beyond. Julie Williams reports.

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Jaidee withdraws from Masters with injury

Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand has withdrawn from the Masters because of an elbow injury.

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Nielsen: Masters ratings up 47 percent

First indications are that Tiger Woods' return has increased television viewership of the Masters by 50 percent.

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Report: FAA investigated Augusta flyover

While the Greenjackets of Augusta National control every aspect of what occurs on the grounds of the “Cathedral of Golf,” they can’t control the air, which is why a small plane roamed the skies above the Masters Thursday with messages of mockery in tow for Tiger Woods.

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Green is the theme at the Masters

While the green jacket remains hung in the Butler cabin, many players (Tiger included) seem to be getting in the right frame of mind – by wearing green!

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Breaking down Round 1 stats from Augusta

with some stats to chew on as you settle in to watch the Masters on Friday afternoon.

From the stats department, some numbers to chew on as you settle in to watch the Masters on Friday:

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So, that’s where Watson’s ball went

says Tom Watson finally figured out Tuesday what happened to a ball he lost on the 14th hole at the 1983 Masters.

Tom Watson’s 2010 Masters hadn’t yet begun when he unlocked a mystery about his trip here 27 years ago.

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We need a pace-of-play revolution

wasn’t as impressed with the opening round of the Masters as everyone else. He doesn’t enjoy watching “turtles” play golf.

Millions of ordinary golfers can’t fathom why the game has come to a grinding halt. More importantly, they can’t figure out why something isn’t being done about it.

Thursday, April 8

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Jonson (No. 26, 2011) commits to UNLV

has given a verbal commitment to UNLV.

Carl Jonson, the top-ranked junior player in the state of Washington, has given a verbal commitment to play golf at UNLV. Jonson, from Bainbridge Island, recently finished fourth at the AJGA Laredo Junior at Traditions and has recorded six top-20 finishes in eight career AJGA starts.

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Thursday at the Masters: A quick 18

offers facts, figures and observations from a wild opening round at the Masters.

Eighteen stories, statistics and observations from a fantastic opening round at the Masters.

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Kuchar, Barnes put on a show of their own

says Matt Kuchar and Ricky Barnes put on a show of their own despite playing an amped-up round near Tiger Woods.

Matt Kuchar and Ricky Barnes both authored memorable performances as amateurs here at the Masters. They returned to Augusta National this year after long absences, and played well Thursday in the shadow of Tiger Woods.

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Notes: Scott’s late finish, Cabrera’s title defense

Before we pull the curtain down on Round 1 of the 2010 Masters, here’s a little of this, and some of that. If it were the U.S. Open, British Open, or PGA Championship, you’d probably not know any of the players in the last pairing of the day. But at the Masters, it’s different.

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Most fans at Augusta in Tiger’s corner

has the early results from Tiger Woods’ return to golf at Augusta National: Encouragement 1, Negativity 0.

Here are the early results from Tiger Woods’ return to golf at Augusta National: Encouragement 1, Negativity 0. As Jeff Rude writes, the only thing out of the ordinary Thursday was Tiger’s smile.

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Stricker: ‘No effect’ playing in front of Tiger

caught up with Steve Stricker, who said it was business as usual playing in the group ahead of Tiger Woods on Thursday.

Forget all that talk about the bad luck drawn by Steve Sticker, Ian Poulter and Yuta Ikeda, the threesome that played in the group in front of Tiger Woods Thursday at the Masters.

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Couples, Watson show anything’s possible

thinks Fred Couples and Tom Watson have given a huge boost to golf’s image and reputation.

Are you kidding me? Fred Couples, 50, is leading the Masters with a 6-under-par 66 in the first round? No way. Tom Watson, 60, is tied for second with a 67? You’ve got to be joking.

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Even at 60, Watson can’t be counted out

says it would be easy to dismiss 60-year-old Tom Watson’s opening-round 67 – if he weren’t Tom Watson.

Think Masters glory is just for the young guns? Tell that to Tom Watson. The 60-year-old is going against the clock in his 37th trip to Augusta, though Jeff Babineau says it’s a one-sided battle.

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Toms delays surgery, sees immediate results

reports that David Toms will forgo surgery on his ailing right shoulder, a wise decision after shooting 69 on Thursday at Augusta.

Playing with a bone spur in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder since October, David Toms has been in considerable pain, but hoped with medication he could play through the Masters and then get surgery the next week.

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Augusta State among hosts to score big wins

Three host teams get wins

What do the recent victories by Augusta State, Charlotte and Indiana have in common? They all were fueled by home cooking. Ron Balicki takes a look at last week’s winning hosts.

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Couples shoots 66, surges to lead

Couples in front

First, Tom Watson. Now, Fred Couples. They kept turning back the clock Thursday at the Masters, as Couples carded a 6-under 66 to surge into the first-round lead, one stroke ahead of the 60-year-old Watson. Tiger Woods is two shots back.

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Martin no stranger to the majors

says Clemson senior Ben Martin, the only collegian in the Masters field, is striking the ball well in his second major.

Ben Martin knew what it would take to succeed at Augusta National: good putting. Benjamin said before the tournament that he was hitting the ball well, but the putting surfaces are Augusta National’s biggest challenge.

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Amateurs holding their own at Augusta

says amateurs Matteo Manassero and Nathan Smith are as different as they come, but are holding their own at Augusta.

The two amateurs that made news Thursday morning at Augusta National could not be any different.

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Woods stealing the show with Masters return

Tiger Woods got off to a solid start on Thursday as he returned to golf at the Masters, shooting a couple of pars then a birdie at the third hole.

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Presidential scene as Woods tees off No. 1

describes the scene as Tiger Woods made his way through the crowd and onto the first tee at Augusta National.

The scene began very presidential. Five Georgia State Sheriffs cleared a path leading from the back of the clubhouse, past the big oak tree and onto the putting green just behind the first tee box.

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Verplank, Woosnam cause double-takes

did a double-take when Scott Verplank played out of turn, and again when Ian Woosnam left Augusta for a Five Guys.

There were two things that made me do a double-take on Thursday.

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Wow: Watson opens with bogey-free 67

Watson opens in 5-under 67

Wow #1: 60-year-old Tom Watson opening with a 5-under 67 to take the clubhouse lead. Wow #2: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Y.E. Yang joining Watson atop the leaderboard. Can Tiger Woods deliver Wow #3?

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Weather could shake up the Masters

says Tiger Woods could be in store for a little rain Thursday at Augusta. It could make this first round even more intriguing.

Hi, I’m Jim, your friendly weatherman. It’s 1:06 p.m. here at the first round of the Masters. The sun has disappeared, clouds are gathering, the wind has picked up dramatically and is whirling like some exotic Middle Eastern dancer, the forecast is for rain later in the afternoon.

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Changing conditions greets Woods on first tee

reports that conditions are changing drastically at Augusta National, with winds picking up, rain on the way, and a certain golfer scheduled to tee off within the hour.

Tiger Woods returned to golf Thursday with a drive down the middle of the first fairway at Augusta National, but he could soon face difficult conditions as the winds are picking up and rain is in the forecast.

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New Nike Tiger ad: Tasteless or brilliant?

says Nike’s new Tiger Woods ad is eliciting all kinds of feedback. Tasteless or brilliant? You be the judge.

Gene Yasuda says Nike's new Tiger Woods ad is evoking all kinds of feedback. Tasteless or brilliant? You be the judge.

In this issue: April 9, 2010

Inside the April 9, 2010 issue of Golfweek.

Events to watch: Wolfpack, Kepler, IU Invite

Hello golf fans! I know many of you will probably be tuning in to Augusta National to watch the big name Tiger in the field- Ben Martin.

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Hole to watch at Augusta: No. 16

says keep an eye on the 16th hole at Augusta National and its propensity for all-or-nothing drama.

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole: No. 16 at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Jack, Arnie kick off 2010 Masters in style

with the tee box banter that went on between Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer as they hit their ceremonial tee shots Thursday morning.

Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer kicked off the 2010 Masters on Thursday morning with their ceremonial tee shots. Dan Mirocha was there.

Wednesday, April 7

Thumbs up: Pac 10 | Thumbs down: Okla. St.

It’s my favorite day of the week: Wednesday. Time to give some praise, and dish out some harsh reality.

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Masters in 3-D a sight to behold

entered a new dimension in the media center: He watched the Par-3 Contest in 3-D. Oh, what a sight.

I didn’t have time to make it out to the Par 3 Contest this afternoon, so I settled for the next-best thing. I watched it in 3-D.

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Martin hopes for feel-good amateur story

Inspiring amateur tale

There’s a massive billboard of amateur Ben Martin on display this week in his hometown of Greenwood, S.C. But that’s not the only sign that he could become the next feel-good amateur story at the Masters. Sean Martin reports.

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Players talk favorite Masters memories

asked 13 players at Augusta National to talk about their most vivid Masters memory.

When Tiger Woods decided to make the Masters his coming out party, many in the media thought it would be the greatest thing in golf. With the folderol of Monday over, I asked several of this year’s other competitors to talk about their most vivid Masters memory.

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Masters chairman: Tiger ‘disappointed’ us

reports that Masters chairman Billy Payne had strong words for Tiger Woods in his annual press conference Wednesday at Augusta.

The vast majority of “wow” moments at the Masters happen on the finely manicured golf course. Actions usually trump words here amongst the towering pines. But every now and then, the stringing of oral sentences can raise eyebrows and create headlines and divert the focus from crisply struck shots.

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Cabrera’s dish a hit at Champions Dinner

says Angel Cabrera’s Champions Dinner was a hit. Find out what he served. (And here’s a hint: It wasn’t duck.)

Based on early reviews, it sounds like an Angel Cabrera victory Sunday would be a huge hit with former champions. Apparently, the man can put together a menu.

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REPLAY:’s Masters Chat

Struggling with fantasy golf picks? Bored at work? Curious what pimento cheese sandwiches taste like? Chat with Golfweek’s writers covering the Masters at Augusta National today from 1-5 p.m. EST.

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Flesch ‘loves’ Augusta, and has proof

says three men have finished in the top 10 in the past two Masters, including Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. You’ll never guess the third.

Three men have finished in the top 10 in the past two Masters. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are two. The other?

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Paddy at work: A wonderful sight

describes one of the most wonderful sights so far this week at Augusta National: Padraig Harrington at work.

Call it Happy Hour for a golf junkie. More specifically, a Masters junkie, but in the warm embrace of a Tuesday twilight, the stroll around Augusta National Golf Club produced a tranquil sight that was worth two gentle hours of your time: Padraig Harrington at work.

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Hate to be Rude: Uncertainty in Augusta

Hate to be Rude

With many questions surrounding the games of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, look elsewhere for a favorite, writes Jeff Rude. How does Retief Goosen sound?

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Woods’ Masters pairings over the years

takes a closer look at Tiger Woods’ opening-rounds Masters pairings from the last 15 years.

Through 15 Masters, Tiger Woods has been paired with 26 players in the first round, including Matt Kuchar (1998), the same guy Woods will be paired with Thursday in his return to golf. K.J. Choi will also join the group.

Tuesday, April 6

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North Florida claims BancorpSouth title

North Florida dove 10 shots under par in the final round of the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate Tuesday to win by one shot over Florida.

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Georgia rallies to win Morris Williams by one

Georgia wins Morris Williams

Georgia made a run up the leaderboard in the final round of the Morris Williams Intercollegiate, making up 15 shots for its second team title of the season. Junior Harris English won the individual title.

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Thompson (No. 31, 2011) commits to California

has given a verbal commitment to California.

The top-ranked player in the state of Oregon has decided to play collegiate golf at California. Morgan Thompson, No. 31 in the 2011 class, gave the Golden Bears a verbal commitment.

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Fogler (No. 77, 2011) commits to Vanderbilt

has given a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt

Ben Fogler of Elgin, S.C., has given the coaching staff at Vanderbilt a verbal commitment to play golf starting in the fall of 2011.

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Notes: Cabrera can’t be counted out for repeat

The defending Masters champion normally needs to allow an extra 10 or 15 minutes any time he walks by the crowd of reporters clustered outside the clubhouse.

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Who will look the best in Augusta green?

My sincerest apologies if you have come to this blog for a Tiger-free breath of fresh air – you aren’t going to get it here.

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Augusta’s keeping us entertained, as always

presents the (mostly non-Tiger) highlights from the first two days of the Masters, from yellow golf balls to Tylenol and Moon Pies.

Thoughts and observations while traversing the rolling hills of Augusta National and standing beneath the huge oak on a Masters Tuesday.

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Reason No. 10,375 to love Paddy

identifies the last player remaining on the back nine Tuesday evening at Augusta. Guess who?

Last man left on the back nine Tuesday evening at Augusta playing shots amongst the lawn mowers?

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Woods’ return comes during telecast

Tiger Woods has an ideal tee time for his return to golf at the Masters – at least as far as TV is concerned.

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Do the young guns have a chance?

wonders if players in their 20s have a chance this week at Augusta National. History is not on their side.

Just four twentysomethings since 1980 have put on a green jacket. So what does that mean for the 30 players in this week’s Masters field under 30 years old? Dan Mirocha investigates.

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Player of the Week: Anton Arboleda

Anton Arboleda, of La Canada, Calif., shot 8-under 205 (71-66-68) at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the AJGA’s Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic by two shots.

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Player of the Week: Alison Lee

Alison Lee, of Valencia, Calif., shot 2-under 211 (70-69-72) at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the AJGA’s Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic by one shot.

Floyd calls it a career after 45 Masters

Raymond Floyd has called it a career at Augusta National, saying he won't be playing the Masters anymore after 45 appearances.

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For Kuchar and Choi, time to put on the blinders

passes on some advice for Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi as they prepare to tee it up with Tiger Woods Thursday.

Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi are paired with Tiger Woods in the penultimate pairing Thursday at the Masters.

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Toy Box notes: Pressel seeks distance

explains why Morgan Pressel has new Callaway irons and a new Callaway driver in her bag.

The week before the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Morgan Pressel put new Callaway irons in her bag. At the Kraft, she switched to a new Callaway driver.

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Augusta State not a team to be counted out

Has anyone noticed who has become the new No. 2-ranked team in the country?

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Staff picks: The Masters

weighs in with its Masters picks and predictions. Would you believe no one picked Tiger?

Golfweek's fleet of reporters is on site at Augusta National and weighs in with picks to win the Masters.

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How did Sihwan Kim finish dead-last?

A lot of attention was directed to this past weekend's ASU Thunderbird Invitational - for good reason.

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Mize displays local knowledge at the 16th

watched Augusta native Larry Mize pull off a shot at the 16th that not even Tiger Woods could replicate.

Cameras clicked as Tiger Woods made his way down the 15th fairway Tuesday at Augusta, but by the time he reached the green, the attention of the patrons in both grandstands surrounding the green had shifted.

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Masters tee times: Rounds 1 and 2

Tee times for the first and second rounds, respectively, of the 2010 Masters.

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Can Paddy break through the three-major wall?

thinks Padraig Harrington has the best chance this week of any of the three-time major champions.

No one has won more than three majors while playing primarily in the Tiger Woods era. Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Vijay Singh are all stuck on that number.

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Woods or Watson? The Open champ defers

Often the questions are better than the answers. Even sometimes when Stewart Cink, a thoughtful sort, is answering.

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Mid-Am champ Smith plans to play it safe

Nathan Smith's savvy gives him a good chance at becoming the first player to make the cut after being invited for winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur.

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Woods tees off Thursday with Kuchar, Choi

reports that Tiger Woods will tee off at 1:42 p.m. Thursday with Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi, and much of the round will be televised.

First-round pairings for the Masters were released today. Tiger Woods will play with Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi at 1:42 pm. in the second-to-last pairing of the day.

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It’s time to enjoy the sight and sounds

says it’s now time to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Masters, like Todd Hamilton’s Tuesday visit to the pro shop.

The game at Augusta National Golf Club during Masters week is a series of sights, sounds and scenes that are unlike anywhere else, so why not reap gratitude and enjoyment?

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How Perry’s Masters quest was thwarted

Kenny Perry’s nightmare

Kenny Perry was at the threshold of history April 12, 2009, the oldest to ever win a major; then, shock.

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Q&A: Washington coach Matt Thurmond

spoke with Washington coach Matt Thurmond after the Huskies' thrilling victory in the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

Taking questions this week in the Wildman Corner is Washington coach Matt Thurmond.

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The warm reception continues for Tiger

says the reception for Tiger Woods at Augusta National Tuesday was just like the weather: warm and sunny.

Yes, it’s warm and sunny Tuesday at Augusta National, and the reception Tiger Woods is receiving from Masters patrons falls under a similar forecast. Sean Martin reports

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We’ll start talking about the golf soon

thinks Tiger’s press conference buzz should start to calm down by this evening at Augusta National.

Stepped foot onto Augusta National this morning for just the second time, but my first as a member of the working press. Initial reaction: My heart is still thumping, everyone is smiling and on my walk from the press building to the 10th tee, I found just two blades of grass out of place.

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Tiger’s pursuit of Jack might feel like a relief

Woods chasing major mark

From the very start, Tiger Woods' playing career has been defined by outrageously high standards and the ultimate goal, an unreachable target for everyone else: Jack Nicklaus’ all-time mark of 18 major-championship victories.

Monday, April 5

History says ‘.500’ rule could be awhile

says if history is any indication, women’s golf should be ready to adopt the ‘.500 rule’ in about 10-15 years.

I have always made the statement that the women’s game is at least 10-15 years behind the men’s game.

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Player of the week: Cheyenne Woods, Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons sophomore posted rounds of 70-69-72 in winning the Bryan National Collegiate. She improved 12 spots to No. 22 in the Golfweek rankings.

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Player of the week: Matt Hill, N.C. State

The Wolfpack junior, Golfweek’sPlayer of the Year in 2009, might be getting warmed up again. He shot 9-under 204 (68-67-69) to win the individual medal at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate. It was his first title of the season in nine starts and a 54-hole career-best score. Hill won seven of the final eight events he played last season, including the NCAA Championship. He has 10 victories in his college career.

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Team of the week: Florida State

The Seminoles finished ahead of six top-20 teams at the Bryan National Collegiate en route to their third victory of the season and second in a row. With the victory, Florida State climbed to No. 22 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Team of the week: Washington

Trailing by 16 shots heading into the final round of the Arizona State Thunderbird Invitational, the Huskies posted a 16-under 268 – the third-best 18-hole round in school history – to win by two strokes over UCLA.

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Golfweek’s Best Deals: Around the country

Here are three variously priced deals at courses rated among Golfweek’s Best in their respective states.

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OneAsia to broadcast on

OneAsia, a pro tour that serves the Asia-Pacific region, announced that its 2010 events will be broadcast live on – the media company’s broadband sports network.

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Klein on Design: No. 16 at Augusta

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

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Woods seems ready for latest golf comeback

thinks the message sent to us Monday was loud and clear: Bad Tiger has left town for good.

Tiger Woods has admitted his mistakes, gone back to his “core values,” and returned to the golf course. As Jim Achenbach writes, the message being sent is clear: Bad Tiger has left town for good.

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Corales Golf Club overwhelms the senses

Corales simply overwhelming

Sharpness of design and proximity to the Caribbean Sea make Corales Golf Club a simply overwhelming experience. Bradley S. Klein explains why it’s unlike anything else in the Caribbean.

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Winner’s Circle: March 29-April 4, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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This was ‘quintessential’ Tiger

says Tiger Woods offered a rare glimpse of himself while also remaining a closed book – but that’s just Tiger.

In his first news conference in nearly five months, Tiger Woods offered a rare glimpse of himself while also remaining a closed book. But that’s just Tiger, writes Jeff Babineau.

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Fans at Augusta ready to forgive Woods

Tiger Woods’ fans say they forgive him for cheating on his wife and they’re glad he’s back at the Masters to focus on golf.

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Full transcript: Tiger Woods’ Masters presser

Below is the complete transcript from Tiger Woods' press conference Monday afternoon at Augusta National Golf Club:

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Woods: ‘I’m going to try to win this thing’

While acknowledging he made some “incredibly poor decisions” in his personal life, Tiger Woods still thinks he can win the Masters – even coming back from a five-month layoff.

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Get Golf Ready misses goal, but delivers ROI

Program delivers ROI

A national effort to grow the game is creating golfers who spend more than $800 during the first year of pursuing their new passion.

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Kikkor paves the way with unique online product has officially launched, and is showing off the company’s hip, young, stylish and functional golf shoes.

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Excerpts: Woods’ Masters press conference

Woods press conference

Tiger Woods has just finished answering questions from the golf media at Augusta National. Here are the highlights

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CBS: We won’t pull punches covering Woods

CBS’ sports chief promises the network won’t pull punches in talking about the Tiger Woods sex scandal during coverage of this year’s Masters golf tournament.

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Woman wins golf discrimination case

An amateur golfer has won a federal discrimination lawsuit she filed after a Massachusetts municipal golf course barred her from playing in a men’s tournament.

Power rankings: College kids at the majors

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my den. I hope everybody had a great holiday weekend, and you don’t get too confused when you see my men’s power rankings.

Junior Fantasy results: Heather Farr Classic

Julie Williams showed off her prognostication skills in the first Junior Fantasy event of the season, picking up 80 points for her selections at last week’s AJGA’s Heather Farr Classic in Mesa, Ariz.

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Fans shout: ‘Welcome back, Tiger’

Tiger Woods walked onto the first tee Monday to awkward silence from about 500 fans who gradually warmed up to him as he began a practice round at the Masters with Fred Couples.

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As helicopters swirl, Woods practices Monday

saw Tiger Woods hook his first tee shot Monday well left on the opening hole. Not that it mattered on a surreal day at Augusta.

Tiger Woods hooked his first tee shot Monday well left on the first hole. Not that it mattered, writes Jim McCabe, on a surreal Monday at Augusta National.

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‘Now on the first tee . . . Arnie and Jack’

Arnie and Jack at Augusta

Darkness will have retreated, though a floor of morning dew likely still will linger April 8, when waves of people file through the gates off of Washington and Berckmans roads.

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Monday Scramble: A Monday like no other

offers a sneak preview of Tiger Woods’ upcoming press conference today at Augusta National.

Welcome to the Monday Scramble. So, what do you want to talk about this morning? Yani Tseng’s second major victory? “Haney Project: Ray Romano” ratings? The predominance of scheduling conflicts in junior golf?

Sunday, April 4

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If you had a question, what would you ask Tiger?

posed a simple question to a variety of Tour pros: If you had one question to ask Tiger, what would it be?

Tiger Woods faces the golf media Monday before his long-awaited 2010 debut at the Masters.

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Hole to watch at Augusta: No. 13

says keep an eye on the 13th hole, which is still the most exciting and risky par 5 in all of championship golf.

The course that championed the “par 41⁄2” still has the most exciting and risky par 5s in all of championship golf.

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Recalling Elder’s trip down Magnolia Lane

spoke to Lee Elder, now 75, about his historic trip down Magnolia Lane in 1975.

Thirty-five years ago, Elder drove down Magnolia Lane and into history as the first black player in the Masters. Elder, now 75, played in six Masters from 1975 to ’81, with a tie for 17th in 1979 his best finish.

Breaking out your finest Augusta threads

looks at what the Adidas Golf and Ashworth players will wear this week at Augusta.

The best week in golf kicks off Monday, so it seems like a good time to take a peek at what some of our favorite golfers will be wearing.

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Kim wins playoff in Houston for third Tour title

Kim wins Shell in playoff

Welcome back to the winner’s circle, Anthony Kim. The 24-year-old beat Vaughn Taylor in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open for his third PGA Tour win, and his first since the 2008 AT&T National.

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Augusta St. breaks record in home victory

In the shadow of Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta State dominated the Administaff ASU Invitational on Sunday, breaking the 36-hole record along the way.

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Tseng wins Kraft for second major title

Tseng wins Kraft by 1

Yani Tseng chipped in for an early eagle that propelled her to a second major championship Sunday at the Kraft. Tseng shot a final-round 68 for a one-shot victory over Suzann Pettersen.

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Awkwardness greets Woods on Sunday

Woods at Augusta National

How do the pros welcome back a legend? With a bit of awkwardness, truth be told. Jim McCabe reports from Augusta National.

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Tulane wins wire-to-wire in Mississippi

Tulane defended its title Sunday at the Rebel Intercollegiate, holding off Texas A&M en route to the wire-to-wire victory.

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Cheyenne Woods wins Bryan National event

Woods wins Bryan National

As Tiger Woods prepares to return to competitive golf this week at the Masters, his niece is making headlines, too.

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Tiger’s at Augusta; Will Elin join him?

When Tiger Woods returns to golf at the Masters this week, a lot of people will be looking to see if his wife Elin will be at his side.

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Would ‘.500 rule’ work for women’s game?

Debating the ‘.500 rule’

As parity spreads in the women’s college game, the ‘.500 rule’ might have a place – just not yet, writes Julie Williams.

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Mickelson uses wife’s cancer doc as caddie

Phil Mickelson pulled a special guest out of the gallery at the Shell Houston Open on Sunday to carry his bag for three holes.

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Woods arrives at Augusta National

Tiger Woods is reacquainting himself with Augusta National. He arrived without notice Sunday with about a dozen players on the new practice range. He was wearing a lavender shirt and sunglasses.

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Costco told to stop selling Masters tickets

reports that Masters ticket packages are being sold at Costco – and the Green Jackets aren't happy about it.

I was taking a stroll through my favorite Costco looking for bargains and was struck by the fact that Masters packages were being offered at a warehouse store next to HoneyBaked Ham gift cards.

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‘The Cathedral’ is quiet on eve of the Masters

says all is quiet at Augusta National on a beautiful Easter Sunday in Georgia.

Alex Miceli is at Augusta National and says all is quiet as players – including Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo – prepare for the Masters on a beautiful Easter Sunday in Georgia.

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‘Big Ball Washer’ lurks at Houston Open

says no lead will be safe until the Shell Houston Open leader survives Redstone Golf Club’s 18th hole.

With a tight leaderboard heading into the final round of the Shell Houston Open, it’s a good bet that no lead will be safe until the leader survives Redstone Golf Club’s 18th hole.

Saturday, April 3

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Hicks (No. 87, 2010) commits to Tulsa

has given a verbal commitment to Tulsa.

Mark Hicks, No. 87 in the class of 2010, has verbally committed to Tulsa. The Bermuda Dunes, Calif., resident also made unofficial visits to Pepperdine, UC Irvine, Princeton and Columbia.

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Intriguing storylines at Houston Open finale

with five storylines worth keeping an eye on Sunday at the Shell Houston Open.

Some intriguing storylines heading into the final round of the Shell Houston Open. Anthony Kim and Bryce Molder are your co-leaders at 10 under.

Chapman answers call from dream school

James Chapman is proof that sometimes the dream school calls when you least expect it, and when it does, you just have to go.

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La Quinta High prevails in Palmetto playoff

La Quinta wins Palmetto

Who’s afraid of a playoff? Not the five seniors on the La Quinta High School team who showed moxie Saturday en route to a playoff win at the Palmetto High School Championship. Julie Williams reports.

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Stupples controls nerves to seize Kraft lead

explains how a nervous Karen Stupples pulled it together Saturday to take the lead at the Kraft.

Karen Stupples got a get-your-head-on-straight-this-is-what-you-play-for pep talk from her caddie on the first tee. She was admittedly nervous, feeling sick Saturday afternoon.

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Rivals match outfits, scores in Round 3

says Suzann Pettersen and Yani Tseng matched more than their shirts Saturday at Kraft.

Yani Tseng and Suzann Pettersen wore matching outfits Saturday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship while matching each other for the low round of the day. Their 67s moved them into second place, and helped them earn spots in Sunday’s final threesome.

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Park rediscovers game after lengthy slump

explains why 2004 KNC winner Grace Park was back in the spotlight Saturday.

Grace Park was swarmed by the media at a major championship for the first time in years Saturday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Stupples leads Pettersen, Tseng by 1 at Kraft

Stupples leads Kraft by a shot

Six major champions are within seven shots of leader Karen Stupples at the Kraft Nabisco, setting up a super Sunday at Mission Hills.

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Washington rallies to win ASU Thunderbird

Washington shot a sizzling 16-under 268 Saturday to come from behind and win the ASU Thunderbird Invitational.

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Molder, Kim share Houston Open lead

Anthony Kim and Bryce Molder are tied for the lead heading into the final round of the Houston Open, the final event before the Masters.

Friday, April 2

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James (No. 37, 2011) commits to N.C. State

has given a verbal commitment to N.C. State.

Augusta James, No. 37 in Golfweek’s rankings for the class of 2011, has given a verbal commitment to N.C. State. James, of Bath, Ontario, also made unofficial visits to Texas A&M, TCU, Ohio State and Tennessee.

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Cody making changes as summer approaches

says Austin Cody is making some big changes to his game in preparation for joining the Duke roster.

Austin Cody is making some drastic changes to his game, and hoping to have all the kinks worked out by the time he joins the Duke roster next fall.

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Postseason schedule limits media coverage

says a NCAA schedule mix-up means less exposure for college golf.

This year’s postseason schedule has left the Golfweek college gang scrambling for a plan. You see, the NCAA Women’s Championship and the NCAA Men’s regionals are on the same date.

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Lograsso gives Stanford boost to make cut

Angela Stanford stood on the 14th tee at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Course, looked at the snow-capped mountains and allowed her mind to wander. Stanford, a favorite at last year’s Kraft, was in danger of missing a second consecutive cut.

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Charlotte Country Day takes slim lead in S.C.

Palmetto H.S. Championship

Four teams fought to the top of the leaderboard Friday on a tough day at the Palmetto High School Championship. But as Julie Williams reports, there’s still a lot of golf yet to be played in Myrtle Beach.

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Ochoa announces launch of foundation

explains what is making Lorena Ochoa more excited than being tied for second at the Kraft.

Lorena Ochoa posted five birdies to shoot 2-under 70 and enter the weekend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship tied for second place. And, oh yeah, she also announced the launch of the Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, which will begin with an academy in Southern California and ambitiously grow to programs around the world.

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Lewis continuing strong run in majors

explains why Stacy Lewis always hovers around the lead at majors.

Stacy Lewis’ game is built for majors. She has five top-10s since ’07, three of which have been at Grand Slam events.

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Kim leads Kraft; Ochoa, Kerr one back

South Korean Song-Hee Kim shot a 4-under 68 on Friday in the second round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship to top a leaderboard loaded with majors winners.

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Molder shoots 66 to lead in Houston

Bryce Molder birdied four of the last seven holes for a 6-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Friday in the Houston Open, the final event before the Masters next week at Augusta National.

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Stupples sees offseason fixes pay off at Kraft

Stupples showing good form

Karen Stupples hasn’t won since 2004, but it’s hard to tell this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. As Beth Ann Baldry writes, Stupples is re-focused and ready for another major breakthrough.

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USC’s Song ‘pulling her hair out’ at Kraft

Jennifer Song said she’s been “pulling my hair out” this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Not because she’s playing in a major championship, or because she had to scramble like crazy after hitting only six greens in regulation on Friday.

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Steady Wie eyes weekend charge at Kraft

explains why Michelle Wie’s ho-hum 71 was a good score Friday at the Kraft.

Michelle Wie hit less than half her fairways Friday at the Kraft, but scrambled her way to a 1-under 71 at Mission Hills Country Club’s Dinah Shore Course.

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Ogilvie has Georgia, Hawaii on his mind

says Joe Ogilvie is trying to keep his family happy with trips to Georgia and Hawaii.

With a second-round 67 to move into contention at the Shell Houston Open, Joe Ogilvie has Georgia on his mind. His family? They may be thinking the surf could be up in Hawaii in January.

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Fashion watch: Ralph Lauren’s new man?

says Adam Scott’s new wardrobe could be hinting to the identity of his next apparel sponsor.

Noticed anything lately about Adam Scott’s wardrobe?

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Sim withdraws from Masters with injury

Michael Sim has withdrawn from the Masters because of a right shoulder injury that has kept him out of golf for the last month.

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Glover makes first Houston ace since 2005

U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover recorded an ace in the second round of the Shell Houston Open Friday.

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Note to tour pros: Please smile

A sense of entitlement?

Have golf’s tour pros lost sense of how good they have it? Alistair Tait says more of them need to turn those frowns upside down and do a better job of giving back to the fans.

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Bramlett (NR, 2010) commits to Davidson

has given a verbal commitment to Davidson College.

James Bramlett has verbally committed to Davidson college for the fall of 2010. Bramlett also made an unofficial visit to Emory.

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Mailbag: A parent’s idea for college match play

It’s Friday everyone, which means it’s time to go to the inbox.

Thursday, April 1

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Powerful Pinewood aims for Palmetto repeat

Pinewood competes in S.C.

As team bonding goes, it doesn’t get much better than the boys at Pinewood Prep. With Austin Cody (pictured) in the lead, this South Carolina powerhouse is looking for a title defense at the Palmetto High School Championship. Julie Williams reports.

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Pettersen leads Ochoa by 1 at Kraft

Pettersen leads Kraft Nabisco

Suzann Pettersen shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Thursday in the Kraft Nabisco Championship to take a one-stroke lead over former champion Lorena Ochoa, who missed birdie putts on her final two holes.

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Thompson shoots 74 in first round at Kraft

Alexis Thompson, 15, comes to LPGA majors expecting to win. Her opening 2-over 74 wasn’t what she hoped for, citing putting as her main trouble spot. Meanwhile, Thompson’s older brother, Nicholas, opened with a 3-under 69 at the PGA Tour’s Shell Houston Open.

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Stadler, Percy out front at Houston Open

Kevin Stadler and Cameron Percy shot 5-under 67s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Houston Open.

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Three unheralded players in the top 20

College notebook

Eric Soderstrom introduces three top-20 players who are still under the radar. Get our your “Hello, my name is . . .” stickers, Jonathan Randolph, Ben Kohles and Phillipp Westermann.

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Be sure to look out for 'Supermodel' Seo

suggests you keep an eye on the "Supermodel of the Fairways" at the Kraft.

Last Thursday at the Kia Classic I stood behind the ninth green at La Costa chatting with the LPGA’s Sean Pyun.

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Singh, Casey withdraw from Houston Open

Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Houston Open with a back injury. Singh played nine holes, shooting a 43 with two double bogeys, before walking off the course. He also withdrew from the Transitions Championship two weeks ago with a back injury.

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After tweaks, Pressel likes her Kraft chances

Pressel in hunt at Kraft

Morgan Pressel has a new driver and set of irons in the bag this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. As Sean Martin reports, she is already seeing the difference.

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Life as Woods lookalike no longer good gig

Herme Chua got booed. Canh Oxelson is no longer getting the best tables at restaurants, and will have to wait longer to pay off those student loans from Harvard. Think Tiger Woods is having problems? Try being one of his lookalikes.

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Complete Kraft Nabisco coverage

Kraft Nabico Championship is on the ground at Mission Hills Country Club to bring you an up-close look at the 2010 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Check back daily as brings you all the action from Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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Justice adds Glade Springs to portfolio

reports Greenbrier owner Jim Justice has acquired The Resort at Glade Springs in Beckley, W.Va.

Jim Justice makes business deals at such a furious pace that he sometimes forgets certain details – like names. When The Greenbrier owner was asked about his March 31 acquisition of The Resort at Glade Springs in Beckley, W.Va., he struggled to remember the pronunciation of the man with whom he had made the deal.

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Woods’ remaining sponsors plot out his return

Woods’ tarnished image

Sponsors that stuck by Tiger Woods are hoping to capitalize on his return to golf. But will he generate sales like he did in the past?

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Spring season full of surprising results

says if recent play is any indication, we could be in store for a wild NCAA postseason.

This season’s wacky world of college golf just keeps on keeping on. In fact, it seems to get wackier with each passing tournament.

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Tiger’s return brings extra buzz to Augusta

As soon as Tiger Woods said he will return to golf at the Masters, the rooftop of Donny Thompson’s jewelry store became prime real estate.

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McPherson teams with Greg Norman Collection

with a look at what Kristy McPherson will wear this week at the Kraft.

Kristy McPherson has kicked off the season in fashion. She signed with the Greg Norman Collection at the beginning of 2010 and has been helping the company relaunch its women’s line.

Events to watch: Kraft, Thunderbird, Rebel

thinks more than one of the five college players in the field at Kraft can make the cut.

I am sad to say that the college golf season is starting to wind down, but I’m also really excited for what’s happening this week. Five of the best female college golfers are competing in a major, and some bubbles may get busted over the weekend.