News for Thursday, April 1, 2010

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Powerful Pinewood aims for Palmetto repeat

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

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

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

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Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Houston Open with a back injury.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

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

Golfweek.com 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 Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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Justice adds Glade Springs to portfolio

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

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

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

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

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.