News for Monday, April 12, 2010

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Commentary: Masters Sunday – inside an English pub

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

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

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

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 . . .

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

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

Rookie diary: Ready for some 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

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

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.