News for Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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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

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

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

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

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.

NEW VIDEO: Make Me Over (Ep. 4)

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 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 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

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.