News for Monday, April 5, 2010

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History says ‘.500’ rule could be awhile

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 ESPN3.com

OneAsia, a pro tour that serves the Asia-Pacific region, announced that its 2010 events will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com – 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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Commentary: Woods seems ready for latest golf comeback

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

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

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

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

Kikkor.com 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

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

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

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

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?