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Jonson (No. 26, 2011) commits 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

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

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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Commentary: Most fans at Augusta in Tiger’s corner

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

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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Commentary: Couples, Watson show anything’s possible

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wow: Watson opens with bogey-free 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

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

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?

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

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

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

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