News for Wednesday, February 17, 2010


News 2010 February 17


Comparing rankings at the Match Play

The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship is underway and it’s always fun for me to look at some of the players that found a way into the field based on their Official World Ranking and compare the Golfweek/Sagarin numbers to the OWR numbers.

Wilson set for Mayakoba title defense

Mark Wilson is in basically the same position he was a year ago at the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

Suspended Barron back in action in S.C.

Doug Barron played his first competitive round Wednesday since being suspended for one year for violation of the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy. He shot 3-over 75 in the eGolf Professional Tour’s Palmetto Hall Championship in Hilton Head, S.C.

Fake Gatorade bottles suspect considers plea

Prosecutors say a man accused of replacing labels on dozens of Gatorade bottles in a supermarket with an image of Tiger Woods and his wife and the word “unfaithful” is considering pleading guilty.

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The Match Play stories that Tiger trounced

takes a look at all the good Wednesday Match Play stories that Tiger Woods trounced.

Jim McCabe takes a look at all the great first-round Match Play stories that Tiger Woods trounced.

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Why now? Players react to Woods’ plans

Woods to speak Friday

Tiger Woods isn’t playing the WGC-Accenture Match Play, but his presence is being felt. As Jeff Rude writes, player reaction to Woods’ announcement was strong. Just talk to Ernie Els.

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Top seed Stricker knocked out of Match Play

Ross McGowan of England rolled in a 30-foot par putt on the 19th hole to beat Steve Stricker, only the second time in the Match Play Championship that the No. 1 seed was beaten in the opening round.

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Controlling the message key for Woods camp

Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent at IMG, outlined the groundrules of Friday’s statement.

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Vote: When will Tiger return to PGA Tour?

Tiger Woods will conduct a press conference Friday at 11 a.m. EST, reported Wednesday.

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Woods to make statement Friday

News conference set Friday

Tiger Woods will speak publicly Friday for the first time since his SUV accident. However, Woods will not take any questions from the media at PGA Tour headquarters.

Where are the competitive matches?

The WGC-Accenture Match Play this morning is like most of the Super Bowls I watched as a kid, “Blow Out City”. Robert Allenby, Geoff Ogilvy and Mike Weir are all 4 up.

Stenson out at Accenture Match Play

Henrik Stenson withdrew from the WGC-Accenture Match Play because of flu symptoms after one hole of a first-round match against Ben Crane.

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Variety makes wedge shopping a delight

Year of the wedge

James Achenbach has wedges on his mind. With so many options, 2010 may as well be “The Year of the Wedge.”

Johnson off to rocky start at Match Play

reports Dustin Johnson conceded his first four holes at the Accenture Match Play.

Dustin Johnson has had two good weeks on the PGA Tour, but that looks to be coming to an end as he has conceded the first four holes to Camilo Villegas on Wednesday at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Top 5 revelations from Battle at the Beach

with his top 5 revelations from the Battle at the Beach. (Hint: Carts speed up play.)

1) Washington got better: We already know that Nick Taylor and Richard Lee are one of the best 1-2 punches in college golf, and Darren Wallace is a solid No. 3.

Rookie diary: My wild ride at Pebble Beach

files another entry in his rookie diary. Guess who holed out (again!) to make a cut?

Pebble Beach was awesome! I had such an amazing time there last week.

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The girls are back!

Finally, a moment we’ve been waiting for – the LPGA is back in action. This week the ladies will tee it up at the Honda PTT LPGA in Chonburi, Thailand.

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Johnson looks sharp en route to victory

Fresh off back-to-back wins (2009 and ’10) at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Dustin Johnson’s game is not the only thing I’m impressed with. Adidas golf should be pleased to have Johnson on their roster. He’s at the top of the leaderboard in both golf and style.

WGC + Tiger = $21 million plus

No Tiger, no matter. The Accenture Match Play Championship is under way.

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In Land of Smiles, hers might be biggest

LPGA season gets underway

Finally, a chance to talk birdies and bogeys. Beth Ann Baldry is in Thailand for the start of the 2010 LPGA season and explains why Suzann Pettersen is ready to rock.

Tseng taps Gilchrist as new instructor

Yani Tseng tried five different Orlando-area instructors in two weeks. Yes, five. The winner? Gary Gilchrist, the fun-loving South African who worked with Michelle Wie several years ago and then Suzann Pettersen.

What if my clubs don’t arrive?

is in Thailand for the LPGA opener and reports that Angela Stanford’s clubs have finally arrived.

All tourists hold their breath at baggage claim, willing their banged-up suitcases to make their way around the track. For professional golfers, the anxiety runs even deeper when their clubs go missing.

LPGA opener a full house

Walked into the media room Wednesday and was blown away by the fact that nearly every seat was full.

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Wie delivering on her limitless potential

LPGA Preview 2010

All eyes will be on Michelle Wie as the 2010 LPGA season kicks off Thursday. Beth Ann Baldry spent a day with the standout in November and experienced a side of Wie the golf world knows little about.