News for Thursday, February 18, 2010

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Creamer withdraws in Thailand

Paula Creamer has withdrawn from the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand with a nagging left hand injury.

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Finchem letter: Woods returning to therapy

Tiger Woods will return to therapy after he speaks publicly for the first time about his infidelity, which explains the timing of Friday's statement, according to a letter from PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem.

Source: Woods could still be involved in rehab

What is the hurry? What is the “time sensitive” issue that has prompted the PGA Tour to clear its clubhouse for the presentation of a Tiger Woods statement Friday?

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South Africans faring well at Match Play

Safest bet on a warm day here in the desert: No matter how the final match of the day went, the field of 16 in the Accenture Match Play Championship was going to include three South Africans.

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GWAA votes, will not be among pool reporters

The Golf Writers Association of America’s board of directors voted overwhelmingly Thursday not to participate as pool reporters Friday when Tiger Woods issues his first public statement in nearly three months.

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Durant leads Mayakoba Classic with 64

Joe Durant birdied five of the final eight holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday in the PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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Westwood, Furyk fall in Match Play

The remaining top four seeds went down, and so did the defending champion.

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Daniel Lee (No. 11, 2011) commits to USC

Daniel Lee, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Titleist Junior Rankings for the Class of 2011, told Golfweek that he has made a verbal commitment to USC.

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A threat to Appleby’s majors streak

One streak is toast. Another soon could be in jeopardy.

Accenture on Tiger’s interruption: ‘We’ll carry on’

For all their millions of dollars, the folks at Accenture are getting the back seat to the golf news this week.

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Pavin ready for Champions Tour success

Former U.S. Open champion Corey Pavin is making the most of his second chance at being a rookie.

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Rice starting to gain momentum

The Rice men’s golf team might not be the most storied program in the city of Houston, but senior Christopher Brown and the Owls are making sure they get the most attention there this year. Eric Soderstrom reports.

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TPC Sawgrass clamps down ahead of Tiger

If you were thinking about swinging by TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., for a round of golf Friday, you might want to reconsider. Access to the property’s two courses will be limited because of Tiger Woods’ announcement at 11 a.m.

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Loudmouth Golf makes Olympic splash

Golf will return to the Olympics in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, but one golf-specific apparel company is already making an appearance at the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Getting ready for Round 2 of Match Play

A little of this, a dose of that as we push off on the second day of the Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain.

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Questions mount as Tiger prepares to talk

Tiger Woods makes his first public appearance in nearly three months at 11 a.m. EST Friday. But what will he say?

Nationwide Tour to stage Chiquita Classic

In the undercard to Tiger Woods’ public appearance, the Nationwide Tour is scheduled to have a news conference of its own Friday morning.

A preview of a possible future star

Get used to the name Ariya Jutanugarn. She’s coming to a USGA event near you this summer if all goes as planned.

New season, new looks on LPGA

It’s always interesting to look down the range at the start of every season to see who has changed her look.

Creamer in tears after Round 1 in Thailand

Paula Creamer walked off the 18th green Thursday in tears. Her torrid start to 2010 seemingly slowed by a left thumb injury that won’t go away.

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Pettersen shares lead in LPGA opener

Suzann Pettersen shot 6-under 66 Thursday at the Honda PTT LPGA Thailand to share the first-round lead with M.J. Hur.

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