News for Thursday, March 11, 2010

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Schwartzel won’t go unnoticed this week

It seems only fitting that Charl Schwartzel is leading after the first round of the WGC-CA Championship, considering the 25-year-old from South Africa couldn’t even get a spot in last week’s Honda Classic.

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Commentary: Presnell delights in ‘ultimate dream’ at Doral

Alistair Presnell understands cool – he used to be in the air conditioner business. So as for making his PGA Tour debut in a World Golf Championship at Doral? It doesn’t get any cooler, writes Jim McCabe.

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AP sources: Woods likely to return at Masters

After a day filled with conflicting reports about where and when Tiger Woods will return to competitive golf, two sources told The Associated Press that Woods will likely play first at the Masters.

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Lefty doubles up on drivers again at Doral

Phil Mickelson is at it again. Playing golf, yes. And doing it carrying two drivers in the bag here at the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.

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Bogey-free Schwartzel takes CA lead

Five birdies were enough to put Charl Schwartzel among the leaders at the CA Championship. He wound up alone at the top because he was the one player who managed to avoid a bogey.

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Blasberg, Puma make bold team

Now seems like a good time to mention a player that we have yet to write about in this blog, Erica Blasberg.

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Schmaus (No. 294, 2011) commits to Houston

Greg Schmaus, a senior at the Hank Haney IJGA/Heritage Academy, is hoping he can help add some pages to history books at the University of Houston, where he verbally committed last week.

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Soggy Puerto Rico Open to resume Friday

Skip Kendall is your early, early leader at the Puerto Rico Open. He’ll get to sleep on that pole position because of rain that is pounding an already wet Trump International Golf Club.

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Martin has Ducks flying high in Eugene

In his fourth season as head men’s coach at Oregon, Casey Martin is turning the program into a serious contender, not only in the Pac-10 Conference but nationally, Ron Balicki reports.

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Northwestern’s Chun among Open qualifiers

Northwestern sophomore Eric Chun qualified for the British Open Thursday at International Final Qualifying in Asia.

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Davis leads Aussie Open; Thompson 3 back

Defending champion Laura Davies shot a 5-under 68 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Women’ s Australian Open.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Classic Courses

Our national panel of 550 raters has voted Pine Valley (N.J.) Golf Club back into the No. 1 Classic slot for the first time since 2005.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses

Sebonack Golf Club (pictured) ranks No. 6 in Golfweek’s Best Modern Courses list. Which course earned the top spot?

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2010 Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play

This is an unprecedented year for public golf, with three of the four men’s professional majors to be played on such courses. Our raters rank Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play.

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2010 Golfweek’s Best lists unveiled

Golfweek celebrates our annual list of the top 100 Classic and top 100 Modern courses, as well as our state-by-state public-access list.

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Ballesteros recovers from golf cart fall

Seve Ballesteros, who has been battling brain cancer for more than a year, has fully recovered after falling off a golf cart and banging his head on the ground last week in Pedrena, northern Spain.

Events to watch: FSU, LSU, SH Masters

I’m on the road this week, off to a tournament with a field the small guys dream about – the Seminole Intercollegiate. It will be a showdown of schools from top to bottom of the rankings.