News for Monday, March 22, 2010

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Commentary: Tiger all the talk at Tavistock Cup

The word from the Tavistock Cup on Tiger Woods’ Masters chances? ‘I’d be hard-pressed to see anybody beating him,’ said John Cook.

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USC, New Mexico to meet in Match Play final

Underdog New Mexico will square off Tuesday against USC in the finals of the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship. Ron Balicki reports.

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Air Augusta: Scouting the National

It’s often said that that the concession stands at the Masters have some of the best deals in town.

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Woods displays Buddhist bracelet in interview

The religious bracelet on Tiger Woods’ left arm during his brief television interviews is a fairly common symbol of Buddhism, experts on the faith say.

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McDonald’s signs Wie to sponsorship deal

Call her McWiesy? Michelle Wie has agreed to a two-year deal with McDonald’s, making her the first pro golfer to represent the fast-food chain since Greg Norman.

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Klein on Design: No. 15, Bay Hill Club

Bradley S. Klein, Golfweek’s architecture editor, offers his opinion on one memorable hole:

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Tavistock requires media to wear team colors

The folks at the Tavistock Cup want spectators at their golf exhibition to be in uniform – reporters, too.

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There’s more to Augusta than the Masters

Augusta, more than any other city, is defined by its signature tournament: The Masters. That said, the city does offer other attractions if you’re visiting during tournament week or any other time of the year.

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Golf during Masters week comes at a price

Yes, there’s golf available in Augusta, Ga., during Masters week, but it’ll cost you. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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Winner’s Circle: March 15-21, 2010

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

Furyk talks Tiger, Augusta and snapping his streak

Jim Furyk’s victory at the Transitions Championship wasn’t just a win for one of the game’s most consistent players, but one of its good guys.

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LPGA taps NYCA to shape its global identity

The LPGA announced March 22 the hiring of NYCA, a West Coast advertising agency with golf industry experience, to help define the tour’s global brand positioning.

New Mexico advances to Match Play semis

New Mexico entered this year’s Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship as the No. 15 seed in the 16-team field. The thing is, the Lobos are not living up to that seeding.

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Player of the Week: Maddie Szeryk

Maddie Szeryk, of Allen, Texas, shot 1-over 145 (74-71) at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, Texas to win the Texas Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview by 17 shots.

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Player of the Week: Stratton Nolen

Stratton Nolen, of Austin, Texas, shot 2-over 146 (74-72) at Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper, Texas to win the Texas Legends Junior Tour’s Spring Preview by three shots.

For Woods, winning is key to salvaging image

It’s difficult, even now, to fully grasp the battering Tiger Woods’ image has taken, considering the months of paparazzi probing and late-night jokes at his expense.

Rookie diary: Memorable experience overseas

For this week’s blog, all I can say is “WOW!” This trip was really an interesting experience. Honestly, even though golf is obviously a very hard game, it was really the easiest part of the trip.

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Fountain (No. 67, 2010) commits to Davidson

Richard Fountain, No. 67 in the class of 2010, has verbally committed to Davidson College. Foutain chose the school after narrowing his list to Davidson and North Carolina. He took official visits to both schools.

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Team of the week: Rollins

The NCAA Division II Tars won the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, finishing one shot ahead of Division II rival Nova Southeastern. With rounds of 300-306-298, Rollins also defeated 13 Division I teams in the 16-team field.

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Team of the week: Texas Christian

The Horned Frogs finished 10 shots clear of No. 5 Texas to win the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. The Horned Frogs posted rounds of 286-283-283 for a 12-under 852 total. The win is the second of the season for TCU, helping the Frogs move to No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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Player of the week: Louisa Lies, Fresno State

The sophomore posted an opening 6-under 66, then followed with rounds of 76-74 for an even-par 216 total and a five-shot victory at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational in Honolulu. It was her first college title.

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Player of the week: Jonathan Randolph, Ole Miss

The Rebels junior made birdie on the first playoff hole to win the Schenkel E-Z-GO Invitational in Statesboro, Ga. Randolph shot 5-under 211 for his third victory of the year. He has placed in the top 3 in all four of his spring starts.

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Wie reveals partnership with McDonald’s

Michelle Wie announced a new partnership with McDonald’s via Twitter Monday morning. She alluded to the news Sunday night with her “ba-ba-ba-ba-baaaaa!” clue.

PLNU to continue men’s golf through 2013

Three weeks after announcing it would cut four athletic programs, including men’s golf, Point Loma University said March 17 that it will implement a three-year phase-out for student athletes on those teams.

Power rankings: Top 5 mid-major conferences

Happy Monday everyone and I hope your NCAA men’s basketball brackets are looking good. Mine, well, isn’t. Not only did I have Kansas winning it all, I had the Huskies winning the Callaway Collegiate Match Play. Typical March Madness mania . . . I have already been eliminated from all my pools.

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Monday Scramble: Masters in 3-D preview

Nothing can spoil the Monday Scramble’s love for television, not even Tiger Woods’ Sunday interview surprise party. Just wait until you see what the Masters has in store for its upcoming 3-D broadcast...

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