News for Tuesday, March 30, 2010

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Commentary: Rules gaffe in the past, Wie focused at Kraft

Michelle Wie has moved on from last Sunday’s rules ruckus at the Kia Classic. As Sean Martin writes, Wie plans to hop into a different pond this week at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Notes: Caddie exchange to continue for Els

Fresh off his second straight victory, Ernie Els headed to Augusta National for a quick practice round Tuesday and planned to take his caddie with him.

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LSU, Hill win Hootie at Bulls Bay event

Led by junior Andrew Loupe, the LSU men’s golf team made four birdies in the final three holes Tuesday to win the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate, the Tigers’ third victory of the season.

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Fantasy Aces: Shell Houston Open

Before they get to Augusta, the PGA Tour stops at the Shell Houston Open. Who do the Fantasy Aces like at Redstone Golf Club?

Houston qualifier ripe with talent

It took a 7-under 65 to get into a playoff Monday for one of the four open qualifying spots for the Shell Houston Open.

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Slumping Appleby making progress

Stuart Appleby made the cut at Bay Hill and tied for 30th. That’s progress. It was the third cut he made in nine 2010 starts while trying to climb out of a slump that saw him fall from 22nd in earnings in 2008 to 137th last year.

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Commentary: Houston offers reason to play before Masters

The Shell Houston Open is a stop worth making and a perfect place to be the week before the Masters. Jim McCabe explains.

British bookies taking unique bets on Woods

Forget about simply betting on Tiger Woods to win the Masters, British bookmakers are taking wagers on whether the No. 1 player in the world will hit a tree on his first drive or if he’ll kiss an anonymous blonde before teeing off.

Inside the 98-player 2010 Masters field

The 98 players who have qualified and are expected to compete in the 74th Masters, to be played April 8-11 at Augusta National Golf Club (players listed in only one category). A player can still qualify by winning the Houston Open:

Guilford coach Jensen dies at 71

Jack Jensen, who coached Guilford College’s golf team to the NAIA title in 1989 and NCAA Division III championships in 2002 and 2005, died Sunday at the age of 71.

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Oride (No. 20, 2011) commits to Notre Dame

Kelli Oride has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame for the fall of 2011.

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Tremps (No. 90, 2011) commits to Virginia

Nick Tremps, of San Antonio, has given a verbal commitment to Virginia. Tremps, No. 90 in the class of 2011, is a two-time qualifier of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and has recorded three career top 10s in AJGA events.

GC of New England to host 2012 Junior Am

Stratham, New Hampshire’s Golf Club of New England was selected Tuesday as the site of the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Oversized grips: A growing attraction

One of the trends of modern golf is the proliferation of midsize and jumbo grips, which comprise the oversized category.

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Staff picks: Kraft Nabisco Championship

Beth Ann Baldry and Sean Martin pick a winner and a sleeper at this week’s Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Gay’s trip to Augusta delayed again

It took him 11 seasons and more than 300 PGA Tour tournaments to finally qualify, but Brian Gay will make his long-awaited debut at Augusta National GC next week.

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On the range with Kristy McPherson

Kristy McPherson contended in three majors in 2009. Her success has been achieved with a homemade swing built with simplicity in mind. Sean Martin explains.

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McPherson finds her comfort zone

Kristy McPherson will be a favorite when the LPGA’s first major – the Kraft Nabisco Championship – tees off Thursday. Beth Ann Baldy caught up with the affable McPherson at home in South Carolina.

Q&A: Tour pros, college star and Hall of Famer

I have spoken with one of college golf’s best, three PGA Tour players and an LPGA Hall of Famer in the last few week. Hope you find these comments as interesting as I did.

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