News for Thursday, February 10, 2011

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5 things: Points makes most of Murray pairing

D.A. Points was thrilled Tuesday when he found out he would be playing with Bill Murray at Pebble Beach. Now he's leading the tournament.

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Marino, Points share early lead at Pebble

D.A. Points and Steve Marino took the first-round lead at 7 under at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Thursday.

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TaylorMade, Golfsmith to stage NYC white-out

An expected white-out Feb. 15 in New York City just might cause traffic havoc on 54th Street – and we’re not talking about another snowstorm.

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Q&A: Former World Cup hero Brandi Chastain

The amateur field at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is 156 deep. It is a list that features more than one billionaire, several musical superstars, a handful of actors, too many investment honchos to mention and a healthy number of lawyers.

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Report: Woods received $55M for Dubai design

A United Arab Emirates business magazine says Tiger Woods received $55.4 million from a developer to promote a local golf resort that has yet to be built.

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Toy Box: Wilson sticks with winning lineup

Phoenix Open champion Mark Wilson didn’t change one piece of equipment from victory No. 1 (Sony Open) to victory No. 2 in 2011.

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Bracketology at Big Ten Match Play

Today, the Wildman is in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., watching teams practice for the Big Ten Match Play Championship.

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How Kaymer could take over No. 1 ranking

The most-watched group in golf this week is in Dubai, where World No. 1 Lee Westwood, World No. 2 Martin Kaymer and World No. 3 Tiger Woods are paired together. There’s a good chance their rankings might change by the time the Dubai Desert Classic is complete.

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Webb among leaders at Australian Masters

Seven-time major winner Karrie Webb had eight birdies and two bogeys for an opening-round six-under 66 and was in a six-way tie for the lead Thursday at the Australian Ladies Masters.

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McIlroy (65) leads in Dubai; Woods 6 back

Rory McIlroy shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, four shots better than Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer and six ahead of Tiger Woods.

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Commentary: Woods struggles in opening round in Dubai

Only a closing eagle helped Tiger Woods salvage an opening-round 71 in Dubai. As Alistair Tait writes, he’s still a lost soul on the course.

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Kang and Na give Pepperdine a jump on spring

Danielle Kang and Grace Na are the latest Pepperdine recruits to report early to Malibu. After visiting the campus, it's tough to blame them.