News for Monday, February 14, 2011

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Albrecht, Kentucky looking for playoff berth

Ashley Albrecht and 61st-ranked Kentucky are trying to secure a postseason berth. As Julie Williams writes, they can make a move at this week's UCF Challenge.

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Norman undergoes second shoulder surgery

Greg Norman has had surgery on his left shoulder for the second time and hopes to get back to his limited golf schedule by July.

Q&A: Hall of Fame inductee Frank Chirkinian

Frank Chirkinian, a pioneer in televised golf, will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame after being selected Feb. 9 via the hall’s Lifetime Achievement category.

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Five amateurs receive sponsor invites at Kraft

The Kraft Nabisco Championship announced Monday that five amateurs have received sponsor invitations to the year’s first major. U.S. Women’s Amateur champ Danielle Kang, a sophomore at Pepperdine, headlines the list, followed by fellow college players Cydney Clanton (Auburn) and Lisa McCloskey (USC).

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 7-13, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Tseng talks new World No. 1 ranking

Yani Tseng attended her first U.S. Women’s Open as a 13-year-old in Hutchinson, Kan. She walked outside the ropes in the relentless Midwestern sun and told her American host, Ernie Huang, that she wanted to play: “I feel I can beat some of these girls.”

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Instruction: AT&T champion D.A. Points

Sean Martin takes a look at the swing of AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am champion D.A. Points.

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Murray to purchase scores from AT&T Pro-Am

Bill Murray is about to become even more popular in Northern California.

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Els withdraws from Riviera with sore neck

Ernie Els has withdrawn from the Northern Trust Open at Riviera because of a sore neck.

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Blackwelder hopes to develop America’s Golf Team

Myra Blackwelder considers herself an LPGA activist. The 1980 Rookie of the Year was later the “voice in the wilderness” who insisted the tour have childcare. Blackwelder has a history of getting things done. Her latest quest: developing America’s Golf Team.

France views bid for ’18 Ryder Cup as building block

The history of French golf is a short story.

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Player of the week: Isabelle Boineau, Arizona

The junior shot 69-70-73 to beat Cal’s Pia Halbig by two shots and notch her second title this season. Boineau, who is from Marseilles, France, improved to No. 23 in the Golfweek rankings.

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Player of the week: Andres Echavarria, Florida

The senior shot 69-70-71 and won a four-way playoff for the individual title at the Gator Invitational. The Colombia native rose 16 spots to No. 27 in the Golfweek rankings with his third career victory and third top 10 in four starts this season.

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Team of the week: Arizona

The host Wildcats shot a final-round 303 to win the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. Arizona finished with an 11-over 875, 11 shots better than Pac-10 rival California. The victory was Arizona’s second in five starts this season.

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Team of the week: Florida

The Gators won the SunTrust Gator Invitational for the eighth consecutive season on their home course. Florida, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, defeated Auburn by nine shots.

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R&D, discipline pay dividends for Wilson Golf

Wilson Golf posted a double-digit percentage sales gain in 2010. That’s no small feat in a tough economy. Gene Yasuda explains how the nearly century-old brand rejuvenated itself.

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Monday Top 5: Northwestern wins Match Play

Northwestern defended its title at the Big Ten Match Play Championship last week, with Eric Chun improving his overall record in the event to 10-0-1.

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Saltman won’t appeal ban, denies cheating

Elliot Saltman says he will not appeal his three-month ban from the European Tour for marking his ball incorrectly but reiterates that he did not cheat.

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Woods fined for spitting, apologizes

Tiger Woods was fined by the European Tour on Monday for spitting during the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

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Reality or fantasy: The Big Ten Match Play

The Big Ten Match Play Championship was won by Northwestern, but did the best team come out on top? There are several things to considered, so let’s play “Fantasy or Reality?”

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