News for Wednesday, February 16, 2011

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Compton earns qualifier spot at Riviera

Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, won his own version of the lottery by qualifying at Riviera, says Jeff Babineau.

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Who can contend at soggy Riviera?

The PGA Tour is in Los Angeles this week for the Northern Trust Open. Here are five things you need to know before the first tee shot is struck:

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5 Things: Who can contend at soggy Riviera?

Jeff Babineau is on the scene at soggy Riviera. Here are five things to watch for in the Northern Trust Open.

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5 Things: A new U.S. women’s tour?

Myra Blackwelder considers herself an LPGA activist. Later in her career, the 1980 Rookie of the Year insisted, for example, that the tour provide childcare. Blackwelder has a history of getting things done. Her latest quest: developing America’s Golf Team.

In this issue: Feb. 18, 2011

Inside the Feb. 18, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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AP: Barclays looking at Bethpage Black for ’12

The Barclays wants to take its FedEx Cup playoff event to Bethpage Black in 2012.

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India and its love for cricket hold promise for golf

Indian golfers account for just under a quarter of the field in this week’s Avantha Masters. If you were looking for signs of where future Asian major winners might come from, then that stat should give you a clue.

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All eyes on Yani

Is there a hotter player in women’s golf than Yani Tseng? Coming off back-to-back victories in Australia, Tseng takes her new No. 1 ranking into the LPGA season opener in Thailand.

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Thumbs up: UCLA | Thumbs down: Arkansas

There were several tournaments taking place this week, with many impressive victories.

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Stakes high at Sunshine Tour’s Dimension Data Pro-Am

It’s not the celebrity-filled gala that is the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but professionals and amateurs will team up again this week at the 16th annual Dimension Data Pro-Am in George, South Africa.

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The highest standard for Woods are his words

It’s hard enough for Tiger Woods to live up to the standards he set with a golf club in his hand.

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UCLA back on top of the Golfweek rankings?

Don’t be surprised to see UCLA back in the top spot when the new Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings come out next week.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Can you hear me now?

In a nod to 21st-century life, the PGA Tour has relaxed its cell-phone ban. Jeff Rude ponders the move’s significance.

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Noh earns WGC-Match Play bid; to face Kaymer in Round 1

Seung-yul Noh has qualified for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for the first time in his career. He’ll need a first-round upset to prolong his stay.

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Breaking down the player-of-the-year race

There’s a lot of college golf remaining, but it’s never too early to analyze what should be an exciting race for player-of-the-year honors.

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Singh, Howell headline field at Avantha Masters in India

After four big events on the European Tour’s desert swing, life gets back to a more leisurely pace with the €1.8 million Avantha Masters at the DLF Golf & Country Club in New Delhi, the fourth European Tour event to be held in India.

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Kim, Choi poised for breakout 2011 seasons

As the LPGA opens in Asia, Song-Hee Kim and Na Yeon Choi – friends and neighbors – are poised for big seasons. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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