News for Thursday, February 17, 2011

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If USGA needs pinch-hitter, Trump is ready

It looks like carefully calibrated mutual interest might just bring together two powerful golf forces in New Jersey.

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‘Bragging rights’ on the line for Mahan, O’Hair

If everything stays as is, Hunter Mahan and Sean O’Hair will be playing against each other in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship next week.

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Nine tied for lead at Northern Trust Open

Robert Allenby, once the winner of a six-man playoff at Riviera, was part of a nine-way tie for the lead Thursday at the Northern Trust Open.

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Watson out of NTO with stomach muscle pain

Bubba Watson has withdrawn from the Northern Trust Open with a strained stomach muscle.

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Tiger commits to Match Play Championship

After sitting it out in 2010, Tiger Woods commits to play at next week's Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain

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Junior Fantasy: HP Boys and Annika Invite

The year's first AJGA Invitationals kick off this weekend and Golfweek.com's Junior Fantasy Experts have made their picks for the HP Boys Championship and the Annika Invite.

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Fujikawa, Anderson build starter-tour friendship

Tadd Fujikawa has a long career ahead of him. Together with Stuart Anderson, he’s hoping that road leads to the PGA Tour.

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USGA mandate could hit top amateurs in wallet

The U.S. Golf Association announced Thursday that players must use the new conforming grooves in local qualifying for the 2011 U.S. Open, a mandate that could require thousands of amateur golfers to buy new clubs in coming months.

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HP Boys, Annika Invitational previews

AJGA Invitational season kicks off this weekend with the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods and the Annika Invitational. D.J. Piehowski and Julie Williams provide a preview.

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Johnson late to tee at Riviera, penalized 2 shots

Dustin Johnson wound up in the middle of another bizarre penalty and had to add two strokes to his score.

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Derksen leads fog-delayed Avantha Masters

Robert-Jan Derksen shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to take the lead in the suspended first round of the Avantha Masters.

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Events to watch: Puerto Rico, Central, Mobile Bay

With tournaments being staged every few days, it’s safe to say the college season is in full swing. Here are three tournaments to keep an eye on next week.

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Brr, y'all: Southern discomfort on road to Gator

Plagued with cold winter weather, Mississippi State got creative to get in some practice. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Commentary: 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.

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Kim takes early three-shot lead in Thailand

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim tied a course record with a 9-under-par 63 to take the lead after the first round of the season-opening LPGA Thailand on Thursday.

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Sergas leads by three in New Zealand

Giulia Sergas of Italy shot an 8-under-par 64 Thursday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the New Zealand Women’s Open.