News for Sunday, February 20, 2011

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5 Things: Why Tseng is dominating the world

Five reasons why Yani Tseng is No. 1 and dominating the women's golf world, according to her swing coach Gary Gilchrist.

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Match Play bracket presents plenty of intrigue

Welcome to golf's version of March Madness . . . but in the Accenture Match Play Championship, No. 64 could realistically knock off No. 1.

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5 Things: One man’s misfortune . . .

When Toru Taniguchi dropped out of this week’s WGC-Match Play Championship with a neck injury, focus immediately turned to the player who would fill his No. 64 spot.

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Rapid reaction: Baddeley's big win at Riviera

Jim McCabe: Aaron Baddeley beat Vijay Singh and Fred Couples at Riviera to end a four-year winless drought.

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Australian Baddeley outlasts Singh at Riviera

Aaron Baddeley returned to his old swing and a title he hadn’t seen in four years – a PGA Tour winner.

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Otto cruises to victory in Dimension Data Pro-Am

With a steady hand down the stretch, and a deft wedge to tap-in range on the 18th, Hennie Otto cruised to a four-stroke victory Feb. 20 in the Dimension Data Pro-Am.

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Tseng-sational

Yani Tseng has dominated every event – no matter what tour – in 2011. The 22-year-old from Taiwan cruised to win No. 4 Sunday at the Honda LPGA Thailand, beating Michelle Wie by four strokes and cementing her place as the World No. 1.

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Baddeley outlasts Couples, Singh at Riviera

In a battle of two generations, Aaron Baddeley, 29, outlasted veterans Vijay Singh and Fred Couples to win at Riviera.

Asian aces gearing up for British Open qualifying test

Seventy-seven golfers compete this week at Amata Spring Country Club, but only four will earn spots in the 2011 British Open. The Open Championship International Final Qualifying – Asia, a two-day, 36-hole qualifier, gets under way Thursday in Bangkok and showcases a who’s-who of Asia-Pacific region golfers.

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Langer wins ACE Classic in record fashion

Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under-par 66 Sunday to set a tournament record with a 20-under 196 total and win the ACE Group Classic by four shots.

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Spieth (66) moves into share of HP lead

Jordan Spieth erased a five-shot deficit at the HP Boys Championship Sunday, moving into a share of the lead with Cody Proveaux at Carlton Woods.

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Boutier battles wind for four-shot Annika lead

Celine Boutier battled wind Sunday at the Annika Invitational to post a 6-under 66 for a four-shot lead. Julie Williams has five things from Round 2.

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Stenson enters WGC-Match Play field; Taniguchi withdraws

Toru Taniguchi of Japan has withdrawn from the Match Play Championship next week because of a neck injury, putting Henrik Stenson in the 64-man field.

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Smith overtakes Sergas to win NZ Women’s Open

Australia’s Kristie Smith shot a 4-under 68 to overtake Italy’s Giulia Sergas and win the New Zealand Women’s Open on Sunday.

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Vaughn looks to capitalize on home advantage

Monica Vaughn has stayed under the junior golf radar by playing close to her home Oregon, but she may be poised for a breakout year in 2011. Julie Williams explains.

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Chowrasia claims second career title at Avantha Masters

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia of India earned his second professional win at the Avantha Masters on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Robert Coles of England.

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Sterne plays catchup after back ailment

Richard Sterne stepped off the 72nd green at Emirates Golf Club and uttered a common golfing lament: “I’m hitting the ball nicely; I just can’t get it in the hole.” After his recent travails, it’s almost a welcome frustration for the 29-year-old South African.

Japanese collegian leads inaugural female amateur ranking

Mitsuki Katahira of Japan has etched her name into golfing history. She is the top amateur golfer in the world, courtesy of the first-of-its-kind ranking specifically for women.

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Australia’s Kristie Smith wins NZ Women’s Open

Australia's Kristie Smith shot a 4-under 68 to overtake Italy's Giulia Sergas and win the New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday.

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India's Chowrasia wins Avantha Masters

Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia of India got his second professional win at the Avantha Masters on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one stroke victory over Robert Coles of England.

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Tseng wins LPGA Thailand; Wie second

Top-ranked Yani Tseng wins her third title in three weeks, outlasting Michelle Wie for a five-shot victory in the LPGA Thailand.

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