News for Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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OWGR shows golf is becoming more global

If you have a second to get away from your 64-man WGC-Accenture Match Play bracket, here’s an idea of how much the fabric at the top level has changed in the last 25 years. Consider the difference between the Official World Golf Ranking now versus when it debuted in April 1986.

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The world is watching

The World Golf Championships are more worldly than ever, as 15 countries are represented in this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Indeed, a rivalry is taking shape – not between two players, but two continents.

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Hate to be Rude: Tiger’s Match Play prospects

Tiger Woods says his game is coming around, that work on the range at home looks promising. We’ll find out Wednesday in the WGC-Match Play.

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Match Play: Poulter’s early time, Ryo’s army

And for being the defending champion, Mr. Ian Poulter, you get the honor of playing in the first match of the 2011 Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Korea’s RNY stages winter training camp in U.S.

Pyung Hwa Kim dreams of winning the gold medal at the Asian Games so that he can skip Korea’s mandatory military service.

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5 Things: Iowa State claims Central District

Iowa State arrived at River Wildnerness Golf Club this week with some unfinished business. After falling just five strokes short of knocking off top-ranked Alabama at last week’s Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Cyclones finished the job Tuesday at the Central District Invitational.

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Toy Box notes: No yips in win for Langer

Who would ever guess that Bernhard Langer, a runaway winner in the ACE Group Classic, has battled a severe case of the yips during his career?

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U.S. Am’s move in 2012 shakes up summer

In a nod to the college players who make up the majority of the field at the U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Golf Association will adjust to accommodate the academic calendar.

Five Things: Puerto Rico Classic

Led by junior Bud Cauley, Alabama won the Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday. Here are five things you need to know:

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Unrest in North Africa won’t divert eGolf Tour

North Africa’s recent unrest hasn’t changed a U.S. mini-tour’s plans to host two events in the region. In light of massive political protests in Egypt and Tunisia, the eGolf Professional Tour still plans to visit Morocco for the Samanah Classic on March 6-9 in Marrakech and the El Jadida Classic on March 12-15 in El Jadida.

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Nationwide Tour kicks off 22nd season in Panama

The Nationwide Tour’s 22nd season begins Thursday with the Panama Claro Championship at Panama Golf Club in Panama City.

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Clark WDs from WGC-Match Play; Holmes in

Tim Clark has withdrawn from the Match Play Championship because of an elbow injury and been replaced in the 64-man field by J.B. Holmes.

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Alabama wins Puerto Rico Classic

Alabama made it a clean sweep in Puerto Rico.

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GB&I team faces tough task at Walker Cup

Just as well the Walker Cup is not played on paper.

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Swing coach Gilchrist: 5 reasons Tseng is dominating

Five reasons why Yani Tseng is No. 1, according to her swing coach Gary Gilchrist.

Ex-Amateur champion, LPGA player Hicks dies

Betty Hicks, a former U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and LPGA player, died Sunday. She was 90.