News for Thursday, February 24, 2011

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Toms among leaders at Mayakoba Classic

David Toms got off to a good start in a bid for his first PGA Tour victory in more than five years, shooting a 5-under 66 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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Notes: Crane sailing under Match Play radar

Perhaps now the myth of Ben Crane’s tortoise-like pace of play can be put to rest. Just ask his opponent in Thursday’s second round of the Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Fearless Fowler tops Mickelson in record fashion

Rickie Fowler has made a lot of statements in his brief PGA Tour career, but Thursday's win over Phil Mickelson may have been the loudest yet.

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Watney bounces No. 1 Westwood at WGC

For the 11th straight time, Lee Westwood failed to advance out of the second round at the Match Play. The top seed lost to Nick Watney in 18 holes.

Video: Feherty takes a shot during campus visit

David Feherty met recently with students at J. Erik Jonsson Community School (a beneficiary of the HP Byron Nelson Championship) in Dallas to pass along some lessons in life and golf.

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UNCG’s Hoadley named Sullivan semifinalist

Robert Hoadley isn’t quite sure just how he got chosen as a semifinalist for what is perhaps the nation’s highest honor for amateur athletes, but those who know him best say he is more than worthy.

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Crane rolls past McIlroy; Fowler downs Lefty

Ben Crane and Rickie Fowler rolled to huge wins Thursday, bouncing Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson out of the Match Play Championship.

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Player of the Week: Celine Boutier

Celine Boutier, of Montrouge, France, shot 3-under 213 (71-66-76) at Reunion (Fla.) Resort’s Independence Course to win the AJGA Annika Invitational by two shots.

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Player of the Week: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth, of Dallas, shot 10-under 206 (70-66-70) at The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas to win the AJGA’s HP Boys Championship.

Events to watch: Sugar Bowl, D-II, John Hayt

As the spring season begins to pick up steam, here are three interesting tournaments to watch:

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Spieth extended return invite to Byron Nelson

After a breakout performance last spring, Jordan Spieth has been invited back to play the PGA Tour’s Byron Nelson Championship. The event will be held May 26-29 at TPC Las Colinas, less than 30 minutes from Spieth’s home in Dallas.

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Compton still rolling after Riviera

Erik Compton has brought the good form he displayed at last week’s Northern Trust Open to this week’s Nationwide Tour season opener.

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For Vongvanij, short game focus pays dividends

Florida’s Arnond Vongvanij has turned his work around the greens into tournament victories and the nation’s best head-to-head record. Sean Martin explains.

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Nationwide Tip Sheet: Panama Championship

The Nationwide Tour kicks off in Central America this week with the Panama Claro Championship. Here's a look at who the Golfweek Fantasy experts are keeping an eye on.

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Kern (No. 168, 2011) commits to Boston College

Charlie Kern of Mercer Island, Wash., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Boston College.

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Arimura leads in Singapore; Tseng 2 back

Japan’s Chie Arimura overcame strong winds to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a one stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions on Thursday.

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