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Rapid reaction: Vegas' win at the Bob Hope

Here are five things to remember from Jhonattan Vegas' first PGA Tour victory at the Bob Hope Classic. Sean Martin reports.

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Cook closes with 64 for 2-shot Mitsubishi win

John Cook birdied five straight holes after the turn to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, shooting a second straight 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.

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Cook tops Lehman in Hawaii

John Cook birdied five straight holes after the turn to win the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, shooting a second straight 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory over Tom Lehman.

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5 Things: What do you think about that, Hugo?

Hugo Chavez and his loyalists will have to work a little harder to get golf from the mind of Venezuelans after one of their own won the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday.

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Vegas uses support system to realize PGA Tour dreams

After his impressive win at the Bob Hope Classic, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezula, just a rookie, has shown what it takes to make it on the PGA Tour.

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Vegas wins Hope playoff for first Tour title

In only his fifth PGA Tour start, Jhonattan Vegas outlasted Gary Woodland and Bill Haas in a playoff to win the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday.

Indian state forecasts growth after hosting Challenge Tour

After the successful staging of a European Challenge Tour event earlier this month in the state of Gujarat, the local golf industry now has some momentum behind it.

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Laycock lands stunning KO at Knockout

Thirty-two players at the inaugural Surf Coast Knockout entered Sunday with a chance to win the new-format Australasia event. But it was the least among them who finished on top at the Sands Torquay.

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Hull defeats Roig for Jones/Doherty title

A week after falling short at the Sally, Charley Hull claimed the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Women's Amateur title Jan. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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'University Day' a great idea from the PGA Tour

'University Day' will be held this Saturday at Torrey Pines. How much orange can Rickie Fowler pack away?

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Trio qualifies for British Open debut

Floris de Vries, Martin Maritz and Neil Schietekat will make their British Open debuts after finishing in the top three at International Final Qualifying Africa.

Want to play like a pro? Here’s a start

The European Tour wants to get your handicap down. Yes, you. Recently, the tour has co-launched the initiative “Tour Fit for Golf” to help recreational golfers optimize health and improve performance on the course.

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King Kaymer

Look behind you, Mr. Westwood: That’s Martin Kaymer in your rearview mirror. After his victory Sunday in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, the German moves to No. 2 in the world and shows no sign of slowing down, reports Alistair Tait from the Middle East.

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5 Things to Watch: Final round of Bob Hope

Here's what to watch for you as you channel surf between the Bob Hope Classic and NFL conference championship games:

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Tiger's stature is why rankings slip is worth writing about

Slipping from second to third in the world rankings would hardly rank as newsworthy – but that’s yet another piece of evidence that Tiger Woods’ career has been that incomparable.

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Westwood adds to his Asian excursion

For being an Englishman, Lee Westwood sure gets around Asia a lot. Winner of 33 titles worldwide, the No. 1 golfer is looking to add to his success in Asia, having already won in Japan, Macau and Malaysia – and pad his wallet at the same time.

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Brazilian Lee heads class of 43 graduates to Asian Tour

He lost his tour card but earned it back Saturday. Lucas Lee of Brazil experienced some late stumbles in the final round of Asian Tour Qualifying School Final but still came out on top for medalist honors.

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Kaymer wins, leapfrogs Tiger in rankings

First, it was Lee Westwood. Now, Martin Kaymer has done it, too. They've both passed Tiger Woods in the world rankings. Alistair Tait reports.

Cobra Puma making its name known

I remain fascinated by Puma’s 2010 acquisition of Cobra. The big question: Can the shoe and apparel giant move gracefully into golf?

Rackel becomes first female RCGA president

Karen Rackel has been inducted as president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association, becoming the first female president in the governing body's 116-year history.

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