News for Sunday, March 27, 2011

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Rookie Easton wins Sunshine Big Easy Tour debut

It's as if the Sunshine Big Easy Tour was created just for Bryce Easton. The developmental tour, named after Ernie Els, was created to help more professionals in South Africa gain competitive experience and sharpen their skills.

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King of the Hill

"I was not going to let this one get away," said Martin Laird after an up-and-down round that gave him the Arnold Palmer Invitational title.

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Gal wins Kia Classic with final-hole birdie

Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic on Sunday to become the second German winner in LPGA Tour history, beating second-ranked Jiyai Shin with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole.

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Kiradech overcomes nerves to net first Asian Tour victory

Youngster Kiradech Aphibarnrat picked up his first Asian Tour victory, outlasting Siddikur of Bangladesh with a clutch putt on No. 18 to win by one stroke at the SAIL Open on Friday at the Delhi Golf Club in New Delhi.

Stolz completes comeback with win at Indonesia PGA

A few years ago, Andre Stolz didn't know if he'd ever swing a golf club again. On Sunday, Stolz picked up a riveting victory by firing a 4-under 68 to outlast overnight-leader Rory Hie by a stroke to win the $1 million Indonesia PGA Championship at the Imperial Klub Golf in Jakarta.

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Commentary: Rude: Laird win proves difficulty of closing

For a good while in the final round, the Arnold Palmer Invitational looked like a tournament no one wanted to win. The final twosome spent much of the day in rewind, and other challengers hiccuped at key moments. In fact, the top three contenders hit shots into bunkers on the last three holes within the matter of a few seconds.

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Commentary: Laird gives Scottish golf a bit of hope

Paul Lawrie’s victory in Spain along with Martin Laird’s win at Bay Hill give Scotland much to cheer about. Goodness knows the Home of Golf has had very little to celebrate in recent years.

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Rapid reaction: Laird's win at Bay Hill

"I was not going to let this one get away," said Martin Laird after an up-and-down round that gave him the Arnold Palmer Invitational title.

Canadian Hadwin cruises to TLA victory in Bogota

With four rounds in the 60s, Canada's Adam Hadwin cruised to a six-stroke victory at the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship in Bogota, Colombia.

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Wetterich wins Nationwide's Louisiana Open

PGA Tour winner Brett Wetterich won the Nationwide Tour's Louisiana Open for the second time, closing with a 2-under 69 on Sunday for a one-stroke victory over University of Florida senior Andres Echavarria.

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Lin prevails at Futures season opener for 1st win

Tzu-Chi Lin earned her first Futures Tour win March 27 at the season-opening Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. Lin shot her third consecutive round in the 60s Sunday at Lake Region Yacht and Country Club in Winter Haven, Fla., to move one spot up the leaderboard for a one-shot victory.

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Despite closing 75, Laird hangs on at Bay Hill

Martin Laird two-putted from 87 feet to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational Sunday, despite a closing 75. It was his second PGA Tour win.

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Santos (No. 17, 2012) commits to Gonzaga

Raychelle Santos, of La Quinta, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to Gonzaga. Santos also made an unofficial visit to Long Beach State before deciding on Gonzaga, and considered Notre Dame, Northwestern, Oregon and Washington.

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Lawrie wins Andalucia Open by 1 stroke

Paul Lawrie won the Andalucia Open on Sunday for his first European Tour victory since 2002 and sixth overall after holding off Johan Edfors of Sweden by one stroke.

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1986 Masters: Barbara, Jack had special connection

It was a family affair for Jack Nicklaus in 1986, with mom, Helen, in attendance, as well as son, Jackie, on his bag. But wife, Barbara, was always the strongest supporter.

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1986 Masters: Chirkinian caught up listening to ‘valley’ sounds

Frank Chirkinian was working as executive producer and director of the Masters for CBS Sports in 1986, and his most vivid memories are the sounds he heard that Sunday afternoon.

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1986 Masters: Toughest shot on back nine? All of them

New York Times columnist Dave Anderson asked Jack Nicklaus what the toughest shot on the back nine at Augusta was...his answer: "Every shot is tough."