News for Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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5 Things: Paying tribute to the Blue Monster

The PGA Tour is making its 50th stop at the Blue Monster this week, a venue Jim McCabe says should be mentioned among golf's elite.

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Hey, Gary, this is a wrong number

Ian Baker-Finch, one of golf’s nice guys, makes his Champions Tour debut this week in California at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach. The winner of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale (1991) basically walked away from competitive golf in his mid-30s when his game left him, but he’s enthused to have a little fun on the Champions Tour while taking a little break from his “day” job as a television analyst with CBS.

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Junior Blog: Practice round at Puerto Rico Open

The practice round is in the books and it's time for Golfweek.com Junior Blogger Jason Roets to tee it up at the Puerto Rico Open. Read about the week leading up to Roets' first PGA Tour event.

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Crane spoofs slow play in third comedy video

In his third homemade comedy video, Ben Crane addressed his most famous attribute – his tendency to play slow.

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Commentary: Hate to be Rude: Haney vs. Foley

Hank Haney and Sean Foley won’t be yukking it up any time soon. The animosity seems to have reached an all-time high. Jeff Rude explains.

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Heppler likes Georgia Tech’s chances

Georgia Tech coach Bruce Heppler is not surprised by the Yellow Jackets’ solid play this season.

In this issue: March 11, 2011

Inside the March 11, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Tiger: Playing sked limited by time with kids

Tiger Woods is playing only his fourth tournament of the year, with one stop left before the Masters. One reason for not playing more tournaments is trying to spend time with his two children.

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Thumbs up: MTSU | Thumbs down: UCF

This past week didn’t offer as many A-list tournaments as the week before, but there still are props to give out. Let’s see who gets a thumbs up or thumbs down:

Statistics in golf can yield great benefits

Golf is, by nature, a numbers game. Total strokes, driving distance, even the identifying marks on golf balls and clubs, are all numbers. Laptops and launch monitors are now commonplace on PGA Tour practice ranges.

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Plenty of history between Woods, Mickelson

DORAL, Fla. – It was just seven months ago that Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together in a PGA Tour event in the U.S., but the buzz with seeing the duo paired together, along with U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, on Thursday is the highlight of the week so far.