News for Wednesday, November 9, 2011

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Tiger Tracker: Round 1 of the Australian Open

It's been two years since Tiger Woods' last professional victory and we tracked his every step on Wednesday night, when he fired a 4-under 68 to sit three shots off the lead. Tiger Tracker . . .

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Lyle leads at Aussie Open; Tiger, DJ close behind

Jarrod Lyle is the man atop the Australian Open leaderboard, but Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Tiger Woods are close behind after Round 1 in Sydney.

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Storms damage bunkers at Royal Melbourne

Storms the past two nights have damaged some of the bunkers at Royal Melbourne, the site of the Presidents Cup next week.

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Summer shuffle tilts amateur tournament lineup

For top amateur golfers, compiling a summer schedule can be challenging. So many tournaments, so few weeks. Next summer, the choices will be even tougher. Ron Balicki

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Small-town America home to golf adventures

When Paul Schock got the idea a few years ago to build a large golf resort in the wild, remote Sand Hills of north-central Nebraska, he found inspiration for the project in a visit to a large golf resort built on the wild, remote Oregon coastline.

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Five new courses to watch for in 2012

Given the state of the economy, golf and otherwise, any course opening or restoration is a perilous endeavor. Here are writer Evan Rothman’s five newcomers to watch for in 2012.

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Buchanan (No. 24, 2013) commits to SMU

SMU continues to get verbal commitments. This time, it’s Andrew Buchanan of Los Altos Hills, Calif.

Rio organizers extend Olympic course deadline

The deadline for bids to design the golf course for the 2016 Rio Olympics has been extended because none of those submitted so far included the proper legal and financial documentation.

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Texas Tech ends season with Onion Creek win

Texas Tech won the Challenge at Onion Creek on Nov. 8, holding off Michigan and Texas-San Antonio for a four-shot victory. It’s the first win of season for the Red Raiders, who now will put the clubs away until February.

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PGA Tour announces PoY, RoY nominees

The PGA Tour announced its nominees for the Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards. Will Luke Donald win? Will Webb Simpson?

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Tiger an Aussie attraction for other reasons

This is the two-year anniversary of Tiger Woods winning his last tournament. Back then, more than 15,000 fans followed his pro-am round. On Wednesday in Sydney, only 250 followed him.

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Notes: Kuchar makes his third trip Down Under

Australian Open notes: Matt Kuchar made his professional debut at the 2000 Australian Open and visited again on his honeymoon. On Thursday, he'll finally tee off again Down Under.

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