Stories for April 2012


News 2012 April

Monday, April 30

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NCAA women: UCLA, 'Bama, USC top regionals

NCAA Women's Regionals

The NCAA has announced the three 24-team regional fields to be played May 10-12 at three sites around the country. UCLA, Alabama and USC drew the No. 1 seeds.

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Rude: Questions you didn't hear in Tiger's fan presser

Hate To Be Rude on Tiger

Hate To Be Rude: Tiger fielded softball questions from his fans on Monday instead of participating in a typical tournament press conference. Here are some, ahem, questions that were left on the cutting-room floor.

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Winner’s Circle: April 23-29, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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McLean closes namesake academy at PGA West

McLean closes academy

Teaching professional Jim McLean abruptly closed on April 30 his namesake academy at PGA West Golf Club after 16 years of operation.

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Stanger (No. 15, 2013) commits to Virginia

has given a verbal commitment to Virginia.

Jimmy Stanger of Tampa, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play for Virginia in the fall of 2013. Stanger also considered Wake Forest, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Liberty, Harvard and Yale.

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Peck to miss Texas A&M's postseason

Texas A&M proved it can win the Big 12 Championship without one of its best players. Unfortunately for the 13th-ranked Aggies, they won’t have junior Cameron Peck for the rest of the postseason either.

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Dartmouth’s Williamson sets new Ivy standard

Dartmouth’s Peter Williamson has set a new Ivy League standard. Ryan Lavner with the incredible story.

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Notes: Webb Simpson says he needs the nerves

PGA Tour notebook

PGA Tour notebook: Webb Simpson says he needs to "get a little smarter" to replicate his outstanding 2011 season, while Bubba Watson can't wait to get home.

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Player of the week: Luke Guthrie, Illinois

Shot 5-under 67 in Round 3 on the way to a 5-under 283 total and a four-shot victory at the Big Ten Championship, his second consecutive Big Ten title.

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Team of the week: Texas A&M

Playing without low scorer Cameron Peck, who was a late scratch because of a back injury, the 13th-ranked Aggies knocked off No. 1 Texas on April 29 to win their first Big 12 Championship in their last try.

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Player of the week: Doris Chen, USC

Shot a final-round 68, tied for the best round of the tournament, to win the Pac-12 Championship by one shot over a pair of top-10 golfers, UCLA's Tiffany Lua and Arizona State's Giulia Molinaro.

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Team of the week: California

Defeated three of the top 4 teams in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings – No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 USC and No. 4 Arizona State – to win the Pac-12 Championship by a shot over USC on April 29.

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Fernandes, Liu win AJGA Vicky Hurst Championship

Fernandes, Liu win

Rigel Fernandes and Mika Liu, both of Bradenton, Fla. won the AJGA Under Armour®/Vicky Hurst Championship on Sunday at Squire Creek CC in Choudrant, La.

Sunday, April 29

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McCabe: Dufner's perseverance pays off

McCabe on Jason Dufner

Jason Dufner knocked on the door at the PGA Championship. Then twice in Florida. Then at the Masters. Jim McCabe says Dufner knew all along he'd have his moment.

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Cal women edge USC for Pac-12 title

Cal wins Pac-12 title

Joanne Lee and Daniela Holmqvist came up big for the California women, making crucial putts on the final hole at Palouse Ridge Golf Club to send the Bears to a one-shot victory at the Pac-12 Championship.

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Cal men survive playoff for 1st Pac-12 title

Cal wins Pac-12 title

California, No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, outlasted No. 7 Oregon in a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win its first Pac-12 Championship in its 50th appearance at the event.

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5 Things: Lewis holds off Thompson in Mobile

Lewis wins in Mobile

5 Things: Stacy Lewis won the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic on Sunday for her second LPGA Tour title, holding off hard-charging teen Lexi Thompson by a stroke.

Luke List wins South Georgia Classic

Luke List won the South Georgia Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Brian Stuard.

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5 Things: Dufner picks up first Tour victory

Dufner wins Zurich Classic

5 Things: Less than a week before he is set to get married, Jason Dufner held off Ernie Els on the second hole of a playoff to win his first PGA Tour title in 164 tries.

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Oklahoma wins Big 12 women's title

Despite a 16-over final round, Oklahoma cruised to victory at the Big 12 Championship, overcoming a five-shot deficit after the first round.

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Luke Guthrie, Illinois win Big Ten titles

Backed by Luke Guthrie's dominating medalist performance, the Illinois men's golf team held off Indiana to win the Big Ten Championship on Sunday.

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Michigan State wins Big Ten women's title

Michigan State cruised to a 10-shot victory at the Big Ten Women's Championship, riding rounds of 298-292-295 at the par-72 Donald Ross Golf Course at French Lick.

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Texas A&M holds off Texas for Big 12 title

Texas A&M wins title

Jordan Russell and Texas A&M pulled off a minor upset, holding off Texas to win the Big 12 Championship on Sunday, while Baylor's Joakim Mikkelsen won the individual title.

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Wiesberger gives Austria rare moment in spotlight

Wiesberger wins

Alistair Tait: Austria's Bernd Wiesberger came out of nowhere to win in South Korea on Sunday, and he might just elevate Austrian golf on the Euro Tour.

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Wiesberger wins Ballantine's Championship

Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a final-round 4-under 68 to earn his first European Tour victory with a five-stroke win at the Ballantine's Championship on Sunday.

Saturday, April 28

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Lewis finishes strong for 2-shot Mobile Bay lead

Lewis leads in Mobile Bay

Stacy Lewis birdied five of her last seven holes Saturday at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic to regain her second-round lead. Brittany Lincicome trails Lewis by two shots.

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Dufner maintains top spot on Zurich leaderboard

Dufner leads Zurich

Jason Dufner, winless in 163 PGA Tour starts, posted a 5-under 67 Saturday in the third round of the Zurich Classic and leads Graham DeLaet by two shots.

BYU wins Cougar Classic at home

BYU won its own Ping Cougar Classic on Saturday, beating runner-up Colorado State by five shots. The Cougars fielded two teams at the event at Riverside Country Club in Provo, Utah, and the “B” team finished third.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Zurich Classic

Round 4 at Zurich Classic

Follow the live Round 4 leaderboard from the Zurich Classic

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Wiesberger opens five-shot Ballantine's lead

SEOUL, South Korea – Bernd Wiesberger of Austria shot a second-straight 7-under 65 Saturday to open up a five-shot lead after the third round of the Ballantine’s Championship.

Friday, April 27

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Lewis leads by one at Mobile Bay LPGA Classic

Stacy Lewis birdied five of her final nine holes for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead Friday after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

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Dufner takes Zurich lead with second-round 65

Dufner leads Zurich

Jason Dufner will enter the weekend with the Zurich Classic lead after a second-round 65 at TPC Louisiana. He's gunning for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Pak sidelined indefinitely with shoulder injury

Hall of Fame golfer Se Ri Pak said Friday that she will be sidelined indefinitely after injuring her left shoulder when she slipped on stairs Tuesday.

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Will off-season aid give big schools an edge?

A new NCAA wrinkle

A new wrinkle in the NCAA Amateur Code now permits universities to reimburse players who participate in their national championships. Is it unfair to mid-major programs?

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Watson strikes fan in the head with errant drive

Masters champion Bubba Watson has struck one of his fans in the head with a hooked drive.

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Wiesberger leads Ballantine's after course-low 65

Bernd Wiesberger shot a course record 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Marcus Fraser after the second round of the Ballantine’s Championship on Friday.

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Notes: A watchful eye on young Ballesteros

Tait on Javier Ballesteros

It's too early to say if Javier Ballesteros will have the same magic touch as his father, but it looks promising so far.

Thursday, April 26

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4 tied for Mobile Bay LPGA Classic lead

Jennifer Rosales birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and finished with a 5-under 67 on Thursday in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Katie Futcher, Lindsey Wright and Caroline Hedwall.

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Duke, Tringale share Zurich Classic lead

Zurich Classic

Ken Duke and Cameron Tringale went on birdie tears to find the top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard on Thursday. Masters champ Bubba Watson is six strokes back.

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Ochoa (No. 67, 2013) commits to USC

has given a verbal commitment to USC.

Danny Ochoa of San Diego has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at USC.

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Sharp Park granted stay, postponing lawsuit

Sharp Park granted stay

San Francisco's legendary municipal golf course, Sharp Park, averted – for now – legal action that threatens to shut it down. But its battle with environmentalists is hardly over.

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Ranking possible Arizona coach candidates

discusses possible candidates to replace Rick LaRose as Arizona's head coach.

When the Arizona Wildcats’ season comes to an end, the 34-year coaching career for Rick LaRose will draw to a close. If Arizona wishes to get back to where LaRose once had the team, it needs an elite name as a head coach.

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Rosales rekindles upward mobility in Mobile

Mobile Bay notes

Jennifer Rosales is making her first LPGA start of 2012 at the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. The Filipino, dressed as colorfully as ever, is showing flashes of her former talent.

A fresh approach to jumpstart 'New Golf'

has a few ideas to jumpstart the game

A self-appointed 'czar of golf' tosses out some ideas to jumpstart growth of the game.

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Former U.S. Junior champ Liu picks Stanford

Sorry, coaches: A former U.S. Junior champion has made his college decision.

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Masters obligations make for a worn-out Watson

Masters champ Watson

Being a Masters champion comes with plenty of obligations, which leaves Bubba Watson a tired defending champion in New Orleans.

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The scenic route north to Jasper

says Icefields Parkway is one of Canada's most scenic drives.

Icefields Parkway is a 144-mile road that parallels the Continental Divide, connecting the Canadian national parks in Banff and Jasper.

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Mountain golf trek: The Canadian Rockies

Golf Life Canada

Golf across the Canadian Rockies is worth the hike. Martin Kaufmann explains.

Collegians invited to inaugural Legends Pro-Am

The top-ranked college players in the country will have the opportunity to compete alongside LPGA legends in July at the Judson Collegiate Invitational and Legends Tour Atlanta Pro-Am.

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Dubuisson takes 2-shot lead at Ballantine’s

Victor Dubuisson of France overcame tough scoring conditions to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a two-shot lead after the first-round of the Ballantine’s Championship on Thursday.

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Preview: LPGA's Vicky Hurst hosts AJGA event

AJGA Vicky Hurst Championship

AJGA Under Armour/Vicky Hurst Championship: As the event gets underway in Louisiana, we chat with Vicky Hurst, as well as tip you off to a few players to watch this weekend.

Wednesday, April 25

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Analysis: In Rio, a false start amid all the games

says squabbling over land and money, not surprisingly, is delaying development of Rio's Olympic course.

Bradley S. Klein: Squabbling over land and money, not surprisingly, is delaying development of Rio's Olympic course.

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Tulsa women capture C-USA title

The Tulsa women's team completed a wire-to-wire victory at the 2012 Conference USA Championship, defeating runner-up Central Florida by 13 shots Wednesday.

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Baldry: Sun Young Yoo shows off great personality

says Kraft champ Sun Young Yoo's electric personality shone through in a recent LPGA pro-am.

Playing the pro-am with Kraft champ Sun Young Yoo shines a light on an electric personality.

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2012 Palmer Cup: Team USA roster announced

Palmer Cup: Team U.S.A.

2012 Palmer Cup: The U.S. will boast plenty of young talent, as well as a few veterans as it travels to Northern Ireland to try and make it three Cup victories in a row.

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Hate To Be Rude: Media advice for Bubba

Rude on Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson should take the advice of Al McGuire and Arnold Palmer on dealing with media.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Zurich Classic

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Zurich

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Bubba Watson is grabbing all the headlines, but it is another former major champion that our panel has its eyes on - Graeme McDowell.

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Thompson returns to scene of LPGA collapse

Lexi Thompson's last-round Alabama collapse a year ago could be a painful memory. Instead, the talented Florida teenager turned it into a growth experience.

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Catching up with AJGA Gary Woodland winners

Junior Thai stars

We caught up with Thai stars KK Limbhasut and Pailin Ruttanasupagid, winners of the AJGA Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship, to discuss everything from tournament preparation and game improvements, to playing for ice cream.

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Photos: PGA Tour stars don clothing from 1912

Photos: Zurich Classic

Photos: A handful of PGA Tour stars - including Rickie Fowler, Luke Donald and Keegan Bradley - wore clothing from 1912 and used real woods during a charity event on Tuesday in New Orleans.

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LET head Armas to step down after season

LET head Armas

Alex Armas will hold her head high when she walks away from her role as chief executive of the Ladies European Tour at the end of this year.

WGC event moves to Mission Hills from Shanghai

The World Golf Championship event in China will be hosted this year in Mission Hills. The International Federation of PGA Tours announced the $7 million WGC HSBC Champions will be played Oct. 29-Nov. 4 on the 7,320-yard Olazabal course.

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Sharp (No. 70, 2013) commits to Michigan State

has given a verbal commitment to Michigan State.

Katie Sharp of Kendallville, Ind., has verbally committed to Michigan State for the fall of 2013. Sharp, a junior at East Noble High School, is the No. 5-ranked girls' golfer in Indiana.

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Bubba returns to a brand new world

Martin on Bubba Watson

Sean Martin: Beginning this week in New Orleans, where Bubba Watson will make his first appearance as a major champion, life changes for golf's newest star.

Tuesday, April 24

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'Tough-love' LaRose will step aside at Arizona

LaRose to retire

Rick LaRose will end a 34-year stint as head men's golf coach at Arizona this summer. He will shift his focus to fundraising for a new golf practice facility for the Wildcats.

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Daly gets late invite to New Orleans

John Daly received a late invitation to play the Zurich Classic this week after Boo Weekley had to withdraw Tuesday because of medical reasons.

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South Florida uses rebuilt squad to win Big East

USF women win Big East

Big East Women's Championship: Behind a strategy of starting a plethora of transfers, South Florida and coach Marci Kornegay picked up their first conference title on Tuesday.

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Baldry: Creamer is on a quest to be the best

Baldry on Paula Creamer

Paula Creamer long ago crossed a major championship off her to-do list. Now, despite a sluggish start to 2012, she wants the top spot in the women's game.

Memphis claims Conference USA crown

The Memphis men's golf team got a little revenge at the Conference USA Championship. The Tigers, No. 41 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, held off No. 22 Central Florida by two shots Tuesday.

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2012 Palmer Cup: Team Europe announced

Palmer Cup: Team Europe

2012 Palmer Cup: Team Europe, led by Swedish National Team coach Rickard Lindberg, will feature a roster that could put an end to its two-year losing streak.

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Complete coverage: 2012 AJGA/Under Armour

2012 AJGA/Under Armour

2012 AJGA/Under Armour Series: Follow our complete coverage of four marquee events on the AJGA schedule, with tournament namesakes such as Hunter Mahan, Gary Woodland and Vicky Hurst.

Monday, April 23

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Coalition touts golf’s impact before Congress

says We Are Golf makes a case touting golf’s economic and “green” contributions.

Gene Yasuda says We Are Golf makes a case touting golf’s economic and “green” contributions.

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Winner’s Circle: April 16-22, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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LPGA teams with Streetwear for apparel line

LPGA apparel line

The LPGA has partnered with Boston-based Streetwear Inc., designating the company as an official licensee of LPGA apparel.

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Player of the week: Rachel Rohanna, Ohio State

The sophomore shot 75-69-68 and won by eight shots April 22 at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.

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Team of the week: Auburn

The Tigers survived a tough golf course, a field that included seven top-15 teams and a home team that knew the golf course well in defeating host Arkansas by one shot to win the Southeastern Conference Championship on April 22 at The Blessings Golf Course in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Player of the week: Justin Thomas, Alabama

The Crimson Tide freshman shot three 68-67-68 and finished at 7-under 203 on April 22 to win the Southeastern Conference Championship by two shots over teammate Bobby Wyatt and also lead Alabama to the team title at Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course in St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Team of the week: Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets finished at 27-under 837 on April 22, had four golfers finish in the top 10 and claimed their fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference Championship at Old North State Club in New London, N.C.

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Maginnes On Tap: The Dan Plan

Maginnes On Tap

Maginnes On Tap: Dan quit his job to try and find golf excellence, following the theory that talent has little to do with expertise. Dan, have you ever met Bubba Watson?

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Q&A: Chris Childers, PGA junior-golf manager

Before the Americans and Europeans duel at Medinah, the world’s best junior players will compete at the eighth annual Junior Ryder Cup on Sept. 24-25 at Olympia Fields (Ill.).

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Player of the week: Zachary Olsen

Zachary Olsen, of Cordova, Tenn., shot 7-under 209 (68-68-73) at Sage Valley GC to win the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley by three strokes.

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Writing Contest: Win a summer internship

Win a Golfweek internship

Attention, aspiring golf writers! is now accepting submissions for its annual National College Writing Contest, which will award four Summer 2012 internships to college journalists across the country. APPLY NOW

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Royal Lytham lengthened for 2012 British Open

2012 Open Championship

2012 Open Championship: Royal Lytham & St. Annes has undergone a facelift of sorts prior to this year's championship, now featuring nearly 200 extra yards and moving to a par 70.

Sunday, April 22

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Pair of Thai stars win AJGA Gary Woodland titles

KK Limbhasut (boys) and Pailin Ruttanasupagid (girls) used stellar final rounds to capture their respective AJGA Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship titles on Sunday.

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5 Things: Curtis comes up clutch in Texas

5 Things: Curtis wins

5 Things: From Ben Curtis simply not giving shots away, to Matt Every's failure to seize another opportunity to TPC San Antonio wreaking havoc on Kevin Na yet again . . .

Nuutinen, TCU women win Mountain West titles

TCU won the Mountain West Conference Championship - despite a final-round, 13-over 301 - clearing second-place UNLV by six strokes at the par-72 Wigwam Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz.

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Junior Invitational: Olsen coasts to big win

Olsen wins Junior Invitational

Junior Invitational: Holding a lead for the first time in an elite junior event, Zachary Olsen played solidly in difficult conditions Sunday and coasted to a breakthrough victory at Sage Valley.

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Curtis gets first Tour win since '06 at Texas Open

Ben Curtis won on the Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title since 2006, holding off Matt Every and John Huh in a tense back-nine finish for a two-stroke victory.

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Sanz, Auburn women win SEC titles in Arkansas

Seventh-ranked Auburn, led by individual champ Patricia Sanz, overcame No. 35 Arkansas by one stroke to win the SEC Women's Championship on Sunday.

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Georgia Tech takes 4th consecutive ACC title

Ga. Tech wins ACC

Georgia Tech, No. 8 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, rolled to its fourth consecutive ACC title Sunday at Old North State Club, finishing at 27-under 837.

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Oregon cruises past Texas for Aggie Invitational win

Oregon wins Aggie Invite

In a minor upset, 10th-ranked Oregon cruised past No. 1 Texas and No. 14 Texas A&M for an 11-shot victory at The Aggie Invitational on the par-72 Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas.

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Frost and Allen win Legends on Champions Tour

David Frost and Michael Allen shot a better-ball 10-under 62 on Sunday for a 29-under 187 and a one-stroke victory over John Cook and Joey Sindelar in the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf championship.

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Indiana leapfrogs Iowa for Boilermaker title

Indiana used a 6-under 282 - the lowest round of the tournament - to overcome an eight-shot overnight deficit to Iowa to win the Boilermaker Invitational on the par-72 Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.

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Ohio State, Rohanna win Lady Buckeye titles

Ohio State, led by junior Rachel Rohanna, cruises to victory at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invite.

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Thomas, Alabama win SEC men's titles at Sea Island

Alabama wins SEC men

Behind medalist Justin Thomas, second-ranked Alabama captured its first SEC Championship since 2008 with a six-shot win over fourth-ranked Auburn.

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Kim fires 66 to lead at Gary Woodland Championship

David Kim runs out to a three-shot lead at the AJGA Under Armour/Gary Woodland Championship, while Lilia Vu is part of a three-way tie on the girls side after Round 1.

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Fitting philosophy: Mix your sets

Club fitting

Mizuno's Dick Lyons has one simple philosophy on club fitting: "We don't fit by gender, age or handicap. We fit by how you swing the golf club. If mixing the clubs is the best fit, that's what we do."

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Tait: Grace wins with new maturity, inspiration

Tait on Branden Grace

Branden Grace picked up his third win of the European Tour season on Sunday for two simple reasons: His new maturity and inspiration says our Alistair Tait.

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Complete coverage: 2012 Junior Invitational

2012 Junior Invitational

We take you behind the scenes at Sage Valley, the site of the 2012 Junior Invitational. Check out all of our coverage, including features and videos.

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Live scores: Round 4 at Texas Open

Follow the final round leaderboard at the Valero Texas Open.

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Grace wins China Open for third title of 2012

Branden Grace of South Africa shot a final-round 3-under 69 Sunday to win the China Open by three shots and his third victory of the European Tour season.

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Westwood defends Indonesian Masters title

Third-ranked Lee Westwood defended his Indonesian Masters title Sunday with a two-stroke victory despite a shaky final round.

Saturday, April 21

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Ai Miyazato wins eighth career LPGA title

Miyazato wins in Hawaii

Japan's Ai Miyazato won the LPGA LOTTE Championship on Saturday for her eighth career LPGA Tour title, birdieing three of the last six holes for a 2-under 70 and a four-stroke victory.

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Junior Invitational: Olsen takes 2nd-round lead

Junior Invitational

Junior Invitational: Oklahoma State recruit Zachary Olsen vaulted into the lead on Saturday, but can he hold off the likes of Robby Shelton and Wyndham Clark on Sunday?

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Curtis leads in Texas, eyes first title since '06

Ben Curtis remained in position for his first PGA Tour victory since 2006 despite his first stumbles at the Texas Open, shooting a 1-over 73 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.

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Branden Grace leads by 3 shots at China Open

Branden Grace of South Africa shot an 8-under 64 and has a three-shot lead after three rounds of the China Open on Saturday.

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Purtzer-Bryant, Frost-Allen share Legends lead

David Frost and Michael Allen birdied nine of the first 13 holes and combined for a 9-under 63 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Tom Purtzer and Brad Bryant in the Legends of Golf.

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Westwood leads at rainy Indonesian Masters

Defending champion Lee Westwood birdied two of the first four holes and moved to 13 under at the Indonesian Masters on Saturday before lightning and rain halted the third round.

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Junior Invitational: Glover offers advice to players

Glover speaks to juniors

Junior Invitational: 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover spoke to the 54 players at this year’s Junior Invitational, offering advice on fitness, goals and practice.

Friday, April 20

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Japan's Ai Miyazato takes LPGA Tour lead

Japan's Ai Miyazato shot a 2-under 70 on Friday in difficult wind conditions to take a three-shot lead into the final round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

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Curtis beats storms, takes Texas Open lead

Ben Curtis shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Friday in the Texas Open before storms brought afternoon wind, leaving the former British Open champion two strokes ahead at 10 under when the second round was suspended because of darkness.

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Frittelli and White share Byron Nelson Award

Athletic and academic excellence

Dylan Frittelli of Texas and James White of Georgia Tech have been named co-recipients of the 2012 Byron Nelson Award.

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Gleason begins Symetra season at Sara Bay

As Jenny Gleason works toward a full tour card, the path to her dream is more in focus.

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Junior Invitational: Sage Valley a tougher test

Junior Invitational

Junior Invitational: Last year, Nicholas Reach torched Sage Valley to the tune of 20 under. On Friday, the likes of Jonathan Garrick found out that the course is a bit tougher in 2012.

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Purtzer, Bryant team up for 1st-round Legends lead

Brad Bryant and Tom Purtzer teamed up for a 12-under 60 to take the first round lead at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf championship Friday.

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Land dispute threatens Olympic course

Land dispute

A land dispute is threatening construction of the golf course for the 2016 Summer Games, when the sport is to be played at the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Lavner: Proveaux takes rural route to No. 1

Lavner on Cody Proveaux

Clemson recruit Cody Proveaux is proof that small-town kids can make it big in junior golf, you just need a little improvisation and a lot of heart says our Ryan Lavner.

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Westwood shoots 68, holds lead in Indonesia

Defending champion Lee Westwood had four birdies Friday for a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Indonesian Masters, which was suspended by rain and lightning.

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Tait: Donald intends to re-focus on short game

Tait on Luke Donald

Alistair Tait: Luke Donald has dropped from World No. 1 mainly due to his inconsistent short game, which was his staple in 2011. Why? He's been working on his long game.

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Live scores: Round 2 at Texas Open

Round 2 at Valero

Follow Round 2 from the Valero Texas Open.

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Australian golfer accused of DUI near Phoenix

Authorities say Australian pro golfer Matthew Giles has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he crashed his car into a home southeast of Phoenix.

Boyd, Gonnet lead China Open by a shot

Gary Boyd of England and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet of France shared the second-round lead of the China Open after shooting 5-under 67s Friday to move to 11 under.

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Munoz, Miyazato share LPGA LOTTE lead

Spain's Azahara Munoz shot an 8-under 64 in blustery conditions Thursday for a share of the second-round lead with Japan's Ai Miyazato in the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

Thursday, April 19

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Every shoots course-record 63 in Texas Open

Outshining the few big PGA Tour names in a weakened field, Matt Every made nine birdies in a 9-under 63 for a three-stroke lead after the first round of the Texas Open.

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Marathon man: 8 cities, 8 days, 600 holes

Book review

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to win a bet? For J. Smith Ferebee, a 32-year-old Chicago stockbroker in 1938, the bet was to play 144 holes – eight rounds – on Olympia Fields’ four courses in a single day, walking the whole way with a caddie.

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Book review: The 'Rainman' of golf

Book review

When Moe Norman would show up on Tuesday afternoons at the practice range of Canadian Open week, the PGA Tour pros would gather around and watch him. They might be the world’s best players, but they knew they were watching the world’s best ballstriker.

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Vail, Colo. offers thrill ride for golfers

Travel: Vail, Colo.

No matter the season, an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride awaits in the Rockies retreat of Vail.

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Notebook: Ping/Golfweek Preview will return

Men's college notebook

An old friend returns to the college golf schedule this coming fall and, with match play now part of the NCAA Championship, some changes in the invitation criteria for the Ping/Golfweek Preview have been made.

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Foley: Criticism of Tiger is out of hand

Sean Foley says criticism of Tiger Woods is getting out of hand. He says it has reached the point where the tearing down of Woods as a person and a golfer has become too much.

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Junior Invitational sports 'PGA Tour atmosphere'

Junior Invitational

Lance Ringler: The Junior Invitational at Sage Valley brings a 'PGA Tour atmosphere' and 26 of the top 30 junior players to what is quickly being considered the premiere junior event in the country.

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Live scores: Round 1 at Texas Open

Round 1 at Valero

Follow Round 1 live from the Valero Texas Open.

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Beth Bader leads LPGA LOTTE Championship

Beth Bader shot a 4-under 68 on Wednesday at windy Ko Olina to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng and three other players in the LPGA LOTTE Championship.

England's Baldwin leads China Open by a shot

Matthew Baldwin of England took advantage of calm early conditions to shoot a 7-under 65 Thursday and lead the China Open by one stroke after the first round.

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Westwood shoots 65 to lead Indonesian Masters

Defending champion Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 Thursday to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Indonesian Masters.

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Bubba exemplifies importance of club-fitting

Custom fit for Watson

James Achenbach: There is not a better example of customized, personalized fitting than Masters champion Bubba Watson.

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Hate To Be Rude: Allen finds himself on top

Rude on Michael Allen

Hate To Be Rude: Michael Allen, who knows what it’s like to play for survival, finds himself on top of the Champions Tour.

Wednesday, April 18

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Ki Taek Lee (No. 13, 2013) commits to Arizona State

has given a verbal commitment to Arizona State.

Ki Taek Lee has joined Nicolo Galletti in committing to play college golf at Arizona State beginning in the fall of 2013.

Charity golf event canceled after Petrino's downfall

A charity golf tournament that bears the name of fired Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino will be canceled.

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Golfweek’s Best: Canadian Classic 2012

Golfweek's Best

Take a look at Golfweek's Best Canadian Classic courses. All were built prior to 1960.

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Golfweek’s Best: Canadian Modern 2012

Golfweek's Best

Check out Golfweek's Best Canadian Modern courses, all of which were built after 1960.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Valero Texas Open

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Valero

Fantasy Tip Sheet: A week after Swede Carl Pettersson won for the first time since 2010, a pair of fantasy panelists believe Fredrik Jacobson could make it back-to-back Tour wins for Sweden.

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No lingering Masters disappointment for Hanson

Peter Hanson says he holds no lingering disappointment from finishing third at the Masters and is keen to tee off in the Volvo China Open this week.

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Indy shows potential to become regular Tour stop

Indy shows potential

Indianapolis golf fans are going all in for this year's BMW Championship. Organizers say ticket sales for the city's biggest men's golf tournament since the 1991 PGA Championship have already surpassed last year's total.

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Ryder Cup captain Love learns from past leaders

Ryder Cup 2012

Davis Love III is prepared for the lobbying and politics that come with being America's Ryder Cup captain. He's also ready to learn more about those U.S. players he may pick for the team in September.

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Pettersson won't leave family to chase Ryder Cup

PGA Tour notebook: Carl Pettersson could be No. 10 in the Ryder Cup standings, but his lack of Euro Tour membership and his commitment to his family will keep the Swede away from Medinah.

Tuesday, April 17

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Toy Box Notes: Pettersson likes more driver spin

says RBC Heritage winner Carl Pettersson likes a little more driver spin than most.

With all the talk about high launch and low spin with today’s drivers, RBC Heritage winner Carl Pettersson has a different point of view.

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O'Neal revives game during trip to Morocco

Tim O’Neal’s career has been resurrected in the unlikeliest of places.

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UCLA tunes up with Pacific Coast win

Some would say the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate constituted a pretty good preview of the Pac-12 Women's Championship later this month. If so, then UCLA has to feel pretty good about its chances.

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Galletti (No. 12, 2013) commits to Arizona State

has given a verbal commitment to Arizona State.

Nicolo Galletti of Pleasanton, Calif., has given a verbal committment to play college golf at Arizona State.

Scioto CC to host 2016 U.S. Senior Open

Scioto Country Club in Upper Arlington, Ohio will host the 2016 U.S. Senior Open, aligning itself with the course's centennial celebration.

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Masters champ Watson WDs from Wells Fargo

Masters champion Bubba Watson has withdrawn from the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow.

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The week in the world of golf . . .

The upcoming week in the world of golf . . .

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Nicklaus hasn't forgotten his most magical shots

Nicklaus reflects on shots

Now 72 years old, Jack Nicklaus jokes that he can't remember what happened yesterday. Yet he's never forgotten what it was like to hit the most famous shots of his illustrious career.

Monday, April 16

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Winner’s Circle: April 9-15, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Player of the week: Brianna Espinoza, Colorado State

The Rams senior shot 8-under 208 (68-68-72) and won by five shots April 11 at the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, where only two golfers were under par in the 24-team field.

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Team of the week: Duke

The Blue Devils might have started a new streak at the ACC Women’s Championship with a 10-shot victory over rival North Carolina on April 15 in Greensboro, N.C. Duke, which won the ACC title for 13 consecutive years from 1996 to 2008, had been dethroned the past three seasons by Wake Forest (2009, ’10) and North Carolina (2011).

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Player of the week: Nate McCoy, Iowa State

The Cyclones senior shot rounds of 68-65-69 to post a school- and tournament-record 14-under 202 total for a six-shot victory April 15 at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational.

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Team of the week: Texas

The top-ranked Longhorns outdueled five top-10 teams from the Pac-12 Conference to take a four-shot victory April 15 at the 66th Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif.

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Player of the week: Sierra Sims

Sierra Sims, of Austin, Texas, shot 5-over 184 (74-78-32) at Gleneagles CC in Plano, Texas, and won the the girls division of the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship in a two-hole sudden-death playoff.

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Player of the week: Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., shot 6-over 182 (75-70-37) at Gleneagles CC in Plano, Texas to win the boys division of the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship by 3 strokes.

Sunday, April 15

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5 Things: Pettersson wins Heritage behind putter

5 Things: Pettersson wins

5 Things: Carl Pettersson cruises to victory behind his hot putter; players choose to play Harbour Town without driver in hand; and another change at No. 1.

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Texas stares down Pac-12 at Western

Texas wins in California

No. 1 Texas outdueled a gauntlet of top-10 teams from the Pac-12 Conference to take a four-shot victory Sunday at the 66th Western Intercollegiate. It was the Longhorns' seventh victory of the season.

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Burgess, Sims win AJGA Hunter Mahan titles

Burgess, Sims win titles

Hunter Mahan Championship: Ryan Burgess holds on for his first AJGA victory while Sierra Sims holds off Summar Roachell to win for the second straight week.

Hawkeyes edge rival at home event

The Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational came down to a two-team race between two in-state rivals, with the Iowa men's team prevailing on its home course Sunday by two shots over Iowa State.

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Pettersson cruises to victory at RBC Heritage

Pettersson wins Heritage

Carl Pettersson had another fast start and finished with a 2-under 69 for a five-shot victory over Zach Johnson on Sunday in the RBC Heritage.

Kent State men win fourth title of season

Behind by 16 strokes after the first round, the Kent State men battled back to win the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate on Sunday, clearing SMU by a stroke.

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Duke women win ACC Championship

Duke women win ACC

After a three-year hiatus at the top, the Duke women’s team once again is the Atlantic Coast Conference champions.

N.C. State men win for first time since 2010

North Carolina State picked up its first win of the season, taking the Wolfpack Spring Open behind a 5-under 283 final round to overcome first-round leader Lamar.

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Allen wins Encompass Insurance Pro-Am

Michael Allen won the Encompass Insurance Pro-Am on Sunday for his second Champions Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over Kenny Perry.

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AJGA's pace-of-play focus will help college game

felt like he was in the Twilight Zone during Saturday's round at the AJGA Hunter Mahan.

The AJGA takes pace of play very seriously. As the nation's top juniors are being trained to play faster, hopefully that will be carried over to the collegiate level.

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Idle McIlroy leapfrogs Donald into top ranking

For the second time this year, Luke Donald has fallen out of the world's top spot in favor of Rory McIlroy.

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5 Things: Oosthuizen rebounds with Malaysia win

5 Things: Oosthuizen wins

5 Things: Louis Oosthuizen shows his resolve with three-shot win in Malaysia, while Stephen Gallacher continues to try and find a putting stroke to match his impressive long game.

Saturday, April 14

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Future Razorbacks take control at Mahan event

AJGA Hunter Mahan

Summar Roachell charged to the top of the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship leaderboard with a future Razorback teammate at her side.

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Allen takes 5-shot lead at TPC Tampa Bay

Michael Allen shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a five-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Encompass Insurance Pro-Am.

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Pettersson holds 1-stroke lead at RBC Heritage

Carl Pettersson couldn’t have had a better time with Colt Knost at the RBC Heritage. He hopes to have as much fun when the two play again on Sunday.

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Ferreira finding success after total game revamp

says Jordan Ferreira is on the rise as a series of swing changes take hold.

Julie Williams: Jordan Ferreira traveled from Washington to Texas to compete in the AJGA's Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.

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Notebook: A look at the season's best players

College notebook

With postseason just around the corner, it's time to think about Player of the Year. Lindy Duncan leads that race. College notebook

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Play suspended in Malaysia; Oosthuizen leads

A thunderstorm suspended play at the Malaysian Open for the second straight day, with Louis Oosthuizen holding on to a one-shot lead halfway through his third round.

Friday, April 13

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Fleisher leads Encompass Insurance Pro-Am

Bruce Fleisher shot a 6-under 65 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Michael Allen and Chien Soon Lu after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Encompass Insurance Pro-Am.

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Knost takes 2-shot lead in RBC Heritage

RBC Heritage

Colt Knost shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Carl Pettersson after the second round of the RBC Heritage.

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Preview: AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan

Mahan hosts junior event

A week after a T-12 finish at the Masters, Hunter Mahan kicks off the AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship at Gleneagles Country Club.

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Tait: The 72 Club isn't meant for snails

It’s that time of year again, when a bunch of us get together to play 72 holes in one day at Littlestone GC.

It’s that time of year again, when a bunch of us get together to play 72 holes in one day at Littlestone GC.

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TaylorMade Ghost Manta putter

Stockton aids in design of TaylorMade Ghost Manta putter

Dave Stockton helped design TaylorMade's white Ghost Manta, a putter billed as a stable, high-MOI putter in a more traditional shape.

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Odyssey Flip Face putter

Odyssey Flip Face putter is uniquely adjustable

The unique changeable face of the Odyssey Flip Face includes a dual insert for use as conditions might dictate.

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Jerry Rice struggles in Nationwide event

Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice was 8-over par after eight holes Thursday when first-round play was suspended because of darkness in the Nationwide Tour's TPC Stonebrae Championship.

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Pair of South Africans share lead in Malaysia

Hennie Otto and Jbe Kruger reached 9 under Friday to share the clubhouse lead at the Malaysian Open before the second round was suspended two hours early because of a threat of thunderstorms.

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Boyne partners with Forest Dunes

Boyne, the northern Michigan resort operator, will be booking rounds at Forest Dunes Golf Club through its golf packages as part of a partnership with the Roscommon, Mich., course.

Boyne, the northern Michigan resort operator, will be booking rounds at Forest Dunes Golf Club through its golf packages as part of a partnership with the Roscommon, Mich., course.

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Raven Golf Club engages families with programs

says clubs seeking to promote family golf need to do more than just encourage playing together. They need to court each family member individually.

Gene Yasuda: Phoenix’s Raven Golf Club engages parents, kids with creative programs

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Harbour Town, May River deliver high times

Travel: Hilton Head Island

Martin Kaufmann: Harbour Town and May River deliver high times in the Lowcountry

Thursday, April 12

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Campbell, Taylor, Knost share RBC Heritage lead

Chad Campbell used a fast start, and Vaughn Taylor and Colt Knost had strong finishes to share the first-round lead at 4-under 67 in the RBC Heritage on Thursday.

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Heritage notes: Gay's caddie takes on gator

RBC Heritage notebook

RBC Heritage notebook: Brian Gay's caddie takes on a 6-foot gator that wouldn't go away while John Daly takes on Harbour Town with surprising success.

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Notebook: Breaking new ground in Long Beach

Men's college notebook

Men's college notebook: Long Beach State sees steady improvement pay off with a top-40 ranking after hot start to the spring season.

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McCabe: Harbour Town a unique challenge

McCabe on Harbour Town

How best to describe the splendor of Harbour Town Golf Links? Even the players who play poorly still love the experience. Jim McCabe explains why.

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Darren Clarke gets married on Bahamian beach

British Open champion Darren Clarke has married his fiancee Alison Campbell in a small beach wedding in the Bahamas.

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Hate To Be Rude: A Masters for the ages

Jeff Rude on Masters

Hate To Be Rude: Bubba Watson’s thrilling victory at Augusta ranks among golf’s most significant major championships. Where does it rank in the all-time top 20 major moments?

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Schwartzel (64) takes 1-shot lead in Malaysia

Schwartzel leads

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Malaysian Open.

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Full coverage: Women's conference championships

Women's conference play

Conference play has begun, and we will be monitoring championships around the country right here. Check back daily for news, results and photos as college postseason gets underway.

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Full coverage: Men's conferences

Men's conference play

Conference play has begun, and we will be monitoring championships around the country right here. Check back daily for news, results and photos as college postseason gets underway.

Wednesday, April 11

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Woods to play at Quail Hollow in early May

Tiger to Quail Hollow

Tiger Woods is taking a three-week break before returning to golf at the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Equipment makers KO counterfeiters’ websites

Counterfeiters’ websites

More than 175 websites engaged in the sale of counterfeit golf equipment were shut down Wednesday, the U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group announced after a preliminary injunction was issued in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: RBC Heritage

Fantasy Tip Sheet: RBC Heritage

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Ernie Els didn't get an invite to the 2012 Masters, failing in multiple chances to automatically qualify in March. Our fantasy panel thinks he'll respond with an RBC Heritage victory.

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Just short at Masters, Oosthuizen plays Malaysia

Oosthuizen plays Malaysia

Four days after losing the Masters in a playoff, Louis Oosthuizen will try again, far from the azaleas of one of the citadels of golf.

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PGA chief Steranka to depart at end of '12

Steranaka departing

PGA chief executive Joe Steranka, who has championed industry collaboration and led efforts to grow the game, is resigning at the end of 2012, capping a 25-year tenure with the association.

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In this issue: April 13, 2012

Inside the April 13, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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This week in the world of golf . . .

This week in the world of golf includes the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C.

Tuesday, April 10

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Ping to market limited number of pink drivers

Watson's pink driver

Even before Bubba Watson won the Masters with a pink Ping driver, there was demand for the club. Soon a limited number will be available to the public, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.

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Arkansas nips North Texas for 7th title

Call it a lucky seventh for the Arkansas men's team.

Central Florida women earn 2nd title

The Central Florida women’s team shot a final-round 4-over 292 to rally from a four-shot deficit at the start of the day and edge Texas Tech at the Knights and Pirates Invitational, a victory that virtually assures that UCF will earn its first NCAA postseason berth in three years.

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Balicki: Memories of a young Bubba Watson

remembers Bubba Watson from his days on the Nationwide Tour and the University of Georgia roster.

A number of years ago, before he made his way to the PGA Tour, Bubba Watson was playing the Nationwide Tour’s Rheem Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark.

Olazabal speeds leaving Masters, gets $621 ticket

Speeding between the Masters and his next tournament cost Jose Maria Olazabal $621 when a Georgia deputy sheriff clocked the golfer at 97 mph on a rural highway.

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Toy Box Notes: Ping finishes 1-2 at Augusta

The Masters playoff matched two longtime Ping staff players – Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen.

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Houston Open won't precede Masters in 2013

2013 Tour changes

The Shell Houston Open won’t have its coveted spot on the PGA Tour calendar as the lead-in to the Masters, something that’s been in place since 2007.

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Maginnes On Tap: Sergio still has plenty of time

Maginnes on Sergio Garcia

Maginnes On Tap: Sergio Garcia's major frustrations bubbled up this week at Augusta National. But the Spaniard still has plenty of time to pick up his first major title.

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Japan's Ishikawa identifies his ideal match

"The Bashful Prince" has found a princess.

Monday, April 9

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Edwin Watts acquires Utah retail chain

New Edwin Watts acquisition

Continuing its expansion to the western U.S., Edwin Watts Golf Shops announced the acquisition of Uinta Golf, a five-store chain based in central Utah.

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Winner’s Circle: April 2-8, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Good weather helps February rounds-played

Rounds-played increases

Spurred by warmer temperatures and less rain, rounds-played in the U.S. jumped 10.1 percent in February compared with the same month a year ago.

Would-be sandbagger runs afoul of Augusta cops

A Masters patron was arrested Sunday after unsuccessfully attempting to steal a cup of sand from Augusta National, according to The Augusta Chronicle.

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Love to be outside the ropes for a while

Davis Love III injured

A rib injury might keep Davis Love III, the U.S. Ryder Cup captain, off the PGA Tour until next month.

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Schwab (NR, 2013) commits to Vanderbilt

has given a verbal commitment to Vanderbilt.

Matthias Schwab of Schladming, Austria has given a verbal commitment to play for Vanderbilt beginning in the fall of 2013.

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Bubba to 'Feherty': Augusta suits my game

On a recent episode of Golf Channel's 'Feherty,' Bubba Watson sounded prophetic about the Masters.

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Player of the week: Lindy Duncan, Duke

The Blue Devils junior, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the individual title at the Bryan National Collegiate with a 4-under 212 total, two shots ahead of North Carolina-Greensboro freshman Fanny Cnops.

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Team of the week: Tennessee

The Lady Vols outlasted Duke in a playoff Sunday to win the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., their second victory of the season.

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Player of the week: Joey Petronio, North Florida

The Ospreys freshman won the individual title at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate, finishing at 8-under 208, two shots ahead of teammate Sean Dale and Alabama’s Hunter Hamrick.

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Team of the week: North Florida

The Ospreys had three of the top four individual finishers and dominated a strong field with a wire-to-wire victory in the Gary Koch Intercollegiate held April 7-8 in Tampa, Fla.

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Player of the week: Maria Torres

Maria Torres, of San Juan, Puerto Rico, shot 2-over 212 (72-70-70) at Innisbrook Resort & GC’s North Course to win the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O’Hair by three strokes.

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Player of the week: James Yoon

James Yoon, of Bradenton, Fla, shot 1-over 214 at Innisbrook Resort & GC to win the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook by two strokes.

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Sunday soundbytes: Best quotes from final round

Sunday soundbytes

From Fred Couples' impression of Bubba Watson to Adam Scott's plans to buy post-round drinks, here is what the players were saying after Sunday's final round.

Sunday, April 8

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Lavner: Bubba plays his own brand of golf

Lavner on Watson's win

Ryan Lavner: From imaginative shots out of the straw to win the Masters to taking chances no one else will consider, Bubba Watson can simply play golf his own way.

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5 Things: Watson's work on greens leads to jacket

5 Things: Watson wins

5 Things: Bubba Watson was trending toward victory Sunday, but it was his work around Augusta's greens that led him to the green every player dreams about: the jacket.

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Golf's new folk hero stars on a wild Sunday

Bubba Watson, golf's new folk hero, starred Sunday in the greatest (golf) show on earth.

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Watson wins Masters on second playoff hole

Round 4 at Augusta

Behind an unbelievable second shot on the second playoff hole, Bubba Watson defeated Louis Oosthuizen to win the Masters and his first major championship.

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Notes: Garcia stands by self-critical comments

Notes: Round 4

Masters notebook: Sergio Garcia says he meant it when he said he wasn't good enough to win a major, claiming he would need to get 'lucky' to do so.

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Tiger caps off his worst professional Masters

Tiger finishes 5 over

The Tiger Woods who showed up at Augusta National this week is not the player with whom Masters patrons are familiar. This Tiger remains a work in progress.

Baylor women win 3rd title of season

Led by individual medalist Jaclyn Jansen, the Baylor women's team notched its third victory of the season Sunday at the BancorpSouth Rebel Intercollegiate.

Tennessee wins Bryan National in playoff

Tennessee outlasted Duke in a playoff Sunday to win the Bryan National Collegiate. It’s Tennessee’s second win of the season.

North Florida earns big win at Gary Koch

North Florida won its fourth title of the season Sunday at the Gary Koch Intercollegiate.

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Coaches will determine lineup for NCAA match-play

says it's about time the NCAA allows coaches to set their lineups for match play at the national championship.

This year’s NCAA championship will mark the fourth anniversary of the addition of match play. And this year, at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, there will be another change.

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Wood (No. 4, 2014) commits to Duke

has given a verbal commitment to Duke.

Adam Wood, the No. 4 ranked player in the 2014 class, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for head coach Jamie Green at Duke.

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Mickelson is the heavy favorite in Las Vegas

Las Vegas oddsmakers have made Phil Mickelson the clear favorite to win on Sunday, with a 5/4 line. Current leader Peter Hanson is a 7/2 favorite.

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Achenbach: Augusta National is Lefty's house

Achenbach on Lefty

James Achenbach: On this Easter Sunday, fans were skipping church for a more tantalizing form of athletic worship at Augusta National. This is the Church of Phil.

Saturday, April 7

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Garcia: 'I'm not good enough' to win a major

After carding a 3-over 75 on Saturday, Sergio Garcia tells Spanish reporters: 'I'm not good enough' to win a major championship.

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Third-round leader Hanson plans to retire in '16

Miceli on Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson has a chance to win his first major on Sunday, holding a one-shot lead at the Masters. He needs to cash in while he can if he sticks to his plan of retiring after the 2016 Olympics.

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2012 Masters: Final-round pairings and tee times

The tee times and pairings for the final round at the 76th Masters:

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Woodland toughs it out despite wrist injury

Woodland injures wrist

Jeff Babineau: Gary Woodland should have withdrawn after nine holes because of an injured wrist. But he refused. He was determined to finish what he started on Saturday.

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McIlroy among players humbled by Augusta

Stars collapse

Rory McIlroy entered Saturday's round as a favorite, but left without much of a chance. It's another story of falling prey to Augusta's bite.

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The Achie Awards: The Masters, Round 3

Masters, Round 3

Matt Kuchar might be four shots off the lead in Augusta, but that doesn't mean he can't earn an Achie Award for Mr. Popularity.

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Couples' third round kills shot at Masters glory

Fred Couples' hopes for middle-aged Masters glory ended Saturday with a third-round 75.

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Mickelson takes risks, and it pays off

Mickelson fires a 66

Sean Martin: Phil Mickelson doesn't do conservative. And, on Saturday, his style of play led him to a 6-under 66 that puts him in Sunday's final group looking for a fourth Masters title.

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5 things: Hanson, Mickelson steal the spotlight

Masters: 5 things

Phil Mickelson (pictured) and Peter Hanson lit up Augusta National on Saturday and will be paired together in Sunday's final group. Mickelson trails Hanson by one. 5 things

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Masters Tracker: Round 3 from Augusta

Round 3 at Augusta

Peter Hanson shot the round of the week Saturday, a 7-under 65, for the overnight lead at the Masters. Phil Mickelson is close behind. Masters Tracker.

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Notes: Snedeker's hot putter leads to 68

Notes: Snedeker's 68

Notebook: Brandt Snedeker knows exactly why he was able to shoot a 4-under 68 and leap into contention on Saturday at Augusta National: His putting.

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Dream win by Mahan could end nightmare

Mahan fires 4-under 68

Hunter Mahan has tried to exorcise his Ryder Cup demons by winning golf tournaments. Maybe a green jacket will help everyone else forget too.

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Palmetto: Myers Park wins championship

Myers Park's lineup excels

Palmetto HS Golf Championship: Myers Park High won the Palmetto High School Golf Championship by 16 strokes, shooting 10-over 298 at at The Legends Resort's Parkland Course. Providence Academy junior Christian Chican earned medalist honors with a 71.

Cal wins fourth title of the season at Thunderbird

California won the ASU Thunderbird Invitational on April 7 for its fourth win of the season. The Golden Bears also set a tournament record with their final-round 10-under 274.

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Tiger shoots 72 but says he's not out of it

Tiger fires 72

Whether he was trying to convince himself of it or not, Tiger Woods says that he still has a chance on Sunday despite his even-par 72 and 3-over total.

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Enso represents new frontier in club fitting

Club fitting and analysis

Golf club fitting has come a long, long way from the days of trial and error. But in today's era of launch monitors and swing analyzers, the Enso from Fujikua represents the new frontier.

Friday, April 6

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2012 Masters: Saturday's tee times and pairings

The tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round at the 76th Masters at Augusta National:

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Palmetto: Love IV making a name for himself

Love IV at Palmetto

Palmetto High School Golf Championship: Davis "Dru" Love IV grew up following his dad - Davis Love III - at the biggest tournaments in the world, including the Masters. Now, the Alabama-bound star is making a name for himself.

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Behind the numbers: Round 2 at Augusta

Round 2 at Augusta

By the numbers: The 18th hole might be tough, but Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson seem to have figured it out over the first two days.

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Notes: Bradley struggles to 77 in 2nd round

Notes: Second round

Notebook: Keegan Bradley struggles in the second round at the Masters while former champ Trevor Immelman makes the cut on the number.

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Most amateurs make Masters cut since 2003

Three amateurs make cut

Kelly Kraft and Patrick Cantlay extended their stays in the Crow’s Nest, while Hideki Matsuyama continued to impress at Augusta National. Three amateurs made the cut at the Masters, the most since 2003.

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Rude: Tiger relapsing into old problems

Jeff Rude on Woods

Jeff Rude: Tiger's back? Not by the looks of his dismal performance in Augusta over the first two rounds, where he looked more like a circus act than a contender.

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5 Things: Dufner getting used to the lead

5 Things: Round 2

5 Things: Jason Dufner at the top of the leaderboard isn't new. If he is there at the end of the final round, that would be the breakthrough he is seeking.

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Babineau: Lefty simply loves Augusta National

Babineau on Mickelson

Jeff Babineau: Phil Mickelson says he loves playing Augusta National and he knows he can get away with some loose shots, although he didn't have many errant shots on Friday.

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Masters Tracker: Round 2 from Augusta

Round 2 at Augusta

It will be a bit chilly with a chance of showers as players take the course for Round 2 at the Masters on Friday. Stay tuned for updates throughout the day with our Masters Tracker!

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The Achie Awards return: Masters, Round 2

Masters, Round 2

For his seemingly never-ending youth, Masters prowess and, yes, flexibility, Fred Couples comes up first on Friday's installment of the Achie Awards.

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Couples feels 'young when he gets here'

Couples tied for lead

Sean Martin: At 52, Fred Couples isn't supposed to be tied for the 36-hole lead. But he is. And he says it is because "I feel like I'm very young when I get here."

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Notebook: Maryland's best season of the decade

College notebook

Freshman Juliet Vongphoumy has helped lead Maryland through its best season this side of 2000. Is this the year the Terrapins make the national championship? College notebook

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McCabe: Beware of Augusta's 18th

Augusta National's 18th

Jason Dufner bogeyed the final hole Friday at Augusta National, but the carnage there was worse for others. An appropriately demanding finishing hole, 18 has ruined many a Masters scorecard.

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Hometown Howell in the mix at Augusta

Hometown win for Howell?

In his eighth start, Augusta native Charles Howell III is in position for his best finish in his hometown event.

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Augusta's stance on members does game no favors

says Augusta National, as a private club, can do as it pleases. But as one of golf's stewards, it needs to do much more.

Alistair Tait says Augusta National, as a private club, can do as it pleases. But as one of golf's stewards, it needs to do much more.

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2012 Masters: Friday's tee times and pairings

Check out Friday's tee times and pairings at the 76th Masters at Augusta National:

Thursday, April 5

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Behind the first-round numbers at the Masters

Masters numbers

Now for a little of this and a dash of that regarding numbers from the opening round of the Masters on Thursday.

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Babineau: Top guns stumble on Day 1

Top guns stumble

Jeff Babineau: The game's top guns - Mickelson, Woods, McIlroy and Donald - all stumbled out of the gate. That and other observations from Thursday at Augusta National . . .

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Vegas likes Westwood's chances in Masters

Masters odds, Round 2

Englishman Lee Westwood, the first-round leader at the Masters, has been installed by Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favorite.

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Dufner quickly becoming a sure bet on Tour

Dufner fires 69

Jim McCabe: Jason Dufner put in plenty of work ahead of the Masters, and it paid off in a major way with a 3-under 69 that left him two shots off the lead.

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5 Things: Westwood takes one-shot lead

5 Things: Westwood leads

5 Things: Lee Westwood overcame tough hole locations to take a one-shot lead into the second round, while Rory McIlroy made some late noise.

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Masters Tracker: Round 1 from Augusta

Round 1 at Augusta

It's Thursday at Augusta National and Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have officially kicked off the tournament. Stay up-to-date with news at Augusta with our Masters Tracker.

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Rude: Tiger escapes a 'loose' first round

Rude on Tiger's 1st round

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods hit the ball all over the course on Thursday, and somehow managed to shoot 72. That 'might have won him the tournament,' says a certain former coach.

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Notes: Jimenez succeeds in Tiger's shadow

Notes: Jimenez fires 69

Miguel Angel Jimenez shines in Tiger's shadow, while early-week storms created a soggy Augusta National, but the greens are holding off the low scores some players predicted. Notes

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Stenson's 18th a tale of Augusta horror

Stenson's snowman

Augusta National's 18th hole was a nightmarish experience for Henrik Stenson in Round 1.

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The annual Achie Awards: Masters Round 1

Masters, Round 1

Phil Mickelson was the recipient of two first-round awards from James Achenbach. One was admirable, the other dubious.

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Amateur hour: Cantlay, Matsuyama impress

Cantlay, Matsuyama impress

Patrick Cantlay and Hideki Matsuyama are from opposite ends of the world, but on Thursday, they both impressed the world that is the Masters. Sean Martin

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Lawrie posts two eagles in opening round

Lawrie at 3 under

Despite a recent bout of bronchitis, Paul Lawrie, in his first Masters appearance since 2004, jumped into the early mix with two eagles during Thursday's opening round.

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Clark shakes off the rust with 73 at Augusta

Clark opens with 73

Augusta National is hardly the place to bring a rusty game, but on a wet Masters Thursday, Tim Clark was happy to be in the field. Jim McCabe explains why an opening 73 made Clark smile.

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Rater's notebook: Conestoga Golf Club

Rater's notebook

Conestoga turns stark desert terrain into strategic test. Rater's notebook

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Notebook: Cowboys must rustle up strong finish

College notebook

Because of the .500 rule in men's golf, Sean Einhaus and his Oklahoma State teammates are in jeopardy of missing NCAA postseason. College notebook

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O'Meara WDs with ailing back, ribs

OMeara WDs

Mark O’Meara, the 1998 Masters champion, withdrew from the 76th Masters with an injury to his back and ribs.

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Achenbach: Big Three recapture Masters glory

Achenbach on Big Three

James Achenbach: The Big Three not only kickstarted the Masters on Thursday but continue to recapture true Masters glory.

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Augusta’s greens: Secrets to magic carpet ride

Secrets to Augusta's greens

Bradley Klein: The rain has taken some of the bite out of Augusta National’s notoriously tricky greens. But the course's SubAir equipment might bring some of that bite back.

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Video: Foley talks Tiger, winning, Masters

Video: Sean Foley

Instructor Sean Foley has had a great two months, with three of his clients winning - Tiger Woods, Hunter Mahan and Justin Rose. An interview with the game's hottest teacher . . .

Wednesday, April 4

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Callaway sells Top-Flite to Dick’s Sporting Goods

Callaway sells Top-Flite

Citing a desire to concentrate on its core businesses, Callaway Golf announced April 4 the sale of its Top-Flite brand to Dick's Sporting Goods.

In this issue: April 6, 2012

Inside the April 6, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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Martin: Eve of Masters is life like it should be

Martin on eve of Masters

The eve of the Masters harkens back to an earlier place, when life was lived at a slower pace.

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Rude: Augusta's message contradicts itself

Rude on Billy Payne

Jeff Rude: Billy Payne addressed the media on Wednesday, deflecting questions about potential female membership, but he did talk about growing the game. Shouldn't they go hand-in-hand?

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Leukemia-stricken legend caddies for O'Meara

Hockey legend caddies

Paul Henderson needs no introduction in hockey circles, as he led Team Canada to glory in 1972. On Wednesday, the leukemia-stricken star got another thrill: Being Mark O'Meara's caddie at the Par 3 Contest.

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Par 3 Contest yet another Masterful moment

Lavner on Par 3 Contest

Ryan Lavner: The Augusta National tradition that is the Par 3 Contest showcases why the Masters is so intimately special for everyone involved.

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McDowell tries new methods at the Masters

Miceli on McDowell

Graeme McDowell has a dubious record at the Masters. His new approach: Take Augusta National for what it is.

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Chairman: No comment on female membership

Female members at Augusta

Chairman Billy Payne was peppered with questions about female membership during a Wednesday news conference, but cited Augusta's long-standing policy of not discussing potential candidates.

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Weekly top 5: Augusta is so last week

Weekly top 5

Sure it's Masters week, but where college golf is concerned, the most excitement took place last week in Augusta, Ga. Lance Ringler

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Notes: Augusta doused with heavy overnight storm

Notes: Augusta doused again

Masters notebook: An already-soft Augusta National became even more so Wednesday after an inch and a half of rain fell overnight in the area.

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Maginnes On Tap: Augusta is Mickelson's turf

Maginnes on Mickelson

Maginnes On Tap: Phil Mickelson's finesse at Augusta National could help him overtake Tiger Woods in green jackets.

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McIlroy creeps closer to Tiger in updated odds

Las Vegas is still favoring Tiger Woods this week at the Masters, but Rory McIlroy has crept a bit closer to the four-time champion.

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Macpherson takes his own route to Masters

Lavner on Macpherson

Bryden Macpherson left the University of Georgia in February, went home to Melbourne to get his swing right and will now have a chance to take on Augusta National.

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2012 Masters: Our staff predictions

2012 Masters predictions

2012 Masters: We have plenty of experts on the ground in Augusta, so who do they like to don the green jacket come Sunday? Check out our Masters picks.

Tuesday, April 3

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5 Things: The Tiger & Rory Show at Augusta

5 Things: Masters Tuesday

5 Things: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods packed the media room for their scheduled press conferences, but one seemed to walk away on Tuesday with more obstacles than the other.

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Shockers claim their third consecutive crown

The Wichita State men's golf team won last month's UCF Rio Pinar Invitational, and the Shockers haven't looked back since.

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Cantlay tries to keep mindset simple at Masters

Martin on Cantlay

Top amateur Patrick Cantlay has seen success at every level of golf, but will face a different beast on Thursday: Augusta National. And he plans to treat it like any other day.

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McCabe: Masters mystique is alive and well

says Augusta presents what many other corners of the golf world can't offer: a chance to simply enjoy the game.

Jim McCabe: With no cell phones or distractions, Augusta National presents what many other corners of the golf world can't offer: a chance to simply enjoy the game itself.

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McIlroy will be tested with Cabrera pairing

McIlroy paired with Cabrera

In 2011, Rory McIlroy says that Angel Cabrera's speed on the course threw him off his own game. He'll get a chance to prove he's learned from that in the first two rounds in 2012.

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Handing out Tuesday's Masters awards

Achenbach: Tuesday's best

Ready for a laugh or two? Our Jim Achenbach hands out his daily awards, with a special tip of the cap to Keegan Bradley and Lee Westwood for some laugh-out-loud moments.

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Rude: All systems go for Tiger Woods

Rude on Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods revealed some bad news for the rest of the field on Tuesday: His game is headed in the right direction. And this time, our Jeff Rude says, you can believe him.

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Soft Augusta? Mickelson sees 'birdie-fest'

Mickelson sees 'birdie-fest'

With more rain in the forecast, Phil Mickelson says experience at Augusta National may mean very little this week because everyone will be able to attack soft greens.

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Toy Box: Mahan wins two titles with Ping

Toy Box notes: Hunter Mahan won for the second time in 2012 at the Shell Houston Open. He won with the same Ping clubs he had in his bag for his victory at the WGC-Accenture Match Play in February.

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Monkey glands? Yep, it's on the menu

Rude on Schwartzel

Monkey glands? Yep, it's on Charl Schwartzel's Champions Dinner menu. Um, yummy?

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Donald trying to fly under radar to win Masters

Masters: Luke Donald

Luke Donald says he has two advantages over the field: His short game and the fact that he can go about his own business. Still, a win on Sunday would change a lot for the current World No. 1.

Fashion Q&A: Bill Draddy, Zero Restriction

We all know the saying: April showers bring May flowers. And that means sometimes the gung-ho golfer has to put up with wet conditions

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Player of the week: Shannon Brooks

Shannon Brooks of Vienna, Va., shot 8-under 141 (77-64) at Hunting Hawk GC in Glen Allen, Va. to win the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour Richmond Classic by five strokes.

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Pairings and tee times announced at Masters

Masters announces pairings

Tiger Woods will tee off at 10:35 a.m. on Thursday, while Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy will take to the tee more than three hours later. Check out the pairings and tee times.

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Johnson withdraws from Masters due to injury

Dustin Johnson withdrew from the Masters due to back pain, which flared up after he picked up a jet ski at his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Our Alex Miceli says that this isn't a new problem for Johnson.

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2012 U.S. Open: Play our Fantasy Pick 'Em and win!

Fantasy Pick 'Em

Want to win prizes from Cobra/Puma? Big Green Egg? Golf Pride? EA Sports? SeeMore Putters? Well, then you have to play our Fantasy Pick 'Em Challenge! Click here to pick!

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Notes: Westwood says it isn't two-horse race

Notes: Lee Westwood

Masters notebook: Lee Westwood says don't count on the Masters being a two-horse race, while Charl Schwartzel sets the Champions Dinner menu.

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McIlroy says his game is in a 'great place'

McIlroy at the Masters

Rory McIlroy laughed off his 2011 Masters collapse on Tuesday, and says he no longer looks at Augusta National as a place where he might win. He simply expects to win.

Monday, April 2

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2012 Masters: Breaking down Tiger vs. Phil

Tale of the tape

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have combined for seven victories in the Masters. So who plays Augusta National better? Here are the numbers:

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Notes: Kaymer's ace a sign of change in fortune?

Notes: Kaymer's turn?

Masters notebook: Martin Kaymer picked up a hole-in-one on Monday, and he is hoping that it is a sign that his luck is changing at Augusta National, where he never has made the cut.

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Aussies lament likely Tour conflicts

Professional or personal?

When the PGA Tour rolls out its anticipated schedule changes in the fall of 2013, the Aussies will face a quandary: play the season-opening U.S. events or return Down Under for their country’s version of major championships (Australian Open, Australian PGA and JBWere Masters).

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McCabe: No one way to prepare for the Masters

McCabe on Masters prep

Adam Scott and Nick Watney try to treat Masters week like any other. Scott Stallings can't practice enough. Tiger and Phil have their own traditions. Does anyone have the secret? Nope.

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Senden could be 2012's Masters surprise

says John Senden could record the first win by an Australian in the history of the year's first major.

John Senden could record the first win by an Australian in the history of the year's first major.

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2012 Masters: The Monday awards go to . . .

Achenbach: Monday's best

Jim Achenbach: The Masters is all about tradition. Continuing an honored tradition that started, well, last year, here are Monday’s award winners from the Masters.

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Winner’s Circle: March 26 - April 1, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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RBC extends sponsorship of Canadian Open

RBC lengthens sponsorship

Canada’s largest bank solidified its extensive investment in the PGA Tour, lengthening its title sponsorship of the RBC Canadian Open through 2017.

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Golf 2.0 bolsters player-development staff

Grow the game personnel

Golf 2.0, the PGA of America-led initiative to grow the game, continues to build its field staff to help golf facilities in key markets attract players.

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Lewis, 54, oldest to make a Masters debut

Lewis' Masters debut

Randal Lewis won the U.S. Mid-Amateur to earn a spot in the Masters field, and is taking advantage of his first opportunity to play Augusta National.

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Las Vegas makes Tiger the favorite at Masters

Tiger is Vegas' pick

The final odds - which can be updated - came out of Las Vegas last night and Tiger Woods at 9-2 is a slight favorite over Rory McIlroy at 5-1 to win the 2012 Masters.

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Player of the week: Jennifer Kirby, Alabama

The Crimson Tide junior opened play at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic with a 6-under 66 and then backed that up with rounds of 72-71 to win her first college title.

Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins won for the fifth time in eight starts with a 12-shot victory over Arizona State at the Ping/ASU Invitational.

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Player of the week: Julien Brun, TCU

The Horned Frogs freshman posted rounds of 68-65-69 against a field of many of the nation’s top college players to win the Insperity Augusta State Invitational.

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Team of the week: Oregon

The Ducks won a pair of titles last week, claiming its own Duck Invitational on March 27 and the U.S. Intercollegiate hosted by Stanford on April 1.

Kent State sets record in Irish Creek win

The Kent State men’s team shot 12-under 272 in Sunday’s final round of the Irish Creek Collegiate, giving the Golden Flashes a school-record 27-under 825 total and handing head coach Herb Page his 75th career victory.

LSU rallies past Iowa to win at home

Austin Gutgsell shot 7-under 65 in the final round of the LSU National Invitational on Sunday to win his second college title and lead the LSU men’s team to a two-shot victory over Iowa at its home event.

Sunday, April 1

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5 Things: Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco in playoff

Yoo's unforeseen win

Five things: The list of players who had the opportunity to win the Kraft Nabisco is too long to count on one hand, but in the end, Sun Young Yoo captured the victory in a sudden-death playoff against I.K. Kim.

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Serenity reigns on Sunday before the Masters

Sunday before Masters

The Sunday before the start of Masters week remains a study in serenity like no other golf day of the year. Not only are players taking in practice rounds, but also the merchandise.

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Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco after Kim's 1-foot miss

Yoo wins Kraft Nabisco

Sun Young Yoo won the Kraft Nabisco Championship with an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, earning her first major title after I.K. Kim missed a 1-foot putt on the final hole of regulation.

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Oregon men win U.S. Intercollegiate

Oregon, No. 12 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, had just enough to hold off No. 5 USC by a shot at Stanford Golf Course and earned its fifth victory of the season and their second in six days.

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Complete coverage: 2012 Masters

2012 Masters

Check out our wall-to-wall coverage of the 76th Masters, scheduled to take place from April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.

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TCU'S Brun wins, while Texas outlasts hosts

Longhorns win in Augusta

TCU's Julien Brun captured medalist honors - his third win of the season - while Texas and Dylan Frittelli outlasted Augusta State in a playoff at the Augusta State Invitational.

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No. 1 Bruin women win at ASU

Three UCLA players finished in the top 3, leading the top-ranked Bruins to a 12-stroke victory over host Arizona State at the Ping/ASU Invitational.

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Kirby, Alabama sweep Liz Murphey titles

Alabama’s Jennifer Kirby won her first college title, and teammates Stephanie Meadow and Brooke Pancake also finished in the top 6 on Sunday to lead the second-ranked Crimson Tide to a 12-shot victory over host Georgia at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.

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Mahan wins in Houston for 2nd title of season

Mahan wins Houston Open

Hunter Mahan shot a 71 Sunday to win the Houston Open, edging Carl Pettersson by a stroke. The victory moved Mahan up to No. 4 in the world rankings, the first time he's ever been the highest-ranked American.

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Tait: Olesen's win highlights up-and-coming Vikings

Tait on Thorbjorn Olesen

Thorbjørn Olesen’s win at the Sicilian Open could be the first of many for the Denmark native.

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McCabe: Patience paid off for Schwartzel

McCabe on Charl Schwartzel

Young South African Charl Schwartzel, quietly confident from a steady climb up golf’s ladder, felt it in his gut: His Augusta moment was there to seize.

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Olesen holds off Wood to win Sicilian Open

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a 69 to win the Sicilian Open by 1 shot on Sunday, holding off England’s Chris Wood, who equaled the course record with an 8-under 64 in the final round.

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The par-3 12th is Augusta's short little terror

2012 Masters: The shortest hole at Augusta National is in the heart of Amen Corner, 155 yards of sheer hell. Jack Nicklaus called the tee shot on No. 12 the toughest on the entire golf course.

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2012 Masters: Key facts and figures

Key facts and figures for the 76th Masters, set for April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.

Key anniversaries at the 2012 Masters

A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the 76th Masters, to be played April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Nine issues in golf going into the Masters

Nine issues that have helped shape golf this year during the road to the 2012 Masters.

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4 Caddie: 30 things to know for a Masters Pool

4 Caddie: Betting tidbits

Golfweek’s own Forecaddie, the game's intrepid, sleuth-like Man Out Front, offers 30 betting tidbits that surely will help you don the champion's green jacket on your block:

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Green with envy? Don’t be. Augusta is unique

says "Augusta National syndrome" is about to strike again. It'd be best not to succumb to it.

Bradley Klein: The beauty you see on the TV screen from Augusta National during the Masters is real. It just doesn’t travel well to your home course.

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Tait: Major hopes expand for South Africans

Tait on South Africans

Since the days of Bobby Locke and Gary Player, South Africans’ title quests have begun in the British Isles. A new generation of frequent fliers expands those major hopes.

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Player is the blueprint for a golf globetrotter

Klein on Gary Player

Gary Player is busier now than he was in his playing days, spending his time on golf course design and being a golf ambassador.

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Next stop for amateurs: Magnolia Lane

Martin on Masters amateurs

From Patrick Cantlay (above) to Kelly Kraft to Hideki Matsuyama, there are a handful of amateurs looking to make an impression at the Masters.

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2012 Masters: Hole-by-hole, with flyovers

Augusta National flyovers

A hole-by-hole look at Augusta National, site of the 76th Masters to be played April 5-8, with famous shots played at each one, and where each hole ranks in difficulty since 1934:

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Spieth lands spot in Valero Texas Open

Texas freshman Jordan Spieth has received a sponsor exemption to the Valero Texas Open, tournament officials told Golfweek.