News for Monday, April 2, 2012

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2012 Masters: Breaking down Tiger vs. Phil

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?

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

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

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

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 . . .

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

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

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

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

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.