News for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Clark makes his return at Riviera

Tim Clark, who underwent surgery in August to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow, says he knows his rusty game isn’t quite Tour-ready, but he’s eager to tee it up in competition and assess exactly where he is in terms of strength.

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UCLA wins Northrop Grumman for 4th title

UCLA won its fourth title of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday at the Northrop Grumman Challenge when the team finished 12 shots ahead of USC. Four Bruins finished in the top 10.

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Odds: Vegas likes Lefty at Northern Trust Open

Phil Mickelson has an odd history in events after a victory. That's not stopping the odds-makers from making him the favorite this week at Riviera. Alex Miceli

Texas Tech wins Oak Hills for 4th straight year

Texas Tech captured the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational for the fourth consecutive year Feb. 14 with a three-shot victory over Oklahoma.

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Couples dishes on Masters, Presidents Cup

Fred Couples - playing for the 30th time at Riviera on Tour - reflects on the Masters (and the Champions Dinner) and playing at what is now the Northern Trust Open. James Achenbach

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Washington tops USC to win San Diego event

Washington earned its second team title of the season Feb. 14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate.

GB&I Curtis Cup manager Turner, 50, dies

Sue Turner, the manager of the GB&I team for this year’s Curtis Cup, to be played at Nairn (Scotland) Golf Club, died Feb. 14 after battling an undisclosed illness since last fall. She was 50.

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SMU’s Gregory to captain Palmer Cup team

SMU coach Josh Gregory, who led Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2010-11, has been named the U.S. coach for the 2012 Palmer Cup.

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When Cantlay turns pro, don’t expect a tweet

Unlike many college kids, amateur star Patrick Cantlay has no interest in the world of social media. He's more focused on making the most of his Northern Trust Open exemption.

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KU's Nugent thrives amid the Buddy system

Kansas senior Katy Nugent has used Twitter to give the world a chance to experience the life of a college golfer.

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USC Upstate finally has a carrot

Finally past its 4-year period where it couldn't go to the postseason, South Carolina Upstate has a new carrot dangling in front of its face this year: A chance to participate at the NCAAs.

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Querencia CEO: Baja still has 'tremendous potential'

Jorge Carrera, CEO of Querencia, has dealt with good times and bad in Los Cabos, Mexico. He recently talked with Golfweek about real estate and tourism in Mexico.

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Garcia shows off a new sense of maturity

If Sergio Garcia were a stock these days, we’d suggest buy. Something about the often tempestuous Spaniard emanates an even-keeled peace and maturity. Jeff Babineau

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At times, ranking points don't seem to add up

Phil Mickelson's big Pebble win didn't come with as many Official World Golf Ranking points as you might think.

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Rude: Tiger needs Sultan of Sunday swagger

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods fails to win when in years past it would have been a formality. Here’s a suggestion: Pop in a video of those glory years and find what worked so well.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Northern Trust Open

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Aaron Baddeley won the Northern Trust in 2011. Phil Mickelson triumphed on Sunday at Pebble Beach. Our panel of experts like them both heading into Los Angeles.