News for Thursday, February 16, 2012



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Despite slower swing, Holmes finding way in L.A.

J.B. Holmes concedes he has lost some swing speed after undergoing brain surgery last year. Nevertheless, he is finding his game this week at Riviera, where he shares second place.

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Mickelson takes one-shot lead at Riviera

Four days after his win at Pebble, Phil Mickelson is back on top of the leaderboard, this time at Riviera. Mickelson shot 66 in tough conditions to lead by one shot.

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Injured Casey replaced by Coetzee at Match Play

Injured Paul Casey will not return for the Match Play championship. His spot in the 64-man field next week in Arizona will be taken by George Coetzee.

Balicki: Texas Tech continues success at Oak Hills

There’s something about the Oak Hills course in San Antonio that seems to bring out the best in the Texas Tech golf team – past and present.

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Men's Notebook: Scodro shines as Irish senior

Max Scodro and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took advantage of their winter practice opportunities and earned their first team title this week at The Match Play. College Notebook

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Sorenstam declines Solheim Cup captaincy

Former top-ranked golfer Annika Sorenstam says she’s turned down the chance to be captain for Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup against the United States.

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McIlroy says improved swing will click at Masters

Rory McIlroy is confident the changes he's made to his swing will work in time for the Masters in April. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has been working with longtime coach Michael Bannon on improving his swing setup.

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Daly says ‘elbow snapped’ at Avantha Masters

John Daly says he may have torn ligaments in his right elbow during the first round at the Avantha Masters.

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McCabe: Tiger's chance to finally 'get some reps'

For the past year, we've heard Tiger Woods discuss the need to play more tournaments. Well, here's his chance, as he's committed to play three consecutive weeks. Jim McCabe

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Euro: Canizares, Whiteford lead Avantha Masters

Alejandro Canizares of Spain and Peter Whiteford of Scotland each shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters.

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Miyazato leads in Thailand; Yani six back

Ai Miyazato shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Thailand

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Live scores! Round 1 at the Northern Trust Open

Follow today's first round at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles with our PGA Tour leaderboard

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Women's preview: Summit League

Summit League women's preview: Oral Roberts has the kind of core that Summit League opponents should envy. With five seniors on the roster, the Golden Eagles hardly lack in experience - especially experience winning.

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Men's preview: West Coast Conference

West Coast Conference men's preview: Zac Blair doesn't have to look far to see his model of success, as the BYU junior's dad is a former Utah Open champion.

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U.S. Am champ gets invites to two Tour stops

The pro schedule of U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft is beginning to take shape. Tournament officials for the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational told Golfweek that they have extended sponsor invitations to Kraft.