News for Wednesday, February 22, 2012

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Lee (No. 37, 2013) commits to Georgia

Sammie Lee of Winter Park, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Georgia. Before deciding to become a Bulldog, Lee also made unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Florida and Tulane.

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Match Play: Second-round predictions, tee times

Match Play: Our Jim McCabe weighs in on the second-round match-ups - complete with Thursday's tee times - and who he thinks will advance to golf's version of the Sweet 16.

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McCabe: Coetzee's PGA Tour debut impressive

Jim McCabe: South African George Coetzee gave Rory McIlroy a run for his money in his first PGA Tour tournament on American soil.

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Rude: Tiger didn't win, he simply survived

Jeff Rude: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano boldly said the other day that Tiger Woods was “beatable.” As it happened, he was so right. He just didn’t do it.

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Donald, Scott both bounced at Match Play

Luke Donald is out. So are Adam Scott and Webb Simpson. Who survived? Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both both were taken to the 18th hole. Day 1 at Match Play was unpredictable, to say the least.

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Match Play Tracker: Recapping Round 1

Match Play Tracker: Tiger has advanced, as have Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker. The same can't be said for Adam Scott or Webb Simpson.

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Notes: Watney crushes Clarke in first round

Match Play notebook: Nick Watney was struggling entering the tournament, but you wouldn't have known that from his dismantling of Darren Clarke on Wednesday.

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McCabe: Ishikawa pulls off the improbable

Much lauded in Japanese media, Ryo Ishikawa faces a great deal of pressure and expectation, which he met calmly when he came back from being 3 down with five to play to beat Bill Haas.

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Blue Raiders go back-to-back in Mobile

Middle Tennessee State won the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by one stroke over Memphis, not only defending its title at the tournament but also setting a 54-hole tournament scoring record.

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Despite six birdies, McDowell out of Match Play

Despite playing decent golf, Graeme McDowell is defeated by Y.E. Yang at the Match Play for the second year in a row.

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Fill out a bracket? Check out how you're doing!

If you are playing our Match Play Challenge, you can simply search for your bracket by last name and see how you are doing thus far in Round 1!

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Balicki: Tide’s rise only a matter of time

Alabama wins the Puerto Rico Classic at 30-under 834, 18 shots clear of runner-up Clemson. All five Tide players finished in the top 20, led by freshman Justin Thomas, who claimed his second collegiate title.

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FedEx extends Tour playoff deal through 2017

FedEx announced it has agreed to a five-year sponsorship extension of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, the year-long competition that culminates in a playoffs finale.