News for Thursday, February 9, 2012

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On the mend: Weir, Hart back at Pebble

Mike Weir and Dudley Hart are both recovering from painful and drawn-out injuries, but both are using Pebble Beach as the first stop on their individual comeback trails.

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Pebble notes: 87 players break par Thursday

Pebble Beach notes: Players go low - a total of 87 broke par on Thursday - but it doesn't mean much until Sunday with all three courses in play until then.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 68, five shots back

Tiger Woods fired an opening 4-under 68 on Thursday and sits five shots back of three players, including Dustin Johnson. Check out how Tiger's round broke down with our hole-by-hole Tiger Tracker.

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What kind of golf nerd are you (part 1)?

Golf Nerd: an avid player who devotes excessive amounts of time, thought and physical activity pursuing their interest; generally falls into one category of golf nerdism.

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Dick Pfeil doesn't know how good he is

Winner of both Gateway Senior and Golfweek National Championship titles, Dick Pfeil is one of the best senior golfers in the country; a place he got to using a mix of curiosity, observance and humility.

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McIlroy three shots back in Dubai

Rafael Cabrera-Bello finished at 9-under 63 for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, followed by Marcel Siem and Scott Jamieson, each at 65. Rory McIlroy is tied for fourth with six other players.

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Tait: Number of European golfers decreased in 2011

According to a KPMG Golf Advisory Practice survey, the number of European golfers declined by 46,000 in 2011.

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College notebook: Home cookin’ for Trojans?

Will USC enjoy an advantage this year with the NCAA Championship at Riviera? You bet -- particularly if the Trojans keep playing like this. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Women's preview: Southern Conference

Southern Conference women's preview: Behind Leigh Whittaker and some much-needed health, College of Charleston might provide the biggest challenge to perennial power Chattanooga this spring.

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Lewis, Kemp top Women's Australian Open

American Stacy Lewis and Australia's Sarah Kemp shared the Women's Australian Open lead at 4-under 69 on Thursday, leaving top-ranked Yani Tseng a stroke back in her bid to win the event for the third straight year.

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Lewis, Kemp share lead at Royal Melbourne

American Stacy Lewis and Australia’s Sarah Kemp shared the Women’s Australian Open lead at 4-under 69 on Thursday, leaving top-ranked Yani Tseng a stroke back in her bid to win the event for the third straight year.