News for Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Tseng, Oh, Hedwall share Kia Classic lead

Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 67 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with Ji Young Oh and Caroline Hedwall in the Kia Classic.

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What's your 'birdie yardage'?

From what I see, too many golfers think of their games not in terms of what they usually do, but in terms of what they rarely achieve. And that normally means they need to play a different set of tees.

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Prince Course reopens following renovations

The Prince Course in Kauai, Hawaii has reopened following a year-long renovation overseen by Robert Trent Jones Jr.

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Wi, Dufner share the lead at Bay Hill

Charlie Wi and Jason Dufner share the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, while Nick Watney and Tiger Woods are in striking distance.

Miami welcomes a newcomer to the 'Cradle'

Zac Zedrick's commitment to instill in Miami University's men's program a culture that breeds success and excellence, makes the coach a perfect addition to Miami's “Cradle of Coaches.”

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Notes: Els wants to move past Tampa collapse

Bay Hill notebook: Ernie Els says that he is over his bad finish at Transitions next week, and he wants everyone else to get over it as well. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson battles back to limit deficit.

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The Low Cost of Loving

Even though Joe Pavoni has incurred more financial loss than gain by playing in senior amateur events, he considers himself one of the luckiest golfers in the world due to his strong network of family and friends.

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McGrane leads Morocco; Rock's Masters bid ends

Damien McGrane leads the Hassan II Trophy by two strokes, while Robert Rock lost a chance to play in his first Masters by taking an 11 on the fourth hole. Major winners John Daly and Michael Campbell also had difficult days.

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I want my metal spikes back!

Whose idea was it to get rid of metal spikes? The greens may be prettier without spike marks, but today's alternative spikes, among other downfalls, fail to produce that sweet tap dance sound.

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Out of my mind and into my bag

What Kind of Golf Nerd are You: As we grow older, every little bit helps and getting the equipment that matches your ability and goals is something you can control.

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Notebook: Arkansas an NCAA contender

Ron Balicki: Texas and Alabama may be the obvious choices to win the NCAA Championship, but don't discount other top teams such as Arkansas, a team that has six wins on the season.

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Rude: Wi has a change in fortune at Bay Hill

Jeff Rude: Charlie Wi posted an octuple bogey last week at the Transitions. He had a shaky track record at Bay Hill. So, of course, he is the early leader at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Tiger fires opening 3-under 69 at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods took advantage of the par 5s on Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, using three birdies on the long holes to propel him to an opening 3-under 69 at Bay Hill. Shot-by-shot

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Hossler (No. 2, 2013) commits to Texas

Beau Hossler, the No. 2-ranked player in the 2013 class, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Texas.

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The Grip Master spreads the leather love

Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Jarrod Lyle still use leather grips, once something that the bulk of players did. The Grip Master is trying to lead the comeback.

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Player of the week: Michael Visacki

Michael Visacki of Sarasota, Fla., shot even-par 144 (72-72) at Mission Inn Resort & Club’s El Campeon Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. to win the FJT Mission Inn Resort by one shot.

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Player of the week: Madison Opfer

Madison Opfer,17, of Plant City, Fla. Shot 4-under 140 (71-69) at Mission Inn Resort & Club’s Las Colinas Course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. to win the FJT Mission Inn Resort by five shots.

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Symetra Tour preview: Players to watch

Symetra Tour preview: The Symetra Tour kicks off March 23 with the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. Keep an eye on these 10 players.

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Live scores: Round 1 at Bay Hill

Live scoreboard from Round 1 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.