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Thursday, February 28

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5 Things: Villegas makes statement with 64

Camilo Villegas may not have full status on the PGA Tour, but he holds the first-round lead at the Honda Classic. Villegas shot 64 Thursday at PGA National’s Champion Course. 5 Things to know after Thursday's first round.

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Babineau: McIlroy grinds his way to an opening-round 70

Despite a closing bogey that led to an even-par 70, Rory McIlroy says that his game is "getting there." On a wet and soggy day at PGA National, even par was about what McIlroy deserved to shoot.

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Tale of two No. 9s: Rookie Streb bounces back

On Thursday, rookie Robert Streb birdied No. 9 at PGA National near dusk to close out a solid first round -- and exorcise the demons of a wayward No. 9 at sunset while missing the cut at Riviera.

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Honda Classic: Second-round tee times, pairings

Here are the second-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.:

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Secret hideaway: Nicaragua's Mukul focuses on fun

Mukul and its entertaining Kidd course elevate the resort experience in Nicaragua says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Fichardt leads by a shot in South African golf

Darren Fichardt of South Africa birdied the longest par-5 in European Tour history Thursday to lead the inaugural Tshwane Open by one stroke after the first round.

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Tracker: Tiger, McIlroy fire 70s; Villegas leads

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy didn't exactly light up PGA National on Thursday in the opening round of the Honda Classic. Both players fired even-par 70s and have work to do on Friday. See how it all unfolded.

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Ladies European Tour backs R&A anchoring ban

All three professional bodies in the British Isles have expressed support for the R&A's stance that anchoring a putting stroke should be banned.

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Quietly, Grace continues to rise in worldwide prominence

Branden Grace, who fired a 5-under 65 on Thursday at the Honda Classic to take a share of the early lead, has moved up 241 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings in the past 15 months.

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First spring Palmer Cup Rankings released

The first spring Palmer Cup Rankings have been released. The top six golfers in the new ranking at season's end from both the United States and Europe shall be among the 10 in the selection for each team. Take a look here.

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Weekley's putter shines early at Honda Classic

Boo Weekley's putting kept pace with his trademark shotmaking to push him near the top of the leaderboard Thursday at the Honda Classic.

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Tiger fires an uneventful, but solid, 70 to open Honda

Tiger Woods, who closed last year’s Honda Classic with a 62 that left him two shots behind Rory McIlroy, opened this year’s Honda with an even-par 70 that included 14 pars. Woods missed just four greens and five fairways.

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Sharp (NR, 2014) commits to Michigan State

Michael Sharp of Kendallville, Ind., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Michigan State in 2014.

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Augusta State's first win since 2011 proves to be important

Augusta State won its first title since the 2011 NCAA Championship at Saturday’s Forest Hills Collegiate. This win, while not as historic as that second consecutive national title, was important. The Jaguars are in need of victories to return to the postseason.

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Notebook: Tennessee can factor into postseason

Notebook: Tennessee didn't have the strongest finish at the rain-shortened John Hayt invitational on Tuesday, but the Vols are a team to be reckoned with when the postseason comes around with the help of senior Rick Lamb and freshman Oliver Goss.

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Siddikur, Matsuyama share lead at Open qualifying

Siddikur and Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama share the first round lead at the Open Championship International Final Qualifying in Asia.

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Munoz leads after first round at HSBC Champions

Spain's Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions on Thursday.

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Scores: Round 4, Honda Classic

Check out the Round 4 leaderboard at the 2013 Honda Classic.

Wednesday, February 27

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Redshirt Gavin Hall granted release from UCLA

Gavin Hall, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2013, has been granted a release by UCLA after attending school for less than two months. He will be eligible to compete for another school in the 2013-14 season, with this season counting as his redshirt year.

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Scheffler still seeking signature victory

He's finished second in three consecutive big junior events, leaving Scott Scheffler in search of his first big junior victory.

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Taylor begins to find his way back to Tour

Vaughn Taylor, who has made less than $1 million in the past two seasons combined, hasn't cracked the top 10 since a T-5 at The Barclays in August 2010. He says his game is "coming around."

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Moodie asks Euro juniors to focus on Jr. Solheim Cup

Janice Moodie had a bit of sage advice for European Junior Solheim Cup hopefuls in advance of the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur.

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5 Things: Tiger, field could go low at wet PGA National

One of the top open events on the PGA Tour schedule is this week with the Honda Classic. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy highlight a strong field at the first event of the Florida Swing. 5 Things to know before the start of the tournament.

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North Florida, Oklahoma among spring's surprises

Ron Balicki takes a look at some of the surprise college men's teams so far this spring, including North Florida, Oklahoma and TCU.

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Women's Midweek Report: USC, UCLA top Sugar

Welcome to Golfweek’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.

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Notes: Teens make a scene early in LPGA season

Yani Tseng still is relatively fresh-faced, but a couple of kids have upstaged the No. 1 player in the Rolex Rankings early in the 2013 season.

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Men's Midweek Report: Cal rebounds at John Burns

Welcome to Golfweek’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this Hump Day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.

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McIlroy adds Bose to booming sponsorship deals

Adam Schupak says Rory McIlroy, despite his current struggles, is making a run at becoming a versatile pitchman. The latest evidence: a deal with Bose Corp.

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Notebook: It's back to earth for Shane Lowry

One day you’re good enough to beat Rory McIlroy on a World Golf Championship stage. A few days later, you take a back seat to Darron Stiles at a place called Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. Ah, the life of Shane Lowry.

Tuesday, February 26

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USC holds on to win North Ranch Intercollegiate

USC notched a second straight tournament victory by winning the North Ranch Intercollegiate on Tuesday at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif.

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Tumangan helps Stanford to Cal Classic title

A career-best finish from sophomore Mariko Tumangan helped Stanford capture the Cal Classic Tuesday.

Kim earns LPGA exemption in Gonzaga victory

Gonzaga's Alice Kim earned an exemption into the LPGA's Kia Classic, shooting 1-under 215 to capture medalist honors at the UC Irvine Invitational.

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Rude: No question USGA needs to re-think anchoring ban

Our Jeff Rude hopes that the USGA and R&A will listen to those dissenting corners and continue to allowing anchoring for the sake of the game’s enjoyment and growth.

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USC tops UCLA in Sugar Bowl playoff

USC, Golfweek's top-ranked women's team, needed an extra hole to fend off No. 22 UCLA Tuesday at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans.

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Entering Honda, McIlroy insists 'everything's there'

It’s like chalk and cheese. That’s how Rory McIlroy, the world's top-ranked golfer, explained the recent problem with his game. Through two events this year, McIlroy has shown nothing close to his 2012 form.

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Toy Box: New Bettinardi putter aids Kuchar

With the help of his new Bettinardi putter, Matt Kuchar won his first WGC-Accenture Match Play. Check out the latest Toy Box Notes!

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Weather halts John Hayt; N. Florida declared winner

North Florida held a 12-shot lead on Duke when play began Tuesday. The Blue Devils, No. 9, had done little to make up any of that ground in the rain, so North Florida was declared the winner with its 36-hole 17-under 559.

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Honda Classic: First-round tee times, pairings

Here are the first-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Honda Classic

Rory McIlroy is the defending champ. Tiger Woods fired a 62 in the final round last year. Yet, our fantasy panel seems to be enamored with Justin Rose. See all of our predictions.

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McCarthy proves he's worthy of Texas walk-on spot

Texas junior Brax McCarthy is in his first season as a Longhorns walk-on. He's proving to be a solid addition to Golfweek's No. 2 team.

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Source: Euro Tour won't fight anchoring ban

The European Tour will not join forces with the PGA Tour and oppose the proposed anchoring ban suggested by the U.S. Golf Association and the R&A, according to a source who spoke on the condition of anonymity at the London-based tour.

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Guan, 14, set to qualify for Open Championship

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Asia-Pacific Amateur champion who will play in the Masters in April, will attempt to qualify for a second major championship this year when he competes in IFQ-Asia on Thursday.

Monday, February 25

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Final spots in next WGC event on the line at Honda

In the wake of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, several players have secured spots in the next WGC event – the Cadillac Championship, to be played March 7-10 at Trump Doral.

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Haskins Watch List players add to win totals

North Carolina State's Albin Choi, Cal's Joel Stalter, TCU's Julien Brun and Texas' Brandon Stone added to their season victory totals, capturing individual tournament titles during the past week.

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Winner's Circle: Feb. 18-24, 2013

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Shaft Month: Matrix aims to make fitting simple

Shaftmaker Matrix has taken a giant step toward simplifying shaft fitting. The company’s new Flight System contains three designations for shafts: Black Tie (low trajectory), Red Tie (mid trajectory) and White Tie (high trajectory).

Player of the week: Thomas Yint

Thomas Yint, of Burma, won the Boys 16-19 division at the FCWT event at Plantation Inn in Crystal River, Fla.

Player of the week: Emmy Martin

Emmy Martin, of Odessa, Fla., shot a final round 3-under 69, the only under par round of the tournament, to finish seven shots clear of the field during the Florida Junior Tour at Southwood GC.

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Team of the week: California

The Golden Bears, No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won their sixth title in seven starts this year, claiming the John Burns Intercollegiate by 27 shots over No. 4 New Mexico, which ended Cal's five-event winning streak in their last meeting, at the Arizona Intercollegiate.

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Player of the week: Joel Stalter, Cal

The junior from Amneville, France, won the John Burns Intercollegiate by eight shots over teammate Max Homa.

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U.S. Junior champ Shim, 18, turns pro

Andy Shim, the 2012 U.S. Junior Amateur champion, has decided to turn pro, Golfweek learned Monday.

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Finchem: Singh case to be resolved ‘relatively soon'

The fate of major champion Vijay Singh, who has admitted to using a substance banned by the PGA Tour, should be decided “relatively soon,” commissioner Tim Finchem said.

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Nicklaus, Phelps headline new Golf Channel season

The Golf Channel is set to debut new seasons of "Feherty" and "The Haney Project" tonight, and our Martin Kaufmann gives you a sneak peek at what you can expect.

Sunday, February 24

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Miceli: Showdown builds over anchored stroke

What started as a proposed rule change has intensified into a showdown between golf heavyweights: the USGA in one corner versus the PGA Tour and PGA of America in the other. The outcome remains in doubt as the USGA and R&A’s 90-day comment period expires Feb. 28.

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Short-game wizardry leads Kuchar to WGC title

Matt Kuchar withstood a late rally by defending champion Hunter Mahan to win the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Kuchar beat Mahan, 2 and 1 in the championship match.

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Kevin Foley wins Web.com Tour opener

Kevin Foley won the Web.com Tour's season-opening Panama Claro Championship on Sunday for his first tour title, birdieing the final for a 3-under 67 and a one-stroke victory.

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Experiencing golden moments in Southern California

SoCal, so good: Few places deliver more golden moments than scenic Southern California.

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Tracker: Kuchar holds on to win Match Play title

Matt Kuchar built a 4-up lead through nine holes and held on as Hunter Mahan made a furious charge on the back-nine, winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, 2 and 1. See how it happened.

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Texas, Stone take titles at Bayou City Championship

Texas earned its second team title of the season with a 21-shot victory over Houston at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship.

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Finchem: Tour opposes anchoring ban

The PGA Tour has gone public with its opposition to the U.S. Golf Association and R&A's call for a ban on the anchored stroke.

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Weekly top 5: When will college golf see a 59?

Better equipment, coaching and players have improved scoring in the past 15 years, which makes it hard to believe that someone hasn’t put up 59 on a college scoreboard.

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Tait: Art of match play is lost on golfers in U.S.

It's a case of nurture over nature. Ian Poulter and other British Isles players are weaned on match play. In the U.S., club golfers are almost forced to play stroke play because of the USGA handicapping system. The world needs more match play.

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Tulane leads Duke, UCLA by one at Sugar Bowl

Tulane, ranked No. 29 by Golfweek, has a one-shot lead after the first round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, a tournament that features 10 schools in Golfweek’s top 25.

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Mahan, Kuchar set up first American finale in 5 years

It’s an All-American final at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, as Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar will face off in the final match in cold, windy conditions at Dove Mountain.

CEO says British PGA will not resist ban

The British Professional Golfers’ Association will not resist the proposed ban on the anchoring stroke, chief executive Sandy Jones told Golfweek.

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How it happened: Mahan beats Poulter at WGC

Hunter Mahan routed Ian Poulter on Sunday morning, advancing to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship by a 4-and-3 margin. See how it happened.

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How it happened: Kuchar beats Day at WGC

After getting down very early, Matt Kuchar stormed back and handed Jason Day a 4-and-3 loss in the semifinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. See how it happened.

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5 Things: Jutanugarn's triple hands Park title

Ariya Jutanugarn, 17, came close to winning her first LPGA event on Sunday at the Honda LPGA Thailand before losing by a shot after a triple-bogey on No. 18 to hand Inbee Park the victory.

Saturday, February 23

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Match Play: Sean Martin's semifinal predictions

The final four are set for the WGC-Accenture Match Play, and our Sean Martin takes a crack at predicting who will advance to Sunday afternoon's championship match.

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Mahan continues recent dominance at Match Play

Hunter Mahan will look to continue his recent dominance at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as he seeks to become just the second player to defend his title.

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Match Play: Sunday's tee times and matchups

Here are the tee times and matchups for the semifinal round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and the scheduled tee times for the championship and consolation match.

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Poulter displays typical match-play brilliance

Ian Poulter continued his match play magic Saturday at Dove Mountain, beating Tim Clark and Steve Stricker to advance the the semifinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Tracker: Mahan, Poulter among semifinalists

After three crazy days of competition the semifinals are set at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Matt Kuchar will face Jason Day while Hunter Mahan will play Ian Poulter on Sunday morning. See how it all unfolded on Saturday.

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McDowell ends Lowry's run at Match Play

Shane Lowry's run at the WGC-Accenture Match Play came to an end on Saturday. He'll now travel to Florida where he'll try to Monday qualify for next week's Honda Classic.

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Chamblee, Nobilo spark "State of the Game" panel

Golf Channel's "State of the Game" on Friday night seemed to be headed toward a channel flip, only to be saved by Frank Nobilo and Brandel Chamblee says our Martin Kaufmann.

Friday, February 22

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Match Play: Sean Martin's third-round predictions

With another wacky day on Friday, our Sean Martin does his best to prognosticate Saturday's action at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship . . .

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Cal picks up 27-shot win at John Burns

Cal exacted revenge on New Mexico in impressive fashion Friday at the John Burns Intercollegiate. The Bears, the nation's No. 1 team, shot 14-under 850 (284-282-284) to win by 27 shots over the Lobos.

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Rude: Upsets continue to claim big names in Arizona

A series of so-called upsets on Friday left just one player ranked in the world top 10 heading into Saturday's third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Luck of the Irish? Lowry, McDowell to face off

Graeme McDowell won money from Shane Lowry in practice this week. They're playing again Saturday, but with a spot in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship's quarterfinals on the line.

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Match Play: Third-round tee times, pairings

Here are the tee times and pairings for Saturday morning's third round o the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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Scores: Second-round results from Match Play

A look at the results from Friday's completion of the second round at the Match Play Championship.

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Grit, wedge game power Clark past Olesen

Tim Clark made up for his lack of power with plenty of grit to defeat Thorbjorn Olesen on Friday and advance to the third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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Tracker: Donald among second-round losers

After Thursday's first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play saw top seeds Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods lose, Friday's second round followed suit with Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen bowing out of the competition. See how it all unfolded.

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Piercy, Garrigus eliminate remaining top seeds

After losses by Luke Donald and Louis Oosthuizen on Friday, no No. 1 seeds are left at the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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After late comeback, Fowler fumbles in extra holes

Rickie Fowler’s rally at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship was interrupted by darkness, then halted by a hole that gave him fits in the first round.

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Odyssey Versa No. 1 putter

The Odyssey Versa No. 1 is all about visual perception and alignment (called Visionary High Contrast Alignment).

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Notes: Powers has helped improve MSU's program

Caroline Powers is on pace to be the most decorated player in Michigan State history. She's also among the top cold-weather players in the country.

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Shaft Month: Steel offers plenty of options

For 75 years, steel iron shafts have dominated the marketplace, mostly for their consistency and stability. New lightweight versions – suitable for tour players and amateurs – are bound to continue steel's popularity.

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Lewis holds 3-shot lead at LPGA Thailand

Stacy Lewis shot a 3-under 69 Friday to keep her three-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Thailand.

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Player diary: Matt Gilchrest (Part 2)

Matt Gilchrest joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013 junior golf season. Check out his post from the AJGA HP Boys Championship.

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Player diary: Brad Dalke (Part 3)

Brad Dalke joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013 junior golf season. Check out his blog from the AJGA HP Boys, which he won.

Thursday, February 21

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Match Play: Second-round tee times, pairings

A look at the second-round tee times at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship on Friday:

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Match Play: Sean Martin's second-round predictions

Our Sean Martin makes his bold predictions for the second round at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship:

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Rude: Tiger falls victim to man with 'nothing to lose'

From his loss in the 1996 U.S. Amateur to countless rounds at Isleworth, Charles Howell III says he had never beaten Tiger Woods. On Thursday, Howell changed all of that by playing carefree.

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Notebook: Round 1 will need a third day to complete

Lost in the tremors of that shocking one-two punch – losses by both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods – is that the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship will need a third day to complete.

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McIlroy's poor iron play leads to early exit

Rory McIlroy's poor iron play and Shane Lowry's stellar short game allowed Lowry to upset McIlroy in the first round of the WGC-Match Play Championship on Thursday.

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Tracker: Tiger, McIlroy ousted in Round 1 of Match Play

In what has to be considered a double knockdown blow for the tournament, the world's top two players will be heading home a bit earlier than expected. Here's how it happened.

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Scores: First-round results from Match Play

A look at the results from Thursday's completion of the first round at the Match Play Championship.

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Van Pelt, Garcia advance after false start at WGC

Bo Van Pelt needed just one 8-iron and one putt from 45 feet on Thursday to make his win over John Senden official at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Call it another strange effect of Wednesday's snowstorm.

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Henley turns 'butterflies' into Schwartzel upset

Russell Henley performed admirably Thursday against Charl Schwartzel, winning in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Henley thrives on such pressure.

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Notes: DeChambeau key in Gregory's SMU rebuild

Bryson DeChambeau is SMU's top player, but the way he plays the game is a little out of the ordinary. He's also part of an SMU team looking for a return to national prominence.

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In this issue: Feb. 22, 2013

Inside the Feb. 22, 2013 issue of Golfweek:

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Sooners one of early spring's hottest teams

Oklahoma has been quite the surprise team this spring. In the Sooners past two tournaments, played in a week’s time, they finished first and second, respectively.

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Stacy Lewis shoots 63, leads in Thailand

Stacy Lewis shot a 9-under 63 in the first round Thursday to take a three-stroke lead at the LPGA Thailand.

Wednesday, February 20

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Midweek Report: Big week for Stackhouse, Stanford

Welcome to Golfweek’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.

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Midweek Report: 'Bama, Washington make statements

Welcome to Golfweek’s Mid-Week Report. We want to use this Hump Day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.

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USC, Washington share Prestige title

USC and Washington shared the title at The Prestige at PGA West’s Norman Course. The two teams finished at 1-under 851, five shots clear of UCLA and Texas Tech.

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Several players looking to secure bid into Doral

We’re just two weeks away from another WGC, and several players at the Accenture Match Play are trying to work their way into the upcoming tilt at Doral, as well as the season’s first major.

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Rude: Blitz at the Ritz stops play cold

The jokes flew during Wednesday's freak snowstorm at Dove Mountain. The winner would be "Best in Snow" or the "Wizard in the Blizzard." Regardless, it was a surreal site says our Jeff Rude.

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Golf an afterthought on an unforgettable day

Wednesday will be entered into the record books, an unforgettable day filled with snow, not golf, and it was left for one and all to hope that some heat arrives so that the golf tournament can achieve a semblance of order.

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Grzebien harbors no regrets, on or off course

While many of her peers sweat it out on the LPGA in muggy Thailand this week, Anna Grzebien will be busy in her new country club office. She called it quits on the LPGA after the 2012 season.

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Shaft Month: A decade after NV, Aldila extends its legacy

John Merrick's win at the Northern Trust Open validates the enduring legacy of Aldila's NV shaft. But the company hardly is content and is planning a major push with graphite iron shafts.

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Despite three pro titles, Ko's best is yet to come

Lydia Ko, 15, added her national open – a third pro title, though she's still an amateur – to a rapidly expanding resume. And the best certainly is yet to come.

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Tracker: Snow postpones play at Match Play

Snow initially suspended play at 1:07 p.m. EST, but now has forced the postonement of the first round and will send matches into Thursday.

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Q&A: Jorge Garcia, Puerto Rico Junior champion

Jorge Garcia is a sophomore at American Heritage in Plantation, Fla. He lives with his aunt while he attends the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral Golf Resort in Miami while his parents remain in his native Venezuela.

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Match Play: Updated tee times for first round

Here are the updated tee times for the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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USGA taps St. Louis local Port for Curtis Cup captaincy

So much of Ellen Port's golf history has been written with St. Louis as the backdrop. That ranges from beginner to state amateur champion to USGA champion and, by 2014, will include a Curtis Cup captaincy.

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California changes lineup after 1st loss of season

Cal head coach Steve Desimone has been in the coaching business for more than 30 years, but even he was impressed. “It was the best qualifying round I’ve ever seen,” he said. And it came from a freshman.

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Ko not the only kid playing with the pros Down Under

Lost in the commotion over Lydia Ko’s success Down Under to start 2013 has been the success of two other young Australians. One even owns a USGA trophy.

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Nasty weather expected in Round 1 of Match Play

The first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play is always one of the most interesting on the PGA Tour. Wednesday’s forecast should only add to the intrigue.

Tuesday, February 19

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Potential ban damages sales of long, belly putters

As controversy continues to swirl around the proposed anchoring ban, its effect already is being felt in the marketplace: Sales of long and belly putters are way down.

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Manassero, 19, has 'mannerly,' yet 'fierce' persona

Matteo Manassero has a baby face that appears better suited for the school yard than the golf course, he removes his hat on command, thanks everyone for everything, and nods hellos to nearly everyone in sight.

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Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 4)

2012 Rolex Junior All-America Ashlan Ramsey joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013 junior golf season.

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Stricker opposes ban, points to growing game

Count Steve Stricker, one of the four players on the PGA Tour Policy Board, among what he says is a majority and growing number of Tour players who oppose the proposed ban on putter anchoring.

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5 Things: Tiger looking for fast start at Match Play

The best Wednesday in golf – the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play – is almost here. Here’s 5 Things you need to know on the eve of the first round:

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Auburn wins Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by four shots

Auburn, No. 22 in the Golfweek/Sargain College Rankings, won the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate at Magnolia Grove Crossing Golf Course in Mobile, Ala., on Tuesday.

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Match Play: Tiger headlines staff predictions

Sure, Tiger Woods hasn't made it past the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship since winning in 2008. That doesn't mean he isn't still our favorite for 2013 . . .

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Winner's Circle: Feb. 11-17, 2013

A look inside the bag of Sunday's winners across the world

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Swing in order, McIlroy to face longtime friend

As Rory McIlroy returns to competition for the first time in six weeks, he will tee it up in the WGC-Accenture Match Play against a decade-long friend in Shane Lowry, who would see a victory as one of the biggest moments in his career.

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SMU wins Central District Invitational

It’s been six years since Jeanne Sutherland brought a team to the Central District Invitational. The last time she was here, at the end of a 14-year coaching career at Texas A&M, Sutherland’s Aggies won it. Technically, Tuesday was a title defense. SMU won the title by two shots over Vanderbilt at River Wilderness GC.

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Match Play: Predicting all 32 first-round matches

Looking for a Match Play upset special? Our Sean Martin and Alex Miceli think there are a few out there, including Alexander Noren against Dustin Johnson. Check out their predictions.

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Toy Box: Merrick enters winner's circle

John Merrick enters the winner's circle with Titleist and Phil Mickelson's search for a 3-wood continues in this week's Toy Box notes.

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USGA reveals '13 U.S. Open local qualifying sites

The U.S. Golf Association announced the local qualifying sites for the U.S. Open, which will be played at Merion GC in Ardmore, Pa., on June 13-16. Qualifying will be conducted over 18 holes at 111 sites between May 3-16.

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Alabama claims Puerto Rico Classic title

No. 5 Alabama pulled away from second-round co-leader Oklahoma to win the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday by seven shots to claim its second victory of the year.

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Notes: Billy Harmon rides roller coaster at Riviera

Billy Harmon has known John Merrick for 10 months and Bill Haas for many years. Needless to say, Harmon's emotions were up-and-down on Sunday at the Northern Trust Open.

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Ellen Port to captain U.S. at 2014 Curtis Cup

Ellen Port, 51, a five-time U.S. Golf Association champion who played in the 1994 and ’96 Curtis Cups, will coach the Americans in 2014 against Great Britain & Ireland’s top female amateurs, a source close to the selection process said.

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Player of the week: Kyle Jones, Baylor

Baylor’s Kyle Jones won his first individual career title at the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational on Feb. 12.

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Team of the week: Oklahoma

Oklahoma, No. 42 in the Golfweek/Sagarain College Rankings, won the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational for its first win of the year.

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Player of the week: Mariah Stackhouse, Stanford

Stanford freshman Mariah Stackhouse won the Peg Barnard Invitational on Feb. 17 after setting a new NCAA women’s scoring record with a 10-under 61 at Stanford (Calif.) GC.

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Team of the week: UCLA

No. 23 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, UCLA won the Northrop Grumman Challenge on Feb. 13 to claim its first victory of the year.

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Course owners tell USGA not to oppose anchoring

In the statement addressed to USGA executive director Mike Davis and signed by NGCOA chief executive Michael Hughes, the association said it is uniting with the PGA against the proposed ban.

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Player of the week: Brad Dalke

Brad Dalke won his second AJGA invitational at the HP Boys Championship on Feb. 18.

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Player of the week: Sloan Shanahan

Sloan Shanahan won the Bell Division of the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour Players Championship at Chateau Elan Resort on Feb. 17.

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Match Play: Dove Mountain, hole-by-hole

Our Bradley S. Klein breaks down the par-72, 7,801-yard layout at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, site of this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

Monday, February 18

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Sources: Player Advisory Council opposes ban

Opposition to the proposed ban on the anchored stroke surfaced Monday night in two key meetings on the PGA Tour.

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Hulwick makes quick move for Denver dream job

Lindsay Hulwick hasn’t yet passed the one-week mark as a head coach. Still, she’s already bonded with her team.

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Familiarity helps MSU contend at Central District

It was a familiar kind of day at River Wilderness Golf Club for Michigan State. The host team has been coming south in early spring to host the event for the past 14 seasons, which is nearly as long as head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll has had the program.

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Shaft Month: Nunchuk touts "one-size-fits-all" shaft

When it comes to shafts, Nunchuk's Bryan Nicholson advocates one weight and one flex for all golfers, regardless of their age, strength, swing speed or ability. It may seem like a radical concept, but Nunchuk has its supporters, including a prominent long-drive champion.

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Dalke outlasts Scheffler, Kim for HP Boys title

Brad Dalke made par on the final hole to edge Scott Scheffler and Peter Kim by a shot and capture the HP Boys Championship on Monday.

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McCabe: Gallacher, Poulter on different golf spectrums

No tournament starts with a bigger bang than this week’s WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, because 32 of the 64 players will be packing their bags Wednesday afternoon. Take a closer look at Stephen Gallacher, who will be playing Ian Poulter in the first round.

Vossler, 84, watched his golf vision grow in desert

Ernie Vossler, one of the co-founders of PGA West and a man who possessed a grand vision for golf courses surrounded by residential communities, died Feb. 16 at his home in La Quinta, Calif.

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U.S. Open: Amateur Pan plays through the pain

As Washington sophomore Cheng-Tsung Pan plays through the pain after his father's death in February of 2010, Pan is now playing the game he loves all over the world. With the amount of success he has had, its in great part due to his father's teachings.

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Alabama, Oklahoma share Puerto Rico Classic lead

No. 5 Alabama and No. 42 Oklahoma are tied at the top of the leaderboard after the second round of the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Monday.

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Q&A: John Solheim, chairman & CEO of Ping

Golfweek's Adam Schupak sits down with the patriarch of Ping, John Solheim, who shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics, from the Solheim Cup to the proposed anchoring ban.

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Match Play: Matchups we'd love to see at Dove Mountain

The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship gets underway Wednesday. The best part of the tournament is the potential matchups it can create. Here are ones that our Sean Martin would like to see . . .

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Play the Match Play Challenge and win big!!!

You can win Oakley gear, the brand-new EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour '14, a grill from Big Green Egg, grips from Golf Pride and a putter from SeeMore Putters by playing our FREE Match Play Challenge!

Sunday, February 17

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PGA Tour leans toward opposing ban

With the 90-day commenting period up on Feb. 28, the PGA Tour is preparing to take a stance on the proposed anchoring ban, and many believe that commissioner Tim Finchem is against the ban.

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WGC-Accenture Match Play: First-round matchups

Here are the first-round matchups for the WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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Match Play: McIlroy vs. Lowry; Tiger vs. Howell

The bracket is set for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Top-seeded Rory McIlroy will face Ireland’s Shane Lowry in the first round, while three-time winner Tiger Woods will face former Isleworth neighbor Charles Howell III. Woods is the No. 2 seed.

Georgia sweeps Seminole Match Up with Oklahoma's help

Georgia and Oklahoma combined to win the inaugural Seminole Match Up on Sunday, and Georgia won the individual team title.

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Langer wins ACE Group Classic on Champions Tour

Bernhard Langer two-putted for par from 50 feet on the 18th to finish at 12-under 204, surviving three bogeys and a double bogey to finish one stroke ahead of Jay Don Blake at TwinEagles' Talon Course.

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Stackhouse sets NCAA scoring record with 61

Mariah Stackhouse has difficulty finding the words to describe her final round at the Peg Barnard Invitational – a 10-under 61 at Stanford Golf Course that set an NCAA women’s scoring record.

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5 Things: Merrick pulls off dramatic Riviera win

5 Things: With Hollywood in the backdrop, UCLA product John Merrick wrote a story on Sunday that's almost too good to be true for the Southern California native.

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How it happened: Merrick wins Northern Trust

John Merrick, a UCLA product and Los Angeles native, defeated Charlie Beljan on the second hole of a playoff at the Northern Trust Open to win his first PGA Tour title on Sunday at Riviera Country Club. See how it all happened.

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Kim fires 5-under 67 to take lead at HP Boys

Peter Kim shot 5-under 67 Sunday to take a one-shot lead over Brad Dalke and Scott Scheffler into Monday's final round of the HP Boys Championship.

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Behind Stackhouse's 61, Stanford wins Peg Barnard

Stanford outscored the next closest team by 15 shots in the final round of its own Peg Barnard Invitational. Freshman Mariah Stackhouse was responsible for picking up many of those strokes.

Cardinal Am dates moved to avoid U.S. Am conflict

In an effort to attract more U.S. Amateur participants, the Cardinal Amateur dates have been moved.

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Alabama takes one-shot lead at Puerto Rico Classic

No. 5 Alabama shot 9-under 279 Sunday at Rio Mar’s River Course to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

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Weekly top 5: How should northern schools deal with winter?

The spring season is under way and the journey to late May has started for most teams, whether that means actual competition or just practice.

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Tait: Golf needs to get back to its roots with more match play

Our Alistair Tait says he'll be glued to the TV this coming week because of the WGC-Accenture Match Play - golf in its original, and best, form.

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Tiger Woods joins vacationing Obama for golf round

Tiger Woods joined the president at the Floridian, a secluded yacht and golf club on the state's Treasure Coast.

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5 Things: Ko falters, Tseng surges, but Shin wins

Holding off both the World No. 1 (Yani Tseng) and the world's No. 1 amateur (Lydia Ko), Jiyai Shin picked up her 11th career LPGA victory on Sunday in Australia.

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Once a can't-miss, Dougherty struggling to find his way

The golden boy of English golf has lost his luster. You had to go a long way down that leaderboard from winner Darren Fichardt to find Nick Dougherty’s name. In fact, you had to go all the way to the bottom. It's becoming to common for the Englishman.

Saturday, February 16

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Tracker: Shin holds off Ko, Tseng for Aussie title

Jiyai Shin stood tall over the last five holes to hold off Lydia Ko and Yani Tseng to win her 11th LPGA title. See how it happened.

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Rude: Haas has fallen in love with Riviera

On a week that the world celebrates Valentine's Day, Bill Haas is showing off his current love affair with Riviera Country Club after a 7-under 64 vaulted him into a three-shot, 54-hole lead at the Northern Trust Open.

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Scheffler takes 2-shot lead at HP Boys Champ

Scott Scheffler of Dallas carded five birdies en route to a 4-under 68 to take a two-shot lead over Brad Dalke of McKinney, Texas, at the AJGA's HP Boys Championship.

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Couples takes Hall-of-Fame criticism in stride

Raymond Floyd is outspoken about the lack of criteria for a golfer to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, remarks that ultimately are aimed at good friend and 2013 inductees Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.

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Tracker: Haas holds three-shot lead at Riviera

Saturday was Moving Day at the Northern Trust Open, and Bills Haas did just that. Haas shot a 7-under 64 to take a three-shot lead into the final round. See how it happened right here.

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Shin, Ko share 3rd-round lead at Aussie Open

Jiyai Shin of South Korea and 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko both shot rounds of three-under 70 on Saturday to surge six shots clear of the field heading into the final day of the Women's Australian Open.

Friday, February 15

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5 Things: Donald focused as he begins 2013

5 Things: Luke Donald may not be the World No. 1 anymore, but he's concerned only with improving his game. So far in his 2013 PGA Tour debut, Donald is two shots back of the lead heading into the weekend at Riviera.

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Rude: Bae, Jacobson impressive Friday at Riviera

Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson posted impressive, albeit surprising, 6-under 65s to vault to the top of the leaderboard at Riviera.

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Tracker: Bae, Jacobson lead at Northern Trust

The star-studded field at Riviera didn't disappoint on Thursday, with Matt Kuchar atop the leaderboard. But it was Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson who stole the show Friday, taking a share of the lead entering the weekend. See how it all unfolded!

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Cal's Kim tops first 2013 Haskins Award Watch List

While most of the spring season is ahead of us, our Sean Martin breaks down the Haskins Award Watch List, with Cal's Michael Kim at No. 1. Can someone make a run at the two-time winner?

West Coast Junior Invitational Archives

Past results of the Golfweek West Coast Junior Invitational

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Walker Cup candidate Miller blogs about European trek

Mike Miller, a U.S. Walker Cup candidate, is blogging for the Metropolitan Golf Association during a 25-day trek to Europe. Here are his posts . . .

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Shaft Month: A call for industry standards

James Achenbach laments that if only the golf industry had uniform equipment standards, it would be so much easier to compare contemporary shafts and simpler to fit golfers with the proper equipment.

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Uribe leads Ko, Shin by one at Aussie Women's Open

Mariajo Uribe shot a 6-under 67 on Friday to overtake South Korea's Jiyai Shin and overnight leader Lydia Ko, claiming a one-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.

KBS Tour 90 steel iron shaft

KBS’ Kim Braly called the KBS Tour 90 “more of a player’s shaft than a lightweight shaft,” although the shaft appeals to a wide range of skilled golfers.

KBS Tour steel iron shaft

The original KBS Tour shaft (well-known because of use by Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott and others) was followed by the KBS Tour C-Taper and the KBS Tour V2, played by Phil Mickelson.

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Notebook: Harris, Blackmon the 'odd couple' of college golf

Kalen Harris, 34, might run the show at South Carolina, but her assistant Puggy Blackmon, 62, has plenty to offer in the way of swing advice. They are definitely a power - and odd - couple.

True Temper Dynamic Gold golf shaft

The shaft of choice on the PGA Tour, the old reliable Dynamic Gold (the first Dynamic shaft appeared in 1942) outnumbers Project X by a 3-1 ratio on Tour.

True Temper Project X golf shaft

What is the difference between the Dynamic Gold and Project X? Both are heavy (in the 125-gram range), and they produce similar shot patterns -- but they target different types of feel.

Nippon N.S. Pro 950GH shaft

According to Nippon, the N.S. Pro 950GH is their best-selling shaft, available only through the company's network of custom clubmakers.

Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 golf shaft

Introduced at the PGA Merchandise Show, the Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 features relatively low tip rigidity to produce a higher trajectory.

Thursday, February 14

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5 Things: Garcia shoots 65 in 2013 Tour debut

Sergio Garcia fired a 6-under 65 in his 2013 PGA Tour debut. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Thursday's first round at the Northern Trust Open.

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Despite injuries, Jobe not done on PGA Tour

Brandt Jobe has overcome injury after injury during the course of his PGA Tour career. He shot 5-under 66 Thursday in just his third round on Tour since surgery last summer to repair two nerve blocks in his neck.

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Tracker: Kuchar out in front at Northern Trust

In what has been an incredible start to the 2013 PGA Tour season - Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker have all won in the first six weeks - the stars will really get going this week at the Northern Trust Open, which was as good as advertised Thursday.

Hulwick to return to Denver as head women's coach

Lindsay Hulwick has been named head women’s coach at Denver. The news follows longtime head coach Sammie Chergo’s resignation earlier this month.

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Coltart chosen to lead Europeans at Palmer Cup

Andrew Coltart, a former European Ryder Cupper, will coach the Europeans at the 2013 and ‘14 Palmer Cups. Stanford assistant Philip Rowe, an Englishman and former Palmer Cupper, has been tapped to assist him.

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Former Cal player sparks media frenzy over spider bite

Former Cal golfer Daniela Holmqvist became a media sensation on Wednesday when word circulated that after being bitten by a spider during a pre-qualifier for the season-opening LPGA event in Australia. Holmqvist simply kept playing.

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3 former college standouts return to Riviera

Patrick Cantlay, Blayne Barber and Luke Guthrie have been pro for less than a year, but they won't find themselves on foreign ground when they tee off today at the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open.

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Notebook: Vogel frustrated by latest performance

Notebook: T.J. Vogel was less-than-pleased with his final performance at the Mark Bostick Golf Course, not using the flu or hernia surgery as an excuse for his 6-over 216 finish at the Gator Invitational.

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Scores: Round 4, Northern Trust Open

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard from the Northern Trust Open.

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Teen star Lydia Ko leads Women's Australian Open

Teen star Lydia Ko shot a 10-under 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.

Wednesday, February 13

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Levin (thumb) likely to miss rest of 2013 Tour season

Spencer Levin says he probably won’t be playing golf again until next season. The silver lining? With the PGA Tour’s new year-round schedule configuration, the start to the 2014 season is only eight months away.

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A 'fraction' off at Pebble, Mickelson looks revitalized at NTO

Phil Mickelson has had a bit of a Jekyll-and-Hyde existence the last two weeks. He nearly shot a 59 at Phoenix, cruising to a four-shot victory. Then he went to Pebble, where he barely made the cut. Which Mickelson will show up this week?

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UCLA claims first victory of the season at Palos Verdes

UCLA opened its spring on Wednesday with a victory at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. It’s the first victory this season for the Bruins, and sophomore Erynne Lee also earned the first individual trophy.

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5 Things: Stars come out of hiding at Riviera

5 Things: Three of the past four major winners, plus the season debuts of Luke Donald, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell put a spotlight on the Northern Trust Open.

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Women's mid-week report: After big win, is UCLA back?

Welcome to Golfweek’s Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.

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Tee times: Round 1 at Northern Trust Open

A look at the first-round tee times at the Northern Trust Open:

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In this issue: Feb. 15, 2013

Inside the Feb. 15, 2013 issue of Golfweek.

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Florida State's inaugural Match Up introduces unique format

Few college coaches kick tradition when it’s time to host an event. It’s why Florida State’s tournament could be a breath of fresh air.

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Men's Mid-Week Report: Cal will be challenged in Pac-12

Welcome to Golfweek’s Mid-Week Report. We wanted to use this Hump Day to update you on all the latest college news and give you a quick glance at what to look ahead to this weekend.

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2013 Duel at the Dunes

Golfweek Takes Pro-Am to Bandon Dunes

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Drug tests coming to men's, women's U.S. Amateurs

Drug testing is coming to the U.S. Amateur. The U.S. Golf Association informed past U.S. Amateur participants Tuesday that drug testing will occur at the 2013 U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur.

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Shaft Month: Q&A with Chris Hilleary, Aerotech president

Chris Hilleary is owner and president of Aerotech Golf, maker of composite SteelFiber golf shafts. These shafts are composed of separate layers of carbon fiber (graphite) and steel fiber.

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Strom could be the next international sensation

Sweden's Linnea Strom could be the next international sensation. The 16-year-old has her eye on playing college golf in the U.S.

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Snedeker's ballstriking catches up with his short game

The two most famous and accomplished active golfers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, may have won in exclamatory fashion in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, but the blooming of Brandt Snedeker stands out as the game’s most compelling story of 2013.

Tuesday, February 12

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Preview: Wood looking to erase poor memories of HP Boys

After firing an 8-over 80 in the final round of last year’s AJGA HP Boys Championship, a number that dropped him to T-37, Adam Wood will get another crack at the Club at Carlton Woods’ Fazio Championship Course.

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Early enrollment catches on with top-notch juniors

Gavin Hall (UCLA), Beau Hossler (Texas) and Annie Park (USC) are just the latest players to graduate early from high school to get a jump-start on college life.

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Babineau: Conscience clear, Barber gets his chance on Tour

Blayne Barber might not be one of the 25 marquee players teeing it up at Northern Trust Open, but after his self-disqualification at Q-School, he is simply ready to show off his game on golf's biggest stage.

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Snedeker withdraws from Match Play with sore ribs

Less than 48 hours removed from a brilliant victory at Pebble Beach, Brandt Snedeker has withdrawn from the WGC-Accenture Match Play, citing sore ribs that have plagued him since the Humana Challenge.

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UNC wins third consecutive title with UCF rout

The UCF Challenge victory was the third consecutive for North Carolina, dating back to the fall season when the team won the NCAA Fall Preview at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate.

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Incarnate Word moves to Div. I in the fall

The University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio, is making the transition from Division II to Division I golf in the fall. Officially on June 1, the Cardinals will become a DI team, and then on July 1, the team will join the Southland Conference.

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Hulbert pulls off long 24 hours thanks to energy drink, Love III

After playing in a three-day pro-am in Pebble Beach, Mike Hulbert had to take a redeye back to Florida to try and make a 12:30 p.m. tee time at the Allianz. Thank goodness for 5-Hour Energy.

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Alabama claims the Lady Puerto Rico Classic title

No. 6 Alabama won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday, shooting 7-over 871 to run away with the title by 13 shots.

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Toy Box: Snedeker wins with TaylorMade ‘classic’

From Brandt Snedeker's win at the AT&T with a TaylorMade 'classic' to Rocco Mediate's mix-and-match bag, take a look at equipment used last week in the world of golf.

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Founder's grandson laments demise of Public Links

Founder's grandson on the demise of the APL: "It became apparent that there was so much overlap with the U.S. Amateur that a lot of the spirit of the APL got lost in the state of the game these days. So I do understand, but I am sad about it."

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Tiger commits to Match Play, Honda, Doral

Tiger Woods committed for the two upcoming World Golf Championships – next week's Accenture Match Play Championship and March's Cadillac Championship – as well as the Honda Classic, where he finished second last year.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Northern Trust Open

There will be plenty of familiar faces making their 2013 PGA Tour debut this week at the Northern Trust Open. Two of them also make the cut with our panel of experts - with Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel both registering as overall favorites.

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Barber earns spot in Northern Trust, Puerto Rico

Months after he disqualified himself from Q-School, Blayne Barber earned a spot in the Northern Trust Open through the Monday qualifier and also will receive an exemption into the Puerto Rico Open.

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Notebook: Snedeker is 'confident,' not 'cocky'

Brandt Snedeker always has been confident in his skills on the course, says Toby Wilt, a longtime friend and fellow Vanderbilt alumnus. And he has stories to back up those claims . . .

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Symetra Tour releases 15-stop 2013 schedule

The Symetra Tour has announced four inaugural events for the upcoming season and three new sponsors. One of those events is the season-opening VisitMesa.com Gateway Classic, to be played Feb. 22-24 at Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz.

Monday, February 11

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Notes: Conservative play nets UNC 16-shot lead

Casey Grice led North Carolina to the top of the leaderboard on Monday at the UCF Challenge. The Tar Heels' pursuers have some ground to make up in Round 3.

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U.S. rounds played up 5.7 percent in 2012

The number of rounds played in December declined, but it increased 5.7 percent for all of last year, according to the latest national report.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 4-10, 2013

Winner’s Circle: Feb. 4-10, 2013

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Sterne earns Match Play spot after Joburg victory

Richard Sterne’s first European Tour victory in nearly four years came with another perk: a spot in a World Golf Championship. Sterne won the Joburg Open on Sunday to move from 94th to 55th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

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Spring primer: NCAA Division I

Take a look at some predictions from our college golf experts on how the Division I golf season may turn out.

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Gaines: Slow play is not all the player's fault

Here’s where the issue of pace of play gets a little dicey - it’s not all the players fault. When you try to get 156 players around a course like they do at the Humana Challenge, you’re going to wait.

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Player Diary: California's Max Homa (Part 6)

Max Homa, a senior star at California, will be blogging for Golfweek.com all season long, giving you insight into what goes on behind the scenes with the Golden Bears.

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Backspin: Workingman's championship has evolved

Public Links, private concerns. Launched nearly a century ago as the workingman's championship, the U.S. Public Links has evolved into a proving ground for future pros.

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Team of the week: Baylor

Baylor, No. 24 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college women's team rankings, won the Hurricane Invitational on Feb. 5, shooting 31-over 883 to finish four shots ahead of Texas State.

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Player of the week: Kelsey Vines, Oklahoma State

Kelsey Vines, an Oklahoma State senior, won the Hurricane Invitational individual title by four shots at 4-under 209.

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Team of the week: UCLA

UCLA, No. 6 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, beat fourth-ranked Washington in a playoff to win the Amer Ari Invitational.

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Player of the week: Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn

Bozzelli, an Auburn senior, earned his third career victory at the Amer Ari Invitational, shooting 11-under 205 (70-68-67) to win by two shots.

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Shaft Month: Graphite gains momentum in irons

Manufacturers of graphite iron shafts, citing exceptional feel and improved performance, are conspicuously bullish as they head into a new season.

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Player diary: Brad Dalke (Part 2)

Brad Dalke joins the Golfweek.com staff as a player blogger for the 2013 junior golf season. Check out his blog from the Jones Cup.

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Q&A: Bret Baier, anchor of Fox News' 'Special Report'

Last week, Fox News "Special Report" anchor Bret Baier took a break to play in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Baier, a former college golfer who still maintains a 7 handicap, made the cut in his first attempt.

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Player of the week: Carly Ray Goldstein

Carly Ray Goldstein of Coral Springs, Fla., shot two consecutive rounds of 1-under 71 to win the girls division at the FCWT at Inverrary GC.

Player of the week: Benjamin Arnett

Benjamin Arnett of Houston, shot a final-round 8-under 64 to win the Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship Invitational in a playoff.

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Kaufmann: New 'Morning Drive' digs, but same ol' schtick

Golf Channel's "Morning Drive" has added the likes of Ahmad Rashad and John Cook, plus a sweet new set. But the show itself continues to be predictable and flat, says our Martin Kaufmann.

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Call out for ‘Local Legends’

There are many amateur golfers who have compelling stories to tell. Do you know of a “Local Legend”?

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Trump reveals routing for second course in Scotland

After the successful opening last summer of the Martin Hawtree-designed Championship Course along four miles of coastline north of Aberdeen in Scotland, American entrepreneur Donald Trump has revealed plans for another layout.

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Players saddened by loss of WAPL

From 2010 champ Emily Tubert to 2012 runner-up Ashlan Ramsey, past Women's Amateur Public Links participants are in a bit of shock over the tournament being dissolved.

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USGA to end Public Links Championships after '14

The USGA’s two championships for public-links players will cease after 2014, replaced by two national championships for a format new to the national scene: the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship and U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship, which will begin in 2015.

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Men's spring preview: Southland Conference

Despite the graduation of its three top players, Lamar still has high expectations in the Southland Conference this spring.

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Men's spring preview: Southern Conference

Georgia Southern and Chattanooga will lock heads as they battle for the Southern Conference title this spring.

Sunday, February 10

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5 Things: Snedeker's hot start continues with Pebble win

5 Things: Brandt Snedeker’s incredible start to the 2013 season continued with a victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He shot 19-under 267 (66-68-68-65) to win by two shots.

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Men's spring preview: SEC

Each of the 14 teams that now comprise the SEC ended the fall ranked 45th or better, including five in the top 15 and nine in the top 30. Pretty impressive, to say the least.

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How it happened: Snedeker wins Pebble behind 65

Seems as though Brandt Snedeker was tired of finishing second place. Snedeker fired a 7-under 65 on Sunday to clear Chris Kirk by two shots to win the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. See how it happened.

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Mediate wins in Champions Tour debut

Rocco Mediate became the 16th player to have a winning debut on the Champions Tour after a final-round, 1-under 71 gave him the Allianz Championship title.

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Zhang leaves Northwestern to become entrepreneur

Nicole Zhang spent the past semester playing college golf for Northwestern while launching a career as a young entrepreneur. This semester will take a different turn.

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Love targets spring return after spinal surgery

Davis Love III had an operation to remove bone spurs and a disk that were pressing on nerves between his C5-6 and C6-7 vertebrae, said his longtime manager, Mac Barnhardt.

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Tait: Stop talking, do something about slow play

I’ve just received my entry form for this year’s 72 Club. I’m thinking of sending one to a few PGA, European, Ladies European and LPGA tour pros. Maybe if some of them played once in the 72 Club, there wouldn’t be a problem with slow play.

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Berger, Florida State cruise to Gator Invitational win

Behind hot sophomore Daniel Berger, Florida State won its first Gator Invitational title since 1981 by an eye-opening 15 shots over North Florida.

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In this issue: Feb. 8, 2013

Inside the Feb. 8, 2013 issue of Golfweek:

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Tait: Healthy Sterne shows talent in Joburg victory

Once talked about in the same breath as countrymen Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, South African Richard Sterne won the Joburg Open Sunday, overcoming back injuries that hampered him in recent years.

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With poise and precision, Ko captures third pro title

Amateur Lydia Ko, 15, showed off a remarkable display of poise and precision to pick up her third career professional title, this one by a stroke at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open on Sunday.

Saturday, February 9

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Singh holds some options in drug probe

More than a week has passed since the startling revelation that Vijay Singh took a substance prohibited under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Program. Many Tour observers wonder how Singh, who has won 34 Tour events in a Hall of Fame career, could have competed last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after such a turn of events.

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Notes: At Pro-Am, Gretzky has ice in his veins

Even at 52 years old and 14 years into retirement, there’s still a semblance of what made Wayne Gretzky The Great One.

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Mediate takes Allianz lead with course-record 61

Rocco Mediate shot an 11-under 61 on Saturday, setting a course record and building a three-shot lead over Tom Pernice Jr. heading into the final round of the Allianz Championship.

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Illinois claims first Big Ten Match Play title

Illinois won its first Big Ten Match Play Championship on Saturday at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The Illini went undefeated in the semifinals and championship match to win the title.

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Tracker: Snedeker, Hahn share 1-shot Pebble lead

It shouldn't be a surprise at this point: Brandt Snedeker is in the thick of things. Snedeker shot a second consecutive round of 68 on Saturday at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, this time on Pebble Beach. He has a share of the lead with James Hahn.

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Sterne, Fisher share five-shot lead at Joburg Open

South African duo Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jr. each shot a 4-under 68 to move five shots ahead of the field at the Joburg Open on Saturday.

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Lefty barely into Sunday at Pebble after triple at 18

Phil Mickelson is out of contention at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after a third-round 73 that included a triple-bogey at No. 18.

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In New Zealand, a Ko-leader and heir apparent

Lydia Ko has a new accessory on her hand this week. Her U.S. Women’s Amateur champion’s ring arrived Wednesday, and she’s wearing it proudly, as it looks like one of the class rings from American movies that she has coveted.

Friday, February 8

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Semifinals set at Big 10 Match Play Championship

The semifinals are set for the Big 10 Match Play Championship. Illinois will meet Ohio State on the top of the bracket while Michigan State will play Iowa on the bottom of the bracket.

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Notes: Jacobson, Goosen return from back ailments

After battling back ailments late in 2012, Fredrik Jacobson and Retief Goosen are in contention at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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UCLA beats Washington in Amer Ari playoff

UCLA caught second-round leader Washington on Friday in the final round of the Amer Ari Invitational, and eventually beat the Huskies in a sudden-death playoff.

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Pernice, Langer share Allianz lead with 66

Bernhard Langer is a Hall of Famer who has won the Champions Tour money title four of the last five years. Tom Pernice Jr. is a career journeyman who at 53 tried to reach the PGA Tour through Q-School last year.

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Tracker: Potter, Snedeker build slim Pebble Beach lead

Ted Potter Jr. and Brandt Snedeker emerged as the leaders after a cloudy second round at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. See how it happened.

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Hurley loses sponsor exemption after arrival

Billy Hurley, his wife and two kids had made the trip to Pebble Beach after being offered a last-minute exemption. But tournament officials discovered he wasn’t officially a PGA Tour member and thus wasn’t eligible for the exemption.

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Fisher Jr. joins Sterne in lead in Johannesburg

Trevor Fisher Jr. shot a 9-under 62 and Richard Sterne had a 65 Friday to share the lead after the second round of the Joburg Open.

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Nike VR_S Covert irons

Nike VR_S Covert irons have a pronounced cavity and are intended to be super-game-improvement irons.

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TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue hybrids

The calling card for the TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 Rescue hybrid is the Speed Pocket, or slot, in the sole of the club.

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Shaft Month: Accra's co-owner, a preacher of proper fitting

The Accra Premium Golf Shafts business is based on intelligent, informed fitting, and Accra shafts are available only through a network of some 350 club fitters around the world.

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New clubs, iron shafts provide boost for Moore

Ryan Moore produced four rounds under 70 at Phoenix as he played for the first time with AeroTech SteelFiber composite shafts in his new TaylorMade RocketBladez irons.

Thursday, February 7

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Washington takes 2-shot lead at Amer Ari

Washington will take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Amer Ari Invitational after shooting 13-under 275 Thursday.

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Notes: Phil hardly fazed by 5-shot deficit at AT&T

Notes: Phil Mickelson may be five shots behind leaders Hunter Mahan and Russell Knox after the first round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but he hardly seem fazed after Thursday's 1-under 69.

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Ko trails by 1 at New Zealand Women's Open

Lydia Ko fired a 2-under 70 and trails by a shot after the first round of the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open.

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Durant, Slocum hope to turn tide at Pebble Beach

Joe Durant and Heath Slocum haven't had much success at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The veterans, who have lost their full status on Tour, are hoping to change that this week.

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Tour Tracker: Mahan, Knox lead at Pebble Beach

Hunter Mahan and Russell Knox each shot 6 under Thursday to take a share of the first-round lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am while Phil Mickelson started his title defense with a 1-under 69. See how it all unfolded.

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Baldry: Players enjoying their time in New Zealand

Camilla Lennarth, Mallory Fraiche and Jessica Speechley took to the McLeans for on Thursday afternoon for a fun time on mountain bikes in Christchurch, New Zealand. The women are over there playing in the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open.

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Kraft Nabisco announces 9 amateur sponsor invites

The Kraft Nabisco Championship has announced the names of nine of the world’s top amateurs, college and junior players that will participate in the 2013 tournament. Take a closer look at the nine player who were invited.

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Scores: Round 4, AT&T Pebble Beach Nat'l Pro-Am

Follow the Round 4 leaderboard from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Men's spring preview: West Coast Conference

Who would have thought five or six years ago that St. Mary’s would be a team of prominence not only within the West Coast Conference, but on the national scale as well? Yet, that’s exactly where the program is today.

Wednesday, February 6

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TCU, UCLA share first-round lead at Amer Ari Invitational

TCU, No. 16 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, and seventh-ranked UCLA shot 11-under 277 Wednesday at Waikoloa’s Kings Course to hold the first-round lead at the Amer Ari Invitational.

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Baldry: Taking a trip down the Avon in New Zealand

Our Beth Ann Baldry is in New Zealand on assignment and took a trip down the Avon in Christchurch with Anna Nordqvist on Thursday . . .

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5 Things: Dale gets his due at the Jones Cup

The Jones Cup is one of the premiere amateur events of the year. It’s also the first. Here are 5 Things we learned as the amateur season kicked off last weekend at Ocean Forest.

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Obecny (No. 17, 2014) commits to Central Florida

Thadd Obecny II of Wheeling, W.Va., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Central Florida in 2014.

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Westwoods look to rekindle pro-am magic of 2000

It might be 13 years later and a different tournament, but the combination of Lee Westwood and his father, John, will be a pro-am pairing to watch this week at Pebble Beach.

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True Temper's 'sub-40' driver shaft, Project X PXv 39

At the PGA Merchandise Show, which concluded Jan. 26, True Temper made a proclamation: “We have the lightest golf shaft that’s ever been introduced. It weighs 39.5 grams at 46 inches raw length.”

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Baylor wins Hurricane Invitational

Baylor, No. 28 in the Golfweek/Sagarin college women's team rankings, won the Hurricane Invitational on Feb. 5 shooting 31-over 883 to finish four shots ahead of Texas State.

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Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: Tee times, pairings

Here are the tee times and pairings for the first three rounds of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Walton Heath GC to host Palmer Cup in 2014

Walton Heath Golf Club in Surrey, England, will play host to the 2014 Palmer Cup. The annual Ryder Cup-style competition will be contested between the top collegiate golfers from the United States and Europe on the club’s Old Course on June 26-28.

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Hirschman (No. 46, 2014) commits to Oklahoma

Grant Hirschman of Collierville, Tenn., gave a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma.

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Survey: Club pros oppose bifurcation by slim margin

Alex Miceli reports on a survey of PGA pros, who weigh in with their thoughts on bifurcating the rules of golf.

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Along the shores of Pacific, golf's brightest unwind on surfboards

In Southern California, where golf's equipment industry meets the Pacific, another sport holds a mystic sway. Our Martin Kaufmann took to the shores of Carlsbad to observe . . .

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Old-school style: Twentysomething tour rep pines for the ’60s

Philip Foster, a tour rep for Mitsubishi Rayon, pines for the days of the late 1950s and 1960s, getting some of his fix on the beaches of Southern California.

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Oddsmakers like Mickelson, Johnson at Pebble

Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson are co-favorites at 8-1 to win this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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Mickelson's Augusta odds improve after WMPO rout

Phil Mickelson's 28-under total at TPC Scottsdale last week prompted Las Vegas oddsmakers to shave favorite Tiger Woods from a 9-2 favorite to 5-1 to win the Masters and move Mickelson from 15-1 to 12-1.

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Stricker targets Match Play for his next appearance

Steve Stricker committed Tuesday to return to the PGA Tour in two weeks at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Ariz.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Phil Mickelson is coming off a dominating performance at TPC Scottsdale, and half of our panel believes he'll defend his title at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week. Our predictions . . .

Tuesday, February 5

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UC Irvine partners with Kia for LPGA exemption

UC Irvine’s women’s golf program has teamed up with Kia to give an exclusive sponsor exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic awarded to the winner of the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 25-26 at Santa Ana Country Club.

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Tennessee claims SeaBest Invitational title

No. 33 Tennessee won the SeaBest Invitational at TPC Sawgrass on Tuesday, shooting 15-over 879 to finish four shots ahead of 26th-ranked Texas A&M.

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Q&A: Steve Friedlander, VP, Pelican Hill Golf Club

Our Marty Kaufmann talked to Steve Friedlander about business at Pelican Hill GC in Newport Coast, Calif.

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Toy Box: Lefty’s arsenal delivers wire-to-wire win

From Phil Mickelson's nearly complete Callaway bag to Titleist's new Pro V1 and Pro V1x gaining momentum, a look at equipment used last week in the world of golf.

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Women's spring preview: Southern Conference

After a rough start to the fall season, Chattanooga found its game with a new practice regimen and is now chasing its fourth consecutive Southern Conference title.

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Women's spring preview: Sun Belt Conference

The University of Denver has exited stage left, leaving the Sun Belt reigns open for the taking, and Florida International has made the first move with three fall wins.

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Women's spring preview: Southland Conference

With Texas State and Texas San Antonio out of the picture, Oral Roberts will attempt to take the Southland title in its first season in the conference.

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Women's spring preview: WAC

Denver is at the top of the Western Athletic Conference, but will be without longtime leader and coach Sammie Chergo, who left before the spring season.

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Notebook: Celebrating the last victories for Palmer, Wright

Next Monday will mark the 40th anniversary of Arnold Palmer’s last victory on the PGA Tour and if that isn’t a somber thought, then consider that the 40th anniversary of Mickey Wright’s final LPGA Tour win will arrive April 15.

Monday, February 4

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 28-Feb. 3, 2013

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Golf Channel's 'Spotlight' needs to take more chances

Golf Channel produced its first 'Spotlight' coverage on Sunday, intriguing our Marty Kaufmann. His post-round reaction? GC needs to take more chances.

Q&A: Pat Finlen, GCSAA president

Pat Finlen, the new president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, answered Golfweek’s questions on the eve of the industry’s trade show in San Diego.

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Team of the week: New Mexico

The Lobos, No. 3 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the Arizona Intercollegiate and became the first team to finish ahead of No. 1 Cal this season.

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Player of the week: Michael Kim, California

Kim, a sophomore from Del Mar, Calif., shared co-medalist honors at the Arizona Intercollegiate with teammate Joel Stalter.

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Women's spring preview: West Coast Conference

Pepperdine has won 14 of the last 16 West Coast Conference titles, while also claiming 13 of 16 individual crowns. Needless to say, the Waves have owned the WCC.

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GW Junior Invitational 2013

2013 Roster

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Shaft Month: Q&A with Fujikura's David Schnider

For Shaft Month, Fujikura's Dave Schnider sat down with Golfweek's James Achenbach and shared his thoughts on graphite performance and the latest trends affecting product development.

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Win pushes Mickelson into OWGR's top 10

Phil Mickelson has returned to the top 10 in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Mickelson rose 12 spots to No. 10 in this week's edition of the OWGR.

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East Coast: TBD

More details to come.

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New England: CT, Aug. 21-22

More details to come.

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Midwest: IL, June 13-14

More details to come

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Invitations extended to top 100 players

Longbow GC, Arizona

Sunday, February 3

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Chergo resigns after 15 years leading Denver women

Sammie Chergo has resigned from her position as the head women’s golf coach at Denver as she pursues a new chapter in her life.

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How it happened: Mickelson wins WMPO title

Brandt Snedeker gave Phil Mickelson a run for his money, but Mickelson's six-shot advantage proved to be too much as Lefty held on to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday. How it happened.

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5 Things: Mickelson holds on for Phoenix Open victory

Phil Mickelson felt some pressure on Sunday, but the six-shot advantage with which he began the day proved to be too much for his pursuers to overcome. Mickelson picked up his first 2013 victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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North Florida's Dale storms back to win Jones Cup

North Florida senior Sean Dale won the Jones Cup on Sunday, shooting 3-under 213 at Ocean Forest Golf Club to claim his first major amateur title.

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McCabe: Legends turn out to help one of their own

Icons. Legends. Heroes. Call them what you like, but on this day, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were even more. They were deliverers of goodwill to a family that believes in miracles.

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Tait: Time for Euro Tour minnows to shine

The end of the European Tour’s Middle East Swing heralds the start of a golden opportunity for the Tour’s lesser lights. We now enter a stretch of low-purse, low-key tournaments that give the minnows chances to play.

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Past Invitationals

More Info Coming Soon!

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East Coast: TBD

More Info Coming Soon!

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Midwest: IL, June 13-14

More Info Coming Soon!

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Tait: Gallacher's second win was long overdue

Stephen Gallacher’s victory in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic might be one of the most deserved wins ever recorded on the European Tour. It was long overdue says our Alistair Tait.

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UA-ASU rivalry is heated, but the golf is just plain hot

A visit to one of the largest college football rivalries - Arizona vs. Arizona State - also offers up spectacular golf with the likes of Dove Mountain and Ventana Canyon.

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Webb wins 8th Australian Ladies Masters title

Karrie Webb won her eighth Australian Ladies Masters title on Sunday, coming from two strokes behind in the final round with birdies on three of her last five holes for a 5-under-par 67 and a two-stroke victory.

Saturday, February 2

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Davis Love III recipient of USGA's Bob Jones Award

The U.S. Golf Association has named Davis Love III the recipient of the 2013 Bob Jones Award.

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5 Things: Can Mickelson go wire-to-wire at WMPO?

Phil Mickelson's full genius has been on display through three rounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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WM Phoenix Open: Round 4 pairings, tee times

Here are tee times and pairings for the fourth round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale:

USGA president Nager elected to second term

Glen Nager, president of the U.S. Golf Association, has been elected to serve a second one-year term. The election took place Feb. 2 at the USGA’s annual meeting in Coronado, Calif.

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Notes: Relaxed Carpenter focuses on college career

Alex Carpenter has relieved some self-imposed pressure, and now finds himself on the leaderboard at the Jones Cup, one of the nation’s top amateur events.

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Piccio wins frost-shortened Bulldog Individual

Florida senior Mia Piccio earned medalist honors Saturday at the weather-shortened Bulldog Individual Championship.

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Whitsett builds Jones Cup lead with unlikely caddie

Alabama junior Cory Whitsett will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the Jones Cup. He is trying to become the second consecutive Alabama player to win the event.

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USGA's Nager on slow play: 'Golf needs to act'

During his presidential address at the USGA Annual Meeting, Glen Nager said he intends to declare war on slow play and any move toward bifurcation.

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Tracker: Mickelson leads by six at Phoenix Open

Phil Mickelson began the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a four-shot lead, and extended it to six shots with a third-round 64.

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Teenagers Jutanugarn, Oh lead Aussie Ladies Masters

Sixteen-year-old Australian amateur Su-Hyun Oh and 17-year-old Thai golfer Ariya Jutanugarn shared the second-round lead Saturday at the Australian Ladies Masters.

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Gallacher takes Dubai lead; breaks scoring record

Stephen Gallacher of Scotland shot a 10-under 62 on Saturday to take a three-shot lead at the Dubai Desert Classic and break a three-round scoring record set by Tiger Woods 12 years ago.

Friday, February 1

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WM Phoenix Open: Round 3 tee times, pairings

Here are tee times and pairings from the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

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5 Things: Mickelson provides thrills in Phoenix

Phil Mickelson followed his opening-round, 11-under 60 with a 65 on Friday. "Phil the Thrill" holds a four-shot lead heading into what surely will be an exciting weekend in Phoenix. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday:

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Notebook: Miller, Williamson in transition stages

Jones Cup notebook: Mike Miller and Peter Williamson don't want to begin their professional careers before September's Walker Cup, so both have creative ways to fill their schedule until then.

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Tracker: Phil shoots 65, builds lead in Phoenix

He didn't make a run at 59 again, but Phil Mickelson turned in another strong round Friday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale.

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Whitsett, Caron hold 2-shot lead at Jones Cup

Alabama's Cory Whitsett and Florida State's Rowin Caron each used hole-outs for eagle to shoot 4-under 68. They are the co-leaders after one round of the Jones Cup.

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Sterne leads at halfway point in Dubai; Garcia 3 back

Richard Sterne sank a birdie on 18 to take a one-shot lead over Danish youngster Thorbjorn Olesen and two others after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

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Men's spring preview: Northeast Conference

Sacred Heart took a big step toward regaining conference bragging rights in the fall, finishing the first part of the season as the highest-ranked team in the Northeast Conference.

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Women's spring preview: Ohio Valley Conference

After sitting out the postseason – arguably the greatest part of any season – for the past three years, Southern Illinois Edwardsville finally is eligible to compete this spring, as a Division I team.

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Women's spring preview: SEC

So far this season, Florida has succeeded in delivering a message of dominance. The Gators aren’t the top-ranked team in the country – that honor goes to Washington – but they are tops in the SEC, one of the deepest conferences in the nation.

Walshe takes 1-stroke Australian Masters lead

American Alison Walshe birdied the 17th hole in an opening-round 6-under 66 that gave her a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda at the Australian Ladies Masters at Royal Pines on Friday.

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UCLA's Lua says she is healthy, ready for spring

Hampered by a nagging wrist injury, UCLA's Tiffany Lua says she is healthy and has qualified for the Bruins' first spring start on Feb. 11.

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