News for Sunday, February 17, 2013

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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.