News for Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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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.