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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.

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