News for Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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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 . . .