News for Thursday, January 17, 2013

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How it happened: Tiger, McIlroy miss cut

Tiger Woods had to take a two-stroke penalty after the round and carded a 3-over 75 to miss the cut by a stroke in Abu Dhabi, while Rory McIlroy will also be exiting after a second consecutive 75.

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Rude: Clinton has long history with game of golf

Former President Bill Clinton was at the Humana again because his foundation is a tournament partner and beneficiary. Long before his association here, though, he was no stranger to Tour players.

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Mickelson battles cold, shoots even to open 2013

Phil Mickelson battled the lingering effects of a cold to notch an even-par 72 during the first round of the Humana Challenge. But despite the low energy, Lefty says he's got a low round in him for Friday.

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Tour Tracker: Trio at 9 under leads Humana

There are plenty of big names at the Humana Challenge this week, including Phil Mickelson, but three not-so-big names – Roberto Castro, James Hahn and Jason Kokrak – lead after the first round.

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Lee won't defend Annika title, but plans for busy summer

Defending champion Alison Lee won't attempt a title defense at this weekend's AJGA Annika Invitational, but Golfweek's top-ranked junior still has a full summer schedule planned.

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Ko attempting title defense at Aussie Women's Am

It’s summer in Australia, which means World No. 1 amateur Lydia Ko is making headlines Down Under instead of in the U.S. Ko, 15, is attempting a title defense at the Australian Women's Amateur.

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Rose, Donaldson emerge as Abu Dhabi co-leaders

With the bulk of the gallery following Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi, Justin Rose and Jamie Donaldson quietly put up rounds of 67 to share the lead.

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Tait: Woods, McIlroy falter in starring roles

There were plenty of greenbacks shelled out to get Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods to Abu Dhabi this week. After Thursday, it might be time to wonder if they brought their respective games with them, says our Alistair Tait.

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Humana Challenge: Round 1 tee times & pairings

A look at the tee times and pairings for Thursday at the Humana Challenge.

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Men's spring preview: Conference USA

Josh Gregory, who arrived in Dallas before the 2011-12 season after leading Augusta State to two consecutive national championships, guided the Mustangs to their third straight NCAA regional appearance last season.

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Women's spring preview: Horizon League

With perennial powerhouse Butler gone, the door is open for a new conference champion, and Detroit is the frontrunner after three fall victories.

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Champ, Gilchrest highlight Puerto Rico Open field

The only AJGA tournament outside the continental United States, the Puerto Rico Open takes place this week at Trump International Golf Club in Rio Grande.

Scores: Round 4 at Humana Challenge

Check out the Round 4 leaderboard at the Humana Challenge.

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Odds: Five co-favorites at Humana

Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker, Tim Clark and Phil Mickelson have been installed as 15/1 favorites at the Humana Challenge, while Rory McIlroy is a slight favorite over Tiger Woods in Abu Dhabi.