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5 Things: Snedeker begins title defense with 65

The first round of the Farmers Insurance Open is in the books. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the opening day of play at Torrey Pines, including Brandt Snedeker starting his title defense with a 7-under 65.

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Titleist debuts next-generation Pro V1, V1x

Titleist’s newest Pro V1 golf balls are ready to hit retailers’ shelves this week, promising more distance, softer feel and more durability in a tour-proven ball that already has won seven professional golf tournaments around the world.

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PGA Show set for 60th rendition

The 60th version of the PGA Merchandise Show will be held Jan. 24-26. More than 41,000 golf industry professionals and 1,100 vendors from 75-plus countries are scheduled to attend.

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New leadership: PGA's search for Bevacqua

Golfweek interviews key personnel involved in the hiring of the PGA of America's new CEO and reveals how Pete Bevacqua emerged as the best man for the job.

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Backweighting undergoes a revival

Backweighting will be seen in abundance at the PGA Merchandise Show. Sometimes called counterbalancing, backweighting is nothing new. It has been a part of the game for decades – clubmakers place lead or some heavy material in the butt end of the shaft to alter the feel and balance point of a club.

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Sorenstam opens with grow-the-game message

Under the bright lights of the PGA Show’s big stage at the Orange County Convention Center, the theme of this week became apparent as Annika Sorenstam spoke: Find ways to grow the game.

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LPGA unveils eight-team, biennial Crown Cup

The LPGA unveiled a new international team event at the PGA Merchandise Show. The International Crown will feature four-player teams from eight countries, competing over four days for the title of world’s best.

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Not easy, but Woods strong in 2013 Tour debut

Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour season began with a birdie, and his first round was completed in 68 strokes. It wasn’t always easy in between, but Woods is off to a strong start at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 68 at Torrey Pines

Tiger Woods has six PGA Tour victories, including the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines. He opened the Farmers Insurance Open with a 4-under 68 on Thursday. See how it happened.

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Optishot: Play the best courses from home

The Optishot infrared golf simulator is an indoor, in-home system that lets players practice on the driving range or on a major championship course replica.

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Former Stanford coach markets target system

Former Stanford coach Carolina O'Connor has branched out with her sheet-metal golf target system.

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Under Armour continues to build its women's brand

While it's men's golf line has grown over the past few years, few people know that Under Armour also has a women's line, as it is green-grass apparel. UA is making moves to continue to grow the women's side of the brand.

PHOTOS: Celebrities at 2013 PGA Merch Show

Check out the celebrities that made it to the 2013 PGA Merchandise Show on Thursday.

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NexBelt offers no-holes belt with proper fit

It might seem difficult to get excited about a golf belt, but how about a belt with no holes and that promises a better fit? NexBelt has created one.

Poulter and Pepper discuss the business side of golf

Two major golf personalities couldn’t be more alike . . . well, in some ways. Ian Poulter and Dottie Pepper were panelists for the PGA of America on Thursday at the 60th PGA Merchandise Show.

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Kaymer, Garcia in 4-way lead at Qatar Masters

Ryder Cup stars Martin Kaymer and Sergio Garcia were among four players tied for the lead at the Qatar Masters after the second round on Thursday.

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Scores: Final round at Torrey Pines

Check out the Round 3 leaderboard at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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PGA Tour could position itself to make own rules

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem heard another presentation by the USGA about the proposed anchoring ban. According to sources, he was hardly impressed.

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