News for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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5 Things: Ready for some TPC Scottsdale rowdiness?

It's almost here: "The Greatest Show on Grass." Last year a record 173,210 spectators packed TPC Scottsdale on Saturday for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Here are 5 Things to expect this week . . .

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Hogan Award watch list features 27 top collegians

The 2013 Ben Hogan Award Watch List was announced on Wednesday. The award is presented annually to the top NCAA men’s Division I, II or III golfer taking into account all collegiate and amateur competition during the 12-month period. Take a closer look at the 27 golfers named to the Ben Hogan Award Watch List in 2013.

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Women's spring preview: Pac-12 Conference

At Oregon State, Rise Alexander’s squad lives by the phrase “be in the moment.” In a conference that includes the top-ranked team in the nation (Washington), and the worst team ranking is No. 84 (Colorado), Oregon State must be in the moment to find success.

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Singh ‘shocked’ at banned-substance misstep

Vijay Singh expressed shock and anger when it was disclosed in a Sports Illustrated article that he was taking a banned substance, according to a statement released Wednesday by Singh here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Blixt: 'Living a dream,' minus the skates

Sweden's Jonas Blixt is from a remote and rural area of 16,000 residents, but his game is putting his corner of the world on the map.

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Trump teams with Faldo to overhaul Doral courses

Having bought Doral Resort & Spa near Miami last year, Donald Trump is now teaming with World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Faldo on a redesign of 36 holes at the legendary five-course property.

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Loar, Presnell, Hurley earns spots in WMPO

Ed Loar was this year's hard-luck case at Q-School, but he'll be on the PGA Tour this week at the WMPO. PGA Tour rookie Alistair Presnell and John Hurley also earned spots via the qualifier.

Three players qualify for Open championship

New Zealand’s Mark Brown, and Australians Steve Jeffress and Stephen Dartnall qualified for the Open Championship at Muirfield through International Final Qualifying.

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Woods cuts into McIlroy's OWGR lead

Tiger Woods didn't pass Rory McIlroy in the Official World Golf Ranking after winning the Farmers Insurance Open. Woods cut into McIlroy's advantage, though.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Waste Management Phoenix Open

Half of our panel agrees that there is a man to beat this week: Nick Watney. And after a T-4 and T-13 to start the season, there is little reason to disagree. Our predictions.

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Phelps signs equipment deal with Ping

When Michael Phelps plays in today’s pro-am at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Olympian will do it with a new set of custom-fit Ping clubs.