News for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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Oddsmakers look for Johnson to win again

It didn’t take long for Dustin Johnson to be installed as the favorite to win his second event in the 2013 PGA Tour season, as he is an 8-1 favorite at the Sony Open.

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Honda locks in 4 more years at PGA National

The Honda Classic is guaranteed to spend the next four years at PGA National Resort & Spa after extending its contract with the Palm Beach Gardens resort.

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Stricker challenges Johnson despite pain in leg

Despite a jarring pain shooting up his leg, defending champion Steve Stricker had a chance to tie Dustin Johnson for the lead on the back nine. His ability to hang in there is why we'll miss seeing him more often on Tour, says our Jeff Babineau.

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Sorenstam's finger fine after kitchen mishap

A photo on Twitter seemed to depict a missing finger tip on the left hand of Annika Sorenstam, but her husband says that the picture makes it look worse than it is.

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5 Things: Johnson runs away with Hyundai title

Dustin Johnson collected his seventh PGA Tour victory on Tuesday, shooting 16-under 203 (69-66-68) to finish four shots ahead of Steve Stricker at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Tracker: D. Johnson holds off Stricker in Kapalua

Dustin Johnson won his third 54-hole title of his career, holding off Steve Stricker to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions by four shots in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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Stupples changes her life with dramatic weight loss

Karen Stupples original weight-loss goal was to drop from a size 12 to a size 8. She accomplished that, but when her season began to wind down in the fall, she hit the gym harder and slimmed down to a 4.

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LPGA: Jamie Farr to become The Marathon Classic

News of the 2013 schedule is dripping out of LPGA headquarters one press release at a time. In an effort to give sponsors their due, the LPGA has chosen to send out individual releases about several tournaments rather than overwhelm us with good news.

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Duval creates stir after Twitter posts on Humana

David Duval created a quasi-controversy when he took to Twitter on Monday to inform his fans that he hadn’t received a sponsor exemption to this month's Humana Challenge, where he shot a final-round 59 to win the 1999 event.

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10 PGA Tour rookies to watch in 2013

It’s almost too good to be true. Earning a PGA Tour card is the realization of a lifelong dream, and that prize comes with a tropical vacation. The PGA Tour’s first full-field event of the season, the Sony Open in Hawaii, also marks the debut for the PGA Tour’s rookies.

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Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 to include Legends of the Majors feature

EA Sports announced on Tuesday that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14 will have Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods or one of the six other legends in the Legends of the Majors feature.

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Cochran, 54, Monday qualifies for Sony Open

Champions Tour player Russ Cochran, 54, will play in the first full-field event of the PGA Tour season after Monday qualifying for the Sony Open in Hawaii.

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Player of the week: Casie Cathrea

Casie Cathrea won the 2013 San Diego Junior Amateur after shooting a final-round 2-under 70 at Sycuan Resort on Jan 5.

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Player of the week: Corey Shaun

Corey Shaun won the 2013 San Diego Junior Amateur at the Steele Canyon Golf Club on Jan. 5.

Golfweek Junior Invitational Coming Soon!

Golfweek Junior Invitational Coming Soon!

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Guan faring well at Australian Master of the Amateurs

Tianlang Guan is faring well on an Alister Mackenzie design. He hopes the same sentence can be written in April. Guan, the Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, shot 68 Tuesday in the first round of the Australian Master of the Amateurs. He's one shot back of a five-way tie for the lead.

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Jumeirah Group ends sponsorship with McIlroy

The Jumeirah Group is not renewing its five-year sponsorship deal with top-ranked Rory McIlroy amid expectations that the Northern Ireland golf star will sign with Nike next week.

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Women's spring preview: Big Sky

With six titles in the past decade, Portland State is one of the dominant schools in the Big Sky, where a conference title is important because of the automatic qualifying spot into NCAA Regionals that it carries.

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Beyond the course: Suzann Pettersen takes you road cycling

On Day 7 of Tracy Wilcox's multimedia project going behind the scenes with eight LPGA stars, Suzann Pettersen shows off one way she stays in incredible shape: Road cycling.

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Preview: Tour’s bridge season will reward fast start

To many, the PGA Tour season is a marathon, not a sprint. But this year, the hare has the edge against the tortoise as the finish line to earn a Tour card for the following season occurs in August, not October.

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Preview: Can aging U.S. triumvirate still triumph?

Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk combined for a total of two PGA Tour victories in 2012, posing the question: Can they regain their old form?

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Men's spring preview: Big 12

Gone from last season's NCAA championship squad are Dylan Frittelli and Jordan Spieth. In came Brandon Stone, and now Texas coach John Fields is considering bringing Beau Hossler into the fold a bit earlier than he had anticipated.

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Hyundai TOC: Final-round tee times and pairings

A look at the third-round tee times at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii.

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Notebook: Snedeker's putter goes cold in second round

Notebook: Having posted a morning 70 to sit at 3 under, just one off the lead, Brandt Snedeker birdied four of the first six holes in the afternoon and at 6 under he shared the lead at one point, led by himself at another. Then, he stumbled backward.

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Johnson puts on a clinic to take TOC lead

Dustin Johnson (69-66) is the man everyone will try to chase down in Tuesday’s 18-hole sprint to the finish, and if he plays anything like he did on Monday, well, good luck with that. Tee to green, Johnson put on a clinic, hitting 33 of 36 greens in regulation.

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