News for Friday, March 1, 2013


News 2013 March 1


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Honda Classic: Third-round tee times, pairings

Here are the third-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.:

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How it happened: Tiger makes the cut; McIlroy WDs

It was a bizarre day at PGA National. The World No. 1 literally walked off the course. The World No. 2 had to fight just to stick around for the weekend. See how it all happened.

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5 Things: McIlroy walks off during second round of Honda

Take a look at 5 Things from the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Woods shoots consecutive 70s to make Honda cut

Tiger Woods won’t be joining Rory McIlroy for another Sunday game at Medalist. Woods’ weekend tee times will be at PGA National. He made the cut at the Honda Classic. Barely.

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Westwood feeling right at home after 2-under 68

Lee Westwood is enjoying some home cooking this week. The newly-minted South Floridian carded a 2-under 68 to reach the halfway point at 6-under 134 at the Honda Classic.

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Guthrie, Thompson dissect PGA National to top of leaderboard

The top two players on the leaderboard - Luke Guthrie at 9 under and Michael Thompson at 8 under - play similar games. Both are medium-length hitters who keep the ball in play and rely on strong putting.

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Notes: Vines ascends to No. 1 behind putting

Notebook: From Oklahoma State's Kelsey Vines moving up to No. 1 in the Sagarin Rankings to Gonzaga's Alice Kim winning the UC Irvine Invitational and getting an LPGA exemption into the Kia Classic.

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McIlroy WDs after miserable start to second round

The No. 1 golfer on the planet sure doesn’t appear anything near it these days. On a chilly, overcast Friday morning at PGA National, the bubbling pot that has been Rory McIlroy’s rugged 2013 season finally spilled over in frustration.

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Cal's Kim stays atop Haskins Watch List

Cal's Michael Kim retains the top spot in our Haskins Award Watch List, although Texas' Brandon Stone made up some ground, as did Cal teammate Joel Stalter.

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Shaft Month: Oban delivers performance for a premium

With industry veterans at the helm, Oban is building its shaft business with one word in mind: premium. Company officials say they're all about top-tier performance for a top-tier price.

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Bridgestone E5, E6, E7 golf balls

Bridgestone adjusts dimples in E5, E6, E7 golf balls

The Bridgestone E5 is for golfers seeking a ball with higher trajectory; the E6 is for players who want to hit the ball straighter; and the E7 is a distance ball.

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TaylorMade Lethal golf balls

TaylorMade offers five-piece Lethal golf balls

The TaylorMade Lethal is the company’s new five-piece ball — featuring two cores, two mantle layers and an outer cover.

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Callaway Hex Black Tour golf ball

Callaway Hex Black Tour golf ball draws Mickelson's praise

Phil Mickelson says that the spin and control of the Callaway Hex Black Tour golf ball are superlative around the green -- and that he is driving the ball farther than ever.

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EverBank new sponsor for Tour stop at Innisbrook

Sewing up the only loose end to its schedule, the PGA Tour announced that EverBank will serve as presenting sponsor of the Tampa Bay Championship.

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USC men showing signs of greatness

With a second straight tournament title under their belts, the USC men are showing signs of greatness so far this spring.

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Kiradech, Matsuyama earn Open Championship spots

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 9-under 63 Friday to win a 36-hole Asia regional qualifying tournament for this year's British Open. Hideki Matsuyama, Daisuke Maruyama and Wu Ashun also qualified.

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Lewis takes 2-shot lead at HSBC Champions

Stacy Lewis made six birdies to shoot a 6-under 66 and take a two-stroke lead after Friday's second round of the HSBC Women's Champions.