News for Thursday, May 9, 2013

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West: Vandy leads in maiden trip to West Regional

Vanderbilt is getting a new look at NCAA regionals from the West Coast. The Commodores lead top-ranked and top-seeded USC by a shot.

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Island green at 17th endures as Players' tough test

Certainly at TPC Sawgrass, the smallest is not necessarily the meekest. The 17th is not the most difficult hole on the golf course, but it’s the main attraction, with its large but intimidating island green.

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Central: Florida leads, even without senior Lendl

Florida leads after the first round at the NCAA Central Regional, even without standout senior Isabelle Lendl in the lineup.

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Rude: Rare contention at Players for Tiger

Tiger Woods put himself in a position to contend for only the third time in his 15 starts at the PGA Tour's Players Championship, one of the few tournaments that has confounded him.

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East: Popson channels positivity, opens with 67

It has been a lackluster final semester for Erica Popson, but the Tennessee senior opened the NCAA East Regional with a 67 for a share of the lead.

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How it Happened: Castro's 63 leads at Players

Roberto Castro tied the course record with a 9-under 63, while Rory McIlroy (66) and Tiger Woods (67) are within striking distance at the Players Championship. See how it all happened!

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5 Things: Johnson lurks, Stallings wavers

Scott Stallings starts his day with five birdies but walks away with just a 71, while Zach Johnson adds to his share of success at TPC Sawgrass with a 66 in his third straight trip to the Players, plus more.

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NCAA report: Gambling widespread in men's golf

According to the survey findings, 21.3 percent of Division I men’s golfers reported wagering on sports, a violation of NCAA rules, more than any of the other 10 Division I men’s programs surveyed.

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Tulane high on life, leaderboard at regionals

This week at the Auburn University Club, it’s all about earning a berth into the NCAA Championship. Tulane has accomplished the feat three times in program history.

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Mahan finds his path, fires a 5-under 67 at Players

After struggling since a runner-up finish at Match Play, Hunter Mahan seemed to find his old magic in a 5-under 67 on Thursday at the Players Championship.

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Scott, McIlroy, Stricker as good as advertised

Masters champion Adam Scott shot a 3-under 69 to open the Players Championship while playing partner Rory McIlroy is among the leaders with a 6-under 66.

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Tech support: Castro (63) takes cue from Kuchar

Roberto Castro entered Thursday having played the Players Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass just twice before, once in a pro-am and the other in a practice round Wednesday with Matt Kuchar and Geoff Ogilvy. He left with a 9-under 63.

Portland Golf Club to host U.S. Women's Amateur in 2015

The USGA announced Portland (Ore.) Golf Club as the host site of the 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. The dates of the championship are Aug. 10-16.

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Top Division II men's squads headed to Hershey

Ten of the top 12 ranked men’s teams in Division II have advanced to the national championship.

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Players blog: Yang's caddie takes title

James Walton, who caddies for Y.E. Yang, stuck his tee shot to 4 1/2 feet on No. 17 to win the closest-to-the-pin caddie competition Wednesday at TPC Sawgrass.

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Players blog: Stallings off to strong start

Scott Stallings, playing in his second Players Championship, has birdied his first five holes during Thursday's first round at TPC Sawgrass.

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Scores: Round 4, The Players Championship

Check out the Round 4 leaderboard from the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.