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SPECIAL EDITION: Presidents Cup, Day 1

From the Forecaddie to match-by-match breakdowns to Jeff Babineau's take on the day that was at Muirfield Village, take an easy-to-read trip through Day 1 at the Presidents Cup.

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Presidents Cup: Day 2 staff predictions

Four groups are unanimous choices to win their Presidents Cup matches on Day 2 in alternate-shot play. Here are our staff's predictions.

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Scott, Matsuyama rally for half point

Internationals Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama rally late to salvage a half point from Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Maysuyama, making his Presidents Cup debut, biridied two of his last three holes to help secure the half point.

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Notes: Mickelson struggles; de Jonge shines in debut

Phil Mickelson went with 13 clubs Thursday at the Presidents Cup, then struggled in his opening match.

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Stricker guides Spieth through Presidents Cup debut

Steve Stricker, the last man to hit a shot at the Presidents Cup on Thursday, stood on the 18th green in near darkness at Muirfield Village, put his arm around the young charge to his right, and smiled like a father who'd just helped to guide his son to his first driver's license.

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Rude: Internationals trail, but do so with hope

Seemingly aided by a well-timed timeout by Mother Nature, the Internationals fought back and pumped life back into an opening day at Presidents Cup that had appeared to be a blowout early.

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Prez Cup telecast not flashy, but proficient

The virtues of brevity. Leaving the audience wanting more. Martin Kaufmann was reminded of that while watching Day 1 of the Presidents Cup, the PGA Tour’s answer to the Ryder Cup.

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Americans hang on to take lead in Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods sat in a cart with a squirrel, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel walked onto the first tee wearing wigs, Fred Couples was given cupcakes for his birthday: Welcome to Day 1 at the Presidents Cup.

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Woods, Kuchar cruise past Leishman, Cabrera

Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar notched the most lopsided victory of the day, a 5-and-4 victory over Marc Leishman and Angel Cabrera.

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Presidents Cup: Day 2 pairings and matches

U.S. captain Fred Couples and International captain Nick Price announced their Day 2 foursome pairings at the Presidents Cup.

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Day, DeLaet close strong to top Mahan, Snedeker

The first match of the day went to the Internationals, as Jason Day and Graham DeLaet won three of the last four holes to notch a 1-up victory over Brandt Snedeker and Hunter Mahan.

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Auburn's Evans gets good report in cancer fight

Auburn women's golf head coach Kim Evans went to Birmingham for blood tests Monday in her ongoing battle to overcome cancer – and the results were good.

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How it happened: U.S. takes lead at Presidents Cup

With Day 1 four-balls potentially changing the dynamic at the Presidents Cup, a lot of eyeballs will be on Muirfield Village today as action finally gets underway in the 10th playing of the biennial competition.

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Prez Cup: Mickelson/Bradley vs. Schwartzel/Oosthuizen

For the first time in team competition, Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley (U.S.) lost. International team members Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel took them down 2 and 1.

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Prez Cup: Dufner/Johnson vs. Grace/Sterne

In the last match of the day Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson (U.S.) took down Branden Grace and Richard Sterne (Internationals) 5 and 3. Take a look at how this match went down.

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Spieth, Stricker hold off Els, de Jonge

Twelve-time PGA Tour winner Steve Stricker and 2013 Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth of the U.S. needed par at the 18th to earn a point against four-time major champion Ernie Els and Brendon de Jonge.

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Matsuyama, Scott snag halve with Haas, Simpson

The U.S.' Bill Haas and Webb Simpson never led by more than two shots – and Internationals Hideki Matsuyama and Adam Scott never led – but their match ended in a halve thanks to a late comeback.

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Euros lead GB&I by 2 after Seve Trophy openers

Europe, which lost the last six Seve Trophy tournaments and is trying to win the trophy for the first time since the inaugural contest in 2000, won three of the five pairings.

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Hickok en route to support Spieth at Prez Cup

Before they were teammates at Texas, U.S. Presidents Cup team member Jordan Spieth and Kramer Hickok were rivals on the golf course. Kramer is en route to Dublin, Ohio, to root on his best friend.

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Barrand (NR, 2014) commits to Boston College

Katie Barrand has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Boston College beginning in the fall of 2014. Barrand also considered St. Lawrence, Bowdoin, Bucknell and Gettysburg.

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Chris DiMarco set to carry on UF tradition

PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco, a former standout at the University of Florida, will be the honorary "Celebrity Mr. Two Bits" when the Gators host Arkansas in football Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

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Marshall freshmen contribute to early team success

Marshall has won back-to-back titles for only the third time in program history, in large part because of freshmen Clark Robinson and Will Evans.

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Korda, Choi go bogey-free in China for LPGA lead

Na Yeon Choi and Jessica Korda share the lead after the first round of the Reignwood LPGA Classic, the first stop on the LPGA’s five-tournament Asia swing. Both players posted 9-under 64 Thursday at Pine Valley Golf Club in Beijing, China.

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Saldana: Club-golf diversity outreach pays off

Guillermo "Memo" Saldana, who serves as president for the TCU club golf team – and has an interesting perspective on diversity in the game of golf and where collegiate club golf is headed.

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Snedeker, Kuchar use Bridgestone prototype balls

Bridgestone unveiled two prototype golf balls -- both are four-piece construction with urethane covers -- that Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar put into play at the Presidents Cup.

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Achenbach: The legend of Apex

Apex irons, soon to be revitalized by Callaway, have a rich history that dates back to Ben Hogan's clubmaking days. The brand's legacy is a long line of Apex models and memories for those who played them.

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NCCGA Prez, Hamori, makes first-ever hole-in-one

Kevin Hamori is the NCCGA President and member President of the Ohio State Club Golf Team, finally made his first hole-in-one at Legacy Golf Club. Hamori won the the Midwest Regional shooting an impressive 75-73.

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Notes: Park could deliver Rolex POY for South Korea

It's hard to believe that in the time since Se Ri Pak burst onto the LPGA scene in 1998, a South Korean has not won the Rolex Player of the Year Award. But Inbee Park could end that drought this year.

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By The Numbers: Brickyard Collegiate, 5

Five is the number heading into the Brickyard Collegiate, which starts Friday in Macon, Ga., as five individuals ranked inside Golfweek's top 20 are set to compete.