News for Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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Reports: Nicklaus' grandson again hurt on motorcycle

Florida State Seminoles football tight end Nick O'Leary, a grandson of Jack Nicklaus, has again been injured in a motorcycle accident, according to reports.

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LPGA creates new Rolex Annika Major Award

On the eve of the year’s first major, the LPGA announced a new Rolex Annika Major Award that recognizes the LPGA player who performs the best in all five major championships.

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Stars come into Kraft Nabisco playing strong

Go ahead, try to pick the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner today -- that one-size-fits-all white robe for the winner's jump into Poppie's Pond could be wrapped around any number of players come Sunday.

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Porteous defeats Fitzpatrick at Georgia Cup

For the third consecutive year, the British Amateur champion won the 17th annual Georgia Cup, an 18-hole match between amateur champions from the U.S. and United Kingdom.

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Smith has been 'dreaming' about his 1st AJGA win

Brandon Smith had been dreaming about his first AJGA victory for a long time, and finally broke through on March 30 at the Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: April 2, 2014

In this week's issue of Toy Box Extra, we visit with the Wood Bros., who fondly remember the days of wooden drivers. We also feature new putters from Odyssey and Ping, as well as a new golf ball from TaylorMade.

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ECCO launches limited-edition Couples BIOM Hybrid shoe

ECCO Golf has launched a Fred Couples Signature Model of the BIOM Hybrid shoe with a limited-edition of 275 pairs available.

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In this issue: April 4, 2014

Inside the April 4, 2014 issue of Golfweek.

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Pro notes recap: Mindsets leading up to Masters; more

From Matt Every backing out of two tournaments in Texas to Jim Furyk stressing confidence over numbers, Masters preparations take different mentalities, while the age-50 set earns dual PGA Tour and Champions Tour status; plus more in our pro notes recap.

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Notes: Mickelson's audible; Toms' slump; more

Phil Mickelson found himself in a sponsor's "shift" out of a pro-am, while David Toms talks about the core of a slump and Stephen Ames' son does him proud as a 14-year-old caddie.

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Points brings ancient Ping irons to Houston

In defending his championship at the Shell Houston Open, D.A. Points is using 5-year-old Ping i5 irons.

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Durant sees opportunity, not dilemma, in age 50

Ah, the perks of reaching age 50 in pro golf. Double the options, for some -- including Joe Durant, who will continue playing the PGA Tour when he can while adding Champions Tour events.

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Men's Midweek Report: Rodgers wins again

Welcome to Golfweek’s Men's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest men's college golf news, March 27-April 2.

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Tour players discuss pre-Masters no-shows

Would playing in the Valero Texas Open have hindered Matt Every’s Masters preparation? Perhaps. But to hear at least one PGA Tour veteran's take, it would have enhanced his character.

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Shelton shines as Alabama looks to return to form

Robby Shelton has adjusted to college golf while leading the Alabama Crimson Tide with three shared wins.

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Schwartzel's Nike Golf apparel at 2014 Masters

Charl Schwartzel will wear different shades of grey, black and white to play Augusta National, April 10-13.

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Adidas Adicross Gripmore

Adidas' Adicross Gripmore uses rubber-like cleats that flex and bend to focus on traction.

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Furyk leans on 'confidence,' not stats

Ask 10 players what “being on form” means going into the Masters and you might get nine different answers. To Jim Furyk, “it’s confidence,” not numbers.

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After heart surgery, Banks wins David Toms Award

Eric Banks, the Florida junior who underwent open-heart surgery in 2012 but returned to the Gators lineup, was named April 1 as recipient of the David Toms Overcoming Adversity Award.

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Former Bulldogs earn most money on PGA Tour

The Rivals Cup is a website that promotes college affiliations of pro athletes by ranking NCAA programs and seeing what university is having the biggest impact in pro sports. Georgia leads the PGA Tour in 2013-14 season.

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McIlroy's Nike Golf apparel for 2014 Masters

Rory McIlroy will debut his new Nike Golf Innovation Color polo at the 2014 Masters. Check out all his apparel for April 10-13.

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Women's Midweek Report: USC, Duke win

Welcome to Golfweek’s Women's Midweek Report. We wanted to use this hump day to update you on all the latest women's college news.