News for Friday, April 4, 2014

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After losing granddad, Martin forges on at Kraft

“He was the most peaceful person I've ever met,” Mo Martin said of her grandfather, Lincoln, who passed away last month at age 102 -- and had admirers in his own right at LPGA events.

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Shell Houston Open: Tee times, third round

Here are the tee times and groupings for the third round of the PGA Tour's Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas.

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Notes: Harrington's grip; Mickelson's feel; more

Padraig Harrington lets a group play through as he copes with an injured finger while Phil Mickelson finds his feel and Steve Stricker talks about his new equipment halfway through the Shell Houston Open.

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5 Things: Garcia surges into Houston lead

Sergio Garcia came out Friday morning and fired a 7-under 65 to grab the second-round lead at the Shell Houston Open while Matt Kuchar is one shot back entering the weekend.

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Tracker: Garcia leads Kuchar by 1 in Houston

Sergio Garcia, Jordan Spieth and Steve Stricker will be among the early players taking aim Friday at first-round leaders Bill Haas and Charley Hoffman during the second round of the PGA Tour's 2014 Shell Houston Open.

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Williamson grabs 1st-round lead at Terra Cotta

Bill Williamson carded a bogey-free, 5-under 67 Friday to grab the first-round lead at the Terra Cotta Invitational at Naples (Fla.) National Golf Club.

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Warren, Horsey lead as NH Collection halted again

For the second straight day, play was cut short at the NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain, because of Thursday's rain -- but not before Scotland's Marc Warren moved to a share of the lead with a 5-under 67 in the second round.

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64 propels Lexi Thompson to share of Kraft lead

On a calm, cloudy Friday at the Dinah Shore Course, Lexi Thompson took advantage of easier pin positions and vaulted from a tie for 29th to a share of the lead of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship during the second round's morning wave.

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VIDEO: College Central, Surprise women's teams

Our Lance Ringler and Julie Williams visited with Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski to chat about surprise teams ahead of the NCAA Championship.

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VIDEO: College Central, Surprise men's teams

Our Lance Ringler sat down with Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski and Ryan Lavner to discuss surprise men's teams ahead of the NCAA Championship.

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VIDEO: College Central, Faltering women's teams

Our Lance Ringler and Julie Williams visit with Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski to chat about women's teams that are faltering prior to the NCAA Championship.

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VIDEO: College Central, Faltering men's teams

Our Lance Ringler joins Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski and Ryan Lavner to discuss teams that are seeing their stock fall before the NCAA Championship.

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VIDEO: College Central, Women's sleeper teams

Our Lance Ringler and Julie Williams sat down with Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski to discuss women's sleeper teams to watch out for prior to the NCAA Championship.

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VIDEO: College Central, Men's sleeper teams

Our Lance Ringler joins Golf Channel's Steve Burkowski and Ryan Lavner to chat about sleeper teams ahead of the NCAA Championships.

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Arnie's ceremonial tee shot to mark 50 years

Arnold Palmer is celebrating the 50th anniversary of his last of four green jackets at Augusta National, a Masters win that also turned out to be his final of seven major titles.

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ANNIKA Award Watch List: April 4, 2014

As the spring season progresses, Golfweek is monitoring the race for the inaugural Annika Award. An award update will be posted each Friday on Golfweek.com.

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UCF shares breakout season with biggest fan

The UCF Knights are becoming one of the nation's top teams, sharing their success with Nick Hamel, a close supporter.

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Oklahoma State, Cal head to Aggie Invitational

Some of the nation's top teams will look to make a statement in College Station, Texas, Saturday and Sunday at the Aggie Invitational, including California and Oklahoma State.

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Haskins Award Watch List: April 4, 2014

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers solidifies his spot atop the Haskins Award Watch List with his fourth win of the season, including three in his last three starts.

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Youths target winning putt at Augusta

The Drive, Chip and Putt finals will give youngsters from throughout the U.S. an opportunity this Sunday to feel the sort of magic that allows Masters winner to walk a little taller when they visit Augusta National each spring.

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TV guide: Augusta National, hole-by-hole

Our Bradley S. Klein offers up what to watch for next week at Augusta National, a course that features 18 distinct personalities.

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Bradley's scripted apparel for 2014 Masters

Keegan Bradley is going to be wearing a plethora of colors from Tommy Hilfiger for the first major of the year: the Masters at Augusta National.

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Bobby Jones Watson Stripe, Stretch Pique polos

Next week's spectators and fans associate Masters with color green, and Bobby Jones has multiple clothing items to satisfy needs.

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Nexbelt continues to be creative for golfers

Nexbelt continues to be creative in its designs for golfers. "The belt with no holes" adjust by quarter-inch increments, which allows for a comfortable fits via a ratcheting system (PreciseFit).

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Masters Roundtable: Best hole at Augusta?

In what many regard as the crown gem of golf course design, our staff takes a look at Augusta National in today's roundtable, offering up memories, their favorite holes and how the lack of the Eisenhower Tree will affect play this year.