News for Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Lexi's leap: Thompson wins Kraft Nabisco

Lexi Thompson’s romp at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 6 gives her four LPGA titles at the tender age of 19.

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Odds: Scott, McIlroy installed as co-favorites

With Tiger Woods on the bench for the first major of the year, Las Vegas has instilled defending champion Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy as co-favorites to win the 2014 Masters.

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Tracker: Thompson wins 1st major at Kraft

Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie share a two-shot lead going into Sunday at the LPGA's first major of 2014, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Follow the highlights right here!

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Wyoming hosts Cowboy, Cowgirl Classics in Arizona

The Wyoming Cowgirl Classic and Wyoming Cowboy Classic will tee off in Arizona this week.

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Web.com Intercollegiate brings in solid field

Nineteen teams will play at the Web.com Intercollegiate this week in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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Iconic Augusta National ground shapes course design

More than any other U.S. layout and probably second in the world only to the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course has had widespread impact on the game. The layout designed by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie is endlessly fascinating to walk and to see on TV. And it has become a meme for subsequent design.

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Players get first look at 'new' 17th hole at Augusta

As veterans and youngsters alike took to early practice rounds at Augusta National on Sunday, it wasn't just the lack of the 17th hole's Eisenhower Tree that was noticeable.

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Italy's Crespi wins NH Collection for 1st title

Playing in his 25th European Tour event, Marco Crespi of Italy had five birdies during a 3-under 69 to earn his first title on the tour by two shots at the inaugural NH Collection Open.

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Davis Riley triumphs at Terra Cotta Invitational

Davis Riley won the Terra Cotta Invitational in Naples, Fla., despite a late charge from Haden Wood and Brad Dalke.

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Winner's Bag: Matt Jones, Shell Houston Open

Here is a complete list of the club Matt Jones used to win the 2014 Shell Houston Open.

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Eason, UCF hold off Texas at 3M Augusta Invitational

Behind stellar play from standout senior Greg Eason, UCF outlasted Texas to capture the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club on Sunday by a single shot.

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South Carolina takes victory at ASU Invitational

The South Carolina Gamecocks sealed a win at the Ping/Arizona State Invitational after going low in the second round.

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USC wins match-play title at Liz Murphey

USC added another victory in Athens on April 6 after an unusual trip east to the Liz Murphey Collegiate, a long-running tournament transformed to match play this year in lieu of the 2015 format change for the NCAA Women’s Championship.

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Texas A&M, LSU share Aggie Invitational title

Texas A&M came back on its home turf to tie LSU and earn a joint win at the Aggie Invitational in Bryan, Texas.

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Alabama surges to win at Mason Rudolph

The Alabama Crimson Tide surged on the final day, shooting a 12-under 272 en route to a nine-stroke victory at the Mason Rudolph Championship in Nashville, Tenn.

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5 Things: Jones edges Kuchar in Houston

Australian Matt Jones fired a 66 keyed by six birdies in nine holes midway through his Sunday round at the Shell Houston Open, then defeated Matt Kuchar in a playoff to earn an invitation to the Masters. Here are 5 Things to know.

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McIlroy finds a spark, fires 65 in Houston

Rory McIlroy said he needed a spark prior to the Masters and he found it on Sunday, firing a 7-under 65 to vault into the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open.

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Baylor wins shortened SMU Invitational

The third round of play at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational was cancelled due to lightning, giving the Baylor Bears a four-stroke victory over runner-up LSU through 36 holes.

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Tracker: Jones tops Kuchar in Houston playoff

See if Matt Kuchar can keep his momentum going in Houston all the way to the winner's circle, while Cameron Tringale and others try to catch him and earn the last invitation to the Masters. Follow the highlights right here!

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Georgia State holds on at Irish Creek Collegiate

Scores were high on Sunday, but Georgia State was able to fend off North Florida for a win at the Irish Creek Collegiate.

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Pate, 14, helps make history at Augusta National

Hunter Pate, 14, is an outgoing yet humble star in the making; her considerable golf talent was on display for the world to see at Augusta National, becoming one of the first female champions on these hallowed grounds.

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Drive, Chip and Putt succeeds wildly

The inaugural Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship featured 88 youngsters who had advanced through a competition backed by the PGA of America and USGA -- and was turned into a home run by Augusta National’s total support.

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Watson’s scripted apparel 2014 Masters

The scripted apparel for 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson has been announced by Oakley for his week at Augusta National.

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Euros find easier path to Augusta than in past

Twenty-eight Europeans will tee it up in the 2014 Masters. Sam Torrance, Ken Brown, Mark James and Howard Clark must wish they’d played in these times when it's easier European Tour players to earn an invitation to Augusta National.

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Poor weather en route to Augusta National

Rain and thunderstorms are on their way to Augusta National, likely to make it a wet start to Masters week in 2014.

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Ashworth launches major series collection

Ashworth Golf announced its launch of the Ashworth Major Series Apparel Collection. It’s a set of six limited-edition golf shirts to commemorate the major victories of its six PGA Tour staffers.

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Masters Roundtable: Most vivid Augusta memories

Today's Masters roundtable offers our senior writers' thoughts on some of the most memorable performances that have taken place at Augusta National -- and where the Masters fits in among the four majors.

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Cabrera, Augusta National a perfect match

Angel Cabrera, who studied Augusta under the late Seve Ballesteros and always seems to be at his best in the Masters, thinks he has ‘one more’ green jacket in him.