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Furman alumni make pitch to save men's golf

There is hope for men’s golf at Furman. Right now it’s only a glimmer, but a conference call Monday between a group of passionate alumni and administrators led to a proposal sent Feb. 19 to the school’s Board of Trustees.

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Flipped bill out: Fowler returns with flat bill

Last week at the Northern Trust Open, Rickie Fowler showed up with a new haircut and a new flipped bill on his head. After missing the cut, Fowler's back to his normal flat bill and has advanced through the first round of match play.

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Cal in early lead at John Burns Intercollegiate

Cal opened with a 10-under 278 to take the first-round lead at the John Burns Intercollegiate at Wailua Golf Course in Lihue, Hawaii.

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5 Things: Snedeker sneaks in; McIlroy moves on; more

Thirty-two matches, 64 players, nearly 10 hours of golf – and dozens of reasons why it's the best day of the year for pure PGA Tour fun, non-major category.

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McDowell: 'Very fortunate to have escaped' at Match Play

Graeme McDowell went from a "somber situation" early in his round to a date with Hideki Matsuyama in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, proving that anything can happen in golf.

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Match Play tee times: McIlroy, English to face off

From Rory McIlroy vs. Harris English to Jason Day vs. Billy Horschel, a look at second-round matches at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Stanford, Rodgers hold on to win The Prestige

Stanford survived a final-round run by Washington to pull out a two-shot victory Wednesday at The Prestige at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif.

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Match Play Tracker: Round of 64 at Dove Mountain

It's time to stop the prognosticating and get down to business at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. Follow the Round of 64 now with our live blog!

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Els def. Gallacher in 19 holes in WGC Match Play

No. 8 Gary Player bracket seed Ernie Els takes on No. 9 Stephen Gallacher at 2:35 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with the two players ranked just three spots apart in the OWGR.

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Rose def. Piercy 1 up in WCG Match Play

No. 1 Gary Player bracket seed Justin Rose takes on Scott Piercy in the first round of the WGC Match Play, with the top-seeded Englishman looking for his first win since the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.

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Oosthuizen def. Watney 1 up in WGC Match Play

No. 8 Bobby Jones bracket seed Louis Oosthuizen takes on No. 9 seed Nick Watney at 2:15 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with the players ranked 35th and 36th in OWGR and coming off missed cuts in California.

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Stenson def. Aphibarnrat 2 and 1 in WGC Match Play

No. 1 Bobby Jones bracket seed Henrik Stenson of Sweden takes on Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, with the Swede looking for his first win since the 2013 DP World Tour Championship – follow the highlights right here!

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Mahan def. Fernandez-Castano 3 and 2 in Match Play

No. 8 Sam Snead bracket seed Hunter Mahan takes on No. 9 seed Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano at 1:55 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with the two players ranked just five spots apart in the OWGR.

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Dufner def. Stallings in 19 holes at WGC Match Play

No. 4 Gary Player bracket seed Jason Dufner takes on Scott Stallings at 1:05 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Dufner seeking his first win since the 2013 PGA Championship.

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Snedeker def. Lynn in 20 holes in WGC Match Play

No. 4 Bobby Jones bracket seed Brandt Snedeker takes on David Lynn at 12:45 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Snedeker looking find the form of his two-win 2013 season in the wake of two missed cuts in his last three starts.

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Surprising starts: Bubba's comeback; Fowler, Blixt upsets

Bubba Watson looked to be behind the 8-ball, but grinded out a win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play on Wednesday. Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt simply came out of nowhere to advance.

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English def. Westwood 5 & 3 in WGC Match Play

No. 8 Ben Hogan bracket seed Lee Westwood takes on No. 9 seed Harris English at 1:35 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with the two players ranked just seven spots apart in the OWGR.

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McIlroy def. Weekley 3 & 2 in WGC Match Play

No. 1 Ben Hogan bracket seed Rory McIlroy takes on Boo Weekley in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with McIlroy looking to continue his trend of improved play after a difficult 2013 season.

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Sterne def. Johnson 5 and 4 in Match Play

No. 1 Sam Snead bracket seed Zach Johnson takes on Richard Sterne at 1:45 p.m. EST, with Johnson looking to add a second win to his PGA Tour season -- follow the highlights in our live blog!

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McDowell def. Woodland in 19 holes at Match Play

No. 4 Sam Snead bracket seed Graeme McDowell takes on Gary Woodland at 12:25 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with McDowell looking for his first win since last year's RBC Heritage.

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Simpson def. Jaidee 3 and 2 in WGC Match Play

No. 5 Bobby Jones bracket seed Webb Simpson takes on Thongchai Jaidee at 12:55 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Simpson looking for his second win of the wraparound 2013-14 season.

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Matsuyama def. Kaymer 2 and 1 in Match Play

No. 5 Sam Snead bracket seed Hideki Matsuyama takes on Martin Kaymer at 12:35 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Matsuyama looking to break through some health issues during his first Match Play appearance.

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Manassero def. Donald 5 & 4 in WGC Match Play

No. 5 Gary Player bracket seed Luke Donald takes on Matteo Manassero at 1:15 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Donald chasing his first PGA Tour victory since the 2012 Transitions Championship nearly two years ago.

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Furyk def. Kirk 2 & 1 in WGC Match Play

No. 5 Ben Hogan bracket seed Jim Furyk takes on Chris Kirk at 12:15 p.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Furyk going after his first win since the 2010 Tour Championship and not too far removed from a 59 during last year's FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Moore def. Luiten 1 up in WGC Match Play

No. 7 Gary Player bracket seed Ryan Moore takes on Joost Luiten at 11:55 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Moore's hot run on PGA Tour interrupted by a missed cut at the Northern Trust Open.

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Garcia def. Leishman 1 up in WGC Match Play

No. 2 Ben Hogan bracket seed Sergio Garcia of Spain takes on Marc Leishman of Australia at 10:45 a.m. EST, with the Spaniard looking for his first PGA Tour win since the 2012 Wyndham Championship.

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Schwartzel def. Stadler 3 & 2 in WGC Match Play

No. 4 Ben Hogan bracket seed Charl Schwartzel takes on Kevin Stadler in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Stadler returning to Arizona looking for his second win in as many trips -- he won the Phoenix Open just weeks ago.

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Day def. Olesen 2 up in WGC Match Play

No. 2 Bobby Jones bracket seed Jason Day takes on Thorbjorn Olesen at 11:25 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Day looking to win for the first time since November at the ISPS Handa World Cup.

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Kuchar def. Wiesberger 3 and 2 in WGC Match Play

No. 2 Gary Player bracket seed Matt Kuchar takes on Bernd Wiesberger at 11:45 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Kuchar the defending champ – and looking to bounce back from a missed cut last week.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: Feb. 19, 2014

Check out this week's Toy Box Extra, featuring new gear from Cleveland, Adams and Wilson, as well as a Q&A with Davis Love III.

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Dubuisson def. Streelman 5 and 4 in Match Play

No. 7 Sam Snead bracket seed Victor Dubuisson takes on Kevin Streelman at 11:15 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Dubuisson having as many PGA Tour starts this season as Streelman has Tour wins in the last calendar year.

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Horschel def. Donaldson 6 and 5 at WGC Match Play

No. 7 Bobby Jones bracket seed Jamie Donaldson takes on Billy Horschel at 11:35 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with just one WGC Match Play appearance between the two players.

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Hanson def. Johnson 5 and 4 in Match Play

No. 2 Sam Snead bracket seed Dustin Johnson takes on Peter Hanson in the first round of the WGC Match Play, with Johnson looking to continue a strong stretch of play on PGA Tour.

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Spieth def. Larrazabal 2-up in Match Play

No. 3 Gary Player bracket seed Jordan Spieth takes on Pablo Larrazabal at 10:25 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Spieth looking for his second PGA Tour win and first since the 2013 John Deere Classic.

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Haas def. Jimenez 4 and 3 in WGC Match Play

No. 7 Ben Hogan bracket seed Bill Haas takes on Miguel Angel Jimenez at 10:55 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Jimenez holding a distinct advantage in comparing each player's last three finishes in the WGC Match Play.

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Reed def. DeLaet 1 up in WGC Match Play

No. 6 Bobby Jones bracket seed Graham DeLaet takes on Patrick Reed at 10:15 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Reed having the upper hand in PGA Tour victories this season, 1-0, and career, 2-0.

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Coetzee def. Stricker 3 and 2 in WGC Match Play

No. 3 Bobby Jones bracket seed Steve Stricker takes on George Coetzee at 10:05 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Stricker hoping to cap the week by capturing the title on his 47th birthday.

Blixt def. Bradley 2 and 1 in Match Play

No. 6 Sam Snead bracket seed Keegan Bradley takes on Jonas Blixt at 9:55 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Bradley looking for his first win since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone.

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Watson def. Ilonen 2 and 1 in Match Play

No. 3 Sam Snead bracket seed Bubba Watson takes on Mikko Ilonen at 9:45 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Watson coming off a Northern Trust Open that was his first since the 2012 Masters.

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Fowler def. Poulter 2 & 1 in WGC Match Play

No. 3 Ben Hogan bracket seed Ian Poulter takes on Rickie Fowler at 9:25 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, kicking off the tournament with each chasing his first win on PGA Tour since 2012.

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Walker def. Grace 5 & 4 in WGC Match Play

No. 6 Ben Hogan bracket seed Jimmy Walker takes on Branden Grace at 9:35 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Walker looking for his fourth win of the 2013-14 wraparound PGA Tour season.

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Bjorn def. Molinari 2 and 1 in Match Play

No. 6 Gary Player bracket seed Thomas Bjorn takes on Francesco Molinari at 10:35 a.m. EST in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play, with Bjorn holding the higher ranking although Molinari outplayed him at the WGC-HSBC Champions earlier during this 2013-14 wraparound season.

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Men's Midweek Report: Arkansas wins at the Gator

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 news from Feb. 12-19.

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Women's Midweek Report: Arkansas, Stanford 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.

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SCORES: Round of 64, WGC-Accenture Match Play

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