News for Thursday, February 27, 2014

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Schwartzel parts ways with ISM, Chandler

After 13 years, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and agent Chubby Chandler of ISM are calling it quits, making the South African a prized free agent.

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5 Things: McIlroy on top; Scott returns; more

A 63 in the afternoon vaulted none other than Rory McIlroy, he of the noted withdrawal a year ago, to the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard during Thursday's first round. Here are 5 Things to know from PGA National.

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Tour Tracker: McIlroy leads Honda Classic

With seven of the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking in the Honda Classic field this week, Rory McIlroy needed a 63 to move to the top of the leaderboard at PGA National on Thursday. Recap the first-round highlights right here!

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Dyson finishes with 4 birdies for Tshwane lead

Simon Dyson birdied his last four holes in a 7-under 65 to take the clubhouse lead at the Tshwane Open on Thursday.

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Tiger's putter goes cold in 1-over 71 at Honda Classic

Tiger Woods' putter was colder than the polar vortex wreaking havoc on much of the United States. He missed four birdie putts within 20 feet on his first four holes and opened with eight consecutive pars.

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De Jonge turns to Price for putting help

Brendon de Jonge came to Florida looking for some putting help -- and he may have found it in 18-time PGA Tour winner Nick Price.

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Report: Woods to get new sponsor for Tour event

The PGA Tour is closing on a deal for Detroit-based Quicken Loans to become title sponsor of Tiger Woods' tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., The Associated Press has learned.

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Practice?! Derek Ernst (66) doesn't need it

Derek Ernst hasn't had much fun with golf since his maiden victory on Tour last spring, so he took a new approach: "I just didn't work on my game." Well, he fired a 4-under 66 on Thursday at Honda, so it might have worked.

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Woods wears winning TW’14 NikeiD shoe at Honda

Tiger Woods wore a pair of custom Nike TW’14 shoes featuring a red-white-and-blue motif during the first round of the Honda Classic.

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Sydney Leroux falls flat on 'Happy Gilmore' attempt

U.S. soccer player Sydney Leroux falls down en route to a Happy Gilmore shot.

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Ping Rapture 3-wood

Ping has created the Rapture 3-wood with a face that's thicker in the center and thinner around the edges, targeting an enlarged the sweet spot.

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Patrick Rodgers making a mark at Stanford

Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers has seven individual wins in college – four back from Tiger Woods' school record.

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Rodgers is new No. 1 in World Amateur Rankings

For the first time since August, there is a new No. 1 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers has jumped over reigning U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.

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Travelers signs extension with PGA Tour

Travelers announced an extension of its marketing relationship with the PGA Tour through 2018 and a 10-year title sponsorship extension of the Travelers Championship Thursday.

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Hyler, Lang to captain USA at WATC in Sept.

The U.S. Golf Association announced that past USGA President Jim Hyler and past USGA Women’s Committee Chairman Martha Lang will serve as the USA captains for the 2014 World Amateur Team Championships.

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Player Diary: California's Joel Stalter (Part 6)

Second-team All American Joel Staler will blog for Golfweek during the 2013-14 season and take you behind the scenes at college golf tournaments, on and off the course.

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Webb shoots 66 to take 1-shot lead in Singapore

Karrie Webb fired a 6-under 66 on Thursday in Singapore, good enough for a one-shot lead over Caroline Hedwall and Paula Creamer.

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Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 7)

Alabama sophomore Emma Talley talks about the team's last two tournaments, her upcoming trip to South Carolina for the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and her spring semester in Tuscaloosa in this player diary.

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SCORES: Honda Classic, Round 4

Follow the leaderboard from the Honda Classic at PGA National.