News for Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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Tracker: McIlroy takes early Dubai lead; Tiger fires 68

Tiger Woods will tee it up in his second tournament of 2014 late Wednesday night, playing alongside friend Rory McIlroy in the first round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Follow along with our live blog!

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Mickelson: 'I feel fine,' ready to defend Phoenix title

Phil Mickelson arrived in Arizona on Wednesday to defend his title at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Rude: Too early to critique Woods

if this were May and there was a trend of sloppiness, there would be reason for concern about Tiger Woods. But it isn’t, so we can all take a breath.

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2014 Invitational Series Schedule

Six events highlight the 2014 Junior Invitational Series

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Cathrea leaves Oklahoma State

Casie Cathrea won’t return to the Oklahoma State roster this spring. Instead, the 18-year-old will remain at home in California, perhaps playing in some pro events with her main focus on the Curtis Cup.

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Riley recognizes shortcomings but is OK with it all

Chris Riley successfully took on the 'whim' of a Monday qualifier at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open -- and his MC by a shot didn't change his contentment.

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Tiger yet to settle whether to play Match Play

Tiger Woods will not play in the upcoming WGC-Accenture Match Play, according to a report, though his agent told Golfweek on Wednesday afternoon that decision has yet to be finalized.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: Jan. 29, 2014

Take a look at our putter issue, ranging from a Q&A with Dave Stockton to David Dusek's flatstick moments to new putters from Ping, Odyssey and Scotty Cameron.

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Texas' Richards: I won't coach again after season

Texas women's golf coach Martha Richards said after stepping down: “The recovery time for me takes a little longer. This job is getting harder and harder.”

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Players input live scoring at Arizona Intercollegiate

The headline coming out of Sewailo Golf Club, aside from Cal's victory, might have been Arizona head coach Jim Anderson's decision to use a live-scoring format that is somewhat new to college golf.

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Expert picks: Phoenix Open

Keegan Bradley is drawing attention in a field that is producing varied predictions from our experts -- take a look at our picks this week for the Phoenix Open.

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Mickelson predicts big season for Chargers in 2014

There are many sides to Phil Mickelson – master golfer, involved businessman, devoted family man, charitable mover – but he took time out before the start of the Farmers Insurance Open to wave the flag for his San Diego Chargers.

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Woods' stats show slow start over last 4 seasons

There are dozens of way to slice, dice and shake up Tiger Woods' data -- but here’s one though that shows he’s different than in years past: count just his first four tournaments of a calendar year.

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Notes: Packed Phoenix field; Day beats cold; more

From a packed field in Phoenix to Jason Day beating the cold with a Florida practice session to Chris Smith's return to the PGA Tour, Jim McCabe provides news and notes for the week.

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O'Connor presents Roaming Dhabi Designs

Traci O'Connor started designing her own clothes. Initially, the clothes were only for her. But after women and her friends at her home club started asking about the clothes, the Roaming Dhabi Designs clothing line was formed.

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Heaven golf shoes debuts at PGA Show

The Austrian golf shoe company debuted its products at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show. The outsole allows for a focus on balance but also a natural walking motion throughout the round.

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Women’s spring preview: West Coast Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the West Coast Conference.

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ASU's Lee to make 1st PGA Tour start in Phoenix

Arizona State freshman Ki Taek Lee will make his first PGA Tour start at this week's Waste Managment Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale, which is located less than a half hour from the Sun Devils' campus.

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Men's spring preview: West Coast Conference

During the month of January, Golfweek will preview the spring season for each conference. Today, we look at the West Coast Conference.

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Tour notes recap: Riley, Woods, Mickelson, more

Recap senior writer Jim McCabe's news and notes from this week's world of pro golf right here.