News for Friday, January 31, 2014

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Tate, Bae share 1-shot lead at NZ Women's Open

New Zealand's Stacey Tate stole the limelight from her illustrious compatriot Lydia Ko by shooting a 4-under 68 to share the lead with South Korea's Seon Woo Bae after after Friday's opening round of the New Zealand Women's Open.

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Duval pounds pavement for Tour exemptions

Former World No. 1 David Duval will receive an sponsor exemption into the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am next week, but was otherwise shut out on the West Coast swing despite a gaudy resume that includes a major championship among his 13 PGA Tour victories.

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5 Things: Watson, Jones share WMPO lead; more

Bubba Watson and Matt Jones took control at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, both moving to 12 under for the tournament behind impressive second rounds.

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Tour Tracker: Watson, M. Jones tied at Phoenix Open

A pair of 64s from two players looking for their first victory since winning a major -- Bubba Watson and Y.E. Yang -- took the Phoenix Open lead. Now the trick for them is to hold off a stacked field in Friday's second round.

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Thompson, Eason, Johnson share Jones Cup lead

College stars Greg Eason (UCF), Michael Johnson (Auburn) and Curtis Thompson (LSU) all fired 2-under 70s to take the 18-hole Jones Cup lead at the Ocean Forest Club in Sea Island, Ga.

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Tiger to head to India for private 18-hole match

Tiger Woods won't be coming back to the U.S. directly after the final round of this week's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The World No. 1 says he will be heading to India for the first time.

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Branson, Bass Pro Shops could land Legends of Golf

The Legends of Golf is close to landing a big fish as its new title sponsor. Ric Clarson, the PGA Tour’s senior vice president of market development, confirmed that serious talks are ongoing with Bass Pro Shops to become the new title sponsor of the Champions Tour staple.

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Danielle Downey left spirited, winning legacy behind

Jenny Gleason sat in her bedroom in Clearwater, Fla., the one Danielle Downey helped her paint a couple of Thanksgivings ago, and reminisced on her free-spirited friend. Downey died in a car crash on Thursday in Auburn, Ala. She was 33.

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Tee times: Dubai Desert Classic, Round 3

Brooks Koepka will get his first chance to play a round of golf with Rory McIlroy, and it will arguably come on the biggest stage of his young career. Take a look at the Round 3 tee times and pairings in Dubai.

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LIVE SCORES: Jones Cup

Follow the Jones Cup with our live leaderboard.

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Auburn coach Danielle Downey dies in car crash

Danielle Downey, the director of golf operations at Auburn, died in a car crash Thursday night in Auburn, Ala.

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5 Things: McIlroy leads Koepka by one; Tiger fires 73

Rory McIlroy remained atop the leaderboard at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, firing a 2-under 70 to hold a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka after 36 holes. Tiger Woods struggled with a 1-over 73.

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Miura MB001 forged irons

Miura, the Japanese manufacturer known for forged irons and wedges, has introduced its first new blade iron in nearly seven years -- the forged MB001.

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Tracker: McIlroy leads Koepka by one; Tiger fires 73

A day after combining for 11 birdies and an eagle, it will be Tiger Woods needing to chase down Rory McIlroy as they head toward the weekend in Dubai.

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Count on Tiger Woods to pick back up

Tiger Woods did not play very well in his 2014 debut at Torrey Pines, departing after three rounds. But we all know he’ll be back to his winning ways soon enough, with Sam Snead’s all-time PGA Tour victories mark in the crosshairs.