News for Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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Dusek: Woods shouldn't return until healthy

As disappointing as it would be to withdraw from the Masters, if Tiger Wood's back is not completely healed by April 1, he should do exactly that, and for every event until he's healthy, says David Dusek.

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Pettersen chases childhood dream of being No. 1

Suzann Pettersen is currently World No. 2 with aspirations to take over the world's top ranking, a quest that began when she was a schoolgirl.

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Report: Brenny awarded up to $359,000 in bias case

Katie Brenny, the former Minnesota women's coach who sued the school alleging that it fired her after learning that she is a lesbian, was awarded a maximum $359,000 by a Minneapolis judge Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

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Fresno State captures home event via tiebreaker

Fresno State won a tiebreaker over Boise State to capture the Fresno State Classic Tuesday in Fresno, Calif.

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Minnesota wins BYU at Entrada Classic

Minnesota won the BYU at Entrada Classic Tuesday in St. George, Utah, carding a 13-over 301 in the final round.

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Tiger (back) withdraws from API

Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational Tuesday, citing back spasms.

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Fatigued, Stenson keeps exotic sense of humor

Even when explaining how fatigue has contributed to his slow start this year, Henrik Stenson maintains a sense of humor from homebuilding delays to pesky critters to peskier cellphone ringtones.

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Tiger showing weakness with health, Sunday setbacks

Another Sunday setback for Tiger Woods at Doral, whose health – and road to Augusta – is in disarray.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Tee times, Round 2

Here are the tee times and pairings for the first two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla.

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Adidas Golf releases the climacool ballerina golf shoe

Adidas Golf released the new women’s climacool ballerina golf shoe on March 17. This ultra-light shoe is designed for golfers looking for a playing performance footwear with wear-anywhere style.

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Former ASU players gather prior to Founders Cup

With so many former Arizona State players in the field at this week’s JTBC Founders Cup – seven to be exact – the Sun Devil coaches organized a mini-reunion on Sunday at Modern Margarita to kick off the week.

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Doug Ghim prepares for future at Texas

Doug Ghim is preparing for college golf at Texas by planning a competitive schedule, including starts at Sage Valley and the Sunnehanna Amateur.

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Tour promotes Jay Monahan to deputy commissioner

Jay Monahan, who has been part of the PGA Tour's senior-executive staff since 2008, has been promoted to deputy commissioner, the Tour announced Tuesday. The move takes effect April 1.

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Expert picks: Arnold Palmer Invitational

Tiger Woods can play well through his aches and pains of late, some experts think, while Justin Rose also merits mention of those can succeed at Bay Hill during the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational -- see the rest of the picks here.

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Regions re-ups with Champions Tour in Birmingham

The Champions Tour will continue to play its season-opening major championship, Regions Tradition, in Birmingham, Ala., through 2018 after Regions Financial Corp. has extended its sponsorship, the tour announced Tuesday.

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Player of the week: Nelly Korda

Nelly Korda of Bradenton, Fla., won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational on March 11.

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Player of the week: Zachary Campbell

Zachary Campbell of Benbrook, Texas, won the Texas Junior Golf Tour's Traditions Spring Break Invite at Texas A&M.

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Bahto, dry cleaner turned course restorer, dies at 83

George Bahto, by day the operator of a successful dry cleaning store, became by night a self-educated expert on the golf course architecture of Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Bahto died recently at age 83.

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Rude: Reed thinking on his feet about Masters

Patrick Reed, with college and family ties to Augusta, Ga., can't avoid dreams of the Masters while playing this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. -- including a barefoot vision.

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How Wilmington, N.C., landed 2017 Tour stop

The president of Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., said there had been consideration for playing host to both the Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship in 2017, but Eagle Point in Wilmington emerged as the top option.

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Patrick Reed practices with wooden driver

Golf’s newest three-time winner has gone old school in practice: Patrick Reed has used a persimmon Ben Hogan driver as a training aid for the past month.

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Kerr embraces parenthood by taking charge

Cristie Kerr embraces parenthood by taking charge with color-coordinated outfits and stacks of diapers.