News for Wednesday, May 14, 2014

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Calif. fires force golf companies to evacuate

Wildfires in Carlsbad, Calif., and surrounding areas forced the evacuation of several major golf equipment companies Wednesday, including Cobra-Puma Golf, TaylorMade-Adidas Golf and Callaway Golf.

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Doctor cleared in wrongful-death case of Blasberg

Jurors who heard five days of civil trial testimony deliberated less than an hour before finding Dr. Thomas Hess had no liability in the death of LPGA golfer Erica Blasberg.

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Spieth on next-big-thing talk: I don't hear it

Consider it a good way for Jordan Spieth to block one out: Asked Wednesday if he considered talk of being the PGA Tour’s “next big thing” as a burden or compliment, Spieth simply said he tees it up and tries to win.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: May 14, 2014

In the May 14th edition of Toy Box Extra, we take a look at Martin Kaymer's winning bag at the Players, while also delving into an assortment of new golf gloves on the market.

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Campbell withdraws from 2014 U.S. Open

Michael Campbell will not return to the scene of his greatest moment in golf. The 2005 U.S. Open champion has pulled out of next month’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst after splitting up with his wife Julie, admitting he is not “mentally ready.”

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In position to win, Spieth keeps learning

If it’s all about getting a feel for what it takes to win, consider this 2013-14 PGA Tour season to be a smashing success already for Jordan Spieth, with four rounds in Sunday's final group.

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Notes: Knox's dream; McIlroy's TPC zone; more

Scotsman Russell Knox made a dream come true at TPC Sawgrass during the Players Championship while Rory McIlroy found his zone, plus more news, notes and stats from the PGA Tour and beyond.

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Stefani regains exempt status, pays it forward

Feeling a responsibility to live up to a sponsor exemption, Shawn Stefani came through recently in Texas to regain fully exempt status on PGA Tour -- then found a way to give back.

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Briggs Ranch levels field at San Antonio regional

The wild card at the San Antonio regional Thursday through Saturday could be the Briggs Ranch Golf Club for teams like Georgia, UCF and UCLA.

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PGA Tour notes: Spieth learns; Knox fulfills; more

Jordan Spieth's learning experiences in Sunday final groups, as well as Russell Knox fulfilling a dream from his college days, highlight Jim McCabe's weekly notes from the PGA Tour.