News for Thursday, May 8, 2014

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Women's West Regional: Kim, USC out in front

Defending national champion USC, ranked No. 1 in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings, shot 4-under 284 to grab a four-shot lead after the first round of the NCAA Women's West Regional Thursday in Cle Elum, Wash.

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Sources: Open likely will return to Royal Portrush

Sources have told Golfweek that there is a strong possibility that the Open Championship will return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

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Women’s Central Regional: ‘Bama, Cal lead

Alabama and California lead the NCAA Central Regional, while Kent State's Wad Phaewchimplee shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 to lead all individuals. See the full recap here.

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5 Things: Kaymer's record; Spieth's savvy; more

Partly because of soft, slow greens and partly because of light wind, the first round of the Players Championship will be remembered for low scoring, notably Martin Kaymer's record-tying 63. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Tracker: Kaymer leads Players Championship

Follow our live blog from Round 1 at the Players Championship, where the likes of Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will chase what many refer to as the "fifth major."

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Women's East Regional: Vandy grabs early lead

Vanderbilt grabbed the first-round lead of the NCAA Women's East Regional Thursday in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Sunnier disposition carries Garcia to 67

His past filled with lows and self-doubt, Sergio Garcia is trying to have a sunnier disposition on the golf course. A 5-under 67 Thursday at The Players will help.

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Auburn's women unite in wake of recent tragedies

Head coach Kim Evans and the Auburn Tigers have rallied around one another after Evans' cancer scare and other tragedies that have struck during the past year.

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Westwood shows serious game, plenty of wit

Lee Westwood's 67 in the Players Championship first round kept him from taking the dew-sweeping tee time as a PGA Tour insult: 'This is like having a handicap again, getting a shot.'

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At 44, Els catches second wind on Tour

For so many years, Ernie Els gave thought to what it might be like to just play the PGA Tour. His 4-under 68 Thursday at The Players Championship opened his seventh consecutive Tour event with a bang.

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Men's coach Ernest Ross out at Ole Miss

Mississippi head coach Ernest Ross will not return to the university for the 2014-15 season, athletic director Ross Bjork announced Thursday.

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McIlroy, Rose take different turns at Players crossroads

Rory McIlroy turned in an opening round of 2-under 70 Thursday at the Players Championship. Pretty good most years, but on Thursday, he termed it “average,” and Justin Rose's 67 helped prove the quote accurate.

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Jury hears pro golfer Blasberg's suicide note

Erica Blasberg's suicide note provided a dramatic opening to a civil wrongful death, medical malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty trial against her physician and friend Dr. Thomas Hess.

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Complete coverage: U.S. Women's Open Sectionals

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open, to be played June 19-22 at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club in Village of Pinehurst, N.C., has begun. See all the results here.

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Fernandez-Castano finds form at Players

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano's new life on an island in Key Biscayne, Fla., is everything he hoped it would be -- even if his transition to the PGA Tour hasn’t gone as smoothly for the No. 48 player in the world.

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Puma Golf's apparel for Sunday at The Players

In honor of Mother’s Day, which falls on the final round of The Players Championship, players and fans going to the final round are encouraged to wear pink. See what Puma Golf ambassadors will wear at TPC Sawgrass.

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Coello (No. 22, 2016) commits to Georgia

Gaby Coello has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Georgia in 2016.

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Barry advances to men's NCAA D-II finals

Defending champion Barry University leads 20 teams to the NCAA Division II Men’s Championship, May 19-23 at The Meadows in Allendale, Michigan.

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NCAA regional breakdown: Eugene (Ore.) Regional

Our college golf experts breakdown the 2014 NCAA Eugene (Ore.) Regional from who's going to win, who could be a sleeper and our picks to advance to the NCAA Championship in Hutchinson, Kan.

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Ogilvy shops, tries new putter at Sawgrass

Geoff Ogilvy took out his recent frustrations on his old putter, and is now in the market for a new one this week at the Players Championship.

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SCORES: Players Championship

Check out the live leaderboard from the 2014 Players Championship.