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February 4, 2014 | 11:45 a.m.

Joburg Open: Tee times, first and second rounds

Bill Zimmerman
Charl Schwartzel will seek his third Joburg Open win in the European Tour and Sunshine Tour event's 2014 tournament.
Charl Schwartzel will seek his third Joburg Open win in the European Tour and Sunshine Tour event's 2014 tournament.

Two-time winner Charl Schwartzel headlines this week's Joburg Open, the 2010-11 champion seeking another win in his home country of South Africa in the European Tour's largest field.

Schwartzel will tee off at 10:50 a.m. local time (3:50 a.m. EST) Thursday alongside defending champion Richard Sterne and Danny Willett, and 7:20 a.m. Friday.

Here are more facts and figures about this week's Joburg Open:

WHEN, WHERE: Thursday-Sunday, Royal Johannesburg (South Africa) and Kensington GC's East Course and West Course.

AT STAKE: $278,430 first prize in $1.76 million purse ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Mi Hyang Lee receives a congratulatory hug from Lydia Ko after the South Korean won the 2014 New Zealand Open.
Mi Hyang Lee receives a congratulatory hug from Lydia Ko after the South Korean won the 2014 New Zealand Open.

Lydia Ko came within a stroke of defending her Women's New Zealand Golf Open title Sunday in Christchurch, surpassed by a 63 from Mi Hyang Lee of South Korea that took the course record and the championship.

"It’s my best score in my life," Lee said, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

With seven birdies and an eagle Sunday, Lee – ranked No. 256 in the world – took the clubhouse lead after starting her day T-20. Ko, raised largely in New Zealand, then had a chance at the 18th to force a playoff, as did ...

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February 1, 2014 | 12:43 p.m.

American Anya Alvarez leads NZ Women's Open

New Zealand's Lydia Ko shot a second consecutive 69 in the second round of the New Zealand Women's Open. Ko, 16, is two shots back of the lead.
New Zealand's Lydia Ko shot a second consecutive 69 in the second round of the New Zealand Women's Open. Ko, 16, is two shots back of the lead.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — American Anya Alvarez had six birdies in an unblemished 66 to take a two-stroke lead after Saturday's second round of the New Zealand Women's Open, resisting a late charge from world No. 4 Lydia Ko.

Alvarez, who started the day two shots from the lead, had two birdies on her outward nine and four more on the way home to move to 8-under 136 in the Ladies European Tour event at Clearwater Golf Club.

New Zealand's Ko shot her second-straight 69 and was within a stroke of the lead before finishing with a bogey ...

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January 31, 2014 | 9:46 p.m.

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

Lydia Ko returns home to New Zealand to play in the New Zealand Women's Open where she is one-shot off the lead.
Lydia Ko returns home to New Zealand to play in the New Zealand Women's Open where she is one-shot off the lead.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — 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.

Tate led outright after birdies on six of the first seven holes on her back nine, but bogeys at the last two holes brought her back into a tie with Bae in the Ladies' European Tour event.

World No. 4 Ko returned to New Zealand after finishing seventh at the latest LPGA tour stop ...

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Golfweek Staff
Anti-government protesters wave national flags as they block the street in front of the Department of Civil Aviation during a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday.
Anti-government protesters wave national flags as they block the street in front of the Department of Civil Aviation during a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday.

BANGKOK – The Thailand Open was suspended today after civic unrest in the Thai capital led the government to declare a 60-day state of emergency.

The OneAsia Tour event had been scheduled for March 13-16 at Thana City Golf & Sports Club. Organizers intend to reschedule the $1 million tournament for later in the year.

“We want to ensure the environment is stable in order to stage our world-class tournament and national open,” said Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, president of the Thailand Golf Association.

Weeks of protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration, which opponents allege is rife with corruption, have brought Bangkok ...

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The controversy surrounding the dramatic reversal on Charley Hull's selection to the 2012 GB&I Curtis Cup team lead to the new rules being unveiled for the selection process.
The controversy surrounding the dramatic reversal on Charley Hull's selection to the 2012 GB&I Curtis Cup team lead to the new rules being unveiled for the selection process.

Charley Hull

Age 17; Kettering, England

LET’s youngest member won the 2013 Rolex Rookie of the Year Award, with 10 top-10 finishes in 15 events. Also the youngest player in Solheim Cup history.

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Ariya Jutanugarn

• Age 18; Bangkok, Thailand

Injury to right shoulder has kept her out since June, but in five LPGA events last season she earned $447,772. Hopes to return next month in Australia.

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Moriya Jutanugarn

• Age 19; Bangkok, Thailand

Ariya’s older sister was the LPGA’s 2013 Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year. Her best finish was T-4 at the ISPS Handa Women’s ...

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Brentley Romine
Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the Volvo Golf Champions.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat during the Volvo Golf Champions.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat officially won the Asian Tour's Order of Merit following Sunday's season finale, the King's Cup.

Aphibarnrat did not play in the finale in Hua Hin, Thailand, opting instead to the play the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, where he missed the cut. But the 24-year-old from Thailand still earned $1.12 million behind one victory and five other top-5 finishes, becoming just the second player on the Asian Tour to earn more than a million dollars in a single season.

"When I turned pro in 2009, I was just trying to keep ...

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December 31, 2013 | 6 a.m.

Number Crunching 2013: Melissa Eaton

Julie Williams
Melissa Eaton
Melissa Eaton

Over the final two weeks of 2013, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months. Check out the entire series here.

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Melissa Eaton

Ranking/movement: +129 (No. 387 to 258)

Why the rise? Before her maiden Symetra Tour victory in March, Eaton had decided to move her career to Europe. The South African was in search of a change in scenery and a change in competition that might spur a fresh start. Thus, the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic was strictly a warm-up as she prepared for the Ladies European Tour.

Eaton chalks ...

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Bill Zimmerman
Lebron James (left) and Dwyane Wade of the NBA's Miami Heat.
Lebron James (left) and Dwyane Wade of the NBA's Miami Heat.

It's been said that the Masters transcends its sport. Well, look no further than Lebron James and teammate Dwyane Wade for proof.

Championship rings already on their fingers for winning the NBA title last season, the Miami Heat were given Augusta-style green jackets with a team spin by Wade – and he posted a jacket-clad team photo to his Instagram account.

Wade's photo included a caption on his account, dwyanewade: "I'm in a giving mood... Presented my teammates with a gift of a champion today... Channeling our inner Masters w the green jackets...#Lovemyteam#MastersGolf #wedowhatwewant #grownmenish"

James ...

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December 18, 2013 | 4:49 p.m.

All 91 Japan PGA representatives to resign

Golfweek Staff

All 91 representatives of Japan's Professional Golfers Association will resign after two executives played golf and socialized with the head of an organized crime group, it was announced Wednesday.

Then-Japan PGA vice chairman Shinsaku Maeda and then-board director Tadayoshi Bando played golf and dined with the head of a yakuza organized crime group earlier this year in Kyushu, Japan, Agence-France Presse reported, citing a Jiji Press story. New representatives are to be elected in January.

Representatives of the Japan PGA are prohibited from associating with those involved with organized crime, so Maeda and Bando were fired in October. The ...

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Sergio Garcia with his girlfriend Katharina Boehm
Sergio Garcia with his girlfriend Katharina Boehm

Maybe she is the spark he was seeking.

Playing with girlfriend Katharina Boehm on the bag, Sergio Garcia broke a yearlong winless drought by firing a 4-under 68 on Sunday to clear Henrik Stenson by four shots at the Thailand Golf Championship in Chonburi, Thailand.

Garcia's last victory came at the Johor Open in Malaysia in December 2012. The triumph Sunday is Garcia's fourth on the Asian Tour.

"It was great, an amazing week," Garcia said. "I'm very, very happy, and I can't wait to go back home to Switzerland and kind of sleep on it ...

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Adam Schupak
Lee Trevino jokes with Jack Nicklaus on No. 18 during Saturday's round at the PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club of Orlando.
Lee Trevino jokes with Jack Nicklaus on No. 18 during Saturday's round at the PNC Father/Son Challenge at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club of Orlando.

ORLANDO – The pairing of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino never grows old.

They may be a little older, a little grayer, and the ball doesn’t go as far, but it’s still a treat to see these two great competitors together. The grandstand behind the first tee was packed when Nicklaus tipped his hat to his faithful fans. Even a family of deer came out to watch them near the first fairway. Seeing Nicklaus and Trevino together conjures so many memories.

“It was the same as it was 30 years ago,” Trevino said.

Which is to say Trevino had ...

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Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia

CHONBURI, Thailand -- Behind a hole-in-one on the 236-yard eighth hole, Sergio Garcia jumped into a share of the lead with Justin Rose at the Thailand Championship.

Garcia was bogey free on the round, firing a 7-under 65.

Rose picked up a bogey early in the round on the third hole, but followed with two birdies and an eagle on No. 11 to fire a 68 after sitting in second place overnight.

The high-profile duo is two strokes ahead of Anirban Lahiri, Alexander Levy and first-round leader Alex Cejka, while Rickie Fowler is three back and Henrik Stenson is part of ...

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Brentley Romine
The PGA Tour Canada announced its 2014 schedule on Thursday.
The PGA Tour Canada announced its 2014 schedule on Thursday.

Twelve events will make up the 2014 PGA Tour Canada schedule, which was announced Thursday.

The season will begin in May with the PC Financial Open in Vancouver, which will run May 29-June 1. The season will conclude with the Tour Championship of Canada on Sept. 11-14 in London, Ontario.

Here is the complete schedule:

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May 29-June 1: PC Financial Open, Vancouver

June 5-8: Bayview Place Island Savings Open, Victoria, British Columbia

June 18-22: Syncrude Boreal Open, Fort McMurray, Alberta

July 3-July 6: SIGA Dakota Dunes Open, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

July 10-13: Players Cup, Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 17-20: Thunder Bay Golf ...

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Brentley Romine
Alex Cejka during the second round of the 2013 Hong Kong Open.
Alex Cejka during the second round of the 2013 Hong Kong Open.

The likes of Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Bubba Watson showed up this week to compete in the Asian Tour's Thailand Golf Championship.

But after the first round, it was Germany's Alex Cejka who was out in front.

Cejka shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday at Amata Spring Country Club in Chon Buri, Thailand, to grab a one-shot lead over Rose and Thailand native Arnond Vongvanij, who played college golf at the University of Florida.

"I hit the ball very well today," Cejka said. "The greens roll perfect. I took a couple big chances and made birdies.

"I ...

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