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Alison Lee seeks to make another splash at Mission Hills

LPGA's Alison Lee seeks to make another splash at Mission Hills for ANA Inspiration

Alison Lee already has jumped into Poppie’s Pond not once, but twice. Still to come, however, is Lee's first jump as a professional.

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A league apart: Kelly Shon reps the Ivies on LPGA

A league apart: Kelly Shon reps the Ivies on LPGA

Kelly Shon has played upon her Princeton experience in taking an unusual path onto the LPGA.

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He's a keeper: Whan's contract extended as historic LPGA stop lives

He's a keeper: Mike Whan's contract extended as historic LPGA stop lives on

Some of LPGA commissioner Mike Whan's most memorable days have revolved around the ANA Inspiration (formerly the Kraft Nabisco) and its future. Now that it's safe, Whan is also locked into many more days with the LPGA.

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LPGA's Big Three statistically similar at start of ANA Inspiration

LPGA's Big Three statistically similar at start of ANA Inspiration

What separates the LPGA's Big Three? These statistics, from the Golfweek/Sagarin Women's Pro Rankings, might surprise you.

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Lucy Li, partner qualify for U.S. Women's Four-Ball

Lucy Li, partner qualify for U.S. Women's Four-Ball

The inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball field just received a delightful boost. Young Lucy Li, the ice cream-wielding tween who wowed us at Pinehurst No. 2 last summer, has qualified with teammate Kathleen Scavo.

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Watson's words help Italia keep the faith in chasing tour dreams

Bubba Watson's words help Haley Italia keep the faith in chasing tour dreams

Two years ago, Bubba Watson introduced Haley Italia to the SunCoast Ladies Tour, and inspired her in a way that still affects her life and golf game.

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Stacy Lewis, KPMG launch AJGA event for boys, girls

The LPGA's Stacy Lewis and sponsor KPMG launch a new AJGA event for boys, girls

Stacy Lewis, KPMG and the AJGA announced a first-of-its-kind format for the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior All-Star Invitational, a 54-hole, stroke-play championship at Blessings Golf Club in Johnson, Ark., on June 22-25.

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Kia Classic offers Woods, others last-chance spot in ANA Inspiration

Kia Classic offers Cheyenne Woods, others last chance for spot in season's first major ANA Inspiration

Cheyenne Woods is among those trying to qualify for the season's first major, the ANA Inspiration, by being in the top 80 on the LPGA money list after this week's Kia Classic.

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Yani Tseng plans comeback with renewed love for golf

Yani Tseng plans LPGA comeback with renewed love for golf

Yani Tseng hopes to bounce back on the LPGA with a renewed love for the game and a stronger sense of self-confidence.

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With Leadbetter at her side, Wie works to just let it happen

Instructor David Leadbetter works with Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko prior to start of LPGA's Founders Cup

Golf swing instructor David Leadbetter worked with Michelle Wie prior to the start of the LPGA's Founders Cup in Arizona to get her game back on track before the start of the tournament.

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Earl Woods' letter a driving factor in granddaughter Cheyenne's career

Earl Woods' letter a driving factor in granddaughter Cheyenne Woods' budding career

Cheyenne Woods' career has been influenced through the years by a letter her grandfather Earl Woods wrote about her and sent to a talent scout for IMG.

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Woods finds comfort level as she strives to excel as LPGA rookie

Tiger Woods' niece Cheyenne Woods finds comfort level as she strives to excel as LPGA rookie

LPGA rookie Cheyenne Woods called this season the "most comfortable" year of golf she's ever played. Now, she just has to meet her high expectations.

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Washington women chalk up title No. 6; men rally in SoCal

NCAA college golf Washington women's golf team chalks up title No. 6; Washington men rally in SoCal

While Washington's women were blitzing the field at the Bay Area Intercollegiate in Fairfax, Calif., the Huskies men were rallying down the coast in San Diego.

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Lexi Thompson prepares for big move on and off the course

LPGA player Lexi Thompson prepares for big move on and off the course

LPGA player Lexi Thompson is the youngest of three Thompson siblings, all touring pros. Thompson is preparing for a big move, on and off the course

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ANA Inspiration hands out 5 amateur sponsor invitations for 2015

LPGA's ANA Inspiration hands out 5 amateur sponsor invitations for 2015

The ANA Inspiration has named its five amateur sponsor invitations for 2015. There will be a total of seven amateurs competing in the championship April 2-5 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

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Inbee Park wins $7,500 in bet with her father in Singapore

LPGA player Inbee Park wins bet with her father and earns $7,500 at HSBC Women's Champions

Inbee Park won the HSBC Women's Champions, and also earned an extra $7,500 by winning a bet with her father.

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Lydia Ko 'warming' to status as World No. 1

Lydia Ko 'warming' to status as World No. 1 after 10th professional victory

The day Lydia Ko rose to No. 1 in the world, she was a bit “non-plussed” about the honor, according to swing coach David Leadbetter. Five weeks and two professional titles later, Ko is “warming to the fact that this is pretty cool,” Leadbetter said.

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Kaymer's calm demeanor unwavering under golf's microscope

Martin Kaymer's calm demeanor unwavering despite the PGA Tour's microscope

What makes Martin Kaymer so good when conditions are tough? A peaceful disposition and a wisdom regarding life at the top of his sport.

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Rickie Fowler intends to reverse roles in a major way in 2015

PGA Tour pro Rickie Fowler intends to reverse roles in a major way for 2015 season

Rickie Fowler hopes to reverse roles in a major way for 2015. What does he mean? How about running away with one of the major championships like Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer did in 2014.

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State of Mickelson's putting hard to judge until competition

PGA Tour player Phil Mickelson's putting best examined in competition at Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson won’t know where his putting stands until he gets under the gun. It’s the one area of his game about which Mickelson wasn’t particularly concerned in the offseason, yet it’s the part that has let him down the most.

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Daniel Berger joins succession of Seminoles on Tour

Daniel Berger joins succession of Seminoles on PGA Tour

Florida State coach Trey Jones is enjoying a nice little 1-2-3 run on the PGA Tour with Jonas Blixt, Brooks Koepka and now Daniel Berger.

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Special time, special player: Lydia Ko, 17, keeps winning

It's a special time to be part of Lydia Ko's world who won her ninth LPGA title of her career Sunday at the Women's Australian Open

It's a special time to be apart of Lydia Ko's world after she won her ninth LPGA title Sunday at the Women's Australian Open.

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Wie guest stars as herself in 'Hawaii Five-0' episode

Michelle Wie guest stars as herself in "Hawaii Five-0" episode

Michelle Wie plays herself in a cameo appearance on the popular TV show “Hawaii Five-0,” which is filmed in her native Honolulu.

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Pillers' strong bond spans two tours

Martin and Gerina Piller's strong bond spans two tours

Tour pros Gerina and Martin Piller often compete worlds apart, but they're never far from each other.

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Rankin, 70, brings class and dignity to Golf Channel booth

Judy Rankin, 70, brings class and dignity to Golf Channel booth

It’s difficult to imagine an LPGA without Judy Rankin. Her presence in the Golf Channel booth brings such a wonderful sense of class, dignity and credibility. On the eve of her 70th birthday, the Hall of Famer talked about the idea of perhaps slowing down.

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Lydia Ko to begin taking college courses next month

World-No. 1 Lydia Ko will begin taking college courses next month at Korea University

Lydia Ko plans to begin her studies in psychology at Korea University next month. At age 17, she already has reached the top of her current profession and is now making plans for a second career.

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Without clubs, Korda retraces dad's steps in Melbourne

Without golf clubs, Jessica Korda retraces dad's steps in Melbourne

Jessica Korda made the most of her missing clubs and clothes in Melbourne, Australia, by visiting the Rod Laver Arena for the first time since her dad, Petr, won the 1998 Australian Open Tennis Championship.

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LPGA legend Mickey Wright celebrates 80th birthday

LPGA legend Mickey Wright celebrates 80th birthday

Mickey Wright turned 80 this Valentine’s Day. Considered by many – including Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson – to have the greatest swing in golf history, Wright won a record 13 times in 1963.

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Rhonda Glenn, 68, elevated women's golf as USGA publicist

Rhonda Glenn, 68, elevated women's golf as USGA publicist

Rhonda Glenn worked tirelessly to ensure that golfers got their due, from the giants in the game to the little-known amateurs. Glenn died Feb. 12 at the age of 68.

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Suggs, 91, still a pioneer as one of first female R&A members

Louise Suggs, 91, remains a pioneer as one of R&A's first female members

Louise Suggs, a co-founder of the LPGA and a member of its Hall of Fame, was among a handful of women granted membership to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.

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Lexi turns 20, leaves list of talented teens

Lexi Thompson turns 20, leaves list of talented teens

Lexi Thompson celebrates her 20th birthday, leaving her stay as a superstar teenager on the LPGA.

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N.C. State senior Augusta James to turn pro

N.C. State senior Augusta James to turn pro, play Symetra Tour

N.C. State senior Augusta James will leave school to pursue a career in professional golf.

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LPGA loses Mobile stop in '15, hopes remain for '16

LPGA loses Mobile stop in '15, hopes remain for '16

After months of discussion, John Cannon, chairman of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail Foundation, said it became obvious late last week that the LPGA would not be playing in Mobile, Ala., this spring.

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Symetra Tour adds seven new events to schedule for 2015

The LPGA's developmental tour, the Symetra Tour, adds seven new events to the schedule in 2015 for a total of 23

For a glimpse of recent growth in the women’s game, look no further than the Symetra Tour. The LPGA’s developmental tour released its schedule on Feb. 5 and it boasts 23 events in 2015, up eight from two years ago.

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Lydia Ko's view from the top: 'I’m trying to just go with it'

Lydia Ko's view from the top of the LPGA: 'I’m trying to just go with it'

Lydia Ko became World No. 1 on Monday at the tender age of 17. The position came with some advice from LPGA star Stacy Lewis.

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LPGA's North Texas Shootout gets new title sponsor

Volunteers of America named title sponsor of LPGA's North Texas Shootout

The LPGA announced that Volunteers of America, a national, nonprofit organization will serve as title sponsor for the North Texas Shootout.

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Choi wins Coates, but Ko steals show as World No. 1

Na Yeon Choi wins Coates, but Lydia Ko steals show as World No. 1

How will Lydia Ko handle her new title as World No. 1? Chances are the 17-year-old will take it in stride, like many of the other accolades she has earned.

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Ko leads at Coates Golf Championship; could take over No. 1 ranking

Lydia Ko, 17, leads at the Coates Golf Championship and could take over No. 1 ranking with a victory

The stage is set for history to be made at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship. Lydia Ko is 18 holes away from becoming the youngest player to ascend to No. 1 in the world. In fact, no teenager has ever held the honor.

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A. Lee playing like a veteran at Coates Championship

LPGA rookie Alison Lee is playing like a veteran this week at the Coates Golf Championship

Alison Lee doesn’t look like a pro. She’s still sporting a UCLA visor and carry bag, but her game at the Coates Golf Championship, however, looks like that of an LPGA veteran.

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Lewis remains in contention at Coates Golf Championship

Stacy Lewis shot a 70 in the second round of the Coates Golf Championship to stay in contention

Stacy Lewis has remained in contention at the LPGA's season-opening Coates Golf Championship as she builds off her successful 2014 season.

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During ascent to No. 1, Ko clearly sees road ahead

During her quick ascent to world-No. 1, Lydia Ko clearly sees the road ahead of her starting at the Coates Golf Championship

Lydia Ko took a month off from golf for the first time in her young life and came back so rusty, but now only trails second-round leader Stacy Lewis by one at the Coates Golf Championship.

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Lewis raises bar for 2015 LPGA season

Stacy Lewis raises bar for 2015 LPGA season

Despite a banner year in 2014, Stacy Lewis wants more. That mindset provides a glimpse into what makes Lewis such an incredible player. She’s never satisfied.

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Refreshed Michelle Wie ready for 2015

Refreshed Michelle Wie ready for 2015 on LPGA Tour

Refreshed, healthy and eager to get started, Michelle Wie begins her seventh full season on the LPGA at the inaugural Coates Golf Championship.

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Pancake's Waffle House partnership boosts LPGA

Brooke Pancake's Waffle House partnership boosts LPGA

The recent marriage of the LPGA's Brooke Pancake and Waffle House so far seems like a win-win for everyone.

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Dryburgh finds mentor in fellow Scot Matthew

Tulane's Gemma Dryburgh finds mentor in fellow Scot Catriona Matthew

Tulane senior Gemma Dryburgh visited with Scottish LPGA golfer Catriona Matthew during the offseason to learn more about professional golf.

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Korda chases another season-opening LPGA title

Relaxed Jessica Korda chasing another season-opening LPGA title

Jessica Korda, 21, will begin the 2015 LPGA season in Ocala, Fla., next week, refreshed after enjoying a month-long break from golf.

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Coates Golf debuts big at PGA Show, LPGA event

Coates Golf goes big with PGA Show debut, LPGA sponsorship

Randall and Mollie Coates debuted their new equipment company, Coates Golf, on Day 1 of the PGA Merchandise Show. The Coateses will sponsor an LPGA event in Ocala, Fla., later this month.

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Pillers pay it forward with fellowship

Martin and Gerina Pillar hosted the first College Golf Fellowship retreat for women in early January to combine faith and sports.

Martin and Gerina Piller hosted 30 female college golfers from Texas-based universities for a three-day College Golf Fellowship retreat in early January.

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Waffle House flips for LPGA's Brooke Pancake

Waffle House flips for LPGA's Brooke Pancake

The LPGA's Brooke Pancake, a former Alabama All-American, has announced a sponsorship deal with Waffle House.

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Brooks de-commits from Florida, leads the Sally

Sierra Brooks de-commits from the University of Florida, and leads the South Atlantic Amateur

Sierra Brooks might be leading the South Atlantic Amateur after two rounds, but she is doing so while looking for a new university. She de-committed from Florida in late November.