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Beth Ann Nichols

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Watson's theme in 2014: To rejoice

Bubba Watson’s theme for the year is to rejoice in all circumstances. So when he found his ball lying under a bush on the 13th hole at TPC Scottsdale, he rejoiced in finding a burrowing hole there. He has a two-shot lead heading into the final round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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No more fun on 16 for Mickelson at Phoenix

Phil Mickelson’s football fun on the 16th hole appears to be finished. Mickelson said he thought about playing quarterback for several holes leading up to No. 16 and completely lost focus, leading to a double bogey.

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Danielle Downey left spirited, winning legacy behind

Jenny Gleason sat in her bedroom in Clearwater, Fla., the one Danielle Downey helped her paint a couple of Thanksgivings ago, and reminisced on her free-spirited friend. Downey died in a car crash on Thursday in Auburn, Ala. She was 33.

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LPGA notes: Lewis' momentum; Francella's gig; more

Stacy Lewis' second thought: 'I'm doing a lot of stuff right' amid strong momentum, while Meghan Francella takes on a new gig and Lydia Ko sets up her schedule -- plus more in Beth Ann Nichols' LPGA notes this week.

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Korda's closing birdie wins in Bahamas

Jessica Korda’s second career victory was a close shave, as she held off a hard-charging Stacy Lewis to win the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic by one stroke.

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5 Things: Choi leads; Lewis' new shoes; more

The stars are stacked on the leaderboard here at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic with Na Yeon Choi leading the way after three rounds. Here are 5 Things you need to know.

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Wie 2 back of Bahamas lead; Ko slips

Michelle Wie led the afternoon highlight reel in the Bahamas, posting a bogey-free 65 to move within two strokes of leader Jessica Korda as Lydia Ko slipped to a tie for fifth.

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Ai Miyazato takes break from longtime caddie

Struggling and needing a kickstart, Ai Miyazato is taking a break from longtime caddie Mick Seaborn, although it might be only temporary.

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With heart full, Creamer makes a move in Bahamas

Paula Creamer started her day with a double bogey, but responded with 10 birdies to fire an 8-under 65 to sit just a shot off the lead at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

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Ko fires opening 68 for share of Bahamas lead

Lydia Ko has endured an offseason of change, but her results were much the same during a 5-under 68 in her LPGA rookie debut, giving her a share of the early lead at the Pure-Silk Bahamas Classic.

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LPGA notes: Lewis and Twitter; Ko's changes; more

Stacy Lewis ends her break from Twitter in time for the season's start; rookie phenom Lydia Ko lined up some changes before her LPGA debut; plus more in this week's news and notes from senior writer Beth Ann Baldry.

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Ko, two-time winner, enters pros with humor

Lydia Ko plans to retire at age 30. That’s right; the 16-year-old kid who played in her first tournament as a professional last November already has an exit strategy. “I’ve played golf for 11 years,” she said. “Twenty-five years, I think, is enough.”

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Ladies first at Pinehurst's tournament

There’s no shortage of opinions from LPGA players on the concept of back-to-back U. S. Opens in 2014. Golfweek asked several marquee players for their take on following the men at Pinehurst No. 2 in June, and the message was clear: Ladies first!

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Lincicome enjoys LPGA media blitz to fullest

LPGA players don’t often take on a New York City media blitz like the one Brittany Lincicome and Lexi Thompson enjoyed last week. One text Lincicome sent out amid it all: 'This is crazy,' with a trio of smiley faces.

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Meghan Stasi wins Harder Hall Invitational

With a final-round 70, Meghan Stasi won her first Harder Hall Invitational title on Saturday. She became the first mid-amateur to win the title since 1997.

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Offseason spent giving back reveals Wie's big heart

Michelle Wie has been in the public eye for most of her life and she is determined to use that fame to help out those who are less fortunate, giving her new perspective on and off the course.

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Hally Leadbetter's revised lesson plan takes shape

When Hally Leadbetter took up golf, the daughter of noted instructor David ran from her father's advice. Competing for the Rollins Tars, she's reversed course on that source of knowledge.

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LPGA offers season title with bonus: $1 million

The LPGA’s announcement of its new Race to the CME Globe, a season-long points competition within the schedule that boasts a $1 million unofficial payout, is the cherry on commissioner Mike Whan's sundae.

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Number Crunching 2013: Gerina Piller

Gerina Piller missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 72nd to force a playoff on the LPGA this season, but played on the USA Solheim Cup team and is on the rise for 2013.

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Number Crunching 2013: Jessica Korda

Consistency was the hallmark of Jessica Korda’s third year on the LPGA. She hasn’t missed a cut since the 2012 Ricoh Women’s British Open and increased her number of top-25 finishes to 13 this season from five in 2012.

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My year in golf: Beth Ann Baldry

For Golfweek's Beth Ann Baldry, 2013 was quite the year. She got engaged, will be married Dec. 21, traveled to New Zealand . . . oh, and played Augusta National.

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Number Crunching 2013: Yani Tseng

Former World No. 1 Yani Tseng ready to come out of ‘hiding’ and work her way back to the top.

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Q&A: LPGA Legends roundtable

Five LPGA legends – Jan Stephenson, Pat Bradley, Nancy Lopez, Beth Daniel and JoAnne Carner – sat down with Golfweek at the recent LPGA Legends Tour event at Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Karrie Webb prides herself on personal life

Karrie Webb, who has navigated a no-wake zone of privacy, charts her legacy in the game with an excursion into more-open waters.

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Green, 19, takes Q-School in runaway fashion

Nineteen-year-old Jaye Marie Green set an LPGA Q-School record with a 29-under 331 total over 90 holes, beating the field by 10 strokes.

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Despite aches and pains, Rankin rises to challenge

Reilley Rankin was nearly paralyzed and told she would never walk again. Now, 14 years later, Rankin has defied the odds and is trying to regain her LPGA card at Q-School this week.

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Green fires 62 in 1st round of LPGA Q-School

With dad Donnie on the bag and her old shafts back in play, Jaye Marie Green -- 29th on the 2013 Symetra Tour money list -- posted a course-record 10-under 62 on the Jones Course to open the final stage of LPGA Q-School.

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5 Things: Feng wins in Naples; Lewis takes Vare

Shanshan Feng wins the CME Group Titleholders and its $700,000 prize, largest on the LPGA tour; Stacy Lewis claims the Vare Trophy "to get American golf on the map;" plus more.

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Inbee Park's POY speech proves to be inspirational

Winner of three consecutive majors and six tournaments overall, Inbee Park's acceptance speech for Player of the Year honors was candid and moving.

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Gulbis looks to cap memorable year with victory at Titleholders

Looking to cap memorable year with victory, Natalie Gulbis is tied for the third-round lead at the CME Group Titleholders.

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Course-record 63 puts Lewis in position to make history

Stacy Lewis needs to finish nine shots better than Suzann Pettersen this week at the CME Group Titleholders to win the Vare Trophy for low scoring average. A course-record 63 has Lewis eight shots ahead of the Swede entering Sunday's final round.

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Titleholders a special ending for Prammanasudh

This week at the CME Group Titleholders will mark the end of 11 years on the LPGA Tour for Stacy Prammanasudh.

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Notes: Ko cards 71 in pro debut; Gal leads; more

Lydia Ko shot 1-under 71 in her pro debut Thursday at the CME Titleholders Championship. Ko, 16, is seven shots back of first-round leader Sandra Gal, who carded a course-record 64.

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More tourneys, TV highlight 2014 LPGA schedule

The LPGA 2014 schedule, announced Friday, carries good news: The number of tournaments will increase significantly, including those played in the United States, with TV growing even more.

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On eve of pro debut, Ko holds steady

Not much has changed for Lydia Ko the LPGA pro, who went through media interviews Wednesday before her CME Group Titleholders debut and thought of her potential long-term place in the game.

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Several LPGA-season honors still up for grabs

Caroline Masson leads Moriya Jutanugarn for the LPGA's rookie-of-the-year honors, while Stacy Lewis and Suzann Pettersen are after the Vare Trophy; plus more in Beth Ann Baldry's LPGA notes.

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LPGA's Seo plans to marry after Titleholders

LPGA golfer Hee Kyung Seo, Korea’s “Super Model of the Fairways,” will marry her sweetheart Phil Kook next Saturday in Seoul.

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After LPGA, Hage embraces a bold new challenge

For Nicole Hage, 28, the transition from the LPGA to a real-world job has been a humbling and frustrating experience. But she's embraced her new challenge.

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LPGA players join host family's Halloween party

LPGA players Moira Dunn and Kris Tamulis flew in from Taiwan and Florida, respectively, to take part in massive Halloween festivities put on by a host family in Oregon.

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LPGA makes right call in granting Ko membership

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan made the right call – really the only call – by granting 16-year-old Lydia Ko permission to join the LPGA as a member in 2014.

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Ko, 16, takes to YouTube to announce going pro

Lydia Ko announced on Twitter Oct. 22 that she has turned professional. A two-time winner on the LPGA, Ko made a YouTube video with Israel Dagg of New Zealand's World Cup-winning All Blacks rugby team, who jokingly offered to caddie for Ko.

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Marina Alex: An LPGA card and reality check

Marina Alex was third on the Symetra Tour's money list in 2013, making $39,804, and earned an LPGA tour card in the process. Now, reality sets in, as the Vanderbilt grad has to figure out how to pay for life on the LPGA tour.

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Rizzo puts Miami women's golf back on the map

Patti Rizzo, a four-time winner on the LPGA, is guiding Miami up the women's college rankings. It's a dream realized for the former Hurricane.

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Suggs, 90, recalls highlights of fruitful career

Louise Suggs remembers the first time she played in a golf tournament. She shot 92 to qualify for the championship flight but was practically in tears.

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Notes: No finish line in sight yet for Pettersen

Suzann Pettersen's desire to be more relaxed on the golf course helped her win back-to-back LPGA tournaments earlier this season. Now she's focused on adding to her trophy collection.

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Ko, 16, has proved she is ready for the LPGA stage

Lydia Ko, ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, has decided to turn pro in time for next month's CME Titleholders and has petitioned the LPGA for status despite being only 16. Her acceptance should be a mere formality.

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Report: Ko petitions LPGA to play as pro

Would-be million-dollar winner Lydia Ko, who at age 16 is twice a winner on the LPGA as an amateur, is petitioning the tour to play its CME Group Titleholders tournament, according to reports.

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OSU's Yang tries to fast-track her golf education

Julie Yang looks at this week’s LPGA Q-School adventure as a win-win situation. Finish in the top 80 to advance to the final stage, and she’s one step closer to her dream. Go bust, and she’s back in Stillwater, Okla., for the weekend, soaking up college life.

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LPGA loses honest voice as Lewis exits Twitter

Stacy Lewis’ recent exit from golf’s Twitterverse is disappointing. Rare is the athlete who speaks her mind on a regular basis.

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Auburn's Evans gets good report in cancer fight

Auburn women's golf head coach Kim Evans went to Birmingham for blood tests Monday in her ongoing battle to overcome cancer – and the results were good.