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64 propels Lexi Thompson to share of Kraft lead

On a calm, cloudy Friday at the Dinah Shore Course, Lexi Thompson took advantage of easier pin positions and vaulted from a tie for 29th to a share of the lead of the LPGA's Kraft Nabisco Championship during the second round's morning wave.

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Wie 'more appreciative' after 67 to open Kraft

The LPGA no longer revolves around the comings and goings of Michelle Wie. But her 5-under 67 in Thursday's first round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship showed Wie, 24, still moves the needle like no other.

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Yin, 15, keeps smiling in 68 at Kraft Nabisco

This isn’t Angel Yin’s first time making headlines. At age 13, she qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open; last year she won a junior qualifier to get into the Kraft Nabisco Championship and went on to make the cut.

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Whan: LPGA's major won't leave Dinah Shore

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said the tour will return to Mission Hills in 2015. There will be another leap into Poppie’s Pond.

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LPGA creates new Rolex Annika Major Award

On the eve of the year’s first major, the LPGA announced a new Rolex Annika Major Award that recognizes the LPGA player who performs the best in all five major championships.

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Stars come into Kraft Nabisco playing strong

Go ahead, try to pick the Kraft Nabisco Championship winner today -- that one-size-fits-all white robe for the winner's jump into Poppie's Pond could be wrapped around any number of players come Sunday.

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Players share strong opinions on future of Kraft

The Kraft Nabisco Championship faces a major turning point after the last putt drops Sunday, and marquee players have strong opinions about what comes next.

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Teams take shape for International Crown

Eight teams have qualified for the inaugural International Crown, with the U.S. having overtaken the top seed from South Korea when Lexi Thompson birdied the 18th hole at the Kia Classic.

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Back injury prompts Pettersen to skip Kraft

Suzann Pettersen, who withdrew from the Kia Classic last week after feeling a sharp pain in her back, confirmed Tuesday that she will miss the LPGA's first major tournament of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Tickled Pink: Creamer's life in a happy place

With her personal life in a happy place, Paula Creamer is ready to just go out and play – including the first major of the season, this week's Kraft Nabisco.

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Nordqvist wins for the second time in four starts

Anna Nordqvist rallied to win the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara for her second victory in her last four LPGA Tour starts.

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Kerr, Salas tied for lead at LPGA's Kia Classic

Cristie Kerr and Lizette Salas will enter Sunday's round of the Kia Classic tied for the lead at 10 under. But while Kerr will be seeking her 17th LPGA victory, Salas will be trying for her first.

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Voila! Inbee Park takes clubhouse lead at Founders

Inbee Park played in the shadows of Lydia Ko for much of her round, but four birdies over her last five holes led to a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead at the JTBC Founders Cup.

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USGA's Davis addresses concerns at LPGA meeting

LPGA commissioner Mike Whan invited USGA executive director Mike Davis to an LPGA player meeting this week at the JTBC Founders Cup to answer questions and ease concerns about this year's U.S Women's Open.

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LPGA notes: Lewis' miscue; Nordqvist's changes

Stacy Lewis’ bunker issues continue, beaning Cristie Kerr in the head during a practice round; Anna Nordqvist's changes pay off; Paula Creamer gets a legendary footwork tip; plus more news from the LPGA.

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Pettersen chases childhood dream of being No. 1

Suzann Pettersen is currently World No. 2 with aspirations to take over the world's top ranking, a quest that began when she was a schoolgirl.

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Former ASU players gather prior to Founders Cup

With so many former Arizona State players in the field at this week’s JTBC Founders Cup – seven to be exact – the Sun Devil coaches organized a mini-reunion on Sunday at Modern Margarita to kick off the week.

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Kerr embraces parenthood by taking charge

Cristie Kerr embraces parenthood by taking charge with color-coordinated outfits and stacks of diapers.

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Inkster to captain U.S. 2015 Solheim team

Juli Inkster will captain the 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup team. The fiery Hall of Famer has been picked to lead the Americans in Germany Sept. 18-20 at St. Leon-Rot.

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Park, Talley, Ramsey top U.S. Curtis Cup selections

The USGA on Thursday announced the eight-player U.S. team for the 2014 Curtis Cup, led by reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champ Emma Talley and NCAA individual champ Annie Park.

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Brown helps LPGA legends support sick kids

University of Indianapolis junior Ashtyn Brown, a two-time cancer survivor, knows what it is like to be diagnosed at a young age, and extra time giving back to sick kids.

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Kraft Nabisco won't be LPGA sponsor after '14

The first major of the LPGA season will lose Kraft Nabisco as a sponsor after 2014, commissioner Mike Whan told the local newspaper.

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Kraft Nabisco invites Nelly Korda, 8 other amateurs

Nine amateurs will compete on sponsor exemptions at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on April 3-6 in Rancho Mirage, Calif., including 15-year-old Nelly Korda, who made the cut at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open.

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After breast cancer, Ferrero advises women to act

LPGA player Lisa Ferrero was diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan. 8 at age 31. On Valentine’s Day, she had a mastectomy to remove a tumor that was 9 centimeters.

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Founders Cup lands new title sponsor

The Founders Cup has landed a new title sponsor for 2014, Golfweek has learned. JTBC, a South Korean cable television network, has signed on to replace RR Donnelley.

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USGA announces U.S. Women's Open international qualifying

The USGA announced it will introduce international qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open – starting this year – in a press release sent on Monday morning.

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Joy, relief for Creamer in Singapore win

A lot has happened to Paula Creamer, 27, since she won the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont. She has experienced heartbreak and loss both on and off the course, but Sunday's HSBC Women's Champions victory gave her a lift.

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Stoic Clark helps Oklahoma State win 4th in a row

Oklahoma State won the John Hayt Collegiate on Feb. 25 at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

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Furman reinstates men's golf program

Men's golf will not end at Furman after all. The university approved a plan submitted by the school's golf alumni and supporters to provide short-term operating money and establish an endowment to fund the program.

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Furman coach: Players 'feeling the pressure'

Leading Furman's efforts at the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, one Paladins freshman said he already has spoken with several coaches about transferring while awaiting his team's fate. "You think you’re done with all that," he said of thinking about teams.

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Hello, world: Cheyenne Woods' game speaks for itself now

Cheyenne Woods, fresh off her first professional victory on a major tour in Australia, headlines the Symetra Tour’s season-opening event this week in Mesa, Ariz.

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Furman alumni make pitch to save men's golf

There is hope for men’s golf at Furman. Right now it’s only a glimmer, but a conference call Monday between a group of passionate alumni and administrators led to a proposal sent Feb. 19 to the school’s Board of Trustees.

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Korda shows unselfishness amid LPGA win

Jessica Korda gave her golf ball to two girls after winning the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Grant Price saw the gesture unfold from home, and later praised his student for being unselfish during her big moment.

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LPGA notes: Pettersen debuts; Webb rushes; more

Suzann Pettersen makes her season debut this week at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open; Karrie Webb rushes through the scorer's tent and into an inadvertent DQ; plus more this week from the LPGA.

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Cheyenne Woods' win creates ripple effect

Cheyenne Woods’ break-out victory in Australia created enough buzz to adjust TV schedules in the U.S. -- and the ripple effect is likely to carry over to LPGA sponsor exemptions.

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Furman alumni, donors fret about loss of men's golf

The outcry over Furman University’s decision to eliminate men’s golf after the spring season came in the form of an online petition with more than 1,500 names and scores of emotionally-charged comments.

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Q&A: LPGA's Stacy Lewis shares interesting facts

Stacy Lewis, an eight-time winner on the LPGA and the tour’s top-ranked American, recently sat down with Golfweek at the JW Marriott Phoenix, site of next month's LPGA Founders Cup.

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Stadler's win sets up father-son Masters

Kevin Stadler was 2 years old when his dad won the 1982 Masters. Craig Stadler would have stopped playing at Augusta years ago – but he’s been waiting on Kevin to join him. Well, this is the year.

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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.”