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Westwood leads in Malaysia; Larrazabal swarmed

In Friday's second round of the European Tour's Maybank Malaysian Open, Lee Westwood opened up a four-shot lead – while a swarm of hornets stole the show, attacking Pablo Larrazabal.

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Masters ratings suffer despite Watson's comeback

Enthralling as Bubba Watson's shotmaking was Sunday during his Masters victory, it couldn't overcome several factors that led to a ratings drop on CBS and ESPN.

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Report: Woods' recovery might rule out Pinehurst

Tiger Woods, who underwent surgery last month and withdrew from the Masters on April 1, reportedly will be in recuperation mode "past the U.S. Open," his friend Notah Begay III said in an interview.

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From Magnolia Lane, Watson hits Waffle House

The first Masters champions dinner for Bubba Watson after his 2014 victory? Waffle House. (Hold all your victory-hangover jokes, please.)

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Thursday Musings: Players' Masters quotes on Twitter

We'll keep you posted with quotes from players at Augusta National or watching the Masters afar via their Twitter accounts during Thursday's first round.

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Nicklaus isn't wavering: Woods will break record

Long on the record as thinking Tiger Woods will set the all-time record for wins in majors, the man who holds that mark -- Jack Nicklaus -- still thinks it will happen despite Woods' recent back surgery.

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Timeline: Notable Masters through the years

Looking back from 2014, there are several milestone years to observe. They include Arnold Palmer's final Masters victory and some international firsts.

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5 Things: Jones edges Kuchar in Houston

Australian Matt Jones fired a 66 keyed by six birdies in nine holes midway through his Sunday round at the Shell Houston Open, then defeated Matt Kuchar in a playoff to earn an invitation to the Masters. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Kraft Nabisco Champ.: Tee times, final round

Co-leaders Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie will anchor the final round of the first major of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship -- see all the final-round tee times here.

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In sun, Nixon moves to NH Collection lead

Matthew Nixon of England will carry a one-shot lead into the NH Collection Open's final round after his 65 moved him to the top of the leaderboard on European Tour, just ahead of Marco Crespi of Italy.

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Warren, Horsey lead as NH Collection halted again

For the second straight day, play was cut short at the NH Collection Open in Cadiz, Spain, because of Thursday's rain -- but not before Scotland's Marc Warren moved to a share of the lead with a 5-under 67 in the second round.

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Doherty leads as rain delays NH Collection opener

Having earned a spot on European Tour in November thanks to his 12th attempt at Q-School, Scotland's Jack Doherty took the lead after Thursday's rain-shortened opener at the NH Collection Open.

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Masters vets: First-timers must learn on fly

Plenty of big names in golf have failed to bring their "A" game along on their inaugural trip to Augusta National. This year's crop of Masters rookies ranges from PGA Tour winners Jordan Spieth and Kevin Stadler to foreign amateur-title winners Garrick Porteous and Chang-Woo Lee.

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Sanderson Farms Championship plans move

The PGA Tour's Sanderson Farms Championship, which moved its date to October when its title sponsor renewed last fall, is planning to change locations as well to Country Club of Jackson.

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Reports: Nicklaus' grandson again hurt on motorcycle

Florida State Seminoles football tight end Nick O'Leary, a grandson of Jack Nicklaus, has again been injured in a motorcycle accident, according to reports.

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Kraft Nabisco Champ.: Tee times, Rounds 1-2

Top-ranked Inbee Park, No. 3 Stacy Lewis and two-time 2014 winner Anna Nordqvist will play in Thursday's early feature groups at the LPGA's first major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Other pros react quickly to Tiger missing Masters

By all accounts, it wasn't an April Fools joke – Tiger is out of this year's Masters after back surgery. It didn't take other pros and notables long to take to Twitter and react with quotes.

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EurAsia Cup gives Europe chance at Ryder prep

Graeme McDowell says the EurAsia Cup needs to become part of Europe's preparation for the Ryder Cup, especially in finding pairings that work.

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Kia Classic: Tee times, first two rounds

In the final tune-up before the first major of the 2014 LPGA season, Lydia Ko, Karrie Webb and Azahara Munoz will form one of the top groups in the first two rounds of the Kia Classic.

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Mickelson to play Houston, week before Masters

World No. 5 Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar have committed to playing before the Masters at next week's Shell Houston Open on the PGA Tour, according to the tournament's website.

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Monday musings: Week ahead; Dufner's day; more

Golfers' posts via Twitter on Monday ranged from looking at the week ahead to Monday's practice time to congratulations for Sunday's winners to travel travails -- and Jason Dufner's birthday. Here's a sample:

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5 Things: Webb edges Ko, Lewis for win

Lydia Ko gave chase late, but Karrie Webb's final-round 63 tied for the round of the day and gave her a lead she wouldn't relinquish as the Aussie won the LPGA's JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix.

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In first Champions Tour event, Maggert wins

Jeff Maggert earned a victory in his first Champions Tour event thanks to a final-round 68 that helped him surpass Billy Andrade by two shots at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak in Saucier, Miss.

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5 Things: Ko, Korda rise; Lee slips; more

Lydia Ko's second 67 of the week in Phoenix, on the heels of her second-round 66, lifted her to the lead Saturday at the JTBC Founders Cup on the LPGA Tour. Here are 5 Things to know from Phoenix.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Tee times, final round

Adam Scott will seek a wire-to-wire win in the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, sharing his final-round tee time Sunday with Keegan Bradley.

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Thumb bandaged at Bay Hill, Day WDs again

Jason Day withdrew Monday from this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational, a thumb injury preventing the Australian from taking the course.

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USGA sets 24 sectional qualifiers for Women's Open

Twenty U.S. sites and four abroad will play host to 36 holes of sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

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Couples' birdie-birdie finish takes Toshiba

With 4-footers for birdie on the par-3 17th and par-5 18th at Newport Beach (Calif.) CC, Fred Couples won his second Toshiba Classic on the Champions Tour.

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5 Things: Senden survives; Copperhead strikes; more

Nearly eight years removed from his other PGA Tour win, John Senden endured a roller-coaster back nine Sunday at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course to hold off Kevin Na by a shot and win the 2014 Valspar Championship on PGA Tour.

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5 Things: Cool in Tampa as four 68s lead

Greg Chalmers, Matt Every, Danny Lee and Pat Perez shot 3-under 68s to find the first-round lead at the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship. Here are 5 Things to know about the day's events in Palm Harbor, Fla.

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Report: Jury orders Woods' company to pay up

A jury ordered Tiger Woods' company, ETW, to pay $668,000 to a company that alleged breach of a licensing agreement, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

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PGA task force eyes "non-traditional" growth

In the spirit of the recent Hackgolf initiative, the PGA of America has formed a task force charged with growing the game beyond traditional means.

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Woods tops early odds for 2014 Masters

World No. 1 Tiger Woods, who won five events during the PGA Tour's 2013 season yet came up short at all four majors, stands atop the odds to win the 2014 Masters.

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Report: U.S. Open targets Torrey Pines for 2021

Torrey Pines' South course in San Diego is the USGA's choice to host the U.S. Open in 2021, according to a local report – which could return Tiger Woods at age 45 to the site of his 14th (and most recent) win in a major.

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Cheyenne Woods gains spot in LPGA tourney

Cheyenne Woods and Birdie Kim will play in the LPGA's newly sponsored JTBC Founders Cup this month in Phoenix, the tour announced Monday.

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USGA sets 12 sectional qualifiers for U.S. Open

Ten U.S. sites and two abroad will play host to 36 holes of sectional qualifying for the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, N.C.

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Doral win lifts Reed into OWGR's top 20

As Russell Henley's win did for him a week earlier, Patrick Reed's win in South Florida lifted him more than 20 spots in the OWGR -- and Chesson Hadley climbed with his Puerto Rico victory as well.

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Horschel: Doral 'should be a good course' in 2015

Billy Horschel had some curt words for the redesigned Blue Monster course after he finished his week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship -- saying more changes are needed at Doral.

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Eason, Strom make jumps in WAGR

Greg Eason and Linnea Strom made the most significant jumps of the week in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking, Eason winning the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational and Strom winning the Spanish Ladies Amateur.

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Bay Hill exemptions run from Goosen to Uihlein

The Arnold Palmer Invitational picked a broad spectrum of players from major-championship winners such as Retief Goosen, Padraig Harrington, Trevor Immelman and Lee Janzen to up-and-comers such as Brooks Koepka and Peter Uihlein for its sponsor exemptions.

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Puerto Rico Open: Tee times, 1st and 2nd rounds

Nicolas Colsaerts, Ryo Ishikawa and Robert Karlsson will form one of the notable groups at the 2014 Puerto Rico Open this week on PGA Tour, teeing off early Thursday and late Friday. Here are complete tee times.

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WGC-Cadillac Championship: Tee times, Round 2

Tiger Woods will share a tee time with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson, should Woods' back heal in time, for the first two rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday and Friday at Trump National Doral's Blue Monster.

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VIDEO: Creamer on HSBC win: 'Grinded it'

Paula Creamer's emotions ran high Sunday not only because of her 75-footer for eagle to claim the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore, but also because of the fight that got her to that point, she said after her win.

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Move over, Oscars; we're taking Ultimate Golf Selfie

Assuming you get to replace actors with golf stars and play the role of Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres, which 10 golf figures would you want in your Ultimate Golfers' Selfie?

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9 ways Ramis, dead at 69, made 'Caddyshack' great

Harold Ramis reached the hearts and funny bones of golfers everywhere with his 1980 directorial debut, "Caddyshack," which he also co-wrote. Here are nine ways that entertainment website IMDB.com says Ramis, who died Monday, worked his comedic magic.

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5 Things: Day holds up; Fowler fights; more

A big comeback late by Victor Dubuisson -- his second in as many matches Sunday -- led to a dramatic, sudden-death fight at the WGC-Accenture Match Play before Jason Day won in 23 holes. Here are 5 Things to know.

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5 Things: Nordqvist leads; Wie goes long; more

Three birdies to start her first round pushed Anna Nordqvist to a 66 – and the top of the Honda LPGA Thailand leaderboard Thursday. At 6 under, the Swede is one shot ahead of Michelle Wie.

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Triplett outlasts Langer, Waldorf to win ACE

With five straight pars down the stretch, Kirk Triplett outlasted Bernhard Langer and Duffy Waldorf – both of whom bogeyed the 18th as the threesome played the final hole together – to win the Champions Tour's ACE Group Classic.

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Cejka's 63 wins shortened Web.com opener

With rain taking center stage this weekend, the Web.com Tour-season-opening Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship Presented by Claro was shortened to 54 holes – which gave Alex Cejka the win thanks to a third-round 63 Sunday.

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62 carries Santos to Africa Open first-round lead

With a 9-under 62, Ricardo Santos opened up a two-shot lead during the first round of the European Tour's 2014 Africa Open, with four players T-2 two shots back.

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