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Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

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Augusta's membership debate back in spotlight

Augusta National Debate

The appointment of a female CEO at IBM has revived the debate over Augusta National’s all-male membership just one week before the Masters, as the last four CEOs of IBM have been members of Augusta.

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Tiger, Wi hold one-shot lead at Bay Hill

Woods a leader entering weekend

Tiger Woods putted for birdie on every hole at Bay Hill on Friday. He shares the lead with Charlie Wi, while Graeme McDowell and Jason Dufner trail by one shot.

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Palmer chides McIlroy, Donald for not playing

Notes: Arnold Palmer declared Bay Hill to be the best it has ever been in the 34-year history of the tournament. But he was disappointed not to have the best two players who are PGA Tour members.

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Haney portrait of Tiger: Player never satisfied

Haney's new book

In his upcoming book, "The Big Miss," former coach Hank Haney shows Tiger Woods to be a complicated person who sought change to keep stimulated, who was rarely satisfied and was self-centered in his pursuit of greatness.

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Watson holds three-shot lead at Doral

Watson leads at Doral

It was a wild day at Doral, with Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods making appearances on the leaderboard. But it's Bubba Watson who will take a three-shot lead into Sunday's final round.

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Watson shoots 62, takes lead at windy Doral

Bubba Watson and Justin Rose put on an amazing show of birdies in blustery conditions at Doral, making 17 between them while playing in the same group Friday at the Cadillac Championship.

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Notes: Casey returns to competition at Doral

Paul Casey already has missed five tournaments this year after dislocating his right shoulder while snowboarding over the holidays. It’s a bad time for an injury, especially in a Ryder Cup year, though Casey has a good reason to feel optimistic.

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World Golf Championships gaining traction

WGCs deserve higher status

Tiger Woods has won 16 World Golf Championships, which means that he won 16 events against the best players in golf. Based on the players attracted and winners produced, it stands to reason that the WGCs deserve a higher status.

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McIlroy holds off Tiger, goes to No. 1

Rory McIlroy held off Tiger Woods and the rest of the field to win the Honda Classic and grab claim to the world's No. 1 ranking.

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McIlroy leads Honda; No. 1 ranking rides on title

McIlroy leads Honda

Rory McIlroy has another shot at moving to the top of the World Golf Ranking, but he'll have to hold on to his Honda Classic lead on Sunday to do it.

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Tiger's agent criticizes book by Haney

Tiger's agent criticizes book

Tiger Woods' agent lashed out Tuesday against Hank Haney's book, saying his "armchair psychology" about Woods was "ridiculous" and that it was clear the former swing coach only cares about self-promotion.

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Tiger's putter fails as he is ousted at Match Play

Tiger falls at Match Play

In what is becoming a troubling trend for Tiger Woods, he missed a match-extending birdie putt so badly that it never even touched the hole, giving Nick Watney the win at Match Play.

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Donald, Scott both bounced at Match Play

Donald out; Tiger alive

Luke Donald is out. So are Adam Scott and Webb Simpson. Who survived? Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, both both were taken to the 18th hole. Day 1 at Match Play was unpredictable, to say the least.

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PGA Tour changes inevitable, details to follow

Inevitable PGA Tour changes

The Players Advisory Council gave its blessing to the concept of the Nationwide Tour being the primary path to the PGA Tour, with tour cards being awarded in a three-tournament series and a new season starting in October instead of January. The plan goes to the policy board on March 27; details remain under discussion.

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Mickelson takes wild ride into share of the lead

Mickelson, Bradley share lead

Phil Mickelson hit a tree, threaded a shot through five trees and hit a drive that wound up in a spectator's shorts, yet somehow managed a 1-under 70 on Saturday to share the lead with Keegan Bradley in the Northern Trust Open.

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Mickelson takes 1-shot lead at Northern Trust

Mickelson leads by 1

An eagle, chip-in for birdie and several par saves helped Phil Mickelson maintain a one-shot lead Friday at Riviera, a day that looked good only on his scorecard.

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Wi takes 3-shot lead at Pebble; Woods 6 back

Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Charlie Wi built a three-shot lead Friday at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am during an early round that helped him escape most of the clouds and rain. Tiger Woods is six back.

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Attention returns to Tiger at Pebble Beach

Tiger back at Pebble

The billboards. The packed-house news conferences. The celebrity factor. It adds up to Tiger Woods' return to Pebble Beach. Is his game in the same form that led to two victories on this course?

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Woods offers solution against long putters

Tiger Woods has a solution to long putters — make them no longer than the shortest club in the bag.

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Levin, Stanley open with 62 for Farmers lead

Spencer Levin and Kyle Stanley knew they had to post low scores on the easier North Course at Torrey Pines to get off to a good start Thursday in the Farmers Insurance Open. It went even better than they expected.

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PGA Tour takes big step toward Q-School change

Q-School overhaul

The PGA Tour is one step closer to eliminating Q-school as a path to earning a tour card, a significant overhaul that would include starting the official season in the fall instead of waiting for the next calendar year.

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Notes: Watson buys original ‘General Lee’ car

Bubba Watson made a deal with his wife that if he ever won a PGA Tour event, he would be allowed to buy the 1969 Dodge Charger made popular in the “Dukes of Hazzard.”

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Slow play in golf is not going away anytime soon

Slow play not going away

There are plenty of contentious issues on the PGA Tour, but none more important than the pace of play - and the issue isn't going away anytime soon.

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Every fires 64, takes Sony Open lead

Sony Open second round

Matt Every, finally making news for his golf, made the game look and sound easy Friday at the Sony Open. Every closed with three straight birdies for a 6-under 64, giving him a two-shot lead over David Hearn.

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DeLaet (63) takes 2-shot lead at Sony Open

DeLaet leads Sony Open

Beset by back injuries for much of 2011, Graham DeLaet showed what he can do when fully healthy, shooting a 7-under 63 Thursday to lead the Sony Open.

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Woods to play Pebble for 1st time in 10 years

Tiger to play Pebble

Tiger Woods announced Monday that he will make his 2012 PGA Tour debut in February at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He hasn’t played there since 2002.

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Stricker keeps five-shot lead at Kapalua

Stricker leads by five

Steve Stricker watched his lead dwindle to a single shot on the back nine Sunday before running off four straight birdies for a 4-under 69 that gave him a five-shot lead in Kapalua.

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Stricker (63) builds 5-shot lead at Kapalua

Stricker leads ToC

Steve Stricker fired a flawless 10-under 63 on Saturday to build a five-shot lead over Webb Simpson after the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Defending champion Byrd leads at Kapalua

Byrd leads at Kapalua

A new PGA Tour season began with a familiar name atop the leaderboard at Kapalua, where Jonathan Byrd made birdie after birdie to take the early lead.

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Glover (knee) WDs from Kapalua event

Lucas Glover sprained his right knee in a freak paddleboard accident and withdrew from the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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No changes in store for the FedEx Cup system

PGA Tour notebook: After crunching numbers using different models, the PGA Tour has decided to leave the points structure alone for the FedEx Cup.

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Notes: Players appreciative of sponsor invites

Rod Pampling had a few nervous moments while watching parts of the final PGA Tour event on TV, though it ended well for him.

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Jenkins to become sixth media member in HoF

Golf journalist Dan Jenkins has been selected for the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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Major champions recall their major moments

Golf seasons are defined by the majors, and this year was no exception.

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Notes: Woods up to $12M in tourney donations

Greg McLaughlin, the tournament director of the Chevron World Challenge, was standing on the first tee before the start of the final round when he was asked his thoughts on the day.

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Chevron out as sponsor of Tiger’s event

Chevron won't renew

Chevron has decided not to renew its title sponsorship of the tournament that Tiger Woods hosts at Sherwood Country Club to benefit his foundation.

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Tiger says he is headed in the right direction

Tiger's direction

While Tiger Woods barely qualified for his own tournament this week, the way he played Down Under shows that the former World No. 1 is headed in the right direction.

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Tiger’s absence allows youth in golf to shine

The pool of young talent in golf has never looked deeper.

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Tiger gets closer to looking like 'the old Tiger'

Tiger Woods hasn't looked this good on the golf course in back-to-back weeks since he left Australia two years ago with his 82nd title and the indisputable No. 1 ranking.

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Duval goes where he's never been to find game

Former World No. 1 David Duval has been searching for his game for awhile, having to take to Q-School this year - where he advanced to the final stage last week.

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Norman wants changes to Prez Cup format

The International team trailed 4-2 after the opening session in the Presidents Cup and never caught up. That’s how it was two years ago at Harding Park, in 2007 at Royal Montreal.

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Prez Cup: Sunday singles, match-by-match

A look at each of Sunday's singles matches at the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia:

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Woods-Stricker pairing not a certainty

Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, unbeatable in the last Presidents Cup, might not be playing together for every match at Royal Melbourne.

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Stricker feeling healthy again at Prez Cup practice

Injuries fade for U.S. team

Health no longer seems to be an issue for the American Presidents Cup team, as Steve Stricker reported feeling back to normal while practicing for the upcoming matches.

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Mickey Wright to donate mementos to USGA

Wright donates mementos

The USGA Museum is creating a permanent gallery for Mickey Wright. She will be only the fourth player — and first woman — to have a gallery in her name at the museum.

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Tiger an Aussie attraction for other reasons

Tiger Down Under

This is the two-year anniversary of Tiger Woods winning his last tournament. Back then, more than 15,000 fans followed his pro-am round. On Wednesday in Sydney, only 250 followed him.

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Tour notes: Norman forgets all about Donald

In talking about the best player in the world, Greg Norman mentions Martin Kaymer, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy ... but Luke Donald's name never came up.

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Tiger, Williams could learn from each other

Tiger Woods and Steve Williams could learn a lot from each other.

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Kaymer shoots 63 to win HSBC Champions

Kaymer wins HSBC

Martin Kaymer made nine birdies over his last 12 holes Sunday and closed with a 9-under 63 to win the HSBC Champions for the biggest comeback ever in a World Golf Championship.

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Jacobson retains HSBC lead; Scott lurking

Scott in contention

Despite the distraction of his caddie's racially charged remarks on Friday night, Adam Scott stayed in contention at the HSBC Champions, sitting three shots behind Fredrik Jacobson.