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Notes: Walker's moving days; Johnson's 80; more

Jimmy Walker returns to his hometown event, the Valero Texas Open, for the first time as a PGA Tour winner, while Zach Johnson looks to erase an 80; plus more in PGA Tour news and notes.

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Maggert, Andrade cash on Champions Tour

The early money earned by Champions Tour rookies Jeff Maggert and Billy Andrade is nothing to laugh at, but it does offer a stark reminder that the 50-year-olds aren't on the PGA Tour anymore.

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In San Antonio, Alvarado seeks path back to Tour

Benjamin Alvarado was two tournaments into his return toward the PGA Tour, after being sidelined for months with an injury to his left kneecap, when he got a sponsor’s exemption Monday into the Valero Texas Open.

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Tour players recall Balicki's 'passion for college golf'

Rickie Fowler chose to break the news about going pro with a simple phone call to one man – Ron Balicki. That's the impact he had on the game's brightest, up-and-coming stars – they knew he cared about their stories.

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Notes: Langley's path; MacKenzie's return; more

Scott Langley seeks a springboard from his top-three finish at the Valspar Championship, while Will MacKenzie enjoys a successful return -- plus more news and notes from the PGA Tour this week.

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Hey, Keegan: Make space for roomie's hardware

When Jon Curran gets back to his living room in Tequesta, Fla., he'll find a spot for his Brasil Champions trophy -- even if it won’t outshine the Wanamaker awarded to roommate Keegan Bradley.

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Euros in line for Ryder Cup take on EurAsia

With the September Ryder Cup clearly at the forefront of the European agenda, likely team members with no experience such as Victor Dubuisson are headed to the EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

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Rusty, or ready? Tiger's back cuts Masters prep

If Tiger Woods sits out the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open, as expected, he would have only 14 competitive rounds under his belt headed into the Masters.

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Tour promotes Jay Monahan to deputy commissioner

Jay Monahan, who has been part of the PGA Tour's senior-executive staff since 2008, has been promoted to deputy commissioner, the Tour announced Tuesday. The move takes effect April 1.

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How Wilmington, N.C., landed 2017 Tour stop

The president of Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., said there had been consideration for playing host to both the Wells Fargo Championship and the PGA Championship in 2017, but Eagle Point in Wilmington emerged as the top option.

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Coetzee chases berths at Augusta, Hoylake

A T-14 at Doral only earned enough points for George Coetzee to creep into 56th position; to nail down a spot into the Masters, he’d have to be top-50 as of April 6, so Coetzee is in Morocco this week at the Trophee Hassan II.

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2014 major venues, Tiger might not be perfect fit

One of the misguided concepts people bandied about in the preseason was this notion that Tiger Woods was virtually a lock to win a 2014 major championship because of where they would be played.

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Tesori, family persevere with help of Tour family

Paul Tesori didn't know if he was strong enough to handle his newborn son being sent to the ICU with complications after his birth. But with the help of his PGA Tour family, Tesori and wife, Michelle, kept their faith and have a boy with a full life ahead of him.

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Notes: Fichardt puts family in Florida Swing

Darren Fichardt works family time at Disney into his Florida Swing, Richard Sterne plans to address his ailing hip and Peter Uihlein takes aim at the Masters in this week's PGA Tour notes.

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Doral by the numbers: WGC-Cadillac Championship

Future changes to the new and improved Blue Monster could be aided by ShotLink, the PGA Tour’s statistical source for where balls landed on greens, how many players hit particular fairways and much more. Here's a look at the numbers.

Watney (back) WDs at WGC-Cadillac Championship

Nick Watney’s fourth round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship never got to the first tee. The 2011 winner of this tournament withdrew during his warm-up session, citing a sore back.

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5 Things: Blue Monster shows teeth at WGC-Cadillac

The second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship was as difficult as golf in South Florida can get, and as a result, just four players – all leaders – are under par at 1 under. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday's action at Trump National Doral.

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A triple? A quad? Yep, but Garcia still in contention

Sergio Garcia had a triple bogey in finishing his first round on Friday morning, followed by a quadruple bogey to start his second round, but the Spaniard is still in contention at the ultra-difficult Trump National Doral.

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Marquee pairing experiences miserable morning

Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson might be 1-2-3 in the world, but Doral brought them to their knees Friday morning as the winds shifted and the new-look course offered plenty of bite.

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5 Things: English takes clubhouse lead at Doral

They started, they stopped, they started again and then they stopped for good. That is how Thursday’s first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship played out with Harris English the clubhouse leader at 3 under.

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WGC-Cadillac: Pre-weather delay news and notes

Sweeping across from west to east, an intense line of thunderstorms – severe enough to ignite isolated tornadoes – put an emphatic halt to first-round play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Still Doral's showstopper, Woods makes his pitch

Even The Donald himself made his way through the lobby of his latest toyland and asked of a PGA Tour player, "Is Tiger playing?" Tiger Woods will indeed play in the WGC-Cadillac Championship despite limited prep.

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Notes: McIlroy just latest to fold with 54-hole lead

Rory McIlroy at the Honda Classic was the latest 54-hole leader who failed to hold on and win. Only 6 of 14 third-round leaders have won this year, and only 23 of 52 since 2012.

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Guthrie picks up the pace in pairing with Tiger

If the PGA Tour is searching for answers to the pace-of-play problem, perhaps it should give guys a little push and assign them a spot in the pairings opposite Tiger Woods. Just ask Luke Guthrie how it helps.

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Rib injury keeps de Jonge from winner's circle – again

Lost in the sudden meltdown of Rory McIlroy at the Honda Classic was the slow sinking of Brendon de Jonge, whose winless stretch on the PGA Tour continued in frustrating fashion.

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Dubuisson's clubs finally arrive at Doral

Chalk up another recovery for Victor Dubuisson, as the Frenchman's clubs finally arrived at Doral late Tuesday night to set himself up for another shot at a WGC title.

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Players, caddies laud new-look Trump National Doral

With new improvements to the course, players and caddies are having to study this new Trump National Doral for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Garcia on new Trump National Doral: 'More challenging'

His heart was on this week’s Honda Classic, but Sergio Garcia doesn’t deny that he had an eye on next week’s gathering at the famed Trump National Doral.

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Jim Furyk has best finish at WGC Match Play

In his 14th start at the Accenture Match Play Championship, Jim Furyk made it to the quarter-finals for the first time. Furyk and Lee Westwood are the only players who has played in 14 of the 16 Accentures. They were both there at the debut in 1999.

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Fowler focused following Match Play

Fresh off a third-place finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, Rickie Fowler will return home to Jupiter, Fla., a focused man.

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Notes: Young talent thrives at Match Play

Headlined by the stellar play of Victor Dubuisson, the WGC-Accenture Match Play provided a stage for young talent to thrive in the Arizona desert.

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Match Play top 20: Day's finale, Dubuisson's saves

Match play offers so much that stroke play can’t return, so here’s a top-20 list for recapping the 2014 edition of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Match Play preview: A look at Sunday's semifinals

Jason Day is the only true "favorite" that is left standing at Match Play, with Victor Dubuisson, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler all registering as semifinals surprises at Dove Mountain.

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5 Things: Fowler survives; Day returns to semis

Proving that there is nothing about this purest of all golf formats that can be explained, the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship were played out Saturday with a series of surprises at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

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Match Play: Saturday storylines from Dove Mountain

This is not how anyone could have drawn it up before the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship got underway. Consider some of the storylines that are in play for Saturday’s four quarter-final matches at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

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18th hole provides captivating theater at Match Play

In Friday’s third round, which featured eight matches, the 18th hole was the place to be at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

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French mystery: 'Shy' Dubuisson quietly climbs rankings

Victor Dubuisson, a self-described loner, debuts in the United States at the WGC-Accenture Match Play while quietly ascending the world ranking.

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Match Play has been highlighted by the 'comeback kids'

The majority of the remaining 16 players at Match Play have had to mount comebacks somewhere over the last two days, so you might want to hold off before you nominate just Graeme McDowell as the “Comeback Kid.”

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'Deja vu' in McDowell's second comeback win

"I was dead and buried, both days," Graeme McDowell said after Thursday's win over Hideki Matsuyama in come-from-behind fashion -- the second such in as many rounds at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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5 Things: Snedeker sneaks in; McIlroy moves on; more

Thirty-two matches, 64 players, nearly 10 hours of golf – and dozens of reasons why it's the best day of the year for pure PGA Tour fun, non-major category.

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Surprising starts: Bubba's comeback; Fowler, Blixt upsets

Bubba Watson looked to be behind the 8-ball, but grinded out a win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play on Wednesday. Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt simply came out of nowhere to advance.

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Lake Nona crew stakes claim to Match Play

In need of a new home for this WGC Match Play Championship? With many PGA Tour players living at Lake Nona near Orlando, Fla., some might respectfully submit it as a candidate.

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Notes: Allred rakes; Watson breaks slump; more

Jason Allred tops his career earnings with one week's success; Bubba Watson shakes a post-Masters slump and talks nerves; WGC Match Play rookies; plus more in this week's PGA Tour notes.

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Mickelson on Couples' Riviera wish list?

"Phil didn't play here much," Fred Couples said of Phil Mickelson and the Northern Trust Open, yet the popular lefty has played 15 times in the PGA Tour event -- 13 at Riviera.

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Hahn's long, winding road crosses continents

While friends in the U.S. were chasing the world of professional golf along paved highways and indoor showers, John Hahn was taking an international route for the European Tour.

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Match Play tee times: McIlroy, Stenson top bracket

Our Jim McCabe has settled into balmy Arizona, where he looks at a handful of the most intriguing matches on Day 1 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, including Steve Stricker's return and Rory McIlroy's date with Boo Weekley.

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With self-belief, Renner clears big hurdle on Tour

In 77 PGA Tour and Web.com Tour events across three-plus seasons, Jim Renner had earned $661,111. In one tournament last week, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Renner earned $580,800.

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PGA Tour notes: Garrigus' bag; Web.com start; more

Robert Garrigus shows his NHL fandom on his bag; Dustin Johnson goes low at Pebble Beach; the Web.com Tour gets going this week; plus more in our news and notes from the PGA Tour.

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After back injury, Hart finds new faces

When you’ve got serious back issues and you’re unable to take part in the thing that you do for a living, well, that’s not a good thing, yet it was PGA Tour veteran Dudley Hart’s world.

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Appleby maintains fire, top form 'within arm's reach'

The most recent of PGA Tour veteran Stuart Appleby's nine wins came in 2010, but he insists he has the desire to continue to work hard: "It’s just there, within arm’s reach."