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Saturday, April 30

McCoy, Lutz claim Coleman Invite titles

Seminole member Mike McCoy closed with a final-round 70 on Saturday to win the mid-amateur division of the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational at Seminole Country Club in Juno Beach, Fla.

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Thompson tied for Avnet lead wtih 18 to play

Tied for the lead with 18 holes to play at the Avnet LPGA Classic, Lexi Thompson is looking to become the youngest winner in LPGA history on Sunday.

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Simpson, Watson share 54-hole Zurich lead

After making birdies at holes 3-7, Webb Simpson shot 67 Saturday to tie Bubba Watson for the 54-hole lead at the Zurich Classic.

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Smoltz misses N'wide cut by 27 shots

Former Braves pitcher John Smoltz struggled in his PGA Nationwide Tour debut, shooting a 15-over 87 at the South Georgia Classic on Saturday to miss the cut by 27 strokes.

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Jimenez, Rumford lead delayed Ballantine’s

Miguel Angel Jimenez and Brett Rumford shared the lead at 10 under when third-round play in the Ballantine’s Championship was suspended Saturday because of heavy rain and lightning.

Friday, April 29

Engler, Simson lead George Coleman Amateur

Despite following an opening-round 7-under 65 with a 3-over 75 on Friday, John Engler remains in the lead at the George Coleman Amateur Invitational. Engler, of Augusta, Ga., is at 4-under 140 for the tournament, hosted by Seminole Golf Club in Jupiter, Fla.

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Smoltz shoots 84 in Nationwide debut

John Smoltz had a lot tougher time on the golf course than he did on the mound.

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Gal leads by one at Avnet LPGA after birdie tear

Sandra Gal birdied five of the final eight holes Friday for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Amy Yang in the Avnet LPGA Classic, the tour’s only event in a six-week stretch.

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Watson leads Teater by one at Zurich Classic

Bubba Watson remained in the lead Friday at the Zurich Classic after a 4-under 68 at TPC Louisiana left him one shot ahead of Josh Teater.

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NCAA women's regionals, by the numbers

NCAA Regional play kicks off in less than a week, so Lance Ringler did a little regional number crunching for the occasion.

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Lewis contends in Mobile after outrunning storm

Any nerves Stacy Lewis felt on Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship were insignificant compared to what she felt as she outran thunderstorms on her way to the Avnet LPGA Classic.

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Rumford leads Ballantine’s; Westwood 6 back

Lee Westwood shot a 4-under 68 in the second round of the Ballantine’s Championship on Friday, bouncing back from a rough first day to stay six strokes off the pace.

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Fashion Q&A: U.S. Solheim captain Rosie Jones

Rain, sleet and wind are likely to be at this year's Solheim Cup, so we wanted to know what captain Rosie Jones has in store for her fashionable team.

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Euro notes: Walker Cup watch, appearance fees

It's a big week for potential GB&I Walker Cuppers, who can prove themselves to Captain Edwards at the Lytham Trophy.

Thursday, April 28

Engler, Zylstra lead Coleman Amateur

John Engler took the early lead at the George L. Coleman Amateur Invitational, firing an opening 65 to claim a four-shot advantage on Mike McCoy.

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Kim, Park lead Avnet LPGA; Lewis one back

Grace Park and Song-Hee Kim shot 5-under 67s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Avnet LPGA Classic, the tour’s only event in a six-week stretch.

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Watson, Jones share early lead in New Orleans

Bubba Watson shot 66 Thursday to tie Australian Matt Jones for the early lead at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana in New Orleans.

North Florida to launch women's team in 2012

The University of North Florida will add a women’s golf team to its list of varsity sports beginning in the 2012-13 academic year.

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Lorena Ochoa announces she's pregnant

Lorena Ochoa announced on Twitter April 28 that she and husband Andres Conesa are expecting a baby. Ochoa's brother, Alejandro, said she is about eight to nine weeks along.

Thumbs up: OSU | Thumbs down: Scheduling

You didn’t really think I would go a week without a Wildman’s Corner, did you? I hope not, because it’s time to issue some Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down.

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Rochester-bound: Thompson lands Wegmans spot

When Wegmans renegotiated its contract for this year’s LPGA Championship, an extra sponsor exemption was included in the package. Guess who’s going to Rochester this summer? Lexi Thompson.

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Player diary: Nicole fixes her putting

Player diary: Nicole Noelle Smith fixes her putting at home in La Quinta and picks up some dough hunting Easter eggs.

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Industry assesses damage after Southeast storms

As the death toll topped 200 in six Southeastern states devastated from storms April 27, the golf industry took measure of the damage today.

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Notes: Owls hootin’ it up with NCAA berth

Kennesaw State has joined the list of perennial powers in the state of Georgia. Ron Balicki reports.

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McGrane leads Ballantine’s; Westwood 6 back

Top-ranked Lee Westwood finished Thursday’s first round of the Ballantine’s Championship with a double bogey, falling six shots behind leader Damien McGrane.

Wednesday, April 27

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Pak feeling comfortable for title defense in Mobile

Se Ri Pak has reason to feel comfortable going into this week’s Avnet LPGA Classic at Magnolia Grove’s Crossings Course.

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New Orleans pulls out the stops for Zurich

New Orleans residents are proud of their Zurich Classic, which draws top players, such as Graeme McDowell, looking to turn around the season. Sean Martin has five things about the tournament.

‘Birthplace of American Golf’ celebrates club's centennial

Book on ‘Birthplace of American Golf’ highlights a who’s-who celebration for N.Y. club’s centennial.

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Rookie diary: Enjoying the scenery in New Orleans

Against the jazz-heavy backdrop of New Orleans, the Zurich Classic allows players to enjoy a week of golf and food.

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Oklahoma State, Hoffmann capture Big 12 titles

Oklahoma State won its fifth consecutive Big 12 title Wednesday, beating Texas A&M by 13 shots on a wind-swept day at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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Jackson (No. 19, 2012) commits to Arizona

Janie Jackson, of Huntsville, Ala., has given a verbal commitment to Arizona. Jackson also made unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, LSU, Alabama and Georgia.

In this issue: April 29, 2011

Inside the April 29, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Five Things: The NCAA women’s regionals

No thumbs up/thumbs down today, kiddies, because it’s postseason time and The Wildman is fired up. Let’s take a look at five key things regarding the NCAA women’s regionals.

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Toy Box: Snedeker on streak with Tour Stage

Brandt Snedeker is now the hottest golfer on the PGA Tour, but back at the Masters he was just another player feeling good about his game.

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In OWGR, post-Tiger era anything but boring

These days, it’s a short wait for change at the top of the world rankings, proof that golf in the post-Tiger era is anything but boring.

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Notes: Sergio has long road to U.S. Open

Sergio Garcia missed the cut in his first major as a pro, at Carnoustie in 1999 for the British Open. He has played in every major since then, a streak of 46 in a row that suddenly is in danger.

Tuesday, April 26

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Golfweek Fantasy Tip Sheet: Zurich Classic

After losing in a playoff at The Heritage, Luke Donald is a popular pick among our fantasy golf experts for this week’s Zurich Classic.

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Woods to miss Quail Hollow with leg injuries

Tiger Woods said Tuesday that he will miss the Wells Fargo Championship because of injuries: mild sprains of a ligament in his left knee and left Achilles’ tendon.

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Augusta National’s new colors: green and pink

Paula Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women's Open champ, played Augusta National twice last week – with a pink ball.

Baylor women’s coach Ferdon retires

Baylor women’s coach Sylvia Ferdon announced April 26 that she will retire at the end of the season.

Wisconsin coach Schuman to resign after season

Jim Schuman, the head men’s coach at the University of Wisconsin for the past eight years, will resign after the 2011 season.

Wildman Q&A: Mount coach Kevin Farrell

Today on Wildman’s Corner, we check in with Kevin Farrell, the head coach of Mount St. Mary’s University, located in Emmitsburg, Md.

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For Her 2010: Michelle Wie photoshoot

Michelle Wie is well-known for her prowess on the golf course, where she has attempted to compete with the guys multiple times. Few know her off-the-course, but we spent time with her for the 2010 Golfweek For Her. Take a look at the photoshoot:

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New No. 1 Westwood to play in South Korea

Lee Westwood hopes to put on a show in the Ballantine’s Championship this week as the first No. 1-ranked golfer to play in South Korea.

Monday, April 25

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LSU teammates do battle in Monday qualifier

says LSU teammates Andrew Loupe and John Peterson went to battle Monday for a spot in this week's Zurich Classic.

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NCAA women's regional bids released

Alabama, UCLA and USC (pictured) headline the three NCAA women's regionals to be played next week. Check out the complete list of teams and individuals who received a bid.

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Winner’s Circle: April 18-24, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Monday Top 5: Georgia Tech rolls through ACC

Georgia Tech coasted to an easy win at the ACC Championship and could be poised for a deep postseason run. Lance Ringler has that and more in the Monday Top 5.

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Rolex enters marketing agreement with Asian Tour

The Asian Tour announced a marketing agreement with Rolex, naming the Swiss watchmaker the official timekeeper of the Asian Tour for 2011.

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Wilson Golf to sponsor Illinois Open

Wilson Golf signed a three-year deal making it a presenting sponsor and the exclusive golf equipment manufacturer of the Illinois Open Championship through 2013.

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Player of the Week: Madison Pressel, Texas

The sophomore shot 6-under 66 in Round 2 of the Big 12 Championship, then closed with a 71 to win by five shots and lead Texas to the team title.

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Player of the Week: Preston Dembowiak, Liberty

The senior posted a 6-under 66 in Round 2 en route to the Big South Conference individual title and also helped lead the Flames to the team crown by 31 shots, ending Coastal Carolina’s seven-year tournament reign.

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Team of the Week: Morehead State

In just the program’s third year of existence, the Eagles won the Ohio Valley Conference title for the first time and will play in the NCAA postseason for the first time.

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Team of the Week: Georgia Tech

Yellow Jackets seniors Paul Haley (70), Kyle Scott (68) and John-Tyler Griffin (66) finished 1-2-3 for the second consecutive event, leading Tech to a 16-under 272 in the final round, a 33-under 831 total and a 20-shot victory over runner-up Duke at the ACC Championship in New London, N.C.

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Player of the Week: Moriya Jutanugarn

Moriya Jutanugarn, of Bangkok, Thailand, shot 8-under 205 at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa, Ariz., to win the AJGA Heather Farr Classic by two shots.

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Player of the Week: Nicholas Reach

Nicholas Reach, of Moscow, Pa., shot 20-under 196 (62-66-68) at Sage Valley Country Club to win the Junior Invitational by eight shots.

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Arnold Palmer to play in Quail Hollow pro-am

Arnold Palmer will play in the Wells Fargo Championship pro-am on May 4 and be paired with his grandson.

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A look back at the history of World No. 1

The No. 1 ranking in golf, which Lee Westwood has regained after his victory in Indonesia, has a history of being a short reign.

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Fantasy vs. Reality: Time for the postseason

Are conference championships misleading? Are some teams satisfied with just a conference title? A few myths in college golf.

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Introducing Golfweek for Her, an online portal

Continuing the launch of our Golfweek For Her microsite, we visit with Andrea Doddato, who trains LPGA star Maria Hjorth, winner of this week's Avnet LPGA Classic.

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Niebrugge (No. 42, 2012) commits to OK State

Jordan Niebrugge has given a verbal commitment to play for Oklahoma State. Niebrugge, No. 42 in the 2012 class, has been a highly sought-after player out of Mequon, Wis.

Sunday, April 24

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Pressel’s kid sister rolls to Big 12 title

Texas sophomore Madison Pressel, the younger sister of LPGA pro Morgan Pressel, won the individual title at the Big 12 Championship. Beth Ann Baldry has the back story.

Playoff birdie earns Paraguay's Cespedes first TLA win

By the time Hector Cespedes stepped up to the 18th tee for the playoff, momentum clearly had deserted him. Two late bogeys in the final round by Cespedes combined with the theatrics of Argentina's Joaquin Estevez, who birdied four of the final seven holes for a best-of-the-day 66, produced the two-man showdown for the 80th Campeonato Abierto OSDE del Centro presented by Claro.

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Georgia Tech earns hat trick at ACCs

Another Atlantic Coast Conference Championship, another title for Georgia Tech.

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Rapid reaction: Snedeker's playoff win

Brandt Snedeker broke a three-year winless streak Sunday at The Heritage, closing in 64 and winning a playoff over Luke Donald, who had a chance to takeover the No. 1 spot in the world.

Japan's Kondo ends drought with Tsuruya Open victory

For Tomohiro Kondo, the slump is over. And he ended it in commanding fashion. The Japanese player closed with a 5-under 66 to win the Tsuruya Open in Hyogo, Japan, clearing the field by four shots and ending a three-year winless streak.

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Commentary: Colsaerts' cautionary tale

Nicolas Colsaerts is living proof that golf is a cruel game. The Belgian may be celebrating winning his first European Tour title after victory in the Volvo China Open, but his road to success has been rocky to say the least.

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Snedeker tops Donald to win Heritage playoff

After making nine birdies in a closing 64, Brandt Snedeker outlasted Luke Donald to win The Heritage in a playoff Sunday at Harbour Town.

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Eger-McNulty win playoff with Perry-Hoch

Kenny Perry missed a 14-inch par putt to extend the match Sunday, and David Eger and Mark McNulty won the better-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the second playoff hole against Perry and Scott Hoch.

Colsaerts wins China Open, sets record

Nicolas Colsaerts set a tournament record at the China Open on Sunday, finishing at 24 under to win by four shots over a group of four players.

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Westwood wins in Indonesia, back at No. 1

Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters on Sunday moved back into No. 1 in the world as Luke Donald fell in a playoff with Brandt Snedeker.

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Writing Contest: Win a summer internship

Attention, aspiring golf writers! Golfweek.com is now accepting submissions for its first-ever National College Writing Contest, which will award four Summer 2011 internships to college journalists across the country. APPLY NOW

Saturday, April 23

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Donald leads Furyk by 1 at Harbour Town

Luke Donald sits atop a crowded leaderboard at The Heritage after Jim Furyk bogeyed the last hole at Harbour Town. Donald would move to No. 1 in the world with a victory Sunday.

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Dickens, Charlotte Country Day claim Palmetto

A playoff victory for medalist Al Dickens propelled Charlotte Country Day to the team title Saturday at the Palmetto High School Championship. Julie Williams reports.

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Levi-Fergus, Senior-Lyle tied at Legends event

Wayne Levi and Keith Fergus shot a 12-under 60 in better-ball play Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Peter Senior and Sandy Lyle at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

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Cook-Sindelar team WD from Legends of Golf

The team of John Cook and Joey Sindelar withdrew Saturday from the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament because Sindelar has a bad back.

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Westwood storms to five-shot lead in Indonesia

Lee Westwood, who can reclaim the No. 1 ranking from Martin Kaymer with a victory if Luke Donald fails to win The Heritage, leads by five in Indonesia.

Friday, April 22

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Forestview takes slim lead at soggy Palmetto

Forestview High School took a slim lead during a rainy first round at the Palmetto High School Championship. Julie Williams has five things from the round.

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Augusta State's Reed will turn pro this summer

Augusta State's Patrick Reed says he will turn pro late this summer and will try to get his Tour card at Q-School.

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5 Things: Donald sharp at Harbour Town

With a sterling 6-under 65 Friday at Harbour Town, Luke Donald is in position to become No. 1 in the world ranking. Jim McCabe reports.

Judge rules in Acushnet’s favor in patent suit

Acushnet Co. declared a victory in its long-running, ball-patent dispute with Callaway Golf, following a federal court judge’s decision denying Callaway’s request for a new trial.

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Kite-Morgan (62) share lead at Legends of Golf

Tom Kite and Gil Morgan shot 10-under 62 and were tied with Ted Schulz and Gary Hallberg with a one-shot lead over several teams in the first round of the best-ball Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

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Cook carries on without injured Sindelar

John Cook made eight birdies and a bogey in the first round of the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

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Green ‘amazing to watch’ at Legends of Golf

Ken Green, who lost his lower right leg in June 2009, returned to the Champions Tour on Friday for the Legends of Golf.

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Rubin, Dambaugh make case for girls' golf

The thinking that high school boys golf teams are only for boys is downright archaic. In fact, Taelor Rubin is one of the more notable players in the 48-team field at the Palmetto High School Championship.

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Westwood moves into share of lead in Indonesia

Lee Westwood, who could become World No. 1 with a victory and some help, moved into a share of the lead in Indonesia.

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Nike chief Cindy Davis aims for peak performance

Gene Yasuda: With a fit mind and body, Nike Golf chief Cindy Davis strives to bolster an iconic brand.

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Notes: Time for another teenage major winner?

In this week’s notes from the Euro Tour, an intriguing question: Will we soon see another teenage major winner?

Thursday, April 21

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Willis (64) takes a one-shot lead at Heritage

Garrett Willis had a run of six straight birdies for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Thursday at The Heritage.

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Dickson, Forestview headline play at Palmetto

Led by 2010 medalist Taylor Dickson, Forestview High is looking to avenge last year’s playoff loss at the Palmetto High School Championship. Julie Williams reports.

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Lehman, Pavin team up at Legends of Golf

Two years after a botched chest bump with Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman has found a new partner at the Liberty of Mutual Legends of Golf.

Plenty of surprise teams this postseason

Last season, Georgia Southern made it to college golf’s big show.

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Slow play? Not in Angel Park’s Express Lane

Want to play 18 holes in well under four hours? You need to get in the Express Lane.

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Westwood trails by 2 at Indonesian Masters

Lee Westwood trailed Indonesian Masters leader Siddikur by two strokes after the first round on Thursday.

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Best Courses: On Tour and open for play

Our annual list of Golfweek’s Best Tour Courses You Can Play reveals that some courses on the pro circuits – PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour and LPGA – are surprisingly public and accessible.

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Golfweek’s Best: Tour Courses You Can Play (2010-11)

Golfweek’s Best: Tour Courses You Can Play (2010-11)

Wednesday, April 20

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Golfweek For Her: Spanish Spice, in pictures

From Belen Mozo to Beatriz Recari to Azahara Munoz to Maria Hernandez, this quartet of Spanish LPGA stars heat it up on and off the course.

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A quartet of Spanish stars with plenty of spice

This quartet - Beatriz Recari, Belen Mozo, Azahara Munoz & Maria Hernandez - puts Spain in the spotlight as a red-hot producer of young LPGA talent.

Freeman, 78, led Bethune-Cookman to national titles

Gary Freeman, a pioneer in black college golf as the architect of the men’s and women’s teams at Bethune-Cookman University, died April 19 at his home, the school announced.

Wildman's corner: Thumbs up, thumbs down

Conference championships season has officially begun! It's time for Cinderellas and heartbreakers all at once. Let's get to it in thumbs up and thumbs down.

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Pressel to donate half Japan earnings to Red Cross

Morgan Pressel will return to Japan next month to defend her title at the World Ladies Championship Salonpas Cup and donate half her earnings that week to the American Red Cross’ relief efforts in Japan.

Mini-tour vet Knox earns Nationwide card

Russell Knox, a mini-tour veteran, earns his Nationwide Tour card via Monday qualifying

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Hate to be Rude: Green playing with pain

Ken Green, less than two years removed from a personal tragedy, struggles to find his place in the game.

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Trojans pull together for Pac-10 win

Despite losing junior Lisa McCloskey to a rib injury during the final round, USC won its first Pac-10 Championship since 2008 as freshman Sophia Popov claimed the individual title – her third of the season.

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5 Things: Tour in a post-Masters haze

Certainly, if baseball has the dog days of August, that time of year when a long season has worn on some players and teams, and focus is less than sharp, we are at that point in the PGA Tour schedule.

Tuesday, April 19

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For Her 2011: Morgan Pressel

Morgan Pressel is all grown up and she takes you inside her home, her closet and to the streets of south Florida for the 2011 Golfweek For Her issue.

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Dustin Johnson, caddie part ways after 3 years

Four-time PGA Tour winner Dustin Johnson has split with his caddie of about three years, Bobby Brown.

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Toy Box: All Titleist for Manassero

Manassero, 17, wins in Europe with a full bag of Titleist clubs, while Brendan Steele carries 11 Titleist clubs in winning in Texas.

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Player diary: Nicole fights off sickness

Players diary: Nicole Noelle Smith checks in from home, where she fought off a nasty cold and is told all the time, "You don't look like a golfer." What does one look like?

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Welcome to the world of a woman golfer

Beth Ann Baldry, Golfweek's women's golf expert, introduces you to our new product: Golfweek For Her. Beth Ann spearheaded our efforts to create a product that focused on the women's game and our new microsite is a testament to that.

Wildman's Corner: Q&A with Gregg Burke

In today's Wildman's Corner, Asher sits down with Gregg Burke, who will replace Tom Drennan at the University of Rhode Island.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Harbour Town

Luke Donald is getting plenty of love from our fantasy golf panel, with a couple tips-of-the-cap to Matt Kuchar. Does Donald have the perfect game for Harbour Town?

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R&A chief: More shame for bad behavior

R&A chief executive Peter Dawson wants to see players named and shamed for unsportsmanlike behavior.

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British Open will feature wider fairways

The world’s best golfers will find a wider, more generous Royal St George’s when they tee it up in the 140th British Open Championship. They shouldn’t get too complacent, though, course changes mean England’s most southerly Open Championship venue will still have teeth.

Monday, April 18

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Boyne adds Hidden River to its roster

Boyne Resorts, the large golf-and-ski operator in northern Michigan, has added a ninth course to its golf portfolio.

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Monday Top 5: Upset in Illinois

Akron came out on top at the Illini Spring Classic, a tournament that was supposed to serve as a Big Ten Championship preview. Lance Ringler has that and more in this week's Monday Top 5.

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Winner’s Circle: April 11-17, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Miyazato plays on while thoughts on tragedy at home

Ai Miyazato's game sparkles as much as her personality. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

FootJoy to make full entry into apparel business

FootJoy’s next business expansion long has seemed destined, and now it’s imminent: The Fairhaven, Mass.-based company announced it will fully enter the golf apparel business.

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Baldry: Paula Creamer matures into a champion

Paula Creamer has matured into a champion who wants to inspire the next generation. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Pressel feeling at home in new South Florida digs

On her own in South Florida, stylish Morgan Pressel turns a house into a home. Beth Ann Baldry reports.

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Baldry: Yani Tseng’s game translates

Yani Tseng just wants to talk. The LPGA’s No. 1 player wants “all the people” to know her story. She wants, in essence, to be embraced by the world.

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Player of the Week: Yueer Cindy Feng

Yueer Cindy Feng, of Orlando, Fla., shot 1-under 143 (71-72) at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by four shots.

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For Your Game: World No. 1 Yani Tseng

Want to hit it like World No. 1 Yani Tseng? Here are some tips that may help your game.

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Player of the Week: Sawyer Shaw

Sawyer Shaw, of West Palm Beach, Fla., shot 7-under 137 (68-69) at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla., to win the Florida Junior Tour event by four shots.

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Five Things: Chopra wins in San Francisco

After nearly shooting 59 on Saturday, Daniel Chopra won the fog-shortened Fresh Express Classic. Sean Martin has five storylines from the week in San Francisco.

Rudolph, 76, won 5 times on PGA Tour

Mason Rudolph, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, died April 18 of an undisclosed illness in Tuscaloosa, Ala., according to his hometown newspaper, The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf-Chronicle, which cited family members. He was 76.

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Baldry: Five newcomers to watch

Five newcomers to watch as they begin the ’11 season living out their LPGA dreams

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Golfweek For Her: Paula Creamer, in pictures

Golfweek For Her 2010: Paula Creamer teamed up with Golfweek director of photography Tracy Wilcox for a unique photoshoot for the 2010 issue of Golfweek For Her.

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Golfweek For Her: Anna Rawson, in pictures

Golfweek For Her 2010 photos: Anna Rawson spends her life as a model and a golfer, and in 2010 she spent time with director of photography Tracy Wilcox in Los Angeles for the first edition of Golfweek For Her.

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Wildman’s tour of the U.S. Naval Academy

What’s it like to live at the U.S. Naval Academy? Here are a few anecdotes from Asher Wildman's recent trip.

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Euro chief concerned about unrest in Bahrain

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady says organizers will wait several months before deciding whether to hold the Volvo Golf Champions tournament for a second year in Bahrain.

Sunday, April 17

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Chopra wins shortened Fresh Express Classic

Daniel Chopra won the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic on Sunday when fog forced officials to cancel the final round at TPC Stonebrae.

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Sweden captures title at Euro Nations Cup

Fueled by nationalistic fervor, Sweden made four more birdies on the back nine, surging to a three-stroke victory over England and Germany in the European Nations Cup.

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Auburn women breeze to SEC title

Auburn’s women cruised to victory April 17 at the SEC Championship, finishing at even-par 864 and winning by a comfortable margin on its home course, the Auburn University Club.

North Carolina women waltz to ACC crown

The North Carolina Tar Heels captured their first ACC Championship in 19 years. And they did it in style.

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Echavarria, Gators sweep SEC titles

Florida senior Andres Echavarria had qualified to play in the Nationwide Tour’s Fresh Express Classic last weekend. But he already had told his head coach that he would be with the Gators at the Southeastern Conference Championship instead.

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Texas A&M tops Oklahoma State by 17 at Aggie

Texas A&M notched an impressive victory April 17 at the Aggie Invitational, beating top-ranked Oklahoma State by 17 strokes. Peter Uihlein won the individual title for his second victory on the season.

Faldo Series program expands to Brunei, Pakistan

Brunei and Pakistan have been added as 2011-12 tournament destinations for the Faldo Series Asia golf development program.

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Cook birdies playoff hole to win Outback Pro-Am

John Cook birdied a playoff hole to win the Outback Steahouse Pro-Am on Sunday, edging Jay Don Blake.

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Ishikawa falters, Takayama clinches Token Cup

Ryo Ishikawa falters at the Token Cup, leaving the door open for Tadahiro Takayama to win his fourth JGTO title of his career.

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Commentary: Wearing a scarlet letter, Saltman returns to tour

Suspended for cheating, Elliot Saltman's return to competitive golf is ruffling feathers with those that don't think missing one tournament is nearly enough.

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Full coverage: Conference championships

Stay up to date on the latest men's college golf news as conference action unfolds. Golfweek.com has news and results from all the conference championships leading into NCAA Regionals.

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Rapid reaction: Steele's win in Texas

Brendan Steele captured his first PGA Tour victory with a 1-under 71 on Sunday, outlasting Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman to clinch a spot in the Players Championship and the Masters.

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Five Things: Manassero wins in Malaysia

Matteo Manassero, 17, shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to win the Malaysian Open, upstaging 54-hole leader Rory McIlroy. The win was Manassero's second on the European Tour.

Saturday, April 16

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Steele leads Valero Texas Open by one shot

PGA Tour rookie Brendan Steele used a 4-under 68 Saturday to emerge from a seven-way tie atop the Valero Texas Open leaderboard. He is one shot ahead of Cameron Tringale.

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Cook shoots 65 for one-shot Outback lead

John Cook shot a 6-under 65 take take a one-stroke lead at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on Saturday.

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McIlroy leads by two at Malaysian Open

Rory McIlroy birdied his final hole to take a two-stroke lead Saturday in the weather-hit Malaysian Open, while Masters champion Charl Schwartzel barely made the cut for the third round.

Friday, April 15

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Seven tied for Texas Open lead in San Antonio

Seven players, including Geoff Ogilvy, are tied for the lead at the Valero Texas Open after a windy second round knocked much of the field off-course.

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Cochran leads by two at Outback Pro-Am

Russ Cochran shot a 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am on Friday.

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A-Sun win imperative for Stetson's season

Stetson won its third consecutive Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, qualifying the Hatters for the NCAA regionals. Julie Williams explains how Stetson rose to the challenge.

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Thorpe rust-free in Champions Tour return

After spending 10 months in a federal prison camp for tax evasion, Jim Thorpe looked rust-free in his Champions Tour return Friday.

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Thorpe returns to Champions Tour at Outback

Jim Thorpe paid for not paying.

Annual 72 Club meeting centers around fast play

The 72 Club will prove this week that a round of golf shouldn't take five hours.

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McIlroy, Noren share lead in rainy Malaysia

Rory McIlroy is rebounding quite nicely after his collapse in the final round of the Masters.

Thursday, April 14

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Cink, Henry tied atop Texas Open leaderboard

J.J. Henry and former British Open champion Stewart Cink are atop the Texas Open leaderboard after shooting 5-under 67s, but the spotlight belonged to Kevin Na during a historic meltdown on No. 9.

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Na records PGA Tour-record 16 at Texas Open

Kevin Na will remember the ninth hole at the Texas Open for a long time. Na recorded a 16 there in the first round, the highest score on a par 4 in PGA Tour history.

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Noren leads in Malaysia; McIlroy three back

Alexander Noren shot an 8-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead in the weather-shortened first day of the Malaysian Open on Thursday.

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Finchem, golf leaders lobby on Capitol Hill

A delegation of 85 industry executives trekked to the nation’s capital to educate congressional leaders about golf’s economic and societal impact.

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After 4 wins in a row, Mizzou steps it up

Missouri coach Mark Leroux has chosen a softer schedule to prepare the Tigers for the postseason. So far, it's worked. Mizzou is a perfect 4-for-4. COLLEGE NOTEBOOK

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Player diary: Nicole has heart-wrenching week

Player diary: Nicole Noelle Smith starts her journey to Puerto Vallarta with heart-pumping problems on a plane and ends it with a heartbreaking tie for second place on the Futures Tour

Thumbs up: USC | Thumbs down: Hogan snubs

Wildman is hitting the road today, and headed up north to Maryland. I’ll be checking out the Navy Invitational as well as doing some fun U.S. Open stuff for golf fans to view later.

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These Canadian courses shine brightly

Anyone who has spent time with Canadian golfers knows that they love to sing the praises of the late architect Stanley Thompson, who built golf courses across Canada during the first half of the 20th 
century. Golfweek’s Best course raters also have 
taken a shine to Thompson.

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Five Things: Rice to tee it up in San Francisco

Jerry Rice will be in the field at this week's Nationwide Tour event, the Fresh Express Classic. Sean Martin has that and four other storylines from the week here.

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Number crunching: A look back at the Masters

The Masters is four days old, but there were some telling statistics to come out of the historic week at Augusta. Jim McCabe breaks down the numbers.

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Golfweek’s Best Canadian: Modern Courses

Golfweek’s Best Canadian: Modern Courses

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Golfweek’s Best Canadian: Classic Courses (pre-1960)

Golfweek’s Best Canadian: Classic Courses (pre-1960)

Wednesday, April 13

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SMU names Sutherland head women's coach

Jeanne Sutherland has been named head coach of the SMU women’s golf team, the university announced Wednesday.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Valero Texas Open

Adam Scott almost picked up his first major victory at last week's Masters. Can he stay hot and repeat in San Antonio, or will Geoff Ogilvy or Martin Laird step up?

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Furyk to donate per birdie to children's hospitals

Jim Furyk fans will have another reason to cheer for birdies this season. The reigning PGA Tour player of the year has decided to donate to the Children's Miracle Network for each birdie in 2011.

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Hate to be Rude: McIlroy's Augusta lesson

Seeing Rory McIlroy unravel so quickly was one of the more shocking major moments in recent history, but it will only help the young star.

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Semifinalists named for Ben Hogan Award

The semifinalists have been named for the Ben Hogan Award, which names the player of the year in men’s college golf. See the entire list here.

Jones-signed golf ball brings more than $50K

How much would you pay for a dozen of these golf balls?

Tuesday, April 12

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Full coverage: Women's conference play

Postseason is just around the corner, but it all starts with conference play. Check back to Golfweek.com for news and results.

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Toy Box notes: Schwartzel uses all Nike gear

Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was decked out head-to-toe in Nike gear en route to his victory at Augusta National.

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Sponsors agree to swap SA Open date

The Sunshine Tour says sponsors have agreed to swap the dates of the South African Open and Alfred Dunhill Championship so South Africa’s Presidents Cup competitors can play their national open.

Sunshine Tour's WGC event not a sure thing

The Sunshine Tour will make leading golfers choose between the world’s richest tournament in South Africa and Tiger Woods’ charity event in California next year.

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Cherry Hills to host 2014 BMW Championship

Cherry Hills Country Club in Colorado will host the 2014 BMW Championship. The event is currently held at Cog Hill in Chicago.

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After Masters win, Schwartzel takes to Twitter

Are you looking for a way to pick up more Twitter followers? Here’s one suggestion: Win the Masters.

Monday, April 11

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Monday Top 5: Mizzou stays perfect in the spring

The Missouri men's team stayed perfect in the spring season, while San Diego State's J.J. Spaun became the first back-to-back winner of one event since Phil Mickelson. MONDAY TOP 5

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Restoration leaves Pinehurst better than ever

After a radical restoration, Pinehurst No. 2 is better than ever. Bradley S. Klein explains.

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Masters draws second-best rating in 10 years

The final round of the Masters drew its second-highest preliminary television rating in 10 years.

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Asian Tour, IMG pairing expands TV audience

With Asian players increasingly making their way into PGA Tour events and major championships, they’re gaining more air time on U.S. broadcasts.

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Winner’s Circle: April 4-10, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags.

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Edwin Watts expands in S.C, enters St. Louis market

Edwin Watts Golf Shops announced a significant expansion of its retail network, particularly in South Carolina, and additional emphasis on custom fitting.

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Player of the Week: Kendall Prince

Kendall Prince, of Lake Oswego, Ore., shot 3-over 145 (72-73) at the Diablo Grande Golf & Country Club's Ranch Course in Patterson, Calif., to win the AJGA Junior at Diable Grande by one shot.

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Player of the Week: Julian Lerda

Julian Lerda, of Buenos Aires, Argentina, shot 2-under 142 (72-70) at Diable Grand Golf and Country Club’s Ranch Course in Patterson, Calif., to win the AJGA Junior at the Diablo Grande by one shot.

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A few college golf facts to keep in mind

As the college golf season winds down, Asher Wildman throws out some interesting facts to look over as the season winds down.

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Did you know: Masters champ Charl Schwartzel

Charl Schwartzel broke through for his first major title Sunday at the Masters. Here are five things you may not know about the 26-year-old South African.

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Player of the week: Katerina Ruzickova, Texas A&M

With a final-round 3-under 69, the Aggies freshman from the Czech Republic won the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate, her first college victory.

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Player of the week: J.J. Spaun, San Diego State

The Aztecs junior successfully defended his 2010 title at the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational, winning by a shot after posting rounds of 70-69-67 for a 7-under 206 total.

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Team of the week: Oregon

The Ducks won for the second time this season when they captured the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate by a stroke over Texas A&M. Led by Ashley Edwards’ runner-up finish, the Ducks placed four players inside the top 13.

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Team of the week: USC

The Trojans won the ASU/Thunderbird Invitational in Tempe, Ariz., by 14 shots over San Diego State with a 15-under 837 total. The victory is the Trojans’ first this season

Sunday, April 10

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5 questions with K.J. Choi

K.J. Choi made a charge on Sunday, but his aggressive play down the stretch cost him, finishing T-8. However, the South Korean has the thirst to come back and get one of those green jackets.

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5 Things: The keys to Schwartzel’s Masters title

Charl Schwartzel closed with four consecutive birdies to claim the green jacket on a wild Sunday at Augusta. FIVE THINGS

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Achenbach's final-round Masters awards

While Angel Cabrera picked up the coveted "Straightest Driver" award, he also was saddled with a few not-so-good putting awards. See James Achenbach's full list of awards here:

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Klein: 2011 Masters already feels historic

I’m tired. 5 hours glued to the TV. More leaders than I can remember. Birdies, eagles...oh my.

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Indian Lahiri captures Panasonic Open in a playoff

Anirban Lahiri never had fared well at Delhi Golf Club, a venerable track in his homeland of India. So, entering a playoff for a chance to win the inaugural Panasonic Open, he did what any confidence-seeking golfer would do.

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Commentary: McIlroy will bounce back from Masters collapse

Rory McIlroy shot a final-round 80 Sunday to throw away the Masters, but he will be back, writes Alistair Tait. His upbringing will make sure of that.

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Couples to take break from golf after Masters

After coming up short at the Masters, Fred Couples plans to take a self-imposed break from golf to focus on his ailing back.

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Schwartzel credits father for Masters title

Charl Schwartzel credits his father for teaching him what it takes to hold up in the Masters spotlight, and having the game to back it up.

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Masters mayhem: Schwartzel wins title

Charl Schwartzel birdies the final four holes to take the Masters title by two shots over Adam Scott and Jason Day. Tiger Woods finishes four shots back.

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Photos: Masterful Sunday

Augusta National was in all of its glory on Sunday, from Schwartzel's win to Tiger's stirring comeback. The day, in pictures.

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Patrons battle for a spot on 18th green

Masters Sunday: Even those lucky enough to score a ticket to the Masters had to wait for hours outside the gates, and then weren't allowed to make a run for a seat at the 18th green. Alex Miceli details the complete – though controlled – chaos.

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Masters leaderboard: Get your scores now!

Masters leaderboard: Want to know where your favor player stands on the leaderboard? Simply click here to be redirected to our scoreboard.

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5 Things: What to watch for Masters Sunday

Five things to focus on before the final round at Augusta National, where Rory McIlroy leads by four at 12 under par:

Saturday, April 9

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Did Tiger's presence make Choi go unnoticed?

K.J. Choi provided plenty of fireworks to stay in contention at the Masters, but thanks to a pairing with Tiger, did anyone notice? Nick Masuda weighs in with some thoughts heard in the gallery Saturday at Augusta.

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Rude: Tiger still a work in progress

After looking like his old self in his Friday 66, Tiger Woods once again failed to back up a good round on Saturday – stumbling to a 74 after a poor putting performance.

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Schwartzel's work ethic pays off at Augusta

Charl Schwartzel is not a player afraid to get his hands dirty. As Sean Martin writes, the South African's hard work is paying off this week as he gives chase to leader Rory McIlroy.

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Win or not, McIlroy to honor Malaysian commitment

Win or lose on Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has a busy week ahead. He is set to play in the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, and his agent, Chubby Chandler, says his 21-year-old prodigy will be there.

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Saturday's award-winning performances

With Saturday's rounds in the books, it's time for another round of awards from James Achenbach. Bo Van Pelt can be happy to pick up his first of the week as the low American.

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5 things: McIlroy extends lead to four at Augusta

Rory McIlroy extended his lead to four shots Saturday with a 2-under 70 at Augusta National. The 21-year-old is at 12 under, and is chasing a wire-to-wire victory.

Urzetta, 85, remembered as ‘humble’ champion

Sam Urzetta, who won the 1950 U.S. Amateur championship, died Friday morning of congestive heart failure, according to The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, which cited the family. He was 85.

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Notes: Watney fails to find the spark at Augusta

Nick Watney entered the Masters as a favorite, but will enter the final round near the bottom of the leaderboard. Jim McCabe has the details, plus other notes from Saturday at Augusta.

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Els: South African Open date to change

Ernie Els says tour officials have agreed to change dates of the South African Open this fall so that it won’t be held on the same week as the Presidents Cup in Australia.

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“Father & Sons”: ESPN's best Masters memory

In between the focus on birdies and bogeys this week at Augusta, ESPN asked its viewers to take a serious look back at Jack Nicklaus' 1986 Masters victory. Martin Kaufmann explains why it was worth the watch.

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Photos: Saturday snapshots at Augusta

Saturday, in photos: The play is underway and moving along briskly, with looming thunderstorms threatening the leaders around 2 p.m. This morning's pictures:

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Masters special: Download daily photo editions

The Masters is all about history, and we are chronicling it each day, with special on-demand photo editions that also include one or two of our best stories. Check out our selection by simply clicking here. You can download digitally or get it printed!

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Amy Mickelson back in her element at Augusta

A year removed from finding out she has cancer, Amy Mickelson is back at Augusta National to support her husband. "I can't believe how much I've missed this place," she said on Friday.

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Masters blog: A rusty Cabrera makes his move

Angel Cabrera put his name in the mix Saturday at Augusta. He's trying to earn a third career PGA Tour victory, which also would mean three major victories. Jeff Babineau takes a look at this rare scenario.

Friday, April 8

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Tiger looks like old self Friday at Augusta

And so the world seemed to return to a familiar axis. Tiger Woods played as if the last year and a half never happened, as if the bumper never met the hydrant, as if there were no demons, no divorce, no scandal, no rehab, no swing overhaul, no scars. Jeff Rude reports ...

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Five Things: Youngsters steal show at Augusta

What started out as a novelty pairing of the game’s up-and-comers turned into the show of the day Friday at Augusta as Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day all walked away in contention.

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McIlroy leads by 2 at Masters; Tiger 3 back

Yes, Rory McIlroy still leads the Masters, but the big story Friday at Augusta National: Tiger Woods moved back into contention after a second-round 66.

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Achenbach: More awards for Round 2

Phil Mickelson may not be as high up the leaderboard as he would have liked at Augusta. That didn't stop James Achenbach from giving him a pair of his second-round Masters awards.

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Have Crenshaw, Jackson played last Masters?

Has Ben Crenshaw played his final Masters? That was the lingering question after Crenshaw walked off the 18th green Friday alongside his longtime Augusta caddie, Carl Jackson.

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Notes: Ogilvy turns in another 3-under 69

Masters notes: Geoff Ogilvy turns another 69 to put himself in position to put pressure on leader Rory McIlroy.

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Matsuyama's play helps Asian Amateur

Many were skeptical of the decision to award the winner of the Asian Amateur an exemption into the Masters, but college student Hideki Matsuyama's strong performance last week validates the move.

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Commentary: A Couples victory would be one for the ages

Fred Couples knows every corner of Augusta National, so it comes as no surprise that even at 51 and with an ailing back, Boom Boom is near the top of the leaderboard. Jeff Babineau explains.

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Choi's equipment changes paying off at Augusta

K.J. Choi made the decision earlier in the week to use four hybrids to get the ball in the air and land it soft. The decision seems to be working, as Choi has put himself in third place.

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Schwartzel makes most of legends' lessons

Experience is an asset at Augusta National. Charl Schwartzel is only playing here for the second time, but he has advice from the Masters’ greatest competitor on his side.

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Zamora among trio making a case for POY

Georgia's Marta Silva Zamora takes over the top spot in the rankings, prompting a hard look at who might win Player of the Year honors. Julie Williams explains.

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Yang goes out fast, finishes slow

After a breakfast of Korean rice, Y.E. Yang blitzed the field early, making four front-nine birdies. But a shaky putter down the stretch left him in a tie for fourth place.

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Photos: Masters Friday in Augusta

The weather is rolling in at Augusta National, and some fans got some early rain ... one in the form of a golf ball, with Ian Woosnam playing the part of Mother Nature.

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Masters Chat: Friday at Augusta

The early tee times are making their way to Amen Corner. Share your thoughts and ask your questions about Round 2 of the Masters. CHAT REPLAY

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Blog: Paddy injures neck, roots for Rory

Masters blog: Fred Couples may not be a fan of Twitter, but his game made big waves on the social media site as he climbed the Masters leaderboard with a 68.

Thursday, April 7

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Quiros, Woodland show off driving skills

Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, and Jhonnatan Vegas shut down the festivities for the day at Augusta National. If you failed to watch, here is the gist of what took place:

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Poll: What was most surprising about Round 1?

Retief Goosen had the early highlight in Round 1, making eagle at the par-4 opening hole. But after a hot start, he stumbled to a back-nine 39. What do you think was the most surprising part of Round 1?

Masters Q&A: Y.E. Yang

Y.E. Yang was pushing Rory McIlroy on Thursday afternoon, but two late bogeys left Yang two shots back of McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros heading into Friday's second round.

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Masters 5 questions: K.J. Choi

K.J. Choi caught fire on the back nine and is tied with Y.E. Yang in third place, two shots behind leaders Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros.

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Lefty scrambles to opening 70 at Augusta

Phil Mickelson shot 70 Thursday on a day when his ballstriking left him scrambling for par. But as Jeff Babineau writes, Lefty is still right in the mix at Augusta.

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Achenbach: Passing out Round 1 Masters awards

Round 1 of the Masters is in the books and after some studying of the stats, James Achenbach is ready to pass out a few awards. Unfortunately, Graeme McDowell received a few because of his poor putting.

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5 Things: McIlroy, Quiros share lead at Masters

Rory McIlroy shot a 65 in the morning, then long-hitting Alvaro Quiros matched him in the final group. Here’s what you need to know from Day 1 at the Masters.

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Kaymer chooses odd time for swing change

Martin Kaymer rode a bullet fade to the top of the world rankings, but worked a draw into his bag for Augusta. As Jeff Rude writes, it hasn't worked out too well.

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Chung takes advantage of new caddie at Augusta

After an uncomfortable start to the week, Stanford's David Chung called on swing coach Adam Schriber to carry for him at Augusta. The move seems to have worked.

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Notes: Chung chooses coach as caddie

Masters notes: David Chung was a nervous wreck, so Anthony Kim gave him some advice: Put your coach on your bag. On Thursday, it worked.

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McIlroy in familiar territory after 65 at Augusta

Rory McIlroy learned some valuable lessons from his opening 63 at last year's British Open. After a first-round 65 at Augusta, he should at least have weather on his side in Round 2.

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Distracted Japanese players will play on

Japan was hit with another devastating earthquake Thursday morning, leaving the Japanese players at the Masters with much more than golf to worry about.

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Elbow injury might cause Clark to withdraw

Tim Clark has battled injuries and wouldn't be playing this week if it weren't the Masters. After Thursday, he told our Jim McCabe: “To be honest, I don’t see me going 18 holes (Friday), the way it hurts. But I’m stubborn. We’ll see.”

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Amateur Chung feels the pressure of Augusta

Amateur and Stanford star David Chung felt the pressure that is Augusta National, but he survived with an even-par 72 in the first round.

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Masters Chat: Thursday at Augusta

Round 1 is under way at Augusta. Join other Golfweek readers for a Masters Chat to discuss the early favorites. CHAT REPLAY

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Commentary: DQ clarification deserves applause

The U.S. Golf Association and R & A should be applauded for their quick and decisive action on unwarranted disqualifications, writes James Achenbach.

Events to watch: ASU, A-Sun, Baylor Invite

For some teams it’s do or die time, for others they get a chance to improve their ranking. Let’s take a look at some intriguing tournaments coming up this weekend.

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Nerves still get the best of Palmer, Nicklaus

‘When I stop getting nervous, I won’t be here,” Arnold Palmer said, moments after opening the 75th Masters not with fireworks and pageantry but grace and humility.

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Photos: Masters Thursday in Augusta

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus got things off to a roaring start this morning, and Tiger Woods and the players continue to show off Augusta's beauty . . .

USGA, R&A make new interpretation of DQ rule

The R&A and the USGA announced today a new interpretation of the Rules of Golf that will apply in limited circumstances to disqualification when a scorecard is signed incorrectly.

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Masters blog: Amateurs shine in Round 1

MASTERS BLOG: The amateurs competing in the Masters matched their star treatment with respectable scores Thursday at Augusta. Sean Martin explains the value of amateur experience at the Masters.

Wednesday, April 6

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Five Things: Donald wins Par 3 Contest

No player that has won the Par 3 Contest has ever gone on to win the same year's Masters. Will Luke Donald be the first to reverse the trend? FIVE THINGS

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Photos: Masters Par 3 contest on Wednesday

Masters legends Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer teed it up Wednesday at the famous Par 3 Contest. Enjoy the photos from that and the rest of the day.

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Masters blog: A word from Chairman Payne

It might be a little easier to secure a ticket to watch the Masters in the coming years. Sean Martin delivers that and other news from Augusta Chairman Billy Payne's Wednesday press conference.

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Fleck, 89, returns to Augusta for Par 3 Contest

Jack Fleck, the 1955 U.S. Open champion who will turn 90 later this year, was on the grounds at the Masters for the first time in 45 years.

Eagle Point lands AJGA Cup in 2011

The 2011 AJGA Cup, formerly known as the Canon Cup, will be staged at Eagle Point Golf club in Wilmington, N.C. The co-ed team competition, slated for July 25-28, matches the best 20 junior players from the West against those of the East.

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Notes: McDowell skips Par 3 for soccer match

Graeme McDowell skipped Wednesday's Par 3 Contest, and for good reason: His beloved Manchester United is playing in the Champions League quarterfinals. Jim McCabe reports.

In this issue: April 8, 2011

Inside the April 8, 2011 issue of Golfweek:

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Hate to be Rude: Nicklaus still in control

Jack Nicklaus, six-time Masters champion and honorary starter, held court on days past at Augusta. As Jeff Rude writes, true golf enthusiasts were all ears.

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Masters Chat: Wednesday at Augusta

What are your thoughts on this week's Masters? Join our Masters Chat to interact with other Golfweek readers about everything from Tiger to the Par 3 Contest. CHAT IN PROGRESS

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Heritage official says Tour supports funding plan

Heritage Classic officials say the PGA Tour supports their patchwork funding plan to keep the Hilton Head Island tournament, but a definitive resolution still seems far off.

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Poll: Which Top 10 player will stand out?

Despite all the talent in the field, only one player can win the green jacket. Which Top 10 player do you think will finish the highest this week? POLL

Thumbs up: LSU | Thumbs down: Pace of play

There’s just a few weeks to go in the regular season before conference championship play takes over. That means there’s still a few more editions of thumbs up and thumbs down.

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Photos: A beautiful morning in Augusta

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples were among the players out early Wednesday, fending off some cold temperatures to test Augusta National on the eve of tournament play. Check out the morning in pictures.

SE Louisiana showing international flair

There are a ton of college golf programs out there featuring foreign players. Some lineups, in fact, go from top to bottom with international competitors.

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Golfweek, TourPlayers.com announce partnership

Today, Golfweek is pleased to announce that it has partnered with TourPlayers.com for video content, utilizing the new TourPlayers.com video player on Golfweek.com. Players such as Luke Donald, Paul Casey and Vijay Singh are partners with TourPlayers.com.

Tuesday, April 5

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5 questions with Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods faces plenty of questions with the state of his game in flux, but the Masters seems to be his equalizer. Here are five questions that came out of his press conference on Tuesday:

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5 Things: Tuesday at the Masters

Tuesday at Augusta National was all about the weather. Severe thunderstorms overnight took down trees and knocked out power. Patrons had to wait an extra 45 minutes to get on the grounds as storms passed and crews cleaned up the course.

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Mickelson to use two drivers again at Augusta

Phil Mickelson said Tuesday that he will carry two drivers this week at Augusta National – relying on a strategy he used to win the ’06 Masters.

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5 questions with Jack Nicklaus

The Masters and Jack Nicklaus are like bacon and eggs: You simply can't have one without the other. Nicklaus gave plenty of time to the media on Tuesday afternoon. Here are five questions with the Golden Bear:

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Masters Q&A: Amateur Peter Uihlein

Five questions with U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein, who's playing his first Masters and will be paired with Phil Mickelson.

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Mickelson in comfort zone in Augusta

Witty and loose, Phil Mickelson puts on a show off the course as well, showing that Augusta National has become home for the left-hander.

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Masters notes: Augusta meets its match

Augusta National met its match on Tuesday: Mother Nature. Thankfully for the tournament, the forecast is stellar for the rest of the week.

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Golfweek Fantasy Tip Sheet: The Masters

It’s time for the first major of the year. See whom our Golfweek experts like this week at Augusta National.

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Masters Chat: Tuesday at Augusta

Players have hit the media room and gotten in their practice rounds at Augusta. Sean Martin logs in from the Masters to answer any reader questions. CHAT REPLAY

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England's Dougherty stays positive despite slump

Nick Dougherty, once the golden boy of English golf, stays positive despite slumping to new depths. Alistair Tait reports.

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Fresh attitude helps Paddy prepare for Augusta

After winning three of the six majors from the 2007 British Open to the 2008 PGA, Padraig Harrington has missed the cut in four of eight majors and been top 10 just once. Jim McCabe wonders: Is Harrington ready to move back into the major discussion?

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Photos: Augusta hit with wicked storm

Augusta and its crown jewel, Augusta National, were hit with a nasty storm on Tuesday, delaying the start of action on Tuesday. A look at the storm:

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Tee times: Thursday-Friday at the Masters

Here are tee times for the first and second rounds of the 75th Masters.

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Westwood arrives after scare in Houston

Lee Westwood is happy to be at the Masters after a brief scare on the flight from Houston.

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Tucker straddles line between tradition, flair

You’ve heard it before: Women’s golf apparel has gone through a revolution the past 10 years. But has it really?

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Q&A: Florida coach Jan Dowling

Today on Wildman’s Corner, we check in with Florida coach Jan Dowling.

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Masters blog: Who will be No. 1 in the world?

Tiger Woods is among the players who can move to World No. 1 with a win this week at Augusta. Take a look at who else can claim the golf world's top spot.

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Storms delay start of Tuesday practice round

Augusta National has opened its gates after a 45-minute delay to give workers time to clean debris from overnight storms before practice rounds at the Masters.

Monday, April 4

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Golfweek reflects on the 1986 Masters

Even 25 years later, Jack Nicklaus' improbable win at the 1986 Masters resonates as one of golf's greatest moments. On the anniversary of the victory, Golfweek writers reflect on some of the day's shining moments.

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Masters: Ishikawa playing for more than himself

The year’s first major is important to every player in the field, but especially Ryo Ishikawa, who’s trying to play well for the citizens of two countries.

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Masters notes: Fowler confronted with new rule

Bill Murray checks in at Augusta, while Rickie Fowler is asked to turn his hat around during a news conference.

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Made for each other: Phil and Augusta National

It's tough to explain Phil Mickelson's strange connection with the Masters. To put it simply: Phil and Augusta National are made for each other.

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Winner’s Circle: March 28-April 3, 2011

See what the winners had in their bags.

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Monday Top 5: New No. 1 in women's golf

Georgia’s Marta Silva won the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic and has moved into the top spot in women’s college golf.

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Complete coverage: 2011 Masters

Golfweek.com is on the ground at Augusta National to bring you an up-close look at the 2011 Masters. Check back daily as Golfweek.com brings you all the action from Augusta, Ga.

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R&A gives nearly $390,000 to Golf Environment Organization

In another move signaling the industry’s growing emphasis on making golf environmentally responsible, the R&A announced it’ll provide nearly $390,000 over three years to the Golf Environment Organization.

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French Lick to host U.S. Hickory Open

Bust out the plus-fours, tam-o'-shanters and Calamity Jane knockoffs. The fourth annual U.S. Hickory Open championship is approaching. French Lick (Ind.) Resort will host the national championship of the persimmon-and-featherie crowd July 11-13 on its Do

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Silver-anniversary prose on Masters’ Golden moment

The silver anniversary of Jack Nicklaus' final major championship has occasioned the release of several new books. Tom Clavin and John Boyette are the latest to weigh in.

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Hershey has more than just chocolate

As Evan Rothman explains, Hershey, Pa., has more going for it than just chocolate.

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‘Mr. 59’ among Monday sights at Augusta

Whether it was a return trip or the first time around, players had a perfect day at golf's most legendary theater Monday. Jim McCabe explains.

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Masters: Fans can apply for 2012 tickets now

Beginning on Monday, fans can visit www.masters.com to submit an application for 2012 practice-round tickets, as well as a small number of daily tournament tickets.

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Starting over in Scottsdale: The Lyle Anderson story

Three years ago, Lyle Anderson's business collapsed. Now the developer who shaped Scottsdale is starting over with plans for a high-end eco-resort.

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Masters Chat: Picking your fantasy team

Senior Writer Sean Martin is on the ground at Augusta and ready to offer up his fantasy tips for this week’s Masters. CHAT REPLAY

Hope lands Humana for 7-year title sponsorship

Finally, there’s renewed hope for the Hope.

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Fact or Fiction: Liz Murphey, OK State

It was an odd week in college golf with a few different scenarios that left me scratching my head. Let’s take a look at them in this week’s Fact or Fiction.

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Plenty of volatility in World Ranking at Masters

Fresh off his win in Houston, Phil Mickelson has another chance to reach No. 1 in the world for the first time.

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Player of the week: Marta Silva, Georgia

The Bulldogs junior posted a final-round 5-under 67 to win the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic over Arkansas freshman Emily Tubert.

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Player of the week: Kevin Tway, Oklahoma State

The Cowboys senior shot 64-69-71 for a 12-under 204 total to win the Insperity ASU Invitational by five shots.

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Team of the week: UCLA

In a battle for the top spot in college golf, the Bruins came out on top at the Ping/ASU Invitational.

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Team of the week: LSU

The Tigers won twice last week, first at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate in Awendaw, S.C., then at their home event – the LSU Invitational.

Sunday, April 3

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Rapid reaction: Lewis shows a lot of heart

Stacy Lewis' victory is bittersweet, after losing her grandfather Wednesday and her mother breaking her leg Sunday after a victory jump into Poppie's Pond.

Kamasova earns first LET victory for Slovak Republic

Zuzana Kamasova not only won the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco Sunday, she made history, too: She became the first player from the Slovak Republic to win a Ladies' European Tour title.

Bothma claims 1st Challenge Tour win at Kenya Open

South African Michiel Bothma had earned victory on his native Sunshine Tour, but for five seasons he had toiled on the Challenge Tour without similar success. On Sunday, that drought finally came to an end.

Shanghai Classic yields 1st Chinese winner since '09

China's Ye Liying won the Shanghai Classic on Sunday, marking the first time a Chinese woman has triumphed on the China LPGA Tour since 2009.

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Stacy Lewis wins 1st LPGA title at Kraft

Stacy Lewis held off defending champion Yani Tseng to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship by three strokes Sunday, earning her first LPGA Tour title in the year's first major.

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Rapid reaction: Mickelson's unlikely win

Houston, we have a Masters favorite. Phil Mickelson wins the Shell Houston Open and looks to be hitting his stride in time for Augusta.

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Commentary: Davies, Horsey emerging as stars for Euro golf

Europe’s best might be on show this week in the Masters at Augusta, but two Europeans signaled their intent to join them soon with their exploits in Morocco: David Horsey and Rhys Davies.

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The Masters: Woods gets in 18 holes of practice

Tiger Woods practices without caddie Steve Williams, while the rest of the field enjoys a vibrant Augusta National on Sunday.

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Lehman pulls away to win Champions Tour title

Tom Lehman pulled away for his second Champions Tour victory of the season with a final-round 69 at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.

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Mickelson wins Masters tuneup in Houston

Phil Mickelson wins the Shell Houston Open at 20 under, while also showing plenty of momentum moving into the Masters.

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Play our Major Challenge and win prizes!

From Tiger Woods to Phil Mickelson, who is your pick to win? Play our Major Challenge to win an HP touch-pad, laptop, a set of shafts, the EA Sports Tiger Woods game and many more prizes!

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Horsey survives 3-man playoff, wins in Morocco

David Horsey of England had a birdie on the second extra hole of a three-way playoff to earn his second European Tour title Sunday, taking the Trophee Hassan II after a final round that included a hole-in-one.

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25 years later, Nicklaus' victory still magical

Twenty-five years after Jack Nicklaus, then 46, pulled off an improbable victory for his sixth green jacket, the memory still stirs in us.

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World Golf Ranking has unified world's tours

Twenty-five years after the Official World Golf Ranking debuted before the Masters, the system has answered the question, ‘Who’s No. 1?’

Saturday, April 2

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Pressel, Wie set for Sunday showdown at Kraft

Morgan Pressel has spent the past six years filling the files for what’s about to happen Sunday afternoon.

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Chinese community supports Tseng at Kraft

World No. 1 Yani Tseng had a strong following Saturday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where she powered into the lead with a 66.

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Tseng roars into Kraft lead; Lewis 2 back

Defending champion and World No. 1 Yani Tseng shot a 6-under 66 Saturday to take a two-shot lead at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

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Lehman shoots course-record 64 in Mississippi

SAUCIER, Miss. – Tom Lehman broke the course record by shooting an 8-under 64 on Saturday, taking a one-stroke lead over Jeff Sluman after the second round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.

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Lefty (63), Verplank tied for lead in Houston

Phil Mickelson showed much-needed form before the Masters, while Scott Verplank needs a victory in Houston to punch his ticket to Augusta.

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Davies, Horsey share lead in Morocco

Defending champion Rhys Davies of Wales recovered from a poor start to shoot a 4-under 68 Saturday and share the lead with David Horsey after the third round at the Trophee Hassan II.

Friday, April 1

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Lewis extends Kraft lead; Tseng three back

Stacy Lewis persevered through more desert heat to shoot a 3-under 69 at the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Friday, opening a three-stroke lead over Yani Tseng, Brittany Lincicome and Jane Park.

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LPGA legends reflect on Kraft memories

Four LPGA legends settled into their seats in the interview room and looked out toward the assembled scribes.

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Lincicome still overcome by 2009 emotion

Brittany Lincicome just can’t help herself when she walks down the 18th hole at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Her history here causes a little bit of emotion.

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Sluman ties course record, leads at Fallen Oak

Jeff Sluman tied a course record with a 6-under-par 66 on Friday to take a one-shot lead over Tom Lehman at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.

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Lewis looks to add to inspiring story at Kraft

Playing with a heavy heart, Stacy Lewis is trying to add another chapter to her already-inspirational story this week at Mission Hills.

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Kirk leads in Houston; Kim one back after 64

PGA Tour rookie Chris Kirk shot a 3-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over defending champion Anthony Kim and 2008 winner Johnson Wagner after two rounds at the Houston Open.

Defending champ Davies leads in Morocco

Defending champion Rhys Davies of Wales shot a 1-under 70 Friday and shared the lead with Joost Luiten after the second round of the Trophee Hassan II.

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Masters Diary: ‘I’m as prepared as I can be’

Peter Uihlein's first memory of the Masters is Tiger Woods’ victory in 1997. The Oklahoma State junior now gets to compete in the tournament for the first time. To participate as the U.S. Amateur champion will make the experience even more special.

Fashion Q&A: Second Skin/Hollas

If you are the golfer that isn’t quite ready for the crazy fairway fashion scene just yet, I think we found a way for you to add a little flavor to your wardrobe and your game – Hollas. We chatted with partner of Second Skin and Hollas Garment Company’s Don Nichols to get the scoop on how to perfect fashion and balance on the course.

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Clanton soaking up Kraft Nabisco experience

Auburn senior Cydney Clanton was among the amateurs soaking up the experience last week at the Kraft, which gave amateurs a great look into the world of women's professional golf.

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The time is now for European Masters winner

With the top of the world rankings stacked with Europeans, Alistair Tait says now is the time for another European Masters champion.