Stories for February 2012


News 2012 February

Wednesday, February 29

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Hull steadfast in decision, rejects LGU offer

Tait on Hull's decision

After receiving criticism, the LGU extended an accommodation allowing Charley Hull to remain on the GB&I Curtis Cup team. Hull spoke with Golfweek on her decision to turn down the LGU's offer.

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Nicklaus, Norman put Tiger's quest in perspective

Nicklaus, Norman on Tiger

That was a preposterous question only a few years ago. But, on the eve of the Honda Classic, both Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman addressed the question that everyone seems to be asking.

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Stanford revels in 'away game' success

Baldry on Stanford

Angela Stanford's win in Singapore is the first time this century an American women's player has won in Asia.

NBC promotes Solomon to Golf Channel post

NBC Sports Group promoted producer Molly Solomon to serve as executive producer and senior vice president, production and operations, of its Orlando-based Golf Channel unit.

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Hate to be Rude: A career of off-course omens

Hate to be Rude

A chance meeting with Mark Wilson and Lee Westwood (pictured) on the eve of the WGC-Accenture Match Play semifinals is the latest on a long list of off-course omens for Jeff Rude.

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Woods stares down reporter over Haney book

Tiger Woods had a terse exchange with a reporter - Golfweek senior writer Alex Miceli - over excerpts from former swing coach Hank Haney's book.

Honda Classic: First-round tee times

Tee times for the first round at the Honda Classic, slated to start on Thursday morning.

In this issue: March 2, 2012

Inside the March 2, 2012 issue of Golfweek:

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USC's Kristen Park turns pro; roster down to 5

Kristen Park leaves USC

USC freshman Kristen Park has announced she will turn professional, leaving the Trojans with a roster of just five players.

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Fashion Q&A: Designer John Ashworth

John Ashworth took some time to discuss the merger of Pima Direct LLC and Linksoul and his involvement with the process.

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Balicki: Now UNLV will face its toughest test

Balicki on UNLV men

Ron Balicki: UNLV was a perennial power in the 1990s, but it has mostly been a pretender since the turn of the century. The 2011-12 version has a different story to tell, and they are about to be tested in a big way.

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Tait: LGU's ultimatum to Hull short-sighted

Tait on Ladies Golf Union

Is the Ladies' Golf Union's decision to ban Charley Hull from the GB&I Curtis Cup team short-sighted? Alistair Tait weighs in.

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The Golfer’s Shibboleth

How well would you score on a golf vocabulary test? Ronnie Tumlin examines golf phrases ranging from the well-known to the obscure.

Ronnie Tumlin examines golf phrases ranging from the well-known to the obscure.

Tuesday, February 28

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Tiger's agent criticizes book by Haney

Tiger's agent criticizes book

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

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Toy Box Notes: Mahan rolls with Nome putter

Ping sometimes names putters after cities around the globe. Last August, for example, Ping introduced the Sydney putter. Now it has unveiled the Nome – as in Nome, Alaska.

UMKC wins WSU Snowman Getaway

Missouri-Kansas City collected a one-shot victory at the WSU Snowman Getaway, closing in 3-under 285 to top Missouri State.

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Augusta State secures win at Kiawah

Clinching its first title of the season, Augusta State, ranked No. 80 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, won the Kiawah Island Intercollegiate.

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Gators win – and so do Jaguars

The Florida men’s team rolled to an easy win Feb. 28 at the Charleston Shootout, but runner-up Augusta State also came away a victor. Florida, which entered at No. 27 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and was led by individual medalist T.J. Vogel, finished at 20-under 844 for a 15-shot victory over Augusta State.

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Razorbacks notch fifth victory at Hayt

The Arkansas men’s team captured the John Hayt Invitational with a final-round-best, 7-under 281 on Feb. 28, giving them an 8-over 872 total over 54 holes and a four-shot victory over Central Florida at Sawgrass Country Club.

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Polo Golf’s sponsorships: An investment in authenticity

Polo to branch out

Polo Golf long has been associated with marquee players such as Tom Watson. But its marketing investment in the sport goes far beyond signing PGA Tour players.

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Duke breaks winless streak with Allstate title

Duke wins in New Orleans

It's been a long time since Lindy Duncan and her fellow Blue Devils found the winner's circle. They broke a nearly two-year winless streak Feb. 28 at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.

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Waugh to step down as CEO of Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank Championship

Despite stepping down as CEO of Deutsche Bank Americas, Seth Waugh will remain actively involved in this year's Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Honda Classic

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Honda

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Rory McIlroy had the World No. 1 ranking in his grasp and let it slip last week at Match Play. At least one of our panelists thinks he'll make an immediate rebound in Florida.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

The week ahead in the world of golf includes the Honda Classic, where Tiger Woods is making his first appearance since missing the cut as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993.

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LGU to Hull: Kraft will cost you Curtis Cup spot

Hull off Curtis Cup team

Charley Hull’s decision to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship has cost her a place in the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team, the Ladies Golf Union has announced. Alistair Tait

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ECU captures Seahawk Invite title

After four top-4 finishes this season, the East Carolina men’s team finally broke through. The Pirates picked up their first victory of the season Monday, posting a final-round 2-under 286 and an even-par 864 total to take the title at the Seahawk Intercollegiate. The Pirates had four players finish in the top 13, led by senior Adam Stephenson, who tied for seventh at 1-under 215.

Monday, February 27

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USGA: Expect U.S. Open at Olympic to be tougher

If USGA executive director Mike Davis has his way, the record-low scores at last year's U.S. Open at Congressional are unlikely to travel to the West Coast.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 20-26, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Maginnes On Tap: West Coast swing wrap-up

Maginnes: West coast swing

The West Coast swing seemed to be put together by a wedding planner: Uncle Phil renewed his vow to greatness and Bill Haas' win at Riviera made everyone else feel like they were sitting at the kids' table.

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Q-School changes could slow rise to stardom

Huh and Q-School changes

PGA Tour rookie John Huh won in just his fifth start. But under the PGA Tour's proposed Q-School changes, instant PGA Tour success may become a thing of the past. Sean Martin

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DIGs unearth new Nike line

Based on research indicating that golfers want different attire to suit different occasions, Nike has introduced its Sport Collection – its most casual apparel line yet.

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Ferreira (No. 31, 2013) commits to Notre Dame

has given a verbal commitment to Notre Dame.

Jordan Ferreira has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Notre Dame. Ferriera also made unofficial visits to Wake Forest, Northwestern, North Carolina, California, Virginia, Ohio State and Vanderbilt. Her final decision was between Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

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Jutanugarns among amateurs invited to Kraft

Kraft amateur exemptions

Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn are among the five amateurs who have received sponsor exemptions into the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major of the season.

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Team of the week: TCU

The Horned Frogs won their first title of the season Feb. 21 at the Central District Invitational, finishing at 18-over 296 to edge Oklahoma by one shot.

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Team of the week: Alabama

The Crimson Tide shot 30-under 284 in an 18-stroke victory over Clemson on Feb. 21 at the Puerto Rico Invitational.

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Player of the week: Chirapat Jao-Javanil, Oklahoma

The Sooners sophomore won the Central District Invitational, posting a 4-under 212 total (68-70-74) to win by two shots over LSU’s Tessa Teachman.

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Player of the week: Justin Thomas, Alabama

The Crimson Tide freshman earned his second title in five college starts, notching five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the back nine (Nos. 11-17) at the Puerto Rico Invitational.

Sunday, February 26

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Five Things: Mahan halts McIlroy's No. 1 plans

WGC: Mahan def. McIlroy

Hunter Mahan halted Rory McIlroy's plans to become World No. 1 Sunday, defeating the Northern Irishman in the championship match of the WGC-Match Play Championship. Five Things

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Huh wins Mayakoba on eighth playoff hole

Huh wins Mayakoba playoff

Making just his fifth PGA Tour start, John Huh parred the eighth hole of a playoff with Robert Allenby to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic on Sunday.

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Mahan def. McIlroy in WGC-Match Play finale

WGC: Mahan def. McIlroy

Hunter Mahan halted Rory McIlroy's chances of becoming World No. 1 Sunday, defeating the Northern Irishman in the championship match of the WGC-Match Play Championship.

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Stanford captures LPGA title in Singapore

Angela Stanford of the U.S. captured her fifth career victory, winning on the third playoff hole at the $1.4 million HSBC Women's Champions on Sunday.

Saturday, February 25

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McCabe: Rory vs. Westwood just what we needed

McIlroy vs. Westwood

Finally! After a somewhat bland week in the Arizona desert, the matchup of Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood is just what the WGC-Match Play was missing. Jim McCabe

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Summerhays out front at Mayakoba Classic

Daniel Summerhays shot a 4-under 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead over Chris Stroud in the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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No harm meant by Kuchar's post-round Faldo remark

Right after the affable Matt Kuchar played poorly in losing 6 and 5 to Hunter Mahan in the WGC-Accenture Match Play quarterfinals Saturday, he playfully said this to a television interviewer: “The only thing that will make me feel better is if I punch Nick Faldo square in the back of the neck.”

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Why the break between quarterfinal matches?

At first glance, the 1-hour, 45-minute gap between the tee times of Saturday’s second and third quarterfinal matches struck some people as odd. Yes, there was some grumbling in the press tent because the move was driven by television.

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Notes: Underdog Wilson into Match Play semis

Wilson rolls on at WGC

Three years ago, Mark Wilson was spending this week in February in Mexico, where he had a victory that changed the course of his career. Jim McCabe

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McIlroy, Westwood set for Sunday showdown

Follow quarterfinals live!

Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood cruised through the quarterfinals Saturday to set up a high-stakes showdown Sunday morning at the WGC-Match Play.

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LPGA: Stanford shares lead in Singapore

Americans Katie Futcher and Angela Stanford and South Korea’s Jenny Shin all shot 1-under 71s on Saturday to stay tied for the lead after three rounds of the $1.4 million HSBC Women’s Champions.

Friday, February 24

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Notes: Short-hitter or not, Wilson wins again

Nearly every electronic scoreboard flashed numbers and bits of information that told fans a story that might have been deemed cute or insightful. To Mark Wilson, though, it’s an old story and one that he pays very little attention to.

Judy Rankin's husband 'Yippy' dies

Walter “Yippy” Rankin, husband of LPGA Hall of Famer and golf analyst Judy Rankin, died Feb. 24 after an extended illness.

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Westwood playful about bad Match Play record

Westwood at Match Play

There have been a lot of comments about Lee Westwood's poor record at the Match Play, but plenty of them have come from the World No. 3 himself. Jeff Rude

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Predictions and tee times: Match Play quarters

Jim McCabe offers his predictions for the quarterfinals of the WGC-Match Play Championship

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Westwood shines on otherwise flat Friday

Round 3 of Match Play

While the rest of the day's action was nothing to write home about, Lee Westwood was flawless Friday in dismantling Nick Watney at the WGC-Match Play. Jim McCabe

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Summerhays among leaders at Mayakoba Classic

Daniel Summerhays birdied the final hole Friday for a 6-under 65 and a share of the second-round lead with Will Claxton and Greg Owen in the wind-swept Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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Trump's Doral vision includes tougher Monster

Trump purchasing Doral Resort

Donald Trump is finalizing the purchase of the 50-year-old, 650-acre Doral Resort and Spa near Miami for $150 million, two sources close to the deal told Golfweek.

Tait: Taylor handles USGA error with class

says Lauren Taylor took the high road after having her U.S. Women's Open exemption rescinded.

Kudos to Lauren Taylor for taking the high road on a colossal USGA error.

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Women's preview: WAC

Women's preview: WAC

Western Athletic Conference women's preview: Idaho's Kayla Mortellaro has helped put the Vandals on the map, and will leave a lasting mark on the program as a whole.

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Westwood, Rory highlight final 8 at Match Play

Round of 16

Nick Watney has bounced Lee Westwood from the Match Play Championship each of the past two years, but Westwood got his revenge Friday, moving into the quarterfinals.

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Women's preview: West Coast Conference

Women's preview: WCC

West Coast Conference women's preview: Behind Grace Na, Pepperdine is the heavy favorite heading into the spring season.

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Savoring Mexico's best, one sip at a time

On a recent trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, our Travel Editor Martin Kaufmann decided to see what Mexico had to offer on the tequila front. Let's just say it was a good experience.

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In Los Cabos, golf and views are perfect pairing

Travel: Los Cabos, Mexico

In Los Cabos, the golf and the views form a perfect pairing says Travel Editor Martin Kaufmann.

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Jao-Javanil a rising star for Oklahoma

College notebook

Keep an eye on Chirapat Jao-Javanil. The Oklahoma sophomore won the Central District Invitational on Feb. 21 for her second collegiate title. College notebook

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On 'Feherty,' stories from an 'awkward' man

Kaufmann on Feherty

David Feherty's wit is undeniable, but sometimes he simply tries too hard on his Golf Channel show.

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Three tied in Singapore; Wie shoots 81

Katie Futcher and Jenny Shin shot 5-under 67s in the HSBC Women's Champions on Friday to join first-round leader Angela Stanford at the top of the leaderboard.

Thursday, February 23

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Match Play: Predictions and tee times for Sweet 16

Match Play: Predictions

Match Play predictions: Our Jim McCabe has been on the scene all week and has his picks for who will be advancing to the Elite 8 on Saturday in Arizona.

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Notes: Jimenez, 48, bounces another young star

Notes: Jimenez advances

Match Play notebook: The oldest player in the field, Miguel Angel Jimenez, proved that he can hang with the younger stars by eliminating PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley on Thursday.

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Rude: Tiger has time to fix putting before Masters

Rude on Tiger's putting

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods played wonderfully on Thursday - until he got to the green. There he looked like a lost soul. Woods says he can fix his putting woes, but is it really that simple?

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

Tiger falls at Match Play

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

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Will Claxton leads Mayakoba Golf Classic

Mayakoba, round 1

Will Claxton shot a 4-under 66 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods ousted by Watney

Tiget out at Match Play

Tiger Tracker: Even Nick Watney was in shock over this one. Tiger Woods missed a five-foot birdie putt to extend the match, handing Watney a date with Lee Westwood.

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Match Play: Scottish duo outlast young stars

Match Play's unpredictability

A potential match between two of golf's youngest and brightest stars, Ryo Ishikawa and Matteo Manassero, didn't come to fruition, instead will see a match between Paul Lawrie and Martin Laird.

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Grupo Questro CEO still bullish on Cabo

discussed the outlook for property development in Los Cabos with Eduardo Sánchez Navarro, CEO of Grupo Questro.

Grupo Questro is a major developer in Mexico, and particularly in Los Cabos, where three of its properties – Puerto Los Cabos, Cabo Real and Club Campestre – encompass 5,500 acres. Eduardo Sánchez Navarro, CEO of Grupo Questro, talked with Golfweek about those properties and the outlook for Los Cabos.

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Notes: These guys didn't deserve a ticket home

Round 1 analysis

Match Play: Let Jim McCabe catch you up on the first round of Match Play with an analysis of who didn't deserve to go home right away - and who should probably not be (but still is) in the competition.

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Kraft Nabisco announces Calif. junior exemption

says the Kraft Nabisco Championship is offering a new sponsor exemption that comes with a marketing twist.

Twenty juniors from Southern California will play alongside LPGA legends in the inaugural fresh&easy-Kraft Foods Legacy Junior Challenge. The winner will receive a sponsor exemption to play in the Kraft Nabisco Championship … two days later.

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Wildman's Corner: 5 teams to watch this spring

Teams to watch going into spring

Here are five men’s teams to watch this spring as they make their cases for postseason berths.

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Angela Stanford leads by 2 in Singapore

Angela Stanford shot a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the HSBC Women's Champions on Thursday.

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Els wins, still has a chance at Masters

Els beats Donald

Ernie Els knows how Luke Donald feels after soundly beating the World No. 1 on Wednesday.

Wednesday, February 22

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Lee (No. 37, 2013) commits to Georgia

has given a verbal commitment to Georgia.

Sammie Lee of Winter Park, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Georgia. Before deciding to become a Bulldog, Lee also made unofficial visits to Vanderbilt, Florida and Tulane.

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Match Play: Second-round predictions, tee times

Match Play predictions

Match Play: Our Jim McCabe weighs in on the second-round match-ups - complete with Thursday's tee times - and who he thinks will advance to golf's version of the Sweet 16.

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McCabe: Coetzee's PGA Tour debut impressive

McCabe on George Coetzee

Jim McCabe: South African George Coetzee gave Rory McIlroy a run for his money in his first PGA Tour tournament on American soil.

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Rude: Tiger didn't win, he simply survived

Rude on Tiger Woods

Jeff Rude: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano boldly said the other day that Tiger Woods was “beatable.” As it happened, he was so right. He just didn’t do it.

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Donald, Scott both bounced at Match Play

Donald out; Tiger alive

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

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Match Play Tracker: Recapping Round 1

Follow Round 1 live!

Match Play Tracker: Tiger has advanced, as have Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Steve Stricker. The same can't be said for Adam Scott or Webb Simpson.

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Notes: Watney crushes Clarke in first round

Notes: Watney wins

Match Play notebook: Nick Watney was struggling entering the tournament, but you wouldn't have known that from his dismantling of Darren Clarke on Wednesday.

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McCabe: Ishikawa pulls off the improbable

Ishikawa makes comeback

Much lauded in Japanese media, Ryo Ishikawa faces a great deal of pressure and expectation, which he met calmly when he came back from being 3 down with five to play to beat Bill Haas.

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Blue Raiders go back-to-back in Mobile

Middle Tennessee State wins Mobile Bay

Middle Tennessee State won the Mobile Bay Intercollegiate by one stroke over Memphis, not only defending its title at the tournament but also setting a 54-hole tournament scoring record.

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Despite six birdies, McDowell out of Match Play

McDowell on Match Play

Despite playing decent golf, Graeme McDowell is defeated by Y.E. Yang at the Match Play for the second year in a row.

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Fill out a bracket? Check out how you're doing!

If you are playing our Match Play Challenge, you can simply search for your bracket by last name and see how you are doing thus far in Round 1!

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Balicki: Tide’s rise only a matter of time

A victory for Alabama

Alabama wins the Puerto Rico Classic at 30-under 834, 18 shots clear of runner-up Clemson. All five Tide players finished in the top 20, led by freshman Justin Thomas, who claimed his second collegiate title.

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FedEx extends Tour playoff deal through 2017

FedEx extends playoff deal

FedEx announced it has agreed to a five-year sponsorship extension of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup, the year-long competition that culminates in a playoffs finale.

Tuesday, February 21

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Maginnes On Tap: Unpredictability of match play

Maginnes On Tap: Match Play

Yes, we could see Tiger-Rory. But it could also be Coetzee-Colsaerts. Oh, the joys of match play . . .

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Arizona women garner second consecutive win

Arizona wins again

Arizona kept its winning ways going at the UNLV Spring Rebel Invitational, winning the tournament just two weeks after winning its home event, the Wildcat Invitational.

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McCabe: Bradley's selfless nature deserves admiration

McCabe on Keegan Bradley

Jim McCabe: In a week that he lost in a playoff at Riviera and was criticized for his spitting on national television, fans and critics alike need to take notice of Keegan Bradley's selfless red-eye trip to pay tribute to a fallen friend.

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Rude: Tiger to find motivation in opponent's presser

Rude: Tiger at Match Play

Jeff Rude: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano spent much of his press conference praising his match-play opponent Tiger Woods, but one answer likely will pull Tiger out of hibernation.

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Haskins winner to receive Greenbrier exemption

Haskins announcement

Being recognized as the country’s most outstanding college golfer now comes with an added perk: a PGA Tour exemption.

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5 things: Central District title overdue for TCU

TCU wins Central District

Sanna Nuutinen led TCU to its first tournament title of the season Tuesday at the Central District Invitational – and it's about time for a team loaded with talent. 5 things

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Thomas, 'Bama sweep titles in Puerto Rico

Alabama wins in Puerto Rico

The Alabama men’s team made a loud and clear statement with its victory Tuesday at the Puerto Rico Invitational: Don’t forget the Crimson Tide.

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Hyundai Tour won't happen, source says

Hyundai declines proposal

The PGA Tour’s quest for an umbrella sponsor for the Nationwide Tour will continue after Hyundai declined a proposal, according to a source close to the negotiations.

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Match Play notes: Tiger no sure thing in 1st round

Notes: Match Play

Tiger is an overwhelming favorite in his first-round match against Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. But anything can happen at Dove Mountain - including a freak snowstorm. Notebook

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Men's preview: Western Athletic Conference

Men's preview: WAC

Western Athletic Conference men's preview: San Jose State picked up three wins in the fall and is poised to make an unexpected run toward the NCAAs.

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PGA Tour changes inevitable, details to follow

Inevitable PGA Tour changes

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

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Accenture Match Play

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Match Play

Fantasy Tip Sheet: There is no consensus on who to pick from our fantasy panel, but Aussie Adam Scott is one of the favorites at the WGC-Match Play.

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Head-to-head records: First round of Match Play

Head-to-head records

Defending champion Luke Donald is 23-0-1 in his past 24 common starts with Round-1 opponent Ernie Els. See how the rest of the matches stack up. . .

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2012 Match Play: Even the losers benefit

Match Play benefits

First-round losers won't leave the WGC-Match Play empty-handed; they’ll earn cash and world-ranking points.

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Q&A: Jay Rees, Texas-Arlington men’s coach

Texas Arlington men's golf

Texas-Arlington, the defending Southland Conference champion, has gone through a rebuilding phase this year. However, the Mavericks are looking to get better every tournament during the spring season, with leadership from players such as junior Paul McConnell.

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2012 Match Play: First-round tee times

Match Play tee times

Check out the tee times for Wednesday's first round at the WGC-Match Play at Dove Mountain:

In this issue: Feb. 24, 2012

Inside this issue: Feb. 24, 2012

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This week in the world of golf . . .

The week ahead in the world of golf includes the WCG-Accenture Match Play Championship, where the best players in the world, including last year's winner Luke Donald, will compete head-to-head.

Monday, February 20

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Heda (NR, 2013) commits to George Washington

has given a verbal commitment to George Washington.

Michael Heda has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for George Washington University

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Vandy's Stratton scrambles into spotlight

Vandy's Lauren Stratton

Vanderbilt junior Lauren Stratton climbed to the No. 2 spot in Golfweek's rankings without anyone really noticing. Julie Williams provides an overdue introduction.

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Top-ranked Hak closes strong to win HP Boys

Hak wins HP Boys

Shun Yat Hak solidified his standing as Golfweek’s top-ranked junior with a final-round comeback Feb. 20 to capture the AJGA’s HP Boys Championship.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 13-19, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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2012 Match Play: Matches we'd like to see

10 matches we'd like to see

Here’s 10 matches we’d like to see play out this week in the Arizona desert at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Lamkin takes ownership of European distribution

Grip manufacturer Lamkin Corp. announced Feb. 20 that it completed the acquisition of its European distribution operation.

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PGA of America to drive growth with Golf 2.0

Grow the Game

Gene Yasuda: Striving to court more golfers and serve them better, the PGA of America’s Golf 2.0 initiative aims to help course operators convert their facilities into centers of hospitality.

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A guide to understanding shaft vocabulary

Guide to shaft vocabulary

Golf shafts come with their own vocabulary. Understanding the language of shafts is not always easy. Philip Foster and the folks at Mitsubishi Rayon are here to help.

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2012 Match Play: First-round predictions

Match Play predictions

2012 Match Play: The brackets are set and the matches confirmed, so it didn't take long for our Jim McCabe and Alex Miceli to weigh in with some first-round predictions.

Cal wins John Burns Intercollegiate title

The California men's team is starting to like Hawaii.

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Team of the week: UCLA

The Bruins won their fourth title of the season at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

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Player of the week: Lindy Duncan, Duke

Duncan won her fourth career title at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.

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Player of the week: Julian Suri, Duke

The Blue Devils junior shot rounds of 65-70-70 for an 11-under 205 total and a four-shot victory over Cal’s Max Homa in leading Duke to a runner-up finish at the John Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii.

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Team of the week: Washington

The Huskies, led wire to wire at the San Diego Intercollegiate, winning by seven and 14 shots over Pac-10 rivals USC and UCLA, respectively.

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Only hours left to play our Challenge and win big!

Play our Challenge and win!

Have you filled out your bracket yet? The deadline is almost here (9:59 a.m. EST!), so fill out a free bracket for the WGC-Match Play and enter to win tons of prizes from Cobra-Puma, EA Sports, Golf Pride, Big Green Egg or Fujikura!

Sunday, February 19

Cal, Childs repeat at Peg Barnard Invitational

California defended its title at the Peg Barnard Invitational, beat tournament host Stanford by 19 shots. It’s the first win of the 2011-12 season for Cal.

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2012 Match Play: First-round pairings

The first-round pairings in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain on Wednesday:

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Top-ranked Donald draws Els in Match Play

Defending champion Luke Donald faces Ernie Els in the first round of the Match Play Championship. Tiger Woods is to play Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

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Skip Kendall wins Nationwide Tour opener

Skip Kendall holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday for an even-par 71 and a one-stroke victory in the Nationwide Tour's season-opening Colombia Championship.

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5 Things: Playing it safe pays off for Haas

5 Things: Haas wins

5 Things: FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas played it safe and wound up with the victory on Sunday at the Northern Trust Open, outlasting Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in a playoff.

Perry wins ACE Group Classic by 5 strokes

Kenny Perry shot a 2-under 70 Sunday for his second Champions Tour title, cruising to a five-shot victory in the ACE Group Classic.

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Tait: Whiteford's Avantha Masters disqualification unfair?

Tait on Whiteford's Avantha Masters disqualification

Alistair Tait: Peter Whiteford's disqualification from the Avantha Masters is a case of golf’s too stringent penalties.

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Tait: Euro Tour goes south for winners

Tait on South African golf

Alistair Tait: Jbe Kruger's first Euro Tour win on Sunday is just the latest example of South Africa's dominance in Europe and beyond. And don't look for it to stop any time soon.

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Live scores: Final round at Northern Trust Open

Final round scores from the PGA Tour's Northern Trust Open

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Australia's Wright wins New Zealand Women's Open

Australia's Lindsey Wright made a 13-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke victory Sunday in the New Zealand Women's Open.

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Kruger wins in India for his 1st Euro Tour title

Jbe Kruger of South Africa won his first European Tour title Sunday, protecting his overnight lead by shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory at the Avantha Masters.

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5 Things: No. 1 Tseng wins LPGA Thailand

Tseng wins LPGA Thailand

5 Things: Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her LPGA Thailand title for her 13th LPGA Tour victory, birdieing the final two holes Sunday to hold off playing partner Ai Miyazato by a stroke.

Saturday, February 18

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Haas wins stunning playoff at Riviera

Haas wins at Riviera

Defending FedEx Cup champion Bill Haas made an improbable birdie on the second hole of a three-man playoff to defeat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley to win the Northern Trust Open.

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'Volcano' spews birdies after early tremors

Miceli on Perez's third round at the Northern Trust Open

Pat Perez's calm demeanor helped him salvage his third round of the Northern Trust Open.

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Mickelson takes wild ride into share of the lead

Mickelson, Bradley share lead

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

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Perry breaks Champions Tour's 36-hole record

Kenny Perry shot a 10-under 62 Saturday to set the Champions Tour's 36-hole scoring record in the Ace Group Classic. Perry is at 18-under 126, three shots ahead of first-round leader Larry Mize.

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Live scores: Round 3 at Northern Trust Open

Follow the third round of the Northern Trust Open with our live leaderboard.

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Japan's Miyazato leads LPGA Thailand

Ai Miyazato shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over top-ranked Yani Tseng after the third round of the LPGA Thailand.

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Kruger has 1-shot lead at Avantha Masters

Jbe Kruger of South Africa shot a 6-under 66 in the third round of the Avantha Masters to take a one-shot lead in the European Tour event.

Friday, February 17

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Mickelson takes 1-shot lead at Northern Trust

Mickelson leads by 1

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

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Tour Tracker: Live updates from Riviera

Riviera: Round 2

Tour Tracker: Phil Mickelson, who won last week at Pebble Beach, leads by one shot after the second round of the Northern Trust Open.

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Mize shoots 62 for ACE Group Classic lead

Larry Mize shot a 10-under 62 Friday to grab the first-round lead at the ACE Group Classic.

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LSU earns 3rd victory; can Tigers win it all?

College notebook

Austin Ernst led LSU to victory at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, the Tigers' third team title of the season. It prompts the question: Can LSU contend for a national title? College Notebook

Titleist Vokey SM4 wedges

Titleist Vokey SM4 wedges offer variety

The Titleist Vokey SM4 wedges come in three different finishes as well as varying lofts and bounces – with 21 possibilities in all.

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Live scores: Round 2 at Northern Trust Open

Follow the second round of the Northern Trust Open with our live leaderboard.

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Golfweek Senior Nation mission statement

Mission statement

Our goal with Golfweek Senior Nation is to provide older golfers with information about people, health, fitness, instruction, equipment, training aids, travel, strategy, philosophy, lifestyle and other related topics in a way that we hope is of interest and can be used specifically by the older golfer.

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Whiteford takes 2-shot lead in New Delhi

Peter Whiteford of Scotland shot a 4-under 68 on Friday for a two-shot lead after the second round of the Avantha Masters.

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Briefs: Fairmont Southampton to host Par-3 championship

The third annual Bacardi National Par-3 Championship will be held March 23-25 at the Fairmont Southampton Golf Course.

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Ace propels Webb into lead at LPGA Thailand

Karrie Webb aced the 12th hole but left the course two holes later leading the LPGA Thailand by two strokes when rain halted the second round Friday.

Thursday, February 16

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Despite slower swing, Holmes finding way in L.A.

Holmes one back in L.A.

J.B. Holmes concedes he has lost some swing speed after undergoing brain surgery last year. Nevertheless, he is finding his game this week at Riviera, where he shares second place.

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Mickelson takes one-shot lead at Riviera

Lefty leads at Riviera

Four days after his win at Pebble, Phil Mickelson is back on top of the leaderboard, this time at Riviera. Mickelson shot 66 in tough conditions to lead by one shot.

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Injured Casey replaced by Coetzee at Match Play

Injured Paul Casey will not return for the Match Play championship. His spot in the 64-man field next week in Arizona will be taken by George Coetzee.

Balicki: Texas Tech continues success at Oak Hills

tries to figure out what has made Texas Tech so successful at Oak Hills.

There’s something about the Oak Hills course in San Antonio that seems to bring out the best in the Texas Tech golf team – past and present.

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Men's Notebook: Scodro shines as Irish senior

Men's College Notebook

Max Scodro and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish took advantage of their winter practice opportunities and earned their first team title this week at The Match Play. College Notebook

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Sorenstam declines Solheim Cup captaincy

Former top-ranked golfer Annika Sorenstam says she’s turned down the chance to be captain for Europe in the 2013 Solheim Cup against the United States.

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McIlroy says improved swing will click at Masters

Rory McIlroy is confident the changes he's made to his swing will work in time for the Masters in April. The 22-year-old Northern Irishman has been working with longtime coach Michael Bannon on improving his swing setup.

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Daly says ‘elbow snapped’ at Avantha Masters

John Daly says he may have torn ligaments in his right elbow during the first round at the Avantha Masters.

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McCabe: Tiger's chance to finally 'get some reps'

McCabe's weekly wrap-up

For the past year, we've heard Tiger Woods discuss the need to play more tournaments. Well, here's his chance, as he's committed to play three consecutive weeks. Jim McCabe

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Euro: Canizares, Whiteford lead Avantha Masters

Alejandro Canizares of Spain and Peter Whiteford of Scotland each shot a 6-under 66 Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the Avantha Masters.

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Miyazato leads in Thailand; Yani six back

Ai Miyazato shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Thailand

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Live scores! Round 1 at the Northern Trust Open

Follow today's first round at the Northern Trust Open in Los Angeles with our PGA Tour leaderboard

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Women's preview: Summit League

Women's preview: Summit League

Summit League women's preview: Oral Roberts has the kind of core that Summit League opponents should envy. With five seniors on the roster, the Golden Eagles hardly lack in experience - especially experience winning.

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Men's preview: West Coast Conference

Men's preview: WCC

West Coast Conference men's preview: Zac Blair doesn't have to look far to see his model of success, as the BYU junior's dad is a former Utah Open champion.

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U.S. Am champ gets invites to two Tour stops

The pro schedule of U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft is beginning to take shape. Tournament officials for the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational told Golfweek that they have extended sponsor invitations to Kraft.

Wednesday, February 15

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Clark makes his return at Riviera

Tim Clark, who underwent surgery in August to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow, says he knows his rusty game isn’t quite Tour-ready, but he’s eager to tee it up in competition and assess exactly where he is in terms of strength.

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UCLA wins Northrop Grumman for 4th title

UCLA wins fourth title

UCLA won its fourth title of the 2011-12 season on Wednesday at the Northrop Grumman Challenge when the team finished 12 shots ahead of USC. Four Bruins finished in the top 10.

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Odds: Vegas likes Lefty at Northern Trust Open

Odds: Northern Trust Open

Phil Mickelson has an odd history in events after a victory. That's not stopping the odds-makers from making him the favorite this week at Riviera. Alex Miceli

Texas Tech wins Oak Hills for 4th straight year

Texas Tech captured the UTSA/Oak Hills Invitational for the fourth consecutive year Feb. 14 with a three-shot victory over Oklahoma.

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Couples dishes on Masters, Presidents Cup

Achenbach on Fred Couples

Fred Couples - playing for the 30th time at Riviera on Tour - reflects on the Masters (and the Champions Dinner) and playing at what is now the Northern Trust Open. James Achenbach

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Washington tops USC to win San Diego event

Washington earned its second team title of the season Feb. 14 at the San Diego Intercollegiate.

GB&I Curtis Cup manager Turner, 50, dies

Sue Turner, the manager of the GB&I team for this year’s Curtis Cup, to be played at Nairn (Scotland) Golf Club, died Feb. 14 after battling an undisclosed illness since last fall. She was 50.

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SMU’s Gregory to captain Palmer Cup team

SMU coach Josh Gregory, who led Augusta State to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2010-11, has been named the U.S. coach for the 2012 Palmer Cup.

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When Cantlay turns pro, don’t expect a tweet

Cantlay presser at Riviera

Unlike many college kids, amateur star Patrick Cantlay has no interest in the world of social media. He's more focused on making the most of his Northern Trust Open exemption.

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KU's Nugent thrives amid the Buddy system

Baldry on KU's Nugent

Kansas senior Katy Nugent has used Twitter to give the world a chance to experience the life of a college golfer.

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USC Upstate finally has a carrot

Wildman on USC Upstate

Finally past its 4-year period where it couldn't go to the postseason, South Carolina Upstate has a new carrot dangling in front of its face this year: A chance to participate at the NCAAs.

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Querencia CEO: Baja still has 'tremendous potential'

discusses Mexican tourism with an insider that's seen the best and worst of times.

Jorge Carrera, CEO of Querencia, has dealt with good times and bad in Los Cabos, Mexico. He recently talked with Golfweek about real estate and tourism in Mexico.

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Garcia shows off a new sense of maturity

Babineau on Sergio Garcia

If Sergio Garcia were a stock these days, we’d suggest buy. Something about the often tempestuous Spaniard emanates an even-keeled peace and maturity. Jeff Babineau

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At times, ranking points don't seem to add up

Miceli on WGR points

Phil Mickelson's big Pebble win didn't come with as many Official World Golf Ranking points as you might think.

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Rude: Tiger needs Sultan of Sunday swagger

Hate To Be Rude: Tiger

Jeff Rude: Tiger Woods fails to win when in years past it would have been a formality. Here’s a suggestion: Pop in a video of those glory years and find what worked so well.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Northern Trust Open

Fantasy tips: Northern Trust

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Aaron Baddeley won the Northern Trust in 2011. Phil Mickelson triumphed on Sunday at Pebble Beach. Our panel of experts like them both heading into Los Angeles.

Tuesday, February 14

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'Hungry' Auburn fills up at UCF Challenge

Auburn wins at UCF

Auburn holds off Baylor to win the UCF Challenge as Tigers freshman Victoria Trapani picks up her first college title.

Rutgers: Rob Shutte named head golf coach

Rutgers director of athletics Tim Pernetti announced Tuesday that Rob Shutte has been named head men’s golf coach. Shutte has seven years of collegiate head coaching experience, including the past two seasons as head women’s coach at Lehigh.

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Toy Box: Mickelson wins with all Callaway gear

Toy Box notes

Phil Mickelson won his fourth AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am title with all Callaway gear, including a new ball.

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Nunchuk shaft designed for stability for all golfers

Shaft month: Nunchuk

The Nunchuk message: Golfers of all abilities and all swing speeds should be using the same shaft.

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LSU edges Georgia at spring opener in Puerto Rico

LSU opened the spring just as it did the fall. The Tigers won the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on Tuesday for their third victory of the 2011-12 season.

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SteelFiber nets Tour following for Aerotech

Shaft month: Aerotech

Matt Kuchar was one of the first pros to use Aerotech's graphite shafts, and after his climb up the World Rankings, players like Brandt Snedeker are following suit.

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Player of the Week: Johnny Jones

Johnny Jones of Flowermound, Texas, shot 3-under 69 at Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort’s Slick Rock Course to win the weather-shortened Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship Invitational.

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Player of the Week: Grace Choi

Grace Choi of Dallas shot 4-over 76 at Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort’s Apple Rock Course to win the weather-shortened Texas Junior Golf Tour Championship Invitational.

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Woods to play Match Play, Honda and Doral

Tiger Woods has announced his upcoming schedule, confirming he will play the WGC-Match Play Championship (Feb. 22-26), the Honda Classic (March 1-4) and the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral (March 8-11).

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This week in the world of golf . . .

Around the world of golf, including the Northern Trust Open, which last week's Pebble Beach National Pro-Am winner, Phil Mickelson, won in 2008 and 2009.

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Men's preview: Sun Belt Conference

Men's preview: Sun Belt

Sun Belt Conference men's preview: Led by Carlos Ortiz, North Texas has turned around its program into a legitimate contender this spring.

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McCabe: Top 15 a triumph for Estes

McCabe: Estes regains full-exempt status

By sharing 15th place and earning $102,400 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National ProAm, Bob Estes regained full-exempt status.

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Women's preview: Sun Belt Conference

Women's preview: Sun Belt

Sun Belt Conference women's preview: Behind sophomore Shelby Coyle, Florida International is poised to make a run at a berth in the national championship.

Monday, February 13

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Maginnes On Tap: Questions to be answered

Maginnes On Tap: Questions

Maginnes On Tap: As a proposal that will restructure the Nationwide Tour will likely be enacted soon, many questions have arisen, which the PAC (Player Advisory Council) will attempt to answer this week.

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Then (No. 4, 2013) commits to USC

has given a verbal commitment to USC.

Gabriella Then has given a verbal commitment to USC. Then, a junior at Upland High School in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., also made unofficial visits to Duke, UCLA, Arizona and North Carolina.

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Natural-motion shoes gaining foothold

“Natural motion” footwear is causing a buzz in the running community and could crossover into golf. Gene Yasuda explains.

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Amped up: The relaunch of Cobra

Cobra relaunch

Twenty months ago, Puma made headlines for acquiring Cobra. Now, it’s hoping to garner attention for Cobra’s relaunch, which includes an array of new products.

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Winner’s Circle: Feb. 6-12, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Pebble final round highest rated in 15 years

Mickelson and Woods pairing equals high ranking

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods together in the final round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am produced the highest rating for CBS Sports at Pebble Beach in 15 years.

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Player of the week: Dominic Bozzelli, Auburn

The Tigers junior shot 8-under 202, including a second-round 64, to win the SunTrust Gator Invitational by five shots over Florida’s T.J. Vogel.

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Team of the week: Auburn

The second-ranked Tigers halted host Florida’s eight-year winning streak at the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla., finishing with an 8-over 848 total.

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Player of the week: Manon Gidali, Arizona

In her first outing as a Wildcat, freshman Manon Gidali shot 12-under 204 to win the Arizona Wildcat Invitational by seven shots over teammate Margarita Ramos.

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Team of the week: Arizona

The host Wildcats won their first tournament of the season Feb. 7 at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational.

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Martin: Swafford optimistic about Nationwide Tour

Nationwide Tour preview

After earning a Nationwide Tour card, Georgia grad Hudson Swafford will begin his rookie season at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship. Swafford, Russell Henley and Adam Hadwin are among the tour's top rookies.

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TV blog: Delay in Sunday broadcast frustrating

TV blog: Sunday at Pebble

Tiger and Phil. Made for TV. Except for those 49 minutes we couldn't see it at all. #Frustrating!

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Men's preview: Summit League

Men's preview: Summit

Summit League men's preview: Michael Davan is one of a trio of seniors that led IUPUI to a career fall season. The Jaguars won three times in a hectic seven starts.

Sunday, February 12

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Miceli: Ken Duke's unlikely journey to Tour

Ken Duke didn't win at Pebble, but the fact he was there at all is remarkable enough.

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5 Things: Mickelson's win at Pebble Beach

Lefty wins Pebble Beach

Entering the final round trailing by six, Phil Mickelson blitzed the field at Pebble Beach Sunday, upstaging Tiger Woods to win his fourth title at the iconic West Coast course.

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Els squeezes into WGC-Match Play field

Ernie Els can plan on a trip to Arizona for the Match Play Championship — just barely.

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Bozzelli, Auburn end Florida's Gator win streak

Auburn wins Gator Invite

Led by medalist Dominic Bozzelli and Blayne Barber (pictured), Auburn snapped the Florida Gators' eight-year win streak at their own Gator Invitational.

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Wildcats 3-peat at Big Ten Match Play

Northwestern wins Big Ten Match Play

The Northwestern men's golf team won its third consecutive Big Ten Match Play title, taking a 4-1-1 victory over Minnesota in the championship match at The Concession Golf Club.

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Mickelson delivers knockout blow at Pebble

Lefty wins Pebble Beach

Entering the final round trailing by six, Phil Mickelson blitzed the field at Pebble Beach Sunday, upstaging Tiger Woods to win his fourth title at the iconic West Coast course.

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Champions: Pavin tops Senior in Allianz playoff

Corey Pavin wins the Allianz Championship for his first Champions Tour title. Pavin defeated Peter Senior on the first hole of a playoff after both players finished tied for first. Mark Calcavecchia, who appeared to be cruising to the victory, finished tied for seventh.

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5 Things: Korda, 18, wins Aussie Open

5 Things: Korda wins

5 Things: American teenager Jessica Korda won the Women's Australian Open on Sunday for her first LPGA Tour title, holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a six-player playoff.

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Cabrera-Bello outlasts Westwood in Dubai

Rafael Cabrera-Bello won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher by one shot for his second European Tour victory.

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Tait: Europe's biggest underachievers, overachievers

Tait on Euro golf

Robert Rock is the epitome of an overachiever, but he isn't alone. And there are plenty of Euro golfers who have underachieved. Who makes Alistair Tait's top-5 list? You might be surprised.

Saturday, February 11

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Notes: Murray-Points title defense ends

Points-Murray out at Pebble

There won't be a successful title defense for the team of D.A. Points and Bill Murray, as the defending duo was ousted on a tiebreaker at Pebble Beach. Round 3 Notes

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McCabe: Stars shine Saturday at Pebble

McCabe: Saturday at Pebble

True, Tiger Woods' opening nine got fans fired up. But, as always, Saturday at Pebble is about much, much more than the leaderboard. Jim McCabe

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Champions: Pavin, Senior tied for lead at Allianz

Corey Pavin and Peter Senior – both winless on the Champions Tour – shared the lead Saturday after the second round of the Allianz Championship at Broken Sound Golf Club.

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Wi leads as Woods climbs Pebble leaderboard

Round 3 live!

Tiger Woods made five birdies in his opening nine to climb the leaderboard at Pebble Beach. He now trails leader Charlie Wi by four shots headed into the final round.

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Possible savior for Woods' N.C. design emerges

The Cliffs, the financially troubled network of high-end communities in North and South Carolina that includes Tiger Woods' stalled mountain course, will be under new ownership.

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Westwood leads Dubai Desert Classic; Rory 2 back

Lee Westwood has the lead going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic after shooting 5-under 67, one stroke ahead of Rafael Cabrera-Bello and two others on Saturday.

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Korda, 18, leads by 1 at Women's Aussie Open

Korda, 18, leads Aussie Open

Jessica Korda, the 18-year-old American teenager, is in line for her first professional victory. Korda leads the Women's Australian Open by one shot at historic Royal Melbourne.

Friday, February 10

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Pebble notes: Weather, Lefty offer up surprises

Pebble Beach notebook

Pebble Beach notebook: From the unexpected steady mist that caught some off-guard to Phil Mickelson's final-nine resurgence, Pebble Beach offered up plenty of surprises on Friday.

Team results, Pebble Beach Pro-Am

Team results from the second round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am, played Feb. 10 at Pebble Beach Golf Links (PB), Spyglass Hill (SH) and Monterey Peninsula (MP).

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Pebble Beach's seaside 18th has no rival

McCabe on Pebble

Few experiences can compare to walking down the 18th hole at Pebble Beach with waves crashing. Jim McCabe's quick survey of Tour players reinforces it.

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

Pebble Beach Pro-Am

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

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Pavin (64) takes two-shot lead at Allianz

Corey Pavin shot an 8-under 64 on Friday to take a two-shot lead over Fred Funk, Bernhard Langer and Peter Senior after the first round of the Allianz Championship.

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Tiger Tracker: Round 2 at Pebble Beach

Tiger Tracker, Round 2

Tiger Tracker: Woods shot a second-round, 2-under 68 on Monterey Peninsula to get to 6 under entering the weekend at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Golfweek tracked his day, shot by shot.

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Player of the Week: Chase Koepka

Chase Koepka of Lake Worth, Fla., shot 3-over 146 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the Junior Heritage in a playoff.

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Player of the Week: Ashlan Ramsey

Ashlan Ramsey of Milledgeville, Ga., shot 3-over 146 at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island, S.C., to win the Junior Heritage by two shots.

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Ryu, Seo bring feelings of deja vu to LPGA opener

Aussie Open notes

With So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo dueling at the top of the Australian Open leaderboard, it feels a little like last year's U.S. Women's Open. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

Geoffrey Cornish, 97, prolific New England designer

Geoffrey Cornish, reputed to have designed more golf courses in New England than any other architect, died Feb. 10. He was 97. No cause of death was listed.

USGA announces Sand Creek as site of 2014 APL

The U.S. Golf Association has announced that Sand Creek Station Golf Course in Newton, Kan., will host the 2014 U.S. Amateur Public Links. It will be the first USGA event hosted by Sand Creek, which opened in 2006.

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Wagner (No. 1, 2015) commits to Florida

has given a verbal commitment to Florida.

Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf for Florida. Wagner took no other unofficial visits, and the 15-year-old said she has been interested in playing for the Gators for about five years.

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Johnson, two others tied at Pebble; Tiger five back

Dustin Johnson, with a small measure of revenge on the third hole at Pebble Beach, made two eagles and saw a third chance at eagle land on the edge of the cup. He wound up with a 9-under 63. Former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee also made two eagles at Pebble for a 63.

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McIlroy, Bjorn share 2nd-round lead in Dubai

Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn each shot 7-under 65 to share the lead Friday after the second round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

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Notes: Gidali leads Arizona to season-saving win

College notebook

Arizona effectively turned around its season with a win at its home event, the Arizona Wildcat Invitational. Freshman Manon Gidali is a big reason for that. Julie Williams.

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Chen (No. 45, 2013) commits to Boston College

has given a verbal commitment to Boston College.

Sophia Chen of Newbury Park, Calif., has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Boston College.

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Value, 'craic' factor boost Irish golf tourism

Alison Metcalfe, vice president of marketing for Tourism Ireland for the past five years, recently discussed Irish golf tourism with Golfweek.

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Writer finds luxury golf does exist in Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach

One intrepid Golfweek writer went looking for a luxury golf experience in Myrtle Beach. Yes, that Myrtle Beach.

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Women's preview: Southland Conference

Women's preview: Southland

Southland Conference women's preview: Texas State as a bubble team that never got the NCAA invite last season, so the Bobcats are aiming to take doubt out of it with a good spring.

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Men's preview: Southland Conference

Men's preview: Southland

Southland Conference men's preview: Lamar's M.J. Daffue had a brilliant start to 2011, but his fall season started lackluster before a surprise coaching move spurring Daffue back into the winner's circle.

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Ryu leads Australian Open; Lexi 8 shots back

U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 4-under 69 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean player Hee Kyung Seo in the LPGA Tour's season-opening Women's Australian Open.

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Wind-farm rift won’t stop Trump's Scotland course

says Donald Trump won't let a wind-farm rift stop the opening of his Scotland course.

Donald Trump won't let wind-farm rift stop opening of Scotland course.

Thursday, February 9

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On the mend: Weir, Hart back at Pebble

Weir, Hart back at Pebble

Mike Weir and Dudley Hart are both recovering from painful and drawn-out injuries, but both are using Pebble Beach as the first stop on their individual comeback trails.

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Pebble notes: 87 players break par Thursday

Pebble Beach notebook

Pebble Beach notes: Players go low - a total of 87 broke par on Thursday - but it doesn't mean much until Sunday with all three courses in play until then.

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Tiger Tracker: Woods fires 68, five shots back

Tiger at Pebble, live!

Tiger Woods fired an opening 4-under 68 on Thursday and sits five shots back of three players, including Dustin Johnson. Check out how Tiger's round broke down with our hole-by-hole Tiger Tracker.

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What kind of golf nerd are you (part 1)?

Description of subsets of golf nerdism

Golf Nerd: an avid player who devotes excessive amounts of time, thought and physical activity pursuing their interest; generally falls into one category of golf nerdism.

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Dick Pfeil doesn't know how good he is

Dick Pfeil's golf career didn't accelerate until later in life

Winner of both Gateway Senior and Golfweek National Championship titles, Dick Pfeil is one of the best senior golfers in the country; a place he got to using a mix of curiosity, observance and humility.

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McIlroy three shots back in Dubai

Cabrera-Bello leads in Dubai, McIlroy trails

Rafael Cabrera-Bello finished at 9-under 63 for a two-shot lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, followed by Marcel Siem and Scott Jamieson, each at 65. Rory McIlroy is tied for fourth with six other players.

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Tait: Number of European golfers decreased in 2011

Number of golfers in Europe decreases

According to a KPMG Golf Advisory Practice survey, the number of European golfers declined by 46,000 in 2011.

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College notebook: Home cookin’ for Trojans?

College notebook: USC

Will USC enjoy an advantage this year with the NCAA Championship at Riviera? You bet -- particularly if the Trojans keep playing like this. Ryan Lavner explains.

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Women's preview: Southern Conference

Women's preview: Southern

Southern Conference women's preview: Behind Leigh Whittaker and some much-needed health, College of Charleston might provide the biggest challenge to perennial power Chattanooga this spring.

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Lewis, Kemp top Women's Australian Open

American Stacy Lewis and Australia's Sarah Kemp shared the Women's Australian Open lead at 4-under 69 on Thursday, leaving top-ranked Yani Tseng a stroke back in her bid to win the event for the third straight year.

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Lewis, Kemp share lead at Royal Melbourne

American Stacy Lewis and Australia’s Sarah Kemp shared the Women’s Australian Open lead at 4-under 69 on Thursday, leaving top-ranked Yani Tseng a stroke back in her bid to win the event for the third straight year.

Wednesday, February 8

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Lydia Ko, 14, displays a mature demeanor

Catching up with Lydia Ko

Fresh off a professional win at the New South Wales Open, New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, 14, displays a golf game and a demeanor mature beyond her years.

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Haversham chief: Travelers ‘tired of putting it off’

sat down with Sam Baker, founder of Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions, to discuss the state of golf travel.

Sam Baker founded Cincinnati-based Haversham & Baker Golfing Expeditions in 1991, and in the past 21 years has sent more than 10,000 golfers on trips to Great Britain and Ireland. Ninety-seven percent of Haversham’s customers are members of private clubs, and the company has provided travel services for more than 1,200 golf clubs.

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Men's preview: Southern Conference

Men's preview: Southern Conference

Southern Conference men's preview: Chattanooga senior Stephan Jaeger has moved into the spotlight behind his drive to fix his short game.

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British Am champ Macpherson leaves Georgia

Macpherson leaves UGA

Bryden Macpherson, the reigning British Amateur champion, has withdrawn from the University of Georgia to prepare for the Masters.

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Hate to Be Rude: The difficulty of closing on Tour

Hate to Be Rude

Recent final-round collapses underscore just how difficult it can be to wrap up a victory on Tour. For years, gutsy frontrunner Tiger Woods had spoiled us. Hate to Be Rude

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Balicki: Catlin, Lobos exceed expectations

says John Catlin and the New Mexico Lobos have exceeded expectations this year.

When the 2011-12 season began, not many college men’s golf observers gave much thought to New Mexico or Lobos junior John Catlin.

In this issue: Feb. 10, 2012

Inside this issue: Feb. 10, 2012

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Tiger and Pebble: Oddsmakers like the pairing

Odds: AT&T National Pro-Am

It's been a while since Tiger Woods has won at Pebble, but that's not stopping the oddsmakers from projecting him as the heavy favorite this week. Alex Miceli

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McBride (No. 30, 2013) commits to N.C. State

has given verbal commitment to N.C. State.

Jake McBride of Hartville, Ohio, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at North Carolina State.

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Women's preview: SEC

Women's preview: SEC

SEC women's preview: Georgia has ridden the coattails of Marta Silva Zamora in season's past, but will need to rely on the rest of the squad as Zamora tries to find her form.

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Season preview: Lexi's time has arrived

Baldry on Lexi Thompson

Beth Ann Baldry: While she might not be the LPGA's savior, Lexi Thompson will add plenty of intrigue to the expanded 2012 season.

Tuesday, February 7

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Attention returns to Tiger at Pebble Beach

Tiger back at Pebble

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

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Arizona tops UCLA by 12 at Wildcat

It’s seems there’s something to the home-course advantage for Arizona teams. Barely a week after the Arizona men won their home opener at Arizona National Golf Club in Tucson, the Arizona women won their at nearby Vistoso Golf Club. It’s the first win of the 2011-12 season for the Wildcats.

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Lawsuit from PGA’s damaged greens dismissed

As dawn spread over Atlanta Athletic Club for the first round of the PGA Championship last summer, superintendent Ken Mangum realized his worst nightmare: he had two damaged greens.

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Toy Box: Stanley wins with Titleist gear

Toy Box notes: Kyle Stanley wins with a full line of Titleist gear, while Brandt Snedeker makes an unusual switch a week after winning on Tour.

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Woods offers solution against long putters

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

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Neece (No. 61, 2013) commits to Oklahoma

has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma.

Maggie Neece of Colleyville, Texas, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at Oklahoma. Neece also made unofficial visits to SMU, Arkansas and TCU before deciding to become a Sooner.

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Women's preview: Pac-12 Conference

Women's preview: Pac-12

Pac-12 Conference women's preview: Colorado might be new to the conference, but the Buffaloes aren't experiencing growing pains with their top-20 ranking.

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Men's preview: SEC

Men's preview: SEC

SEC men's preview: Ole Miss senior Joe David might be small in stature, but his game is plenty big off the tee. If he can get his putter going, he'll be a player to be reckoned with in the spring.

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This week in the world of golf . . .

Around the world of golf, including Tiger Woods making his 2012 PGA Tour debut at Pebble Beach.

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Fantasy Tip Sheet: Pebble Beach

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Pebble

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Tiger Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in record-breaking fashion. This week, Tiger will try to make a statement in his 2012 PGA Tour debut, and two of our panelists think he is the favorite.

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'Legacy Challenge' lets you play as toddler Tiger

EA Sports' new Tiger game

Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 13: New 'Legacy Challenge' allows gamers to play as Tiger when he was a toddler and grow with him through his junior, college and professional days. Exclusive look

Monday, February 6

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Delay keeps Rio designer off course for another month

Klein on Olympic course designer

Who knew that a golf-course design competition could be such compelling theater?

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Winner’s Circle: Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2012

See what the winners had in their bags this week.

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Levin, Stanley prove it is hard to win on Tour

Maginnes On Tap: Phoenix

Maginnes On Tap: Kyle Stanley and Spencer Levin proved one thing the past two weeks - winning from out front on the PGA Tour might be the toughest thing to do in sports.

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Wildman: Watts leads West Point to success

West Point coach Watts

West Point men's golf coach Brian Watts discusses experience coaching Army and leading the team to victory at last year's Patriot Conference.

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Player of the week: T.J. Vogel, Florida

The Florida junior posted rounds of 73-69-74 to finish at even-par 216 at The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass to win the JU Invitational and lead the Gators to the team title.

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Team of the week: Texas

The Longhorns’ victory at The Ameri Ari Invitational was their fourth in a row.

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Women's preview: Ohio Valley Conference

Women's preview: OVC

Ohio Valley Conference women's preview: In only four years, Morehead State has built not only a program, but also the expectation of winning and the postseason.

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Men's preview: Patriot League

Men's preview: Patriot League

Patriot League men's preview: Only a season removed from a league title, Army is experiencing a sophomore slump under second-year coach Brian Watts.

Sunday, February 5

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Stanley storms back to win in Phoenix

Stanley wins Phoenix

This time last week, Kyle Stanley gave away a title. Not this time around. The Clemson product stormed past overnight-leader Spencer Levin to win his first PGA Tour title at the Phoenix Open.

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Alabama freshman Thomas wins Jones Cup

Thomas wins Jones Cup

Alabama freshman Justin Thomas uses late birdies to pull off a comeback victory at the Jones Cup on Sunday in St. Simons Island, Ga.

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Fashion Q&A: Catwalk Performance Artwear

Q&A: Catwalk Performance Artwear

After wrapping up a 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, we caught up with Catwalk Performance Artwear founder and designer Lauren Demerling.

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USGA, R&A to scrutinize use of belly putters

Belly putters under scrutiny

Belly putters – and more specifically the technique of anchoring – will come under the scrutiny of the USGA and R&A. Jim Achenbach reports.

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Maurer (No. 15, 2013) commits to Oklahoma

has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma.

Emilio Maurer of Puebla, Mexico, has given a verbal commitment to play college golf at the University of Oklahoma.

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Tait: Lawrie stays grounded, true to his roots

Tait on Paul Lawrie

Alistair Tait: Paul Lawrie won the Qatar Masters on Sunday and also owns a major title (the '99 British Open), but he is the same guy that entered the scene as a nobody. And he likes it like that.

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'Feherty Live' compelling, if at times uneven

Feherty's second season

There is the David Feherty we all love - the zany commentator. And then there is his show - which needs help.

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Lawrie holds off Day, Hanson in Qatar

Lawrie wins in Qatar

Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie chipped in for an eagle and a birdie on his way to winning the Qatar Open on Sunday, shooting a 7-under 65 to hold off Jason Day and Peter Hanson.

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Boeljon wins Australian Ladies Masters by 1 shot

Christel Boeljon birdied the final hole to win the Australian Ladies Masters by one stroke Sunday.

Saturday, February 4

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Levin extends lead to 6 at Phoenix Open

Levin leads by 6

For the second consecutive week, a player searching for his first PGA Tour victory will take a big lead into Sunday. Can Spencer Levin hang on at the Phoenix Open?

5 Things: UCLA’s Shah holds lead at Jones Cup

Five things you need to know from the second round of the Jones Cup, one of the nation’s premier amateur events:

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Davis: 1 set of equipment rules for all golfers

RIP John Solheim's idea for three different golf balls. At the USGA's annual meeting, executive director Mike Davis slammed the door in the face of bifurcation.

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Inbound USGA prez Nager brings different skill set

Glen Nager profile

James Achenbach: As he steps into the USGA presidency, D.C. attorney Glen Nager will make a case for increasing participation.

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Ryu leads Boeljon by 3 at Aussie Masters

U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Australian Ladies Masters.

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Lawrie grabs Qatar Masters lead despite penalty

Lawrie leads in Qatar

Paul Lawrie recovered from a penalty for dropping his ball on a marker to shoot a 5-under 67 Saturday and take a one-shot lead at the 54-hole Qatar Masters.

Friday, February 3

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Levin opens 5-shot lead at Phoenix Open

Levin takes 5-shot lead

Spencer Levin’s lead at the Phoenix Open seemingly grew overnight. His advantage was stretched from three shots to five after Harrison Frazar finished Round 2 on Saturday.

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Texas holds off USC to win Amer Ari Invite

Texas wins Amer Ari

Texas picked up its fourth consecutive victory Feb. 3 at the Amer Ari Invitational, where the Longhorns held off a late charge from USC. Jordan Spieth lost in a playoff.

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Thompson shoots 70, leads Jones Cup by 1

Curtis Thompson shot a 2-under 70 Friday to take a one-shot lead over Manav Shah after the opening round of the Jones Cup Invitational.

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Delay signals tough call to build a legacy

says a delay in selecting an architect to build the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games is a troubling harbinger.

Talk about a letdown. Friday’s big surprise announcement by the Rio 2016 committee selecting a golf course architect for the Olympic Games is that it has put off a decision for a month.

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Rio delays picking course designer

The designer of the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Summer Games won’t be announced until March.

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Dufner, Palmer share lead at Phoenix Open

Jason Dufner finished off a 7-under 64 on Friday for a share of the lead with Ryan Palmer after the first round of the Phoenix Open.

Callaway Razr X HL hybrids

Callaway Razr X HL hybrids aim to add height

The Callaway Razr X HL hybrids were created with the theme of getting the ball in the air.

Adams a12 OS Hybrid Iron set

Adams a12 OS Hybrid Iron set includes transitional clubs

The Adams a12 OS Hybrid Iron mixed set uses three hybrids, two transitional irons and three deeply undercut cavity-back irons.

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Bridgestone B330 ball

Bridgestone B330 balls feature Dual Dimple Technology

Four popular B330 balls from Bridgestone – B330, B330-S, B330-RX and B330-RXS – feature Dual Dimple Technology as well as larger cores and softer covers.

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Men's preview: Pac-12 Conference

Men's preview: Pac-12

Pac-12 Conference men's golf preview: Washington will push conference-favorite UCLA behind its tandem of Chris Williams and Cheng-Tsung Pan.

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Ryu (61) races to 4-shot Australian Masters lead

U.S. Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot an 11-under 61 on Friday to take a four-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian Ladies Masters.

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Klein: Inside the Ferry Point Park project

New York faces sticker shock with Ferry Point Park, a proposed golf course with a soaring price tag atop a Gotham landfill. Enter Donald Trump. Is he a savior, an opportunist -- or both?

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CostaBaja offers more than just golf

CostaBaja feature

At CostaBaja, you can come for the sea and stay for the golf. Martin Kaufmann explains.

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PerryGolf founder sees golf travelers 'resurfacing'

caught up with Gordon Dalgleish, co-founder of PerryGolf, to discuss the golf travel market.

Gordon Dalgleish and his brother, Colin, co-founded PerryGolf in August 1984. Since then, their company has organized overseas golf trips for nearly 50,000 travelers – mostly to Scotland and Ireland, but also to more far-flung destinations such as New Zealand and South Africa.

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Qatar event shortened to 54 holes due to wind

Qatar now 54 holes

European Tour officials reduced the Qatar Masters to 54 holes when they called off play Friday because of strong winds. John Daly, who had yet to start Round 2, has the clubhouse lead.

Thursday, February 2

3 players disqualified for breaching lift rules

Three players were disqualified from the Australian Ladies Masters on Friday for unknowingly breaching rules on preferred lies.

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Lee leads Australian Masters; Lexi two back

Lee Bo-mee of South Korea shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Australian Ladies Masters, while teen stars Lexi Thompson (two shots back) and Lydia Ko (five shots back) are in contention.

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Toy Box: Shafts gain in technology, exposure

Toy Box: Shafts

At the 2012 PGA Merchandise Show, golf shafts were everywhere. For golf equipment fanatics, shafts could have been proclaimed the star of the show.

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Former LSU trio find early success on NGA Tour

Ken Looper wasn’t planning to make the 10-hour drive to central Florida, let alone play the first two events of his pro career. Last-minute decisions often turn out for the best, though.

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Titleist unveils four new golf balls

New NXT Tour models

Titleist’s NXT Tour family represents one of golf’s most recognizable names. It should attract even more attention in 2012 with the addition of new models.

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Mickelson sues to ID anonymous Web critics

Phil Mickelson sues a Canadian Internet service provider, demanding to identify two anonymous bloggers who spread "vicious" rumors about the PGA Tour player.

Victory at home boosts Arizona's confidence

says Arizona's victory at home did wonders for the team's confidence.

Veteran Arizona coach Rick LaRose knows how difficult it is to win at the college level, even when playing your home golf course.

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Cantlay, Spieth receive Northern Trust invites

Two of the best amateurs in the country have received sponsor exemptions into the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust Open.

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Q&A: Lou Dobbs, TV journalist

Miceli converses with Fox Business commentator Lou Dobbs.

Lou Dobbs, host of "Lou Dobbs Tonight" on the Fox Business Network, adopted golf later in life and knows it's the sport of business.

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British Am headed to Royal Portrush, Carnoustie

The British Amateur Championship will be held at Royal Portrush and Carnoustie in 2014 and 2015, respectively, the Royal & Ancient announced Thursday.

AD at center of Minnesota lawsuit to retire

Joel Maturi, the Minnesota athletic director who is at the center of a sexual-discrimination lawsuit filed by former Gophers women’s coach Katie Brenny, is retiring.

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Never a bystander, Porter-King a hero in golf, life

Mary Bea Porter-King's transformation of junior golf in Hawaii is only one aspect of her lasting legacy.

Cobra Trusty Rusty, Big Trusty Rusty wedges

Cobra Trusty Rusty, Big Trusty Rusty wedges target increased feel

Cobra's Trusty Rusty and Big Trusty Rusty wedges equate rust with improved feel. These non-plated wedges will rust over time.

Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrid & forged irons

Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrid & forged irons allow options

The Adams Idea Tech V4 irons -- available in two versions: a forged set and an all-hybrid set -- seek high, solid hits with long clubs and short clubs that allow feel and control.

Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrids

Adams Idea Tech V4 hybrids offer numerous lofts

Adams' Idea Tech V4 hybrids are meant to inspire confidence across the board -- lofts start at 17 degrees and progress all the way to 32.

Adams M. Puglielli wedges

Adams M. Puglielli wedges are triple-milled

Made of 8620 carbon steel, Adams' M. Puglielli forged wedges are triple milled (face, back and grooves) to promote feel and consistency.

Mizuno JPX-825 fairway woods

Mizuno JPX-825 fairway woods use Ultimate Dynamic Stability internal weight

The Mizuno JPX-825 fairway woods feature an Ultimate Dynamic Stability internal weight; one function of this weighting is to provide a high trajectory and maximum carry distance

Mizuno JPX-825 driver

Mizuno JPX-825 driver boasts multi-thickness face

The Mizuno JPX-825 driver has a square face angle, favored by many skilled players, and a multi-thickness CORTECH face to optimize distance, forgiveness and control.

Mizuno JPX-825 hybrids

Mizuno JPX-825 hybrids designed as pure hybrids

The Mizuno JPX-825 hybrids are designed to be pure hybrids, not mini versions of fairway woods, and are available in four lofts.

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Bridgestone J40 445 & 430 drivers

Bridgestone J40 445 & 430 drivers lower crown weight

Who says all modern drivers are 460 cubic centimeters in size? The names of two Bridgestone drivers, J40 445 and J40 430, reflect the volume (in CCs) of the heads.

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Bridgestone J40 fairway woods

Bridgestone J40 fairway woods target avid players

The Bridgestone J40 fairway woods have squared, relatively shallow faces but are long from heel to toe for added forgiveness.

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Bridgestone J40 hybrids

Bridgestone J40 hybrids focus on skilled players

Bridgestone is focused on making clubs for skilled golfers -- the J40 hybrid lineup contains genuine hybrids, smaller in size and not necessarily related to the fairway woods.

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Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons, Dual Pocket irons

Bridgestone J40 Cavity Back irons, Dual Pocket Cavity irons interchangeable

The most important element of Bridgestone's J40 Cavity Back and Dual Pocket Cavity irons, both forged, is their interchangeability.

Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide, J40 Satin Chrome wedges

Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide, J40 Satin Chrome wedges

The shape of the Bridgestone J40 Black Oxide and J40 Satin Chrome wedges is classic pear-shaped, and they harken to an era of finesse and creative shotmaking.

Cobra AMP Cell fairway woods

Cobra AMP Cell fairway woods stress 3 key design features

The Cobra AMP Cell fairway woods are designed with three key features: An adjustable hosel called MyFly, an alignment system called SmartPad and a face that's forgiving high in the toe and low in the heel.

Cobra Baffler T-Rail fairway woods

Cobra Baffler T-Rail fairway woods seek forgiveness, height

The Baffler T-Rail fairway woods are designed by Cobra, first and foremost, to be easy to hit off the tee – but they really shine in the fairway and from the rough.

Cobra Baffler T-Rail hybrid

Cobra Baffler T-Rail hybrid aims to beat drag, add height

To make the Cobra Baffler T-Rail hybrids skim over the turf, as well as through rough and sand more efficiently, Cobra designed a pair of rails in the sole with tungsten weighting.

Cobra AMP Cell, AMP Cell Pro irons

Cobra AMP Cell, AMP Cell Pro irons move face weight

With the AMP Cell irons, Cobra designed the faces to be especially thin in certain areas and then repositioned the discretionary weight into cells designed low and inside the heads.

Yes! i-4 Tech putters

Yes! i-4 Tech putters feature C-groove face

Yes! has developed a reputation with C-Groove technology in its putters -- and its i4-Tech models feature tungsten heel and toe weights to raise the moment of inertia.

Cobra AMP Cell hybrids

Cobra AMP Cell hybrids tout adjustability, alignment

An adjustable hosel system allows each of the three Cobra AMP Cell hybrids to have a 3-degree loft range, as well as the company's SmartPad alignment system.

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Fernandez-Castano leads Daly by 1 in Qatar

Qatar Masters: Day 1

John Daly surprised even himself by opening the Qatar Masters with a 5-under 67 that left him one shot behind leader Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Daly called it one of his best rounds.

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Women's preview: Northeast Conference

Women's preview: Northeast Conference

Northeast Conference women's preview: Ann Colligan of St. Francis (Pa.) made an immediate impact as a freshman and has not shown any signs of a sophomore slump.

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Men's preview: Ohio Valley Conference

Men's preview: Ohio Valley

Ohio Valley Conference men's preview: David Lawrence once dreamed of being a big-league baseball player, but after a pair of high school injuries, Eastern Illinois has benefited from his new passion: golf.

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Kaui (No. 22, 2013) commits to Oklahoma

has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma.

Alexandra Kaui of Las Vegas has given a verbal commitment to Oklahoma. Kaui also made unofficial visits to UNLV, Arizona and Oregon before deciding to become a Sooner.

Wilson Staff Ci11 irons

Wilson Staff Ci11 irons seek power, forgiveness

Thanks to a unique weighting system that it calls Exoskeleton, Wilson shifted 54 grams of mass toward the edges of the Ci11 irons and away from the face.

Wilson Staff Duo golf balls

Wilson Staff Duo golf balls use low compression

The Wilson Staff Duo golf balls are designed to provide players with slow and moderate swing speed with all the distance they want, while at the same time providing soft feel greenside.

Wilson Staff FG Tour, FG Tour X golf balls

Wilson Staff FG Tour, FG Tour X golf balls

For golfers who seek a combination of distance off the tee and short-game performance around the greens, Wilson offers the Staff FG Tour and the Staff FG Tour X golf balls in different compressions.

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Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons

Wilson Staff FG Tour V2 irons seek feel, forgiveness

Wilson added mass directly behind the center of the Staff FG Tour V2 irons' faces to enhance feel and make these clubs play like true musclebacks – yet they also carry a fair amount of perimeter weighting.

Wilson Staff FG Tour TC wedges

Wilson Staff FG Tour TC wedges seek high spin

Wilson's FG Tour TC wedges have been given an aggressive groove pattern that is enhanced by 11 laser-etched lines between each groove.

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 fairway woods

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 fairway woods seek clubhead speed

The Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 fairway woods have an aerodynamic head shape that allows them to slip through the air more effectively and create more clubhead speed.

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 fairway woods

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 fairway woods seek length

With a larger and deeper face than its predecessor, the Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 fairway wood was designed to maximize distance for golfers.

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 driver

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 driver goes after clubhead speed

Designed with golfers who have trouble generating clubhead speed in mind, the Bazooka Max-D45 has a 460cc all-titanium head with an aerodynamic shape.

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 hybrid

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 hybrids carry classic pear-shaped look

Tour Edge designed the Exotics XCG6 hybrids for golfers who want an iron replacement that combines distance, control and feel in a traditional-looking package.

Ping Anser wedges

Ping Anser wedges forged with stability in mind

Ping Anser wedges made their debut on the PGA Tour in spring 2011 and immediately were popular with accomplished players seeking soft feel.

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Ping S56 irons

Ping S56 irons designed for shotmaking, feel

Designed with better players in mind, Ping's S56 irons have a compact head, thin topline, little offset and only a small amount of perimeter weighting for forgiveness.

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Ping Anser Milled putters

Ping Anser Milled putters feature 'Fit for Stroke' system

Each Ping Anser Milled putter starts as a solid block of 303 Stainless steel and then is machine milled into a classic heel-toe weighted blade.

Tour Edge Exotics XRail driver

Tour Edge Exotics XRail driver built for length, straightness

The Tour Edge Exotics XRail driver is built for mid- and high-handicap players who simply want to hit the ball as far, and straight, as possible.

Wednesday, February 1

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Oakley signs Tseng to sport women's collection

Tseng signs with Oakley

Underscoring its growing push into the golf category, Oakley Inc. announced Feb. 1 the signing of Yani Tseng to its team of global brand ambassadors.

In this issue: Feb. 3, 2012

Inside this issue: Feb. 3, 2012

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Phoenix Open odds: Watch out for Wilson

Phoenix Open odds

Sure, the Tour’s bombers tend to fare well at TPC Scottsdale. But Mark Wilson, the 2011 Phoenix champion, proves that winning golf can come in many shapes and sizes. Keep that in mind as you predict a winner.

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Stricker might extend his winter break by 1 week

Steve Stricker, who still has yet to tee it up on the U.S. mainland this season, likely will skip the Northern Trust Open in two weeks.

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Kraft warms up for Jones Cup at Augusta National

Jones Cup preview

Jones Cup preview: Kelly Kraft prepared for the demanding Ocean Forest track in St. Simons Island by playing Augusta National. He is one of the names to watch as the season's first premier amateur event gets under way Friday.

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Season preview: Wie's game could leap by a degree

Baldry on Michelle Wie

Beth Ann Baldry: Michelle Wie will earn her degree from Stanford after the spring semester, and now can concentrate fully on living up to the immense expectations placed upon her.

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Women's preview: Mountain West Conference

Women's preview: Mountain West

Mountain West Conference women's preview: Leslie Spalding has made an immediate impact with San Diego State, with standout Christine Wong and the Aztecs giving her a win in her first season at the helm.

Men's preview: Northeast Conference

Men's preview: Northeast

Northeast Conference men's golf preview: It has been a struggle for Kevin Farrell and Mount St. Mary's, but a win and a runner-up finish gave the team some hope for the spring.

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Tait: Hunter Mahan globetrots for golf

Hunter Mahan travels globe

Hunter Mahan travels multiple time zones to play in this week's Commercialbank Qatar Masters and will do the same to play in next week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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UNF’s Dale injures knee; return unknown

North Florida's Dale injured

Men's college golf: North Florida standout Sean Dale pulls out of the JU Invitational because of a knee injury. His return to competition is unknown.

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Hate to be Rude: Stanley keeps his chin up

Hate to be Rude

Kyle Stanley, two days removed from a stunning 72nd-hole collapse, built on an outpouring of support to embrace the promise of better tomorrows.

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Tait: McDowell says he needs to be more patient

Tait on Graeme McDowell

Alistair Tait: Patience is the key for Graeme McDowell this year. The Northern Irishman is hoping that virtue will get him back to the form he showed in 2010.