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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Several News Tidbits

With so many little bits of news floating around Tuesday, I decided to do a short post listing the main ones -- just in case you missed some of them.

I guess the biggest news was that Tiger's private jet showed up at Augusta, which means he's there practicing, which means it's very likely that he WILL be playing in the Masters after all. Agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that he made the trip to Augusta and played a practice round on Tuesday with caddie Joe LaCava and two club members.

Tim Rosaforte reported that Tiger had been playing "worst ball" rounds at his home course -- yes, you play two balls and use the worst result for your next shot, sort of a reverse scramble -- and Tim said he shot a 66 on the course where he holds the record with a 62. That's encouraging news because it sounds like the short game is much better. We'll find out next week.

Jason and Amanda Dufner have reached a divorce agreement -- I admit that I didn't even know they were having problems -- and are just waiting for a judge to okay it. Apparently Amanda is getting over $2mil for a little over 2 years of marriage. I guess there there are worse ways to make a living...

Jason will be keeping two houses, and I have no idea whatsoever why that was important enough for GC to report.

Brooks Koepka's rib problem isn't serious but his doctors want him to rest. He says he may not hit any balls until he tees off next Thursday, in hopes that the inflammation will go down and he can complete the tournament. This is his first Masters, you know.

Adam Scott has announced that his broomstick putter WILL be back in his bag for the Masters. Wow, that's a shocker, isn't it?

According to LPGA.com, Inbee Park can take the Rolex #1 position away from Lydia Ko this week if:
  • She wins AND Lydia finishes in a tie for third or worse.
  • She wins AND Lydia finishes in a five-way tie for second
  • She finishes solo second and Lydia finishes 33rd (not counting any ties) or worse
Azahara Munoz will NOT be playing at the ANA Inspiration this week. I said yesterday that I didn't know if she would play but have since found an announcement that she would be out of action for at least two more weeks.

And finally, Mike Whan has signed a contract that will keep him in the LPGA Commissioner's seat for six more years. Heavy sighs were heard all over the world from both players and sponsors.

I think that covers all the big news.

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