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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:19 Wednesday, 08 April 2015 03:10

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AUGUSTA NATIONAL GOLF CLUB

MASTERS TOURNAMENT

Site: Augusta, Georgia.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Augusta National Golf Club (7,435 yards, par 72).

Purse: TBA ($9 million in 2014). Winner's share: TBA ($1.62 million in 2014).

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Brittany Lincicome Wins ANA Inspiration in Playoff

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 05:08 Monday, 06 April 2015 04:11

Brittany LincicomeCanadian Press

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (John Nicholson/AP) — Long-hitting Brittany Lincicome outlasted Stacy Lewis with finesse after powering her way into a playoff in the ANA Inspiration.

When caddie Missy Pederson suggested Lincicome go for the green on the par-5 18th in two in a playoff, Bam Bam decided to play it safe.

“She wanted me to hit 3-wood into the green one of the times and I was like, ‘No, my wedges are good. We’re just going to lay it up and let the wedges do all the work,’” Lincicome said.

After hitting a 5-iron 190 yards on the final hole of regulation to set up a 10-foot eagle putt that ended up forcing overtime, Lincicome laid up on all three extra holes in more difficult wind conditions. She made three pars, with the last one enough to finish off Lewis.

Instead of hitting a ball into the water, Lincicome found herself splashing around in Poppie’s Pond after her second surprise victory leap in the major championship.

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ANA Inspires Newly Designed Champions Robe

Last Updated on Monday, 06 April 2015 03:20 Monday, 06 April 2015 03:15

altRANCHO MIRAGE, California — ANA Inspiration, the LPGA’s most iconic major championship and the first of the 2015 season, today unveiled a fresh new design to the legendary champion’s robe in partnership with title sponsor ANA, a global leading airline and Japan’s Imabari Towel brand.

At this year’s ANA Inspiration, the new robe will be presented to the tournament winner after her traditional jump into Poppie’s Pond before the official trophy presentation. The new robe was officially unveiled at an LPGA press conference featuring 2014 champion Lexi Thompson and LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, alongside Takashi Shiki, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Sales, CS & Products Services at All Nippon Airways.

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Ko Takes Aim at Record for Consecutive Rounds Under Par

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:50 Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:43

Lydia KoCanadian Press

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (John Nicholson/AP) — The rough is a little longer at Mission Hills, giving Lydia Ko an added challenge in her bid to break Annika Sorenstam’s record for consecutive rounds under par.

A year after Lexi Thompson blasted her way to victory in the LPGA Tour’s first major of the season, the thick primary rough is about 3 inches at the event now called the ANA Inspiration.

“It definitely is playing a lot different than last year,” Thompson said. “The rough is up, which, I mean, major championships should be.”

Thompson is paired with the top-ranked Ko, the 17-year-old New Zealander who will try to match Sorenstam’s 2004 record of 29 straight rounds under par Thursday. They will tee off at 8 a.m. when the morning dew will make the tangled long grass more difficult.

“It will be more catchy,” Ko said.

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LPGA Tour’s First Major of the Year Has Another New Name

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:41 Wednesday, 01 April 2015 20:31

Stacy LewisCanadian Press

RANCHO MIRAGE, California (John Nicholson/AP) — When Judy Rankin won at Mission Hills in 1976, the tournament now called the ANA Inspiration was the Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle.

The event that started in 1972 and became a major in 1983, has had five other names — the Colgate-Dinah Shore (1981), Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational (1982), Nabisco Dinah Shore (1983-99), Nabisco Championship (2000-01) and Kraft Nabisco Championship (2002-14).

As Golf Channel’s lead LPGA Tour analyst, Rankin knows it won’t be easy to always get the name right on the tournament broadcasts.

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