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Bradley, Dufner, Day Commit to HP Byron Nelson

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:32 Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:29

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IRVING, Texas (PGA TOUR) — Four of the of the top 20 players in the Official World Golf Ranking are among the early commitments to the 2014 HP Byron Nelson Championship, which boasts a growing roster of rising stars, international favorites and major champions.

Nelson Tournament Chairman Patton Chapman announced at a Kickoff Luncheon that Sang-Moon Bae, Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed, and Jordan Spieth have committed to play in this year’s tournament.

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A New Cast of Stars, Even When Woods Was Playing

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:21 Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:14

Lee Westwood

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — Tiger Woods was a large part of the conversation on the eve of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

And he's not even playing.

Woods is missing Bay Hill for only the second time in his career on a course that Palmer said is in the best shape ever. Woods has won eight times, including the last two years, but he called the 84-year-old host on Tuesday to say persistent back pain will keep him from playing.

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Scott Off to a Record Start in Bay Hill

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:13 Thursday, 20 March 2014 22:04

Adam Scott

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Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — Masters champion Adam Scott was feeling ill when he arrived at Bay Hill. One majestic round with the putter Thursday made him feel a lot better.

Scott made five putts from about 20 feet or longer, two of them for eagle and one of them from off the green for birdie, and matched the course record with a 10-under 62 to build a three-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The conditions were close to perfect. So was his work on the greens.

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‘Top 5’ Label Sure to Follow Patrick Reed

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:22 Wednesday, 19 March 2014 23:19

Patrick Reed

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — To listen to Patrick Reed after he won at Doral is to be reminded of the famous exchange at the 1989 Ryder Cup.

U.S. captain Raymond Floyd borrowed a line from Ben Hogan two decades earlier when he introduced his team as the "best 12 players in the world." That worked in 1967 when Hogan's team produced what remains the biggest blowout in history. On this occasion, it prompted a memorable reply from European captain Tony Jacklin.

"Does that make Seve Ballesteros the 13th best?"

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Woods Withdraws from Arnold Palmer Invitational Due to Back Pain

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:01 Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:52

Tiger Woods

Canadian Press

Doug Ferguson (AP)

ORLANDO, Florida — Tiger Woods withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Tuesday because of persistent pain in his back, creating even more uncertainty for golf's No. 1 player with the Masters only three weeks away.

And that's if Woods can even play in the Masters.

"I personally called Arnold today to tell him that, sadly, I won't be able to play in his tournament this year," Woods said on his website.

"I would like to express my regrets to the Orlando fans, the volunteers, the tournament staff, and the sponsors for having to miss the event. Unfortunately, my back spasms and the pain haven't subsided."

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