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A 1-2 Knockout: McIlroy, Woods Lose In Match Play

Last Updated on Monday, 25 February 2013 09:17 Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:10

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Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

MARANA, Arizona -- The snow was gone from the Match Play Championship, and suddenly so were Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

In a stunning conclusion to what was already a bizarre week on Dove Mountain, Shane Lowry of Ireland made a 4-foot par putt on the 18th hole to eliminate Rory McIlroy in the opening round on Thursday of golf's most unpredictable tournament.

"It's definitely a day I'm going to remember," said Lowry, the third player in the last four years to beat the No. 1 seed in the opening round.

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PGA TOUR Launches New Interactive App Called Live Maps

Thursday, 21 February 2013 18:50

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida -- The PGA TOUR announced the launch of an all new interactive web-based app called PGA TOUR Live Maps.

Developed in association with Earthvisionz, this web app is easy to use and features real-time tournament information on a detailed course map for all PGA TOUR tournaments in 2013.

High-resolution satellite imagery from Google gives fans a variety of information whether they are on site at a tournament or accessing Live Maps from a desktop or tablet.

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Snow Halts Opening Round At Match Play

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:38 Wednesday, 20 February 2013 18:25

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Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

MARANA, Arizona -- The best 64 golfers in the world got together for the first time this season and a snow fight broke out.

In the most bizarre episode of a PGA Tour season already filled with wacky weather, the opening round of the Match Play Championship lasted only 3 1/2 hours Wednesday until it was suspended by a winter storm that covered Dove Mountain with nearly 2 inches of snow.

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As Anchoring Debate Ramps Up, Stricker Weighs In

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 23:25 Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:54

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Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

MARANA, Arizona -- Steve Stricker, once a strong supporter of banning the stroke used for long putters, shed some insight into the PGA Tour's position when he said he would not be surprised to see the tour ignore the USGA if the ban is adopted.

The PGA Tour is drafting a response to the USGA's proposal to outlaw any stroke that is anchored to the body, which is aimed at belly putters and broom-handle putters. Three of the last five major champions used a belly putter.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem had a conference call with his 16-member Player Advisory Council on Monday afternoon, followed by a call with the policy board.

Stricker, regarded among the best putters in golf, said he could see the tour adopt a local rule that would allow long putters.

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This Week In Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:39 Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:24

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Courtesy Golf Canada

World number one Rory McIlroy will play Ireland's Shane Lowry in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.

Northern Irishman McIlroy, who clinched his second major title at last year's PGA Championship by a record eight shots, was beaten 2&1 by Hunter Mahan in last year's Match Play final.

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