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Last Updated on Saturday, 16 March 2013 01:59 Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:56

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PALM HARBOR, Florida -- Adam Scott had a breakthrough with his short game this winter, and it's so good now that he hardly even has to use it.

Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress. He wound up with a 5-under 66 that left him one shot behind 31-year-old rookie Shawn Stefani.

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Scott In The Mix At Innisbrook

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:55 Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:36

Adam Scott



Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

PALM HARBOR, Florida -- Adam Scott had a breakthrough with his short game this winter, and it's so good now that he hardly even has to use it.

Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress. He wound up with a 5-under 66 that left him one shot behind 31-year-old rookie Shawn Stefani.

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A Not-So-Perfect 10 For John Daly

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:35 Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:24

John Daly



Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

PALM HARBOR, Florida -- John Daly at least was proud of a beautiful pitch from 30 yards to a foot of the cup.

It allowed him to limit the damage to a 10.

Whatever hopes Daly had of making the cut Friday in the Tampa Bay Championship ended early in his second round when he made a 10 on the par-4 third hole at Innisbrook. He hooked his 4-iron hybrid into the trees and decided to pitch out toward the fairway.

That was his mistake.

"As soon as you make that decision," he said, "you can't go back to the tee."

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A Fast Start For Slow-starter Stefani

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 March 2013 00:07 Friday, 15 March 2013 23:36

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Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

PALM HARBOR, Florida -- Shawn Stefani likes to talk about being patient on the golf course, and he showed that in the opening round of the Tampa Bay Championship. His longest

putt for par was just inside 5 feet on his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a two-shot lead.

He also was patient getting to this position.

Stefani, who grew up in the Houston area, spent five years at Lamar before turning pro. He spent one year on the Adams Golf Tour, moved on to the Hooters Tour and then spent the next four years playing where he could and trying to qualify for Nationwide Tour events.

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Copperhead Has Some Bite At Tampa Bay

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 23:41 Thursday, 14 March 2013 23:28

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Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

PALM HARBOR, Florida -- Defending champion Luke Donald was angry about three bogeys over the last four holes that ruined a great round Thursday in the Tampa Bay Championship.

Considering the conditions, it still wasn't bad.

With surprisingly cold conditions on a typically tough course at Innisbrook, only 11 of 78 players managed to break par among those who started early and faced temperatures in the low 50s with a brisk wind making it feel even worse.

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