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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

Shawn Stefani

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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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Jee Young Lee Leads LPGA Founders Cup

Last Updated on Friday, 15 March 2013 23:33 Friday, 15 March 2013 23:19

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PHOENIX, Arizona -- Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato on another hot day at the LPGA Founders Cup.

Lee, the 27-year-old South Korean player who won the LPGA Tour's 2005 South Korean event before becoming a tour member, had a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Friday to reach 15-under 129. She broke the tournament 36-hole record of 12 under set by Angela Stanford in 2011 in the inaugural event.

"I've waited so long, like seven, eight years," Lee said. "I really want to win this week. But two days more, two days left, so I'm going to try to keep being more confident and patient."

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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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Laura Diaz Appointed US Solheim Cup Vice Captain

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 23:27 Thursday, 14 March 2013 23:20

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Doug Ferguson (AP Golf Writer)

PHOENIX, Arizona -- Laura Diaz was appointed vice captain of the U.S. Solheim Cup team, pairing her with Dottie Pepper six years after their friendship seemingly ended over Pepper's blunt televised comment during the matches.

Diaz, selected by captain Meg Mallon to join Pepper as an assistant for the August matches against Europe at Colorado Golf Club, was the most vocal critic after Pepper referred to the U.S. players as "chokin' freakin' dogs" during Golf Channel's coverage of the 2007 event. Believing the network was in a commercial break, Pepper made the comment after Diaz and Sherri Steinhauer settled for a halve when Steinhauer missed a 3-foot putt on the 18th.

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Natalie Gulbis Withdraws Because Of Malaria

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 23:18 Thursday, 14 March 2013 23:14

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PHOENIX, Arizona -- Natalie Gulbis has withdrawn from the LPGA Founders Cup because ofmalaria contracted during the tour's Asian swing.

The LPGA Tour and the International Management Group said Wednesday that Gulbis is being treated at home in Las Vegas and is expected to be at full strength in three weeks.

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