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Tiger's 79 worst round in nearly eight years

Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Quail Hollow Championship on Friday following a second round of seven-over par 79, his worst round since shooting 81 in the third round of the British Open in 2002.

Woods had six bogeys, two double-bogeys and three birdies. On the 15th hole, he four-putted for double bogey.

It marked only the seventh time as a professional that he has missed the cut.

-- John Strege

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Jodie Mudd's return begins with a flourish

SAUCIER, MISS. -- Rust? What rust?

Jodie Mudd, playing in his first tour event in 14 years, started his Champions Tour career at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in textbook style.

Mudd drove in the fairway on the 543-yard par-5 first hole at Fallen Oak, placed his second in ideal position 40 yards short of the green then wedged to 12 feet. He broke into a broad smile and got congratulations from fellow competitor Bob Gilder after rolling in the birdie putt.

Competing for the first time since the 1996 Buick Invitational, the 50-year-old Kentucky native couldn't sustain the magical start, finishing in the front nine in three-over 39.

-- Bill Fields

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Campus Insider Podcast/Darin Spease

I think I've got a pretty interesting episode in the latest edition of the Golf World Campus Insider Podcast. I start out by recapping the Pac-10 Men's Championship this past week, where Washington defended its title with a thrilling finish at ASU's Karsten Course. I talked to Husky coach Matt Thurmond about the final day comeback against Stanford who reveals that the real key to victory might not have come in the final round.

Darin Spease.jpegMy featured guest, however, is the chairman of the NCAA Division I men's golf committee, Darin Spease, who joins me to talk about what he and the committee are doing in preparation for selection Monday, May 10, when the committee announced the 81 teams that will advance to NCAA regionals in the quest to win the 2010 national championship.

Spease also discusses the changes to the recent format of the championship, outlining the committees thoughts in implementing them and where it stands moving forward.

To link to the interview, click here.

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Tom Watson to receive Byron Nelson Award

The game of golf made them peers, but it was a kind gesture of consolation that sparked the 32-year friendship between Tom Watson and the late Byron Nelson. That's what makes it so special, Watson said, to receive the Byron Nelson Prize in Dallas on May 18th. The award -- presented annually since Nelson's death in 2006 by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas -- is given to a prominent golfer in recognition of his or her outstanding community service. In addition to the award, presented by Byron's widow Peggy before the start of the PGA Tour's HP Byron Nelson Championship, Watson will receive $100,000 to give to charity. He said he will split the donation between Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, The Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS research and the First Tee of Greater Kansas City.

"Byron is one of the three people in the golf world who have meant a tremendous amount to me in my life," Watson, 60, told Golf "Not for golf reasons, so much, but just learning how to treat people. Byron, of course, was a great golfer, but he was a better person. And that's what the award is all about."

Watson learned about Nelson's kindness first-hand at the end of the 1974 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Watson, then 24, led the tournament after three rounds but shot 79 on Sunday to finish in a tie for fifth. Nelson, who was 62 at the time, approached the devastated Watson in the locker room after the round and offered some advice and words of encouragement.  Watson said they were friends from that moment on.

-- Ron Kaspriske

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The LPGA's television bind

The good news is that the LPGA is on network television this weekend (CBS, Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT). The bad news is that it's airing the Mojo 6, which was played two weeks ago, rather than the Tres Marias Championship.

Ordinarily, this wouldn't qualify as a negative. The LPGA needs coverage whenever it can get it. And the Mojo 6 and its raceway format is an intriguing concept. But the Tres Marias Championship is Lorena Ochoa's farewell to full-time golf and she's in contention to boot. Moreover, Michelle Wie also is in contention, as is Japan's Ai Miyazota, already a two-time winner this year and a contender for the No. 1 ranking in Ochoa's absence.

The Tres Marias would be a more attractive offering on television. Instead, it's another example of a tour that can't catch a break.

-- John Strege

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Conference Championship previews, Part V

Atlantic 10 men's 2010 logo.jpgAtlantic 10 Conference Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.
April 30-May 2
Field (Golfstat ranking): Charlotte (49), Dayton (212), Duquesne (269), Fordham (N/A), George Washington (184), La Salle (N/A), Rhode Island (186), Richmond (147), St. Bonaventure (234), St. Joseph's (256), Temple (236), Xavier (117)
Defending champion: Charlotte (+20/872) by 10 strokes over Xavier; Charlotte's Corey Nagy (-1/212) by four strokes over Charlotte's Stefan Wiedergruen
Skinny: Charlotte is trying to become the first team to win the title five straight years since Penn State accomplished the feat in 1986-91. Similarly, Corey Nagy could become the first repeat individual winner since Xavier's Steve Dixon in 1998-99.

Big Ten men's 2010 championship logo.jpgBig Ten Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
Windsong Farm GC, Maple Plain, Minn.
April 30-May 2
Field (Golfstat ranking): Illinois (18), Indiana (60), Iowa (41), Michigan (48), Michigan State (106), Minnesota (110), Northwestern (52), Ohio State (78), Penn State (61), Purdue (71), Wisconsin (133)
Defending champion: Illinois (+13/1,149) by 13 strokes over Minnesota; Northwestern's Eric Chun (-1/283) by one stroke over Penn State's Kevin Foley
Skinny: Can Minnesota provide outgoing coach Brad James a going away present? Going to be tough to keep Illinois from repeating as champs.

MAAC men's 2010 logo.jpgMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship
Celebration GC, Celebration, Fla.
April 30-May 2
Field (Golfstat ranking): Canisius (259), Fairfield (263), Iona (252), Loyola (222), Manhattan (271), Niagara (272), Rider (N/A), St. Peter's (270), Siena (249)
Defending champion: Loyola (Md.) (+43/907) by five strokes over Siena; Loyola's Michael Mulieri (+7/223) in playoff over Canisius' Drew Creighton
Skinny: Loyola is one of only five schools to ever win the MAAC title, claim top honors 11 times since 1990.

MAC 2010 men logo.jpgMid-American Conference Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
Longaberger GC, Nashport, Ohio
April 30-May 2
Field (Golfstat ranking): Akron (131), Ball State (145), Bowling Green State (158), Eastern Michigan (67), Kent State (53), Miami (127), Northern Illinois (192), Ohio (174), Toledo (125)
Defending champion: Kent State (-16/1,136) by 19 strokes over Eastern Michigan; Kent State's John Hahn (-9/279) by four strokes over Kent State's Brett Cairns
Skinny: Looks once again to be a two-school race between Kent State and Eastern Michigan. One of the two has been MAAC champs ever year since 2005.

mgolf10(sm).jpgNortheast Conference Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
ChampionsGate GC, ChampionsGate, Fla.
April 30-May 2
Field (Golfstat ranking): Central Connecticut State (221), Fairleigh Dickinson (N/A), LIU-Brooklyn (268), Monmouth (N/A), Mount St. Mary's (265), Robert Morris (261), Sacred Heart (226), St. Francis (N.Y.) (279), Saint Francis (Pa.) (N/A), Wagner (N/A)
Defending champion: Sacred Heart (+19/883) by 26 strokes over Central Connecticut State; Central Connecticut State's Eric Hawerchak (-4/212) by two strokes over Bryant's Jason Thresher
Skinny: Sacred Heart's two-year run as champs is likely to be challenged by in-state rival Central Connecticut State.

275px-Big_West_Logo.pngBig West Conference Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
Mission Viejo CC, Mission Viejo, Calif.
May 3-4
Field (Golfstat ranking): Cal Poly (143), CSU Fullerton (219), CSU Northridge (105), Long Beach State (115), Pacific (90), UC Davis (86), UC Irvine (55), UC Riverside (180), UC Santa Barbara (129)
Defending champion: UC Davis (-3/861) by seven strokes over Pacific and UC Irvine; UC Davis' Austin Graham (-3/213) in playoff over UC Davis' Ramie Sprinkling
Skinny: UC Irvine's John Chin should help the Anteaters win back the title from UC Davis. Chin's a likely candidate to claim medalist honors, too.

FKEYCOSIKOAEMSE.20100127153453.jpgWestern Athletic Conference Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
Rio Secco, GC, Henderson, Nev.
May 3-5
Field (Golfstat ranking): Boise State (154), Fresno State (54), Hawaii (213), Idaho (137), Louisiana Tech (99), Nevada (77), New Mexico State (121), San Jose State (140), Utah State (189)
Defending champion: New Mexico State (+6/870) by one stroke over Fresno State; New Mexico State's Travis Reid (-7/209) by three strokes over Fresno State's Grant Doverspike
Skinny: It's been since 2003 that Fresno State last won the WAC title. The six-year drought should end next week.

MWC 2010 men's logo.jpgMountain West Conference Championship
   (For live scoring, click here to link to Golfstat)
Omni Tucson National, Tucson
May 6-8
Field (Golfstat ranking): Air Force (164), BYU (58), Colorado State (35), New Mexico (46), San Diego State (30), TCU (24), UNLV (13), Utah (172), Wyoming (120)
Defending champion:
TCU (-8/844) in playoff over San Diego State; Steve Saunders (-9/204) by four strokes over UNLV's Ji Moon
Skinny: Hard to believe that UNLV hasn't won a conference title since 2002. The Rebels have a good shot of ending the streak this time around, but keep an eye on New Mexico.

Meanwhile, here is the latest results grid:
Conf. Championship results (4-29).jpg

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Tiger's worst round since PGA Championship

Tiger Woods opened with a two-over par 74 in the Quail Hollow Championship, his worst round since shooting a 75 in the final round of the PGA Championship to lose to Y.E. Yang by three shots.

Woods had four birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey 5 on the par-3 17th hole.

-- John Strege

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Monty's rabbit ears in fine form

Colin Montgomerie is notorious for allowing noise on the golf course to get the best him and it did so again in the first round of the Spanish Open on Thursday. Montgomerie seemed to blame an 18th-hole bogey on music coming from a nearby hospitality tent.

"Is this a (bleeping) party or a golf tournament?" he said after signing for a one-under par 71 that left him six shots off the lead.

He no doubt would not be amused to know that the leader, Paul Waring, was a former disc jockey, as the Telegraph pointed out.

-- John Strege

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Miami (Fla.) names Patti Rizzo new women's coach

Officials at Miami (Fla.) decided they wanted a Hurricane to replace legendary women's coach Lela Cannon upon her retirement at the end of this season. So it was that they picked Patti Rizzo, a former U of M golfer and 20-year LPGA Tour veteran as Cannon's successsor, announcing the selection earlier this afternoon.

Rizzo headshot.jpgRizzo, 49, is currently in her fifth year as the women's coach at Division II Barry U. in Miami Shores, Fla., where her teams have finshed in the top 10 nationally the previous four seasons and are ranked No. 6 in the latest Golf World/NGCA coaches' poll.

"I'm extremely excited," Rizzo (right) said in a statement. "I've been dreaming of this opportunity. I started my career at the University of Miami and things have come full circle where I have the chacne to finish up where I started. I am so appreciative of the support from my family, friends and the people at Miami. I am just thrilled to be back."

During Rizzo's playing days at Miami, she won the individual title at the 1980 and 1981 AIWA Championship. the precursor for the NCAA Championship.

Cannon is retiring from the post after 27 seasons coaching the Hurricanes, having led them to the NCAA women's title in 1984 and earning a spot in the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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Ill Mickelson withdraws from pro-am

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Quail Hollow Championship Pro-Am after six holes today. He was ill in his hotel last night and today called for assistance on the fifth hole. He was brought to the on-course medical center following the sixth hole and was treated for dehydration.

At this point, he fully expects to compete tomorrow. Mickelson is scheduled to tee off at 12:50 p.m.

Last year Mickelson was treated for heat exhaustion and dehydration prior to the final round of the CA Championship at Doral Golf Resort and Spa.

-- Jim Moriarty

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