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Jennifer Kupcho overcomes bad migraine to share lead with Austin Ernst at LPGA Drive On

By Beth Ann Nichols | March 5, 2021 7:18 pm Follow @golfweeknichols

OCALA, Florida – A nasty migraine struck Jennifer Kupcho on the 12th hole in the opening round of the LPGA Drive On Championship, blurring her vision for most of the back nine. One a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst, she rated it a 10. A stiff neck even led to numbness in her left hand, which kept her from trying to go for the par-5 18th in two. There was no way she could trust herself to hit the shot.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Saturday tee times, TV and streaming info

By Golfweek | March 5, 2021 7:10 pm

For the second consecutive week the PGA Tour is in Florida as it makes its annual stop at Arnie’s place.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida, plays host this week to the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational. Seven of the top 15 players in the Golfweek/Sagarin men’s ranking are in the field, and a few are near the top of the leaderboard after the second round.
Corey Conners leads through 36 holes at 9 under after shooting a second-round 69. Martin Laird sits one shot back at 8 under after carding 5-under 67 on Friday.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: Martin Laird in position to win again, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth look to end droughts

By Steve DiMeglio | March 5, 2021 6:34 pm Follow @Steve_DiMeglio

ORLANDO – Martin Laird ended a winless stretch of seven years when he won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open last fall.
His wait for another PGA Tour title could be much shorter than that.
Like six years and seven months shorter.
Laird shot up the leaderboard late in the day in Friday’s second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a 5-under-par 67 at Bay Hill and is within one shot of lead set by Corey Connors, who posted a 69 earlier to get to 9 under.
“I knew my game was pretty good.

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Patrick Reed among those who missed the cut at Arnold Palmer Invitational

By Steve DiMeglio | March 5, 2021 6:25 pm Follow @Steve_DiMeglio

ORLANDO, Fla. – On Bay Hill’s sun-splashed stage, the curtain was drawn on some of the game’s biggest names after Friday’s second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
While Corey Conners set the pace at 9 under following his 3-under-par 69, among those missing the cut of 2 over were major champions Patrick Reed, Henrik Stenson and Shane Lowly.
Other major winners heading home were Francesco Molinari, who won Arnie’s annual bash in 2019, Graeme McDowell and Charl Schwartzel.

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Players Championship: All but one of top 50 in World ranking headed to TPC Sawgrass

By Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union | March 5, 2021 6:09 pm

The final commitment list for the 2021 Players Championship was released by the PGA Tour on Friday, with 49 of the top 50 players in the world coming to the First Coast to pick up where they left off last year when the tournament was canceled after one round because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Matthew Wolff is the lone top-50 player not in the field. He was replaced by Jhonattan Vegas.
Practice rounds are on March 9-10 and the first round will be March 11 at the Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.

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Ashleigh Buhai prepped for 2021 by taking on childhood idol Ernie Els. Took his money too.

By Beth Ann Nichols | March 5, 2021 3:48 pm Follow @golfweeknichols

OCALA, Florida – Ashley Buhai had a life-sized poster of Ernie Els in her bedroom growing up. She first met her idol at the 1998 South Africa Open, which played about five minutes from her home. Buhai took the poster to the tournament to have it signed by the four-time major winner.
They’ve met several times since then but only recently started playing casual golf in south Florida now that Buhai has a home in Palm Beach Gardens. She might have taken a little money off of the Hall of Famer too.

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Oklahoma still No. 1; Illinois vaults from unranked to No. 4 in Division I Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll

By Todd Kelly | March 5, 2021 2:04 pm

Fresh off a win at the Cabo Collegiate, the Oklahoma Sooners remain atop the latest Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.
The Sooners received 13 of 24 first-place votes. Second-ranked Wake Forest received seven first-place votes. Arizona, ranked seventh in the poll, garnered the remaining four first-place votes.
Florida State check in at No. 3. Illinois, unranked last time, vaults into a tie at No. 4 with Arizona State.
Pepperdine ranks sixth followed by Arizona, Clemson and Texas with Oklahoma State and North Carolina tied at No. 10.

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Lincoln Memorial is new No. 1 in Division II Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll

By Todd Kelly | March 5, 2021 2:03 pm

The Lincoln Memorial men’s golf team jumped up one spot to claim the No. 1 slot in the latest Division II Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll of 2021.
The Railsplitters, whose campus is in Harrogate, Tennessee, garnered just one first-place vote but had 391 points in the poll to take the top spot.
Lynn received 11 first-place votes and jumps from No. 8 to No. 2. South Carolina-Aiken drops from No. 1 to No. 3 but still received four first-place votes. West Florida is fourth and Barry and Saint Leo are tied for fifth.

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Make it eight: Illinois Wesleyan is No. 1 yet again in Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll

By Todd Kelly | March 5, 2021 2:02 pm

For the eighth time in a row, the Illinois Wesleyan men’s golf team checks in at No. 1 in the Division III Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.
The Titans claimed 14 of 15 first-place votes this time around. Huntingdon and Emory tied for the second spot in the poll. Carnegie Mellon, which received the other first-place vote, is No. 4. Methodist is No. 5.

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Fitness with Averee: Spinal rotation with hip bridge

By Averee Dovsek | March 5, 2021 1:00 pm

As golfers we want to be mobile, but stable. A hip bridge with spinal rotation is a great drill for working on mobility and stability.
Most golfers are surprised to learn that the lower back is not designed for rotation. Building stability in the lower spine is a key component in having a consistent golf swing. Creating better mobility in the hips and upper back is beneficial for optimizing power.
In the latest episode of “Fitness with Averee,” Averee Dovsek explains how to do a hip bridge with a thoracic spine rotation.

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Nick Faldo’s mea culpa: Cheap shot at Rickie Fowler was just meant to be motivation

By Adam Schupak | March 5, 2021 11:39 am Follow @AdamSchupak

Two days after taking a cheap shot at Rickie Fowler, Nick Faldo walked his words back with a social media apology.
On Tuesday, Faldo quote-tweeted a response to a tweet that noted that Fowler has yet to qualify for the Masters in April, writing, “Good news is if he misses the Masters he can shoot another six commercials that week!”
That was a serious burn and it didn’t take long to go viral. (Faldo, a six-time major winner, also doubled down with the following tweet that noted his three victories at the Masters.

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