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Tiger Woods might make rare Texas start

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07:23 AM ET 03.18 | ...if Tiger Woods doesn't regain his once-customary form this week at Arnie's Place, where he's won only eight times, I suspect he might play in the Shell Houston Open -- the week before the Masters. The last time Woods played in Texas was 2005. It's the last time Woods won the Masters, but the Lone Star State has nothing to do with it. The man needs another start, and besides, the long-prescribed, pre-major routine hasn't exactly shortened his climb up Mount Nicklaus in recent years.

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Tiger Woods off to worst start in career

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11:08 AM ET 02.02 | Tiger Woods may say publicly that he's only a "fraction" off with his game, but this much is clear: He's off to his worst-ever start as a pro. In back-to-back starts this year, Woods missed the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines (finished 80th) and then needed to rally with three late birdies just to finish 41st at the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot only one round in the 60s and finished 10 shots behind winner Stephen Gallacher. Whether the product of offseason inactivity, swing issues or competitive rust, this marks the first time that Woods, 38, has started a campaign with consecutive finishes outside the top 20. Think about this: Woods is in the midst of his 18th full season on the PGA Tour. In nine of those seasons, Woods has won one of his first two starts. On three occasions (2000, 2006, 2008), he won both of those opening starts. The world No. 1 has been such a fast starter, in fact, that this is just the second time (2011) that he failed to record at least a top-10 finish in one of his first two starts in a calendar year.

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Rory McIlroy calls two-shot penalty 'stupid rule'

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09:55 AM ET 01.19 | If you're questioning why Rory McIlroy was penalized two shots for taking improper relief during the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Saturday, you're not alone. McIlroy, who dropped from second place to a tie for fourth entering the final round, referred to the penalty as part of golf's "stupid rules." The 24-year-old from Northern Ireland had hit his drive on the second hole onto a gallery crosswalk. He was given a free drop for relief, but when he played his shot he had one foot on the line marking the drop area. "I didn't even know my foot was on the line," said McIlroy, who was told of the violation by the caddy of playing partner Ricardo Gonzalez. "We went back to see it again there and see where my divot was, and it was clear that I couldn't have played the shot with my feet anywhere else. "I guess I was so much into the shot I didn't even realize .... There's a lot of stupid rules and this is one of them."

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Lydia Ko, 16, wins second pro golf start

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10:43 AM ET 12.08 | Lydia Ko didn't take long to claim her first title as a professional. The 16-year-old from New Zealand won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters Sunday in Taiwan in just her second start as a pro. She beat a very strong field to take home a $150,000 first-place check.

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Adam Scott 'gutted' after Australian Open loss

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11:36 AM ET 12.01 | After leading nearly the entire way at the Australian Open, Adam Scott's putter deserted him on the back nine, his approach sailed over the green on the 72nd hole, and the man biding to become just the second player to capture the Australian triple crown was left wondering what could have been. With a two-shot swing on the final green -- Rory McIlroy holed a 15-footer for birdie, Scott bogeyed after two-putting from 50 feet -- Scott came agonizingly short Sunday in his attempt to win all three Australian majors -- and even the team portion of the World Cup. "It's just the way golf is," Scott told reporters afterward, via the Sydney Morning Herald. "I'm gutted. I felt like I never had a better chance to win the Aussie Open."

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