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  • Sergio Garcia's tee shot to the par-5 18th in Round 1 of The Honda Classic didn't go where he hoped. It went in the water.

    But when Garcia, who said he played Seve-like golf last week in contention at the Northern Trust Open, came upon his ball barely submerged in the hazard up the right of the hole, he decided it was worth a whack. After putting on his waterproof gear, Garcia stepped in and took a swing. 

    It was a great play for the Spaniard, who not only got the ball back in the fairway, but advanced it. He wound up making par at his ninth hole of the day, eventually shooting 2-over 72 on a difficult scoring day at PGA National.


    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Yani Tseng, nice to see you again atop a LPGA leaderboard.

    Shooting an opening 6-under 66 on Thursday, Tseng shares the lead after Round 1 of the Honda LPGA Thailand with Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang.

    ''Could be better, could be worse,'' said Tseng. ''I miss(ed) couple short putts, but I just tell myself to smile and let it go.''

    Tseng, a five-time major winner and former No. 1, has slipped to 90th in the Rolex Rankings as she has lost her game, in part because she struggled with the pressure of the world's top ranking. However, she is now working with a new teacher, Claude Harmon III, and a new trainer, David Donatucci, in hopes of regaining her form and confidence.

    “They just keep me so relaxed and believing in myself,” she said. “I know I can do it. I just need my swing good. (And when) I swing good, I just need to be mentally very tough. So I’m working on my mental (game) and trying to be tougher and tougher out there.”

    If there's a place for Tseng to break through again, it's in

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  • Rory McIlroy has every intention of being the top-ranked player in the world for a long time.

    McIlroy, who enjoys a sizable edge over Bubba Watson, the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, makes his 2015 U.S. debut on Thursday in The Honda Classic, played in his adopted American hometown. Entering his 31st consecutive week at No. 1 in the world, McIlroy is precisely where he wants to be in his career.

    “It's what I've always wanted to do," he said. "I would be wasting my time if I was out there practicing as much as I do, and putting as much into it, if I didn't want to be in this position. And wasting the people's time around me, as well, that helped me get to this point.

    “Of course I want to be that guy. I said it last year. Golf is waiting for someone like that to step forward, put their hand up and win the big tournaments. Yeah, this is the position I want to be in, and I want to be in it as long as I can.”

    The Ulsterman, who won

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  • Tiger Woods is at a crossroads, where his personal life and professional career meet.

    Woods is 39 and a father of two growing kids inching toward their formative years, sharing custody with ex-wife Elin Nordegren. He's also a 14-time major winner with 79 PGA Tour wins, an ailing back, a troubled short game and an erratic driver.

    What's more important? It seems family is winning, and former coach Sean Foley is supportive.

    “The golf world doesn’t want that, but he’s my friend, and to watch him with his kids, he’s easily one of the most patient fathers I have ever seen,” Foley said to the Toronto Sun.

    “If you win a tournament, it feels good, but you go home and your kid takes a bee-line at you and jumps in your arms that just feels better. So I’m sure, as we all get older, we all have this kind of discussion with ourselves. And I’m sure he’s had it.”

    Foley -- who started working with Woods in 2010, less than a year after his public shaming related to extramarital affairs -- said Woods is

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  • Davis Love III is the new-old 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and he's back with more knowledge, a hunger and an ear open to hearing from his future players.

    Love is also the front man for a new approach to the biennial matches. The changes the PGA of America and its now-dissolved task force are good and almost universally liked. So why did it take a task force to implement common sense?

    And what happens if the U.S. loses?

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  • Common sense prevailed. 

    The PGA of America revealed a new approach to the Ryder Cup at its Florida headquarters on Tuesday, fronted by a familiar face.

    Davis Love III was formally introduced as the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, and he will complete his team with more time to find the hot hands that can help the Americans end a three-match losing streak in the biennial series.

    Eight players will automatically qualify for the team based on a retooled points system which starts next week with the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. Qualifying will end after the 2016 Barclays, the first leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs. With the 2016 PGA Championship moving to July to accommodate golf's return to the Olympics that August, the typical cutoff of the season's final major had to change. However, moving the late August date will continue to stand in non-Olympic years.

    Love will then make three of his four captain's picks after the BMW Championship, a week's

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  • Greg Norman knows a thing or two about dealing with mental scar tissue. He's faced huge letdowns on the biggest stages with the utmost class. So when he is speaking about the toll golf can take on a player's mind, he's an expert.

    Norman, a Hall of Famer who spent more than six years as the world's No. 1 golfer, told Matt Lauer on "The Today Show" on Tuesday that he doesn't think Tiger Woods will ever return to top form.

    "Quite honestly, I doubt it," Norman said. "Not the way he was in 2000 on for eight or nine years."

    The 60-year-old expressed what's become a common sentiment: something is wrong with Woods' head.

    "Mentally he's a little unraveled," Norman said.

    “Imagine with what we’ve seen since December of last year, with his short game [and] chipping," Norman continued. "Imagine standing over the back of the 12th green at Augusta National, and you’ve got to chip it down there, Rae’s Creek right in front of you, or the back of the 15th of Augusta National . . . all those gremlins

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  • The PGA Tour starts its Florida Swing at the home of the PGA of America. PGA National's Champion course hosts the Honda Classic. This will be one of the best fields of 2015 so far, challenged by a tough Jack Nicklaus layout, including the dreaded Bear Trap, one of the toughest stretches on the PGA Tour.

    Rory McIlroy makes his 2015 U.S. debut this week and headlines a stacked field. Russell Henley is defending champion. There are a lot of players to like this week based on the combo of current form and their past record at PGA National.

    1. Rory McIlroy -- He's the undisputed best in the world. He's rested. His lawsuit is settled. He's already got a win and a second-place finish this year. He won this event in 2012 and was co-runner-up last year in a playoff. Pick him.

    2. Keegan Bradley -- Get on the Bradley Bus this week. Looked good in a T-4 effort at Riviera, coming up a shot short of the playoff. He's got three consecutive top-12 finishes at the Honda.

    3. Justin Rose -- Rose is

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  • It was July 1986, and Colin Montgomerie had recently graduated from the Houston Baptist University. He'd learned to win playing collegiate golf in the States, but wasn't thinking about a future in professional golf. In fact, Monty was ready to represent the best players in the world, not compete against them. 

    Then, the day after the Open Championship at Turnberry, the Scotsman played nine holes that changed his life.

    "Ian Todd, who was the president of IMG, was playing the course on the Monday after the Open, and they asked me to join them for the back nine as a job interview," Montgomerie said to Golf Magazine. "I was going to use my business management degree that I had got in America to manage the likes of Nick Price, Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer -- all IMG clients. I thought it would be fantastic, so I played at Turnberry with two senior IMG executives."

    By the time the round was over, the job interview had morphed into

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  • James Hahn won his first PGA Tour event on Sunday, but he's got something much more important happening in his life. The 33-year-old Cal product will become a first-time dad in three weeks, with his wife set to give birth to a daughter.

    "To me, the biggest thing in my life right now is the birth of my daughter in three weeks," Hahn said after winning the Northern Trust Open in a playoff over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey.

    "That, to me, kind of humbles myself and kind of brings me down to reality that, you know, I'm going to be a dad here in three weeks.  I couldn't be more excited, and more nervous that we don't have a name picked out yet."

    The site of Hahn's first PGA Tour victory, Riviera Country Club, might make a great name.

    "I'm going to have to talk to my wife about Riviera," Hahn said, drawing laughter.

    He might be fighting an uphill battle on that one. But, if it helps, there are approximately 1,600 people in the United States with that first name, according to census

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