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Stewart Cink doesn’t mind the consolation match, but he think there’s nothing wrong with it ending in a draw.

“I remember when me and Ross Fisher came to the 18th tied,” Cink said of a consolation match two years ago. “I hit it in the bunker and he’s got 5 feet for par. I holed by bunker shot. Otherwise, we go extra holes, and then it’s up to TV. What to you do?”

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DIVOTS: The opening match between Ian Poulter and Stewart Cink could also be a battle of Twitter. Among PGA Tour members on Twitter, Cink has the most followers (1,202,607), followed by Poulter (1,113,772). … Starting this year, all entries for USGA championships will only be available online. The online entry process began in 2002. Last year, nearly than 93 percent of more than 35,000 entries for the USGA’s 13 championships were done online. … The United States has 25 players in the Match Play field. England and Australia are second with six players, followed with South Africa and South Korea with four each. Japan, Sweden and Italy each have three players, while Denmark, Spain and Northern Ireland have two apiece.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Four of the seven PGA Tour winners this year were outside the top 150 in the world when they won.

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FINAL WORD: “I still think that he can make those guys eat their words … these young guys that are basically writing him off.” _ NBC Sports analyst Johnny Miller on Tiger Woods.

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