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Winning doesn’t always guarantee a change in status, as the Mayakoba Golf Classic has shown.

Four of the last five champions were in Mexico last week _ defending champion Johnson Wagner, Cameron Beckman, Brian Gay and Fred Funk. The exception was Mark Wilson (2009 champion), who has won three times in the last 14 months. Wilson finished third at the Match Play Championship in Arizona and earned $600,000 _ $66,000 less than what John Huh earned for winning in Mexico.

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DIVOTS: Hall of Fame member Judy Rankin lost her husband of 45 years last week when Walter “Yippy” Rankin, a popular figure on the LPGA Tour as his wife played and later worked in television, died after a long battle with cancer. They had been married 44 years. The memorial service was Monday in Midland, Texas. … A Champions Tour player has finished in the top 10 at the Mayakoba Golf Classic the last two years. John Cook was third in 2011, and Michael Allen tied for ninth this year. … Johnson Wagner donated $12,500 to The First Tee of Greater Houston. Wagner won the Houston Open in 2008.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: American-born players have won the opening nine events on the PGA Tour, the longest such streak since 1991 when the list of winners included Phil Mickelson, who was an amateur at Arizona State. Americans won the first 11 events that year, a streak that Ian Woosnam ended at New Orleans to go to No. 1 in the world.

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FINAL WORD: “This is the Tiger Woods in the now time. (We) can’t keep going back and comparing where he was.” _ Nick Faldo.