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TWEETING TIGER: Jason Dufner jokingly tweeted to Tiger Woods that the schedule of the World Challenge be changed so Dufner could watch Auburn in the SEC title game last week. Woods replied on Twitter, “Petition denied.”

It was a significant only because it was Woods‘ first tweet in more than a month. It was his 35th tweet in the span of a year, most of them commercially related. And that Dufner tweet was the first of _ get this _ FIVE tweets in two days.

“I’m hot, aren’t I?” Woods said.

Woods said girlfriend Lindsey Vonn is trying to persuade him to tweet more. Progress remains slow.

“I grew up in a different era, and it’s a little bit different for me,” Woods said, who is 9 years older than the downhill ski champion. “I’m still a little bit old-school. I’m kind of getting it, but still not grasping the whole concept yet. But I’ll get there eventually.”

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DIVOTS: K.J. Choi donated his $100,000 from the World Cup to help with relief efforts in the Philippines. “I wanted to represent Korea in sharing the sentiment of my fellow countrymen to our friends in the Philippines,” Choi said. “I send my deepest condolences to the people of the Philippines who have lost their families and homes. The donation from the KJ Choi Foundation was sent to the American Red Cross. … Redstone Golf Club is now called “Golf Club of Houston” under a contractual requirement when it changed ownership. It still is host of the Shell Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the Masters. … Cal coach Steve Desimone has been selected U.S. captain of the Palmer Cup next year. The Palmer Cup, matches between college players from the United States and Europe, will be June 26-28 at Walton Heath.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: The 19 tournaments Tiger Woods played this year offered an average of 72.7 world ranking points to the winner.

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FINAL WORD: “Driving accuracy far outweighs distance. And I sleep better at night knowing that.” _ Zach Johnson. He was No. 8 in driving accuracy on the PGA Tour last year and No. 153 in driving distance.

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