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“We felt this is the right thing for the game of golf, to bring it back to a straighter test and let’s see,” Davis said. “So in my view, it’s short. But it’s a fabulous test of golf.”

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DIVOTS: David Duval makes his first start of the season at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am with an old look. Nike announced it has signed Duval to an endorsement deal. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. Duval was the first player to win a major championship with Nike clubs at the 2001 British Open. Duval’s only status this year on tour is as a past champion. … Luke Donald (No. 3), Adam Scott (No. 7) and Graeme McDowell (No. 19) are the only players from the top 20 in the world ranking who have not played a tournament this year. … The Canadian Women’s Open will be looking for a new title sponsor after CN announced a chance in its golf involvement. CN instead will expand its sponsorship of Canada’s national junior golf program. … The Scottish Open will be the first regular European Tour event to be shown live on an American network. NBC Sports plans to show 2 1/2 hours of live coverage from the final two rounds at Castle Stuart to complement Golf Channel coverage. A Golf Channel spokesman says the European Tour has agreed to push back starting times on the weekend because of the five-hour time difference.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: The last two weeks marked the ninth time that Tiger Woods (Torrey Pines) and Phil Mickelson (Phoenix) won back-to-back on the PGA Tour.

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FINAL WORD: “I think when you win majors and win multiple times in years, you validate whatever people say about you.” _ Brandt Snedeker.