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“Jim Armstrong has given Augusta National Golf Club more than three decades of exceptional vision, impressive leadership and outstanding service as our executive director,” Payne said. “Jim has certainly earned and deserves his retirement. As a consequence of his longtime commitment, he is leaving a permanent and positive impression upon the legacy of Augusta National, its membership and the Masters.”

Will Jones was appointed to the new executive director. Jones has worked under Armstrong since 1993 and currently is senior director of business affairs.

“My career at Augusta National Golf Club has been one of remarkable good fortune, and my affection for this wonderful place is immeasurable,” Armstrong said. “It is nearly impossible to put into words the privilege I have experienced in serving the club.”

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DIVOTS: This will be the final year the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup is decided by PGA Tour earnings. The 2015 team will be determined by FedEx Cup points. … LPGA Tour commissioner Mike Whan takes over for USGA executive director Mike Davis has chairman of the World Golf Foundation for 2013. … Jeremiah Wooding has been awarded a special exemption for the Northern Trust Open that goes to a top golfer who represents the advancement of diversity in golf. His brother, Joshua, played under the same exemption at Riviera in 2010. … Kevin Sutherland, who missed most of last year with a neck injury, was planning to return at the Humana Challenge until his back went out on him while putting on a pair of gym shorts. He plans to play next week in the Phoenix Open.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Tiger Woods has 74 wins on the PGA Tour, with 42 percent of them on five golf courses _ Torrey Pines (7), Firestone (7), Bay Hill (7) Muirfield Village (5) and Cog Hill (5).

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FINAL WORD: “Any time Tiger has a record, I put an asterisk by it, because it’s Tiger’s record. It’s not normal. It’s not the way it’s normally going to be for most people.” _ Brandt Snedeker.