The Links: Justin Rose has been working hard on his short game

Justin Rose's short game is going strong right now. (Getty Images)
Justin Rose's short game is going strong right now. (Getty Images)

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Justin Rose held the first-round lead at Bay Hill. Here's what he had to say about his putting after an opening-round 65:  

"I dedicated myself at making a few changes and getting better at that part of the game. I've had some good days, no doubt. And today was probably the first real hot day I've had with the blade in a long, long time." (ESPN)

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Tiger Woods has money on Indiana. (Golf Channel)

Why Phil Mickelson doesn't play the Valero Texas Open. (Geoff Shackelford)

Justin Rose outplayed Tiger Woods on Thursday by a wide margin. (Golf Channel)

Graeme McDowell got to hit one of Arnold Palmer's old 1-irons on the range at Bay Hill. Awesome. (Geoff Shackelford)

Phil Mickelson had quite the Phil Mickelson round on Thursday. (Golf Channel)

Brandt Snedeker on his 76: "I'm actually very encouraged despite shooting 4-over. But my iron game was just terrible." (ESPN)

On Woods' driver and how he has to play the par-5s at Bay Hill. (Golf Channel)

Rory McIlroy isn't the only one struggling with an equipment change. (Golf Channel)

Good read on Louis Oosthuizen and his sneaky appearances at the majors. (Augusta Chronicle)

Woods and Rose might be the two best golfers in the world right now. (GolfDigest)

Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson will play Augusta next week. (Golf Channel)

Rules to live by, by Larry Packard. Great stuff here. (Golfweek)

Fred Couples and Rocco Mediate playing a Champions Tour event? Sure, I'm in. (AP)


Charl Schwartzel is (kind of) the clubhouse leader at the Malaysian Open. (BBC)


Some great Masters equipment here. (GolfDigest)

New Adams clubs are pretty interesting. (Golf WRX)


3-6 p.m. EDT - Golf Channel - Arnold Palmer Invitational


I know, I know!

Yes, I do.

I laughed.

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