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March 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Lexi Thompson drops dad as caddie

Scott Thompson’s little girl is all grown up. As the LPGA season is set to begin next week, teen sensation Lexi Thompson has opted to ditch her dad and bring on experienced bagman Greg Johnston, reports Golf Channel’s Randall Mell.

Johnston has manned the bag for many notable LPGA players, including Lorena Ochoa, Brittany Lincicome, Suzann Pettersen, and Michelle Wie. Most notably, though, Johnson spent 12 years with Juli Inkster, guiding her to seven major championships. 

Don’t feel too bad for dad, though. Scott Thompson has a landing pad with Lexi’s brother, Nicholas, who is trying to get his PGA Tour card back. Scott will take up caddie duties for Nicholas while he works up the ranks of the Nationwide Tour. 

The new team of Lexi and Johnston will debut at the Founders Cup in Tempe, Ariz., on March 16 according to Thompson’s manager, Bobby Kreusler. 

Las Vegas makes McIlroy the Masters favorite

In case you hadn’t heard, Rory McIlroy is golf’s new world No. 1. That also means he is the favorite to win this year’s Masters, according to the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Sportsbook, which released new Masters odds this morning. 

Following his victory at the Honda Classic, the 22-year-old jumped from a 6/1 favorite to 5/1, separating himself from the rest of the pack, led by none other than Tiger Woods.   

The Las Vegas Hotel and Casino’s 10 favorites to win the Masters are as follows: 

RORY McILROY 5/1
TIGER WOODS 11/2
PHIL MICKELSON 9/1
LEE WESTWOOD 15/1
LUKE DONALD 20/1
ADAM SCOTT 30/1
JASON DAY 30/1
DUSTIN JOHNSON 25/1
NICK WATNEY 25/1
MARTIN KAYMER 40/1 

Tiger commits to play Bay Hill 

Tiger Woods was expected to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitation at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla., at the end of this month, and now it's official, reports Ryan Ballengee

A six-time champion of the event, including four-consecutive titles from 2000-03 and winning with dramatic birdies on the 72nd hole in 2008 and ’09, it will be just one more opportunity for a resurgent Tiger to nab his first win of the season, something that may play a crucial part in his success at this year’s Masters. 

The event will likely be Woods’ last before competing in the Masters. In all four years Woods won at Augusta National, he has tallied at least one PGA Tour victory before taking the green jacket.

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