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Here’s this week’s What It Means:

1) Congrats to Jason Dufner, winning his first PGA Tour event, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans today on the second playoff hole. They say it’s better to be lucky than good and that’s Dufner, getting lip ins on 13, 15 and 17 for par and then birdieing the second playoff hole, #18, to beat Ernie Els in the playoff.

Dufner is very hard to read, doesn’t really crack a smile and at times looks very shaky. I’m not sure where he goes from here, but getting your first win is a good starting point.

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Did not expect this announcement.

Tiger Woods, through his agent, announced tonight that he won’t speak to reporters before a handful of tournaments each season, instead answering questions from fans via social media, according to Bob Harig at ESPN.com. This begins with next week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

“We’ve been thinking about this for a couple of months now,” Steinberg said Friday night. “We wanted to have a little bit more direct interaction with fans, and they’ve been very good to him over the years. We’re probably a little bit behind with social media and this is a way to do that.”

Steinberg said that post-round access would not change, and he stressed that this pre-tournament arrangement would only occur “a handful of times” during the year. Woods likely would continue to do interviews prior to major championships, events where he is the defending champion and selected tournaments, possibly including the Players Championship in two weeks.

“It’s just a chance to have him interact more with fans,” Steinberg said.

Okay then. It is true that Tiger talks more to the media at any event than anyone, but this announcement does mystify me a little and we’ll have to wait and see what the media thinks about it come tournament time.

In any case, it’s the new lay of the land.

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Here are my picks for this week:

A: Keegan Bradley (Backup: K.J. Choi)
B: Bubba Watson (Backup: Jason Kokrak)
B: Justin Leonard (Backup: Danny Lee)
C: Harris English (Backup: Bud Cauley)

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This week on the PGA Tour it’s the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Bubba Watson is the defending champion and makes his first start since winning The Masters. My sleeper for this week is Webb Simpson.

TV Coverage is: Thursday-Friday, 3-6pm ET, Golf Channel, Saturday-Sunday 1-2:30pm ET, Golf Channel, and 3-6pm ET on CBS.

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Here’s this week’s What It Means:

1) Congrats to Ben Curtis on winning the 2012 Valero Texas Open for his first win since the 2006 84 Lumber Classic, an event which no longer exists.

That par putt on 17 was dynamite and one of the more unlikely major champions in the history of golf is now back in the winner’s circle.

I have absolutely no idea where Curtis goes from here. Maybe a win or two here and there but right now he seems a little too inconsistent to get into the winner’s circle again. Parity reigns right now on the PGA Tour, and I’m not sure he has the game to rise above that.

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I’m a little late this week for the Valero Texas Open, so let me point out that the remaining TV times for this week are:

Saturday-Sunday, CBS, 3-6pm ET.

My fantasy picks for this week were:

A: Matt Kuchar (Backup: K.J. Choi)
B: Justin Leonard (Backup: Danny Lee)
B: Brendan Steele (Backup: Jason Kokrak)
C: Harris English (Backup: Bud Cauley)

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Here is the 2012 New York Jets schedule:

9/9 — Sunday — Buffalo, 1 p.m., CBS
9/16 — Sunday — at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m., CBS
9/23 — Sunday — at Miami, 1 p.m., CBS
9/30 — Sunday — San Francisco, 1 p.m., FOX
10/8 — Monday — Houston, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
10/14 — Sunday — Indianapolis, 1 p.m., CBS
10/21 — Sunday — at New England, 4:15 p.m., CBS
10/28 — Sunday — Miami, 1 p.m., CBS
11/4 — Bye
11/11 — Sunday — at Seattle, 4:05 p.m., CBS
11/18 — Sunday — at St. Louis, 1 p.m., CBS
11/22 — Thursday — New England, 8:20 p.m., NBC
12/2 — Sunday — Arizona, 1 p.m.*, FOX*
12/9 — Sunday — at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.*, CBS*
12/17 — Monday — at Tennessee, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
12/23 — Sunday — San Diego, 8:20 p.m.*, NBC*
12/30 — Sunday — at Buffalo, 1 p.m.*, CBS*

My first pass has this as an 11-5, 12-4 schedule. I’ll do a game-by-game analysis of it after the draft and right before the season but I think this can be done. Thanksgiving night will certainly be rough, however.

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