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Vijay Singh was playing in the second round of the Masters at Augusta National on Friday as lawyers were back in New York Supreme Court for the latest chapter of his suit against the PGA Tour.

Singh's attorneys asked Justice Eileen Bransten to rule that the Tour produce documents that will be vital in the discovery phase of the trail, according to a Golf Channel report.

Peter Ginsburg, Singh's attorney, pointed out in a letter to the court that the Tour "will ultimately be obligated to provide," the documents in question.

On March 5, the court ordered a confidentiality agreement that was agreed to by both parties, but the Tour has refused to provide the documents until a pending motion is resolved.

"The apparent rationalization for the PGA Tour's refusal to abide by its discovery obligations is that it wants to make one, and not an additional, production," Ginsberg said in a letter.

"The PGA Tour has no legal justification for its continuing refusal to produce indisputably relevant documents and information within the (Tour's) custody and control which do not fall within the scope of the pending motion to compel."

According to the letter, the Tour produced 1,018 pages of documents that consisted "almost entirely of publicly-available documents."

Ginsberg's letter requests a conference to resolve the matter.

Singh sued the Tour last May following an apparent violation of the PGA Tour's anti-doping program after he admitted to using a substance, IGF-1, which was banned at the time.

The PGA Tour, which later reversed that ruling and absolved Singh of any wrongdoing, does not comment on ongoing litigation.

--Carin Koch of Sweden has been selected captain of the European team for the Solheim Cup matches at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in St. Leon-Rot, Germany on Sept. 18-20, 2015.

Koch was a vice captain in 2013 when Europe won for the first time on American soil, 18-10, at Colorado Golf Club. Europe also won in 2011 at Killeen Castle in Ireland.

"I cannot wait to stand with the team on the first tee next September to start our quest for the hat trick of wins against the U.S. team," said Koch, whose opposite number for the United States team will be Juli Inkster of Los Gatos and San Jose State, who was named to the post last month.

Koch complied a 10-3-3 record in four Solheim Cup matches between 2000-05, and was part of two winning teams. She holed the putt that provided Europe with the winning points at Loch Lomond in Scotland in 2000.

The 43-year-old Koch, whose four professional victories include two on the LPGA Tour, named fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam as a vice captain.

--There were plenty of big numbers put up last week at Augusta National, where Luke Donald took a quadruple-bogey 8 on the ninth hole of round one because of what can best be described as an unforced error.

Donald was assessed a two-stroke penalty for grounding his club in a hazard.

After failing to escape a greenside bunker, Donald touched the sand in the bunker with his club, violating Rule 13-4.

"Pretty dumb mistake," Donald tweeted after his round. "I can accept the odd poor shot but making a mistake like that is pretty frustrating and so unlike me.

Oh well, nothing I can do about it now, brush it off and try and make a bunch of birdies tomorrow."

It didn't happen, as Donald finished at 79-70 -- 149 and missed the cut by one strokes, his seemingly little gaffe cost him the weekend at Augusta.

--Kevin Streelman took to Twitter the day before the Masters, when he Par-3 Contest was played, to make the day of a young golfer.

Of course, you knew he would get a response when he asked if anybody wanted to go out to Augusta National Golf Club for the day.

"Bad News -- mom and dad aren't feeling well, can't make tournament today," Streelman tweeted at 7:47 a.m. "Good News -- 2 open wed tix for Masters."

That was followed 26 minutes later by this: "I'm sorry I didn't specify but 2 tix r only for today, and must have junior golfer with parent and neither have been to Masters. Come on!!!"

Within 12 minutes, Streelman had the answer he was looking for.

"I've never been! I'm 17 and my mom could take me!!!" read the tweet from Harrison Stafford, a 17-year-old high school senior from Savannah.

So Stafford walked the grounds at Augusta National with his mom that day.

--Phil Mickelson has a reputation as a gambling man and he lost a wager during a practice round last week at Augusta National two days before the Masters began.

Mickelson was playing a practice round when he hit his tee shot over the sixth green and a man in the gallery began giving him some good-natured trash talk.

"He was mouthing off about, 'Hard shot, get this up-and-down, no chance, blah, blah, blah,'" Mickelson said.

Mickelson, who said he was betting throughout the round with his playing partners, bet the patron $1 that he could get up-and-down for par from the difficult lie.

And he hit a fine chip to within about seven feet, but missed the putt.

"It wasn't a hard shot," Mickelson said. "I should have gotten it up and down."

After tapping in for a bogey, he walked over to the ropes and gave the man a dollar. But it wasn't Lefty's because he didn't have a $1 bill and had to borrow it one of the caddies in his group.
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