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Alex Miceli

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Looser Georgia gun laws? Not at Augusta National

Despite a new bill being signed into law that expands where licensed guns can be carried in Georgia, a spokesman says that Augusta National will not be shifting its policy from a strict ban on all firearms.

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5 Things: K.J. leads RBC; Fitzpatrick even; more

Before the rain got to the point that RBC Heritage play had to be halted Friday, K.J. Choi rose to 5 under while a trio of first-round co-leaders fell off the mark. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Notes: Langer lingers longer; Watson's approach

Bernhard Langer talks about a top-10 Masters finish after 50; a past champ tells what he saw in Bubba Watson's performance to claim his 2nd green jacket; plus more news and notes from Augusta National.

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5 Things: Poulter frustrated; par 3 unbeaten; more

Difficulties during the third round left Ian Poulter, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas and Darren Clarke searching for answers – not to mention the entire Masters field at the day's unbeatable hole. Here are 5 Things to know from Augusta.

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Vegas installs Watson as 3-2 pick to win Masters

After shooting 4-under 68 at Augusta National and taking a three-stroke lead into Saturday’s third round of the Masters, Bubba Watson has been installed as a 3-2 favorite in Las Vegas to win his second green jacket.

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5 Things: Watson's bag man; Westie's rise; more

Some can debate the value of a caddie, but Bubba Watson constantly works with his trusted assistant while taking the lead; meanwhile, Lee Westwood found some polish for his game. Here are 5 Things to know Friday from the Masters.

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Payne, Augusta find plenty to smile about

In the afterglow of the Drive, Chip and Putt competition Sunday, Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne was in a jovial mood at his annual news conference Wednesday on the eve of the Masters.

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Fitzpatrick adds some experience on his bag at Augusta

Matthew Fitzpatrick had to change caddies this week due to some physical ailments for his normal looper, Loren Duncan. Enter Ricky Elliott, who has seen Augusta National plenty of times carrying Ben Curtis' sticks.

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Palmer: Tiger's obstacle to majors record is psychological

Arnold Palmer suggested that Tiger Woods' biggest obstacle to winning another major might not be physical, but to overcome the psychological morass that comes with winning so much, so young.

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Elder Stadler beams with pride in son's success

While their relationship has been strained in recent years, Craig and Kevin Stadler seem to be putting aside any differences to enjoy their making history at the 2014 Masters.

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Trio could supplant Woods as World No. 1 at Masters

Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson don't even need to win the Masters to have a chance to supplant Tiger Woods as World No. 1, while Jason Day would take the top spot if he were to slip on the green jacket come Sunday at Augusta National.

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Odds: Scott, McIlroy installed as co-favorites

With Tiger Woods on the bench for the first major of the year, Las Vegas has instilled defending champion Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy as co-favorites to win the 2014 Masters.

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Eason, UCF hold off Texas at 3M Augusta Invitational

Behind stellar play from standout senior Greg Eason, UCF outlasted Texas to capture the 3M Augusta Invitational at Forest Hills Golf Club on Sunday by a single shot.

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Change at the top defines first half of Tour season

With Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both struggling, the march toward the FedEx Cup has not gone according to popular plan thus far in the 2013-14 season. Our Alex Miceli dissects where the race is at the midway point.

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Judge outlines trial path for Singh's suit against Tour

Vijay Singh's lawsuit against the PGA Tour is on track for trial, though the outcome – barring a settlement or dismissal – likely won't be determined before the 2016 Masters.

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World Golf Hall of Fame shakes up induction

The World Golf Hall of Fame announced it was changing its selection process on Sunday at Bay Hill, while also moving the selections to a biennial calendar.

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5 Things: Bradley cuts into Scott's lead; more

Saturday’s third round at Bay Hill started as the potential coronation of Australian Adam Scott, but ended with Keegan Bradley pulling to three shots back. Here are 5 Things to know from the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Hadley's bumpy journey could lead to Augusta

Rookie Chesson Hadley has had plenty of bumps in his road to his current T-2 standing at Bay Hill – yet the Georgia Tech grad is still within striking distance of a spot in next month's Masters.

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5 Things: Ishikawa, Merrick 3 back of Scott at API

With Tiger Woods withdrawing Tuesday, Adam Scott was left as the headliner of this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational. Thursday, he didn't disappoint, shooting 10-under 62 to take a three-shot lead on Ryo Ishikawa and John Merrick.

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5 Things: Reed's boost; Mickelson's mind; more

Saturday's third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship had something for everyone at Doral -- while many were impressed by Tiger Woods' performance, Patrick Reed shot 69 for his second 54-hole lead of the year.

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Poulter calls Matsuyama an 'idiot' on Twitter

Paired on Saturday, Ian Poulter took to Twitter Friday night to show his frustration with fellow competitor Hideki Matsuyama after Matusyama allegedly damaged the 13th green with his putter during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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5 Things: Blue Monster shows teeth at WGC-Cadillac

The second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship was as difficult as golf in South Florida can get, and as a result, just four players – all leaders – are under par at 1 under. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday's action at Trump National Doral.

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5 Things: English takes clubhouse lead at Doral

They started, they stopped, they started again and then they stopped for good. That is how Thursday’s first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship played out with Harris English the clubhouse leader at 3 under.

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VIDEO: Henrik Stenson's shank at WGC-Cadillac

Henrik Stenson hit a shank during the first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and the video evidence isn't very pretty.

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Coetzee looking to earn a return trip to Augusta

George Coetzee has a month to make an impact and move inside the OWGR's top 50 to earn a spot in this year's Masters. Or, of course, he could simply win this week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and book his ticket for Augusta.

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USGA rejects proposal to extend anchoring deadline

PGA of America President Ted Bishop tells membership that the USGA has decided to stay steadfast in its deadline of Jan. 1, 2016 to implement anchoring ban for professionals and amateurs alike.

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Oddsmakers favor McIlroy at Doral

Tiger Woods' withdrawal last week likely cost him his the title of oddsmakers' favorite at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, with Rory McIlroy taking the top spot.

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Back pain prompts Oosthuizen to reassess schedule

Louis Oosthuizen hit balls on the new range at Trump National Doral with the hope his ailing back will stand up – not just at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship but for upcoming stops at Tampa, Houston and eventually Augusta.

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5 Things: Henley rises; McIlroy fades; more

Russell Henley wins the Honda Classic on the first hole of a four-man playoff as the sun was setting in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., after Rory McIlroy lost a three-shot lead. That and more in our 5 Things to Know from PGA National.

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Tiger Woods (back) WDs from Honda Classic

Having been seen stretching his back during Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic, Tiger Woods withdrew with six holes to play, citing a bad back.

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5 Things: McIlroy maintains; Woods sneaks in; more

Rory McIlroy maintained his 1-shot lead in the second round of the Honda Classic as Brendon de Jonge rose to second, while Tiger Woods sneaks in under the cut and Phil Mickelson MCs. Here are 5 Things to know from the PGA Tour.

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McIlroy credits maturity for better play in 2014

What’s different about Rory McIlroy in 2014? That’s easy: everything. McIlroy is 11 under (63-66) through 36 holes at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., at PGA National.

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Schwartzel parts ways with ISM, Chandler

After 13 years, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and agent Chubby Chandler of ISM are calling it quits, making the South African a prized free agent.

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5 Things: McIlroy on top; Scott returns; more

A 63 in the afternoon vaulted none other than Rory McIlroy, he of the noted withdrawal a year ago, to the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard during Thursday's first round. Here are 5 Things to know from PGA National.

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De Jonge turns to Price for putting help

Brendon de Jonge came to Florida looking for some putting help -- and he may have found it in 18-time PGA Tour winner Nick Price.

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Oosthuizen WDs from Honda with bad back

Louis Oosthuizen has withdrawn for the Honda Classic because of a recurring back injury that has plagued the South African for months.

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Scott Piercy out 3-4 months due to arm injury

Scott Piercy will undergo surgery on his right arm on Thursday, likely putting him on the sidelines for 3-4 months.

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Honda Classic odds: Woods, McIlroy co-favorites

Tiger Woods returns to competition on the PGA Tour as the co-favorite at the Honda Classic at PGA National along with 2012 Honda champion Rory McIlroy.

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Singh gains partial victory in suit against Tour

Vijay Singh will get his day in court: In a 27-page decision in Singh vs. PGA Tour, a judge dismissed five of seven causes of action while ruling against the Tour in the remaining two.

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5 Things: Watson wins; D.J. close; more

Consecutive 64s let Bubba Watson hoist the Northern Trust trophy for the first time since putting on the green jacket after his 2012 Masters win. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Riviera.

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Augusta National loses 'Eisenhower Tree'

The famed Eisenhower Tree on Augusta National's 17th hole was removed during the weekend after a recent ice storm caused irreparable damage, the club confirmed Sunday.

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5 Things: McGirt looks for 1st Tour win at Riviera

William McGirt has not won an event on the PGA Tour, nor on the Web.com Tour, but in the Northern Trust Open's final round, he'll have a chance to win a PGA Tour event. Here are 5 Things from the third round at Riviera Country Club.

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Bad thumb blister leads Couples to likely missed cut

For only the fourth time in 32 appearances, Fred Couples will not be around for the weekend at the Northern Trust Open.

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Spieth exorcises demons on 12th hole, fires 66

Jordan Spieth doesn't have the best of memories when it comes to the par-4 12th hole at Riviera, but a simple par on Friday seemed to push him in a positive direction – and a made cut at the Northern Trust Open.

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Darren Clarke (chest) WDs from Northern Trust Open

Darren Clarke was disappointed with his 7-over 78 in Thursday’s first round of the Northern Trust Open. But he was more disappointed with the fact that he had to withdraw due to a continuing muscle issue in his chest.

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5 Things: D. Johnson leads; Walker shines; more

Riviera's firm greens were the talk of the first round as Dustin Johnson shot 66 in the morning, then remained in the lead until the sun set. Here are 5 Things to know from the Northern Trust Open.

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Westwood leaves swing instructor Foley

Lee Westwood has decided to return to what made him the World No. 1 in 2010 and '11, separating from swing coach Sean Foley and working with former caddie Billy Foster.

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Els set to make calendar-year debut on PGA Tour

Ernie Els is making his calendar-year debut on the PGA Tour at this week’s Northern Trust Open.

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Chat with Charles Barkley re-energizes Jason Gore

Jason Gore, 39, is a journeyman's journeyman, having spent time bouncing back and forth from the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour – all of which weighed on him. But a recent conversation with Charles Barkley, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, changed Gore's attitude.

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Public banned from some Tuesday practice rounds

At the recent Farmers Insurance Open and this week's Northern Trust Open, spectators have been banned from the grounds on Tuesdays. The move is an outgrowth of the revised security policies issued late last year by the Tour.

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