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Jeff Rude

Senior Writer

Jeff Rude has been a senior writer at Golfweek since 1995 covering the PGA Tour. He has won numerous national writing awards, including several firsts in the Golf Writers Association of America contest. His “Hate to Be Rude” weekly video on is among the site’s most popular and he is a regular on the Golf Channel’s “Grey Goose 19th Hole.” Rude is an Evans Scholar from Waukegan, Ill., and graduated from the University of Missouri in 1976. He caddied the PGA Tour while in college and later worked for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dallas Morning News and Chicago Sun-Times.
• Favorite interview: Ben Hogan on the cusp of 80. He didn’t do many. Might have been his last.
• Dream vacation: Royal Dornoch or Nepal with my son, Scott.
• Best golf shot seen live: Padraig Harrington 301-yard 3-wood from bad bunker lie to 12 feet at 2009 PGA.
• Believe it or not: Attended Kellen Winslow Game, Frank Reich Game, Bartman Game and Sosa Cork Bat Game.

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Bubba falters, opens the gates to wild Masters Sunday

Bubba Watson failed to put his foot on the collective throats of his Masters competition, letting back in the likes of Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar. We're in for a wild ride on Sunday at Augusta National.

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Watson mixes, matches way to Masters lead

Four of Masters leader Bubba Watson’s six birdies Friday at Augusta National came from 4 feet and in, a testament to his length and short-iron accuracy -- as well as a willingness to mix up his approach.

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Wobbly wedge play leads Phil Mickelson to 4-over 76

Phil Mickelson shot 76, one off his high in 21 previous Masters. He made a short-game triple bogey on a hole (No. 7) where he had never made worse than bogey. He made a double bogey at 15, where his third shot spun back into the pond.

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He's back? Injury-prone Oosthuizen fires 69

Only hours after tweaking his bad back, Louis Oosthuizen feared that he wouldn't be able to tee it up Thursday. But the South African woke up feeling fine and managed to post a 3-under 69 and sit one shot off the lead.

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What's weirder: No Tiger, or would-be mystery?

Phil Mickelson said it was “weird” without Tiger Woods on the Augusta National premises this week. One can only imagine what a long, strange trip it could have been if Woods had postponed back surgery and tried to play the Masters.

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Fowler opens Mickelson's eyes in Masters practice

Rickie Fowler has shined during practice at Augusta National for the 2014 Masters -- but he insists his T-6 in Houston is more telling.

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Mickelson says Augusta National "frees" him up

Phil Mickelson is scuffling a bit coming into the Masters, but there is something about the landscape here at Augusta National that makes him feel that he can accomplish anything.

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Masters defense, and bugs, on Scott's plate

Yes, Adam Scott is serving up bugs -- fancy that -- at the Champions' Dinner at Augusta National. But his important jobs this week are to chase the World No. 1 ranking and the title of back-to-back Masters winner.

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McIlroy finds a spark, fires 65 in Houston

Rory McIlroy said he needed a spark prior to the Masters and he found it on Sunday, firing a 7-under 65 to vault into the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open.

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5 Things: Kuchar smiles; Stefani stays course; more

Matt Kuchar was all smiles Saturday while opening a four-shot lead; Shawn Stefani stuck to his guns while seeking Tour status; plus more in 5 Things to know from Saturday's third round of the Shell Houston Open.

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