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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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5 Things: Nick Watney takes Wyndham lead

The Wyndham Championship's third round began with 15 players within two shots up top and ended with 13 players within four shots of the lead, including leader Nick Watney at 14 under.

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5 Things: Slocum, Langley share Wyndham lead

Heath Slocum and Scott Langley have each opened the Wyndham Championship with consecutive 65s and share the lead at 10 under through two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday's second round.

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Rude: Woods shouldn't have attempted Valhalla

Maybe Tiger Woods opting to skip the Ryder Cup in the wake of his PGA Championship missed cut at Valhalla will cure what's ailing him -- unlike his game and his injured back, it can't hurt.

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Rude: Evans loses a rock in Moore

Jim Moore left a lasting impression on generations of Evans Scholars during his 47-year Western Golf Association career until his fight against cancer ended Tuesday night at age 73.

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Rude: Shell of former self, time for Tiger to shut it down

Tiger Woods hobbled his way around Valhalla on Friday, posting a second-consecutive 74 that showcased a golfer that is not only injured, but also a bit lost on the course.

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Rude: State of Tiger's game still in disarray

Tiger Woods didn't do a good job of convincing anyone that he is healthy and ready to compete at the highest of levels, posting an erratic 3-over 74 that left more questions than answers.

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Woods: 'I feel good,' will play PGA Championship

Upbeat about his famous back, Tiger Woods showed up Wednesday at Valhalla and declared himself ready to play in the 96th PGA Championship, which begins Thursday.

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In pain, Dufner grinding to earn Ryder Cup berth

While plenty of attention has been paid to Tiger Woods' injury situation, the defending PGA Championship champ Jason Dufner is dealing with his own neck and back issues on tournament eve.

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Bubba Golf veers off course in skipping long drive

Bubba Watson built a brand around Bubba Golf, a fun-loving, fun-first way to play the game. On Tuesday at Valhalla, he lost sight of that brand in refusing to partake in the long-drive competition.

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May's PGA Championship legacy: 'Good times'

Bob May finds comfort with his place in history as Tiger Woods' foil at Valhalla in the 2000 PGA Championship -- realizing it was one of the great head-to-head duels in a major.

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