Jeff Rude

Rude: Augusta National should Bubba-proof course

Senior writer Jeff Rude believes Augusta National should Bubba-proof the golf course, just as it did for Tiger Woods.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Notes: Harrington's grip; Mickelson's feel; more

Padraig Harrington lets a group play through as he copes with an injured finger while Phil Mickelson finds his feel and Steve Stricker talks about his new equipment halfway through the Shell Houston Open.

Rude: Experts like Woods' chances after surgery

The fact that Tiger Woods didn’t defer surgery until after the Masters probably means a couple of things: He’s more interested in long-term health than next week and he wasn’t ready for Augusta National.

Like Arnie, Balicki always made time for people

You couldn’t find a college hotshot or coach over the past three decades who didn’t enjoy, trust and respect the understated Ron Balicki, who died Tuesday at age 65 -- and belonged in the Nice Person Hall of Fame.

Now playing: The Hall Of Very Good

Our Jeff Rude recognizes that some of the World Golf HOF inductees of recent years have been criticized, most worthy of the "Hall of Very Good." Here's his initial class in his new HOF, complete with major winners and some of the best amateur players.

Rude: Scott will try to 'put foot down early' Sunday

Optimists would view Adam Scott's three-shot advantage at Bay Hill as half full, not half empty, and so does Scott. “It’s a really good spot to be in,” the affable Australian said after three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Fighting flu, Scott ties record with 62 at Bay Hill

Suffering from mild flu symptoms, Adam Scott tied the tournament record with a 10-under 62 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Tiger has bulging disk in back, source says

Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging back disk and won’t need surgery, someone with knowledge of his condition said Thursday.

Back specialist says Tiger can be ready for Masters

Tiger Woods can be ready for the Masters (April 10-13) with the proper treatment on his spasming back, Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, founder of the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson, Fla., said Wednesday.

Fatigued, Stenson keeps exotic sense of humor

Even when explaining how fatigue has contributed to his slow start this year, Henrik Stenson maintains a sense of humor from homebuilding delays to pesky critters to peskier cellphone ringtones.

Tiger showing weakness with health, Sunday setbacks

Another Sunday setback for Tiger Woods at Doral, whose health – and road to Augusta – is in disarray.

VIDEO: Hate To Be Rude with Tony Jacklin

Jeff Rude sits down with former Ryder Cup hero Tony Jacklin.

VIDEO: An interview with Davis Love III (Part 2)

Our Jeff Rude sits down with former Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III at the PGA Show.

VIDEO: An interview with Davis Love III (Part 1)

Earlier this year, Davis Love III sat down with our Jeff Rude to chat about the Ryder Cup and the year ahead.

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