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McDowell returns to Chevron after dream year

Tiger Woods believes the turmoil in his personal life, no matter how much it cost him in money and marriage and mystique, made him a better person.

Doctor in Blasberg death pleads to obstruction

The physician who found the body of professional golfer Erica Blasberg at her home pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of misdemeanor obstruction, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported Dec. 1, citing authorities.

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Commentary: Compton continues to show his strength

How tough is Erik Compton? Tough enough to undergo two heart transplants, and still call Q-School “fun.” Adam Schupak reports.

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5 Things: In the name of love

Martin Kaymer withdrew from this week’s Chevron World Challenge just after winning the European Tour money title Sunday in Dubai. He cited fatigue, but maybe he figured he had enough cash to count than to travel to California for the $5 million event hosted by Tiger Woods. Or perhaps, it was love.

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Nedbank Golf Challenge draws marquee names

Even Ernie Els will take advice from a golf legend. With two victories on the PGA Tour this year, Els said he feels his game isn’t too far off, but his putting has given him headaches. So he turned to countryman Gary Player ahead of this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge for some help on his touch.

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Six players battle for top ranking, LPGA history

On the eve of the LPGA Tour Championship, six players have a chance to make history by seizing the No. 1 ranking. Beth Ann Baldry explains.

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Running out of time

Suzann Pettersen is a speciman of power and technique. But that rare blend has yet to produce an abundance of victories, which the Norwegian perfectionist expects. Will she finally fix a winless 2010 at this week’s LPGA Tour Championship?

Kim vying to become first Korean to win JGTO money crown

The race for the Japan Golf Tour money title is going down to the wire. Although Kim Kyung-tae enters this week’s season-ending Golf Nippon Series JT Cup as the favorite, Ryo Ishikawa and Yuta Ikeda both have a mathematical chance to surpass the Korean.

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Waldman shelves caddie bib to chase dream

What was supposed to be an examination of skill has evolved into a test of commitment.

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Lee rounding into form at Q-School

Danny Lee’s first-round 74 at Q-School was hardly impressive, especially for this one-time phenom. But it was important.

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'Ultimate range rat' brings the best out of Europe

Amid the praise showered on the European Tour last week in Dubai, one man went almost unnoticed, going silent about his business, as he always does. Yet, he’s played a huge role in Europe’s success this year.

Lehman returns for Argentine Masters defense

Jhonattan Vegas and Fabián Gómez are still not too big for the Tour de las Americas. The Nationwide Tour grads, fresh from earning PGA Tour cards for 2011, are in the 144-man field set to begin play Thursday in the Argentine Masters at Olivos Golf Club.

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Scott covets repeat title at Australian Open

Adam Scott doesn’t want to let it go. The defending Australian Open champion made it clear he isn’t ready to relinquish his title, one he had coveted since childhood. This week, he’d love nothing more than to extend his reign as the holder of the Stonehaven Cup at the Lakes Golf Club.

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Stanley takes early 2-shot lead at Q-School

Kyle Stanley fell just short of earning a PGA Tour card through the Nationwide Tour. Now he holds the first-round lead at Q-School.

Solheim optimistic after USGA, R&A meeting

Ping CEO John Solheim, normally a quiet and thoughtful man, was positively effervescent the day after the U.S. Golf Association and the R & A met with golf equipment manufacturers in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Accenture Match Play final to be shortened in ’11

When the 2011 PGA Tour schedule is officially announced Thursday, it will confirm a rumor that’s been circulating for a while.

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Woods hoping to salvage season at Chevron

There’s good news. Tiger Woods has one last chance to avoid his first winless season since he turned pro in 1996. The bad news: He’s invited a cast of supporting actors who don’t figure to make things easy for him at his own tournament.

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Westwood aiming for Nedbank Challenge title

It was the first golf tournament ever to offer prize money of $1 million, with half of that going to the winner.

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Liang fights for Order of Merit title

Liang Wen-chong’s quest for the OneAsia Order of Merit crown brings him to Australia for a two-week stay.

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Atwal makes nostalgic return at Indian Open

Arjun Atwal has come home to his roots. The U.S. PGA Tour player tees-off Thursday in Hero Honda Indian Open, and acknowledges the tournament put him on the road to better times.

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Blog: ‘Holy Ghost’ time in Afghanistan

On the morning I was supposed to leave for Afghanistan, my 16-year-old son asked me if I was nervous about going.

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Blowing out the candles: Wildman’s nine wishes

Asher Wildman made nine wishes (one birthday and eight Hanukkah) for college golf in the spring.

LPGA to amend ‘female at birth’ policy

The days of the LPGA’s banning transgender golfers from the women’s tour are coming to an end.

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