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Match-play secret? Keeping your team together

Alabama became the second team to win back-to-back titles since the NCAA Championship format changed to match play in 2009. For a system that was supposed to favor the underdog, the Tide proved that keeping your problem in tact is critical.

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Staying in moment, Bama wins 2nd straight title

Crimson Tide football legend-in-the-making Nick Saban told golf coach Jay Seawell, in effect, to stay in the moment Wednesday. Doing so culminated in a second consecutive NCAA men's championship for Alabama.

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Another strong Oklahoma State week stops short

Match play has not been too kind to the Oklahoma State Cowboys since it was established in 2009. The Cowboys lost to Alabama in the NCAA Championship on Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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Seniors lead Alabama to 2nd straight title

Alabama seniors Trey Mullinax, Bobby Wyatt and Cory Whitsett all won matches to lead the Crimson Tide to a 4-1 victory over Oklahoma State and a second straight national title Wednesday at Prairie Dunes Country Club.

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Shoprite LPGA Classic: Tee times, round 2

In a trio of 2014 winners, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson and Lizette Salas will share one of the spotlight tee times at the 2014 Shoprite LPGA Classic, playing early Friday and late Saturday.

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NCAA Tracker: Alabama wins title again

Alabama vs. Oklahoma State. The golf gods couldn't have asked for a bigger matchup, from players, to coaches to storied pasts in both programs, as Wednesday's NCAA men's championship finale at Prairie Dunes promises to be a heavyweight bout.

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Tiger Woods officially out of the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will not play in the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, he announced on his website on Wednesday afternoon.

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Mickelson works on short game ahead of U.S. Open

It was nearly 15 years ago that Phil Mickelson came up just short of a U.S. Open title. He's had five such instances since. In preparation for this year's tournament, Mickelson has been working on his short game.

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Alabama's Wyatt cards early ace in NCAA final

What's one way to recover from losing the opening hole of the NCAA D-I Men's Championship match-play final? Alabama's Bobby Wyatt did so by carding a hole-in-one to even up his match against Oklahoma State's Talor Gooch.

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And then Jack said about Tiger . . .

On the eve of the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus talked about the shape his game's in, his career majors record in Tiger Woods' sights and how far he might have driven the ball in his prime using today's equipment.

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Toy Box Extra e-magazine: May 28, 2014

In this week's Toy Box Extra, we take a look back at 100 years of Wilson equipment, as well as a look at both the winning bags for Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy.

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The field: 2014 New England Junior

Registration is open for Golfweek’s New England Junior Invitational. The 2014 tournament will be played Aug. 4-5 at Marshfield Country Club in Marshfield, Mass. Keep track of the field here.

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In this issue: May 30, 2014

Inside the May 30, 2014 issue of Golfweek

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Why a 'Texas Slam' is unexpected for Scott

PGA Tour stops in Texas haven't exactly been a priority for Adam Scott because of how they fit into the schedule each year, but minimal starts haven't stopped the Aussie from succeeding in the Lone Star State.

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Notes: Rare MC for Kuchar; Fowler slumps; more

Matt Kuchar and Pat Perez are strangers to missing cuts, but that's what happened to them at Colonial this year; Rickie Fowler finds himself in a downcycle of late; plus more PGA Tour news and notes

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Monty's Senior PGA win illustrates confidence

That Colin Montgomerie never captured one of golf's majors remains one of golf’s great mysteries, but the Sour Scotsman never disappointed – especially in interviews, one with Jim Murray in particular.