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Davis Love III would make Jeff Rude's Hall of Very Good based on his 20 PGA Tour victories and one major championship.
Davis Love III would make Jeff Rude's Hall of Very Good based on his 20 PGA Tour victories and one major championship.

Editor's note: This column first ran in Golfweek magazine that hit doorsteps on March 7, 2014. If you'd like to subscribe, click here.

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When someone has proposed a candidate whom this voter deems unworthy of World Golf Hall of Fame induction, my answer often has been, “It’s not the Hall of Very Good.”

Such discussion about borderline players has been more frequent in recent years as the hall unfortunately has been watered down, to the point that members have questioned the merits of inductees and hall wannabes have thought, If he’s in, I should be. This ...

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Alistair Tait
Henrik Stenson won both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in 2013.
Henrik Stenson won both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in 2013.

Players' power has won a significant victory over the European Tour with the announcement that the European Tour no longer requires its members to play in two out of the first three events of the Final Series to qualify for the DP World Tour Championship.

That’s one of three major changes announced today to the Euro Tour’s season finale.

The Tour also announced a bigger bonus pool. The top 15 players on the money list after the DP World Tour Championship will share $5 million. Last year the top 10 shared a purse of $3.75 million.

The ...

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Alistair Tait
Alejandro Canizares lines up a putt during the final round of the Trophee Hassan II.
Alejandro Canizares lines up a putt during the final round of the Trophee Hassan II.

Alejandro Canizares broke a victory drought stretching eight years and became the fourth Spaniard to win on this year’s European Tour. Here are 5 Things you need to know from the Trophee Hassan II:

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1. MAKING IT LOOK EASY: Canizares seemed to be playing in another flight from the rest of the field for most of the tournament. He took the lead with an opening 10-under 62 – the lowest round of his career – and never really looked back.

The Spaniard took a 6-shot lead into the final round as he chased his first victory since the 2006 Russian Open ...

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Alejandro Canizares shakes hands with his playing partner after the third round of the Trophee Hassan II.
Alejandro Canizares shakes hands with his playing partner after the third round of the Trophee Hassan II.

AGADIR, Morocco — Alejandro Canizares of Spain extended his lead to six strokes in the third round of the Trophee Hassan II after shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday.

Leading since the first round, Canizares made four birdies and a bogey. He's at 17-under 199 heading into the final round.

Seve Benson of England remained in second place despite carding a 74. He holed four birdies to offset three bogeys and a triple bogey.

Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands climbed to third, one stroke behind Benson, by firing a bogey-free 67.

"It was tough today, especially on the front nine ...

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Alejandro Canizares
Alejandro Canizares

Alejandro Canizares of Spain had 11 birdies in a 10-under round of 62 to take a one-stroke lead over Seve Benson of England after the first round of the Trophee Hassan II on Thursday.

Canizares mastered the windy conditions at the Golf du Palais Royal course in Agadir for the lowest round of his European Tour career, and it would have been even better if not for a bogey on the third hole.

"It was one of those days for me, my swing felt great, I started putting well and the putts went in. It was a lot of fun ...

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Alistair Tait
Jake Roos won the Barclays Kenya Open to open the 2014 European Challenge Tour season (shown here during last year's M2M Russia Open).
Jake Roos won the Barclays Kenya Open to open the 2014 European Challenge Tour season (shown here during last year's M2M Russia Open).

European Tour wannabes began their quest for a 2015 European Tour card by kicking off the 2014 European Challenge Tour in Kenya, where Jake Roos won by a shot over a trio tied for second. Here are 5 Things to know from the Barclays Kenya Open.

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1. WILSON'S COMEBACK STALLS: Oliver Wilson’s comeback is still on hold after his season debut. Wilson showed promise early only to revert to the type of form that has seen him tumble down the European pecking order.

The Englishman finished joint 17th to earn €2,343, but he should have been vying ...

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Alistair Tait
Sam Torrance was named a Ryder Cup vice captain by Paul McGinley on Thursday.
Sam Torrance was named a Ryder Cup vice captain by Paul McGinley on Thursday.

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has added experience to his backroom staff for the match at Gleneagles by naming veteran Ryder Cup players Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice captains.

“The two men first came to mind to me when I was put in position as Ryder Cup captain last January in Abu Dhabi,” McGinley said. “These two men have been a sounding boards for me both personally and professionally, and they’ve proved time and again for me with their ability, their passion and their judgement that they are ideal for the role of ...

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Alistair Tait
Ross Fisher after winning the European Tour's 2014 Tshwane Open in South Africa.
Ross Fisher after winning the European Tour's 2014 Tshwane Open in South Africa.

Ross Fisher won the Tshwane Open on Sunday to end his victory drought, a final-round 70 giving him the win by three strokes over Michael Hoey and Danie van Tonder.

Here are 5 Things you need to know about the latest European Tour event.

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1. RETURN OF FISHER KING: Fisher won his first European Tour event since the 2010 Irish Open to bring his tally to five career victories. The Englishman will be hoping the win spurs him back to the upper echelons of the European Tour.

Rounds of 66, 65, 67 and 70 gave Fisher a 20-under-par total of ...

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Cassie Stein
Ross Fisher celebrates a birdie during the third round of the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.
Ross Fisher celebrates a birdie during the third round of the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.

England’s Ross Fisher will take a commanding lead into the final round of the Tshwane Open.

Fisher shot 5-under 67 in the third round to take a five-shot lead into Sunday at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate in Centurion, South Africa.

"I feel like I'm playing as good as I ever have, probably similar to when I was contending in Majors and getting myself into the Ryder Cup team,” said Fisher.

Fisher, No. 82 in in the Official World Golf Rankings, is looking for his fifth European Tour title and his first since the 2010 Irish Open.

Northern Ireland ...

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Ross Fisher during the second round of the Tshwane Open in Centurion, South Africa.
Ross Fisher during the second round of the Tshwane Open in Centurion, South Africa.

CENTURION, South Africa — Ross Fisher of England stormed home with an eagle-birdie-birdie-par finish to grab a one-shot lead in the Tshwane Open after the second round on Friday.

Fisher made five birdies and eagled the par-5 15th hole with a curling 40-footer at Copperleaf for a 7-under-par 65. He's 13 under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Morten Orum Madsen of Denmark, the South African Open winner who carded seven birdies in his own flawless 65.

Simon Dyson of England, the overnight leader in the clubhouse after the first round was suspended by a thunderstorm, shot 68 to ...

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Alistair Tait
Simon Dyson is in contention to win the Tshwane Open in South Africa this week, but can we win over his peers after 2013's rules incident?
Simon Dyson is in contention to win the Tshwane Open in South Africa this week, but can we win over his peers after 2013's rules incident?

Simon Dyson is trying to make amends for past sins the best way he knows how: with his golf clubs.

The Englishman returned opening rounds of 65 and 68 in the Tshwane Open to get to 11 under par and in contention to win his seventh European Tour title. It marks a small step on his road to redemption, although Dyson probably never will be fully forgiven for his act of lunacy in 2013.

The 36-year-old is on probation after being found guilty of knowingly breaking the rules during last season’s BMW Masters in Shanghai. Dyson was caught tapping ...

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Alex Miceli
Charl Schwartzel has parted ways with ISM and agent Chubby Chandler early in 2014.
Charl Schwartzel has parted ways with ISM and agent Chubby Chandler early in 2014.

After 13 years, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and agent Chubby Chandler are calling it quits.

Schwartzel, 29, made the decision sometime before the Northern Trust Open and broke the news after the third round to Chandler, CEO of International Sports Management.

“Just felt like a change,” Schwartzel said of the move. “It was nothing personal, nothing anyone did wrong.”

Chandler was surprised by the decision of a player whom he had mentored since Schwartzel's days as a young amateur in South Africa but understood his desire to look at options.

“At the end of the day, whether it ...

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Simon Dyson tees off on the third hole during the first round of the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.
Simon Dyson tees off on the third hole during the first round of the Tshwane Open at Copperleaf Golf & Country Estate.

CENTURION, South Africa — Simon Dyson birdied his last four holes in a 7-under 65 to take the clubhouse lead at the Tshwane Open on Thursday.

Trevor Fisher Jr. was also 7 under through 16 holes of his opening round before play was suspended because of a thunderstorm in Centurion.

Englishman Dyson made a strong finish at Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate and had seven birdies in all and no dropped shots on the Ernie Els-designed course. South Africa's Fisher Jr. also had seven birdies but with two holes to complete in his opening round.

Another Englishman, Ross Fisher, and ...

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Padraig Harrington has disclosed he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.
Padraig Harrington has disclosed he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.

DUBLIN — Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington has disclosed he has undergone treatment for skin cancer.

The Irish golfer, whose father Patrick died from cancer, says he underwent surgery for sun spots.

The 42-year-old Harrington told Irish radio station Today FM: "I've had a number of skin cancers removed off my face."

Harrington, who did not say when the treatment took place, was speaking out to urge people to see a doctor if they have concerns about their health.

Harrington says his "father had symptoms but didn't do anything about it. It's the nature of men in Ireland ...

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Alistair Tait
Thomas Aiken with his caddie and wife, Kate, during the third round of his win at the European Tour's 2014 Africa Open.
Thomas Aiken with his caddie and wife, Kate, during the third round of his win at the European Tour's 2014 Africa Open.

With a 30-footer for birdie, Thomas Aiken needed just one hole to win a playoff Sunday against Oliver Fisher to win the Africa Open at East London (South Africa) GC.

Aiken's final-round 67 and Fisher's final-round 69 had put them in the sudden-death playoff at 20 under, a shot ahead of John Hahn and David Horsey and two ahead of Richard Bland, Darren Fichardt and Jaco van Zyl.

Here are 5 Things to know from the Africa Open:

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1. AIKEN TAKES CAKE: Using a page common to the playbook of "Team Reed" on the PGA Tour – Patrick Reed ...

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