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Bradley S. Klein

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Hole-by-hole review: Royal Liverpool at Hoylake

This is the 10th time for the Open Championship at Hoylake -- despite its initial modest look, Royal Liverpool has depth of character. Here's a hole-by-hole review of the course.

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Worth the wait: Cliffs' Mountain Park an S.C. gem

Mountain Park's heathland-style design shows Gary Player at the top of his game, says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Women's golf takes spotlight at Pinehurst

The men moved out of Pinehurst, and now the women take center stage in golf. On a national sports landscape that already is overwhelmed with content, the U.S. Women’s Open is a welcome moment for the women to establish more of a presence.

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USGA finds common ground for men, women at Pinehurst

Too much information? Not during these two weeks of national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. The goal has been to measure everything and leave nothing to chance.

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Round 2 at No. 2: Pinehurst shapes up well for women

Skeptics, take heed. The doubleheader of back-to-back national championships appears to be working out. So far.

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U.S. Women’s Open: Pinehurst No. 2, hole by hole

It's time to start week two of these back-to-back championships, the U.S. Women’s Open, with the USGA's goal for Pinehurst No. 2 that the women play "the same clubs" into greens as did the men -- no easy achievement.

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Review: 'Difficult Par' keeps up with Joneses

Golf architects tend to be a self-assured lot – none more so than Robert Trent Jones Sr., as outlined by James R. Hansen's "A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf"

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Klein: Pinehurst, one week complete

Having attended more than 20 U.S. Opens, I've not seen a course in better shape “the morning after” than Pinehurst No. 2 first thing the morning after Martin Kaymer's win as the women began practice.

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Will U.S. Open enable course-setup revolution?

One observer hopes that folks watching this week's U.S. Open don’t dismiss Pinehurst's course makeover as some fad – that instead they embrace the revolution of this firm, fast, linksland in the pines.

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Birdie fest? Klein's Sunday hole-by-hole at Pinehurst

Sunday’s set up for Pinehurst No. 2 looks like it’s ripe for a barrage of red numbers at the U.S. Open, with four eagle opportunities awaiting the bold player.

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Pinehurst's impossible 16th hole: a primer

As Sunday's final groups head down the back nine, the par-4 16th hole at Pinehurst promises to offer up some fireworks due to its length, small green and tricky putting surface.

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Pinehurst's elusive 15th hole: a primer

The par-3 15th hole at the Pinehurst No. 2 has been oddly elusive thus far at the U.S. Open, and Saturday's third-round setup might cause some fireworks.

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What’s up with those 'not rough' areas? A primer

It’s not clear wheter Pinehurst No. 2 creates as much trouble for errant tee shots in the U.S. Open as officials had anticipated. USGA executive director Mike Davis had thought the sandy areas would create a clean shot one-third of the time. In Thursday's first round, a clean recovery seemed possible about 80 percent of the time.

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Couch-potato guide: Thursday at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein gives you 10 things to watch Thursday at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Thursday's hole-by-hole yardages at Pinehurst

Pinehurst is playing at 7,360 yards on Thursday, 202 yards under the scorecard. The biggest change is that tee on par-5 fifth hole has been moved up 48 yards, bringing the elusive green within reach of much of the field in two shots.

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How Pinehurst gets its maddening greens ready

Our Bradley S. Klein was on the course with the course crew at 5:15 a.m. on Pinehurst No. 2, taking in how they get a major course prepared and keep it playable.

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VIDEO: Klein breaks down changes at Pinehurst

Our Bradley S. Klein has visited Pinehurst No. 2 numerous times, even playing the course twice in the last few months to get a true gauge on what the U.S. Open players will face this week. He breaks down what to expect in this video.

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Death watch? Potential issues on Pinehurst's 9th green

If there’s one green at Pinehurst No. 2 that is a candidate for going over the top, it’s that of the par-3 ninth. On the card it’s 191 yards, but the putting surface here is one of the course's smallest -- and has the most contour.

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Pinehurst's new sixth tee shows USGA’s flexibility

A mere seven weeks ago, it was determined that the sixth hole at Pinehurst needed to be adjusted. On Monday, players saw a new tee box that pushed them 31 yards backward, making a tough tee shot even harder.

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Pinehurst No. 2: Hole-by-hole review, U.S. Open

The U.S. Open field will have to deal with confounding greens, scruffy sandy waste areas and all manner of ground game. Here is a hole-by-hole look at Pinehurst No. 2, the Donald Ross masterpiece.

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Pinehurst adds ninth course to portfolio

The Jack Nicklaus-designed National Golf Club in Pinehurst, N.C., has been bought by Pinehurst Resort & Country Club; its course will be renamed Pinehurst No. 9.

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Hole by hole: Prairie Dunes, NCAA men's final

The country’s leading college male golfers are in for quite the challenge at Prairie Dunes CC during the 2014 Men's NCAA Division I Golf Championship in the form of a challenging links layout.

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NCAA Women: Hole-by-hole at Tulsa CC

Our Bradley S. Klein visited Tulsa CC recently and offered up this hole-by-hole breakdown of the site of the 2014 NCAA Women's Division 1 Championship.

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Message of 2014 U.S. Opens: Scruffy is new neat

A good story to be told by the USGA about its forthcoming national championships is the different look at Pinehurst -- scruffier, less green, less manicured, and also firmer and faster. Luck will play more than a small role.

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Klein: Watson's Masters win, view from the couch

Sunday was left to a sort of rivalry between youth and experience to make something memorable of the Masters. Notice we didn’t say wisdom, not the way Bubba Watson plays, though it earned him the championship.

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Augusta National’s new look: A tree assessment

Our Bradley S. Klein offers up his perspective on the many changes to Augusta National, all seemingly caused by the harsh, cold winter that hit the area in February – felling the Eisenhower Tree and many others.

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Iconic Augusta National ground shapes course design

More than any other U.S. layout and probably second in the world only to the Old Course at St. Andrews, the course has had widespread impact on the game. The layout designed by Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie is endlessly fascinating to walk and to see on TV. And it has become a meme for subsequent design.

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TV guide: Augusta National, hole-by-hole

Our Bradley S. Klein offers up what to watch for next week at Augusta National, a course that features 18 distinct personalities.

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Age or smarts: It's time to play the real course

Whether the golfers are just getting older, or they are getting smarter, there seems to be more play from sensible yardage tees and less stigma.

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Bahto, dry cleaner turned course restorer, dies at 83

George Bahto, by day the operator of a successful dry cleaning store, became by night a self-educated expert on the golf course architecture of Charles Blair Macdonald and Seth Raynor. Bahto died recently at age 83.

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Klein: The new-look Doral already a winner

Our Bradley S. Klein says new Doral is truly the winner of this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship, and takes you hole-by-hole through the new layout in South Florida.

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Hanse adds strategy, drama to Doral

PGA Tour players who think they know Trump National Doral's Blue Monster course will be in for a shock. After Gil Hanse's renovation, forget the old yardage books or memories of previous putts made.

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Match Play hole-by-hole: Dove Mountain

The Golf Club at Dove Mountain can be both a bomber's paradise and a place for the world's best irons players to dissect the course. Add in a bit of unpredictable match play and it's a perfect venue for this type of theater.

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La Costa makeover heralds playability, conditioning

Perhaps more down-to-earth renovations such as the one done at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa’s Legends Course will get golf back to what it’s supposed to be: interesting and enjoyable, rather than a chore.

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Trump buys Irish golf course Doonbeg

Donald Trump's golf portfolio is bigger and more prestigious, with today's purchase of the much-acclaimed, if financially beleaguered, Doonbeg Golf Club in County Clare, Ireland.

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Inside look at Doral's changes for players, fans

Doral's Blue Monster had an inflated reputation that was wearing thin. Enter Donald Trump and Gil Hanse -- and a bevy of improvements for PGA Tour players, course conditions and fans.

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USGA hopes Opens can take root at Pinehurst

Executive director Mike Davis spent a lot of his time during the USGA's annual meeting explaining the upcoming back-to-back national championships at Pinehurst this June, the U.S. Open followed by the U.S. Women’s Open.

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Donald Trump reopens Doral's Blue Monster

The Blue Monster is back, its holes seemingly in the same place. But nearly everything about the place has changed. And owner Donald Trump could not be happier.

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Pinehurst hosts back-to-back championships

One course, two national championships on back-to-back weeks. It’s unprecedented at the professional level. The folks at Pinehurst Resort hope it doesn’t rain when the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens visit in June. At the U.S. Golf Association, the goal will be to crown two national champions playing the same course and hitting similar clubs into the same greens.

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My Year in Golf: Bradley S. Klein

From a memorable seat behind the scenes at Merion to some one-on-one time with Donald Trump at Doral, our Bradley S. Klein reflects on his time on the road in 2013.

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Hole by hole: Muirfield Village, Presidents Cup

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, is the House that Jack Built for stroke play near his hometown of Columbus -- nearly four decades after opening, it's ideal for match play too.

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Tour Championship: East Lake, hole-by-hole preview

Each year as home to the FedEx Cup finals, East Lake has been the scene of a dramatic outcome. That’s attributable in part to the enduring challenge posed by Bobby Jones' home course of old in Atlanta.

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BMW Championship: Conway Farms, hole-by-hole preview

Unlike the other major Chicago tournament sites – Medinah, Olympia Fields, Cog Hill and Butler National – Conway Farms has an intimate feel. Expect a considerable spread in scoring this week, a rarity in modern tournament play.

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Walker Cup: Klein's key holes at National Golf Links

The biennial Walker Cup Matches set up shop this weekend at historic National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y. In returning to the site of the first Walker Cup in 1922, the event will showcase match play on one of the quirkiest and most interesting of American layouts.

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Klein talks architecture, 'Wide Open Fairways'

Golfweek senior writer Bradley S. Klein recently penned the book, "Wide Open Fairways: A Journey Across The Landscapes Of Modern Golf," which shares his insights on golf course architecture.

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Hole by hole: TPC Boston, Deutsche Bank Championship

If TPC Boston's front nine is a little mundane, the back nine makes up for it thanks to more of everything: elevation, cross hazards, scruffy native elements and increasing drama over the last four holes.

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Hole-by-hole: Liberty National starts FedEx Cup

The leading 125 players on the FedEx Cup points list are eligible to play this week at Liberty National in The Barclays, and they return to a course that was not met with glowing kindness when it first (and last) held the event.

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Klein: Dufner is someone everyone can relate to

We’ll be hearing a lot about redemption after this tournament, as if the morality tale of the 2013 PGA Championship is winner Jason Dufner’s bounce back from his heartbreaking loss in the 2011 PGA.

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Often-used Oak Hill will provide brawny test at PGA

Oak Hill, host to so many marquee events, poses a brawny test for the PGA Championship this week.

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PGA Championship: Hole-by-hole at Oak Hill East

With the likes of Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Tom Fazio all putting their fingerprints on Oak Hill East, the year's final major will have plenty of drama due to the course's intricacies.

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