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Bradley S. Klein

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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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Klein: It doesn't get any better than Open Sunday

If there’s a better way to spend a Sunday morning than watching the Open Championship, I have no idea what it is. The more so when the end is as emotionally fulfilling as Phil Mickelson’s triumph at Muirfield.

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Klein: Open inspires stream of consciousness

The British Open is a thinking man's game -- and from afar, it inspires a stream of thoughts in our Bradley S. Klein.

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Hole by Hole: Muirfield lives up to Open rep

This will be the 16th time the R&A is setting up the Open Championship along the Firth of Forth. Here's what you'll see during what promises to be a compelling week on this par-71 layout that stretches 7,192 yards.

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Hole by Hole: Sebonack doesn't look its age

It’s Sebonack’s time to shine – a rare collaborative product of two of golf’s most iconoclastic designers, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak. Here's a hole-by-hole preview of the host of the 2013 U.S. Women's Open:

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Klein: U.S. Open finale lacks storybook ending

Sometimes, it’s just too much to ask for a storybook ending. Instead, Phil Mickelson is a six-time runner-up in the tournament you most want to win as an American.

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Klein: 10 reasons why Merion is kicking back

Why is Merion Golf Club kicking serious butt? The first-round leader (Phil Mickelson) is only 3 under, with only five rounds completed in red and an average stroke score of 74.2. Our Bradley S. Klein offers up 10 reasons for Merion's toughness.

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Weather could push U.S. Open to marathon Sunday

With heavy rains a near certainty all day Thursday, Merion's head groundskeeper Matt Shaffer can only wait for a clearing as the U.S. Open may be headed to a 36-hole finale on Father's Day -- especially since rain is slated to return Monday.

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Merion’s 15th presents an infernal double-cross

On a Merion East Course famed for its very long holes and very short holes, the 15th fits neatly into the middle – and is simply masterful in showing how angles of play can be mind-bending.

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U.S. Open: Wet weather dampens spirits at Merion

For now, the low-lying 11th hole at Merion, a 367-yard par 4 that culminates in a small green wrapped by Cobbs Creek, is sitting high and dry. The same can’t be said for the spirits at the U.S. Open venue.

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Shifting gears: Hole-by-hole at Merion

They’ll be tacking, shifting gears, constantly adjusting at Merion. All of which could make for great spectator viewing – and the occasional road wreckage as players come unglued and fall by the wayside.

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U.S. Open: Merion takes us back to the future

Brad Klein says taking the U.S. Open to an intimate, classic course means everything shrinks, including revenue. It's a gamble the USGA hopes will pay off.

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Merion’s 11th holds its head above water – barely

Heavy rains in the Philadelphia area have somehow spared Merion Golf Club’s notoriously flood-prone 11th green. With thunderstorms in the forecast next week, officials are not out of the woods just yet.

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Deal outline gives hope for Bandon Muni

A 27-hole municipal course in Bandon Dunes would be located on a sandy, partially wooded stretch of ground six miles south of town center, overlooking a lagoon and coastal barrier sand bar.

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Klein: Great play, real character reign at Augusta National

From the playoff between Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera to Tiger's controversial drop to Tianlang Guan's incredible performance, Bradley S. Klein reflects on the weekend that was at the Masters.

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Klein: The myth of Tiger-proofing Augusta National

As a student of the pro game our Bradley S. Klein knows most of the guys on Tour are so good and of such quality in shot-making and scoring that they can win just about anywhere -- hence the myth of Tiger-proofing Augusta National.

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Which hole at Augusta National is hardest?

Here’s how the holes at famed Augusta National Golf Club stand up from the (relatively) easiest to the hardest.

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Work finally starts on Rio 2016 course

Field work for the Rio 2016 golf course began March 19. Designer Gil Hanse and a crew of six workers are onsite clearing non-native vegetation by hand.

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Olympic-course architect Hanse wins jobs with personal touch

His newfound fame as designer of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games course hasn't softened Gil Hanse's commitment to build courses in the field. He's most at home when strapped into the seat of a bulldozer.

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Norman to help develop China’s Olympic golf team

Through an arrangement with the China Golf Association, Greg Norman will help shape that country's golf program in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Major makeover: Trump has big vision for Doral

Sure, he can be brash. But in his Doral shake-up, Donald Trump shows a detail-driven style and devotion to a big vision.

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For its 50th, Pompano muni receives a Norman makeover

In every way possible for Pompano Beach, its new municipal Pines Course is a return to sound basics of the game.

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Match Play: Dove Mountain, hole-by-hole

Our Bradley S. Klein breaks down the par-72, 7,801-yard layout at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain, site of this week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Trump reveals routing for second course in Scotland

After the successful opening last summer of the Martin Hawtree-designed Championship Course along four miles of coastline north of Aberdeen in Scotland, American entrepreneur Donald Trump has revealed plans for another layout.

Q&A: Pat Finlen, GCSAA president

Pat Finlen, the new president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, answered Golfweek’s questions on the eve of the industry’s trade show in San Diego.

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