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Bradley S. Klein

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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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Trump teams with Faldo to overhaul Doral courses

Having bought Doral Resort & Spa near Miami last year, Donald Trump is now teaming with World Golf Hall of Famer Nick Faldo on a redesign of 36 holes at the legendary five-course property.

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Streamsong opener: Crenshaw, Doak and Coore, side-by-side

They built it and they came, 300 golf fans, media, folks associated with the owner/developer, Mosaic Co., along with architecture junkies who will go anywhere to see the latest creations of designers Tom Doak, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

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Rater's notebook: Streamsong, Blue Course

A look at the Streamsong Blue Course, designed by Tom Doak.

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Rater's notebook: Streamsong, Red Course

A look at the Streamsong Red Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw

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2012 in architecture: 7 courses that made a difference

The slow pace of design, development, permitting, construction and grow-in render a catchy phrase a bit forced and artificial. And yet there are ways to hand-pick certain moments of the past year as if they were road markers on a longer journey.

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Wynn GC embodies The Strip's grandiosity

A round at Wynn Golf Club, just off the Las Vegas strip, should be enough to convince anyone that given unlimited imagination, money and nerve, you basically can create something out of nothing.

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Dawson shocked by uproar over St. Andrews

Sure, the Old Course has undergone changes over the years. But any time the big machines start digging at St. Andrews, golf holds its breath.

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PGA concerned anchoring ban could hurt game’s growth

PGA of America Ted Bishop and new CEO Pete Bevacqua say that concern for growing golf led the PGA to send a letter to the USGA when the anchoring ban was announced two weeks ago. The PGA was not making some knee-jerk response.

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Klein: A bit late? Yes. But effort is welcome.

The long putter and the decision to ban the anchoring stroke, golf’s rulesmakers are picking on a pretty obscure and insignificant target. The effort, while overdue, is welcome. At least to our Bradley S. Klein.

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Klein: Process to Old Course changes feels rotten

Our Bradley S. Klein doesn’t know if the changes to The Old Course at St. Andrews are all needed. But what he does know is the reasons given for making them are unconvincing and not enough basis for tinkering with sacred ground.

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Klein: A final round at SentryWorld – for now

We said goodbye last week to an iconic Wisconsin golf course as it shut down in preparation for a major renovation. Our Bradley S. Klein played the last round at SentryWorld before an overhaul that will close the course until spring 2014.

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Hanse's 2013 course of action: Move to Rio, start building

Golf architect Gil Hanse, having returned to the U.S. recently from a visit to Rio de Janeiro, expects to be moving to Brazil with his family in January to start work on a layout for the 2016 Olympics Games.

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Tom Fazio turns around Emerald Dunes

Tom Fazio plus $15 million equals turnaround at Emerald Dunes

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Post-election lessons for golf and politics

Turns out the golfer won in this week's presidential election, but you wouldn’t know it from the immediate reaction of the industry.

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Klein: Those pesky Ryder Cup ads

The best-televised sporting event of the year – if not the young century – was almost spoiled by the commercial breaks.

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Ryder Cup: Medinah CC, hole-by-hole

Our Bradley S. Klein takes you hole-by-hole through Medinah's No. 3 Course, where he says the U.S. might not have the distance advantage as presumed.

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Medinah a brawny track with its modern makeovers

Medinah's modern makeovers and thinned canopy help showcase the brawny Chicago track says our Bradley S. Klein.

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FedEx Cup: Hole-by-hole, East Lake

Our Bradley S. Klein takes you hole-by-hole at East Lake, the site of this week's Tour Championship for the 12th time and FedEx Cup finisher since 2007.

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Cabot Links to add second course

Brad Klein says Cape Breton in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia just might be the latest hotbed of world golf development.

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Gulf Coast golf withstands Isaac’s punch

Across the Gulf Coast, golf course operators were relieved to have been spared the sort of widespread damage from Hurricane Isaac that the region had endured exactly seven years earlier with Hurricane Katrina.

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Hole-by-hole: Crooked Stick Golf Club

Crooked Stick Golf Club - site of this week's BMW Championship - is one of Pete Dye’s earliest gems and the course that put him on the map as an iconoclastic genius. Our Bradley S. Klein takes you hole-by-hole.

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Klein: Caddieing for the pros (again)

A dozen PGA and LPGA touring pros - including Tiger Woods, Lexi Thompson and Rickie Fowler - played in the Notah Begay III Foundation fundraiser Wednesday with our Bradley S. Klein looping for Yani Tseng.