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Bradley S. Klein

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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.

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Klein: Hole-by-hole at TPC Boston

No course on the PGA Tour during the past decade has transformed itself more convincingly than TPC Boston.

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Trump's Scotland course among best

It might not live up to the hype as ‘the world’s greatest golf course,’ but Trump International ranks with Scotland’s best modern links.

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Rater’s notebook: Trump International GL Scotland

Trump International Golf Links Scotland is in the mix with Kingsbarns and Castle Stuart for stellar modern British efforts.

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Barclays: Bethpage Black, hole-by-hole

If players at this week's Barclays miss fairways at Bethpage Black, scores will soar in a New York minute.

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PGA Championship: Ocean Course, hole-by-hole

Hole-by-hole: This year’s PGA Championship plays out on one of the country’s most distinctive golf landscapes. Our Bradley S. Klein breaks down the course.

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Klein: 12 design wishes for Old Tabby Links

Here are the design guidelines that the Old Tabby Links membership gave to Arnold Palmer Design Co.

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Klein: Palmer design team rewires Old Tabby Links

Arnold Palmer design team rewires and rejuvenates Spring Island’s Old Tabby Links says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Klein: Forse steadily restores Brooklawn

At Brooklawn, Ron Forse steadily restores Tillinghast’s legacy says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Klein: Half the par, twice the drama

The intent behind “half-par” holes – to unsettle the precarious equilibrium of the sporting mind and see how the athlete handles it.

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Plenty of sand but no bunkers at PGA

There will be no defined bunkers at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course for the PGA Championship, a decree from the PGA of America that solves one problem but might create another.

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Open Championship: Royal Lytham, hole-by-hole

Hole-by-hole: This year's Open Championship venue lacks distinctive flair – especially when viewed on TV – but it possesses strength and character.

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Open Championship: Royal Lytham deceptively difficult

When the wind blows, Royal Lytham's bunkers and hummocked fairways will transform the course into land-mined terrain says our Bradley S. Klein.

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Blackwolf Run a bit brawnier, slicker for Women's Open

As the Women’s Open returns to Blackwolf Run, players will find a brawnier, slicker update of Pete Dye’s heartland masterpiece says our Bradley S. Klein.

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View from the couch: 2012 U.S. Open

The 2012 U.S. Open was no different than the previous ones, with players stumbling instead of triumphing to win America's biggest open title.

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Olympic demands shaped tee shots, accuracy

The Olympic Club has seen the game’s stars crash and burn, leaving our most prestigious national title to be picked up by a few surprise winners. It all has to do with physics and engineering.

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U.S. Open: Hole-by-hole analysis of Olympic Club

Our golf-course expert Bradley S. Klein offers insight on what to watch for at the Lake Course at Olympic Club, site of this week's U.S. Open.

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Olympic Club's fairways a tough test

The Olympic Club has tested its fair share of golfers with its reverse-camber fairways. Much of the same is expected at this week's U.S. Open says our Bradley Klein.

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Mohegan Sun CC provides counterpoint to casino

Bradley S. Klein: The Mohegan Sun CC provides a counterpoint to sleek casino.

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Klein: Sharp Park puts focus on muni courses

says Sharp Park highlights the reasons why municipal courses are under fire: budget deficits, public scrutiny and mistrust of government.

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Rater's notebook: Aiken Golf Club

At 5,800 yards from the back tees, par-70 Aiken Golf Club might seem an anachronism. But golf in its traditional form has a long shelf life. Bradley Klein explains.

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Klein: Trump humbled by Women's Open choice

says after the USGA awarded the 2017 U.S. Women's Open to one of his courses, Donald Trump revealed another side of himself.

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Trump National lands 2017 U.S. Women’s Open

The U.S. Golf Association has awarded the 2017 U.S. Women's Open to Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

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Sharp Park granted stay, postponing lawsuit

San Francisco's legendary municipal golf course, Sharp Park, averted – for now – legal action that threatens to shut it down. But its battle with environmentalists is hardly over.

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Analysis: In Rio, a false start amid all the games

Bradley S. Klein: Squabbling over land and money, not surprisingly, is delaying development of Rio's Olympic course.

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Book review: The 'Rainman' of golf

When Moe Norman would show up on Tuesday afternoons at the practice range of Canadian Open week, the PGA Tour pros would gather around and watch him. They might be the world’s best players, but they knew they were watching the world’s best ballstriker.

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Golf's new folk hero stars on a wild Sunday

Bubba Watson, golf's new folk hero, starred Sunday in the greatest (golf) show on earth.

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Rater's notebook: Conestoga Golf Club

Conestoga turns stark desert terrain into strategic test. Rater's notebook

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Augusta’s greens: Secrets to magic carpet ride

Bradley Klein: The rain has taken some of the bite out of Augusta National’s notoriously tricky greens. But the course's SubAir equipment might bring some of that bite back.

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Green with envy? Don’t be. Augusta is unique

Bradley Klein: The beauty you see on the TV screen from Augusta National during the Masters is real. It just doesn’t travel well to your home course.

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Player is the blueprint for a golf globetrotter

Gary Player is busier now than he was in his playing days, spending his time on golf course design and being a golf ambassador.

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What's your 'birdie yardage'?

From what I see, too many golfers think of their games not in terms of what they usually do, but in terms of what they rarely achieve. And that normally means they need to play a different set of tees.

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Review: Behind the scenes of Tiger Inc.

In medicine, there’s a legally established principle of confidentially that survives the therapeutic relationship. Not so on the driving range, as Tiger Woods now knows thanks to Hank Haney's upcoming book "The Big Miss."

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Dye builds legacy by getting hands dirty

For 50 years, Pete Dye has built a legacy by getting his hands dirty

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Hanse should be a natural fit for Rio

Landing the plum assignment of designing the 2016 Olympic golf course in Rio de Janeiro is a milestone career achievement for Gil Hanse.