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Doug Ferguson, Associated Press

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Spieth's cool, Watson's flair lead Masters

Jordan Spieth, playing a brand of big-time golf that belies his 20 years, kept his cool amid the chaos of Saturday to tie Bubba Watson for the third-round Masters lead at Augusta National.

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Watson leads Senden by 3 at Masters

"It's not science here. It's try to hit the greens," Bubba Watson said Friday after taking the second-round Masters lead with a 68 to get three shots clear of John Senden.

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Notes: Tiger's year measured in OWGR points

Along with victories, money and scoring average, another way to measure the strength of a golf season is total world ranking points. Tiger Woods won that category, too, but just barely over Henrik Stenson. A closer look reveals it was not really that close.

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Gal builds 3-shot lead in wind at Titleholders

Sandra Gal pulled away with three birdies on the back nine to build a three-shot lead after two rounds at the LPGA Titleholders.

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Johnson builds HSBC cushion, ties course record

Dustin Johnson tied the course record with a 9-under 63, four shots better than anyone else Friday, and built a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions.

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Crouching world championship, hidden Tiger

The HSBC Champions embarks on a new era as a World Golf Championship that finally is treated the same as the other three — an official PGA Tour event. So, where is Tiger?

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Fernandez-Castano wins BMW Masters

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano called it the perfect win, even though his final hole Sunday to win the BMW Masters was anything but perfect.

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Guthrie tops strong U.S. showing in China

Luke Guthrie is the first-round leader at the BMW Masters, by three shots over John Daly with Peter Uihlein another shot back -- as Americans topped the leaderboard in Shanghai.

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Americans hang on to take lead in Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods sat in a cart with a squirrel, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel walked onto the first tee wearing wigs, Fred Couples was given cupcakes for his birthday: Welcome to Day 1 at the Presidents Cup.

Deep leaderboard yields another solid Muirfield champ

Muirfield has the greatest collection of winners of any major championship -- only two of its 16 champions aren't in the Hall of Fame. Every great course is due to have a dud for a major champion. There was no way that was going to happen at Muirfield.

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Muirfield history of hosting Open is storied

Muirfield has seen it all in the 15 times it has hosted the Open Championship through the years. This year's defending champion, Ernie Els, stood tall in 2002 at Muirfield.

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Tiger tops list of Open Championship favorites

A capsule look at 20 contenders for the British Open golf championship, to be played July 18-21 at Muirfield (listed in predicted order of finish):

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Open Championship at Muirfield: What to know

Ten things to know about the British Open, to be played this week at Muirfield, where the tournament has taken place 15 times before, from 1892 to 2002.

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Anniversaries add to British Open history on display

Here's a look at some of the anniversaries this year at the 142nd British Open, which brings its rich history to light when it starts this week at Muirfield.

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Els leads Open Championship facts, figures

Ernie Els will defend his British Open title -- here are a few facts and figures about golf's only major outside the United States, beginning this week at the 7,192-yard Muirfield golf links.

Portion of Sam Snead's trophies offered at auction

The Masters trophy Sam Snead won in 1954 after the epic playoff with Ben Hogan is among 14 lots from the Sam Snead Collection that will be the centerpiece of Heritage Auctions' offerings next month in Chicago.

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U.S. Opens at Merion: Trevino, Hogan among winners

A look at the four previous U.S. Opens held at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., won by Olin Dutra, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino and David Graham

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U.S. Open: Sergio Garcia's playing career at crossroads

Even as he approaches the prime of his career, the best times for Sergio Garcia seem to be so far behind him. How will he handle the pressure in the city of Brotherly Love? It will depend on how thick his skin is, which hasn't been his strong suit.

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Day leads at Masters, 14-year-old makes cut

Jason Day could have sent Tianlang Guan home early with a birdie from just off the front of the green on the 18th hole. But the Australian was wide left and tapped in for par, giving him a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead.

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McIlroy adds endorsement deal with Omega

Rory McIlroy, coming off a runner-up finish in the Valero Texas Open for his best finish this year, is the latest brand ambassador for Swiss watchmaker Omega, joining Greg Norman, Sergio Garcia and Stacy Lewis.

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More heartache than celebration at 10th hole

Perenially the toughest hole at the Masters, No. 10 has claimed many a victim. Defending champ Bubba Watson eluded its grasp – famously, because so many others have been caught in it.

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Masters 2013: Augusta National facts, figures

From defending champ Bubba Watson to a Super Bowl comparison by Brandt Snedeker, here are facts and figures for the 2013 Masters at Augusta National:

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Masters 2013: 10 things to know heading to Augusta

From anchoring to azaleas, here are 10 facts about the 77th Masters, to be played April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club:

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Masters 2013: 20 potential contenders at Augusta

You're right, it's not as simple as Tiger vs. the field. Here's a capsule look at 20 potential contenders and the case for each:

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Love, Furyk tied for lead at Sea Island

Three weeks after they were on stage together for the closing ceremony at the Ryder Cup, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk wound up together in a place few people would have imagined — in the final pairing at the McGladrey Classic.

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Where will British fit among Wimbledon, Olympics?

Lost in the opening round of the British Open was an announcement from the All England Club that will make it even more difficult for golf to devise a busy summer schedule in an Olympic year.

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Open Championship: Pipeline starting to fill with Korean men

K.J. Choi led the charge and now it is much easier for the likes of Seung-yul Noh, Sang-Moon Bae and Sunghoon Kang, who are among eight Korean-born players on the PGA Tour.

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Crane plans trip to Open with hope he gets in

Ben Crane will take a chance and make the trip to Royal Lytham and hope that he gets in as the first alternate at the Open Championship.

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De Jonge takes 1-shot lead at Congressional

Brendon de Jonge had more birdies than people in his gallery Saturday at the AT&T National to take a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods and two others.

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Mahan builds 2-shot lead at Congressional

Hunter Mahan finally got a good score to match a flawless swing.

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Van Pelt leads after tough day at Congressional

Bo Van Pelt holed out from the fairway for eagle and kept bogeys off his card for a 4-under 67.

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Couples, Hulbert named U.S. Ryder assistants

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has selected Fred Couples and Mike Hulbert to be two of his assistant captains.

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Lewis tied with Miyazato for LPGA lead

Stacy Lewis and Mika Miyazato are tied for the lead after the opening round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic.

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McIlroy recovers from rugged start for 71

Rory McIlroy went from the bunker to the water, walked across the pond to the drop area, then hit into another bunker. When he was done making a mess of the 12th hole at Muirfield Village, he had a quadruple-bogey 7 on his card and wondered if this was going to be another short week.

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Notes: Europe's version of The Players Championship

Notebook: Two weeks after the best Europeans came to Florida for the PGA Tour's premier tournament, the favor is not being returned at the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship.

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Na leads Players by one; Fowler three back

Kevin Na rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole Saturday for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead at The Players Championship.

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Johnson takes lead as McIlroy heads home

Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Kevin Na share the lead going into the weekend at The Players Championship.

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Poulter, Laird tied at Players Championship

Ian Poulter ran off four birdies around the turn. Martin Laird was the only player without a bogey on his card.

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Tiger hopes to stick around at Sawgrass

Tiger Woods is about the only person not in a panic about his game. But these remain curious times for the guy trying to show he can still dominate golf as he once did.

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Fowler finally a winner on the PGA Tour

In a three-way playoff that featured U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, the 23-year-old Rickie Fowler gambled with a 51-degree wedge that had to be perfect on an 18th hole at Quail Hollow that had yielded only four birdies all day. And it was.

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Simpson emerges with lead at Quail Hollow

The cheers Webb Simpson heard Saturday at Quail Hollow were all for him.

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Wild ride takes Mickelson to Hall of Fame

Phil Mickelson will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame on Monday evening along with four others, taking an undisputed place among the best who ever played this game.

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Watney leads Wells Fargo; Woods misses cut

Nick Watney answered what he referred to as a wake-up call at the Wells Fargo Championship by taking the lead.

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Moore contends at Wells Fargo despite penalty

Ryan Moore noticed his ball move ever so slightly as he went to tap in a 10-inch putt for par on the 11th hole. He didn’t think it was a penalty because the rule had changed for this year.

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Simpson in 3-way tie for lead at Quail Hollow

Webb Simpson was nervous playing in the same group with Tiger Woods. It sure didn't show Thursday in the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Woods to play at Quail Hollow in early May

Tiger Woods is taking a three-week break before returning to golf at the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Woods, McIlroy have starring roles in Masters

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy passed each other on Sunday at Augusta National last year, two players from different generations who appeared headed in opposite directions. Now, headed into Masters 2012, they’re on a collision course — each taking a path over the last 12 months that would have been difficult for anyone to chart.

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Augusta's membership debate back in spotlight

The appointment of a female CEO at IBM has revived the debate over Augusta National’s all-male membership just one week before the Masters, as the last four CEOs of IBM have been members of Augusta.

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Tiger, Wi hold one-shot lead at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods putted for birdie on every hole at Bay Hill on Friday. He shares the lead with Charlie Wi, while Graeme McDowell and Jason Dufner trail by one shot.

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Palmer chides McIlroy, Donald for not playing

Notes: Arnold Palmer declared Bay Hill to be the best it has ever been in the 34-year history of the tournament. But he was disappointed not to have the best two players who are PGA Tour members.

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