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Jeff Babineau

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Is Jim Furyk Hall worthy? You bet

Babineau: Is Jim Furyk worthy for the World Golf Hall of Fame? You bet

PGA Tour players Jim Furyk has the criteria and should be in the World Golf Hall of Fame writes Golfweek senior writer Jeff Babineau.

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Parting thoughts from Augusta, where Spieth and Tiger stole the show

Parting thoughts from the Masters 2015, where Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson stole PGA Tour headlines

A Masters week that produced a stellar champion in Jordan Spieth also left a few questions regarding Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and others.

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Thrilling chase gives Rose, Mickelson satisfaction from second place

Thrilling Masters chase gives Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson satisfaction from second place

Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson share Masters runner-up honors after a week that saw a revitalization of both players' games.

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Late mistakes haunt McIlroy at the Masters

Late mistakes haunt Rory McIlroy during Round 3 of the Masters

The Masters 2015 Rory McIlroy in Round 3 at Augusta National Golf Club in pursuit of the career Grand Slam trails Jordan Spieth after bogeys at 16 and 18.

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Crenshaw's final Masters ends with Texas-sized farewell

Ben Crenshaw's final Masters ends with Texas-sized farewell at Augusta National

Masters champion and PGA Tour veteran Ben Crenshaw received a hero's farewell Friday at Augusta National.

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This looks familiar: Spieth, 21, sets up Masters runaway

This looks familiar: Jordan Spieth, 21, sets up Masters runaway

PGA Tour winner Jordan Spieth is setting up a Masters runaway in a move reminiscent of Tiger Woods.

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Day fires 67 at the Masters, even without Tiger's help

Jason Day fires 67 at the 2015 Masters, even without Tiger Woods' help

The 2015 Masters Round 1 Jason Day at Augusta National Golf Club 67 with text to Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

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Mickelson, McIlroy lack firepower on Masters opening day

PGA Tour players Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy lack firepower on Masters opening day

Masters veteran Phil Mickelson and career Grand Slam contender Rory McIlroy didn't have all the pieces Thursday at Augusta.

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As 2015 Masters dawns, star power suggests thrilling weekend

As 2015 Masters dawns, star power suggests thrilling weekend

Masters 2015 is upon us, and the field is so deep – what with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson – that it's hard to say how the week might go.

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Sweet Masters memories: Crenshaw prepares for 44th and final Masters

Sweet Masters Memories: Ben Crenshaw prepares for 44th and final Masters

Ben Crenshaw never will stop loving Augusta National, but after this week’s Masters, the winner of two green jackets won’t compete here anymore. This is 44th and final Masters.

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Grand Slam on the line, Rory McIlroy faces Masters head on

Rory McIlroy faces Masters head on with career Grand Slam on the line

The 2015 Masters could close PGA Tour player Rory McIlroy's career Grand Slam but he's facing Augusta National without fear.

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Grown-up Jason Day merges all the pieces on road to Augusta

PGA Tour player Jason Day merges all the pieces in quest for Masters 2015 victory

PGA Tour player Jason Day keeps chasing a Masters victory after hanging around Sunday at major championships.

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Kuchar opens Masters week as Venus Williams' tennis partner

Matt Kuchar opens Masters week as Venus Williams' tennis partner

As Masters week opened, Matt Kuchar wasn't working on his game at Augusta National but playing an exhibition with Venus Williams instead.

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Gary Player: Only Tiger knows if he has the ‘yips’

Gary Player on Tiger Woods at the Masters: Only Tiger knows if he has the chipping ‘yips’

Tiger Woods wasn't on the ground Sunday at Augusta National but past Masters champions weighed in on his game.

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Crenshaw will fill Arnie's shoes at Masters Par 3 Contest

Ben Crenshaw will fill Arnold Palmer's shoes at Masters Par 3 Contest

Masters Par 3 Contest will include Ben Crenshaw in the Big Three pairing instead of Arnold Palmer, who is out with an injury.

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Adam Scott puts long putter back in bag for Masters

Adam Scott puts long putter back in his bag for Masters at Augusta National

After playing three straight tournament with a conventional putter, Adam Scott will put a long putter back in his bag for the Masters.

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Tiger's Masters return leaves one question: Why?

Tiger Woods' 2015 Masters return leaves one question: Why?

Tiger Woods at the 2015 Masters decision to return and play at Augusta National Golf Club leaves unanswered questions.

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Top American? Put Jimmy Walker in that mix

Top American? Put Valero Texas Open winner Jimmy Walker in that mix

The answer to the question, "Who is the top American golfer?" used to be an easy one. That was the Tiger Woods era. Now, there's a whole string of candidates, among them Jimmy Walker.

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Bubba Watson's NYC media tour includes pie golf with Jimmy Fallon

VIDEO: Bubba Watson, Jimmy Fallon play pie golf on 'The Tonight Show'

Bubba Watson appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night and competed against Fallon in a game of pie golf.

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Johnson lands Bay Hill's second albatross in two days

Zach Johnson lands Bay Hill's second albatross in two days

One day after Daniel Berger made double-eagle 2 at Bay Hill’s 549-yard, dogleg sixth hole (4-iron, 240 yards), Zach Johnson produced a little Bay Hill magic of his own.

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Saunders bounces back in grandfather Arnie's backyard

Sam Saunders bounces back in grandfather Arnold Palmer's backyard, Bay Hill

Sam Saunders recovered on the back nine at Bay Hill to move into contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which his hosted by his grandfather, Arnie.

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After bogey-free 65, Kiradech Aphibarnrat in hunt at Bay Hill

After bogey-free 65 at Bay Hill, Kiradech Aphibarnrat in hunt at PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnat moved into contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after firing a 7-under 65 Saturday at Bay Hill.

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Na claws his way onto Bay Hill's leaderboard

Kevin Na claws his way onto Arnold Palmer Invitational's leaderboard at Bay Hill

Kevin Na put himself in good position an the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational by using a claw putting grip inside 20 feet and a traditional grip outside of that mark at Bay Hill.

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After health scare, Gamez starts new chapter at Bay Hill

Robert Gamez starts new chapter at Bay Hill during PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational

Robert Gamez is playing in his second competitive round since having quadruple-bypass heart surgery in June at the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

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Sam and The King: A coming-of-age tale at Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders make up a coming-of-age story at Bay Hill PGA Tour stop

Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders, each his own man, enter Bay Hill week with a special kind of bond. Through the years, it has become stronger than ever.

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Tiger Woods will skip Bay Hill, hopes to be ready for Masters

Tiger Woods will skip Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, hopes to be ready for Masters

Tiger Woods will not play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Woods announced Friday via his website.

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Spieth returns to Innisbrook with fond memories of pivotal finish

Jordan Spieth returns to PGA Tour stop at Innisbrook with fond memories of pivotal finish

Jordan Spieth, then 19, needed a solid finish on Sunday at the 2013 Valspar Championship to secure status as a special temporary member on the PGA Tour.

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John Daly calls PGA Tour’s drug-testing program 'a big joke'

John Daly calls PGA Tour’s drug-testing program 'a big joke' on radio show

John Daly, on a radio show Tuesday night, called the PGA Tour's anti-doping testing program "a big joke."

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Depth in pro golf makes winning a tougher task than ever

Depth in pro golf, post-Tiger Woods prime, makes winning on PGA Tour, other tours a tougher task than ever

During his prime, Tiger Woods lulled most all of us into believing that winning on PGA Tour is easy. But that is far from the case.

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Golfweek PostGame: Cejka endures for maiden PGA Tour title

Alex Cejka endures for maiden PGA Tour title at Puerto Rico Open

Alex Cejka won the PGA Tour's 2015 Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Puerto Rico Open up for grabs heading into final round

PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open up for grabs heading into final round

Alex Cejka fell back during the third round of the PGA Tour's 2015 Puerto Rico Open, opening the door for Scott Brown and Chris Smith, who leading heading into Sunday's final round.

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Local Erick Morales ‘living the dream’ at Puerto Rico Open

Local Erick Morales ‘living the dream’ at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open

Erick Morales is just a normal guy, a former college player at Rutgers who works at an eyeglass distribution center. But this week at the Puerto Rico Open, he's living the dream.

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John Daly eyes top-10 at Puerto Rico Open

John Daly eyes top-10 at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open

John Daly looks for a top 10 at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, where he is 2 under through two rounds.

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Long-hitting Hagy turns heads at Puerto Rico Open

Long-hitting Brandon Hagy turns heads at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open

Brandon Hagy, a former Cal standout, is turning heads at the PGA Tour's 2015 Puerto Rico Open with his long drives and impressive swing speed.

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PGA Tour rookie Hubbard aims for 'trifecta' in Puerto Rico

PGA Tour rookie Mark Hubbard aims for 'trifecta' in Puerto Rico

To say it’s been an eventful few weeks for PGA Tour rookie Mark Hubbard would be a bit of an understatement.

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Duval tees it up at Puerto Rico before donning TV hat

David Duval tees it up at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open before donning TV analyst hat for Golf Channel

David Duval played 18 holes at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open before reporting for afternoon television duty in the Golf Channel booth.

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Putting tip sparks Luke Donald at Honda Classic

Putting tip sparks Luke Donald at PGA Tour's Honda Classic

Luke Donald is in contention at the Honda Classic thanks in part to a putting tip from Northwestern head coach Pat Goss.

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Koepka makes cut at Honda Classic after 14-stroke turnaround

Brooks Koepka makes cut at PGA Tour's Honda Classic after 14-stroke turnaround

Brooks Koepka rebounded from an opening 8-over 78 to card a second-round 64 and make the cut Friday at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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McIlroy struggles at Honda Classic in Tour return

Rory McIlroy struggles at 2015 Honda Classic in PGA Tour return

Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world, shot a first-round 3-over 73 at PGA National's Champion Course during the first round of the PGA Tour's 2015 Honda Classic.

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Mickelson enjoys wind-blown challenge at Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson enjoys wind-blown challenge at PGA Tour's Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson shot a 71 in the first round of the PGA Tour's 2015 Honda Classic at PGA National and noted how the wind and water hazards made the course difficult.

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Past Honda champs grind for another shot at glory

Past Honda champs grind for another shot at PGA Tour glory

Three former Honda Classic champions lingered on the range Wednesday after most practice had wrapped up. There is no room for rest in this game.

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Greg Norman on Tiger Woods: He's mentally ‘unraveled’

Greg Norman on Tiger Woods: He's mentally ‘unraveled’

In a “Today Show” interview on NBC, Greg Norman expressed doubts that Tiger Woods can make the climb back to the pinnacle of the game.

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Reason for optimism with U.S., Love and Redeem Team II

Reason for Ryder Cup optimism with U.S., Davis Love III and Redeem Team II

For those who view the Ryder Cup through red, white and blue lenses, we've been hovering over the hospital bed, gravely distressed. How did we get ourselves into this mess?

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Walker calls Riviera favorite PGA Tour playground

Jimmy Walker calls Riviera favorite PGA Tour playground as he tees up at Northern Trust Open

One guy to watch as the Northern Trust Open gets underway today outside Los Angeles? Jimmy Walker, who has been solid and consistent since the fall of 2013.

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Next Ryder Cup move: Conditionally Love?

Could U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy find Davis Love III for a second time?

Reports surfaced Monday that Davis Love III would captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2016. Could a troubled U.S. Ryder Cup team forge into its future by once again reaching into its past?

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Mark O’Meara, David Graham visit World Golf Hall of Fame

2015 inductees Mark O’Meara, David Graham visit World Golf Hall of Fame

Mark O’Meara and David Graham, two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class, made a first-time visit to the shrine Monday.

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Jim Thorpe reflects on 'inspiration' of Charlie Sifford

Champions Tour golfer Jim Thorpe reflects on 'inspiration' of Charlie Sifford's life

Ahead of the Allianz Championship, veteran touring pro Jim Thorpe recalls the importance of Charlie Sifford, who died Feb. 3 at age 92, to the world of golf.

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Champions Tour eyes options for playoff system

Champions Tour eyes options for Charles Schwab Cup playoff system

One element of the Champions Tour’s historic 20-year marketing extension with Charles Schwab & Co., sponsor of the season-ending Schwab Cup, is to add some spice to the end of the schedule with a couple of playoff events leading into the 30-man finale.

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Tiger Woods needs his old swagger, Montgomerie says

Tiger Woods needs his old swagger, Colin Montgomerie says

When it comes to Tiger Woods and his recent struggles, there is no short supply of opinions on what’s happening with the former World No. 1, and what he should do next.

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Like old times, Henke welcomes stepping inside ropes again

Nolan Henke will make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Allianz Championship and stepping insde the ropes once again

Having been on golf’s sidelines for the better part of, oh, a decade, Nolan Henke will make his Champions Tour debut at this week’s Allianz Championship at the Old Course at Broken Sound.

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