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Jeff Babineau

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Underdog U.S. squad following its confident leader

The U.S. is an underdog on paper and with oddsmakers, but if matches were won off the course with talk, Tom Watson may just be the man to lead the Americans to Ryder Cup victory.

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Ryder Cup: U.S. captain's pick candidates

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will fill out his 12-man roster with three captain’s picks Tuesday night in New York. Here’s a look at the candidates and how we’re handicapping them heading into Watson’s announcement.

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Kirk an option for Watson's Ryder Cup squad

Chris Kirk used a final-round 65 to capture the Deutsche Bank Championship and firmly put himself on Tom Watson's radar as the Ryder Cup captain makes his wild-card picks on Tuesday night in New York City.

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McIlroy's 64 steals Henley's spotlight at Deutsche

Nine players sit within four shots of Russell Henley’s lead at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Amid that group, Rory McIlroy has stolen the spotlight after his third-round 64 Sunday.

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Babineau: Donald shows fight as Ryder Cup looms

Luke Donald showed fight in the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship, making birdie on his final two holes as he looks for a Ryder Cup spot.

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Billy Horschel makes a run in Boston

Billy Horschel's run at the Deutsche Bank Championship could help keep him alive in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

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Kuchar: Tough day all around

Matt Kuchar has had a much different week than he normally does at TPC Boston after the sudden death of his caddie's wife, Angela Bennett on Wednesday.

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Ogilvy takes can't-lose approach at TPC Boston

For Geoff Ogilvy, there's an upside as the last guy invited to the party at this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, the second stop in the PGA Tour’s four-pronged FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Robledo beats Shelton in heavyweight bout at U.S. Am

In a matchup of collegiate heavyweights, Houston's Roman Robledo knocked off Alabama's Robby Shelton in Thursday's Round of 32 at the U.S. Amateur.

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Smith gets 11th-hour reprieve at U.S. Amateur

Nathan Smith, the four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion competing against the young bucks Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club, advanced to a playoff Tuesday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur.

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To PGA victor McIlroy belong spoils

Rory McIlroy receives plenty for his 2014 PGA Championship victory at Valhalla – much of it, however, he already had!

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Late run keeps Mickelson’s PGA chances alive

Phil Mickelson again showed Saturday at the PGA Championship that can be stubborn until he finds something -- then it's as if a switch flips and the party starts.

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Koepka eyes another solid major finish at PGA

Brooks Koepka made nine birdies Saturday at Valhalla to card 5-under 66 in the third round of the PGA Championship and put himself in position for another solid major finish.

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Mickelson fires 67 to get into PGA contention

It all started with a 62 last Sunday and now Phil Mickelson finds himself in contention for a second PGA Championship title behind a second-round, 4-under 67.

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McIlroy maintains groove halfway through PGA

Rory McIlroy's peers simply are having a difficult time of late just staying on the same track -- at the 96th PGA Championship, with Valhalla soft and soggy, it's much the same story as recent weeks.

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McIlroy sputters, but recovers for opening 66 at PGA

Rory McIlroy was looking golden at the turn, posting a 3-under 32. And then a ball out of bounds at 10. A short par miss at 11. But, instead of spiraling out of control, McIlroy got back on track to post a 5-under 66.

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Consistent Furyk again in the mix at Valhalla

Jim Furyk has re-established himself as a consistent contender this season, and now after Thursday's 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship, the 44-year-old is once again in the mix at Valhalla.

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Garcia, others face uphill chase

Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia all took turns making a run at the top of the British Open, but each had trouble sustaining any momentum against Rory McIlroy on Saturday.

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It took awhile, but links golf has grown on Jim Furyk

Jim Furyk fired a 1-under 71 on Friday at Royal Liverpool, showing the growth that the 44-year-old has made playing links golf over the course of his career.

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Hoylake's 'Big Three' struggle mightily

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson took part in the angrier side of a long British Open Thursday at Hoylake, teeing off in mid-afternoon and experiencing more than their share of heartache.

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Crane making mad dash from Oregon to Hoylake

Ben Crane has moved from the ninth alternate to the top one and spent Tuesday night beginning his travels from Portland, Ore. to Hoylake, a trip that won't get him to the course until 1 a.m. on Thursday.

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All hype aside, 11-year-old Lucy Li simply has game

Many questioned whether Lucy Li could handle the pressure of a U.S. Women's Open, but after her impressive 8-over 78 on Thursday, the 11-year-old simply proved that she belongs.

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Laura Davies: A Dame who still has game

Laura Davies owns four major titles and 84 worldwide victories in a career that has yet to land her in the Hall of Fame. But her honors in England continue to rise, recently being named Dame Commander.

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Fowler adapts flair to U.S. Open stage

Rickie Fowler finds himself in contention for the second consecutive major, accomplishing his goal of showing up in the big events.

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Putting better, Mickelson (72) thinks 'second again'

Phil Mickelson was a man who needed to make a move on Saturday, but as he progressed through his round, it was clear there would not be too many birdie opportunities at Pinehurst No. 2.

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Babineau: Well, Lefty, there's always next year . . .

Phil Mickelson's putter woes continued on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, leading to a 3-over 73 and is likely done in his chase to complete the career grand slam – at least for this year. The countdown to Chambers Bay starts now . . .

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Putter leaves Mickelson with plenty of work to do

Phil Mickelson posted a solid, even-par 70 on Thursday at the U.S. Open, but even he knows that something is amiss with his flatstick, and he'll need to figure it out quickly.

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Tide trio, Cowboys duo set to turn pro

Alabama’s three decorated seniors will be off to the pro ranks soon after their second straight NCAA men's championship, while both Oklahoma State seniors in Wednesday’s final also will turn pro.

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Staying in moment, Bama wins 2nd straight title

Crimson Tide football legend-in-the-making Nick Saban told golf coach Jay Seawell, in effect, to stay in the moment Wednesday. Doing so culminated in a second consecutive NCAA men's championship for Alabama.

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Alabama vs. Oklahoma State connected via McGraw

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State is already a huge matchup with just the 10 players that will duke it out on Wednesday for the NCAA title. But add in Mike McGraw's emotional connection to both programs, and you have a storybook storyline.

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Winner's Bag: USC's Doris Chen, NCAA women

A look inside the bag of USC's Doris Chen, who won the individual title at the 2014 NCAA Women's Championship on Friday at Tulsa CC.

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At NCAAs for first time, Iowa State shows progress

Iowa State might have finished next-to-last at the 2014 NCAA Championships, but the Cyclones looked at it as major progress after they made it to the Big Dance for the first time in school history.

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McIlroy, Rose take different turns at Players crossroads

Rory McIlroy turned in an opening round of 2-under 70 Thursday at the Players Championship. Pretty good most years, but on Thursday, he termed it “average,” and Justin Rose's 67 helped prove the quote accurate.

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'Passion project:' Golf Channel debuts 'Arnie' Sunday night

It's not easy to capture the life of the legendary Arnold Palmer. Golf Channel tells his story in three episodes fit for the King.

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Woodland's wild ride captivates Masters

With a record-tying front-nine 30 at Augusta National, Gary Woodland sure took advantage of "moving day" at the Masters -- "He put a rush into this place," as his father put it.

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McIlroy shaky in making cut on the number

Rory McIlroy struggled to a 5-over 77 on Friday at Augusta National, barely making the cut and grabbing Saturday's first tee time with a marker.

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Fortunes at Masters can turn on one bad hole

The beauty of Augusta National, from the standpoint of excitement, is that danger lurks everywhere -- and intervenes when one least expects it. Just ask Louis Oosthuizan, Matt Kuchar or Gary Player.

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Young guns survive Augusta National's wild ride

Rory McIlroy was the elder statesman in his first-round group with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. And while that provided an advantage at different points, the entire group gave us a glimpse of golf's future, and it looks pretty good.

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Zach Johnson: Learning curve at Augusta is steep

There are 24 first-timers in the field this week at the Masters and Zach Johnson knows exactly how they'll feel come Thursday, as there is plenty to learn by simply playing Augusta National.

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Our tribute: Ron Balicki (1948-2014)

Ron Balicki, 65, died Tuesday after an eight-month battle with cancer, but his impact on the game – mostly the people within it – will be felt for decades to come.

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Every's win brings new feeling to familiar place

It was a tad surreal for Central Florida native Matt Every to be the last one standing on the 18th green Sunday at the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational, the tournament namesake handing him the trophy.

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Bay Hill's biggest star? He won't even hit a shot this week

Arnold Palmer addressed the media on Wednesday, taking on the topics of Tiger Woods, the Eisenhower Tree, lifting weights and his feelings when someone orders an Arnold Palmer.

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5 Things: English ready; Snedeker searches; more

Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course boasts a roster of past champions that proves it’s a great spot for top ballstrikers. Here are 5 Things to know on the eve of the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship.

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Practice?! Derek Ernst (66) doesn't need it

Derek Ernst hasn't had much fun with golf since his maiden victory on Tour last spring, so he took a new approach: "I just didn't work on my game." Well, he fired a 4-under 66 on Thursday at Honda, so it might have worked.

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A new baby and a new chance for Jason Allred

It's been a whirlwind few weeks for Jason Allred, picking up a third-place finish at the Northern Trust Open, a third child that was born on Monday and winding down with a pressure-packed tee time this week at the Honda Classic.

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Mickelson back at Honda for first time since '02

The last time Phil Mickelson played at PGA National he was a junior, and the last time he played the Honda Classic, it was 2002, and he had yet to win a major.

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My Year in Golf: Jeff Babineau

Golfweek Editor Jeff Babineau takes a few moments to take a trip down memory lane, with 2013 offering everything from a Rory walk-off to holding the Claret Jug to witnessing the 17th-hole streaker at the Presidents Cup.

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Babineau: What I am thankful for on this Thanksgiving

From the breakfast ball to Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau reflects on all the things he is thankful for on this Thanksgiving day.

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Johnson's hole-out caps strong day for U.S.

Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner flipped the opening match of the afternoon -- the only one to be played to completion -- and suddenly, the U.S. has opened up a five-point advantage heading into Sunday.

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Close competition adds drama to Presidents Cup

At this year's Presidents Cup, the Washington Generals of this matchup, the Internationals, are giving its Harlem Globetrotters, the U.S., a pretty good run so far.

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