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Major leap: Big plans drive Rickie Fowler in 2015

Major leap: Big plans drive Rickie Fowler's PGA Tour season

After top 5s in the four majors last year, Rickie Fowler emerges as 'legit.'

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Dustin Johnson interview: 'Time to grow up'

Dustin Johnson interview with Golfweek's Jeff Babineau: 'Time to grow up'

Dustin Johnson announced that he will return to the PGA Tour in early February, but the 30-year-old says he is a different man than the one who skirted drug-use allegations and a party-boy image.

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Golfweek PostGame: Walker owns Hawaii

Golfweek PostGame: Jimmy Walker owns PGA Tour's Sony Open Hawaii

Jimmy Walker shines when the PGA Tour stops in Hawaii or California. The latest evidence is a nine-shot victory at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

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Simpson shoots 62 with short putter in hand

Webb Simpson shoots 62 at Sony Open in Hawaii with short putter in hand

Webb Simpson putted his way to an opening-round 62 at the Sony Open in Hawaii using a conventional-length putter.

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PGA Tour rookies Barber, Taylor off to fast starts

PGA Tour rookies Blayne Barber, Nick Taylor off to fast starts

Blayne Barber and Nick Taylor were standouts in college, but it has taken them some time to reach the PGA Tour. Now, the Tour rookies, both teeing it up at this week's Sony Open, are getting a chance to see how they stack up against golf's best.

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Chance pays off for Mullinax at Sony qualifier

Chance pays off for Trey Mullinax at qualifier for PGA Tour's Sony Open

For Trey Mullinax, it’s already been a good week. The former Alabama All-American is basking in the sunshine on the island of Oahu, preparing for the PGA Tour's Sony Open.

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Reed prevails at Kapalua without best game

Babineau: Patrick Reed's stock rises with fourth PGA Tour title

Patrick Reed was criticized for his confident words after winning the 2014 PGA Tour event at Doral. But the 24-year-old simply has the game to back it up.

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Matsuyama, Walker trend upward at TOC, on Tour

Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama head into the final round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua as co-leaders at 17 under

Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama, the 54-hole leaders at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, hold more in common than might appear on the surface.

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Chesson Hadley using Kapalua to get 'game ready'

Chesson Hadley getting 'game ready' at Kapalua beside PGA Tour's best

Most players at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard through two rounds had played Kapalua before. That is, except for Chesson Hadley, who is using the week to get himself "game ready."

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Consistent Russell Henley leads at Hyundai TOC

With tee-to-green consistency, Russell Henley leads after the first round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Russell Henley's New Year's resolution was to become more consistent from tee to green. One round into his year, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, it's so far, so good as Henley leads at 8-under 65 at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course.

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Jason Day targets improved health, No. 1 ranking

Entering 2015, Jason Day targets improved health, world's No. 1 ranking

There's no doubt Jason Day has immense talent. Entering 2015, the 27-year-old Australian hopes he can stay healthy and ascend to No. 1 in the world ranking.

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John Smoltz, MLB Hall of Famer, made time for golf

John Smoltz blended Hall of Fame career with coveted tee times

John Smoltz, who pitched 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Thanks to a well-used little black book, he's an accomplished golfer, too.

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Johnson turns career into booming business

Zach Johnson turns PGA Tour career into a growing business with help from Team Zach

Zach Johnson and "Team Zach" held its annual meeting last month in Orlando, Fla., to review the 2014 season and identify potential areas of improvement for 2015. One thing he'll work on: his putting.

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Key for Matt Kuchar: A fast start to the new year

A key for Matt Kuchar's successful season is getting off to a fast start in January at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua

Matt Kuchar says he’s never been much of a goal-setter, but mainly, he’s driven by one idea when each new year rolls in: just find a way to get better and with a fast start each year, he has certainly done that.

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Geoff Ogilvy returns to chase third title at Kapalua

Geoff Ogilvy returns to Kapalua after breaking winless streak

Geoff Ogilvy returns to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he has won twice, after breaking a winless streak in 2014.

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Babineau: Palmer, Spieth, Ryder Cup highlight '14

Jeff Babineau wraps up '14 with thoughts on Palmer, Spieth, Ryder Cup

Senior writer Jeff Babineau wraps up the year that was on the PGA Tour with his thoughts on Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth at The Masters and the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Stacy Lewis is a modern-day athlete who 'gets it'

Jeff Babineau's Untold Story from 2014: Stacy Lewis is a modern-day athlete who 'gets it'

Jeff Babineau's Untold Story of 2014 touches on the fact that there is not a more underrated, underappreciated star in our game than the LPGA's Stacy Lewis.

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Team Langer wins PNC Father/Son Challenge by 2

Bernhard, Jason Langer win PNC Father/Son Challenge by 2 with a 13-under 59 Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

Bernhard Langer picked up another win Sunday (his sixth of the year) at the PNC Father/Son Challenge with his 14-year-old son Jason by his side.

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Father/Son pairs dads, sons ranging in talent

PNC Father/Son Challenge pairs major-winning dads, sons of ranging talent levels

The sons playing in this weekend's PNC Father/Son Challenge range from strong junior and amateur golfers to players who are relatively new to the game. Still, this "family major" is a highlight for the major-winning dads and their kids.

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Red-and-black Reed shines at Hero World Challenge

Red-and-black Patrick Reed shines at Hero World Challenge

Patrick Reed bested playing partner Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge Friday with a round of 9-under 63.

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Fresh off Aussie Open win, Spieth flying high

Fresh off Aussie Open victory, Jordan Spieth flying high into Hero World Challenge at Isleworth

It's nearly 9,400 miles from Sydney, where Jordan Spieth won the Australian Open, to Orlando, Fla., where the 21-year-old is competing in this week's Hero World Challenge at Isleworth. Yet, Spieth appears to be as fresh as anyone in the field.

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All systems go for Tiger on eve of World Challenge

All systems go for Tiger Woods on eve of World Challenge

There was no scorecard for Tiger Woods on Wednesday during a pro-am round for the Hero World Challenge, but if this were a pre-flight check, all Woods’ instruments appeared to be working fine.

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Fowler's overdue victory could come at Isleworth

Rickie Fowler's torrid play could make him Isleworth scene-stealer

Tiger Woods is filling the role of lead hero at this week’s Hero World Challenge at Isleworth Country Club, but Rickie Fowler deserves an early-week look, too.

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Shades of Bubba: WGC win opens another chapter

Shades of Bubba Watson: Victory in China opens another chapter

There are many shades to Bubba Watson, but victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions opened another chapter in his story of self growth.

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Jack Nicklaus returns for PNC Father/Son Challenge

Jack Nicklaus returns for PNC Father/Son Challenge

Jack Nicklaus and his son, Jack II, highlight the field for the 2014 PNC Father/Son Challenge.

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Golfweek PostGame: Nick Taylor wins in Mississippi

Golfweek PostGame: Nick Taylor wins Sanderson Farms Championship

Golfweek PostGame breaks down the PGA Tour action at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi, where another 20-something, Nick Taylor, stole the show.

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Ted Bishop shows remorse in social-media slip

Babineau: Remorseful Bishop shines light on aftermath of social-media slip

Ousted PGA of America president Ted Bishop spent Tuesday morning inside the studios of Golf Channel in Orlando trying to explain how two regretful messages expressed across two social-media platforms late last week have thrown his near four-decade career as a PGA professional into turmoil.

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Streb takes McGladrey in playoff for 1st Tour win

Robert Streb takes McGladrey Classic in playoff for 1st PGA Tour win

It took three weeks, but the PGA Tour got its first playoff of the new season at the McGladrey Classic, with Robert Streb prevailing over Brendon de Jonge on the second extra hole to win his first PGA Tour title.

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For Chris Kirk, it's time for a major move

For Chris Kirk, it's time for a major move

Chris Kirk is coming off the season of his life, having won not once, but twice in 2013-14, including the McGladrey Classic, which he’ll try to defend beginning Thursday not far from his former home in Sea Island.

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Martin lands at McGladrey as a new man

Tour win in hand, Ben Martin lands at McGladrey as a new man

As players began to file into Sea Island for the third tournament of the Tour’s Fall Series, Ben Martin, 27, still was walking on air after his first Tour victory.

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Norman to play pro-am, broadcast at FT Shootout

Greg Norman to play pro-am, broadcast at FT Shootout

Greg Norman, who is recovering from a chainsaw-related injury, received clearance to play at the pro-am of the Franklin Templeton Shootout before joining the Fox Sports broadcast booth for the December tournament.

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Zach Johnson: We need to play better

Zach Johnson on Ryder Cup: We need to play better

As a new PGA Tour season begins today, Zach Johnson offered up a fresh take on a tournament from across the pond that still is lingering on the minds of many – the 2014 Ryder Cup, where the U.S. went down yet again.

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Babineau: Sorting through the mourning after

Babineau: Monday musings, sorting through the mourning after Ryder Cup 2014

Who needs to set the DVR each afternoon to “Days of Our Lives” when we have a real-life reality show that is the U.S. Ryder Cup team? It's the focus of Jeff Babineau's Monday musings.

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Babineau: Time for U.S. to find some answers

Babineau: Time for U.S. Ryder Cup team to find some hard answers

Once more, Europe partied through the night after winning its third straight Ryder Cup while the American camp went sleepless.

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Rookies Spieth, Reed serve as beacon of hope

Rookies Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed serve as beacon of U.S. Ryder Cup hope

Only rookies Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed were able to move the U.S. Saturday-afternoon points total in a positive direction, and they did so against two U.S. Open champions while showing Ryder Cup promise.

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Recap: Furyk teams with Mahan for 4-and-3 win

Ryder Cup Tracker: Jamie Donaldson/Lee Westwood (Europe) vs. Hunter Mahan/Jim Furyk (U.S.)

Jim Furyk took on his 16th partner in his ninth Ryder Cup during Saturday morning four-balls, and it turned out to be a pretty stout partnership as he and Hunter Mahan topped Lee Westwood and Jamie Donaldson, 4 and 3.

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McIlroy, Garcia rally late for afternoon halve

Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia rally late for afternoon Ryder Cup halve

Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker of Team USA halved their afternoon match with Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy of Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Mickelson-Bradley win has little bit of everything

Ryder Cup Tracker: Phil Mickelson/Keegan Bradley (U.S.) vs. Rory McIlroy/Sergio Garcia (Europe)

Phil Mickelson made a short birdie putt at the par-5 18th to give Keegan Bradley and himself a 1-up victory over Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia in Friday morning's final four-ball match at the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Team Europe plays bigger than sum of its parts

In Ryder Cup, Team Europe plays bigger than sum of its parts

When and why did the tide shift so seismically away from Team USA in the Ryder Cup? It’s not as if Europe always has the better, more decorated players, but it favored to win its eighth in 10 tries.

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Mickelson pokes fun at himself, McDowell/McIlroy

Phil Mickelson pokes fun at himself, Graeme McDowell/Rory McIlroy lawsuit

Phil Mickelson put on a show in his first press conference of the week at the Ryder Cup, poking fun at himself, as well as the litigation between Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy.

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A target? McIlroy doesn't care; he has a job to do

Target on his back? Rory McIlroy doesn't care; he has a job to do at 2014 Ryder Cup

As World No. 1 and the winner of the last two majors, Rory McIlroy is gaining a lot of attention at the Ryder Cup. The 25-year-old is trying to block all of that out and simply do his job, and that's to win.

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Kuchar quietly becomes a go-to player for the U.S.

Matt Kuchar quietly becomes a go-to player for the U.S.

Matt Kuchar has played for a U.S. team in each of the last five years and is steadily becoming a player on whom captains increasingly can count with his play and mentoring abilities.

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Underdog U.S. squad following its confident leader

Babineau: 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

Ryder Cup: A closer look at the U.S. Ryder Cup 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

Will captain take Chris Kirk on Ryder Cup voyage? He made his case at TPC Boston

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

Rory McIlroy's 64 steals Russell Henley's spotlight at Deutsche Bank

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

Babineau: Luke Donald shows fight at DBC 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 makes a run at Deutsche Bank Championship

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: Tough day all around at Deutsche Bank Championship after his caddie's wife passed away earlier in the week

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

As last man to qualify for Boston, Ogilvy takes can't-lose approach

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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