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Jeff Babineau

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Babineau: Palmer, Spieth, Ryder Cup highlight '14

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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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