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After struggling to find his way, Kaufman joins growing youth movement

After struggling to find his way, Smylie Kaufman joins growing youth movement

After struggling to find his way, 23-year-old Smylie Kaufman joins growing youth movement with maiden PGA Tour victory at the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

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Golfweek PostGame: Smylie Kaufman wins Shriners Open in Las Vegas

Golfweek PostGame: Smylie Kaufman wins Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas

PGA Tour golfer Smylie Kaufman wins the 2015 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas with final-round 61, fending off Kevin Na and Brett Stegmaier.

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Mid-Am champ Schmitz finds road to Augusta paved in donors’ green

Mid-Am champ Sammy Schmitz finds road to Augusta paved in donors’ green

Sammy Schmitz, the 2015 Mid-Amateur Champion, used a GoFundMe online fundraiser account to raise money to train for the Masters outside of his home in Wisconsin.

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Illinois wins Tavistock Collegiate Invitational, seeks to conquer match play in spring

Illinois wins Tavistock Collegiate Invitational, seeks to conquer match play in spring

The Illinois Fighting Illini men's golf team wins the 2015 Tavistock Collegiate Invitational at Isleworth behind the play of Charlie Danielson and Thomas Detry.

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After restless recuperation, ironman Brian Gay anticipates return to Tour

After restless recuperation, ironman Brian Gay anticipates return to PGA Tour

Brian Gay is planning on playing the PGA Tour this season on a major medical exemption after missing significant action because of thumb and neck injuries.

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Happy golf new year! Some predictions as PGA Tour opens season

Happy golf new year! Some predictions as PGA Tour opens season

From twentysomethings to Rory McIlroy, expect another thrilling PGA Tour season in 2015-16, writes Jeff Babineau.

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Schmitz earns dream Masters trip with dad following par-4 ace and U.S. Mid-Am title

Sammy Schmitz earns dream Masters trip with dad following par-4 ace and U.S. Mid-Am title

Sammy Schmitz scores hole-in-one on par-4 to secure U.S. Mid-Amateur title and Masters invitation over Marc Dull at John's Island West Course in Vero Beach, Florida.

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Schmitz holds 2-up lead on Dull midway through U.S. Mid-Am final

Sammy Schmitz holds 2-up lead on Marc Dull midway through U.S. Mid-Amateur final

Minnesota’s Sammy Schmitz will take a 2-up lead over Florida’s Marc Dull into the final scheduled 18 holes Thursday at the 35th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at John’s Island Club’s West Course.

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A caddie playing the Masters? Dull could make it happen with U.S. Mid-Am victory

A caddie playing in the Masters? Marc Dull could make it happen with U.S. Mid-Amateur victory

Florida's Marc Dull, a caddie at Streamsong Resort, advanced to Thursday's final of the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur in Vero Beach, Fla., where he will face Sammy Schmitz of Minnesota.

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Wealth adviser Brad Wilder among semifinalists at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Wealth adviser Brad Wilder among semifinalists at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Wealth adviser Brad Wilder of Fort Wright, Ky., was among four players who moved closer to a Masters berth by advancing to the semifinals of the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur.

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With eye still on Augusta, ex-pro Daley advances at U.S. Mid-Am

With eye still on Augusta, former pro Jess Daley advances at U.S. Mid-Amateur

Jess Daley, a former pro golfer and college All-American, was among those who advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur, where the winner will earn a Masters berth.

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Scott Harvey falls in U.S. Mid-Amateur Round of 32

Scott Harvey's U.S. Mid-Amateur title defense comes to end in Round of 32

Amateur golfer Scott Harvey's 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur title defense comes to end in Round of 32 with a loss, while Mike McCoy advances.

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With Ryder Cup a year away, U.S. captain faces many challenges

With Ryder Cup a year away, U.S. captain Davis Love III faces many challenges

The 2016 Ryder Cup is a year away and that means U.S. captain Davis Love III will have 365 days to figure out a winning formula before the matches at Hazeltine National.

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Holmes contends in Tour Championship debut, and another postseason prize looms

J.B. Holmes contends in Tour Championship debut, and another postseason Presidents Cup prize looms

J.B. Holmes is contending in his 2015 Tour Championship debut, and another FedEx Cup postseason prize looms as $10 million is on the line at East Lake in Atlanta, Ga along with a potential pick to the Presidents Cup team.

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Henrik Stenson races out to 63, two-shot lead at Tour Championship

Sweden's Henrik Stenson races out to 63, two-shot lead after first round of Tour Championship

Sweden's Henrik Stenson races out to a 7-under 63 at East Lake in Atlanta and a two-shot lead after the first round Tour Championship, the final tournament in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

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Schniederjans motivated for Tour Championship return as more than marker

Ollie Schniederjans motivated for Tour Championship return as more than marker

Ollie Schniederjans plays PGA Tour's 2015 Tour Championship as marker, gains motivation to earn status as a PGA Tour golfer.

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Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from Tour Championship with hamstring injury

South African Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from PGA Tour's Tour Championship with hamstring injury

South African Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from the PGA Tour's Tour Championship with hamstring injury in the final event of the FedEx Cup playoffs at East Lake.

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At Tour Championship, watch out for Henrik Stenson

At Fedex Cup Playoffs' Tour Championship, watch out for Sweden's Henrik Stenson

At the Fedex Cup Playoffs' Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta, watch out for Sweden's Henrik Stenson to win the $10 million.

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PGA Tour's 'Big Four' collide at East Lake for Tour Championship

PGA Tour's 'Big Four' collide at East Lake for 2015 Tour Championship

PGA Tour's 'Big Four' – Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler – collide at East Lake for 2015 Tour Championship.

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Pettersen, Inkster meet to bury hatchet from thrilling Solheim Cup

Suzann Pettersen, Juli Inkster meet to bury hatchet from thrilling 2015 Solheim Cup

U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster met with European golfer Suzann Pettersen in Germany to talk about controversy concerning a non-conceded putt in the matches.

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At BMW, young guns are great, but don’t forget old guys like Kelly

At PGA Tour BMW Championship, young guns are great, but don’t forget the old guys like Jerry Kelly

Much of the attention in FedEx Cup Playoffs is on the PGA Tour's young guns, but as the playoffs continue at the BMW Championship, we can't forget about the older players like Jerry Kelly.

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Lahiri's quest for PGA Tour card goes through Web.com Tour Finals

Anirban Lahiri's quest for PGA Tour card goes through Web.com Tour Finals

Anirban Lahiri, of India and the 40th ranked golfer in the world, is the top draw at the Web.com Tour Finals opener in Fort Wayne, Ind., as he tries to earn his PGA Tour card.

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Babineau: U.S. team had better options than Phil Mickelson

Babineau: U.S. Presidents Cup team had better options than Phil Mickelson

U.S. Presidents Cup team had better options, like J.B. Holmes, Charley Hoffman, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Webb Simpson, Robert Streb or Kevin Na, than Phil Mickelson for Jay Haas captain's pick.

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Matt Lauer takes "Today" gig to golf course with Jordan Spieth

Matt Lauer takes "Today" gig to Liberty National Golf Course with Jordan Spieth

NBC "Today" morning host Matt Lauer interview PGA Tour golfer Jordan Spieth at Liberty National Golf Course near New York City to discuss career, life and tips.

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Babineau: FedEx Cup Playoffs are great, but they could be better

Jeff Babineau: The FedEx Cup Playoffs on PGA Tour are great, but they could be better

The FedEx Cup Playoffs are good for the PGA Tour, but are they too long? Jeff Babineau asks the question.

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DeChambeau rises to top of amateur game with a style (and set of clubs) all his own

SMU college golfer Bryson DeChambeau rises to top of amateur game with a style (and set of clubs) all his own

SMU college golfer Bryson DeChambeau has used his same-length clubs and single-plane swing to win the 2015 U.S. Amateur and 2015 NCAA Championship.

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Bryson DeChambeau a unique champion at U.S. Amateur

Bryson DeChambeau claims 2015 U.S. Amateur title over Derek Bard

SMU amateur men's golfer Bryson DeChambeau won the 2015 U.S. Amateur final match over Virginia's Derek Bard at Olympia Fields Country Club.

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DeChambeau surges past Crocker to make U.S. Amateur final

Bryson DeChambeau surges past Sean Crocker to make U.S. Amateur final

Bryson DeChambeau continued his dominant play at the U.S. Amateur by defeating Sean Crocker in Saturday's semifinals to advance to the championship match at Olympia Fields.

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Crocker paddles another opponent en route to U.S. Amateur semifinals

Sean Crocker paddles another opponent en route to U.S. Amateur semifinals

USC sophomore Sean Crocker takes emotional and bold personality past Austin James and to semifinals at 2015 U.S. Amateur golf tournament at Olympia Fields.

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Comfortable with spotlight, Dunne reaches quarters at U.S. Amateur

Comfortable with spotlight, Paul Dunne reaches quarterfinals at U.S. Amateur

Irish amateur golfer Paul Dunne advanced to the quarterfinals at the 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields after making a name for himself at the 2015 British Open.

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Top ams roll into Round of 16 at U.S. Amateur

Top ams Rahm, DeChambeau roll into Round of 16 at U.S. Amateur

Top amateur golfers Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Maverick McNealy roll into Round of 16 at 2015 U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields.

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Hunter Stewart knocks off the rust and Lee McCoy in U.S. Amateur

Hunter Stewart knocks off the rust and Lee McCoy in U.S. Amateur

After qualifying for match play at the U.S. Amateur via a playoff, Hunter Stewart topped Lee McCoy in the Round of 64 Wednesday at Olympia Fields.

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Mitchell’s clutch save on 18th edges Koepka in U.S. Amateur Round of 64

Todd Mitchell’s clutch save on 18th edges Chase Koepka in U.S. Amateur Round of 64

Todd Mitchell has been out of baseball so long that he doesn’t even know how being a former minor-league shortstop influences his golf game anymore.

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Mid-am champion Harvey DQ'd for signing incorrect scorecard at U.S. Amateur

Mid-am champion Scott Harvey DQ'd for signing incorrect scorecard at U.S. Amateur

For the second consecutive year the reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion signed an incorrect scorecard after the second round of stroke play at the U.S. Amateur to be disqualified.

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Aussies crowd leaderboard in U.S. Am, seek to extend winning streak

Aussies crowd leaderboard in U.S. Amateur, seeking to extend winning streak abroad

First it was Jason Day at the PGA Championship and now it's fellow Australian Ryan Ruffels at the U.S. Amateur.

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Matt Jones plays from hospitality tent at PGA Championship

Matt Jones plays golf ball from hospitality tent at PGA Championship

PGA Tour golfer Matt Jones plays golf ball from hospitality tent at PGA Championship beer tent at Whistling Straits.

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Day, Spieth set up Sunday showdown at PGA Championship

Jason Day, Jordan Spieth set up Sunday showdown at PGA Championship

Jason Day will chase his first major title Sunday at the PGA Championship, but he will have to hold off Jordan Spieth in the final round at Whistling Straits.

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Several interesting pairings highlight Round 3 tee times at PGA

PGA Championship tee times, pairings: Saturday's Round 3 with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day

Tee times and pairings for Saturday's third round of the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits with PGA Tour golfers Jordan Spieth and Jason Day.

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Spieth not razor sharp, but still in major mix at PGA

Jordan Spieth not razor sharp, but still in major mix at PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth might not have been at the top of his game Friday at Whistling Straits, but he's in contention in yet another major at the PGA Championship.

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McIlroy, Spieth take center stage at PGA Championship

Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth take center stage at PGA Championship

PGA Tour golfers Rory McIlroy and Jordan Speith shoot 71 at 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Round 1.

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Brothers Brett and Matt Jones inspire family reunion at PGA

Brothers Brett and Matt Jones inspire family reunion at PGA Championship

PGA Tour golfer Matt Jones and his brother, club pro Brett Jones, will both tee it up at the 2015 PGA Championship this week at Whistling Straits.

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No Slam this year, but Spieth still has plenty to gain at PGA

No Slam this year, but Jordan Spieth still has plenty to gain at PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth won't win the Grand Slam this year, but he can still win the PGA Championship and ascend to No. 1 in the world rankings at Whistling Straits.

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40 reads: The Pines was my classroom for golf – and life

40 reads: The Pines was my classroom for golf – and life, Babineau, hometown golf course

Golfweek senior writer Jeff Babineau recalls fond memories of playing Dennis Pines, his hometown course in East Dennis, Mass.

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Babineau: Tiger Woods at it again as PGA Championship draws near

Tiger Woods at it again with consistent talk as PGA Championship draws near

These days, the only thing consistent about Tiger Woods is the consistency of which he speaks, not his golf game, writes Jeff Babineau from the 2015 PGA Championship.

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As Jordan Spieth’s Grand Slam hopes end, new dream begins: 3 for 4

Jordan Spieth’s Grand Slam hopes end, new dream begins British Open PGA Championship st. Andrews

Jordan Spieth's Grand Slam hopes ended at the 2015 British Open at St. Andrews but the PGA Tour player has new ones.

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Marc Leishman chases Claret Jug with newfound outlook on life

Marc Leishman chases Claret Jug at 2015 British Open with newfound outlook on life

PGA Tour golfer Marc Leishman at 2015 British Open at St. Andrews misses out on 62, but appreciates life after wife Audrey Leishman's near-death experience with toxic shock syndrome.

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On an off-day at British Open, Kuchar bowls them over

On an off-day at British Open, Matt Kuchar bowls them over in St. Andrews

How PGA Tour golfers and caddies spend day off at 2015 British Open at St. Andrews and wind delay, Matt Kuchar played lawn bowling in St. Andrews.

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Johnson extends edge over Spieth, British Open field with steely resolve

Dustin Johnson extends edge over Jordan Spieth, British Open field with steely resolve

PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson leads 2015 British Open through 36 holes with Jordan Spieth five shots back as he chases Grand Slam and Johnson looking to move past three-putt at U.S. Open.

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Auld friends: Tom Watson's last walk at St. Andrews

Auld friends: Tom Watson's last walk at St. Andrews for British Open 2015

Tom Watson bids farewell to the British Open in the St. Andrews dusk as Scots and PGA Tour players alike pay tribute.

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Luck of the draw: Timing is everything at the British Open

Luck of the draw: Timing is everything at the British Open at St. Andrews

The British Open draw, as PGA Tour player Paul Casey knows, has a lot to do with level of success at this major championship.