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5 Things: Scoring at Kapalua might be a bit tougher

The 2013 season gets under way with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort’s Plantation Course on Friday, the first tournament of the PGA Tour’s 40-event 2013 schedule. Here are 5 Things to look for heading into the tournament.

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TOC features plenty who choose to play in paradise

While the marquee names of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or Phil Mickelson won't be found at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week, there are still many PGA Tour stars that will try to start the season off right in Hawaii this week.

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My Year in Golf: Jeff Babineau

When our Jeff Babineau looks back at the season that was 2012, which began in January at Kapalua and ended in December closer to home at the PNC Father-Son Challenge, it’s the Ryder Cup at Medinah outside Chicago that emerges front and center.

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Babineau: Confusing game gets more complicated

These are questions we’ll be forced to answer after yet another muddled mess of making a very confusing game even more complicated says Golfweek Editor Jeff Babineau.

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Babineau: Suddenly, some hope for Europe

Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald built a 4-up lead, only to see themselves fight for their lives on the 18th green. Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy trailed 2 down at the turn, only to birdie six consecutive holes. Their clutch play kept the Ryder Cup competitive.

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Ryder Cup: Colsaerts has performance for the ages

Nicolas Colsaerts put on a Ryder Cup performance for the ages Friday, sparking a four-ball victory over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.

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Ryder Cup: Scenes from the first tee at Medinah

The first tee at the Ryder Cup Friday morning was filled with fans and plenty of national pride.

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With pairings announced, Ryder Cup finally will begin

And on the fifth day, finally, there will be golf. Meaningful golf, with national pride at stake, on a global stage.

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Anderson, Snedeker get back to work

After difficult family ordeal, Todd Anderson returned to a little normalcy Wednesday, getting back to work with pupil Brandt Snedeker at Medinah.

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Babineau: Hall takes it easy with latest honoree

The World Golf Hall of Fame just got a little more laid-back with the addition of Fred Couples.

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The intimidator? McIlroy doesn't think so

On the eve of the Tour Championship, Rory McIlroy quickly dismissed the notion that he is intimidating to Tiger Woods. Still, the two make up a good head-to-head match.

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Captain Love works to keep team insulated

Davis Love III has moved at a break-neck speed in recent months, from working on the PGA Tour Policy Board to helping organize the McGladrey Classic to serving as U.S. Ryder Cup captain.

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With 63, Oosthuizen shows shades of Open victory

Louis Oosthuizen poured in birdie after birdie on Sunday, taking a one-shot deficit at the outset of the day to a three-hole cushion heading into Monday's final round at TPC Boston.

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Snedeker, Johnson deserve Ryder spots

With Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk near locks for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, our Jeff Babineau says that Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson have earned the final two spots.

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No. 2 Donald issues apology to Hanse

Luke Donald’s third round at the Deutsche Bank Championship ended with yet another birdieless finish at 18 – followed by a stand-up apology to architect Gil Hanse for a Twitter post.

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Woods two back despite putter problems

Tiger Woods had plenty of looks on Saturday, but he needed 30 putts to post a 3-under 68 and stay two shots off the Deutsche Bank lead.

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Overton taking advantage of 'second season'

Jeff Overton has experienced an exasperating 2012 season, but a 7-under 64 behind better putting on Friday might be just what he needed for the FedEx Cup race.

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McIlroy in position for something big at PGA

Rory McIlroy is tied for the lead at the PGA Championship with a man more than twice his age (Vijay Singh) and is back to playing with his youthful exuberance that made him a wunderkind.

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Babineau: Kiawah rears its ugly head on Friday

Circus-like stuff? You bet. Friday at Kiawah Island was the day good rounds went to die, and golf began to resemble something more akin to Olympic men’s field hockey.

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Babineau: Daly's 68 reminds us of his golf talent

John Daly might be known for the splashy clothes, the suspensions, the struggles with alcohol, but his 68 on Thursday reminded us of the game that he possesses, says Jeff Babineau.

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Babineau: Did Ernie Els see this coming? Yes, he did

Did Ernie Els see another major coming? He did, months before he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011 in a conversation with our Jeff Babineau.

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Tiger, others will have to chase down Scott

Will Tiger Woods' game plan have to change now that he is five back of Adam Scott? Does Ernie Els or Zach Johnson have a chance from six back? Weather might be their best friend.

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Babineau: Just who is Thorbjorn Olesen?

Who exactly is 22-year-old Thorbjorn Olesen? He could be a rising star of tomorrow.

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Tom Watson makes cut at Open Championship

With a dramatic birdie at 18, Tom Watson earns a weekend tee time at his 35th Open.

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McIlroy, Mickelson can't figure it out at Lytham

Rory McIlroy will be playing the weekend at the Open Championship, but his 5-over 75 Friday wasn't inspiring. Phil Mickelson will be heading back home after an 8-over 78. What happened?

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Mickelson struggles to 3-over 73 at Open Championship

Anyone seen Phil Mickelson? He sprayed the ball all over Royal Lytham on Thursday, reverting to the days when the Open Championship simply was not his cup of tea.

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10 things you might not know about Royal Lytham

In preparation for the 141st Open Championship, which begins here along the Lancashire Coast of England on Thursday, here are 10 things you might not know about Royal Lytham.

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Lytham snapshots: Good omen for Love III, Dyson?

Royal Lytham snapshots: The Golfweek trip across the pond has been telling in who takes home the Claret Jug come Sunday. Who is sitting pretty this year?

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McDowell, Furyk made for U.S. Open

Aside from Tiger Woods, when it comes to U.S. Open golf, perhaps no one in the field at Olympic is as dependable as Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk.

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Attitude crucial if one is to survive a U.S. Open

Patience at the U.S. Open is important, but having the right attitude – like that of David Toms – is paramount.

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Jack Fleck (1921-2014): A visit with '55 U.S. Open champ

It's been 57 years since Jack Fleck (left, with Billy Casper) took down Ben Hogan at the 1955 U.S. Open. At 90, he's returned to Olympic, the venue that produced his proudest moment.

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Babineau: To the champion, a Nicklaus Medal

To pay tribute to a four-time U.S. Open champion, the USGA renamed its gold medal in honor of Jack Nicklaus on Wednesday in San Francisco.

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Babineau: The Greatest Round Ever Played?

Rhein Gibson shot 16-under 55 at River Oaks GC, a feat that's gone viral across the sports universe.

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Babineau: Stadium Course favors no player

The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass plays no favorites, making The Players anyone's tournament to win.

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Player receives Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Player has traveled to all corners of the world and it led him to the Tour's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Babineau: Cink, Mediate among vets 'finding it'

Stewart Cink has a share of the lead. Rocco Mediate is gaining confidence. Arjun Atwal is just trying to make it to a weekend. On Thursday, all three showed signs of progress, says Jeff Babineau.

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Garcia: 'I'm not good enough' to win a major

After carding a 3-over 75 on Saturday, Sergio Garcia tells Spanish reporters: 'I'm not good enough' to win a major championship.

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Woodland toughs it out despite wrist injury

Jeff Babineau: Gary Woodland should have withdrawn after nine holes because of an injured wrist. But he refused. He was determined to finish what he started on Saturday.

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Babineau: Lefty simply loves Augusta National

Jeff Babineau: Phil Mickelson says he loves playing Augusta National and he knows he can get away with some loose shots, although he didn't have many errant shots on Friday.

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Babineau: Top guns stumble on Day 1

Jeff Babineau: The game's top guns - Mickelson, Woods, McIlroy and Donald - all stumbled out of the gate. That and other observations from Thursday at Augusta National . . .

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Donald earns respect with Transitions win

Jeff Babineau: Rory McIlroy took the World No. 1 ranking and all of the headlines two weeks ago at the Honda Classic. On Sunday, Luke Donald emphatically responded.

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Harrington still riding a roller coaster

Padraig Harrington continues to ride his personal roller coaster, carding a 2-over 73 on Friday.

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Clark makes his return at Riviera

Tim Clark, who underwent surgery in August to repair a torn tendon in his right elbow, says he knows his rusty game isn’t quite Tour-ready, but he’s eager to tee it up in competition and assess exactly where he is in terms of strength.

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Garcia shows off a new sense of maturity

If Sergio Garcia were a stock these days, we’d suggest buy. Something about the often tempestuous Spaniard emanates an even-keeled peace and maturity. Jeff Babineau

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Babineau: Stricker continues to get better with age

Jeff Babineau: Steve Stricker has lived three different careers on the PGA Tour, and his win at Kapalua on Monday shows that he has gotten better with age - and is clearly America's top golfer.

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Woodland’s new coach: It’s Butch Harmon

After leaving Hawaii on Monday, Gary Woodland was headed to Las Vegas to begin work with his new coach: Butch Harmon. Jeff Babineau has the details.

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Finchem: ‘Everything in good shape here’

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said that the Hyundai Tournament of Champions may need some slight alterations, but the tournament is "in good shape"

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Notes: After review, no penalty for Watney

After an up-and-down round on the course, Nick Watney thought he had more bad news waiting for him in the scoring trailer. Kapalua Notes

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Woodland back on course after hectic offseason

After a hectic offseason, Gary Woodland is looking forward to getting back to the course, where his confidence is at an all-time high. Jeff Babineau

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Johnson likely to make return at Torrey Pines

Dustin Johnson, who had surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee Nov. 29, is recovering well and likely to make his 2012 debut at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines Jan. 26-29, according to his manager.

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