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Scott plans on early U.S. Open scouting trip to Chambers Bay

Adam Scott plans on early U.S. Open scouting trip to Chambers Bay

Adam Scott plans to make an early scouting trip to Chambers Bay, possibly as soon as next week, as he prepares for the U.S. Open.

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Tour's talent pool grows deeper and younger as Rodgers, Thomas emerge

PGA Tour's talent pool grows deeper and younger as Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas emerge

Justin Thomas and Patrick Rodgers, both 22 years old and roommates, have been part of an emergence of young players on the PGA Tour this season.

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Rodgers seeks spot among young Tour stars at Wells Fargo

Patrick Rodgers seeks spot among young PGA Tour stars at Wells Fargo

The PGA Tour's 2015 Wells Fargo Championship with Web.com Tour golfer Patrick Rodgers surging into contention on the PGA Tour after career at Stanford.

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T.J. Howe soaks in first Tour round at Wells Fargo Championship

T.J. Howe soaks in first Tour round at Wells Fargo Championship

The PGA Tour's 2015 Wells Fargo Championship mini-tour golfer T.J. Howe makes first PGA Tour appearance at Wells Fargo Championship, shoots 74 in first round.

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McIlroy makes third stop on 5-week run 'happy' with game

Rory McIlroy makes third stop on 5-week run 'happy' with game

The Rory McIlroy Express rolled into Charlotte on Wednesday, as the World No. 1 readies for the third stop (Wells Fargo Championship) in a stretch of five consecutive events.

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Mickelson, Scott enter Quail Hollow in search of spring solutions

Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott enter Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in search of spring solutions

PGA Tour players Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott don't have a whole lot to be excited about these days as they enter the Wells Fargo Championship searching for answers.

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40 reads: An Open Championship dream that nearly became reality

40 reads: An Open Championship dream that nearly became reality

Tom Watson nearly completed an Open Championship dream in 2009 at age 59. As we know, that's not the way it turned out, but the story is still one of our 40 great reads.

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Tom Gillis (shoulder) returns to action at Wells Fargo

Tom Gillis (shoulder) returns to action at PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship

Tom Gillis returns to action this week at the Wells Fargo Championship, finally past surgery he had in November to remove bone spurs in his left shoulder.

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Tough schedule leaves Tour's best winded ahead of Wells Fargo

Tough schedule leaves some of PGA Tour's best winded ahead of Wells Fargo

Defending Wells Fargo Championship champion J.B. Holmes is one of many who are feeling a bit tired this week at Quail Hollow Club, coming off back-to-back weeks on both U.S. coasts.

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Garcia (T-2) holds his own in final-round Players shootout

Sergio Garcia holds his own in final-round Players Championshp shootout before settling for T-2

Sergio Garcia's putter gets hot at the right time to find himself in three-way playoff at the Players Championship, where he falls to Rickie Fowler.

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If Garcia can quiet putting demons for a day at Players, look out

If Sergio Garcia can quiet putting demons for a day at the PGA Tour's Players, look out

The PGA Tour's 2015 Players Championship Sergio Garcia playing at TPC Sawgrass in contention heading into final round but must fix putting woes.

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Walker Cup vets Smith, White leave first mark on Four-Ball

Walker Cup vets Nathan Smith, Todd White leave first mark on U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

At the end of the USGA's inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, two former Walker Cup teammates in Nathan Smith and Todd White claimed the title.

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U.S. Four-Ball final shows touch of gray with mid-am showdown

U.S. Four-Ball final shows touch of gray with mid-am showdown

The final is set at the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball and it features mid-amateurs Nathan Smith and Todd White against Sherrill Britt and Greg Earnhardt.

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Notes: Fatigue sets in at Four-Ball; Burns stays put; Mickelson gains perspective

Notes: Fatigue sets in at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball; Sam Burns stays put; Tim Mickelson gains perspective

Fatigue set in Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship while junior Sam Burns was glad he stayed in San Francisco this week and Tim Mickelson gained perspective from an early exit from Olympic Club.

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Experience to meet youth on final day at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Experience to meet youth on final day at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

On the final day of the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball, Walker Cuppers will meet college-bound teens in the semifinals while top amateurs from North Carolina square off.

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College kids learn hard lessons in Round of 16 at U.S. Four-Ball

College kids, including Stanford's Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, learn hard lessons in Round of 16 at U.S. Four-Ball Championship

Brooks Price and Draegon Majors defeated Stanford teammates Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar, one of several victories over college types in the Round of 16 Tuesday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

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Notes: Hara makes Four-Ball's first ace; Coach Mickelson advances

Notes: Kyosuke Hara makes first ace at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball; Arizona State Coach Tim Mickelson advances

The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship Round of 32 included an ace by Kyosuke Hara and a victory by Arizona State coach Tim Mickelson and his partner Jake Yount.

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Stanford duo among Round-of-32 winners at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Stanford duo Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar among Round-of-32 winners at U.S. Amateur Four-Ball

Stanford college golfers Maverick McNealy and Viraat Badhwar were among the Round-of-32 winners Monday at the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship at Olympic Club.

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U.S. Four-Ball pits brothers against ex-teammates, but all leave smiling

U.S. Amateur Four-Ball pits brothers against ex-teammates, but all leave smiling

A U.S. Amateur Four-Ball match between brothers Ben and Danny Day and former teammates Ryan McCarthy and Patrick McCormick showed the essence of this USGA championship.

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Woodland keeps foot on the pedal, scores ticket to Match Play semis

PGA Tour player Gary Woodland keeps foot on the pedal, scores ticket to WGC-Cadillac Match Play semis

PGA Tour player Gary Woodland continued his confident play at WGC-Cadillac Match Play with victories over Marc Leishman and John Senden Saturday at TPC Harding Park.

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Bad swing on 18th sends Fowler packing at Match Play

PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler loses to Louis Oosthuizen after bad swing on 18th at WGC-Cadillac Match Play

PGA Tour player Rickie Fowler lost to Louis Oosthuizen after a bad swing on 18th hole during their Round of 16 match at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship.

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WGC Match Play breakdown: What to expect in Round of 16

WGC Match Play breakdown: What to expect in Round of 16

WGC-Cadillac Match Play has reached the weekend and the 16-man match-play bracket. Here are some predictions.

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McIlroy rallies late to defeat Horschel at WGC Match Play

Rory McIlroy rallies late to defeat Billy Horschel at WGC-Cadillac Match Play

The 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Rory McIlroy defeated Billy Horschel in group play at TPC Harding Park PGA Tour golf

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In Westwood vs. Spieth, experience trumps youth

In Lee Westwood vs. Jordan Spieth, WGC-Match Play experience trumps youth

Lee Westwood knocked off Jordan Spieth at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play, a PGA Tour player half his age and on a hot streak after winning the Masters.

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Koepka's 3-birdie finish completes improbable victory at Match Play

Brooks Koepka's 3-birdie finish completes improbable victory at PGA Tour's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship

PGA Tour player Brooks Koepka finished his Thursday match at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship against Marc Warren with three consecutive birdies to complete an improbable comeback victory at TPC Harding Park.

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Hot putter helps Rickie Fowler find winning form at Match Play

Hot putter helps Rickie Fowler find winning form at WGC-Cadillac Match Play

The 2015 WGC-Cadillac Match Play PGA Tour golf with Rickie Fowler defeating Shane Lowry behind hot putting.

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McIlroy defeats struggling Dufner at WGC-Cadillac Match Play

Rory McIlroy defeats struggling Jason Dufner at WGC-Cadillac Match Play first round

Rory McIlroy defeated Jason Dufner, 5 and 4, in his first-round match at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play on Wednesday at TPC Harding Park.

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Woodland survives, Martin aces on unpredictable day at Match Play

Gary Woodland survives, Ben Martin aces on unpredictable day at WGC Match Play on PGA Tour

Gary Woodland was up and down and Ben Martin holed out for a win against Matt Kuchar – all in a day at WGC Match Play.

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McIlroy-Horschel matchup offers ringside view into golf's young heavyweights

Rory McIlroy-Billy Horschel matchup offers ringside view into golf's young heavyweights at PGA Tour's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship

At the PGA Tour's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship, the Rory McIlroy vs. Billy Horschel matchup should offer a ringside view into golf's young heavyweights.

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Is Jim Furyk Hall worthy? You bet

Babineau: Is Jim Furyk worthy for the World Golf Hall of Fame? You bet

PGA Tour players Jim Furyk has the criteria and should be in the World Golf Hall of Fame writes Golfweek senior writer Jeff Babineau.

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Parting thoughts from Augusta, where Spieth and Tiger stole the show

Parting thoughts from the Masters 2015, where Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson stole PGA Tour headlines

A Masters week that produced a stellar champion in Jordan Spieth also left a few questions regarding Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and others.

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Thrilling chase gives Rose, Mickelson satisfaction from second place

Thrilling Masters chase gives Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson satisfaction from second place

Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson share Masters runner-up honors after a week that saw a revitalization of both players' games.

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Late mistakes haunt McIlroy at the Masters

Late mistakes haunt Rory McIlroy during Round 3 of the Masters

The Masters 2015 Rory McIlroy in Round 3 at Augusta National Golf Club in pursuit of the career Grand Slam trails Jordan Spieth after bogeys at 16 and 18.

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Crenshaw's final Masters ends with Texas-sized farewell

Ben Crenshaw's final Masters ends with Texas-sized farewell at Augusta National

Masters champion and PGA Tour veteran Ben Crenshaw received a hero's farewell Friday at Augusta National.

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This looks familiar: Spieth, 21, sets up Masters runaway

This looks familiar: Jordan Spieth, 21, sets up Masters runaway

PGA Tour winner Jordan Spieth is setting up a Masters runaway in a move reminiscent of Tiger Woods.

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Day fires 67 at the Masters, even without Tiger's help

Jason Day fires 67 at the 2015 Masters, even without Tiger Woods' help

The 2015 Masters Round 1 Jason Day at Augusta National Golf Club 67 with text to Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia.

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Mickelson, McIlroy lack firepower on Masters opening day

PGA Tour players Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy lack firepower on Masters opening day

Masters veteran Phil Mickelson and career Grand Slam contender Rory McIlroy didn't have all the pieces Thursday at Augusta.

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As 2015 Masters dawns, star power suggests thrilling weekend

As 2015 Masters dawns, star power suggests thrilling weekend

Masters 2015 is upon us, and the field is so deep – what with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson – that it's hard to say how the week might go.

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Sweet Masters memories: Crenshaw prepares for 44th and final Masters

Sweet Masters Memories: Ben Crenshaw prepares for 44th and final Masters

Ben Crenshaw never will stop loving Augusta National, but after this week’s Masters, the winner of two green jackets won’t compete here anymore. This is 44th and final Masters.

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Grand Slam on the line, Rory McIlroy faces Masters head on

Rory McIlroy faces Masters head on with career Grand Slam on the line

The 2015 Masters could close PGA Tour player Rory McIlroy's career Grand Slam but he's facing Augusta National without fear.

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Grown-up Jason Day merges all the pieces on road to Augusta

PGA Tour player Jason Day merges all the pieces in quest for Masters 2015 victory

PGA Tour player Jason Day keeps chasing a Masters victory after hanging around Sunday at major championships.

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Kuchar opens Masters week as Venus Williams' tennis partner

Matt Kuchar opens Masters week as Venus Williams' tennis partner

As Masters week opened, Matt Kuchar wasn't working on his game at Augusta National but playing an exhibition with Venus Williams instead.

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Gary Player: Only Tiger knows if he has the ‘yips’

Gary Player on Tiger Woods at the Masters: Only Tiger knows if he has the chipping ‘yips’

Tiger Woods wasn't on the ground Sunday at Augusta National but past Masters champions weighed in on his game.

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Crenshaw will fill Arnie's shoes at Masters Par 3 Contest

Ben Crenshaw will fill Arnold Palmer's shoes at Masters Par 3 Contest

Masters Par 3 Contest will include Ben Crenshaw in the Big Three pairing instead of Arnold Palmer, who is out with an injury.

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Adam Scott puts long putter back in bag for Masters

Adam Scott puts long putter back in his bag for Masters at Augusta National

After playing three straight tournament with a conventional putter, Adam Scott will put a long putter back in his bag for the Masters.

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Tiger's Masters return leaves one question: Why?

Tiger Woods' 2015 Masters return leaves one question: Why?

Tiger Woods at the 2015 Masters decision to return and play at Augusta National Golf Club leaves unanswered questions.

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Top American? Put Jimmy Walker in that mix

Top American? Put Valero Texas Open winner Jimmy Walker in that mix

The answer to the question, "Who is the top American golfer?" used to be an easy one. That was the Tiger Woods era. Now, there's a whole string of candidates, among them Jimmy Walker.

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Bubba Watson's NYC media tour includes pie golf with Jimmy Fallon

VIDEO: Bubba Watson, Jimmy Fallon play pie golf on 'The Tonight Show'

Bubba Watson appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Monday night and competed against Fallon in a game of pie golf.

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Johnson lands Bay Hill's second albatross in two days

Zach Johnson lands Bay Hill's second albatross in two days

One day after Daniel Berger made double-eagle 2 at Bay Hill’s 549-yard, dogleg sixth hole (4-iron, 240 yards), Zach Johnson produced a little Bay Hill magic of his own.

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Saunders bounces back in grandfather Arnie's backyard

Sam Saunders bounces back in grandfather Arnold Palmer's backyard, Bay Hill

Sam Saunders recovered on the back nine at Bay Hill to move into contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, which his hosted by his grandfather, Arnie.