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Even with 1-over 71, Mickelson lends thrills

Even with 1-over 71, Phil Mickelson lends major thrills

Phil Mickelson's opening effort in the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill? Gee, you know, the normal stuff, with more twists than a Stephen King plot.

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New outlook produces positive results for Woodland

Gary Woodland has had to deal with plenty of change over the past two years. Injuries. New coaches. New equipment. On-course struggles. But the changes he employed finally took effect last week in Reno, and now he is teeing it up at the PGA Championship again, full of his old confidence.

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U.S. Open winner will need to hang on for dear life

Sundays at the U.S. Open identify the last man clinging to a bending branch just before it snaps off the side of a cliff. The U.S. Open’s resounding chorus? A collective groan.

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Mickelson retains lead despite tough day with putter

Phil Mickelson had plenty of short birdie misses Friday, but a 20-footer at No. 18 allowed Lefty to jump into a share of the lead with Billy Horschel as play was suspended because of darkness.

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Rain, dark give Tiger seemingly needed breaks

Tiger Woods missed fairways and struggled direly with the speed of Merion’s suddenly wet and slowed-down greens in the early going of the U.S. Open.

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Merion Golf Club's 17th adds brawn to test

Merion Golf Club’s brawn is delivered in scattered doses, much of it coming on three stout par-3 holes, including the 246-yard 17th, its tiered green protected by a lineup of rugged, jagged bunkers.

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Island green at 17th endures as Players' tough test

Certainly at TPC Sawgrass, the smallest is not necessarily the meekest. The 17th is not the most difficult hole on the golf course, but it’s the main attraction, with its large but intimidating island green.

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Love's long-awaited return comes at The Players

Davis Love III will be making his 28th Players start at TPC Sawgrass, a stat he says speaks to two things: “One, that means you’re old,” said the 49-year-old Love with a grin. “And two, it means you’ve stayed pretty competitive.”

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Babineau: Hall showcases potent power of dream

The thread of a Hall of Fame evening, as it usually is, is how the inductees took small sparks of opportunity and chance and somehow wove such a great game into the fabric of their lives.

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Experience, patience leave Cabrera confident

Angel Cabrera simply loves Augusta National and will play in the final group for the third time in the last five years on Sunday, hoping his 2009 victory will give him advantage over the top of the leaderboard.

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Experience pays this year at Augusta

On a trying day when the winds kicked up, a little experience came in quite handy. Look at some of the names on the board: Fred Couples, Angel Cabrera, Jim Furyk. And some Tiger guy.

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McIlroy at par after 4 bogeys on back nine

Rory McIlroy stepped onto the grounds at Augusta National Golf Club this week and proclaimed that the “real” golf season had started – unfortunately, his Opening Day at the Masters was something of a wash.

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Immelman chases championship form of '08

Trevor Immelman's Masters victory at age 28 was expected to propel the South African to the next level. But it simply hasn’t happened.

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Masters moment: Mickelson's 1st tops 'MagicMeter'

In 2004, we all wondered if changes to Augusta National's back nine might rob fans of those incredible Sunday finishing stretches. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els provided a resounding answer to that question.

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Masters blog: Laird's victory a good 'omen'

Our editor Jeff Babineau and Senior Writer Jeff Rude are gamblers at heart and always look for an 'omen' at the outset of any major. Rocky Hambric provided some food for thought on Monday in Augusta.

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Babineau: A band of believers

They wore Seve on one sleeve and their hearts on the other, which is what you get with the Band of Brothers that is the European Ryder Cup team. Always.

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McIlroy WDs after miserable start to second round

The No. 1 golfer on the planet sure doesn’t appear anything near it these days. On a chilly, overcast Friday morning at PGA National, the bubbling pot that has been Rory McIlroy’s rugged 2013 season finally spilled over in frustration.

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Babineau: McIlroy grinds his way to an opening-round 70

Despite a closing bogey that led to an even-par 70, Rory McIlroy says that his game is "getting there." On a wet and soggy day at PGA National, even par was about what McIlroy deserved to shoot.

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Despite injuries, Jobe not done on PGA Tour

Brandt Jobe has overcome injury after injury during the course of his PGA Tour career. He shot 5-under 66 Thursday in just his third round on Tour since surgery last summer to repair two nerve blocks in his neck.

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Levin (thumb) likely to miss rest of 2013 Tour season

Spencer Levin says he probably won’t be playing golf again until next season. The silver lining? With the PGA Tour’s new year-round schedule configuration, the start to the 2014 season is only eight months away.

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5 Things: Stars come out of hiding at Riviera

5 Things: Three of the past four major winners, plus the season debuts of Luke Donald, Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell put a spotlight on the Northern Trust Open.

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Babineau: Conscience clear, Barber gets his chance on Tour

Blayne Barber might not be one of the 25 marquee players teeing it up at Northern Trust Open, but after his self-disqualification at Q-School, he is simply ready to show off his game on golf's biggest stage.

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Stricker challenges Johnson despite pain in leg

Despite a jarring pain shooting up his leg, defending champion Steve Stricker had a chance to tie Dustin Johnson for the lead on the back nine. His ability to hang in there is why we'll miss seeing him more often on Tour, says our Jeff Babineau.

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Johnson puts on a clinic to take TOC lead

Dustin Johnson (69-66) is the man everyone will try to chase down in Tuesday’s 18-hole sprint to the finish, and if he plays anything like he did on Monday, well, good luck with that. Tee to green, Johnson put on a clinic, hitting 33 of 36 greens in regulation.

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Welcome to PGA Tour season that just wouldn't start

Start and stop, start and stop, and after three long days of trying, everybody stands shoulder to shoulder at the starting line once again. Thus far, the 2013 Hyundai Tournament of Champions has been the bridge to nowhere.

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Fowler simply stands out from PGA Tour crowd

Rickie Fowler, whose preparations for the Tour's opener in Hawaii aren't necessarily confined to the practice range, stands out among his touring-pro brethren. Above all, though, he wants to win.

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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.

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

Babineau on Rory McIlroy

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

Babineau on PGA

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

Babineau on John Daly

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

Babineau on Ernie Els

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

Babineau on the chasers

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 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

Babineau on Tom Watson

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