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Jeff Babineau

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Frazar finally earns his way to Kapalua

Jeff Babineau: After waiting 355 career starts to finally pick up his first win, Harrison Frazar wasn't about to miss this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions. No way.

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My year in golf: Jeff Babineau

Golfweek editor-in-chief Jeff Babineau traveled the globe in 2011, from a memorable first tournament in Kapalua to Tiger Woods' comeback in Australia. But, it was something that he lost in 2011 that he will remember the most: his mom.

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Dustin Johnson has surgery on right knee

Dustin Johnson, the top-ranked American in the Official World Golf Ranking, underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee on Tuesday near his home in south Florida.

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Internationals still can't figure out Prez Cup

Ernie Els has seen the Americans celebrate too often, and he says it is getting a bit old. Are language barriers and the fact that most players play on different tours the reason the Internationals struggle in the Presidents Cup?

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Koreans pull off huge upset of Tiger-DJ

Y.E. Yang has done it before (see the 2009 PGA Championship), and now K.T. Kim will have stories to tell his grandchildren, as the pair of Koreans knocked off Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson on Saturday.

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5 Things: Simpson-Watson not looking like rookies

5 Things: Yes, Tiger picked up his first point. Yes, Robert Allenby is struggling at home. But the top storyline is the play of Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson, who are 3-0 as Presidents Cup rookies.

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Mickelson, Furyk partnership paying off for U.S.

Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk have been mainstays on Ryder Cup and President Cup squads, but they rarely have been paired together. After another win on Friday in Australia, maybe the partnership should have happened earlier.

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Postcards from Melbourne: A startling menu

We are all for respecting local life when we travel abroad, but our Golfweek crew in Melbourne, Australia ran into a menu on Thursday night that left them scratching their heads.

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Simpson, Watson weather early storm

Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson were down early during Thursday's opening foursomes match, but it was how they weathered the storm that turned a two-hole deficit into a 4-and-2 victory.

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Ishikawa, Els an obvious pairing for Internationals

Ryo Ishikawa and Ernie Els make up one of the more lopsided Presidents Cup partnerships in terms of experience. Jeff Babineau explains why it was the obvious pairing.

Internationals bond as team bus bottoms out

Captain Greg Norman and his International team had better hope its run at this week’s Presidents Cup goes a little smoother than its journey home to the Crown Towers from an opening-night team dinner Monday evening in Melbourne.

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Progress? Yes, but Tiger has a higher standard

Tiger Woods was disappointed he couldn’t walk away with a win, but these days finishing toward the top of the leaderboard shows growth and improvement. So we ask: What could 2012 bring?

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Watson shows off swing at Ping facility opening

In helping Ping open a new teaching facility, Bubba Watson showed off his unique skill-set.

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Els, Stroud, Ogilvy move on in FedEx playoffs

For Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Chris Stroud, the 18th hole provided something different than anyone else on Monday: A chance to advance in the FedEx Cup playoffs. And they did.

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Reavie an example of unpredictable Tour playoffs

Chez Reavie is only one shot off the lead in Boston. A bit odd if you consider he basically lost his Tour card.

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Support Folds of Honor this holiday weekend

Join the Patriot Golf Day festivities and support the people who put their lives on the line for our freedom.

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Despite struggles, McIlroy offers no excuses

Asked about the state of his wrist after a third-round 74 at the PGA Championship, Rory McIlroy quipped: "I wish it were worse. Then I'd have an excuse."

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No excuses, McIlroy frustrated by second round

Rory McIlroy didn’t use his injuries as a crutch, but he wasn’t happy with being at 3 over at the PGA.

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Commentary: McIlroy shows off Irish grit

Toughness doesn't begin to describe the gutsy effort by Rory McIlroy on Thursday at Atlanta Athletic Club. It was something that he can tell his grandkids about some day.

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PGA: ‘There's a pimple on Miss America’

Two greens are on the mend at the PGA, and the superintendent says 'We felt like our hearts had been ripped out.'

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Woodland's length might be a big PGA advantage

Long-bomber Gary Woodland has enough length to ponder decisions that no one else will consider.

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As McIlroy dominates, a major force looks on

Dave Stockton, winner of the 1976 PGA Championship at Congressional, is a good man for Rory McIlroy's corner.

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Mickelson worth price of admission at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson saw no shortage of Congressional real estate on a less-than-stellar day at the U.S. Open, but he never failed to entertain with his gutsy playing style. Jeff Babineau explains.

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Illinois proves its grit as cold-weather team

Oklahoma State may be the favorite in Stillwater, but Illinois has proved it can't be overlooked.

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At Shadow Creek, seeing is believing

There’s little doubt that esteemed Shadow Creek boasts a higher class of golf clientele than most, Exhibit A being one of its visitors last week, a certain former Washington executive now residing in Crawford, Texas.

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Mickelson gunning for first Wells Fargo win

Phil Mickelson has played the Wells Fargo Championship seven times, has five top 7s, and only once finished worse than 12th.

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In a field of kids, Wood qualifies for Wells Fargo

In a young field, Willie Wood showed some of his old grit by Monday qualifying for the Wells Fargo.

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Win or not, McIlroy to honor Malaysian commitment

Win or lose on Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has a busy week ahead. He is set to play in the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, and his agent, Chubby Chandler, says his 21-year-old prodigy will be there.

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Commentary: A Couples victory would be one for the ages

Fred Couples knows every corner of Augusta National, so it comes as no surprise that even at 51 and with an ailing back, Boom Boom is near the top of the leaderboard. Jeff Babineau explains.

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Lefty scrambles to opening 70 at Augusta

Phil Mickelson shot 70 Thursday on a day when his ballstriking left him scrambling for par. But as Jeff Babineau writes, Lefty is still right in the mix at Augusta.

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Fleck, 89, returns to Augusta for Par 3 Contest

Jack Fleck, the 1955 U.S. Open champion who will turn 90 later this year, was on the grounds at the Masters for the first time in 45 years.

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25 years later, Nicklaus' victory still magical

Twenty-five years after Jack Nicklaus, then 46, pulled off an improbable victory for his sixth green jacket, the memory still stirs in us.

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1986 Masters: Tiger thought Nicklaus had a ‘pretty cool’ pose

Tiger doesn't remember much about the 1986 Masters, but he thought Jack Nicklaus' pose after draining a putt on No. 17 was "pretty cool."

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1986 Masters: ‘Nobody that old wins the Masters’

Tom McCollister, longtime golf writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wrote off Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters. Oops.

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1986 Masters: Jackie Nicklaus was cool and calm – until the 15th

Making victory extra sweet for Jack Nicklaus was the fact he was able to share it with his oldest son, Jackie, who was on the bag.

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1986 Masters: Ernie Els' late-night treat

As a teen growing up in South Africa, Ernie Els had strict rules for bedtime: It was lights out by 10 p.m., with few exceptions. Watching the 1986 Masters and Jack Nicklaus' victory was a "special treat."

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Hey, Gary, this is a wrong number

Ian Baker-Finch, one of golf’s nice guys, makes his Champions Tour debut this week in California at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach. The winner of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale (1991) basically walked away from competitive golf in his mid-30s when his game left him, but he’s enthused to have a little fun on the Champions Tour while taking a little break from his “day” job as a television analyst with CBS.

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Tebow, Nicklaus pair up at Honda Classic

This year’s Honda Classic is going to need a pretty big Sunday to match the frenzy Tim Tebow brought to Wednesday’s pro-am festivities.

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Compton earns qualifier spot at Riviera

Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant recipient, won his own version of the lottery by qualifying at Riviera, says Jeff Babineau.

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Who can contend at soggy Riviera?

The PGA Tour is in Los Angeles this week for the Northern Trust Open. Here are five things you need to know before the first tee shot is struck:

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5 Things: Who can contend at soggy Riviera?

Jeff Babineau is on the scene at soggy Riviera. Here are five things to watch for in the Northern Trust Open.

The sweet song of Branford

One thing that never amazes me is how golf touches so many people in so many different professions across this life. Visitors to the PGA Show were greeted by some sweet notes played by world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis, who is a self-proclaimed golf nut.

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Kuchar enjoys opening of PGA Show week

When he was a high school golfer living just outside Orlando, Matt Kuchar used to join his dad, Peter, borrow some badges from the pro at his club, and visit the PGA Merchandise Show, just a kid walking through hallways filled with golf toys.

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Kuchar looking to back up career year

Matt Kuchar was muddling along during the second round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, making back-to-back bogeys to slip back to 2 under for the week as the rest of the field ran away from him.

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Honeymoon resumes for Garrigus in Kapalua

Through the years, the huge, undulating greens at Kapalua’s Plantation Course have given first-timers at the PGA Tour’s season-opening event a fair share of fits, and prevented Tournament of Champion rookies from having a great deal of collective success.

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Villegas DQ’d in Hawaii for rules violation

Camilo Villegas has been disqualified at Kapalua after a television viewer notified PGA Tour officials of a rules violation Thursday night.

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Mediate opts for no club deals in 2011

Several players have arrived on the island of Maui this week sporting new equipment deals. Jim Furyk and Camilo Villegas have joined TaylorMade; Tim Clark has become a full-line Titleist ambassador; U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell is now a Srixon man. Others have made changes, too.

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Watson plays as virtual Bubba at Kapalua

Funny scene from Tuesday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Long-hitting Bubba Watson is standing inside a hospitality tent off the first fairway at Kapalua’s Plantation Course, there to help unveil a new game from EA Sports: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters.

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2010 in review: Another magical golf season

Golfweek's top editor, Jeff Babineau, traveled across the world in 2010 and took in plenty of special moments. He reflects on the year that was...

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Tour players give back in Mexico

With all the money thrown around in golf these days, it’s nice to know some players can say thanks and show appreciation that goes beyond the Herculean effort of hoisting one of those oversized cardboard winner’s checks.

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