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Nathan Smith gets 11th-hour reprieve at U.S. Amateur
Nathan Smith, the four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion competing against the young bucks Tuesday at Atlanta Athletic Club, advanced to a playoff Tuesday at the 2014 U.S. Amateur.
To PGA Championship victor Rory McIlroy belong many spoils
Rory McIlroy receives plenty for his 2014 PGA Championship victory at Valhalla – much of it, however, he already had!
Late run keeps Phil Mickelson alive in PGA Championship at Valhalla
Phil Mickelson again showed Saturday at the PGA Championship that can be stubborn until he finds something -- then it's as if a switch flips and the party starts.
After third-round 66 at PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka eyes another solid major finish
Brooks Koepka made nine birdies Saturday at Valhalla to card 5-under 66 in the third round of the PGA Championship and put himself in position for another solid major finish.
Suddenly Phil Mickelson has found his groove, fires 67 at PGA Championship
It all started with a 62 last Sunday and now Phil Mickelson finds himself in contention for a second PGA Championship title behind a second-round, 4-under 67.
Rory McIlroy maintains groove halfway through PGA Championship at Valhalla
Rory McIlroy's peers simply are having a difficult time of late just staying on the same track -- at the 96th PGA Championship, with Valhalla soft and soggy, it's much the same story as recent weeks.
Rory McIlroy sputters, but then steps on the gas for opening 66 at PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy was looking golden at the turn, posting a 3-under 32. And then a ball out of bounds at 10. A short par miss at 11. But, instead of spiraling out of control, McIlroy got back on track to post a 5-under 66.
Playing consistent golf, Jim Furyk again in the mix at Valhalla
Jim Furyk has re-established himself as a consistent contender this season, and now after Thursday's 66 in the first round of the PGA Championship, the 44-year-old is once again in the mix at Valhalla.
Sergio Garcia, others face uphill chase in British Open at Royal Liverpool
Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia all took turns making a run at the top of the British Open, but each had trouble sustaining any momentum against Rory McIlroy on Saturday.
Babineau: It took awhile, but links golf has grown on Jim Furyk
Jim Furyk fired a 1-under 71 on Friday at Royal Liverpool, showing the growth that the 44-year-old has made playing links golf over the course of his career.
Hoylake's 'Big Three' struggle mightily to start British Open at Royal Liverpool
Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Bubba Watson took part in the angrier side of a long British Open Thursday at Hoylake, teeing off in mid-afternoon and experiencing more than their share of heartache.
Ben Crane making mad dash from Oregon to Hoylake in hopes of spot
Ben Crane has moved from the ninth alternate to the top one and spent Tuesday night beginning his travels from Portland, Ore. to Hoylake, a trip that won't get him to the course until 1 a.m. on Thursday.
Babineau: All hype aside, 11-year-old Lucy Li simply has game
Many questioned whether Lucy Li could handle the pressure of a U.S. Women's Open, but after her impressive 8-over 78 on Thursday, the 11-year-old simply proved that she belongs.
Laura Davies: A Dame who still has game and it'll be on display at the U.S. Women's Open
Laura Davies owns four major titles and 84 worldwide victories in a career that has yet to land her in the Hall of Fame. But her honors in England continue to rise, recently being named Dame Commander.
Rickie Fowler adapts his flair to the U.S. Open stage at Pinehurst No. 2
Rickie Fowler finds himself in contention for the second consecutive major, accomplishing his goal of showing up in the big events.
Putting better, Phil Mickelson (72) thinks 'second again'
Phil Mickelson was a man who needed to make a move on Saturday, but as he progressed through his round, it was clear there would not be too many birdie opportunities at Pinehurst No. 2.
Babineau: Well, Lefty, there's always next year . . .
Phil Mickelson's putter woes continued on Friday at Pinehurst No. 2, leading to a 3-over 73 and is likely done in his chase to complete the career grand slam – at least for this year. The countdown to Chambers Bay starts now . . .
Babineau: Putter leaves Phil Mickelson with plenty of work to do at 2014 U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson posted a solid, even-par 70 on Thursday at the U.S. Open, but even he knows that something is amiss with his flatstick, and he'll need to figure it out quickly.
Alabama trio, Oklahoma State duo already set to turn pro
Alabama’s three decorated seniors will be off to the pro ranks soon after their second straight NCAA men's championship, while both Oklahoma State seniors in Wednesday’s final also will turn pro.
Staying in moment, Alabama wins 2nd straight NCAA men's championship
Crimson Tide football legend-in-the-making Nick Saban told golf coach Jay Seawell, in effect, to stay in the moment Wednesday. Doing so culminated in a second consecutive NCAA men's championship for Alabama.
Alabama vs. Oklahoma State connected through Mike McGraw
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Oklahoma State is already a huge matchup with just the 10 players that will duke it out on Wednesday for the NCAA title. But add in Mike McGraw's emotional connection to both programs, and you have a storybook storyline.
Winner's Bag: USC's Doris Chen, NCAA women
A look inside the bag of USC's Doris Chen, who won the individual title at the 2014 NCAA Women's Championship on Friday at Tulsa CC.
Babineau: At NCAAs for first time, Iowa State women show progress
Iowa State might have finished next-to-last at the 2014 NCAA Championships, but the Cyclones looked at it as major progress after they made it to the Big Dance for the first time in school history.
Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose take different turns at Players Championship crossroads
Rory McIlroy turned in an opening round of 2-under 70 Thursday at the Players Championship. Pretty good most years, but on Thursday, he termed it “average,” and Justin Rose's 67 helped prove the quote accurate.
'Passion project:' Golf Channel debuts 'Arnie' Sunday night
It's not easy to capture the life of the legendary Arnold Palmer. Golf Channel tells his story in three episodes fit for the King.
Gary Woodland's wild ride captivates Masters in third round at Augusta National
With a record-tying front-nine 30 at Augusta National, Gary Woodland sure took advantage of "moving day" at the Masters -- "He put a rush into this place," as his father put it.
Rory McIlroy shaky in making cut on the number
Rory McIlroy struggled to a 5-over 77 on Friday at Augusta National, barely making the cut and grabbing Saturday's first tee time with a marker.
Fortunes at Masters can turn on one bad hole at Augusta National
The beauty of Augusta National, from the standpoint of excitement, is that danger lurks everywhere -- and intervenes when one least expects it. Just ask Louis Oosthuizan, Matt Kuchar or Gary Player.
Young stars survive Augusta National's wild Thursday ride
Rory McIlroy was the elder statesman in his first-round group with Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. And while that provided an advantage at different points, the entire group gave us a glimpse of golf's future, and it looks pretty good.
Zach Johnson: Learning curve at Augusta is steep
There are 24 first-timers in the field this week at the Masters and Zach Johnson knows exactly how they'll feel come Thursday, as there is plenty to learn by simply playing Augusta National.
Our tribute: Ron Balicki (1948-2014) 'There will only be one Wrong Ron'
Ron Balicki, 65, died Tuesday after an eight-month battle with cancer, but his impact on the game – mostly the people within it – will be felt for decades to come.
Matt Every's win brings new feeling to familiar place in Bay Hill
It was a tad surreal for Central Florida native Matt Every to be the last one standing on the 18th green Sunday at the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational, the tournament namesake handing him the trophy.
Bay Hill's biggest star? He won't even hit a shot this week
Arnold Palmer addressed the media on Wednesday, taking on the topics of Tiger Woods, the Eisenhower Tree, lifting weights and his feelings when someone orders an Arnold Palmer.
5 Things: Harris English ready; Brandt Snedeker searches; more from Valspar Championship near Tampa
Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course boasts a roster of past champions that proves it’s a great spot for top ballstrikers. Here are 5 Things to know on the eve of the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship.
Practice? We're talking practice? Derek Ernst (66) doesn't need it
Derek Ernst hasn't had much fun with golf since his maiden victory on Tour last spring, so he took a new approach: "I just didn't work on my game." Well, he fired a 4-under 66 on Thursday at Honda, so it might have worked.
A new baby in tow, Jason Allred now looks for new life on Tour
It's been a whirlwind few weeks for Jason Allred, picking up a third-place finish at the Northern Trust Open, a third child that was born on Monday and winding down with a pressure-packed tee time this week at the Honda Classic.
Mickelson returns to PGA National for first time since junior days
The last time Phil Mickelson played at PGA National he was a junior, and the last time he played the Honda Classic, it was 2002, and he had yet to win a major.
My Year in Golf: From The King to streakers, Babineau reflects on '13
Golfweek Editor Jeff Babineau takes a few moments to take a trip down memory lane, with 2013 offering everything from a Rory walk-off to holding the Claret Jug to witnessing the 17th-hole streaker at the Presidents Cup.
From the breakfast ball to Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau reflects on all the things he is thankful for . . .
From the breakfast ball to Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau reflects on all the things he is thankful for on this Thanksgiving day.
Zach Johnson's hole-out caps strong day for U.S.
Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner flipped the opening match of the afternoon -- the only one to be played to completion -- and suddenly, the U.S. has opened up a five-point advantage heading into Sunday.
Close competition adds drama to 2013's Presidents Cup
At this year's Presidents Cup, the Washington Generals of this matchup, the Internationals, are giving its Harlem Globetrotters, the U.S., a pretty good run so far.
Steve Sticker, Jordan Spieth, Muirfield Village, Presidents Cup: Stricker guides Spieth through Presidents Cup debut
Steve Stricker, the last man to hit a shot at the Presidents Cup on Thursday, stood on the 18th green in near darkness at Muirfield Village, put his arm around the young charge to his right, and smiled like a father who'd just helped to guide his son to his first driver's license.
Babineau: Southern Africa contingent key for Internationals
If captain Nick Price and his International squad are really, truly – and finally – going to get their Charlie Brown-like fortunes reversed, and make this biennial event competitive, then it’s likely a contingent from southern Africa that provides the key to opening the door.
Zach Johnson, Presidents Cup: Johnson will be able to play Thursday despite 24-hour bug on Monday
Zach Johnson was stricken was the 24-hour bug on Sunday night and spend the next 20 hours at home in bed. No need to fret, Johnson, who will play a practice round on Wednesday, said he will be able to go for Thursday's start of the Presidents CUp at Muirfield.
Presidents Cup: Stricker excited about possible Spieth pairing
Steve Stricker had to skip a hunting trip with buddies in order to play the Tour Championship, but at this week’s Presidents Cup, he’s expected to land the young buck that has everyone’s attention: Jordan Spieth.
Arnold Palmer celebrates 84th birthday in Latrobe
Arnold Palmer celebrated his 84th birthday in Latrobe, Pa., where he also hosted the Latrobe Classic, which benefits his hospitals in Orlando, Fla.
Jim Furyk steps up as Oak Hill dons its gloves
On a tough afternoon when the greens began to dry and the winds began to swirl and the atmosphere transitioned into full PGA Championship mode, it was no surprise to see who took on Oak HIll – one of the Tour’s brawlers, Jim Furyk.
5 Things: Jason Dufner shines, Tiger Woods persists, more
Jason Dufner was about a foot shy of establishing an all-time low for a round in one of golf's four majors, while Tiger Woods didn't fare nearly as well, nor did Phil Mickelson. Here are 5 Things to Know from the PGA Championship's second round.
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.
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.