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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Jeff Babineau: Gary Woodland should have withdrawn after nine holes because of an injured wrist.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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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.