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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.

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After bogey-free 65, Kiradech Aphibarnrat in hunt at Bay Hill

After bogey-free 65 at Bay Hill, Kiradech Aphibarnrat in hunt at PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnat moved into contention at the Arnold Palmer Invitational after firing a 7-under 65 Saturday at Bay Hill.

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Na claws his way onto Bay Hill's leaderboard

Kevin Na claws his way onto Arnold Palmer Invitational's leaderboard at Bay Hill

Kevin Na put himself in good position an the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational by using a claw putting grip inside 20 feet and a traditional grip outside of that mark at Bay Hill.

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After health scare, Gamez starts new chapter at Bay Hill

Robert Gamez starts new chapter at Bay Hill during PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational

Robert Gamez is playing in his second competitive round since having quadruple-bypass heart surgery in June at the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

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Sam and The King: A coming-of-age tale at Bay Hill

Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders make up a coming-of-age story at Bay Hill PGA Tour stop

Arnold Palmer and Sam Saunders, each his own man, enter Bay Hill week with a special kind of bond. Through the years, it has become stronger than ever.

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Tiger Woods will skip Bay Hill, hopes to be ready for Masters

Tiger Woods will skip Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, hopes to be ready for Masters

Tiger Woods will not play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, Woods announced Friday via his website.

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Spieth returns to Innisbrook with fond memories of pivotal finish

Jordan Spieth returns to PGA Tour stop at Innisbrook with fond memories of pivotal finish

Jordan Spieth, then 19, needed a solid finish on Sunday at the 2013 Valspar Championship to secure status as a special temporary member on the PGA Tour.

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John Daly calls PGA Tour’s drug-testing program 'a big joke'

John Daly calls PGA Tour’s drug-testing program 'a big joke' on radio show

John Daly, on a radio show Tuesday night, called the PGA Tour's anti-doping testing program "a big joke."

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Depth in pro golf makes winning a tougher task than ever

Depth in pro golf, post-Tiger Woods prime, makes winning on PGA Tour, other tours a tougher task than ever

During his prime, Tiger Woods lulled most all of us into believing that winning on PGA Tour is easy. But that is far from the case.

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Golfweek PostGame: Cejka endures for maiden PGA Tour title

Alex Cejka endures for maiden PGA Tour title at Puerto Rico Open

Alex Cejka won the PGA Tour's 2015 Puerto Rico Open at Trump International Golf Club Puerto Rico for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Puerto Rico Open up for grabs heading into final round

PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open up for grabs heading into final round

Alex Cejka fell back during the third round of the PGA Tour's 2015 Puerto Rico Open, opening the door for Scott Brown and Chris Smith, who leading heading into Sunday's final round.

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Local Erick Morales ‘living the dream’ at Puerto Rico Open

Local Erick Morales ‘living the dream’ at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open

Erick Morales is just a normal guy, a former college player at Rutgers who works at an eyeglass distribution center. But this week at the Puerto Rico Open, he's living the dream.

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John Daly eyes top-10 at Puerto Rico Open

John Daly eyes top-10 at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open

John Daly looks for a top 10 at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open, where he is 2 under through two rounds.

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Long-hitting Hagy turns heads at Puerto Rico Open

Long-hitting Brandon Hagy turns heads at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open

Brandon Hagy, a former Cal standout, is turning heads at the PGA Tour's 2015 Puerto Rico Open with his long drives and impressive swing speed.

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PGA Tour rookie Hubbard aims for 'trifecta' in Puerto Rico

PGA Tour rookie Mark Hubbard aims for 'trifecta' in Puerto Rico

To say it’s been an eventful few weeks for PGA Tour rookie Mark Hubbard would be a bit of an understatement.

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Duval tees it up at Puerto Rico before donning TV hat

David Duval tees it up at PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open before donning TV analyst hat for Golf Channel

David Duval played 18 holes at the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open before reporting for afternoon television duty in the Golf Channel booth.

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Putting tip sparks Luke Donald at Honda Classic

Putting tip sparks Luke Donald at PGA Tour's Honda Classic

Luke Donald is in contention at the Honda Classic thanks in part to a putting tip from Northwestern head coach Pat Goss.

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Koepka makes cut at Honda Classic after 14-stroke turnaround

Brooks Koepka makes cut at PGA Tour's Honda Classic after 14-stroke turnaround

Brooks Koepka rebounded from an opening 8-over 78 to card a second-round 64 and make the cut Friday at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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McIlroy struggles at Honda Classic in Tour return

Rory McIlroy struggles at 2015 Honda Classic in PGA Tour return

Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world, shot a first-round 3-over 73 at PGA National's Champion Course during the first round of the PGA Tour's 2015 Honda Classic.

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Mickelson enjoys wind-blown challenge at Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson enjoys wind-blown challenge at PGA Tour's Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson shot a 71 in the first round of the PGA Tour's 2015 Honda Classic at PGA National and noted how the wind and water hazards made the course difficult.

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Past Honda champs grind for another shot at glory

Past Honda champs grind for another shot at PGA Tour glory

Three former Honda Classic champions lingered on the range Wednesday after most practice had wrapped up. There is no room for rest in this game.

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Greg Norman on Tiger Woods: He's mentally ‘unraveled’

Greg Norman on Tiger Woods: He's mentally ‘unraveled’

In a “Today Show” interview on NBC, Greg Norman expressed doubts that Tiger Woods can make the climb back to the pinnacle of the game.

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Reason for optimism with U.S., Love and Redeem Team II

Reason for Ryder Cup optimism with U.S., Davis Love III and Redeem Team II

For those who view the Ryder Cup through red, white and blue lenses, we've been hovering over the hospital bed, gravely distressed. How did we get ourselves into this mess?

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Walker calls Riviera favorite PGA Tour playground

Jimmy Walker calls Riviera favorite PGA Tour playground as he tees up at Northern Trust Open

One guy to watch as the Northern Trust Open gets underway today outside Los Angeles? Jimmy Walker, who has been solid and consistent since the fall of 2013.

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Next Ryder Cup move: Conditionally Love?

Could U.S. Ryder Cup captaincy find Davis Love III for a second time?

Reports surfaced Monday that Davis Love III would captain the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 2016. Could a troubled U.S. Ryder Cup team forge into its future by once again reaching into its past?

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Mark O’Meara, David Graham visit World Golf Hall of Fame

2015 inductees Mark O’Meara, David Graham visit World Golf Hall of Fame

Mark O’Meara and David Graham, two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame's 2015 induction class, made a first-time visit to the shrine Monday.

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Jim Thorpe reflects on 'inspiration' of Charlie Sifford

Champions Tour golfer Jim Thorpe reflects on 'inspiration' of Charlie Sifford's life

Ahead of the Allianz Championship, veteran touring pro Jim Thorpe recalls the importance of Charlie Sifford, who died Feb. 3 at age 92, to the world of golf.

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Champions Tour eyes options for playoff system

Champions Tour eyes options for Charles Schwab Cup playoff system

One element of the Champions Tour’s historic 20-year marketing extension with Charles Schwab & Co., sponsor of the season-ending Schwab Cup, is to add some spice to the end of the schedule with a couple of playoff events leading into the 30-man finale.

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Tiger Woods needs his old swagger, Montgomerie says

Tiger Woods needs his old swagger, Colin Montgomerie says

When it comes to Tiger Woods and his recent struggles, there is no short supply of opinions on what’s happening with the former World No. 1, and what he should do next.

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Like old times, Henke welcomes stepping inside ropes again

Nolan Henke will make his Champions Tour debut this week at the Allianz Championship and stepping insde the ropes once again

Having been on golf’s sidelines for the better part of, oh, a decade, Nolan Henke will make his Champions Tour debut at this week’s Allianz Championship at the Old Course at Broken Sound.

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The Tiger Effect takes hold in Phoenix

The Tiger Woods Effect takes hold at Phoenix PGA Tour stop

The Super Bowl has come to Phoenix. And on Sunday, there even is a football game scheduled somewhere in town.

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Major leap: Big plans drive Rickie Fowler in 2015

Major leap: Big plans drive Rickie Fowler's PGA Tour season

After top 5s in the four majors last year, Rickie Fowler emerges as 'legit.'

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Johnson interview: 'Time to grow up'

Dustin Johnson interview with Golfweek's Jeff Babineau: 'Time to grow up'

Dustin Johnson announced that he will return to the PGA Tour in early February, but the 30-year-old says he is a different man than the one who skirted drug-use allegations and a party-boy image.

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Simpson shoots 62 with short putter in hand

Webb Simpson shoots 62 at Sony Open in Hawaii with short putter in hand

Webb Simpson putted his way to an opening-round 62 at the Sony Open in Hawaii using a conventional-length putter.

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PGA Tour rookies Barber, Taylor off to fast starts

PGA Tour rookies Blayne Barber, Nick Taylor off to fast starts

Blayne Barber and Nick Taylor were standouts in college, but it has taken them some time to reach the PGA Tour. Now, the Tour rookies, both teeing it up at this week's Sony Open, are getting a chance to see how they stack up against golf's best.

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Chance pays off for Mullinax at Sony qualifier

Chance pays off for Trey Mullinax at qualifier for PGA Tour's Sony Open

For Trey Mullinax, it’s already been a good week. The former Alabama All-American is basking in the sunshine on the island of Oahu, preparing for the PGA Tour's Sony Open.

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Reed prevails at Kapalua without best game

Babineau: Patrick Reed's stock rises with fourth PGA Tour title

Patrick Reed was criticized for his confident words after winning the 2014 PGA Tour event at Doral. But the 24-year-old simply has the game to back it up.

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Matsuyama, Walker trend upward at TOC, on Tour

Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama head into the final round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua as co-leaders at 17 under

Jimmy Walker and Hideki Matsuyama, the 54-hole leaders at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions, hold more in common than might appear on the surface.

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Chesson Hadley using Kapalua to get 'game ready'

Chesson Hadley getting 'game ready' at Kapalua beside PGA Tour's best

Most players at the top of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions leaderboard through two rounds had played Kapalua before. That is, except for Chesson Hadley, who is using the week to get himself "game ready."

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Consistent Russell Henley leads at Hyundai TOC

With tee-to-green consistency, Russell Henley leads after the first round of the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions

Russell Henley's New Year's resolution was to become more consistent from tee to green. One round into his year, at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, it's so far, so good as Henley leads at 8-under 65 at Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course.

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Jason Day targets improved health, No. 1 ranking

Entering 2015, Jason Day targets improved health, world's No. 1 ranking

There's no doubt Jason Day has immense talent. Entering 2015, the 27-year-old Australian hopes he can stay healthy and ascend to No. 1 in the world ranking.

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John Smoltz, MLB Hall of Famer, made time for golf

John Smoltz blended Hall of Fame career with coveted tee times

John Smoltz, who pitched 21 seasons in Major League Baseball, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Thanks to a well-used little black book, he's an accomplished golfer, too.

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Johnson turns career into booming business

Zach Johnson turns PGA Tour career into a growing business with help from Team Zach

Zach Johnson and "Team Zach" held its annual meeting last month in Orlando, Fla., to review the 2014 season and identify potential areas of improvement for 2015. One thing he'll work on: his putting.

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Key for Matt Kuchar: A fast start to the new year

A key for Matt Kuchar's successful season is getting off to a fast start in January at the PGA Tour's Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua

Matt Kuchar says he’s never been much of a goal-setter, but mainly, he’s driven by one idea when each new year rolls in: just find a way to get better and with a fast start each year, he has certainly done that.

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Geoff Ogilvy returns to chase third title at Kapalua

Geoff Ogilvy returns to Kapalua after breaking winless streak

Geoff Ogilvy returns to the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he has won twice, after breaking a winless streak in 2014.

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Babineau: Palmer, Spieth, Ryder Cup highlight '14

Jeff Babineau wraps up '14 with thoughts on Palmer, Spieth, Ryder Cup

Senior writer Jeff Babineau wraps up the year that was on the PGA Tour with his thoughts on Arnold Palmer, Jordan Spieth at The Masters and the 2014 Ryder Cup.

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Stacy Lewis is a modern-day athlete who 'gets it'

Jeff Babineau's Untold Story from 2014: Stacy Lewis is a modern-day athlete who 'gets it'

Jeff Babineau's Untold Story of 2014 touches on the fact that there is not a more underrated, underappreciated star in our game than the LPGA's Stacy Lewis.

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Team Langer wins PNC Father/Son Challenge by 2

Bernhard, Jason Langer win PNC Father/Son Challenge by 2 with a 13-under 59 Sunday in Orlando, Fla.

Bernhard Langer picked up another win Sunday (his sixth of the year) at the PNC Father/Son Challenge with his 14-year-old son Jason by his side.

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Father/Son pairs dads, sons ranging in talent

PNC Father/Son Challenge pairs major-winning dads, sons of ranging talent levels

The sons playing in this weekend's PNC Father/Son Challenge range from strong junior and amateur golfers to players who are relatively new to the game. Still, this "family major" is a highlight for the major-winning dads and their kids.

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Red-and-black Reed shines at Hero World Challenge

Red-and-black Patrick Reed shines at Hero World Challenge

Patrick Reed bested playing partner Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge Friday with a round of 9-under 63.