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Jeff Babineau

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Commentary: McDowell, Mahan shoulder Ryder Cup fate

How intense are the final moments of the Ryder Cup? As Jeff Babineau writes, Graeme McDowell and Hunter Mahan found out.

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Electric atmosphere on first tee in Wales

There is nothing in golf quite like the scene surrounding the first tee at the Ryder Cup, especially for the singles session.

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Commentary: Cink explodes into Ryder Cup spotlight

Stewart Cink began the Ryder Cup as the man Corey Pavin forgot. Jeff Babineau says it isn’t likely to happen again.

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McIlroy redeems himself in Ryder Cup debut

Rory McIlroy’s long-anticipated Ryder Cup debut is in the books, and his opening match ended better than it started.

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Commentary: Team USA gets inspiration from true patriot

Golf is an individual game, but at the Ryder Cup it’s all about team. As Jeff Babineau writes, the U.S. was inspired by an American hero.

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Commentary: Ryder Cup captain Pavin brings tenacity

Fiery U.S. captain Corey Pavin wants his players to have fun. Oh, and they’d better win, too. Jeff Babineau reports.

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In Wales, the tweet sound of silence

Here at the 38th Ryder Cup, just two hours or so down the M4 from London, where the great Bard himself used to compose such eloquent prose – doing so in passages measuring more than 140 characters at a time – Ryder Cup participants already have been served a deep philosophical question befitting of our times:

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Autism awareness drives Kresge, family

Journeyman pro Cliff Kresge is on a mission to raise funds for something near to his heart: Treating autism. Jeff Babineau reports.

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Wild breaks, good fortune help Hoffman win

Amazing sometimes how little things, or a little break, can so heavily influence a round. Mabe an entire tournament. Who knows? In some cases, possibly an entire career.

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Commentary: Like old times for Woods, Els at TPC Boston

The golf wasn’t their greatest, but as Jeff Babineau writes, it was just like old times for Tiger Woods and Ernie Els on Sunday.

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Commentary: Pavin still searching for Ryder Cup wild cards

With at least 14 names in the mix for the final four Ryder Cup spots, Corey Pavin faces some tough decisions. Jeff Babineau explores some possible selection strategies.

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Streelman’s playoff punch paying off

Amazing how quickly one’s fortunes can change in the FedEx Cup playoffs. Consider Kevin Streelman, for instance.

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Woods gets game back on track at PGA

Tiger Woods didn’t hit it great at Whistling Straits for the 92nd PGA, but his game sure seemed a lot better than it was a week ago.

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Winning first major no easy task

Still think it’s not hard for a young player to sleep on the 54-hole lead at a major championship?

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Commentary: Another major shot for Johnson, McIlroy

Kudos to young Nick Watney for trying to apply a Louis Oosthuizen-style headlock and run away with the 92nd PGA Championship – he will begin Sunday with a nice three-shot cushion.

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Commentary: Woods gains confidence with opening 71

After hitting rock bottom last week, Tiger Woods appeared to turn a corner Thursday at Whistling Straits. As Jeff Babineau writes, it may be one round, but it’s a start.

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Lunde back on Tour, eager for PGA

After grinding it out for seven consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, Bill Lunde had big plans this week back home in Las Vegas.

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Woods still seeking 15th major

Think about when the 2010 schedule was finalized, and we all thought the same thing. Hmmm . . . Augusta, Pebble, St. Andrews . . . we might be going to Whistling Straits with Tiger Woods entertaining Grand Slam possibilities.

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McIlroy roars back up leaderboard with 69

Rory McIlroy followed a second-round 80 with a 69 Saturday at St. Andrews, roaring back up the leaderboard. He’ll need a lot of help, but as Jeff Babineau writes, don’t count McIlroy out of this championship just yet.

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Casey runs into trouble at Road Hole

Much has been made about the changes to the Road Hole, St. Andrews’ Old Course’s famed 17th, this week at the British Open. On Friday, with winds picking up in the early afternoon to the point play eventually had to be suspended, the hole started inflicting some serious damage on players’ chances.

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Commentary: Daly showing signs of former self at Open

John Daly is back in the UK, but save your pounds before plunking any down on the juicy tabloids. Golf’s Wild Thing has a new, self-annointed nickname: Just call him, ahem, Mild Thing.

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Daly selects colorful ensemble for Open

John Daly might have made the history books Thursday at St. Andrews. No, not by opening with a 66 – Rory McIlroy did him three better, tying the record for low score at a major – but by becoming the first player to compete at the Old Course in pants that resemble protozoa flocking in a petri dish.

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Stewart Cink: The Open’s forgotten champion

Stewart Cink was in the same media center at St. Andrews about an hour after Tom Watson on Tuesday, with roughly a quarter of the crowd in attendance. That’s OK. He knows – and accepts – the deal.

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Cabrera’s putter key to Open chances

One would think Angel Cabrera would be a great pick at this week’s British Open at St. Andrews.

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Champions Tour: Make way for Calc

Mark Calcavecchia turned 50 June 12, and he’s about to become a human cash machine on the Champions Tour.

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Commentary: Big Four go down swinging at U.S. Open

In each of the five previous majors staged at Pebble Beach Golf Links (four U.S. Opens and the 1977 PGA Championship), the “chalk” has ruled.

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At Pebble, beware the devilish par-5 14th

I recall an entertaining lunch discussion a few years ago with a very seasoned golf writer on the merits of The Players Championship and posed the question whether it would ever be, or should be, considered a major championship.

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Meet golf’s lesser-known Cabrera: Rafael

Once the gun goes off at the U.S. Open, this much is a given: Once play commences, there won’t be a whole lot of smiling going on.

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Commentary: Mickelson goes birdieless on Day 1 at Pebble

Phil Mickelson failed to record a birdie and dumped two shots in the Pacific during his opening-round 75 at Pebble Beach. As Jeff Babineau writes, Lefty is now hoping his U.S. Open chances aren’t out to sea, too.

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Alternates play waiting game at U.S. Open

When Robert Allenby made his way to the first tee a short while ago, it wasn’t the best of news for alternate Jarrod Lyle. Allenby, a good friend of Lyle’s and a fellow Aussie who is nursing a sore, taped left wrist, was a doubtful starter, and one of the main players on Lyle’s “watch” list as he wonders if he will get a shot today to play in the 110th U.S. Open.

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Players cut short snail-paced practice round

How slow was the play Wednesday at postcard-perfect Pebble Beach? Well, Sean O’Hair and Hunter Mahan joined Eric Axley and John Rollins on the 10th tee early in the afternoon, looking to get in nine holes.

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Rooney changing lives at helm of Folds of Honor

Maj. Dan Rooney, using golf as his vehicle, pilots the Fold of Honor Foundation that has raised millions for survivors of fallen troops. Jeff Babineau reports.

2010 Golfweek for Her: A new celebration

Golfweek editor Jeff Babineau writes a letter to our readers about our first edition of Golfweek For Her.

2010 Golfweek for Her: The Spa at Doral - Deep Tissue Massage

Jeff Babineau gets a deep tissue massage at the Spa at Doral after playing the Jim McLean Signature Course.

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Surgery for the Beemer

Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA champion, will undergo surgery Thursday to repair damage to the C-6 and -7 vertebrae, according to Gaylord Sports Management, the company that represents him.

2010 Masters: Victory for the Mickelsons

Phil Mickelson's third Masters win means more since his wife, Amy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

2010 Masters: Analysis: Mickelson’s aggression pays off

Here's our breakdown of how Phil won his third green jacket.

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On a long Sunday, a little early work

Ask any player to name you the best caddies on Tour, and surely many would offer up the names of the men carrying the bag for any of the top 5 starting Sunday:

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Garcia plunks patron in head with golf ball

It promises to be a memorable Sunday at The National, what with Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods all in the hunt. For one patron who was out watching the early action, it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons.

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After a tough Friday, Couples still has a shot

Fred Couples has made enough trips around Augusta National – Sunday will mark his 100th official round, to be specific – to know some strange, magical things can transpire at the Masters.

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Guess who’s knocking on the door?

Guess who is in the middle of the pack at the 74th Masters? The Big Lefty, two-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, that’s who.

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What took you so long, Ricky?

The guy who finished atop the leaderboard at the last major – one Y.E. Yang – made the turn on Friday still on the board at the Masters as well, standing at 4 under par through 27 holes.

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Choi, Kuchar display sharp recovery skills

The incredible thing about Augusta National is that you see some shots you just don’t see anywhere else. K.J. Choi yanked his drive into the creek way left on the par-5 second hole – that’s right, there’s a creek way left on No. 2, the only water you’ll find on the front nine at Augusta National.

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Even at 60, Watson can’t be counted out

Think Masters glory is just for the young guns? Tell that to Tom Watson. The 60-year-old is going against the clock in his 37th trip to Augusta, though Jeff Babineau says it’s a one-sided battle.

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Augusta’s keeping us entertained, as always

Thoughts and observations while traversing the rolling hills of Augusta National and standing beneath the huge oak on a Masters Tuesday.

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This was ‘quintessential’ Tiger

In his first news conference in nearly five months, Tiger Woods offered a rare glimpse of himself while also remaining a closed book. But that’s just Tiger, writes Jeff Babineau.

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Lefty doubles up on drivers again at Doral

Phil Mickelson is at it again. Playing golf, yes. And doing it carrying two drivers in the bag here at the WGC-CA Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.

And Jack even picked up the tab

Don’t know what Rory McIlroy had for lunch on Tuesday at Doral, but whatever he had, and wherever he had it, it’s guaranteed to fall short of his Tuesday lunch of a week ago.

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Commentary: A rare glimpse at the man, not the golfer

Tiger Woods stepped away from the podium following his 14-minute statement at TPC Sawgrass saying he would become a better man. But words are only the first step in a long process, writes Jeff Babineau.

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It’s go time...

Minutes from Tiger Woods’ statement at TPC Sawgrass, Jeff Babineau checks in from just down the road.