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Jeff Rude

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Valhalla proves itself worthy of major drama

Valhalla, once mocked as being unworthy of golf's biggest events, proves itself as a stage fitting for major drama during the PGA Championship.

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5 Things: Nick Watney takes Wyndham lead

The Wyndham Championship's third round began with 15 players within two shots up top and ended with 13 players within four shots of the lead, including leader Nick Watney at 14 under.

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5 Things: Slocum, Langley share Wyndham lead

Heath Slocum and Scott Langley have each opened the Wyndham Championship with consecutive 65s and share the lead at 10 under through two rounds at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. Here are 5 Things you need to know from Friday's second round.

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Rude: Woods shouldn't have attempted Valhalla

Maybe Tiger Woods opting to skip the Ryder Cup in the wake of his PGA Championship missed cut at Valhalla will cure what's ailing him -- unlike his game and his injured back, it can't hurt.

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Rude: Evans loses a rock in Moore

Jim Moore left a lasting impression on generations of Evans Scholars during his 47-year Western Golf Association career until his fight against cancer ended Tuesday night at age 73.

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Rude: Shell of former self, time for Tiger to shut it down

Tiger Woods hobbled his way around Valhalla on Friday, posting a second-consecutive 74 that showcased a golfer that is not only injured, but also a bit lost on the course.

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Rude: State of Tiger's game still in disarray

Tiger Woods didn't do a good job of convincing anyone that he is healthy and ready to compete at the highest of levels, posting an erratic 3-over 74 that left more questions than answers.

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Woods: 'I feel good,' will play PGA Championship

Upbeat about his famous back, Tiger Woods showed up Wednesday at Valhalla and declared himself ready to play in the 96th PGA Championship, which begins Thursday.

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In pain, Dufner grinding to earn Ryder Cup berth

While plenty of attention has been paid to Tiger Woods' injury situation, the defending PGA Championship champ Jason Dufner is dealing with his own neck and back issues on tournament eve.

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Bubba Golf veers off course in skipping long drive

Bubba Watson built a brand around Bubba Golf, a fun-loving, fun-first way to play the game. On Tuesday at Valhalla, he lost sight of that brand in refusing to partake in the long-drive competition.

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May's PGA Championship legacy: 'Good times'

Bob May finds comfort with his place in history as Tiger Woods' foil at Valhalla in the 2000 PGA Championship -- realizing it was one of the great head-to-head duels in a major.

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Johnson suspended? Report says yes, Tour says no

Dustin Johnson, who had withdrawn earlier this week from the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will take "a leave of absence from professional golf," he announced through his agency Thursday.

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Tiger on swing: "I can't turn that far"

Tiger Woods' shorter swing is apparently a conscious choice after back surgery -- “I can’t turn that far,” Woods said before the WGC Bridgestone Invitational -- and it means longer odds on a playoff window.

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Nicklaus: McIlroy impressive; Tiger should make Ryder Cup

Jack Nicklaus talked to the media on Thursday ahead of the PGA Championship, and says he is impressed by Rory McIlroy, while also saying he'd pick Tiger Woods for the Ryder Cup squad.

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McIlroy shows shades of Woods and Mickelson

Rory McIlroy, who is one victory from a career Grand Slam, has shown signs of being like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson at the tender age of 25.

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Fowler looks for fight with McIlroy at Open

"Maybe I can put a little pressure on him," Rickie Fowler said Saturday after he had done exactly that to Rory McIlroy yet faded to a six-shot deficit at the British Open.

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Tiger once owned majors; now they own him

Tiger Woods used to own weekends at major championships. Now they seem to own him. A trend continued Saturday in the British Open: He hasn’t shot in the 60s on a major weekend since 2011.

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On second thought, Woods has plenty of work to do

Forget about what we saw and said Thursday. He’s not ready. An inconsistent Tiger Woods clearly needs more competitive repetitions, particularly with a driver, before he’s ready to contend in a golf tournament.

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Stenson's at level par despite eventful day

Some even-par rounds are more eventful than others. Henrik Stenson reinforced that Thursday during the British Open when he putted a ball off of a green and, five holes later, broke a wedge over his knee.

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Tiger's so-called rust seems to have been knocked off

Rust? What rust? Tiger Woods didn’t look corroded in the least, after bogeys on the first two holes anyway. Rather he looked comfortable and dangerous in shooting 3-under 69 in the Open Championship first round Thursday.

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Daly summons 1-iron to avoid rough at Open

John Daly had one word for the Royal Liverpool rough –“Brutal." He has put a TaylorMade 1-iron in his bag to help steer clear of the rough at Hoylake.

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Rude: Now headlining at Hoylake, Stenson

Henrik Stenson, the dryly humorous Swede, would be a great player to have as a next-door neighbor, writes Jeff Rude -- especially after his wit shined Wednesday at Hoylake.

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Tiger says goal is to win at Hoylake, but is that realistic?

With only 12 competitive rounds on the PGA Tour in 2014, Tiger Woods claiming that only finishing first is acceptable might be a bit of a stretch. But his competitors are seeing signs that his game is awfully close.

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Rude: Open gets Watson's memories flowing

"If I'm getting too sugary," five-time Open champion Tom Watson said while waxing nostalgic in advance of the 2014 British Open, "stop me." No one stopped him.

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Harding Park, new-look Match Play form winning combo

The PGA Tour announced that the WGC-Match Play Championship will move from February to May and will now be hosted at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

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Ageless master: Ball offers tips on a wonderful life

Errie Ball, who died on July 2 at the age of 103, visited with our Jeff Rude to talk about playing in the 1934 Masters and the keys to living a wonderful life.

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Reed leads National, aims for 4th Tour victory

Patrick Reed is back. OK, so he's not top 5 in the world, but he's focused again after the birth of his first child and is in position to capture his fourth PGA Tour victory in the last calendar year.

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Tiger Woods encouraged but not sharp in return

Tiger Woods was encouraged despite missing the cut at the Quicken Loans National in his PGA Tour return. But he didn't show he's ready to contend any day soon, writes Jeff Rude.

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Open hopeful Compton cards 68 at Congressional

After sorting some things out with his putter, Erik Compton shot 3-under 68 Thursday at the Quicken Loans National as he tries to qualify for the Open Championship.

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Blues before rhythm as Woods shoots 74 in return

With seven bogeys on his first 12 holes and three birdies on his last six, Tiger Woods returned to the PGA Tour with a 74 in Thursday's first round of the 2014 Quicken Loans National at Congressional.

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Els sees Woods breaking Nicklaus' majors record

As the years have gone by, people have expressed doubt that Tiger Woods will surpass Jack Nicklaus' record for major victories. Apparently four-time major winner Ernie Els isn’t one.

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Defending champ Haas: Game changes quickly

Bill Haas is the Quicken Loans National defending champion. But he’s not the same player he was a year ago: "The game changes weekly. Daily even, absolutely," he said.

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Apparently, Oval Office is healthy snack stop

Members of the 2013 Presidents Cup teams visited President Obama on Tuesday night at the White House -- and found it an unexpected healthy snack stop.

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Rude: Even expectations for Tiger change, eventually

Rusty and inconsistent on Quicken Loans National pro-am day despite the fact he said his back felt great, even expectations for Tiger Woods eventually change. So says our Jeff Rude.

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Rude: Why it's surprising Woods is back this week

Tiger Woods' return from a back injury to PGA Tour next week in the 2014 Quicken Loans National tournament at Congressional seems a surprise for a few reasons.

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Source pegs Woods' return for British Open as 50-50

While his agent would not confirm an official return date, those close to Tiger Woods are indicating that his swing ramp-up is going well and that a return at the British Open is a possibility.

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NBC reporter loses cart driver to on-course arrest

NBC reporter Roger Maltbie lost his cart driver on the 11th tee after a North Carolina Highway Patrol officer arrested Maltbie's driver after claiming the man ran over the officer's foot and did not stop when ordered.

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Taniguchi posts 88 in 'clinging-to-his-life' round

46-year-old Toru Taniguchi somehow found humor in his third-round, 18-over 88 on Saturday at the U.S. Open.

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Rude: Is the U.S. Open over? Not by a long shot

Martin Kaymer is in complete control of the U.S. Open, but they don't crown champions after 36 holes. Pinehurst No. 2, as well as the players chasing, might have something to say about Kaymer taking the champion's hardware back home to Germany.

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Kisner gives his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift

Kevin Kisner gave his dad the ultimate Father's Day gift on Friday. Kisner pulled his father, Steve, out of the gallery to caddie the last couple of holes knowing he wouldn't make the cut at the U.S. Open.

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VIDEO: Jeff Rude breaks down Round 2 at mid-day

Jeff Rude sits down with David Dusek to chat about Martin Kaymer's record-breaking opening two rounds at the U.S. Open and what to expect for the rest of the day.

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2014 Father of the Year: Optimist, caregiver Dolch

The optimist: In caring for his ailing son, Craig Dolch perseveres amid a heart-wrenching daily trial. Dolch is a clear choice as Golfweek's 2014 Father of the Year.

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Kuchar ready to win first major at U.S. Open

On U.S. Open eve, Matt Kuchar told his family that he loves Pinehurst No. 2. On Thursday, Kuchar shot 1-under 69 to put himself in a great position to win his first major championship.

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Stenson talks 5th green after opening 69

If asked to identify the U.S. Open quote of the week so far, your correspondent would look no further than Henrik Stenson's quip about the fifth green at Pinehurst No. 2 after an opening 69.

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VIDEO: Jeff Rude's early impressions of U.S. Open

Senior writer Jeff Rude spent the morning walking Pinehurst No. 2, following the likes of Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Listen to his impressions of the tournament at mid-day Thursday.

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Rude: We've got your winner. Here it is.

It’s clear who will win this week’s U.S. Open. Guaranteed. Write it down. Here it is . . . Plus, the club pro who bounds his drives past J.B. Holmes, Padraig Harrington's whereabouts and more.

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McIlroy looks to shed 2nd-round troubles at Open

Rory McIlroy enters the U.S. Open at Pinehurst with 'a bit of confidence' as he searches for his third major title. He'll just have to get past the second-round troubles that have plagued him recently.

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Watson comfortable on Pinehurst's sandy layout

Bubba Watson called Pinehurst No. 2, this year's U.S. Open venue, the "toughest we'll play." Yet, the two-time Masters champ feels comfortable on the restored Donald Ross gem, likening it to a course he grew up on in the Florida Panhandle.

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Impossible to keep Mickelson, Pinehurst out of mind

There aren’t many golf stories that, as they say, are too big to write. But we could have one if Phil Mickelson were to win the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, even as World No. 1 Adam Scott might be the favorite.

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Leonard, Noh, Thomas co-medal in Columbus

Sometimes in U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying a qualifier isn’t even the story. So it went with the sad tale of Danny Lee, who slid late as Justin Leonard, Seung-Yul Noh and Justin Thomas co-meadaled in Columbus.

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