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Leonard, Noh, Thomas co-medal in Columbus

Leonard, Noh, Thomas co-medal as Lee slides in Columbus U.S. Open sectional qualifier

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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Putnam, Stegmaier share sectional lead in Columbus

Michael Putnam, Brett Stegmaier share U.S. Open sectional lead in Columbus

Michael Putnam, the 2013 Web.com player of the year, and Web.com player Brett Stegmaier each shot 5-under-par 67 at Brookside Golf and Country Club on Monday morning to share the midway lead at U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying in Columbus.

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Leading Memorial, Watson looks to repeat round

Leading Memorial, Bubba Watson looks to repeat round for PGA Tour win

And two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson shot an outgoing 32 en route to seizing a one-stroke advantage through 54 holes of the Memorial Tournament on PGA Tour.

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Mickelson: Feds' questions haven't affected season

Phil Mickelson: Feds' questions haven't affected season on PGA Tour

Phil Mickelson said Saturday that a federal investigation into potential insider trading hasn’t affected his golf performance before this week, even as a report said the FBI interviewed him last year at a New Jersey airport.

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Driving machine? McIlroy was a wreck off the tee Friday

Rude: Driving machine? Rory McIlroy was a wreck off the tee Friday

A day after his play off the tee led to a 9-under 63, Rory McIlroy found the rough more often than not, leading to a dismal 78. The positive? He's still within striking distance.

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Mom pushes Bradley to short putter, and it works

Momma knows best: Keegan Bradley goes to short putter after talk with mom

Keegan Bradley was pretty bummed after tying for 29th at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. So whom does he lean on for help but his own mom, Kaye. Their conversation led to a big change for Bradley: a conventional-length putter.

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And then Jack said about Tiger . . .

And then Jack said about Tiger . . . Nicklaus addresses Woods and much more before Memorial Tournament

On the eve of the Memorial Tournament, Jack Nicklaus talked about the shape his game's in, his career majors record in Tiger Woods' sights and how far he might have driven the ball in his prime using today's equipment.

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Kuchar already pumped about the Ryder Cup

Matt Kuchar already pumped about the Ryder Cup

After being fitted for his potential Ryder Cup gear at the Memorial on Tuesday, Matt Kuchar already feels his juices flowing as the U.S. tries to regain the crown they saw slip through their fingers at Medinah.

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Sorenstam's father-in-law frets about 2 minutes of terror

Sorenstam's father-in-law frets about two minutes of terror

Jerry Magee has experienced nearly everything you can as a professional golfer, but his most nervous moments might be ahead of him as he prepares to introduce his daughter-in-law, Annika Sorenstam, at a Wednesday ceremony at the Memorial.

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Tiger: Back pain no longer 'debilitating'

Tiger Woods: Back pain no longer 'debilitating' after surgery, still no timetable for return to PGA Tour

Tiger Woods says his back pain is no longer "debilitating" -- but as he posted on his blog two weeks ago, the 14-time major champion says he has no date for his return from back surgery.

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Spieth on next-big-thing talk: I don't hear it

Jordan Spieth on next-big-thing talk on PGA Tour: 'I don't even hear it'

Consider it a good way for Jordan Spieth to block one out: Asked Wednesday if he considered talk of being the PGA Tour’s “next big thing” as a burden or compliment, Spieth simply said he tees it up and tries to win.

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Short game keeps Spieth bogey-free at Players

Short game keeps Jordan Spieth bogey-free at Players Championship

Through 54 holes of the Players Championship, Jordan Spieth is bogey-free and tied for the lead as he searches for his second career PGA Tour victory.

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Ogilvy heads into Players weekend in top 10

Geoff Ogilvy heads into weekend in top 10 at Players Championship on PGA Tour

For Geoff Ogilvy's game, there’s light again. You can see it in his play and hear it in his words as he's in the top 10 midway through the Players Championship.

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Sources: Open likely will return to Royal Portrush

Sources: Open Championship likely to return to Royal Portrush

Sources have told Golfweek that there is a strong possibility that the Open Championship will return to Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

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Westwood shows serious game, plenty of wit

Lee Westwood's game at Players Championship surpassed only by his standup routine

Lee Westwood's 67 in the Players Championship first round kept him from taking the dew-sweeping tee time as a PGA Tour insult: 'This is like having a handicap again, getting a shot.'

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After flood of '14 woes, Peterson keeps head above water

After flood of '14 woes, John Peterson keeps head above water

John Peterson's professional life was at an all-time high after success at the 2012 U.S. Open and Web.com Finals victory. But then a busted copper pipe at his home put things in perspective, and the outspoken former LSU star has been scrambling to recover ever since.

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Bubba Golf, TPC Sawgrass: A visual disconnect

Looking for a hot Players Championship pick? Bubba Watson might not be your man

“Me and the golf course don’t see eye to eye,” Bubba Watson said Tuesday of TPC Sawgrass as he returns from three weeks away from the PGA Tour at the Players Championship.

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5 Things: Cabrera, Mickelson rally at Quail Hollow

5 Things: Angel Cabrera, Phil Mickelson rally at Quail Hollow in Wells Fargo Championship first round

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson came to the Wells Fargo Championship looking to find some form -- and he did, quickly, thanks largely to exceptional putting. Here are 5 Things to know from Quail Hollow.

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Mickelson applauds Quail Hollow changes

Phil Mickelson applauds Quail Hollow changes on eve of Wells Fargo Championship on PGA Tour

Count Phil Mickelson among the many players who have applauded the significant course changes at Quail Hollow Club, site of this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

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Since Wells Fargo win, Ernst has changed it all

Since Wells Fargo win on PGA Tour, Derek Ernst has changed it all

What did Derek Ernst do after winning last year's Wells Fargo Championship? For better or worse with exemption in hand, the young PGA Tour player changed everything: swing coach, swing, trainer, caddie, etc.

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Simpson builds on year with plenty of positives

Rude: Webb Simpson builds on year with plenty of positives

Mind games are in play every week on the PGA Tour, probably every minute. So it goes for Webb Simpson these days.

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Rude: Fox's Buck says fans will be 'blown away'

Rude: Joe Buck says golf fans will be 'blown away' by Fox's coverage

Joe Buck says people will “totally be blown away” by Fox Sports' golf coverage as Greg Norman, Buck’s sidekick in the tower, gives the impression he will be provocative and a coordinating producer touts the network's tech thinking.

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Rude: Augusta National should Bubba-proof course

Rude: Augusta National should Bubba-proof golf course

Senior writer Jeff Rude believes Augusta National should Bubba-proof the golf course, just as it did for Tiger Woods.

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Bubba falters, opens the gates to wild Masters Sunday

Rude: Bubba falters and opens the gates to wild Masters Sunday

Bubba Watson failed to put his foot on the collective throats of his Masters competition, letting back in the likes of Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar. We're in for a wild ride on Sunday at Augusta National.

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Watson mixes, matches way to Masters lead

Rude: Bubba Watson mixes, matches birdies on way to Masters lead at Augusta

Four of Masters leader Bubba Watson’s six birdies Friday at Augusta National came from 4 feet and in, a testament to his length and short-iron accuracy -- as well as a willingness to mix up his approach.

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Wobbly wedge play leads Phil Mickelson to 4-over 76

Wobbly wedge play leads Phil Mickelson to 4-over 76

Phil Mickelson shot 76, one off his high in 21 previous Masters. He made a short-game triple bogey on a hole (No. 7) where he had never made worse than bogey. He made a double bogey at 15, where his third shot spun back into the pond.

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He's back? Injury-prone Oosthuizen fires 69

He's back? Injury-prone Oosthuizen fires 69 at Augusta National

Only hours after tweaking his bad back, Louis Oosthuizen feared that he wouldn't be able to tee it up Thursday. But the South African woke up feeling fine and managed to post a 3-under 69 and sit one shot off the lead.

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What's weirder: No Tiger, or would-be mystery?

What's weirder: No Tiger Woods, or would-be Masters mystery?

Phil Mickelson said it was “weird” without Tiger Woods on the Augusta National premises this week. One can only imagine what a long, strange trip it could have been if Woods had postponed back surgery and tried to play the Masters.

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Fowler opens Mickelson's eyes in Masters practice

Rickie Fowler opens Phil Mickelson's eyes in Masters practice

Rickie Fowler has shined during practice at Augusta National for the 2014 Masters -- but he insists his T-6 in Houston is more telling.

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Mickelson says Augusta National "frees" him up

Phil Mickelson says Augusta National "frees" him up

Phil Mickelson is scuffling a bit coming into the Masters, but there is something about the landscape here at Augusta National that makes him feel that he can accomplish anything.

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Masters defense, and bugs, on Scott's plate

Masters defense, and bugs, on Adam Scott's plate at Augusta National

Yes, Adam Scott is serving up bugs -- fancy that -- at the Champions' Dinner at Augusta National. But his important jobs this week are to chase the World No. 1 ranking and the title of back-to-back Masters winner.

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McIlroy finds a spark, fires 65 in Houston

Rory McIlroy finds a spark, fires 65 in Houston

Rory McIlroy said he needed a spark prior to the Masters and he found it on Sunday, firing a 7-under 65 to vault into the top 10 at the Shell Houston Open.

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5 Things: Kuchar smiles; Stefani stays course; more

5 Things: Matt Kuchar smiles; Shawn Stefani stays course; plus more from the Shell Houston Open on PGA Tour

Matt Kuchar was all smiles Saturday while opening a four-shot lead; Shawn Stefani stuck to his guns while seeking Tour status; plus more in 5 Things to know from Saturday's third round of the Shell Houston Open.

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Notes: Harrington's grip; Mickelson's feel; more

Notes: Padraig Harrington's grip; Phil Mickelson's feel; more

Padraig Harrington lets a group play through as he copes with an injured finger while Phil Mickelson finds his feel and Steve Stricker talks about his new equipment halfway through the Shell Houston Open.

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Rude: Experts like Woods' chances after surgery

Rude: Experts like Tiger Woods' chances after back surgery

The fact that Tiger Woods didn’t defer surgery until after the Masters probably means a couple of things: He’s more interested in long-term health than next week and he wasn’t ready for Augusta National.

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Like Arnie, Balicki always made time for people

Rude: Like Arnie, Ron Balicki always made time for people

You couldn’t find a college hotshot or coach over the past three decades who didn’t enjoy, trust and respect the understated Ron Balicki, who died Tuesday at age 65 -- and belonged in the Nice Person Hall of Fame.

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Now playing: The Hall Of Very Good

Now playing: Welcome to Jeff Rude's Hall Of Very Good

Our Jeff Rude recognizes that some of the World Golf HOF inductees of recent years have been criticized, most worthy of the "Hall of Very Good." Here's his initial class in his new HOF, complete with major winners and some of the best amateur players.

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Rude: Scott will try to 'put foot down early' Sunday

Rude: Adam Scott will try to 'put foot down early' Sunday at Bay Hill

Optimists would view Adam Scott's three-shot advantage at Bay Hill as half full, not half empty, and so does Scott. “It’s a really good spot to be in,” the affable Australian said after three rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Fighting flu, Scott ties record with 62 at Bay Hill

Fighting flu, Adam Scott ties record with 62 at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Suffering from mild flu symptoms, Adam Scott tied the tournament record with a 10-under 62 Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Tiger has bulging disk in back, source says

Tiger Woods diagnosed with bulging disk in back, source says

Tiger Woods has been diagnosed with a bulging back disk and won’t need surgery, someone with knowledge of his condition said Thursday.

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Back specialist says Tiger can be ready for Masters

Back doctor: Masters not out of question if Tiger treated properly

Tiger Woods can be ready for the Masters (April 10-13) with the proper treatment on his spasming back, Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, founder of the Bonati Spine Institute in Hudson, Fla., said Wednesday.

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Fatigued, Stenson keeps exotic sense of humor

Fatigued, Henrik Stenson maintains exotic sense of humor at Bay Hill

Even when explaining how fatigue has contributed to his slow start this year, Henrik Stenson maintains a sense of humor from homebuilding delays to pesky critters to peskier cellphone ringtones.

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Tiger showing weakness with health, Sunday setbacks

Going backward: Tiger showing weakness with health, Sunday setbacks

Another Sunday setback for Tiger Woods at Doral, whose health – and road to Augusta – is in disarray.

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Rude: Reed thinking on his feet about Masters

Rude: Patrick Reed thinking on his feet about Masters, even at Bay Hill for Arnold Palmer Invitational

Patrick Reed, with college and family ties to Augusta, Ga., can't avoid dreams of the Masters while playing this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla. -- including a barefoot vision.

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Calcavecchia WDs at Valspar, citing illness

Mark Calcavecchia WDs at Valspar, citing illness

A pale-looking Mark Calcavecchia, 53, withdrew from the Valspar Championship after a front-nine 40 in the final round because of a virus.

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Rude: Slow-play controversy surrounds Na again

Rude: Slow-play controversy surrounds Kevin Na, Robert Garrigus at Valspar

While Robert Garrigus' caddie insists the slow play of Kevin Na got his player out of rhythm, Garrigus aid Saturday that Na had gotten a lot better, even after both players were put on the clock at the Valspar Championship.

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John Daly cards 90 at Valspar Championship

John Daly cards 90 in second round of Valspar Championship

John Daly fired an 81 in the second round of last year's Tampa Bay Championship. Friday, Daly's second-round misfortune at Innisbrook's Copperhead Course continued with a 90.

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Rude: Reed indeed headed toward top 5

Rude: Patrick Reed indeed headed toward list of world's top 5

Patrick Reed says he feels like he’s a top-five golfer in the world. He’ll likely get there, given his confidence, complete game and closer’s mentality.

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Rude: Putter lifts Tiger to 66 at Doral

Rude: Putter lifts Tiger Woods to 66, contention at Doral in WGC-Cadillac Championship

During Saturday's 66 at Doral, Tiger Woods putted like it was 1999, or 2000 -- or pick a calendar year in which he seemed to consistently roll the ball in from hither and yon -- to climb into contention at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Having to 'grind it out,' Tiger in contention behind 73

Having to 'grind it out,' Tiger Woods in contention behind 73

In a wild and windy Day 2 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Tiger Woods’ performance had remarkable moments both good and bad – but enough of the former to keep him in contention at Doral.