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Jeff Rude

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Steele hits Humana stronger, and with fill-in caddie

Brendan Steele used a unique style of strength training to prepare for his 2014 debut, and after adding a cop as a fill-in caddie after his original looper had visa issues, Steele has quite the story heading into his home tournament, the Humana Challenge.

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Justin Rose sidelined by right shoulder tendinitis

Defending U.S. Open champion Justin Rose will start his 2014 campaign a bit later than expected, as the Englishman is dealing with a mild case of tendinitis in his right shoulder.

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PGA to seek 'grandfather period' for anchoring

PGA of America president Ted Bishop indicated that his organization would be given the opportunity to make a case for a "grandfather period" for recreational amateurs at the USGA's annual meeting Feb. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C. Bishop likened the proposal to what was agreed upon for the groove regulations in 2008.

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Spieth shows plenty of drive, if not much in wheels

There’s much to like about Jordan Spieth, golf prodigy and genuine article. That applies to more than the rare skill that has fueled one victory and four seconds in less than a full PGA Tour season.

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Fowler strives to stand out for game, not just attire

Entering his fifth full season on the PGA Tour, Rickie Fowler is hoping to gain attention for being a great player, not just for the colorful clothing that he wears.

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My Year in Golf: Jeff Rude

Looking back at golf in 2013, my mind’s eye, if not heart, keeps embracing father-child images. Those moments, some at major championships, made it a sappy, sentimental year in need of a ready handkerchief.

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Number Crunching 2013: Jonathan Byrd

The reason for Jonathan Byrd's unexpected fall in the rankings? He missed the first three months of 2013 after left wrist surgery, came back too soon, couldn’t practice as much, hit bad shots, lost confidence and put too much pressure on his putting.

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Number Crunching 2013: Gary Woodland

Finally healthy after a wrist injury derailed him in 2012, Gary Woodland enjoyed a big move up to No. 39 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings.

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Rude: Tour pros adjust to grind of new schedule

As the PGA Tour takes a 44-day break from official rounds, early returns on the new wraparound schedule are mixed – as are opinions on the USGA and R&A's changes in rules decisions.

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Class of '14 adds talent to Champions Tour

As a talented group faces age 50, along comes a big decision: When to jump to the Champions Tour?

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PGA Tour seeks replacement for Legends of Golf

The PGA Tour remains optimistic that it will secure a new sponsor and venue for the Champions Tour's Legends of Golf tournament, said Ric Clarson, the Tour's senior vice president for market development. The event likely would have the same slot on the schedule, April 25-27.

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Baird falls just short again, finishes 2nd at McGladrey

Golf can be a cruel game. Briny Baird found that out Sunday as he bogeyed the final hole of the McGladrey Classic to finish one shot behind winner Chris Kirk. But there was also a silver lining for the 41-year-old.

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Caddies unite with formation of APTC

More than 85 PGA Tour caddies met Tuesday during the McGladrey Classic to discuss their recent creation of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies. They have organized in an attempt to improve working conditions and deal with myriad issues, most notably the lack of a group health care plan.

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5 Things: Kirk, Baird lead after 54 holes in Georgia

Chris Kirk and Briny Baird are leading are 54 holes of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island's Seaside course, but there are 16 players within five shots and 21 within six shots of the lead.

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5 Things: Kirk leads McGladrey in back yard

It was windy Friday, and it’s crowded at the top after two days of the McGladrey Classic -- with local Chris Kirk climbing to the lead before play was suspended because of darkness.

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Singh hopes to blow lid off PGA Tour's drug policy

In something of a bombshell at a recent court hearing, Vijay Singh’s lawyer accused the PGA Tour of repeatedly exempting players from testing and punishment under its anti-doping program. But no proof has yet to be made public.

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Players, PGA move to top as richest purses on Tour

For years and years, The Players Championship has had the richest purse in golf. In 2014, though, it will have company at the top as the PGA Championship will increase its purse to $10 million next year.

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Hate to be Rude: Breaking 80 in 39 minutes

This story sounds like fiction, as if there are typographical errors in the numbers. But it’s documented, so here are the amazing facts: Irishman Rob Hogan shot 77 at Old Macdonald in only 39 minutes, 31 seconds Saturday.

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Rude: Questions follow McIlroy all the way to Asia

Rory McIlroy returns at this week’s Korea Open after a month off. From golf, anyway. Not from headlines. He answers question about off-course reason related to business and his girlfriend.

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Rude: Tour's 'off-season' leaves little room for rest

Took a cat nap after the Presidents Cup and woke up to find a new PGA Tour season upon us. That’s golf for you.

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Waterlogged Price still sees glass half full

The Internationals pretty much need to have everything fall right if they are to make the uphill climb and overcome a five-point deficit to win their second Presidents Cup.

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Advantage U.S.: 4-point lead could sap drama

Unless the Internationals can summon some magic during Saturday-afternoon Presidents Cup play, the Sunday singles could be a foregone conclusion.

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Cabrera wins second battle with hecklers

Liquid courage apparently was a factor in the Presidents Cup competition Friday, when Angel Cabrera backed away from a 28-foot birdie putt three times because of crowd noise -- before sinking it.

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Rude: Internationals trail, but do so with hope

Seemingly aided by a well-timed timeout by Mother Nature, the Internationals fought back and pumped life back into an opening day at Presidents Cup that had appeared to be a blowout early.

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Format change more important than Day 1 pairings

The six Thursday matchups for the Presidents Cup have been determined. But, for the sake of the International team’s chances and cup growth, the pairings are not as important as the opening-day format itself.

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Rude: Woods is happy and loose at Presidents Cup

Tiger Woods was "happy and chill" at his pre-Presidents Cup interview on Tuesday. Why you ask? He's at the Presidents, a.k.a. Ryder Cup Lite says Golfweek's Jeff Rude.

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Rude: International uprising needed at Prez Cup

The Presidents Cup should be more of a barnburner than a barnstormer. An International uprising next week would help.

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5 Things: Stenson wobbles; DJ climbs; more

An odd development happened on the way to the Tour Championship's foregone conclusion. Henrik Stenson shot 38 in the rain on the back nine and Dustin Johnson had 33. Here are 5 Things to Know.

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Tiger talks of focus despite trailing in Atlanta

His ball-striking off, Tiger Woods hit five of 14 fairways for the second day in a row and 11 greens in regulation Saturday, his low for the week en route to a 69 that left him T-26 in the Tour Championship.

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Woods goes from cruising to crumbling

Just like that, Tiger Woods went from 5 under par on his first 13 holes to 6 over on the last five, from charging to tied for third-to-last place at the Tour Championship in Atlanta – one of the more remarkable events in his career.

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Stenson's level head takes him under par

One way for Henrik Stenson to keep his temperament in check? Hit the ball as “good as ever” in making five birdies on the first seven holes and taking the Tour Championship's first-round lead.

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Mahan wins car with ace at BMW Championship

At Conway Farms GC's par-3 17th hole, Mahan carded a hole-in-one Saturday to win an extra prize during the BMW Championship.

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Two-stroke penalty adds to Tiger's BMW tally

Tiger Woods was penalized two shots after his BMW Championship second round -- officials ruled that his ball moved as he moved nearby loose impediments before his third shot on Conway Farms’ first hole.

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Mickelson gets going late at BMW, fires 70

After not arriving until late Wednesday night after dealing with a personal matter at home, Phil Mickelson started sluggishly Thursday at the BMW Championship but managed to grind out a 1-under 70 with a solid final nine holes.

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Tiger sees room to improve on opening 66 at BMW

It’s hard for Tiger Woods to say of his first round, “I didn’t get anything out of it.” After all, Woods was tied for third when he walked off with a 66. But he certainly wasted shots in finishing three back of the lead.

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Woods sees Conway Farms for first time Wednesday

Tiger Woods plays in Wednesday's pro-am ahead of the BMW Championship, his only practice round at Conway Farms before his 11:53 p.m. EDT tee time on Thursday.

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Rude: Being Evans Scholar is life-changing opportunity

Golfweek senior writer Jeff Rude still gets emotional in talking about being an Evans Scholar and what the honor can do to change one's life.

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At Conway Farms, Donald hopes for signs of old self

There are home games and then there are home home games. Luke Donald has the latter this week. He’s not only back in his adopted home area in suburban Chicago, he’s playing a PGA Tour FedEx Cup playoff event at his longtime home course of Conway Farms.

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Sutton hopes for renewal with 2nd new hip

Pardon Hal Sutton if he yells “hip hip hooray” when he returns to competition next year. That’s because he figures he’ll be the only Champions Tour member playing with two artificial hips.

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Rude: 'This is Jordan Spieth's time,' Couples says

In this week's addition of "Hate To Be Rude," Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples selections Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson as captain picks. Couples said 'This is Jordan Spieth's time.'

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DeLaet goes from airport to taking off at Deutsche Bank

Graham DeLaet's tee time on Sunday was delayed, so he thought he had a enough time to take his wife to the airport. But once the tournament was restarted with threesomes, the Canadian had to rush to the course, where he promptly shot a 9-under 62.

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Errant Mickelson somehow remains in contention

On Patriot Golf Day weekend, Phil Mickelson gave us his best version of Army golf. He drove left, then right, then left in the Deutsche Bank Championship second round Saturday. He was so wild that he scattered galleries on five of his first six full swings on the bank nine.

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Spieth would give Presidents Cup team a spark

U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples would be wise to select hot hand Jordan Spieth with one of his two wild-card picks Wednesday.

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Rude: Meet the man behind Dufner's transformation

Chuck Cook has coached players to seven major championship victories -- including Jason Dufner's last week at the PGA Championship. Yet, his name isn't on the tip of your tongue when you think of the game's best coaches -- but it should be.

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Major mimicry: Scott follows Tiger's path to success

Continued brilliance has lifted reigning Masters champion Adam Scott to a high perch at Oak Hill – where he just might stand as a primary obstacle to Tiger Woods' pursuit of the record for career major victories.

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Sloppy finish leaves Woods in middle of pack

With a mixture of rushed putts and poor shots, Tiger Woods turned a 67 into a 71 on Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship at Oak HIll Country Club. He could have been easily under par then got little sloppy in a round that was a tale of two nines.

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McIlroy identifies his problems on the course

The first part of solving a problem, of course, is identifying it. Such obvious profundity would seem to bode well for Rory McIlroy. He now realizes he is a natural player who got too caught up in swing mechanics.

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Rivalry continues to fuel Woods, Mickelson

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson aren't the greatest of friends, and that's to be expected when dealing with the two most successful golfers of the 21st century. But, even as they age, the rivalry continues to fuel their overwhelming success.

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Hate to be Rude: McIlroy turns to friends for answers

Ben Hogan used to say that the driver, not the putter, is the most important club in the bag because it sets everything up. Decades later, the Hawk apparently gets no argument from slumping Rory McIlroy.

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Olympic Club, Bandon lend 'wow factor' for first 4-balls

The Olympic Club in San Francisco and Bandon (Ore.) Dunes Golf Resort will play host to the inaugural men’s and women’s national four-ball tournaments, respectively, April 30-May 6, 2015, the U.S. Golf Association announced Monday.

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