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Woods puts safe play at top of Muirfield list

Long irons and lag putts. That has characterized Tiger Woods’ conservative 54 British Open holes, though he did finally hit a driver. Expect more of the same safety-first game plan Sunday.

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McDowell on Woods: 'He was impressive'

Our Jeff Rude witnessed Tiger Woods bunt his way around Muirfield on Friday, staying patient in firing a 71 and keeping himself in the thick of things to end his five-year drought in majors.

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Rude: Tiger finds lift at turn in Open

As out of sorts as he initially seemed, Tiger Woods would not only survive but thrive on the sun-baked confines of Muirfield in the first round of the Open Championship.

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Rude: Scott is ultra-prepared and hungry for more

Adam Scott knows that his Wednesday press conference could have had a much different feel if he hadn't won the Masters in April. But Scott is a different man than the one that blew a four-shot lead at the 2012 Open Championship: He's focused.

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Pettersson drops anchored stroke, switches to short putter

After using a long putter since 1998, Carl Pettersson used the short, conventional putter on a trial basis Sunday and liked the results enough that he is using it again this week at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

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Rude: Tiger cautiously prepares; will it be enough?

While Tiger Woods says his left elbow is healthy, playing only nine-hole practice rounds might indicate that the injury is still the back of his mind. But on a course that likely won't need driver, Woods is still a favorite due to his superior long-iron skills.

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Rude: Good "omen" for Fowler, Bubba, Leishman

Jeff Rude is a betting man, and believes in omens -- especially when it comes to his history with the Open Championship. So, you are in luck Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and Marc Leishman.

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What's wrong with Rory? Quite a bit, stats indicate

Rory McIlroy’s latest bad patch -- and he has had a few -- has been punctuated by waning confidence, substandard short game and a tendency to hang his tee shots right with an inconsistent swing.

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McDowell's all-or-nothing run cuts both ways

Graeme McDowell, of course, is golf’s current poster boy for feast or famine. The Ulsterman somehow has three victories and five missed cuts in his last eight starts worldwide.

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Rude: PGA, Tour's proposal a sensible compromise

On Monday, the PGA Tour and PGA of America offered the USGA a compromise on the anchoring ban that helps amateur golfers. Our Jeff Rude says he hopes America's rule-making body will finally just say yes.

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Lawyer: No plans to sue over anchoring ban – yet

The Boston lawyer representing nine PGA Tour players who anchor said none of his clients has yet expressed an intent to sue the Tour for deciding to abide by the anchoring ban.

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PGA Tour, PGA set to enact USGA anchoring ban

The PGA Tour Policy Board says the USGA's ban on the anchored putting stroke will apply to PGA Tour competition beginning in 2016.

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For Woods, it never hurts to keep quiet

For Tiger Woods, it never hurts to keep quiet, especially about an injury.

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Tiger moves out of contention Saturday at Merion

Remarkably, after making his lone birdie on the opening hole, Tiger Woods shot a 6-over-par 76 at Merion Golf Club in the third round of the U.S. Open.

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Tiger shoots par, says arm hurt at Players

For the second day in a row, Tiger Woods grimaced in pain after several shots, his left arm clearly bothering him at times. Still, he pieced together an even-par 70 while playing 24 holes.

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Philly lets Sergio hear it; his play speaks for him

Philadelphia fans once booed and threw snowballs at Santa Claus, so there was no way Sergio Garcia wasn't going to feel their wrath. The Spaniard sputtered at the outset but fought back to a respectable 3-over 73.

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Rude: Reflecting on 75 straight majors

All the miles walked, notes taken and cheap cigars give our Jeff Rude reason to look back on 75 straight major championships.

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Rude: Flap with Tiger could help Garcia mature

Let’s hope the fallout shame Sergio Garcia has felt serves as an "Aha!" moment, one that launches him out of a stunted adolescence into a mature adult. Time will tell.

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Takes special player to bounce back from major flub

It takes a special player to overcome a meltdown and win one of golf's top prizes says our Jeff Rude.

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Golf rules bifurcation? We've already got it underfoot

Among this week's topic: Lee Janzen was disqualified after an opening 75 in 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifying because he wore steel spikes at a soft-spikes facility after not reading the rules sheet.

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Guthrie takes final spot in Columbus playoff

Darkness was setting in at 9:02 p.m. Monday at the Lakes Golf & Country Club and PGA Tour rookie Luke Guthrie stood over one of the biggest putts of his young life.

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Rude: Tiger goes from tuneup to tuned out

Tiger Woods came to the Memorial for a final U.S. Open tuneup looking for his fifth victory of the 2013 PGA Tour season. Instead, he got the highest nine-hole score of his pro career.

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Rude: Tiger's flaws resurface in unlikely spot

It is quite surprising that Tiger Woods is 10 shots off the midway lead at the Memorial – normally one to dominate par 5s, he is an uncharacteristic even par in eight tries at Muirfield Village.

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Rude: Tiger vs. Rory isn't on tap at this rate

Of all that happened Thursday at Muirfield Village – Charl Schwartzel’s leading 65, Tiger Woods losing to 53-year-old Fred Couples (70) and barely beating 14-year-old Tianlang Guan – Rory McIlroy’s bad day might be the most compelling.

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Nicklaus' scouting report on Merion: Don't hold back

Among the annual rituals at the Memorial: A “World According to Jack” address that's among the most interesting staples in golf – because of what is being said and who is weighing in.

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Rude: Anchoring ban for good of whose game?

Let’s not kid ourselves. The ban on an anchored putting stroke, to start in 2016, would seem to focus on “sport” rather than “game.” On competition rather than recreation. On game-face golf rather than social golf.

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Rude: Venturi was 'very fortunate'

Ken Venturi had a severe stuttering problem as a youth, lost competitive golf to carpal tunnel syndrome, and lost a wife to brain cancer. Yet he’s inclined to repeat, “I’ve been very fortunate.”

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Bombers' 3-woods cut Tour courses down to size

“Not many drivers” is a crazy new catch phrase in sports. It applies not to the Indy 500 or the Iditarod dog-sled race but to, of all things, professional golf in the so-called Bomber Era.

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Controversy causes a stir in Woods-Garcia pairing

It took less than two holes for controversy to rear its head in the Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia final twosome in The Players’ third round Saturday.

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Rude: Players leaderboard features biggest names

In most years, the top of the Players leaderboard features little-known names, with Sawgrass eating the game's best alive. Not so in 2013, with the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia leading the way.

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Rude: Rare contention at Players for Tiger

Tiger Woods put himself in a position to contend for only the third time in his 15 starts at the PGA Tour's Players Championship, one of the few tournaments that has confounded him.

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Singh, 'angry and hurt,' suing PGA Tour

In the aftermath of the deer-antler spray controversy, Vijay Singh has filed suit against the PGA Tour, alleging the Tour subjected him to "public humiliation and ridicule for months."

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Snedeker voices opposition for viewer rules call-ins

The topic of whether television viewers should be allowed to call in rules violations reared its head again Tuesday when Brandt Snedeker emphatically expressed his opinion.

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Rude: Rory McIlroy loses confidence in his putter

Rory McIlroy surely has had better birthdays. It’s not just that he made a double bogey and three bogeys in a sloppy 73 in the Wells Fargo Championship third round. His overcast day was darkened by the instrument known as the flat stick.

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Rude: Pampling's alternate route yields fitting reward

You might say Australian Rod Pampling has made the most of his opportunity so far as an alternate at the Wells Fargo Championship. A pair of 3-under-par 69s have put him in a tie for sixth place.

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Rude: It's time for Vijay to sing a little

In the wake of his controversy about a performance-enhancing substance, Vijay Singh can help himself by opening up a little, columnist Jeff Rude says.

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Rude: On Tiger, Tianlang, Muirfield and more

Potential reasons Tiger Woods is skipping Quail Hollow, Tianlang Guan's long challenge, Peter Dawson's 'bullying' denial and more highlight this week's Hate To Be Rude.

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Rude: PGA Tour likely to act soon on Singh

Hate to be Rude: Now that the Masters is over, the PGA Tour is likely to act soon on the case of Vijay Singh, according to one Tour insider.

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Rude: Ultimately, the punishment fit Tiger's crime

While many may have a problem with a television viewer calling in the Tiger Woods penalty on Friday night, the timing actually helped the 14-time major champion. And punishment ultimately fit the crime says Jeff Rude.

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Agent: Tiger's drop wasn't 'willful' violation

Mark Steinberg says that Tiger Woods' words that prompted a late-night video review by Masters officials mean that, “He in effect called it (the penalty) on himself."

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Champ Watson squeezes inside cut line

Bubba Watson three-putted three times plus another from the fringe Thursday and Friday at the Masters. He says Augusta's famed greens are slower this year, and that his miscues are costly.

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Rude: Masters revs up old champ Couples' cool

Fred Couples not only is defying age at the Masters, he is trampling upon his own words of late March when he grumbled about his form and maintained he had no chance at Augusta.

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Tiger Woods keeps head down in Masters' first round

This was your Masters favorite, Tiger Woods, a winner of 14 major championships, but his body language on several holes would have fooled you, his head slung low.

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Masters moment: Nicklaus' waterlogged interview

A Jack Nicklaus post-round Masters interview was upstaged when some Tom Weiskopf shots being shown on TV sets in the room made a bigger splash with several reporters.

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Rude: Tiger balances confidence, contentment

Tiger Woods clearly is more equipped to win the Masters than at any point since 2005, when he won his fourth and most recent green jacket – and says there's balance to be seen in his life.

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Masters champ Watson still has Augusta hooked

Never mind the green jacket in which he wrapped up adopted son Caleb last year – Bubba Watson wouldn't say no to a plaque at the spot of his famous hooked wedge during last year's playoff.

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Masters 2013: Clock ticks for Woods at Augusta

Given his early brilliance there, his 1-for-10 and 0-for-7 sound like factual errors, if not something out of Alex Rodriguez’s last postseason. Rather, they are indicators that Augusta has indeed been Tiger-proofed.

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Masters 2013: Playing a little remember when . . .

From Bernhard Langer and Sandy Lyle to Mark O’Meara and Larry Mize, these little-known Masters moments are a hoot says our Jeff Rude.

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Rude: Feherty, McCord provide levity at Tavistock Cup

None of the 24 contestants among the Multimillionaires Boys Club was spared the playful needle Tuesday at hoity-artsy Isleworth. Golf could use more of the clowning and fun on a regular basis.

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Rude: Welcome to Tiger's personal March Madness

Tiger Woods was less-than-thrilled with his bogey-bogey-bogey finish on Friday. So, he went home and watched college basketball. All of it. On Saturday, he returned as the terminator, taking control of a tournament that he simply owns.

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