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Jeff Rude

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Rude: Woods just needs to finish, build confidence

A more realistic goal for Tiger Woods this week than the WGC-Cadillac Championship trophy at Doral would seem to be health and confidence going into next month's Masters at Augusta.

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Elkington stumbles into another social-media mess

Our Jeff Rude comments on Steve Elkington's unfortunate Twitter posts on NFL prospect Michael Sam, while also reading between the lines on Sergio Garcia's claim on conceding a long putt at the Ryder Cup.

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Rude: Garcia should be applauded for concession

While some might say Sergio Garcia's shocking concession on the seventh hole showed a lack of competitive spirit, our Jeff Rude says it is a sign the Spaniard is maturing.

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Rude: Day, English show smarts at Match Play

The mental part of the game again was on conspicuous display in, among other WGC-Accenture Match Play second-round matches, a couple that went extra holes and were claimed by young stars Jason Day and Harris English.

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McDowell: 'Very fortunate to have escaped' at Match Play

Graeme McDowell went from a "somber situation" early in his round to a date with Hideki Matsuyama in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, proving that anything can happen in golf.

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Bubba Watson confident heading into Match Play

Bubba Golf is back in vogue. Bomb it, find it, wedge it, putt it. Bubba Watson finds himself high on the current Hot Golfer List, having won the Northern Trust Open on Sunday and finished second at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in his last two PGA Tour starts.

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Hal Sutton suffers mild heart attack

Champions Tour player Hal Sutton suffered a mild heart attack and withdrew during the first round of the ACE Group Classic.

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Rude: Floyd tapped for focus to regain Ryder Cup

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson’s pick of four-time major champion Raymond Floyd as an assistant shows Watson means business and is serious about winning -- and likes likes tough guys.

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Bigger and (sometimes) better: Woods, golf holes, more

Tiger Woods is muscled up; an initiative to grow golf wants the hole sized up; Bernhard Langer's Champions Tour wins are piling up; that and more from senior writer Jeff Rude.

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Reed after Humana win: Goal is 'multi-win years'

Patrick Reed was in the middle of his post-victory news conference at the Humana Challenge when a woman handed him an old-style cellphone and said former President Bill Clinton was on the line. Call it a perk of success.

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Rude: Zach Johnson sticks to strengths

At 5-11, 160 pounds, Zach Johnson doesn’t look like much. Any NFL lineman could pick him up with one hand; he passes for an insurance salesman. But put him on a golf course and he’s a bully.

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Mickelson heading to Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson is skipping the last two PGA Tour events out west – the WGC Accenture Match Play and Northern Trust Open – because of his kids’ spring breaks -- to offset that, he’s adding the Honda Classic in Florida.

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Rude: Too early to critique Woods

if this were May and there was a trend of sloppiness, there would be reason for concern about Tiger Woods. But it isn’t, so we can all take a breath.

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From the Shark to a tank, Rude's thoughts on Show

From Greg Norman to Graeme McDowell to Callaway's tank on the floor, Jeff Rude's random thoughts after roaming the floor of the PGA Merchandise Show.

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Watson inspires American players as a leader

Davis Love III reflects on his first Ryder Cup, in 1993, and says his captain, eight-time major champion Tom Watson, was “intimidating to me.” Inspiration was another feeling. Love vividly recalls being with U.S. team members in the airport lounge, before they flew to England on the Concorde, when the captain said, “Guys, we’re getting ready to go on a big adventure.”

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Humana Challenge now Reed's tournament to lose

The Humana Challenge has been blessed by perfect weather and conditions. Then Patrick Reed came along and provided almost perfect scores.

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Reed leads Humana; 7 former Bulldogs in top 34

Patrick Reed's second straight 63 gave him a two-shot lead Friday at the Humana Challenge, and he's one of seven former University of Georgia players tied for 34th or better midway through what has been a birdie fest.

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5 Things: Reed leads Humana; Zach close; more

True to form, 19 players shot 66 or better in the first round of the Humana Challenge. As usual, it’s go low or go home. Patrick Reed led the way with a 9-under-par 63.

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Clinton getting back into swing of things at Humana

Bill Clinton hasn't picked up his sticks quite as often over the last few years, but says he intends on fixing that problem in 2014.

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Rude: Hope's era of celebs over at Humana Challenge

For better or for worse, this is not your grandfather’s Bob Hope tournament. That era is gone. Times change and so do tournaments, and perhaps no event has transformed as much as this one, now called the Humana Challenge.

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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.