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Rose shows Woods it takes more than great putting

Tiger Woods didn't like his drives or his irons, his distance or his trajectory Thursday. Sure, he putted well, but he trails Justin Rose - who put together a complete round - by four shots at Bay Hill.

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Holmes breaks ankle while rollerblading

"Just a freak little thing," a media representative of the broken ankle J.B. Holmes suffered recently while he was rollerblading for exercise with his fiancee.

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Healthy, Snedeker looks to make move at Bay Hill

A pulled rib muscle got Brandt Snedeker out of lifting boxes while his family moved into a new home. Healthy and back on the PGA Tour, he's ready to attack Bay Hill – and Augusta too.

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Rude: Spieth grows while Woods rejuvenates

Jordan Spieth grows toward his first PGA Tour victory, while Tiger Woods rejuvenates his No. 1 form even if the computers don't see it, Jeff Rude writes.

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Rude: Tiger to be tough guy to catch on Sunday

Tiger Woods doesn't give up 54-hole leads very often and never has given up a four-shot lead heading into Sunday. That means all pursuers are rooting for a Sunday hurricane at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, says Jeff Rude.

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Woods, Lefty part of heavyweight battle in Doral

The stars have come to play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and Tiger Woods is winning the heavyweight battle so far in Doral.

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Rude: Rory works while Tiger breezes

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy looks every bit the part of a "work in progress" as he's said, while playing partner and world No. 2 Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at Doral.

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Rude: Woods playing well since last year's WD

Tiger Woods has won four PGA Tour starts since he withdrew from last year's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, citing leg pain. It's a winning percentage rivaling that of his career peak.

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Rude: No question USGA needs to re-think anchoring ban

Our Jeff Rude hopes that the USGA and R&A will listen to those dissenting corners and continue to allowing anchoring for the sake of the game’s enjoyment and growth.

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Rude: Upsets continue to claim big names in Arizona

A series of so-called upsets on Friday left just one player ranked in the world top 10 heading into Saturday's third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Rude: Tiger falls victim to man with 'nothing to lose'

From his loss in the 1996 U.S. Amateur to countless rounds at Isleworth, Charles Howell III says he had never beaten Tiger Woods. On Thursday, Howell changed all of that by playing carefree.

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Rude: Blitz at the Ritz stops play cold

The jokes flew during Wednesday's freak snowstorm at Dove Mountain. The winner would be "Best in Snow" or the "Wizard in the Blizzard." Regardless, it was a surreal site says our Jeff Rude.

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Stricker opposes ban, points to growing game

Count Steve Stricker, one of the four players on the PGA Tour Policy Board, among what he says is a majority and growing number of Tour players who oppose the proposed ban on putter anchoring.

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Swing in order, McIlroy to face longtime friend

As Rory McIlroy returns to competition for the first time in six weeks, he will tee it up in the WGC-Accenture Match Play against a decade-long friend in Shane Lowry, who would see a victory as one of the biggest moments in his career.

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Rude: Haas has fallen in love with Riviera

On a week that the world celebrates Valentine's Day, Bill Haas is showing off his current love affair with Riviera Country Club after a 7-under 64 vaulted him into a three-shot, 54-hole lead at the Northern Trust Open.

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Rude: Bae, Jacobson impressive Friday at Riviera

Sang-Moon Bae and Fredrik Jacobson posted impressive, albeit surprising, 6-under 65s to vault to the top of the leaderboard at Riviera.

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Snedeker's ballstriking catches up with his short game

The two most famous and accomplished active golfers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, may have won in exclamatory fashion in consecutive weeks on the PGA Tour, but the blooming of Brandt Snedeker stands out as the game’s most compelling story of 2013.

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Hulbert pulls off long 24 hours thanks to energy drink, Love III

After playing in a three-day pro-am in Pebble Beach, Mike Hulbert had to take a redeye back to Florida to try and make a 12:30 p.m. tee time at the Allianz. Thank goodness for 5-Hour Energy.

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Love targets spring return after spinal surgery

Davis Love III had an operation to remove bone spurs and a disk that were pressing on nerves between his C5-6 and C6-7 vertebrae, said his longtime manager, Mac Barnhardt.

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Rude: No excuse for Singh; he deserves suspension

Vijay Singh has no one to blame but himself. Apparently he agrees. Ostensibly that is why he said Wednesday that he is “angry” for unwittingly having taken a banned substance. In turn, he left himself open to a possible PGA Tour suspension.

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HTBR: Tiger's next hurdle? Major weekends

Tiger Woods shows he can win big on Tour again. His next hurdle: weekends at the majors

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Mickelson recovers from his 'drastic moves' flop

Apparently Phil Mickelson realized there many less fortunate than he, apologizing Wednesday for the second day in a row he said his public remarks were insensitive to “people who do not have jobs or live paycheck to paycheck.”

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Cink trying to dig himself back to the top

It's been nearly four years since Stewart Cink won the 2009 Open Championship. But swing changes and all, the slumping Cink finds himself in contention after three rounds of the Humana Challenge.

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Rude: Clinton has long history with game of golf

Former President Bill Clinton was at the Humana again because his foundation is a tournament partner and beneficiary. Long before his association here, though, he was no stranger to Tour players.

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Mickelson battles cold, shoots even to open 2013

Phil Mickelson battled the lingering effects of a cold to notch an even-par 72 during the first round of the Humana Challenge. But despite the low energy, Lefty says he's got a low round in him for Friday.

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Henley's key to success? Stay in attack mode

Russell Henley might be 23, but he is wise beyond his years, learning that you must keep the pedal to the metal if you hope to succeed on the PGA Tour.

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Toms wasn't 'disappointed' by Watson's Ryder Cup selection

Sure, David Toms wanted to be the next U.S. Ryder Cup captain, but he believes "everything happens for a reason." And the PGA Tour veteran has plenty to keep himself occupied as he looks for another shot in 2016.

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Have sticks, will travel: These guys are crazy about golf

One Golfweek Rater attendee played 388 18-hole rounds in 2012. Another has played in more than 100 countries. Another has played more than 3,000 different courses. Simple explanation: They just love this game.

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Number Crunching 2012: Bob Estes

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Number Crunching 2012: Pat Perez

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Number Crunching 2012: Kyle Stanley

Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.

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Stanley shows a week can make all the difference

Number Crunching 2012: Kyle Stanley, who blew a 7-shot lead at Torrey Pines, rallied one week later to erase an 8-shot deficit at TPC Scottsdale. The difference? Well, everything.

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My Year in Golf: Jeff Rude

Our Jeff Rude reflects on his most memorable moments of 2012, which included the likes of Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter, CC Sabathia, Aaron Rodgers and plenty of laughs.

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Rude: Nelson still could captain 2016 Ryder Cup

Now that Tom Watson's appointment to the 2014 Ryder Cup captaincy is official, perhaps the PGA of America should name Larry Nelson captain for the 2016 matches at Hazeltine National.

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Duval rusty as he tees it up for Father-Son Pro-Am

A good friend of mine, a professional golfer years ago but now somehow listed as a 9 handicap, played with David Duval on Thursday morning in the PNC Father-Son pro-am.

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Watson's peers expect an all-business Ryder Cup

Tom Watson will bring a results-oriented focus to the 2014 Ryder Cup, according to his peers. Once again, Larry Nelson is left wondering what he did wrong.

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Rude: The end of Disney’s magical Tour ride

Charlie Beljan wrote the final chapter in Disney's 42-year-old storybook that featured wins by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods.

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Rude: Anchoring ban? Might as well ban fun in golf

Research shows that all top 18 players in last week’s PGA Tour putting rankings regularly use a conventional putter. Not a belly nor a broomstick to be found on that top shelf. Yet golf’s powers that be are expected to ban the anchoring of such longer implements. Say what?!

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Rude: Player of the Year race is no contest

From the Player of the Year race (should be no contest), to maybe the story of the year (Charlie Beljan) to who will take home the Rookie of the Year (Huh?), our Jeff Rude sprays it off the tee . . .

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Beljan takes scary approach for lead

So here’s one way to take a two-shot lead after 54 holes of a PGA Tour event: Fight panic attacks, arm numbness, high blood pressure and hyperventilation in the third round and think you are going to die. Get rushed to a hospital by ambulance, spend Friday night there with your size-15 golf shoes on till 4:30 a.m. and think there’s a 99.9 percent chance you won’t play Saturday. Get about 90 minutes of sleep and then feel your swing is worse than it has been for a long time.

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Beljan's battle at Disney lends perspective to Tour finale

Charlie Beljan put things in perspective Friday at Disney. The 36-hole leader left the course in an ambulance, strapped onto a stretcher after fighting his health all day.

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Rude: 'Two Gloves' Gainey is a true rags-to-riches story

Tommy Gainey was wrapping insulation in the mid-1990s. Now his story might be worth a made-for-cable movie. 'Two Gloves' is truly a rags-to-riches story.

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Hate to be Rude: Weekley fighting to regain his form

When Boo Weekley injured his shoulder at the 2009 Players Championship, it put a damper on his career that continues to drag him down.

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Passionate play: Europe had it, and the U.S. didn't

Europe had it, and the Americans didn't. That's the simplest explanation as to how the U.S. blew it at Medinah.

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Furyk, Snedeker get revenge on McDowell, McIlroy

A day after a tough loss to Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, the tandem of Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker exacted revenge by returning the favor with a 1-up victory on Saturday.

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Rude: U.S. turns the tables after sluggish start on Day 1

The United States team went from trailing in all four morning foursomes matches to ending Day 1 of the Ryder Cup with a best-case scenario. In other words, the Yanks reversed the tables in more ways than one.

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Woods, Stricker struggle in foursomes defeat

Tiger Woods couldn't hit a fairway. Steve Stricker put a ball in the water. It isn't what we're used to with this pairing, and it led to a lackluster 2-and-1 defeat to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose.

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Rude: It doesn't get any better than Chicago golf

Our Jeff Rude is back home in Chicago and says that one can argue without much stretch that this weather-challenged area rates as the country’s most special golf community.

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Rude: Chicago provides a roller coaster of emotions

Our Jeff Rude has experienced a Chicago grand slam, of sorts, since May: His son was married in the Windy City, his mother died weeks ago, he attended his high school reunion and now golf's biggest spectacle greets Medinah.

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Rude: Love gets his wish with Medinah setup

Our Jeff Rude sprays it off the tee on everything from the lack of rough at Medinah to the hit-and-giggle get-together on Tuesday for the fans.

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