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Jeff Rude

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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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Rude: Mickelson rises into top 10 of all time

After his Open Championship, 10th place on the list of all-time golfing greats seems reasonable for Phil Mickelson. And, his driving and putting and confidence being as good as they are, he seems to have plenty of time to keep climbing.

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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.