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Jim McCabe

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Dubuisson's clubs finally arrive at Doral

Chalk up another recovery for Victor Dubuisson, as the Frenchman's clubs finally arrived at Doral late Tuesday night to set himself up for another shot at a WGC title.

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Players, caddies laud new-look Trump National Doral

With new improvements to the course, players and caddies are having to study this new Trump National Doral for the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Garcia on new Trump National Doral: 'More challenging'

His heart was on this week’s Honda Classic, but Sergio Garcia doesn’t deny that he had an eye on next week’s gathering at the famed Trump National Doral.

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Jim Furyk has best finish at WGC Match Play

In his 14th start at the Accenture Match Play Championship, Jim Furyk made it to the quarter-finals for the first time. Furyk and Lee Westwood are the only players who has played in 14 of the 16 Accentures. They were both there at the debut in 1999.

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Fowler focused following Match Play

Fresh off a third-place finish at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, Rickie Fowler will return home to Jupiter, Fla., a focused man.

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Notes: Young talent thrives at Match Play

Headlined by the stellar play of Victor Dubuisson, the WGC-Accenture Match Play provided a stage for young talent to thrive in the Arizona desert.

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Match Play top 20: Day's finale, Dubuisson's saves

Match play offers so much that stroke play can’t return, so here’s a top-20 list for recapping the 2014 edition of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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Match Play preview: A look at Sunday's semifinals

Jason Day is the only true "favorite" that is left standing at Match Play, with Victor Dubuisson, Ernie Els and Rickie Fowler all registering as semifinals surprises at Dove Mountain.

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5 Things: Fowler survives; Day returns to semis

Proving that there is nothing about this purest of all golf formats that can be explained, the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship were played out Saturday with a series of surprises at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

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Match Play: Saturday storylines from Dove Mountain

This is not how anyone could have drawn it up before the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship got underway. Consider some of the storylines that are in play for Saturday’s four quarter-final matches at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

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18th hole provides captivating theater at Match Play

In Friday’s third round, which featured eight matches, the 18th hole was the place to be at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain.

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French mystery: 'Shy' Dubuisson quietly climbs rankings

Victor Dubuisson, a self-described loner, debuts in the United States at the WGC-Accenture Match Play while quietly ascending the world ranking.

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Match Play has been highlighted by the 'comeback kids'

The majority of the remaining 16 players at Match Play have had to mount comebacks somewhere over the last two days, so you might want to hold off before you nominate just Graeme McDowell as the “Comeback Kid.”

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'Deja vu' in McDowell's second comeback win

"I was dead and buried, both days," Graeme McDowell said after Thursday's win over Hideki Matsuyama in come-from-behind fashion -- the second such in as many rounds at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play.

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5 Things: Snedeker sneaks in; McIlroy moves on; more

Thirty-two matches, 64 players, nearly 10 hours of golf – and dozens of reasons why it's the best day of the year for pure PGA Tour fun, non-major category.

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Surprising starts: Bubba's comeback; Fowler, Blixt upsets

Bubba Watson looked to be behind the 8-ball, but grinded out a win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play on Wednesday. Rickie Fowler and Jonas Blixt simply came out of nowhere to advance.

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Lake Nona crew stakes claim to Match Play

In need of a new home for this WGC Match Play Championship? With many PGA Tour players living at Lake Nona near Orlando, Fla., some might respectfully submit it as a candidate.

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Notes: Allred rakes; Watson breaks slump; more

Jason Allred tops his career earnings with one week's success; Bubba Watson shakes a post-Masters slump and talks nerves; WGC Match Play rookies; plus more in this week's PGA Tour notes.

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Mickelson on Couples' Riviera wish list?

"Phil didn't play here much," Fred Couples said of Phil Mickelson and the Northern Trust Open, yet the popular lefty has played 15 times in the PGA Tour event -- 13 at Riviera.

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Hahn's long, winding road crosses continents

While friends in the U.S. were chasing the world of professional golf along paved highways and indoor showers, John Hahn was taking an international route for the European Tour.

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Match Play tee times: McIlroy, Stenson top bracket

Our Jim McCabe has settled into balmy Arizona, where he looks at a handful of the most intriguing matches on Day 1 of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, including Steve Stricker's return and Rory McIlroy's date with Boo Weekley.

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With self-belief, Renner clears big hurdle on Tour

In 77 PGA Tour and Web.com Tour events across three-plus seasons, Jim Renner had earned $661,111. In one tournament last week, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Renner earned $580,800.

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PGA Tour notes: Garrigus' bag; Web.com start; more

Robert Garrigus shows his NHL fandom on his bag; Dustin Johnson goes low at Pebble Beach; the Web.com Tour gets going this week; plus more in our news and notes from the PGA Tour.

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After back injury, Hart finds new faces

When you’ve got serious back issues and you’re unable to take part in the thing that you do for a living, well, that’s not a good thing, yet it was PGA Tour veteran Dudley Hart’s world.

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Appleby maintains fire, top form 'within arm's reach'

The most recent of PGA Tour veteran Stuart Appleby's nine wins came in 2010, but he insists he has the desire to continue to work hard: "It’s just there, within arm’s reach."

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Pro notes recap: Renner's boost; Appleby's fire; more

See all of senior writer Jim McCabe's notes and news items from the PGA Tour and professional golf ranks this week.

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High winds take control at Pebble Beach

Strong winds wreaked havoc during Saturday's third round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, especially in the area of the sixth green and seventh tee at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

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'Humming' wind packs heavy punch at Pebble Beach

Forget the beauty that you see on TV. Pebble Beach Golf Links was as tough as nails Friday, with Mother Nature providing enough rain and 'humming' wind to stress the world's best out a bit.

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Appleby just 'trying to improve' in Pebble

He stops short of calling it a comeback and it’s not like he's "rebuilding" his career. More accurate to say that "I’m trying to improve upon the things I've done well," said Stuart Appleby, T-2 at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

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Rain creates long, wet walks at Pebble Beach

Normally, cold, wind, and rain wouldn’t register as news in these parts – and especially so during the famed AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-AM. “You want rain? Just invite the PGA Tour,” a rules official quipped.

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Woods faces a light pre-Masters schedule

If Tiger Woods skips the upcoming WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship – and sources have indicated he will – several reasons will have factored into the decision. But there’s also enough data to suggest that Woods isn’t deviating from a pre-Masters preparation that he has favored since turning 35 three years ago.

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Aphibarnrat, others vying for Match Play spots

Among the unique sights on the range Tuesday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the big guy with the big smile from Thailand, who is among those trying this week to secure a Match Play spot.

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McDowells cherish special opportunity at Pebble Beach

Graeme McDowell will make his return to Pebble Beach this week for the first time since his 2010 U.S. Open victory, and he'll share the experience with his father.

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Notes: Wrap-around facts; Japan's duo; more

True, it’s only February and there’s warmer weather and a long stretch of golf ahead, but if you study where we are in the 2013-14 PGA Tour calendar, there are some intriguing aspects that show you just how different this “wrap-around” landscape is.

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PGA Tour's Perez, Hartford prove opposites attract

“Friendship,” Muhammad Ali once said, “is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” So it goes for Pat Perez and his caddie, Mike Hartford.

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Riley recognizes shortcomings but is OK with it all

Chris Riley successfully took on the 'whim' of a Monday qualifier at last week’s Farmers Insurance Open -- and his MC by a shot didn't change his contentment.

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Mickelson predicts big season for Chargers in 2014

There are many sides to Phil Mickelson – master golfer, involved businessman, devoted family man, charitable mover – but he took time out before the start of the Farmers Insurance Open to wave the flag for his San Diego Chargers.

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Woods' stats show slow start over last 4 seasons

There are dozens of way to slice, dice and shake up Tiger Woods' data -- but here’s one though that shows he’s different than in years past: count just his first four tournaments of a calendar year.

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Notes: Packed Phoenix field; Day beats cold; more

From a packed field in Phoenix to Jason Day beating the cold with a Florida practice session to Chris Smith's return to the PGA Tour, Jim McCabe provides news and notes for the week.

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Tour notes recap: Riley, Woods, Mickelson, more

Recap senior writer Jim McCabe's news and notes from this week's world of pro golf right here.

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Perez comes up short in front of hometown fans

Pat Perez needed an eagle at No. 18, but chose to lay up when he didn't get the yardage that he wanted. But the hometown boy still gave it a run, coming 3 feet away from forcing a playoff at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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5 Things: Length powers Woodland; Cink sinks; more

Phil Mickelson withdrew late Friday night, and Tiger Woods played himself out of the tournament – literally – Saturday at the Farmers Insurance Open, leaving an eclectic group of leaders, led by Gary Woodland, entering Sunday's final round.

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Third-round 79 sends Woods packing at Farmers

A stretch of seven straight bogeys or double bogeys contributed to a third-round 7-over 79 and a Saturday exit for Tiger Woods at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Mickelson WDs from Farmers with back pain

Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open on Friday night, citing muscle pain in his lower back.

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5 Things: Spieth leads; Woods survives; more

At Torrey Pines on Friday, the Farmers Insurance Open came into focus as young Jordan Spieth put on an absolute ball-striking clinic to take the lead while playing the North Course alongside Tiger Woods.

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5 Things: Cink leads; Woods 8 back; more

Stewart Cink might have the first-round lead after carding an 8-under 64 on the easier of Torrey Pines' two courses Thursday, but a proper assessment can't be made until after two rounds are in the books at the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Phil Mickelson gets massage, hits range at Farmers

It was a beautiful day for a walk – and that’s exactly what Phil Mickelson chose to do after hitting his tee shot on the par-4 second hole in Thursday’s first round of the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Woods, Mickelson diverge at Torrey Pines South

One man’s playground is another’s thorn bush when Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson come to Torrey Pines’ South Course.

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Mickelson upbeat about prospects in '14

If you’re a Phil Mickelson fan and approach 2014 with anxiety, thinking the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 represents his best (and perhaps last) chance to secure the career Grand Slam, breathe easy. Lefty’s got you covered with an abundance of confidence.

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Notes: Howell's growth; Walker's Ryder Cup lead

Maybe the victories (two) haven’t been as plentiful as envisioned, but Charles Howell III has a steady PGA Tour career; Jimmy Walker leads U.S. Ryder Cup points; plus more in PGA Tour news this week.

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