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Jim McCabe

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No flair needed as McIlroy seals Open win

Rory McIlroy sealed his British Open championship not with thunderous drives that had put him in commanding position, but with deft precision in short-game prowess at the final two holes.

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Dubuisson's progressive 2014 continues at British

Progress. That is exactly what 2014 is all about for Frenchman Victor Dubuisson as he moved into the top five at the British Open with a 4-under 68 in the third round.

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Els among major winners to miss British Open cut

Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Bubba Watson were among the top names who couldn't get past the cut at Royal Liverpool in the 2014 British Open.

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Notes: Bubba 'already left it;' Day tweaks wrist

Soon after he bogeyed Royal Liverpool's 18th for a British Open missed cut, Bubba Watson turned to thoughts of home and family; Jason Day reports some pain in his wrist; plus more Open Championship news and notes.

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Koepka overpowers Hoylake's par 5s en route to 68

Brooks Koepka displays incredible distance off the tee, and that proved to be key Thursday at the Open Championship as the Florida State product overpowered Royal Liverpool's par 5s en route to a 4-under 68.

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Notes: Mickelson feeling 'better than I have in years'

Phil Mickelson said that despite poor results this season, he feels better than he has in years as he prepares to defend his Open Championship title. Also, Bubba Watson, in his pre-Hoylake schedule, included a round with his best friend, and Billy Hurley III got some much-needed rest before he takes on Royal Liverpool.

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Harman looks to enjoy the moment at British Open

Brian Harman's win at the John Deere Classic earned him a rush of riches, including $846,000, 500 FedEx Cup points, a Masters invite, a trip to Hawaii and an invite to this week's Open Championship, a tournament he's very much looking to enjoy this week.

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At Hoylake, Player shares his thoughts on the game

His playing days are over, but his love affair with the Open Championship still rages, so it was no surprise to see Gary Player at Royal Liverpool for the 143rd edition.

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Cowan recalls Furyk's 'unbelievable' par at '06 Open

While the 2006 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool might be best remembered for Tiger Woods' dominating performance en route to his third Claret Jug, Jim Furyk's caddie, Mike Cowan recalls another special memory – Furyk's putt from a bunker that led to an up-and-down par.

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Mayday on Tour: Match Play squeezes schedule

May 2015 grew more crowded when officials confirmed that the WGC-Match Play Championship will move on next year's PGA Tour schedule.

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Mickelson gives back Claret Jug, keeps memories

Phil Mickelson returned golf’s most revered trophy, the Claret Jug, to R&A officials Monday as part of the prelude to the 143rd Open Championship, but the memories from last year's triumph at Muirfield will last the lefthander a lifetime.

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Tiger, Stricker flirting with missing playoffs

Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods and Nick Watney are three of the bigger names flirting with missing the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2014.

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Notes: Tiger could make 3 straight starts in '15

Due to only three weeks between the U.S. Open and British Open, Tiger Woods could play three times in a row and four of five weeks next summer.

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Hurley finds smoother sailing on Tour in '14

Billy Hurley points to his military training, faith and family as the impetus for a solid 2014 season on the PGA Tour.

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Notes: FedEx Cup picture; Open tickets punched; more

There are three notable players who can’t yet pencil an annual Tour Championship trip into their schedules; a few British Open tickets have been punched; plus more PGA Tour news from Jim McCabe.

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Quicken Loans National offers British Open spots

Another designated International Final Qualifying event will be held this week, for up to four British Open spots, at the PGA Tour's Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club.

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Woods feels 'great'; play will tell us more

We get it. Tiger Woods gets injured; he gets fixed; he says has never felt better. Best not to get hung up on his words, then -- best to study his track record when it comes to these layoffs.

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Jolly perseveres to win Northeast Amateur

Stewart Jolly drew upon his Alabama roots – and standout players who pushed him – to withstand a run by Jordan Niebrugge on Saturday, helping him claim the 2014 Northeast Amateur title.

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Pan parlays Northeast into major prep; Jolly leads

Cheng-Tsung Pan will play in next month's Open Championship, but his 5-over 74 Friday at the Northeast Amateur put him 12 shots off of Stewart Jolly's lead while Jordan Niebrugge pulled to within one of the top spot.

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Murphy finds plenty of positives at Northeast

Despite closing double-bogey, South Carolina's Will Murphy refused to get down on himself after a 1-under 68 at the Northeast Amateur on Thursday.

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Summer vacation? Not for talented Northeast Am field

Top-tier players learn to manage their schedules as the pressure-packed summer season can take its toll – including this week at the demanding Wannamoisett Country Club for the Northeast Amateur.

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Notes: Quinn misses out on Travelers; Choi's absence

After an out-of-nowhere week at Pinehurst, Fran Quinn narrowly misses playoff in Monday qualifier at PGA Tour's Travelers Championship. Pinehurst was without major staple K.J. Choi, who missed a major for first time since 2002 Masters.

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Going inside the numbers at men's U.S. Open

Going behind the numbers, including a hole that proved to be a thorn in Phil Mickelson's side, while also a surprising leader in driving distance for the week at Pinehurst No. 2.

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5 British spots up for grabs this week via points list

With the season’s next major championship just five weeks off, the sprint is on to nail down spots into the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

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Kaymer most impressive, amid good company

By Sunday evening, the competition in the 114th U.S. Open suddenly seemed pleased to discover that runaway winner Martin Kaymer had left them a few morsels to enjoy at Pinehurst.

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Notes: Berger and son; Bradley eyes Ryder

To cap the low round of the day at Pinehurst on Sunday in the U.S. Open, Daniel Berger walked the 18th with his dad inside the ropes, while Keegan Bradley thought of Ryder Cup points down the stretch.

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Watson, Dufner headline stars missing Open cut

Bubba Watson fell one shot short of making the cut at the 2014 U.S. Open, as did Luke Donald, Hunter Mahan, Jason Dufner and Charl Schwartzel.

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Add U.S. Open contention to Todd's big season

Brendon Todd is in his first major, but he hardly blinked when he saw a U.S. Open leaderboard at Pinehurst with his name nestled beneath that of runaway leader Martin Kaymer.

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Notes: Quinn makes cut; Kuchar's non-penalty

Fran Quinn made a move at leader Martin Kaymer early in his second round, but settled for a 4-over 74 that left him 2 over for the tournament and playing the weekend with his son on the bag.

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VIDEO: Maddening to magical, Duke's hole out

Only time will tell how much of an impact Ken Duke’s ninth hole in Friday’s second round will have on his U.S. Open, but safe to say that it immediately wins the door prize for wildest par of the championship.

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U.S. Open, Round 1: By the numbers

We take a look at the numbers after Round 1 at the U.S. Open, including the five players that were perfect in fairways hit.

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Kaymer (65) takes advantage of 'playable' Pinehurst

Martin Kaymer tried to downplay his 5-under 65 on Thursday, but the fact that there were only 15 players in red figures after Round 1 at the U.S. Open made his round even more impressive.

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Notes: Unknowns succeed; English adapts; more

On a day of pleasant surprises for fans of unheralded Europeans, Henrik Norlander, Lucas Bjerregaard and Marcel Siem each shot level-par 70 at Pinehurst in the first round of the U.S. Open, while NCAA champ Cameron Wilson struggled.

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Love, McDowell part of UAB-themed practice pairing

Last Saturday, Jason Millard was driving from Tennessee to play in the U.S. Open. Sam Love was in his car to start a journey to Johnstown, Penn., for the Sunnehanna Amateur. Two phone calls later, two trips were turned around, and destinations were changed, Love winding up at Pinehurst.

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Notes: Simpson's Pinehurst memories; more

Webb Simpson has some good memories of Pinehurst No. 2, his first coming at the 1999 U.S. Open when he was a 13-year-old standard bearer, while amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick, playing his first U.S. Open, has a new look. Those notes and more.

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With injury under control, Day set for Open challenge

Jason Day will make just his sixth start of the PGA Tour season this week in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort after missing time with a left-thumb injury. Yet, the Aussie says he is "100 percent healthy" and ready to contend for his first major title.

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U.S. Am champ Gossett, caddie reunite at Pinehurst

It's been some 15 years since David Gossett and caddie Andy Martinez triumphed at the 1999 U.S. Amateur. This week at Pinehurst, Martinez is back on the bag for Gossett, who is still looking to revive his once-promising career.

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Price, Haas named 2015 Presidents Cup captains

Commissioner Tim Finchem made official Wednesday that Nick Price, 57, will captain the International Team for a second straight time, while Jay Haas, 60, an assistant to captain Fred Couples in each of the past three Presidents Cup, will lead the U.S.

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Notes: 'Bama trio lights it up in U.S. Open sectionals

Robby Shelton, Cory Whitsett and Justin Thomas all made Alabama proud on Monday by qualifying for the U.S. Open with continued hot play.

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LSU's Kaufman taps Alabama clout for Open

LSU's Smylie Kaufman is in the middle of a whirlwind week after qualifying for the U.S. Open, but he has a bit of good fortune on his side, tentatively setting up practice rounds with Graeme McDowell and David Toms due to some family bloodlines.

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On a roll, Whitsett medals at Houston qualifier

Fresh off helping Alabama to a second straight NCAA championship, Cory Whitsett took medalist honors at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Lakeside Country Club in Houston.

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Medalist Collins, Hurley among qualifiers in Maryland

Chad Collins shot back-to-back 69s to take medalist honors at the U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md., while Billy Hurley III also earned his first major championship berth.

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Kaufman qualifies for U.S. Open at Roswell sectional

Recent LSU graduate Smylie Kaufman and brother, Lucky Kaufman, advanced to the U.S. Open via Roswell, Ga., sectional qualifying. Henrik Norlander also advanced to his first U.S. Open and major championship start.

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Why a 'Texas Slam' is unexpected for Scott

PGA Tour stops in Texas haven't exactly been a priority for Adam Scott because of how they fit into the schedule each year, but minimal starts haven't stopped the Aussie from succeeding in the Lone Star State.

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Notes: Rare MC for Kuchar; Fowler slumps; more

Matt Kuchar and Pat Perez are strangers to missing cuts, but that's what happened to them at Colonial this year; Rickie Fowler finds himself in a downcycle of late; plus more PGA Tour news and notes

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Monty's Senior PGA win illustrates confidence

That Colin Montgomerie never captured one of golf's majors remains one of golf’s great mysteries, but the Sour Scotsman never disappointed – especially in interviews, one with Jim Murray in particular.

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Jimenez, Luiten rally toward European Ryder spots

For good reason, the lovable Miguel Angel Jimenez is the story of the year, at least when it comes to European-based golfers. At 50, he’s winning on different continents and chasing a Ryder Cup berth.

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Can stats pick U.S. Open winner? If so . . .

A couple of statistics differ in their predictions for a U.S. Open winner at Pinehurst in 2014 -- but take a look at the opposing numbers' picks to see who might prevail.

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Notes: Dubuisson's injury; Woodland's surge; more

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson is fighting shoulder pain as he strives to play in his first U.S. Open, while Gary Woodland is riding a wave of consistency -- plus more news and notes from golf's top pro tours.

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Scott ascends to No. 1, but staying there will be tough

Tiger Woods has held down the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Rankings for 669 weeks in his career. Adam Scott overtook him on Monday, but will the Aussie follow the same path as Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer?