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Westwood leads PGA with 65, lifts Ryder Cup hopes

After a 63 on Sunday at Bridgestone, Lee Westwood remained hot with a 6-under 65 that gave him a share of the clubhouse lead at the 2014 PGA Championship.

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Kok shares moment with idol Els at Valhalla

Before he tees it up in the PGA Championship, Johan Kok, a club pro from Brentwood, Tenn., by way of South Africa, got to play a practice round with his idol, Ernie Els, Wednesday at Valhalla Golf Club.

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Corcoran's golf journey has made many turns

Rob Corcoran will tee it up with the best in the world this week at the PGA Championship, but when his time at Valhalla is done, he'll return to a nine-hole muni where he simply tries to grow the game one newbie at a time.

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Valhalla's stories aren't old, but they're rich

After memorable rides through storied venues Augusta National, Pinehurst No. 2, and Royal Liverpool, it's time at the PGA Championship to experience Valhalla Golf Club's short yet rich history.

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Notes: Ring on Garcia's mind? McIlroy's mornings

Graeme McDowell reflects on one of Rory McIlroy's more famous abbreviated morning routines; Why Sergio Garcia has diamond rings on his mind; plus more in PGA Tour news and notes

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McDowell glad he tightened schedule

Graeme McDowell left opportunities on the table and gave others a head start in points races (FedEx Cup, money, Ryder Cup), but his reduced schedule accomplished his mission.

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McIlroy, Scott among late Valhalla scouts

Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, Nos. 1 and 2 in the world, have never played Valhalla. Neither could find the time to get to the PGA Championship host course before this week.

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Woods' injury uncertain; caddie at Valhalla

Caddie Joe LaCava was on hand at Valhalla Golf Club, just in case Tiger Woods decides he’s healthy enough to play in this week's 2014 PGA Championship.

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McIlroy takes command at WGC-Bridgestone

Rory McIlroy appears to be playing flawlessly these days -- his explosive start in overcoming a three-shot deficit to Sergio Garcia is just the latest example as he won the 2014 WGC-Bridgestone.

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5 Things: Mickelson, Westwood, Reed recover

Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood and Patrick Reed enjoyed resurgences of sorts Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational even as Rory McIlroy's comeback win took the spotlight. Here are 5 Things to know.

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Tiger Woods WDs at WGC-Bridgestone

Tiger Woods on Sunday withdrew from the WGC-Bridgestone with an injury, moments after hitting his tee shot on the ninth hole -- telling a reporter he pulled his back.

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Dufner stays low key before PGA Championship

Jason Dufner's low-key lifestyle helps him to stay out of his career's spotlight -- and the defending champ at the PGA Championship pulling in big returns on his approach heading to Valhalla.

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5 Things: McIlroy, Garcia set for a Sunday duel

In what looks a lot like the recent Open Championship leaderboard, Sergio Garcia will be in the driver's seat and try to hold off Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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America's dynamic duo finds struggles in 2014

Welcome to the 2014 PGA Tour season, the first since 1995 to be played without its dynamic duo in place, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

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Want to contend? Bring distance, channel it

To study Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott in 2014 is to come away impressed with their ability to continually give themselves a chance to score thanks to their ferocity off the tee.

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5 Things: Garcia leads; Rose continues hot play

Sergio Garcia (11 under; 9-under 61) and Rory McIlroy (7 under; 6-under 64) took advantage of benign afternoon conditions at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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Notes: Appleby, Allenby, Watney go west; more

Stuart Appleby and Robert Allenby have combined for 25 starts in the WGC-Bridgestone, but they’re both at the Barracuda Championship this week -- as is Nick Watney -- plus more news from the PGA Tour.

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What does Woods need to make FedEx Cup?

With just 45 points in his five tournaments, Woods is No. 215 in the FedEx Cup standings, but he's not yet out of the playoffs.

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Best cumulative score in majors? So far, Fowler

Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy surely wouldn't trade away their major championships this year, but Rickie Fowler has played consistently best among those three tournaments.

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Club pros take ultimate trek: To top of Kilimanjaro

Erik Robinson and Devin Beck became fast friends at the Professional Golf Management program and have pushed each off the course, literally to new heights.

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Hoylake reprise becomes antithesis for Tiger

Only once in 18 tries in the British Open has Tiger Woods had a higher 72-hole score than his 294, and that was as an amateur in his 1995 debut at St. Andrews.

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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.