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Jim McCabe

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Beman talks slow play, bifurcation, more

Former PGA Tour commissioner Deane Beman didn’t couch his opinions on a wide range of topics -- including the topic at hand, slow play.

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USGA's pace-of-play symposium digs into data

Golf researchers have a clear message on slow play: Saving minutes here and there and educating golf course owners, head pros, superintendents and golfers on how and why a round of golf slows is crucial.

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Tour notes recap: Tour cards, travel issues, more

Spanning the globe, Jim McCabe's weekly notes from the pros include new issues for PGA Tour card holders, big-name travel demands and much more.

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Notes: Travel issues from McIlroy to Woods, more

FedEx Cup points have been hard to come by overseas; Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy lament travel demands; Phil Mickelson eyes Dubai; plus more in this week's notes on the pro scene from Jim McCabe.

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World Cup again features eclectic, talented lineup

Aussies Adam Scott and Jason Day will be among 14 of the world's top 50 players teeing it up in the World Cup at Royal Melbourne.

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Dual-tour success stories become more rare

Jonas Blixt, who has qualified for the European Tour's finale in Dubai, is committed to dual-tour membership in 2014 – which history shows might take a toll on those who take a swing at it, even when they fare well.

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New PGA Tour card system shows flaws early

Jim Renner is just one player affected by the way PGA Tour cards were handed out for the 2013-14 wraparound season, while Davis Love III sees first-hand the conflict between needs of players and tournament organizers.

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Notes: Mixed wrap-around results; Q Schools; more

Jimmy Walker leads the FedEx Cup points list after four starts in the PGA Tour's wrap-around events, while Aaron Baddeley also has found success. It’s been a different set of stories for a handful of others, however.

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Slumps find McIlroy, major winners, more

Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald began 1-2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, but are now 62 and 61, respectively, while 2009's major winners have struggled since and Bubba Watson also is among those in a funk.

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Uihlein blossoms on European Tour, gives back

Ninth in the Race To Dubai, Peter Uihlein at the BMW Masters posted his third top-five finish in his last four starts. The American also is giving back to the game abroad.

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Ishikawa steps up game as comfort on Tour rises

Ryo Ishikawa's maturation process is to be admired – if for no other reason than he's grown to look more comfortable than ever while growing his game amid the most intense pressure one can imagine.

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World's top two, Woods and Scott, to skip HSBC

Six world-class players – including Nos. 1 and 2, Tiger Woods and Adam Scott – have opted to skip this week’s HSBC Champions in China.

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Tour notes recap: Ishikawa to Woods, more

Ryo Ishikawa matures, Tiger Woods skips HSBC, Peter Uihlein thrives abroad and much more in a recap of senior writer Jim McCabe's notes from the professional ranks this week.

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Open Qualifying Series a better, more fair approach

The R&A's replacement of International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship with the Open Qualifying Series is a better, cleaner and more fair approach, says Jim McCabe.

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Notes: Hadley shines; Smith finds support; more

Chesson Hadley gets his arms around the PGA Tour in a hurry; Chris Smith turns to a baseball standout for support; plus more in our notes on the pros.

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New season, new health for several players

Several Tour players are shedding the difficult effects of injuries as one season gives way to another. Here's the latest on a few, including Jhonattan Vegas, Spencer Levin and others.

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O'Hair on slide: 'I was the problem'

Saying he has emerged from an 'identity crisis' after going back to the Web.com Tour Finals to regain his PGA Tour status, Sean O'Hair says he might be playing the best golf of his multi-million-dollar career.

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Notables double down on Vegas for Cup points

Accomplished veterans including Davis Love III, Geoff Ogilvy and Jonathan Byrd took advantage of the wraparound season's benefits at last week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

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Finally, Kuchar finds a partner for World Cup

After being turned down by plenty of top-ranked U.S. players, Matt Kuchar has finally found a World Cup partner in Kevin Streelman.

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5 Things: Simpson pushes forward at Shriners Open

At 19-under 194, Webb Simpson, who shot 4-under 67 Saturday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, has the 54-hole lead in a PGA Tour tournament for the fifth time.

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5 Things: Simpson (15 under) takes control in Vegas

Webb Simpson follows Thursday 64 with an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a commanding four-shot lead at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

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5 Things: Henry fires 60 on perfect day at Shriners

Conditions were near perfect Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, and J.J. Henry took the most advantage with an opening-round 60 to take the first-round lead in Las Vegas.

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Matsuyama WDs from Shriners Open due to illness

Hideki Matsuyama withdrew from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open before his opening round Thursday, citing illness.

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Notes: Tough teams, heavy workloads, more

The U.S. kept its opponents without a lead in 11 Presidents Cup matches, while the Internationals did so just three times; plus more in our PGA Tour notes.

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Mickelson falls short of singular-sensation status

Left-hander Phil Mickelson, a future hall-of-famer, is now 6-10-3 in singles play -- 2-5-3 in the Presidents Cup, 4-5-0 in the Ryder Cup.

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New year already wraps around for Tour

Three members of the 2013 Presidents Cup teams are teeing it up at this week's Frys.com Open: Angel Cabrera, Marc Leishman and Hideki Matsuyama. Plus, Monday qualifying drew some notables.

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Johnstone brings lighter side to Internationals

Tony Johnstone was in the team room and on the course at the Presidents Cup, one of Internationals captain Nick Price’s trusted assistants, a savvy veteran of this global golf business and a lifelong friend.

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'Coach' Mickelson calls perfect audible at Prez Cup

Keegan Bradley and Phil Mickelson had discussed their Presidents Cup strategy nearly a month ago, but Lefty decided to call an audible on Friday afternoon and it led to a 4-and-3 route of Jason Day and Graham DeLaet.

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Scott, Matsuyama rally for half point

Internationals Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama rally late to salvage a half point from Americans Bill Haas and Webb Simpson. Maysuyama, making his Presidents Cup debut, biridied two of his last three holes to help secure the half point.

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Roll call: Tiger Woods’ partners in Ryder, Presidents cups

Here's a list of Tiger Woods’ partners in Ryder and Presidents cups.

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Tiger Woods' 19th different partner? Matt Kuchar

And for his eighth Presidents Cup, 15th international competition and 69th session team match since 1997, Tiger Woods gets a 19th different partner – Matt Kuchar.

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Tour players can be harsh when grading themselves

Despite winning the PGA Championship, Jason Dufner gives himself a B-plus for a season-long grade. He is just one of many who are self-critical despite plenty of success.

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U.S. players showing prowess in Euro Q-School

Chalk it up to a combination of reasons – the new landscape for PGA Tour Q-School or impressive success enjoyed by Peter Uihlein and Brooks Koepka – but leaderboards throughout Europe have a distinctive red, white and blue feel to them this fall.

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Notes: Woods still struggled in 4th rounds

Tiger Woods had a 71.13 scoring average in the final rounds this year, the third-worst of his career -- yet he still won five times, showing he clearly belongs as No. 1 in the world, but has room for improvement.

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Oosthuizen ready to tee it up at Prez Cup after injury

Although Louis Oosthuizen has been plagued with neck, back and leg issues throughout the 2013 season – after months of rest – he is ready to tee it up at the Presidents Cup this week at Muirfield Village.

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McCabe: Woods, Spieth deserving award winners

Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth may not have been surprise winners of the PGA Tour's Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively, but they were certainly deserving, says Jim McCabe.

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Notes: Scott, Garcia finally going home; Lefty's caddie

Adam Scott will head home to Australia for the first time since winning the Masters, while Sergio Garcia will return to Spain and likely won't be back in the U.S. until February.

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Stenson's new challenge: Finding 4 Coke machines

So with the pressure of winning the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup behind him, Henrik Stenson can breathe easily, right? Not quite, because while he basks in the glory of his achievement, there is the matter of finding four Coca-Cola machines. That’s right, four.

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Spieth's shotmaking skills impress Mickelson

Not since Tiger Woods has an American so seamlessly moved from college/amateur golf to the big leagues, and Phil Mickelson – who previously set the bar for such a transition back in 1992 – joins a long parade of those who are duly impressed with Jordan Spieth’s game.

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An ill Scott slinks down leaderboard at East Lake

Plugging away during Saturday's third round while fighting illness, Adam Scott likely has been robbed of the chance to challenge leader Henrik Stenson for the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.

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5 Things: Mickelson rises; Spieth contends; more

While Henrik Stenson pulled away from the field Friday and Tiger Woods climbed only to fall at the Tour Championship, Phil Mickelson rose into view and Jordan Spieth moved into third. Here are 5 Things to Know.

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Stenson avoids penalty over broken club

Had Henrik Stenson used the fairway wood that he damaged on the range before the second round of the 2013 Tour Championship in the FedEx Cup, he would have been penalized – or even disqualified.

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5 Things: Tiger's awkward day; Stricker's detour; more

For Tiger Woods, Thursday’s opening round of the Tour Championship was jam-packed with not very good; plus notes on Sergio Garcia, Steve Stricker and more in our 5 Things to Know.

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NGLA caddies hold secret to match-play dominance

The Geary Cup features the caddies of neighboring clubs – the National Golf Links of America and Shinnecock Hills – but the match-play competition has been one-sided, with NGLA dominating since 1995.

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Presidents Cup: Muirfield provides distinct U.S. advantage

A deeper look at both Presidents Cup rosters offers a simple conclusion: The U.S. has a huge advantage playing at Muirfield Village.

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Numbers show Woods as leading POY candidate

Forget for a minute that Tiger Woods has won five times this year. Consider that three of them came in tournaments that ranked in the top 10 for toughest and deepest fields. That's why he should be the frontrunner for Player of the Year honors.

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GB&I's Porteous-Pugh def. Weaver-White, 3 & 1

A magical summer for the 23-year-old Garrick Porteus (British Amateur, Scottish Stroke Play titles) continued with a rousing performance to lead the way in earning a point for his GB&I team in a Saturday morning Walker Cup match.

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Alabama native Wyatt chose golf over football early

While he rarely misses an Alabama football game, the sport wasn't Bobby Wyatt's thing from early in his life, instead choosing golf -- and it paid off in the form of the Tide's first national championship.

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Order of Merit still resonates with Henrik Stenson

Remember yesteryear, when winning the money title meant something? The FedEx Cup sort of changed that, but on the European Tour what is affectionately called the Order of Merit still resonates.

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Scott can relate to Stenson's occupational struggles

Henrik Stenson rejects the idea that off-course problems had anything to do with three rough years on Tour. In 2013, the Swede has found his game -- and he just might be the hottest golfer in the world.

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