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5 Things: Martin breaks course record; Duval shines

Ben Martin, 10-under 62, broke the TPC Louisiana course record by two shots in taking a two-shot lead at the Zurich Classic on Thursday.

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5 Things: Kuchar's hole-out secures RBC Heritage win

Matt Kuchar improbably holed out for birdie from a greenside bunker on the 72nd hole to take a one-shot lead that would hold up down the stretch, securing his first victory of the 2014 season.

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TaylorMade appoints new CEO; King promoted

In a pair of moves on Thursday morning, current TaylorMade CEO Mark King was promoted to president of the Adidas Group North America, while Ben Sharpe will take over as CEO for TaylorMade.

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5 Things: Watson again; Spieth fades; more

Back-to-back two-shot swings to end the front nine and a bogey by Jordan Spieth in Amen Corner put Bubba Watson on a course for his second Masters championship. Here are 5 Things to know from Augusta.

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Scott struggles with putter, grinds his way to 72

Adam Scott struggled with his putter all weekend and grinded his way to a T-14 finish after an even-par 72 on Sunday at the Masters.

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McIlroy (69) secures career-best Masters finish

Rory McIlroy set a goal for himself on Saturday to secure his career-best finish at the Masters. Behind a 3-under 69, the World No. 9 was able to accomplish that.

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Masters 2014: The official prize money

The purse at the Masters is undisclosed for much of the week, but on Sunday at Augusta National, the tournament released the details of what players will take home this week.

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Mize offers insight on course, makes Masters pick

Larry Mize offers up early insight on Augusta National's Sunday setup and makes his green-jacket pick after his 7-over 79 on Sunday at the Masters.

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Masters: 10 Things to watch Sunday at Augusta

From the lack of major championships to how the players in the red stack up against each other, we take a look at 10 Things you need to know before the leaders tee off on Sunday at the Masters.

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Watson, Fowler friendship built on wackiness

Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson were a match made in Golf Boys heaven, but their relationship goes a lot deeper than music videos and bold apparel choices.

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Fowler's swing changes paying off at Augusta

When Rickie Fowler began to work with Butch Harmon in December, their goal was to be able to compete in the majors. After a 5-under 67 Saturday, consider it mission accomplished.

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Masters: Tee times, final round at Augusta National

Here are the complete tee times and pairings for Sunday's final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.

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Jimenez, 50, fires tournament-best 66 at Masters

Miguel Angel Jimenez is one of six players over 50 who made the cut at the Masters -- his tournament-best 66 vaulted the Spaniard up the leaderboard and into contention for his first major title.

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McIlroy on 'marker' Knox: 'He beat me by 1'

Rory McIlroy played with a nameless man Saturday at the Masters. But that mystery man's play had people buzzing to figure out who he was -- none other than Augusta National course-record holder Jeff Knox.

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Fowler IDs Watson's adorable secret weapon

Rickie Fowler is well aware of Bubba Watson's secret weapon when it comes to his rise on the course since his 2012 Masters victory -- his 2-year-old son, Caleb.

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Masters tee times: Round 3, Augusta National

Adam Scott and Jordan Spieth make the marquee pairing Saturday at the Masters, while a handful of others are well worth watching. Take a look at the third-round tee times and pairings.

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Been here, seen this: Couples, 54, in contention

Behind a second consecutive 71, Fred Couples continues to defy the odds and is once again inside the top 10 heading into Masters weekend.

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Bjorn's 2nd-round prowess continues at Masters

There's something about the second round at Augusta National that seems to resonate with Thomas Bjorn. The Dane fired a 4-under 68 -- currently the best round of the day -- to vault from 1 over to 3 under and is firmly in contention.

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Masuda's Masters Mind: Friday at Augusta National

Digital director Nick Masuda has the privilege of covering the 78th Masters, and is determined to bring you inside the gates of Augusta National to be your eyes and ears throughout the day.

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Donald's 'dumb mistake' tops stars' woeful play

Luke Donald's "pretty dumb mistake" on the par-4 ninth hole sent him from bad to worse, but he wasn't the only star to struggle on Thursday at the Masters.

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5 Things: Haas' new caddie; Reed's rough day; more

As Bill Haas found the top of the Masters leaderboard, he had a new source of help. He also avoided the trouble that struck several notables Thursday at Augusta National. Here are 5 Things to know from the first round of the Masters.

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Despite rare penalty, Snedeker in contention at Augusta

Instead of letting a trio of stumbles at Amen Corner derail his round, Brandt Snedeker remained patient at Augusta National and fired a 2-under 70 to be in the thick of things heading into the second round.

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Fitzpatrick, 19, overcomes nerves to hold his own

Playing alongside Adam Scott, 19-year-old amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick overcame a nervous start to manage a 4-over 76 – and used the round to learn from the defending Masters champ.

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Scott nearly flawless in posting 3-under 69

Adam Scott refused to get upset about any part of his 3-under 69, but he knows he left a couple of birdies out there after three-putting at two back-nine par 5s.

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Is he cursed? Ryan Moore wins Par 3 Contest

Ryan Moore hopes to change history this week after winning the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday, as he is fully aware that no Par 3 winner has ever gone on to triumph in the Masters.

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Masuda: Lessons learned from the Par 3 Contest

There are those that prepare the lesson plans, and those that execute on them. On Wednesday, a handful of children at the Par 3 Contest provided the perspective necessary to do both.

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O'Meara, Alexander, Jones pick up aces in Par 3 Contest

Mark O'Meara got the crowd revved up with an early hole-in-one at the second hole, while UF coach Buddy Alexander would match the feat about 90 minutes later.

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Masters 2014: What's on tap for Wednesday

Wednesday is definitely the calm before the storm, but the Par 3 Contest and Billy Payne's annual address still give plenty to look forward to as players get their final preparation in for the Masters.

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Masters: Tee times at Augusta, second round

Among the favorites, Rory McIlroy will play in the same group as Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth as Phil Mickelson shares an Augusta National tee time with Ernie Els and Justin Rose during the opening two rounds of the Masters.

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Once Masters low am, Matsuyama sees lofty goal

Hideki Matsuyama has experienced the winners' ceremony at Augusta National as the low amateur in 2011. The Japanese standout now sees a new status within his reach: Masters champion.

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Masters 2014: What's on tap for Tuesday

So long as Mother Nature cooperates, Tuesday will mark the opening to Masters week for many, with the likes of Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson also doing their annual press conferences.

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Heavy rain, thunderstorms force closure of Augusta National

Due to heavy rain and thunderstorms that hit Augusta mid-morning, Augusta National has decided to close the course for the day, with patrons with practice round tickets promised refunds in May.

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What's on tap for Monday at Augusta National

We give you a look at what is planned for the day at Augusta National, with patrons and players likely needing to dodge raindrops for most of Monday.

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Pate, 14, helps make history at Augusta National

Hunter Pate, 14, is an outgoing yet humble star in the making; her considerable golf talent was on display for the world to see at Augusta National, becoming one of the first female champions on these hallowed grounds.

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Poor weather en route to Augusta National

Rain and thunderstorms are on their way to Augusta National, likely to make it a wet start to Masters week in 2014.

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5 Things: Bowditch wins; Kuchar, Spieth fade

Steven Bowditch wore green on Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, and it proved to be telling after he secured his first PGA Tour victory to secure a spot in the Masters.

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Top junior Horsfield verbally commits to Florida

Sam Horsfield, No. 7 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings and third in the Class of 2015, told coach Buddy Alexander and the Florida men's golf team that he plans on joining them in the fall of 2015.

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Tiger on Masters status: 'It's still too soon'

Tiger Woods says that he has been undergoing treatment for his ailing back, but has yet to determine whether that will allow him to play at the Masters on April 10.

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Thomas joins Tide teammates at White House

Justin Thomas joined his former Alabama teammates to celebrate their national championship with President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday.

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5 Things: Reed closes; Woods grimaces; more

Patrick Reed was downright confident after winning the WGC-Cadillac Championship -- his third victory in less than a year -- while Tiger Woods addressed his visibly ailing back. Here are 5 Things to know from Doral.

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U.S. Open local-qualifying sites announced

The USGA announced its 111 local qualifying sites for the U.S. Open on Wednesday, representing 42 states from May 2-19.

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Match Play tee times: McIlroy, English to face off

From Rory McIlroy vs. Harris English to Jason Day vs. Billy Horschel, a look at second-round matches at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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NCAA women's championship to change format

The NCAA Women's Golf Championships will take on the same look as the men's competition starting in 2015 at the Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla.

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Oklahoma State maintains Amer Ari lead

Oklahoma State led by as many as nine shots midway through the second round at the Amer Ari Invitational, but will start Saturday's final round with just a two-shot lead over Oregon.

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Scott, Rose join Tiger as Bay Hill commits

Five of this week's top six in the Official World Golf Ranking will support the King next month in Orlando, Fla. -- with Adam Scott and Justin Rose committing to the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Western Amateur will return to Point O'Woods

With the Western Amateur slated to be in the Chicago area for the next five years, the WGA has announced the 2019 event will return to Point O'Woods in Benton Harbor, Mich.

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Zach Johnson wins PGA Tour Player of Month honors

A month that featured a victory, a T-3 and a T-8 was justly rewarded for Zach Johnson on Friday, as he picked up the PGA Tour Player of the Month honors.

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5 Things: Watson, Jones share WMPO lead; more

Bubba Watson and Matt Jones took control at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Friday, both moving to 12 under for the tournament behind impressive second rounds.

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5 Things: McIlroy leads Koepka by one; Tiger fires 73

Rory McIlroy remained atop the leaderboard at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, firing a 2-under 70 to hold a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka after 36 holes. Tiger Woods struggled with a 1-over 73.

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5 Things: McIlroy shines with 63; Woods fires 68

Rory McIlroy (63) and Tiger Woods (68) put on a show Thursday morning at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, combining for 11 birdies and an eagle as McIlroy took the early lead.

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