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Sterne, Bjorn WD from U.S. Open; Langley, Dorn in

Richard Sterne, Thomas Bjorn WD from U.S. Open; Scott Langley, Andrew Dorn get spots

Richard Sterne (undisclosed injury) and Thomas Bjorn (neck, shoulder) have withdrawn from the 2014 U.S. Open, with Scott Langley and Andrew Dorn getting the nod as replacements.

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Michelson DQ'd at Florida sectional; incorrect scorecard

Landon Michelson DQ'd at Florida sectional for signing wrong scorecard

Landon Michelson was disqualified, by his own admission, from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at Quail Valley for signing an incorrect scorecard. The proper one would have put him in a playoff for the final qualifying spot.

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5 Things: U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Vero Beach

5 Things: U.S. Open sectional qualifier, Vero Beach, Fla.

All four players who advanced to next week's U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 from the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier in Vero Beach, Fla., will make their debuts in America's national championship. Here are 5 Things to know from Quail Valley.

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Berger, Lindheim open with 66s at Florida sectional

Daniel Berger, Nicholas Lindheim open with 66s at Florida sectional

The closing stretch at Quail Valley will be difficult to manage at the U.S. Open Sectional on Monday, but Daniel Berger and Nicholas Lindheim did just fine through 18 holes after opening 6-under 66s.

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Salem Country Club to host 2017 U.S. Senior Open

Salem Country Club to host 2017 U.S. Senior Open

For the second time, the Salem Country Club in Peabody, Mass. will play host to the U.S. Senior Open, with the 2017 tournament being awarded to the Donald Ross designed course, the USGA announced in a press release.

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VIDEO: Fowler dons Speedo, jumps off cliffs

VIDEO: Rickie Fowler dons a Speedo, jumps off cliffs

Rickie Fowler joined professional cliff-diver David Colturi at Hell’s Gate at Possum Kingdom Lake in Texas to jump off some pretty sizable cliffs, as well as take in a couple holes of golf.

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No Tiger? Here are 5 players to watch at Pinehurst

No Tiger? Here are 5 players to watch at Pinehurst

With Tiger Woods officially pulling out of the 2014 U.S. Open on Wednesday, the chatter now turns to who might be favored at Pinehurst No. 2. Here are 5 guys to watch as we prepare for the year's second major.

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Tiger Woods officially out of the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods officially out of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst

Tiger Woods will not play in the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, he announced on his website on Wednesday afternoon.

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Rodgers, Shelton highlight Ping All-Americans

Rodgers, Shelton highlight Ping All-Americans

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson, as well as Alabama's Bobby Wyatt and Robby Shelton headline the Division 1 Ping First-Team All-Americans for 2013-14.

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Shoal Creek to host 2018 U.S. Women's Open

Shoal Creek to host 2018 U.S. Women's Open

Shoal Creek, the site of the 1984 and 1990 PGA Championships, will host the 2018 U.S. Women's Open, the USGA announced on Tuesday afternoon in a press release.

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USGA announces 25 exemptions into U.S. Open

USGA announces 25 exemptions into U.S. Open

The USGA announced 25 more full exemptions into next month's U.S. Open at Pinehurst on Tuesday, including Miguel Angel Jimenez, Harris English, Russell Henley, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Patrick Reed.

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Zhang fires 63 to win AJGA's Thunderbird International

Andy Zhang fires 63 to win AJGA's Thunderbird International

Andy Zhang fired a 9-under 63 on Monday to win the AJGA's Thunderbird International Junior, using seven birdies and two eagles to capture the biggest junior title of his young career.

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Liang wins U.S. Open sectional in Japan

Wen-Chong Liang wins U.S. Open sectional in Japan

Wen-Chong Liang fired rounds of 67-66 to win the U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier at the par-71 Nara International Golf Club in Japan.

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5 Things: Scott outlasts Dufner for Texas sweep

5 Things: Adam Scott outlasts Jason Dufner in playoff for Texas sweep on PGA Tour

Adam Scott answered any critics who might have questioned his ascension to World No. 1 with a dramatic, sudden-death playoff victory over Jason Dufner at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Sunday.

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Covich named men's coach at West Virginia

Sean Covich named men's golf coach at West Virginia

With West Virginia slated to start its first season as a varsity sport on July 1, 2015, the school has announced its men's golf coach in Sean Covich, an assistant coach at Mississippi State for the last three seasons.

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5 Things: Garnett leads; Spieth, Snedeker lurk

5 Things: Brice Garnett leads Crowne Plaza; Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker lurk

Brice Garnett fired a 4-under 66 to move to 7 under for the tournament, one better than Chris Stroud and Robert Streb at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

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5 Things: Johnson leads; Mahan finds late trouble

5 Things: Dustin Johnson leads; Hunter Mahan finds late trouble

On a day where only 41 of the 123-player field were in red figures, it was Dustin Johnson that used a bogey-free, five-birdie performance to take a one-shot lead at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Rodgers, Niebrugge, Ihm get Deere exemptions

Rodgers, Niebrugge, Ihm get John Deere exemptions

Stanford's Patrick Rodgers, Oklahoma State's Jordan Niebrugge and Iowa's Steven Ihm received sponsor exemptions for the John Deere Classic.

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Florida Southern's Crouch headlines Div. II Ping All-Americans

Florida Southern's Crouch headlines Div. II Ping All-Americans

Florida Southern's Tim Crouch received two prestigious honors from the GCAA and Ping on Wednesday after winning his second consecutive NCAA title.

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NCAA men's golf regionals: Recap

NCAA men's golf regionals: Recap

Here's a quick glance at what happened Saturday at each NCAA men's golf regional – with links to the in-depth recap on each.

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NCAA regionals: Who's in, who's out

NCAA regionals: Who's in, who's out for NCAA Championship in Kansas

As NCAA regional action wrapped up Saturday at six venues across the U.S., we take a look at the 30 teams that advanced and their respective Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.

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5 Things: Holmes wins for first time since 2008

5 Things: J.B. Holmes wins for first time since 2008; Phil Mickelson falters

More than two years removed from a brain tumor that threatened not only his golf career but life as he knew it, J.B. Holmes re-entered the PGA Tour winner's circle with a 1-shot win at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.

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5 Things: Martin breaks course record; Duval shines

5 Things: Ben Martin breaks course record; David Duval shines; more

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

5 Things: Matt 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

TaylorMade appoints new CEO; Mark 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

5 Things: It's Bubba Watson at Masters again; Jordan Spieth fieds; 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 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 (69) secures career-best finish at Masters

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

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 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

Masters: 10 Things to watch on Sunday at Augusta National

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

Watson, Fowler friendship a match made in 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

Rickie Fowler's swing changes paying off at Augusta National

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

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

Jimenez leads the charge for 50-somethings at Augusta National

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 on 'marker' Jeff Knox: 'He beat me by one'

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

Fowler identifies Watson's secret weapon – and he's pretty cute

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

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

Been here, seen this: Fred Couples, 54, in contention at Augusta

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

Thomas Bjorn's second-round Masters prowess continues at Augusta National

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

Masuda's Masters Mind: Friday from 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

Donald's 'pretty dumb mistake' highlights stars' woeful opening rounds

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

5 Things: Bill Haas' new caddie; Patrick Reed's rough Masters 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

Despite rare penalty, Brandt 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

Fitzpatrick, 19, overcomes nerves to hold his own at Augusta

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 nearly flawless in posting 69 at Augusta National

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

Is he cursed? Ryan Moore wins Par 3 Contest at Augusta National

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

Masuda: Par 3 Contest reveals most important job – being a dad

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, Buddy Alexander pick up holes-in-one 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

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.