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One shot. $1 million. Are you up to the challenge?

Machrihanish Dunes is hosting a $1 million hole-in-one contest for four random players that take to the course between now and Oct. 15. If you don't believe us, Old Tom Morris can explain.

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Tee times: Tiger with McDowell; McIlroy with Lefty

The 4:44 a.m. EDT tee time of Tiger Woods and Graeme McDowell will be a little less convenient for their stateside fans – but Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy tee off at 9:45 Friday. Take a look at all of the groupings for the second rounds.

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5 Things: Spieth first teen to win on Tour since 1931

Jordan Spieth, two weeks shy of his 20th birthday, outlasted Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a five-hole playoff to secure his first PGA Tour victory and a spot in the Open Championship this week at Muirfield.

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5 Things: H.Y. Park outlasts Stanford in Ontario

Hee Young Park notched her second career LPGA victory on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Angela Stanford at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday.

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5 Things: Johnson, Villegas fire 64s at John Deere

Zach Johnson and Camilo Villegas got off to hot starts at the John Deere Classic on Thursday, posting 7-under 64s to share the 18-hole lead at TPC Deere Run.

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5 Things: Blixt rallies for win; Spieth falters

Jonas Blixt used five birdies -- including a clutch 4-footer at the par-4 16th -- to secure his second career PGA Tour victory on Sunday, clearing four others by two shots at the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va.

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5 Things: Haas captures AT&T National

Bill Haas made a surge at the turn and left the rest of the field in his dust as he won his first PGA Tour title in more than a year at the AT&T National on Sunday.

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Notes: Koepka leans on Uihlein during breaking point

Brooks Koepka was ready to pack up his sticks and head home, but roommate Peter Uihlein convinced him otherwise. The heart-to-heart led to Koepka's third Challenge Tour win, a graduation to the Euro Tour and a spot in the Open Championship.

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5 Things: Day flirts with first major title; Kim low am

Jason Day picked up his fifth career top-10 finish in a major -- in only 10 starts; Michael Kim takes low-amateur honors with impressive week; and Hideki Matsuyama continues to impress in American majors.

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Woods falters, can point to putter for Open woes

Tiger Woods' winless streak in the majors has officially moved into its sixth calendar year, and this one got ugly over the weekend. After a final-round 74, it was easy to find the culprit for Woods: his putter.

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Kim, caddie thrust into U.S. Open spotlight

Michael Kim grabbed the attention of the golf world with his unlikely run up the leaderboard on Saturday, but it was his caddie, LaRue Temple, that proved to be the crowd favorite at the U.S. Open.

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U.S. Open: Breaking down amateurs who made cut

In a week that saw a golf course eat some of the world's best golfers alive, it might be surprising to see that four amateurs are among those who will play the final 36 holes at Merion Golf Club. Until you read their impressive amateur resumes.

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Early exits won't ruin qualifiers' Open experience

From 48-year-old John Nieporte to 18-year-old Gavin Hall, the qualifiers and amateurs in the U.S. Open field understand that the experience is worth much more than the results.

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Tiger, Scott, McIlroy provide few first-round fireworks

Merion Golf Club did not prove to be as easy as 1-2-3. At least not for the world's top three players. With Adam Scott picking up a 2-over 72 and Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy both posting 73s, there is plenty of work to be done for the trio.

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5 Things: First round on hold; amateurs make noise

First-round action was halted just after 8 p.m. on Thursday night and is set to resume at 7:15 a.m. on Friday morning.

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Dirty Harry, Tiger highlight USGA's pace-of-play push

What do you get when you cross Dirty Harry with The King and the Pink Panther? Somehow you get the USGA's new pace-of-play initiative. Watch the videos!

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Weather worries reign supreme as U.S. Open starts

With Merion having taken on plenty of rain since last Friday, a forecasted "derecho" on Thursday could put a major damper on the opening round at the U.S. Open.

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Flying solo, Homa enjoys U.S. Open spotlight

Max Homa was just one of the five-headed monster that was the Cal men's golf team. Now on his own, Homa is enjoying a coming-out party at the U.S. Open after earning the berth in thrilling fashion.

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School's out, but learning sessions endure for Hall

Gavin Hall is still a week from high school graduation, but he's learning more about what he hopes to do with his life with his experiences at the U.S. Open this week at Merion.

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5 Things: Repeat winner? Plus, Merion's Fateful Five

As the final 24 hours begin to tick off the clock before the first official tee ball is sent into the air at the U.S. Open, there are plenty of storylines to watch as the 156-player field tries to tame the historic Merion Golf Club. Here are 5 Things to watch before Thursday's first round.

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Woods on winning majors: 'It wasn't ever easy'

Tiger Woods, surprised by niece-turned-interviewer Cheyenne Woods during his press conference, addressed the Sergio Garcia situation, Merion's sloppy conditions and what drives him to success.

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5 Things: Stefani overcomes quad to take St. Jude lead

Shawn Stefani fired a 4-under 66 on Saturday -- a round that included a quadruple-bogey -- to take a one-shot lead over Harris English heading into Sunday's final round at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis.

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Trump protege's persistence leads to U.S. Open

John Nieporte was tired of kicking around mini-tours, especially as a married man with a growing family. But, on one fateful Sunday morning in 2003, Donald Trump would change his life forever, leading to a U.S. Open slot a decade later.

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Notes: Hahn advances with father, sister at his side

John Hahn provided his father the ultimate Father's Day present -- the opportunity to caddie for him on Sunday at the U.S. Open after rounds of 65-71 helped him secure a spot at Merion.

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Phelan shows off growth in securing U.S. Open spot

Fresh off a heartbreaking exit at the NCAA Championships with North Florida, 22-year-old Irishman Kevin Phelan showed plenty of mettle in taming the Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club to earn a spot in his second U.S. Open.

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Strohmeyer proves to be Tide's unknown catalyst

Senior Scott Strohmeyer struggled early in his Alabama career with attitude and coachability, but his commitment to maturing allowed himself and another relative unknown in Trey Mullinax play a huge part in the Tide winning it all on Sunday.

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Marquee match: Tide's Whitsett continues to roll

Alabama's Cory Whitsett has been on fire thus far in NCAA match play, going 12 under through only 30 holes, including a 3-and-2 victory over Georgia Tech's Ollie Schniederjans.

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Alabama picks up lopsided win over New Mexico

Alabama made quick work of New Mexico in the quarterfinals at the NCAA Championship on Friday, setting up a semifinal showdown with Georgia Tech on Saturday.

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NCAA Elite 8: Match-by-match breakdown

After a dramatic 4-for-3 playoff late Thursday night, the Elite 8 is set at the NCAA Championship. We break down each match, going behind the numbers and each player pairing.

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Home cookin': Tech takes advantage of familiar digs

Georgia Tech entered the NCAA Championship with two advantages: No player had teed it up in the finals, and it was the only team to get significant practice time at Crabapple. It paid off to the tune of holding the lead after the morning wave.

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NCAA notebook: Cal rallies behind Hagy's 66

Despite an uncharacteristic slow start, top-ranked Cal rallied behind junior Brandon Hagy to post a 3-under 277 and is seven shots off the lead after the first round.

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5 Things: Weekley wins Colonial; first win since 2008

On a day when it was tough to tell between the barks of "Boooooooo" and "Kuuuuuuuch" at the Crowne Plaza Invitational, it was Boo Weekley who would find the winner's circle, using a 4-under 66 to clear Matt Kuchar by a single shot.

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Guan, 14, accepts St. Jude Classic exemption

A week after withdrawing from a U.S. Open sectional qualifier, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan has received a sponsor exemption to play in the FedEx St. Jude Classic.

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Sage Valley: Nicklaus speaks to golf-life balance

The Golden Bear turned to Papa Bear as the guest speaker on Opening Night at the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.

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Woods makes a run, but runs out of holes at Augusta

Tiger Woods, despite four birdies during his final 10 holes Sunday, could only muster a 2-under 70 and finished T-4 to run his winless streak at Augusta National to eight tournaments.

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Masters fourth-round tee times and pairings

Check out the complete tee times and pairings for the fourth round of the 77th Masters on Sunday at Augusta National.

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Day overcomes water ball to take Masters lead

A nice bogey-save after a water ball on No. 12, followed by birdies on Nos. 13 and 16 propelled Jason Day to a 4-under 68 and a one-shot lead at the Masters.

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Blog: Weather could become a factor this week

While the next two days and the weekend look beautiful according to weather.com, we might run into some problems during Rounds 1 and 2. A look at the forecast.

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Masters 2013: Getting to know Nicolas Colsaerts

To get you ready for the 2013 Masters, we are breaking down the amateurs and first-timers that will play at Augusta National starting on Thursday, April 11. Today's installment: Nicolas Colsaerts.

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5 Things: Laird punches Masters ticket behind 63

Martin Laird's putter came alive just in time to earn a spot on golf's grandest stage. Laird posted a course-record 9-under 63 to win the Valero Texas Open by two shots over World No. 2 Rory McIlroy on Sunday, earning a spot in the Masters as a result.

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New EA Sports Tiger game offers dose of reality

In a world dominated by video games, the new EA Sports Tiger Woods PGA Tour '14 game offers an opportunity to not only have fun, but learn about the game from its legends.

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5 Things: Tiger wins, building numbers that dominate

Tiger Woods completed his seasons-long comeback on Monday, putting on another dominating performance at Bay Hill to win his third PGA Tour title of the season and ascending back to No. 1 in the world in the process.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational: What they said

With the morning wave facing windy and cold conditions, but the course drying out before the afternoon groups, it promises to be an interesting day at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Here's what the players atop the leaderboard are saying . . .

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Bogeys make for painful end to Haas' round

Playing through a neck injury that he sustained picking up a towel coming out of the shower in Los Angeles, Bill Haas challenges for lead, only to fall back with two closing bogeys.

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Woods potentially a win away from becoming No. 1

If Tiger Woods can defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he could regain the World No. 1 spot that he has occupied for 545 weeks over the course of his career.

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5 Things: Merrick pulls off dramatic Riviera win

5 Things: With Hollywood in the backdrop, UCLA product John Merrick wrote a story on Sunday that's almost too good to be true for the Southern California native.

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5 Things: Mickelson holds on for Phoenix Open victory

Phil Mickelson felt some pressure on Sunday, but the six-shot advantage with which he began the day proved to be too much for his pursuers to overcome. Mickelson picked up his first 2013 victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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My Year in Golf: Nick Masuda

Andy Zhang wasn't a household name at the outset of 2012. But, in the matter of 24 hours in the middle of June, Zhang became the most popular 14-year-old in the sports world.

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Tiger's blog: Not so fast on budding rivalry with McIlroy

Tiger Woods takes to his own website to post a blog that reflects on his three wins, potential rivalry with Rory McIlroy and a tip of the cap to Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson.

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5 Things: McDowell breaks 2-year winless streak

Graeme McDowell seemed to be right at home with the less-than-ideal weather at Sherwood Country Club this week, firing a 4-under 68 to cap off an impressive victory at the Tiger Woods World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif. on Sunday.

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