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Jacobsen pleased with return to Bellerive

It’s an understatement to say Peter Jacobsen was thrilled at the chance to return to Bellerive Country Club for the 74th Senior PGA Championship.

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Senior PGA: Kentuckians lead, but Watson lurks

Just when you expected players at the 74th Senior PGA Championship to act their age, along came Tom Watson to prove the time-honored adage that, indeed, age is just a number. The two-time Senior PGA champion is at 2-under 140, tied for eighth and five strokes behind a pair of co-leading Kentuckians, Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry.

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At the Senior PGA, Skinner keeps his focus

As a player who had his PGA Tour card for three years in the 1990s but never managed to win enough money to keep his playing privileges for the following season, Sonny Skinner knows how easy it is for a player to be overly demanding of himself.

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Senior PGA: Chapman ready to defend his title

Thirty-two years after he turned professional, Roger Chapman enjoyed the season he always thought he was capable of — two major titles in 2012, the Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open, in the brief span of six weeks.

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Q&A: Ted Bishop, 38th PGA president

Ted Bishop, who was recently elected the 38th president of the PGA of America, shares his thoughts on the key issues facing the game.

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PGA appoints Bevacqua as chief executive officer

Peter Bevacqua – a former USGA executive, and most recently, the head of CAA Sports' golf division – was appointed chief executive of the PGA of America.

Club pros struggle on Day 1 at Kiawah Island

For the 20 club professionals at the PGA Championship, Thursday's first round at Kiawah Island was a reality check, with none of them currently inside the projected cut line.

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Meet the 2012 PGA Championship qualifiers

2012 PGA Championship qualifiers

Twenty golfers qualified for the 94th PGA Championship Wednesday at the PGA Professional National Championship in Seaside, Calif.

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At the PNC: Coston, 56, still not showing his age

PGA Professional National Championship

Jeff Coston started playing professional golf 35 years ago. He's in position to qualify for another PGA Championship and he's doing it by 'just trying to play golf.'

At the PNC: Dobyns gets noticed

PNC: Matt Dobyns

Matt Dobyns did something unorthodox to get better on the greens, and it is paying off thus far at the PGA Professional National Championship.

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Viguerie trying to follow in Hossler's footsteps

PGA Championship qualifying

A week after Beau Hossler set off some local hysteria at Mission Viejo Country Club, Matt Viguerie is trying to maintain the good vibes by qualifying for the PGA Championship.

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Edwards making most of Senior PGA opportunity

Joel Edwards is only playing the Senior PGA Championship because of a series of withdrawals. But the 50-year-old is trying to seize the opportunity.

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Magee back in the swing of things at Senior PGA

Magee's return

After kidney cancer limited his activity on tour, Andrew Magee, who is making his debut at the Senior PGA Championship, is ready for a full season on the senior circuit, says Rich Skyzinski.

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Greens grab attention of Senior PGA field

Senior PGA Championship

The greens at 18-month-old Harbor Shores – site of the 73rd Senior PGA Championship – have challenged players with their difficulty and diversity.

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U.S. cruises to win at 25th PGA Cup

The U.S. put the finishing touches on its domination of the 25th PGA Cup, remaining undefeated on American soil with a 17.5-8.5 win Sunday at CordeValle in California.

U.S. dominates foursomes, leads PGA Cup

The U.S. continued its domination of foursomes play Saturday and assumed control of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

Skinner gives U.S. 3-point lead at PGA Cup

Sonny Skinner was conceded a birdie putt at the last hole to gain a half-point for the U.S. in the morning session of Day 2 at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

U.S. grabs PGA Cup lead after afternoon routs

The U.S. won three of four afternoon foursomes matches in routs Friday and took a 6-2 lead over Great Britain & Ireland after the first day of the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

U.S. holds slim advantage at PGA Cup

Rob McClellan, the head professional at Butler (Pa.) Country Club, birdied the last hole to give his team the lead for the only time in the match and help the U.S. to a 2.5-1.5 lead after the first session at the 25th PGA Cup at CordeValle.

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Meet the pros: 20 advance to PGA Championship

Here are thumbnail bios for the 20 low scorers from the 44th PGA Professional National Championship.

Paeglow eager to get his best PNC finish

Maybe the 65 that David Paeglow shot in the first round of last year’s PGA Professional National Championship was exactly what he didn’t need.

Sorenson gets another good shot at PGA

Jeff Sorenson can’t say he won’t know what to expect heading into the final two rounds of the 44th PGA National Professional Championship at Hershey Country Club.

At the PNC, Murchison is Mr. Versatility

An advocate of less is more, Bill Murchison III has used as little as a 7-iron in a round, saying "I wanted to learn to be more creative." His creativity led to a 2-over 73 in the first round of the 44th PGA Professional National Championship.

Read to be missed on U.S. Open’s 1st tee

When the 111th U.S. Open Championship gets under way Thursday at Congressional Country Club, the first tee will have a different look to it for the first time in more than 20 years.

Q&A: PGA of America's Kerry Haigh

Kerry Haigh has a thankless job, never hearing praise when tournament's go smoothly, but always criticized when having to make tough decisions as a PGA of America administrator.

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5 Things: Course set-up a big Senior PGA factor

5 Things: Senior PGA

A look at five elements that might decide the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville.

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5 things: Who still has a shot to win Senior PGA?

5 things: Senior PGA

Kenny Perry is among five players outside the top three at the Senior PGA Championship that still have a shot at winning. Rich Skyzinski takes a look.

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Five Things: Soggy Round 1 at Senior PGA

Valhalla is doing a pretty good imitation of a levee doing its damnest to hold back the water. Here are Five Things to know from Round 1.

Start of Senior PGA delayed by heavy rain

Following an overnight storm that included winds of 60 mph and dropped 1.5 inches of rain on an already-soggy Valhalla Golf Club, Thursday’s start to the 72nd Senior PGA Championship has been delayed 90 minutes.

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5 Things: Storylines to watch at Senior PGA

Five interesting storylines to watch during the 72nd Senior PGA Championship, which gets under way Thursday at Valhalla Golf Club.

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1986 Masters: ‘He’s got no chance if he putts like that’

1986 Masters: 25 years later

Tom Meeks was working the par-3 fourth hole on Sunday of the 1986 Masters and saw Jack Nicklaus miss a 6-footer pretty badly. He thought Nicklaus was done. Not so fast.

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Murray to purchase scores from AT&T Pro-Am

says Bill Murray wanted to keep a piece of the AT&T Pro-Am for himself.

Bill Murray is about to become even more popular in Northern California.

Allianz Championship adds new events for '11

says the Allianz Championship has even more outside-the-box events planned for 2011.

The folks running the Champions Tour’s Allianz Championship are at it again.

Shano’s distance wows at Arizona Am

thinks he found the longest hitter in college golf – pound-for-pound, anyway.

I don’t know if I saw the longest hitter in college golf on Friday at the Arizona Amateur, but if you’ll allow me to add a pound-for-pound condition, I’ll feel pretty comfortable putting that tag on Jason Shano from the University of San Diego.

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Bios: 20 pros qualify for PGA Championship

with info on the 20 pros who qualified Wednesday for the PGA Championship.

Here are capsules of the 20 qualifiers from the 43rd Professional National Championship into the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. (presented in order of finish):

Illinois coach Small on verge of PGA berth

Can things get any better for the men’s program at the University of Illinois? You bet.

PGA berth within Hutsell’s grasp at PNC

explains the pressure players like David Hutsell are feeling as they claw for a PGA berth.

David Hutsell has been here before – deep into the Professional National Championship and a spot in the PGA Championship clearly within sight, so close it must seem he can just reach out and pluck it.

Smith rocks French Lick with course record

explains what is motivating club pro Bruce Smith at the PGA PNC this week.

Some golfers collect scorecards. Others collect pencils, putters, ball markers or logoed hats. Bruce Smith of Frisco, Texas, collects course records, and on Monday, during the second round of the 43rd Professional National Championship at French Lick Resort’s Pete Dye Course, he secured another pelt for his office wall.

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The PNC visits golf’s modern marvel

says the Pete Dye Course at French Lick, site of the PNC, is a modern marvel.

In the case of It’s Possible to Build a Golf Course Anywhere With Enough Time and Money, we offer Exhibit A: the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

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Final thoughts on Colorado Golf Club

explains why Colorado Golf Club will be a perfect Solheim Cup venue in 2013.

Well, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw have done it again.

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Oft-injured Glasson contending at Senior PGA

details Bill Glasson’s remarkable run into contention at the Senior PGA.

Next to the champion, there’s no question who the most satisfied player is at this week’s 71st Senior PGA Championship at Colorado Golf Club. The hands-down winner of that honor is Bill Glasson.

Keep an eye on Taiwan’s Chien Soon Lu

introduces you to perhaps the best player you’ve never heard of: Champions Tour golfer Chien Soon Lu.

Here’s the story of the best player you’ve never heard of and, perhaps, the one to watch when it comes time to decide the 71st Senior PGA Championship Sunday afternoon.

Freeman’s round blows him away

says Robin Freeman is no stranger to playing in the wind, and it’s coming in handy at the Senior PGA.

This is what it’s like to play golf when the wind comes whippin’ down the plain.

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Fuzzy’s spirits are up this week

explains why Fuzzy Zoeller’s spirits are up this week at the Senior PGA Championship – and the Indy 500.

If Fuzzy Zoeller makes the cut at the 71st Senior PGA Championship that begins Thursday, he’ll be concerned about his driving. But Ed Carpenter’s driving also will be on his mind.

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Benjamin has emotional end to the Masters

witnessed an emotional end to amateur Brad Benjamin's day, which all began with a devastating bogey at the 15th.

Perhaps what made Brad Benjamin’s Masters experience so emotional was that it was so tantalizing.

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Verplank, Woosnam cause double-takes

did a double-take when Scott Verplank played out of turn, and again when Ian Woosnam left Augusta for a Five Guys.

There were two things that made me do a double-take on Thursday.

Final thoughts from the U.S. Senior Amateur

with his final thoughts on Beverly Country Club and a few unexpected observations at the U.S. Senior Amateur.

Rich Skyzinski gives his final thoughts on Beverly Country Club, and reveals a few unexpected observations at the U.S. Senior Amateur.

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Giles, 66, wins Senior Am

Giles, 66, wins Senior Am

Don’t worry if you can’t remember who won the 1972 U.S. Amateur – because the same guy won the USGA Senior Amateur Thursday, just 37 years later. Meet 66-year-old Vinny Giles III, again.

Giles, Grace to meet in Senior Am final

Two lifelong friends will be opponents in Thursday’s championship match of the 55th USGA Senior Amateur at Beverly Country Club.

Meet your Senior Amateur semifinalists

provides a closer look at the USGA Senior Amateur semifinalists.

A snapshot look at the players in the semifinals at the 55th USGA Senior Amateur, played Wednesday at Beverly Country Club in Chicago: