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FERGUSON: Shots that defined 2014's PGA majors

One putt gave Bubba Watson a rare sense of calm. One swing reminded Martin Kaymer he finally had all the shots. One pitch proved to Rory McIlroy he could master links golf.

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Spieth opens up 7-shot lead at Isleworth

Jordan Spieth flew from Japan to Australia to Dallas the last two weeks, took a day off and then came over to Florida for the Hero World Challenge.

Woods wins at Torrey Pines for 8th time

Tiger Woods is a winner again at Torrey Pines, and the only question Monday was how long it would take him to finish.

All eyes are on Rory McIlroy, not Tiger Woods

This much could always be said about Tiger Woods. The richest man in golf played like he didn't have two nickels to rub together.

A solid year of improvement for Furyk, but no championships

ST. SIMONS ISLAND -- Jim Furyk is playing his final official tournament of the year at the McGladrey Classic, and even a win at Sea Island might not be enough to chase away such a sour taste from an otherwise solid year.. There are enough indications to give him plenty

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Poulter keeps Europeans in the hunt at Ryder Cup

Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley helped stake the Americans to their biggest lead in the Ryder Cup in more than 30 years. Ian Poulter, eyes bulging and fists shaking with every clutch putt, at least gave Europe some big momentum over the final frantic hour Saturday.

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Big days from Bradley, Lefty give US lead at Ryder Cup

MEDINAH, Ill. -- Keegan Bradley made Friday at the Ryder Cup feel like the best day of his life, and it wasn't too shabby for the rest of the Americans. Bradley led a strong performance by rookies on both teams at Medinah by teaming with Phil Mickelson for two wins

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Snedeker makes a push for FedEx Cup

ATLANTA -- Brandt Snedeker gave himself the opportunity he wanted in the FedEx Cup. He also has the company he expected.. Snedeker played one of his best rounds this year at just the right time Saturday, making a collection of tough putts and relying on his short game to pick

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Furyk races out to lead at East Lake

Jim Furyk, the only American on the Ryder Cup team without a win this year, put himself in position Friday to join them.

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Woods makes an early statement at East Lake

ATLANTA -- In the one week Tiger Woods had away from golf during the FedEx Cup playoffs, Nick Faldo said he had lost his aura, Greg Norman said he was intimidated by Rory McIlroy and Johnny Miller claimed that Woods once wanted lessons from him.. "Nice week, huh?" Woods

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Woods, McIlroy meet again with more at stake

With every week, and every win, Rory McIlroy gets a new moniker. Two-time major champion. The world No. 1. Heir apparent. The latest nickname was courtesy of none other than Tiger Woods.

Woods shoots 64, just two strokes back in Boston

Tiger Woods had his lowest opening round in three years Friday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. It still wasn't enough to be low man in Sean Foley's coaching stable.

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FERGUSON: McIlroy, Tiger comparisons inevitable

23-year-old showed Woods-like dominance at PGA

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McIlroy sets record in PGA Championship win

Rory McIlroy fires a red-hot 6-under 66 on Sunday to win the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes to beat Jack Nicklaus' record set in 1980.

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Breakthrough for players, sun at PGA

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Five years ago, a leading golf publication chose Kiawah Island as the toughest golf course in America. Some of the best players in the world made it feel like a walk on the beach Thursday in the PGA Championship.. There was no wind in the morning

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A race to get ready for the last major

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- The final major of the year, and everyone was cramming for their last big exam.. Ernie Els and Adam Scott walked up to the 18th green at Kiawah Island on Wednesday evening about the time most people in the low country would be going out for

Glory's Last Shot is one last shot for Tiger

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. -- Tiger Woods gazed up every time he heard thunder crackling in the distance or the rain pounding the tent Tuesday, the kind of weather that could keep Kiawah Island from playing the way he would prefer at the PGA Championship.. Even more of a nuisance were

Furyk races out to the lead at Firestone

AKRON, Ohio -- Jim Furyk made a detour to Florida to sit on his back porch and hang out with his kids as he tried to figure out why decent golf was producing ordinary scores. The short break appeared to do him a world of good Thursday in the Bridgestone

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Scott takes 4-shot lead into Open final round

The ball tumbled over the edge of a pot bunker and appeared to put Adam Scott in the worst spot he had been all day at the British Open. All he saw was opportunity.

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Snedeker builds 1-shot lead with Tiger lurking

Brandt Snedeker plays fast and talks even faster, and he was on a roll Friday in the British Open. He raced up the leaderboard with five birdies in a seven-hole stretch, tied the 36-hole record for a major championship.

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European (working) vacation for Texas club pro

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What makes golf so appealing is that it can be played for a lifetime.. And the dreams that go with it don't expire easily, either.. Such is the case of Tim Thelen. His name might not be familiar outside the PGA of America or southeast Texas. Thelen

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Van Pelt leads after tough day at Congressional

Bo Van Pelt kept bogeys off his card and picked up an extra shot when his wedge spun back into the hole for an eagle. It's a formula that would work well at a U.S. Open, which is what Congressional felt like Thursday.

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Americans suddenly on a roll in majors

In a little more than six months, they shared the stage in a playoff, became fast friends through their faith and then partners in the Presidents Cup. Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson are linked again in ways they never imagined. Major champions.

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Woods shares US Open lead with Furyk, Toms

SAN FRANCISCO -- Just when this U.S. Open was starting to look like child's play, Tiger Woods led a trio of tested champions who took it back Friday.. Woods, another round closer to a serious shot at his 15th major, overcame three straight bogeys on the front nine for an

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The lead for Thompson, the buzz for Tiger at US Open

SAN FRANCISCO -- The lead at the U.S. Open belonged to Michael Thompson. The buzz came from Tiger Woods.. And the struggles came from the three players in the world ranking.. Even as Thompson strung together four birdies on the back nine at Olympic Club that carried him to a

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Woods facing big test as he chases another Major

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tiger Woods couldn't stop talking Tuesday about how the U.S. Open presents the toughest test of the year.. If that's the case, then how he fares at The Olympic Club could go a long way in helping him figure out how close he is to returning to

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McIlroy boosts confidence as he defends title

SAN FRANCISCO -- Adding a tournament before the U.S. Open turned out to be a great move for Rory McIlroy.. Sure, he squandered a chance to win the St. Jude Classic when he was tied for the lead and hit his tee shot on the 18th hole into the water

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Poulter, Laird tied atop Players Championship

Ian Poulter is enjoying his new digs -- his newly built home and his spot atop the leaderboard Thursday in The Players Championship.

Simpson emerges with lead at Quail Hollow

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For someone playing so close to his house, Webb Simpson has been on edge all week.. The home crowd. Two rounds with Tiger Woods. His name atop the leaderboard at Quail Hollow alongside Rory McIlroy and so many others late Saturday afternoon. It has caused him to

Two stars and a wide-open field tee off today in Augusta

Wood, McIlroy still share attention as Masters tees off

McIlroy is past his Masters meltdown

In the aftermath of his Masters meltdown, one phone call that meant the most to Rory McIlroy was from Greg Norman, the master of the Sunday collapse at Augusta National.

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Phase 2 begins for Tiger Woods

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods might be the only one who doesn't consider his win at Bay Hill the start of a comeback.

Woods shares lead with Wi at Bay Hill

Tiger Woods is in a place he hasn't been in 30 months — atop the leaderboard on the PGA Tour going into the weekend.

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Wi opens with 66; Woods 3 behind at Bay Hill

Charlie Wi felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with his last round. So did Tiger Woods.

Goosen, Furyk tied for lead at Transitions Championship

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Retief Goosen felt so much pain in his lower back that he decided to pull out of next week's tournament and get treatment. One day later, he found himself atop the leaderboard in the Transitions Championship.. Goosen ran off three straight birdies late in his round

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Rose wins at Doral; Tiger withdraws early

Justin Rose wins at Doral on a day when Bubba Watson comes up just short and Tiger Woods leaves the course with an Achilles injury.

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Trump has 'monster' plans for Doral course

Donald Trump bought the famous golf resort outside Miami for $150 million and said Thursday he plans to invest more than $200 million to revamp the Blue Monster championship course.

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Scott, Dufner tied for Doral lead

Playing only his sixth round of the year, Adam Scott faced a strong test Thursday at Doral and never looked better.

Woods, McIlroy try to build on momentum

DORAL, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are at Doral to build momentum in different ways.. McIlroy is the new No. 1 in golf after winning the Honda Classic. He is not concerned with how long he can stay there as much as he is winning the Cadillac Championship

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McIlroy closes in on No. 1 in the world at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy is one round away from No. 1 in the world.. McIlroy made two big par saves Saturday on a windy back nine at PGA National and finished with a birdie from the bunker for a 4-under 66, giving him a two-shot

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Love opens with 64 to take Honda Classic lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The more putts he makes, the more confidence he has over the putts that can turn a decent round into something much better.. That explains why Rory McIlroy opened with a 4-under 66 on Thursday in the Honda Classic, leaving him two shots behind

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Tiger Woods ends two-year victory drought

Two years after his personal life and golf career came crashing down, Tiger Woods is a winner again.

Disney offers competition from top to bottom

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Kevin Chappell was on the Magnolia Course practice range at Disney, his only concern getting in nine holes of practice under gathering clouds and trying to remember which golf cart was his.. It's a relaxing week at the Children's Miracle Network Classic, but not for

Baddeley, Mahan tied for lead at East Lake

The cup is close enough now for Hunter Mahan and Aaron Baddeley to seriously consider how much it's worth to them. Even if they're not thinking about the same cup.

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Woods' one last shot at glory

Given the circumstances of a most peculiar year, the slogan of the final major -- ''Glory's Last Shot'' -- might not apply to Tiger Woods. In some respects, the PGA Championship is more like a fresh start.

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Clarke still leads after weathering storms

About the only predictable part of this British Open is the weather. The biggest surprise is the list of contenders for the claret jug.

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Clarke, Glover lead a close British Open

Only seven shots separate first from worst going into the weekend at the British Open.

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Amateur Lewis shoots 65, ties for lead

SANDWICH, England -- Thomas Bjorn and Tom Lewis have nothing in common except for the unlikely position they shared Thursday atop the leaderboard at the British Open.

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Aronimink feels more like US Open than US Open did

Adam Scott and Hunter Haas, who were tied atop the leaderboard at 4-under 66, followed a U.S. Open formula by trying to keep the ball in play off the tee and being cautious on the greens.

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On 3rd heart, Compton on verge of fulfilling dream

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- Erik Compton is among the elite on the PGA Tour this week at the AT&T National, even though he has been in a league of his own for about as long as he's been playing golf.