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  • Winners and losers from a great Players Championship week

    Another Players Championship is in the books, but before we close things out and head down the road to Texas, it's time to take one final look at the winners and losers from this week. We're looking at you, Matt Kuchar.

    Winners

    Matt Kuchar: There's no question Kuchar is the biggest winner at the Players Championship. Not only did he pick up the biggest win of his career, he now has people questioning if he's more than just a human ATM machine. At 33, he's not considered a rising star on the PGA Tour, but over the last couple of years, Kuchar has solidified his spot as one of the most

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  • Confusion reigns over Harman entry

    As the first alternate in The Players Championship field, Brian Harman had to figure there was a pretty good chance he'd be teeing it up at TPC Sawgrass this week.

    Brian Harman enjoying himself in a group on his own at Sawgrass

    So he showed up on Thursday morning and hung around the clubhouse, cell phone in hand, waiting for the green light from tournament officials. Only the call never came.

    The unfortunate thing for Harman was he actually made it into the field at 8:39 a.m. ET, when D.A. Points withdrew from the tournament with a back injury. But tour officials never informed Harman of his tee time.

    Why? Because they didn't have any idea that last

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  • Golf club falls prey to McIlroy hoax

    Rory McIlroy (not at Ballybunion Golf Club)

    As one of Ireland's top courses, Ballybunion Golf Club is used to hosting some of the biggest names in golf. So when club officials received a call from a man purporting to be Mark O'Meara's agent, they never had an inkling that anything was wrong.

    As the Independent in Ireland reported, the man on the other end of the phone told the club that he was trying to set up a round of golf for O'Meara and Rory McIlroy, who were going to be in Dublin for the Heineken Cup semi-final rugby match between Ulster and Edinburgh.

    Word travelled fast that McIlroy was going to be at the course, and within

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  • Five things we learned from the Wells Fargo Championship

    Rickie Fowler beams after winning the Wells Fargo Championship

    Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage - unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the Wells Fargo Championship.

    Rickie Fowler finally gets it done on Sunday — "Told you guys it was coming soon." That's what Rickie Fowler said when he sat down in the interview room following his win on Sunday. Fowler certainly had confidence in himself, but the

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  • Woods shows signs of rust

    Nobody, not even Tiger Woods, knew how his first competitive round in three weeks would go.

    After walking off the 18th hole at Augusta National following a final round 2-over 74 that saw him finish T40, the worst finish of his Masters career, many wondered which version of Tiger Woods would show up at Quail Hollow.

    Earlier in the week, Woods confirmed during his video Q&A that the swing issues he had at the Masters had been rectified. But following Thursday's opening round 1-under 71 at the Wells Fargo Championship, that appeared to be far from the case.

    The Tiger Woods we saw on Thursday

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  • Five things we learned from the Zurich Classic

    Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage - unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

    Jason Dufner waggles the field to death— With all due respect to Sergio Garcia, there's a new waggle king in town ... and he looks like the guy you'd find at your local watering hole on Friday evening. Jason Dufner may need nine

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  • Coach: Tiger’s swing very robotic

    Tiger jokes with Harman during a practice round at St Andrews in 2000

    These days, you can't swing a cat without hitting someone with an opinion on Hank Haney's Tiger Woods-themed book "The Big Miss," and one of those with the best perspective on the book — another of Woods' former swing coaches — has broken his silence on Haney and Woods.

    Harmon coached Woods from 1993 to 2004, taking him through his early successes and his initial exposure to the world. And the Woods he sees now is a far different player than the one he coached, both physically and mentally. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Harmon was direct: "For me, and I think we saw this at

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  • Na gets revenge on hole where he carded 16

    Kevin Na

    Revenge is usually a dish best served cold, but in Kevin Na's case, he prefers serving it up with a red-hot chainsaw.

    Unless you've been living a rock, you most likely witnessed the video of Na coming unravelled and carding a 16 on the par-4 ninth hole at last year's Valero Texas Open.

    After knocking his first two shots into the trees on the right side of the fairway, Na proceeded to spend the better part of a day hacking his ball around in the woods on his way to the highest single hole score in tour history. It was a cringe-worthy moment for those watching at home, but Na seemed to take

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  • Can Oosthuizen overcome the Majors curse?

    Louis Oosthuizen ponders the question

    Statistics can be massaged in wonderful ways, and here's a good one: in the last 14 Majors, dating back to the 2008 PGA Championship, we've had 14 different winners. And 11 of those are first-timers. (Trivia: the repeat winners are Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera and Phil Mickelson.)

    What does that sample size, which is getting large enough to be statistically valid, suggest? Well, first off, there's more parity in the game now than ever before. Second, it appears to be a lot tougher to win that second Major than the first. And third, well ... you-know-who has been out of the mix for almost

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  • School kids card freakish aces on same hole

    We've seen some incredible hole-in-one stories over the last nine months. There was Daniel Chopra carding two aces in the same round at Pebble Beach, a 12-year-old recording two in nine holes, and an amateur golfer holing out from the tee on a par-4. But the story you're about to hear ... well, let's just say the hole-in-one bar has been raised.

    We have North Dakota high school golfers Collin Larson and Brandon Winter to thank for upping the ante on ridiculous hole-in-one stories. Playing a high school qualifying round at Rose Creek Golf Course, the freshmen golfers had no idea the 140-yard,

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