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In this era of sissified golf, the game's ever-growing chattering class is getting all preachy — on TV, in print, on Twitter — about 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and his outrageou...(full article)

We don’t know how long golf is going to be Tiger-less. Tiger Woods probably doesn’t know yet, either. So while we can hope for the best, we should probably expect the worst. M...(full article)

There’s a good story to be told by the U.S. Golf Association about its forthcoming twin national championships at Pinehurst No. 2. Officials from American golf’s ruling...(full article)

It always has been an intriguing concept: hold the U.S. Open and U.S. women’s Open in back-to-back weeks on the same golf course. The U.S. Golf Association is doing that during ...(full article)

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