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Now that Rory McIlroy has won his third major, his next goal is to claim his first World Golf Championships title this week at the Bridgestone Invitational. In developmental term...(full article)

It has been a beautiful friendship. In this generation, by any name, from the NEC Invitational with the World Golf Championships imprimatur, to its current WGC-Bridgestone Invita...(full article)

In a conference call with reporters last week, Jack Nicklaus said that Tiger Woods should “absolutely” be a pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. “I couldn’t imagine (Woods) ...(full article)

If it were up to Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods would be an easy decision as a pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. "Oh, absolutely," Nicklaus said Thursday during a conference call with...(full article)

Every golf tournament is four days, but a few last forever. The 1962 U.S. Open signaled the end of Palmer and the rise of Nicklaus. The 1977 Open Championship ushered in the era of...(full article)

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