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Woz: Breakup Was Like Someone Died

Paul Newman, The Independent

McIlroy Nearly Played NCAA Golf

Keith Chartrand, American Sports Network

Golf Needs a Tiger

John Paul Newport, Wall Street Journal

Tiger should just do it. For Nike, sure. But also for his fans. For Les Moonves and CBS. For Billy Payne, Condi Rice and Augusta National. For IBM. For ticket brokers and event p...(full article)

So this is it for Tiger Woods: the first Masters of the rest of his life—assuming he shows up at all. Even Ben Hogan, the most reclusive of the greats, continued to play Au...(full article)

Painful anniversaries can be tough for anyone to handle, but as Caroline Wozniacki prepares to deal with all the reminders of her split last year from the Irish golfer, Rory McI...(full article)

In late 2004, East Tennessee State golf coach Fred Warren was watching the Boys Home International tournament at Portmarnock Golf Course outside Dublin, Ireland. The event, an an...(full article)

Arnold Palmer, the host of this week’s PGA Tour event at Bay Hill in Orlando, had a straightforward public image. Famous for his Popeye forearms, trouser-hitching swagger and...(full article)

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