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Golf Will Be Just Fine Without Tiger

Carl Steward, Bay Area News Group

Golfers' Earnings Peak at Age 33

Jake Nichols, Golf.com

Party Time at 'The People's Major'

Peter Bukowski, Golf.com

Snedeker Wins WIthout Firing a Shot

Brendan Porath, SB Nation

PEBBLE BEACH -- Tiger Woods will be nowhere near the place, so it was quite intriguing to hear AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament director Steve John tell Golf Digest that the eve...(full article)

The face of golf is getting younger. Golfers under age 30 won about half of the events played on the PGA Tour in 2015. This wasn’t always the case -- in the 1990s and 2000s, olde...(full article)

When Jerry Lewkowitz joined a Phoenix civic group called the Thunderbirds in 1962, Arnold Palmer had just won his second consecutive Phoenix Open. The following year, Palmer won...(full article)

The weather over the last 48 hours at Torrey Pines presented some all-time brutal scoring conditions that will be remembered for a long time. It's fitting that the winner booked on...(full article)

In the six months since Jason Day captured the PGA Championship and ushered in talk of a new “Big Three,” fans have asked us a difficult question. Who would you take at his bes...(full article)

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