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Globe Columnists
Sunday, December 17




  Lorne Rubenstein
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Eye of the Tiger space
What's it like to work with one of the most famous, and media-shy, athletes on the planet? Lorne Rubenstein discusses how he came to collaborate with Tiger Woods
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Page R16
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-- Twenty years after I covered the 1997 Masters for this paper - the tournament that Tiger Woods won by a still-record 12 strokes - I collaborated with him on his book, The 1997 Masters: My Story.  FULL STORY arrow
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Giant in the golf world volunteered widely space
He led Canadian Tour to help develop aspiring young, professional golfers, and elevated status of major Canadian tournament
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, June 21, 2014 – Page S11
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-- In the early 1970s, when the Canadian Open golf tournament was struggling for an identity, Richard Grimm had an epiphany. The chairman of the tournament that players once considered a fifth major, behind the acknowledged major championships (the Masters, the U.S. and British opens and the PGA Championship) decided to seek out Jack Nicklaus, golf's greatest player ever, to design a new course to host the tournament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Hearn wanted more than top-Canadian accolades space
Double-bogey on 11 begins slide to a final-round 73
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Monday, July 29, 2013 – Page S1
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OAKVILLE, ONT. -- rube@sympatico.caDavid Hearn's father, Geoff, was watching his son play the RBC Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club all week. At one point he said that every tournament is a learning experience, whether or not his son loses in a playoff as he did two weeks ago at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., and no matter how he would finish at the Abbey.  FULL STORY arrow
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After 'brutal' stretch of missed cuts, Weir makes progress space
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, July 27, 2013 – Page S5
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OAKVILLE, ONT. -- rube@sympatico.ca''Weir's about to tee off,'' said one spectator following the golfer Canadians still watch more than any other. ''Weir's five under for his round,'' another said. ''Weir's seven under for the day now,'' a third said. The talk at the Glen Abbey Golf Club during Friday's second round of the RBC Canadian Open was all about Mike Weir. He was, as he would say after he finished with a five-under-par 67 to stand at four-under 140 for the tournament, finally giving his supporters something to cheer about.  FULL STORY arrow
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Golfers have changed, but course hasn't space
The way the Abbey plays now is likely not what course designer Nicklaus had in mind
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Friday, July 26, 2013 – Page S5
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OAKVILLE, ONT. -- rube@sympatico.caThe RBC Canadian Open has been at the Glen Abbey Golf Club so often - this is the tournament's 26th visit since 1977 - that it is effectively a litmus test for the effect of the golf ball and equipment on how the course plays for the game's elite players. The Abbey is hardly obsolete in examining their games, but that could happen.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadians under the microscope space
Open field is deep with robust home-grown talent. Will this be the year of the breakthrough?
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, July 25, 2013 – Page S4
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OAKVILLE, ONT. -- rube@sympatico.caA Canadian had not won the Canadian Open since Pat Fletcher took the championship in 1954 at the Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. But 50 years later, in 2004, it appeared that Mike Weir would win the tournament he and his fellow Canadians on the PGA Tour usually refer to as their fifth major. This was at the Glen Abbey Golf Club, where the RBC Canadian Open begins Thursday with Weir and 17 other Canadians entered.  FULL STORY arrow
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Woods serves notice that it's his world once more space
With his win at TPC Sawgrass, his seventh victory in 21 tournaments, planet's best golfer shows he's back to his very best
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Monday, May 13, 2013 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caIf there was any doubt about whether Tiger Woods has again become the world's best player, and by a long ways, he slammed the door on the issue by winning his second Players Championship Sunday. Woods shot a final-round 70 to win by two shots over David Lingmerth, Jeff Maggert, and Kevin Streelman. He finished with a 13-under-par total of 275, but it was the way he did what he needed to do down the stretch that was so impressive.  FULL STORY arrow
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SCOTT MASTERS HIGH DRAMA OF A PLAYOFF space
Thanks to Angel Cabrera, the Australian has to work overtime for his first major after many disappointments, and the first Masters for his country, Lorne Rubenstein writes
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Monday, April 15, 2013 – Page S1
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AUGUSTA, GA. -- ''C'mon, Aussie,'' Adam Scott yelled, instinctively invoking a popular cricket term to the world and back to his home country after making a 20-foot birdie putt on the final green that gave him the lead in the Masters and, possibly, his first major after many disappointments, and the first Masters for Australia after many of its fine golfers disappointed themselves and their sports-mad countrymen. He had shot 69 to finish at nine-under-par 279 for the tournament.  FULL STORY arrow
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Beloved event ... but not a 'championship' space
When even six-time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus says so, it must be true
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, April 13, 2013 – Page S3
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AUGUSTA, GA. -- rube@sympatico.caA fellow was walking through the pearly gates of the Augusta National Golf Club - okay, they're iron, or steel -when he turned to his friend and said something that is an article of faith around these parts: ''The Masters is the Super Bowl of golf.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Praying in the Amen Corner space
Wind tunnel plays with shots, confusion plays with minds in fabled area of famous course
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Friday, April 12, 2013 – Page S2
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AUGUSTA, GA. -- rube@sympatico.caThe ''patrons'' at Augusta National weren't shouting at Amen Corner during the first round of the Masters, although they made plenty of noise when a player hit a good shot along the treacherous stretch of the 11th, 12th, and 13th holes.  FULL STORY arrow
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A master reaches for the old magic space
It's been a long, lacklustre decade since Mike Weir won the Green Jacket and charmed Canadians, but he believes better days are coming
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, April 11, 2013 – Page A1
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AUGUSTA, GA. -- The practice range at the Augusta National Golf Club was busy Wednesday morning, as it has been all week in advance of the first round of the Masters. Spectators, or ''patrons,'' as the club calls visitors, followed their favourite players, and Canadians waited each morning to see whether Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters winner who remains their golfer of choice, would appear. He suffered a rib injury during the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando three weeks ago, and pulled out of that tournament after making the cut.  FULL STORY arrow
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A TEST OF TALENT AND TACTICS space
Whoever dons the Green Jacket on Sunday evening will be the golfer who has played with the most skill and judgment on the demanding Augusta National course
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, April 11, 2013 – Page S1
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AUGUSTA, GA. -- rube@sympatico.caLike no other tournament, the Masters is as much about the course as the players. The Augusta National Golf Club is in ideal condition to test the 93 competitors. It's playing firm and fast, as co-designers Alister MacKenzie and Bobby Jones wanted it when the first Masters, then called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament, was played. That was in 1934, and the course has since confounded the game's best players, while also identifying the golfer who could best figure out Augusta National's subtleties.  FULL STORY arrow
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Golden Bear's bond with Canada still strong space
Toronto hospital fundraising stop just part of 'big week' for Nicklaus in leadup to Honda Classic
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, February 23, 2013 – Page S11
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. -- rube@sympatico.caJack Nicklaus won 18 major championships and finished second in another 19. At 73, he's entitled to sit back and reflect on his accomplishments in golf. But he prefers to keep working, so he presides over Golden Bear Inc., encompassing his worldwide businesses.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 – Page S1
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ORLANDO -- rube@sympatico.caCanadians were buzzing during the PGA Merchandise Show on the weekend here but the feeling wasn't only because of the equipment and other wares on offer. They were talking up that four of the six Canadians who started the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, Calif., were doing well, and that some were even in contention in the tournament that Tiger Woods eventually won for the seventh time when the fourth round concluded Monday.  FULL STORY arrow
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'Zen' and the art of swing maintenance space
Weir credits brain-scanning device created by father-and-son team for recent improvement
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, January 26, 2013 – Page S4
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, January 3, 2013 – Page S3
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-- Luke DonaldRanked No. 2 in the world. Last year: Won the Transitions Championship on the PGA Tour, Dunlop Phoenix in Japan and BMW PGA Championship in England, plus T-5 in the British Open. It's time for the Brit to win his first major. He knows it, and the golf world knows it.  FULL STORY arrow
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BELLY ACHES PREDICTED space
As the season prepares to launch this weekend in sunny Hawaii, a decision by the two governing bodies last year promises to stir things up. Banning putters that have to be anchored against the chest 'seems silly,' and will be an issue all 2013, Lorne Rubenstein writes
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, January 3, 2013 – Page S1
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-- Golf watchers can be certain the new PGA Tour season that starts Friday with the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii, will be full of controversy and intrigue. Above all, there's the delicate matter of anchoring a putter against one's chest.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, January 3, 2013 – Page S3
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How the mighty have fallen space
Q-school littered with high-profile casualties - proof that anyone's game can go at any time
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – Page S4
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe PGA Tour's final qualifying tournament ended last Monday, and with it came the usual complement of players once on top of the game and now falling, falling, falling. It's always sobering to see how far former winners, including major champions, can slip. The same thing goes for promising young golfers.  FULL STORY arrow
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Banning a technique won't change the game space
Anchoring a putt isn't a golf swing, so its ban won't change participation rates or growth
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, November 29, 2012 – Page S1
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-- rube@sympatico.caNow that the USGA and the RandA have banned anchoring a putter, the idea that this will drive players from the game or keep novices from taking it up will only heat up. Actually, it's been plenty hot since it became apparent that the ruling bodies were moving in this direction. I don't believe that players will give up the game or not take it up because they'll no longer be able to anchor the putter should they choose to follow the rules.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Old Course should stay that way space
Plans to revamp St. Andrews's legendary layout are a misguided attempt to increase its challenge
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – Page S2
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Final bell about to ring on Q-school space
Decision to scrap direct route to PGA Tour means end of gut-wrenching dramas
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Page S6
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe second stage of PGA Tour qualifying school is on this week at six U.S. sites. The top performers from each will head to the final stage, Nov. 28 through Dec. 3, at PGA West in La Quinta, Calif., where the usual complement of heartening and heartbreaking stories will develop as players win (and miss) PGA Tour cards for the 2013 season. It's a good time to pay attention, because this is the final year for the Q-school as it is now constituted.  FULL STORY arrow
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Chinese teen now part of Masters mystique space
Guan's invitation to hallowed major championship caps year of youthful precociousness
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 – Page S9
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In silly season, money talks space
True competition pushed aside as players make year-end cash grab
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe so-called silly season is reaching new heights, or are they lows?I'm not referring to the recently concluded Fall Series of four PGA Tour events, or the Web.com Tour Championship that ended last Sunday in McKinney, Tex. Those events are all about golf and players moving ahead, or reversing direction, in their careers. Brad Fritsch, born in Edmonton and raised in Ottawa, tied for ninth in McKinney and 18th on the Web.com's season money list. He's made it to the 2013 PGA Tour.  FULL STORY arrow
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McIlroy aims for top of two money heaps space
Winning the most cash on both PGA and European tours would be an accomplishment, but not so shocking
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Thursday, October 25, 2012 – Page S2
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Fate of struggling circuit to be revealed Thursday, with takeover by PGA Tour a distinct possibility
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Thursday, October 18, 2012 – Page S4
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe PGA Tour and Canadian Tour have notified media of a teleconference Thursday morning to ''discuss the future of the Canadian Tour.'' The PGA Tour has been contemplating what would amount to its taking over the Canadian circuit. The expectation is that if this happens, the PGA Tour would rename it as the PGA Tour of Canada.  FULL STORY arrow
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Talented prospects face ultimate examination space
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 – Page S4
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-- rube@sympatico.caAre there any promising young Canadians out there who could win on the PGA Tour? The question is worth examining as the first stage of PGA Tour qualifying gets under way.  FULL STORY arrow
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Calgary course prepares for the big time space
U.S. architect renovates Glencoe's Glen Forest layout to make it fit for tour pros, members alike
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 – Page S5
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PALO ALTO, CALIF. -- rube@sympatico.caIt's astonishing that the Canadian Open has never been held in Calgary and that it's been in Alberta just once, in 1958 when Royal Mayfair in Edmonton - then without the Royal - staged the championship.  FULL STORY arrow
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For some, Ryder Cup is their major space
Poulter, Rose, Garcia among match-play heroes who've yet to win one of game's four biggest tournaments
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, October 4, 2012 – Page S5
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With birdies and beer flowing in a sports-mad city, biennial match could turn ugly
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caThere are plenty of reasons to suspect the Ryder Cup this year will be one of the most intense in history, if not downright acrimonious. The acrimony could result from the combination of runaway nationalism and crowds who respond to matches in ways that go beyond a reasonable level of support for their teams. The Ryder Cup could mutate into the Rowdy Cup.  FULL STORY arrow
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B.C. golfer wins three in a row as he prepares to take game to next level
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 – Page S3
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-- rube@sympatico.caThere's no end to the conjecture and predictions regarding this week's Tour Championship in Atlanta, which will spit out the FedEx Cup winner, and to next week's Ryder Cup in Medinah, Ill. Blather being dominant, it's the right time to discuss professional golf's hottest player. About him, no conjectures, predictions, or blather are required. The facts suffice.  FULL STORY arrow
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Paralympian's swing might not look conventional but it's technically sound and inspirational
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Page S6
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MARKHAM, ONT. -- rube@sympatico.caJohn Rollins and Jim Furyk won the 2002 and 2007 Canadian Opens at Angus Glen Golf Club in Markham but it's hard to believe the place has seen a more impressive champion than Billy Bridges.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, September 8, 2012 – Page S9
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-- rube@sympatico.caEarlier this year, a PGA Tour player said Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., was the best unknown player in the world. DeLaet, of course, was never ''unknown,'' especially in Canada and on the PGA Tour. Canadians who have been following PGA Tour events, and his fellow players there, know that DeLaet, 30, is loaded with talent.  FULL STORY arrow
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Debate over who gets selected inevitable, but matters far less than matches
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 – Page S1
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caThere are golf tournaments and then there are game-changing golf tournaments. A game-changer alters perceptions and expectations and moves the game, and players, in a new direction. Was Lydia Ko's CN Canadian Women's Open win in Vancouver last weekend a game-changer? The champion is a 15-year-old amateur, and she became the youngest golfer to win an LPGA Tour event.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, August 25, 2012 – Page S1
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Weir hopes to get home fires burning space
Struggling Canadian playing state championship close to Utah residence as he searches for signs of progress in comeback
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Friday, August 24, 2012 – Page S3
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Augusta developments aside, the best story in women's game this week is happening on Canadian soil
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – Page S1
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-- rube@sympatico.caHere's a thought: Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, Augusta National Golf Club's first female members, aren't the most important women in golf this week. That status belongs to the golfers entered in the CN Canadian Women's Open that starts Thursday at the Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.  FULL STORY arrow
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McIlroy admits recent criticism motivated him to excel at PGA Championship
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 – Page S3
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-- rube@sympatico.caThere's no consensus as to the precise frame of mind a player should have to get the most out of his or her game in an important situation. But the one thing that seems clear after Rory McIlroy's sublime performance in winning the PGA Championship by eight shots last Sunday is that it's preferable to feel some internal heat than to play for pleasure alone.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, August 9, 2012 – Page S3
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-- rube@sympatico.caWhen it comes to the four major championships, the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday in Kiawah Island, S.C., ranks fourth in the hearts and minds of players and golf-watchers. But there's nothing wrong with being ranked fourth in a grouping of the four most important tournaments.  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, July 30, 2012 – Page S3
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Page S4
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REMEMBERING THE PAST space
From Watson to Van de Velde to Woods, Globe and Mail golf columnist Lorne Rubenstein has covered some of the biggest moments in Open Championship history. He looks back at some of the most memorable events of the 15 British Opens he's covered. It's his favourite major
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 – Page S1
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Thursday, July 12, 2012 – Page S1
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-- rube@sympatico.caJust one golfer whose initials are TW made the cut at the Greenbrier Classic last week and his name wasn't Tiger Woods. Tom Watson played all 72 holes, again showing that he is the timeless golfer. No wonder he titled his recent instructional book The Timeless Swing. The other TW, meanwhile, missed the cut.  FULL STORY arrow
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Once known for unluckiest of bounces, journeyman now a major champion
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012 – Page S2
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Irish Open, British Ladies Amateur benefit from terrific links venues
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012 – Page S5
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Manulife Financial LPGA Classic showcases most of world's best
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Thursday, June 21, 2012 – Page S5
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Monday, June 18, 2012 – Page R3
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Stephen Ames had been complaining about his poor putting for the first three rounds of the U.S. Open, but he worked out his problems Saturday night and putted better in the last round Sunday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Whether unfair or not, the U.S. Open venue tested players to the limit
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Monday, June 18, 2012 – Page S3
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SAN FRANCISCO -- rube@sympatico.caThe 112th U.S. Open is in the books and two winners arrived at the finish line in a dead heat: One, champion Webb Simpson, and two, The Olympic Club's Lake course, which provided such a stern test that the words ''brutal,'' ''no fun,'' ''unfair'' and ''tricked up'' were heard regularly from players and spectators.  FULL STORY arrow
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Club pro Dennis Miller, 42, savours the moment and holds his head high despite poor finish at Open
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Saturday, June 16, 2012 – Page S4
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SAN FRANCISCO -- rube@sympatico.caWith three holes to play, Dennis Miller was 20 over par at The Olympic Club and headed for the end of his enchanting adventure at the U.S. Open after two rounds. But an enthusiastic group of spectators were still following him, while also having the pleasure of watching Casey Martin, the brave golfer who plays with an almost useless left leg because of a debilitating condition.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, June 15, 2012 – Page S4
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San Francisco -- Only in the U.S. Open could a player shoot 74 in the opening round and feel pretty good about it. Stephen Ames of Calgary came in with that four-over-par score in the opening round of the U.S. national championship at the difficult Olympic Club, and that's exactly how he felt.  FULL STORY arrow
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Phil Mickelson loses a ball in the trees on his first swing at the U.S. Open, hits a spectator on another and spends more time in the rough than the fairway. Seeking the trophy he covets most, he's playing with uncharacteristic hesitation. Maybe Lefty wants it too much
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Friday, June 15, 2012 – Page S1
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SAN FRANCISCO -- rube@sympatico.caThere was always the expectation that playing with Tiger Woods in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open could be a burden for Phil Mickelson. It would be easy to still think that way, given that Woods shot one-under-par 69 in the first round while Mickelson was seven shots worse. But that wasn't the case, at least not obviously. Still, it's likely that there was another burden.  FULL STORY arrow
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The Canadian who keeps the game's best in swing space
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Thursday, June 14, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe practice range at The Olympic Club is not only a laboratory where players have been working on their games for the U.S. Open that starts Thursday. It's also the ideal place to appreciate the stress that the swing puts on a player's body.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012 – Page S1
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SAN FRANCISCO -- rube@sympatico.caThe Olympic Club's Lake course may be the only layout where the margin of error on many drives is as small as that on a four-foot putt. The player who is unable to start his ball on a pinpoint will find a world of woe. This is only one of the reasons Olympic, where the 112th U.S. Open will start Thursday, could prove to be the most treacherous in the championship's history.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Page S6
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-- Stephen Ames qualified for next week's U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco on Tuesday. The 48-year-old Calgarian tied for first in the 36-hole sectional qualifier at the Germantown Country Club in Memphis. He shot 65-69 for a total of eight-under-par 134 to get into his 10th U.S. Open. His best finish is a tie for ninth in the 2004 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.  FULL STORY arrow
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Memorial win puts spotlight back on in lead up to U.S. Open
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Wednesday, June 6, 2012 – Page S6
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-- rube@sympatico.ca It wasn't long after Nick Price made a 50-foot putt for eagle on the 17th hole during the final round of his 1994 Open Championship win that somebody said to him: ''You could place 100 balls in the same spot and not make one.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Even professionals puzzled by expanding codebook that aims to uphold game's integrity
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Thursday, May 31, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caA golf course is less a field of dreams than a field of confusion. Anything can happen on its large, varied canvas. While a body of decisions based on the rules provides precedents to take care of unusual situations, this doesn't prevent strange occurrences. They seem to occur more and more.  FULL STORY arrow
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PGA Tour veteran Ames gets up-close look at 2003 Masters champion Weir's struggles
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Saturday, May 26, 2012 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe most effective way to learn how a golfer is doing is to play with him.Stephen Ames was in a group with Mike Weir during the first two rounds of last week's HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Tex. Weir shot 75-83 to miss his eighth cut in eight PGA Tour events this year, and Ames referred to his fellow Canadian's play as ''shocking'' and advised him to take a long break.  FULL STORY arrow
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Ames's ode to the Open hits the mark space
After Canadian qualifies for year's third major, he pays due homage to the creativity required in links golf
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe third major of the year is usually called the British Open in Canada and the U.S. Its proper name is the Open Championship. Still, the ''British'' defines and distinguishes the championship, especially if it's considered an adjective and not a geographical pointer to its location.  FULL STORY arrow
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PGA Tour needs to get tough on dawdlers, quickly
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Wednesday, May 16, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caKevin Na's endless fidgeting over the ball at the Players Championship has brought the endless issue of slow play to the front of golf discussions again. Maybe it will be a good thing in the end that his mind-bending habits have raised the problem of slow play again.  FULL STORY arrow
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PGA Tour's flagship event at Sawgrass consistently generates drama
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe TPC Sawgrass's Stadium course, where the Players Championship will start Thursday, has become one of the most prominent courses anywhere. It's produced many memorable moments, some of which have become iconic. The course that Pete Dye designed generates drama, and in doing so presents an argument for keeping a tournament at the same venue every year.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caGolf is full of challenges, not the least of which are trying to succeed as a tour golfer or a course owner. But being the president of Golf Canada has to be near the top when it comes to challenges. That became apparent during a recent game with Diane Dunlop-Hebert at the Mayacoo Lakes club in West Palm Beach, Fla., where she's a member.  FULL STORY arrow
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New system adopted in Canada allows many recreational players to post truer scores
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Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caMost Canadian golfers don't know it yet, but many of their handicaps will soon increase. That's because Golf Canada has revised its handicap system. The revisions are now in effect. The revisions and procedure can seem complicated, but a little knowledge will go a long way toward golfers ensuring their handicaps are accurate.  FULL STORY arrow
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Former 'it girl' now fully focused on golf space
With university in rear-view mirror, Wie seeks to live up to long-awaited potential
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caGolf Channel personality Gary Williams referred to Michelle Wie this week as the former ''it girl'' on the LPGA Tour. And she was, even if she probably never should have been.  FULL STORY arrow
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His weapon of choice? A pink driver. His swing? Unorthodox. His personality? Larger than life - and captured on YouTube. Bubba Watson isn't your average golfer. Now, with a green jacket in his closet, the Masters champion is set to rewrite the rules of golf
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 – Page A3
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-- Bubba Watson, the new Masters champion, makes it up as he goes along. He's the most creative golfer to come along since Seve Ballesteros won the first of his two Masters in 1980 - with an uninhibited and nonconformist game and character that could move golf into a new dimension.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caIf Tiger Woods plays his best in next week's Masters, he will win his fifth green jacket. That's because Woods at his best is better than any other player in the field at his best. Predicting the winner of a major can't get any easier. The logic is irrefutable.  FULL STORY arrow
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Friday, March 16, 2012 – Page S5
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HOBE SOUND, FLA. -- rube@sympatico.caThe greens at the McArthur Golf Club here are super-fast, Augusta National fast. They're so fast that three-time major championship winner and former world No. 1 Nick Price said he'll be coming up short on every putt when he defends his Toshiba Classic title at the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., which starts Friday. They're so fast that U.S. Senior Open champion Olin Browne was barely touching the ball on the practice green before a game last week. They're so quick that David Hearn, the leading Canadian on the PGA Tour, said they're faster than many PGA Tour courses.  FULL STORY arrow
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Streit's, Carner's talent, competitiveness continue to shine
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Friday, March 9, 2012 – Page S5
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WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. -- rube@sympatico.caWhen the opportunity to play golf with two legends arises, it's mandatory to take it.So it was that I teed it up last Tuesday at Emerald Dunes with Marlene Streit and JoAnne Carner, two members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Streit is the only Canadian enshrined.  FULL STORY arrow
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Where he goes at Honda Classic, the crowd follows
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Saturday, March 3, 2012 – Page S6
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. -- rube@sympatico.caAnyone looking for drama, mayhem and the ever-entertaining panoply of human behaviour need only follow Tiger Woods. One never tires of the show, and Woods's second round of the Honda Classic, where he shot 68 to finish 36 holes at one-under-par 139, was no exception.  FULL STORY arrow
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Proliferation of long putters in pro game generates debate, prompts re-examination of rules
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Friday, February 17, 2012 – Page S1
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe intensifying debate over whether a golfer should be allowed to use a belly putter appears to be settling on one crucial factor: It's not the length of a putter that matters, but of anchoring it against one's body. Does this confer an advantage, and if so, should the rules not allow a golfer to adopt the style?  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, February 9, 2012 – Page S1
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-- rube@sympatico.caMike Weir will return to the PGA Tour Thursday at the ATandT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after a seven-month absence. But the 2003 Masters champion who underwent elbow surgery last August won't play next week in the Northern Trust Open, which he won in 2003 and 2004, because he wasn't given one of eight exemptions that the tournament sponsor can use.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, February 4, 2012 – Page S7
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ORLANDO - -- rube@sympatico.caForty-five pounds lighter, Claude (Butch) Harmon walks into a private dining room at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Orlando. Harmon, who coached Tiger Woods from 1993 through 2004 and who works with Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Natalie Gulbis, stops to inspect the wines on offer. He makes his suggestions and then sits down in the middle of a long dining table, ready to talk golf with a small group of media.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, November 19, 2011 – Page S7
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe Royal Melbourne Golf Club exemplifies how a course should play, while providing an object lesson for where North American golf has gone wrong.The play in the 2011 Presidents Cup over 12 holes of the club's West course and six of the East, collectively known as the Composite course, has demonstrated golf can be challenging, terrifying and, above all, stimulating and enjoyable at the same time.  FULL STORY arrow
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Woods factor, top-notch location puts tournament in spotlight
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Saturday, November 12, 2011 – Page S7
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-- rube@sympatico.caIt wasn't that long ago the Presidents Cup was considered as little more than a confection.The Ryder Cup contested between teams of 12 players from the United States and Europe was the real deal, having started in 1927. While the Presidents Cup, which started in 1994, between teams from the U.S. and internationals not eligible for the Ryder Cup, was at best a concession to the fact golfers beyond Europe were making an impact.  FULL STORY arrow
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Winless in five tries, Canadian will watch this month's event on TV hoping to play his way back on the squad for 2013
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Saturday, November 5, 2011 – Page S8
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-- rube@sympatico.caWhen the Presidents Cup starts Nov. 17 at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Mike Weir won't be playing. He's feeling it, too. The competition between a U.S. team and an International side comprising players not eligible for the Ryder Cup means a lot to him. It's big for any international player who cares about representing his country.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, October 29, 2011 – Page S7
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-- rube@sympatico.caSir Charles Sherrington shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1932 and once wrote that the golf course could be used as a laboratory for the study of fundamental issues related to learning. More and more, mental coaches are realizing this and are using scientific studies in off-course laboratories to improve their knowledge and help their players. It's a two-way street: They learn what a player's problems are on the course, and incorporate studies off the course and often in research labs to help them.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, October 22, 2011 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caThere's been a lot of talk about whether Webb Simpson or Luke Donald will win the money title when the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., concludes the PGA Tour season on Sunday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, October 15, 2011 – Page S8
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-- rube@sympatico.caCanadian golfers have been performing well in the PGA Tour's Fall Series, not that Golf Channel has been paying much attention in its telecasts and news shows.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, October 8, 2011 – Page S13
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-- rube@sympatico.caEvery golfer who wins a tournament putts ''lights out,'' to use an odd expression that appears to mean the opposite of what it says. The golfer who putts as if he's in the darkness has little or no chance of winning.  FULL STORY arrow
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Fall Series a true playoff space
Those on the bubble battle to maintain PGA Tour privileges
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, October 1, 2011 – Page S4
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-- rube@sympatico.caAnybody who thought the FedEx Cup points system was confusing ought to try to comprehend the PGA Tour's all-exempt priority rankings.There are 33 categories. The most obvious way for a player to ensure he's exempt for next year's tournaments is to finish in the top 125 money winners when the last putt is holed on Oct. 23 - but even the tour's media either doesn't list or doesn't make clear some of the more arcane ways a player can maintain such a status.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, September 24, 2011 – Page S9
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe Solheim Cup doesn't get nearly the respect or attention from golfers that the Ryder Cup does. That's not to stay it shouldn't, but golfers don't talk about it - if they discuss it at all - with anything like the interest they show in the Ryder Cup. An exciting weekend of close matches as the Solheim Cup continues this weekend in Dunsany, Ireland, would help raise interest, but even that's no sure thing.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, September 17, 2011 – Page S5
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TORONTO -- rube@sympatico.caThis is a personal column for reasons that will become obvious. First, I'll say this: I've never had a more inspirational game than the one I played with Dylan and Ashley Caldwell this week at the Toronto Hunt Club, with their father Clive. He's the president and CEO of the Cambridge Group of (fitness) Clubs in Toronto, and the 1980 and 1982 world champion in hardball squash.  FULL STORY arrow
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Yes, the 20-somethings are enjoying some success, but the veterans are hanging around. Are they doing well? Just ask Vijay Singh, or more recently, British Open winner Darren Clarke
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Saturday, September 10, 2011 – Page S6
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-- rube@sympatico.caThere's been a lot of talk this season about golfers in their 20s who have been winning. Charl Schwartzel was 26 when he won the Masters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, September 3, 2011 – Page S11
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SAN MARTIN, CALIF. -- rube@sympatico.caThe One Iron Bar at the CordeValle Golf Club here seems the ideal place to speak with Duke Butler, the man most responsible for upping the buzz for the coming Frys.com Open. He did something even harder than hitting a 1-iron to a difficult pin position, a lost art because nobody uses the club any more. Butler, the tournament president, is an artist of a different sort, given that his work in trying to attract Tiger Woods to the Fall Series tournament has paid off in Woods's entering a tournament hardly anybody figured he'd play.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, August 27, 2011 – Page S11
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-- rube@sympatico.caSwing and putting coaches come and go. Some do last longer than the fate David Leadbetter, who has had staying power, consigned to them.Still, he was including himself when he said on the range at the Honda Classic earlier this year: ''We're all flavours of the month.''  FULL STORY arrow
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Monday, August 22, 2011 – Page S7
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-- rube@sympatico.caMany of the golfers who played last month's Ricoh Women's British Open at the Carnoustie Golf Club in Carnoustie, Scotland, felt the course was set up too easy for a major championship. The LPGA, Golf Canada, and Pat Moir, the superintendent at the Hillsdale Golf and Country Club in Mirabel, Que., where the CN Canadian Women's Open starts Thursday, don't plan on that being the case for this week.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, August 13, 2011 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caTiger Woods isn't the first elite golfer to look lost on the course, but he must be the most prominent to see his game shred into tatters.  FULL STORY arrow
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Thursday, August 11, 2011 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caThe PGA Championship is barely started and already there's a lot of talk about the 15th hole at the Atlanta Athletic Club's Highlands course. It can play as long as 260 yards.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, August 6, 2011 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caWhatever Tiger Woods does or doesn't do this weekend at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, during the Bridgestone Invitational, it's clear that, on the eve of the PGA Championship next week, the golf landscape has changed. The changes are due to a series of unexpected events in the game. Call these golf's black swans.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, July 30, 2011 – Page S6
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-- rube@sympatico.caTiger Woods's announcement that he will play next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, raises some questions.Woods, after all, hasn't played since May 12, when he withdrew from the Players Championship after nine holes of the first round. His swing coach, Sean Foley, said Tuesday that Woods hadn't hit a shot since then. On Thursday, he texted friends that they planned to work together Friday.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadian golfer suffering for elbow woes
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, July 30, 2011 – Page S10
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Fearless Hadwin shows he's got game space
Undaunted by rocky start, Canadian endears himself to crowd by tying for fourth, two strokes behind winner O'Hair
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Monday, July 25, 2011 – Page S1
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VANCOUVER -- rube@sympatico.ca''Thank you, Adam, thank you,'' one of the thousands of Adam Hadwin's appreciative fans said after the 23-year-old from Abbotsford, B.C., hit a beautiful approach within six feet of the 18th hole. The comment expressed the pleasure the golfer with a swagger in his step and a lot of game had brought the spectators at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club all week as he tied for fourth in the RBC Canadian Open and won $228,800 (U.S.), by far the biggest cheque of his career.  FULL STORY arrow
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Canadians Hadwin, Hearn move up leaderboard to within striking distance on second day
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Saturday, July 23, 2011 – Page S2
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VANCOUVER -- rube@sympatico.caThe mind is an unseen force in golf that has more power than the latest, hottest drivers with which PGA Tour players can pound the ball 300 yards.  FULL STORY arrow
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Shaughnessy's thick rough rewards precision off the tee at the expense of multidimensional golf
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Friday, July 22, 2011 – Page S5
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VANCOUVER -- rube@sympatico.caThe dateline for the RBC Canadian Open at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club is Vancouver, but the course's gorgeous property is so thick with rough it could as well be Slashenhack, B.C. Players are forced to slash and hack when they miss fairways. This national championship is all about precision off the tee, to the exclusion of most every other quality.  FULL STORY arrow
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After missing British Open cut, Englishman arrives in Vancouver carrying weight of being world No. 1
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Thursday, July 21, 2011 – Page S2
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VANCOUVER -- rube@sympatico.caWhether or not the world rankings are valid in terms of reflecting who the best player is at any moment, the fact is Luke Donald is now No. 1.  FULL STORY arrow
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Former Masters champion turns to old coaching twosome after missing 12 of 14 cuts this season
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – Page S4
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VANCOUVER -- rube@sympatico.caWhat's wrong with Mike Weir?'' a volunteer at the Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club asked Tuesday while patrolling the right side of the 10th fairway. Why would a golf writer know? But maybe the two fellows walking on the other side of the fairway, with cameras over their right shoulders, would know. A walk across seemed the thing to do.  FULL STORY arrow
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Saturday, July 16, 2011 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caIt's no longer a surprise when an amateur does well in a PGA Tour event, or even in a major championship.The amateur of the week just now is Tom Lewis, the 20-year-old Englishman who shot 65 to share the lead with Thomas Bjorn after the first round of the British Open. Lewis shot 74 in Friday's second round, but he remains in contention to win and be named Champion Golfer of the Year at Sunday's prize ceremony.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, July 9, 2011 – Page S2
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-- rube@sympatico.caChance is a dated concept in modern PGA Tour golf, where conditions are meant to be as uniform as possible. But if all goes properly, the world's best golfers - minus a hobbled Tiger Woods - will face capricious golf when they begin the Open Championship next Thursday at the Royal St. George's links in Sandwich, England. That would be golf as it should be for the game's oldest championship.  FULL STORY arrow
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By LORNE RUBENSTEIN
Saturday, July 2, 2011 – Page S6
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-- rube@sympatico.caA revolution in golf could be taking shape at the highest levels. It's called playing quickly, and one can only hope it will filter down to amateur golfers everywhere.  FULL STORY arrow
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011 – Page S5
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-- rube@sympatico.caIt seems ludicrous to suggest that winning a first major tournament can hurt a player's game down the road. But a look at what has happened to some of the major champions in the past 10 years suggests this can happen.  FULL STORY arrow
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