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Doug Ferguson: Rivalries in golf require more than a great year

The question was in Chinese, so Rory McIlroy stared aimlessly until his eyes widened suddenly upon hearing two words he could understand. Brooks Koepka.


Doug Ferguson: 82 and 26, the standards of Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson looked boyish in a dark suit that hung from his shoulders and appeared to be two sizes too big, the result of losing 28 pounds. He says he …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods tied with Sam Snead, and no one else is close

The toughest competition for Tiger Woods has always been history. What captured the public’s attention when Woods won the first of his 15 majors, the 1997 Masters, was whether he …


Doug Ferguson: Patty Tavatanakit takes fast track to LPGA Tour

If everything had gone according to plan, Patty Tavatanakit would be in North Carolina this week preparing for two weeks of the LPGA Q-Series in her bid to earn status …


Doug Ferguson: Lanto Griffin values free golf lesson from a caring pro

Steve Prater can recall only one time in more than 30 years as a PGA professional that he refused payment for a golf lesson. Lanto Griffin doesn’t know where he …


Doug Ferguson: The cups runneth over in golf

The next Ryder Cup starts in 360 days, the perfect occasion for the opposing captains to meet Tuesday at Whistling Straits and share absolutely nothing. That’s not entirely true.


Doug Ferguson: From orphan in China to playing with pros at Pebble

Kayli Lucas is headed to Pebble Beach to play in a PGA Tour Champions event, a dream week for a 17-year-old girl from Tennessee who knew nothing about golf until …


Doug Ferguson: Suzann Pettersen achieves rare feat by retiring on top

Suzann Pettersen achieved one of the rarest feats in golf. The winning shot in the Solheim Cup? Yes, it starts there. That putt she made from just outside 6 feet …


Doug Ferguson: Video sheds new light on old problem of slow play

The Player Advisory Council is meeting this week during the BMW Championship, and slow play is on the agenda. The tour all along had planned on the final PAC meeting …


Doug Ferguson: Maria Fassi embraces expectations and wants to be a star

With power and personality, Maria Fassi has the package to be a star.


Doug Ferguson: Score not the measure of when U.S. Open is a good test

The leaderboard next to the 18th green at the U.S. Open again was filled with red numbers under par. The only difference was the scenery.


Doug Ferguson: U.S. Open should be a tough test with no whining

Complaints are normal at the U.S. Open, and some of them are valid because mistakes are made. But it’s starting to sound like whining.


Doug Ferguson: Patrick Cantlay’s past shows why the future is promising

To the victor go the social media requests. This proved far more difficult for Patrick Cantlay than his 64 at Muirfield Village, the lowest final round by a winner in …


Doug Ferguson: Why it took 4 majors for Brooks Koepka to get his due

Majors matter more than any other golf tournament. They are not the sole measure of greatness.


Doug Ferguson: Dustin Johnson the best player with only 1 major

Dustin Johnson was on the wrong side of history at the last PGA Championship. It wasn’t because Brooks Koepka, his best friend in golf, walked away from Bellerive with the …


Doug Ferguson: Hard part for Max Homa was waiting his turn

He was among the best as an amateur, winning a prestigious national title and moving onto the PGA Tour. While he never thought it was going to be easy, making …


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Doug Ferguson: A major per month leaves Tiger Woods and others little time to get ready

The Masters in his rearview mirror, Justin Rose is excited about what he calls the next stage of the golf year. Except in this case, objects might be closer than …


Doug Ferguson: Tour better equipped for new round of Tigermania

The phone started ringing in the days after Tiger Woods won the Masters. This was in Minnesota, though it could have been most any city that hosts a PGA Tour …


Doug Ferguson: Complaining about rules not doing golf any favors

The memo PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan sent to players on the new Rules of Golf can be interpreted different ways based as much on the timing as the message.


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson still going strong

The 144-man field at Riviera has 88 players who have combined to win 496 times on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson account for 25 percent of those …


Doug Ferguson: Bad rules, bad temper, rough start to golf this year

Golf barely got out of January before it got attention for all the wrong reasons. Sergio Garcia took out his frustrations in a bunker (nothing new) and the greens (shockingly …


Doug Ferguson: Justin Rose, Adam Scott hit $50M milestone together

Justin Rose won at Torrey Pines. Adam Scott challenged him to the final hole. And thanks to that 1-2 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, both surpassed $50 million in …


Doug Ferguson: Tiger Woods’ biggest moment didn’t last very long

Rarely in sports has such a big moment had such a short shelf life. Even one involving Tiger Woods.


Doug Ferguson: Why it was special for Jon Rahm to beat his hero, Tiger Woods

Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn’t make Jon Rahm’s year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, no …


Doug Ferguson: Brooks Koepka’s biggest feat as No. 1 is getting there

Reaching No. 1 in the world felt even sweeter to Brooks Koepka because of how he got there. Golf is about winning, and the world ranking is merely a result …


Doug Ferguson: Johnny Miller talks like most golf fans think

The comment was vintage Johnny Miller, raw enough to cause most television producers to wince. Miller was in the NBC Sports booth at Doral in 2004 when he watched Craig …


Doug Ferguson: Ian Poulter and his passion back at the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup meant the world to Ian Poulter even when he only had a tent to sleep in.


Doug Ferguson: Still no dominant player halfway through the golf year

Bubba Watson has as many wins in four months as the previous three years combined. The player atop the U.S. standings for the Ryder Cup didn’t really start his year …


Doug Ferguson: U.S. Open being remembered for the wrong reasons

If the aim of the U.S. Open is to identify the best player, then the last three got it right. The problem is a tendency to remember what went wrong.


Doug Ferguson: Michael Putnam latest example of not giving up on U.S. Open

Michael Putnam and Vijay Singh each opened with a 73 at U.S. Open qualifying. Only one showed up at the second of the two courses in play. Putnam shot a …