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Jeff Shain, PGATour.com contributor, will analyze the latest results and debate the leading headlines around the world in golf each week including a preview of the top events in professional golf.

 

 

2014 SEASON

2013 SEASON SHOWS BELOW

 

 

4/23: ZURICH CLASSIC PREVIEW

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4/16: RBC HERITAGE PREVIEW

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4/12: MASTERS UPDATE; J STEPHENSON

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4/8: MASTERS PREVIEW

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4/2: SHELL HOUSTON OPEN PREVIEW

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3/26: VALERO TEXAS OPEN PREVIEW

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3/19: ARNOLD PALMER INV. PREVIEW

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3/11: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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3/5: WGC-CADILLAC PREVIEW

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2/25: HONDA CLASSIC PREVIEW

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2/18: WGC - MATCH PLAY PREVIEW

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2/12: NORTHERN TRUST PREVIEW

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2/5: PEBBLE BEACH PREVIEW

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1/29: PHOENIX OPEN PREVIEW

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1/22: FARMERS INSURANCE PREVIEW

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1/15: HUMANA CHALLENGE PREVIEW

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1/8: 2014 PREVIEW; SONY OPEN PREVIEW

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1/2: HYUNDAI PREVIEW

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11/13: OHL CLASSIC PREVIEW

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11/5: McGLADREY CLASSIC PREVIEW

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10/29: WGC-HSBC PREVIEW

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10/23: CIMB CLASSIC PREVIEW

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Jeff Shain's connection with PSN goes back to the network's 2007 inception, offering analysis on both golf and college football. He covered both sports for a decade at The Miami Herald, later heading north to become the Orlando Sentinel's golf writer for three seasons.

 

Jeff also counts six years as UPI's college sports editor, coordinating its football and basketball polls and All-America selections, and was their Olympics coordinator for the 1996 Games in Atlanta.

 

These days, he serves as a contributor for both PGATour.com and the Back 9 Network.

 

His Twitter musings can be found under @JeffShain.

 

WEEKLY TOUR CAPSULES

 

 

PGA TOUR

Zurich Classic of New Orleans, TPC Louisiana, Avondale, La.

 

Defending champion

Billy Horschel endured two final-round weather delays to score his first PGA Tour win, avoiding even further wait when he ran home a 27-foot birdie putt at No.18 to beat D.A. Points by one. Six consecutive birdies after the first rain delay moved Horschel to the front, helping Horschel match the course record with an 8-under-par 64.

 

Last week

Matt Kuchar finally got a Sunday to go his way, winning the RBC Heritage when he holed out a bunker shot on the final hole of regulation. It was the final stroke of a 7-under-par 64 that allowed Kuchar to overtake Luke Donald – and a reversal of what happened in Houston, when Kuchar was victim of Matt Jones’ holeout in a playoff.

 

Tour talk

Patrick Reed, currently No.4 in the FedExCup standings, heads a lineup that includes seven PGA Tour winners in 2014. Justin Rose holds the highest world ranking in the field at No. 11. … Six of the past nine Zurich winners made it their first, including Horschel and Jason Dufner (2012). … David Toms tees it up for the 21st time in his home-state event.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 3-6 p.m. ET, Saturday-Sunday 1-2:30 p.m.) and CBS (Saturday-Sunday, 3-6 p.m.).

 

LPGA TOUR

Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, Lake Merced GC, Daly City, Calif.

 

Defending champion

The LPGA debuts its first co-sanctioned event on U.S. soil, joined by Taiwan’s LPGA.

 

Last week

Michelle Wie’s return home ended in her third LPGA victory, chasing down Angela Stanford to win the Lotte Championship after starting the day four shots back. Wie’s charge not only ended a four-year winless run, but was her first on U.S. soil. Her other wins came in Canada and Mexico.

 

Tour talk

It’s Part 2 of a homecoming fortnight for Wie, as the tour shifts from her hometown to not far from where she spent her college days at Stanford. … Suzann Pettersen will put her improving back to the test again after missing the past three events. … The Taiwan LPGA is represented by its top 10 money winners, plus seven special exemptions.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Saturday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 7-9:30 p.m.). 

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

Volvo China Open, Genzon GC, Shenzhen, China.

 

Defending champion

Australia’s Brett Rumford claimed the second of back-to-back victories, using a final-round 68 to pull away for a four-stroke romp over Finland’s Mikko Ilonen. One week earlier, Rumford won a three-man playoff at the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea.

 

Last week

Lee Westwood ended a nearly two-year victory drought in big fashion, running off to a seven-shot triumph at the Maybank Malaysian Open. On the heels of a seventh-place finish at the Masters, Westwood’s win was his 40th worldwide and first since the 2012 Nordea Masters in Sweden.

 

Tour talk

World No.3 Henrik Stenson and PGA Championship titleholder Jason Dufner top the field, which also features Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari. … Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal tied for eighth last week in Malaysia, made more remarkable after escaping a hornet attack in the second round.

 

TV

Golf Channel (Thursday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 6:30-10:30 a.m.).

 

WEB.COM TOUR

WNB Golf Classic, Midland CC, Midland, Texas.

 

2013 champion

Alex Aragon overcame gusty conditions with his second consecutive 6-under-par 66, outpacing Byron Smith by a shot after erasing a five-shot deficit to start the day. Aragon finished more than an hour ahead of the leaders, then waited to see if his 16-under 272 would stand up. He went on to earn his PGA Tour card and is playing this week in New Orleans.

 

Tour talk

Five of the top 10 players on the money list are age 25 or younger, including three no older than 22. Carlos Ortiz (22) tops the list and is one win away from a PGA Tour promotion, Justin Thomas (20) was second two weeks ago in Mexico and hasn’t placed lower than 15th, and Daniel Berger (21) has four finishes of 12th or better.

 

TV

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CHAMPIONS TOUR

 

Next up
Insperity Invitational, May 2-4, The Woodlands CC (Tournament), The Woodlands, Texas.

 

Tour talk

Not only did Miguel Angel Jimenez become the 18th man to win his Champions Tour debut when he captured the Greater Gwinnett Championship, it combined with Jeff Maggert’s Mississippi win as just the second time that back-to-back stops had been won by first-timers. That was the first two stops of the tour’s 1980 debut season, won by Don January and Roberto de Vicenzo.

 

 

PICKS OF THE WEEK

 

Record: 4 for 20 (+ 1 alternate)

Total: +760

 

 

#21-Zurich Classic (TPC Louisiana)

1st…R Fowler (16-1)…

2nd...F Jacobson (40-1)…

3rd…R Knox (40-1)…

4th…JB Holmes (45-1)…

5th…B Martin (100-1)…

1A…R Sabbatini (66-1)…

2A…R Palmer (25-1)…

 

#20-RBC Heritage (H Head, SC)

1st…M Kuchar (16-1)…1st  

2nd...J Furyk (18-1)…7th  

3rd…L Donald (18-1)…2nd  

4th…K Stadler (50-1)…38th  

5th…P Reed (50-1)…48th

1A…M Every (45-1)…12th  

2A…C Hadley (75-1)…38th  

Winner: Matt Kuchar

Current Balance: +760

 

 

#19-The Masters

1st…R McIlroy (10-1)…8th  

2nd...M Kuchar (20-1)…5th  

3rd…B Watson (25-1)…1st

4th…P Mickelson (12-1)…MC

5th…G Woodland (80-1)…26th

1A…H English (66-1)…MC

2A…P Reed (55-1)…MC

Winner: Bubba Watson

Current Balance: -640

 

 

#18-Shell Houston Open

1st…D Johnson (14-1)…WD

2nd... M Kuchar (25-1)…2nd  

3rd…S Garcia (25-1)…3rd  

4th…J Kokrak (50-1)…MC

5th…D Hearn (110-1)…MC

1A…L Donald (40-1)…24th  

2A…M Manassero (90-1)…MC

Winner: Matt Jones

Current Balance: -1900

 

 

#17-Valero Texas Open

1st…J Spieth (20-1)…10th  

2nd... B Steele (33-1)…MC

3rd…F Jacobson (33-1)…16th  

4th…J Walker (20-1)…16th  

5th…JB Homes (66-1)…64th

1A…R Palmer (25-1)…56th  

2A…S Langley (100-1)…MC

Winner: Steven Bowditch

Current Balance: -1600

 

 

#16-Arnold Palmer (Bay Hill)

1st…B Watson (12-1)…WD

2nd... G McDowell (16-1)…10th  

3rd…H Mahan (22-1)…WD

4th…K Na (35-1)…14th  

5th…G McNeil (75-1)…14th

1A…Z Johnson (20-1)…43rd  

2A…M Every (60-1)…1st

Winner: Matt Every

Current Balance: -1300

 

 

#15-Valspar Championship (Innisbrook)

1st…H English (18-1)…38th  

2nd...L Donald (22-1)…4th  

3rd…J Furyk (28-1)…20th  

4th…G Woodland (33-1)…8th  

5th…J Byrd (150-1)…32nd

1A…M Kuchar (18-1)…38th

2A…B Koepka (85-1)…MC

Winner: John Senden

Current Balance: -1000

 

 

#14-WGC-Cadillac (Doral)

1st…D Johnson (16-1)…4th  

2nd...J Spieth (22-1)…34th  

3rd…B Watson (25-1)…2nd  

4th…H English (33-1)…16th  

5th…V Dubuisson (50-1)…62nd

1A…W Simpson (40-1)…47th  

2A…G Coetzee (125-1)…16th  

Winner: Patrick Reed

Current Balance: -700

 

 

#13-Honda Classic (PBG)

1st…C Schwartzel (20-1)…MC

2nd...S Garcia (20-1)…8th  

3rd…A Scott (16-1)…12th  

4th…R McIlroy (8-1)…2nd  

5th…P Reed (60-1)…24th

1A…L Westwood (50-1)…46th  

2A…B Harman (110-1)…58th  

Winner: Russell Henley

Current Balance: - 400

 

#12-WGC-Match Play (Arizona)

1st…M Kuchar (25-1)

2nd...S Garcia (25-1)

3rd…H Mahan (20-1)

4th…W Simpson (30-1)

5th…G De Laet (50-1)

1A…D Johnson (18-1)

2A…J Day (18-1)…1st

Winner: Jason Day

Current Balance: - 100

 

 

 

#11-Northern Trust (Riviera)

1st…W Simpson (20-1)…70th  

2nd...H Mahan (20-1)…52nd  

3rd…B Haas (25-1)…23rd  

4th…K Bradley (28-1)…20th

5th…K Na (66-1)…MC

1A…H English (33-1)…10th  

2A…F Couples (125-1)…MC

Winner: Bubba Watson

Current Balance: + 200

 

 

#10-Pebble Beach

1st…D Johnson (12-1)…2nd

2nd...G McDowell (35-1)…7th  

3rd…P Perez (45-1)…7th  

4th…J Walker (25-1)…1st  

5th…W MacKenzie (80-1)…13th  

1A…J Spieth (20-1)…4th  

2A…R Palmer (45-1)…32nd

Winner: Jimmy Walker

Current Balance: + 500

 

 

#9-Phoenix Open (TPC Scottsdale)

1st…G Woodland (33-1)…37th

2nd...M Every (35-1)…37th

3rd…R Palmer (28-1)…48th

4th…K Streelman (70-1)…53rd

5th…P Perez (60-1)…11th

1A…H English (28-1)…9th

2A…M Leishman (40-1)…MC

Winner: Kevin Stadler

Current Balance: - 240

 

#8-Farmers Insurance (Torrey Pines)

1st…T Woods (3-1)…MC

2nd...J Walker (33-1)…MC

3rd…B Stuard (66-1)…28th

4th…K Bradley (33-1)…16th

5th…B Todd (90-1)…37th

1A…B Snedeker (20-1)…MC

2A…C Howell III (66-1)…37th

Winner: Scott Stallings

Current Balance: +60

 

#7-Humana (LaQuinta, Cal)

1st…W Simpson (14-1)…13th

2nd...H English (18-1)…33rd

3rd…C Howell III (30-1)…58th

4th…B Horschel (25-1)…25th

5th…C Stuard (50-1)…5th

1A…R Palmer (35-1)…2nd

2A…M Jones (66-1)…13th

Winner: Patrick Reed

Current Balance: +360

 

#6-Sony Open (Honolulu)

1st…T Clark (20-1)…WD

2nd...C Howell III (20-1)…8th

3rd…J Walker (40-1)…1st

4th…Z Johnson (10-1)…8th

5th…R Palmer (70-1)…8th

1A…B Gay (40-1)…32nd

2A…B De Jonge (40-1)…51st

Winner: Jimmy Walker

Current Balance: +660

 

#5-Hyundai Champions (Kapalua)

1st…A Scott (6-1)…6th

2nd...M Kuchar (8-1)…6th

3rd…H English (20-1)…11th

4th…G Woodland (25-1)…13th

5th…P Reed (90-1)…16th

1A…J Spieth (20-1)…2nd

2A…M Laird (25-1)…20th

Winner: Zach Johnson

Current Balance: -1500

 

#4-OHL Classic (Mexico)

1st…D Summerhays (40-1)…MC

2nd...B Baird (50-1)…MC

3rd…B Harman (50-1)…MC

4th…B Gay (28-1)…45th

5th…R Karlsson (75-1)…6th

1A…B Koepka (40-1)…MC

2A…S Brown (50-1)…16th

Winner: Harris English

Current Balance: -1200

 

#3-McGladrey Classic (Georgia)

1st…Z Johnson (14-1)…16th

2nd...H English (28-1)…27th

3rd…M Kuchar (14-1)…7th

4th…C Howell III (28-1)…27th

5th…D Love III (175-1)…MC

1A…B Todd (70-1)…16th

2A…J Peterson (50-1)…MC

Winner: Chris Kirk

Current Balance: -900

 

 

#2-WGC-HSBC Champions (China)

1st…K Bradley (25-1)…11th

2nd...J Dufner (30-1)…34th

3rd…R Moore (35-1)…50th

4th…F Molinari (30-1)…21st

5th…K Aphibarnrat (66-1)…55th

1A…P Uilhein (35-1)…55th

2A…J Walker (30-1)…46th

Winner: Dustin Johnson

Current Balance: -600

 

#1-CIMB Classic (Malaysia)

1st…H Matsuyama (16-1)…25th

2nd...P Mickelson (9-1)…19th

3rd…D Lynn (66-1)…64th

4th…K Bradley (16-1)…10th

5th…K Aphibarnrat (50-1)…3rd

1A…NA

2A…NA

Winner: Ryan Moore

Current Balance: - 300

 

 

 

2013 SEASON-ARCHIVES

 

 

10/2: PRESIDENT'S CUP PREVIEW

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9/18: TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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9/11: BMW CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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8/27: DEUTSCHE BANK PREVIEW

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8/20: THE BARCLAYS PREVIEW

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8/13: WYNDHAM PREVIEW

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8/6: PGA CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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7/30: WGC-BRIDGESTONE INV. PREVIEW

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7/23: RBC CANADIAN OPEN PREVIEW

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7/20: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW-R4

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7/16: OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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7/10: JOHN DEERE CLASSIC PREVIEW

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7/2: GREENBRIER CLASSIC PREVIEW

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6/26: AT&T NATIONAL PREVIEW

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6/18: TRAVELERS PREVIEW

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6/11: U.S. OPEN PREVIEW

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6/5: ST. JUDE CLASSIC PREVIEW

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5/29: MEMORIAL PREVIEW

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5/22: CROWNE PLAZA PREVIEW

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5/15: BYRON NELSON PREVIEW

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5/8: TPC PREVIEW

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5/1: WELLS FARGO PREVIEW

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4/24: ZURICH CLASSIC PREVIEW

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4/17: RBC HERITAGE PREVIEW

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4/13: MASTERS PREVIEW (4TH ROUND)

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4/12: MASTERS PREVIEW (3RD ROUND)

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4/9: MASTERS PREVIEW

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4/2: VALERO TEXAS OPEN PREVIEW

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3/27: SHELL HOUSTON OPEN PREVIEW

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3/20: ARNOLD PALMER INV. PREVIEW

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3/13: T BAY CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

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3/5: WGC-CADILLAC CH. PREVIEW

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2/27: HONDA CLASSIC PREVIEW

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2/19: WGC-MATCH PLAY PREVIEW

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2/13: NORTHERN TRUST OPEN PREVIEW

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2/6: PEBBLE BEACH PREVIEW

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1/30: WM PHOENIX OPEN

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1/23: FARMERS INSURANCE OPEN

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1/9: SONY OPEN PREVIEW

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1/2: 2013 PGA TOUR SEASON PREVIEW

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