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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

 

 

4/12: 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

Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

 

Defending champion

Adam Scott gave Australia its first green jacket, beating Angel Cabrera in a playoff with a 12-foot birdie on the second extra hole. Scott finished off a 3-under-par 69 with three birdies in his final six holes, but needed overtime when Cabrera stuck his approach to 3 feet at No.18 for a tying birdie. Victory allowed Scott to erase the demons of blowing a four-shot British Open lead.

 

Last week

Matt Jones punched his Masters ticket in highlight-reel style, winning the Shell Houston Open in a playoff with a 42-yard chip-in that vanquished Matt Kuchar. Jones forced the playoff in similar fashion, running home a 46-foot birdie putt at No.18 to finish off a 6-under-par 66 that wiped out a six-shot deficit. Not bad for the Aussie’s first PGA Tour victory.

 

Tour talk

With Woods out and Phil Mickelson (strained oblique) not 100 percent, this could be the most wide-open Masters in at least two decades. Among the top 30 of the world rankings, Rory McIlroy is the only other man with more than one major title. … This year’s crop of first-timers could be the best in Masters history, with 10 players currently in the top 50 of the world rankings.

 

TV

ESPN (Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m. ET) and CBS (Saturday, 3-7 p.m.; Sunday, 2-7 p.m.).

 

WEB.COM TOUR

El Bosque Mexico Championship, El Bosque GC, Leon, Mexico.

 

2013 champion

Michael Putnam scorched El Bosque with a 6-under-par 66 in blustery conditions, making up a five-stroke deficit for the first of back-to-back wins that pushed him to the regular-season money title. Putnam also won a week later at TPC Potomac in Maryland and now has his PGA Tour card.

 

Tour talk

Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz, who won last month’s Panama Claro Championship, returns to his homeland in pursuit of a second victory. The 22-year-old rookie won in just his fifth Web.com Tour start. … Former U.S. Amateur Public Links champion T.J. Vogel earned a third consecutive start after another top-25 finish in Louisiana. In both cases, he was tied for 25th.

 

TV

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LPGA TOUR

 

Next up

Lotte Championship, April 18-20, Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii.

 

Tour talk

Not only is Lexi Thompson the LPGA’s newest major champ, three of her four career wins have come in her past 12 starts. The Florida teen won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia and Lorena Ochoa Invitational to wrap up 2013. … Michelle Wie’s runner-up spot at Kraft Nabisco continues a strong upward trend. She has been outside the top 13 just once in her past seven starts.

 

CHAMPIONS TOUR

 

Next up
Greater Gwinnett Championship, April 18-20, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

 

Tour talk

Craig Stadler embarks on a Masters trip to remember this week, joining son Kevin as the first father-son tandem to qualify for the same Masters field. Craig, the 1982 champion, has said this will be his final edition. … Nine other Champions Tour pros return to Augusta National to play as past champions, including two-time winners Bernhard Langer, Ben Crenshaw and Tom Watson.

 

EUROPEAN TOUR

 

Next up
Maybank Malaysian Open, April 17-20, Kuala Lumpur G&CC, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

 

Tour talk

Marco Crespi’s perseverance finally paid off, notching his first European Tour victory with a two-shot triumph at the NH Collection Open in Spain. Though the Italian’s win came in just his 25th start on the circuit, the rookie needed 11 tries to earn his Euro Tour card. … Fifteen years have passed since the Masters last had a European winner – Spain’s José María Olazábal in 1999.

 

PICKS OF THE WEEK

 

Record: 2 for 18 (+ 1 alternate)

Total: - 1900

 

#19-The Masters

1st…R McIlroy (10-1)…

2nd... M Kuchar (20-1)…

3rd…B Watson (25-1)…

4th…P Mickelson (12-1)…

5th…G Woodland (80-1)…

1A…H English (66-1)…

2A…P Reed (55-1)…

 

#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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