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Mark Herrmann

Mark Herrmann became Newsday's national golf writer in 2002 and writes a twice-weekly column called LI Golf Beat, appearing in the newspaper on Thursdays and Sundays.

Couples makes it official: Tiger's on team

Tiger Woods on the 14th hole during

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Keegan Bradley, Rickie Fowler and others here at The Barclays who aren’t automatically on the U.S. Presidents Cup team are shooting at only one open wild card spot. Fred Couples has two captains picks and he announced Thursday that he already has decided on one of them. Tiger Woods has been told he’s on the team.

Couples, who won the Senior Players championship at Westchester Country...

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Seven-hole playoff on Assistants Tour

            In what probably was the wildest finish on the Met Assistants Tour this year, Kyle Baehler of Apawamis defeated Greg Bisconti of in a seven-hole playoff to win this week’s tournament Monday at Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston, Ct.            Anthony Aruta of Mill...

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Couples: Tiger will be on Prez Cup team

            Fred Couples, off to a strong start in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, said at his pre-tournament news conference that Tiger Woods will be on the Presidents Cup team.            Couples, the team captain, can make two picks after the top 10 players are determined...

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Triple bogey more painful for Rory than his wrist

JOHNS CREEK, GA.—Rory McIlroy finished his second round at 3 over for the PGA Championship, saying that the right wrist that nearly caused him to withdraw gave him more “discomfort” than pain.             Really painful was the triple-bogey six he made on the 17th hole, after he had reached 1 under with a 40-foot birdie...

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Woods angry with himself after 77

JOHNS CREEK, GA.—Tiger Woods said that, after going 3 under par through his first five holes, he rejected his new fundamentals and played on “feel.” In the end, all he felt was anger.            Woods shot 7-over par 77 in the PGA Championship, his worst first round ever in a major championship, after having a start that was...

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Tiger's first nine: a turn for the worse

          It was such a good start in the PGA Championship for Tiger Woods: a fist-pumping birdie putt on his first hole (No. 10), a four-foot birdie putt on No. 12, another four-foot birdie on No. 14. So through five holes, he was 3 under.            Then he made a turn for the worse. Much worse.           ...

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Tiger says he's a Yankees fan

    In answer to a question about whether dominating performers are good for sports, or whether it is better to have parity, Tiger Woods clearly came down on the side of excellence.

      "I've always been one that enjoyed watching dynasties or rivalries," he said. "I grew up on So Cal with the Lakers playing the Celtics...One of those...

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Tiger texted Steve, still `at peace' with firing

            JOHNS CREEK, GA.—Tiger Woods said he texted Steve Williams to congratulate his former caddie on carrying for Adam Scott’s win on Sunday. But he didn’t say a heck of a lot more than that.            Woods decidedly steered away from the controversy over his firing...

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Steve Williams' official apology

Steve Williams apology, from his website, "There has been considerable debate following the comments I made at the conclusion of Sunday's Bridgestone Invitational. It was a complete surprise to have CBS announcer, David Feherty ask for an interview following the completion of play. My emotions following Adam's victory were running very high and at the time I felt like...

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Tiger's front nine: Not good, could've been worse

        By almost any measure, Tiger Woods' early front nine today was not good. He was 1 over. But I say "almost." The truth is, he could have been worse; worse than making the turn at even.

        He went 0-for-7 in fairways hit (and missed the fairway on No. 10 for good measure, before finally hitting the fairway...

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