Golf's 11 undeniable Groundhog Day occurrences

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Golf's 11 undeniable Groundhog Day occurrences

February 02, 2017

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Fans get their hopes up on a Tiger return

An outlook that has manifested in numerous WDs, missed cuts, poor play or straight no-shows since 2013. It's a testament to his resonation with the game that, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, people insist Tiger can compete again.

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Brandel Chamblee instigates a commotion

Be it critical remarks towards players or even his studio partners, Chamblee has no qualms about mixing it up.

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Fred Couples contends early at the Masters

A tradition unlike any other: Couples' name appearing on the first-day leader board at Augusta National, staying in contention until Sunday and quietly falling into the fray. Initially, I presumed this could be one of those instances that doesn't happen as much as we believe. Yet, despite turning 58 this year, Couples has finished inside the top 20 in five of his last six Masters appearances.

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Video surfaces of John Daly singing at a tournament concert

At this point in his career, I think the only reason Daly plays golf is to get invited to the stage during the pro-am music performances.

Phil Mickelson contends at the U.S. Open, but...

The six runner-ups get the most attention, but Mickelson also came close at Shinnecock in 1995 (a final-round 74 equated to a T-4), 2001 at Southern Hills (two back going into Sunday before stumbling to seventh place) and 2010 at Pebble Beach (three shots back of Graeme McDowell).

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Jack Nicklaus says Tiger Woods can break his record

At times he's flip-flopped on this question, but the Golden Bear has shared his belief in Woods about, oh, 2,000 times in the last decade.

Announcers remind audiences that no one has ever won the Par 3 Contest and Masters in the same year

Last year I kept a running tally of how many times this was mentioned during early-week coverage, the Par 3 Contest and actual tournament in a notebook. I gave up from frustration at the broadcast world on Thursday morning when the number hit 35.

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Television crews showing people at the beach

Be it Kapalua, Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach, even St. Andrews, there's nothing networks enjoy more than panning out to show someone walking a dog on the sand, a surfer catching a wave or a hang glider in action to let us know, yes, this course really is by the water. It's like they're trying to prove something that doesn't need corroboration.

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Ian Poulter does something polarizing

From trolling the U.S. Ryder Cup team to battles with fans and cameraman, Poulter always seems to find himself in the news for the wrong reasons.

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Gary Player reminds you about his physical fitness

The nine-time major winner was -- and remains -- a pioneer in the sport regarding exercise. But just in case you forget, the Black Knight is happy to illustrate his daily routines any media opportunity he gets.

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"The Euros just want it more" Ryder Cup storyline

This was somewhat put to rest with the United States Task Force and ensuing win at Hazeltine, but this was a popular 20-year narrative during the European's dominance of the event. Don't be surprised when it resurfaces if the Euros win in 2018.

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