Mark McLaughlin

Current contributor to CNBC, Fidelity Investments, Pacific Life Insurance Company, Pace Communications. Past contributor to Fox Sports covering professional golf and the New York Post primarily covering golf, track and field, and college basketball. Follow me on Twitter @markmacduke
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  • Tiger Loses Home Field at New Look Doral
    Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and the rest of the field at the WGC-Cadillac Championship will be facing a much different Blue Monster course at Doral this week after a robust redesign of the Miami track by Olympic architect Gil Hanse.
  • Breakthrough Winners Adjusting Just Fine to New PGA Tour Schedule
    While Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were enjoying their winter break from the game, PGA Tour upstarts Jimmy Walker, Harris English and Patrick Reed were taking advantage of 2014's new wraparound schedule to notch their second wins in less than a year.
  • Muirfield History Favors Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Even Sergio Garcia
    Quality rises to the top at British Opens held at Muirfield. The historic course has produced a list of Hall of Fame winners which bodes well this year for Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and those chasing a first major like Sergio Garcia.
  • Graeme McDowell Wrong for Dissing Scottish Open
    Graeme McDowell will skip this week's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links, saying the course is too easy and lacks prestige. G-Mac's criticism is a poor excuse to skip the event to better prepare for next week's British Open.
  • Return to the Greenbrier a Great Move
    Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson headline the field as the PGA Tour returns to West Virginia this week for the Greenbrier Classic. Players and fans will get to celebrate the Fourth of July in style at the grand old resort in the Allegheny Mountains.
  • Plenty at Stake for Mickelson, Mahan, Donald at US Open
    Phil Mickelson could finally win a US Open on his birthday and Father's Day, Hunter Mahan and Luke Donald could silence the critics, Steve Stricker could secure his major and Justin Rose could continue his rise to the top today at Merion.
  • Phil Mickelson Playing Smart at Merion
    Phil Mickelson has silenced pundits questioning his cross-country adventure ahead of the US Open with a stellar first round 67 that gives the lefthander the clubhouse lead at Merion. Phil has kept his game under control and let a hot putter do the work.
  • Rickie Fowler Seeks to Rekindle Merion Magic
    While no one in the U.S. Open field has played a professional event at Merion, Rickie Fowler and Kevin Chappell lead a list of participants with strong amateur track records at the most popular course on the USGA's tournament rotation.
  • Could Mickelson or Stricker Break Through? Opining a U.S. Open Winner
    While Tiger Woods is the bettor's favorite to win the U.S. Open this week at Merion, a short quirky course familiar to no one in the field would seem to favor a solid ball striker with a championship pedigree like Steve Stricker or Phil Mickelson.
  • Kuchar, Westwood Show Winning from Final Group a Challenge
    Besides Tiger Woods, the rest of professional golf is having a tough time closing wins while playing in the final group. Why have stars like Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott struggled to win from ahead?
  • Has Lee Westwood Turned it Around?
    Wouldn't it be ironic if Lee Westwood, who moved to Florida to hone his game for majors, nabbed his first win of the season in a rare European Tour appearance at the BMW PGA Championship? Westy is just a stroke back heading into Sunday's final round.
  • Graeme McDowell Surging at Right Time
    Irishman Graeme McDowell won the Volvo World Match Play Championship Sunday for his second victory in a month. With his strong driving game and mental strength, G-Mac will carry plenty of confidence into the U.S. Open and the rest of 2013.
  • Would Sergio Have Made Tiger Drop Again?
    The Tiger Woods-Sergio Garcia war of words was an intriguing sidebar to their performance at the Players Championship. Woods ultimately won after a taking a controversial penalty that Garcia may have questioned had the rivals been paired together.
  • Here Comes Webb Simpson
    Webb Simpson could snap his streak of poor showings at the Players Championship after an opening round 67 that left him tied for fourth with Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker.
  • Hall of Famer Ken Venturi Transformed Televised Golf
    TV golf coverage has expanded by leaps and bounds since Ken Venturi first took the microphone as an analyst for CBS in 1967. His World Hall of Fame introduction by Jim Nantz inspired a look back on the evolution of golf broadcasts.
  • What Will Phil Mickelson Do Next?
    The game’s greatest lefthander has never been known for his consistency as demonstrated at last week's Wells Fargo Championship but a hot putter could make him a factor at the Players Championship.
  • Rory McIlroy Tops List of Best Golfers Under 25
    Pro golf is enjoying a youth movement, led by Rory McIlroy. But there is plenty of depth beyond McIlroy, with Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manasserro leading my ranking of best golfers under the age of 25.
  • Sergio Garcia Tops List of Best Golfers Without a Major
    Adam Scott's Masters win rejiggers the list of best golfers never to win a major. Sergio Garcia moves into the pole position, followed closely by Lee Westwood, with Dustin Johnson, Steve Stricker and Luke Donald also vying to erase grand slam goose eggs.
  • Tracking Moving Day at the Masters
    Matt Kuchar and Tim Clark led a contingent of players who made waves in Saturday's third round of the Masters at Augusta National. Even Tiger Woods was able to shrug off controversy to position himself for a title run.
  • Fred Couples, Angel Cabrera Flex Masters Experience
    Veterans Fred Couples and Angel Cabrera stole the spotlight from the young stars in their threesomes in the second round of the Masters, outplaying Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia and contending for the lead.
  • Phil Mickelson Rebounds From Rocky Start to Salvage First Round
    Phil Mickelson got off to a predictable slow start Thursday at the Masters but rallied with four birdies in five holes on the back nine to stay in contention for a fourth green jacket.
  • The Masters' Featured Pairings
    Tee times have been announced for first two rounds of the Masters, which kicks off Thursday, April 11 at Augusta National. Tiger Woods is playing with Luke Donald and Scott Piercy, while Rory McIlroy is paired with Keegan Bradley and Freddy Jacobson.
  • Tiger Woods vs. Jack Nicklaus: 'The Golden Bear' Still the Best
    A hot start to 2013 gives Tiger Woods momentum, but he’s need to convert at the Masters and several more majors to unseat Jack Nicklaus as the greatest golfer to ever play the game.
  • Why Tiger Woods Will Win the Masters
    The four-time champion has come close at Augusta National since returning from scandal and with the momentum of three wins in 2013, this will be the year he dons a fifth green jacket.
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  • Rickie Fowler Failing to Live Up to Potential
    Rickie Fowler has spawned a legion of followers that line tournament galleries clad in his signature bright colors and wide brimmed caps. While Fowler's play inside the ropes has been less than inspiring, his golf game is showing signs of progress.
  • Boo Weekley is PGA Tour’s Best Reality Show
    Boo Weekley disappeared from the PGA Tour for several years due to injuries and poor play. But Milton, Florida’s favorite son is healthy again and back mixing laser iron shots with equally sharp one-liners.
  • Three Burning Questions for Bay Hill
    The Arnold Palmer Invitational will be our last chance to see Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker and other elite players before the Masters. Here's what to watch at this week's PGA Tour stop in Orlando.
  • Boo Weekley is PGA Tour’s Best Reality Show
    Boo Weekley disappeared from the PGA Tour for several years due to injuries and poor play. But Milton, Florida’s favorite son is healthy again and back mixing laser iron shots with equally sharp one-liners.
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  • Lee Westwood Ready to Shed Major-less Label
    Lee Westwood rebounded from a mid-career slump to become world No. 1 last year. Now the Englishman has his sights set on shedding the “best player to have never won a major” label and he’s made significant changes to his short game and geography to do so.
  • Honda Classic Becomes a Top Draw for PGA Pros
    The Honda Classic has found a permanent address in Palm Beach County, home to some of the PGA Tour's best players and golf courses.
  • Match Play Only Works for Ryder Cup
    Mano-a-mano competition put golf on the map but the match play format no longer generates the same buzz as when Francis Ouimet took down Ted Ray and Harry Vardon.
  • Quality Rises to Top at Northern Trust Open
    It’s not called Hogan’s Alley for nothing. Riviera Country Club attracts a major championship field to Los Angeles every year, exacting a test of golf that appeals to Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, and the game’s best players.
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  • Matt Kuchar Thrives Under PGA Tour Radar
    Matt Kuchar is in a familiar spot atop the leaderboard at the Northern Trust Open. But is the genial Floridian's low-key personality helping or hurting his rise to the top of the PGA Tour?
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