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GOLF PLUS

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Good As Gold

Imagine that the PGA Championship was the 2016 Olympics. Y.E. Yang's improbable victory might have touched off the next golf boom, and even Tiger Woods could've found a silver lining in his most crushing defeat

By Michael Bamberger

Majordomos

Only 12 players made the cut in all four major championships this season. Here's how they rank based on average finish.

By Sal Johnson

The IMMORTALS INVITATIONAL

THE ALLTIME GREATEST GOLFERS

Teeing Off

Curse of the Tiger

Should we tut-tut about those on-course expletives? Hell, no

By Jim Frank

Sol Search

By Dottie Pepper

LEADING OFF

LEADING OFF

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS

No Guarantees

After the 2--1 loss in Mexico, the U.S. suddenly faces a make-or-break stretch in World Cup qualifying

By Grant Wahl

Rise in Fall?

The most exciting races in both leagues are for wild cards, and four unlikely teams are in hot pursuit of them

By Jon Heyman

Worth His Wait

After spending three seasons as Pat White's backup, big-armed QB Jarrett Brown takes the reins at West Virginia

By Mark Beech

Unlikely Leader

Can Britain's Jenson Button and his upstart team continue their winning ways amid a topsy-turvy season?

By Lars Anderson

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Major Breakthrough

At the PGA Championship, South Korea's Y. E. Yang stunned the golf world by overtaking sports' greatest front-runner to become the first Asian male to win a Grand Slam event

By Alan Shipnuck

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Surviving A Scandal

A towering figure in hoops-crazed Kentucky, Louisville coach Rick Pitino has weathered sordid revelations of an affair with a woman accused of trying to extort him. The Cardinals, after all, need him

By Tim Layden

PRO FOOTBALL

Jay Cutler Can Do No Wrong

Until he does, that is. Welcome to Chicago, a tough football town with a history of eating up and spitting out Bears quarterbacks

By Albert Chen

Masked Man

Michael Vick began practicing with the Eagles, with plenty of questions still hanging in the air

By Ben Reiter

BASEBALL

The Last Iconic Baseball Card

Twenty years ago one teenager made a bet on the stardom of another teen, whose rookie card would become one of a kind. It would also signal the beginning of the end of a once-thriving industry

By Luke Winn

Three Lives, Two Hits, One Happy Ending

Fate chose Marc Buoniconti to be the one left a quadriplegic, but he became the force behind a research center that has saved or improved the lives of other spinal-cord victims. He also brought peace of mind to Henry Mull and Herman Jacobs

By S.L. Price

Point After

Tuning Out The Band

By Selena Roberts

Departments

Letters

Medal Play

Tiger in the Olympics? It's about time

By Michael Bamberger

Who's Hot Who's Not

Strictly Business

Usain Bolt didn't showboat—he just crushed the world 100-meter record

By Brian Cazeneuve

For the Record

Eunice Kennedy Shriver 1921--2009

Altruist and athlete, the Special Olympics founder saw the uplifting power of sports

By Jack McCallum

Gameplan

What smart fans should do this week

Just My Type

By Dan Patrick

Faces in the Crowd

The Vault

Things I Think I Think

SI's fearless NFL expert ponders all the latest news, buzz and inside information. This is just a taste of what you'll get online.

By Peter King