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  • Rory McIlroy win Tour Championship, FedEx Cup title in playoff

    Rory McIlroy saved his best for the end of the PGA Tour season, and it netted him an enormous payday on Sunday at the Tour Championship.

    McIlroy won the Tour Championship with a birdie on the fourth hole of a sudden death playoff, defeating a game Ryan Moore. In the process, McIlroy won the FedEx Cup, taking it from Dustin Johnson, who entered the playoff finale atop the standings.

    McIlroy, Moore and Kevin Chappell all went to a playoff at East Lake after each finishing regulation at 12-under-par 268.

    Meanwhile, Johnson, who shot a final-round of 3-over 73 to finish in a tie for sixth, had to wait. If McIlroy won the tournament, the Ulsterman would also win the FedEx Cup. If Moore or Chappell won, then Johnson would win the season-long race.

    Rory McIlroy won his second playoff event this season on Sunday. (Getty Images)
    Rory McIlroy won his second playoff event this season on Sunday. (Getty Images)

    The three playoff competitors played the par-5 18th hole – formerly the ninth hole at the Atlanta club – in the first two playoff holes. Chappell only managed par after

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  • Rory McIlroy at East Lake Golf Club. (AP)

    EAST LAKE, Ga.—Three hundred thirty-seven miles west of Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, give or take a five-iron, the Georgia Bulldogs spent most of Saturday afternoon getting pummeled by Ole Miss. At the same time, about 680 miles north, an unspectacular Notre Dame team prepared to kick off against an equally uninspiring Duke squad. Like the moon shaping the tide, these two games, and others like them, have had an unseen but dramatic impact on the end of the PGA Tour season.

    This ought to be a time for golf to celebrate a season that featured four first-time major winners as well as a triumphant return to the Olympics. Instead, the Tour Championship, as it always is this time of year, takes a back seat—a far back seat—to the NFL and college football. The season-ending FedEx Cup, a four-tournament showdown that concludes at the Tour Championship, awards a fat $10 million check to the winner. But even that isn’t enough to vault the tournament past

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  • Rory McIlroy at East Lake Golf Club. (AP)

    EAST LAKE, Ga.—Three hundred thirty-seven miles west of Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club, give or take a five-iron, the Georgia Bulldogs spent most of Saturday afternoon getting pummeled by Ole Miss. At the same time, about 680 miles north, an unspectacular Notre Dame team prepared to kick off against an equally uninspiring Duke squad. Like the moon shaping the tide, these two games, and others like them, have had an unseen but dramatic impact on the end of the PGA Tour season.

    This ought to be a time for golf to celebrate a season that featured four first-time major winners as well as a triumphant return to the Olympics. Instead, the Tour Championship, as it always is this time of year, takes a back seat—a far back seat—to the NFL and college football. The season-ending FedEx Cup, a four-tournament showdown that concludes at the Tour Championship, awards a fat $10 million check to the winner. But even that isn’t enough to vault the tournament past

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  • Charl Schwartzel makes back-to-back eagles at the Tour Championship

    Charl Schwartzel had himself a great couple of holes on Saturday at the Tour Championship.

    As you probably know, host East Lake in Atlanta has flipped the nines for this tournament, meaning the old back nine is now the first half of the course. That’s where the 2011 Masters winner took advantage, first dunking his second shot from 142 yards on the par-4 seventh hole for a 2, then making an eagle 3 on the par-5 eighth hole.

    Those consecutive eagles moved the South African to 4 under par on the round. It’s the first time a player has made back-to-back eagles in a PGA Tour round since Nick Taylor did so on the fifth and sixth holes of his round at the CareerBuilder Challenge in January.

    Charl Schwartzel had a good day at East Lake. (Getty Images)
    Charl Schwartzel had a good day at East Lake. (Getty Images)

    Ultimately, Schwartzel finished there, shooting 4-under 66 to get to 3 under par for the tournament. He trails Dustin Johnson and Kevin Chappell by five shots heading into the final round in Atlanta.


    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor.

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  • Johnny Miller calls European Ryder Cup team worst in years

    Johnny Miller doesn't think this European Ryder Cup team is very good. (Getty Images)
    Johnny Miller doesn’t think this European Ryder Cup team is very good. (Getty Images)

    Johnny Miller didn’t mince words on Saturday in describing what he thought of the Darren Clarke’s European Ryder Cup team.

    “I do believe the Euros have got, at least on paper, the worst team they’ve had in many years,” Miller said Saturday at the Tour Championship.

    Europe is looking for a fourth consecutive win and its ninth win in 11 tries in the biennial series. However, they’ve fielded a team with six rookies, five that qualified, including Masters champion Danny Willett, and the sixth being Belgian Thomas Pieters, added with one of Clarke’s three wild-card picks. The other rookies are Andy Sullivan, Matt Fitzpatrick, Rafa Cabrera Bello and Chris Wood.

    Miller seems to believe all that fresh blood, particularly on a road game in the United States at Hazeltine National, will work against the Europeans.

    “I just think with all those rookies … when you lose (Ian) Poulter, it’s like tearing your heart

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  • Love: U.S. Ryder Cup team 'maybe best ever assembled'

    U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III raised the bar of expectations on his 11-man (soon to be 12-man) team on Friday morning.

    “We don’t have to do anything superhuman, we’re a great golf team,” Love said on “Fairways of Life” on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio. “This is the best golf team, maybe, ever assembled.”

    Best, ever? Even with the qualifying “maybe,” that’s a lot of confidence in the American side — which still doesn’t have a 12th player, mind you — from its captain.

    Davis Love III gets a second shot at being captain next week in Minnesota. (Getty Images)
    Davis Love III gets a second shot at being captain next week in Minnesota. (Getty Images)

    Then again, the U.S. team, which so far has just one rookie, could use a little uplifting. The American side has lost to Europe six of the last seven times and eight of the last 10 in the biennial series. The last time the U.S. side won was a home game in 2008 at Valhalla in Kentucky.

    Love believes the U.S. team has to play with the gusto to win, trying to snatch each point instead of playing to

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  • Bubba Watson wants to be Ryder Cup vice-captain if not a player

    Bubba Watson didn’t get off to the best start on Thursday in the Tour Championship, shooting a 2-over 72 that has him six shots back of three players, including Dustin Johnson, at East Lake.

    Watson has three more rounds to make a positive impression on U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who will make his final of four wild-card picks after the tournament ends on Sunday during halftime of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.” While Love has said that hopefuls in the Atlanta field shouldn’t consider the tournament a four-round tryout for the last spot, the pressure clearly affected Watson.

    Bubba Watson didn't play his best on Thursday at East Lake. (Getty Images)
    Bubba Watson didn’t play his best on Thursday at East Lake. (Getty Images)

    Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger, who, along with Watson, were invited to an informal practice session at Ryder Cup host Hazeltine National on Monday. Berger fared worse than Watson, shooting 74. Thomas, however, shot 68 and plays Friday with Jordan Spieth.

    Perhaps reading the tea leaves from

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  • Dustin Johnson likes Phil Mickelson, is friends with the five-time major winner. And Dustin Johnson wants no part of teaming up with the left-hander at next week’s Ryder Cup.

    “I love Phil and we’re great friends, but we have a lot more fun when we’re playing against each other, not as partners,” Johnson said Wednesday ahead of the Tour Championship.

    Johnson and Mickelson have played against each other plenty of times in Mickelson’s somewhat legendary Tuesday matches. Johnson figures he’s won more often than not from Mickelson.

    EDISON, NJ - AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson of the United States wait in a fairway during a practice round prior to the start of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club on August 25, 2015 in Edison, New Jersey. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
    EDISON, NJ – AUGUST 25: Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson of the United States wait in a fairway during a practice round prior to the start of The Barclays at Plainfield Country Club on August 25, 2015 in Edison, New Jersey. (Getty Images)

    In part, Johnson’s plea to U.S. captain Davis Love III is rooted in experience. The pair lobbied to play together in the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor in Wales.

    “We wanted it. We thought

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  • This one might go up on the U.S. Ryder Cup team bulletin board — if they still have such things — at Hazeltine National next week.

    Lee Westwood, who will be making his 10th consecutive Ryder Cup appearance for Europe, suggested Tiger Woods, even in his capacity as a vice-captain for Davis Love III, might bring down the 12-man American team.

    “I don’t know what impact there will be from having Tiger around,” Westwood said, according to ESPN U.K. “[The U.S. team] have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that’s been successful.”

    Woods, who carries a sub-standard 13-17-3 Ryder Cup record, has indeed struggled to find a steady partner, and American captains have tried just about anyone they can think of in hopes of creating a formidable duo with the 14-time major winner. However, there’s one small problem with Westwood’s thinking: Woods isn’t competing this time around.

    “He could have an adverse effect in the team room,” Westwood continued.

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  • Jordan Spieth gunning for Ryder Cup over FedEx Cup defense

    We all tend to want what we don’t have, not more of what we’ve already got – including Jordan Spieth.

    Spieth enters this week’s PGA Tour season- and playoff-ending Tour Championship with a chance to become the first player to successfully defend the FedEx Cup title. He can’t guarantee a second $10 million haul with a win in the Tour Championship, but he’d have a good chance at a repeat if he can pull it off.

    Jordan Spieth has a chance to repeat as FedEx Cup winner. (Getty Images)
    Jordan Spieth has a chance to repeat as FedEx Cup winner. (Getty Images)

    However, Spieth, like a number of his U.S. Ryder Cup team members have, expressed the sentiment that he’d rather have his hands on the Ryder Cup in two Sundays than again on the FedEx Cup this Sunday.

    “I don’t have a Ryder Cup,” Spieth said.

    He added, “You want something that you don’t have. That’s a trophy that I’ve watched the other side of it now, and it hurt. It was tough at the closing ceremony (in 2014), and it was tough.

    “We had a good time that evening, but when we boarded the plane back home, it was an

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  • Bubba Watson's Ryder Cup practice gamble impressed Jordan Spieth

    Bubba Watson is one of the players hoping to land the final Ryder Cup spot. (Getty Images)
    Bubba Watson is one of the players hoping to land the final Ryder Cup spot. (Getty Images)

    Bubba Watson had a chance to make an impression on some of his potential U.S. Ryder Cup teammates on Monday in an informal practice session as host Hazeltine National in Minnesota.

    From how Jordan Spieth told the story of the last hole of that round, Watson seemed to do just that.

    Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger were the three Ryder Cup hopefuls invited to join Spieth and some others, and a group of five — Spieth, Watson, Thomas, Berger and Brooks Koepka — got together to play the popular golf game Wolf. The rules are pretty simple. Everyone gets a turn to be the wolf, going last in the lineup. After each player before them hits, the wolf decides if they want to partner up with them for the hole to take on the others in a best-ball match. However, the wolf can also choose to go it alone — as a lone wolf, if you will — and try to win on their own for extra points.

    We’ll let Spieth pick it

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  • Power rankings: Tour Championship

    The PGA Tour season ends this week, with the FedEx Cup playoff champion decided at the conclusion of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

    The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings are in the field, all with a mathematical chance of winning the FedEx Cup. If any of the top five players in the standings — Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Day or Paul Casey — win the Tour Championship, then they win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million first-place prize.

    Here are our top five players this week:

    Dustin Johnson won the BMW Championship and leads the FedEx Cup standings. (Getty Images)
    Dustin Johnson won the BMW Championship and leads the FedEx Cup standings. (Getty Images)

    1. Dustin Johnson – The BMW Championship winner also happens to play pretty well at East Lake. He hasn’t won here, and he doesn’t necessarily have to do that this week to win the FedEx Cup.

    2. Adam Scott – Scott could very easily be No. 1, playing excellent golf in the playoffs and having a solid East Lake record.

    3. Rory McIlroy – McIlroy is playing well, obviously winning at

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  • PGA Tour commish: Tiger Woods 'probably the greatest' ever

    Tiger Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem shaking hands. (PGA Tour/Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem shaking hands. (PGA Tour/Getty Images)

    Tim Finchem may be a little biased. He’s been the PGA Tour commissioner since 1994, and he’s presided over the tour for all 79 of Tiger Woods’ PGA Tour wins. Finchem has seen the impact on television ratings and sponsor interest. He saw how Woods continued to win even as his competition improved and deepened.

    So, when he spoke Tuesday in his final Tour Championship press conference, Finchem had no problem paying the ultimate compliment to the 14-time major winner.

    “He’s the only living player to win 79 times,” said Finchem at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. “He’s the only active player to win 14 majors, and only one player has won more. I love Jack Nicklaus beyond belief, but I have to put Tiger down as probably the greatest player ever to play.”

    Finchem, who is in the process of transitioning his job to deputy Jay Monahan, seems to base his argument largely on Woods’ prolific winning in his peak

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  • Jason Day is hoping to overcome a nagging back problem in Atlanta. (Getty Images)
    Jason Day is hoping to overcome a nagging back problem in Atlanta. (Getty Images)

    Jason Day withdrew after nine holes of the final round of the BMW Championship, citing a back injury that had flared up en route to victory at the WGC-Dell Match Play in March.

    With a full week to rest, the Aussie world No. 1 is hopeful his back will hold up at East Lake and the Tour Championship, where he is in position to win the FedEx Cup for the first time.

    According to Golf Channel, Day characterized himself as “cautiously optimistic” about this week as he tries to move on from what was diagnosed as a pinched joint capsule in his lower back.

    Day comes into the PGA Tour season and playoff finale with a simple marching order: At No. 4 in the rankings, he can win the FedEx Cup and its $10 million first-place prize with a win in the Tour Championship. At a minimum, he needs to finish in the top three to have a mathematical chance of winning the season-long race.


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  • Ryder Cup pick hopefuls join team for practice Mon. at Hazeltine

    Watson, Thomas and Berger flew into Atlanta on Monday to take part in the Tour Championship. (Getty Images)
    Watson, Thomas and Berger flew into Atlanta on Monday to take part in the Tour Championship. (Getty Images)

    It would seem U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III has somewhat telegraphed the identities of the three players he is considering for his final wild-card pick.

    Bubba Watson, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger joined some of the already-named 11 members of the U.S. Ryder Cup team — Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth and Jimmy Walker — on Monday for an informal practice session at host Hazeltine National in Chaska, Minn.

    What the practice session proved, or didn’t, to Love and his team is unclear. After all, the only thing in common with the Ryder Cup and that practice is the common golf course. However, it would seem Love and the team were trying to spy potential synergies between the players in attendance already on the team and those hoping to become a part of it.

    Regardless of the criteria Love chooses to harp on for his pick, all three players have a

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  • In-Gee Chun wins Evian Championship with major record-setting total

    In-Gee Chun set a new bar for major championship scoring on Sunday at The Evian Championship, the LPGA’s fifth and final major of the year, in France.

    Chun won her second major title, following her 2015 U.S. Women’s Open win in Pennsylvania, winning by four shots over So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park at 21-under-par 263 at Evian Resort Golf Club. That’s the best-ever four-round total shot in relationship to par in a major championship. The previous LPGA record was 19 under par, shot by five different players in Tour history, most recently coming when Inbee Park shot the number to win the 2015 Women’s PGA Championship. Jason Day held the overall record with a 20-under-par total in the 2015 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

    “I just cannot believe I won the Evian Championship,” said the 22-year-old Korean after her win, the second of her LPGA career. “I made 21 under par. I’m not dreaming, right?”

    The result is quite a turnaround for

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  • Molinari wins Italian Open for 2nd time, starts nationals streak

    For the second week in a row, there was a home-nation hero on the European Tour.

    Last week, it was Joost Luiten winning his national championship in the Netherlands, taking the KLM Open for the second time with a final-round 63.

    This Sunday, Francesco Molinari won the Italian Open for the second time, becoming the first Italian-born player to win his national championship more than once since the event joined the European Tour schedule in 1972. Molinari outlasted Masters champion Danny Willett by a shot in Milan at 22-under 262.

    Molinari shot 6-under 65 at Golf Club Milano, pulling four clear with six to play with a birdie on the 12th. It was at that point that Molinari’s game escaped him, while Willett surged. In the end, Molinari had just enough to finish the job.

    “I had the ideal start, I couldn’t start any better,” Molinari said. “When I birdied 12 I got four shots [ahead] and thought maybe I could relax a bit and I got punished straight away.

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  • Nicklaus: Winning isn't the point of the Ryder Cup

    Jack Nicklaus thinks the United States is going to win the Ryder Cup in a few weeks in Minnesota, but the 18-time major winner doesn’t believe that’s the point of the biennial competition

    “To me the competition is incidental,” Nicklaus said Thursday at the Creighton Farms Invitational in Aldie, Va., according to USA Today.

    “Who wins bragging rights — and I know everyone wants to win — but that’s not the important thing. The important thing is the game of golf and people having good relations and goodwill.”

    Nicklaus has an outstanding Ryder Cup record, going 17-8-3 overall in six appearances, including a 4-0 effort in 1981. He was also the winning captain in 1983.

    However, the U.S. has struggled in the last two decades, losing eight of the last 10 matches to the European side, including the last three in a row. Dating back to 1995, the U.S. has only won in 1999 at Brookline (Mass.) Country Club and in 2008 at the Nicklaus-designed Valhalla Golf

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  • Report: Bubba Watson invited to Ryder Cup team practice at Hazeltine

    Bubba Watson is hoping to represent the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)
    Bubba Watson is hoping to represent the U.S. in the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

    Bubba Watson isn’t part of the U.S. Ryder Cup team yet, but he will be practicing this week alongside members of the team at host venue Hazeltine National.

    Golf Channel reports Watson will join a half-dozen American team members at an informal practice over the weekend.

    On Monday, U.S. captain Davis Love III announced J.B. Holmes, Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar were three of his four wild-card picks for the 12-player team. They finished Nos. 10-12 in automatic qualifying, with Love skipping over Watson, who finished ninth and first man out of an automatic spot.

    While a reading of the tea leaves and Love’s remarks on Monday suggested Watson may not earn the final pick made on Sept. 25 during halftime of NBC’s Sunday Night Football game (they also broadcast the Ryder Cup), this could be a sign that Watson still has a good chance to get that final nod.

    “I told Bubba after the Olympics, remember, there’s a pick

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  • The University of Virginia won the 2016 ACC women's golf championship.
    The University of Virginia won the 2016 ACC women’s golf championship.

    Days after the NCAA announced it would remove seven of its championships from the state of North Carolina in response to the state’s so-dubbed “Bathroom Bill,” the Atlantic Coast Conference followed suit in removing all neutral-site championship games from the state for the season.

    This includes the men’s and women’s golf championships for the 2016-17 season.

    The bill, officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, was passed in March in a special session of the North Carolina legislature. The law bans municipalities from enacting and enforcing anti-discriminatory laws on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation, and it also requires people to use public bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.

    “As members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the ACC Council of Presidents reaffirmed our collective commitment to uphold the values of equality, diversity, inclusion and

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