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  • McIlroy happy to be 'proven somewhat wrong' about Olympic golf

    Rory McIlroy was pleasantly surprised by Olympic golf. (Getty Images)
    Rory McIlroy was pleasantly surprised by Olympic golf. (Getty Images)

    Rory McIlroy was one of the most vocal — and blunt — pro golf voices that didn’t appear supportive of golf’s return to the Olympics. The four-time major winner said he would be watching the “sports that matter,” rather than golf’s first Olympic event in 112 years.

    As it turns out, McIlroy didn’t get to see much of the Olympics. He was in upstate New York with his future in-laws in a cabin with no TV. However, McIlroy did get to see the finale of the Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson tussle in Rio. Between seeing the atmosphere and hearing from the players who participated, McIlroy was happy to admit he wasn’t quite right about golf and the Olympics.

    “Obviously it pleasantly surprised me,” McIlroy said Wednesday at The Barclays on Long Island. “There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see, it really was. It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of

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  • Jordan Spieth happy with his season, would like 20 seasons like it

    Jordan Spieth is looking to pick up a third win this season at The Barclays. (Getty Images)
    Jordan Spieth is looking to pick up a third win this season at The Barclays. (Getty Images)

    Alright, so Jordan Spieth didn’t win a major this year, the year after winning the Masters and U.S. Open and coming up a total of four shots shy of winning the single-season Grand Slam. While that’s disappointing, Spieth has so far won twice: an eight-shot rout in the Tournament of Champions and a dramatic win at Colonial that marked his first home-state PGA Tour win.

    Looking back on Wednesday at The Barclays, Spieth said he was pleased with his work.

    “I think it’s been a really good season,” Spieth said at Bethpage Black. “If I have a season like this and I’m out here for 20 more years, that’s 50-some odd wins, so I’m certainly okay with that.”

    Spieth notched his seventh and eighth PGA Tour wins this season, but history will likely most remember Spieth’s Masters meltdown, losing a five-shot lead with nine holes to play.

    “With the close call at the Masters; I had a chance to win that one,” he

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  • Zach Johnson wasn’t interested in Olympic golf the last two weeks. In fact, he didn’t watch a shot of it, and that’s largely because he doesn’t think the game should be a part of the Olympic program in the first place.

    “Oh, I didn’t watch golf,” Johnson told the New York Post. “I’d rather watch the sports that should be in the Olympics. I’d rather watch the athletes who train for four years for that one week. I’d rather watch swimming and diving, track and field — the athletes that are relevant for one week. All of our [golf] athletes are relevant 24-7, 365. I just don’t see the need for golf to be in the Olympics. Same thing with basketball. It’s relevant all the time. LeBron James, Kevin Durant? They’re relevant all the time.”

    Zach Johnson (AP)
    Zach Johnson (AP)

    The two-time major winner’s argument was a common refrain among those who have balked at golf being an Olympic sport. Golfers dream of majors, those critics have said, not of winning medals. Those same critics posit that the only appropriate

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  • Jordan Spieth was on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, part of a Big Apple promotional tour for The Barclays, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

    Bethpage Black is back as host of the playoff opener after a four-year absence, and that’s something Spieth and Fallon discussed. However, the conversation quickly turned to other stories, including Spieth’s video from the Texas Swing when he (on his second attempt) chipped a marshmallow that he caught in his mouth with a dive. So, Fallon, who loves playing games with his guests, asked Spieth to chip marshmallows his way in hopes that the host might snag one with his mouth.

    Jordan Spieth tried getting marshmallows in Jimmy Fallon's mouth. (Getty Images)
    Jordan Spieth tried getting marshmallows in Jimmy Fallon’s mouth. (Getty Images)

    The two-time major winner gave it four shots, with three close calls, including two hitting Fallon in the mouth before the last one hitting him right in the eye.


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  • Power rankings: The Barclays

    Jason Day gave it a good run but came up short at the PGA. (Getty Images)
    Jason Day gave it a good run but came up short at the PGA. (Getty Images)

    The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, with The Barclays serving as curtain-lifter on the four-event series coming from Bethpage Black on Long Island.

    Jason Day is the defending champion in the event, while Jordan Spieth is the defending FedEx Cup champion. A total of 125 players qualified, but only 121 are playing in this first stage.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Jason Day – Day is still the best player on the planet right now, and he’s playing complete golf.

    2. Henrik Stenson – Could have easily made Stenson No. 1 on our list this week. He’s 42 under in his last 12 competitive rounds between the Open, the PGA and the Olympics. Sold.

    3. Dustin Johnson – A missed cut at the PGA was a downer, but he was kind of due. Plenty of time to rest and return on a course where he was T-3 in 2012. Built for Bethpage.

    4. Rory McIlroy – The best driver on the planet finally gets to go back to a Scotty Cameron

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  • Love III: Woods is the U.S. Ryder Cup team's 'tactician'

    BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 26: Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 26, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. (Getty Images)

    Tiger Woods is playing a big role in planning for the Ryder Cup.

    Serving as an assistant captain to Davis Love III, Woods has apparently been spending his time off from competitive golf — which passed the one-year mark last week — trying to come up with the best possible pairings and practice pods (or groups) for the upcoming matches at Hazeltine National in September.

    “Tiger was on the Task Force, he’ll be a future captain, so he’s got to be a part of the decision-making process of this whole new, Ryder Cup committee,” Love said in a diary for PGA.com.

    Love and Woods were among the players named to the PGA of America-created Ryder Cup Task Force, formed after the U.S. was drubbed by the Europeans in the 2014 matches at Gleneagles in Scotland. Love, who was losing captain in 2012, got the job again as part of an effort to create continuity in

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  • European Ryder Cup team has its nine automatic qualifiers

    Darren Clarke now has his nine automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)
    Darren Clarke now has his nine automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

    Nine of the 12 players who will represent Europe in the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National have been decided — and a week ahead of the cutoff.

    Matt Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan locked up spots the two final automatic qualifying spots for the European dozen after last weekend’s D+D Real Czech Masters on the European Tour. Both players will be among the minimum five rookies that will be on captain Darren Clarke’s team. Joining them will be Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Chris Wood, Justin Rose and Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who all had previously locked up spots on the European team.

    Clarke will now pick three additional wild-card members of the team after this week’s European Tour event, the Made in Denmark. Among the contenders for that pick are Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Russell Knox and Shane Lowry, who is skipping out on the first leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs this

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  • Inbee Park locked up the women's golf gold medal in a rout. (Getty Images)
    Inbee Park locked up the women’s golf gold medal in a rout. (Getty Images)

    It was a coronation on Saturday for Inbee Park, the seven-time major winner, who won the first Olympic gold medal in women’s golf in 116 years in a runaway at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro.

    The South Korean won the 60-player golf tournament by five shots on 16-under 268, the same score at which Justin Rose won the men’s gold medal six days prior.

    “This really could be the highlight of my career,” Park said. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity. We have five major tournaments a year. I’ve won a lot of the major championships. The Olympic Games you get to do it only once ever four years and golf in 112 years. It’s a huge honor and I think it could be the highlight of my golfing career.”

    Park skipped the last two LPGA majors, the U.S. Women’s Open and a title defense at the Women’s British Open, to nurse a season-long nagging left thumb injury back to good enough health to compete. The gamble paid

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  • Si Woo Kim shoots 60 in Greensboro, takes Wyndham Championship lead

    The PGA Tour almost saw the second sub-60 round of August on Friday, with Si Woo Kim coming up one shot shy of a 59 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship.

    Instead, the South Korean had to settle for a course-record, 10-under 60 at Sedgefield Country Club, taking a two-shot lead into the weekend at 12-under 128.

    Kim, who said he knew he needed a birdie on the last for 59, said he won’t bask too much in his round.

    “Not so much celebrate today,” Kim said after the round. “After this week, play good, I celebrate.”

    The 21-year-old was looking to become the first player to break 60 — a long wait of less than two weeks — since Jim Furyk shot the first-ever 58 on the PGA Tour at the Travelers Championship. Instead, he leads Furyk, who shot 64 on Friday in Greensboro, to reach 10-under total and share second place with Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Furyk was surprised to see Kim have a chance at 59.

    “I’m a little surprised how low the scoring is,” he said. “The fairways are pretty

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  • Inbee Park two clear heading into women's Olympic finale

    Inbee Park has a two-shot lead through three rounds in Rio. (Getty Images)
    Inbee Park has a two-shot lead through three rounds in Rio. (Getty Images)

    Inbee Park is a round away from winning the first women’s Olympic golf gold medal since 1900.

    The seven-time major winner carries a two-shot lead into the final round in Rio de Janeiro, leading over American Gerina Piller and world No. 1 Lydia Ko at 11-under 201.

    The South Korean Hall-of-Famer skipped the LPGA’s last two majors, the U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open, with a left thumb injury. She rested with the hopes of contending in Brazil, and, this week, she’s on a mission to show that the time out of the spotlight was worth it.

    “I just gave my body a good rest and I tried to gather a lot of things mentally. Tried to come here mentally and physically strong, and that’s what I did,” Park said. “I didn’t expect much of a result, but what I want to do is I want to show all the people how hard I’ve worked.”

    Ko shot 65 on Friday to rocket up the leaderboard in a round that included her first-career

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  • Lydia Ko makes second ace of the day at Olympic women's golf tourney

    Lydia Ko is making a big charge up the leaderboard in Friday’s third round of the women’s Olympic golf tournament, thanks in part to a hole-in-one.

    Ko was playing the 140-yard eighth hole already 3 under par through seven holes of her round. With a 7-iron, the New Zealander hit a 7-iron that landed just short of the hole location, bounced three times and rolled in for an ace.

    The eagle 1 moved Ko to 5 under par for the round through eight holes.

    Lydia Ko bolts under the leaderboard on Friday in Rio. (Getty Images)
    Lydia Ko bolts under the leaderboard on Friday in Rio. (Getty Images)

    It’s the second hole-in-one on Friday at the eighth, following China’s Xiyu Lin earlier in the round.

    It’s also the third hole-in-one on this hole in Olympic competition, as South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl made the first ace on the hole in the men’s Olympic tournament.


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  • PODCAST: The success of golf's return to the Olympics

    Justin Rose of Britain celebrates his gold medal win in the men's Olympic golf competition at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)
    Justin Rose of Britain celebrates his gold medal win in the men’s Olympic golf competition at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

    Golf’s return to the Olympics is a success, both with the men’s tournament and the Rose-Stenson showdown, as well the women’s event with a strong, yet varied, leaderboard. Now, what can golf do better in four years in Tokyo? We look at that this week.

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  • Venue announced for inaugural WGC-Mexico Championship

    Adam Scott won the final WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. (Getty Images)
    Adam Scott won the final WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. (Getty Images)

    The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that the inaugural WGC-Mexico Championship will be held next March at Club de Golf Chapultepec outside Mexico City.

    The transition away from hosting the World Golf Championships event at Trump National Doral in South Florida was made public in June when the Republican presidential candidate let the news slip in an interview on Fox News. The PGA Tour was forced to acknowledge the event’s existence, even without a potential title sponsor or final venue. However, we now have a site for the event.

    The club opened in 1928 and is a par-72 course measuring 7,267 yards. It was the primary host of the Mexico Open from 1944-1960.

    Next year will be the first year in a seven-year deal with Grupo Salinas, which represents a variety of Mexico-based businesses intent on bringing international attention to Mexico City. The tournament, which becomes the second on the PGA Tour schedule in Mexico

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  • Ariya Jutanugarn continues roll, takes Day 1 lead at Olympic tourney

    Ariya Jutanugarn set the pace on Day 1 in Rio. (Getty Images)
    Ariya Jutanugarn set the pace on Day 1 in Rio. (Getty Images)

    Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news

    Two weeks off didn’t change anything for Ariya Jutanugarn.

    The 20-year-old Thai won the Ricoh Women’s British Open for her first major title and fourth win of the season in her pre-Olympic tune-up. Then on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro, Jutanugarn took the Day 1 lead on the Olympic Golf Course.

    Jutanugarn shot 6-under 65 to take a one-shot lead over South Koreans Inbee Park and Sei Young Kim.

    Park skipped the last two LPGA majors, including a title defense at the Women’s British Open, to nurse a left thumb injury to good enough shape that she could compete in these Games. So far, the result has been the best round of her haphazard year.

    “My only goal was just to play like I did in the practice rounds, and yeah, I felt pretty good coming into this week,” Park said. “My injury felt pretty good and ball‑striking to putting, everything, felt like I was quite ready. I’m very happy to see

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  • Power rankings: Wyndham Championship

    Patrick Reed sizes up a putt at the Olympic golf tournament. (Getty Images)
    Patrick Reed sizes up a putt at the Olympic golf tournament. (Getty Images)

    The PGA Tour gets back to its normal schedule, just in time for the end of the regular season. The Wyndham Championship is the cutoff to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs and lock up PGA Tour status for the season that starts immediately after the Tour Championship.

    Davis Love III won at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C., last year in a shocker, but surgery prevents him from defending a field headlined by a pair of American Olympic golfers in Patrick Reed and Rickie Fowler.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Patrick Reed — Reed is a former winner here, doing that in 2013 for his first PGA Tour win. He had a good finish in Rio (final-round wise), and he’s been a top-15 mainstay most of the summer.

    2. Webb Simpson — Simpson is the ultimate horse for this course. He is a past winner and loves playing in his home state. Four top-15s in the last five years.

    3. Bill Haas — Haas is another horse

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  • LPGA star Lewis would advocate for team portion to Olympic golf

    Stacy Lewis prepares for the women's Olympic golf tournament. (Getty Images)
    Stacy Lewis prepares for the women’s Olympic golf tournament. (Getty Images)

    One of the drags on golf’s return to the Olympics — at least within golf circles — was the format of the two 60-player tournaments that would unfold in Rio.

    Yet another 72-hole, stroke-play, no-cut event? Don’t we have enough of those?

    Many in golf wanted a match-play tournament. Others didn’t mind competing in stroke play, so long as there was some kind of team format that encouraged countrymen and women to band together for the common cause of an Olympic medal.

    Count Stacy Lewis as one of those people who would like to see a team competition when golf gets it second modern crack in the Olympic program in 2020.

    “I would like to see a team aspect, maybe a two-person team score, not necessarily a match play format,” Lewis said Tuesday. “It would be fun to stand on the podium by yourself, but it definitely would be fun to stand up there with someone else.”

    For what it’s worth, men’s gold medalist Justin Rose and

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  • LPGA commish Mike Whan explains tour's 2-week Olympic break

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan presents a trophy to Inbee Park. (Getty Images)
    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan presents a trophy to Inbee Park. (Getty Images)

    Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news

    The LPGA Tour has gone dark since the Ricoh Women’s British Open, taking two weeks off after the season’s fourth major in preparation for the women’s Olympic golf tournament in Rio de Janeiro.

    The approach is a contrast to the PGA Tour, which, two weeks before the men’s tournament, saw the end of the PGA Championship, followed by the Travelers Championship the week prior and the John Deere Classic serving as the opposite-field event, of sorts, for the 60-player men’s field.

    LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said Tuesday that, while a break in August wasn’t ideal, that it was the only way his players could participate in the Olympics and not feel like they’re losing ground on their peers.

    “I didn’t feel comfortable with 40 players to come play in the Olympics and find that they’re falling behind on the schedule,” Whan said in Brazil, according to Golf Channel. “Other sports

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  • Gene Sauers celebrates winning the U.S. Senior Open (Getty Images)
    Gene Sauers celebrates winning the U.S. Senior Open (Getty Images)

    You might have been hard-pressed to convince Gene Sauers five years ago that he was still going to be playing professional golf in 2016. On Monday, he became a first-time major champion.

    Sauers won the U.S. Senior Open by a shot over Billy Mayfair and Miguel Angel Jimenez at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, Ohio.

    The 53-year-old winner finished at 3-under 277, shooting 1-under 69 in the final round. The three-time PGA Tour winner locked up his first senior major when he made a 5-foot par putt after Jimenez, the 54-hole leader, missed a 10-footer for par.

    “It’s been a long time for me,” said Sauers. “I didn’t know if I would ever be playing again. It’s pretty amazing to come out here and win a major.”

    Back in 2011, Sauers was hospitalized for seven weeks, diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a milder form of toxic epidermal necrolysis. It’s an incredibly painful conditions which blisters and erodes the skin. Doctors

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  • Justin Rose gives a thumbs up after winning Olympic gold. (Getty Images)
    Justin Rose gives a thumbs up after winning Olympic gold. (Getty Images)

    At the British Open, Rory McIlroy said he was only going to watch the sports “that matter” at the Olympics. So, in the end, golf must have mattered.

    The four-time major winner tuned in to watch Justin Rose secure the first Olympic gold medal in golf in 112 years on Sunday, earning a two-stroke win over Henrik Stenson in one of the better duels of the year.

    Afterward, Rose said Monday, McIlroy contacted him.

    “Yeah, I did get one from Rory, absolutely,” Rose said. “He was very, very proud. Said he was pulling for me. He said basically he could see how much it meant to me, and congratulations. He was very complimentary.”

    McIlroy, along with the other top four players in the world and 16 other qualifiers, took a pass on participating in golf’s return to the Olympics. The Games weren’t an appeal for McIlroy, and, based on what Rose said, it doesn’t seem like what unfolded in Brazil necessarily changed the Ulsterman’s

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  • Golf showed it can deliver Olympic drama in its return to the Games

    The Olympic golf medalists show off their medals. (Getty Images)
    The Olympic golf medalists show off their medals. (Getty Images)

    Medal count | Olympic schedule | Olympic news

    Going into the Rio Olympics, the story of golf’s return to the Olympic program seemed like it would be more about who didn’t show up, what didn’t happen and what could have been.

    By the time Justin Rose tapped in for a gold-clinching birdie on the 72nd hole of the Olympic Golf Course, all of that had been forgotten. Men’s golf delivered.

    Rose was engaged in a fascinating Sunday showdown with British Open winner Henrik Stenson, who had already made golf history earlier in the summer by becoming the first Swedish man to win a major championship. Stenson was 28-under combined in the Open and the PGA Championship, and, with a hole to play in Rio, was a combined 43 under par in those nearly 12 rounds. The 2013 U.S. Open champion Rose and Stenson, who both never publicly wavered in their intention to participate in Rio, made it a match-play situation early in the round, making it

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