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  • Dustin Johnson wins PGA Tour Player of the Year

    Jack Nicklaus presents Dustin Johnson with the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year during the Player of the Year ceremony with Jack Nicklaus at The Bear's Club on October 11, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
    Jack Nicklaus presents Dustin Johnson with the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for winning PGA TOUR Player of the Year during the Player of the Year ceremony with Jack Nicklaus at The Bear’s Club on October 11, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

    Dustin Johnson completed the Player of the Year two-fer on Tuesday, when the PGA Tour announced Johnson’s peers had voted him recipient of their POY award.

    Johnson was one of six candidates on the ballot for PGA Tour players to acknowledge as having the best 2015-16 season. It’s hard to argue against Johnson, who won his first major at the U.S. Open in June, as well the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship during the FedEx Cup playoffs. Johnson also finished second in the final FedEx Cup standings, behind Rory McIlroy.

    The South Carolina native also had a remarkably consistent season, notching 15 top-10 finishes in 22 starts.

    Curiously, Johnson said Tuesday in accepting the award that he didn’t vote for himself. In

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  • Tiger Woods withdraws from Safeway Open for performance reasons

    Tiger Woods’ return to the PGA Tour has been delayed yet again. Woods withdrew from the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., on Monday.

    Woods released a statement on his website on the decision, saying he feels his game is “vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”

    In full, Woods’ statement reads:

    “After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.

     

    “When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event,

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  • Oddsmakers don't expect much from Tiger Woods' return

    Tiger Woods has not played since Aug., 2015. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods has not played since Aug., 2015. (Getty Images)

    UPDATE: Tiger Woods will reportedly withdraw from the Safeway Open due to performance reasons.

    Tiger Woods will make his return to competitive golf this week for the first time in more than a year, and if you’re anticipating a solid result at the Safeway Open in Napa, Calif., then bet on it, because the payout will be sizeable.

    Odds are not in Woods’ favor to do much of anything positive other than make the cut. Take a look at these, according to GolfOdds.com:

    (Note: a negative number means the odds are in your favor)

    • Make the cut: -130

    • Finish in top 5: +900

    • Finish in top 10: +450

    • Finish in top 20: +225

    • Win: 40-1

    Woods has not played since last August’s Windham Open, where he finished in a tie for 10th. Since then, the 14-time major winner has been recovering from a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back. That forced him to miss the entire 2016 golf season, including all four major championships.

    The Safeway Open,

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  • Jason Day, Justin Rose taking time off to nurse back injuries

    Jason Day, left, and Justin Rose struggled with injuries in 2016. (AP)
    Jason Day, left, and Justin Rose struggled with injuries in 2016. (AP)

    Jason Day and Justin Rose are planning to take the next few months off as they each try to rest back injuries that affected them throughout the season.

    Rose announced he will be taking two months off from competitive golf, as he gets to spend some time away following a busy summer that included the major championships and becoming the first Olympic gold medalist in golf in 112 years. Rose experienced a herniated disc at The Players in May, and he took about a month off to deal with the problem. With the PGA Tour season and the Ryder Cup now in the rear-view mirror, Rose will take off the remainder of the European Tour season.

    Hi guys – disappointed to share this news with you all, but looking forward to being back to competition. #Team????

    A photo posted by Justin Rose (@justinprose99) on Oct 5, 2016 at 10:47am PDT

    Day has been dealing with back issues for years now, and he faced on en route to victory in March

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  • Tiger Woods made it official on Friday, entering next week’s PGA Tour season opener, the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif.

    Woods committed to the event well ahead of the 5 p.m. deadline to join the field. He last played in this event in 2011, when it was called the Frys.com Open.

    This start will mark Woods’ first on the PGA Tour since August 2015, when he finished tied for 10th place at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., in a last-ditch effort to get into the FedEx Cup playoffs. After complaining of hip pain that week, Woods learned in a visit to his surgeon that the source of his pain was in the same part of his back where a microdiscectomy was performed in March 2014. A second microdiscectomy was performed in September 2015, with a follow-up procedure done the next month.

    Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour next week. (AP)
    Tiger Woods will make his return to the PGA Tour next week. (AP)

    No one has seen Woods hit a golf ball publicly since he knocked three 103-yard shots in a water hazard guarding the par-3

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  • Web.com Tour Championship canceled as Hurricane Matthew threatens

    The Web.com Tour Finals were set to conclude this week. (Getty Images)
    The Web.com Tour Finals were set to conclude this week. (Getty Images)

    The Web.com Tour Finals and season came to an abrupt conclusion on Wednesday, when the tour announced it was canceling this week’s Web.com Tour Championship in Atlantic Beach, Fla., as Hurricane Matthew threatens landfall on Florida’s east coast.

    On Monday, Florida governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the hurricane hitting in the West Palm Beach area late Thursday. The storm is projected to run up the east coast, affecting other cities, including Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach, where the PGA Tour is headquartered.

    “It is unfortunate that we’ve had to cancel our season-ending event; however, our first priority is the safety of our players, fans, volunteers and staff,” said Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee. “With Hurricane Matthew on the horizon, it is critical that we make sure everyone involved with the Web.com Tour Championship has ample time to evacuate the Northeast Florida

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  • Tiger Woods hasn't played since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods hasn’t played since the 2015 Wyndham Championship. (Getty Images)

    Tiger Woods intends to enter next week’s PGA Tour season-opening Safeway Open, and he has until late on Friday afternoon to officially commit to the Napa, Calif. event.

    Expectations vary wildly for Woods, but the bar has generally been set low as Woods hasn’t played on the PGA Tour since the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. It’s unclear how well Woods’ back, operated on three times since March 2014, will hold up inside the ropes. No one has seen Woods hit a golf ball in public since hitting three 100-yard shots in a water hazard at Congressional Country Club during Quicken Loans National media day in May.

    However, Woods’ friend Jesper Parnevik, believes the 14-time major champion is poised for a brilliant return to golf — at least based on the work he’s seen Woods put in at their club, Medalist, in Florida.

    “I see Tiger at the Medalist,” Parnevik said to Golf Digest. “We talk and have played nine holes

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  • Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker at the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker at the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

    Tiger Woods got a taste of being a vice-captain at the Ryder Cup and loved it so much that he’s willing to do it again.

    On Wednesday, current U.S. Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker, who, like Woods, was also a vice-captain under Davis Love III at Hazeltine National, announced Woods as one of his three vice-captains for the biennial matches against the Internationals next September at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J.

    “It’s just a tremendous honor,” Woods said in a statement. “Steve is one of my best friends. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know him and Nicki and the kids, so for him to have the confidence in me, to be part of the crew and help him in any way I possibly can. I’m thrilled to be his assistant.”

    In addition to Woods, Stricker also named Love and three-time winning Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples as his other assistants.

    International captain Nick Price, back for a third stint as captain,

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  • The life of Arnold Palmer was celebrated on Tuesday in the basilica at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., with speaker after speaker delivering testimonies on the seven-time major champion, accomplished pilot, remarkable philanthropist and friend of golf.

    Arnold Palmer and his grandson Sam Saunders. (Getty Images)
    Arnold Palmer and his grandson Sam Saunders. (Getty Images)

    Perhaps the most revealing picture of Palmer, however, came from his grandson Sam Saunders. Saunders, who will seek to regain his PGA Tour status starting Thursday in the Web.com Tour Championship in Florida, shared a telling story about how the King always wanted to keep in touch with the people he loved the most – no matter where he was.

    “I called him one day,” Saunders started. “And he would always answer the phone with ‘Where are you?’ This one particular time, he said ‘Where are you?’ I said I was at home, and I said ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I’m with the President.’ I said, ‘The president of what?’ ”

    The otherwise somber crowd

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  • PODCAST: Talking all things Ryder Cup

    The U.S. did the job at Hazeltine National. (Getty Images)
    The U.S. did the job at Hazeltine National. (Getty Images)

    The 2016 Ryder Cup will be remembered for Patrick Reed’s domination, Rory McIlroy’s performance of a lifetime, the successes of the Task Force and Phil Mickelson. On this week’s podcast, we talk about it all and look forward to the future of the matches.

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  • Hazeltine National proved a great match play host

    CHASKA, Minn. — The Ryder Cup crowds may not have always — or all that often — lived up to the moniker “Minnesota nice,” but host Hazeltine National did. It was brilliant as a venue for the best event in golf.

    Hazeltine had previously been host to a pair of U.S. Opens, among other USGA events, and two PGA Championships. For those four men’s majors, the winning score was right around 8 under par — even for the Opens. So, going into it, the 24 players competing should have expected plenty of birdies and eagles. And that’s what we got on throughout the week, particularly on Sunday.

    That clearly worked to the American’s favor, and it was their game plan after surrendering a four-point lead on home soil at Medinah in 2012. That week, good scores were harder to come by, giving limited

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  • Danny Willett was a man aghast ahead of the Ryder Cup after his brother P.J. wrote an online column lambasting American fans, digging in on multiple stereotypes of patrons you’d see at week-to-week PGA Tour events. The Masters winner almost immediately apologized for what his brother wrote and sought out U.S. captain Davis Love III to smooth things over a little bit.

    And then Danny Willett played in the Ryder Cup, and it didn’t go well, either in how he played or in how the fans treated him. They were ruthless, with new barbs by the dozens on every hole. Willett was squelched by Brooks Kopeka on Sunday by a 5-and-4 count, putting the finishing touches on a week where he went 0-3.

    The atmosphere at the Ryder Cup sounded more like a football game than a golf tournament. (AP)
    The atmosphere at the Ryder Cup sounded more like a football game than a golf tournament. (AP)

    Certainly having what Willett described afterward as a “s***” week didn’t help his perception, but the Master champ seemed to come around to his brother’s point of view after it

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  • CHASKA, Minn. — As Patrick Reed stood on the 18th green, reveling in his 1-up triumph over a gassed Rory McIlroy on Sunday at the Ryder Cup, he found himself in an awkward spot.

    More than three minutes after his match ended, Reed was still holding on to his putter, his Hammer of Thor, one instrument of 14 that led him to 3.5 points that helped the United States to its first Ryder Cup victory in eight years. As he was about to start a string of TV interviews, Reed called out to captain Davis Love III. As Love came over, Reed lifted his putter in the air, parallel to the ground. Love cupped the blade with his hands, like he were being bequeathed Excalibur.

    This is Patrick Reed’s Ryder Cup team now. It’s not as polished, as cool as the Europeans have made it look winning now eight of the last 11 biennial matches. It’s a little clunky, moving at right angles instead of fluid strokes. It’s a little awkward, with 12 individuals finding ways to come

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  • Captain America roars as U.S. reclaims Ryder Cup

    Captain America roared, and the Ryder Cup is back in American hands.

    Following the emotional lead of Patrick Reed, who took down Rory McIlroy in an epic match that wasn’t decided until a birdie putt on 18, the United States finally put the Europeans away to win its first Ryder Cup since 2008.

    The U.S. held a three-point lead going into the final day of play, which consisted of 12 singles matches. Knowing they needed to get off to a quick start, European captain Darren Clarke frontloaded his lineup, leading off with McIlroy, who since play began Friday has been a man on a mission to quiet the partisan U.S. crowd.

    McIlroy did everything he could to do just that on Sunday. The only problem for him was, he was playing Reed, who had an answer for everything. The two traded birdies early, with the signature moment of the entire competition coming on the eighth. That’s where McIlroy drained a long (outside 50 feet) putt, then turned to the crowd and

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  • Ryder Cup: Patrick Reed vs. Rory McIlroy was epic

    The hyperbole started Saturday, when every golf fan in the world clamored for what would surely be the greatest mano a mano match in Ryder Cup history: American Patrick Reed vs. Europe’s Rory McIlroy.

    That it happened is more than a coincidence; surely U.S. captain Davis Love III and his European counterpart Darren Clarke got together on this one.

    And we’re glad they did, because this match may have been … wait for it … the greatest head-to-head battle golf has ever seen.

    Seriously. Patrick Reed went 5-under on the front nine and … so did Rory.

    For every Rory finger wag, Reed had an answer. The climax came on the par-3 eighth. McIlroy faced an impossible birdie putt of more than 50 feet and drained it. As the ball disappeared in the cup, McIlroy turned to the delirious crowd and yelled, “Come on!” then putt his hands to his ears and yelled, “I can’t hear you!”

    Patrick Reed wags his finger at Rory McIlroy after draining a birdie on the eighth. (Getty Images)
    Patrick Reed wags his finger at Rory McIlroy after draining a birdie on the eighth.
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  • Ryder Cup: Sunday pairings and predictions

    The final-day singles pairing are supposed to be a blind draw, with neither side knowing who the other will slot in what match. But this seems too perfect.

    The match everyone wanted to see will happen, right from the get go: Patrick Reed vs. Rory McIlroy.

    The two went scream-for-scream Saturday, with Reed playing the role of (as Jordan Spieth called it) Captain America, while McIlroy egged on the vocal American crowd at every opportunity.

    Heading into the final day, the U.S. leads 9½ to 6½. The U.S. needs 14½ to win the Cup; Europe needs 14 to retain the Cup.

    Here are the 12 matches, with the Yahoo Sports picks:

    Match 1 (12:04 p.m.): Patrick Reed (USA) vs. Rory McIlroy (EUR)

    Jay Hart’s pick: McIlroy
    Ryan Ballengee’s pick: McIlroy

    Match 2 (12:15): Jordan Spieth vs. Henrik Stenson

    Jay Hart’s pick: Stenson
    Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Stenson

    Match 3 (12:26): J.B. Holmes vs. Thomas Pieters

    Jay Hart’s pick: Pieters
    Ryan Ballengee’s pick: Holmes

    Match 4

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  • CHASKA, Minn. — It’s a familiar song the American fans were singing after Rory McIlroy missed a birdie putt on the par-5 11th hole at Hazeltine.

    “Sweet Caroline! Bah! Bah! Bah!”

    Like a movie villain, McIlroy almost maniacally finished the lyric: “Good times never felt so good!”

    So good. So good. So good.

    The lyric has been lobbed at him so many times after he broke up with former fiancee and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, and McIlroy was having none of it, screaming back near the top of his lungs.

    On Saturday afternoon, McIlroy had just about enough of the rowdy U.S. hecklers at the Ryder Cup. It was building to this point, really. Danny Willett’s brother aimed sharp words at American fans in an online column, peeling back the layers on a stereotypical minority you see at most any PGA Tour event. The hooligans responded in kind, proving Willett’s point, in raining down unoriginal, loud what-they-thought-were jokes on Willett.

    After a

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  • Ryder Cup: Rory roars but U.S. in control (barely)

    The question that had many onlookers shaking their heads prior to the afternoon four-ball session was why U.S. captain Davis Love III put Phil Mickelson in while leaving Brandt Snedeker on the bench.

    To this point, Mickelson had been shaky at best, going 1-1 including a 4&2 loss Saturday morning. Snedeker, meanwhile, had been perfect, winning both his matches easily (5&4 Friday afternoon, 3&2 Saturday morning).

    And what did Phil do?

    Poured in five birdies to Kuchar’s four in a 2&1 victory that was absolutely huge for the American side.

    While the U.S. held a 1-point lead heading into the afternoon session, it certainly felt like it were behind, having surrendered an early 4-0 lead and losing ground in each of the last two sessions. With Rory McIlroy draining everything this side of Steph Curry and Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth struggling to put anything away, the Mickelson/Kuchar pairing emerged as a must-win for the Americans as the afternoon

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  • Ryder Cup: A Brooks Koepka drive landed on the backpack of his opponent's dad

    The thing about the Ryder Cup is, they let just about anyone inside the ropes: team captains, co-captains, media, masseuses, dog walkers, even parents.

    Brooks Koepka found one of those on the par-4 fifth.

    At 314 yards, it’s easily driveable for the big hitters. Koepka’s tee shot veered slightly left, took a bounce and … found the backpack of European player Thomas Pieters’ dad.

    No harm, no foul. And Thomas Pieters was hardly rattled. He drove the green and nailed the eagle putt to put his team up.

    Brooks Koepka's ball found the backpack of Thomas Pieters' father.
    Brooks Koepka’s ball found the backpack of Thomas Pieters’ father.
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  • In foursomes, there’s nowhere to hide, and no time for apologies. The second day of the 41st Ryder Cup began the same way the first did, with alternating shot play. While the United States rode its foursomes to a 4-0 lead early Friday, Saturday didn’t quite break the stars and stripes’ way.

    The day began with the Americans up 5-3, but team captain Davis Love III didn’t concede any nerves after a 3-1 drubbing in the Friday afternoon session. “This team’s always in a good mood. Obviously we don’t like losing matches,” he said. “They know they played well, they just ran into some buzzsaws.”

    FOURSOME RESULTS
    Rory McIlroy/Thomas Pieters
      (EUR) def. Rickie Fowler/Phil Mickelson, 4 & 2 (USA up 5-4)
    Match note: With McIlroy in full strut, the Europeans went up three early, but the Americans chipped away at the lead, helped by this monstrous Mickelson putt shown above. Mickelson and Fowler got to within 1, but McIlroy and Pieters began dropping both putts

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