April 16, 2020

The PGA Plans a June 11 Return: The PGA is making a bid to be the first sport to come back, starting with the June 11 event in Fort Worth. There would be no fans at the first four events and a field of 110 golfers, all of whom kept distance from everyone else except their caddies. If testing availability has improved there would be screenings for coronavirus. The flag and bunker rakes would be handled by an official. The ball could be disinfected or replaced after each hole. "Golf has to be the single easiest sport to bring back safely," writes Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.

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April 14, 2019

Tiger Wins The Masters: His hope for another major left for dead by most of golf, Tiger Woods won The Masters Sunday afternoon. It's the 43-year-old's 15th major and first since 2008. It is his first win at a major where he trailed entering the final day. He was still trailing Francesco Molinari by 2 shots after 11. The catalog of iconic father-son moments after a Woods triumph now includes this boisterous hug of his son Charlie, who is 10 and never had a chance before to see him win like this.

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March 30, 2019

If You Play Golf With Trump He Might Touch Your Balls: “To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,'” writes Rick Reilly in the new book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, out Tuesday. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.”

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June 16, 2018

Phil Mickelson Finds New Way to Keep Putt on the Green: Phil Mickelson intentionally hit a moving ball while putting at the U.S. Open Saturday, a move that should have resulted in his disqualification but didn't. He said on the broadcast he did it to stop the ball from rolling off the green. "I would gladly take the two shots over continuing that display," he said.

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May 08, 2018

Detroit is Getting a PGA Tour Event: The city of Detroit is close to landing its first-ever PGA Tour event, a tournament that would begin in June 2019 at Detroit Golf Club when The National moved away from Washington D.C. with Quicken Loans as sponsor. Company founder Dan Gilbert has invested $5.6 billion in downtown development this decade and is also trying to bring in MLS Soccer.

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February 28, 2018

Fools Rush In Where Scots and Augusta Members Fear To Tread: Notes and wanderings from the Waste Management Phoenix Open

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August 25, 2017

Augusta Chairman Billy Payne Retires After 11 Years: Billy Payne is stepping down as chairman of Augusta National and The Masters. During his 11 years in the position, the club first admitted female members after going commercial free for two years to reject public pressure to make the move. Payne also played a role in the creation of the Asia-Pacific Amateur, the Latin America Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt children's competition. The Masters brings in over $115 million a year in revenue, up from $22 million 20 years ago.

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June 26, 2017

Trump Runs Over the Biggest Rule of Golf Green Etiquette: Video shows President Trump driving a golf cart all over a green, an act of sacrilege against all that is holy in the sport. The first time I drove a cart I had the fear of God put into me about never doing this. "Driving on the green is the most unsettling thing Trump has done," Vince Roedmer tweeted.

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April 30, 2017

Golf's Army of TV Rules Tattletales Just Lost Some Power: The United States Golf Association and Royal & Ancient have adjusted the rules of golf, normally revised every four years, in response to the Lexi Thompson traveshamockery. The Christian Science Monitor explains: "a player can avoid a penalty if the violation could not be noticed with the naked eye. In the other, officials can eliminate penalties if they feel players made a 'reasonable judgment' in taking a drop or replacing their golf balls on the putting green."

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April 03, 2017

Lexi Thompson lost an LPGA major after a TV viewers email prompted a four-stroke penalty: Tiger Woods knows all too well how this feels. Dustin Johnson can identify. An eagle-eyed TV viewer, watching the LPGAs first major of the year, spotted day-old rules infractions that left Lexi Thompson in tears and, unlike with Woods, it cost her the lead and the second major title of her career.

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September 25, 2016

RIP Arnold Palmer, 1929-2016: One of the all-time greats has passed.

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August 07, 2016

Jim Furyk Scores First 58 in PGA History: Golfer Jim Furyk of Ponte Vedra, Florida, has turned in the lowest single-round score in the history of the PGA Tour. He shot a 12-under 58 Sunday in the final round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. Six golfers had a 59 previously, including Furyk. No one had ever written "58" on his card at the end of a round. Asked how it feels to score 58, Furyk replied, "One worse than 57."

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June 21, 2016

Dustin Johnson Won U.S. Open Without Knowing What His Score Would Be: The U.S. Open was finished Sunday without leader Dustin Johnson knowing if he'd be penalized a stroke. After his ball moved as he was preparing to putt on the fifth hole, a rules official told him on the 12th he might be penalized a stroke -- but a decision wouldn't be made until after the round. "Upon reflection, we regret the distraction caused by our decision to wait until the end of the round to decide on the ruling," the USGA said. "This created unnecessary ambiguity for Dustin and the other players, as well as spectators on site, and those watching and listening on television and digital channels." Jordan Speith called the situation a joke on Twitter.

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May 19, 2016

British Open Drops Muirfield for Not Admitting Women: Muirfield has been dropped from the rotation of British Open courses after the club that owns it refused to end its ban on female members. A vote that could have allowed women to join the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers failed to get the necessary two-thirds vote, so when Phil Mickelson lifted the Claret Jug three years ago at Muirfield, it could be the last. A group that defeated the vote said, "A traditional resistance to change is one of the foundations of our unique position in golf and our reputation." Only one of the other nine courses that gets the Open has a gender restriction. Royal Troon, this year's site, has separate men's and women's clubs.

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April 23, 2016

The Secret History of Tiger Woods: ESPN scribe Wright Thompson has penned a fascinating, sympathetic piece on the fall of Tiger Woods that tells an insider story with no help at all from the golfer. Before reading it I wasn't aware of how much his wish-fulfillment Navy SEAL training might have contributed to the ruptured ACL in his left knee that changed the trajectory of his career in 2007. One of many interesting quotes, from golfer Mark O'Meara: "If Tiger was around other professional athletes, storytelling would always have a nature of one-upmanship. If Tiger was around some sort of active or retired military personnel, he was all ears. He was genuinely interested in what they had to say. Any time he told a military-related story that he had heard or talked about a tactic he had learned, he had a smile on his face. I can't say that about anything else."

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January 14, 2016

Golfer linked to multi-million dollar coke deal.: Coca-Colas link to golf dates to a sponsorship connection with Bobby Jones in the late 1940s. Now it is a key partner of the Tour Championship in Atlanta, which marks the lucrative conclusion to the FedEx Cup series.

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November 24, 2015

Tiger Woods to be a Ryder Cup vice captain in 2016: Ian Poulter thinks it's a good idea. Rory McIlroy is "visibly surprised". Two questions arise: what can we infer from his acceptance of the role about the extent of his back injury, and why would Davis Love III want someone in the team room who hasn't played on a winning US team since 1999?

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November 01, 2015

Steve Williams: Tiger Woods Treated Me Like a Slave: Bitter former Tiger Woods caddie Steve Williams has written a memoir in which he offers this specific complaint: "One thing that really pissed me off was how he would flippantly toss a club in the general direction of the bag, expecting me to go over and pick it up. I felt uneasy about bending down to pick up his discarded club, it was like I was his slave." Williams made an estimated $6 million in the job he compares to slavery.

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April 29, 2015

Calvin Peete: who taught himself how to play golf at 24[!!] and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, the PGA Tour said. He was 71.

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March 30, 2015

Tiger Woods Falls Out of Top 100 in Golf: Tiger Woods, who spent 683 weeks (over 13 years) atop the rankings of world golfers, has fallen out of the top 100. He's currently at 104 and sidelined with injury. In February the 39-year-old took an indefinite break from golf and called his play "not acceptable for tournament golf," but he's hoping to be back to play the Masters in April. He has won 14 Majors, the last in 2008 at the U.S. Open.

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January 08, 2015

South Korean PGA Golfer May Be Conscripted into Military: PGA golfer Sang-Moon Bae is facing military conscription for his country South Korea. The 28-year-old is the top-ranked Korean in golf at No. 84 after winning the Frys.Com Open last year, but his 2015 season is in peril. He asked for a visa extension and it was denied without explanation by his country's military. "I will take legal action. I couldn't understand why they denied it," he said.

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October 24, 2014

PGA Exec Calls Ian Poulter 'Little School Girl': PGA of America President Ted Bishop, upset by criticism of past Ryder Cup captains Nick Faldo and Tom Watson by Ian Poulter in his new book, called Poulter a "lil girl" and "little school girl" in social media posts. Bishop wrote on a Facebook post that athletes with "lesser records or accomplishments in a sport never criticized the icons" and then said of Poulter, "Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C'mon man!" He later deleted the posts and apologized. Poulter's response: "Is being called a 'lil girl' meant to be derogatory or a put down That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America."

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September 29, 2014

Mickelson slammed by Monty.: Phil Mickelson in trouble?

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April 18, 2014

Pro Golfer Attacked by Hornets at Malaysia Open: Pablo Larrazabal was attacked by 30 to 40 hornets on the 14th hole at the Malaysia Open today and dove into a water hazard to save himself. "I ran to the lake, threw my scorecard down, took off my shoes and jumped in the water," he said. "It was the scariest moment of my career, for sure. I've never been so scared." He birdied the hole.

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April 14, 2014

Bubba Watson Wins Second Masters in Three Years: Bubba Watson birdied the 8th and 9th holes to separate himself from playing partner Jordan Spieth, birdied the par-5 13th hole after his drive ruffled the leaves of a tree and landed in the fairway, and signed for a final-round 69 to win his second Masters in three years. "A small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets," Watson said after he donned the iconic coat in Butler Cabin. "It's pretty wild."

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April 12, 2014

20-Year-Old Tied for Lead at Masters: Jordan Spieth, a 20-year-old from Dallas competing in his first Masters, is tied for first with Bubba Watson at 5 under after three rounds. Spieth became just the third Masters rookie ever to shoot under par in each of his first three rounds at Augusta. If he wins, he'll be the youngest Masters winner ever, besting Tiger Woods by five months.

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April 04, 2014

LPGA players frustrated by Golf Digest cover of Gretzky: With a provocative pose, Paulina Gretzky will be the cover girl in the upcoming issue of Golf Digest. That doesn't sit well with some LPGA tour stars

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April 01, 2014

Tiger Woods out of Masters after back surgery: The world's No. 1 player announced on his web site Tuesday that he will be unable to play in the Masters

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July 29, 2013

Golfer in Lead Quits Tournament for Wife's Labor: On Saturday, Hunter Mahan was on top of the leaderboard at the Canadian Open when his wife Zoe unexpectedly went into labor. He left the tournament, giving up a chance to win $1 million, and Brandt Snedeker won the event. "Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me," Snedeker said. "I can't thank Kandi enough for going into labor early."

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June 25, 2013

Gary Player to Pose Nude: If you ever wanted to see the 77-year-old golfer naked, but you didn't want to buy him drinks first, your day has arrived.

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June 16, 2013

England's Rose take U.S. Open: Justin Rose shot an even-par 70 Sunday, capping it with one of the loveliest pars he ever has made, to win the U.S. Open by two shots over Phil Mickelson and Jason Day. The 32-year-old became the first English player to win the U.S. Open in 43 years.

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May 12, 2013

Tiger Woods Wins Player's Championship: Tiger Woods won the Player's Championship Sunday after Sergio Garcia put two shots into the water on the 17th hole, the infamous island green on TPC Sawgrass outside of Jacksonville, Fl. Woods and Garcia were tied for the lead prior to Garcia's quadruple bogey. Woods, 37, finished at -13 ahead of three other players for his fourth tournament win of 2013. It's the fastest he's ever won four tournaments in a year. He won this event previously in 2001.

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April 14, 2013

Adam Scott Wins the Masters: Adam Scott has become the first Australian to win the Masters golf tournament, defeating 2009 winner Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. After a putt by Cabrera stopped an inch from the hole, Scott sank a 12-foot birdie putt to win. This was the first victory in a major for Scott, who won the Player's Championship in 2004.

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April 13, 2013

Tiger Woods Assessed 2-Stroke Penalty for Illegal Drop: Tiger Woods turned himself in for an illegal drop after the second round of the Masters and has been assessed a two-stroke penalty. "At hole #15, I took a drop that I thought was correct and in accordance with the rules. I was unaware at that time I had violated any rules," Woods explained on Twitter. "Their initial determination was that there was no violation, but they had additional concerns based on my post-round interview. After discussing the situation with them this morning, I was assessed a two-shot penalty." Before a 2011 rule change, such a penalty would have resulted in his expulsion from the tournament for signing an incorrect scorecard. Woods falls to five strokes off the lead.

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March 27, 2013

Tiger Woods Nike ad causes a stir with winning takes care of everything message: The company that sponsors Woods proclaimed, in his own words, Winning takes care of everything. Its a phrase he often uses when talking to reporters about himself and other golfers. But because this is Tiger Woods, Nikes swaggering post is also being perceived as a reminder of his not-so-positive, womanizing past.

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March 25, 2013

Tiger Woods Climbs Back to No. 1 Ranking: Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitation at Bay Hill Monday, a milestone for at least three reasons: The win is his eighth at Bay Hill (tying Sam Snead for most wins in a single tournament), his 77th in the PGA (putting him behind only Snead with 82) and puts him back at golf's No. 1 ranking, passing Rory McIlroy.

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March 02, 2013

Rory McIlroy Struggles Since Switching to Nike: Rory McIlroy quit the Honda Classic eight holes into the second round on Friday, marking three disappointing tournaments in a row since he switched from Titleist to Nike equipment. He was seven over and had just put his second shot on the ninth in the water. "A tough day made impossible by severe tooth pain," he wrote on Twitter. "Was desperate to defend title but couldn't play on. Gutted."

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December 14, 2012

Bode Miller Hits Wife in Face with Golf Drive: U.S. ski racer Bode Miller struck his wife Morgan Beck Miller near her left eye with an errant golf drive, leaving her with a gruesome facial injury that required 50 stitches. Bode's description of what happened is less than clear: "[The drive] wasn't really errant, I was trying to not hit the tree she was hiding behind, and I didn't."

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December 13, 2012

Tom Watson Returns as Ryder Cup Captain: Tom Watson, the last American to captain a Ryder Cup champ on foreign soil, will lead the U.S. team again in 2014. He has a big challenge ahead of him. The U.S. has lost seven of the last nine Ryder Cups. In 1993, he was captain for the U.S. victory at The Belfry in England. "Tom knows what it takes to win, and that's our ultimate goal," said Tiger Woods. "I hope I have the privilege of joining him on the 2014 United States Team."

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November 29, 2012

New Golf Rule Would Ban Anchor Putting: The United States Golf Association and the UK's Royal & Ancient have proposed a new rule to put the kibosh on anchoring putters. Under the rule players can no longer anchor a putter on their body. Fifteen percent of the players on the PGA Tour used an anchored putter this year, 11 percent last and 6 percent from 2006 to 2010, said USGA director Mike Davis. "We believe a player should hold the club away from his body and swing it freely, whether it's a putt, a chip, a pitch, a bunker shot, an iron shot, a recovery shot or a shot played from the teeing ground," Davis said. "We think this is integral to the traditions of the game."

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