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2017 PGA Championship to stay in Charlotte despite House Bill 2 controversy

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The 2017 PGA Championship tournament is staying in Charlotte, N.C., but the organization says it's evaluating whether it will hold more events in the state while House Bill 2 remains in effect.

The PGA of America announced plans six years ago to hold the event at Quail Hollow Club. But the passage of the controversial law in March has caused ...Read more

No rest for Phil Mickelson, who hopes to stay sharp for PGA championship

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TROON, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson will not have much time to stew about what will be remembered as one of the most confounding major losses of his career.

He shot 63 in the first round and 65 in the last and still lost the 145th British Open Championship by three shots to Swede Henrik Stenson, who played out of his mind.

In a schedule mashed ...Read more

Stenson wins classic duel with Mickelson

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TROON, SCOTLAND -- Phil Mickelson can count the heartaches and disappointments. He can second-guess himself for his shots on the 18th hole at Winged Foot in 2006 or his poor wedge play down the stretch at Merion in 2013.

In his mind, those were U.S. Open titles that he frittered away.

On Sunday in the British Open at Royal Troon, Mickelson ...Read more

Stenson wins classic duel with Mickelson

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TROON, SCOTLAND -- Phil Mickelson can count the heartaches and disappointments. He can second-guess himself for his shots on the 18th hole at Winged Foot in 2006 or his poor wedge play down the stretch at Merion in 2013.

In his mind, those were U.S. Open titles that he frittered away.

On Sunday in the British Open at Royal Troon, Mickelson ...Read more

British Open match play: Mickelson vs. Stenson

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TROON, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson are hardly enemies, but even friends would be getting sick of each other by now with the time the two have spent together this year.

By Stenson's count, they've been paired together in the Masters, U.S. Open, Players Championship and just last week in the Scottish Open.

They were shackled ...Read more

In contention at British Open, Stenson has shot at Olympic golf gold

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TROON, Scotland -- Ladies and gentleman, your men's Olympic golf gold medalist ...

Henrik Stenson.

Don't laugh. It could happen. In fact, with each passing player who decided not to go to Rio in August to compete in the Olympics, Stenson's chances got stronger and stronger.

As the sixth-ranking player in the world, the 40-year-old Swede has ...Read more

American Patrick Reed making friends in Scotland

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TROON, Scotland -- Patrick Reed has rubbed his fellow players on the PGA Tour the wrong way sometimes with his assured confidence, and at only 25, he's not among the cool group of his generation. He doesn't post buddy vacation photos from faraway islands.

He's got some new friends in Scotland, though.

Reed holed out his second shot from the ...Read more

Mickelson ties major record with first-round 63 at British Open

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TROON, Scotland -- Phil Mickelson smiled and joked like a man who shot 63 in the opening round of a major championship.

He'd done it over a brilliantly played 18 holes at Royal Troon on Thursday to take a three-stroke first-round lead in the 145th British Open.

That was the facade. Inside, he would admit, he wanted to cry.

"It was just ...Read more

British Open is old home week for Colin Montgomerie, who has ties to Royal Troon

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TROON, Scotland -- The pressure is off Colin Montgomerie. It has been for some time now.

In the prime of his career, news conferences at any of the major championships were a cat-and-mouse game with "Big Monty," who could go from surly to whimsical and back in mere moments.

The Scot had rabbit ears on the course and certainly off it too. No ...Read more

Spieth: Olympic withdrawal 'hardest decision I've ever had to make'

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TROON, Scotland -- Jordan Spieth called it "probably the hardest decision I've ever had to make in my life at 22 years old." In the end, the two-time major winner said he chose what he thought was best for his future in pulling out of the upcoming Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Appearing before the media on Tuesday at Royal Troon, where the British...Read more

Day, Spieth, Dustin Johnson aiming for first Open Championship win

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LONDON -- The 145th Open Championship begins at Royal Troon on Thursday with a host of big names vying for supremacy while a new breed are snapping at their heels looking to win golf's most famous trophy.

World No. 1 Jason Day and U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson are the bookmakers' favorites to win their first Open, with 2014 champion Rory ...Read more

American Brittany Lang wins US Open in playoff after opponent given 2-stroke penalty

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SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- A grain of sand made the world of difference at the U.S. Women's Open and helped propel American Brittany Lang to her first major title.

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist, attempting to complete the largest final-round comeback in U.S. Women's Open history, was assessed a two-stroke penalty on the second playoff hole at CordeValle ...Read more

Dustin Johnson fires final-round 66, wins Bridgestone title as Jason Day falters on No. 16

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AKRON, Ohio -- As Dustin Johnson walked off Firestone South on Sunday, he was FaceTiming with his fiancee, Paulina Gretzky, and was caught on camera saying, "I found him." He was referring to Tatum, their young son who along with the nanny had unknown whereabouts for a bit.

Johnson's been finding everything recently. He recently found the right...Read more

Scott Piercy finds positives in another second-place finish

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AKRON, Ohio -- Scott Piercy's challenge is to turn heartache into inspiration.

Two weeks ago, the 37-year-old with three PGA Tour victories came close to winning the biggest tournament of his life, tying for second at the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

On Sunday at Firestone Country Club, Piercy was forced to settle for second again. His final round of...Read more

Jordan Spieth says tee box at No. 16 should be moved up after triple-bogey 8

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AKRON, Ohio -- Jordan Spieth was understandably still a bit aggravated after he seemingly shot himself out of contention with a triple-bogey 8 at Firestone's infamous 16th hole.

But after the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, the world's second-ranked player felt strongly that the tee box on the 667-yard hole...Read more

World No. 1 Jason Day, Scott Piercy tied for lead after third round at Bridgestone

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AKRON, Ohio -- Jason Day, the world's No. 1-ranked player who entered the day with a one-stroke lead, was vulnerable during Saturday's third round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

He repeatedly broke the cardinal sin of Firestone South -- don't miss the fairways off the tee -- and spent most of the day scrambling to save par instead of ...Read more

World No. 1 Jason Day shoots 1-under 69, takes Bridgestone lead after second round

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AKRON, Ohio -- On a day when few could tame Firestone South, the world's No. 1-ranked player, Jason Day, came out of the rubble on top of a now-crowded leaderboard after the second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Day fired a 1-under-par 69 to move him to 4-under for the tournament and into first place by 1 stroke...Read more

Windy conditions sweep away low scores in challenging second round at Bridgestone

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AKRON, Ohio -- More-so than any player trying to navigate Firestone's South Course, the wind won the day during Friday's second round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Following rain showers in the morning, steady, 20-mph winds blew into Akron and in the process swept away much hope of a score in the mid-60s. The winds ...Read more

William McGirt fires first-round 64 at Bridgestone, leads by 3 shots

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AKRON, Ohio -- There have been only four instances of a player winning the Memorial Tournament in suburban Columbus and then the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, the two Ohio PGA Tour events, in the same year.

William McGirt, winner of this year's Memorial Tournament, has a start on becoming the fifth after shooting a 6-under-par 64 to grab a...Read more

Day hopes to reel in another victory, widen lead on Spieth in world rankings

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AKRON, Ohio -- Jason Day's goal for the week is to widen his lead over No. 2 Jordan Spieth in the World Golf Rankings.

His goal for Thursday night was to catch more fish with son Dash.

The lake across from the clubhouse at Firestone Country Club yielded a largemouth bass on Wednesday night as Dash, who turns 4 on July 11, reeled in a smaller ...Read more