Spieth has sights set on FedEx Cup repeat

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Jordan Spieth will start the defense of his FedEx Cup championship with a small goal.

While in New York for the start of the PGA Tour playoffs, Spieth was scheduled to appear on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night.

"Hopefully I can make a couple people laugh," Spieth said. "I don't normally do that but we'll see."

Five ...Read more

Behold: The John Daly Experience

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SEATTLE – John Daly has not won an event on an American golf tour since 2004, but no matter, he is the biggest draw to hit the PGA's Champions Tour since Fred Couples turned 50 six years ago.

Everyone, it seems, wants to enjoy the John Daly experience: the enormous drives, the loud outfits and the occasional meltdowns. And the big man is ...Read more

US golfer Piller can't hide disappointment at missing out on Olympic medal

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- In tears, her head hung, Gerina Piller walked between her parents to the clubhouse.

Piller slipped her hand in the hand of her stepdad, Alan Stevenson, with her mother's hand resting on her shoulder.

In their private moment, out in public, the three never shared a word.

"It said it all," Piller's mother, Rita Stevenson, said...Read more

Irish twins Leona and Lisa Maguire working together on golf course in Rio

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- They're sometimes teammates, often rivals and always sisters. Identical twins, no less.

Leona Maguire is the world's top-ranked amateur. Lisa Maguire, 15 minutes her senior, is ranked 35th. They are actual Irish twins and both play at Duke, but only Leona is teeing it up in the Olympics. Lisa is caddying for her, somewhat ...Read more

Olympic golfers embrace 'grow the game' mission

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- If this were the Zurich Classic or Memorial Tournament or even the PGA Championship, Anirban Lahiri would have stayed home.

His aching right shoulder needs two to three weeks of rest. On top of that, many of the PGA Tour's most lucrative events will be staged from late August into September.

"As professionals, there are ...Read more

Americans struggle on Day 1 of Olympic golf but rave about the experience

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The first round of Olympic golf since 1904 delivered a hole-in-one, ill-timed clicks of the camera, some wildlife, a course record and lots of pars (and worse) from the U.S. foursome of Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed and Matt Kuchar.

Only Kuchar, who shot a 2-under 69, was on the kosher side of par, and he was six ...Read more

Can you take an unplayable lie if your ball is next to a capybara?

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An odd creature wanders onto the Olympic golf course, settling down for an afternoon nap beside the third green. It has russet fur, a blunt nose and small, wiggly ears.

Imagine a prairie dog inflated to the size of a large pig.

The capybara is your first clue that golf has landed in unfamiliar territory at the 2016 Summer Games.

These are not...Read more

Former NHL player's Olympic caddie debut a success

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- When Graham DeLaet rolled in a topsy-turvy, 40-foot putt on the 8th green Thursday, the Canadian fans in the crowd cheered. For his caddie.

"Nice read, Ray!" one called, in this rare instance where the caddie is as famous in his own way as the pro whose bag he carries.

The first day of Ray Whitney's caddying career couldn't ...Read more

Russell Knox wins Travelers Championship with 2-under 68

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Russell Knox shot 2-under par 68 on Sunday at TPC River Highlands to win the Travelers Championship by one shot over Jerry Kelly.

Knox, who grew up in Scotland, but lives in Jacksonville, Fla., made a par putt of about 12 feet on No. 18 to claim his second PGA Tour title and the $1,188,00 prize for first place.

Kelly was ...Read more

Al Geiberger, first to break 60 on tour, watched Jim Fury's record-setting moment

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Just call him "The Original" from now on.

Long known as "Mr. 59" after he became the first player to break 60 in a PGA Tour event, Al Geiberger has carved out a nice little name for himself in the golfing community. He's hardly shy about handing out his business card: a replica scorecard from Round 2 of the 1977 Memphis Classic.

Sunday morning...Read more

Jim Furyk makes PGA history at Travelers with 12-under 58

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Jim Furyk made golf history Sunday at the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands.

Furyk, 46, shot 12-under-par 58 in his final round to become the first golfer in PGA Tour history to shoot 58.

"I'm still a little stunned and a little flabbergasted," he said.

Furyk started his final round at 8:41 a.m. and was part of ...Read more

Crowd favorite Kelly joins Taylor, Loupe atop Travelers leaderboard

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CROMWELL, Conn. -- Cheers were heard across TPC River Highlands when Jerry Kelly curled in an eagle putt at the par-4 15th, and they were more sustained because of his connection to Connecticut.

"When you've got people really rooting for you; you know I'm not that name that has people constantly yelling everywhere that I go -- it would be nice ...Read more

Jimmy Walker wins first career major at PGA Championship

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Jimmy Walker showed no sign of nerves Sunday in the final round of the PGA Championship, making a clutch par at the 18th hole to finish a 3-under-par 67 at Baltusrol Golf Club and win his first career major.

Walker, 37, who led or shared the lead after each of the first three rounds, held a 3-stroke lead with one hole to ...Read more

Rain halts PGA; third round to resume Sunday

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Lightning followed by steady, heavy rain Saturday forced officials to suspend the third round of play in the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club. A gloomy forecast for Sunday raised the possibility that the season's final major might have to be extended to a fifth day.

Play was suspended at 2:14 p.m. because of ...Read more

Mickelson predicts someone will shoot lower than 63 at PGA

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- At the British Open two weeks ago, two players equaled the lowest round in a major by shooting 63s: eventual runner-up Phil Mickelson in the first round and winner Henrik Stenson to close things out.

In the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol on Friday, Robert Streb joined the club.

Robert Streb?

On Saturday...Read more

Streb's 63, Day's birdie binge highlight second round of PGA Championship

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- On the scale of injury and illness to overcome when entering a major golf championship, Jason Day this week fell somewhere between a mild case of the sniffles and a mangled body part.

"Tiger won the U.S. Open on a broken leg," Day said with a grin late on Friday evening at Baltusrol Golf Club. "I've got a cold. It's not the...Read more

Walker leads PGA Championship after first round

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- Jimmy Walker and most of the players on the leaderboard after the first round of the 98th PGA Championship have one apparently good thing in common: They haven't won a major.

Of late, getting that first one hasn't been the enormous hurdle it once seemed.

For the first time since 2007 the first three majors of the season ...Read more

After awful start, Mickelson makes comeback at PGA Championship

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- After a wayward drive and a poor layup that nearly carried into the water, Phil Mickelson found himself mostly stymied by a stone bridge for his third shot on Baltusrol Golf Club's 18th hole.

The left-hander had only a half-swing, and when he made contact the ball shot straight right as if he'd hit a shocking cold shank. ...Read more

'Inclusive' PGA to keep 2017 event in Charlotte, N.C.

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SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- The PGA of America says it strongly opposes North Carolina's controversial bathroom bill but still plans to hold next year's PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte.

Echoing a written statement made after the NBA decided to pull its 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte, PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Pete ...Read more

Motivated McIlroy a solid choice to prevail in PGA Championship

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Star-Telegram golf writer Jimmy Burch handicaps the top 10 players, with odds, to win the 2016 PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, N.J.:

5-1 Rory McIlroy: Four-time major winner finished fast at the British Open, wants to make a statement to fans angered by his Olympics snub.

6-1 Dustin Johnson: U.S. Open champ has been the...Read more