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Jack Nicklaus remembers Arnold Palmer as icon, legend, friend

Sports / Golf /

The boy Jack Nicklaus met "The King" Arnold Palmer Sept. 25, 1958, at Athens Country Club in southeast Ohio. They were paired together for an exhibition round on "Dow Finsterwald Day," celebrating the reigning winner of the PGA Championship. Their ferocious yet friendly rivalry began with a driving contest on the first hole. Nicklaus, the 18-...Read more

A half-billion people will have their eyes on Minnesota as Ryder Cup tees off

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More people will have their eyes on Hazeltine National Golf Club this weekend than you'd think. The Ryder Cup, golf's greatest grudge match, may not have the pomp and circumstance of a Super Bowl, but the event that tees off Friday in Chaska, Minn., doesn't need Katy Perry roaring at halftime to draw reporters from around the world.

"I've ...Read more

US Ryder Cup team works on togetherness; will it take?

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In the many months since their side lost another one, prospective U.S. Ryder Cup members dined at Jack Nicklaus' Florida home, lobbed wedge shots on the four-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots' turfed field and were fitted en masse for designer outfits 12 of them will proudly unveil this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club.

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Arnold Palmer's family planning event to celebrate life of legendary golfer

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The life of Arnold Palmer will be celebrated at a public event at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., at 11 a.m. on Oct. 4, representatives for the late golfer announced Monday.

A private funeral for Palmer, who died Sunday from "an aggregation of cardiological issues," will take place later this week, according to his longtime agent, ...Read more

America's 20-something golfers provides Ryder Cup hope

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When Ryder Cup vice captain Jim Furyk looks around the United States' team room this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club, he will see his contemporary Phil Mickelson, with whom he contested Europe nine times in the biennial team competition.

Then he'll turn and see 20-somethings Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, the ...Read more

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

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Arnold Palmer, the son of a Pennsylvania golf-course greens keeper who combined movie-star magnetism, go-for-broke daring and the nascent power of television to become a seven-time professional major tournament champion and the sport's first international corporate icon, died Sunday.

The United States Golf Association announced his passing on ...Read more

Golf legend Arnold Palmer dies at 87

Sports / Golf /

Arnold Palmer, 87, whose looks, charisma and personality helped bring the game of golf out from the private country clubs to the masses, died Sunday after being ill for several months, the U.S. Golf Association and Golf Digest reported.

Palmer was called "The King" not just because he excelled at golf but because he blended that skill and an ...Read more

Chicago lakefront golf project could involve Tiger Woods

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Mike Keiser knows about long odds, having built one of the world's finest golf resorts, Bandon Dunes, in a remote town in Oregon.

Two years ago, the Chicago greeting-card magnate told NBC/Golf Channel commentator Mark Rolfing that Rolfing's dream project -- combining the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses to create a South Side mecca ...Read more

Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar named to US Ryder Cup team

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U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III on Monday morning named Rickie Fowler, J.B. Holmes and Matt Kuchar as captain's picks for the American team set to take on Europe on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska.

They join automatic qualifiers Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Brandt ...Read more

Hazeltine National prepping for quickly approaching Ryder Cup

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Fourteen years after the PGA of America awarded it to Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., the Ryder Cup with all its particular noise-making, flag-waving patriotism finally is less than a month away.

Back then 2016 seemed so far off, there was no guarantee that advancing golf-equipment technology wouldn't render even big, brawny ...Read more

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