Phil Mickelson lurks as Steve Wheatcroft, Andrew Loupe share first-round lead at Quail Hollow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- There was some spice to the Wells Fargo Championship's first-round leader board Thursday. It just takes a while to find it, and it comes in the form of Phil Mickelson.

Journeymen Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe shared the lead at Quail Hollow Club with a pair of 7-under 65s, with India's Anirban Lahiri a shot back.

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Fan tosses 'gift' near Rory McIlroy, then gets tossed by security

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A day after Rory McIlroy's 27th birthday, a fan at the Wells Fargo Championship had a weird gift for him Thursday -- along with playing partners Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama.

A male fan watching near the No. 6 tee during Thursday's first round tossed a golf ball with an ear bud attached to it on to the tee box after ...Read more

Jordan Spieth plays practice round at 'very tough' Oakmont ahead of US Open

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Jordan Spieth got in a quick nine holes before dark Tuesday at Oakmont Country Club, then went out after a late dinner in the grill room and putted on the practice green with his agent and a few friends till 11 p.m. Then came the real fun.

Spieth, the No. 2 player in the world and defending U.S. Open champion, took another item off his bucket ...Read more

With Masters collapse behind him, Spieth looks ahead to Oakmont

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Having put his Masters collapse behind him with positive reassurance from "some of the greatest athletes in the world," Jordan Spieth said he is excited to check Oakmont Country Club off his bucket list when he plays a practice round there Wednesday as the defending U.S. Open champion.

"I'm not taking it very hard," Spieth said Tuesday during a...Read more

Players to watch at the Wells Fargo Championship

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The Wells Fargo Championship returns to Quail Hollow Club beginning Monday with practice rounds. Here's some players to watch:

The big names: Although the world's top two players -- Jason Day and Jordan Spieth -- aren't playing, six of the world's top 10 will be at Quail Hollow (in addition to 10 of the top 20). Two-time and defending champion ...Read more

Importance of getting youths interested in golf stressed during Watson Challenge announcement

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Golf legend Tom Watson fondly recalls his days of playing in junior tournaments or going out to play a few holes with his father while growing up in Kansas City.

Now one of his main focuses is to help grow the game among youths in the Kansas City area.

The Watson Challenge golf tournament was established in 2007 to help raise money for The ...Read more

Oakmont Country Club already is prepared for 2016 US Open

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When the United States Golf Association awards the U.S. Open to a site, the organization gives the host club at least five years notice, sometimes more.

But, if something drastically unexpected happened along the way to scuttle the plan, if the USGA suddenly found itself in a situation where the host club had to pull out at the last instant, ...Read more

Branden Grace wins RBC Heritage for 1st PGA Tour victory

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- The phone calls began for Branden Grace before the final putts of the RBC Heritage had dropped Sunday.

The South African leaped from a jammed leaderboard with a final-round 6-under-par 66 to finish at 9-under 275 and win by two shots over Russell Knox and Luke Donald. And one of the first numbers on his phone was ...Read more

Day fights off potential meltdown to share RBC Heritage lead

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Jason Day slipped his arms in a gray Adidas pullover and tugged it over his head, warming up after a trying day.

Day likened the Masters last week to a marathon championship fight and was dreading the mental battle he expected Friday at Harbour Town Golf Links with an early tee time and poor weather predicted. But ...Read more

Steve Stricker named US captain for 2017 Presidents Cup

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Steve Stricker, respected and admired by his peers on the PGA Tour for his even-tempered demeanor and his competitiveness, has been named captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team for the 2017 matches.

Stricker, 49, will lead the 12-man U.S. team against an International team comprised of players from around the world, excluding Europe, in the ...Read more

Jordan Spieth should be able to rebound quickly

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- While the golf world is still aghast at what happened to Jordan Spieth at the Masters, nobody really expects his inexplicable collapse at the 12th hole to slow his meteoric ascent.

Least of all Jordan Spieth.

Yes, it will take him a while to get over the disappointment of blowing a five-shot lead on the final nine holes of the ...Read more

Spieth is interesting psychological study

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth is a fascinating psychological specimen.

To his everlasting credit and the joy of sportswriters everywhere, he doesn't seem to have a pause button from his brain to his mouth. He feels what he says and says what he feels, and we should all hope that never changes.

He told reporters on Saturday night that he would ...Read more

Jordan Spieth's shocking collapse opens door for Danny Willett to earn his first Masters victory

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Danny Willett was Nick Faldo. Jordan Spieth was Greg Norman.

The comparisons are as inevitable as they are obvious. Just as mind-bending, too.

The 80th Masters week began with memories of Jack Nicklaus' stirring victory at Augusta National 30 years ago, but there was another anniversary less celebrated, for good reason -- the ...Read more

Louis Oosthuizen doesn't call bank shot at the Masters but it counts

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Billiards golf anyone?

In what likely is the strangest, luckiest, most memorable ace to be witnessed by millions, Louis Oosthuizen made a hole in one at the Masters on Sunday with a trick shot.

Paul Newman didn't do it better in "The Hustler."

Oosthuizen's seven-iron tee shot at Augusta National's par-three 16th hole caught ...Read more

Day, McIlroy can't keep up at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The world's No. 1 player and the other who was trying to complete the career grand slam could get nothing going in their pursuit of the leaders in Sunday's final round of the 80th Masters.

Rory McIlroy, winner of the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship, started the day 2-over, five shots behind third-round leader Jordan...Read more

Spieth crashes, Willett soars to capture Masters win

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- He was right about one thing.

Assessing what might happen in the final round on the night before, Jordan Spieth favored it would require a "significant under-par round" for him to win the Masters on Sunday.

Spieth could not come close. But Danny Willett, the vicar's son from Sheffield, England, must have heard him, for his ...Read more

Spieth holds one-shot lead heading into final round at the Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- You can come on out of the storm cellar, boys. A calm is upon Richmond County.

After three days of hand-to-hand combat with the siroccos, the cold, the greens and the pine straw, the Masters should be a comparative lamb Sunday, when the winds are forecast to finally stop after a three-day howling. Maybe then Jordan Spieth can ...Read more

5 who can press Spieth at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Jordan Spieth carries a one-shot lead into Sunday's final round of the Masters at Augusta National.

There are 14 players within six shots of Spieth, who hasn't looked his best over the final nine holes in his last two rounds. The defending Masters champ shot a 2-over 38 on the second nine on Saturday for the second consecutive ...Read more

Bernhard Langer one good Masters round from history

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- A day after one of golf's legends played his last round in the Masters because the Augusta National course had become too long and too tough, another is one good round from possibly winning his third green jacket.

Bernhard Langer, 58 years old, showed that Tom Watson may have called it quits too soon. Putting an emphasis on ...Read more

Spieith endures, McIlroy challenges in second round at Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- For a couple hours or so Friday afternoon, Jordan Spieth lost his gyroscope. Augusta National took it from there.

The defending Masters champion's lead slipped to a single stroke -- he needed to can a 14-footer on No. 18 to avoid a bogey-bogey-bogey finish -- at the tournament's midway point, the leaderboard a quagmire of busted...Read more