Tiger Woods withdraws from Safeway Open, delaying return to golf

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Three days after Tiger Woods committed to make his long-awaited return to golf at this week's Safeway Open, he abruptly withdrew from the tournament Monday.

Woods, who has undergone three surgeries on his back in the last 20 months, hasn't played since August 2015.

"After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ...Read more

Grand stage for Tiger Woods' latest comeback launch in Napa

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The eyes of the golf world will be focused on Napa, Calif., this week to see whether a player currently ranked 767th internationally still has some thrill left in his game.

Tiger Woods is his name, and for now, that's all that matters. Forget the ranking. In golf, Woods remains the Messiah of buzz, even if he hasn't worked any miracles lately. ...Read more

Friends, family come together to honor Arnold Palmer

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They came from all over, carrying memories and heavy hearts, even the Ryder Cup.

Past players such as Tom Watson, Lee Trevino, Nick Faldo, Hale Irwin, Curtis Strange and Peter Jacobsen. Current players such as Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson and William McGirt.

Golfing TV personality David Feherty was there. So was ...Read more

Latrobe prepares for crush of people, celebrities to bid Arnold Palmer adieu

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His plane carried his cremated remains for a wide sweep over the airport that bears his name and the town he always called home, the farewell flyover ending with a full-throttle blast over the runway and a nose-up ascent into the sky. It was the same maneuver Arnold Palmer always enjoyed doing when he piloted his aircraft for 55 years.

Less ...Read more

Ryder Cup staying as United States closes out Europe; first victory since 2008

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CHASKA, Minn. -- There was no wild celebration like Brookline in 1999. No gut-punch choke like Medinah in 2012.

The United States won the Ryder Cup on Sunday in a rout at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minn., 17-11, thanks to steady play from its 12-member team that was simply deeper and more experienced than its European counterparts.

It was the ...Read more

Americans take three-point lead into Sunday singles at the Ryder Cup

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CHASKA, Minn. -- The hotel beds at the Team USA Ryder Cup hotel better be to Patrick Reed's liking. He carried quite the load Saturday afternoon at Hazeltine National.

Reed, the feisty Texan who gets as amped as it comes in team golf, made six birdies and one crowd-pleasing hole-out eagle in his match paired with Jordan Spieth to defeat Justin ...Read more

Lead shrinks for US over Europe at the Ryder Cup after Saturday's foursome matches

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CHASKA, Minn. -- Remember that once dominant U.S. lead in the Ryder Cup?


The Americans have picked up only 2.5 points since Friday morning's shutout over Europe in the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Chaska. With one session to play before Sunday's singles, the U.S. leads 6.5-5.5 and the grip is starting to slip.

The latest European ...Read more

Europe storms back in Ryder Cup to cut U.S. lead to 5-3

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CHASKA, Minn. -- The moment that crystallized the Friday morning matches in the Ryder Cup came beside the 18th green.

Phil Mickelson, the symbol of this new-age U.S. team, had slapped it around at Hazeltine National Golf Club, hitting drives in places the members barely recognized. But partner Rickie Fowler had bailed him out, and the pair ...Read more

US leads Europe 4-0 after Friday morning's Ryder Cup play

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CHASKA, Minn.--It certainly felt like the Ryder Cup on Friday.

A cool, foggy morning?


Home course advantage in the large galleries?


Silly costumes?

Check and double check.

But where Friday was different from some years past is the Americans look well in control – through one session, anyway.

After the morning foursome ...Read more

Danny Willett the target of some Ryder Cup fans, but he expected that

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CHASKA, Minn. -- The 24 players participating in the Ryder Cup had individual interviews scheduled over three days in the media center. Danny Williett was assigned to a slot early on Thursday afternoon.

This proved fortuitous for the media, if not for the Masters champion from Sheffield, England.

Early on Wednesday, updates on the essay ...Read more

Heckler sinks putt after mocking Rory McIlroy, Euro team at Ryder Cup

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When a heckler is called out by the hecklee, often it's time to put up or shut up.

David Johnson did that and more in front of a few of the best golfers on the planet and a full-sized gallery Thursday at the Ryder Cup.

"He putt up," Henrik Stenson said.

Here's the skinny:

Johnson, a 30-year-old fan from Mayville, N.D., looked on with ...Read more

Jack Nicklaus remembers Arnold Palmer as icon, legend, friend

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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

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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