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PGA Tour Championship play suspended 30 minutes before lightning strike

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ATLANTA -- Several people were injured Saturday afternoon during a lightning storm at East Lake Golf Club, which is hosting the Tour Championship.

The lightning appeared to strike a tree, sending other golf fans running.

Four adult males and a juvenile were seeking shelter near a pine tree when lightning struck the tree, according to Atlanta ...Read more

New Tour Championship format turns eyes to scoreboards at East Lake

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ATLANTA -- There probably was more scoreboard watching done by the players at East Lake on Thursday than there has been during the first round of any other event this season. The curiosity to see how the new playoff system would work for the Tour Championship -- especially by those who began in the middle of the pack -- was more than most could ...Read more

Slow-play issue takes a break at Tour Championship this week

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ATLANTA -- This week, the European Tour announced a new series of slow-play rules designed to identify and more severely punish those players who gum up the works.

In a Tuesday sit-down with selected media, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said his organization would not be prodded to additional action by the moves overseas.

"We're obviously ...Read more

Thomas at ease atop leaderboard — even before Tour Championship begins

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When Justin Thomas won the 2017 FedEx Cup he was just about as unhappy as a dude could be who just earned $10 million. Because, it seems, he's a bit OCD about this winning thing.

He had made this lovely little charge on that Sunday, with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, and just missed a birdie on 18. That was good enough to position him to win the ...Read more

The great unknown: How will new Tour Championship scoring play out?

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ATLANTA -- Justin Thomas needs to get a few strokes from the field like Brad Pitt needs another dimple.

You don't let the chip leader see your hole cards. You don't give Mark Zuckerberg a handout. And you sure don't give strokes to a guy who just a few days ago at the BMW Championship shot 61. That's just madness.

Like, when was this 10-time ...Read more

Steph Curry brings golf back to Howard University

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Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry loves to golf, and he is making sure students at one university have a team to play on if they want.

Curry announced Monday that he will financially support men's and women's golf teams at Howard University for the next six years.

"This is one of the most generous gifts in the history of Howard University...Read more

Thomas seizes the Tour Championship advantage with win at Medinah

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Phil Mickelson has made it to the final stage of the FedEx Cup nine times in his career, but not this year. And not for fourth time in the last six years -- well, he is 48 now, you know. As he Tweeted out Sunday morning, after being rousted from his hotel following a lightning strike that singed the place, that was "the only thing of mine on ...Read more

5 takeaways from a 'spectacular ' BMW Championship, including crazy-low scores, a tough act for Olympia Fields to follow and Tiny Houses are here to stay

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- Justin Thomas was nervous driving to Medinah on Sunday with a six-shot lead. Nobody wants to shrink like Greg Norman did at the 1996 Masters.

Thomas scrolled through some texts wishing him luck. That didn't help. After arriving at Medinah, he came upon well-wishers who offered him unsolicited advice: Talk to your caddie, stay ...Read more

Next for Tiger Woods — rest and a continued push for the Jackson Park project

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- Tiger Woods' season ended quietly Sunday, with a par on 18 and an even-par round. He remained the No. 1 attraction at Medinah, but there wasn't a whole lot to see.

He made no eagles all week and no birdies on the back nine Sunday. Needing to finish in the top 11 at the BMW Championship to have a chance to defend his title at ...Read more

Phil Mickelson's hotel was struck by lightning, but he made his tee time at the BMW Championship

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- As Phil Mickelson put it on Twitter, how's this for crazy?

The BMW Championship started on time Sunday, with groups going off the first and 10th tees at 10:19 a.m. Turns out Medinah Country Club can take a punch from Mother Nature.

The course received eight tenths of an inch of rain overnight and in the morning, boosting the ...Read more

Matt Kuchar likes his position at Tour Championship — whatever that may be

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- Matt Kuchar was as rooted at East Lake and the Tour Championship as the Bermuda rough. He had made it to eight in a row before the Roundup of a particularly non-descript 2018 got him.

That was but a momentary glitch it turns out. An uncomfortable deviation from the norm. "It's no fun sitting at home watching," said Kuchar, a ...Read more

Teddy Greenstein's 6 takeaways from the BMW Championship 1st round

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- The PGA Tour could adopt this slogan for the FedEx Cup playoffs: No chumps allowed.

Those who survived the season-long points race and opening playoff event near Lady Liberty are the tour's best performers. They played like it Thursday at Medinah in the first round of the BMW Championship.

Only two of the field's 69 players ...Read more

'Have you ever wanted to host a tournament in your backyard?' Go inside the Tiny House next to the 14th tee at Medinah Country Club

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You've heard of the skybox, the suite, perhaps even the chalet.

But what if you could go next level?

What if you could roll out of bed, pull your favorite breakfast meat from the grill, order a Bloody Mary, relax in a lounge chair and then watch Phil Mickelson, close enough to smell your bacon, smash a drive over Lake Kadijah? And then you ...Read more

Tiger Woods says he feels 'so much better' than last week — and caddie Joe LaCava debunks a theory on Woods' strained oblique

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Tiger Woods said he feels "so much better" than last week, when he withdrew from the Northern Trust with a strained oblique. He played the front nine at Medinah Country Club on Wednesday morning in the BMW Championship pro-am, going 4-under on his own ball. He chipped, putted and hit some bunker shots and half-wedges on the back nine.

"Played ...Read more

Tiger Woods emerges at Medinah and meets with officials on Chicago golf plan

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MEDINAH, Ill. -- Tiger Woods entered and exited public view quickly Tuesday. But he remained at Medinah long enough to get briefed on the plan to renovate the courses at Chicago's Jackson Park and South Shore.

Woods arrived shortly before 1:30 p.m. and said he'd give it a go at the BMW Championship, the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events ...Read more

In sudden reversal, BMW set to renew as the title sponsor of BMW Championship

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CHICAGO -- It was over. Done with. Fertig.

BMW would pull away from title-sponsoring what is now called the BMW Championship after the final putt dropped this week at Medinah.

Instead the German automotive giant would sink its U.S. golf sponsorship money into the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.

The PGA Tour and Western Golf Association ...Read more

Is Tiger Woods coming to Chicago for the BMW Championship? He has lots of golf and non-golf reasons to make the trip.

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The list of those thrilled when Tiger Woods won the Masters included James Adducci (netted $1.19 million on an $85,000 bet), caddie Joe LaCava, the dedicated tweeters @GCTigerTracker and everyone associated with the BMW Championship.

Woods' resulting surge in the FedEx Cup standings (from 81st to 13th) meant he'd return to the BMW Championship ...Read more

Shane Lowry's British Open victory a great moment for all of Ireland

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- For a country long divided, Shane Lowry's victory in the British Open was a reminder of unity and the bonding effect of sports.

This was one island pulling for one man.

"For Ireland, such a small place, it's our 10th major (since 2007), and from a small country we keep producing," said Padraig Harrington, who won ...Read more

British Open: J.B. Holmes irks Brooks Koepka with his pre-shot routine

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- What a miserable Sunday at the British Open for American J.B. Holmes. He was in third place after three rounds, having shot a 66, 68 and 69. But he slogged his way to an 87 with one birdie, six bogeys, four double bogeys and a triple bogey in the final round.

He dropped 64 spots down the leaderboard to finish tied ...Read more

British Open: Shane Lowry wins first major title with Royal Portrush victory

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Irishman Shane Lowry survived whipping winds and driving rain at Royal Portrush to win the British Open on Sunday, the first time his homeland has played host to this storied major championship in 68 years.

The 32-year-old finished at 15-under-par 269 for the tournament after completing the final round at one-over ...Read more

 

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