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Report: 9/11 Families United sent letter to Augusta National about LIV Golf

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A week before the Masters, 9/11 Families United has sent a letter to Augusta National asking to speak to the club’s chairman about the decision to allow Saudi-backed LIV golfers to play in the tournament, according to a report by USA Today.

The group also plans to hold a press conference at Atlanta’s The Commerce Club to discuss the ...Read more

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Steve Hummer: Golf's warring sides take their fight to Masters

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ATLANTA — The uncomfortable joking began months ago, when defending Masters champion and PGA Tour stalwart Scottie Scheffler ran into two-time Masters champ and LIV golf defector Bubba Watson on a vacation trip.

The two had an upcoming engagement at the Masters — the champions dinner hosted by Scheffler. “I told him,” Scheffler reported...Read more

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Taylor Moore is the surprise winner of the Valspar Championship

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Taylor Moore stood on the practice putting green and casually checked some messages on his phone. The 29-year-old had just turned in the best score of the day at the Valspar Championship and at 10 under was sitting atop the field.

With his fiancee and her father, who had surprised him after his round, Moore waited out of ...Read more

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Jordan Spieth survives roller-coaster third round at Valspar Championship

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jordan Spieth’s Valspar Championship round Saturday was as turbulent as the storm clouds churning over him all afternoon at the Innisbrook Resort.

The three-time major champion had five bogeys and answered with five birdies and an eagle as winds churned all day at the Copperhead Course. He still finished just one shot ...Read more

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Valspar Championship leader Adam Schenk is expecting big things

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Like a lot of first-time dads-to-be, Adam Schenk is trying to get in as much work as possible before he and his wife welcome their first child in just over a month. But he is not bringing paperwork home or staying late at the office to finish projects.

No, Schenk is trying to rack up FedEx points by playing as many ...Read more

Jordan Spieth looking for resurgence at Valspar Championship

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jordan Spieth just wanted to keep pace with his partner Thursday at Innisbrook Resort. Paired with two-time Valspar Championship defending champion Sam Burns for the first round, Spieth knew if he kept up with Burns, he’d be off to a good start.

“When you’re playing with Sam, you kind of know what the standard is out...Read more

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LIV Miami vs. LIV Golf: Iconic nightclub wants to block golf group's trademarks

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MIAMI — The famous LIV nightclub in Miami Beach is looking to bounce a similarly named golf series at the door.

The club has filed a notice of opposition to trademark applications by LIV Golf, a Saudi-backed group looking to compete with the sport’s longstanding PGA Tour. The filing says the proposed trademarks are “highly similar in ...Read more

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New world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler cruises to Players Championship win

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH — Golfer Scottie Scheffler turned the Players Championship into another Sunday stroll to the winner’s circle.

Following her grandson’s 5-shot victory was Mary DeLorenzo. Less than two weeks shy of her 88th birthday, Scheffler’s maternal grandmother had to work to keep up during an idyllic day at TPC Sawgrass.

No one ...Read more

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Scottie Scheffler the man to beat again, this time at the Players

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — On a shockingly scorable Saturday at TPC Sawgrass, the best golfers in the world went lower than ever before.

Moving day was not an option during the third round of the Players Championship. Those who did not make a move were left in the dust. When it settled, a familiar face was once again in the mix at another ...Read more

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Unlikely contender Ben Griffin the clubhouse leader at suspended Players

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — If you ask Ben Griffin, scaling PGA Tour leaderboards beats weighing some rising interest rates.

“They’re too high if you’re trying to buy a house,” the former loan officer said after going low for the second day at TPC Sawgrass.

Griffin’s decision to give up his day job for his dream looks wiser by the ...Read more

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The Jordan Spieth show resumes with solid 1st round at Players Championship

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Golfer Jordan Spieth regrips his driver again and again, his twitchy right thumb still moving as he takes away the club.

The adventure begins as the ball launches into the air during Thursday’s first round of The Players Championship.

Spieth talks to his ball, himself or caddie Michael Greller, if not all three. ...Read more

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Ex-girlfriend of Tiger Woods is suing him for $30 million, says she was kicked out of home

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Erica Herman, the ex-girlfriend of Tiger Woods, is suing the golfer for allegedly kicking her out of the house they shared for six years.

The two had been sharing the home in Hobe Sound, Fla., where the ex-girlfriend claims she exchanged “valuable services” for living there rent-free, reports TMZ Sports.

According to Herman, the two had ...Read more

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Kurt Kitayama hangs on at Arnold Palmer Invitational for 1st PGA Tour win

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Friends call golfer Kurt Kitayama “Kitty.”

During a pressure-cooker Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, the world’s top players, Bay Hill’s boisterous, well-lubricated galleries and a national TV audience learned why.

Kitayama has nine lives. And like the nickname suggests, he always found a way to land on his feet during an 18-...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Dramatic final round of The Arnie felt like a fifth major

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His first day on the job eight years ago, Drew Donovan met Arnold Palmer and knew he was working for someone special.

Now Donovan is in his first year as the tournament director of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and it’s clear he is also in charge of something special.

Something very special.

“The energy at this place is amazing today,�...Read more

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Defending champion Scottie Scheffler surges at Arnold Palmer Invitational, sits 1 shot back

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Golfer Scottie Scheffler learned how to win in 2022.

In 2023, he’s shown he can repeat.

Scheffler hopes to do it again and again and again during the coming weeks, beginning with Sunday’s final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He closed with three birdies and five during his final seven holes to card a 4-under 68 ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Like college football, PGA Tour now has Power 5 and Group of 5

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ORLANDO, Fla. — For all of you casual golf fans out there who don’t really understand the PGA Tour’s revolutionary new format that begins next season, just think of it in terms of college football.

Beginning next season, the PGA Tour will essentially be split into the Power 5 and the Group of 5. The star golfers will be raking in the big ...Read more

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Well-traveled Kurt Kitayama aims to reach PGA Tour winner's circle at Arnold Palmer

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Arnold Palmer Invitational 36-hole leader Kurt Kitayama once received a bag of money from tournament organizers after winning an event overseas.

The well-traveled Californian has experienced plenty of peculiar and unsettling moments during his nomadic career. Kitayama’s payout for his 2018 Asian Development Tour win in ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: Eric Cole spurred by mother's resolve as 34-year-old rookie at Arnold Palmer Invitational

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ORLANDO, Fla. — You want to talk about inspiration and motivation? It was oozing from everywhere when Olympia High’s Eric Cole teed off for the first time at The Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday.

It seemed the emotion emanated from every blade of Bermuda grass on every green at Bay Hill; every grain of sand in every bunker; every leaf...Read more

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World No. 1 Jon Rahm seizes Arnold Palmer lead with opening 65, big names in pursuit

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Round 1 at Bay Hill Club & Lodge offered something for everybody.

The world No. 1, a globe-trotting journeyman, a rising American star, a feel-good story and the defending champion were among those atop a tight, eclectic leaderboard Thursday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Other big-name players are lurking, too, setting ...Read more

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Mike Bianchi: LIV has made The Arnie and PGA Tour better than ever

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This will undoubtedly be the most unpopular statement you will see or hear all week at The Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The PGA Tour will cringe at what I’m about to say.

PGA Tour players will wince.

Traditional golf fans will be offended.

Arnie himself, sitting up in That Big 19th Hole in the Sky, will likely spit out his mouthful of iced...Read more