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Blessed by Trump, snubbed by TV, LIV Golf bets future on team format

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Donald Trump stepped up to the tee at the first hole at the Trump National Doral, drove his ball down the fairway and gazed back at the crowd behind him. “Can Biden do that?” Trump asked. “I don’t think so!”

As his round continued, Trump fans shouted words of encouragement at the former president. “Keep up the fight for America!” ...Read more

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Bryce Miller: Farmers Insurance Open has not 'lost any sleep' over jarring PGA Tour change

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SAN DIEGO — No one could blame PGA Tour stops like San Diego's Farmers Insurance Open for sounding internal alarm bells amid reports of the PGA Tour increasing purse sizes at select tournaments and requiring elite players to play in those.

The Farmers isn't panicking, though. Not yet, anyway.

In the wake of a Golf Digest story explaining how...Read more

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LIV Golf's controversial inaugural season comes to an end in Doral. What's next for league?

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The most lucrative event of LIV Golf’s inaugural season came to an end on Sunday in Doral. It was also the final event of the controversial Saudi Arabia-funded league’s season.

When it was done, the total prize pool for the eight events — including individual bonuses — during LIV’s first season stood at $255 million.

This weekend�...Read more

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With Sunday's final round ahead, $50 million prize pool at center of LIV Golf event in Doral

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MIAMI — LIV Golf’s inaugural Team Championship in Doral means more to golfers because it pays more.

The three-day competition that began Friday at Trump National Doral Miami continued with the second round on Saturday. The event features a $50 million purse, with the winning team awarded $16 million to split between four players, the second...Read more

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Dom Amore: With PGA's 'elevated' status, the Travelers Championship will be kicking it up a notch

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Rory McIlroy, once again the No. 1 golfer in the world, caught Andy Bessette in the corner of his eye after a gathering of PGA players in Florida recently.

“He pointed to me and said, ‘elevated. ... elevated is good,’” Bessette said. “Or something like that.”

It’s exactly like that. The Travelers Championship was rewarded for its...Read more

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Tom Kim wins Shriners Children's Open on final hole

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Tom Kim fired a bogey-free 5-under 66 to hold off Patrick Cantlay to win the Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin on Sunday.

With the victory, golf’s emerging superstar became the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to earn two PGA Tour titles prior to his 21st birthday.

Cantlay, the 2017 Shriners champion, went to the final hole ...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Presidents Cup didn't need late drama to make it a memorable week, but it got a little anyway

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The emotion flowed out of Si Woo Kim on the 15th green with a furious fist pump to celebrate the putt he rolled in to answer Justin Thomas. In almost the same motion, he put a finger to his lips to silence the crowd that had been so loud around that green all week.

Shush Woo Kim found a way to inject some drama into ...Read more

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U.S. team holds off International team rally to earn yet another Presidents Cup title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Xander Schauffele had some choice words for how he was feeling Saturday evening after falling in his afternoon four-ball match. Suffice it to say, he was upset.

“Wasn’t very pleased with myself personally,” he said “I can probably speak for my partner (Patrick Cantlay) as well, who is absent currently. Yeah, we didn�...Read more

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International team rallies to tighten things up in the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Among the youngest players ever to play in the Presidents Cup, International rookie Tom Kim has been among the brightest of stars for his team this week at Quail Hollow Club.

And under the most intense pressure he’s likely ever faced on a golf course, Kim etched his name among the most clutch performances in International ...Read more

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Max Homa clutch putt punctuates another dominant Presidents Cup day for US

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When Patrick Cantlay drained a putt from deep on one of the toughest par-4s on the course, Hideki Matsuyama and Tom Kim shook their heads and exchanged a smile as if to say, “What else can we do?”

It’s a legitimate question.

The U.S. pairing of Cantlay and Xander Schauffele again led another dominant day for the ...Read more

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Cantlay-Schauffele lead early US dominance in Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The heavy favorites came to play early, but the underdogs didn’t leave without a fight.

What began as an anticlimactic rout — Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele ended their round up six with five holes to go — turned into a nail-biter that might be consequential later in the week.

The heavily favored Americans won ...Read more

US team's play at Presidents Cup has galleries and International team seeing red

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The hype was real.

An hour before the Presidents Cup’s official starter called out Thursday’s first match, the massive, temporary stadium surrounding the first tee was filled nearly to capacity. Some were there to cheer on the International team, of course — among the more obvious in that bunch were fans dressed in ...Read more

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Scott Fowler: Charlotte has had enough losses. The U.S. Presidents Cup team can help out with that

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — You know what Charlotte really needs, and what the U.S. Presidents Cup team can help us all out with this weekend?

An actual winning streak.

Charlotte’s sports fans would like to stop getting battered by a hurricane of bad news and actually start celebrating a few wins in a row.

Tuesday was a fine beginning, as the city ...Read more

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Presidents Cup Day 2 notebook: Taylor Pendrith, Ernie Els and Charlotte's $2M donation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The 2022 Presidents Cup promises to be a mismatch of everything — a cocktail of different cultures and generations, of heralded and unheralded names.

Those storylines took a front-row seat on Wednesday.

Here’s what you need to know from Quail Hollow Club before live competition tees off on Thursday.

Ernie Els’ ...Read more

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NC native Webb Simpson helping US Presidents Cup team with home-course knowledge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Webb Simpson knows a thing or two about Quail Hollow — including how to get on the course via golf cart from his front door.

“Living here, I can hop on a cart and get to work in about 30 seconds,” Simpson quipped Wednesday. “So I certainly spend a ton of time out here.”

The Raleigh native, Wake Forest University ...Read more

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Max Homa underscores the depth of the US team at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Max Homa was a rock star on Tuesday at Quail Hollow.

OK, that might be a tad generous, but his popularity underscores the United States team’s distinct advantage at the Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow this week.

Homa, who has campaigned as hard as anyone in the past year to be on this team, arrived at the practice range ...Read more

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Presidents Cup captains discuss infamous LIV Tour, 'incredible' Quail Hollow, more

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Live competition for one of the biggest golf events of the year doesn’t start for another day, but the banter has already begun.

The Presidents Cup, an international golf tournament that pits some of the best golfers from the United States against some of the best from the rest of the world, begins at Quail Hollow Club in ...Read more

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Adam Scott's experience will be key if International team pulls Presidents Cup upset

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Adam Scott set his feet in the closely mowed, morning dew-draped grass, waggled his club behind a ball and swiped backward, then forward. About 30 feet away, the ball he struck landed among a swarm of practice balls, hopped twice and disappeared into the cup.

The Australian veteran turned to his caddie, laughed and walked ...Read more

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After a stroke nearly killed her at 14, Dakota Lam perseveres in life and golf

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At 16 years old, she's losing her fingernails.

The layers are flaking away, a side effect of her medication. It's hard for Fountain Valley High junior Dakota Lam to grip a pencil, let alone a golf club. Her fingers pulse after enough swings, and then the blood comes, spurting from the raw skin underneath the nails.

It always scares her father,...Read more

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Scott Fowler: At the Presidents Cup, Johnny Harris and Quail Hollow's quest for the 'spectacular'

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CHARLOTTE — I am riding on a golf cart next to Quail Hollow Club president Johnny Harris, but “flying” may be the more operative word, because it feels like not all four of our wheels are touching the ground.

There is so much to do at Quail Hollow in the final days before the Presidents Cup begins, and so much to see in the gleaming ...Read more