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

Shane Lowry leads British Open by four shots after shooting 63

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Under slate-gray skies, with a passionate crowd cheering his every swing, Irishman Shane Lowry found something Saturday that no one else could:

Daylight. Glorious daylight.

Lowry distanced himself from the field by shooting a 63 in the third round of the British Open. He masterfully worked his way around Royal ...Read more

British Open spectator hit by ball after Kyle Stanley doesn't yell 'fore'

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Golfer Kyle Stanley isn't being criticized for what he said -- but for what he didn't.

The controversy concerns something that happened during the second round of the British Open.

First, Stanley accidentally struck a course marshal on the shin with an errant shot on No. 14. Then, on No. 17, Stanley hit a shot ...Read more

Rory McIlroy's valiant effort to make British Open cut comes up just short

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- The most compelling drama at the British Open on Friday didn't happen at the top of the leaderboard, or anywhere near it.

The heart-thumping, hand-wringing action took place at the cut line, where local hero Rory McIlroy fought gamely to survive for the weekend. He fell just short, however, his six-under-par 65 ...Read more

Tiger Woods misses the cut at the British Open

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- Another major championship, another disappointment for Tiger Woods.

Although he shot a respectable 70 at Royal Portrush on Friday, it wasn't enough to make up for his 78 in the opening round. He was six over par after the first two days of the British Open, well above the projected 1-over cut line.

It marks the ...Read more

J.B. Holmes takes British Open lead with Brooks Koepka lurking

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland -- It's not how you start, it's how you finish.

Thumbs down for local hero Rory McIlroy either way.

McIlroy, who grew up on Royal Portrush, flopped in the first round of the British Open on Thursday with a quadruple-bogey eight on the first hole, and a triple-bogey seven on the 18th. It was a Limburger sandwich for ...Read more

John Daly draws a crowd, dazzles with his distance on first day of Kentucky's PGA event

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NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- When the opening round of the PGA Barbasol Championship got underway at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville on Thursday, it didn't take long to identify the day's main attraction.

Two-time major champion and five-time PGA Tour winner John Daly began the day on hole No. 1 with a sizable fan following that grew into a ...Read more