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World No. 3, four-time major champion Brooks Koepka gives Travelers Championship its first marquee commitment since shutdown

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Third-ranked golfer in the world Brooks Koepka on Thursday became the first prominent PGA Tour pro to commit to play in the 2020 Travelers Championship since the coronavirus pandemic suspended play in March.

Koepka, 30, a seven-time winner on tour, surged to the top of Official World Golf Ranking during a dominant stretch in ...Read more

Rory McIlroy's final shot in a closest-to-the-pin playoff caps big day at Seminole for COVID-19 relief efforts

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Golf returned Sunday for the first time in more than two months with the TaylorMade Driving Relief charity skins match and from the start, everything was different.

Four players in shorts. All carrying their own bags. Wide-open unobstructed views of plush fairways, sand dunes, palm trees and the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. No spectators. No ...Read more

Colonial lands another top-name player as two-time champ Phil Mickelson enters mix

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Another day, another big-name golfer is headed to Fort Worth for next month's Charles Schwab Challenge.

Phil Mickelson is the latest commitment to the Colonial's field as he joined the list on Friday. Mickelson has won the tournament twice (2000 and 2008), but he has only played the event twice since his 2008 victory, in ...Read more

PGA Tour Champions to combine 2020, 2021 seasons; Boca Championship converted to non-playoff event

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After already canceling eight tournaments due to the coronavirus pandemic, the PGA Tour Champions have decided to combine the 2020 and 2021 schedules to form one season.

The decision was made in an effort to maintain the competitive integrity of the Charles Schwab Cup, resulting in the next champion being crowned in November of 2021. PGA Tour ...Read more

Professional golf is back. Here's what you should know about Sunday's skins game, Tiger Woods' return and new PGA Tour safety guidelines.

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CHICAGO -- Kevin Streelman has been doing the stay-at-home dad thing, such as comforting daughter Sophia as she watched little brother Rhett get a buzz cut.

It will grow back, he promised.

Also making a comeback: Streelman's vocation and passion -- professional golf.

The three-time PGA Tour winner is playing this week in the Scottsdale Open, ...Read more

How the PGA Tour plans to hold the Colonial safely amid coronavirus pandemic

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- The PGA Tour unveiled a detailed, 37-page health and safety plan outlining the protocols and measures that will be taken at next month's Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club.

The idea is to create a "bubble" for players and others associated with the event by isolating them from the general public as much as ...Read more

PGA Tour plans testing and social distancing measures at Travelers Championship, other events upon its June return

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- When the PGA Tour comes to Connecticut next month, it will be armed with an extensive, aggressive plan for COVID-19 testing and social distancing protocols for the Travelers Championship.

"We've been working closely with each of these events, including the Travelers Championship," said Tyler Dennis, the PGA's chief of ...Read more

Colonial now has landed five of world's top 10 golfers. Here's the latest to commit.

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The Colonial has landed another top 10 golfer.

Patrick Reed became the latest big-name player to commit for the Charles Schwab Challenge next month at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. The PGA Tour will resume its season at the Colonial after suspending play in mid-March amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, is ...Read more

Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning, Phil Mickelson: Who is the best trash talker?

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Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning won't be taking on the team of Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady on the golf course for a couple more weeks.

But the trash talking has already started.

The two golfing greats and the two NFL legends joined sportscaster Ernie Johnson on Thursday for a teleconference to promote "The Match: Champions for Charity," a ...Read more

Boisterous crowds have co-starred in the Travelers Championship's signature moments. How will Sunday drama look and feel without them?

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2016, a historic Sunday at the Travelers Championship started to percolate. Jim Furyk's front-nine score of 27 had mobilized the morning galleries and clogged the entrance to TPC River Highlands with two miles of traffic.

Furyk, who tied the old PGA Tour record with a round of 59 in 2013, was ...Read more

Used to nomadic life, pro golfers are settling into staying put

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Pro golfer Troy Merritt's brother teaches at Spring Lake Park's Westwood middle school. Merritt's parents were teachers, as were his aunts and uncles. His cousins are, too.

"We have a lot of teachers in our family," he said.

Now he is one as well, by necessity, as schools nationwide have been closed by the coronavirus pandemic. ...Read more

'It will be a new normal:' Connecticut governor supports plan to hold Travelers Championship without fans in June

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Wednesday he supports the possibility of holding the Travelers Championship golf tournament in late June as scheduled, so long as there are no fans in attendance.

The Travelers Championship, one of the best-attended stops on the PGA Tour and long one of the biggest sporting events in ...Read more

Tom Watson gives insight on how the Masters might differ by being held in the fall

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For the first time since 1945, the Masters won't be played in April.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will be held in November, and two-time champion Tom Watson talked about the later start during a question-and-answer session with Brett Lasky that was shared on Twitter by the PGA Tour Champions.

Watson was asked if he has ...Read more

It will be a stroll down memory lane, not Magnolia Lane, for Jim Nantz this Masters weekend

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From the NCAA tournament through the Masters, CBS announcer Jim Nantz is such an integral part of this country's sports experience, he should have a month named after him.

January, February, Nantz, April, May ...

With a delivery so smooth and liquid you could pour it from the Claret Jug, Nantz is the titanium standard in the golf world, the ...Read more

Washington golfers, officials cling to hope that coronavirus shutdown order will be lifted in May

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SEATTLE -- All these warm, beautiful days this week, after such a long stretch of dreary, cold, wet weather in winter and early spring -- they're almost taunting the large contingent of rabid, increasingly antsy golfers in Washington state.

Just ask Eric Briggs, the head pro at Lakeland Village Golf Course in Allyn, west of Gig Harbor. Briggs' ...Read more

A silent Masters week unlike any other begins in Augusta

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Monday was to have been the first public practice round of Masters week, scheduled long before a virus intervened. For the first time since World War II, though, there would not be a major golf tournament here bookmarking the Georgian spring.

"It just kind of feels like we're out of place," said Billy DeLoach, astride his golf ...Read more

British Open canceled and the Masters is tentatively scheduled for November

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The British Open is canceled. The Masters has been postponed until two weeks before Thanksgiving. The PGA Championship has been temporarily moved back to August, to be followed by golf's U.S. Open in September.

And, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, no one can say for sure if those three stateside major championships will even take place this year.

...Read more

Report: U.S. Open could be played at Torrey Pines later this year

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SAN DIEGO -- Torrey Pines Golf Course has become a potential candidate to host the 2020 U.S. Open men's tournament if the event is postponed because of fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Thursday by Golfweek.

The website said golf's governing bodies will soon release a revised schedule that would see at least three ...Read more

'We're just kind of holding our breath right now': Private clubs in Illinois shut down as golf community struggles with effects of coronavirus

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CHICAGO -- Golfers at private clubs around Chicago will not be playing through.

Officials at three private clubs contacted by the Tribune all said they would abide by the latest directive by the governor's office to return the woods and wedges to storage.

A Thursday revision to the governor's stay-at-home Executive Order deemed golf courses as...Read more

Illinois golf courses shut down after a reversal from state officials

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CHICAGO -- State officials have reversed course and decided to shut down golf courses in Illinois.

The governor's office revised its stay-at-home executive order Thursday. While restaurants and liquor stores can remain open, recreational sports businesses -- including golf courses -- are "not considered essential businesses" amid the shutdown ...Read more