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US captain Steve Stricker said his team will stand for anthem at Presidents Cup

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Protests during the national anthem have swept through the sports world over the weekend after President Donald Trump's tweeted that players should stand for the anthem or be fired.

Thanks to some fortuitous timing, golfers have to weigh in on the matter.

The Presidents Cup will start on Thursday in Jersey City, N.J. Team events in golf start ...Read more

Schauffele an unlikely winner of the Tour Championship

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ATLANTA -- It was every bit of 360 degrees.

A full circle.

Geometry at its most fundamental.

Xander Schauffele watched as his career-changing putt traveled every inch of the 18th hole. When it finally fell -- succumbing to the law of gravity -- the relatively unknown golfer had a birdie and a Tour Championship victory. Schauffele finished at ...Read more

That's more like it, Casey finally in position for victory

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ATLANTA -- Paul Casey is in position to win his first tournament this year.

It's about time.

And if you are only going to win one, this would be it.

Casey is 12 under par following the third round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta on Saturday. He leads the finale of the FedEx Cup playoffs by two strokes over Kevin ...Read more

East Lake shows some teeth; three tied for Tour Championship lead

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ATLANTA -- Each had their chance to pull away.

Each were bitten by East Lake Golf Club.

Webb Simpson sat at 9 under par until a double-bogey on No. 13.

Paul Casey was set to separate himself until back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 brought him back to the pack.

Justin Thomas missed a number of putts, but posted an eagle on No. 18 to make ...Read more

Besties Spieth, Thomas three off Tour Championship lead

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ATLANTA -- By unofficial count it was a simple two-fist-bump beginning at the first tee Thursday. And a simple cool handshake on the 18th green. No secret fraternal shakes or bro-hugs. Not so much as a playful locker room-style towel snap.

Just two good buddies enjoying the ultimate golf outing, with $11 million or so on the line.

Jordan ...Read more

Stanley's career turnaround has him atop Tour Championship leaderboard

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ATLANTA -- Kyle Stanley is not exactly sure what he was doing one year ago.

Maybe sitting at home.

He sure wasn't playing in the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup playoff finale with more than $11 million at stake.

Stanley was once the nation's best college golfer and an early success on the PGA Tour. Times changed. The last three years have ...Read more

Young guns take aim at Tour Championship, FedEx Cup millions

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Being just 24 has its advantages, beyond even all the usual ones we'd repossess if only we could.

Say, for example, you're Justin Thomas and you're having a tough time of it on the golf course. Granted, that's a full-eclipse kind of rarity lately. Then, and only then, are you allowed to consider how absurd it all is that you have collected this...Read more

A parade of personalities heads to Tour Championship

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Welcome to the Tour Championship, which as it turns out, is also something of an actual tour. Come, explore the various peaks, canyons and plateaus of a golfer's temperament.

At the top of FedEx Cup points list, where all the interest and the bulk of the money lives, is an intriguing assortment of emotional approaches to this oft-maddening game...Read more

Marc Leishman finishes romp at last BMW Championship before its astute move to August

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The BMW Championship ended delightfully Sunday, with no drama.

Marc Leishman took a four-shot lead into the 72nd hole at Conway Farms and barely even practiced his final putt. No plumb-bobbing, no fuss. Leishman stroked in the 18-footer from the fringe, waited for Rickie Fowler to finish and then got bum-rushed by his sons,...Read more

Jason Day surges at BMW Championship but still trails Marc Leishman

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. ––After Jason Day completed his Friday round at Conway Farms Golf Club, a friend shouted, "Jason, my car is on its last legs!"

"Better start walking!" Day shot back with a smile.

The affable Australian was awarded a BMW M760i sedan for what he described as a "lucky" hole-in-one, a 7-iron on the downhill, 186-yard 17th ...Read more

With new caddies, Phil Mickelson, Jason Day get their mojo back at BMW Championship

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LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Phil Mickelson pounded a drive onto the 18th fairway at Conway Farms and then had almost enough time before his second shot to fly home for one of his kids' graduations.

Sergio Garcia, who drove it 15 yards shy of Mickelson, laid up on the 585-yard hole. That left Mickelson and Charles Howell III to wait ... and wait ... ...Read more

Who will win the BMW Championship? Here's what history tells us

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A surgeon won at Conway Farms in 2013. A masher shrank the course in 2015.

What does that tell you? That practically anyone in the FedEx Cup playoff field of 70 can win this week's BMW Championship as it boomerangs back to Chicago's North Shore.

"It's not a bomber's course," said Jim "Bones" Mackay, the NBC golf analyst who caddied at Conway ...Read more

Former Mickelson caddie on Jason Day splitting with caddie Colin Swatton

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The most stunning player-caddie breakup of 2017 was the Phil Mickelson-Jim "Bones" Mackay split. The golf world thought the two greeted each other each morning by saying, "You complete me."

A close second is taking place at this week's BMW Championship at Conway Farms. As first reported by Golf Channel, Jason Day is replacing mentor and coach ...Read more

One key to a free-flowing swing and longevity on the PGA Tour? A Total Body Stretch

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Henrik Stenson might not know you personally, but he still knows you.

He knows you change into soft spikes in the parking lot, pay your green fee and then maybe, at most, spend 10 seconds stretching your upper body by grabbing a rail of the golf cart.

"All the guys who run straight to the first tee box, you'll want to make sure to give ...Read more

Walker Cup gives U.S. team a shot at redemption

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No image captured the United States' fate at the 2015 Walker Cup better than the shot of Spider Miller, the team's captain, sitting on the closing ceremony stage with elbows on knees, head bowed.

As tears formed in Miller's eyes, Bryson DeChambeau leaned over and consoled him, his right arm resting on Miller's shoulders.

DeChambeau has moved ...Read more

Fans will receive Jordan Spieth bobblehead at Tour Championship

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ATLANTA -- Jordan Spieth is a bobblehead.

The first 2,000 fans who attend each day of the Tour Championship will receive a Jordan Spieth Coca-Cola bobblehead figurine, officials for the golf tournament announced Tuesday. The bobblehead will be given out complimentary beginning with the Wednesday practice round and through all four competitive ...Read more

Payne stepping down as Augusta National chairman

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Having drawn the Masters a map to the 21st century and eventually holding open the door for the first women members at Augusta National, Billy Payne announced Wednesday he was abdicating his chairmanship of America's most famous and influential golf club.

Payne, who turns 70 in October, let it be known Wednesday that 11 years ...Read more

Tiger Woods had five drugs in his system, including marijuana, night of DUI arrest

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Tiger Woods reportedly had five different drugs in his system when police pulled him over in the middle of the night and arrested him on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter Memorial Day weekend, according to a toxicology report released by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

According to the report, Woods, 41, had two pain killers (Vicodin, Dilaudid), two...Read more

Justin Thomas' birdie binge at Quail Hollow bags first major at PGA Championship

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Of course, any major would have been terrific, but Justin Thomas winning the PGA Championship added extra luster.

Thomas, from Goshen, Ky., got to spend time around the PGA Tour growing up because his father was heavily involved with PGA of America. Mike Thomas once served as a national board member and had been an official ...Read more

Kevin Kisner's quest to win first major falls short: 'I just didn't finish it off'

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Kisner's second shot from the fairway at the 18th hole Sunday evening was over-hooked and wound up in the creek beside the green, washing away his chance at winning the PGA Championship.

He needed to hole that shot to tie Justin Thomas, but realistically Kisner's fortunes fell with back-to-back bogeys at the par-4 12th ...Read more

 

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