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Lawsuit claims PGA Tour fans cheated because group won't allow LIV golfers to enter PGA events

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The PGA Tour is robbing fans by preventing LIV Golf participants from playing in PGA Tour events, according to a lawsuit filed in Palm Beach County.

The civil lawsuit, filed Tuesday on behalf of Larry Klayman and against the PGA Tour and its partner, DP World Tour [European Tour], is seeking class-action status and ...Read more

3M Open head rips players leaving PGA Tour, calls Saudi Golf 'a pain'

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MINNEAPOLIS — The kid with a quirky swing who made a name for himself three summers ago as the first winner of the 3M Open will not be back in Blaine in 2022.

He might never tee up in a PGA Tour event again.

On Monday, Matthew Wolff was among the latest players to defect to LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed big-money league that has taken over the ...Read more

LIV Golf not hindering Rocket Mortgage Classic from recruiting another strong field

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DETROIT — The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be the only golf game in town.

But it won't be the only golf game that draws eyeballs and intrigue late next month.

The PGA Tour's fourth Rocket Mortgage Classic will be played July 28-31 at Detroit Golf Club — and will be held opposite the third event of the new and controversial LIV Golf tour. ...Read more

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Travelers Championship still the place for big crowds and young golfers to make a splash

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Michael Thorbjornsen missed his birdie putt, then tapped in for par at 18 and the crowd gathered around the amphitheater at the TPC River Highlands began to swell in volume. Thorbjornsen, a quiet teenager, walked over to his best friend and caddie, Drew Cohen, for a hug, then walked off, waving his club and tipping his hat.

“It’s surreal,�...Read more

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Travelers notes: Amateur Michael Thorbjornsen calmly approaching Sunday from a spot on the leaderboard

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CROMWELL, Conn. — For 20-year-old amateur Michael Thorbjornsen, the thought of being in contention on Sunday at the Travelers Championship doesn’t bring along as much pressure as one might think.

“I’m not getting paid either way, so it’s just another tournament for me,” he said. “It’s just one more round of golf, just trying to ...Read more

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Schauffele slips, Cantley, host of others catch up setting stage for tight Travelers Championship finish

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Entering Saturday, world No. 15 Xander Schauffele had a five-stroke lead over the next closest competitor — his friend, world No. 6 Patrick Cantlay. Five strokes — tied with Tommy Bolt and Gene Littler, who did it in 1954 and 1959, respectively, for the largest lead through 36 rounds at Connecticut’s PGA event.

The ...Read more

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Dom Amore: Friends and occasional teammates, Xander Schauffele, Patrick Cantlay look to stage dramatic Travelers Championship showdown

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay are used to playing together as friends, and they have won together as teammates, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans back in April.

“We definitely bring out the best in each other,” Cantlay said then.

Paired as competitors for the third round of the Travelers Championship, they ...Read more

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Gerry Dulac: Are there reasons beyond money for top players to jump to LIV tour?

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PITTSBURGH — The defection of Brooks Koepka to the LIV Golf series — with another prominent name expected to soon follow — is yet another example of the Saudi-backed circuit targeting some of the PGA Tour's most popular players. Or so it would appear.

The addition of Koepka, the only player in history to win two majors in back-to-back ...Read more

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Another 63 puts Schauffele in the driver's seat heading into weekend at Travelers, but plenty of traffic still lurks behind him

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Xander Schauffele landed a fairway shot just under 10 feet from hole 17 at TPC River Highlands Friday. He tapped in the putt on his next stroke, recording his seventh and final birdie. His second round at the Travelers Championship was nearly complete.

His 7-under par 63 was identical to his score Thursday, combining to tie ...Read more

Travelers notes: Seamus Power finds out he has a super fan

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Once Seamus Power finished his second round on 18 on Friday he hustled up the hill toward the clubhouse sporting a toothy grin, pleased with his 5-under-par 65 second round that helped him make the Travelers Championship cut.

Power looked down for a few seconds and then glanced quickly to his left — half of his focus on ...Read more

Travelers notes: Little-known journeyman makes opening-round statement and lands atop leaderboard

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CROMWELL, Conn. — By the time J.T. Poston’s group reached the ninth green in the Travelers Championship first round on Thursday, the once very large crowd had significantly cleared. He got there just after 5:30 p.m. on a day that began for some at6:45 a.m. The field was stacked into the late morning and early afternoon and not many people ...Read more

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Rory McIlory, J.T. Poston claim Travelers Championship first-round lead with opening 62s

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Crowds surrounded the ninth green at TPC River Highlands as the groups that had teed off in the morning of Thursday’s opening round at the Travelers Championship were nearing completion. The quiet was soon to be shattered by a thrilling roar from the nearby seventh green.

That’s where world No. 2 Rory McIlroy was, and he...Read more

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Dom Amore: Using the Travelers as his backdrop, Jay Monahan throws down the PGA Tour's gauntlet right into the face of Saudi billions

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CROMWELL, Conn. — Jay Monahan played his collegiate golf at Trinity College, and he also played hockey there. In his fifth year as commissioner of the PGA Tour, he may need recall all of his old forechecking, elbowing and slashing skills because he’s in a fight for his organization’s life, and there is no skating through or away from it.

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Brooks Koepka withdraws from Travelers Championship; Justin Thomas also out with sore back

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HARTFORD, Conn. — As expected, Brooks Koepka is out of the Travelers Championship field, the PGA announced late Tuesday.

In an unrelated move, Justin Thomas, the reigning PGA champion and No. 5 player in the world, announced he was pulling out to rest a sore back. He’s being replaced in the field by Satoshi Kodaira.

The PGA has suspended ...Read more

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Dave Hyde: Brooks Koepka just latest to follow golf's tradition of following money, not conscience or legacy

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You know there’s a perspective void when people wonder why golfers are joining a new tour sponsored by an oppressive and murderous Saudi Arabian regime. The questions came again Tuesday as reports were published saying West Palm Beach’s Brooks Koepka would sign on for the LIV Tour’s blood money.

“Don’t these players stand for anything...Read more

Greg Cote: 'Black cloud' over U.S. Open is golf's civil war in a time of revolution for sports overall

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Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick, who is 27 but would still get carded in a pub, hit the shot of his life from the 18th fairway Sunday and minutes later was hugging his mum and dad — the U.S. Open victory his in Brookline, Massachusetts. His first major win was also his first professional win on American soil.

Sweet story.

For a minute, golf ...Read more

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Jason Mastrodonato: With no LIV golfers in contention, U.S. Open a giant success for PGA Tour

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — LIV Golf players wanted more free time.

They got it.

PGA players wanted to compete against the best in the world on storied courses with historical significance while boosting their legacy in the world of golf.

They got it.

Everybody won at the U.S. Open in Brookline this week, most importantly the sport, which survived ...Read more

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There's no place like 'home' as Matt Fitzpatrick wins U.S. Open at The Country Club

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — Nobody in the field of the 122nd U.S. Open had as much experience on The Country Club layout since Gil Hanse’s redesign than Matt Fitzpatrick.

He played seven rounds on the fabled track in 2013 on his way to winning the U.S. Amateur and returned multiple times to visit. The Sheffield, England, native felt that local ...Read more

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Matt Fitzpatrick, Will Zalatoris share the lead in the U.S. Open at The Country Club

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — Saturday is typically considered moving day, but at the U.S. Open it was more like a reshuffling of the deck as nobody was able to separate themselves from the field.

With temperatures running about 20 degrees cooler than Friday and the wind flipping around to the northwest brought a taste of fall to The Country Club, the ...Read more

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U.S. Open Notebook: Wind switch at The Country Club wreaks havoc with golfers

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BROOKLINE, Mass. — Some of the lasting images over the first few days of the U.S. Open were of golfers being tormented by the assorted land mines at The Country Club.

Rory McIlroy couldn’t contain his frustration on Thursday in the opening round, slamming his club repeatedly into the sand after going bunker to bunker.

Footage of that ...Read more