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'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

Jubilant golfers shed their sweatpants, promising to keep their distance, avoid touching the flagstick and pay off bets by Venmo

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CHICAGO -- The headline on the Chicago Tribune's weather page Wednesday sounded more like a commandment than a prediction: "Enjoy today before a wet end to the week."

For many Chicagoans, that meant retrieving golf clubs from the garage and ignoring the "stay at home" requests from elected officials.

For Jeff Carrier, it meant playing nine ...Read more

The Masters postponed due to coronavirus

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ATLANTA -- The Masters announced that this year's tournament has been postponed due to the coronavirus, Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley announced Friday.

No rescheduled date was announced.

Here is the letter from Ridley with the announcement: "On Wednesday, March 4, we issued a memo stating that our plans to host the Masters Tournament, ...Read more

The Players Championship canceled after Matsuyama's record day; next three events too

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With coronavirus concerns canceling sporting events around the world, golf was one of the few to continue Thursday as fans witnessed Hideki Matsuyama tie a TPC Sawgrass course record with a 63 to take the first-round lead at the Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Starting with Round 2, however, the competitors were to be on their ...Read more

Tiger Woods to skip Honda Classic for second consecutive year

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- For the second straight year, Tiger Woods will skip his hometown tournament.

Dealing with a stiff back, the 44-year-old golfer is passing on next weekend's Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens' PGA National. The deadline to commit to this year's tournament was Friday at 5 p.m. The Jupiter Island resident is also skipping...Read more

Scott Brown fell just short of a Masters-qualifying performance

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LOS ANGELES -- Scott Brown tied for the best finishing round at Riviera Country Club on Sunday with a 68, and wound up in a three-way tie for second. Had Brown won, he would have qualified to play in the Masters for the first time.

Here's why that matters: Brown was partly raised by his grandparents, Elizabeth and Herman Thacker, whose home is ...Read more

Harold Varner III stays in contention at Riviera after stumble

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LOS ANGELES -- It was familiar territory for Harold Varner III, climbing to the upper reaches of a PGA Tour leaderboard only to come tumbling down.

But that experience -- most notably his collapse in the final round of the PGA Championship last year -- served him well Saturday when he weathered a significant rough patch on the back nine in the ...Read more

Footprints, sandy greens and sore ankles: Why poor bunker raking rankles golfers

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LOS ANGELES -- It might seem like a dream job, wearing shorts in the sunshine and walking the verdant fairways of the most beautiful golf courses on the planet, sometimes for big paychecks.

But being a PGA Tour caddie can be a drag, too. And there's a lot of smoothing over for your pro. The most mundane part of the job is among the most ...Read more

Tiger Woods is two under par after super front nine and poor back at Genesis Invitational

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LOS ANGELES -- For Tiger Woods, golf became a game of inches.

Woods eagled the first hole at Riviera on Thursday by sinking a putt that was laser-measured at 24 feet, 8 inches -- the two jersey numbers of fallen Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

Later, he birdied the eighth hole, one marked with a purple-and-gold flag.

"It's ironic, isn't it?" ...Read more

BMW Championship heading to Caves Valley Golf Club in 2021, Baltimore area's first PGA Tour event in nearly 60 years

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BALTIMORE -- For the first time in nearly 60 years, the PGA Tour is making a stop in the Baltimore area.

Caves Valley Golf Club in Owings Mills will host next year's BMW Championship, the second of three FedEx Cup playoff events, marking the first PGA Tour event in the area since the Eastern Open Invitational at Mount Pleasant Municipal Golf ...Read more

Wild starts derail Rahm, McIlroy, Palmer at Farmers Open

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SAN DIEGO -- With one hand on his putter, Rory McIlroy tapped in for bogey seconds after an errant putt on his second hole. Two holes later, the 30-year-old from Northern Ireland slammed his driver into the tee box after his drive hooked toward the Pacific Ocean.

It was that kind of morning for the No. 2 ranked player in the world -- and he had...Read more

Patrick Reed handles ups, downs to stay in Farmers contention

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SAN DIEGO -- Patrick Reed's third round at the Farmers Insurance Open was eventful to say the least.

No problem. Reed is used to drama.

The 29-year-old Reed's path to 2-under 70 on Torrey Pines South on Saturday included one double bogey, four bogeys and eight birdies. He is 8 under through 54 holes and tied for seventh in search of his best ...Read more

In his adopted hometown, Rahm has shot at second Farmers Open title

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SAN DIEGO -- It's becoming more than a warm-and-fuzzy story about a Spaniard who fell in love with a woman, and then a city.

Jon Rahm has adopted San Diego as his third hometown, behind Barrika, Spain, where he was born, and Phoenix, where he played golf at Arizona State and met his wife.

He proposed to Kelley, an Arizona native and regular ...Read more

Farmers Scene & Heard: Want to get in on the action? Head to the eighth hole.

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SAN DIEGO -- Jesse Esparza, his brother Alex and buddies Steve Capps and Van Wordlaw staked out spots Saturday morning at Torrey Pines near the South Course's eighth green well before any golfers took the tee on the par-3 hole.

Esparza and crew were along the rope line, maybe 30 feet right of the flagstick.

And there they would be -- all day ...Read more

Woods can't stoke hot start, needs strange twist to win in Farmers

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SAN DIEGO -- It was something of a mirage, Tiger Woods' early charge in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Saturday.

Going off 11 groups in front of the threesome of leaders on the Torrey Pines South Course, Woods stirred a buzz by shooting a front nine of 4-under 32, and at one point he was only two shots off the pace of then-...Read more

Farmers Scene & Heard: Owner of yellow flag, come to the white info booth

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SAN DIEGO -- Spectators lose everything and anything while they're at Torrey Pines for the Farmers Insurance Open.

Cell phones. Wallets. Car keys. Sunglasses. Hats. Jackets. False teeth (don't laugh, it's happened).

You name it.

"To me, finding the single credit card is unusual, but who am I to judge?" said Kathy Lam, a Rancho Penasquitos ...Read more

Ryan Palmer scorches Torrey North for 62 to take two-shot lead in Farmers Open

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SAN DIEGO -- In the renovation of the Torrey Pines North Course a few years ago, a nice addition was mounding behind the 18th green that provides a stadium effect for spectators.

Fans took advantage of it in the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open when the big galleries following Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy arrived. There were no ...Read more

Phil Mickelson misses second consecutive cut to start year

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SAN DIEGO -- Phil Mickelson walked out of the scorer's room Friday afternoon at the Farmers Insurance Open, politely informed the autograph hounds gathered outside that he needed to hit on the range before breaking out his Sharpie and disappeared with coach Andrew Getson for over an hour.

There was much work to be done.

Just not for this ...Read more

Woods recovers from shaky start to open Farmers with solid 69

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SAN DIEGO -- Tiger Woods got the kindest of draws for the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open on Thursday.

He was part of the quarter of the field that began their tournament on arguably the most benign three-hole stretch at the 36-hole Torrey Pines golf complex.

Previously the opening holes on the North Course, until Tom Weiskopf's ...Read more