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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

Is Rory McIlroy done for the year? Injury causing spasms, numbness

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Rory McIlroy, the fourth-ranked male golfer in the world, hinted Sunday he might skip the rest of the 2017 schedule to recover from a back-muscle injury.

McIlroy, winner of four major titles, finished out of the hunt at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow, going 1-over for the tournament. After shooting a round of 68 Sunday, which included ...Read more

Kevin Kisner maintains 1-stroke lead in PGA Championship

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Kevin Kisner continued his strong run this week at Quail Hollow Club, taking a one-shot lead going into Sunday's final round of the PGA Championship.

Kisner shot 1-over-par Saturday after a bogey on No. 18, resulting from his hitting the rough to the left of green on the final hole. Kisner, from Aiken, S.C., is 7-under for ...Read more

If it's a major, it's a given this guy is near the top of the leaderboard

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's another major and Brooks Koepka again is near the top of the leaderboard.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat?

Koepka overcame lightning-fast greens and a wayward tee shot that struck a marshal to shoot a 3-under 68 Thursday at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

Koepka won the U.S. Open in record fashion in June at Erin Hills,...Read more

Hidden millennial Koepka would rather win than be noticed

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Brooks Koepka has a U.S. Open title, an ability to hit a golf ball as far as anyone on Tour ... and little interest in watching the game when he's away from the course.

Since his dominant victory at Erin Hills, near Milwaukee, in June, Koepka gets recognized more, signs more autographs and poses for more selfies than before his first major ...Read more

Tiger Woods DUI case: Golfer to enter first-time offender program, lawyer says

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Tiger Woods will resolve his DUI case by entering into a first-time offenders program that knocks the charge down to a reckless driving count, according to plans revealed Wednesday.

Woods is expected in court Oct. 25 to plead guilty to the second-degree misdemeanor reckless driving charge. If he completes a series of punishments in the yearlong...Read more

Matsuyama ties course record with 61 in final round of Bridgestone, wins by five shots

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AKRON, Ohio -- Driver, irons, wedges, putter -- you name the club and Hideki Matsuyama used it to near perfection on Sunday during the final round of the 2017 World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

Matsuyama made Firestone Country Club look like his own playground, firing a career-low 9-under-par 61 to win his fifth PGA Tour event ...Read more