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Commentary: Why I am steering clear of LIV Golf tournament

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Should Chicago-area fans of professional golf boycott the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf Invitational being held at Rich Harvest Farms in September?

I will be staying away from the tournament in Kane County, especially after seeing family members of people killed on 9/11 stage a protest outside LIV Golf’s tournament venue in New Jersey. The 9/...Read more

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Luke DeCock: PGA Tour rival no threat to Wyndham Championship, which relies on friends, old and new

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — There was very little weeping in Greensboro for the departed mercenaries who took the LIV Tour’s blood money, few of whom had ever contributed much to the Wyndham Championship. Phil Mickelson would rather fold pocket kings than show up at Sedgefield Country Club in August. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson ...Read more

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Tiger Woods turned down $700M-$800M from Saudi golf league, Greg Norman says

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Maybe it’s not all about the green in golf.

Tiger Woods was offered between $700 million and $800 million to join the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf tour, according to tour leader Greg Norman.

Woods, 46, rejected the offer and has openly ripped the LIV tour. Previous reports had said only that Woods turned down an offer in the high nine ...Read more

Tony Paul: Controversial LIV golf tour doesn't dim Rocket's glare this weekend

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DETROIT — On the grounds of Detroit Golf Club this week, there was precisely one reminder that there is a rival golf tour these days. When you walked through the opening gates to attend the Rocket Mortgage Classic, you were greeted by the "Wall of Champions" — Nate Lashley in 2019, Cam Davis in 2021, and smack dab in the middle, Bryson ...Read more

Tony Finau closes deal with record-breaking Rocket Mortgage Classic victory

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DETROIT— Before each season, Tony Finau writes down his goals.

Entering 2021-22, Finau had two that stood out — win multiple events and capture the FedExCup championship.

One of those was checked off Sunday at the Detroit Golf Club, and the second suddenly seems much more attainable than it did a few weeks ago.

Finau, the 16th-ranked ...Read more

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Finau, Pendrith tied for Rocket Mortgage lead after third round, primed for Sunday shootout

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DETROIT — The Presidents Cup is still more than a month away, but on Saturday afternoon at Detroit Golf Club, Tony Finau and Taylor Pendrith might have been offering a preview.

Time will tell if one or both will play in September at Quail Hollow, but during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic, Finau, the highly ranked American ...Read more

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Rocket Mortgage notes: Presidents Cup captain Davis Love III gets up-close look at young guns in Detroit

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DETROIT — Hall of Famer Davis Love III doesn't play much competitive golf anymore.

But he came to Detroit for this week's Rocket Mortgage Classic to see where his own game stands these days, but also — and perhaps, more importantly — to watch up-close the games of others.

Love, 58, is the Team USA captain for the Presidents Cup in mid-...Read more

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Last time in Detroit area, Taylor Pendrith pitched; now, he's leading the Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — He grew up only about four hours away, just outside of Toronto, in Richland Hill, Ontario, but Taylor Pendrith never came to the Detroit area as a kid. Well, at least not to play golf.

He did come here once, actually — to pitch in the Junior League World Series in Taylor, where, as he recalls, his team got smoked because the ...Read more

David Murphy: Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson can't escape politics after playing LIV round with Donald Trump

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PHILADELPHIA — An hour and a half northeast of Philadelphia, across the Delaware River and through an arboreal patchwork of country estates and smallholder farms, the man who taught the world to never apologize lurched his considerable weight forward and jerked a golf club around his body. The contact was clean and straight, and after catching...Read more

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Rocket Mortgage notes: Troy Merritt's cousin hopes to come up aces in Detroit, too

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DETROIT — Troy Merritt already has made a pretty impressive mark on Detroit. He made an ace at the tough par-3 11th hole at Detroit Golf Club in the third round of last year's Rocket Mortgage Classic, then made it into a playoff before falling to champion Cam Davis in an epic five-hole slugfest.

Now, Troy's cousin by marriage is aiming to put...Read more

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Tony Finau starts strong, gets out to early lead at Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — Birdies are plentiful at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, which is why Tony Finau was kicking himself — just a little bit — even after carding an 8-under 64 to take the first-round lead Thursday at Detroit Golf Club.

What could Finau be upset about, especially considering he was just days removed from a win at the 3M Open, the third...Read more

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'What they're doing for golf is so great': Trump praises Saudi-backed LIV Golf

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Donald Trump loves golf but has a beef with the PGA Tour.

And he has never been one to shy away from controversy.

Add it up, and it should come as no surprise that an LIV Golf event is being held this weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., but that the former president also played in Thursday's pro-am in advance of the ...Read more

From Finau to Fowler: 15 players to watch at the Rocket Mortgage Classic

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DETROIT — Most people don't get rich betting on golf winners.

There are 156 players that start the week, and anybody can get hot — like a little-known grinder named Nate Lashley, who won the Rocket Mortgage Classic in 2019, or a superstar-in-the-making, like Bryson DeChambeau, who overpowered Detroit Golf Club in 2020.

But everyone's got a...Read more

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Charles Barkley calls LIV, 9/11 outrage 'fake' at Trump tourney just minutes from Ground Zero

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“All this noise I hear about sportswashing and blood money — I think these people are so disingenuous with their fake outrage. Everybody in sports has taken blood money.”

It’s not fake. And no, they haven’t.

But consider the source.

We’re talking about a man who once spit on an 8-year-old girl.

That sentence came Saturday ...Read more

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Tony Finau surges on final day to take 3M Open championship

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Perennial PGA Tour runner-up Tony Finau won on it for only the third time Sunday with dramatic comeback victory at the 3M Championship in Blaine.

His 18-under-par score after a final-round 67 beat Sungjae Im and Emiliano Grillo by three shots each and tournament leader-for-so-long Scott Piercy, Fargo's own Tom Hoge and James Hahn by four.

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Scott Piercy conquers weather, takes four-shot lead into final round of 3M Open

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BLAINE, Minn. — Seventy-four fellow golf professionals, Mother Nature and a nagging blister. All tried to hold Scott Piercy back Saturday at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine.

In the end — surprise! — it was the beast of the 18th hole that so many others have found cumbersome finally opening the door just a crack to derail his momentum.

Staring ...Read more

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Scott Piercy in command after two rounds at 3M Open

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BLAINE, Minn. — PGA Tour officials moved Saturday's final tee times up to 8:50 a.m. because of forecasted severe weather on the plain in Blaine, which gives 3M Open second-round leader Scott Piercy four fewer hours to contemplate his three-shot advantage.

After changing his swing coach, his caddie, his putter and driver the past two weeks, ...Read more

Rocket Mortgage Classic field finalized: One more major champ in, one out

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DETROIT — The Rocket is almost ready for liftoff.

The 156-player field for the PGA Tour's fourth annual Rocket Mortgage Classic was finalized Friday night, with the exception of five additional qualifiers to be settled Sunday and Monday.

Among the notable withdrawals from the tournament was Justin Rose, ranked No. 50 in the world, though ...Read more

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Scott Piercy, Sungjae Im take first-round lead at 3M Open

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BLAINE, Minn. — Then there were two top-25 players left in the 3M Open field after No. 14 Hideki Matsuyama hit three balls in the water, made a nine on No. 18 and withdrew nine holes after that, citing a sore wrist.

The two remaining at the TPC Twin Cities are 24th-ranked Sungjae Im and No. 17 Tony Finau. Both are on the leaderboard's first ...Read more

Jim Souhan: The 18th hole at the TPC Twin Cities could determine 3M Open title

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BLAINE, Minn. — You could compare the 18th hole at the TPC Twin Cities to a carnival ride, except that carnival rides are fun.

On the 18th tee at the 3M Open, golfers are asked if they have heart conditions and are advised to secure their loose change and small children.

In Thursday's opening round, Hideki Matsuyama, Tom Hoge and Sungjae Im ...Read more