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08/16/2018 01:55 AM
Fiery Augenstein outduels Morikawa at U.S. Amateur
Around the Vanderbilt golf team John Augenstein’s nickname is “Flash,” and it’s easy to see why. The Commodores junior added another highlight to his growing collection Wednesday, when he defeated world No. 3 Collin Morikawa in 19 holes during a Round of 64 match at the U.S. Amateur. Out of sorts early at Pebble Beach, Augenstein was 2 down to Morikawa after butchering the short seventh and then misplaying a shot around the green on 8.

08/15/2018 11:29 PM
Fowler withdraws from playoffs with injury
Rickie Fowler has pulled out of the PGA Tour playoff opener due to a partial tear in his right oblique.

08/15/2018 10:32 PM
Injured Fowler to skip US PGA playoff opener, 'will be ready' for Ryder Cup
Rickie Fowler says he'll skip next week's Northern Trust, first event of the US PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, as he recovers from injury, but vows to be "more than ready" for the Ryder Cup. "My team and I feel like it's best not to play next week in the Northern Trust," Fowler wrote in a post on Instagram. Fowler was reportedly hampered by an oblique injury last week at Bellerive Country Club, where he started the third round of the PGA Championship two shots off the lead but faded to a tie for 12th.

08/15/2018 09:57 PM
Rickie Fowler pulls out of Northern Trust with partial oblique tear
Rickie Fowler revealed during the second round of the PGA Championship that he was dealing with an oblique strain at Bellerive. "I’m playing with it, no excuses,” Fowler said at the time. “It hurts from time to time but that’s the way it is.” Fowler started the final round three shots back of Brooks Koepka but failed to make a Sunday charge, his one-over 71 dropping Fowler into a T-12 finish.

08/15/2018 08:50 PM
Airlines lose two sets of Olesen's clubs in 10 days
Commercial airlines losing the golf clubs of a professional golfer is not exactly a groundbreaking story. Olesen, the reigning Italian Open champ, claimed his primary set of golf clubs were lost last week. Having little faith they'd be found before this week's Nordea Masters, he decided to bring his backup set for the event in Sweden.

08/15/2018 07:24 PM
Lexi Thompson explains extended break from golf: 'I'm not just a robot out here'
It’s difficult for most of us to imagine what it’s like to be extraordinary at a young age. To be driven since grade school to be the best in the world. To have everything in your life point toward a goal of greatness. At the age of 23, the prodigious Lexi Thompson needed a break.  It just so happens that it’s difficult for the game’s top American to take an extended break during summer golf without the world noticing. Too many majors to juggle and titles to defend. She’d have to explain herself, which she did on social media, saying that she needed to recharge and focus on herself away from golf. “I’m not just a robot out here,” Thompson said during her pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday

08/15/2018 06:49 PM
PGA Tour's bubble players take center stage at Wyndham
It's time for the PGA Tour's bubble players to take center stage. The field at the Wyndham Championship is once again packed with players trying to play their way into golf's postseason and keep their tour cards for 2019. Only two of the top 30 players on the points list will tee it up Thursday when the tournament begins at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina.

08/15/2018 06:46 PM
PGA Tour's bubble players take center stage at Wyndham
It's time for the PGA Tour's bubble players to take center stage. The field at the Wyndham Championship is once again packed with players trying to play their way into golf's postseason and keep their tour cards for 2019. Only two of the top 30 players on the points list will tee it up Thursday when the tournament begins at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. But of the 100 players who are at Nos. 90-190, all but nine of them are in the field. Scores are routinely low at the Donald Ross-designed course, with 2017 winner Henrik Stenson setting a tournament record with a 22-under 258 a year after Si Woo Kim tied the previous mark with a 259 , so the chance is there for

08/15/2018 06:32 PM
USGA, R&A announce outside firm to lead global research project on distance
The USGA and R&A’s investigation into the distance topic, the so-named “Distance Insights” project, will now employ an outside market research firm to ask golfers and non-golfers alike around the world what they think about distance. Of course on the other, using an outside research firm also will at the very least ensure that whatever decision might be made by the ruling bodies is not going to have the appearance of being a foregone conclusion concocted in the halls of Golf House in New Jersey and the R&A clubhouse in St. Andrews.

08/15/2018 06:02 PM
Jacob Bergeron earns final match-play spot in thrilling U.S. Amateur playoff
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – You could say Jacob Bergeron has a love-hate relationship with his 4-iron. But on Wednesday morning at Pebble Beach, that club helped him keep his U.S. Amateur title hopes alive. As he warmed up for Wednesday morning’s 24-for-1 playoff for the final match-play spot, Bergeron hit a “solid bucket” of 4-irons to prepare for the 220-yard shot he’d face on the first playoff hole, Pebble’s difficult par-3 17th. The practice paid off. Playing in the third of six foursomes, Bergeron stuck his tee shot to about 5 feet and made the first birdie of the playoff, eliminating 11 players with one stroke of his putter, including Vanderbilt’s Patrick Martin, Oklahoma’s Garett Reband and

08/15/2018 05:31 PM
7 ways to break up with your golf partner
If you thought finding the perfect best-ball partner was hard, wait until the time comes when you feel you need to dump that person. Replacing one golf partner with another—firing one guy in favor of someone else is what it amounts to—is one of the most

08/15/2018 04:04 PM
Nadal checks phone for Tiger update after match
Even the greatest athletes in the world were captivated by Tiger Woods' Sunday run at the PGA Championship. After winning his match on Sunday to capture the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Rafa Nadal turned his attention to Woods. Cameras focused on Nadal scrolling

08/15/2018 02:00 PM
The holes that defined golf's major championships
Nick Pietruszkiewicz Close Senior editor for college basketball Joined ESPN in 2008 Graduate of the University of Maryland Follow on Twitter From the Masters to the U.S. Open, from The Open to the PGA, golf's major championships did not disappoint. There was Jordan Spieth threatening to shoot 62 on Sunday at the Masters, only to narrowly miss catching eventual winner Patrick Reed. There was Brooks Koepka, doing at the U.S. Open something that hadn't been done in nearly 30 years -- winning back-to-back titles. There was Francesco Molinari, becoming the first Italian to win a major championship by hoisting the Claret Jug at Carnoustie. There was Koepka, this time at the PGA Championship,

08/15/2018 06:00 AM
Tiger Woods is back — here's how he spends his millions and lives his life off the course
Tiger Woods is back. After playing in just two tournaments in over two years and a tumultuous ten months that included his fourth back surgery in four years and an arrest after being found asleep in his car on the side of the road, Woods is finally back. In fact, he looked so good at the PGA Championship, people have already started whispering about Jack Nicklaus' record again. This isn't the first time Woods has needed to come back. His career was derailed by affairs and a subsequent divorce from his wife, and his return to golf dominance has been hampered by injuries. But despite this, Woods is still worth an estimated $740 million and is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time. That means

08/15/2018 04:26 AM
Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas lead notables names on FedEx Cup Playoffs bubble entering regular-season finale
The cadence of the PGA Tour's regular-season finale has always has been a little off-pitch. A shame, because, for a host of players, the Wyndham Championship means a heck of a lot. With the Greensboro event the last chance for players to make their way into the FedEx Cup Playoffs, here are 10 notable names on the postseason bubble.

08/15/2018 02:41 AM
Players, caddies to wear bright yellow hats to honor Jarrod Lyle at Wyndham Championship
The Wyndham Championship marked the last official PGA Tour appearance for Jarrod Lyle, who passed away last week after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Lyle's fellow players will be doing their part as well. Each player has be given a yellow cap in their locker to wear in memory of Lyle, who would often don a bright banana-colored bucket hat.

08/15/2018 12:00 AM
Golfer loses 2 sets of clubs on flights
, USA TODAY Published 3:00 p.m. ET Aug. 14, 2018 Airlines losing pro golfers' precious bags filled with clubs has happened. But twice to the same golfer WITH TWO SEPARATE SETS OF CLUBS? Poor Thorbjorn Olesen: Give the guy credit for finding two great GIFs in the midst of this disaster.

08/14/2018 09:41 PM
Marvelous Monterey: Spectacular dining, wines and venues tee up golfer's dream in Northern California
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – There’s a certain feeling one gets when they drive down Highway 1 and get their first peak at Monterey Bay. Whether it’s the first time or the 100th time, few things compare. Especially if the golf clubs are in the back, freshly cleaned and polished. That emotion is only exemplified when the tee goes into the ground at Pebble Beach’s par-3 seventh hole, where a seemingly routine wedge shot becomes anything but, as winds and nerves equally influence the strike. For those lucky enough to experience the oceanside holes on exclusive Cypress Point, instant nirvana. The Shore and Dunes courses at Monterey Peninsula, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay aren’t far behind.

08/14/2018 09:06 PM
Shane Lowry calls out rules officials: They "didn’t have the balls" for PGA Championship ruling
Shane Lowry had a solid run at this year's PGA Championship, his eight-under score good enough for a T-12 finish. Unfortunately, it's a standing that could have been better had Lowry received, in his estimation, a better ruling at Bellerive's 16th hole on Sunday. Somewhat surprisingly, rules officials could not decide what drop, if any, Lowry was entitled to, and Lowry ultimately decided to play his shot from the original position.

08/14/2018 08:04 PM
2018 Volkswagen Golf R: Sense and Sensibility in the Adult's Hot Hatch
The ultimate Golf is the most mature, best all-around hot hatch on the market—with a price to match.

08/14/2018 06:52 PM
Nick Faldo: Tiger Woods whispered 'I'm done' to fellow Masters champion in 2017
Before Tiger Woods flashed glimpses of his former self at the Hero World Challenge in December, he urged everyone he'd be taking it slow in this latest comeback. RELATED: Tiger Woods didn't win the PGA. This time a year ago, it was impossible to even fathom Woods contending in another tournament again, let alone a major.

08/14/2018 06:00 PM
Handing out major grades: From A+ to F
The Masters is 237 days away, which means these definitive major grades will hang on players like a scarlet letter for nearly eight months. OK, maybe not. Brooks Koepka, obviously, gets an A+. He won two majors, and became just the fourth player to take

08/14/2018 05:00 PM
Justin Thomas' Go-To Swing Fix
Justin Thomas shows his go-to swing fix for his driver.

08/14/2018 04:45 PM
2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack Drivers' Notes
The 2018 Volkswagen Golf Alltrack is the latest in a long line of Golf variants (including the Golf Variant wagon in Europe). It's basically a Golf Sportwagen with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system with a slight suspension lift and some plastic cladding. Think Subaru Outback or Audi Allroad. It's a handsome little hatch that, like the Outback or Allroad, meets the new crossover craze somewhere in the middle. Our model is the top-grade SEL trim. It's powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Power is sent to all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. A manual is available on the S and SE models. The SEL comes with features like LED lighting, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone

08/14/2018 03:18 PM
America loves Tiger Woods, and the ratings prove it
CBS announced that Sunday’s final-round coverage of the PGA Championship was good for an average rating of 6.1, a whopping 69-percent ratings boost over last year’s final round from Quail Hollow.

08/14/2018 03:11 PM
Airline loses TWO sets of Thorbjorn Olesen's clubs in 10 days
Thorbjorn Olesen may be in need of an emergency set of golf clubs. It’s not because the Dane is unprepared, as he revealed Tuesday on Twitter that British Airways has lost TWO sets of his golf clubs in the last 10 days… Airlines losing or breaking clubs? That stuff does happen from time to time. Just ask Graeme McDowell or Ricky Barnes. But two misplaced sets of clubs in this short a time span is truly special. Olesen has had a strong run of late, finishing top 12 in three consecutive starts before a T-56 at the PGA. Will he continue his strong form at the Nordea Masters? First, he needs to secure some clubs.

08/14/2018 01:29 PM
Dusek On Tiger: It Felt Like The Mid-2000s
Tiger Woods didn’t win the PGA Championship this past weekend, but he came close, ultimately losing to Brooks Koepka by two strokes. It was brilliant theater. “It’s been a decade since the guy’s won a major championship, and the crowd was totally into it right from the get-go,” Golfweek senior writer David Dusek said on Ferrall on the Bench. “That’s exactly what they wanted. They wanted Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard from two decades ago just going at it – and Tiger delivered. Pandemonium is breaking out with Tiger Woods, then you look at Brooks Koepka, who was just totally unfazed, wasn’t going to be rattled.” Koepka, in fact, birdied the first hole at Bellerive on Sunday. “Basically sends