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10/19/2017 02:00 AM
Jordan Spieth sends infamous Open Championship 3-iron to Royal Birkdale
Jordan Spieth made what turned out to be the most fortuitous informercial in golf history this summer when he hit his Titleist 3-iron over a Titleist equipment truck from the driving range at Royal Birkdale to win The Open Championship. Spieth had hit a wayward drive, pulled his uplayable all the way back to the range, and one of the best photos of the year was born. Spieth made a miracle bogey there, but went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie to shut down Matt Kuchar and the Claret Jug. "(Caddie) Michael (Greller) told me, 'No 3-wood, hit 3-iron,'" Spieth said after the win. "And I hit it, thought it was right. After I struck it, I didn't like it because it wasn't where we were trying to hit it, but

10/19/2017 01:44 AM
Miami Heat will not hold annual golf tournament at Trump course: report
The Miami Heat will not hold its annual charity golf tournament at President Trump’s Doral golf course, near Miami, this year. A spokesman for the NBA team told The Washington Post that the tournament will be at a different course in 2018, after having it at Trump’s course for four straight years, but did not give a specific reason for the change. “We’re not getting into it,” the spokesman told the Post. The Heat is one of at least five professional sports teams who have moved their golf tournaments from Trump clubs, according to the Post.  Trump has been feuding with NFL teams over players that kneel rather than stand as a form of protest during the national anthem. His ire has also extended

10/18/2017 11:59 PM
In his words: Rickie Fowler honored at OK State
The PGA star describes what it's like to be Grand Marshal for Oklahoma State's homecoming.

10/18/2017 10:04 PM
Kentucky gets PGA Tour event with Barbasol
Associated Press NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. -- The PGA Tour is bringing a regular tournament to Kentucky for the first time in nearly 60 years. The Barbasol Championship is leaving Alabama next summer for the Keene Trace Golf Club just outside Lexington. The tournament is July 19-22 and is held the same week as The Open. As an opposite-field event, the winner does not get an invitation to the Masters, and the prize fund is $3.5 million -- among the smaller purses on the tour. The tournament began in 2015 at the RTJ Trail's Grand National in Opelika, Alabama. Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville hosted the PGA Championship three times and the Ryder Cup in 2008. But the last regular PGA Tour stop in Kentucky

10/18/2017 08:18 PM
Hall headlines field for LPGA Q-School's second stage
England’s Georgia Hall made a name for herself in three of the biggest events in the women’s games this summer, and now she’s aiming to earn LPGA membership. Hall, 21, joins world No. 1 amateur Leona Maguire of Ireland in leading the field at the LPGA Q-School’s second stage event in Venice, Fla., Thursday through Sunday. Hall made a hard run at winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August, ultimately tying for third at Kingsbarns in Scotland. The LET member followed that up two weeks later, impressing European captain Annika Sorenstam and American captain Juli Inkster with her strong play at the Solheim Cup, where she was Europe’s third-leading point winner (2). Hall tied for 10th last month

10/18/2017 08:06 PM
Backstopping: Is it a problem, and how should it be addressed?
Are players breaking the intent of the pro game by leaving balls near the hole while others play? Golfweek’s Geoff Shackelford and Brentley Romine address the issue of backstopping: Shackelford: Time is now to put a halt to backstopping Backstopping must stop. Now. The image and integrity of the PGA Tour depends on its members playing by the rules. The weird and rapidly evolving practice of leaving courtesy backstops in the vicinity of the hole bends the spirit of the rules and can only lead fans to ask: “If they’re willing to do this for the opposition, what other collusion is occurring?” Yes, it’s a breath of fresh air that today’s Tour players are pals and wish the best for their opponents.

10/18/2017 07:47 PM
After first AJGA victory, 15-year-old Canon Claycomb is just getting started
Less than 24 hours after winning his first AJGA title while breaking one of Jordan Spieth’s junior golf records, Canon Claycomb was back on the golf course. Only this time he was caddying in the first stage of Web.com Tour Q-School. Claycomb, a 15-year-old standout from Bowling Green, Ky., won the AJGA Ping Invitational with a 9-under 207 total around Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Okla. The score was a stroke better than Spieth’s 8-under winning total in 2010. Later that evening, Claycomb boarded a plane for Charlotte, N.C., and by 8:30 the next morning had arrived at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C., to loop for friend and pro golfer Charlie Bull. Talk about a kid who can’t get enough

10/18/2017 07:31 PM
Firefighter headed to Augusta, Pebble and Shinnecock
The U.S. Mid-Amateur typically signals the end of the golf season for Matt Parziale. Not long after the tournament is over – usually early for Parziale, considering he had never won a match in three previous tries – he puts the clubs away and falls into a routine schedule as a firefighter on Ladder 1 for the Brockton Fire Department in Massachusetts. His weekends are more likely to be spent on the ski slopes of New Hampshire than the fairways of Thorny Lea Golf Club. ''If this didn't happen, I wouldn't play again,'' Parziale said. ''I'd play on the nice days until the snow melts in March or April. Now, I've got some things to figure out next year. It will be a different winter, but I'm excited.''

10/18/2017 06:02 PM
Balicki Scholarship to be awarded next spring
The first Ron Balicki Scholarship for aspiring golf journalists will be awarded next spring. Balicki, who covered college golf for Golfweek magazine for more than 30 years, was a transformative figure in the college and amateur game. A member of the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame, Balicki passed away in 2014. To honor his legacy, the GCAA created the Ron Balicki Scholarship for any college or high school journalist. A $2,500 grant will be awarded this spring; beginning for the 2018-19 academic year, that scholarship will be increased to $5,000. To nominate a journalist for consideration, click here.   Earlier this week, Balicki was selected as a 2018 Memorial Golf Journalism

10/18/2017 01:59 PM
Tiger Woods' former coach has an encouraging take on his new-look swing
I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: Tiger Woods will never be the player he once was, but he doesn’t need to be in order to win again. Tiger Woods has the aura; he has the mindset; what he needs, in order to piece together something resembling late-career resurgence, he needs an extend spell on the course. He needs to follow the lead of players like Fred Couples and Rocco Mediate — to others who have managed long careers despite serious back injuries — and make protecting his back his one and only priority. Whether it means sacrificing distance or changing his swing or playing less events; only by following that path will he give himself one last chance. Tiger shared a video of his

10/18/2017 12:45 PM
GoDaddy Billionaire Founder Bob Parsons On His Passion For Golf And Motorcycles
Bob Parsons ambles up to the first tee of the 18-hole course at his lavish, multimillion-dollar Arizona golf club, Scottsdale National. The stocky 66-year-old is wearing a pea-green shirt, untucked, with “U.S. Marine Corps” over the left breast. In his left ear is a large black earring that’s etched with the letters “PXG,” the acronym for his golf equipment brand, Parsons Xtreme Golf. He tees up his ball and turns to his playing partner for the day, Ryann O’Toole, a 30-year-old LPGA pro who is sponsored by PXG. “Ryann, sweetheart,” he says in a gruff voice that booms across the desert. “I hope you brought your wallet.” And with that, his curt but effective swing sends the ball straight down the

10/18/2017 08:31 AM
WATCH: Ryder Cup captains hit golf balls off the Eiffel Tower
The Ryder Cup is still nearly a year away, but U.S. captain Jim Furyk and European captain Thomas Bjorn are already preparing for the festivities. Those two went on a tour of Paris this week that culminated with a range session atop ... the Eiffel Tower?! That's right, Furyk and Bjorn hit balls off the Eiffel Tower onto a big Ryder Cup flag hundreds of yards away. The range session was a recreation of an Arnold Palmer photo from the tower in 1976. Palmer got a little closer to the edge than these two did, it appears. These three men are the only three to ever hit balls from the most famous landmark in France. "It was an amazing experience for Jim and me," said Bjorn. "It's going to take a while

10/17/2017 10:30 PM
Fred Ridley takes command at Augusta National amid relentless pursuit of perfection
The first time Fred Ridley drove down Magnolia Lane was in 1976. He was a 23-year-old amateur who had been invited to play in the Masters Tournament as the defending U.S. Amateur champion. Never before had he set foot on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National; he had only seen the Masters on television. On Monday, more than 41 years after that initial trip, Ridley made the drive for the first time as chairman of Augusta National and the Masters Tournament. “When I drove down Magnolia Lane yesterday as my first day as chairman of the club, I promise you that I did so with the same excitement and anticipation that I had over 41 years ago,” Ridley said Tuesday during a teleconference. “I’m very

10/17/2017 03:00 PM
Keegan Bradley takes major leap toward Augusta with strong CIMB finish
Keegan Bradley knows what it feels like to watch major championships and team events from home. Bradley, who won the 2011 PGA Championship in his major championship debut, snapped a five-year streak of playing in all four majors last season as he missed out on both the Masters and the British Open. Oh, and after making two Ryder Cup teams and a Presidents Cup squad from 2012-14, Bradley has been left off U.S. teams in each of the past three years. “It stinks,” Bradley said back at the BMW Championship, where Bradley contended before fading to a T-27. His season ended there at Conway Farms and Bradley also was denied a trip to East Lake, which would’ve assured him a spot in all four majors in