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Rory McIlroy Sidelined with Rib Fracture

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The golf world was dealt an unexpected blow this week as Rory McIlroy announced he needed to withdraw from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. McIlroy has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in one of his ribs and will need to rest to allow it to heal. There is no timetable for his return. The world number two had “toughed it out” by playing through the pain at the South African Open for a playoff loss to Graeme Storm and… Continue Reading

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Winners ‘Round the World

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There were some big happenings around the world in golf this weekend as players follow the sun as 2016 winds down. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Justin Thomas staged a final round comeback to successfully defend his title at the CIMB Classic. Thomas was money for the first two rounds (64, 66) and led the tournament until a horrid streak at the turn during the third round where he dropped four strokes to par over three holes. But he found his… Continue Reading

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Westwood Starts Ryder Cup Smack Talk

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The Ryder Cup Smack Talk has started already. European Tour stalwart Lee Westwood who will be making his tenth consecutive team has taken a page from the Seve Book of gamesmanship. Westwood is quoted as saying that Tiger Woods may be a distraction for the American Team. “I don’t know what impact there will be from having Tiger around. They have always struggled to find a partner for Tiger that’s been successful. He could have an adverse effect in the… Continue Reading

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The Many Struggles to Get Olympic Golf Started

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As the Olympics continue to dominate the sports pages and the men’s golf competition finally started on Thursday the world is getting its first live action look at Gil Hanse’s creation. The Olympic golf course at Barra da Tijuca was built especially for these games. Hanse beat out several big name golf course designers to land a very important but a very troubled assignment. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post gives us a Cliff Notes version of the many varied… Continue Reading

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Match Play at The Open Championship

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The Open Championship started on Thursday with 156 golfers, hopeful golfers. Hopeful that come Sunday evening as as the sun slipped into the Firth of Clyde that their name would be called as Champion Golfer of the Year. Well, despite what the talking heads may say this Open Championship has come down to just two golfers. 154 golfers have essentially been eliminated. Yes, there is still eighteen holes yet to play but Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson have separated themselves… Continue Reading

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Forget the Big 3…We Have The Wild Bunch

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All season there has been much written about a new Big 3 in golf. Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy had won plenty of tournaments and in many eyes appeared to separate themselves from the pack. Sure, some of it was their victory totals but I think much of it was their “likability” factor. All are young, strong, attractive with interesting backstories. We golfers love our history and after Tiger Woods’ departure from contention we wanted something to hold… Continue Reading

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Jordan Spieth Just Plays Too Slow

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Jordan Spieth’s week at Oakmont didn’t go as he would have liked. It started with the multiple rain delays on Thursday as Spieth had an early tee time. He was one of the players that had to deal with the start, stop, start, stop action on a day that tested players and fans alike. When the weather settled down and Spieth had his chance to defend his U.S. Open title his game didn’t respond. While many players were able to… Continue Reading

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Rory McIlroy Wins His Irish Open

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In what seemed like a Ryder Cup atmosphere at the K Club, hometown favorite Rory McIlroy finally got into the winners circle in Ireland as he powered his way to an emotional win at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. McIlroy, winless since last season’s DP World Tour Championship, has seen Jason Day and Jordan Spieth garner most of the press recently as he slipped to third in the world rankings.  But McIlroy was determined to do something about it at his… Continue Reading

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Branden Grace Wins RBC Heritage

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It was a tough day for third round leader, Luke Donald at the RBC Heritage. The former world number one could only manage an even par 71 round as everyone around him was shooting under par. Branden Grace was the prime recipient of Donald’s indifferent play as the South African went low with a closing 66 to come from three shots back to give him his first PGA Tour win. Many will remember Grace from last year’s U.S. Open when… Continue Reading

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