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Former FSU star played important role in Ryder Cup victory

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There is no question the MVG (Most Valuable Golfer) of the 2016 Ryder Cup is Patrick Reed. His play throughout the weekend, especially the classic, head-to-head, toe-to-toe struggle with Europe’s Rory McIlroy, set the tone for the entire team. There are two other guys who qualify as co-runners up. While every player contributed to the 17-11 USA victory, these two played a vitally important role. When things looked like they were beginning to go south for the USA on Friday…

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Task completed as Americans win back Ryder Cup

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This wasn’t about being maybe the best team ever assembled. The Americans were simply a team, and they finally won back the Ryder Cup. Phil Mickelson led the Americans behind the scenes. Patrick Reed powered them with his passion on the golf course. And it was Ryan Moore, the final captain’s pick who wasn’t even on the team until a week ago Sunday, who delivered the cup-clinching point at Hazeltine. Moore finished eagle-birdie-par for a 1-up victory over Lee Westwood,…

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Will Day 2 at Ryder Cup bring more wild momentum swings?

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Sweep, then almost swept. That describes the U.S. team’s opening day at the Ryder Cup. The Americans won all four of Friday morning’s foursomes matches, then nearly got shut out when they dropped three of four in the afternoon fourballs. The momentum swing left Europe trailing 5-3, but encouraged captain Darren Clarke enough to shoehorn the last two of his six rookies into Saturday morning’s foursomes sessions. Asked whether he’d rather have a small lead or the momentum, Clarke thought…

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Golf leaves Rio in better shape than when it arrived

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Adilson da Silva of Brazil hit the first shot that put golf back in the Olympics for the first time in more than a century. Inbee Park hit the final putt that capped off two weeks that could not have gone much better for a sport trying to make a good impression. Peter Dawson was on the first tee when it started and said he had a tear in his eye when it ended. “It exceeded my very best expectations,”…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Sunday

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Day 9 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, gymnastics, tennis, golf, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD The title of world’s fastest man goes on the block when Jamaican Usain Bolt, American Justin Gatlin and the other sprinters take to the track. The 100 meter final is at 10:25 p.m. following three rounds of semifinals that start at 9 p.m. Bolt won his first heat of…

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Justin Rose leads Olympic golf; Bubba Watson in medal range

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Justin Rose is one round away from winning golf’s first Olympic gold medal in 112 years. Rose did a little shimmy when his 10-foot par putt on the final hole Saturday swirled in the back side of the cup for a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson going into the final round – the medal round – at Olympic Golf Course. It’s not a two-man race, even if it felt like one. Rose…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Saturday

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Day 8 of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, track and field, tennis, fencing, track cycling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING The final day of swimming at the games will likely give us our last look at all-time record medalist Michael Phelps in an Olympic competition. While the team is not yet set, plan to see him swim in the mens’ 4×100 meter medley relay final at 11:04 p.m. He took…

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