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Former FSU star Brooks Koepka ties record in U.S. Open win

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Brooks Koepka traveled around the world to find his game. He found stardom right at home as the U.S. Open champion. Koepka broke away from a tight pack with three straight birdies on the back nine Sunday at Erin Hills and closed with a 5-under 67 to win the U.S. Open for his first major championship. A par on the final hole tied Rory McIlroy‘s record score to par at 16 under for a four-shot victory. Not even the wind…

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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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Americans take 3-point lead at Ryder Cup

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Patrick Reed took over his match with putting and passion, and the rest of the Americans followed suit Saturday afternoon in a pivotal fourballs session that left them on the verge – again – of winning back the Ryder Cup. Reed and his bullish attitude was at his best, starting with a wedge he holed out for eagle. That was the centerpiece of a four-hole stretch that carried he and Jordan Spieth to a 2-and-1 victory in the final match…

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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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Ryder Cup captain: US team “best maybe ever assembled”

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U.S. captain Davis Love III referred to his Ryder Cup team as “the best golf team maybe ever assembled,” a surprising comment for two reasons. This was Davis Love, not exactly known for his brash comments. And the U.S. team isn’t even assembled yet. Two days before Love makes his final captain’s pick, and a week before the Ryder Cup begins at Hazeltine, Love went on SiriusXM’s “Fairways of Life” show on Friday and was asked whether the Americans have…

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Golf returns to Olympics after 112 years

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Golf at the Olympic games will take some adjustment. Not just for the fans and viewers, but the players themselves. Brazil’s Adilson da Silva hit the first Olympic shot taken in 112 years early Thursday morning. His playing partner, Graham Dalaet of Canada hit the second. Just a week before leaving for Rio de Janeiro, Matt Kuchar was unaware of the format. He believed it was a team event instead of individuals playing for medals. “From my understanding, it was…

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