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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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Jason Day leads Players’ Championship

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Jason Day showed again why he is the number one golfer in the world. On Thursday, Day tied the TPC at Sawgrass course record with a nine-under par 63 to take the lead after the first round of the Players’ Championship. Under perfect conditions, the 28-year-old Australian started his day on the 10th hole, recording three birdies on his first three holes. He also rolled in an 11-foot putt on the course’s iconic 17th hole and rolled in another on…

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Players’ Championship set to begin at Sawgrass

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The PGA Tour is back in Florida this weekend, but not just for a regular tour event. The Players’ Championship, to be contested at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra beginning Thursday, is commonly known as the unofficial “5th Major.” Next to the PGA Championship each August, no other tour event draws such a quality field. All of the big names of golf from around the world will tee off on Thursday. One of the big questions will center around…

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U.S. Open should be more fan friendly

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It’s a safe bet to say a large portion of the American population does not sit in front of a television for 6-8 hours on a weekend to watch golf. Count me among the occasional viewer. Watching and playing are two different things. Accessibility to golf courses is one of the benefits of living in Florida, especially the Tampa Bay area. There are exceptions to the television rule and this weekend is one of those exceptions. The U.S. Open, one…

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