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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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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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The story behind an unexpected champion

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Tiger Woods was on the golf course on Sunday, which would be a great story if he were playing. Instead, one of the great sports stories of 2016 played out starring the unheralded Billy Hurley III. Woods is the host of the Quicken Loans National PGA Tour event, which benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. The role of the foundation is to help young people through education. Hurley is a 34-year-old journeyman golfer, who got a late start on his career…

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Jordan Spieth falters, but still holds Masters’ 54-hole lead

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Saturday is traditionally known as “moving day” in professional golf tournaments. Contenders play well enough in the third round to set themselves up for a possible victory on Sunday. Saturday at the Masters was also moving day, but instead of moving up, the contenders went up and down. This was especially true of defending champion Jordan Spieth. Spieth, the world’s second-ranked player, leads at three under par, but a terrible finish shrank his margin from four strokes to only one.…

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Tiger Woods turns 40, heads into uncertain future

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Ten days after Tiger Woods turned 24, he picked up his 16th career PGA Tour victory by beating Ernie Els in an epic battle at Kapalua. More than winning his fifth straight PGA Tour event — the longest streak since 1953 — it was how he won. They matched eagles on the 18th in regulation and birdies in the playoff, and then Woods ended it on the second extra hole with a 40-foot birdie putt that was downhill, into the…

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Bubba Watson is becoming a major force in golfing world

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Bubba Watson has the knack of surprising people. We always know what is going on with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and, lately, Jordan Spieth. With little fanfare, Watson is making a name for himself. Sunday’s victory at the Travelers Championship was Watson’s second of the season and the second time he has won that event (2010). Only Spieth, with three wins this year, has more. Bubba also became only the sixth golfer to win this event more than…

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Think you’ve seen everything at U.S. Open? Think again

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Not a day has gone by at this U.S. Open without seeing something new on the young course at Chambers Bay. A practice range that should have felt like a ghost town late Wednesday afternoon suddenly came to life when Tiger Woods arrived just as everyone was starting to leave. The grandstands were packed and photographers and TV crews crowded about. It was rare to see Woods at the course so late. Then again, he doesn’t tee off Thursday until…

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