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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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LeBron James and Dustin Johnson flip the script

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One year ago LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers were the talk of the sports world for the wrong reasons. So was pro golfer Dustin Johnson. On June 16, 2015 James and his crippled Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. On Father’s Day, 2015 Johnson three-putted the 18th green and lost the U.S. Open title to Jordan Spieth. Today, James, the Cavs and Johnson are all “trending,” but this year they are happy about that.…

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Gator freshman someone to watch at U.S. Open

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The U.S. Open tees off on Thursday at Oakmont Country Club in the hills of western Pennsylvania. Jordan Spieth is defending the title he won last year at Chambers Bay near Seattle. Spieth will be among the major names competing for one of golf’s most prestigious prizes. Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day headline the field featuring the world’s best players. Both Florida and Florida State are represented in the field of 156 players. Many who follow the Professional Golfers…

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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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Year in Review: Jordan Spieth is top PGA story for 2015

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The PGA Tour crowned a new champion in 2015 and by all indications, this will not be his last. Jordan Spieth won two major tournaments, the first two of his career, and had a chance to win all four. Spieth’s victory at the Masters in April, vaulted him to international prominence. The golfing world pays attention when anyone puts on the victor’s Green Jacket. Tampa Bay area fans, however, got a look at a budding superstar four weeks earlier. At…

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Dustin Johnson story more than a year in the making

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The first day of summer meant Sunday was the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Sunday night was undoubtedly the longest night in the golfing life of Dustin Johnson. On Sunday, Johnson was in the unlikely position of lining up a 12-foot putt to win the United States Open. Down by three strokes on the 17th hole, Johnson followed leader Jordan Spieth’s double bogey on the same hole with a birdie to forge a tie. What followed…

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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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