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Garcia to US: You don’t win with your mouth

Chaska, United States — Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy fired up European passions Tuesday at the Ryder Cup, taking exception to US captain Davis Love's contention that his Americans might be the best team ever. “At the end of the day, you don't win Ryder Cups with your mouth,” Garcia said. “You win them out there on the golf course and that's where we'll see which team is the best.” European teams have won three consecutive Ryder Cups, seeking an unprecedented fourth in a row this week at Hazeltine, while the Americans have lost six of the past seven and eight of 10. But Love felt confident enough in his roster last Friday to tell a golf radio interviewer, “We're a great team. This is maybe the best golf team ever assembled.” Love said …

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McIlroy, Jason Day in $2-M exhibition in Pampanga course

They are calling it “Jason vs Rory” as promoters feel that its sheer simplicity is enough to send the heartbeat of diehard golf fans racing. Jason, of course, is Jason Day, the Australian with Filipino lineage and reigning world No. 1. Rory is Rory McIlroy, soon-to-be-world No. 2 from Northern Ireland. Day and McIlroy are all set to engage in a shootout (18-hole stroke play) when Pradera Verde Golf and Country Club in Lubao, Pampanga, hosts the world’s leading golfers on Nov. 29. While their duel is just an exhibition whose proceeds will go to charity, event organizer Salvador Zamora insists the competitive juices of the two players will prevent them from treating the showdown as a mere goodwill game. Both players are assured of $1 million each (P48 million) for coming over to test …

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Arnold Palmer, beloved golf icon, dies at 87

Arnold Palmer brought a country club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner's touch. At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, “The King” died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87. Alastair Johnston, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems. Johnston said Palmer was admitted to the UPMC Hospital on Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the last few days. “Today marks the passing of an era,” said Johnston, Palmer's longtime agent at IMG. “Arnold Palmer's influence, profile and achievements spread far beyond the game of golf. He was an iconic American who treated people with respect and warmth, and built a unique legacy through his ability to …

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McIlroy wins FedExCup and $11.5 million

By Sam Borden The New York Times Atlanta — The first time Rory McIlroy went to the 16th hole on Sunday, he holed out from the fairway and danced with glee. The second time he went to the 16th — a little less than two hours later — McIlroy picked up about $11.5 million. The twists and turns along the way were both absurd and numerous — shots hit under trees, clutch putts made from all angles, a fan picking up a wayward drive and a four-hole playoff to decide it all — but at the end of a week filled with what-if scenarios and if-then possibilities, McIlroy made the calculus of the P.G.A. Tour season’s final event remarkably simple: He won everything. Despite having begun the final round two shots behind Dustin Johnson …

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Chappell ties Johnson for Tour lead

Atlanta — Dustin Johnson had a reasonable lie in the rough and only a few pine tree branches blocking his path to the 17th green. Neither seemed like a problem until he played the wrong shot, clipped the tree and wound up with a double bogey Saturday in the Tour Championship. It was an example of how one hole can change everything at East Lake. And it's why the final round of the PGA Tour season suddenly has more scenarios than Johnson cares to consider. Johnson recovered with a birdie from the bunker on the par-5 18th for a 1-under 69, giving him a share of the lead with Kevin Chappell (68) going into the last round that will determine who wins the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup. For the first time since …

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Johnson grabs lead

Washington – Dustin Johnson edged closer to the USPGA Tour’s $10 million FedEx Cup playoff prize Friday, firing a three-under par 67 to seize a one-stroke lead in the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia. US Open champion Johnson, who arrived at East Lake Golf Club atop the playoff standings after his win at the BMW Championship two weeks ago, fired five birdies with two bogeys for a seven-under total of 133. He was one shot in front of American Kevin Chappell, who started the day in a three-way tie for the lead with Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama and signed for a second-round 68 for 134. It was three shots back to Matsuyama, who shot a one-over par 71, and Kevin Kisner (70) on 137. World number one Jason Day’s season ended in disappointing …

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Dustin, 2 others share FedEx Cup lead

Atlanta — Dustin Johnson was in trouble from the start Thursday, just not for very long. The game feels easy for the U.S. Open champion, who began his bid for the FedEx Cup title on Thursday with a 4-under 66 to share the lead at the Tour Championship. Johnson had 165 yards from the sand and worried about getting it over the lip of the bunker. He hit 8-iron to 2 feet for birdie and was on his way to his sixth consecutive round at 68 or lower. “It was a very nice shot to start the day,” Johnson said with a smile. Hideki Matsuyama of Japan ran off three straight birdies early in his round and finished with a birdie on the par-5 18th – the nines have been switched at East …

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Spieth wants Ryder glory over $10 M prize

Miami — Former world number one Jordan Spieth says he would swap a $10 million FedEx Cup payday for victory in the Ryder Cup as golf's biennial battle between the United States and Europe draws ever closer. Spieth, the 2015 FedEx Cup champion, said helping the USA wrest back the Ryder Cup from Europe would mean more to him than adding another multi-million dollar cheque to his bank balance. “Right now, if I've got a choice, Ryder Cup,” Spieth told reporters as he prepared for this week's Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, the climax of the FedEx Cup playoff series. “You want something that you don't have. And that's a trophy that I've watched the other side of it now, and it hurt,” Spieth added. The USA takes on Europe …

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Guce now 10th in LPGA race

American-based golfer Clariss Guce dropped to 10th spot in the Symetra Tour money rankings putting her LPGA Tour card bid in jeopardy after she finished tied for 47th in last week’s Garden City Charity Classic in Kansas, USA.  Guce, who has won twice in the Symetra Tour and was ranked as high as fourth in the race for a Tour card a few weeks ago, has somehow lost her touch and her struggle has continued with only three more events left. The top 10 in the money rankings earn automatic LPGA Tour cards and need not go through qualifying which is a long and arduous road to LPGA membership. Guce is one of three Filipina players competing in the Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s developmental competition. The others are Dottie Ardina and Mia Piccio. Both, …

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Shin rules Tarlac Open by 2

Shin rules Tarlac Open by 2 TARLAC — Micah Shin scored his maiden victory in the local golf circuit yesterday following a closing two-under par 70 in the Central Azucarera de Tarlac Open championship at the Luisita Golf Club and Country Club. Shin, a 19-year-old Korean-American, finished the four-day event at 14-under 274 to win by two shots over Order of Merit leader Tony Lascuña. “I couldn’t ask for more. It was a memorable Saturday for me. My effort and hard work didn’t go to waste,” said Shin who pocketed the top P450,000 purse. Shin, who started the day four shots ahead of Lascuña, birdied the third hole to go 5-up and was never threatened despite a hiccup on the treacherous par-3, 17th hole. “I had no problem with my game, except on the …

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