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Spieth's caddie leaves Mexico upon death of father

The caddie for Jordan Spieth has left the Mexico Championship because of the death of his father. Michael Greller, the former sixth-grade math teacher from the Seattle area and only caddie Spieth has had as a pro, learned that John Greller had died Tuesday night. Shawn Spieth only goes to a handful of tournaments outside the majors and wasn't planning to be in Mexico City this week until he decided to fly down from Dallas on Tuesday, before Greller learned that his father had died.

A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods
A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods eventually walked by on his way to the range at Chapultepec Golf Club, and the volume got louder. Take him somewhere new, such as Bellerive for the PGA Championship or Innisbrook for the Valspar Championship, and it can feel like a rock concert. This World Golf Championship brings another element.

A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods
A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods

Two small openings on both sides of a tree-covered path were packed with fans young and old, some with caps they wanted signed, others holding phones to capture the moment. Tiger Woods eventually walked by on his way to the range at Chapultepec Golf Club, and the volume got louder. Take him somewhere new, such as Bellerive for the PGA Championship or Innisbrook for the Valspar Championship, and it can feel like a rock concert.

Stricker appointed US captain for Ryder Cup in home state

Steve Stricker paid his dues to become a Ryder Cup captain, and it had nothing to do with winning a major. Stricker was appointed Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday, his seventh straight time taking part in the matches, this time in charge of an American team trying to win back the gold trophy in his home state of Wisconsin. It was hardly a surprise with the 2020 matches going to Whistling Straits, an hour north of Milwaukee where Stricker was introduced Wednesday.

Stricker holds back tears as he
Stricker holds back tears as he's confirmed US Ryder Cup captain

An emotional Steve Stricker has been confirmed as the United States captain for the 2020 Ryder Cup.

WGC-Mexico Championship 2019 picks: Here
WGC-Mexico Championship 2019 picks: Here's why Justin Thomas will bounce back to win, according to a PGA Tour caddie

Last week at Riviera offered a lesson in how difficult it is to predict winners on the PGA Tour. For 54 holes, Justin Thomas dominated the Genesis Open-to the point where sportsbooks made him a live -400 favorite (-400 meaning, you have to bet $400 to win $100) entering the final round. JT looked unstoppable: Even after a shank during his third round, Thomas got up and down for par.

Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach's famed Lone Cypress loses a limb in recent storms

The Lone Cypress on 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach is a historic icon and a ubiquitous symbol at the Pebble Beach Resorts, its silhouette featured on the company logo as well as the 2019 U.S. Open logo. The tree, believed to be as old as 250 years, unfortunately lost a limb last week in the storms that hammered the area. Roughly one-third of the tree snapped off in the storm.

Rafael Campos on Puerto Rico
Rafael Campos on Puerto Rico's recovery, his new winning formula, and the time he nearly ran out of money

Campos recently became the first Puerto Rican winner on the Web.com Tour, holding off the field and extreme winds at the Bahamas Great Abaco Classic. The victory moved him near the top of the money list (he's currently No. 3), putting him in great shape to finish in the top 25 to earn his PGA Tour card for the first time. More importantly for Campos, who still has a home in Puerto Rico, is the opportunity to help the island country, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Watch: Hatton gets revenge on spike mark in Mexico
Watch: Hatton gets revenge on spike mark in Mexico

Tyrrell Hatton returned to the scene of the crime this week in Mexico City. Last year, Hatton had a putt on the 72nd hole to get into a playoff at the WGC-Mexico Championship, but his ball hit a spike mark shortly after leaving the putterface and ended up missing just short. Of course, thanks to the new Rules of Golf, Hatton can now repair such spike marks, which he was glad to do earlier this week on Chapultepec Golf Club's 18th green.

Steve Stricker officially named the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain
Steve Stricker officially named the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup captain

Steve Stricker, who oversaw one of the most lopsided U.S. victories in Presidents Cup history two years ago outside of New York, is hoping to reprise that success after the PGA of America officially introduced him as captain of the 2020 U.S. Ryder Cup team on Wednesday in Milwaukee. Stricker, who turns 52 on Saturday, will be the first American captain without a major championship on his résumé. Nevertheless, his selection had been widely anticipated for months with the 43rd Ryder Cup slated for Whistling Straits in Stricker's home state of Wisconsin.

Tiger tinkering with equipment, swing in high elevation
Tiger tinkering with equipment, swing in high elevation

MEXICO CITY - Although he's won the WGC-Mexico Championship seven times, this is Tiger Woods' first trip to Mexico City and he admitted on Wednesday that the course presents a unique test because of the layout's elevation. The golf course is going to be a challenge trying to figure out what we're going to do and how far the ball goes here," he said. Players estimate the golf ball flies about 10 to 15 percent farther at nearly 8,000 feet above sea level and Woods got his first taste of that on Tuesday when he played a nine-hole practice round with Justin Thomas and Billy Horschel.

Lincicome, husband
Lincicome, husband 'ecstatic' to be expecting after last year's heartbreak

There were tears of joy when Brittany Lincicome heard her baby's heartbeat Tuesday and saw her child move during an ultra sound. "We can talk about it," Lincicome told GolfChannel.com. After the ANA Inspiration in the spring of last year, Lincicome went in for an ultra sound with her husband, Dewald Gouws.

Pacquiao tells son:
Pacquiao tells son: 'You don't need to box'

Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he has urged his eldest son to stay out of the ring after the 19-year-old's forays into fighting made the young man's mother cry. Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said he and his wife have

Why is a Masters champion playing on the Web.com Tour?
Why is a Masters champion playing on the Web.com Tour?

Mike Weir knows the question is coming. It's loaded in the chamber, waiting, begging to be unholstered. Even as it's not initially asked, it hovers over the conversation, because it doesn't take a clairvoyant to foresee the ask will, eventually, be coming.

Column: Spieth keeping patience amid worst slump of career
Column: Spieth keeping patience amid worst slump of career

For a brief moment, Jordan Spieth had reason to believe he finally caught a good break with a bad shot. "He said, 'That's not supposed to be there.' He literally picked up the white stake and said, 'This isn't ours,'" Spieth said. Spieth can still find humor amid the worst slump of his career, or what amounts to a slump for a 25-year-old who already has 14 victories worldwide, including three legs of the career Grand Slam.

Heavyweights Joshua, Miller hurl insults instead of leather
Heavyweights Joshua, Miller hurl insults instead of leather

All part of the pregame show, if you will, when heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and challenger Jarrell Miller shared a makeshift stage at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. ''He gasses out, he gets hit a lot,'' Joshua said of the 300-pound Miller.

2019 WGC-Mexico Championship tee times, viewer
2019 WGC-Mexico Championship tee times, viewer's guide

This year's field is perhaps the WGC-Mexico's strongest of the last three years, featuring nine of the top 10 ranked players in the world, with world No. Justin Rose the only member of that group skipping. On top of that, Tiger Woods, who is ranked 13th, will be making his first start in Mexico, fresh off an exciting weekend at Riviera.

The equipment tweak Tiger Woods made to take advantage of the thin air in Mexico-and why it
The equipment tweak Tiger Woods made to take advantage of the thin air in Mexico-and why it's a smart move

Earlier today TaylorMade tweeted that Tiger Woods boosted the loft on his M5 fairway wood from 13 degrees to 15 degrees to take advantage of the thin air at the Golf Club de Chapultepec, which is 7,835 feet above sea level at its highest. For the sake of doing the exercise, we conducted a quick run of the numbers on such a model using a 165 mile-per-hour ball speed, 3,100 rpm spin rate and launch angle of 12 degrees at sea level. The guess here is that Golf Club de Chapultepec, with its extremely narrow fairways and penalty for missing them, will see Woods use 3-wood off the tee a fair amount.

Former Cowboys star Romo to play in Byron Nelson PGA event
Former Cowboys star Romo to play in Byron Nelson PGA event

Former NFL Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will play in this year's Byron Nelson tournament on a sponsors' exemption, organizers of the Dallas event said Tuesday. Romo is a member at Trinity Forest, the host course for the tournament which runs from May 9-12. Defending champion Aaron Wise, last year's US PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and three-time major champion Jordan Spieth were other early commitments to the tournament.

Until Ratings Drop, Golf Will Not Fix Its Pace of Play Problem
Until Ratings Drop, Golf Will Not Fix Its Pace of Play Problem

PGA Tour fans continue to complain about the pace of play within golf. Yet with no noticeable drop in TV viewership, SI's Daniel Rapaport does not expect the PGA Tour to make any changes.

PGA Tour contemplating cut to top 65 and ties
PGA Tour contemplating cut to top 65 and ties

The PGA Tour again is taking a close look at changing the size of its cuts, and this time the idea appears to have some legs. One topic at the first Player Advisory Council meeting last Tuesday at Riviera was to change the 36-hole cut from top 70 and ties to top 65 and ties, which is what the European Tour and the Web.com Tour do. ''There's some traction for it,'' said Jordan Spieth, in his first year on the policy board.

PGA Tour contemplating cut to top 65 and ties
PGA Tour contemplating cut to top 65 and ties

The PGA Tour again is taking a close look at changing the size of its cuts, and this time the idea appears to have some legs. One topic at the first Player Advisory Council meeting last Tuesday at Riviera was to change the 36-hole cut from top 70 and ties to top 65 and ties, which is what the European Tour and the Web.com Tour do. "There's some traction for it," said Jordan Spieth, in his first year on the policy board.

Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff
Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff

Time is ''rapidly'' running out to organize an Olympic tournament in 2020, the executive director of the International Boxing Association said Tuesday amid disputes with the International Olympic Committee and a breakaway group of boxing officials. Tom Virgets told The Associated Press

Romo will tee off at home in Nelson for 2nd PGA Tour chance
Romo will tee off at home in Nelson for 2nd PGA Tour chance

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will get to play at home when he gets another shot on the PGA Tour. Romo, now the lead NFL analyst for CBS, has accepted a sponsor's exception to play in the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at Trinity Forest Golf Club in May. He is a member of the club south of downtown Dallas that will host the event for the second time. Nelson officials said Tuesday that Romo was being added to the field as an amateur.

WGC-Mexico 2019: Tiger Woods
WGC-Mexico 2019: Tiger Woods' Round 1 tee times, TV schedule, live stream

Tiger Woods will look to build off a pair of top-20 finishes in the WGC-Mexico Championship. Here's how to watch the 2019 tournament, including a live stream and round-by-round tee times for Tiger and the field.

Tony Romo to play at the AT&T Byron Nelson on sponsor
Tony Romo to play at the AT&T Byron Nelson on sponsor's exemption

Tony Romo will again test his mettle against golf's best. Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS broadcaster, has accepted an invitation to play in the PGA Tour's AT&T Byron Nelson in early May. The Nelson is held at Trinity Forest, Romo's home course, in Dallas. "Golf is one of my greatest passions outside my family and football, and I am honored to have the opportunity to compete amongst the pros again in this year's AT&T Byron Nelson," Romo said in a statement.

Arccos Caddie
Arccos Caddie's new Link now lets stat-tracking, course strategy work without your phone in your pocket

Arccos Caddie, the GPS sensor-driven stat tracking app, has continued its push to make golfers smarter about their games through the use of Big Data, high-tech software and artificial intelligence. Arccos Link is the latest device in the company's suite of game analysis tools, freeing golfers from having to carry their smartphones with them while they play. Arccos Link, which is barely bigger than a Zippo lighter, clips to your belt or pocket and weighs less than an ounce.

Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo to play Dallas PGA Tour event
Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo to play Dallas PGA Tour event

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has accepted a sponsor's exemption to play in the AT&T Byron Nelson in May at Dallas' Trinity Forest Golf Club. The tournament - which moved from TPC Las Colinas to Trinity Forest in 2018 - hinted at a high-profile participant last week, tweeting that a "Dallas icon will be joining the tournament". Romo is a member at Trinity Forest, and tournament director Jon Drago said: "We've talked about it for years.

Lincicome announces she
Lincicome announces she's pregnant with 1st child

Brittany Lincicome is going to be a mom. Lincicome announced Tuesday on Instagram that she and husband Dewald Gouws are expecting their first child, which is due Sept. "I can't even tell you how excited we are," Lincicome wrote.

How is Michael Thompson turning around his career? By turning up the pressure
How is Michael Thompson turning around his career? By turning up the pressure

Don't tell Michael Thompson that he is in the midst of playing some of the best golf of his career. Don't tell him that his three top-10 finishes in his last four starts, including a T-7 on Sunday at the Genesis Open, equals the number of the top-10s he collected in his previous four seasons combined. Don't tell him that his 330 FedEx Cup points ranks 40th on the PGA Tour, or that he already has accumulated more points than in either of his last two seasons.

ClearSports ends membership program to buy its golf balls
ClearSports ends membership program to buy its golf balls

ClearSports Chairman Ed Brown on the company's decision to end its membership program and what makes its golf balls stand out from its competitors.

Thomas on Genesis loss:
Thomas on Genesis loss: 'It will bother me the rest of my life'

When Justin Thomas began the final round of last week's rain-delayed Genesis Open he was four strokes clear of the field and cruising. There are any number of reasons for Thomas' final-round troubles at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, from winds that whipped to 30 mph, to long, marathon days, but Thomas is not one for excuses. "It will bother me the rest of my life, 100 percent it will," said Thomas, who also finished runner-up to Phil Mickelson at the WGC-Mexico Championship last year.

WGC-Mexico field adjusting to life, distances at 8,000 feet above sea level
WGC-Mexico field adjusting to life, distances at 8,000 feet above sea level

MEXICO CITY - As Justin Thomas warmed up Tuesday at the WGC-Mexico Championship he carefully studied each shot. More than perhaps any other week on the PGA Tour, the Mexico stop requires a higher attention to detail because of how much farther the golf ball flies. At nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, players estimate they fly the golf ball about 15 percent farther in Mexico.

Horschel: Sponsors, players convinced commissioner on shorts
Horschel: Sponsors, players convinced commissioner on shorts

Billy Horschel bounded down the hill toward the practice range at Club de Golf Chapultepec with a wide smile. "I knew it was coming because the players wanted it," Horschel said of the PGA Tour's new policy introduced this week that allows players to wear shorts during practice and pro-am rounds. The European Tour has allowed shorts during practice rounds since 2016, and the PGA of America started to allow shorts at the 2017 PGA Championship.

Stock Watch: Li
Stock Watch: Li'l sis comes up big in Australia

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we'll examine which players' stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf. RISING Nelly Korda (+9%): Now up to No. in the world, she has all the makings of the next American star: 20 years old, telegenic, long off the tee and a lights-out putter, and a résumé that is starting to align with the hype.

PGA Tour approves shorts for practice, pro-am rounds
PGA Tour approves shorts for practice, pro-am rounds

Players will be allowed to wear shorts in PGA Tour practice and pro-am rounds under a change in player appearance guidelines unveiled Monday. The change, effective immediately, applies only to tournaments on six tours operated under the PGA Tour umbrella. Long pants will remain required attire for all official competition rounds.

Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson's calves are the most improbable golf trend electrifying the Internet-but we're really impressed

The PGA Tour changed a rule, allowing players to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams, and Mickelson was ready to show off his legs.

Tiger Woods wins Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award
Tiger Woods wins Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award

Tiger Woods has received the Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award after he returned to winning ways on the PGA Tour in 2018. Following four operations on his back in the space of just over three years, 14-time major champion Woods claimed his first win in 1,876 days at the Tour Championship. The American had to re-engineer his golf swing due to his previous injury problems, creating doubts over whether he could return to the top having previously dominated in the sport.

Tiger Woods paired with Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer at WGC-Mexico Championship
Tiger Woods paired with Bryson DeChambeau, Abraham Ancer at WGC-Mexico Championship

Tiger Woods, no matter the venue, is always the fan favorite, and the same can be expected this week in his debut at Chapultepec Golf Club. On Monday the WGC-Mexico Championship announced that Woods will be paired with Bryson DeChambeau and Abraham Ancer for the tournament's opening rounds. DeChambeau, who has won five times around the world in the last 10 months, is a frequent practice partner of Woods.

Erik Compton isn
Erik Compton isn't done chasing his dream

Even though he finished tied for second in the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, he has no status on the tour currently and can only get into a field by Monday qualifying or by receiving sponsor's exemptions. There are times when I feel forgotten," Compton admitted. Then, other times I see people wondering why I withdrew from an event or questioning whether I'm really still committed to playing.

2020 U.S. Ryder Cup team expected to name Steve Stricker captain on Wednesday
2020 U.S. Ryder Cup team expected to name Steve Stricker captain on Wednesday

The PGA of America is set to announce the captain for the 2020 United States Ryder Cup team on Wednesday morning. A reveal that should have all the drama of a dentist appointment. That's because said announcement has been one of the worst secrets in golf the past year, as it's widely assumed Steve Stricker will lead the American club at Whistling Straits.

Steve Stricker to be announced as US Ryder Cup captain
Steve Stricker to be announced as US Ryder Cup captain

Steve Stricker is set to be announced as the US Ryder Cup captain on Wednesday. Stricker, who is from Wisconsin, will assume the honour in his home state at Whistling Straits next year as America tries to make amends for their drubbing in Paris five months ago. Stricker, 51, has been an assistant captain in the last three matches and took the American helm, successfully, at the Presidents Cup two years ago.

Fury tells rivals to
Fury tells rivals to 'come to Tyson' after signing new ESPN deal

Tyson Fury laid down a challenge to his rivals on Monday after signing a multi-year, multi-fight agreement with United States broadcaster ESPN which the British heavyweight was adamant made a world title rematch with Deontay Wilder "more makeable now than ever". Fury, who still labels himself

PGA Tour to allow players to wear shorts in practice rounds and pro-ams
PGA Tour to allow players to wear shorts in practice rounds and pro-ams

There are not many similarities between professional players and the average hack. A notice from the tour was posted in locker rooms in Naucalpan and Puerto Rico on Monday, notifying players are now allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds and pro-ams. In 2017 the PGA of America, echoing the sentiments of its European counterparts, announced that competitors would be permitted to wear shorts during practice rounds at all member and major championships under the organization's umbrella, including the PGA Championship.

J.B. Holmes wins Genesis by 1
J.B. Holmes wins Genesis by 1

Holmes at the Genesis: Starts: 13 Cuts Made: 12 (92.3%) Top 25s: 8 (61.5%) Top 10s: 5 (38.4%) Top 3s: 2 (15.3%) Wins: 1 (7.6%) Genesis Form: 1-60-34-11-22-52-MC-8-12 FUN FACT: In 12 prior visits, Holmes ranked 17th in all-time earnings at the Genesis: Before (17th): $1.35M: $112,347/avg. After (5th): $2.68M: $206,167/avg. The University of Kentucky product improves to 6-for-8 on the season with four top 25s and two top 10s, checking in off a missed cut by 11 at last week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on 9-over 224 (76-71-77).

Boxing: Britain
Boxing: Britain's Fury signs bumper broadcast deal with ESPN

British heavyweight Tyson Fury has signed a broadcast deal under which his fights will be shown exclusively on ESPN platforms in the United States. No financial details were disclosed, but British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on Monday that the deal was worth 80 million pounds ($103 million), while

The Social: [Slow] poking fun at others, and yourself
The Social: [Slow] poking fun at others, and yourself

J.B. Holmes takes the slowest possible route back to the winner's circle, Phil Mickelson shows off his impressively large calves, and some refreshingly self-deprecating humor in a sport that often takes itself way too seriously. J.B. Holmes is a winner again. As Adam Scott pointed out afterward, there may never be a perfect solution for pace-of-play issues on Tour, but there's something to be said about the importance of "ready golf" - and waiting until after your playing competitors finish their shots before even BEGINNING your (extraordinarily lengthy) pre-shot routine ain't it.

Holmes called out for slow play during win, Kuchar jeered by fans, a promising weekend from Tiger and a golf legend dies: What you missed this weekend
Holmes called out for slow play during win, Kuchar jeered by fans, a promising weekend from Tiger and a golf legend dies: What you missed this weekend

Holmes, who played a total of 33 holes on Sunday, navigated the wind without issue (5.395 in strokes gained/approach) and, despite a couple head-shaking misses on the greens, lead the field in putting. It wasn't pretty, which is exactly how Holmes wanted it. "Always thought that would have been a better chance for me," Holmes said of the nasty weather.

J.B. Holmes rallies to win a marathon finish at Riviera
J.B. Holmes rallies to win a marathon finish at Riviera

J.B. Holmes rallied from a four-shot deficit in the final round and won a marathon finish Sunday in the Genesis Open for his first victory in three years and a trip back to the Masters. Holmes closed with a 1-under 70, and that was enough to overcome Justin Thomas, who took 19 putts on the back nine at Riviera - three of them from 8 feet when he lost the lead for good - and shot 75. "I knew it was going to be very difficult to shoot a low score," Holmes said.

Justin Thomas picks a bad time for his putter to go cold, costing him a chance at a 10th PGA Tour career win
Justin Thomas picks a bad time for his putter to go cold, costing him a chance at a 10th PGA Tour career win

By the time Thomas made his fourth bogey of the day, on the drivable par-4 10th, where he yanked his tee shot well left of the green before a three-putt that included missing a five-footer, his four-stroke lead at the start of the round had vanished. J.B. Holmes would take the lead and eventually the title, surprisingly beating Thomas by one stroke. I really struggled putting in that wind out there," said Thomas upon finishing with a four-over 75 after posting rounds of 66-65-65 to tie the tournament's 54-hole scoring record.

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