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Discovery's GOLFTV continues to expand its footprint in deal with European Tour

Discovery's GOLFTV continues to expand its footprint in the sport. The network, which recently signed Tiger Woods to an exclusive deal, announced on Thursday an agreement with the European Tour which will include 40 live tournaments in 2019 and the rights to future Ryder Cups. Discovery will be responsible for developing and optimizing key aspects of the European Tour digital operation, such as technology, monetization and advertising.

Golf: Catlin, Lee share early lead at Indonesian Masters

American John Catlin fired a six-under-par 66 to share a one-shot lead with qualifying school graduate Lee Sung-ho of South Korea in the opening round of the Indonesian Masters on Thursday. Unfazed by playing alongside seasoned professionals like Swede Henrik Stenson and India's Anirban Lahiri, Catlin showed the sparkling form that led him to three Asian Tour titles this season. The 28-year-old carded seven birdies and a bogey to set the pace in the morning session at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

AIBA
AIBA 'anxious' over Olympic qualifying amid IOC probe

The AIBA said on Wednesday that it had been left in the dark by the IOC following the launch of a probe into amateur boxing's troubled governing body that has put qualifying for the sport's 2020 Olympic event on hold. Late last month the International Olympic Committee froze preparations for

Kevin Kisner on Patrick Reed:
Kevin Kisner on Patrick Reed: 'They All Hate Him'

According to another PGA Tour pro who attended the same college as Reed, it's been that way for quite a while. Kevin Kisner played college golf at Georgia, where Reed started his collegiate career before being kicked off the team and transferring to Augusta State. "They all hate him-any guys that were on the team with him [at Georgia] hate him and that's the same way at Augusta," Kisner, who was teammates with Reed on the victorious 2016 Presidents' Cup team, told Golf Digest.

Women
Women's All Pro Tour to award Symetra exemptions

The LPGA's developmental circuit is expanding. The new Women's All Pro Tour will serve as a new training ground for players looking to play their way into Symetra Tour events and then on to the LPGA ranks, Symetra Tour officials announced Tuesday. The WAPT will host five tournament series in 2019, with each series featuring two 72-hole tournaments.

Presidents Cup shows golf yet to become truly global sport
Presidents Cup shows golf yet to become truly global sport

Created by the U.S.-based PGA Tour, the Presidents Cup largely copied the Ryder Cup format. The 13th staging of the biennial event will be held at Royal Melbourne starting exactly a year on Wednesday and a glance at the respective world rankings of the likely players suggests that the Americans are poised to continue their dominance. "I fear for the immediate future of the Presidents Cup," New Zealander Frank Nobilo, who played on the first three International teams, told Reuters.

Golf: Rose primed to defend title in Indonesia
Golf: Rose primed to defend title in Indonesia

Justin Rose will have a chance to finish a stellar year on a high when the world number two tees off on Thursday in the defense of his Indonesian Masters title. The 38-year-old will be the highest-ranked player at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club with Ryder Cup team mate Henrik Stenson and India's Shubhankar Sharma, the newly crowned Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, expected to be among main challengers. quot;I have always had the mentality that the golf course doesn't recognize who is the best player in the world," Rose said ahead of the season-ending Asian Tour event.

Schauffele happy to have 2 rookie seasons behind him

Xander Schauffele was No. 352 in the world and No. 135 in the FedEx Cup when he tied for fifth in the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, the start of a strong second half that led to two victories and PGA Tour rookie of the year honors. Schauffele finally knows what to expect. Winning in July (Greenbrier) and September (Tour Championship) as a rookie meant he felt like a rookie all over again to start this year.

Brooks Koepka probably isn
Brooks Koepka probably isn't going to be happy about ESPN's list of the year's most dominant athletes

That chip might grow even larger when Koepka sees ESPN The Magazine's list of 20 most-dominant athletes of 2018, which was released on Tuesday. Koepka, who won two of his sport's four major titles in 2018, plus the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges this past fall, was noticeably omitted from the list: Before golf fans grab their torches and pitchforks though, the sport is represented on the list with the LPGA's Ariya Jutanugarn. And she didn't just sneak in on the list.

Tour Pro Shoots Round of His Life After Having Golf Clubs Stolen
Tour Pro Shoots Round of His Life After Having Golf Clubs Stolen

Alex Myers discusses the incredible saga of Cody Blick, who turned a potential nightmare into a dream finish in the year's most pressure-packed golf tournament.

Mel Reid takes a stand for equality, comes out as gay
Mel Reid takes a stand for equality, comes out as gay

Athlete Ally published a Q&A with Reid, who has won six times on the Ladies European Tour and has two top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour, about her experiences as a gay professional athlete. In the interview, the 31-year-old from England describes the process of coming out to her family as a good experience, saying her family is liberal and fully embraced her sexuality. Similarly, on the LPGA Tour she says she has found a welcoming environment, free of judgement towards sexuality.

Be A Better Lag Putter And Control Your Distance
Be A Better Lag Putter And Control Your Distance

That produces more energy at impact-the longer stroke gives you smooth acceleration-and a better chance of catching the ball flush. It's just like trying to get more distance on a full shot: Hitting the ball in the middle of the clubface is the best thing you can do to transfer energy into the ball. And the best way to lose energy?

Column: Reviewing 2018 based on all 14 clubs in the bag
Column: Reviewing 2018 based on all 14 clubs in the bag

Matsuyama's tee shot on the 10th hole at Carnoustie in the first round of the British Open went an estimated 405 yards before it dropped over the edge and into the water. I couldn't believe it,'' Matsuyama said. It was an example of how tough an Open can play when players have to guess how far the ball will roll on a fast links.

Column: Reviewing 2018 based on all 14 clubs in the bag
Column: Reviewing 2018 based on all 14 clubs in the bag

Matsuyama's tee shot on the 10th hole at Carnoustie in the first round of the British Open went an estimated 405 yards before it dropped over the edge and into the water. "I couldn't believe it," Matsuyama said. It was an example of how tough an Open can play when players have to guess how far the ball will roll on a fast links.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Ryder Cup
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 4, Ryder Cup

This time, instead of Phil Mickelson offering an honest and uncomfortable assessment of the team's leadership, it was Patrick Reed exposing an inexplicable rift in the American locker room. The issue's obviously with Jordan [Spieth] not wanting to play with me. I don't have any issue with Jordan," Reed told the New York Times in the hours following the U.S. team's seven-point loss to Europe, adding, "For somebody as successful in the Ryder Cup as I am, I don't think it's smart to sit me twice.

What is Lefty
What is Lefty's legacy?

When Phil Mickelson raced across the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in the third round of the 118th U.S. Open and whacked his ball while it was careening down a slope away from the hole, he crossed through the fourth circle of golf hell. Five months later in Las Vegas, as part of a mega-hyped match against Tiger Woods, Mickelson won $9 million. Never in the lead up to the winner-take-all match or during coverage of it or in the postscript was the U.S. Open or the incident mentioned-except by Woods, who taunted his rival when he ruthlessly pointed out that he had never won the national championship.

The Secret Reason Why Golf Balls Have Dimples
The Secret Reason Why Golf Balls Have Dimples

It wouldn't matter if you had the perfect swing, club, and mindset without one key factor: the dimples on a golf ball. The dimples on a golf ball, and the pattern they are in, influence the aerodynamics of the ball.

'Golf Is The Glue'

Andia Winslow spent her youth in constant motion: swimming, running, hiking, kayaking, karate, golf, you name it. "My childhood was my parents asking me, 'What adventure are you going on today, Andia?' " she recalls. That adventurous spirit

Jason Day
Jason Day's 3 Keys To Better Golf

Instead, have a clear plan for what you want to do on the next shot, get your alignment right, and then make a swing or putting stroke that's smooth and balanced. Easy stuff to remember so you can put more focus on your round and not your swing.

Molinari voted as European Tour
Molinari voted as European Tour's player of 2018

Francesco Molinari has been voted as the European Tour golfer of the year for 2018, capping a year in which he won his first major title and produced a historic performance at the Ryder Cup. Molinari became the first Italian to win the British Open after his triumph at Carnoustie, and finished the season as the Race to Dubai champion for the first time. At the Ryder Cup outside Paris, he became the first European to win all five points from his five matches against the United States.

Tiger Woods accomplished a world-ranking feat that nobody else could in 2018
Tiger Woods accomplished a world-ranking feat that nobody else could in 2018

Tiger's memorable Tour Championship victory highlighted his campaign, with his near misses at the PGA Championship and the Open Championship not too far behind. Another indication of Tiger's return to elite play around the world in 2018 is his world ranking, which made some really impressive increases over the year.

Italian Molinari named Europe
Italian Molinari named Europe's player of the year

The 36-year-old also won the PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Tour's flagship event, and claimed a maximum five points to help Europe beat the United States in the Ryder Cup. "It is an award that means a lot to me and is a nice way to end a very special year," Molinari said in a statement. "Winning at Wentworth, in one of our biggest events, gave me a lot of confidence for the summer, but obviously winning The Open at Carnoustie, becoming my country's first major champion, was incredible." Molinari, who became the first European player to win five points out of five at the Ryder Cup in September, rounded off a remarkable year by clinching the Race to Dubai title.

Francesco Molinari named European Tour Golfer of the Year
Francesco Molinari named European Tour Golfer of the Year

Francesco Molinari won the European Tour's Golfer of the Year award on Monday to cap a memorable 2018 for the Italian. Molinari became the first Italian to win a major when he clinched the British Open at Carnoustie earlier this year. The 36-year-old was also the first European player to compile a perfect 5-0 record in the Ryder Cup as he won his singles match in the hosts' victory over the United States, having already teamed up with Tommy Fleetwood to become the first European pair to win all four of their matches together.

2021 Volkswagen Golf: Here
2021 Volkswagen Golf: Here's What We Know

UPDATE 12/10/18: We now have confirmation that the next-generation Volkswagen Golf will begin production for the European market in fall 2019, as VW shared more details with investors at an event recently. What It Is: The next and eighth generation of the Golf, Volkswagen's global best-seller. It comes later than expected-VW project development got sidetracked by the diesel scandal-and it represents a relatively small technological step forward from the current Golf Mark 7, which migrated to the MQB platform from the previous model's PQ35 bones.

Magnificent Molinari named European Golfer of the Year
Magnificent Molinari named European Golfer of the Year

Francesco Molinari has been named European Golfer of the Year following his stellar 2018. Molinari became Italy's first major champion when he triumphed at the Open Championship, finishing two clear of four players - including Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy at Carnoustie. The 36-year-old also finished top of the European Tour's money list, seeing him win the Race to Dubai ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed and 2017 champion Tommy Fleetwood.

Wilson D7 distance irons both learn from the past and selectively depart from it
Wilson D7 distance irons both learn from the past and selectively depart from it

The Wilson D7 irons reflect what the company has learned over the last several generations of not just distance irons design and performance but in fact all sort of iron projects. The result isn't merely a continuation of the past, however, said Jon Pergande, Wilson's manager of golf club innovation. "We've had a pretty good history with our distance irons and part of that history has been to showcase more muscle in terms of greater forgiveness, a thicker topline, greater offset.

Rumble in the Outback: Aussie boxing troupe keeps on swinging
Rumble in the Outback: Aussie boxing troupe keeps on swinging

When Fred Brophy bangs a drum on the floodlit stage outside his boxing tent, the large crowd gathered in front of him falls silent in rapt attention. Brophy runs a boxing troupe -- the last in Australia and one of the few left worldwide -- travelling to outback towns where someone's always up for

Pro putts ball into water at Q-School, misses four-footer on the 18th hole to lose status by one shot
Pro putts ball into water at Q-School, misses four-footer on the 18th hole to lose status by one shot

The nightmares suffered at Q-School are too frightful for even the most sadistic of "American Horror Story" episodes. While some players are able to escape from such hell-including Cody Blick, who bounced back from having his clubs stolen to shoot a final-round 63-for others, they are victims of inexorable fates. Sullivan, a 35-year-old journeyman who missed 20 of 23 cuts on the Web.com Tour last season, looked to be in fine standing to retain Web status for 2019, in 23rd place heading into the final round of Q-School at Whirlwind G.C. in Chandler, Ariz. Unfortunately for Sullivan, on a day when the field went low, he hovered around par for 13 holes, and then had the bad fortune of...

Upstart Danny Walker closes with three birdies to overtake Norman Xiong, Doug Ghim to win Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament
Upstart Danny Walker closes with three birdies to overtake Norman Xiong, Doug Ghim to win Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament

Danny Walker is an upstart whose nondescript amateur career contributed to a dearth of attention in advance of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament. A former University of Virginia player who was never higher than 142nd in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Walker birdied his last three holes on a back nine of 30 on the Cattail course at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz. Walker closed with a nine-under par 63 and a two-shot lead that was reduced to one when Norman Xiong birdied the 17th.

How much prize money each golfer earned at the 2018 QBE Shootout
How much prize money each golfer earned at the 2018 QBE Shootout

There's no "I" in "team", but there is "money" in a "team tourney." (Seriously, look it up.) The 24 tour pros in the field at the QBE Shootout-including LPGA star Lexi Thompson-no doubt enjoyed the camaraderie the past three days at Tiburon Golf

Report: New course in the mix for Steph Curry
Report: New course in the mix for Steph Curry's PGA Tour event in 2019

Steph Curry joining forces with the PGA Tour for an event has been known since May. Where that event will be played has become a bit of a toss-up. In October Golf.com and the San Francisco Chronicle reported that officials had circled Corica Park in Alameda, California, as the host site. The tour originally had aspirations for TPC Harding Park, set to host the 2020 PGA Championship, but an agreement with the course and PGA of America kept that off-limits until 2021.

Blick shoots 63, earns Web starts after having clubs stolen
Blick shoots 63, earns Web starts after having clubs stolen

On Sunday morning, Cody Blick was standing in the kitchen of his rented house, making eggs and bacon, when his coach's fiancée asked an unsettling question. Where are your clubs? The third-year pro from Northern California had stashed them in the garage the night before, on the eve of the final round of Web.com Tour Q-School, a day that would determine whether he'd have eight to 12 guaranteed starts on the developmental circuit in 2019 or a spring full of Monday qualifiers.

Miura Golf website to expand its role, including offering consumers the option to purchase clubs directly
Miura Golf website to expand its role, including offering consumers the option to purchase clubs directly

At first glance, it seems an unusual move that Miura Golf will offer its clubs in a direct-to-consumer approach, given how the company has done much to cultivate a relationship with custom fitting as a key element of getting players to optimize the benefits of its precision forged designs. "So this phase one release gives golfers, who have their specs, the opportunity to go online and place a custom order.

Pro has clubs stolen before final day of Q-School, offers $5,000 to anyone who finds them
Pro has clubs stolen before final day of Q-School, offers $5,000 to anyone who finds them

At the end of the third round of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, the 25-year-old Blick was 10 under for the event, tied for 74th. While catching the leaders (23 under) was a pipe dream, Blick had a reasonable shot at a top-40 finish (after Saturday, that standing hovered around 14 under). Unfortunately for Blick, he'll have to surmount that charge with clubs that aren't his own, as his own bats were apparently swiped.

After Having Clubs Stolen, Cody Blick Shoots 63 to Get Web.com Status
After Having Clubs Stolen, Cody Blick Shoots 63 to Get Web.com Status

To say Cody Blick earned his Web.com Tour status today would be a massive understatement. Blick sat at 10 under after the first three rounds of the Web.com Tour Qualifying Tournament, three shots out of the top 40, heading into Sunday. Blick offered a $5,000 reward through an Instagram post.

Transgender fighter wins in historic pro debut

Patricio Manuel made boxing history on Saturday night, becoming the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. Manuel, 34, beat Hugo Aguilar by unanimous decision in Indio, Calif., on a Golden Boy Boxing fight card. Afterward, as he heard some detractors in the audience, Manuel

Oosthuizen surges to his 1st South African Open title

Louis Oosthuizen won his first title at the South African Open on Sunday, running away from his challengers with a final-round 67 for a six-shot victory. Oosthuizen led from the front on the final day at Randpark Golf Course and although his three-shot overnight lead was cut to one after three holes, he surged back for a ninth European Tour win and first in nearly three years. Romain Langasque was alone in second on 12 under, with his closing 66 pushing him 18 places up the leaderboard on the final day and earning him a place at the British Open next July in Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Bryson DeChambeau
Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Bryson DeChambeau

No, no one will ever outwork DeChambeau, the Mad Scientist whose marathon practice sessions have become both inspiring and unintentionally hilarious, as he searches desperately for golf's elusive secrets. As unorthodox as DeChambeau's methods are, his results are undeniably impressive. Wanting to validate his own approach - and to prove others wrong - has been the driving force of his early career, and after his breakthrough at the 2017 John Deere Classic, those close to DeChambeau hoped that he'd finally find the inner peace that he craved.

Rosaforte Report: U.S. players, assistants excited by (playing?) captain Tiger
Rosaforte Report: U.S. players, assistants excited by (playing?) captain Tiger

Tiger Woods was texting last week from Melbourne, Australia, with Davis Love III and Steve Stricker, discussing with the two former captains what Love likes to call "Team USA Golf." Woods commented on all the moving parts and media requests in his role as leader of the 2019 U.S. Presidents Cup team - like flying to Australia immediately after the Hero World Challenge for a news conference and photo shoot. "I'm like, 'Aren't you used to that?'" joked Stricker, captain of the victorious 2017 U.S. team. The injection of Woods into the Presidents Cup next December has created an energy and global buzz to an overshadowed event that has been dominated since its inception by the United States.

Oosthuizen cruises to first win in more than two years
Oosthuizen cruises to first win in more than two years

Add Louis Oosthuizen to the lengthy list of notable veterans who broke through for a win in 2018. The former Open champ took control of the South African Open with an opening-round 62, and he finished things off with a pair of 67s over the weekend at Rand Park GC. It added up to a six-shot win, equaling the tournament record for margin of victory.

Lomachenko beats Pedraza to unify lightweight belts

Vasiliy Lomachenko added the World Boxing Organization lightweight world title to his World Boxing Association belt with a unanimous 12-round decision over Jose Pedraza on Saturday. Ukraine's Lomachenko, a three-weight world champion who had never before unified two titles in the same class, knocked

Lomachenko wins unanimous decision for 2nd lightweight belt
Lomachenko wins unanimous decision for 2nd lightweight belt

Vasiliy Lomachenko picked up his second lightweight title Saturday night, wearing down Jose Pedraza and winning a unanimous decision. Lomachenko (12-1) knocked down Pedraza twice in the 11th round and though he couldn't finish him, won easily to add the WBO title to the WBA belt he picked up in

Transgender boxer Pat Manuel makes history with pro win

Transgender boxer Patricio Manuel made history Saturday with a unanimous decision victory over Mexican super-featherweight Hugo Aguilar in Indio, California. Manuel, 33, became the first transgender male to fight professionally in the United States. It was worth everything I went through to get to

Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO
Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO's last boxing show

CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Cecilia Braekhus defended her welterweight titles with a dominant unanimous decision over Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes on Saturday night in the final fight of the last HBO boxing telecast.

Kovalev-Alvarez rematch set for Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas

NEW YORK (AP) -- Sergey Kovalev will try to win back his light heavyweight title from Eleider Alvarez when they meet on Feb. 2 in Frisco, Texas.

The Latest: Booker speaks at Democrat victory celebration
The Latest: Booker speaks at Democrat victory celebration

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - The Latest on Sen. Cory Booker's visit to New Hampshire (all times local):

Watch: Dan Marino the golf trick-shot artist ... who knew?
Watch: Dan Marino the golf trick-shot artist ... who knew?

Tony Romo, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning ... there's a long line of NFL quarterbacks who have some serious golf game. Marino is generally considered one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, and those pure passing skills have translated into a decent bag of tricks for the 57-year-old Miami Dolphins legend.

Zach Johnson parts ways with caddie after 15 years, two majors
Zach Johnson parts ways with caddie after 15 years, two majors

Caddie Damon Green is not be a name widely known by golf fans, but they certainly recognize Green's "bird dance," unleashed every time his player, Zach Johnson, would card a red number. Green told TCN that Johnson informed him of the change in the last few weeks. Johnson has also notched 10 PGA Tour victories and made nine appearances in the Ryder and Presidents Cup in that span.

Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protest
Jacline Mouraud: Founder of Yellow Vest movement denounces extremists hijacking her tax protest

The founder of the "yellow vest" revolt said it had become a dangerous "dog without a leash" prey to extremists and anarchists, and urged moderate protesters to open dialogue with the French government. Jacline Mouraud, a 51-year old composer and hypnotherapist from Brittany, is credited with sparking the movement after six million people viewed her Facebook diatribe against environmental duties on petrol and diesel last month. "What are you doing with the money apart from buying new dishes at the Élysée Palace and building yourself swimming pools?" she asked President Emmanuel Macron in her viral video. But she said the movement had now been hijacked by an increasingly violent fringe of...

Louis Oosthuizen back in front at South African Open

Louis Oosthuizen was back in front at the South African Open on Saturday after a 4-under 67 gave him a three-shot lead and a chance at his first title at his home tournament. Oosthuizen went ahead of fellow major winner Charl Schwartzel again after surrendering the lead in round two, when he fell two shots behind. The 2010 British Open winner rebounded with a strong putting display to move to a 14-under 199 overall and open a handy advantage over a group of three players tied for second at the Firethorn Course at Randpark Golf Club.

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