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'10-second' rule denies Johnson share of lead with Harman

The relevant rule, 16-2, requires a penalty stroke in such situations if the 10-second wait has expired before the ball topples in. It's a rule protection for pace of play," Johnson told Golf Channel after carding a two-under-par 68. "I love what we're doing and how we're doing it, a lot of fairways, a lot of greens." Leader Harman had three bogeys on his outward nine, but was more assured coming home to post a 130 halfway total.

UPDATE 5-European Tour BMW International Open Scores

Jun 22 (OPTA) - Scores from the European Tour BMW International Open on Friday -6 Scott Hend (Australia) 71 67 -5 Nico Geyger (Chile) 70 69 Henric Sturehed (Sweden) 69 70 -4 Nick Cullen (Australia) 72 68 Sébastien Gros (France) 68 72 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 72 68 Maximilian Kieffer (Germany) 71 69 Aaron

A wounded veteran finds salvation on the golf course
A wounded veteran finds salvation on the golf course

Learning to play golf with two good hands is hard enough. This was former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ramon Padilla's introduction, and, amazingly, it took just a handful of swings before he flushed a 5-iron 150 yards and was awestruck. "I thought golf was a sissy sport," says Padilla, a football and baseball standout in high school whose nickname was Ramon Chingon (Badass Ramon).

McIlroy searching for swing of nearly a decade ago

McIlroy missed the cut at the U.S. Open after a first round 80 in windswept conditions at Shinnecock Hills, a performance that jolted him into spending the weekend working diligently on the practice tee. There will be tougher tests ahead, but it was a promising start nonetheless, one that left the Northern Irishman a stroke behind American leaders Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson. "I felt good out there today, pretty comfortable with the changes I've been making and hit some good shots." David Duval, a fellow former world number one, said 'the sky's the limit again' for McIlroy if he can find his old swing, but added it was not yet quite where he needs to be.

Jordan Spieth opens Travelers Championship with a 63 to tie the lead with Zach Johnson
Jordan Spieth opens Travelers Championship with a 63 to tie the lead with Zach Johnson

The first round of the Travelers Championship took on the aura of a major on Thursday, with three major champions and their nine major victories occupying the top of the leader board. Defending champion Jordan Spieth, winner of three majors, was among them, shooting a seven-under par 63 at the TPC Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., to share the lead with Zach Johnson, twice a major winner. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy, a winner of four majors, bogeyed the 18th hole to finish a stroke back with a 64..

Golf-Fleetwood battles to two-over 74 in first round in Germany

Tommy Fleetwood could not conjure up his U.S. Open magic as he battled to a two-over-par 74 in the opening round at the BMW International Open in Germany on Thursday. The Englishman, whose father Pete is serving as his caddie this week, ended the day equal 55th as Sebastien Gros of France held the lead with a 68 in breezy conditions at the Gut Laerchenhof course in Pulheim. Fleetwood finished runner-up at the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday after a closing 63 that matched the lowest round in U.S. Open history.

A wounded veteran finds salvation through golf
A wounded veteran finds salvation through golf

After losing his arm in Afghanistan and being diagnosed with PTSD, Ramon Padilla turned to the game of golf to aid in his mental and physical recovery.

Boxing legend Ali
Boxing legend Ali's $2.9 million estate for sale

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali's 81-acre estate in rural southwestern Michigan, featuring a workout gymnasium that includes a boxing ring, is up for sale at just under $2.9 million. According to the listing at the website for top ten real estate deals, Ali's widow Lonnie is selling the property,

England
England's Fitzpatrick takes temporary US PGA membership

Britain's Matthew Fitzpatrick has accepted a US PGA Tour special temporary membership with an eye to winning enough money to claim a full-season spot for the 2018-19 campaign. The 23-year-old Englishman is a four-time winner on the European Tour, his most recent triumph coming in last September's European Masters, and ranks 39th in the world. Fitzpatrick shared 12th at last week's US Open at Shinnecock, his performance lifting him beyond the points threshold needed for membership for the remainder of the season.

Park leads top field in tuneup for women
Park leads top field in tuneup for women's golf major

Top-ranked Park In-bee of South Korea leads the world's top nine players into the LPGA's Northwest Arkansas Championship, final tuneup for next week's Women's PGA Championship. Park, a seven-time major winner whose most recent major win came at the 2015 Women's British Open, shared 13th last week in the Korea Women's Open and returns for her first LPGA event since finishing ninth at the US Women's Open.

UPDATE 2-European Tour BMW International Open Scores

Jun 21 (OPTA) - Scores from the European Tour BMW International Open on Thursday -4 Sébastien Gros (France) 68 -3 Jorge Campillo (Spain) 69 Scott Jamieson (Scotland) 69 Aaron Rai (England) 69 Henric Sturehed (Sweden) 69 -2 Christofer Blomstrand (Sweden) 70 Nicolai Von Dellingshausen (Germany) 70 Nico

Fleetwood flounders as Gros takes Pulheim lead
Fleetwood flounders as Gros takes Pulheim lead

Tommy Fleetwood came back down to earth with a bump at the BMW International Open on Thursday, the U.S. Open runner-up toiling in Pulheim as Sebastien Gros claimed an early lead. Fleetwood produced a record-equalling final-round 63 to surge into contention on the final day at Shinnecock Hills, the Englishman finishing two over and just one shot behind eventual champion Brooks Koepka. Fleetwood - the highest-ranked player this week - was not the only big name to struggle, with Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters also over par after round one.

Why so many regular golfers loved Phil Mickelson
Why so many regular golfers loved Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open 'rake-gate'

The saga surrounding Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open antics at Shinnecock Hills have stretched well beyond last Saturday afternoon. Five days later, there's still fascination with what the heck Mickelson was thinking when he ran after his moving ball and hit it back towards the hole before it rolled off the 13th green. The latest development comes by way of Mickelson sending out an apology through a select group of reporters, including Golf Digest's Dave Shedloski.

Spieth says Fleetwood is big threat at British Open
Spieth says Fleetwood is big threat at British Open

By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Reigning champion Jordan Spieth believes Tommy Fleetwood could be the biggest threat at next month's British Open after a sensational second place at Shinnecock Hills last week. Spieth was a mere spectator as Englishman Fleetwood fired a magnificent final-round 63 to match the lowest round in U.S. Open history and almost snatch victory. Fleetwood had to be content with runners-up spot, one stroke behind American Brooks Koepka, but Spieth said he could carry that momentum into Carnoustie when it starts on July 20.

Spieth praises U.S. Open champion Koepka
Spieth praises U.S. Open champion Koepka

Jordan Spieth believes Brooks Koepka has not been given enough credit for winning back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Like several other top players, world number five Spieth missed the cut at Shinnecock Hills, where Koepka defended his title. "I think it's a bit of a shame that the main focus hasn't been on Brooks Koepka winning back-to-back U.S. Open titles, at least from what I've seen and heard," he told a conference call.

Ryan Vermeer from Happy Hollow Club wins the club pros
Ryan Vermeer from Happy Hollow Club wins the club pros' major, is headed to PGA Championship at Bellerive

Ryan Vermeer, who won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, shown here at the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club. The PGA Professional Championship is not a major as most would see it, but don't try telling that to the emotional winner, Ryan Vermeer. For his two-stroke victory on the Bayonet Course in Seaside, Calif., near Pebble Beach, Vermeer earned $55,000 and a start in the PGA Championship and was awarded the Walter Hagen Cup.

Haley slams rights groups after US quits UN council
Haley slams rights groups after US quits UN council

US Ambassador Nikki Haley on Wednesday accused human rights groups of thwarting a US push for changes to the UN Human Rights Council and contributing to Washington's decision to quit the body. In a letter sent to non-governmental organizations, Haley complained that they had played a "deconstructive" role by refusing to support US efforts to take Israel off the council's agenda. Haley on Tuesday announced that the United States was quitting the rights council, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel.

Muhammad Ali's Michigan home on the market for $2.9 million

BERRIEN SPRINGS, Mich. (AP) -- The family of Muhammad Ali has put the late boxing legend's Michigan estate on the market for nearly $2.9 million.

'Embarassed' Mickelson apologizes for U.S. Open rules violation

The five-times major champion was already out of contention for victory when he deliberately prevented his ball from rolling off the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, by running after the ball and hitting it back toward the hole. It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry." Mickelson, 48, did not speak to reporters after Sunday's final round of the U.S. Open, where he finished in a share of 48th place and 15 shots back of repeat champion Brooks Koepka. Many of Mickelson's peers were among those who felt his actions should have resulted in a disqualification from the U.S. Open, the lone event he needs to win to complete the career grand slam of golf's four...

Golf-'Embarassed' Mickelson apologises for U.S. Open rules violation

Phil Mickelson apologised on Wednesday for putting a moving ball during the third round of last week's U.S. Open, saying he is "embarrassed" for a lapse in judgment that sparked a storm of controversy. The five-times major champion was already out of contention for victory when he deliberately prevented his ball from rolling off the 13th green at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, New York, by running after the ball and hitting it back towards the hole. My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend," Mickelson told Golf Channel in a note shared with a select group of media members.

Spieth defends at Travelers with eye to keeping Claret Jug
Spieth defends at Travelers with eye to keeping Claret Jug

Fifth-ranked defending champion Jordan Spieth sees this week's US PGA Travelers Championship as a crucial step ahead of defending the British Open championship next month at Carnoustie. "I feel like there are good scores coming," Spieth said. "In order for (my game) to be major championship ready for the Open Championship, I think being in contention this week would be a big key.

Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball
Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball

Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him. "I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down," Mickelson said. Mickelson was struggling in the third round when he reached the 13th green.

Spieth, others try to bounce back after missing US Open cut
Spieth, others try to bounce back after missing US Open cut

Jordan Spieth, the defending champion at both this week's Travelers Championship and next month's Open Championship, will try to avoid missing the weekend for the third straight tournament. ''In order for (my game) to be ready, major championship ready for the Open Championship, I think being in contention this week would be a big key,'' he said. A year ago, a previously struggling Spieth shot a 7-under 63 in his first-ever round at TPC River Highlands and went wire to wire, winning the tournament in a playoff.

'Embarrassed and disappointed' Mickelson apologizes for U.S. Open penalty

Four days after his putt that rocked the golfing world, Phil Mickelson apologized Wednesday for his actions at the U.S. Open. "I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down," Mickelson said in a text message to Golf.com. It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry." Last Saturday, during the third round at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, N.Y., Mickelson sent a putt on the 13th green well past the hole.

Golf-Two-time major champion Hubert Green dies
Golf-Two-time major champion Hubert Green dies

Green was a dominant force during the 1970s and 1980s when he won 19 times on the PGA Tour, including at the 1977 U.S. Open and 1985 PGA Championship, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007. "He was perhaps best known for his win at the 1977 U.S. Open, where he received a death threat during the round, but continued on and ultimately captured the title," Hall of Fame President Jack Peter said on the shrine's website on Wednesday.

Golf-Two-time major champion Hubert Green dies
Golf-Two-time major champion Hubert Green dies

Green was a dominant force during the 1970s and 1980s when he won 19 times on the PGA Tour, including at the 1977 U.S. Open and 1985 PGA Championship, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2007. "He was perhaps best known for his win at the 1977 U.S. Open, where he received a death threat during the round, but continued on and ultimately captured the title," Hall of Fame President Jack Peter said on the shrine's website on Wednesday.

Fantasy golf picks: What will Brooks Koepka do for an encore?
Fantasy golf picks: What will Brooks Koepka do for an encore?

Following his U.S. Open win in 2017, Brooks Koepka promptly flew to Vegas to celebrate and didn't tee it up again until the British Open. Koepka boarded a private plane at Shinnecock Hills after his second major victory, but he only made a brief detour home before returning to the northeast for this week's Travelers Championship. Koepka's not the worst play at TPC River Highlands, but combine the distractions of winning another major with playing the percentages (he still only has ONE PGA Tour win other than his two U.S. Open titles somehow), and I'm leaving him on the bench.

PGA Tour partners with Facebook to stream tournament coverage starting at the Travelers Championship
PGA Tour partners with Facebook to stream tournament coverage starting at the Travelers Championship

Starting with this week's Travelers Championship, there will be a new way to watch PGA Tour events on the weekend. The tour announced on Wednesday an agreement with Facebook to distribute Saturday and Sunday coverage on Facebook Watch for eight upcoming tournaments leading into the 2017-18 FedEx Cup Playoffs. "We are thrilled to add Facebook to an already impressive lineup of global digital and broadcast partners," said Chris Wandell, VP Media Business Development of the PGA TOUR.

Australia
Australia's five-time British Open champion Thomson dies

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday after a four-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Golf Australia said. Considered one of Australia's greatest golfers, Thomson was the first from the country to win the British Open when he took the title in 1954. Thomson won the fifth of his British Open titles in 1965, a record only since matched by American Tom Watson, who won the last of his five titles in 1983.

Golf-Australia's five-time British Open champion Thomson dies

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday after a four-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Golf Australia said. Considered one of Australia's greatest golfers, Thomson was the first from the country to win the British Open when he took the title in 1954. Thomson won the fifth of his British Open titles in 1965, a record only since matched by American Tom Watson, who won the last of his five titles in 1983.

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88
Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

Hailed as a hero to some and as golf royalty to others, Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, died Wednesday. Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members, Golf Australia said. The first Australian to win the British Open, Thomson went on to secure the title five times between 1954 and 1965, a record equaled only by American Tom Watson.

Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M
Gaston leaves USC to become head coach at Texas A&M

In a major shakeup in the women's college golf world, USC coach Andrea Gaston has accepted an offer to become the new head coach at Texas A&M. Gaston, who informed her players of her decision Monday night, has been one of the most successful coaches over the past two decades, leading the Trojans to three NCAA titles and producing five NCAA individual champions during her 22-year reign. This year was arguably Gaston's most impressive coaching job.

Australia
Australia's five-time British Open champion Thomson dies

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson died at his home in Melbourne on Wednesday after a four-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Golf Australia said. Considered one of Australia's greatest golfers, Thomson was the first from the country to win the British Open when he took the title in 1954. Thomson won the fifth of his British Open titles in 1965, a record only since matched by American Tom Watson, who won the last of his five titles in 1983.

Australian golf great Peter Thomson dies
Australian golf great Peter Thomson dies

Australian golfing great Peter Thomson has died after a battle with Parkinson's disease. The five-time British Open champion had been fighting the disease for the past four years. Based in Melbourne, Thomson was 88.

Travelers Championship returns sanity post-U.S. Open by providing a test and, hopefully, fun
Travelers Championship returns sanity post-U.S. Open by providing a test and, hopefully, fun

Jordan Spieth had fun at the Travelers Championship last year, holing a bunker shot to win. CROMWELL, Conn. -- Coming off a U.S. Open where the challenge of the golf course was pushed to the extremes, this week's PGA Tour stop at TPC River Highlands represents a fundamental shift in how to approach those extremes, a fundamental shift in attitude. The Travelers Championship seems to be using a word that the USGA has forgotten, at least when it comes to staging a golf tournament: Fun.

PGA Pro
PGA Pro's son bravely reaches into burrowing hole that leads to birdie for dad, needs allowance doubled immediately

Father's Day may have been Sunday, but one PGA Pro's son decided to extend the festivities into Monday, providing his pops with a belated gift that the duo will remember for years to come. Michael Block, head pro Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Ca., wasn't even supposed to be in the field at the PGA Professional Championship. Had they not been able to identify it, he would have had to return the tee, but his 13-year-old son Dylan saved the day by bravely reaching into a burrowing hole made by an animal, which gave his dad free relief.

Ryder Cup teams shaping up great, says Strange
Ryder Cup teams shaping up great, says Strange

Curtis Strange is looking forward to a highly competitive Ryder Cup in September when Europe and the United States renew their rivalry. Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari have amassed the most points on the European Tour so far, with Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy, Alex Noren and Matt Fitzpatrick occupying the other automatic berths.

Anything is possible with Tiger - Strange backs Woods revival despite U.S. Open misery
Anything is possible with Tiger - Strange backs Woods revival despite U.S. Open misery

Curtis Strange believes Tiger Woods can still be a major contender despite his disappointing showing at the U.S. Open last week. At the Masters in April he finished in a tie for 32nd place, while at Shinnecock Hills he missed the cut having finished 10 over in difficult conditions. Anything is possible with Tiger.

Chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion shot dead at 20
Chart-topping rapper XXXTentacion shot dead at 20

XXXTentacion, the troubled 20-year-old rapper whose grim, often suicidal rhymes propelled him to the top of the US chart just months ago, was shot dead Monday in Florida in a possible robbery, authorities said. The rapper, whose lyrics were filled with insecurity and his real life marred by violence, was gunned down in broad daylight near a motorcycle store in Deerfield Beach north of Miami, the Broward County sheriff's department said. The artist whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Phil Mickelson & Brooks Koepka star in a crazy U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson & Brooks Koepka star in a crazy U.S. Open

Alex Myers discusses Phil Mickelson's "strategic" penalty, crowd confrontations, and Brooks Koepka's win at the 2018 U.S. Open.

Minnesota gets regular PGA Tour stop in 7-year deal
Minnesota gets regular PGA Tour stop in 7-year deal

The PGA Tour will soon be making a regular stop in Minnesota. Long host to the 3M Championship, a thriving tournament on the senior circuit, the TPC Twin Cities course in suburban Minneapolis has landed a spot on the main PGA Tour with a seven-year contract starting in 2019. ''Minnesota has showcased how good golf is here,'' said Hollis Cavner, executive director of Pro Links Sports, which will manage the 3M Open.

Democratic Lawmakers Call On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Resign
Democratic Lawmakers Call On DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen To Resign

Several Democratic lawmakers said Monday that Department of Homeland Security

Minnesota officially gets PGA Tour event for 2019
Minnesota officially gets PGA Tour event for 2019

One of the final pieces to the revamped PGA Tour schedule was put into place Monday morning. The tour and 3M announced a seven-year agreement for a tournament to be held in Minnesota, beginning in 2019. The 3M Open will be hosted at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, and though dates were not announced, it is expected to be conducted in the summer.

Stop Missing Greens
Stop Missing Greens

When you're hitting your irons great-and getting them closer to the hole-the game sure seems easy. You're not putting pressure on your short game and adding the stress of constantly grinding for pars and bogeys. You can be freer off the tee

What
What's In My Bag: Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia won the 2017 Masters and has 33 wins worldwide. From driver to putter see what he carries in his bag.

Control your iron trajectory like Brooks Koepka
Control your iron trajectory like Brooks Koepka

Brooks Koepka proved once again his game is more than just mashing tee shots by putting on an iron-striking clinic at Shinnecock Hills on his way to victory. Add in a strong week with the putter and the 28-year-old showed why his balanced game makes him a threat anywhere he tees it up. Only Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth are active players in their 20s with more major wins.

Western Kentucky coach killed in car accident Sunday
Western Kentucky coach killed in car accident Sunday

The college golf world is in mourning following the unexpected passing of Western Kentucky men's golf coach Phillip Hatchett. According to the school, Hatchett was killed early Sunday morning after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle with other cyclists. "Our hearts are broken following the tragic passing of Phillip Hatchett," said WKU director of athletics Todd Stewart.

Suzy Whaley qualifies for first inaugural U.S. Senior Women
Suzy Whaley qualifies for first inaugural U.S. Senior Women's Open

Suzy Whaley is used to "firsts." In 2003, she was the first woman in 58 years to qualify and play in a PGA Tour event. Later this year, she will become the first female president of the PGA of America. Whaley was one of three woman to qualify out of the San Francisco location.

First official images of new 2019 Suzuki Jimny revealed
First official images of new 2019 Suzuki Jimny revealed

With just about every vehicle manufacturer coming up with a steady stream of new SUV models, it could be easy to forget that Suzuki was producing and selling affordable SUVs long before it became fashionable. The Japanese automaker is now looking to reassert itself into the conversation with a new generation of its small, tough off-roader, the Jimny. It's entirely possible Suzuki wasn't planning to reveal any official images at this point, but after a set of unofficial images from a presentation were leaked on the internet last week the company has now put these official renderings on its global website.

US Open champion Koepka rises to world no. 4
US Open champion Koepka rises to world no. 4

Paris (AFP) - Newly-crowned 2018 US Open champion Brooks Koepka climbed to a career-high world ranking of fourth on Monday, after successfully defending his title at Shinnecock Hills with a one-shot victory.The 28-year-old American, who has missed much

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