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Rory McIlroy curbing expectations before Masters
Rory McIlroy curbing expectations before Masters

Former world number one Rory McIlroy is trying to temper the amount of pressure he puts on himself ahead of the Masters. McIlroy started the year with two top-three finishes on the European Tour, but he has not found the same success this year on the PGA Tour, missing the cut at Pebble Beach and then finishing tied for 20th at last week's Genesis Open. With just a few scheduled events before the four-time major champion tries to earn the career grand slam at Augusta National in April, McIlroy is trying to curb expectations as he prepares for the Honda Classic, starting in Florida on Thursday.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods' driving issues may be curbed this week for a simple reason

An issue that's been amplified in appearances at Torrey Pines and Riviera, as the 14-time major winner has hit just 35.71 percent (30/84) of fairways in return. Six rounds is not enough to count towards the tour's official stats, but out of the 214 golfers who qualify, only Andrew Loupe (33.12 percent) has been worse in driving precision. Perhaps it's no surprise that Rickie Fowler owned a .800 sg: off-the-tee mark (10th in the field) in his Honda victory last season thanks to finding the fairway early and often (over 67 percent).

This new baseball rule being floated is the worst idea in the history of ideas (no exaggeration)
This new baseball rule being floated is the worst idea in the history of ideas (no exaggeration)

First, commissioner Rob Manfred & co. made some reasonable, minor changes to pace of play this week, limiting mound visits per game to six without a pitching change and shortening the time in between innings. Anybody remember the 2016 NBA Finals, when Draymond Green was suspended for Game 5 and sat on the bench the entire game?

They
They've made how much?! 9 PGA Tour pros with stunning career earnings

Kevin Na has made over $25 million in lifetime PGA Tour earnings. That's pretty amazing for someone with just one career victory.

Dramatic, unlikely, historic Olympic gold medal for Team USA in women
Dramatic, unlikely, historic Olympic gold medal for Team USA in women's cross-country skiing

In what has been overall a humbling Olympics for Team USA, a gold medal came from an unlikely place: The cross-country ski team. The duo of Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the team sprint in a dramatic, lunging finish over Sweden to secure the first Olympic gold for American cross-country skiing ever and the first American Olympic medal in 42 years. If you follow cross-country skiing (unlikely), you know the hype for the women's team coming into these Olympics was real.

Watch the brutal compilation of all of Marv Albert and Reggie Miller
Watch the brutal compilation of all of Marv Albert and Reggie Miller's mistakes from the All-Star Game

After witnessing the appalling intro to Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center, most viewers likely did one of two things: A. Turned it off, or B. Scrolled Twitter and watched everyone tear Fergie and Kevin Hart apart limb by limb. In other words, if you did happen to keep the game on as background noise, you probably weren't closely paying attention to the game's broadcast with Marv Albert, Reggie Miller and Chris Webber. Luckily for all of us with the inability to focus on two things at once, one astute observer had his ears perked up throughout the game, and heard enough mistakes from Albert and Miller to create a YouTube compilation video out of it.

Woods makes rare back-to-back starts as PGA Tour revs up
Woods makes rare back-to-back starts as PGA Tour revs up

Woods lives only 15 miles (24 kilometers) from PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, so it always made sense that he would play his hometown event if his body was up to the challenge. Woods, 42, has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, but a fellow multiple major champion suspects the American still has another special performance up his sleeve. "I do believe he will win another major," said Padraig Harrington.

Cricket legend Kevin Pietersen makes video mocking golfer Kevin Na for his slow play
Cricket legend Kevin Pietersen makes video mocking golfer Kevin Na for his slow play

Cricket legend Kevin Pietersen posted a screen-grab video of Kevin Na taking an inordinate amount of time over a par putt during Sunday's final round of the Genesis Open. Well, an inordinate amount of time for the average golfer. For the notoriously

Zion Williamson sent this poor bastard into the Stone Age with devastating block
Zion Williamson sent this poor bastard into the Stone Age with devastating block

High school baller Zion Williamson has become a YouTube legend thanks to his sensational, gravity-defying dunks, jams that leave fans in awe and opponents emasculated. Alas, Williamson's rep took a hit in January when he committed to Duke, a place where

Door officially open for Woods to be playing vice captain
Door officially open for Woods to be playing vice captain

Jim Furyk selected Tiger Woods as a U.S. Ryder Cup vice captain on Tuesday, but could the 14-time major champ pull double duty come September? It's definitely possible.

Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson's All-Star weekend

Alex Myers discusses Bubba's big triumph -- and giant fail -- from an eventful week in LA.

2018 Honda Classic tee times, viewer
2018 Honda Classic tee times, viewer's guide

After a five-week West Coast Swing, the PGA Tour heads to South Florida this week for the Honda Classic, the first tournament of a six-event stretch that also includes stops in Mexico and Texas before the season's first major, the Masters at Augusta

Almost all Olympic athletes will come home to four more years of day jobs
Almost all Olympic athletes will come home to four more years of day jobs

As the Olympic games begin to wind down, I wondered what some of these athletes will do when they get back home. No, when the games are over, the majority of our Olympic athletes go home to face the reality of their day jobs so they can afford to simultaneously train themselves to exhaustion for four years.

Golf-Universal world handicap system to be introduced from 2020

Developed by the British Open organisers The R&A and the United States Golf Association, the new system aims to streamline the current formats which are administered by six existing handicapping authorities from around the world. The announcement comes after an extensive review of the various handicapping systems administered by Golf Australia, Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU), European Golf Association (EGA), South African Golf Association (SAGA), Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the USGA. The six bodies represent around 15 million golfers in 80 countries who currently maintain a golf handicap.

Random hero drains 120-foot putt to win $100,000
Random hero drains 120-foot putt to win $100,000

Turns out the hot weekend destination was actually the Minnesota Golf Show, smack dab in the heart of beautiful Minneapolis-in-February. In addition to approximately six-trillion fix-your-slice Golf Channel infomercial gadgets, an indoor driving range, and a dedicated Golf Lounge where husbands and fathers who just popped out for a gallon of milk three days ago could congregate to watch Tiger IN FREAKING PEACE, there was also an epic $100,000 putting contest which this random dude somehow jarred from 120 cheap carpeted feet away. A secondary kudos to the Minneapolis Convention Center crowd is also in order, who managed to overcome their collective Vitamin-D deficiency just long enough to...

Why you shouldn
Why you shouldn't panic about Jordan Spieth's putting slump (yet)

In five starts this season Jordan Spieth ranks 161st in strokes gained: putting and has admitted he's going through a "slump" on the greens. The short answer is that worst of Spieth's putting slump is probably over, but don't be surprised to see the effects linger for some time yet. In case you haven't noticed, Jordan Spieth is a very above average putter: 60th, 20th, 9th, 2nd, and 42nd in SGP between 2013 and 2017, with a career average of 0.277.

What
What's a 7-handicap, really?

On the right day and right course, you'll break 80. Congratulations. As a 7-handicap, you're in the top 21 percent of male golfers-top 3 percent for females-according to the United States Golf Association. A professional career isn't happening

Goosen must likely qualify to return to Shinnecock for Open
Goosen must likely qualify to return to Shinnecock for Open

Retief Goosen one-putted the last six holes to win his second U.S. Open title at Shinnecock Hills in 2004. Goosen received a special exemption in 2016 for Oakmont. The U.S. Open historically is not overly generous with U.S. Open exemptions since 2000 when it gave one to 19-year-old Aaron Baddeley.

USGA/R&A unveil new World Handicap System set to debut in 2020
USGA/R&A unveil new World Handicap System set to debut in 2020

It's one of the game's unique and abiding traits: For any given round, golfers of all skills can compete against one another by virtue of having a Handicap Index that measures their ability. There is, however, a flaw in the system. While the USGA formula is used by the largest number of golfers worldwide-roughly 10 million of the 16 million who have handicaps-it coexists with five other systems, none of which easily translates with one another.

Randall
Randall's Rant: Tiger no longer one with the chaos

If Tiger Woods can't rise above rabid fan energy and use it to his benefit like he used to, he really may be just one of the guys this time around.

Boxer Groves confident of shoulder injury recovery
Boxer Groves confident of shoulder injury recovery

George Groves vowed to be fit for May's World Boxing Super Series final despite dislocating his shoulder in Saturday's semi-final victory over Chris Eubank Jr. Groves also defended his World Boxing Organisation super-middleweight belt against his domestic rival and is scheduled to face either

Rosaforte Report: Parkland tragedy weighs heavily on golf teams
Rosaforte Report: Parkland tragedy weighs heavily on golf teams

Amanda Okulanis was on the Sawgrass side of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus on Thursday, away from the 1200 building that largely housed ninth-graders and where most of her 17 classmates were killed in a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. "It could have been anyone of us," said Okulanis, the captain and No. 1 player on the Stoneman Douglas girls' golf team. Okulanis, 18, works part time in outside operations at Heron Bay GC and is a pro shop attendant at TPC Eagle Trace, not far away from Parkland in Coral Springs.

UPDATE 2-PGA Fedex Cup Rankings

Feb 19 (OPTA) - The PGA Fedex Cup Rankings on Feb 11 Rnk Prv Total 1. (1) Patton Kizzire (US) $2,961,988 2. (5) Dustin Hunter Johnson (US) 2,428,067 3. (3) Jon Rahm (Spain) 2,101,184 4. (9) Jason Day (Australia) 2,073,900 5. (2) Justin Thomas (US) 2,051,800 6. (4) Pat Perez (US) 2,007,711 7. (15) Chez

Bubba Watson trending in right direction after Riviera win
Bubba Watson trending in right direction after Riviera win

Bubba Watson says he was contemplating retirement. ''I have a car dealership, a candy store and a baseball team,'' Watson said. One week at Riviera was a reminder that ''Bubba Golf'' remains a best seller.

Spieth:
Spieth: 'I feel great about the state of my game'

Jordan Spieth is starting to feel confident again with the putter, which is probably a bad sign for the rest of the PGA Tour. Spieth struggled on the greens two weeks ago at TPC Scottsdale, but he began to right the ship at Pebble Beach and cracked the top 10 this week at the Genesis Open. Perhaps more important than his final spot on the leaderboard was his standing in the strokes gained putting category - 12th among the field at Riviera Country Club, including a 24-putt performance in the third round.

Golf-Watson finds path back to the top after losing his way

The stinging disappointment of missing the 2016 United States Ryder Cup team was one of the factors why Bubba Watson contemplated retirement last year. Watson was ranked seventh in the world at the time but suffering from uneven form and not even considered by captain Davis Love as one of his four wild card picks for the team that went on to beat Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota. "I was top-10 in the world for a few years and so not being there, you feel like is this it, is this my old man moment, where I can't play golf again?" Watson added that apart from the downward spiral in results he had been ill in 2017, but did not disclose what had affected him, while his wife needed surgery.

Phil eyes Augusta after third straight top-6 finish
Phil eyes Augusta after third straight top-6 finish

Mickelson began the final round of the Genesis Open five shots off the lead, but after a chip-in birdie on No. 12 he got within a shot of Bubba Watson. Mickelson's closing 3-under 68 ultimately left him in a tie for sixth, four shots behind Watson.

UPDATE 3-LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open Scores

Feb 19 (OPTA) - Scores from the LPGA Tour ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open on Sunday -14 Jin Young ko (Korea Republic) 65 69 71 69 -11 Hye Jin Choi (Korea Republic) 69 71 70 67 -10 Hannah Green (Australia) 69 74 66 69 -9 Katherine Hull-kirk (Australia) 72 73 69 65 -7 Marina Alex (USA) 71 72 70

Mickelson ready for Masters after third straight top-six finish
Mickelson ready for Masters after third straight top-six finish

Phil Mickelson has not won a PGA Tour event since the 2013 Open, but he is eager for the Masters after consistently knocking on the door this year. After finishing tied for sixth at the Genesis Open, Mickelson completed his third straight top-six finish. Nearing top form, Mickelson is ready to take on Augusta National in April.

Bubba Watson admits he
Bubba Watson admits he's been bugging Jim Furyk a lot about the upcoming Ryder Cup

After serving as a last-minute assistant captain for the United State at the Ryder Cup two years ago, Bubba Watson said he is motivated to be back for this year's matches in France. "I've been bugging Jim Furyk for the longest time," Watson said of the American captain.

Bubba Watson wins at Riviera for the 3rd time
Bubba Watson wins at Riviera for the 3rd time

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Bubba Watson was feeling low about his health and even worse about his golf. It reached a point that he wondered if he would ever win again, and he says he talked with his wife on a dozen occasions about retiring.

Bubba Watson wins at Riviera for the 3rd time
Bubba Watson wins at Riviera for the 3rd time

Bubba Watson ended two years without winning with his third victory at Riviera. Watson seized control Sunday with two par putts as everyone around him was dropping shots, then pulling ahead by holing a bunker shot on the par-3 14th hole. It was his first victory since he won at Riviera two years ago

UPDATE 4-PGA Tour Genesis Open Scores

Feb 18 (OPTA) - Scores from the PGA Tour Genesis Open on Sunday -12 Bubba Watson (USA) 68 70 65 69 -10 Tony Finau (USA) 66 71 68 69 Kevin Na (USA) 68 70 67 69 -9 Patrick Cantlay (USA) 66 69 69 71 Scott Stallings (USA) 71 68 68 68 -8 Adam Hadwin (Canada) 70 74 66 66 Philip Alfred Mickelson (USA) 70 71

South Korea
South Korea's Jin Young Ko wins Australian Open

South Korea's Jin Young Ko shot a 3-under par 69 Sunday to clinch a 3-shot, start-to-finish win the Women's Australian Open. Playing in her first tournament as a full LPGA member, Ko shot 65, 69, 71, 69 to lead after all four rounds and to finish with a total of 274, 14-under par at the Kooyonga Golf Club. Ko started the day four shots clear of 21-year-old Hannah Green, who was bidding to become the first Australian to win her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014.

Injured Groves risks missing final after Eubank Jr win
Injured Groves risks missing final after Eubank Jr win

George Groves's place in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) final is in doubt after his unanimous points win over Chris Eubank Jr. Groves earned scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 over his English rival at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, but went straight from the ring to hospital after

South Korea's Jin Young Ko wins Australian Open

South Korea's Jin Young Ko shot a 3-under par 69 Sunday to clinch a 3-shot, start-to-finish win the Women's Australian Open. Playing in her first tournament as a full LPGA member, Ko shot 65, 69, 71, 69 to lead after all four rounds and to finish with a total of 274, 14-under par at the Kooyonga Golf Club. Ko started the day four shots clear of 21-year-old Hannah Green, who was bidding to become the first Australian to win her national crown since Karrie Webb won the last of her five titles in 2014.

Danny Garcia stops Brandon Rios in 9th round
Danny Garcia stops Brandon Rios in 9th round

Danny Garcia stopped Brandon Rios with a right hand in the ninth round Saturday night in their WBC welterweight world title elimination bout. Garcia (34-1, 20 KOs) beat Rios (34-4-1, 25 KOs) at Mandalay Bay Events Center to set up a potential rematch against WBC and WBA champion Keith Thurman or a fight

Benavidez crushes Gavril to retain WBC crown
Benavidez crushes Gavril to retain WBC crown

David Benavidez outclassed Ronald Gavril to easily retain his WBC super-middleweight crown with a unanimous points victory on Saturday. The 21-year-old champion from Phoenix dominated Romania's Gavril to claim a deserved win at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Benavidez had beaten Gavril

Bubba Watson takes the lead at Riviera
Bubba Watson takes the lead at Riviera

Bubba Watson started with a 7-iron that stopped rolling 18 inches from the cup for a tap-in eagle . Cantlay figured he could putt around the high side of the bunker that would assure a 15-foot par putt from below the hole.

Graeme McDowell re-filling
Graeme McDowell re-filling 'the confidence tank,' is only two back in Genesis Open in bid for first win since 2015

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland plays his shot on the 12th hole during the third round of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. -- Graeme McDowell has gone 59 worldwide starts without a win and fallen to 219th in the Official World Golf Ranking, numbers that have him perilously close to whatever-happened-to-so-and-so territory. The 38-year-old Northern Irishman shot a one-under 70 on Saturday to get to eight under and within two of the lead going into the final round of the Genesis Open.

Bubba Watson vaults into the lead at the Genesis Open with third-round 65
Bubba Watson vaults into the lead at the Genesis Open with third-round 65

Watson had an eagle and five birdies in a 65 for a one-shot lead heading into the final round.

Watson grabs one-shot lead at Riviera
Watson grabs one-shot lead at Riviera

Los Angeles (AFP) - Bubba Watson swooped for an eagle and five birdies in a six-under par 65 at Riviera Country Club on Saturday to seize a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Genesis Open.

Groves beats Eubank Jr to retain WBA super middle belt

George Groves retained the WBA super middleweight belt when he outsmarted Chris Eubank Jr by unanimous decision in Manchester Arena on Saturday. Eubank's stamina was expected to be superior but he tired through the middle rounds and finished with a desperate flourish and careless abandon.

Groves defends WBA super-middleweight title
Groves defends WBA super-middleweight title

George Groves used his experience and boxing skills to earn a unanimous points decision over Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday. The World Boxing Association (WBA) world super-middleweight champion made a successful second defence by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 over his English rival at the Manchester

Report: Augusta National weighing change to fifth hole
Report: Augusta National weighing change to fifth hole

When Augusta National bought land from neighboring Augusta Country Club last summer, many believed the transaction signaled big changes to Amen Corner. Although a leaked letter in August confirmed these premonitions, it appears other changes are afoot

CBS
CBS' Ian Eagle and his son Noah called the same game on Saturday. No, really

There's no shortage of great father & son duos in broadcast journalism, whether it be in sports or serious news, like on channel seven or something. Sports-wise, Jack and Joe Buck or Marv and Kenny Albert instantly come to mind. This could not be more false when it comes to both Joe Buck and Kenny Albert, each incredibly hard workers who are two of the best in the business.

Great Britain
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins gold in skeleton after nearly dropping out due to dizziness

Every Winter Olympics, many of us get excited when we flip on the TV and Luge is on. Just when you think, "wow, this looks unsafe", Skeleton comes on, and racers do the exact same thing as Luge, but headfirst. As if the event wasn't scary enough, Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold had to deal with bouts of dizziness during the gold medal race in South Korea on Friday night, needing help off the track from a Great Britain support staff member after her first two runs.

Luiten shares lead in Muscat after 3rd-round 66
Luiten shares lead in Muscat after 3rd-round 66

Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday. England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

Luiten shares lead in Muscat after 3rd-round 66

Joost Luiten showed a return to form after a mediocre 2017 as he moved into a three-way tie for the lead in the Oman Open on Saturday. England's Chris Wood (69), another man on the comeback trail, was in fourth place at 11 under, but it could have been a lot better if not for a bogey-bogey finish. Adrian Otaegui (66) was a shot behind Wood while pre-tournament favorite, France's Alexander Levy (67), was at 9 under.

Three-way tie for lead in Oman as Pavon falls away
Three-way tie for lead in Oman as Pavon falls away

Julien Guerrier, Joost Luiten and Matthew Southgate will share top spot heading into the final round of the Oman Open, after overnight leader Matthieu Pavon fell away badly on day three in Muscat. Pavon had led by two at the halfway stage of the tournament, but tumbled down into a tie for seventh courtesy of a three-over 75 on Saturday. As Pavon's challenge faded, Guerrier and Luiten each went round in 66 to claim a share of the lead at 12 under, along with opening-day pacesetter Southgate, who carded a 69.

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