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Phil Mickelson Returns With Scrambling 68 At La Quinta

Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 05:52 Friday, 20 January 2017 05:38

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

LA QUINTA, California (John Nicholson/AP) — Phil Mickelson hit his opening tee shot so poorly in morning rain and cold that he hit a provisional ball just to get in another swing.

He scrambled to par the hole and went on to shoot a 4-under 68 in the CareerBuilder Challenge, leaving him four strokes back in his return from two sports hernia surgeries.

“I struck it horrible, but I scored out of my mind,” Mickelson said. “So, I’m very happy with it. My first round of golf was Saturday and I’ve been able to work out just the last two weeks.”

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McIlroy To Have Tests On His Injured Back

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 02:35 Monday, 16 January 2017 02:29

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One tournament into the new year, Rory McIlroy is going for tests on his back to make sure he is fit enough to play Abu Dhabi without further damage.

McIlroy felt pain in his back before the second round of the South African Open, and it lingered throughout the final round, where he closed with a 67 and lost in a playoff to Graeme Storm.

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PGA TOUR Joins AJGA As Official Partner

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 02:21 Monday, 16 January 2017 02:12

altBRASELTON, Georgia — After 10 years of supporting The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf and collaborating with the AJGA on the recent addition of the Junior Presidents Cup, the PGA TOUR has further elevated its involvement with the AJGA by becoming an Official Partner, both organizations announced.

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Thomas Caps Off Record Week With Trophy At Sony Open

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 02:12 Monday, 16 January 2017 01:54

Justin ThomasCanadian Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Doug Ferguson/AP) — One last putt. One more record. And two unforgettable weeks in Hawaii for Justin Thomas.

Thomas began the Sony Open with a 15-foot eagle putt on his final hole to shoot 59. He ended it with a two-putt birdie from 60 feet that gave him yet another entry in the PGA Tour record book for the lowest 72-hole score in history.

His final act was to stand before the members of Waialae Country Club, champagne flute in hand for the traditional toast. Thomas chugged it down, smiled and said to them, “I think I had a glass with a hole in it.”

Bottoms up, kid.

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New Commissioner Monahan Makes Quick Connection With Players

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:56 Wednesday, 11 January 2017 05:53

Jay MonahanCanadian Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Six days into the job, the new PGA Tour commissioner made a quick impression with the players.

Jay Monahan was in blue jeans.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen Tim (Finchem) in jeans before,” Rod Pampling said with a laugh as he recalled the Saturday night dinner for players at Sansei, a popular seafood spot at Kapalua that the PGA Tour took over for the evening. “It was a little bit refreshing.”

They did not solve pace of play. There was talk about the future schedule and television, but that was the case when Finchem took over in 1994, and those will be topics when the next commissioner comes along.

This was more of a meet-and-greet, and by the sound of it, there was plenty of both.

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