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California Court Throws Out Caddie Lawsuit Against PGA Tour

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 February 2016 08:53 Thursday, 11 February 2016 08:34

Mike HicksCanadian Press

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Caddies lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a federal judge in California ruled they signed a contract with the tour that requires them to wear bibs as part of their uniform and cannot claim that corporate sponsorship on the bibs makes them human billboards.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday night without prejudice, which typically means it cannot be refiled.

The decision came just over a year after caddies filed the lawsuit in northern California, the same federal court where former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon successfully sued the NCAA for keeping college players from selling their marketing rights.

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Bubba Watson Pulls Off “Skyhook” Trick Shot at AT&T Pebble Beach

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:26 Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:08

Bubba WatsonPEBBLE BEACH, California (John Holmes/PGA.com) — A lot of the game’s best players are up on the Monterey Peninsula for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. And after the crazy weather at Torrey Pines, the skies are breathtakingly blue up in northern California.

Among the pros basking in the sunshine was Bubba Watson, who is paired with Mark Wahlberg in the tournament. He spent part of his day working on a new trick shot that is part golf and part basketball.

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This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 02:38 Wednesday, 10 February 2016 01:49

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-AmCanadian Press

PGA TOUR

AT&T PEBBLE BEACH PRO-AM

Site: Pebble Beach, California.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links (6,816 yards, par 72), Monterey Peninsula Country Club, Shore Course (6,914 yards, par 71) and Spyglass Hill Golf Club (6,953 yards, par 72).

Purse: $7 million. Winner’s Share: $1.26 million.

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Jordan Spieth Adjusting to Fame and Scrutiny Inside and Outside Ropes

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 February 2016 01:47 Wednesday, 10 February 2016 01:21

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

PEBBLE BEACH, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jordan Spieth had to work his way through about 100 people who blocked his path to the first tee at Pebble Beach. They held out tournament tickets, caps, glossy photos and Masters flags for him to sign, and some asked him to stop for pictures.

Unusual about this day is what happened after he finally reached the tee and drilled a 3-iron down the middle.

The crowd followed along for the next four hours.

The golf course that Robert Louis Stevenson described as “the most felicitous meeting of land and sea” is magnificent under warm sunshine and a blue sky, so it was not a waste of anyone’s time, even for a practice round. They wanted to see Spieth, the No. 1 player who is still trying to get used to the attention.

A year ago, he was No. 9 in the world and still had only one PGA Tour victory on his ledger.

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Hideki Matsuyama Beats Rickie Fowler in Phoenix Open Playoff

Last Updated on Monday, 08 February 2016 05:16 Monday, 08 February 2016 02:01

Hideki MatsuyamaCanadian Press

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (John Nicholson/AP) — Rickie Fowler broke down in tears in the media center after his playoff loss in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, overcome by emotion talking about his family.

“The hard part is having all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven’t seen me win,” Fowler said. “But I will be able to kind of hang with them tonight. I’ll be all right.”

He hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole — the first in regulation and the second on the fourth and final extra hole — to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory.

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