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B.C.’s du Toit Remains At The Top Of Weekly Rankings

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:18 Thursday, 28 July 2016 18:04

Jared du ToitJared du Toit’s performance at the RBC Canadian Open vaulted him 35 spots in the world rankings to a career-high No. 25 in the world. It was only his second career professional tournament and the University of Arizona senior finished two shots ahead of World No. 1 Jason Day and just two back of former teammate and former top-ranked amateur John Rahm. Du Toit captured the Gary Cowen Medal as Low Amateur as a result of his finish

Garrett Rank, a former top-ranked amateur in Canada, gained 13 places in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 77th at the RBC Canadian Open.

Andrew Harrison moved back into the Top-20 with a 32-place gain in the world rankings. He is coming off a third-place finish at the Alberta Amateur.

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RBC Extends Commitment to RBC Canadian Open and RBC Heritage

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 July 2016 02:07 Wednesday, 20 July 2016 20:01

RBCOAKVILLE, Ontario — The PGA TOUR, RBC, Golf Canada, and the Heritage Classic Foundation jointly announced that RBC has signed six-year extensions as title sponsor of both the RBC Canadian Open and RBC Heritage. The new agreements take effect in 2018 and run through 2023.

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Royal Troon Votes to Admit Female Members

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:34 Sunday, 03 July 2016 21:25

Royal Troon 18th Green and ClubhouseCanadian Press

TROON, Scotland (AP) — Royal Troon voted overwhelmingly to admit female members for the first time in the club’s 138-year history.

The vote at a special meeting came less than two weeks before the British Open is held at the Ayrshire links for the ninth time, eliminating what was likely to be a distraction as more of Britain’s top links courses accept women.

“We have said a number of times recently that it is important for golf clubs to reflect the society in which we exist and the modern world that looks to us,” said Martin Cheyne, the captain at Royal Troon. “It is the right decision for the club today and for generations of golfers that will follow.”

The vote leaves Muirfield as the only links on the British Open rotation that has a male-only policy. The R&A said after Muirfield failed to get the two-thirds majority to change that it will not host another Open under its current policy.

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Jason Day Says Zika Fears Will Keep Him Out of Rio Olympics

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 19:02 Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:57

Jason DayCanadian Press

AKRON, Ohio (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jason Day pulled out of the Olympics because of the Zika virus, costing golf its No. 1 player as it returns from a century-long absence at the games.

The sport has lost two of its biggest stars in the last week, adding to the perception that the Olympics are not a high priority. Rory McIlroy, a four-time major champion, also said Zika will keep from competing in Rio de Janeiro.

“The sole reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family,” Day said in a statement. “I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life.”

The 28-year-old Australian and his wife, Ellie, had their second child in November, and he has said they want more children.

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Golf Back in the Olympics After 112 Years, But for How Long

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:51 Tuesday, 28 June 2016 18:46

Shane LowryCanadian Press

AKRON, Ohio (Doug Ferguson/AP) — For the longest time, golf’s biggest headache in preparing for a return to the Olympics was getting a new course built in Rio de Janeiro.

That seems like a nuisance compared with its next major hurdle.

Who’s going to play?

Ten eligible players over the last two months have pulled out of the Olympics, six of the specifically citing concerns about the Zika virus. The last week alone was particularly devastating to a sport wanting to make a good impression after being gone from the games for 112 years.

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