National: What's Hot

Spieth Wins Australian Open in 1st Trip Down Under

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 20:07 Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:54

Jordan Spieth

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (Dennis Passa/AP) — Jordan Spieth played the best round of an already impressive career with an 8-under 63 to win the Australian Open by six strokes, making his first trip Down Under a successful one.

Spieth’s 72-hole total of 13-under 271 on the tough, windy Australian Golf Club made him the first American to win the Australian Open since Brad Faxon in 1993, when the 21-year-old Spieth was four months old.

“It’s the best round I have ever played, especially considering the conditions,” Spieth said. “It was just kind of one of those rounds when you’re in the zone and you’re not sure what you’re at. It’s nice that it came on a Sunday.”

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Rio Wins Legal Battle Over Olympic Golf Course

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:52 Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:42

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SAO PAULO, Brazil (Tales Azzoni/AP) — A Rio de Janeiro judge denied a request from prosecutors to halt construction of the Olympic golf course because of environmental concerns, curtailing fears that the venue won't be ready in time for test events.

Judge Eduardo Antonio Klausner said in his decision that there is ''no new fact justifying ... a halt in the implementation of the golf course for the Olympics.''

He said changes made by the city and the course developer partially attended to the prosecutors' demands to protect the local environment.

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West Well Represented On 2015 National Team

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 20:05 Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:27

altOAKVILLE, Ontario (Dan Pino/Golf Canada) – Golf Canada has announced the names of the athletes who have been selected to represent Team Canada as part of the 2015 National Amateur Squad and Development Squad program.

In all, eight athletes comprise Team Canada’s National Amateur Squad, including four players on the women’s team and four players on the men’s team while the National Development Squad will include 11 athletes (five women and six men).

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Inaugural Canadian Pacific Women’s Open Earns Marketing Honours from LPGA Tour

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:25 Sunday, 30 November 2014 19:18

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The inaugural Canadian Pacific Women's Open received accolades at the annual Gold Driver Awards at the recently held LPGA Tournament Owners Association (TOA) Annual Meeting in Naples, Fla.

The 2014 Canadian Pacific Women's Open held at London Hunt and Country Club received top honours (Gold Award) for its television commercials and took home silver medals in the Player Engagement as well as Posters/Billboards/Outdoor & Mobile Ads categories.

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Tim Finchem Continues to Eye Global Golf Tour

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:13 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:36

Tim Finchem

Canadian Press

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The PGA Tour has smaller circuits in Latin America, Canada and China. Commissioner Tim Finchem spoke in 2010 about golf heading toward a "world tour," even though he wasn't sure what it would look like or when it would all come together.

It's worth paying attention to the activity of players over the last month.

Brandt Snedeker was in Japan for the Bridgestone Open. Jordan Spieth was in Japan last week at the Dunlop Phoenix, and he's at the Australian Open this week. Webb Simpson was in Japan. Jason Dufner went to Thailand.

Finchem wants to see golf get through the 2016 Olympics – and the schedule problems that will present – before looking too far ahead.

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