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PGA Tour Player Ryan Palmer’s Father Killed in Traffic Accident

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 August 2015 23:57 Wednesday, 19 August 2015 23:52

Ryan PalmerCanadian Press

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Investigators say a traffic accident in the Texas Panhandle has killed the 71-year-old father of professional golfer Ryan Palmer.

Charles Franklin “Butch” Palmer of Amarillo died Tuesday night in the SUV rollover wreck.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened about two miles north of Amarillo. The elder Palmer was northbound on State Loop 335 when for unknown reasons his vehicle left the road.

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Golf in Good Hands, Except There is Too Many Hands to Count

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:29 Tuesday, 18 August 2015 18:14

Jordan Spieth and Jason DayCanadian Press

SHEBOYGAN, Wisconsin (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The last two majors should emphasize how remarkable it was that Jordan Spieth won the first two.

Consider the numbers.

Spieth was only the fourth player since 1960 who went to the British Open with a chance to win the third leg of the Grand Slam. He was 14-under par at St. Andrews, a number topped only five previous times at golf’s oldest championship.

This year, it didn’t even get him into a playoff.

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Man Gets 5 Years for Using Golfer Allenby’s Credit Cards, ID

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 August 2015 19:47 Sunday, 16 August 2015 19:38

Owen P. HarbisonCanadian Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Doug Ferguson/AP) — A Hawaii man has been sentenced to five years in prison for using Robert Allenby’s credit cards after the professional golfer said he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu.

According to the Honolulu prosecutor’s office, Owen Harbison was sentenced Wednesday.

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Father of Billy Hurley III Dies of Self-Inflicted Wound

Last Updated on Sunday, 16 August 2015 19:37 Sunday, 16 August 2015 19:30

Willard Hurley Jr.Canadian Press

WASHINGTON (Ben Nuckols/AP) — The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, nearly a month after he left home, Hurley announced on Thursday.

Willard Hurley Jr., 61, killed himself Wednesday in Virginia, according to a statement released by his son’s management company. A statement from Reston Bible Church in Reston, Virginia, where the elder Hurley served as missions director, also confirmed his death.

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Louise Suggs, LPGA Founder and Hall of Famer, Dies

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:46 Sunday, 09 August 2015 22:38

Louise SuggsCanadian Press

SARASOTA, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Louise Suggs, an LPGA founder and among the best women to ever play with 61 wins and 11 majors, died Friday. She was 91.

The LPGA Tour said she died in a hospice in Sarasota, Florida, of natural causes.

Suggs was perhaps the most influential player in LPGA history. Along with being one of the 13 founders in 1950, she served as LPGA president three times and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA Teach and Professional Hall of Fame.

“I feel like the LPGA lost a parent,” Commissioner Mike Whan said. “But I’m extremely confident that her vision, her competitiveness, and most importantly her spirit, will be with this organization forever.”

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