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Tim Finchem Continues to Eye Global Golf Tour

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 10:12 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:36

Tim Finchem

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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.



Defending Champ McIlroy Shoots Opening 2-Under 69 at Australian Open

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:33 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:28

Rory McIlroy

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SYDNEY, Australia (Dennis Passa/AP) — Rory McIlroy's defense of his Australian Open title began with a 2-under 69 on a cool, overcast and often drizzly morning at The Australian Golf Club.

McIlroy, winner of back-to-back majors this year at the British Open and U.S. PGA, began play on the back nine and made the turn at even-par after a birdie and a bogey. He birdied the first hole of his second nine, added another at the par-5 fifth, but made bogey on the seventh.

He finished strongly, hitting his approach on the ninth to less than two feet and making an easy birdie. McIlroy was a stroke behind Australian Aron Price, who was the best of the morning groupings with a 68.



Rory, Adam Have Contrasting Australian Open Starts

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:28 Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:13

Rory McIlroy

Canadian Press

SYDNEY, Australia (Dennis Passa/AP) — Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott weren’t paired together for the first two rounds of the Australian Open because organizers wanted to split their marquee players among morning and afternoon groups for the spectators and television.

After the opening round, they’re also at opposite ends of the scoreboard.

McIlroy teed off in overcast conditions and finished with a 2-under 69 just as Scott was beginning his round — and not very well at that.

Scott’s tee shot on the first went into the woods and he made double-bogey as he shot 74 at The Australian Golf Club.



Woods at 5-Year Mark of Thanksgiving Accident

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:48 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:36

Tiger Woods

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Doug Ferguson/AP

Any mention of golf during the week of Thanksgiving used to be about the Skins Game.

Now it’s hard not to think about Tiger Woods.

It was five years ago this week when his private life began to unravel. It still seems surreal to recall the breaking news scrolling along the bottom of the television that Woods had been "seriously injured" in a car accident outside his home. The injury wasn’t that serious. He was treated and released.

And while the tree his SUV struck did far more damage, it was the fire hydrant he first ran over that became a symbol of the before-and-after nature of his career.



This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:25 Wednesday, 26 November 2014 01:00


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Site: Sydney.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: The Australian Golf Club (7,245 yards, par 70).

Purse: $1,074,600. Winner's share: $193,425.



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