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Spieth Gets Look at ‘Hardest Test’ During Visit to Oakmont

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 01:43 Thursday, 05 May 2016 01:33

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

OAKMONT, Pennsylvania (Will Graves/AP) — Jordan Spieth briefly weighed the request, then politely declined.

Sorry, Spieth just doesn’t feel comfortable posing with the U.S. Open Trophy he won last June at Chambers Bay. That was a year ago on the other side of the country. No need to tempt fate following his initial visit to Oakmont, which will host the national championship for the ninth time next month.

“Maybe on Sunday (after the final round),” Spieth said with a smile.

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Lewis, Tamulis Hoping for More LPGA Tour Success in Alabama

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 May 2016 01:33 Thursday, 05 May 2016 01:23

Stacy LewisCanadian Press

PRATTVILLE, Alabama (John Zenor/AP) — Stacy Lewis is hoping that making a much-needed putt will give her a boost going into a tournament where she has thrived in the past.

Lewis made a 20-foot putt to finish her second round and make the first cut in Texas. Now, the world’s fourth-ranked player moves on to the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, where she won in 2012 and finished second two years later on Capitol Hill’s Senator Course, part of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Lewis went on to shoot 5 under over the final two rounds at the Volunteers of America Shootout.

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Spieth Refreshed, Ready to Return Following Masters Meltdown

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 08:31 Wednesday, 04 May 2016 08:21

Jordan SpiethCanadian Press

(Will Graves/AP) — Jordan Spieth understands his meltdown at the end of the Masters will follow him. And three weeks later, Spieth’s not quite ready to say he’s over letting a five-shot lead in the final round morph into that awkward ceremony in the Butler Cabin that ended with him slipping the green jacket on Danny Willett following an ugly and very public collapse.

Still, let’s not get carried away.

“I’m not taking it very hard,” Spieth said, while attending a FedEx event in suburban Pittsburgh ahead of practice at Oakmont, where he will try to defend his U.S. Open title.

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This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 07:47 Wednesday, 04 May 2016 03:44

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All Times Eastern

PGA TOUR

WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP

Site: Charlotte, N.C.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: Quail Hollow Club. TPC Louisiana. Yards: 7,442. Par: 72.

Purse: $7.3 million (First Prize: $1.314 million).

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NBC and Golf Channel Facing a Busy Summer of Golf

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:43 Wednesday, 04 May 2016 02:19

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(Doug Ferguson/AP) — The summer schedule for NBC and Golf Channel is not finalized, though this much is clear: There won’t be another summer like this one from the number of big events to two premier tournaments that the networks have never broadcast.

“We’re fortunate enough to have a deep, talented bench,” said Mike McCarley, president of Golf for NBC Sports Group. “We’ve got a 12-week stretch of The Open Championship, the Olympics, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup. It will be the busiest time we’ve ever had.”

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