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Jim Furyk, Thomas Bjørn Appointed Next Ryder Cup Captains

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:55 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:30

Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn appointed 2018 Ryder Cup captainsCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) — Jim Furyk was appointed as the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where his team will try to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years.

Furyk was a unanimous choice by the Ryder Cup committee.

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John Jacobs, First European Ryder Cup Captain, Dies At 91

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:29 Wednesday, 18 January 2017 02:18

John JacobsCanadian Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — John Jacobs, the captain of the first European Ryder Cup team and a tour official on the continent, has died. He was 91.

The European Tour announced the death of its “founding father.” A cause was not provided.

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McIlroy Withdraws From Abu Dhabi Because Of Rib Injury

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 18:51 Tuesday, 17 January 2017 18:42

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy has withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi Championship because of a rib injury.

The European Tour released a statement on Monday saying the second-ranked McIlroy underwent tests after he was injured during the SA Open and they revealed a stress fracture.

McIlroy said it was “bitterly disappointing” and “really quite annoying” to miss the tournament, which has the best field of the season on the European Tour.

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From The Fringe: Blind Date For Pampling Leads To Wife, Mother, Psychologist

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 18:29 Tuesday, 17 January 2017 18:10

Rod PamplingCanadian Press

KAPALUA, Hawaii (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Rod Pampling stood on the second tee at Kapalua, eyes forward and shoulders square.

So he passed the first test.

Posture was among the problems his clinical psychologist first noticed when he asked for her help. Now, as she stood some 50 feet away in the gallery, she provided a play-by-play of how his mind was working from when he pulled the club to when he hit the shot.

“Right now, he’ll be discussing his shot so he can commit to the type of shot,” she said as Pampling stood next to his caddie.

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McIlroy To Have Tests On His Injured Back

Last Updated on Monday, 16 January 2017 02:35 Monday, 16 January 2017 02:29

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One tournament into the new year, Rory McIlroy is going for tests on his back to make sure he is fit enough to play Abu Dhabi without further damage.

McIlroy felt pain in his back before the second round of the South African Open, and it lingered throughout the final round, where he closed with a 67 and lost in a playoff to Graeme Storm.

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