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NBC Golf Analyst Rolfing Battling Cancer

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 09:48 Friday, 04 September 2015 09:43

Mark RolfingCanadian Press

ORLANDO, Florida (AP) — Television golf analyst Mark Rolfing has been diagnosed with salivary gland cancer and will not be part of the Golf Channel or NBC broadcast team for the rest of the year.

Rolfing had surgery three weeks ago to remove a malignant growth from his left cheek area. He said Thursday he is starting a second phase of treatment at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for this rare form of cancer.

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Mickelson Needing Big Week for Chance at 21st Straight Team

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 09:41 Friday, 04 September 2015 09:35

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

NORTON, Massachusetts (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Phil Mickelson only realized a few days ago his proud streak of qualifying for 20 consecutive teams was over.

Even if he were to win the Deutsche Bank Championship this week, he could not finish among the top 10 players who automatically qualify for the Presidents Cup team. That leaves him one important week to at least make an impression as a captain’s pick.

“I would love to be on the team,” Mickelson said after his pro-am round at the TPC Boston. “If I can play well this week, hopefully I’ll have a chance to be a pick. And if I do, then I’ll keep playing to try to stay sharp. If I don’t play well this week and I’m not a pick, then I’m not sure what I’ll do hereafter.”

It’s one of the most impressive streak in golf, a testimony to two decades of Mickelson consistently playing at a high level. He qualified for the first Presidents Cup in 1994, and then qualified for every Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup since then.

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McIlroy Says Schedule More About Mental Than Physical

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 09:14 Friday, 04 September 2015 09:07

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

NORTON, Massachusetts (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The European Tour went to great lengths to explain why Rory McIlroy is being allowed to compete in the season-ending Race to Dubai even though he won’t reach the minimum 13 events when it ends with the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

McIlroy has played only nine European Tour events, missing out on three events (Scottish Open, British Open, Bridgestone Invitational) while recovering from injuries to the tendons in his left ankle.

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Bubble Time for Players Trying to Make Presidents Cup

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 09:07 Friday, 04 September 2015 08:50

Bill HaasCanadian Press

NORTON, Massachusetts (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Bill Haas is grinding harder than ever in the FedEx Cup playoffs, only the immediate goal has nothing to do with a $10 million bonus.

He wants a chance to play for no money at all.

Haas is No. 11 in the Presidents Cup standings. The Deutsche Bank Championship is the final event for the top 10 players to earn automatic spots on the U.S. team for the October 8-11 matches in South Korea.

Haas, who has played on the last two Presidents Cup teams, already gets enough attention for being on the bubble. It gets even more acute because his father, Jay Haas, is the U.S. captain for the first time.

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PGA Cancels Grand Slam of Golf at Trump National in LA

Last Updated on Friday, 04 September 2015 08:50 Friday, 04 September 2015 08:48

PGA Grand Slam of GolfCanadian Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (AP) — The PGA of America will not hold its Grand Slam of Golf for the major champions this year.

The 36-hole exhibition was supposed to be played in October at Trump National in Los Angeles. The PGA and Donald Trump agreed that it would move away from Trump's course after he received criticism for his remarks about Mexican immigrants while launching his candidacy for U.S. president.

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