Any other year, Jordan Spieth would feel this has been a very good season. At the halfway point of 2016, he already has two victories. The other was even better, earning his first PGA Tour title in his home state when he birdied the last three holes at Colonial.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 10:05 pm
At West Virginia's usually immaculate Greenbrier resort, the grandstands set up for a PGA tournament that was supposed to start the week of July Fourth now look out on a muddy, gouged-out golf course strewn with trash, tires, refrigerators and severed trees. The devastating floods that swept through West Virginia last week and killed at least 23 people statewide carved a path of destruction unseen in generations at the historic Greenbrier. When the worst of it was over, Greenbrier employees came upon two bodies on the resort grounds, and they are draining a lake on the 16th fairway to search for more.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:24 pm

Golf - Rio 2016 Olympic Games Test Event- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 8/3/16 - Brazil's Miriam Nagl hits the ball. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

By Mark Lamport-Stokes (Reuters) - When it comes to golfers and their interest in competing at this year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, a curious gender divide is emerging which, at first glance, is counter-intuitive. While world number one Jason Day and fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy are among several big names in the men's game who have already opted out of Rio, not a single women's player has yet withdrawn from global sport's showpiece. Both Day and McIlroy have cited Zika fears as their prime reason for pulling out, saying they were unwilling to put either themselves or their families at risk from a mosquito-borne virus that can cause crippling birth defects.

Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:00 pm

FILE - In this June 3, 2016, file photo, Jason Day, of Australia, tees off on the 14th hole during the second round of the Memorial golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Day said he is pulling out of Rio Olympics because of concerns about Zika. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

For the longest time, golf's biggest headache in preparing for a return to the Olympics was getting a new course built in Rio de Janeiro. Ten eligible players over the last two months have pulled out of the Olympics, six of the specifically citing concerns about the Zika virus. Shane Lowry and Branden Grace are planning to start families and will stay home because of Zika.

Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:39 pm
IRVINE, Scotland (AP) -- Colin Montgomerie will play at the British Open for the first time since 2010 after qualifying for golf's oldest major on Tuesday.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:35 pm

Billy Hurley III, right, acknowledges the gallery in front of Tiger Woods after winning the Quicken Loans National PGA golf tournament, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Bethesda, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Billy Hurley III wouldn't miss his sister's wedding for anything - not even the British Open.

Posted: June 28, 2016, 7:47 pm

Jun 19, 2016; Oakmont, PA, USA; Jason Day waves to the crowd as he walks to the 18th green during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Oakmont Country Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - World number one Jason Day and Ireland's Shane Lowry on Tuesday withdrew from August's Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, citing fears over the Zika virus. Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, but a number of big names, including four-times major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji's Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, have also pulled out due to Zika concerns.

Posted: June 28, 2016, 4:54 pm

Shane Lowry, of the Republic of Ireland, watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf championship at Oakmont Country Club on Sunday, June 19, 2016, in Oakmont, Pa. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Shane Lowry of Ireland says if the Olympics were anywhere other than Rio de Janeiro, he would be the first to show up. Instead, he is the sixth golfer to withdraw because of the Zika virus. Lowry, who got married in April, said he wants to start a family and soon and he received ''firm medical advice'' from doctors in Dublin that he should not go to Rio.

Posted: June 28, 2016, 4:49 pm
Colin Montgomerie is among the qualifiers for The Open, to be held on his home course of Royal Troon.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 8:57 pm
World number one Jason Day and Irish golfer Shane Lowry pull out of the Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 3:22 pm
Shane Lowry is the latest Irish golfer to withdraw from the Olympic Games in Rio over concerns about the Zika virus.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 2:28 pm
This week's sport on the BBC includes the start of Wimbledon, Euro 2016, England v Sri Lanka ODIs and the Austrian Grand Prix.
Posted: June 28, 2016, 9:26 am
Former Open venue Muirfield announces it wants to hold a fresh ballot to decide whether to admit female members.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 4:29 pm
Arizona-based Scot Jimmy Gunn hopes a home crowd at the Scottish Open can spur him to qualification for The Open Championship.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 1:37 pm
Teenager Lydia Ko wins her 13th LPGA title and third of the season with a tournament-record score at the Arkansas Championship.
Posted: June 27, 2016, 10:07 am
Open Championship organisers will offer a place at Troon to a player from next week's Barracuda Championship in Nevada.
Posted: June 26, 2016, 7:06 pm
The PGA Tour cancels next month's Greenbrier Classic as severe flooding throughout West Virginia has left the course unplayable.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 8:42 pm
Danny Willett misses the cut at the BMW International as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Raphael Jacquelin and Henrik Stenson lead.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 10:53 am
South Africa's Branden Grace joins Rory McIlroy in pulling out of this summer's Olympic Games because of fears around the Zika virus
Posted: June 24, 2016, 5:13 pm
Graeme McDowell will not play at the Rio Olympics because his wife is due to give birth shortly after the tournament.
Posted: June 23, 2016, 12:39 pm
Rory McIlroy's decision not to compete at Rio 2016 because of the Zika virus is "surprising", says Ireland's Olympic golf team leader Paul McGinley.
Posted: June 22, 2016, 5:42 pm
New British amateur golf champion Scott Gregory pays an emotional tribute to supporters at his home club in Hampshire.
Posted: June 21, 2016, 9:05 am
A talented young golfer from Shropshire is heading to America to compete against many of the world's best junior players.
Posted: June 20, 2016, 9:07 am
Dustin Johnson says it feels "awesome" to win a "huge" first major after he wins the US Open despite a farcical final round at Oakmont.
Posted: June 20, 2016, 8:41 am
Stephen Gallacher hopes to return to Europe's Ryder Cup team in 2018 after a wrist injury put him out of contention for this year's event.
Posted: June 19, 2016, 1:39 pm
How to get into golf - from hitting a few balls on the range or a quick nine holes, to the full 18 and tournaments
Posted: June 16, 2016, 12:22 pm
Rory McIlroy emphasises that "mental toughness" will be key as he prepares his bid for a fifth major tournament success at this week's US Open at Oakmont.
Posted: June 15, 2016, 12:18 pm
English golfer Charley Hull reveals three secrets about herself, including her all-time favourite Doctor Who actor.
Posted: June 14, 2016, 4:55 pm
Former champion Graeme McDowell is looking forward to playing on a tough Oakmont course in this week's US Open.
Posted: June 14, 2016, 2:33 pm
England's Danny Willett, who took the lead at the Wentworth PGA with a second round score of 68, says he feels like he's "being watched all the time."
Posted: May 27, 2016, 5:33 pm
Rory McIlroy says he could turn down the chance to play at the 2016 Rio Olympics because of the Zika virus in Brazil.
Posted: May 23, 2016, 3:38 pm
Rory McIlroy fulfils a lifelong ambition by winning his home tournament, the Irish Open, for the first time at the K Club.
Posted: May 22, 2016, 7:56 pm
Rory McIlroy says Muirfield should "see sense" over their vote banning women members, as Graeme McDowell and Darren Clarke share their disappointment over its loss of The Open.
Posted: May 20, 2016, 9:05 am
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Posted: January 7, 2016, 12:13 pm

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