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June 23, 2017Live leaderboard: Spieth looks to keep lead

Jordan Spieth fired a 7-under 63 in the opening round for a one-shot advantage, and he's among the early starters in Round 2.

June 22, 2017Former USGA president Sandy Tatum dies at 96

Frank "Sandy" Tatum, one of golf's greatest ambassadors and a former USGA president, died Thursday at age 96. Tatum served on the USGA executive committee from 1972-80 and he was president from '78-'79. At the 1974 U.S. Open – nicknamed "The Massacre at Winged Foot" – Tatum defended the brutal setup with his infamous quote: “Our objective is not to humiliate the best players in the world," Tatum said. “We’re simply trying to identify who they are.” Hale Irwin won the tournament with a score of 7 over par. "All of us at the USGA are deeply saddened by the passing of truly one of the great individuals ever involved with golf," said Mike Davis, the USGA's executive director. "Sandy Tatum certainly

June 21, 2017Adam Scott defends low scoring at the U.S. Open

NEW YORK-Adam Scott was among the pro golfers who wondered if the USGA creating punishing conditions at the U.S. Open was the right thing to do, especially when "thinking about the bigger picture of the game of golf," as he said the week before, via Golfweek. So how did he feel about the 2017 U.S. Open, which featured a winning score of 16-under for Brooks Koepka and so many players with low scores? "I don't think it hurt anything," he told For The Win at Manhattan's Chelsea Piers while promoting his new Uniqlo golfwear line. "People will probably say, it wasn't the U.S. Open. I think it's a little unfair to say that. I don't think it's hurt anything. I don't think anything brilliant and revolutionary

June 22, 2017McIlroy (67) working hard on his putting stroke

CROMWELL, Conn. – Rory McIlroy’s putter may have secured itself a reprieve. The Northern Irishman, who missed the cut last week at the U.S. Open after being sidelined with an injury since The Players in May, conceded on Thursday at the Travelers Championship that he wanted to give his current putter one more week to “see how it performed.” Although he took 30 putts and lost about a stroke to the field on the greens, McIlroy took solace in a round of 67 that left him tied for 10th when he completed his day. “It's nothing to do with the putter. It's mostly what I'm doing with it,” said McIlroy, who spoke with putting coach Phil Kenyon on Monday. “If I keep working on stuff and working on the right

June 22, 2017Behind the scenes of Nate Schmidt's vacation golf outing

CSN gave Nate Schmidt a Go-Pro to use on his vacation golf outing in Hawaii during some downtime in the 2016-2017 season. This is the behind the scenes footage.

June 22, 2017Spieth witnesses 2nd medical emergency in a month

CROMWELL, Conn. – Jordan Spieth was cruising along at the Travelers Championship at 3 under par when he stepped to the sixth tee. Just as Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and Wesley Bryan were preparing to hit the crowd behind the tee box began to stir. “A lady fainted and then obviously we were going to wait, our officer was right on top of it, and then the guy that was walking with us was on top of getting the paramedics involved, and she ended up being OK,” said Spieth, who opened with a 63 for a one-stroke lead. “We obviously were hoping she was going to be OK. And then wanted to be appropriate on how we went through the rest of our hole.” Spieth said this is the second time in a month someone in

June 21, 2017Patrick Cantlay: A visit to Travis Mathew

Taking some time to visit his clothing sponsor in Huntington Beach, California, Patrick Cantlay spent some time showing off his acting skills and performing in a few commercials for Travis Mathew.

June 21, 2017Quick look at the Travelers Championship

THE OVERVIEW The FedExCup Playoffs are just nine weeks away. Some of the PGA TOUR’s most notable names need to step on the gas. In the stellar field this week at the Travelers Championship are Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Jim Furyk. It’s doubtful any of those four are happy at where they currently stand in FedExCup points. Day is ranked 45th. A year ago, he came out of the U.S. Open ranked first in points. This week, he’s hoping to bounce back from a missed cut at Erin Hills. McIlroy, the defending FedExCup champ, is ranked 69th. A year ago, he ranked 31st. Like Day, he missed the cut at the U.S. Open, as he tries to shake off some rust due to a limited schedule caused by his rib

June 21, 2017Chicago's proposed Tiger Woods-designed golf course to emphasize playability

The 7,354-yard, par-70 course was unveiled Wednesday evening at the South Shore Cultural Center, where community members and golf enthusiasts eyed a plan that could redefine golf in Chicago. Mark Rolfing, the NBC/Golf Channel analyst spearheading the plan, said that as recently as early 2016, he was skeptical of a project that requires coordination among the community, the city, the Chicago Park District, the Western Golf Association and the First Tee of Greater Chicago. Other challenges include dealing with lakefront erosion, constructing costly underpasses and raising tens of millions of dollars so green fees can remain affordable for loyal players of the decaying Jackson Park and South Shore courses. "It's an incredibly complicated puzzle," Rolfing said.

June 21, 2017PGA Tour's Newest Marketing Partner Is No Stretch: Massage Envy

A technically-sound swing isn’t the only reason a player like Justin Thomas regularly blasts drives over 300 yards despite being 5-foot-10 and weighing 145 pounds. Flexibility and range of motion are crucial to generating more power and, perhaps more importantly, to staying healthy. Although only 24, Thomas is a big proponent of assisted stretching to ensure he stays limber and is able to continue competing at a high level for another 20 to 30 years. And he’s certainly not alone in the world of professional golf. It’s why the PGA Tour’s newest marketing partner — Massage Envy — is a stretch only in the literal sense. Massage Envy has signed a four-year partnership with the PGA Tour and PGA Tour

June 21, 20172017 Solheim Cup Returns to Network Television for First Time in 15 Years

Live Coverage from First Tee Shot to Final Putt Showcasing the Best Female Golfers From the U.S. and Europe, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20 The Solheim Cup, the biennial, match-play event that features the top players in women’s golf representing the United States and Europe, is set to return to network television for the first time in 15 years when NBC airs the singles matches on Sunday, Aug. 20. Golf Channel and NBC will combine for nearly 30 hours of live tournament action of the three-day event, from the first tee shot to the final putt, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 18-20. Golf Channel also will air live coverage of both the Solheim Cup opening and closing ceremonies. On Sunday, Aug. 20, Golf Channel will

June 21, 2017Koepka gives U.S. Open trophy Fireball treatment

Phil Mickelson once drank a $40,000 bottle of wine out of the claret jug. Excessive? That depends on who you ask. But now we present to you the other extreme. Brooks Koepka, enjoying Fireball Cinnamon Whisky out of the U.S. Open trophy. Fireball, a very drink popular with today's young shot-taking youth, retails for around $15 dollars for a 750-milliliter bottle. Curtis Strange tweeted out the original photo captured from an Instagram Story of a friend of Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky (who were also in attendance). We took the liberty of censoring the curse word for you.

June 22, 2017Rory McIlroy makes elderly fan’s day at the Travelers Championship

It’s always cool to meet a pro athlete, especially one you’re a fan of, but for one woman at the Travelers Championship, it was so much more than that. Noreen, an elderly golf fan, finally got the chance to meet Rory McIlroy — and she was pretty excited! Today, a long-time @McIlroyRory fan got her Wish of a Lifetime when she was able to meet the young star.

June 21, 2017NBC Sports Group Announces Comprehensive Coverage Plans for The 146TH Open

Live Tournament Coverage to Utilize NBC Sports’ Popular Playing Through” Split-Screen Commercial Break Format   NBC Sports’ Authentic Storytelling Includes Wide-Range of Unique Voices: 5 Past “Champion Golfers of the Year;” Comprehensive Golf Central Live From The Open Coverage Complemented by Nostalgic Open-Themed Programming, NBC Sports Group, in partnership with the R&A, is announcing its programming plans for the next men’s major – The 146TH Open – taking place July 20-23 at Royal Birkdale, located north of Liverpool in England. Comprehensive coverage plans surrounding golf’s original championship will include live coverage beginning with the opening tee shot on Thursday to the final putt

June 21, 2017Despite personal issues, Tiger texted Day at U.S. Open

It’s been an eventful few weeks for Tiger Woods, but despite a litany of concerns, it seems he’s still engaged with golf. Woods – who was arrested last month on suspicion of DUI in Jupiter, Fla., and announced this week that he is “receiving professional help to manage my medications” – was tuned into at least parts of last week’s coverage of the U.S. Open. “He texted me after I shot 79 [at the U.S. Open on Thursday] and said, ‘Hey, before you work on something call me because I saw something,’” Jason Day said on Wednesday at the Travelers Championship. Rory McIlroy said he reached out to Woods a few weeks ago to “make sure he was OK,” and Day echoed the sentiments of many PGA Tour players when asked about the 14-time major champion.

June 21, 2017DraftKings fantasy golf tips and tricks: 2017 Travelers Championship

Daily fantasy golf is a great way to further enjoy the action on the PGA Tour each week. To help you with your DraftKings lineups each week, I’ll take a look at must-have players, bargains and deep sleepers, as well as players I think are priced too high. This week: the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. First, here is some other fantasy-golf advice for this week: Expert picks Top 25 power rankings Must-haves Justin Thomas ($10,200): My pick to win, so naturally he’s a must-have. He tied for third last year at the Travelers and no one on Tour makes more birdies. Marc Leishman ($9,300): Never missed a cut at TPC River Highlands (with a win) and his game is trending