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  • AT&T Byron Nelson moving to Trinity Forest in 2018

    The AT&T Byron Nelson will be moving to newly-built Trinity Forest Golf Club in 2018, one year earlier than originally planned.
    The new links-style venue, designed by Bill Coore and two-time Masters champ Ben Crenshaw, is located just outside downtown Dallas and set to formally open this week. The tournament's 20-year contract with TPC Four Seasons Resort runs through 2018, but according to Golf.com the two sides "came to an agreement" to end the contract a year early.
    An official announceme
  • From folk hero to 'fired': Brehm's unique path to Tour

    Ryan Brehm stands out in a room filled with PGA Tour rookies. Amid the fearless twenty-somethings, Brehm looks if not fatherly, then coach-like, which is apropos considering it wasn’t that long ago when he wore that title proudly.
    But that’s getting ahead of what is a made-for-TV story.
    For Brehm, his path to the Tour began in 2008 when he bolted Michigan State with legendary status. He’d help lead the Spartans to three Big Ten titles (2004, ’06 and ’07), won five t
  • Does Lexi have PGA Tour ambitions? Maybe one ...

    Lexi Thompson’s excursion to the Franklin Templeton Shootout in December won’t be a test of the waters to see how welcome she might be trying to tee it up in official PGA Tour events someday.
    In fact, her agent, Bobby Kreusler, told GolfChannel.com that she has turned down more than one sponsor’s exemption to play in a PGA Tour event.
    There will be no Michelle Wie like bid to play against the men for Thompson, though Thompson does harbor one PGA Tour dream. More on that in a fe
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  • China's Li Haotong adjusting to bigger stage

    SHANGHAI – In one year, Li Haotong has gone from being a contender in the HSBC Champions to a superhero.
    At least on the stage.
    One tradition of this World Golf Championship, billed as ''Asia's major,'' is for the top stars to gather in downtown Shanghai for a photo opportunity showing off the culture. A year ago, the best players took part in a Chinese drum ceremony on a hotel rooftop in the Bund district. The theme this year was ''superheroes'' descending on Shanghai. Henrik Stenson was
  • McIlroy: No-cut rule helped Woods rack up WGC wins

    While he hasn't played in more than a year, Tiger Woods remains a focal point whenever a World Golf Championship event rolls around.
    Woods has plenty of records to his name, but one of the most impressive feats is that he racked up 18 WGC titles from 1999-2013. That is the most all-time, while Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy are tied for second - with three wins apiece.
    Rory McIlroy has two WGC titles to his name, and speaking to reporters Wednesday at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China he tried to
  • McIlroy, DJ to play exhibition match in Philippines

    SHANGHAI – Instead of ending his year in the Bahamas, U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is headed to the Philippines for an 18-hole match against Rory McIlroy geared toward raising money for charity.
    McIlroy was supposed to play Jason Day in an exhibition called ''Battle for a Cause'' until Day cited a need for rest to heal his ailing back.
    Johnson gladly stepped in.
    ''It should be a lot of fun,'' Johnson said Wednesday at the HSBC Champions. ''I like playing against Rory, and I've never
  • Boston playoff event renamed Dell Technologies Champ.

    The Boston-area FedEx Cup Playoff event formerly known as the Deutsche Bank Championship will now be called the Dell Technologies Championship beginning in 2017.
    The PGA Tour announced the name change Wednesday, noting that the tournament will remain at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., with its traditional Monday finish on Labor Day.
    This is the second name change in as many months for the second leg of the postseason. Tour officials announced last month that EMC Corporation would be the new title s
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  • Caddie to McIlroy: 'Tsunami' hit bank account

    Although Rory McIlroy is making his 2016-17 season debut this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions, the first question he faced in China focused on his last stroke-play start.
    McIlroy rallied for a playoff victory at the season-ending Tour Championship, a title that brought with it the FedEx Cup trophy. It meant a sizeable payday for the Ulsterman, to the tune of $11.53 million including FedEx Cup bonus money.
    Speaking to reporters Wednesday in China, McIlroy confirmed that the money had found its way
  • McIlroy debuting Nike's latest shoe in China

    When Nike announced in August that it was getting out of the golf equipment business, it stressed that the move would allow it to concentrate on its footwear and apparel operations.
    Those two concepts intersect this week in China at the WGC-HSBC Champions in the person of Rory McIlroy. The world No. 3 was spotted with TaylorMade woods in his bag, possible replacements for his Nike woods. At the same time, he is debuting Nike's  latest golf shoe, the Lunar Control Vapor.
    According to Nike, M
  • #RallyTogether or #FlyTheW? #WorldSeries https://t.co/xnq0rhqQdM

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  • Ping president Hawken to retire after 45 years with company

    Doug Hawken showed up at Ping in 1971, a 22-year-old fresh out of Arizona State University and looking for a job. Allan Solheim offered him one. "I’ll never forget what he wrote on my application," Hawken said: "‘This guy has potential.’"
    Forty-five years later, a period that saw Hawken rise to the position of president and chief operating officer, he announced his retirement, effective Jan. 31, 2017. He will remain on the Ping board of directors.
    Hawken's retirement "signals a
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  • PGA Tour Champions kicks off first-ever playoffs

    The race for the Charles Schwab Cup takes on a new look beginning this week on the PGA Tour Champions.
    Modeled after the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup Playoffs, the over-50 circuit begins a three-event playoff race with this week's PowerShares QQQ Championship at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
    Defending Schwab Cup champ Bernhard Langer headlines the event, as the German once again enters atop the standings. The 71-man field was determined based on the season-long money list following the
  • HOFer's Ochoa, Mallon: Mutual admiration society

    Almost a week removed from the announcement that they will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year, Lorena Ochoa and Meg Mallon are still aglow with the news.
    It should be noted they are kindred spirits in how they approached the game and impacted the people around them.
    Their legacies go beyond their great triumphs.
    Ochoa and Mallon will go down as two of the classiest players ever to play professional golf.
    Somewhere in the cosmos, Arnold Palmer must have been saluting them with
  • PGA TOUR Winner Kevin Streelman Joins Golf Channel's Driver vs. Driver Series as a Judge on Tuesday's New Episode, 10 p.m. ET

    Tuesday’s Episode Takes the Six Finalists Behind the Scenes at Wilson Global Headquarters to Begin Prototype Development and Marketing Plans Video Preview: Driver vs. Driver episode 3 sneak peek
    In a series that began with 11 finalists taking their first steps towards winning a grand prize of $500,000 and their concept sold as a Wilson Staff Driver, Driver vs. Driver presented by Wilson has narrowed the field down to its final six.
  • Daly admits to drinking during PGA Tour round

    John Daly has played PGA Tour rounds hung over and still drunk from the night before, he admits. But, on one occasion, he consumed alcohol mid-round.
    Daly, the subject an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary, says in a show clip that he drank beer during the L.A. Open, now known as the Genesis Open.
    "It was so slow and I played the back nine first," Daly says. "I think I'm 2 or 3 over. I went in the locker room and downed like five beers, and I think I shot 4 under on the front nine. That is the only ti
  • Senators ask USGA to move Women's Open from Trump course

    Three U.S. senators signed a letter Tuesday addressed to the USGA requesting that the 2017 U.S. Women's Open be moved from Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., according to a USA Today report.
    The course, owned by businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, was named tournament host in May 2012. Trump drew the ire of several of golf's governing bodies over comments made about immigrants last summer, and more recently an audio tape was leaked that included Trump making vulgar s
  • Payne Stewart knew how to close out championships. Today marks 17 years since the tragic loss of one of golf's gre… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…

    Payne Stewart knew how to close out championships.Today marks 17 years since the tragic loss of one of golf's gre… twitter.com/i/web/status/7…
  • Ko, Jutanugarn set to battle for big prizes in Malaysia

    Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko finds herself losing ground to No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn in the battle for the LPGA’s important season-ending prizes during the Asian swing, but the dynamic duo is back in action together at this week’s Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
    Ko, Jutanugarn and Brooke Henderson will be grouped together through the first two rounds.
    On the fall Asian swing, Jutanugarn has overtaken Ko in the Rolex Player of the Year race, the money-winning list and the Race to the CME Globe
  • DJ grouped with Reed, Stenson at WGC-HSBC

    The PGA Tour remains in Asia for another week, as players shift from Malaysia to China for the WGC-HSBC Champions. Here are some marquee early-round groupings to keep an eye on in Shanghai, as the reigning FedEx Cup champ and Player of the Year both make their first starts of the new season (all times ET):
    9:40 p.m. Wednesday/10:40 p.m. Thursday: Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey, Russell Knox
    Knox was a late addition to this field a year ago before taking Sheshan International by storm to record his fi
  • Ko responds to caddie Williams' 'panic button' comment

    Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko will tee it up with a local caddie this week at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, her first start since she parted ways with Jason Hamilton, her caddie of two years.
    According to her management team, Ko will look to Gary Matthews to tote her bag for her final two events of the year, the Toto Japan Classic and the CME Group Tour Championship. Matthews is a former caddie to Sergio Garcia, Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas.
    “I'm planning to make all the decisions for nex
  • McIlroy testing TaylorMade equipment at WGC-HSBC

    Rory McIlroy has been testing TaylorMade drivers and fairway woods ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte reported Tuesday on “Morning Drive.”
    Rosaforte received confirmation via McIlroy’s manager, Sean O’Flaherty, and no comment from TaylorMade.
    McIlroy signed a lucrative, 5-year deal with Nike Golf in 2013, but Nike announced in August that it was abandoning the golf equipment industry.
    McIlroy used Nike equipment in his last
  • Lexi first woman since Annika to play Shootout

    The Franklin Templeton Shootout will be receiving some girl power this year.
    Tournament officials announced Monday that Lexi Thompson will be among the 24-person field at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., which will be hosting the unofficial PGA Tour event for the 16th consecutive year.
    Thompson will become the first female participant since Annika Sorenstam in 2006, and tournament host Greg Norman announced that Thompson will pair with Bryson DeChambeau for the 54-hole team event.
    Thompson is
  • Remembering Payne: Anniversary of Stewart's death

    On October 25, 1999 Payne Stewart was one of six people killed when a Lear jet traveling from Orlando, Fla., to Texas depressurized and crashed.
    Stewart was the reigning U.S. Open champion and one month removed from helping the U.S. to victory in the Ryder Cup. He was 42 and left behind a wife, Tracey, daughter, Chelsea, and son, Aaron.
    One of golf’s most charismatic figures, Stewart won 11 times on the PGA Tour, including three majors (’89 PGA, ’91 U.S. Open, ’99 U.S. Op
  • "Fan Favorite" Vote Calling on Viewers to Determine Golf Channel Year-End Programming

    Fans Can Vote for some of their Favorite Televised Rounds from2016 to Air as Encore Presentations on Golf Channel in December“Fan Favorite” Vote Now Open
    Golf Channel is giving viewers an opportunity to determine part of its December programming schedule, through an open “crowd-sourcing” invitation to vote on some of golf’s most outstanding tournament moments throughout 2016. The “Fan Favorite” voting period began yesterday, and will continue through Sun
  • Wake Forest adds Palmer patch to basketball uniforms

    Even the most casual Arnold Palmer fan (can you be a casual Arnold Palmer fan?) knows that the King went to Wake Forest. After Palmer died on Sept. 25 at age 87, the school honored him with helmet stickers and Palmer's umbrella logo on its football team's uniforms. It also painted the umbrella logo on its athletic fields.
    Now the Palmer tribute extends to basketball season, with a circular patch with Palmer's initials on the basketball team's uniforms, according to uni-watch.com.
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  • What's in the Bag: CIMB winner Thomas

    Justin Thomas won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia for the second straight year on Sunday, coming from behind to defend his title by three strokes. Here's what was in his bag:
    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (9.5 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana D+ Plus 73X shaft
    Fairway wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees), with Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Plus 80TX shaft
    Irons: Titleist 712U (2), 716 MB (4-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
  • Thompson added to Shark Shootout field

    The Shark Shootout will be receiving some girl power this year.
    Tournament officials announced Monday that Lexi Thompson will be among the 24-person field at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., which will be hosting the unofficial PGA Tour event for the 16th consecutive year.
    Thompson will become the first female participant since Annika Sorenstam in 2006, and tournament host Greg Norman announced that Thompson will pair with Bryson DeChambeau for the 54-hole team event.
    Thompson is ranked No. 4
  • Monday Scramble podcast: Tales from the road in 2016

    In this edition of the Monday Scramble Podcast, Chantel McCabe, Will Gray, Rex Hoggard, and Todd Lewis share their favorite memories from the 2016 season, including the Rio Olympics, interviews with Andrew "Beef" Johnston and tales from the road.
  • Monday Scramble: Defining and redefining careers

    Justin Thomas defends a title, the Hall of Fame creates some more space, Tiger Woods drops the vowels and more in this week's edition of Monday Scramble:It might be time for Justin Thomas to consider dual citizenship.
    One year after notching his first career PGA Tour win halfway around the world, Thomas returned to Malaysia and again left with the trophy. It featured a remarkable final-round performance, as Thomas fired a bogey-free 64 to cruise to victory.
    Thomas has been regarded as a player w
  • Ming towers over Player, Gulbis, Creamer at pro-am

    Gary Player and LPGA pros Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer met a highly (literally) impressive guest Saturday at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in South China.
    I admire @Yaoming and what he is doing for children’s education and am thankful golf is a catalyst for both our foundations. #GolfandGiving pic.twitter.com/K2E0natOUj— Gary Player (@garyplayer) October 24, 2016 How's the weather up there Yao Ming? #wow #verytall #worldcelebrityproam #china @nataliegulbis A photo post
  • Watch: Quiros destroys driver during range work

    Alvaro Quiros was working on the range during last week's Portugal Masters. There seems to be more work to be done.
  • Biggest Movers: Thomas a career best in world rankings

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look at the players who made moves up - and down - the various ranking systems in the world of golf.
    Here's a look at this week's Biggest Movers, as Justin Thomas' title defense in Malaysia came with a big OWGR boost:
    • Thomas earned another trophy at the CIMB Classic and rose to a career best in the Official World Golf Ranking. The Bama product picked up two touchdowns in the standings, rising from 35th to 21st.
    • Padraig Harrington won for the first
  • PGA Tour unveils new official event in Korea

    The PGA Tour confirmed what was already an open secret – that it will hold a new official 2017-18 event in South Korea.
    At a news conference Monday in Seoul, the Tour and the CJ Corporation announced that the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges will be played Oct. 16-22, 2017, in South Korea.
    The tournament will offer 500 FedExCup points to the winner and have a purse of $9.25 million in 2017. It will feature a field of 78 players, with 60 coming from the FedExCup points list. The remaining players, wi
  • Skarpnord medalist at LPGA 2nd stage Q-School

    Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord cruised to medalist honors at the second stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament on Sunday as 84 players advanced to the final stage Nov. 30-Dec. 4 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.
    The top 20 finishers at final stage will earn LPGA membership for the 2017 season.
    With a final-round 1-under 71 at Plantation Golf & Country Club in Venice, Fla., Skarpnord finished at 11-under 277, five shots clear of second. Bronte Law of England, the world's No. 2-
  • After Further Review: What is Woods' future?

    Each week, GolfChannel.com takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds. 
    On Tiger Woods' plan to win more majors:
    Tiger Woods plans to play golf again. He plans to win more majors, which should be no surprise given the 40-year-old’s history of delivering historic performances. But if that blueprint seems obvious, what wasn’t as clear this week is how Woods plans to deliver on that lofty second chapter of his career.
    In an interview with Ch
  • Vote for your 10 favorite rounds of the year

    We want to hear from you.Golf Channel is giving viewers a chance to help build its December prime-time schedule by voting on some of the most outstanding tournament moments of the year. “Fan Favorite” voting will continue until November 6 and viewers are urged to vote on their 10 favorite televised rounds of the year from the list of 20 below. (Fans can vote for up to 10 of their favorites once per day.)The top-10 rounds will air across 10 consecutive nights on Golf Channel (December
  • Report: Dick's acquires Golfsmith at auction

    Dick's Sporting Goods was among a team of investors that acquired Golfsmith at a bankruptcy auction, according to a Reuters report. The winning bid was reportedly about $70 million.
    Dick's plans to keep "at least" 30 Golfsmith stores open and retain about 500 employees according to the report. Golfsmith reported 109 open stores in a filing last month but has been in the process of closing some store fronts.
    News broke in August that Golfsmith was considering bankruptcy as it sought a new owner.
  • Disappointment for Lahiri after blown lead at CIMB

    A plum opportunity to record his first PGA Tour win didn't go as planned for Anirban Lahiri at the CIMB Classic.
    Lahiri started the final round in Malaysia with a four-shot lead, but he surrendered that advantage in one fell swoop with a quadruple bogey on the third hole. While he attempted to rally back from his early deficit, the Indian ended up in a tie for third, four shots behind Justin Thomas after closing with an even-par 72.
    "I fought back as best I could, but I just couldn't get the put
  • Alabama football meant early wake-up call for Thomas

    Final-round jitters can often lead to restless nights of sleep for golfers on the PGA Tour, but Justin Thomas was up early Sunday at the CIMB Classic for a far different reason.
    Thomas went to the University of Alabama, helping the school win a national title in 2013. He remains an ardent fan, and wasn't going to miss the school's marquee football game against Texas A&M - even though the Saturday afternoon tilt was being played early Sunday morning in Malaysia, site of this week's tournament
  • CIMB title defense just the next step for Thomas

    Sometimes with athletes, the growth happens all at once. A single performance, a solitary breakthrough, can serve as a divergent moment and lead to an overhaul of expectations.
    For most, though, that transition happens a bit more slowly. There are high water marks, and then the levels recede a bit before the next wave. Consider Justin Thomas among the latter group - for now.
    Thomas fired a bogey-free 64 to rally for victory at the CIMB Classic, successfully defending the only PGA Tour title he's
  • Minjee Lee holds off Korda to win Blue Bay

    Minjee Lee held off Jessica Korda and Ariya Jutanugarn to win the Blue Bay LPGA Sunday in Hainan, China.
    Lee shot a final-round 70 for a one-stroke victory over Korda (71). Jutanugarn (70) finished alone in third.
    "I think my heart was like coming out of my chest ... even on that last putt," Lee said about her close finish. "I was a little nervous all day, actually."
    Lee threw away a six-shot lead on Saturday, and she started the final round tied with Korda. The 20-year-old Australian quickly r
  • Thomas (64) rallies to defend title at CIMB Classic

    Justin Thomas rallied to defend his title Sunday at the CIMB Classic. Here's the lowdown from the final round in Kuala Lumpur.
    Leaderboard: Justin Thomas (-23), Hideki Matsuyama (-20), Anirban Lahiri (-19), Derek Fathauer (-19), Marc Leishman (-17),
    What it means: Thomas started the final round four behind Lahiri, but the defending champion quickly took control of the tournament after Lahiri made a quadruple bogey on the par-5 3rd. Thomas birdied four of his first five holes – and nine of
  • Ming towers over Gulbis, Creamer at pro-am

    LPGA pros Natalie Gulbis and Paula Creamer met a highly (literally) impressive guest yesterday at the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am in South China. How's the weather up there Yao Ming? #wow #verytall #worldcelebrityproam #china @nataliegulbis A photo posted by Paula Creamer Heath (@paulacreamer1) on Oct 21, 2016 at 2:33am PDT The two could only stare in awe at former basketball pro. And judging from Ming's face, he gets that a lot. 
    Gulbis and Creamer are tall in their own right
  • Korda catches M. Lee at Blue Bay LPGA

    Minjee Lee started the third round of the Blue Bay LPGA with a six shot lead, but by the end of the day her lead was gone.
    Lee only managed a 1-over 73 on Saturday, and she was caught by Jessica Korda, who fired a bogey-free 66 for a share of the lead on a hot and sticky day in Hainan, China.
    "It's a good course, it suits my game," Korda said. "I feel like I'm at home. Not only with the humidity and the heat, but the way the golf course plays. I feel like I'm playing my home course in Florida,
  • You Oughta Know: Lahiri eyes first PGA Tour win

    Anirban Lahiri leads by four strokes at the CIMB Classic. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round.
    • He has won twice on the European Tour and seven times on the Asian Tour, but Lahiri has yet to win on the PGA Tour.
    • Lahiri won the 2015 Malaysian Open on the West Course at TPC Kuala Lumpur, site of this week's CIMB Classic.
    • He made 16 of 21 cuts last season on the PGA Tour with one top-10 finish at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational.
  • Lahiri builds four-shot lead at CIMB Classic

    India's Anirban Lahiri rebounded from a double bogey on No. 12 to build a four-shot lead at the CIMB Classic. Here's how things stand after three rounds in Kuala Lumpur.
    Leaderboard: Anirban Lahiri (-19), Justin Thomas (-15), Russell Knox (-15), Hideki Matsuyama (-14), James Hahn (-14), Derek Fathauer (-14)
    What it means: Lahiri made three birdies on the front nine Saturday, and he added two more at the turn before giving up the lead with a double at 12. But the 29-year-old closed strong with bi
  • Watch: Na slams home ace in Malaysia

    Kevin Na may not be the fastest player on tour, but this shot will help his pace of play. Na aced the 177-yard, par-3 8th Saturday at the CIMB Classic.
  • Pieters, Sullivan, Gouveia in Bottle Smash Challenge

    Talk about poppin' bottles. Thomas Pieters, Andy Sullivan and Ricardo Gouveia took to the range at the Portugal Masters this week and participated in their own version of a glass-break challenge - with bottles.
    Gouveia, the Portuguese native, went first, mostly knocking the bottles off their ledge. But then came Pieters, who started exploding multiple bottles at once and mocking Sullivan's height.
    The broken bottles over the head are an especially nice touch.

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