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Rory McIlroy to play in British Masters

Rory McIlroy confirmed he’ll play in this year’s British Masters at Close House in Newcastle, England.

It will mark his first appearance at the tournament since 2008.

The Northern Irishman has been troubled by a rib injury since January, but said he’d hoped to finish his year at the British Masters and then the Dunhill Links at St. Andrews, which he’ll play the following week.

“Teeing it up next week gives me one more chance to end 2017 on a high as well,” McIlroy said. “If I can sign off the year with a win or two in Newcastle and then St. Andrews, I would take so many positives into my six-week recovery period when I am going to reset mentally and physically and concentrate on getting myself in the right shape for next year.”

The British Masters is set to run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1.

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Projected FedEx Cup top 30 after Day 3 of the BMW Championship

Only one day remains for the field at Conway Farms Golf Club to get inside the top 30 of the FedEx Cup standings and earn a berth in the Tour Championship next week.

Phil Mickelson posted a 2-under 69 to inch closer to the cutline, but will need a big performance Sunday to force his way into East Lake. Joining him on the wrong side of the cutoff are Louis Oosthuizen, who fell seven spots to 31st, and Jason Dufner, who was 1-over par Saturday.

Here’s a look at those hovering in or just outside the top 30 heading into Sunday’s final round:

Projected Rank Player Official Rank (+/- spots) Projected points
25 Patrick Cantlay 41 (+16) 1396
26 Russell Henley 23 (-3) 1390
27 Sergio Garcia 34 (+7) 1365
28 Brendan Steele 27 (-1) 1358
29 Henrik Stenson 26 (-3) 1351
30 Gary Woodland 29 (-1) 1348
31 Jason Dufner 25 (-6) 1324
32 Louis Ooshuizen 24 (-8) 1319
33 Phil Mickelson 36 (+3) 1316
34 Xander Schauffele 32 (-2) 1286
35 Chez Reavie 46 (+11) 1281

Among other notables, Justin Rose is projected to finish 12th, while leader Marc Leishman is on track to rank fourth heading into next week’s finale.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Rory McIlroy’s season is essentially a formality in 51st place, while Tony Finau and Billy Horschel are other prominent figures on the outside looking in.

Projected Rank Player Official Rank (+/- spots) Projected points
12 Justin Rose 17 (+5) 2074
4 Marc Leishman 7 (+3) 4084
60 Rory McIlroy 51 (-9) 909
41 Tony Finau 39 (-2) 1137
45 Billy Horschel 38 (-7) 1087

Full projections and rankings can be seen here.

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Projected FedEx Cup top 30 after Day 2 of the BMW Championship

The field continues to jockey for position in the FedEx Cup standings, with the top 30 spots in the playoffs earning a trip to the Tour Championship next week in Atlanta.

Hudson Swafford, Mackenzie Hughes, and Francesco Molinari have made the biggest jumps this week through two rounds, while Louis Oosthuizen, Henrik Stenson, and Jason Dufner have all hurt their chances of qualifying for East Lake with their disappointing play.

Here’s a look at the projected FedEx Cup playoff standings after the second round at Conway Farms Golf Club:

Projected rank Player Official rank (+/- spots) Projected points
25 Hudson Swafford 33 (+8) 1506
26 Webb Simpson 21 (-5) 1467
27 Francesco Molinari 42 (+15) 1448
28 Patrick Reed 22 (-6) 1430
29 Mackenzie Hughes 31 (+2) 1422
30 Russell Henley 23 (-7) 1417
31 Henrik Stenson 26 (-5) 1343
32 Jason Dufner 25 (-7) 1340
33 Phil Mickelson 36 (+3) 1322
34 Louis Oosthuizen 24 (-10) 1317
35 Sergio Garcia 34 (-1) 1304

Among the notables, Jason Day remains in good shape to qualify, backing up his Thursday 64 with an entertaining second-round 65. Patrick Cantlay jumped a projected 20 spots Friday, after opening the tournament with rounds of 67-65 in just his 12th event of the season.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy fired a 2-under-par 69 in the second round, but his season will likely conclude Sunday. McIlroy needed a fifth-place showing or better to move on, but sits in a tie for 50th.

Projected rank Player Official rank (+/- spots) Projected points
5 Rickie Fowler 6 (+1) 3197
8 Jason Day 28 (+20) 2221
21 Patrick Cantlay 41 (+20) 1587
37 Stewart Cink 57 (+20) 1263
56 Zach Johnson 54 (-2) 928
60 Rory McIlroy 51 (-9) 912

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Ben Crane DQ'd in weird rules incident on Web.com Tour

Of all the crazy rules stories in this season of golf, Ben Crane may have topped the list this week on the Web.com Tour.

Crane was assessed two separate four-stroke penalties in the first round of the Albertsons Boise Open on Thursday, due to carrying a pair of non-conforming clubs in his bag.

The 41-year-old realized on the 11th hole – his second hole of the day – that his driver had a training sticker on it, which allows launch monitors to collect data, and is illegal per Rule 4-1. Crane notified officials on the hole, resulting in the first four-stroke penalty.

Three holes later, Crane noticed his 6-iron had the same decal on, and was slapped with an additional four-shot penalty by the rules committee.

Then, before the start of the second round Friday at Hillcrest Country Club, Crane notified rules officials that he was actually aware of the sticker on the 6-iron at the 11th, whereas he reported it at the 14th. Since Crane hadn’t removed the 6-iron from his bag – like he did the driver at the 11th – he was disqualified from the tournament

“He came back this morning and said he knew he had the 6-iron. He’s got to make a declaration that that club is out of play,” Jim Duncan, vice president of rules and competition, told the Golf Channel. “Either to a member of the committee, which he could’ve told (rules official) Andrew Miller, or to one of his fellow playing competitors. When he didn’t make that declaration, at the point he knew he had to take that club out of play, that’s ultimately a disqualification penalty.”

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Play scrapped at rain-hit women's major, will start Friday

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France – Rain and strong winds have forced the final women’s golf major of the season to be suspended with plans to re-start on Friday as a 54-hole event.

LPGA Tour Commissioner Michael Whan says the little play achieved Thursday at the Evian Championship will be scrapped.

Whan announced the abandonment at 2:30 p.m. (12:30 GMT) after a four-hour suspension. He says ”some people will definitely not like it but I will take the brunt of that.”

No player had completed nine holes when play stopped on the wind-swept course overlooking Lake Geneva.

At the time, top-ranked So Yeon Ryu of South Korea and Jessica Korda were leading at 2 under.

Whan says re-starting Friday is the ”cleanest, fairest, most competitive” option.

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Johnson, Spieth, Thomas highlight tee times at BMW Championship

The tee times for the BMW Championship are set.

The fun begins Thursday at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. and eyes are sure to be on the ninth trio, which features the top three FedEx Cup points leaders: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Dustin Johnson.

Related: Spieth favored to win BMW Championship

Here is the full schedule for Day 1:

Time (Local) Players
9:00 AM Sung Kang – Lucas Glover – Zach Johnson
9:11 AM Chez Reavie – Ian Poulter – Keegan Bradley
9:22 AM Charl Schwartzel – Bryson DeChambeau – Si Woo Kim
9:33 AM Sergio Garcia – Charles Howell III – Phil Mickelson
9:44 AM Jason Dufner – Henrik Stenson – Brendan Steele
9:55 AM Patrick Reed – Russell Henley – Louis Oosthuizen
10:06 AM Jhonattan Vegas – Kevin Kisner – Brian Harman
10:22 AM Marc Leishman – Paul Casey – Brooks Koepka
10:33 AM Jordan Spieth – Justin Thomas – Dustin Johnson
10:44 AM Luke List – Cameron Smith – Stewart Cink
10:55 AM Scott Brown – Emiliano Grillo – Grayson Murray
11:06 AM Ryan Moore – Bud Cauley
11:17 AM Martin Laird – Ollie Schniederjans – Rory McIlroy
11:28 AM Kevin Na – Patrick Cantlay – Francesco Molinari
11:39 AM Wesley Bryan – Billy Horschel – Tony Finau
11:55 AM Mackenzie Hughes – Xander Schauffele – Hudson Swafford
12:06 PM Jason Day – Gary Woodland – Bill Haas
12:17 PM Kyle Stanley – Kevin Chappell – Webb Simpson
12:28 PM Adam Hadwin – Justin Rose – Matt Kuchar
12:39 PM Pat Perez – Daniel Berger – Charley Hoffman
12:50 PM Hideki Matsuyama – Jon Rahm – Rickie Fowler
1:01 PM Jamie Lovemark – Robert Streb – Rafa Cabrera Bello
1:12 PM James Hahn – Sean O’Hair – Kevin Tway
1:23 PM Danny Lee – Anirban Lahiri

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Watch: Frustrated golfer tosses clubs into water

Former NFL kicker Josh Scobee captured hilarious video Sunday of a golfer throwing all his clubs into the water after a frustrating outing at his club championship.

For whatever reason, the man’s golf bag was spared.

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Look: Tiger takes in US Open semifinal from Nadal's box

Tiger Woods loves watching great athletes in big moments, so it’s no surprise he’s taking in Rafael Nadal’s semifinal match against Juan Martin del Potro at the U.S. Open.

Woods was seen sitting in Nadal’s box for the match at Arthur Ashe Stadium Friday night as the Spaniard seeks to make his fourth career US Open final.

The 41-year-old golfer has been recovering from back surgery he underwent in April, but released a video on Twitter last week stating he’s been cleared to start hitting pitch shots.

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International, U.S. Presidents Cup teams announced

The teams for the 2017 Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club are set.

International captain Nick Price and U.S. captain Steve Stricker filled their last two spots Wednesday, finalizing their 12-man rosters. Price chose Emiliano Grillo and Anirban Lahiri to round out his squad, while Stricker picked Phil Mickelson and Charley Hoffman.

Hideki Matsuyama is the top-ranked member on the International team, winning three times this season on the PGA Tour, and is the world No. 3 player. Adam Scott is making his eighth appearance in the biennial event, and has a 13-17-5 overall record in his career, while Jason Day is playing on his fourth team.

Jhonattan Vegas and Adam Hadwin will make their maiden Presidents Cup appearances.

Rank Player Country Points
1 Hideki Matsuyama Japan 9.21
2 Jason Day Australia 6.35
3 Adam Scott Australia 4.34
4 Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 4.26
5 Marc Leishman Australia 3.89
6 Charl Schwartzel South Africa 3.64
7 Branden Grace South Africa 3.08
8 Si Woo Kim South Korea 3.03
9 Jhonattan Vegas Venezuela 2.98
10 Adam Hadwin Canada 2.6
11 Emiliano Grillo Argentina 2.38
12 Anirban Lahiri India 1.89

The U.S. has never lost on home soil in the history of the competition, and are the clear favorites to continue that trend this year. The Americans are loaded with Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler all qualifying on points. Five-time PGA Tour winner this season Justin Thomas finished third in the standings, and will make his Presidents Cup debut.

Along with Thomas, Daniel Berger, Hoffman, Brooks Koepka, Kevin Kisner, and Kevin Chappell will also be playing in matches for the first time.

For Mickelson, the selection marks his 12th appearance at the Presidents Cup, where he has amassed a record of 23-16-2. The 47-year-old has not missed a U.S. team competition since 1993.

Rank Player Points
1 Dustin Johnson 10 455
2 Jordan Spieth 9 572
3 Justin Thomas 8 581
4 Rickie Fowler 5 325
5 Daniel Berger 5 233
6 Brooks Koepka 5 096
7 Kevin Kisner 5 008
8 Patrick Reed 4 600
9 Matt Kuchar 4 479
10 Kevin Chappell 4 369
11 Phil Mickelson 3 480
12 Charley Hoffman 4 369

The event will be played Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Jersey City, N.J.

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Watch: Mickelson gets advice from young golf fan in Boston

A young fan wise beyond his years. 🎥: Red Avett

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Phil Mickelson cracked the top 10 for the first time since June at the Dell Technologies Championship, and the best advice he received last week came from a young golf fan.

While waiting to play his second shot during a practice round, Mickelson asked the young man what he would do in this situation?

“If I could hit my 3-wood 260 (yards) I would probably go for it,” the kid fired back.

The five-time major champion took the advice, smashed his 3-wood, then turned back and said, “Riley, you can caddie for me anytime.”

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