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  • Wake Forest basketball to honor Arnold Palmer with uniform patch

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 12 hrs ago

    Wake Forest University will continue to honor one of its most famous alumni, Arnold Palmer, during the basketball season.

    The Atlantic Coast Conference school will add an circular patch with Palmer’s initials, AP, in black stitching in front of a gold background.

    FIRST LOOK: Wake Forest adding an "AP" memorial patch this season for Arnold Palmer.

    — Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) October 24, 2016

    This is the latest way the school is honoring Palmer, who died in Sept. 25 at the age of 87 after complications ahead of a planned procedure at a Pittsburgh hospital. The school’s football team is wearing Palmer’s umbrella logo on their jerseys and with helmet stickers. They also painted the umbrella logo on its athletic fields.

    Wake Forest to honor alum Arnold Palmer with logos on fields and jerseys. Football will have helmet stickers. Fans can sign banner Saturday.

    — Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) October 6, 2016

  • Lexi Thompson to play in Shark Shootout, first woman to play since 2006

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 12 hrs ago

    Lexi Thompson will make Shark Shootout history in December, becoming just the second woman to compete in the two-player team event.

    Thompson will team with fellow Cobra Golf staffer Bryson DeChambeau in the 24-player event, which will be played for the 16th consecutive year at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. She’ll become the first woman to compete in the event since Annika Sorenstam played in 2006.

    The event, hosted by Greg Norman (hence the Shark name), is a 54-hole event with a different format for each round. In the first round, the players compete in a scramble, followed by modified alternate shot and better ball.

    Thompson has a major title among her seven LPGA wins, and she won the Honda LPGA Thailand this season.

    The 21-year-old Thompson and DeChambeau aren’t the only players making their debut. Six others — Justin Thomas, Luke Donald, Russell Knox, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Chappell and Smylie Kaufman — will play for the first time as well.

    Champions Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner and runners-up Matt Kuchar and Harris English will also return to play.

  • Padraig Harrington wins Portugal Masters for 1st Euro Tour win in 8 years

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

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    Padraig Harrington is a winner again on the European Tour for the first time in eight years.

    He pulled off the victory at the Portugal Masters on Sunday, closing with a 6-under 65 at Victoria Clube de Golfe to beat Andy Sullivan by a shot at 23-under 261.

    The three-time major winner went bogey-free in the final round, taking to heart the style of play needed to come from behind for a win on a golf course yielding a lot of birdies and eagles — one that many players in the field thought might be susceptible to giving up the first recognized 59 (or better) in European Tour history.

    “I tried to be really aggressive,” Harrington said. “The golf course suited me and I just tried to go after every pin I could and make birdies. I have a pretty good short game that was on form this week. No matter where I hit it, I felt like I could get it up and down.”

    For the Irishman, this is his first European Tour win since the 2008 PGA Championship, his second major in a row that year, which is co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour.

  • Justin Thomas successfully defends CIMB Classic title

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

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    Your winner and still champion of the CIMB Classic, Justin Thomas.

    Thomas picked up his second-career PGA Tour win on Sunday in the rare successful title defense, capturing his second consecutive title at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia with a three-stroke win over Hideki Matsuyama of Japan.

    The American entered the final round four shots behind 54-hole leader Anirban Lahiri of India. However, Thomas quickly surged to the lead early in the round with four birdies in the first five holes, benefiting from Lahiri’s misfortune on the par-5 third, when his tee shot got stuck in a tree leading to a quadruple-bogey 9.

    “That was just unfortunate, it really was,” Thomas said, having played alongside Lahiri and Russell Knox in the final round. “You never want something like that to happen. That’s one of the things that happens when you win, you get a little luckier breaks. You get fortunate.”

    Lahiri recovered to go out in just 1 over par, but he could only muster one birdie on the back nine to shoot a final round of even-par 72.

    Meanwhile, Thomas made four more birdies, including three on the back nine, to lock up his second PGA Tour title.

  • Tiger Woods says he'll play World Challenge

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 2 days ago

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    Tiger Woods minced no words with Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday, sounding definitive when he said he would play again.

    When Colbert asked when to expect Woods to make his comeback after a false start at the Safeway Open and pulling out of the Turkish Airlines Open, Woods said he is in for his tournament, the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas in December.

    “I’ll be there,” Woods said. “I’m playing.”

    “You’re going to play?” Colbert asked to clarify.

    “I’ll be there playing,” Woods responded.

    In announcing his decision to pull out of the Safeway Open, Woods reiterated his intention to play in the World Challenge, a year after a sullen news conference at the same tournament in which he said anything he accomplished in golf beyond his 79 PGA Tour wins and 14 majors would be “gravy.”

    Woods explained to Colbert why he withdrew from the Safeway Open, expounding on his website post in which he said his game is “vulnerable.”

  • Tiger Woods' only regret? Dropping out of Stanford

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

    Tiger Woods is a guy who is always looking forward, it seems.

    After all, he still firmly believes, 14-plus months removed from any kind of significant competitive golf, that he will beat Jack Nicklaus’ tally of 18 majors. He’s revealed plans for the post-golf phase of his life, bringing all of his off-course enterprises under a brand dubbed TGR, even as he toils to get his back and conditioning right to make one last return inside the ropes.

    So, you’d imagine, then, that Woods is a guy with few regrets. In fact, Woods told Charlie Rose in an interview that he only has one.

    “If you look back, the only regret I have in life is not spending another year at Stanford (to finish out), and I wish I would’ve had one more year,” Woods said.

    Rose, somewhat stunned, pressed. Woods affirmed his answer.

    “All the things I’ve been through are tough, yes,” he said. “They’ve been tough, but they’ve been great for me, but I wish I would’ve gone one more year at Stanford.”

    Woods, asked about his divorce from Elin Nordegren, seemed more matter of fact about the actions that led to that breaking point.

  • Tiger Woods still believes he can win more majors than Jack Nicklaus

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 days ago

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    Tiger Woods still believes he can beat Jack Nicklaus’ 18-major tally. In an interview on “The Charlie Rose Show,” the interviewer asked the 14-time major winner if he thinks he can pass Nicklaus.

    ROSE: Do you believe you’ll get 18 majors?

    WOODS: To be honest with you, no.

    ROSE: You don’t?

    WOODS: No.

    ROSE: You’ve accepted that?

    WOODS: I’ve accepted I’m going to get more.

    On first blush, it might be tempting to read this as an admission that Woods feels he won’t pass Nicklaus. However, it should be read as Woods setting up Rose for the second answer, saying that he still believes he will win at least 19 professional majors.

    Woods hasn’t played competitive golf since August 2015, finishing T-10 at the Wyndham Championship before a pair of back surgeries in the next two months that have kept him out of action. Woods withdrew from the Safeway Open, his intended comeback start, on the Monday of tournament week while simultaneously announcing that he won’t play either at the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in November.

    Woods said to Rose that the thing keeping him from returning is “more hard work.”

  • Jason Day doesn't expect Tiger Woods to play this year

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 5 days ago

    Tiger Woods’ comeback has stalled, with the 14-time major winner bowing out of the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open on the Monday of tournament week. He’s backed out of a planned start at the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open in November. The next time we could expect to see Woods compete is the Hero World Challenge, run by his foundation, in December in the Bahamas.

    However, world No. 1 Jason Day doesn’t expect Woods to make that start, and he was skeptical of Woods’ ability to return when he announced his intention to come back to competitive golf in September.

    “I never really had any faith in him coming back this year,” Day said, according to Golf Australia. “The state of his game, I’m not sure. His back is so sore. I think we’ll see him sometime next year, but I’m not sure when.”

    “I think he misses being out here, which is understandable because the competition is so addicting,” Day said. “He saw Phil Mickelson playing well at the Open Championship, and that got him going. But he knows he can’t push it.”

  • Love, Woosnam, Ochoa, Mallon head 2017 World Golf Hall of Fame class

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 6 days ago

    The World Golf Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class, which includes 1997 PGA champion Davis Love III, 1991 Masters winner Ian Woosnam, multi-time LPGA major winners Lorena Ochoa and Meg Mallon, as well Henry Longhurst.

    Love, the winning 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, has won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including the 2015 Wyndham Championship at the age of 51. His lone major came in the 1997 PGA Championship at Winged Foot in New York. He also twice won The Players, including with a closing 64 in 2003.

    The Englishman Woosnam, now 58, won the 1991 Masters amid 29 European Tour titles. Woosnam was a two-time European Tour Player of the Year, in 1987 and ’90, and he was the winning Ryder Cup captain in 2006.

    The Mexican-born Ochoa dominated the LPGA in the mid-2000s before shocking the golf world with her retirement from the tour in 2010 at the age of 28, with plans to start a family. In her career, she won 27 times on the LPGA, including a pair of major championship titles. Ochoa earns induction in the first year she was eligible, now five years removed from being an active LPGA member.

  • Brendan Steele picks up second PGA Tour win at Safeway Open

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 8 days ago

    On Sunday, Brendan Steele avenged a disappointing Sunday in California wine country from a year ago.

    Steele won the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort in Napa, Calif., picking up his second PGA Tour win and first since his breakthrough victory at the 2011 Valero Texas Open. The California native finished with three consecutive birdies to pull off a one-stroke win over Patton Kizzire at 18-under 270.

    A year ago, Steele led through 54 holes in the PGA Tour’s season opener but closed with a 76 that dropped him into a tie for 17th place while Emiliano Grillo beat Kevin Na in a playoff for his first PGA Tour title. This time around, Steele opened the final round — which came on Sunday after the third round was completed in the morning, and with a multi-hour weather delay around lunch time — five back of the lead. Steele’s finish capped off a closing 7-under 65 that set the mark for the final few threesomes to chase.

    The victory is important for Steele not only because it gets him off to a great start in a new season, but he also gets a two-season exemption, as well an invitation to the Masters and the PGA Championship next year.