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  • Power rankings: WGC-HSBC Champions

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 hrs ago

    The WGC-HSBC Champions is the final World Golf Championships event of the year, played in China as the only of the WGCs contested outside of North America.

    Russell Knox is defending champion at Sheshan International in a field that features nine of the top 11 players in the Official World Golf Ranking (Jason Day and Jordan Spieth aren’t playing).

    Here are our top five players this week:

    1. Rory McIlroy — McIlroy has a consistent record in this event (and in China in general), and he’s been playing brilliant golf. New driver and fairway wood in the bag this week, so it’ll be interesting to see the adjustment.

    2. Paul Casey — Casey has been a top-10 machine of late, and there’s no reason to believe that strong play won’t continue this week.

    3. Dustin Johnson — Johnson is making his “season” debut in his first start since the Ryder Cup. He’s a past champion here and Sheshan International fits his game.

    4. Justin Thomas — The CIMB Classic winner has been playing great golf going back into the playoffs … you know, way back in September. His slashing style should work here.

  • Trio of senators ask USGA to move Women's Open from Trump course

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 hrs ago

    Three U.S. senators have formally asked the USGA to move the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open from the Donald Trump-owned Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

    Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) wrote a letter to the USGA — namely executive director and CEO Mike Davis — imploring the organization to move the event, set to be played July 13-16.

    “The decision that the USGA makes is more consequential than simply the geographic location of a golf tournament,” the letter read. “In declining future association with a brand that degrades women, the USGA and LPGA have an opportunity to make clear to the world, and most especially young Americans, that our nation will not tolerate nor do business with any company that condones or excuses action that constitutes sexual assault.”

    Trump National was awarded the U.S. Women’s Open in May 2012.

    Whan is not vocal about the U.S. Women’s Open host course, deferring to his players, which, according to Golfweek, are in favor of keeping the event at Trump National.

  • John Daly admits to drinking mid-round once on the PGA Tour

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 3 hrs ago

    John Daly is the subject of a new ESPN 30 for 30, called “Hit It Hard,” which premieres Nov. 1. In anticipation of the film, ESPN has released a trailer and now a little peek into the movie, which chronicles the two-time major winner’s rise and fall and resurgence.

    In the latest clip, Daly talks about the one time he says he drank during a PGA Tour event — and had surprisingly good results — during an edition of the old Los Angeles 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 time I know that I ever drank during a round, and I played great. I played great that week. I finished strong.”

    Daly maintains this was the only time he drank during a round, though he did say he’s played drunk from a late night prior and hungover. You live, you learn, right?

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Wake Forest basketball to honor Arnold Palmer with uniform patch

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 21 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 21 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 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 5 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 5 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.”