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  • Report: President Obama's trip to play golf with Tiger Woods cost almost $4 million

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 hrs ago

    Tiger Woods and President Barack Obama played golf together in a February 2013 mini-jaunt, and that trip turned out to cost the U.S. taxpayer a lot of money.

    Filings from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that the four-day trip to Florida, where Woods lives, came at a combined cost of $3.6 million to the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. The Washington Times first reported on the filing.

    So how did that trip cost so much?

    According to the Times, the bulk of the cost came from 22 total flight legs flown by six military transport planes involving 14 different commercial airports, as well the actual operation of Air Force One, which costs approximately $200,000 per hour of flight. The breakout of the total cost was $2.8 million billed to Defense and $767,000 to Homeland Security.

    Woods wasn’t the only presidential playing partner on the trip, either. Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk and fundraiser Tony Chase joined Obama, too.

  • Paul Casey still wants to be on the European Ryder Cup team

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 4 hrs ago

    Paul Casey made the difficult decision not to take up European Tour membership for 2016, locking himself out of a potential spot on the European Ryder Cup team. After all, to be on the squad, a player must be a member of the European Tour in good standing — it’s a protection mechanism for the Tour, which runs the Ryder Cup when it’s on European soil.

    However, just because the Englishman recognized that the Tour’s changes to its membership requirements weren’t real changes — at least for him — and he chose to focus on the PGA Tour, it doesn’t mean that Casey doesn’t want to play on the Ryder Cup stage again.

    “I mean, certainly, a decision I made to focus in the States, I feel has paid dividends. It’s made things a lot simpler for me,” Casey said at the WGC-HSBC Champions. “But there are still desires to play in another Ryder Cup and play some more stuff in Europe. But right now the focus is here and I am enjoying it.”

    Casey has been playing some of the best golf on the planet through the FedEx Cup playoffs, where he had three top-five finishes, and into the start of the new PGA Tour season, finishing third at the Safeway Open.

  • Rory McIlroy: No-cut rule helped Tiger Woods win so many WGCs

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 1 day ago

    At the pinnacle of his career, Tiger Woods dominated the World Golf Championships, winning an incredible 18 of them from 1999-2013. No other player is even remotely close to that tally, with Dustin Johnson and Geoff Ogilvy a distant T-2 with three each.

    Rory McIlroy, who has two WGCs to his name, said Wednesday ahead of this week’s WGC-HSBC Champions that Woods was a beneficiary of the no-cut nature of the tournaments.

    “Honestly, I think because of the no-cut format. I think that’s probably a big thing to do with it,” McIlroy said. “You get to play with a little more freedom. And I never want to criticize Tiger’s game at all, but if there was one thing or one negative thing you would say about him was that he probably wasn’t the fastest starter in the world in normal golf tournaments.”

    Woods was a notorious slow starter, easing his way into tournaments before playing his best when the pressure was applied the most. The WGCs, in a sense, fit with Woods’ tournament approach. However, Woods never won the WGC-HSBC Champions. He did win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational eight times, with the last one coming in 2013.

  • Power rankings: WGC-HSBC Champions

    Ryan Ballengee at Devil Ball Golf 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 2 days 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 3 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 3 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.