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  • The PGA Tour moves from Dallas to Ft. Worth for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Hogan's Alley, Colonial Country Club. Chris Kirk is the defending champion, while Jordan Spieth headlines the field in an event where he finished as a runner-up last year.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from Colonial Country Club on our Golf page from 4-7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday.

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the the par-4 fifth and par-3 16th holes in that coverage window on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, First Round

    All times Eastern

    Off No. 1

    12:29 p.m. -- Charley Hoffman, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Stricker
    12:40 p.m. -- Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas
    12:51 p.m. -- Charl Schwartzel, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar

    Off No. 10

    12:18 p.m. -- Tony Finau, Steven Bowditch, Ben Crane
    12:29 p.m. -- Scott Piercy, Kevin Streelman, Keegan Bradley
    12:40 p.m. -- Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson, Louis Oosthuizen

    Friday, Second Round

    Off No. 1

    12:40 p.m. -- Jason Dufner, Smylie Kaufman, Emiliano Grillo
    12:51 p.m. -- Adam Scott, Zach Johnson, Chris Kirk
    1:02 p.m. -- Jim Herman, Patrick Reed, Hunter Mahan

    Off No. 10

    12:40 p.m. -- Danny Lee, Nick Taylor, Seung-Yul Noh
    12:51 p.m. -- Kevin Kisner, J.J. Henry, Camilo Villegas
    1:02 p.m. -- Marc Leishman, Ryan Palmer, Chad Collins


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  • It's Colonial Week on the PGA Tour, although the tournament at Hogan's Alley in Ft. Worth, Texas, now goes by a different name. It's now called the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, named after the gourmet and specialty food seller.

    We should have a tasty tournament in store, with Chris Kirk defending his title, Jordan Spieth headlining and the likes of Matt Kuchar and Adam Scott in the field.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Kevin Chappell -- We are overvaluing Chappell this week, but he's been playing fantastic golf. He's this year's Kevin Kisner, already with three runner-up showings this season, including at The Players.

    2. Jordan Spieth -- Last week, we downplayed Spieth at the Nelson, suggesting that he might not be reliable for all 72 holes. Well, that happened. But Spieth says he found something in the final round that could help him at a place where he was runner-up last year and in the top 15 the last three years.

    3. Matt Kuchar -- Kooch is back, baby! He's finished in the top three in his last two starts, and he seems to be beaming with confidence. He was a runner-up here in 2013 and has a good overall record of cashing.

    4. Charley Hoffman -- Hoffman is playing well just about anywhere these days, finishing T-12 last week at the Byron Nelson. He was T-10 here last year, and this is the kind of course that suits him.

    5. Adam Scott -- Scotty won here two years ago to regain the world No. 1 ranking, and that seems like a long time ago. He's playing pretty well, coming off the high of back-to-back wins in Florida.


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  • Rory McIlroy is engaged (for the second time) and thinking about starting a family in the next couple of years.

    It's through that lens that McIlroy appears to have developed concerns about the spread of Zika virus and his potential involvement in the 2016 Olympic golf tournament in Brazil. The Irish Open winner hasn't ruled out taking a pass on Rio.

    "There's going to be a point in the next couple of years where we're going to have to think about starting a family," McIlroy said, according to the BBC. "Right now I'm ready to go but I don't want anything to affect that."

    The world No. 3 McIlroy, who would to represent the Republic of Ireland in the Olympics, has been reading reports about the spread of Zika, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, including its spread in Brazil, estimates of how long it remains in the body and the effects the virus could have on babies developing in the womb. 

    "As it gets closer I am relishing the thought of going down there and competing for gold," McIlroy said. "But I have been reading a lot of reports about Zika and there have been some articles coming out saying that it might be worse than they're saying and I have to monitor that situation."

    McIlroy said he is planning to get immunized on Wednesday for as many diseases as possible that he could encounter in Rio. However, there is no vaccine for Zika.

    Were McIlroy to turn down an opportunity to play in the Olympics, he would join the likes of Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman, Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez who have all withdrawn their names from consideration. However, that choice might make McIlroy eat his own words.

    Two weeks ago at the Wells Fargo Championship, McIlroy said the litany of players withdrawing could negatively impact how the International Olympic Committee perceives the sport and affect the sport's future in the Olympic program beyond the two Games the sport is guaranteed in the program. The IOC will vote in 2017 to determine if golf remains in the Olympics beyond 2020.

    "It's obviously being played in Rio this year and it's being played in Tokyo in 2020. I'm not sure if we're going to have another opportunity to win a gold medal after that depending on what happens,” McIlroy said.

    He added, "If we don’t somehow change the narrative of getting people more excited about it...I’m worried."


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  • The PGA Tour presents its crown jewel this week, with The Players Championship starting Thursday at TPC Sawgrass. The final three-hole stretch, maybe the best on the PGA Tour, will lay down the gauntlet for any player hoping to capture the proverbial Fifth Major.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on on our Golf page from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday and from 2-7 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday.

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the the par-4 12th and par-5 16th holes in that coverage window on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, First Round

    All times Eastern

    Off No. 1

    1:25 p.m. -- Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia
    1:36 p.m. -- Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar
    1:47 p.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen
    1:58 p.m. -- Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson

    Off No. 10

    8:10 a.m. -- Danny Willett, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose
    8:21 a.m. -- Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson
    8:32 a.m. -- Russell Knox, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel
    8:43 a.m. -- Branden Grace, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth

    Friday, Second Round

    Off No. 1

    1:25 p.m. -- Danny Willett, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose
    1:36 p.m. -- Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Phil Mickelson
    1:47 p.m. -- Russell Knox, Jim Furyk, Billy Horschel
    1:58 p.m. -- Branden Grace, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth

    Off No. 1o

    8:10 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia
    8:21 a.m. -- Adam Scott, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar
    8:32 a.m. -- Hideki Matsuyama, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen
    8:43 a.m. -- Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson


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  • The Players Championship is here, marking one of the deepest fields -- if not the deepest field -- of the year.

    The Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass again plays host to a full field looking to capture the nearly $1.9 million first-place check out of the $10.5 million purse. 

    Rickie Fowler is the defending champion, having won last year on the fourth playoff hole after playing the last six holes of regulation in a stunning 6 under, then surviving a three-hole aggregate playoff and capping it off with an unprecedented third birdie of the day at the infamous par-3 17th.

    However, the most intriguing grouping for the first two days is certainly the one featuring Jordan Spieth, who is making his first PGA Tour start since his Masters meltdown

    Here's a look at four more of the best groups for the first two days of The Players Championship:

    Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson (THURSDAY: 1:58 p.m. on No. 1/FRIDAY: 8:43 a.m. on No. 10) -- This is a case study in if a player can manage to overpower Pete Dye's masterpiece. It's hard to do, but these long hitters just might go down trying -- or give us the stripe show of the year.

    Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar (THURSDAY: 1:36 p.m. on No. 1/FRIDAY: 8:21 a.m. on No. 10) -- Fowler gets to play for the first two days with a couple of past Players winners. He's had a few letdowns of late in situations that seemed suited for him -- namely falling short in the Phoenix playoff to Hideki Matsuyama and letting Charlotte get away from him last week.

    Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Martin Kaymer (THURSDAY: 8:21 a.m. on No. 10/FRIDAY: 1:36 p.m. on No. 1) -- A trio of former champions makes this group interesting. Had Mickelson not made a quad on the 18th at Quail Hollow on Saturday, he maybe wins the Wells Fargo. Stenson, the 2009 winner, is coming off a missed cut in Charlotte. Kaymer is spending the bulk of his 2016 in Europe in a Ryder Cup year.

    Danny Willett, Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose (THURSDAY: 8:10 a.m. on No. 10/FRIDAY: 1:25 p.m. on No. 1) -- Willett makes his American return after winning the green jacket at Augusta National. Rose is trying to get back in the winner's circle after a close call at Quail Hollow where he couldn't make a putt that mattered. Snedeker won at Torrey Pines earlier this year, but his record at TPC Sawgrass isn't good.


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  • Eventually, someone will win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. But it's not happening on Sunday.

    Rain delays continued on Saturday, leading to the cancellation of play at TPC Louisiana. Play resumed briefly on Sunday morning, but another band of severe storms descended on the course before the weekend field could finish the third round. In fact, joint leaders Brian Stuard and Jhonattan Vegas have only played five holes of Round 3. No player has finished the third round, but Valero Texas Open winner Charley Hoffman and multi-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings have completed 14 holes. 

    Ultimately, officials knew on Saturday that the event was heading for a Monday finish. Sunday's extended delays merely make the Monday finale an even longer day for the field.

    For a PGA Tour event to be considered official, the field must finish 54 holes. The last time a PGA Tour event was considered completed -- albeit unofficial -- after 36 holes was the 2005 Northern Trust Open (then the Nissan Open). Adam Scott won that week.


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  • Jason Day has been No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of nine weeks. With Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy idle this week, Day will remain in the top spot on Monday, marking a 10th week atop the ranking. 

    That will put him 15th, just ahead of Ernie Els, on the list of the most weeks at No. 1 since the ranking was created in 1986. Another week and Day would then tie Adam Scott for the second most weeks at No. 1 for an Australian-born player.

    At No. 1 among the Aussies? That'd be Greg Norman, who spent what seemed like an astounding 331 weeks atop the ranking in his career -- that is, until Tiger Woods spent 683 weeks in that position. No one is catching Woods' record anytime soon, but the Shark hopes Day eventually catches his mark.

    “I shared a text with Greg Norman earlier this year, and he said that he would love to see me pass him,” Day said ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. “I’m like, ugh, that’s 330 something weeks at No. 1.”

    Only 321 -- 6 years, 9 weeks -- to go after this week!

    Day shot 3-under 69 on Thursday at TPC Louisiana to open the Zurich Classic. He got off to a hot start, shooting 5-under 31 for his first nine after teeing off on No. 10. However, Day stumbled to the house, particularly after having to come back following a lengthy rain delay. He had to finish his 16th hole, the seventh, and play out the final two. He bogeyed the last two holes to finish at 3 under par. He's five back of Brian Stuard's clubhouse pace at the suspension of play.

    “It’s under par," Day said. "That’s all I can really take from it."


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  • For the last several weeks, we've heard from a handful of players who have decided not to compete in the 60-player men's Olympic golf tournament in Brazil in August.

    On Wednesday, we got affirmation of a player who does intend to make the trip to Rio to represent his country.

    Bubba Watson committed to defend the Travelers Championship title Aug. 4-7, one he won last year in a playoff with Paul Casey. Normally played the week after the U.S. Open, the Hartford, Conn., area event was moved in this Olympic year to precede the men's tournament by a week. So, not only did Watson announce he'll defend a championship he's won twice but also his commitment to represent the United States in the men's Olympic golf contingent.

    "I want to make the Olympic team," Watson said at the Tour Championship in September. "I want to represent my country, and this is probably my only year to have that shot because I'm getting older. Four years is a long time for me to prepare later, so this is a good shot for me to make it. It would be an honor and a thrill just to put the USA flag around me and represent my country."

    Ranked fourth in the Official World Golf Ranking, Watson is the second-highest ranked American in the world behind second-ranked Jordan Spieth. Spieth, Watson, fifth-ranked Rickie Fowler and No. 8 Dustin Johnson would currently constitute the four American players who would make the Olympic tournament. A country can have no more than four players in the 72-hole event, and, to do that, all four of them have to be ranked inside the top 15 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

    Watson's announcement comes on the heels of opposite decisions shared by former world No. 1 players Adam Scott and Vijay Singh, Miguel Angel Jimenez and South African major winners Louis Oothuizen and Charl Schwartzel.


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  • Charl Schwartzel is now the fourth major winner to pull himself out of consideration for the 2016 men's Olympic golf tournament.

    The 2011 Masters winner didn't announce this decision himself. Rather, it was South African team captain Gary Player who revealed Schwartzel's choice in a statement shared on Twitter about the rash of players -- five now -- who have chosen to skip golf's first Olympic appearance since 1904.

    "I am sad and disappointed that several top players have withdrawn from the Olympic Games in Rio," Player wrote. "Not just South Africans. I would have give anything to play in the Olympics. South Africa had a great team, but now obviously, it wiill not be as good. Players withdrawing hurt the game of golf. I was sorry to hear that Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel have withdrawn their names from consideration."

    Schwartzel and Oosthuizen join Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and Miguel Angel Jimenez, who have all decided to also pass on Olympic tournament in Brazil. Several players have cited scheduling conflicts, perhaps valid based on the concentrated schedule of the four majors to accommodate Olympic golf, as well the potential spread of Zika virus, which causes birth defects in children.

    The South Africans clear the way for Jaco Van Zyl and George Coetzee to potentially take a second spot in the 60-player men's event along with Branden Grace.

    No matter who winds up playing in the 60-player men's and women's events, Player believes this is a great opportunity for the field and the sport at large.

    "The Olympics will undoubtedly grow the game worldwide no matter who plays and who doesn't," Player said. "All top players should think carefully about this."


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  • Louis Oosthuizen announced Thursday he would be the fourth major men's player to withdraw his name from consideration for the 2016 Olympic golf tournament.

    In a release through his management company, Oosthuizen cited "family and scheduling issues" as why he won't participate. 

    “I have always represented South Africa with pride so I didn’t make my decision without a great deal of thought,” he said in a statement.

    Oosthuizen's concerns are legitimate, even if not above reproach. 

    The major golf schedule is scrunched together in 2016 to accommodate the Olympics, with the PGA Championship moving up to the end of July, played just two weeks after the British Open at Royal Troon.

    There's also the threat of the Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes throughout Latin America and potentially into North America this summer. The virus, which can cause birth defects, can remain in the body for at least 6 months without outward symptoms, potentially scaring off players who are planning on expanding their families.

    Ranked 12th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Oosthuizen would currently be the second player to represent his country in the 60-player men's tournament in Brazil in August. Branden Grace, ranked 11th in the world, is the top-ranked South African player. Charl Schwartzel, ranked 20th, would take Oosthuizen's place.

    Oosthuizen joins Aussie world No. 7 Adam Scott, former world No. 1 Vijay Singh and Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez as players who have announced they will not compete in the Olympic golf tournament. No major female player has come out with a similar announcement.


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