• Spieth's caddie an ex-math teacher who has a way with words
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    Spieth's caddie an ex-math teacher who has a way with words

    A former sixth-grade math teacher, Michael Greller is strong in numbers. Jordan Spieth leaned more on his caddie's words at the British Open. "This is as much mine as it is his," Spieth said as he clutched the silver claret jug. And then he turned to look over at Greller and said, "You deserve all the credit in the world for this major championship." Greller still had to work out some new math at the most critical juncture of the final round at Royal Birkdale. Spieth was hitting his third shot from the driving range and couldn't see any part of the par-4 13th hole. He thought he was about 270 yards away and was planning to hit 3-wood. Greller estimated the yardage closer than that and told him

  • For U.S. Am, Riviera's 1st hole a par 4; 18 drivable?
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    For U.S. Am, Riviera's 1st hole a par 4; 18 drivable?

    Fans watching this year’s U.S. Amateur at Riviera might do a double take. Tournament director Ben Kimball said at media day Monday that two of the most iconic holes likely will play differently for the world’s best amateurs. One definite change is to the first hole, which will play as a long par 4 for the tournament. As a 503-yard, downhill par 5, the first hole annually ranks as one of the easiest holes on the PGA Tour. This year at the Genesis Open, it played to a 4.271 scoring average, serving up 247 birdies and only six bogeys or worse. “I went back and forth in my mind about whether that was something we were going to do,” Kimball said on Fox Sports Radio. “The players hit it so far now,

  • 2017 RBC Canadian Open: 10 players to watch, picks to win
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    2017 RBC Canadian Open: 10 players to watch, picks to win

    DJ finally played like the No. 1 player in the world he is when he shot 6-under-par 64 in round three of the Open Championship last week to climb into contention at Royal Birkdale. Then he closed with an ugly 77 that included only one birdie and plummeted 47 spots on the leaderboard to a tie for 57th. Johnson, who won three straight tournaments earlier this season, has not come all the way back from a back injury that knocked him out of the Masters. He lost his lead in the FedExCup point standings to Open winner Jordan Spieth, but will try to get it back when he makes his fifth appearance in the RBC Canadian Open this week. Johnson came close to winning the tournament twice at Glen Abbey, including