So, about that 'Tiger Effect' thing ...

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Well, don't we just look silly. Mere minutes after we proclaimed the return of the "Tiger Woods Effect" -- you know, that curious pall that comes over the entire field when Woods is in the lineup at a major -- what does Woods do but utterly throw up on his spikes, double-bogeying his first hole of the week at the PGA Championship.

Turns out that the first victim of the "Tiger Woods Effect" was, well ... Tiger Woods.

Worse, there's a new Tiger in town: fella by the name of Brooks Koepkawho doesn't seem the least bit intimidated by The Cat. Koepka, 14 years younger than Woods, absolutely dusted his older rival to grab this entire tournament by the throat. Koepka faced down Woods in the final holes of last year's PGA; this year, he did his best to bury Woods before noon on Thursday. Koepka leads the tournament by a stroke and Woods by nine, and if nobody makes a charge on Friday, this could be a coronation rather than a competition.

(One guy definitely not threatening Koepka: John Daly, who's tooling around Bethpage Black in a golf cart and not looking particularly happy while doing so. Our Kevin Kaduk caught up with Daly and found a guy who's doing what he loves even as it slowly pulls him apart.)

The PGA Championship rolls on through the weekend. Here's what you need to know for Friday. And at the risk of getting ourselves in trouble again:

RIP, Tiger Effect. Long live the Koepka Effect.

— Jay Busbee

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Split decision

Oh, the troubles of having two kids playing in the NBA's Western Conference Finals. What do you do? If you're Dell Curry, you simply support 'em both with a custom jersey honoring both Steph and Seth. Nice work, pops!


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