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Hey, Remember Golf's No. 1 Player?

Len Hochberg, Sports on Earth

Bae's Journey From Fore! to Fighting

Mark Cannizzaro, New York Post

Make Some Room, Rory and Jordan

Steve DiMeglio, USA Today

Not so long ago, before there was a Jordan Spieth, before there was a Jason Day, there was a fellow named Rory McIlroy. Good golfer. Won a bunch of tournaments. Even some majors. F...(full article)

In 2012, Gary Player was asked about a modern day Big Three in front of the two other men who once made up golf's greatest group of champions. Between them, Player, Jack Nicklaus...(full article)

Donald Trump was parading around Plainfield Country Club during the final round of The Barclays on Sunday, glad-handing and taking selfies with fans as his presidential campaign re...(full article)

On Wednesday Jason Day couldn't play golf because of a bad back. On Sunday following his latest commanding performance inside the gallery ropes, Day left The Barclays hauling the...(full article)

Let’s ask the unanswerable question: How do you invent a postseason in golf that actually matters? The easiest part of the exercise is naming the obstacles. For one thing, the fo...(full article)

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