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Tiger Woods Hits Final-Round 72 at Memorial

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Tiger Woods revitalized fans with a strong showing to start off the Memorial Tournament, but cooled off considerably settling  for a spot in the back, 6 shots out of a playoff.

“I had some chances to shoot some good rounds this week,” Woods said after a final-round 72 (h/t ESPN). “Overall my game is where it needs to be heading into the U.S. Open and that’s something that’s very positive.

“I just need to hit better putts. This week I didn’t feel comfortable with my lines and my feel was a little bit off. Consequently I missed a bunch of putts. But I hit it really good this week, so that’s a positive going into Shinnecock, where ballstriking is going to be a must.”

Woods shot scores of 72-67-68-72 to finish at 9 under par. For 72 holes, Woods was -7.695.

“Yeah,” Woods sighed. “And if I just putt normally, I probably would be right up there with those guys and up there in the last couple of groups. Overall, if I just keep building on this, with how I’m hitting it right now, I’m in good shape for two weeks from now.”

Next up for Woods is Shinnecock and he will be working, at home, to prepare.

“I’ve had little building blocks along the way, and I keep getting a little bit better, a little bit more refined, and you start to see the results,” he said. “I’m starting to hit the golf ball better. If I just make a few more putts like I did earlier in the year, when I was putting really well, you put those two together, then we’ll have something.”

 

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European Tour Suspends Thorbjorn Olesen

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The European Tour has officially suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his recent arrest on charges of being drunk on an aircraft a and assaulting a female passenger while she slept.

Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29th upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, and he is set to appear in court on August 21st to face charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.

The European Tour issued a statement saying that Olesen has been suspended pending the outcome of his case, adding that they would not make any further comments on the matter while the legal process moves forward.

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USGA Announced Amateur Champs Can Turn Pro, Play in US Open

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The USGA announced on Monday their decision that, starting with this year’s tournaments, the reigning U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions will be able to utilize their exemptions in the following year’s U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open even if they decide to turn pro, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

Prior to the new rule, the amateur champions received exemptions in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open only if they maintained their amateur status.

“We believe this change gives our champions an important option as they choose whether and when to embark on their professional careers,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA managing director, Champions. “Given the significant purses awarded at the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, we realize how important it is for players to make the most appropriate decision for his or her career, and the positive impact it could have at the outset of their professional careers.”

“Given the opportunities afforded the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur champions, we want to make sure they are able to take advantage of as many as possible,” Bodenhamer said. “We feel strongly that our reigning champions have earned their places in the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, regardless of their amateur status.”

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Tiger Woods Commits to Playing First Two FedEx Cup Playoff Events

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Tiger Woods has officially committed to playing in the first two events of the FedEx Cup Playoffs taking place next month, according to ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.

Woods, 43, skipped the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational that took place in Memphis last week, and has played only four times since winning the Masters for the fifth time back in April of this year.

Woods officially announced that he is committed to playing at The Northern Trust at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, New Jersey next week, and at the BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois, which takes place the week after.

It will mark only the second time this season that Woods has played in tournaments in consecutive weeks. 

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