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Jordan Spieth Has To Give Back Claret Jug

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Jordan Spieth is having a hard time with one of the traditions of the Claret Jug, as he has to return it to the R&A clubhouse on Monday.

“The traditions of The Open are very special, even if you’re on the wrong end of that one,” Spieth said (h/t ESPN).

“It didn’t really hit me,” he said. “I thought maybe somebody would meet me in the parking lot, and I’d just give them the case back, and we’d move on. But it was a ceremony and because of that, it actually hit me harder.

“I was like, man, this was my possession. I took it to all the places that allowed me to get to where I am today. My family was able to take it around. Members of my team were able to take it. It’s the coolest trophy that our sport has to offer. So having to return that was certainly difficult, kind of hit me a little bit there on the tee box.”

Spieth has not cracked the top 20 in any event, missed the cut at the Memorial and U.S. Open and tied for 42nd at the Travelers Championship, but feels good about his game moving forward.

“My game feels good, but I needed a break,” Spieth said. “I was kind of dragging along, cut-line golf for a while, and playing a pretty heavy schedule, and I needed to kind of get away from the game, which I did. I feel good about the way I did it and the coming back to it.”

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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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