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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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John Peterson Un-Retires from Professional Golf After Tiger Woods Performance

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Former NCAA champion John Peterson, who retied from the sport of professional golf at the age of 30 in 2018, is coming out of retirement to play once again.

According to ESPN’s Bob Harig, Peterson changed his mind about his career partly due to Tiger Woods’ “inspiring” win at the Masters back on April 14th.

“Sometimes you’ve got to take a step back to realize what you had,” Peterson said, during an appearance on 104.5 FM ESPN Radio Baton Rouge .

“I was in an office for seven months, and it was fine when I started, I was paying the bills.

“Then the Masters came along and I’m watching this kid Patrick Cantlay, who in 2011 finished second to me in the national championship when he was at UCLA, and he’s finishing ninth in the Masters, it’s on TV, and I beat him, and I beat him a lot, and I’m just like, ‘Man, that could be me.’

“And then Tiger wins, with his story, it was just so inspiring, honestly. And I quit my job, seriously, the next day after the Masters.”

Peterson will have to attempt to qualify for events and then tournaments later this year.

“I’m taking a big risk, and I really don’t have any place to play right now 100 percent, so I have to qualify and stuff,” Peterson said. “I will get back. I know I will. It’s just kind of a regret watching the guys that I played with my whole life finish top-10 in the majors and just knowing I can do it.”

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Play Suspended at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 2019

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Play has been suspended due to darkness during the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday with Phil Mickelson in the lead.

Mickelson currently leads the tournament at 18 under and Paul Casey owns a share of second at 15 under, with each having two more holes remaining to play.

The PGA Tour announced play will resume at 11 a.m. ET.

Pebble Beach Pro-Am Leaderboard

1. Phil Mickelson (-18) thru 16

T2. Paul Casey (-15) thru 15

T2. Scott Stallings (-15)

T4. Jason Day (-13)

T4. Si Woo Kim (-13)

6. Scott Langley (-12)

T7. Kevin Streelman (-11)

T7. Brian Gay (-11)

T7. Lucas Glover (-11)

T10. Max Homa (-10)

T10. Michael Thompson (-10)

T10. Chris Stroud (-10)

T10. Scott Piercy (-10)

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U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau

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Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”

“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”

“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

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