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American Airlines Lost the Wrong Guy's Bags

Golfer Michael Buttacavoli withdrew from chance at US Open after his clubs misplaced

(Newser) - To compete in the qualifying rounds for the US Open, you sort of need your golf clubs—which is why one pro golfer is fuming at American Airlines for his now-squashed chances to make the cut. USA Today reports Michael Buttacavoli withdrew Monday from his last chance to play in... More »

Tiger Is a Mess. Why Are We Surprised?

4 reactions to golfer's DUI charge

(Newser) - Not since 2009 has there been so much talk about Tiger Woods' fall from grace. There might even be more talk this time around given that Woods' arrest for DUI on Monday is just the latest scandal to plague him—and there's now a mugshot in the mix. What... More »

Golfer's Fall Down the Stairs Shakes Up Masters

No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson slips and hurts his back

(Newser) - The first golfers at the Masters teed off Thursday morning, but the tournament's biggest development may have occurred before the first shot. On Wednesday, the No. 1 golfer in the world slipped on steps at his rental home in Augusta, Ga., and wrenched his back, reports ESPN . That would... More »

Eagle-Eyed TV Viewer Costs LPGA Golfer a Tourney

'Is this a joke?' Lexi Thompson asked when informed of penalty—a day later

(Newser) - Lexi Thompson is taking a "very needed" three-week break after what she describes on Instagram as "an emotional day." The professional golfer was taking part Saturday in the ANA Inspiration championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., when she did something that no one noticed—except for a sharp-eyed... More »

Trump Has Visited His Golf Courses 13 Times as President

He's spent a third of his presidency at Trump properties

(Newser) - President Trump stayed away from his Florida resort for the weekend, but not from Trump properties: He was at the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Saturday and Sunday and dined at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC, on Saturday night, reports the Washington Post , which calculates that... More »

10 Major Rule Changes That Could Be Coming to Golf

Accidentally bump your ball? No problem

(Newser) - The process of getting a tiny white ball into a tiny round hole has become too complicated, according to international golf authorities, who are proposing sweeping new changes to simplify the game. The United States Golf Association and Royal & Ancient Golf Club are suggesting cutting the 34 rules of... More »

Pro Golfer Spills the Beans on Trump's Golf Game

'Decent player for a guy in his 70s,' says Rory McIlroy

(Newser) - "He's a decent player for a guy in his 70s," pro golfer Rory McIlroy tells No Laying Up after playing a round of golf with President Trump on Sunday. McIlroy, a four-time major champion, says Trump shot "around 80," Business Insider reports. McIlroy is currently... More »

Costco Accidentally Broke the Golf Ball Industry

Hope you got your Kirkland Signature balls, because they might not be back

(Newser) - Costco inadvertently undermined the golf industry and sent golfers into a frenzy when it introduced its own Kirkland Signature line of golf balls last fall, the Wall Street Journal reports. South Korea's Nassau Golf, which makes golf balls for a major golf equipment company TaylorMade, decided to sell some... More »

Golfers Swing at Clinton, Trump at Texas Driving Range

A 'touch of fun in this stressful election'

(Newser) - Stressed voters can swing at Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump at a driving range in Texas where photos of the presidential candidates are displayed as targets for speeding golf balls, the AP reports. Alpine Target Golf Center in Longview has hung the portraits on round hay bales since late October.... More »

Golf Heckler Gets Called Out, Then Sinks Tricky Putt Himself

US fan seems to have won $100

(Newser) - Let this be a lesson to you, hecklers: Don't tease the golf pros, because you might just get called out, brought onto the putting green, challenged ... and end up sinking the tricky putt yourself?! Yes, that's the sure-to-become-legend story of David Johnson, a US golf fan who was... More »

'He Made Golf Cool': Arnold Palmer Dead at 87

'Most beloved figure in the game'

(Newser) - One of golf's greatest is gone: Arnold Palmer is dead at age 87. Alastair Johnson, CEO of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, confirmed that Palmer died Sunday afternoon of complications from heart problems, reports AP . Palmer was admitted to a Pennsylvania hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work and weakened over the... More »

Nike Ditching Its Golf Gear

No more clubs, balls, and bags, but it will keep making shoes and apparel

(Newser) - Nike is getting out of the golf equipment business, a surprising announcement made Wednesday that's sure to send Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and other players searching for new clubs and golf balls. Nike said it would stop making clubs, golf balls, and golf bags, instead devoting its resources to... More »

Judge Bans 10-Year-Old Girl From Playing Golf

The young golf prodigy is apparently a victim of her parents' custody battle

(Newser) - Deadspin has a bizarre story about a Virginia judge banning a 10-year-old golf prodigy … from playing golf. The unnamed girl has won 11 of the past 12 youth tournaments she's played in and even took first place in an all-ages women's competition. "She's really... More »

Rory McIlroy Drops Out of Olympics Over Zika Fears

Golf is making its first appearance at the Olympics in 112 years

(Newser) - Golfer Rory McIlroy won't be participating in this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro over concerns about the Zika virus, the BBC reports. According to the New York Times , he's the "highest-profile athlete" to pull out because of Zika so far. McIlroy, who was going to... More »

Donald Trump Loses PGA Tournament to Mexico

'It is a sad day for Miami, the United States, and the game of golf'

(Newser) - It turns out Donald Trump was only sort of right. Mexicans aren't taking our jobs; they're taking our golf tournaments. The Miami Herald reports that after 54 years at Florida's Doral resort—owned by Trump since 2012—the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship is packing up its clubs... More »

Phil Mickelson Made Nearly $1M on Insider Trading: SEC

Commission names pro golfer in federal lawsuit

(Newser) - The Securities and Exchange Commission is filing a complaint against professional golfer Phil Mickelson related to insider trading, the AP reports. The SEC says gambler William Walters received tips and business information about Dean Foods Co. from Thomas Davis, former head of Dean Foods, between 2008 and 2012. The SEC... More »

$102M in Donations, but Not a Penny From Trump Himself

Lots of rounds of golf and other giveaways, though: 'Washington Post' analysis

(Newser) - Last year, Donald Trump's campaign gave the AP a 93-page list it claimed documented $102 million that he's donated to charity over the past five years. The AP didn't print the list—though it published a story deeming Trump's philanthropy "elusive"—but it's... More »

In Major Shock, Willett Wins the Masters

Defending Masters champion Jordan Spieth threw it away

(Newser) - Danny Willett in a green jacket was hard to believe considering he wasn't even sure he could play the Masters two weeks ago. No one was more stunned than Jordan Spieth. Nine holes away from another wire-to-wire victory, the defending Masters champion threw it away Sunday with a collapse... More »

Broke Golfer Wins $293K, Can't Collect a Cent

Lee McCoy finishes 4th, but, alas, he's an amateur

(Newser) - Lee McCoy finished fourth over the weekend at the PGA's Valspar Championship in Florida, good for a payout of $292,800. But as SB Nation reports, the 22-year-old had to hop in his car and drive back to school at the University of Georgia without collecting a cent of... More »

American Wins British Open Defined by Double Bogey

Zach Johnson prevails on tense afternoon of shadows and showers

(Newser) - Jordan Spieth's spirited bid for a Grand Slam was stopped Monday by Zach Johnson, who is no longer just a normal guy from Iowa. Not with a claret jug to go with that green jacket. Johnson captured his second major—this one at the home of golf—winning the... More »

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