Aug 20, 2015 | 10:15 am

Doggin’ It

Who doesn’t like the heart-warming story of a golfer getting his, or her, first hole-in-one? (Other than anyone who doesn’t already have one, that is.) We just came across a YouTube video of two young sisters, playing golf with their dad back in January at Clear Creek Golf Center in Shelbyville, Kentucky, on a day cold enough to freeze the ponds that protected some of the par-threes. Dad promised the girls that he would buy a puppy if either of them made a hole-in-one and, well, you can guess the rest. If this lovely story doesn’t make you feel good all over, perhaps seeing what the world looked like when it was cold outside will help everyone sweating out this hot, steamy summer feel a little more comfortable. And if anyone knows what kind of pup they got, please let us know.

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Aug 19, 2015 | 02:22 pm

Olympian Feat

Match play is underway at the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields Country Club south of Chicago after an 18-man playoff this morning for the 10 final match-play spots. Three inches of rain Monday and Tuesday disrupted play a bit, but the tournament is back on schedule with the round of 64 taking place today (results here). Players to watch include Irishman Paul Dunne, who received a special exemption into the tournament after his performance at The Open Championship, where he was the first amateur to share the 54-hole lead since Bobby Jones in 1927; Brooks Koepka's brother Chase; and Jacob Hicks, the son of Mike Hicks who was on Payne Stewart's bag when he won the 1999 U.S. Open. The TV schedule is below. Fox Sports 1 can be a little difficult to find on your cable system, so click on this link to get the channel number.

Aug. 19 (Wednesday) – First Round of Match Play, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 20 (Thursday) – Second and Third Rounds, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 21 (Friday) – Quarterfinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox Sports 1)
Aug. 22 (Saturday) – Semifinals, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)
Aug. 23 (Sunday) – Championship Match, 3-6 p.m. (Fox)

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Aug 18, 2015 | 08:34 am

The Kids Have Arrived

If ever there was a changing-of-the-guard moment in the world of competitive golf, it came last Sunday. At Whistling Straits, as Tiger Woods missed the cut (again) and the likes of 40-somethings Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and Ernie Els never contended, the average age of the top five finishers was 29. The three highest-ranked players in the world now are Jordan Spieth (22), Rory McIlroy (26), and Jason Day (27). And as if that were not enough, while we all focused on the PGA Championship, three other major events were won by a trio of—are you ready for this—17 year-olds. Canadian sensation Brook Henderson became the third youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she ran away with the Cambia Portland Classic by an incredible eight strokes while nearby at the Portland Golf Club, Scottsdale’s Hannah Sullivan won the biggest event in women’s amateur golf, the U.S. Women’s Amateur, taking the final match by 3 and 2 over Florida’s Sierra Brooks, yet another 17-year-old. Finally, overseas, Dominic Foos of Germany won the Challenge Tour event in Finland,  becoming the youngest ever champion on Europe’s developmental circuit. 

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Aug 17, 2015 | 10:21 am

To Fight Another Day?

As exciting as this year’s major championships were, there was a certain monotony to them. To wit: At the Masters, Jordan Spieth was in the final group, while Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen were paired together seven groups back. At the U.S. Open, Day was in the final group with Dustin Johnson (who was four groups back at Augusta), Spieth was with Branden Grace one group back, and Oosthuizen was two back. At the Open Championship, Oosthuizen with in the last group with Day and Spieth one back. And yesterday at the PGA, Day and Spieth were in the last group with Grace one back. If that wasn't enough, we're probably going to see these great players together again, since they’ll all be competing in The Presidents Cup in seven weeks’ time, with other top names including Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson, and Rickie Fowler for the U.S. team, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, and Danny Lee for the International team. Also, since Presidents Cup captains use an alternate-draw format when creating matches, don’t be surprised to see Spieth and Day walking up the fairway side-by-side again in the final match.

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