Phil Mickelson wants to make Ryder Cup team but ‘of course’ would accept assistant role

Phil Mickelson’s goal is to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team as a player, but he acknowledged Thursday, for the first time publicly, that “of course” he would accept an assistant-captain role if asked.
An opening 4-under 68 at the BMW Championship left Mickelson work to do if he wants to qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship and make one final impression for Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker.

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Haskins Award: Preseason watch list for 2021-22 season

The bad news? School is back in session for student-athletes across the country. The good news? College golf is officially back, as well.
After a busy summer amateur schedule that featured a somewhat return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to focus back in on the college game. What better way to celebrate than with preseason award watch lists?
The Haskins Award honors the player of the year in college men’s golf, as selected by college golfers, coaches and members of the college golf media. The players are listed alphabetically.

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ANNIKA Award: Preseason watch list for 2021-22 season

The bad news? School is back in session for student-athletes across the country. The good news? College golf is officially back, as well.
After a busy summer amateur schedule that featured a somewhat return to normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to focus back in on the college game. What better way to celebrate than with preseason award watch lists?
The ANNIKA Award honors the player of the year in college women’s golf, as selected by college golfers, coaches and members of the college golf media. The players are listed alphabetically.

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The most ridiculously expensive golf bags that you (well, maybe not you) can buy

By: Emily Haas August 27, 2021

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I was scrolling through Twitter this week and came across this Ryan Ballengee tweet about a $7,250 golf bag made by fine leather-goods manufacturer, Soul of Nomad. Yes — seven thousand two hundred and fifty dollars — you read that right. It turns out this made-to-order bag is hand-crafted completely out of fine Italian leather, and draws inspiration from President Kennedy and the fashion-defining First Lady, Jackie O.

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‘My fault’: Xander Schauffele finally did something all golfers can relate to

By: Josh Berhow August 27, 2021

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Xander Schauffele, at just age 27, has already won $23 million on the golf course and even has an Olympic gold medal. Weekend hackers can’t relate to that — even though they’d love to — but in the first round of the BMW Championship on Thursday, Schauffele was finally relatable. He did something normal golfers do far too often.
Schauffele hit his approach to the par-4 11th hole at Caves Valley and then went to grab his putter, but Schauffele and caddie Austin Kaiser realized it wasn’t in the bag. Then it clicked.

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New commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan reveals her top priorities for the LPGA’s future

By: Jessica Marksbury August 27, 2021

Former Princeton AD Mollie Marcoux Samaan started her new role as LPGA commissioner earlier this month.
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When Mollie Marcoux Samaan officially took the reigns as LPGA commissioner earlier this month, she knew she would have big shoes to fill, given the significant growth her predecessor, Mike Whan, oversaw during his 11-year tenure. But Samaan, the former athletic director at Princeton University, is more than up to the challenge.
“I think we’re very similar,” Samaan said of Whan in a recent interview.

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12 garden-boosting plants that require amazingly little upkeep

By: Josh Sens August 27, 2021

Clockwise from bottom left: Hibiscus moscheutos, Mahonia, Feather Reed Grass, Russian Sage.
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Welcome to Super Secrets, a GOLF.com series in which we pick the brains of the game’s leading superintendents. By illuminating how course maintenance crews ply their trades, we’re hopeful we can not only give you a deeper appreciation for the important, innovative work they do but also provide you with maintenance tips that you can apply to your own little patch of paradise.

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2021 BMW Championship live coverage: How to watch Round 2 on Friday

By: Kevin Cunningham August 27, 2021

Jon Rahm got off to a hot start Thursday at the 2021 BMW Championship.
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The 2021 BMW Championship — and the FedEx Cup Playoffs — continues on Friday with Round 2 at Caves Valley Golf Club in Maryland. Here’s what you need to know to watch the second round on TV or online.
Previewing BMW Championship Round 2
Jon Rahm is in the FedEx Cup driver’s seat. He may be ranked No. 2 in the standings heading into this week, but the hottest golfer on the planet got even hotter on Thursday at the BMW Championship.

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Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Sam Burns share three-way lead at ‘brutal’ BMW Championship

“Happiest animal in the world is a goldfish. You know why? He’s got a 10-second memory,” Rahm said, quoting a line from the popular “Ted Lasso” series.
“I played great golf last week, just a couple of bad swings down the stretch, and that’s the most important thing to remember.”
The world No. 1 was speaking after his opening round at the BMW Championship on Thursday, where he finished tied atop the leaderboard with Rory McIlroy and American Sam Burns.

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BMW Championship: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Sam Burns share lead in Baltimore

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy claimed a share of the BMW Championship lead alongside world number one Jon Rahm and American Sam Bird after the opening round in Baltimore.

The trio carded eight-under-par 64s at Caves Valley Golf Club in the second of the FedEx Cup play-offs.

McIlroy is 28th in the standings, with the top 30 qualifying for next week’s season-ending Tour Championship.
Spaniard Sergio Garcia is one shot off the pace in fourth.

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How Rory McIlroy is leading the BMW — after rummaging through his garage

By: Nick Piastowski August 27, 2021

Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on Thursday on the 2nd hole at Caves Valley.
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Rory McIlroy, after averaging nearly 320 yards off the tee, hitting his 3-wood almost just as long and dropping putts all over Caves Valley, made one wonder:
What else does he have in his garage?
“I’m not a hoarder,” he said. 
“But yeah, there is — I’ve got a few things in there, and every so often, something catches your eye, like, oh, I remember that, or I’d like to try that again.

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Sergio Garcia, one off BMW lead, leaving his Ryder Cup hopes solely to playoff play

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Talk about perfect timing.
With the Ryder Cup less than a month away and Sergio Garcia stuck in a rut of bad form, Team Europe’s all-time points earner broke out of his prolonged slump on Thursday at the BMW Championship. Garcia opened the second leg of the FedExCup Playoffs in 7-under 65 and was one shot off the lead.
“Great way to start,” Garcia said. “Now, I’ve got to do just more of the same things, just keep trusting myself.

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Rory McIlroy fires 64 after digging through garage for 3-wood and putter

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – For the second consecutive PGA Tour round, Rory McIlroy let it fly.
This time, though, it wasn’t quite as literal.
After tossing his 3-wood into the brush alongside the New Jersey Turnpike on Monday at Liberty National, McIlroy, armed with a pair of new woods, hit the ball better off the tee than all but one of his 68 competitors on Thursday at the BMW Championship. His opening 8-under 64 was good enough to earn McIlroy a share of the first-round lead with Jon Rahm and Sam Burns, and he had his replacement 3-wood to partly thank.

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Phil Mickelson believes he has one ‘realistic’ chance to make the Ryder Cup

By: Nick Piastowski August 26, 2021

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on Thursday on the 2nd hole at Caves Valley.
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Phil Mickelson, on his drive to Caves Valley Golf Club on Thursday, looked into his cellphone, paused and asked a question. 
“Who,” he said with a short pause, “is ready to ball?”
Of course, you know his answer as sure as you know Lefty is a lefty, but we won’t spoil Phil being Phil for you. 
“This guy,” he said on the video posted to his social media accounts. “This guy’s ready to ball.

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As Ryder Cup looms, Sam Burns shares BMW lead with John Rahm, Rory McIlroy

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Sam Burns would certainly love to represent the United States at the Ryder Cup.
He also understands just how unpredictable the selection process can be for an event like that.
Four years ago, when he was a standout at LSU, Burns won the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year award for Division I. Then he was left off the U.S. team for the Walker Cup. Now 25, he’s a possible candidate for September’s Ryder Cup, but there’s only so much time he can spend worrying about it.
“There’s six guys that are guaranteed to make it.

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Finally with a new driver, Dustin Johnson uses Caves Valley experience to opening 67

Dustin Johnson got off on the wrong foot in his FedExCup title defense, missing The Northern Trust cut because of a broken driver dilemma. But a new driver meant a new player at the BMW Championship. 
Before Round 1 at Liberty National, Johnson noticed a crack in the crown of his TaylorMade SIM2 driver and played with a 3-wood. Unable to find a satisfactory replacement for Round 2, fellow U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover loaned Johnson his backup, but Johnson shot a 72 and had an extra three days’ rest, compared to many in this week’s field.

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After briefly losing putter, Xander Schauffele opens nicely at BMW Championship

CAVES VALLEY, Md. – As Xander Schauffele’s caddie, Austin Kaiser has recently spent a lot of time around an Olympic medal. After Thursday, it’s clear that Kaiser won’t be winning one in track and field.
Not that Kaiser is slow. He showed off his wheels for the crowd at Caves Valley after a slight miscommunication led to Schauffele’s putter briefly going missing during the first round of the BMW Championship.
“Yeah, that’s my fault,” Schauffele conceded afterward.
Here’s what happened: Schauffele had just putted out for par at the par-4 10th hole when nature called.

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After launching his 3-wood toward the New Jersey Turnpike, a refreshed Rory McIlroy used three new clubs to tie the BMW Championship lead

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Rory McIlroy seems to have found a good 3-wood.
And a second wind.
And a new putter and driver.
Three days after he tried to throw his 3-wood to the Jersey Turnpike in the final round of the Northern Trust, McIlroy used an old 3-wood he had in his garage to lace a shot 285 yards to 10 feet on the 16th hole and knocked in the putt for his first eagle in 516 holes in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, one of the many highlights during Thursday’s first round of the BMW Championship at soft, hot Caves Valley Golf Club.

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