Annika Sorenstam turns back the clock and rises to the top at U.S. Senior Women’s Open

The last time the world saw Annika Sorenstam play in a major, most were watching their box TVs as she capped her Hall of Fame career holing a 199-yard eagle on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open. 
It was 13 years before, at the 1995 U.S. Women’s Open when she notched her first LPGA title. Now, 13 years since her fairytale ending, the 50-year-old is back for her first major tournament since ’08 at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut, for the U.S. Women’s Senior Open.

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Legendary JoAnne Carner once again shoots her age, 82, at U.S. Senior Women’s Open; sets age record

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – JoAnne Carner wasn’t at all pleased with her 82. The LPGA legend known as “Big Mama” said she thought she could come out on Friday at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open and put up a 75 at Brooklawn Country Club.
Game on, Fairfield. Better come early and bring a seat.
Those fighting words came after Carner became only the fifth player in history to shoot his or her age in a USGA championship more than once, and the first player to do it when in her 80s. At the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Chicago Golf Club, Carner matched her age, 79, in the opening round.

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Olympic golf pairings, tee times and schedule for the second round

After making its competitive return at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Olympic golf is back once again this week in Japan.
Kasumigaseki Country Club plays host to both the men’s and women’s competition. Kasumigaseki’s East Course will play 7,447 yards for the men, July 29-August 1. For the women, August 4-7, it will play 6,648 yards.
Each competition has 60 players and there is no cut.
The first round featured a weather delay, but that didn’t rain on the Sepp Straka show. With his twin brother, Sam, on the bag, Sepp shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63 to grab the lead in the first round.

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What is an ‘organic’ golf course, and why aren’t there more of them?

By: Olivia White July 29, 2021

Laurelwood in Eugene, Ore. has become a leader in the organic golf space.
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The golf industry and synthetic pesticides go way back. For decades, courses have relied on a cocktail of chemicals to maintain their playability and visual appeal. During the post-war years, when the scientific-technical revolution made a number of chemical innovations available in the marketplace, the golf industry embraced them.

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Rory McIlroy’s comments on Simone Biles reveal something important

By: Dylan Dethier July 29, 2021

Rory McIlroy weighed in on Simone Biles’ withdrawal from Olympic competition.
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It would be fair for you to enter this article with skepticism. If you have an internet connection (which seems likely, since here you are) it’s been impossible to avoid the ocean of Simone Biles commentary, most of which lacks nuance or feeds into one side or other of the Great Online Culture War, which features many fighters but zero winners, thus far.

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Watch: Jordan Spieth throws wild first pitch at Rangers game

Now 28, perhaps Jordan Spieth’s best pitching days are behind him.
Wait, what?
Spieth, who celebrated a birthday earlier this week, was given the honors of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at his hometown Texas Rangers’ game on Wednesday night.
This was nothing new for Spieth – he threw out first pitches in 2013, 2015 and ’17, at Arlington, Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. Having checked off his “three bucket-listers,” he said he was hanging up his mitt.
Apparently not.

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Tiger Woods seen putting weight on legs for first time since February car crash

Tiger Woods was seen putting weight on his legs in Los Angeles on Wednesday for the first time since his Feb. 23 car crash with photos first obtained by TMZ. 
Woods, 45, was spotted outside a Beverly Hills hotel with his girlfriend, Erica Herman, putting substantial weight on his legs with crutches and even walking a bit. 
As a result of the crash, Woods had surgery to repair open fractures in both his upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones in his right leg, which were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibula.

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Jillian Hollis found some magic in her game at the ISPS Handa World Invitational

In the midst of classic rainy and windy Northern Ireland weather, 2020 LPGA rookie Jillian Hollis found some magic in her game with a 3 under start at the ISPS Handa World Invitational.
“I feel like I’ve finally found something that’s been working and just sticking to that,” Hollis said. “I’ve been hitting it great the past couple of tournaments, just not putting the scores together.”
Before the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Hollis had only made one cut all year – the Lotte Championship where she finished T-69.
“It’s just been tough,” she said.

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Olympic golf needs to look less like the majors and more like golf’s greatest team event

By: Michael Bamberger July 29, 2021

A team format would help inject into Olympic golf the kind of energy we saw from Rory McIlroy at the 2016 Ryder Cup.
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Did your Thursday morn begin about like this?
Water the rose bush.
Brew the coffee.
Read the papers.
Type the words “Olympic golf” into the tell-me-something new box on your computer.

Patrick Reed’s patriotism comes from somewhere beyond the Ryder Cup
By: Sean Zak

On the right side of mine, a photo came up with this caption: “Joaquin Niemann of Chile writes down on paper.

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‘It sucks so bad’: Justin Thomas details frustrations with his short game

By: Zephyr Melton July 29, 2021

Justin Thomas made 18 straight pars in the opening round at the Olympics.
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Justin Thomas’ 2020-21 season has been a tale of two halves.
Early in the season, Thomas was unstoppable. He made 10 starts from September through March and finished in the top 15 nine times. He capped the run with an emphatic victory at the Players Championship and ascended to No. 2 in the world. Life was good and Thomas was making the game look easy.
Then, Mr. Hyde reared his ugly head.

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Left-handed Brooks Koepka, Barstool Sports’ Dave Portnoy set date for $250,000 charity match

Are you a fan of either Barstool Sports or Brooks Koepka? If the answer is yes to one or both, you may want to mark your calendars for Sept. 7.
The four-time major champion will play left-handed against Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy in a charity match for $250,000 after the two traded some trash talk on Twitter back in April. Koepka is playing for his charity foundation while Portnoy will play for the Barstool Fund.

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These are the best putts for mid- and high-handicaps to practice

By: Luke Kerr-Dineen July 29, 2021

The key to getting better is practicing the right way.
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Something golfers should think more about then they probably do is how they practice. Most of us neither have the time nor the inclination to invest more than a couple of hours a week, if that, into our games. And that’s ok! We have lives, and you’re allowed to want to improve your game without putting in professional golfer-level hours.
But if you do want to improve, you need to make the time you spend on your game count.

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Gimme that: The wear-everywhere polo your closet is missing

By: Emily Haas July 29, 2021

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Welcome to Gimme That, a GOLF.com column where we’ll highlight one notable item we think you might like. Whether it’s an article of clothing, an intriguing electronic device or anything in between, we want to share these items with you because they’ve generated a bit of chatter by our water cooler (or, these days, on our Slack channel). So sit back, scroll down and keep up with the latest gear golf has to offer.
The OV Sport Polo is made from a cotton pique fabric and has a three-snap placket that gives it a vintage look and feel.

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1 important mental strategy Annika Sorenstam has learned as she’s matured

By: Josh Berhow July 29, 2021

Annika Sorenstam watches a shot at the American Century Championship.
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Annika Sorenstam officially retired from golf 13 years ago, yet lately she’s been fine-tuning her game for this week’s U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn in Fairfield, Conn. Would her younger self have believed it had she been told back then she’d be playing again in 2021?
“No,” Sorenstam said. “Probably not.”
But here she is, teeing it up with some of her long-time friends and former competitors in the third playing of the event’s history.

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U.S. Women’s Amateur players to watch, tee times and TV info

After a slightly smaller showing last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a full field of 156 of the best female amateur golfers in the world is bound for New York.
The 121st U.S. Women’s Amateur will be held at Westchester Country Club’s West Course in Rye, New York, Aug. 2-8. The West Course will play 6,488 yards as a par 72, with 36 holes of stroke play before a cut to the low 64 scores for match play. The champion will be decided by a 36-hole final match Sunday, Aug. 8.

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What held Justin Thomas back in his Olympic debut? His putter … again.

Justin Thomas averages slightly better than four birdies per round on the PGA Tour. In his Olympic debut Thursday, he had none.
The Louisville native scored 18 consecutive pars for a 71 in the first round of the Olympic men’s tournament at Kasumigaseki Country Club’s East Course, which left him eight strokes behind leader Sepp Straka of Austria and tied for 41st in the 60-player field.
“I would love to have some kind of old useless club that I could break over my knee right now,” he said afterward. “But you got to stay patient and trust the process, I guess you could say.

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How Team USA stands after Day 1 of 2020 Olympics

Despite boasting three of the four players in the field, not a single American is inside the top 10 after the opening round of the Olympics.
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Reed led the way for Team USA on Day 1, with each carding a 3-under 68 that put them in a tie for 12th, five shots off the lead of Austria’s Sepp Straka.
Open champion Collin Morikawa turned in a 69, while Justin Thomas made par on all 18 holes for a 71.

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Johnny Manziel places last at Texas State Open despite breaking 80 twice

2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel is also known as Johnny Football, but based on his play at the Texas State Open, he probably won’t be known as Johnny Golf anytime soon. 
After accepting a sponsor exemption, Manziel was in his home state this week teeing it up at The Cascades Golf & Country Club’s Texas State Open in Tyler, Texas, with his father Paul on the bag about three hours north of Kyle Field, where he once dominated as the quarterback of Texas A&M.

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Jon Rahm baffled by second COVID diagnosis in two months, barring him from Olympics

KAWAGOE, Japan — Men’s golf began Thursday in the Olympics, and the No. 1 player in the world was nearly 6,000 miles away watching from home. Jon Rahm still can’t believe he’s not playing.
“I didn’t think ever that I was not going to be there,” Rahm said in a phone interview from his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I can’t even tell you what happened.”
The simple explanation is that he received a positive COVID-19 test the day before he planned to leave for Tokyo and fulfill his dream of playing in the Olympics, a chance to add a medal to a banner year that includes a U.S.

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Olympic golf live coverage: How to watch Round 2 in Japan

By: Kevin Cunningham July 29, 2021

Rory McIlroy is primed for a run up the leaderboard in Round 2 at the Olympics.
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The second round of the men’s golf competition at the Tokyo Olympics kicks off Thursday night for viewers in the United States. Here’s what you need to know to watch the second-round action on TV or online.
Previewing Round 2 of the Olympics men’s golf event
There’s a whole lot of golf left to be played, but with 18 holes behind us, here’s where the men’s Olympic golf competition stands.

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