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  • There's a new design feature on the Top of the Rock Golf Course, which hosts the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf in Branson, Missou.: four big sinkholes.

    The biggest sinkhole, which is reportedly still growing and is 60 feet by 80 feet and 35 feet deep, formed around 6:30 a.m. on Friday between the practice tee and a pond near the entrance to the property.

    Sinkholes are not particularly uncommon in the Ozarks, where Top of the Rock is located, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The Big Cedar Lodge, which owns the course, is working with engineers to figure out how, if at all, they'll fill the hole. It could take up to two weeks to replace the sunk-in earth. The good news for the facility is that the sinkhole won't impact tee times, but it does create a new hazard.

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  • Miguel Angel Jimenez set a new European Tour record on Saturday, making his 10th career hole-in-one to break a tie with Colin Montgomerie.

    The Spaniard made the ace in the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club in England, using a 9-iron from 148 yards at the par-3 second.

    "My irons, they are like darts. It's nice to have the record,"Jimenez said after a 4-under 68 leaves him four shots behind joint 54-hole leaders Francesco Molinari and Byeong-hun An.

    This is Jimenez's third ace of the year, following up on holes-in-one at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January and last week's Open de Espana.

    So what's the 51-year-old's secret?

    "The main thing is I've got the right club in my hand and make a good swing," Jimenez said.

    However, Jimenez didn't have the shot of the day. That went to Tommy Fleetwood, who made an albatross on the par-5 fourth hole. 

    Fleetwood shot 7-under 65 to pull a shot ahead of Jimenez and within striking distance heading into the final

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  • On Wednesday, Rory McIlroy said, "Golf is a very fickle game and it can humble you quite quickly."

    By Friday at the BMW PGA Championship in England, McIlroy had proven his words true.

    After an opening 71 at Wentworth Club, McIlroy exploded to 6-over 78 on Friday to miss the cut in his title defense, just five days after winning the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship by seven shots and setting a new tournament scoring record by five.

    McIlroy had little to say to reporters after the round, which left the world No. 1 on the wrong side of the cut line for just the third time in his last 45 worldwide events.

    The 78 is McIlroy's worst European Tour score since a first-round 79 in the 2013 Open Championship, and worst worldwide since the same tally in the second round of last year’s Memorial.

    It seemed clear fatigue had set in for McIlroy, was playing for the fourth consecutive week, including two wins at Quail Hollow and the WGC-Cadillac Match Play. He

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  • After golf collectively got excited about the prospect of a new Big Three of Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, the world No. 1 quelled that talk with two wins in his last three starts.

    But here's the thing: There hasn't been a great golf rivalry in the last half-century that didn't involve Jack Nicklaus. We explain why and how it'll be difficult for a great rivalry to ever surface again.

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  • Tiger Woods and legendary writer Dan Jenkins aren't on each other's Christmas card lists.

    Woods never gave Jenkins the kind of sit-down interview he was granted by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Jenkins lashed out against Woods in his critique of the former world No. 1 after revelations of Woods' serial marital infidelity. 

    Then, after Jenkins published a (clearly) parody interview with Woods in Golf Digest in November 2014 (the December issue), Woods took to Derek Jeter's The Players' Tribune to deride the piece and scold Jenkins. 

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    Jenkins shot back this week in an interview with the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, saying Woods' major accomplishments pale compared to golf's new generation because of the quality of opponents the two beat.

    "There's much more talent at the top (and the bottom) than there was during Tiger's peak years," Jenkins said. "Tiger beat a lot of nobodies to win most of his majors.

    "Yeah,

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  • This is when it all really began for Rory McIlroy a year ago. He had abruptly ended his engagement to Caroline Wozniacki, seemingly setting himself up for a tailspin of a summer.

    Instead, he went out that week and won the BMW PGA Championship, the European Tour's flagship event. From there, he went on to win his first Open Championship, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and his second PGA Championship in three years. 

    The world No. 1 is aiming for a similar summer in 2015.

    "There's three majors left, and I feel like two of those major venues are going to set up really well with me, at St. Andrews and Whistling Straits," McIlroy told Sky Sports ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship.

    Of course, Chambers Bay, the U.S. Open host, is an unknown as it's never held a major championship, but McIlroy demonstrated his game fits the other two venues in 2010, the last time both venues hosted their respective championships. At St. Andrews, McIlroy opened with 9-under 63 at the Old Course before

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  • Jack Nicklaus won his final major, the 1986 Masters, at the age of 46. 

    World No. 1 Rory McIlroy may be retired from professional golf for three years when he hits that age. Speaking to the BBC, the four-time major winner said he's looking at a career that ends in his early 40s.

    "I don't anticipate playing senior golf or championship golf," McIlroy said.

    "Twenty-five years should be enough to help me achieve what I want to," he added. "If there comes a time when I feel I can't win or give it my best I'd very happily hang up the sticks and do something else."

    Doing the math, McIlroy, who turned pro at 18, would walk away from the game at 43. So, with some 14 years left, what does the Ulsterman hope to achieve?

    "I feel like I'm in a generation with a lot of young guys that are coming up and I want to be the best of this generation," said McIlroy.

    What it'll take to solidify that moniker is still unclear, and will be for years, but McIlroy is willing to do what it takes.

    "I want to win a

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  • The PGA Tour has rolled into Texas for the first of two consecutive weeks in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, starting with the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. 

    Jordan Spieth headlines the field, while Adam Scott is defending champion, winning in a playoff over Jason Dufner last year. Fellow Texan Jimmy Walker is also a popular player in the field. Patrick Rodgers, who was T-2 at Quail Hollow, can lock up special temporary PGA Tour membership with a modest finish.

    Here's a look at our top five for the week:

    1. Jordan Spieth — Spieth was a dud at The Players, but he has to be motivated by Rory McIlroy making him look inferior the last few weeks. He’s been in the top 14 in two Colonial starts.

    2. Zach Johnson — Last year, a four-year Colonial run ended in which Johnson won twice and didn’t finish worse than fourth. Modest form includes a nice T-13 at The Players.

    3. Jimmy Walker — Walker hasn’t played too well of late, but he does have two wins this season and was T-10 here last year.

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  • This July is the last time Greg Norman is exempt into the Open Championship. He's taking a pass on playing at St. Andrews, ceding his spot to another player.

    A two-time Open champion (1986, '93), Norman is exempt until age 60, which he is now. However, R&A rules would force Norman to qualify for the Open another way once he turns 61. That's not going to happen.

    "I don't practice anymore," Norman told the BBC.

    Norman has long since moved on from competitive golf, giving most of his attention to other businesses, including his golf-course design venture. He has also stepped into the broadcast booth and will be in the 18th tower in June as Fox Sports broadcasts its first U.S. Open under a 12-year deal with the USGA.

    The lack of preparation wouldn't preclude Norman from showing up and trying to ham-and-egg his way to the weekend, but the Aussie believes someone else deserves a chance.

    "I'm not going to walk up to the first tee and feel like I'm taking the space of a young kid who could

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  • Rory McIlroy is in really good shape, but he wasn't always the bulging mass of muscle he is now. He was once a little pudgy and a whole lot of curly. 

    Now more clean cut, in shape and on top of the golf world, McIlroy figures the sport's popularity would improve if more of his peers made that effort to improve their physical fitness.

    “I think [golf] has progressed a lot and has become more of an athletic look,"  McIlroy said on "The Dan Patrick Show."

    "You don’t need to be built like a linebacker, but you need to have stability and strength in certain areas and of course, if more golfers look athletic, it portrays a much better image for the game. That encourages kids to pick up the sport or a club."

    You mean to tell me kids don't enjoy watching, say, Brendon de Jonge because he has some extra lbs on him? What about Angel Cabrera? No one wants to see El Pato Flaco. 

    But the Ulsterman does have a point. Kids look up to super athletes who look like they can do amazing things, not guys

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