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  • Jordan Spieth was on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, part of a Big Apple promotional tour for The Barclays, the first of four FedEx Cup playoff events.

    Bethpage Black is back as host of the playoff opener after a four-year absence, and that’s something Spieth and Fallon discussed. However, the conversation quickly turned to other stories, including Spieth’s video from the Texas Swing when he (on his second attempt) chipped a marshmallow that he caught in his mouth with a dive. So, Fallon, who loves playing games with his guests, asked Spieth to chip marshmallows his way in hopes that the host might snag one with his mouth.

    Jordan Spieth tried getting marshmallows in Jimmy Fallon's mouth. (Getty Images)
    Jordan Spieth tried getting marshmallows in Jimmy Fallon’s mouth. (Getty Images)

    The two-time major winner gave it four shots, with three close calls, including two hitting Fallon in the mouth before the last one hitting him right in the eye.


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  • Power rankings: The Barclays

    Jason Day gave it a good run but came up short at the PGA. (Getty Images)
    Jason Day gave it a good run but came up short at the PGA. (Getty Images)

    The FedEx Cup playoffs are here, with The Barclays serving as curtain-lifter on the four-event series coming from Bethpage Black on Long Island.

    Jason Day is the defending champion in the event, while Jordan Spieth is the defending FedEx Cup champion. A total of 125 players qualified, but only 121 are playing in this first stage.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Jason Day – Day is still the best player on the planet right now, and he’s playing complete golf.

    2. Henrik Stenson – Could have easily made Stenson No. 1 on our list this week. He’s 42 under in his last 12 competitive rounds between the Open, the PGA and the Olympics. Sold.

    3. Dustin Johnson – A missed cut at the PGA was a downer, but he was kind of due. Plenty of time to rest and return on a course where he was T-3 in 2012. Built for Bethpage.

    4. Rory McIlroy – The best driver on the planet finally gets to go back to a Scotty Cameron

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  • BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 26: Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club on June 26, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    Tiger Woods looks on during the final round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. (Getty Images)

    Tiger Woods is playing a big role in planning for the Ryder Cup.

    Serving as an assistant captain to Davis Love III, Woods has apparently been spending his time off from competitive golf — which passed the one-year mark last week — trying to come up with the best possible pairings and practice pods (or groups) for the upcoming matches at Hazeltine National in September.

    “Tiger was on the Task Force, he’ll be a future captain, so he’s got to be a part of the decision-making process of this whole new, Ryder Cup committee,” Love said in a diary for PGA.com.

    Love and Woods were among the players named to the PGA of America-created Ryder Cup Task Force, formed after the U.S. was drubbed by the Europeans in the 2014 matches at Gleneagles in Scotland. Love, who was losing captain in 2012, got the job again as part of an effort to create continuity in

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  • European Ryder Cup team has its nine automatic qualifiers

    Darren Clarke now has his nine automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)
    Darren Clarke now has his nine automatic qualifiers for the Ryder Cup. (Getty Images)

    Nine of the 12 players who will represent Europe in the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National have been decided — and a week ahead of the cutoff.

    Matt Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan locked up spots the two final automatic qualifying spots for the European dozen after last weekend’s D+D Real Czech Masters on the European Tour. Both players will be among the minimum five rookies that will be on captain Darren Clarke’s team. Joining them will be Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Chris Wood, Justin Rose and Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who all had previously locked up spots on the European team.

    Clarke will now pick three additional wild-card members of the team after this week’s European Tour event, the Made in Denmark. Among the contenders for that pick are Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Russell Knox and Shane Lowry, who is skipping out on the first leg of the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs this

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  • Inbee Park locked up the women's golf gold medal in a rout. (Getty Images)
    Inbee Park locked up the women’s golf gold medal in a rout. (Getty Images)

    It was a coronation on Saturday for Inbee Park, the seven-time major winner, who won the first Olympic gold medal in women’s golf in 116 years in a runaway at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro.

    The South Korean won the 60-player golf tournament by five shots on 16-under 268, the same score at which Justin Rose won the men’s gold medal six days prior.

    “This really could be the highlight of my career,” Park said. “I was lucky enough to have the opportunity. We have five major tournaments a year. I’ve won a lot of the major championships. The Olympic Games you get to do it only once ever four years and golf in 112 years. It’s a huge honor and I think it could be the highlight of my golfing career.”

    Park skipped the last two LPGA majors, the U.S. Women’s Open and a title defense at the Women’s British Open, to nurse a season-long nagging left thumb injury back to good enough health to compete. The gamble paid

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  • Si Woo Kim shoots 60 in Greensboro, takes Wyndham Championship lead

    The PGA Tour almost saw the second sub-60 round of August on Friday, with Si Woo Kim coming up one shot shy of a 59 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship.

    Instead, the South Korean had to settle for a course-record, 10-under 60 at Sedgefield Country Club, taking a two-shot lead into the weekend at 12-under 128.

    Kim, who said he knew he needed a birdie on the last for 59, said he won’t bask too much in his round.

    “Not so much celebrate today,” Kim said after the round. “After this week, play good, I celebrate.”

    The 21-year-old was looking to become the first player to break 60 — a long wait of less than two weeks — since Jim Furyk shot the first-ever 58 on the PGA Tour at the Travelers Championship. Instead, he leads Furyk, who shot 64 on Friday in Greensboro, to reach 10-under total and share second place with Kevin Na and Hideki Matsuyama.

    Furyk was surprised to see Kim have a chance at 59.

    “I’m a little surprised how low the scoring is,” he said. “The fairways are pretty

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  • Inbee Park two clear heading into women's Olympic finale

    Inbee Park has a two-shot lead through three rounds in Rio. (Getty Images)
    Inbee Park has a two-shot lead through three rounds in Rio. (Getty Images)

    Inbee Park is a round away from winning the first women’s Olympic golf gold medal since 1900.

    The seven-time major winner carries a two-shot lead into the final round in Rio de Janeiro, leading over American Gerina Piller and world No. 1 Lydia Ko at 11-under 201.

    The South Korean Hall-of-Famer skipped the LPGA’s last two majors, the U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open, with a left thumb injury. She rested with the hopes of contending in Brazil, and, this week, she’s on a mission to show that the time out of the spotlight was worth it.

    “I just gave my body a good rest and I tried to gather a lot of things mentally. Tried to come here mentally and physically strong, and that’s what I did,” Park said. “I didn’t expect much of a result, but what I want to do is I want to show all the people how hard I’ve worked.”

    Ko shot 65 on Friday to rocket up the leaderboard in a round that included her first-career

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  • Lydia Ko makes second ace of the day at Olympic women's golf tourney

    Lydia Ko is making a big charge up the leaderboard in Friday’s third round of the women’s Olympic golf tournament, thanks in part to a hole-in-one.

    Ko was playing the 140-yard eighth hole already 3 under par through seven holes of her round. With a 7-iron, the New Zealander hit a 7-iron that landed just short of the hole location, bounced three times and rolled in for an ace.

    The eagle 1 moved Ko to 5 under par for the round through eight holes.

    Lydia Ko bolts under the leaderboard on Friday in Rio. (Getty Images)
    Lydia Ko bolts under the leaderboard on Friday in Rio. (Getty Images)

    It’s the second hole-in-one on Friday at the eighth, following China’s Xiyu Lin earlier in the round.

    It’s also the third hole-in-one on this hole in Olympic competition, as South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl made the first ace on the hole in the men’s Olympic tournament.


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  • PODCAST: The success of golf's return to the Olympics

    Justin Rose of Britain celebrates his gold medal win in the men's Olympic golf competition at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)
    Justin Rose of Britain celebrates his gold medal win in the men’s Olympic golf competition at the Rio Olympics on August 14, 2016. (REUTERS/Andrew Boyers)

    Golf’s return to the Olympics is a success, both with the men’s tournament and the Rose-Stenson showdown, as well the women’s event with a strong, yet varied, leaderboard. Now, what can golf do better in four years in Tokyo? We look at that this week.

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  • Venue announced for inaugural WGC-Mexico Championship

    Adam Scott won the final WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. (Getty Images)
    Adam Scott won the final WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. (Getty Images)

    The PGA Tour announced Wednesday that the inaugural WGC-Mexico Championship will be held next March at Club de Golf Chapultepec outside Mexico City.

    The transition away from hosting the World Golf Championships event at Trump National Doral in South Florida was made public in June when the Republican presidential candidate let the news slip in an interview on Fox News. The PGA Tour was forced to acknowledge the event’s existence, even without a potential title sponsor or final venue. However, we now have a site for the event.

    The club opened in 1928 and is a par-72 course measuring 7,267 yards. It was the primary host of the Mexico Open from 1944-1960.

    Next year will be the first year in a seven-year deal with Grupo Salinas, which represents a variety of Mexico-based businesses intent on bringing international attention to Mexico City. The tournament, which becomes the second on the PGA Tour schedule in Mexico

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