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  • The father of PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III has been found in Texas after his family didn't know his whereabouts for more than nine days.

    Willard Hurley Jr. was found "safe and sound" in the Lone Star state, according to Leesburg, Va., police. Someone recognized Hurley from news reports and notified police. Hurley declined to explain to officers why he had left home on July 19 in his truck with clothes and some cash.

    Hurley was reported missing July 27, with his Naval Academy graduate son going public on Tuesday in hopes of identifying what happened to him. 

    "I'm just hoping that he goes to check my tee time or check my score and sees this and understands that dad, we love you and we want you to come home," Hurley said Tuesday.

    Hurley will make the cut at the Quicken Loans National at 2-under 140.

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  • Most no one expected this. Tiger Woods is in contention to win again on the PGA Tour.

    Woods shot 5-under 66, tying his low round of the year and setting his best mark in relationship to par, to get into contention at his Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Va.

    The 14-time major winner started his Friday round on the 10th hole, where Woods started a run of four consecutive birdies on Thursday to complete the comeback from a hideous 3-over-through-four start. He wasn't able to capitalize like the day prior, but got off to his now typical slow start, sprinkling in a bogey at the par-5 14th after Woods barely got off the tee following a near whiff with his tee shot. However, Woods again rallied quickly, sticking his approach to the 15th to 3 feet for an easy birdie. Woods played an efficient 18th, leading to a 10-foot birdie to turn under par.

    From there, Woods was all systems go. He stuck it close at the first and drained a 20-foot birdie at the fourth,

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Through four holes, it was looking like another reprisal of the Passion of Tiger. Snap-hook and a bogey on the first hole. A short-side miss from the fairway leading to a second bogey at the third. Another dropped shot at the fourth.

    At 3 over through four holes, it seemed Woods was a few more bad ones away from indifference, the subsequent reemergence of the chipping yips and then a post-round head-hanging explanation of what went wrong -- again.

    That's not what happened.

    Instead, Woods somewhat surprisingly rallied to shoot a 3-under 68 that has him in the top third of the field at the Quicken Loans National.

    The 14-time major winner began the comeback with routine-looking birdies on the two par 5s on the front nine at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, completing the opening half with a par at the ninth.

    It was on the 10th tee where Woods started his rally. He his four consecutive approach shots inside 12 feet, making all four birdies putts to turn a 1-over round into

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  • Entering its fifth year on Aug. 3, the World's Largest Golf Outing has become a day of gratitude, charity and patriotism.

    The brainchild of Billy Casper Golf, WLGO is a one-day, nationwide event which brings together four-player teams to enjoy a day of golf and raise money in support of Wounded Warrior Project. Some 140 courses, owned and operated by BCG, Troon Golf and Toll Golf, participate, offering a 9- or 18-hole round, cart, lunch and prizes, and includes a $10 per player donation to WWP. 

    Players do not need a USGA handicap to participate and can sign up as a single or part of a group of two or four. Over 8,100 players have signed up so far, with 500 wounded warriors among the entrants. In 2014, over 10,000 players participated.

    All players are entered into a drawing to win a trip for four to the Nike headquarters in Oregon for custom club fitting. The highest fundraising team wins a trip for four to Kiawah Island, S.C., to play the Ocean Course at the resort which hosted the

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Cheers, Rickie.

    Rickie Fowler ended his first round at the Quicken Loans National on Thursday with a hole-in-one at the par-3 ninth at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Fowler used a 7-iron on the 200-yard downhill hole to make his second career PGA Tour ace and first since his pro debut at the Open in 2009.

    "We had 176 was the adjusted number," Fowler said of the shot that finished off a 4-under 67. "Spun to the right. I was trying to cut it. Rolled in with perfect speed."

    Fowler could have walked off then and there, leaving playing partners Ben Crane and James Hahn to finish out, but the 2015 Players winner stuck around to shake hands and wrap everything up formally. 

    However, the celebration continued for Fowler after the round, as he sent a bucket of beer to the media tent. 

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  • On this week's podcast, we start with what we might glean from Rory McIlroy missing the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

    We touch on Tiger Woods' indifference about golf and the sudden rumor that he has fired swing consultant Chris Como in search of his own golf game.

    Finally, Robert Allenby reaps what he sews in his incident with ex-caddie Mick Middlemo.

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  • Donald Trump couldn't help himself.

    The 2016 presidential candidate will leave the campaign trail and head to Scotland for a two-day visit at his Turnberry resort, which hosts the Ricoh Women's British Open starting Thursday.

    “I own Turnberry, in Scotland, one of great resorts in world,” Trump tweeted. “Women’s British Open there this week. I’ll go for two days & back on trail.”

    Just great.

    Trump's appearance, complete with a self-indulgent news conference on Thursday, takes away from the start of the LPGA's fourth major of the year. Instead, it brings into view Trump, who outraged golf's governing bodies with an assertion that the sport supports his position concerning Mexican immigrants. LPGA commissioner Mike Whan added that he would have preferred to move this championship from Trump's property, but the timing of Trump's comments made that impossible. In response, Trump wrote an open letter to Whan, saying he would let the LPGA out of a contract (it actually doesn't have) with his

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  • Rory McIlroy still isn't ready to play golf. He announced Wednesday that he won't defend his title next week at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, a tournament he won as part of a three-event winning streak including the final two majors of 2014.

    "Unfortunately, I will not be defending my Bridgestone title," said McIlroy. “Best of luck to all the competitors, and I look forward to returning to Firestone in 2016.”

    Instead, McIlroy will continue to nurse the ruptured ligament he suffered in his left ankle during a July 4 soccer game with friends.

    With the WGC in Ohio serving as the final tune-up before the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits, there's more doubt that the world No. 1 will be able to defend the Wanamaker trophy in Wisconsin. The last PGA champion to not defend his title was Ben Hogan, who won the 1948 title but did not play the next year as he was recovering from a near-fatal car accident.

    McIlroy's absence from Firestone Country Club also opens the possibility of Jordan

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Tiger Woods is still mired in the process of installing a baseline shift, trying to figure out spin rates and feels and traj. He's done it before and he feels close to doing it again. 

    The problem for Woods is that he's seemingly running out of time in this 2014-15 PGA Tour season to make much more progress inside the ropes.

    Barring an unlikely win at this week's Quicken Loans National, Woods, who enters the week at No. 266 in the Official World Golf Ranking, will not qualify for next week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. A win at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, which would be his 80th career PGA Tour title, is the only way Woods can crack the world top 50 and land a tee time at Firestone Country Club, a place he has won eight times in his career.

    "Kind of funny I won there a couple years ago," Woods said Tuesday. He added, "Unfortunately, I can't get an invite there unless I win."

    If that's the case, then Woods likely has just

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  • GAINESVILLE, Va. -- Billy Hurley III made a public plea on Tuesday at the Quicken Loans National in the search for his father, Willard Hurley Jr., who has been missing for the last nine days.

    Hurley cried as he explained that his father, a retired police officer, hasn't been seen since getting into his 1998 Ford F150 truck and driving away from the family's Leesburg, Va., home on July 19 with some clothes and cash.

    The Naval Academy graduate, who said he learned his father was missing on Monday afternoon, said his father does not have a history of mental illness. Hurley's mother has filed a missing persons report with local police.

    The 33-year-old PGA Tour player said he is in this week's field with the hope that his father will see him on TV and return home. In lieu of that, Hurley hopes someone who has seen his father will come forward and help the family locate Hurley's father.

    Hurley said, "I’m just hoping that there’s a story, that maybe he goes to to check my tee time

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