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  • Golf has a new superstar, and her name is Ariya Jutanugarn.

    Actually, Jutanugarn has been a superstar since the start of May, but she capped off an incredible month on Sunday at the inaugural LPGA Volvik Championship by winning her third consecutive event, by five shots over Christina Kim at 15-under 273.

    No player in LPGA history -- which dates back to 1950 -- has done what the 20-year-old Thai has accomplished in winning her first three titles in consecutive fashion.

    Each of her first two wins, coming at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic in Alabama and the Kingsmill Championship in Virginia, were by one-stroke margins. Jutanugarn didn't have to sweat the final several holes this time around, making birdie on four of the last five holes to wrap up the win with a closing 67 at Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Jutanugarn's streak began after letting the LPGA's first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration, slip through her grasp in April. She had the tournament in hand with

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  • Jordan Spieth is Jordan Spieth again.

    Spieth won the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Worth, Texas, on Sunday, pulling away for a three-shot win on the back of a nine-putt final nine.

    The 22-year-old shot 5-under 30 at Hogan's Alley to post a second consecutive 5-under 65 and post a 17-under 263 tally.

    In picking up his eighth career PGA Tour win and first in his home state of Texas, Spieth needed a little good luck and relied heavily on his short game. For the week, Spieth hit just half of the fairways on the tree-lined course, requiring him to play frequently out of unfavorable rough lies. He often had to get up-and-down for key pars out of bunkers and tall grass -- something he did for 54 holes last week at the AT&T Byron Nelson but was unable to do in the final round, when he shot 74 to drop from second place into a share of 18th position.

    The putter came alive for Spieth starting at the par-3 eighth, where he made a 32-foot par putt to continue a string

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  • For the second consecutive Sunday, Jordan Spieth finds himself with the final tee time in the concluding round of a PGA Tour event in Texas.

    Once again, the 22-year-old is hoping to be the lone star atop the leaderboard. ... Sorry.

    Spieth carries a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, sitting at 12-under 198 and one clear of Ryan Palmer and Webb Simpson. He's looking for his first pro win in the state of Texas, and he's looking to do it at Hogan's Alley in Ft. Worth at Colonial Country Club, where he finished runner-up last year to Chris Kirk. 

    A week ago, Spieth had to stare down the monstrous drives of Brooks Koepka in Irving at the AT&T Byron Nelson. Holding his game together with the glue of his short game, Spieth faded on Sunday, shooting a 74 that dropped him into a tie for 18th place on a course that doesn't truly suit his game.

    This week, Spieth will have to compete for the gallery's affection with Ryan Palmer, his Sunday competitive partner

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  • Scott Hend is one round away from the biggest win of his professional career. He was also one more smart remark away on Saturday from potentially knocking out a few rowdy hecklers.

    The Aussie carries a one-stroke lead into the final round of the European Tour's BMW PGA Championship, shooting a third-round, 1-over 73 that ended with an eagle 3 on Wentworth Club's finishing par 5. It was his second eagle there in as many days. He's at 9-under 207.

    It was a great way to finish considering the turmoil inside the ropes for Hend, which included ricocheting his ball off a tree with his second shot and nearly hitting himself in the latter third of the round.

    It was also soothing considering the heckling he was getting from several fans, presumably fans of the British hero and Masters champion Danny Willett. Willett and Hend were paired together in Saturday's final group.

    "Danny was getting all the crowd support and I had no problem with that but there were a couple of guys out there who were

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  • Tiger Woods isn't coming back to competitive golf – at least not next week.

    Woods did not enter the PGA Tour's Memorial Tournament ahead of the Friday deadline, meaning he won't play in a tournament he has won five times. However, that doesn't mean the tournament wasn't on Woods' radar. Reuters had previously reported Woods had booked accommodations in the Dublin, Ohio, area for the tournament. ESPN analyst Andy North said on Friday that Woods gave strong consideration to competing in the event, ultimately deciding against entering later in the day.

    The 14-time major winner actually had an extended window on Friday night to enter the event at Muirfield Village. PGA Tour regulations allow a player 30 minutes after second-round play concludes – or is called – on Friday to commit to the next week's event. With weather delays plaguing pace in Texas at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational, Woods had until well past 9 p.m. Eastern to make that call.

    Now, the question is if Woods feels well enough

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  • The European Ryder Cup leadership team is taking shape.

    On Friday at the BMW PGA Championship in England, 2016 European captain Darren Clarke named three vice-captains: three-time major winner Padraig Harrington, 1999 British Open winner Paul Lawrie and Ryder Cup stalwart Thomas Bjorn.

    Having all played in the era of European dominance of the biennial series, the trio of vice-captains have experience to offer a 12-player squad that may well have a number of fresh faces.

    Bjorn was on the winning side in all three of his Ryder Cup appearances in 1997, 2002 and 2014, all of which were played on European soil. He was also a vice captain in 2004, 2010 and 2012.

    Lawrie was a part of the European side in 2012 when the Jose Maria Olazabal-led team came back from 4 points down on the final day in Chicago, in what's dubbed the Miracle at Medinah.

    Harrington has the most experience of the vice-captains, making six appearances and notching a 7-11-3 record. He was a vice-captain for Paul McGinley

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  • Stewart Cink made a last-minute decision to play at Colonial in this week's Dean & DeLuca Invitational. 

    Last month, Cink announced he was stepping away from the PGA Tour as he and his wife, Lisa, learned she had breast cancer and would be starting treatment. Now weeks into what will be a difficult fight for Lisa, Stewart came back inside the ropes with a slightly better idea of how the treatment will unfold.

    “Circumstances are improved because we can predict a little bit more about how she’s feeling. So that’s going to be why I come out and play a little bit here and there,” Cink said Thursday, according to Golf Channel. “But as far as her circumstances of fighting cancer, they’re not all that great. She’s got advanced cancer, and it’s going to be a difficult fight.”

    The 2009 British Open winner shot 2-over 72 in his first round in Ft. Worth, Texas.

    “I don’t think I went one hole today without thinking about her 10 times,” he said. 

    Cink credited Amy and Phil Mickelson in getting Lisa

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  • John Daly didn't have a great day on Thursday in his first Senior PGA Championship.

    A week after Daly finished tied for 15th in the Regions Tradition, his senior major debut, the two-time major champion struggled on Day 1 at Harbor Shores in Michigan. 

    Starting on the 10th hole, Daly arrived at the par-4 16th at even on the round. He pulled his tee shot left into the hazard, leading Daly to re-tee. That shot, his third, found tall grass next to the water hazard. He hit his fourth shot from the tall lettuce just far enough to get into the rough for his fifth shot. From there, Daly's club got caught in the rough with his fifth shot, pulling the ball into the hazard again. Daly dropped, hitting 7 and finally found the green. After a two-putt that wasn't that easy, Daly had made quintuple-bogey 9.

    Daly shot 4-over 75 on the round, is tied for 126th place in the 156-player field after the first round and is 13 shots behind leader Rocco Mediate, who

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  • Tiger Woods has not played competitively since last August. (AP)Tiger Woods has not played competitively since last August. (AP)NBC Sports and Golf Channel commentator David Feherty spent some time with Tiger Woods at his April opening of Bluejack National, Woods' first U.S. course design near Houston. After seeing Woods take some swings as part of a five-hole exhibition, the Irishman-turned-American isn't sure Woods is ever going to compete on the PGA Tour again.

    “I am not sure that Tiger will come back because it is a nerve in his back," Feherty told Irish Golf Desk. "It’s not muscular or skeletal. It’’s not something you can deal with in a physical way.

    “He is in phenomenal shape - just ripped as usual. But he is not able to make a full pass at it. I saw him a few weeks ago in Houston and he hadn’t played in five months and he hit some good shots and some awful skanky looking things."

    Woods had a pair of back surgeries, including a second microdiscectomy, in September and October 2015. At Quicken Loans National media day two weeks ago, Woods said he has been struggling

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  • The PGA Tour moves from Dallas to Ft. Worth for the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Hogan's Alley, Colonial Country Club. Chris Kirk is the defending champion, while Jordan Spieth headlines the field in an event where he finished as a runner-up last year.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from Colonial Country Club on our Golf page from 4-7 p.m. Eastern on Thursday and Friday.

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the the par-4 fifth and par-3 16th holes in that coverage window on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, First Round

    All times Eastern

    Off No. 1

    12:29 p.m. -- Charley Hoffman, Geoff Ogilvy, Steve Stricker
    12:40 p.m. -- Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas
    12:51 p.m. -- Charl Schwartzel, Jordan Spieth, Matt Kuchar

    Off No. 10

    12:18 p.m. -- Tony Finau, Steven Bowditch, Ben Crane
    12:29 p.m. -- Scott Piercy, Kevin Streelman, Keegan Bradley
    12:40 p.m. -- Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson, Louis Oosthuizen

    Friday, Second Round

    Off No. 1

    12:40

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