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  • That rumored Tiger Woods comeback isn't happening next week in Charlotte.

    The entry deadline for the Wells Fargo Championship came and went on Friday afternoon, and Woods did not show up on the final entry list.

    Meanwhile, Woods was in Las Vegas for his annual Tiger Jam event to support his Tiger Woods Foundation. During a Friday clinic at Shadow Creek, Woods said he was itching to get back inside the ropes.

    "I'm sick and tired of being on the sidelines," Woods said in a range session broadcast through Periscope. "I want to start competing against these boys. I miss it."

    Earlier this week at the opening of Bluejack National, his first U.S. gofl course design, near Houston, Woods played five holes which he said were the first since he underwent a pair of back surgeries last fall. Woods looked to make gingerly swings in that exhibition, and he said in Sin City on Friday that he's still holding back. Saying that he can drive the ball in the 285-290

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  • Jim Furyk will make his comeback from a wrist injury and subsequent surgery next week at the Wells Fargo Championship.

    Furyk announced his return date on Friday, adding that he'll also play the following week at The Players Championship in his backyard in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

    The 2003 U.S. Open winner hasn't played since withdrawing from the BMW Championship in September 2015 after six holes because of pain caused by his wrist injury. He first experienced the injury two weeks prior at the Deutsche Bank Championship in a pro-am. Although he qualified for the Tour Championship and the U.S. Presidents Cup team, Furyk pulled out of both events.

    He had hoped to wait out the injury and avoid surgery. However, in February, Furyk decided to go under the knife and speed up the process. He expected to be out three months, and he'll return right on schedule.

    Furyk, who won the RBC Heritage last year for his 17th PGA Tour title, is ranked 24th in the Official World Golf Ranking.


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  • Jason Day has been No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking for a total of nine weeks. With Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy idle this week, Day will remain in the top spot on Monday, marking a 10th week atop the ranking. 

    That will put him 15th, just ahead of Ernie Els, on the list of the most weeks at No. 1 since the ranking was created in 1986. Another week and Day would then tie Adam Scott for the second most weeks at No. 1 for an Australian-born player.

    At No. 1 among the Aussies? That'd be Greg Norman, who spent what seemed like an astounding 331 weeks atop the ranking in his career -- that is, until Tiger Woods spent 683 weeks in that position. No one is catching Woods' record anytime soon, but the Shark hopes Day eventually catches his mark.

    “I shared a text with Greg Norman earlier this year, and he said that he would love to see me pass him,” Day said ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. “I’m like, ugh, that’s 330 something

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  • John Daly turned 50 on Thursday, and golf largely celebrated the two-time major winner's milestone birthday, which makes him eligible now for PGA Tour Champions. 

    Daly has been embraced by wide swaths of the sport's players and fans because he has very visible flaws, some of which he has overcome and other which he has accepted. He's more like most of us than most of the players who walk inside the ropes. It's easy to root for John Daly, even when he's not doing well.

    It may have been on one of those occasions when Daly wasn't doing his best that 1979 Masters champion Fuzzy Zoeller made a curious wager.

    In an interview with USA Today, Daly explained it:

    “I think it was Tuesday morning and we played nine holes and went to T-Bonz (restaurant) and had some lunch,’’ Daly said in the interview. “Next thing I know, we were in the same clothes playing Wednesday at 7:30 in the morning and the par-3 tournament. We stayed through the whole nine (holes), drinking, having a good time and eating.

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  • The PGA Tour rolls into the Big Easy this week for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Defending champion Justin Rose, world No. 1 Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Smylie Kaufman and Valero Texas Open winner Charley Hoffman headline the field.

    Yahoo Sports will stream PGA Tour Live's featured holes coverage from TPC Louisiana on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on our Golf page, as well the CBS telecast of the weekend action on Saturday and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern. 

    Here are some of the featured groupings that will come through the the par-4 15th and par-3 17th holes in that coverage window on Thursday and Friday.

    Thursday, First Round

    All times Eastern

    Off No. 1

    1:40 p.m. -- Charley Hoffman, Smylie Kaufman, David Toms
    1:50 p.m. -- Justin Rose, Billy Horschel, K.J. Choi
    2 p.m. -- Robert Garrigus, Roberto Castro, Anirban Lahiri

    Off No. 10

    1:20 p.m. -- Brendon de Jonge, Will Wilcox, Jamie Lovemark
    1:30 p.m. -- Chris Kirk, Brian Harman, Russell Henley
    1:40 p.m. -- James Hahn, Hunter

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  • It's been quite an April for Smylie Kaufman.

    He had a breakout performance in his first Masters, landing a spot in the final pairing on Sunday at Augusta National alongside defending champion Jordan Spieth. Kaufman had a tough Sunday, shooting 9-over 81 to finish tied for 29th place. 

    He hasn't played on the PGA Tour since that Sunday, and he unwound from the experience with a very public vacation last week in the Bahamas with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Justin Thomas. Kaufman had himself a great time, including impersonating a TV golf commentator, playing shirtless golf in board shorts and being a 24-year-old kid.

    Now it's back to business, and it's in a very friendly place. Kaufman is playing in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana in nearby Avondale, La. As a product of Louisiana State University, Kaufman is going to have a partisan gallery all week.

    "This is definitely a home game for me," Kaufman said Wednesday.

    He should

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  • For the last several weeks, we've heard from a handful of players who have decided not to compete in the 60-player men's Olympic golf tournament in Brazil in August.

    On Wednesday, we got affirmation of a player who does intend to make the trip to Rio to represent his country.

    Bubba Watson committed to defend the Travelers Championship title Aug. 4-7, one he won last year in a playoff with Paul Casey. Normally played the week after the U.S. Open, the Hartford, Conn., area event was moved in this Olympic year to precede the men's tournament by a week. So, not only did Watson announce he'll defend a championship he's won twice but also his commitment to represent the United States in the men's Olympic golf contingent.

    "I want to make the Olympic team," Watson said at the Tour Championship in September. "I want to represent my country, and this is probably my only year to have that shot because I'm getting older. Four years is a long time for me to

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  • Tiger Woods played five holes of golf in public on Monday. No, he didn't withdraw from a tournament. His glutes, presumably, activated. He was on hand at Bluejack National, his first U.S. golf course design, near Houston as the 18-hole course was opened.

    The former world No. 1 said afterward that these five holes were his first on-course play since beginning his rehab from two back surgeries last fall, his second and third back procedures in a 20-month span.

    "I haven't been out here playing like this. I hadn't played any holes until today," Woods said, acknowledging a Golf World and Golf Channel report last week that Woods had been playing some holes in ramped-up practice sessions.

    "I know people have said I've played holes back at Medalist, but I haven't. This is actually the first time I've played holes since Wyndham. It's been awhile."

    Woods looked like a guy who is still recovering from two back surgeries last fall, not like a guy who is ready

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  • The PGA Tour makes its annual stop in the New Orleans area this week, with TPC Louisiana hosting the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Justin Rose is the defending champion here, going deep last year on a wet host course.

    World No. 1 Jason Day headlines this field, which also features Rickie Fowler and Valero Texas Open winner Charley Hoffman.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Justin Rose -- He's the defending champion and the only guy in the field with more than two top-15s here in the last five years. He has four. He likes this place.

    2. Jason Day -- Day is looking for his third win of the PGA Tour, again on a Pete Dye course, on which he has won two of his four starts. Tied for fourth in 2015.

    3. Charley Hoffman -- I'm probably overrating Charley Hoffman this week after a Texas Open win. However, he was fifth here in 2014. Of course, he's riding high, which could be bad.

    4. Billy Horschel -- The 2013 winner here, Horschel is playing very good golf. He's been knocking on

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  • Jack Nicklaus knows a little something about winning major championships. He won 18. And he knows something about winning majors at a young age. He had won three majors before he turned 24.

    So, Nicklaus' message to Jordan Spieth after his Masters collapse should be one he takes to heart.

    "He's got a long future in front of him. He's a very talented young man, he's a nice young man, he's very focused,"Nicklaus said at last week's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf on PGA Tour Champions. "Winning it twice might take away some of that focus. It is exactly what I said to you about if I had won the U.S. Open when I was an amateur in 1960, I might not have continued to work because I felt like I'd be scratching my head out here."

    However, as Nicklaus previously said afterward, he feels for the 22-year-old and knows that the quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3 12th in the final round will ultimately make him a better player.

    "I think that there will be some good that comes out of all bad," he said.

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