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  • With just a few weeks left in the European Tour's regular season, Thorbjorn Olesen came into the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship -- the Euro Tour equivalent of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- on the verge of losing his playing privileges. Then he went out and did something a promising young player would: he won.

    Olesen wrapped up a two-shot win on Sunday at the Old Course at St. Andrews, one of three courses in the tournament rotation and host to the final round of the pro-am event. His 18-under total beat Americans Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud, earning €708,171 and jumping from 124th on the money list standings into the top 25.

    “This is very special,” said Olesen, who has been dealing with tendon problems in his left hand for much of the season. “It’s been a very tough year and to stand here with this trophy, especially to win it at St. Andrews. It’s something you dream of when you’re a little kid. So I’m very emotional.”

    The Dane, who now has three European Tour wins,

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  • Jim Furyk has pulled out of the 2015 Presidents Cup, citing a bonus contusion on his left wrist, the PGA Tour annouced Friday.

    U.S. captain Jay Haas named J.B. Holmes as Furyk's replacement on the South Korea-bound team.

    “There is nothing I take more pride in than representing the United States in The Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and I am deeply disappointed that I will have to withdraw from playing because my wrist, although improving, is still not where it needs to be at this point,” said Furyk in a release.

    Furyk suffered the bone contusion around the Deutsche Bank Championship, the second leg of the FedEx Cup playoffs, when he started feeling pain during the tournament pro-am. A week off after the Boston-area event did not improve the injury, and Furyk withdrew after six holes of the BMW Championship, the first time Furyk had withdrawn from a PGA Tour event since the 1995 Buick Classic. Last week, Furyk withdrew from the Tour Championship with the intent of playing in the

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  • Although there was some doubt in the waning weeks of the season, Jordan Spieth was voted by his peers as PGA Tour Player of the Year, the Tour announced Friday. 

    "It's an honor because to win Player of the Year, because it was our MVP of our league," Spieth said Friday. "And it's voted on by the players. And for them to recognize the hard work that we've put in and what we've been able to do with it is truly special and I thank all the players I look up to."

    Spieth enjoyed a five-win season (Valspar Championship, the Masters, U.S. Open, John Deere Classic and Tour Championship), marking the first time that a player 22 or under enjoyed at least a handful of wins in a season since 1929 (Horton Smith). Included in those five wins were breakthrough wins at the U.S. Open and Masters, where he set the 36- and 54-hole scoring records and tied Tiger Woods' 1997 score for the best 72-hole total in tournament history. Spieth became the youngest player since Gene Sarazen in 1922 to capture two

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  • U.S. Presidents Cup captain Jay Haas isn't sure if Jim Furyk will be able to play on his South Korea-bound team next week.

    Furyk pulled out of last week's season-ending Tour Championship with a wrist injury that happened ahead of the Deutsche Bank Championship. Despite a week break after the Boston-area event, Furyk then pulled out of the BMW Championship after six holes in the first round, marking Furyk's first PGA Tour withdrawal in 20 years.

    “Jim is still testing his wrist,” Haas said on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Thursday. “I don’t think it’s quite where he wants it to be, but he’s doing everything he can to be there.”

    Furyk has until 6 p.m. local time on Oct. 7 to decide if he can compete. If Furyk can't go, Haas said that he has a potential alternate identified, but he didn't share that player's identity. Whoever the player is, Haas said that person has been outfitted with team clothes and has a plane ticket in hand to South Korea.

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor.

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  • For over three years, Anthony Kim has been golf's hottest cold case, leaving fans of the four-time PGA Tour winner wondering where he is and why he walked away from the Tour life after the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship.

    While fans of the flashy Oklahoma product still remember his talent and potential, Kim is long past those days.

    ''Golf is a fond memory of mine,'' Kim said Tuesday in an interview with the Associated Press, his first such conversation in three years.

    Kim said he's been watching more golf this year, intrigued by the likes of Jordan Spieth and Jason Day. Is the rise of the new crop of young guns enough to bring Kim back to the Tour? Not quite. He has to get healthy first.

    ''I'm going to step away from the game for a little while and get my body pieced together," Kim said. "Instead of going from an Achilles injury to try to go 180 mph and not fixing the problem ... I've got so much ground to make up from injuries - rotator cuff, labrum, spinal fusion, hand injury. I've had

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  • Southern Methodist University senior and NCAA men's golf individual champion Bryson DeChambeau won't be able to defend the title he won last year.

    The SMU men's golf program has been ruled ineligible to compete in 2015-16 postseason play after the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions found former coach Josh Gregory had engaged in recruiting violations and unethical conduct. That postseason ban extends to DeChambeau, who became the fifth-ever player to win the NCAA men's title and the U.S. Amateur in the same year.

    SMU has 15 days from the Sept. 29 announcement of the penalties, including those levied against the men's basketball program, to submit a formal appeal.

    Gregory was found guilty of committing multiple recruiting infractions, including 64 impermissible contacts with 10 prospects and seven parents of prospects over a 10-month period. Gregory was also aware that a SMU booster had contacted nine recruits and then facilitated contact between Gregory and the recruits'

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  • Suzann Pettersen still hasn't spoken with Alison Lee since the Solheim Cup incident that was a catalyst for a record American comeback in the final day of the biennial matches.

    “I still have not talked to Alison, but she will be the first people I will reach out to once we get to Asia and I can see her in person,” Pettersen said in an interview with Golf Channel airing Wednesday evening.

    The LPGA season resumes Oct. 8 with the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, the start of the Tour's fall Asian swing.

    “Hopefully, we can move on very quickly. It’s definitely on my agenda when I get to Asia to see her and talk to her," Pettersen said.

    During the resumption of a fourball, also called best ball, match on Sunday morning of the three-day event, Pettersen called the match walking official after Lee picked up an 18-inch putt the American believed had been conceded to her by Pettersen or her partner Charley Hull. The Norwegian was adamant neither player had verbalized a concession, leading Europe to

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  • Paul Casey may have to take a pass on the 2016 Ryder Cup.

    The Englishman, who enjoyed a resurgent PGA Tour season that included two playoff losses, will not split time between the PGA Tour and European Tour unless the latter reduces the minimum number of events to maintain tour status from 13 to 11. For a European-born player to represent their continent in the Ryder Cup, they must be a European Tour member.

    I will be brutally honest with you. I love the European Tour and I’d like to be part of a better tour, but I want to see change. I’m really not sure I’m going to rejoin.’

    However, even if Casey took up European Tour membership, which he eschewed this year to focus on the PGA Tour, that's no guarantee he makes Darren Clarke's European team. When Casey was ranked in the top 10 in the world in 2010, then-captain Colin Montgomerie declined to give him a captain's pick.

    Ultimately, Casey, ranked 23rd in the Official World Golf Ranking after finishing 13th in the FedEx Cup, seems content

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  • We won't see Tiger Woods again until 2016 as he recovers from and rehabilitates after undergoing a second microdiscectomy surgery in September. With a year to the start of the '16 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, Woods faces a steep climb to earn enough points to make the U.S. team for the first time since 2012. If Woods is unable to return from his back surgery and play well, then it's unlikely American captain Davis Love III will select Woods to make the 12-player team.

    If Woods doesn't make the team on points, or show good enough form to merit a captain's pick, then the 14-time major champion has volunteered to help out the team as a vice-captain.

    "Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, they have all said 'We will do whatever it takes to help you,' and we have them on the list (of potential vice-captains)," Love told Sky Sports. "They are obviously guys that could be future captains, guys that we want around the team. We are hoping that all four of them are playing, we need

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  • Thanks, but no thanks.

    Tom Watson has reportedly declined an invitation to become a member of the PGA of America Hall of Fame in light of how it handled the dismissal of former president Ted Bishop. Golf World reports the invitation had been extended to the five-time British Open winner, but Watson is upset over Bishop's late-term ouster after he made remarks on social media following the U.S. loss in the 2014 Ryder Cup, calling Ian Poulter a "lil' girl." When he was ousted as the 38th president in organization history, Bishop had just three weeks remaining on his two-year term as president

    It was Bishop who surprisingly extended the captaincy for the 2014 matches to Watson, who remains the last American captain to win the biennial matches in Europe back in 1993.

    “While I was very flattered by PGA President (Derek) Sprague’s honoring me to be inducted into PGA Hall of Fame, I couldn’t accept in good conscience because of how the PGA mishandled the firing of my friend and immediate past

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