The Sports World’s Most Memorable and Human Moments of 2021

Most of them happened off the courts and playing fields, when the competitions were over and the athletes were at their most human.

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Charlie Woods Dazzles While Tiger, in Return, Grimaces and Grinds

At the PNC Championship, the first tournament for the 15-time major champion since a devastating car crash in February, father and son inspired awe — and trepidation.

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Sports in 2021 Tried to Return to Normal

The coronavirus pandemic still had an impact, but players and leagues had their moments.

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Tiger Woods Set to Play the PNC Championship With His Son

The golfer, who is still recovering from a serious car crash in February, has not competed in a tournament since he and his son, Charlie, last played in the family team event a year ago.

#golf, #pga-championship, #pga-tour-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #woods-charlie-2009, #woods-tiger

Tiger Woods Rules Out a Full-Time Return to the PGA Tour

In a half-hour video interview with Golf Digest, Woods, who was badly injured in a car crash early this year, said he hopes to recover enough to play sporadically in tour events.

#golf, #pga-tour-inc, #woods-tiger

Lee Elder, Who Broke a Golf Color Barrier, Dies at 87

In his prime he played in a league for Black players, but in 1975, at 40, he became the first African- American to take part in the Masters tournament.

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Brooks Koepka Bests Rival Bryson DeChambeau in ‘The Match’

Never paired together at one of golf’s majors, the rivals Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau instead went head-to-head in a spectacle for charity off the Las Vegas Strip.

#dechambeau-bryson, #golf, #koepka-brooks

125 Years After the First College Golf Match, a Rematch

Intercollegiate golf was born in 1896 when Yale thrashed Columbia with mashies and niblicks. Armed with titanium drivers, Columbia sought revenge.

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Trump Organization, Already Under Indictment, Faces New Criminal Inquiry

The investigation, by the Westchester County district attorney’s office, increases the legal scrutiny of the former president and his family business.

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Taavo Somer Can Make Anything Cool, Even Golf

The creator of Freemans Sporting Club, who helped define the ye olde aesthetic of the early aughts, opens a country club in the Hudson Valley.

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U.S. Routs European Team to Take Back the Ryder Cup

Collin Morikawa’s birdie putt on No. 17 secured the half-point the U.S. team needed to clinch its victory against Europe on the way to a 19-9 rout.

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Tensions Flare in Ryder Cup as the U.S. Team Takes a Commanding Lead

The Americans were cruising on Saturday morning and all seemed calm. Then the Europeans made a strong run in the afternoon and things got testy.

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U.S. Ryder Cup Team Seizes Big Lead on a Wild Opening Day

The action included some harrowing moments for a couple of golfers, and the gallery included Michael Jordan.

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At the Ryder Cup, the Fans Are Part of the Show

The most un-golf golf tournament in the world brings camaraderie, rambunctiousness and world-class banter to a sport normally played in hushed tones.

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Steve Stricker Hopes to Lead U.S. Ryder Cup Team to a Win

In 2008, Paul Azinger led the United States to victory over Europe after dividing his team into three four-man “pods.” Would that system change the Americans’ luck this year?

#golf, #ryder-cup-golf, #stricker-steve

In Spain, California-Style Design and a Popular Golf Course

Sixty-five years ago, a gated community and golf course was built for American military personnel stationed near Zaragoza. Over the years, its allure has only grown.

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The Backyard Golf Course Can Be More Than a Dream

From a handmade seven-hole course in Kansas to a more lavish setup in Hawaii, enthusiasts have made their dreams a reality.

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‘Golfing Heaven’ in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides

An isolated archipelago may seem an unlikely golf destination, but both history and location have made it just that.

#golf, #hebrides-islands-great-britain, #historic-buildings-and-sites

Patrick Cantlay Wins the FedEx Cup

Cantlay fended off Jon Rahm, the world No. 1, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta to claim the $15 million prize.

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Bryson DeChambeau Soars. Patrick Cantlay Drags Him Back to Earth.

After shooting a 60 the previous day, DeChambeau allowed Cantlay to catch up, and the two are tied for the lead at 21 under par heading into the final round at the BMW Championship.

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He’s Still Fighting Developers for the Park His Father Founded

A large, contaminated tract of Liberty State Park in New Jersey will be cleaned and cleared for trails, sports fields and wetlands.

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At British Open, Collin Morikawa Soars While Louis Oosthuizen Grabs a Record

After setting the 36-hole tournament record on Friday, Oosthuizen led at 11 under par going into the weekend. Morikawa and Jordan Spieth weren’t far behind.

#british-open-golf, #golf, #morikawa-collin-1997, #oosthuizen-louis

Brooks Koepka Explains Why He Won’t Drop Feud With Bryson DeChambeau

Ahead of the British Open, Koepka said the two were “not going to be high-fiving” each other as Ryder Cup teammates and traced the reason back to 2019.

#british-open-golf, #dechambeau-bryson, #golf, #koepka-brooks, #pga-tour-inc

Rory McIlroy Has a Long Game

He has won four majors, but with his investment fund he’s preparing for a life without golf.

#british-open-golf, #england, #finances, #golf, #mcilroy-rory, #professional-golfers-assn, #royal-st-georges-golf-club

Women’s PGA Championship: Nelly Korda and Michelle Wie West Have a Big Day

On a day when Korda shot a record-tying nine-under-par 63 to take the lead at the Women’s P.G.A. Championship, Wie West made her first cut at a major since 2018.

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At the P.G.A. Championship, Lizette Salas Finds Her Groove

The leader after the opening round of the women’s major said talking about her anxiety had been more helpful than keeping it bottled up, and her game is starting to show it.

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Players of Asian Descent on the L.P.G.A. Tour Lift Silence on Racism and Sexism

The Women’s P.G.A. Championship this week in Atlanta, just minutes from the fatal shootings of six Asian women this year, has surfaced fears and feelings about what it means to be Asian in the United States at a time of pervasive discrimination.

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Trump Sues N.Y.C. for Ending Golf Course Contract After Capitol Riot

The Trump Organization, which had a 20-year contract to operate a public golf course in the Bronx, claims it was unfairly targeted.

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Jon Rahm Wins the U.S. Open, His First Major Championship

In his first tournament back after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Spaniard, 26, birded the final two holes to overtake Louis Oosthuizen, finishing at six under par.

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Mackenzie Hughes, Louis Oosthuizen, Russell Henley tied for lead at U.S. Open

Mackenzie Hughes, Louis Oosthuizen and Russell Henley are knotted at five under par, but Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm enter Sunday’s final round as threats.

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At the U.S. Open, a 48-Year-Old Is in the Hunt

The 48-year-old English golfer, whose first tour victory came last month, is in contention after two rounds of the Open at Torrey Pines.

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The Players to Watch at the U.S. Open

The Open starts this week, and these are the five players, including Phil Mickelson, to keep your eyes on.

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In Sprint to Reopening, Sports Hits Pandemic Obstacles

There is perhaps no greater hurdle to a return to normalcy in sports than the hesitancy among some elite athletes to be vaccinated.

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At the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, Tiger Woods Still Looms Large

The 2008 championship would be the last major tournament victory for Woods until the 2019 Masters. Rocco Mediate, the golfer he beat in an epic 19-hole playoff, remembers every putt.

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At the U.S. Open, Public Courses Are Losing

This year’s event is at Torrey Pines, which is owned by San Diego, but the U.S.G.A. may create a rotation that skips such courses.

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Jon Rahm Withdraws From Memorial Tournament After Positive Covid Test

The golfer broke down in tears when he was told that he had tested positive. He had just finished the third round with a six-shot lead.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #golf, #pga-tour-inc, #rahm-jon-1994

Michelle Wie West Was Ready to Retire. Then She Got Mad.

A golf phenom since she was 10, Michelle Wie West was ready to focus on motherhood. Rudy Giuliani’s vulgar remarks convinced her to keep fighting and playing.

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Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau Have a Beef. Or Do They?

The PGA Tour stars have been sniping at each other since 2019, but the click-clack of DeChambeau’s golf spikes really set Koepka off last weekend. We have a suggestion for how to settle things.

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Trump’s Criminal Investigation Into His Finances

“Witch Hunt,” meet grand jury.

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Phil Mickelson Wins the P.G.A. Championship

Mickelson, who will turn 51 next month, became the oldest winner of a major golf tournament.

#golf, #kiawah-island-sc, #koepka-brooks, #mickelson-phil, #oosthuizen-louis, #pga-championship, #pga-tour-inc

Phil Mickelson Leads P.G.A. Championship After Third Round

Mickelson has a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka entering the final round of the P.G.A. Championship, where he is bidding to become the oldest man to win a major.

#golf, #koepka-brooks, #mickelson-phil, #oosthuizen-louis, #pga-championship

Phil Mickelson’s P.G.A. Numbers: 50 Years and One More Day

Mickelson has a one-shot lead over Brooks Koepka entering the final round of the P.G.A. Championship, where he is bidding to become the oldest man to win a major.

#golf, #koepka-brooks, #mickelson-phil, #oosthuizen-louis, #pga-championship

Rory McIlroy Wants A Second P.G.A. Championship on Kiawah Island

His world ranking dropped to as low as 13th this spring. But coming off a victory, McIlroy has returned to the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, where he ran away with the P.G.A. Championship in 2012.

#content-type-personal-profile, #golf, #kiawah-island-golf-resort, #mcilroy-rory, #pga-championship, #pga-tour-inc

The Ocean Course, Long Absent From Golf’s Spotlight, Is Back

The masterpiece on Kiawah Island, designed by Pete and Alice Dye to be as challenging as it is breathtaking, has not been the site of a major tournament in almost a decade.

#dye-alice-1927-2019, #dye-pete, #golf, #kiawah-island-sc, #pga-championship

A Curious Golfer, a Lawn Mower and a Thousand Hours in Lockdown

During the coronavirus pandemic, Chris Powell became obsessed with his Welsh town’s golf course, long lost to time and the land. Then he rebuilt it, to play for a single day.

#augusta-national-golf-club, #golf, #mackenzie-alister-1870-1934, #rhayader-wales, #rhayader-golf-links, #wales

Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, Sports and Details

The opening ceremony will be held July 23, with gymnastics, swimming and other sports beginning soon after.

#baseball, #basketball, #golf, #gymnastics, #olympic-games-2020, #soccer, #softball, #swimming, #television, #track-and-field

Lydia Ko Is Winning on the L.P.G.A. Tour Again

Sean Foley, who coached Tiger Woods for four years, has helped Ko, a former world No. 1, connect her body with her mind. She’s playing her best golf in years.

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Hideki Matsuyama is Golf’s Quiet Superstar

Shy, intense and obsessive about his golf game, Hideki Matsuyama has been quietly working toward his elite place in the sport for the past several years.

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A Push to Move the Golf Course Atop a Native American ‘Stonehenge’

Historians hoping to preserve the ancient Octagon Earthworks in Newark, Ohio, as a UNESCO World Heritage site face a problem: the golf club that leases the property.

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Ready or Not, Hideki Matsuyama Is Now a National Hero in Japan

By winning the Masters, the publicity-shy golfer will face a news media spotlight that trails every move of Japanese athletes abroad.

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