Ryder Cup 2018: US captain Jim Furyk makes revelation ahead of tournament

The USA Captain has managed to temporarily put that aside in posting rounds of 65 and 68 at this week’s Wyndham Championship and the final event of the regular PGA Tour year ahead of the start next week of the four Play-Off Series events. Furyk’s efforts of a seven-under par tally is his best opening 36-holes in just the 15 events the 48-year-old has contested this year. It is no surprise also his European Team rival, Thomas Bjorn has played in only 13 tournaments while the Dane travelled all the way to St. Louis last week only to be forced out

Halep & Djokovic reach quarter-finals – but must play twice in a day

Simona Halep has lost twice in the final at Cincinnati Simona Halep and Novak Djokovic reached the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters as a rain-affected schedule forced them to play twice in a day. World number one Halep of Romania beat Australia’s Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-4 and had only a few hours’ break until her match with Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko. Wimbledon 2018 champion Djokovic of Serbia overcame Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 2-6 6-3 6-4. Djokovic was then set to play Canada’s Milos Raonic in the last eight. Swiss second seed Roger Federer beat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer 6-1 7-6 (8-6) to reach

Bob Elliott’s Baseball: ’92-93 Blue Jays are worth remembering

And a good time was had by all … That was often the last line of a story in the newspaper when I’d read about an event my mother had attended. Maybe it was a church bake sale, a charity bazaar or an afternoon tea.  The Toronto Blue Jays hosted some members of the 1992-93 World Series champions on Saturday at the Rogers Centre. Hall of Famers Robbie Alomar and Dave Winfield were on hand. New Hall of Fame inductee Jack Morris and HOFer Paul Molitor were missing but videos of them were played. Morris was having his No. 47 retired at

Kevin Magnussen has created F1 Class B title battle in his mind

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‘Changes threaten death of Davis Cup’ – past winners Berdych & Hewitt speak out

Controversial proposals for the 118‑year‑old competition have been approved, despite opposition including from the Lawn Tennis Association Controversial plans to end the Davis Cup’s 37-year-old format will signal the death of the competition, says two-time winner Tomas Berdych. The 25-year £2.15bn plan approved at the International Tennis Federation AGM on Thursday would turn the Davis Cup into a season-ending 18-team event. But Czech Berdych, tweeting with the hashtag #ripdaviscup, said the history of the competition “will all be gone”. Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt called the decision a “disgrace”. “I am very proud to be a winner of the

New floor among Renault F1 aerodynamic updates for 2018 Belgian GP

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Robert Kubica driving ‘70% left-handed’ in F1 after rally injury

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Rapid growth hurt Renault Formula 1 team’s ‘bang-for-buck’

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‘Disaster written all over it’: Cash warns of end of Davis Cup

A World Cup-style tennis tournament could spell the end of the Davis Cup and “has disaster written all over it”, Australian Grand Slam and Davis Cup winner Pat Cash tells BBC Radio 4’s Today. Plans for the new tournament were approved by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday. Chief executive David Haggerty said the decision would elevate the Davis Cup “to new standards”. BBC Sport

Jays lose long-delayed game against Royals, split series

Lucas Duda homered, Rosell Herrera had three hits and the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 after a long rain delay Thursday night to split their four-game series. Royals relievers Brian Flynn, Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer and Wily Peralta shut down the Blue Jays on three hits over the final five innings. Flynn (3-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning. Kansas City took the lead with a three-run fourth highlighted by Jorge Bonifacio’s RBI triple. Toronto starter Sam Gaviglio (2-6) failed to make it through five innings for the eighth time in his past 13

Rahm keeps on rolling, Henderson wins for Humboldt, and one of the worst bad breaks you’ll see

Welcome to the Dew Sweeper, your one-stop shop to catch up on the weekend action from the golf world. From the professional tours, trending news, social media headlines and upcoming events, here’s every golf-related thing you need to know for the morning of April 16.

Kodaira takes down Kim

Satoshi Kodaira is a name unknown to most fans. He entered last week ranked inside the top 50 in the world, yet had just 14 career appearances on the PGA Tour, his best finish a T-28. However, even if you missed Sunday’s tape-delayed action from Hilton Head, Kodaira won’t be a stranger for long. The 28-year-old from Japan overcame a five-shot deficit to earn his way into a playoff, where he defeated Si Woo Kim to capture the RBC Heritage.

Kodaira started his day with three straight birdies, adding four more throughout his round. His surge, coupled with Kim’s stumble down the stretch and Ian Poulter’s back-nine 40, earned Kodaira a spot in sudden death (the 10th playoff on the tour this season). On the third playoff hole, Kodaira dropped a 25-foot birdie on the par-3 17th to claim victory.

“I didn’t think it would come this quickly,” Kodaira said. “I was nervous going into the playoff. But I’m very very happy to make that putt.”

The win earns him a two-year tour exemption, and invites to the Players Championship, PGA Championship and next year’s Masters. With a OWGR points boost, Kodaira will also earn entry to the U.S. Open.

Valspar Championship - Round Two

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Friday the 13th strikes Kraft

Every golfer has a story of misfortune. Good luck topping Kelly Kraft’s bad break.

During the second round of the Heritage, Kraft’s tee shot on Harbour Town’s par-3 14th tee struck a bird, causing his ball to drop into a water hazard. Kraft walked away with a double bogey. An incident noteworthy in itself, particularly so given Kraft missed the cut by…one shot.

“There was a helping wind, and I hit a 7-iron, caught it perfect,” Kraft said. “It was probably 30 yards off the tee box and this giant, black bird swooped in front of it and hit it and the ball fell 20 yards short in the water. It would’ve been in the middle of the green. It might have been close. I got screwed.”

If you’re wondering why Kraft wasn’t awarded a break—after all, if a ball strikes a power line, a player has to replay the stroke without penalty—chalk it up to the eccentricity of the rules of golf.

“The big difference is a bird is a God-made object,” said PGA Tour rules official Dillard Pruitt. “Whereas a telephone wire is man-made. It’s just a stroke of bad luck. It doesn’t happen very often, but today is Friday the 13th. Freaky Friday.”

Keep this in mind the next time you proclaim your lip-out as the “worst break ever.”

Jon Rahm

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Rahm keeps on rolling

Patrick Reed’s triumph, Rory McIlroy’s convulsion and charges from Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler grabbed the Sunday headlines at Augusta National. Lost in the madness was Jon Rahm, who quietly posted a fourth-place finish, his first top 10 at a major. The fledgling superstar continued to show his firepower, this time in his homeland, as Rahm won the Open de España.

Starting the day two back of Paul Dunne, Rahm was tied with countryman Nacho Elvira on the par-3 17th hole at Centro Nacional de Golf. Rahm’s tee shot appeared headed for water but stayed up on a bank, where he was able to get up-and-down. Elvira hit a similar approach but was not as luck, his ball finding a watery grave. Coupled with uneven play from Dunne, it was enough for a Rahm two-shot victory.

“This is hard to describe,” an emotional Rahm said. “The feeling of pride and satisfaction is amazing. This is the hardest Sunday I have ever had to play. Everyone seemed to want me to win. I felt that. And it was hard to deal with. I tried to isolate myself, but I could feel it. So to win here is great.”

It is Rahm’s third European Tour win since July, and fifth professional win in the last 16 months. Might want to hop on Rahm’s 18/1 U.S. Open odds while you can.

LPGA LOTTE Championship - Final Round

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Henderson wins for Humboldt

While wind swept away most of the Lotte Championship field, Brooke Henderson was unruffled. She turned in a final-round 67, one of just three rounds in the 60s on the day, for a four-shot victory in Hawaii.

Of greater note, however, was the meaning behind Henderson’s play, as she dedicated her performance to those involved in the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus tragedy.

“It’s extremely sad, a terrible tragedy what happened up there,” Henderson said. “I know it kind of affected my whole country. Everybody really took it kind of personally.

“For all the survivors that are still fighting through it and all the ones that have passed away, I want to show them that we’re here for them and we’re supporting them. They’re always going to be in our thoughts and prayers.”

It was the 20-year-old’s sixth career win, two away from tying Sandra Post for most LPGA victories by a Canadian.

SB2K reunites

Golf’s version of the Rat Pack reunited, albeit under slightly different circumstances.

Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler and Smylie Kaufman blew up social media feeds again this weekend. But Birmingham subbed in for Baker’s Bay, as the group was together for Kaufman’s wedding.

Sadly, shirts were (mostly) kept on.

With Kaufman tied down and Spieth recently engaged, the Spring Break endeavors might be coming to a close. Don’t cry that those tank-top, shoeless golf rounds are ending; smile because they happened.

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