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Tiger Woods is on pace to return to competition at his newly sponsored Hero World Challenge in Isleworth, Florida, on Dec. 4-7.

There's quite a bit of time between now and then, but the absence of a setback is a positive. "I've been busting my butt in the gym," he said at media day for the tournament today. "It's nice to be able to shut it down and get stronger." Getting physically fit is only part of the equation for the 14-time major champion that will turn 39 years old at the end of December, but he's only occasionally acknowledged that he needs to let his golf game evolve with his age and against the younger (and longer) competition. Assuming he's healthy, Woods is planning a "very full" schedule in 2015. Because he qualifies as a Life Member, he doesn't need to meet the membership minimum of 15 starts, but it would be a surprise if he doesn't eclipse that given today's expectation.
Sep 15 - 1:56 PM

Justin Thomas signed for a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship to secure his first Tour win.

Thomas completed 72 holes at 6-under 278 and found himself tied with Richard Sterne. Thomas birdies the first hole of sudden death to clinch the title. In regulation, he circled three birdies to just two bogeys at The Ohio State University's Scarlet Course. The University of Alabama product ranked inside the top six in driving accuracy, driving distance, greens in regulation and putting average for the week. He ended the regular season safely inside the top 25 to clinch a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card, bagging five top-five finishes, but was never able to close the deal. With the confidence of this win in the Tour Finals in his back pocket, expect him to make an immediate impact on the PGA TOUR next season.
Sep 14 - 7:56 PM

Billy Horschel remained unfazed on his way to a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the TOUR Championship, securing his second consecutive victory and the FedExCup title.

Playing in the final pairing, Horschel got the best of his playing partner, Rory McIlroy. After McIlroy faded in the middle of the round, Horschel didn't get lackadaisical and kept the pedal to the metal. With Jim Furyk nipping at his heels, Horschel put a nail in the coffin with a 30'9" par save on the par-4 16th hole. Off the radar for most gamers entering the Playoffs, the champ turned up the heat starting at the Deutsche Bank Championship and rattled off 12 straight rounds in the 60s to finish the season playing the best golf of his career. In addition to the $1.44 million payout for winning the tournament, Horschel will receive a $10 million bonus as the eighth winner of the FedExCup.
Sep 14 - 5:45 PM

Greg Norman suffered an injury to his left hand while trimming branches with a chainsaw at his home in Florida on Saturday.

Norman was the first to report the incident on Instagram and was already home today. The Associated Press tracked down the Hall of Famer for details this morning. Apparently, the weight of a branch forced his left hand into the chainsaw's blade. "Thank God the blade wasn't running full speed or it would have taken my hand off," he said. "I handled everything as calmly as I could. There is no major damage. There is nerve damage, but no muscular damage. They fixed me up and here I am." Norman added that there is some tingling in his fingers and quipped, "At least I can still play tennis."
Sep 14 - 12:28 PM

Paul Casey came from behind at Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort, The Netherlands, to win the KLM Open by one stroke over fellow Englishman Simon Dyson.

The champ began the day four shots back of Frenchman Romain Wattel, who would close with a 4-over-par 37-37=74 and settle for T5. Poised for a strike after his course-record-tying 62 in the third round, Casey carded a 4-under 32-34=66 today to steal the title. It's his 13th victory on the European Tour and his first as a father. His fiancée gave birth to the couple's first child, a boy, on Sept. 1. "I’m a bit emotional to be honest," he said. "It was very carefree for three-and-a-half days, because if I played well or poorly I was going to go home to see my baby, and then I got to the last three holes and I thought I really want this -- not that he is old enough to understand. ... Just having my first child was a great distraction. I had no expectations coming into the week and I did very little pratice. ... I’m absolutely over the moon." Andy Sullivan of England finished alone in third place two swings adrift. His Sunday 67 included a hole-in-one at the par-3 15th.
Sep 14 - 11:48 AM

Rory McIlroy carded a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in his third round of the TOUR Championship to arrive at the 54-hole mark with a piece of the lead.

McIlroy trailed for most of round before evening the score at the par-5 15th with a clutch eagle hole out from just off the green. Prior to that point, the Ulsterman had circled three birdies but had also given two back. His only highlight on the putting surface came from 20'11" for birdie on the par-4 third hole. With a share of the lead at 9-under 201, McIlroy will be looking to finish off his fantastic season with a bang.
Sep 13 - 6:29 PM

Billy Horschel conjured up a 1-under-par 32-37=69 in the third round of the TOUR Championship, reaching the 54-hole mark with a share of the lead with Rory McIlroy.

The overnight leader got off to a hot start, playing the front nine at 3-under before looking shaky at times on his back nine coming in. The highlight of the round came at the par-3 second, where he tracked in a 50'3" birdie bomb. Horschel continues to hold true to his reputation of being a streaky player. Starting the week inside the top five, and now sitting at 9-under 201, Horschel will control his own destiny on Sunday as the stakes are risen.
Sep 13 - 6:18 PM

Gary Woodland torched East Lake Golf Club to the tune of a bogey-free, 7-under-par 30-33=63 in the third round of the TOUR Championship.

Woodland circled five birdies on the day in addition to an eagle to reach the 54-hole mark at 1-under 209. He split 10 (of 14) fairways on the day and converted par breakers on six of his 14 greens in regulation. This 63 ties his career-low round on the PGA TOUR. The previous came at the 2009 Mayakoba Golf Classic. Today's matches the lowest aggregate at East Lake since the greens were redone in advance of the 2008 edition of the TOUR Championship. Nick Watney (third round, 2010) and Webb Simpsons (final round, 2013) also turned the trick. Woodland walked off the course eight strokes off the lead, so a win is not likely, but he did put himself into position for a nice payday tomorrow.
Sep 13 - 4:04 PM

Overnight co-leader Billy Horschel chased his opening, 4-under-par 34-32=66 at the TOUR Championship with another in the second round to post 8-under 132 at the halfway point, good for a two-stroke advantage entering Saturday's third round.

Horschel hit only 10 greens in regulation at East Lake today, but squared just two bogeys. Yet, in his post-round interview on Golf Channel, he lamented about his scrambling. Most guys would be OK with going 6-for-8 while finding six birdies, so his confidence is soaring. His longest par breakers measured 12'7" at the par-3 11th hole and 25'1" at the par-4 14th. Through 36 holes, Horschel is also leading in strokes gained: tee-to-green at 5.940. Because he arrived in Atlanta ranked second in FedExCup points, he's one of the five that would win the FedExCup with a victory in the tournament.
Sep 12 - 3:16 PM

Kevin Na spun a bogey-free, 33-33=66 in his second round of the TOUR Championship.

Na split only half of the 14 fairways at East Lake today, but he landed 14 greens in regulation. That precision yielded three birdies, including a 10-footer at the par-4 17th hole. He missed the green at the par-3 18th, but chipped in for birdie from 16 yards to post 4-under 136 and sit two strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Sep 12 - 1:42 PM

Scott Harvey breezed to a 6-and-5 victory over Brad Nurski in the final match of the 34th U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.

At 1-under 141, the duo shared medalist honors during 36-hole stroke-play qualifying, so the chalk met in the finale at Saucon Valley Country Club's Old Course in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, today. Harvey won the first hole of the scheduled 36-hole match with a birdie-4 before Nurski squared with a par 4 at No. 2. Harvey regained the lead that he wouldn't relinquish with a 4 at the par-4 third. After opening the match-play format with a pair of 1-up wins, he found a groove en route to respective wins of 4 and 2, 7 and 6, and 3 and 2. Harvey entered the tournament slotted 108th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Today's title exempt him into the 2015 Masters. "I just can’t really put it into words," he said. "This tournament has been my No. 1 goal every single year. I can’t even put it into words." Defending champ Mike McCoy was eliminated in the second round of match play.
Sep 11 - 7:14 PM

Fabrizio Zanotti withdrew from the KLM Open after just six holes after being hit in the head with a golf ball.

Zanotti was standing in the fairway at the par-4 16th hole when the tee ball of Alexandre Kaleka from the 14th hole struck the Paraguayan. After a doctor onsite cleared Zanotti, the golfer went to a hospital for further treatment. After leaving, he wrote the following on Twitter: "Thank a lot for the messages, I have been discharged from the hospital. Now I will have to take a couple of weeks off." He was even-par on the round. Fellow golfers and friends Felipe Aguilar (even through five holes) and Ricardo González (2-over through five) also withdrew to be with Zanotti. Kaleka parred No. 14 and would sign for a 2-over 72. Play was suspended for one hour and 51 minutes as a result of the accident. Darkness would eventually suspend play for the day. Fifty-four golfers will return to Kennemer Golf & Country Club at 8:00 a.m. on Friday to complete the opening round.
Sep 11 - 6:40 PM

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