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10 Ways to Grow the Game of Golf Right Now

Teaching kids to become lifelong golfers is not about winning. Golf is hard and takes time to develop one’s skills. If a child advances to a level that is appropriate to take their development to a more serious, competitive one, that’s a bonus and should be developed. But having fun and enjoying the game makes for true, lifelong golfers.

It is important to understand why kids specifically play any sport, regardless of the level they play at, and that is to have fun. Plain and simple. The race to nowhere that we find ourselves in, with the idea of kids having to be accomplished, the best or get a golf scholarship is not growing the game. In many cases, it causes kids to get burned out and leave the game. Fun is always the most important thing and should always be at the center of growth programs as well as programming for the elite player.

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Tiger Woods sinks 50-footer to birdie No. 18 at Bridgestone

Tiger Woods, seeking his ninth win at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, shot a first-round 4-under 66 at Firestone Country Club. His lone bogey came on the ninth, his 18th hole of the day.

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PGA Tour players are showing their support for family member Jarrod Lyle.

Tiger Woods, Jason Day and other golfers at WGC-Bridgestone are wearing yellow ribbons as a sign of support for Lyle, who is fighting leukemia. The 36-year-old Australian golfer was first diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager and had recurrences of the disease in 2012 and 2017. Earlier this week, Lyle's wife, Briony, said Lyle has decided to not seek further treatment so he can receive palliative care at home.

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Before he was a five-time major winner, Phil Mickelson was arguably the greatest college golfer ever. At Arizona State, Mickelson won 16 of the 51 tournaments he played in, including three NCAA Championships, and he earned 43 top-10 finishes.

Here's a detailed look at Mickelson's college career (1988-92) and all of the tournaments and honors he won along the way.

MORE: Phil explains everything you need to know about chipping to Larry Fitzgerald

Three-time NCAA Champion

Mickelson is one of seven collegiate golfers to win back-to-back individual NCAA Championships and he became just the second player to win three individual titles in his college career. He won as a freshman, sophomore and senior, while setting NCAA two-round (16-under 128) and three-round records (19-under 197) in his final year of college. His 63 in the first round of the 1992 NCAA Championship was a career-low and his 72-hole total of 271 tied the NCAA record at the time.

Mickelson didn't just win, he won with all-time great scores.

Arizona State won the team title in 1990 and finished as the runner-up in 1992.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America has announced that five PGA Professionals have achieved PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational designation that can be attained within the Association.

These PGA Professionals, who recently graduated from the PGA Master Professional Program 2.0 (PGA MPP 2.0), are:

Richard Brown, PGA Director of Instruction, Quail Valley Golf Course, Missouri City, Texas (Teaching & Coaching)

Billy Cleveland, PGA General Manager, Carolina Golf Club, Charlotte, North Carolina (General Management)

Timothy Cusick, PGA Director of Golf Instruction, Four Seasons Resort and Club, Irving, Texas (Teaching & Coaching)

Charles Powell, PGA Golf Champions Magazine, Fullerton, California (Teaching & Coaching)

Stephen Vigiano, PGA Quarter Century Member, Freeport, New York (Player Development)

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OAKVILLE, Ontario (AP) — Robert Garrigus made a birdie after a rock saved his ball from water and had a one-stroke lead at 9-under 63 on Thursday when play in the RBC Canadian Open was suspended because of dangerous weather.

"Hit it right in the middle of the water, and it hit a rock and bounced over the thing," Garrigus said about the break on the par-5 13th.

The American wasn't as fortunate on Nos. 10 and 17 at rain-softened Glen Abbey.

"Could have been 59 there if a couple putts didn't lip out," Garrigus said.

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose — each two-time winners this year — share the lead in the chase for the 2018 PGA of America Player of the Year Award, one of the season-ending honors presented by the PGA of America for excellence by a PGA TOUR professional.

Johnson, who also leads the Vardon Trophy standings, matched Rose with 56 total points based upon victories, season money earnings and adjusted scoring averages. Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA Player of the Year, is third overall with 54 points, followed by Open Champion Francesco Molinari with 46 and Bubba Watson with 44.

Since 1948, the PGA of America has honored the game’s best players with the PGA Player of the Year Award. It is presented to the top TOUR professional based on a point system for tournament wins, official money standings, and scoring average. Points for the 2017-18 season began with the Safeway Open on Oct. 5, and conclude Sept. 23, at the TOUR Championship.

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