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9:36AM

S.F. Examiner: Match Play at Harding Park is test of character

By Art Spander
San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco? Herb Caen’s cool, gray city of love? Rudyard Kipling’s town of mad people? Golf capital of the universe? Indeed, all of the above.

Last week, it was the ladies at Lake Merced Golf Club, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic. Thanks, girls, you were great, and mostly, in this place of wind and chill, so was the weather. Please, no reference to the comment Mark Twain never made, that the coldest winter he ever spent was, well, enough already.

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© 2015 The San Francisco Examiner 

4:13PM

Bleacher Report: Why Has Team Europe Dominated Team USA at the Ryder Cup?

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

GLENEAGLES, Scotland — Losing is the great American sin. A Harvard-educated author of young adult fiction, John Tunis, said that first. Losing is what America has done in the Ryder Cup.

With Tiger Woods. Without Tiger Woods, who is not on the team that this week in the rolling countryside of Perthshire will face Europe. With a deficit going into the last of the three days of play. With a lead, as was the situation last year at Medinah

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Copyright © 2014 Bleacher Report, Inc.

9:32PM

Bleacher Report: Star-Studded Battle Brings Unforgettable Drama in 2014 PGA Championship's Finale

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The slogan couldn’t live up to the event.

“This is major,” they advertised. The 2014 PGA Championship, with a leaderboard of unprecedented quality, a race against darkness to reach conclusion and a champion already threatening to become the best ever, was so much more.

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Copyright © 2014 Bleacher Report, Inc.

10:10AM

Bleacher Report: Stacked Leaderboard Setting Up Dramatic Final Round of 2014 PGA Championship

By Art Spander
Featured Columnist

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — This is a major.

Is it ever.

This is a golf tournament with a leaderboard full of champions and suspense. This is what we’ve been waiting for in a summer that lacked the competition any sport needs, especially when it’s without its injured star.

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Copyright © 2014 Bleacher Report, Inc.

9:51AM

Newsday (N.Y.): Rory McIlroy coasts in with first British Open title

By Art Spander
Special to Newsday

HOYLAKE, England — It was supposed to be a coronation march. Instead it became a long walk, although not spoiled, to the delight of Rory McIlroy.

After starting the final round of the British Open on Sunday with a lead of six strokes, McIlroy saw his margin trimmed to two by the 72nd hole. Still, that was good enough to have him announced as "The Champion Golfer of the Year."

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