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Tiger Woods: Former world number one feeling ‘good and strong’

Former world number one Tiger Woods says he is hitting 60-yard shots but has no date in mind for a return to competitive golf.

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McIlroy predicts merger of PGA & European tours

Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy believes the PGA Tour will eventually merge with the European Tour to form a ‘World Tour’.

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Jordan Spieth’s steady start at Tour Championship in pursuit of $10m bonus

• Texan not fully at ease with his game but finishes with 67
• Fellow American Kyle Stanley leads after first-round 64

Jordan Spieth can afford to ignore the multitude of arithmetic when calculating who will be the FedEx Cup winner. The Texan’s equation is simple; win the Tour Championship on Sunday and he will also leave Atlanta with the $10m (£7.35m) bonus pot for the second time in his career. It is about as straightforward as this complex play-off series ever gets.

Spieth made a solid start with this dual target in mind. His opening round of 67, three under par, was produced against the backdrop of the Open champion not looking particularly at ease with any aspect of his game. This was classic Spieth; he can score well in all scenarios. He is three behind the 18-hole lead.

Related: Justin Rose out to erase Masters blow by cashing in on FedEx Cup ‘bucket-lister’

Related: Rory McIlroy has endured 12 months of torment but he can still bounce back | Ewan Murray

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Tour Championship: Jordan Spieth three off lead held by Kyle Stanley

FedEx Cup points leader Jordan Spieth is three shots off the lead after the first round of the season-ending Tour Championship in Atalanta.

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Matthew to captain Europe in 2019 Solheim Cup

Catriona Matthew says it is “a great honour and a dream come true” after being named Europe captain for the 2019 Solheim Cup.

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Justin Rose out to erase Masters blow by cashing in on FedEx Cup ‘bucket-lister’

• ‘You think about it but it’s possible to play for $10m and not get distracted by it’
• Any time you win ‘a season’ on a tour, it’s a big deal, says 37-year-old

Justin Rose’s motivation to secure the FedEx Cup goes beyond the $10m bounty that he, unlike others, is happy to admit he is thinking about. Rose’s 2017 thus far is dominated by a near miss, that at the Masters in April, with the former US Open champion determined to make success rather than falling short his season’s story line.

“Right now, everybody, including myself, would sum up my year as that I lost in a play-off at the Masters,” Rose said. “That would make most players’ year and that’s what they would be remembered for in 2017. But this would certainly rectify things on that front, for sure.

Related: Rory McIlroy has endured 12 months of torment but he can still bounce back | Ewan Murray

Related: Justin Rose has time on his side but second place at Augusta still hurts | Andy Bull

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Rory McIlroy has endured 12 months of misery but he can still bounce back | Ewan Murray

A year ago Rory McIlroy won the FedEx Cup in fine style – nobody could reasonably have predicted what happened next but a return to form may be round the corner

It would be an act of exaggeration to suggest the absence of Rory McIlroy casts a dark shadow over the conclusion to the FedEx Cup. The American golfing public are perfectly content with a scenario whereby Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson or Justin Thomas are the most likely to leave East Lake on Sunday evening as $10m richer.

Nonetheless, just as any event is richer in appeal for McIlroy’s involvement, now is the right time to reflect on a 12-month spell which, even by the standards of this player’s uncanny propensity to write his own headlines, stands out.

Related: PGA Tour threatens to remove Tiger Woods’s tournament from schedule

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Price of golf must be reduced, says 1999 Open champion Lawrie

Two-time Ryder Cup player Paul Lawrie says the expense involved in playing golf is driving away the next generation of talent.

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PGA Tour threatens to remove Tiger Woods’s tournament from schedule

• Quicken Loans has seemingly dropped out and venue will change
• Woods’s agent: ‘We have leads and are talking to sponsors daily’

The PGA Tour has threatened to remove the tournament hosted by Tiger Woods from its schedule after the loss of a title sponsor. Quicken Loans has failed to extend its four-year association with the June event, of which Woods’s charity is a beneficiary, with the PGA Tour duly cutting ties with Congressional in Washington DC, where it was to be held in 2018.

The Tour released a 49-tournament schedule for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday. Included in it is “The National” from 25 June, with venue yet to be decided. Speaking at East Lake, where the FedEx Cup will conclude on Sunday, the PGA Tour’s commissioner, Jay Monahan, admitted necessary glances towards a plan B.

Related: Tiger Woods says he has completed treatment over issues with pain medication

Related: Justin Thomas wins US PGA and confirms years of potential

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Rory McIlroy: Northern Irishman adds British Masters to late-season schedule

Rory McIlroy adds the British Masters to his schedule after failing to qualify for the Tour Championship in the US.

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Leishman wins BMW title with England’s Rose second

Australian Marc Leishman sees off a late charge from England’s Justin Rose to win the BMW Championship by five shots.

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Nordqvist claims play-off victory at weather-affected Evian Championship

Anna Nordqvist of Sweden wins the final major of the season, the Evian Championship, after a play-off against American Brittany Altomare.

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Leishman extends lead as McIlroy’s FedEx Cup hopes fade

Marc Leishman leads by five strokes heading into the BMW Championship final round with Rory McIlroy’s FedEx Cup hopes all but over.

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Jutanugarn leads Evian Championship, England’s Hall four behind

Moriya Jutanugarn leads by one shot going into the final round of the Evian Championship, the last major of the season, reduced to 54 holes by rain.

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Leishman leads as McIlroy’s FedEx Cup hopes fade

Marc Leishman opens up a three-stroke lead at the BMW Championship, while Rory McIlroy’s FedEx Cup hopes fade.

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Evian Championship: Sung Hyun Park leads after first round

South Korea’s Sung Hyun Park leads with an eight-under 63 in the first of three rounds at a shortened Evian Championship.

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