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Golf's future Olympic hopes could use boost from its stars

Rory McIlroy understands golf isn't guaranteed a spot in the Olympics forever. McIlroy and other top names have work to do to secure the game's place in the Olympic program.

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Across the Pond: Have we moved on from Tiger? (3:00)
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McIlroy unsure of golf's Olympic future (0:49)
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No reason to think Spieth isn't over Masters

There's no reason to doubt Jordan Spieth when he says he's over his Masters collapse, Jason Sobel writes. If anything, it might have taught him lessons that will make him even better.

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Spieth's shocking Masters collapse (2:26)
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Scott blames schedule for Masters performance (0:48)
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Leishman withdraws from Olympic consideration

Marc Leishman has joined fellow Australian Adam Scott by withdrawing from Olympic consideration, citing health concerns for his wife who continues to recover from a near-fatal illness.

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Scott: I am far from abandoning my country (1:03)
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Kuechly the caddie (2:01)
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3dBob Harig

Harig: Daly, PGA Tour Champions are good match

John Daly and the PGA Tour Champions could be a great match, Bob Harig writes. The 50-and-over circuit gets a boost from Daly's star power, and the erratic fan favorite gets to start over.

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Rinaldi: Spieth not broken (2:57)
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Watch out for Webb at Wells Fargo (1:00)
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4dIan Chadband

Golf's forgotten Olympic champion

Golf is back at the Olympics with stars such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, but few have a tale to match that of the last champion, George Lyon.

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Shin (67) closes out first LPGA Tour victory

Jenny Shin broke through on the LPGA Tour and locked up her first win with a closing 4-under 67 on Sunday at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

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Ireland's Power closes out first Web.com win

As much of the leaderboard struggled, Seamus Power closed with a 5-under 67 to triumph at the United Leasing & Finance Championship and win his first Web.com Tour title.

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7dJohnette Howard

Happy 50th, John Daly, and thanks for these memories

He burst onto the scene by winning the 1991 PGA Championship and has kept us entertained ever since. On his 50th birthday, we salute John Daly for his outrageous and fascinating career.

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7dBob Harig

Quick 9: Why can't the top two tours get along?

Rory's tour choice, Tiger's tough decision and possibly the greatest tweet of all time (at least from someone age 80 or older): Bob Harig has it all covered in this week's Quick 9.

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13dWright Thompson

The Secret History of Tiger Woods

The death of his father set a battle raging inside the world's greatest golfer. How he waged that war -- through an obsession with the Navy SEALs -- is the tale of how Tiger lost his way.

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Thompson's cover story on Tiger Woods' past

Deputy editor Ty Wenger and senior editor Paul Kix talk with senior writer Wright Thompson on his latest cover story on Tiger Woods' secret life after his father's passing. Excerpts are read by deputy editor Otto Strong.

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Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy rallied to shoot 73 in the first round at the Wells Fargo Championship after opening the tournament with a 40 for his first nine holes. McIlroy, the defending champion, said "I really didn't have my scoring head on. I was thinking about my golf swing,'' and noted he had not played much golf since the Masters. "I knew I was going to have to sort of play my way into the next couple weeks,'' said McIlroy, who is 7 strokes behind leader Anirban Lahiri.

Jason Sobel @JasonSobelESPN

Anirban Lahiri was recently named India's sportsperson of the year. Just opened 6-under 66 to grab the early Wells Fargo lead.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Rory McIlroy is off to a horrible start in defense of his Wells Fargo Championship title. He finished his first 9 holes in 4 over par, without a birdie., after a double bogey at the 18th. McIlroy, who turned 27 on Wednesday, said he had played just one 18-hole round of golf since the Masters prior to the pro-am as he knows there will be few breaks in the schedule through the Ryder Cup.

Bob Harig ESPN Senior Writer 

Marc Leishman is the latest player to withdraw from the Olympic golf tournament in Rio. Citing the health of his wife, Audrey, the Aussie has joined countryman Adam Scott in passing on Olympic golf. The Zika virus is a concern, he said. Leishman missed the 2015 Masters as his wife nearly died from Toxic Shock Syndrome. He did not want to risk spreading the virus.

Kevin Maguire Golf 

"I think I'm far from abandoning my country" – Adam Scott, moments ago, speaking at the Wells Fargo Championship and talking about taking himself out of Olympic considering for his native Australia a few weeks ago.