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1dJason Sobel

Sobel: Rankings evolve, shape pro golf

Whether you understand the Official World Golf Rankings or could care less about the mathematical permutations, the importance of the formula dictates much in the pro game -- and perplexes many.

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Spieth trails by 5 after 71 at Australian Open

Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott notched even-par 71s on Thursday to trail early leader Lincoln Tighe by five strokes on a blustery, hot day at the Australian Open.

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Spieth to approach Rio Games as 'fifth major'

Jordan Spieth expressed enthusiasm about playing for a gold medal at next year's Rio Olympics. Adam Scott, on the other hand, said he'll only play if it fits in his schedule.

Spieth: 2014 win was catalyst for fantastic year (1:40)
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2dJason Sobel

Don't bet on it: Tour bans pros from daily fantasy

As part of a newly instituted policy that was communicated to its membership weeks ago, the PGA Tour is prohibiting players from competing in golf-related daily fantasy sports contests.

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The good, the bad and the ugly in '15

With the 2015 LPGA Tour season now in the books, ESPN Golf analyst Dottie Pepper weighs in on the youth movement (good), lack of American victories (bad) and the Olympic format (ugly.)

Ko excited to be named LPGA Player of the Year (2:27)
5dMichael Collins

#AskESPNCaddie: LPGA vs. PGA and fans vs. pros

What's a better tour to cover: the LPGA or the PGA? And who is professional golf really for, the players or fans? Michael Collins answers these questions and more in this week's #AskESPNCaddie.

McIlroy delighted with Race to Dubai victory (1:24)
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Kisner nabs 1st PGA Tour victory in RSM Classic

Kevin Kisner breezed home with a 6-under 64 on Sunday to win the RSM Classic by 6 shots over Kevin Chappell and shatter the tournament record in the process.

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Casey rules himself out of 2016 Ryder Cup

England's Paul Casey has opted not to rejoin the European Tour for next season, meaning he will be ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.

Completed golf course handed to Olympic Games organisers (2:23)


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ICYMI: Jim Harbaugh visited Bo Schembechler's grave and smashed a buckeye nut with a hammer. Is it Saturday yet? es.pn/21ggxiN

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Bob Harig Senior Golf Writer 

The European Tour is not wasting any time. Just 4 days after Rory McIlroy wrapped up the 2015 season with a victory in Dubai, the 2016 season starts Thursday in South Africa with the Alfred Dunhill Championship. It is one of 3 events before a holiday break, including next week's Australia PGA Championship. The European Tour then resumes Jan 7 in South Africa -- the same day the PGA Tour resumes in Hawaii.