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Woods' dominance sidelined by injury

Mitch Albom explains why Tiger Woods' absence from the PGA Tour has opened doors for the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson among others.

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Kevin Maguire Golf 

With Jhonattan Vegas' RBC Canadian Open win, he earned his way into the PGA Championship, which starts Thursday at Baltusrol outside New York City. Those who didn't get in to the year's final major ... yet? Here's the list of alternates provided by the PGA of America: 1. Alex Cejka 2. Scott Brown 3. Brian Harman 4. Spencer Levin 5. Jason Gore 6. Sean O'Hair 7. Patrick Rodgers 8. Chad Campbell Interesting (maybe only to me) to note they didn't go down to the ninth alternate, this being the 25th anniversary of John Daly's PGA Championship victory in 1991 at Crooked Stick.

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Steve Wheatcroft is the epitome of a guy who's grinded for everything in his career. Almost quit the game last year. Hate to see that.

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Brandt Snedeker and Dustin Johnson are at the top of the leaderboard, but so is Canadian amateur Jared du Toit

How Nicklaus' legend grew at Baltusrol

A giant needs a worthy stage. Baltusrol was just that for Jack Nicklaus in two of his greatest triumphs. Echoes of past legends

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Kevin Maguire Golf 

Think there might be a little pressure on Jared du Toit on Sunday? Not only is he playing in the final pairing in the final round of his first PGA Tour start, he's a shot off Brandt Snedeker's lead and in a tie for second with U.S. Open champ Dustin Johnson. Oh, and it's du Toit's national open (the RBC Canadian Open) and no Canadian has won the tournament since 1954. Did I mention he's still an amateur? Kids today. No fear.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Amateur Jared du Toit is trying to be only the second Canadian born player to win the RBC Canadian Open. Karl Keffer was the first. He won twice in 1909 and 1914.