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September 3, 2015 - 8:16am
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T.J. Auclair
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Will Wilcox
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Will Wilcox suffered a knee injury while entering his rental car. Because of the discomfort, Wilcox was forced to withdraw from the Deutsche Bank Championship.

Bizarre injuries happen -- Jesper Parnevik breaking a rib on a Segway; any number of professional athletes breaking ribs from sneezing; a severely sliced finger from cutting open a bagel (PGA Tour player Skip Kendall did that years ago); the list goes on.

But, a knee injury that forced PGA Tour player Will Wilcox to make the disappointing decision to withdraw from this week's Deutsche Bank Championship has got to be a first.

Wilcox injured himself while, get this, entering his rental car.

RELATED: Bleacher Report lists "The 50 Weirdest Injuries in Sports History"

Injuries are no laughing matter, so we certainly wish Wilcox the best for a swift recovery. But talk about bad luck.

The injury effectively ends Wilcox's 2014-15 season. He was No. 89 on the FedExCup points list headed into the Deutsche Bank Championship. Only the top 70 advance to the BMW Championship in two weeks.

Here's how Wilcox explained the injury on his personal website:

Injury and Deutsche Bank Withdrawl

On Monday morning of this week, I slammed my right knee into the dash of my rental car, which was set up much differently than my car, while getting in to drive to a fundraiser golf event outside of Atlanta.

After attempting to treat it myself with rest and ice, the pain and swelling continued. Over the past few days, I have sought out multiple medical opinions, including working with the training staff of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and also Dr. Scott Maughon, who is one of Atlanta's very best Sports Medicine and Orthopedic doctors, who were all nice enough to see me on such short notice. After appointments, X-Ray and a MRI we have found deep bruising to my patellar tendon, which explains the current pain and difficultly in applying weight to my right knee and leg.

After exploring the opinions and resources available to me, I am forced to withdraw from the Deutsche Bank Championship this week and as a result the remainder of the 2015 Fed Ex Cup playoffs. This was not an easy decision to make, but one I do with my best interests and future health in mind.

2015 has been a dream come true year. To start the year with conditional status and fight my way inside the Top 75 on the PGA Tour is something I am very proud of. I have had a lot of fun with all the fans at the events and on social media and can not thank everyone enough for the all the positive vibes and support they have shown me.

The 2015/2016 season will be here very soon. I am looking forward to getting 100% healthy, rested and prepared for full status on the PGA Tour for next season and beyond.



September 2, 2015 - 12:17pm
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T.J. Auclair
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Bryan Bros.
You won't believe this shot by George Bryan.

The Bryan Bros. are fired up about college football season.

The trick-shot duo recently took a trip to Williams-Brice Stadium, home of the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, to shoot one of their best videos to date.

RELATED: Meet the Bryan Brothers -- golf's trick-shot artists

Don't believe me? Check it out:


As impressive as Wesley's shots were with the football, George's wedge shot from the top of the press box and into a barrel on the 50-yardline is about as good as it gets.

The Bryan Bros. returned to Williams-Brice Stadium in their Garnet and Black in promotion of College Colors Day, which celebrates the start of the college football season, and is this Friday.

The Solheim Cup
The 2015 Solheim Cup wil be played at the St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany.

Solheim Cup (@SolheimCup2015) action gets underway Sept. 18 in St. Leon-Rot, Germany.

And if you're wondering how excited fans and players are look no further than social media.

From a musical ode to the Solheim Cup trophy to past winners reliving the glory, these are some of our favorite posts so far:

1. When Tiffany Joh (@tiffjo) posted this video. Another gem of a parody by the LPGA tour player. If you're not familiar with her skills, you won't regret clicking here.





2. That time Brittany Lincicome (@Brittany1golf) lounged with the Solheim Cup.





3. And the Ladies European Tour offered this shout out to the U.S. team (@Solheim_Cup).



4. This dog.



5. And this most excellent flashback from team USA's Paula Creamer (@ThePCreamer)



#flashbackfriday #solheimcup #teamUSA

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We'll be adding more as the countdown to the Solheim Cup continues. 

September 2, 2015 - 10:41am
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John Daly
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After a scary incident in which John Daly collapsed on the golf course over the weekend, the two-time major winner was on a stage performing just days later.

Just a few days removed from a scary on-course collapse, John Daly seems to be doing as well as ever.

On Saturday, Daly collapsed on the 18th tee at Deerfield Country Club in Jackson, Miss. and was rushed by ambulance to the hospital. X-rays revealed, Daly's agent Bud Martin said, that the two-time major champion suffered a collapsed lung.

"I was having a great time and then suddenly -- boom -- I'm falling down while on the 18th tee and the next thing I know I'm in an ambulance," Daly said. "It was scary."

RELATED: Daly puts three balls, one club into Lake Michigan

A day later, the Associated Press reported that Daly, "was back at Deerfield on Sunday, smoking cigarettes on the clubhouse patio while mingling with some of the other players before his round."

Then, just last night, was on stage in Myrtle Beach, S.C., performing his favorite song, "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," with members of Hootie and the Blowfish:


Daly was in Myrtle Beach for the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Asked about Saturday's incident on the course, Daly told Sirius-XM PGA Tour Radio hosts Brian Katrek and John Maginnes: "I probably overexerted myself trying to change things up so I could hit some drives and hit a few irons in there. I've had fractured ribs since I was seven and unfortunately I was probably leaning too much on my right side, my guys were in a little trouble on 18 so I tried to hit a drive for them, a little one-handed powder puff out there. Didn't really feel anything and I'm walking off with my buddy Will and next thing I know -- it's like kinda one of those buddy-buddy things, you've got your arm around him -- and next thing I know he just told me I just fell straight over. Next thing I knew a nurse was talking to me. They did mouth-to-mouth and everything. I was probably gone for at least, I don’t know how long... They put me on a bunch of IVs and I ended up being in the hospital. I kind of looked at the doctor kind of deranged and I go, 'What happened?'"


Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth now owns two majors and two Major League Baseball first-pitch honors.
Jordan Spieth won two majors this year, and now he's thrown out the first pitch in two Major League Baseball games as well.
Spieth fired a strike for his hometown Texas Rangers on Aug. 18. He took to the mound again tonight for the ceremonial toss ahead of the Boston Red Sox's game with the New York Yankees – and this curveball was a little high and outside.
Spieth is in Boston for this week's Deutsche Bank Championship, the second event in the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs, which begins on Friday and ends on Labor Day Monday. We're not sure how he feels about the Sox, but there's no doubt he's rooting (politely, of course) against the Yankees, who are battling his beloved Rangers for a wild card spot.
Here's his toss: 
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell via Instagram
Graeme McDowell, who played a key role in the 2014 Ryder Cup, is out on the range with an eye on 2016.
A lot's going on in Graeme McDowell's life these days. He got married a few years ago, and now has a young daughter and a popular restaurant to look after. With all that, though, one thing's still very much on his mind: Making the European team for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine.
"My #RoadtotheRyderCup started today," McDowell said in an Instagram post from a practice session he put up earlier today, which you can see at the bottom of this post. "Time to get this ship back on course. #grindtime"
McDowell, of course, played a huge role in Europe's 16 1/2 to 11 1/2 victory at Gleneagles last fall. He mentored French rookie Victor Dubuisson throughout the event, and teamed with him to defeat Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in the Friday foursomes and top Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in Saturday foursomes.   
McDowell then went out first in the Sunday singles and beat Jordan Spieth to blunt the hot start that the Americans had hoped to mount.
McDowell's video is a perfect reminder that the Europeans officially begin accumulating points for their 2016 team this week at the M2M Russian Open. It's unlikely that many players in the field in Moscow will wind up on the visiting team at Hazeltine next fall, but the point is that the race is on.
The Europeans will retain the points system they used in 2013-14. That means the first four players will come from the Ryder Cup European Points List, based on points gained in official European Tour events. The next five will come from the Ryder Cup World Points List, based on Official World Golf Ranking points gained globally.
After those nine players are determined, Captain Darren Clarke will select three wild cards to round out his team. The Europeans haven't yet announced which event will mark the end of their points-gathering process, but it'll no doubt be about this time next year.
The United States, by contrast, has been awarding points on a partial basis this year. Players vied for points at the four majors, as well as the five World Golf Championship events worldwide and the Players Championship. 
Starting with the 2016 Hyundai Tournament of Champions next January, points will be up for grabs on the PGA Tour every week, including the majors and WGC events. The point-gathering process concludes at the 2016 Barclays, which ends on August 28, 2016, with the top eight points-getters earning automatic spots on the team.
U.S. Captain Davis Love III will make three of his four captain's picks on Sept. 11, 2016, at the conclusion of the 2016 Deutsche Bank Championship. He'll then make his final pick on Sept. 25, 2016, at the conclusion of the Tour Championship.

My #RoadtotheRyderCup started today. Time to get this ship back on course. #grindtime

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