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Jordan Spieth
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Jordan Spieth, in his Masters green jacket, stood out in the sea of burnt orange on the field at halftime of the University of Texas' game with Rice Saturday night.
Jordan Spieth wasn't too happy after the first two rounds of each of his last two PGA Tour starts, missing the cut in both the Barclays and the Deutsche Bank Championship. But he was beaming after two quarters of the Texas Longhorns' football game with Rice University Saturday night.
The reigning Masters and U.S. Open champion was honored at halftime, and wore his green jacket out onto the field, where he was joined by members of the Longhorns' teams that won Big 12 Championships last season. To salute the two-time major champ, the Longhorn band spelled out "Spieth" in huge letters spanning the width of the field.
Spieth, of course, briefly attended Texas – he was part of the Longhorns' 2012 NCAA Championship-winning team as a freshman – before turning professional. He'll be back in action this coming week in the BMW Championship, the third event in the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs, outside of Chicago.
September 11, 2015 - 12:52pm
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Rory and Tiger
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods played as partners most recently at the Masters in April.

According to the most recent player commitment list at the tournament's website, Tiger Woods has committed to playing in the PGA Tour's 2015-16 season-opening event, the Open in Napa, Calif.

If that's the case, Woods will join Rory McIlroy -- who committed to appearing earlier this summer -- as two of the big names who have accepted invitations to play at the Silverado Resort and Spa next month.

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Several others, including Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker, have given indications that they'd like to play, but haven't formally committed to the field.

Sang-Moon Bae -- who is facing compulsory military service in his native South Korea -- is the defending champion. He won by two strokes over Stephen Bowditch.

As the first tournament in the Tour's "wraparound schedule," the event pays FedExCup points.

This won't be Woods' first trip to the Napa Valley. He played in the 2011 tournament as a tune-up after being selected as a Presidents Cup captain's pick that fall.

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Not surprisingly, ticket sales for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., jumped significantly when Woods decided to enter at the last minute. Tournament organizers in Napa are expecting similar response there.

September 9, 2015 - 9:00am
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Graeme McDowell
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Graeme McDowell has some serious hand-to-eye coordination.

Graeme McDowell showed off his golf club juggling skills on social media Wednesday, and challenged several of his professional golf peers to do the same.

Here's the video McDowell posted on Twitter. Pay particular attention to the 360-degree spin he does without losing control of the ball:




Graeme specifically calls out Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Victor Dubuisson in the video.

It's obviously a plug for the upcoming Hong Kong Open, where McDowell and the players he named will all be in attendance. Still, it should be fun to see which golfers accept Graeme's challenge and come up with their own trick-shot highlights.

September 8, 2015 - 8:00am
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PGA of America Archive
On Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, watch live on for a PGA of America announcement.

Tune into for a major announcement from the PGA of America at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

You can watch our live stream beginning at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning here:

Rhona Aime, Chief Financial Officer and Angela Schmelzer, Program Operations Coordinator at the PGA of America will serve as mentors to Yasmian Al-Sharshani from Qatar for the U.S. Department of State and espnW Global Sports Mentoring Program. Now in its fourth year, this program supports the United States global commitment toward advancing the rights and participation of women and girls around the world, using sports as a vehicle towards greater opportunity and inclusion.

The PGA of America is proud to play an important role in engaging, inspiring, and empowering a new generation of female leaders around the world. For three weeks, Aime and Schmelzer will mentor Al-Sharshani, providing her with valuable skills, experience, and access to networks that can lead to future opportunities back in her home community. Aime and Schmelzer will also help to construct a strategic action plan with Yasmian, in an effort to create additional sports opportunities for underserved women and girls in Qatar.

The mentoring program is a central component of the Department’s broader Empowering Women and Girls through Sports Initiative, which aims to increase the number of women and girls worldwide who are involved in sports. Through sports, women and girls learn about peaceful competition, hard work, leadership, and teamwork -- all attributes that equip them to help create stronger, more productive, and stable communities.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These international exchanges engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes and emerging leaders from the United States and nearly 170 countries. Alumni of these exchanges comprise over 1 million people around the world, including more than 50 Nobel Laureates and more than 350 current or former heads of state and government.

Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #EmpowerWomen. 

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed threw one in the cup at the fifth after hitting his tee shot in the rough.

Patrick Reed went from the rough to the cup - the bottom of the cup - on hole No. 5 during final round play of the 2015 Deutsche Bank Championship.

Reed drove the ball into the rough off the tee and was left with 168 yards to the pin.

He was in the plush stuff, too.

A swing, solid contact, and that signature sound of ball meeting flagstick.

Here's how it happened:



The eagle followed a birdie and put Reed at 9-under for the tournament and 2-under on the day.