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Sergio Garcia withdrew after Thursday's round of the BMW PGA Championship, favoring an injured left knee.

VIRGINIA WATER, England -- In an effort to be ready for the U.S. Open, Sergio Garcia has withdrawn from the BMW PGA Championship because of an injured left knee.

Garcia shot a 1-over 73 on the West Course at Wentworth on Thursday and then advised officials he was unable to continue.

The seventh-ranked Spaniard first felt pain in his knee during the final round of last week's Spanish Open. An MRI showed no serious damage.

Garcia says "on the 17th and 18th holes today, it didn't feel good at all. The problem is now is with the U.S. Open coming up. I don't want it to get worse."

The U.S. Open at Pinehurst starts June 12.

Sergio withdraws from BMW with knee injury
Senior PGA Volunteers
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More than 400 Senior PGA Championship volunteers lined up in the shape of the state of Michigan.


Whether you're a Michigander or a Michiganian, are partial to Coneys or pasties, can point out your hometown by using the palm of your right hand or consider yourself a Yooper, being from the Wolverine State -- the only state in the union with two peninsulas -- is quite a special honor.

That home state pride was evidenced Wednesday by the assembled group of more than 400 Senior PGA Championship volunteers who stood on the first fairway of Harbor Shores in the shape of Michigan, both upper and lower peninsulas. Below is a cool video of how the photo came together, taken by an overhead drone equipped with a camera.


It was done to celebrate the 75th Senior PGA Championship, to be contested this week at Benton Harbor's Harbor Shores course.

COURSE REVIEW: What it's like to play Harbor Shores

Not surprisingly, it took a marching band director -- Aaron Engleman of St. Joseph High School -- to get everybody lined up perfectly, all the way from Lambertville in the southeastern corner to Iron Mountain to the northwest. That's pretty impresive, considering Michigan touches four of the five Great Lakes.

In case it ever comes up in a game of trivia, Michigan's state motto means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."



Watch: Band forms Michigan at Harbor Shores
May 21, 2014 - 3:33pm
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Jack Nicklaus has been known to make the game look easy. But this was just ridiculous.

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. -- The Senior PGA Championship presented by KitchenAid takes place this week at Harbor Shores.

Harbor Shores also hosted the 2012 Senior PGA Championship, which was won by England's Roger Chapman.

It usually takes a lot of time for a course to generate notable moments in its history. That isn't the case with Harbor Shores.

RELATED: What's it like to play Harbor Shores? | Senior PGA Champ. coverage

This course was put on the map the day it officially opened, July 10, 2010, thanks to its designer Jack Nicklaus.

As part of the grand opening, Nicklaus was joined by Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and Johnny Miller to play 18 holes.

When the group reached the par-5 10th hole, something unfolded that you couldn't make up.

The 10th green at Harbor Shores is one of the most undulating on the course -- which is saying something because a lot of the greens here are of the hit-and-hope variety: hit it and hope it finishes somewhere reasonably close to the hole.

On opening day, Miller found his third shot on the lower level of the green, with the pin placement up a hill in the back, middle portion of the green, 102 feet away with the kinds of twists and turns you only expect to see on a roller coaster.

At first, Miller contemplated using a wedge, arguing it was the only wat to get close to the hole. Nicklaus insisted the ball could be putted up there.

With that, Nicklaus walked down to where Miller was, dropped a golf ball, took a quick look at the hole and proceeded to do this:




So, this week when you see players struggling for a three-putt on the 10th green at Harbor Shores, just remember it's not as easy as Nicklaus made it look.

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After a one-month absence from his analyst duties at Golf Channel to recover from a heart attack, Notah Begay will be back to work next week for the NCAA Division I men's golf championship.

After suffering a heart attack in April, Notah Begay is ready to return to his analyst role at Golf Channel.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Golf Channel announced that after a month's absence while recovering from his heart attack, Begay will rejoin the network's broadcast team next week for the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships (Monday, May 26 through Wednesday, May 28).

RELATED: Golf Channel analyst recovering from heart attack | NCAA golf coverage

Begay will also serve as an analyst for Golf Central's news coverage surrounding the tournament.

"I'm feeling great and completely ready to get back to Golf Channel and NBC to do what I love best," he said. "The whole experience was a bit surreal, but it's given me a new perspective on my health and I feel even more motivated to use my foundation to help educate kids about their own health and make a positive difference in their lives."

Begay suffered his heart attack on April 24, caused by what doctors at Methodist Hospital in Dallas diagnosed as a 100 percent blockage of his right coronary artery.

The Golf Channel statement said that a stent was inserted to unblock the artery and, at the time, his prognosis for a full recovery was very good. Begay has a history of heart disease in his family, the statement said, and says he's looking forward to expanding his NB3 Foundation's mission to address health and wellness issues among Native American youth, as well as working more closely with the American Heart Association.

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Rory McIlroy, engagement, Caroline Wozniaki
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In a statement released through his management firm on Wednesday, Rory McIlroy announced that he has called off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniaki.

Rory McIlroy has called off his engagement to tennis star Caroline Wozniaki.

In a statement released by his management firm on Wednesday, McIlroy explained he, "wasn't ready for all that marriage entails."

McIlroy, 25, proposed to the 23-year-old Wozniaki on New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia, after many British tabloids reported the two had split.

WATCH: Bryan Brothers glow-in-the-dark trick shots

"There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people," McIlroy said in the statement as he prepares for BMW PGA Championship in England, the European Tour's flagship event.

"The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails.

"I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting."

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Bryan Brothers glow in the dark trick shots
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Night time is no problem for trick shot artists George and Wesley Bryan.

We're starting to run out of superlatives to describe all the trick shots that brothers George and Wesley Bryan have brought us via YouTube over the past couple of months. Fortunately, the brothers haven't run out of creative ideas.

Their latest video came out this afternoon – except that it was filmed at night. And if you're wondering how to hit trick shots at night, we have an answer – Glow in the Dark!

Yes, the Bryan brothers are outfitted with special gear that lights up the night to bring us some of their favorite tricks. And with the amazing visual effects and cool background music, it makes for quite a spectacle.

So, enough said. Take a look for yourself:




Bryan Brothers glow in the dark in their latest golf trick shots