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  • Scott to say it with flowers after hitting woman

    Adam ScottFor a fan, getting hit by a golf ball at a major tournament certainly hurts but increasingly that pain is coming with benefits attached.

    Last month a British spectator was gifted hotel accommodation by world number three Rory McIlroy after being hit by the Northern Irishman's ball during The Open at Royal Lytham.

    On Friday in the second round of the US PGA Championship, a female fan was hit by a drive from Australian Adam Scott - and can now expect a bouquet of flowers from the golfer with probably the most female fans of all.

    "Unfortunately I hit a lady on the seventh hole. She was getting

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  • McIlroy shows signs he really is ‘back in the groove’

    Rory McIlroy strikes a pose at The Ocean Course on Kiawah Island (Reuters)

    Day one at the US PGA Championship saw an eclectic group of players take advantage of benign conditions and true greens at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island. It will also be remembered as the day we saw an alligator eat a snake, but don't let that be a distraction to your enjoyment of the year's fourth and final Major.

    At the end of a first round the rather unglamorous name atop the leaderboard was Sweden's Carl Pettersson, who didn't drop a shot in his immaculate six-under-par total of 66. Rory McIlroy was another who didn't give up a bogey, playing beautifully for a five-under-par 67.

    The

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  • US PGA Championship contenders

    Ahead of the US PGA Championship, we offer up our thoughts on some of the game's best players and their chances to win at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course.

    Woods signs autographs after a practice round at the US PGA Championship on Kiawah Island (Reuters)

    Tiger Woods

    His 2012 so far: If we were talking about any golfer not named Tiger Woods, three wins at Bay Hill, Muirfield Village and Congressional would be considered a banner season. However, since we're talking about Woods, the fact that he has three wins and one isn't a Major means it's jUSt another great year. Aside from his three wins, he's also posted a second, third and six top 10's. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is his

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  • Five things we learned from the Bridgestone Invitational

    Rory McIlroy during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club (AFP)

    Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage - unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the Bridgestone Invitational.

    Winning from behind is the way to go —Want to win on the US PGA Tour? Make sure you're at least four shots back of the lead going into the final round. For the 11th time this year (this year!), the winner came four shots off the lead on

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  • Tiger Woods keen on Olympics

    Tiger Woods at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (Reuters)

    Golf returns to the Olympics in 2016, and when it does, Tiger Woods definitely wouldn't mind being there.

    Sure, he'll be 40 — think about that for a second — the next time we see the Games, but Woods as much as anyone belongs on a world stage like the Olympics. Yes, he's a professional, but so are Roger Federer, LeBron James and (let's not fool ourselves) all of the athletes who devote years of their lives to the pursuit of their chosen sport. Question is, will Woods be a part of the American delegation?

    "I've got to qualify first," he said at a press conference this week. "If I get in, it

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  • John Daly has endured and enjoyed one of the most spectacularly chequered careers in golf, if not the whole of sport.

    He has stood on top of the world many times, with his victories including an Open Championship at St Andrews and his breakthrough US PGA Championship win as a late alternate in the field, where he drove through the night just to make the first tee and tore the field to pieces.

    But there have also been endless struggles with alcohol and gambling addiction, a string of failed marriages, and endless fines from golfing authorities for everything from claiming that most players on

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  • Five things we learned from the RBC Canadian Open

    Scott Piercy of the US after completing his first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club (AFP)

    Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage - unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the RBC Canadian Open.

    Remember the name Scott Piercy — Scott Piercy isn't a marquee name on the US PGA Tour, but after his win on Sunday at the RBC Canadian Open, maybe it's time we started paying attention to 33-year-old from Las Vegas.

    With two wins in the last

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  • Pete OakleyWarm, wet weather has made the rough particularly brutal at this year's Senior Open Championship at Turnberry.

    But nobody expected a golfer to lose his caddie and his wife in it - or to end up with a two-shot penalty for doing so.

    That is exactly what happened to 63-year-old Pete Oakley: the former champion lost his caddie - who also happened to be his wife Jennifer - after veering off track on the 13th hole during Friday's second round.

    Oakley had asked Jennifer to head down the fairway before he hit on the 13th hole to keep an eye on his ball, in case it veered into the devilish knee-high

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  • Ten-year-old qualifies for the US Amateur

    The child in action (LatannaStone.com)All right, this is insane. But in a good way. Latanna Stone, a 10-year-old, four-foot-eight golf prodigy, has qualified for the US Women's Amateur.

    Think about that for a second. A 10-year-old is already playing better golf than you are or probably could ever hope to. (It's OK. We won't tell anyone how upset that makes you.)

    For perspective, the US Women's Amateur is one of the oldest and most prestigious tournaments in the sport, dating back to 1895. Before the rise of the professional game, the men's and women's amateurs were considered on par with the other Majors. Winners of the men's

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  • Bookmaker issues refund for money lost on Scott

    Adam Scott rues another missed putt (Reuters)

    In the cutthroat world of sports gambling, bookmakers rarely issue refunds for bets — unless, of course, they make a mistake that warrants returning money back to the bettor.

    But on Sunday evening following one of the worst collapses in Major championship history, one bookmaker in particular decided to go against the grain and do the unthinkable: they refunded bets for anyone that had money on Adam Scott to win The Open. That's right, refund losing bets. According to GeoffShackelford.com, SportsBettingOnline decided to throw some of their clients a bone, after Scott blew a four-shot lead with

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