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Jack Nicklaus has won more majors, but Tiger Woods is the PGA Tours all-time tease. Woods will attempt to make another professional comeback Nov. 30 at the event he hosts, the Hero World Challenge. He will join Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the 18-player field in the Bahamas. …

Tiger Woods pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving in a deal that will keep him out of jail as long as he stays out of trouble, resolving charges from an arrest last spring in which he was found passed out in his Mercedes with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system. Woods spoke only…

Tiger Woods is swinging a driver without pain, and his agent says doctors have cleared him to practice without limitations. Still to be determined is when Woods can play in a tournament. We havent even addressed when he comes back to play again. We have not addressed one thing, said Mark Steinberg,…

The BMW Championship ended delightfully Sunday, with no drama. Marc Leishman took a four-shot lead into the 72nd hole at Conway Farms and barely even practiced his final putt. No plumb-bobbing, no fuss. Leishman stroked in the 18-footer from the fringe, waited for Rickie Fowler to finish and then…

Sergio Garcia reacts after his bizarre 18th hole during Sundays final round of the BMW Championship in Lake Forest on Sept. 17, 2017. (Teddy Greenstein/Chicago Tribune)

Justin Rose expressed an opinion you dont often hear when the PGA Tour comes to the Chicago area. Asked if hed like the BMW Championship to return to Conway Farms, Rose replied: Id like to see it come back to Cog. Rose is a bit biased, given that he won the final BMW Championship played at…

Marc Leishman definitely flies under the radar. He notes he has been out to dinner with fellow players like Jason Day, Rickie Fowler and Adam Scott and nobody really recognizes the big Australian. Now there are advantages to having some degree of anonymity, he says. However, at the same time, he…

Golfer Jason Day reacts after his hole-in-one on No. 17 and his second-round performance at the BMW Championship in Lake Forest on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. (Teddy Greenstein/Chicago Tribune)

After Jason Day completed his Friday round at Conway Farms, a friend shouted, Jason, my car is on its last legs! Better start walking! Day shot back with a smile. The affable Aussie was awarded a BMW M760i sedan for what he described as a lucky hole-in-one, a 7-iron on the downhill, 186-yard…

Jason Day on his hole-in-one, second-round performance at BMW Championship

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Phil Mickelson pounded a drive onto the 18th fairway at Conway Farms and then had almost enough time before his second shot to fly home for one of his kids graduations. Sergio Garcia, who drove it 15 yards shy of Mickelson, laid up on the 585-yard hole. That left Mickelson and Charles Howell III…

Phil Mickelson discusses shooting a 5-under 66 in the opening round of the BMW Championship at Conway Farms in Lake Forest on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Teddy Greenstein/Chicago Tribune)

A surgeon won at Conway Farms in 2013. A masher shrank the course in 2015. What does that tell you? That practically anyone in the FedEx Cup playoff field of 70 can win this weeks BMW Championship as it boomerangs back to Chicagos North Shore. Its not a bombers course, said Jim Bones Mackay,…

Ian Happ grew up around golf. His late father, Keith, was a senior agronomist for the USGA and board member of the First Tee of Pittsburgh, which promotes the game and its values to youth. As a kid, any thoughts of being a pro golfer were fleeting. I wish, Happ said. I wasnt good enough. Golfs…

The most stunning player-caddie breakup of 2017 was the Phil Mickelson-Jim Bones Mackay split. The golf world thought the two greeted each other each morning by saying, You complete me. A close second is taking place at this weeks BMW Championship at Conway Farms. As first reported by Golf…

Henrik Stenson might not know you personally, but he still knows you. He knows you change into soft spikes in the parking lot, pay your green fee and then maybe, at most, spend 10 seconds stretching your upper body by grabbing a rail of the golf cart. All the guys who run straight to the first…

PGA Tour physical therapist Corey Hug discusses stretching routines and injury prevention for players on the tour on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Teddy Greenstein/Chicago Tribune)

The victories keep piling up for Justin Thomas, and all that does is make him want more. In a Labor Day finish that was harder than the final margin suggested, Thomas kept his patience when Jordan Spieth shot out to a brief lead and Marc Leishman built a two-shot lead at the turn. Keeping his mistakes…

Michelle Wie was set to have surgery Sunday to remove her appendix. Wie withdrew before the final round of the Canadian Pacific Womens Open and was taken to Ottawa Hospital for the surgery. Further details on her condition will be provided when available, her agency, IMG, said in a statement….

Dustin Johnson faced long odds all day against Jordan Spieth until the longest drive led to an unlike playoff victory Sunday in The Northern Trust.Johnson rallied from a five-shot deficit on the front nine. And on the final hole in regulation, after one of the most powerful players in golf chose…

On a summer day in 2017, at a forward-thinking golf course in Chicagos western suburbs, I closed my eyes and imagined it was 1941. A young Ben Hogan takes a drag from a Chesterfield cigarette. The Hawk is stressed. He leads the Chicago Open with three holes to play but is engaged in what the Associated…

Doc Redman rallied from two holes down with two to play and won the U.S. Amateur on Sunday, beating Doug Ghim on the first extra hole. Ghim, an Arlington Heights native and senior at Texas, was 2-up heading to the 35th hole of the two-round final at Riviera Country Club, but Redman made a stunning…

Cristie Kerr and Paula Creamer won singles matches Sunday to help the U.S. beat Europe in the Solheim Cup.Gerina Piller sealed it with a birdie putt that put her 3 up over Florentyna Parker with three to play. The Americans also won the Cup in 2015 and are 10-5 in the biennial tournament.Kerr beat…

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How can you tell that Doug Ghim is an educated Cubs fan? He doesnt believe in jinxes. The cap he wore Saturday for his semifinal match at the U.S. Amateur Championship had a Masters logo. Ghim needed to win his match to secure an invitation to the 2018 Masters and U.S. Open. After Fox Sports…

Paul Casey was the main attraction Tuesday at BMW Championship media day, joking on a Skype call from Arizona about his bridesmaid status in the event. Casey finished second in 2010 at Cog Hill and took silver again in 2016 at Crooked Stick in Indiana. The winner both times? Dustin Johnson. If…

Tiger Woods had five drugs in his system when he was arrested in May on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a report Monday. At the time, Woods told authorities that he was taking Vicodin and Xanax, but per ESPN, a toxicology report from the Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office…

Justin Thomas emerged from the shadow of a longtime friend and won the PGA Championship to take his place among the young elite in golf. With two big breaks to start the back nine, a chip-in for birdie to seize control and a timely 7-iron that soared over the water to a peninsula green, Thomas…

In 1995, a few years after I joined the LPGA tour, I was working out in the fitness van at a tournament when Charlie Meacham, our commissioner at the time, asked me to come outside for a few minutes to chat. I wasnt worried as a professional golfer, I was never caught up in any controversy,…

Hes one of many: Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy all winners, champions. Yet Jordan Spieth also is one of a kind, a golfer who has others in awe, has them using words such as intangible when reflecting on his game. You cant really describe it, said Ernie Els when called on to analyze…

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Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty Wednesday to driving under the influence and will enter a diversion program later this year, a Florida prosecutor said. Palm Beach County Assistant State Attorney Adrienne Ellis said Woods attorney entered the plea on his behalf. The 41-year-old golf superstar will…

Players are allowed to wear shorts during practice rounds at the PGA Championship. That wont be necessary in two years when it moves to May. The PGA of America is moving its major championship to May for the first time in 70 years when it goes to Bethpage Black on New Yorks Long Island in 2019…

Most players on the Tour would not be happy with shooting consecutive rounds of 74, better than just a handful of competitors, while missing the cut by 11 strokes at an event. Then again, most – OK, all – of them are not NBA superstars, making what Stephen Curry accomplished quite impressive,…

Theres long. Theres freakishly long. And then theres Cameron Champ, a modestly sized 6-footer who hits it a country mile. For me its just natural ability, Champ said of his length. Ive had it really forever. Champ emerged as the most intriguing survivor Friday at the Western Amateur by…

Know whats even harder than playing quarterback? Playing golf. Tony Romo has flourished against celebrities in Lake Tahoe, but the millennials crushed him at the Western Amateur. Playing on a sponsors invitation at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, the retired Cowboys quarterback missed the cut…

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Cubs manager Joe Maddon tees off at his charity golf outing on July 31, 2017.

Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10. Fighting a sore throat all week in the difficult weather conditions, the 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish…