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US PGA weather relents to lift cloud of criticism with Rio on horizon

PGA: PGA Championship - Second Round

The thunderstorms and steady downpour that reduced the finely manicured Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club into marshy wetlands over the weekend finally relented yesterday afternoon, sparing tournament officials the headache of the first Monday finish at a PGA Championship since the season’s final major was last played here in 2005 – and further criticism over how it was handled.

Padraig Harrington jumps up leaderboard as weather curse strikes

PGA: PGA Championship - Practice Round

Let’s call it the curse of Baltusrol. Or perhaps the Baltusrol blues. The US PGA Championship could be destined for a Monday finish upon its return to the New Jersey venue at which Phil Mickelson triumphed in 2005. Eleven years ago, the Wanamaker Trophy was handed over on Monday because of weather delays.

Jason Day banishes doubts at US PGA but Rory McIlroy misses cut

PGA: PGA Championship - Second Round

There were enough reasons to doubt whether Jason Day could win back-to-back US PGA Championships – namely a pre-tournament rush to hospital with his wife, a mild bout of illness for Day himself, the failure to play a single practice hole at Baltusrol before Wednesday and, in round two, the playing of his first seven holes in two over par. Day was drifting.

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Rory McIlroy’s Rio decision puts spotlight on golf and Olympics

Rory McIlroy had a potential out from golf’s Olympic return from the moment that landmark decision was voted through in 2009. The delicacy of a Northern Irish sportsman, not least one as high-profile as McIlroy, having to declare for an Irish or British Olympic team meant the option of passing up the 2016 Games entirely was initially a live prospect.

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Rory McIlroy puts faith in reverse putting grip as trump card in Miami

A continuing quest for golfing perfection has led to Jason Day calling the stricken Tiger Woods for advice and to Rory McIlroy changing his putting grip. It was obvious in Miami on Wednesday that McIlroy is far more interested in curing woes on the greens than worrying about the outcome of the US presidential election.

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