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Golfer Rory McIlroy became one of the most high-profile sports stars to opt out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns about the Zika virus, saying Wednesday it is "a risk I am unwilling to take."

"After speaking with those closest to me, I've come to realize that my health and my family's health comes before anything else," the four-time major winner said in a statement released by his management company.

The fourth-ranked McIlroy was scheduled to play for Ireland as golf makes its return to the Olympics for the first time since 1904.

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Suzy Whaley congratulated competitors and spoke with friends and fans behind the 18th green at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford on Sunday.

She beamed with pride, not only as PGA Secretary, but also as a woman, watching the final round of the inaugural Hartford Women's Open.

"This is incredible," said Whaley of Farmington. "The opportunity to play in such a tournament is significant. And to play at such courses as Keney and Goodwin is even better."

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Luxury automaker celebrates 10th year as official vehicle of golf's ultimate test and aces on-site fan experience

TORRANCE, Calif., June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Golf's most anticipated event is here. Lexus returns as the official vehicle of the U.S. Open Championship in partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA) for the 10th consecutive year. In addition to providing new on-site interactive experiences for golf fans, Lexus will also provide over 300 courtesy vehicles to players and USGA staff throughout the Championship. Bringing together the world's greatest players to compete in golf's ultimate test, the Championship takes place June 16–19 at the renowned Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, for a record ninth time.

"As the first and only automotive partner in the USGA's history, we've had the opportunity to create premium championship experiences for world-class athletes and fans for the last decade," said Brian Smith, Lexus vice president of marketing. "Golf is a passion point for our customers, and we're committed to elevating their U.S. Open experience by making our activities each year better than the last."

OAKMONT, Pa. (AP) — Tom Lehman placed both hands over his cap in disbelief when his shot into the 17th green at Congressional bounded off the side of the green and into the water in 1997, ending his hopes at a U.S. Open he never won.

It wasn't for a lack of effort. A year later, Lehman became the first player since Bobby Jones to play in the final group at a U.S. Open four consecutive years. The difference was that Jones wound up a winner.

There is cause to feel badly for Lehman, though he's not alone.

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The season's second major championship -- the U.S. Open -- is upon us this week at Oakmont Country Club just outside Pittsburgh, Pa.

This week will mark the ninth time that Oakmont has hosted the U.S. Open, which is more than any other venue in the country. It has also hosted three PGA Championships, five U.S. Amateurs, three NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships, and two U.S. Women's Opens.

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If you had all the money in the world and were tasked with building a golfer's dream house, what would it look like?

Chances are it would resemble this mansion in Westchester, New York. And you're in luck, it's for sale! The price tag: just under $16 million.

The nearly 10,000 square foot house sits on 10 acres and looks out onto conversed land around Lake Waccabuc, only an hour's drive from New York City.

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One of the most noteworthy features of U.S. Open venues is the unforgiving rough. You know what we’re taking about – that thick, gnarly stuff.

With the U.S. Open at Oakmont right around the corner, we figured: What better time than now to discuss what you should be thinking about and doing if you find yourself in the rough?

We enlisted PGA Professional Rob Labritz, who has won his fair share of tournaments and has participated in major championships. He's someone who knows a thing or two about what it takes to not let a detour into the rough derail your scorecard.

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CARLSBAD, Calif., May 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:  ELY), an industry leader in innovative golf equipment and technology, announced today it has invested in Junior.Golf, a comprehensive online program that brings together kids, parents and golf professionals in a way that modernizes the junior golf experience.

Junior.Golf is an easy-to-use digital platform that gives golf facilities the tools and processes to engage parents and their children. This will be particularly attractive to millennial parents and their digitally-engaged children. Through Junior.Golf, golf facilities can access a single platform for managing multiple areas of their business including the player database, programming and content as well as marketing communication. To make learning fun, junior golfers now have a gamified experience that tracks their stats, and parents have immediate access to the latest information on events, clinics and tournaments relevant to their junior golfer.

What happened to Russell Knox at TPC Sawgrass' iconic island green hole Saturday is the stuff of nightmares for most amateur golfers. Knox dunked three consecutive shots into the water, eventually finishing with a 9 -- and effectively ending any chance he had of winning the Players.

For any of us who have stood on the tee and peered over an expanse of water, trying to figure out how to navigate it safely, Knox's struggles were hard to watch, and yet comforting to know even the world's best golfers are proof golf is hard.

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What equipment did Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy use to achieve victory?

We take a peek inside their bags to check out the gear that earned them the big checks for the week of May 22, 2016:

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