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Jordan Spieth withdrew from the Olympics on Monday, leaving golf without its top four players when the sport returns to the games for the first time since 1904.

The decision was announced by International Golf Federation President Peter Dawson.

Spieth is the latest golfer to say he was not going to Rio, telling the IGF it was for "health reasons." He had until midnight Monday in Scotland to decide. He was practicing at Royal Troon during the IGF news conference and was not expected to speak until Tuesday.

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Over the course of a given year, I'm able to get an up close look at some incredible golf gear. Periodically, I like to compile a product round-up of some of my favorites.

Here's a peek at a list of items I've had the opportunity to test in the last couple of months that you may want to consider for your own game -- everything from clubs, to gadgets to apparel and more.

Let's break them down by product type.

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Who out there is guilty of slinging an overloaded golf bag?

Come on. I can't be the only one raising my hand.

Just because many great golf bags today feature loads of pockets doesn't mean we have to fill them all up. Admittedly, I'm still trying to grasp that concept.

During a recent round at an exceptional golf course that required our foursome to take caddies (which I love on those rare, special occasions, by the way), I realized what a problem my "loading the golf bag" issue had become when my caddie demanded I switch my stand bag for a lightweight loaner bag from the bag room.

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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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