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Tiger Woods and Joe LaCava sit down to answer questions submitted on social media.

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Eric Eshleman, Kevin Kirk headline 2019 PGA of America National Award Recipients

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Eric Eshleman, PGA, the Director of Golf at the Country Club of Birmingham (Alabama), is the recipient of the 2019 PGA Golf Professional of the Year Award. This award is the highest annual honor given to a PGA of America Professional, awarded for qualities of leadership, strong moral character and a substantial record of service to the PGA and the game of golf.

A 24-year PGA Member, Eshleman has demonstrated a passion and commitment to training and mentoring fellow PGA Professionals throughout his career and has served in advisory roles on several golf committees. Eshleman currently serves as the Honorary President of the Alabama-NW Florida PGA Section, after a two-year term as President. During his time as a Section Officer, he helped raise the image and status of the Section and established a fundraising program for its foundation, while his stint as president included the approval of the Section name change (formerly the Dixie Section).

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In the opening round of the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Jon Rahm turned in a bogey-free, 8-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead over the field into Friday.

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Each FedExCup point is crucial for those battling it out at the 2019 Barracuda Championship, with players making a run for a spot in the FedExCup Playoffs in August.

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The PGA TOUR makes a stop at TPC Southwind for a showdown in Memphis, Tennessee at the 2019 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. 22 of the top 30 in the FedExCup standings will tee it up including Matt Kuchar, who checks in at number two.

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Johnson, Koepka, Day Face Potential Million Dollar Shootout

Jason Day expects he’ll be praising Brooks Koepka’s layup game as the pair get closer to the par-5 16th at TPC Southwind this week.

The 530-yard hole will be a pivotal one in the World Golf Championships – FedEx St. Jude Invitational, but also doubles as the site for a potential $1 million showdown.

The pair are in a battle with Dustin Johnson, and potentially a few others, for the season long Aon Risk Reward Challenge – worth $1 million to the winner.

Paired with Day over the opening two rounds, Koepka laughed that he won’t fall for the Australian’s reverse psychology and has his driver, along with his verbal jab game, warmed up if he needs it.

While Ian Poulter, Jason Kokrak, Justin Thomas, Alex Noren, Gary Woodland and Cameron Smith all have mathematical chances of winning over this week and next, the odds suggest a three-man showdown in Memphis.

The Aon Risk Reward Challenge has seen players on the PGA TOUR (and LPGA Tour) record their best two scores on the designated hole of the week throughout the season and an average-to-par calculated.

Players must have played 40 rounds at the eligible events to qualify, a feat Day and Koepka have already achieved, while Johnson will hit that mark this week.

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Tiger Misses Cut at The Open, Cites Lack of Consistency

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – Tiger Woods’ major campaign this season began with an incredible high, one of the biggest moments in his legendary career. But since then, it’s been mostly frustration and free weekends, with Woods facing the cruel realities of an older golfer struggling for consistency.

Woods shot a 1-under 70 in Friday’s second round of The Open Championship, but his 6-over total for the first two days at Royal Portrush left him well outside the cutline. It’s his second missed cut in the three majors since winning the Masters in April, and the seventh missed cut in his last 13 major starts dating back to the 2014 PGA Championship. Prior to that, he had missed the cut just three times in his first 61 major starts as a pro.

That was then. This is now. The new normal for Woods? He still has the game to compete; after all, he’s won twice in the last 12 months, including the 2018 TOUR Championship. But at age 43 and after four back surgeries, he no longer can contend on a weekly basis.

“One of the hardest things to accept as an older athlete is that you’re not going to be as consistent as you were at 23,” Woods said. “Things are different.

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The Open Morning Headlines: Spieth Making a Move

If you’re just waking up, here’s what you may have missed from Day 2 of The Open Championship. First-round leader J.B. Holmes is on the course, but several big names are nipping at his heels, including Jordan Spieth, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland – The second round of The Open Championship started under sunny skies and perfect scoring conditions. How nice was the weather? Erik Van Rooyen was sporting bare ankles, and the television broadcast showed people swimming in the ocean.

Holmes, who finished a distant third behind Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson in the 2016 Open at Royal Troon, made two birdies on his first five holes to maintain the solo lead.

SPIETH’S SURGE: The biggest charge was being made by Spieth, whose last win came at the 2017 Open. He played his first eight holes in 5 under, including an eagle on the par-5 seventh hole. He holed putts of about 25 feet on 7 and 8 to reach 6 under for the tournament. Perhaps it’s a good sign that he compared Royal Portrush to the site of his Open triumph, Royal Birkdale.

“I think it's played more from the air,” Spieth said. “But it's still very, very links. Birkdale was played from the air. You could only bounce it up on maybe half the holes, which is pretty similar to around here, with all the fall-offs and false fronts.”

ENGLISH CHALLENGE: The Open’s two visits to Royal Portrush represent the only times that the event has been played outside Scotland and England. The English players are still feeling right at home. Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood are all on the golf course this morning and on the first page of the leaderboard. Hatton was 5 under after shooting 34 on his front nine. Fleetwood was one shot behind him after a front-nine 35. Rose and Westwood are early in their rounds.

KOEPKA ON THE COURSE: Brooks Koepka also teed off early Friday. He shot 68 in the first round but was unable to make an early move in Friday’s pristine conditions. He shot even-par on his first nine Thursday. He’s still in contention for another major championship.

TIGER MAKES BIRDIE: Tiger Woods is playing for little more than pride on Friday after shooting 78. He did birdie his first hole, though, after struggling physically in the first round.

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