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Fan backs up Ryders Cup trash talk by making putt PGA stars couldn’t

A fan at the Ryder Cup won a spot in the Heckler’s Hall of Fame by nailing a putt Rory McIlroy and Andy Sullivan could not during a practice round Thursday.

A video shows the heckler making jokes as he practices his putt before hitting the ball. 

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The crowd erupts with cheers and applause as the ball goes in the hole and the heckler pumps his fists in the air.

This is enough to get even Allen Iverson excited about practice.

Whatever he does with that $100, it probably won’t be spent on a drink anywhere golfers hang out.

Sports world pays tribute to Arnold Palmer, dead at 87

Arnold Palmer, one of the greatest golfers who ever lived, passed away at the age of 87 on Sunday night.

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The sports world, stunned by his passing, expressed its sadness with heartfelt messages on social media. 

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Tiger Woods plans his return to the PGA

Tiger Woods has named the tournament where he hopes to begin a comeback.

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The former No. 1 golfer in the world hasn't played a PGA tournament in over a year.

But he wrote Wednesday that his goal is to play in the Safeway Open in mid-October, which marks the beginning of the next PGA season.

He also said he aims to play in a tournament in November and another in December.

Woods has been trying to find his game again after undergoing multiple back surgeries in 2015.

"My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," he wrote on his website.

Woods' return could be welcome news for the PGA, which has faced the challenge of replacing the sport's most recognizable face.

Major tournaments have staggered in ratings when Woods was absent.

Coincidentally, the last PGA tournament in which Woods played in August 2015 got a huge ratings spike when he briefly led the field.

Woods is currently ranked No. 711 in the world.

Rory McIlroy drops out of Olympics over Zika virus concerns

The world's biggest sports competition is going to be without one of golf's biggest names.

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Rory McIlroy, ranked No. 4 in the overall world standings, has decided not to compete in the Olympic Games because of concerns over the Zika virus.

McIlroy said in a statement, "Even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless and a risk I am unwilling to take." 

McIlroy's decision is bad news for the sport of golf, which is making its return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, and for Ireland, the country for which McIlroy had pledged to play.

The Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites and is known to cause birth defects. Brazil has been facing a Zika outbreak since May 2015.

It's unclear how risky it is to visit Rio de Janeiro this August. More than 100 distinguished physicians and scientists have called for the Olympic Games to be moved.

Just four months ago, the World Health Organization said Zika was "spreading explosively." But the organization has also maintained the risk for the Olympics is very low. A Brazilian official cited a University of Cambridge study that found of the 500,000 foreign tourists traveling to the games, one will get infected.

McIlroy may have company. Rickie Fowler, the world's No. 6-ranked golfer, is reportedly also questioning if he'll play in the games.

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Imperfect ‘10’ for Els on first hole at Masters

No one can win a golf tournament on the first hole, but World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els showed everyone how to put yourself in an almost impossible position after only one hole, taking seven putts for a 10 on Thursday in the first round of the 80th Masters.

All but one putt was within 2 feet. One from 11 inches resulted in a miss that left him 4 feet for his next. He also had a one-handed swat that missed.

There have been four players in tourney history who have scored an “8” on the first hole, one that played among the top three most difficult holes of the day through 3 p.m., including Olin Browne and Scott Simpson in 1998, Billy Casper in 2001 and Jeev Milka Singh in 2007.

Els’ 10 isn’t close to the worst Masters hole score in competition. Tom Weiskopf once made “13” at the par-3 12th in 1980 and Tommy Nakajima matched that at the par-5 13th in 1998.

In 74 previous Masters’ rounds on the first hole, Els had never scored worse than a double-bogey “6” once, while making seven birdies, 56 pars and 10 bogeys. And he previously had only one hole with worse than a double bogey in his 21 previous Masters.

Els has won 19 times on the PGA Tour and four majors, two British Opens and two U.S. Opens.

Marcy's Mulligan Golf Tournament

Marcy’s Mulligan is a golf tournament and silent auction presented by 97.1 The River's Kaedy Kiely in memory of Marcy Scott, along with other friends and family we have lost to cancer.

Proceeds benefit the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness at Piedmont, a nonprofit that serves cancer patients free of charge. They employ nutrition, relaxation, exercise, education, and support programs throughout cancer patients' entire journey.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Fairways of Canton • 400 Laurel Canyon Parkway, Canton, GA 30114

Registration: 8:30am

Shotgun Start: 10:00am, with box lunch

Awards Presentation/Celebration Buffet following tournament

Prizes: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams

Contests: Closest to the Pin, Longest Drive and Hole in One

Click here to sponsor the event, register to golf or donate funds.

Individual: $200   Foursome: $750

For more information, email marcysmulligan@gmail.com

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