Missing LinksMarch 12, 2016

Jordan Spieth regrets responding to social media heckler

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“Jordan Spieth expressed regret Friday for reacting to a social media heckler a day earlier, in the aftermath of his opening-round 76 in the Valspar Championship,” ESPN’s Bob Harig writes. “‘You'll probably never see me do that again because obviously it was seen and known and -- just really frustrating,’ Spieth said. ‘There's really not a point. I should never respond to any of that, just let it go and by the time the next tournament rolls around no one even remembers it anyways.’”

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Keith Pelley, the CEO of the European Tour, is not embracing PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem’s suggestion that it merge with the PGA Tour. “We are golf’s global tour; we play in 26 countries in five continents of the world, including the United States. We have quite a bit of diversity right now and what we are currently trying to do is build our organisation and build our tour for our members,” Pelley said in this story by Ewan Murray of the Guardian. “For us, we are in the process of making our tour a viable alternative to the tour in the United States. To do that, we will have to be aggressive.”

“It’s a pretty exclusive fraternity of players who have won major championships on the two most iconic golf courses in the world – the Old Course at St. Andrews and Augusta National. Sam Snead. Jack Nicklaus. Seve Ballesteros. Nick Faldo. Tiger Woods. And Zach Johnson,” Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle writes in this look at Johnson’s career and how it likely will land him in the World Golf Hall of Fame.