Missing LinksMay 23, 2015

Texas isn't a lone star state, as Jordan Spieth expects to have company

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"[Jordan] Spieth headlines a corps of North Texans who have won six of the last 16 U.S. Junior Amateur titles and four of the last six, with Spieth winning in 2009 and 2011," Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News writes in this look at the emerging strength of North Texan golfers. "In that sense he's still one of the boys. Spieth not only is keenly aware of his fellow North Texas Junior Amateur winners and which kids might be on deck to carry on the tradition, but he has desire and financial means to further nurture this region's fertile golf landscape. I think a lot of professionals in the coming years will come out of Dallas/Fort Worth — or, really, out of the state of Texas,' Spieth said. It's arguably the strongest state right now as far as junior golf goes. And that's really cool.'"

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Rory McIlroy missed the cut in the BMW PGA Championship, but is that a good thing? Maybe so. "The ghost of Friday past visited Rory McIlroy here in the BMW PGA Championship but far from being spooked missing the cut he actually sounded a touch relieved to have the weekend off," James Corrigan of the Telegraph writes. "At least the world No 1 will arrive at next week's Irish Open, the event he is calling my fifth major', with his batteries recharged."


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McIlroy might not be appreciated enough in his hometown of Holywood. "He's one of the world's most famous sportsmen, yet a visitor would be hard-pressed to know that Holywood is Rory McIlroy's home town," Joanne Sweeney writes in the Belfast Telegraph.


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Where have you gone Adam Scott? "A year after capturing the so-called Texas Slam, Adam Scott finds himself in a much different state," Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News writes. "The popular Australian begins defense of his Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial title juggling multiple changes."

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