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Mickelson apologizes for violating rules

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NEW YORK (AP) Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him.

The apology came Wednesday in a statement released by his representatives.

"I know this should've come sooner, but it's taken me a few days to calm down," Mickelson said. "My anger and frustration got the best of me last weekend. I'm embarrassed and disappointed by my actions. It was clearly not my finest moment and I'm sorry."

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Big names try to fix issues at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Some of the biggest names in golf missed the cut at last week's U.S. Open. They're spending this week in Connecticut looking to fix whatever might be wrong with their game before next month's British Open.

Jordan Spieth, the defending champion at both this week's Travelers Championship and next month's Open Championship, will try to avoid missing the weekend for the third straight tournament. Read More...

Omaha club pro makes PGA Championship

SEASIDE, Calif. (AP) Ryan Vermeer won the PGA Professional Championship on Wednesday, overcoming front-nine problems to top the 20 qualifiers for the PGA Championship.

The 40-year-old Vermeer, the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Nebraska, closed with a 1-over 73 on the Bayonet Course for a two-stroke victory over Sean McCarty and Bob Sowards. Read More...

2-time major champion Green dies at 71

Hall of Fame golfer Hubert Green, who won a U.S. Open playing portions of the final round despite a threat against his life, has died. He was 71.

Green won the 1977 U.S. Open and the 1985 PGA Championship in a career that included 19 PGA Tour victories and four on the seniors circuit. The PGA Tour announced that Green died Tuesday after battling throat cancer. Read More...

5-time British champ Thomson dies at 88

Hailed as a hero to some and as golf royalty to others, Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, died Wednesday. He was 88.

Thomson had been suffering from Parkinson's disease for more than four years and died at his Melbourne home surrounded by family members, Golf Australia said. Read More...

Koepka wins back-to-back US Open titles

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) For a guy who has won all of three PGA Tour events, Brooks Koepka has a golf legacy that already is secure.

That's how it should be for winning back-to-back U.S. Opens. Read More...

Minnesota gets regular PGA Tour stop

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) The PGA Tour will soon be making a regular stop in Minnesota.

Long host to the 3M Championship, a thriving tournament on the senior circuit, the TPC Twin Cities course in suburban Minneapolis has landed a spot on the main PGA Tour with a seven-year contract starting in 2019. The event will be called the 3M Open, officials announced on Monday. Read More...