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RORY’S BAG: Rory McIlroy will continue to put the logo of a local charity on his golf bag at select tournaments the rest of the year.

It’s called the “6 Bags Project,” part of a series of fundraisers for “The Rory Foundation,” which the two-time major champion created to help children around the world. Along with highlighting a charity with ties to the tournament, the bag is later sold at auction will proceeds going to that charity.

“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the charity bag project, as it raises huge awareness for the chosen charities, as well as much needed funds,” McIlroy said. “It’s all about giving children the support that I enjoyed as a child, so myself and my team felt that it made sense to extend the initiative to benefit as many charities and children as possible.”

McIlroy will highlight the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at his next tournament, the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow that starts May 2.


DIVOTS: Jordan Spieth has all but locked up his PGA Tour card for next year. With his tie for ninth at Hilton Head, the Texas teenager has earned $662,398. A year ago with four extra tournaments on the schedule, Kevin Chappell finished 125th on the money list with $647,510. … Three tournaments do not make a slump, but it’s enough to draw attention to Hunter Mahan. He missed the cut at the Houston Open and the Masters _ an 82 on Friday at Augusta National _ and missed the 54-hole cut at Hilton Head when he followed his opening 68 with rounds of 76-78. … British Amateur champion Alan Dunbar has turned pro and signed with International Sports Management.


STAT OF THE WEEK: Ryo Ishikawa has played 76 tournaments in the last two years, the most of anyone among the top 200 in the world.


FINAL WORD: “Having the people stand up and clap for you when you come on the last green, that’s stuff I’d only seen on TV.” _ John Peterson on playing at the Masters.