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Chris Kirk tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Chris Kirk bolsters Ryder Cup case with Deutsche Bank win

- Associated Press

Kirk played the final 36 holes with Rory McIlroy and outplayed the world’s No. 1 player. Of far greater importance was winning this FedEx Cup playoff event, and he got it done with a bogey-free final round.

Hunter Mahan hits a fairway shot on the third hole during the final round of play at The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Hunter Mahan wins Barclays to secure Tour Championship spot

- Associated Press

He is the only player to never miss a playoff event. And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, he made a strong impression on Tom Watson as a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup team.

Arnold Palmer gives the thumbs up as he signs autographs before the second round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship golf tournament at TPC Twin Cities in Blaine, Minn., Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

Arnold Palmer has pacemaker implanted to correct heartbeat

Associated Press

According to his website, Palmer had successful surgery Monday at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital. The 84-year-old Palmer was to remain in the hospital overnight for observation. He is expected to be released on Tuesday.

Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tiger Woods removes self from Ryder Cup consideration

The Washington Times

“The U.S. team and the Ryder Cup mean too much to me not to be able to give it my best,” he said in a statement on his website. “I’ll be cheering for the U.S. team. I think we have an outstanding squad going into the matches.”

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Rory McIlroy ventures into Tiger territory with dominant run

- Associated Press

Anyone could see McIlroy had the gifts to be the next big thing in golf. His victory in the PGA Championship was more about grit. That might be more impressive than some of the numbers associated with his latest major.

United States Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson, right, speaks at a news conference at Valhalla Golf Club Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. At left is PGA of America president Ted Bishop. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Tom Watson: Tiger Woods still under Ryder Cup consideration

- Associated Press

Woods missed the cut by five shots at the PGA Championship, just five days after he withdrew from a World Golf Championship because of a sore back. Watson says the 14-time major champion can still bring plenty to the American team, and “I’d be a fool not to consider him.”

Phil Mickelson hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Mickelson encouraged by runner-up showing at PGA Championship

- Associated Press

Mickelson was right in the middle of a riveting four-man duel Sunday, but he faded on the back nine and lost to Rory McIlroy by a single stroke. Lefty closed with a 5-under 66 for a 15-under 269, but McIlroy captured his second straight major with a par at No. 18.

Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, celebrates after winning the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Turn out the lights: McIlroy beats darkness, challengers to win PGA

- Associated Press

The tournament finished in near-darkness Sunday at Valhalla Golf Club, with the final two groups essentially morphing into a foursome as they raced to beat nightfall. A nearly two-hour rain delay set up the possibility of a Monday finish, especially if there had been a three-hole playoff.

A golf fan puts up an umbrella during a rain delay during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

PGA Championship: Rory McIlroy finally tees off after long rain delay

- Associated Press

Play was suspended for nearly two hours Sunday, before McIlroy and all the leading players had even teed off. Workers brought out squeegees, trying furiously to push standing water off the course. Towels were used to dry the tee boxes.

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Monday's Sports In Brief

- Associated Press

Bothered by the heat and stifling humidity, Eugenie Bouchard felt dizzy and her vision was blurry. She tried to carry on, but it was hardly an ideal time to try to win a tennis match.

Chris Kirk holds the trophy after winning the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Kirk wins Deutsche Bank, gets into Ryder Cup talk

- Associated Press

Chris Kirk figured the Ryder Cup was out of his hands when he failed to earn one of the nine automatic spots. He already has plans to be at the Tennessee-Georgia football game during the matches in Scotland. He doesn't see any need to call U.S. captain Tom Watson and lobby for a pick.

Luke Donald, of England, hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

McGinley prepares to announce Ryder Cup wild cards

- Associated Press

When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to select his three wild cards.

Chris Kirk tees off on the third hole during the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

- Associated Press

Chris Kirk made three big putts and captured the biggest win of his career Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Whether that was enough for U.S. captain Tom Watson to add him to the Ryder Cup team was the least of his concerns.

Otto wins Italian Open; Gallacher comes up short

Associated Press

Hennie Otto of South Africa held on to claim a second Italian Open victory by two shots on Sunday, while Stephen Gallacher came up just short of an automatic Ryder Cup spot after finishing third.

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- Associated Press

Russell Henley made five birdies in a seven-hole stretch Sunday on his way to a 6-under 65, giving him a one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship going into a Labor Day finish loaded with possibilities.

Fred Couples wins Champions Tour event

Associated Press

Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday, chipping in for eagle for a course-record 9-under 61 and beating Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

Montgomerie wins European Senior Tour event

Associated Press

Colin Montgomerie successfully defended his Travis Perkins Senior Masters title Sunday, winning the European Senior Tour event by a tournament-record 10 strokes.

Hennie Otto remains in lead at Italian Open

Associated Press

Hennie Otto of South Africa shot a 1-under 71 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Italian Open, where Stephen Gallacher's late bid to qualify for the Ryder Cup will go down to the wire.

Matt Kuchar acknowledges the crowd as he makes par on the 16th hole during the second round of the Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament in Norton, Mass., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

With heavy heart, Kuchar hovers around the lead

- Associated Press

With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to the emotions involved in this tournament.

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- Associated Press

With an orange ribbon on his hat and nine birdies on his card, Matt Kuchar pulled within a shot of the lead Saturday in the Deutsche Bank Championship. Not that he needed a reminder, but a message posted on the scoring table spoke to his emotions.

Colt Knost leads Web.com Tour Finals opener

Associated Press

Colt Knost shot his third straight 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Hotel Fitness Championship, the first event in the Web.com Tour Finals.

Snedeker can only hope for Ryder Cup pick

- Associated Press

Brandt Snedeker believes he is playing well enough to contribute in the Ryder Cup. He can only wait to see if U.S. captain Tom Watson agrees.

Bob Tway shoots 63 for share of Calgary lead

Associated Press

Bob Tway shot a 7-under 63 on Saturday for a share of the second-round lead with Joe Durant and Joe Daley in the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic.