Caddies lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a federal judge in California ruled they signed a contract with the tour that requires them to wear bibs as part of their uniform and cannot claim that corporate sponsorship on the bibs makes them human billboards. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria dismissed the lawsuit Tuesday night with prejudice, which typically means it cannot be refiled. The decision came just over a year after caddies filed the lawsuit in northern California, the same federal court where former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon successfully sued the NCAA for keeping college players from selling their marketing rights.
(Reuters) - Valderrama will stage the Spanish Open for the first time in April, with the Sergio Garcia Foundation as official host of the event at the course in Sotogrande, southern Spain, the European Tour announced on Wednesday. The venue that in 1997 became the first course in mainland Europe to stage the Ryder Cup, will host the opening tournament of the European season from April 14-17, a week after the U.S Masters at Augusta, with 2 million euros ($2.25 million) of prize money on offer. Garcia, who has won 11 times on the European Tour and has been in five victorious Ryder Cup teams, set up his foundation in 2002.
The first stop on the ''California Coastal Swing'' featured 40 mph gusts and rain that led to a Monday finish at Torrey Pines with no spectators and hardly any volunteers. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was canceled after two rounds in 1996, a decision that led to strict weather guidelines on the PGA Tour. Payne Stewart (1999) and Dustin Johnson (2009) both won Pebble when the final round was never played because of rain.
Jordan Spieth had to work his way through about 100 people who blocked his path to the first tee at Pebble Beach. The golf course that Robert Louis Stevenson described as ''the most felicitous meeting of land and sea'' is magnificent under warm sunshine and a blue sky, so it was not a waste of anyone's time, even for a practice round. A year ago, he was No. 9 in the world and still had only one PGA Tour victory on his ledger.
By Mark Lamport-Stokes and Matt Smith LOS ANGELES/DUBAI (Reuters) - Leading male golfers say they will not allow fears about the Zika virus keep them away from Brazil when their sport returns to the Olympics after an absence of more than a century. The spread of the mosquito-borne virus spread across Latin America has given some athletes preparing for the Games in Rio de Janeiro in August cause for concern. Kenya threatened on Tuesday to pull its elite runners and other athletes out unless it got assurances they would not be exposed to the virus outbreak in Brazil.
''Rickie opened the door for me, and I was able to walk through it,'' Matsuyama said through a translator. Fowler blew a two-shot lead on the 317-yard 17th in regulation when his driver ran through the green and tumbled into the lake that wraps around the back and left side, with the ball traveling nearly 360 yards. ''I'm hitting a chip-cut driver,'' Fowler said.
Rickie Fowler broke down in tears in the media center after his playoff loss Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open, overcome by emotion talking about his family. ''The hard part is having all my friends and family and grandpa and my dad who haven't seen me win,'' Fowler said. ''This one hurts,'' Fowler said.
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