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Read more » Mon, 29 2016 12:06:12 GMT Tropical depressions take aim on East, Gulf Coasts as hurricane nears Hawaii Two separate tropical systems are threatening both the East and Gulf Coasts Mon, 29 2016 07:34:53 GMT VW Aiming For Tesla with Affordable 300-mile range Golf Volkswagen is planning a 300-mile range e-Golf that will be affordable and can be charged in 15 minutes by 2025: (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)   Volkswagen, still in the midst settling with various plaintiffs and regulators over its diesel engine scandal, is working to change the conversation about its brand to [...] Mon, 29 2016 03:52:00 GMT Barclays Golf 2016: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize-Money Payouts On Thursday, Patrick Reed looked like the only man who was capable of taming Bethpage State Park's black course. On Sunday, he confirmed his case. Reed shot a one-under 70 in Sunday's fourth round, coming back from one stroke behind to win the 2016 Barclays tournament. He finished nine under overall and shot par or better in all four rounds at the difficult Farmingdale, New York, course. Callaway Golf congratulated him on his win: Sean O'Hair and Emiliano Grillo tied for second place at eight under. Jason Day, Adam Scott and Gary Woodland tied for fourth with matching seven-under scores.  The win was Reed's first of the 2015-16 PGA Tour season and the fifth of his career. His most recent win was at the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. This season had been marred by near-misses, with Reed having posted nine top-10 and three second-place finishes coming into the week. The 26-year-old left nothing to chance Sunday, overcoming a bogey on the par-three third hole to post three birdies in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 4 through 7. After making the turn at two under for the day, Reed got to three under with a birdie on No. 12 before dropping a pair of strokes on No. 16 and No. 18.  His win clinched a spot on the 2016 Ryder Cup, something Reed admitted was on the back of his mind earlier this week. "Of course it's on my mind," Reed said, per Alex Myers of Golf Digest. "But really at the end the day, it's just trying to get better and play this tournament. Because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me." Kyle Porter of CBS Sports offered an early look at the U.S. team: Reed's triumph came at the expense of Team USA Olympic teammate Rickie Fowler, whose back-nine collapse cost him the Barclays and potentially a Ryder Cup spot. Entering the day with a one-stroke lead thanks to nearly flawless play around the green, Fowler was betrayed by the treacherous back nine that had frustrated golfers all week. After breezing through the front nine with a one-under, Fowler bogeyed No. 11 to fall behind Reed before closing with an ugly stretch dropped him out of contention. Fowler hit his drive into the shrubs and his approach into the bunker on No. 15 before two-putting from inside five feet for bogey. He double-bogeyed the next hole, going from rough to bunker again on his first two shots before hitting a series of ugly pitches near the green. He wasn't within putting distance until his fifth stroke and then two-putted. Robby Kalland of CBS Sports commented on Fowler's late struggles: Adding insult to Fowler's late collapse was that he could have clinched his spot in the Ryder Cup with a par or better on No. 18 after birdieing the 17th. Instead, he went into the native area off the tee, needed to take a drop in the rough and then two-putted from inside 18 feet to close out with a bogey. Fowler finished with a three-over 74 and at six under for the tournament, part of a three-way tie with Ryan Moore and Jason Kokrak for sixth place. For those sitting at the top of the world rankings, it was a weekend of near-misses. Day and Scott each remained in FedEx Cup contention with top-five finishes, though the latter left frustrated following an even-par 71 on Sunday. Scott's scorching 65 in Saturday's third round was undone by a series of mistakes on the green on his final 18 holes. Jordan Spieth retained his fifth-place ranking in the FedEx Cup standings with a tie for 10th place. He carded a two-under 69 for just his second top-10 finish in his last six starts. The tournament wasn't as pleasant for Dustin Johnson (two under) and Rory McIlroy (even par), who carded a pair of 73s to close with the worst rounds of their weeks. Johnson had six bogeys as part of a wild day, while McIlroy double-bogeyed No. 16 and bogeyed No. 18 to knock himself out of the top 30. Both needed big days to catch the leaders but will nonetheless leave disappointed. Reed, meanwhile, took over the FedEx Cup lead and will look to carry that momentum throughout the playoffs. He can take home a cool $10 million if he's able to maintain his spot in first place, and he was a Ryder Cup star two years ago as part of the United States' losing effort. Sunday's win clinched an opportunity for a do-over.   Post-Round Reaction "I worked pretty hard with my coach the last couple weeks" Reed said on CBS, per Yahoo Sports. "My game shows I'm headed in the right direction, but I still have some things I need to work on. I couldn't have done it without my team." "I need to find the golf course (moving forward). It would be nice," Day said on CBS after his round. "I don't think I felt comfortable over a tee shot all week. I didn't give myself a chance off the tee." "I wasn't trying to get a decent finish," Fowler said, per the Associated Press (via USA Today). "I was trying to win." "I mean, it's not for me to worry about right now," Fowler added, per Alex Myers of Golf Digest. "I've just got to go out and get ready to play next week. Coming off a win there last year, I feel like I'm in a good spot. I played great is this week, and I'm not worried about resumé or anything like that. I've just got to continue to work on the game, continue getting better. It was almost really good this week." Sun, 28 2016 22:49:04 GMT Barclays Golf 2016: Saturday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights With just 18 holes of golf remaining at The Barclays from Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York, Rickie Fowler holds a one-stroke advantage after Saturday's third round.  Fowler shot a three-under on the day to drop his overall score to nine under. Here's a look at the leaderboard heading into Sunday's final round:  For the second straight day, Fowler put together a clean round with birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 18. In total, he's gone 45 consecutive holes without a bogey. Tied with Patrick Reed for first at eight under, Fowler's final birdie of the day on the final hole gave him the lead. The PGA Tour showed his approach: Reed entered Saturday's third round with the lead but could only go even to drop into second place.  His score could have been much worse after he carded three bogeys on the front nine, but he managed to answer with birdies on Nos. 4, 7 and 9 to come out without a scratch.  Adam Scott had the best round out of any golfer so far, shooting a six-under 65 to hop up 23 places into third place.  Starting the day at one under and seven strokes off the lead, Scott began his day in grand fashion with an eagle on No. 1 and a birdie on No. 2.  After a bogey on No. 3, the Australian added two more birdies on Nos. 4 and 7 to cap off his front nine.  Making the turn to the back, Scott used his hot putting to lower his score further, sinking a pair of 45-foot putts on Nos. 12 and 15.  The PGA Tour showed his final birdie of the day on 15: Those two birdies put him in the lead at eight under, but a bogey on No. 16 dropped him into third. He spoke about his round, via the PGA Tour: Two strokes behind Scott in a tie for sixth is world No. 1 Jason Day, who went one under to settle at five under after three rounds.  He was unable to get any sort of momentum Saturday, as his five birdies came with four bogeys. That kind of irregular play won't do him any good if he wants to climb the leaderboard.  On a course that is offering such drastic degrees of difficulty from hole to hole, being able to scramble for pars is going to separate the eventual champion from the rest of the field.  Through the first three days, that player is Fowler, who seems most likely to stay clean during the final round and lower his score further.      Stats courtesy of Sat, 27 2016 22:45:25 GMT The 5 Best #039;Overshadowed#039; Public Golf Courses In The U.S. The PGA Tour's playoffs start at Bethpage's Black Course, but there are other great courses at the New York park. Here's a look at some of the best public golf courses in the U.S. that don't always get the attention they deserve because of a more heralded layout at the same property that hosts PGA Tour events. Sat, 27 2016 20:04:00 GMT Barclays Golf 2016: Thursday Leaderboard Scores and Highlights If the first round of the 2016 Barclays is any indication, the first event of the FedEx Cup should be a nail-biter. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share the first-round lead after posting five-under scores of 66, but the real story is the tightly packed field at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. Thirty-two golfers are within four strokes of the lead, and 50 are sitting at even par or better.  Emiliano Grillo, Kevin Chappell, Rickie Fowler and J.B. Holmes are sitting in a tie for third place after posting rounds of four under.  Reed's five-under should help assuage concerns about his Ryder Cup status. The 26-year-old sat eighth in Ryder Cup points coming into this week, which would have locked him into the United States' team. "Of course it's on my mind," Reed said, per Alex Myers of Golf Digest. "But really at the end the day, it's just trying to get better and play this tournament. Because if I play well that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me." Starting on the back nine, Reed carded 10 straight pars before he kicked his game into high gear on the front. He recorded his first birdie on the par-four second, rolling in a 10-foot birdie putt. A 312-yard drive and well-placed approach left him 16-plus feet away from eagle on the par-five fourth, and he knocked it down to move to three under. Reed's strong putting continued with a birdie on No. 4 from just inside 26 feet, and he added a tap-in on the par-five seventh to get to five under. The PGA's putting metrics put him at 3.8 strokes gained on the short grass Thursday.   "If you can survive the back nine, you can tear it up on the front," Reed said, per the Golf Channel. Laird was likewise strong on the front, carding four of his five birdies on a six-hole stretch from No. 3 to No. 8. The 33-year-old Scot managed to avoid any over-par scores despite hitting an ugly 35.7 percent of his fairways. Strong iron play and a few clutch putts saved his round, which could have been a disaster given his consistent play in the rough. Fowler, sporting a stellar mustache, spearheads the group of four who are sitting one stroke behind. He did almost the entirety of his damage on a three-hole stretch from Nos. 5 to 7, culminating with an eagle on the par-five seventh. The 27-year-old also seemed to have the Ryder Cup on the back of his mind. “I don't mind it. I've always liked kind of being put up against the wall in a corner and having that on me," Fowler said, per Brian Wacker of Gold Digest. "Going out, I knew that getting off to a good start today was going to be key. I'm in a position where I'm kind of put in a corner where I need to either earn my way on the team, or at least prove that I should be there.” Not worried about the Ryder Cup—mainly because he's ineligible—was Australian and world No. 1 Jason Day, who sits two strokes behind at three under. He navigated the difficult back nine at one under and pulled through with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from No. 3 to No. 7. His round was filled with a ton of missed fairways, and he hit only two-thirds of his greens, but clutch putting helped him card just one bogey. Playing partner Adam Scott is one stroke behind at two under. Scott wasn't quite able to dominate the front like most of the other leaders, playing it at two under, but he was even on the back nine to keep himself in contention. Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth both have work to do after posting even-par 71s. Both played the back nine two over and the front at two under, with Spieth spraying four bogeys over the course of his round. "It's up there in the top few toughest courses I've ever played," Spieth said, per Doug Ferguson of the Associated Press. "If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes. It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high." Among the other notables in the field, Phil Mickelson (-1), Bubba Watson (E) and Hideki Matsuyama (E) are also in contention.      Follow Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) on Twitter. Thu, 25 2016 23:54:30 GMT Iran Vessels Harassed U.S. Destroyer Near Persian Gulf, Navy Says Four ships from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps harassed a U.S. destroyer near the Persian Gulf in what the U.S. Navy called an “unsafe and unprofessional” interaction. Thu, 25 2016 04:24:57 GMT Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and More Comment on Olympic Golf Results at Rio Few knew what to expect from golf's return to the Summer Olympic Games after a 112-year absence, but it seemed to impress even the biggest opponents. Rory McIlroy, who was vocal in his disinterest in the Rio Games, had plenty of positive thoughts on how it was received afterwards, per Jason Sobel of It pleasantly surprised me. There was more people at the golf events than there was at the athletics. It was good to see, it really was. It seems like it was a great atmosphere down there. I think it was one of the cheaper tickets, as well, and I think that encouraged a lot of people to go. To see the crowds and see the turnout, I was glad to be somewhat proven wrong. While the event was missing some of the biggest names in the world, the podium still ended up with a few familiar faces. Justin Rose of Great Britain took home gold thanks to a great final round, followed by Sweden's Henrik Stenson earning the silver and American Matt Kuchar taking home bronze. This finish was probably a relief considering the concerns heading into the Olympics. Many of the world's most notable players declined invitations from their respective countries, as noted by Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News: While players like Jordan Spieth cited health concerns for withdrawing while describing the difficulty of his decision, McIlroy was honest about not wanting to compete. The Northern Irish player explained he "got into golf to win," not to "get other people into the game," per John Huggan of Golf Digest. According to Christine Brennan of USA Today, McIlroy also explained that if he watched any of the Olympics, it would be "events like track and field, swimming, diving, the stuff that matters." McIlroy is a four-time major winner at just 27 years old and one of the top golfers in the world, so he has the right to choose his path. However, he might make a different decision next time. Meanwhile, Spieth explained his plans to try to compete in the Olympics four years from now. "At the time I made the decision, it was the right decision for me," the 23-year-old American said, per Sobel. "It was the hardest thing I've had to do. The potential for regret was going to be there and it certainly was while I was watching, so that's why I tweeted out, 'I'm looking forward to setting it as a goal to be there in 2020.'" Jason Day is also making plans for his Olympic debut in 2020 after passing on the opportunity this summer. "I'm looking forward to Tokyo [in 2020]," the top-ranked golfer in the world said, per Sobel. "If I can play my way on to that team, that would be great." Based on Rose's enthusiasm during the week and afterwards, it's clear he enjoyed himself: There was plenty of uncertainty heading into the summer, and that led to some rash decisions, but the reactions make it seem as though the event will be much bigger next time around.      Follow Rob Goldberg on Twitter. Wed, 24 2016 20:19:04 GMT