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Justin Thomas won the inaugural CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on Sunday, just another chapter in his ongoing story of a rapid rise to elite-level status. In the past 13 months, he's played 25 events and won six of them, including his first career major. (And not including both the FedEx Cup and Player of the Year titles.) Prior to the first of those victories, Thomas was ranked a respectable 35th in the world. Now? He moves to third, behind only fellow American stars Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth.

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

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Marc Leishman won just once in his first 206 career PGA Tour starts. At the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges on Sunday, he had a chance to win for the third time in his last 19 starts, only to lose in a wild playoff. After pushing his tee shot way right and needing a ruling on the first playoff hole against Justin Thomas, the Australian saved par to advance to a second extra hole. He then found the hazard with his second shot into the par-5 18th, managing only to post bogey for a solo second-place finish. This was the second time he's directly lost to Thomas in as many months; they were tied at the Dell Technologies Championship through 54 holes, but Leishman came up short then, as well.

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

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Harig's Quick 9

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Justin Thomas won five tournaments, claimed his first major championship, took the FedEx Cup title and earned Player of the Year honors during the 2016-17 season. Just in case you -- somehow -- thought that was some sort of strange fluke, he opened with a first-round 9-under 63 at the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges, just an extension of that brilliant play he'd displayed in the previous campaign. Thomas posted two eagles and seven birdies against two bogeys to grab the early lead in South Korea.

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

Tiger's progress

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Woods takes a swing with his driver.

Tiger Woods is making progress from the fusion surgery he had on his lower back in April. On Monday, he was cleared to resume full golf activities.

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Just a few weeks ago, Tiger Woods said never playing competitive golf again was "definitely" a possibility. Never, though, has he wavered in his insistence that he'd at least attempt to make another comeback. As reported by my colleague Bob Harig, Woods has been cleared to start practicing toward that return. If he contends in majors or surges into the upper echelon in the world ranking, all of that can be considered a surprise, based on individual opinions about his future. But the fact that he's now practicing and inching his way toward a comeback shouldn't qualify as surprising news.

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

Ready For The Ryder Cup?

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Ryder Cup captains Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjorn met in France on Tuesday for a press conference one year before next year's festivities. They each hit golf balls off the Eiffel Tower, but it wasn't all fun and games. When Furyk, serving as the U.S. skipper for the first time next year, was asked about his team's failure to win on European soil since 1993, he explained, "We have 25 years of scars to overcome. ... Europe has handled those away matches far better in the last 25 years than we have. We might have to take a page from their book and try to figure it out."

Jason Sobel, ESPN Senior Writer

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Bjorn: Ryder Cup already giving me goosebumps.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn believes he can already feel the excitement building in France ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges

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Furyk: Great news that Tiger is back.

USA Ryder Cup 2018 captain Jim Furyk talks about facing the European crowd and the current situation of Tiger Woods.

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Visiting with Michelle Wie

Wie: 'I didn't know the impact I had.'

Marty Smith travels to Portland to chat with Michelle Wie about her legacy in golf and her love of doughnuts.

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New Season

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SVP: 1 Big Thing

When a 3-foot putt means everything.

SVP's 1 Big Thing focuses on the story on Matt Harmon, who narrowly missed out the chance the earn his PGA Tour card.

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OnScene @ The Presidents Cup, Day 4

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Jordan Spieth, the three-time major champion, took a little ribbing from his Team USA teammate Dustin Johnson on Sunday night at the Presidents Cup. DJ had a question for Spieth, who lost his singles match Sunday. "I've got a question for Jordan," Johnson said. "How does it feel to be 0-5 in singles (in Presidents Cups and Ryder Cups)?" "I've won four of those five team events, so it is what it is," Spieth retorted. "Have to give a little jab to Golden Child," came Johnson's reply. Nothing like a little playful banter after a 19-11 trouncing of the International team at the Presidents Cup.

Kevin Maguire, Golf

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Tiger Woods' future remains uncertain.

ESPN's John Sutcliffe discusses Tiger Woods' future as he goes into the Presidents Cup as United States assistant captain.

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Tiger uncertain about future in competitive golf.

Tiger Woods admits he's not sure what his future holds for him.

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OnScene @ World Golf Hall of Fame Ceremony

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A few of the nuggets from Tuesday night's World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony: Davis Love III's first winner's check helped pay for his wife's engagement ring. Meg Mallon's first win came with a journalist as her caddie -- one who never looped before or even knew anything about golf. And Arnold Palmer wrote the letter for Nick Price to try to get him his green card. Of the nearly three dozen hall of fame members in attendance, they won a combined 1,300 touranments and 150 major championships. Not a bad crowd.

Kevin Maguire, Golf

Next Season's Schedule

  • Erik. S. Lesser/EPA
  • Knock off the 'too friendly' talk among top PGA Tour pros

    Should pro golfers fraternize with the competition? After talking to the likes of Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler -- along with legends like Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player -- the answer is crystal clear.

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