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Overwhelmed by emotion, Day did the only thing he could

There's no telling when a loved one's health issue will strike a person the hardest. For Jason Day, it happened midround, making for an emotional situation at the WGC-Match Play.

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Emotional Jason Day concedes match (1:42)
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Mickelson says he won't be witness in trial

Golfer Phil Mickelson says he won't be called as a witness in a federal insider trading criminal trial in the case against gambler William "Billy" Walters.

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2020 Olympic course votes to include women

The course that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament has avoided being stripped of the event by deciding to change its membership policy to include women.

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Day announces his mother's battle against cancer (2:30)
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Spieth and McIlroy open with Match Play defeats (1:27)
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McIlroy's mammoth drive goes 410 yards (0:19)
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WGC-Match Play leaderboard

Find out who's up, who's down and who's all-square as the top pros go head to head this week at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin, Texas.

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Johnson: Being No.1 doesn't matter (1:00)
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Bracket picks for the WGC-Match Play

The top golfers in the world will meet for the World Golf Championships-Match play, and our golf experts offer their picks to win it all to help you set your brackets.

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Tiger looks back at 1997 Masters win (12:28)
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Tiger seems closer to being done (1:39)
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McIlroy has 'unfinished business' with Reed

Rory McIlroy, still stung by defeat at last year's Ryder Cup, is relishing the possibility of facing Patrick Reed at the WGC-Match Play this week.

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Nordqvist shoots 4-under 68 to win Founders Cup

Anna Nordqvist shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to hold off fellow major champions Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis and In Gee Chun by two strokes in record 96-degree heat at Desert Ridge.

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Golic does not expect Tiger to play at Masters (1:58)
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Spieth would welcome match-play at majors (0:44)
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Kaufman spooked by gator (1:03)
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Beware of gators at the Arnold Palmer invitational (1:01)
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Woods' secret weapon is 'cocoon of concentration' (1:27)
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Woods schools Strahan in golf (1:18)
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Jack's back? Nicklaus, 77, beats age by six shots

Jack Nicklaus had a Golden Bear flashback by shooting 71, six shots below his age, during the Els for Autism Pro-Am. And he joked about his trophy from the charity event on Instagram.

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Fowler credits minimizing mistakes for big day (1:22)
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McIlroy deals with differences (0:48)
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The Masters: The whispers before the thunder (0:30)

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That phone ringing in the Augusta National pro shop might be Rory McIlroy asking for a weekend tee time. (That's how it works there, right?)

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Sergio Garcia wins his match against Kevin Chappell but he explains why the conditions Thursday made this such a tough day.

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Soren Kjeldsen wins, which means he'll advance to the weekend and effectively eliminates Rory McIlroy from moving on.

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Just asked Phil Mickelson if he can look at a tourney like this and see a hole in his resume. “You can... but this isn't the one.” So good.

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Phil Mickelson will advance in the WGC with a half-point or better Friday against J.B. Holmes. Mickelson's win Thursday improved his record to 20-12 at the event.

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Phil Mickelson has played the WGC-Match Play a dozen times. Never made it past quarterfinals. Now 2-0-0 so far this week.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Just how gusty is it at Austin Country Club for the 2nd round matches of the WGC-Match Play? Pat Perez after hitting his tee shot on the par three 7th hole, today playing 192 yards, said to me, "How about that shot?! I just hit a 9 iron 200 yards. The thing just rode the jet stream!."

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Jason Day says he's going to leave to be with his mother for surgery. She's been here in the U.S. "I just need some time away with her."

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Jason Day, speaking through tears: "My mom has lung cancer. She's going in for surgery Friday. Hard to comprehend being on the golf course."

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Jason Day, yesterday: "My health feels good. I haven't had any problems." Jason Day, today: Walks off after seven holes. Concedes match.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Hideto Tanihara upset Jordan Spieth in the opening round of the WGC-Match Play in Austin, TX. When asked by local reporters about Jordan's "hometown crowd" advantage, Tanihara said he had a 'secret' weapon! Texas flag yardage book. It worked!

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

William McGirt forgot the format at the WGC-Match Play?!?! Yep. And he explains how this ain't like playing matches at home with your buddies.

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