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Love tries to extend his streak at Disney

Love tries to extend his streak at Disney

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III is back to being a player, and he wraps up a busy Fall Series at Disney. Even though his 20 career wins make him a lifetime member on the PGA Tour, Love still has an amazing streak on the line.

His tie for fourth at the McGladrey Classic last month moved him up to No. 98 on the PGA Tour money list with $973,707. That gives the 48-year-old Love a distinction that not even Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods can claim. Love has never finished out of the top 125 on the money list, a streak that dates to his rookie season in 1986.

``It just means you're getting older,'' Love said. ``But I've hung in there a long time. Pride is a good word, too. When I went to Vegas (immediately after the Ryder Cup), Scotty Verplank texted me and said, `Pretty good for a ceremonial golfer.' But he was saying, `I know you're competitive and just want to go out and play.' When I go to play, I like to play. When I go to goof off, I like to goof off.''

Love's streak nearly ended in 2008, when he was returning from major ankle surgery. He was well outside the top 125 when he had a pair of top 10s in the Fall Series, then finished it off by winning at Disney. That was his last win.

Not only has he kept his card every year, Love will be going for his 27th consecutive year of finishing in the top 100 on the money list. And if he can play well enough to earn $26,293, it would be his 18th consecutive year of making $1 million or more.

Love is no longer on the PGA Tour policy board. The PGA of America is in the process of picking the next Ryder Cup captain. Love is looking ahead.

``Next year should be great,'' he said. ``I should have no distractions. So I'm excited about next season.''

Love and Vijay Singh played three rounds together at the Frys.com Open and the top of the Champions Tour came up. Neither of them are in a big hurry.

``We want to beat these guys,'' Love said. ``Everybody else is asking me and Vijay, `When are you going on the Champions Tour?' And I'm thinking, ``How do I get as many wins as Vijay?' Vijay is thinking, `How do I get as many wins as Phil?' So we want to keep going out here. We're competitive.

``There's a lot of money to play for,'' Love said. ``I've never won a FedEx Cup. I'd like to get back in the top in the world rankings. I'm still motivated.''

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Q-SCHOOL DQ: A week after Blayne Barber easily advanced from the first stage of Q-school, the former Walker Cup player took himself out.

According to Golfweek magazine, Barber disqualified himself for signing an incorrect scorecard because of an incident in the second round. He wasn't sure if he had brushed a leaf in the bunker on the 13th hole at Callaway Gardens, and after a week of contemplation, he felt he had no choice.

Barber said while his caddie (Shayne Barber, his brother) said the leaf had not moved, he decided to assess a one-stroke penalty. The problem came later that night when he was talking about the incident with former Auburn teammate Michael Hebert, who told Barber that the penalty for such an infraction was two shots.

``That's when things went haywire in my mind,'' Barber told the magazine. ``My caddie was watching and didn't see the leaf move. I thought maybe I'd psyched myself into thinking I'd (touched the leaf).''

He played the final two rounds because his caddie was certain the left didn't move, but Barber said he ``just did not have any peace about it.''

He called the tour on Friday to tell them he had signed for an incorrect score and was disqualified. That allowed six other players - Jamie Arnold, Corbin Mills, Jonathan Moore, Chesson Hadley, Robert-Jan Derksen and Maarteen Lafeber - to move up a spot and advance to the second stage.

As for Barber?

He will rely on Monday qualifying and sponsor exemptions on the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour. Before that, he is getting married Dec. 15.

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BELLY UP: Justin Rose, whose 35-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole was one the most decisive shots in the Ryder Cup, once tried a belly putter.

``I used it one round this year, believe it or not, little known,'' Rose said at the HSBC Champions.

It was the final round of The Players Championship. Rose said he went to a golf score and bought a long putter, just to see how it would work.

``I toyed around with it, and it's always felt great from 20 feet and on putting greens and on fairly flat surfaces,'' he said. ``And I thought, `I'm going to put it in play.' First putt of the day, I have an 80-foot putt from the front edge of the green, lipped out. I thought, `This could be the future right here.'''

Just not his future.

Rose said he thinks the long putters help some players, and it helps under pressure.

``I don't think there's as much nerves involved,'' he said. ``But it's still very hard to make putts. putting is an art form. You have to read the green. You have to start it. It's not all about making a perfect stroke. You have to match up line and speed, and that can happen many different ways. So that's what I learned.''

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FATHER AND OFFSPRING: If the strength of field is determined by major champions, nothing beats the Father-Son Challenge.

The popular tournament returns this year after a three-year absence, and it again features some of the biggest names in golf. Arnold Palmer is bringing another grandson, Will Wears. Bernhard Langer, who once played with son Stefan, will tee it up with his daughter, Christina. Jack Nicklaus will partner son, Gary, who once had a PGA Tour card.

The 18-team field also features Nick Faldo, Curtis Strange, Davis Love III, Hale Irwin and defending champion Larry Nelson. The fathers have combined for 492 professional wins on the PGA and European tours, including 67 majors. The only one-time major champions are Love, Steve Elkington and Lanny Wadkins.

The Father-Son Challenge, revived with a new sponsor in PNC Bank, will be Dec. 13-16 at The Ritz-Carlton Club in Orlando, Fla.

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DIVOTS: Geoff Ogilvy has parted ways with Alistair ``Squirrel'' Matheson, his caddie for the last 13 years. Ogilvy told Golfweek the split was similar to a marriage that had run its course. ``It's not because any job wasn't getting done properly. It's just it was kind of time,'' he said. He used Matthew ``Bussy'' Tritton of Melbourne at the HSBC Champions. Tritton most recently worked for Cameron Tringale. ... More charity figures continue to roll in from PGA Tour events. The John Deere Classic raised a record $6.79 million, up $1.5 million from last year. The Houston Open raised nearly $2.3 million, an increase of more than $200,000 from the previous year. ... Ian Poulter had gone 46 official stroke-play tournaments without winning until his two-shot victory in the HSBC Champions. ... England has as many WGC titles as the United States - four - since 2010. ... Ian Poulter and Hunter Mahan are the only players to have multiple World Golf Championships without ever having won a major.

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STAT OF THE WEEK: Mike Weir has missed the cut in all 13 of his PGA Tour events this year. He is a combined 109-over par in 23 rounds and has yet to break 70.

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FINAL WORD: ``Beth Daniel ... told me that she would love for me to win that award so they can stop talking about her.'' - Stacy Lewis, whose win in the Mizuno Classic put her on the verge of winning LPGA Tour player of the year. Daniel in 1994 was the last American to win the award.

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

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Need to Know: Post-minicamp Redskins 53-man roster projection—Offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, June 18, 38 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.  

Redskins 53-man roster projection—offense 

It may still be early to project the roster, but things are coming into focus after the round of practices in helmets and shorts. Here is my look at who I think will make it on offense; defense up tomorrow. 

Quarterbacks (2)
Alex Smith, Colt McCoy

I think that Kevin Hogan is very much on the bubble as the third quarterback. They got along with two QBs last year, and with Alex Smith having demonstrated great durability during his career, Hogan may well get bumped off. 

Running backs (4)
Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, Samaje Perine, Rob Kelley

I’d say that this is 95 percent locked in. Maybe Kapri Bibbs or Byron Marshall can make a push for Kelley’s roster spot but his history with Jay Gruden will make it very hard for him to get knocked out. 

Wide receivers (6)
Josh Doctson, Paul Richardson, Jamison Crowder, Maurice Harris, Robert Davis, Trey Quinn

The first time I did this back in April I didn’t have Quinn on the roster. That was before he was a man among boys at rookie camp and a player who looks like he belongs when the veterans showed up. I don’t know if he’ll have the impact that many fans think he will, but he’s certainly going to get his chance. Brian Quick could steal a roster spot from Harris or Davis.

Tight ends (3)
Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle

The Redskins did not draft a tight end or sign one in free agency so there seems to be faith that Reed will be healthy. We’ve heard that before and it seems somewhat risky to leave Davis, who has Father Time nipping at his heels, and the inexperienced Davis as the only two backups. They may try to make room for an undrafted rookie like Hudson Garrett.  

Offensive line (9)
Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Chase Roullier, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Geron Christian, Tyler Catalina, Tony Bergstrom

I think that Gruden is probably happy with the starters here but the depth is shaky, especially in the interior. The key could be whether Christian is ready for prime time as the swing tackle. That could allow Nsekhe to fill in at guard. Bergstrom is fine as the backup center, although I wouldn’t want to have to count on him for more than a few games. 

Offensive players: 24
Rookies (3):
Guice, Christian, Quinn
New to the organization in 2018 (5): Rookies plus Smith, Richardson 
Not on 2017 Week 1 roster (11): Rookies plus new plus Harris (practice squad), R. Davis (practice squad) and Bergstrom (not on the team). 

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Timeline  

Days until:

—Training camp starts (7/26) 38
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 52
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 75

The Redskins last played a game 167 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 83 days. 

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

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Zach Brown says Redskins defense will 'have it out' for Terrelle Pryor during joint practices

Terrelle Pryor made a number of highlight reel catches last year during training camp, and it appears the Redskins defense didn't like it. 

Washington's marquee free agent signing last season, Pryor came into Richmond with sky-high expectations. Throughout the training sessions last August, Pryor put on one-handed displays at the Jugs machine and often made big catches in team drills. It's also important to remember there was never any live tackling during these drills, leaving defenders at a distinct disadvantage. 

Zach Brown remembers the scene quite well, and thinks it will look very different this summer when Pryor comes to Richmond as a member of the New York Jets. 

"That’s going to be something right there. The boys are gonna have it out for him. We can put hands on him now," Brown said on Inside the Locker Room on the Team 980 (full audio here).

Brown explained that Redskins coach Jay Gruden would not allow the defense to hit Pryor last year, even when the wideout did some showboating. 

"Jay ain't here to protect you anymore," Brown said.

The Redskins linebacker explained that he tried to explain to Pryor that the one-handed catches from training camp would not translate in the NFC East, where players get hit hard. It doesn't seem like Pryor listened, as he finished the season with only 240 receiving yards on 20 catches in nine games. 

"The boys were already hot for what he was doing last year," Brown said. He added, "Try to one-hand something while you’re with the Jets, you’re gonna catch a forearm."

One incident that supports Brown's comments came when Bashaud Breeland got thrown off the practice field last training camp. Breeland got mad that he wasn't allowed to get physical with Pryor at the line of scrimmage, and the scene blew up. Breeland eventually got sent off the field after arguing with coaches. 

The Jets visit the Redskins for three days of practices beginning August 12th. The two teams then square off in the second preseason game on August 16th. 

Brown will get his chance at Pryor, assuming the wideout plays. Pryor finished the 2018 season on the injured reserve, but is expected to be fine once training camp begins in New York. 

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