A year away from golf's return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence, IOC President Thomas Bach said it would be good if the sport had a wide range of players from as many countries as possible competing for medals.
Tiger Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship, the first time he will go an entire year without playing a major.
They walked off the 18th green together, arms wrapped around each other, forever linked by one of golf's greatest duels. Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson.
Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson delivered what everyone expects out of a major championship.
Phil Mickelson has nearly everything going his way at this British Open. He has control of his shots and the flight of his ball in the wind and rain. He has the lowest 36-hole total at Royal Troon. He even caught a break with the weather, his black rain suit coming in handy only over his final 10 holes Friday.
Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 66 in windy conditions Friday for a share of the Marathon Classic lead with Hyo Joo Kim.
Phil Mickelson was 16 feet (4.9 meters) away from a place in history he wouldn't have to share with anyone. Fans watched from a rooftop balcony. Royal Troon members strained to see out the window from the clubhouse behind the 18th green. Jack Nicklaus usually doesn't watch golf on TV, but he made an exception for this moment.
Hyo Joo Kim bogeyed her final hole Thursday for a 5-under 66 and a share of the Marathon Classic lead with fellow South Korean player Mirim Lee and Japan's Haru Nomura.
Treacherous and unfamiliar challenges lie in wait as the British Open tees off at Royal Troon this week and Rory McIlroy returns to the hunt for the Claret Jug.
Jordan Spieth said pulling out of the Olympics was the hardest decision he's ever made, and that it likely will haunt him as he's watching golfers compete for a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro for the first time in 112 years.