Collin Morikawa opened up a three-stroke lead at the Workday Charity Open, while Jordan Spieth is likely to miss the cut as the second round was suspended.

Morikawa continued his consistent start at Muirfield Village on Friday, carding a six-under 66 to get to 13 under.

But dangerous weather meant the second round was delayed twice before being suspended due to darkness.

Morikawa is three shots clear of fellow Americans Kevin Streelman (64) and Justin Thomas (66).

After an opening-round 65, Morikawa struggled on his front nine before making six birdies on his final eight holes.

Streelman holed nine birdies during his impressive round, while Thomas is in contention after a bogey-free round.

There were 33 players unable to complete their second rounds, with Rory Sabbatini – who is at eight under and through 17 – the best-placed of those, sitting in a tie for sixth.

Spieth, a three-time major champion, is in danger of missing the cut after a second straight even-par 72, with the projected cut at two under.

Brooks Koepka is also set to miss the cut, the world number six shooting a 69 to be at one under.

Sitting a shot behind Streelman and Thomas in a tie for fourth are Hideki Matsuyama (68) and Sam Burns (66), while Viktor Hovland (67) is at eight under alongside Sabbatini.

Englishman Ian Poulter (69) and Chase Seiffert (69) are at seven under.

Collin Morikawa edged into a one-stroke lead at the Workday Charity Open, while Jordan Spieth struggled during the opening round on Thursday.

Morikawa carded a seven-under 65 at Muirfield Village to hold a narrow advantage over Adam Hadwin.

A one-time PGA Tour winner, Morikawa made an eagle and six birdies before dropping a shot at the last hole.

After a top-10 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge, former world number one Spieth has struggled in two events since and opened with an even-par 72.

The three-time major champion was three over through 13 holes before a birdie at 14 and an eagle at the par-five 15th saw him sit in a tie for 64th.

Hideki Matsuyama, Zach Johnson, Nick Taylor and Aaron Wise made brighter starts, shooting five-under 67s to be tied for third.

Justin Thomas, the world number five, is a shot further back in a group of 11 players who carded 68s.

Thomas recorded top-10 finishes at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage before missing the cut at the Travelers Championship, but the American is back in contention.

Pat Perez, Louis Oosthuizen, Tim Wilkinson, Peter Malnati, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Adam Long, Graeme McDowell, Roger Sloan and Chase Seiffert are alongside Thomas at four under.

Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, battled to a two-over 74.

Brooks Koepka is one of five players to withdraw from the Travelers Championship, although the tournament will continue despite three positive coronavirus tests. 

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan updated the media on Wednesday after Cameron Champ, Graeme McDowell's caddie Ken Comboy and Koepka's caddie Ricky Elliott returned positive tests for COVID-19. 

The Tour returned at the Charles Schwab Challenge earlier in June, but Nick Watney became the first confirmed case since the restart at the RBC Heritage last week. 

Monahan confirmed the news of the latest positive tests and a series of withdrawals, yet the Travelers will go ahead as planned. 

Champ, McDowell and Koepka were joined by Webb Simpson and Chase Koepka - Brooks' brother - in withdrawing. 

"We have been working since March to develop a comprehensive health and safety plan that would be considered a best practice among professional sports leagues," Monahan said. 

"While we've been thorough in building an implementing a programme that mitigates as much risk as possible, we knew it would be impossible to eliminate all risk, as evidenced by the three positive tests this week. 

"We need to use these developments as a stark reminder for everyone involved as we continue to learn from an operational standpoint." 

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka said: "I haven't tested positive for COVID-19 but, as I've said all along, I'm taking this very seriously. 

"I don't want to do anything that might jeopardise the health of any player in the field or his ability to compete. 

"I was planning to take the next two weeks off anyway, so the right thing to do right now is get home, support Ricky and feel confident that I'm doing what I can do protecting my fellow Tour members, my PGA Tour friends and everyone associated with the Travelers Championship this week." 

Commissioner Monahan added: "Rest assured that the PGA Tour will always do the right thing as it relates to our players, our fans, our constituents and make sure that we create the safest environment possible. 

"We are looking forward to reintroducing fans the week of Memorial Tournament, but rest assured we're only going to do it if we think it's a health and safe environment for our players, caddies, our staff and also the fans that would be attending." 

The 2020 US PGA Championship will take place on its rescheduled date in August without spectators present.

TPC Harding Park in San Francisco will host the first major of the year, which was initially postponed from its May 14 start, between August 6 and 9.

The City of San Francisco and the PGA of America made a joint announcement on Monday.

It was confirmed fans would not be able to attend to ensure "the health and well-being of all involved".

That came after the PGA closely consulted with the state of California and city and county of San Francisco, having initially hoped to allow patrons in.

Brooks Koepka is the defending US PGA champion. He won the tournament for a second consecutive year when he triumphed at Bethpage Black in May 2019.

The rescheduled event will come before the U.S. Open, which was moved to September, while the Masters was switched to November and the Open Championship was cancelled.

"We are both inspired and honoured to play on," said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. 

"In doing so, we will spotlight not only the beauty of TPC Harding Park, but the fortitude of San Francisco and its remarkable people.

"We'd like to thank the state of California and the city and county of San Francisco for being terrific partners in helping us get to this place.

"While the local community cannot be with us physically on-site, we will certainly carry their spirit of resilience and unity with us as we stage our major championship, on their behalf, for all the world to see and enjoy."

The PGA Tour has held two events behind closed doors since restarting amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Berger and Webb Simpson triumphed at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage respectively.

Nick Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage after only one round when he became the first PGA Tour player to receive a positive test result for COVID-19.

The Tour confirmed on Saturday they had tested 11 people who had been in close contact with him, with all results coming back negative.

This week's Travelers Championship will be the first of a further three events taking place behind closed doors.

There are then plans for a limited number of fans to attend for the first time since lockdown when the Memorial Tournament is held in Ohio from July 16.

Brooks Koepka was excited to be in contention for PGA Tour glory again and feels at his fittest level in years after he was part of a dramatic finale at the RBC Heritage.

The four-time major champion shot a six-under 65 in round four on Sunday, his best effort of the week seeing him end on 18 under par for the tournament.

Koepka ultimately had to settle for seventh place as missed chances on the back nine proved costly as he finished four shots adrift of eventual champion Webb Simpson.

The American struggled with knee issues throughout 2019 and feels the break due to the coronavirus pandemic has helped his recovery.

"This is the best my body's felt in years," he told reporters. "A lot of work I've done with [trainer] Derek [Stone], just manipulating the knee, the kneecap.

"It's been a long road. It just feels like I haven't been healthy for a very long time. My body feels great. I feel like I can really move through the golf ball.

"The knee feels great. [I am] Finally able to do things I wasn't able to do for a very, very long time.

"So, I'm excited, playing good, and I just need to keep it up."

His putting down the stretch aside, Koepka was happy with his play and glad to be fighting for victory once more, having gone almost a year since last going close due to injury and the lockdown.

"It just felt nice to feel something again," he said. "August was the last time I probably ever felt anything.

"So [it] just feels good to be back somewhat. I mean, I'm not going to win it, but somewhat of a chase, I guess.

"[After going 17 under at the 11th] I thought if I birdied out the whole back nine, yeah [it is on].

"This golf course, everybody is tearing it up. It's kind of frustrating because you feel like you make a couple birdies in a row and don't feel like you go anywhere.

"I hit shots exactly kind of how I wanted to coming down the stretch, which was nice.

"I was trying to get to 21 [under]. That was the goal, but I putted terrible [in round four]. I just thought with a little bit of the rain, the greens were a little bit slower.

"Obviously, it's been an incredibly long time for me to be in contention, August or whenever the FedExCup playoffs were was the last time, so coming up on a year here.

"Six months off, three with the lockdown and then three on my knee, so it feels like it's been a really long time since I've even felt some juices flowing.

"It just felt nice to be in contention again."

Webb Simpson claimed his second PGA Tour victory of 2020 with a one-stroke win at the RBC Heritage on Sunday.

The American carded a seven-under 64 in the final round at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina to add to his success at the Phoenix Open in February.

Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, has won multiple times in the same year for the first time since 2011.

The runner-up at the tournament in 2013, Simpson made five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the back nine, with the final round having been stopped for almost three hours due to weather.

Simpson broke Brian Gay's tournament-record score of 20 under set in 2009 with his 22-under 262.

"It was a crazy day. Honestly, I'm speechless right now," Simpson told CBS.

"It looked like we weren't going to finish, but we went back out, the Tour did a great job of getting us out there pretty quickly, we only had a 20-minute warm-up and it was a long day on the golf course as well.

"I didn't really get it going until 12 and then the putts started going in and I was getting confident and it's amazing to be standing here right now."

Simpson finished one shot clear of Abraham Ancer (65), while Daniel Berger (65) and Tyrrell Hatton (66) were tied for third at 20 under.

Sergio Garcia (65) and Joaquin Niemann (65) were tied for fifth at 19 under, a shot ahead of Brooks Koepka (65).

Justin Thomas and Dylan Frittelli surged with brilliant rounds of 63 and 62 respectively as they ended up in a six-way tie at 17 under.

World number one Rory McIlroy endured another difficult Sunday, posting a one-under 70 to finish tied for 41st.

Webb Simpson is one of four players in a tie for the lead at the RBC Heritage after the third round on Hilton Head Island.

Former U.S. Open champion Simpson is level at 15 under par through 54 holes alongside Tyrrell Hatton, Abraham Ancer and Ryan Palmer.

Simpson, the 2013 RBC Heritage runner-up, held the outright lead overnight but could only manage a three-under 68 in a round that contained four birdies and one bogey.

His fellow American Palmer shot 66, while Mexican Ancer posted a third-round 65 to join Simpson at the front of the PGA Tour event.

Englishman Hatton also surged into contention and shares the lead after following up a disappointing opening round of 71 with scores of 64 and 63.

His eight-under effort on Saturday was tied for the best of the day along with five other players.

Similarly to last week's Charles Schwab Challenge, the top of the leaderboard is hugely congested going into the final day.

There are 17 players sitting within three strokes of the four leaders.

Daniel Berger (63) – the winner at Colonial – matched Hatton's total and is one of three men one shot behind on 14 under along with Joel Dahmen (63) and Carlos Ortiz (63).

Ian Poulter (67) – who held a share of the lead after round one – is two strokes off the pace along with Sergio Garcia (65) and a further six competitors.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka (68) and former world number one Dustin Johnson (67) remain in contention at 12 under, as does Bryson DeChambeau despite struggling in a third round of 70.

Despite a five-under-par 66, world number one Rory McIlroy has work to do at 10 under heading into the final round.

McIlroy sits five shots behind Simpson, Hatton, Ancer and Palmer in a tie for 28th after holing six birdies and a bogey – eight strokes better off than Jordan Spieth, who struggled in a four-over-par 75.

Meanwhile, the field was a combined 223-under par, the most of any round in this tournament's history, surpassing 178 under in 2015.

The PGA Tour has confirmed 11 people who may have had close contact with Nick Watney have returned negative results in coronavirus tests.

Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage before the second round on Friday after becoming the first PGA Tour player to test positive for COVID-19.

Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka revealed they had both been around Watney, who was at the course while he waited for his results.

"With Friday's confirmed COVID-19 case of a competitor in the RBC Heritage field, the PGA TOUR implemented its response plan in consultation with medical experts including working with those who may have had close contact with Nick Watney," the PGA Tour said in a statement on Saturday.

"As a result, 11 tests were conducted on Friday with all 11 tests being negative."

The update came as Justin Thomas spoke positively of the PGA Tour's protocols, but expressed significant concern about Hilton Head Island as a whole, calling it "an absolute zoo".

Thomas, who shot a 66 in round three and sits at nine under for the tournament, said: "We have done such a great job these first two weeks, I feel very safe.

"I wouldn't be playing if I didn't. The tour have done all the protocols they can.

"Unfortunately, you can't control guys going to get something to eat or whatever it might be, if you're staying in a hotel or room service or whatever it might be."

Expressing his concerns, the former US PGA winner added: "No offence to Hilton Head, but they're seeming to not take it very seriously.

"It's an absolute zoo around here. There are people everywhere. The beaches are absolutely packed, every restaurant, from what I've seen when I've been driving by, is absolutely crowded.

"So I would say it's still no coincidence that there's got to be a lot of stuff going on around here.

"Unfortunately, that's not on Nick because I know he's very cautious and has done everything he can, but I would say a lot of people in this area of Hilton Head just aren't."

Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka revealed they had both been around Nick Watney before the American's positive test for coronavirus.

Watney withdrew from the RBC Heritage before the second round on Friday after returning a positive test for COVID-19.

McIlroy, who is tied for 45th at five under, said he had exchanged texts with Watney after the pair were on the putting green together.

"Nick texted me actually because we had a chat on the putting green before I went out to play, but we were at a distance," the world number one said.

"He was just saying, 'Look, I hope I didn't get too close to you.' He feels badly that he was here today at the golf course. I said, 'It's fine, you never know.' I said to him, 'If I was in your position, I probably would have been here too. Look, at this point, you just have to concentrate on getting better and getting healthy.'

"But it sucks for him especially. You know, if you contract it, that's fine, but then it's the fact that who have you come into contact with, and who you might have exposed and stuff.

"Look, we're still in the middle of a pandemic. It's not as if this thing is over, so we all just have to stay vigilant and keep our distance and wear our masks if we're going out in public and keep washing our hands."

Koepka, who carded a five-under 66 to be three shots behind leader Webb Simpson, said he too had spent time with Watney before his round.

"I found out when we were playing 17, I think Daniel Berger told me," he said.

"I don't know too much about it, but I saw him this morning. I was right next to him in the parking lot."

There have been more than 8.7 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with the death toll exceeding 462,000.

Webb Simpson fired another six-under 65 to lead the RBC Heritage, while Brooks Koepka continued his strong start on Friday.

Simpson, the 2013 runner-up at the PGA Tour event, managed nine birdies and three bogeys, shooting a second straight 65 to get to 12 under.

The American holds a one-stroke lead over Bryson DeChambeau (64) and Corey Conners (63) after the second round, which was suspended for two hours due to dangerous weather.

Conners' bogey-free 63 was the equal best second round, alongside Jhonattan Vegas and Tyler Duncan.

DeChambeau, meanwhile, produced a stunning finish to his round, making six birdies on his final nine holes.

Ryan Palmer (67) and Matt Fitzpatrick (66) are at 10 under, sharing fourth spot on the leaderboard.

Koepka followed up his opening-round 67 with a 66 to be at nine under and in a tie for sixth alongside Abraham Ancer (64), Vegas, Matthew NeSmith (67) and Ian Poulter (69).

Dustin Johnson managed a five-under 66 to be at eight under, two shots better off than Jordan Spieth (70).

World number one Rory McIlroy got going with a six-under 65 that saw the Northern Irishman climb into a tie for 45th at five under.

Rickie Fowler and Jason Day were among the players to miss the cut on a day which saw Nick Watney withdraw after testing positive for coronavirus.

Brooks Koepka believes commentators should "just shut up and listen" instead of asking players to wear microphones.

The PGA Tour has returned without fans in attendance amid the coronavirus pandemic, and players have been invited to wear microphones to give viewers greater insight.

However, most have reportedly opted not to do so, and four-time major champion Koepka said there was a simple solution if broadcasters wanted to have players heard.

"I don't understand why they want us to wear a mic when there is a boom mic 10 feet away from every shot that I hit," the American said after the RBC Heritage first round.

"If the announcers just shut up and listen you could hear every word that we're talking about. I don't understand what the thing is.

"Half the time the lady is holding a boom mic and she's listening to everything that we're saying all the way down.

"If they would just shut up they could hear everything."

Koepka opened the RBC Heritage with a four-under 67 to be three shots adrift of leaders Ian Poulter and Mark Hubbard.

Ian Poulter grabbed a share of the lead at the RBC Heritage as Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka made solid starts on Thursday.

Poulter and American Mark Hubbard carded seven-under 64s in the first round at Harbour Town Golf Links in South Carolina to be tied atop the leaderboard.

Englishman Poulter has finished no lower than tied for 32nd in his past five events and the 44-year-old made seven birdies to begin the PGA Tour tournament.

Poulter and Hubbard share a one-stroke lead ahead of a group of seven players.

Sebastian Munoz, Viktor Hovland, Michael Thompson, Webb Simpson, Dylan Frittelli, Brice Garnett and Ryan Palmer opened with six-under 65s.

Coming off a top-10 finish at the Charles Schwab Challenge, former world number one Spieth made a fine start with a five-under 66.

The American recovered from a triple bogey at the par-four 12th hole – his third of the day – and was two over through his first 10 holes.

However, Spieth reeled off seven birdies from the second hole through the ninth, including six straight, to be tied for 10th.

Matthew NeSmith, Tony Finau, Matt Fitzpatrick, Erik van Rooyen and Mackenzie Hughes are alongside Spieth at five under.

Four-time major champion Koepka opened with a 67 to be tied for 16th alongside Rickie Fowler and Ernie Els, among others.

World number one Rory McIlroy, playing the tournament for the first time since 2009, battled to a one-over 72 to be well back.

June 17, 2010 was the date Kobe Bryant got his fifth and final NBA ring.

The Los Angeles Lakers icon, who died in a helicopter crash earlier this year, helped his franchise beat the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Two years ago Brooks Koepka became a back-to-back champion at the U.S. Open while in 1999 Australia and South Africa played one of the most thrilling Cricket World Cup contests ever.

We take a look at major sporting events that have happened on June 17 in previous years.

 

1999 - Australia edge past Proteas in dramatic semi

Until England's incredible Super Over win over New Zealand in last year's World Cup final, the 1999 semi-final between Australia and South Africa was perhaps the greatest ODI ever.

Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald managed to restrict Australia to 213 and though Shane Warne (4-29) kept his team in the match, South Africa entered the final over nine down but needing nine more to reach the final.

Successive fours from Lance Klusener (31 not out) tied the scores but, with the Proteas needing only one run from their final four deliveries, a mix-up between Klusener and Donald resulted in the latter being run out.

The game finished as a tie but Australia went through to the final because they had a superior run rate in the Super Six stage, with South Africa left to reflect on some all-too-familiar World Cup heartache.

 

2010 - Kobe leads Lakers past Celtics

Boston, who had beaten Los Angeles in the 2008 Finals, were 3-2 up after Game 5 but knew the series would be closed out in the City of Angels.

The Lakers, who were the defending champions, forced a Game 7 and came out on top 83-79 to clinch the franchise's 16th - and to date most recent - championship.

Bryant was voted Finals MVP for the second time in his career and scored a game-high 23 points in the decider.

 

2018 - Koepka wins U.S. Open again

Twelve months after he won by four strokes to claim his first major, Koepka proved to be unstoppable once more at the U.S. Open.

The American began the day in a four-way tie for the lead and his two-under-par 68 on Sunday was enough to earn him a one-stroke success over Tommy Fleetwood at Shinnecock Hills.

Koepka became just the third man since World War II - after Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange - to successfully defend the U.S. Open title.

Jon Rahm is relishing the chance to play alongside Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka in a star-studded group at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

The PGA Tour returns without spectators this week and the top three players in the world will play together across Thursday and Friday at Colonial Country Club.

Rahm was also playing with McIlroy and Koepka in a featured group at The Players Championship, which was suspended mid-tournament in March as the coronavirus pandemic brought the golf calendar to a halt.

After three months without play, Rahm accepts form and the world rankings can largely be discounted.

"I'm not surprised I must say," world number two Rahm said of playing alongside McIlroy and Koepka.

"I figured they were going to entice the viewers with a couple of really, really good groups.

"When we played at The Players, me and Rory were coming in in really good form. Brooks maybe wasn't playing his best golf, but Brooks has the ability to come through in the biggest events.

"We were looking forward to a couple of fun days, especially Friday, and we kind of got, obviously, for really bad reasons, stripped of that opportunity. So, I'm glad to be experiencing this again."

He added: "No crowd, like we probably would have had in this group, but still fun to play with the best players in the world, see what everybody has been up to and see how it goes.

"It's hard to say anymore who's the best in the world after not competing for three months.

"It all depends on who's prepared the best or who's handled the situation the best or who even handles these new rules on the PGA Tour the best.

"It's just a ranking. It's a continuously moving thing, and since we've been stopped, I don't think those numbers matter a lot anymore. We can only come back and prove that we deserve that spot."

Rahm finished one shot behind Kevin Kisner at Colonial in 2017, while Koepka was second to Justin Rose the following year.

American Kevin Na is the defending champion.

Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka have been grouped together for this week's Charles Schwab Challenge as the PGA Tour makes its comeback.

Golf's premier tour has been on hold since March when The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass was scrapped after one round amid the coronavirus pandemic.

McIlroy, Rahm and Koepka – the top three ranked players in the world – were the headline group at that tournament in Florida and the trio will get another up-close view of their rivals' games on Thursday and Friday this week.

The Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas was originally scheduled for May but will now mark the PGA Tour's restart in an event held without fans present.

McIlroy, currently the world number one, has never played in the tournament at Colonial Country Club, while Rahm and Koepka have both finished in the top five in previous years.

American trio Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have also been grouped together, as have Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.

Defending champion Kevin Na will play alongside Phil Mickelson, a two-time winner at the event, and reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.

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