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Updated: Tech’s Schniederjans new No. 1 amateur golfer

Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans of Powder Springs is the new No. 1-ranked amateur golfer in the world and he demonstrated that ability this weekend on a sponsor’s exemption on the Tour and finished tied for fifth in Wichita, Kan.

Both Patrick Rodgers and Matt Fitzpatrick made their pro debuts this week, so Schniederjans ascended to the top rank. He was runner-up last month at the NCAA championship in the individual competition, falling in a playoff.

On Saturday at the Tour’s Air Capital Classic, he shot a 65 for a 200 total after three rounds and tied for seventh, trailing eventual winner Sebastian Cappelen by four shots (65-196). Schniederjans then completed the tourney with a solid 67 on Sunday for the top-five finish. Schniederjans competed as an amateur on a sponsor’s exemption in the event. It was Cappelen’s pro debut and he won with a par on the final hole.

Schniederjans turned 21 this week, and he already has said he will return to the Yellow …

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John Daly admits to gambling away $55 million

John Daly has made millions throughout his 25-year career in golf.

His greatest accomplishment remains winning the 1995 British Open. His regret? Not his loud pants, but losing upward of $55 million gambling.

The legendary golfer turned duffer sat with Graham Bensinger to discuss his struggles on the course along with his addictions to alcohol, gambling and women.

In a series of video clips, Daly claims President Obama cheats at golf, drinking improves his game and his virility off the course helps him on the course.

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Two golfers in the same group ace the same hole

Tren Watson and Donny Jackson each had hole-in-ones on No. 13 at the Creek Club at Reynolds Plantation earlier this month.

The odds of two players in the same group acing the same hole are 17 million to one, according to a Golf Digest article from a few years ago.

Watson used a 7-iron on the 154-yard hole. He said his ball landed in front of and to the left of the pin before it rolled in. It was the second hole-in-one of his career.

Hitting third, Jackson used a 5-iron. His ball also landed just in front of the pin before it rolled in on top of Watson’s ball. It was his fourth hole-in-one.

Reynolds Plantation said No. 13 has had 12 hole-in-ones since March.

Watson finished with a 70, his second-best score.

Watson and Jackson, who are both 65 years old, were given a small box with the ball inside and  a plaque on top with the information about the hole-in-one.

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Video: Snedeker Takes TOUR Championship Title

Brandt Snedeker shot a 2-under 68 in the final round of the TOUR Championship to win his first FedEx cup. CineSport’s Brian Clark & the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore discuss.

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Video: Snedeker, Rose Tied; Tiger Prowling

Can Tiger Woods overcome a four stroke deficit to win The Tour Championship? Will Brandt Snedeker or Justin Rose hold onto the lead? CineSport’s Justin Shackil asks The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore.

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Video: Furyk Takes Lead, Tiger Falls in Round 2

Tiger Woods struggled in Round 2 of the TOUR Championship, finishing six shots back. Meanwhile, Jim Furyk took over the lead with a career-best six-under 64. The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore reports.

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Video: Woods, Rose lead at Tour Championship

Tiger Woods & Justin Rose lead the pack after they shot 4-under 66 in the 1st round of the TOUR Championship. CineSport’s Brian Clark & the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore chat.

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World watching Rory and Tiger but others control their FedEx Cup fate

Nick Watney and Brandt Snedeker might be used to flying under the radar at a golf tournament. But Phil Mickelson?

As the Tour Championship begins Thursday most of the attention is focused on Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods – No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in the world rankings and the FedEx Cup points standings. Rory and Tiger, the world is watching.

However, there are three other golfers in the 30-player field who control their own fate. Win the Tour Championship, at East Lake Golf Club, and they take home the playoff title and its $10 million prize. Mickelson, Watney and Snedeker are nearly as close to the crown. Initially, at least, they are the forgotten three of the top five.

“I’ve got just as good a chance as Rory, even though Rory played great the past two weeks,” Snedeker said. “If I won this week, doesn’t do him a whole lot of good. It’s a great feeling to have. So I have to play well this week, and just kind of hope to fly under the radar until Sunday …

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Video: Tour Championship preview

The PGA TOUR Championship begins Thursday in East Lake. Who are the favorites to win? Will a surprise player make a run at the title? CineSport’s Tara Petrolino & The AJC’s Chris Vivlamore chat.

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Woods’ re-emergence will help Tour Championship

Tiger Woods is close to a long-awaited return to Atlanta.

After a two-year absence Woods will, in all likelihood, be in town for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club next month. Golf’s biggest draw leads the FedEx Cup point standings heading into this week’s PGA Championship. After missing the tour’s playoff finale in 2010-11, Woods’ re-emergence will be a hit with fans and tournament officials.

“No question we do not have a blind eye from that reality,” said Rob Johnston, Tour Championship general chairman, of Woods’ return. “He is a marquee player of extraordinary significance.”

The Tour Championship will be held Sept. 20-23 for the 12th time at East Lake.

Woods is showing signs of returning to the form that once made him a staple at the top of leaderboards, money lists and world rankings. He has three wins this season, tops on the PGA Tour, and with a world ranking of No. 2 is close to regaining his top spot.

There is still work to do with the …

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