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Tiger Woods checks into clinic...Mickelson and his caddie part ways...PGA Tour to start blood testing

June 20, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods’ agent says the golfer has checked into a clinic to get help for dealing with pain medication. Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management wouldn’t disclose the location of the in-patient treatment Woods is receiving or say how long he might be there. Steinberg says Woods’ May 29 arrest in Jupiter, Florida, on a DUI charge shook him up. Woods says his arrest stemmed from a reaction to prescription drugs.

UNDATED (AP) — Phil Mickelson and his caddie have decided to part ways after 25 years of one of the most famous player-caddie relationships on the PGA Tour. Mickelson and Jim “Bones” Mackay say the decision to split was mutual and not based on an incident. Mackay is the only full-time caddie Mickelson has had in a career that has brought him 45 victories worldwide, five majors and a spot in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Mickelson says his brother, Tim Mickelson, will caddie for him the rest of the year.

UNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour is beefing up its anti-doping policy by adding blood testing next season. Blood testing will allow the tour to detect any use of human growth hormone, which is on the list of banned substances but can’t be detected through urine. The tour also is bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association. The revised policy takes effect in October at the start of next season.

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — For a second year, a spot near the final hole of the Travelers Championship has been designed to accommodate people who have Lou Gehrig’s disease. More than 100 ALS patients will watch some of the world’s best golfers from air-conditioned viewing spots with wide travel spaces for easy navigation. They’ll get rides to the tent from the parking lot and be served easy-to-eat meals. The late chief executive of the Travelers, Jay Fishman, had the motor neuron disease. He died two weeks after last year’s tournament.

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list with a left ear infection. The team also optioned right-hander Austin Maddox to Triple-A Pawtucket before Tuesday night’s game in Kansas City. Infielder Deven Marrero and first baseman Sam Travis were recalled from Pawtucket.

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