Jordan Spieth's odds to win his third straight major championship improved dramatically without him doing anything. The biggest obstacle in his historic quest may have been removed with world No. 1 Rory McIlroy's ankle injury.
The 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota's new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.
Home favorite Victor Dubuisson was in a three-way tie for the lead after the second round of the French Open on Friday, while Ryder Cup teammate Graeme McDowell's bid for a third successive title came to an early end.