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Last major of the year in no time at all


AP
6:45 p.m. EDT July 22, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — Jordan Spieth hit the reset button after the U.S. Open, a prudent decision to keep from looking in the rearview mirror.

Gone was the burden of trying to repeat 2015 by winning the Masters and U.S. Open in the same year. This was all about looking ahead at two more majors, not so much to salvage the year but the chance to make it another great one. And now, even that is about to end.

Golf, known for its deliberate pace, is on warp speed this year.

“I had said after the U.S. Open it felt like now the second half is starting,” Spieth said. “And all of a sudden, you know, that’s the end of the majors for the year.”

Blame it on Rio.

Golf is back in the Olympics for the first time since 1904, a dozen years before the PGA Championship was held for the first time. To make room on the schedule, the PGA Championship agreed to move up to the final weekend of July ahead of the Rio Games.

That left 11 days between the end of one major and the start of another. From a claret jug to the Wanamaker Trophy with barely enough time to breathe.

“That’s pretty mad,” Graeme McDowell said with a slight grin as…

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