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McIlroy's break: lunch with Clinton, golf

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm •  Published: August 28, 2014
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NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Players have a four-day break between FedEx Cup playoff events because of the Friday start at the Deutsche Bank Championship. Some of them played golf in corporate outings. Others spent a few days in Manhattan.

Rory McIlroy played golf at Shinnecock Hills and spent one afternoon having a long lunch with former President Bill Clinton.

McIlroy said he was supposed to play golf with Clinton on Tuesday morning until something came up.

"I think he promised Hilary he had to do something," McIlroy said. "So he spent the morning with her and her family. But it was great. Anytime you get a chance to spend some time with a person like that — the stories that he can tell and the life experiences that he's had — just a great man to listen to."

McIlroy said the time quickly got away through all the stories, some of them on world affairs, some them involving golf.

"You look at your watch and you've not realized that you've been sitting there for three hours, chatting about any topic you want in the world," he said. "He has enough knowledge to know everything about it. ... It's really interesting and it's almost like you get a lifetime of education on that stuff that you didn't already know.

"It's obviously an honor for me to be in a position where I'm able to do things like that," he said. "So it was a cool afternoon."

Too bad he had to get back to the real golf.

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CADDIE SADNESS: PGA Tour caddies are planning to wear black hats Friday at the Deutsche Bank Championship as a tribute to the wife of one of their own. Lance Bennett's wife, Angela, died Wednesday after suffering a series of seizures.

Bennett works for Matt Kuchar, who is No. 4 in the FedEx Cup and is on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. They have a 4-year-old daughter, Emma.

Two of Bennett's closest friends, James Edmondson (who works for Ryan Palmer) and Gary Yarbrough (Scott Stallings), flew back to Dallas to help Bennett. Kuchar has hired another caddie for the week.

Edmondson tweeted that caddies and even some players would wear black hats and black shirts on Friday.

Kuchar said in a statement that he, wife Sybi and his sons "are sending our thoughts and prayer to Lance and Emma Brace during this devastating time."

"Angela was a cherished friend, a wonderful wife and a loving mother who made a major impact on all who were lucky enough to know her, and she will be greatly missed," Kuchar said.

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