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Released: By the PGA Tour, a statement addressing allegations by Joel Dahmen that playing competitor Sung Kang “cheated” when he took a wrong drop after hitting his second shot into a water hazard left of the par-5 10th fairway during Sunday’s final round of the Quicken Loans National. “A PGA Tour rules official handled the ruling, interviewing both players, caddies and marshals in the vicinity. The official then took Kang back to where he hit his second shot, and Kang confirmed his original belief that his shot had indeed crossed the margin of the hazard. With no clear evidence to prove otherwise, it was determined by the official that Kang could proceed with his fourth shot as intended, following a penalty stroke and subsequent drop. The PGA Tour will have no additional comment on this matter.” Kang got up and down for par and ultimately finished third. He also earned a berth in the British Open via the Open Qualifying Series.

Announced: By the RBC Canadian Open, that the annual PGA Tour event will be played earlier in the season beginning next year, in the week before the U.S. Open in June. The Memphis stop, which is sponsored by Tour umbrella sponsor FedEx and had been played in the week before the U.S. Open, has been upgraded to World Golf Championships status and will be played after the British Open beginning in 2019. In recent years, the Canadian Open has been played between the British Open and the PGA Championship. The PGA Tour is expected to announce its 2018-19 schedule in the coming weeks.