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Withdrew: From the John Deere Classic, Bryson DeChambeau, citing an injury to his right shoulder. DeChambeau, the defending champion, said that he hurt himself while playing from rough on the second hole Thursday at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. He withdrew after hitting his tee shot onto the green on the par-3 16th. He was 3 over at the time. DeChambeau, 24, won the Memorial Tournament last month. He stood eighth on the Ryder Cup points list and 22nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. His status for next week’s British Open was unknown.

Reported: By Golf Channel’s Tim Rosaforte, that the par-4 fifth hole at Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club will be lengthened by 30 yards, to 485, with the addition of a new tee box. The lengthening is being done to alleviate congestion between the tee and the fourth green during the annual Masters Tournament, plus to preserve the original shot values envisioned in Alister MacKenzie’s 1932 design. The change had been widely anticipated since the club bought property along the adjacent Old Berckmans Road. The added yardage would expand Augusta National to 7,465 yards for the 2019 Masters.