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Withdrew: From this week’s British Open, American John Daly, who cited osteoarthritis in his right knee. Daly, 52, was the 1995 Open champion. He was replaced in the field by American Keegan Bradley. The updated alternate list, in order: Adrian Otaegui (Spain), Aaron Wise (U.S.) and J.B. Holmes (U.S.). The 147th British Open begins Thursday at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links.

Resigned: As the USGA’s chief business officer, Sarah Hirshland, to head the U.S. Olympic Committee. Hirshland had been the architect of the USGA’s TV deal with Fox Sports. She takes over a USOC trying to recover from sex-abuse scandals – notably involving former gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar – that led to Scott Blackmun’s resignation as CEO in February.

Agreed: To purchase three parcels totaling 14 acres near Augusta (Ga.) National Golf Club, by WSQ, a limited-liability corporation that Augusta media reported holds ties to the club via an Atlanta law firm. The property, near the intersection of Washington Road and Berckmans Road, lies northwest of Augusta National.

Scheduled: To close next year for renovations, Oakland Hills Country Club’s South Course, according to the Detroit News. The project reportedly will be overseen by architect Gil Hanse. Oakland Hills, a 1918 Donald Ross design that was labeled “The Monster” by Ben Hogan after his 1951 U.S. Open victory, has played host to six U.S. Opens, three PGAs and the 2004 Ryder Cup. The course is expected to be closed from fall 2019 through spring 2021.