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Sentenced: Keith Foster, the golf course architect who pled guilty to charges of smuggling and selling items made from endangered species, to 30 days in federal prison, the Fauquier Times of Warrenton, Va., reported (“In the news,” Dec. 21). From 2014 to 2018, Foster, 60, was found to have imported at least 35 shipments of merchandise, totaling nearly $400,000, via his antique shop, The Outpost, in Middleburg, Va. Foster forfeited $275,000 and more than 175 items made from the smuggled wildlife. He also will face one year of supervised release. In the wake of his legal troubles, Foster reportedly has lost contracts to renovate Congressional Country Club’s Blue course in Bethesda, Md., a three-time U.S. Open host and the site of the 2031 PGA and 2036 Ryder Cup, and Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club, which will host the 2020 BMW.


Withdrew: Pat Perez, from this week’s Players Championship, citing an injury to his left Achilles tendon. Perez shot 75 on Sunday to tie for 50th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Perez, 43, has slipped to No. 86 in the world after three missed cuts and a WD in six starts in 2019. He was replaced in the 144-man field by Wyndham Clark (tee times).