Closed: The Rory Foundation, the charitable organization established in 2013 by Rory McIlroy to support children’s charities, according to The Irish News. No reason was disclosed, nor was an announcement made by McIlroy or the foundation. A spokeswoman confirmed the closure when asked by the News, adding: “Rory is adopting a private philanthropic policy.” The move comes after McIlroy has gravitated more toward the U.S. and confirmed recently that he will not play in this year’s Irish Open in the run-up to the British Open, which will be held at Royal Portrush in his native Northern Ireland. In recent years, McIlroy and his Rory Foundation have hosted the Irish Open and helped promote the Emerald Isle’s national championship on the European Tour.
Announced: By the USGA, that the U.S. Amateur’s 36-hole match-play final will be played on two courses for the first time this summer. On Aug. 18, Pinehurst (N.C.) Resort’s No. 4 course will host the morning 18 holes before the finalists move to the No. 2 course for the scheduled afternoon 18 holes. Both courses will host the two stroke-play rounds for the Aug. 12-18 event. The first five rounds of match play will be played on No. 2.