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Vijay Singh Settles Lawsuit Against PGA Tour for Anti-Doping Claim

Vijay Singh and the PGA Tour have finally settled a lawsuit Singh brought against the organization over five years ago, less than a week before the suit's trial was set to begin. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but a joint press release said both sides are looking forward to moving forward and that "the PGA TOUR recognizes that Vijay is one of the hardest working golfers to ever play the game, and does not believe that he intended to gain an unfair advantage over his fellow competitors in this matter."

No Insurance Coverage for Golf Charity's Hole-In-One Contest

A hole-in-one is a rare occurrence in golf. But two together is rarer still. It does happen, however, as Old White Charities, a non-profit, learned the hard way during its hole-in-one contest at the 2015 Greenbrier Classic and Pro-Am golf tournament.

What really sunk the charity is that its insurance claim for the money has recently been denied by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The rise in drugged driving instances claimed a new, iconic face over the Memorial Day weekend. Tiger Woods was found asleep in his car on the side of a Florida road early Monday morning and failed numerous roadside sobriety tests, yet blew a .000 on the breathalyzer, twice.

But Woods was still arrested and charged with DUI. Here's why.

Ideally, a round of golf is a good long walk, spoiled by intermittent swings of a club at a small, stationary ball, producing more or less attractive and effective arcs of flight. The more sinister golf courses impede this walk and the ball's trajectory towards a hole with various hazards of trees, water, hills, and sand, tormenting players of various skill to corresponding various degrees.

What no golfer expects, while making the leisurely rounds of nine or eighteen holes, however, is to find himself chest deep in quicksand.

These days, it can be hard to distinguish between patent trolls and legitimate responses to patent infringement. And while golf giant Titleist might not fit your standard definition of a patent troll, its lawsuits against ten small golf ball companies doesn't feel all that legitimate.

Well five of those companies are firing back at Acushnet (parent company of Titleist), the leading golf ball manufacturer in the country, claiming that their balls don't infringe on any of Acushnet's patents. So is this an innovator protecting its invention, or one big company trying to bully smaller ones out of the market?

Phil Mickelson Investigation: What Is Insider Trading?

Golfer Phil Mickelson has announced that he is cooperating with a federal probe regarding allegations of possible insider trading.

Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William Walters are being questioned in connection with trading activity that federal authorities believe may be linked to billionaire hedge-fund manager Carl Icahn's 2011 bid to purchase consumer products-maker Clorox.

But as Mickelson prepares to play in this month's U.S. Open, what will authorities be looking for and why might it be hard to make any possible insider trading charge against Mickelson stick?

Tiger Woods' Company Sued Over Memorabilia Dispute

A sports memorabilia retailer is suing Tiger Woods' company, ETW Corp., for allegedly breaching a contract.

Gotta Have It Golf alleges that ETW breached a licensing agreement by not providing a specified number of autographs and photographs of Woods, according to the Miami Herald.

Woods himself received a subpoena to testify in the civil lawsuit. What will the memorabilia company's lawyers have to prove in order to win?

N.J. Bans Taunts, 'Trash Talk' in High School Sports

Trash talk is being taken out of New Jersey high school sports, pursuant to a new state policy that bans taunting in an attempt to curb bullying.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), along with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, announced the new policy last week. It prohibits high-school athletes from harassing others on the field or court, and takes effect this fall, reports the Associated Press.

Will this ban be the end of trash talking in New Jersey?

Rory McIlroy, Nike Sued by Oakley for Contract Breach

The world's No. 1-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy is being sued by Oakley after the 23-year-old signed an endorsement deal with Nike.

Oakley claims that McIlroy breached his contract with the company by agreeing to come to terms with Nike and dropping Oakley, reports ESPN.

The sunglass and apparel company said that it tried to use a "right of first refusal" clause in its existing contract to retain the young golfer, but McIlroy ignored the counteroffer, thereby breaching his contract.

Augusta National Admits Women for the First Time

The Augusta National Golf Club is set to admit two women as members.

After an 80-year history of all-male membership, the home of the Masters is finally entering the modern age and is opening its doors to females.

The two women invited to join are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina financier Darla Moore, reports The Associated Press. It's interesting to note that the most recent woman to have sparked the Augusta sexism debate, IBM CEO Virginia Rometty, was not invited. The past four IBM CEOs were invited into the club, but Rometty never received her invite -- and she's still waiting.