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When LeBron James unveiled the I Promise School for at-risk youth in Akron, Ohio last week, golfer Bubba Watson knew he wanted to contribute to the cause.

Watson purchased one of 114 game-worn shoes being sold through Upper Deck to benefit the I Promise School, but only after he was assured that 100 percent of the proceeds would be donated to the institute. If not, he was prepared to write the school a check.

“When Upper Deck said yes, I said, ‘Why not get a shoe, too?'” Watson told Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Watson spent $30,000 on the shoe, which James wore in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals in Cleveland. Every individual who purchases a shoe will have their name displayed on a plaque inside the school.

Watson said he’s considered following in James’ footsteps and opening a school of his own.

“What’s crazy about it is we’ve talked about it,” he said of James. “I’ve talked to his people. It’s a lot of money, a lot of effort, a lot of work to get to that point of actually opening the doors. He’s taken his time and he’s done it right. For me to be a small piece of helping, it’s nice.”

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Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry wants to capitalize on his love for golfing.

Curry’s representatives at Octagon are finalizing a deal to host a PGA Tour tournament that will be played next fall, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

One PGA official stopped short of confirming the deal, but did acknowledge that talks were underway.

“There’s no doubt Stephen Curry brings a young, new, diverse audience to the PGA Tour through his passion for this great game and support for the community,” said PGA Tour spokeswoman Laura Neal.

“We’re excited about the prospect of partnering with an iconic athlete of his caliber in the future.”

Curry is a lifetime golfer, who made his pro golf debut in 2017. He shot back-to-back rounds of 74 at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic, and he beat Sam Ryder, but Curry narrowly missed the cut.

Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods will be reuniting at the 2018 Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio on May 30, according to Sports Illustrated.

Woods committed to the event on Wednesday, and news that Manning would join him for the Pro-Am followed shortly thereafter.

The two first played together at the Quail Hollow Championship in 2009. Former Colts wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez served as Manning’s caddy at the event.

Woods went on to finish fourth in that week’s official tournament.

Tiger Woods made the most positive step in his comeback to date this week at The Honda Classic, as the 14-time major winner finished the tournament in 12th-place at even-par.

Woods finished the week leading the field in proximity to the hole while sitting third in driving distance. He admitted afterward that his improved ball-striking has caused him to raise his expectations.

“My expectations have gone up. I’m hitting the ball better. I knew I could putt it, I knew I could chip it, but I didn’t know how well I was going to hit it,” Woods said on Golf Channel after the round. “I’ve had to get used to certain things. I can’t do what I used to do. I can’t hit the same shots from the same body positions, they’re different. I’m getting used to it, more accustomed to it, I’m very pleased with it, especially this week.”

Through the opening eight holes on Sunday, Woods gave fans a vintage final-round performance, posting three birdies while wearing his traditional red shirt. While he would fade with a two-over 37 on the back-9, the 42-year-old gave fans a reminder of what he’s capable of at the highest level.

“I know it’s been a long time, but I remember how to do this,” Woods said. “I’m disappointed I didn’t shoot 3-under coming in to sneak into a playoff, but I gave myself a chance.”

While he didn’t qualify for next week’s World Golf Championship event in Mexico City, Woods said he will get back in the gym and work at getting stronger to peak during the first week of April for The Masters.

If he can head to Augusta with some of the form he showed at PGA National, don’t be shocked to see him in contention on a track he’s dominated in the past.

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John Daly has never shied away from sharing details about his life on and off the course, no matter how good, bad, or ugly.

It’s that openness and his down-to-earth attitude that Daly credits for making him a fan favorite.

“I don’t have any skeletons in my closet,” Daly said ahead of the Senior PGA Championship, according to USA TODAY Sports’ Christine Brennan. “I’m a guy that’s always told them when I screw up. I screw up and I admit it and go on.

“I don’t hide anything. There’s just nothing to hide with me. I’ve always just been straight upfront with you guys. I’m not one of those guys that’s going to lie to anybody about what’s going on in my life. I think it just takes the pressure off of not having anything looking back or anything.”

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VIRGINIA WATER, England – Rory McIlroy will miss the Dubai Desert Classic next week to keep recovering from a stress fracture of a rib.

The European Tour tweeted the confirmation on Monday.

McIlroy revealed a week ago that he injured himself, aggravating the rib while finishing runner-up at the SA Open in Gauteng.

Rib stress fractures generally take six weeks to heal. He already missed the Abu Dhabi Championship last week.

McIlroy won the Dubai Desert Classic in 2009 and 2015.

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LA QUINTA, Calif. – If more people in San Diego shared his passion for the Chargers, Phil Mickelson figures the NFL team wouldn’t have bolted for Los Angeles.

”I just wish that all the people in San Diego loved them the way I do and fought a little harder to keep them, but I understand it,” the golf star said Thursday after the first round of the CareerBuilding Challenge.

Mickelson grew up in San Diego and lives in the area.

”What’s disappointing to me is that the city of San Diego didn’t appreciate the value that they had,” Mickelson said. ”And it was obvious in their votes. So, I’m sad, but I don’t blame them. I understand the way that the economics in the NFL works and the ticket sharing of 60/40 percent and how the suite money is where you make your money. I get it. And the suites at Qualcomm are the worst I’ve ever seen out of all the stadiums I’ve been to. So I totally understand where the Chargers are at

”When the vote came in … it was disappointing. Because it, if it were me, on the other end, I would feel very unwanted. It’s no fun being at a place you’re not wanted.”

Lefty shot a 4-under 68 at La Quinta Country Club in his return from two sports hernia surgeries. He will be back in San Diego next week for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.