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Jordan Spieth eyes childhood dream of walking in Opening Ceremony

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Jordan Spieth may be ranked No. 1 in the world, but he’s not considering a 2016 Olympic berth locked up just yet.

“There’s six Americans in the top 10, something like that [five, actually], so in my mind I haven’t made the team yet,” Spieth told media before playing in The Barclays this week. “American golf has been unbelievably strong recently. I don’t know I’m secured. … In my mind, I still have to work extremely hard and play at the same level in order to actually make that team. It’s not secured. So, if I were to make that team, that would be incredible.”

Spieth appears to be correct. His berth may not be secured yet, but it’s hard to imagine the 22-year-old Texan not being ranked in the top 15 in the world, and being one of the top four Americans, on the Olympic golf ranking cutoff on July 11.

This year, he won the Masters and U.S. Open, tied for fourth at the British Open and was runner-up at the PGA Championship.

In the world rankings, which is what will determine the 60-man Olympic golf field, majors receive the most weight of tournaments. But recent tournaments weigh more, too, so if Spieth were to miss every cut from now until next July, and four other American men put up strong results, he could in that scenario not qualify for the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

If Spieth makes it to Rio, he could live out a childhood dream.

“When I was really young, I always thought of the Olympians that walk in the Opening Ceremonies,” he said. “That was like, you’re the greatest athletes in the world type of thing. And once I chose golf, or once I realized I certainly wasn’t going to be there for any other sport, I didn’t think it would ever be a reality [until golf was re-added to the Olympics in 2009, starting in 2016]. But still, obviously, the most watched sporting event in the world. So I thought that the interest is so high, and to be able to be one of those athletes would be something I’d never forget that ceremony, that walk, walking with the American flag there.”

The Olympic golf tournament is four rounds that finishes on Sunday, Aug. 14, the ninth day of the Olympics. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, Aug. 5, which is the date of the second round of the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. Spieth did not play in this year’s Travelers Championship.

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Chloe Dygert crashes over guard rail at world championships, has surgery

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American Chloé Dygert crashed over a guard rail at the world road cycling championships time trial, where she appeared en route to a repeat title, and underwent leg surgery as a result.

Dygert, who last year won by the largest margin in history as the youngest-ever champion, lost control of her bike while approaching a curve to the right. Her front wheel bobbled, and she collided with the barricade, flipping over into an area with grass.

Dygert, who had a left leg laceration, was tended to by several people, put on a stretcher and taken to a hospital in Bologna, Italy, about 25 miles from the worlds host of Imola.

“We are relieved that this crash was not worse than what it could have been,” USA Cycling chief of sport performance Jim Miller said in a press release. “While this crash is distressing, Chloe is young and a fighter. With Chloe’s determination, we know she will be back riding before we know it. For now, we want her to focus on healing.”

About 10 minutes after the crash, Dutchwoman Anna van der Breggen won her first time trial title.

Van der Breggen took silver the last three years behind Dygert and countrywoman Annemiek van Vleuten, who missed this year’s race after breaking her wrist last week in the Giro Rosa.

Dygert, 23, had a 26-second lead at the 14-kilometer time check of the 31-kilometer race. Full results are here.

Dygert qualified for the Tokyo Olympics when she won last year’s world time trial title. She has been bidding to make the Olympics on the road and the track.

Worlds continue Friday with the men’s time trial airing on Olympic Channel and NBC Sports Gold for Cycling Pass subscribers at 8:15 a.m. ET. A full TV schedule is here.

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2020 French Open men’s singles draw, bracket

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Rafael Nadal was put into the same half of the French Open draw as fellow 2018 and 2019 finalist Dominic Thiem of Austria, with top-ranked Novak Djokovic catching a break.

Nadal, trying to tie Roger Federer‘s male record 20 Grand Slam singles titles, could play sixth-seeded German Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals before a potential clash with Thiem, who just won the U.S. Open.

Djokovic, who is undefeated in 2020 save being defaulted out of the U.S. Open, could play No. 7 seed Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the quarterfinals before a possible semifinal with Russian Daniil Medvedev.

Medvedev is the fourth seed but is 0-3 at the French Open. Another possible Djokovic semifinal opponent is fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who reached the fourth round last year.

The most anticipated first-round matchup is between three-time major champion Andy Murray and 2015 French Open champion Stan Wawrinka. In Murray’s most recent French Open match, he lost in five sets to Wawrinka in the 2017 semifinals.

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