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SHANGHAI, China -- Consider a couple of scenes from the golf world this year, with emphasis on "world." Inbee Park began her bid to become the first golfer to capture four straight majors in one season by teeing off at 7 a.m. in the opening round at St. Andrews. It was a strange starting time for the star attraction, except that was prime viewing in South Korea. One of the rules officials at the HSBC Champions was a Chinese woman who has a Ph.D. in golf. Tiger Woods has only a Masters (OK, four of them). Jordan Spieth wandered down to the caddies bar Saturday night with his Texas Longhorns cap turned backward and his eyes on a TV showing the USC-Oregon State game from Friday night that had ended eight hours earlier. He was a long way from home, but for a moment, it sure didnt feel like it. One of the biggest celebrations of the year starts this week in Australia -- Adam Scott finally returns home with his green jacket. Americans can be found over the next month from the Pacific Rim to Down Under. Rickie Fowler went from Malaysia to Shanghai to Australia, and then he was headed to Los Angeles for intense gym work before returning to Thailand. Tiger Woods was in China, Macau and Singapore doing corporate outings and an exhibition before going to Turkey this week for his second regular European Tour event of the year. Matt Kuchar is representing his country at Royal Melbourne again, this time in the World Cup. Graeme McDowell, who grew up in Northern Ireland and lives in Orlando, Fla., spent two weeks in Shanghai, and then flew home to Florida for a week going back across eight time zones to finish his European Tour season in Dubai. Then he goes to Australia and Los Angeles. Now, throw out 153 years of championship history and ask yourself this question: If golf were starting from scratch and there could be only four majors, would three of them really be in America? Thats why it makes perfect sense for the PGA of America to explore the possibility of occasionally taking the PGA Championship overseas. The key words are "explore" and "occasionally." "I would say were more than halfway through a serious analysis," PGA chief executive Pete Bevacqua said over the weekend. "Whats important is we boil down our missions to two pillars -- serve our members and grow the game," Bevacqua said. "The ultimate test will be can we check both boxes? Does it make sense to occasionally play the PGA Championship overseas? Would growing the brand globally help our members? Would it grow the game? Part two is easy." The assumption would be to look at Asia, though the HSBC Champions already bills itself as "Asias major" and likely will be even further established when or if the PGA of America ever decides to start accumulating stamps in its passport. The most obvious hindrance is television, which was driven home by a tweet from Bob Estes to Dustin Johnson. "Just woke up to find out that you won." The tweet was sent Sunday at 7:30 a.m. Texas time, about five hours after Johnson completed his three-shot win in the HSBC Champions. Estes missed an extraordinary display of golf -- Johnson, Ian Poulter and McDowell each closed with a 66 from the final group. Then again, if the PGA Championship were to leave America on occasion, thats at least a decade out. It wasnt long ago when the Masters showed only three hours of the final round. Or when golf in America was only televised on the weekend. How will sports even be broadcast a decade from now? Bevacqua has only to look at other sports to identify a trend. The NBA is playing preseason games in China. The NFL is making London a regular part of its schedule (yes, that team from Jacksonville really is part of the NFL). The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will open the 2014 baseball season in Australia. "The world is getting smaller," PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. "Things are coming together. Its more a question of the best players in the world are going to play, and its going to be a big deal wherever it goes. Whats best for that tournament long-term? And whats good for golf globally given the options? I dont think theres any reason not to think of those things." Its a new world of golf. Its a big world, yet one that is shrinking. For years, the PGA Championship has been looked upon as the "other" major because it lacks a clear identity the other three enjoy. The Masters and Augusta National. The Open Championship and links golf. The U.S. Open historically as the toughest test in golf. The PGA Championship has a chance to identify itself as the only international major. Its worth exploring, because its clear thats where golf is going. Luke Guthrie had just started his second PGA Tour season when he packed his bags, along with a 2-litre bottle of Mountain Dew for his caffeine fix, and flew from Las Vegas to Shanghai for a European Tour event with little more at stake than experience in a new environment. He nearly won. Hello, China. BUFFALO, N.Y. -- If USA Hockey needed a reminder of how well Ryan Miller can play, the Buffalo Sabres goalie provided one. Playing three days before the U.S. Olympic hockey roster will be released, Miller made 49 saves to lead the Sabres to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in a six-round shootout on Sunday night. "Olympics or not, hes going to play like that no matter what," said Drew Stafford, who scored the Sabres regulation goal. "If Im picking the team, hes my guy, but Im a little biased on that end." Miller stood out as the Sabres were outshot 50-17. He stopped 12 shots from Alex Ovechkin before the shootout and then stopped him and five others in the tiebreaker. "That was worth the price of admission to watch goaltending like that," Sabres coach Ted Nolan said. "Very rarely do we get to see it live, and tonight he was sensational." Steve Ott scored the lone shootout goal as the Sabres improved to 5-0-1 in their last six home games after starting 3-12-1 there. Philipp Grubauer made 16 saves for Washington, and Troy Brouwer scored the Capitals only goal. Buffalo is 4-1-2 in its last seven games. "It feels good when they stay out and you get a win like that," Miller said. "Its nice." Washington controlled the majority of the play, registering 15 shots in the first three periods before adding five in overtime. "We made the right decisions with the puck, and the power play was working today, but we didnt score," Ovechkin said. "(Miller) was on top of his game and he carried them into the shootout and onto victory." Capitals coach Adam Oates had a hard time faulting his team after its dominant performance that didnt produce a win. "I cant really complain," Oates said. "Theres games that your goalie steals games for you, and I kind of look at that one as a game that their goalie did for them." Washington had the first 12 shots, and with 13:52 gone, Miller stopped Eric Fehr from point-blank range to keep the Capitals off the board. Buffalo finally put a shot on Grubauer with 4:23 left in the first. Matt DAgosttinis odd-angle snap shot was met with a loud cheer from the home crowd.dddddddddddd Grubauer said the lack of action didnt bother him. "Its OK," Grubauer said. "Youve got to face it shot by shot, and not look at different outcomes or how much time goes by. You just see it as a little break." Ott took a cross checking penalty 5:53 into the game, but Washingtons NHL-best power play couldnt take advantage. Miller made a shoulder save on a deflection by Mikhail Grabovski. The Capitals had a 15-3 shots edge in the first period. Grubauer stopped Grabovski and then foiled Matt Moulson with a left pad save in the crease off the ensuing faceoff. Capitals forward Tom Wilson laid a heavy hit on Ville Leino late in the second period, and Marcus Foligno challenged him to a fight. Foligno was given an instigator penalty and 10-minute misconduct, putting Washingtons power play back on the ice. Despite being outshot 30-10, Buffalo took a 1-0 lead when Stafford tapped in Christian Ehrhoffs rebound with 1:42 left in the second. "Christians shot was an easy little wrister, and those are the ones that find their way through," Stafford said. Grubauer made a glove save on DAgostini moments later to keep the Capitals deficit at one goal. Washington tied it off a giveaway by Ott 5:34 into the third period. Brouwers slap shot beat Miller over the right shoulder. "Ott tried to backhand the puck, and it just slipped off the backhand of his stick," Nolan said. "When he makes a mistake its not because hes not trying. It was a bad bounce for us." Miller returned to form over the next few minutes, including three successive saves from a prone position. "Hes the best goalie in the league, and I dont say that lightly by any means," Ott said. "The team didnt steal the game, Ryan Miller stole that game for us." NOTES: Brooks Laich sat out a second consecutive game and for the 13th time in 14 games because of a groin injury. ... The Sabres used the same lineup from Fridays shootout loss in Toronto. ... Washington outshot an opponent for the first time in six games. cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys Ray Ban Outlet Michael Kors Outlet Michael Kors Sale Cheap Michael Kors ' ' '