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7: Consecutive first-time winners of Majors. The list includes Jason Day, Danny Willett, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson, Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia, and Brooks Koepka, dating back to the 2015 PGA Championship. It’s the first time that’s happened since 2001-2003 when the list was David Duval, Davis Toms, Rich Beem, Mike Weir, Jim Furyk, Ben Curtis, and Shaun Micheel.  It…

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Sunday morning, Bob Koepka talked to his son on the phone; the kind of things most dads did with their sons on Father’s Day in America.

Except this father had a special request for his Brooks: “Do me a favor. I need a trophy for Father’s Day. Do me a favor and bring one back back.”

Brooks Koepka took that request…

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A whopping five players are at least 10 strokes under par headed to Sunday’s final round at the US Open – none of whom have ever won a Major before.

Brian Harman leads the chase at 12-under after ringing up his second 5-under 67 in three days. Harman, 30, had just one blemish, a bogey on No. 2 but he…

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It’s been a wild two days in Erin Hills, and the best is yet to come.

Four men, none of whom have ever won a Major, sit atop the leaderboard all tied at 7-under.

They are the UK’s Tommy Fleetwood and three Americans – Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka, and Brian Harman.

The men missing the cut were as staggering as the men…

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With Sergio Garcia finally winning the Masters last month, Rickie Fowler is probably the best player in the world without a Major.

The American made a major move towards rectifying that situation on Thursday.

Undaunted by the intimidating rough or anything else, Fowler was money on his putts, shooting a 7-under 65 to take a 1-stroke lead at the tournament being…

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Erin Hills makes its debut as home of the 2017 US Open beginning Thursday. Wisconsin might not seem like the ideal place for such a grand tournament, but this particular area of the state resembles Scotland with bent grass, fine fescue, water features, and enormously long holes, totaling 7,812 yards with a par 72.

Here’s a hole-by-hole look at the…

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If you’re a fan of Jordan Niebruge, Taylor Gooch, or Kevin Dougherty, get your alarm clock cued up – those three kick off the US Open at 6:45 a.m. on No. 1.

The biggest pairing of the day – the last three winners of the tournament -takes place at 8:35 a.m. on the back nine when No. 1 Dustin Johnson,…

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South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli won his first European Tour event at the Lyoness Open Sunday, riding a 5-under in the final round to finish 12-under, edging three other players by a single stroke.

He rode up the leaderboard as Chile’s Felipe Aguilar was tumbling down. Despite leading after 18, 36, and 54 holes, Aguilar bombed out with a 3-over 75…

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Chile’s Felipe Aguilar is 18 holes away from an unexpected wire-to-wire win in Lyoness. The South American player is 9-under through 54 holes

His scores keep going up – he shot a 72 after a 65 and a 70, but so far it’s enough to stave off the challenges from the rest of the field. He couldn’t quite escape the…

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Chile’s Felipe Aguilar fired an opening-round 65 to take a 2-stroke lead after 18 holes at the Lyoness Open on Thursday.

He leads South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl, Ashley Chesters, and Sweden’s Johan Carlsson by two strokes apiece. Aguilar as on fire early on, birdying five of the first seven holes and reaching 6-under through 10 holes.

The 42-year-old has looked…

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Italy’s Renato Paratore fought off a hard-charging Matthew Fitzpatrick to take the Nordea Masters by one stroke on Sunday, his first European Tour title.  The 20-year-old Pasatore won’t be 21 until mid-December.

An untimely double-bogey on No. 3 kept Fitzpatrick from least forcing a playoff. Otherwise he was 7-under for the day.

Paratore did not commit a bogey on the day,…

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The UK’s Chris Wood fired a second straight 68 on Saturday, putting him one stroke ahead of Italy’s Renato Paratore and France’s Benjamin Hebert.

Paratore shot a 2-under 71 and Hebert a 3-under 70. Wood has heated up since starting the tournament with a 74.  Wood was at his best to start the back nine, hitting birdies on 9, 10,…

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Wales’ Jamie Donaldson fired a second straight 69 to open up a two-stroke lead at the Nordea Masters through 36 holes. Donaldson is 8-under par, two strokes ahead of Italy’s Renato Paratore, who followed up his Thursday 68 with a 1-under 72 on Friday.

Day One co-leader Max Orrin fell back to a three-way tie for third after an even-par…

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England’s Max Orrin and Italy’s Renato Paratore are the leaders in the clubhouse after the first day of the Nordea Masters.

The pair each shot a 5-under 68. Orrin looked like he was in trouble early, double-bogeying No. 3, but bouncing back with birdies on 5, 6, and 8. He added birdies on 11, 14, and 16.

Paratore also started slowly,…

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Italy’s Francesco Molinari, Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, and Scotland’s Scott Jamieson are tied atop the leaderboard after Day 2 of the BMW Open.

All three men are 7-under par and lead Maximilian Kieffer by two spots. A group including Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson is at 5-under par.

Missing in action at the tournament is Rory McIlroy, ranked no. 2 in the…

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Germany’s Bernd Wiesberger held off a remarkable closing kick by England’s Tommy Fleetwood to win the Shenzhen International at Genzon Golf Club last Sunday.

Wiesberger was three shots ahead of his closest competitors and eight shots ahead of Fleetwood after 54 holes. However Fleetwood fired a 63 on Sunday to tie Wiesberger at 16-under after 72 holes.

It was Wiesberger’s fourth…

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Italy’s Edoardo Molinari used a clutch eagle on No. 18 to force a playoff, then beat Ireland’s Paul Dunne on the first hole of it to take the Trophee Hassan II title on Sunday, his first European Tour win in seven years.
It certainly seemed like the playoff would continue to at least a second hole, but Dunne missed a…

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The 2017 Masters is 72 hours in the books, but the events that comprised it are still being turned over and investigated by the powers that be in golf. Here’s a look at some of the top trivia and takeaways from last weekend at Augusta National.

An anonymous online gambler celebrated almost as much as Sergio Garcia did on his…

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No longer will Sergio Garcia be known as the best player to never win a Major. Now he’s just one of the guys.

After 70 fails at securing his first Major win, Garcia was the man of the hour Sunday afternoon at Augusta, defeating Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff after rallying from two strokes down with six holes to…

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Justin Rose could make it back-to-back victories for Queen and Country for the first time in 27 years. Sergio Garcia is looking to shake a career-long monkey off of his back.

Garcia has never won a Major. Rose won the 2013 US Open and the 2016 Olympic Gold Medal.   Both men are at 6-under, with a 1-shot lead over…

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Two of the greatest current players to never win a Major, the Day 1 leader, and a Belgian giant comprise the four-way tie atop the leaderboard through 36 holes at The Masters.

Day One leader Charley Hoffman shot three strokes worse on Friday than he had Thursday, dropping from from 7-under to 4-under where he’s joined by Sergio Garcia, Thomas…

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Charley Hoffman, the American who looks more at home tapping a keg than a birdie putt, raced to a 4-stroke lead after 18 holes at The Masters on Thursday by firing a 7-under 65.

He put the field in his rear view mirror with a four-birdie stretch between holes 14-17. William McGirt was the only man to strike below 70,…

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In a staggering 11th-hour development, the agent for World No. 1 Dustin Johnson fell down a staircase and injured his back on Wednesday at his rental property in Augusta, throwing his availability for The Masters into doubt.

According to Johnson’s manager, the star was wearing socks on a hardwood floor and slipped on the stars.

“He landed very hard on his…

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The 2017 Masters Tournament kicks off Thursday at Augusta National.  All eyes will be on defending champion Danny Willett as he seeks to defend his title while there are compelling stories up and down the field.

Here’s a quick look at the best pairings for Thursday and Friday’s opening rounds at Augusta National:’

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ceremonial First Shots: Significant…

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India’s SSP Chawrasia won his fourth European Tour title on his home turf Sunday, cruising to the title by seven strokes as he finished 10-under par at the Hero Indian Open.

I am very happy. It is such a tough course, I think I got lucky this week,” Chawrasia said.

“It was only after I drove from the 18th tee I…

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South Africa’s Dean Burmester shot a second straight 65 on Sunday to win the Tshawne Open on Sunday, finishing 18-under for the tournament.

He finished three strokes ahead of Finland’s Mikko Korhonen and Spain’s Jorge Campillo, who each finished 15-under.

Burmester simply couldn’t be caught the last two days as he shot consecutive 65s. No player matched that total on the…

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There was no breaking of the dry spell for Masters champion Danny Willett, who instead saw Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti race past him and the rest of the field to win the Maybank Championship, his second career title.

Zanotti eagled the 18th hole to shoot a dazzling 63, finishing 19-under par. The dramatic shot saw him hold off American David Lipsky…

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Englishman Danny Willett has a three-stroke lead entering the final round of play at the Maybank Championship in Kualu Lumpur.

Willett is after his first title since winning The Masters last April.  He shot 67 on Friday and Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over American David Lipsky and France’s Alexander Levy.

“It was up and down, I’d have taken a…

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Korea’s Jeunghun Wang blew a three-stroke lead, then recovered to win the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in a three-man playoff last Sunday.

He defeated Joakim Lagergren and Jaco Van Zyl in the playoff, giving him his third European Tour title in just 29 starts. Wang is showing no signs of letting off after winning the European Tour’s Rookie of the…

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Martin Kaymer recorded his second straight 66 on Friday to take the lead at the Abu Dhabi Championships through 36 holes.

He’s a step ahead of Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello and two ahead of Paul Dunne and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. The former No. 1 got off to a slow start and was 1-over through seven holes. He eagled No. 8 to…

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Henrik Stenson showed why he’s the No. 1 ranked player in Europe on Thursday, shooting a 64.

“I just want to keep on developing my game, keep on working hard on that and come into the majors well prepared and well rested and try to put myself into contention,” Stenson said.

“I feel like I can make that Claret Jug get…

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Jordan Spieth played a round at Augusta National for the first time since falling apart at the 2016 Masters last April, and turned No. 12 from a weakness to a strength.

Spieth was at Augusta to play a round with AT&T Chairman Randall Stephenson and Redpoint Ventures co-founder Randall Stephenson, both club members.

“First time back,” Spieth said of his December…

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When you’re ranked 480th in the world, you don’t often think about winning tournaments filled with top 100 players, but that’s exactly what Australia’s Sam Brazel accomplished on Sunday in Hong Kong, rolling in a birdie on the 18th hole to edge Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello by a single stroke.

It was just his 17th European Tour appearance. At one…

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January 2017 will bring with it a new rule that players will not be penalized for the accidental movement of a ball on the green.

While the powers that be say it is not a direct result of last year’s US Open, it certainly didn’t hurt.

Last summer, American Dustin Johnson was ruled to have caused his ball to move slightly…

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Australia’s Sam Brazel fired a 3-under 67 on Saturday to catch Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello for the lead at the Hong Kong Open after 54 holes.

Cabrera Bello had started off the tournament red-hot, with rounds of 64 and 65, but fell back to a pedestrian 70 on Saturday to open the door for the competition. Both players sit at…

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Funny what a 15th place finish can do for a guy.

Well, not just any guy. A 14-time Major winner and arguably the first or second-greatest player of all time.

After opening at 55-to-1 in Las Vegas, Woods has dropped as low as 16-to-1 to win The Masters five months from now.

Woods won the Masters four times between 1997 and 2005….

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Twenty-three-year-old Brandon Stone picked up the second title of his burgeoning European Tour career, cruising to the Alfred Dunhill Championships title by seven strokes on Sunday in Malelane.

Both of his wins have come in his home country of South Africa, and both in 2016, although technically in different seasons.

His closing round 67 was the second-best round of the day…

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Native son Brandon Stone carded his second straight 66 on Saturday to take a 3-stroke lead into the final day of the Alfred Dunhill Championships being played at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa.

Stone is 17-under through 54 rounds, which gives him a 3-stroke lead over countryman Charl Schwartzel and Keith Horne, who are tied with the…

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Henrik Stenson’s Sunday 65 got him into a tie for ninth and allowed him to win the Race to Dubai title for the second time in his career.

Stenson amassed 5.289 million points in just 16 events to easily outpace second-place Danny Willett, who finished with 4.419 million in 25 events.

Stenson’s fellow Swede Alex Noren finished third with 3.995 million,…

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England’s young Matthew Fitzpatrick won the biggest non-Major on the European Tour schedule last Sunday, outduelling fellow Brit Tyrell Hatton in the final round to win the DP World Tour Championship.

It was a remarkable finish as Hatton led by one stroke through 17 only to bogey the 18th. Fitzpatrick never faltered sliding home a birdie putt to win the…

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Victor Dubuisson fired an 8-under 64 to take a 1-stroke lead into the final round of the DP World Tour Championship Saturday in Dubai.

Dubuisson has a 1-stroke lead over Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts and the UK’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Tyrell Hatton. Dubuisson’s two previous wins on tour have been at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Dubuisson was 3-under through five holes thanks…

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Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Italy’s Francesco Molinari remain tied for the Dubai lead through two rounds, tied at 9-under.

Both players shot a 5-under 67 on Friday to drop to 9-under for the tournament.  The pair have a 1-stroke lead over Lee Westwood, who raced to the Day One lead with a 66 on Thursday.

Both Garcia and Molinari recorded six…

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After seeing his standing drop from first to fourth on Saturday, Alex Noren rallied to win the Nedbank Colf Challenge by a whopping six shots. It was his fourth European Tour title of the year.

He trailed Day 3 leader Jeunghun Wang by three strokes after 54 holes, but regained his top form  and in the process jumped up to…

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South Korea’s Jeunghun Wang fired a Saturday 64, the lowest tournament of the tournament so far, to take a three-stroke lead to the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

Wang recorded an eagle and six birdies to reach 11-under, leaving him three strokes clear of Louis Oosthuizen. Andy Sullivan is alone in third place after shooting a 68.

Wang looked…

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Alex Noren of Sweden is halfway to his fourth title of the current European Tour season, firing a 67 on Friday at Sun City in South Africa to lead the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

A victory wold catapult Noren, 34, into the World Top 10 for the first time. As late as May he was ranked 110th, only to rattle off…

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Thornbjorn Olesen held off two late charges to finish 20-under and win the Turkish Airlines Open, the first leg of the Race to Dubai Final Series.

David Horsey and China’s Hao-Tong Li each shot a 65 to shave four strokes off Olesen’s lead, but it wasn’t enough. The Norwegian shot a 69 to win by three strokes with a combined…

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Thorbjorn Olesen shot a tournament-low 62 to jump into first place at the Turkish AIrlines Open on Friday, leading halfway through the first leg of the Final Series.

Olesen has a huge 6-stroke lead over unheralded Adrian Otaegui of Spain and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.

Olesen’s lone blemish was a bogey on No. 11. OTherwise he shot 32 on the back nine…

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Either Rory McIlroy is the most concerned person around, or he just does whatever he feels like.

For the second time in the past four months, McIlroy, ranked No. 3 in the world and the current FedEx Cup champion, pulled out of a high-profile tournament at the last minute because of safety concerns.

The tournament is being played in Antalya at…

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South Africa’s George Coetzee wasn’t an official part of the Race to Dubai Top 60 but you’d never know it by the way he played the first round at the Turkish Open.

Coetzee was hot out of the gates, hitting the turn at 4-under and adding four more birdies between No. 10 and No. 16 before bogeying 17.  Coetzee is ranked…

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Hideki Matsuyama held the lead throughout the third round the WGC-HSBC Champions on Saturday, finishing with a 68 to lead by three stokes after 54 holes.

Defending champion Russell Knox is three strokes back at 14-under after matching Matsuyama’s 68. Only three other players are within five strokes of the lead: American Daniel Berger is 13-under while the US’ Bill…

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Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg took the early lead at Shanghai’s WGC-HSBC Champions on Thursday, racking up nine birdies to shoot a 64.

“It felt amazing, every part of the game,” he said. “Everything was so easy. It was just one of those days, a walk in the park.”

Not bad for his first-ever competition at the WGC level. He’s one shot ahead…

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Padraig Harrington won an European Tour event for the first time since 2008, using a final-round 65 to take the Portugal Masters on Sunday to outpace Andy Sullivan.

It’s a big win. Portugal Masters is a big tournament. I’ve been coming here for 10 years so I’ve always liked it down here. I’ve always liked coming down to Portugal.

“I tried…

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Dustin Johnson just won PGA Player of the Year honors and Rory McIlroy took the FedEx Cup championship, but it’s Sweden’s Alex Noren who might just be the best player in the world right now.

Noren picked up his third tournament win in eight starts on Sunday, firing a final-round 69 to win the British Masters by two strokes over…

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On a Sunday where most players would play conservative and trust in a 3-stroke lead, England’s Tyrrell Hatton fired a closing-round 66 to extend his winning margin at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship to four strokes.

Hatton finished 23-under, easily outpacing countryman Ross Fisher and South Africa’s Richard Sterne (19-under) for the victory. It’s his  first European Tour victory, coming…

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Another day, another record-tying performance.

This time the perpetrator was the UK’s Tyrrell Hatton, who equaled the mark for lowest round at St. Andrews with a 62 to take the overall lead.

“It’s quite clearly the best round I’ve ever had. I’ve never actually got to double digits before, either, so very pleased with that. I putted really well again today. That was…

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England’s Ross Fisher pieced together a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the Alfred Dunhill Championships on Friday.

Fisher overcame three bogeys with seven birdies to lead Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren by a stroke. Day One leader Alex Noren shot a 71 to drop two strokes behind the lead.

Fisher is in pursuit of his sixth…

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Sweden’s Alex Noren fired an 8-under 64 to tie the course record at Carnoustie, taking a 1-stroke lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in the process on Thursday.

Noren recorded eight birdies and no bogeys to take a 1-stroke lead over the UK’s Ross Fisher.

Noren started on the back nine at Carnoustie and had birdies on three of his…

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Thomas Pieters might have been among the least-known players in Hazeltine last week for the Ryder Cup, but he’s a big name as he returns to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland on Thursday.

In 2014, a strong finish here got Pieters into the mix for a European Tour card, and last week he racked up four points in…

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Francesco Molinari made all sorts of history on Sunday as he held off Danny Willett to win the Italian Open by one stroke.

With his closing-round 65, Molinari wound up 22-under, beating the Masters champion by one stroke. It’s his second time winning the Italian Open, making him the first native player to do this. He’s also the first Italian…

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Sweden’s Alex Noren ended his playoff with Australia’s Scott Hend in a hurry on Sunday, firing a birdie to win the Omega European Masters by a stroke.

Hend entered Sunday leading the tournament by a stroke, but Noren’s blistering 65 on Sunday gave him the victory. It was his second time winning the event. His first win came in 2009…

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Thomas Pieters won for the third time in the last 365 days on the European Tour, firing a 17-undre 267 to win the Made in Denmark by one stroke over Bradley Dredge of Wales.

Pieters had trailed Dredge by four strokes after two rounds as the Welshman shot an opening 63-66. But Pieters was better down the stretch, going 69-65…

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Jimmy Walker became the fifth straight first-time Major winner on Sunday, sinking a short par putt to knock off defending champion Jason Day by a single stroke to win the PGA Championship at Baltrusol in New Jersey.

Day gave it his best shot, eagling No. 18 to close within a stroke, but Walker, the Baylor University graduate, sank a short …

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Jimmy Walker remained the leader in the clubhouse for a third straight day at the PGA Championship on Sunday, but defending champion and No. 1 in the world Jason Day has closed within a single stroke as play headed to the final round on Sunday afternoon.

With Saturday’s intended Round 3 washed out by rain, players were tasked with 36…

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Robert Streb became the 28th player to ever shoot a 63 at a Major – but the third in just 16 days – allowing him to tie fellow American Jimmy Walker atop the leaderboard at the end of the second round of the PGA Championship Sunday in New Jersey.

The two men are tied at 9-under, two strokes ahead of…

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Jimmy Walker leads the PGA Championship by a stroke after one round at Baltusrol Golf Course in Springfield, New Jersey, with a host of international players trailing him including Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson, who sits two strokes back.

Players from seven different countries – US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Korea, Argentina, and Australia – are in the top 10, with…

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The PGA Championship begins July 28 at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey. The 121-year old private club is one of the most famous in the country, with a par 70 for Majors and a total length of 7,400 yards. Both the Lower and Upper Courses were designed by A.W. Tillinghast.

Baltusrol first hosted a Major with the…

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Knowing how to get butts in the seats, the PGA Tour has paired defending champion Jason Day, 2014 winner Rory McIlroy, and recent Open Championship runner-up Phil Mickelson together for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship, which gets underway Thursday at Baltusrol.

Day is the obvious draw – ranked No. 1 and the winner here a year ago;…

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Tiger Woods will not play professional golf in 2016, his agent Leigh Steinberg announced on Tuesday, the same day the PGA Championship informed the media that Woods would not be part of the fourth and final Major’s field.

Woods, who will turn 41 in December, has not played a tournament since the 2015 Wyndham Championship in late August 11 months ago….

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Here are some of the more interesting statistics and bits of trivia from Henrik Stenson’s record-setting win at the 145th Open Championship.

-20: Henrik Stenson’s final score tied Jason Day’s record for the lowest cumulative score at a Major. Day shot 20-under at the 2015 PGA Championship.

4: Consecutive Major winners who are first-timers: Stenson, Dustin Johnson (US Open), Danny Willett…

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Henrik Stenson joined Johnny Miller as the only men in pro golf history to card a 63 in the final round of a Major, doing so Sunday at Royal Troon in Scotland to win The Open Championship, tying a Major record by finishing 20-under par.

He needed every ounce of that record-setting performance to hold off five-time Major champion Phil…

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Unless golf’s fickle hand of fate interferes, Sunday’s final day at The Open Championship figures to be a two-man race between a 5-time Major winner and man looking to win his first at age 40.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson fired his second 68 in three days to take a 1-stroke lead over American Phil Mickleson on Saturday. Stenson is 12-under through…

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Henrik Stenson is in the conversation for the best golfer in the world to have never won a Major – he’s been ranked as high as No. 3 in the world, has 14 combined wins on the PGA and European Tours, is the only man to win the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai titles in the same…

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Playing in the continent’s most prestigious tournament on their country’s greatest holiday should have been a day to remember for French golfers Victor Dubuisson and Clement Sordet.

It will be, for all the wrong reasons. Sordet, who move to Nice a year ago with his girlfriend, was woken up by texts from friends at 4 a.m. Friday to see if…

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Phil Mickelson was the toast of Troon on Thursday, but he wasn’t the only player to have a dynamite first round of the 145th Open Championship.

Fifty players were at least one stroke under par, among them defending champion Zach Johnson, who is tied for fourth with a 4-under 67.  Johnson was brilliant through 16 holes, but game away two…

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Phil Mickelson will remember the one that got away, the 62 that was in his grasp and the history it would have invoked.

Instead he’ll have to settle for a 3-stroke lead after the first day of the 145th Open Championship at Scotland’s Royal Troon Golf Course.

Mickelson had a tremendous shot at 62 but his birdie putt on No. 18…

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Sweden’s Alex Noren woke up Tuesday morning to turn 34 with the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open trophy on his bedside table.

That’s how you celebrate a birthday.

Noren finished 14-under to take the title by a single stroke over the UK’s Tyrrell Hatton. It’s not the first time the summer months have been kind to Noren; it’s his fourth straight…

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Just in case anyone thought Dustin Johnson would relax after winning the US Open, put that notion to bed.

Johnson followed up his first Major win by triumphing at the WGC-Bridgestone last Sunday in Akron, Ohio, firing a final-round 66 to pass Scott Piercy and rise to No. 2 in the world, bypassing Jordan Spieth.

A pedestrian 2-over at the halfway…

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It seemed like a disappointing Thursday for American Daniel Berger at the WGC-Bridgestone; he drove his first shot 307 yards, tweaked his shoulder, and decided to shut it down for the tournament rather than risk a more serious injury.

That swing earned him $50,000.

By taking a shot in a tournament that has not cut, Berger guaranteed a 61st (last) place…

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Henrik Stenson won the BMW International Open on Sunday, his first victory of any sort in 17 months.

His final-round 71 was enough to complete a 17-under 271, holding off Darren Fichardt and Thorbjorn Olesen, who finished tied for second at 14-under.

Played at the Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof, ,the tournament was Stenson’s first victory since the DP World Tour Championship…

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It was a long strange trip for Dustin Johnson to reach his first Major victory. Here’s a look at some of the highlights and low lights leading up to his triumph on Sunday.

 

January 13, 2008 – Johnson finished tied for 10th at the Sony Open in Hawaii at the start of his first full season on the PGA Tour.

June…

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With a potential one-stroke penalty and the ghosts of 2015 hanging over his head, Dustin Johnston just went out and played golf on Sunday, shooting a closing-round 69 to win the US Open, his first Major.

The victory elevated Johnson to No. 3 in the world, surpassing Rory McIlroy who missed the cut and fell to No. 4. The US…

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Thirty-six holes in one day in the Major you blew on the final hole a year ago? No big deal for Dustin Johnson.

Last year’s runner-up had just one bogey in 36 holes on a frantic pace Friday to tie for the lead at the US Open shooting 67-69 to reach 4-under.  Johnson shot a 3-under 67 for his first…

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Three rain delays, the fall-out of the worst which angered several players, led to a suspension of play at the US Open in Pennsylvania on Thursday, with only nine players having completed the first round.

Agitation came early from a number of golfers on the course when rain first caused a 79-minute delay. Because they were not evacuated from the…

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When it comes to old golf courses, the US doesn’t have much to say – heck, the Golf Club in Edinburgh was established 30 years before there even was a US.

Still, a 113-year legacy is nothing to take lightly, and when Oakmont hosts the US Open beginning Thursday, it will be the ninth time the tournament has taken place…

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If you like Phil Mickelson, and most of us in the golf world do, it’s hard to talk about the affable Hall of Famer this time of year.

Mickelson has had a fantastic career, and unlike his most compared contemporary, Tiger Woods, remains upright and competitive now into his mid-40s (he’ll turn 46 on Thursday). But the US Open remains…

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Zach Johnson will be the old-timer in his initial play group as the US Open begins Thursday at Oakmont Golf Course in Illinois.

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China’s Ashun Wu took best advantage of Zander Lombard’s Day 4 slide, rallying to win the Lyoness Open by one stroke, firing a 13-under 275 in France on Sunday.

It’s Wu’s second European Tour title. He shot a 3-under 69 to go with his 7-under 65 on Saturday. He made up considerable ground on the front nine by firing six…

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Tiger Woods has announced he will not play in next week’s US Open, being held at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.

“While I continue to work hard on getting healthy, I’m not physically ready to play in this year’s U.S. Open and the Quicken Loans National,” Woods said in a statement. “I am making progress, but I’m not yet ready…

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Matthew Fitzpatrick’s early-round dominance paved the way to a 16-under 272, delivering him the Nordea Masters title on Sunday.

It’s Fitzpatrick’s second win on Tour in less than a year. The British phenom won’t turn 22 until September. Fitzpatrick only needed a final-round 71 to win the tournament by three strokes after shooting 68-65-68 in the first three rounds. He…

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In a mad final day scramble, England’s Chris Wood notched the crown at the BMW PGA Championship with a 9-under 279, edging Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg by a single stroke.

Karlberg’s closing round 65 made things intense, highlighted by his ace on No. 2 that parlayed into a 5-under front nine. But his bogey on No. 16 cost him a desperately…

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Rory McIlroy scored his first win of 2016, a three-stroke victory at the Irish Open that gives him 11 professional wins in the last 2-1/2 years.

McIlroy fired a 67-70-70-69 – 276 to finish 12-under, three strokes ahead of Wales’ Bradley Dredge and Scotland’s Russell Knox.

The three-stroke margin of victory was deceiving. McIlroy saw the lead drop to one stroke…

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Korea’s 22-year-old sensation Soomin Lee rode a hot start to a 2-stroke lead at the Shenzhen International Sunday at
Genzon Golf Course in China.

Lee finished 16 strokes under par, largely because of opening rounds of 66 and 65. He was more down to earth with a 70 on Saturday
and a 71 on Sunday, holding off The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten and South Africa’s Brandon Stone.

Luiten made a run at Lee on Sunday with a 4-under 68, same as Stone.
Australia’s Scott Hend and the US’ Bubba Watson each shot
a closing round 66. Hend finished tied for fourth, Watson tied for eighth.

It was sweet revenge for Lee, who had missed a shot at the Malaysian Open earlier this year when he faltered in the final three holes with a pair of double bogeys. It has taken Lee just six events to win his first title on the European Tour.

Luiten had little to complain about, finishing in the top 10 for…

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Danny Willett’s win at Augusta National last week might have been the first by a UK native in twenty years, but it continues a recent trend that has been seen just one other time in the eight-decade history of The Masters: Equality between the Americans and their foreign invaders.

In the 10 years since 2007, US golfers have won the…

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It’s been a good month for UK golfers.

One week after Danny Willett took home the green jacket at Augusta, Andrew Johnston scored the first European Tour victory of his seven-year professional career with a 1-stroke victory over The Netherlands’ Joost Luiten at the Real Club Valderrama Open de Espana, hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

Johnson’s 1-over 285 was enough…

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The due date of his son Zachariah – April 10, 2016 – meant one thing all those months ago to the UK’s Danny Willett: He would have to skip the 2016 Masters.

But when his wife gave birth early – 11 days to be exact – Willett decided to go ahead and travel across the Atlantic to participate in the…

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Germany’s Bernhard Langer entered Sunday at Augusta National in a staggering position, a shot off the lead of the most celebrated of the four Majors despite the fact that when you call up his name on the PGA website, the default setting puts you on his PGA Champions Tour page, not the main tour.

Langer is 58, more than double…

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Jordan Spieth had a chance to all but close out much of the competition in the third round at Augusta National on Saturday in the third round.

Instead, his erratic ending opened the door to a menagerie of competitors including a Masters rookie, the No. 1 player in the world, and a guy who, if he won, would make 46-year-old…

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The crew at CBS and Augusta National couldn’t have drawn up a better Saturday if they had tried.

World No. 2 Jordan Spieth, defending Masters champion, and No. 3 Rory McIlroy, who has won four Majors in his short career but is lacking the Augusta title to compete the Grand Slam, are 1-2 on the leaderboard and will play together…

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A look at some of the better numbers and notes from Day 1 of the 2016 Masters

13 – Total times winning the Masters by the three honorary starters – Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. In the 1960s, they won seven straight as a trio.

50 – Consecutive Masters that Palmer played in during his career.

7 – Years since…

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In the first round of his defense of the 2015 Masters title, world No. 2 Jordan Spieth was masterful at Augusta National on Thursday, delivering the only bogey-free round of the day with a 6-under 66 to lead by two strokes.

He was impressive down the stretch, always a tough go at Augusta, with a 15-foot par putt on No….

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Other than St. Andrews, there is no more well-known golf course in the world than Augusta National, site of The Masters, which kicks off Thursday. With named holes and famous shots over the 84-year history of the tournament, it is as tied to professional golf as anything around.

Here is a hole-by-hole look at Augusta National heading into Thursday’s opening…

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With the Masters set to kick off on April 7, we celebrate the coming of the first Major of 2016 by revisiting the best of the best from days gone by.

April 12, 2009

Angel Cabrera won for his country and an entire continent ,defeating Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry in a playoff. He was the first man from Argentina and…

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With the Masters set to kick off on April 7, we celebrate the coming of the first Major of 2016 by revisiting the best of the best from days gone by.

Date: April 8, 2007

In a field thick with modern greats, 31-year-old Zach Johnson took home his first Major with the highest winning score in tournament history, a 1-over 289….

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With the Masters set to kick off on April 7, we celebrate the coming of the first Major of 2016 by revisiting the best of the best from days gone by.

Date: April 9, 2006

Phil Mickleson started the 2006 Major season the same way he ended it in 2005 – with a win. The course had been lengthened during the…

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Just 15 days remain until the 2001 Masters, where Jordan Spieth will try to defend his title. To celebrate the build-up, here’s a look at what happened at The Masters 15 years ago in 2001.

Tiger Woods eclipsed every one of his modern-day peers at the 2001 Masters, winning his fourth straight Major title to complete the “Tiger Slam”, defeating…

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After finishing second four times, SSP Chawrasia finally broke through at the Hero Indian Open on Sunday, using a 1-under 71 on Sunday to win the tournament by two strokes – his third European Tour title.

The victory earned the 37-year-old Chawrasia his playing privilege on the European Tour after he lost it a year ago.

“This is very important for…

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As of Thursday, March 17, The Masters, the first Major of the 2016 golf season, is 22 days away. To celebrate the coming of arguably the most gorgeously visual event in all of sports, here’s a countdown to Augusta featuring a champion a day.

Jose Maria Olazabal made the shot of the tournament at the most critical of times to…

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As of Wednesday, March 16, The Masters, the first Major of the 2016 golf season, is 23 days away. To celebrate the coming of arguably the most gorgeously visual event in all of sports, here’s a countdown to Augusta featuring a champion a day.

Bernhard Langer, the first man to ever be ranked No. 1 in the current system, won…

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As of Tuesday, March 15, The Masters, the first Major of the 2016 golf season, is 24 days away. To celebrate the coming of arguably the most gorgeously visual event in all of sports, here’s a countdown to Augusta featuring a champion a day.

Twenty-four years ago, No. 1 Fred Couples won his first and only Major, defeating legend Raymond…

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As of Monday, March 14, The Masters, the first Major of the 2016 golf season, is 25 days away. To celebrate the coming of arguably the most gorgeously visual event in all of sports, here’s a countdown to Augusta featuring a champion a day.

Twenty-five years ago, Ian Woosnam became the only Welsh man to win the green jacket, winning…

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After watching local favorite Piya Swangarunporn rush past him with a course-record 63, Australian Scott Hend made clutch shots over his final five holes to take the True Thailand Classic on Sunday with an 18-under.

Swangarunporn started the day six strokes behind Hend, but ended his brilliant round a stroke ahead at 17-under following four birdies on the front nine…

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Adam Scott’s remarkable second shot on No. 18 secured an easy par putt and the victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship Sunday at the Trump National Doral in Miami.

Scott shook off two double bogeys in his opening five holes to fire a final-round 69 and win the tournament by one stroke over Bubba Watson.

On the 404-yard No. 18, Scott’s drive…

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South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen should play down under more often. In his first tournament in Australia, the 33-year-old won his first European Tour title in more than two years, a 1-stroke victory over France’s Alexander Levy.

“It’s been two years since I had a win so this is massive for me going into the season,” Oosthuizen said. “This is a…

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Marcus Fraser’s 10-foot putt on the 17th, combined with Soomin Lee’s double bogey were the catalysts for the Australian’s victory at the Maybank Championship Malaysia on Sunday at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.

Fraser was easily the most consistent golfer over the four rounds, one of only two to shoot under 70 in all four rounds as he fired a…

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With the kind of winning margin that only the likes of Tiger Woods or Jordan Spieth can appreciate, South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel dominated the field to win the Tshwane Open Sunday, firing a final-round 63 to finish 16-under, winning the tournament by eight strokes.

Any doubts that were had about his ability to win for the second time this year…

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Danny Willett finished off a field of tough customers with a 15-foot birdie putt for the win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, taking his fourth European Tour title in the process.

He had to make the clutch putt to avoid a three-man playoff with fellow Brit Andy Sullivan and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello. The Spaniard made two birdies to close…

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Branden Grace prepared for his ascendancy into the top 10 in the Official World Golf Rankings by defending his title at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters Sunday at Doha Golf Club.

He finished two strokes ahead of Thorbjorn Olesen and Rafa Cabrera-Bello with a final-round 69 after starting the day two strokes behind Paul Lawrie.

“To get the first proper defence…

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American Rickie Fowler won the most competitive tournament of his young career, using a final-round 69 to edge Thomas Pieters by one stroke to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in UAE on Sunday.

Fowler overcame a double-bogey 5 on No. 7 by eagling the next hole and scoring a clutch birdie on No. 17. Pieters narrowed it back…

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American Rickie Fowler has taken the lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship as the third round concluded Sunday morning, shooting a 7-under 65 in the third round to move to 13-under, giving him a two-stroke lead.

Fog and darkness have been the nemesis of the tournament, but things were progressing nicely Sunday towards a conclusion. Fowler shot a…

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Fog sucked the life out of most of Day 2 of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Friday, leaving the UK’s Andy Sullivan as the leader in the clubhouse after he fired a second straight 67 to reach 10-under.

Fifty-nine players, about 47% of the 126-man field, did not finish their second rounds and will start at 7:40 a.m….

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It didn’t take the European Tour long to administer its first monitoring penalty for slow play, and it couldn’t have happened to a bigger name.

At the ninth tee box of the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, Spieth was warned by tour officials that he was being monitored based on slow play.

The warning meant that Spieth…

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By the time the sun was up in the US on Thursday, the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship was over and the name at the top of the leaderboard was about as unlikely as anyone in the golfing world could imagine.

In a field of former No. 1s and Major winners, American amateur Bryson DeChambeau stood…

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In a field of some of the world’s best, a young American is leading the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after the opening round … and his name is not Jordan Spieth.

Twenty-two-year old Bryson DeChambeau, an amateur in just his seventh professional event, fired an 8-under 64 to jump out to a 1-stroke lead in the UAE event on…

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South Africa’s Haydn Porteous fired a final-round 69 to win the Joburg Open title by two strokes on Sunday in his home country.

He’s the second South African to win his first European Tour title this year, following Brandon Stone a week ago at the SA Open.

Porteous never gave back a stroke on Sunday, going bogey-free to take the title,…

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It promises to be a photo finish Sunday in South Africa, where three players are tied for first place, and a full 14 are within five strokes of the lead.

South Africa’s Zander Lombard and Haydn Porteous, and the UK’s Anthony Wall, are all 15-under, with Lombard using a Day 3 65 to rocket 17 places up the leaderboard.

Ranked 459th…

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The UK’s Ross McGowan tied a course record, firing a 9-under 62 to open up a 3-stroke lead at the Joburg Open on Friday.

With four birdies and a bogey on the front nine, McGowan was 3-under at the turn, then took off with a birdie on 10, an eagle on 12, a birdie on 14 and another eagle on…

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South Africa’s Justin Walters fired a 7-under 65 to take a 1-stroke lead in a thick field atthe Joburg Open on Thursday.

Walters had just one blemish, a bogey on No. 3, but took back four strokes over the next four holes, including an eagle on No. 6.

He leads the field by one stroke over six players tied for second,…

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Brandon Stone became the youngest winner of the BMW SA Open since it became part of the European Tour with a final-round 71 to finish 14-under on Sunday, defeating fellow South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout by two strokes.

Playing on the Challenger Tour just two months ago, Stone has rocketed up the charts. finishing tied for 18th at the Alfred Dunhill…

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Heavy rains took center stage again at the BMW SA Open on Saturday, with just three players completing their third round, making for a hectic Sunday finish.

Play will resume in the third round at 7:30 a.m. local time Sunday, with players beginning the fourth round an hour later, weather permitting.

At present, South Africa’s Brandon Stone and the UK’s Daniel…

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Rain swept through Glendower Golf Course for a second straight day, but South Africa’s Keith Horne managed to complete his second round and move into a first-place tie at the BMW SA Open at 8-under.

Only half the players in the top 10 of the leaderboard finished their second round, which means another busy morning on Saturday. Horne made the…

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Is the 15th time the charm for Jaco Van Zyl?

The South African who has played the BMW SA Open 15 times without a victory, despite winning 13 other times on the Sunshine Tour, took a 1-shot lead at the tournament in Ekurhuleni on Thursday as the European Tour kicked off its 2016 calendar year.

Van Zyl shot a 7-under 65…

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In an effort to take a slightly longer look at what’s developing on the PGA and European Tours this year, we will begin presenting monthly previews of what’s coming up on the calendar on the two tours. Individual previews of the big tournaments will also continue in this space.

Month: January

Tournaments: 4

Locales of Record: South Africa, Malaysia, UAE, Qatar

The first…

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This is part 2 of a three-part series taking a look back at the year that was on the PGA Tour. This installment will detail Tour events from February through June of 2015.

February

Waste Management Phoenix Open – Brooks Koepka recorded his first career PGA title, firing a 15-under (71-68-64-66 – 269) to nip Hideki Matsuyama, Ryan Palmer, and Bubba…

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American Jordan Spieth returned to Augusta National for the first time since winning the Masters last April and discovered a pleasant surprise. The country club has Masters champions share lockers, and Spieth’s co-habitant is Arnold Palmer.

Also prominently featured in the locker room is Spieth’s 60-degree wedge which he donated after winning the green jacket last year, another tradition.

Spieth will…

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Bubba Watson should go ahead and make plans to pay for the college tuition of Jason Day’s child. The kid just helped Bubba win $3.5 million.

Watson, a late entry into the Hero Challenge after Day backed out as his wife gave birth to their second child, won the tournament with a closing weekend kick of 63-66.

Watson finished 25-under, one…

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Australia’s Marc Leishman put the petal to the medal on Sunday, firing a 67 to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa on Sunday.

Leishman was the only player to shoot under 70 in all four rounds, compiling a 19-under 68-68-66-67 – 269 to win by six strokes over Henrik Stenson (-13).

Stenson led Leishman by three strokes…

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Australia’s Marc Leishman recorded the best round of the day, a 6-under 66, to jump over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and into the lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, on Saturday.

Leishman is the only man in the field to have shot under 70 in each of the first three rounds. He could have led by…

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Henrik Stenson overcame three straight bogeys on the front nine to fire a 5-under 67 and take a one-stroke lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa on Friday.

Three under through five holes, Stenson lost his cool and bogeyed 6, 7, and 8 in success to reach the turn at even par. He was a different…

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Henrik Stenson just missed a pair of huge victories during the Final Series last month. He’s started off the 2016 European Tour season trying to take a lead from wire to wire.

Stenson, ranked seventh in the world, is tied with South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl for first place at the Nedbank Golf Challenge being played at Gary Player Country…

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Employing the strategy that made Tiger Woods practically unbeatable for a decade, Charl Schwartzel built a huge read and played conservative golf the rest of the way to take the Alfred Dunhill Championship title for a fourth time on Sunday.

His second consecutive 70 got Schwartzel to 15 under, enough for a 4-stroke win over France’s Gregory Bourdy, who shot…

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Charl Schwartzel lost two strokes off his lead Saturday at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, but is still in prime position to win the tournament for the fourth time in his career on Sunday.

Schwartzel fired a 2-under 70 to reach 13-under through 54 holes, giving him a three-stroke lead over France’s Benjamin Hebert and Sebastien Gros.

Gros had the round of…

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Charl Schwartzel found himself in a familiar place at the conclusion of Friday’s second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championships in South Africa.

The lead.

Dunhill fired a 67 on a day full of bad scores to open up a five-stroke lead heading into the weekend sessions at the Leopard Creek Country Club.

It’s no surprise that Schwartzel is excelling so far…

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In a field of local legends, Christiaan Basson marched to the beat of his own drum, firing an 8-under 64 to lead the Alfred Dunhill Championships by three strokes on Thursday.

Basson, who missed the cut at all five of his European Tour events in 2015, last played a full tournament in December of 2014, when he finished tied for…

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For all the European Tour players who wanted to get the bad taste of the 2015 season out of their mouths, good news: the 2016 season starts tomorrow.

The Alfred Dunhill Championship kicks off at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa, on Thursday, one of four Sunshine Tour events co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

A South African player has…

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Rory McIlroy wasn’t going to let permutations and possibilities decide his fate in the Race to Dubai, he just decided to be better than everyone else.

The four-time Major winner rallied from behind to win the DP World Championship, taking the Race to Dubai title along with it, by firing a final-round 66 to finish 21-under and nip Andy Sullivan…

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Rory McIlroy entered the DP World Championship knowing that if he played reasonably well, he’d win the overall Final series and the big prize money that goes with it.

It’s starting to look like that’s not going to be enough for McIlroy.

The world’s No 3-ranked player fired the best round of the day, a 7-under 65, to close within one…

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Andy Sullivan shot a second consecutive 66 on Friday to take a 1-stroke lead at the halfway point of the DP World Tour Championship.

Ranked 21st in the Race to Dubai standings and 53rd in the world, Sullivan has a 1-stroke lead over Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo, whose 64 was the low round of the day at Jumeirah Golf Estates in…

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A former No. 1 and a pair of popular Brits hold the lead at the DP World Championship at the conclusion of Thursday’s first round in Dubai.

The biggest co-stars of the event, Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett, are two strokes off the lead, tied at 4-under with six other players.

The four men atop the leaderboard are Martin Kaymer, Andy…

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Seven players can win the overall Final Series entering Thursday’s DP World Championship Preview, a record for the event’s short history.

Rory McIlroy and Danny Willett are the co-favorites, with each man basically just needing to finish ahead of the other, while not having Shane Lowry, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, or Byeong Hun An win the event.

Even if…

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The European Tour is getting exactly what it wanted out of the DP World Tour Championship, the overall Race to Dubai title still within reach of a whopping seven players.

The seven are Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry, Louis Oosthuizen, Branden Grace, and Byeong Hun An.

Any of those seven, save An, can finish first or second to…

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Kristoffer Broberg picked a great time for his first win on the European Tour, winning the third leg of the Final Series with a playoff victory over American Patrick Reed.

The birdie on the first playoff hole was actually less dramatic than the way he made it into the extra stanza, sinking a 12-foot birdie on No. 18 to force…

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Just a few weeks after almost winning the UBS Hong Kong Open, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard has the lead in the biggest tournament of the moment, shooting a second straight 66 on Friday to lead the BMW Masters by three strokes.

A 5-under 31 on the front nine set the tone that has him up three strokes on Day 1 leader…

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With Rory McIlroy opting to skip this week’s leg of the Final Series, Dannny Willett has a great chance to take the overall lead away from the No. 3 player in the world.

Willett, Louis Oosthuizen, and Shane Lowry, ranked second, third, and fourth in the Race to Dubai standings, will comprise the final trio on the course at the…

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With his big surge to third place at the WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday, England’s Danny Willett has closed the gap on Rory McIlroy for the top spot in the Race to Dubai rankings.

McIlroy has 3,393,923 points to Willett’s 3,319,710, a difference of just 74,213. It’s the closest anyone’s been to McIlroy in months and is a testament to Willett’s…

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Scotland’s Russell Knox picked one heck of a time to record his first European Tour title.

Knox’s second straight 68 got him to 20-under and assured him the victory at the WGC-HSBC Champions Sunday in Shanghai, earning him €1.264 million and 1.33 million points in the Race to Dubai Final Series.

He held off American Kevin Kisner, who could only manage…

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American Kevin Kisner and Scotland’s Russell Knox are tied at 16-under through 54 holes at the top of the leaderboard at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Kisner spent a second straight day in the lead, but he’ll have a fight on his hand to hold it on the final day as two players are a stroke behind, and another six…

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American Kevin Kisner fired a second-round 66 to jump to a 2-stroke lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Day 1 leader Branden Grace of South Africa slid back two spots after managing a 71 following his opening-round 63.

Scotland’s Russell Knox is between the two at 12-under, two strokes behind Kisner after firing a 65, the best round of the…

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On a day of low scores, Brendan Grace was the best, firing a 9-under 63 to lead by one stroke at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

The South African fired nine birdies, four on the front nine and five more on the back in a bogey-free round. With five Top 10 finishes and two wins already this season, he’s…

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It’s more than just the best of the European Tour on hand at The WGC-HSBC Champions beginning Thursday in Shanghai, China; US players Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, and Rickie Fowler are also on hand for the second event of The Final Series.

US players have taken the last two titles here, Watson in 2014 and Johnson…

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Victor Dubuisson scored the biggest victory of his five-year career on the European Tour Sunday, winning the Turkish Airlines Open by one shot to kick off The Final Series in style.

With the win and the €1.028 million paycheck, Dubuisson jumps into the Top 10 in the latest Race to Dubai standings at No. 7.

Tied with Jaco Van Zyl,  who…

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In a field full of luminaries, Jaco Van Zyl shined brightest of all on the first day of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Van Zyl fired a 61 to open up a 3-stroke lead, breaking the tournament record by one stroke at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal on Thursday.

The South African fired an eagle and nine birdies to hold a 3-stroke lead…

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Justin Rose notched the eighth win of his career on the European Tour by taking a 1-stroke victory over Lucas Bjerregaard at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

Rose’s final-round 68 got him to 17-under, although he had to sweat it out a bit by bogeying the final hole.

The two men were tied after 54 holes, but Bjerregaard took…

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The No. 285 player in the world won’t let the No. 7 player out of his sights yet.

Denrmak’s Lucas Bjerregaard shot a blistering 63 to outduel Justin Rose by one shot, forging a tie for the lead at the UBS Hong Kong Open on Saturday through 54 holes.

Bjerregaard has never won a tournament, but finished ninth at the Portugal…

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Justin Rose followed up his opening-day 65 with a 66 on Friday to take a 1-stroke lead to the halfway point of the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Rose recorded his first bogey of the tournament on Friday, but surrounded it with five birdies, three on the back nine, where he is a combined 7-under through two rounds.

The No. 7 player…

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Lu Wei-Chih, who underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor just 36 months ago, fired an opening-round 64 to tie for the lead at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Italy’s Andrea Pavan is his co-leader, and the two are  a stroke ahead of former Major winner Justin Rose, who enjoyed a bogey-free round and nailed four birdies in his final…

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Justin Rose and American Dustin Johnson highlight the field at the UBS Hong Kong Open starting Thursday in Asia, the final event of the regular season for the 2015 campaign of the European Tour.

It’s Rose’s first trip since 2011 and a chance for him to move even higher in the Race to Dubai standings before the start of the…

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Andy Sullivan dominated the course and the field for a fourth straight round on Sunday, firing a 66 to finish a whopping 23 strokes under par, cruising to the Portugal Masters championship by nine strokes.

Sullivan was sharp and smart in playing a bogey-free round on Sunday. He birdied No. 5 and No. 17 for the fourth straight day, and…

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It looks like Andy Sullivan isn’t going to let anyone take the Portugal Masters title away from him, even the threat of inclement weather.

Sullivan fired a 4-under 67 to extend his lead to five strokes with 18 holes to go. The tournament will see a shotgun start on all 18 tees Sunday in hopes of avoiding rain that is…

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Andy Sullivan’s 64 on Thursday was enough for second place after one round; another 64 gave him the tournament lead at the Portugal Masters on Friday.

Sullivan finished the first 36 holes at 14-under, three strokes ahead of Thomas Pieters.

A third win would be a career mark for Sullivan, who won the Joburg Open and South African Open Championship earlier…

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Nicolas Colsaerts, in desperate need of a late run to qualify for The Final Series, and Andy Sullivan, who’s already locked into a spot, share the lead at the Portugal Masters after each man shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday.

England’s Sullivan is 26th in the Race to Dubai standings and 66th in the world. Colsaerts is 100th in the…

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The ninth installment of the Portugal Masters kicks off Thursday at the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course in Vilamoura, the final Race to Dubai event in Europe before the Final Series begins later this month.

Four Major winners will take part in the field, led by former No. 1 Martin Kaymer.

France’s Alexander Levy is the defending champion, and is seeking to…

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His game might not be quite as polished as American wunderkind Jordan Spieth, but 21-year-old Brit Matthew Fitzpatrick did something even the No. 1 player in the world couldn’t do in his rookie season – win an event on the biggest tour of his continent.

Fitzpatrick finished a wire-to-wire win at the British Masters Sunday with a final round 68…

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Forty-year-old Soren Kjeldsen tied 21-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick atop the leaderboard of the British Masters on Friday by firing a 68 to reach 9-under through two rounds.

Fizpatrick shot a 69 after opening with a 64.

Kjeldsen is after his second title of the year and the fifth of his career. He’s played 506 European Tour events; Fitzpatrick just 33.

Kjeldsen is in…

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Twenty-one-year-old Matthew Fitzpatrick fired an opening-round 64 to take the Day 1 lead at the British Masters on Thursday.

He’s surrounded by his elders, five of the other players in the top 10 are over the age of 40.

Fitzpatrick had an early bogey and was at even par through four before peeling off back-to-back birdies followed by an eagle 3…

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Dunhill Links Champion Thorbjorn Olesen will pair up with host Ian Poulter and 51-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez in one the signature groupings at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, which kicks off Thursday at the Woburn Golf Club in the UK.

The group just before that trio is nearly as heralded – Graeme McDowell, Luke Donald, and Tommy Fleetwood…

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Thorbjorn Olesen’s  worst round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship was still enough to take the title, as the Norwegian finished 18-under overall to win by two strokes.

After trailing a pair of British wunderkind for half of the tournament, Olesen ended up having to hold off a pair of Americans, each of whom finished two strokes behind him at 16-under.

Ultimately…

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After watching a pair of European Tour rookies take center stage for the first two rounds of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, Norway’s Thorbjorn Olesen took control of the top of the leaderboard on Saturday, firing a 7-under 65 to open a three-stroke advantage through 54 holes.

After bogeying the first hole, Olesen reeled off four birdies in six holes…

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Young Jimmy Mullen continued to lead the dream of every 21-year-old in the kingdom on Friday, as he fired a 69 to maintain a share of the lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, reaching 11-under.

He’s tied for the lead with Anthony Wall, who at age 40 could truly be Mullen’s father.

Wall was sluggish on the back…

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Rookies Jimmy Mullen and Paul Dunne, fresh off helping Great Britain and Ireland win the Walker Cup in September, each fired a 64 to sit atop the leaderboard with Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg after one round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews on Thursday.

It’s not the first time Dunne has played well at St. Andrews this year;…

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Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee recorded the seventh European Tour title of his career with three straight pars down the stretch to avoid a playoff with Graeme Storm, who bogeyed No. 17 to lose by a stroke.

Jaidee fired a bogey-free 67 on Sunday to wrap up the victory, finishing 17-under for the tournament. Over the final 25 holes of the tournament,…

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France’s Benjamin Hebert and Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger are tied atop the Porsche European Open leader board after each shot a 7-under 64 at the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany on Thursday.

Hebert, ranked 181st in the world and a distant 106th in the Race to Dubai standings, had eight birdies and one bogey on the day, coming in 4-under…

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Heading into a playoff, would you take the guy with 11 European Tour wins, 2 Majors who was formerly ranked No. 1 or the guy who has 0 wins, 0 Majors, and would be happy to be ranked No. 100?

Logic went out the window on Sunday in Italy where Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg defeated Germany’s Martin Kaymer by a single…

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This time of year, a two-time Grand Slam winner and former World No. 1 like Martin Kaymer would have expected himself to be in the US taking part in the lucrative FedEx Cup series.

Instead, Kaymer fell short of the series’ most-recent cut, sending him to Parco Reale di Monza this week for the Italian Open, which is suddenly seeming…

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If being sick means being this good at golf, Sweden’s Jens Fahrbring will sleep with wet hair and the window open every night.

Fahrbring’s 8-under 64 saw him surge up the leaderboard at the Italian Open Friday, tying Norway’s Lucas Bjerregaard for first through 36 holes.

Fahbring fired nine birdies against just one bogey to fire the best round of the…

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Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts raced to an early lead at the Open D’Italia Thursday thanks to his bogey-free 63 in the first round.

He stormed the course with eight straight birdies, starting with No. 14 on the back nine and rounding out at No. 3 on the front. That score has him two strokes ahead of Kristoffer Broberg, Shiv Kapur, and…

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Belgium’s Thomas Pieters followed up his Saturday 62 with an impressive 65 on Sunday to win the KLM Open with a 19-under 261, his second straight win after taking the D+D REAL Czech Masters on August 30.

Those are the first two European Tour victories of Pieters’ career and have propelled the Belgian up to 28th in the Race to…

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England’s Lee Slattery and Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello share the lead at the KLM Open at 16-under, but a full 14 players are within five strokes of the lead headed to the final round on Sunday.

Slattery and Cabrera-Bello each shot a 63 on Saturday to rise from fifth to first, one shot ahead of Paul Lawrie, who also fired a…

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In a day full of low scores and near records, Soren Kjeldsen’s consistency gave him the spot atop the KLM Open leaderboard.

Kjeldsen recorded his second straight 64 to drop to 12-under giving him a 1-stroke lead over Australia’s Wade Ormsby and England’s David Horsey.

But the real story Friday was young Matthew Fitzpatrick, who narrowly missed the first 59 in…

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How to draw big crowds to the KLM Open in The Netherlands this week while the PGA Tour has its penultimate leg of the FedExCup going on simultaneously?

Give the people a 66-year-old course rookie.

Yes, for the first time in his lengthy career, American favorite Tom Watson will take the course at the Kennemer G&CC in Zandvroot, The Netherlands.
“The course…

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England’s Lee Slattery scored his second career European Tour title and bolstered his chances to contend in the Final Series, taking the M2M Russian Open by one stroke on Sunday in Moscow.

Slattery’s closing-round 69 was his worst score over the weekend, but it was enough to hold off Argetina’s Estanislao Goya, who shot a 68 to finish one stroke…

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England’s Lee Slattery fired his second straight 67 to open up a 2-stroke lead at the M2M Russian Open Saturday.

Slattery might have run away with the lead for good had he not double-bogeyed No. 11, but was pretty perfect otherwise, with six birdies, four of those on the back nine.

His lead is two over Argentina’s Estanislao  Goya and Scotland’s…

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Bradley Dredge, one of a litany of players hoping to make a final push to inclusion in the Final Series, opened up a 1-stroke lead at the halfway point of the M2M Russian Open Friday with his second straight 66.

Dredge, at 10-under, leads England’s Lee Slattery by one stroke. Dredge did not have a single bogey on the round…

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A pair of European Tour journeyman with distant hopes of qualifying for the Race to Dubai year-end series, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Australia’s Daniel Gaunt, are tied for the lead at the M2M Russian Open at the conclusion of Thursday’s first round.

Jamieson, currently ranked 98th in the Race to Dubai standings, couldn’t have started off much hotter, birdying the…

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Thomas Pieters again didn’t let a two-stroke bungle wear him down, firing a final-round 69 to win the D+D Real Czech Masters on Sunday in Prague by three strokes.

After losing two strokes Saturday with a penalty for playing the wrong ball, Pieters struggled out of the gate with a double bogey on No. 3, and was 1-over going to…

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Belgium’s Thomas Pieters has jumped to to the top of the leaderboard at the D+D REAL Czech masters on Saturday, overcoming  a two-stroke penalty halfway through the round when he played the wrong ball on the 11th.

The 23-year-old finished the round with a 65, which would have been a 63 had he not played his second shot from the…

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Matthew Fitzpatrick is already in the meat of the Race to Dubai standings at No. 41. A championship this week would cement him into the top half of them.

Pelle Edberg is 34 spots outside the top 60, and a win this week could get him into that lucrative post-season field.

The two are tied atop the leaderboard at the D+D…

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Spain’s Eduardo De La Riva  bogeyed the second hole, then set a blistering pace on the rest of the course at the Albatross Golf Resort in Prague, Czech Republic, on Thursday, tying for the lead after one day at the D+D REAL Czech Masters.

De La Riva is tied with Italy’s Renato Paratore at 7-under, with each man shooting a…

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David Horsey overcame everything – losing his lead, a late charge by a local favorite, and an agonizing three-putt from eight feet out  – to win the Made in Demark Challenge, going wire to wire for his fourth European Tour title on Sunday.

After watching his lead slide from seven strokes to just one on Saturday, the Englishman fell out…

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Three bogeys on the back nine and a 65 from Australia’s Terry Pilkadaris have made things way too interesting for David Horsey heading into Sunday at the Made in Denmark Challenge.

The Englishman, who led the tournament by as much as seven strokes at points on Saturday, now holds just a 1-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes.

Already 12-under…

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England’s David Horsey extended his lead to three strokes by firing a 4-under 67 on Friday at the Made in Denmark Challenge.

He has a 3-stroke lead over fellow Englishman John Parry and Australia’s Richard Green, who shot the low round of the day, a 6-under 65 to jump from 14th to second.

Parry shot a 67 to follow up his…

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England’s David Horsey attacked the course at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farso, Denmark, on Thursday to the tune of an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead at the Made in Denmark Challenge.

Just 1-under at the turn, Horsey eagled the 644-yard No. 11, then fired off five straight birdies between holes 13 and 17 to shoot…

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Simply by the nature of the event, the PGA Championship has produced far more American winners than any other nationality; after all the PGA is an American institution, and while an Englishman, Jim Barnes, actually won the first two tournaments back in the 1910s, the US also had a 31-year winning streak that stretched from 1931-1962, won every title…

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The gorgeous Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort plays host to the Made in Denmark Challenge as  European Tour resumes this week after its best players visited Wisconsin in the US for the PGA Championship.

This is the second installment of the Made in Denmark, which debuted in 2014 with Scotland’s Mark Warren taking the crown with a 9-under 275.

The course…

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For the third time in four Majors this year, Jason Day has at least a share of the lead going into Sunday.

He hopes to break form in Wisconsin tomorrow and finally win his first Major.

To do so, he’ll have to hold off a bevy of contenders within striking range, most notably world No. 2 Jordan Spieth, who fired a…

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Australians Jason Day and Matt Jones made their moves on a weather-shortened Friday at the PGA Championship, with Jones continuing it into Saturday morning as he took the lead at 11-under with a second-round 65.

Day is in second place at 9-under after his 67.

The 35-year-old Jones was great on the front nine and even better on the back, ringing…

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After his near miss two months ago at the US Open, Dustin Johnson is pushing for contention at another Major.

The American who mysteriously missed the last few months of the 2014 season fired a 6-under 66 to take a 1-stroke lead after 18 holes at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Johnson was 2-under after four holes, added birdies back to back…

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The season’s final major starts Thursday for the PGA Championship at the beautiful Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wisconsin. The course plays host to the tournament for the third time in 11 years, with the most recent being held in 2010 when Martin Kaymer defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff to win his first major. This week also…

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The tee times have been announced for this week’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin. Some of the more interesting opening round trios are listed and analyzed below.

Front Nine

7:45 a.m. – David Toms, Mark Brooks, Vijay Singh: All three are former PGA Championship winners; the 54-year-old Brooks in 1996; the 48-year-old Toms in 2001; and the 51-year-old…

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Whistling Straits Golf Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, hosts the PGA Championship for the third time in 11 years.

The Straits Course will host the vents, as it did in 2004 when Vijay Singh defeated Chris DiMarco and Justin Leonard in a playoff and the 2010 PGA Championship, which saw Martin Kaymer defeat Bubba Watson in a playoff.

In an homage to…

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Just five weeks after injuring himself playing soccer, and months before traditional wisdom says he would be fit for athletic competition, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has declared himself ready for this week’s PGA Championship, one of two Majors he won a year ago, and his first action since the US Open on June 21.

To play golf, it’s 100%,”…

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Justin Rose moved into the Top 10 of the latest FedEx Cup standings, while Jordan Spieth expanded his huge lead.

Rose, who finished tied for third at the event, moved from 12th to seventh in the standings, with 1,592 points. Spieth, who finished tied for 10th at the event, leads the chase with 3,839 points, nearly 1,500 ahead of second-place…

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In a sky full of stars, Ireland’s Shane Lowry outshone them all.

The 28-year-old won his first PGA title by firing a final-round 66, pushing past Major winners Bubba Watson, Jim Furyk, and Justin Rose on the final day to win the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Trailing Rose and Furyk by two strokes heading into the final round,  Lowry outshot both men by…

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Justin Rose fired a 7-under 63, tying for the best round of the day, to shoot into a first-place tie with Jim Furyk at 9-under at the conclusion of 54 holes Saturday at the WGC-Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio.

Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, jumped from eighth into a share of the lead by carding seven birdies without a single…

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It’s been 14 years since Jim Furyk’s misery at Bridgestone, but if he he keeps playing the way he has through the first two rounds this weekend, he’ll soon make up for it.

Furyk’s second straight 66 on Friday put him 8-under for the tournament, giving him a 4-stroke lead through 36 holes.

In 2001, he missed three putts inside of…

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Danny Lee, the Korean-born Australian who has finished in the top four of three of his last four tournaments, took a one-stroke lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Thursday.

Lee overcame two back-nine bogeys with a flurry of birdies, seven in all, to take the lead at the hotly-contested event that is the prelude to next week’s fourth and final Major…

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The seasons last World Golf Championship is the destination for the PGA TOUR this week, as the world’s elite line up for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, at Firestone Golf Club in Akron, Ohio. Defending champion Rory McIlroy won’t be there to defend his title, as he continues his rehab from an ankle tendon injury.

Rickie Fowler enters the week on…

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A new champion will be crowned at the WGC-Bridgestone this week, as defending champion Rory McIlroy continues to be sidelined by an ankle injury.

With eight-time champion Tiger Woods ineligible, the focus is squarely back on No. 2 Jordan Spieth, who with a win here would displace McIlroy as No. 1 in the world.

He’ll be paired in the early going…

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Finland’s Roope Kakko dominated the course at the Clube de Golf in the Madeira Islands on Sunday for a second straight day, firing a 63 to win the Madeira Islands Open by three strokes with a 24-under 264.

Kakko, who ended Saturday with three straight birdies, had three more in a row on 5-7 Sunday, and was even better on…

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Sweden’s Pontus Widegren fired his second round of 67 in three days, book-ended around a 66, to drop to 16-under through three rounds, giving him a one-stroke lead through 54 holes at the Madeira Islands Open on Saturday.

An odd front nine saw Widegren hit two bogeys but also two eagles, along with one birdie to sit 3-under at the…

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Britain’s Sam Walker and Sweden’s Pontus Widegren each shot a second-round 66 to tie for the lead at the Madeira Islands Open through two rounds on Friday.

Walker was bogey-free and served up an eagle 2 on the par-4, 364-yard No. 6.  Widegren also had a birdie, on the par-5, 538-yard No. 7, but a bogey 6 on No. 11…

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The Madeira Islands Open got what it has wanted for two years – a rain-free first round – on Thursday.

A pair of Spaniards took best advantage of the development, as Antonio Hortal fired a 9-under 63 and the best name on the tour, Nacho Elvira, shot an 8-under 64 to take the top two spots on the leaderboard.

The 26-year-old…

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In the rarest of circumstances, the European Tour returns to the Madeira Islands in Portugal this week for the second time this season, as the tournament is the first in Tour history to be replayed.

A year after bad weather saw the tournament last just two rounds, only one was played this March as wind and rain again rocked the…

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There was only one way that England’s Danny Willett could absolutely assure himself the Omega Masters title on Sunday in a thick field of contenders: Don’t make any mistakes.

That’s exactly what the 27-year-old did in picking up his second win of the year on the European Tour, shooting his first bogey-free round of the tournament, a 5-under 65.

Willett also…

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Before Jordan Spieth became Jordan Spieth, Matthew Fitzpatrick had the pedigree to become the next big thing in golf, the challenger to Rory McIlroy.

While Spieth has been winning Majors across the pond, Fitzpatrick, who won’t turn 21 until September 1, has steadily put together a solid sophomore season, with three Top 10 finishes this year including a tie for…

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England’s Danny Willett set a new course record through 36 holes, 13-under thanks to a second-round 62 to lead the suspended Omega European Masters by a stroke.

About 35 of the field of 156 players are yet to complete their second rounds because of a late-afternoon thunderstorm that halted play at 2:52 p.m. local time. Those players will resume at…

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France’s Gregory Havret recorded an ace on the par-3, 195-yard No. 13, part of his 7-under 63 on Thursday, giving him a 1-stroke lead at the Omega European Masters being held in Crans Montana, Switzerland.

Thanks to an eagle 2 on the 331-yard, par-4 No. 7, Havret was already 4-under at the turn, but gave back a stroke with a…

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The European Tour moves from The Open Championship in Scotland to the Omega European Masters in Switzerland this week, where local resident Sergio Garcia will try and parlay his sixth-place finish at the third major into success.

Garcia is not having the best of years, despite his recent high finish at The Open. That was his first Top 10 finish…

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Zach Johnson’s win at the Open Championship Sunday saw him soar 24 spots to No. 7 in the latest FedEx Cup standings.

Through 19 events, Johnson has 1,522 points, moving him ahead of injured Rory McIlroy, who has 1,510 points in eight events.

Jordan Spieth, who finished tied for fourth on Sunday, continues to lead the standings by a wide margin….

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A bit overshadowed by five-time winner Tom Watson, who also hung up his golf socks for the last time at The Open Championship over the weekend, Sir Nick Faldo, the best English golfer of the modern era, said goodbye to St. Andrews on Friday.

Faldo turned 58 on Saturday, one day after he missed the cut despite a spirited 1-under…

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The Open Championship winner Zach Johnson rose from 25th to 12th in the latest Official World Golf Rankings following his triumph on Sunday at St. Andrews.

Runners-up Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman did nicely as well, with the South African jumping four sports from 17th to 13th and the Australian soaring 34 places from 61st to 27th.

There was only one…

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They had an American in mind, if one was going to win the Claret Jug.

They had a Johnson picked out, if one was going to challenge Jordan Spieth’s shot at history.

Wrong American, wrong Johnson.

Zach Johnson, the 39-year-old from Iowa, won his second Major title, outlasting Louis Oosthuizen and Mark Leishman in the four-hole aggregate playoff to become the first…

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As fitting as possible, the sun had gone down by the time Tom Watson left the course for the final time at The Open Championship on Friday; the 65-year-old having played the event 40 times – winning the title five times.

Watson called the final moments, “a time for joy, not sadness. The fans were so appreciative and their applause…

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How do you upstage the guy trying to do something that hasn’t been done in golf in 62 years?

By doing something that hasn’t been done in 85 years.

That was the calling card Sunday for 22-year-old amateur from Ireland Paul Dunne, who fired a 6-under 66 to tie Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day for the lead of the 144th Open…

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For the first time in 27 years, the Open Championship will see its title decided on a Monday, as more foul weather allowed the completion of the second round but no more than that on Saturday at St. Andrews.

The R&A tried its best to get the third round in, with delays totaling 10-1/2 hours, but high winds and frequent…

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American Dustin Johnson is the leader in a rain-soaked clubhouse at The Open Championship, although he and most of the players atop the leaderboard will be back on course early Saturday morning to conclude an interrupted second round.

Johnson is 10-under through 13 holes, having fired a 3-under so far in his second round, which was delayed nearly three hours…

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A bit lost in the media explosion over the quest of Jordan Spieth for three straight Majors is how close Dustin Johnson came to winning the US Open himself last month.

Johnson reminded the crowds just how good of a 2015 he’s having in Spieth’s shadow, shooting a 7-under 65 to take the first round lead at The Open Championship…

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The defending champion will watch from home. The hottest player in a decade has had 40% of the betting money being placed on him. And the 14-time Major winner is barely even a blip on the radar.

The third and oldest Major of the four begins Thursday with as much attention focused on one player since 2002, when Tiger Woods…

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This is the second in our two-part series detailing the 18 holes at St. Andrews, site of the 144th Open Championship beginning Thursday in Scotland.

Hole #10 – Bobby Jones. Par-4, 340 yards. You have to be a great golfer to get a hole named after you at St Andrews, even more so when you’re an American. This one was…

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The 144th Open Championship returns to The Home of Golf’, the Old Course at St. Andrews. Defending champion Rory McIlroy becomes the first player since Ben Hogen to not attempt to defend his title following an unfortunate foot injury whilst playing football. This is good news for Jordan Spieth, who attempts to continue his quest for the Grand Slam…

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The Open Championship kicks off Thursday at St. Andrews, and as has been our tradition this year, we present a hole-by-hole preview of the course.

Here is part one, featuring the front nine.

1. Burn, par-4, 376 yards – The fairway here is as wide (100 yards) as an American football field is long, so there’s not much of an excuse…

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Americans Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar only live about 350 miles apart in the United States: the former in Jupiter, Florida, and the latter in Sea Island, Georgia.

The two traveled about 4,000 miles each to battle it out Sunday at the Scottish Open in Gullane, Scotland, with Fowler knocking in birdies on 15, 16, and 18 to finish 12-under…

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Daniel Brooks shot his worst round of the Scottish Open on Saturday, a 1-under 69 put still holds a 1-stroke lead going into the final round of the tournament.

Brook’s 69 followed back-to-back rounds of 64 and 65. After just one blemish during his first two rounds, he started off Saturday with a double bogey and added a bogey on…

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England’s 28-year-old Daniel Brooks, after his first “full-round” European Tour victory, took the lead at the Scottish Open on Friday by firing a second-round 65 to reach 11-under through 36 holes.

Brooks carded one bogey on the day, but made up for it with an eagle on No. 2 and three birdies on the back nine.

While Brooks could gain entry…

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Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen harvested a bumper crop of birdies, seven to be exact, to fire a first-round 63 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane Thursday, taking a two-stroke lead.

With a powerhouse field on course, largely in anticipation of next week’s Open Championship, Olesen did not record a bogey and slid his last birdie in from 30…

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Justin Rose will defend his Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open title against the likes of American Hall of Famer Phil Mickelson beginning Thursday at Gullane Golf Club in East Lothian, Scotland.

This is the44th installment of the tournament, played on the par-70, 7,133-yard course. It’s the first time at Gullane after recent stints at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, Castle…

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Rory McIlroy took to Instragram Wednesday to announce the no-brainer news of the year: he’s missing The Open Championship next week.

McIlroy injured his ankle playing football with friends last weekend, and suffered an ankle injury that may take weeks or months to return to full strength from.

McIlroy posted a photo of the now infamous ankle propped up alongside his…

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Rory McIlroy suffered a total rupture of the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) in his left ankle while playing football with friends on Saturday, leaving him on crutches in the short term with the distinct possibility of missing his shot to defend his Open Championship crown.

He will definitely miss this week’s Scottish Open.
“Continuing to assess extent of injury and treatment…

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Bernd Wiesberger saved the best for last, using a final-round 65 to take the Alstom Open de France title in Paris on Sunday as Day 3 leader Jaco Van Zyl struggled on the final 18.

Despite floundering, it was a big day for Van Zyl, who along with runner-up James Morrison and fifth-place Rafa Cabrera-Bello earned automatic invitations to the…

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South Africa’s Jaco Van Zyl fired a 7-under 64, the best score of the tournament to date, to open up a 2-stroke lead after 54 holes at the Alstom Open de France in Paris on Saturday.

It was a far cry from Van Zyl’s 71 on Friday, which ended with a bogey and a double bogey on 17 and 18….

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Martin Kaymer, and Victor Dubuisson are all tied for first place at 4-under at the conclusion of 36 holes at the Alstom Open de France in Paris.

Cabrera-Bello and Kaymer are both ranked in the top 40 of the current Race to Dubai standings. Kaymer and Dubuisson are both ranked in the top 40 in the world golf…

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Heavy thunderstorms left about half the players in the field of the Alstom Open de France with incomplete first rounds on Thursday.

One of those, Germany’s Maximillian Kieffer, is the tentative leader at 4-under through 14 holes.  Despite a double-bogey on No. 2, Kieffer had three birdies in a span of four holes at the turn and will try to…

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England’s Graeme McDowell will attempt to become the first player in 77 years to win three straight Alstom Open de France titles when he tees up at the event in Paris beginning Thursday.

The Alstom is the oldest national tournament in continental Europe, dating back in 1906, and has been part of the European Tour since its founding in 1972.

McDowell…

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The guy in fifth won it, the guy in 11th finished second, and the leader coming into Sunday’s final round at the BMW International Open wound up tied or 11th.

Just another day in Munich.

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal took home the crown by a single stroke, shooting a final day 66 to hold off a hard-charging Henrik Stenson for the win.

Larrazabal,…

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England’s James Morrison took advantage of Rafa Cabrera-Bello’s nosedive down the leader board, shooting his third straight round of 67 or under to take a 2-stroke lead at the BMW International Open on Saturday.

With his second 67 in three days, Morrison is 16-under, giving him a 2-stroke lead over fellow Englishman Chris Paisley with 18 holes to go.

Morrison played…

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Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello leads a red-hot field through two rounds of the BMW International Open in Munich.

He followed up Thursday’s 65 with a 67 to sit 12-under  through 36 holes. The same hole – No. 7 -perplexed Cabrera-Bello for a second straight day, but he was flawless again on the back nine, shooting 4-under down the stretch. In the…

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Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello was one of three players to shoot a 7-under 65 to hold a share of the lead after one round at the BMW International Open in Munich on Thursday.

Despite two bogeys in his first eight holes, Cabrera-Bello strung together two separate streaks of three straight birdies.

He’s tied for the lead with Norway’s Lasse Jensen, ranked 515th…

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Martin Kaymer, who missed the US Open cut last week after winning the Major in 2014, hopes to recharge his batteries back home in Germany this week with a run through the BMW International Open in Munich.

Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti is the defending champion after winning a four-way playoff in 2014. He finished 19-under. The low winning score is commonplace….

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All of the die-hard golf fans among us know golf has had a pretty tough time of it in recent years (unless you happen to be Rory McIlroy).

Golf course memberships used to be a decade-long waiting list. Now, you stroll in with your application form and deposit, and you’ve got a good chance of being in.

For anyone on the…

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No matter how many Majors he winds up with, Jordan Spieth learned a valuable lesson that so many great players do: sometimes you win because you’re better; other times because the other guy blows it.

Spieth won his second straight Major in Sunday, becoming the first man since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the Masters and the US Open…

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The four men atop the leaderboard through 54 holes of the US Open are three can’t misses and one, “Uh, OK.”

World No. 2 Jordan Spieth, No. 7 Dustin Johnson, and No. 10 Jason Day share the lead with South Africa’s Branden Grace, who is ranked 40th.

Day, who collapsed from vertigo during Friday’s second round, shot his second 68 in…

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Jordan Spieth, on a quest to become the first man to win The Masters and the US Open in 13 years, rose to the top of the leaderboard alongside playing partner Patrick Reed at the end of play Friday at Chambers Way in Washington.

Spieth could have had sole possession of the lead, but finished the round with a double…

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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and the US’ Dustin Johnson, two top 10 players, share the lead at the US Open after one day after each man fired a 5-under 65 at Chambers Bay on Thursday.

Stenson, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since taking the 2013 Tour Championship en route to winning the FedEx Cup, was just 1-under at the…

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The season’s second major gets under way in Washington State later today, for the 115th edition of the US Open Championship. Chambers Bay is this year’s host course, and is expected to be a grueling test both mentally and physically, with the course measuring over 7,900 yards with many steep incline and drops. The Robert Trent Jones Jr. course…

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Much has been made of Chambers Bay getting its first-ever US Open this weekend, and being just the third amateur course to ever host it. The PGA will return to the traditional mindset for four of its next five venues, starting in 2016 when Oakmont Country Club hosts for the eighth time on June 16-19, 2016.

Except for the 1940s,…

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Phil Mickelson had a great, late surge at the FedEx St. Jude’s Classic, finishing tied for third with a closing round 65, which would leave many to think he’s close to his first win of 2015, except that the US Open is this week.

For all his wins, his good humor, fans, and ferocity, Mickelson has had two things elude…

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This is the third part of a three-part series looking closer at the course at Chambers Bay, home of the 2015 US Open which commences Thursday in University Place, Washington.

#13 Eagle Eye, 534 yards, par-4: If you’re lucky, you might spy a real bald eagle of two on the islands nearby, apparently they were quite interested during the course’s…

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Jordan Spieth won the Masters two months ago, but adding a US Open crown to his trophy case in the same calendar year will put him in truly rarefied air.

Only five other men have ever accomplished the feat – the last one being Tiger Woods in 2002. Prior to that, it was 30 years since Jack Nicklaus in 1972.

Before…

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This is part two of a three-part series breaking down Chambers Bay, the site of the 2015 US Open.

#7. Humpback, Par 4, 482 yards – Long, uphill, and turns from left to right as you go. Another blind approach if you stay safe and left. The name describes two different areas of the course as well as the whales…

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For just the third time in its esteemed history, the US Open will take place at a public golf course, Chambers Bay located in University Place, Washington.

A week shy of its eighth birthday, the course previously hosted the 2010 US Amateur title and is one of the longest courses in the world at 7,585 yards.  The course was previously…

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The US Masters champion Jordan Spieth will be paired with Australia’s Jason Day and the UK’s Justin Rose in one of the biggest threesomes of the opening rounds of the US Open, with the three slated to tee off at 2:17 p.m. local time Thursday at Chambers Bay in Tacoma, Washington.

Phil Mickelson, the six-time runner-up at the US Open,…

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The UK’s Chris Wood took best advantage of Gregory Bourdy’s massive meltdown at the Lyoness Open on Sunday, shooting a 5-under 67 to take the tournament title by two strokes over Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Bourdy, who had at least a share of the lead on the first three days of competition, and was 15-under through 54 holes, staggered to a 6-over…

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Former champion Rafa Cabrera-Bello cut Gregory Bourdy’s lead in half to two strokes at the conclusion of 54 holes at the Lyoness Open in Austria on Saturday.

Cabrera-Bello won here in 2009, and recorded a 6-under 66 to drop to 13-under on Saturday. He was magnificent on the front nine, with three birdies and an eagle, and has shot 9-under…

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France’s Gregory Bourdy chalked up a second sensational round at the Lyoness Open in Austria on Friday, extending his lead to four strokes as he fired a 67 to reach 12-under through 36 holes.

He holds the lead over fellow Frenchman Gary Stal and the UK’s Chris Wood, who are each at 8-under.

Bourdy started his round with a bogey and…

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Two years after his last European Tour title, France’s Gregory Bourdy stormed to the early lead at the Lyoness Open Thursday in Atzenbrugg, Austria.

His 7-under 65 left him two shots clear of four-way tie for second after 18 holes. He did not record a bogey on the round and was 4-under at the turn, adding three birdies in a…

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The final European Tour event before the US Open kicks off Thursday as Mikael Lundberg seeks to defend his title at the Lyoness Open at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, where he nicked Germany’s Bernd Wiesberger in a playoff last year.

The course was opened in 2000 and is a par-72, 7,417 yard monster. In the last decade, Vienna…

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Among the 787 golfers vying for 58 spots in the US Open through sectional qualifiers on Monday, two stood out for the rest.

Lee Janzen, age 50, and Retief Goosen, age 46, each have two US Open titls under their belt. Janzen won the sectional in New York while Goosen took the crown by a stroke in Memphis.

It will be…

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Alex Noren fired a 71 on Sunday to win the Nordea Masters by 4 strokes, finishing 12-under par for the victory. It’s his second win at the tournament, following up his victory in 2011.

It’s a really big win considering Noren started 2015 on a medical extension because of tendinitis in both of his wrists.

There were few low scores on…

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New day, new Swede atop the standings at the Nordea Masters.

Local boy Alex Noren fired a 5-under 67 to climb four spots to the top of the leader board at 11-under at the conclusion of three rounds.

He has a two-stroke lead over Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, who has hung around the lead all tournament. Kieffer fired a 70 and is…

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Proving he’s no one-hit wonder, 18-year-old Swede Marcus Kinhult fired a 4-under 68 to extend his lead at the Nordea Masters to two strokes on Friday.

He’s tied atop the leader board with Swede Jens Dantorp at 9-under with each man tallying a 135 through two rounds.

That lead’s two shots ahead of another Swede, Sebastian Sorderberg, and Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer,…

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If you had 18-year-old Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult as your Day One leader at the Nordea Masters, well, you’re either a genius or a liar.

Kinhult is not exactly unknown – ranked third in the world among amateurs and a member of Europe’s last Junior Ryder Cup team.

Still, his 67 has him tied with fellow Swede Jens Dantorp and England’s…

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With the US Open coming up fast, the best of the European Tour are either taking time off or hitting the links to sharpen their craft before the second Major of the year.

Those on the lee side of the pond will do so at Sweden’s Nordea Masters starting Thursday, where local resident Thomas Bjorn – originally from Denmark -…

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Proving that you can wipe out an awful round with one great shot, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen won the Irish Open on Sunday in a playoff with a birdie on the first hole, defeating Bernd Wiesberger and Eddie Pepperell.

The recently turned 40 Kjeldsen had been in the lead since Friday, but stumbled his way to a 76 on Sunday to…

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Forty is looking mighty fine for Soren Kjeldsen.

The Dane who hit the big 4-0 two weeks ago, but who has not won an European Tour event since 2009, shot 4-under on Saturday to reach 7-under for the tournament, giving him a two-stroke lead over Max Kieffer and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Three straight birdies by Kjeldsen on 11, 12, and 13, were…

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The Irish Open proved to be an international affair on Friday as six players representing five countries tied for the lead at 3-under.
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen, Scotland’s Richie Ramsay, and England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Chris Wood are all tied for the lead.
Kjeldsen has not won on the European Tour since 2009. He turned 40…

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They came out in droves to see the native son, winner of multiple Majors, do his work.

Great work, wrong native son.

On a day when No. 1 Rory McIlroy shot his worst round of the season, 43-year-old Northern Irishman Padraig Harrington surprised the field with a 4-under 67.

He’s tied for first with German’s Maximillian Kieffer. Three months ago, Harrington snapped…

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Rory McIlroy might be the host with the most this weekend at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, but his golf game on Thursday was anything but charitable.

McIlroy hit nine bogeys en route to a 9-over 80, tying him for dead last – 152nd place – at the tournament that wears his name.

Struggling here…

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The power of Rory McIlroy’s prestige and pull as the popular No. 1 player in the world will be on display this wekend at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Hosted by the Rory Foundation, kicking off Thursday at the Royal County Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.

McIlroy’s calling card has pulled several players away from the more…

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Colin Montgomerie could get used to this Champions Tour.

The 51-year-old Scottish great fired an 8-under 280 to win his third Champions Tour in 10 appearances, including three of the last six, repeating as champion at the Senior PGA Championship at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.

Montgomerie won 31 European Tour titles in his career, but never a…

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Rory McIlroy enters the BMW PGA Championship as the hottest player in the world, the No. 1 player in the world, and the defending tournament champion.

Has the pressure ever been on the other 153 players in a 154-man field?

Fresh off his wins at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play and the Wells Fargo Championship, McIlroy will have an early tee time…

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Greg Norman has announced he will forgo his final year of eligibility in The Open Championship.

For me to get ready to go and play at St. Andrews, I need to practice. And I don’t have time to practice because I’m doing two USGA events for Fox,” Norman said in an interview with the BBC. “I’m not going to walk…

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England’s James Morrison fired a 3-under 69 to race to the Open de Espana title by four strokes on Sunday in Barcelona.

After tying fellow Brit David Howell for the lead after three rounds, Morrison ran away as Howell fell back to a 1-over 73. France’s Edouard Espana, the Day 2 leader, wound up as four players tied for second,…

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New day, new leader at Barcelona’s Open de Espana.

For the third straight day, new names sat atop the leader board at the Real Club de Golf El Prat, this time the UK’s James Morrison and David Howell.

Morrison rose seven places with his 4-under 68, and Howell jumped four spots with his 3-under 69. No player has recorded three straight…

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The most confusing thing about Friday’s European Tour results is that the guy named Espana leading the Open de Espana isn’t even from Espana.

No, Edouard Espana is a native of France, but that bit of confusion doesn’t really matter after he fired a 3-under 69 to jump up six spots to the top of the leaderboard, sitting at 7-under.

For…

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Trevor Fisher’s opening round at the Open de Espana began on a bad note Thursday, then just kept getting better and better.

Fisher bogeyed his first hole, then rattled off five birdies over the next six, tallying eight on the day to post an opening-round 65 and take a one-stroke lead into Friday’s second round at the Terrassa in Barcelona.

Fisher…

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Miguel Angel Jimenez is already the oldest winner in the history of the European Tour. He’ll try to extend that record for a third straight year as he begins his title defense of the Open de Espana on Thursday in Barcelona.

Jimenez is celebrating his one-year wedding anniversary this week and marking his 31st time playing in the Open.
“It’s nice…

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His playoff win at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open propelled South Africa’s George Coetzee into the top 10 of the current Race to Dubai standings.

With 677,811 points through 12 tournaments, Coetzee is 10th in the latest standings, and more than 100,000 points ahead of England’s Tommy Fleetwood for 11th.

Most of the top European Tour players did not gain any…

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South Africa’s George Coetzee birdied both playoff holes to edge Thorbjorn Olesen and win the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open on Sunday at Domaine de Bel Ombre.

Olesen had the lead all by himself after Coetzee bogeyed 16 and the Norwegian birdied 17, but Coetzee fired back with a birdie on 18 to force the playoff.

It looked like Coetzee would run…

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After giving up his tickets to boxing’s “Fight of the Century”, Rory McIlroy made his own mark on sports history Sunday, defeating an unprecedented three opponents to win the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco.

After knocking off Paul Casey on the first continuation hole of their quarterfinal matchup early Sunday morning, McIlroy defeated Jim Furyk 1 up in…

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World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 37 Paul Casey were locked in an epic battle called because of darkness Saturday in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship quarterfinals.

Tied through 21 holes, the pair will resume play on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. Pacific, with both mean angling at the final spot in the semifinals. One of the two will join…

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Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez were playing for basically nothing during their match play on Friday at TPC Highland Park in San Francisco, but you never would have guessed.

The pair, along with Bradley’s caddie Steve “Pepsi” Hale mixed it up when Jimenez questioned the drop of Bradley’s shot on the 18th that landed on a cart path.

Hale took…

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No. 1 Rory McIlroy is through to the round of 16 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championships, but he won’t see many familiar faces from his fellows ranked in the world’s top 10.

McIlroy and No. 5 Jim Furyk are the only players from the world’s Top 10 to win their round-robin groups on Friday at the TPC Harding Park…

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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, the top two players in the world rankings, cruised to easy wins in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship on Thursday in San Francisco, but both will play undefeated opponents on Friday in the round-robin finales.

McIlroy eased by Brandt Snedeker 2 up while Spieth defeated Matt Every 4&3. McIlroy will take…

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Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth cruised to first-round wins at the WGC-Cadillac Championship Match Play round-robin on Thursday, but many other top seeds did not fair as well.

No. 3 Henrik Stenson fell to No. 65 John Senden in 19 holes; No. 6 Justin Rose, last week’s winner at the Zurich Open, was dropped by No. 60 Marc Leishman 3…

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The World Golf Championship Cadillac Match Play hosts the world elite this week, for the second WGC event of the season. This year the format has changed slightly with the single-elimination format being dropped in favor of a World Cup-style approach meaning the fans are guaranteed to see the world elite for the first 3 days.

The format isn’t the…

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Here’s a look at the groups for the round-robin play of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which begins Wednesday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.

Group 1: Rory McIlroy, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Dufner. Well holy crap, there’s a way to to put together a quartet: The No. 1 player in the world, the defending FedEx Cup champion, a 7-time…

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Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from the WGC-Cadillac Championships this week, the third straight year he will not compete, and the fourth time in five years.

Mickelson cited “personal reasons” as his explanation for withdrawing, which clears the way for Finland’s Mikko Ilonen to enter the field.

Ilonen is coming off a tie for 18th at the Volvo China Open last week,…

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The novelty of the WGC-Cadillac Championships returns next week, and the field of 64 contenders is set, with players needing to confirm their commitments by Friday.

There are two new facets of the tournament – its venue, the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, and a new format, which includes 16 different groups over the first three days playing in…

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Golf legend Tom Watson has said that playing longer courses is starting to take a toll on his body, and that the 2016 Masters “may be my last.”

“The distance is ebbing away in this old body,” he said. “That’s something I have to deal with and understand there’s going to be a time when I have to hang it…

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Nineteen-year-old Chinese golfer Li Hao-Tong just about stole the spotlight at the Shenzhen International on Sunday, but Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat’s breathtkaking finish led to a win in a playoff for the title.

In winning his second European Tour title, Aphibarnrat eagled hole No. 17 thanks to an 18-foot putt, then birdied the extra hole to knock off the teenage sensation.
“Special…

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China’s Wen-Yi Huang, ranked a lowly 1,189th in the world, fired an opening-round 66 to take a one-stroke lead at the Shenzhen International being played at China’s Genzon Golf Course this week.

Seven players currently in the Race to Dubai Top 60 – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Byeong Hun An, Andy Sullivan, Ross Fisher, Romain Wattel, Anthony Hall, and Matt Ford are…

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Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson finished four strokes behind Jordan Spieth’s record-tying performance at The Masters on Sunday with matching scores of 14-under.

Almost as remarkable as Spieth’s finish were those two runner-up positions, considering that -14 would have won the Masters or gotten Rose and Mickelson into a playoff in 73 of its previous 78 incarnations.

Yes, that mean’s that…

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Jordan Spieth shattered record after record this weekend at Augusta, and walked away with the green jacket he’s been coveting since he first started playing golf.

The 21-year-old Texas native completed a remarkable four days with his second straight 2-under 70 to tie Tiger Woods’ Masters record, finishing with an 18-under 270 and winning the first Major of 2015 by…

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Jordan Spieth broke another record at The Masters Saturday, and is in position to take down the tournament’s biggest mark. He might have to do so in order to win his first green jacket.

Spieth, despite a late double bogey, finished the round at 16-under, a record for 54 holes at Augusta, and just two strokes shy of Tiger Woods’…

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It’s Jordan Spieth’s world, the rest of us are just watching it.

Spieth set a Masters’ record on Friday, reaching the 36-hole mark at 14-under, becoming just the fourth player in Majors history to lead by five strokes after two days.

“It’s cool,” Spieth said. “Any time you can set a record here is pretty awesome. I’m very excited about today…

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It didn’t take a rocket scientist to pick Jordan Spieth as a favorite entering The Masters; after all, the 21-year-old Texan’s last three starts have netted one title and two playoff losses.

Still, this much? This soon?

On Thursday at Augusta National, Spieth made his supporters look like geniuses by firing an 8-under 64, racing to a three-stroke lead at the…

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Tiger Woods brought his kids, Rory McIlroy brought the second-dreamiest member of One Direction, but both were upstaged by Jack Nicklaus Wednesday at The Masters Par 3 Tournament.

After all but guaranteeing a hole-in-one for the fans during a pre-tournament interview on ESPN, the 75-year-old legend did just that, acing the fourth hole to an overwhelming ovation fromt the gallery.

Woods…

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The heat will be on, quite literally, at Augusta National this week, with temperatures expected to reach 91 degrees Thursday during the opening round of The Masters, and in the mid-80s the rest of the weekend.

While the field of 98 players is one of the largest in recent memory, five names keep bubbling to the surface on Internet message…

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This is the  final installment of our celebration of Masters week with an intimate look at the course at Augusta National, celebrating its history and tradition.

No. 13 – Azalea – Par 5, 510 Yards. The final leg of Amen Corner contains the second bridge in play,  nelson Bridge, stonework that connects the tee box to the fairway and named…

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The last two Masters champions will be paired with the guy with the coolest name in the field at Augusta National on Thursday, where Bubba Watson and Justin Rose tee off alongside amateur Gunn Yang beginning at 9:24 a.m. local time.

Yang, who is just 21, won the U.S. Amateur last year.

Fourteen-time Major winner Tiger Woods will be in the…

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Early April means one thing to golf fans, its Master Week!! The majestic setting of Augusta National plays host to the season’s first major, and it looks set to be a classic. This week is an opportunity for Rory McIlroy to capture his career grand slam, and for the likes of Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth and Jason Day to…

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This is the second installment of our celebration of Masters week with an intimate look at the course at Augusta National, celebrating its history and tradition.

 

No. 7 – Pampas – Par-4, 450 Yards.  The magnolia trees are on full display at the beginning of this hole, which was lengthened and narrowed in recent years.  Best bring your pail and…

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Tiger Woods had a gleam in his eye as he addressed the media after an 11-hole practice round at Augusta National Monday.

Was it confidence? Swagger?

After nine weeks without a competitive tournament appearance, Woods believes he has restored his game to a point where he can be a factor at the first Major of the year.

“It’s been a process,” Woods…

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As has become his staple over the years, Tiger Woods made an enormous announcement on his official website Friday in exceptionally short order.

“I’m playing in the Masters,” Woods said Friday afternoon. “It’s obviously very important to me, and I want to be there.

“I’ve worked a lot on my game and I’m looking forward to competing. I’m excited to get…

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Rory McIlroy might be No. 1 in the world and Bubba Watson the defending champion, but the talk in gambling circles is on Jordan Spieth as The Masters looms one week away.

Spieth has risen to 10-to-1 odds to win the Masters, second only to McIlroy’s 6-to-1. According to Vegas casinos, Spieth has had the most money placed on him…

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France’s Adrien Saddier, ranked 602nd in the world, fired an eagle on his first hole and kept on coming, finishing with a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Trophee Hassan II being held in Agadir, Morocco.

Saddier added two birdies on the front nine and three more on the back nine to lead the field by a…

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What’s the difference between the PGA Tour and the European Tour two weeks before The Masters? One is in San Antonio, Texas, the other in Morocco.

Nothing against the city where Davy Crockett and other American heroes once made a famous stand and made famous the cry, “Remember the Alamo!” But, c’mon, Morocco anyone?

Ten players ranked in the top 100…

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Four days of rain, wind, and fog spelled doom for the Madeira Open, which was officially canceled on Monday, with all scores ruled null and void.

It’s the second year in a row that weather has affected the tournament. It was cut down to 36 holes in 2014.
It is just the third event in European Tour history to be subject…

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Poor weather was the main story for the second straight day at the Madeira Islands Open in Portugual, but Dane Joachim Hansen did his best to help propel the story line.

Of the two-thirds of players able to complete their first round on Friday, Hansen was the best, with a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead. Ranked 586th in…

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Play was suspended indefinitely Monday at the first round of the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal due to high winds.

A weather forecast filled with rain and steady winds around 15 miles per hour did not bode well for the rest of the tournament, which is the penultimate event on the European Tour before The Masters in early April.

It’s the…

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South Africa’s George Coetzee blazed to a final round 65 to break a six-way tie and win the Tshawne Open on Sunday in his native country.

It was an amazing full-circle moment for Coetzee, who has been a club member since taking up golf and winning his first tournament at age 10, at the same Pretoria Country Club that this…

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If Tiger Woods was going to play a tournament before the Masters, the odds were pretty solidly on Bay Hill, where he has won eight times previous.

Apparently Woods doesn’t believe the Arnold Palmer Invitational is the right place to come back, as he announced via Twitter that he would not compete at the tournament he won in both 2012…

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It’s anyone’s tournament to win at the Tshwane Open as six players are tied for the lead through 54 holes – Craig Lee, Wallie Coetsee, George Coetzee, Trevor Fisher Junior, Adrian Otaegui, and David Horsey.

It’s the most players tied for  lead going into the final round on the European Tour since the Avantha Masters in 2010.

In addition to the…

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When you’ve got Jose Maria Olazabal mentoring you, you know you must have some real talent.

Spain’s Adrian Otaegui showed plenty of that talent on Friday at the Tshwane Open in South Africa, firing a 62 to drop to 11-under over the first 36 holes, taking a two-stroke lead into Saturday.

The 22-year-old played his junior golf in the same town…

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Four under par is a good day and a great back nine.

For Denmark’s Morten Orum Madsen on Thursday at the Tshwane Open, it was an absolutely stunning last two holes.

Madsen fired a hole-in-one on No. 8, then slipped in a 12-foot eagle putt on No. 9 to finish with a 63 on the opening day of the tournament in…

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Ross Fisher will attempt to defend his 2014 title at the Tshwane Open at a different site from where he won it a year ago, as the tournament moves to Pretoria Country Club.
“It’s difficult to say that the memories will come flooding back, because I have a new caddie and it’s a different golf course, but it’s always nice…

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Dustin Johnson is back on the PGA Tour, and now back to winning tournaments like no time has passed, rather than a six-month leave of absence.

Johnson rallied from five strokes down to defeat J.B. Holmes by a single stroke, his first victory since he became a father to seven-wee-old son Tatum.

Holmes’ game fell apart from close range, and Bubba…

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Trevor Fisher JNR took the bull by the horns Friday in Africa, following up his Saturday 63 with a 64 to take the Africa Open title by five strokes.

Fisher’s lone mistake was a bogey on No. 5. Otherwise he racked up nine birdies to finish 8-under. Over the final 53 holes of the tournament, FIsher was 22-under with 19…

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Dustin Johnson had an ace, a place in history and all the momentum in the world on Saturday at the Blue Monster.

It lasted for about 24 minutes.

No one had ever aced the No. 4 hole at Doral before Johnson did it Saturday to pull within one stroke of leader J.B. Holmes, but Holmes himself aced the same hole less…

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Trevor Fisher Jr. has had a solid beginning to his season, despite being ranked 271st in the world.

He’s already recorded two top 15 finishes this year on the African swing of the European Tour, and soared to the top of the Africa Open leaderboard on Saturday with a brisk 9-under 63, punctuated by seven birdies and an eagle 3…

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J.B. Holmes saw his lead and his game crumble on Friday, struggling to a 1-over 73 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral in Miami.

After firing a course-tying record 62 on Thursday, Holmes was all over the board on Friday, with four bogeys and a double-bogey 6 on No. 18.

That closing double bogey allowed Ryan Moore to sneak…

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J.B. Holmes shot a dazzling 62, tying a course record, to open up a 4-stroke lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida, on Thursday.

Despite having not played Doral since 2010, Holmes said he felt the course is too easy for such a lofty event. The rest of the field didn’t agree, with an average score of 73.4 on…

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While they aren’t in the biggest tournament of the week, there’s still plenty to brag about for winning the Africa Open – notably Race to Dubai points and world rankings.

Ireland’s Kevin Phelan and the UK’s Matt Ford were tied for first after the initial 18 holes with a pair of dueling 5-under 67s on Thursday at East Longon, easern…

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The greatest player to ever grace the WGC-Cadillac Championship is at home working on his game this week, but that doesn’t diminish the field in the least.

Defending champion Patrick Reed, who won a year ago by one stroke, leads a star-studded field at Doral for the biggest tournament pre-Masters.
Reed tees off at 11:22 a.m. on the back nine with…

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Both Andy Sullivan and Wallie Coetsee shot 71s during the Joburg Open last weekend in South Africa.

The difference? Sullivan got his out of the way in the first round; while Coetsee struggled to his on Sunday.

After his slow start, Sullivan fired off rounds of 65, 68, and 66 to win the Joburg Open with a 17-under 270, beating Coetsee…

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Formerly a plant nursery, Augusta National is the most storied and sacred golf course in the United States, if not the entire world. As The Masters kicks of this Thursday, here’s a look at the course, hole by hole, breaking down the history and the pageantry associated with the first of the Majors.

Hole 1 – Tea Olive – Par-4,…

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Even though last year’s eighth-place finish was the best Rory McIlroy has ever done at The Masters, that isn’t stopping Las Vegas oddsmakers from installing him as the overwhelming favorite to wear the green jacket six weeks from now at Augusta.

Even after missing the cut at the Honda Classic Saturday, Mcilroy is a 13/2 favorite for Augusta. He’s a…

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Familiarity is turning out to be the best strategy to do well at the Joburg Open so far this week.

The top three players in the field are all natives of South Africa, with Wallie Coetsee taking over the lead after 36 holes thanks to his 6-under 65 on Friday, taking him to 12-under and giving him a 1-stroke lead…

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If you’re going to tie a course record, it’s hard to top doing it in your home country on perhaps the finest course on the continent.

That’s exactly what 45-year-old Nic Henning did Thursday at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington West Course. His 9-under 62 gave him a 1-stroke lead over fellow South Africans Tjaart Van Der Walt and Titch…

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While the bigger names might be across the pond this week for the Honda Classic, there’s plenty at stake at the Joburg Open in South Africa, starting Thursday at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

For England’s Andy Sullivan, a win would mean exemptions to the majors and WGC events for the rest of the year, as it would…

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In less than a month, Anirban Lahiri has gone from “Who?” to “Wow!” on the European Tour.

By rallying to win the Hero Indian Open over countryman SSP Chawrasia on Sunday, Lahiri rose to No. 2 in the current Race to Dubai standings with 687,444 points in four tournaments played.

He trails only England’s Danny Willett, who has tallied 971,413 points…

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When SSP Chawarasia’s smooth-running engine suddenly sputtered and died at the Hero Indian Open Sunday, Anirban Lahiri raced by him in the fast lane to take a stunning playoff victory, his second European Tour title in three weeks.

Sitting at 12-under through 54 holes, Chawrasia bumbled his way to a closing-round 76. He had one bogey in his first 54…

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SSP Chawrasia proved mortal with his first bogey of the weekend, but still holds command of the Hero Indian Open through 54 holes thanks to his 2-under 69 on Saturday.

He’s needed to be just about perfect, as defending champion Siddikur Rahman remains just two strokes back behind at 11-under.

Chawrasia is in pursuit of his third European Tour title, with…

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No stranger to the course at the Delhi Golf Club, India’s SSP Chawrasia came out gunning on Thursday at the Hero Indian Open, firing a 6-under 65 to forge a five-way tie atop the leader board.
I played very well and was bogey free,” said Chawrasia. “I made some good putts and was hitting it good off the tees. It…

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The world’s second-most populated country gets its chance to shine this week at the Hero Indian Open, which will welcome home Anirban Lahiri, its first native-born Tour event champion in seven years.

Lahiri won at Kuala Lumpur, riding a third-round 62 to the top of the leaderboard to become just the fourth Indian man to ever win a Tour event….

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Four days, four leaders at the True Thailand Classic, with the final one the most unlikely at all.

Australia’s Andrew Dodt, who had to go through Qualifying School last November after losing his card at the end of 2013, secured his first top 10 finish since 2010, defeating Thongchai Jaidee by one stroke.
“To be honest, losing my card two years…

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Close-knit scores suggest anything could happen on the final day of the Thailand Classic Sunday, with 12 players within five strokes of the lead through 54 holes.

The third leader in as many days, Australia’s Scott Hend, fired a 66 to climb to 15-under, good for a 1-stroke lead over local son Thongchai Jaidee and Day 2 leader Miguel Angel…

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Ponce de Leon believed the Fountain of Youth was located somewhere in what is now Florida. Miguel Angel Jimenez would have you believe it’s actually in Southeast Asia.

The 51-year-old Spaniard fired a 66 on Friday at the True Thailand Classic, dropping to 11-under and taking a one-stroke lead halfway through the tournament.

Only a bogey on No. 9 – his…

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On a day when golfers took to the course like ducks to water, Michael Hoey needed a course record 64 to hold the lead after 18.

The native of Northern Ireland was 8-under par to take a 1-stroke lead over three competitors. He did not record a single bogey while notching eight birdies, including three straight between No. 4 and…

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Just three months out of Qualifying School and not even a blip on the radar after two rounds, India’s Anirban Lahiri stormed to his first-ever Euro Tour title on Sunday at the Maybank Malaysian Open, edging Day Three leader Bernd Wiesberger by one stroke.

Lahiri is only the 10th Indian to ever win a European title and the second to…

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Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger fired a 63 on Saturday to leap into the lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open by two strokes heading into the final round.

Wiesberger rifled off five straight birdies to start the round, and finished it with three more in a row to rise to 17-under through 54 holes. He leads Alejandro Canizares by two strokes. Canizares,…

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Lee Westwood started off the 2015 Maybank Malaysian Open right where he finished in 2014 – at the top.

The defending champion is tied with Graeme McDowell at 6-under after the first day of competition in Kuala Lumpur.

Just 2-under at the turn, Westwood fired four birdies in a six-hole span on the back nine.  He also won this event in…

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Rory McIlroy made it four wins in his last seven European Tour events on Sunday when he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with a closing round 70 to finish 22-under, three strokes ahead of Sweden’s Alex Noren.

Despite a lengthy layoff from golf, McIlroy hit just two bogeys against 24 birdies over the course of four days. His last…

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Rory McIlroy appears to have added a new skill to his already fearsome resume: Making time stand still.

Even though February 2015 is right around the corner, McIlroy made it look like the summer of 2014 again as he fired an 8-under 64 to take a 1-stroke lead through 36 holes of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic on Friday.

McIlroy has…

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In  a field thick with greats, the hot hand of Bernd Wiesberger proved best on Day One of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Wiesberger shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over four others. He was just about perfect on the back nine, with six birdies, including five in a row between 13 and 17.

The year 2015 has…

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Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher will try to win an unprecedented third straight Omega Dubai Desert Classic title beginning Thursday in the United Arab Emirates.

Gallacher won the 2013 title by three strokes over Richard Sterne, then defeated Emiliano Grillo by one shot last year.  He was pursued ardently by now-World No. 1 Rory McIlroy last year, who stumbled late.

McIlroy returns to…

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Peter Oosterhuis, one of the most recognizable names in golf television over the past two decades, has announced his retirement.

“Golf has been a big part of my life ever since I was a little boy growing up in England and I thank CBS and Golf Channel for allowing me to continue in the sport after my playing days were…

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Dustin Johnson will make his official return to the PGA Tour at Torrey Pines next month, his first time competing since he missed the cut at the Canadian Open on July 25, 2014.

Johnson and fiance Paulina Gretzky welcomed a son, Tatum, to the world this past Monday.

Johnson abruptly announced he was taking the rest of the year off last…

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In a top five patrolled by Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy, little attention was paid to France’s Gary Stal at Abu Dhabi until the 22-year-old Frenchman posted a 65 to win the tournament by a stroke over McIlroy and two over the fading Kaymer.

Here’s a look inside the life of Sunday’s surprising success story.

He hails from Decines, France, a…

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Martin Kaymer blew a 10-stroke lead Sunday, and 22-year-old Gary Stal of France took advantage of it to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship by a single stroke.

It was Stal’s first career title, and he won it by one stroke over world No. 1 Rory McIlroy, a player Stal called his idol.

Kaymer ranked 12th in the world and…

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While 2014 might have been the year of Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer won a Major as well, and brought a ton of swagger to the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Saturday, firing a 65 to reach 20-under, racing out to a 6-stroke lead over his closest competitor.

McIlroy, who had closed within 2 strokes of…

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Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters retained the No. 1 and 2 spots atop the leaderboard at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship during Friday’s second round.

But all eyes seemed fixated on the man who rose up to No. 3.

The #1 golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy, fired a 6-under 66, the second-best score of the day, to move up…

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2014 US Open champion Martin Kaymer raced to an early lead at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on Thursday, firing an 8-under 64 to lead the field by one stroke.

It was no surprise to see Kaymer’s name atop the leaderboard, he won this tournament in 2008, 2010, and 2011, and finished second in 2009.

Kaymer recorded 10 birdies and…

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Trying to focus more on golf and less on his ongoing legal dispute, world No. 1 Rory McIlroy has announced he will compete at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic January 29 – February 1.

McIlroy has his first pro win at Dubai five years ago.

“I’ve got great memories of Dubai and it will be fun to get back to a…

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It’s not Buick or Pepsi, but Tiger Woods has added a new sponsor to his cadre of endorsements.

Woods announced a deal with Hero Motocorp, which makes two-wheel motorcycles and scooters, primarily in India, where 98% of its sales revenue comes from.

Woods turned 39 on Tuesday and is attempting a major for the first time since 2008.

In 2009, Woods’ cheating…

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If you’ve ever dreamed of working at Augusta National, site of the Masters, here’s your big chance.

On Friday, the Augusta National Golf Club posted a job listing in the Augusta Chronicle for an open position – Director of Security and Safety.

The full job listing is below, but here are a few of the more rigorous qualifications:

Experience in law enforcement…

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Jordan Spieth completed his four-day domination of the talented field at the Hero World Challenge, firing a 6-under 66 to finish 26 strokes under par, winning the tournament by 10 strokes over runner-up Henrik Stenson.

Spieth’s streak of 43 straight holes without a bogey came to a halt with a double bogey on No. 14, but prior to that he…

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England’s Danny Willett carded a 6-under 66 to rise to the top of the heap at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, on Sunday, defeating countryman Ross Fisher by four strokes.

Willett carded his third straight round of 68 or less, never hitting a bogey to finish 18-under for the tournament. Over 72 holes, he had only…

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Luke Donald held off a charging Danny Willett to take a one-stroke lead into the final day of the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa on Saturday.

British men hold the top three spots in the tournament after 54 holes. Donald is the leader at 13-under, followed by Willett at 12-under and Ross Fisher at 10-under.

Willett fired a…

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Luke Donald dodged a charging baboon and the rest of the field to boot, take a two-stroke lead at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Friday.

Donald’s 9-under 63 was the toast of the course, putting him 10-under for the tournament and giving him a two-stroke lead over Day 1 leader Ross Fisher.

The baboon, a native of South Africa, charged out…

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In a field of bright stars, one of the lowest-ranked players had the best first round at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, on Thursday.

England’s Ross Fisher fired a 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first 18 holes of the day. Fisher recorded seven birdies and a single bogey on the day.

He holds…

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The 2015 European Tour gets underway Thursday with the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa.

Just 30 players encompass the field, but they are a 30 to be reckoned with, including 2014 US Open winner Martin Kaymer, Ryder Cup members Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn, and Race to Dubai top 5 finisher Marcel…

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Sweden’s Henrik Stenson finished 2014 just like he had 2013 – winner of the final tournament of the season, and that much richer for it.

Stenson’s 70 on Sunday was his worst round of the tournament, but it was enough to hold off the likes of Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose and secure the DP World Tour Championship held in…

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His second great round in as many days has Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello tied atop the leaderboard of the DP World Champions with Sweden’s Henrik Stenson headed to the tournament’s final round.

Cabrera-Bello followed up his 64 on Friday with a 65 on Saturday to rise four spots on the leaderboard and sink to 14-under ofr the tournament.

Stenson carded a 68…

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A year ago, Henrik Stenson made history at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

While he won’t be able to repeat it, he could still end his year in style if he keeps playing like he did on Friday.

The Swede fired a 6-under 66 to reach 10-under and open up a two-stroke lead at the last tournament of the…

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After missing the last month-plus embroiled in a legal dispute, no one in their right mind would expect Rory McIlroy to be on his game against the best competition in the world at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.

Nobody, of course, except McIlroy himself.

The No. 1 player in the world fired a 6-under 66 to tie Ireland’s Shane…

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For the second consecutive week, an American export was the big winner on the European Tour’s Final Series, as Brooks Koepka recorded his first-ever Europena win, firing a final-round 65 to edge Ian Poulter by one stroke at the Turkish Airways Open.

His closing round 7-under allowed Koepka to valut from fifth to first on the final day, a day…

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Aussie Scott Hend has won the 2014 Hong Kong Open after beating Angelo Que in a play-off.

After 72 holes, there was nothing between the two golfers, sitting at the top of the board at -13.

Que forced the playoff with a birdie on the 18th – a short putt after an exceptional approach to a very tricky pin.

It looked like…

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Few images are more iconic than that of NASA astronauts hitting golf balls on the moon … but did one of them make it all the way to the red planet?

A recently released photo taken by a NASA Rover on Mars certainly seems to indicate so. A very golf-ball-esque item is seen sitting on an outcropping of rock.

No sign…

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Here’s a breakdown of some of the more unique numbers surrounding Rory McIlroy’s triumph at the PGA Championship over the weekend.

18: McIlroy is just the fifth player in history to win the Open Championship and the PGA Championship in the same year, joining: Walter Hagen (1924), Nick Price (1994), Tiger Woods (2006) and Padraig Harrington (2008).
2: If McIlroy could start…

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The Race to Dubai is over – at least in terms of who will enter the year-end playoff in the best position to win it.

Thanks to his third straight victory on Sunday, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy has now earned €5.12 million in prize money in just 12 events this year.

He’s nearly €3 million ahead of the No. 2 player on the…

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Jimmy Walker’s six-month stint at the top of the FedEx Cup leader board came crashing to a halt on Monday.

You’ll need one guess why.

Thanks to his third straight win and second straight Major title, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy overtook Walker in the points race for the year-end tournament.

McIlroy has racked up 2,582 points in just 13 PGA starts, while…

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A definitive sports fan, The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon enjoys incorporating athletes and athletics into his skits and monologue as often as possible.

He turned his radar to the just-completed PGA Championship on Monday night’s show, offering up “Tonight Show Superlatives” based on players’ head shots.

Tournament winner Rory McIlroy was voted “Most Likely to be in a Golf Boy…

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What equipment did Rory McIlroy use to win the USPGA champs? We go inside his bag.

Driver: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour 8.5-degree (Kuro Kage XTS 70X)
Fairway Wood: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 3-wood/15-degree and Nike VRS Covert 5-wood/19-degree
Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9)
Wedges: VR Forged 46-degree, 52-degree, 56-degree and 59-degree
Putter: Nike Method 006
Ball: Nike RZN Black

Rory McIlroy’s USPGA charge started…

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The golfing genius of Rory McIlroy never fails to ignite the creative genius of the UK’s golf writers.

And after his imperious USPGA win at Valhalla, the Irish star caused sports desks to go into a frenzy yet again.

Here’s some of the best write-ups of Rory’s epic major triumph.

“McIlroy’s triumph was so brilliantly deserved given the epic battle he had…

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Like a teenager racing home on curfew, Rory McIlroy battled darkness and his elders to win his fourth Major title, and second in a row, nipping Phil Mickelson by a stroke to capture the 2014 PGA Championship Sunday at Valhalla in Louisville, Kentucky.

Calling it the “most satisfying” of his four Major titles, McIlroy took on all comers and became…

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For younger fans of golf who only know Tiger Woods for his infidelity and frequent surgeries, what’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend is the closest the world of golf has been to Tiger-mania in about a decade.

On a day when the legendary Jack Nickalus said McIlroy could win 15-20 Majors, the 25-year-old Northern Irishman moved into position…

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The good news for the rest of the field at the PGA Championship on Thursday? Rory McIlroy hit a double bogey 7 on the par 5 No. 10.

The bad news? Even with the gaffe, he’s only one shot off the lead.

McIlroy’s 5-under 66 has him sitting a stroke behind co-leaders Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell and Ryan Palmer at Valhalla…

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If you want to spend the weekend looking like Rickie Fowler – yes, there are some of you out there – this is what he’ll be wearing in the USPGA champs.

To be fair, as wqell as being one of the hottest young golf talents in the world, he does look pretty cool. And guess what colour he’ll be wearing…

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Lee Westwood beat Darren Clarke in their Par 3 challenge, and in doing so, earned the right to dress Clarke in whatever he saw fit for Day 1 of the US PGA Championship.

Claiming Darren Clarke looks more and more like Santa every day, Lee has clad Darren in red for day 1 of the PGA Championship.

The bet was on…

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Unlike the way the Capitol keeps sarcastically telling Tributes in The Hunger Games that the odds are “ever in their favor,” that might really be the case this week for Rory McIlroy.

The newly re-crowned No. 1 player in the world, fresh off back-to-back wins at The Open Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone, has been installed as a 5-to-1 favorite to…

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Nike Golf athletes will stay cool as they battle the Louisville heat at the 2014 PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy USPGA clothing 2014Wearing Nike Dri-FIT fabrics that promote cooling, the Fall 2014 Nike Golf Collection will help keep the athletes comfortable in a colour palette of hyper brights.

Tiger Woods, the four-time PGA…

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The season’s final major kicks off this week, for the PGA Championship at the majestic Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. The field is all set minus Tiger Woods, who was granted a medical exemption to try and regain fitness in time for Thursday’s start. This week also sees another golden opportunity for players to gain valuable Ryder Cups…

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Depending on who you believed Thursday and Friday, Dustin Johnson left the PGA Tour to handle “personal challenges,” because he was suspended for cocaine use, or because he has a bad habit of sleeping with other players’ wives.

Heck, maybe all three.

To try to put some perspective on Johnson’s current roller-coaster ride, here’s a look back at some of the…

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Only two men had ever recorded a 61 at the WGC-Bridgestone in Akron, Ohio, before Sergio Garcia equaled the feat on Friday.

Those two men – Jose Maria Olazabal and Tiger Woods (who did it twice) have something in common about their 61s – they used them to run away and win the tournament.

Garcia hopes to do the same, but…

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Rory McIlroy’s ex-fiance Caroline Wozniacki didn’t have the glitz and glamour that McIlroy enjoyed on Sunday as he won the Open Championship for the first time.

She didn’t mind.

Wozniacki won her first tennis title of 2014, defeating Roberta Vinci to win the BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup in Turkey. The victory comes one day short of two months since McIlroy announced…

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For the second time in a week, Rory McIlroy has gotten off to a hot start across the pond. He’s hoping his second round as the leader of the Open Championship is a little better than last Friday’s ugliness at the Scottish Open.

McIlroy has six birdies and no bogeys to finish with a 6-under 66, giving him a one-stroke…

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Find out what’s in Martin Kaymer’s US Open Championship Bag.

Driver: SLDR 460 (9.5*)
Fairway: SLDR (14.0*)
Irons: Tour Preferred MC (2014) 3-PW; Tour Preferred 3-iron (bent to 2-iron loft)
Wedges: xFT (54* & 58*)
Ball: Lethal
Footwear: adidas Golf adicross gripmore

Kaymer first put the SLDR driver into play at the 2013 Open Championship and has kept it in the bag ever since.

Currently the No….

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They tried, they really did.

Members of the media, USGA officials, guys who had fallen off the pace, guys who were in the top 10, even Martin Kaymer himself tried to convince golf fans that the US Open was over before Sunday, even though he led by five strokes on Day 1, by eight on Day 2 and by six…

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Halfway through the 2014 US Open, the race isn’t for the title; it’s for second place.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer shot his second straight 65 on Friday, dropping to 10-under par, setting a new US Open record for lowest score through two rounds and opening up a six-stroke lead entering the weekend.

Kaymer played a bogey-free second round and has just one…

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Showing his knowledge of the course, the US Open and the legends who played the game before him, American Rickie Fowler paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart by emulating Stewart’s signature fashion style for the first round of the 2014 uS Open on Thursday.

Fowler wore white knickers, blue and white checkerboard socks and a sky blue shirt. Fifteen…

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On the day that Justin Rose begins his defence of the US Open, he has released this awesome new video: Justin Rose #MADETOWIN.

With Fathers’ Day falling on the final day of the tournament, watch as Justin reflects on his upbringing and his determination for continued success on and off the course.

After a 43 year wait, Justin Rose became the…

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It’s hard to imagine a Thursday when the US Open isn’t the first phrase off the lips of sports fans all over the world, but with the World Cup debuting the same day in Brazil, it’s going to take a compelling battle to keep the sports world’s focus centered on Pinehurst, North Carolina all weekend.

Fortunately, the Open has a…

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Comedian Will Ferrell recently sat down with the Golf Channel to help promote this week’s US Open at Pinehurst No.2 in North Carolina.

Ferrell dug deep to think of ways the tour could make Pinehurst more difficult for the best golfers in the world.

“At this point, I think booby trapping is the way to go,” Ferrell deadpanned. “Dig little pits…

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There wasn’t a lot of movement in the FedExCup official standings on Monday, as many top players took last week off in preparation for the 2014 US Open which starts Thursday.

Crane went wire to wire to win the 2014 FedEx St. Jude title last weekend,  and jumped up from 150th to 41st in the rankings, taking him from the…

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British heritage brand Wolsey is to make its return to the Major stage at this year’s US Open, worn by tournament rookie, Tom Lewis, who will be sporting the iconic Fox logo on his apparel at Pinehurst Resort.

The 23-year-old qualified via the international sectional qualifier at Walton Heath Golf Club. Playing in steady rain Lewis sank a 50-foot birdie…

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There’s nothing but heavyweights in the field each time the US Open rolls around, but some of the pairings next week have a bit of extra spice to them, as the PGA Tour revealed when it announced tee times and groups for the first two days of the tournament which begins June 12 at Pinehurst.

The traditional grouping of last…

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Austria will be the host site for the Lyoness Open beginning on Thursday, the last stop for the European Tour before the biggest names in the world converge on North Carolina for the US Open next week.

The tournament is being held at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg.The course is a par-72, 7,386-yarder.

Spanish Open champion Miguel Angel Jimenez is…

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One of the PGA’s shining stars in the late 1990s and early 200s, Justin Leonard will return to the US Open this year by way of qualifying at the Columbus site on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old Leonard, who won the 1997 British Open at age 25, failed to qualify for the US Open…

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