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Column: Reviewing 2018 based on all 14 clubs in the bag

Brooks Koepka used a 9-iron on consecutive full swings in the final round at Shinnecock Hills. One led to birdie, the other led to par. Both were crucial in making him the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years. Tiger Woods showed glimpses of being back on his game with

Kizzire-Harman win QBE; Oosthuizen takes SA Open

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman won the QBE Shootout on Sunday, eagling the par-5 17th and closing with a par for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo. Kizzire and Harman shot an 11-under 61 in the better-ball final round to finish at 30 under

Oosthuizen surges to his 1st South African Open title

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen won his first title at the South African Open on Sunday, running away from his challengers with a final-round 67 for a six-shot victory. Oosthuizen led from the front on the final day at Randpark Golf Course and although his three-shot overnight lead was cut to

Louis Oosthuizen back in front at South African Open

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen was back in front at the South African Open on Saturday after a 4-under 67 gave him a three-shot lead and a chance at his first title at his home tournament. Oosthuizen went ahead of fellow major winner Charl Schwartzel again after surrendering the lead in

Schwartzel eagles 17th on way to lead at South African Open

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Charl Schwartzel holed out from the fairway for an eagle on the 17th on his way to an 8-under 63 and a one-shot lead after the second round of the South African Open on Friday. The 2011 Masters champion moved to 12-under overall and replaced overnight leader Louis

Oosthuizen leads at South African Open, Els in contention

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, led the South African Open by a shot after a 9-under 62 in the first round on Thursday. Oosthuizen, playing his home Open for the first time in eight years, made a brilliant start at Randburg Golf Club in Johannesburg with

PGA of America moving headquarters to Texas

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The PGA of America is leaving Florida for a $520 million development in the Dallas area that will include a 500-room hotel, a massive conference center and two golf courses that will bring major championships back to Texas. The decision Tuesday followed approval of an incentives package

Column: Why it was special for Rahm to beat his hero, Tiger

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn’t make Jon Rahm’s year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, no world ranking points or even a trophy to call his own. He beat Tiger Woods in the

Bahamas breeze: Jon Rahm wins Hero World Challenge

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Jon Rahm turned a potential shootout into a Bahamas breeze Sunday, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-shot victory in the Hero World Challenge. Starting the final round in a three-way tie with Tony Finau and Henrik Stenson, Rahm took the lead when Finau made bogey

Cameron Smith successfully defends Australian PGA title

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Cameron Smith shot a final-round 70 to successfully defend his Australian PGA title with a two-stroke victory over Marc Leishman on Sunday. Smith finished with a 16-under par total of 272. Leishman closed with a 69. England’s Ross McGowan shot a course-record 63 to finish tied for

Smith leads Leishman by 3 into final round of Australian PGA

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Defending champion Cameron Smith shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to increase his lead to three strokes over Marc Leishman after three rounds of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines. Smith had a 54-hole total of 14-under 202. Leishman and Smith played together at the World

Reed, Cantlay lead as Tiger triples his way to bottom

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Patrick Reed and Tiger Woods are about as far apart as can be on the leaderboard after one round of the Hero World Challenge. Only they know how close they are after the Ryder Cup fallout. Reed showed no sign of fatigue in his travels from Dubai to

Perez continues dream start on European Tour

BEAU CHAMP, Mauritius (AP) — Victor Perez continued his fabulous start to life on the European Tour by sharing the first-round lead with an 8-under 64 at the Mauritius Open on Thursday. Perez and Chikkarangappa S. are the co-leaders on the second weekend of the tour’s 2019 season. Perez finished in a

Australian PGA ahead of Open to accommodate Presidents Cup

GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Next year’s Australian PGA championship will precede the Australian Open so it can accommodate the Presidents Cup in mid-December at Royal Melbourne. Officials said the 2019 Australian PGA will be played at Royal Pines on the Gold Coast from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, a week

Ernie Els pulling out all stops as International captain

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As hard as he tried, Ernie Els couldn’t put the ball in the cup. The Big Easy wasn’t on a green at Royal Melbourne, though. This was on a plastic grass strip in the middle of Brighton Beach, famous for its iconic beach houses, on Melbourne’s Port

Aaron Rai wins first European tour title in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Aaron Rai won the Hong Kong Open on Sunday in difficult conditions that featured torrential rain for most of the afternoon to give him his first European tour win. The 23-year-old Englishman who started the day with a six-stroke lead narrowly kept his nose in front as

Rai extends lead at Hong Kong Open

HONG KONG (AP) — Aaron Rai shot a 2-under 68 Saturday in the third round to extend his lead from four to six strokes at the Hong Kong Open. The 23-year-old Englishman is on 16-under 194 after four birdies and two bogeys. Rai — who wears gloves on both hands while

Rai leads in Hong Kong after course-record 61, Reed recovers

HONG KONG (AP) — Aaron Rai shot a course-record 61 to take a four-stroke lead after the second round at the Hong Kong Open on Friday, as his fellow Englishman Tommy Fleetwood moved into contention in the first European Tour event of the 2019 season. Starting at No. 10, Rai —

3 in lead in Hong Kong as 2019 European Tour begins

HONG KONG (AP) — The 2019 European Tour got underway on Thursday with Aaron Rai, Jason Scrivener and Yusaku Miyazato shooting 5-under 65s to share the lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open. They were already 10 strokes ahead of Masters champion Patrick Reed, who made four bogeys

Ian Poulter: Pick me Tyrrell, please, for golf’s World Cup

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Ian Poulter is an unabashed fan of the sandbelt courses of southeast Melbourne. So it came as no surprise that he gave England’s highest-ranked player at the World Cup of Golf, Tyrrell Hatton, a gentle nudge that he’d like to be on the England team. Poulter and

Davies to join Europe’s Solheim Cup team as vice-captain

LONDON (AP) — British golfer Laura Davies will be one of Europe’s three vice-captains next year at the Solheim Cup. Europe captain Catriona Matthew chose Davies to join vice-captains Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie for the competition at the Gleneagles course in Scotland in September. Davies played for Europe in a record

Melbourne’s sandbelt: a regular home for golf’s World Cup

The World Cup of Golf appears to have found a home in southeast Melbourne. For the third consecutive time, one of golf’s biggest team events is being played at a famous sandbelt course in the southeastern Australian city. The 28-team tournament, based on the Official World Golf Ranking, begins Thursday at

England’s Willett wins World Tour Championship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Danny Willett ended his title drought in thrilling fashion, winning the DP World Tour Championship by two shots despite a last-hole blunder on Sunday. It was the 31-year-old Englishman’s first victory since the 2016 Masters, secured with a final-round 4-under-par 68 for an 18-under total

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