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Column: Stiffing your caddie is never a good look

Matt Kuchar could have avoided a lot of damage by keeping his wallet open and his mouth closed. Like many of golf’s entitled multimillionaires, though, he simply didn’t have a clue. Not when he paid his temporary caddie $5,000 while picking up the winner’s check of $1.296 million a few months ago

Spieth finishes 1st-round 64 for early lead at soggy Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Spieth had his lowest first-round score in eight months, and it must have felt as though it took about that long to do it. Spieth added two birdies in the six holes he played Friday morning to finish off a 7-under 64 for a two-shot lead

Lucy Li keeps amateur status after warning from USGA

FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) — Teen prodigy Lucy Li gets to keep her amateur status after the USGA gave her a warning for appearing in an Apple Watch advertisement. That clears the way for the 16-year-old Li to play in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur the first week in April.

Golf Channel adding live college event, looking for more

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Golf Channel is interested in live programming from Monday to Wednesday, and the answer might be found in college tournaments. It is adding another prestigious event this year, and more could be on the way. “We’re trying to grow appropriately,” Tom Knapp, executive vice president of programming

Column: Woods, Mickelson still going strong

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 144-man field at Riviera has 88 players who have combined to win 496 times on the PGA Tour. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson account for 25 percent of those victories. No one should be surprised. While too one-sided to be a rivalry, they have been a powerful

Mickelson finishes off a 5th win at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is closing in on three decades on the PGA Tour and a half-century on Earth, and he still feels his best golf is good enough. He was at his best at Pebble Beach, and no one had a chance. A Monday finish brought on by

Rain, hail delays final round at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The final round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was delayed Sunday by the kind of weather that once gave this event its reputation, including a hail storm that covered the greens in white. Paul Casey had a three-shot lead over Phil Mickelson. They were waiting

Kim Kaufman leads LPGA’s Vic Open by 2 strokes

BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Kim Kaufman moved to the top of the leaderboard at the LPGA’s Vic Open after a 7-under 66 gave her a two-stroke lead after two rounds. The American had a 36-hole total of 13-under on Friday, two better than Japan’s Haru Nomura. Australian Su Oh was

Ace helps Aussie to tie for early lead at LPGA’s Vic Open

BARWON HEADS, Australia (AP) — Felicity Johnson made a late move up the leaderboard Thursday at the LPGA’s Vic Open to take a two-stroke lead after the opening round. The Englishwoman shot an 8-under 65 on the Creek course at the 13th Beach Golf Links, where men and women played in

Column: Bad rules, bad temper, rough start to golf this year

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golf barely made it out of January when it was hit with what must feel like a two-shot penalty. Odds are the negative attention on the new set of modern rules will have subsided before those four glorious days in April during the Masters — unless,

McIlroy launches program for fans who love to play golf

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Rory McIlroy can’t imagine what his life would be like without golf, and now he wants to cultivate his joy of the game with as many people as possible through a partnership with NBC Sports Group. McIlroy on Tuesday launched “GolfPass,” a direct-to-consumer subscription program that

Fowler wins Phoenix Open; Johnson takes Saudi title

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Rickie Fowler birdied two of his final four holes and overcame a bizarre triple bogey on the 11th hole at rainy TPC Scottsdale to win the Phoenix Open on Sunday. Leading by five, Fowler took a 7 on the par-4 11th after a chip shot skipped across

Dustin Johnson hangs on for victory at Saudi International

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Joint overnight leader Dustin Johnson shot a final-round 3-under 67 to win the Saudi International tournament by two strokes on Sunday. The American’s overall total of 19-under 261 was enough to hold off Li Haotong of China who came into the final round

Johnny Miller set for broadcasting finale at Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Johnny Miller followed a Hall of Fame playing career by making a name for himself telling it like he saw it on TV. His second career nearly derailed before it started. “I thought I’d give it a try and then I quit after the first day,” Miller said

Pieters leads Saudi International after 1st-round 63

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Thomas Pieters shot 7-under 63 to take a two-stroke lead on Thursday after the first round at the Saudi International, a new European Tour event being held amid scrutiny of the kingdom’s human-rights record and condemnation following the killing of journalist Jamal

Rose swerves political controversy over Saudi golf event

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Top-ranked golfer Justin Rose opted against delving into the political ramifications of the decision to stage a European Tour event in Saudi Arabia, saying Wednesday he was happy to play in the tournament to “support growing the game.” The Saudi International starts Thursday

Rose wins at Torrey Pines, DeChambeau rolls in Dubai

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Justin Rose overcame a few nervous moments early with enough key putts down the stretch for a 3-under 69 and a two-stroke victory over Adam Scott in the Farmers Insurance Open on Sunday. Rose had a three-shot lead shrink to a single shot with his third bogey

DeChambeau cruises to victory at Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Whether it’s science or art, Bryson DeChambeau is making a name for himself for simply winning. In his most dominant performance yet, DeChambeau turned a one-shot lead into a seven-stroke victory Sunday by closing with an 8-under 64 to set the tournament record and win

DeChambeau takes 1-shot lead into final round in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau removed his cap, brushed his hand through his hair and shook his head after tapping in for a regulation par at the last hole. The American golfer is leading the Dubai Desert Classic after three rounds and closing in on his first victory

DeChambeau shoots 66, tied for 2nd-round lead in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Twenty-five years after winning for the first time at the Dubai Desert Classic, Ernie Els is having another run at the title. The Big Easy, however, will have to overhaul a player almost half his age to get back in the winner’s circle. The 49-year-old Els

Fitzpatrick shots 65, leads by 1 at Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Matthew Fitzpatrick birdied five of his last six holes to shoot a 7-under 65 and take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic on Thursday. Fitzpatrick’s lowest score in an opening round since 2015 broke a logjam at the top

Woods diving again, another sign he’s back at full strength

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tiger Woods is feeling stronger than ever with his fused back, and the evidence goes beyond the speed of his swing or how hard he can go after a shot out of deep rough. Woods says he is diving again. He says he was doing free dives and

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