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Park, Liu tied for Founders lead halfway through 2nd round

PHOENIX (AP) — Sung Hyun Park isn’t a big fan of birdie-fest golf. She’s still awfully good at it. “Personally, I like the difficult course better than the easy course,” Park said through a translator. The top-ranked South Korean shot her second straight 6-under 66 on Friday at the Founders Cup for

Na Yeon Choi shares Founders Cup lead in LPGA Tour return

PHOENIX (AP) — Na Yeon Choi had an unexpected share of the Founders Cup lead halfway through the first round Thursday in her return from a back injury. Choi shot a 7-under 65 at Desert Ridge in her first tournament round in 11 months. She joined Charlotte Thomas, Alana Uriell and

Nelly Korda learning she doesn’t have to be perfect to win

PHOENIX (AP) — David Whelan has tried to teach Nelly Korda that she doesn’t need to be perfect to win on the LPGA Tour. “My coach constantly tells me that,” Korda said at the Founders Cup. “I want to practice perfectly. I want to play perfectly all the time. He thinks

McIlroy blocks out noise and hits his stride

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy managed to block out all the noise, all the distractions, and this was long before he even reached the pivotal three-hole finish at the TPC Sawgrass to win The Players Championship. McIlroy, more than any other player, has been looked upon as golf’s

McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made two late birdies amid the wild theatrics of Sunday at The Players Championship and closed with a 2-under 70 to win the next best thing to a major. It required a major performance down the scary stretch at the TPC Sawgrass. McIlroy could

New rules could have helped Woods on 17th hole at Sawgrass

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods could have avoided the water on his second attempt to the island-green 17th under the new Rules of Golf. Instead, he hit a second shot into the water and made quadruple bogey. It raises anew the semantical question that has been around as long

Woods cards highest score ever at 17, makes cut at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods paused on the ninth green and stared at a nearby leaderboard. His name would have been on it if not for one hole. Woods hit two balls in the water at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass — the first time he’s done that

Varner penalized 2 shots in unlikely driver change

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Harold Varner III was penalized two shots in the opening round of The Players Championship in a bizarre case of adding a driver head to his shaft. Rules officials say Varner felt his driver was broken on the range. He started the round with 13

Stenson’s Players victory ends with wrong kind of surprise

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Henrik Stenson won The Players Championship 10 years ago, at the time the biggest victory of his career. Equally memorable was the trip home to Orlando. “A speeding ticket,” Stenson said. Stenson shot a bogey-free 66 in the final round to make up a five-shot deficit

McIlroy waiting for consistent golf to pay off in victories

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy is playing his most consistent golf since the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, when he finished no worse than third in nine out of 12 tournaments worldwide with two victories, the latter in the Honda Classic that put him

Molinari charges to a 64 to win at Arnie’s place

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — British Open champion Francesco Molinari delivered another big moment on the 18th green at Bay Hill, without wearing a red shirt and leaving the flag stick in the cup. His 45-foot birdie putt capped off an 8-under 64 to come from five shots behind Sunday and

Oliver Wilson grabs Qatar Masters lead after 3rd round

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Oliver Wilson of England grabbed the sole lead of the Qatar Masters by shooting a 3-under 69 in the third round on Saturday despite making his first bogey of the tournament. Wilson finished with a birdie on the 18th for a 10-under total of 206, putting him

Mickelson still unsure about going to TPC Sawgrass

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Phil Mickelson will be at the TPC Sawgrass next week for The Players Championship, the signature event on the PGA Tour. Still to be determined is whether he plays. Mickelson remained coy Friday after a 78 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational whether he will compete next week. He

Longtime Kent State golf coach Herb Page set to retire

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Longtime Kent State golf coach Herb Page will retire at the end of this season and end his storied run at the school. Page has coached the Golden Flashes since 1977, building the men’s golf program into one of the nation’s most consistent and decorated. Under Page,

McIlroy doing everything right but winning

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy has few complaints about the state of his game, only the results. That doesn’t bother him, either. At least not yet. Behind him are 12 months since his last victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a title he defends this week against a typically strong field

Column: Complaining about rules not doing golf any favors

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The memo PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan sent to players on the new Rules of Golf can be interpreted different ways based as much on the timing as the message. One theme was to be patient. “We are committed to playing under these rules as we analyze their

Woods pulls out of Bay Hill with neck strain

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the Arnold Palmer Invitational with what he describes as a neck strain. Woods announced his decision Monday on Twitter . He says his lower back is fine and he has no concerns over the long run. Woods says he’s had the neck

USGA, Justin Thomas to meet to talk rules changes

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas and the USGA are taking their Twitter beef over rules changes offline. USGA senior managing director of championships John Bodenhamer said Sunday that he hopes to meet with Thomas in the coming days to discuss some of his criticisms of the modernized Rules

Kieffer leads weather-hit Oman Open by 1 shot

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Maximilian Kieffer played just three holes at the Oman Open on Saturday. He finished the day in the outright lead. The German golfer was one of only 11 players to finish their second rounds on Friday before play was called off for the day because of sandstorms. When

Justin Thomas struggles with ‘dead arm’ at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Justin Thomas thought some ice and a couple of anti-inflammatory pills would fix his right arm. He was wrong. Still feeling the effects of an awkward shot in the opening round, the defending Honda Classic champion said he was dealing with “a dead arm” Friday as

US golfer Kurt Kitayama leads after 1st round at Oman Open

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — American golfer Kurt Kitayama kept up his impressive first season on the European Tour by shooting a 6-under 66 at the Oman Open to take a one-stroke lead after the first round on Thursday. After coming through all three stages of Q-School in November to earn a

Honda Classic gets only 3 of the world’s top 20 players

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among the golfers who live in the vicinity of PGA National and may very well be home this weekend. They just won’t be playing at the Honda Classic. The condensing of the PGA Tour schedule is forcing

Strange sequence leads to Finau changing score in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — One ruling in the Mexico Championship that didn’t get much attention involved Tony Finau, and the outcome was unlike anything he has ever experienced. He signed for a 74 in the first round. The next day, it became a 73. “That’s never happened to me before,” Finau