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Big attention for rookie Champ begins with small favor

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Cameron Champ was a freshman in high school and a graduate of The First Tee program, missing only the means to travel the country to play junior golf tournaments with hopes of getting noticed outside Northern California. One phone call made a difference as big

McIlroy giving up European Tour membership in 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rory McIlroy is set to give up European Tour membership in 2019 to focus on the U.S. PGA Tour. Just for the year, for now. McIlroy said on Tuesday at the World Tour Championship he intends to play only two full-field European Tour events in the

Kuchar ends long drought, Singh, Langer winners in Phoenix

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico (AP) — Matt Kuchar ended more than four years without a PGA Tour victory Sunday by closing with a 2-under 69 and holding up through a few nervous moments down the stretch to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Kuchar had a four-shot lead going into the final

Westwood surges past Garcia, Oosthuizen to win in Sun City

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — At times over the last 4 ½ years Lee Westwood wondered if he’d ever win another tournament on the European Tour. Westwood was finally back in the winner’s circle on Sunday and it was in a familiar setting, clinching his third title at the Nedbank

Garcia keeps lead in South Africa

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia leads by two strokes going into the final round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge and is on course for a wire-to-wire win at the penultimate event of the European Tour season. Garcia improved his 1-shot overnight lead over Louis Oosthuizen, although the gap

Garcia’s lead in Sun City cut to 1 by Oosthuizen

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia barely held onto his lead as Louis Oosthuizen’s second-round charge took him to within a shot of the Spaniard at the Nedbank Golf Challenge on Friday. Garcia’s 1-under 71 moved him to 9 under 135 overall, but his four-shot advantage from the first

Garcia dominant on Day 1 at Nedbank Golf Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa (AP) — Sergio Garcia flew into a four-shot lead after the first round of the Nedbank Golf Challenge with an 8-under 64 on Thursday for the biggest opening-round advantage on the European Tour in a year. Garcia, twice a winner in Sun City before the Nedbank Challenge

Thidapa Suwannapura shoots 4-under 68 to lead Blue Lake

HAINAN ISLAND, China (AP) — Two golfers from Thailand were at the top of the leaderboard after Wednesday’s first round of the Blue Bay LPGA tournament. Thidapa Suwannapura shot a 4-under 68 to lead the tournament by one shot from her compatriot Ariya Jutanugarn and Alena Sharp of Canada. Six other players,

Column: A golf pro first, Suzy Whaley now breaking barriers

Two moments of discrimination took place 1,000 miles and worlds apart, neither pointing to Suzy Whaley making history this week at the PGA of America. Whaley was just getting hooked on golf in Syracuse, New York, and she was good enough to compete in tournaments when her name was scratched off

DeChambeau wins in Las Vegas for 4th win in 12 starts

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau holed an eagle putt from just inside 60 feet on the 16th hole that carried him to a 5-under 66 and a one-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay in the Shriners Hospital for Children Open on Sunday. DeChambeau won for the fourth time in his last

Rose wins Turkish Airlines Open, retakes No. 1 ranking

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Justin Rose defended his Turkish Airlines Open title on Sunday to ensure he will return to the top of the world rankings. Rose beat Haotong Li of China on the first playoff hole after the pair finished the final round tied on 17-under par at the Regnum

Lee takes 3-stroke lead after 2 rounds at Japan Classic

SHIGA, Japan (AP) — Minjee Lee shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-shot lead after the second round of the Japan Classic on Saturday. Lee, seeking her second LPGA title this year, had eight birdies in a bogey-free round at the Seta Golf Club to improve to 13-under 131. She

Defending champ Rose leads by 2 in Turkey

ANTALYA, Turkey (AP) — Defending champion Justin Rose has a two-shot lead halfway through the Turkish Airlines Open after consecutive 6-under-par 65s on Friday. Another Englishman, Tom Lewis, posted the low score so far of 63 to share second with Danny Willett (65) and 2016 champion Thorbjorn Olesen (67). A shot behind

Column: Ryder Cup over, Furyk returns to full-time job

Jim Furyk never quit his day job. It just seemed that way. During the 31 tournaments he played over 20 months, his identity was no longer U.S. Open champion, FedEx Cup champion or 17-time winner on the PGA Tour. He was the Ryder Cup captain responsible for everything from team dinners

European Tour schedule provides for big finish

The PGA Championship moving to May might have provided a strong finishing kick to the European Tour season. The European Tour released a schedule for next year that still involves 31 countries on five continents with 48 tournaments, even if they are a little out of order. The biggest change was

European Tour pressing ahead with 2019 event in Saudi Arabia

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The European Tour is pressing ahead with staging a golf event in Saudi Arabia for the first time next year despite the kingdom facing mounting criticism for its involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi International, to be played from Jan. 31-Feb. 3,

Xander Schauffele, Cameron Champ, Nelly Korda win

SHANGHAI (AP) — Xander Schauffele gave the Americans a sweep of the World Golf Championships and quickly put a winless sophomore season behind him. Schauffele made birdie on his final three holes Sunday, the last one a two-putt birdie from about 30 feet on the par-5 18th hole to beat Tony

Schauffele wins HSBC for US sweep of World Championships

SHANGHAI (AP) — Xander Schauffele gave the Americans a sweep of the World Golf Championships and quickly put a winless sophomore season behind him. Schauffele made birdie on his final three holes Sunday, the last one a two-putt birdie from about 30 feet on the par-5 18th hole to beat Tony

Nelly Korda shoots 69 to share 3rd-round lead in Taiwan

TAOYUAN CITY, Taiwan (AP) — Nelly Korda shot a 3-under 69 to share the lead with Wei-Ling Hsu after three rounds of the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Saturday. Playing in front of a home crowd, Hsu finished with an even-72 on Saturday after shooting 68 and 67 in the first two

Tony Finau overcomes wild break to lead HSBC

SHANGHAI (AP) — Tony Finau has enjoyed such a good year that he wasn’t about to let one bad break get him down Friday in the HSBC Champions. Finau had just built a three-shot lead as Patrick Reed began to stumble when Finau hit an approach from the rough on the

Ewart Shadoff takes early lead at LPGA Taiwan Championship

TAOYUAN, Taiwan (AP) — Jodi Ewart Shadoff shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the LPGA Taiwan Championship. Shadoff, seeking her first career victory, made seven birdies in a bogey-free round at the Ta Shee Golf and Country Club to finish ahead

Koepka makes debut at No. 1 and hopes to keep rolling

SHANGHAI (AP) — Brooks Koepka is having the kind of year he only imagined in his dreams, and he’s not ready for it to end. In June, he became the first player in 29 years to win back-to-back in the U.S. Open. In August, he played some his best golf amid

NBC hires Paul Azinger to replace Johnny Miller

NBC Sports is hiring Paul Azinger as its lead golf analyst with hopes he can deliver his own brand of sharp, candid observations that made Johnny Miller such a strong presence in the broadcast booth for three decades. Miller’s last tournament will be the Waste Management Phoenix Open the first weekend

Garcia wins rain-shortened Andalucia Valderrama Masters

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia won his third Andalucia Valderrama Masters on Monday, finishing the rain-shortened European Tour event four shots ahead of Shane Lowry. Garcia shot a 2-under 69 for a 12-under 201 total in the 54-hole tournament at the Real Club Valderrama in southern Spain. Lowry shot a

Kang finishes strong to win LPGA Shanghai by 2 strokes

SHANGHAI (AP) — Danielle Kang shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the LPGA Shanghai by two strokes for her second career title. Kang, who started the final round one stroke off the lead, offset a lone bogey on the par-5 fourth hole with four birdies after the turn to

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