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'It's probably going to be safe': Why golf remains a viable sporting option during coronavirus pandemic

Golf was almost taken away from Oklahoma City’s courses. Then it wasn’t. Gov. Kevin Stitt announced additional restrictions...

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March 301940 — Indiana routs Kansas 60-42 for the NCAA basketball championship.1943 — Ken Sailors scores 16 points to lead...

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Friday's Sports in Brief

OLYMPICSDENVER (AP) — The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of...

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The Latest: The coronavirus sweeps curling world

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___USA Curling says additional participants at...

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House of Davis Love III destroyed by early morning fire

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — The house of Hall of Fame golfer Davis Love III was destroyed by fire early Friday morning in a...

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10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. MORE THAN HALF A...

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Thursday's Sports in Brief

AUTO RACINGThe Indianapolis 500 was postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day...

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Wednesday Sports in Brief

MLBNEW YORK (AP) — All the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no...

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Nona Blues: G-Mac concerned with restaurants and his golf

Graeme McDowell finds motivation in short supply as he tries to keep his golf game sharp without knowing when the next...

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Tuesday Sports in Brief

OLYMPICSNot even the Summer Olympics could withstand the force of the coronavirus. After weeks of hedging, the IOC took the...

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Fore! Golfers play on, for now, with precautions in place

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Washtenaw Golf Club, one of the oldest courses in Michigan, typically only has to worry about the...

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Golf Notes: Does Olympic postponement help or hurt Tiger?

Unlike other sports where athletes had already qualified, golf was not thrown into any significant chaos when the Olympics were...

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Column: Colonial plans for tournament that might not happen

Michael Tothe was supposed to be at the World Golf Championships event this week in Austin, Texas, to resume recruiting players...

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Monday Sports in Brief

OLYMPICSDENVER (AP) — Nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don't think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are...

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Weekend Sports in Brief

OLYMPICSLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The IOC will take up to four weeks to consider postponing the Tokyo Olympics amid mounting...

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Report: Swing coach Pete Cowen believes he has coronavirus

LONDON (AP) — Leading golf instructor Pete Cowen tells The Daily Telegraph in Britain he has all the symptoms of the new...

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Mini tours playing through during virus outbreak

PHOENIX (AP) — Anna Nordqvist drained a birdie putt on the second playoff hole, pumped her fist and gave a slight wave to...

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Friday Sports in Brief

NFLTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,...

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The Latest: Pro Motocross Championship delays season start

The Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The Pro Motocross Championship has pushed back...

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LPGA reschedules major in California desert to September

Amid a slew of postponements and cancellations in golf, the LPGA Tour announced a September date for what traditionally is its...

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Thursday Sports in Brief

OLYMPICSMATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan (AP) — The Olympic flame arrived in Japan on Friday from Greece in a scaled-down ceremony at...

Can Steven Adams open up the Thunder's offense?

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Thunder general manager Sam Presti made the suggestion and the hairs stood up on the back of fans’ necks. As of now, the Thunder isn’t going to get shooting out of its centers. As of now. "But maybe we can push Steven into a development...

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The Latest: Pro Motocross cancels season-opening event

The Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pro Motocross Championship has canceled...

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South African player tests positive for the coronavirus

The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus after returning home to South Africa...

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The Latest: First NHL player has coronavirus

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:55 p.m.An unidentified NHL...

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How rumors can spike hotel prices in Augusta for the Masters

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Masters was postponed, and it didn't take long for speculation to begin on when it would be...

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PGA Championship the 2nd major postponed by coronavirus

First the Masters, now the PGA Championship.Two days after a federal recommendation to not hold events of 50 or more people for...

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Uncertainty with majors as much about who plays as when

The new slogan the U.S. Open introduced just 17 days ago is an indication of how complicated it will be for golf to resume,...

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Monday's Sports in Brief

PRO FOOTBALLThe NFL has barred in-person interviews with free agents and is requiring local physical examinations for them...

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Report: Augusta National to close club by end of the week

Augusta National first postponed the Masters. Now the home of the Masters is closing its club.Golf Digest obtained a letter...

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For release weekend editions, March 14-15

March 191942 — The Thoroughbred Racing Associations of the United States is formed, with John C. Clark as president.1950 — Babe...

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Brooks Koepka says he won't be joining Premier Golf League

Brooks Koepka said Sunday he has no interest in the Premier Golf League, another setback to a league promising guaranteed money...

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Networks get through first weekend with taped programming

Scott Van Pelt was supposed to be breaking down the NCAA Tournament bracket on a busy Sunday night on ESPN's...

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The Latest: Raptors say all of travel party tested negative

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's effect on sports around the world (all times local):10:30 p.m.The Toronto Raptors say...

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Masters, Boston Marathon postponed due to coronavirus

The shock waves from the coronavirus outbreak rattled sports for another day as two rites of spring, the Masters and Boston...

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The road to the Masters leads nowhere as golf shuts down

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For the last 75 years, the golf landscape never changed. March brought anticipation of azaleas...

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No rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virus

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Augusta National on Friday postponed the Masters, another massive hit to the spring sports...

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Augusta National says next month's Masters golf tournament is postponed

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta National says next month's Masters golf tournament is postponed.

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America’s Cup champ calls for cancellation of prelim regatta

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):MidnightDefending America’s Cup...

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No fans, now no players: PGA Tour shuts down for a month

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Players Championship went from having no fans to having no players.In a surprise...

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Scrubbed: March Madness leads long list of canceled sports

The world's sports schedule cratered at warp speed Thursday, with one of the biggest events on the U.S. calendar, the...

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The PGA Tour has decided to scrap the rest of The Players Championship and shut down its other tournaments three weeks

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour has decided to scrap the rest of The Players Championship and shut down its other...

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Golfers to prepare to play without fans

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Graeme McDowell kept waiting for the horn to sound. He was sure a stoppage of play was coming as word...

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PGA Tour prepares for cheerless, jeerless golf at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Graeme McDowell kept waiting for the horn to sound. He was sure a stoppage of play was coming as...

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PGA Tour to carry on without spectators for the next month

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour plans to keep playing, just without anyone watching from outside the ropes because...

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Wednesday's Sports in Brief

VIRUS OUTBREAKThe NBA became the first major American sports league to suspend play because of the coronavirus pandemic,...

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The Latest: ACC tourney preparing for games without fans

The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak's affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):1:12 a.m.So what will an Atlantic...

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Tiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall...

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Patrick Reed prepares for raucous reception at famed 17th

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Patrick Reed has a plan for the famed par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass.“Just hit it in the middle of...

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Players Championship doesn't always favor the best in golf

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy didn't break par until his fourth appearance at The Players Championship.Dustin...

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AUTO RACING: Auto Racing Glance

All Times EasternNASCAR CUP SERIESFolds of Honor Quik Trip 500Site: AtlantaSchedule: Friday, practice, 3:35 p.m. and 5:35 p.m....

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Indian Open latest European Tour event postponed by virus

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Hero Indian Open has been postponed because of the threat of the new coronavirus, leaving the European...

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Monahan says PGA Tour expects to be in Austin for Match Play

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The next World Golf Championship starts in two weeks in Austin, Texas, and PGA Tour Commissioner...

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McIlroy trying to end spell of no repeat winners at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — No one has ever won back-to-back at The Players Championship since it moved to the TPC Sawgrass...

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Column: PGA Tour dealing with more attention off the course

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Such is the clamor around the PGA Tour that Commissioner Jay Monahan spoke for 45 minutes...

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An overview of golf tournaments around the world this week

PGA TOURTHE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPSite: Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.Course: TPC Sawgrass (Stadium Players). Yardage: 7,189. Par:...

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PGA Tour media deal aimed at more video for bigger audience

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour announced an expansive media rights deal Monday that brings ESPN back into the fold...

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Ernie Els wins Hoag Classic for 1st PGA Tour Champions title

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Ernie Els won the Hoag Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour Champions title, birdieing the...

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Hatton wins at Bay Hill; Els takes 1st senior title

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton went from losing his mind to winning the tournament.Bay Hill served up the most demanding...

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Hatton hangs on to win Bay Hill for 1st PGA Tour title

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton felt the Arnold Palmer Invitational slipping away Sunday, perhaps unaware that everyone...

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No fans, no fun: Athletes uneasy over empty-arena solutions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As U.S. sports leagues weigh whether to bar fans from ballparks and stadiums to help stall the...

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Campillo overcomes late collapse to win Qatar in playoff

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Jorge Campillo lost a two-shot lead with three holes to play Sunday, stayed alive with two long birdie putts...

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Ernie Els shoots 64 to senior lead at Newport Beach

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Ernie Els took the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Hoag Classic on Saturday, eagling...

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Hatton has 2-shot lead on hardest day at Bay Hill since '83

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The calendar and palm trees suggested the Florida swing in March.The severity of the test Saturday in the...

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Morning Roundup: Hatton, Kang share lead at Bay Hill

GOLF Hatton, Kang share lead at Bay Hill Tyrrell Hatton lost his swing on his back nine without losing his head, a small...

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Trump to honor retired pro golfers with Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is honoring a pair of retired pro golfers with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the...

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David Morland IV shoots 61 to take Hoag Classic lead

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Monday qualifier David Morland IV shot a 10-under 61 on Friday at Newport Beach Country Club to...

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Hatton, Kang share lead on a tough day at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton lost his swing on his back nine without losing his head, a small victory. He battled...

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Tiger still not ready, will miss The Players Championship

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The strongest field of the year at The Players Championship will be without the biggest draw in golf.Tiger...

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Jason Day out again with back injury

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jason Day can't get away from back issues that have slowed him in recent years. He added to the episodes...

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Golf's famous 'Hinkle Tree' from '79 Open uprooted by wind

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A tree that appeared overnight during the 1979 U.S. Open to become a part of golf lore has met its end.The...

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Kenya Open on European Tour postponed due to virus concerns

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The European Tour lost another tournament on its schedule this year because of the new...

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Piercy loses 2 endorsements over homophobic Instagram posts

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four-time PGA Tour winner Scott Piercy lost two endorsement deals Thursday for sharing a homophobic meme...

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Every delivers again at Bay Hill, leads McIlroy by 1 shot

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The leading two players at Bay Hill are no surprise, even if they have next to nothing in common.Rory...

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Molinari withdraws from Bay Hill with back injury

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Defending champion Francesco Molinari withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Thursday because of...

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Bay Hill has strongest field since death of Arnold Palmer

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — So much for the notion the Arnold Palmer Invitational wouldn't be as attractive when its namesake was no...

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Oklahoma Scene: OU's Acker named National Pitcher of the Week

OU's Acker named National Pitcher of the Week Oklahoma junior Dane Acker was named Tuesday the National Pitcher of the Week by...

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Act of compassion leads to a spot at Bay Hill for Matthews

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Matthews makes his PGA Tour debut this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, all because of a...

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Column: The 4-letter word from Azinger that stirs Ryder Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Ryder Cup is more than six months away, and all it took was a four-letter word from Paul Azinger to...

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An overview of this week's golf tournaments around the world

PGA TOURARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONALSite: Orlando, Fla.Course: Bay Hill Club & Lodge. Yardage: 7,454. Par: 72.Purse: $9.3...

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Oklahoma Scene: OCU hires alum Billy Martin as head soccer coach

OCU hires alum Billy Martin as head soccer coach Former Oklahoma City University player and assistant coach Billy Martin has...

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Dustin Johnson decides against playing in the Olympics

On the fence about the Olympics at the start of the year, Dustin Johnson decided he won't be going.Johnson's manager said in a...

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Oklahoma Scene: OSU shares lead at Cabo San Lucas

The Oklahoma State men’s golf team fired an opening 278 at the Cabo Collegiate on Sunday to share the lead at Cabo del Sol/Cove...

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Morning Roundup: Sungjae Im captures Honda Classic

Sungjae Im started fast and finished stronger Sunday, winning the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, by one shot...

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Im wins Honda Classic, Langer picks up 41st Champions win

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Sungjae Im started fast and finished stronger Sunday, winning the Honda Classic by one shot...

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Langer rallies to win 41st title on PGA Tour Champions

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Bernhard Langer took another step closer to the PGA Tour Champions victory record by closing with an...

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With virus in mind, Korea's Sungjae Im wins Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Moments after getting his first career PGA Tour win, Sungjae Im took a moment to reflect on...

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Valimaki takes 1st title at Oman Open after winning playoff

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Sami Valimaki of Finland overcame difficult conditions to win the Oman Open on Sunday after beating South...

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List of sports events affected by the new virus from China

ARCHERYISSF International Solidarity Championships in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Feb. 22-28 postponed.World Cup in Shanghai from May...

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Morning Roundup: Tommy Fleetwood looking for first win on U.S. soil

Tommy Fleetwood has won in Scotland, England, the United Arab Emirates, France, South Africa, even Kazakhstan. Victory in the...

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Quigley takes 3-shot lead over Couples in Cologuard Classic

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Quigley shot a 5-under 68 on Saturday in the Cologuard Classic to open a three-stroke lead in his...

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Fleetwood the leader going into final round of Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Fleetwood has won in Scotland, England, the United Arab Emirates, France, South Africa,...

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Former champ Luiten in 6-way tie for lead at Oman Open

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — Joost Luiten was part of a six-way tie for the lead after the third round of the Oman Open as the Dutch...

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Morning Roundup: Steele takes lead in Honda Classic

Brendan Steele made a couple of big mistakes down the stretch, and still was more than good enough to grab the outright lead at...

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Brett Quigley shoots 64 to take Cologuard Classic lead

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brett Quigley birdied six of the last seven holes Friday for a 9-under 64 and the first-round lead in the...

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Steele takes 1-shot lead at midpoint of The Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Brendan Steele made a couple of big mistakes down the stretch, and still was more than good...

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Woods takes 3rd straight week off by skipping Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods is taking a third straight week off by deciding against playing the Arnold Palmer Invitational...

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Koepka fails to make putts and is done at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Brooks Koepka’s only birdie on Friday happened without the help of his putter, which made all...

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LPGA's Lindberg misses cut in men's NZ Open

QUEENSTOWN, New Zealand (AP) — LPGA major winner Pernilla Lindberg of Sweden has missed the cut at the New Zealand Golf Open...

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Lewis, English ride exemptions to early Honda Classic lead

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Sponsor exemptions are basically free-play gifts handed out by the people in charge of golf...