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Thomas sets mark in Sony Open win

HONOLULU — Challenged only by the record book, Justin Thomas won the Sony Open on Sunday with the lowest 72-hole score in PGA Tour history.

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Thomas joins the 59 club

HONOLULU — Staring over the top of a bunker on his final hole, the prudent play for Justin Thomas might have been to make sure he got out of the sand and avoided a big number.

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Sony Open provides alternate paradise

HONOLULU — From a golf course on the side of a mountain to one along the shores just east of Waikiki Beach, the 21 players at both PGA Tour stops in Hawaii will never see two tracks more different in consecutive weeks.

Furyk appointed Ryder Cup captain

Jim Furyk was appointed Wednesday as the U.S. captain for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, where his team will try to win on European soil for the first time in 25 years.

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A clean slate and a fresh start for Jordan Spieth

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Three victories around the world. A chance to win another major. A Ryder Cup victory. Jordan Spieth had every reason to celebrate his year. Part of him, however, couldn’t wait for it to end.

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Tiger Woods signs deal to play with new golf ball

One tournament into his return was all Tiger Woods needed to strike a deal with Bridgestone to play its golf ball.

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English, Kuchar prevail at Shootout

NAPLES, Fla. — Harris English and Matt Kuchar won the Franklin Templeton Shootout on Saturday, holding off Wisconsin friends Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly by a stroke at Tiburon.

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No penalty if ball moves by accident

Golf’s governing bodies have responded to Dustin Johnson’s penalty at the U.S. Open by introducing a local rule that will waive the one-shot penalty if a ball moves on the putting green by accident. The local rule, effective in January, applies only to accidental movement on the putting green of the golf ball and a ball marker.

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Matsuyama holds on to win in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas — Hideki Matsuyama was only 5 when he first saw Tiger Woods, watching on videotape that 1997 Masters victory. Even sweeter was standing next to Woods in his Sunday red shirt to receive...

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Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama tied for lead in Bahamas

NASSAU, Bahamas — Dustin Johnson wasn’t even expecting to be in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge. He was tied for the lead Friday with Hideki Matsuyama, who has reason to expect being at the top of any tournament he plays.

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Woods hot, cold in return

NASSAU, Bahamas — Not only did Tiger Woods return to golf Thursday, he returned to being Tiger. Just not for long.

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Woods says success is that he’s playing

NASSAU, Bahamas — This might be one time that Tiger Woods doesn’t measure success on the course by the score on his card. He measured it with three words Tuesday: “I’m playing again.”

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Tiger gets back to golf with questions about his head, not body

NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods has gone through two back surgeries since he last played a golf tournament 15 months ago. He had another back surgery that knocked him out of the Masters for the first time in 2014. He had four knee surgeries before that.

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Playoff at RSM whittled to four

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The largest PGA Tour playoff of the year at the RSM Classic didn’t finish before darkness Sunday, and it won’t include Billy Horschel when it resumes.Horschel, the highest-ranked...

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Chappell has done everything except win

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Offer one mulligan to Kevin Chappell for the last year and the rules are bound to be broken.

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Perez rallies to win OHL Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday in his third start since returning from shoulder surgery.

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Kirk leads OHL Classic with opening 63

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Chris Kirk shot an 8-under 63 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. Kirk had four birdies on each nine in his bogey-free round on Mayakoba’s Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course.

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Matsuyama finishes off victory in Shanghai

SHANGHAI — Hideki Matsuyama waved to a cheering crowd from the top balcony of a corporate suite over the 18th green at Sheshan International, where moments earlier he finished up a thorough beating of a world-class field in the HSBC Champions.

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Steele rallies to win PGA opener

NAPA, Calif. — Right when Brendan Steele thought he might have a chance to win at Silverado, all he could think about was how he lost.

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Season opens with record 62 by Piercy

NAPA, Calif. — Scott Piercy began the new PGA Tour season by pouring in putts and setting the course record at Silverado, a 10-under 62 for a two-shot lead Thursday in the Safeway Open.

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Mickelson heads to Safeway, still riding high from Ryder Cup

NAPA, Calif. — Phil Mickelson rarely has sounded so excited to start a new PGA Tour season, even with the old season ending just three weeks ago.

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The Woods’ comeback now the Tiger tease

NAPA, Calif. — The Tiger comeback has become the Tiger tease. And not just for the fans. It can’t be easy for Tiger Woods to feel healthy enough to play, only for the little voices in his head telling him to wait.

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Haas wins Toshiba on first hole of playoff

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Jay Haas birdied the first hole of a playoff with Bart Bryant on Sunday in the Toshiba Classic to become the second-oldest winner in PGA Tour Champions history.

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U.S. can learn from Ryder Cup success

CHASKA, Minn. — His shirt soaked from spraying champagne in a rare Ryder Cup victory, Phil Mickelson already was looking ahead at how to win the next one.

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Americans rout Europe for Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. — This wasn’t about being maybe the best team ever assembled. The Americans were simply a team, and they finally won back the Ryder Cup.

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Americans take 3-point lead at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. — The Americans are making all the right moves in this Ryder Cup. Even Tiger Woods.

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American sweep and European rally at Ryder Cup

CHASKA, Minn. — The United States had the lead. Rory McIlroy made sure that was all it had Friday in the Ryder Cup. The American sweep of the opening session of matches at Hazeltine was all but forgotten when McIlroy rolled in a 20-foot eagle putt, took a bow on the 16th green and delivered a defiant message to the crowd and to the U.S. team desperate to win back the cup.

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Lefty promises prepared U.S.

CHASKA, Minn. — Two days before the Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson went back 12 years to drive home a point that the Americans are prepared to play their best golf. And along the way, he disparaged yet another...

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Europeans motivated to beat ‘best’ team

CHASKA, Minn. — Davis Love III said he was only trying to illustrate why his U.S. team should play with more swagger in the Ryder Cup. His comments wound up providing plenty of fodder for the Europeans, and perhaps a little extra motivation they didn’t even need.

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Palmer’s life, career on minds at Ryder

CHASKA, Minn. — The flag at half-staff over Hazeltine National was enough to take the edge off the Ryder Cup. Arnold Palmer occupied everyone’s thoughts on Monday.

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Palmer’s legacy lives on

CHASKA, Minn. — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth all chased the Grand Slam, golf’s holy grail of winning all four majors in one year. Arnold Palmer is the one who created it.

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The King’s reign ends

Arnold Palmer brought a country-club sport to the masses with a hard-charging style, charisma and a commoner’s touch, At ease with both presidents and the golfing public, and on a first-name basis with both, “The King,” died Sunday in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

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McIlroy takes FedEx crown

ATLANTA — Rory McIlroy finally won the FedEx Cup when he least expected it. McIlroy was three shots behind with three holes to play Sunday in the Tour Championship. Nearly two hours later, he holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the fourth extra hole to win the tournament and claim the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus.

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Johnson, Chappell tied at 8 under

ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson had a reasonable lie in the rough and only a few pine tree branches blocking his path to the 17th green. Neither seemed like a problem until he played the wrong shot, clipped the...

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Dustin Johnson takes 1-shot lead at Tour Championship

ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson is playing better than anyone in the world, and Kevin Chappell can’t wait to watch him at the Tour Championship.

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Johnson keeps on rolling at East Lake

ATLANTA — Dustin Johnson was in trouble from the start Thursday, just not for very long. The game feels easy for the U.S. Open champion, who began his bid for the FedEx Cup title on Thursday with a 4-under 66 to share the lead at the Tour Championship.

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Vegas feels like $10M even if he can’t win it

ATLANTA — Jhonattan Vegas doesn’t have a realistic chance of claiming the $10 million FedEx Cup bonus even if he wins the Tour Championship.

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Chun sets record in Evian win

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — In Gee Chun won the Evian Championship with the lowest 72-hole score in major championship history, finishing at 21-under 263 for a four-stroke victory.

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Chun ups Evian lead

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — South Korea’s In Gee Chun shot a 6-under 65 in the rain Saturday to extend her lead to four strokes with one round left in the Evian Championship.

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Chun takes two-stroke advantage

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — In Gee Chun shot a 5-under 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead in the Evian Championship, keeping the South Korean player on course for the second major title.

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Injured Poulter preps for Ryder Cup

Ian Poulter already can feel his heart pumping a little faster and his eyes getting a little wider, two indications that the Ryder Cup is almost here. There’s just one difference this time. His hands will be on the wheel of a golf cart at Hazeltine instead of on a putter.

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Love picks Fowler, Holmes, Kuchar

CHASKA, Minn. — When Davis Love III and the U.S. Ryder Cup team come to Hazeltine at the end of the month, they will be looking to avoid an unprecedented fourth straight defeat to the Europeans.

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Relentless Johnson rolls for BMW win

CARMEL, Ind. — Powerful off the tee and relentless with the putter, Dustin Johnson didn’t give anyone much of a chance Sunday by closing with a 5-under 67 to win the BMW Championship by three shots and move to the top of the FedEx Cup.

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Dustin Johnson seizes control in BMW Championship

CARMEL, Ind. — Dustin Johnson plays a different game than anyone else, and he wanted to keep it that way. Right down to his putter. The U.S. Open champion made a late change just before starting the BMW Championship, and so far he has no complaints. Johnson finished with four birdies over the last five holes Saturday on soggy Crooked Stick for a 4-under 68, stretching his lead to three shots going into the final round.

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Johnson tied for lead after record 63

CARMEL, Ind. — U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson doesn’t care about the physics behind his new putter. Seeing more putts drop is enough for him. Johnson made two eagles in a span of seven holes, shot 31 on the back nine and set the course record at Crooked Stick on Friday with a 9-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with Roberto Castro in the BMW Championship.

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Woods looks to return in October

CARMEL, Ind. — Out of golf for more than a year, Tiger Woods said Wednesday he hopes to play the first event of the PGA Tour season next month and could play as much as twice more before the end of the year. Woods said if his rehabilitation from back surgeries keeps going well he would play the Oct. 13-16 Safeway Open in Napa, California.

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Ryder Cup picks only obvious to a few

NORTON, Mass. — One week into Ryder Cup auditions for the captain’s picks, Davis Love III should have no trouble identifying the hot player. Trouble is, Rory McIlroy plays for the other team.

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Eagle gives cushion to Casey for final round

NORTON, Mass. — Paul Casey made a birdie and eagle over the last three holes Sunday for a 5-under 66 and a three-shot lead going into the Labor Day finish at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Moore, Hahn in lead

NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Moore changed his schedule to pile up tournaments at the end of the year with hopes of getting into a rhythm going into the FedEx Cup playoffs. He has no complaints with the results.

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Experts trying to simplify golf rules

NEW YORK — For the past five years, the top rules experts in golf have come together from around the world to study a jigsaw puzzle. That’s what Thomas Pagel of the USGA refers to as the book more commonly known as the Rules of Golf.