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Hadwin cards 67 to lead by four shots

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Adam Hadwin only wants a chance to win when he tees it up on the PGA Tour, and he’s never had a chance like this one. Birdie putts from 35 feet and 55 feet on the back nine Saturday at the Valspar Championship stretched his lead to four shots. Equally important to him was the slick, bending 6-foot par putt on the final hole.

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Hadwin takes lead at Valspar

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Adam Hadwin knows all about going low on the PGA Tour. Still to be determined is whether that translates into a victory.

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Herman cards 62 to open at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jim Herman was persuaded to play the Valspar Championship by an influential acquaintance, and he made it pay off Thursday with a 9-under 62 for a two-shot lead. No, it wasn’t President Donald Trump this time.

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Thomas hits ace, takes lead in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Justin Thomas made a hole-in-one and surged into the lead with a 5-under 66 on a Saturday of high entertainment in the Mexico Championship.

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McIlroy up 2 strokes in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — Sore ribs or sore stomach, it doesn’t seem to matter to Rory McIlroy. After being gone for seven weeks, he took a two-shot lead into the weekend at the Mexico Championship with a chance to return to No. 1 in the world.

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Golf buzz this week in Mexico, not Miami

MEXICO CITY — Golf in Mexico City is buzzing this week. Hundreds of fans, many of them children, leaned against the ropes behind the 18th green as Rory McIlroy finished up a practice round at Chapultepec Golf Club. They screamed his name and shrieked when McIlroy walked their way to sign their programs, flags and hats. Until Wednesday, odds are they had only seen him on television.

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McIlroy trying to play catch up

MEXICO CITY — Even during his seven weeks away from competition, Rory McIlroy managed to stay relevant.

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Match Play to be sans big names this year

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The road to the Masters isn’t what it used to be. For the past three years, Adam Scott has played at least three tournaments in Florida before heading to the Masters. Upon leaving the Honda Classic this year, he will log more than 19,000 miles before he arrives at Augusta National.

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Fowler makes his 4-shot win look easy

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Rickie Fowler didn’t care about pretty. He cared about winning. Staked to a four-shot lead, Fowler hit one putt into a sprinkler hole and a tee shot into the water. But when his lead was cut to one shot, Fowler answered with two big birdie putts to regain control and finished off a four-shot victory in the Honda Classic.

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Ryan, Wesley Bryan share lead at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Ryan Palmer has reason to believe that better days are ahead, with his golf game and at home.

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Wesley Bryan, Cody Gribble share lead at Honda

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — One reason Martin Kaymer enjoys the Honda Classic is because he doesn’t feel as though he has to make a bunch of birdies.

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Thomas feeling taller and at home

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Justin Thomas is walking a little taller this year at the Honda Classic. He is No. 8 in the world, the second-highest ranked player at PGA National behind defending champion Adam Scott at No. 7. Thomas also has three victories, the most of anyone on the PGA Tour this season, and he set the tour’s 72-hole scoring record at the Sony Open that includes a 59.

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Johnson at No. 1 with win at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Johnson went to No. 1 in the world with a world-class performance at Riviera. Johnson turned a marathon finish into a Sunday stroll in the Genesis Open. He finished the third round in the morning with a 7-under 64 to build a five-shot lead, stretched it to nine shots at one point in the final round and coasted home to a 71 and a five-shot victory.

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Rain ends afternoon play at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Wind, rain and the snap of a large tree limb were enough to stop play Friday in the second round of the Genesis Open. Sam Saunders remained atop the leaderboard without ever hitting a shot Friday at Riviera.

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Saunders leads by 2 at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — This is the starring role Sam Saunders prefers. Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer who so famously kept his composure during a heartfelt eulogy of The King, rolled in birdie putts and kept a clean card at Riviera on Thursday for a 7-under 64 and an early two-shot lead in the Genesis Open.

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Stars are out at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Gone are the days when some of golf’s best players felt the PGA Tour season didn’t really begin until it reached Florida. There is no shortage of star power in LA. And it wasn’t that much different across the West Coast Swing, which started in Kapalua and ends this week at Riviera at the Genesis Open with a field that features eight of the top 10 in the world. It would have been nine of the top 10 if Rory McIlroy was not recovering from a rib injury.

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Texans on top at Pebble Beach: Spieth in first, Ryan grad Kraft second

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth soaked up every step of scenery on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the prettiest places in golf and even more spectacular on a Sunday when the only work left is to hoist the crystal trophy. All that was missing from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were the highlights. That’s just how Spieth wanted it.

McCarron eagles 18th for win in Champions

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Scott McCarron eagled the par-5 18th hole to win the Allianz Championship for his third PGA Champions Tour victory in his last 17 starts.

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Spieth builds big lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Amid all the celebrities Saturday at Pebble Beach, no one turned in a performance quite like Jordan Spieth. Spieth took only 10 putts on the back nine, and none were particularly easy except for the last one.

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Spieth beats fog, hits putts

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth knew the pin position on the ninth hole at Spyglass Hill as much by memory as by sight, which was a good thing considering the fog creeping across the Monterey Peninsula.

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A wicked day of wind and rain at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth could barely stand up and worried his hat would fly off in the middle of his swing.

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Players bracing for just about any weather at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth, still only 23, was amazed that this is the fifth time he has played the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. He’s been watching it even longer.

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Garcia completes wire-to-wire win

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Sergio Garcia shot a final-round 3-under-par 69 to win the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday after holding the tournament lead since the opening round.

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Scottsdale crowd sets golf record

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The first few thousand fans rushed to fill the general admission seats on the stadium 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale when the gates opened at 7 a.m. Saturday. Hours and about 30 degrees later, the Waste Management Phoenix Open had attracted a golf-record crowd of 204,906.

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An charges with 66

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Brendan Steele and Byeong Hun An led the way at golf’s biggest party, Phil Mickelson had a classic Lefty adventure, and Justin Thomas cooled off in the desert.

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Kuchar leads by one stroke

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Matt Kuchar hardly looked like a guy coming off a seven-week break Thursday in the first round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Jon Rahm a quick study and rising star

SAN DIEGO — It took Jon Rahm four tournaments to secure a PGA Tour card out of college, and 12 events as a pro to deliver his first PGA Tour victory.

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Rahm wins Farmers' on thrilling back nine

SAN DIEGO — Jon Rahm of Spain added his name to the burgeoning list of young stars Sunday with his big game and a big finish at Torrey Pines. Rahm made two eagles over the final six holes, the last one a 60-foot putt from the back fringe on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 67 to win the Farmers Insurance Open by three shots for his first PGA Tour victory.

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Snedeker, Rodgers lead at Torrey

SAN DIEGO — Already a two-time winner at Torrey Pines, having a share of the lead is exactly where Brandt Snedeker wanted to be Saturday.

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Tiger Woods stumbles home to a 76 in return at Torrey Pines

SAN DIEGO — The return of Tiger Woods felt more like a celebration Thursday at Torrey Pines. Hundreds of fans lined the railing behind the 18th grandstand to watch Woods walk onto the first tee for his first PGA Tour event in 17 months.

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Woods set to make his return to Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods is roaring into the new year, preparing to play four times in five weeks in his return to the PGA Tour after a 15-month absence. One of his stops includes a return to his hometown tournament in Los Angeles, where he made his first start on the pro tour as a skinny 16-year-old.

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Swafford wins his 1st PGA Tour title

LA QUINTA, Calif. — A day after making a mess of the 16th and 17th holes on PGA West’s Stadium Course, Hudson Swafford birdied them Sunday to take control in the fittingly named CareerBuilder Challenge.

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Swafford cards 65 to take La Quinta lead

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Hudson Swafford beat the rain Friday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, and Phil Mickelson played his best in the worst of the conditions. Then, there’s Danny Lee.

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Mickelson to return today at La Quinta

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Phil Mickelson is set to play in the CareerBuilder Challenge, returning from two sports hernia surgeries a week earlier than he originally expected.

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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.