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Rain delays third round of Zurich Classic

AVONDALE, La. — Jhonattan Vegas birdied two of five holes he was able to play in the rain-delayed third round of the Zurich Classic on Sunday, giving him a share of the lead with Brian Stuard.

Golf: Argyle leads boys’ state tournament by four

AUSTIN — Defending champion Argyle didn’t run away with the boys’ title on the first day of Class 4A State Golf Championship on Monday at the North Course of Onion Creek Club, but the Eagles established themselves as the team to beat despite less-than-stellar rounds from several of its top players.

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Hoffman wins Texas Open on final hole

SAN ANTONIO — Charley Hoffman made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Valero Texas Open on Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Golf: Argyle Eagles in second after opening round

Argyle, the defending state champion, is sitting comfortably in second place after the opening round of the Class 4A Region II boys golf tournament at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton.

Girls golf: Guyer riding high into regional tournament

The Guyer girls golf team has grown accustomed to some hard-fought battles with its biggest district rival, Trophy Club Nelson. Last week in the District 5-6A tournament, the Lady Wildcats took “hard-fought” out of the equation.

Girls golf: Lady Broncos improving

As the Denton girls golf team heads into the Class 5A Region I tournament Wednesday and Thursday at Rawls Golf Course in Lubbock, it carries pertinent lessons learned from the district tournament in late March.

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Pro golf’s next ‘Big Three’ hope their time is coming

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The modern “Big Three” have won five of the last six majors going into the Masters. The other “Big Three” can only hope they are next.

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Herman hangs on for victory in Humble

HUMBLE — Jim Herman delivered a masterful performance at just the right time Sunday in the Shell Houston Open. Herman, winless in 105 previous starts on the PGA Tour, chipped in for birdie on the par-3 16th and finished with two solid pars for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot victory that sends him to the Masters for the first time in his career.

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Houston last step for Spieth before defending Masters crown

HUMBLE (AP) — Jordan Spieth is so excited about returning to Augusta National next week to defend his Masters championship that just thinking about it makes him feel like doing pushups.

Day reigns in Austin, ascends to world No. 1

AUSTIN — Everyone around him was telling Jason Day to withdraw from the Dell Match Play and not risk further injury to his back.Day knew he was playing well enough to win and wanted to stick it out.

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Finau wins in playoff for first career title

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico — Tony Finau won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, beating Steve Marino with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff at windy Coco Beach.

Spieth avoids drama on 18th

AUSTIN — Jordan Spieth had another stress-free day in the Dell Match Play, avoiding some of the drama the 18th hole provided Thursday.

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Day hurts back in win

AUSTIN — Jason Day was 3 up with four holes to play, an ideal start to the Dell Match Play that included five birdies and hardly any stress. And then he felt his back tighten on a tee shot at the 15th.

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Spieth paired with old friend

AUSTIN — Defending champion Rory McIlroy will face a player he knows very little about in the Dell Match Play. Jordan Spieth knows one of his opponents all too well.

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Day slays Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jason Day turned his fortunes at just the right time Sunday by making a 12-foot birdie putt and then saving par from just under 100 feet away in a bunker to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational. It was another great moment for Palmer, the 86-year-old tournament host who watched it unfold on the 18th green.

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Scott looks to carry on winning form

ORLANDO, Fla. — Adam Scott went nearly two years without winning and now looks like he can’t lose. Over three straight weeks, he was runner-up at Riviera, won the Honda Classic and then rallied to beat Rory McIlroy in the Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral. It brought the Australian back into the conversation of golf’s elite, and it raised a pair of questions going into the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

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Palmer to skip Masters tee shot

ORLANDO, Fla. — Arnold Palmer will be on the first tee to help start the Masters this year — but without his golf clubs.

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Spieth’s fish bowl getting smaller

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — This was always going to be a challenging year for Jordan Spieth, and not just on the golf course. Spieth knew it would be tough to repeat the results of a year in which he won the Masters and U.S. Open, chased a Grand Slam and won the FedEx Cup to cash in on the most lucrative season ($22 million) in golf. And he knew there would be scrutiny over every round, even before the majors began.

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Schwartzel rallies to best Haas in playoff

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Charl Schwartzel used two big birdies to close with a 4-under 67 and made up a five-shot deficit. All he needed was a par on the first hole of a playoff Sunday at Innisbrook to beat Bill Haas and win the Valspar Championship.

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Spieth looking to dial back

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jordan Spieth feels his game is in about the same spot as last year going into the Valspar Championship, which turned out to be the start of big run that carried him all the way to a green jacket.

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Scott captures Cadillac Championship for 2nd straight win

DORAL, Fla. — Adam Scott faced a daunting challenge, a six-shot deficit with 13 holes remaining on a course that was playing tougher than it had at any point this week.

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Spieth, Day, McIlroy featured group at Cadillac Championship

DORAL, Fla. — Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are the top three players in the world golf rankings, which assures them of absolutely nothing this week.

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Distraction at Doral is whether tour stays

DORAL, Fla. — Donald Trump was a distraction at golf tournaments before he was running for president. Go back 15 years when the LPGA Tour’s final event was held at Trump International in West Palm Beach. It was bad enough that Trump walked down the middle of the fairways like he owned the place (which he did). In the second round, Karrie Webb hit a tee shot on the par-3 seventh that was short of the green and tumbling toward the water when light rough held it up.

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Woods keeps everyone guessing

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Adam Scott knew the only way for him to remain relevant was to win golf tournaments. Tiger Woods has it far easier. All he had to do was hit one shot in a simulator.

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Scott outlasts Garcia to win the Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Adam Scott tapped in a 30-inch par putt to win the Honda Classic on Sunday, and the smile was more relief than joy over ending the longest drought of his career. A small measure of satisfaction might come from the silence he hopes will follow. Yes, he still can win with a short putter.

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Honda is chance for redemption

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — A missed tee shot by Rickie Fowler. A missed putt by Phil Mickelson. A missed opportunity for Rory McIlroy.

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Watson more concerned with his head than his swing

LOS ANGELES — The swing has always come easily to Bubba Watson. He hits a golf ball with so much natural ability combined with such an unorthodox style that it piqued the curiosity of Tiger Woods when Watson first got on the PGA Tour, and even now it’s enough to cause his peers to stop and watch on the practice range.

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Watson comes out on top at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Bubba Watson packed plenty of memories from his week in LA. He has a kidney stone as a keepsake. He had a cameo in Girl Meets World. He received a text Sunday morning from Steph Curry offering shooting tips to Watson’s son. And he capped it all with the best memento of all.

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McIlroy begins road to Masters

LOS ANGELES — The road to the Masters starts on the other side of the country for Rory McIlroy. McIlroy has heard enough of Riviera that he decided to play the Northern Trust Open for the first time, and 27 holes over the last two days have left him convinced that it was a smart move and that it was worth it to add one more event to a busy schedule.

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Mickelson optimistic after flop at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The 5-foot birdie putt to force a playoff at Pebble Beach spun out of the left edge of the cup, and Phil Mickelson couldn’t believe it. He bent over and braced himself, the left hand on his knee and the right hand on top of the putter.

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Taylor rallies to win at Pebble

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Vaughn Taylor is headed home to the Masters with his first PGA Tour victory in more than a decade, and he can’t believe it. Neither can Phil Mickelson.

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Rose has day to remember at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Justin Rose, a U.S. Open champion and the No. 7 player in the world, shot a 6-under 66 his first time playing Spyglass Hill and spent a gorgeous day listening to the fans call out his name. Except they weren’t calling for him, and he knew it.

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Odds high for happy Spieth in California

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth rarely sees a shot as impossible, sometimes when he doesn’t even have a club in his hand. Walking off the 15th tee at Pebble Beach earlier this week, he noticed a golf ball that had gone well over the 14th green. Spieth offered to throw it back to the group behind him, only that would have been too simple. “Give me some odds,” he said to caddie Michael Greller.

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Matsuyama prevails in playoff marathon

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

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Snedeker holds on to win Farmers

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker won the praise of his peers for a closing round at Torrey Pines that left them in awe.

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Snedeker leads as play gets postponed

SAN DIEGO — Brandt Snedeker closed with one of his best rounds ever Sunday and now has to wait to see if it’s enough to win the Farmers Insurance Open.

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Memories mixed for Lefty at home

SAN DIEGO — The best thing about Phil Mickelson playing at Torrey Pines is that it’s his hometown event on the PGA Tour, and he is treated accordingly.

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Fowler nips Pieters, McIlroy in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Rickie Fowler puffed his cheeks and shook his head. What looked like a procession to the Abu Dhabi Championship title ended up being a squeeze for the American on Sunday....

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Top-ranked Spieth, No. 3 McIlroy collide in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The latest stop for Jordan Spieth on his tour of the golfing world is the Middle East and an eagerly anticipated showdown with Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week.

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Singh shines at Sony

HONOLULU — Vijay Singh had his best opening round in more than three years, good enough for a five-way share of the lead Thursday in the Sony Open. And it was just enough to beat players in his own age group.

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Stricker refreshed for 2016

HONOLULU — Steve Stricker decided three years ago to start cutting back on his schedule. Now he can’t wait to get started. That’s why he left Wisconsin for the California desert the day after Christmas for six days of hard work, followed by a trip to the North Shore of Oahu for a week of work and play before starting his season at the Sony Open.

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Allenby tries to get past ‘nightmare’

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Robert Allenby returned to paradise with hopes of putting a nightmare behind him.

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Spieth cruises to first win of 2016

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Jordan Spieth brought his old form to the new year and had no trouble winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Sunday.

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8 players moving to PXG clubs

KAPALUA, Hawaii — Bob Parsons conducts business to an extreme, and that now includes golf clubs. The people he hired to build his golf clubs have no limitations and no deadlines. Money is no object, either, and that better be the case for the consumers. Parsons, the billionaire founder of GoDaddy, is selling his PXG clubs at about $5,000 for the set.

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Major champs remember top shots

Jason Day’s drive. Jordan Spieth’s flop shot. Zach Johnson’s putt. Major championships produce shots that can be more memorable than the winner holding the trophy. Zach Johnson with a claret jug? The more lasting image from the British Open was Johnson holding his crouch and slowly clenching his fist on the 18th green at St. Andrews.

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Stegmaier tops Vegas leaders

LAS VEGAS — Brett Stegmaier topped the leaderboard Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in only his fifth career start on the PGA Tour.

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Steele survives tough day to keep lead at Silverado

NAPA, Calif. — Brendan Steele felt no different about his game Friday than when he tied the course record with a 63 in his opening round at the Frys.com Open. The difference was seven shots. What didn’t change was his position on the leaderboard.

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Presidents Cup no more than rehearsal

INCHEON, South Korea — The best Presidents Cup in 10 years revealed exactly what the Americans need to do if they want to win the Ryder Cup. Lobby for an increase in points.

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Unlikely stars lead to another U.S. title

INCHEON, South Korea — The final hour when both teams thought they had it won. The clutch putt that turned a rookie into the hero. The stubbed chip that made the local star cover his face with both hands as if he wanted to hide.