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U.S. Amateur quarterfinals: Four American college golfers move to the final four

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Azusa’s Lizette Salas helps U.S. take 3-point lead in Solheim Cup

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa >> The favored Americans found themselves trailing Europe after a sluggish start to the Solheim Cup. The U.S. settled down on Friday afternoon, pulling away with a record-setting fourball performance. The United...

By Luke Meredith The Associated Press |

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    Matsuya grabs share of PGA Championships lead in rain-shortened second round

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Most meaningful of all the text messages Hideki Matsuyama received last week was the one from Jason Day congratulating the Japanese star for his 61 in the final round at Firestone to win his second World Golf Championship. It read: “Congrats, mate. Unreal playing. See you next week.” Matsuyama looked just as unreal Friday at the PGA Championship, even before the storms arrived and took so much of the bite out of Quail Hollow. Starting...

    By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press|

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    Spieth frustrated, but still in game to complete Grand Slam

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.>> Jordan Spieth began his quest for the career Grand Slam by not making a putt longer than 5 feet. What helped was that Quail Hollow punished just about everyone at some point Thursday in the PGA Championship. Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark emerged as the top survivors on a course with some of the fastest, scariest putting surfaces the PGA Championship has ever seen. And both had to watch lengthy birdie putts creep into the cup on the 18th hole to...

    By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press|

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    Fowler hopes Quail Hollow magic leads to first major title

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.>>Rickie Fowler loves playing at Quail Hollow. You can’t particularly blame him. This is where Fowler got his breakthrough PGA Tour win and where he now hopes to capture that elusive first major championship. Fowler, from Murrieta, shot an opening-round 69 at the PGA Championship on Thursday, leaving him two shots behind co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen. He won the 2012 Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, his first win after...

    By Steve Reed The Associated Press|

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    Tiger Woods to plead guilty to reckless driving

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Tiger Woods has agreed to plead guilty to reckless driving and will enter a diversion program that will allow him to have his record wiped clean if he completes the program, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Woods, 41, was charged with driving under the influence in May when he was found asleep in his Mercedes-Benz, apparently under the influence of a prescription painkiller and sleeping medication. No alcohol was found in his system. Woods did not...

    By Terry Spencer The Associated Press|

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    PGA Championship: Many praise the chance to wear shorts in practice

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. >> Lucas Glover walked off the 18th fairway at Quail Hollow still feeling slightly underdressed. He wasn’t alone. “I don’t recognize some of these guys out here, and I’m sure they probably don’t recognize me either,” Glover said. For the first time in its 99-year history, the PGA Championship allowed players to wear shorts during practice rounds this week, in part to combat the August heat in North Carolina.

    By Steve Reed The Associated Press|

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    Pieters, Zach Johnson share lead at Bridgestone Invitational

    Thomas Pieters ended a roller-coaster round with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Zach Johnson going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Pieters built a big lead early with five birdies on his opening eight holes at Firestone, only to run into trouble off the tee. He made only three pars over his last 11 holes and wound up with his best chance yet to win in America. Johnson, who hasn’t won since...

    By The Associated Press|

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    Jimmy Walker shines despite rainy weather

    By The Associated Press Jimmy Walker endured rain delays of nearly five hours and shot a 5-under 65 on Friday to build a two-shot lead at the Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, Ohio. Walker finally saw some good results in a year marked by coping with Lyme disease and bouts of fatigue. The timing couldn’t be better for Walker, who defends his PGA Championship title next week. He made birdie from short range on both par 3s on the back nine at Firestone and finished...

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    Thomas Pieters takes 1-shot lead at Firestone

    Rory McIlroy had his best friend on the bag and his best start on American soil in 18 months. For Jordan Spieth, it was more of the same with two long putts and another comment filled with bravado directed at his caddie. Both of them opened with a 3-under 67 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, leaving them two shots behind Thomas Pieters of Belgium at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. Pieters, playing only for the sixth time since he challenged briefly at the Masters this...

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    Bryan Martin pulls away for five-shot victory at Long Beach Open

    LONG BEACH >> It couldn’t have been a better weekend of golf for Bryan Martin, who won the 2017 Long Beach Open by five strokes with a total score of 22-under 266, including a final-round score of 5-under 67 on Sunday at El Dorado Park Golf Course. He shot 67 for the third straight day. “I really wanted to win this event,” Martin said. “I have played in it a few times and anytime you can get a chance to win a local event, it’s pretty...

    By Julian Lopez julopez@scng.com @juliansdayoff22 on Twitter|

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    Bryan Martin leads by four shots after three rounds of Long Beach Open

    LONG BEACH >> Bryan Martin shot a 5-under 67 in the third round of the Long Beach Open on Saturday, giving him a four-shot lead headed into Sunday’s final round of the $170,000 tournament. Local players Torey Edwards and Brian Gonzales are tied for seventh, six shots behind Martin. Martin entered the third round one shot ahead of Edwards, who was alone in second place. After Martin, a Thousand Oaks native, three-putted the first hole at El Dorado Golf Course for a bogey,...

    By James Crabtree-Hannigan sports@presstelegram.com @PTGazettesports on Twitter|

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