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  • Spieth finds going tough in 1st round of Australian Open

    Last year, Jordan Spieth played what he called the best round of his life by shooting a record 8-under 63 to win the Australian Open by six strokes. A year later, under similarly tough conditions at the Australian Golf Club, the 22-year-old American, now a two-time major and Tour Championship…

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  • Golf-Proper agronomy a final test for Rio Games course

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes Nov 26 (Reuters) - With the Olympic golf course for the 2016 Rio Games now constructed, the only concern ahead is whether the agronomy plan will be properly executed, International Golf Federation vice-president Ty Votaw told Reuters. "The biggest issue we have right now is…

  • New Euro Tour season opens in South Africa, Basson leads

    Christiaan Basson held the clubhouse lead in the first round of the European Tour's season-opening Alfred Dunhill Championship after play was suspended Thursday because of lightning. Charl Schwartzel was part of a tie for second three shots behind Basson, but was one of a small number of players…

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  • Ryder Cup captain Clarke wary of Tiger influence

    European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke admitted Wednesday Tiger Woods' selection as a vice-captain for 2016 is "massive" for the US team as the Americans try to prise back the coveted trophy. The 14-time major winner and seven-time Ryder Cup team member, who is coming off two back operations, was…

  • Tighe thrives as Sydney winds flummox Spieth and Co

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY (Reuters) - Unheralded local Lincoln Tighe upstaged a field including world number one Jordan Spieth and a string of major winners after swirling winds wreaked havoc on the opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday. The big-hitting 26-year-old, so lowly-ranked he was…

  • Golf-European Tour Latest Dunhill Championship leaderboard

    Nov 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Latest leaderboard in the first round from the European Tour Dunhill Championship at the par-72 course on Thursday in Malelane holesplayed rounds -8 Christiaan Basson (South Africa) 18 64 -5 Matt Ford (Britain) 18 67 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 17 Mark Williams…

  • Golf-South African Basson races three clear at Dunhill event

    An eight-under 64 handed Christiaan Basson a three-shot lead on the first day of the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Thursday, the opening event of the 2015-16 European Tour season. The 27-year-old South African carded eight birdies at the Leopard Creek Country Club on the border of the Kruger…

  • Spieth, Scott shoot 71s at Australian Open, trail by 5 shots

    SYDNEY (AP) — Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott struggled to even-par 71s in the hot, windy opening round of the Australian Open on Thursday, leaving the top two-ranked players in the tournament five strokes behind little-known leader Lincoln Tighe.

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  • Golf - Spieth gunning to match Nicklaus, Player with Aussie double

    - World number one Jordan Spieth is gunning to join Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as only the third non-local player to win back-to-back Australian Opens this week -- but a "fired-up" Adam Scott is standing in his way. It was a year ago the American ignited a "dream" 10 months by winning in Sydney,…

  • Scott's 14-year title streak under threat as 2015 winds down

    Adam Scott is without a tournament victory thus far in 2015, putting his 14-year record of winning at least one tournament a year in jeopardy going into this week's Australian Open. ''I think it would be a bit rough to blame my daughter for my bad golf, so I won't go there,'' a smiling Scott said…

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  • Golf-Scrambling Spieth struggles in Sydney cross-winds

    By Nick Mulvenney SYDNEY, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth proved that even world number ones can be reduced to scrambling around a golf course by blustery winds after carding an even par 71 in the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday. It was a far cry from his final round at The…

  • Clarke wary of Woods' impact at Ryder Cup

    Darren Clarke says the appointment of Tiger Woods as one of Davis Love III's Ryder Cup assistants will give the United States team a boost.

  • Golf-New European Tour season tees off in African bushveld

    By Mark Gleeson CAPE TOWN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Just a few days after Rory McIlroy won Dubai's DP World Tour Championship on Sunday and was crowned Europe's top money earner for a third year in four, a new cycle begins in South Africa. The 2016 European Tour tees off six weeks before the turn of the…